La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

February 2019

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, February 10, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm

The Federal Reserve: Piggy Bank for Bankers or Benefit to the People

Alan Gin

Alan Gin is associate professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. He has taught  courses in Principles of Economics, Statistics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Urban Economics, Public Finance, Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, and the Economic Development of Asia.
His other research interests include local public finance, urban transportation, and the economy of San Diego. On the latter subject, he is best known for developing and publishing the University of San Diego’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County, a monthly report on the outlook for the local economy. Professor Gin’s insights on the local economy have made him a popular source for interviews, and he has given over 1,000 interviews to local and national media sources.

Additionally, the Casady’s are bringing a cake to share in honor of Derek’s 83rd birthday! Come, eat cake and wish him a good one.

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


Clean Elections Update – The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 6, at 6:30 pm, 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 or email at
We got another letter printed in the Union/Tribune on Tuesday, January 15, 2019! Can you write a letter-to-the-editor in response? Letters to the editor count. They can make a difference in public perception. And with email, they are easy to write and send in. Just put your thoughts together in a short, 150 words or less letter, refer to our letter just printed for best results and email it to
You must include a full name, your community of residence and a daytime telephone number (if your letter is selected to be printed, you will be called to ensure that you wrote it)

Ammar Campa Najjar has officially announced his candidacy as a Democrat for California’s 50th Congressional District. See here to Donate

Volunteers are needed to register voters at the Naturalization Ceremony downtown.
February 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3rd Ave and B Street, In Plaza near Civic Theatre
There will be one session this month. Please RSVP if you will be able to attend. We’ll bring the supplies and train new volunteers. All you need to do is show up. Thank you for your continued support!

There are two NEW Democratic Clubs:
University City Democratic Club
– meeting will be Wed. Feb 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the North University Library 8820 Judicial Drive off Nobel Dr. For more info see their Facebook page.
San Diego Downtown Democratic Club – encompassing Little Italy, Columbia/Civic Core, Marina, Gaslamp and East Village. See Website

  • Sunday, February 10, 2019 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – Naturalization Ceremony – 10 – 12:30pm
  • Sunday, March 10, 2019 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30pm
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Earth Day Fair 2019 – Balboa Park 10 – 5pm – Registration is now open for Exhibitors, Volunteers, Vendors & the Earth Day Parade See Here

Members Out And About

FACEBOOK POSTS: See member Jim Evans’ latest posts


Third Annual Women’s March San Diego on January 19, 2019,
at the San Diego Embarcadero

This Month’s Book Recommendations – by Carolyn Shadle

What Does It Mean to be White?,  by Robin DiAngelo
Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers; Revised edition (June 15, 2016)
This is an outstanding (and readable) analysis of whiteness, from incisive and wide-ranging critiques of how white folks (us) deflect, deny, and evade the topic of racism, and the implications of our racial identity and position The author worked with a person-of-color partner for the Dept. of Social and Health Services providing training for public and corporate workers.  Her book outlines what she learned and what she and her partner taught.  It’s a powerful lesson in “consciousness raising” and understanding of our role in institutional racism. More

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, a 500-year History, by Kurt Andersen
Random House; 1st Edition edition (September 5, 2017)
It’s a NY Times Bestseller.  Over 450 pages the author details why this “fake news” moment we are living through is not something entirely new.  We were founded by dreamers and have a history of “true believers,” “magical thinkers,” “hucksters” and “suckers.  He said that believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA, from the Salem witch trials to P.T. Barnum, to Hollywood, our fetish for guns, belief in extraterrestrials and “end times,” and more.  He explains how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred.  Fascinating (and informative) reading. More

For Marcia Bookstein’s Bookshelf Post

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