Local Election Results

Democrats congratulate Leisure World voters on an amazing turnout for the November 8th election!  The official Orange County Registrar’s records as of November 23rd indicate that 84% of Leisure World voters cast a ballot!  In what must be a new record, special credit needs to go to the residents of precinct one located primarily in Mutual 9 where 98.08% of the 341 registered voters participated in the election. Overall, there were 12,452 people who cast a ballot in the city of Seal Beach, with 4,411 of those votes going to Clinton for president and 4,037 going to Trump.


New “Action Group” Forms Within Club!

In the last meeting of the year, SBLW Democratic Club members overwhelmingly supported a proposal to augment their efforts by sponsoring what is initially being called an “Action Group.” Designed to allow time for reflecting on the recent election and promoting a progressive agenda, the group will meet frequently in the coming weeks beginning on Tuesday, November 29 at 11:30.   All interested Leisure World Democrats are welcome.  Reservations are required: please call Laura Wilson at 760-6660. 

Club members also warmly welcomed Shakeel Syed, the new executive director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), as the guest speaker at their Nov. meeting.  In response to the Club’s request, Shakeel addressed a variety of concerns being articulated by Southern California Muslims as well as those coming from within the Orange County immigrant community that his organization serves.  Members appreciated his ability to address issues on a personal level as well as in a global way.  A question & answer session followed during which he helped explain Sharia law.  The Club’s Board of Directors will be discussing ways to support the work of OCCORD.

Shelly Haggerty, Club member as well as a vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC), reported that Orange County is turning blue; that the Nov. election was the first time since the Great Depression that a Democratic presidential candidate had won Orange County!  She also noted that Representative Alan Lowenthal was reelected to the US House of Representatives with majorities not only in LA, but also in Orange County.   However, there remain important local races within the county in which Democratic voters are not turning out to vote in large numbers so activists have plenty of work ahead.  She welcomed Club members to become more involved by running for a spot on the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee, the governing body of the County Democratic Party.  Anyone interested should contact the Democratic Party of Orange County and tell them Shelly sent them!

The next meeting of the SBLW Democratic Club will be on Tuesday, January 17 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:00 p.m.   All those interested in joining the Club should contact President Mary Larson at 296-8521 for more information.

Democratic Party Endorsements

Please note:  The Republican Club in Leisure World published an ad in The News on October 28, 2016 to attack Hillary.  It was not factually based.  We have posted our response on a special page that you can find by navigating from the menu.  We hope you will visit.

Democratic Party Endorsements:


President/Vice President         Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine


U.S. Senate                                   Kamala Harris


Congressional District 48         Dr. Sue Savary


Assembly District 72                  Lenore Albert-Sheridan


Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Education          Karen Russell


Coast Community College, Trustee District Area 3     Lorraine Prinsky


Coast Community College, Trustee District Area 2        Jerry Patterson

Coast Community College, Trustee District Area 4              Dr. Jonathan Bao Huynh

Email: UCLAJon@yahoo.com


We will discuss the Propositions at our upcoming meetings on September 20th & October 18th in Clubhouse 4 at 1:00 p.m.

Prop 51–YES

K through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016


Prop 52—YES

The Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act


Prop 53—NO

Stop Right Wing Millionaire’s Attack on Local Control and Infrastructure


 Prop 54—NO

Legislature, Legislation and Proceedings


Prop 55—Yes

Tax Extension to Fund Children’s Education and Healthcare


Prop 56—Yes

Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement


Prop 57—Yes

The Public Safety and Rehabilitative Act


Prop 58—Yes

The LEARN Initiative (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now!)


Prop 59—Yes

Overturn Citizens United


Prop 60—NO

Adult Films, Condoms, Health Requirements

Prop 61—No Official Position


Prop 62—Yes

State Prescription Drug Purchases, Pricing Standards


Prop 63—Yes

Safety for All Act


Prop 64—Yes

Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act


Prop 65—No Official Position



Prop 66—No

Death Penalty Procedures


Prop 67—Yes

Plastic Bag Ban



Kamala Harris & Loretta Sanchez Senatorial Campaigns to Present at Upcoming Meeting

Representatives from both the Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez Senatorial campaigns will be presenting at the upcoming Democratic Club meeting on August 16 at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.   For the first time in over a century, there will be no Republican spot on the fall ballot for the U.S. Senatorial race.  Join us for our August meeting and learn more about these two Democratic candidates!  Club members are also invited to be part of the Club’s “Bring Your Own Lunch Facilitated Discussions” beginning at 12:15.

