Drinks with Democrats
Oct
25
5:00pm 5:00pm

Drinks with Democrats

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Join Us for Fall Happy Hour in Playa Vista

Wednesday, October 25th
5:00-8:00pm
Gulp Restaurant & Brew Pub
Playa Vista, CA


Please join us for this chance to mix and mingle with fellow Dems! 

We have reserved space inside and on the outside patio for a casual gathering of existing and prospective Club members. 

Gulp features Wednesday wine specials, 36 beers on tap, other adult beverages, as well as a variety of menu options and happy hour specials.

You can park for free on the streets bordering Concert Park or in the lot at 6400 South Seabluff Drive >

Bring friends & guests 

Do you have a friend or neighbor who isn’t a member yet? Invite them – This event is the perfect chance to introduce them to our Club!


Event Information

Drinks with Democrats: Fall Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 25th
5:00-8:00pm

Gulp Restaurant & Brew Pub
13020 Pacific Promenade
Playa Vista, CA 90094

 
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Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Dinner
Oct
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Dinner

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At this annual event, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party honors grassroots activists from each Assembly District as the Democrats of the Year. These dedicated activists are first to join the battle against divisive politics we face daily.

Sunday, October 29, 2017
6pm-7pm Silent Auction and Reception
7pm-10pm Dinner & Awards Program

Sheraton Gateway Hotel at LAX
6101 W. Century Boulevard, 
Los Angeles, CA  90045

Reservation deadline is Monday, October 23, 2017


2017 Democrats of the Year

Click here to see the full list of honorees.

Congratulations to our club members and friends:

AD 54 Democrats of the Year:

Dallas Fowler and Steve Dunwoody

AD 62 Democrats of the Year::

Hon. Betsy Butler and Hon. D’Artagnan J. Scorza, PhD

Volunteers of the Year:

Jimmie Woods-Gray and Miguel Martinez

Your contribution will help us organize, train, and mobilize the more than 2.7 million Democrats of Los Angeles County.


Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Titanium Sponsor $50,000* - Includes 2 VIP Tables (10 seats each), Back Cover Ad, Opportunity to participate in awards program
  • Platinum Sponsor $35,000* - Includes 2 VIP Tables (10 seats each), Inside-Back Ad
  • Emerald Sponsor $20,000* - Includes 2 VIP Tables (10 seats each), 2-Page Centerfold Ad Spread
  • Diamond Sponsor $10,000* - Includes 1 VIP Table (10 seats), 2-Page VIP Ad Spread
  • Gold Sponsor $5,500* - Includes 1 VIP Table (10 seats), VIP Full Page Ad
  • Silver Sponsor $2,750 - Includes 4 VIP Tickets, Full Page Ad
  • Bronze Sponsor $1,375 - Includes 2 VIP Tickets, Half Page Ad

Please contact Kimberly Ray at 818-905-9831 or iamkmba@aol.comfor additional information about the event.  For general questions about LACDP, please call 213-382-0063. 

*Only individual contributions up to the $5,000 Federal limit are allowed through Act Blue. Please contact us at 818-905-9831or iamkmba@aol.com to make a contribution using a corporate, campaign, union, or another non-federally allowable source, or to make a contribution above $5,000.

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Annual Board Election Meeting
Nov
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Annual Board Election Meeting

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Save the Date

Annual Board Election Meeting
Event details & RSVP to come

Nomination Committee statement:

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in running for a Westchester-Playa Democratic Club 2018 board position! A list of the nominations received by our Nominating Committee is below along with a link to the candidate bios. 

The Nominating Committee is no longer accepting nominations online. However, nominations will be accepted from the floor at the election meeting on November 16th (Please note: Nominees from the floor must be present at the meeting and must address members of the Club).

Candidate List

  • President: Duane Muller
  • First Vice President - Political Affairs: Onofrio "Vince" Bertolini
  • Second Vice President - Operations: CeAnna Ellner
  • Recording Secretary: Charlene Brax
  • Corresponding Secretary: Jasmine Hale
  • Treasurer: Travis Dina-Pham
  • Members-at-Large: Greg Dina-Pham, Ken Feinswog, Arloa Goldstone, Jim Kennedy, Peter Muller, Julia Newman, Ed Stapleton 

View candidate bios >

If you have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Travis Dina-Pham at travis@travisdina.com.

