by Sylvia Moore, 2nd Vice President At the April 11 General Meeting, the Culver City Democratic Club officially endorsed the following candidates and propositions for the June 5, 2012 primary elections: United States Senator - Dianne Feinstein State Assembly, 54th District - Holly Mitchell Los Angeles County Supervisor - Mark Ridley-Thomas Los Angeles County District Attorney - Danette Myers Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, Office 3 - Craig Gold Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, Office 65 - Shannon Knight Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, Office 114 - Eric Harmon Proposition 28 (limits on state legislators' terms in office) - YES Proposition 29 (increase in the state tobacco tax to fund cancer research) - YES Los Angeles County Democratic Party County Central Committee: Jonathan Friedman, Terrence M. Montgomery, Loren Scott, R. "Ronnie Jayne" Solomon, Mollie "Lee" Welinsky, Jimmie Woods-Gray Click on the names above to go to the campaign web sites to see how you can volunteer and help get the vote out. Click on the names of the propositions for a summary of the proposed legislation. Congratulations to all of our CCDC endorsed candidates!
by Sylvia Moore, 2nd Vice President Tuesday night ended in a double victory for the Culver City Democratic Club's endorsed candidates for Culver City Council. In the six-candidate race for four open seats on the council, Meghan Sahli-Wells came in second place with 2,491 votes and Jim Clarke finished fourth with 2,348 votes. Meghan and Jim will be sworn in on April 23. Click on the links below for election night coverage: Culver City Patch - "Update: Weissman, Sahli-Wells, O'Leary and Clarke Win Council Seats" The Front Page Online - "Andy, Meghan, Mehaul and Jim in - Malsin Out"
April is here, which brings us to our Culver City Council election on Tuesday April 10th. The Culver City Democratic Club proudly endorses Jim Clarke and Meghan Sahli- Wells for City Council of Culver City. We hope when you go vote on Tuesday, April 10 you will vote for these two... Jim Clarke is serving as a director in the office of grants of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He has also been the chief of staff of former Rep. Diane Watson (D- Culver City) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D- Sherman Oaks). He has a lifetime of public sector experience, several years working with a big-city municipal government and he has retired from the Coast Guard as a Commander. As the only woman candidate in the race, Meghan Sahli-Wells has her own set of advantages, including the experience of having run for office in 2010. Meghan is chair and chief executive officer of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Meghan was awarded "Democrat of the Year" in 2010 by the L.A. County Democratic Party, and was recognized by the National Women's Political Caucus (L.A. Westside chapter) as one of twelve "Remarkable Women" of 2012 alongside Attorney General Kamala Harris and Assembly members Holly Mitchell and Betsy Butler. The City faces a significant financial challenge during these times of economic uncertainty. We have a budget deficit that is ballooning since the closure of the redevelopment agencies and we are soon going to have to ask the public if they want their taxes to be increased, to support the services they are used to having. The mood of the City continues to be uncertain in the face of a struggling economy, rising public debt, and the lack of viable solutions. In light of this the importance of the upcoming City Council election, has taken on a heightened sense of importance. We are all part of an incredible process that makes a difference with every single vote. Why do we care so much about each and every vote? I feel that it is because we are proud of what we do and what we are a part of. Politics, whether elected or non- elected, and being involved is a part of the American tradition. The direction of our city matters, our kids and their futures matter. We can make a difference on election day Tuesday April 10th by voting for the Culver City Democratic Club endorsed candidates Jim Clarke and Meghan Sahli-Wells. Yes We Can Make A Difference!
by Diane Rosenberg, Membership Secretary On Sunday February 26, 2012 the Club held its annual Installation Luncheon at the Culver Hotel here in Culver City. Not only was the Club celebrating its 60th anniversary but also honoring past presidents who were attending. The emcee was our out-going President, Karlo Silbiger. The room was superb at the Culver Hotel and all who were there thoroughly enjoyed the service and food. State Controller John Chiang was given the Culver City Democratic Club's Elected Official of The Year Award for 2012. Controller Chang also installed the new officers for 2012. The new officers are President Bill Wynn, 1st Vice President Meghan Sahli-Wells, 2nd Vice President Sylvia Moore, Recording Sec. Patricia Levinson, Corresponding Secretary Lee Welinsky, Treasurer Eric Fine, Membership Chair Diane Rosenberg. The Past Presidents which included Tom Camarella, Darryl Cherness, Hal Cherness (Darryl accepted for his father), Hilton Creve, Steve Gourley, Jim Hilfenhaus, Diane Rosenberg, Gerald Sallus, Karlo Silbiger, Ronnie Jayne Solomon, Howard Welinsky, and Lee Welinsky, were each given a certificate honoring their service. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas's office honored four of the oldest past presidents, Hal Cherness (Darryl accepted for his father), Steve Gourley, Mollie "Lee" Welinsky and Howard Welinsky. The club congratulates all who were honored at the luncheon.