Coastside Dems Support Local Control of the Harbor District

Letter sent in support of the Harbor District:

July 13, 2015

Subject: SMCHD MSR & SOI Update

To: LAFCo Commissioners and Executive Director

From: Coastside Democrats Board, William Kehoe, President

Honorable Commissioners and Executive Director Poyatos On behalf of the Board of the Coastside Democrats,

I wish to inform you that we are in full support of the duly elected Harbor Commissioners and feel that they need to be given an adequate amount of time to correct the mismanagement of past administrations. Many of us have been working over a decade to clean up the harbors both physically and financially through the electoral process and we see the new Commissioners working to accomplish our shared goals. Coastside Democrats requests that LAFCo maintain the SMCo Harbor District sphere of influence and support the voters of San Mateo County.

There are many just points raised in both the SMC Grand Jury Report and the LAFCo MSR & SOI Update, a few of which we support and wish to emphasize are listed below:

  • Improvement of infrastructure and facility, better maintenance and capital projects to enhance the safety and operations of the harbor.
  • Implementing a capital improvement plan and accounting system, including a five year ‐ Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is reflected in the budget.
  • Add a cost accounting system to track cost for enterprise versus non-enterprise.

Keep in mind that many of the grievances mentioned in your update have been ongoing for a decade or more and are the results of previous administrations. The newly elected Harbor Board (Jan 2015) has already taken steps to bring cost controls to the District:

  • Stop paying Health Insurance Benefits for Commissioners, upon commencement of reelected Commissioner’s new term of office.
  • The board voted unanimously to support relocating the District’s headquarters near Pillar Point Harbor.

And the new board voted unanimously to designate the Harbor District as the lead agency in the sand replenishment effort at Surfer’s Beach. As you may know, had previous Boards or San Mateo County taken this action when the community requested it many years ago, the County would not be in the position now of scrambling to shore up Hwy 1 at this location at a great cost to the California taxpayers.

There are other issues which you should consider, as referenced in your update, when you consider your service review. You cite 56430 (a) (2) “The location and characteristics of any disadvantaged unincorporated communities within or contiguous to the sphere of influence”. As you know, Pillar Point Harbor on the San Mateo County coast is a major source of jobs both in the fishing industry and the tourism trade. Over half the population on the Coastside resides in the unincorporated area surrounding the harbor. There are many people dependent on the health and functions of a strong Harbor District, as well as many visitors to this area.

The County, due to its structure, complexity and breath of services, has historically been unable to meet the specific needs of each of its unincorporated neighborhood communities. Likewise, we think it will be unlikely to balance and adequately prioritize the competing demands of a harbor district. Let me remind you that Granada Sanitary District (Granada Community Services District) and the Montara Sanitary District (Montara Water and Sanitary District) were formed to provide the unincorporated communities with needed services when the County decided not to do so.

Finally, any discussions on changing the structure and make up of the Board will be monitored carefully and will be scrutinized to ensure that the will of the voters of San Mateo County is not undermined.

Please include this letter in the Commission packet.

Sincerely, William Kehoe President, Coastside Democrats

New Coastside Democratic Club Board looks ahead


Newly-elected members of the Club Board of Directors have been meeting to plan for the year ahead. Left to right: Dan Haggerty, Cid Young, Dana Kimsey, Dennis Paull, Kathryn Slater-Carter, Bill Kehoe, Doreen Gerrity, Harvey Rareback, Fran Pollard, Kathy Klein, Barbara Dye

News from the County Democratic Party



San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter
Happy JULY 2015 San Mateo County Democrats! 


Friends and Democrats;

JUNE 2015 will go down in history for the reinforcement of DEMOCRATIC VALUES by our nation AND our state!

First, with the decision by SCOTUS on June 25th in KING V. BURWELL by 6-3 to forever put to rest the debate on the Affordable Care Act. It is and will forever be the law of the land despite some Republican’s promises to still try and derail it, calling it an “illegal action”.

