La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

December 2019

The LJDC Monthly Meeting – HOLIDAY PARTY
Sunday, December 29, 2019
12 – 3:30 pm

The Holiday Party will be Sunday, December 29th at the White Sands Community Room
in La Jolla.
7450 Olivetas Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
See Map
The club will furnish an organic turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes, and beer, wine, juice and water,  and we would like the celebrants to bring salads, veggies, desserts and anything else they are inspired to bring.

ENDORSEMENTS – San Diego County Democratic Party rules require that La Jolla Democratic Club members be notified 15 days before the club considers the endorsement of any candidates for the upcoming election. So this is the 15-day notice that is required before the club does any endorsements at the January meeting. We are having to put the 15-day notice in the December newsletter because the January newsletter will not come out 15 days before the January meeting on January 12th.
The rules require that candidates must be notified 5 business days before any endorsement meeting. The races in which we may make an endorsement include San Diego City Council District 1, which includes La Jolla; San Diego Mayor; Assembly District 78 and Congressional District 52, both of which include La Jolla. We are not sure yet in which races we will consider an endorsement. Filing to run in the election closes (or closed) Friday, December 6th, so there may be some late candidate entries. Anyone with a question may call Derek Casady at 858-457-0246.

  • Sunday, December 1, 2019  – The 2019 San Diego County Convention in Escondidio –  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025. Call (858) 277-3367 for more information.
    Confirmed speakers include State Controller Betty Yee;Congressman Mike Levin; Assemblymembers Todd Gloria, Shirley Weber, and Tasha Boerner Horvath; and San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 –  The Sixth Democratic Primary Debate, and final one of 2019, will be held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and will be moderated by PBS NewsHour and Politico.
  • Sunday, December 27, 2019 – LJDC Monthly Meeting/Holiday Party – 12 – 3:30pm
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 12 – 3:30pm
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 – SAVE the DATE – The 40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in downtown San Diego. This year, joining many other local organizations, LJDC members will participate in marching a total distance of one mile in the parade honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Check in at staging area in front of the County Administration Building by 1pm. Harbor Drive – Embarcadero, San Diego, CA 92101 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Clean Elections Update – The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 4, at 6pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest.Read a note from John Hartley here. If you have any questions, call John Hartley @ 619-299-8870 or email at

The California Democratic Party finalized endorsements for the March 2020 Primary Election at its Convention last weekend in Long Beach, covering races for Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, and statewide ballot measures. CDP endorsements in those contests are adopted by the San Diego County Democratic Party. 
In races where no incumbent is running, the Party has endorsed Ammar Campa-Najjar for Congressional District 50, Georgette Gómez for Congressional District 53, Elizabeth Lavertu for Assembly District 71, Karen Schwartz-Frates for Assembly District 75, and Chris Ward for Assembly District 78.
All legislative incumbents running for reelection in San Diego County were endorsed, including Congressmen Mike Levin, Juan Vargas, and Scott Peters; Senator Toni Atkins; and Assemblymembers Tasha Boerner Horvath, Brian Maienschien, Shirley Weber, and Lorena Gonzalez. Click here for the complete packet with reports and positions adopted at the CADEM Convention, including ballot measures, resolutions, and platform changes.

FYI: List of Current Members of the United States Congress by Wealth – See Here

Volunteers Needed
As you know, this is going to be an important election year, and getting out the vote of every Democrat is crucial.
Here is a way we can all help – from home!
Register at
This group will send you letters that you can send to targeted states (i.e.the six states where we are likely to flip the senate.  All you need to do is print the letter and HAND ADDRESS it, put it in an envelope and put a stamp on it. You can do 5 letters or 100.  Try it.  You’ll like it!

If anyone is going to own our politicians, it should be, we, the people. —  Bill Moyers

This Month’s Book and Movie Recommendations


A Planet to Win – Why We Need a Green New Deal, by Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen and Thea Riofrancos
Foreword by Naomi Klein
Verso (Nov 12, 2019) 208 Pages
In the twenty-first century, all politics are climate politics.
The age of climate gradualism is over, as unprecedented disasters are exacerbated by inequalities of race and class. We need profound, radical change. A Green New Deal can tackle the climate emergency and rampant inequality at the same time. Cutting carbon emissions while winning immediate gains for the many is the only way to build a movement strong enough to defeat big oil, big business, and the super-rich—starting right now.  More


Blowout – Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth, by Rachel Maddow
Crown; First Edition edition (October 1, 2019) 432 Pages
With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly shows how Russia’s rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia’s rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West’s most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, “like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can’t really blame the lion. It’s in her nature.”   More

Members Out And About

FACEBOOK POSTS: See club member Jim Evans’, PhD. latest posts


The Minutes By Mary Lu Brandwein

The General Meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club was called to order November 10, 2019 around 2:15 p.m. by Derek Casady, President. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater. There were no new members, but there were 3 visitors. There were 30 people more or less in all attending. Derek thanked all for attending.

