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What to know about the Newsom recall effort
Meeting on Monday May 17, 2021

Monday, May 17th at 7:00 pm

Join the Silicon Valley Democratic Club and Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats to discuss the Newsom recall effort. Our guest speakers are Brandon V. Stracener, Senior Research Fellow for the California Constitution Center at UC Berkeley School of Law and Bill James, Chair of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee. The event will be moderated by Helen Chapman, AD28 Delegate and Secretary of the Santa Clara County Central Committee. You can read some of Brandon's writing on the recall here.

Meeting agenda here

About our speaker, Brandon V. Stracener

Brandon is a Senior Research Fellow for the California Constitution Center at UC Berkeley School of Law. He writes on constitutional issues, especially issues involving the California Constitution, and California courts. Brandon has also published on issues involving the U.S. Constitution and attempts at constitutional reform in Iceland. Brandon is at times a Lecturer at Berkeley Law on Advanced Legal Writing and is an attorney in private practice. Part of his passion for constitutional law and the courts derives from clerking for the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller, District Judge at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, and the Honorable Lucy H. Koh, District Judge at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. While in law school, he externed for the Honorable Consuelo María Callahan, Circuit Judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. These experiences sparked Brandon's interest in the approaches of different court systems and different underlying foundational law. His law school work included leading a student team comprising Berkeley Law and UC Davis Law students in revising California’s Political Reform Act.

Brandon received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and his BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.

About our speaker, Bill James

Bill James is Chair of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party. Bill has been active in the local Democratic Party for more than 25 years, and he has been Chair for the past 4 years.  He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy until 1991, including a two and a half year tour on a ship based in Yokosuka, Japan.  His Navy service brought him to California, where he settled after leaving the service.  Bill attended Stanford Law School and works as a patent lawyer.  Bill and his wife met in law school.  They lived together in Mexico City for an academic year under a Fulbright Scholarship.  He is the father of three teenagers.

About our moderator, Helen Chapman

Helen’s dedication to improving and serving the community spans decades. She has served on the board for Green Foothills, San José Parks Commission, and co-founded the San José Parks Foundation. Currently she is a Director for the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for Area 3, serves as Secretary of the Lincoln High School Foundation Board and is President of Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood. She was just recently was recognized as one the 2020 Women of Influence by the San Jose Business Journal and was also named Assembly District 28 Women of the Year in 2017.

Helen is also the Secretary for the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee and elected delegate for Assembly District 28, as well as a member of DAWN, and the Silicon Valley Democratic Club.

She works as a Policy and Legislative Advisor for Councilmember Sergio Jimenez, District 2 specializing in Housing and Environmental Policy.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her grandson.

Bay Area Iranian American Democrats (BAIAD) & San Diego Iranian American Democrats (IADSD) Invite you:

Sunday, October 18th from 1-3 PM


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fundraisng reception for dary rezvani

Please join us on January 19, 2020 to a fundraising reception for Dary Rezvani, a candidate for Congress in California’s 22nd District. 

BAIAD voted to endorse Mr. Rezvani’s candidacy for California's 22nd district seat. Mr. Rezvani’s grasp of the state and national policy issues impressed BAIAD’s members as he hopes to bring new energy and vision to Congress and become a strong voice for Iranian Americans.

To RSVP for the event, please call Ms. Emily Ward at 805-975-9827. The location will be in Almaden Valley area. Address will be provided when you RSVP.

Consider supporting Mr. Rezvani by donating to his campaign:

Date: January 19, 2020

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM

 Check out Mr. Rezvani's website to learn more:

Monthly Meeting Details for August 28, 2019

Please join us for this informative meeting, meet some of the candidates running for office in 2020 and learn about the upcoming elections and the candidates.

7:00 -7:15 PM Introductions/Announcements

              7:15-7:45 PM, Ms. Delaine Eastin

              7:45-8:15 PM, Break

              8:15-8:45 PM Mr. Otto Lee

              8:45-9:00 PM, Closing Q And A

              Next meeting, Sept. 25th, TBA

Our guest speakers will discuss the political process and how to be an active participating citizen and why this is an important part of your citizenship? How we can make a change through the “Ballot Box”.

Ms. Delaine Eastin, Superintendent of CA Schools, (1995-2003), Candidate for CA Governor, 2018

Mr. Otto Lee, Candidate for County Supervisor, Santa Clara County 2020

Ms. Sally Leiber, Candidate for State Senate, 2020

Date: 8/28/19

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Place: Azerbaijan Society of Northern California

            16400 Lark Ave., Suite 260, Los Gatos, CA 95030

            (602) 264-2394

About the Presenters:

Delaine Eastin

Ms. Delaine Andree Eastin is an American politician from CaliforniaA professor by education, she was the first and only woman to date to be elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (1995–2003) under Governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis. Eastin, represented parts of Alameda County and Santa Clara County in the California State Assembly between 1986 and 1994. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Eastin's leadership garnered the "Rookie of the Year" acknowledgement from the California Journal, a non-partisan analytical journal that reported on the State Legislature.[6]

Eastin served four terms in the State Assembly, representing parts of Alameda and Santa Clara counties. She wrote legislation to enhance school safety and increase parent involvement.

She received the prestigious Crystal Apple Award from the American Library Association. She was given the Inspirational Leader Award from Kidango. She received alumni awards from both UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.

She ran for Governor of California in 2018. 

Otto Lee

Otto O. Lee was a Sunnyvale, California City Council Member from 2003 to 2011, before which he was on the Planning Commission, which he chaired from 2000 to 2001. From 2005 to 2006 he was vice mayor, and from 2006 to 2007 he was the 57th mayor of Sunnyvale. 

Otto Lee was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 22nd Congressional District of California. He lost in the general election

Currently, he is running for the County Supervisor position for Santa Clara County Board 2020.

Award: Bronze Star Medal

Education: Leiden University, UC Hastings College of the Law, University of California, Berkeley