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This is the Malibu Democratic Club event everyone looks forward to. Enjoy a delicious Indian feast at the amazing estate of Dr. Amarjit Marwah. Meet Robert Scheer, the journalist who is “Mr. Left” of radio’s “Left, Right, and Center,”spellbinding speaker and top progressive thinkers. Meet our special guests, California State Sen. Ted Lieu and soon to be 33rd Congressional District rep; John Densmore, drummer of The Doors; Eric Bauman, LA County Party Chair; State Sen. Fran Pavley, 27th District, Assemblyman Richard Bloom, 50th Dist.; Jay Levin, Fix Our America Now, and R.L. Miller, Chair of the State Environmental Caucus.
Members of the Malibu Democratic Club Executive Board have passed a resolution favoring Measure R, the ballot initiative that would put limits on the number of chain stores in Malibu and allow residents to vote on whether to allow commercial developments of more than 20,000 square feet within city limits.
“Because the City of Malibu is such a long, thin strip along the coast, there is not a much for large scale commercial development here,” said Ann Doneen, MDC president. “Overdevelopment will cause the character of our uniquely beautiful city to be washed out to sea. It also will harm the delicate balance of flora and fauna that sustain an ecological balance. There is a lot at stake and residents deserve the right to vote. To deprive the residents of that right is undemocratic.”
Board members were briefed on the issue at the September board meeting and then cast email votes in a process that ended last week after several board returned from out-of-town travels.
“While the vote was not unanimous, the general feeling on the board had seemed strong and clear,” said Doneen. “This is one of the most important issues Malibu has faced in many years. The state Democratic platform encourages local clubs to take stands on local issues. Not to take a stand in the face of development that will forever change the face of the community would obviate the purpose of a club like ours.”
The wording of the resolution is as follows: As there is limited space in Malibu between Santa Monica Mountains habitat and the ocean, and as more than 1.5 million square feet of land will be available to commercial developers, and as the character of Malibu and our Civic Center would easily be lost with such a wholesale transformation of land use, the Malibu Democratic Board of Directors hereby resolves to support Measure R and recommends a ‘Yes’ vote on the November ballot.
Actor/Director and Malibu resident Rob Reiner will be taking questions from the community next week about Measure R, also known as the “Your Malibu, Your Decision Act.”
Measure R – on November’s ballot — gives Malibu’s residents the power to approve or deny new commercial developments larger than 20,000 square feet. It also limits the number of chain stores in the city. Measure R is based on a very similar act adopted in 1986 by Del Mar.
If Measure R does not pass, supporters fear that Malibu’s unique character will be swallowed up by rampant development, such as chain stores, and that it will increase traffic, and cause big-box stores like Walmart, Target, and Home Depot to move in.
Reiner will talk about how much Civic Center space is earmarked for commercial development; how schools, grocery stores, medical facilities or residential construction will be affected by it; whether Malibu already has a sufficient retail ordinance in place; whether new large developments are, in fact, threatening Malibu, and how Measure R will impact the impending sewer system.
The meeting, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 15, in the Webster School cafetorium is being sponsored as a free community-service event that also will kick off Malibu Democratic Club’s forthcoming series of issue-oriented programs.
“The Malibu Democratic Club’s Board of Directors could see how hungry residents are for thoughtful programs on topics crucial to Malibu residents,” said Ann Doneen, club president. “Most those issues are planks in the California Democratic party’s 2014 platform.”
By launching the new series, the Dem Club also will be helping residents to learn more about preserving our vanishing beaches, water conservation and our record drought; how to implement a zero carbon footprint, and determining what we can to create a healthier environment throughout our coastal area.”
Reiner especially encourages voters to attend if they are undecided about their vote or if they have heard confusing or misleading claims about Measure R. He points to a history of similar ordinances that did preserve the character of communities while also protecting local businesses and allowing the communities to thrive.
Known to be an easy-going speaker, Reiner loves to interact with an audience and is eager to answer questions that anyone might have about Measure R.
Progressive Leader Grayson asks Dem Club to support Ted Lieu
Just look how much fun we had! Scores of people turned out last Saturday (Sept. 20,) for the most mouth-watering barbecued chicken, ribs and sausages you’ve ever tasted! It was the perfect warm, clear day — not too hot. Just warm and nice. Host Doug Rosen cooked his best recipes. Kids were wading in the rock-lined pool. Dogs were hangin’ out, and Florida Rep. Alan Grayson was hugging California State Sen. Ted Lieu and telling folks what a great rep he’s going to be when he’s voted in to represent the 33rd District. Some of us walked around back and got a good look at the exotic fowl, peacocks and some four-legged creatures. . . . Meanwhile, Ted and Alan were chatting it up with everyone, and the lemonade was disappearing fast. Pardon us if we’re a little smug, but there’s gonna be a whole lot more of this kinda thing goin’ on around here. Join the Malibu Democrat Club if you’re not already on our list. And if you are, join a committee and be a part of the action. Pictures don’t lie! Sign up via ActBlue on the “Join Us” page!
