SBLW Democratic Club Bids Farewell to DPOC Vice Chair Diana Carey


DPOC Vice Chair Diana Lee Carey was honored at the Nov. 21st SBLW Democratic Club meeting & presented with a gingerbread house baked by board member Clara Wise

During their meeting on Nov. 21st, SBLW Democratic Club members honored Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) Vice Chair Diana Carey for her two years of dedicated support. An important duty associated with her position was to facilitate a close understanding & working relationship between the DPOC and the Club—a task she wholeheartedly embraced.  She frequently led discussions on local politics, facilitated panel discussions and debates & joined in Club celebrations. 

Unfortunately, Club members must now bid farewell to Diana because her duties as a newly elected member of the Huntington Beach Unified High School District Board will conflict with her role as a vice chair of the DPOC.  She will be sorely missed.

 As a life-long educator who served in the District as a Biology teacher, coach, and administrator as well as a former member of the Westminster City Council, Diana is well equipped to serve in her new position.

Her core belief is that strong public education is a partnership with parents, students and the community.  As a trustee, she will maintain strong academic programs that also offer a wide variety of elective, technology, arts, and co-curricular courses to help students become successful, and determine their future pathway to success.  

 Diana Lee Carey has been the recipient of many awards.  She was the 2018 California Assembly Woman of Distinction in Education, the Westminster Citizen of the Year and a 2014 California Assembly Woman of the Year for her charitable work with active duty military families and the arts.

In addition to being a former Westminster City Councilwoman, Diana is a Los Angeles County Conservator for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and -for 13 years – represented the I-405 Corridor Cities on transportation issues.   She is also a member of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce where she has been a small business advocate.

SBLW Democratic Club continues to be involved in the life of the community.  Once again, they will be participating in the Orange County Women’s March!  Reservations for a bus to the March on Saturday, January 19th are now being accepted with the suggested donation set at $20. per person.  As in the past, scholarships for club members are available upon request.  Please contact Clara Wise for information or to sign up for the March:

Interested in joining the SBLW Democratic Club?  Go to the website, email membership chair Rachael Lehmberg at or attend the next Club membership meeting on Wednesday, January 16th at 12:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Vote by Mail Ballots Arrive for Many This Week!


A massive volunteer effort took place recently as members prepared 3,000 voter’s guides to mail out to Leisure World residents!


Vote by mail ballots will be arriving this week for most residents unless the registration paperwork was submitted only recently. Historically, Leisure World residents turn out to vote at higher rates than most any other group in Orange County.  The vast majority of Leisure World voters choose to vote by mail rather than at the polls—which may be the secret to voter turnout success.  LW residents with questions about their eligibility for voting may call the Orange County Registrar of Voters at 714-567-7600 for assistance or email the club at

Save the Date! A festive potluck is planned for the upcoming Democratic Club membership meeting on Wednesday, November 21 in Clubhouse 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Leisure World residents not yet registered to vote are reminded that the last day to register to vote is October 22nd if they want to participate in the Nov. 6 General Election. The Club is staffing a voter registration table on Tuesdays & Thursdays in front of Clubhouse 6 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.   

Plans are in the works for possible club involvement in the January election of Democrats from the 72nd Assembly District to the California Democratic Central Committee.  A committee has been formed to recruit a slate of candidates to present for approval to the Board and ultimately the general membership at the November meeting.  More information will be provided for members in the Club’s monthly newsletter.


Relax with other Dems at the Club’s “Lunch Bunch” program on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Seal Beach Denny’s from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  This fun social event is a great way to meet others in an informal setting and learn more about the club.  To reserve a spot, call Dale Lieberfarb at

Harley Rouda, Josh Lowenthal & Tom Umberg to Participate in Panel Discussion

Harley Rouda, Josh Lowenthal & Tom Umberg to Participate in Panel Discussion

Leisure World residents are invited to attend the Democratic Club’s general membership meeting this Wednesday, October 17th at 12:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  The program for the afternoon will feature a panel of candidates including Harley Rouda (House of Representatives) Josh Lowenthal (72nd California Assembly district) and Tom Umberg (34th California State Senate district) who will be appearing on the Leisure World ballot this November.  Diana Carey, who continues to be involved with the Club in an official capacity as a vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, will again be the moderator. 

The program will center around the theme of how the candidates might work together on federal, state and local issues if they are elected to their respective offices.  Participants will also be asked to address the status of their separate campaigns as well as their understanding of the significance of the November 6th election.   As usual, written questions will be accepted from the floor.

