Events

December 2017 Events

The O’Neill Annual Holiday Brunch for area Democrats will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 11AM – 1 PM at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo. The keynote speaker will be Congressman Ted Lieu.  Contact either event sponsor for details: SOCDC or the Canyon Democrats.
The Democratic Women of South Orange County are planning their second annual Holiday Mixer for Monday, Dec. 4.  Stay tuned for details or contact contact@dwsoc.org
The South Orange County Democratic Club will hold their last meeting of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Marie Callender’s in San Juan Capistrano.  The agenda is to hold elections and ring in some holiday cheer!  Free for members, $5 for non-members, and if you want dinner contact willa@cox.net ($20 extra).

November 2017 Events

The Canyon Democrats will hold their last meeting of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 14 6:30-9 PM at the Norman Murray Community & Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo 92692.  The speaker will be Brett Murdock, candidate for Orange County District Attorney.
The South Orange County Democratic Club will meet on Wed., Dec. 15, 6-8 PM at Marie Callenders in San Juan Capistrano.  Admission free to members, $5 for nonmembers and dinner is $20.  RSVP to willa@cox.net
The Residents Organized For a Safe Environment will hold two rallies to protest Edison’s plan to store highly radioactive waste on the San Onofre coastline.  Join the group at the Main Beach in Laguna Beach at 1 PM on Nov 18 and in San Clemente on Nov. 19. Contact genstone@sbcglobal.net for details on time and exact location.  To find out more and to sign a petition, go to:  https://publicwatchdogs.org/sign-the-petition/

 

October 2017 Events

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby Orange County South Chapter meets regularly on the second Saturday of the month at St. Andrews by the Sea United Methodist Church in San Clemente.  Upcoming meetings will be Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9.  Meetings start at 9:30 and all are welcome.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in personal and political power.  The CCL is a worldwide organization of over 400 chapters. It advocates a carbon fee and dividend plan which will reduce demand for fossil fuels and make alternative fuels more affordable, a strategy which lets the free market determine the best fuel alternatives. The CCL will have a presence at the California GOP convention at the Anaheim Marriott on October 20-22 and at the VegeFest at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on October 28-29.  For more information, contact Larry Kramer (larrykramer11@att.net) or tune into an Informational Conference call every Wednesday at 5PM.  Register for the call at www.CitizensClimateLobby.Org and call 1-866-642-1665 Passcode 440699#

The South Orange County Democrats will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 18 with guest speaker Katie Porter who is running for the CA 45th Congressional District.  Dinner and social hour at 6 followed by the meeting at 7.  San Juan Community Center, 259 Camino Del Avion, SJC 92675.  RSVP to willa@cox.net

 

 

The Alison Niguel Democratic Club meets on the third Monday of each month, 7 PM at the Faith Episcopal Church, 27802 El Lazo, Laguna Niguel 92677.  The October meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 16.  The new officers are Annie Wright, Chair, Trina Mangione Vice-Chair, Michelle Antenesse, Secretary, and Yusef Abdellatif, Treasurer. Contact them at AlisoNiguelDemocrats@gmail.com and like them on FB: https://www.facebook.com/AlisoNiguelDems/

September 2017 Events

The South Orange County Progressives will have their first fall meeting on Tuesday Sept. 12 in the Banquet Room of Agostino’s, 34700 Coast Hwy, Capo Beach.  Dinner and social hour 5:30-7, meeting begins at 7.  The speakers will be Donna Gilmore (SanOnofreSafety.Org) and Ray Lutz (CitizensOversight.Org) with discussants Gary Headrick (SanClementeGreen.Org) and Roger Johnson (SOCProgressives.com).  Donna Gilmore is an expert on the storage and transport of nuclear waste and Citizens’ Oversight recently won a lawsuit which now requires Edison to consider moving the waste elsewhere. What can everyone do about the nearly 2,000 tons of uranium and plutonium which will be stored for decades (or possibly forever) only a few miles away?  Everyone needs to be aware of the alarming push to make our area a Nuclear Waste Dump.  
RSVP necessary:  socprogressives@gmail.com     Visit the SOCP web site and facebook page for commentary on the news and information about events in the area: www.socprogressives.com  and  https://www.facebook.com/progressivesofsouthorangecounty

