Democrats Welcome Josh Lowenthal

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Leisure World Democrats and their supporters warmly welcomed Josh Lowenthal at their Sept. 18 membership meeting.  Josh had joined them to present his understanding about the political situation in Orange County in anticipation of the upcoming March 3rd Presidential Primary Election.

Josh was the 2018 Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for election to the California Assembly in District 72 but lost in the Nov. General Election to Republican Tyler Diep.  He began his presentation by reassuring club members that he planned to remain active in Orange County politics and would be running again for public office in the future, although not in 2020.  He then went on to paint an optimistic picture of what had been accomplished as a result of the Democratic victories already won at the state and federal level while – at the same time – pointing out the importance of working to develop a deeper bench at the county and local level.

The Club anticipates hearing even more about what has been accomplished at the state level during their Oct. 16th membership meeting.  California Senator Tom Umberg will report during that meeting on what has been achieved during the 2019 legislative session which closed for the year on Saturday, Sept. 14th.

Umberg, who upset Republican Janet Nguyen in the 2018 State Senate District 34 election, represents Leisure World residents as well as the entire cities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Seal Beach and Los Alamitos. He is the chair of two Senate committees – Elections & Constitutional Amendments and Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence in California – and co-chair of the Committee on the Census.  He also serves on nine other committees.  Members are encouraged to come to the meeting with questions for Tom.

Members are reminded that the Club’s popular Voter Awareness Series meetings have been moved from Tuesdays to the 4th Monday of the month.  In preparation for the Oct. 28th meeting dealing with addressing commonsense gun legislation, members are encouraged to read Thom Hartmann’s new book titled The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment, available in paperback or kindle from Amazon for $10.

For more information about the SBLW Democratic Club, readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or go to the club’s website https://sblwdems.wordpress.com.          There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.

Democratic Club Board Members Attend SB City Council Town Hall

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Four Democratic Club board members joined numerous other Leisure World shareholders at the Sept. 8th Seal Beach City Council meeting. They were there for a special town-hall meeting being held in response to a request from Leisure World to have the Seal Beach Police start enforcing traffic laws in our community.

During the course of the hearing several persons – including GRF President Linda Stone – spoke in support of the ordinance.  Councilwoman Sandra Massa-Levitt who represents residents west of St. Andrews Drive also spoke in support of this traffic enforcement within Leisure World.  It became apparent that there was no opposition to the proposed Ordinance 1680 on the part of those in attendance or the City Council itself.

An important feature of the proposed ordinance relates to golf carts which will not be required to be registered.  This is because our Leisure World golf course complies with the California vehicle code which allows unregistered golf carts to operate within a mile of a golf course.  It was clear however that all drivers (including those in golf cars) will be susceptible to a ticket from the City of Seal Beach if they run a stop sign or speed after the ordinance goes in effect in about 30 days.

Democrats continue to staff a voter registration booth every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday outside Club House 6 from 1-3 p.m.  Members are on hand to answer questions and assist in filling out the required form.  Call (562) 412-0898 or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com to help or for more information.

Club members will have a chance to discuss their reactions to the Thursday, Sept. 12th presidential candidates’ debate during their monthly Voter Awareness Series gathering on Monday, Sept. 23.  Advance reservations required by phoning 562-296-8521 or emailing mlarson.telfords@gmail.com .

The Club’s “Lunch Bunch” will met on Wed. Sept. 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Denny’s on Westminster to provide members an opportunity to socialize and get better acquainted with one another. Prospective members are welcome.  Advance registration is recommended but not required.  Call 1 (203) 520-4050 or (562) 340-9816.

Lowenthal to Speak at Dem Club Sept 18th Meeting

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All Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are invited to attend the Democratic Club’s membership meeting on Wed., Sept.18th at 12:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  Club favorite Josh Lowenthal will be speaking on what to expect as we look toward the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

Lowenthal, who comes from a family of politicians including his father Congressman Alan Lowenthal, is well positioned to know what is going on in Orange County, especially in our historically republican 72nd Assembly District.  In 2018 he received the largest number of votes for a single candidate in the district’s primary election, only to later lose to Republican Tyler Diep in the general election after a damaging negative campaign.

