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County to rule tomorrow on converting  Santa Monica Mountain land into wineries

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Tomorrow, Tues., Nov.17, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide whether 21,000 spectacular, pristine acres of rugged canyons and sweeping ridgelines will be protected from the threat of new commercial vineyards.

Your action now is crucial; your strong voice is needed to say NO to commercial vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan (NAP). This is not about garden vineyards.

After residents have spent decades fighting to protect the Santa Monica Mountains, and after  millions of public dollars have been spent in passing County laws to preserving open space and protecting natural landscapes, ​lobbyists and ​special interests from the Central Valley once again are determined to exploit the Santa Monica Mountains.
At stake are huge swaths of native habitat that would be stripped and replaced with non-native, vineyard and crops.

Please join in saying NO to creating a patchwork of vineyard ​commercial ​plantations ​and operations that horribly consume and ​fragment ​the terrain. In addition to killing native plants and animals,  vineyard blight disfigures the landscape and significantly decreases property values and quality of life for adjacent and surrounding communities.   In addition, some nonorganic farmers use rodenticides which have been shown fatal to wildlife and herbicides known to be carcinogens to humans.
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Here is what you can do right now to help:

  1. Cut and paste the email below and send immediately to defendnap@gmail.com. We need as many letters as possible.  Distribute to your friends and neighbors. Every letter counts! Deadline is at 6 p.m. today, Mon, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.
  2. Attend and speak up at the Board of Supervisors hearing tomorrow, Tues, Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. – 500 West Temple Street, Los Angles.

Thank you for caring about our beautiful mountains.

 

Here is the suggested email to cut and paste

Send email to: defendnap@gmail.com      Subject Line of email: SUPPORT ITEM #47. BAN COMMERCIAL VINEYARDS

Honorable Board of Supervisors:

PLEASE SUPPORT ITEM #47.

BAN NEW COMMERCIAL VINEYARDS IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NORTH AREA COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICT PROJECT NO. R2015-02310, ADVANCE PLANNING CASE NO. RQADV201500007, ENVIRONMENTAL CASE NO. REN201500182

I/we strongly support Agenda Item #47 and a Vineyard Ordinance that prohibits new commercial vineyards in the spectacularly wild 21,000 acres comprising the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan. Vineyards are a significant and growing threat to our environment, magnificent scenic resources, our fragile wildlife and ecosystem, and to our native habitat, water quality and resources.

Please don’t allow ‘special interests’ to triumph over the best interests of the public and our extraordinarily natural and finite resources.

Sincerely,

Your name/address/affiliation

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.-6

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.

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Photo courtesy The Malibu Post

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.

 

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Meanwhile, on other fronts, special plaudits go to our 12122627_10206493691115024_8275257852462205732_nboard 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 Lance Simmenssplash 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!

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Joining the Sociables gathering during October were, from left, Author and activist Lance Simmens, Attorney and Documentarian Ted Vaill, Carol Keavny, president-elect of the Conejo Valley Democratic Womens Council; Marcia Hanscom, activist and Dem Club board member; Lori DeMersseman, founder of The Sociables network of intelligent conversation clubs, and Ann Doneen, Malibu Dem Club president

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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!

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                                                                                                                                   President


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

CITIES

Calabasas City Council
Steve Roseman

Calabasas City
Measure O – YES

Malibu City
Measure W – NO

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Beverly Hills Unified School District
Noah Margo

Raul Elias
Gabriel Orosco

Las Virgenes Unified School District
Measure E – YES

WATER DISTRICTS

Newhall County Water District
Lynne Plambeck

Yay for Volunteers

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Special thanks to Mary Fleischbein, board member (left) Marcia Hanscom (center), membership chair, and Dennis Aoki and Linda Mead (not pictured), all of whom check in members and their guests as they arrive at club meetings.  And to Jeudi Curtis (at right) who appeared in February to instill a bit of the spirit of Malibu, attesting to what it was like 63 years ago when she lived on a ranch along Cross Creek and Malibu was still a seaside outpost with ranches nestled snugly into the hills.  Also, many thanks to the board members who bring refreshments.

Help Malibu Make a Difference in California

One year ago when you elected our Action Team slate we promised you an exciting and productive year. And in the last 12 months we’ve delivered:

• A fabulous club fundraiser headlining author Robert Scheer, and County Chair Eric Bauman, and a line-up of political luminaries including State
Controller Betty Yee and many more.
• A fundraiser for the Sen.Ted Lieu who subsequently became our U.S. Congressman, the outstanding Ted Lieu who represents our 33rd District Congressman.
• Malibu’s first public information session on the slow-growth Measure R, which thereafter passed by an overwhelming 60 percent!
• A visit by newly elected County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to our February Annual meeting in which she answered questions about development of the hills above the city, and provided an inside view of the inner workings of County government.
• An overhaul of our club’s dated bylaws. They now are designed to give you — our members — more of a say in club activities and endorsements.
• The Second Saturday Series, a calendar of topical monthly meetings.

