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Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley


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Looking for an activist club? Since 2004 we have walked hundreds if not thousands of precincts for our endorsed candidates, raised in 6 figures, phoned tens of thousands, registered thousands to vote, held informational forums, lobbied in Sacramento for fair elections and for healthcare, gotten into the Democratic party structure. Among Santa Clara County Democratic clubs we're known as the club that walks the walk; our endorsement is sought after. See our full list of our accomplishments for 2013 & previous years.
Drop by a meeting & get to know us! You'll find us lively, well-informed, nonideological, practical, and good to be working alongside for a brighter future. To join, click Membership on the left.

Check our calendar & notices below for meeting information. All are welcome!

  • Second Wednesday of the month (as of April 2014), 7-9pm, Santa Clara county Democratic HQ in San Jose, or members' homes in Santa Clara county; see notes below
  • Working (business) meeting 12 days later (2nd Monday after the 2nd Wednesday, except none in June or December), 6:30-8:45pm. Hobee's, in The Oaks shopping center, off Stevens Creek near Hwy 85, across from De Anza College
  • Annual picnic/election of officers in June
  • Other occasions, e.g. watch parties, forums, candidate events
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 18:50

Next Meetings

Working Meeting Monday August 25,  6:30 - 8:45pm
The Oaks shopping center, Stevens Creek near Hwy 85)


JOINT MEETING with our sister DFA club, San Mateo County DFA


Featured speaker:   T O M   H A Y D E N

Woodside Road United Methodist Church,
2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City CA 94062 (Highway 84, just off 280)



Congressman Ami Bera Garden Party and Fundraiser
Home of Greg Loew, 255 Polhemus Avenue, Atherton, 94027

SPECIAL GUEST Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

As we face the $900,000 Karl Rove's group is currently spending in this
district, we look forward to your joining us for an update on our progress
and a rundown of what lies ahead.
or contact Daniel Iritani at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (916) 287-1232.
To support our efforts and give towards this event,

Working Meeting Monday September 15  6:30 - 8:45pm
The Oaks shopping center, Stevens Creek near Hwy 85)
Congratulations to our new steering committee, elected
at our annual picnic June 21 at Ponderosa Park in Sunnyvale:

Co-Chairs John Comiskey and Alice Smith
Recording Secretary Mary Gill
Corresponding Secretary Swanee Edwards
Treasurer Don Mayall
At-Large: Karen Porter and Lucas Ramirez

The Club is very appreciative of outgoing At-Large steering committee members
Emilie Gatfield and Jill Chesler for their 2 years' service!
NOTE: You don't have to be a steering committee member to take an active role in the club!
Celebrating ten years of stellar activism!

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014 16:05

2014 Endorsements and Goals

Our endorsements so far--please see websites to volunteer and/or donate:

WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER, be sure to say you’re a member of the Dean Democratic Club!

2014 Goals as ranked at our January 13 meeting

Task forces for each goal category determine focus of our efforts for the year. You  can sign up for a task force at any of our meetings. Task forces will be prioritizing their specific goals; a temporary sampling is below.

Candidates (40 votes)
Elect Michael Eggman to Congress (CD10), re-elect McNerney, Honda, Bera
Recruit more women to run for office in CA
Phonebank to help turn Congress blue
Return Ruiz, Capp, Brownley, Peters to CongressRecruit and support progressive candidates for all offices from the bottom up
more . . .

Social Justice (34 votes)
Support low-cost housing for seniors
Support single-payer healthcare
Help provide info on the Affordable Care Act . . .
Support raising the minimum wage
Support immigration reform
Oppose the death penalty & work on alternatives
Support food stamps & aid for the homeless
Stop human trafficking on the state level

Environment (28 votes)
Current: Stop fracking in CA; monitor & support Palo Alto anaerobic digester;
monitor the situation with the Lehigh cement plant; use this year's campaigns to raise awareness re environmental issues
Perennial: Learn about & monitor CA water issues; energy issues, including anything related to climate change; wildlands, wilderness, and agricuture issues; monitor accountability of local officials on environmental issues

Goverment Accountability (7 votes)
Further campaign finance reform, including passing the DISCLOSE Act (SB52)
Strengthen our relationships with legislators & do more advocacy
Lobby city councils & county boards for our legislative goals
Support divestment of local citie from gun manufacturing investments/'Decrease military spending & support greater oversight of the NSA
more . .. .

Club Support (6 votes)
Fundraise & increase membership
Hold a speaker series to support our club
Work on messaging & public relations

State Issues (1 vote)
Support gun safety laws
Support raising the minimum wage
Oppose the open primary in CA
Build support for an oil severance tax
Restore state funding to CSU & state education systems
more . . .

Research (1 vote)
Analyze strength of the districts in local cities re progressive/conservative orientation
Research & study specific issues that require complex analysis


Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014 16:05