Health Care for ALL is a DEMOCRATIC VALUE. 

Second, on the 26th, they ruled by a 5-4 margin in favor of Marriage Equality in OBERGEFELL V. HODGES. Same Sex Marriage is now legal in the remaining 13 states of our country. The United States now becomes the 21 nation in the world to have full marriage equality for all it’s citizens. As I write this letter, they are now issuing licenses to same sex couples in Kentucky! A truly landmark day, especially in the South and Midwest.

Our own Democratic Party Chairman John Burton had this to say:

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to overturn state laws banning same-sex couples from marrying is a victory for the American ideal of equality. The recognition of loving families that started in California and Massachusetts has now swept the nation. 

When I introduced Assembly Bill 167 in 1991 to change California law to permit same-sex marriage, a conservative commentator called it the “battle of the century.” This battle is now over, but it won’t end Republican-led attacks on gay Americans, and California Democrats won’t stop fighting discrimination against gay and lesbian families and students.

Marriage Equality for ALL is a DEMOCRATIC VALUE. 

Our State Representatives continue to lead the way in forward thinking legislation. Our own State Leaders, Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Phil Ting, Kevin Mullin and Rich Gordon are making us proud every day in Sacramento.

The fight for our DEMOCRATIC VALUES  has only just begun. There are many fronts for us to consider now as we look to 2016 and the candidates that will represent our party.

  • Women’s Rights and Equality and complete access to reproductive services and health care
  • Safety for our Children in the education system, be it bullying or vaccinations
  • A fully inclusive Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) to include Transgender Rights
  • Compassion in the End Of Life for all
  • Immigration Reform 
  • Strengthening of Gun Regulations
  • Environment and Renewable Energy
  • and finally, federal  VOTING RIGHTS reform


We must use 2015 to build momentum for the coming 2016 election cycle, by building  our base of voluteers and participants in all things Democratic in San Mateo County. Talk with your friends, neighbors and family about the SAN MATEO COUNTY DEMOCRATS. Get them to a meeting or event or even have them join one of our Democratic Clubs.

Annual Club Meeting on May 31 from 3 pm to 5 pm

Coastside Democrats Annual May Meeting

WHEN:     May 31, 2015 from 3 pm to 5 pm

WHERE: Rich & Kathy Klein’s Home

               771 San Carlos Ave

               El Granada CA


Pot Luck

We ask everyone to bring a little food to share. The Coastside Dems will provide beverages.


3:00 pm Sign In and receive ballot (Board & Bylaws)

3:15 pm State of the Club Report

3:30 pm SB700 (Disclose Act) Resolution

3:45 pm Collect Ballots & tally

4:00 pm Keynote Address, “What a progressive Democrat can do to make the world a better place” by Ralph Miller,

   California Democratic Party, Executive Board

4:45 pm Announce ballot results

5:00 pm Closing & clean-up

Ralph Miller to speak at Annual Meeting

Ralph-MillerCo-Founder and Chair of Latinos for America, Ralph Miller is [a candidate for (election is 5/16/15)] Secretary of the Progressive Caucus  and Secretary of his 10th Assembly District Democratic Club (Marin-Sonoma). He has previously served as California 6th Assembly District Executive Board representative to the California Democratic Party and is an active member of the Hispanic, Progressive and Business & Professional caucuses.
An Executive Producer by training and profession, Ralph began his grassroots organizing efforts during the Dean for President Campaign, and served as Hispanic Caucus Whip on staff for the Dean for DNC Chair race in 2004. He is also one of the original authors of the LFA and DFA Grassroots Training Curriculum, of the California 58-County Plan and a grassroots media trainer.


