Culver City Democratic Club http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com Official web site of the Culver City Democratic Club Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:42:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 President’s Message by Khin Khin Gyi, February 2016 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2016/02/presidents-message-by-khin-khin-gyi-february-2016/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2016/02/presidents-message-by-khin-khin-gyi-february-2016/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 04:20:23 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=5096

FullSizeRenderThis was the week that started with our realization that we were dealing with the worst air pollution disaster in history with regard to the Porter Ranch gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon that belonged to Southern California Gas Company. According to the January 24th edition of the L.A. Times, one failed well at the Aliso Canyon facility released more greenhouse gases than any other facility in California over the three months since October 23rd.

Stephen Conley, the U.C. Davis scientist who has been flying his single engine pollution-detecting airplane over Porter Ranch found that in November of 2015, methane levels registered at 50 parts per million, twenty times bigger than what he had measured before. According to the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 17.9 million kilograms of methane was leaking in early November. However, by January 21 of this year, the cumulative amount of methane registered 84 million kilograms. In relatable terms, this would be roughly analogous to 2.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide or more greenhouse gas than 440,000 cars emit in a year. The geographical extent of the billowing plumes of methane gas seen on FLUOR images reach as far away as Orange County and San Clemente Island, according to Riley Duren, NASA‟s researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge.

By Tuesday, January 26th The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) sued Southern California Gas Co. accusing the company of negligence that extended to the design, construction, operation and inspection of one of the wells at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility that forced thousands to leave their homes. The lawsuit alleges that the gas company had violated air quality regulations and state law for each day that the well, SS-25, continues to leak and faults the utility for a sluggish response to a regional public health threat. The suit seeks up to $250,000 in civil penalties for each day that a specific violation has occurred. According to KPCC, this can amount up to $25 million dollars. All of this came after an abatement order by a special board of the AQMD on the previous Saturday, January 23rd. This board mandated a 1) permanent shut down of the damaged well, SS-25, 2) to establish a leak detection system, and 3) to conduct an independent health study. By Thursday, January 28th, our state Senate had voted to shut down the Aliso Canyon facility permanently.

As an environmental activist and a physician, I am glad that I testified at the AQMD hearing on Saturday, January 16th warning the board about the health hazards of methane, hydrogen sulfide and benzene that were discovered in the air surrounding the residential area. I was also honored to be a Sierra Club spokesperson and interviewed with Al Jazeera America and KABC-7 on Thursday, January 28th. This is in essence my Valentine‟s Day present to the residents of Porter Ranch, Granada Hills that we stand with them shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with them as we face this environmental disaster together.

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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.

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sylvia_photoHappy New Year Democrats!

Twenty sixteen marks our President Obama’s last year in office. I feel rather sad as it seems like his historical and amazing tenure as our first Chief Executive of color flew by so fast. But I also feel wistful as I remember that historic night in 2008, sitting inside a Los Angeles-area restaurant/nightclub with my friends and about 100-plus other people watching the election returns. As Barack Obama’s photo flashed on the television screen with the words, “44th President of the United States,” the crowd erupted in cheers and jubilation. The crowd kept screaming as the newly-elected President and his family stepped onto the stage and waved to adoring fans. It was indeed an incredible night.

Fast forward through nearly eight years filled with incredible achievements on the economy, healthcare reform and foreign policy, but also much social unrest and ugly racial tension. For this November’s Presidential election, I have as much trepidation as I did on Election Night 2008. I must confess that back then, I wasn’t sure America was going to actually elect a black President up until the very moment Pennsylvania was called for Mr. Obama. I feared very much the specter of another reactionary GOP presidency in the form of John McCain, along with his fundamentalist lightweight running mate, Sarah Palin. But those two are practically progressives when it comes to what the Republicans are offering up as presidential candidates today.

