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Co-Hosting Sally Lieber Luncheon

Dear Members & Friends,
I hope the beginning of summer is treating you well! We’re delighted to be co-sponsoring a luncheon with Sally Lieber, organized by the Peninsula Democratic Coalition, on July 16th. Former Assembly Member Sally Lieber will discuss the proposed Cargill development in Redwood City, as well as a proposal for a 2012 parcel tax to support Bay restoration. See below for more details, and hope to see you there!
Also, for new and renewing members, it’s time for your annual dues! These $20 per member dues support the events we organize, like the Supervisor’s forum this spring. Please contribute either by check (see info below on where to send) or by credit card at http://www.rcwdemocrats.com/contribute/.
Many thanks, and here’s to a great summer ahead.
Chris Balme
Club President
www.rcwdemocrats.com
Event: Luncheon with Sally Lieber
What: Organized by Peninsula Democratic Coalition, co-sponsored by Redwood City Woodside Democratic Club and San Mateo County Democracy for America. Sally will be talking about the Cargill development in Redwood City and a proposed parcel tax for Bay restoration.
Where: Michael’s Restaurant, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
When: Saturday, July 16th, Noon
Cost: $25 – including buffet lunch
RSVP: You can pay at the door, but reservations are strongly encouraged – email onedianerolfe@comcast.net or call 650-965-7690.
Membership Dues
For continuing members or new members, please help us cover the cost of club events by contributing your $20 in annual dues. You can pay by this link:  http://www.rcwdemocrats.com/contribute or by check, payable to Redwood City Woodside Democratic Club, and sent to Chris Balme, 1104 Whipple Ave #10, Redwood City, CA 94062. Thank you!

Dear Members & Friends,

I hope the beginning of summer is treating you well! We’re delighted to be co-sponsoring a luncheon with Sally Lieber, organized by the Peninsula Democratic Coalition, on July 16th. Former Assembly Member Sally Lieber will discuss the proposed Cargill development in Redwood City, as well as a proposal for a 2012 parcel tax to support Bay restoration. See below for more details, and hope to see you there!

Also, for new and renewing members, it’s time for your annual dues! These $20 per member dues support the events we organize, like the Supervisor’s forum this spring. Please contribute either by check (see info below on where to send) or by credit card at http://www.rcwdemocrats.com/contribute/.

Many thanks, and here’s to a great summer ahead.

Chris Balme
Club President

Event: Luncheon with Sally Lieber
What:
Organized by Peninsula Democratic Coalition, co-sponsored by Redwood City Woodside Democratic Club and San Mateo County Democracy for America. Sally will be talking about the Cargill development in Redwood City and a proposed parcel tax for Bay restoration.
Where: Michael’s Restaurant, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
When: Saturday, July 16th, Noon
Cost: $25 – including buffet lunch
RSVP: You can pay at the door, but reservations are strongly encouraged – email onedianerolfe at comcast.net or call 650-965-7690.

Membership Dues
For continuing members or new members, please help us cover the cost of club events by contributing your $20 in annual dues. You can pay by this link:  http://www.rcwdemocrats.com/contribute or by check, payable to Redwood City Woodside Democratic Club, and sent to Chris Balme, 1104 Whipple Ave #10, Redwood City, CA 94062. Thank you!

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Also, with the new year, we’ll be looking for additional Board members to help lead events and outreach for the club in 2011. Please contact Chris Balme at chris@rcwdemocrats.com if you’re interested.

Warm holiday wishes,

Chris Balme
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Peninsula Democratic Coalition Holiday Party
When: Saturday, Dec 11th, 7-10pm
Where: Home of Jim & Emy Thurber, 694 Benvenue, Los Altos
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Proposition Night – Oct 6, 2010

Dear Members & Friends,

We have some big choices ahead on propositions this November: on greenhouse gas regulation, tax breaks for big business, choosing congressional districts, and many more. Join us on October 6th to learn about these and other proposed laws on the ballot, at a forum co-hosted by the Redwood City Woodside Democratic Club, San Mateo County Democracy for America, Peninsula Young Democrats, and the San Mateo County Democratic Party. Hear from a panel of speakers and enjoy refreshments with your fellow Democrats!

What: Proposition Night: Become an informed voter for this November’s propositions, while enjoying some refreshments with your fellow Democrats
When: Wednesday, October 6th, 2010, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Carpenter’s Hall, 1153 Chess Drive, Foster City


Please RSVP for your free ticket by clicking http://propnight.eventbrite.com so we have a good count of attendees. Thank you!

