The Malibu Democratic Club’s regular August monthly meeting was combined with its annual summer party on August 6, where US Representative Ted Lieu, former Malibu Mayor Lou La Monte and other officials and candidates attended. Accordingly, the regular August monthly meeting, which would normally be held on the third Wednesday of the month (or August 16), was postponed until the meeting on September 20, 2017.
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What would happen if a large tsunami damaged the nuclear reactor just north of Santa Barbara? We’re right downstream.
Why are all the starfish gone from our tide pools?
If fracking for oil causes earthquakes, should we keep doing it near fault zones?
And how do you feel about increased traffic along PCH?
We have a chance to select a senator to represent Malibu and nearby areas in the California legislature.– ONE who’ll be making decisions that forever change our lives. Who will you vote for this June?
Come meet the candidates. . . all six Democrats — and ask them what they think.
We’re having a forum at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 20, at the Malibu Public Library. It’s free of charge in the Malibu Civic Center–and there will be refreshments.
That’s 11:30 THIS Saturday, Feb. 20 at the library. Help keep Malibu the beautiful home we all love.
Candidates include Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Shawn Bayliss, Richard Mathews, Henry Stern, David Pollock, and George Christopher Thomas. (See poster below for photos).
There will be a pot luck display of free snacks and beverages — courtesy the Democratic Club Board of Directors — and the forum will begin after opening remarks. The event will be moderated by Lance Simmens, a Democratic Club board member who has spent nearly four decades involved in public service at all levels of government. Simmens directed Gasland Grassroots, an organization devoted to public education on fracking. He was state director of Citizens Trade Campaign, an agency set up to defeat the Trans Pacific Partnership. He served Gov. Jerry Brown as Deputy Director of Communications for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and spent fifteen years in Federal service, largely serving in senior intergovernmental affairs positions for four Cabinet Secretaries.
What do these candidates stand for, and who can best represent Malibu?
Following the Forum, Malibu Democratic Club members will elect officers and board members for 2016 and — depending on attendance — the club may decide to endorse a candidate to represent the 27th Senatorial district.
All incumbent board officers are running to remain in office. They include Ann Doneen, president; Ted Vaill, vice president; Roy van de Hoek, secretary; Doug Rosen, treasurer.
Board members running to remain in office include all officers plus Dorothy Reik, Jennifer deNicola, Carol Moss, Stephen Frantz, Ph.D., Tracey Burton, Sam Hall Kaplan, Marcia Hanscom,
County to rule tomorrow on converting Santa Monica Mountain land into wineries
Tomorrow, Tues., Nov.17, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide whether 21,000 spectacular, pristine acres of rugged canyons and sweeping ridgelines will be protected from the threat of new commercial vineyards.
Your action now is crucial; your strong voice is needed to say NO to commercial vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan (NAP). This is not about garden vineyards.
After residents have spent decades fighting to protect the Santa Monica Mountains, and after millions of public dollars have been spent in passing County laws to preserving open space and protecting natural landscapes, lobbyists and special interests from the Central Valley once again are determined to exploit the Santa Monica Mountains.
At stake are huge swaths of native habitat that would be stripped and replaced with non-native, vineyard and crops.
Please join in saying NO to creating a patchwork of vineyard commercial plantations and operations that horribly consume and fragment the terrain. In addition to killing native plants and animals, vineyard blight disfigures the landscape and significantly decreases property values and quality of life for adjacent and surrounding communities. In addition, some nonorganic farmers use rodenticides which have been shown fatal to wildlife and herbicides known to be carcinogens to humans.
Here is what you can do right now to help:
- Cut and paste the email below and send immediately to email@example.com. We need as many letters as possible. Distribute to your friends and neighbors. Every letter counts! Deadline is at 6 p.m. today, Mon, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.
- Attend and speak up at the Board of Supervisors hearing tomorrow, Tues, Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. – 500 West Temple Street, Los Angles.
Thank you for caring about our beautiful mountains.
Here is the suggested email to cut and paste
Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject Line of email: SUPPORT ITEM #47. BAN COMMERCIAL VINEYARDS
Honorable Board of Supervisors:
PLEASE SUPPORT ITEM #47.
BAN NEW COMMERCIAL VINEYARDS IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NORTH AREA COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICT PROJECT NO. R2015-02310, ADVANCE PLANNING CASE NO. RQADV201500007, ENVIRONMENTAL CASE NO. REN201500182
I/we strongly support Agenda Item #47 and a Vineyard Ordinance that prohibits new commercial vineyards in the spectacularly wild 21,000 acres comprising the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan. Vineyards are a significant and growing threat to our environment, magnificent scenic resources, our fragile wildlife and ecosystem, and to our native habitat, water quality and resources.
Please don’t allow ‘special interests’ to triumph over the best interests of the public and our extraordinarily natural and finite resources.
MEASURE W FAILS; LANDSLIDE WIN FOR MALIBU’S RURAL CHARACTER
Final vote count is 57.3% No, 42.7% yes
1574 No Votes, 1173 Yes votes
City Council’s four-to-one vote in favor of the development shows that councilmembers do not reflect the will of the people.
Developer Steve Soboroff already has filed a lawsuit saying the vote of the people was illegal. He contends that the public has no right to prevent him from developing his property as he wishes.
