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

Our 2015 Annual Meeting features Sheila Kuehl!




to our very important



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: ) Parking is easy and free of charge.

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   Please RSVP to

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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!

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).



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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We ask for your approval and ratification
at the Feb. 15, 2015 meeting.(Biographies are online at



Ann Doneen, President
Ted Vaill, Vice President

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


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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