La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

October 2019

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, October 13, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm

SPEAKER:: Budd Titlow, wetland scientist and wildlife biologist,
PROGRAM:  How 2 Generations Fight the Climate Crisis

Budd and his daughter, Mariah Tinger, together wrote “Protecting the Planet.”  Mariah began her in-depth studies of climate change while pursuing a master’s degree in environmental management at Harvard University’s Extension School. It was her graduate work that got her father interested in doing the book with her.  Budd is an international award-winning nature photographer and widely published writer. He has authored three natural history books, most recently “Bird Brains: Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends.”  He has taught ecology, environmental science, birding, and photographyt at the university level. Thom Hartmann says their book is “THE book to read to understand every aspect of climate change, from the politics to the science to the movement.” See Here

Protecting the Planet: Environmental Champions from Conservation to Climate Change
by Budd Titlow , Mariah Tinger
Prometheus (November 29, 2016) 587 pages
This book tells an inspirational story–a story both of pioneering environmentalists who raised our collective consciousness regarding nature’s value and heroes of today who are working to secure a sustainable future. More

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


Climate Strike September 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is expected in San Diego to hold a Town Hall forum at the Waterfront Park at 1600 Pacific Highway at 7 p.m

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019  – Fourth Democratic primary debate
    The debate will be co-hosted by The New York Times and CNN on Oct. 15, with the possibility of a second night depending on how many candidates meet the Democratic National Committee’s criteria.

The Neighborhoods for Clean Elections official effort to qualify an initiative for the November 2020 ballot has kicked off and is moving into high gear.  Clean Elections is about getting voter approval for the public funding of campaigns waged in the City of San Diego with the aim of improving the democratic process and giving involved and interested citizens who want to run for office a chance to compete with those funded by private money. 
The initiative would require each candidate to raise a large number of $5 ‘starter’ donations to show they have community support.  It would also mean candidates who accept public money may not accept any other monies from private donors, agree not to put any money into the campaign from their own pocket and must spend 100% on the campaign itself.
Similar programs are being used in states and cities throughout the country, from Maine to Arizona and from Seattle to New York with great success.
The effort in San Diego is headed up by a broad coalition of community and neighborhood groups and has received the formal endorsement of two dozen town councils as well as numerous political organizations. See Clean Elections Q & A
The next meeting will be on
Wednesday, October 2nd, at 6pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest. Come and join us to see how you can help as we work on our lobbying strategy for having the San Diego City Council put our Clean Elections Initiative on the ballot in November 2020! Our goal now is to lobby city council members wherever we find them to support clean elections.
If you have any questions, Contact John Hartley, Coordinator, or Mark Linsky, Chair,


Politifest 2019: Housing and Transportation SummitSaturday, October 26, 2019, University of San Diego, 11:00 a.m.‑ 6:30 p.m. 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 This year, Politifest will be a daylong journey through these discussions and debates. We’ll begin the day with a keynote speaker, followed by a range of sessions led by subject matter experts. Panelists will discuss housing supply, the future of transit, new tax and policy proposals and our conversations with political candidates will focus on these topics. Tickets $40 member, $55 non-member (includes 1 year membership), Free for Premier Members and Students More

The 2019 California Democratic Party’s Endorsement Convention in Long Beach, November 15-17, 2019 – will be here before you know it, and we’re looking for some top-notch volunteers to help ensure that this year’s event is a smashing success. There’s a lot of important work to be done. With your assistance, we’ll endorse candidates, adopt a platform and learn new skills to help us mobilize for 2020 to ensure that California remains the Big Blue Beacon of Hope.
Can you share your time and help us lay the groundwork for a victorious 2020?
Sign up now to secure your spot as a volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact Estevan Rojas at

The 2019 San Diego County Convention in Escondidio, December 1, 2019
Sign up for the San Diego County Democratic Convention – Join hundreds of fellow Democrats for a full day of rallying, learning, and networking on Sunday, December 1, 2019  ~  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
The $55 General Registration (youth rate $40) includes a continental breakfast and access to all general sessions, trainings, and panel discussions.
The $65 Leadership Luncheon will feature a special guest speaker (to be announced soon).
At $110, the All-Inclusive Admission covers both general registration and the luncheon —for a savings of $10. Event Flyer
Our last County Convention was filled to capacity, so please don’t delay! These early-bird rates will increase after November 24. You can sign up now at or call us at (858) 277-3367 for more information.

