La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, May 7, 2017
3:30 – 6pm
— NOTE DATE AND TIME —
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, 3:30 – 6pm. The June meeting will be back to the usual date and time: second Sunday, June 11, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
GUEST SPEAKER: Nathan Fletcher
TOPIC: Voting Rights: 150 Years of Progress and Set-backs
Nathan Fletcher is a businessman, and educator who served two terms in the California State Assembly. He served as a senior director of global strategic initiatives at Qualcomm, Inc. and is now a Professor of Practice in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.
GUEST SPEAKER: Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
TOPIC: Legislative Efforts to Reform SANDAG (The San Diego County Association of Governments)
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher is currently serving in the California State Assembly. A Democrat, she represents the 80th Assembly District, which encompasses southern San Diego and is the southernmost Assembly district in the state.
Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2013, Gonzalez served as secretary-treasurer and CEO of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
The current Vice-Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, Gonzalez Fletcher became the first Latina to ever serve as the Chair of the powerful Assembly Appropriations Committee in 2016.
Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
Monday, May 1, – May Day Event in honor of workers. More
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 3:30 – 6 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.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – Monthly Indivisible La Jolla Meeting, 10:30 a.m., 3535 LeBon Drive, (LJ Palms Club House, upstairs). (This will not conflict with the LJDC meeting, which is at 3:30 this month.)
Friday, May 12, 2017, 2017 – SD Lawyer Chapter: The Role of State Attorneys General and City Attorneys in the Trump Era
Location: Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLP, 655 W. Broadway #1900, 92101 12-1 p.m.Details and RSVP here.
Sunday, May 14, 2017 – Solidary Sunday Meeting, 2-4 p.m.
Speaker: 52nd District Congressman, Scott Peters. RSVP to email@example.com
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Phone banking for Jon Ossoff (Georgia 6th) and Rob Quist (Montana-at-Large). Bring your charger, cell phone and ipad or laptop to access numbers. If you’re interested in working in 2-hour shifts at 3535 LeBon Drive (LJ Palms Club House, upstairs), contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Single-Payer Healthcare for California
League of Women Voters Luncheon, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse 2150 Harbor Island Drive $35.00.
Click “donate”, “purpose: May Luncheon.” Details about speakers at www.lwvsandiego.org
Single-Payer is still alive at the Federal Level
Take this survey for Rep. Scott Peters: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFKTWVR
Friday, June 2, 2017 – District 52 Leadership Meeting with Rep. Scott Peters. If you have concerns, legislation to support or oppose, contact Sabrina Kaplan at email@example.com
Did you miss the April meeting?
Your editor missed, too, due to illness. WE NEED SOME REPORTERS. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ONE? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
John Mattes spoke about his discovery of the foreign fake news placed on Bernie Sanders’ website to turn Bernie voters against Hillary. John’s investigative reporting was announced on the Rachel Maddow show. He reported that 1000 people were working full-time to sent out fake news. 8 million placements were then sent on. Learn more at http://www.johnmattes.com/mattes-in-the-news/.
Independent mayoral candidate Lori Saldana made a brief appearance to urge San Diego to join in the observance of Denim Day on Wednesday, April 27th as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, calling attention to rape kits and domestic violence in San Diego.
Those present had the pleasure of celebrating our club treasurer Nancy Casady’s birthday!
Democratic candidate for County Sheriff, Dave Myers, spoke. A 32-year members of the County sheriff’s department, he wants to bring more diversity to the office. He cited an increases in hate crimes and the fact that 70% of people incarcerated have mental health problems. https://www.davemyersforsheriff.com/
What Can We Do?
The first draft of the City of San Diego budget includes cuts to arts and culture funding by $4.7 million – more than 31% of the current funding level. The arts currently only represent 0.4% of the overall budget, but are being recommended to bear 6% of the city’s budget cuts.
Contact Mayor Faulconer (Kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov or 619-236-6330) and Councilperson Barbara Bry (email@example.com or 619-236-6611 before May 5. Show up at City Hall on Monday, May 8th, 9:00-noon (202 C. Street, 12th Floor) and/or the evening Council Meeting on Monday, May 15th, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.Trump-Russian Investigation
Urge legislators to press for an independent special council. Glenna Shearer has prepared this handy contact list. Use it! Trump-Russian Investigation ContactsSupport Single-payer Healthcare in California, SB 562
Support Medicare-for-All, Universal Healthcare for California.
