La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, April 9, 2017
GUEST SPEAKER: John Mattes
TOPIC: Fake News on Bernie Sanders’ Websites
John Mattes is a lawyer, former journalist, and former investigative counsel to the US Senate, who has won 5 Emmys, and numerous awards for exposing fraud and corruption in government.Mattes holds an advanced degree in Communication Research from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from the University of Miami. He served as a County Supervisor and city council member in Madison, Wisconsin and practiced law in Miami, Florida focusing on Public Policy Investigation.
Since 2002 Mattes has worked as an investigative reporter in San Diego, California. Mattes has founded InvestigativeGuy.com, an online site dedicated to working for consumers and exposing scams. Since the site has been created, a number of the scams exposed by the site have been shut down by law enforcement. During his time in San Diego, Mattes has won numerous Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Golden Mike Award.
Sabrina Kaplan (bio link) and Sam Lane will present a lecture on The LJDC Facebook Page – How to Use it. Bring your laptop or cell phone and learn the powers of our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/lajollademocraticclub
Get ready for the 2018 election!
Dave Myers, Democratic Candidate for San Diego County Sheriff, will speak with the club regarding the campaign for sheriff.
Read about Dave Myers at his Website or Facebook page.
We also plan to continue our discussion of What Can We Do?
Registering Voters, etc. etc.
PLAN AHEAD FOR THE MAY MEETING – May 7, 2017, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
In recognition of Mother’s Day we are changing the meeting from the usual Second Sunday. Instead, we will meet on May 7 at the same location but at a DIFFERENT TIME. Watch for details in the May newsletter.
Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
Saturday, April 1, Fire the Fool – 12:00-1:00 p.m. Balboa Park, at the fountain.
Dancers! Witches! Drummers! Place a curse on he who should not be named! Fire the fool will be a fun, cathartic dance event. See facebook.com/events/380003315696548/ to download the PINK SLIP and JOKER TRUMP CARD and ideas on how to celebrate the day.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 – LJDC Orientation Pot Luck, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at White Sands Community Room, 7450 Olivetas Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037. This gathering will provide an opportunity to get acquainted and to discuss the purpose of the club, its history, and how it will contribute to the future of Democratic values in San Diego, in California, and in the nation. Councilperson Barbara Bry will stop by at 12:15 p.m. New members are particularly urged to attend but continuing members are welcome also. Questions and RSVP to email@example.com.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2- 4:30 pm, Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
Every Tuesday@Noon – Resist Trump Tuesdays at the Federal Building. Bring signs that highlight the issue of the moment. #StandIndivisible
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 37th Annual Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner,
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, One Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
5:30 p.m. Check-in and Silent Auction. 6 p.m. Reception. 7:00 Dinner and Awards Program.
Keynote speaker: Xavier Becerra, the new CA Attorney General (replacing Kamela Harris). See here for more details.
Saturday, April 15, 2017 – Tax Day Protest – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Demand that Trump release his tax returns immediately!
This rally is in concert with similar rallies around the country. See More
San Diego County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego 92101 (Harbor Drive side of the building). 10:15 Rally begins – 10:50 March begins. – Noon March ends at Civic Center Plaza. – Teach-ins begin. More Info
Contact SanDiegoProtests@gmail.com to schedule a teach-in.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – March for Science -10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m
Civic Center, 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego 92101 (This rally is in concert with Marches for Science around the globe.) More Info
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Science of the Parks – 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cabrillo National Park, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., 92106. Take a walk on the wild side to celebrate National Park Week. More Info
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – People’s Climate March in San Diego
A nationwide event. March as Trump’s first 100 days come to an end. Demand a world safe from the ravages of climate change – with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities for all. Rally. Huge visuals. Music. Inspiring speakers. RSVP now and stay updated at www.PeoplesClimateSD.org
Monday, May 1, 2017 – May Day Event – More Info
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – LJDC Monthly Meeting 3:30 – 6pm Note change in date and time.
Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 46th Annual San Diego LGBT Price Parade, Hillcrest CA 92013. Watch for details
Did you miss the March meeting?