Thank you,

2018 Nominating Committee
Travis Dina-Pham, Chair
Judy Citrin
CeAnna Ellner
Duane Muller
Beverly Sanford

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DUE DATE: 2018 WPDC Board Nominations
Oct
6
5:00pm 5:00pm

DUE DATE: 2018 WPDC Board Nominations

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Join the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Board 

  • Nominations Due: October 6, 2017
  • Nominations will be accepted from the floor of the Annual Election Meeting
  • Election Meeting Date: Mid-Nov (Date TBA)
  • Apply Here: Nomination Form >

The Westchester-Playa Democratic Club (WPDC) 2018 Board Member Elections Meeting will be held in mid-November (date TBA).

Our Club is a prominent political force dedicated to making local democracy work and has put itself on the forefront of issues important to the community, state, and nation. To keep the Club's momentum going, we need excellent candidates for the following positions:

  • President
  • First Vice President - Political Affairs
  • Second Vice President - Operations
  • Recording Secretary
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Members-at-Large (8  positions)

Learn About the Board:

Eligibility Note: to run for a Board Member position you must be a WPDC member in good standing with dues paid 60 days prior to Election Meeting in mid-November. Click here to renew your membership instantly online or by mail >

Please click the link below and submit the Nomination Form by October 6, 2017, whether you are nominating yourself or another club member.

In addition, nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the Election Meeting in mid-November (date TBA).

If you have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Travis Dina-Pham at travis@travisdina.com.

Thank you,

WPDC 2018 Nominating Committee:
Travis Dina-Pham, Chair
Judy Citrin
Greg Dina-Pham
CeAnna Ellner
Duane Muller
Beverly Sanford

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August Membership Meeting: A Discussion with Nick Melvoin
Aug
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

August Membership Meeting: A Discussion with Nick Melvoin

Join us for our August Membership Meeting:

A Discussion with Nick Melvoin, District 4 LAUSD Board of Education Member

When: 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
• 6:30pm: Doors open, wine & cheese served
• 7:00-9:00pm: Program

Where:

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church
6700 West 83rd Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90045
• Street parking available. Enter from Dunbarton Ave.

RSVP required:


About Nick Melvoin

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Nick Melvoin is an educator, attorney, and organizer who was recently elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education. Nick represents LAUSD Board District 4, which includes the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, East Hollywood, Encino, Hollywood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Tarzana, Topanga, Westchester, West Hollywood, Westwood, Woodland Hills & Venice. The largest district in the country governed by an elected board, LAUSD is responsible for educating nearly 700,000 kids and controls nearly 13 billion in taxpayer dollars. In addition to his work as a lawyer and organizer for local nonprofits, Nick has also recently served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Loyola Marymount University, where he taught a course on Education Law. Nick’s path was inspired by his time teaching at an LAUSD middle school in Watts as part of Teach For America. His work on a landmark civil rights case led him to law school, where he spent time at the ACLU, the Department of Justice, and the Obama White House. Nick is also the Programming Director for Camp Harmony, a camp for homeless and underserved children in the Los Angeles community. He is a graduate of Harvard College, NYU School of Law (Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar), and Loyola Marymount University's School of Education.

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Summer Party: 10th Anniversary Celebration
Jul
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Summer Party: 10th Anniversary Celebration

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It's time to celebrate! The Westchester-Playa Democratic Club has been standing up for Democratic candidates and issues for 10 years. Will you join us and help us fight for another 10?

Please join your Democratic friends and elected officials as we celebrate past achievements and look toward the future together. We promise a party filled with great food, conversation, libations, and the joy of sharing time with fellow Democrats in a lovely Westchester setting.

