First five installations are the opening statements. Then there are questions from the moderator to all, then audience questions, and in the last installment (No. 5), final answers to audience questions and closing statements.
Want a chance to help determine the future of Malibu??
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,
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?
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!
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