Brady Conference Nov 2 in Irvine

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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.

Candidate Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen is Guest Speaker on Nov. 20

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The November 20th meeting of the SBLW Democratic Club will include a pot-luck luncheon, followed by a presentation by Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen, who was recently named by 72nd Assembly District Democrats as their endorsed candidate to challenge Republican Tyler Diep in the Primary Election on March 3, 2020.  She is not just another politician.  She is a Garden Grove City Council member, entrepreneur, community volunteer, scientist, wife, and mother of three active sons. “I’m running [for office] because too many hard-working people find it harder and harder to achieve or maintain the upward mobility and middle class prosperity California has offered for so long. Healthcare costs, college tuition, a lack of retirement savings, care for the elderly are all putting pressures on our families.”  Her values reflect our community, and she will bring those values to state government, especially the idea that if you work hard and do what’s right you should get ahead. That will be her primary focus.

Ms. Nguyen was first elected to serve on the Garden Grove City Council in 2016. She was resoundingly re-elected in 2018 by a larger margin of victory. She has worked closely to build coalitions with the Garden Grove Unified School District, nonprofits, labor, and first-responders to collaboratively promote education, improve public safety, and enhance business growth and career opportunities in the city of Garden Grove.

Ms. Nguyen has demonstrated her skills as an entrepreneur. In addition to her active service on the council, she was appointed as Director-At-Large for League of California Cities Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.  Also, she is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Broadcasting Network serving the Vietnamese community in Southern California.

A lifelong community activist and voice for diverse communities, Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen has served as a board member for the Lunar New Year TET Parade/Festival, board member for the South Vietnamese Marines Charity Association, a Vice Chair for the 2013 Hurricane Haiyan, Philippines Fund Raising, and has held a multitude of Vietnamese community appointments which promote community unity, diversity, collaboration, and engagement.

Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and Master of Sciences (MS) degree in Clinical Genetics from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She holds two clinical laboratory professional licenses in California, working as a Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist and Clinical Cytogeneticist.

Council Member Nguyen is a second degree Hapkido Blackbelt. She and her husband are raising three children in public schools. Her hobbies include promoting youth leadership skills and mentoring various youth organizations, supporting her sons’ Taekwondo competition team, and enjoying motorcycling with her husband.

“I look forward to talking with you as the campaign progresses and hope to hear your ideas and aspirations for bringing positive change,” states Ms. Nguyen.

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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.

Tom Umberg spoke at last meeting

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Senator Tom Umberg was the guest speaker at the October 16th Democratic Club meeting. He represents the 34th Senate District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Orange, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, and Westminster.  The Senator informed the group that the state of California now enjoys a surplus of funds, enabling the government to move forward with important legislation and projects.  He then outlined some priorities that lie ahead.

  • Mental health – 30% of those in Orange County jails need mental health treatment.
  • Climate change – Studying the effects of climate change on coastal erosion is vital.  A bill has been passed to initiate a study of this problem.  California State University Long Beach will shoulder responsibility for this endeavor.
  • Homeless housing – Umberg, himself, is responsible for the success of Senate bill 450 which passed and was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.  Simply, it streamlines the process for converting motels into supportive and transitional housing for the homeless. Most important, it provides exemption from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to expedite making rooms more livable for families, such as adding kitchenettes, for example.  It will facilitate creating housing at existing sites where families who are experiencing homelessness are already seeking shelter.  “Our communities need this transitional housing to come as soon as possible. Too many families are staying in these motels because they cannot pass a credit check to lease an apartment, and as a result, they end up paying more to reside in a motel,” said Umberg. “This will make extraordinary opportunities for our state’s cities, and for California families affected most by the homelessness epidemic. We must continue to support our local communities as they desperately work to implement life-changing efforts for those in need.”
  • Health care – California will continue to seek ways to make health care affordable for its citizens.
  • Environmental care – The current leadership is committed to creating high standards for clean air and water, as it has done for the past 50 years.

Senator Umberg also reminded everyone that citizens will vote by mail in 2020.  Voters will be able to mail the ballot, deposit it in one of many conveniently located drop boxes (TBD), or go to a voting center (also TBD).  There will not be polling places, as in the past.  Everyone will be able to vote as early as 11 days before the election.

Finally, the Senator encouraged everyone to answer the 2020 census and to be sure to get family, friends, and acquaintances to do so, as well.  He explained that the state loses $1800 in federal funding for every person who is NOT counted in the census.

