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:


November Lunch with Local Mayors

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA

Join us for lunch with a panel of four local mayors, discussing the state of Silicon Valley and the issues affecting our communities. 11am - 1pm Sunday, November 15, at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View. Lunch is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Please pre-pay by Wednesday, November 11 at

Mayor Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier, East Palo Alto
Mayor Karen Holman, Palo Alto
Mayor John McAlister, Mountain View
Mayor Jan Pepper, Los Altos

Moderator: Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian

September 29 Calendar of Local Events

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 06:00 PM


PDC/PYD Weekly Calendar – September 29, 2015


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Secretary Clinton returns to the Bay Area on September 28 and 29 for four exciting events!  There is something for everyone -- an outdoor event in sunny Saratoga, a family event in Marin, Hillary's first reception in the East Bay and an Innovators breakfast in SF!  Please see below for more details.
Tuesday, September 29th, Morning (Time TBD), San Francisco, CA
An Innovators Breakfast with Hillary Rodham Clinton <>
Home of Michael and Xochi Birch
Address provided upon RSVP and closer to event date
$2,700 per person  <>
Co-Host: Raise $27,000 (includes host reception with Hillary)
Host: Raise $50,000 (includes host reception with Hillary)

Wednesday, September 30 at 12 noon
. Questions about Emerge California’s training program? Join us for a Virtual Information Session with Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Click here <>  to RSVP.
Two weeks to go!  There is still time to apply to Emerge California’s Class of 2016.

If you or a woman you know is ready to step up to leadership, there’s a seat for you in California’s premier training program for Democratic women interested in running for office, with programs in Northern and Southern California.

Our four-month program provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of what it takes to run and win.

Begin your application today <>  or recommend a woman <!> .

Thursday, October 1, Friday, October 2, Saturday, October 3, 7:30 p.m..: FOLLIES: A SALUTE TO IGNOMINIOUS IDOLIZING OF IDIOCY!
 Come enjoy political parody at its best.
Where: Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos 94022
Tickets: $60 Thursday; $100 Friday and Saturday (pre-post show receptions included).
For tickets, Box Office at 650-941-0551 or online at
The Follies is here to set us all straight by singing topical parodies that put those pretentious peeps in their place. Delightful music, hilarious emcee patter, the faux pas du jour, all brought to you by the ever-up-for-it Follies troupe. Friday and Saturday Follies Pre-Show Reception: 6:30 p.m. and coffee and dessert after the show in the Follies tent next to the theatre. Tax deductible benefit for the theatre.
With cameo appearances by our own Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian (Friday night show) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, CD-18 (Saturday night). 
Friday, October 2, 1-4 p.m. Veteran’s Summit: Ending Chronic Veteran Homelessness
Where: <>
Did you know that Santa Clara County has the highest proportion of unsheltered homeless veterans in the country? The goal of the summit is to educate and activate key community leaders, elected officials, and representatives from local companies to take concrete steps to tackle the problems of veteran homelessness and healthcare.
Sponsored by City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission
Sunday, October 4, 3-5 p.m. Afternoon Reception with special guest Russ Feingold, Democrat for US Senate.
Where: The Home of Stephanie Grossman, 1121 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Co-Hosts: Stephanie Grossman, Emy & Jim Thurber, Gary Kremen, Otto Lee, Gregory Loew, Steve Preminger, Diane & Joe Rolfe, Alice Smith, Myra Strober & Jay Jackman, Kavita Tankha, Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley, Democratic Volunteer Center, Peninsula Democratic Coalition and San Mateo County DFA. Suggested Donation: Champion: $500 • Supporter • $250 • Friend $100.
Please donate online: <> or mail check payable to Russ for Wisconsin to Russ for Wisconsin, 137 Entrada Drive, Suite #3, Santa Monica, CA 90402.
RSVP to Jackie Holland: 818-216-5481 or <

Monday, October 5, 6:45-9 p.m. Environmental Stewardship Program 2.01
Where: Redwood City
If you would like to spend one evening a month learning about critical environmental issues through award-winning documentaries/ presentations and taking action to combat climate change, preserve wild places, protect endangered wildlife, and advocate for safer and more sustainable ways of living, this is your opportunity to make a difference. Sponsored by Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter <>

