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  • Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    I want to cover some Biodiesel stations, events, Democratic Clubs, and Co-ops in the greater Silicon Valley area.

    Biodiesel: Biodiesel is an American produced fuel that is cleaner than traditional diesel. Up to B20 (a 20% blend of biodiesel and traditional diesel) any diesel engine, car or truck, can run on it. Above B20, some older engines may have problems but newer diesel engines should be ok. Here are some gas stations in the Silicon Valley area that offer biodiesel:

    Rotten Robbie: 310 N Whisman Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043, 650-965-2609. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 6AM-10PM

    Rotten Robbie: 1304 Piedmont Rd, San Jose, CA 95132, 408-259-5535. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 6AM-11PM.

    Bay Area Biofuel: email biodieselperformance@gmail.com for info and an appt

    Western States Oil Company: 1790 S 10th St, San Jose, CA 95112, 408-292-1041. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open 7AM-5PM M-F.

    The Green Station: 136 Gilman Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, 831-425-9100. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open TUES, THURS, FRI 4-7.

    Autopia Biofuels: 1025 S Railroad Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402, 650-571-1863. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open M-F 8AM-7PM (CLOSED WEDS/SUNS) SA 1PM-4PM.

    Mountain Feed and Farm Supply: 9550 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005, 831-336-8876. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open M-S 9AM-6PM SUN 10-2

    SF Oakland Truck Stop: 8255 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94621, 510-569-1624. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open M-F, 4AM-11PM; SAT. 6AM-10PM; SUN. 7AM-10PM

    The Green Station: 433 Ocean Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95061, 831-425-9100. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel engines, may not be good in some older engines). Open 10-6 DAILY

    USA Grown Fuels: 2680 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062, 831-476-3653. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HOURS A DAY / 7 DAYS A WEEK; MUST BE MEMBER


    MARRIAGE EQUALITY SILICON VALLEY is a grassroots effort, organized by volunteers in the Silicon Valley/San Jose/South Bay area, to educate, unite and mobilize all communities for equality.

    Each month, on a Sunday, which might vary depending on other events, the Outreach to Religious and Youth Communities Group holds a potluck evening. We meet at 6 pm in someone's home for a shared meal. At 6:30 pm, we view an inspiring film which focuses on LGBT issues. After the movie, we discuss current and future actions to promote education and support for marriage equality. Open to everyone. For more information, contact Ray Hixson at (650) 346-7557 or Joanne Loomba at (408) 921-0041.


    Here are some events (from the Silicon Valley Democracy for America calendar and the Santa Clara County Democrats calendar):

    Dean Democratic Club Working Meeting
    Monday, 19 October, 2009
    07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Please come join us at our club's monthly business meeting. All are welcome, only members can vote, memberships are $15 per year, $10 for students and seniors.

    IHOP Restaurant
    5403 Stevens Creek Blvd
    Santa Clara , CA 95051-7202 United States

    Event Contact Info: Ralph Wheeler
    Email: rwheeler@inreach.com
    Phone: 650 493-2652

    Silcion Valley Young Democrats Monthly meeting
    Monday, 19 October, 2009
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    UFCW Local 5 Hall
    240 S Market St
    San Jose, CA 95113

    The Silicon Valley Young Democrats seeks to embody the spirit of forward thinking that has made our home world renowned. We believe that ideas and ideals can transform the society. Our motto, “Innovation in Politics”, reflects our deeply held convictions that an idea holds immense power. We believe in the Silicon Valley spirit of possibility and the democratic ideals of civil and just society.

    Event Contact Info
    Jordan Eldridge
    Email: eldridgejordan@yahoo.com
    Phone: 408-991-2908

    A perspective on the war in Afghanistan and the options facing the U.S.
    Saturday, 24 October, 2009
    12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Cost: $20

    Peninsula Democratic Coalition (PDC) Luncheon
    Speaker: Professor Robert Crews, Stanford University
    'A perspective on the war in Afghanistan and the options facing the U.S.'
    Chef Chu's 1067 N San Antonio Rd. in Los Altos

    Robert Crews, an award winning professor from the Department of History at Stanford University, will share with us his insights on the current situation in Afghanistan. Professor Crews is a specialist of Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, Central Asia and Islam and the author of several books and articles about these parts of the world. This will be a very timely topic as President Obama is currently considering a variety of strategic options regarding the conflict in Afghanistan.

