Katrina Foley Spoke at Last Meeting

LW Democratic Club members enthusiastically welcomed Katrina Foley to their Oct 20 meeting.  Foley has been serving since earlier this year as the first Democratic woman ever elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  She has accomplished a great deal in just a few months with her primary goal being to make county government more accessible to voters.

Katrina has encountered considerable resistance in her efforts to “open county government and increase transparency.”   Nevertheless, she persisted!

She meets on a regular basis with advisory teams she has organized to deal with a number of critical issues. To assists these teams in their deliberations, she has hired consultants to compile information regarding the efficacy of currently county-funded programs. She has also initiated monthly meetings with all mayors in the county and quarterly meetings with all elected officials in OC.

Katrina reported that the county does not now have an overall plan to deal with problems relating to the climate.   Supervisors have hired a consulting firm to best assess environmental needs and develop a county action plan. They hope to have results in Jan or Feb.  Katrina is especially concerned about the current toxic and dangerous offshore drilling.  She sees her role as working to stop the drilling and to transfer dirty and unsafe jobs to clean energy jobs.

She also encouraged club members to get involved in the county’s redistricting process which could result in significant changes in supervisors’ district boundary lines.  She urged everyone to look at the proposed eight maps that would be published in a few weeks and to make their preferences known. There was some discussion about having a special Club ZOOM meeting to help understand the process and what was at stake for the future.

During the question and answer period, Katrina was asked to speak about how concerned persons should react to ongoing protests taking place outside school board and board of supervisor meetings. Her response was that directly confronting protesters was NOT the most effective way to respond; nor was it healthy to gather with largely unvaccinated persons.  She recommended focusing on positive actions (keeping informed/reading online newsletters and web sites, sending postcards, making calls, writing letters to the editor, being unified.)

Supervisor Foley will be on the ballot again in 2022.  Readers are directed to the Club’s website https://sblwdems.wordpress.com  for more information.

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Leisure World Democrats are reminded that the club will continue to hold its membership meetings by Z0OM until further notice.  The Club will hold its Annual Meeting on Nov. 17th, during which 2022-2023 board members will be elected. 

Anyone needing assistance in retrieving the log-on information can email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com   or phone 562-412-0898. 

LW Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth, up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521. 

California Legislature

During the coming months, Leisure World Democratic Club members will be addressing the impact of a number of measures passed by the California Legislature in 2021.  Governor Gavin Newsom has closed out this landmark session by signing the last of 770 bills and vetoing 66 others. 

Special attention will be directed to understanding the implications of the passage of SB 380 which extends the life of and improves access to the 2016 End of Life Option Act.  Legislation involving nursing home reforms—known as the Protect Plan—will also be on the Club’s agenda.

In addition, Club members will be closely monitoring newly signed legislation that makes California the first state in the nation to require high school students to take an ethnic studies course to order to graduate. This legislation will apply to both public and charter schools.  AB-101 is especially significant in relationship to recall efforts currently underway to replace members of our Los Alamitos Unified School District Board over this issue.   To learn more about this situation, google Support Los Alamitos Unified School District.

Readers are directed to the Club’s website https://sblwdems.wordpress.com  for information about additional legislation signed by the governor.

Looking ahead, Club members will also be following “The Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2021.”  Action on this bill was delayed until January when it will be heard by the Assembly Health Committee. Google AB-1502 Freestanding skilled nursing facilities for more information.

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Leisure World Democrats are reminded that the Club will continue to hold its membership meetings by Z0OM until further notice.  Anyone needing assistance in retrieving the log-on information can email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or phone 562-296-8521. 

On Nov. 17th, the Club will hold its Annual Meeting, during which 2022-2023 board members will be elected.  Pete Hardin, the 2022 Democratic candidate for Orange County District Attorney, has been invited to be the featured speaker. 

Hardin’s campaign is centered around implementing modern criminal justice policies that will enhance safety while reducing our costly overreliance on incarceration.  He has said that, if elected, he would focus on ending cash bail, stopping prosecuting children as adults and abolishing the use of the death penalty.

Hardin has served as a prosecutor at every level of the criminal justice system.  He has prosecuted cases involving financial and government fraud, mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking, firearms offenses and violent crimes. He has also worked at two of the nation’s premier boutique law firms before starting his own law practice.