Attendees will also be presented with a report on the responses received as a result of the 3,000 Midterm Ballot Guides recently distributed by the Club.  Plans for possible Club involvement in the January election of Democrats from the 72nd Assembly District to the California Democratic Central Committee will also be on the agenda, as well as a review of open positions available for election to the 2019 Club Board.


Leisure World residents not yet registered to vote are reminded that they only have a very short time to do so if they want to participate in the Nov. 6 General Election. The Club is staffing a voter registration table on Tuesdays & Thursdays in front of Clubhouse 6 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.   Contact Club President Mary Tromp at if you can help staff this table or need assistance in registering.





Jim Morano to be Featured at 9/19 Meeting

The Democratic Club will host four candidates running for local offices at its upcoming general meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 12:00 in Clubhouse 4: Jim Moreno—Coast College Trustee, Sandra Massa-Lavitt—Seal Beach City Council, and Olaina Anderson and Marlys Davidson—Los Alamitos Unified School District.

 Jim Moreno, Coast College Trustee running for re-election, is a long-time friend of the Club and a past “Democrat of the Year” recipient.  He believes in community colleges, and is himself a product of the system.  He is a graduate of Long Beach State University, earning a Masters of Public Administration.  He has served as a trustee for the past 12 years, and represents Coast College District on the California Community College Trustees’ Executive Board.  He advocates for students  to gain the skills that they need to compete in a world market, and focuses on the best use of tax dollars to serve this purpose.  A hearty welcome to this Club favorite!

Sandra Massa-Lavitt to Speak at 9/19 General Meeting

Seal Beach City Councilmember Sandra Massa-Lavitt, whose District 5 lies completely within Leisure World, will be one of four speakers at the upcoming Democratic Club general meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 12:00 in Clubhouse 4.  Joining Massa-Lavitt as presenters will be three other November 6th General Election candidates, Coast Community College Trustee Jim Moreno & Los Alamitos Unified School Board candidates Marlys Davidson & Olaina Anderson.  The Club extends a hearty welcome to these four “down ballot” candidates.

 Massa-Lavitt has a strong background in government, having acted as Interim Planning Director, Director of Community Development and Director of Planning and Building for 28 cities as a former employee of Willdan Financial Services.   She also has a long history of community service and, as such, is always interested in facilitating close ties between the city and our community.  She is especially concerned that residents are fully informed about the issues relating to the proposed 1% increase in Seal Beach sales tax.  Those planning to attend the Sept. 19th Club meeting can look forward to hearing about more ways Seal Beach and Leisure World can work together.

Los Alamitos School Board Candidates to be Featured at 9/19 Meeting

Club members look forward to meeting Marlys Davidson & Olaina Anderson, candidates for the Los Alamitos School Board, at its upcoming general meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 19th at 12:00 in Clubhouse 4.  The meeting is themed around local candidates and will also feature Coast Community College Trustee Jim Moreno & Seal Beach City Council member Sandra Massa-Lavitt.

 Marlys Davidson and her husband Steve have lived in the city for nearly 40 years.  She is a former teacher of the Los Alamitos School District and a mother of two children.  She believes that the district’s successes are “the work of educators, staff, parents, and community who never stop pursuing the best for our students.”  Davidson taught for the district for 25 years, and was once honored as the district’s Teacher of the Year.  After retiring two years ago, she became a consultant for the district as an instructor for k-12 professional development.

 Olaina Anderson is married to a U.S. Marine Corps disabled veteran who is now an Emergency Medicine physician.  She is a devoted mom of a Los Alamitos 3rd grade student.  A graduate of public schools, she taught English at Newport Harbor and Torrey Pines High Schools.  She currently volunteers at her daughter’s school, Girl Scouts, and VBS.  She is Past President of Moms Club of Seal Beach—Old Town.  Olaina is committed to meeting regularly with parents, students, and teachers and to foster relationships between the school district and local public and private sector.  She believes in an evidence-based, education-focused, fiscally responsible process in decision making while maintaining respect for teachers’ academic integrity and expertise.

Brandon Love & Duke Nguyen Address Orange County Politics

Voter Infomation Series Class on Tuesday, July 24th


Front row from left to right: Brandon Love, Club President Mary Tromp, Mary Larson, Mary Romero, Olaina Anderson (candidate for Los Alamitos School Board), Bev Bender, Duke Nguyen (candidate for Orange County Sheriff), Herb Garten

Duke Nguyen, candidate for Orange County Sheriff, spoke at the Club’s popular Voter Information Series meeting on Tuesday, July 24th.  The Orange County Democrat who lives in North Tustin currently works as a public integrity investigator in the LA County DA office.  Running as a reformer, he shared his vision of community policing and transparency.  Attendees were especially interested in his idea of creating a plain-clothes unit with sworn deputies and nurses to interact with the county’s mentally ill.

