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:


PDC Annual Picnic 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 04:00 PM
Shoup Park in Los Altos, CA

Please join the Peninsula Democratic Coalition for an afternoon of fellowship, food, fun and democracy! This is a potluck so bring an item to share. There will be barbecued items available (including hot dogs) along with vegetarian options, including salad. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. 

The PDC requests a $10 contribution at the door to cover expenses, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. You are encouraged to prepay online at Remember to bring your checkbook to facilitate purchasing additional door prize entries!


December 16 Calendar of Local Events

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 06:00 PM


PDC/PYD Weekly Calendar – May 10, 2016

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2016, RENEW TODAY. Click Here.


SATURDAY, MAY 14, 9-10 a.m. Coffee and Conversation with Senator Jerry Hill, SD-13. Where: Clocktower Coffee Roasting Company, 2015 E. Middlefield Road, Mountain View. Please join me…Bring your ideas, questions, and concerns about legislative issues affecting our community. No RSVP or appointment necessary. Coffee provided not at taxpayer expense.


SATURDAY, MAY 14, 4-5:30 p.m. Spring Event Honoring Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, CD-18. Where: Home of John and Marcia Goldman, Atherton.  A perfect storm of 24/7 media coverage, anti-establishment candidates and vigorously contested presidential contests have produced the most attention-grabbing presidential campaign in our lifetimes. But the decline in public discourse and the rise of public anger and “anti-other” rhetoric are disturbing trends. Is it possible for this election to end well for our country? Anna will share her perspective on these issues and more. To contribute and RSVP ONLINE, CLICK HERE. To print form and return contribution and RSVP by US MAIL, CLICK HERE.


THURSDAY, MAY 19, 7 p.m. Understanding Islam: An Educational Talk; Islam: One God, One Humanity.  A talk by Islamic Scholar Shaykh Alaeddin El-Bakri, trained in both Islamic Studies and secular education. Where: Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos 94022. Sponsored by the Los Altos Library and Los Altos Voices for Peace. FREE and OPEN to ALL.


FRIDAY, MAY 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. LUNCH with the LEAGUE with GUEST SPEAKER DAVE REEDER, EL CAMINO HOSPITAL AND HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD.Topic: Current Hospital Initiatives, Land Acquisitions and Why They Matter to the Community. Where: Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos.  RSVP and PRE-PAY online by Wednesday, May 18. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WITH PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS.


FRIDAY, MAY 20, 6-8 p.m. Join Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CD-14)  for Pizza and Fun.  Where: 2125 Ralston Avenue, Hillsborough, 94010. RSVP CLICK HERE


FRIDAY, MAY 20, 8;30 a.m. Registration. Small Business 101 Seminar with Congresswomen Jackie Speier. Where: Oracle Conference Center, 350 Oracle Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CLICK HERE.  See Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s invitation below.


MONDAY, MAY 23. LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE for June 7 primary. IF YOU HAVE MOVED, CHANGED YOUR NAME, CHANGED YOUR PARTY, BE SURE TO RE-REGISTER. You can register online at the County Registrar of Voters or at Secretary of State website.


SUNDAY, MAY 22, 3:30-5 P.M. Meet Marc Berman, current Palo Alto City Council and Candidate, AD-24.


Where: 1360 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Please RSVP Diane Rolfe,


We are great believers in civic engagement and having people discuss with their fellow citizens and political leaders, the compelling questions facing our city and our state as we grapple with this exciting and challenging time in which we live. This event is not a fundraiser.   Also, Joe and I believe it is far more fun and productive to do so over wine, soft drinks, and appetizers in a jovial and fun environment. What do you want to see happen in California in the next 10 years?  What is the biggest problem facing us and how do we solve it?  This will be your opportunity to ask Marc what he would do to solve the special challenges facing CA.  Do join us!






WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 5:39-8 p.m. Emerge California 2015 Annual San Francisco Reception: Sharing the Legacy & Passing the Torch.  Special Guest & Honoring Willie L. Brown, Jr.   Where: City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco, 94104. Purchase tickets or sign up to become a sponsor, CLICK HERE.  


