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Recall Update

Senators Bill Monning and Richard Pan have been served with Preliminary Notices of Intent to Recall by opponents of SB 277, the bill to require parents to show proof that their children have been vaccinated before they can enroll in a public school unless they qualify for a medical exemption. Bill Monning is not a co-author but did support the bill in the Senate. Dr. Pan and Sen. Ben Allen are the co-authors of SB 277. After the bill passed out of the state senate with bipartisan but not unanimous support, the opponents have vowed to "recall all Senators who voted for SB 277".

At this juncture the plan is to watch the process and be prepared to play by the rules and to mount an aggressive campaign to Reject the Recall should the proponents be able…

At the urging of Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, on Tuesday, June 9th, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted not to invest for 5 years with the 5 banks that recently agreed to plead guilty to felony charges.

On May 20th, 2015, the Department of Justice announced that four major banks?Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, and the Royal Bank of Scotland? have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the foreign currency exchange spot market. In addition, a fifth bank, UBS, has agreed to plead guilty to manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate and other bench mark interest rates. These criminal actions undermined the integrity and the competitiveness of foreign currency exchange markets whic…

What does this win mean for the labor movement? This trade debate is inspirational. Millions of people, exercising their free rights to inform their elected representatives is what our country's founders envisioned.  Raising our collective voices and taking collective action empowered our Representatives execute the will of the people they represent.  This fight has once again demonstrated that united together, our collective voice will be heard and corporate special interests looking toward profits at the expense of the workers doing the work will be stopped.  Our communities and our country are strongest when we have a strong middle class. By stopping this bad trade deal we have saved jobs and strengthened our middle class, our communities and our country.

What …

PDC has a new president!

              Gail Jack was elected president last night with Nora Hochman as vice president, Mathilde Rand treasurer, Casey Carlton recording secretary, Brian Murtha corresponding secretary. Paul Elerick will continue as membership chair and Tom Batley as PDC liaison with other Democratic clubs and community organizations.  Ron Pomerantz and Glen Schaller will continue as the PDC representatives to the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee. 

Other actions at meeting.

  • The PDC will write a letter to the KUSP board supporting KUSP Forward, protesting their selling the licenses and urging the board to develop a sustainable plan for maintaining KUSP as a locally operated station. Brian …
Dues can be paid through Act Blue by clicking the "Pay Dues" button on the right or by check to: Peoples Democratic Club, P.O. Box 2374, Santa Cruz 95063.

Dues:  General Membership sliding scale from $20-$50 (Students and low-income $10-$20).

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Pay your dues the painless way - have Act Blue charge $5 per month to your credit card! Or make that $10.  Still painless.  PDC will benefit and you'll spread the dues out over the whole year.

Note:  On June 19, 2014, the membership voted to observe a July 1 to June 30 fiscal year and to have dues paid annually at the beginning (July1) of each fiscal year.

On January 25th, state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a housing-bill package designed to stabilize the lives of young people, families, and Californians struggling to get by on threadbare budgets.

AB35 (CHIU and Atkins)

One of the biggest challenges faced by affordable developers is the lack of funding available to build apartment and homes that remain affordable.  Introduced by long-time housing champion and freshman Assemblymember from San Francisco, David Chiu, AB35 would expand the state's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million annually.

Expansion of the state tax credit will have two positive effects: developers will not only have access to more funding for building developments where the rents remain affordable, but they will also be able to leverage a…
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