Voters were able to reject the grocery store complex following passage of Measure R, last November’s ballot measure that put Civic Center commercial developments seeking zoning variances up to a vote of residents.
Soboroff’s campaign for voters to approve his plans was seen by residents as the first domino to fall, setting off a chain reaction of massive civic center development.
“Malibu’s identity is that of a natural mountains-meet-the-sea community,” said Ann Doneen, president of the Malibu Democratic Club. “I think this is a vote to retain character of Malibu, to preserve and protect our mountains and open spaces as much as possible. That is the reason for the overwhelming success of Measure R one year ago, and that is the reason that Measure W lost this year, even though there was very little campaigning against W. It helped that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party supported a NO vote on Measure W. Everyone knew that Malibu’s problem with traffic congestion would be made even worse by such a big development here.
“Even though residents might want to shop at a popular store that features lots of local and organic produce, there was no guarantee that this store actually would be part of the complex. Clearly, residents felt the most important issue here was to protect the scenic and environmental nature of the community, which is the reason they bought homes here to begin with.”‘
EARLY RETURNS SHOW MEASURE W LOSING BY NARROW MARGIN!
Absentee ballots show No on W votes are leading — marginally — by 51.64% to 48.34% according to, Malibu Radio Kbu-FM. All five precincts are expected to be counted between 10:00 and 10:30 p.m., Results are unofficial until the city clerk certifies the final tallies. So far there have been:
707 NO votes 51.64%
662 YES votes 48.36%
1,369 absentee ballots cast out of 8,834 eligible
We’ll update you as soon as results are announced.
Members Demonstrate to Boost Awareness of Today’s Vote on Development
Hi, Everyone –Horn tooting, hooting, and cries against too much development, too much traffic, were signs last Friday afternoon that many PCH drivers at the corner of Cross Creek agreed with the Malibu Democratic Club members who were demonstrating there for a NO Vote on Malibu Measure W. Voters go to the polls today to decide on a whether to allow a development of stores — that the developer maintains will include Whole Foods — should be allowed to locate in Civic Center.
That developer, Steve Soboroff, says his shopping mall will be just a small local marketplace with a park. But documents on file with the Malibu Planning Department show it as six acres of shops with a large anchor store, fast-food restaurants and a number of retail shops. Located in Malibu’s civic center — which historically has been a flood plain with a high water table, these stores will add 7,000 cars per day to already crowded roads and highways, increasing traffic congestion on Malibu’s secondary streets and causing more delays on PCH. Malibu’s City Attorney has said the development could include any grocery market, even a Food for Less.
This project has been built on a foundation of distortions and misrepresentations. The developer’s traffic study claimed that traffic had not increased on PCH in the last 25 years. But Planning Commissioner Mikke Pierson discredited that report saying he had checked every date on which traffic measurements where made and discovered “virtually every count in the last 10 years was made on foggy or even drizzly days.” Also, while the Environmental Impact Report called for a specific number of square feet to be green space, Soboroff got around that by creating 12-foot high walls covered in foliage which he termed “a green park.” He also bought local newspaper ads saying the project was endorsed by Webster School’s PTA. This so concerned the Webster school principal that she felt compelled to publish a letter in Malibu newspapers disavowing any endorsement and apologizing to Malibu residents.
Soboroff’s ad was big.
Letters to the Editor are limited to 350 words with no photos and they get buried deep inside the paper.
I sure hope people saw what she wrote. Malibu’s spectacular beauty and closeness to the hills and wild animals is one main reason people buy homes in Malibu. Once that is gone, we cannot get it back. Measure W make our roads more dangerous, jeopardizing the health and safety of Malibu residents; it ignores the rural design standards that are outlined in our building codes, and it will kill yet another increment of Malibu’s wonderful wild and rural atmosphere. . . if not a few more of our residents due to more collisions on our crowded and dangerous PCH. . . . Malibu Democratic Club and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urge you to Vote NO on Measure W.
Meanwhile, on other fronts, special plaudits go to our board member Carol Moss for helping organize Malibu’s Community Assistance Resource Team (CART), which put on such a fabulous event last week at Malibu’s old Superior Court building, a one-stop help day for people without homes. People had lunch, had their feet washed, got flu shots, and were given information on how to get counseling and receive a variety of governmental services. With efforts based at the Malibu Methodist Church, CART members are seeking a variety of ways in which homeless people can be helped — even with such seemingly simple accommodations as being directed to designated lots where they can can park safely at night. Thank you, Carol! Way to go! We’re so proud of you!
Also, Lance Simmens, who is new to The Bu, has made a terrific splash landing, jumping into the community with both feet. Once he learned that last spring’s storms had created a safety problem at Malibu’s famous pier, weakening some loose pilings that could be dislodged by expected El Niño storms, and causing them to ram into other pilings, he immediately spoke out. Simmens asked city leaders questions about getting elected officials to ask State Parks to IMMEDIATELY utilize some of the millions of dollars appropriated for Malibu this year to fix the pilings.
In addition, when Simmens attended the September Malibu Dem Club board meeting and heard a presentation by Andria McFerson, a homeless woman crusading for one-stop centers to assist people like her, he immediately contacted Rep. Ted Lieu’s office. Now, he and Lieu’s staff are working to set up a permanent office involving federal, state, and county agencies so that people without housing will be able to find help more easily.
