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:
The Annual PDC Holiday Party
Join your old and new friends Join elected officials and club members to share ideas, plans, and good food at The Annual PDC Holiday Party. This year we will talk of victories to come in 2016!! The party is no host. We ask you to bring finger food, hors d'oeuvres, or a dessert to share. We also collect donations of non-perishable food and monetary contributions for the Los Altos-Mountain View Community Service Agency. Bring canned or packaged food and/or a check made out to CSA. The need for their service is greater than ever!
When: 7-10 pm Saturday, December 12
Where: home of Jim & Emy Thurber at 694 Benvenue in Los Altos
Cost: A $5 contribution will be requested at the door to help the PDC cover costs
Info/RSVP: RSVP at www.peninsulademocrats.com. Call the Thurbers at (650) 948-8259 for more information.
NOTE: In honor of California's place as the premier Blue State, and in consideration of the Thurbers' light-colored carpet, no red beverages or red foods. No red wine, no beet juice, no tomato or cranberry juice. And no strawberry shortcake! (Red clothing for the holiday season is fine.)
PDC/PYD Weekly Calendar – NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Time to renew your membership online Click Here.
Next Democratic debates: Dec. 19, Jan. 17, Feb/March TBD.
List of Upcoming Events
Wednesday, Nov 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Join Senator Jerry Hill, SD-13, for a Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Safety & California’s Electric Grid. Learn more about this hearing here . RSVP or call Senator Hill’s Capitol office 916-651-4013 or District 650-212-3313.
Thursday, Nov 19, 8:30-10 a.m. Community CoffeeSenator Jim Beall, SD-15
Thursday, Nov 19, 6:45 p.m. FREE Film Showing: “Time to Choose”, A climate change solution film at Cemex Auditorium, Stanford. Reserve your place.
Saturday, Nov 21, 9-10 a.m.-JAVA with JERRY (Senator Jerry Hill, SD-13)
No reservation needed. Click to learn more about this event.
Saturday, Nov 21, 10:30 a.m.- Gather at Lake Merritt Amphitheatre, 12 noon-March, 1-2 p.m. Rally at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza NorCal Climate Mobilization, Oakland. A Northern CA mass mobilization in advance of the 2015 UN Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21) Click here.
Saturday, Nov 21, 5:30 p.m. VIP Reception with photos; 6 p.m. General Reception“An Evening to Stop Gun Violence” with Congresswoman Jackie Speier#Enough#HR3411. RSVP
Saturday, Nov 21, 3-6 p.m. Reception honoring Congressman Mike Honda, CD-17. RSVP
**PDC Co-Sponsored EventTuesday, Nov 24, 7 p.m. Last Chance? The United Nations Global Conference on Climate Change in Conversation with Christopher Field and Katharine Mach. Can the Countries of the World Agree on an Effective Plan? Click here.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING – NOVEMBER 26!
Tuesday, Dec 1, 6-9 p.m. Senator Jim Beall and State Labor Commissioner Julie Su: Community Dialogue on Workers’ Rights. RSVP
Friday, Dec 4, 6-9 p.m. Santa Clara County Democratic Party and Silicon Valley Democratic Club Holiday Party (Details below)
Friday, Dec 4, 6-8 p.m. Support Zoe Lofgren and come in from the cold. (Details below)
Saturday, Dec 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Meet and Greet 2016 Emerge California Kick-off Reception. RSVP and BUY TICKETS here.
Saturday, Dec 12, 9-10:30 a.m. Coffee cake and Conversation with Assemblymembers Rich Gordon and Evan Low. RSVP
Saturday, Dec 12, 7-10 p.m. PDC/PYD HOLIDAY PARTY Click here.
Sunday, Dec 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Human Rights Award Banquet Honoring unprecedented civil rights, farm workers advocate and Medal of Freedom winner Dolores Huerta (Details below.)
Tuesday, Dec 15, 6th Annual PESD Conference: “Building ‘Risky’ Energy” sponsored by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy research/Gunn building, 366 Galvez Street, Stanford University. Click here for information.
Saturday, Dec 19, 5:30 p.m. Third Democratic Debate
SAVE THE DATE: PDC ANNUAL MEETING: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Los Altos Youth Center. Join/Renew 2016 membership in the PDC/PYD before February 14 and skip the lines!