Tuesday, October 6, 8-9 a.m. State Senator Jerry Hill, SD-13. Java with Jerry.
Where: Il Piccolo Caffé, 1219 Broadway Ave. Burlingame, 94010
Please join Senator Hill for a cup of coffee and conversation on key legislative issues for 2015 and how they affect the community.  No RSVP or appointment necessary.  Bring your ideas,  questions and concerns. Coffee provided sat no expense to taxpayers. Learn more about this event here <>
Tuesday, October 6, 7-8 p.m. Silicon Valley’s Affordable Housing Crisis: In Conversation with Maria Marroquîn, Mountain View Tenants Coalition, Executive Director, Mtn. View Day Worker Center
Where: Mid-pen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
With the average cost of one and two bedroom apartments soaring over $3000 a month, seniors, the disabled, low-wage workers and young families are being driven out of Silicon Valley. Evictions are on the rise, as rent increases burden a larger and larger portion of the population.  Come prepared to ask questions or share your opinions.
Sponsored by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.  Wheelchair accessible.

Wednesday, October 7, 7 p.m. Doors Open; 7:30-9 p.m. Program: Eastern Europe and the Continuing Ukraine Crisis: Future Prospects.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Norman Naimark, Director of the Stanford Global Studies and Professor of East European Studies.
Where: Los Altos Youth Center, 1 North San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022.
Sponsored by World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter.

Friday, October 9, 2-4 p.m. Reception Honoring Assemblyman Evan Low, AD-28.
Where: Home of Dr. Meredith Heiser, Foothill College Professor,
707 Laurel Ave., Menlo Park 94025
Join FACCC PAC, Foothill-DeAnza FA PAC and other education advocates as we honor Assemblyman Low and his work for community college faculty.  We will also be discussing the 2016 ballot.
Sponsored by Faculty Association of California Community Colleges PAC
Requested donation to the PAC: $100, $250, $500
Friday, October 9, 11:59 p.m. DEADLINE to apply to Emerge California’s Class of 2016.
Questions about Emerge California’s training program? Join us for a Virtual Information Session with Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia on Wednesday, September 30 at 12 noon. Click here <>  to RSVP.
Saturday, October 10, afternoon. Special Guest President Barack Obama. Benefit Concert with Performance by Kanye West for the Democratic Hope Fund.
Where: Warfield Theatre, 982 Market Street, San Francisco, 94102
Join President Obama, Kanye West, and the Democratic National Committee. You can RSVP for the concert HERE <> or contact Carla Frank at <> or (202) 488-5022.
Tickets are available at the following levels:
•  General Admission: $250
•  Premium Seating: $1,000
•  Photo Line: $5,000
•  VIP Reception: $10,000
Tuesday, October 13, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, CD-14. Job Hunters Book Camp
Where: San Mateo County Event Center, Fiesta Hall, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo  94403
Whether your first or twelfth Boot Camp, you will walk away inspired, re-energized in your job search and with very likely job leads from the more than 100 employers who will be attending. Don’t be left out! You will connect with employers eager to hire, learn skills needed for a successful job search and receive information on resources from health care to veterans services. More than 100 employers with multiple job openings have signed up to date.
Please sign up early <> . Feel free to share this email <>

Tuesday, October 13, 7-8:30 p.m.. State Senator Jerry Hill, SD-13, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson:Town Hall Meeting on Education with Anne Campbell, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools and Jon R. Gundry, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools.
Where: Cañada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Bld. 3, Redwood City  94061
Join us for a discussion about education in our public schools. Learn about the big issues schools face this years. Share your questions and concerns. Free parking in campus Lot 2. Map: RSVP: Senator Hill’s District office at 650-212-3313 or and OPEN to the PUBLIC

Tuesday, October 13, 6 p.m.? FIRST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE.
Host/Attend a Debate Watch Party: 
Bernie Sanders:
Hillary Clinton:

Wednesday, October 14, 7:30-9:30 a.m. ProjectWe HOPE to Benefit the Homeless
Where: Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper, Palo Alto, 94303
A Beautiful Morning Breakfast Gala honoring those who help rebuild the lives of the homeless. Features a gourmet buffet breakfast, community and service awards and special guest including comedian and motivational speaker Michael Pritchard.
Cost: Tickets are free, but suggested donations are $50, $75, $100, your donation.
For more information, visit
Questions: Lynn Huidekoper,

Wednesday, October 14, 4 p.m., People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action.
Where: Charleston Park Plaza, 1500 Charleston Rd, Mountain View, next to the Googleplex.  
One year after the People's Climate March, we have built a stronger, more diverse movement that's showing world leaders that climate is everyone's issue.
 All across the country, climate protectors will gather at rallies, deliver petitions, and call for action to end climate disruption.
The general message is that "to change everything, you need everyone, everywhere".  The Silicon Valley rally will emphasize in a positive way the need for tech companies to go beyond greening their own operations and join us in advocating for urgent action on the climate challenge.
RSVP: Sign up today to let us know you're coming so you don't miss important updates! <>

