SMDC Meets on Healthcare Initiative

DATE: Wednesday July 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Mt Olive Lutheran Hall: 1343 14th ST. & Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica


Please join the SM Democratic Club for a discussion of the upcoming election Healthcare Initiatives.

Executive Board members, Dr. Sion Roy and Genise Schnitman will discuss changing the malpractice cap and giving Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones the authority to regulate insurance premiums prices – fundamental aspects of the Healthcare system.

Also, club members’ recommendations for future projects/priorities of the Santa Monica Democratic Club will be discussed. We want to hear from you!

Public Invited, light refreshments, free parking, no charge.


SM Democratic Club Endorsements

On April 23, 2014 the Santa Monica Democratic Club proudly endorsed the following candidates for the June 3rd election.

Derek Cressman for Secretary of State
Sheila Kuehl for County Supervisor

We also endorsed Jerry Brown for Governor, Gavin Newsom for Lt. Governor, Kamala Harris for Attorney General, John Chiang for Treasurer, Dave Jones for Insurance Commissioner, and Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

In a field of 7 candidates, there was no consensus for a Congressional candidate. 60% is required for endorsement.

We hope to see you on May 14 in the Main Library at 6:30pm where there will be endorsements for Controller, State Senator, and Assembly.

April 23 Endorsement Meeting


Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Santa Monica Main Library Community Room – 2nd Floor
601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica

Members of the Santa Monica Democratic Club will vote to endorse candidates for the June 3rd Primary Election.

The club will bestow its critical endorsement on candidates for Congress (33rd District), LA County Supervisor (3rd District), Secretary of State, Governor , Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, Board of Equalization, and Secretary of Education

Office seekers attending:
Congress: Wendy Greuel, Kristie Holmes, David Kanuth, Ted Lieu, Matt Miller, Barbara Mulvaney, Zein Obagi
LA County Supervisor: Pamela Conley-Ulich, John Duran, Sheila Kuehl
Secretary of State: Derek Cressman

The public is invited, however, only club members may vote (renewals accepted at the door or online at

no charge, open to the public, light refreshments, underground parking, on the Big Blue Bus line

Candidates for State Senator (26th District), Assembly (50th District), and Controller will be endorsed at our May 14 meeting.


Planning Priorities for Downtown Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Democratic Club sent the following letter to the City Council urging support for amending the planning priorities for downtown Santa Monica.



DRONES ABROAD AND SPYING AT HOME: What’s Happening to Our Democracy

SteveRohdeSteve Rohde will speak on “DRONES ABROAD AND SPYING AT HOME:  What’s Happening to Our Democracy?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 7-9pm
Multipurpose room (2nd floor) of the Main Library on 6th St. & Santa Monica Blvd.
Enter parking garage on 7th St.

With the stunning revelations over the last couple of weeks of widespread NSA spying on Americans, the June 26th general membership meeting of the Santa Monica Democratic Club will be more timely and urgent than we could have imagined back when we invited the civil liberties champion Stephen Rohde to be our guest speaker.

Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and the current head of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, will address “Drones Abroad and Spying At Home” and will take audience questions on what’s happening to our democracy at a time when we are learning that every major phone carrier has evidently complied with government orders to turn over logs of all phone calls made to, from, and within the country over the past seven years, and that vast, comprehensive troves of information about internet activity have also been monitored by the government.

Join us for an eye-opening and provocative discussion, and feel free to invite friends:  Like all our monthly membership meetings, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, and the general public is welcome. 

We hope to see you there.

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. He is the Chair the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, a founder and current Vice-Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Vice Chair of Bend the Arc, a Jewish Partnership for Justice and a Vice President of Death Penalty Focus.  Mr. Rohde is the author of American Words of Freedom, which explores the origins, history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. His most recent book is Freedom of Assembly, which is part of the American Rights Series. He is also co-author of Foundations of Freedom published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and has written numerous articles and book reviews on civil liberties and constitutional history.