The Electoral College certification is over at last, and our relief and pride are palpable: JOE BIDEN & KAMALA HARRIS will be President and Vice President come January 20, 2021
Thank you so much to everyone who voted, volunteered, and donated
Battle for Senate continues — no wait, we WON! ! !
What a testament to all the hard work on the ground, especially in Georgia but also right here in California
with >your< calls, texts, postcards, and donations. We all did this together
There are CA Dem Party elections in which you can have a voice from home via Vote by Mail
They're the ADEMs, and by proxy, >you< can help shape the Democratic Party platform
But you have to register by midnight on Mon., 1/11/21,
and your vote must be received by 1/27
Two three-name PPDC board members are running
and seek your support:
Adam Harris Wolman
along with an exemplary group of PPDC club members.
Scroll down for their names and more info,
to register to vote NOW and learn about the candidates
and the election
before the Mon., 1/11 deadline
A more-than-fond farewell to our beloved Treasurer Emeritus,
Dick Wulliger, 88
From the L.A. Times:
Richard Charles Wulliger, beloved husband of Marilyn Kudell Wulliger. [Passed away December 2020.] Predeceased by parents Jack and Carrie Wulliger, survived by cousin Jeff Ackerman and many other cousins, nephews and nieces.
A graduate of University High School; UCLA, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; UCLA Law School where he earned his JD. Lawyer, Administrative Law Judge/Arbitrator and formerly US Army Judge Advocate General. Trustee of California Historical Society, President of Opera Associates of the Music Center, Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioner, Los Angeles Civil Service Commissioner, member of Equestrian Commission 1984 Olympics, member of Board of Los Angeles Opera, judge pro tem Los Angeles Superior Court. Member of Los Angeles Police Department Board of Rights.
Active in Pacific Palisades Democratic Club [15 years on the board, 13 as Treasurer], Historical Society, Community Council, and UCLA Alumni Association. Memorial service to be announced. Suggested contributions to American Civil Liberties Union.
Our hearts are heavy, and our sympathies go out to dearest Marilyn.
Dick, we'll miss you, and will always be grateful for your tireless participation and your friendship.
— Your many friends at PPDC
PaliDems 2021 Membership Renewal & Board Openings
Dear PPDC members and supporters:
It's time to join or renew your membership for 2021!
The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club will hold its Annual Meeting on January 31, 2021. Club members in attendance will elect the board of directors and its executive slate for 2021, to guide the club next year.
The Nominating Committee is now seeking candidates: Young, old, and in between, moderate, progressive, or other — as long as you're a committed Democrat who wants to be involved with one of the country's most influential Dem clubs on a regular basis, we'd love to hear from you. The mission of this committee is to assemble a slate to be voted on at the Annual Meeting that will reflect the broad base of opinions in the Democratic Party.
Local Democrats are invited to express their interest in serving by sending an email to the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. An application for board candidacy will be sent to your email address to be returned before December 18. For additional information call Joe Halper at 310-699-6310.
PPDC signs on to LACDP resolution calling for the resignation of L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva
** Read the resolution here **
Click here for
Unsanitized: The COVID-19 Daily Report
Written by American Prospect executive editor
who was a superb PaliDems Hot Topics speaker!
Most recent past event(s) and announcements
Some hosted or co-hosted by PPDC and the WDHQ, others posted to inform club members
Your election HQ is still rocking and rolling...
We know everyone just wants to collapse,
but your help is much needed!
None of the above times open for you? Find other
L.A.-based daily ops via our friends at the Grassroots Dems HQ
This is the real deal, the meat and potatoes of fighting for the Senate
(OK, make that tofu and potatoes if you're vegetarian)
And >you< can make a real difference
Please consider donating to or working for Jon Ossoff and/or Raphael Warnock
This is our best hope for the possibility of being able to make major legislative progress these next four years!
