The California Democratic Party held selection caucuses around


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the state for delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. After the primary, the final slate of delegates will be assembled based on the percentage of the vote received by each presidential candidate in each Congressional District 14.


Coastside Democratic Club members Sabrina Brennan and April Vargas with Shaan Franchi.

The Hillary Clinton caucus for Congressional District 14 (Jackie Speier) was held in Burlingame at the Plumbers’ Union Hall, and was attended by approximately 450 people. More than 60 candidates were running to be delegates, and almost half of them attended the meeting and spoke in favor of their candidacy. The range of participants was great, with many diverse, experienced, enthusiastic options. The winning delegates were the three endorsed and supported by Congresswoman Speier, and the three youngest candidates, who are all college students. The winners were Lilli Rey, Melissa Cairo, Shikha Hamilton, Alexis Lewis (alt.), Ray Buenaventura, John Beaumont, Shaan Franchi, and Matthew Goldberg (top right).

The Bernie Sanders caucus for the same district was held in an Union Hall in South San Francisco. Approximately 150 people attended, including many from the Coastside. The winners were: Bobbi Ratley (Half Moon Bay), Bruce Jones (Half Moon Bay), Alex Hagan (Montara), Gus Peterson (Moss Beach), Elsa Schafer Ravel (Belmont), and Holly Cordiero (SSF).


Bruce Jones, Bobbi Ratley, and Thomas Peterson, winning Delegates


California billionaire Tom Steyer launches $25-million push to register millennial voters

California billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer is launching a $25-million effort to register young voters.

Steyer’s group, NextGen Climate Action, announced Monday that it plans to deploy organizers to hundreds of college campuses in seven states ahead of the November election.

“They have the most at stake,” Steyer said of young voters. “We’re determined that they will be a difference-maker.”

Steyer, who has been said to be considering a run for California governor, has spent tens of millions of dollars in previous elections backing candidates who support boosting renewable energy and other efforts aimed at combating climate change.

He spent $74 millioSteyern in 2014 alone, leading some to describe him as the Democratic equivalent of the Koch brothers.

His group’s latest effort aims to shape politics by changing the makeup of the electorate. Polls show that younger voters are more likely than their older counterparts to believe that global warming is an important issue that must be addressed.

The new registration drive will target college students in Ohio, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire, several of which are swing states in presidential elections.

Time to Renew Your Membership.

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Its that time again to renew your Coastside Democrats membership for FY 2016-2017. Our Club’s fiscal year runs from May 1 through April 30. If your dues are current for FY 2015-2016 then you will be eligible to vote at our General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 7pm-9pm. However if your membership has lapsed during the year, then you need to renew 30 days prior to any vote according to the Club’s Bylaws. If you are unsure just renew now.

Last Call for Coastside Dem’s Board Nominations

Deadline April 14, 2016 at 5 PM.nominate

The Coastside Democratic Club will be electing its Board of Directors for FY 2016 – 2017 at its Annual Meeting on May 17, 2016. Anyone wishing to be on the ballot, according to our Bylaws Article VII: Elections needs to:

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.

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. Please mail nominations no later then April 14, 2016 5 PM to

Club Members Serve as Delegates to the California State Democratic Convention 2016

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Club member Brigid O’Farrell was a delegate representing the Democratic Central Committee of San Mateo County (SMDCC) at the California State Convention. She is an author of seven books on gender and labor issues, including a well regarded biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. She is past president of the Coastside Democratic Club and currently running for reelection to the SMDCC for District 3.

O’Farrell’s husband, club member TJ Glauthier, was a delegate for State Senator Jerry Hill. He is an energy expert who has served in several national government positions including in the Clinton White House and on President Obama’s transition team. He currently chairs the board of the San Mateo Resource Conservation District. They live in Moss Beach.

