La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
June 2018

La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

June 2018

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, June 10, 2018
2 to 4:30 pm 

PROGRAM: The Truth About Climate Change

SPEAKER: Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr., United States Navy (Retired)

Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board. A native of Portsmouth, Va., he retired from the US Navy in 2009 after serving with distinction for over 32 years. A Surface Warrior by trade he rose to become a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in base operations, facility support, energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability lies in educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to address climate change, securing our nation’s energy independence, preserving access to clean water, air quality and other resources.

Hering holds a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from S.U.N.Y. Maritime College, a M.S in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and an M.B.M from Salve Regina University.

His sea assignments included duty aboard USS Santa Barbara (AE 28), USS Fahrion (FFG 22); USS Aries (PHM 5) as Commanding Officer and USS Doyle (FFG 39) as Commanding Officer. His assignments ashore include duty on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twelve; aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Naval Warfare; Action Officer Joint Operations Directorate J-33, The Joint Staff; 1st Battalion Officer and Ethics Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy and Commanding Officer of Naval Base San Diego.

His Flag Officer assignments include Commander, Naval Surface Group Pacific Northwest; Commander, Navy Region Northwest, and Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

Hering’s personal awards include Navy Distinguished Service Medal; (3) Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; (4) Meritorious Service Medals; (3) Navy Commendation Medals; (4) Navy Achievement Medals and various other personal achievement, service awards and campaign ribbons.

He has been married to his wife Sharon of Northeast Maryland for 37 years and together they have raised 3 incredible sons who have blessed them with 5 grandchildren, and counting. They are my inspiration for getting this right and doing what I do daily.

See Here – June 5th Primary Voter Tip Sheet compiled by Carolyn Schadle.

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


County-wide Super Walk on June 2nd for Genevieve Jones-Wright.
Barbara Bry is sponsoring a La Jolla-Pacific Beach walk on Saturday, June 2nd. Anyone interested in helping in this effort will gather Saturday morning at Kate Sessions Park, 10 am. For More Info see invitation from Jones-Wright to Councilwoman Bry

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 – County-wide Super Walk for Genevieve Jones-Wright – 10am
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Primary Elections
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2- 4:30pm
  • FYI: The July General Meeting will be on the fourth Sunday, July 22nd, usual time 2 pm.
  • Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, 2018 – Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise is coming to San Diego
  • Sunday, August 12, 2018 – LJDC General Meeting will be our annual picnic.
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 – March and Rally for Climate change, Climate Mobilization.

Members Out And About

Socks for Stand Down 2018 – Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins is organizing a sock drive for homeless Vets, May 7 – June 18. Bring your donation of men’s new socks to the LJDC monthly meeting on June 9th, for collection, or drop off at a SD City Library location.

The Sierra Club, San Diego Chapter will honor Nancy and Derek Casady  with the Conservation Activist Award at the 70th Anniversary Awards & Gala Celebration on Saturday June 9, 2018. More Info

LJDC’s Register to Vote table at the La Jolla Farmers Market on Sundays, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. Charlane Brown and Jim Evans have volunteered thus far, but more members are needed to sign up for a shifts to staff the LJDC table (1 hour or more, one Sunday/month or more). And someone is also needed to manage the shift schedule and share it by email. Charlane Brown who lives a 1/2 block from the Farmers Market location will store the card table and have it available for pickup each Sunday morning at 8.



This Summer’s Book Recommendations

Breakpoint, Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crisis – by Jeremy B. C. Jackson and Steve Chapple, Yale University Press (April 17, 2018)

An insightful look at the American environmental crisis and emerging solutions from the heartland to the coasts in the era of global climate change

Eminent ecologist Jeremy B. C. Jackson and award-winning journalist Steve Chapple traveled the length of the Mississippi River interviewing farmers, fishermen, scientists, and policymakers to better understand the mounting environmental problems ravaging the United States. Along their journey, which quickly expands to California, Florida, and New York, the pair uncovered surprising and profound connections between ecological systems and environmental crises across the country. More

unfreedomThe Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America – by Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books (April 3, 2018)
With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. More

factfulnessFactfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think – by Hans Rosling, Flatiron Books (April 3, 2018)
“Factfulness throws down a gauntlet to doom-and-gloomers in global health by challenging preconceptions and misconceptions [and] is a fabulous read, succinct and lively… This magnificent book ends with a plea for a factual world view. Rosling was optimistic that this outlook will spread, because it is a useful navigational tool in a complex world, and a genuine antidote to negativity and hopelessness. A just tribute to this book and the man would be a global day of celebration for facts about our world. Perhaps Trump should lead the charge on that.” ―Nature More
last daysLast Days in Ocean Beach – by Jim Miller, San Diego City Works Pr (April 4, 2018)
Last Days in Ocean Beach is the story of William, a scientist working at the Center for Extinction Studies, a think tank at the College of the Sun funded by a green billionaire. William lives “on the border between dread and wonder” as he desperately works to raise the alarm about climate change and its dire consequences to an apathetic public, learns to live with grief, and hold on to love. More