PPDC donated an additional emergency $1000 to each campaign on Nov. 5
Call till Monday, 12/7/20, the registration deadline, to get Georgians registered as Dems
(After that we'll call to Get Out The Vote)
Field Team 6 calling:
Sun., 12/6, 11 AM – 2 PM
Mon., 12/7, 10 AM - 12 PM
Field Team 6 + fellow Westsiders via the WDHQ
Mon., 12/7, 12 – 3 PM
2020 DPSFV Truman Awards
Sunday, 12/6/20, 11 AM
Honoring Volunteers of the Year from DPSFV Clubs,
including PPDC's own
Gail Matthius Wirth
If ticket sales are closed, try calling 818-995-DEMS (3367)
Congrats too to the 46 Roosevelt Awards Democrats of the Year and 2020 Pat Eastman Volunteers of the Year, Henry Lo & WDHQ's own fearless leader Jane Wishon (pictured left)
Sue Himmelrich & Jeff Ebenstein are Roosevelt Award honorees from AD50, and former PaliDems board member and parliamentarian Kirsten Magnuson (pictured right) is Roosevelt honoree from the 62nd
Tuesday, Nov. 17 fundraiser with last-Dem-hope Senate candidates Ossoff, Warnock,
and the amazing and formidable Stacey Abrams as special guest!
Tickets available at every level — we hope you will be as generous as possible.
This is a new election, so even if you maxed out earlier you can still donate/RSVP HERE
We've found that sending postcards is one of the most effective methods of contacting voters, and we are determined to help contact every Democratic and left-leaning Independent voter in Georgia to get them to the polls on January 5, 2021. $10 will fund 22 postcards. Donate here, or sign up to join the effort -- TOO LATE FOR POSTCARDS AS OF DECEMBER 1
Yes, it's a long shot, if enough of us pitch in. Otherwise the chance is nil
2020 Roosevelt Awards
Sun., 11/15, 6 PM
Honoring WDHQ's own Jane Wishon for her incredible GOTV work, go Jane!
** Former PPDC board member and parliamentarian Kirsten Magnuson is the Roosevelt honoree from the 62nd **
2020 Pat Eastman Volunteers of the Year
Henry Lo & Jane Wishon
Honoring 46 Democrats of the Year from our 24 Assembly Districts
Sue Himmelrich & Jeff Ebenstein are the honorees from PPDC's AD50
Former PPDC board member Kirsten Magnuson is the honoree from the 62nd
Special Appearances from featured guests
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congressman Adam Schiff
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
CADEM Chair Rusty Hicks
Assemblymembers all across Los Angeles County
6:00-7:00PM | VIP Reception
7:00PM | Program Starts
(includes virtual VIP reception and commemorative gift box)
General Admission Ticket
All ticket purchasers will receive a link to event on November 15th.
PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY
for more information
From our friends at the Malibu Dem Club:
Urgently Seeking Volunteers to Help Them "Cure" Democratic Mail-in Ballots
Nevada and Arizona are critical for Biden to get to 270
Even if Biden wins Nevada, the larger the margin the better, given Trump's expected court challenges
When someone forgets to sign their mail-in ballot, or their signature no longer matches the signature on their voter registration card (signatures do change over time), Nevada allows the voter to "cure" the error before rejecting the ballot entirely
Voters have until Nov. 12 to "cure the ballot"
The Nevada Democratic Party is asking for help to knock on doors to help Democrats who need to cure their ballots
(Some cannot be reached by phone)
To sign up, or for more info:
Arizona Ballot Cure Phonebank and Training! — Mission for Arizona
Help us make calls to reach Arizona voters who need their ballots cured! Rejected ballots will not be formally rejected until Election Day and Nov. 10, a week after E-Day, depending on the issue and the voter must take action to make their vote count. This process is called curing. Arizona has a history of close elections and we will need every last ballot to win! These phone calls will help us get every last vote. **There will be a training at the start of each virtual phonebank shift time** PLEASE NOTE: This is a **virtual** event
North Carolina phonebanking: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/314753/
Heads up — We've heard reports that Georgia may need in-person help more than they need phonebankers, but it's worth signing up if you're interested in helping there
Center for Popular Democracy: Count Every Vote Action Phonebanks!
Highest-Priority Virtual Phone Bank Hosted by CPD Action
Election Protection update: The Election Protection Coalition
This national, nonpartisan organization, administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, has voter protection hotlines in a variety of languages:
- English: 866-OUR-VOTE / 866-687-8683
- Spanish/English: 888-VE-Y-VOTA / 888-839-8682
- Asian languages/English: 888-API-VOTE / 888-274-8683
- Arabic/English: 844-YALLA-US / 844-925-5287
Volunteering update during stay-at-home days: Meet your WDHQ
We *must* win the Senate and the White House. If you're reading this, you could be an indispensable part of the team to make it happen!
