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.

November 8, 2022 Election Results

Election results are updated as often as new data is received from county elections offices after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots continue to be counted after Election Day during the canvass period; county elections officials must report final official results to the Secretary of State by December 9, 2022.

Results in San Mateo County

Results California Statewide

Voter Turnout for San Mateo County was 35.49%.  

U.S. Representative, 16th District: Anna G. Eshoo won with 59.8%

Member of the State Assembly, 23rd District: Marc Berman won with 72.03%

Member, Board of Supervisors, 3rd District: Ray Mueller won with 63.95%

San Mateo County Harbor District Member, Board of Commissioners, District 3: Kathryn V. Slater-Carter won with 58.24%

Granada Community Services District Members, Board of Directors: Barbara Dye, Jill M. Grant, and Jen Randle won with 31.09%, 23.57%, and 23.55% respectively

City of Half Moon Bay Member, City Council, District 4: Debbie Ruddock won with 49.89%

La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District Members, Governing Board: Veronica Mazariegos-Anastassiou and Allison Collins won with 35.13% and 35.05% respectively

La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, Measure R: Bonds passed with 61.13%

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