DETAILS for Events without web pages
Thursday, Nov 19, 8:30-10 a.m. Senator Jim Beall, SD-15, Community Coffee.Caffe Adria, 6174 Bollinger Road, San Jose
Saturday, Nov 21, 3-6 p.m. Reception honoring Congressman Mike Honda,CD-17.
Where: Home of Mr. Rod Diridon, Sr. and Dr. Gloria Duffy, 870 Camino Drive, Santa Clara, 95050
Co-Host: The Hon. Norman Mineta (ret.).
Suggested Contributions: $2700, $1,700, $1,000, $500, $250
RSVP: Sudip Dutta Sudip@MikeHonda.com408-641-1717
Contribute securely online at: http://bit.ly/112115Diridon
US Mail: Honda for Congress, 2050 Gateway Pl, Suite 100, PMB 218, San Jose, CA 95110
Friday, Dec 4, 6-9 p.m. Santa Clara County Democratic Party Holiday Party.
Where: Santa Clara County Democratic Party Headquarters, 2901 Moorpark Ave., Suite 110 95128
Friday, Dec 4, 6-8 p.m. Come in from the cold and support Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.
CD-19. Where: Westin Hotel, 302 S. Market Street, San Jose
Suggested contribution: $500; $250; $100 by US Mail: Lofgren for Congress, PO Box 913, San Jose, CA 95113 or online here.
Saturday, Dec 12, 7-10 p.m.PDC/PYD HOLIDAY PARTY. Jim & Emy’s, 694 Benvenue, Los Altos. Bring canned goods, cash to donate to Community Services Agency plus $5 admission and festive hors d’oeuvre or sweets to share. Beverages, holiday carols, and conversation with electeds, candidates and fellow Democrats provided. Plan to attend!
Sunday, Dec 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Human Rights Award Banquet Honoring unprecedented civil rights, farm workers advocate and Medal of Freedom winner Dolores Huerta. To sponsor the event or to buy tickets please contact Cesar Juarez at 408-421-2895 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Dec 19, 5:30 p.m. THIRD DEMOCRATIC DEBATE.
SAVE THE DATE: PDC ANNUAL MEETING: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Los Altos Youth Center, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos 94022. Join/Renew 2016 membership in the PDC/PYD before February 14 and skip the lines!
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President Barack Obama."Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it's an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share."
Good evening, everybody. I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight. Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.
We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share. And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening.
We’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.
We don’t yet know all the details of what has happened. We have been in contact with French officials to communicate our deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed, to offer our prayers and thoughts to those who have been wounded. We have offered our full support to them. The situation is still unfolding. I’ve chosen not to call President Hollande at this time, because my expectation is that he’s very busy at the moment. I actually, by coincidence, was talking to him earlier today in preparation for the G20 meeting. But I am confident that I’ll be in direct communications with him in the next few days, and we’ll be coordinating in any ways that they think are helpful in the investigation of what’s happened.
This is a heartbreaking situation. And obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves. And whenever these kinds of attacks happened, we’ve always been able to count on the French people to stand with us. They have been an extraordinary counterterrorism partner, and we intend to be there with them in that same fashion.
I’m sure that in the days ahead we’ll learn more about exactly what happened, and my teams will make sure that we are in communication with the press to provide you accurate information. I don’t want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this. It appears that there may still be live activity and dangers that are taking place as we speak. And so until we know from French officials that the situation is under control, and we have for more information about it, I don’t want to speculate. Thank you very much.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, CD-18. Airplane Noise-UPDATE.ESHOO, FARR, SPEIER RELEASE FAA RESPONSE TO CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRIES ABOUT AIRCRAFT NOISE. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Sam Farr (CA-20) and Jackie Speier (CA-14) have received and released to the public the FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authored to address the unprecedented constituent complaints about noise from air traffic above San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.
Eshoo: "My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly to engage the FAA's leadership to take concrete steps to mitigate and address the noise from aircraft in our respective congressional districts. As a result of our collaboration, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and FAA Regional Director Glen Martin met with local elected officials, community groups and individuals from our congressional districts to discuss the impacts of the NextGen and additional issues prior to its implementation, including Surf Air at the San Carlos Airport.
"I welcome this important first step the FAA has developed. The FAA leadership will follow up with community meetings, coordinated through our offices, to explain in detail the FAA's plan to address the noise problems being experienced in our region."
Farr: "This plan of action is evidence the FAA is willing to consider the changes proposed by the community. For months, the commercial aircraft noise in Santa Cruz and the surrounding area has been terrible. From the beginning, I have told the FAA that they created this mess so it is up to them to fix it.
