La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

APRIL 2019

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, April 14, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm

PROGRAM: The LJDC will host a debate between the Democrat Candidates for the 2020 San Diego City Council District 1 Race – Aaron Brennan, Joe La Cava and Will Moore.

Also there will be more discussion on our Club’s proposed Resolutions to be Presented at the State Democratic Convention.

Additionally, our club will further discuss resolutions for the State Democratic Convention.

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


  • Sunday, April 7, 2019 UCSD’s Triton 5K race and Festival on the UCSD campus, including a 3.1 mile trek, walking or running, through the heart of the UCSD campus, plus live music, local vendors and interactive experiences. Volunteers from La Jolla Democratic Club are invited to register voters at the event. We may gather first thing in the morning, at Whole Foods for coffee and pastries, and to go over the method for registering voters, then attend the festival, and end up back at Whole Foods to compare notes, congratulate ourselves and get a snack or a drink, or both.  More details at the meeting March 10th, Sunday.
  • Friday – Saturday, April 12-13, 2019 – The California Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Tour
    San Diego, CA Friday April 12th, 2019, 1-2 PM Friday, Universidad Popular, 1234 North Sante Fe, Vista, CA
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019: 10 AM – 2 PM Casa Familiar, 212 West Park, San Ysidro, CA. 12-2 PM March to the border. Rev. Beth Johnson,
    See More
  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30pm – Featuring a debate among the candidates running for SD City Council, District 1.
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Earth Day Fair 2019 – Balboa Park 10 – 5pm – Registration is now open for Exhibitors, Volunteers, Vendors & the Earth Day Parade See Here
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 39th Annual 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 See More
    The La Jolla Democratic Club Executive Committee voted to subsidize club members to the tune of $50 off of the $120 ticket. There remains 12 available subsidized spots. Contact Derek at:

Clean Elections Update – The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest. All are invited to attend! Come to get your questions answered — Come to help guide our campaign — Come to show your support!  If you have any questions, call John Hartley @ 619-299-8870 or email at

Volunteers are needed to register voters at the Naturalization Ceremony – downtown.
April 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3rd Ave and B Street, In Plaza near Civic Theatre
Horton Plaza has one hour free parking with validation. 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.

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties invites you to apply to our second annual Equity in Action conference on Saturday, May 11, 2019. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego Apply Here
Join us for a day filled with inspiring plenaries and workshops that will deepen your knowledge of social justice issues affecting our communities, sharpen your leadership and advocacy skills, and connect you with other determined activists to advance change together.
The deadline to apply is May 6, 2019. All are welcome to apply. Please note, participation in the conference is limited to approved applicants who are either current ACLU dues-paying members or those who join the ACLU upon application approval.

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen – Ongoing Art Exhibit at the MCASD, Friday, Feb 22, 2019-Sunday, Jun 02, 2019, MCASD Downtown, 1001 Kettner Blvd. “Trevor Paglen blurs the lines between art, science, and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world around us. Inspired by the landscape tradition, he captures the same horizon seen by American photographers Timothy O’Sullivan in the nineteenth century and Ansel Adams in the twentieth. Only in Paglen’s photographs is the infrastructure of surveillance also apparent—a classified military installation, a spy satellite, a tapped communications cable, a drone, an artificial intelligence (AI).”

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

Members Out And About

FACEBOOK POSTS: See member Jim Evans’ latest posts


Many LJDC members were present at the Bernie Sanders for President Rally, Embarcadero Park, Friday evening, March 22, 2019.

Letter From The Club President

Things are “heating up” in the Climate Emergency situation, if you’ll pardon the expression.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known to her intimate and close friends plus a lot of others as “AOC,” at age 29 the youngest person ever elected to Congress, currently appearing on the front cover of “Time,”  which calls her a “phenom,” this last week completed 2 hours of MSNBC interviews about her life, philosophy and creation of the “Green New Deal.”  The Green New Deal has breathed amazing new life into the need to end fossil fuels before they end us. The Senate Voted down the Green New Deal, but that’s just the end of the beginning.

