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Carol C.
cchangus
Group Organizer
San Diego, CA
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***TUEDAY MORNING SEPT 3  at RALLY " SHAME ON HIM "  Carl DeMaio Press Conference " I hope some of you go to demaio press conference tuesday morning.  Caught "red handed". Should withdraw from running for any political office. Rose should be able to provide press conference details e Reply-To: enriquemorones@cox.net
(THIS IS ALL THE INFO I HAVE ON THIS EVENT... If you have more info please email it to me at cchangus@san.rr.com)
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***WED SEPT 4  at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: RICHARD BARRERA - waiting confirmation . Richard Barrera will take over as head of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council while remaining on San Diego Unified's Board of Education. Email: cchangus@san.rr.com *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: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­
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***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 mike@scottpeters.com. 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!

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*** SAT SEPT 7 from 11:00am to 2:00pm " THE BEISER BUNCH " Join us to support the Re-Election of Kevin Beiser for Vice-President, San Diego Unified School Board " Friends,  I hope you can join us for the Beiser Brunch Saturday September 7th 11:00am to 2:00pm. Please forward the invitation to your friends (attached). Individuals can contribute online at www.KevinBeiser.comhContributions are welcomed at any level~~$50 and up.
★ Hon. Todd Gloria, ★ Hon. Toni Atkins ★ and ★ Hon. Dave Roberts ★ are expected to attend.   With Students First,  Kevin Beiser Vice-President, San Diego Unified School Board Email: KevinBeiser@yahoo.com 619-838-5274 cell ~We know you receive a number of invitations to events, regularly!  We know that you can't attend them all.  We know there's one event you will want to attend this year, and we'd like you to please Save the Date now! Where: At the home of SUSAN GUINN & DENISE FELDHAUS, 2828 Hartford Court, San Diego, 92117  RSVP: Stephanie at 619-239-1721 or Email Stephanie: stephanie.dianne.sanchez@gmail.com Individuals can contribute online at https://www.completecampaigns.com/public.asp?name=BeiserK&page=1­
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***SAT SEPT 7 at  10:00AM   " SAME-SEX HOMEBUYERS 101 "Join industry professionals at The Center as they discuss how regent legislation, and court decisions affect the choices available to the Same-Sex couples, when buying a home. Learn new options available for getting loans, taking title to your property and even tax implications. The San Diego LGBT Real Estate Team, from Sellstate Realty, along with Union Bank, and qualified title, tax and escrow people discuss the new landscape. To RSVP or for more information, email SDLGBTRealEstate@gmail.com­.
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*** SAT SEPT 7 at  8:00PM " Queer Queens of Qomedy " The funniest, edgiest, talented and most outrageous comics are united by the single theme... The Queer Queens of Qomedy.  Host and ringleader ★ POPPY CHAMPLIN ★ brings her troupe of lesbian comics back to the Birch North Park Theatre Sept 7th. Starring the Latina Diva of LGBT Comedy, ★ SANDRA VALLS ★ and also starring The Gay comedy icon SHANN CARR ★  and featuring the local tasty talents of the  ★ musical comedy duo - Nikki and Mel. ★ Where: Birch North Park Theatre , 2891 University Ave. San Diego CA. 92104 619-239-8836 www.BirchNorthParktheatre.net. Get tickets online. For details, visit www.queerqueensofqomedy.com.  Get tickets online. For details, visit www.queerqueensofqomedy.com­.

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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 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 tournament@kennedy-golf.com­ 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

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*** SAT SEPT 21 Start time: NOON " DRAW A LINE ACTION " ~  STOP KXL KEYSTONE PIPELINE! 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: http://act.350.org/ev...­

From: Rae Breaux - 350.org
Subject: We started something great.
Reply-To: drawtheline@350.org