La Jolla Democratic Club Poet Laureate John Meyer hadn’t thought to write political poetry but Derek got him interested. This week’s poem was “I’m Always Willin’.” Then he lead us in two songs, “California Here I Come,” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” (Our state song is, “California: I Love You.”)

Candidate Introductions:
1.) Barbara Bry (City Council Member): Running for San Diego Mayor 2020. Journalist, Small Business owner. Founder of Run Women Run and Athena.  Running for equality in every sector.  As to land use she wants local control and enforce existing codes. Only running for mayor and wants to challenge the status quo and get things done. She is running as a change agent. Opponent Todd Gloria is running for two positions, mayor and 78th assembly district.

2. Aaron Brennan: Running to replace Barbara Bry on the San Diego City Council for District 1. His issues are housing, scooters, AirBnB, and fire safety ….being a retired fireman (17 years with the department). Public safety and roads (infrastructure). Bachelors in Financing, Masters in Public Leadership, grew up poor…  it is not about being conservative with money but being responsible. Establishing conservatorship for those who can’t take care of themselves…mental health issues and drug abuse. Loves his TriCare and so supports Medicare for all.


3. Sabrina Bazzo: Running for San Diego Unified School Board, District A. She is a parent and her husband works at UCSD. Has been PTA president and served on the Mira Mesa Town Council. Her issue is equal opportunity for all students. More transparent accountability and paying teachers well, but full and fair funding for the schools. California’s school are in the bottom 10% of the nations.


Doug Pace speaking for Tony Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly, gave a summary of business in last 6 months in Sacramento.

Annual Election of La Jolla Democratic Club Officers:
The Nominating Committee consisted of Paula McCormack, chair, Vera Moldt and Fred Randel.
Derek Casady was voted President by unanimous vote.
Ann Kennedy was voted Second Vice-President by unanimous vote.
Mary Lu Brandwein was voted Secretary by unanimous vote.
Nancy Casady was voted Treasurer by unanimous vote.
As to First Vice-President Carolyn Shadle has held that position for 8 years and wants to step aside. Paula McCormack is putting herself forward for the position. She left the room and the motion was made that she be voted in as First Vice-President. It was seconded and the vote was unanimous.

Endorsements: The notices for endorsements were sent to the Club and Candidates shy of time, so they will take place in December and January.

Vote Forward: Vote Forward is a nationally organized letter writing campaign to flip the U.S. Senate.  Anyone may sign up and participate.  It is believed to have helped in Virginia and in 2018. There are already 65 signed up at White Sands. Go to and register.  It supposedly increases voting by about 3%. Lifting Generations, which supports women, minorities, immigrants and asylum seekers is joining in to flip the Senate. You will get a list of five people or however many you want. You need to supply an envelope and stamp and hand address them and send them out. The letter is already done on the web site. Ready to print out. One club member has already done 100.  Let’s all join in a make a big difference.
The Hemlock Society: Fay spoke about the Hemlock Society. There are several presentations coming up soon. Check out their web site at
Newland Sierra: Cliff gave a good presentation summary of the situation there in the Maria Mountains.
Nancy Casady moved we oppose the ballot measure to approve Newland Sierra. It was seconded and carried with one opposition.
San Diego County Democratic Party County Convention: December 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., $55 general registration, $65 leadership luncheon, $110 all inclusive; $40 youth.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is coming to San Diego, next Sunday, November 17th.  He will be at House of Blues, 1055 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA   at 12:30
Rants: 11, 258 scientists have declared that there is a climate emergency. We have solutions but they need leadership and need to be applied….trees, organic soil, sequestering carbon, etc.  Nancy Casady is the Green New Deal Candidate running to oppose Scott Peters for US Representative for California’s 52ne Congressional District.
Villa La Jolla Park: When trees died in the park they used to take them out and plant new ones.  Now not only don’t they plant new ones but they don’t even take out the old ones.  They only cut them off and leave the stump and it is dangerous to walk there.
Gasoline: We can reduce the amount we spend on gasoline by driving more calmly and a bit more slowly.
Holiday Party: The Party will be December 15, 2019 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. Place TBA.

Mary Lu Brandwein

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