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★ANNOUNCEMENTS ★ CALENDAR OF EVENTS > March 8 thru June 2013 etc.... ★ MESSAGE: PDA &DFA Working Group ★ MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFO

From: Carol C.
Sent on: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:25 AM


I.   ★ ★ ★ANNOUNCEMENTS ★ ★ ★

 

★ IMPORTANT! ★ Becoming a Union Organizer! Apply to APALA/AFL-CIO Organizing  Institute Training! The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute has teamed up with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) to hold an AFL-CIO Organizing Institute 3-Day Training.  The training will take place in Orange County, CA *WHEN: April 12 - 14, 2013. This training is designed for activists of Asian descent who are interested in building power for working people.   The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute (OI) was created in the fall of 1989 to promote and foster union organizing.  Since then, the OI developed into a highly selective program to recruit and train a new generation of union organizers and has trained thousands of members and other activists who are committed to building power for working people all across this country.  The OI provides an intensive classroom and PAID field training program for participants looking to become union organizers.   Trainees who successfully complete the field training program are recommended by the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute to be hired by local and national unions.  Annual starting salaries range from $35,000-$40,000 with excellent benefits.   We ask that you get this to information out to activists (volunteers, interns and former students) you think would be interested in a career in union organizing and encourage them to apply.   For more information and to apply, please visit www.aflcio.org/oi.  The deadline to apply to the APALA/OI training is Friday, March 29, 2013. Should you have any questions, please contact me at [address removed]. In Unity and Strength, Patrick Scott, Deputy Director AFL-CIO Organizing Institute:  www.aflcio.org/oi or [address removed] (From: [address removed] )

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★ ★ ★ IMPORTANT CHANGES ★ ★ ★  TO " MESA DEMOCRATIC CLUB! " ★  ★ ★ MDC MEMBERS IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION!

★ ★ ★  CHANGED:  MESA DEMOCRATIC CLUB CHANGED It's CLUB NAME & The Club MEETING DAY & The Club MEETING LOCATION ★ ★ ★ NAME: Mesa Democratic Club (MDC) has been CHANGED to " CLAIREMONT DEMOCRATIC CLUB " (CDC) !★ ★ ★ NAME: MESA DEMOCRATIC CLUB-MDC  IS NOW  "CLAIREMONT DEMOCRATIC CLUB " CDC! ★ ★ ★★ ★ ★  MEETING DAY: CDC - CLAIREMONT DEMOCRATIC CLUB  CHANGED  To WILL NOW MEET ON  " EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH " ★ ★ ★★ ★ ★  CLAIREMONT DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING PLACE IS NOW *Where: Giovanni's Restaurant, 6133 Balboa Ave, Upstairs, San Diego, 92111 ★ ★ ★

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S.D. Democrats Accepting Applications for Key Staff Position: The San Diego County Democratic Party is hiring a full-time Office Manager / Volunteer Coordinator for our year-round headquarters in Kearny Mesa. This will be a key member of our team responsible for supporting hundreds of volunteers and ensuring the highest level of day-to-day operations for the organization. Duties include recruiting, training, and coordinating the County Party's volunteers, as well as general office administration, event planning, database and website maintenance, correspondence, phones/reception, and social media communications. Applicants should have at least some college education and should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication, excellent organizational skills, proficiency in databases and office technology, and a background in motivating and working with a wide range of people. Some political organizing experience is preferred; fluency in Spanish is desirable. Please email résumés to Ryan Hurd at [address removed]. San Diego County Democratic Party Website:, www.sddemocrats.org.

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CONGRATULATIONS MAYOR BOB FILNER! OFFICE: City Administration Building 202 C St., 11th Floor San Diego, CA 92101 PHONE: (619)[masked] Fax: (619)[masked] Email the Office of the Mayor: [address removed]

CONGRATULATIONS DONNA FYRE! ~ FRYE'S TITLE: DIRECTOR of Open Government and Community Engagement. Contact: DONNA FRYE at Phone:(619)[masked] Address: 202 'C' Street, 11th Floor, MS 11A, San Diego, CA 92101
★ STAFF: CONGRATULATIONS STEVEN HADLEY! DEPUTY DIRECTOR of Open Government and Community Engagement. PHONE: [masked] EMAIL: [address removed]

 

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★★★ # 1. FRIDAY MARCH 8 at 8:30 a.m. The CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION will be holding a PUBLIC HEARING at the *Where: Bahia Resort Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive in San Diego, at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8 to solicit public input on the Navy’s disastrous proposal. LINDA LOPEZ REPLY TO: [address removed] Details Below

 

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★★★ # 2. FRIDAY MARCH 8 at 6:00PM " WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION   ~  IT'S ALL AND MORE " Women in Journalism, Law, Finance, & Science  Share in the inspirations women have found in choosing their life's work... in fields traditionally dominated by men.  The Women Equity Council of the United Nations San Diego seeks to understand and share the many ways to overcome gender adversity in professions. We continue to rely on the financial support of our donors and members.  Please consider investing in one of our many projects of 2013 by going on line on to donate, join or volunteer.  A detail list of projects will be sent upon request to [address removed] AND GET READY TO EAT CAKE! as we celebrate our 30th year of community service at the end of March. Many thanks for your ongoing support! For more info: [address removed] Call [masked] Facebook: WEC Please join as in this discussion. FREE EVENT!  *Where:: Women's Museum of California 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, SD 92106

 

 

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★★★ # 3. SAT MARCH 9 AT 7PM  "Mission: To Create, Preserve, Promote, and Educate about Chicano, Mexicano, Latino and Indigenous Art and Culture 3rd International Exhibit "  ★ ★ ★"WOMEN OF YESTERYEAR, TODAY  ...& FOREVER" ★ ★ ★ Opening Reception, Saturday, March 9th at 7pm Vino & Hors d'oeuvres Entertainment / Show Artistico: * Danza Azteca Coatlicue Cemilitzli* * Cantautor y Promotor Cultural Mexicano : Eduardo Parra* * Platica "No a la Violencia Domestica" Expositor: Cathy Mendonca Activist Gabriela Network / AF3IRM   Art Curators: Rogelio Casas & Marisol De Las Casas www.centroculturaldelaraza.com *Where: 2004 Park Blvd., San Diego, Califaz, 92101 c/s  Forward email   Centro Cultural de la Raza | 2125 Park Blvd. | San Diego | CA | 92101Details  Keystone Pipeline Protest  Part of a nationwide protest, drawing an estimated 35,000-50,000 people to Washington DC, over 500 San Diegans participated in the local rally on Sunday, Feb 17, cheering speakers, waving banners and hoisting protest signfffffffaorganized the rally in collaboration with Citizens Climate Lobby, Sierra Club San Diego, Environmental Health Coalition and Greenpeace.


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★★★ # 4. SAT MARCH 16 at 5:00-6:00pm Reception 6:00-8:00pm Dinner + Ceremony "12th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony " The Women's Hall of Fame event co-hosts look forward to your attendance at this event. Women's Museum of California County of San Diego Commission on the Status of Women  SDSU Department of Women's Studies UC San Diego Women's Center Greetings! DON'T DELAY This is the last call for reservations to the 12th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on March 16th at UC San Diego Price Center East Ballroom. This is a compelling event that is not to be missed and perfect to celebrate March WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. Details Below


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★ # 5 . SAT MARCH 16 at 6:00PM Join us for an evening of celebration & commemoration " 25th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO -IMPERIAL COUNTIES LABOR COUNCIL AWARDS DINNER " *Where: Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 Harbor Drive, SD 92101 Reply-To: [address removed]


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★ # 6. SUNDAY MARCH 17 at 3:00 - 5:00 PMLorena Gonzalez Candidate 80th Assembly District★ St. Patrick's Day Party  ★ in support of  Lorena Gonzalez Sunday, March 17, 2013   3:00 - 5:00 PM *Where: At the home of Francine Busby, 2235 Ruddy Duck CT, Cardiff-by-the Sea, CA Run Women Run Member $100 Guest: $150 Host: $250 To RSVP:  Contact Joe at (619)[masked] or [address removed]

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★ # 7. ★★★ WED MARCH 20 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM " New Citizens! New Voters! DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO VOTER REGISTRATION EVENT " Come help us register new citizens to vote after they are naturalized at this month's ceremony. We'll provide the training and materials--all you need to do is show up! Civic Center Plaza - just outside Golden Hall downtown. *Where: Civic Center Plaza, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101 Contact: (858)[masked] Email: [address removed]


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★ # 8. ★★★ TUESDAY MARCH 26  SPECIAL ELECTION: San Diego City District 4 Early Voting by Mail ★★★

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★ # 9. ★★★ TUESDAY MARCH 26, " CALL TO RALLY! " March 26th is the day that the United States Supreme Court will begin the hearing on federal marriage rights for the Gay Community. WE MUST GATHER AS ONE AND CALL FOR FULL FEDERAL MARRIAGE EQUALITY! Moderator: Sean Sala   Speakers: Dr. Lori Hensic of the "American Military Partner Association"Pastor Richard McCullen of "Mission Gathering Christian Church" *Where: 880 FRONT STREET, Downtown San Diego, CA CONTACT SEAN SALA FOR MORE INFORMATION: [address removed]

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★ # 10. ***MON APRIL 8 at Time: TBD SD State University presents " MEDEA BENJAMIN'S NEW BOOK " DRONE WARFARE: KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL " Presentation & book signing by: Medea Benjamin co-founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange. “It's a way of waging war without putting U.S. lives at risk. It's a way of waging war without letting the American people know we're even at war. It's a way of waging war that lets the CIA and other secret organizations have control—don't even have to go to Congress. It's a tremendous abuse of executive power. And it's killing a lot of innocent civilians. And the American people need to know about it.” —Medea Benjamin If you'd like to book Medea Benjamin for an event or have questions about an event listed below, please contact Mobbie from the DC office at [address removed]. *Where: San Diego State University, CA TBA Website: http://codepink.org

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★ # 11. ★★★ FRIDAY APRIL 12 thru SUNDAY APRIL 14, 2013 ★★★ " CALIFORNIA STATE CONVENTION ★★★ ~ IN SACRAMENTO " ★ # 8. ★★★ See details below in event listings...

 

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★ # 12. ★★★ ★★★ SAT MAY 4 at 6:00PM RECEPTION - 7:00PM DINNER- 8:30PM ★ ★ ★   PAINTING THE TOWN BLUE ★★★ OUR SAN DIEGO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ★ ★ ★  33RD ANNUAL ROOSEVELT DINNER "★ ★ ★ Painting the Town Blue! ★★★  Gala & Awards  ★★★ by the ★★★  San Diego County Democratic Party Celebrate being a San Diego Democrat in style.  ★★★ It's fresh! It's new! It's fun! It's "blue!"  ★★★. Join us the evening of Saturday, May 4, 2013 ★★★ See details below in event listings...

