Farmworker Public Summit 20 May


The day before our Annual Meeting, the Farmworker Affairs Committee of the SM Co Democratic Party will host an in-person summit in Half Moon Bay from 1-3pm.

The details are below. It’s so important that we have the opportunity to hear directly from our Farmworkers and all Latino and Asian members of our Coastside community. It’s a free event but we ask that all attendees secure a free ticket through the EventBrite link below so we can follow up and plan accordingly for the number of guests who will attend. Thanks so much for sharing this invitation with everyone you know who might be interested.

The Farmworker Affairs Committee of the San Mateo County Democratic Party cordially invites you to the Farmworker Public Summit on Saturday, May 20 from 1:00pm-3:00pm PST in Half Moon Bay. Our Emcee isGloria Rodriguez of ABC 7 News.

This Summit will expand upon the May 2022 Farmworker Roundtable discussion which was attended by the region’s representatives from Congress, the state legislature, and the County Board of Supervisors. Last year’s event was the first time a roundtable of this magnitude was ever organized with our elected representatives and leaders of local community-based organizations. The tragic shootings in January in Half Moon Bay remind us even more urgently of how important it is to expand our efforts and include the public in ongoing discussions of Farmworker-related issues.

The topics that will be discussed on May 20 include: access to clean water, housing, and health care. Following up on last year’s Roundtable, this year’s Summit will focus on mapping tangible policy solutions that lawmakers at all levels of our government can pursue on behalf of our region’s Farmworkers. By taking collective action we can all improve the lives of the people who work so hard to put food on our tables and contribute to our county’s economy.

The Summit will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 1:00pm-3:00pm PST at the following venue:
Boys and Girls Club of The Coastside Event Center
530 Kelly Ave., in Half Moon Bay, CA
To RSVP, please visit:  Farmworker Public Summit Tickets, Sat, May 20, 2023 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite


For invited officials, time will be allotted from 1:00 p.m -2:00 p.m. to address our attendees and provide updates on their sponsored projects and legislative proposals that are in progress and those they are planning to introduce. We are inviting them to share ways that community members can help pass legislation, secure funding, improve services, and get projects built that improve the lives of Farmworkers.

From 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., we will hear from leaders of our Coastside community based organizations, farmworkers will be invited to comment, make suggestions and ask questions, and other engaged community members in attendance will be asked to participate as time permits. Public comment and questions will be recorded to provide officials with the option to submit answers and follow up at a later time. Translation services in Spanish and Mandarin will be provided.

Invited elected officials include:
● Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
● Congressman Kevin Mullin
● Senator Josh Becker
● Assemblymember Diane Papan
● Assemblymember Marc Berman
● Supervisor Ray Mueller
● SMC Executive Mike Callagy

Invited Community Members and Organizations include:
● Farmworkers
● SMC Dems Farmworker Affairs Committee
● SMC Farmworker Affairs Coalition (non-partisan group)
● Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS)
● Coastside Hope
● Puente de la Costa Sur
● Dolores Huerta, Founder and President of Dolores Huerta Foundation and Co-Founder of United Farm Workers (UFW)
● United Farm Workers (UFW)

For further information and to confirm your availability, please contact the Chair of the SMC Dems Farmworker Affairs Committee, Victoria Sanchez De Alba at 650-270-7819 / or Farm Worker Affairs Committee member April Vargas at 650-207-2729

Storm-soaked Residents Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

Homeowners and renters in San Mateo County with damage or losses due to the series of New Year’s storms can apply for federal disaster assistance.

Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs as well as other serious disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses, transportation, childcare and moving and storage expenses. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2023.

A message from April Vargas, Club President

Hello Fellow Democrats, Coastside Residents and Friends:

As 2023 begins our community is faced with challenges that seemed unimaginable just a few months ago. Severe flooding, landslides, falling trees and power outages have affected so many in our community. And then this week’s mass shooting in Half Moon Bay has brought unimaginable sadness, frustration and disbelief as our small community becomes the latest casualty in the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in this country.

 We thank our elected officials on the local, county, state and federal levels for their immediate engagement and effective response. Who we elect truly matters and we are proud to have supported the leaders who are representing us during this critical time.

We also thank our local community based organizations:  ALAS, Coastside Hope and Puente de la Coastal Sur, for providing aid to our farm workers and the other essential workers who have been displaced by the flooding and the shootings not to mention all those who live with the lack of affordable housing, health care and adequate food on a daily basis.

As Democrats and Coastsiders, we need to respond and stay engaged in effective and meaningful ways. The Executive Board of the Coastside Democrats met this week and voted to make donations to  ALAS and Coastside Hope to help fund their crisis response activities. In addition, we are planning club events for the coming year that will bring the community together, generate renewed energy in advance of the 2024 elections and keep our Coastside neighbors informed about the issues that affect us all.

With the new year, we’ve reactivated our monthly newsletter. Please review the announcements posted below and in future newsletters for community and club events, volunteer opportunities and information that directly affects our neighborhoods and residents. We look forward to reconnecting with you as we work together to build an even more vibrant, inclusive and resilient community. We welcome all local Democrats to join us.

Democratically yours,

April Vargas, President

Kathy Klein, Vice President

Claire Giovanetti, Secretary

John Dye, Treasurer

Belinda Arriaga, Member At Large

Peihua Ku, Member At Large

Tyler Stone, Member At Large

With special assistance from Barbara Dye

Eshoo Opens Applications for Student Advisory Board

16th Congressional District Students Invited To Apply

PALO ALTO, CA – Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-16) invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who live in or attend school in California’s 16th Congressional District to apply to serve on the 16th Congressional District Student Advisory Board, now in its 30th year. Applications are open through Friday, January 20, 2023, at 5 p.m. (PST).

“It’s wonderful to welcome students to the Student Advisory Board of our congressional district,” Congresswoman Eshoo said. “I look forward to hearing the voices of this year’s students about the issues most important to them and incorporating their recommendations in legislation.”

The program is for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in public policy and learning about the legislative process. Students study a policy area of their choice and make recommendations to Congresswoman Eshoo, who has introduced many of the Board’s policy recommendations in the House of Representatives.

Applications are due by Friday, January 20, 2023, at 5 p.m. (PST) through Congresswoman Eshoo’s website at Please email or call her District Office at 650-323-2984 for more information.

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