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Monday, May 20, 2019  •  Silicon Valley Democratic Club 


May Silicon Valley Democratic Club General Meeting & Candidate Forum for State Senate District 15

Join the Silicon Valley Democratic Club and meet candidates for State Senate District 15, a seat currently held by Jim Beall (click here to see a map of this district). Dave Cortese, Nora Campos, and Ann Ravel will join our wine and cheese reception followed by a candidate forum. The forum will be moderated by Prameela Bartholomeusz, SCCDCC Finance Director and CDP executive board representative for AD24.

The State Senate District 15 candidates are:

• Nora Campos
• Dave Cortese

• Ann Ravel

You can learn more about these candidates and their qualifications by clicking here.


Monday, May 20 at 6:45-8:15 pm


6:45-7:30 pm 

Wine & Cheese Reception

Where you’ll will have the opportunity
to mix & mingle with the candidates


7:30-8:15 pm Forum


Endorsement Votes • RSVP Not Required • Free • Open to the Public


Campbell Community Center

Orchard City Banquet Hall

One West Campbell Ave, Campbell

(Please note our new meeting location.)

This is a free event and no RSVP is required. You need not be a member to attend, however, voting is only open to qualified members. 


Official Notice of Motions to Endorse the Following:

According to our bylaws, a 5-day notice to the membership is required before an endorsement motion may be considered by members.  Notice is hereby given that on May 20, at our General Meeting, in addition to the California Senate District 15 endorsement, above, the following motions for Silicon Valley Democratic Club (SVDC) endorsements will be made as follows:

Motion #1:

Public Banks

That the SVDC endorses AB 857 which enables public entities in California to create a public bank.  Furthermore, the SVDC endorses the development of a regional public bank or network of public banks within Santa Clara County, to provide cost-saving services to public entities and to serve local needs including affordable housing, transportation and education investment adhering to principles of economic, racial and environmental justice. 

Motion #2:

Environmental Issues

That the SVDC endorse the recommended positions of the Environmental Committee’s Legislative Priority List.  This Priority List is a comprehensive list of bills pending in the California State Legislature which the Environmental Committee endorses passage or defeat.

For a complete listing of the Environmental Committee's endorsements, click here.

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The SVDC Environmental Committee is prioritizing vital bills impacting our community, state and planet. Many of these bills are being tracked by environmental groups with solid track records, including Bay Area 350, Sierra Club California, Californians Against Waste, and the Indivisible California Green Team. 

The SVDC Environmental Committee believes in proactive environmental policy that pushes forward ambitious, yet achievable solutions that keep California on the forefront of the battle against climate change. We know that this is not only an environmental issue, but a social justice issue that disproportionately affects those that live in poverty as well as communities of color. Our state has played a vital role in enacting climate justice and energy policies that have not only helped to decarbonize all sectors of our economy, but has led to drastic economic benefits and job creation. With the passage of SB 100 last year, which was already endorsed by our Club, the legislation will usher in 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, California has played a key role in resisting the science-denying, environmental rollbacks of the Trump administration.


Upcoming Progressive Events:

Wed May 8, 2019

7:00pm A Conversation About Sexual Harassment in San Francisco • Where: Manny's, 3092 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.  RSVP here.

Mon May 13, 2019

5:30pm - 8pm America to Me Screening and Speaker Series • Where: CERAS 101, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Mon May 13, 2019

6:30pm - 8:30pm Dean Club Program Meeting: Meet the Candidates • Where: Calabazas Branch Library, 1230 S Blaney Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

Sat May 18, 2019

9am - 12pm Guadalupe Creek Monthly Cleanup - Hosted by: Shay Franco-Clausen & @IBEW 332 • Where: 1050 E Capitol Expy, San Jose, CA 95121, USA

Sat May 18, 2019

9am - 2pm Thank You Canvass in Tracy with South Bay Swing Left • Where: Democratic Club of Greater Tracy, 902 N Central Ave, Tracy, CA 95376, USA 

