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The San Diego Democracy for America Meetup Group Message Board › I. All Listing Calendar of Events: *AUGUST * SEPT * OCT * etc. ★ II.

I. All Listing Calendar of Events: *AUGUST * SEPT * OCT * etc. ★ II. Announcements & Info ★ #3. LINKS ★

Carol C.
Group Organizer
San Diego, CA
★ ★ ★    I.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS  ALL LISTINGS!     ★ ★ ★

★ ★ ★ ***** ★ ★ ★ AUGUST 2013 ★ ★ ★ *****  ★ ★ ★

***  SUN AUG 25 at  6:00 PM - 10:00 PM " 38th ANNUAL NICKY AWARDS - Honoring Outstanding Achievement in the Community " at the Marriott Mission Valley - an evening of glamour, celebration and great entertainment. Nominations are open through June 30 and the nomination party will be held at Martin is Above Fourth on July 8 at 7pm. Online voting will take place from July 15-August 15, with Multiple Voting Parties on August 9 and 10. For more information or to vote, visit Where:  San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley - The Pavillion, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, SD CA 94108

*** MON AUG 26 at   Monday, August 26, 5 pm WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY Let's celebrate and acknowledge the 72-year struggle by those dedicated women who fought to gain the right to vote in 1920!     We invite you to join us in conversation about today's meaning and interpretation of "Women's Equality" in the community, the home and the workplace.  Share your stories of equality issues from your life and enjoy hearing about the experiences of other women.     We need to talk!  Refreshments will be served.  FREE Women's Museum of California Phone: 619-233-7963 * Where Women's Museum of California,  2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA 92106 619-233-7963


*** TUES AUG 27 at 6:00PM "   PAINT & PALATE  & FUN  ~  DISCOVER YOUR CREATIVE SIDE  ~    AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE! " Have fun painting and sipping wine while raising money for the Women's Museum of California and STAT! (Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking). Join us Tuesday August 27, 6pm at the Women's Museum of California.  No experience necessary! Paint and Palate will bring all the supplies you need to create your very own masterpiece in the style of a famous woman painter of our time.  A great GIRL'S NIGHT OUT event. You may be the next Georgia O'Keefe! Register Now! Go to:­ If you have any further questions about the event or registration please email us at or call us 619 233 7963. Thanks and hope to see you at the event!     Women's Museum of California Phone: 619-233-7963 * Where Women's Museum of California,  2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA 92106 619-233-7963

*** THUR AUG 29 at  5:00PM Thursday, August 29, 5 pm SUFFRAGE RALLY and PARADE Balboa Park, 6th and Laurel  One of our most popular events! Dress up in vintage clothing, bring your organizations banners and signs, and  Where:meet us at the Kate Sessions statue at 5 pm for an old fashioned RALLY with famous women activists, past and present. Then, march across the Laurel Street Bridge into the Organ Pavilion and onto the grassy area for a picnic, concert and networking. Suffrage Flyer you can print - Call 619= 233=7963 email: Women's Museum of California located in NTC Liberty Station,  Barracks 16 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106  619 233-7963


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***SUN  SEPT  1 Tickets go on sale for ***TUES OCT 15 ALL FEMALE MARIACHI CONCERT October 13 *Where: On the green at NTC Liberty Station Tickets available on September 1.

