David Weisman, longtime member of the Culver City Democratic Club, who survived a complex of health problems in recent years, died on May 27, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 88 years old.
An environmental engineer, “he kept track of the cleanliness of the ocean,” his widow, Ruth, explained.
Full obituary at The Front Page Online.
Culver City Democratic Club – 62 Years General Membership Meeting – Veterans Auditorium Rotunda Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CORRECTED MINUTES Call to Order 7:19 by Sylvia Moore, President. Pledge of Allegiance led by Bill Wynn. Approval of April 8, 2015 Minutes: Sylvia thanked Khin Khin for filling in for Pat by doing the Minutes for last month's meeting. Motion by Neil Rubenstein to accept the April minutes, Seconded by Tonya A.. Announcements: The meeting is sponsored by Bill Wynn in honor of Pat's and Bill Wynn’s Birthday. Tom Camarella announced his birthday was the previous day. Introduction by Bill Wynn of Jamon Allgood, journalist http://www.jaminallgood.com/?p=706 Sylvia made a report on Mayor's Luncheon to honor Meghan Sahli-Wells. Bill Wynn also commented that it was the first year that the Club had a table at the event. Sylvia discussed the Newsletter and asked for comments: Greg recently invited members to accept the Newsletter to have people get Newsletter delivered by email vs the snail mail. Sylvia reports it costs $1200/year. Some people requested they need to receive a hard copy, others felt that email only is sufficient. A suggestion was made to put the option on the application. Officer Reports Finance (Eric Fine) not present, no report Membership (Diane Rosenberg) 110 members- Henna Lee is special guest Fundraising (Amy Cherness) Introduced Ronnie Jayne who spoke about her play which is having a fundraiser for the Club this Sunday. The most amazing play of the century! Loopholes- A pain in the IRS. Ronnie Jayne is the Composer, Musical Director and co-lyricist. At Hudson theater. $30 tickets. Outreach (Sylvia Moore) trying to get the MOE application together to move forward on contacting Democrats for membership. Correspondence- Stephen asked Club members to do more endorsements and resolutions so he could send out more letters. Legislative and resolutions (Nyabingi Kuti)- Nyabingi brought forth a resolution calling for the release of county incarceration diversion funds and moving focus from mass incarceration to providing services related to homelessness, poverty, mental health and unemployment. Discussion followed. The intent was supported but rewording was suggested. Stephen Murray suggetsed endorsement of AB356 (Williams) that would help protect groundwater threatened by underground injection wells. Tom motioned that the Executive Committee should decide on behalf of the club for AB356, seconded by Michelle. Tom Camarella recommended that resolutions need to printed out. Khin Khin and Michelle suggested a power-point slide. Programs: Maya Douglas, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was scheduled to speak but there was a scheduling error and Maya Douglas, Senior field representative for the Assemblymember spoke before the club about the offices accomplishments. The Honorable Sebastian Ridley-Thomas has introduced 26 bills on floor, is on the Banking and Finance committee, Health Committee and chair of the Elections and Redistricting Committee, He is also chair of the select Committees on Mental and Behavioral Health, member of Committee on Civic Engagement, the Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High Risk Disadvantaged Communities and the Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions Maya listed a couple bills that may be interest to club members. AB 1299: Medical assistance for foster youth. Transfers the responsibility for providing mental health services from the county of original jurisdiction to the residence county. This occurs when foster children are transferred or moved to other counties, the bill seeks to insure that counties of residences will be reimbursed and delays barriers to care. AB466: Bill would repeal the sunset date of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy so they can do their work indefinitely. This would help to maintain funding for projects from federal and others. AB755: Bill to provide tax relief to business along the Crenshaw corridor. To help alleviate issues that are adjacent to the construction of rail lines. The member is a big proponent of diversity in the workplace. His office has sponsored two events to celebrate women in business: African American empowerment of Women in Business, Latinas Breaking Barriers event. Tomorrow is another event- Women in Finance. Another event next Thursday Senior Scam Stopper whose purpose is to equip the community with tools and techniques to empower themselves to stop fraud. Maya personally deals with Women's health and mental health issues. She left her business card and invites contact and then opened for questions 1.) Questions ranged from long term unemployment, the tax relief of AB755, BHC appointment delays, taxes, document requests, City storm water funds, 2.) A number of questions were asked on the members position on various Bills. Maya deferred answering and suggested calling the capital office for information about the members positions and further details. Encouraged sign up on website to be informed about all events, bills on the floor and other news of the district.