Success! The LJDC has endorsed SB 562. See the attached letter and endorsement of the Single-Payer plan for California prior to the report out by the Senate Health Committee on April 26.
The Senate Health Committee voted to support SB 562 (supported by 1000 rallyers, as well as the phone calls and letters – and OUR club endorsement).
The work continues, as the bill winds its way through committees and to a full CA Senate vote:
- Chip in to help pay for upcoming campaign activities to bring even more supporters to Sacramento to make sure our voices are heard!
- Get Social! Ask your friends to join at www.HealthyCA.org, on Twitter and Facebook.
- Get Involved! To join local meetings or training, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join actions May 1st to support healthcare for all. Print out a sign (placard) and bring it to your local march.
- Thank our 39th District CA Senator, Toni Atkins, for introducing the legislation, at 619-645-3133 or www.sd39.senate.ca.gov
Support Democrat Rob Quist in Special Election in Montana
Support Jon Ossoff in his June 20 runoff for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District Read More
Glenna Shearer writes: “The money is always welcome and tangible support may further energize his campaign. My hope is that Democrats gain new Congressional members in the off-year replacement elections coming up, or, at least, there is a psychological impact with close results in predominantly Republican districts.”
Jon Ossoff’s website
Should you want to donate on-line, click on “Donate” which is inside a red elongated circle.
To donate by check:
Jon Ossoff for Congress
P. O. Box 450326
Atlanta, GA 31145
Note: Campaign finance law requires the collection of your occupation and employer. If you send a check, include a note stating either “retired” or your current occupation and employer. You will save the campaign time and money by including this information with your check.
Join phone bank to support John Ossoff and Rob Quist on Sunday, May 20, 2017 (See UPCOMING EVENTS above.)
Register New Voters
Wednesday, 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.
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: No registering on days when there is heavy rain.
Register New Voters in La Jolla: Sign up with Samuel Lane and Sabrina Kaplan to help register voters. Contact Samuel Lane at Samuel.email@example.com.
Issues to watch:
Freedom of the Press
Conflict of interest
Healthcare. Where do we go from here?
Immigration (the wall, deportation)
Protect federal parks and monuments
Members Out and About
Send in your photos and news to firstname.lastname@example.org!!
You can read about Derek and Nancy Casady in the La Jolla Light, April 20, 2017.
The article is entitled, “La Jollans” spearhead effort to end fossil fuel use,”
You can read about John Meyer (club poet) in the La Jolla Light, February 23, 2017. The article is entitled, “Meet vocalist and poet ‘Grandpa’ John Meyer.”
Orientation to to LJDC, April 2, 2017
25 people gathered to meet each other and learn about the LJDC.
Barbara Bry, City Councilperson to District One, talked about City actions.
Derek Casady, LJDC President, described history and future of the Club.
Roosevelt Dinner, April 8
The editor was sick, so there are no photos. SEND YOURS to email@example.com
Samantha Hurst, a first-time attendee, reported:
I was very impressed by the array of political speakers … particularly the new CA attorney general Xavier Becerra. I enjoyed his reference to comments by Congressman John Lewis, “We must find a way to get in the way and get in good trouble.” That is indeed our moral obligation in seeking justice for all.
I also appreciated hearing the words of Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber. She is a strong and articulate speaker on diversity and education. I was especially pleased to hear her speak passionately about the recent passing of AB 1029, which will ensure the safety of children and youth with socio-emotional health issues by requiring the inclusion of a mental health professional on a school safety committee.
LJDC member, Marcia Bookstein attended the ACLU Conference & Lobby Day in Sacramento on April 2 along with 400 others where they visited offices of Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria and other S.D. legislators. They lobbied to pass SB 31 (not allowing a Muslim registry in California) and for SB 54 (not allowing the Feds to force local enforcements to help ICE round up immigrants.) and went to see the Senate discuss two bills. SB 31 passed 30-0! SB 54 passed on party lines, 27-12.
Senator Joel Anderson said, “With this legislation, we are kicking President Trump right in the groin, and he’s going to strike back.” Senator Kevin DeLeon said, “We don’t need to grovel for one more police car.” Marcia’s take: “It was hard not to cheer.”
More Photos – See members at the Tax March, Science March and more – See Photos
Help the Cause – Member suggested ways to advance our work – More Ideas
Resources May 2017 – See Page
Issues and Organizations – See Page
Jim Evans’ Letters – See Post
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.