LJDC Monthly Meeting – April 2021

La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

April 2021

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, April 11, 2021
2 – 4:30 pm


Our speaker will be Tasha Williamson, who last year became one of the first black women to run for San Diego mayor.

She is an expert on racial justice, police misbehavior, the need for police reform, and homelessness.

She is a co-founder of Hotel Vouchers 4 All, and active in the campaign to recall Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell in District Two.

Tasha will give us some of the highlights of her many years of work in the community. She is one of the most informed community workers active in San Diego today.

Follow the directions below to join the Zoom meeting.
Questions or comments please call 858-457-0246 or email Derek at dcasady@outlook.com
Hope to see you on Sunday, April 11th at 2pm.

LJDC Zoom Meeting

Topic: La Jolla Democratic Club Zoom Meeting
Time: April 11, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

To join the LJDC Zoom Meeting with your Web Browser use this link:

Meeting ID: 867 8408 3370
Passcode: 476315

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Meeting ID: 867 8408 3370
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LJDC Book Recommendation -4/21

Ten Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World
by Fareed Zakaria
W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 6, 2020) 320 Pages
 Fareed Zakaria, noted columnist, author and CNN host, has applied his considerable intellect to examining the “emerging post-pandemic world”. His ability to formulate a perspective that is both abstract and practical is brilliant, and his work is hugely enlightening and thought-provoking. This compact little book abounds with insights and is wholly readable, almost as a handbook. It is a “must-read” as we begin to come out of the worst of this global disaster.

LJDC Book Recommendations – 3/21

This Month’s Book Recommendations

Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler
Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 30, 2019) 368 pages
When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyper-empathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions.

Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith . . . and a startling vision of human destiny. More

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
by Heather McGhee
One World (February 16, 2021) 448 pages
Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too.

It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? More

LJDC Meeting – March 2021

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, March 14, 2021
2 – 4:30 pmclock

NOTE!  March 14th is the start of Daylight Savings.

SPEAKER: Maz Hadaegh
PROGRAM: Medicare For All
The U.S. healthcare system’s per capita cost is approximately twice as much as our international peers, and leaves 30 million people uninsured, and over 40 million under-insured. This results in 68,000 deaths per year, 500,000 medical related bankruptcies, stagnation of wages, and a less healthy population than our international peers. This presentation will provide an overview of single payer healthcare like Medicare For All, and explain how it will significantly alleviate all these problems and bring healthcare equity and justice.

Maz Hadaegh is an electrical engineering program manager who specializes in wireless systems. He has lived in San Diego for almost 30 years. In the last 5 years, Maz has grown increasingly alarmed by the failures of our healthcare system, and has been volunteering as a single payer healthcare activist alongside members of his community.

Also we expect to be hearing from County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher sometime during our meeting as well.

LJDC Book Recommendation – 2/21

This Month’s Book Recommendations

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
by Kate Raworth
Chelsea Green Publishing (March 22, 2017) 320 Pages
Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times.
Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still taught in college courses worldwide and still used to address critical issues in government and business alike.
That’s why it is time, says renegade economist Kate Raworth, to revise our economic thinking for the 21st century. In Doughnut Economics, she sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design.
Named after the now-iconic “doughnut” image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human prosperity (an image that appealed to the Occupy Movement, the United Nations, eco-activists, and business leaders alike), Doughnut Economics offers a radically new compass for guiding global development, government policy, and corporate strategy, and sets new standards for what economic success looks like. More

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson
Random House (August 4, 2020) 496 pages
In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. More

LJDC Meeting

La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

February 2021

The LJDC Monthly Meetingheart
Sunday, February 21, 2021
2 – 4:30 pm

NOTE!  The LJDC meeting is rescheduled to the third Sunday this month, because of Valentine’s Day!

Our first speaker will be San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit. David Nisleit was promoted to the City of San Diego’s 35th Chief of Police on March 2, 2018. Chief Nisleit oversees the eighth largest police department in the nation. He is a native San Diegan and grew up in the Rolando Community. Chief Nisleit began his career with the San Diego Police Department in February 1988, following his father’s footsteps, retired Captain Randy Nisleit. David has worked many of the Department’s patrol commands and has extensive investigative experience. His prior assignments include Assistant Chief of Patrol Operations, Watch Commanders Office, Headquarters Front Counter, Homeless Outreach Team, Special Operations, Investigations II (Robbery, Gangs, and Homicide), field lieutenant, SWAT, Special Events, Narcotic Team 10, Sex Crimes, and Internal Affairs. He currently has a son on the force.      

Our second speaker will be Dr. Carolyn Shadle, author and nationally recognized authority on the management of veterinary businesses. She will present a description and analysis of the new book, “Caste.’  “Caste” describes a man-made social order developed to rank the value of certain groups of people. This order is based on the assumed supremacy of one group and assumed inferiority of others according to heritage, personal characteristics, religious preferences, or economic status. The superior group uses these characteristics to segregate people and assign parameters for the appropriate behaviors of each group. Carolyn, immediate past vice-president of the La Jolla Democratic Club, is active in our community and a member of the Great Books group at White Sands retirement community in La Jolla.

We expect to be hearing from County SupervisorNathan Fletcher sometime during our meeting as well.

