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A Message from the State Green Party

The 2015-2016 term for the GPCA Standing General Assembly (SGA) begins July 1, 2015 and runs through June 30, 2016. 

County Parties are asked to elect their SGA delegates as soon as possible. The number of delegates per county is found here.  

Once your County has elected its delegates, please send their names and email addresses to

The first scheduled 2015-2016 SGA six week discussion/one week voting period is from Monday, October 5 through Sunday, November 22. It will include an endorsement vote for U.S. Senate in 2016 and special elections to fill two male and two female Coordinating Committee vacancies.  

For that reason we ask that you send in your county's SGA delegates for 2015-2016 as soon as possible, so they can be added to the SGA email list and voting page. SGA members from 2014-2015 do not automatically 'roll over' to the next year.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to your county party's participation in the SGA.


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

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Fri Jul 24, 2015

The Global Economy and You

Peace & Justice Center,
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955

Dr. Jack Rasmus

Friday, July 24, 7 PM, at the Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Dr. Jack Rasmus will speak on the global economy and its growing instability, focusing on Europe and China, and also forecasting the US economy for the next 6-12 months. He has two new books: Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy", by Clarity Press, out in September, and the next in October is Europe's Greek Tragedy.

Dr. Rasmus, Ph.D Political Economy, teaches economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California. He is the author of several books, including 'Obama's Economy: Recovery for the Few', Pluto Press, 2012. He has written and produced several stage plays, and hosts the weekly Progressive Radio Network show, Alternative Visions. Jack was also an economist and market analyst for several global companies for 18 years and, for more than a decade, a local union president, vice-president, contract negotiator, and organizer for several labor unions.

Sponsored by the Green Party of Monterey County.  
Info:  Frank Lambert:

 Free & Open to all.

July 11, 2015

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Annual Peace Lantern Ceremony

11th Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance Day Memorial

Sat., Aug. 8th from 7-9 pm at Lovers Point Cove, Pacific Grove

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nakasaki in August, 1945.  Honoring those who suffered the atomic bombings in 1945, this ceremony reaffirms a commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world and to alternative, safer forms of energy so that such tragedies are not repeated. 

The short program at 7:45 pm will be followed by the launching of the paper lanterns lit by candles on rafts pulled by kayaks into the cove at 8:15 pm. Everyone is welcome at this free event. 

Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and 
Freedom, the Peace Coalition of Monterey County, Monterey Peace and Justice Center, and the Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting. 

For information, please contact 375-8216 or 372-5762. 



Sat Jun 27, 2015

Green Party CA General Assembly

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San Jose, CA

On June 27-28, also in San Jose, is the next GPCA General Assembly - our state party's primary decision-making body. Greens are welcome to register and attend as provided for in this policy

The agenda will include approval of the party's 2015-2016 strategic plan, planning for our 2016 US Senate candidacy and other organizing and party-building.

Looking ahead, how better to give electoral representation to social movements than by running for office as a Green in 2015 and 2016? There are multiple offices up for election on the local level, as well as for state and federal office. Since the GPCA's founding in 1990, over 325 Greens have been elected to local office. Today 64 Greens hold elected office statewide.

On the issues, the Green Party is in favor of closing the commercial property loophole in Proposition 13. Read about it as part of our newly updated Fair Taxation platform plank. You can also support our organizing efforts with a donation here

We hope to see you in San Jose, at local events in your own county -- and via the social media contacts below.


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


Wed Jun 24, 2015

The Palestinian Struggle for Justice: 1948-2015

7 pm - 9 pm
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955

During the 1948 war that followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence, an estimated 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes in what became Israel.  Millions of Palestinians now live as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, or under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  Palestinians are now the largest refugee population on the planet.

Please join us for a presentation by a panel of local activists on the history of the Palestinian struggle, followed by a discussion about the movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction Israel (BDS).

Sriya Shrestha

The panel will include:

  • Helen Rose:  the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine
  • Phillip Crawford:  the 1967 Six-Day-War and its consequences
  • Katharina Harlow:  the conditions facing Palestinians today
  • Kenny Garcia:  Is BDS the answer?

Wednesday, June 24, 7:00pm at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center.  The presentation will begin promptly at 7:00pm. Sponsored by the Green Party of Monterey County, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Palestine Action Committee (a project of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center).

For more information, contact



Thu Jul 09, 2015

Pesticide Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren

6:30 pm
Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
931 E Market St., Salinas, Salinas, CA

Safe Strawberry Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren
Our children deserve better!  Please join this dynamic group of residents pressuring officials to regulate for greater protections from pesticide use near schools.  


A 2014 California Department of Public Health report found that 1 in 4 Monterey County schoolchildren attend school within 1/4-mile of fields that apply some of the most hazardous agricultural pesticides on the market.  That is the highest rate in the state.  The report also showed that Latino schoolchildren are most heavily impacted–320% more likely than white children to attend schools  near the heaviest use of hazardous pesticides in Monterey County. Read the report, A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence at this link.  

