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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.
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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
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• 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”
* * * “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.
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
Or, RSVP to MalibuDemocraticClub.org $45 donation requested
ABOUT OUR HOST
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.
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.