People are now openly talking about the “F-word” – fascism – as possibly taking root in America. But, thanks to the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, people are also talking more about “democratic socialism” and democratic socialist policies like universal health care, free college for all, a living wage and paid family leave. Sanders would be the “first” openly socialist President if he wins. And people are also talking about the possibility of having the first female Chief Executive in Hillary Clinton. A woman as the most powerful leader in the world would have a tremendous cultural effect in how the contributions of women to our society are perceived.

All these tantalizing “firsts” are great, but I want to caution my fellow Democrats and progressive friends into putting too much expectation onto the one person they hope wins the Presidency. I saw this with President Obama: supporters who had unrealistically high expectations of how much he could achieve in office, and who were disappointed when he couldn’t deliver everything they wanted. I see these same unrealistic expectations among my fellow Democrats and progressives today. I think it is the unique culture of American individualism, as well as the fact that the United States elects its executive and legislature separately (as opposed to most parliamentary governments), that drives this desire to put all of one’s hopes for fundamental change onto one person. I think it’s why Congressional, “off-year” elections – which are just as important – don’t get the same attention as they should. The President, at the nation’s founding, was envisioned as an “elected king” – a national figurehead. But, to get back to Civics 101, the President is by law a co-equal partner with the Congress and the Supreme Court. The President can’t do much without Congress’ cooperation and the Supreme Court’s blessing. I think too often many people forget that. And so, they think that the President can change everything. They think that the President affects their lives the most (when in truth, it’s their local City Council that does). So whether our new President in November is Hillary, Bernie or even Martin O’Malley – and we do hope it’s one of those three – please cut him or her a bit of slack. Because a Democratic President also needs a progressive Democratic Congress to make the kinds of policies we liberals want to see to make America a kinder, gentler place to live.

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sylvia_photoI hope everyone is having a wonderful and festive holiday season. As we take the time to celebrate our community’s bounty with our family and friends, I’m troubled by the spate of incidents across the country that show a contempt and wanton disregard for the spirit of empathy for our fellow human beings. A dark undercurrent in American society is rearing its ugly head. In this hotly contested political season, overt bigotry and attacks on marginalized groups seem to be growing.

Last month, a majority vote in the House of Representatives to ban Syrian refugees from seeking safety in the United States was a particular low point in today’s America. What was especially disappointing about that vote was that 47 Democrats joined the House Republican majority in passing a ban. Turning away people in desperate need is not a value the Democratic Party stands for. Fear of “the Other” is certainly not what our party stands for. It’s unlikely the bill will pass the Senate, but fortunately, President Obama has vowed to veto it if it does.

Yet another low point continues to come in the form of Donald Trump’s ongoing campaign to try to win the GOP nomination for the Presidency by mocking and denigrating just about every group on the planet except for his fellow white, wealthy, straight, able-bodied and male peers. His bigoted barbs – from suggesting protesters should be met with physical violence to calling Mexican immigrants ―rapists‖ to suggesting that mosques be surveilled and that the names of Syrian refugees be put in a database – sound like they come from a different era. However, what’s more frightening is how the mainstream media has for too long given him and other right- wing extremists the benefit of neutrality. When political debates become a matter of “both sides do it,” blatant lies are called “controversy,” and extremism is mainstreamed, our society becomes debased and lives are endangered.

Where is all this going? Just last month, five Black Lives Matter protesters were shot and injured at a vigil for a young black man who was killed by police in Chicago. Three people were killed at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. And in Irving, Texas, open carry fetishists were reportedly intimidating Muslim worshippers at a mosque. Are we about to see a new level of political violence in America against people who don’t fit the mold of “straight, white, rich and Christian?” Are too many of us going to sit back and look the other way until it’s too late?

