All March meetings cancelled because of COVID-19

During their Tuesday, March 9th meeting, the SBLW Democratic Club Board voted unanimously to cancel all of the Club’s previously scheduled March gatherings because of their concerns relating to the spreading coronavirus.  This included canceling the March 23rd Voter Awareness Session and the March 25th “Lunch Bunch”.

The program originally scheduled for the Club’s March 18th membership meeting which would have featured Congressman Harley Rouda’s Campaign Manager Alyssa Napuri has been tentatively rescheduled for Wed. April 15th.   Napuri, who grew up in Orange County, worked with the California Democratic Party during the 2018 cycle as an organizer for three targeted congressional districts in Orange County, the 39th, the 45th, and Rouda’s 48th.   She become Rouda’s field director for the 48th as that year’s general election approached.    In the latter position, she managed a fleet of volunteers that grew to 8,000 who, among other things, knocked on an average of 98 doors per minute. Rouda has lauded the job she did for his 2018 campaign and has called her the right person to spearhead his 2020 reelection bid.  Club members are looking forward to hearing from Alyssa.

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All registered Democrats are reminded that on Sunday, April 19th they will have the opportunity to vote in post-primary caucuses for delegates to the Democratic National Convention taking place in Milwaukee, WI on July 13-16.  Voting will be by ballot, with space for each eligible voter to vote for all of the five delegate candidate positions allocated to our 48th Congressional District.  Location for the caucus will be decided no later than March 30.

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Readers should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com for more information about ways they can be involved in getting prepared for the Nov. General Election, regardless of when regular Club meetings are resumed.

Convention Delegate Voting

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The Primary Election may be over, but California Democrats are not done voting.  On Sunday, April 19th, all registered Democrats will have the opportunity to vote in post-primary caucuses for delegates to the Democratic National Convention taking place in Milwaukee, WI on July 13-16.

Specifically, Leisure World Democrats who choose to do so will be voting for their choices among candidates vying for five convention delegate positions allotted to our 48th Congressional District.   This allocation was made using a formula giving equal weight to total population and to the average vote for the Democratic candidates in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

Location for the 48th Congressional District caucus will be decided no later than March 30.  Voting will be by ballot, with space for each eligible voter to vote for all of the five delegate candidate positions allocated to our District.

According to Party rules, all district-level delegate candidates running for election in these caucuses are pledged to a specific presidential candidate. After the caucus is over and the votes are counted, the actual number of delegates awarded to each presidential candidate will depend on the share of the Democratic vote received by that candidate within the 48th CD in the March 3, 2020 Primary.

It is also not too late for any Democrat who wants to run as a candidate to be elected as a district-level delegate.  The deadline for filing is March 20.  Candidates may obtain the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms and filing instructions from the California Democratic Party Headquarters, in person, by mail, or from https://cadem.org/our-party/national-convention.

There are three other ways that delegates will be chosen to represent California at the Democratic National Convention.  The delegation will include 54 Unpledged Party leaders and elected officials, 54 pledged Party leaders and elected officials and 90 At-large members.

For more information about the Convention and other related matters, LW Democrats and their supporters are invited to attend the Club’s March 23rd Voter Awareness Session.  Due to space limitations, reservations are required by email (address below) or phone @ 562-296-8521.

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Readers should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com to learn 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 participate in all of the club’s activities, including the monthly “Lunch Bunch” that meets at 11:00 a.m. on the 4th Wed. of every month at Denny’s on Westminster.

Proposition 13 explained

Meeting on Wed., Feb. 11th, the SBLW Democratic Club board voted to continue their outreach to Leisure World voters with information relating to the March 3rd Presidential Primary Election.  Members have already begun this effort by contacting their neighbors to offer assistance and to answer questions they might have about the ballots.  Any voter who still has questions, wants help with their ballot or assistance in delivering it to a vote center should call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898 or Mary Larson at 562-296-8521.

Of special concern to the club’s leadership is the confusion being spread through social media outlets such as the popular “Next Door Leisure World” about Proposition 13 on the Primary ballot. The March 2020 Proposition 13 has nothing to do with the landmark 1978 measure of the same number 13 that put limits on California’s real estate tax rate, making them some of the lowest in the country for both residential and commercial property.

