Primary Election Endorsements

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The LW Democratic Club board has announced their list of six endorsed candidates for election in the upcoming Primary Election to represent the 72nd Assembly District on the Party’s Orange County Central Committee.  In addition to their own president Mary Tromp, the list includes Louise Larsen who has created content and uploaded daily correspondence across a variety of online platforms for the 72nd Assembly Democratic Alliance since 2017;  incumbent Mark Anthony Paredes who has served as a Planning Commissioner for Garden Grove and on the OC Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee; current member of the Democratic State Central Committee Shayna Lathus; long term Democratic activists Michelle “Misha” Houser; and Libby Frolichman, a frequent guest of the SBLW Democratic Club.

The Orange County Central Committee is the governing body of the County Democratic Party.  It is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level elected officials and nominees.  This committee, under the leadership of the County Democratic Party Chair Ada Briceño, conducts the County Party’s general business, approves its budget, coordinates campaign activity, and endorses candidates for local offices throughout the county.  Ada was named one of Orange County’s 100 most influential people in 2018 and 2014 by the Orange County Register.

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SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran has announced additional “Letter Writing Parties” for January 17th, 27th and 28th.  Anyone able to help in this effort to reach out to their fellow Leisure World Democrats and No Preferred Party voters should phone Clara Wise at 909-957-9886 for information as to time and place.

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Leisure World residents continue to follow the impending reorganization of the way trustees are to be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees.  Regardless of the final makeup of the newly-formed districts, Leisure World residents will be voting for one or more of the trustees in the November General Election.  Our residents who live east of St. Andrews Drive will also be voting for a member of the Seal Beach City Council in that same election.  Call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898 for information.

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It’s not too late to sign up to join Huntington Beach Huddle on their chartered buses going to this coming Saturday’s Orange County Women’s March 2020.  For more information, call 909-957-9886.

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Readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com to find out more about the Democratic Club.  A calendar of both club and related events is included on the website.  All LW Democrats and their supporters are invited to the club’s next membership meeting on Wed., February 19th in Clubhouse 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Preparing for Primary Election

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The Leisure World Democratic Club will begin 2020 appropriately with a discussion about the upcoming March 3rd Primary Election.  The Wed., January 15th membership meeting in Clubhouse 4 will be called to order at 12:00 p.m. by President Mary Tromp who is one of six board endorsed candidates for election to the Orange County Democratic Party Central Committee. Members are urged to arrive at 11:30 with their “bag lunch” in order to participate in round table discussions with board members and other attendees.

The meeting will also feature a presentation by Garden Grove City Councilwoman Diedre Nguyen, the Party’s endorsed candidate for election to the CA Assembly from District 72.   Candidate Nguyen was born in Saigon five months after the city fell.  Her father, a major in the South Vietnamese Marines, was imprisoned and her mother, a 4th generation literature teacher was forced to raise her daughter alone.  In 1983, her father escaped to the United States.  He established himself in Orange County and began building a life for his family.  In 1986, Diedre and her mother were reunited with her father.  She has been a resident of Garden Grove since 1995 and was first elected to the city council there in 2016. She ran for reelection against Duy Nguyen in 2018, winning with 71.6% of the votes.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree in Clinical Genetics from California State University Dominguez Hills.  In the 17 years Diedre has worked in medical research, she has lead teams that pioneered new detection methods for skin cancer and melanoma.

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SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran has announced additional “Letter Writing Work Parties” for January 13th, 17th, 27th and 28th.  Anyone able to help in this effort to reach their fellow Leisure World Democrats and NPPs should phone Clara Wise at 909-957-9886 for more information.

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Leisure World residents continuing to follow the impending reorganization of the way trustees are to be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees are urged to attend a Jan. 21st public hearing on the matter.  Call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898 for information.

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It’s not too late to sign up to join Huntington Beach Huddle on their chartered buses going to the January 18th OC Women’s March 2020.  For more information, call 909-957-9886.

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Readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the website sblwdems.wordpress.com to find out more about the SBLW Democratic Club.  There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.

Diedre Thu Ha Nguyen To Speak At Our January Meeting

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LW Democrats are looking forward to welcoming Garden Grove City Councilwoman Diedre Thu Ha Nguyen at their Wed., January 15th membership meeting.  Diedre was first elected to that city council in 2016 and reelected in 2018 with 71.6% of the vote.  She is the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Assembly District 72 in the March 3rd Primary Election.

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SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran is asking for volunteers to participate in “Letter Writing Work Parties” on Jan. 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Jan. 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Anyone who want to help in this effort to reach their fellow Democrats should phone Clara Wise at 909-957-9886 for more information.

