We’re starting the year with a lot of exciting meetings planned for our ECDC.

Although some of us who were members in 2016 have already renewed our membership, some of us have not. Now’s the time to do so. If you haven’t renewed your membership, and since you’re at your electronic device reading this note, why not go to the site Once there at the top of the page you will find a green JOIN US button. Click on that in order to read about the different membership dues categories and different payment procedures. Then, if you wish, continue the membership renewal process. Another way to become a member is to sign up at an ECDC meeting.

Although you’re welcome to attend our meetings without renewing, the renewal helps our club in general but it also allows us to gain additional representation in the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County.

Our next meeting is March 28. See you there!

Tom Cesa, VP-Membership

Membership Drive: Time to Recruit!

Calling all ECDC members: we need each and every single ECDC member to bring a friend (or several!) to enroll as ECDC members. Why? The more members we have, the more effective our organization becomes. More members means more people to volunteer and campaign for progressive Democrats and values.

Equally important is another Democratic Party rule: local Democratic clubs are given votes to endorse candidates in the June 2018 primary election. Every 20 members in a club equals one vote for a democratic club. This number is calculated the June the preceding year. That means that ECDC will be given a vote for every 20 ECDC member in ECDC’s membership roster on June 2017.

Want your opinion to matter? Want to make sure progressives get endorsed in the upcoming statewide election? Then let’s register more Democrats into ECDC!


We have received confirmation from Bharat Trehan, PhD, that he will also present at our May meeting. Dr. Trehan retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco two years ago, and has since been active with the ACLU. His focus has been on surveillance. In his presentation, he will discuss the use of drones and other surveillance devices, who should decide on whether or not to use such devices, and how they should be deployed.