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Enter Dolores Street from East 213th Street and park on Dolores Street.


NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING: September 19 (the THIRD MONDAY of every month)

Monday, September 19, 2016 -- 7:00 PM SHARP! to 8:55 PM

at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center
1670 West 162
nd Street
in Gardena, California
(One long block east of Western Avenue, at the Gardena Civic Center,
between the Gardena Police Station and the Fire Station)


SPEAKER: To be announced.

ENDORSEMENTS: We should be considering our positions on the ballot propositions on the November 8th ballot.

We will also discuss our extremely urgent campaigns, from Hillary Clinton's down to Al Muratsuchi's to Jim Dear's in the City of Carson. Every little bit that you can do in the final weeks will make all the difference!

Susana Medina will be honored as 66th Assembly District volunteer of the Year at the L.A. County Committee's Eleanor & Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner on October 23rd. The first ten club members to get their tickets will get them at half price.

Details of the West Basin Municipal Water District's free Water Harvest Festival, to be held on October 22nd, as well as our club's annual Cliff Holliday Memorial Legislative Report Brunch will be available at the meeting.

STAMPS FOR VETERANS: If you have any interesting, foreign or commemorative stamps (perhaps those used in our club mailing), rip the corners of envelopes containining the stamps & postmarks off and bring them to one of our meetings or Sunday Breakfasts. Our Club Historian Terry Kennedy has been sending them to Veterans Administration Hospitals for decades for the recuperation and enjoyment of our injured and disabled veterans.


Due to the need to be out of the facility by 9:00 PM, we are now starting our meeting promptly at 7:00 PM. Announcements and Resolutions must be submitted in writing to the President at the beginning of the meeting. Please be on time!


Weekly Club Breakfast: We will continue to meet at the same location!

Every Sunday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

at the Normandie Casino Lucky Lady COFFEE SHOP
1045 W. Rosecrans Ave.
in Gardena, California (west of the Harbor 110 Freeway & Vermont Ave.)

Everyone is welcome to join us for our informal discussions!


Club Executive Board Meeting: (the FIRST MONDAY of every month)

Monday, July 4, 2016, 7:00 PM

at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center
1670 W. 162nd Street
in Gardena, California

All Club members are welcome to take part.


CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2016:
President: Don Dear
First Vice President: Dan Medina
Second Vice President: Jan Schaefer
Recording Secretary: Jim McGreevy
Corresponding Secretary: Alan Constantino
Treasurer: Susana Medina
Historian: Terry Kennedy

OUR FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE!

Our Gardena Valley Democratic Club Facebook Group is now a closed group and only our Group members can read the messages there. So posting messages there will no longer be viewable by anyone else interested in our club. For now. That might seem to mean that we can privately say whatever we'd like there, but Facebook is well known for changing its rules on a whim, and everything could become visible to the world at any second! There are no secrets on the Internet. Nothing is private.

If you are a Club member or friend please click on the link above and ask to join our Group! After you are accepted you can follow and join in the conversations and keep up-to-date with everything that we and our friends are doing! Topics that you bring up or your photos posted there might even make it into our club's newsletter!

Our Facebook Group page is once again openly viewable by everyone! You are encouraged to join us there!


Get affordable private health insurance under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act! Signing up will begin again in November (we know -- it's stupid not to make it year-round, but we got what the Rrpublicans wanted -- they were sabotaging our health care even when they were pretending to be negotiating). Shop and Compare at Covered California to see how little you will need to pay!

(or you can try to find Fox News's & the Republican/Tea Party's nonexistent "Obamacare" insurance somewhere else!)

Better yet, if you want to find out how much you can save, try the nonprofit, nonpartisan website . . .

Try their CALCULATOR to see how much you'd pay and how much help you'd get!

Click here to see or download the flyer we passed out at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade (this PDf is printable if you need more copies)


Does listening to AM 1150 (was KTLK) all of a sudden sound like Neo-Nazi Radio? Tired of Fascists?
Watch Stephanie Miller, Bill Press, Thom Hartmann and more on Free Speech TV !!!

Also streamed LIVE on FilmOnTV. And they're all on SeriusXM Progress Channel 127 satellite radio.
You can also watch the Bill Press Show online at Tawkr.TV.

Of course, a good alternative is KPFK 90.7 FM, still on broadcast radio!


Join our club! (click on the application below to get a version you can print) :

Then mail the application, with your check, to:

GVDC
15433 South Catalina Ave.
Gardena, CA 90247

or bring it to any of our club meetings (see above for locations, dates and times).


