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The Whole World is Watching

Dear Members and Supporters,      Growing up, I remember it was special when Culver City was in the news. It was even exciting to see our neighborhood in the background of CHIPs or some other program. Before Culver City became “The New Chelsea,” we were the forgotten sibling of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. Even Pasadena and the Valley had hit musical tributes,...

Culver Sicky

Some have asked for my thoughts about Mark Lipman’s piece published in this newsletter in January titled “The Cruelty Is the Point.” I’ve been reluctant to engage because Mr. Lipman is not the person making it illegal to sleep in a tent, or even a cardboard box, within the city limits of Culver City. But Club President Jeff Schwartz’s recent piece in this newsletter,...

ELEVATE THE 28!—State Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas is sworn in

Last month, the community celebrated the swearing in of a new State Senator to represent our diverse and dynamic District 28. Esteemed speakers from the LA Black Worker Center, the UCLA Labor Center, SEIU, and the Los Angeles Worker Center Network described Lola Smallwood-Cuevas...

School Safety & Security Update

Dear CCUSD Community, On behalf of the CCUSD Board of Trustees, I am writing today to address concerns from the community around school safety and security, particularly as it relates to student fights at CCMS and CCHS. We apologize to our families who are experiencing...

Stop Foreign Influence in California Elections with AB83

Assemblymember Alex Lee has re-introduced last year’s bill to Stop Foreign Influence in Elections. Now numbered AB83 (formerly AB1819). This bill seeks to prohibit foreign influenced corporations from contributing to candidates, parties, or committees or from engaging in their own direct election spending. You may...

Brave New Films Event – March 4

SAVE THE DATE!CULVER CITY DEMOCRATIC CLUB POP-UP FUNDRAISER!SATURDAY, MARCH 4 AT 7:00 PM VIRTUAL Screening of Brave New Films’ Documentary Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight To Vote Plus Q & A with Director/Producer Robert Greenwald The Culver City Democratic Club presents its next Pop-Up Fundraiser on Saturday, March...

Question Authority

Fellow Democrats, I can no longer say with certainty if I owned or wore a Question Authority button as a teen, but they were ubiquitous in my crowd. It was not until much later, when I became a librarian and an author, that I understood that...

Services Not Sweeps!

At the January 23rd rally we heard from people who have been actively engaged in outreach to unhoused people.  Olga Lexell challenged the Council Members to attend an actual sweep in person. She said “I think attending a sweep is really important because you have...

Nothing About Us Without Us

Rarely are the voices of those with lived experience heard in discussions of homelessness, and some unhoused persons are beginning to say that the housed should decide “nothing about us without us.” Some of those voices were heard at the January 23 rally in...

The Culver City Democratic Club Opposes the Criminalization of People Experiencing Homelessness

Culver City - The following resolution was adopted unanimously by themembers of the Culver City Democratic Club at their January 11 generalmeeting: Whereas this Club is on record supporting a Housing First approach, Whereas involuntary relocation, forced displacement, and contact with law enforcement (aka “sweeps”) have...

My New Year’s Resolution for 2023—Organize!

The December 12 swearing-in of our new Culver City Council was a disheartening evening with the City’s conservatives hooting and jeering while people were saying nice things about departing Council Member Alex Fisch, who had worked tirelessly to improve the City’s financial condition and...

Club Endorses the Forward 55 ADEMs Slate

At its December 14 General Meeting, the Culver City Democratic Club voted to endorse the Forward 55 slate of delegates to the California Democratic Party. Every member present voted in favor, except for one who abstained. Every two years, each State Assembly District elects fourteen...

CCDC Members Oppose Proposed Anti-Camping Ordinance

Bubba Fish Good evening Mayor Vera and Councilmembers, My name is Bubba Fish, I serve as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee on Housing & Homelessness. I am here not on behalf of the committee because the committee has not been consulted on this ordinance. I...

Election Wrap-Up: The Sequel

Fellow Democrats, Now that the final results of the November election have been certified, I have repeated the statistics I did for the March primary, comparing how our endorsed candidates did in Culver City compared to in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and the...

RIP P-22

Last month, we lost the much-loved puma known as P-22. In his impossible journey across two freeways, he stood as a symbol of resilience and won the hearts of Angelenos. In his long 13-year life, he inspired wonder and responsibility for urban wildlife. His...

The Cruelty is the Point

They certainly aren’t wasting any time with their cruelty. Take a look at the Jones Settlement. That came out when Los Angeles’ anti-camping ordinance was struck down as unconstitutional—and I believe it applies to the whole region. In brief, they can’t enforce the ordinance...

A Statement from Vote 16 Culver City After Losing Measure VY by Only 16 Votes

As the final ballots trickled in almost a month after election night, we would be lying if we said we weren’t disheartened by the sixteen-vote margin that ultimately denied Culver City’s youth the right to vote. But now, almost a month after the results...

What is ADEMs and why should you care?

“If you don’t like what the party is doing, you need to get more involved in theparty.”—Tom Camarella ADEMs—What is it? “Assembly District Election Meetings.” If you are a registered Democrat, you have the opportunity to elect the seven self-identified females and seven other people who...

Lame Ducks Can Still Quack

And when the dust of the November 8 election had settled, two things became clear: 1) the Blue Crew loses control of the House in January and 2) the House is still blue until then. Back in September, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told...

Election Wrap-Up

Fellow Democrats,      This is the last message of the year, of my second term, and of the midterm election season. I was hoping to repeat the analysis of the primary election results I published in August for the general election, to compare how our endorsed...

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