***WED SEPT 4  at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website:­

***FRI SEPT 6 at  5:30PM Will you join us? Two of the biggest champions for LGBT rights in Congress, Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema and San Diego’s own Scott Peters, will come together in celebration of the great strides that the LGBT community has recently made.
Congresswoman Sinema is the first openly bisexual member of Congress and Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. Congressman Peters is also member of the Caucus and also served as a board member of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Both are personally committed to fighting for full LGBT equality. They hope you will be able join them for a fantastic evening in Sunset Cliffs as they celebrate past successes and plan for future action.  When: Friday, September 6, 2013 5:30 PM Where: The home of Bryan Wildenthal & Ashish Agrawal San Diego, CA  To RSVP online click here or you can email me with any questions at  See you there!  Mike P.S. Know someone who might want to attend? Forward this email to 3 right now friends and encourage them to join us!
Sign up  to lead a Draw the Line action on September 21st to PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM CLIMATE CHANGE! AND send a message to President Obama that there's no turning back -- to keep his climate promises, he needs to reject Keystone XL.  Over the past two years tens of thousands of people have stepped into the streets to stop Keystone XL -- rallying, risking arrest, showing up at Obama events, and taking action to stop the pipeline directly.  Now President Obama has said that he's willing to reject the pipeline if it significantly impacts the climate. Well, it would, and We need to show the President that it's time to draw the line, and stop Keystone XL for GOOD!   Click here for an organizers guide, including creative ideas for actions: go to:­


*** SAT SEPT 21, 2013 at 10:30AM to 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
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 or 619-994-9648. If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, click here: https://secure3.convi...­[/url]...LAMBDA LEGAL Website: lambda-legal@lambdalegal.or­g Where: at the beautiful Aviara Resort • Where: Aviara Resort Golf Club, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive Carlsbad, CA 92011



*** THURS  SEPT 26 at 6:00PM to 9:30PM Green Experts Academy presents "San Diego Civic Crisis: Where Does The Green Sector Go From Here?" Green Experts Academy Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) San Diego, CA     I am organizing an evening forum, on Sept. 26th, which will be frank but civil, and focused on our green future in San Diego. I think we have to start taking ownership now. Panels of experts, activists and electeds. I hope Progressives are interested. We keep it affordable at $23 per ticket, free parking dessert and coffee included. Hope you can share with your list. Registration is at http://sdgreensector....­ Where: Cricket Communications Inc. Headquarters 5887 Copley Dr  San Diego, CA 92111 More details coming soon... Thank you, Kathleen  Professor Kathleen M. Connell, M.A.   email: Registration is at http://sdgreensector....­


***SUN SEPT 29 at "24th ANNUAL AIDS WALK/RUN  -  ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? " THE LARGEST ONE DAY HIV/AIDS FUNDRAISER in SAN DIEGO COUNTY! " Where: IN BALBOA PARK Summer To-Do List – Register for AIDS Walk San Diego! GO  TO:­ In the wake of last week's historic marriage equality decisions, this summer could not be off to a better start!   Now, you can make it even better by checking one more item off of your must-do list this summer – register for AIDS Walk today! It’s quick and easy and will leave you with plenty of time to prepare for all the fabulous weddings!    By registering today, you'll jump start our fundraising efforts and help us get the word about exciting new additions to this year’s event. Not only does this year's event feature new routes for both the Walk and Run, but there will also be a fun and unique “Street Challenge” obstacle course! Early registration rates for the Street Challenge are available now.  The 24th annual AIDS Walk San Diego will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 in Balboa Park.   This inspiring community event is San Diego County’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser – generating HIV awareness and much-needed funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations. It’s vital that we continue to step up and support the approximately 12,500 people living with HIV in our community and show them we care.  For more info, please check out our website at­ or visit and “like” our Facebook page at­. Where: IN BALBOA PARK
*** SUN SEPT 29 2013 " Get crowned in 2013! " Reply-To: "The Center's AIDS Walk, Run & Street Challenge"  Go the Extra Mile for AIDS Walk and Get Your Crown!At AIDS Walk, we owe a great debt of gratitude to a very special group of people who register forAIDS Walk, Run & Street Challenge San Diego and set the incredible goal of raising $1,000 for this important community fundraising event.   These dedicated individuals are known as members of the “Extra Mile Club” – and you’ll recognize them as the folks wearing those dazzling and stylish gold crowns on AIDS Walk Sunday.   This year, we’d like to invite you to consider joining the “Extra Mile Club” when you register. Not only will you help us generate much-needed resources for our fight against HIV/AIDS in San Diego, you’ll get crowned, too!  Registration for the 24th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 29 is now in full swing.   By registering at this time, you’ll have time to meet your fundraising goals whether you walk, run or take the new “Street Challenge Obstacle Course.” And, we will be truly grateful for your commitment and generosity, as will the 12,500 people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego County.  For more info, or to register, visit our website at then visit and “like” our Facebook page at


