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Lieu, Kuehl and Bauman tell it as it is

Photo by Marcia Hanscom
Photo by Marcia Hanscom

By Ted Vaill
Vice President

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.

Our 2015 Annual Meeting features Sheila Kuehl!

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•  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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   Please RSVP to malibudemocraticclub@gmail.org

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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?
Speak up!
Concerned about what’s happening in Washington?
Speak up!
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.


THE BUFFET

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, Supervisor Sheila KuehlSheila 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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RATIFICATION


MALIBU DEMOCRATIC CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We ask for your approval and ratification
at the Feb. 15, 2015 meeting.(Biographies are online at http://www.malibudemocraticclub.org/about-us/

 

OFFICERS

Ann Doneen, President
Ted Vaill, Vice President

Roy Van de Hoek, Secretary
Doug Rosen, Acting Treasurer
Ralph Erickson, President Emeritus


BOARD MEMBERS

Amy Alcini
Jennifer de Nicola

Jean Goodman, immediate past president
Linda Goodman
Anna Gorby

Marcia Hanscom
Jim Hensley 
Sam Hall Kaplan
Carol Moss
Dorothy Reik
Ken Swope


See you there!

 

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Catch the Wave

President’s Letter: June

Hi Malibu Democratic Club Members!

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 event which 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.

Hope to see you soon!

 

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Ann Doneen
President