La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

August 2019

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, August 11, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm

PROGRAM: “Truth in Ten” by The Climate Reality Project
SPEAKER: Nancy Casady
Former General Manager, Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op (1996-2016)
Member, State Board of Food and Agriculture (2012 – to present)
Married, mother of five
Nancy and her husband Derek (President, La Jolla Dem Club) are now full-time climate activist.
Nancy and her daughter, Jennifer, and her granddaughter, Megan, all attended former Vice President Al Gore’s November 2018 Climate Reality training and became qualified to present the program’s amazing slide show–“Truth in Ten”. Come prepared to see a clear path forward in the fight to address the climate emergency.

Additionally, Congressman Scott Peters will drop by the meeting to discuss with the La Jolla Democrat Club members.

Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional district, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway, and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House Committee on the Budget and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he advocates for investment in basic scientific research, supports the military’s goals to enhance their energy security, and fights for commonsense healthcare reforms that work for families and small business owners. 

Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work. As a Member of Congress, Scott’s emphasis has been promoting and expanding San Diego’s innovation ecosystem, advocating for San Diego’s pivotal role as a partner in the national defense, and making government work again. Ranked the 4th most independent Democrat in Congress by the National Journal, Scott Peters understands that business problems have bipartisan solutions, and is never afraid to work across party lines to build consensus and get things done.

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


The Joint La Jolla Democratic/Club Pacific Beach Democratic Club Picnic will be Sunday, August 4th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kate Sessions Park, high atop Lamont Street at Soledad Road in north Pacific Beach. The club will supply beer, wine, sodas and water along with one main dish. The rest of the food is potluck from the members. The club will also provide chairs, 2 tables and a popup shade shelter. LJDC members come and enjoy with our neighboring democrats.

  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 – LJDC Meet & Greet Ice Cream Social – 2 – 3:30pm, For new, newish, or prospective members, and those who want to meet them. RSVP for location and parking directions to Carolyn Shadle or Paula McCormack
  • Sunday, August 4, 2019 – Joint Picnic with the PB Democratic Club, 4 to 7 pm at Kate Sessions Park
  • Sunday, August 11, 2019 – – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30pm

LJDC members be advised that the club will possibly be making endorsements at the September, October and/or November meetings. Exact dates to be determined.

County Democratic Party makes first Endorsements for 2020 – See Here

The second Democratic primary debate will air July 30 and 31 on CNN. You can view the schedule and other details for upcoming debates – See Here

Clean Elections Update – The next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 7, at 6 pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest. Come and join us to see how you can help as we work on our lobbying strategy for having the San Diego City Council put our Clean Elections Initiative on the ballot in November 2020! Our goal now is to lobby city council members wherever we find them to support clean elections. If you have any questions, call John Hartley @ 619-299-8870 or email at See Clean Elections Q & A

You are invited to a Forum with Candidates for San Diego Mayor hosted by our County Democratic Party.
The event will be on Friday, August 9, at 6:00 pm in the Saville Theatre at San Diego City College (1313 Park Blvd.), located near the corner of 15th and C Street in downtown’s East Village.
Confirmed candidates include City Councilmember Barbara Bry, Assemblymember Todd Gloria, and community advocate Tasha Williamson. Admission is free, but due to limited seating reservations are required. To RSVP, go to


Volunteers are needed to register voters at the Naturalization Ceremony – downtown August 21, 2019, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
3rd Ave and B Street, In Plaza near Civic Theatre
Horton Plaza has one hour free parking with validation. It is just two blocks from the Civic Center Plaza. Additionally, the C Street trolley stops adjacent to the Plaza. Otherwise the area has meters and pay parking lots.


New LJDC Discussion Group is being formed to enable LJDC members to engage in thoughtful conversation regarding political topics. Our purpose is simple; to share views, opinions and knowledge (or, to vent!) with one another in a cozy setting. Dates and times to be determined.
If you are craving this as I am, please contact me, Paula McCormack, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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

This Month’s Book Recommendations

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World,
by Anand Giridharadas
Knopf; First Edition, First Printing edition (August 28, 2018) 304 Pages
The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news. More

Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better,
by Rob Reich
Princeton University Press (November 20, 2018) 256 Pages
Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy? Though we may laud wealthy individuals who give away their money for society’s benefit, Just Giving shows how such generosity not only isn’t the unassailable good we think it to be but might also undermine democratic values and set back aspirations of justice. Big philanthropy is often an exercise of power, the conversion of private assets into public influence. And it is a form of power that is largely unaccountable, often perpetual, and lavishly tax-advantaged. 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 July 14, 2019 around 2:14 p.m. by Derek Casady, President. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater. There was one new member, who was welcomed. There were 30 people in all attending. Derek thanked all for attending.

John Meyer, our very own Poet Laureate gave us the poem, “Calvin Trillin: The Deadline Poet” and lead us in “America, The Beautiful.”

PROGRAM: The Case Against Expanding the San Diego Convention Center
SPEAKER: Cory Briggs
The initiative to expand the convention center will be on the  Primary Ballot in March, in spite of the fact that citizens approved Proposition L, requiring such measures to be on the general election ballot in November when voter turnout is greater.

Attorney Cory Briggs began practicing law in 1995 with Mundell, Odlum & Hawsin San Bernardino, California, where he primarily litigated commercial and employment-related disputes. In 1998, he moved to Washington, D.C., and added environmental law and regulatory compliance to his practice while pursuing graduate degrees and teaching at The George Washington University Law School and the University of Maryland. Cory returned to southern California in June 2002, and his practice now balances small/family-owned business law with public-interest and government-accountability litigation.

Upcoming Calendar:
July 25, Executive Board Meeting at White Sands
July 28, Ice Cream Social, La Jolla Village, 2-3:30 p.m. RSVP for directions.
  (Interested? Email: Carolyn at or Paula at:
July 30 and 31, Democratic Candidate Debates
August 4, Joint Picnic at Kate Sessions Park with PB Democratic Club
August 11, General Meeting, at AMC Theater, La Jolla.
September 8, General Meeting at AMC Theater, La Jolla.


Harid Puentes, spoke briefly as he is running for City Council from District 1, see  He spoke about need for innovation.
(Other District 1 Candidates: Joe LaCava, Will Moore, Aaron Brennan, Louis Rodolico, Lijun [Lily] Zhou)

Paula McCormick proposes to start a Club Discussion Group.  If you are interested email her at:

Please sign up for the hospitality committee if you can help set up before club meetings.  Many thanks.

There is a move to amend the Bylaws.  Previously the Nominating Committee for Club members was appointed but the new amendment would make the committee composed of elected members. This will be decided at the next General Meeting.

Club members must be given a two week notice of a meeting where endorsements of candidates will take place.  Also to carry, the vote must pass by a 66% majority of the voting members present.

Mary Lu Brandwein

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Please use the online Membership Form to renew for 2019.
Payments  may be sent to:
PO Box 288, San Diego, CA 92038.


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