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LW residents continuing to follow the impending reorganization of the way trustees are to be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees are urged to attend a Jan. 7th or 21st public hearing on the matter.  A major question yet to be resolved is whether or not all of Leisure World will be included in a single voting area or divided amongst three or four other areas when it comes to voting for trustees in the Nov. 2020 General Election.  Call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898 for information.

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Huntington Beach Huddle has invited SBLW Democratic Club members to join them on their chartered buses going to the January 18th OC Women’s March 2020.  To get tickets for the bus, go to Eventbrite.com on the web and type in “HB Huddle Bus to OC Women’s March”.  The buses will be leaving from the Huntington Beach Library.  Club members are encouraged to carpool to the library or use LYFT/UBER, etc. to allow for patrons to have adequate parking space.  There will be a place to sit (and not walk the route) for persons who want to participate the march but have health/ambulation challenges.  For more information, call 909-957-9886.

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Readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the website sblwdems.wordpress.com to find out more about the SBLW Democratic Club.  There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.

Diana Carey Speaks At Our Meeting

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Diana Carey, long term activist in Orange County and a former member of Westminster City Council, was the keynote speaker at the Dec. 18th SBLW Democratic Club membership meeting.  She began her presentation about the past, present and future political situation in our California 72nd Assembly District with a review of statistics relating to the county as a whole, as well as to the district itself.

With 3.1 million residents, Orange County is the 6th most populous county in the nation.  15.6% of Orange County registered voters live in the 72n Assembly District.  These potential voters are fairly evenly split with 32% being Democrats, 35% Republicans and 29% No Party Preferred.  Equally divided demographically, the population of the district is 39% white, 26% Latino, and 33% Asian.

Carey identified the primary issue in the county, as well in the district, as being homelessness.  She pointed out that, contrary to current stereotypes, 68% of the county’s homeless have lived in the area 10 years or longer. 90% are U.S. born citizens.

Carey ended her presentation talking about the four candidates that will be running against each other in the March 3rd Primary Election.  Three of the four are of Vietnamese descent: Tyler Diep, Janet Nguyen, and Diedre (Thu Ha) Nguyen.  Diedre is the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for the 72nd.   The 4th person in that race is a second generation American of Iranian descent named Bigan Mohseni.  He is also running as a Democrat. More of Diana’s presentation can be found on the club’s website.

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SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran is asking for volunteers to participate in an “Envelope Stuffing Work Party” on Dec. 27th from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Anyone who want to help should phone Clara Wise at 909-957-9886 for more information.

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LW residents continuing to follow the impending reorganization of the way trustees are to be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees are urged to attend a Jan. 7th or 21st public hearing on the matter.  Call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898 for information.

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HB Huddle has invited SBLW Democrats to join them on their chartered buses going to the Jan. 18th OC Women’s March 2020.  For bus tickets, go to Eventbrite.com and type in “HB Huddle Bus to OC Women’s March”.  Call 909-957-0986 for more information.

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Readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the website sblwdems.wordpress.com to find out more about the SBLW Democratic Club.  There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.

Letter Writing Campaign

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SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran is asking for volunteers to participate in “Envelope Stuffing Work Parties” on Dec. 20th and/or 27th from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Anyone who want to help should phone Clara Wise at 909- 957-9886 for more information. Club members are also reminded that there will be no meeting of the Voter Awareness session or the “Lunch Bunch” in December. The January 27th and February 24th Voter Awareness sessions will be devoted to “Get Out the Vote” efforts.

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LW Democrats continue to follow the impending reorganization of the way

trustees are to be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees, as well as the role and history of charter schools in California.

Proposed changes in the method of voting for Los Alamitos Unified School District Trustees are being instigated in order to be in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. A major question yet to be resolved is whether or not all of Leisure World will be included in a single voting area or divided amongst three or four other areas when it comes to voting for trustees in the November 2020 General Election.

Assembly bill 1505, recently signed into law by Gov. Newsom, gives pubic school districts such as the one which includes Leisure World more authority to reject petitions for new charter campuses, phases in stricter credentialing requirements for charter schoolteachers and places a two-year moratorium on new virtual charter schools.

More information about both of these issues is available on the club’s website.

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For more information about Democratic Club events, readers are invited to email

lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or go to the website sblwdems.wordpress.com. There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.