Members and supporters are urged to arrive at 11:30 with their “bag” lunch to engage in informal round-table discussions before the formal meeting begins.

Voter registration continues every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at Club House 6 from 1-3 p.m.  Club members are on hand to answer your questions and assist in filling out the required form that allows you to participate in both the primary and general elections.  Email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or call (562) 412-0898 to help or for more information.

The Friday, Sept. 13 Democratic Presidential Candidates Watch Party potluck has been cancelled.  Members will have a chance to discuss their reactions to the Thursday, Sept. 12 debate at the Club’s monthly Voter Awareness Series on Monday, Sept. 23.  Advance reservations required by phoning 562-296-8521 or by signing up at the September 18th Club meeting.

The Club’s “Lunch Bunch” meets at 11:00 a.m. at Denny’s on Westminster on the fourth Wednesday of the month to provide members an opportunity to socialize and get better acquainted with one another. Prospective members are welcome.  Advance registration is recommended but not required.  Call 1 (203) 520-4050 or (562) 340-9816.  The next gathering will be on Sept. 25th.

Josh Lowenthal Democratic Club Guest Speaker September 18th

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Leisure World Seal Beach Democratic Club is pleased to welcome Mr. Josh Lowenthal as guest speaker at its next monthly meeting on September 18, 2019.  The gathering will be in the multi-purpose room in Club House 4 at 12 p.m.

Mr. Lowenthal is the president of FreeConferenceCall.com, responsible for its overall business strategy including all retail and wholesale operations, global expansion strategy, sales and marketing, and business development.  Since joining the company in 2010, Josh has been instrumental in helping it grow exponentially across sixty markets on five continents, connecting more than forty million callers each month.  The company is the most recognized retail brand of conferencing and collaboration services on the planet.

Though he comes from a family of elected officials (his father is Congressman Alan Lowenthal and his mother previously served on the Long Beach City Council) and was the Democratic candidate for our 72 CA Assembly district in 2018, Lowenthal is best known as an entrepreneur, consumer advocate, and business owner.  With a long, successful track record in technology and telecom startups, Josh has traveled to nearly one hundred countries around the world to understand consumer needs across variable markets to grow his businesses.  As president of FreeConferenceCall.com, Josh increased the revenue of the business ten-fold and expanded it to seventy countries around the world, where the service is enjoyed by over forty million callers monthly.

Prior to joining FreeConferenceCall.com, Lowenthal served as founder and CEO of various telecommunications start-ups: West Africa-based AVAD Networks, TeleJunctions Conferencing, and Flash phone pioneer Yakfree.com.  Lowenthal earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University and attended the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs. He currently serves on the advisory board of directors at Children Today and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Mr. Lowenthal has commented that growing up and working throughout the world, launching and growing multiple business ventures, volunteering in his community, and raising three children has exposed him to life’s challenges and taught him many lessons.  Foremost among them is that creative solutions are born not from recycled ideas but from broad experience, collaboration, a willingness to embrace innovation, and that standing up for yourself and others is a crucial public responsibility.

Democratic Club To Begin Registering Voters

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The Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club will begin hosting voter registration outside Club House 6 on Tuesday, August 27th from 1 to 3 p.m. Members of the club will be available to help potential voters during these same hours every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the March 2020 Primary Election.  Persons not currently registered to vote, or those who would like to change party affiliation, should take advantage of this opportunity.  Training is available for volunteers interested in staffing the registration booth either on a one-time basis or every week until the election. Call (562) 412-0898 or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

All voters, regardless of party affiliation, should be aware that the California 2020 Primary Presidential Election will be on March 3rd, not the first Tuesday in June as in previous years.  For the first time, there will be NO polling stations in Leisure World on election day.  All of the roughly 1.6 million registered voters in Orange County will receive vote-by-mail ballots.  These vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out by the County Registrar on February 3, 2020.  Actual voting will begin immediately after that date, long before the official March 3rd election day.

Leisure World residents registered as No Preferred Party voters who want to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate in the March 3rd Primary Election need to be aware that they will have to request that the County Registrar of Voters send them a Democratic ballot.  There will be more information about this process in upcoming issues of the LW weekly.