 

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***FRIDAY MARCH 8 at 8:30 a.m. The CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION will be holding a PUBLIC HEARING at the *Where: Bahia Resort Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive in San Diego, at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8 to solicit public input on the Navy’s disastrous proposal. LINDA LOPEZ REPLY TO: [address removed]
As someone who has taken action in the past to protect whales and other marine mammals, we thought you might be interested in learning about an upcoming public hearing in your area. The U.S Navy wants to begin five years of training with dangerous sonar and explosives off the coast of Southern California -- without putting common-sense safeguards in place to protect whales from injury and even death. The Navy itself estimates that it will harm California's marine mammals more than 8.8 million times over five years -- an unprecedented amount of harm. This reckless assault could have devastating impacts on entire populations of marine mammals that make their homes in California’s coastal waters. And what’s more, this terrible toll is not consistent with California’s state coastal management plan. The California Coastal Commission will be holding a public hearing at the Bahia Resort Hotel, located at 998 West Mission Bay Drive in San Diego, at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8 to solicit public input on the Navy’s disastrous proposal.   If you have the time, we hope you’ll attend and show your opposition to the plan. You’ll have the chance to speak if you wish to, but it’s not required.   If you’re interested in attending, please reply to this email and we’ll send you more details, including talking points. Two representatives from NRDC will also be at the hearing in case you have more questions about this issue (they’ll be wearing NRDC pins). As always, thank you for standing up on behalf of all marine life.   Sincerely, Linda Lopez NRDC   ~  Director of Membership


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*** FRIDAY MARCH 8 at 6:00PM " WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION   ~  IT'S ALL AND MORE " Women in Journalism, Law, Finance, & Science  Share in the inspirations women have found in choosing their life's work... in fields traditionally dominated by men.  The Women Equity Council of the United Nations San Diego seeks to understand and share the many ways to overcome gender adversity in professions. We continue to rely on the financial support of our donors and members.  Please consider investing in one of our many projects of 2013 by going on line on to donate, join or volunteer.  A detail list of projects will be sent upon request to [address removed] AND GET READY TO EAT CAKE! as we celebrate our 30th year of community service at the end of March. Many thanks for your ongoing support! For more info: [address removed] Call [masked] Facebook: WEC Please join as in this discussion. FREE EVENT!  *Where:: Women's Museum of California 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, SD 92106

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***SAT MARCH 9 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. " MYRTLE COLE, LABOR COUNCIL'S ENDORSED CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT $ SD CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT $ CAMPAIGN NEEDS YOU! ~ FREE TO VOLUNTEERS ~ BREAKFAST & LUNCH BBQ! There's just a few weeks left until the special election that will determine the balance of power at San Diego's City Council, and anything could still happen. The Labor Council has endorsed Myrtle Cole in District 4, and now we have to deliver.  With time running out, can you join us Saturday to support one of our own, Myrtle Cole for city council? The Labor Council has endorsed Myrtle Cole in the District 4 City Council special election, and things are coming down to the wire already! Mail ballots have begun arriving for voters, which means they have to hear from working San Diegans now! Website: http://unionyes.org/ We'll have breakfast and a BBQ lunch as always, and the phones will be going as well for those who would prefer calling. Let's bring home another win for working families!  In solidarity. Can you join us Saturday to support an organizer like Myrtle for city council? Let's bring home another win for working families!  In solidarity! RSVP:Reply-To: i[address removed] *Where: San Diego Labor Council, 3737 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108


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***SAT  MARCH 9 at 12pm-2pm " MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DEMOCRATIC CLUB " Monthly meetings are on the second Saturday of every month. *Where: Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St, San Diego, 92114 Website: www.mlking.sddem.org Contact: [address removed]

 

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*** SAT MARCH 9 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM " PASSPORT DAY IN THE USA ! " NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY TO APPLY ~ On this “Passport Day in the USA,” FOR A PASSPORT AT THE US POST OFFICE " On this “Passport Day in the USA,” the State Department is giving U.S. citizens the chance to apply for passports on Saturday, March 9th, from 10am to 3pm without an appointment.  Normally locadl Passport Agencies see customers only by appointment, but on Passport Day you can walk in and receive routine service – or get expedited service for an additional fee if you need your passport in a hurry. You can take advantage of this opportunity at Regional Passport Agencies and at many other facilities throughout the state of California. As you may know, it has become increasingly important for U.S. citizens to have passports because travelers crossing the international border must now have them to reenter the United States website at travel.state.gov.  Sincerely,   Barbara Boxer United States Senator   ★  ~ Website: http://travel.state.gov/ Regional Passport Agencies  - go to:   ~ http://travel.state.gov/passport/npic/agencies/agencies_913.html To find the LOCATION nearest you, go to: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html On this For more INFO about Passport day, Browse & Go to: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_5535.html“Passport Day in the USA ! ”

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*** SAT MARCH 9 at 10:30AM! " HOW TO LOBBY EFFECTIVELY " Presenter: PAT LIBBY Hosted by: Cabrillo Diego Branch AAUW Pat has served as a senior executive, board member, and consultant to innumerable nonprofit organizations and foundations since 1978.      Her book, The Lobbying Strategy Handbook, an engaging "how-to" guide for nonprofit practitioners seeking a simple blueprint in how to take part in the legislative process.   Refreshments will served.  FREE Seating is limited.... Come early. *Where: Women's Museum For more info: contact RILLA BAXTER Tele: [masked] email: [address removed]

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***SAT MARCH 9 AT 7PM  "Mission: To Create, Preserve, Promote, and Educate about Chicano, Mexicano, Latino and Indigenous Art and Culture 3rd International Exhibit "  ★ ★ ★"WOMEN OF YESTERYEAR, TODAY  ...& FOREVER" ★ ★ ★ Opening Reception, Saturday, March 9th at 7pm Vino & Hors d'oeuvres Entertainment / Show Artistico: * Danza Azteca Coatlicue Cemilitzli* * Cantautor y Promotor Cultural Mexicano : Eduardo Parra* * Platica "No a la Violencia Domestica" Expositor: Cathy Mendonca Activist Gabriela Network / AF3IRM   Art Curators: Rogelio Casas & Marisol De Las Casas www.centroculturaldelaraza.com *Where: 2004 Park Blvd., San Diego, Califaz, 92101 c/s  Forward email   Centro Cultural de la Raza | 2125 Park Blvd. | San Diego | CA | 92101Details  Keystone Pipeline Protest  Part of a nationwide protest, drawing an estimated 35,000-50,000 people to Washington DC, over 500 San Diegans participated in the local rally on Sunday, Feb 17, cheering speakers, waving banners and hoisting protest signfffffffaorganized the rally in collaboration with Citizens Climate Lobby, Sierra Club San Diego, Environmental Health Coalition and Greenpeace.

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***** SUN MARCH 10 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! *****

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*** SUNDAY MARCH 10 at 2pm – 5pm " Kevin Beiser Birthday and Re-Election Kick Off Party " When: Sun, March 10, 2pm – 5pm *Where 8262 Kaplan Drive, San Diego 92123 Kevin Beiser Birthday and Re-Election Kick Off Party! Sunday March 10th 2pm-5pm *Where: 8262 Kaplan Drive, San Diego, 92123 RSVP at [address removed] Contribute online at www.KevinBeiser.co

 

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★SUNDAY MARCH 10 at 2pm-5pm " Please Join Friends and Family For a RE-ELECTION & BIRTHDAY PARTY TO SUPPORT THE HONORABLE KEVIN BEISER, VICE PRESIDENT, SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD Birthday Party" President, San Diego Unified School Board *Where: At the home of Dan Mock and Kevin Beiser 8262 Kaplan Drive San Diego, CA 92123 Suggested Contribution Levels: $500 Host $250 ★ Co-Host $100 Friend   ★ Maximum Contribution $750 per individual ★Contributions payable to Beiser for School Board 2014, 8262 Kaplan Drive, San Diego, CA  92123 or online at http://KevinBeiser.com RSVP to Kevin (619)[masked] or [address removed] Political contributions are not tax deductible. Law permits only personal contributions and limits contributions to $750 per individual, $1500 per couple, per election.  Spouses may write separate checks or one check signed by both spouses if the check exceeds $750.  Contributions from Unions, Political Action Committees or Corporations are prohibited. State law prohibits reimbursing donors for their contributions. ★Where: At the home of Dan Mock and Kevin Beiser 8262 Kaplan Drive San Diego, CA 92123

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***MONDAY & TUESDAY MARCH 11 & 12, 2013 DISTRICT #4 > End Registration for Election March 26 Mon, March 11, 12am – Tue, March 12, 12am INFO: SDCDP: [address removed] Registrar of Voters: (858)[masked] This is the last day to register to vote for San Diego City Council District 4 Special Election. ROV is open for voting 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday  Join in with the PDA. Facebook tip Help us gain ground for our candidates and office holders Got ideas, or need help? Friend us and like us on Facebook and post videos and comments on your Facebook page!

INFO:SDCDP: [address removed] Registrar of Voters: (858)[masked]

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***MON MARCH 11 at  7:00pm " GOV. ANDREW CUOMO  will hold a TELE-TOWNHALL - Monday with ACTIVISTS from the FAIR ELECTIONS CAMPAIGN "  ~ A sign that a new push for campaign finance reform is on the horizon." There's a Facebook invite here. Let me know if you have any questions or need more details about it. You should call in! RSVP here: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/7FBAC0MOAEZ818F8/ Join the Fair Elections for New York campaign for a special telephone town hall on Monday, March 11th at 7:00pm. On the call, you'll hear from Governor Cuomo about why he wants Fair Elections, get the latest update on activity in Albany, and get you tapped into all the activity happening on the ground.  In order to receive your call-in number and pin, you must RSVP here: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/7FBAC0MOAEZ818F8/
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***MONDAY MARCH 11 thru SATURDAY MARCH 23, 2013, University of California San Diego, UCSD VISUAL ARTS Department presents:★ Student Loans ★ A 24 hours/day A 24-hour study space and milieu recreation of a reclaimed library during winter quarter final exams, hosted by the UCSD Public Education Coalition. Study supplies and refreshments will be provided. For more detailed information on these events and guests, please visit the UAG website, http://uag.ucsd.edu/talks-and-events/future.shtml ★ Contact INFO: Tel[masked] / Fax [masked] or [address removed]*WHERE: University Art Gallery Mandeville Center. University of California San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA[masked] ADMISSION is FREE!

