The Peninsula Democratic Coalition (PDC) is the oldest and largest Democratic Club in Silicon Valley. The PDC has a long history of promoting Democratic candidates and ideals and is chartered by both the Santa Clara and San Mateo County Democratic Central Committees. The PDC is affiliated with the California Democratic Council, a statewide coalition of grass roots clubs.

The PDC has members throughout Silicon Valley including the towns of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, San Jose, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Portola Valley, Atherton, Woodside, San Mateo, Belmont and San Carlos.



Join us at these upcoming PDC events:


Evening Reception with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Emy & Jim Thurber's Home, Los Altos

Dave Jones Banner

Please join us for an evening fundraiser with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 17, at the home of Emy & Jim Thurber in Los Altos. Donation levels: Host ($1,000), Sponsor ($500), Patron ($250) and Guest ($100). To RSVP please contact Joe Steinberger at 415-402-0303 or NOTE: Dave Jones for Insurance Commissioner 2014 does not accept contributions from insurance companies and their employees or agents and brokers. See the full flyer and information here: Sep12-DaveJones.

Dave has been an outstanding insurance commissioner in his first term. He has sponsored Prop 45 which will mandate that insurance companies that want to raise their rates must present their reasons for the raise to his agency and receive his approval.  This power is enjoyed by 35 other states but not California.  The insurance industry has launched a fierce and expensive campaign against Dave and against this consumer friendly initiative.  His opponent this fall will be a conservative Republican State Senator, Ted Gaines, who owns an insurance company and who will raise vast sums of money to defeat Dave – and Prop 45 in November. It is vital that we protect the gains in health coverage that California has produced under the Affordable Care Act.  Electing Dave to a second term and securing

Evening Reception to Meet and Support Amanda Renteria for Congress

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Portola Valley

Amanda Renteria

Please join the PDC and Progressive Women Silicon Valley for an evening reception to meet and support Amanda Renteria for Congress. Location provided upon RSVP and contribution online at https://renteria-pwsv929 or contact Teresa Skala at teresa@amandarenteria.comor Nick Schumaker at or (559) 765-7091. Contribution levels are Sponsor ($500), Supporter ($250), and Guest ($100). Students and Young Professionals (30 years old or younger) ($50). 

Amanda went to Stanford and Harvard Business School, and is brilliant and charismatic. After working in finance, she worked in public education, was a staffer for Dianne Feinstein and was Chief of Staff for Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow. She is challenging freshman tea party Congressman David Valadao. He’s just awful politically, but it’s a tough district, Congressional District 21 in the Central Valley, including parts of Bakersfield. Amanda is one of the most inspiring and charismatic people I’ve ever heard and she needs our help to have a chance of winning this race. You can find out more about her at and The flyer for the fundraiser is located here.



Evening Reception to Meet CA State Senator Alex Padilla, Candidate for CA Secretary of State

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Please join the PDC for an evening reception 6 pm Tuesday October 7 in Atherton to meet State Senator Alex Padilla, candidate for California Secretary of State. Location provided upon RSVP to Maggie Rothschild at 415-402-0303 or Any registered California voter can vote for this state-wide office; this is a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to him in an informal setting. You can see the event flyer here.

Alex went to MIT and got an engineering degree. He was a staffer for Dianne Feinstein and for Tony Cardenas. He was elected to the Los Angeles city council at 26 years old and two years later was elected President of the city council! He’s currently finishing 8 years in the California State Senate where among other legislation, he just authored the bill banning disposable plastic bags that was signed into law. More than 70 Padilla bills have been signed into law since he was elected to the State Senate in 2006.  Around the Capitol recently named Padilla one of 2013’s “Most Effective Legislators,” citing his ability to “cross ideological lines, take on big bills and keep warring parties within the caucus.” This may be a chance to meet a future and first Latino California Governor. You can learn more about him at and