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2024 General Election Endorsements

Vote-by-Mail ballots for the November 5, 2024 General Election will arrive the first week of October. Here are our recommendations. Every candidate listed was supported by at least 60% of the members who participated in the endorsement vote. The Club will make its Culver City School Board endorsements following its August meeting and vote on ballot measures following its September one. This page will...

Badass In Green awards presented in Culver City

On May 31 members of this Club were among the guests at California Environmental Voters’ annual Badass in Green awards, held at the Smog Shoppe in Culver City’s Arts District. The honorees were Microsoft Chief Sustainability Officer Melanie Nakagawa, who is in charge of their plan to become carbon negative by 2030. Also, Board Chair Ana Karen Estrada and  Co-founder/Finance Director Eric Warmoth from...

Why I am Supporting Yasmine, Nancy, and Bubba for City Council

I was very pleased to speak in support of endorsing Nancy Barba, Bubba Fish and Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin at the June meeting, and then vote for their endorsement.  These three individuals, each in their own way, represent progressive values that have been embraced by this...

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Busy

Culver City Democratic Club members get it done at the monthly Work > Worry Wednesday Wednesdays are a good day to save American democracy. On June 5, Culver City Democratic Club members Patrick Meighan and Amy Thiel hosted the third of their monthly "Work >...

We Just Won Our David vs. Goliath battle

Big Oil has officially withdrawn their deceitful initiative to overturn our law! That’s right: This initiative won’t be on the ballot in November. Our law is safe and will finally take effect. We just protected California neighborhoods from toxic oil drilling! Big Oil spent nearly $61...

Why the Sierra Club and I Proudly Endorse Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin

Dear Culver City Democrats, I’m writing  both as a former Culver City Mayor and as a National Board member of the Sierra Club which is so proud to endorse Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin for her incredible bold environmental leadership.  She made sure that our years of...

July Report of the Legislative Committee

Criminal Justice Reform/Reparations ACA  (Wilson) Ending slavery in California—would create a ballot measure to abolish slavery in any form. Currently, the California Constitution prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime. ACA 8 ACA 8 passed both houses and will appear on...

The Fall and Rise of the Two-Party System

Fellow Democrats, A few months ago I was in a book club on Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. One of the discussion questions was: what can we do to prevent the dystopian future she describes? Several members spoke on the need to get beyond...

Every Breath You Take

Fellow Democrats, Over the past couple of decades, we have accepted previously unimaginable levels of surveillance. Our “smart” TVs and streaming services track what we watch, Spotify and Apple know what songs you listen to, and eBook services log every click you make. We’ve accepted...

Report of the Legislative Committee

“In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, you need to accept finite disappointment but have infinite hope,” State Senator Steven Bradford told the public after several of his bills were among the hundreds held in appropriations this year. Each year, the all-powerful Senate and...

CADEM Progressive Caucus Chair Fatima Iqbal-Zubair’s Speech at the Progressive Caucus Meeting in San Diego

Good evening, fellow progressives!I stand before you today with a message that is not just urgent, but pivotal for our future. We are at a crossroads, and the decisions we make at this time will shape the path our state and nation take for...

Q & A about Culver City’s Budget

City budgeting is different from budgeting for a family, because the City Council has discretion over how to spend some of the city’s money, but not all of it. The General Fund pays for most of the city’s core functions. In Culver City, it...

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Busy

Mayday! Mayday! Democracy is at stake.  On May 1st, Culver City Democratic Club members Patrick Meighan and Amy Thiel hosted the second of their monthly "Work > Worry Wednesday" postcarding nights! Club members Eric Paesel, Bronwyn Jamrok, Jared and Rebecca Morgan, Leah Pressman, Donna Kent,...

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,...

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...

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