FRIDAY, JUNE 3. MAIL in your Vote-by-Mail ballot. It must REACH your county Registrar of Voters by close of polls on Election Day, June 7.


TUESDAY, JUNE 7. CALIFORNIA OPEN PRIMARY ELECTION. BE SURE TO VOTE!!! If you forget to mail your vote-by-mail ballot in time, deliver it to your polling place or other designated drop off location.  If you have LOST your vote-by-mail ballot, take photo ID and request a provisional ballot at your polling place. VOTE. DO NOT BECOME DISENFRANCHISED. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!!!


MONDAY, JUNE 6, 6-8 P.M. Campaign Kick-off Party for Congresswman Zoe Lofgren, CD-19. Where: Westin San Jose, 302 S. Market Street, San Jose. Contributions: Friend: $50, Supporter: $100, Patron: 4250, Sponsor: $500, Host: $1000, Young Professionals and Seniors: $35.  To contribute online, CLICK HERE. Questions or to RSVP, please contact Jeff Larivee at 408.410.2665 or


SUNDAY, JUNE 26, noon-3 p.m. BBQ Meet & Greet with Santa Clara County D.A. JEFF ROSEN  Where: History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. Silver: $250, Gold: $500, Platinum: 1,000. RSVP/Donate online, Click Here or mail your check payable to Jeff Rosen for DA 2018 to Jeff Rosen, 6950 Almaden Expressway, PMB 172, San Jose, CA  95120


SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, PDC PICNIC. Shoup Park, Los Altos, 4-7 p.m.


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Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Please join me for Small Business 101 on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City (Map It!). The seminar is an opportunity for current and aspiring Bay Area business owners to learn some of the keys to growing a successful business and to connect with local resources.


Small businesses are truly the backbone of California's economy. In fact, 99% of all California companies are small businesses and they employ 6.7 million people - that is almost 50% of California's workforce! The continued growth and success of these businesses is vital for the prosperity of our state and our country, yet the path to success is not always clear and business owners face many challenges along the way. Small Business 101 is designed to help you navigate some of those obstacles and help you fully realize your business goals.


The seminar will feature panels on


•   alternative sources of capital


•   building your business through networking and marketing, and


•   cybersecurity and data protection.


You will also hear from me and Small Business Administration District Director Mark Quinn. Please check my website and Facebook page for updates on speakers and panels.


Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the speaking program begins at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration for this event through Eventbrite is required. You may also contact my office at 650-342-0300 for registration assistance. Parking is available in any of the nearby parking structures. I look forward to seeing your on May 20! All the best.




Congressman Mike Honda, CD-17. Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day. The greatest lessons my mother ever taught me were about compassion and justice. After my family was released from internment, she explained what had happened to us was wrong and unjust because it violated the Constitution, and there was no one in Washington to fight for us. I have dedicated my life to being a public servant because I never want that sort of injustice to happen in the United States again. On a day when we recognize our mothers, stepmothers, and grandmothers for all they do for everyone around them, it’s important to take stock of the way our country publicly values and recognizes the many contributions women make to our society and where it fails to treat women with equality and justice before the law. While women have made tremendous economic, political, and social advances over the past 100 years, our nation still lacks full gender equality. Equal pay for equal work, affordable childcare, access to health care, paid family leave, ending violence against women and ending the cancer of human trafficking are all issues I have devoted myself to for years in Congress. I want to go back to Congress in November and keep doing this work.  Happy Mother’s Day and thank you, to all the amazing women, mothers and not, who make up our great country and our families. Without you, there would be no us, and no United States.


Senator Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate. In the United States today, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, 47 million Americans are living in poverty.


Almost 22 percent of American children are poor and we have the highest child poverty rate of almost any major country on earth.


Let’s be clear. Living in poverty doesn’t just mean you don’t have enough money to buy a big screen TV, a fancy laptop, or the latest iPhone. It goes much deeper than that.


Living in poverty means you are less likely to have a good grocery store in your community selling healthy food. Far too often it means you don’t know where your next meal is going to come from. Living in poverty means you are less likely to have access to a doctor, dentist or mental health care provider. It means you have less access to public transportation, which makes it harder to find a job. It means you are less likely to have access to child care.


