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Feb 26 – Monthly Meeting – Political Climate – Doug Applegate on Taking the Hill, Carl Yaeckel from Citizens Climate Lobby

Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. In 2016, we lost the 49th by a slim margin of just 1,621 votes with over 310,000 cast.  Come to learn, and challenge, how we can work with Doug’s campaign to take back the Hill. I believe Congress is a function of the people, by the people, and for the people. For too long, we have sent politicians to Washington D.C. who play into the corruption of special interests over the needs of Americans and the nation. We need problem solvers in our government. We need new, positive leadership committed to integrity, accountability and transparency in a Congress that is willing to take big-money’s influence out of our Government.  As your elected delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, I will reject political brinkmanship and focus on bipartisan measures that advance our economy bringing jobs back to the United States, help our troops and veterans, preserve our environment including our coastal …


Jan 22 – My Journey to Liberalism
 – Confessions of a Former Conservative

2017 is proving to be an exciting time for Democrats in California. The ADEM elections at the start of the January and the Women’s March this weekend are positive signs that people have awoken and are getting more involved in the political process. January is the just warm up. For this month’s meeting we welcome Prof Stephen J. Natoli to relate his personal journey including the experiences and values that brought him to the liberal side, and the principles and issues that keep him there. Here is a book review for Liberally Speaking: Why Liberalism is Right for America The US Review of Books: Professional Book Reviews for the People. Following Steve’s presentation we’ll introduce some of the newly elected Assembly Delegates who many of you recently voted for, and who will be representing you at the State Convention in May in Sacramento. For those who took part in the historic protest yesterday (possibly the largest demonstration in San Diego for the last 45 years) please bring along your signs and attire for everyone to enjoy. Brandon …


Dec 4 – Annual Point Loma & OB Dems Holiday Party Potluck and Toy Drive – 2016!

In place of our regular monthly meeting in December we’re having our Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive of the Point Loma Democratic Club, at the home of Ruth Rollins. Come enjoy the start of the holidays with your fellow Dems. Locally we have a lot to celebrate, nationally we have a lot to organize against, and as a Party we have a lot of work to do. This is a great chance to socialize with Democrats who will shake up in the Party in 2017. The Club will furnish turkey, ham and soft drinks, plus two drink tickets per person for wine and (great, local) beer. It’s a potluck and we ask everyone to bring a dish or side – veggies, mac and cheese, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad. Please invite your friends and potential members to attend and meet fellow Democrats and elected officials, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. New members can signup for 2017 membership and get reduced entry to the party. Renewing members can pay their dues and confirm their contact details with the club. We’ve …


Nov 20 – Discussing the Local and National Election Results

After the election there’s a lot for Democrats to consider on both the local and national level. We’re delighted to have two of our club members lead our discussion: Gregg Robinson will discuss the results from a sociologist’s point of view Cynara Velazquez will provide analysis of the local races If he can make it we’ll also be joined by Doug Porter, of the San Diego Free Press. Cynara Velazquez works for EDF Renewable Energy as a Reporting Data Architect and Report Designer. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz, with a B.S., Information Technology. She also campaigned for the recent, successful (and after these election results, much appreciated)  Proposition 64 ballot measure.   Gregg Robinson is a professor of sociology at Grossmont College in San Diego, California.  He received his Ph.D. from UCSD, and has taught at the University of Maryland as well as Austin State University.  His past research has focused on teachers in high poverty schools as well as on the foreclosure crisis and the response to it among the white working class.  More recently he has conducted a …


Notes from October Meeting – Anne Hoiberg and Howard Wayne Help us Measure the Measures

Susan thanked everyone for coming and all who brought snacks, then recognized new members Suzanne Lawrence, Luis Osuna, and Bobbie Kohrt. Program – Anne Hoiberg and Howard Wayne Help us Measure the Measures Information sheets about the measures were distributed to everyone. The San Diego Free Press’s listed all the State, San Diego County and City measures, gave short descriptions, and indicated where Labor, the Democratic Party, and the GOP stood on them; the League of Women Voters of California’s described the San Diego County and City measures in more detail. Club members Anne Hoiberg, of the LWV and the Women’s Museum of California, and former California Assemblyman Howard Wayne presented a lively program in which they took turns arguing for or against various measures. They first tackled the County’s Measure B (“Ballot Box Zoning – Lilac Hills”) and the City’s Measure C (“Buy the Billionaire a Stadium”). Howard mentioned that Measure K (“All Candidate Races Finalized in November”) and Measure L (“Ballot Measure To Be Moved to November Ballot”) were very important but too complicated to …


Oct 23 – Anne Hoiberg and Howard Wayne Help us Measure the Measures

Have you had a chance to read through your 224-page California Voter Information Guide, along with the local guide from the Registrar of Voters? Do you understand all the nuances of the Measures on the November ballot? Don’t panic! Anne Hoiberg and Howard Wayne will be discussing the Measures and answering your questions this Sunday October 23, at 4pm at our regular meeting at the Point Loma Assembly. We’ve posted an endorsements flyer from the San Diego County Democratic Party at the top of our website and you can download it here (PDF). We’ve also posted a link to the 2016 San Diego Progressive Voter Guide from the San Diego Free Press that lists the positions of Labor, the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the editorial board of the San Diego Free Press. If you want to check who’s spending money on supporting the Measures, check here at the California Fair Political Practices website. There are conflicts between these guides: Do you support Measure D to dismantle the Tourist Marketing District and prohibit the use of public money for a …