Juvenile Justice Reform

Scott MacDonald, Fernando Giraldo and Megan Joseph, speaking on October 17, 2015A free program presented by the Santa Cruz County Democratic Party and cosponsored by the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County

Saturday, October 17, 2015
SC Police Department Community Room
155 Center St., Santa Cruz
10:00 am: Bagels, tea, coffee; 10:30 am: Program

No charge. No RSVP required.

An excellent democratic dialogue on juvenile justice  with Scott MacDonald, former Chief County of Santa Cruz Probation Dept. and national consultant on juvenile justice reform; Fernando Giraldo, current Chief of Santa Cruz Probation Dept. and chair of the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force, and Megan Joseph, director of Community Organizing and the Youth Violence Task Force Coordinator for United Way of Santa Cruz County.

October Program: Water Supply Advisory Report

Friday, October 23, 2015
Police Community Room
155 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA

Speaker: Mike Rotkin, member, City of Santa Cruz Water Supply Advisory Committee, former mayor, and city council member

11:30 am: Lunch; 12:00 noon: program

$8 with RSVP, $10 at the door. RSVP Carol Fuller, 423-2356 or president@dwcscc.org

Conservation? River harvest? Restoration of aquifers? What about wastewater treatment or desalination?

mikerotkinMike Rotkin will explain the alternatives studied to meet the city’s future water supply. From 90 possibilities, the Water Supply Committee whittled viable alternatives to a workable few for consideration and a recommendation to the city council. No one is better qualified than Rotkin to talk about the long process of ensuring an adequate, safe water supply for our community.

DWC’s Board of Directors proposes a vote of members to endorse the Water Supply Advisory Committee recommendations to city council and thank the Committee for its work.

Come to the meeting and vote, on October 23.

DWC endorses Measures O and P

and contributes $500 to support Santa Cruz City Schools

 O and P are two smart parcel tax measures that will appear in the Nov. 17, 2015 special election by mail. DWC’s endorsement followed the Sept. 16 general meeting and was approved by a vote of members.

Vote YES to preserve and protect quality education for students in city schools.

For more information, visit the Santa Cruz County Elections Department: Votescount.com. See also: sccs.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=222789&pageId=2181934


September Program:
Special Election for Santa Cruz City Schools

Wednesday, September 16th 2015
SC Police Community Room, 155 Center St., Santa Cruz
11:30 Lunch Noon Program $8 with RSVP, $10 at the door
RSVP to Carol: 423-2356 or fulkins [at] cruzio [dot] com

Friends of Santa Cruz City Schools (SCCS) Speakers: Campaign Co-Chairs, Tim Madsen, President of the Westlake Parent Teacher Club, SCCS Parent; and Alisun Thompson, SCCS Trustee, SCCS Parent.

There will be a special election November 17, 2015 placed on the ballot by the SCCS Trustees. It will be an all-mail-in election. Voters will be asked to vote on two parcel taxes to fund school programs. The DWC will be considering endorsement of these ballot measures at this meeting.

For more information see the article by Trustee Alisun Thompson (27 KB PDF).


‘South County Perspectives’

A talk by Karina Cervantez Alejo


Friday May 22, 11:30 at Michael’s on Main, 2591 S Main St, Soquel

11:30 lunch, Program at noon

The Democratic Women’s Club is proud to sponsor a luncheon and talk with Watsonville City Councilwoman and candidate for State Assembly, Karina Cervantez Alejo on ‘South County Perspectives’. South Santa Cruz County is a large agricultural area which has been slow to recover from the economic recession. The loss of redevelopment funds has also contributed to making it difficult to address issues of public safety, affordable housing, and economic development.

Ms. Cervantez Alejo, who could be the first woman from Santa Cruz County elected to the Assembly,  wants to be a champion for higher education, water quality and supplies and economic development. As former Mayor of Watsonville and a graduate of UCSC, Ms. Cervantez Alejo has served on many local commissions and organizations. She also teaches at Cabrillo College. Ms. Cervantez has announced her intentions to seek the seat in the California Assembly currently occupied by her husband Luis Alejo when he is termed out in 2016. If she is successful she will be the first woman in Santa Cruz County to occupy an elected office higher than county level.

Paid Reservations: $25 // Walk-ups: $30 — but your seat cannot be guaranteed without a reservation.

No-host bar. Lunch includes beverage and dessert.

Pre-pay by May 12 to guarantee seating. Make check payable to DWC and mail to DWC, P.O. Box 394, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or reserve online at https://dwcmay2015luncheon.eventbrite.com