What Can I Do?

As Democrats prepare to respond to Trump’s intention to roll-back many programs of importance to Democrats (and all Americans), members are asking where to go to join others in supporting certain issues.  Here is a list:

Climate Change/The Environment
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
The Nature Conservancy
The Climate Reality Project
League of Conservation Voters San Diego
The Climate Mobilization
Environmental Defense Fund
Sierra Club San Diego Chapter*

Public Lands
National Wildlife Federation
Protect Our Public Land
Center for Biological Diversity
Public lands essay by LJDC Board member, Jim Evans

Women’s Issues/Reproductive Choice/Equal Pay
Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood of Pacific Southwest
Population Connection
Population Services International
Women’s March on Washington (January 21, 2017)
Ohio Abortion Laws (see ACLU)
VeteranFeminists of America, Inc.

Wealth Divide/Poverty
United for a Fair Economy
Fight for $15
Service Employees International union (SEIU)
Population Connection

Bank/Economy Reform
Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren* (Bernie Sanders group)*
Robin Hood/Transaction Tax

Discrimination/Diversity/Hate crimes/Social Justice
San Diego LGBTQ Community Center
Southern Poverty Law Center
Black Lives Matter
Color of Change
Activist San Diego*

Immigration/Muslim Registry
San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
Voice of San Diego **

HealthCare/Medicare/Social Security
Organizing for America

End of Life Choices
Compassion and Choices
San Diego Hemlock Society

Election Reform/Voter Registration
National Popular Vote
League of Women Voters and LWV of San Diego
Common Cause*
Democracy for America*

Gun Safety
Everytown for Gun Safety

Progressive News Media
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
The Nation Magazine
Mother Jones Magazine
Alternet Headlines
Voice of San Diego
San Diego Free Press
The American Prospect
Democracy Now!

Holding Government Accountable
Center for Progressive Reform*
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Separation of Church and State
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Freedom From Religion Foundation

TradeGlobal Issues
Public Citizen

War and Peace
San Diego–Worldwide Initiative to Safeguard Humanity
San Diego Diplomacy Council
San Diego Veterans For Peace
Peace Resource Center
Jewish Voice for Peace
The San Diego Friends Center
San Diego Coalition for Peace & Justice

Democrats/Party Reform/Party Issues
Democratic Senate Campaign Committee
Democracy for America*

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What Can I Do to Protect Public Lands?

What Can I Do to Protect Public Lands?

By Jim Evans, PhD, member of LJDC Executive Board

Today, the federal government controls roughly 640 M acres, or about 17% of the total US land mass of 3.8 B ac. including Alaska.
In this total are national parks, national monuments, national wilderness areas, national forests, national military land, and tracts of private land being studied for inclusion into one of the above.
Make no mistake, “they” are coming after this treasure. “They” see a national government controlled by Republicans as a golden opportunity to mine, drill, hunt, graze, and in many cases, gain title, to vast tracts of Public Land.
Who are “they?” Mostly, “they” are right wing conservatives who see the land owned and administered by the federal government as a land grab from the people. Instead of seeing the federal govt. as the agent charged with holding land in trust for the people, “they” see the federal govt. as perpetrating a giant theft from the people.
It’s a bizarre twist of the meaning of “trust,” and “people,” but it is our reality, and with the Trump Presidency, as with Climate Change, America may be at a tipping point regarding its Public Lands.
Indeed, the Trump presidency very likely will be the most dangerous time since the Harding/Coolidge presidencies in the 1920’s regarding the transference of Public Land to private ownership or private use.
The method by which this will happen is simple. Legislation will be passed to turn federal land over to the states.
What’s wrong with state control?
Nothing, so long as the state is controlled by state legislatures like Hawaii, the West Coast, the North East, and perhaps Colorado and New Mexico. But guess what states like Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, or North Carolina will do with their treasure of federal land? How do you spell “Drill, Baby, Drill.”
Just as “Charter Schools” and “School Choice” have become code words for defunding public education, and ultimately privatizing public schools, turning federal land over to the states is code for corporations and wealthy individuals gaining control over Public Land.

One of TRs greatest achievements is the 1906 American Antiquities Act. This act allows a president to declare a tract of land a National Monument without Congress approving it. And the good news is a subsequent president cannot reverse it.

You know where I’m going with this.

During his presidency, TR protected approximately 230 million acres of America.

In the last days of his Presidency. President Clinton used the Antiquities Act to declare southern Utah a National Monument.