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*** WED OCT 2, 2103 from 6:00-10:00PM In Washington, D.C. " 2013 EVENING with the 21st Annual STARS of ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARDS DINNER " The Alliance to Save Energy Using Less. Doing more. presents The 2013   Stars of Energy Efficiency Are...   Seven diverse, yet equally outstanding leaders in energy efficicency! Congratulations to the 2013 Star of Energy Efficiency Award Recipients: Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus has been selected by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) to receive the prestigious Chairman’s Award for his commitment to helping make the U.S. Navy a global leader in energy efficiency. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will receive the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service for its investments to spur energy efficiency improvements for businesses and homes in 10 Northeastern states. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is awarded the Galaxy Star award for implementing a comprehensive sustainability plan which achieved outstanding energy and energy efficiency improvements in the Metro’s fleet and buildings. Lime Energy is the recipient of the Super Nova Star award for its Small Business Direct Install model which works with nine utilities in six states to help small businesses become more energy efficient. Keystone HELP is this year’s Andromeda Star award recipient for providing low-cost financing options to help Pennsylvania residents perform energy-saving ENERGY STAR improvements in their homes. Whirlpool Corporation is this year’s Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency award recipient for introducing a new line of Smart Grid home appliances that will educate consumers on how to avoid peak times to maximize energy efficiency. The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore is receiving the International (I-Star) award for its commitment to achieve a national target of greening at least 80% of the buildings in Singapore by 2030. Join us!  Over 500 industry leaders, including members of Congress, high-ranking administration officials, and titans of industry, will gather on October 2nd at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. to raise a glass in recognition of the monumental achievements made by these stellar award winners. Learn more about the 2013 award recipients via the tabs on the dinner homepage:­ Become a part of this 21st annual celebration by contacting Marcy Devaney for information about sponsorship, tables and seating options. We look forward to seeing you in your black-tie best in October! Where: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington D.C.

***WED OCT 2 at 7-8:45PM  " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email:­ *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website:­

***FRIDAY & SATURDAY ***OCTOBER 4 & 5 *** San Diego County Democratic Convention! *** The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! *** WHERE: at Pala Casino & Resort  11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059 (View a schedule and more details at All of the "Package" options below include the reception and dinner on Friday, Convention registration and the luncheon on Saturday, and a guest room at Pala on Friday night. Alternatively, you may pay for the Friday or Saturday events individually, without the overnight stay.   We will email you immediately after you register to gather any other details needed for your reservation.  Feel free to contact the Democratic Party at (858) 277-3367 or­ for assistance or more details.  REGISTER at:­
** Registration is now open for the San Diego County Democratic Convention! The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! Experience a political convention this October 4-5 that's fun, informative, affordable, and close to home.
We expect space to fill up quickly at our spectacular venue, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, so make your reservation today at the new Convention website:­ For as little as $45 you can register for a full day of activities including breakfast, workshops, general sessions, and more.
Or select the All-Inclusive Package for $240 and enjoy a Chair's Reception and dinner on Friday, a guest room Friday night at Pala's award-winning resort, and a special luncheon on Saturday (per person, based on double occupancy). he fifth biennial Convention organized by the San Diego County Democratic Party, this year's event will include participation from many Democrats in neighboring counties, making it Southern California's Democratic event of the year.  You'll meet and hear from statewide and local candidates and elected officials, participate in stimulating trainings and panel discussions, and enjoy networking and socializing with Democrats from throughout the region. The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! Sign up at­ email:­, or call (858) 277-3367.