Here’s what one first-timer said of the March meeting:
“Useful, informative and inspiring!!!! Yes, the Indivisible group is necessary…..resistance, but it still feels somewhat powerless. Your group is using the system, the available structures for change!!!! I am truly inspired. The quality of the group and the quality of the action!!!! Thank you so much. I am hopeful for the first time in a long time and was actually singing last night and had a good night’s sleep. Thank you, thank you.”
Jessica Hayes, new Chairperson of the San Diego County Democratic Party spoke to update those present on the work of the County Democratic Party.
LJDC Board member, Fred Randel reported on the Stay Cool 4 Grandkids movement. – More Info
Fred Randel proposed a motion to support SB 149, Requiring Presidential Candidates on California Ballot to Release Income Tax Returns, and the motion was passed by the membership. – More Info
The members reviewed drafts of six resolutions and voted to send them on to the San Diego County Democratic Party.
Mark Hughes, a writer for 350.org, reported on the conference of the Center for Climate and Security and noted the concern of the military about climate change.
What Can We Do?
This continues to be the question of those of us who were disappointed by the November 8 election and have been frightened by many of the actions of the new administration.
1. Support Universal Healthcare for California More Info
2. Request an Independent Special Prosecutor to investigate Russian involvement in our election. Call your senators at 1-844-241-1141and/or write post cards. Link for names and addresses.
3. Urge Senators to Filibuster Nomination of Gorsuch for Supreme Court
4. Phone Bank to support John Ossoff in the Special Elections for Georgia’s 6th District. Wednesday April 12th at 4 pm at 3535 Lebon Dr. (second floor) More Info
5. Support SB31 Against Muslim Registry in California – More Info
6. Support ACLU Freedom Cities Campaign – More Info
7. Send post cards – Did you know that letters are quarantined before being sent on? This delays your message. Use post cards, instead. If you want post cards that stand out, purchase some at zazzle.com
8. Swing Left – Help swing a nearby Republican-controlled District to Democratic in 2018. Find the closest to you at swingleft.org.
9. Work with Neighborhoods for Fair Elections
Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance Working on Campaign Finance for San Diego
Join the meeting on Saturday, April 1, 1-3 pm at the First Unitarian Church in Hillcrest (across from the UCSD Medical Center) to organize a campaign for Fair Elections or small donor public funding of elections for San Diego. For more information, contact John Hartley, Campaign Coordinator, at 619-299-8870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Register New Voters – Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:15-12:15 p.m. and every month: Register New Citizens to Vote following the Naturalization Ceremony. Volunteers are needed. Supplies and training will be provided for new volunteers. Just show up at 3rd Ave and B Street In Plaza near Civic Theatre. Parking in Horton Plaza has free parking for 1 hour with validation at Macy’s 2nd floor women’s shoe department. 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. Note: there not be tabling on days when there is heavy rain.
11. Register New Voters in La Jolla – Sign up with Samuel Lane and Sabrina Kaplan to help register voters. Details at the April LJDC meeting.
12. Sign on to the New Action Center at www.sddemocrats.org. It’s the site of the San Diego Democratic Party Headquarters and it has an enormous amount of USEFUL information!!
13. See TWW – Together We Will San Diego Action Calendar – For a monthly calendar of action opportunities, See Here
14. Connect with the San Diego Coastal chapter of Solidarity Sundays meeting in La Jolla on the second Sunday of the month. This is the local chapter of a nationwide network of feminist activist groups focused on taking action to resist Trump and work for peace, justice and equity. Read more
15. San Diego Free Press publishes, EACH FRIDAY, an extensive calendar: “Progressive Calendar for San Diego Activists, for two weeks.” For further information, go to sandiegofreepress.org.
16. Join an organization that fights for the issues that you think are threatened. More
17. Connect with the local Indivisible group organized by LJDC member Betty Vorhies and Sabrina Kaplan. To join the CLOSED Facebook page, send an email to email@example.com. This group is one of 80 such groups in San Diego and hundreds around the country. Joanne Standlee has created a website listing current events and initiatives: https://indivisiblelajolla.com
18. For additional news from other San Diego County Democratic clubs, go to our LJDC website, and see the RSS feed on the front page: “SDDemocratic Club News.”