Please come to a summer’s-end barbecue with Democrat friends where you’ll meet two of America’s top Democratic candidates for congressional offices.
Amid the oaks, sycamores, and wild walnut trees, Malibu Democratic Club’s endorsed Congressional Candidate Ted Lieu (who also is Rep. Henry Waxman’s choice to represent the 33rd District) will join Rep. Alan Grayson, one of the Progressive movement’s most celebrated leaders, Sunday, Sept. 20, as featured guests at MDC board member Doug Rosen’s incredible Monte Nido compound.
And you’re invited!
Take a walk through Doug’s spread, and say hello to the many peacocks, pheasants and other magnificent birds and animals. Let the kids romp free, and if you dare, poke a toe or two into Doug’s cool and picturesque rock-lined pool.
You’ll be getting to know your next Congressman and telling him the issues you feel are most important to Malibu. Chatting with Grayson, one our country’s best liberals, on some the world’s most pressing issues. And introducing your family to two congressional reps who will be leading our nation over the next two years.Just for conversation starters, ask Ted about how he will act on his commitment to provide low interest loans for college students, expand funding for public schools, strengthen the Affordable Care Act, raise the minimum wage, protect Social Security and Medicare, and reduce climate change.
Or, his recent actions in the California Senate that produced these headlines:
• Senate approves Ted Lieu Bill Prohibiting California from Cooperating in Mass Spying
• Sen Ted Lieu Calls for Investigation of Psychotropic Drug Prescriptions for Minors
• Lawmakers Embrace Agreement for Renewed Tax Credit to Help Film/TV Industries
• Sen. Ted Lieu-backed Privacy Bill Calls for Increased Protections from Drone Surveillance
A quick look at Alan Grayson’s recent Congressional activities will make for some fascinating discussion.
Just last June Rep. Alan Grayson became the first-known member of Congress to view the current text of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. For the past three years this secret international agreement which is dangerously close to being adopted, has been negotiated behind closed door, by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and foreign governments. But, after years of advocacy by civil liberties groups, labor advocates, and Members of Congress, the USTR finally relented and allowed Congressman Grayson to view the text.
What did Grayson say after seeing it?
“It is easy to understand why this NAFTA-style agreement has been kept secret. The TPP is a disturbing attack on American democracy and sovereignty. It puts corporate interests ahead of American interests.
To find out why he thinks that, he’ll tell you in person!
Bring your friends and family to this stimulating and educational afternoon and relax in this informal setting knowing that on the grassy lawn at Doug’s house you are participating in true grass roots democracy.
Remember: September 20 at Doug Rosen’s incredible compound in Monte Nido – just next to the Saddle Peak Lodge. We promise not only Ted and Alan but also some great food and drink – so come hungry.
Doors open at 1 p.m.! Please scroll down for details. RSVPs requested but not required!
How has your summer been so far? Things are starting to get a little exciting here in the ole Dem Club!
A special thanks to Candace Bowes and David Kurtz for hosting a delightful coffee to meet 33rd Congressional District Candidate Ted Lieu at their lovely Point Dume home last Sunday (snapshot is above – Ted is at left). Among those attending were Councilmembers Joan House, Laura Rosenthal and Lou La Monte! If you couldn’t make it this time, there will be several more informal opportunities to meet November ballot candidates. We’ll keep you posted here and online at MalibuDemocraticClub.org.
Coffees, parties, and meetings like this are grass roots Democracy in action! They’re how the system works! Before this campaign season ends, I hope all of you, your friends, and your friends’ friends are able to participate and experience it!
Here’s something you might not know: Our new Membership Committee reports that about 3,100 Democrats are registered in Malibu. Are you surprised? The number is not as many as outsiders might expect, but according to Past President Ralph Erickson the numbers actually are up slightly over the past five years. Despite this, our club’s membership fell to less than 100 members during the last few years. So we have lots of growing room and we’ll be setting new membership goals. You can provide a leg up by inviting your friends and neighbors to this fall’s ranch-style barbecue on Sept. 23 at Doug Rosen’s amazing ranch in the Monte Nido area. Ted Lieu and Florida’s star legislator, Rep. Alan Grayson, will be there. We also will have other special surprises ahead, so stay tuned!
