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May Endorsements – Candidate Visits

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May Endorsements – Candidate Background Briefing

At our last meeting Club members decided that the Los Angeles City Council runoffs in November were important enough that we should vote on endorsements. At our Club meeting on May 8 we will consider endorsement in three Los Angeles City Council Districts (2, 10, and 14) and two Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge races (135 and 137). LAist compiled a useful guide...

The Fight Against Oil Drilling Near Homes and Schools

“My fight was to work in coalition and do the impossible ” said Meghan Sahli-Wells as oil pump jacks bobbed relentlessly in the hills behind her.  The former Mayor, now National Sierra Club Board Secretary, addressed a group of Sierra Club members and environmental activists...

April Report of the Legislative Committee

At the April meeting of the Culver City Democratic Club, the membership voted to endorse the following bills: AB 2684 (Bryan) Safety Element-Extreme Heat—requires local jurisdictions to address extreme heat in the safety element of their general plans or local hazard mitigation plans. Assemblyman Bryan explains: “Our cities,...

Commissions and Omissions

Fellow Democrats, After writing last month’s column on how Culver City’s Historical Context Study diluted and suppressed information on the city’s history of systemic racial discrimination and protected the people responsible for particularly offensive acts, it occurred to me to put that study and my...

No Drilling Where We’re Living

In 2022, our Club voted to endorse State Senator Lena Gonzalez's SB1137 which prohibited drilling for oil within 3200 feet of where we eat, sleep and play. As soon as it was signed into law, the oil companies spent 30 million dollars in 90...

March 2024 Primary Election Wrap-Up

I encourage you to listen to the election wrap-up episode of Mike Bonin’s What Next, LA? podcast for a detailed discussion of every major race in the region. My analysis here will focus mostly on Culver City. The top story for LA is that, despite...

From the Assembly Floor to Your Front Door

Fresh off his commanding electoral victory in the March primary, where he garnered 84% of the vote, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan spoke to a packed auditorium at New Earth’s headquarters in West Los Angeles for a town hall and a legislative update on Monday night,...

Legislative Report

At the March 13 meeting of the Culver City Democratic Club, the legislative committee presented thirteen bills. During the meeting, Paula Amezola moved that we add one other bill from Lola Smallwood Cuevas—SB 1338. Membership voted unanimously to include SB 1338 on our consent calendar and...

Delegates Unanimously Pass Historic Permanent Ceasefire Resolution at Los Angeles County Central Committee

On March 13, Los Angeles County Central Committee passed a historic resolution unanimously, calling for a permanent ceasefire. The text appears below. This is particularly impactful as this county central committee is the largest in the state and nation, and authors from different sides...

Context or Coverup?

Fellow Democrats, At their June 17, 2021 meeting, the Culver City Council passed a resolution apologizing for the City’s history of racial discrimination and committing to explore reparations. The vote was 3-2, with Yasmine-Imani McMorrin, Daniel Lee, and Alex Fisch in the majority and Albert...

Bills We Endorsed in the California Legislature

At our February meeting, the Club voted to endorse the following bills and the legislative committee will submit letters in support as they make their way through the legislative process to various committees. AB 1810 (Isaac Bryan, Tina McKinnor, and Mia Bonta)—Menstrual Products in Prisons. Currently...

Why I Support George Gascón for DA

I am grateful to represent Culver City. grateful to be your Congressperson, and grateful to have the opportunity to continue to support George. I supported him when he ran the first time and I’m supporting him now. George and his family immigrated from Cuba. He...

The Case for Letting 16-Year-Olds Vote in Culver City Elections

In 2022, just 16 voters decided the future of youth enfranchisement in our city. At Vote16, our measure to expand the voting age received 49.95% of the citywide vote and more “YES”s than any city council candidate that year. The 16-vote margin, along with...

Our Culver Launches Community Outreach

Prioritizing a truly progressive agenda in Culver City is only possible when residents are informed and educated on local policy choices. That's especially true now that big money donors have waded into local politics to prioritize their economic interests over our communities' needs.  Culver City...

The Real Estate Empire Strikes Back

Fellow Democrats,      Our March program will be former LA City Council Member Mike Bonin discussing the article he co-wrote with Occidental College professor Peter Dreier for the February 12 issue of The Nation, entitled “LA’s Corporate Class Wants to Reverse Progressive Gains.” I encourage you...

Meet the Press!

Local journalists Brett Callwood (Culver City News/LA Weekly), Todd Flora (Westside Voice), and Judith Martin-Straw (Culver City Crossroads) discussed their work at our February 14, 2024 meeting. Writer Christian May-Suzuki, formerly of the Culver City News, now with Westside Voice) joined them during the...

Our Culver: Building Grassroots Power

Building grassroots power is essential to making Culver City a more welcoming, equitable and inclusive community. To accomplish this, a group of long term and new community activists are taking action through Our Culver. We invite you to join us.  We have a lot to...

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