Special Guests:

- Congresswoman Maxine Waters
- Supervisor Janice Hahn
- Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Event Sponsors:

- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Senator Ben Allen
- Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke
- Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
- Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
- Brian Rosenstein
- Michael Millman

Event Photos and Videos Coming Soon

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State of the State: Legislative Update
Jun
24
11:00am11:00am

State of the State: Legislative Update

  • Holy Nativity Church - Community Room (map)
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June General Membership Meeting

Please Join Us for a State of the State Legislative Update and Conversation with our local elected representatives:

State Senator Ben Allen and State Assemblymember Autumn Burke

When:

Saturday, June 24, 2017
11am – 1pm
Come early for coffee and socializing at 10:30am

Where:

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church
6700 W 83rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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General Membership Meeting
Jun
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

General Membership Meeting

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Join Us to Connect with Your Club, Get Involved & Discuss the Future

Our Club is growing and we need your help! Join us for our next Membership Meeting to connect with other members as we discuss and guide the future direction of your Club. Now more than ever its time to share ideas, have a voice, meet other members and get involved.

When:

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Program: 7:15–9:00pm

Where:

Holy Nativity Church – Community Room
6700 W 83rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Enter on Dunbarton Ave [Map >]


Meeting Program:

  • 6:30pm: Doors Open & Social Hour
  • 7:15pm: Welcome & Introductions
  • 7:30pm: Overview of Club & Objectives
  • 7:45pm: Overview of Club Committees
  • 8:05pm: Club Priorities for 2017
  • 8:40pm: CA Dem Convention Recap
  • 8:45pm: Issues Committee Update
  • 8:50pm: How Do We Communicate with Members?
  • 8:55pm: Upcoming Events & Committee Signups
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Bike with Councilmember Mike Bonin
May
20
10:00am10:00am

Bike with Councilmember Mike Bonin

  • 7166 West Manchester Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90045 United States (map)
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10:00 - 10:30: Check-in, helmet decorating, and breakfast
10:30 - 11:30: Bike ride
11:30 - 12:00: Meet and greet with the Councilmember 

WHEN

May 20, 2017 at 10am - 12pm

WHERE

Meet at: Mike's Westchester District Office
7166 W Manchester Ave
Westchester, CA 90045
United States
Google map and directions

CONTACT

Jessie Holzer · jessie.holzer@lacity.org

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CA Democratic Convention
May
19
to May 21

CA Democratic Convention

  • 1400 J Street Sacramento, CA, 95814 United States (map)
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No matter what happens in Washington, D.C., California Democrats are committed to fighting for our core values of truth, civility, and perseverance. With nearly 39 million people living within our borders, California will lead the nation in the fight to protect the dignity and basic human rights of all who live here. And our voices will be heard.

California has led the way: creating millions more jobs, passing equal pay legislation, establishing a living wage, protecting our invaluable natural resources and expanding health care for all.

There’s lots of work to do, so join us at the 2017 California Democrats State Convention where we’ll elect our party’s new administration and map out how we can continue to lead the nation in the fight for progress together.

May 19-21
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 

 **Registration is CLOSED and the hotel block is sold out.**

What’s on the agenda for 2017?

Tentative Agenda

What to Expect

Statewide Delegate Trainings

Convention Rules

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Election Day
May
16
7:00am 7:00am

Election Day

Los Angeles County Democratic Party Endorsements for Upcoming Spring 2017 Local Elections

* Incumbent

Los Angeles City Council

District 1 – Gil Cedillo*
District 7 – Monica Rodriguez

Los Angeles Unified School District

Seat 4 – Steve Zimmer*
Seat 6 – Imelda Padilla

Los Angeles City Ballot Measures

Charter Amendment C – NO CONSENSUS

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Town Hall with Congressman Ted LieuTown Hall with Congressman Ted Lieu
Apr
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Town Hall with Congressman Ted LieuTown Hall with Congressman Ted Lieu

Please Join Congressman Ted Lieu at a Town Hall: Now more than ever, it is critical to engage with our neighbors to ensure that our government reflects the needs of all people.