Friday, October 16, Check-In & Reception: 6 p.m., Dinner & Program: 7 p.m. Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club Dinner and Awards Night: Sustaining Our Legacy.
Where: San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, 1740 N. First St., San Jose, 95112
2015 Award Recipient include  Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, CD-18: Norm Mineta Lifetime Achievement Award; Margaret Okazumi, Activists of the Year, plus additional award announced soon!
Cost: Individual tickets-$100; Grand Sponsor-$5,000; Silver Sponsor-$2,500; Table Sponsor-$1,000
Purchase tickets online: <>
Please forward all requests for sponsorship and advertisements to Vedant Patel at by Wednesday, September 30th .
Mail checks payable to API Empowerment PAC to SVAPADC Dinner, 465 North Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94085            Questions:

Saturday, October 17, 4-6:30 p.m. Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Benefit. Guardians of Nature.
Where: Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos 94022
Scrumptious food, live music silent auction.
Buy your tickets at a special price before they sell out! Hear our inspiring speaker, Sierra Club Director Michael Brune.
Click here to buy tickets or for more info or Loma Prieta Chapter <>
Saturday, October 24, 3:30-5 p.m. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, CD-18, Re-Election 2016 Launch
Where: Home of hosts Chris Kelly and Jennifer Carrico (Full address upon request)
Yes, Anna, you can count on my support!
With so much at stake in next year’s election, Anna is eager to advance our values in Congress to make progress for our district and our country: climate change, preserving middle class jobs, trade, mass migration around the world, gun control, reproductive health, immigration, defending the ACA, innovation.
Contributions: $5400; $2700; $1000; $500.  (PYD-Young Dems: ($100)
Number attending
Contribute  Online:
Checks: Payable to Anna Eshoo for Congress, 2350 Taylor Street, Suite 7 | San Francisco, CA 94133  fax 650-403-0405, Securely contribute at
Credit Cards: Please provide credit card details-Visa, MasterCard

Wednesday, October 28, 11 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Forum.
Where: Mountain View City Hall, Council Chambers, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View.
Judge Patrick Tondreau, Chief Justice of the Santa Clara County Juvenile Court, speaks on the needs and challenges faced by youth and their families in our county. A  panel of experts discusses county-wide efforts to meet the current challenge of youth trafficking.
Sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County.
Sunday, November 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. STATE OF THE CITIES Mayor’s Panel: The Honorables Karen Holman, Palo Alto; John McAlister, Mountain View; Jan Pepper, Los Altos, Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier, East Palo Alto, with Santa Clara County Supervisor, the Honorable Joe Simitian moderating
Where: Michael’s at Shoreline Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, 94043
Buffet luncheon followed by panel discussion.
Cost: PDC Members-$25; Guests-$30.
Sponsored by the Peninsula Democratic Coalition (PDC).
RSVP and pay by Wednesday, November 13
Online: <>  or by US mail, checks payable to PDC Mayor’s Luncheon and mailed to PDC, P.O. Box 97, Los Altos, CA 94023.
Questions: Carol, 650-941-8190


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Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, CD-18.  Airplane Noise.  Because you have previously contacted me about unacceptable levels of aircraft noise affecting you and your community, I want to provide you with an update on my efforts to address this issue.
On July 24th I attended a meeting held by FAA representatives with local elected officials and community organizations. This meeting served as an important opportunity for local leaders to speak directly with the FAA about the recent changes to flight paths that have caused major increases in aircraft noise in our region. Importantly, the FAA committed to several short-term mitigation measures including examining raising the altitudes of flights over our area and investigating ways to reduce nighttime flights. I've enclosed a copy of my follow up letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta which summarizes the key takeaways from the meeting, as well as the increasing local concerns about this issue. I spoke directly with Administrator Huerta on September 3rd after Regional Director Glenn Martin met with community leaders in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. I reiterated the deep sense of exasperation of my constituents with this ongoing regional problem, which requires his leadership. I also underscored the sense of urgency required to address the issues identified during the meetings with his staff.
I encourage you to continue to report any excessive aircraft noise complaints to the SFO and SJC Noise Abatement Offices. This is very important. Your report will be part of the official record and official documentation. You can reach the SFO Noise Abatement Office at (650) 821-4736 or via email at You can file an online complaint to the SJC Noise Abatement Office at <> .

if you have any other questions or comments, let me hear from you. I value what my constituents say to me, and I always need your thoughts and benefit from your ideas.
First Lady Michelle Obama.
  Right now, more than 62 million girls worldwide are out of school.  Many of them simply can't afford the school fees, or the nearest school is miles away and they don’t have safe transportation to get there -- or maybe there's a school nearby, but it doesn't have adequate bathroom facilities for girls. And for many girls, the obstacles they face aren't just about resources, but about cultural norms and traditions that deem girls unworthy of an education.

