About Us

The Coastside Democrats form a progressive, grassroots Club serving the beautiful coastal areas on the West Coast of San Mateo County. The Coastside Democratic Club is chartered by the San Mateo County Democratic Party and is affiliated with the California Democratic Council.

We hold public meetings, register voters, make endorsements, and seek to educate and empower our members and the Public on important local, state, national and global issues. We hold our own events and co-sponsor events with Clubs.

Our Bylaws are posted here. Meeting Minutes dating back to 2014 are available upon request.

The West Coast of the West Coast

Our Purpose

The Coastside Democrats support candidates of the Democratic Party and uphold the principles of:

Honest and transparent government and elections
Equal and inclusive opportunity and justice for all Americans
Government benefiting all citizens, not just the wealthy
Full respect for our natural environment and international treaties
Public health and education, women’s rights and the welfare of seniors
Outreach to youth and all ethnic communities

Area Served

The Coastside Democrats serves the population living west of Skyline Blvd / Highway 35 and south of the city of Pacifica in San Mateo County (a.k.a. the Coastside). The Coastside has a population of about 25,000. It is separated from the rest of San Mateo County by a range of hills to our east and north. Although it is often considered a bedroom community serving businesses in Silicon Valley it is the main agricultural area of the County. The Coastside is a thriving tourist destination with many hotels, State Parks and Beaches and a bustling harbor at Princeton-by-the-Sea serving both commercial and recreational boaters.

Our area is contained within the 15th and 16th Congressional Districts, the 13th State Senatorial District and the 19th and 23rd State Assembly Districts and the 3rd County Supervisorial District.

Board Members

President: April Vargas. Contact our President at president@coastsidedemocrats.com.
April is a Montara resident, small business owner, and elected District 3 member of the San Mateo Co Democratic Central Committee. She currently Co-chairs the SMC DEMS Voter Registration committee, a member of the Farmworker Affairs Committee, and a member of San Mateo Branch NAACP Political Affairs Committee. In the past she was employed as an SEiU-UHW West community organizer 2005-2009, SMC DEMS campaign manager 2012, 2014, 2016 and volunteered as co-field coordinator for the No on Recall campaign 2021.

Vice President: Kathy Klein

Secretary: Claire Giovannetti.
Claire Giovannetti is a native San Franciscan who has found her way to the coast in retirement. She is a professional musician who has spent her life teaching singers, conducting choirs and singing. She is a fairly new member of the Coastside Democratic Club and is looking forward to working on the board.

Treasurer: John Dye. Contact our Treasurer at treasurer@coastsidedemocrats.com.

Member at Large: Belinda Arriage

Member at Large: Tyler Stone
Tyler arrived on the Coastside about three years ago, having worked his way up to El Granada from Santa Cruz, prior to which he’d lived in Ventura and Oxnard and Camarillo.

Member at Large: Peihua Ku
Born and raised in New York City, Peihua moved to El Granada in 2019 and also volunteers with CoastPride, Coastside Hope, and the Half Moon Bay Library.

Board Meeting Minutes

Click the links below to retrieve a copy of the Meeting Minutes. 23 August 2022 2 August 2022 25 May 2022 22 May 2022 23 February 2022

Bylaws Approved on 27 June 2020

BYLAWS OF THE COASTSIDE DEMOCRATS  Approved on March 10, 2005; amended Aug 7, 2014, at the General Membership Meeting; amended May 31, 2015, at the General Membership Meeting; amended May 21, 2017, at the General Membership Meeting; As amended November 3, 2017, at the General Membership Meeting; amended June 27, 2020 at the General Membership …