All posts tagged: gail mackler

Tell Scott Peters and the President to Keep Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations Strong

High on the agenda of the new GOP-controlled congress is the dismantling of financial regulations put in place after the most recent financial meltdown. The house recently voted to approve HR37 (Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act) by 271:154 with 29 Democrats voting in favor – including our representative for the 52nd Scott Peters (Susan Davis and Juan Vargas voted against the bill). Thankfully the GOP doesn’t  have a veto proof majority in the Senate and the President said in his SOTU that we would veto any further weakening of the Dodd-Frank regulation (to standing applause from Elizabeth Warren). Clubmember Gail Mackler spoke at our January meeting urging us to call and/or write to Scott’s office to express our concern with his voting with the GOP on this important issue. You can cut and paste suggested text for a letter or email below (or download a PDF file). You can call/write to Scott at his San Diego address: 4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105 San Diego, CA 92121 phone: (858) 455-5550 Or use the form on his website to send an …

Jan 25 – Monthly Meeting – Civic Engagement

2015 shows every sign of being a fascinating year for San Diego politics. In his State of the Union speech President Obama laid out talking points on national issues of growing importance to our San Diego communities – Tax Cuts for the Middle Class, Free Community College, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Fast Internet Access. The conversations, dialog and agenda that Democrats set during 2015 will help drive the outcome of 2016 elections on both the national and local levels. We can’t control the national discourse but we can, and must, drive the local debate. For this month’s meeting we welcome local candidates who are setting the debate through their ongoing work with our local institutions and body politic. Rafael Castellanos Rafael was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on April 15, 2013, to represent the City of San Diego. The Port of San Diego was created by the State Legislature to manage San Diego Bay and its surrounding waterfront land on December 18, 1962. It is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California, and it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in …

The Sights And Sounds of Charlotte

The first impression is about the “sounds ” that engulfed everyone in the hall. The energy and enthusiasm were overwhelming. So much so that it was impossible to hear at times and we were all forced to look up at the giant TV monitors in order to read the scrolled words of all the really GREAT speeches…..of which there were many. Most of the three day sessions in the Time Warner Arena lasted 8 hours plus. 4pm to 11pm or 12am……It’s a full day. Plus, there were over 1500 different meetings and events you could attend from Sunday to Thursday! Some type of interest group or caucus or party for everyone. Things started at 7:30 am and didn’t stop until 2am, if you were determined to try and get it all in. Not me. I don’t think the television coverage can really capture the energy that bordered on frenzy in the arena. It made it impossible not to get caught up in the cheering and chanting. I’m not one to shout “USA, USA” but after …