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 lccvdems@gmail.com

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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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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.  http://www.cadem.org/our-party/adem

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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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