Last Tuesday, Nancy and I and about 30 other climate activists descended upon the office of Congresswoman Susan Davis, handed out earplugs to the staff,  blew whistles, sounded sirens and rang little alarm clocks to “Sound the Alarm” about Climate Change and ask the Congresswoman to support the Green New Deal, as have her colleagues Congressmen Vargas and Levin.  We left her office after police and television and the UT arrived.  Scott Peters, also a Green New Deal holdout, will probable merit a visit from the group soon.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, continues her “School Strike for Climate,” speaking to 25,000 fellow students, some small children and  assorted adults at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Friday, while thousands of other students in communities around the world protested the lack of government response to climate change. The previous week some San Diego students skipped school on Friday, inspired by Greta who has a TED talk, has addressed the United Nations, the Davos World Economic Forum and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Greta has announced her intention to continue Friday school walkouts until her generation is guaranteed a livable planet.

And then, last but not least, in England the “Extinction Rebellion” continues its nonviolent, disruptive tactics to get Parliament to act on climate change. They have shut down bridges and super-glued demonstrators’ arms to government buildings to thwart police orders to leave the area. The Extinction Rebellion is worldwide.
Stay tuned folks. The planet isn’t the only thing that is heating up. — Derek Casady

This Month’s Book Recommendations

The Making Of Donald Trump, by David Cay Johnston
Melville House (August 2, 2016)
The culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, this in-depth report by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul’s rise to prominence — and, now, ultimate power
Covering the long arc of Trump’s career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY would become an entirely new, and complex, breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy. More


Biased – Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD
Published by Viking (Mar 26, 2019) 352 Pages
You don’t have to be racist to be biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. This has an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. In Biased, with a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward.More

The Minutes By Mary Lu Brandwein

The General Meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club was called to order March 10, 2019 around 2:06 pm by Derek Casady, President. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater. Two new members and two guests were welcomed. There were 34 people in all attending.
The poem: “Press Pass: Revocation to Restoration” was presented by our poet laureate, John Meyer, who also presented a song: “When the Saints Come Marching In.”

PROGRAM: The 11th Commandment

SPEAKER: George Mitrovich, founder of the San Diego City Club
In 1975, George Mitrovich of San Diego, California, founded The City Club of San Diego, a non-partisan public forum. In 1985 he founded The Denver Forum. In 2003 The City Club was named the third best public forum in America and The Forum, fifth best. In addition, he chairs for the Boston Red Sox The Great Fenway Park Writers Series, the only literary series ever sponsored by a professional sports team. He also chairs the Red Sox’s annual birthday tribute to Jackie Robinson. Over 38 years, these three public forums, plus similar undertakings in Los Angeles and South Bend, Indiana, have concurrently presented more than 2,200 programs in the public interest – an average of more than 58 a year.
A United Methodist layman, he has preached in some of America’s leading churches, including Washington’s National Cathedral and Highland Park United Methodist in Dallas.
He was named by Charter 100, a professional women’s organization, “Man of the Year”; by Pacific Bell, an “Outstanding San Diegan”; by the San Diego Mediation Center, “Peacemaker of the Year,” and was given the NAACP’s “Community Involvement” Award.
He ended reminding us of the quote from Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Sins – Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality, Worship without sacrifice.
(Executives used to get 14 times what workers got and the pay divide is out of control. Executives get 500 times what workers get!)

California State Assembly Member, Lorena Gonzalez came to announce her intention of running for CA Secretary of State in 2022. She noted that she will still run for re-election in the State Assembly in 2020, for State assembly members’ terms last two years.

County Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher spoke briefly to us about the agenda of the Board of SD County Supervisors and about plans for Democrats to win more seats on the Board in 2020.

Small business attorney and community leader Will Moore is running for City Council District 1. Will has dedicated his life to the advancement of entrepreneurs, charitable causes, and working families. He is currently the president of the Carmel Valley Democratic Club. See More

Firefighter Aaron Brennan also announced his 2020 candidacy for the San Diego City Council’s District 1 seat.
Brennan is a 17-year veteran of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and is also a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. His issues are Climate change, homelessness, constant staffing for police….public safety. See More

Several people from our club attended the Dems Cruise out of New Orleans. David Cay Johnston (“The Making of Donald Trump;” “It’s Worse Than You Think.”) was one of the speakers during the three daycruise.
Also it was also asked if people would like to op-in to a LJ Club directory of those who would be OK with sharing their contact information with other club members. This idea came out of the cruise people really having a good time with each other.