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***TUES MARCH 12 at 7-9PM CLAIREMONT DEMOCRATIC CLUB ~ MONTHLY MEETING  " The Mesa Democratic Club is renamed the Clairemont Democratic Club and is in the process of rechartering with the San Diego County Democratic Party. Our goal is to build our Clairemont Democratic community and have fund doing so. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.  Dinner optional (order on main floor).   New officers will be elected in April, members who have paid their dues will be allowed to vote. *Where: Giovanni's Restaurant, 6133 Balboa Ave, Upstairs, San Diego, 92111"  
NOTE: ***CHANGED IN NAME  & DAY & PLACE FOR MESA DEMOCRATIC CLUB Changed to CLAIREMONT DEMOCRATIC CLUB. MEETING DAY CHANGED WILL NOW MEET ON EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH.  MEETING PLACE IS NOW *Where: Giovanni's Restaurant, 6133 Balboa Ave, Upstairs, San Diego, 92111"CLAIREMONT  DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING " The Mesa Democratic Club is renamed the Clairemont Democratic Club and is in the process of rechartering with the San Diego County Democratic Party. Our goal is to build our Clairemont Democratic community and have fund doing so. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.  Dinner optional (order on main floor).   New officers will be elected in April, members who have paid their dues will be allowed to vote.
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★★★ Tuesday, March 12, State Senate District 40 Primary - Last Day to Register!  ★★★

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***MARCH 12 begins at 1:30PM Poverty Awareness in Sacramento - Tuesday, March 12th What: Attend hearing in the Capitol, "The Real Face of California's Poor: Interpreting the New Federal Poverty Measure" When: March 12th, 1:30pm *Where: Capitol Building, room 3191, Sacramento. Details: http://shum.senate.ca.gov/agenda Background materials: http://www.hhsnetworkca.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/WCLP-Poverty-Report.pdf

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***WED MARCH 13 begins at 11:00AM ***CalWORKs Action in Sacramento *** What: Join us for an HHS Network RALLY, legislative visits, and hearing on CalWORKs at the Capitol. When: March 13th, all-day event starting at 11am *Where: Capitol Building in Sacramento Details: Lunch and transportation from the Bay Area provided. http://www.hhsnetworkca.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/CalWORKs-Rally-Flyer.jpg Contact: Pete Woiwode at[masked], or Astrid Campos at 715.396.8242. *

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***WED MARCH 13 at 4:00pm, " A Woman’s Voice: 2013 San Diego HIV/AIDS Women’s Conference " Join us on March 13, from 4-8:30 pm at *Where: The Center, SD LGB&T COMMUNITY CENTER, for an afternoon of sharing, learning and empowerment at the 2013 A Woman’s Voice HIV Women’s ConferenceSpanish translation and childcare are available. For more information, please call [masked].

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***WED MARCH 13 From 9:00AM  -  4:00PM   " IN BAKERSFIELD ~  DISCUSSION DRAFT  CONSERVATION : "Comments@DOC" <[address removed]> : <[address removed] Public workshop scheduled  “Discussion draft” hydraulic fracturing regulations released; second public workshop scheduled March 13 in Bakersfield. The Department of Conservation/Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources on December 18, 2012 released a “discussion draft” of regulations for the oil and natural gas production technique known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). What does “discussion draft” mean? It means that this version does not begin the formal rulemaking process. Instead, it is a starting point for discussion by key stakeholders – industry, the environmental community, other regulators, and interested members of the public – in preparation for the more formal process. These “discussion draft” regulations include provisions for pre-fracturing well testing; advance notification; monitoring during and after fracturing operations; disclosure of materials used in fracturing fluid; trade secrets; and storage and handling of hydraulic fracturing fluids.   The Department will conduct the second stakeholder workshop to receive input on the “discussion draft” regulations on March 13, 2013. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  *Where: at the Four Points Sheraton, 5101 California Avenue, Bakersfield, 93309. At least one additional workshop will be held, in Sacramento, with the date, time and location to be announced soon. The actual “discussion draft regulations” and other material can be found on the Department’s home pagehttp://www.conservation.ca.gov/Index/Pages/Index.aspx.


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*** WED MARCH 13 at 8:00-9:30 AM International Women's Day Breakfast - Leymah Gbowee Nobel Laureate with Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee Liberian Peace Activist featured in the film, " Pray the Devil Back to Hell " Representatives from the United Nations Commission on the status of women will report on this years gathering.    Wednesday, March 13, 8:00-9:30 AM *Where: Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, USD Purchase tickets online at http://peace.kintera.org/breakfast

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***TUES MARCH 14 From 7:00PM to 9:00PM 'A Meeting of the Minds: Arts & Culture Event' It's time for another installment of our Voice of  San Diego's  popular arts and culture series, "Meeting of the Minds," on Thursday, March 14.   At our last event in November, our presentations centered around a theme - Balboa Park. This time, we'll return to an eclectic blend of topics ranging from Mexican roots music to the art of coffee roasting. We'll post the list of speakers next week. In the meantime, please reserve your seat because these events fill up fast!  As always, part of the allure of Meeting of the Minds is the location itself. The history-rich Bread & Salt Building is being recast as an artist hub. You'll get to stroll around the building and view plans for the new live-work space.  VOSD members at the Inside Voice level and above will enjoy free admission. All others will be asked to make a $10 donation, which includes a drink ticket. Contact Zack Warma, Voice of San Diego at [masked] or [address removed] Doors open at 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy Karl Strauss beer and a specialty cocktail from St. Petersburg Vodka.  Register Now! ~  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=kf5u9cdab&oeidk=a07e746esq2733920f3&oseq=a021wrg2njfyql I can't make it  *Where: Bread and Salt Building, 1955 Julian Avenue, Logan Heights San Diego, CA 92113 I can't make it  INFO: [address removed]

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***THURSDAY MARCH 14 at 6:00-8:00 PM Boards & Commissions Workshop Learn how to secure a spot on non-profit, corporate & government boards & commissions. Receive a listing of local boards & commission. Thursday, March 14 6:00-8:00 PM *Where: At the offices of Paul Hastings, 4747 Executive Dr.,  14th Floor in UTC RWR and Lawyers Club Members: $10   1.0 MCLE credits RSVP is required ~ [address removed] or call[masked]

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***FRDAY MARCH 15 at 5:00 - 8:00 PM San Diego Women's Hall of Fame ~ Induction Ceremony and Dinner. Join members of Run Women Run for this inspirational evening to honor women leaders from diverse fields in San Diego.  Friday, March 15   5:00 - 8:00 PM *Where: UCSD Price Center East Ballroom 9500 Gilman Dr., (Corner of Lyman Ave. & Myers Dr.) San Diego, CA 92093 $75.00 General    $60 Seniors   $45 Students     RSVP ~ [address removed] or call[masked]

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*** FRIDAY, MARCH 15th at 6pm " Free Lecture and Performance ~ Mariachi Expert ~  DR. LEONOR XOCHITI PEREZ of the San Diego Symphony " will present a fascinating talk about the history of women in mariachi with a demonstration by one of our high-school mariachi groups.  *Where: The Women's Museum of California located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road BARRACKS 16 San Diego, CA 92106 NTC LIBERTY STATION Phone: [masked] Email: [address removed]

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***SAT MARCH 16 at 5:00-6:00pm Reception 6:00-8:00pm Dinner + Ceremony "12th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony " The Women's Hall of Fame event co-hosts look forward to your attendance at this event. Women's Museum of California County of San Diego Commission on the Status of Women  SDSU Department of Women's Studies UC San Diego Women's Center Greetings! DON'T DELAY This is the last call for reservations to the 12th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on March 16th at UC San Diego Price Center East Ballroom. This is a compelling event that is not to be missed and perfect to celebrate March WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. These amazing women will be inducted for 2013 Dr. Constance Carroll is a trailblazer as the first woman to become Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. She led the successful statewide effort to provide equitable funding for community colleges and is an activist in improving educational opportunities for women, minorities, and disadvantaged students. Betty Evans Boone significantly improves the lives of women in San Diego. Her contributions include her efforts to increase the hiring of female lawyers in San Diego in the 1960s, her forty-one years of ongoing and active participation in the Lawyers Club, and her extensive community service work and mentoring. an to become Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. She led the successful statewide effort to provide equitable funding for community colleges and is an activist in improving educational opportunities for women, minorities, and disadvantaged students. Irma Castro improves women's lives by creating structural change in San Diego. She has been actively involved in community development, education, and mentoring for more than thirty years, most notably through the Chicano Federation, Las Niñas de Aztlán, and Casa Familiar.nrichment, Aurora Soriano Cudal, D Hum (h.c.) is an advocate for social justice and Filipino American community empowerment. For the last twenty years she has demonstrated outstanding leadership, excellence in community service, and extensive coalition building in San Diego. Dorothy Hom [masked])worked to preserve and share her culture and history in San Diego. She was instrumental in forming the Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja California. She was one of the founders of the Gaslamp Quarter District, which resulted in the preservation of more than twenty historic buildings that may have been lost forever.  Click here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=afsqa7bab&oeidk=a07e6zsodbzc32458f1&oseq=a0238rfxjbtoyc to RSVP. Register Now! I can't make it If you have difficulties with registration, please contact us at (619)[masked] or [address removed].   For general event questions please contact the Chair, Olivia Puentes-Reynolds at Event Chair email: [address removed] *Where: UC San Diego Price Center,   East Ballroom,   Free parking at the Gilman parking structure at the corner of Gilman and La Jolla Village Drive   Shuttles will run every 15 minutes to the Ballroom .  *Where:UC San Diego, Price Center. East Ballroom,  9500 Gilman Drive, (Corner of Lyman Ave & Myers Drive), San Diego, CA 92093 Contact: Women's Hall of Fame Co-hosts & Committee Women's Hall of Fame Committee [masked] [address removed]

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***SAT MARCH 16 at 6:00PM Join us for an evening of celebration & commemoration " 25th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO -IMPERIAL COUNTIES LABOR COUNCIL AWARDS DINNER " *Where: Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 Harbor Drive, SD 92101 Reply-To: [address removed]

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*** SAT MARCH 16 at 10:00AM COFFEE & CROISSANT RECEPTION & PROGRAM ★★★ The City Club of San Diego  Dedicated to the Dialogue of Democracy  Our next event is Saturday, March 16 in the Theater at La Jolla Country Day School (which is different from Community Hall). Our speaker, from the United States Senate Sergeant at Arms Office is "TIM MITROVICH"  (and yes we're related). Tim is coming to share with us his once-in-a-lifetime experience of serving as Capitol Coordinator for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. In the six-month run up to the Inaugural, Tim studied all 56 previous inaugurations. He knew what the Coordinating Committee needed to do to get it right - and they did.  At a dinner for 42 on Capitol Hill the Friday night before the Inauguration, I asked Tim to briefly share his experiences. He was terrific. Is that my judgment? Yes, but no one who was present would disagree - and that's why he's here on the 16th.  This will be a Coffee & Croissant Reception & Program that starts at 10 am on the 16th.  Please register either by email, [address removed] , or by calling [masked]. Details on the event with Tim may be found at www.cityclubofsandiego.com . George Mitrovich President *Where: Theater at La Jolla Country Day School (which is different from Community Hall).

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***SUNDAY MARCH 17 at 3:00 - 5:00 PMLorena Gonzalez Candidate 80th Assembly DistrictSt. Patrick's Day Party  ★ in support of  Lorena Gonzalez Sunday, March 17, 2013   3:00 - 5:00 PM *Where: At the home of Francine Busby, 2235 Ruddy Duck CT, Cardiff-by-the Sea, CA Run Women Run Member $100 Guest: $150 Host: $250 To RSVP:  Contact Joe at (619)[masked] or [address removed]

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***TUES MARCH 19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM " SDCDP Central Committee Meeting " All members of the Central Committee are expected to attend this meeting; if you are not able to attend, please make sure your designated alternate is attending. Our Central Committee is the governing body of the County Democratic Party as defined in the California Government Code and Elections Code. It is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees. This group conducts the County Party's general business, approves its budget, coordinates Democratic campaign activity, and endorses candidates for local offices. *Where: Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, located at 4594 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, 92120 Email: [address removed] Website: www.sddemocrats.org/central_committee.asp

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***MARCH 19 at 6:45-8:15 pm, Join us for SanDiego350.org’s March general membership meeting for updates and discussion on projects and actions. This is a great way to meet other climate activists and get involved! *Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral,[masked]th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103.