We want our schoolchildren better protected from the health threats of hazardous drift-prone pesticides.  Most immediately, we call for the following two policies that could be enacted by our County Ag Commissioners or the Department of Pesticide Regulation today:

1)     One-mile protective “buffer zones” around schools that are free from drift-prone hazardous pesticides; and

2)     One-week advanced notification of schools of any pesticide applications within one mile of school grounds.


CONTACT: Mark Weller
Californian for Pesticide Reform

April 6, 2015

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Act Now to STOP the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free” trade agreement. 

Our representative Sam Farr decided to vote yes on the secret TPP Fast Track, explaining we should trust the President.  Thankfully, it failed, and is now on hold until the end of July. Vice President Joe Biden admitted that the White House’s plans to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership are in limbo.

Continue to visit and call Congressman Sam Farr's office:

100 W. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 424-2229
Toll Free: 800-340-FARR
Fax: (831) 424-7099

Fast Track will cover three agreements: the TPP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), that European civil society is vigorously opposing and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), all being negotiated in the deepest secrecy.

The TPP “Investment” Chapter, just leaked, details the huge transfer of power to corporations and investors:  

  • Corporations have more legislative and judicial rights than nation states.
  • Federal, state and local law-making authority is gutted 
  • Corporate and investor rights to profit is prioritized over democracy, worker rights and environmental protections.         

Read the “investor-state dispute settlement” system (ISDS) exposed by Wikileaks.  Over 9,000 corporations in the 11 Pacific Rim countries could use the TPP supra-nation legal system and secret trade courts to sue our government for loss of “expected future profit” and thereby overrule U.S. national, state and local laws and court decisions on labor, the environment, energy, land-use and zoning and much more.

 The Clock is Ticking!



January 4, 2015

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Conserve Monterey Peninsula Forests

Our Monterey Peninsula forests are cumulatively endangered by numerous development plans.

December 15, 2014

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We act collectively as a political party most of the time, and as a group of activists we also freelance as individuals. We are proud of our progressive roots, principles and actions.  

Green Party Monterey County sponsored and co-sponsored  10 advocacy/educational presentations in 2014.  

These were taped by Hebard Olsen and aired on AMP Channel 24 to reach a wide audience.  


  • Secret History of Carmel with John Thompson
  • Films on smart meters & spy technology
  • Ed Mitchell interviewed a panel of experts: Doug Kasunich, Marc Del Piero, Safwat Malek, and Ron Cohen on water solutions.
  • Dirty Water, with Ed "Sonny" Vaughn and George Riley
  • CA State Candidates: Cindy Sheehan, Laura Wells, Ellen Brown
  • Pesticide Reform with Mark Weller
  • Film “Rebels With a Cause” with Sustainable CV
  • Candidates Forum:  12 local candidates explain why they're running: Jason Campbell, Alvin Edwards, Felix Bachofner, Bruce Delgado, Margaret Davis, Jan Shriner, David Brown, Ed Mitchell, Timothy Barrett, Nancy Selridge, Dan Presser, and Eric Petersen
  • CA State Ballot Propositions
  • Prison Reform with Gary Karnes and Taina Vargas Edmond

Other Green Party activities: 

  • Worked on Measure O for public ownership of Cal Am water facilities

  • Green Party commentary (Eric Petersen) and call-ins on KRXA 540 AM radio

  • Member of Peace Coalition of Monterey County 

  • We participated with Public Water Now, Keep Fort Ord Wild, LandWatch, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County various Action Groups, Occupy Monterey,  transportation, public comment time at city councils and Board of Supervisors, protests, parades, and demonstrations. 

Green Party endorsed, supported, and worked for these candidates in the 2014 General Election:

Ed Mitchell, Board of Supervisors ….
Bruce Delgado, Mayor, Marina  - WON
David Brown, Marina City Council  - WON
Nancy Selfridge, Monterey City Council ….
Tim Barrett, Monterey City Council  - WON
Alvin Edwards, Seaside City Council ….
Jason Campbell, Seaside City Council - WON  
Felix Bachofner, Mayor, Seaside ….
Eric Petersen, Seaside City Council ….
Jan Shriner, Marina Coast Water District - WON 
Margaret Davis, Marina Coast Water District ….
Dan Presser, Monterey Regional Airport District ….
Scott Miller, Sheriff ….


December 11, 2014

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Green Party Winterfest 2014

The GREEN PARTY Monterey County hosted a great celebration Dec. 10 at the Peace Resource Center in Seaside. Many of our supported and endorsed candidates came out to join us, Timothy Barrett won a seat on the Monterey City Council, Bruce Delgado retained his position as mayor of Marina, and Jan Shriner was top vote getter for director of the Marina Coast Water District. Sadly, a huge money campaign beat our friend Ed Mitchell for the Board of Supervisor's seat. Very sad, as his presence would have moderated the run-away developments altering life on Monterey Bay. Ed served as our auctioneer for donated items that will help with our 2015 expenses.

We honored candidates who stand for office. Win or lose, we support those who promote deeper messages. Transparency and access, engagement and participation, fairness and principle. In other words, robust democracy. 

