*** WLADC MEET 'n GREET HAPPY HOUR ***
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
GasLite Bar - 2030 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
Please join us for Happy Hour at the Gaslite!
*** AN EVENING WITH GEORGE LAKOFF ***
What To Do Now:
How We Can Win With The Right Message
Thursday, April 13 7:00-9:00 PM
3376 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034
*** OUR VICTORY STARTS TODAY! ***
Our Elections Committee is up and running, gearing up for 2018. We've begun taking trips to Congressional District 25 (Steve Knight (R) Antelope Valley) to do voter registration, and working with other groups we will take that seat from the Republicans and turn the district Blue! We have several other congressional seats to turn here in Southern California, just an hour or so away. We're also looking at other states and plan to adopt one, as we did with Nevada in 2016. If you are interested in making a huge difference in the composition of Congress, join us! Victory Starts Today! Contact Ellen Bridle
, Chair of the Elections Committee, come to a meeting and help us win!
Ballot Measure Endorsements
Measure M: YES - PASSED
Cannabis regulation, taxation and enforcement
Measure N: NO - FAILED
Cannabis Activity Permits: Withdrawn too late to remove
from ballots and will not be counted; can leave blank
Measure P: YES - PASSED
Amends the City Charter to increase the maximum term
of Harbor Department licenses and leases from 50 to 66 years
to be consistent with recent changes to state law
Measure S: NO - FAILED
Building Moratorium; Restrictions on General Plan Amendments;
Review of General Plan
COUNTY Measure H: YES - PASSED
Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness;
authorizes a 1/4 cent sales tax for ten years
Mayor: Eric Garcetti Elected
City Attorney: Mike Feuer Elected
City Controller: Ron Galperin Elected
City Council, District 5: Paul Koretz Elected
City Council, District 11: Mike Bonin Elected
Los Angeles Community College Trustee, Seat 2: Steve Veres Elected
Los Angeles Community College Trustee, Seat 4: Dallas Fowler Defeated
Los Angeles Community College Trustee, Seat 6: No Consensus
Los Angeles Unified School District Member, District 4: Steve Zimmer Run-Off
Saturday, February 11th
ANNUAL MEETING/CLUB OFFICER ELECTIONS
L.A. CITY CANDIDATES FORUM
Make Your Vote Count -- Vote By Mail Ballots are on the way!
Join us for our West LA Democratic Club Annual Meeting and Club Officers election, Los Angeles City Candidates, LAUSD Board Member, LA County Community College District Trustees and a Debate on Measure S. The election is March 7th and absentee ballots are in the mail. Be informed! Meet your Democratic candidates and hear what they have to say!
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
3590 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista CA 90066
9:30 a.m. Registration/Credentials/Coffee
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Sharp - 12:00 noon
LA Mayor: Eric Garcetti, Mitchell J. Schwartz
LA City Council Member, District 5:
Paul Koretz, Jesse Creed (invited)
LA City Council Member, District 11:
Mike Bonin, Robin Rudisill, Mark Ryavec (invited)
LA City Measure S Debate: Speakers TBD
12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m. Light Lunch Break
Session II: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
LA City Controller: Ron Galperin
LA Community College District, Seat 6:
Nancy Pearlman, Gabriel Buelna
LA Community College District, Seat 4: Dallas Fowler
LA Community College District, Seat 2:
Steve Veres, Thomas J. Norman (invited)
LAUSD Board of Education Member, District 4:
Steve Zimmer, Nick Melvoin, Alison Holdorff Polhill
(Candidates will appear in designated Session, but not necessarily in the order listed)
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
West LA Democratic Club Officer Elections
Vice President, Political: Marc Saltzberg
Vice President, Operations:
Ingrid van Eckert
Secretary: Julie Goodman
Ellen Bridle, Joan Gallagher, Karen Wolfe
Ballot Count/Announcement of Endorsed Candidates
This will be a WLADC Endorsement Meeting
(You do not have to be a member to attend! All are welcome!)
According to our By-Laws, you must be a dues-paying member for forty-five days to vote in an endorsement meeting. Recently lapsed members may renew at the meeting and vote.
If you are unsure of your membership status, please email our Membership Chair, Tracy Gore: firstname.lastname@example.org
WLADC Annual Meeting/Candidate ForumWhen:
February 11, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (light lunch served)
St. Bede's 3590 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista CA 90066 (plenty of parking) map
Suggested Donation: $5 (no one turned away)
Video and Results from "Victory Starts Today"
will be available as soon as we fix a couple of small (!) issues
Victory Starts Today !!
A Call to Action!
Take our country back with OUR answer to the new president!
Many thanks to those of you who have already RSVP'd and taken our SURVEY for our January General Meeting - Victory Starts Now! We'd love everyone's input.
Time: 10:30AM (for light Breakfast - program starts at 11:00 AM)
Place: St. Bedes Church,
3590 Grand View Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90066
A Secretary of Energy who doesn't believe his Department should exist. An EPA Director who declares that the science on climate change "is far from settled." A Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who himself said he's not qualified to run a federal agency. What kind of topsy-turvy world are we living in?