Large Crowd Hears Carole Groom at March Meeting

DSCF7050Approximately 40 people attended the March meeting of the Coastside Democratic Club to hear “An Inside Look at the Coastal Commission.” San Mateo County Supervisor and Coastal Commission member Carole Groom provided her perspective on the recent firing of Commission Executive Director Eric Lester and on the future of the Commission. She supports recent legislation introduceDSCF7053d by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to require all consultants who regularly represent clients before the Commission to register as lobbyists. (At right, Club President Bill Kehoe with Supervisor Groom)

Central Committee Member Mitchell Oster spoke in favor of Measure AA for a Clean and Healthy Bay. He stated that “this important measure is on the ballot in all 9 Bay Area counties for this June 7th Presidential Primary election and will raise funds for improving water quality, increasing fish and wildlife habitat, and protecting shoreline communities.”

Three club members are candidates in June for the County Democratic Central Committee: Sabrina Brennan, Brigid O’Farrell, and Kathryn Slater-Carter. Pictured below are Sabrina Brennan and Kathryn Slater-Carter with Mitch Oster.


Updates were provided on the activities of the presidential candidate caucuses. For more information on Coastsiders for Hillary, contact Barbara Dye For information on the Bernie Sanders campaign, contact Dennis Paull

Watch for more information about the Club’s Annual Meeting.



An Inside Look at the Coastal Commission

Carol GroomSupervisor and Coastal Commissioner Groom will speak to the Coastside Democratic Club on Saturday, March 12, 3-5 pm in El Granada.

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We are pleased to present San Mateo County Supervisor, District 2, and Coastal Commissioner Carole Groom at our March General Meeting. She will be speaking on the recent events at the Coastal Commission and other County initiatives that will impact our coastal life in San Mateo County.

The event will be held at the Klein’s home, 771 San Carlos Ave., El Granada (see map below):

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Happy Hour at the Distillery this Friday, March 4th, 5-7 pm. to support local Democrats

All drinks are 50% off and the happy hour menu includes fish tacos and crab cakes.

Please stop by and support candidates for a seat on the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee. A table with Nomination Papers will be setup in the bar area. Coastal candidates for the DCC need your signature to qualify for the June ballot.


Coastside Democrats Attend CA State Democratic Convention

Dem conventionLocal residents Fran Pollard, Sabrina Brennan and Barbara Dye attended the state Democratic Convention in San Jose. They were pleased to hear from a whole host of elected officials from the state of California, beginning with a special farewell to Senator Barbara Boxer who will be retiring after 24 years in the Senate. Other speakers included Nancy Pelosi, several Congresswoman, State Treasurer John Chiang, and both candidates for Boxer’s seat, Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez. An especially memorable speech was given by Tom Steyer, prominent environmentalist and philanthropist.

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The highlight of the day was an inspiring speech by Vice President Biden. He talked about his view of the role of Democrats in the world, saying “You can’t lead this great country without recognizing what made it great in the first place. And more importantly, you can’t lead America unless you believe in the American people and their capacity to do virtually anything they set their mind to. I mean that sincerely. American has led the world and continues to lead not just by the example of our power but by the power of our example. What these guys don’t get is that we are looked up to in the world because of our values not just our physical power. We cannot define America based on race, ethnicity, religious faith, or national origin. The only way you can define America is by the principles we all believe in.”


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Tom Steyer, who has donated large sums to efforts to combat climate change, broadened his scope and talked about income inequality as well as environmental issues.


Board members of the Club have the opportunity to vote on which candidates the County Democratic Party will endorse for the June primary. Most of the offices involved have only one candidate. However, there is a lively race for the Democratic nomination for Assembly District 24. The current incumbent, Rich Gordon, is precluded from running again because of term limits.

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In order to learn more about the candidates, the Club sent them the following questions:

1. What do you see as the most important issues for the Coastside?

2. Have you had any contact with the Coastside, worked with any community groups here, helped with any issues on the coast?

3. Do you have any endorsements from the Coastside?

4. How would you propose to learn more about Coastside issues and the communities here?

5. Would you be interested in attending a Meet the Candidates night on the Coastside?

We received responses from three of the four candidates: Mike Kazperzak, Vicki Veenker, and Marc Berman. Barry Chang did not respond. The three responses are posted on the website, along with information from each candidate’s website.

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