• What's New

    August PPDC board actions

    PaliDems take action

    New Nov. 3 ballot proposal endorsements
    (we'll be reviewing them all bit by bit as we approach Election Day, and will add info — and candidate endorsements — regularly)

    Proposition 14—Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative

    Proposition 15—Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government

    Proposition 16—Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment

    Proposition 17—Constitutional amendment that would allow people on parole for felony convictions to vote in California


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  • PPDC signs on to CA Young Democrats resolution on police reform

    The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club (PPDC) stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and peaceful protests against police brutality. The brutalization and killing of George Floyd, along with many others over the decades, including the 601 people killed by LAPD and LASD in Los Angeles County, cannot stand unchallenged. As a taxpayer-funded service, police departments must treat our communities of color with respect and be accountable for use of excessive force.

    PPDC joins the California Young Democrats (CYD) in calling for institutional changes to our criminal justice and legal systems. We also join CYD in calling for the Democratic Party to “cease accepting campaign contributions and financial contributions from organizations that protect the status quo [proactively defending institutional policies within police departments that allow peace officers to avoid accountability for wrongdoing] of policing and seek to disrupt the meaningful work of police and criminal justice reform.”

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  • PPDC endorses rethinking policing


    Written by Steve Krantz, Board Member
    Adrienne Burk, Past President
    Cindy Kalman, President
    Valley Grassroots for Democracy
    July 7, 2020 ADOPTED by Pacific Palisades Democratic Club

    WHEREAS policing techniques have historically been used to victimize people of color, minorities, and certain religions and resulted in disproportionate actions taken against these groups that resulted in bodily harm, financial hardship and too often death, especially in the black and brown communities, and;

    WHEREAS the militarization of police departments with equipment and weapons of war; the lack of transparency surrounding police actions with inconsistent use of bodycams and the inconsistent release of those and bystanders’ videos for viewing by the public, the code of silence used to protect fellow police officers (including the questionable results of internal affairs investigations and the power of the police unions), and the suppression and intimidation of the press, as evidenced during the recent protests; the current application or disregard of laws that provide a level of immunity to police that are not afforded to their victims; have all led to more violence that is disproportionate, hard to control, monitor or reform, and is at a level that is unacceptable to the citizens they are sworn to protect.

    WHEREAS the citizens of the United States want changes to police practices so that all citizens can feel secure instead of threatened, that situations that have historically been dealt with by the police can be handled in a proportionate and fair way, that situations that can be handled without police intervention (drug overdoses, mental health breakdowns for examples) are handled by the appropriate resources, that protestors’ constitutional rights are not violated, that the police are held accountable in a transparent and proportionate manner and that policies that escalate and cause bodily damage or death are reduced or eliminated, and;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Pacific Palisades Democratic Club supports reforming policing practices by: de-militarizing the police force, banning choke-holds, requiring police to de-escalate, requiring a warning before shooting, exhausting all other means before shooting, requiring other police to intervene in violent situations, banning shooting at moving vehicles, limiting the use of force against citizens, ending “qualified immunity” and instead requiring justification of actions and investigating violent incidents immediately and transparently by an independent body and not the police or District Attorney, and making that information on the police available to the citizens including body camera footage and employment records within two weeks, and;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti, President of Los Angeles City Council Nury Martinez, L.A. County Board of Supervisors, Police Chief Michel Moore, Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and member of the House of Representatives Ted Lieu.

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  • Upcoming events

    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 06:00 PM through November 22, 2020

    2020 Election HQ

    With the new reality of Covid19, our first priority at the Westside Democratic HQ is to keep all of us safe and healthy. We have suspended all in-person events, such as phone banks, trainings, fundraisers, and meetings. We'll continue to follow the guidelines laid out by Governor Newsom, the L.A. County Public Health Department, and the CDC.

    But, our work goes on! To protect our democracy, our planet, and our public health, we need a Democratic House, Senate, and President! Few things have made Trump and McConnell's incompetence more clear than their mishandling of this crisis.

    All of our phonebanks have gone virtual. We start each session with a brief Zoom conference to talk about who we're calling and catch up with each other, and if people want, we do a little happy hour at the end to talk about our calls and enjoy some much-needed camaraderie. If you’re home and wanting a break from the news or family life or whatever else is going on for you — WE NEED YOU!

    And we have nearly daily opportunities to participate.

    Click on the day and time below that works best for you to sign up:

    Monday 4 – 6  &  6 – 8:30 PM
    Tuesday 6 – 9 PM
    Thursday 6 – 8:30 PM
    Every other Sunday

    You can call from home anytime between 10 AM and 9 PM.

    Links and calling information are available from us when you sign up.
    If you are interested in sending postcards, we can help you do that! We have addresses for Mark Kelly in AZ and to encourage folks to sign up to vote by mail in Florida.

    If you are interested in volunteering from home, please click here to let us know what you'd like to do, and we'll be in touch to get you started!

    Westside Dem HQ events page here

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