With daily reminders that the Trump Administration is trying to take away health insurance, damage our environment, separate families and commit our military to fighting wars without authorization from Congress, now is a vital time for us to discuss how we can get involved and act to protect our nation.

With that in mind, I would like to invite you to join me as we have a community conversation about how we can resist, organize and stop the President's radical agenda. 

I have set up this Town Hall to discuss how we can move forward and protect our communities.  Given the volume of requests, you should RSVP and arrive on time.  Together, we will take our country back!

Thank you!

Congressman Ted Lieu

RSVP HERE: http://www.tedlieu.com/townhall_20170424

WHEN
April 24, 2017 at 7pm - 8:30pm

WHERE
Redondo Beach Performing Art Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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A Conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff about Climate Change
Apr
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff about Climate Change

  • California Institute of Technology - Caltech (map)
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Town Hall with Congressman Ted Lieu
Apr
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Town Hall with Congressman Ted Lieu

Please Join Congressman Ted Lieu at a Town Hall: Now more than ever, it is critical to engage with our neighbors to ensure that our government reflects the needs of all people.  With daily reminders that the Trump Administration is trying to take away health insurance, damage our environment, separate families and commit our military to fighting wars without authorization from Congress, now is a vital time for us to discuss how we can get involved and act to protect our nation.

With that in mind, I would like to invite you to join me as we have a community conversation about how we can resist, organize and stop the President's radical agenda. 

I have set up this Town Hall to discuss how we can move forward and protect our communities.  Given the volume of requests, you should RSVP and arrive on time.  Together, we will take our country back!

Thank you!

Congressman Ted Lieu

RSVP HERE: http://www.tedlieu.com/townhall

WHEN
April 20, 2017 at 7pm - 8:30pm

WHERE
Barnum Hall
600 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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April Meeting: A Conversation with Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Apr
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

April Meeting: A Conversation with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

  • 6700 West 83rd Street Los Angeles, CA, 90045 United States (map)
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Please Join Us for a Conversation with Our Congresswoman Maxine Waters

RSVP is required. Seating is limited. WPDC members receive seating priority.

Known as one of the most powerful women in American politics and Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, we invite you to join us for an informative and engaging evening with Congresswoman Waters. Please RSVP via the link below and let us know if you will be attending as space will be limited.

Not afraid to tackle difficult and controversial issues, Congresswoman Waters will address essential issues our nation and district face, including the proposed Federal Budget and how we can to resist the Trump agenda.

This is your opportunity to hear from Congresswoman Waters personally. Q&A immediately following her talk. Have your questions ready.  

What:
Westchester-Playa Democratic Club April General Membership Meeting
A Conversation with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

When:
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where:
Holy Nativity Episcopal Church
6700 W 83rd St, Los Angeles, CA 9004
Enter on Dunbarton Ave • Map >

RSVP is required. Seating is limited. WPDC members receive seating priority.

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LAX Northside Plan Town Hall
Apr
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

LAX Northside Plan Town Hall

You are cordially invited to attend an informative LAX Town Hall Meeting at OTIS College on April 13 to learn about LAX’s Northside Projects. Please see the flyer for details and RSVP information. (Link below) 

OTIS College and LAX are excited to bring our local communities together at the OTIS College newly renovated campus to learn about the new projects planned for the Northside located on Westchester Parkway between Sepulveda Boulevard and Pershing Drive. These projects include park areas, a paseo that will extend the length of Westchester Parkway, the Prop O subterranean storm water reclamation project, a new Airport Police Division facility, and state of the art facilities to house new office, research, and development spaces. Northside project experts will provide the latest information and answer questions. 

Come early to hear a fantastic performance by a choir made up of talented Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees. Light refreshments will also be served. 

Click on this link to RSVP since space is limited. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQ... 

Please contact Janine Ying or Jamie Gutierrez at (424) 646-7450 if you have questions about the event. 

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Spring Happy Hour
Mar
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Spring Happy Hour

Please join us for our Spring Member & Friend Happy Hour on Wednesday, March 22nd at Cinco in Westchester. This will be a casual gathering for new and old club members, and for friends to mix and mingle over margaritas!

