Memorial Day Parade May 29th

Fiesta Days Parade
Monday, May 29st, 2017, 10:30am
We will begin gathering at 8:30am, please arrive by 9:30am.

We will meet in the upper parking lot of the La Cañada Congregational Church, 1200 Foothill Blvd.

Parade route: travels east down Foothill Blvd between Cornishon Ave and Gould Ave.

If you have one, please wear your club t-shirt, or dress in red, white, and blue.

Let’s have a great showing this year. Please invite your family and friends!
The parade theme is “Thy sky is not the limit”

We will have our Democrat signs and positive upbeat messages showing how Democratic values we support.
Fiesta Days Booth
We would like a full roster of people helping with our booth in Memorial Park after the parade.  Please come by and say hello!

To volunteer, contact

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Action Team Bullitan #5 – Save Rivers


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May 2017 General Meeting

Please join us at our
Club meeting Sunday, May 21, 3 PM-5 PM
at our new meeting site:

The Center for Spiritual Living
4845 Dunsmore Ave. (at Santa Carlotta), La Crescenta
Plenty of parking in the lot, accessed on Dunsmore or El Caminito.
We meet in Chafee Hall.

Hear Guest Speaker Rick Wartzman on
The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America”
Big businesses once took responsibility for providing their workers and retirees with an array of social benefits. At the height of the post-World War II economy, these companies also believed that worker pay needed to be kept high in order to preserve morale and keep the economy humming. Productivity boomed. But the corporate social contract didn’t last.

The Drucker Institute’s Rick Wartzman, the author of a new book on the subject, explores the forces that changed work in America–and helped lead to the rise of Donald Trump.

Members will vote:

Our Board voted to spend $500 in “Flipping the 6th District,” Georgia’s Congressional Seat, with a special election to replace Tom Price, now Secretary of Health & Human Services. The membership will vote whether to make this donation and if it would all go to the campaign of Jon Ossoff or be divided with part to the Georgia Democratic Party.

Reports from our Action Teams
Teams will report on what they have planned or accomplished.

Save the Date

Monday – May 29: Memorial Day

Memorial Service in Memorial Park at the Gazebo 9:00am

Memorial Day Parade Starts 10:30am

Travels down Foothill Blvd between Cornishon Ave and Gould Ave

in La Cañada Flintridge, CA


We’ve been marching in the La Cañada Fiesta Days Parade for 12 years. So many new members–we can really make a statement if you’ll walk with us! Hear about new t-shirts and signs this year. Plan to join us on Monday, March 29. Line up well before 10 AM across from Memorial Park.
IMG_6817Pick up your new badge. Vice president Kevin Gallivan secured new name badges for all members. Come and try yours on!

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April 2017 general meeting

Please join us

Sunday, April 23
3:00 to 5:00 PM

Topic: “Trump and DeVos, What is Going to Happen to Education?”

Guest Speaker: Paul Michael Shirey, teacher and a political activist.

You are likely worried that people who don’t know what they are doing and have no experience in public schools are now in charge of a national education agenda.
What can we expect?


The Center for Spiritual Living
4845 Dunsmore Ave. (at Santa Carlotta), La Crescenta

Plenty of parking in the lot, accessed on Dunsmore or El Caminito. We will meet in Chafee Hall, the building to your left as you take the steps from the lower parking lot, or if you go up the drive through the parking lot, on the west side of the property, you will circle to be in front of Chafee Hall. Handicapped access is from this upper lot, along a path entered on the west side of the building.

Following our speaker we’ll have Reports from our Action Teams:
Adopt a Red District * Affordable Healthcare/Medicare/Medicaid * Education * Environment * Letters to Editors * Immigration/Racism/Bigotry/Progressivism * Representatives to Federal & State Legislators * Social Media * Social Security

In other Club Business, we will introduce the new Parade Committee, preparing for Fiesta Days May 29. You can help by bringing in your ideas for signs the marchers will hold. We are not allowed to be political but can say generally acceptable things like “The Right to Vote,” “Keep Social Security Safe,” “Public Education,” etc.


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Location change, April meeting

Our next general meeting is Sunday April 23, from 3 to 5pm, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. (corner of Santa Carlotta St.) in La Crescenta. There is ample parking in the lot off of Dunsmore. Chafee Hall is the building on the left as you come up the stairs from the parking lot.

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March 2017 Meeting

Join us to hear our Guest Speaker Prof. Peter Dreier on
 the Challenges of Donald Trump
Club meeting Sunday, March 19, 3-5 PM,
Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Ave., La Canada.
Meeting is in the Visitor Center at the rear of the property.
Peter Dreier is an
E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor
of Politics, Urban and Environmental Policy.
He has been involved in urban policy as a scholar, government official, reporter,
and advocate for 30 years.
Dreier writes widely and speaks on American politics and public policy, specializing in urban politics and policy, housing policy, community development, and community organizing. He is co-author of three books about cities and urban policy, including
The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (2005). He is also engaged in civic and political efforts at the national and local levels.
This past week he had an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times regarding ways to get President Trump to release his tax returns.
Susan and John Pearson will also share information on the local CV Indivisible group. “Indivisible” – A Democratic Activist’s Guide, is a movement of progressive political action groups now forming across the country.
Following our speakers we’ll have
Reports from our Action Teams
Teams will introduce themselves and give us a report
on what they have planned or accomplished.

 TEAMS: Adopt a Red District
Affordable Healthcare/Medicare/Medicaid
Education * Environment * Letters to Editors
Representatives to Federal & State Legislators
Social Media * Social Security
You are welcome to join a Team or form another one at the meeting.
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February Meeting

Sunday, February 26, 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)

Special Guest Speakers

Julie Olsen of the Democratic Alliance for Action of Santa Clarita and Christy Smith who will be running to replace Steve Knight, Republican Congressman in Dist. 25.  They will share with us how they are going about turning their  “Red District” Democratic.


La Cañada City Council candidates Dave Spence and Keith Eich will speak. The La Canada Flintridge Special Election is March 7, 2017

Where We Go Now?

We had so many attending our meeting Jan. 22 at Montrose Library–in the rain, no less–we think we broke our meeting attendance records! Almost 70 people attended and it was very stimulating, with “Where Do We Go From Here?” by Patty Horton from Congressman Adam Schiff’s office.

As the past few weeks have shown us, we, as Democrats and concerned citizens, face some very dramatic challenges with this bizarre Republican administration and radical Congress. In order to meet these challenges, our Club Board has proposed, based on Patty’s insights, that members could develop Action Teams to work in the following areas:

  1.  Adopt a Red district (phoning, letter writing, working with other Clubs to target vulnerable Republican congresspersons)
  2.  Affordable Healthcare/Medicare
  3.  Environment/Climate Change
  4.  Immigration
  5.  Unfair Taxes
  6.  Education
  7.  Social Security

In addition there is a need for

  1.  a Letters to the Editor Team
  2.  Club Representatives to Federal and State Legislator offices
  3. a Social Media monitoring Team

We can assemble into these Action Teams at the Meeting on Feb. 26.  We will have sign-ups and some time for discussion.

To join an action team now or if you need more info or direction, please contact the Club at

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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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