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About the Green Party of San Mateo County

The Green Party of San Mateo County (GPSMC) is affiliated with the Green Party of California (GPCA), a ballot-qualified party with about 120,000 members. GPCA is in turn affiliated with the Green Party of the United States (GPUS).

Our mailing address:

Green Party of San Mateo County
1081 Granada
Belmont CA 94002

Contact us at 650-593-7032 or write;

Our bylaws are available on-line.



County Council

County Council members are elected to two-year terms in even-year (gubernatorial and presidential) primary elections.

The current CC members for the 2012-2014 term are:

Sanda Everette, Chairperson, SGA delegate sanda at
Gloria Purcell, honorary lifetime commitment gloria at
Michael Batchehelder "Binky" piranhabros at
Cindy Asrir, Media Liason, SGA delegate casrir at
Mark Roest, SGA delegate marklroest at
Joel Sarch jsarch at




We work to plan general membership meeting each month, often with speakers or videos on subjects of interest relating to the 10 key values of the Green Party of California.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING: We generally have a meeting monthly, but the date varies currently. Please contact us to find out when and where. All Greens are invited to attend and take part in the discussion and decision making. Usually decisions are made by consensus of all in attendance. (If a vote is necessary only the elected Council members may vote.)

Mailing Lists

GPSMC News (gpsmc-news) : GPSMC news and announcements only; no discussions or general posting. We encourage all active GPSMC members to subscribe to this list.

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GPSMC Discussion Forum (gpsmc-d): Discussion of GPSMC issues and activities, open to all GPSMC members. Users must read and follow the Rules of Decorum (read in PDF or html).

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GPSMC-D Email Rules of Decorum

Participants who break these rules willfully and repeatedly will: 1st time: Be given a warning and reminded of these rules, 2nd time: Be suspended from the list for a period of time to be recommended by the list administrator and approved by the county council. 3rd time: Permanent removal from list.

  1. No anonymity. All subscribers must truthfully identify themselves at the time of subscription, and in the body of each message. At subscription time, you must give information sufficient to contact you in the event you lose email access.
  2. Address the group. Messages must be addressed to the entire group of subscribers. Side conversations must be taken to 1-to-1 email.
  3. No "personality" discussion. Speculation or accusation about another person's motives, thought processes, or beliefs is prohibited. You may explain why you did something, but proposing theories about what other people were thinking when they did things is off- charter.
  4. No insulting, disparaging, degrading, or demeaning language. It is never necessary to label other people in order to discuss their ideas and activities. It is never necessary to compare people to historical war criminals or other reviled figures. Chronic, hurtful sarcasm, or giving people vengeful nicknames, or any other disrespectful treatment of your fellow activists, is grounds for loss of subscription.
  5. No flooding, repetition or crossposting. No double posting to other lists. A message posted to this list must have no other recipients (except the poster) in its To:, Cc:, or Bcc: lines.
  6. No off-charter material. There are thousands of Internet mailing lists about issues of interest to Greens. Nobody can read them all, and each of us must be free to set our own priorities. You can repost a message from elsewhere, but you must introduce it by explaining where it came from and what it's got to do with the Green movement, even if you think the relevance is obvious.
  7. Format of messages (25K maximum). The language of Internet email is plain text. Two alphabets are acceptable in these lists: the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) and the International Standards Organization's ISO8859-1, also known as Latin 1. (Latin 1 encoding must be correctly specified in your message header, using the Multipurpose Internet Message Extensions. Don't worry, most email software does this automatically.) No graphics, word processor documents, X-faces, VCards, Microsoft Rich Text Format, or other non-text encodings are allowed. Two exceptions are made: customary cryptographic signatures or fingerprints are allowed, and simple structural markup (emphasis, lists, etc.) may be encoded in HTML 2.0. Keep the message size limited to 25K.
  8. Accurate, substantial subject lines. People must be able to decide whether to read your message, before they read it. Therefore, your "Subject:" line must truthfully identify the topic of your message. It is seldom appropriate to name another person in a Subject line. In particular, messages with Subjects such as "Joe Green" or "Joe Green's post" are not allowed. Messages with no Subject line will be rejected.
  9. No cracking or forging. Messages to the lists must be addressed to the announced posting address. No attempts to defeat the operation of the server software by guessing internal addresses are allowed. Messages to the lists must contain a From: address which is substantially the same as the address where the poster subscribes. False From: lines will be treated as an attempt to breach the physical security of the list server, and may violate your local "computer misuse" or "chattel trespass" laws.
  10. Limit the size of your message. When posting a reply to a specific discussion thread, it is not necessary to include the entire history of the discussion in your reply. By quoting the message that you're replying to, you inflate the size of the message that you're posting and bog down the e-mail server.

These rules effective 18 July 2005

Green Party of San Mateo County Council

Ten Key Values

The Green Party differs from many political parties because it is not hierarchical and centrally controlled. Instead, the local group is fundamentally where decisions are made and actions are taken. Greens throughout the world can unite regionally, statewide, nationally, or even internationally to take on issues bigger than a single locality. We can unite because we share a common value system, which specifically includes the following ten key values :

Ecological Wisdom

The Greens recognize that the Earth sustains all life processes. Green ecology moves beyond environmentalism by understanding the relation between abuse of people and abuse of nature.

Social Justice and Equal Opportunity

Greens want to replace the worldwide system of poverty and injustice with a world free of oppression based on class, gender, race, citizenship, age, sexual orientation, disability, or belief.

Grassroots Democracy

The powerless suffer the most from resource depletion and toxic pollution. Greens believe in direct participation by all people in the environmental, political and economic decisions that affect their lives.


Greens reject violence as a way of settling disputes; it is shortsighted, morally wrong, and ultimately self-defeating.


Power and responsibility must be restored to local communities within an overall framework of ecologically sound and socially just values and lifestyles.

Community-Based Economics

Greens seek a new economics based upon the limits of our natural resources, which meets the basic needs of everyone, under democratic, localized community control.

Gender Equity and Cooperative Values

The ethics of cooperation and understanding must replace the values of domination and control over others. Our primary focus is in the nurturing of our world and each other.

Respect for Diversity

Greens honor the biological diversity of the Earth and the cultural, sexual, and spiritual diversity of Earth's people. We aim to reclaim this country's finest ideals: popular democracy, dignity of the individual with liberty and justice for all.

Personal and Global Responsibility

Greens are committed to global sustainability and international justice through political solidarity and in personal lifestyles based on self-sufficiency and minimal resource impact.

Future Focus and Sustainability

Greens seek a society where the interests of the seventh generation are considered equal to the interests of the present. We must reclaim the future for our children and ourselves.