Do you have a friend or neighbor who isn’t a member yet? This is the perfect chance to introduce them to our club! We hope you’ll join us and support the club and this local Westchester restaurant all while building camaraderie. We'll provide some appetizers; no host bar.

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February Membership Meeting
Feb
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

February Membership Meeting

  • 6700 West 83rd Street Los Angeles, CA, 90045 United States (map)
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“Stand Strong Together - What’s Next?”

Please join us on Thursday, February 23rd for a discussion with elected officials and active community leaders on how we can work together to resist the Trump agenda and move our shared democratic values forward.

We are standing strong as a club and as a community. This program will help answer the question, “What do we do now?” We will be considering answers at the local and national levels. Details on event speakers and topics are below. We hope to see you there!


Event Information

When:

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:30–9:00pm
(Doors Open at 6:15pm)

Where:

Holy Nativity Church
6700 W 83rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90045 Map >
(Enter on Dunbarton Ave)

Program Overview:

6:15pm: Doors Open
6:30–7:00pm: Social Hour with Wine & Appetizers
7:00–9:00pm: Program & Discussion

Suggested Donation:

$10 (No one turned away!)
Please let us know if you will be attending by clicking below: 


Event Topics & Speakers

Moderator

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Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Board Member
Duane Muller

After a 20-year government career serving at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Energy, and for the U.S. Congress, Duane Muller returned to her home state of California in late in 2014. An experienced public policy professional, Duane has worked in over 20 countries and is a recognized climate change capacity building expert and a Contributing Author and Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. In recent years, she has provided consulting services to organizations such as USAID, Training Resources Group, the California Women’s Law Center, and the Southern California Grantmakers where she advises her clients on strategic communications, public policy effectiveness, and advocacy efforts. Duane received her Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs, and German, from Occidental College.


Federal Update and Perspective on Trump’s First 30 Days & Opportunities for Action

Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein – Deputy State Director
Peter J. Muller

Peter Muller serves as deputy state director to California Senator Dianne Feinstein.  A California native, Peter worked on Capitol Hill for nearly fifteen years as legislative assistant to Rep. Norman Mineta and legislative director & chief of staff to Rep. Ellen Tauscher.  He also served as director of government affairs for two leading California companies - Genentech, Inc., and Intel Corporation.  Prior to joining Senator Feinstein’s office, Peter directed government relations for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, known as “Metrolink”.


What is the CDP and LACDP Doing in Response to President Trump & How Can We Get Involved?

California Democratic Party 62nd AD E-Board Representative
Sheila Mickelson

Sheila is a Westchester resident, community organizer, progressive political activist and lifelong Democrat. An elected delegate to the CDP since 2007, she is serving her 4th term as Executive Board Representative for the 62nd Assembly District and serves on the Legislative Committee. In 2010, Sheila was honored to be named 51st AD Democrat Woman of The Year by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. She founded the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club in 2007 and served as President for 8 years as well as Secretary and V.P. of Political Affairs.


Los Angeles’ Efforts to Protect Our City Against the Trump Administration’s Policies & How Can We Get Involved?

Los Angeles City Councilman, District 11
Mike Bonin

Mike Bonin represents the 11th District on the Los Angeles City Council, bringing a powerful voice for neighborhood empowerment and common sense solutions to city government. Mike has worked on behalf of Westside neighborhoods since 1996, working in senior positions for Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Congresswoman Jane Harman, and Councilwoman Ruth Galanter. Mike also served as a regional field organizer in California for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and was the co-founder and program director of Camp Courage, an acclaimed training program for community organizers fighting for the freedom to marry for the LGBT community.


Grassroots Efforts to Elect Democrats

Democratic Grassroots Activist & California Democratic Party 62nd AD Delegate
Marc Saltzberg

Marc’s passion is grass-roots activism – in the last election he organized and led four phone banks every week! Marc has represented our voice and concerns as President of the West LA Democratic Club, VP of the Venice Neighborhood Council, and as a delegate to the California Democratic Party. He helped found the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club and the 53rd AD Democratic Congress; and was honored as Democrat of the Year from our AD in 2011.