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sylvia_photoDemocracy in California just took a huge leap forward. In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed our state’s new “Motor Voter Program,” a law that could put millions of unregistered Californians onto the voter rolls. Co-authored by Democratic Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez, Luis Alejo and Kevin McCarty, and championed by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the “California Motor Voter Program” requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to electronically enroll residents with a driver’s license or state identification card once they have been identified as eligible to vote. Eligible Californians have the choice to opt out of being registered during a specific period of time. California joins Oregon as the second state in the nation to adopt a “motor voter” program.

Unlike Oregon’s law, however, California’s “motor voter” program is not a true automatic voter registration system, since residents still must confirm to the DMV eligibility and they have the option to opt out. And neither state’s program is true universal automatic voter registration, where the government registers every citizen at birth and the right to vote is activated at 18 (no having to interact with a specific agency) – something other advanced democracies already do. Still, with ―motor voter‖ and our already-in-place online registration system, California is streamlining the way we vote by minimizing the need for filling out a paper form and saving money (and trees!) at the same time.

Gov. Brown also recently signed into law bills expanding same-day registration to the days leading up to Election Day, requiring most municipalities to align their local elections to coincide with state and federal elections in even-numbered years, and allowing legal permanent residents who are 16 and 17 years of age to serve as poll workers. All of these reforms aim to increase voter turnout, thereby strengthening democracy in California. And the more people participate in the political process, the more equitably resources are shared and all our rights are better protected.

Unfortunately, in other states dominated by Republican legislatures, voting rights are being quickly rolled back through restrictive voter identification laws, cut backs to early voting, and curtailing voter registration efforts. This is anti-democratic behavior. But then, that’s the point: to keep disfavored groups (the poor, people of color) from accessing the benefits of citizenship. Decades ago, California was a right-wing state — birthplace of the anti-tax movement, aggressive, ―tough on crime‖ measures, and anti- immigrant sentiment. But demographic changes have rendered those attitudes far less popular. We’re undoing the damage done by the reactionaries in the past. With millions more Californians soon to be added to the voter rolls, the changes could be even more dramatic.

]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/11/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-november-2015/feed/ 0 October 2015 General Meeting Minutes http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/11/october-2015-general-meeting-minutes/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/11/october-2015-general-meeting-minutes/#respond Sat, 07 Nov 2015 00:54:35 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=5065 Culver City Democratic Club – 62 Years

