The 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:
wild mushroom stuffed chicken breast
ravioli with fresh vegetables
polenta with fresh vegetables
President Obama’s State of the Union speech touched on many subjects including taxes, racial tensions and income inequality.
He also called for increased strikes on ISIS and for Congress to pay for two years of community college and went on to declare the state of the union strong.
The mention of a ‘single pipeline’ was perhaps a direct shot at the KeystoneXL project, which he has promised to veto.
Overall it was a strong, confident stand. Watch the State of The Union speech here!
Happy New Year!
2015 should be nothing if not interesting. After the devastating loss of the U. S. Senate in the November election there is no telling how things will unfold at the Federal level. The prognosticators are out in force. They foretell everything from total gridlock to bold action from Obama to help the Republicans position themselves into a corner on a variety of issues for the 2016 Presidential election.
The executive action taken by Obama on immigration reform will unfold in ways that should provide some relieve to the undocumented population from the threat of deportation. And incidentally, again, provide an opportunity to watch the Republicans squirm as they try to challenge these changes while not further alienating the growing number of Latino voters.
The California legislature has already taken steps to improve the lives of undocumented residents in the area of health care and providing a legal avenue to obtain drivers licenses. The state has the largest population of farmworkers in the nation, at 300,000, many of whom will be affected by the new Federal policy. Agriculture is big business in California and there have been many abuses of this vulnerable population. Immigration reform will provide some protection from abusive employers as workers can report workplace violations without fear of deportation. Also some predict that when undocumented workers have more options some workers may be able to leave the the fields for year round employment. This may also have the effect of raising wages for farmworkers helping to lift some of the poorest families out of poverty.
California has passed historic legislation mandating monitoring of aquifers. This overturns water rights going back to the establishment of the state. As the west faces persistent drought conditions this is another tool to help manage the water supply for the benefit of all. This legislation has profound implications here in Santa Cruz County where much of our water supply in mid and south county is from aquifers and has a lot of wells that are not monitored.
Democrats may have lost the battle for control of the U. S. Senate, but the war is not over. California has always been a bellwether state, look to California for leadership on a variety of National issues in 2015.
The Democratic Women’s Club endorsed the following candidates at our March 22 meeting: Note: According to the club’s bylaws, if no candidate in a race reaches a simple majority, there is no endorsement made. There were 40 voting members in attendance.
Congressmember Sam Farr-CA-20
Congressmember Anna Eshoo CA-18
California State Office:
California Assembly Member Luis Alejo District 30
California Assembly Member Mark Stone District 29
Candidates for Santa Cruz County races:
Ryan Coonerty, 3rd District Supervisor
Jim Hart for Sheriff
Amanda Jackson Miller for Soquel Union Elementary School District
Santa Cruz County Parks Measure F Parcel Tax