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The Democratic Club of Sunnyvale is an active and welcoming group that promotes progressive, Democratic values and positions. We provide a welcoming group for those in the Sunnyvale, CA, area to meet and promote Democratic causes. Join us to meet other people in this major Silicon Valley city where you can make the most use of your Democratic ideas and energy!

October Meeting: League of Women Voters - November
Ballot Measures

At the Club’s meeting next Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m., we will be providing information you will need to make your decisions on this year’s propositions.  Michael Lusk, member of the Board of Directors of the Cupertino-Sunnyvale Chapter of the League of Women Voters, will inform us about the pros and cons of the state wide propositions on which we will be voting.  The League of Women Voters provides this service every election, and they give a very clear, competent presentation.  The propositions are:

Proposition 1 – Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014
Proposition 2– State Budget. Budget Stabilization Account
Proposition 45 – Healthcare Insurance. Rate Changes
Proposition 46 – Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits
Proposition 47 – Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties
Proposition 48 – Indian Gaming Compacts.

The ballot measures are also listed on Ballotpedia. League of Women Voters recommendations are posted here.

We will also have as our guest speaker Superior Court Judge Diane Ritchie, who will talk to us about the problems and troubles facing the Santa Clara County Superior Court. We should all be concerned about this subject because the Superior Court makes decisions every day that affect all of us in Santa Clara County.  The Superior Court has also had to close courts and facilities because of cuts in funding.  As a consequence we have seen access to the Court reduced, a troublesome issue in a democracy.

Judge Ritchie grew up in Sunnyvale, and has spent her entire career in Santa Clara County.  In her work as a lawyer in legal aid as well as her solo practice in labor and employment, Judge Ritchie represented day laborers, hotel maids, a school employees union and fast food workers in wage disputes, among others.  Admitted to the California Bar Association in the early ‘80’s, Ritchie was elected to the Santa Clara County Superior Court in 2008.  She is up for re-election this November 4th.

The Club will also vote on whether to add to the Club’s bylaws the proposed privacy provision prepared by the Committee formed for the purpose of studying whether the Club should have a clause designed to protect our members’ privacy.  You can find that proposed provision posted here.

2 pm to 4 pm, Saturday.October 18th
Fairbrae Swim Club
696 Sheraton Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Minimum Wage for Sunnyvale

On Tuesday October 14th the Sunnyvale City Council will address a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Sunnyvale. The public meeting starts at 7:00pm. The agenda can be found here. For further information see this list of other cities considering minimum wage proposals

Club Committees

DCS currently has three active committees:

Membership Committee: Working to grow the Club membership. Among other activities, the committee is tabling at the Sunnyvale Farmers Market on Saturday mornings to raise awareness of the Club. We need volunteers to join us and talk to interested Sunnyvale residents about the Club. To join the committee, volunteer or contribute ideas contact Mike Serrone at mikeserrone@comcast.net.

Privacy and Board Ethics Committee: Developing a Club privacy policy and a code of ethics for the Executive Board.

Hospitality Committee: Providing refreshments and other activities for our Club meetings. To support the committee or to volunteer to bring snacks contact Marge Goka at margegoka@yahoo.com.

Club Endorsements

The club has voted to endorse the following:

AB 1014. This bill will establish a process to allow law enforcement or immediate family members to obtain a Gun Violence Restraining Order when there are warning signs or indications that a person is at risk of injury to self or others by having a firearm. The court order would temporarily prohibit the purchase or possession of firearms while the order is in effect.

More information is available at the Brady Campaign site.



October Meeting

League of Women Voters presentation on pros and cons of November ballot measures. October 18th, 2pm.

All Meetings

Saturday, 2pm to 4pm
Fairbrae Swim Club
696 Sheraton Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA