La Jolla Democratic Club   P.O. Box 288 La Jolla, CA. 92038

The La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
August 2014 PO Box 288, La Jolla, California 92038
President: Derek Casady(858) 457-0246 E-mail: dcasady@san.rr.com

LA JOLLA DEMOCRATIC CLUB

August Newsletter

Next Meeting will be the 3th Sunday, August 17th
Picnic at Villa La Jolla Park
8436 Via Mallorca
La Jolla, CA 92037

Speaker: Carol Kim

Topic: Candidate for San Diego City Council


Volunteer to Help Re-elect Scott Peters see more

registerRegister voters at the Westfield (UTC) Shopping Center.
Contact Michelle Marzullo to indicate interest. She will contact you with a date when you can sign up for one-hour shifts.
Call 202-489-5122 or michelle.mazullo@gmail.com

The Wealth Divide
Did you miss the February meeting at which Dr. Joeffry Gordon, M.D., MPH presented on the Wealth Divide? If so, you can catch up by viewing his powerpoint presentation here.

Recommended Reading:
Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.
In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II.
The main driver of inequality--the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth--today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again.

 


Historic Victory Over Dark Money — Thank Governor Brown!

SB 27, a bill with national implications by requiring greater transparency from non- profits that spend significant amounts on California campaigns, was just signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

SB 27 will make sure billionaires and corporations can't hide behind secretive non-profits. It requires any group spending $50,000 in California elections to report exactly who gave the money. This is a key step before passage of the game-changing California DISCLOSE Act (SB 52, Leno-Hill).

This historic victory is thanks in large part to 40,000 people who signed the petition for SB 27

Please thank Governor Brown for signing SB 27 and ask him to follow up by helping pass the California DISCLOSE Act

(Trent Lange, CA Clean Money (newsletter@CAClean.org)


CONTINUING THE CAMPAIGN FOR CLEAN ELECTIONS

Momentum Builds to Get Money Out of Politics
While many will say that the “Clean Elections” proposal (aka public funding of campaigns) is not as urgent as the 2014 races, it is important to know that initiatives, such as the “Clean Elections,” proposal take time to build. Your ongoing support is important. John Hartley is steadfastly leading the charge.

Clean Elections Campaign - Alert/Update
We got a great commentary printed in the Union-Tribune in support of clean elections for San
Diego on April 10, written by adjunct professor of political science at SD City College Mark
Linsky. Link to article
...........
Please write a letter to the editor of the Union/Tribune in support of Mark Linsky's
commentary? We need a deluge of letters to the U/T. The more letters they receive, the more they
will print. You can write a very deliberative letter or a short, off-the-cuff letter. The U/T will print
the letters they want.
..........
How to write a letter to the U/T
Put your thoughts together, email to: letters@utsandiego.com and refer to Mark Linsky's
commentary. Include your name, community of residence and a daytime telephone number. (The
phone number will not be published.)


Contact: John Hartley at 619-299-8870 or hartley2k@aol.com. Make contributions at www.sdcleanelections.org.

Support the Clean Elections Campaign, www.sdcleanelections.org.


LA JOLLA DEMOCRATIC CLUB 2014 MEMBERSHIP!

Dues for 2014 are now due.
Membership is on a calendar basis and is not prorated.
Receive the monthly newsletter, help cover meeting costs and help get Democrats elected!

Fill out the linked membership form and send it with a check to La Jolla Democratic Club, PO Box 288, La Jolla, CA 92038.

Link to printable form

The News in Verse
By John L. Meyer

Complaints, complaints is all I
hear
Of a President that many revere.
Complaints, complaints,
complaints.
No one claims he’s one of the
saints.
He’s doing his job the best he can
With opposition to stagger any
man.
Some says he’s too tough,
A modern dictator, for sure.
Others say he’s too soft, lacks the
right stuff.
Some call and paint him a Hitler;
Some say he’s on drugs or a
smoke or a tippler.
Some would crucify (or sue) him,
if they could;
Others groan and say, they should.
But who could possibly take his
place
Without another war annihilating
our human race?

 

 

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star Occupy San Diego

Jeffrey Gordon has written a thoughtful essay. Click to open if you are interested, and feel free to add your thoughts to the dialogue.

VIDEO: On Thursday, November 17th,
Occupy San Diego took over the Clairemont Drive bridge over the 5 freeway to protest economic inequality and corporate greed.


Short video by Andy Trimlett


MUSIC VIDEO: We are the Many - by Makana

 


POLITICAL INFORMATION

The DIRECT eNewsletter for Democrats
http://direct.sddem.org/

SD County Democratic Party
A complete listing of county political events
www.sddemocrats.org/calendar

SD County Democratic Party Headquarters
(858) 277-3367
8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92111

The Central Committee meets every 3rd Tuesday



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2014 Officers for the La Jolla Democratic Club:
President - Derek Casady
VP of Communication - Carolyn Shadle
Secretary - Michelle Marzullo
Treasurer - Nancy Casady
VP-at-large - Jim Evans
VP-at-large - Suzie Ditmars
VP-at-large - Michael Thomason
VP-at-large - Jerry Wanetick
Deadline Poet and Song Leader - John Meyer
Webmaster - Ann Kennedy

 
 
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