“I intend to continue working closely with folks dedicated to helping providing at least the opportunity for transitional folks to avail themselves of needed governmental services,” he says. This monthh Lance also helped man a table set up at Ralph’s to provide residents with information about Measure W. Look for Lance to be one of Malibu’s new movers and shakers . . . one of our new bright stars on the horizon. Thank you for caring about your new home, Lance!
MALIBU DEMOCRATS ARE SOCIABLES!
Joined by Conejo Valley’s Sociables Founder Lori DeMersseman and Conejo Valley’s President Elect Carole Keavny, the MDC officially launched it’s Sociables program, a bi-monthly gathering of like-minded Democrats who get together to talk shop and have fun. We met at a looooong high table at Casa Escobar and stuffed ourselves with plenty of hors d’oeuvres and — oh — maybe just a few Margaritas, and had a grand ole time talking about the Presidential candidates in BOTH parties. Stopping in to join the group for some friendly chatter were Ted Vaill, Marcia Hanscom, and Marilyn Dove, not to mention Lance Simmens, of course. We had so much fun, we think we’ll do it again! Please tell your friends next time and stop in and join us! Be in the know, be an opinion leader, and join the action! We need YOU!
TODAY’S VOTING INFORMATION
Please cast your vote for the Democratic Party’s officially endorsed candidates and ballot measures. The L.A. County Democratic Party endorsements for today’s elections are below. You can also click here to download and print a copy of our endorsements to take with you to the polls.
Vote-By-Mail Voters: If you still have your VBM ballot, you are still allowed to mail it, but it must be postmarked by TODAY and received by Fri., Nov. 6, to be counted. To ensure your vote is counted, we strongly recommend you bring your ballot to your polling place on Election Day. You ca find it by clicking here or visiting www.lavote.net/locator. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. If you have any trouble at the polls, contact the LACDP Election Protection Hotline immediately at 213-382-0063 so we can help protect your right to vote. Please vote. The future of Malibu depends on it!
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Official Endorsements for November 3, 2015
Calabasas City Council
Measure O – YES
Measure W – NO
Beverly Hills Unified School District
Las Virgenes Unified School District
Measure E – YES
Newhall County Water District
Should we favor oil companies over pure water during this extended drought?
State Sen. Fran Pavley thinks not.
“I cannot gamble when our groundwater may be polluted because of a lack of oversight,” she explains.
So committed to pure drinking water is she that — in an uncharacteristic move — she broke with Gov. Brown’s state budget plans last month when she opposed $3.5 million in funding of an energy company regulatory agency known for looking the other way at fracking violations.
The state budget conference committee was considering this issue this week and has not yet released information on its recommendation, but Pavley will be available to discuss the potential outcome following a Legislative Update on Saturday when she speaks at the Malibu Democratic Club Second Saturday Series.
Instead of allocating the funds to the much maligned Conservation Department’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), which has plans to use the money for 23 “experts and other technicians,” Pavley wants legislation earmarking the money for the State Water Resources Control Board.
When Former State Sen. Tom Hayden spoke at the Dem Club series last April, he criticized DOGGR as “look –the-other-way agency,” and said that although reforms were being made, “ . . . there is no reason the agency should exist and I doubt how effective the reforms can be.”
The Malibu Dem Club’s Second Saturday Series featuring Pavley will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Malibu Public Library, 23519 Civic Center Way. The talk is free of charge and open to the community.
Pavley also will provide information on her the more stringent climate change standards she is adding to her landmark bill, SB 32, in effect since 2006, which required the state to drop greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. This year’s supplement to that bill aims to curb such gas pollution 80% below the 1990 levels by 2050, and 40% below that standard by 2030.
In other environmental news, Pavley will describe progress on a plan to invigorate cougars in the Santa Monica Mountains. Pavley was among several local lawmakers and heads of conservation agencies to help find funding for a $1.2 million Cougar and wildlife crossing of the 101 Freeway. The underpass, at the Liberty Canyon site of the 101 Freeway, will be a safe way for male Mountain Lions from the Simi Hills and Los Padres National Forest to make their way into the mountains surrounding Malibu where they will be able to mate with felines from a different gene pool.
Pavley also will provide details of traffic safety measures scheduled for PCH as a result of a $235,250 safety corridor grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. To obtain the grant, Pavley worked closely with Malibu City Councilmembers as well as Congressman Ted Lieu, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Grant goals include speed reduction, safer pedestrian crossings, public education on bicycle laws, and DUI detection.
The pair spoke on Saturday, June 13 at the Malibu Library about their latest findings as guests of the Second Saturday Series of the Malibu Democratic Club.
Shafer, who retired after 43 years with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, has two master’s degrees and is a longtime Malibu resident. He has extensively studied the wildfires of the Santa Monica Mountains from 1900 to today.
“Virtually every stick between the 101 and the Pacific Ocean has burned at least once or twice in the last 50 years,” Shafer said. “Some areas have burned six or seven times.”
Local wildfires tend to start at or near the 101 Freeway and strong Santa Ana wind conditions drive the flames toward the coast. FlameMapper software incorporates data from the burn paths of every major wildfire in the last 115 years, including many variables, and is now able to simulate the probable paths and speed a fire could take, based on location, wind, humidity, etc.
