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EXCLUSIVE!!! HOWARD DEAN TALKS About NOT getting the HHS & his POST-DNC PLANS!!!***SUPPORT CITY COUNCIL REFORM ON MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009, AT 2PM ******Join GLORIA STEINIEM & GRACIA MOLINA de PICK International Women's Day Celebration, Friday March 6, 4:30

From: Carol C.
Sent on: Sunday, March 1, 2009 3:36 PM
***Exclusive: Dean Talks About Not Getting HHS And Post-DNC Plans***

Vermont Democrat, whose supporters were hoping to see him end up as Secretary of Health and Human Services, summed up his plans this way: "It is sort of outside government but doing the things that I want to do anyway."The

Buoyed by the opportunity to tackle so many different projects, Dean nevertheless didn't hide the fact that his preference was to serve in the Obama administration. "I was pretty clear that I would have liked to have been Secretary of HHS but it is the president's choice and he decided to go in a different direction," he said. As for the person who got the HHS nod over him - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas - he said: "I think she will be very good. She is a very nice person and I think she will be fine."

Despite spending four years deep in the trenches of political warfare, Dean won't be winding down. In a phone interview with the Huffington Post he listed seven full-to-part-time gigs that he has lined up for the months and years ahead. Chief among them would be to renew his work with Democracy for America, the organization that he founded to build on the grassroots success of his presidential campaign.

"I'll be most interested in their health care stuff," he said. "Not only pushing for a health care bill but for one with meaningful reform."

In addition, Dean says he plans to work with foreign governments, specifically in Europe - where he is traveling this week - to advise progressive parties and interests. In France, he says, he will help groups looking to diversify their political coalitions. "They all want to take advantage of the Obama mania," he said. "They are wondering where their Obama is. So we are going to talk about diversity."

As for domestic politics, there won't be any individual consulting, at least in the near future. "Probably not," he said. "We will of course be doing stuff through Democracy for America. But I don't really plan to be a political consultant."

For Dean, who will be based in Vermont while traveling often to D.C., employment doesn't end there. The governor will work closely with the National Democratic Institute on topics such as spreading democracy and monitoring elections. He will serve as a Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant at the firm McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. He will also work on early childhood education with a pilot program in New York City. Additionally, through the Harry Walker Agency, Dean will give paid-for speeches.

Those close to Dean say that the broad range of focus is something that will suit him well, having been a governor of a state for six terms. But they fully expect him to remain uniquely engaged in the health care battles, the issue about which he is most passionate. Asked to assess the Obama administration's approach to reform - as witnessed by the $630 billion set aside for health care in the budget - Dean offered a detailed analysis and strong praise.

"The budget was an important first step," he said. "And now the question is the substance of the bill... What the Obama campaign's proposal does is get rid of the Harry and Louise stuff and this is socialized medicine stuff. Because Harry and Louise relied on deceiving people about a new plan that they wouldn't be able to understand. President Obama is not proposing a new plan that the American people won't understand. What he is proposing is if you want what you have you can keep it. If you want to have private insurance you can. If you want to have Medicare you can have that too... there is no boogeyman in this plan."
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******Join Gloria Steinem! & Gracia Molina de Pick!
International Women's Day celebration, Friday March 6, 4:30pm,
San Diego LGBT Community Center,3909 Centre St, San Diego, CA 92103******

International Women's Day celebration with Gloria Steinem Presented by Gracia Molina de Pick

DATE: Friday, March 6, 2009

TIME: 4:30 to 6:30 pm (Program at 5:30)

WHERE: San Diego LGBT Community Center,3909 Centre St, San Diego, CA 92103

RSVP: San Diego LGBT Community Center,3909 Centre St, San Diego, CA 92103 or
Center on Policy Initiatives (619)[masked]

CPI co-sponsors San Diego LGBT Community Center
3909 Centre St, San Diego, CA 92103
$10 Donation (at the door)
$5 for Students, Seniors, or Limited income
To benefit UCSD Chicana feminist research

Gloria Steinem is one of the most influential voices for women's rights and equality. She became a renowned leader of the women's movement in the 1970's, when she co-founded Ms., the first national feminist magazine, and helped to create the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Action Alliance, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

International Women's Day was born from labor movement struggles in the U.S. and Europe. Today, unions remain a vehicle for women to secure better pay, benefits and safer working conditions.

Sponsored by:
Commission on the Status of Women of San Diego County * San Diego Human Relations Commission * San Diego LGBT Community Center * San Diego Democratic Club * San Diego Women's Democratic Club * Chicano Democratic Association * Activist San Diego * Stonewall Democratic Club * Imperial Court de San Diego * Center on Policy Initiatives

Center on Policy Initiatives
3727 Camino del Rio South, Ste 100
San Diego, CA 92108 : (619)[masked]




Dear Friend,

On Monday, March 2, 2009, at 2 pm the City Council will be voting on changing some of the Rules of Council. It is listed as agenda Item #200, and includes the following important reforms that will bring greater openness, effectiveness and independence to the City Council:

Rule 4.2 Selection of the President:
Mandates that the Council President shall be elected by a majority of the City Council on the first Monday after the first day of December. The President shall serve for a term of one year and is eligible to serve more than one term;

Reform 1: Expand Use of Evening and District Meetings:
Allow for one evening meeting per month, usually to be held at City Hall, on the first Monday of the month, from 4:30 ? 9:00 pm;

Reform 2: Expand Access to the Docket:
Any item requested by three City Councilmembers in writing shall be docketed for a full Council hearing within 45 days of the request.

These changes will help improve the public?s ability to participate in City Council decisions and continue the effort to make our city government open and transparent to the people of San Diego. With your support we can make that happen..

What You Can Do:
* You can participate and express your point of view a number of ways on this issue.

*First, you can attend the public hearing and speak at the meeting by filling out a speaker slip for Item #200 in support of Rule 4.2, Reform 1 and Reform 2. The meetings of the City Council are held at 202 C Street on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building.

*If you wish to attend the meeting but do not wish to speak, you can still fill out a speaker slip noting your position and marking the box on the slip that you do not wish to speak.

*Finally, you can e-mail, write, call or send a fax regarding Item #200 stating that you support implementing Rule 4.2, Reform 1 and Reform 2 to the City Councilmembers and Mayor. The contact information is provided below for your convenience:

Mayor Jerry Sanders
Phone: (619)[masked]
Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

District 1:
Councilmember Sherri Lightner, Phone: (619)[masked], Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

District 2:
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, Phone: (619)[masked], Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

District 3:
Councilmember Todd Gloria, Phone: (619)[masked], Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

District 4:
Councilmember Anthony Young, Phone: (619)[masked], Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

District 5:
Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Phone: (619)[masked],Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

District 6:
Councilmember Donna Frye, Phone: (619)[masked], Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

District 7:
Councilmember Marti Emerald, Phone: (619)[masked], Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

District 8:
Councilmember Ben Hueso, Phone: (619)[masked],Fax: (619)[masked]
Email: [address removed]

Councilmember Donna Frye, Sixth Council District, 202 C Street, MS 10A, San Diego, CA 92101

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