Map to Annual Club Meeting on May 31 from 3 pm to 5 pm

Coastside Democrats Annual May Meeting

WHEN:     May 31, 2015 from 3 pm to 5 pm

WHERE: Rich & Kathy Klein’s Home

               771 San Carlos Ave

               El Granada CA

771 San Carlos Ave EG Map Route 2

Nominating Committee Board Member Recommendations

Nominating Committee Board Member Recommendations

April 12, 2015


President  Bill Kehoe
Vice President  Doreen Gerrity


Kathryn Slater-Carter
Secretary  Cid Young
At large members

Dennis Paull

Barbara Dye

Dan Haggerty

Fran Pollard
Dana Kimsey
Kathy Klein
Ex Officio Harvey Rarback

Please note per our Bylaws that nominations may be made from the floor, with two seconds, at the Annual Meeting and the Nominees must agree to serve.

Proposed Bylaw changes May 2015

Proposed Bylaw changes are in red or lined out:


Club Bylaws
Bylaws of the Coastside Democrats
Approved on March 10, 2005
As amended Aug 7, 2014

As amended May 2015

Article I: Name and Affiliation

Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Coastside Democrats, herein after referred to as the “Club”.

Section 2. This Club shall be affiliated with the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, herein after referred to as the SMCDCC.

Article II: Purpose

Section 1. A purpose of this Club is to support the candidates of the Democratic Party.

Section 2. An equal purpose of this Club is to support the principles of:
a. honest and transparent government and elections
b. equal and inclusive opportunity and justice for all Americans
c. government benefiting all citizens, not just the wealthy
d. full respect for our natural environment and international treaties
e. public health and education, women’s rights and the welfare of seniors
f. outreach to youth and all ethnic communities

Article III: Membership

Section 1. Membership in the Club is open to all registered Democrats who live or work in along the San Mateo County coast.

Section 2. Membership in the Club is also open to those persons who are not eligible to register to vote but have expressed their intention to register Democratic when they become eligible and who live or work along the San Mateo County coast.

Section 2. People who are not registered Democrats but support progressive causes may become non-voting Friends of the Coastside Democrats and participate in Club activities.

Section 3. Membership may not be limited due to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, ethnic identity, physical ability, sexual orientation or economic status.

Section 4. The membership year starts on May 1.

Section 5. Members must be paid up Membership dues must be current in order to vote at any meeting. Membership may will lapse if dues are more than 90 days past due.

Section 6. Those individuals not eligible for membership are welcome to become Friends of Coastside Democrats.

Article IV: Dues

Section 1. The dues schedule shall be proposed by the Board and approved by majority vote of the membership.

Section 2. All dues are due and payable on the first day of the membership year.

Article V: Officers

Section 1. The elected officers of the Club shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Any member of the Club may run for office.

Section 2. The Executive Board, herein after called the “Board”, consists of the elected officers, 6 elected At Large members, and the past president (ex officio).

Section 3. All elected positions shall be for a term of one year.

Section 4. The duties of the Board shall be to determine the programs and activities of the Club and to distribute a newsletter to all members.

Section 5. The duties of the officers are:
a. President. The President shall be the presiding officer at all General Meetings and at meetings of the Board. The President is responsible for assuring that the programs and directives of the Board are carried out. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees. The President may delegate authority as it appears prudent. The President is the official Club spokesperson.
b. Vice President. The Vice President shall preside at any meetings where the President is absent or when requested by the President. The Vice President shall assist the President as otherwise mutually agreed upon.
c. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of each Membership Meeting and each Board Meeting. The Secretary shall distribute the previous Board minutes prior to each Board Meeting. The Secretary shall prepare and distribute Club correspondence as directed by the Board or other officer and shall receive correspondence from other sources.
d. Treasurer. The treasurer shall maintain the books and financial records of the Club and shall prepare a Treasurer’s report for each meeting of the Board. The Treasurer shall maintain the Club’s bank Account and shall receive and disperse Club funds. The Treasurer shall maintain the membership rolls for the Club and shall prepare the reports needed to maintain our affiliation.

Article VI: Meetings

Section 1. The Annual Meeting of the membership shall be held in the first month of the membership year for the purpose of the election of officers and At Large Board members. The President shall make a report on the activities of the Club for the past year. There will then be an opportunity for all members to discuss the future direction of the Club.