Warmly,
President, Redwood City Woodside Democrats


August 2010 Events & Opportunities

Summertime has slowed us down a bit, but there are some great events and opportunities coming up. You’re invited to the grand opening of the Democratic Campaign Headquarters this Saturday – read on for that and other opportunities below.

1. Grand Opening of the Democratic Campaign Headquarters for San Mateo County

  • When: Saturday, August 14th, 1-3pm
  • Where: 2176 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo
  • Why: County Democrats are invited to the festivities to meet local, state and federal Democratic Party officeholders and candidates, learn about Democratic Party campaign strategy for this fall, and sign up to volunteer from an array of options. This event is free and open to the public.

2. VIP Pre-Opening Reception
There will be a noon pre-opening reception at the Democratic Campaign Headquarters this Saturday. Elected officials and other active Democrats will be present for this special event. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at http://www.actblue.com/page/sanmateo2010.

3. Candidate Orientation Opportunity
For those of you interested in running for office, the San Mateo Labor Council is accepting applications for its Candidate Orientation, taking place Tuesday, August 31st from 6-8:30pm in San Mateo. Email Chris Balme at chris@rcwdemocrats.com to receive a copy of the application.

Luncheon on Saturday, July 17th

Our club has just become a co-sponsor of an exciting event coming up this Saturday, and I hope you can join us. Together with the Peninsula Democratic Coalition and the San Mateo County Democrats, we’re co-hosting a luncheon for Rich Gordon, our 21st Assembly District candidate. With the June primary behind us, this will be a chance to unite as Democrats to ensure Rich Gordon and other Democrats win this November. Full information is below. We hope to see you there!
LUNCHEON FOR RICH GORDON
Where: Michael’s at Shoreline Restaurant, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
When: Saturday, July 17th, 12 noon
RSVP: To Marie Chadderdon at 650-965-7690 or mariechad@prodigy.net
Cost: $20 event cost payable at the door – includes buffet lunch.

July 2010 Events & Opportunities

1. Opening on Democratic Central Committee: There is an open seat for the 4th District (which includes parts of Redwood City, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto) on the Democratic Central Committee, which acts like a Board of Supervisors for the Democratic party in the San Mateo County. If you’re interested, please contact Chris Balme at chris@rcwdemocrats.com. Here’s a map of District 4 to determine if you are within the district. Act soon – this may be decided as early as July 9th. It’s a great opportunity to help lead the Democratic Party’s local work.

2. Jail Debate: As you’ve likely heard, there is a lot of controversy around the potential construction of a large jail in downtown Redwood City. Many citizens are organizing to oppose the idea; while the Club has not taken a formal stance on this, we will pass along what we’ve received. Those in opposition to putting the jail downtown are organizing with this website, which includes an online petition: http://www.nodowntownjail.org.

3. CAUSE Meeting (California Advocates United to Save Education). Two local organizers, Mark Cardenas and Maria Stockton, will be hosting a meeting on Saturday, July 10th, 1-2pm, in Redwood City. CAUSE’s goal is to restore California’s education system. For more information please contact Maria at stargazer3773@rocketmail.com.

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As the Redwood City Woodside Democratic Club grows, and as we move toward election season, we need additional Board members to help lead the Club. If you’re interested, please email Chris Balme at chris@rcwdemocrats.com.

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Join our fellow club San Mateo County Democracy for America for a kick-off to the campaign season. Learn what is at stake this November, how to understand the upcoming propositions, and what we can do to support Demcoratic causes.
Who: Panel featuring:
•         Rich Gordon, Democratic candidate for the 21st Assembly District
•         Sally Lieber, former State Assemblymember and Speaker pro Tempore
•         Richard Holober, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of California
When: Wednesday, July 7th, 7pm
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Election season is here, and a number of events and opportunities to participate are coming up. Several are listed below, not as official club-sponsored events but for general interest. Our next club event is an opportunity to hear from our Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, on June 27th; details below.

Party for State Assemblyman Ira Ruskin

Who: Hosted by the Peninsula Democratic Coalition, Redwood City Woodside Democratic Club, Dean Club of Silicon Valley, and San Mateo County Democracy for America.
When:
Sunday, June 27th, 3:00-5:00PM
Where:
Home of Gregory Loew, Atherton, 255 Polhemus Avenue. For more information contact Greg at gregory.loew@gmail.com.
What:
Join fellow Democrats to support our 21st District state Assemblyman, Ira Ruskin, and hear his update from Sacramento.

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