General Membership Meeting – Veterans Auditorium Rotunda

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

  1. Call to Order at 7:15 p.m. by Khin Khin Gyi, 1st Vice President.
  1. Pledge of Allegiance – Led by Bill Wynn, past CCDC president.
  1. Approval of September 9, 2015 Minutes. Moved by Neil Rubenstein, seconded by Margaret Lindgren. Motion passed.
  2. Announcements:
  1. Meeting Sponsorships – $50 to sponsor a meeting if you wish to honor someone. See Sylvia
  2. LAACDP Countdown to 2016 Summit for Democratic activists and club members, Oct. 25, CSU Los Angeles
  3. Mim Shapiro turned 93 last week! Happy Birthday to Mim!
  4. Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Dinner, Nov. 8, Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Early bird price, $115.
  5. Bill Wynn spoke of his reaction to the Democratic Candidates Debate in Las Vegas last night at a “watch party.”
  6. Disa Lindgren offered another “Black Lives Matter” poster. Brandon was the lucky recipient.
  7. Disa thanked Stephen Murray for getting out the post card mailer for Dr. Kelly Kent.
  1. Officer Report
  1. Treasurer’s Report (Eric Fine) Total funds as of September 30, 2015 are $4,766.06. Joel moved to reimburse Eric. Margaret seconded that. Motion carried.
  2. Membership (Diane Rosenberg) 130 paid members. Guests: George and Ann Daughtery. www.CulverCityDemocraticClub.com/RENEW.
  3. Fundraising (Amy Cherness) – Raffle prizes were handmade ceramic bowl and other items. Tickets $5 for 6 tickets or $1 for 1. Working on a fundraising activity at Menchies (February).
  4. Outreach (Sylvia) no report.
  5. Correspondence (Stephen Murray) Stephen shared the endorsement postcard that he and Greg worked on.
  6. Legislative/Community Issues (Nyabingi Kuti) – Khin Khin reported on the recently signed legislation: Right to die legislative action, Equality for women in the workplace, the DMV voter law
  1. Program: Mansionization: Sara Hartley, Iain Gulin, Philip Lelyveld. Iain Gulin, involved in real estate and development, who lives in the Carlson Park area, spoke for the public about raising the awareness of mansionization. Mansionization means replacing older homes and with larger developments. New homes 3000+sf. The homes are 3 times larger of what they are replacing. In the short run, the market demand drives up prices. Parks, schools and community adds value to homes. Those who live next to mansions lose value. Many areas of Los Angeles have fought Mansionization. City Planning Commission has held 3 study sessions but their recommendation are inadequate and problematic, according to Iain. We need unbiased experts and resident input as the issue is complex. Philip Lelyveld, degrees in engineering and science, a Culver City resident. A limit on fences as walls block light, airflow, shadow and privacy. Cannot put a light on top of your fences. Regulations for “a good neighbor” policy. Mansionization sometimes removes trees. Philip addressed filtering (light, flow, privacy) not size. Preserving the character and stability” of existing Culver City neighborhoods. Sara Hartley, architect and city planner, who looks at zoning and planning codes for cities. The CC Planning Commission has not considered hiring a professional (unbiased) consultant. Sara discussed “set backs” and the changes. She voiced that there are various conditions and should be considered and regarded in various the circumstances. Website: livableculver.org. Discussion and question and answer period followed. This was about responsible zoning, according to the speakers. There was no representative to discuss another point of view.
  1. Announcements
  1. Executive Board Meeting will be held Saturday, October 31 at 10 a.m. at Pat Levinson’s home.
  2. Next General Meeting is Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
  3. Bill spoke favorably about Pat Levinson’s response to a CC newspaper article, Sylvia’s keynote column on violence and the democratic process.
  4. Sylvia mentioned that we are looking into creating a sub-committee to discuss the process of voting for endorsements.
  5. Sylvia invited people to join Common Cause’s email list. She’s looking to recruit people to join Common Cause’s issue/group/non-partisan.
  6. Stephen announced a “No Fly” date on Oct. 24 between 11 am. – 12 noon at City Hall.
  7. Sylvia announced the Convention pre-endorsement – we have 5 slots for attendance.

VIII. Meeting adjourned at 9:13 p.m. Moved by Joel Peck, seconded by Khin Khin. Approved.

Respectfully submitted, Pat Levinson, Recording Secretary ]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/11/october-2015-general-meeting-minutes/feed/ 0 President’s Message by Sylvia Moore, October 2015 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/10/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-october-2015/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/10/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-october-2015/#respond Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:48:15 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=5041

sylvia_photoTwenty fifteen has been a bloody year. As I write this, we’ve had nearly 300 mass shootings occur since January, according to a Washington Post graphic that went viral. The latest tragedy just took place at a college in Oregon, where the killer took the lives of nine people and injured nine before being killed himself in a shootout with police.

It’s now become a numbingly regular and morbid ritual. The armed perpetrator – usually young, white and male – massacres people in a public place. The media punditry wonders if mental illness is involved. The President makes a statement condemning the killings and demands Congress pass gun control legislation. The National Rifle Association makes a statement saying guns shouldn’t be blamed, and besides, we need more guns to protect us. People hand-wring over what to do — or insist that nothing can be done. And so, no new national laws are passed. The current tragedy recedes into memory, and people go on with their lives. Then the cycle repeats itself with the next massacre.

America is now the mass shooting capital of the world. A University of Alabama study released in August asserts that the combination of extremely high levels of gun ownership, Americans’ obsession with fame, and the gap between Americans’ expectations of themselves and actual achievement creates a uniquely toxic environment for mass shootings. Then add to that the tens of thousands of single instances of gun violence: domestic disputes, robberies, gang warfare, suicide, the killings of unarmed people by law enforcement.

