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The Santa Clara County Democratic Club will honor John Vasconcellos on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Now retired, Vasconcellos served 30 years in the state Assembly and 8 years in the state Senate, making him California's longest-serving legislator. He served in the Assembly from 1966 to 1996, and in the Senate from 1996 to 2004. Due to the state's legislative term limits, it is unlikely that any future legislator will ever serve as long as Vasconcellos.

Scheduled to attend are State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, former Assemblyman and San Fransisco Mayor Willie Brown, area legislators, and others.

The SCCDC will honor Vasconcellos from 1-4 p.m. at the Harris-Lass Historic Museum, 1889 Market Street, in Santa Clara. Cost for the barbecue luncheon is $25.

Organizers will hold drawings and giveaways, and money raised at the event will help support the Vasconcellos Legacy Project, Democratic campaigns, and President Obama's reelection campaign.

After his retirement, Vasconcellos began the Politics of Trust Network:

The cynical, divisive, partisan politics of the past offer no solutions for our future. We have a responsibility to move towards a politics that is more inclusive, a politics that is welcoming and inspiring, a politics of trust.


The Politics of Trust is a politics based on inclusive collaboration and open-minded governance. The Politics of Trust is a politics that puts the needs of individuals and their communities before the needs of political parties or special interests. The Politics of Trust asks, “what do we need to accomplish, and who can help accomplish it?” rather than settling for the continuation of the failed methods that have served us so poorly in recent years. The Politics of Trust seeks to do away with a politics that is divisive and closed, and replace it with a politics of collaboration and transparency.

Please RSVP to the SCCDC by August 10. For questions, or to make a reservation, please contact Shirley Odou at 408-247-9513, or Karen Powers at karenjpowers  at

Originally posted to Senor Unoball on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 05:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics and Dream Menders.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was. -- Mitt the Twit

    by Senor Unoball on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 05:56:06 PM PDT

  •  Boost Obama (3+ / 0-)

    Raise funds for Obama, honor a long-time legislator, tour an interesting historical landmark in Santa Clara County, and win drawing prizes that'll take you somewhere.

  •  Glen (1+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber

    Hope you can make it!

    I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was. -- Mitt the Twit

    by Senor Unoball on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 08:30:30 PM PDT

    •  actually I will be hosting an out of town (2+ / 0-)
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      remembrance, Senor Unoball

      kossack (figbash) that weekend...then going to the Aug. 19th event at Tomales should follow this daily diary for info of future SFKossak events...but I will post this on the Dream Menders Facebook page.

      I went to the Dem club site you linked in your previous diary...but can't figure out when the next meeting is...ugh...I will send my email in a PM...if you could let me know when the next meeting will be...I would like to attend.

      My time is a little limited as I help my wife through her next few weeks of treatment...but I am very eager to get involved...I've been discouraged by the pace and direction of my Dream Menders group...they have put aside our stated goal of promoting the Contract for the American Dream...and have started working with the Rootstrikers...a very noble cause...but I do not have the patience to work with the Teaparty and Paul-bots.

      anyways...look for my PM.



      We are not broke, we are being robbed.

      by Glen The Plumber on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 10:02:18 PM PDT

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      •  Meetings (1+ / 0-)
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        According to the club's website:

        Monthly General Meetings, 3rd Monday (except July or August and December)
        As I understand it, the Aug. 18 picnic is considered the August meeting. So, the next general meeting would be Monday, Sept. 17, which is the third Monday of that month.

        I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was. -- Mitt the Twit

        by Senor Unoball on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 10:36:25 PM PDT

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  •  Dang, wish I could be there (2+ / 0-)
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    remembrance, Senor Unoball

    but I'll be in SLO at my nephew's wedding that day -- I believe one of my first votes was for Vasconcellos when I was living and registered to vote in San Jose.

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 09:41:08 PM PDT

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