 

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*** WED MARCH 20 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM " New Citizens! New Voters! DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO VOTER REGISTRATION EVENT " Come help us register new citizens to vote after they are naturalized at this month's ceremony. We'll provide the training and materials--all you need to do is show up! Civic Center Plaza - just outside Golden Hall downtown. *Where: Civic Center Plaza, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101 Contact: (858)[masked] Email: [address removed]

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*** THUR MARCH 21 at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~ “ DISCUSSION DRAFT ” HYDRAULIC FRACTURING REGULATIONS RELEASED; SECOND PUBLIC WORKSHOP SCHEDULED  MARCH 21, 2013 in SACRAMENTO The Department of Conservation/Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources on December 18, 2012 released a “discussion draft” of regulations for the oil and natural gas production technique known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). What does “discussion draft” mean? It means that this version does not begin the formal rulemaking process. Instead, it is a starting point for discussion by key stakeholders – industry, the environmental community, other regulators, and interested members of the public – in preparation for the more formal process. These “discussion draft” regulations include provisions for pre-fracturing well testing; advance notification; monitoring during and after fracturing operations; disclosure of materials used in fracturing fluid; trade secrets; and storage and handling of hydraulic fracturing fluids.   The Department will conduct the third stakeholder workshop to receive input on the “discussion draft” regulations on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Two additional workshops will be held, one in the Ventura Monterey area and one in the Santa Barbara area, with the dates, times and locations to be announced soon. The actual “discussion draft regulations” and other material can be found on the Department’s home page, http://www.conservation.ca.gov/Index/Pages/Index.aspx. *Where: at the Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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***SATURDAY  MARCH 23 at 9 am to 3 pmTIJUANA MAQUILADORA TOUR ★ Come to learn about Tijuana communities and workers' conditions and struggles! Important Notice: Citizens returning from Mexico should present an U.S. passport. (Otherwise, they need an official ID, birth certificate, and waiting in line when returning to the U.S. for a period of time to be decided by the border gate officer.) More information: the U.S. State Dept. travel alert "Mexico"   ·        ★  All tour participants must read the US travel alert to Mexico and sign the tour waiver. Please read the attached file.     Schedule (There may be slight variations from tour to tour.)   ·      9 am sharp- San Ysidro/Tijuana border-bus station. We will walk together to cross the border gate and travel to our locations in Tijuana using chartered buses for transportation.   ·      9:15 am- The crosses at the border: More than 7,000 immigrants have died trying to cross the border since 1994, when NAFTA was imposed.   ·      9:30 am- Otay Industrial Park, Sanyo and other maquiladoras: workers' labor conditions, labor rights and struggles  NOTE: We will visit the Tijuana industrial area but won't enter any factory.   ·      11:15 am- Rio Alamar, or how maquiladoras, distorted urban development and wild industrialization define Tijuana   ·      12:00 pm- Foxconn: the largest maquiladora in both Tijuana and the world   ·      12:45 pm- Lunch   ·      1:15 pm:- Group dialogue about the experience; time for questions and comments   ·      2:00 pm- Working women in Tijuana are organizing artisan cooperatives and promoting an alternative economy. They will bring their handcrafts to the tour. To learn in advance about these cooperatives, please go to http://www.ollincallicm.blogspot.com/ ·      3:00 pm- Return to the bus station ★  Donations   ·      $30 regular, $20 students, $ 50 solidarity · ★Donations cover the bus, lunch, and a donation to the workers' organizations. For tour reservations go to  SD Network Tour Reservations   Sponsored by Colectivo Ollin Calli Tijuana, Colectivo Chilpancingo for Environmental Justice, San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network, Environmental Health Coalition, and Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras    -- Posted By San Diego Chicanao to Maquiladoras: Explotación y Resistencia at 2/16/[masked]:37:00 PM http://sdmaquila.org/ or up to date information on the workers' struggle in Mexico, check our blog "Maquiladoras, Explotation and Resistance" at http://sdmaquila.blogspot.com Newsletter: http://sdmaquila.org/Maquiladora%20Newsletter%202011.pdf Coalition For Justice  in the Maquiladoras: http://sdmaquila.org/CJM%20Report%202010.pdf San Diego Maquiladora Workers’ Solidarity Network  Workers in Solidarity c/o UC-AFT SD Local 2034, PO Box 12005, La Jolla, CA 92039 (619)[masked], [address removed]

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***SAT MARCH 23 at 11:30 a-1:30pm " SAN DIEGO GREEN PARTY - Monthly Meeting " *Where: Joyce Beers Community Center, Vermont Street, north of University in Hillcrest, near Trader Joe's.

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***SAT MARCH 23 at 10:00 AMEDC's " Breakfast with Champions" Fundraiser " (one half goes to EDC - Escondido Democratic Club!).  Breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and pancakes, juice and or coffee. Meet special guests: County Supervisor Dave Roberts and County Party Chair Francine Busby.   Visit the EDC website to sign up: http://www.escondidodems.org/wp/donate-to-edc/ *Where Applebee’s Restaurant in Target Center, 1216 Auto Park Way, Escondido 92029 Admission $10 per person

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***SUN MARCH 24 at 3:30pm – 5:30pm (map) POINT LOMA DEMOCRATIC CLUB Join us on March 24, when the Wonder Women from WOSD Money Out of Politics, Point Loma’s own PAM PAGE and DIANNE LANE, return to tell us how they convinced the San Diego City Council to pass – with an unanimous vote – WOSD MOP’s resolution to reverse ‘Citizens United’ and Amend the Constitution.  Contact: [address removed] Website: http://peninsulademocrat.wordpress.com/ *Where Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, San Diego, CA 92106

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***SUN MARCH 24 at from 10:30am to 11:30am " Clean Elections Campaign - First Unitarian/Universalist  Clean Elections Task Force meeting " And for our First UU friends Join our First Unitarian/Universalist  Clean Elections Task Force meeting, between services, on Sunday, March 24, from 10:30am to 11:30am , in Room 321, upstairs in our new Welcome Center on the Hillcrest campus. We can explore how clean elections works and how it empowers us and our neighborhoods against the onslaught of big money!   Don't forget www.publicampaign.org The Public Campaign web page is the best place to find out what is happening across the nation in the battle to control big money contributions.   And finally! Give me a call or send me your thoughts, ideas, questions or suggestions,  through an e mail message. I want to hear from you! John Hartley - Coordinator: Clean Elections Campaign -[masked] *Where: in Room 321, upstairs in our new Welcome Center on the Hillcrest campus.

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***MON MARCH 25 at  7:00PM " Come join me for coffee at Lestat's Coffee House Clean Elections Campaign - " Come join me for coffee! Come join me for coffee at Lestat's Coffee House on Monday, March 25 at 7pm for an update and discussion on our campaign and how we can impact San Diego, California and the nation. *WHERE:  Lestat's is located at 3349 Adams Avenue in Normal Heights on the corner of Adams Avenue and Felton Street. We will be in the side room.  Here is an opportunity to get your questions answered, learn more about our campaign and to share your suggestions on how we can proceed and prevail.

Clean Elections Campaign - March Update Hi Everyone,   Thanks! Thanks to everyone who financially contributed to our start up campaign last month!  If you would like to help now and in the future, just go to our web page at www.sdcleanelections.org and click on Contribute on the left side of the home page.  You can contribute in a number of ways: monthly, one time only or send in a check.  The page is easy to navigate. Thanks again for your help!

And for our First UU friends Join our First Unitarian/Universalist  Clean Elections Task Force meeting, between services, on Sunday, March 24, from 10:30am to 11:30am , in Room 321, upstairs in our new Welcome Center on the Hillcrest campus. We can explore how clean elections works and how it empowers us and our neighborhoods against the onslaught of big money!   Don't forget www.publicampaign.org The Public Campaign web page is the best place to find out what is happening across the nation in the battle to control big money contributions.   And finally! Give me a call or send me your thoughts, ideas, questions or suggestions,  through an e mail message. I want to hear from you! John Hartley - Coordinator: Clean Elections Campaign -[masked] Realtor -

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***MON MARCH 25 thru MARCH 29 Keep an eye out for upcoming e-blasts on this important all-day HHS Network action. Easter Legislative Visits - last week of March What: With CA Legislators home in their district offices during the last week of March, it's the perfect time for local legislative visits about the need for restorations to California's social safety net. When: last week of March (March 25th - March 29th) *Where: California legislators' local district offices. Details: You can look up your local legislator here. Contact: Pete Woiwode at [masked], or Astrid Campos at 715.396.8242. Look out for upcoming e-blasts from the HHS Network on our March 13th rally. You can also follow the HHS Network calendar of events on our website. We look forward to seeing you this month as we continue the fight for much-needed restorations to our state's social safety net.   Sincerely,  The HHS Network of CA  Visit us online at HHS Network of California "Like Us" on Facebook! Follow Us on Twitter!

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*** THUR MARCH 28 at 4:00PM University of California San Diego, UCSD VISUAL ARTS Department presents: ★ Premiere Screening ★ Thursday Premiere screening of a VIDEO produced by ETHAN BRECKENRIDGE at UCSD. The video will be screened continuously during exhibition hours in the UAG video gallery thereafter. For more detailed information on these events and guests, please visit the UAG websitehttp://uag.ucsd.edu/talks-and-events/future.shtml ★ Contact INFO: Tel [masked] / Fax[masked] or [address removed] *WHERE: University Art Gallery Mandeville Center. University of California San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA[masked] ADMISSION is FREE!



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***WED APRIL  3at 6:00pm University of California San Diego, UCSD VISUAL ARTS Department presents: ★ Contemporary Art's Evasive Social Reality ★ A talk by SUHAIL MALIK, with corresponding shadow puppetry performance by VAN C. TRAN, proposes an art that avows its institutional condition and limitation. Co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Department, Discursive & Curatorial Production Initiative. For more detailed information on these events and guests, please visit the UAG website, http://uag.ucsd.edu/talks-and-events/future.shtml ★ Contact INFO: Tel [masked] / Fax [masked] or uag.ucsd.edu *WHERE: University Art Gallery Mandeville Center. University of California San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA[masked] ADMISSION is FREE!