*** SAT OCT 19 AT  6:00PM - 10:00PM" THE CENTER'S 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA! " The Center’s Gala brings together hundreds of our closest friends and partners for equality *Where: at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for a delightful evening of dinner and dancing in support of our vital health and human rights programs. Join San Diego’s finest to enjoy a cocktail hour, fabulous silent auction, live entertainment, delicious gourmet dinner and mercifully brief program that lets you enjoy friends and dance the night away. Whether you care about equality, youth, seniors, families, our Latino brothers and sisters, those living with HIV, or community health, you’ll care about this event!  Buy your table or tickets online. The Center >
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THE CENTER'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront. From a single answering machine set up in a utility closet to a thriving community center that provided more than 50,000 service visits last year alone, The San Diego LGBT Community Center has grown steadily for forty years.  Now, we invite you to join over 800 of your closest friends to celebrate The Center’s Ruby Anniversary! Enjoy a lively silent auction, 3-course gourmet dinner, signature cocktails and lots of dancing as we recall the triumphs and challenges of the last four decades. Whether you wore bellbottoms, stirrup pants, bike shorts or skinny jeans when you first came to The Center, we hope that you will save the date for this special anniversary gala and journey with us across the years from Disco to Techno. Proceeds benefit more than 40 vital community programs and services at The Center. Tax ID#: 23-7332048

***TUES OCT 15  ALL FEMALE MARIACHI CONCERT October 13 On the green at NTC Liberty Station Tickets available on September 1.


***TUES OCT. October 24: " VOW's 5th Annual Beyond Borders Benefit " when we will honor the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs. ***November 8: Five Rings Financial will stage a 2nd Expo to benefit VOW. email:­ phone: 858-642-6771 web: http://www.voicesofwo...­

*** FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 to SATURDAY OCTOBER 26 *** ASSEMBLY AUDUBON 2013 *** Begins at  12:00PM/Noon on FRIDAY 10/25, 2013 > Ends 2:00PM, SATURDAY 10/26/2013     Audubon Assembly 2013 - Boots on the Ground Tickets in Palm Harbor, FL, United States http://florida-audubo...­ 2013 - Boots on the Ground Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:00 PM to Saturday, October 26, 2013, 2:00 PM Where: Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, 36750 Us Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34683 Please enable JavaScript and refresh your browser to continue. TICKETS PRICE FEES QUANTITY Early-Bird Assembly Ticket More Info $129.00 $0.00


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***WED NOV 6 at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email:­ *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website:­


Wednesday, November 6, 2013  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. SAVE THE DATE Please join the Campaign for America's Future in WASHINGTON, D.C.  & the Institute for America's Future for Honoring Margery Tabankin, Activist, Organizer, Advocate, Strategist Lifetime Achievement Award Leo W. Gerard  International President, United Steelworkers Progressive Champion Award Featuring remarks by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Wednesday, November 6, 2013  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Arena Stage 1101 Sixth Street SW • Washington, D.C. • 20024 Additional details and registration information to follow.  PURCHASE TICKETS AT http://caf2013-earlyb...­
This year’s Audubon Assembly focuses on Florida's inspiring grassroots citizen science and volunteer conservation efforts. Learn how Audubon and our dedicated "boots on the ground" supporters are using cutting-edge science to preserve and protect our state's most precious resources.
NOTE: During checkout, Ticketleap will ask you for a password - use any password you wish. This is only needed in case you need to make changes to your order. Also, you may choose to log in with Facebook or Twitter, which is very easy and safe. :)
The 2013 Audubon Assembly is designed to inspire you to get your boots on the ground. Our signature conservation event brings together representatives of Audubon’s 35,000 members and 44 chapters with conservation leaders, scientists, educators and policy makers. Through nature-inspired walking workshops, inspiring speakers and thought-provoking learning sessions, Audubon plans to join together people of all ages and backgrounds in our common interest of protecting Florida's remarkable natural resources.  Assembly 2013 Schedule Outline  Information on walking workshops, keynote speakers, special presentations, and more will be revealed in coming weeks. Be sure to bookmark our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday Learning Sessions  This year's Audubon Assembly is focusing on the network of grassroots conservationists who are out in the field making a difference for Florida's environment. After our kick-off lunch on Friday, you will have the opportunity to participate in three different breakout sessions. Each session will run twice, so you will have an opportunity to experience two in their entirety. Our Citizen Science leaders are working hard to put together programs that will engage and inspire you. Each session will feature cutting-edge scientists, biologists, conservationists, and leaders from across Florida. Stay tuned for the latest information as it becomes available.
Boots on the Ground for Advocacy: Time spent in Florida’s special places and volunteer bird stewardship instills participants with a personal experience of the vital need for conservation. And when people speak from a place of personal experience with Florida’s lands, water, and wildlife they are powerful conservation advocates at multiple levels of government policy-making. In this session, learn how to cultivate leadership in your advocacy efforts. Boots on the Ground for Citizen Science: Whether it’s Florida Scrub-Jays, beach-nesting birds, sea turtles, or wading bird rookeries, data collected by trained citizen scientists provides information vital to habitat management. Join us for a discussion of the components of a successful citizen science program, volunteer recruitment and retention, and the ways in which these programs support conservation in Florida.