The Canyon Democrats are participating in a voter outreach initiative on Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Democratic Party of Orange County, 1916 W. Chapman Ave., Ste. B, Orange, CA 92868 (phone 714-634-3367). Visit the website https://orangecojuntydemocrats.com/ or write to: info@pcdemocrats.org and join the group which will be led by Joe McLaughlin and Linda May. The next general meeting of the Canyon Democrats will be Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-9 PM at the Norman Murray Community & Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo 92692.

The Democratic Women of South Orange County will be holding a Grassroots Organizing meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, (25925 Camino Del Avion, SJC 92675). Dinner and socializing 5:30-6:30, meeting 6:30-8:30. Speakers will be Fran Sdao, Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, and Linda May, Director of GRO*DPOC which is organizing neighborhood volunteer efforts. To obtain dinner tickets ($25) or wine/beer tickets ($5), write to contact@dwsoc.org

The League of Women Voters San Diego is sponsoring a “Sips and Civility” evening at the San Diego Central Library on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6 PM. The speaker will be Brooke Binkowski and the topic will be how to fight Fake News. Two free drinks with your ticket! Write to the League of Women Voters San Diego (voter_service@lwvsandiego.org).

Edison’s Community Engagement Panel will hold its third meeting of the year on Thursday, Sept. 14 at the QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, Oceanside 92056. Edison’s promotion/public relations booths will be open from 4:30-5:30, general meeting 5:30-8:30. Edison will choose the speakers, agendas, and topics. The theme for the evening is “Dry Cask Storage and Defense-in-Depth” as Edison will stress how safe it is to store thousands of tons of uranium and plutonium in our area for the indefinite future.

The Aliso Niguel Democrats are organizing a community cleanup project on Saturday, Sept. 16, 9-12 AM with 100 Park as a meeting point. Email AlisoNiguelDemocrats@gmail.com for more information. The group will also hold its regular monthly meeting at Faith Episcopal Church, Laguna Niguel on Monday Sept. 18. Contact Trina Mangione trina_mangione@outlook.com for details.

The South Orange County Democratic Club will meet on Wed., Sept. 20 at the San Juan Community Center (see DWSOC above). The speakers will be Dana Point Mayor Debra Lewis, SJC Mayor Pro Tem Sergio Farias, and from Alison Viejo there will be council member Ross Chun and council candidate Tiffany Ackley. The meeting starts at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30. Dinner for members is $20, $25 for non-members. Please RSVP to Willa (949-370-0401 or willa@cox.net).

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby now has a South Orange County chapter which met on August 12 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church om San Clemente. Meetings are usually the second Saturday of the month, 9:30 AM. Contact Larry Kramer (larrykramer11@att.net) for more details. The CCL will be sponsoring its third annual Climate Crisis Conference on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Contact Dr. Tom English (760-918-9963, tdenglish3sbcglobal.net) for more information or the North San Diego Chapter sandiegonorth@citizensclimatelobby.org

The Canyon Democrats will be meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Norman Murray Community & Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo 92692. UCI physics professor Kevork Abazajian will discuss Science in the Age of Trump. Social hour 6:30-7, meeting 7-9. Visit www.canyondems.org to RSVP.

The South Orange County Democratic Club will host four Democratic city leaders on Wed., Sept. 20 with speakers at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30. The guests will be Dana Point mayor Debra Lewis, San Juan Capistrano major pro-tem Sergio Farias, Aliso Viejo council member Ross Chun, and Tiffany Ackley, candidate for city council in Mission Viejo. San Juan Capistrano Community Center, (25925 Camino Del Avion, SJC 92675). Write to contact@dwsoc.org or willa@cox.net for details.