In the United States of America, poverty is often a death sentence.


Yesterday, I spoke about poverty in McDowell County, West Virginia — one of the poorest counties in one of the poorest states in America. In 2014, over 35 percent of the residents in McDowell lived in poverty, including nearly half of the children. The roads are crumbling and only 6 percent of adults have a college education. Less than two-thirds have graduated high school. It has the lowest life expectancy for men in the entire nation. I hope you’ll watch part of my speech on poverty and share it with friends and family on social media.






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Trent Lange, Clean Money Campaign. DISCLOSE ACT SIGNATURE GATHERING MONDAY, MAY 9 and TUESDAY, MAY 10 at Bernie Sanders Rallies in Sacramento, Stockton. We just learned that there's an incredible opportunity to gather signatures for AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act — Bernie Sanders is holding huge rallies in Sacramento tomorrow (Monday) and in Stockton (Tuesday morning)! At his last rally in San Diego, we gathered nearly 2,000 AB 700 signatures!  There will likely be thousands of people at both rallies, so it will be hard to get a better opportunity to gather signatures for the California DISCLOSE Act than this, whether you're a Bernie Sanders supporter or not!


WHAT:   Gather signatures at Bernie Sanders Rally in Sacramento.


WHERE:  Bonnie Field, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815


WHEN:  Monday, 5/9.  The doors open at 5pm, but thousands of people are likely to line up hours early, so we're asking volunteers come as close as possible to 1pm.  A second shift goes from 4-7pm. We'll provide you clipboards with AB 700 petitions and tell you what to do!


RSVP FOR SACRAMENTO RALLY HERE and we'll tell you where to meet to help gather signatures for the most powerful political ad disclosure bill in the nation!


WHAT:   Gather signatures at Bernie Sanders Rally in Stockton.


WHERE:  Weber Point Event Center, 221 N Center St, Stockton  95202


WHEN:  Tuesday, 5/10.  The doors open at 7am (that's not a typo!), so we're asking volunteers to join us as early as you can.  We'll provide you clipboards with AB 700 petitions and tell you what to do! RSVP FOR STOCKTON RALLY HERE and we'll tell you where to meet!


NOTE:  For those of you who want to see Bernie yourself, if you get there early to volunteer, you should be able to save yourself a spot in line while you work the line, so volunteering early should get you a good spot.  But please help whether you're a Sanders supporter or not so we can get as many signatures as possible!  We hope to see you there!




California for Bernie. Bernie is coming to California on Monday and Tuesday to hold two "A Future to Believe In" rallies — don't miss this chance to see him in person! Join us for a conversation about the issues that matter: making college tuition-free, getting big money out of politics, combating climate change, and much more.


With the California primary coming up, we need everyone to get involved to make these events a success. Can Bernie count on you to join him?


A Future to Believe In Sacramento Rally Monday, May 9 Doors open at 5:00 pm Bonney Field at Cal Expo 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento CA. Click here for more details and to RSVP »


A Future to Believe In Stockton Rally Tuesday, May 10 Doors open at 7:00 am Weber Point Event Center 221 N. Center St, Stockton CA


Click here for more details and to RSVP »


These events are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. For security reasons, please do not bring bags, and limit what you bring to small personal items like keys and cell phones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners on sticks will not be allowed through security.


Can you be a part of Bernie's inspiring campaign? It will take all of us working together to win the California primary on June 7. Look forward to seeing you there!




Vicki Veenker for Assembly, AD-24. Walkers Wanted. We are canvassing the district from Menlo Park to Sunnyvale, from Half Moon Bay to the Bay. Please join us for one of these weekends, rain or shine. Never knocked on doors before? We’ll get you trained and paired up with a friend. We promise you’ll have fun! Canvassing Schedule: Saturday, May 14, 11AM Menlo Park


RSVP for Address; Sunday, May 15, 4PM Half Moon Bay / El Granada, RSVP for Address; Saturday, May 21,11AM Mountain View RSVP for Address; Sunday, May 22, 11AM, Mountain View, RSVP for Address


Marc Berman for Assembly, AD-24. Phoners Wanted. We're in the home stretch!