We're building in a social element, which is what makes phonebanks fun! We'll start with Zoom check-in/training, and at the end we'll have a virtual Zoom happy hour!
Texters can join too
ELECTION DAY LOooOMS closer still...
to pitch in
so you can know you did everything you could!
Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/2020victory/event/343435/
Sunday 9 AM: Assemblymember Boerner Horvath
Sunday 12 PM: CDP Chair Rusty Hicks, Congressman Jimmy Gomez
Sunday 3 PM: Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
Monday 9 AM: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
Monday 12 PM: Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
Monday 6 PM: Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Senator Henry Stern
Tuesday 9 AM: Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton
Tuesday 3 PM: Sen. Maria Elena Durezo, Assemblymembers Richard Bloom & Autumn Burke
Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/2020victory/event/343435/
Or would you like to textbank? Here's the official source for the latest textbanking opportunities from the Westside Democratic Headquarters.
There are texting opportunities in battleground states all over the country -- take your pick!
Or find the following VIP & celeb options at this link
Saturday, 10/31 at 9AM -- Mayor Eric Garcetti
Mayor of Los Angeles
Saturday, 10/31 at 12PM -- Edward Norton
Actor, Filmmaker, Fight Club, Frida, Birdman, American History X
Saturday, 10/31 at 3PM -- Eric McCormack
Actor, Will & Grace, Travelers, Perception
Sunday, 11/1 at 9AM -- Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen
Actors, Producers, Cheers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Three Men & A Baby, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Philadelphia, Elf
Sunday, 11/1 at 12PM -- Sofiya Alexandra
Sunday, 11/1 at 3PM -- Mark Gonzalez
California State Director for Biden/Harris & Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Monday, 11/2 at 9AM – Billy Ray
Writer, Director, The Comey Rule, The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips, Richard Jewell
Monday, 11/2 at 12 PM -- Hawk Koch
Producer, Former President of The Academy of Motion Pictures Chinatown, Heaven Can Wait, Wayne's World
Monday, 11/2 at 3PM -- Josh Gad
Actor, Comedian, Book of Mormon, Frozen, Beauty & the Beast
Monday, 11/2 at 6PM -- Damon Lindelof
Creator, Producer Writer -- Watchmen, The Leftovers, Lost
Tuesday, 11/3 at 9AM -- Henry & Zoe Winkler
Actor, Activists, Happy Days, Arrested Development, Barry, Night Shift, This is About Humanity
Tuesday, 11/3 at 12PM -- Marcia Cross
Actress, Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place
Tuesday, 11/3 at 3PM -- Ricardo Lara
California's Insurance Commissioner
More to come!
Sign up for the above: https://www.mobilize.us/2020victory/event/344826/
Other fun possibilities
Standup Comedy & Music for Biden/Harris: Sunday 6 PM
And would you beleive an actual in-person event:
#TeamBidenHarris Goes Hollywood GOTV Visibility
Monday 10 AM, Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
As The L.A. Harbor For BidenHarris team will be hosting A GOTV Safe, Face coverings, 6feet apart visibility on Trumps star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. !!REMINDER!! 1. Temperature check, Face Coverings. 2. 6-Feet apart 3. Invite/Share and bring your BIDEN energy with Biden signs, face masks, hand sanitizer, and cold water to be provided.
Sign up / more info here: https://www.mobilize.us/2020victory/event/303642/
Biden/Harris • Senate and House races
L.A. District Attorney and Measure J to reform criminal justice • and more
Huge thanks to Ellen for this info and for running point on so many things : )
Donate to PPDC's endorsed reform candidate for DA, George Gascón, here
Read about Senate races we're supporting here
Learn about CA housing legislation we're opposing and the Rethinking the Police resolution we've signed onto here
along with more PaliDems actions. Here's what was voted on at our recent board meetings.
PaliDems featured speaker in 2012 Kamala Harris (PPDC members met her over wine and cheese) is Joe Biden's VP pick!
REP LIEU STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY RELIEF BILL
Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: "We are living through truly challenging times. COVID-19 is a grave threat to our nation. The United States now has the most COVID-19 cases in the world...."
