Welcome to Valley Grassroots for Democracy!  Since 2005 we've been one of the most active Democratic Clubs in the San Fernando Valley.

Come to one of our meetings and see what we're all about.  You can find our meeting information and upcoming events on our calendar page.

2024 Meeting Schedule

All Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm, IN PERSON, State Building Auditorium, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys.

Metered parking and entrance on Calvert.  Door is to the right of the big gates.  (Hard to see while driving by since it's at an angle.)

January 20
February 17
March 16
April 20
May 18  Summer BBQ at a different location, 1pm to 4pm
June 15
July 20 
August 17  (Nominations for Executive Board)
September 21 (Elections for Executive Board; moved from prior week due to Jewish holiday)
October 19
November 16
December TBD **Holiday Party** at a different location

2024 Valley Grassroots Executive Board:


President: Patricia Dexter ([email protected])
Vice-President: Chris Long
Secretary:  Joyce Fidler   
Treasurer: Chad Jones

At Large: 

Steve Krantz  (Membership)
Adrienne Burk
Doris Dent   
Lloyd Dent  
Cindy Kalman
Amy Rafti  
Gregg Solkovits  
Sue Weber

Just click this link for which election you are interested in. All the candidates will come up You can copy and paste this URL in your browser:

There are lots of choices on this page but all candidates and groups must file quarterly. Also a good link for finding out who is funding propositions and measures. Just click this link for which election you are interested in. All the candidates will come up You can copy and paste this URL in your browser:


Phone numbers for our representatives. (Regarding Senators, you may need to try different offices in order to get through.) 

U.S. Senators

Senator Laphonsa Butler: 
DC office: (202) 224-3841
Los Angeles office: TBD  Other statewide offices here

Senator Alex Padilla: 
DC:  (202) 224-3553
Los Angeles: 310-231-4494   Other statewide offices here

U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Brad Sherman (32nd):
DC: (202) 225-5911    Local: (818) 501-9200

Congressman Tony Cardenas (29th):
DC: (202) 225-6131    Local: (818) 221-3718

Congressman Adam Schiff (28th):
DC: (202) 225-4176    Local: (818) 450-2900, (323) 315-5555


State of California Assemblymembers

Assemblymember Laura Friedman             (43rd District Website) or (818) 558-3043

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel                    (46th District Website) or (818) 904-3840


State Senators

State Senator Caroline Menjivar                  (20th District Website) or (818) 901-5588

State Senator Anthony J. Portantino           (25th District Website) or (818) 409-0400

State Senator Henry Stern                              (27th District Website) or (818) 876-3352


Los Angeles County Supervisors:

3rd District Website Lindsey Horvath     ([email protected]) (213-974-3333)

5th District Website Kathryn Barger     ([email protected]) (213-974-5555)


Los Angeles City Council Members

Paul Krekorian                                         (2nd District Website) or (818) 755-7676

Bob Blumenfield                                     (3rd District Website) or (818) 756-8848

Nithya Raman                                           (4th District Website) or [email protected] 213-473-7004

Katy Young Yaroslavsky                          (5th District Website) or (323) 866-1828

Imelda Padilla                                             (6th District Website) or (213) 473-7006

Monica Rodriguez                                     (7th District Website) or (213) 473-7007

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May 18 BBQ

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 01:00 PM · 30 rsvps

Our annual BBQ will be IN PERSON.  The Dents have once again graciously offered to host us, and the pool will be open, weather permitting.  Join us for good times, good work, good food and beyond good company.  As always, it's a chance to get together with good people, have good eats, and do good work.  Children are welcome.  There's a pool, games for the kids, and of course, our famous and spirited QUIZ for adults, with prizes.  Handicapped accessible.  Elected officials and candidates will be there to rub elbows with you.  We will have fans for sale too. 


It's $15 for non-members; members and kids are free.  This year we have chosen the West Valley Food Pantry for donations, located in Woodland Hills.  Go to to learn about them.  You can donate on the website, or bring food items to the BBQ. 

Most Needed Items:

Peanut butter (15-20 oz)

Almond butter (15-20 oz)

Diced tomatoes (12-16 oz)

Chili (packaged or canned)

Canned fruit (15-20 oz)

Low sodium soup for seniors (15-20 oz)

Ensure High Protein drinks for seniors

Protein Bars low sugar (for unhoused & seniors)

Pop Top Campbell's Chunky Soup 15-18.8 oz (for unhoused)

White Chicken Chunk canned 6-12 oz (unhoused & seniors)

Trail Mix (unhoused)

Electrolyte drink mix any brand (unhoused

Small individual juices 10 FL oz (shelf stable)

Small individual shelf stable milk 6-8 FL oz (dairy or non-dairy) 

Instant Oatmeal (unhoused)

Small Cereal (2 oz bowls) - Cheerios, other non-sugary type

WATER 16.9 FL oz

Rice 1-2 lb size only

Canned Sardines


They are unable to accept expired foods, and all donations should be unopened & in original packaging.

They do not accept large #10 cans, or bags of dry goods over 5 lbs. 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 01:00 PM

Valley Grassroots for Democracy