OC Democratic Party Chair Ada Briceño Next Speaker

The Leisure World Democratic Club’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 19th.  Featured speaker will be Orange County Democratic Party Chairwoman Ada Briceño. She will update members on issues relating to the upcoming recall election.  The Club also looks forward to her report on the recently completed Democratic State Party Convention. 

This May 19th ZOOM meeting will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. All LW Democrats and their supporters are welcome to attend.  Log-in information by computer or phone is included in the Club’s current electronic newsletter. Those persons not already subscribing to the newsletter should call club president Mary Tromp at 562-412-0898 with their contact information and party affiliation in order to receive the log-on information.

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The first immigrant to lead the Democratic Party of Orange County, Chairwoman Briceño immigrated to the United States at the age of six when her family fled a brutal civil war in Nicaragua.  She has dedicated her career to uplifting marginalized voices.

In addition to her political and union work, Briceño has led many civil rights, immigrant rights, women rights, and environmental efforts. She serves as a member of the Southern California Air Quality District Environmental Justice Committee to raise the voices of those impacted by air quality and other climate and environmental justice issues. She is the former chair of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), an organization which brings together faith leaders for economic justice advocacy. She also serves on the Orange County Women’s March Steering Committee and on the Board of Planned Parenthood of San Bernardino and Orange Counties. Among her many accolades, Ada has been named one of Orange County’s 100 Most Influential persons by the Orange County Register in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2014.

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On Tuesday, April 27th, the LW Democratic Club officially reopened its voter registration booth in the parking lot outside clubhouse 6. The booth will be open every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30. In addition to voter registration information, visitors to the booth will find copies of the Club’s most recent newsletter as well as other materials relating to upcoming elections.

To subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter, phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 or email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.  Please remember to include your full contact information.  This newsletter is available only to club members and their supporters although back issues are published on the club’s website.

In addition to the above efforts to keep members and supporters up to date, plans are underway to make the Club’s Facebook page more user friendly, as well as up to date with information of interest to voters.

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

Voter Registration Booth Opened

On Tuesday, April 27th, the LW Democratic Club officially reopened its voter registration booth in the parking lot outside clubhouse 6.  Ten club members participated in the opening day celebration.  A special thanks goes to Dave Silva who coordinated setting up the tent.  Because of a concern for visitor’s wellbeing, the volunteers staffing the booth wore masks even though they had all been fully vaccinated. They also had pens in a bottle marked “Clean Pens” and saw to it that they were used only once.

In addition of voter registration information, visitors to the booth had access to copies of the club’s latest electronic newsletter, membership application forms and the club’s newly updated brochure. 

Under the leadership of board member Racheal Lehmberg, the Democratic Club’s booth will be open every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30.  Volunteers interested in assisting in this effort should phone Rachael at (562) 340-9816.

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During their monthly ZOOM membership meeting on May 19th, the Democratic Club will welcome Orange County Democratic Party Chairwoman Ada Briceño as its featured speaker.  Ada will update members on issues relating to the upcoming recall election. In addition, she will report on the election of the state’s Democratic Party leadership for 2021-2025 and what happened during the recently completed State Party Convention. She will also lead a discussion on any significant changes made in the Party’s Platform during that convention.

All Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are welcome to attend this May 19th meeting which will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m.  Log-in information by computer or phone will be included in the Club’s electronic newsletter. Those persons not already subscribing to the newsletter should call the club president, Mary Tromp at 562- 412-0898 with their contact information and party affiliation in order to receive the log-on information.

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Club members and supporters interested in receiving in-depth information about issues of concern to Democrats are invited to visit the newly expanded resource section of the club’s website on a regular basis.  The site can be accessed at  sblwdems.wordpress.com or by googling SBLW Democratic Club.  

To subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter, phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 or email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.  Please remember to include your full contact information.  This newsletter is available only to club members and their supporters although back issues are published on the club’s website.

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

Ada Briceño to Speak at Next Meeting

The Democratic Club will welcome Ada Briceño as the featured speaker at their next monthly meeting on May 19th.  Ada, the chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, will report on the 2021 State Party Convention as well as bring updates relating to the upcoming recall election.

The first immigrant to lead the Orange County Democratic Party, Briceño came to the United States at the age of six when her family fled a brutal civil war in Nicaragua. She has dedicated her career to uplifting marginalized voices, becoming the first Latina president of Local 681 at the age of 26.  In addition to her political and union work, Chairwoman Briceño has led many civil rights, immigrant rights, women rights, and environmental efforts.

All Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are welcome to attend this May 19th meeting that will again be held by ZOOM, beginning promptly at 12:00 p.m.  Log-in information by computer or phone will be included in the Club’s electronic newsletter. Those not already subscribing to the newsletter should call 562- 412-0898 with their contact information and party affiliation in order to receive the log-on information.

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The Club’s April 21st membership meeting featured a presentation by Peter Hardin, candidate for Orange County District Attorney in the June 2022 Primary Election. Hardin is a former Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps as well as a former Orange County Deputy District Attorney, and Special Assistant United States Attorney. During the meeting, he outlined actions he feels are needed in addressing issues such as mental illness, sexual harassment, the practice of prosecuting children as adults, bail bonds, and the use of the death penalty.  He was enthusiastically received and invited to return.

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The Democratic Club booth located in the parking lot outside Clubhouse 6 will now be open every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30.   Voter registration material, yard and window signs, club brochures, membership forms and information about upcoming elections will be available.

Club members and supporters interested in receiving in-depth information about issues of concern to Democrats are invited to visit the resource section of the club’s web-site at sblwdems.wordpress.com on a regular basis.

To subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter, email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or phone 562-296-8521.  Please remember to include your full contact information.  This newsletter is available only to club members and their supporters although back issues are published on the club’s website.

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

Defeat the Recall of Gov. Newsom

The Democratic Club board has announced that only one more membership meeting will be held by ZOOM in the immediate future.  That meeting, currently scheduled to focus on the theme “Defeat the Recall of Gov. Newsom,” will take place on May 19th.  The hope is that face-to-face meetings can resume no later than August 18th

The Club’s April 21st membership meeting featured a presentation by Peter Hardin.  Pete is running for Orange County District Attorney in the June 2022 Primary Election.  Readers are reminded that, unless a bill currently before the California legislature passes, any candidate who receives more than 50% of the votes in that election will win the seat outright.  There would be no run-off in the November General Election between the top two Primary vote- getters.

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According to an April 12th report published by the California Health Care Foundation titled Higher Death Rates and Taxpayer Costs at Nursing Homes Owned by Private Equity, about 1 in 10 nursing homes nationwide are owned by private equity (PE) investors.   The research suggests that death rates for residents of those privately-owned facilities are substantially higher than at institutions with different forms of ownership.  A separate report by the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform notes that 88 percent of California’s nursing homes are for-profit and 12 percent are non-profit. 

A California lawsuit has recently been filed against Brookdale Senior Living, the largest for-profit senior living operator in the U.S.   Brookdale is being accused of having illegally discharged residents to free up beds for patients who would bring in more money. They have also been charged by California’s attorney general, as well as district and city attorneys from around the state, with giving false information to regulators.  Brookdale owns several facilities in Orange County, including one in neighboring Westminster.

The California Legislature is now in session.  Civil rights and police reform groups are applauding passage of four bills by committees in both the Senate and Assembly.  S.B. 2, the most high-profile proposal, would empower the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to decertify peace officers who engaged in “serious misconduct”.   S.B. 299 to expand victim restitution to cases involving police confrontations also won support in committee. 

Club members and supporters with access to emails wishing to keep informed about these bills, as well as about other news of interest to Democrats, are invited to subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or phone 562-296-8521.  Please remember to include your full contact information. 

The Democratic Club board continues to make plans to open a booth outside

Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 12:30.   Voter registration material, yard and window signs, club brochures, membership forms and information about upcoming elections will be available. Opening date will depend on the recruitment of volunteers.  Anyone interested in participating in any way in this effort should contact board member Rachael Lehmberg at (562) 340-9816 for details.  

For Club membership information, phone 562-431-7275.

Pete Hardin Speaking at Next Meeting

The Democratic Club board has announced that only two more membership meetings (in April and May) will be held by ZOOM.  There will be no ZOOM meetings in June or July, with the hope that face-to-face meetings can resume no later than August 18th

The program for the club’s April 21st membership meeting that originally had been scheduled to focus on the theme “Stop the Recall of Gov. Newsom” has been rescheduled for the May 19th meeting.  In it’s place, the April 21st club meeting will feature a presentation by Pete Hardin, the Democratic candidate running to replace the current Orange County District Attorney.  All Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are invited to attend. 