Boots on the Ground for Habitat Stewardship: When it comes to habitat stewardship, there is no substitute for a team of engaged, passionate and knowledgeable individuals willing to pull on their boots and apply themselves to a conservation challenge. Stewardship takes many forms; from tackling invasive species to applying prescribed fire, or even working to re-establish native species. These essential tasks are performed routinely throughout our state by committed staff and volunteer from a host of different entities all working toward the common cause of conservation.

This session will showcase a handful of these important and effective habitat stewardship strategies. This year's Assembly will be held in Palm Harbor at the beautiful Innisbrook hotel, only minutes from some very exciting options for our not-to-be-missed morning excursions! (more information will be available as we get closer to the event date). The hotel is located about a half hour from downtown Tampa.  Assembly officially begins Friday morning, October 25, and runs until 2 pm on Saturday, October 26.  YOU MUST BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM SEPERATELY: Call 1-800-492-6899 (mention you are with Audubon Florida) and book by October 3 to reserve your group rate room! Group rate is $129 a night.   Check this page often for the latest on what is sure to be the best Assembly yet!   `


*** SAT NOV 9 at Scheduled Times " JDRF Walk Kick-Off Concert in the Park ~ 5K " *Registration Start Time:6:30AM   * Walk Start Time: 8:00AM" - Save the Date Date:  November 9, 2013  Can't make this date? Be a Virtual Walker! Where: Balboa Park 6th Avenue and Laurel Street San Diego, Local Chapter:  San Diego Chapter 5665 Oberlin Drive Suite 106 San Diego, CA 92121 Contact: Alexis Rodriguez: (858) 597-0240 Registration Start Time:  6:30 AM  Walk Start Time:  8:00 AM  Length of Walk: 5K REGISTRATION & EVENT INFO:­ Email:



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***WED DEC  4  at 7-8:45PM  " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email:­ *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website:­


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★ ★ ★ *****  II.  ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFO  ****** ★ ★ ★

★ # 1.
MESSAGE FROM CARL MANASTER: Subject: Petition delivered to Scott Peters
Reply-To: "Carl Manaster"


Thanks for signing my petition to Congressman Scott Peters asking him to explain his vote against Obamacare. I delivered the petition today at lunch; although I didn't meet with Peters himself, I talked to a staff member who explained that  Peters understood the bill to be strictly about delaying the individual mandate by a year, and that he felt that was fair given that the mandate for large companies was delayed by that amount. He made clear that Peters has gotten the message that many of his constituents are upset about this vote and I have the impression he will be taking that into consideration for future votes. He also said I may recieve a prepared response on the subject; if so of course I will share it with you.  Thanks again!