On Saturday, August 17th, President Mary Tromp and Publicity Co-Chair Susan Thiedt joined other Democratic club leaders from throughout the County in attending the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) Council of Clubs monthly meeting.  Attendees were reminded at the meeting that people can still register to attend the Party’s 25th Annual Harry S. Truman Awards Dinner on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

The Truman Dinner which will be held this year at the Anaheim Hilton is Orange County’s opportunity to recognize outstanding Democratic leaders.  The honorees at the 2020 dinner will be the four Orange County Congresspersons first elected to the House in 2018: Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin.   Tickets are $225 for the public, $180 for club members.  Proceeds help support voter registration, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and training to elect candidates in Orange County.

Anyone interested in joining the SBLW Democratic Club board members who are attending the Truman Awards Dinner should contact Mary Tromp for more information.  Call (562) 412-0898 or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

The next Democratic Club membership meeting will be Wednesday, September 18th at 12:00 p.m in clubhouse 4.  Details regarding the planned program will be highlighted in next week’s column.

The club’s popular Voter Awareness Series will resume monthly meetings on Sept. 23rd.  Please note that these meetings are now being held on the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, room 4.  All club members and supporters are welcome to attend but reservations are required because of space limitations.  Call 562-296-8521 or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

For other information about the Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club, go to the website https://sblwdems.wordpress.com, email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or call (562) 412-0898.

LW Democratic Club Board Plans for Upcoming Primary

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During their Aug. 13th meeting, the SBLW Democratic Club board adopted a series of short- and long-range goals, discussed the important role “No Preferred Party” voters will play in the upcoming March 3rd Primary Election and developed plans for a Leisure World voter registration booth similar to the one they had recently helped staff at the Orange County Fair.

The voter registration booth, to be located in front of Clubhouse 6, will be operational from 1-3 pm. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, beginning on Aug. 27th.  There will be training for volunteers willing to help.  Call (562) 412-0898 or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com to volunteer.

A copy of the Club’s newly adopted goals can be found on the website https://sblwdems.wordpress.com.

The board also approved the appointment of Martha Warner as the new chair of the Program Committee, Susan Thiedt as co-chair of the Publicity Committee and Clara Wise as board secretary.

Board members Mary Tromp and Clara Wise, who regularly attend Seal Beach City Council meetings on behalf of the club, report that Councilwoman and Leisure World resident Sandra Massa-Lavitt took the podium at the Aug 12th meeting to talk about the important role Leisure World plays within the city of Seal Beach.  Sandra represents those persons living in LW west of St. Andrews Drive.  She ran unopposed for her second and final four-year term in the Nov. 2018 election.  LW residents east of St. Andrews will be voting for their Council person in the Nov. 2020 General Election.  Thomas Moore, their current representative, lives outside of LW in the College Park West area of the city.  He is eligible to run for another 4-year term on the Council.  No other candidates have announced to date.

Looking to the future, club members are reminded that their Wed. Sept. 18th meeting will begin at 12:00 pm in Clubhouse 4.  Visitors are welcome to attend. Club favorite Josh Lowenthal will be the featured speaker.  Members and their supporters are urged to arrive by 11:30 with their “brown bag” lunch in order to participate in informal round table discussions with board members and others in attendance.  Persons interested in being table hosts should contact Clara Wise at (909) 957-9886.  Training on how to be an effective table host is available.

In September, the club’s popular Voter Awareness Series will resume holding meetings on every 4th Monday of the month.  Please take note that this is a change in meeting days from Tuesday to Monday.

On Monday, Sept. 23th at 2:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, room 4, Voter Awareness participants will have an opportunity to share their impressions of the Democratic Party presidential candidates, their debate performances and their proposed platforms.

The subject for discussion at the Monday, Oct. 21st gathering will be a further examination of the history of the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, as well as what the Democratic Party has to say about controlling gun violence.  Information about the work of a community organization addressing this issue in Orange County will also be available.  The November meeting will center around the possible role of religion in Orange County’s public schools as a result of a recent court case in Huntington Beach.

Reservations are required for all sessions of the Voter Awareness Series because of limited space.  Email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521.  In preparation for the Oct. 21st session, participants are urged to read an article in the current New Yorker which can be downloaded from the internet by googling Politics Changed the Reading of the Second Amendment and Can Change It Again.

