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

Mary West, Oct. 11, 1927 – Feb. 22, 2015​

It is with much sadness that we report that long-time Democrat Mary West died recently in Santa Cruz. She and her husband Dirk came here in 1980 and became active in Democratic politics and campaigns. They were named co-democrats of the year for 1997. Mary also served as a president of the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County and remained active with the organization for many years.



Four DWC members awarded at annual gala

Four DWC members received awards at the DCC Annual Dinner,  March 7


Four DWC members received awards at the annual dinner at the Dream Inn on March 7.  Amanda Robinson and Coco Rainer-Walter shared the Democrat of the Year Award.  Together, they revitalized the Crossen North County Democratic Club when it languished after Shirlee and David moved to Santa Cruz.  The new club is named for John and Delores Crossen in remembrance of two former Democrats of the Year.  Amanda currently serves as Recording Secretary for the club.  In addition, she has served as campaign coordinator for Eric Hammer, Assembly member Mark Stone, and newly elected Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart.


Coco currently serves as President of the CNCDC.  Both Coco and Amanda have great energy and the new club is thriving.  Amanda serves on the executive board of the Democratic Central Committee. Previously she was the DCC secretary. She is a delegate to the State Democratic Central Committee.  Coco also serves on the DCC executive board and currently serves as events chair for the DCC. Coco is known for her warm, friendly and upbeat personality that encourages participation.

Amanda and Coco

Amanda and Coco


Lois Muhly and Shirlee Byrd, together with their husbands, Bert Muhly and David Byrd, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for their many years of service to the Democratic Party.  Shirlee and Lois both served on the DWC board for many years.  Shirlee served as Recording Secretary for many years, and she graciously opened her lovely home for board meetings.  In addition, David and Shirlee were founding members of the North County Democratic Club and worked many years to establish the club in the San Lorenzo Valley.


Lois served on the DWC board for many years, holding almost every office over her long term on the board.  Lois was one of the founding members of the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County.  She and Bert were indefatigable in their volunteer work on global issues, especially El Salvador and Nicaragua through Santa Cruz Sister Cities and Three Americas.

The Santa Cruz Democratic Party invites you to ‘Celebrate Our Stars’

gala.jpgThe Democratic Women’s Club will have several tables at the annual Santa
Cruz County Democratic Party dinner. The funds raised will contribute to
the United Democratic Campaign in 2016, which will be a very important
election. If you would like to join a DWC table to sit with other DWC
members send a check for $100, payable to SCCDCC and mail to Carol
Fuller, 513 Olive St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Please include your email and indicate your menu choice:

Grilled Salmon

Monterey Jack Stuffed Chicken Breast

Wild Mushroom Ravio/veggies

Vegan/ polenta and veggies.