CCDC Meets in Montrose Jan 22

January General Meeting

Sunday, January 22, 2017
3:00 PM to 4:55 PM (library closes at 5 sharp)

Montrose Library
2465 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020 (across from Trader Joe’s)

Note: there will be no refreshments due to library rules.

Speaker: Patricia Horton from
Congressman Adam Schiff’s campaign office
“Where Do We Go From Here?”

Club Business Includes:

* Budget for 2017 will be presented and a vote to approve
* Results of ADEM 43 & 39 Delegate elections of January 7
* Outreach to increase enrollment/awareness of our Democratic Club


Notice of California Democratic Party Chair Candidates Forum.  Both candidates, current California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric Bauman and the Executive Director of Emerge California Kimberly Ellis will be discussing their vision for the future of the California Democratic Party and questions from the audience at the forum on Monday, January 16, at Josephine’s Bistro & Bar, 11305 183rd St., Cerritos, Calif., from 7-9 pm.

If you haven’t paid your dues for 2017, this is our “New Year, Membership Renewal” period (as our membership year now runs Jan. to Dec.)

Dues for 2017 will be collected; bring your checkbook. To save time please print and complete this membership form beforehand and bring it with your check.

2017 Membership Form
Credit card payments can be made through Act Blue

Dues are $35 for individuals and seniors,

$70 for a household, and only $10 for students.

Call Bonnie at (818) 952-1944 for more info.

No RSVP for meeting is necessary.
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ADEM 2017 Results

Over 700 Assembly District #43 voters, including many of our club members, turned out to vote January 7, 2017 in the biennial Assembly District Delegate Election (ADEM) held this year in Burbank.

Four Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club members ran in the ADEM elections, however none met the threshold of votes.  All 14 seats will be filled by the Glendale coalition slate members.  The delegates will serve over the 2017-18 cycle, and will represent our District at at the state party conventions, election of party officers, participate in the regional party meetings, endorsement votes and committee assignments.


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Happy New Year!

Thank You!
A New Year’s Letter from our President

Looking back on 2016, I want to give my sincere thanks to all our volunteer Board members: Gar ByrumBonnie FinnVictoria Hays, Divya Khanna DalalNalini LasiewiczJerry Reynolds and Bud Slotky, as well as to Celina Lew who has served as a trusted special advisor to the board.

These fine people showed exacting feedback on issues that were not always easy to solve. It was their direction that led us through this very tumultuous Election Year, throughout which they gave their time and effort both at Board Meetings and the Members meetings.

These very special people made our club what it is today.  I thank them all and I am grateful that they are all continuing to serve for the 2017 Board, except for Divya who we must congratulate on her (and Rajiv’s) new beautiful baby son.

Taking Divya’s job as Vice President for the new year is Kevin Gallivan, and we all welcome back a former Board member, Joanne McBirney, who has returned to serve as Member Meeting Secretary. Both these brave soldiers have been executing their positions several months before this year began.

I Thank You All.

Our memberIMG_4318.JPGship has dramatically increased for the new year. With our present members and now our new members, this infusion of new and old will give us the strength of knowledge and talent that will make us a special force to do what needs to be done, for our region, our State and for our Country.

I wish to thank also some very special individuals who have served us so well, generously hosting meetings and party gatherings, including Celina Lew & Edward CastroMaria GuintaMarvin InouyeDona MitomaRajiv DalalDivya Khanna DalalBud Lyn SlotkyAnthony Ellen PortantinoMarty & Jane Chetron, and to Greta Pruitt who secured the meeting space at the Lanterman House in La Canada Flintridge, with special thanks to their Executive Director, Melissa Patton.

Happy New Year and I look forward to continuing our great work together in 2017.

Charles Guinta
President, Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club

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CCDC members run to fill delegate slots


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Assembly District Election Meeting ADEM 2017

California State Democratic Party Central Committee Assembly District Election Meeting (ADEM) for 43rd Assembly District

The Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club is encouraging Democrats in our district to participate in the upcoming Assembly District Election Meeting (ADEM.)

Saturday January 7, 2017

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

(must be in line by 3pm to vote)

I.A.T.S.E. Local 80

2520 W Olive Ave,

Burbank, CA

Every two years, across the state, ADEM meetings are held for local voters to elect 14 Delegates to representing their assembly district at CADEM regional meetings and the annual California Democrats Convention. As Delegates during the 2017-18 cycle, they will vote in on the State Party candidate endorsements, issue and ballot measure endorsements, participate on CADEM committees and network with other district Delegates to shape the party platform.

ADEM voters must be registered Democrats, and can vote only in their own assembly district election. Voter registration is available on-site for those not yet registered in the 43AD, or for those seeking to change their party affiliation and join the Democratic Party.

Assembly District 43 is for voters who reside in La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Burbank, Barham-Cahuenga, Hollywood Dell, Little Armenia, Los Feliz, Franklin Hills, Silver Lake, and Glendale.

To see the candidates for AD43 and for all our neighboring communities, click here and insert the assembly district for election details for your district.

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New Year, Membership Renewal Holiday Party!


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

Wine will be served, but bring your own selection of beverage if you like.
Potluck appetizers (your choice) are appreciated.
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

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

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


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


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.


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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