Russ Feingold for Wisconsin

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October 4 – Stephanie Grossman and Emy & Jim Thurber are hosting a fund raiser for Russ Feingold, who is running for Senate in Wisconsin.  Co-Hosts are Jay Jackman, Otto Lee, Gregory Loew, Steve Preminger, Diane & Joe Rolfe and the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley.

He is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016, and previously served as a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 2011.

He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain–Feingold Act), a major piece of campaign finance reform legislation.

He was the only Senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act during the first vote on the legislation.



DFA Link Meeting – Letter Writing with Sally Lieber

Sally LieberSeptember 14 – Human Trafficking/Delta Tunnels.  

Former Assembly member and Speaker Pro Tempore Sally Lieber was on hand to help with a letter-writing campaign against human trafficking.


Over 100 letters were written to Santa Clara County city councils.


DFA Link Meeting – State Senator Jerry Hill

Jerry-Hill-1MB-versionMonday October 12 Link Meeting speaker will be State Senator Jerry Hill.  Gerald A. “Jerry” Hill (born April 18, 1947) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate representing the 13th district. Over a period of 20 years in public service he has been on the San Mateo City Council, where he served one term as Mayor, and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Snacks and conversation begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:00.


Dean Club Legislative Endorsements

Legislative Endorsements

With important legislative deadlines approaching in Sacramento, the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley endorsed positions on several pieces of pending legislation at our Working Meeting on August 24, 2105.

Senator Bob Wieckowski’s Economic Equity and Financial Stability Initiative

This initiative consists of three bills introduced by Senator Bob Wieckowski, aimed at easing the burden of bankruptcy on people with low incomes. After a presentation of the bills by Wieckowski Staffer, Tim Orozco, the Club voted to endorse all three bills.

SB 308 Debtor exemptions

SB 501 Wage garnishment restrictions

SB 641 Debt Buyers: Setting Aside Default Judgments Improperly Obtained

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon has voiced his support:ón-call-passage-consumer-debt-relief-bill-package

CDP Progressive Caucus’ Climate Change Initiative

Vincent Casalaina, Northern Vice Chair of the CDP Progressive Caucus, made a presentation of three bills supported by the Caucus. After the presentation, the Club voted to endorse all three bills.

SB 32 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

SB 185 Public retirement systems: public divestiture of thermal coal companies

SB 350 Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015

Mr. Casalaina is visiting clubs and organizations throughout California, asking that they endorse these bills.

Environmental Task Force Recommendation

The Dean Club Environmental Task Force made a recommendation to endorse SB 788, which would prohibit future drilling for oil off the California coast. Acting on the recommendation, the Club voted to endorse this bill.

SB 788 California Coastal Protection Act of 2015

Club members and others are encouraged to contact your State Legislators regarding these bills. You can find your representatives at:

National Women’s Equality Day – Silicon Valley

Womens Equality DayRally and March

Saturday, August 29, 2015

8:00AM – 11:30AM

San Jose City Hall

It’s 2015, and high time to rally together to ignite the movement for equal rights and representation for women! This year is the 95th Anniversary of a women’s right to vote! While women have come a long way towards gender equality since 1920, we’re still not there. Women and girls still live under constant threat of violence, poverty, inequity, misogyny and sexism. We hope to educate, organize and activate Silicon Valley in efforts to bring greater attention to these inequalities and what we can collectively do about it.

Everyone is welcome! Friends, family, significant others, kids, dogs, EVERYONE IS INVITED! BECAUSE… As you know, WOMEN’S EQUALITY IS NOT JUST A WOMAN’S ISSUE! :) 

People are welcome to dress up as their favorite SHE-Hero’s, make signs, etc.! :)  It is going to be lots of fun!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME and hope to hear from you! We hope you all want to be involved! :)
Men are particularly encouraged to attend, allies!!!
The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley is a co-sponsor of this event.
If you have any questions… call Colleen Haley at 530-902-3932.
Colleen Haley :) “National Women’s Equality Day – Silicon Valley” Rally & March – Event Committee Member

DFA Link Meeting – Joe Simitian on housing


Save the Date!