In detailed studies of the most common paths that fires have taken through the mountains over the years, Shafer noticed something interesting. “I noticed that oak trees next to a structure protected that structure,” he said.
He began building computer simulations of oak tree plantings at various areas on fire paths. The results showed that “the spread of the fire is vastly reduced by oak trees that have the understory (flammable plants growing underneath the tree) removed.”
Shafer noticed while running simulations of past fires that came down Malibu Canyon that there is a narrow “choke point” or “corridor” near Piuma and Malibu Canyon roads that a fire beginning at the 101 has to get through in order to make it all the way into Malibu. He feels that if oak trees were planted at that particular site, it would stop fires on that route from getting into Malibu.
“The Malibu Canyon Corridor has more burnovers than any other place in the Santa Monica Mountains,” Shafer observed. He points out that the past two big fires in that area have gone around Monte Nido — a neighborhood heavily wooded with large oak trees.
“Natural riparian areas (wooded areas next to stream banks) inhibit wildfire spread,” Shafer said. And it’s not just oak trees — he says willow, bay laurel and California sycamore trees also have the same effect. “If you plant riparian areas on the simulator, they have fire-resistant qualities that haven’t been taken advantage of.”
Shafer has also noticed that areas in the Santa Monica Mountains that used to have riparian areas that have since been removed now burn much more readily. “We need to put nature back where it was to prevent fires from spreading to larger areas,” he said.
Part of the FlameMapper solution, Shafer feels, could be building simulator maps for neighborhoods showing the best locations for planting trees or riparian areas as “containment lines” to prevent the spread of fires. He’d also like the City of Malibu to look at points outside the city limits, where plantings would help prevent fires from coming into the city. “The city should be building a fire protection plan for the Civic Center area,” he said.
Shafer emphasized that FlameMapper is on the leading edge of wildfire research in the U.S. “Most research is done by the U.S. government, and they’re only concerned with trees. Very little research is being done on chaparral areas.”
Several members of the audience, including local Dorothy Reik, were so impressed with Shafer’s research, they now plan to work with Broussard on putting together a presentation for Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, since tree planting projects in the Santa Monica Mountains would fall under her jurisdiction.
Malibu’s Big Rock neighborhood has been one of the early adopters of using FlameMapper as a fire prevention tool. Al Broussard is President of the HOA there and his son, Shea, is co-founder and engineer of FlameMapper. The Boussard family’s house burned down in the 1993 Topanga fire.
Additional information and a number of publicly accessible fire maps are available at flamemapper.com.
Page 1 article reprinted from the May 14, 2015 edition of the Malibu Times
Diablo Canyon nuclear plant
in SLO County ranked by NRC
officials most likely in nation
to be hit by quake bigger than
it is designed to withstand
By Jimy Tallal
Special to the Malibu Times (All photos by Kevin Lynn — provided independently not published in Malibu Times)
As the crow flies, Malibu is only about 120 miles from the state’s only remaining nuclear power plant, Diablo Can;yon, on the coast of Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County. What happens in the event the plant is hit by a tsunami or has an accident similar to Three-Mile Island or Chernobyl? More than 50 people showed up to find out what the experts had to say at Saturday’s Malibu Democratic Club speaker series, and they say the results in Malibu might not be pretty.
“It’s about time, especially following the Fukushima disaster, that we take another look at our own coastal nuclear power plant,” Malibu Democratic Club President Ann Doneen wrote in an email.
Following the March 11, 2011 Fukushima earthquake, Coneen said Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials marked Diablo Canyon as the most likely in the nation to be hit by an earthquake stronger that it was designed to withstand. Paul Frey of Mendocino County, spoke at the event on Saturday and examined the health, economic and agricultural effects of a disaster at Diablo Canyon, and also looked at where radiation would be carried by prevailing winds and ocean currents. Using maps developed by the Monterey Naval Research Laboratory and the UC Santa Barbara Ocean physics Laboratory as well as studying the aftermath of Chernobyl, he was able to show that the radiation cloud would mostly head south to Malibu and beyond.”The entire L.A. Basin is a natural dust trap that would also trap nuclear radiation,” Frey said. ‘And the economic damage to California would be off the scale.”
A number of new earthquake faults in and around the Diablo Canyon plant have been indentified that were unknown when the plant was designed and built prior to when it started up in 1985. For that reason alone, some experts say the plant is violating federal law by continuing to operate.
According to a report in the L.A. Times, “New geological research shows that the Ventura fault is capable of producing earthquakes as large as magnitude 8 as well as severe tsunamis. The fault runs through downtown Ventura, connecting to fault lines in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara . . . Previously, researchers didn’t think California earthquakes could produce tsunamis, since the San Andreas fault is so far inland.”
Doneen said that in July 2013, Dr. Michael Peck, former senior resident inspector of the NRC, tried for a second time to officially call for a shutdown of the Diablo Canyon reactors. He cited the Hosgri fault discovered in in 1971 only 3.56 miles offshore, the Shroeline fault discovered in 2008 less than 1,000 feet from the ocean water intake structure and two smaller faults. The NRC never released or ruled on his “differing professional opinion” document.