Made it to our Hot Topics: Census 101 event in February? Then you know the drill:
The 2020 Census is a big deal.
The count has to take place even amid the anything-but-normal stay-at-home orders.
Forms should have made it to your mailbox, but if not, you can still participate online. Read on for instructions....
Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. All Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers). These mailings are marked with the 2020 Census logo and show the U.S. Department of Commerce in the return address.
>>If you have not received anything from the Census Bureau, you can still respond online. <<
Visit the online form and select “Start Questionnaire.” Below the ID field, click the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” More info here https://census.lacounty.gov/census/ and here https://2020census.gov/en
Our hearts continue to go out to the family and friends of George Floyd, and to all victims and targets of race-based violence and harassment.
Our souls are steadfastly pledged to seeking an end to the scourges of racism, inequality, and injustice in America.
And we bid a sad farewell to one of the great heroes of the Civil Rights movement, Rep. John Lewis.
Want to make some good trouble of your own?
email us here to work directly with the PaliDems (organizing events, attending board meetings, etc.)
or go here for Get Out The Vote election volunteering via our partnership in the Westside Democratic HQ
In-Depth Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform
and Healing Our Community, Mon., 10/26, 7:30 PM
in support of George Gascón, candidate for DA
Moderated by Lisa Ling
Hosted by Dr. Paul Song & Lisa Ling, Ted Gray & Jason Bryant of CROP Organization, Jane Kim, Mike Cavalluzzi, Cara Robin
Blowout Biden/Harris event Sunday, 10/25, 5 PM
Final Presidential Debate After-Party!
You are cordially invited
Thursday, Oct. 22, 8 – 9 PM
(following the final Presidential debate, 6 – 7:30 PM, and TV analysis, 7:30 – 8 PM)
Environmentalist/filmmaker Rory Kennedy
Rep. Ted Lieu
State Sen. Ben Allen
State Sen. Henry Stern
State Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Get post-debate analysis
Catch things you might have missed!
Share your views with fellow Democrats
Celebrate & commiserate
Free! Register here to get your Zoom link
(Link will be emailed to registrants day of event)
The Westside Democratic Headquarters
Malibu Democratic Club
Pacific Palisades Democratic Club
West L.A. Democratic Club
Presidential debate details
Thursday, Oct. 22, 6 – 7:30 PM PT
Pre-debate coverage starts 4 or 5 PM, depending on the station
Debate 6 – 7:30 PM, Belmont University in Nashville
Where to watch: Most news stations, or online at www.washingtonpost.com and other websites
Moderator: Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent and co-anchor of Today Weekend
The debate will be 90 minutes long and have no commercial breaks. It will be divided into six 15-minute segments the moderator gets to choose. The first debate had 80 – 90 people in the audience, all tested for the novel coronavirus. They were supposed to wear masks per the protocol of the debate site, the Cleveland Clinic. But members of the Trump family took off their masks after arriving. New rules say that any audience member without a mask will be thrown out
Register here to get your Zoom link
(Link will be emailed to registrants day of event)
Drive-In 4 Biden Movie Event
Fri., Oct. 16, 5:30 PM
The Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, 8401 Sunset Blvd.
Doors @ 5:30 PM. Auction @ 6:30 PM. Movie @ 7:30 PM
It's “DRIVE-IN 4 BIDEN,” a drive-in movie theater pop-up in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris!
We’re screening the comedy film IDIOCRACY
his event is brought to you by The Sunset Strip Presents, Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP)
and Westside Democratic HQ (WDHQ)
Please Join Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for a virtual fundraiser in support of Christy Smith for Congress (CA-25)
Thursday, October 15th
4:30 PM PST | 7:30 PM EST
Zoom link will be sent to confirmed participants 24 hours prior to the event
Please pre-submit your questions for Christy and Speaker Pelosi here
If you have any questions regarding the event, please send them to Gian at Gian@ChristyforCongress.org
Spin the Senate event
with hosts Viola Davis and Amy Brenneman interviewing
Theresa Greenfield (IA), Jaime Harrison (SC), MJ Hegar (TX), and Jon Ossoff (GA)
Andra Day will sing the battle song of the BLM protests, "Rise Up"
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, 12 PM PT
This incredible fundraiser for five candidates for U.S. Senate in battleground states couldn't come at a better time.