Those members or supporters not already on the contact list to receive the club’s electronic newsletter should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  for log-on information for the April 21st meeting.  Club members without email addresses who want to join the meeting should call 562-412-0898 for information on how to participate by phone.  The meeting will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. with the speaker first on the agenda.

Pete Hardin, our speaker for the April 21st membership meeting, is a former Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, a Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney, and one of Southern California’s leading litigators.  He is running a campaign to enhance safety, heal victims, and to restore integrity and professionalism to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office

The Democratic Club board continues to make plans to open a booth outside

Clubhouse 6 on Tuesday’s from 10:30 to 12:30.   Opening date will depend of the recruitment of volunteers.  Anyone interested in participating in this effort should contact board member Rachael Lehmberg at (562) 340-9816 for details.  

During its April meeting, the board also expressed its concern that, in certain quarters, much is currently being written about the value of “divided government.”  The theory being supported is that the U.S. Constitution was designed to keep any one group (i.e., “political party”) from being able to be fully in control of what the government does.  

It is not our purpose in this column to take a position on what was on the minds of our country’s 39 “founding fathers” when they signed the Constitution in 1787, other than to point out that there were no political parties at the time.    However, we do contend that a “divided government” is more often than not one that is unable to carry out programs overwhelmingly supported by the persons who had elected its members.  One need look no further than the current controversy over H.R. 1 & Senate 1 (For the People Act), as well as President Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan which reportedly has support of an overwhelming majority of the voting public.   

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LW Democrats and supporters are invited to subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or phone 562-296-8521.  Please remember to include your full contact information.  For Club membership information, phone 562-431-7275.

Solidarity Rally

The Democratic Club was honored to be asked to speak during the March 29th Solidarity Rally sponsored by the Korean American Association of LW.  What follows is a transcript of that presentation.

The Leisure World Democratic Club is happy to join the many voices of Orange County in speaking out against all forms of inflammatory rhetoric or outrageous statements aimed at our Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors.

Our Club, as well as the Democratic Party as a whole, is committed to protecting and defending the rights of all citizens.   Together with our Party, we are committed to the following goals:

  • We will not fan the flames of hate;
  • Nor will we give hate a safe harbor or legitimize the voices of racism.
  • Instead, we will work to protect and defend the rights of all our neighbors.

Racial injustice that stains the fabric of our community and nation must not be tolerated. 

Let us make no mistake.  Leisure World needs to be a place for all residents to feel safe and be treated with equality and justice.

We must demand it and we deserve it as Americans and as residents of Leisure World.   

We also want to call your attention to a bipartisan resolution designed to protect the AAPI community.  This resolution was introduced in Congress on Feb. 23rd as H.R. 153.  It is now awaiting action by the House’s Committee on the Judiciary.

The resolution states, among other things, that the House of Representatives calls for “Federal law enforcement officials, working with State and local officials, to expeditiously and vigorously investigate all reports of Asian-American and Pacific Islander hate crimes and threats in the United States.”   That they “hold the perpetrators of those crimes, incidents, or threats accountable and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

This bipartisan House Resolution 153 was introduced by our Republican Congresswoman Michelle Steel and Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter, possibly one of the most progressive members of the House of Representatives.

Democrats Alan Lowenthal and Luis Correa, as well as Republican Young Kim — all three of whom represent Orange County constituents — were also “original co-sponsors” of the resolution.  They were later joined by Democrat Mike Levin who represents Orange County’s 49th Congressional District.  Congresswoman Linda Sanchez issued a separate statement condemning anti-Asian hate crimes on March 26th.

If this show of bipartisanship can exist in a deeply divided Congress, we can do no less in Leisure World.  We cannot give any expression of hate a safe harbor or legitimize the voices of racism. We must work together to protect and defend the rights of all our neighbors.

The full text of H.R. 153 is available by emailing

 Democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or on-line at:

Both current and former Congresspersons Steel and Rouda also spoke at the rally.

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LW Democrats and supporters are invited to subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or phone 562-296-8521.  Please remember to include your full contact information.  For Club membership information, phone 562-431-7275.

Pending Bill SB 286

Leisure World voters should be aware of a pending bill at the state level which is being co-sponsored by our Democratic Senator Tom Umberg.   SB 286 would change the way many of our Orange County elections are held, beginning with the Primary in 2022.

Currently, candidates for nonpartisan county-wide offices need only receive a majority of votes cast in the primary election in order to win.  When this happens, there is no run-off in the ensuing General Election. 

