Next Meeting In Person

The Democratic Club’s next meeting is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 on August 18th.   Members are looking forward to the prospect of gathering face-to-face for the first time in far too many months.   High on their list of priorities for discussion will be how to counter the vast amount of misinformation being fed to potential California voters in anticipation of the September 14th Special Election.

Using baseless claims of voting fraud and improper registration in past elections,  a California based organization is reportedly planning to recruit an “army” of 30,000 volunteers to police the polls.  The Los Angeles Times editorial staff calls this prospect “extremely concerning.” 

Fortunately, most of our Leisure World residents vote by mail.  Thanks to the foresight of our own GRF, we will again have an official ballot drop off box inside our gates.

Gov. Gavin Newsom will most likely hold on to his seat.  It is not a secret that a majority of voters lean Democratic in California.  However, as the Times editorial staff warns, a Newsom win “could result in more claims of massive fraud, refusal to recognize the results of the election and the beginning of an all-out assault on the elections process” in California.

Club members at their August 18th meeting will also have an opportunity to discuss the ramifications of another possible recall election.  It would be an attempt to oust every one of the Los Alamitos Unified School Board trustees, be they Democrat or Republican. 

The School Board’s “crime”—according to some—was to unanimously support an elective ethnic studies curriculum for their older students.  If this second recall election does happen, Leisure World voters have the potential of being a very influential force in the outcome.

In preparation for this possible second recall election, all Leisure World Democrats and supporters are urged to purchase and read the book that will be used as the primary text in the Los Alamitos School District.  A DIFFERENT MIRROR . . . by Ronald Takaki is available on Amazon and other on-line sites.

To some of us, reading this book has been an eye-opener.  As one reviewer writes, “The ‘mirror’ that Takaki holds up to the U.S. reflects a multicultural history of oppression and exploitation, but also struggle, solidarity and community.”   Some of us—after reading this book designed for young people— are even reading Takaki’s original book on this subject matter!

In addition to addressing issues related to the Sept 14th election during their August meeting, the Democratic Club is initiating a project to reach Leisure World voters directly.   The project will include providing accurate, up-to-date information about the attempted recall.   Club members interested in participating in this effort are invited to call (562) 412-0898 or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.  Please include complete contact information, including address, email and phone number.

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are reminded that, if they are interested in more-in-depth reporting, they are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. Phone the editor at 562-296-8521 or email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.

Misinformation About September 14 Recall Election

Alarmed at the degree of misinformation being circulated prior to the Sept 14th recall election, LW Democratic Club leaders are currently working on a plan to counter the fantasy of mass voting fraud in California.  High on the list of projects under consideration will be making copies of a June 29th LA Times editorial available at the club’s “every Tuesday” voter information booth.  The title of that editorial,“The ‘Big Lie’ Comes to California,” is self-explanatory.  

The paper writes that its editorial is based on “the belief that Gov. Gavin Newsom will hold on to his seat because a healthy majority of voters lean Democratic in this state.”  The editorial staff’s concern is that this “could result in more claims of massive fraud, refusal to recognize the results of the election and the beginning of an all-out assault on the elections process” in California.

The editorial acknowledges that poll watchers working with a variety of groups have made claims of millions of instances of improper registration or fraudulent voting in past California elections.  However, the paper goes on to point out that “few truly serious cases have been found when election officials have investigated. In many instances, this scrutiny has revealed that the complaints were based on a fundamental misunderstanding of election law.”

Articles titled “Vigilantes claimed voter fraud. A thousand false leads later, investigators found one case” and “Conservative activists push voter fraud claims to recruit an army to police California recall polls” also shed light on this situation.  Both articles are available for downloading from the internet.

The Democratic Club is also initiating a project to reach Leisure World voters directly with information about the Sept. 14th recall election.   This effort will be based in part on lessons learned during their successful “Pony Express” project used in a previous election.  Supporters of the club who are interested in participating in this effort are invited to call (562) 412-0898 or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.  Please include complete contact information, including name, address, email and phone number.

Planning is also underway for what the club is tentatively calling “Training for Leadership.”  This training will consist of 3 to 4 weekly sessions designed to provide attendees with more knowledge about the club, as well as about politics in general.  The first sessions, currently scheduled for August, will be in the form of a “beta” test with the primary participants being members of the board itself. There will be room in this first series for a limited number of other interested persons. Enrolment in future sessions will be limited to 12 persons per series.  Anyone interested in participation should email bkobata@aol.com for more information or to register.