With Washington now controlled by the Republicans and the next Congressional election two years away, it's easy to watch each new development and feel helpless.
But we're not.
There are things each of us can do right now to change our nation's course. We don't have to live in a swing state to swing political control back to the Democrats.
The West LA Democratic Club is building strategies and partnerships with Democrats across the country. Together, we're laying the groundwork for Victory in 2018 - and you have a vital role to play in it.
We need your ideas... by 5PM on Thursday, Jan 12th - click HERE to take our survey.
Join our local Congressman Ted Lieu, whom the New York Times just named one of the "rising Democratic leaders" that the national party should look to for its future. First, Ted will give us the inside scoop on the battles ahead. But then he's going to ask for our input (start the process now -
He'll lead a community conversation demanding that the Democratic National Committee respond to our opponent's challenge (DNC members have been invited to listen in).
Next, we'll go to work setting up a volunteer apparatus right here in LA! Since we'll each have a hand in creating it, we can tailor our volunteer efforts to best fit each of our respective strengths and passions.
So join Ted Lieu and the West LA Democratic Club as we kick-start the path to Victory in 2018 - a victory that starts today. Please RSVP NOW!: CLICK RSVP.
Don't forget to take the survey - please submit it by 5pm on Thursday, Jan. 12th. Click HERE to start.
Questions? Contact Marc Saltzberg at
Remember: Victory Starts Today!
YOU CAN VOTE NOW - CLICK HERE FOR WHERE and WHEN
You Can GET OUT THE VOTE in Nevada and Arizona This Week
YOUR CLUB RECOMMENDS 'HOW' TO VOTE
For the 2016 General Election, we did not endorse candidates in contested Dem-on-Dem races, including judicial. NOTE: We changed Judicial Office # 84 to NO POSITION because there are two Democrats running.
In all races we are endorsing the Democrat. In races where there is an incumbent, we are following LA County Democratic Party guidelines and recommending the incumbent.
We are listing the candidates/offices that represent the majority of our large and varied membership districts.
U.S. President -- Hillary Clinton
U.S. Vice President -- Tim Kaine
U.S. Senate -- No Position
U.S. Congress (CD33) -- Ted Lieu*
U.S. Congress (CD37) -- Karen Bass*
U.S. Congress (CD43) -- Maxine Waters*
CA State Senate (SD27) -- Henry Stern
CA State Assembly (AD50) -- Richard Bloom*
CA State Assembly (AD54) -- Sebastian Ridley-Thomas*
CA State Assembly (AD62) -- Autumn Burke*
CA State Assembly (AD66) -- Al Muratsuchi
Los Angeles County, Judge of Superior Court
Office # 11 - Debra R. Archleta
Office # 42 - No Position (Both Democrats)
Office # 84 - No Position (Both Democrats)
Office # 158 - Kim L. Nguyen
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
District 4 - Janice Hahn
District 5 - Darrell Park
Water Replenishment District
Division 2 - Jim Kennedy
Statewide Ballot Measures
For in-depth analysis of the Statewide Propositions and County/City Ballot Measures, tune in to our two Propositions Forum videos:
Part I - Sex, Drugs, Money and More, covering Propositions (in order of presentation) 60, 61, 64, 56, 52, 53, 54, 59, County Measure A, City Measures SSS and RRR: Props Forum Part I
Part II - Guns, Death, Education and More, covering Propositions (in order of presentation) 63, 62, 66, 57, 51, 58, 55, 65, 67, County Measure M, City measures HHH and JJJ: Props Forum Part II
Prop 51 - NO CONSENSUS: Authorizes issuance of bonds to fund crucial school maintenance and construction.
Prop 52 - YES: Ensures continued access to Medi-Cal healthcare for children, seniors, the disabled, and working families.
Prop 53 - NO: Requires voter approval for bond measures currently approved through the legislative process and blocks an effort by one millionaire to control infrastructure projects.
Prop 54: NO CONSENSUS: Changes the legislative process to increase transparency and reduce "gut-and-amend" tactics by requiring 72-hour public review of bills before vote of the legislature.
Prop 55 - YES: Extends 2012's Prop 30 income taxes on the wealthiest Californians to prevent $4 billion in cuts to public education and healthcare.
Prop 56 - YES: Increases cigarette tax by $2 per pack to fund tobacco-related prevention programs.
Prop 57 - YES: Authorizes parole consideration for nonviolent inmates, expands rehab and education, and gives judges, not prosecutors, the power to decide whether juveniles should be tried as adults.
Prop 58 - YES: Repeals ineffective and discriminatory practices under Prop 98 and restores bilingual educational opportunities that will help all students learn English and second languages more efficiently.
Prop 59 - YES: Requires CA elected officials to endorse a constitutional amendment to repeal Citizens United and get big money out of politics.
Prop 60 - NO: Requires condom use in adult films based on unsubstantiated health claims, gives individuals the right to sue adult film performers, violates adult film performers' privacy, and reduces workplace safety.
