We’re the Malibu Democratic Club.
We celebrated our 50th birthday in 2016, with a constant membership of more than 80 and a mailing list of more than 560, we also are among L.A. County’s oldest Democratic organization. With a long history of activism and community involvement in party activities the name ‘Malibu Democratic Club” carries clout among Democrats and statewide among Democratic leaders.
Ted Vaill Acting President
Ted Vaill has been helping shape Malibu’s future for more than 15 years and his local involvement and governmental experience are helping to restore the Malibu Democratic Club’s political influence. A 40-year Malibu resident, Ted has been a member of the City of Malibu Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission. He is a three-term delegate to the California Democratic Convention and Central Committee, and has been a vice president of the Malibu Democratic Club since 2011. Ted earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago,and served the Navy as a lawyer in the South Pacific. He has been an L.A.-area lawyer since 1969. Early in his career he was a park ranger in the Grand Tetons. He has authored more than 30 articles in the LA Progressive and the Hollywood Progressive. He also makes documentary films.
Ralph EricksonRalph Erickson President Emeritus
Ralph is a retired federal judge who is a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee. He is member of the State Party Central Committee and was 41st Assembly District 2004 Democrat of the Year. Ralph also is a Democratic Party Region 10 State Committee Member and a Santa Monica/Malibu School District committee member. But here in Malibu, he is known as the president emeritus of a Malibu Democratic Club where he is loved and respected and known for his wry insights, inspiring leadership and gentle guidance on a variety of perplexing issues.
Sam Hall Kaplan
Sam is a widely recognized award-winning journalist
and commentator on civic affairs, public finance, and urban design.
He has been a design critic for the LATimes, urban affairs reporter for the NY Times and an Emmy award winning reporter/ producer for local Fox Television News. In the private sector he has directed the design, construction and financing of a variety of projects that have included nearly one billion dollars of innovative mixed-use air rights developments as well as public facilities, in New York City. He was a special assistant to the US Comptroller of the Currency. In the private sector has has been a creative consultant to a number of companies and corporations including Disney Imagineering, the Janss Corp., and Howard Hughes Properties. A graduate of Cornell University (’57), he did post graduate work at Princeton, and has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIArc), Art Center College of Design, USC, Yale, Princeton and CCNY. He is author of four books as well as innumberable articles in a variety of newspapers and magazines.
For nine years Marcia has been executive director of the Ballona Institute, which she founded in 2005. Since then, Marcia has become — quite literally — the voice for Nature on the Los Angeles Coast. Ballona Institute supports programs for nature education, community-engaged ecological restoration and nature-inspired artistic expression ~ including a Nature Academy, Museum/Archives, Natural History Research Library and a place where informative, creative nature tours are organized. Between 1995 and 2003, faced with the threat of development of most of the 1,087 acres of floodplain marsh and grasslands on the LA coast, and the community’s resolve to keep out destructive development, Marcia inspired and empowered community members to begin speaking out at public meetings and hearings. She organized highly visible protests, raised funds, and worked effectively through governmental channels to convince decision-makers to help fund the public acquisition of these lands. She lead a coalition of groups from 2010 to 2012 seeking to prevent the bulldozing of and extensive destruction of wildlife at Malibu Lagoon.
Founder, Malibu CART (an organization to find shelter and assistance for the homeless);
Member, Preserve Malibu; Charter member,
Malibu Township Council; Save Malibu Lagoon; founding board member, Santa Monica MountainsConservancy, Governor’s deputy on Port Hueneme (under Jerry Brown).
National politics: McGovern delegate, Tibet support groups, member of California Bar since 1996, Malibu Colony HOA Board.
Shelley Kramer Administrator for the MDC Website