Re-Elect Steve McShane
Salinas City Council
District 3
20 Dickens Circle
Salinas, CA 93901

FPPC #1326451
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For more information on the Elect McShane campaign, please check out our website! Here, you can find Steve's biography, campaign platform, endorsement list, and much more!

In my last newsletter I said I could feel this campaign beginning to pick up momentum.  With a hundred-person fundraiser and several articles in the paper from and about me, I have to say it's official, we're on the move!


As many of you know I recently supported a general tax for Salinas. All of the positive comments I've received about my Soapbox on that decision really encouraged me that there is a place in politics for those who aren't afraid to make hard choices. Thank you. It's exciting to see positive steps for the city's future


As you'll see below, we've had some great events this last month and have some great ones coming up.  I want to make sure I take a moment to recognize everyone who makes it possible. The list really is too long for this newsletter - the volunteers, the staff, and of course you, our readers. We hope you come to our events or volunteer, but even if you don't, know that simply by reading this letter you've been a great encouragement. Thank You.



Steve McShane
Salinas City Councilman
District 3
Wild West Fundraiser Wrap-Up


What Steve McShane sees in politics: People. Fantastic people. People that care about something greater than themselves. Steve's Campaign for City Council communicates this clearly. We had a FANTASTIC time at the Wild West Fundraiser at the Crown Royal Saloon. Nearly 100 people came out to support the campaign! First we had an AWESOME BBQ dinner provided by the Gonzales Young Farmers of America, then we danced the night away to local band "Eight Second Ride"! What a great way to celebrate Salinas' heritage in a way that supports its future.


Steve McShane Wild-West Night 
WATCH: Steve McShane's Wild West Fundraiser Highlights


First Ag Tech Summit was a HUGE Success!
ABOVE: Senator Anthony Cannella addresses attendees

On March 27th, Steve organized the inaugural Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit. He feels that it's a huge honor to be a part of the local agriculture community and this was his way to give back! In only it's freshman year, the event was a huge success! Near 200 folks turned out to check out 20 vendors and listen to some awesome speakers. 


While not strictly political, Steve saw this was a fantastic opportunity to promote the city of Salinas and pursue our vision for a dynamic and vibrant community. By encouraging innovation and technological advancement in our valley, we ensure Salinas a place in the future of our most vital industry.  


Thank you to everyone that came together to make the event such a success, especially those in the educational and technical fields of agriculture.  


And a great BIG thank you to the Californian and KSMS TV for the great media coverage!


View the KSMS Television Story Here:

Upcoming Events
Kitchen Cabinet Meeting 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:00-8:30pm
McShane Campaign Headquarters
20 Dickens Circle Salinas, CA 93901 

Join Steve's closest supporters in a meal, envelope stuffing, and a campaign update - a great way to meet new people and help steer Salinas in the right direction. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. For more information, please contact Eric Andersen at (831)809-1223 or
Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Steve McShane
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:00-9:00pm
Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
1449 N Davis Rd, Salinas, CA 93907 


Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Councilman Steve McShane. Share a buffet of amazing Mexican Food, Mariachi music, a cold margarita, and fabulous company to help make this a night to remember!

Cost is $25. More sponsorship opportunities available. Tickets can be purchased at

Questions can be referred to Eric Andresen at (831) 809-1223 or



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Precinct Walking with Steve McShane
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:00am-5:00pm
Meet at McShane Campaign Headquarters
20 Dickens Circle Salinas, CA 93901
Help revitalize Salinas by spreading Steve's message door to door. This is a great way to help build the community that is the foundation of our campaign and our city! RSVPs appreciated but not required. For more info contact campaign manager Eric Andresen at 831-809-1223 or
How You Can Help
Please Donate to the
McShane for City Council Campaign

An effort to seek political office is not cheap. We would truly appreciate any amount of financial support you can pledge to Steve's campaign. You can donate today by visiting our SECURE online donation form here:

Please Endorse Steve for Salinas City Council

Lending your name in support of Steve is very important to showing a public message that you believe in his leadership and vision for the City of Salinas. Please add your name to the list of Steve's many supporters behind his cause here:

Please Join the McShane for City Council
Strategy Team

A group of dedicated friends and community leaders are meeting on a regular basis to direct efforts to get Steve re-elected. We would love to have your support. To join what we call our "Kitchen Cabinet", please Send an email to campaign manager Eric Andresen: 

Recipe From Steve's Kitchen
Steve loves to cook. He is especially fond of cooking food that came right out of his garden. For as much as he likes a hearty meal, he enjoys a fantastic treat. Every month we will share one of his favorite recipes.  
Steve's Epic Chocolate Chip Cookies

My entire life I've been making Chocolate Chip Cookies. Over time, I've made small adjustments here and there. Over the period of 24 hours, I actually turned my kitchen into a small cooking laboratory. Using my friend Brijesh's pallet as judge, the "Greatest" cookie recipe was discovered.




First - some tips I've found:

  • Use the best chocolate chips possible. I love Ghirardelli.
  • Bust up the chips a little. Some research shows "disks" as opposed to chips actually offer a better "cookie experience."
  • Use high quality flour. Bread flower or even pastry flour.

1 cup high quality butter (Challenge is my favorite) - Room Temp.
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups plus 1 tablespoon pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pound Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips (bust them up). Milk or Semi-sweet.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats. I picked mats up Bed, Bath and Beyond. They make a difference.

Start by mixing the butter and sugars together. Add the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla. Next you will fold a well mixed combination of the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. The final step is the addition of the chocolate chips.

A key step is refrigeration of the dough. At least three hours. Believe me, this will help result in a well shaped cookie.

You will want to scoop the cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets using a table spoon. I recommend baking long enough to give you a light brown cookie that is still soft. Usually around 12 minutes. If your oven has a "convection" feature, use it.


Closing Message From Steve

It's hard to believe we're already moving this fast, but it makes me all the more grateful to everyone involved with the campaign, you're the reason we exist! As you've seen we have some great events coming up and even more in the works. I hope to see you soon!  - Steve

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