While it is true that the 1978 Proposition 13 could be partly undone in 2020, that issue will not come before California voters (if at all) until the November General Election.  This proposed initiative, which has not yet received sufficient signatures to qualify for the November ballot, would undo property tax caps for certain commercial and industrial properties but would not affect residential properties.  As of the last official reporting date of December 6th, this proposed ballot measure had received only 25% of the 997,139 signatures needed before the deadline of April 14, 2020 in order to qualify for the Nov. ballot.

The Proposition 13 that is on the Primary ballot asks voters to decide whether or not to allow the state to issue bonds for financing school infrastructure.  This proposition was placed on the March 3rd ballot by a nearly unanimous Sept. 2019 vote of the members of the California legislature, including the vote of Leisure World’s 72nd Assembly District representative, Tyler Diep.  The vote on the enabling legislation (AB 48) which placed this Prop. 13(2020) on the March ballot was 78 to 1 in the Assembly and 35 to 7 in the Senate.

This March ballot Proposition 13 dealing with school bonds, if passed by the voters, will place special emphasis on helping small districts and low income, low property wealth districts.  It will also give priority to districts with the most pressing needed upgrades to their facilities, such as removing lead in water and reducing seismic hazards.

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Readers should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com to learn 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 participate in the club’s activities.

Central Committee Candidates

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On Wednesday Feb. 19th at 12:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Leisure World Democratic Club members will host several of the candidates running for election to the Party’s Orange County Central Committee.  Leisure World Democrats will be able to vote for up to six candidates to represent our 72nd Assembly District on this committee which is the governing body of the Orange County Democratic Party.  Under the leadership of its chair, Ada Briceño, the committee conducts the Party’s general business, approves its budget, coordinates campaign activity, and endorses candidates for local offices throughout the county.  A list of the club’s endorsed candidates, along with information about each one, can be found on the club’s website in the January newsletter.

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On February 1st, Club President Mary Tromp and Congressman Harley Rhoda joined other Democrats from throughout the County in attending the kickoff celebration for the opening of the State Party’s campaign office located at 18700 Main Street, units 201 & 209 in Huntington Beach.  For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Mary at (562) 412-0898.

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The Democratic Party of Orange County and the LW Democratic Club leadership has taken a position in opposition to County Measure A on the Primary Election 2020 Ballot.  This proposition would require a yes vote of at least four of the five members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors (a 2/3 vote rather than a majority) to propose taxes to voters for approval.  Voters are also reminded that the Democratic Club has joined organizations such as the League of Women Voters in supporting Proposition 13, the School and College Facilities Bond which has nothing to do with the landmark measure of the same number 13 passed four decades ago.

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All LW votes should by now have received their California and Orange County’s official voter information guides, as well as their vote by mail ballots.  In addition, Democratic and No Preferred Party votes have all received letters from the SBLW Democratic Club designed to help further clarify changes relating to the upcoming election as well as to list the club’s endorsed candidates.  Voters who still have questions, want help with their ballot or assistance in delivering it to a vote center should call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898 or Mary Larson at 562-296-8521.

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Readers should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com to learn 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 participate in the club’s activities.

Members Gear up for Primary

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Orange County’s official voter information guides as well as vote by mail ballots are now on the way – or have already been delivered – to 6,250 registered voters in Leisure World.  In addition, the SBLW Democratic club has sent letters to all of LW’s Democratic and No Preferred Party registered voters.   These letters have been designed to help further clarify changes relating to the upcoming election as well as to list the club’s endorsed candidates.

The club’s board has recently raised a new concern about the confusion surrounding a March 3rd Primary Ballot bond initiative which they are also supporting.  Lawmakers, Democrat and Republican, overwhelmingly voted to put this measure titled Proposition 13, the School and College Facilities Bond on the ballot.  They have stressed California’s urgent need to modernize its facilities.  This Primary ballot issue has nothing to do with the landmark measure of the same number 13 passed four decades ago.