Last month Veteran state legislator and born activist Tom Hayden inspired members, suggesting how to take local action to combat greenhouse gases. Coming up this coming Saturday (May 9 – see attached flyer) will be “Our Dangerous Diablo,” in which top national nuclear energy leaders will tell us about federal violations at our ailing, neighboring plant (May 9). In June, there will be a panel discussion on experts on “Earth, Weather and Fire.” And in July we’ll hear from State Sen. Fran Pavley about a range of state issues that are particularly important here in Malibu. Coming up late in summer we’re planning a fundraiser for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, whom we endorsed in her race for U.S. Senate and in early fall we’ll have another fabulous fundraising party at the home of our fave philanthropist Dr. A.J. Marwah. Momentum is building.

Newspapers are writing about us and other clubs are talking about us. Pretty cool, right?

Is all that worth $30 in annual dues? We hope so. Please visit the “Join the Club” link in the scroll bar and renew your membership for this year. And keep in mind that in order to vote on endorsements your membership sign-up date must be at least a month before you vote.

So do it now while it’s on your mind! One other thing: according to brand new state party rules (explained below) the number of delegates allotted each club is tied to its number paid members. So it’s important to get as many paid members as possible. If you haven’t signed up officially since January 1, we still love you and you’ll stay on our list for a while, but technically you’re not a member anymore. So, please take a second, while you’re still at your computer.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our general meeting on the Second Saturday of each month. We’re grabbing headlines. Other clubs are talking about us. And we’ve got lots more ideas. There is so much MORE to do! Come join us and help make a difference in Malibu and beyond!

Toward a thriving democracy,

Ann Doneen
President

YOU ARE INVITED!

A SUNDAY WITH ROBERT SCHEER

robert-scheer-1This is the Malibu Democratic Club event that everyone looks forward to.  Enjoy a delicious Indian feast and a fascinating    afternoon with the journalist and teacher who is “Mr. Left” of radio’s “Left, Right, and Center.”  Robert Scheer is a spellbinding speaker who is one of the nation’s most celebrated progressive thinkers.  He will be available to sign the most recent of his 11 books, “They Know Everything About You,” which deals with the loss of privacy in America.

Special Guests

Our soon-to-be 33rd District Congressman Ted Lieu, Current State Senator for the 28th District

Eric Bauman, L.A.County Democratic Party Chair

State Sen. Fran Pavley,  27th District

Activist Cindy Asner

The drummer for The Doors, John Densmore

Assemblyman Richard Bloom, 50th Dist.

Ralph Erickson
Malibu Democratic Club President Emeritus
Retired Federal Judge

Jay Levin, Fix Our America Now, and

R.L. Miller, Chair of the State Environmental Caucus

12:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014
at the beautiful home of Dr. A.J. Marwah
29057 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

To attend please visit :

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/robertscheer

or

http://bit.do/come-hear-scheer

Or, RSVP to MalibuDemocraticClub.org
$45 donation requested

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Dr. Amarjit Marwah, a highly respected philanthropist in the U.S. and India, was the first dentist of Indian heritage to practice in America. His hospitality is legendary along with his generosity to the needy.  Education of the poor is his passion.

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Come to a BBQ with Ted Lieu and Alan Grayson!

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           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!
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            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 need your talent! President’s Letter – August

Malibu Democratic Club Members and Friends —

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How has your summer been so far?  Things are starting to get a little exciting here in the ole Dem Club!

A special thanks to Candace Bowes and David Kurtz for hosting a delightful coffee to meet 33rd Congressional District Candidate Ted Lieu at their lovely Point Dume home last Sunday (snapshot is above – Ted is at left).  Among those attending were Councilmembers Joan House, Laura Rosenthal and Lou La Monte!  If you couldn’t make it this time, there will be several more informal opportunities to meet November ballot candidates.  We’ll keep you posted here and online at MalibuDemocraticClub.org.

Coffees, parties, and meetings like this are grass roots Democracy in action!  They’re how the system works!  Before this campaign season ends, I hope all of you, your friends, and your friends’ friends are able to participate and experience it!