--Carl Manaster­

★ # 2. ★ ★ ★ " UPDATE ON FRACKING: It's really hard to believe, but fracking is not illegal here. " Please read this and sign the petition at this link (and forward/share this with others in San Diego County.  Ask them to please do the same):     http://org.credoactio...­ (There are) "plans to massively expand fracking in a huge section of the state--roughly 1,750 square miles from Southern to Central California, from Modesto to San Diego County."  Cities and counties in California have broad authority to ban fracking, and we should pressure our elected officials to step in where the state government has so far failed to act.  Local bans on fracking may also be one of the most effective strategies for winning change at the state level. If a wave of cities and counties in California reject fracking, it will put increased pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking in all of California.  Hundreds of communities across the country, from New York and New Mexico, to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado, have successfully passed local bans or moratoriums on fracking in order to protect their homes and pressure state officials to act.

★ # 3. ★ #  1.  Rennaez   sent this : Media here is a wasteland. I have Sirius myself but still miss Stacy and Scot. Nothing like a local voice. Stacy has a website­ and he's still active.

★ # 4. Soledad O’Brien joins Al Jazeera America! Al Jazeera America

From day one, we’ve been promising that we are putting together a team of the best journalists and producers in the field. Today we’re happy to announce an exciting new addition to our already stellar team.

Soledad O’Brien, one of the most distinguished journalists in the field, has signed on to be a special correspondent for Al Jazeera America’s daily prime-time current affairs magazine program “America Tonight.” In addition, her production company, Starfish Media Group, will produce a series of hour-long documentary specials for the channel.

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89.1 FM KNSJ has Amy Goodman, Thom Hartman – some other national progressive shows.   You can also listen online if you don’t get the signal, though it’s heard in many parts of San Diego County.

I have a show on there locally and am looking for more help to get content, sound editing, reporting, etc….Miriam
From: Miriam Raftery

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From: Emily Southard, Forecast the Facts
Subject: We won!
Date: August 24, 2013 7:28:06 AM PDT


Dear Carol,
The Koch brothers confirmed that they are no longer attempting to purchase the Tribune company newspapers! To celebrate, we put together a re-cap of the campaign:
22,117 Forecast the Facts' members signed the petition, including you.

Combined with petition signatures from the Save Our News Coalition, we totaled over 500,000 signatures.
We delivered them to Tribune Company newspapers in 12 cities across the country, from Los Angeles... Baltimore.

We took out ads in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times to place pressure on key decision-makers.

We imagined what the world might look like with a Koch-owned newspaper.

It wasn't pretty.

While this is a time to celebrate, we cannot stop the fight.

There are more climate foes looking to buy the papers.

So, let's enjoy this win, but keep our eyes open.

And remember: when we stand together, raise our voices, and get a little creative—we can win against the deniers and form a better climate future.
Our entire team and especially our interns, Trevor and Claire, thank you:

—Emily, Daniel, Brad, Trevor, Claire, and the rest of the Forecast the Facts Team
P.S. If you'd like to help fund future campaigns and more wonderful interns (yesterday was Trevor's and Claire's last day)please click to donate here.

Kochs No Longer Interested in Buying Tribune Papers, The New York Times, 08-22-13

