La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

December 2018

holiday party
The LJDC Holiday Party/Monthly Meeting
Sunday, December 9, 2018
12 – 2 pm

Come enjoy some holiday cheer, friendship and political conversation at the annual Holiday Party. The club will furnish a fresh, roasted organic turkey and beer, wine and soft drinks and members are asked to bring a dish to share or contribute $5.
At the home of Richard and Eleanor Shorter, 7553 High Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037 Map


Time to Renew Your Membership for 2019.

The LJDC membership year runs from January-December.
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  • Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Kevin Beiser’s Victory Party  – at the home of Bill and Michelle Lerach, 9776 La Jolla Farms Road, 4 – 7 pm.
  • Sunday, December 9, 2018 – LJDC Holiday Party – at the beautiful La Jolla Village home of club members Richard and Eleanor Shorter, 7553 High Avenue, 12 to 2 pm. The club will furnish a fresh, roasted organic turkey and beer, wine and soft drinks and members are asked to bring a dish to share or contribute $5.
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30 pm AMC Community Room
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 – Third Annual Women’s March
  • February 9 -16, 2019 – Dem Cruise – more info

Clean Elections Update – Join us for our last Organizing Meeting of 2018 on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30pm –  at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest. All are invited to attend! Come to get your questions answered — Come to help guide our campaign — Come to show your support!  If you have any questions, call John Hartley @ 619-299-8870

The Climate Mobilization effort has been joined and lifted up by The Sunrise Movement, the Justice Democrats, at least 10 Members of Congress, and Extinction Rebellion, who have joined our call and brought global focus to the need for action on the Climate Emergency.


Members Out And About

CONGRATULATIONS on the election of Mike McQuary for San Diego Unified school board – both a LJDC member and former club President!

FACEBOOK POSTS: Member Jim Evans has been appointed as our club essayist. Jim is eminently qualified as a doctor in Political Science, a Marine on in-active duty and as a long standing LJDC board member. See Jim Evans’ latest posts:


See video of Bernie Sanders’ speech to progressive leaders gathered in Vermont


November’s Meeting Minutes
By Mary Lu Brandwein

The General Meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club was called to order November 11, 2018 around 2:13p.m. by Derek Casady, President. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater.

Derek welcomed all present, members, visitors and new members.  There were 39 people in all, two new members and 3 visitors. Derek thanked Marty, Carolyn, Billy and Ellen for organizing the meeting set up.  It was announced that Nancy had hurt her shoulder and could not attend, so no Treasurer Report at this time.

John Meyers, our poet laureate started the meeting with a poem and a song.  The poem was “Voter Suppression.” The song was “Let there be Peace on Earth.”

Cody Petterson was introduced and spoke on Public Education in the Age of Trump. He heads a Forum on the Impact of Privatization on Education.  First Part on Fiscal Performance and the second part on Alternative School Reform. Come Saturday, November 17, 8:30am to 2pm and participate. San Diego Education Association, 10393 San Diego Mission Road.

The Blue Wave with Dr. Jerry Phelps, manager, UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services. We did good according to him.  Democrats have the House for the first time in 8 years.  There are 2 Muslim Women, 2 Native Americans (1 Governor of Kansas), 2 Hispanics in Texas.  Lost some Senate seats and picked up Nevada, and Arizona.  San Diego City Council is now majority Democrat and we had more than 1,000 participants on our GoTeams.  Just a few highlights….  We can all breathe a bit more easily but still much work to do.

Dr. J. Evans interjected a comment from thoughts before the election.  What happens if Republicans keep control of Congress?  But now that we have the House, they can’t shut down the government, take away Medicare and Social Security.  Trump can’t become a dictator and the Post Office and the educational system or the government for that matter can’t be privatized.  Perhaps this was the most important election in US history!!???

Insights into the 2018 Midterm Elections from Hugh Rothman, Grassroots Organizing Director, San Diego County Democratic Party. Hugh gave a great overview of all the things that happened in the election from local districts to the national level and there is much to  be hopeful for.  He painted a big picture of all the work that has been done, but also of the work that still needs to be done.  Very inspiring.

Election of Officers with the nominating committee headed by Roger Brown.
Derek Casady was reelected President unanimously.

Carolyn Shadle was reelected 1st Vice President (membership) unanimously.
Nancy Casady was reelected Treasurer unanimously.
Mary Lu Brandwein was reelected Secretary unanimously.
Ann Kennedy was reelected 2nd Vice President (Newsletter) unanimously.

Holiday Party: December. 9, 2018,  12 to 4.  Bring a dish.  Club will provide wine, organic turkey, etc. as always but all must bring something. Home of Richard and Eleanor Shorter, 7553 High Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037. Check out on

Another note: Check out London Extinction Rebellion.  They want to shut down London until something is done about Climate Change.  Shall we have a similar movement here too.?  Initially we can all help by driving intelli–gently….

Mary Lu Brandwein

Newly elected San Diego Superior Court Judge Matt Bower also addressed the club to thank us for our support and endorsement, and to appealed for financial help with his remaining campaign debts. To contribute see here.

December’s Book Recommendation

long honduran nightThe Long Honduran Night
Resistance , Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup by Dana Frank

A story of resistance, repression, and US policy in Honduras in the aftermath of a violent military coup.
This powerful narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya, told in part through first-person experiences, layered into deeper political analysis. It weaves together two broad pictures: first, the repressive regime that was launched with the coup, and the ways in which U.S. policy has continued to support that regime; and second, the brave and evolving Honduran resistance movement, with aid from a new solidarity movement in the United States.
Although it is full of terrible things, this is not a horror story: the book directly counters mainstream media coverage that portrays Honduras as a pit of unrelenting awfulness, in which powerless people sob in the face of unexplained violence. Rather, it’s about sobering challenges with roots in political processes, and the inspiring collective strength with which people face them.


Help the Cause – Member suggested ways to advance our work – More Ideas
Resources 2018 – See Page
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The LJDC membership year runs from January-December.
We now can accept credit card or paypal payments through our website at use the online Membership Form to renew for 2019.
Payments  may be sent to:
PO Box 288, San Diego, CA 92038.