For more information about the SBLW Democratic Club, readers are also invited to email  lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or go to the club’s website https://sblwdems.wordpress.com.    There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.

Senator Klobuchar Speaks to an Overflow Crowd

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More than 400 people gathered in a room designed to hold only 250 on Sunday, August 4 for a Meet and Greet event with Senator Amy Klobuchar sponsored by the Democratic Party of Orange County.  Mary Tromp, President of the Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club and Mary Larson, Pat President were among those present.

Klobuchar began, as could be expected, talking passionately about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.  She went on to outline her support for a package of gun violence policies, including instituting universal background checks by closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks, high capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons.  She also urged that the Senate be called back into session immediately to act on legislation recently enacted by the House.

For the next 45 minutes, Klobuchar – speaking without notes – highlighted her support for a number of issues, including reinstatement of the International Climate Change Agreement, lifting of the ban on Medicare negotiations for prescription drugs and federally mandating paper ballots to protect the security of our elections.

She also announced that she had met the donor threshold to make the stage for September’s next democratic primary debate to be held in Houston and hosted by ABC News and Univision.

Club members are reminded that the Wednesday, August 21 meeting will begin at 12 noon in Clubhouse 4.  Visitors are welcome to attend.  The featured speaker will be the chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County.

Ada Briceño speaker at Aug 21st meeting

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The Leisure World Democratic Club will welcome Ada Briceño as its speaker at the next meeting on August 21 at noon in Clubhouse 4.  Plan to arrive at 11:30 with a brown bag lunch.

Currently the chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, she holds a number of other high-powered positions, and has twice been selected as one of Orange County’s 100 most influential people by the Orange County Register.

Briceño, an immigrant from Nicaragua come to the United States at age six, fleeing the civil war with her parents.  After graduating from high school, she began work as a hotel clerk and joined the union.  She became the first Latina President of Local 681 at age 26.  She was recently re-elected Vice President of UNITE-HERE International Union. Asked why she wanted to lead the county party, Briceño said, “There are a bunch of folks that don’t participate in politics.  We need to open the door wider, to make sure people they know we care about the middle class and working class, to connect with the issues they believe in.”

Leisure World Democrats and supporters are indeed in for an interesting and inspiring meeting.

Members registered voters at OC Fair last week

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Plans to increase voter registration have been put into practice by several members of the Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club, with several members manning a booth to register voters at the Orange County Fair. They spent July 24 registering voters – both Democrats and Republicans.

Later, club members will do the same at a registration table in Leisure World.

e Lunch Bunch resumed its monthly meeting at Denny’s on Westminster on July 24. The group meets regularly on the third Wednesday of the month to socialize and get acquainted with other members and interested individuals.

The July 30 Democratic Presidential Candidates Watch Party potluck is rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 13, in Clubhouse 4.

The Voter Awareness session is dark for August, and will resume on Sept. 24.

Tromp, Carey named ‘Democrat of Year’ at brunch

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Crew of volunteers transformed clubhouse for the Democratic Club’s annual fundraiser brunch.

Leisure World Democratic Club’s fundraising brunch on July 13 was a festive event. Susan Thiedt contributed beautiful table decorations and Clara Wise used her amazing creativity to transform the clubhouse into a warm and welcoming place. A crew of volunteers helped with the table arrangements, setup, check in, ushering and cleanup.

President Mary Tromp and Diana Carey, a loyal supporter received Democrat of the Year awards, and a certificate of special recognition was given to Laura Wilson for her many contributions to the club.

Thee program at the July 17 regular meeting featured Meg James and Daniel Kunitomi in a presentation titled “The Future of Print Journalism.” James covered county and state government in Florida as part of the Los Angeles Times team that covered the 2000 presidential election and the infamous “hanging chads.” There is speculation that next years’ primary election will provide a similar scenario.

The pair also discussed the revitalization of the LA Times newsroom management under the new ownership of Dr. Pat- rick Soon-Shiong and the ways in which newspapers and other media over politics and elections.

Club members should be aware that the July 30 Democratic Presidential Candidates Watch Party potluck has been rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 13, in Clubhouse 4.  The Voter Aware- ness sessions will be dark for July and August and will resume on Sept. 24.

The club will also be staffing a voter registration table in the coming months.