Unfortunately, this Primary Ballot bond issue is often being confused with the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020, also known as the “split-roll” measure which is still gathering signatures to qualify for the General Election 2020 ballot.  If approved by voters next November, this measure would hike taxes on factories, stores and other commercial and industrial real estate by requiring they pay property tax based on current market value rather than the value of the property when it was purchased.

The Democratic Club has also been spending time stressing the importance of voting in this March 3rd Primary.  As an example, they have pointed out that 160 more votes from Leisure World residents in the 2018 Primary could very well have resulted in a different outcome in that year’s ensuing General Election 72nd Congressional District race.

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The California Democratic Party has opened a campaign office in Huntington Beach.  For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Club President Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898.

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Any registered Democrat can run to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.   March 3rd is the deadline for filing for the April 19th caucus during which delegate from the 72nd AD will be selected.  For more information, call 562-296-8521 or go to the Club’s website (address below).

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Plans are underway for hosting a LW Townhall in September to which all voters, regardless of party, will be invited to come hear from their congressman, Harley Rouda.

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Readers should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com to learn 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 participate in the club’s activities.

Preparing for Primary Election

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The LW Democratic Club has been busily preparing for the March 3rd Primary Election.  Their goal has been twofold.  They have been writing letters designed to reach every Democratic and No Preferred Party potential voter in Leisure World early next month.  These letters will address changes in how the voting will take place as well as stress the importance of voting in this primary.  In addition, the Club’s meetings have featured presentations by their endorsed candidates, Congressman Harley Rouda and Garden Grove City Councilwoman Diedre Nguyen who is running to replace Republican Tyler Diep in the California State Assembly.  In the middle of all this activity, several members joined Congressman Rouda in attending the Women’s March 2020.

Interested voters are also encouraged to attend the Club’s next membership meeting on Wed., Feb. 19th in Club house 4 at 12:00 p.m.  The program will feature presentations by several of the Club’s Primary Election endorsed candidates for positions on the Orange County Central Committee.  This committee is the governing body of the County’s Democratic Party.  Despite its importance, the work of this committee is not well known by most voters.  The Central Committee is responsible for the Party’s endorsement of candidates for local offices such as members of city councils and school board, as well as for coordinating campaign activity throughout the County.  LW Democratic Club’s president Mary Tromp is running for one of the six 72nd Assembly District open seats on the committee.

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The California Democratic Party has announced that they will be opening a campaign office in Huntington Beach.  Several candidates running for office will be in attendance at the formal opening on Feb. 1st to which all Democrats are invited.  For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Club President Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898.

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The next important election in which all Leisure World Democrats can take part will be on Sunday, April 19th.  On that date, voters will caucus in their individual Assembly district to select delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, WI. on July 13-16.  Any registered Democrat can run to be a delegate but the deadline for filing is March 3rd.  For more information, call 562-296-8521 or go to the Club’s website (address below).

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Plans are also underway for hosting a Leisure World Townhall in September during which all voters, regardless of party, will be invited to hear from their congressman, Harley Rouda.

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Readers should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com to learn 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 participate.

Proposition 13

The LW Democratic Club board has announced their support for Proposition 13 which will be on the March 3rd Primary ballot.  This measure, originally passed as AB 48 by the 2019 California legislature, would supplement local bond funds for California’s schools and colleges.  It prioritizes aid to districts with lower local resources and greater need.  It should be noted that both members of the legislature representing Leisure World, Democrat Tom Umberg and Republican Tyler Diep, voted for AB 48.

In their support of Proposition 13, the California League of Women Voters has pointed out that public education is of fundamental interest to California and is a state constitutional guarantee.  They emphasize that a safe, secure, and modern learning environment can be a powerful foundation for a child’s education.  However, California’s schools are aging and need critical upgrades to meet current health and safety standards. LW’s Democratic Club agrees with the League that chronic underfunding has left most public-school communities unable to adequately address their needs, increasing the danger of greater disparities among them.

More information about Proposition 13 can be found on the internet at https://calmatters.org/projects/california-2020-primary-proposition-13-school-facilities-election-voter-guide/

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SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran has announced additional “Letter Writing Parties” for January 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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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.

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.