Some of the GVDC contingent at the 2013 Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival. From left, George Castro's great granddaughter Jordyn, GVDC President Richard Vaughn and club members Terry Kennedy and Roger Kouchakgi. Alan Constantino is hidden behind the wheel of his new Ford. (Jim McGreevy took the photo)
Some of the club members who participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Parade in Gardena yesterday (January 12, 2013) posed for photos in Rowley Park at the end of the parade. From the left, George Castro, Willie Carter, Don Dear, George's great granddaughter Jordyn, the Girl Scout, Richard Vaughn, Evelyn Sia, Ethel Barnes, Gerald Barnes, Yolanda Barnes, Alan Constantino and Richard Schwartz. Jim McGreevy took the photo. This is a small 74 kilobyte file -- there is a much larger (4 1/2 megabytes) downloadable and printable version on our GVDC Facebook group page.



South Bay L.A. -- June 2012 Election Results:
(Click on each office title to see the current results -- Final results are due to be posted on July 6th)


AL MURATSUCHI opens his 66th Assembly District Campaign Headquarters

Democratic candidate Al Muratsuchi speaking to his supporters at his Torrance headquarters Grand Opening on April 21st. Former Gardena Mayor and Water District chair Don Dear is looking on at left.

PHOTOS FROM THE HEADQUARTERS GRAND OPENING:

Emcee and Torrance School Board member Terry Ragins with Muratsuchi for Assembly campaign manager Sergio Carrillo, speaking. (photo by Richard Vaughn)


John Pérez, Speaker of the California State Assembly, urging South Bay Democrats to work hard to elect Al Muratsuchi to the State Assembly. (photo by Richard Vaughn)


State Senator Ted Lieu voicing his support for Al Muratsuchi for Assembly. (photo by Richard Vaughn)


Assembly member Steve Bradford urging Democrats in the new 66th Assembly District to vote on June 5th for Al Muratsuchi. (photo by Richard Vaughn)


Los Angeles County Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman urging every Democrat to get out and vote in this year's elections. (photo by Richard Vaughn)


Democratic 66th Assembly District candidate Al Muratsuchi speaking about his vision for the future of California politics. (photo by Richard Vaughn)

Be sure that every Democratic voter you know is registered to vote
for the November 6th General Election.

Al is running against an extreme right-wing Tea Party Republican
with a lot of money behind him. We don't want the South Bay to
become a Tea Party haven!

If we are going to win a two-thirds majority in the State Legislature
and end the gridlock that has been paralyzing Sacramento for decades,
we have to win the new 66th Assembly seat on November 6th, just a few months from now!

We have to elect Al Muratsuchi to the State Assembly!!!

Visit and "friend" Al's Facebook page and his twitter page
or visit his website by clicking these links.

http://www.facebook.com/almuratsuchi
https://twitter.com/#!/AMuratsuchi
http://www.alforassembly.com/

Or you can visit Al Muratsuchi's campaign headquarters at the

Democratic Action Center
1673 Cravens Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 536-0093

(that's in old downtown Torrance,near the intersection of
Cabrillo Ave. and Carson Street)

There are signs and stickers available and you can volunteer to help.
This is the most important Assembly election in California in 2012!

There are only a few months until the November 6th Primary election.
Please do whatever you can to help! Talk to your friends and relatives,
put up signs, volunteer to phone bank or to walk your precinct!
Please do something! Time is short!


Al Muratsuchi, front center, with the Presidents of several South Bay Democratic clubs, including Gardena Valley Democratic Club President Richard Vaughn on the far right.

In the 36th Congressional District race last year, Congresswoman Janice Hahn defeated Craig Huey, a Tea Party Republican who is now running against Al Muratsuchi in the 66th Assembly District race here in the South Bay. The following is still relevant:

Janice is running against a right-wing Tea Party Republican, who like all Tea Partyers wants to privatize or eliminate Medicare and Social Security and every other Federal social program, probably even the Veterans Administration! Tea Partyers also want to control what YOU do in your bedroom and tell you what medical choices you can make and who you can marry. Tea Party Republicans across the country, who are funded mainly by Texas and other oil and Wall Street billionaires (and supported by foreign billionaires like Australian Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News) also want to eliminate unions and all workers' rights to negotiate wages, pensions and health care. They want to eliminate the 8-hour workday, the 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, weekends off and vacations! And eliminate the minimum wage. Some even want to bring back child labor! And they want to eliminate income taxes for rich people, like the nation of Greece did many years ago -- we can see how well that is working there! The Tea Party Republicans' goal seems to be to push all middle class Americans into the poorhouse (or a privatized version, perhaps private debtors' prisons and/or workhouses) and return us to the "Roaring '20s" when the vast majority of Americans were dirt poor and the Super-Rich controlled the Congress! Which of course resulted in the 1929 Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression throughout the 1930s. We almost had another Great Depression in 2008 as a result of 8 years of the last Republican President and Republican Congress and their policies. Luckily we elected a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress who did all they could to prevent another Depression, though Republican members of Congress have blocked most job-creating legislation for 3 1/2 years, originally by filibustering any jobs bills in the Senate and when John Boehner became Speaker by blocking consideration of any jobs bills in the House. And Tea Party Republican Governors around the nation have have eliminated every job they could -- even police officers, firefighters and especially teachers -- all to increase the unemployment rate under a Democratic President. Even Mitt Romney brags about wanting to fire teachers, firefighters and police officers! Don't give the Republicans/Tea Partyers another chance here in California!

Go to Janice's website, janicehahn.com, to help her reelection campaign and go to Democrat Al Muratsuchi's website, alforassembly.com, to support his 66th Assembly District campaign in any way you can, from putting up signs to talking to your neighbors!



Club members celebrating the beginning of our 80th year during a break in our January 2012 membership meeting.




Congresswoman Maxine Waters swearing in our returning Treasurer Susana Medina, returning Corresponding Secretary Alan Constantino, returning Recording Secretary Richard Schwartz, our new President Richard Vaughn and, on the right, our new 1st Vice President Roger Kouchakgi. Our new 2nd Vice President, Steve Varalyay, is not pictured.

CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS IS LOOKING FOR HELP IN TORRANCE:

Rep. WATERS' new 43rd Congressional District has moved south from Lawndale - Gardena to include most of Torrance and Lomita. The western border is now Hawthorne Blvd., with PCH on the south and the Harbor Gateway/ 110 Freeway on the east. (See map below).

The congresswoman is asking for club members to help her become better known in the new area. We are asking some of our Torrance resident GVDC members perhaps to form a committee to hold something like town hall at the Democratic Action Center in downtown Torrance, with Torrance & Lomita officials and residents invited to meet MAX1NE . Come to our club meeting if you can help.

DON DEAR HONORED BY CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: At last week's San Diego Convention, the CDP honored DON DEAR as Volunteer of the Year for Region 14 (an an area-of about 4 Assembly Districts). DON was nominated for the honor by Region 14 Director TERRENCE MONTGOMERY..


Click HERE for a printable version of the invitation that you can mail to us to make your reservation!



Sorry about the interruption in the Increases in the National Debt chart page. We've been creating versions of this chart since 1983 when it became obvious what President Reagan was doing. Since 1995, our club's website has been hosted by the Los Angeles Free-Net (LAFN), which is a local volunteer-based Internet Service Provider that relies on memberships and donations for its existence. Unfortunately, during the recent increase in the debt-ceiling debate the LAFN's servers became overloaded, so LAFN took down our entire website to alleviate the problem. When they identified that it was solely the National Debt page that was the cause, they put the remainder of our website back up. All this happened before, back in early 2008, but back then LAFN put the page back up when requests for it slowed, this time the requests didn't slow. Finally one of our club members provided a website that could handle all the traffic, so we put the National Debt chart page there and the LAFN now redirects the original URL to the new web address. Again, we are sorry for inconveniencing you over the past few weeks. (August 2011)


Also, our June 2011 speaker, Ellen Brown, has written a new article "How the Bailout Killed Local Lending -- And How Some States Hope to Bring It Back" -- click here to read it! Our Club has endorsed AB 750, which is supported by Ms. Brown and would study creating a California State Bank. AB 750 has bipartisan support. The State Senate Banking Committee will have a hearing on AB 750 on Wednesday, July 6th. Please urge the Committee's Chair, Democratic Senator Juan Vargas, to send AB 750 to the Senate floor quickly! (Read about AB 750 on "aroundthecapitol.com" and follow its progress on "leginfo.ca.gov."



And the Republicans and Tea Partyers are protesting THAT???

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters swearing in our new officers for 2010 at our January meeting. From the left, Club Historian George Castro, Corresponding Secretary Steve Varalyay, 2nd Vice President Richard Vaughn, 1st Vice President Wilbur Sato, Recording Secretary Richard Schwartz, Treasurer Susana Medina, President Kanji Sahara and Congresswoman Waters.