Section 2. General Meetings shall be held at least quarterly. The time and place shall be set by the Board.

Section 3. Special Meetings may be called by any two members of the Board or by the President with at least 7 days notice to the membership.

Section 4. A quorum must be present to conduct business at the Annual, General or Special Meeting of the membership. A quorum shall consist of the greater of 10% or 8 paid up members, and must include at least one officer.

Section 5. Board Meetings shall be held at least every other month. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Board, including at least two officers. A quorum must be present to conduct Board business.

Section 6. The Board may conduct emergency meetings via electronic mail if a regular meeting cannot be conducted because of the urgency of a matter before the Board. Decisions made via electronic mail must be approved by 2/3 of the Board.

Section 7. The time and place of all Membership and Board Meetings shall be set by the Board.

Article VII: Elections

Section 1. Elections shall be held at the Annual Meeting.

Section 2. The Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee no later than 45 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee shall report their nominations for all Board positions to the membership no later than 30 days prior to the election. Multiple nominations for any position are allowed.

Section 3. Nominations may be made by any three members and submitted to the Nominating committee.

Section 4. Nominations may be made from the floor, with two seconds, at the Annual Meeting.

Section 5. Nominees must agree to serve.

Section 6. All members must be present to vote and must have been a member for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Section 7. The election of officers and At Large Board members shall be by secret ballot. Ballots shall be counted using an Instant Runoff method. A Tellers Committee shall be appointed by the President which shall not contain any persons running for office.

Article VIII: Resignation and Removal from Office

Section 1. Any officer or At Large Board member may be removed from office by vote of the membership at a General or Special Meeting. Complaints must be submitted in writing to any Board member. The complaints against such a person must be sent to the membership at least 14 days prior to the meeting date at which the removal is to be voted upon. The vote to remove must be by a 2/3 majority of those members present. Removal of a Board Member must be voted on at a meeting of the membership where a quorum is present. Prosecution and defense for the removal of a Board Member shall be given at least 5 minutes each to present their positions. The vote to remove must be by a 2/3 majority of those members present.

Section 2. Any officer or At Large Board member may be removed from office by majority vote of the Board for:
a. Registering in a party other than the Democratic Party
b. Endorsing a candidate that is not a registered Democrat
only when the Club has already endorsed a candidate for that position
c. Missing three consecutive Board meetings

d. Engaging in conduct deemed to be unbecoming during the execution of Club business

Section 3. The Board may appoint a member to fill the unexpired term of a resigned or removed Board member, or may call a special election.

Article IX: Rules and Procedures

Section 1. The rules to be followed at membership and Board meetings shall be Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised. Should these bylaws conflict with those rules, these bylaws shall prevail. Should the Bylaws of the SMCDCC conflict, the SMCDCC bylaws shall prevail.

Article X: Committees

Section 1. There shall be the following Standing Committees:
a. Membership
– responsible for supporting the membership
b. Program
– responsible for planning Membership meetings and activities
c. Legislation
& Lobbyingresponsible for informing the membership about relevant political matters
d. Publicity –
responsible for informing the public and membership about Club activities

e. Finance – responsible to produce and monitor a yearly Club budget.

Section 2. Ad hoc committees may be created by any elected officer. Ad hoc committees may be disbanded by the officer who created them or by 2/3 vote of the Board.

Section 3. The Chairs of the Standing and Ad Hoc Committees shall be nominated by the President and approved by majority vote of the Board provided a quorum is reached. The Chairs may recruit additional committee members from among the Club membership.

Section 4. The purpose and function of the committees shall be approved by the Board.

Section 5. All committee chairs shall report the activities of their committees at each Board Meeting, in person or by written report.

Section 6. Committee members shall publish their reports on the Club website.

Article XI: Finances

Section 1. The Treasurer shall maintain a checking account in the name of the Club.

Section 2. The President and the Treasurer shall be signatories on the Club checking account. Only one signature shall be required on each check, except that two signatures shall be required for check amounts over $400.

