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Notes From May’s Meeting – Elections Matter: Meet Congressman Scott Peters and Candidate Bob Brewer

The meeting got underway at 4:02pm when President Susan Peinado welcomed and introduced new club members: Mable and Tim Liebert, Andrew Waltz, Hannah Bingham, Wendy Sammons, Thena Taylor, and Steve Rivera. Guest Speakers: Candidates Susan welcomed and introduced the following candidates and persons, each of whom provided an overview on their candidacy and/or background and/or initiative: Michelle Hagan, Candidate for Superior Court Judge Brian Elliot for Re-election of Congressman Scott Peters campaign Dr. Jen Campbell for Susan Guinn for County Assessor and Clerk Bob Brewer, Candidate for District Attorney Honorable Michael J. Popkins, Superior Court Judge, Office No. 19 Congressman Scott Peters, Congressional District 52 Bryon L. Garner – Vets issues and Supporting Proposition 41 Dianne Lane – Pro Point Loma/Save Our Neighborhood (opposing the corporatization of Point Loma High School and additional lights surrounding the PLHS football field/stadium) Marilee McLean – Grassroots Organizing Team. Ms. McLean encouraged PLDC members to sign up to canvass with the GO Team Reports Vice President, Events Committee Report – Mike Johnson Mike reminded members that the club will have a booth at the …

Nov 19 – Government of the People, by the People, for the People

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to …

Nov 11 – A Day to Honor Those Who Have Served

Friends, Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day, a time to honor all of those who have worn the uniform of one of the armed services and dedicated themselves to defending our nation and our way of life. As part of a family with a long military tradition, I know how much it means to those who have served that we pause in our daily lives to express our respect and gratitude. California has the second largest population of veterans of any state and San Diego has the second largest veteran population of all the cities in the state. That is why it is extremely important to me to advocate legislative policy that makes the transition to civilian life as easy as possible for those leaving the service. I am pleased to report to you that the State Legislature was able to enact the following measures this year: Military Preventing Homelessness Among Veterans: I was proud to be a principal co-author of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez‘s AB 639, which will ask voters to approve the …

Are You Wondering Why Gas Prices Have Fallen Recently?

The New York Times reports that gasoline prices are tumbling just in time for the holiday shopping season to begin. “Consumers can thank the tentative reduction in tensions in the Middle East and swelling supplies of domestic oil for their good fortune, and energy experts say prices could fall further if negotiations between the West and Iran progress.” It’s curious to think we may have to thank Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for low gas prices this holiday season. The former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could talk prices up but recent negotiations in Europe over Iran’s nuclear developments are bringing them down. The actions, or lack of actions, of the United States in the middle East could help grow our economy and make the holiday season more cheerful. There was a spike in oil and gasoline prices over the summer after the Egyptian army staged a coup and when the United States appeared poised to take military action in Syria. The Brent oil benchmark climbed above $115 a barrel in …

UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop Awarded $38,000 in Workers Comp

Lt. John Pike is being paid handsomely for spraying peaceful protesters in the face. The former University of California Davis police lieutenant who was caught on video brutally pepper-spraying a line of peaceful protestors in 2011 during the Occupy protests was awarded a sum of $38,000 in workman’s compensation in a settlement with the university last week. Former Lt. John Pike, 40, is reported to have suffered depression and anxiety after a video of his November 18, 2011 confrontation with Occupy Davis protestors went viral. The video sparked outrage across the country and became the clearest symbol of police brutality against the Occupy movement. Soon after the video spread, Pike claims that he and his family began regularly receiving death threats. “This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers’ compensation,” UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell told the Davis Enterprise. Pike’s attorney, Jason Marcus, declined to comment on the ruling. California state’s Disability Evaluation Unit is tasked with determining permanent disability ratings based on doctor’s reports. According to a January …