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La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
March 2017

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, March 12, 2017

TOPIC: The Future of the Democratic Party in San Diego

GUEST SPEAKER: Jessica Hayes, newly elected Chair of the San Diego Democratic Party

Jessica Hayes has been a lifelong advocate for women, workers and equal justice.  She was previously a member of Dianne Feinstein’s kitchen cabinets; she helped organized studio employees with the Teamsters, and she has volunteered for countless campaigns through her lifetime.  As Vice Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party she oversaw the successful elections of 23 our of 27 candidates that ran in the south Area in 2014 even amidst record low turnout.
Jessica graduated from UCSD with a B.A. and California Western School of Law with a J.D.
She writes: “I am an unapologetic liberal.  I believe and actively work for access and equity in government, education, jobs and society in general.  I believe in protecting our environment in a manner that does not favor the wealthy over the poor.  I believe unions are the foundation of our middle class.  I believe we must develop San Diego as a Water Tech Hub to create jobs, spur research and accomplish solutions to our water issue.  We need to find ways to keep housing affordable.”

See here for a list of Trump Cuts that Jessica Hayes has created.

 

We plan to continue our discussion of  “What Can We Do?”

And we will discuss and vote on six resolutions to sent on to the California Democratic Party.   They are the following:
1. calling for a state bank of California  2. calling for all presidential candidates to release their tax information’s in order to qualify for the California ballot  3. calling for the nuclear waste at San Onofre to be stored off of the coast and away from major population centers  4. calling for single-payer healthcare  5. calling for a Wall Street transaction tax and  6. calling for the national mobilization to transition the country to safe, renewable wind, water and solar energy.

Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
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March 12, 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  |  6:00 p.m. Reception  |  7:00 Dinner and Awards Program Read More

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – San Diego EarthWork’s 28th annual EarthFair 2017 in Balboa Park, 10am – 5pm More info
Registration link for EarthFair 2017 exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors
and registration link for EarthFair 2017 volunteers.

HOLD THE DATE
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – People’s Climate Mobilization San Diego
More info


Did you miss the February meeting?


Education was the topic.

President Derek Casady posed questions to a panel consisting of guest speakers  Kevin Beiser and Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, both members of the San Diego Unified School District Board.
Here’s some of what they shared with us about the SDUSD: ~ Volunteers are needed to help with students. ~ SD is #1 in CA for special ed., but this is an unfunded mandate. ~ Support is needed for funding as this budget cycle is settled. ~ CA has a gag rule (teachers can’t criticize federally funded programs). ~ 65% of students in the District are poor. ~ 15% of SD schools are charter – mixed success.


Kevin Beiser is running for school board in 2018  More Info

James McCord, who volunteers to promote the California Clean Money Campaign , spoke about AB14, the California Disclose Act.  Club members voted to endorse the bill.

Jordan Beane, came to introduce himself. He is a Democrat, running for SD City Council seat from District 2. More Info

Danny Smiechowski introduced himself. He is a Democrat, running for SD City Council seat from District 2 also. More Info

Jim Evans, member of LJDC Executive Board, spoke about the importance of preserving public lands and circulated a list of numbers to call. More Info

Attached here is a valuable list of numbers and addresses prepared by one of our members, who prefers to remain anonymous. This list provides great information about where, how and when to reach out, suggestions on points to make (written in purple), including a valuable section on the Russian connection, Trump’s taxes, and ethics concerns.

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Betty Vorhies and Paula Halprin

Betty Vorhies and Paula Halprin were present to announce the work of the newly organized IndivisibleLaJolla.


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.

Here are some ideas:
1. Sign up with Samuel Lane and Sabrina Kaplan to help register voters.
2. 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!!
3. Join an organization that fights for the issues that you think are threatened. More
4. 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 indivisiblelajolla@gmail.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
5. Saturday, March 11, HEALTHCARE FOR ALL – 11 a.m. showing of film, “Now Is The Time” at the Mission Valley Library.
6. Join the IDES of TRUMP day on March 15.  This means that on March 15 you will mail a postcard expressing your displeasure with a particular action(s) of the president.
Mail To:

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
See More

7. Saturday, March 25, Rally at the Border, 3-6 p.m. US-Mexico International Border, San Ysidro More
8. Friday, March 31, Cesar Chavez Day.  Watch for celebrations.
9. Saturday, April 8, attend the Roosevelt Dinner. More Info
10. Saturday, April 15, join the Tax Day Protest, 10 a.m.-12 noon, San Diego Civic Center Plaza, 1200 Third Avenue, San Diego 92101. More
11. Monday, May 1, Watch for details on May Day Events. More
12. Stay posted on action related to healthcare. Become a healthcare champion.
13. 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.”
Issues to watch:
Russian Connection
Freedom of the Press
Healthcare (and abortion, Planned Parenthood)
Immigration (the wall, deportation)
Climate Change/Environment
Consumer Protection/Dodd-Frank

Resources

Many of our members have suggested ways to advance our work. They have also suggested items that make great reading or are useful resources:

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.  Thank you, Samuel!!

Charlotte Thompson has volunteered to put notices of our meetings in the La Jolla Light and The Reader.  Thank you, Charlotte!!

Consider assisting in swing districts near you.  Check out swingleft.org and this Mother Jones article on swing left.

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.

Read A Guide to Rebuilding the Democratic Party from the Ground Up (from VOX)

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

See members out and about at events like Resist Trump Tuesdays, the Climate Mobilization Rally and Town Hall Meetings.
More Photos

Resist Trump Tuesdays

Carolyn Shadle


 

Get Involved in 2017!

voterGET INVOLVED

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.carr@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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

You can sign up online at http://www.sddemocrats.org/volunteer, call 858-277-3367 or send an email to info@sddemocrats.org.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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