Friends,
Two years ago today, the fourth group of Tar Sands Action arrestees were lined up in front of the White House taking a stand against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, part of one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the American climate movement.
1,253 people strong, we came from coast to coast every day for two weeks to sit-in and tell the President the KXL pipeline was clearly not in our best interest.
In the last two years, the energy from those sit ins has powered a steady drum beat of unprecedented actions: from circling the White House, to Texas landowners blocking construction in Texas, to rallying 40,000 strong in DC this February, to making sure the President hears about the pipeline and tar sands every time he speaks. We made ourselves impossible to ignore, and showed the world that the Keystone XL pipeline and the tar sands are not the way to a healthy and livable planet.
On September 21st, communities will join forces again to Draw the Line on Keystone XL. We will stand up against against the tar sands and climate impacts and take a stand for a clean energy future.
There are some great actions registered already -- a pipeline piñata in Texas, a chalk line of high water in NYC, a “second line” dancing brass band in New Orleans -- and many more beyond that. There’s a guide for getting organized, as well as ideas for action on the sign up pageClick here to plan your own: act.350.org/event/draw_the_line/create/­
No one expected that we could pull off two weeks of successful civil disobedience, or surround the White House, or even still be in this fight two years later. Even now, there are still folks rooting for us to fail.
But I don’t think we will, because since the start of this campaign you have shown what ambitious, determined, creative action can do, and we're not going to stop doing just that.
Looking forward to aligning in the streets again,
Rae
(photo: Josh Lopez)


350.org is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Connect with us on Facebook­ and Twitter­, and sign up for email alerts.


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*** 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....­

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***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: http://events.thecentersd.org/site/TR?fr_id=1060&pg=entry­ 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 www.AIDSWalkSD.org­ or visit and “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AIDSWalkSD­. Where: IN BALBOA PARK

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*** SUN SEPT 29 2013 ar Fwd: 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 www.AIDSWalkSD.org then visit and “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AIDSWalkSD.
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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: http://www.ase.org/event/2013-evening-stars-energy-efficiency-awards-dinner­ 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.
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***WED OCT 2 at 7-8:45PM  " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: cchangus@san.rr.com­ *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: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­
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***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 www.sddemconvention.org.) 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 info@sddemocrats.org­ for assistance or more details. REGISTER at: https://secure.actblue.com/page/sddemconvention­

* 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:  www.sddemconvention.org­ 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 www.sddemconvention.org­ email: info@sddemocrats.org­, or call (858) 277-3367.


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*** 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
Where were you in 1973? Richard Nixon was in office, the U.S. Supreme overturned Roe V. Wade, and a small group of dedicated volunteers founded what would eventually come to be known as The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Forty years later, “The Center” proudly provides more than 50,000 service visits a year to our community! We invite you to celebrate the triumphs and challenges of the last four decades with us on Saturday, October 19 at our Ruby Anniversary Gala. To learn more, visit the website!
Same Event: 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
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***TUES OCT 15  ALL FEMALE MARIACHI CONCERT October 13 On the green at NTC Liberty Station Tickets available on September 1.

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***TUES OCT. October 24: " VOW's 5th Annual Beyond Borders Benefit " when we will Honor the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs.
~We know you receive a number of invitations to events, regularly!  We know that you can't attend them all.  We know there's one event you will want to attend this year, and we'd like you to please Save the Date now! October 24, 2013 VOW's 5th Annual Beyond Borders Benefit   Savor the aromas of Truffle-braised Short ribs and Parmesan Risotto. Dream of the Tiramisu to follow. Enjoy a glass of Cabernet (or a soda if you prefer). Listen to the soulful, soothing sounds of jazz.  Mingle with fine people who share a passion for education. Honor LINDA & CARLOS LE GERRETTE, the Founders of the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs.  Conclude the evening with coffee under the stars. We know you can't wait for the date! October 24, 2013.  We know you'll be astounded to learn that for all the delights listed above, it's only $85.00 per person.  We know you'll look forward to receiving a postcard from VOW confirming all these details. You can RSVP buy your tickets right now! *****

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You'll be glad you did!  And we'll be ever so glad too!  THANK YOU! Voices of Women Subject: Voices of Women: BBB celebration Oct. 24, 2013 Reply-To: info@voicesofwomen.org

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NOTE: A COMING EVENT:
***November 8: Five Rings Financial will stage a 2nd Expo to benefit VOW. email: info@voicesofwomen.org­ phone: 858-642-6771 web: http://www.voicesofwo...­

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*** 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




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***WED NOV 6 at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: cchangus@san.rr.com­ *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: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­
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*** WED NOV 6 Starts  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-earlybirdspecial.eventbrite.com/­
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!   `
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***FRIDAY NOV 8 ***November 8: Five Rings Financial will stage a 2nd Expo to benefit VOW. email: info@voicesofwomen.org­ phone: 858-642-6771 web: http://www.voicesofwo...­




