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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 this in return for the incredible convenience these companies offer. Many of us have also had the disturbing experience of getting...

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 Assembly appropriations committees hold scores of bills in “suspense”—preventing them from moving forward after the committee flags them as having...

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...

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...

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