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

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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

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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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No Nuclear Waste Dump at San Onofre

San Diego County to take up concerns about waste at San Onofre!



The SD County Board of Supervisors will be addressing the San Onofre nuclear waste safety threat on Tuesday 21 July at 9am.  This is the first local government body to officially address the issue of San Diego becoming a permanent nuclear waste site for 3,600,000 lbs of high level nuclear waste on the shoreline in North County San Diego.  The waste needs to be moved to a safer, less vulnerable location.  We all have an interest in making the federal or state agencies with power to help us move the nuclear waste now being entombed on our North County beaches.  There is a moral and logical disconnect between SD County planning for the emergency from the stored nuclear waste but not planning for how to remove the threat that would create the emergency.  Truncating disaster planning from planning how to avoid the disaster altogether is a blueprint for disaster not a plan for safety.  Edison executives deployed defective steam generators without a safety license and after being warned of the very risks of failure that eventually occurred limited corrective action to those that would not tip off nuclear safety officials.  The San Onofre steam generators sprung a radiation leak as a result of Edison’s reckless conduct.  Executives from the same company are now deploying 3,600,000 lbs of nuclear waste on the beach in North County San Diego.  Should not San Diego media place a more careful eye on these risks to San Diego? Are San Diegans to sit in silence as San Diego become a permanent nuclear waste site?  We hope our media will alert our community to this important meeting on Tuesday next at 9am at the County building on Pacific avenue to express their concerns and request the Board of Supervisors to expand their review of the threat to San Diego.  In San Diego the nuclear threat is not just Iran its Edison.

Mike Aguirre

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San Diego Democrats for Equality

SD Gay Pride Parade 2015

LJDC Members,

I hope you will join us for the Pride Parade on Saturday. If you want a ride to the parade, you will need to (1) RSVP to this email (so we are sure to have enough cars), and (2) meet at 9 a.m. the parking lot in front of Whole Foods , 8825 Villa La Jolla Dr.
Be sure to bring water, sunscreen and hats
Below is a notice about the arrangements in the parade, so if you drive on your own, you will need this information.
We just received our contingent/set-up positions for the San Diego LGBT Pride parade. We will be the 14th contingent in the parade just behind (grand marshals, major dignitaries and sponsors of the parade). With over 200 contingents in the parade, this is a major coup.

Our set-up position will be in the first block of Northbound Normal Street North of University Ave. (See map). From the shuttle bus drop-off point, walk toward the large Pride flag flying at the corner of University and Normal. While it says we are in the PINK section, the street will not be painted pink, look for signs. As we will be one of the first contingents to start moving down the parade route at 11AM (Saturday July 18th), please try to be at the set-up location between 9AM and 10AM.

It would still be a good idea to designate a point-person for your Club to keep in touch as we get closer to step-off. My telephone number is (619)708-4436 (

Wear/bring sunscreen. Wear a hat. SMILE. It’s going to be fun.

See you there.

David Warmoth

Check-In Color Station: PINK

Contingent Name: San Diego Democrats for Equality

Contingent Number: 14

Contingent Zone: G

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Letter to Gov. Brown

Derek’s Letter to Governor Brown on behalf of the LJDC

June 19, 2015
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Governor Brown,
Given the recent news that the former President  of the California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey, met secretly with an executive of Southern California Edison in a hotel in Poland to discuss issues connected to the failed San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant and that many utility customers have lost faith in the integrity of the California Public Utilities Commission, the La Jolla Democratic Club at its May General Membership Meeting unanimously voted to request that you replace the five members of the Public Utilities Commission with five new individuals from diverse backgrounds not related to the utility industry as a way to restore public trust in the commission.
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
Derek Casady, President
La Jolla Democratic Club

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