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*** 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, Contact: ALEXIA RODRIGUEZ arodriguez@jdrf.org­ (858) 597-0240 Registration Start Time:  6:30 AM  Walk Start Time:  8:00 AM  Length of Walk: 5K REGISTRATION & EVENT INFO: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk-CA/Chapter-SanDiego4053?fr_id=2382&pg=entry­ Email: sandiego@jdrf.org­

Local Chapter:  San Diego Chapter, 5665 Oberlin Drive, Suite 106, San Diego, CA 92121

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***WED DEC  4  at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: cchangus@san.rr.com­ *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: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­



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★ ★ ★ *****  II.  ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFO  ****** ★ ★ ★
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★ # 1. Good article: Who really deposed San Diego's Mayor and Nullifed 2012 election
FULL ARTICLE BELOW AT ★ # 6.  Last at bottom of page
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GO TO:
http://sandiego.urbde...­

A good recap (by an attorney) of the Filner scandal. Give it a read....

Gail
Subject: good article: Who really deposed San Diego's Mayor and Nullifed 2012 election

Who Really Deposed San Diego’s Mayor and Nullified the 2012 Election?


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From: "Carl Manaster"
Date: August 23, 2013 3:10:29 AM PDT
Subject: Petition delivered to Scott Peters
Reply-To: "Carl Manaster"

Hi!

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( Scott's Staff member), 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

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/scott-peters-explain?mailing_id=14800&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=474873­
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From: "Roger Hickey"

Subject: How to wake up on the left side of the bed
Reply-To: "Roger Hickey"

Dear MoveOn & Campaign for America's Future member,

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Subject:
I just took action to stop the Koch brothers from influencing public television -- join me?

I just took action with Working Families to say that the Tea Party-funding Koch brothers shouldn't influence public television programming. Public television should stop the self-censorship and air the documentary Citizen Koch!
Add your name to the petition here: http://action.working...­

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★ # 5.
From: Rae Breaux - 350.org
Subject: We started something great.
Reply-To: drawtheline@350.org

Friends,
Two years ago today, the fourth group of Tar Sands Action arrestees were lined up in front of the White House taking a stand against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, part of one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the American climate movement.
1,253 people strong, we came from coast to coast every day for two weeks to sit-in and tell the President the KXL pipeline was clearly not in our best interest.
In the last two years, the energy from those sit ins has powered a steady drum beat of unprecedented actions: from circling the White House, to Texas landowners blocking construction in Texas, to rallying 40,000 strong in DC this February, to making sure the President hears about the pipeline and tar sands every time he speaks. We made ourselves impossible to ignore, and showed the world that the Keystone XL pipeline and the tar sands are not the way to a healthy and livable planet.
On September 21st, communities will join forces again to Draw the Line on Keystone XL. We will stand up against against the tar sands and climate impacts and take a stand for a clean energy future.
There are some great actions registered already -- a pipeline piñata in Texas, a chalk line of high water in NYC, a “second line” dancing brass band in New Orleans -- and many more beyond that. There’s a guide for getting organized, as well as ideas for action on the sign up page. Click here to plan your own: act.350.org/event/draw_the_line/create/­
No one expected that we could pull off two weeks of successful civil disobedience, or surround the White House, or even still be in this fight two years later. Even now, there are still folks rooting for us to fail.
But I don’t think we will, because since the start of this campaign you have shown what ambitious, determined, creative action can do, and we're not going to stop doing just that.
Looking forward to aligning in the streets again,
Rae

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★ # 6.

Who Really Deposed San Diego’s Mayor and Nullified the 2012 Election?
August 31, 2013 By Bill Adams 2 Comments
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By now, most of the nation is aware of San Diego’s mayoral scandal, which was reported in such national media outlets as CNN, Chris Mathews Hardball, New York Times, etc. and included international legal gadfly Gloria Allred elbowing her way onto center stage. Former 10 term congressman Bob Filner had been Mayor of San Diego only 6 months before it all came to an inglorious and undemocratic end.  The conventional wisdom is that the Mayor was accused by 18 women of sexual harassment leading to his resignation.