Voter Awareness Session on Education

2019.11.26 Marlys Davidson

LW Democrats gathered in Clubhouse 3 on Monday, Nov. 25 afternoon for another session of their ongoing Voter Awareness series.  Immediate Past President Mary Larson opened the session by introducing the guest speaker, Los Alamitos Unified School District Trustee Marlys Davidson.  She then reminded the participants that the subtitle for these monthly meetings was “What Every Orange County Democrat Needs to Know”.  She indicated that the four primary issues on the agenda, all of which related to education, were the repercussions of a recent lawsuit filed against the Huntington Beach City School District, new legislation relating to California charter schools, Los Alamitos’ new Human Relations Taskforce and the impending reorganization of the way trustees are to be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees.   She also reminded participants that Leisure World was a part of this Los Alamitos School District and residents would be voting next Nov. for their representative (or representatives) on this board.

Larson then turned to a review of the recent lawsuit against the Huntington Beach City School District that had resulted from the district originally telling two students they could pass out fliers that encouraged classmates to bring Bibles to school only before or after the school day , but not during lunchtime or recess which they considered part of the school day.  Rather than engage in a lengthy court case, the district agreed to a new policy that clarified that nonsecular flyers could be distributed during non-instructional time.

Review of this case resulted in a spirited discussion lead by Davidson relating to the need to protect freedom of expression for people of all faiths.  She reviewed the positive steps Los Alamitos had taken in this direction.  Larson urged participants to google the sponsor of “Bring Your Bible to School Day”, Focus on the Family, for more information about that organization.

The speakers then turned to a presentation on the role and history of charter schools in California with an emphasis on the potential impact of newly passed legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Newsom.  They summarized AB 1505 which gives pubic school districts more authority to reject petitions for new charter campuses, phases in stricter credentialing requirements for charter schoolteachers and places a two-year moratorium on new virtual charter schools.  Larson summarized the position of the CA Democratic Party as outlined in the Party Platform and Davidson reviewed the situation as it exists in our school district.  A summary of the new legislation can be found on line at: AB 1505 – California Legislative Information.

 The discussion lead by Trustee Davidson on Los Alamitos Unified School District’s Human Relations Taskforce generated the most interest on the part of those taking part in the session.  She reported that the district was in the process of training their teachers and administrators about how to use tools to create more inclusive classrooms and respond more effectively to interpersonal problems and negative behavior, such as stereotyping, name calling and bullying.

They are also holding a series of parent/community education nights dealing with “restorative practices” as well as special events for students which have been very well received.

The meeting closed with Davidson presenting a new draft as to how the school district might be divided into voting areas for the election of board members during the 2020 November General Election.  This change is being instigated in order to be in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. She said that a major question yet to be resolved is whether or not all of Leisure World will be included in a single voting area or divided amongst three or four other areas.  She strongly urged all interested persons to google Los Alamitos Trustee-Area Election System for more information and, if at all possible, attend the Monday, Dec. 2, 6:30 pm meeting at the district office board room located at 10293 Bloomfield St, Los Alamitos.  Comments can also be sent directly to the school district superintendent Dr. Andrew Pulver by emailing him at apulver@losal.org 

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SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran is asking for volunteers to participate in “Envelope Addressing Work Parties” on Dec. 2 & 3.  Members who want to help should phone Clara Wise at 909-957-9886 for more information.    Club members are also reminded that there will be no meeting of the Voter Awareness Session or the “Lunch Bunch” in December.

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

State Party Endorsing Convention

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LW Democrats braved inclement weather on Wednesday, Nov. 20th to join in a festive pre-Thanksgiving potluck lunch, followed by a panel presentation on the just completed State Party Endorsing Convention.  Participants in the panel were Bethany Webb, a founding member of the Huntington Beach Huddle; Laura Oatman, district director for Congressman Harley Rouda; 72nd Assembly District activist Libby Frolichman; and L W Democratic Club president Mary Tromp.  All of the participants were voting members at the Convention.

Panel moderator Diana Carey opened the program by reviewing the highlights from the convention as she understood them from her long-time position as both an elected official and an Orange County Party leader.  She indicated that the questions to be asked of the panelists would be divided into five sections: introductions and opening remarks, reflections on the presidential candidate forum, the endorsement of candidates, reports from the caucus meetings, and issues raised in relationship to the Party platform.

After indicating that the three primary issues discussed by the presidential candidates during their forum were immigration, health care, and gun safety, with immigration being the issue that revealed the strongest differences among the eight who took part, Carey asked the panelists to talk about what new information they had gained from the presentations.  Oatman and Frolichman spoke about Marianne Williamson’s emphasis on the need to address peace issues.  Webb, whose sister had been killed, talked about the issue of gun safety.  Tromp was surprised by the degree of emotion expressed by Tom Steyer.

