ICE agents hit 77 NorCal businesses

Thursday, February 01, 2018 11:27PM
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 more

Ted Lieu Explains Nunes Memo

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

The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’


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

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.


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.

Full article here

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


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...

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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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 The medical bill score: How the public judges health care

By Drew Altman
Oct. 3, 2017
We track a lot of numbers in health care: how much we spend on health as a share of our economy, the number of uninsured, and the share of the federal budget allocated to health programs. What we don't track — and a number the Congressional Budget Office cannot score — is the statistic that means the most to the American people: the share of the public having problems paying their health care bills.

Percent saying they have taken action in order to pay medical bills
72%  Put off vacations, household purchases
70%  Cut back on food, clothing, basic items
59%  Used up all or most of savings
41%  Taken an extra job or worked more hours
37%  Borrowed money from friends or family
34%  Increased credit card debt
26%  Taken money out of long-term savings
17%  Changed your living situation
15%  Taken out another type of loan
13%  Borrowed from a payday lender
12%  Sought aid of a charity or non-profit
02%  Taken out another mortgage
15%  Made other significant changes
The bottom line:
The “medical bills score" is the single most important measure of how we are doing in healthcare from the public's perspective. And ultimately, if Congress ever passes a new healthcare bill, it is how the public will evaluate that plan — from Graham-Cassidy to Medicare for All and everything in between.
The numbers that matter:
As we found in a Kaiser Family Foundation poll in February:
*  31% of Americans age 18-64 report they or a family member face problems paying their health care bills.
*  But that number shoots up to 57% for people who are sick.
It makes sense that people who use more care have more health care bills, but it also reveals how poorly our system performs from a consumer perspective when people who need care the most are protected the least by insurance coverage.
The impact:
Not surprisingly, the uninsured (41%) are more likely to have problems paying medical bills. But this is not a problem limited to the uninsured: 30% of the insured – think voters — have problems with medical bills.
The backstory:
The share of the public reporting problems paying their medical bills has not moved much in recent years. The Affordable Care Act has extended coverage and better financial protection to tens of millions, but it doesn't have much of an impact on affordability beyond people covered by the Medicaid expansion and the marketplaces.
In the far larger employer-based health insurance sector, deductibles and other forms of cost sharing have been growing about five times faster than wages, and deductibles have been growing especially sharply for people who work for smaller employers.
What to watch:
Health care is a pocketbook issue for most of the public and the American people have their own scoring system. They may give this or that mostly partisan response about a health reform idea on a poll, but until they see how they'll get help paying their health care bills, they will ultimately be disappointed by every health reform plan.
Comment by Don McCanne
“Yes, but how will healthcare reform affect me?” For most people that means, how much will I have to pay for my insurance, and how much will I have to pay out of pocket for my healthcare?
Except for low-income individuals with heavily subsidized insurance, members of the work force are paying too much for their insurance, either directly or through forgone wages, and they are paying too much when they need to access healthcare, especially through high deductibles.
Under the Physicians’ Proposal -- a single payer model advocated for by Physicians for a National Health Program -- insurance premiums would be eliminated and replaced by equitable funding  of a universal risk pool that would be affordable for each of us, and deductibles and other cost sharing would be eliminated for all essential health care services since other, more patient-friendly methods of cost containment would allow the removal of financial barriers to care.
As Drew Altman states, “until they see how they'll get help paying their health care bills, they will ultimately be disappointed by every health reform plan.” The obvious lesson is that we need to show the public how a single payer, improved Medicare for all program will give them the "medical bill score" they have been looking for, and thus end the scourge of medical debt.
A Physicians’ Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform:
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Let's Restore DACA and Rescue Our DREAMers

Donald Trump did something inhumane, cruel, and heartless, calling for an end to the DACA program and throwing the futures of 800,000 young immigrants into uncertainty.
You may be disheartened, frustrated and angry, but one thing you are not is powerless. Join Sea Change this month as we work to help flip the House from red to blue, starting in Congressional District 25. Here’s how you can participate:

Sept. 17 - Join us for a canvass training with OFA. You’ll learn new techniques for engaging voters at the doors.

Sept. 23 - Volunteer for our Day of Action in CD-25. We’ll be knocking on doors and talking to voters about the issues that matter to them.

Sept. 23 - Volunteer to drive canvassers. We’re looking for volunteers to drive our vans and transport canvassers from LA to the Santa Clarita Valley. Email to sign up!

On the 23rd, we’ll be talking to voters about their representative Steve Knight. He has a history of anti-immigrant stances, including voting to deny DREAMers the right to serve in the military, calling public school classes  for English learners a burden on the state, and supporting Arizona’s notorious “show me your papers” immigration law. Now, he’ll be one of the people tasked with voting for legislation that determines the future of DREAMers. It’s time for him to go!
Keep Resisting,
Sea Change Team
PS - Can't join us on the 23rd but want to support Sea Change volunteers? Click here to make a donation to support this mobilization.