A former Freedom Rider, he was elected in the 2012 presidential election in one of the widest turnouts for a Mayoral election in the City’s history.  It was a referendum for dramatic change, embodied in the policy positions and persona of Bob Filner.  He was elected on a vision of prioritizing planning, neighborhoods, transit, affordable housing, labor, and livable city concepts.  He was quick to deliver action on his promises . . . perhaps too quick.
At times, it seemed he was elected without really trying.  He came into the Mayor’s race with a reputation for being irascible, pugnacious, and sometimes abusive.  He raised a third of what his mayoral rival did.  At age 70 he was in the twilight of his career, and the Mayorship was icing on his career rather than a stepping stone.  He was beholden to few, and in the end, it seemed few were beholden to him.
Empowering Mortals and Angering Gods
In another city the allegations that proved his undoing might have been treated as simply a rehash of already debated campaign accusations. His admitted abrasive, arrogant, even abusive conduct was well known before the election, and was an issue in the election.  It was also known that he sometimes went too far.  For example, in 2007 in a widely publicized incident, he was charged with assault and battery on a United Airlines employee and plea bargained to a lesser charge.  In fact, most of the accusations that proved his undoing related to alleged incidents that predated the election.
It seemed, at least in part, that the voters believed his personality was what gave him the backbone to stand up to the City’s power brokers.  He ran on a platform of empowering neighborhoods and not catering to “downtown insiders.” For the six months of his term, he did not disappoint them, taking on powerful interests and championing San Diego’s non-insider citizens.  In record time, he shifted the power paradigm as no other San Diego Mayor had.  He was an ally of the City’s “blu-collar neighborhoods,” and they stayed loyal to him to the end.  Actions that gave development interests cause for concern included the following:

  • Mayor Filner intervened at the behest of community groups to stop several well-funded development projects, as was noted in The Voice of San Diego and the the San Diego Union Tribune (news outlets not  sympathetic to the Mayor as is discussed further below).  While the actions appeared entirely consistent with his campaign pledges to empower neighborhoods, developers and Republicans cried fowl and attempted to use these interventions as the basis for corruption investigations, despite the fact that the alleged “payments” were donations by developers to community projects.



  • Rather than the usual assortment of developer friendly campaign contributors and large firm partners, Mayor Filner made appointments to the Planning Commission (Wagner and Quiroz) and Redevelopment board (Blackson & Baxamusa) who were neighborhood activists, non-profit employees, academics, and progressive urban planners.



  • Mayor Filner reinstated the Planning Department, which had been subsumed into the development service department and marginalized under the previous mayor.  He then recruited one of the most, if not the most, respected urban planners in the country, Bill Fulton, to run it.  This was another clear indication that community groups and community plans were no longer to be over-run by well funded and well connected developers.

While the list of his accomplishments goes on, it was the foregoing that were most likely his undoing.
The Three Part Perfect Storm
While it is dangerous to get in the way of big money, in San Diego the Mayor
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Bob Filner in 2013 photo by author
walked into a perfect storm.  First, his personality and actions made enemies among even his supporters. Second, key supporters abandoned him. The third and possibly the most significant element in his down fall, the major media outlets were either controlled or financially beholden to his biggest opponents. As the dust settles, it is becoming increasingly clear that between the first accusation and his resignation reigned an atmosphere in which accusations and hysteria were left unchecked by opposition-influenced news media, supporters were intimidated into abandoning him, and the ends justified the means.
While it would be hard to eliminate Mayor Filner’s own conduct as playing a role in his removal, the scope and gravity of such conduct will remain unknown at least until there is a trial of the two sexual harassment suits, if ever that transpires.   Before any evidentiary process took place, the City’s mayor was deposed in a forced “deal” without a recall election, without scrutiny of the accusations, without a nuanced public discussion, and without a balancing of the equities in nullifying an election.
In November, a special election will be held to replace the Mayor.  Special elections typically see low voter turn out with a high proportion of older and more conservative voters.  The City’s progressives are divided and demoralized.  Therefore, the majority who voted for the Mayor are unlikely to find an adequate remedy in the special election.   It begs the question why such an important referendum on the City’s future was so easily and undemocratically derailed.
The unusual perfect storm started with a press conference on July 10, 2013.  It was not arranged by his usual foe, but by ostensible former supporters:  attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs, locally known for high profile environmental and public interest lawsuits against the City;  and former City Council person, mayoral candidate, and Filner appointee Donna Frye.  They claimed to have knowledge of sexual harassment allegations.  The details of the allegations and the identify of the accusers were not disclosed.  They demanded the Mayor’s resignation before more would be disclosed.  Although, the events that followed provoked many conspiracy theories, nothing has surfaced to implicate these three persons as part of a plot, though they are most responsible for the scandal’s initial momentum.   As former supporters, they signaled the Castle ramparts were breached.  By the end of the drama, it was a medieval palace coup in which everybody was in on it: the inner court, the guards – everyone except the public.   It’s hard to know exactly where the scandal would have ended up had not the Mayor’s allies so quickly turned on him.
San Diego’s Unique Developer – Media Relationship
Now that there was a breach in the Mayor’s own support structure, opponents saw an extraordinary opportunity.  The task was still a monumental one but the enemies of the Mayor had a unique relationship with the local media – on both sides of the political spectrum:
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Image from Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), which opposed the plan to modify the Cabrillo Bridge for a parking ramp and garage in Balboa Park

