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May 20: County’s Response to the Trump Agenda

Supervisor Ryan Coonerty will discuss the “Response to the Trump Agenda” during a program from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 20 in the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room, 155 Center St. Hear what local and state officials can do to combat the right-wing attack on our environment, immigration protections, education, and a host of civil rights threats. Coonerty serves as the Third District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County, which includes the city of Santa Cruz, parts of Live Oak, and the North Coast. He was elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in 2014 after having served eight years on the Santa Cruz City Council, including two terms as mayor.

April 29: Healthcare update with Monning, Conner

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 29
Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room
155 Center Street, Santa Cruz






State Sen. Bill Monning (D-17) will be joined by Leslie Conner, executive director of Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, to discuss California’s response to the effort to change in the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan says Obamacare is now the “law of the land” after Republicans in Congress failed to replace the landmark legislation. But what’s next?

March for Science drew thousands

Thanks to everyone who joined in the Santa Cruz March for Science on Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. There were several thousand in attendance on the march from Santa Cruz City Hall or San Lorenzo Park. DWC members were glad to join members of the Santa Cruz Women’s March, People’s Democratic Club and others to keep up the resistance!

Don Lane provides snapshot of local housing efforts

Former Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane, a member of the Housing Advocacy Network, gave a talk to Democratic Women’s Club members at Louden Nelson Community Center on Saturday, March 25.. Over 30 local nonprofits, unions, political organizations, community advocacy groups, and nonprofit affordable housing developers across the political spectrum have joined to support the development of more affordable housing in our county.  Lane makes the case in that in order to create more housing options for the community, residents need to “say yes” as housing projects come up for approval. Read more at and watch a video from Don’s talk (below) or on our Facebook page.

Don Lane short video


Close the Gap founder speaks to sold-out crowd


Mary Hughes, founder of Close the Gap, an organization dedicated to electing progressive women to elected office, gave an inspiring talk to a sold-out crowd at a DWC luncheon Feb. 25. During a talk titled “Opportunities for Women to Regain Our Ground in 2018,” Hughes gave an update on the status of elected women in the California Legislature and provided some practical tips for recruiting women to enter electoral politics.

Hughes has played a pivotal role in the election of numerous women to public office in California and brings a wealth of practical electoral experience into her talks. Unfortunately, women lost seats in the California legislature in the most recent election. This work seems all the more important given the election of the misogynist-in-chief as our new president. At the lunch, DWC members also voted to give $475 to the organization to support its work statewide.