What is MoveOn.org & How Can We Get Involved?

MoveOn.Org Community Host & Founding Member of MoveOn.Org Playa del Rey/Playa Vista
Anna Rosefsky Saavedra

Anna Rosefsky Saavedra is a mother, education policy researcher at the University of Southern California, and MoveOn Community Host. She is the founding member of the MoveOn Playa Vista group that has merged with the MoveOn Playa Del Rey group. Working in collaboration with other local groups, MoveOn Playa del Rey Playa Vista's (MoveOn PdR PV) organized actions embolden our Democratic elected officials to become strong leaders that oppose Trump and the radical GOP agenda.


New Messaging for Democrats Moving Forward & Update on SB52, California Disclose Act

California Clean Money Campaign President
Trent Lange

Trent Lange has served on the board of the California Clean Money Campaign since 2003.  He has been a spokesperson, lobbyist, and policy expert for CCMC, analyzing campaign spending and proposing solutions to campaign finance issues both for California and elsewhere.  He has been on the executive committees of four ballot campaigns in California, including serving as co-chair of Measure H, the Clean Money-enabling measure in Los Angeles that passed by a 3-1 margin with 75% of the vote on March 8th, 2011.  
 


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Annual WPDC Holiday Celebration
Dec
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Annual WPDC Holiday Celebration

  • 6700 W. 83rd Street West 83rd Street Los Angeles, CA, 90045 United States (map)
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MUSIC • FESTIVE ITALIAN DINNER • LIBATIONS • RAFFLE PRIZES • DEMOCRATIC CHEER

Please join your Democratic friends and elected officials for a special evening of holiday cheer as we celebrate our community and our shared Democratic values! Please RSVP below.

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Annual WPDC Board Election Meeting with Eric C. Bauman
Nov
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Annual WPDC Board Election Meeting with Eric C. Bauman

  • 6700 West 83rd Street Los Angeles, CA, 90045 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us on Wednesday, November 16th for what is sure to be an informative and engaging meeting as you’ll be electing board members who will continue building our vibrant grass-roots political organization and charting an even greater political course next year!

We will be joined by special guest Eric C. Bauman, Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party and Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. He will provide insights into the results of next week's important election and what we can do as a Club to ensure victory and continued progress on the local, state and national level for Democratic candidates and issues in 2017. 

Please be sure to save the date and RSVP to let us know if you will be attending. 

Here are the WPDC Board Nominations that were received:

  • President: William Tanoos
  • First Vice President - Political Affairs: Onofrio Bertolini
  • Second Vice President - Operations: Vacant
  • Recording Secretary: Maxwell Davis
  • Corresponding Secretary: Michael Millman
  • Treasurer: Travis Dina-Pham
  • Members-at-Large: Charlene Brax, Greg Dina-Pham, CeAnna Ellner, Ken Feinswog, Jim Kennedy, Ellen Klein, Duane Muller, Marina Sirtis

* As a reminder, to be eligible to vote at the Officer Election meeting, you must be a WPDC member in good standing who joined the Club prior to September 16, 2016 (60 days prior to election). 

Read Candidate Bios >

What:

WPDC 2017 Board Election Meeting with Special Guest Eric C. Bauman, 
Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party and  Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party

When:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00 - 9:00pm

Where:

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church
6700 W 83rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045

If you have any questions, please contact pres@westchesterplayademclub.org. We look forward to seeing you on November 16th!

 
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Jun
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: City and State Homeless Solutions Forum

Thursday, June 23, 2016
7:00 – 9:00pm
Doors Open at 6:30pm

Loyola Marymount University
Ahmanson Auditorium in University Hall
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Enter from Lincoln Blvd.
[Map Link >]


Join us for an interactive discussion with our local and state elected officials and nonprofit organizations on the growing challenge of homelessness and how they are working toward providing solutions in our communities.

