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WELCOME

The Democratic Club of Sunnyvale is an active and welcoming group that promotes progressive, Democratic values and positions. We provide a welcoming group for those in the Sunnyvale, CA, area to meet and promote Democratic causes. Join us to meet other people in this major Silicon Valley city where you can make the most use of your Democratic ideas and energy!


February 17th meeting - Santa Clara County Criminal Justice System, Wage Theft and SB100

We will focus on three important issues at this meeting:

1. Santa Clara County Criminal Justice System. Our speaker for this issue is Professor Robert Weisberg, Faculty Co-Director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center. He works primarily in the field of criminal justice, writing and teaching in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, white collar crime, and sentencing policy. As Founder and faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC), he promotes and coordinates research and public policy programs on criminal law and the criminal justice system, including institutional examination of the police and correctional systems.

Professor Weisberg will be discussing the Santa Clara County Criminal Justice System. The Santa Clara County jail has received attention in the past two years after a mentally ill inmate was beaten to death by three guards. The guards were convicted of murder in January. Other issues include the inequities of the current bail system and the backlog of untested rape kits in the County.

We will be voting for County Sheriff in this year's election. Currently, three candidates have filed to run. Since many of us are not familiar with these issues, this will be an opportunity to become more informed about our criminal justice system.

2. Wage Theft. Currently Sunnyvale imposes no penalties or restrictions on businesses which, by refusing to pay wages they have been determined by court judgment to owe, have essentially stolen money from their workers, many of whom are the most vulnerable in our economy.    On Feb 27th, after a year-long study (which your Democratic Club is proud to have helped set in motion), City Staff will present its findings to City Council, which in turn will hopefully enact ordinances or policy changes to address this injustice.  We will discuss actions our members can take to provide input to the Council regarding their decision.

3. SB100 - 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2017.  Dem Club members will explain SB 100 and ask members in good standing to vote to endorse it as currently written--without amendment--which may help get it passed sooner.  See details below. Please attend and vote to encourage our elected officials to act with the urgency that this vital challenge to humankind demands.  

As always, meetings are free and open to the public.

Saturday * February 17th  * 2 to 4pm  *  Fairbrae Swim Club  *   696 Sheraton Ave. *   Sunnyvale CA

UPCOMING EVENTS and ACTIONS


Indivisible South Bay - General Meeting - March 18th

Please join Indivisible South Bay for our upcoming meeting.

New Location: Democratic Volunteer Center, 960 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto

Sunday, March 18th, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

The Sunnyvale Demicratic Club Executive Board has endorsed the Indivisible South Bay "Declaration of Resistance". Please read and endorse this important declaration.


SB100 - 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2017

Climate change is progressing faster than scientists predicted; Trump's "government" is actually acting to increase emissions; vigorous state and local action is  essential. "On the issue of climate disruption, winning slowly is the same as losing."
  
SB 100 will fast-track the decarbonization of California's electricity and set a target of completely carbon-free electricity by the year 2045 (see [1] & [2] below).  The bill has passed the CA Senate, but even after recent climate-related disasters in CA and the rest of the US and world, even after learning that the proposed target is entirely feasible (see [3] & [4] below), some CA Assembly members hesitate to approve SB 100.  Politically, it is desirable that SB 100 pass before climate champion Kevin de Leon steps down as President pro Tem of the Senate on March 21.   

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Club Committees

DCS currently has several active committees and task forces:

Affordable Housing Committee: Our Affordable Housing Committee has formed a coalition - Livable Sunnyvale- with Greenbelt Alliance, Friends of Caltrain, Sunnyvale Cool, SV@Home and other organizations to address the lack of affordable housing in Sunnyvale and other income equality issues. For more information check out livablesunnyvale.org. To join, contact sueserrone@comcast.net..

Wage Theft Committee: Working on issues related to stopping Wage Theft in our community. To join conact Carol Weiss at carolrlweiss@gmail.com.

Age Friendly Committee : Looking at ways to make Sunnyvale more Age Friendly. To join the committee, contact Nancy Smith at ncsmith@gmail.com

Hospitality Committee: Providing refreshments and other activities for our Club meetings. To support the committee or to volunteer to bring snacks contact Marge Goka at teardropowner@gmail.com.



 
 

EVENTS

February 17th Meeting -
Professor Robert Weisberg will speak about the Santa Clara County jail and criminal justice system. We will aslo discuss Wage Theft and SB100.
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All Meetings (except January, July and December)
Third Saturday of the month
2pm to 4pm
Fairbrae Swim Club
696 Sheraton Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA


 

 


ISSUES


 

Resistance

Indivisible South Bay

Next General Meeting is Sunday, March 18th, 1:30pm, Democratic Volunteer Center, 960 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto

Orchard City Indivisible

Orchard City Swing Left

#RESIST: Sunnyvale


ACLU People Power

 
  South Bay Rapid Response Indivisible  
 
Affordable Housing
 
     
 
Wage Theft
 
     
 

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