Harvey Wasserman, senior advisor to the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and one of the original anti-nuclear activists who coined the phrase “No Nukes,” also spoke at Saturday’s event. He maintained that if Diablo Canyon applied for state and federal construction permits today on the same site, it would never be allowed. In addition, he contends that over 30 years of aging has caused a weakening of the structure.
The Mothers for Peace nonprofit organization in San Luis Obispo, headed by Linda Seeley, has been using every legal means at its disposal to get the Diablo Canyon plant stopped or closed down since 1973. Their attorney in Washington, D.C. has filed against the relicensing of the plant based on statute limitations, seismic safety and high-level radioactive wast storage. The plant’s current license expires in 2024 and 2025 (Units 1 and 2) and Pacific Gas and Electric has already applied to extend those licenses for 20 years behyond that.
Since the plant still operates under an exemption that allows them to “suck up 2.5 billion gallons of ocean water per day, killing all of the sea life, and then discharging it back into the ocean 20 degrees hotter, devastating the ocean floor around Diablo Canyon,” Seeley said. Mothers for Peace is organizing a letter-writing campaign to the California Water Board to force them to build cooling towers.
“Since it won’t be economically feasible for them to build ooling towers, we hope they throw in the towel and withdraw their application for relicensing,” Seeley said. “It’ll also cost them a bundle to make post-Fukushima changes now required by the NRC.”
Special thanks to Malibu Democratic Club Member Myla Reson for
producing this special event.
Malibu Democratic club is preparing a skills and talent directory. Do you have special talents — such as calligraphy, photography, or computer design and layout? Are you all-thumbs-fast on cell texting? Are your social media skills superb? Do you give acting lessons? Teach wind-surfing? Set type? Play the clarinet? Tutor physics, walk dogs, give tours of Malibu? If so, we want to know. Send your name, email address and phone number to malibudemocraticclub.org We’ll put it in a list and publish it here as an ongoing section — space permitting. Send us a photo, too. So tell us about your passions, your work, your frustrations. Put a face on the club. Your face! Because you and I and we — are the club that cares. We get it. Now, don’t be a stranger! Ya know?
One year ago when you elected our Action Team slate we promised you an exciting and productive year. And in the last 12 months we’ve delivered:
• A fabulous club fundraiser headlining author Robert Scheer, and County Chair Eric Bauman, and a line-up of political luminaries including State
Controller Betty Yee and many more.
• A fundraiser for the Sen.Ted Lieu who subsequently became our U.S. Congressman, the outstanding Ted Lieu who represents our 33rd District Congressman.
• Malibu’s first public information session on the slow-growth Measure R, which thereafter passed by an overwhelming 60 percent!
• A visit by newly elected County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to our February Annual meeting in which she answered questions about development of the hills above the city, and provided an inside view of the inner workings of County government.
• An overhaul of our club’s dated bylaws. They now are designed to give you — our members — more of a say in club activities and endorsements.
• The Second Saturday Series, a calendar of topical monthly meetings.
Last month Veteran state legislator and born activist Tom Hayden inspired members, suggesting how to take local action to combat greenhouse gases. Coming up this coming Saturday (May 9 – see attached flyer) will be “Our Dangerous Diablo,” in which top national nuclear energy leaders will tell us about federal violations at our ailing, neighboring plant (May 9). In June, there will be a panel discussion on experts on “Earth, Weather and Fire.” And in July we’ll hear from State Sen. Fran Pavley about a range of state issues that are particularly important here in Malibu. Coming up late in summer we’re planning a fundraiser for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, whom we endorsed in her race for U.S. Senate and in early fall we’ll have another fabulous fundraising party at the home of our fave philanthropist Dr. A.J. Marwah. Momentum is building.
Newspapers are writing about us and other clubs are talking about us. Pretty cool, right?
Is all that worth $30 in annual dues? We hope so. Please visit the “Join the Club” link in the scroll bar and renew your membership for this year. And keep in mind that in order to vote on endorsements your membership sign-up date must be at least a month before you vote.
So do it now while it’s on your mind! One other thing: according to brand new state party rules (explained below) the number of delegates allotted each club is tied to its number paid members. So it’s important to get as many paid members as possible. If you haven’t signed up officially since January 1, we still love you and you’ll stay on our list for a while, but technically you’re not a member anymore. So, please take a second, while you’re still at your computer.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our general meeting on the Second Saturday of each month. We’re grabbing headlines. Other clubs are talking about us. And we’ve got lots more ideas. There is so much MORE to do! Come join us and help make a difference in Malibu and beyond!
Toward a thriving democracy,
You won’t want to miss this inspiring, and potentially
Earth-saving address by former California Sen. Tom Hayden
1) The drive to slow climate change will result in more jobs and more solar energy and carbon-free businesses. Because the federal government has not been able to be effective at reducing greenhouse gases, the impetus to “save the planet” is falling onto the shoulders of states and local communities — like Malibu! With so many communities working together, climate change will become “The Great Unifier.”
2) Additional ways to profit will emerge from greenhouse gas-reduction industries and because of this Republicans will change their viewpoint and jump on the band wagon to fight climate change.
3) The Golden State will lead the nation and even the world in developing profitable industries climate-change fighting industries. California is already at the vanguard in developing strategies to slow the production of carbon/methane/CO2.
What can YOU do to help?
