by Diane Rosenberg
On Sunday February 1st, Herb and I drove to Ojai to attend Lee Sanders' memorial service which was given by his school alumni. Lee's sister, brother-in-law and many of his lifelong friends and associates attended as well.
Everyone had many good things to say about Lee and it was clear he was well liked in the community.
Apparently Lee was very fond of being President of the Culver City Democratic Club. Giving Lee the plaque honoring his service to the Club was one of the best things we could have done for him. When he was in the hospice the only thing that he held on to and kept close to him was the plaque that the Club presented to him at our August General Meeting.
Congrats to Culver City Democratic Club endorsed LACCD Board candidates Andra Hoffman, Sydney Kamlager, Scott Svonkin and Mike Fong!
The following results of the March 3rd election are from LA City's final bulletin from March 4th @ 1:32AM. Culver City voting precincts have been included in the overall LA City results so we won't know how Culver City voted until the full results are released later in March. We do know who won and what the turnout has been.
All of the Culver City Democratic Club endorsed candidates for the LA Community College Board of Trustees were elected.
Voter turnout was 8.62% within the City of LA and 5.49% outside the City of LA. 54% of all voters used Vote-by-Mail.
LACCD Board of Trustees Results:
Seat #1: Winner -Andra Hoffman 34.79%
Andra Hoffman is leading over Francesca Vega 34.79% (61,307) vs 34.48% (60,762). Vega outperformed Hoffman in cities outside LA by 352 votes but Hoffman picked up 897 more votes in LA City to lead by 545. Final ballot counting is to be done by March 13th.
Seat #3: Winner - Sydney Kamlager 50.07%
Former District Director for Holly Mitchell, Sydney Kamlager won against 3 challengers in every city but Rolling Hills (where 3rd place finisher Essavi had a mere 8 more votes.) Kamlager won over 50% of Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
Seat #7: Winner - Scott Svonkin 61.24%
Challenger Steve Schulte won 3 cities but was 592 votes short of winning out of town. Incumbant Scott Svonkin dominated with 62% of the vote in Los Angeles to handily win.
Seat #9: Winner - Mike Fong 57.49%
3rd place finisher Joyce Garcia made a very strong rally in South cities Bell, Commerce, Cudahay and Huntington Park but failed to capture majority elsewhere. Winner Mike Fong had the race's highest margin of victory - he collected 36% more votes than 2nd place finisher John C Burke.
Other races of interest:
Hermosa Beach upheld their ban on Oil Drilling by voting "NO on Measure O" by a Four-to-One Margin. Close to 60% of voters turned out to vote.
LA had 2 charter Amendments seeking to consolidate LA City and LAUSD elections to even number years- Both passed:
Amendment 1: LA City elections - 76.93%
Amendment 2: LAUSD elections - 76.46%
In LA Council races incumbents* had no problem being re-elected and Social Justice Organizer Marqueece Harris-Dawson in District 8 was the only newcomer to win a seat outright. With 50% of the vote was needed to win, District 4 will have a run-off May 19th as none of the 14 candidate received over 16% of the vote. District 4 second place finishers David Ryu and Tomas O'Grady are separated by 61 votes.
LA Council Districts: District 2: Paul Krekorian* 75% District 4: Run-off: Carolyn Ramsay vs ? District 6: Nury Martinez* 61% District 8: Marqueece Harris-Dawson 61% District 10: Herb Wesson* 64% District 12: Mitchell Englander* 100% District 14: Jose Huizar* 66%
At the Wednesday, February 11, General Meeting, elections were held to fill the positions of First Vice President and Corresponding Secretary for the 2015 Executive Board. This re-vote was held because at the January General Meeting, there were too many invalid ballots to ensure a fair result.
In the First VP election, Khin Khin Gyi was the candidate nominated by the Nominating Committee, and Stephen Murray was the candidate nominated from the floor at January’s meeting. Both candidates appeared on the written ballot. Nominating Chair Darryl Cherness conducted the election. Both Mr. Murray and Ms. Gyi made two-minute speeches. The election was then held by secret ballot. Per the CCDC bylaws, a quorum of at least 25 paid members must be present to vote. Twenty-six ballots were cast, and none were invalid. Ms. Gyi received 20 votes, and Mr. Murray received six votes. Therefore, Ms. Gyi is the newly elected First VP.
For the Correspondence Secretary election, the Nominations Committee previously nominated the current Secretary, Stephen Murray. Mr. Cherness asked three times for nominations from the floor. There were no further nominations from the floor. The membership voted by acclamation to re-elect Stephen Murray as Correspondence Secretary.
Congratulations to the 2015 Executive Board:
Just a reminder that our 2015 Installation Luncheon is coming up on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Culver City. Our featured guest speaker and Democratic Activist of the Year is Sandra Fluke. Our Trudy Cherness Democrat of the Year is Bill Wynn. if you haven’t yet bought tickets, you can go to our Act Blue page at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ccdclunch2015
President Obama’s State of the Union address last month was the moment many Democrats were waiting for: a full- throated endorsement of liberal, Democratic ideas. The President showed where our country has made great strides in strengthening the economy, shrinking the deficit, boosting scientific research, and ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But he also showed where we still have room for improvement. And of course, everyone was buzzing about Mr. Obama’s off-the-cuff jab at a group of heckling lawmakers: “I have no more campaigns to run...I know, because I won both of them.”
Following the rout from the 2014 midterm Congressional elections, Mr. Obama could have lurched to the right in order to pander to the smaller, more conservative electorate that showed up in November. Instead, he doubled down on progressive values with a new list of priorities he wants to work with the Congress to deliver on: free community college, tax credits for child care, paid sick leave, a free and open Internet, tax fairness, fighting climate change. With bold moves such as protecting immigrant children from deportation and taking the first step toward normalizing relations with Cuba, Mr. Obama is demonstrating that he will be no “lame duck.”
Still, though the President proclaimed that the “state of the union is strong,” it may not feel that way to many Americans. Since the beginning of Mr. Obama’s administration, the United States has regained the amount of jobs lost in the Great Recession. According to the White House, 11.2 million jobs have been created in the past five years. Yet, there are still millions more people looking for work, and for the majority of those who are working, wages remain stagnant. The Affordable Care Act has significantly reduced the number of uninsured Americans nationwide, and has halved the number of uninsured in California. But, experts say, 30 million Americans will remain uninsured, even after the ACA is fully implemented. And finally, as the recent protests against police brutality and the aftermath of the high-profile murders of two NYPD officers showed, America’s racial chasm still runs wide and deep.
As with any society, America remains an experiment, in constant need of update and repair. And, what is the state of the Culver City Democratic Club? That is what we will discuss at our February general meeting, as well as your thoughts about President Obama’s address. Let’s share ideas on what we can do to improve the Club. What topics would you like to see featured at future meetings? Should the Club take a more active role in grassroots activism? What ideas do you have to boost membership and/or fundraising? Are there any particular activities you’d like to see the Club do that hasn’t been done before or recently? Should the Club do some things differently? Come with your suggestions, and we’ll take notes. In addition, we will be voting on the positions of CCDC First Vice President and Correspondence Secretary for the 2015 Executive Board. The new Board will be installed at our annual luncheon on Feb. 22, which will also feature our special guest speaker, grassroots activist and women’s rights champion, Sandra Fluke. We will be presenting Ms. Fluke with the Democratic Activist of the Year Award, and former CCDC President Bill Wynn with the Trudy Cherness Democrat of the Year Award. We hope to see you there!