Pencil in March 26, likely 6 or 7 PM, for our next
Hot Topic Speaker Series event
at the Palisades Library, when we take a close look at how the opioid epidemic is affecting our own city, including discussion of California’s Hub and Spoke Initiative. The Initiative is funded by the state to increase access and availability of medication-assisted treatment options throughout California.
There'll be more throughout the year, much still TBD but likely including a closer look at plastics and the environment.
Watch this space!
Thanks to all who braved the weather Feb. 9 for the Will Rogers Beach Cleanup!
Did you make it to the meeting January 27?
If so, thanks so much for coming!
Of course we'll have many meetings in 2019 -- the PaliDems board of directors meets monthly, and we'll be announcing exciting public events throughout the year ...
but this was our official "Annual Meeting," with as many of your elected officials in attendance as we could gather. (Members in good standing also had the opportunity to ratify our board and officer slate.)
A D E M S -- Your vote counted, and not one but two PaliDem board members won:
Club President Erika Feresten and Westside Dem HQ co-manager Tamara Levenson!
But what are ADEMS?
ADEMS, or Assembly District Election Meetings, are held every two years to elect seven "self-identified female" and seven "other than self-identified female" to be Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) to represent the Assembly District they are registered as a Democrat in.
AD Delegates to the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region and working with other DSCC delegates throughout California to represent their community.
AD Delegates vote on behalf of the community they represent at CDP Regional Meetings, the California Democratic Party Convention, and those who are also elected to serve as an Executive Board member are responsible for voting and representing their community at the semi-annual E-Board meetings.
Our 2019 membership drive is open!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 RESULTS
State election results are here:
L.A. County results here:
Spoiler alert -- thanks to you and people like us across the country, Democrats did phenomenally well. Some pundits initially fretted that there wasn't a big Blue Wave, but there was.
From Salon (full article here):
The 2018 midterms were a blue wave — despite what Fox News hosts blared on Wednesday morning, mimicking the line White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered late on election day.[...]
The first affirmation of the wave was the volume of voters. As millions of votes are still being counted (in states like California), the votes cast so far total approximately 100 million, with experts estimating that figure will reach 111 million — a 47.3 percent national turnout. That is the first 100-million voter midterm, and the highest turnout since 1970, according to the University of Florida’s Michael McDonald.[...] As of Wednesday morning, the New York Times’ live (and therefore slowly updating) dashboard of results showed there were 4 million more votes for Democratic House candidates and 12.1 million more votes for Democratic Senate candidates.* That’s a blue wave by any fact-based measure.
-- Excerpted from Salon (full article here)
*11/13 update: tally now 5 million more votes for (D) House candidates, 14 million more for Senate
*January update: final tally 7.5 million more votes for (D) House candidates, 18 million more for Senate!
PROTESTS of the Sessions resignation/firing WERE CALLED FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 5 PM We brought you details here...
Thanks to everyone who attended one of the rallies held across L.A.
The watch continues:
Thousand Oaks Mayor Andrew Fox asked for blood donations at area hospitals after November's shooting. Even weeks later it helps to rebuild the supply...
The places for blood donations are:
1) La Reina High School, 106 W Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. Walk-ins are welcome.
2) A donation site is also open at Best Western/Thousand Oaks Inn at 75 West Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
Also, if you want to donate MONEY, please direct all donations to http://vccf.org
to ensure that they go directly to the families.
Extra, extra, read all about it!
Wonderful to see so many people at our Sun., Aug. 26, 2018
Summer Garden Party
With Rep. Ted Lieu, State Sen. Ben Allen, AM Richard Bloom, City CM Mike Bonin
We sold out and had close to 200 in attendance!
To those who missed this opportunity, don't worry -- we'll keep working to bring you more
Kudos to everyone who showed up at the PaliDems / Heal the Bay beach weekend cleanup and pitched in!
Here's just some of what you helped remove and catalog:
Missed June's 55,000-strong rally downtown in support of Keeping Families Together?
Here are more ways to take action:
Search for local events: http://map.familiesbelong.org/search.php
Great seeing fellow PaliDems out marching with PPDC!
Friend-of-PPDC Robert Scheer of TruthDig was there -- were you?
Let us know if you have a story to tell.
Sincerest thanks to everyone who attended or donated generously in honor of our event on June 16: reception/screening/discussion of documentary Newtown
With civil discussion about gun violence #StandWithStudents
Thanks too to the phenomenal, eloquent, inspirational panel!
Action Items list handed out at the event -- live links, phone numbers to call, and resources to tap
Full house at May's
Hot Topic Speaker Series event
Fake News and the Modern ConsumerPPDC brought in journalism professionals with local and global experience to talk about how to discern and treat fake news and identify spin on a Tuesday night, and you filled the room -- thanks for making time to come!
Above, at lectern: PaliDems President Erika Feresten
President & CEO, Los Angeles World Affairs Council
Lifelong journalist & Editorial Adviser, Palisades News
Editor-in-Chief, Palisadian-Post and former Guardian reporter
Former foreign correspondent & moderator
Wow and WOW.
So many of you showed up for the March for Our Lives, both downtown and in Santa Monica.
The passion, the energy, the spicy signage, the orange, the solidarity ... all incredibly inspiring!
Special thanks to those who rode on our bus
and marched holding the PaliDems banner. : )
Our January Annual Meeting (open to all!) with
State Sen. BEN ALLEN
Assemblymember RICHARD BLOOM
City Councilmember MIKE BONIN
County Supervisor SHEILA KUEHL
was a huge success, with over 200 in attendance to hear what's in store for 2018
Read all about it here
To explore pre-2018 past events, click here ...
Board meetings generally held the first Tuesday of every month,
6:45 - 8:45 PM, at locations TBA.
Call 310-230-2084 or email us if you're interested in attending!
The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club (aka PaliDems, or PPDC) is one of the largest, most active Democratic clubs in Southern California. Since our founding in the 1950s, we've been working to insure that the following Democratic values and goals stay or become fundamental American priorities:
Women’s access to abortion and contraception
Scientific research and development
Electing progressive Democrats to city, state, county, and federal offices
Environmental protection, addressing climate change
Improved and expanded Medicare-for-All, single-payer system
The list goes on -- click here to read more