Find out at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Malibu Democratic Club’s Second Saturday Series of informational programs at the Malibu Library, 23519 Civic Center Way. Parking is free of charge.
We’ll also use the occasion to give club members a chance to endorse Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in her 2016 campaign for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat, and also to endorse Trent Lange’s California Clean Money Campaign (Agenda/ information is at bottom.)
Tom Hayden has a plan to hold back climate change and it’s based on programs already being implemented by the State of California. Because it is community-based and relies on grass roots cooperation, Hayden Calls it, “Climate Change: The Great Unifier.”
Hayden says California’s commitments have been so inspiring that while Congressional climate-deniers and Big Oil advocates have been turning their backs on recent international demonstrations, they will change their minds, even so.
Why? Because California will be giving them an offer they can’t refuse: Profit!
Come hear this talk that has the potential to maintain a more healthy and viable life on Planet Earth!
RSVPs appreciated (but not necessary) to email@example.com.
By Ted Vaill
More than 50 Malibu Democrats gathered at the Malibu City Hall Sun, Feb, 15, to hear California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric Bauman, newly-elected Congressman Ted Lieu, and newly-elected Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl address the Annual Meeting of the Malibu Democratic Club.
Eric Bauman, in his seventh term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Democrats, said he was there to speak the Progressive truth, and recalled that during the George W. Bush Administration, he loved to watch The West Wing, because “for one evening a week we had President.”
He characterized himself as “the ambassador for our party and belief systems,” and warned that the Republicans will be making a big play for Fran Pavley’s State Senate seat, as she is termed out in 2016.
Rep. Ted Lieu, just back from D.C., talked about the VA facility in Westwood, and his expectation to work closely with Sheila Kuehl to develop the property into a facility for homeless veterans. He also discussed his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed treaty which would take jobs away from Americans and send them abroad, and could adversely affect climate change.
He also talked at length about his decision to oppose the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the first Democrat in Congress to come out against the AUMF. He said he was concerned with the text of the resolution, which was not constrained geographically, had an uncertain time span, and had no cap on the number of U.S. ground troops that would be committed.
He characterized the resolution as “overly broad” and something he could not support as it now stands, noting that the Progressive Caucus in Congress also has come out against it.
What did he most want to accomplish during his time in Congress? Meaningful progress on resolving the climate change problem, he said.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl discussed her experience over the past two months in helping to run Los Angeles County, which if it were a state would be the 10th largest, and noted that her 3rd District, with two million people, is bigger than half the states. I t is “the most complicated job I have ever had.”
She characterized the County Jail as “a mental health asylum” that needs reform, as does the County’s juvenile justice system. She hopes that in the future there will be a train from the San Fernando Valley to LAX (but not down PCH).
Regarding the Malibu Bluffs development, she noted that the Coastal Commission just turned it down, so it won’t come before the Board of Supervisors “soon or ever.” Regarding the Coastal Development Permit for the Malibu Institute golf course project to build a hotel resort and conference center, she said the project was written into the LCP, which was finalized before she took office, and that it was to be built as part of an existing golf course in the Santa Monica Mountains. She was not hopeful that it could be turned around at this point.
After the featured speakers left, President Ann Doneen introduced Acting Treasurer Doug Rosen, who gave the MDC Treasurer’s report, noting that the MDC had over $5,000 in its treasury.
She then introduced Vice President Ted Vaill, who urged that the MDC members ratify the new Board members appointed by the Board to fill vacancies since the last membership meeting: Doug Rosen as Acting Treasurer, Roy van de Hoek as Secretary, Amy Alcini, Anna Gorby, and Ken Swope as new Board members, and former write-in Board members Jim Hensley, Jennifer deNicola, Marsha Hanscom and Mary Fleischbein. All were confirmed formally as Board members after a duly seconded motion. The Board now has 17 members. Ted then outlined the redrafted MDC bylaws, which were accepted with minor changes by the MDC membership using the amendment procedures authorized by the old bylaws. The new bylaws can be found at this website on the Resolutions pulldown menu.
• YOU’RE INVITED •
to our very important
2015 ANNUAL MEETING!
Please RSVP (click here) while seats are still available!
Free parking! Potluck lunch.
Delicious gourmet carrot cakes and more!)
L.A. County Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will generate some powerful Malibu waves the afternoon of Sat., Feb. 15, as the Malibu Democratic Club conducts it’s 2015 Annual Meeting.
Even following passage of the comprehensive Los Angeles County Coastal Program (LCP), which was billed as the be-all, end-all protection for the Santa Monica Mountains, threats to habitat and wildlife remain.
Currently pending before the Coastal Commission is a new 128-room hotel development in the Encinal Canyon. Kuehl will discuss additional ways Malibu residents can protect their hills and beaches from further degradation.
She also will comment on a variety of proposals the Board of Supervisors will be considering this year and how Malibu will be affected.
Club members will sign in beginning at 11 a.m. at the City Hall Multipurpose Room, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road and the program will begin at 11:15 a.m.
Members will consider — and then vote — on important revisions to the bylaws that will make it easier for club members as well as area Democrats to be fully involved in Malibu Democratic Club activities. (Watch for a Democratic Club email soon that includes proposed Bylaws revisions. )
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Current but outdated bylaws are at: http://www.malibudemocraticclub.org/bylaws/ ) Parking is easy and free of charge.