    California's Broken: How do we fix it? Brunch for Joe Simitian
    Sunday, 25 October, 2009
    11:00 AM - 01:00 AM
    Cost: $50

    Lucie Stern Community Center
    1305 Middlefield Rd.
    Palo Alto, CA 94024 United States

    Event Contact Info
    Emma Rodman
    Email: emma@joesimitian.com
    Phone: 650-289-9038

    A brunch featuring Robert Hertzberg, Former Speaker of the California Assembly, Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network and Kathay Feng, Executive Director, California Common Cause, discussing the state of California and how to fix it. This brunch is in support of State Senator Joe Simitian.

    Nov 4, 2009 DFA first-Wednesday get-together 7:00 PM PST (10:00 PM EST)
    City: Palo Alto or Los Altos, usually
    Phone: For more info call: 650-380-4112
    Probably a discussion of the November 3 election

    Dean Democratic Club Working Meeting
    Monday, 16 November, 2009
    07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    IHOP Restaurant
    5403 Stevens Creek Blvd
    Santa Clara , CA 95051-7202

    Please come join us at our club's monthly business meeting. All are welcome, only members can vote, memberships are $15 per year, $10 for students and seniors.

    Event Contact Info:
    Ralph Wheeler
    Email: rwheeler@inreach.com
    Phone: 650 493-2652

    Silcion Valley Young Democrats Monthly meeting
    Monday, 16 November, 2009
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    UFCW Local 5 Hall
    240 S Market St
    San Jose, CA 95113

    The Silicon Valley Young Democrats seeks to embody the spirit of forward thinking that has made our home world renowned. We believe that ideas and ideals can transform the society. Our motto, “Innovation in Politics”, reflects our deeply held convictions that an idea holds immense power. We believe in the Silicon Valley spirit of possibility and the democratic ideals of civil and just society.

    Voting Membership: Young Democrats (14-35)

    Associate Memberships: Seasoned Democrats who want to support Young Democrats, includes special privileges. (Ask a Club officer for more details)

    Event Contact Info
    Jordan Eldridge
    Email: eldridgejordan@yahoo.com
    Phone: 408-991-2908

    Democracy for America Link Monthly Meeting
    Wednesday, 02 December, 2009
    07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Ralph & Jackie Wheeler's house
    3956 Nelson Ct.
    Palo Alto, CA 94306-4521

    Hosted by the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley
    Annual potluck & 2010 goals brainstorming

    Event Contact Info
    Ralph Wheeler
    Email: rwheeler@inreach.com
    Phone: 650 493-2652

    Silcion Valley Young Democrats Monthly meeting
    Monday, 21 December, 2009
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    UFCW Local 5 Hall
    240 S Market St
    San Jose, CA 95113

    The Silicon Valley Young Democrats seeks to embody the spirit of forward thinking that has made our home world renowned. We believe that ideas and ideals can transform the society. Our motto, “Innovation in Politics”, reflects our deeply held convictions that an idea holds immense power. We believe in the Silicon Valley spirit of possibility and the democratic ideals of civil and just society.

    Voting Membership: Young Democrats (14-35)

    Associate Memberships: Seasoned Democrats who want to support Young Democrats, includes special privileges. (Ask a Club officer for more details)

    Jordan Eldridge
    Email: eldridgejordan@yahoo.com
    Phone: 408-991-2908


    SILICON VALLEY DEMOCRATIC CLUBS: This list comes from the Santa Clara County Democratic Club website:

    Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley. The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley is an alliance in Silicon Valley, California dedicated to the issues brought forth by Gov. Howard Dean, M.D., his cause and his message of progressive, positive change. dfasv.org, www.dfalink.com/siliconvalley, Co-Chairs; Spandan Chakrabarti, Alice Smith. Contact deanclub_at_sccdp.org

    Obama Democratic Club of Silicon Valley. A club of volunteers from the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and local arm of Organizing for America. Members of this club will continue to promote Obama's policies and priorities. Peter Allen, President, obama_at_sccdp.org. sites.google.com/site/obamadcsv/

    Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club. SVAPADC was founded in 1996 to foster member participation at all levels of the Democratic Party. Our goals are to unify and empower the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities; ensure fair representation of the APA's interests; and educate and promote political participation. Contact Buu Thai at apa_at_sccdp.org. The club's homepage is svapadc.org.