On the issue of candidate endorsement, moderator Carey pointed out that the only contested contest in Orange County was in the CA Senate District 37, where there are two Democrats running.  Because neither Dave Min nor Katrina Foley received 60% of the votes, there was “no consensus” as to who the Party should endorse.  Carey indicated that, as a result, local clubs are free to endorse either candidate. She also emphasized that Harley Rouda, the incumbent who represents Leisure World in Congress, was automatically endorsed by the Convention, as were all other incumbents running for re-election.

Diana Carey then turned to describing the State Party’s thirteen caucuses, all of which met during the Convention.  All of the panelists had taken part in at least one other caucus meeting, in addition to the Women’s Caucus.  More information about the caucuses will be included in future articles.

The Convention’s adoption of an updated Party Platform was the last section covered in the panelists’ presentations. Moderator Carey emphasized that the platform is a statement of values seeking a consensus for the future, not legislation or resolutions.  She said that the Platform Committee held three meetings throughout the state before the convention in order to get input from the grass roots of the Party.  Discussion of the proposed platform on the convention floor was limited to two issues: health care and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  A copy of the full platform will be available in the near future on the State Democratic Party’s website.

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On other issues coming before the November 20th club meeting, members received recommendations for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors from the Nominating Committee.  There were no further nominations from the floor, and the formal election will take place during the December 18th club meeting.   Vice-president Kathy Moran asked for volunteers to participate in “Envelope Addressing Work Parties” on December 2 & 3.  Members who want to help should email claramwise@msn.com for more information.    Club members were also reminded that there would be no meeting of the Voter Awareness Session or the “Lunch Bunch” in December.

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

Voter Registration Tuesdays and Thursdays

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The SBLW Democratic Club continues to register voters on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. outside Clubhouse 6.   Volunteers wishing to assist in this effort should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com .  Training will be provided.

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The Democratic Club’s Monday, November 25th Voter Awareness Series meeting will center on both the potential for new infringement of religion in the Orange County public school system and the enhanced powers of California school boards to block new charter schools from opening in their districts under a sweeping piece of legislation signed into law on October 3rd by Governor Gavin Newsom.

All Club members and their supporters are invited to participate in one or any number of these 4th Monday-of-the-month Voter Awareness Series gatherings, but because of limited space availability, advance reservations are required by emailing the club.

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The SBLW Democratic Club Board announces some upcoming dates of interest.  The annual Women’s March will be held on January 18th.  The board has voted to accept the invitation extended by HB Huddle for our club members to join their group on their buses.  Also, our Democratic club is involved in helping to organize a Leisure World-wide town hall with Representative Harley Rouda for some time in February.  Please stay tuned for details about both events in upcoming news articles.

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Beginning on Feb. 3rd, all California voters who are registered without stating a political party preference – No Party Preference voters – will be receiving mail in ballots that will allow them to vote for most,  but not all, partisan and nonpartisan seats in the March 3rd primary. However, the California Democratic Party allows No Party Preference voters (NPPs) to participate in their primary if they wish to.  Along with their ballots, these NPP voters will be receiving a postcard that they can mail back to the Orange County Registrar requesting a crossover ballot that will allow them to vote for the Democratic presidential candidate of their choice.  Also, NPPs can request a new ballot at one of the 188 vote centers where people can cast ballots, in person, days before the election by filling out a printed paper ballot with a pen.

The LA TIMES has reported that the American Independent Party – with nearly half a million registered members – is bigger than all of California’s other minor parties combined. The Party is best known for its nomination of Alabama Governor George Wallace in the 1968 presidential election.  This ultraconservative party’s platform opposes abortion rights, same sex marriage, and calls for building a fence along the entire United States border. The AIP bills itself as “The Fastest Growing Political Party in California” but an L.A. Times investigation has found that a majority of its members have registered with the party in error.

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Thursday, November 7, marked one year since a gunman shot and killed 12 people and injured at least 10 others at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Among those killed that night included a police officer, a veteran, college students, and a man who survived the tragic Route 91 mass shooting in Las Vegas. We must honor their lives by passing and implementing solutions that we know will end gun violence, like extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs).

Prior to the shooting, police officers visited the gunman’s home and identified his behavior as dangerous. This would have been a perfect opportunity for officers to implement an ERPO — they allow police officers and concerned family members to remove access to guns from someone who is at risk of harming themselves or others.  Learn more about extreme risk laws and how they can prevent gun violence by going on-line to bradyunited.org

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

 

Brady Conference Nov 2 in Irvine

2019.11.06 Mara Elliot

The Wednesday, November 20th Democratic Club meeting in Clubhouse 4 will begin with a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m.  All Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are invited to join in taking part in this pre-Thanksgiving festive occasion.  The program originally scheduled for this meeting has been rescheduled for December.  Taking its place will be a three-member panel discussion – moderated by Diana Carey – on the California Democratic Party 2019 Endorsing Convention being held in Long Beach on November 15-17.  Panel members will include Bethany Webb, founding member of HB Huddle; Laura Oatman, district director for Congressman Harley Rouda; and club president, Mary Tromp.  Tromp and Mary Larson, the club’s immediate past president, will also report on the recent Brady California annual conference that took place in Irvine.

