March 2014 Meeting

March Club Meeting
Sunday, March 16, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 PM

Home of Donna and Marvin Inouye
5648 Stardust Road
La Cañada Flintridge  91011
Speakers:  Marie Walcek and Pierre Ungaro

Topic: The Impact of the Robin Hood Tax

Both speakers are established nurses active in the California Nurses Association and with the National Nurses United.

Club business includes:

Consideration and voting for or against endorsement of a candidate for Sheriff
Committee reports
New business — motions from the floor

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February 2014 Meeting

February Club Meeting
Sunday, February 23, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 PM

Home of  Celina Lew and Ed Castro
La Cañada Flintridge  91011
Speaker:  Susan McWilliams
Topic: Front Porch Republic
– the emerging “localist” movement

Susan McWilliams is current Associate Professor in the Politics Department at Pomona College, whose expertise is American Political Thought. Her newest writing project explores the thinking of James Baldwin.

Club business includes:

  • Committee reports
  • New business — motions from the floor 

 Thank you for renewing your Membership for 2014!

Renewals for 2014 are due by March 31, 2014

By mail: to download a membership form click here and then select your download or “open with” file option. 

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January 2014 Meeting

January Club Meeting

Sunday, January 26, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 PM

Home of  Ellen and Anthony Portantino
La Cañada Flintridge  91011

Peter_DreierSpeaker:  Peter Dreier *
Topic: Current policy issues

* Click here to read Peter Dreir’s “25 Best Progressive Victories of 2013″

American urban policy analyst Peter Dreier is Dir., Urban and Environmental Policy department and Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College.

He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in 1970, and from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in 1977. He was the Director of Housing at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and senior policy advisor to the Boston Mayor Ray Flynn for 9 years. Author of:

  • The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Up Against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Southern California(co-author 2004)


 Club members  requested to address the membership will speak before Mr. Dreier:

  • Patrick Gomez entering the race for LA County Sheriff
  • Ellen Portantino agrees to share her award for increasing PTA membership

 Thank you for renewing your Membership for 2014!

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November 2013 Meeting

November Club Meeting

Sunday, November 17, 2013

3:00 to 5:00 PM

The Home of Marsha Hymanson

 La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011

Speaker:  Mark Maier, Economics Professor

Glendale Community College

Topic: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Debt?

Mark Maier’s service as Professor of Economics includes the authorship of several books, namely:

    • The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics
    • Introducing Economics: A Critical Guide for Teaching
    • City Unions: Managing Discontent in new York City

His remarks intend to clarify factors involved in the governmental use of debt, such as the debt ceiling policy or its ratio to the gross domestic product.

   Club business will include the election of Club Officers for 2014.

The following candidates were nominated at the October2013 meeting:

Jerry Reynolds – President, Chuck Guinta – Vice-President, Marsha Hymanson – Controller

Nomination for Secretary was not filed at October meeting; however, Jane Chetron  has subsequently accepted a proposed nomination.

 Thanking those who have renewed your Membership for 2013!

By mail: to download a membership form click here and then select your download or “open with” file option. 

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October 2013 meeting

October Club Meeting

Sunday, October 20, 2013

3:00 to 5:00 PM

The Home of Chang H. Yu

 La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011


Speaker:  Diane Goldstein, LEAP Speaker,

Former Lt. Commander of Redondo Beach Police

Topic: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Ms. Goldstein represents the programs of LEAP – an organization with members and supporters in 86 countries but whose list of some 150 speakers consists solely of law enforcement officials whose experiences convince them the worldwide war on drugs program must be stopped.

Their policy is to support incremental reforms as well as immediate legalized regulation measures, with the goal of 100% repeal of the prohibition that has failed during the past forty-four years.

Additional speakers will include a candidate for the Pasadena City College board, a club member Greta Pruitt sharing the experience registering new citizens of the US as Democrats and club member Dana Runge sharing her knowledge of the San Onofre power station’s status.


The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Dinner takes place that night  at 7:00PM at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel 6101 W. Century Blvd. — cocktails at 6:00-7:00.

 Single admission orders of $125.00 each can be placed online:

 Thanking those who have renewed your Membership for 2013!

By mail: to download a membership form click here and then select your download or “open with” file option. 

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Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club Endorses Jeffries & Mirisola

The Canada Crescenta Democratic Club has endorsed two candidates–Dan Jeffries and Ian Cataldo Mirisola–for the Governing Board of the La Canada Unified School District. Jeffries is a lawyer and Assistant Supervisor of the Metropolitan Branch the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. Mirisola, a 2008 LCHS grad, is a 2013 graduate of Harvard University, with an A.B. in Government.

