New Year, Membership Renewal Holiday Party!

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Sunday, Dec. 4, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM,
 at Chuck & Maria Guinta’s
5609 Stardust Rd., La Cañada Flintridge

Wine will be served, but bring your own selection of beverage if you like.
Potluck appetizers (your choice) are appreciated.
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This is our first “New Year, Membership Renewal”
(as our membership year now runs Jan. to Dec.)

Dues for 2017 will be collected at the Party; bring your checkbook. To save time at the party, please print and complete this membership form beforehand.
2017 Membership Form

Credit card payments can be made through Act Blue
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ccdcdues

Dues are $35 for individuals and seniors, $70 for a household, and only $10 for students.

BRING A FRIEND to the PARTY!
Call Bonnie at (818) 952-1944 for more info.
No RSVP necessary.

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Mark your calendar: ADEM election Jan 7, 2017

As Democrats, our next election is January 7, 2017, where we will elect our Assembly District representatives to the LA County Committee Central Committee.  Click here for details.

Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) are held every two years to elect 7 women and 7 men to be Assembly District Delegates for their area.

Delegates are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region, working with other delegates to represent their community, and to represent at Regional Meetings and the California Democrats Convention

ARE YOU READY TO RUN??

Click here to apply.  The application deadline to apply for the 2017-2019 cycle is December 8, 2016.

Here is a brief primer on County Committees, written by Peter J. Rudinskas:

“County Committee members are average folks who volunteer some of our time to serve our country by serving the Democratic Party. We are publicly elected officials that function, essentially, as the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. Unlike many other progressive organizations or clubs, we have official duties, as defined by the California Election Code, and carry the official weight of the California Democratic Party for certain matters within our jurisdiction.

In the mythical lore of days gone by, “party bosses” called the political shots far from public view in the hallowed “smoke-filled room.” Today’s Democratic Central Committee bears almost no resemblance to this archetype of the past. Actually, all of our meetings are public and open to any registered Democrat. We meet monthly, normally during the second Tuesday at 7:00p at the United Teachers of Los Angeles caucus room (3303 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010). Members perform most of their work in subcommittees and local delegations, which are also open to public view by any registered Democrat.”

 

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Coming up: ADEM election for DSCC (Democratic State Central Committee) Delegates

The application to run for the Assembly District Delegate and Assembly District Executive Board representative is now open!

The application deadline to apply for the 2017-2019 cycle is December 8, 2016.  Click here for more information.

Why be a DSCC (Democratic State Central Committee) Delegate?

A DSCC delegate is the representative for their committee and specific district. Delegates attend the annual Democrats Convention, network with other Democrats, elect Party officers, promote the California Democratic Party agenda, endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office, and vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures all doing so while representing their constituency.

Members of the DSCC (also known as “Delegates”) come from the following sources:

  • Elected through county committees
  • Appointed by Democratic elected officials or the highest vote-getting Democrat if no Democrat was elected to, based off the most recent election or elected through their Assembly District (ADDs)
  • The DNC State party Delegates (CA DNC members
  • Current/ Past Officers Statewide Officers and Regional Directors
  • California Democratic Council
  • California Young Democrats
  • Statewide Chartered Organizations (chair Only)
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November General Meeting

A time you need to be with your fellow Democrats!

 Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Home of Dona Mitoma & Marvin Inouye
5648 Stardust Rd., La Cañada Flintridge

Speaker

Our own Program Chair, Gar Byrum,will recap this amazing election.

Special mention will be made of candidates we endorsed or supported who won (Anthony Portantino, Debra Archuleta, and the US Senator from Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto).

Club Business

  1.  Members vote on Club Officers for 2017:

President–Charles “Chuck” Guinta
Vice President–Kevin Gallivan
Secretary–Joanne McBirney
Board Secretary–Victoria “Vicki” Hays
Controller–Robert “Bud” Slotky

  1. Report Board’s position on allowing recording (video, audio, stills) of meetings,but with requirements to adhere to. Possible vote by membership.

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Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:

Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.

We have never been more proud to be Californians.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.

The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.

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Hoy despertamos sintiéndonos extranjeros en tierra extraña, porque ayer los estadounidenses expresaron sus opiniones sobre una sociedad pluralista y democrática que es claramente inconsistente con los valores de la gente de California.

