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Annual Meeting Recap

1/28/18 PPDC Annual Meeting (Open to All) Recap

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Couldn’t attend the January 28 PaliDems Annual Meeting? Here’s what you missed.


Over 200 eager audience members gathered to hear from some of our most proactive local officials, including State Senator Ben Allen, State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and City Councilmember Mike Bonin.

The event began at 2 PM at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club with the ratification of a new slate of board members and executive officers, continuing the proud tradition of the club, which was established back in the 1950s.

The club congratulated new president Erika Feresten and thanked our outgoing president of seven years, Melissa Grant. Grant was given official commendations by both the VIPs in attendance and by a representative of the office of Rep. Ted Lieu, in honor of her service to the club and the community.

By 2:30 it was a standing-room-only crowd as Supervisor Kuehl opened the main program.

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ICE agents hit 77 NorCal businesses

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Homeland Security special agents have conducted another employer audit operation in the Bay Area.
An immigrant who was living illegally in Indiana when he was arrested in a suspected drunken-driving crash that killed an NFL player had a history of misdemeanor convictions and arrests, including at least two previous instances of driving under the influence, authorities said Tuesday.

Between January 29th and 31st, agents served notices at 77 businesses in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose -- alerting owners that the federal government would be auditing their employment records to make sure they're in compliance with legal hiring practices.read more

Ted Lieu Explains Nunes Memo

Enjoy our exclusive video of Ted Lieu explaining the infamous Nunes memo


The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’

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The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’

Tenants in more than a dozen Baltimore-area rental complexes complain about a property owner who they say leaves their homes in disrepair, humiliates late-paying renters and often sues them when they try to move out. Few of them know that their landlord is the president’s son-in-law.

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PaliDems board member Ted Vaill writes about Steve Miller on laprogressive.com

PPDC board member Ted Vaill writes another provocative piece for the L.A. Progressive....

Stephen Miller got his plug pulled last weekend. Miller is Trumputin’s (as I call him) “senior policy advisor” (even though at age 31, he is hardly “senior”), and he was deputized by his boss to go on CNN host Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” to trash Michael Wolff’s tell-all book, Fire and Fury, by spewing fire and fury at Tapper.

Miller, who looks like a 50-year-old man trapped in a 31-year-old body, is a severely balding, hooded-lidded, gangly man who reminded me, as he spewed personal insults at Jake Tapper, of Adolf Hitler’s young hitman, Martin Bormann.

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Martin Bormann

Miller, who looks like a 50-year-old man trapped in a 31-year-old body, is a severely balding, hooded-lidded, gangly man who reminded me, as he spewed personal insults at Jake Tapper, of Adolf Hitler’s young hitman, Martin Bormann.

Bormann served a year in prison in the early 1920s for being an accomplice in a murder to a man who later was the commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp. He joined the Nazi Party in 1927 and rose rapidly in the party, becoming chief of staff to the Deputy Fuhrer, Rudolf Hess, in 1933, at age 33. He became a member of Hitler’s inner circle (much as Miller has become to Trumputin), and accompanied him everywhere (similar to Miller), and became Hitler’s “personal secretary” in 1935. That year, he became the head of the renovations to Hitler’s property at Obersalzberg, the Berghof, and built the Eagle’s Nest, a tea house high above the Berghof (which I have visited), as a gift to Hitler on his 50th birthday in 1939.

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Ted Vaill, a Los Angeles lawyer and filmmaker, grew up in a Republican family (who all would be Democrats today given the extreme rightward shift of the Republican Party in recent years) and is the descendant of an immigrant (who arrived in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620).


PaliDems board member Maryam Zar writes about the Iran protests for Huffington Post

Here's one of many articles PPDC's Maryam Zar has written for the Huffington Post.

Sisters, Need Support

Across Iran, in major cities and small towns across a diverse country with a broad ranging populace, protests have erupted against a brutal regime that has maintained a choke hold on its citizens for nearly forty years; and women, are taking part in an unabashed way.

Iconic image of woman holding her hejab in the air, in defiance of laws, boldly attempting to declare a truce.

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2018 CA Governor and Fed Senate Raises

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Californians overwhelmingly support Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s reelection bid, and she is far better known than her top rival, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Voters are more divided in the governor’s race, creating a closer contest between Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa.

Newsom leads Villaraigosa by more than 10 percentage points in an election that is shaping up to be competitive, the USC/Times poll found. Newsom, the state’s lieutenant governor, has dominated early polls and fundraising. more...


Library Speaker Series Presentation

Speaker Series Event on Housing

New: 2018 Updates

 Oct 24th Housing Conversation

 

On October 24, 2017 the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club presented a panel and town hall-style exchange with the community focused on housing in the aftermath of County Measure H and City Proposition HHH.

Our panelists included Steven Gray from L.A. Family Housing, Tyler Monroe from Safran and Associates, Cally Hardy from L.A. City Planning Housing Unit,  and Jennifer Kim from the County’s Homeless Initiative Team. Our featured guest, whose remarks started the evening, was Councilmember Mike Bonin.

Bonin has been an advocate of better housing policy and a proponent of much of what is unfolding as affordable housing incentivized policy city wide. He gave a brief history of housing in LA and the circumstances that have led to the current shortage that we are experiencing now. He tied the lack of available affordable housing with the homeless crisis LA is facing, and applauded the new found collaborative approach that the City and County have forged in order to finally bring resources and strategies together, and couple them for impactful results. He explained that the County Measure H money (which began to be collected as of October 1st) will go mostly to the services contemplated in permanent supportive housing units aimed at relieving homelessness, while the City’s Prop HHH money will go to incentivize developers and encourage building to increase the housing stock citywide.

Each proposes a tax to generate income to be allocated to housing initiatives to increase the housing stock in LA, and address, among other things, the homeless crisis as well as housing affordability for low wage earners. Bonin admitted that much of this planning will not translate into units for another 2/2.5 years, but said the City also had plans to convert motels, change the mode of shelters and make other immediate options available to relieve the current housing crunch, as well as offer people experiencing homelessness some viable relief from the streets.

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Tell Gov. Brown to sign campaign finance reform DISCLOSE Act

With the California DISCLOSE Act now sitting on Governor Brown’s desk waiting for a signature, California is poised to strike a major blow against the secret money unleashed by Citizens United.

That should be great news -- except that Governor Brown has vetoed similar campaign finance reform bills in the past. If we don’t speak up, this time might be no different.

Fortunately, the fact that this bill has made it this far shows the power of our voices. Less than a month ago, the calls and emails of thousands of California Legit members helped pass the historic California DISCLOSE Act through both legislative houses.

The deadline for the governor to sign this vital bill is October 15. That’s why we’re asking every Californian who cares about this issue to step up and call Governor Jerry Brown now in support of this bill.

Call (916) 445-2841 today and ask Governor Brown to sign the California DISCLOSE Act and make California the nationwide leader in exposing dark money in elections.

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