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters interested in more-in-depth reporting are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter by phoning the editor at 562-296-8521 or emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.

Democratic Club Endorses SB 380

By this time, all Democratic Club members are probably aware that the next time we will all be together will be on August 18th at 12:00 p.m.  The meeting will be face-to-face in Clubhouse 2 or by ZOOM, depending on the situation at the time.

In the meantime, all of the club’s committees—as well as the board— continue to be involved in carrying out their respective responsibilities.  During its meeting on July 5th, the board itself voted to endorse a plan designed to alert all LW Democrats about the importance of their vote in the upcoming recall election.  They also agreed on a number of possible speakers for the August membership meeting.  Information about both of these issues, as well as other actions taken by the board, will be included in the club’s next electronic newsletter.

Readers are reminded that any LW Democrat (or supporter of the club) can subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter by phoning 562-296-8521 or emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com. Please remember that you need to include your complete contact information.  There is no charge for this subscription.

During their July meeting, the Democratic Club board also voted to endorse California Senate bill 380.  SB 380 will make sure that the End of Life Option Act will not expire, as well as improve upon the law so that more eligible Californians are able to access the law.  SB 380 is now in the hands of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

The existing End of Life Option Act went into effect on June 9th, 2016.  It authorized the compassionate option of medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults with less than six month’s life expectance.  This law will expire on January 1, 2026 unless the new legislation is approved.

There are several other issues in the news that Leisure World residents will want to know more about. Of special interest to all voters, regardless of their political affiliation, will be the news that sixty House Republicans have now joined a Conservative Climate Caucus that is willing at least to acknowledge the problem instead of labeling it a hoax. This caucus was formed by Rep. John Curtis, a Republican from Utah.

President Biden’s new executive order should also be of interest to all readers of this column. It aims to encourage innovation and competition, as well as boost the U.S. economy. The order covers boosting leverage for workers, lowering the prices of drugs, looking out for consumers and bringing back net neutrality.  It also tackles concentrated corporate power.  Again, there will be more information about this executive order in the club’s electronic newsletter.

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Update on the Recall election:  All Leisure World voters will want to be aware that—contrary to what had previously been reported—the recall election will be held on Sept. 14.  In addition, voters will NOT be faced with having to vote on a proposition titled “A Lifetime Ban After Three Terms in Office for Members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.” 

Upcoming Recall Special Election

All Leisure World voters will want to be aware of two issues relating to the upcoming recall special election.  A bill passed by the California legislature and signed by the governor sets  the date for this election as Sept 14th.  In addition, voters will be faced with a proposition to be placed on that ballot by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The 3-2 vote drew support from board Chairman Andrew Do (currently termed out in 2024), Lisa Bartlett (termed out in 2022) and Doug Chaffee (whose first term ends next year).  It was opposed by Don Wagner (whose first full term ends in 2024) and Katrina Foley (who won a special election in March).

The title of the ballot proposition is “A Lifetime Ban After Three Terms in Office for Members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.”  That makes it sound as if a “yes” vote would toughen limits.   The wording is highly misleading.  Political observers from both ends of the spectrum have said the proposal looks to them like a last-ditch effort by politicians hoping to extend their own careers.

Currently, Orange County board members are limited to two consecutive terms. They must then take a break before running again.  The new proposition, if passed by the voters, would allow supervisors to serve three consecutive terms, after which they could not run again. However, the proposition as currently written may allow termed-out current board members to serve longer than three terms.

The proposed new rules would only apply going forward.  This could be interpreted to mean that both current and past supervisors would be able to serve up to three more terms in addition to what they have already served.

The Orange County Register has taken a strong stand against the proposition, saying “if supervisors want to extend term limits, they should have proposed a measure for future boards only and drafted a fair title.” 

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Redistricting –During their June 22nd meeting, the County Board of Supervisorsalsokicked off their official County redistricting process with a public hearing.   We will be reporting on that hearing as soon as the information is released.  Our District 2 Supervisor Katrina Foley feels every resident of our county should have a voice in this process. She will announce five public meetings for our district in the coming weeks. Visit https://cob.ocgov.com/2021-redistricting for the latest information on redistricting.

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Readers are reminded that the Democratic Club’s voter service center booth outside Clubhouse 6 is open every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30. Voter registration forms, membership applications, club newsletters, brochures and other resource materials are available at the booth.