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***FRIDAY APRIL 5, 2013 - thru SUNDAY APRIL 7, 2013 In DENVER, CO " MEDIA MATTERS presents " THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM " The National Conference for Media Reform is dedicated to changing the media and building a better democracy. The conference will be held in Denver on April 5–7, 2013. We’ll tackle lots of big questions in DenverWill innovation and creativity flourish online, or will corporations lock the Internet down? How will the next generation of journalists redefine what it means to report the news? Will communities have access to the technologies they need to solve the problems they face? How can we take on big companies and corrupted policymakers — and win? Our conference brings together some of the nation’s best thinkers, activists and media makers because we believe that building a better world begins with people connecting to each other in person. Register Today go to: http://ncmr.brownpapertickets.com/


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***MONDAY APRIL 8 at 6:00 - 8:00PM "RUN WOMEN RUN " CANDIDATE & CAMPAIGN TRAINING SERIES "REALITIES OF RUNNING & EVALUATING YOUR RACE "Reserve your space for the series or individual sessions.To RSVP by mail for any event ~  Please Make Your Check Payable to Run Women Run and Mail it to 1531 Grand Ave. Ste. D, San Marcos, CA 92078  For more information contact: [address removed] or call [masked] *Overview Co-sponsored by  San Diego County Democratic & Presented by Francine Busby & a team of experts    Series of 4 Workshops $100 Individual Sessions * Where: At Hera Hub 9710 Scranton Rd. Ste. 16, San Diego CA

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***MON APRIL 8 at Time: TBD SD State University presents " MEDEA BENJAMIN'S NEW BOOK " DRONE WARFARE: KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL " Presentation & book signing by: Medea Benjamin co-founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange. “It's a way of waging war without putting U.S. lives at risk. It's a way of waging war without letting the American people know we're even at war. It's a way of waging war that lets the CIA and other secret organizations have control—don't even have to go to Congress. It's a tremendous abuse of executive power. And it's killing a lot of innocent civilians. And the American people need to know about it.” —Medea Benjamin If you'd like to book Medea Benjamin for an event or have questions about an event listed below, please contact Mobbie from the DC office at [address removed]. *Where: San Diego State University, CA TBA Website: http://codepink.org
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***THUR APRIL 11 at 4:00PM UCSD VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT presents " 2013 ART EXHIBITION " " 2013 ART EXHIBITION " " ★ A Specific Piece of Music ★ A musical performance by RACHEL MASON, in collaboration with The Preuss School UCSD, invites both participation and spectatorship by the uninitiated. *WHERE: University Art Gallery Mandeville Center, University of California San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA[masked] ★ Contact INFO: Tel[masked] / Fax[masked] or [address removed] ADMISSION is FREE!

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FRIDAY APRIL 12 thru APRIL 14 at  " ★ IMPORTANT! ★ Becoming a Union Organizer! Apply to APALA/AFL-CIO Organizing  Institute Training! The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute has teamed up with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) to hold an AFL-CIO Organizing Institute 3-Day Training.  The training will take place in Orange County, CA April 12 - 14, 2013.  This training is designed for activists of Asian descent who are interested in building power for working people. The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute (OI) was created in the fall of 1989 to promote and foster union organizing. Since then, the OI developed into a highly selective program to recruit and train a new generation of union organizers and has trained thousands of members and other activists who are committed to building power for working people all across this country. The OI provides an intensive classroom and PAID field training program for participants looking to become union organizers. Trainees who successfully complete the field training program are recommended by the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute to be hired by local and national unions. Annual starting salaries range from $35,000-$40,000 with excellent benefits.   We ask that you get this to information out to activists (volunteers, interns and former students) you think would be interested in a career in union organizing and encourage them to apply.   For more information and to apply, please visit www.aflcio.org/oi .  The deadline to apply to the APALA/OI training is Friday, March 29, 2013.  Should you have any questions, please contact me at [address removed]. In Unity and Strength, Patrick Scott, Deputy Director AFL-CIO Organizing Institute:  www.aflcio.org/oi or [address removed] (From: [address removed] )

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***FRIDAY APRIL 12 thru SUNDAY APRIL 14, 2013 " CALIFORNIA STATE CONVENTION ~ IN SACRAMENTO " This is a reminder that our State Convention is right around the corner and we need your help to facilitate a productive and thrilling convention for the 3,000 delegates, guests and press in attendance! Join us as we celebrate our 2012 victories and plan for future Democratic victories at our State Convention April 12-14, 2013 in Sacramento. We will hold a mandatory training for all convention volunteers on Thursday April 11th. SIGN UP TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT THE 2013 CALIFORNIA STATE CONVENTION IN SACRAMENTO. (http://action.cadem.org/site/Calendar?id=100221&view=Detail) Volunteers are needed in several areas ? some assignments will require sitting while others may involve standing or acting as a runner. There will be opportunities for you to attend General Session and hear our great speakers after your shifts! Those interested in volunteering must complete the volunteer form SOON as we are experiencing a rapid influx of volunteer sign-ups. If you have any questions, please contact Zuhal Bahaduri, Volunteer Coordinator at [address removed]. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any special needs, we will do our best to position you within your ability and interest! Thank you and see you in Sacramento! *Where: Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St. Sacramento, CA 95814 Website: www.cadem.org

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*** MON APRIL 22 at 4:00PM UCSD VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT presents " 2013 ART EXHIBITION " Visiting Artist Lecture: A Talk by MARTHA ROSIER . We'd love your company to open at UCSD University Art Gallery Co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Department, Visiting Artist Lecture Series . ADMISSION is FREE! *WHERE: University Art Gallery Mandeville Center. University of California San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA[masked] ★ Contact INFO: Tel [masked] / Fax [masked] [address removed] / ADMISSION is FREE!

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***WED APRIL 24, 2013 IN Washington, D.C."Voto Latino Power Summit: El Tiempo es Ahora (blogamole.tr3s)The 1st Annual Voto Latino Power Summit " welcomed over 300 young leaders from across the country. Attendees, representing 18 states, learned directly from top influential leaders in a range of fields. Panelist and speakers included public officials, artists, grassroots organizers, and business leaders in new media, public speaking, activism and community organizing. Some of our 2013 speakers included: TIFFANY DUFU (White House Project)DOLORES HUERTA, (Dolores Huerta Foundation), ANA PATRICIA GUZMAN (Telemundo), ROSARIO MARIN (former U.S Treasurer), and Voto Latino co-chair, ROSARIO DAWSONWe're getting ready to invite young leaders and community activists to Washington, D.C. where they'll learn how to change the world. Power Summit 2013 will take place April 12th - 15th. Hundreds of participants will come from around the country to participate. And with the help of leaders and experts from the fields of technology, media, and more, we'll host the premier event of the year for the next generation of American leaders. With so many important issues up for grabs right now -- immigration reform, reducing gun violence, securing marriage equality for all -- our future will be shaped by young people who stand up to be part of our political process by organizing in their communities. Reply-To: [address removed] Power Summit 2013 is coming up fast -- don't wait to sign up for more information as it becomes available: http://votolatino.org/ps13 TO REGISTER: http://votolatino.org/ps13utm_source=sp5152897&utm_medium=e&sc=sp5152897

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***THUR APRIL 25 at Mark your calendars today for the" Seventh Annual Dining Out for Life® San Diego " on Thursday, April 25, 2013. This amazingly fun and inviting event is not to be missed as San Diegans come together to fill some of San Diego’s best restaurants to raise funds for HIV/AIDS programs at *Where: The San Diego LGBT Community Center Centre in Hillcrest Address: 3909 Centre Street San Diego, CA 92103 Phone:[masked] On April 25, Dining Out for Life® San Diego’s participating establishments will generously donate[masked] percent of their food and liquor sales on that day. Consider yourself invited and start thinking of where you’ll dine out with family and friends for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at the participating restaurants on April 25. For more information on the event, or to suggest a favorite restaurant that might participate, contact Ian Johnson, Dining Out for Life® San Diego event coordinator, at [masked] x247 or [address removed]. Dining Out for Life® San Diego + Volunteers = Success If you are willing to volunteer with Dining Out for Life® San Diego, we would love to have your help. We need enthusiastic volunteers – particularly on the day of the event – to help make this fabulous community event a success. If you can give some time, or if you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Jerry Tomaszewicz at[masked] x202 or [address removed].


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★★★ SAT MAY 4 at 6:00PM RECEPTION  -  7:00PM DINNER  -  8:30PM ★★★ SUPERSTAR AWARDS  & DANCING! ★ ★ ★  " PAINTING THE TOWN BLUE "  ★ ★ ★ OUR SAN DIEGO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ★ ★ ★  33RD ANNUAL ROOSEVELT DINNER " ★★★ Painting the Town Blue! ★★★ Gala & Awards ★★★ by the ★★★  San Diego County Democratic Party Celebrate being a San Diego Democrat in style.  ★★★ It's fresh! It's new! It's fun! It's "blue!"  ★★★. Join us the evening of Saturday, May 4, 2013 *Where: at the Hilton San Diego Resort,  1775 E. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego (92109) 6:00 Welcome Reception & Silent Auction  7:00 Dinner & Superstar Awards 8:30 Dancing & More! Our 33rd annual Roosevelt Dinner is expected to sell out. Save the date & reserve your space early! For more information, call (858)[masked] or email [address removed]. TO  BUY TICKETS & REGISTER: https://secure.actblue.com/page/rd13 Painting the Town Blue! Gala & Awards by the San Diego County Democratic Party Celebrate being a San Diego Democrat in style. It's fresh! It's new! It's fun! It's "blue!" *WHERE: Hilton San Diego Resort  1775 E. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego (92109)

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***SATURDAY MAY 4, 2013 starting at 9:00AM thru SUNDAY MAY 5, 2013 to 5:00PM In Washington D.C. " TRANSPARENCY CAMP " This year, the Sunlight Foundation is partnering with the George Washington University School of of Media and Public Affairs to bring you the best TCamp yet, but to do that, we’ll need your help. As an unconference, TCamp relies on the participation of the attendees to set the agenda and to create an engaging, welcoming environment. So be sure to come with ideas, share the registration link with your friends, and tweet #TCamp13 ! You can find more about what to expect (and what awesome DC food trucks will be providing lunch) on our website: http://TransparencyCamp.org. And we’ll have more information about how to share your ideas for sessions soon. Early bird prices end March 1, 2013, so register today! Hope to see you there! Early bird prices end March 1, 2013, so register today! Hope to see you there! You are the first to know that early bird registration for TransparencyCamp 2013 is now open. This year, TCamp will take place May 4th and 5th at the George Washington University’s Marvin Center. By registering early, you can attend TCamp for only $20 -- or $15 for students! Register at: http://tcamp13.eventbrite.com/ Reply-To: [address removed] * Where: Marvin Center, George Washington University[masked]st Street Northwest Washington, DC 20052
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***MONDAY MAY 6 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM "RUN WOMEN RUN " CANDIDATE & CAMPAIGN TRAINING SERIES "NUTS & BOLTS of ORGANIZING YOUR CAMPAIGN "

Reserve your space for the series or individual sessions.

To RSVP by mail for any event  ~  Please Make Your Check Payable to Run Women Run and Mail it to 1531 Grand Ave. Ste. D, San Marcos, CA 92078 Series of 4 Workshops $100 Individual Sessions For more information contact: [address removed] or call [masked] *Where: Hera Hub, 9710 Scranton Rd., Ste. 16, San Diego CA


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*** THUR MAY 9, 2013 Cocktail Hour 5:30PM | Dinner 6:30PM " PLANNED PARENTHOOD 50th ANNIVERSARY DINNER " Join us for our signature celebration at our 50th Anniversary Dinner. This energizing night will feature an engaging program celebrating the history of our organization while reconnecting you with a motivated community of friends. Register at: http://www.ppaction.org/site/Calendar?id=104606&view=Detail *Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront One Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 Register at: http://www.ppaction.org/site/Calendar?id=104606&view=Detail
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*** THUR MAY 9 at 6:30pm UCSD VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT presents " 2013 ART EXHIBITION " " FRONT PAGE " A performance-based workshop by LIZ MAGIC LASER, in collaboration with ACTOR AUDREY CRABTREE, draws on the language of the corporate retreat and the work of Brazilian theater director AUGUSTO BOAL . ★ Contact INFO: Tel [masked] / Fax [masked] [address removed] *WHERE: University Art Gallery Mandeville Center. University of California San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA[masked] ADMISSION is FREE!