The Progressive Democrats of America will meet on Wed., Sept. 20, 7-8:45 at Sizzler Steakhouse, 3755 Murphy Canyon Rd., Suite S, San Diego. Contact Mike Thaller: miket@pda.emailnb.com

The San Onofre Settlement Celebration will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, 4-6 PM at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater organized by Ray Lutz of Citizens’ Oversight and the law firm of Aguirre & Severson. Music by Tes Kempner & Friends. Visit http://CitizensOversight.org for details.

San Diego North 49 is a part of the nationwide Indivisible group – check out the web site https://www.indivisible49.com/ of the local group. Hundreds have been gathering for months every Tuesday morning 10-11 AM in front of Issa’s headquarters in Vista. For example Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1800 Thibodo Rd., Vista 92081. Also visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/568796709978449/ The group will also stage the Thursday Street Corner Protest, 5-6 PM in Encinitas (corner of Encinitas Blvd and El Camino Real), Thursday Sept. 21. House party after the protest. Join the group!

The North County Climate Change Alliance Forum is sponsoring Our Changing Climate Series at the Vista Library (700 Eucalyptus Ave.,92084) on Thursday, Sept. 21, 5:30 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/166247570209950). Speakers will be Charles Langley, Nina Babiarz, and Robert Pope from Public Watchdogs (https://publicwatchdogs.org/). The California Coastal Commission (CCC) gave Southern California Edison (SCE) a permit to bury millions of pounds of radioactive nuclear waste on the beach at San Onofre. The 8.5 million residents living within the 50-mile plume radius are at risk. This waste is deadly for 250,000 years. Edison will store their waste in steel cans a mere 5/8” thick with a design life of 60 years & a manufacturer’s warranty of only 25 years.

A Revolution is taking place in San Diego County! In addition to the events mentioned above, there will be Hurricane Harvey Relief BBB Fundraiser at the Wavelength Brewing Company, 236 Main St., Vista 92084. Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 PM: https://www.facebook.com/events/220778925119503 A few days later Our Revolution North County San Diego will have an organizational meeting at Indian Joe Brewing, 2123 Industrial Court, Vista. Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-3 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/146774599251241 And don’t forget about the rally at Oceanside Pier on Sept. 24 mentioned above. https://www.facebook.com/events/1724797367815777

 

May 2017 Events

The South Orange County Progressives will host a special meeting with guest speaker Erwin Chemerinsky, Distinguished Professor of Law and founding Dean of the UCI School of Law.  His law degree is from Harvard, and he is widely known as one of the country’s top legal experts on constitutional law.  Dean Chemerinsky has authored ten books including The Case Against the Supreme Court (Viking, 2014) and most recently Closing the Courthouse Doors:  How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable (Yale University Press, 2017).  He has written more than 200 law review articles and you may know him from his regular Op-Ed column in the Orange County Register. In January of this year, National Jurist magazine named him as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.  There is a lot going on in Washington right now as you may have noticed including serious questions about ethical issues, conflicts of interest, nepotism, lack of transparency, the rights of immigrants, divestment, emoluments, and even war powers.  Do laws and democratic traditions no longer apply to the President, and are we witnessing an unprecedented erosion of our constitutional rights? Dean Chemerinsky will comment on these and more general constitutional issues.