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LW Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth, up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521. 

Katrina Foley at October Meeting

The results of the Sept. 14th Special Election are still not official.  However, in the latest available report from the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Leisure World Democrats and their supporters were still recorded as having cast 486 more “no on the recall” votes than LW Republicans and their supporters had cast for yes.

The vote in both Orange County and state-wide was similar to that in Leisure World.   Turnout by Republicans fell well below expectations — Trump earned 6 million votes in his loss in California against Biden. Only about 4.5 million voted to recall Newsom. It appears that people have grown tired of the obvious untruths and propagation of misinformation.  Even the conservative Orange County Register editorial board has recently written that, Outrageous claims repel moderate voters and Republicans will have a tough time winning (a) future election if they’re busy trying to undo prior elections.”

This is good news for Democrats throughout the state as they begin preparing for the 2022 elections. This is especially true in Leisure World as there are still 367 more registered Republicans than Democrats in our community (2,999 Republicans and 2,632 Democrats). 

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OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING:  On Oct. 20th at 12:00 p.m., LW Democratic Club members will come together by Zoom for their regularly scheduled 3rd Wed. of the month meeting.  Plans for this meeting center around the current controversies surrounding the County Board of Supervisors.

 The featured speaker for this October meeting will be our District 2 Supervisor, Katrina Foley.   She is the first woman Democrat ever elected to the BOS in Orange County. A community leader, successful businesswoman and attorney, Foley became Costa Mesa’s first directly elected Mayor in November 2018.  She was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2021 to fill the balance of a term vacated early when Republican Michelle Steel ran for Congress.  Foley will be on the ballot again in June 2022. 

OTHER CLUB NEWS: The Club’s Voter Information Booth located outside Clubhouse 6 will continue to be open on the first Tuesday of Oct., Nov. and Dec. from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:  California legislators have passed Senate Bill 380 which would extend the life of and improve access to the End of Life Option ActThe Governor has until Oct. 10 to sign the bill.  The act, first implemented in 2016, gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or less live expediency the option to request a prescription for medication, which they can decide to take to peacefully end unbearable suffering. 

IN THE NEWS:  Two environmental groups have sued the Regional Water Quality Control Board over its decision to grant a permit for Poseidon Water’s desalination plant proposed for Huntington Beach.

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LW Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth, up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521. 

Recall Election Results in Leisure World

The results of the Sept. 14th Special Election are still not official.  Nevertheless, it is increasingly clear that the majority of Leisure World residents cast their ballots in support of retaining Governor Newsom in office.  As of the Registrar’s Sept. 22nd report, Leisure World Democrats and their supporters had cast 2,978 votes in support of Governor Newsom.  Republicans and their supporters in LW had cast 370 fewer votes for yes on the recall.

Thanks go out to all Leisure World residents who volunteered with passion, energy and commitment to support the Democratic Club’s “NO ON THE RECALL” voter outreach efforts. 

Volunteers assisted voters who needed help getting their ballot to the official LW Drop Box. They also answered questions about signature verification.  Answering what to do when someone signs their spouse’s envelope that has their ballot in it involved communication with the Registrar of Voters.  The staff—as always— was very helpful and solved the problem.  Many voters were grateful to learn how to track their ballots.  Some voters even called the volunteer’s phone number to thank them for their effort.

The vote throughout Orange County reflected the LW vote.   Fifty-two percent of voters in Orange County opposed the recall, compared to 48 percent in favor. This is good news for Democrats throughout the county as they begin preparing for the 2022 elections. This is especially true in Leisure World as there are still 367 more registered Republicans than Democrats in our community (2,999 Republicans and 2,632 Democrats).

A Sept.18th article in the New York Times points out that the vote in Orange County has consequences far beyond its 3.2 million residents. “Strategists of both parties see it as a bellwether of key suburban and diversifying House districts nationwide in the 2022 midterms.”

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LW Democratic Club members will come together by Zoom for their regularly scheduled 3rd Wed. of the month monthly meeting on Oct.20th at 12:00 p.m..   Plans for this meeting center around the current controversies surrounding the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  Members will also address plans to oppose misguided and unjustified efforts to recall our local school board members.

The Club’s Voter Information Booth located outside Clubhouse 6 will continue to be open on the first Tuesday of Oct., Nov. and Dec. from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

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LW Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth, up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. There is no charge although readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 to subscribe. 

Recall is Defeated

Last week, Leisure World residents joined voters from around the state in a resounding victory for Governor Newsom in the September 14th Republican initiated recall election.  According to the Sept. 15th 5 p.m. report from the County Registrar of Voters, LW Democrats and their supporters cast 486 more “No on the Recall” votes than there were in support of the recall.

 A closer look at the available statistics is even more revealing. There are currently 367 more registered Republicans than registered Democrats in Leisure World (2,999 Republicans and 2,632 Democrats). In addition, there are over 1,000 residents who are registered without declaring a party affiliation.

 In comparing these Leisure World registration statistics to the actual voting in the Sept. 14th election, it becomes obvious that LW voters not affiliated with either of the two major political papers voted primarily with the Democrats in opposition to the recall of our governor. The 2,802 LW votes cast in support of Governor Newsom was actually 230 higher than the number of registered Democrats in our community. In contrast, the 2,316 Leisure World vote in support of the recall was 683 less than the number of registered Republicans.

This recall could end up costing the state of California more than 300 MILLION DOLLARS according to the Secretary of State. 

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LW Democratic Club members came together by Zoom for their regularly scheduled 3rd Wed. of the month monthly meeting on Sept. 15th.  This meeting—held only one day after the defeat of the efforts to recall the governor—featured a speaker who warned members about another possible recall effort.

During the meeting, Marlys Davidson, president of the Los Alamitos USD School Board, reported that efforts are underway to try to recall three of their Board members.  If this recall does materialize, it will be on the November 2022 General Election ballot.  All costs involved in conducting this recall would have to be paid for by the school district.

Marlys spoke passionately of her concerns about efforts to recall local school boards and city council members across the nation.  She expressed the view that this was a part of a larger plan to get conservative voters vested in coming to the polls in 2020 with the hope of taking back the Congress and establishing stronger footholds in states across the nation.

She also outlined events that lead to the Los Alamitos Board unanimously adopting elective ethnic studies for their high school students as well as Social Justice Standards as guideposts for instruction through 12th grade.

We will report further on these issues in subsequent news releases.  

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LW Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth, up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. There is no charge although readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 to subscribe. 

Marlys Davidson Speaker at Next Meeting

The speaker at the Sept. 15th LW Democratic Club membership meeting will be Marlys Davidson, president of the Los Alamitos USD School Board.  A teacher in the district for 25 years, she was elected to the board in 2018. 

Marlys will be bringing club members and their supporters up to date on the controversies swirling around the Orange County Board of Education.  She will also cover what has been and is happening in our local school district.

It is fitting that Leisure World Democrats and their supporters hear from Marlys.  Nearly all of the major issues dividing the country today have dropped like an anvil on U.S. schools.  School boards, teachers and students have all found themselves in the crosshairs of the debate over mask/vaccination/testing mandates, teaching about race and white privilege (often identified as critical race theory), freedom of expression & religion, charter schools, etc.

The Sept. 15th meeting will again be held by ZOOM, beginning at 12:00 p.m.  Log on information will be sent to subscribers of the club’s newsletter. Other LW Democrats wishing to join the call should phone (562) 412-0898 well in advance of the meeting.

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Long term readers of this column will remember that— in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act — the Los Alamitos school board has moved to a trustee-area voting system.  Leisure World residents live in and are eligible to vote in four of the five new school districts. However, only those who reside within district 3 will vote for a board member in 2022.  Republican Diana Hill will be running for reelection in this district 3. No other candidates have filed for the position to date.

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The club believes that every vote on every issue on every level from every Democrat and every supporter is important.  Because of this commitment, volunteers have been working diligently to get out the Leisure World NO on the RECALL vote in the Sept. 14th Special Election. The response these volunteers are getting has been gratifying.

Voters should visit the club’s booth outside Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 12:30 or call 562-296-8521 if they want a VOTE NO on the Recall window sign or need assistance in getting their ballot to the official LW Ballot Drop Box. Anyone wishing to track their vote can do so on their computer by googling: Track My Ballot.

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LW Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth, up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. There is no charge although readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 to subscribe.  More detailed information is also available every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Democratic Club booth located just outside Clubhouse 6.

No on Recall Signs Available

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters can now pick up NO RECALL ON SEPT 14TH yard and window signs at the Club’s booth outside clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 12:30. Members will also be interested in seeing the “clothesline” list of Democratic values, now a part of the Club’s booth.

No Recall on Sept. 14th yard and window signs are also available by phoning 562-296-8521.  Anyone needing assistance in getting their ballot to the Leisure World Official Ballot Drop Box should also leave a message at the above number.  If voters prefer, they can also vote in person from Sept. 11th to the 14th at the LW Fire Station outside the North Gate. The Sept. 14th election to recall Gov. Newsom is not a typical election and every Leisure World NO RECALL vote will be important.

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During their August 18th meeting, Club members heard from Harley Rouda’s Campaign Manager Alyssa Napuri and Seal Beach Democratic Club President Nathan Searles.  Alyssa outlined their five-point plan for Rouda to be elected in 2022 to once again represent us in Congress. 

Most Club members on the ZOOM call had just received their ballots for the Sept. 14th Recall Election.  Nathan was able to field all of their questions concerning the election clearly and precisely.  He urged members to vote as early as possible.

During the meeting, the Program Committee announced that they were in the process of securing the following speakers for upcoming membership meetings:

  • Marlys Davidson – president of the Los Alamitos USD School Board
  • Katrina Foley – candidate for reelection to the Board of Supervisors
  • Pete Hardin – candidate for County District Attorney
  • Alex Padilla – Candidate for reelection to the U.S. Senate
  • Harley Rouda – Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives

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LW Democrats and supporters should be aware that you are all appreciated.  Everyone’s input to the life of the SBLW Democratic Club is valued, be it by:

  • joining the club
    • serving on the board or a committee,
    • attending membership meetings, or
    • just by being a loyal supporter of Democratic values.

Anyone interested in being considered for nomination for one of the open board positions for 2022-2023 should phone 562-296-8521 for more information.

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth, up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. There is no charge although readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 to subscribe.  More detailed information is also available every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Democratic Club booth located just outside Clubhouse 6.

Information about Recall Election

The Sept. 14th election to recall Gov. Newsom is not a typical election. When the California Patriot Coalition launched an effort to recall Newsom in February 2020, their effort looked hopeless.  Polls now show a tightening race.

Democrats have won every California statewide race since 2006. However, in a state with nearly 40 million people there are many grievances. As governor, Newsom has become a ready target for that resentment.

From the polls, it would appear that Republicans are expressing the most interest in voting in this election.  Twenty-four of the 46 candidates running to replace Gov. Newsom are Republican.  Democrats may be assuming that Newsom will beat back the challenge. 

Potential voters registered as Democrats far outnumber Republicans in California.  However, if Newsom were to be recalled because too few Democrats vote in the election, the possibility exists that a new governor would be chosen by only a small fraction of the electorate. 

If there is a majority vote for recall of the Governor, the candidate with the most votes on the second question on the ballot would win the election, no majority required. Unfortunately, many Democratic voters do not realize they have the option of voting for a replacement candidate even when they vote “no” on the recall.

If Democrats do not vote in sufficient numbers to stop the recall, California could very well be governed by a Republican until 2023.  Would it be conservative radio host Larry Elder or former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer?  They are apparently the two Republican frontrunners.  Should Democrats choose the least objectionable Republican in case Newsom is recalled?  What effect would this have on the 2022 governor’s race?  These are the questions LW Democrats need to ponder as they get ready to cast their Sept. 14, 2021 Recall Election ballots.

The Republican Party has decided not to make any endorsement.  Party leaders reportedly admitted that they don’t want to alienate any voters who might not vote to recall Newsom if their favorite candidate was not endorsed by the party.  

LW voters are reminded that they will be able to deposit their Recall Election ballots at a secure “drop box” located at 13531 St. Andrews Drive, just in front of the Amphitheater.  This drop box will be available 24 hours a day, beginning immediately after ballots are received.  Democrats and their supporters  needing assistance in delivering their ballot to the drop box are invited to email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521.