That's why yesterday, along with Girl Rising, we announced a new education campaign called 62 Million Girls -- and we need you to join right now

Share a photo of yourself on Twitter or Instagram, and tell the world what you learned in school using #62MillionGirls. <>   Those photos will be posted to Girl Rising's yearbook at
<> , and you'll help us raise awareness about all the girls who aren’t in school and show the power of education to transform their lives.

This is a serious moral crisis -- and it's also an urgent economic issue: Girls who go to school earn higher salaries, and sending more girls to school can even help boost a country's entire economy. Girls' education is a health issue as well, because studies show that educated girls raise healthier families and have lower rates of HIV and maternal mortality.

That's why earlier this year, the President and I launched an initiative called Let Girls Learn
<> . Working with the Peace Corps, businesses and organizations, and countries across the globe, we're helping adolescent girls worldwide go to school. Now, the 62 Million Girls campaign is working to raise awareness for this cause and for these girls.

As I've traveled the world, I have met so many of these girls -- and they are so bright, so determined and so eager to learn.

I see myself in these girls. I see my daughters in these girls. These girls are our girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.

So I'm looking forward to seeing what you learned in school to help us make sure 62 million girls get that chance. <>


Samantha Power U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Earlier this year, a Syrian father of eight received a text message.

It informed him that the stipend he had been receiving each month to buy food for his family was being cut from $19 to $13.50 per person. This was half of what he had been receiving the year before -- when his family first reached Lebanon from the war-torn Syrian city of Raqqa -- and would not be enough to feed his kids.

With that amount, he told a reporter, "You can't even get bread."

Across the region, refugees fleeing the brutality of the Assad regime and ISIL have received similar news of declining support. Just this month, 229,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan learned they would no longer receive any food assistance.

There are ways you can help. Find out how at <>

Nearly 12 million Syrians have been forced from their homes by Syria's devastating conflict, four million of whom have fled their country. Syrians given refuge in neighboring countries are safe from the barrel bombings, chemical attacks, and deadly sieges they faced at home. But with few opportunities to work, most must rely on the international community to meet their most basic needs: a roof over their heads, food on their table, a classroom for their children.

This morning, President Obama spoke to the United Nations about American leadership. As the President said, America is the strongest nation in the world, and one of the ways we have always demonstrated that strength is through our compassion for people who are less fortunate.

Syria is no exception. Our government leads the world in contributions to the Syrian crisis, having given $4.5 billion to assist those in need. We have also significantly increased the number of refugees we will admit to the United States, including Syrians. And we continue to work tirelessly towards the political solution that will bring the bloodshed to an end and allow displaced Syrians to return home, as so many wish to do.

But the profound challenges faced by these families cannot be tackled by governments alone. Americans understand this, and many are asking what they can do.  We encourage you to visit and see how you can use your skills, resources, and energy to help Syrians and other refugees in need. <>

Healthcare. Lynn Huidekoper. SB4 allows undocumented children under 19 to have access to full Medi-Cal services as of May, 1, 2016. Gov. Brown has already committed $40 million for this measure. The Governor has until October 11, 2015 to sign these bills.

To urge Gov. Brown to sign each of these bills into law, follow these steps—separately for each bill you wish to support:

•   For each bill, visit this link: <>

•   Enter name and email address.

•   Select Have Comment

•   Under Choose Subject, select SB 04(way at the bottom under legislation).

•   Do not check that you want a reply (unless you do).

•   Position: select Pro

•   Write your email: keep it brief and to the point. For example:

“Please sign SB 137 into law. Provider directories should be accurate so that patients can shop for             the best plan and get care at the right time and place.