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Subject:  FIREWORKS AT 77 BEALE STREET!! Reply-To:  Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility <­>
A4NR kicks off the 4th of July by tossing a lit firecracker under the door at PG&E's headquarters in San Francisco....with the filing of our legal brief on the inability of Diablo Canyon to meet its seismic design basis-our testimony is quite the read-filled with confidential internal memos and covert emails between PG&E and the NRC. Add this to your summer thriller list: (­).     It appears Diablo Canyon cannot meet its original seismic safety design basis after the discovery of the Shoreline Fault, and it will take a major breach of law to prevent a likely premature retirement of DCPP.  A4NR is questioning what we see as the cover up of this important issue.  The New Times did an excellent job of covering this design conundrum:­ And an editorial:­ At the same time, we are saddened to announce legislation sponsored by A4NR - the Nuclear Energy Planning and Responsibility Act (SB 418) - was defeated in an Assembly committee vote.   Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (the bill's author) never wavered for a moment-she and her staff gave it her "Hannah-Best" effort.  Former Senator Sam Blakeslee made his first appearance in Sacramento to support our bill, and former California Energy Commissioner (and A4NR attorney) John Geesman made excellent arguments. Both The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) were there in support.  We thank each of these individuals and organizations and are grateful for the time they took to protect ratepayers.   Only Assemblyman Paul Fong voted "yes" at the hearing, with assembly members Nancy Skinner and Das Williams of Santa Barbara adding their "yes" votes while the roll call was still open. Assemblyman Bill Quirk (yep, his real name) is a nuclear physicist who believes the NRC is infallible and the CPUC over-regulated. He was the only member of the committee who volunteered opposing comments and his voice carried weight with so many newly elected representatives.     Other committee members bought into PG&E's story that they had already covered the seismic, waste storage and water impacts in their unsuccessful 2010 application for license renewal.  A4NR found PG&E's argument puzzling as their last study was done  a year before Fukushima and the NRC's new waste policy, so the costs of both events were unknown at the time.  Finally, Scott Wetch, lobbying for the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and other trade unions stated that their legal analysis showed that this bill would have curtailed current capital improvement projects at the plant, causing massive layoffs. This is not true, and their legal analysis (and its conclusions) somehow never found its way into the legislative background the assembly committee prepared for its members regarding this bill.  If you've seen it, please let us know!!   A4NR won round one with the dismissal of PG&E's 2010 application to fund their license renewal.  PG&E won round two with the demise of SB 418, but we will continue to educate these elected officials at every opportunity.  As all of you know this has been, and will continue to be a long fight, but A4NR is in it to win and we only get stronger.   Next up: Senator Padilla's hearing on "Life without SONGS" will be July 10th in Sacramento, and July 11th Independent Panel for PG&E's seismic studies meets in San Francisco.  A4NR will be at both events, continuing to voice ratepayer concerns. On July 15th we will attend (and our attorney will be on the panel) for the California Energy Commission/CPUC/ISO meeting on SONGS decommissioning and transition to non-nuclear generation in Southern California.   Please continue to join our efforts. This is a long road, but having your support is vital to maintain our ability to keep the public's voice before these decision makers.  Persistence!   In Peace, Rochelle­­

★ ★ ★ III.  LINKS ★ ★ ★

LINK:  Here are some YouTube links related to last night’s DFA/PDA discussions.  You might want to forward them to the group.   This is the link to “The Dream is Now,” Which is a 30 minute documentary about immigration.­
LINK: And people might be interested in a one and a half minute video Mike and John put together last year about San Onofre and Brian Bilbray at:­
LINK:★ FREE BUMPER STICKER: Democracy for America Liked · 13 hours ago   FREE BUMPER STICKER! Show that you stand with America's future -- Let us know which you would like and we'll put one in the mail. Sign up here:­
LINK:­ Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will discuss his concerns about the inherent dangers posed by nuclear reactors. He will be joined by former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko, who has emerged as a leading critic of safety at U.S. nuclear power plants. The Friends of the Earth event will be available live both to reporters in San Diego and via Webcast to members of the news media elsewhere in the U.S. News event speakers will be: The Honorable Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan from June 2010 to August 2011; Gregory Jaczko, former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from May 2009 to July 2012; Peter A. Bradford, adjunct professor at the Vermont Law School, a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and a former utility commission chair in New York and Maine; Arnold "Arnie" Gundersen, chief engineer of the energy consulting company Fairewinds Associates, and a former nuclear power industry executive; and Dave Roberts, County Board of Supervisors, San Diego.  *
A live Webcast from this news event will be available to reporters outside of San Diego, CA., starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT/11:30 a.m. EDT on June 4, 2013, at­;_ylt=AwrNUbGhg7JRrxUAuAbQtDMD­

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