October Meeting – Housing & Homelessness 10/25/17

For years, the region has been gripped by a full-fledged housing crisis with a severe lack of affordable housing for middle- and working-class families. The median cost of a house in Los Angeles County is $500,000, twice the national average, and in Santa Monica it is even worse at $1.4 million.  As more residents are unable to afford to continue to live in their home communities, we have seen a severe uptick in Ellis Act evictions. This, in turn, has lead to a large increase in the homeless population (a 23% increase in LA County since last year).

Because this issue affects us in so many different ways, organizers have convened a group of local officials to discuss the impact of the housing crisis at the city, county, and statewide levels:
– Richard Bloom, Member of the California Assembly, 50th District
– Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 3rd District
– Rick Cole, City Manager of Santa Monica
– Kenneth Semko, Interim Chief, Santa Monica Police Department

Assemblymember Bloom and Supervisor Kuehl will join them first, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., to discuss these issues from a statewide and countywide perspective. City Manager Cole and Chief Semko will take the stage from 8 – 9 p.m. to discuss these issues as they pertain specifically to Santa Monica.
An opportunity for Q&A will follow each pair of speakers.
For first time and new members, the Executive Board of the club will be available from 6 – 6:30 p.m. for an informal meet and greet. The main program will start at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking available. Handicap accessible. Please note the early start time in order to accommodate our speakers’ schedules.

September Membership Meeting 9/28/17

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 7pm – 9pm
McKinley Elementary School cafeteria (special location!)
2401 Santa Monica Blvd., 90404

In honor of Back to School month, we are hosting a meeting devoted entirely to the future of Pre-K-through-12 education in California.
Our panel of guests will include:
– Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
– Ilene Straus, Vice President, State Board of Education and Former Principal, Santa Monica High School
– Marshall Tuck, 2018 Candidate, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Former CEO, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

For first time and new members, the Executive Board of the club will be available from 6:30-7:00 for an informal meet and greet. The main program will start at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking available. Handicap accessible.

Club Social Gathering – Monday 9/18/17

Regroup, Rethink, Refresh!

We’re having an evening drop-in social for members and friends to offer a time to gather, as we did in the days after the election, for time with compatible comrades. We’ll share stories on where we’ve been in The Resistance, where we are now in The Overcoming and our visions for The Rebuilding that will have to happen when we can undo the damage of the Trump apocalypse and advance the American dream and values.

We’re gathering at Vito’s Pizza for food, drink and socializing:

Monday, September 18, from 6 to 9 pm

Vito’s Pizza

2455 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Drop in when you can.  Vito’s offers pizza and tasty Italian food, with a full bar.  Enjoy the art display from the owner’s own collection.  There’s parking in back and plenty on the street, where meters go off after 6 pm, and the facility is ADA compliant.

Picnic w/Ted Lieu & SM Democrats – Sunday August 6

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Place: Tongva Park outdoor amphitheater
1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Please join the Santa Monica Democratic Club this Sunday afternoon for a picnic with US Representative Ted Lieu, along with your fellow Democrats and club members!

Rep. Lieu has been on the front lines of the fight with President Trump and the Republicans in Congress, and he is excited to report back on the latest with healthcare repeal, the Russia investigation, and other pressing issues. Most importantly, he will address how Democrats can take back the House in 2018… and what Santa Monica Democratic Club in particular can do to help!

Join us for a potluck-style picnic. Bring some food to share if you’re so inclined. We will have watermelon, drinks, and more snacks available!

Just an 8-minute walk from the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Station, and plenty of nearby parking. We recommend the Civic Center parking lot, entrance on 4th Street.

Our picnic will be at the outdoor amphitheater at Tongva Park as pictured here:

The amphitheater is located in the field where “Tongva Park” is written on this map, near the park entrance at Colorado & Ocean Ave.

• www.santamonicademocrats.com • 215.962.4357

Meet Senator Kevin de Leon on Thursday, July 20th

We are excited to announce that Senator Kevin De León, the President Pro Tempore of the California Senate, will be our featured guest on July 20, 2017 for a discussion on the important topic of immigration.

Senator De León is the author of SB 54, which ensures that no state or local resources are diverted to assist the federal government to carry out mass deportations and that our schools, our hospitals, and our courthouses remain as safe spaces for everyone in our community.

“California will not become a cog in the Trump deportation machine,” De León said. “This is not a monarchy, and I know he fancies himself as a king, but this is a republic.”  “[Trump’s executive actions] are counterproductive. They are divisive and unnecessary. They won’t make us safer. They wont bring back jobs. They won’t solve our economic challenges.”

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: Doors open @ 6:30pm, Program starts @ 7:00pm
Place: Santa Monica Main Library MLK Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica