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June Meeting and Green Talk

The regularly scheduled fourth Tuesday meeting would be June 24th. This is two days after the next state meeting in Santa Barbara so expect a report back from San Mateo County delegates going to the meeting. Look for further information in the future on the events page.


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In response to my question about the source of our logo, I got the following response from Arlen Comfort.
Hi Sanda,
The Green Party Tree (logo) was drawn by Arden Farey.  He was an industrial designer by profession until forced to retire because of multiple sclerosis. He had no use of his arms or hands so he used a paintbrush attached to a mouth-stick to produce his artwork. 

He was Green Party member when he drew the logo while a patient in the Menlo Park VA, where he died 6 years ago. Much of his work was politically motivated and some was published with then current newspaper articles.

This link has many pictures of Arden’s artwork including the GPSMC tree and of him drawing with a mouth stick.  (near the bottom)

– Arlen

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Voter Guide is out

Yesterday, I got my voter guide in the mail.  I first looked at the political party statements.  The one for the Green Party was started at a state meeting last fall after reviewing ones from previous years.  The Coordinating Committee took input and then worked with it at their January retreat, online, and then submitted it to the Secretary of State.  Ours looked pretty good.  Then I looked at the one for the Democratic Party.  If only….  No wonder people continue to vote for them.  If they actually practiced what they preach.  Then I reviewed the candidate statements, and knew that our candidates have shorter statements because you have to pay to play and they charge you by the word, and it isn’t cheap.  I noticed that some of our candidates have little competition, particularly Laura Wells for Controller (vs one Dem and on Rep) and Ellen Brown for Treasurer (vs on Democrat.)  We may just have the chance of being on the November ballot with these two courageous women.  I am sure they could use your financial contribution if you have not yet done so. It is possible that there are more candidates that will be on the ballot who do not have candidate statements here.

Make sure you vote in June.

Sanda Everette

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Three more days to run for Coordinating Committee or GPUS Delegation

Green Party of California

Dear Friend —
The deadline is this Monday, April 28 at midnight, for the opening of the applications period for election to the GPCA Coordinating Committee and GPUS Delegation, for two year terms running from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.  Ranked choice vote elections will be held separately for six female seats and six male seats on the Coordinating Committee, and 12 delegate seats and 13 alternate seats on the GPUS Delegation.

Applications should be sent here; and must include a biography, along with what you wish to accomplish on the Coordinating Committee or GPUS Delegation. As per GPCA Bylaws, elections will be by the Standing General Assembly (SGA), with a six-week discussion period from Monday, May 5 to Sunday, June 15, followed by a one-week vote, from Monday, June 16 to Sunday, June 22.

Candidates shall be given time to present themselves and respond to questions on an SGA teleconference during the discussion period, and to the Santa Barbara General Assembly on the morning of June 21.

The Duties and Responsibilities of the Coordinating Committee are described here and for the GPUS Delegation here.

A list of all those who have already applied is here:

Election: Coordinating Committee, six female seats, July 2014 – June 2016 

Election: Coordinating Committee, six male seats, July 2014 – June 2016 

Election: GPUS Delegation, 12 delegates, July 2014 – June 2016

Election: GPUS Delegation, 13 alternates, July 2014 – June 2016

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sanda Everette, Alex Shantz
Co-coordinators, GPCA Coordinating Committee


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Website ready for primetime

I have done quite a bit of work on this over the past day.  I think it is ready to be linked from the state website for our county replacing our current web page which is linked from there now.  What do you think?

Because it is much easier to make changes and add posts, please feel free to suggest content. particularly Green Party news and events.  Let me know if you would like to be a regular contributor as defined by WordPress:


A Contributor can create and edit only their own posts, but cannot publish them. When one of their posts is ready to be published, it will need to be submitted to an Administrator for review first. Furthermore, once a Contributor’s post is approved and published by an Administrator, it can no longer be edited by the Contributor.