At the September 15 meeting of Democratic Club, president Jerry Reynolds introduced five of the eight candidates running for Governing Board. By the by-laws of the organization, endorsements must be confined to registered Democrats and are only announced for candidates who ask for an endorsement. School board positions are non-partisan. Voters will choose three members of the Governing Board in the November 5 election.

Dan Jeffries reported that his interest in the schools relate to his five children–from a kindergartner at Paradise Canyon to a recent UCLA graduate. He also has a strong history of community service which began with working as an Emergency Medical Technician while going to UCLA, being a 9-1-1 dispatcher, serving on the Olympic Organizing Committee during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and a long career prosecuting DUI offenses.

Ian Mirisola began college intending to study medicine but was encouraged to switch to government following an introductory political science class. He reported being supportive of the Common Core curriculum, is motivated ‘to serve” and is planning to go to law school.

Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club
Bonnie Finn, Publicity Chair

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Sept 2013 General Meeting

Front of house

Front of Lanterman House

September Club Meeting

Sunday, September 15, 2013

3:00 to 5:00 PM

[NOTE - coming early, $5 or $3 gets you a guided tour.] 

 The Lanterman House – conference room

4420 Encinas Drive
La Cañada Flintridge  91011

Anthony Portantino with Gar Byrum   Speaker:  Hon. Anthony Portantino

Topic: Inside Sacramento

Anthony continues  to honor the club as a friend, a fellow-member, a former
Assemblyman, a former Mayor and Council Member plus our constant advisor.
His commentaries on local, state and Democratic affairs have kept us all
informed as well as entertained. His devotion to public service clearly will
steer him towards more legislative achievements for Californians everywhere.

 Anthony’s remarks will center on the current status of Sacramento politics plus
a glimpse into the future for legislation on all fronts.


 Membership expected to vote on club business matters –

  • Consider endorsement of November 2013 candidates
  • Consider early endorsement recommended by CCDC Executive Board
  • Give thanks to the Lanterman House crew by putting $2 in the bucket.
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August Club Meeting

August 18, 2013

3:00 to 5:00 PM

Home of  Ellen and Anthony Portantino
La Cañada Flintridge  91011

  Speaker:  Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-43)


Topic: Current legislation

Assemblyman Gatto is a lifelong resident of the district, which now encompasses Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Montrose, and Silver Lake. Born in Franklin Hills, he attended schools in Glendale, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake. Mr. Gatto graduated from UCLA with a degree in History, and Loyola Law School (at night), magna cum laude. He is currently Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Our second speaker, a spokesperson for High Speed Rail — the project to bring an express train through California — will address the meeting. A 130-mile segment of high-speed line from Madera to Bakersfield in the Central Valley is currently conceived as the beginning phase.


 Membership expected to vote on club business matters –

  • Controllers’s proposed budget for 2103-2014, effective 8/1/13 thru 7/31/14
  • Creation of a three person ad hoc committee devoted to researching candidates
  • Appointment of five person Committee to Nominate Club Officers for 2014

Announcement of upcoming events — from the Club President

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2013 Summer Party, July 14

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Annual Summer Party Sunday, July 14th 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm The Lanterman House 4420 Encinas Drive La Canada, CA 91011   Directions: from Foothill and Verdugo Road: SW on Verdugo to Encinas Drive. Left on Encinas, house on the left. Park on … Continue reading


May 2013 Meeting

Sunday, May 19, 2013

3:00 to 5:00 PM
Home of  Elisa and Eric Callow
La Canada Flintridge  91011

Speaker:  Fmr. State Senator Dean Florez


Topic:  “Twenty Million Minds”
an Educational Foundation

Dean Florez was a California State Senator from the 16th Senate District from 2002 until 2010 after serving two terms in the California State Assembly. His mostly rural district stretched across 300 miles anchored by the city of Bakersfield in the south and the city of Fresno at its northern tip. In 2008, he was named Senate Majority Leader by then-incoming Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

Florez currently heads up the 20 Million Minds Foundation, seeking to drive down the rapidly growing cost of a college education by making electronic textbooks widely available.

Florez and his wife Elsa now live in La Canada Flintridge.


The membership will vote on changes to the 2013-14 budget.

Thank you for renewing your Membership for 2013!
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