  • The City’s most well known developer, Doug Manchester, owns the City’s principal newspaper, the Union Tribune (‘UT”).  The  bias of the paper since his purchase is so unprecedented among papers of its size that it has been a topic of national discussion.  In addition to being a staunch Republican who was no fan of the Democratic Mayor’s politics, two of his pet projects had been the target of the Mayor’s opposition:  the City’s proposed Convention Center expansion and the proposed new professional football stadium – both planned near Mr. Manchester’s hotels.  Moreover, the Mayor had intervened in the public funding mechanism for the Convention Center expansion to obtain a more favorable financial arrangement for the City.  The Mayor opposed any public subsidy for the stadium proposal.



  • The local news media outlets, which can normally be relied on to balance the reporting of the UT were silent on the salient questions in this matter.**  These outlets were the Voice of San Diego, an on-line daily news outlet, and KPBS, the local NPR / PBS affiliate.   A major contributor­to both­ outlets was the City’s wealthiest man whose proposed development the Mayor opposed:  the proposal and funding by Irwin Jacobs to build a parking ramp on to the iconic Cabrillo bridge entrance in the City’s famous Balboa Park.  Ridding the City of  Mayor Filner would also create another chance for his employee and also-ran mayoral candidate, Nathan Fletcher.

Nullifying an Election without an Election
What followed was essentially a “news black out” of investigative reporting,  legal analysis, and political analysis.   There were many facts and issues that merited a closer look.  Nevertheless, the silence was deafening for anything but the steady drum beat of “new accusation” and calls for resignation.  Panel discussions were held which only debated the timing of resignation or recall, and new accusations were reported almost daily without scrutiny or gradation.  In this environment, the following took place with impunity:

  • News media rarely distinguished between the two sexual harassment allegations (now the subject of lawsuits) and the 16 date requests or allegedly inappropriate touches, which were lumped together as “18 sexual harassment accusations.”  It is surprising how insubstantial many of the accusations appear on their face - most were date requests or incidents that are open to interpretation.  Many of them occurred years ago. A renowned gadfly and publicity hound made one accusation without further questioning.  It is no surprise that only two of the 18 accusations have been filed as lawsuits.  The lawsuits, even to most seasoned attorneys, do not appear to be of the most serious variety of sexual harassment suits.



  • There was no public discussion of the effect a resignation would have in nullifying the 2012 election, or whether the interests of the public in that election should be considered in determining how to process the allegations. The 2012 election was revolutionary for the City in many ways.  It essentially constituted a referendum for dramatic change from the way the City had been run for most of its history.  The City had elected its first democrat in twenty years in a high turn out presidential election.  Moreover, unlike the democratic Mayor of twenty years ago, the new Mayor openly campaigned against the City’s power brokers and allied himself with neighborhood groups, environmentalists, labor, impoverished communities, and the poor.  Additionally,  City Charter amendments (“strong mayor” amendments) provided him with greater power than previous mayors.  News media typically would have provided at least some analysis of the effect of a resignation or removal on the interests of the public in avoiding a nullification of the 2012 election, or what types or gravity of conduct merit such an extreme measure, or what the appropriate process is for doing so.  Nary a word was said by either of these news outlets until after the resignation – and then only in a guest opinion.



  • More recently, in an out of town newspaper, it was reported that two City Council members allegedly witnessed Filner’s Mayoral runoff election opponent and former City Council member Carl DeMaio masturbate in the Council bathroom during Council public meetings.  DeMaio repeatedly made public pronouncements demanding that Mayor Filner resign.  It is believed that DeMaio may run for the vacant position.  Despite the  similar (or greater) salaciousness and obvious irony, news media refused to report the story and kept it under wraps for 3 years, even while the Filner scandal raged.