1. Click on Send Email.

From Health Access Blog: SB 4 #Health4All has been scaled back to include mostly technical enrollment policy and process fixes related to covering all kids in Medi-Cal. Unfortunately, feedback from the Governor’s office has prompted bill author Senator Ricardo Lara to take out a key provision instructing the state to seek a section 1332 waiver to allow undocumented Californians to purchase coverage through Covered CA though with their own money, until next year. This waiver idea has been “parked” in SB 10 (Lara) with another key measure to dedicate state funds to cover all otherwise income-eligible adults regardless of immigration status in Medi-Cal. See SB 4 in its amended version here <> .

If passed by Friday, September 11, the last day of the session,(which it was) the Governor would have a month to sign or veto the measures.

Here's the final version passed last week: <>

Maura Cowley, Sierra Club. When we talk about climate deniers we don't just mean those who doubt science: they doubt us, too. They don't think that we can overcome the wealth and power of fossil fuel giants. But we have the most powerful force on our side: you. 

When the media said Keystone XL was inevitable, you turned the tides. When world leaders came to New York to negotiate a climate deal, more than 400,000 activists like you marched to demand bold action. When people said it was impossible to move beyond coal, you stepped up and retired 204 dirty coal plants and counting! It's all because you refused to simply accept the status quo. You powered this movement, now let's stand together across the nation on October 14 to call for action on climate change. <>

Here are the details:

What: People's Climate Movement National Day of Action.
All across the country, climate protectors like you will gather at rallies,  petition deliveries, and more to call for action to end climate disruption.

Where: A city near you

When: October 14, 2015

RSVP: Sign up today to let us know you're coming so you don't miss important updates! <>   

One year after People's Climate March, we have built a stronger, more diverse movement that's showing world leaders that climate is everyone's issue. Now, the Pope is one of our biggest allies, the U.S. reached a climate agreement with China, and the Clean Power Plan is set to reduce carbon emissions across the country. It's not just that we can change the world, when we stand together we actually do.

You've proven that people are more powerful than polluters. But to change everything, we need everyone -- and that means you. Will you join us on October 14? <>   For jobs, justice, and clean energy.

Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California. Climate Legislation Marks Monumental Advance. The California Assembly still has not taken up SB 350, the landmark bill to move California farther forward in addressing climate change.So rather than being able to announce good news, I can only anticipate good news: the Assembly will pass the bill, the Senate will concur, and the governor will sign this legislation.
The result will be that by 2030, at least half the electricity we use in California will come from renewable resources. And at the same time, the energy efficiency of buildings in California, when taken all together and averaged, will at least double. In any other year, legislation pushing either of these results--a 50 percent renewable portfolio standard and a doubling of building energy efficiency--would have been a big gain. To get both of these goals through in a single year is monumental.

However, the gain was overshadowed a bit in the last week of the legislative session when the bill's lead author, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and Governor Jerry Brown announced that a third goal, reducing dependence on oil in the transportation sector, would be removed from the bill. A sizable collection of Democratic Assembly members were refusing to pass the bill as long as the petroleum reduction goal was in the legislation. For months, oil companies had been running a high-priced media campaign to frighten voters about SB 350. The companies made wild claims--lies, actually--that the state would ban certain autos and ration gas.

Sierra Club organizers working in the San Joaquin Valley and the Inland Empire attempted to counter the oil industry pressure. They worked with volunteers canvassing neighborhoods in Assembly districts, posting yard signs, collecting petition signatures, meeting in district with legislators or their staff. They worked to make sure that the legislators knew that constituents want clean air and better alternatives to petroleum dependence.

Sierra Club staff--local chapters, state chapter, and national--sent alerts and got hundreds of calls from constituents into targeted legislators. We talked to the media, placed op-eds, got letters-to-the-editor crafted and placed. We also walked the Capitol, lobbying legislators.

In the end, we couldn't beat oil money this time. But we still came out of the fray with strong SB 350 legislation and bold statements from legislative leaders and the governor about the need to cut oil dependence and determination to do so with other tools, including regulations. Although headlines in recent days have focused on the very important climate bill, there have been lots of other environmental bills moving as well.

As of this writing, two key bills that address oil pipeline safety and oil spill response have cleared both houses, and one other is expected to clear later today. A bill that bans the sale of ivory and one that bans the use of bull hooks on elephants in zoos and other wildlife also cleared both houses. Unfortunately, a bill that would have closed a loophole that allows new oil drilling off the Santa Barbara Coast, SB 788, failed. A victim of oil industry lobbying of the Assembly, the bill will be revived in January by its author, Sen. Mike McGuire.  For more information about our priority bills and the outcome on their votes, check out our website <>  in about a week.




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