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Candidate forum for November election set for August 27

On Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street, the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County will sponsor an election forum on the critical local races in the upcoming November 8 election. The DWC has been more successful than any other organization in Santa Cruz County in getting its endorsed candidates elected to public office, so it is an important community event.

Only candidates who are registered Democrats have been invited to participate in the forum. We will host panels for each City Council race in the county where there are more Democrats than available seats. Candidates in races who are not competing with other Democratic candidates will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves. Also, we will consider an endorsement in the countywide Transportation Measure and we will hear from the Santa Cruz Port District Commission.

DWC members who are current in their dues will be given ballots to vote for the DWC’s endorsements and the DWC Board’s recommendation for how much to contribute to the endorsed candidates. The forum is free and open to the public and other organizations may be making endorsements based on this forum. Refreshments will be served.

Also, please mark your calendar for these upcoming presentations:

Saturday, September 17
John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources
Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz
10 a.m. social, 10:30 a.m. program
What’s It About: An Overview of the 17 California Ballot Measures on the November 8 Ballot

Saturday, October 15
Getting To Green: Community Choice Energy Explained
Police Community Room, 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz
10 a.m. social, 10:30 a.m. program
What’s It About: Monterey Bay Community Power, a CCE project, is under consideration by jurisdictions in Santa Cruz County. Come hear about this exciting opportunity to offer local choice about our energy portfolio and increase our purchase of renewable power.


DWC Co-Hosts Talk, Book-Signing with Sen. Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer has made her mark combining compassionate advocacy with scrappiness in a political career spanning four decades. When Boxer won her Senate seat in 1992, after 10 years in the House of Representatives, she was one of only six women senators.  After 34 admirable and productive years in Congress she is retiring from the Senate, but not from her fierce advocacy and tireless dedication to making a difference in the world.

In her highly anticipated memoir, The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, Senator Boxer shares her provocative and touching recollections of service and cements her commitment to the fight for women, families, healthcare, and environmental protection. The Art of Tough draws back the curtain on how Congress works, the gut issues that sometimes bring both sides to a standstill, the personal and temperamental qualities that affect outcomes, and the absolute imperative to keep going, no matter the odds.

The Art of Tough is both a memoir of a remarkable life and career and an inspirational call to action, both challenging and encouraging people everywhere to overcome odds they may face and to live their best, most meaningful lives.

Join us for a celebration of Senator Boxer’s remarkable career and legacy with the publication of her memoir. The DWC will co-host a talk and book-signing featuring Sen. Boxer at 7 p.m. June 17 at Peace United Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. Get tickets.

Our Connection to the Sea

Saturday, May 21, 2016
SCPD Community Room, 155 Center St, Santa Cruz
10 am Social  – 10:30 Program
Free Admission

Every two years, voters in the City of Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Soquel, the north coast and surrounding areas elect members of the Santa Cruz Port Commission who govern a harbor that was built with local tax dollars, along with state and federal funds, over 50 years ago. The local tax money is gone but the harbor continues to play a central role in our community’s economy and its identity, not to mention the fact that it’s home to many environmental non-profits, is a flash point for some controversies and is base camp for lots of ocean recreation.

O’Neill Sea Odyssey Executive Director, Dan Haifley will discuss the harbor, its history and its role in our politics at our May 21st meeting at 10 am in the SCPD Community Room.

DWC Endorses Measure S!

Measure S: Our Librariaries, Our FutureThe DWC endorsed Measure S at our March 19th endorsement meeting. Measure S is a revenue measure to provide funding to refurbish our library system. Now we have a chance to pitch in and get it passed. Learn more about it at

The yard signs are here and we are looking for locations throughout the county. If you have a spot where they will have good visibility would you contact Carol Fuller at Be sure to include your address. If you can find another location or two with friends or family. Please let me know, and of course, I need name and address.

Thank you,
Carol Fuller, 2015–2016 DWC President