Former State Senator and current Supervisor for Santa Clara County District 5 Joe Simitian will be our speaker for the Dean Democratic Club Link Meeting Monday August 10.  He will talk about low income housing and other issues before the Board of Supervisors.

As usual, our meeting starts with snacks and conversation at 6:30 (bring a munchie to share if you can) and at 7 PM the meeting itself begins.

We will meet at the home of Alice Smith, 4284 Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto 94306.

Annual All Clubs Picnic

Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren joined our friends, family, and other elected officials at Rainbow Park
for a day of fun and friendship. Food and drinks were provided.

Hosted by the Democratic Party and Sponsored by The Silicon Valley Democratic Club
Date of Event: Saturday, July 18, 2015





DFA Link Meeting – Book Club

DFA logoJuly’s meeting was very stimulating with discussion of an important book on saving the middle class and at the same time curbing environmental exploitation, With Liberty and Dividends for All by Peter Barnes. If you want to read it you might be able to borrow it from one of us. We found it to be provocative and original and hopeful.

The subject is very much at the nexus of environment, economics and social justice.  We used a book charting process which facilitated participation, whether you read the book or not.

Thanks to all that participated.


Annual Club Potluck Picnic and Steering Committee Election



Thanks to all those attending for helping us celebrate ELEVEN years of stellar activism!

Congratulations to the following officers elected at the picnic

Co-Chairs: John Comiskey and Lucas Ramirez;

Treasurer: Karen Porter;

Recording Secretary: Mary Gill;

Corresponding Secretary: Joel Masser;

At Large: Ben Stetson and Emilie Gatfield


The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley thanks the following out-going officers for their years of service in making this the premier Democratic club in Santa Clara County:  Alice Smith, Don Mayall and Swanee Edwards


We were honored to have the following elected officials and honored guests speaking

Jim Beall, State Senator, District 15; Rich Gordon, Assembly Member, District 24; Sally Lieber, Former State Assembly Member and Former Speaker pro Tempore of the CA State Assembly; Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County District 3 Supervisor and President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors; Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County District 2 Supervisor; Jim Griffith, Mayor of Sunnyvale; Ash Kalra, San Jose City Council, District 2 and Candidate for Assembly District 27; Marc Berman, Palo Alto City Council and Candidate for Assembly District 24; Mike Kasperzak, Mountain View City Council and Candidate for Assembly District 24; Peter Leroe-Munoz, Gilroy City Council and Candidate for Assembly District 30; Rishi Kumar, Saratoga City Council; Susan Ellenberg. San Jose Unified School District; Thida Cornes, Mountain View Parks and Recreation Commission and Candidate for Mountain View City Council; Barbara Keegan, Santa Clara County Water District and Candidate for reelection; Pat Showalter, Vice Mayor of Mountain View; Omar Torres, Franklin McKinley School District and CDP Region 7 Director; Tim Orozco, Candidate for San Jose City Council, District 4; Patrick Ahrens appearing for Assembly Member Evan Low; and Andre Macapinlac appearing for State Senator Bob Wieckowski


The food was great as usual and the weather was just what we ordered (fantastic!)

Honoring Jerry McNerney’s contributions to Congress


The fundraiser for Jerry McNerney was a rousing success, garnering more than $12,000 for his campaign.  More than 60 supporters were in attendance to hear Anna Eshoo and Jerry speak about the important challenges facing our Congress.  Thank you to all who attended, and all who made contributions.


Join us and our special guest, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, for an afternoon reception honoring Congressman Jerry McNerney,

Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the home of Stephanie Grossman, 1121 Harriet Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

The Dean Club has supported Congressman McNerney for twelve years.

To RSVP or if you would like to be a part of the host committee, please e-mail Francois Genard or call (209) 956-2872.

Pre-pay at:


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