Prop 61 - YES: Prohibits the state from paying more for prescription drugs than the federally negotiated prices the VA currently pays. Although the savings are limited to state purchases, Prop 61 is a first step to controlling the spiraling costs of prescription drugs.
Prop 62 - YES: Replaces California's outdated, costly, and failed death penalty system with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Prop 63 - YES: Prohibits possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines and enacts and affirms four other gun safety laws.
Prop 64 - YES: Ends criminalization of adult use of marijuana and controls, regulates, and taxes adult use. Will reduce sentences and expunge prison records for marijuana possession.
Prop 65 - NO: Deceptive proposition that could void the existing state plastic bag ban, while creating a system unlikely to fund conservation efforts.
Prop 66 - NO: Removes some due process protections for death penalty inmates and increases the risk of executing innocent persons.
Prop 67 - YES: Affirms existing state law banning single-use plastic bags.
Los Angeles County / School Ballot Measures
A - YES: Approves annual parcel tax of 1.5 cents/square foot of development to support our local parks, beaches, open space, river protection and water conservation.
M - YES: Establishes a half-cent sales tax to fund the completion of the metro, build bike paths, fix highway bottlenecks, and fill potholes.
CC - YES: $3.5 billion bond measure for infrastructure including ADA accessibility, upgrading vocational/career education & green energy improvements at Los Angeles Community Colleges.
Los Angeles City Ballot Measures
JJJ - NO CONSENSUS: Requires developers to incorporate affordable housing units, support wage standards, and provide apprenticeship training programs.
HHH - YES: A $1.2 billion bond measure paid by property taxes to fund over the next decade the development of permanent supportive housing including on-site mental health services for those experiencing homelessness.
RRR - NO: Transfers oversight of DWP from the city council to unelected appointed Board of Commissioners, reducing current oversight of contracts, salaries, and rate hikes.
SSS - NO CONSENSUS: Provides airport peace officers with an opportunity to receive the same pension benefits as police and firefighters.
Photo credits: Jack Pritchett
We had another successful Summer Party! Attendees included Honoree City Councilmember Mike Bonin, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Treasurer John Chiang, state Senator Ben Allen, state Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, LACCD Board Trustee Mike Fong, LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer, City Councilmember Paul Koretz, West Basin Water Board Director Scott Houston as well as many others. Hope to see you at our Holiday Party later this year!
SAVE THE DATE!
WEST LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2016
5:00pm - 8:00pm
SANTA MARIA BBQ
*** FUNDRAISER ***
Our Great Friend, Supporter and Club Member
Los Angeles City Council member
ALAN BAIL'S HOME
11931 LAWLER STREET
Mar Vista 90066
RSVP to Ingrid to Reserve
We are again featuring our famous Santa Maria BBQ:
Tri-tip, ribs, chicken, veggie dishes also provided
So bring your appetite!
We provide the main course and sides
Please bring a delicious appetizer or dessert
your favorite wine or beer.
This election is critical!
We will organize trips to Nevada
and will also be contribute to Headquarters Operations.
Please be generous!
We have a Presidential election to win!
We need to take back the Senate!
We need to take back the House!
We cannot allow Donald Trump and his minions to ruin our country!
Suggested Donations: $50 * $80 * $125 * $250 * $500 * $1000
General Admission $50
Pre-paid online and reserved $45
At the Door $50 unreserved
RSVP to Ingrid to Reserve
Our May General Meeting presented
The new book from national author (and Club member)
Political analyst David Dayen discussed his new book,
'Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud'.
David has written for Salon, the American Prospect, New Republic, and Fiscal Times. He's covered political movements and economic chicanery, and brings the two together in this true story of three plain Americans pulling the curtain back on the biggest fraud in memory.
(The book got a great review Friday in the NYTimes.)
Thursday, May 19th
6:30pm - 9:00pm
at St. Bede's Church
3590 Grand View Blvd
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PAST EVENTS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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6:30 PM : Credentialing and Registration
7:00 PM : Annual Meeting/Club Officer Elections
7:45 PM : Congressman Ted Lieu - "An Update from Washington"; Audience Q&A
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This will be an Endorsement Meeting
If you are not sure of your membership status, please email Membership Chair, Tracy Gore: email@example.com
Your dues must be current and your name on the voting roster to vote.
According to our By-Laws, you must be a dues-paying member for forty-five days to vote in an endorsement meeting. (Renewing members may renew their dues at the meeting.)
What: WLADC Annual Meeting/Club Elections
and Congressman Ted Lieu "An Update from Washington"
When: Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:30-8:45
Where: St. Bede's Episcopal Church
3590 Grand View Blvd. Mar Vista 90066
Church lot and street parking
$5 Suggested Donation, no one turned away
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W e s t L A D e m o c r a t i c C l u b
H O L I D A Y P A R T Y
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S a t u r d a y , D e c e m b e r 1 2 , 2 0 1 5
7 : 0 0 P M - 11:00
L A N T E R N H O U S E
~ D e t a i l s t o F o l l o w ~
P L E A S E M A R K Y O U R C A L E N D A R ! !