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Have we got candidates!!!!

Six important local races.

Monday Oct. 3 (see details below)

  • Capitola City Council - 2 seats
  • County Office of Education - 1 seat
  • Central Fire District - 4 seats (to replace incumbents who passed a retroactive pay cut!)
  • Live Oak School District - 2 seats
  • Santa Cruz Port District - 3 seats (challengers to replace incumbents)
  • Soquel Creek Water District 1 two-year seat

Where:  Center for Spiritual Living
               1818 Felt Street -
off 17th between Brommer and Portola

Time:  6:30 - 9:00pm
            Sponsors: Peoples Democratic Club, 350.org, Citizens Climate Lobby, and Santa Cruz for Bernie

Support the Native Americans protecting the land!

Rally at the Town Clock in Santa Cruz
Tuesday, Sept. 13 - 5:00-6:15

Join us to call on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline. 

If you can't come to the rally, support the encampment here: www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp   And you can help fund their legal expenses here:  https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf?ref=ab_35w6Td.

Another oil disaster in the making!  The Dakota Access pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels per day of fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois - cutting through sovereign tribal land and crossing under the Missouri River.

In response, an inspiring opposition - led by the Standing Rock Lakota and Dakota Sioux - has emerged.  Ma…

Proposition 67 and Proposition 65 contain conflicting provisions regarding how revenue from the state-mandated sale of carryout bags would be distributed. Proposition 67 would allocate revenue from the sales to the stores themselves, permitting them to use the revenue in three ways:

(1) To cover costs associated with complying with Proposition 67.

(2) To cover the costs of providing the recycled paper or reusable bags.

(3) To provide educational materials encouraging the use of reusable bags.

Proposition 65 would allocate the revenue into a new state fund, the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Fund, which could be expended to support drought mitigation, clean drinking water supplies, recycling, litter removal, wildlife habitat restoration, beach cleanup, and state, …

As of August 16, 2016, the following PAC was registered to support Proposition 65. The same committee was also registered in opposition to Proposition 67, thus the campaign funds listed here are shared between the support campaign for Prop. 65 and the opposition campaign for Prop. 67. The total amount raised below was current as of the same date. The amount spent listed below was current as of June 2016.


Amount raised

Amount spent

American Progressive Bag Alliance, A Project Of The Society Of The Plastics Industry (Non-profit 501 (C) (6)), Yes On 65 And No On 67 

for more details http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1372902&session=2015


Proposition 51    [1669. (15-0005)]  -  School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statutory Amendment.      Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757
Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds: $3 billion for new construction and $3 billion for modernization of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities; and $2 billion for California Community Colleges facilities. Bars amendment to existing authority to levy developer fees to fund school facilities, until new construction bond proceeds are spent or December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. Bars amendment to existing State Allocation Board process for allocating school construction funding, as to these …

Proposition 62

Proposition 66

Repeals death penalty

Keeps the death penalty in place

Replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole as the maximum punishment for murder

Changes death penalty procedures to speed up the appeals process by putting the Supreme Court in charge of initial petitions challenging death penalty convictions, establishing a time frame for death penalty review, and requiring appointed attorneys to work on death penalty cases

Retroactively applies to prisoners already on death row at the time that the measure would take effect

Stipulates that all effects would occur once Proposi…

A pilot program in the works harkens back to the origins of so-called accessory dwelling unit slang: "granny flat," and offers to move struggling seniors into new tailor-made garage-sized living units on their own property. The main house would then be turned into an affordable housing rental, overseen by a professional property management company.

"The idea of using ADUs to help seniors has been a concept in the geriatrics community for a long time," Housing and Community Development Manager Carol Berg said. "There hasn't been a program like what we're doing, which is targeting an extremely vulnerable population."

The program, which will need Santa Cruz City Council approval for funding and the volunteer manpower of&n…


Gail Jack called meeting to order at 6:38pm.  14 members in attendance were too few for quorum and vote on candidates   Plans to complete endorsement matters on line will be forthcoming.

Treasury Report: $7900

Housing Issues: David Foster will speak at next PDC meeting (October 20) re Habitat's proposed program to assist seniors to build "granny" units so they can "age in place. " David Foster is now Director for both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. 

Nancy passed out a tentative calendar for Affordable Housing Week events commencing Thursday October 13 at the Museum of Art and History.  The final schedule will be available on the PDC website by September 25 www.pdclub.org and on the new Santa Cruz Community Calendar at http://santacruzcommunity…


Proposition 61 could fuel one of the most expensive ballot measure battles in California and even the nation in 2016. As of August 16, 2016, the opposition campaign, backed by several large pharmaceutical companies, received more than seven times the contributions provided to the support campaign.

Support:    $9,462,638.37

As of August 2016, all but one of the listed campaign contributions large enough to require reporting were donated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The other campaign contribution was donated by the California Nurses Association PAC. The total contributions provided were current as of July 9, 20…

Boycott Driscolls Continues
Saturday, October 15 - 1pm

Rally and Protest at Driscoll's Berries Headquarters
345 Westridge Dr, Watsonville, CA

Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/294932227545062/

On October 15 there is a call for an International Day of Action to support the 80,000 farmworkers and their families in San Quintín Valley, Mexico with the message that the boycott of Driscoll's Berries continues full force until there is a union contract.

Currently, farmworkers toil 12 to 15 hours a day in the fields for as little as $6/day. Many are not provided social security, health insurance or any type of job security. For more information on the working conditions in San Quintín and the farmworkers struggle, see: http://regeneracionradio.org/Micrositio/04-The-San-Q…

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