What has President Obama done? Not much.

But there is still time.

So What Can You Do?


Call and write President Obama. Ask him to create National. Monuments under the American Antiquites Act before he leaves office.
Call and write as many environmental groups as you have time for.
Join as many environmental groups as you can afford.
Contribute as much money to these groups as you can afford.
Call and write as many U.S. Senators and Congressman as you have time for.
Call and write Congressman Ryan Zinke.
Congreman Zinke is Montana’s Congressman-at-Large. President elect Trump is nominating Ryan Zinke to be his Secretary of the Interior.

As Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke will be in charge of some 70,000 federal employees who oversee roughly 9.3% of the land mass in the US, or 340 M ac. Within the Interior Department, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the biggest land holder at 240 M ac. The bulk of this public land is in the West—from the Pacific Ocean including Alaska and Hawaii to the eastern borders of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
There may be no one better in the Trump orbit than Congressman Zinke for this position.
If there is such a thing as a good Republican in today’s America, Ryan Zinke is one.  He’s a former grad student of mine at University of San Diego. He received a Master’s degree in our Global Leadership program.  I was his adviser. This program is housed in the School of Business and runs parallel to the MBA program.  I taught in both programs.

Ryan and I got to be pretty good friends.  He’s a former SEAL, and at the time, was the Executive Officer of BUDS Training in Coronado.  Ryan liked my approach to leadership ethics and hired me as a paid consultant to the SEAL program. My job was to set up a leadership program for SEAL Instructors.
Ryan also liked what I had to say about American political ideology and TR’s stance on the environment and conservation, especially TRs position on public lands.  It turns out that Ryan’s idol is TR, especially the Environmentalist/Conservationist TR, the TR who felt so strongly about America’s land that he considered land to be a resource that needed protection and preservation.

TR worried that in the rush to develop the U.S., Americans could very well exhaust their abundance, and in effect, kill the goose.  On this point, TR wrote:

“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.

In closing, as President, TR created the United States Forest Service (USFS) thereby establishing 150 national forests. During his Presidency, TR also created 51 federal bird reserves, 4 national game preserves, 5 national parks, and 18 national monuments.

Since TR, America’s Public Lands have more than doubled. Let’s not give any of these lands up, especially to those who would despoil them.


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Climate Mobilization message

Climate Mobilization

A message from Executive Director,
Margaret Klein Salamon
, climate psychologist
The Climate Mobilization is a new political organization, (founded in September 2014), powered by volunteers. Our mission is to save civilization and the natural world from catastrophic climate disruption. We are dedicated to living in climate truth, and believe that working to solve the climate crisis is everyone’s responsibility.

Dozens of leading environmental analysts have determined that the only way to save civilization from climate change is with a wartime-style mobilization, akin to the American home front effort during World War II. This stark appraisal lies at the heart of this project.

In that sense, The Climate Mobilization is a single-issue campaign. We demand a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate.

To this end, we offer all Americans the Pledge to Mobilize, a tool intended to help you intervene in collective denial and call forth the all-out emergency response needed to protect civilization and the natural world.

In 2013, I developed our basic strategic approach—the Pledge to Mobilize—with a growing network of allies. We developed the Pledge, built our website, and launched in September, 2014 at the People’s Climate March in New York City.

We work hard to enlist the considerable skills and dedication of Pledge-signers– or “Mobilizers” — in this effort. We offer recruitment materials, outreach training sessions, lively community discussion on Facebook and conference calls. We will introduce a formal public organizing campaign in coming months, as we continue to refine our social movement strategy.
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Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

Action: tell Obama to put a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline

The updated date for greeting President Obama’s motorcade is MONDAY, OCTOBER 24. at 7 AM – 12 PM
9600 La Jolla Shores Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

The President will drive by “sometime” in the morning so we’re starting at 7 am. You could probably arrive at 8 and maybe later but parking will be harder and at some point they’ll shut down roads for the motorcade. End time will depend on when the President arrives.

WHERE: We’ll meet on corner of Torrey Pines / La Jolla Shores / La Jolla Farms Rd where we’ll be visible and move closer to the fundraiser (9706 La Jolla Farms Rd.) closer to the Pres drive by time. Note: parking in that area is tricky. RSVP and we’ll send some info on parking, but basically, take public transit, carpool and the earlier the better .

We apologize for the incorrect information and understand if you need to update your RSVP. Email us if you need to let us know you cannot come. RSVP if you can come. Thanks!