SB 286 would require elections for all such offices be held as top-two runoffs in conjunction with the next statewide general election.  It would also require school boards which hold plurality elections in primarys to instead hold them in November.

Supporters of the bill say it would engage a larger share of the electorate in county level issues, including the election for Sheriff, DA, County Supervisor, Treasurer, Board of Education, and other county related offices. It would also give greater opportunities to raise candidate name ID.

SB 286 is being supported by the League of Women Voters California.  To let Senator Umberg know you support the bill, email him at  https://sd34.senate.ca.gov/contact or phone his district office at 714-558-3785.

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The Democratic Club anticipates addressing the efforts to recall Governor Newsom during their April 21st meeting.  All interested Democrats are invited to participate, regardless of whether or not they are members.  Those not already on the club’s outreach list should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com with their contact information in order to receive the log-on ID.

Final certification of the Gov. Gavin Newsom recall effort and setting of an election date is not likely to occur before mid-September.  Nevertheless, Gov. Newsom is taking the recall attempt against him seriously, as should all Californians.  Readers are invited to googleWhat to Know about California’s Recall Process for details concerning the process.

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In looking forward to the time when we can once again engage in face-to-face contact with one another, the Club’s board is in the process of developing plans for the reopening of a once-a-week booth outside Clubhouse 6. When it opens, Democrats and their supporters will have even more ready access to voter registration material, yard and window signs, club brochures, membership forms, information about upcoming elections, etc.

Opening and maintaining this Club booth will necessarily involve a significant number of volunteers.  There is a job waiting for anyone interested in participating, either on a one-time basis or every week.  Email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information.

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Club members are reminded that their dues are now calculated on a calendar year basis.  For those who have not yet renewed for 2021, forms are available on the  web (google Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club) or by phoning 562-431-7275.  New members are always welcome.

Leisure World Democrats and supporters are also invited to subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter (email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521).  Please remember to include your full contact information.   

Efforts to Recall Governor Newsom

During their 12:00 p.m., April 21st meeting, the Democratic Club will be dealing with the issues surrounding the efforts to recall Governor Newsom.  The meeting will again take place on ZOOM.  All interested LW Democrats and their supporters are invited to participate, regardless of whether or not they are Club members.  Those persons not already on the club’s contact list should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com with their name, mailing address and phone number in order to receive the log-on information.

Because of a complex verification and administrative process, final certification of the Gov. Gavin Newsom recall effort and setting of an election date is not likely to occur before mid-September.  Nevertheless, Gov. Newsom is taking the recall attempt against him seriously, as should all Californians.  Readers are invited to google What to Know about California’s Recall Process for details concerning the process.

A poll of 703 Orange County adults sponsored by Chapman University showed that they are basically split over whether Newsom should be ousted before his term expires at the end of 2022.  In fact, Orange County residents lean slightly against the proposed recall, according to the survey.

The recall has received national attention, including fundraising by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Reportedly, the largest donor is John Kruger, an Orange County entrepreneur and education reform advocate who has given $500,000 through his Irvine-based Prov. 3:9 LLC.

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Club members, as well as all Leisure World residents, are looking forward to the time when we can once again engage in face-to-face contact with one another.  In looking forward to that date, the Club’s board is in the process of developing plans for the reopening of a once-a-week booth outside Clubhouse 6 as soon as it is safe to do so. When it opens, Democrats and their supporters will have even more ready access to voter registration material, yard and window signs, club brochures, membership forms, information about upcoming elections, etc.

Opening and maintaining this Club booth will necessarily involve a significant number of volunteers.  There is a job waiting for anyone interested in participating, either on a one-time basis or every week.  Email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information.

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A Legislative Update:  Senate Bill 380 which amends the original California End of Life Option Act will be before the Senate Health Committee on March 24th.   Among other things, this new bill would extend the operation of the act indefinitely.  For more information, google SB-380 End of life-CA Legislation.

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Club members are reminded that their dues are now calculated on a calendar year basis.  For those who have not yet renewed for 2021, forms are available on the  web (google Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club) or by phoning 562-431-7275.  New members are always welcome.

Leisure World Democrats and supporters are also invited to subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter (email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521).  Please remember to include your full contact information.   

Katrina Foley Wins Election

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters can be justifiably proud of the role they played in Katrina Foley’s accomplishment as the first woman Democrat ever elected to the County Board of Supervisors.  This is especially significant in our District 2 where the seat has reportedly been held by a Republican for 127 years.