So why do we keep coming back here again and again? States that have stricter gun laws have fewer firearms deaths than those with looser regulation, but guns still cross state lines, making this a national problem. National legislation is needed, but that hasn’t been possible. We need to confront some hard truths. Some on the left like to point to Australia as a model on how stricter gun regulation can be achieved at the national level after a mass shooting. They say that Australia has a similar frontier history and love of guns, but that did not stop the country from enacting stricter gun laws in a speedy 12 (!) days. Yet, they fail to acknowledge that in Australia, everyone is required to vote. Moreover, Australia, unlike the United States, has a parliamentary system, where the party in power (or a coalition of parties) has total control of the government and opposition parties cannot veto legislation. The makeup of the U.S. Congress is among the most mal- apportioned legislative bodies in the world, meaning sparsely populated states – the ones that tend to be rural, majority white and more supportive of looser gun regulation – have greater political power than more populated states with more urban constituencies, like California. How Congress is currently organized hasn’t changed much from 1776. It’s archaic and anti-democratic.

Second, folks need to learn the real history behind the Second Amendment — not the fake one we’re taught as propaganda. The amendment was not generally created to ―protect citizens from the tyranny of the federal government. It was added to guarantee that southern plantation owners could raise ―militias‖ to quell slave revolts without interference from the feds. In other words, the Second Amendment was created to preserve the Union by protecting slavery. That’s not something to be proud about, let alone express endless support for.

Third, Americans need to get real about the disconnect between the high expectations of themselves and actual low social mobility in the U.S. Our national drive to be better than everyone else at everything has created much innovation and wealth beyond belief. At the same time, endless optimism and competition, – but falling short of what is expected – is killing the psyche. Some humility is in order. The reality of economic inequality has made the ―American dream come crashing down to Earth. Many who thought they were immune to hardship by virtue of their privileges or a lifetime of working hard, are finding out how precarious life really is in a country with such a thin safety net.

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Culver City Democratic Club – 63nd Anniversary Year

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Executive Board Meeting

Culver City Democratic Club.com The Rosenberg’s Home

Present were: Diane and Herb Rosenberg, Khin Khin Gyi, Eric Fine, Sylvia Moore, Amy Cherness, Pat Levinson, Nyabingi Kuti, and Stephen Murray.

  1. Called to Order at 10:17 a.m. by Khin Khin Gyi.
  2. Minutes of August 31, 2015, Motion to approve by Amy, seconded by Khin Khin. One abstention. Motion approved.
  3. Recap of September events:
  1. Speaker: CCUSD School Candidates Forum: Made front page coverage in CC News newspaper.
  2. Sylvia is appointing a voting practices sub-committee, which will include Sylvia, Stephen and 1 member at large to comprise the committee.
  3. Councilmember Clarke stated that only voting members should be making comments at the end. The guidelines, distributed by Greg, indicated that only club members will be allowed to make comments. This is not included in the By-Laws. This will be discussed with former presidents: Greg, Darryl, Gary, Karlo and Bill. Once considered, whatever is determined will be included in the By-Laws.
  4. Pat, Eric and Khin Khin will collaborate on a response to the CC News article.
  1. Officer Reports
  1. Treasurer (Eric) – Starting balance on August 1st was $4,431.03. Ending balance for August 31, 2015 is $4,289.72. Received a bill for tax preparation from Durkee for $31.17. Received a bill from Crummitt & Associates for $890.44. Stephen will investigate and survey other clubs’ accounting services.
  2. Membership (Diane) – 129 members. Checks for $240 for dues from last general meeting. Mostly renewals.
  3. Outreach (Sylvia) – Thanked Stephen for sending out notices for Kelly Kent’s fundraisers. Stephen reported that we have access to a “walk list.” He can sort in any manner. Sylvia encouraged some of our group to write a comment on Ari’s online blog supporting Kelly Kent.
  4. Fundraising (Amy) – Still working with the Hamburger Mary date, contacting Roxie. She’ll try to early December. Either Wednesdays or Sundays. Fundraiser at Menchies where you get a certain percentage of sales. Sugar-free or lactose-free options? For October.
  5. Correspondence (Stephen) – Sent a letter of our Minimum Wage Resolution to City Council. Karlo asked for an analysis of data. Wanted 3000 names for School Board elections. Preferred sorting would be those who voted in previous elections. Stephen created a sample flyer for our School Board endorsement mailing. Stephen will talk with Greg about targeting 3-4000 democratic mailboxes. In our current By-Laws, we cannot endorse a non-registered Democrat. Bernie Sanders is registered as an Independent, not as a Democrat. We need to incorporate new language into our By-Laws. Stephen will reconvene a meeting of the By-Laws committee.
  6. Legislative Committee (Nyabingi) – Update on the Diversion Resolution. The Resolution’s Committee of the LACDP did not respond. Marqueese Harris-Dawson, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Karen Bass had a town center on the lack of resources of in south LA. More violence in Palms, too. Asking LAPD to invest more money in gang violence & prevention and jobs. Nyabingi will keep the Club informed on this information and process. Stephen recommending that we create a resolution on “Black Lives Matter.”