    Silicon Valley Democratic Club. Formerly known as the Moorpark Democratic, the Silicon Valley Democratic club prides itself in developing a growing and diverse community with an organized and unifying voice in the political arena. The Club provides a forum for its members to focus, discuss, prioritize positions and promote important issues to our diverse community. Working together, our members help to elect Democratic candidates in local, state, and national elections. Clarence Madrilejos, moorpark_at_sccdp.org. www.moorparkdems.org

    Silicon Valley Latino Democratic Forum. A venue for local Latinos to become active in the Democratic Party. Javier Gonzalez, svldf_at_sccdp.org.

    Silicon Valley LGBT Democratic Club. Dedicated to providing a grassroots channel for the political participation of like-minded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Democrats. President: David Parker, lgbt_at_sccdp.org. Visit the club on the web at http://www.lgbtdems.org.

    Silicon Valley Young Democrats. SVYD serves Democrats under 36 years old from throughout the Silicon Valley. We provide networking, social, and personal growth opportunities for young people dedicated to progressive ideals. President: Julie Lind, svyd_at_sccdp.org. Visit the club's website at svyd.org.


    SILICON VALLEY AREA FOOD CO-OPS: These are the only ones I could find near Silicon Valley, though they are all somewhat peripheral

    Kresge Food Co-op
    600 Kresge CT, Kresge College UCSC
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Phone: (831) 426-1506
    coop@dv8.org
    http://k9.dv8.org/~coop/

    The Kresge Food Coop is a student-run cooperative health food store located at Kresge College on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. We currently consist of twelve Core Collective Members who own the coop and are responsible for its daily operations and for any number of working members. This page has been created in order to better serve our community. Through this page you can email the coop, learn about our Core Collective Members, sign up to be a working member, make suggestions, check sales, read and reread our newsletter, and browse our links to other coops and health food stores.

    The Cooperative Grocery (The CoG)
    1450 67th Street
    Emeryville, California 95616
    Phone: (510) 868-2883
    FAX: (510) 868-2893
    info@thecog.org
    http://www.thecog.org/

    The Cooperative Grocery—The CoG—is a non-profit, working members cooperative that offers high-quality groceries at an affordable price to individuals and families in our community.

    Members of The CoG work 2 1/2 hours every 4 weeks, performing jobs like stocking shelves, building orders and providing member services. By providing much of the labor for the store, our members keep our operating costs to a minimum. We then pass the savings onto our members in the form of lower prices. Our model is based on the successful Park Slope Food Co-Op in Brooklyn, NY, which serves 13,000 members.

    To further control costs and grow our co-op in a responsible manner, we launched the CoG as an online store that is served from a warehouse located in Emeryville, with easy access to communities in Berkeley and Oakland. Our long term plan is to build a retail business as finances allow.

    Bolinas Peoples Store
    P. O. Box 808
    Bolinas, California 94924
    Phone: (415) 868-1433
    FAX: (415) 868-1219

    Rainbow Grocery Co-op
    1745 Folsom
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Phone: (415) 863-0620
    FAX: (415) 863-8955
    comments@rainbowgrocery.coop
    http://www.rainbow.coop/

    We have been in San Francisco's Mission District since 1975. We strive to offer resources, education and a forum for informational exchange for many local communities and organizations.

    Rainbow Grocery is open every day from 9AM to 9PM

    We are located in San Francisco's Mission District at 1745 Folsom Street. Our cross street is 13th Street (also known as Duboce), which runs directly under the central freeway. Use the map below for directions by car. Click here for Public Transit directions. Click here for bicycling directions.

    Other Avenues Community Food Store
    3930 Judah Street
    San Francisco, California 94122
    Phone: (415) 661-7475
    FAX: (415) 661-0835
    info@otheravenues.org
    http://www.otheravenues.org/

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