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***FRI MAY 24, 2013, at 7:30-9:00 am " Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast 2013 " Join us for the 2013 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday May 24, 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd. Attended by more than 1,000 people, businesses, groups and organizations annually, this San Diego event is the largest Harvey Milk celebration in the state of California. For wait list information, email [address removed]. For the latest details, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Harvey.Milk.Diversity.Breakfast . Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM *Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 If you'd like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online: https://secure3.convio.net/sdlgbt/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=100481&JServSessionIdr004=jj37rnwoo2.app333b

 

★ ★ ★    JUNE 2013   ★ ★ ★

***Monday, June 3 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM RUN WOMEN RUN " CANDIDATE & CAMPAIGN TRAINING SERIES " Speaking & Messaging Developing your speeches,  communications & media Reserve your space for the series or individual sessions .

Series of 4 Workshops $100 Individual Sessions.To RSVP by mail for any event  ~  Please Make Your Check Payable to Run Women Run and Mail it to 1531 Grand Ave. Ste. D, San Marcos, CA 92078  For more information contact: [address removed] or call[masked] *Where: Hera Hub, 9710 Scranton Rd., Ste. 16, San Diego CA

 

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***FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2013 8:00 - 9:00 AM " On the job with District Attorney BONNIE DUMANIS " at the San Diego Family Justice Center   District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis   Run Women Run invites you to meet our elected women "on the job" to learn more about the work that they do and how their perspective as a woman affects the policies that they make. This is a unique opportunity to visit the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center where victims of domestic violence find the services and support they need in one efficient center.  This was the first center of its kind in the nation and has become a model for other cities.   Friday, June 7, 2013 8:00 - 9:00 AM *Where: San Diego Family Justice Center ,1122  Broadway, San Diego There is NO validated parking. There is no charge for this event ~ FREE ADMISSION Space is limited. Please RSVP ~ [address removed] or call[masked]

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***JUNE 20-23, 2013 *Thursday, June 20, 2013 - Sunday, June 23,[masked]:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time ***NETROOTS NATION 2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE*** IN SAN JOSE *** In case you missed the announcement at the end of this year's conference, Netroots Nation 2013 is going to be June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. CONTACT US at Email: [address removed] or Snail Mail: Netroots Nation, 60 29th Street, #664, San Francisco, CA 94110 *Where: San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St., San Jose, California 95110 USA:[masked]

 

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***JULY 1 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM " RUN WOMEN RUN " CANDIDATE & CAMPAIGN TRAINING SERIES "" All About Fundraising Making the "Ask" Filing & Finances "

Reserve your space for the series or individual sessions.

Series of 4 Workshops $100 Individual Sessions. * Please Make Your Check Payable to Run Women Run and Mail it to 1531 Grand Ave. Ste. D, San Marcos, CA 92078  For more information contact: [address removed] or call [masked] *Overview Co-sponsored by  San Diego County Democratic & Presented by Francine Busby & a team of experts    Series of 4 Workshops $100 Individual Sessions * Where: At Hera Hub 9710 Scranton Rd. Ste. 16, San Diego CA

 

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***  SAT SEPT 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM " LAMBDA LEGAL'S San Diego GOLF EVENT !  " Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 •Where: Aviara Resort Golf Club 7100 Aviara Resort Drive Carlsbad, CA 92011 United States   10:30 - 11:30 am | Registration  11:15 - 11:45 am | Golf Clinic with PGA Pro's (with sponsorship purchase only)  12:00 pm | Shotgun Start (scramble format) 6:00 pm | Cocktails & Dinner Join us for Lambda Legal's inaugural golf event! You will get to enjoy 18 holes of golf at the beautiful Aviara Resort, alongside other LGBT people and allies, while supporting Lambda Legal's important work for equality.  For more information, please contact Holly or John at [address removed] or [masked].  If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, click here: https://secure3.convio.net/lambda/site/Donation2?df_id=4680&4680.donation=form1&s_subsrc=gfsde31x&JServSessionIdr004=22rxg2qmt5.app306a LAMBDA LEGAL Website: l[address removed]
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IV. ★ ★ ★ SPECIAL MESSAGE:  From MUCH BETTER CHOICES & THE PDA & DFA WORKING GROUP ★ ★ ★

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★ ★ ★ Back to our Rapid Response Roots  The mayor needs our support as he gets attacted by the Hotel Industry! ★ ★ ★

Now that one of ours is in office, we can help him.

What's in this issue?  The mayor is doing what is best for us Proactive Response needed! Show the mayor he has our support Let the City Council know we care (and are watching) Stand up for our Mayor Support our cause Got ideas, or need help?

Friend us and like us on Facebook and post videos and comments on your Facebook page.

The mayor is doing what is best for those of us who don't happen to own hotels
In the last days anbd back rooms of the Sanders administration The city of San Diego gave a sweetheart deal to the Hotel and tourism industry.


They got a gaurantee of a tax on the taxpayers and visitors of San Diego.  The multi-million dollar proceeds of this tax do not go towards fixing potholes or anything else to benefit San Diego City or County residents.


They go directly into the pockets of the local hotel owners and the legal counsel to the Tourism board that happens to beon the board of directors of a major Republican PAC.  This boils down to a case of public money being given to private corporate concerns.


Our Mayor knows a bad deal when he smells one.  Bob Filner is holding up payments to the interested parties until a better deal can be negotiated.


In the meantime the hotel owners have sued the city.  The county newspapers, who happen to be owned by a Hotel owner are criticizing the mayor as incompetent and a bully for the act of watching out for the rest of us.

 

Proactive, Rapid Response needed! Yes, I know that a Proactive response is an oxymoron, but we need to ignore that.

Please comment or email the editors of the local newspapers with something like:

If the sweetheart deal the city gave to the private hotel interests isn't bad enough, now we find some of the paid staff of the hotel district are major contributors to Republican campaigns and causes.

The paid legal counsel to the hotel district, who doesn't even live in San Diego, turns out to be on the board of directors of a  Sacramento based Republican PAC.  In other words public money (hotel taxes) which could be used to fix our streets and broken sewers goes to fund Republican candidates.

Go on-line to U-T's web site and comment on the many articles you are likely to see everyday on this issue and how bad the mayor is.  Tweet this information our and put it on your FaceBook page   Show the Mayor that you support him  Send Mayor Filner at email at [address removed] telling him something like...

Dear Mayor Filner:

I am writing to encourage you to stand firm against the hotel special interests. For far too long special interests have used our city to collect money for their private interests. The hotels should be ashamed that they insist that they are entitled to funds that should go to our city.
More outrageously, the hotels pushed  through the council, a sweetheart deal to insure they get their payoff for another 40+ years.  How dare they!  It is time to rescind the 40 year deal and levy an honest tax that goes to repair our streets and sewers. Thank you for standing with the citizens of San Diego!


Let the City Council know you support the Mayor over the Hotel owners. Email the city council members with the same, or a very similar email as the one above that you sent to the mayor.  For your own councilman, you might replace the last sentence with something like:  As a citizen who voted for you, {or "who lives and votes in your district,"} I want to thank you for working in our best interest.  I live in the county and not in the city, so I will end it with something like, "who is concerned about the city,..."


Dist. 1: [address removed] Dist. 2: [address removed]

Dist. 3: [address removed]

Dist. 4: Tony Young (Vacated) Dist. 5: [address removed].

Dist. 6: [address removed] Dist. 7: [address removed]

Dist. 8: [address removed] Dist. 9: [address removed]

Stand up for the Mayor - Literally   As always, if you have questions or suggestions you can contact us at [address removed]

The 2013 Republicans Explained  The new session of Congress is in session and the 2013 Republicans are implementing their new policies for President Obama's new term.

This video describes what we can expect from them.

Please tweet the link (use hashtag #NEWGOP2013) and like it for your facebook page.  youtu.be/YBDblM9UFyg  For more details go to our website: www.muchbetterchoices.com (Cut and Paste into your browser if necessary.)




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★ # 1. THE YOUNG TURKS ACTION: "  TO RESTORE TRUE DEMOCRACY IN THE UNITED STATES  " : WEBSITE: http://www.wolf-pac.com/


To restore true democracy in the United States by pressuring our State Representatives to pass a much needed 28th Amendment to our Constitution which would end corporate personhood and publicly finance all elections in our country. There are only 2 ways to amend the Constitution. (1) Go through our federal government (2) Go through our State Legislators via an Article V. Convention.



Wolf PAC (ACTIVE MEMBERS OF TYT) believes that we can no longer count on our federal government to do what is in the best interest of the American people due to the unfettered amount of money they receive from outside organizations to fund their campaigns. We point to the failure of the Disclose Act as rock solid evidence that this would be a total waste of our time, effort, and money. We also point to the recent decision by the US Supreme Court to not even hear a case filed by Montana claiming it did not have to abide by Citizens United, as proof that state legislation is not a suffient measure to solve this problem. We believe that we have no choice but to put an amendment in the hands of our State Representatives who are not, at this moment in time, completely blinded by the influence of money and might actually do what 86% of the country wants...take away the massive influence that money has over our political process. MICHAEL MONETTE, Director of Organizing, at: [address removed] Article by Mike: Howling Into the Wind: http://www.wolf-pac.com/howling_into_the_wind ABOUT TYT: http://www.wolf-pac.com/about



RESOLUTION TO BE INTRODUCE IN EVERY STATE LEGISLATURE! IF WE GET 38 states to pass this resolution, THIS RESOLUTION MUST be introduced in Congress!

Texas HCR-25

WHEREAS, it was the stated intention of the framers of the Constitution of the United States of America that the Congress of the United States of America should be "dependent on the people alone." (James Madison, Federalist 52); and, WHEREAS, that dependency has evolved from a dependency on the people alone to a dependency on those who spend excessively in elections, through campaigns or third-party groups; and,

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) removed restrictions on amounts of independent political spending; and,

WHEREAS, the removal of those restrictions has resulted in the unjust influence of powerful economic forces, which have supplanted the will of the people by undermining our ability to write our own laws, determine the fate of our state, and choose our political leadership; and

WHEREAS Article V of the United States Constitution requires the United States Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments upon application of two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution; and WHEREAS the State of Texas sees the need for a convention to propose amendments in order to address concerns such as those raised by the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) 130 S.Ct. 876 and related cases and events including those occurring long before or afterward or for a substantially similar purpose, and desires that said convention should be so limited; and WHEREAS the State of Texas desires that the delegates to said convention shall be comprised equally from individuals currently elected to state or local office, or be selected by election in each Congressional district for the purpose of serving as delegates, though all individuals elected or appointed to federal office, now or in the past, be prohibited from serving as delegates to the Convention, and intends to retain the ability to restrict or expand the power of its delegates within the limits expressed above; and WHEREAS the State of Texas intends that this be a continuing application considered together with applications calling for a convention currently pending in the before the 188th Massachusetts legislature as HD.2684 and the 88th Minnesota legislature as S.F. No. 17, and all other passed, pending, and future applications, the aforementioned concerns of Texas notwithstanding until such time as two-thirds of the Several States have applied for a Convention and said Convention is convened by Congress;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the legislature of the State of Texas, speaking through its legislature, and pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, hereby petitions the United States Congress to call a Convention for the purpose of proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America as soon as two-thirds of the several States have applied for a Convention; and Be it further resolved, that the Chief Clerk of the Texas House of Representatives transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, to each Senator and Representative from Texas in the Congress of the United States, to the Governor of each State, and to the presiding officers of each legislative body of each of the several States, requesting the cooperation of the several States in issuing an application compelling Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution.

