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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.

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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