 The Club’s favorite Orange County political analyst Attorney Brandon Love facilitated the meeting with an in-depth analysis of the primary election results.  Both speakers were warmly received with questions and loud applause.  A copy of Love’s visual presentation is posted on the website under the “Voter Information Series” Tab.












Josh Lowenthal Draws Crowd for Fundraiser Brunch!


Clockwise: Erika Lowenthal, Duke Nguyen (candidate for Orange County Sheriff), Diana Carey (Democratic Party of Orange County West Vice Chair & candidate for Huntington Beach Union High School District), Nancy Love, Brandon Love, Club President Mary Tromp, and Josh Lowenthal (candidate for the 72nd Assembly District representing Leisure World)

An overflow crowd of 120 guests gathered in clubhouse four for the July 14th Democratic Club’s annual fundraiser. After enjoying an outstanding brunch catered by Jon’s Coffee Shoppe, they greeted their friend and featured speaker, Josh Lowenthal, with loud applause.  Beginning his presentation by honoring his wife Erika and their three children, Lowenthal went on to name the club’s immediate past president Mary Larson and World War 2 veteran Ed Wianecki as examples of people he would never have known if he had not entered the race to represent them – as well as all the residents of the 72nd Assembly District – in Sacramento.  Praising the SBLW Club for caring about all generations rather than just their own, he also thanked club members for reaching out to their neighbors in Leisure World about the importance of informed voting in all elections.
In addition to hearing from their friend Josh, attendees honored Diana Carey and Brandon Love as 2018 SBLW Democratic Club’s “Influential Leaders.”   Attorney Love has become the Club’s “favorite Orange County political analyst!”  Diana, who continues to be involved with the club in an official capacity as a vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, has attended club meetings consistently since her election.  It is not unusual for the club to call upon her to offer insights or to take over a meeting entirely to share her perspective.  The Club considers itself fortunate to receive such skilled guidance.


The Club also presented Clara Wise with a well-deserved “Democrat of The Year” award.  Wise is the Club’s Special Projects Chair, but she also works behind the scenes in countless other areas.  Club president Mary Tromp extended the warmest congratulations to Wise.

Dr. Hans Keirstead to Address Club 5/16

Dr. Hans Keirstead
Dr. Hans Keirstead, Democratic Endorsed Candidate for the 48th Congressional Seat

Dr. Hans Keirstead, the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 48th Congressional District, will address the Club on Wednesday, May 16th at 12:30 P.M. in Clubhouse 4.  When residents view their primary ballots, they will undoubtedly notice that there are many candidates listed for this seat, however, Keirstead is the only Democrat that has been endorsed by the Party.

Dr. Hans Keirstead, a grounding breaking scientific innovator, holds a Ph.D. and was recruited by UC Irvine to serve as Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Professor of Neurological Surgery.  A neuroscientist and entrepreneur, Hans is currently developing treatments for brain and ovarian cancer. Hans and his wife Niki, also a neuroscientist, share a passion for their family and for their work researching treatments for others.  He promotes the use of science and facts in the legislative process.  Additional information about Dr. Keirstead can be found on the Club Website:



The Club is in Transition: A Huge Thank You to Our Immediate Past President Mary Larson & A Warm Welcome to Club President Mary Tromp!

The Club is in Transition!
Sadly, Club President Mary Larson was forced to resign from her position due to health concerns.  She intends to remain on the board, health permitting, as the immediate past president.  Her leadership benefitted the Club in countless ways and members are currently scrambling to complete the responsibilities that she had assumed as part of her role as president.

Mary Larson, a lifelong social justice activist, became President of the LW Club in September of 2015.  Under her leadership, membership in the Club grew to a robust 200 members.  During her tenure, she ensured that the Club work closely with the Democratic Party of Orange County and involved members of the Club in the Party’s candidate endorsement process for the first time ever.  Larson is a professional editor with strong skills on the computer, so it is no surprise that she promoted the establishment of a website, newsletter, professional email and social media.  She masterfully managed the Club’s voter outreach campaign, database, taxes & reporting.

The Club has thrived under Larson’s leadership, and she now turns the office over to the talented Mary Tromp.  Tromp is a naturalized citizen of Canada.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Statistics from Cal State Long Beach.  She is currently serving as treasurer not only for the Leisure World Democratic Club but for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and for the Humanist Association of Orange County.  She has wide-ranging political interests and brings a multitude of strengths to the position. The Club extends a hearty welcome to Club President Tromp!