Sylvia mentioned that Campaign Zero is in concert with “Black Lives Matter” campaign. This will be on the agenda for the next Executive Board meeting.

  1. Hospitality (Herb) – Herb also picks up mail from the post office. Combination of fruit and other items to be served at the meeting.
  1. Upcoming Meetings/Events: Topics for next meetings:

October 14 –Mansionization: Iain M. Gulin, Sara Hartley and Phil Lelyveld as panelists. Sylvia will be the moderator. Need pro mansionization panelists. Stephen will look into another panelists. Nominating committee to be appointed. Two appointed from Exec. Bd. And 3 elected from the floor.

November 11 – Meghan Sahli Wells and the mayor of Santa Monica will be discussing minimum wage v. “living wage.” Khin Khin has confirmed her participation. Nominations from the Nominating Committee. December 9 – Have senatorial candidate Kamala Harris. Stephen will invite. Endorsement vote would follow. Along with the usual party. Or a Robert Greenwald film, Greenwald speaking (and popcorn). Bill will invite.

  1. Old Business

A. Barbara Lee (HR 1111) creation of a Dept. of Peace. Stephen will write a letter to Barbara Lee that we passed this in support of her bill.

  1. New Business –
  1. Membership drives hitched to endorsement voting sessions v. before the end of the year.
  2. Attend City Hall to discuss “minimum wage” resolution. This Monday, Sept. 28 at City Hall.
  1. Announcements
  1. Roosevelt Dinner in Long Beach, Sunday, November 8.
  2. Yearly Club Seminar all day at CSULA on Sunday, October 25. All interested Democrats are invited. Lunch provided. Free.
  3. Next Executive Board Meeting will be on October 31, Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Ronnie & Tom’s home. (If they can’t accommodate, then either Pat or the Rosenbergs will hold the meeting.)

Eric moved to adjourn, Amy seconded. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Pat Levinson, Recording Secretary ]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/10/september-2015-general-meeting-minutes/feed/ 0 Supports HR 1111 – Department of Peacebuilding http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/09/supports-hr-1111-department-of-peacebuilding/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/09/supports-hr-1111-department-of-peacebuilding/#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:19:57 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=5031 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). ]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/09/supports-hr-1111-department-of-peacebuilding/feed/ 0 Dr Kelly Kent -Culver City School Board Endorsment http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/09/culver-city-school-board-endorsment/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/09/culver-city-school-board-endorsment/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:24:26 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=5025 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.
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