County Party Approves Another Round of Endorsements
On September 17 the San Diego County Democratic Party endorsed several additional local candidates running in the March 3 Primary Election.

The Party is now backing Kenya Taylor for County Board of Supervisors, District 2; Raul Campillo for San Diego City Council, District 7; Gregg Robinson for San Diego County Board of Education, District 1; and Elena Adams for Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Board, Area 4.

For County Board of Supervisors in District 3 — where two Democrats are competing to challenge incumbent Republican Kristin Gaspar — the Party has rated both Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson Remer as “qualified.”

View a list of Democrats running for office in San Diego County in 2020, including which ones have been endorsed so far, at

If anyone is going to own our politicians, it should be, we, the people. —  Bill Moyers

This Month’s Book Recommendations

Permanent Record, by Edward Snowden
Metropolitan Books (September 17, 2019) 352 Pages
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. More

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, by Naomi Klein
Simon & Schuster (September 17, 2019) 320 Pages
These long-form essays show Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one, as well. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of “perpetual now,” to the soaring history of humans changing and evolving rapidly in the face of grave threats, to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of “climate barbarism,” this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. More

Members Out And About

Campaign Announcement

Our own LJDC Treasurer, Nancy Casady, has announced that she is running as the Green New Deal Candidate for Congress in the 52nd District.
Check out her Casady for Congress website for more information on her campaign.


FACEBOOK POSTS: See club member Jim Evans’, PhD. latest posts


The Minutes By Mary Lu Brandwein

The General Meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club was called to order September 8, 2019 around 2:09 p.m. by Derek Casady, President. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater. There were around 30 people more or less attending. Derek thanked all for attending. 

John Meyer gave two poems: The Statue and the Donald; and Some People.
Also there were two songs: California Here I Come and This Land is Your Land; This Land is My Land.

 Aaron Brennan, District 1 City Council candidate,  He has the endorsement of the Firefighter and the Police. Three issues: Public Safety, Climate Crisis, and Homelessness. He would like our endorsement when we open that time period up after the end of the filing period.

Nancy Casady, running for the California Assembly Person 52nd District against fellow Democrat Scott Peters.  She is running as the Climate Crisis, New Deal Candidate. Jerry made the motion that the club kick start her campaign with $1000, but the club can’t use it’s money that way and so there is a web site for individual people to contribute. $25 or more would be appreciated.

PROGRAM:  Looking at Democratic and U.S. Politics at the National Level
SPEAKER: Jess Durfee
Jess Durfee is a Member of the Democratic National Committee. He’s the only Democratic National Committee (DNC) member from San Diego. He is chair of the DNC Western Region, Chair of CA Dem Voter Services Committee, Board of Directors CA State Fair & Cal Expo, Former Chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party Central Committee and a past president of Democrats for Equality, a San Diego Democratic club.  Especially interesting was the distinction he made between the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.)
Jess grew up in Oregon, was a teacher by profession and taught in Washington.
Jess’ presentation was very clear, informative and insightful.  There will be a total of 4532 delegates to the Democratic National Convention.  Check out  “How to Be A Delegate.”  This year in Milwaukee Convention Center.

Rant: Clare Richmond spoke about the frustration of lack of gun control in the face of many very disturbing statistics. Fred Randal pointed out that the historic research on the origin of the second amendment is racist.  It came about so plantation owners could shoot their slaves. Jim Evans continues to write essays on guns and martial law.  Please consult our web site:

Democratic Debates: September 12-13.  ABC.
Next meeting is October 13, 2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 20, 2019 – The Climate Walkout
Join millions around the world, along with Greta Thunberg and youth leaders to walk out of our schools, our workplaces and our homes to demand climate action and an end to the age of fossil fuels. Demand Bold Climate Action!

Mary Lu Brandwein

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