Our forum includes:

MODERATOR

Booker Pearson, Commissioner
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Booker is a Mayoral appointee to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and currently Chair of the LA County Commission for Public Social Services. He was a Founding and current board member of Upward Bound House; a nonprofit that provides housing for homeless families with children and a current board member of Westchester Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

PANELISTS

Carol Sobel
Civil Rights Attorney

Councilmember Mike Bonin
City of Los Angeles

Fernando Morales
Field Representative for State Senator Ben Allen

Susie Shannon
Founder of Poverty Matters

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Jun
7
7:00am 7:00am

Presidential Primary Election Day

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Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Voter Guide

WPDC Ballot Endorsements for the June 7, 2016 Primary
Polls Open: 7a-8p

Register to Vote
Check If You're Registered
Vote By Mail
Find Your Polling Place
Become A Pollworker
Election/Ballot Information

 The Westchester-Playa Democratic Club follows the endorsement of the California Democratic Party (CDP) in Federal and Statewide candidate races and follows the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) in local and municipal candidate races and positions on statewide and local ballot measures. The California Democratic Party does not endorse a presidential candidate.

To view a complete list of CDP endorsements go to http://www.cadem.org/vote/endorsements and to view a complete list of LACDP endorsements go to http://www.lacdp.org/endorsements.
 

 

Candidates

* Denotes incumbent  


President:

Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
No Endorsement


United States Senate

Kamala Harris


US Representative - 33rd District

Ted Lieu *


US Representative - 43rd District

Maxine Waters *


State Assembly - 62nd AD

Autumn Burke *


County Central Committee - 62nd District

(Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Executive Board Recommendation. Vote for all 7 candidates.)
 
Gloria Gray *
Carolyn Fowler *
Joy D. Brown-Price *
Cara Robin *
John Frierson *
Patt Sanders *
Paulette C. Francis


County Supervisor - 2nd District

Mark Ridley-Thomas*


County Supervisor - 4th District  

Janice Hahn  


Los Angeles County District Attorney

Jacqueline Lacey*


Judges of the Superior Court

 Office 11 – Debra Archuleta
Office 60 – No Endorsement
Office 120 – No Endorsement
Office 165 – Kathryn Ann Solrzano
Office 42 – Cyndy Zuzga (Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Executive Board Recommendation) 
Office 84 – Susan Jung Townsend
Office 158 – Kim L. Nguyen


State Ballot Measures 


Proposition 50 – Suspension of Legislators (SCA 17 Steinberg)

No Consensus
(Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Executive Board Recommendation)

Constitutional Amendment - The state Constitution has rules for how to remove (expel)  state lawmakers for wrongdoing but no rules to suspend them for a limited period of time. The measure would add rules to the state Constitution about how to suspend state lawmakers, not just how to expel them including without salary and benefits. Prohibits suspended Members from using powers of office or legislative resources. Suspension would require a 2/3 vote of fellow lawmakers.
 


 Every vote counts!  When Democrats turn out and vote, the greater our chances to get the results we are fighting for. 

 
We hope that this Voter Guide will help you when casting your vote in the June 7th primary. Please continue to support our efforts to bring you valuable information on candidates and issues by renewing your membership and/or becoming a new member via the link below.
 
Democratically yours,
 
Your Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Executive Board
Bill, Sheila, Travis, Vince and William

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May
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

May General Membership Meeting with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

  • 8900 Emerson Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90045 United States (map)
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Westchester-Playa Democratic Club May Membership Meeting: A Conversation with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Known as one of the most powerful women in American politics and Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, we invite you to join us for an informative and engaging evening with Congresswoman Waters.

Not afraid to tackle difficult and controversial issues, Congresswoman Waters will address essential issues our nation and district faces and also discuss the Presidential election. 

This is your opportunity to hear from Congresswoman Waters personally. Q&A immediately following her talk. Have your questions ready.  

