Our Next DWMC Event

When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey CA

The Senior Woman’s Dilemma:

Medical, Legal and Social Issues Senior Women Face

The Democratic Women of Monterey County will present a panel of prominent local leaders in senior services in an information-packed meeting about the serious social, legal and health problems facing older women in our community. This important luncheon event takes place on Thursday, June 16, from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Aguajito Rd., Monterey. 

Participating on the panel will be:

You Should Know About...

Democratic Women of Monterey County Endorses Eight Candidates: Adams, Luis Alejo, Caballero, Ellis, Monning, Panetta, Parker, Stone earn support from March membership process.

The Democratic Women of Monterey County has announced its membership’s endorsements for local and statewide elections in 2016. In closely watched races, DWMC members voted to endorse the following:

U.S. House of Representatives
District 20: Jimmy Panetta California State Senate
District 17: Bill Monning California State Assembly
District 29: Mark Stone California State Assembly
District 30: Anna Caballero

Monterey County Board of Supervisors
District 1: Luis Alejo  
District 4: Jane Parker  
District 5: Mary Adams

Chair, California Democratic Party: Kimberly Ellis

The Democratic Women of Monterey County Board of Directors voted unanimously on May 11, 2016 to rebuke District 4 supervisor candidate Dennis Donohue’s campaign tactics. Donohue issued campaign mailers accusing incumbent District 4 Supervisor Jane Parker of obstructing the development of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC), when in fact, Parker has been actively advocating for it and the CCCVC is already underway.

The issue became widely publicized last week after State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) issued a condemnation of Donohue for attempting to deceive voters regarding Parker’s role and for misrepresenting the status of the CCCVC’s progress. “I just saw the Donohue hit piece against Supervisor Parker,” said Monning on May 7. “This is so erroneous and inaccurate that I hardly know where to start.”

DWMC President Konny Murray said, “The people who are hurt the most are the veterans and their families, who are being misled by Mr. Donohue’s lies. The DWMC supports clean campaign practices and believes these misleading Donohue mailers violate basic ethical standards.”  

On April 18, 2016, Rebecca Griffin, Assistant Director of California Programs for NARAL Pro-Choice California and Rosalie Pinkert, Board member of Democratic Women of Monterey County, met with Charles McKee, County Counsel of Monterey County. Ms. Pinkert had arranged the meeting to follow up on local enforcement of the Reproductive FACT Act. Passed by a wide majority of the California legislature last year, the Reproductive FACT Act protects patient health by requiring licensed pregnancy centers to notify patients about state programs for affordable reproductive health care, including prenatal care, abortion care and contraception. The law requires unlicensed centers to disclose that they are not licensed medical providers.

Since the Reproductive FACT Act went into effect on January 1 of this year, anti-choice groups have sued several local governments, including the Monterey County Counsel and the Salinas City Attorney, to block enforcement of the law. Their gambit is to drop from the suit any defendants who agree not to enforce the law. Small municipalities are essentially being blackmailed, as the costs of lawsuits may be burdensome.

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After all those years as a woman hearing 'not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,' almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, 'I'm enough.'

- Anna Quindlen