Here’s something you might not know:  Our new Membership Committee reports that about 3,100 Democrats are registered in Malibu.  Are you surprised?  The number is not as many as outsiders might expect, but according to Past President Ralph Erickson the numbers actually are up slightly over the past five years.  Despite this, our club’s membership fell to less than 100 members during the last few years.  So we have lots of growing room and we’ll be setting new membership goals.  You can provide a leg up by inviting your friends and neighbors to this fall’s ranch-style barbecue on Sept. 23 at Doug Rosen’s amazing ranch in the Monte Nido area.  Ted Lieu and Florida’s star legislator, Rep. Alan Grayson, will be there.  We also will have other special surprises ahead, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile the MDC is off to a good start on bylaws revisions. At the July board meeting our Bylaws Committee and the board reviewed language clarifying some of our procedures.  We also decided it would be helpful to add some new practices enabled by technological advances that were not commonplace the last time the bylaws were updated.  Under the guidance of Dem Club Vice President Ted Vaill, a lawyer and three-term delegate to the California Central Committee Convention, we will continue working on bylaws revisions at our next board meeting on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  To attend, send an email to  Malibudemocraticclub@gmail.com and include your phone number.  We’ll respond with the agenda and location.

Do you like to plan fun parties? Are you good with art, design, and decorations?  Do you like to greet people at the door?  Do you have great computer skills?  If these things sound fun,  please email us.   We can use your help.

Our club has incredible potentialOur voice can be powerful and influential.  You can help make that happen.  To join the membership committee please contact malibumarcia@gmail.com.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Ann Doneen
President, Malibu Democratic Club

P.S.  Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica Mountains invites you to its 9th Annual Birthday Party and Fundraiser at 3:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 21801 Saddle Peak Road, Topanga.  Attending will be Robert Scheer, winner of the PDSMM Lifetime Achievement Award, 33rd Dist. Rep. Henry Waxman,  Endorsed Candidates Betty Yee, Ben Allen, Ted Lieu, and Sheila Kuehl, and Democratic legislators snd activists Fran Pavley, Richard Bloom, Zev Yaroslavsky, Lance Simmens, Mary Beth Fielder, Russell Greene, Trent Lange, Mimi Kennedy, and Nick Donovan. A $35 donation is requested.  RSVP to DorothyReik@pdsmm.org or call 310-455-4050.

Meet good people and have a good time doing good things!

Hi, Malibu Democrats —

Exciting things are in the works for the end of summer and fall.

Mark your calendars for a Meet-and-Greet party at the Piuma-area canyon home of Doug Rosen from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 20th.  Programs Committee member Dorothy Reik, who is planning the event, has invited 33rd Congressional District Candidate Ted Lieu, and special surprise guest, Florida’s Congressman Alan Grayson who is flying in for the evening just to keep things lively.   Set amid sycamores and rolling hills, Doug’s rancho has an aviary filled with peacocks and other exotic birds, a hand-made rock-rimmed swimming pool set into the sprawling grounds surrounding his ranch-style home.

We’re gearing up to begin an outstanding membership drive!  Armed with special software provided by the LA County Democratic Party, our Membership Committee be able to use state-of-the-art communications and social media software.  We also have a series of personal outreach efforts planned.  All just in time for the fall Get Out the Vote campaign.  Be a part of this exciting club-building effort.  Email MalibuDemocraticClub@gmail.com if you want to take part!

Care to host a Meet-and-Greet party in your home?  Ted Lieu is looking for volunteers who are willing to host up to 30 guests to introduce him to your friends and neighbors.  He is the leading contender in the Congressional race to take Henry Waxman’s 33rd District seat.  If you’d like to help, contact Harry McAlevy, one of Teds campaign interns, at harry.mcalevey@mail.mcgill.ca.

The Bylaws Committee, headed by Ted Vaill, is updating and revising this important document.  The current one is on this site under the “What’s Up” pulldown menu.   The bylaws govern how your Dem Club functions.  If you have an opinion, send us a line and speak your mind.

If  you would like to attend a board meeting they are scheduled at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month (unless there is an important civic event which members will want to attend, in which case we reschedule.)  We are looking for a permanent meeting place, so if you have ideas please send them to MalibuDemocraticClub@gmail.com.   A suitable location should have a room for a large meeting table with chairs for up to 25 people or so, and sufficient parking, and should remain open or available until 9 p.m.)

Also, if you are interested in suggesting events or working on committees to plan events, do fundraising, get out the vote, or build membership, please send us a line. This is fun and exciting work — a wonderful opportunity to meet some pretty terrific people!  Hope to see you at one of our events.

Ann Doneen
President

Come to a Coffee with State Senator Ted Lieu, Candidate for Congress

Your Neighbor Harry McAlevey Invites You to a Coffee with State Senator Ted Lieu, Candidate for Congress

Ted Lieu’s family immigrated to America when Ted was three years old. With the support of hard-working parents and a country that provides limitless opportunity, Ted went on to attend Stanford University and Georgetown Law before joining the United States Air Force on active duty.

Senator Lieu firmly believes an elected official’s job is to protect the vulnerable and those without a voice. In the Senate, he sponsored laws that helped create jobs, save taxpayer dollars, and protect children. Please join Ted:

 

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday, August 10

7055 Fernhill Drive, Malibu, CA

 

Please RSVP to 323-382-1111