LJDC Book Recommendation

This Month’s Book Recommendation by Paula McCormack

Evicted, Poverty and Profit in the American City 
by Matthew Desmond
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 2016
Crown; Reprint edition (February 28, 2017) 448 pages

EVICTED is a wrenching sociological study of the effects of the housing crisis in our cities and how our economic system perpetuates the severe problems associated with it. Although non-fiction, it is not academic in its approach; rather, the author shares the personal experiences of several families as they try to keep some form of housing. It’s very clear as the reader follows these people’s stories, that Desmond refrains from any judgment, and lets the reader come to his or her own conclusion as to how and why people seem stuck in such dead-end lives while living in the “land of opportunity”. It’s a wake-up call for anyone who blames poor people for being poor, as any group of people who have experienced generational housing problems would succumb to these forces. Of course, individuals vary and sometimes break free of the cycle, but with much difficulty, despite our social support networks which do little to address this issue. Without a stable home, even a very modest or substandard home, people cannot develop the skills they need to come into adulthood responsibly. It truly is one of the basic human needs (air, water, food and shelter). Without STABLE shelter, one has little security, sense of community, continuity in education or sense of hope. Without home, very little else is possible.

LJDC Meeting – Jan 2021

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, January 10, 2021
2 – 4:30 pm

The Program:
The Case for Public Power in San Diego
The S.D. City Council recently approved a 4 1/2 month extension of the electric and gas Franchise held by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. since 1970. The Franchise agreement is due to expire January 17th of this year, and the City will have time now to study the feasibility of moving from a corporate-owned utility to an independently owned public utility. Currently, San Diego ratepayers pay the highest utility rates in California and at the same time, SDG&E is making $1,000,000/day in net profits off of those customers. If San Diego moves to Public Power, those profits will be used to lower utility rates across the city, and allow us to meet the goals of our Climate Action Plan and to address the city-declared Climate Emergency.

The Speakers:
Pro: Retired business writer for the San Diego Union Tribune, Craig Rose, will present a power point presentation on the feasibility of Public Power for our San Diego community.
Con: Speaking against the idea of public power will be a representative from San Diego Gas and Electric Co. 

Also speaking is Candidate Kylie Taitano, she is running to be a delegate to the California Democratic Party and  would like to request support from our members. Among other duties, these delegates will attend the State Democratic Party Convention on Zoom later this year. See Kylie’s statement

These elections are conducted in each CA Assembly district. Those members who reside in La Jolla/University City are in the 78th Assembly District, represented by newly elected Assembly-member Chris Ward. Those members who do not live in the 78th Assembly District will vote in another District in which they reside. See Map of the 78th

Club members who wish to vote in the election for delegates must register to vote by January 11th. Derek encourages as many club members as possible to vote in this election. See Grassroots Community Slate

To register to vote in the elections for delegates to the California Democratic Party either go to the CADEM website at https://adem.cadem.org/, send an email to adem@cadem.orgor call the CADEM Headquarters at 916-442-5707.

After you register, CADEM will send a mail-in ballot containing candidates’ names. One may vote for up to 14 of the listed candidates, 7 women and 7 men and mail the ballot back to the State Democratic Headquarters for tallying.

Additionally on the agenda of the meeting will be proposed new La Jolla Democratic Club bylaw changes required by the San Diego County Democratic Party regarding procedures for voting by club representatives at the county pre-endorsing convention, for candidates for Congress, State Senate and Assembly.

LJDC Book Recommendations – Dec 2020

This Month’s Book and Film Recommendations

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
by Talia Lavin
Hachette Books (October 13, 2020) 288 pages
Culture Warlords is the story of how Lavin, a frequent target of extremist trolls (including those at Fox News), dove into a byzantine online culture of hate and learned the intricacies of how white supremacy proliferates online. Within these pages, she reveals the extremists hiding in plain sight online: Incels. White nationalists. White supremacists. National Socialists. Proud Boys. Christian extremists. In order to showcase them in their natural habitat, Talia assumes a range of identities, going undercover as a blonde Nazi babe, a forlorn incel, and a violent Aryan femme fatale. More

Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip
KPBS Video, Independent Lens Film Series
Property Brothers co-host and home-renovation expert Jonathan Scott journeys all across the U.S. to uncover why clean, renewable energy isn’t available to all. While traveling to learn both the obstacles and opportunities for achieving energy freedom, Jonathan talks with conservatives fighting for solar freedom; sits down with farmers struggling to make ends meet; engages coal workers desperate for a new, healthy means of making an income; the Navajo Nation who built a utility-scale solar plant; religious leaders who made a desperate attempt to help meet their community’s energy needs; and politicians at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom. More

LJDC General Meeting – December

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, December 13, 2020
2 – 4:30 pm

Our Holiday Zoom Meeting will start off at 2pm with:

O San Diego, Where Are Thou? Imagining and re-imagining the Future. The Key Challenges facing the next Mayor and City Council.
Presented by Barbara Bry, former District 1 City Council member (La Jolla)

Beginning at 3pm the next topic will be:
2020 Election—What Happened?
Presented by former California Assemblyman Howard Wayne, a native Californian, authored Assembly Bill 411 which provided for testing California beach waters to insure public safety. He is also a past president of the San Diego Democratic Professional Club.