We have problems with the amount of cash in elections, but still we honor candidates and their hard work. 

We are small, but we are dedicated activists.  

Thank you, candidates. Thank you, volunteers. Thank you caroling Raging Grannies!

Win or lose, we need each other!




July 31, 2014

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July 31, 2014

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Stand up for Farmworkers!

Sign the petition to the EPA for a safer, healthier workplace for farmworkers.

July 31, 2014

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Plastic Bag Ban

Monterey County has enacted a plastic bag ban!

May 10, 2014

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We remain strongly in favor of public ownership of water resources despite the failure of the Public Water Now ballot initiative, Measure O. The corporate owner, CalAm, spent millions to defeat the measure that provided for a feasibility study of public ownership of CalAm facilities.

There have been numerous state and educational studies comparing costs between public and private water providers. In every case, public water was about 25% cheaper than private water.

There are two reasons for this:
1) no profit and corporation taxes in public water costs and
2) lower interest rates on bonds for capital project financing.


Another convincing argument includes the many democratic rights surrounding public ownership. These include public hearings and access, transparency, public interest responsibilities, local elected leadership, voter oversight, public rate-setting and local management. Not a single one of these principles exists with corporate CalAm ownership.


The traditional role of comprehensive watershed stewardship by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District further persuades us to vote for Measure O. The public interest jurisdiction of the district is essential for our water-scarce area. And it is appropriate as costs and project failures call attention to the narrow focus of Cal Am - which is to produce and deliver water at a profit. There is a lack of detailed factual information on public ownership. This subject has been discussed for years but never studied in depth.


The full community will benefit from having the facts followed by public discussion. Public Water Now continues to proceed pressing for a full analysis as ratepayers continue to lose confidence in CalAm, based on past project failures, with all costs passed on to ratepayers. These failures have called attention to poor performance by CalAm and have stimulated community interest in looking at another option.

Public ownership is that option.

Hear what the Mayors say about CalAM.
It's embarrassing. Watch the short video from Measure O cheerleaders in Felton, who are now paying less than they paid 8 years ago under CalAm, and will own their own system outright in a few years.

February 9, 2014

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Green Party: 2013 Year In Review

We act as a political party most of the time. But as a group of activists, sometimes we free lance as individuals. Regardless of this, we are proud of our progressive roots and principles.

Green Party sponsored/co-sponsored 7 presentations and/or panel discussions at PRC to educate and advocate. These were taped and aired on AMP Channel 24 by Hebard Olsen to provide greater reach for those who cannot attend in person.

Topics that received our attention:

David Cobb on Challenging Corporate Power
Monterey County Homelessness
Wind energy and turbines
Pesticide use and threats
Public Water Now's Initiative to buy Cal Am
Esselen Nation
Fort Ord Land Use

Other Green Party activities:

Worked on Measure M for Fort Ord Access, and against the race track proposal
Green Party commentary (Eric Petersen) and call-ins on KRXA 540 AM radio
Member of Peace Coalition of Monterey County
Greens were active in Public Water Now, Fort Ord Access Alliance, Alliance for Democracy, Citizens for Public Water, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County groups, Occupy Monterey, transportation and others.

Summary of 2012 election endorsements* by the Green Party, and others supported by members.

Primary Election:

*Marc Del Piero, Board of Supervisors- Won
*Jane Parker, Board of Supervisors- Won

General Election:

*Marc Del Piero, Board of Supervisors- Lost
*Jane Parker, Board of Supervisors- Won
Bruce Delgado: Mayor, Marina- Won
*Frank O’Connell, Marina City Council- Won
*Gail Morton, Marina City Council- Won
Tom Moore, Marina Coast Water District- Won
*Peter Le, Marina Coast Water District- Won
*Jason Campbell, Seaside City Council- Lost
*Alan Haffa, Monterey City Council- Won

State Ballot Propositions:

Monterey County voted 'our' way on all 11.
CA statewide voted 'our' way on 9 of 11.


Watch: Ch 24 Access Monterey Peninsula, Green Party broadcast 3 times a week, check AMP schedules HERE.

February 3, 2014

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Sacramento Press Club Excludes Green Party Candidate from Debate

from CalNewsroom

David Curtis, the Green Party of California’s choice to serve as California’s chief elections officer, calls the snub unfair and inexplicable, especially since he’s out-polling two candidates that were invited to the April 23 debate.

January 23, 2014

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Public Water Now

It’s as basic as this. . . water is essential for life.

January 22, 2014

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We're bigger than we appear!

This is a great Al Jazeera article by American political cartoonist, columnist and author Ted Rall. It is about how the American media marginalizes dissent and stifles political opinion in groups like the Green Party. Read it here.

January 22, 2014

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WWJD: What Would Jello Do?

Why Vote Green? Why Register Green?

January 22, 2014

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Civic Duty

It's tough to have an effect on an oligarchy, but let's keep trying!

January 22, 2014

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Community Power

Learn about Monterey Bay Community Power now!

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