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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 …

Notes from May Meeting – Sex Trafficking of Minors in San Diego: Why is this problem growing and what can we do to put a stop to this modern day slavery?

Welcome and Introduction of Elected Officials and Candidates Club President Susan Peinado welcomed and introduced guests Marta Hellborn and Anne Walker and Katherine McGrath and Travis Wolf. She also welcomed and thanked new member Andy Kopp and renewing members David Furlano, Rebecca Hostetter, Giovanni Ingolia, Margaret Ann Locke, Pat Shank, Gary Werchak, and Sustaining Member Eileen Loughnane. Program: Sex Trafficking of Minors in San Diego Susan welcomed and introduced our program and panel moderator, clubmember Sarah Boot (former candidate for City Council and former federal prosecutor). Sarah introduced the program’s panelists: Allesandra (“Ali”) Serano, Assistant United States Attorney; Sergeant Chris Cameron, San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force; and Gayle Sollfrank of Generate Hope. Ali Serano provided an overview of domestic sex trafficking in San Diego. She noted that San Diego was ranked in the top U.S. Cities for Sex Trafficking with $96.6 million annual earnings in 2007, and it has grown by 600% over the last five years. San Diego is a “hub” in sex trafficking – in April 2011, 30 girls were rescued from …

Kamala Harris Addressing Sex Trafficking in California

At the California Democratic Party Convention in Anaheim this weekend (May 15-17, 2015) Attorney General Kamala Harris held a press conference and spoke about Sex Trafficking in California. Her answer contains a lot of useful information for our program this afternoon on Sex Trafficking of Minors in San Diego: Why is this problem growing and what can we do to put a stop to this modern day slavery? Photo by Patrick Schultheis. Our original content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

May 17 – Monthly Meeting – Sex Trafficking of Minors in San Diego: Why is this problem growing and what can we do to put a stop to this modern day slavery?

Trafficking is a lucrative and growing business. San Diego has one of the highest rates of sex trafficking in the nation. Rather than shy away from an uncomfortable subject this month’s meeting looks to discuss the issue openly and especially as it applies to our community. Clubmember and former Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Boot has organized a panel of speakers to discuss this important local and international topic. Panelists Alessandra Serano Alessandra (“Ali”) Serano an Assistant United States Attorney in the General Crimes Section, Criminal Division in the Southern District of California and has been so employed since June 2003. She is the Office’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator responsible for the coordination of investigations and prosecutions of all federal child exploitation offenses charged in this District, including child pornography, child prostitution, and other sexual exploitation offenses. Previously, Ms. Serano was assigned to the Counter-terrorism Section in the General Crimes Section which focused on immigration, false statements, and false document offenses as well as material support cases and investigations. She has tried over 35 federal …