Updated invite to share:

Join us this Monday, October 24, to greet President Obama’s motorcade with a large crowd in La Jolla (he’s here for a fundraiser).The President will drive by “sometime” in the morning so we’re starting at 7 am. You could probably arrive at 8 and maybe later but parking will be harder and at some point they’ll shut down roads for the motorcade.

We’ll call on him to put a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline, prevent any new leases of federal land for oil, gas and coal extraction, and to use his last few months in office to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

We’ll stand on the corner of Torrey Pines Rd and La Jolla Shores Drive near the fundraiser to raise awareness as his motorcade goes by and hopefully get local media. We’ll move closer to the fundraiser as the President approaches.

Please bring a sign (we’ll have some, but more helpful)

More info / RSVP

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Volunteers needed to register voters

Volunteer to Register New Voters

Volunteers are needed to register voters at the Naturalization Ceremony downtown. We’ll bring the supplies and train new volunteers. All you need to do is show up. Thank you for your continued support.

Naturalization Ceremony – Downtown
Wednesday, September 21
10:00am – 12:15pm
3rd Ave and B Street
In Plaza near Civic Theatre

Parking in Horton Plaza has free parking for 1 hour with validation (NOTE THE CHANGE – Parking is now paid after the first hour!). 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.

Please note: we will not be tabling on days when there is heavy rain.

Future Date
The next Naturalization Ceremony will be on Wednesday October 19.

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Climate Mobilization Letter

Climate Mobilization Letter

The letter I will be mailing out to city, state and local elected officials reads:


The La Jolla Democratic Club requests your support of The Climate Mobilization, which is a nationwide movement out of New York City, led by Climate Psychologist Margaret Klein Soloman, which is calling on the President, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate to implement a World War II-scale nationwide mobilization to transition the U.S. off Fossil Fuels and onto safe, clean Wind, Water and Solar renewable energy as computer modeled by Environmental Engineer Mark Jacobson and his colleagues at Stanford University.
Governor Jerry Brown has said that if “we do not reverse course, we risk extinction.”  Pope Francis has said that “radical” action is needed to address Climate Disruption and retired Marine Corps Brigadier General Stephen Cheney said in a recent UT op-ed that Climate Change threatens U.S. and Global Security.
The new Democratic Party National Platform states:
“Democrats believe it would be a grave mistake for the United States to wait for another nation to lead the world in combating the global climate emergency.  In fact, we must move first in launching a green industrial revolution, because that is the key to getting others to follow……Just as America’s greatest generation led the effort to defeat the Axis Powers during World War II, so must our generation now lead a World War II-type national mobilization to save civilization from catastrophic consequences.  We must think beyond Paris….
If you go to the website, The Climate Mobilization.Org, there is a Pledge we urge you to sign to indicate your support of The Mobilization.  If you cannot sign the Pledge,  we would appreciate it if you could at least let us know if  you support the Concept of a World War II-scale Climate Mobilization.  If you don’t support a Mobilization, please let us know what better plan you think we should be be supporting.
We strongly believe we are in a Climate Emergency and we need to start acting like it is an emergency.
Thank you very much for your attention in this matter and we look forward to hearing from you.


Derek Casady, president
La Jolla Democratic Club

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2016 June Primary Voter Guide

VOTER GUIDE – Endorsed by the San Diego Democrats

Election Day is Tuesday, June 7
Vote-by-mail begins May 9 (to be post-marked no later than June 7)

U.S. President (vote for one): Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senate: Kamala Harris
San Diego Mayor: Ed Harris (Note: Lora Saldana was voted as “acceptable” by the LJDC)
City Council, District 1: Barbara Bry

U.S. Representative, District 52: Scott Peters
State Senate, District 39: Toni Atkins
State Assembly, District 78: Todd Gloria
Superior Court, Office 25: James Mangione
Superior Court, Office 38: Keri Katz
County Board of Education, District 1: Gregg Robinson
County Board of Education, District 5: Rick Shea
San Diego Unified School Board, District A: John Lee Evans
San Diego City Attorney (vote for one: Gil Cabrera, Rafael Castellanos, Mara Elliott, Bryan Pease

State Propositions:
50:  YES  California Suspension of Legislators
City of San Diego Propositions:
A:   YES 
San Diego Redistricting Commission Update
B:   YES  Bond Authorization Process Update
C:   YES  Property Tax Charger Language Clarification
D:   YES  Amendment on Setting City Salaries
E:   YES  Budget Approval Process Update
F:   YES  Financial Operations Process Update
G:   YES  City Audit Language Update
H:   NO  Unfunded Infrastructure Diversion
I:    YES  Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage

Fundraiser for KNSJ

Invitation to LJDC members for KNSJ Fundraiser

Everyone is invited to a fundraiser benefitting KNSJ FM radio station this Sunday, January 10th at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the home of Derek & Nancy Casady, 8412 Sugarman Drive, La Jolla, 92037.