"This is only a first step but it is a good one. It shows everyone is committed to developing some real solutions. I hope the FAA will continue to listen to the communities it serves and work with them to solve any problems that arise from the switch to the NextGen flight plan."
Speier: "My constituents have long been impacted by noise caused by aircraft operating at SFO and more recently at San Carlos and Half Moon Bay Airports. The FAA's Initiative to Address Noise Concerns is a compilation of the ideas that were offered by the public regarding SFO at the FAA's recent meetings in our three congressional districts, as well as requests made by the SFO Airport Community Roundtable. Some of these ideas may be deemed workable by the FAA and some may not.
"However, having previously been resistant to taking community suggestions, the FAA, for the first time in many years, has committed to studying ideas submitted by the affected communities. I am gratified that the FAA is rolling up its sleeves to come up with solutions. The health of those who live under constant bombardment of airplane noise is being seriously compromised and the FAA has a responsibility to take action to address it."
The FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns can be viewed
Healthcare. It's that time. Are you covered? Starting last week, the Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business. This means something for all of us.
Whether you changed jobs or haven't been covered in the past, if you need health insurance for 2016, you can visit HealthCare.gov right now, apply, and get covered. Maybe you just want to shop around, consider your options, or update your current plan. Either way, now is the time to do it. Just make sure you create an account so that you can log back in, apply, and enroll, or just update your info before January 31, 2016. Plans on the Marketplace change every year and, new, better and more affordable plans might be available in your area this time around. And if you're already covered, then help spread the word to friends, family and loved ones -- let them know it's time to join the millions of Americans getting covered during the next three months. Right now, too many Americans who stand to benefit most from coverage have no idea what "open enrollment" means, what kind of coverage they're eligible for, or what health care might mean for them. We can help change that. Let them know it's time to #GetCovered.On Monday, Covered California launched a $29 million advertising campaign to encourage uninsured Californians to sign up for coverage during the Affordable Care Act's third open enrollment period, which began Sunday, the San Francisco Business Times' "Bay Area BizTalk" reports. Background.About 2.2 million uninsured Californians are eligible for either Covered California or Medi-Cal coverage, and officials hope to enroll between 295,000 to 450,000 additional consumers by 2016. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program (Rauber, "Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 10/30). In 2014, about 1.1 million Californians enrolled in coverage through the exchange, and 1.3 million were enrolled after the second open enrollment period. The third enrollment period started Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31, 2016 (Seipel, San Jose Mercury News, 11/1). Details of Ad Campaign. The ads "aim to motivate the uninsured to explore their options with Covered California," according to exchange spokesperson James Scullery. The campaign will feature ads on TV, radio, print, direct mail, digital, social media, transit shelters and billboards. According to "Bay Area BizTalk," the TV ads will be aired in Cantonese, English, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Vietnamese. Meanwhile, the exchange will launch targeted efforts for:
- Asian Americans;
- Hispanics; and
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals ("Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 10/30).
According to Kaiser Health News, about 2.4% of Covered California enrollees are black, half of whom are eligible for subsidies, and 30% of enrollees are Latino, 37% of whom are eligible for subsidies.
Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said, "We know we've come up short in who's enrolled today," adding, "Of those who are still uninsured, we want to make sure we reach them" (Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News, 10/30). Meanwhile, the exchange also launched a bus tour across the state to boost enrollment, the Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports (Jamison, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 11/1).
Senator Bernie Sanders.[November 11,] Veterans Day — a fact that went unmentioned during the Republican debate. And that’s important, because the truth is that while planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war, so too is taking care of the service members who use those weapons and fight our battles.
Last year, as chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I authored and passed the most comprehensive veterans’ legislation in decades, reaching across the aisle to team up with Sen. John McCain. Amid reports of unacceptable wait times and calls to dangerously privatize veterans health care, we actually authorized funding for 27 new medical facilities and hired more doctors and nurses to care for the surging number of veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After two wars over 14 years, never before have so few been asked to do so much for our country. I voted against the Iraq War, which I think will go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders we have ever seen, but I have never wavered from my commitment to caring for the women and men who served, and continue to serve, in that conflict.
You may not have heard much about it from the Republican candidates, but how we care for our veterans is going to be a central issue this election. The Koch-connected Concerned Veterans for America is prepared to spend untold millions of dollars supporting the privatization of veterans’ health care. And almost every Republican candidate running for president supports their plan to place the profits of private corporations over the promise made to our veterans.