Mon May 20, 2019

7pm - 9pm Silicon Valley Democratic Club General Meeting • Where: Orchard City Banquet Hall - Campbell, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, USA 

Mon May 20, 2019

5:30pm - 8pm America to Me Screening and Speaker Series • Where: CERAS 101, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Wed, May 22, 2019

7:00pm - 9:00pm SVDC April E-Board Meeting • Where: Headen-Inman House, 1509 Warburton Ave. Santa Clara, SVDC Members Only

Wed May 22, 2019

7pm - 8:30pm Rapid Responder Training • Led by Sacred Heart Community Service, PACT and Pangea Legal Services • Where: Sacred Heart Community Service, 1381 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110, USA

Mon Jun 3, 2019

5:30pm - 8pm America to Me Screening and Speaker Series • Where: CERAS 101 - 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Find Details and RSVP on our SVDC Progressive Partners Calendar



President's Note:

Your SVDC endorsement votes matter! Our Club, along with the Sunnyvale Democratic Club, recently endorsed by a 2/3 majority, Kimberly Ellis for California Democratic State Party Chair. Elections will be held in San Francisco during the California State Convention and our endorsement will have an impact.  

At our May 20th General Meeting our votes will matter once again! Come vote for our Club endorsement for California State Senate District 15. There will be an opportunity to meet and greet the candidates, Nora Campos, Dave Cortese and Ann Ravel from 6:45-7:15 pm. We will also have endorsement votes for a wide range of environmental bills and for Public Banking. These are both important issues that may have significant effect to everyone’s lives and livelihoods. Please come out to vote and participate in our Club’s democratic activism. 

On June 17 your participation will matter once again! We will have the mayor of the 10th largest city in United States joining us for a talk on housing and transportation! These issues impact each and every Club member living in Silicon Valley. San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo, will speak and answer questions. We’ll also have a presentation from housing activist Sandy Perry and transportation guru Jason Baker. Following the meeting there will also be an endorsement vote TBD. 

Special congrats to Linda Sell and Vinod Menon for their recent SVDC appointments to Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary respectively. We thank both Sita Stukes and LezLi Logan for their contributions in their past respective SVDC board roles. 

The last meeting at our new location was, by all feedback, a smashing success. That was particularly due to the fantastic behind-the-scenes work of the Meeting Committee chaired by Belinda Stow and Catherine Williams. Special kudos to our endorsement and programming chairs, Fred Rehhausser and Jennifer Hutchinson for planning and organizing last month’s event. And another thanks to Jeff Levin, our newsletter editor, for whom without his time and dedication you wouldn’t be reading this. 

Last meeting we amended our bylaws to allow all members who join to immediately participate in club voting rights. That means, new members who join the day of the General Meeting, can now vote on issues and endorsements being brought to the Club that day and all year round through their paid-up membership.

The month of May includes some important dates to watch statewide and nationwide. First we have coming before Congress on May 15th. That should be an epic and enlightening event. Then May 31-June2, I (as an observer) will be attending the California State convention in San Francisco. Many of our members will be attending as delegates voting on numerous issues including the voting for California’s new Democratic Chair. In other news, Voter Choice passed the county board of supervisors which means voting in Santa Clara shall be mail in for ALL. Voting centers will be set up to make it easy to drop off your ballot, if you prefer, rather than mailing it in. Gone are the days of long lines at the polls or going to the wrong voting precinct. Any voting center is good to go within the County. Not registered yet? You can register and have your vote tallied up to the day of the vote and as long as you're verified as a County resident and citizen! It has worked well in nearby counties such as San Mateo and now Santa Clara will enjoy these same benefits for the March 2020 primary! 

With this month’s note, I want to end with an important quote from Mahatma Gandhi where he enumerates his version of the seven deadly sins: 

  1. Wealth without work,
  2. Pleasure without conscience,
  3. Knowledge without character,
  4. Commerce without morality, 
  5. Science without humanity,
  6. Worship without sacrifice and
  7. Politics without principle.    

Let’s elect new leaders that don’t commit these sins.   


- Art Cohen, President