Section 3. The Board may instruct the Treasurer to open additional accounts as the Board sees fit.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall distribute an up-to-date financial report at each Board Meeting. The Treasurer shall also submit an annual report to the membership at the Annual Meeting.

Section 5. In the event of dissolution of this Club, all Club assets shall revert to the SMCDCC.

Section 6. The Treasurer is the Chair of the Finance Committee and is responsible for ensuring that expenditures are made consistent with the budget. If changes are needed, the Treasurer will first get approval from the Board.

Article XII: Endorsements

Section 1. Only one registered Democrat per contested position may be endorsed in a voter-nominated top-two open primary.

Section 2. Only one registered Democrat per contested position may be endorsed for office in a general election.

Section 3. The California Democratic Party endorses in statewide elections for candidates and propositions. The Club may vote to concur with these endorsements or remain neutral.

Section 4. Only the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee (SMCDCC) may endorse candidates and measures in non-partisan local elections. The Club may vote to recommend the endorsement of one registered Democrat per contested position running for local office to the SMCDCC. The Club may vote to recommend endorsement on local measures to the SMDCC.

Section 5. If the SMDCC does not vote on a local ballot measure and a general membership meeting is not held, the Club Board may vote to endorse a local ballot measure, but not candidates. Club Board endorsement for local ballot measures must pass by a 60% majority.

Section 6. Club endorsements and recommendations must be approved at an official meeting of the membership by at least 60% of those voting for that individual candidate, proposition, or measure.

Section 7. The membership shall be notified at least 15 days prior to an endorsement meeting.

Article XIII: Resolutions

Section 1. The Club will from time to time take positions on local, state, and national legislation.

Section 2. The Club may also take positions on other issues.

Section 3. A resolution on issues may be submitted to the membership by the Executive Board or by a petition signed by six or more members.

Section 4. A resolution must be approved at an official meeting of the membership by a majority of those voting.

Article XIV General Policies

Section 1. All membership meetings of this Club shall be open to the public, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, ethnic identity, physical ability, sexual orientation or economic status.

Section 2. All Board meetings are open to the membership.

Section 3. The activities of this Club shall be as open to the public as possible, consistent with a reasonable degree of decorum, as determined by the President.

Section 4. These Bylaws and all Annual reports shall be available to the public.

Section 5. Membership and newsletter lists shall not be disseminated or used for non-Club business without Board approval.

Article XV: Amendments

Section 1. Amendments to these Bylaws may be submitted to the Board by any two Board members or by any 5 members.

Section 2. Proposed amendments must be distributed to the membership at least 14 days prior to a vote by the membership.

Section 3. Proposed amendments must be voted on at a meeting of the membership where a quorum is present. Proponent and opponents to the amendment shall be given at least 5 minutes each to present their positions.

Section 4. Voting on amendments shall be by secret ballot. Amendments must receive a 2/3 vote of approval from the members present to pass.

Section 5. Amendments take effect immediately upon approval.

Results of the Coastside Democrats Presidential Straw Poll

A non-binding straw poll of the Coastside Democrats taken at “Spring Break” general membership (3/22/15) meeting held at the Point Montara Lighthouse gave us the following results:

  • Hillary Clinton – 5
  • Joe Biden – 0
  • Jim Webb – 1
  • Martin O’Malley – 2
  • Bernie Sanders – 1
  • Elizabeth Warren – 12
  • Other – 0
  • Undecided – 1

One ballot was discarded because there were 3 candidates selected without a clear preference.

March Membership Meeting

Our next Membership meeting will be on Open Space and Parks for the Coastside at the historic Fog Signal Building of the Point Montara Lighthouse Sunday March 22 from 3 to 6 pm. Please observe the instructions on the safe way to get to the Lighthouse. Parking is extremely limited so please arrange to car pool there.

We will have light refreshments and a knowledgeable panel.

Please invite your interested friends and family (but remember to carpool!). (More)

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