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Help Needed to Send an Important Letter of Support for AB 504!

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Supporters of IBEW 569: ACTION ALERT: Downtown special interests are trying to kill Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez’s bill – AB 504! This legislation will ensure that our communities have a voice regarding neighborhood development by Civic San Diego – a private-nonprofit entity that controls public resources! We need AB 504! Click here to send an important letter of support for AB 504! Our friends describe the situations as: “In essence, CivicSD’s board operates without accountability to the City Council, and thus without accountability to the taxpayers whose dollars it spends.” We want responsible and responsive development for our communities and to make sure that where public monies and resources are allocated, there is oversight and accountability and that defined community benefits are achieved. PLEASE send Governor Brown an email / letter telling him to support AB 504! https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-ab-504-development-oversight-for-communities (Under the drop-down menu for “Letter Topic”, select “Legislation Issues/Concerns.”) In Solidarity, Johnny Simpson Business Manager P.S. We need your AB 504 letters ASAP – click here to send in yours! IBEW Local Union 569 – Advocating for Working Families …

Sep 27 – Monthly Meeting – Fight for $15 – Rabbi Laurie Coskey of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice

Rabbi Laurie Coskey of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice will be with us to talk about what the Fight 4 $15 and raising the minimum wage means to real people living in our region. She’ll be joined by clubmember Steve Rivera and workers and organizers from the Fight for $15. In just 3 years what was started by 200 Fast Food workers has become an international Fight 4 $15 movement that connects generations of workers, cuts through borders, unites workers from over a dozen industries. We will have the chance to speak with workers and learn about this and other campaigns in San Diego that are seeking to win better wages, benefits, a voice on the job and a step out of poverty. We will discuss how the Point Loma Democratic Club can participate in passing the minimum wage ordinance and get more involved in exciting campaigns for economic sustainability. Here are two examples of how much this issue means to our community, the names have been changed and these are different stories from the ones …

Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Marty Block Visited OB Town Council

Speaker Atkins, Lt James Gartland, Jeff Hatfield, President San Diego Lifesaving Association & Senator Block (Photo: Susan Peinado) Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Marty Block took part in the protest against ALEC on Wednesday July 22, 2015 and that evening both appeared at the Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) meeting to speak and hand out certificates of appreciation to the recipients of the OBTC Community Awards. The town council meeting was masterfully chaired by club Secretary and OBTC President, Gretchen Newson (who was also at the ALEC protest earlier that day). Both politicians spoke to some of their recent legislative achievements, and neither appeared to want to leave first – could it be that they are gearing up for a competitive Senate District 39 race next year (as has been rumored)? Or will Speaker Atkins be persuaded to run for Mayor? As previously reported in the OB Rag and reprinted with permission: State Senator Marty Block Senator Block introduced himself as having worked at San Diego State University for 26 years, President of the San Diego Community College District Board of …

Protest ALEC in San Diego [Video]

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its annual meeting in San Diego at the Grand Hyatt. Democrats, organized labor, community groups, and other allies rallied to make their voices heard. Funded by shadowy special interests, ALEC works to maximize corporate power and undermine democracy by providing “model legislation” for right-wing legislators. It seeks to block wage increases, disenfranchise voters, privatize schools and prisons, and deregulate firearms, to name just a few examples. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the event, sharing the stage with fringe Republicans like Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee. ALEC is not welcome in California! For an in-depth description of why this was a big deal, read Doug Porter’s column(s) The ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego: Who’s Coming and Why?

Jul 22 – Action Alert: Protest ALEC in San Diego

Get your protesting shoes ready, because we have a big one coming up. When Wednesday, July 22, starting at 3:00 p.m 3:00pm Union-sponsored Rally at Embarcadero Park North (just south of the hotel) (Public Restrooms are available here) 4:30pm Union March arrives at the Grand Hyatt Hotel; Gathering time. 5:00pm MAIN EVENT Rally begins at the Hyatt 6:00pm Launch tethered balloon banners (Not a “balloon release”) & Active Protest Events More events are being added all the time. Please check latest at Facebook “StopALEC Fest 2015” and RSVP Where Embarcadero Park North (400 Kettner Blvd) Transportation Public Trolley, Seaport Village Station (Green Line) is within a block of the hotel. Driving West on SR 94 — Take I-5 North and follow directions below for “North on I-5” North on I-5 — Exit 6th Ave. Left on 6th. Right on Ash Street. Left on Pacific Highway to Hyatt Hotel. South on I-5 — Exit Front St. Right on Ash Street. Left on Pacific Highway to Hyatt Hotel South on 163 — Exit Ash St. Left on …

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 …