For more than 50 years, we've hosted a monthly luncheon featuring dynamic guest speakers on current public policy, elections, and initiatives. Join us on the 2nd Friday of (almost) every month to share good food, great company, and Democratic values. Check out this list of previous guest speakers.

  • Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 12:00 PM
    SCCDP Headquarters in San Jose, CA

    Annual Member Meeting

    Join us for the D21stCC Annual Member Meeting! We'll enjoy a free lunch, reflect on the year we've had, and look forward to all we're doing to secure victories for Democratic candidates and values up and down the ballot. All current and prospective members are welcome!

    This year, for the first time, we're meeting at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party Headquarters in San José. Your membership dues allow us to contribute more than $20,000 a year to help pay the rising rent on this year-round hub of Democratic action and activity. We're excited to show it off to you!

    WHAT: D21stCC Annual Meeting 2024

    WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2024, 12:00pm

    WHERE: SCCDP Headquarters, 2901 Moorpark Ave, Suite 110, San José, CA 95128

    Lunch and assorted beverages will be provided FREE for all members with dues paid for 2024. Not a current member? You can join the club today!

    PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN 4:00PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 10TH.

  • Friday, August 09, 2024 at 12:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Michael's at Shoreline in Mountain View, CA

    Lunch with Ken Yeager

    Ken Yeager earned a B.A. in political science from San José State University and an M.A. in sociology and a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. Prior to his public service career, he taught full-time in the Political Science Department at SJSU for 12 years.

    Ken was the first openly gay elected official in Santa Clara County. He was first elected to public office in 1992 as a Trustee of the San José/Evergreen Community College District and served for two terms from 1992-2000. He then served for six years on the San José City Council–first elected in November 2000 and re-elected to a second term in 2004. Two years later, Ken was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors where he served as Board President in 2010 and 2013. He served for a total of 12 years, finishing his last term in 2018.

    Besides holding elected office, Ken has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as the Ethics in Public Service Program sponsored by the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
    Ken has published two books: Trailblazers: Profiles of America’s Gay and Lesbian Elected Officials, Child Care and Electoral Politics at the Local Level. He has also published two personal political memoirs: The Long Struggle for LGBTQ Equality in Santa Clara and Battle Against HIV/AIDS: A Look Back at the First Decades of the Santa Clara County Experience. His most recent book is an autobiography, Run! My Story of LGBTQ+ Political Power, Equality, and Acceptance in Silicon Valley.

    In 2019, Ken returned to San José State, where he teaches the popular Local Politics and Government class. That same year, he became executive director of the non-profit arm of BAYMEC, the BAYMEC Community Foundation, where he created the LGBTQ+ website QueerSiliconValley.com, curated an LGBTQ+ museum exhibit, and produced the documentary film Queer Silicon Valley. The Foundation is now focused on creating rotating exhibits that can be displayed in their new retail space in downtown San Jose.

    Please select your ticket quantity below and click the "Purchase tickets" button to proceed to the payment page. Your reservation is NOT complete until you have paid for your ticket(s). Tickets ARE refundable and/or transferable.

    If you would like to register in advance and pay at the door, please send us an email OR complete the quantity request below and skip the payment page.

    OUT OF RESPECT FOR ALL OF OUR MEMBERS AND GUESTS, YOUR RSVP IS REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 4:00PM THURSDAY, AUGUST 8.

  • Friday, September 06, 2024 at 12:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Michael's at Shoreline in Mountain View, CA

    Lunch with Dr. Robert Ovetz

    Dr. Robert Ovetz writes about the politics of the global labor movement, work, and the crisis of capitalism at the turn of the 20th century. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas-Austin. Robert is a senior lecturer in Political Science at San José State University.

    Robert is the author of When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1921 (Brill 2018 and Haymarket 2019), We the Elite: Why the U.S. Constitution Serves the Few (Pluto 2022), and the forthcoming book Rebels for the System: NGOs, Capitalism and the Labor Movement (tentative title, Haymarket Press 2024). He is the editor of Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategy, Tactics, Objectives (Pluto, 2020) and co-editor with Kari Lydersen and Kevin Van Meter of Real World Labor, Vol. 4 (Dollars & Sense 2024). He is an Associate Editor of and contributor to The Routledge Handbook of the Gig Economy, edited by Immanuel Ness (Routledge, 2022), and currently co-writing his next book on non-profits, NGOs, and capitalism for Haymarket Press (2024).

    Robert has been published in eight other books in six (French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish) languages. He is currently a labor writer for Dollars & Sense and The Chief magazine. His writings can be found at https://sjsu.academia.edu/RobertOvetzPhD and you can follow him on X at @ovetzrobert.

    Please select your ticket quantity below and click the "Purchase tickets" button to proceed to the payment page. Your reservation is NOT complete until you have paid for your ticket(s). Tickets ARE refundable and/or transferable.

    If you would like to register in advance and pay at the door, please send us an email OR complete the quantity request below and skip the payment page.

    OUT OF RESPECT FOR ALL OF OUR MEMBERS AND GUESTS, YOUR RSVP IS REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 4:00PM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5.

  • Friday, October 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Michael's at Shoreline in Mountain View, CA

    Candidate Forum - District 5 Santa Clara County Supervisor

    Join the Democratic 21st Century Club and the Peninsula Democratic Coalition for a friendly candidate forum with two stalwart members of the D21stCC who just happen to be running for District 5 Santa Clara County Supervisor in the November runoff election. Margaret Abe-Koga is currently serving on the Mountain View City Council, and Sally Lieber is a member of the State Board of Equalization. We'll offer some prepared questions related to the role and save time for audience Q&A.

    Please select your ticket quantity below and click the "Purchase tickets" button to proceed to the payment page. Your reservation is NOT complete until you have paid for your ticket(s). Tickets ARE refundable and/or transferable.

    If you would like to register in advance and pay at the door, please send us an email OR complete the quantity request below and skip the payment page.

    OUT OF RESPECT FOR ALL OF OUR MEMBERS AND GUESTS, YOUR RSVP IS REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 4:00PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10.

  • Friday, November 22, 2024 at 12:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Michael's at Shoreline in Mountain View, CA

    Lunch with Guy Marzorati

    Guy Marzorati is a reporter and producer for KQED's California Politics and Government Desk, based in San Jose. Guy joined KQED in 2013, and reports on state and local politics. He produces KQED's weekly radio show and podcast Political Breakdown and KQED's digital voter guide.

    Guy is a graduate of Santa Clara University. He'll join us to recap and analyze the results of the November 2024 elections!

    Please select your ticket quantity below and click the "Purchase tickets" button to proceed to the payment page. Your reservation is NOT complete until you have paid for your ticket(s). Tickets ARE refundable and/or transferable.

    If you would like to register in advance and pay at the door, please send us an email OR complete the quantity request below and skip the payment page.

    OUT OF RESPECT FOR ALL OF OUR MEMBERS AND GUESTS, YOUR RSVP IS REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 4:00PM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21.