Come watch the first presidential debate with us!  Leisure World Democrats are invited to join us for our debate watching party and potluck on September 26 at 5:30 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2!   Come watch Hillary in action while relaxing with friends over dinner!  We will share more details on this exciting event soon.

We hope that Democrats will not only vote for Hillary Clinton when they go to the polls in November, but that they vote all the way down the ticket on local elections and propositions.  The SBLW Democratic Club will be reviewing the propositions on September 20th in Clubhouse 4 at the Club’s monthly meeting as well as delivering door hangers with voting recommendations to LW Democratic residents as the election approaches. 

Are you fired up about this election?  Want to get involved with the Democratic Club or work on getting out the vote? We will soon be staffing a campaign office, making phone calls, handling mail outs and walking precincts. Call or email Club president Mary Larson at 562-296-8521; lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com. 

Democratic Club to Honor Dr. Suzanne Savary at Annual Dinner


All interested Leisure World residents are invited to join the Democratic Club in honoring Dr. Suzanne Savary as the featured speaker at our Saturday, July 9th Annual Dinner at 6:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.   Dr. Savary is our California Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Congress, running to replace Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher as our representative from the 48th District.

Dr. Savary, as one of the leading progressive voices in Orange County, is a champion for women’s access to reproductive health, tolerance and pay equality.  Her environmental goals for our county are to repair crumbling sea walls, provide for the safety of nuclear waste from San Onofre and to work for collaboration on desalination development.   She comes from a long line of political activists.  Her great uncle, a former chief justice of the New York State Supreme Court, fought organized crime in the ’30s and ’40s. Her father fought with the Third Marine Division in Iwo Jima. Her uncle helped Bobby Kennedy write the RICO laws that toppled modern organized crime.

Sue is a retired University of Southern California Associate Professor, where she taught management and communications in the Marshall School of Business.  As CEO of her own Management Consulting Firm since 1979, she has helped clients, ranging from Fortune 20 companies to small biotech firms, grow their businesses by teaching managers and executives how to create a high performance environment – exactly the skills that are most needed in Congress today.

Tickets for the Annual Dinner are $25 and can be paid for at the door but they must be reserved in advance by calling Laura Wilson at 562-760-6660 by July 5th.   Those preferring wine with their dinner may bring their own selection.  Purple Hillary mini tote bags and mint tins will be available for a modest donation.

It has been an especially critical year in the world of politics, and funds raised at the dinner will be used to support candidates, important causes, and programs that encourage Leisure World residents to vote in November!  We hope to see you there!


Musical Theater Performer Michelle Akeley to Entertain at Annual Dinner

Marys granddaughter

Leisure World Democrats should prepare to be dazzled!  Michelle Akeley will be the featured entertainer for our upcoming Annual Dinner on July 9th at 6:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  A Southern California based Musical Theater performer and educator, Michelle is a graduate of the highly esteemed UCLA Ray Bolger Musical Theater program and the Pilates Institute of Southern California.  Michelle has been producing, acting and teaching ever since graduation and is grateful to be working full time in a career she loves!  Past shows include Judy in White Christmas, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Tess in Crazy for You, Singin’ In the Rain, West Side Story, Chicago & Into the Woods.  She is the granddaughter of the SBLW Democratic Club president, Mary Larson.  Please note that the dinner location has changed from Clubhouse 2 to Clubhouse 4.  Dinner costs $25.00.   Contact Laura Wilson at 562-760-6660 for information or reservations.


The Road Ahead to November


“The Road Ahead to November” will be the topic at the Leisure World Democratic Club’s monthly meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, in Clubhouse 3 (Room 2).

We are delighted to host Shelly Haggerty, the Democratic Party of Orange County’s Vice-Chair (West Orange County) as our featured speaker.  Shelly has worked in politics for over a decade, starting out with the Kerry ’04 presidential campaign’s national advance team.  She has also worked on issue and candidate campaigns at the local, state, and national level, helping communities advocate for themselves through the use of various forms of media.

Shelly has served on the Democratic Club of West Orange County’s Board since 2011 and has been part of the Central Committee since 2013.

Shelly lives in Leisure World.  She volunteers for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), mentoring and advocating for children in the foster care system. Shelly has an adorable Miniature Pinscher named Norma Rae, whose favorite pastime is attending political events.