Ryan Clayton Wolf-PAC : Email : [address removed]


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★ # II . AFL-CIO: " REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING WORKING FAMILIES HOSTAGE! " TO CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEMBER go to: go.aflcio.org/stand-down-now or: http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=5583

Bullies in Congress are threatening to let job-killing, across-the-board budget cuts go forward and to cause a government default that would derail the economic recovery—all to get their way on benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and to keep tax loopholes flowing for Wall Street and the richest 2%.

Enter your info to the right to call your members of Congress now and tell them to stand up to these bullies. *For far too long, they’ve drowned out the voices of working people to push their dangerous agenda of painful cuts to things like health care for our kids and retirement security for our seniors, so they can lavish tax giveaways on their rich corporate donors. The result of this Wall Street agenda is clear—inadequate job growth, wage stagnation and growing inequality. We cannot allow right-wing extremists in Congress to take our economy hostage again. Call your members of Congress now and tell them you’re standing up to the bullies: go.aflcio.org/stand-down-now


★ # III. THE TWO BIGGEST DEBT HOLDERS IN CONGRESS: Interesting article in Open Secrets about the two biggest debt holders in congress – both in San Diego County. Below is clipped from a longer article at: http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/congress-liabilities.html?utm_source=CRP+Mail+List&utm_campaign=b02168333e-Newsletter_2_14_2013&utm_medium=email

" BIG WEALTH, BIG DEBTS "

Ranking No. 1 in congressional debt for 2011 was Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who made a fortune in the car alarm business and has frequently appeared at the top of OpenSecrets.org's list of wealthiest lawmakers (this year he's ranked number two with an average estimated net worth of $480.3 million). Issa owed at least $100 million on two personal loans from Union Bank and Merrill Lynch, but his office to a request for comment on the reason for the loans. Does it make sense that the richest lawmakers would also hold some of the largest debts? Absolutely, according to several sources knowledgeable about wealth management who spoke to OpenSecrets.org. The type of borrowing wealthy people do is often different from the borrowing of the average American, said Allen Laufer, director of financial planning at Silvercrest Asset Management, a financial advisory firm that specializes in helping wealthy families. "Certainly in my experience, we find wealthy people borrow because it's advantageous to do so," Laufer said, in contrast to borrowing to help pay for purchases that are beyond the borrower's means. A large debt may signal a sophisticated financial strategy and opportunity, rather than economic distress, he said. "It's a different kind of borrowing -- one that either enhances returns (on investments) or it is maybe for estate or gift tax planning," Laufer said. Often, wealthy people are able to borrow money at a very low interest rate not generally available to the public; they then invest the funds in something with a higher rate of return. For example, Laufer said, money can currently be borrowed from a family trust at an interest rate of roughly 1 percent.

A distant second to Issa among the biggest debtors of 2011 was freshman Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), whose combined liabilities totaled between $18 million and $90 million. As with Issa, that's not much compared to his overall personal wealth, which, including that debt, we estimate to have been, on average, about $86.2 million. Peters' debts are cryptic: Some lines say nothing more than "CALL SPX - SHORT," for example. Two financial experts we talked to said it appeared that Peters may have been borrowing to short sell an S&P index fund. Several similar entries use different acronyms that could refer to different funds. But Peters' office would provide no further information when we called multiple times. "Scott has complied fully with his reporting requirements and supports this process for government transparency," his communications director, Taylor Lavendar, said in an email. "Voters will have the information they need to be confident he's acting in their best interest and in the best interest of the country."

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★ # VI ***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT By FRANCINE BUBSY FOR " RUN WOMEN RUN " ~ [address removed] or call[masked] **********************************************************


JOIN US FOR THESE SPECIAL EVENTS: International Women of Color Day Reception Mar. 1   International Women's Day with A Nobel Laureate,  ★ Mar. 13 Boards & Commissions Workshop Sponsored , ★ Mar. 14 San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, ★ Mar. 16 St. ~[address removed] or call[masked] ★ MARCH 17 Patrick's Day Party Fundraiser for Lorena Gonzalez,  Mar. 17 ★ MAY 9  Planned Parenthood 50th Anniversary, May 9 ★ Candidate & Campaign Training Series, April 8, May 6, June 3, July 1  ★ On the job with DA Bonnie Dumanis at the Family Justice Center   Greetings! ,   Reach Higher!  We invite you to take advantage of these many opportunities to meet outstanding women leaders.  Their courage truly inspires us to reach higher to achieve our full potential  These events will sell out. Please RSVP today to reserve your space. * ~ [address removed] or call[masked]

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*** WED MARCH 13 at 8:00-9:30 AM International Women's Day Breakfast Leymah Gbowee Nobel Laureate  with Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee Liberian Peace Activist featured in the film, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell " Representatives from the United Nations Commission on the status of women will report on this years gathering.    Wednesday, March 13, 8:00-9:30 AM *Where: Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, USD Purchase tickets online at http://peace.kintera.org/breakfast

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***THURSDAY MARCH 14 at 6:00-8:00 PM Boards & Commissions Workshop Learn how to secure a spot on non-profit, corporate & government boards & commissions. Receive a listing of local boards & commission. Thursday, March 14 6:00-8:00 PM *Where: At the offices of Paul Hastings   4747 Executive Dr. 14th Floor in UTC RWR and Lawyers Club Members: $10   1.0 MCLE credits     RSVP is required ~ [address removed] or call[masked] **********************************************************

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***FRDAY MARCH 15 at 5:00 - 8:00 PM San Diego Women's Hall of Fame   Induction Ceremony and Dinner Join members of Run Women Run for this inspirational evening to honor women leaders from diverse fields  in San Diego.  Friday, March 15   5:00 - 8:00 PM *Where: UCSD Price Center East Ballroom 9500 Gilman Dr., (Corner of Lyman Ave. & Myers Dr.) San Diego, CA 92093 $75.00 General    $60 Seniors   $45 Students     RSVP ~ [address removed] or call[masked]

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***SUNDAY MARCH 17 at 3:00 - 5:00 PM Lorena Gonzalez Candidate 80th Assembly District St. Patrick's Day Party in support of  Lorena Gonzalez Sunday, March 17, 2013 3:00 - 5:00 PM *Where: At the home of Francine Busby, 2235 Ruddy Duck CT, Cardiff-by-the Sea, CA Run Women Run Member $100 Guest: $150 Host: $250 To RSVP: Contact Joe at (619)[masked] or [address removed]

★★★  CANDIDATE & CAMPAIGN TRAINING ★★★ SERIES  ★★★

***MONDAY APRIL 8 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM Candidate & Campaign Training At Hera Hub 9710 Scranton Rd. Ste. 16, San Diego CA Reserve your space for the series or individual sessions Realities of Running Evaluating Your Race - Overview    Monday, April 8 6:00 - 8:00 PM

***MONDAY MAY 6 at :00 - 8:00 PM Nuts & Bolts   Organizing your Campaign Monday, May 6

***Monday, June 3 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM Speaking & Messaging Developing your speeches,  communications & media Monday, June 3

***JULY 1 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM All About Fundraising Making the "Ask" Filing & Finances Monday, July 1

Co-sponsored by  San Diego County Democratic     Presented by   Francine Busby & a team of experts    Series of 4 Workshops $100 Individual Sessions: $35

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***THURSDAY MAY 9 at 5:30 PM Stand up with Planned Parenthood in support of women's reproductive health rights & justice 50th Anniversary Dinner *Where: Bay Front Hilton, San Diego Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM   Contribution: $150  RSVP   Add a note after your RSVP to join the RWR table.

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***FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2013 8:00 - 9:00 AM On the job with District Attorney BONNIE DUMANIS at the San Diego Family Justice Center   District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis   Run Women Run invites you to meet our elected women "on the job" to learn more about the work that they do and how their perspective as a woman affects the policies that they make. This is a unique opportunity to visit the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center where victims of domestic violence find the services and support they need in one efficient center.  This was the first center of its kind in the nation and has become a model for other cities.   Friday, June 7, 2013 8:00 - 9:00 AM *Where: San Diego Family Justice Center ,1122  Broadway, San Diego There is NO validated parking. There is no charge for this event ~ FREE ADMISSION Space is limited. Please RSVP ~ [address removed] or call[masked]

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To RSVP by mail for any event  ~  Please Make Your Check Payable to Run Women Run and Mail it to 1531 Grand Ave. Ste. D, San Marcos, CA 92078  For more information contact: [address removed] or call[masked] ****************

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★ # V.