Freedom of the Press
Healthcare (and abortion, Planned Parenthood)
Immigration (the wall, deportation)
Reframe the way we liberals talk about the Muslim ban. “Liberals say: America is injuring American values! And Trump says: I’m trying to keep terrorists from blowing you up! You see how our soft, lofty argument kinda helps Trump?…Resistance, there is a better way to do this.
Many of our members have suggested ways to advance our work. They have also suggested items that make great reading or are useful resources:
Indivisible Guide – Click here for a link to the guide
Thanks to Sabrina Kaplan and the Indivisible La Jolla Team. Click here for resources to help learn about the legislative process.
What’s going on in San Diego?
If you want to know, get on Carol Changus’ elist. Send her a request a firstname.lastname@example.org
Fact Check at Politifact – politifact.com
Samuel Lane has volunteered to update our Facebook page. Log on to the LJDC Facebook page See updates to happenings in congress, calls to action, local events and words of encouragement.
Charlotte Thompson has volunteered to put notices of our meetings in the La Jolla Light and The Reader.
Jim Evans shared the attached Survey of Political Donations 2016 about political donations from various business organizations during the 2016 election.
Keep tabs on an updating tally of how often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president at Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump.
For online reading, Real Clear Politics, a site that features selected political news stories and op-eds from various news publications in addition to commentary from its own contributors.
Read George P. Lakoff’s blog, he is an American cognitive linguist, and retired professor at UC Berkeley, known for his advice on how Democrats can more effectively express their views.
Take a look at an essay called How They Suffered Under Obama.
Members Out and About
Marcia Bookstein is attending the ACLU Conference & Lobby Day in Sacramento on April 2. “Represent! Reclaim! Realize! Watch for photos next month! Read More
Micah Perlin posted this note about San Diego’s Homeless:
I took my two boys downtown yesterday to be part of a demonstration to raise awareness on the homeless crisis in San Diego. I’ve been spending a lot of time the past few weeks trying to get up to speed on homelessness in “America’s Finest City” — to understand the factors (economic, social, bureaucratic, political, etc.) that have produced this dire situation. I’ve been immersed in the issue from a policy perspective, learning about what has worked in other cities and trying to be objective in my thinking.
But as I turned down the tent-lined streets of San Diego’s East Village with so much misery and misfortune in plain sight, Read More
Rally at Senator Feinstein’s Office
Carolyn Shadle and Vicky Manning were at one of the weekly Tuesday noon rallies
Here are more local volunteer opportunities:
Assist with the registration of new voters – at the La Jolla Farmers Market on Sunday mornings.
Assist with San Diego County voter registration by picking up a box of registration forms and distributing to citizens in the area. Forms are available from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, 5600 Overland Ave., Suite 100, San Diego 92123. Contact Ms. Barbara Carr at 858-505-7320 or Barbara.email@example.com.
Make LJDC Monthly Meeting Arrangements – Arrive early to help set up chairs, post directional signs, and fetch coffee.
LJDC Monthly Meeting Greeter – Greet participants as they arrive to the monthly meeting. Have them sign-in, make a name tag and provide Membership Forms to new members.
Public Relations – Put notices in the local papers each month about monthly meetings and special events.
Assist in the San Diego County Democratic Party headquarters at
8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 105, San Diego 92111.
Help is needed with the following:
- Making phone calls
- Registering voters at events
- Contacting voters in my neighborhood
- Entering data from home or at an office
- Doing office work at Democratic Headquarters
- Spanish-speaking outreach
It’s Time to Renew Your La Jolla Democratic Club Membership for 2017.
You can send your check NOW by mail to:
LJDC, P.O. Box 288
La Jolla, CA 92038
or join online, click the JOIN button, submit the form and mail your check.
The dues are: $25 for individuals, $35 for household, $50 Sustain, and $100 Patron, $5 student.