La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
April 2018

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, April 8, 2018 

La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

April 2018

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, April 8, 2018
2 – 4:30 pm

SPEAKER: Genevieve Jones-Wright, who is running for District Attorney of San Diego County against Bonnie Dumanis’ appointed successor Summer Stephan. She will speak on her candidacy and platform for progressive criminal justice reform.
A native San Diegan, Jones-Wright has served the County of San Diego as a Deputy Public Defender since 2006.  Jones-Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communication from the University of San Francisco, a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law, and a Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy from California Western School of Law.

We will also watch a 10-minute movie about The Golden Rule, a sailing ship, now visiting San Diego, that is on a world tour in support of banning nuclear weapons. The project director for The Golden Rule will join us at the meeting.

We will vote to make an endorsement for Superior Court Judge.


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


FYI: The May General Meeting will be on the third Sunday, May 20th at a later time, 3:30 pm and the July General Meeting will be on the fourth Sunday, July 22nd, usual time 2 pm.


Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Dinner –  at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 5:30 pm – 9 pm – Get your reservation in for the San Diego County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner. Tickets for the dinner are $115. The club will subsidize $50 per ticket for up to 20 La Jolla Democratic Club members in good standing. Tickets are still available. Contact Nancy Casady (858)447-0246 for reservations.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Camp Congress for Girls San Diego – 8 am – 5 pm – 421 West B Street San Diego, CA 92101 More Info

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater – 2 – 4:30 pm

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Monday, April 9, 2018 – ACLU of CA Conference & Lobby Day – Sacramento, California More Info

Saturday, April 14, 2018 – March For Science San Diego  for – More Info  or to Volunteer – See Here

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – EarthFair 2018 – Balboa Park – 10 am – 5 pm  More Info (858) 272-7370   Volunteer for EarthFair 2018 – Sunday, April 22 – “The Best Way to Spend a Day” – See More

Volunteer Opportunities
– A Call for Help With Voter Registration at the La Jolla Farmers Market.The club would like to man/woman a voter registration table at the La Jolla Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. Email Derek Casady at  or call 858-457-0246 for info.

Members Out And About

March For Our Lives, San Diego March 24, 2018

The San Diego Climate Mobilization Coalition, of which Derek and Nancy Casady are founders, is sponsoring its next rally and march Saturday, April 28th at 10 a.m. in Ocean Beach at the foot of Newport Ave.

Featured speaker will be retired Navy Admiral Len Hering and music will provided by The Swamp Critters, led by Billy Corwin, noted zydeco New Orleans style dance teacher.

After the rally the group will march over to the Ocean Beach Post Office to post up on the door a demand that the U.S. government implement a national mobilization on the scale of World War II to coordinate the construction of a new U.S. energy system based on wind, water and solar energy to replace the current fossil fuel energy system which is disrupting the climate and causing the early deaths of 200,000 Americans annually, according to MIT.

Retired Superior Court Judge Robert C. Coates, chairman of the San Diego Climate Mobilization, said, “The climate situation is getting worse and we hope many people will join our event to take a stand for ending fossil fuels and building a new energy system.”


DemCruise 2019
– read member Carolyn Shadle’s support of this cruise – See More

This Month’s Book Recommendation

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt  – by Sarah Jaffe
Nation Books (August 23, 2016)

Necessary Trouble is the definitive book on the movements that are poised to permanently remake American politics. We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented political turmoil and social activism. Over the last few years, we’ve seen the growth of the Tea Party, a twenty-first-century black freedom struggle with BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates in defiance of the traditional party elites.

Sarah Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans become activists. As Jaffe argues, the financial crisis in 2008 was the spark, the moment that crystallized that something was wrong. For years, Jaffe crisscrossed the country, asking people what they were angry about, and what they were doing to take power back. She attended a people’s assembly in a church gymnasium in Ferguson, Missouri; walked a picket line at an Atlanta Burger King; rode a bus from New York to Ohio with student organizers; and went door-to-door in Queens days after Hurricane Sandy. More

Minutes from the March General Meeting
by Mary Lu Brandwein

The General Meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club was called to order March 11, 2018 at  2:11p.m. by Derek Casady, President with a comment of thanks to all present for “understanding that politics is not a spectator sport” and thanking all for coming to the meeting as he realizes that we all have other choices for Sunday afternoons. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater.  (Around 30 people attending)

New members and visitors were introduced.

George Bean running for City Hall District 2 spoke briefly and one of the issues he is interested in is the vote in June on measure K for the county which would provide a run off in November for the top two candidates county wide which is not the case right now.

Nancy Casady read a great poem, “Russian Meddling” by Calvin Trillin.  Our poet laureate is on vacation.

PROGRAM: Russian Interference in the 2016 Election

SPEAKER: John Mattis, Pacific Beach lawyer and nationally known investigative television reporter,  speaking on breaking news about Russian interference in the 2016 election.  John was elected as a city councilman in Madison, Wisconsin while in college.  He later worked with Senator John Kerry on the Iran-Contra Investigation, which proved that President Reagan broke the law by allowing aid to the right wing Contras in Nicaragua and he was one of the first Americans to discover that foreign sources, some from Macedonia, possibly Russian funded, had hacked American Facebook accounts  in the 2016 election.  He has been interviewed and used as a consultant by numerous national news organizations on the subject of Russian interference in the American elections.

We could not vote to make an endorsement for Superior Court Judge as we failed to notify all the candidates so we will do this at the next meeting in April.

Dr. Bribiesca, naturalized American citizen is running for California Governor and spoke briefly about his position on issues.  He is a retired doctor and community college teacher. He has five degrees in the medical field and has headed up various positions of authority in that field.  He wants to help California people who have no voice.

Roosevelt Dinner, April 7th, 6pm, San Diego Bay Front Hilton.  Places still available.  (By the end of the meeting they were filled)  So we will have a representative contingent of two tables.

Tim Nadar spoke as he is running for Deputy Attorney General for Superior Court Judge.  He is the only opposition candidate with lots of judicial experience.

Nancy Casady gave the treasurer’s report.  Month began with $6,094.39.  Dues and Roosevelt Dinner monies coming in were $2,765.00 and expenses were Meet & Greet, Bank Charge and Internet (once a year charge) which all totaled $150.68 for expenses.  Balance forward is $8,807.71.

Nancy also spoke about Climate Mobilization and the best we can do is go to sign the Pledge:

Then the next thing is to attend the Climate Mobilization marches and rallies.  The next one is April 28, 2018, Saturday, 10:00am in Ocean Beach at the foot of Newport Ave. at the sea wall.

Join us: Saturday, March 24th, at Waterfront Park San Diego in San Diego, CA for the March for Our Lives… for the children and against guns in the schools.



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