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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
  • 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 Monday, 24 February 2014 21:35

Next Meetings

Note: the club recently voted to move our program meetings, which have been the first Wednesday of the month, to the second Wednesday.
Our  working meetings will still be 12 days after that, starting in April!

Wednesday April 9 Link (program) meeting--a double header:
  • Fracking and Legislator's Voting Records, a conference call with Kathryn Phillips
  • Designating A 'Democracy Day' in the County, Move to Amend Santa Clara County Initiative
Santa Clara County Democratic Headquarters
2905 Moorpark, San Jose, right off 280 & Winchester.
Monday April 21
6:30-8:30pm; meeting starts promptly at 7pm
Hobee's, in The Oaks Shopping Center, Stevens Ck near Hwy 85, across from DeAnza College/Flint Center
Come see what we're up to in 2014!
Club members can sign up for task forces (see goals at right).
Please join Rep. Anna Eshoo, the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley, and others
April 26, 2014, 2-5pm

Meet Michael Eggman, candidate for Congress, CA-10
Ralph & Jackie Wheeler’s home, 3956 Nelson Ct., Palo Alto, 94306
This is a challenging race, but with our strong support, Michael Eggman is a candidate who can win.
Please donate now on ActBlue for tickets you can print for this event.
Early donations are more helpful to the campaign than later donations.
Individual $50  Friend $250  Sponsor $1,000  Chair $2,600
Can’t Attend? You can still donate!
Contributions are not tax deductible. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200.00 in an election cycle. Contributions from corporations and foreign nationals are prohibited. Persons are prohibited from making contributions in the name of another person. Individuals may contribute up to $2,600.00per election and $5,200.00perelection cycle. Federal
PAC limits up to $5,000.00perelection. The first $2,600.00 of any contribution(s) will be designated for the 2014 Primary election; any additional amount to the 2014 General election. FEC# COOS43843
Paid for by Michael Eggman for Congresshttp://www.eggmanforcongress.com/

SAVE the DATE: JUNE 21, 2014
Club Annual Picnic and Election of Officers
Ponderosa Park, Sunnyvale
More info shortly
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 19:04

2014 Endorsements and Goals

Our endorsements so far (more to come)--please see websites to volunteer and/or donate:

  • Congr.District 7: Ami Bera www.beraforcongress.com/
    CLUB FUNDRAISER, sign up:
    http://tinyurl.com/bera318 Sat May 17, 10am-11:30am, 4284 Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto 94306
  • Congr.District 10: Michael Eggman (campaign ADOPTED by club) CLUB FUNDRAISER, sign up! Sat April 26, 2014, 2-5pm, 3956 Nelson Ct., Palo Alto, 94306 WATCH THIS SPACE for days of action: ringing doorbells in the district
  • Congr.District 17: Mike Honda www.mikehonda.com (campaign ADOPTED by club): walking every weekend, phoning daily; contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 Friday, 11 April 2014 14:51