The November 2nd Brady California conference began with an inspirational bell ringing ceremony in remembrance of lives taken by gun violence and then moved on to a review of newly adopted legislation and a presentation on gun violence prevention from a public health perspective.  San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott was the keynote speaker and also the recipient of the organization’s Excellence in Leadership Award.  Elliott is recognized as a national leader in using Gun Violence Restraining Orders.  Members of her staff have trained numerous other California cities on the use of these orders to remove firearms from individuals who present a serious risk of harm to themselves or others.

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The Democratic Club’s Monday, November 25th  Voter Awareness Series meeting will center on both the potential for new infringement of religion in the Orange County public school system and the enhanced powers of California school boards to block new charter schools from opening in their districts under a sweeping piece of legislation signed into law on October 3rd by Governor Gavin Newsom.

All Club members and their supporters are invited to participate in one or any number of these 4th Monday-of-the-month Voter Awareness Series gatherings, but because of limited space availability, advance reservations are required.

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On Wednesday, November 27th, old, new, and prospective Democratic Club members are invited to gather at 11:00 a.m. at Denny’s on Westminster Avenue to socialize and get better acquainted with one another in an informal setting.   For more information about this or other club events, readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the club’s website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com.  There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.

Awareness Series Focused on Guns

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On October 28th, the SBLW Democratic Club’s monthly “Voter Awareness Series” was held in Clubhouse 3.  A large, energetic group listened to guest speakers and then discussed Tom Hartmann’s book, The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment.

Board member Mary Larson and Diana Carey, immediate past president of the Democratic Party of Orange County, began the meeting by briefly reviewing 2019 federal and state gun legislation. Their emphasis was on what are known as Red Flag gun laws at both the federal and state level.  Red Flag gun laws, as originally enacted in California in 2014, are designed to empower family members and/or law enforcement to work with a court to temporarily restrict someone’s access to guns when they are showing strong warning signs that they pose a threat to themselves (suicide) or to others.  Seventeen states have passed similar laws.  A proposed federal Red Flag law (H.R 3076), recently introduced in the House with 100 co-sponsors including our Congressman Harley Rouda, is currently being heard by the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.  It is similar to the 2014 California legislation.  The full text of the proposed federal legislation is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/3076 .  In 2019, the California legislature passed AB61 which adds employees, co-workers and teachers to the list of persons who could ask judges to take guns away from persons who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.  The ACLU of California which is not opposed to gun control measures that regulate the acquisition or use of guns, had opposed this new proposal as creating significant potential for civil rights violation.  Larson and Carey pointed out that, to date, none of the 2019 proposed federal gun legislation had been addressed by the Senate, but that was not the case with California.  The state’s A.B. 61 is only one of 15 new 2019 laws aimed at strengthening gun control and the gun violence restraining order program in California.  However, it is anticipated that several of these new laws may be challenged in court by individuals or organizations such as the NRA-ILA.  More information can be found on the club’s website.

Olaina Anderson, Orange County’s energetic spokesperson for Moms Demand Action CA, also addressed the group.  At the request of the club, her emphasis was on words that have connotations that can evoke positive or negative emotions.  She suggested that, when conversing with someone whose opinion opposes one’s own, it would be more constructive to use positive words and phrases.  For example, instead of saying “gun control, ban, or confiscate,” try “We want to keep our families safe from gun violence” or “Keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, like domestic abusers.”  Similarly, one might replace, “universal background checks” with “criminal background checks.”  Also, consider saying, “preventable tragedy” instead of “accidental shooting.”

Finally, board member Susan Thiedt led a discussion about highlights from Tom Hartmann’s book.  Participants responded to questions like, “When you were reading, did you have any ‘I didn’t know that!’ moments?” (they did!) and “Why are so many young, white men feeling alienated and bullied by society?” The question “Which of Tom Hartmann’s solutions to gun violence will work?” resulted in a lively discussion about the possibility of requiring licensing for gun possession.  A summary of Hartmann’s suggestions, as well as other resource information distributed at the meeting, can be found on the club’s website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com under the menu title, Resources.

All Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are invited to join us for the next session of our Voter Awareness Series on Monday, Nov. 25th  at 2:30 p.m.  Because of limited space, reservations are required by phoning 562-296-8521.

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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.