Meanwhile the MDC is off to a good start on bylaws revisions. At the July board meeting our Bylaws Committee and the board reviewed language clarifying some of our procedures. We also decided it would be helpful to add some new practices enabled by technological advances that were not commonplace the last time the bylaws were updated. Under the guidance of Dem Club Vice President Ted Vaill, a lawyer and three-term delegate to the California Central Committee Convention, we will continue working on bylaws revisions at our next board meeting on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. To attend, send an email to Malibudemocraticclub@gmail.com and include your phone number. We’ll respond with the agenda and location.
Do you like to plan fun parties? Are you good with art, design, and decorations? Do you like to greet people at the door? Do you have great computer skills? If these things sound fun, please email us. We can use your help.
Our club has incredible potential. Our voice can be powerful and influential. You can help make that happen. To join the membership committee please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we hope to see you at our upcoming events.
President, Malibu Democratic Club
P.S. Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica Mountains invites you to its 9th Annual Birthday Party and Fundraiser at 3:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 21801 Saddle Peak Road, Topanga. Attending will be Robert Scheer, winner of the PDSMM Lifetime Achievement Award, 33rd Dist. Rep. Henry Waxman, Endorsed Candidates Betty Yee, Ben Allen, Ted Lieu, and Sheila Kuehl, and Democratic legislators snd activists Fran Pavley, Richard Bloom, Zev Yaroslavsky, Lance Simmens, Mary Beth Fielder, Russell Greene, Trent Lange, Mimi Kennedy, and Nick Donovan. A $35 donation is requested. RSVP to DorothyReik@pdsmm.org or call 310-455-4050.
Medea Benjamin Medea Benjamin, author of: “Drone Warfare, Killing by Remote Control,” will be speaking from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 7 at The New Peace Center in Culver City. CODEPINK LA , which is sponsoring the event, invites you to attend. Music will be provided by Vivek Maddala.
Exciting things are in the works for the end of summer and fall.
• Mark your calendars for a Meet-and-Greet partyat the Piuma-area canyon home of Doug Rosen from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 20th. Programs Committee member Dorothy Reik, who is planning the event, has invited 33rd Congressional District Candidate Ted Lieu, and special surprise guest, Florida’s Congressman Alan Grayson who is flying in for the evening just to keep things lively. Set amid sycamores and rolling hills, Doug’s rancho has an aviary filled with peacocks and other exotic birds, a hand-made rock-rimmed swimming pool set into the sprawling grounds surrounding his ranch-style home.
• We’re gearing up to begin an outstanding membership drive! Armed with special software provided by the LA County Democratic Party, our Membership Committee be able to use state-of-the-art communications and social media software. We also have a series of personal outreach efforts planned. All just in time for the fall Get Out the Vote campaign. Be a part of this exciting club-building effort. Email MalibuDemocraticClub@gmail.com if you want to take part!
• Care to host a Meet-and-Greet party in your home? Ted Lieu is looking for volunteers who are willing to host up to 30 guests to introduce him to your friends and neighbors. He is the leading contender in the Congressional race to take Henry Waxman’s 33rd District seat. If you’d like to help, contact Harry McAlevy, one of Teds campaign interns, at email@example.com.
•The Bylaws Committee, headed by Ted Vaill, is updating and revising this important document. The current one is on this site under the “What’s Up” pulldown menu. The bylaws govern how your Dem Club functions. If you have an opinion, send us a line and speak your mind.
If you would like to attend a board meeting they are scheduled at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month (unless there is an important civic event which members will want to attend, in which case we reschedule.) We are looking for a permanent meeting place, so if you have ideas please send them to MalibuDemocraticClub@gmail.com. A suitable location should have a room for a large meeting table with chairs for up to 25 people or so, and sufficient parking, and should remain open or available until 9 p.m.)
Also, if you are interested in suggesting events or working on committees to plan events, do fundraising, get out the vote, or build membership, please send us a line. This is fun and exciting work — a wonderful opportunity to meet some pretty terrific people! Hope to see you at one of our events.
Your Neighbor Harry McAlevey Invites You to a Coffee with State Senator Ted Lieu, Candidate for Congress
Ted Lieu’s family immigrated to America when Ted was three years old. With the support of hard-working parents and a country that provides limitless opportunity, Ted went on to attend Stanford University and Georgetown Law before joining the United States Air Force on active duty.
Senator Lieu firmly believes an elected official’s job is to protect the vulnerable and those without a voice. In the Senate, he sponsored laws that helped create jobs, save taxpayer dollars, and protect children. Please join Ted:
We had our first board meeting on Thursday, June 5. There’s lots to tell you and it’s very exciting.
