La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

October 2018

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, October 14, 2018
2 – 4:30 pm

A member of the League of Women Voters will lead us in a discussion of the initiatives and propositions, state and local, on the upcoming November ballot.

The Club will make some candidate endorsements at this meeting.

And we will be considering whether to accept the executive committee’s recommendations to spend $1,000 for Democratic Party slate mailers before the election and whether to support the proposed recall of San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan for not holding the National City Police Department accountable in the death of Earl McNeil.

The next Board Election for 2019 is coming up in November and the nominating committee will put forth and accept suggestions for the role of: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.


Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037


  • Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 – Reception for Candidates Betty Yee and Ammar Campa Najjar – Fairbanks Ranch – 6 to 8 pm More
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Flip the 49th! – Torrey Pines Elementary, 8350 Cliffridge Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 – 9 am More
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Politifest 2018 – University of San Diego, 12:00 ‑ 6:30 pm More details
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30pm

Candidate Ammar Campa Najjar singing with folk singer Peter Bolland at the September LJDC monthly meeting.

Members Out And About

LJDC members can walk precincts. We need more Democrats in Congress. Walk a precinct for Mike Levin or Ammar Campa Najjar. See Here to Volunteer

“Rise for Climate” March and Rally  –  Many LJDC members, together with over a 1,000 fellow San Diegans, turned out and marched in solidarity with people the world over to acknowledge our global climate crisis.

Several members gathered to hear Chris Hedges lecture on his latest book America: The Farewell Tour.


LJDC Book Recommendations


americaAmerica: The Farewell Tour – by Chris Hedges, Simon & Schuster (August 21, 2018)
Chris Hedges’s profound and provocative examination of America in crisis is “an exceedingly…provocative book, certain to arouse controversy, but offering a point of view that needs to be heard” (Booklist), about how bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in a culture of sadism and hate. More
Curing Exceptionalism: What’s Wrong with How We Think about the United States? What Can We Do about It? – by David Swanson, David Swanson (March 26, 2018)
U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
The purpose of this book is to persuade you of that statement.
This book examines how the United States actually compares with other countries, how people think about the comparison, what damage that thinking does, and what changes we might want to consider making. More


Hi Everyone,
My wife, Caroline, didn’t attend Yesterday’s Club Meeting, but the first question she asked me is how was the Club Meeting?
I told her it was one of the best Club Meetings that I’ve attended.  Ammar was terrific!  I asked Marcia if she’d like to walk precincts with me in the 50th and she said, Yes!

I can’t think of a better person to walk a precinct with than Marcia.  It will be a fun time.

I’m also going to do some phone calling for Ammar.  I don’t know if I have any time left for Levin.

As for the count yesterday, I counted 63, but Carolyn’s count of 60 is more likely the correct number.

Even with 60, we had a lot of empty chairs, so we have room to grow.

Now, if we can get the Nation’s voters to turn out this November like San Diego folks are turning out for our club, we can take both houses this November.
My dream when I fall asleep each night if the prospect of a Democratic Congress in 2018 that gets even stronger in 2020, a Progressive Dem at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 2020, and 8 on the Court until January 20, 2021.

But first things first:

1) Stop Kavanagh.
2) Flip the 49th and 50th.
3) Take both Houses.

I don’t know what to say about Trump.  I know the sentiment is to Impeach and Convict, but is Pence any better?

I understand that with Pence you replace a petulant child with a mature and rational adult, but he is an evangelical whom the Right Wing Bigots love.

Derek makes a strong argument that Pence is beholden to his friends on the Hill, and that this will stop him from doing crazy stuff.  I get this argument.

But, in my view, that’s what makes Pence dangerous.  President Pence will appear rational as he’s gutting what’s left of Democratic programs.  President Pence will leave Zinke alone to continue to ruin our Public Lands, or he’ll put someone in who’s worse than Zinke.  President Pence will continue to spend Billions on Defense, while gutting Education, and destroying what’s left of Labor Unions.

So, I think the Nation’s best bet is to leave Trump in the While House, and for the Dems to take Congress this November, and the White House in 2020.

Sleep Well,



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