May 20, 2018

1.  The Meeting was called to order by President, Derek Cassidy at 3:40 p.m.  New members (0) and visitors (3) were introduced.  Thanks were given to Billie Sieg for her work with meeting sign-ins and to Charlotte Thompson for her outreach to the La Jolla Light.  Derek recommended we read Breakpoint, Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crisis, co-authored by member Steve Chapple, a new and compelling book about climate change.  Mr. Chapple will return to the LJDC for a presentation.
2.  John Meyer, Poet Laurette and Song Meister, inspired the members with poems and a song.
3.  Dr. Jen Campbell introduced herself as the District 2 City Council candidate, informing the membership of her background and political philosophy.
4.  Doug Case, a representative for State Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, encouraged members to participate in the Stand Down 2018 annual new sock drive for Homeless Vets May 7 – June 18.  Donations may be dropped off at many San Diego library locations, including the La Jolla library or at the June LJDC meeting.
5.  Dr. Jim Evans presented his personal thoughts on Robert Mueller.
6.  San Diego Democratic Party Chairwoman, Jessica Hayes presented a detailed summary of the status of the June 4 primary and candidates.  Ms. Hayes presented data that underscores the importance of volunteering for “get out the vote” activities.  If potential voters receive a phone call, there is an 11% greater chance that they will vote, if potential voters are contacted at their door, there is 17% greater chance they will vote.  There are, currently, approximately 600 volunteers for the Primary and 122,00 more registered Democrats than Republicans in San Diego.  It is essential that we bring a large and strong turnout.  Great wins are possible, and volunteers will make this happen.  More volunteers are needed.
In fact, three nonpartisan offices could be won in the primary.  Democrats are encouraged to vote for the following candidates endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Part:
Dave Meyers, Sheriff;
Matt Strabone, Assessor;
Matt Bower, Judge.
In addition, the SD Democratic Party has endorsed Nathan Fletcher, District 4 County Board of Supervisors, Genevieve Jones Wright, District Attorney, Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Herbert Exarhos, the incumbent, is recommended for judge over Vicki Rothmans.  Although there is no official endorsement for Attorney General, Dave Jones looks like a strong candidate with successful experience as California’s Insurance Commissioner.
Ms. Hayes also encouraged Democratic support for David Dodson for the Board of Equalization.  He has experience working for the Board, knows it well, and has pledged to not politicize the Board.
The democratic slate is available on line at
7.  A short documentary on Clean Elections, was presented by Uptown Democratic Club President, John Hartley.  Many states have already instituted successful state systems.  California must get 7300 “good signatures” on a petition to put forth a Clean Elections bill in the California.  The organization and process are underway for a petition drive.
8.  The possibility of giving $500 from LJDC funds to an individual, Micah Perlin, was discussed.  He has requested funds while he sets-up and initiates an IT program to contact potential voters in support of candidates for nonpartisan offices endorsed by the SD County Democratic party.  After a discussion, there remained confusion as to whether this was a phone or text program.  Hence, there was no motion to support and no vote.
9.  Nancy Cassidy presented a brief Treasurer’s Report.  March’s balance was $7,245.71; April’s balance was $7253.13.
10. There was a moment of silence for the Santa Fe, Texas shooting victims.
11.  Charlane Brown presented an outreach for volunteers to assist in the La Jolla Farmer’s Market voter registration drive.  If anyone is interested in helping to staff the table on Sundays, please contact Charlane at 858-263-4703.  An organized schedule will be formalized for the next meeting, and sign-up sheets will be distributed.
12.  Jerry Malamud educated the members about a planned high pressure raw sewage line, with vents to street level to let the gasses escape.  This line will run through numerous residential neighborhoods.  The alternative path would be to run the pipe along the 805.  In attempt to prevent the pipe from traversing residential neighborhoods, the University City community needs $30,000 for attorney fees.  Donations to the effort would be greatly appreciated; donations are tax deductible.  The law suit to stall the process is set to begin on October 18.
13.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.

Minutes compiled by Charlane Brown, LJDC member.



Help the Cause – Member suggested ways to advance our work – More Ideas
Resources 2018 – See Page
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It’s Time to Renew Your La Jolla Democratic Club Membership for 2018.
The LJDC membership year runs from January-December.  Please use the Membership Form to renew. 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.