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Join us for our upcoming meeting:

Thursday, May 20

7-8:30pm via Zoom

We are excited to welcome two leaders on housing in the Bay Area to our May Meeting:

Susan Friedland is CEO of Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), an affordable housing developer. She is an Albany resident and parent of 2 AUSD students, and a former member of the Planning & Zoning Commission. SAHA is building the 62-unit project at Cleveland and Washington, and has provided over 4000 people in the Bay Area with housing and services.

Lori Droste is the Vice Mayor of Berkeley. She has served on Berkeley City Council since 2014. Her 2021 legislative accomplishments include authoring and unanimously passing progressive parking reforms and authoring legislation to end exclusionary zoning in Berkeley. Lori lives in the Elmwood with her wife and two kids.

We will also consider signing on as an organizational member to Healthy California Now, the statewide coalition of Single Payer advocacy organizations.


Our April presenters on single-payer healthcare wanted to share this video with Buffy Wicks. Our Assemblymember Wicks is a co-author of the California single-payer healthcare bill AB 1400.The California State Democratic Convention occurred the first weekend in May. I attended, and the message was clear. The Party is 100% behind Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election. And you can get more information about the convention at the California Democratic website. The Party also had officer elections and the party chair, Rusty Hicks, kept his seat. In Caucus elections, a local politician, Igor Tregub of Berkeley, was elected chair of the Environmental Caucus.


We are need of a Club representative for the Alameda County Democratic Party. Interested? Respond to this email or at the upcoming meeting. Open to any dues-paying member.

Finally, we will consider signing a Resolution to Support the Nuclear Agreement with Iran originating from the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club. Resolution here.


Future meetings:

  • June: Racial Equity in Policing

  • July: Mayor Ge'Nell Gary talks about her priorities

We hope to see you on Thursday, May 20th!

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