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Leisure World Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. There is no charge although readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 to subscribe.  More detailed information is also available every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Democratic Club booth located just outside Clubhouse 6.

Speakers for Aug 18th Meeting

Unless the situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic deteriorates further, SBLW Democratic Club members will meet face-to-face for the first time in more than a year on Aug 18th.  The meeting, scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m., will be in Clubhouse 2 (located at 13681 El Dorado Drive).  Members who have an email address or phone number registered with the club will be notified if a last-minute decision is made to meet by ZOOM instead.

This Aug. 18th membership meeting—whether held by zoom or face-to-face— will feature a two-person panel covering two different issues of concern to voters:

  • Alyssa Napuri, campaign manager for Harley Rouda, will cover what to expect in the June 2022 Primary Election. The emphasis will be on plans to recapture the 48th Congressional District for the Democrats.
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  • Nathen Searles, president of the Seal Beach Democratic Club, will bring us up to date on the Sept. 14 Recall Election. 

LW voters are reminded that they will be able to deposit their Sept. 14th Recall Election ballots at a secure “drop box” located at 13531 St. Andrews Drive, just in front of the Amphitheater.  This voter drop box will be available 24 hours a day beginning August 16th.  Voters needing assistance in delivering their ballot to the drop box are invited to email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521.

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth up to date reporting on the issues being discussed at the Aug. 18th meeting—as well as other issues of concern— are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. There is no charge although readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 to subscribe.

Input from LW Democrats and their supporters is always valued, be it by:

  • Becoming a member of the club,
  • serving on the club’s board or a committee,
  • attending membership meetings, or
  • just by being a loyal supporter of Democratic values.

Phone 562- 431-7275 if you have questions about what it means to be a SBLW Democratic Club member. Membership forms are available at: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/.

More detailed information is also available every Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Democratic Club booth located just outside Clubhouse 6. In addition to information about the club, visitors to the booth can obtain voter registration assistance, membership applications, newsletters, brochures and other resource material.

Vote NO on Recall Election September 14

Democratic Club members and their supporters continue to look forward to gathering face-to-face for the first time in over a year.  Their August 18th meeting, scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m., will be held in Clubhouse 2 (located at 13681 El Dorado Drive), rather than in their previous location in Clubhouse 4.

Club leaders are assuming that most, if not all, attendees at the August 18th meeting will have been vaccinated against COVID-19.   Nevertheless, in accordance with the latest directives from the California Department of Public Health, attendees are asked to wear masks — regardless of vaccination status.  As an added precaution, masks will be provided for those who arrive without one.  No snacks or drinks will be served during the meeting.

It is appropriate that this August Democratic Club meeting is being held just two days after the County Registrar of Voters will have begun mailing each registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot packet for the upcoming Recall Special Election.  Members can look forward to a productive discussion during the meeting about ways to encourage all Leisure World Democrats and their supporters to vote NO RECALL of Governor Newsom in this election.

Thanks to the foresight of our GRF board, Leisure World voters will not need to be concerned about being harassed by poll watchers currently being recruited by those wishing to recall Governor Newsom on September 14th.   Voters will be able to deposit their ballots at a secure “drop box” located at 13531 St. Andrews Drive, just in front of the Amphitheater.  This voter drop box will be available 24 hours a day beginning August 16th.  Voters needing assistance in delivering their ballot to the drop box are invited to email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521.

Voters are also invited to google “Statement From Officer Whose Recall Is Being Sought” to view Governor Newsom’s statement as to why they should vote NO in this election.

Club members at their August 18th meeting will also have an opportunity to discuss the ramifications of a possible attempt to oust every one of the Los Alamitos Unified School Board trustees, be they Democrat or Republican.  If this second recall election does happen, Leisure World voters have the potential of being a very influential force in the outcome.

It is unfortunate that Orange County educators, parents and students continue to battle over elective ethnic studies courses being incorporated or expanded in local school districts’ curricula.

The programing for the August 18th Club meeting will also include a preliminary look at what to expect in the June 2022 Primary Election.  Of special interest to club members will be plans to recapture the 48th Congressional District for the Democrats.

Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are reminded that—if they are interested in more-in-depth reporting on these or other issues—they are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. There is no charge although readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or phone the editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521.