We’re growing! We welcomed five new board members: Sam Hall Kaplan, Jennifer de Nicola, Marcia Hanscom, Jim Hensley, and Doug Rosen! So, it’s a good time to remind you that this is your club! And to ask, “What would you like to see us do?” The possibilities are endless.
In just one initial meeting our board already has accomplished so much! So far, we’ve:
• Set up three new committees: Membership, Fundraising, and Programs. We need help so please hit “reply” and tell us if you’d like to join one. Or, propose a new committee to address an issue you care about deeply. The only proviso is that in some way it must help elect Democrats to office.
(Note that during upcoming months the Programs Committee might add subcommittees that could include Farmers’ Market, Chili Cook-off, Phone Banking, Living Room Lectures, and special events or dinners featuring elected officials or other well-known Democrats. )
Other committees may include Youth Outreach (which could include working with elected representatives to set up internships, liaison work with campus Democratic clubs, and finding ways to involve high school and college students in community outreach projects); Newsletters, Brochures, and Media Affairs; Legislative Affairs and Club Policies; Elections and Endorsement Procedures, or we could even set up a Malibu Democratic Singles Committee!
• Discussed a late summer/early fall eventwhich could feature a Meet the Candidates night. Interested?
• Started work on a mission statement! And the Bylaws Committee — headed by DemClub Vice President Ted Vaill — will propose revisions and enhancements to provide us with clearer direction.
• Set up standing dates for our board meetings. Fourt Monday of each month UNLESS there is a major conflict. You’re always welcome to attend. The next one will be Monday, June 30 and this will be updated when a location is confirmed.
• Set up a Finance Committee to be chaired by Political Consultant Doug Rosen. The Finance Committee will be crafting a budget to establish a financial map for our yearly programs and goals.
We’re also interested in determining which local issues to support. And which issues — including state Democratic policies — could be a basis for activities, events, and letter writing campaigns. Anti-fracking? Offshore oil drilling? Minimum wage? The right to choice?
This year should be packed with opportunities for action. So, recruit your friends. Take part and help!
New membership checks in the amount of $25 may be sent to Malibu Democratic Club, P.O. Box 561, Malibu, CA 90265.
Thank you, everyone, for turning out for the exciting governmental candidates’ forum and for the election of our own club officers on Sunday, May 18. I’m really proud to be your new president. The year ahead has such great potential and all of you in this club and on the board will make things happen.
We are looking forward to your participation in coming months and are eager to hear what you’d like to do. As I said on our officers’ election day, “It’s your club!” We will be sending out emails in a brief introductory letter about some of the things the board will be discussing for the coming year. If you haven’t already given us your email address, please make sure we have it so that you receive it instantly along with everyone else. Also, we’ll post newsletter-style emails here, as well, so be sure to check the site regularly so you don’t miss anything.
Please send us your ideas for any projects and events you’d be interested in pursuing. While our stated club goal is to elect great Malibu-friendly Democrats to office, there are many ways we can do that. We will soon be considering these ideas and so many things are possible.
Start revving your engines. It’s up to you!
Ann S. Doneen
Members of Malibu Democratic Club (MDC) have elected officers for 2014-15, selecting media consultant and former journalist Ann Doneen as their new president.
The Board of Directors election occurred Sunday, May 18, at the Point Dumé Clubhouse, where members voted to retain the Democratic Club’s other board members.
“This club has tremendous potential to affect the future of Malibu as well as the State of California,” said Doneen. “Over the coming year we want to attract new members while also boosting involvement among our club’s broad membership base.”
Other MDC officers for the 2014-2015 year will include Leonard Zahn, vice president; Ted Vaill, second vice president; Linda Goodman, secretary; Jean Goodman, immediate past president, and board members Carol Moss, Ralph Erickson, Kim Drobny, Sam Hall Kaplan, Scott Abrams, Gil Somerfield, Jim Hensley, Claudia Zahn, Art Zoloth, Helen Zoloth, Dorothy Reik,, Pam Conley Ulich, Betsy Butler, and Sharon Barovsky. Write-in votes also were were cast for Jennifer de Nicola; Derek Doneen, and Marcia Hanscom.
Ann Doneen currently is a board member of the Malibu Township Council and she has been active in Malibu environmental projects, including work to save wildlife at the Malibu Lagoon. She is an award-winning former Channel 2 News Investigative Unit news segment producer, Cal State University, Northridge director of public affairs; a columnist for TV Guide Magazine; and public affairs director at Art Center College of Design. She also has written for the Malibu Times.