Jonathan Freeman is president of the San Diego Downtown Democratic Club. He spoke to us on Pedestrian Safety and presented us with the problem of the scooters and their deceptive “Green” perception.
San Diego Downtown Democratic Club – encompassing Little Italy, Columbia/Civic Core, Marina, Gaslamp and East Village. See Website

And Briefly, Register new voters April 7th, at UCSD Trition 5K & Festival.
April 6, Saturday, Phun Run 5K fundraiser for UCSD free clinics…medical care for campus community.
May 4, Saturday, UCSD 5K Inflatable Fun Run for Families.
May 11th,  Roosevelt Dinner, First twenty reservations will receive $50 ticket credit (full ticket $120.)
April 14th Next General Meeting:  City Council Debate District 1…three candidates present.

Best to all, 
Mary Lu Brandwein

Resolutions to be Presented at the State Democratic Convention:

Resolution for the abolition of Super Delegates within the Democratic Party
1. Abolition of Superdelegates: Motioned by Vera and seconded by Jim. After discussion it carried UNANIMOUSLY.
Whereas one superdelegate’s vote is equal to approximately ten thousand regular people’s vote—undermining our democracy, the principle of one vote per person and the perception that our votes count and

Whereas the candidate who polled better than Clinton against Trump in a number of state was deprived of the opportunity to vie for the nomination of the convention by the Democratic National Committee with the citizens believing they had been cheated out of their chosen candidate and

Whereas approximately half of the Democrats in this country felt disenfranchised and stayed home during the general election of 2016 after seeing their votes did not count and therefore causing the loss for the Democratic candidate,
Therefore be it resolved that the California Democratic Part support the elimination of the superdelegate designation and restore to each citizen one vote in order to restore our democracy and have the Democratic Party once again represent the democratic ideals and aspirations of our citizens.

Authored by Club members in good standing Marcia Bookstein and Vera Moldt.

 Resolution for Creation of State of California Bank
2. Creation of State of California Bank: Motioned and seconded and discussed.  It carried UNANIMOUSLY.
Whereas the state of California has the 6th largest economy in the world which is dependent on a sustainable supply of affordable credit for individuals, businesses and public purposes such as infrastructure development and repair, and
Whereas the state of North Dakota has for years successfully operated a state bank much to the benefit of the citizens of North Dakota while in California public funds are invested only in private banks giving those private banks the right to profit off of the interest earned from loaning public funds, and
Whereas a State Bank of California would be an FDIC-insured institution and would afford citizens of California the opportunity to profit from the interest earned on loans of public funds from a State Bank of California, which profit would be returned annually to the General Fund of the State of California to help sustain public services or reduce personal income taxes of California citizens,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the La Jolla Democratic Club urges the California State Democratic Party to support the creation of a State Bank of California and distribute this resolution to Democratic members of the California State Legislature, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the State Controller for their consideration.
Authored by Jim Evans, PhD, member of the executive board of the La Jolla Democratic Club. Adopted by the La Jolla Democratic Club at its March 12, 2017 general membership meeting.

3. Beyond War: Resolution to End War on the Planet: Motioned by Phyllis and seconded by Vera.  After discussion there were 10 votes for it and 9 votes against it.  It was decided that the resolution not be presented.

Resolution for Climate Emergency Action
4. Climate Emergency Resolution: Motioned by John and seconded by Jim.  It carried UNANIMOUSLY.
Whereas–according to MIT– fossil fuel burning is causing premature death of 200,000 Americans annually from air pollution, and
Whereas former Governor Jerry Brown in 2017 has said that if we do not reverse course on burning fossil fuels, we are risking human extinction, and
Whereas, recently, 13 federal agencies–including the EPA–found that global warming poses a profound threat to human life, the environment and the nation’s economy, and warned that if significant measures are not taken to rein in climate change, the damage from more severe weather could shrink America’s economy to a tenth of it size by 2100,
Therefore, be it resolved that the California Democratic Party declares that California, the United States and the global community are in a climate emergency and,
Therefore be it further resolved that the California Democratic Party calls for enactment of that portion of the platform of the National Democratic Party that calls for a World War II-scale national mobilization coordinated by the Federal Government to build a new U.S. energy system based on wind, water and solar energy to replace fossil fuels as computer modeled by Engineering Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues at Stanford University.
Authored by Derek Casady, President of the La Jolla Democratic Club.

Resolution for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
5.  Abolition of Nuclear Weapons on the Planet: Motioned by Vera and seconded.  It carried UNANIMOUSLY.

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