This will be the last meeting of the South Orange County Progressives until September.  The date, time, format, and location will be different from past meetings:  Date:  Tuesday, May 30.  Time:  Doors open at 12:45 for socializing and the lecture begins at 1:30.  Format:  There will be an admission of $5 at the door. Coffee, cookies, and finger food will be served. There will be no lunch service but we are looking for people who will contribute some eats Pot Luck Style.  If you would like to make a contribution, please mention this on your RSVP below.  Location:  The meeting will take place in Friendship Hall of St. Andrews By-The-Sea (2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente 92673).  If you exit I-5 at Pico, turn inland and take your first available left which is Frontera.  Go up the hill and the church entrance will be on the left just before the top of the hill.  If you exit I-5 at Vista Hermosa, head inland, take your first right at the light, go up the hill and the entrance will be on your right just before the top of the hill.  In addition to the St. Andrews sign (seen mainly when you are coming from Pico), there are also signs to Bright Horizons and Rehab Institute.  RSVP:  It is important to RSVP, preferably as soon as possible to: socprogressives@gmail.com There may be a large crowd. We need to know how many chairs and tables to set up and how many people are bringing some finger food.

Public Meeting to Challenge the Coastal Commission Permit for Storging Nuclear Waste on the Beach  Attend the Oceanside City Council meeting on Thursday, May 4, 6-9 PM where there will be an airing of opposition to the plan for storing nearly 2,000 tons of nuclear waste 100 feet from San Onofre beachfor the indefinite future.  Speaking will be world renowned surfer Ian Cairns, Ray Lutz of Citizens Oversight, and anyone who cares to contribute.  Location:  300 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, 92054.  For details, visit: http://citizensoversight.org/StopNukeDump

The San Clemente City Council will meet on Tuesday, May 2 to discuss a resolution opposing a nuclear waste dump at San Onofre.  City Council Chambers, 100 Avenida Presidio #3, 6 PM.

The League of Women Voters will hold Lunch with the League on Saturday, May 6, 12 noon at Brandman University, Room 111, 16355 Laguna Canyon Rd., Irvine.  Vice President Martha Cox will speak on “Bridging the Divide: Playing a Key Role in Promoting Civil Public Dialogue.”  Lunch is $20, RSVP to Barb Wood at 208-284-9167 or barbjsocal@gmail.com

Edison’s Community Engagement Panel will meet again on Thursday, May 11, 5:30 PM, Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alica Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA.  The agenda is to hear from consolidated interim storage industry representatives, representatives of the NRC, and to promote Edison’s agenda for the San Onofre Nuclear Waste Plant.

The Canyon Democrats will meet on Tuesday, May 16 at the Norman Murray Community & Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo 92692.  The keynote speaker will be Professor David Min, UCI School of Law and candidate to defeat Rep. Walters in CD 45.  Come early to socialize, 6:30-7, general meeting at 7.

The Democratic Women of South Orange County will have a second May meeting, a candidate forum on May 31.  This will be a “get-to-know-you” evening with local candidates for Congress.  Candidates will include David Min, Katie Porter, Ron Varasteh, and Kia Hamadanchy running for CA 45.  Candidates for CA 48 will be Boyd Roberts, Laura Oatman, and Harley Rouca.  In CA 49, the candidates are Doug Applegate and Mike Levin.  The event will take place on Wednesday, Mary 31, 6:45-9 at the San Juan Hills High School theatre, 29211 Stallion Ridge, SJC 92675.  Tickets are $15.  For details, write to contact@dwsoc.org.  In the mean time, DWSOC will participate in Voter Registration Training run by the Orange County Registrar of Voters.  Saturday, May 20th, 10 to noon at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion, 92675.

The Aliso Niguel Democratic Club is a new group which plans to meet the third Monday of each month.  The next meeting will be Monday, May 15, 7 PM at the Faith Episcopal Church, 278 El Lazo, Laguna Niguel.  This will be a meet and greet and get organized gathering so come and join the group.  RSVP to Trina_Mangione@outlook.com

The South Orange County Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, May 17,  6 PM at the San Juan Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion, SJC 92675.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Bill Honigman who is the coordinator of the Orange County Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America.  Dr. Bill is a strong advocate of Healthcare as a Human Right.  There will be a buffet dinner so reserve your spot by sending an RSVP to willa@cox.net (949-370-0401).

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