I believe we should take a different approach — that we should stand with the majority of veterans who believe we should continue strengthening the VA. Now I want to know that you’re with us. This issue is very important to me and it’s why I am so happy to receive so many letters from veterans who appreciate my work on their behalf.
People like Hilary from Polk County, Iowa, who wrote to our campaign saying, “Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with a track record of fighting for veterans and veterans' rights. I know as president he won't send my brothers and sisters in arms into needless wars and for those that have served our country, he will ensure that they have access to the benefits and health care they earned through their service.”
And Peter from San Diego, “Retired Navy. Like [Bernie’s] stand on taking care of veterans. If you can't afford to take care of veterans you can't afford to fight a war.”
And also Jack from Massachusetts, “I'm a disabled Marine combat veteran, Bernie has always supported veterans with deeds and not just hot air. I'd love to have a President like that.”
I will always fight for Hilary, Peter and Jack. And if we all stand together, we can protect and strengthen the care we provide for everyone who has served our country. The United States has spent trillions of dollars sending our young men and women to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely we can come together to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has the resources needed to care for them when they return. Sign my petition to oppose the Republican plan to privatize veterans’ healthcare.
Congressman Mike Honda, CD-17.When will it be enough for use to act? Here in Silicon Valley, we pride ourselves on solving problems through in-depth research and analyzing data. It's past time we took the same approach to addressing gun violence and its time to start treating mass shootings as an epidemic. Today, I introduced a bill to help stop gun violence and prevent mass shootings. The Gun Violence Research Act will allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct critical research into the causes of mass shootings and how to prevent them. The bill will also empower doctors and physicians to have thoughtful, engaging dialogue with their patients about gun violence. It is my hope that by conducting research into the causes of gun violence, we can better identify warning signs, address any loopholes in oversight, and get people who are prone to gun violence the assistance they need.To read more about my bill, click hereWe cannot continue to turn a blind eye toward this issue. The Gun Violence Research Act is a step toward preventing future gun violence and mass shootings.
Senator Elizabeth Warren. On January 1, for just the third time since 1975, seniors who receive Social Security won't be getting an annual cost-of-living increase. Neither will millions of other Americans whose veterans' benefits, disability benefits, and other monthly payments are pegged to Social Security. Two-thirds of retirees depend on Social Security to pay for the basics: to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads—but seniors who usually get a small boost on January 1 won't see an extra dime next year. The Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act (SAVE Benefits Act) would: • Provide seniors and veterans with an emergency, one-time 3.9% payment in 2016 (approx. $581/person). 3.9% is the average raise that America's top CEOs received last year. • Fully cover the cost of increased payments by closing the tax loophole that allows corporations to write off obscene executive bonuses as a business expense for "performance pay."• Extend the life of Social Security by bolstering the Social Security and Disability trust funds. Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.
So let's do it. Let's close the loophole and let's use the money to give seniors and veterans the support they need on January 1. Tell Congress that America supports the SAVE Benefits Act.
Sierra Club, Maura Cowley.It's hard to believe they could stoop this low. While the world is coming together to address climate change, the climate-denying Heartland Institute launched a crowdfunding campaign dubbed "Pandemonium in Paris." It plans to send discredited scientists to Paris to distract from the UN climate negotiations this December. While ice caps melt, villages disappear, and superstorms rage, Koch Brothers-funded talking heads continue their (sad, but dangerous) attempts to undermine American climate leadership. With less than a month to go until the Paris talks, let's make sure world leaders head to Paris with the strong public support they need to strike a deal.
Even as climate deniers continue to make noise, the United States is showing real leadership heading into Paris. President Obama rejected Keystone XL and the ongoing phase out of coal power across the country has us on track this year to achieve our lowest emission levels since 1995. As the Clean Power Plan is implemented, this trend will only continue. Meanwhile, progress in the U.S. has been met with strong commitments from other countries. Earlier this year, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an ambitious plan to cut China's carbon emissions. With the world's largest industrial economies working together, we have all the ingredients necessary for a strong climate agreement in Paris. But we can't let climate deniers like the Heartland Institute and the Koch Brothers distract from this progress and distort the truth about climate change! The chorus of people, organizations, and governments calling for action in Paris grows by the day. Please raise your voice for a strong climate agreement in Paris. Make your support climate action clear. Tell President Obama yousupport a strong climate agreement in Paris