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February Membership Meeting

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

“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


Thursday, February 23, 2017
(Doors Open at 6:15pm)


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



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 & 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.  

Earlier Event: December 9
Annual WPDC Holiday Celebration
Later Event: March 7
Election Day!