Congresswoman Waters speaking to the club after she swore in our new officers. Maxine told us about the importance of the Massachusetts Senatorial election to the Health Care Reform bill, the urgency of relief for victims of the earthquake in Haiti and the need for job creation in the United States; she also bemoaned the dysfunctional government in Sacramento.

(Below) President Kanji Sahara introduced our 2010 Committee Chairs. From the left, Membership Chair Richard Vaughn, Health Care Chair Alan Constantino, Ways & Means and also Newsletter Chair Don Dear, Hospitality Chair Alicia Brewster, President Sahara, Senior Citizens Chair Bea Bernstein, Legislative Action/Resolutions/Consumer Affairs Chair Paulette Francis and Publicity Chair Dan Medina. Not in the photo are Sunshine Chair Doris Griffin, Program Chair Al Hernandez, Precinct Organization Chair Ron Shimokaji and Website Committee Chair Jim McGreevy, who took the photographs. All of our Committee Chairs, along with our club officers, make up our Executive Board.

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(Above) Following our December 2009 meeting, the incoming and outgoing officers posed for a photo. From the left, outgoing President Don Dear, former President and Gardena Councilmember Dan Medina, incoming Club Historian George Castro, continuing Recording Secretary Richard Schwartz, continuing Treasurer Susana Medina, incoming President Kanji Sahara, continuing 1st Vice President Wilbur Sato, continuing 2nd Vice President Richard Vaughn and incoming Corresponding Secretary Steve Varalyay. Photo by outgoing Corresponding Secretary Jim McGreevy. Terry Kennedy, not pictured, had been our 2nd Vice President until he resigned in November. We would like to thank all of our outgoing officers and our Committee Chairs and members for their outstanding service!
(For the original full-sized, 3 Megabyte --*LARGE FILE*-- photo, click here .)




STAMPS FOR VETERANS: Thanks to Terry Kennedy's decades-long efforts we collect stamps for use by our veterans. Please send us commemorative, foreign and older U.S. stamps (just clip off the entire corner of the envelope including the postmark, if possible). All stamps will be sent to the ARIE Foundation for distribution to Veterans Administration hospitals to help rehabilitate injured and hospitalized veterans. Stamps can be dropped off at our weekly breakfast meetings, monthly general meetings or mailed to our club address.



(Check out our Increases in the National Debt chart!)
Email our club at gvdc@lafn.org


Besides our own Club headquarters,
you can also volunteer at the

Democratic Action Center

The South Bay's first ever permanent Democratic Headquarters!

Get involved in the Presidential and local Democratic campaigns and get information on other local Democratic Clubs.

1673 Cravens Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 536-0093

(the diagonal street near the corner of Carson St. & Cabrillo Ave.)


NEW PAPERBACK EDITION - June 2007

Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform" by Mark Crispin Miller. Includes over 100 pages of new material including the 2006 elections.

Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them)" by Mark Crispin Miller.

This is a very important and interesting book if you value living in a free and open democracy. The people behind Bush/Cheney stealing the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections have no interest in free and fair elections nor in allowing you any free choices in how you live your life.

For more information on "Fooled Again" visit Mark Crispin Miller's website.


Be Sure That You Are Registered to Vote!

ELECTION & VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

LOS ANGELES COUNTY REGISTRAR-RECORDER
LA Vote.net

1 (562) 466-1323

CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE
Elections and Voter Information



NEW EDITION in PAPERBACK - April 24, 2007

"Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme To Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War" by Greg Palast.

Another great book by Greg Palast, investigative journalist who grew up here in "the Valley" but who was forced to publish his findings overseas on the BBC and in The Guardian and Observer newspapers. Greg uncovered the election fraud in Florida before the 2000 election which the Republicans stole from Al Gore, even though Gore officially got a million more votes than Bush!


NEW - July 2006

"Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud and the Official Count" by Steven Freeman & Joel Bleifuss, with a Forward by Representative John Conyers, Jr.

The original exit polls, which were quickly covered up, showed that John Kerry won almost all of the "Battleground" States by substantial margins, and that John Kerry won the 2004 Presidential Election by 7 MILLION VOTES! What happened? A very important and easy-to-read book.


Also read Greg Palast's book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" to find out more on how Bush/Cheney stole the 2000 election from Al Gore.




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Senator Betty Karnette with GVDC Vice President Don Dear at our July 2006 general meeting. Betty stopped by unexpectedly to thank us for our endorsement in her campaign for the 54th State Assembly District and to let us know what's going on in the State Legislature. (Photo by Richard Schwartz)