University of California San Diego VISUAL ARTS DEPT. PRESENTS 2013 ART EXHIBITION ★ We'd love your company to open at UCSD University Art Gallery ★ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151305687992572
★ We'd love your company to open at UCSD University Art Gallery ★
★ FROM FEB 21 thru MAY 10, 2013 EXHIBITION - On exhibition from February 21 through May 10, 2013, We'd love your company is a new project with New York-based artist ETHAN BRECKENRIDGE, organized in collaboration with the University Art Gallery (UAG) at the University of California, San Diego. The project extends an open invitation to publics to repurpose the UAG into a negotiated space of research, dialogue, performance, sociality, and activism. The gallery becomes a place where the assumptions of participatory formats in art practice and popular culture, are thought through, discussed, performed and tested through a program of events and conditions of in/hospitable space.
★T he physical walls of the gallery, which previously served to delineate separate display spaces and to maximize surface area for exhibition of artworks, are cut out and reconstructed to provide a physical platform, as well as other ambiguous grounded structures, that invite indeterminate use. Translucent scrims, scattered throughout the newly opened space, allow guests to erect mutable enclosures and barriers, while life-size figures, enlarged from architectural models, populate the space as its imagined and real participants. Through this redesign, Breckenridge acts as architect and host to ambivalent inhabitation by all guests and collaborators - both allied and adversarial, idealized and actualized.
We'd love your company parlays the open invitation into a call for program proposals as a transactional vehicle for the use and exchange of space and time by the UAG's most proximate public, the university student(s), as well as its ancillary publics, the "community." Parallel to this invitation, We'd love your company hosts a series of guest lectures, performances, and workshops that critically respond to the participatory imperative in contemporary art practices and political institutions. Alongside this programming, the performance of an adapted teleplay and th screening of a video, both produced by Breckenridge, consider projective and reflexive instances of the hospitable gesture and participation in piecemeal, narrative forms.
Over the course of the exhibition, a progressive publication will document the project in a self-archiving format to become a flexible instruction manual that invites further reflection and both auspicious and dubious participation.
An opening reception with the artist will take place on February 21, 5:30 - 8:30pm, and a performance of Across a Tiled Pathway will commence at 6:30pm.
★ Call for Proposals: Members of publics are invited to propose event programs as part of, or separate from, the exhibition. We welcome all proposals! Conferences, performances, seminars, gabfests, team building sessions, social gatherings, tête-à-tête's, etc. To propose an event program, or for any related inquiries, please e-mail [address removed] with your name, organization, potential dates and times, a brief description, potential equipment/material needs, your contact information, and "YOUR PROGRAM HERE" in the subject line. ★  Program Schedule
Opening Reception Thursday, February 21, 5:30-8:30pm 6:30pm performance of " Across a Tiled Pathway", an adapted teleplay by ETHAN BRECKENRIDGE .
★ Artist in Conversation Friday, February 22, 11:00am Artist ETHAN BRECKENRIDGE in conversation with curator MICHELLE Y. HYUN.
Student Loans Monday, March 11 - Saturday, March 23, 24 hours/day A 24-hour study space and milieu recreation of a reclaimed library during winter quarter final exams, hosted by the UCSD Public Education Coalition. Study supplies and refreshments will be provided.
★ Premiere Screening Thursday, March 28, 4:00pm Premiere screening of a video produced by ETHAN BRECKENRIDGE at UCSD. The video will be screened continuously during exhibition hours in the UAG video gallery thereafter.
★ Contemporary Art's Evasive Social Reality Wednesday, April 3, 6:00pm A talk by SUHAIL MALIK, with corresponding shadow puppetry performance by VAN C. TRAN, proposes an art that avows its institutional condition and limitation. Co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Department, Discursive & Curatorial Production Initiative
★ A Specific Piece of Music Thursday, April 11, 4:00pm A musical performance by RACHEL MASON, in collaboration with The Preuss School UCSD, invites both participation and spectatorship by the uninitiated.
★ Visiting Artist Lecture Monday, April 22, 4:00pm A talk by MARTHA ROSIER . Co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Department, Visiting Artist Lecture Series
★ Front Page Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm A performance-based workshop by LIZ MAGIC LASER, in collaboration with ACTOR AUDREY CRABTREE, draws on the language of the corporate retreat and the work of Brazilian theater director Augusto Boal.
★ All events will take place at the University Art Gallery. ★ For more detailed information on these events and guests, please visit the UAG website, http://uag.ucsd.edu/talks-and-events/future.shtml
★ About the Artist ETHAN BRECKENRIDGE (b. Madison, Wisconsin, 1977) lives and works in New York. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Columbia University. He has exhibited in galleries and institutions internationally and has produced projects for unitednationsplaza in Berlin, Germany (2006), Goethe Institut's Ludlow38 in New York (2008), the Museo Patino in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (2009), and the Sommerakademie at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland (2009). Most recently, he exhibited at Greshams Ghost in Baltimore, The Zabludowicz Collection in London, UK, Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York, and The Suburban in Chicago.
★ About the University Art Gallery *WHERE: University Art Gallery Mandeville Center, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA[masked] ★ Contact INFO: Tel[masked] / Fax [masked] /  Website: [address removed] / uag.ucsd.edu ★ Tuesday & Thursday 11am - 5pm, Wednesday & Friday 11am - 7:30pm Free Admission ★ Media Contacts: Grant Kester, [address removed] Merete Kjaer, [address removed] Sheena Ghanbari, [address removed], [masked]__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
# VI. Bernie’s news conference » http://billmoyers.com/content/preview-bernie-sanders-on-why-big-media-shouldnt-get-bigger/ •Sign Bernie’s petition » http://www.sanders.senate.gov/petition/?uid=76f1a6c9-0caa-47ce-9171-6b62ccbbfd3a • Read the senators’ letter to the FCC (pdf) » http://www.sanders.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FCC%20Media%20Ownership%20Letter% 2011%2030%202012.pdf________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

# VII ★ GUN CONTROL ★:We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” --President Obama Hours after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed 28 lives, including 20 children, President Obama promised the nation he would take action. The harsh truth is that we’ve heard this promise before. After Aurora. After Tucson. After Virginia Tech. After Columbine. Promises are not enough. We need action -- and we need your help to make sure that this time the president follows through. Forward this email and ask your friends and family to join more than 300,000 in signing our petition to Demand A Plan: www.DemandAPlan.org Click here: https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http://www.demandaplan.org/newtown -- To share the Demand A Plan petition on Facebook. CLICK HERE: https://twitter.com/intent/tweetsource=webclient&text=Join+me+in+telling+@BarackObama:+I+%23DemandAPlan+to+end+gun+violence:+http://DemandAPlan.org to ask your friends to join you in tweeting at the President. 34 Americans are murdered with guns every day in America. That means more than 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns in the President Obama’s second term -- and he has no plan to address gun violence. Now is the time to talk about guns. Now is the time to prevent more pointless deaths. Now is the time to Demand A Plan to end gun violence. Thank you for spreading the word, Mark Glaze, Mayors Against Illegal Guns Website: www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org
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★ # VIII. STOP MEDIA CONSOLIDATION! SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS is leading a fight against a Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow fewer and fewer news media conglomerates to control more and more television stations, radio stations and newspapers. “We’re going to do everything we can to prevent it from happening,” Bernie told Bill Moyers in an interview that will air this weekend on Moyers & Company. Media concentration limits the public's access to unbiased information about important issues, drowns out independent voices, hurts local news and community affairs coverage, eliminates competition and discourages diversity in ownership. The FCC could issue an order on the rule change as early as January. You can help stop the FCC by signing Bernie’s petition go to: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/petition/?uid=76f1a6c9-0caa-47ce-9171-6b62ccbbfd3a Watch a preview of Moyers & Company » Check your local listings for Moyers & Company » •____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

★ # IX. ★ SUNDAY, MARCH 3 thru THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013 " UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 57TH SESSION " March 3 - 14, 2013, in New York City. [Photo: WIN at the UN CSW 2005 with Japanese and Afghan Interns] The Theme this year is "The Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women"'. WIN is accrediting delegates now to the UN CSW sessions. Pre-registration deadline is January 12, 2013 . If you are interested, contact WIN at [address removed]. WIN is convening a panel in a series with the San Francisco Department on Women and US Women Connect : Winning Strategies To End Violence Against Women - Local, National and Global Models WATCH FOR OUR JANUARY E-NEWS ! We have plans to Reboot a US Women's Agenda with a National Conference on US Women - the first since 1978. STAY TUNED! Check out our upgraded Weblog and Tweet and Friend us at our Facebook. Website: http://www.win-cawa.org/ Weblog: http://winwomenspeak.wordpress.com/ TWEET: http://twitter.com/wincawa FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Womens-Intercultural-Network-WIN/110843312284299?ref=ts
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★ # X. MUCH BETTER CHOICES NEWSLETTER: www.MuchBetterChoices.com

 

It's a new day - Our Candidates and Propositions Won! Now they have to govern.... ...and we need to help them! What's in this issue? Now that our favorite candidates are in office how can we help them? Mayor Filner. Join in with the PDA.

Facebook tip Help us gain ground for our candidates and office holders Got ideas, or need help? Friend us and like us on Facebook and post videos and comments on your Facebook page. Thanks!!!

With your participation we tried new things. We had major successes. Now we need to help our new office holders govern and then get re-elected!


As we mentioned in our last Newsletter, we all need to pat ourselves on the back for the work we did using social media to get the word out about our favored candidates. ...and they all won!!! It is very unlikely that the Republicans are sitting around feeling sorry for themselves. They will be studying what we did and making every attempt to one-up us in the next elections. In the meantime, we have a task that we haven't had a lot of experience with. Along with working on a re-election strategy for our office holders, we have a new task of helping them govern.
Mayor Filner's new director of open government, Donna Frye, has already met with us at the December PDA meeting and she asked for our help.

So, we will start with Mayor Filner and as our successes rack up we will add other office holders to our strategy. We have every intention of continuing to use the Social Media Network that we all created and was so successful during the election cycle. But, first we need to get together and work out strategy and discuss exactly what we want to accomplish.


Defending Mayor Filner; Advancing a Progressive Agenda While we all have been successful in helping elect the first Democratic mayor of San Diego in years, we can not afford to sit back. Mayor Filner is already under attack from Republican special interests and right-wing media and needs our support. Mayor Filner came into office only to find that the claims of the former mayor about a budget surplus was a myth and that in fact the city is over $30,000,000.00 in debt. Add to that the city council recently granted to special interests huge corporate welfare benefits that will cost taxpayer millions. Corporate interests, convinced the city council to give corporate welfare handouts to the visitors bureau and to a well connected hotel group. Both actions will cost taxpayers dearly. The bottom line is that Mayor Filner can not count on the city council to advance progressive programs. He needs our active support.


We can support the mayor in two ways:


First, we must proactively push back against the special interests and Republican media that still assume they run the city. Second, we must be working to promote progressive ideas that can be implemented in our city. Our time is now. We must think of what can be done to make our city and county truly the finest. We can take ideas from other cities that implemented programs that work. Programs for a greener city Programs that protect our city in a cost effective way Programs that develop transportation systems that do not just pour more concrete for cars Programs that protect our housing and our neighborhoods


We can do but we must all join in now. The San Diego Progressive Democrats of America Metro Chapter (PDA) is gearing up to do all this. Will you join in? We need you now more than ever.
On Wednesday, APRIL 3rd, 2013 the PDA will meet at *Where: Giovanni's Pizza at 9553 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. at 7:00PM.

 

Please join us! The PDA/DFA meeting is the first Wednesday of every month. There is no fee to "join" but you are encouraged to have dinner there so that we don't have to pay extra for the room. We are in the process of re-chartering the PDA San Diego chapter.

If you would lo join the PDA, you can do so at www.pdamerica.org and click on "Join PDA." Other than getting occasional donation request emails, there is no charge.


Facebook Tip: If you still need a Facebook account or a Twitter account, you can get instructions on how to do it on our website at www.MuchBetterChoices.com (Cut and Paste into your browser, if necessary.) Click on "Get Social" on the menu near the top of the screen.

 

Help MBC Gain New Ground for our Candidates, Office Holders, and issues We are thrilled with what we all accomplished during 2012.

Needless to say, we want to keep up the momentum going to help our candidates and office holders implement change. Your donations to MBC will help defray some of the costs.
You can find a link to a "donate" page on our website at: www.MuchBetterChoices.com (Cut and Paste into your browser, if necessary.)

Or, there is a direct link at: bit.ly/QYcYGJ Any help would be greatly appreciated.
As always, if you have questions or suggestions you can contact us at [address removed]. Or, speak with us at the next PDA Meeting

The 2013 Republicans Explained: The new session of Congress is in session and the 2013 Republicans are implementing their new policies for President Obama's new term. This video describes what we can expect from them. Please tweet the link (use hashtag #NEWGOP2013) and like it for your facebook page. youtu.be/YBDblM9UFyg
For more details go to our website: www.muchbetterchoices.com (Cut and Paste into your browser if necessary.)


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