The honored guest will be Greg Palast, of Los Angeles. Gregory Palast (born June 26, 1952)[1] is a New York Times-bestselling author[2] and a freelance journalist for the BBC[3] as well as the British newspaper The Guardian.[4] His work frequently focuses on corporate malfeasance but has also been known to work with labor unions and consumer advocacy groups. Notably, he has claimed to have uncovered evidence that Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and Florida Elections Unit Chief Clay Roberts, along with the ChoicePoint corporation, rigged the ballots during the US Presidential Election of 2000 and again in 2004 when, he argued, the problems and machinations from 2000 continued, and that challenger John Kerry actually would have won if not for disproportional “spoilage” of Democratic votes.

KNSJ, broadcasting out of Descanso at 89.1 on the FM Dial has been on the air since July 4th, 2013 and is owned by Activist San Diego, a volunteer group headed by Martin Eder, longtime progressive San Diego activist. Really the station is community owned because it is volunteer run and supported financially by many individual donors.

Greg Palast’s mother lives in La Mesa, so he is no stranger to San Diego.

There is no set price for admission to the fundraiser but attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to help KNSJ if they like what they hear at the event.

People may ask questions and RSVP at Derek & Nancy’s, 858-457-0246.



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sneak preview of 2016 elections

Community Choice Energy

Community Choice Energy

Local, Clean & Competitive Energy that is Our Choice
Our vision is that everyone in the San Diego region will be fully powered by local clean energy

One of the best tools we can use to get there is Community Choice Energy

What Is Community Choice Energy? Recognizing that local residents and businesses wanted to choose more renewable power sources, stabilize rates, and invest revenues into projects that have a positive effect on the local community, the state legislature enacted Assembly Bill 117 in 2002. AB 117 allows cities and counties to establish nonprofit electricity providers in order to purchase power on behalf of their populations. It’s called Community Choice Aggregation in the bill, but around the state we call it Community Choice Energy.

How Would Community Choice Benefit Us?

More renewables at competitive rates. Community Choice providers, such as the two already at work in California, offer their customers much more clean energy than the monopoly utility company. For instance, in Sonoma County customers can choose 33% or 100% clean energy plans and in Marin County customers can choose 50% or 100% plans. In both places the rates for residential and business customers in the 33% and 50% plans are beating PG&E outright. People are paying less with Choice and getting more clean energy than the monopoly offers. And the 100% plans don’t cost much more if people would like to go full green.

Local control. With Community Choice a local board of directors would make decisions, such as rate setting, in public meetings using a process that encourages public participation and values transparency. Community Choice is a nonprofit that is accountable to its customers not shareholders.

Local reinvestment. Millions of dollars leave San Diego County each year to pay for electric generation. Not with Community Choice. Over time, a Community Choice provider would buy increasing amounts of power from local sources, such as rooftop solar, while serving as a catalyst for local job creation.
Would Community Choice Replace SDG&E? A Community Choice electricity provider in San Diego would buy power on behalf of its customers and it would set electricity rates. SDG&E would continue to do the billing, own and maintain the electrical grid, and handle all emergencies.

How Is Community Choice Funded? Community Choice providers are entirely self-funded by revenues they receive from customers. None of their expenses are paid by taxes, and their revenues cannot be diverted to pay for non-Community Choice uses. They have a minimal staff, and they keep their prices competitive by negotiating for all of their customers as a group and by the fact that they don’t have to charge extra to generate a profit for shareholders.

More Details, Please: For an excellent overview of how Community Choice works visit Sonoma Clean Power’s FAQ page at:

Will We Get Community Choice In San Diego? We are working at it and we are getting closer. The City of San Diego could be our first city in the county to launch Community Choice. The City is overseeing a feasibility study that will be completed this year. Also, Mayor Faulconer and the City Council included Community Choice in the City’s draft Climate Action Plan as a potential action item.

I Would Like To Help: Contact Pete Hasapopoulos, Sierra Club My Generation Campaign, or 760.580.0117.


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