Election Day is just under four weeks away and voters will start receiving their ballots in the mail this week. Over the next 35 days, we'll find out if all of our hard work pays off. As we enter the final phase of the campaign, I need your help!


We are working with a local campaign software startup called VoterCircle to reach out to voters and make sure we have the support we need to win on June 7th. VoterCircle allows you to upload your contacts, identify who lives in the 24th Assembly District, and then email your friends to personally encourage them to support our campaign.


We are asking key supporters like you to reach out to your network of contacts before absentee ballots reach mailboxes on May 11th. Will you help by reaching out to your friends?


If you prefer more traditional voter outreach, we are also organizing regular phone banks and precinct walks between now and the election. Sign up to volunteer, and we’ll provide all the training and materials. Thank you for your support - together we will finish this campaign strong!




Mary Hughes, Close the Gap. Add Women. Change the CultureWe recruit women to run for office because we know they change the agenda, procedures, content and outcome of public policy and public institutions for the better.  But adding women to the mix in other fields produces powerful results, too. 


Corporate Boards and Business:


•   Companies with the most women board members vastly outperform those with the least (source)


•   A diverse workforce expands the customer base, helps attract and retain talented female employees and introduces new ideas (source)


•   Read more about what women bring to the table from EDGE, a leading certification standard for gender diversity


Law enforcement (source):


•   Female officers discharge their weapons with less frequency then male officers


•   Female officers are more likely to negotiate resolutions that are less lethal


•   Despite these findings, women make up only 12% of police forces


Medicine (source):


•   Women doctors tend to perform consultations that are more patient-focused and informative


•   Women doctors are more likely to work with marginalized communities


•   Women doctors staff clinics providing maternal and child care more frequently 


When more women are elected to office, pressure mounts to open doors in other fields. So let's get moving!




Kelly Martin, Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign. As a mother, nothing is more important to me than the health and safety of my children. But, sadly, too many women have had their ability to protect their children compromised by dangerous fracking pollution.


 When one Utah midwife saw a sharp spike in infant mortality after a fracking boom brought more than 11,000 wells near her community, she had to ask "why are so many of our babies dying?" Her stories are heartbreaking: a daughter born with a rare disorder, four babies that required surgery to survive, at least ten deaths in 2013, and four miscarriages in two weeks. There were too many graves, for too many babies, for one tiny town. When she sought help, a local scientist told her that babies "are being born now pre-polluted."1Fracking pollutes our water with dangerous chemicals that put the health of mothers and children at risk. This Mother's Day, join me in calling on the EPA to fully study the impacts of fracking pollution on our drinking water.  Oil and gas companies try to keep their toxic cocktail of fracking chemicals secret, but we know that there are more than 700 chemicals used in fracking including well-known carcinogens, more than 130 hormone-disruptors, and chemicals that can harm fetal-health. 2,3As companies frack in and around more and more communities across the country, countless parents have voiced concerns that children and expectant mothers are getting sick soon after fracking operations begin. Recently, medical research has started catching up with what parents have known all along. The data confirms a mother's worst fears: Studies have linked fracking chemicals to infertility, miscarriage, low birth weight, impaired fetal growth, birth defects, and premature birth.3


Oil and gas companies are profiting at the expense of our children, our health, and our future. Can you take a moment to tell the EPA to acknowledge the danger posed by fracking pollution in our water? Tragic stories like the one in Utah have played out across the country as water sources are contaminated with toxic fracking wastewater. Yet last summer, a draft EPA fracking study was used by the fracking industry to claim that fracking is safe -- a claim proven false by the same report. This confusion and misinformation lead the EPA's Science Advisory Board to recommend a number of changes before the final report is released.4 We know that fracking can never be safe for our families, but until the EPA acknowledges that fact, the industry can keep polluting our communities and pretending nothing is wrong. Send a message to the EPA now asking them to stand with moms, and their own scientists, this Mother's Day.