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The November 20th meeting will include a pot-luck luncheon, followed by a presentation by Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen, who is the Democratic endorsed candidate for the 72nd assembly district.

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At the October 16th meeting of the Leisure World Democratic Club, members began a new endeavor called, “Ten Minutes for Action.”  Individuals wrote post cards to their state and federal government representatives regarding an important issue in our country.  The first one dealt with how the current administration is putting refugees’ lives at risk. Each month’s communication will address a new topic.

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In preparation for the Monday, October 28th Voter Awareness Series gathering dealing with addressing common sense gun legislation, club members are encouraged to read Thom Hartmann’s new book titled The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment.  It is available in paperback or Kindle from Amazon.  Do consider joining the group, even if you have not read the book.  An interesting discussion will ensue!

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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.

Pre-endorsement Conference

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On Oct. 5th, Democrats from throughout California gathered in regional meetings to cast their votes in the Party’s pre-endorsement conferences.  Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club delegates, voting in District 17, were instrumental in the selection of Garden Grove City Councilwoman Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen as the district’s endorsed candidate for California’s 72nd Assembly District in the upcoming March 2, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

Big changes are afoot in Orange County for voters in this primary election. For the first time, all voters – regardless of how they are registered – will receive mail-in ballots.  The county will also replace 1,200 traditional polling sites with 188 vote centers where people can cast ballots in person days before the election by filling out a printed paper ballot with a pen.  If that option is not convenient, voters also will be able to deliver their mail-in ballots at any of 110 steel drop boxes located around the county.

Those who prefer to vote at a machine may continue to do so, including individuals with disabilities. However, unlike in the past, people voting on machines now will receive a paper print-out of their ballot to cross-check their choices, and then they will turn it in, at which point a scanner will count it.  “I was not a fan of not having a paper trail,” said Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters. “So we are coming full circle. I think the country, in many jurisdictions, is doing exactly what we’re doing: going back to paper.” (Gerda, Nick. voiceofoc.org)

Similarly, checking in to vote centers will be a little new, too.  In the past, volunteers asked a voter for his or her name and address and then compared it against a paper printout of registered voters within the precinct. If the information matched the printed roll, the voter could sign in.  Now with the new system, the voter will be asked the same questions, but poll workers will use a digital tablet to verify the information.  The tablets will be digitally linked to the central voter registration database, which tracks when a voter casts a ballot and updates all of the other vote centers within minutes. This helps to ensure that each voter is casting only one ballot, according to Kelley. (voiceofoc.org)

Voters also will be able to cast a regular ballot at any of the 188 vote centers in Orange County, not just the one closest to their home.  Under the prior system, voters had to fill out paper provisional ballots when they showed up to vote at a different precinct from one closest to their home.  That caused a backlog with ballots that took weeks to count after Election Day. The new system will eliminate that problem and expedite tabulations.

In addition, a new state law lets people both register to vote on Election Day AND cast a ballot on the same day at any vote center. Previously, voters had to travel to the Registrar of Voters’ headquarters in Santa Ana to register, and then show up at their assigned polling location.  The new law will make it easier for citizens to vote.

The March 3 election will mark the first time Orange County voters will use new voting machines.  Mr. Kelley said that the current machines date from 2003, are at risk of failing, and have software that is no longer supported by Microsoft.  (voiceofoc.org)

Finally, the locations for voter centers and ballot drop boxes must be set by Dec. 6, 2019. Future articles will identify where Leisure World residents may find convenient locations.

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In preparation for the Monday, October 28th Voter Awareness Series gathering dealing with addressing common sense gun legislation, club members are encouraged to read Thom Hartmann’s new book titled The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment.  It is available in paperback or Kindle from Amazon.

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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.

Tom Umberg speaker at next meeting

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Readers are reminded that Senator Tom Umberg will be the addressing the SBLW Democratic Club’s next membership meeting on Wed., October 16th at 12:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  He will be speaking about the accomplishments of the recently ended 2019 session of the California State Legislature.  Visitors are welcome to attend.  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.

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On Sept. 23, SBLW Democratic Club Immediate Past President Mary Larson joined President Mary Tromp at the monthly meeting of the Democratic Orange County Central Committee.  In response from a question from Larson, the County Registrar of Voters clarified during the meeting about the procedure for No Preferred Party voters to participate in the March 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Election.  Look for more details in future issues of this paper.