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11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Malibu City Hall Multipurpose Room
23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265
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Admission is free of charge.
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Concerned about civic life in Malibu? Speak up!
Concerned about fracking in California?
Concerned about what’s happening in Washington?
Here’s a chance for members to help set the agenda
for Malibu Democratic Club for 2015. We, the people, have the power to fix things!
RSVP to Malibudemocraticclub.org
Everyone will be admitted free of charge
although a $15 facilities-use donation will be appreciated.
We’ll have an informal pot-luck table lined with lots of goodies including veggie trays, finger foods, baked goods, casseroles, snacks, soft drinks, coffee, water, and two sensational, moist and delicious “Marcia’s Famous Carrot Cakes.” Please make it more fun by bringing your own personal dishes to share. You can even set your personal cards next to your dish so everyone knows who to ask for the recipe (and who to thank for the treat).
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER, SHEILA KUEHL
In her current position as Third District County Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl represents more than 1 million residents. She has promised to build out the county’s rail system, end homelessness, and reduce gun violence. Kuehl served eight years in the California State Senate and six years in the State Assembly.
She will discuss how residents can preserve their way of life and protect the area from over-reaching development. In addition she’ll provide a look at what lies ahead this year in County government.
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MALIBU DEMOCRATIC CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ann Doneen, President
Ted Vaill, Vice President
Roy Van de Hoek, Secretary
Doug Rosen, Acting Treasurer
Ralph Erickson, President Emeritus
Jennifer de Nicola
Jean Goodman, immediate past president
Sam Hall Kaplan
See you there!
Catch the Wave
Malibu Democratic Club voting recommendations, endorsements, and resolutions of support are on the “We’re For…” page which you can find at left in the ribbon of pull-down menus.
Endorsements are made at general meetings of the full membership of the Malibu Democratic Club. Resolutions of support are made by the Board of Directors.
On races in which the full membership did not endorse, the Malibu Democratic Club defers to the L.A. County Democratic Party endorsements which are included on the “We’re For . . . ” page.
Please vote! It is urgent to have good Democrats elected to office to prevent progress in health care, the environment, energy, and many other crucial financial and civil rights matters from falling under the control of Republicans who are advocating many harmful policies.
More than 100 Democrats turned out Sunday, Oct. 26, to hear L.A. County Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman make a dramatic plea for voter turnout, while author and progressive intellect Robert Scheer took Democrats to task and urged them to have the courage to stand up for Democratic principles.
Videos of the event — featuring State. Sen Ted Lieu, 33rd Congressional District Candidate, and Betty Yee, candidate for State Controller, and R.L. Miller, chair of the State Environmental Caucus have been posted at the MDC YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMqP5-w22H7B_6OR3qOd
Also see text speech highlight capsulizations which follow the thumbnail video below. Speech videos are available at the link above. (TIP: PLEASE VIEW VIDEOS FULL SIZE TO AVOID SILHOUETTE EFFECT.)
Please scroll under this video insert to see text highlights of speakers’ remarks!
• Dr. A.J. Marwah, an international philanthropist, catered and hosted the event.
• Eric Bauman, L.A. County Democratic Party Chair
“Sometimes people in politics can be very cynical. Some of you saw an insert in the L.A. Times to make it look like Zev Yaroslavsky had taken a position in the supervisor’s race. No such thing is true. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was the cynical use of a quote to make it appear that Zev had endorsed a candidate. Let me be clear. The L.A. Democratic Party and the L.A. Federation of Labor are with Sheila James Kuehl to be the next supervisor in the Supervisors Race in the County of Los Angeles”
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“Now speaking of cynicism, every day when you turn on the TV, someone is telling you not to vote; telling you that you don’t to bother, that it makes no difference; it’s not important, there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans . . . there’s nothing interesting on the ballot. Jerry Brown’s a shoo-in don’t worry about it.
They just want us to believe that because if we believe that , then Ashley Swearingen will control the state’s checkbook, the woman who presides over the bankrupt city of Fresno, and Pete Peterson from just up the street, will control the election mechanisms in the State of California and Mark Tuck will take over the school system.. And instead of putting kids and teachers first, he’ll put the corporatizers who want to buy our schools and privatize our schools first , and we can’t let that happen. We cannot let ourselves be coaxed into complacency.”
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There’s a great comparison I want to leave you with here today — The comparison between voters here in California and voters in Kansas.
“In California we had a revolution of hope. We have begun to bring California back.
You see, here in California, the voters gave us a right to pass a budget with majority vote. And then they gave us Democrats in both houses so that Democrats could control the levers of power, along with a Democratic governor.
And we went from a $60 billion deficit to a $6.5 billion surplus….and we began to invest in our schools again, and we have 3.5 million people on health care.
We have begun to bring California back.
And in Kansas they had a revolution, too.
They elected Tea Partier Republicans across the board and a governor named Sam Brownback too, and when Sam Brownback came in, he shut six Departments of State Government and cut taxes to the rich by billions and just this week they have a $350 million deficit and people are being thrown off unemployment and people are being thrown off disability, and schools are closing. That’s the difference between a progress agenda and a radical right Tea Party agenda.