Nunca nos hemos sentido más orgullosos de ser californianos.

Por un margen de millones de votos, los californianos rechazaron abrumadoramente la política alimentada por el resentimiento, la intolerancia y la misoginia.

El estado más grande de la unión y la locomotora de la economía de nuestra nación ha demostrado que también tiene su conciencia más tranquila.

California es – y debe ser siempre – un refugio de justicia y oportunidades para las personas de todos los orígenes, lenguas, edades, y aspiraciones – independientemente de su apariencia, dónde vivan, qué idioma hablen, o a quiénes amen.

California, por mucho tiempo, ha sido un ejemplo a seguir para otros estados. Y California defenderá a su gente y nuestro progreso. No vamos a permitir que una elección sea un revés para el progreso de generaciones en la cima de nuestra histórica diversidad, el avance científico, la generación económica y un sentido de responsabilidad global.

Estaremos comunicándonos con los funcionarios federales, estatales y locales para evaluar cómo una Presidencia Trump podría afectar potencialmente los fondos de programas estatales en curso, las inversiones creadoras de empleos que dependen del comercio exterior y la aplicación de las leyes federales que afectan los derechos de las personas que viven en nuestro estado.

Estaremos utilizando al máximo el tiempo durante la transición presidencial para defender nuestros logros, usando cada herramienta a nuestra disposición.

Aunque Donald Trump haya ganado la presidencia, no ha cambiado nuestros valores. Estados Unidos es más grande que cualquier hombre o partido. No seremos arrastrados de vuelta al pasado. Lideraremos la resistencia a cualquier esfuerzo que destruya nuestro tejido social o nuestra Constitución.

California no era una parte de esta nación cuando comenzó su historia, pero ahora somos claramente los encargados de mantener su futuro.

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October General Meeting

Sunday, October 16, 2016
3:00 to 5:00 PM
Lanterman House
4420 Encinas Dr., LCF 91011

Speakers:

Rachel VanSickle-Ward
Associate Professor of Political Science, Pitzer College
“Women in Politics”

and special guest  Congressman Adam Schiff

Club Business

  • Report from Nominating Committee for 2017 club officers. Nominations from the floor will be allowed if candidate is present or has sent a signed statement of intent
  • Report on our out-of-state Senate campaign contributions
  • Membership to consider Board recommendation of a donation to Anthony Portantino’s campaign
  • Exec Board recommendation on endorsement of Adam Schiff
  • Members to sign the Club petition for our 2017 Charter with the Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Save The Date! 

We will launch our Membership Renewal Drive at this year’s

Holiday Party, Sunday, December 4th, from 2-5pm.

Our membership year begins January 2017.

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September General Meeting

Sunday, September 18, 2016
3:00 to 5:00 PM
Lanterman House
4420 Encinas Dr., LCF 91011
Party site 2014 Lanterman House

The historic Lanterman House in La Cañada Flintridge, CA

  1. An endorsement vote will be held for the top two primary winners in the race for Assembly District 43, Laura Friedman (D) and Ardy Kassakhian (D). Both candidates appeared at our public Forum in January. Each campaign will be presented, with plenty of time for questions from the members.
  2. A motion will be made for a donation to the campaign to elect Darrell Park, Fifth District Board of Supervisors.
  3. A motion will be made for a donation  to Arizona Senatorial candidate Ann Kirkpatrick (D) and Nevada Senatorial candidate Catherine Cortez Masto (D).
  4. A discussion of the ballot propositions, led by the members of our Elections Committee.
  5. President’s report on 2017 Officers Nominating Committee.
  6. Planning for the upcoming LACDP Democrat of the Year event, in which Jerry Reynolds will be recognized for his outstanding participation in the Democratic Party.
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Save the Date: Oct 23, 2016

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Local Dems phoning La Crescenta and Sunland-Tujunga voters

UDH_CallingPhone Banking for Hillary Clinton, Anthony Portantino, Darrell Park – Get Out The Vote – Enjoy working with other Democrats – Bring Friends.

This working group targets the La Crescenta Sunland-Tujunga areas. Food provided.

Every Wednesday through Oct 26
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
United Democratic Headquarters
400 So. Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA

For info, contact Jerry Reynolds, finnegan2@earthlink.net

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There’s still time to volunteer to help register new Democratic voters

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