Training for Leadership

Leisure World Democratic Club leaders continue to plan for the resumption of membership meetings on August 18th at 12:00 p.m.  The club’s Program Committee is interested in hearing from members as to which potential candidates for election in 2022 they would like to see invited to speak at our meetings between the August meeting and the June 2022 Primary.    Email the Program Committee Chair Debbie Wrathall at debbiewrathall@mac.com or phone 562-296-8531.

The club leaders also continue to work on what is tentatively being called “Training for Leadership”.  Sessions are being designed to provide a way for club members to become more knowledgeable about the club, as well as about Democratic policies and CA politics in general.  These sessions are also being designed to provide an opportunity for club members to get better acquainted with one another.  All club members will be eligible to enroll, regardless of whether or not they anticipate assuming responsibility for leadership roles in the immediate future.  Enrollment is limited to 12 persons per series.  Email the Nomination Committee Chair Betty Kobata at bkobata@aol.com to register.

The Leisure World Club has also assumed responsibility for staffing the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) booth at the 2021 Orange County Fair for one day between July 16-Aug.15.  Members interested in participating should contact the club’s Membership Chair Loni Gardette by emailing lonig.woman@sbcglobal.net.

Readers are also reminded that the club’s voter service center booth outside Clubhouse 6 is open every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30. Voter registration forms, membership applications, club newsletters, brochures and other resource materials are available at the booth. Email the Hospitality Committee Chair Racheal Lehmberg at rlehmberg815@gmail.com if you are interested in helping staff the booth.  Training is available.

The club’s Publicity and Program committees are both looking for members to join them.  The Publicity Committee in particular is looking for someone with experience (or a willingness to learn) in developing and managing websites.

Email Publicity Committee Chair Mary Larson at  mlarson.telfords@gmail or phone 562-296-8531 for more information.

The club welcomes new members and friends.  Even if you are unable to attend meetings, your membership is still very important.  Phone 562- 431-7275 if you have questions. Both new and renewal 2021 membership forms are available at:

Tom Umberg Sponsored Bills

Plans are still underway to resume Democratic Club membership meetings on August 18th.  by ZOOM or face-to-face, depending on the situation that exists at the time.  In the meantime, the Club is erring on the side of caution as California continues to grapple with conflicting guidelines and the possibility of a spike in Delta variant cases.  The board will continue to meet indefinitely by ZOOM on the first Wed. of every month.

Of primary concern to Club leaders is that everyone who attends membership meetings feels safe and welcome in doing so.  They do not want an individual’s choice as to whether or not to “mask up” to become the latest controversy in this politically charged and emotionally draining pandemic.

Democratic Club members are invited to share their thoughts about criteria for deciding whether or not, as well as when to begin, face-to-face meetings by phoning 562-296-8521 or emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.

The Club’s leadership continues to monitor what is happening in Sacramento. Readers are reminded that the 2021 session deadline for legislation to make it out of the house where it originated was June 4th.  Bills by state senators had to get approved by the Senate while bills by Assembly members had to get the green light from the Assembly by that date.  

Affirmative votes in the other chamber will have to be completed before an Oct. 10th deadline in order for them to be forwarded to the governor for signature.

A significant number of bills that met the June 4th deadline were sponsored or co-sponsored by our 34rd District Senator, Democrat Tom Umberg.   Information about each of these bills can be found on the internet by googling  tom umberg sponsored bills or the specific bill numbers:  SB14, SB17, SB41, SB43, SB65,  SB211, SB224, SB233, SB237, SB241, SB349,  SB361, SB366, SB386, SB390, SB399, SB420, SB498, and SB665.   Readers who do not have access to the internet can phone 562-296-8521 for this information.

 In addition, Umberg has already had two bills passed by both houses and signed into law by Gov. Newsom.   SB29 will require that ballots be mailed to all voters for any elections that take place through the end of this year. This includes the recall election.  SB87 deals with a California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

Bills sponsored or co-sponsored by our 72nd Assembly District Representative, Republican Janet Nguyen, can be found at Janet Nguyen (R) – Legislator Detail | BillTrack50

Readers are reminded that the club’s voter service center booth outside Clubhouse 6 is open every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30. Voter registration forms, membership applications, club newsletters, brochures and other resource material are available at the booth.