The Culver City Democratic Club SUPPORTS AB 356, Groundwater Protection and Underground Injection Control Program Reform, which protects groundwater from oil and gas operations and reforms the underground injection control program.
Groundwater resources play a vital role in maintaining California's economic and environmental sustainability. California's 515 alluvial groundwater basins and sub-basins provide close to 40 percent of the state’s water supply in an average year. And in dry or drought years, groundwater accounts for as much as 60 percent of the state's water supply. Many disadvantaged communities rely on groundwater for 100% of their water supply.
The recent revelation that over 2,500 oil and gas wells were permitted by the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to inject wastewater and other fluids into federally protected aquifers shows that action must be taken to protect California’s groundwater. These injections violate the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and fail to protect groundwater that potentially could be used for drinking water, irrigation or other beneficial uses. Considering we are currently in our fourth year of extreme drought, the time to act is now.
AB 356 enhances oversight and accountability within the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II program for the long-term protection of aquifers. AB 356 will ensure that aquifer exemptions are thoroughly vetted, require injection projects to be regularly reviewed, and mandate groundwater monitoring plans for injection well projects. This will make sure oil and gas operators’ injection projects are injecting into appropriate aquifers and that underground injection does not pollute water that could be used for drinking water or other beneficial uses.
The requirements of AB 356 are a small yet crucial step in protecting our groundwater resources, and for these reasons the Culver City Democratic Club strongly supports AB 356 and invite you to support it as well.
When most people think of ways to improve public safety, the idea that typically comes to mind is increasing the number of police in our communities.
But as policing as an institution is coming under increased scrutiny in light of widespread media coverage of controversial police shootings of unarmed people, many are questioning the wisdom of hiring more police as the preferred solution to fighting crime. I agree.
In fact, the best crime fighting weapon is to decrease inequality and increase trust in our society. The most equal societies have the least social ills and have the most trust among their citizens, according to a book I have read and recommend, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality is Better for Everyone by British researchers Kate Pickett and Richard G. Wilkinson. It makes a ton of sense. Give marginalized people access to high quality education, good jobs, better pay, and a generous social safety net, and they won’t be so desperate that they turn to crime to survive.
So, a more equal society is a safer society. The more people feel economically safe and secure, the less likely they are to fear their neighbors and want to buy guns for protection. It’s no wonder that the United States is the most unequal of the advanced democracies and has the most guns per capita and the highest level of gun violence.
A culture that prizes profits over the well-being of people is ultimately self-defeating. A society that views certain of its members with suspicion and treats them as less than human, rather than as full citizens, is self- defeating. And a country that allows a small number of its population hoard a disproportionate share of the wealth at the expense of the majority population, is self- defeating. These are the ingredients that contribute to a less safe society.
How do we end inequality and make the U.S. a safer country? Changing attitudes and culture is key. First, we should view all our fellow citizens as human beings, with the same right to a dignified well-being as we would have for ourselves. Next, we should regard all work as having value and deserving of a just compensation; the labor of the domestic worker is as important as that of the CEO. Then, we should value the public sphere as much as we do the private; our public institutions and our public spaces deserve our support and enough resources to thrive. Next, we must end draconian punishments for petty offenses; leave the quality of life issues for civilians to deal with creatively, and leave our police to handle the truly violent elements. Finally, we must break down the barriers to political participation that keep the less affluent and the less connected away from influencing public policy. America has to practice real democracy, not simply preach about it. We have come at a crossroads and we have a choice. If we pay attention to world history, a widening divide between the haves and have-nots only ends in one way, and it’s not pretty. Instead, let’s take the other path, the one toward broad societal prosperity, healthier and safer communities.