WHEN: 

Thursday, May 5, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm


WHERE: 

LAFD Station #5 Community Room
8900 Emerson Avenue
Westchester, CA 90045

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Mar
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Kick-Off Reception In Support of Councilman Mike Bonin

  • 745 Milwood Avenue Venice, CA, 90291 United States (map)
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*Updated List! Please join:

Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Senator Ben Allen, LA County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, LA City Controller Ron Galperin, Scott Mayers, Sheila Mickelson, Michael Millman, Sara Nichols, Cara Robin, Greg Dina & Travis Pham, The West LA Democratic Club & The Westchester-Playa Democratic Club

For a reception in support of
Councilman Mike Bonin 

MIKE BONIN LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL LOGO
MIKE BONIN LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL

When:

Saturday, March 26, 2016
6:00 – 9:00pm

Where:

The Lantern House
745 Milwood Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
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Gourmet Charcuterie by WholeFoods / Venice
Full bar hosted by Scott Mayers 

To RSVP: 

Special Democratic Club Member Rate: $50

Please click the button below to RSVP and donate online via ActBlue. For more information, or to RSVP and contribute at door, please contact Erica Sklar at (818) 903-7422 or easklar88@gmail.com. Can't attend? Please consider making a contribution for any amount.

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Mar
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Reception In Support of Al Muratsuchi for State Assembly

  • 607 Ruby Street Redondo Beach, CA, 90277 United States (map)
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Please Join: 

Hon. Carol Kwan, Dale and Ken Petrulis, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County, Kanji Sahara, and The West LA Democratic Club
(Host Committee In Formation)

For a reception to send Al back to the Assembly

al muratsuchi logo california state assembly
al muratsuchi

When:

Sunday, March 20, 2016
4:00 – 6:00pm

Where:

At the Home of Dale and Ken Petrulis
607 Ruby Street, Redondo Beach, CA
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To RSVP: 

Special Democratic Club Member Rate: $66

Please click the button below to RSVP and donate online via ActBlue. Or, to RSVP and contribute at the door, please contact Genelle Buchert at 562-981-2111 or at genelle.buchert@gmail.com. Can't attend? Please consider making a contribution for any amount.   

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Mar
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Issues Committee Meeting

It’s Time to Activate & Engage Westchester-Playa Democratic Club Political Issues Committee 

Join Us and Make Your Voice Heard!

When:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7:00 - 9:00pm

Where:

Westchester Fire Station #5 Community Room
8900 S. Emerson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Please let us know if you’re coming. Click click below to RSVP or call (424) 225-1504

Thank you, 

Sheila Mickelson
V.P. Political Affairs


Meeting Location:

 
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Dec
18
9:00am 9:00am

Ongoing Through Dec 18th: 2015 Westside Winter Shelter Donation Drive

  • 7166 West Manchester Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90045 United States (map)
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Councilmember Mike Bonin is holiding a Westside Winter Shelter Donation Drive now through December 18th. Items may be dropped at his Westchester Field Office. The Westside Winter Shelter Program offers hundreds of homeless people on the Westside a warm bed. The Shelter opened early this year in anticipation of El Nino rainstorms, and will remain open until the wet weather subsides in early next year. Especially with this year’s longer operating period, we need your help to ensure the program has the supplies it needs to operate. 

Requested Items Include:

  • Toiletries
  • Razors
  • Soap (bar and shower gel)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Foot spray
  • Deodorant
  • Combs
  • Hairbrushes
  • Nail clippers
  • Shower shoes
  • Bath towels
  • Clothing
  • Men’s underwear
  • Women’s underwear
  • Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Coats
  • Jackets
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Men’s pants
  • Women’s pants
  • Shoes
  • Adult diapers
  • Personal Items
  • Backpacks
  • Reading glasses
  • Miscellaneous
  • Coffee
  • Creamer
  • Sugar
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Board games
  • Cleaning items (i.e. brooms, mops, scrub pads, bleach, disinfectant, and trash bags)
  • Plastic drawstring or resealable bags
  • First aid kits

Items can be dropped off at any CD11 office until December 18:

West LA Office
1645 Corinth Ave. #201
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 575-8461

City Hall
200 N. Spring St. #475
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7011

Westchester Office
7166 W. Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 568-8772

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