Meetings Being Safe

Plans are still underway to resume Democratic Club membership meetings on August 18th.  The club’s leadership continues to spend considerable time discussing the criteria to be used in making the decision as to whether this meeting should be face-to-face or continue to be held by ZOOM.  Hopefully, that decision will be resolved in the coming weeks.

Of special concern to the leadership is the conflicting advice that continues to come from various government agencies and political leaders.  Even though California’s overall guidance will align with that of the federal CDC, the “overriding or primary guidance” for workplaces in California will continue to be whatever standards Cal-Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board finalizes.

As of the date of this report, Cal-OSHA regulations will continue to require that unvaccinated people must wear masks in indoor public settings and businesses.  Democratic Club membership meetings are neither “public settings” or “businesses.”  Nevertheless, given the number of members who normally attend Club meetings, such gatherings could easily fall under a category very similar to that of a “public setting.”

 Club leaders want to be sure that everyone who attends membership meetings feels safe and welcome in doing so.  They do not want an individual’s choice as to whether or not to “mask up” to become the latest controversy in this politically charged and emotionally draining pandemic.

Democratic Club members are invited to share their thoughts about criteria for deciding whether or not, as well as when to begin, face-to-face meetings by phoning 562-296-8521 or emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.

The Club’s leadership is also closely monitoring what is happening in Sacramento.  The deadline for legislation to make it out of the house where it originated was June 4th.  This meant  bills by state senators had to get approved by the Senate while bills by Assembly members had to get the green light from the Assembly. These bills now all face committee hearings and floor votes in the other chamber.  This has to be done before an Oct. 10th deadline for Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign approved legislation into law.

The 12 state lawmakers who represent portions of Orange County wrote 81 bills that advanced through this critical deadline. Twelve of these bills came from our 34rd District Senator, Democrat Tom Umberg, and one came from our 72nd Assembly District Representative, Republican Janet Ngyuen.  In addition, Umberg already had a bill signed into law that requires that ballots be mailed to all voters for any elections that take place through the end of this year.

More information about these bills will be included in future Democratic Club articles in this newspaper.

Readers are reminded that the club’s voter service center booth outside Clubhouse 6 is open every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30. Voter registration forms, membership applications, club newsletters, brochures and other resource material are available at the booth.

Club members who had not yet renewed their membership for 2021 recently received a letter from the Membership Committee requesting that they do so.   A thanks to all who responded.   To check renewal status, phone 562-431-7275.

Resume meetings Aug 18th

Plans are still underway to resume Democratic Club membership meetings on August 18th.  During their June 2nd meeting, the club’s board spent considerable time discussing the criteria that would be used in making the decision as to whether this meeting would be face-to-face or continue to be held by ZOOM.  Given the potential number of members who would be attending this meeting, the board wanted to be sure that all would feel comfortable doing so. 

 The board was especially concerned about what appeared to be conflicting proposals coming from various government levels, with the most cautious ones currently being debated by the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.  This board’s recommendations would apply only to employers.   However, some portion of their guidelines might be appropriate for use as a model for clubs and other organizations with a large number of members.

The State board’s proposed recommendations include the following guidelines:

  • Fully vaccinated employees could forgo face masks in a room where everyone else is vaccinated. 
  • Masks would be required if the status of all employees was unknown. 
  • Employers would need to supply N95 masks for those who are not fully vaccinated and for those working alongside them indoors. 
  • The extended masking requirement may also require employers to track vaccination status.

Whatever the state board decides, their recommendations are still subject to review by the state Office of Administrative Law.  However, it’s expected the office will approve the rules, which can go into effect on June 15 — the same day as California is set to fully reopen its economy. 

After discussion, the Democratic Club board referred the matter to their Strategic Planning Committee with the request that they develop draft guidelines for the board to review at their next meeting.

Readers who have access to the internet are invited to check the club’s on-line resource center at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/resources/ for more information on this subject as well as a number of other issues.

Similar information can be found at the club’s voter service center booth outside Clubhouse 6 every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30. In addition, registration forms, membership applications, club newsletters, brochures and other resource material will be available at the booth.

Club members who had not yet renewed their membership for 2021 recently received a letter from the Membership Committee requesting that they do so.   A thanks to all who responded.   To check renewal status, phone 562-431-7275.

Two New Board Members

The Democratic Club welcomes two new persons to its board, Carolyn Smith and Debbie Wrathall.  Carolyn will serve as the board’s interim secretary and Debbie will be the interim chair of the Program Committee. 