We are the big blue beacon of hope…and what the Malibu Democratic Club the L.A. Democratic Party and the California Democratic Party do and what Betty Yee does and Alex Padilla does, and Tom Torlakson does and Ted Lieu . . . We’re the difference. . . . We are sending a message across America…
I want you to take your job seriously. You are the ambassadors of our party, ambassadors of our candidates… don’t let one person stay home.
CALIF. STATE SEN. TED LIEU, CANDIDATE FOR 33RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
“Ann was asking, “What makes us Democrats? One thing is — one thing is, we actually believe in science. . . . So I want to talk about that one issue today. There are a lots of things we can talk about today; we have many challenges, but there is one that can actually kill us. And that’s what the science says. And that’s climate change.
“I believe climate change is an existential threat to humanity. And that’s one of the reasons I’m running for Congress. It’s because I want my eight-year-old, and my 11-year-old, when they grow up, to live, and want their kids to live. And we know that climate change — not only does it start affecting your water supplies, but it starts affecting your food supplies. Eventually that leads to violent conflict. And we’re in huge amounts of trouble if we don’t do something right now.”
So, in California, we’ve done a pretty good job. In California I was a co-author of Assembly Bill 32, the landmark global warming solutions act, that said by 2020 we were going to reduce our greenhouse gases emissions to 1990 levels. Last year as the result of a bill I authored, we got more than $3 million out to cities and communities that deal with climate adaptation. But to do this right we need America to do what California has done and as your member of Congress, one of the first things I’m going to do is reintroduce the Waxman – Markey climate change bill that basically will try to replicate some of the laws here in California. Try to make it nationwide, and then we need the rest of the world to do what California has done. And then that’s how we survive.
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Let me conclude by talking about the election.It is helpful to be the Democratic nominee in a Democratic district…But my opponents raised a lot of money from Sheldon Adelson and his affiliates. Last week because our campaign finance laws suck, two super pacs came in and as of today they have come in and spent $850,000 supporting my opponent and smearing me. . . and so anything you can do to help turn out the vote in November…. lawn signs, phone bank, precinct walk..
Because let me ask you this question. what do you think is going to turn out the vote Nov. 4? Nothing! Right? There’s no presidential election, no governors race people are concerned about. And if you turn out a Democrat in Malibu, you’re helping me, Betty Yee,Jeff Prang.
MORE SPEECH HIGHLIGHTS TO COME!
PLEASE COME BACK LATER TO SEE MORE.
A SUNDAY WITH ROBERT SCHEER
This is the Malibu Democratic Club event that everyone looks forward to. Enjoy a delicious Indian feast and a fascinating afternoon with the journalist and teacher who is “Mr. Left” of radio’s “Left, Right, and Center.” Robert Scheer is a spellbinding speaker who is one of the nation’s most celebrated progressive thinkers. He will be available to sign the most recent of his 11 books, “They Know Everything About You,” which deals with the loss of privacy in America.
Our soon-to-be 33rd District Congressman Ted Lieu, Current State Senator for the 28th District
Eric Bauman, L.A.County Democratic Party Chair
State Sen. Fran Pavley, 27th District
Activist Cindy Asner
The drummer for The Doors, John Densmore
Assemblyman Richard Bloom, 50th Dist.
Malibu Democratic Club President Emeritus
Retired Federal Judge
Jay Levin, Fix Our America Now, and
R.L. Miller, Chair of the State Environmental Caucus
12:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014
at the beautiful home of Dr. A.J. Marwah
29057 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
To attend please visit :
Or, RSVP to MalibuDemocraticClub.org
$45 donation requested
Dr. Amarjit Marwah, a highly respected philanthropist in the U.S. and India, was the first dentist of Indian heritage to practice in America. His hospitality is legendary along with his generosity to the needy. Education of the poor is his passion.
Congratulations to Dorothy Reik, Malibu Democratic Club’s board member who was honored Sunday night by the L.A. County Democratic Party as one of two 50th California Assembly District’s Democrats of the Year.
Dorothy, who is president of Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains, was honored at the 2014 Frank and Eleanor Democrat of the Year Awards Banquet at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, where 47 other local Southland political volunteers also were recognized.
Honored in the 50th Assembly District (along with Michael Kapp of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club and the Stonewall Democratic Club, Dorothy, specifically, was acclaimed for her work to “move the party in a progressive direction, focusing on electing Democrats who will move on such issues as the environment, economic justice, and peace. Her participation in politics began in 2005 when she attended the CDP Convention and protested the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She also is a member of the Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley Executive Board. She was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of City College of New York where she also was accepted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
A former teacher, currently she is a mortgage loan broker at Bankers Group, in Woiodland Hills. As president of the Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica Mountains for seven years, Dorothy has taken a leading role in influencing policy in the Democratic Party. She was appointed as a delegate to the California Democratic Party Central Committee by Fran Pavley and she serves on the Board of the party’s Progressive Caucus.
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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.
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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.
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!
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!
Malibu Democratic Club Members and Friends —
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 email@example.com.
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.
Hi, Malibu Democrats —
Exciting things are in the works for the end of summer and fall.
• Mark your calendars for a Meet-and-Greet party at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
•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.Ann Doneen
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:
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, August 10
7055 Fernhill Drive, Malibu, CA
Please RSVP to 323-382-1111
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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.
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.