During the meeting, the Central Committee, which is the governing body for the Democratic Party in Orange County (DPOC), also adopted new positions on several key issues.  The first resolution called for an end to the criminalization of those experiencing homelessness when there is a lack of alternative for shelter and to settle Housing is a Human Right Orange County v. County of Orange.  They also approved a measure requiring the Democratic Party of Orange County to choose socially responsible union Fair Hotels when organizing hotel events.

Most of the meeting was spent debating and finally passing a resolution calling for the reform of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).  ICE was created in 2003 through a merger of the investigation and interior enforcement elements of the former U.S. Customs Service and Immigration and Naturalization Service.  ICE now has more than 20,000 law enforcement and support personnel in more than 400 offices in the U.S. and around the world with an annual budget of approximately $6 billion.

For more information about The Democratic Party of Orange County, the majority party representing more than half a million registered Democratic voters in California’s third-largest county, visit www.ocdemocrats.org or call (714) 634-DEMS

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On Saturday, Sept. 28, SBLW Democratic Club members Kathy Moran, Peter Rosenwald, Jacquie Clarke, and Mary Larson joined members from other 48th Congressional District Democratic clubs at a gathering sponsored by our Congressman Harley Rouda.  All of the attendees were delegates to the Oct. 5th Candidate Pre-endorsing Conference and most of them will be voting members at the upcoming California Democratic Convention to be held on November 15-17 in Long Beach.  Rouda, who will be seeking re-election in 2020, shared some of what he had accomplished since taking office in January 2019.  Many of the over 400 bills and resolutions he has introduced and of interest to Leisure World residents include Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act,  Disability Integration Act of 2019, West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2019, California Clean Coast Act of 2019, and Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2019.  The bill titled Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 became public law on June 25, 2019.  Many others have passed the House and are awaiting consideration in the Senate.  For a full listing of Rouda’s accomplishments, go to https://www.congress.gov/member/harley-rouda

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On the evening of the same day (Sat. Sept. 28th), eleven SBLW Democratic Club members joined 1,000 other Orange County Democrats at the DPOC’s 25th Annual Harry S. Truman Awards Dinner. Speakers at the event were Rusty Hicks, Chair of the California Democratic Party; Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33); and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (AD-80).  The Party’s signature Truman Awards went to Orange County’s four freshman Congressional representatives:  Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Mike Levin (CA-49), Katie Porter (CA-45), and Harley Rouda (CA-48).

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In preparation for the Monday, October 28th Voter Awareness Series gathering dealing with addressing common sense gun legislation, club members are encouraged to read Thom Hartmann’s new book titled The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment.  It is available in paperback or Kindle from Amazon.

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Correction: Thu-Ha Nguyen’s name was misspelled as it appeared in last week’s paper.  As noted, she is the only Democratic candidate who has currently filed to run in the 72nd Assembly District against Republican incumbent Tyler Diep.  Born in Saigon five months after the city fell, Thu-Ha 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.

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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.

Council Woman to Run for Election in District 72

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CA 72nd Assembly District 2020 Democratic Candidate Thu-Ha Nguyen

On Saturday, Oct. 5th, ten elected representatives from our SBLW Club will join Democrats from around Region 17 at a pre-endorsement conference in the city of Orange. They will be voting to consider who to recommend for election to the California Assembly from District 72 during the 2020 presidential primary election. The only Democratic candidate who has currently filed to run against Republican incumbent Tyler Diep is Thu-Ha Nguyen.

Born in Saigon, Viet Nam, Diedre Tha-Ha Nguyen has been a resident of Garden Grove since 1995 and was elected to the city council there in 2016.  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.  She is a California licensed Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist and Clinical Cytogeneticist.  Nguyen works for the Hematology Oncology Department at Quest Diagnostics.

Ms. Nguyen is married and enjoys spending time with her three children.  In addition, she is active in her Garden Grove community, has a second degree Hapkido belt, and enjoys motorcycling with her husband.

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Tom Umberg will be the speaker at the next membership meeting on October 16th.  Senator Umberg has had an illustrious career in serving the citizens of Orange County as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as a member of the state assembly for three terms.  He now serves as State Senator.  Other notable experiences to his credit include being a retired U.S. Army Colonel, Deputy Drug Czar in President Clinton’s administration, and a small business owner.  He is married to his wife, a retired Brigadier General, has three adult children, and is a grandfather to one.

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In preparation for the Monday, October 28th Voter Awareness Series gathering dealing with addressing common sense gun legislation, members are encouraged to read Thom Hartmann’s new book titled The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment.  It is available in paperback or Kindle from Amazon for $10.

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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.

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.