Past Events

Events that were videotaped include links to the videos, which are further down this page.

  • 2017
    • Opportunities for Women with Mary Hughes (Close the Gap) (2/25/17)



Ballot Initiatives:  John Laird

On September 17, 2016, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird gave a presentation on the 17 ballot measures that will appear on the November ballot.  The event was hosted by the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County and co-sponsored by the People’s Democratic Club, The Santa Cruz County Democratic Party, and the Crosson North County Democratic Club.

DWC Election Forum Part 1

DWC’s election forum 2016 – featuring speakers for and against Measure D and a panel of the Democratic candidates for Santa Cruz City Council (Video of low quality, so not presented here.)

DWC Election Forum Part 2

DWC’s election forum 2016 – featuring Democratic candidates for city council races in Scotts Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville, plus the Santa Cruz Port District (Video of low quality, so not presented here.)

Our Connection to the Sea: Dan Haifley (May 21, 2016)

Beyond Marriage Equality (April 23, 2016)

Annual Pro-Choice Brunch (January 23, 2016)


Juvenile Justice Reform (October 17, 2015)

A panel discussion about juvenile justice reform, held on October 17, 2015 and co-sponsored by the Democratic Party of Santa Cruz County, CA, and the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County. Speakers included 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). The event was hosted by Mike Rotkin (lecturer in community studies at the UCSC, former city council member and mayor of Santa Cruz City).

Water Supply Advisory Task Force Report

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

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Measures O & P: Alisun Thompson & Tim Madsen (September 16, 2015)

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 voted to endorse these ballot measures at this meeting, and donated $500 to the campaign effort.

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

The Winning Team: Joe Simitian & Mary Hughes (June 14, 2015)

A conversation with Supervisor Joe Simitian and campaign consultant Mary Hughes, moderated by Supervisor Zach Friend. They will share their thoughts on essential elements and key strategies for a successful campaign based on years of experience.

An Affordable Place to Live – Santa Cruz’s Housing Future

April 24, 2015 at 11.30am, at The Golden Palace Restaurant, 415 Ocean Street, the DWC will host a talk about affordable housing in Santa Cruz County and City. Our guest speakers will be Ryan Coonerty, 3rd District County Supervisor; Carol Berg, Housing and Community Development Manager for the City of Santa Cruz County; and Julie Conway, Housing Manager for Santa Cruz County. They will discuss the status of efforts to fund, approve and build more affordable housing, and what barriers and opportunities exist along the road to providing more places to live for those on the lower and middle rungs of the economic ladder. As the newest tech boom over the hill drives prices even higher, how will we keep housing our residents? How is the price of housing connected to homelessness, an issue we heard about from Mayor Don Lane in our last DWC talk? Come learn more about what our governments are doing to address the issue. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carolyn Livingston, DWC Membership Chair, (831) 426-7461 or online at The price, including lunch, is $15 (in advance) or $18 (at the door).

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 Anita Hill: “Speaking Truth to Power: Gender and Racial Equality – 1991-2015″

February 26, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | College 9/10 Multi-Purpose Room | Free

About Anita Hill:
Senior Advisor to the Provost, Brandeis University
Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies
Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management
Of Counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll

Anita Hill was thrust into the public spotlight in 1991 when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Clarence Thomas. After, the hearings Ms. Hill began speaking to audiences worldwide about how to build on the great strides of women’s and civil rights struggles. She presents concrete proposals that encourage us to extend our vision of equality to include more than legal rights. Her goal is to encourage creative, equitable and positive resolution of race, gender and class issues.

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Campaign for the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument

SC Redwoods National Monument Campaign kick-off event posterYou, your family and friends are invited to learn about the proposed SANTA CRUZ REDWOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT
at this CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF EVENT featuring Congresswoman ANNA ESHOO and former Secretary of the Interior BRUCE BABBITT at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz.

Representatives of the Bureau of Land Management, other California communities that have recently established National Monuments, and members of the local campaign Citizens Advisory Committee will also be speaking.

Santa Cruz has the opportunity to have President Obama and Congress designate 5800 acres of our Coast Dairies property – North of Wilder Ranch State Park, and South of Swanton, into a permanently protected, and publicly accessible NATIONAL MONUMENT. Come learn about the property, the process and how we can work together to convince our national leaders to designate Coast Dairies as the SANTA CRUZ REDWOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT. This opportunity, has been called a “once in a lifetime” chance to protect our watershed, ecosystem and gateway to the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so register today!

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 6:00PM TO 8:00PM

LOCATION: Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz

PARKING: Metered parking is available on-street, and in pay lots throughout downtown Santa Cruz.

For further information about the Monument Proposal, visit their website:

The Future of Choice: High stakes politics, deepening disparities and reproductive justice. January 17, 2015

Keynote Speaker Kathy Kneer, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

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DWC Luncheon with Mary Hughes, October 22, 2014

Safety Net, September 25, 2014

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Climate Action Plan for Santa Cruz (May 24, 2013)

Mary Arman of the City of Santa Cruz addresses the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County about plans to deal with climate change.

Environmental Update with John Laird (April 20, 2013)

John Laird, Secretary of Natural Resources, presents an update on environmental issues in California.


Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (March 28, 2013)

Congressman Sam Farr, Assemblymember Bill Monning, and Alan McKay (Executive Director of the Central California Alliance for Health) present a panel discussion about upcoming changes in health care.

Women & the Law: How Women Won the Vote (March 22, 2013)

Local attorney Dinah Sapia speaks about women’s suffrage.



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Health Services for MediCal Recipients (February 22, 2013)

Alan McKay, Executive Director of the Central California Alliance for Health, addresses the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County about upcoming changes for MediCal recipients.


City Council Candidates Forum (September 22, 2012)

A Forum for candidates for the City Councils in Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Watsonville, sponsored by the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County and hosted by Judy Warner.

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Prison Realignment and the Santa Cruz County Corrections Plan (September 30, 2011)

Scott MacDonald, Chief Probation Officer of Santa Cruz County, and Sheriff Phil Wowak discuss the local impact of the prison realignment plan at the Democratic Wome’s Club luncheon.

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