  • The principal architects of the resignation deal were City Council members Todd Gloria (Dem.), Kevin Faulconer (Rep.), and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith (Rep.).  These were the three City representatives who attended the two day mediation resulting in the resignation.  Both Council members have since stated their interest in running for the vacant position.  Moreover, Todd Gloria was to be (and now is) interim Mayor upon Mayor Filner’s resignation.  It begs the question whether the Council members’ interests in their own ambitions conflicted with their role in the negotiations – a question ignored by the aforementioned news outlets.



  • The City Attorney, who had been openly feuding with the Mayor since the beginning of the Mayor’s term, recently appeared to admit in an interview by an NBC Local affiliate (at 2:14 in video) that he and his office had been investigating the Mayor for 6 months prior to the beginning of the scandal.



  • The recall petition drive, ostensibly in response to the scandal, began as early as January 1, 2013 at the inception of the Mayor’s term, long before the scandal broke.



  • Adding to the list of dirty tricks and media pile-on, one news outlet even published a photo of the Mayor’s press secretary drinking from a glass with a penis shaped straw.  The photo was accompanied by an article with commentary from a GOP consultant, but identified in neutral terms, opining about that the behavior was inappropriate especially while the Mayor was being accused of sexual harassment.  The article didn’t mention until the fourth paragraph that the photo was taken at her bachelorette party in Las Vegas, or that the Mayor’s political foes set up the photo.  When the circumstances of the photo were discovered, the article was widely criticized.



  • The City Attorney and City Council set up the forced resignation with a classic coercive bluff.  On July 30, the City Council voted 9-0 to deny the Mayor a legal defense against the harassment lawsuits, apparently with the City Attorney’s advice.  Then three weeks later, the City Council voted to approve the resignation deal, in which the City would defend the Mayor in exchange for his resignation.  The Council accepted the agreement based on the City Attorney’s advice that  ”[t]he city is strictly liable for harassment of city employees by their supervisors, and that includes the mayor.” It begged the question why that rationale did not similarly guide the Council when it voted to deprive the Mayor  (i.e., the City) a legal defense.  This tactic went unnoticed in news reports.



  • By the time of the resignation, the developer-influenced media apparently felt so confident in its command of the events, that it abandoned deference to the voters’ policy referendum in the 2012 election.  The day of the Mayor’s resignation, the San Diego Union Tribune published an editorial­ which argued that with the Mayor out of the way, the new leadership should double-down on the projects the Mayor opposed, e.g., the Balboa Park bypass bridge and parking garage, the Convention Center expansion (the Mayor initially opposed the deal but, after getting concessions favorable to the City, supported it), a new football stadium (the paper’s owner owns several hotels near the proposed site of both the Convention Center and the stadium), etc.



  • As if on cue, interim Mayor’s Gloria’s first official act was to rescind a stop-work order issued by Mayor Filner against a controversial Jack in the Box project involving an expansion and drive-thru feature contrary to the neighborhood’s community plan and ordinance.

Conclusion
We have come to expect, in varying degrees, news media to check bare allegations, to provide balanced perspective and analysis, and to consider different points of views and angles.  This did not happen in the Mayor Filner matter except in some of the smaller alternative publications.  Was it simply incompetence?  The pedigree of the offending news outlets suggest otherwise.
The net result of the ordeal was that the public referendum on the direction of the City embodied by the 2012 election was overturned without a vote of the public, in a deal made behind closed doors, with no public scrutiny or informed debate, and with no likely remedy in the special election.
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** San Diego Reader and San Diego Free Press (and its sister paper the OB Rag) proved the exception, but unfortunately were drowned out by the mainstream news outlets
Filed Under: Feature PostsPlanning­, San Diego Tagged With: Ben HuesoBruce CoonsChris MatthewsCNN­, congress­, David Alvarezdemocratic partyDNC­, Fox­, GOP­, Kevin FaulconerMarti Emerald,Myrtle ColeNathan Fletcherordinance­, Scott ShermanTodd GloriaTony YoungWSJ­, zoning­About Bill Adams
Bill Adams is the founder and chief editor of UrbDeZine. He is also a partner in the San Diego law firm of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. He's been involved with land use and urban renewal for 20 years, both as a professional and as a personal passion. He has held several volunteer positions involving the redevelopment of downtown San Diego. His areas of emphasis are:

Professional website: www.nmalawfirm.com­ Phone: 619-233-8200
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