It was a landslide victory for the Democratic Club endorsed candidate who won decisively in every Leisure World precinct.  As of 5:00 p.m. on March 10th, the Registrar of Voters reported 1,556 LW votes for Katrina Foley and 1,024 votes for John Moorlack, the Republican endorsed candidate.

The victory also marks another historic milestone for Democrats in Orange County.  Once famously known as the place where “all good Republicans go to die,” Orange County is rapidly shifting from a conservative stronghold into a highly diverse Democratic metropolis. 

In talking with her supporters immediately after the election, Foley repeatedly emphasized her commitment to work closely with local government leaders throughout District 2.  She is very aware of their issues, as well as being highly qualified to deal with them, having served two terms as the first elected mayor of Costa Mesa.

The Board of Supervisors District 2 also overlaps with many of the Democratic Party’s top priorities, including in our 72nd Assembly and 48th Congressional districts.  The 2022 midterm elections— during which Foley plans to run for reelection — are expected to once again draw national and statewide attention to Orange County.

Former Congressman Harley Rouda, who represented our 48th district for the last two years, is already actively working on regaining his seat in 2022.  His campaign manager, Alyssa Napuri, was the featured speaker for the March LW Democratic Club membership meeting.  She brought members up to date on Rouda’s plans for the rest of the year, plus a report on Michelle Steel’s first month as a member of Congress.

As has been the case for the last year, the club will continue to hold its membership meetings by ZOOM on the third Wed. of every month at 12:00 p.m.  Members and registered supporters are sent log-on information before the meeting.  Those who do not have access to the internet are invited to call 562-412-0898 for information on how to join by phone. 

During it’s April 21st meeting, the club expects to deal with the issues surrounding the efforts to recall Governor Newsom.  All LW Democrats and their supporters interested in attending who are not already on the club’s contact list are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com with their name, mailing address and phone number.

Club members are reminded that their dues are now calculated on a calendar year basis.  For those who have not yet renewed for 2021, forms are available on the  web (google Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club) or by phoning 562-431-7275.

 New members are always welcome.

Leisure World Democrats and supporters are also invited to subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter (email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521).  Please remember to include your full contact information.   

Harley Rouda’s Campaign Manager to Speak at March Meeting

Former Congressman Harley Rouda, who represented our 48th district in the House of Representatives for the last two years, is already actively working on being reelected in 2022.  His campaign manager, Alyssa Napuri, will be the featured speaker for the March 17th Democratic Club membership meeting.  She will be bringing members up to date on Rouda’s plans for the rest of the year plus a report on Michelle Steel’s first month as a member of Congress.

As has been the case for the last year, the club meeting will begin at 12:00 p.m. by ZOOM.  The presentation by Campaign Manager Napuri will be first on the agenda.  Members and supporters will be sent log on information before the meeting.  Those who do not have access to the internet are invited to call 562-412-0898 or 562-296-8521 for information on how to join the meeting by phone.

Approval of updated club bylaws, as required by the Democratic Party of Orange County for the club’s re-chartering in April, will also be on the meeting agenda.  These bylaws are posted on the Club’s website https://sblwdems.wordpress.com for review by members before the meeting.   Click first on “about us” and then on “bylaws.”  Requests for a “hard copy” in advance of the meeting by members who do not have access to the internet should be directed to 562-296-8521.

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During their March monthly meeting, the Democratic Club Board of Directors began developing plans for the reopening of the club’s voter registration booth outside Clubhouse 6 as soon as it is safe to do so.  In addition to registration material, Democrats and their supporters will have access to yard and window signs, information about upcoming elections, club brochures, membership forms, etc.  Members should look in the Club’s March 15th electronic newsletter for ways they can be involved in this effort.

The Club’s Voter Outreach Committee members have reported that emails supporting the election of Katrina Foley to the Orange County Board of Supervisors were sent to every Democrat in Leisure World whose address was available. In addition, letters in support of Foley’s election were sent to all Leisure World residents who are registered as having no preferred party.  Katrina Foley yard signs were also made available to her supporters.

The club’s Membership Committee Chair reports that the club has already received a substantial number of new or renewal memberships since the first of the year.  The committee is in the process of sending a reminder notice to the remaining members who may not be aware that memberships are now calculated on a calendar year basis.  New members and supporters are always welcome.  Membership forms are available by phoning 562- 431-7275 or by going on-line at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/.

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are also invited to subscribe to the Club’s electronic newsletter at no charge. Call editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 or email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.  Please remember to include your full contact information.