Club membership meetings will resume on August 18th in Clubhouse 2 or by ZOOM if necessary.  In the meantime, the club’s board and committees are actively preparing for the anticipated face-to-face meetings, the 2021 recall election and the June 2022 Primary.

The Program Committee will meet on June 9th.  They have already been in conversation with a number of potential speakers, including such club favorites as Josh Lowenthal, Harley Rouda and CA Comptroller Betty Yee.  All three have expressed interest in meeting with club members. Yee is unique in that she was recently elected as one of two vice-chairs of the California Democratic Party.  The committee will also be inviting a number of 2022 Primary Election candidates as speakers for future club meetings.

The Publicity Committee is looking for help from a Leisure World resident with experience in developing websites.  They are also looking for a volunteer to be in charge of the club’s Facebook page.  Interested members should call 562-296-8521.

 Members who have access to the web are urged to check the club’s on-line resource center https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/resources/ for the committee’s in-depth reporting on a number of issues.  

The Nominating Committee will meet on June 7th.  The committee has been given responsibility for the development of what is tentatively being called “Training for Leadership.” The training, scheduled to last for several weeks, will be held on the second Wed. of the month.   These sessions are being designed to provide a way for club members to become more knowledgeable about the club and politics in general, as well as to get to know one another better.  All club members will be eligible to enroll, regardless of whether or not they anticipate assuming responsibility for leadership roles in the immediate future.   

The Club will also continue to staff a voter service center booth outside Clubhouse 6 every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30 under the direction of the Hospitality Committee. Voter registration forms, membership applications, club newsletters, brochures and other resource material will be available at the booth.

 Members should be on the lookout for a letter from the Special Events Committee concerning the club’s current fund-raising efforts for candidates.  Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this campaign is being conducted by mail for a second consecutive.  The committee hopes to resume the club’s festive once-a-year get together in 2022.

Club members who had not yet renewed their membership for 2021 recently received a letter from the Membership Committee requesting that they do so.   A thanks to all who responded.   To check renewal status, phone 562-431-7275.

Lastly, the Strategic Planning Committee, along with the board as a whole, is beginning the process of developing a plan to reach Leisure World voters about the importance of voting in the upcoming recall election.

Last Meeting of Season

The LW Democratic Club held its last ZOOM meeting of the season on May 19th.  Meetings —by ZOOM if necessary—will resume on Wed., August 18th Focus for the rest of the year will be three-fold: the upcoming recall election, candidates expected to run in the June 2022 Primary and social justice issues of importance to Democrats.  Information about positions that will appear on the Primary ballot will be included in upcoming articles.

Club members should be aware that when they are once again able to meet face-to-face, rather than by ZOOM, the meetings will be held in Clubhouse 2.  Clubhouse 4 (our usual meeting space) is being reserved for official GRF meetings.

The Club will continue to staff a voter service center outside Clubhouse 6 every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30. In addition, club members will be contacting other LW voters concerning the importance of supporting Gov. Newsom in the recall election that will take place sometime this fall. Club members interested in being involved in either effort or in helping in other ways should email club president Mary Tromp at  lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com .

The club will also be publishing its electronic newsletter more frequently.  To subscribe, phone 562-296-8521 or email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com. This newsletter is available only to club members and their supporters although back issues are published on the club’s website. The web site can be accessed at sblwdems.wordpress.com or by googling SBLW Democratic Club. Copies of the most recent issue of the newsletter are also available every Tuesday at the club’s voter service center for members without access to the web or who do not have an email account.

 Once again, the club has assumed responsibility for staffing the Democratic booth at the 2021 Orange County Fair for one day sometime between July 16-Aug.15.  Any member interested in participating should contact Loni Gardette at lonig.woman@sbcglobal.net.

In addition to the above efforts to keep members and supporters up to date, plans are underway to make the club’s Facebook page and website more user friendly, as well as up to date with information of interest to voters. Members interested in working on this project are  invited to email the chair of the Publicity Committee Mary Larson at democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or by phone at 562-296-8521.  We are especially interested in hearing from anyone with experience in designing a website.

Members who do have access to the web are urged to check the club’s on-line resource center. Our latest in-depth report deals with the California commission created to stop lawmakers and powerful interests from drawing gerrymandered congressional and legislative districts. Redistricting experts of both parties have been growing increasingly concerned by the commission’s lack of transparency.    

For Leisure World Democratic Club membership information or to check renewal status, phone 562-431-7275.