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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,
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
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.
PleaseRSVP (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. )
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.
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”
* * * “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.