WE CAN take these Senate seats and put pressure on Republican incumbents to rethink their decisions to support Trump's nominee
We don't have to remind you how important it is for us to spin the Senate around 180 degrees for a Democratic majority! The passing of beloved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg last week is giving this regressive Senate yet another opportunity to seat a far-right Supreme Court justice, one who will surely seek to undo many of the social justice reforms made since the days of FDR
How do we stop Trump from seating a handmaiden on the Court?
Democratic Senators will do what they can to forestall this, but what we can do NOW is help our Democratic candidates WIN this November by joining us on October 11 and giving as generously to their campaigns as possible!
There is also a pre-event reception with the candidates, Amy Brenneman, Viola Davis, and special guests
ALL DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO THE CANDIDATES
Together we can spin the Senate
Save Democracy Itself with Rep. Ted Lieu
Sun., Oct. 4, 1 PM (sponsor), 1:30 PM (general)
After-Debate Party online
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
After the first Presidential debate, 8 PM
Watch Joe Biden take down Trump, then gather with
like-minded activists to celebrate!
Sign up now to save your spot in our Zoom room:
Our guest panelists
Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
Santa Monica Rent Control Board members Anastasia Foster and Caroline Torosis
SMC Board Members Sion Roy and Barry Snell
More to be announced
Hosted by the Santa Monica Democratic Club and the Westside Democratic Headquarters
PPDC and the Westside Dem HQ are honored and excited to have Julie Chavez Rodriguez,
a Biden/Harris senior advisor who was co-director of the presidential campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris and previously worked in the White House for Barack Obama as deputy director of political engagement,
join us for this event!
Join SoCal grassroots organizers and volunteers from across the region for a virtual rally as we continue to organize to win big in November
This is a great event to bring your friends to whether they have already been texting and making calls for the campaign, or if they are new and ready to get started. See you all Sunday!
Sun., 9/13/20, 3 – 4 PM
Save the Seven!
Wednesday, September 2, 6 – 7 PM
Join Rep. Adam Schiff and California's seven critical Blue Wave freshmen congressional representatives for a reception
on Wednesday, 9/2 from 6 – 7 PM
Saving these seven seats we fought so hard for in 2018 is one of our critical missions this November
If that doesn't get you fired up enough (or if it does — really, either way), click to sign up!
Lunch with Rep. Ted LIEU
Our silent auction was live until Mon., Aug. 24 at 2 PM
Open to all. Bid on signed Simpsons memorabilia, political collectibles, surfing and college prep lessons, or a radio/podcast ad for your business on Spike's Car Radio!
Proceeds benefit PPDC and the Westside Dem HQ's critical 2020 efforts.
Bring your own lunch … or have us drop off a
Thyme Café GOURMET LUNCH,
brought to your home by a masked & gloved PPDC volunteer! --> sorry, lunch tickets are sold out!
Thanks to everyone who ordered. : )
General Admission — $35
VIP Guest with One Lunch Delivered to Your Home — $75 ... SOLD OUT
VIP Guest with Two Lunches Delivered to One Home — $125 ... SOLD OUT
Thanks to all 140 of you who attended!
You helped us raise funds and gather volunteers to Get Out The Vote in November!
Missed it? Read the press coverage
Soccer star & activist Megan Rapinoe
headlines a virtual conversation in support of DA reform candidate George Gascón
Wed., Aug. 12, 2020, 6 PM
Archives of previous home-page posts can be found here:
George Gascón, PPDC's endorsed candidate for L.A. District Attorney, is sworn in and immediately announces sweeping reforms. From LAist:
George Gascón took the oath of office Monday as Los Angeles County's 43rd district attorney, announcing a dizzying array of policy changes that include vows to lock up fewer people, end cash bail and seek the early release of thousands of state prison inmates whom he said are unfairly serving overly long sentences.
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
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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Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 02:00 PM · 16 rsvpsZoom
OPEN to ALL, via ZOOM
MEET & GREET YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS*, including…
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
2 – 3:30 PM (1:30 – 2 PM mingle)
FREE ADMISSION TO WATCH! (suggested donation $10)
VIP ADMISSION (can be seen/heard/ask questions)
FOR ALL PAID PPDC MEMBERS
If not, it's just $25 to join, or $20 for seniors/students
RSVP below for free admission
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