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Podcast – Politics of Choice in San Diego, Why Planned Parenthood Matters

Nora Vargas led a wide-ranging discussion on the politics of choice in San Diego County, why Planned Parenthood matters, and plans for this election cycle. She also provided details on her start in San Diego activism and history with clubmember Anne Hoiberg. We encourage you to subscribe to our Podcast channel here. You can also find us on the iTunes Store just search for Point Loma & OB Dems or click here, as well as on Stitcher. Recordings used during the discussion do not contain explicit language. Music used by kind permission of the Oily Buoys. What are Podcasts? Our podcasts are edited recordings of our meetings made freely available on the Internet. They’ll usually be audio but we may make video recordings available as well. One-third of all Americans (12 years of age or older) have listened to a podcast according to Pew Research on Podcasts. Our podcasts are a great way to share information from our guest speakers for free and enable us to reach a wider audience. We hope you enjoy our podcasts. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Podcast – Labor and the Democratic Party

Gretchen Newsom organized our February meeting to delve into the nexus between Labor and the Democratic Party. We were privileged to have two fine speakers in Richard Barrera, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO at San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council and Daraka Larimore-Hall, Secretary of the California Democratic Party and Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party Labor Caucus. We’ve put their two talks together for this month’s Podcast. We encourage you to subscribe to our Podcast channel here. You can also find us on the iTunes Store just search for Point Loma & OB Dems or click here, as well as on Stitcher. Recordings used during the discussion may contain explicit language. Music used by kind permission of the Oily Buoys. What are Podcasts? Our podcasts are edited recordings of our meetings made freely available on the Internet. They’ll usually be audio but we may make video recordings available as well. One-third of all Americans (12 years of age or older) have listened to a podcast according to Pew Research on Podcasts. Our podcasts are a great way to share information from our guest speakers for free and …

What Can Be Better For People Than TPP/TTIP?

During discussion of granting President Obama Fast Track Authority to ‘negotiate’ the Trans-Pacific Partnership two friends recently asked me: why is TPP wrong for the U.S., for U.S. workers and businesses? where are the ideas to provide something better? [Jump below the line for the short answer ☟] A lot of the discussion has covered the potential loss of American jobs, with corporations preferring to move manufacturing to where labor costs are lower, or there are less regulations or oversight, but I’d like to consider an even broader issue. Creativity. Let’s begin with a slight detour to think about culture, and in particular how digital media defines culture (a passing interest of mine, and hopefully yours if you’re reading this online). “Free Culture” is the title of a book by Lawrence Lessig. It’s subtitle is – How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. Lessig outlines the problems and some solutions with our ability to easily copy and manipulate digital artifacts. Interestingly enough you can download the book for free as a PDF file (or in many …

Podcast – Sex Trafficking of Minors in San Diego

For those of you who missed our powerful May meeting on Sex Trafficking of Minors in San Diego, we’ve made a Podcast with the panelists introduced by Sarah Boot. Although the subject is disturbing it’s well worth a listen, and we encourage you to share the details with your friends and family. We hope to release more recordings of our meetings on future Podcasts and we encourage you to subscribe to our Podcast channel here. You can also find us on the iTunes Store just search for Point Loma & OB Dems or click here, as well as on Stitcher. Recordings used during the discussion may contain explicit language. Music used by kind permission of the Oily Buoys. What are Podcasts? Our podcasts are edited recordings of our meetings made available on the Internet. They’ll usually be audio but we may make video recordings available as well. One-third of all Americans (12 years of age or older) have listened to a podcast and Pew Research on Podcasts. Our podcasts are a great way to enjoy information from our guest speakers for free, and are a great …

New Search Tool Empowers Advocacy Organizations

A new google-like search engine that is transforming the relationship between advocacy organizations and their government just went live! It’s called Digital Democracy. The LA Times says Digital Democracy is, “especially helpful to grass-roots groups without lobbying budgets, allowing them to keep an eye on their particular issues.” The San Francisco Chronicle boasts, “the site will open up the world of lobbying in a way not seen before.” And the Sacramento Bee calls the platform a “valuable tool to let citizens learn who is influencing legislators and how.” Digital Democracy Tutorial: Think of it as a searchable, sharable video engine for California government. It’s like C-SPAN, Google, and Facebook for politics all rolled into one. Too often well-financed groups have the inside track in Sacramento for funding and policy. Thanks to students at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) at Cal Poly this has changed. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former State Senator and IATPP founder, Sam Blakeslee, launched Digital Democracy at the State Capitol last week for advocates like Jim Roberts. …

When Clubmember Everett Kaukonen Integrated the Cape

Pictured: Anne Marie and Everett Kaukonen together with Nancy & Stewart Witt at the 2015 Roosevelt Dinner In 1963, a major San Diego employer was General Dynamics Astronautics, with the primary facility located in Kearny Mesa along the eastern side of Highway 163. The product was the Atlas rocket, a vehicle with two missions of vital importance: to US military (ICBM –Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) and space operations (Project Mercury, which launched the first U.S. astronauts). Many employees moved to Serra Mesa as it made for a very short commute to the plant (in fact, the Serra Mesa west side was built to provide convenient housing for General Dynamics employees). Florida’s Cape Canaveral (later name changed to Cape Kennedy) was a hotbed of activity as it was the U.S. primary rocket launching facility. Engineers, technicians and scientists from all around the nation regularly converged there to provide the many services needed for successful operations. Teams from General Dynamics Astro made frequent journeys from San Diego to support Atlas launches. One of those was the Guidance and Trajectory group …