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The following Resolution in support of retention of Dr Charles Lester on the California Coastal Commission was passed by the Executive Board on 1/29/2016. More information on the imminent need of this resolution is available in this LA Times article: The coastline belongs to all Californians—but maybe not for long
Whereas, the 1976 California Coastal Preservation Act states that, “the California coastal zone is a distinct and valuable natural resource of vital and enduring interest to all the people and exists as a delicately balanced ecosystem,” that “the permanent protection of the state's natural and scenic resources is a paramount concern to present and future residents of the state and nation,” and sets as a goal to “Protect, maintain, and where feasible, enhance and restore the overall quality of the coastal zone environment and its natural and artificial resources.”
Whereas, throughout the forty-year tenure of the Coastal Act, every public opinion poll conducted concludes overwhelming support for the Coastal Commission’s role in upholding the Coastal Act, and during Dr. Charles Lester’s tenure as Executive Director of the Commission since September 2011 his leadership has led to great accomplishments, including a Sea Level Rise planning document, the largest budget augmentation in 15 years, greater public transparency and accessibility, and new authority to preserve and enhance public access for all coastal visitors.
Whereas, the commission will consider termination of Dr. Lester, but no cause or justification has been given, and recent newspaper articles cite knowledgeable sources that this attempt to fire Dr. Lester would result in significant impairment and harm to the decades-long success of protecting California’s majestic coastline.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Culver City Democratic Club Executive Committee adamantly opposes any and all attempts to fire Dr. Charles Lester from his tenure as Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission and strongly supports his long and enduring tenure as Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission.
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that resolution will be transmitted to the following: Governor Jerry Brown, Speaker Toni Atkins, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, Dr. Charles Lester, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission, and Steve Kinsey, Chair, California Coastal Commission.
The Club has joined with a multitude of other Democratic Clubs throughout California to support Barbara Lee's U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (HR1111) legislation. Other CA Democratic Clubs that support HR1111 include: Auburn Area Democratic Club, Beverly Glen Democratic Club (Los Angeles), Central Valley Hmong Democratic Club (Fresno), Coastside Democratic Club (Half Moon Bay), Culver City Democratic Club, Democracy for America (Marin), Democratic Alliance for Action (Santa Clarita), Democratic Club of Kern River Valley, Democratic Club of Orange, Democratic Club of Southern Sonoma County, Democratic Club of Vista, Democratic Service Club (Santa Barbara), Democratic Women’s Club of San Diego, Feather River Democratic Club, Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club, Oakhurst Democratic Club, Santa Rosa Democratic Club, Turlock Democratic Club, Stonewall Democratic Club (Los Angeles), Windsor Democratic Club. On August 16, 2015, the California Democratic Party (CDP) reaffirmed its 2013 endorsement of U.S. Department of Peacebuilding by endorsing 2015's (HR1111).
The Culver City Democratic Club endorses Dr Kelly Kent for Culver City School Board. The upcoming CCUSD School Board Election is November 3rd, 2015. You can Visit Dr Kelly Kent at her website kellyforculvercityschools.com Endorsements require 60% of ballots submitted. Endorsements were voted on at the September 9th General Meeting.
MINIMUM WAGE RESOLUTION OF THE CULVER CITY DEMOCRATIC CLUB Passed at General Membership Meeting of the Culver City Democratic Club, 9/9/2015 Whereas, The City of Los Angeles has adopted a $15.00 per hour minimum wage ordinance, effective 2020; Whereas, the California state minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour effective January 1, 2016; and Whereas, if no changes are made, Culver City workers will be paid $10.00 per hour in 2020 while Los Angeles workers will be paid $15.00 per hour for comparable work; Resolved, That the Culver City Democratic Club supports the establishment of a $15.00 phased in minimum wage for Culver City, effective 2020; Resolved, That the position of the Club shall be communicated to the members of the City Council and to the local media.