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: 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:

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

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  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

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 (949-370-0401).

April 2017 Events

The South Orange County Progressives will meet on Tuesday, April 11 in the Banquet Room of Agostinos by the Sea in Capo Beach.  Dinner and Social Hour at 5:30 followed by the meeting at 7. RSVP necessary:  This will be the annual SOAP BOX evening where people can promote a cause or speak their mind on any topic.  If you wish to speak, please send a note along with your RSVP including the topic and a sentence or two about yourself.  Those requesting in advance will speak first.  After that, those attending may speak (time permitting).  There will be a 5 minute time limit and the moderator will have a hook!  If you wish to learn more about the group or get invitations to future events, please visit

The Democratic Women of South Orange County will meet in the Casino San Clemente (140 West Avenida Pico) on Monday, April 3, 6-8:30.  The theme is “Our Threatened Rights” with 3 speakers discussing Transgender Rights, Planned Parenthood, and Immigration.  Tickets are $25 which includes a dinner, salad, and 2 side dishes (there will be a cash bar).  For further information and to buy tickets please, email:

Coastal Commission vs Citizens Oversight.  This important case has been postponed, partly because Edison now says it will negotiate where to temporarily store nuclear waste.  Instead there will be a rally at the San Diego Superior Court at 1 PM on Friday, April 14, Hall of Justice, 330 Broadway, San Diego 92101. The California Coastal Commission, charged with protecting the ocean and its beaches, has made the unbelievable decision to allow a nuclear waste dump to be built 100 feet from the shore in San Onofre.  Citizens Oversight is suing the CC to reverse this decision.  Come and attend this rally!  There will be 75 surfers in Haz Mat suits.

The South Orange County Democratic Club will hold a general meeting on Wed., April 19, 6 PM at the San Juan Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion, SJC.  The speaker will be Mike Levin who is running against Issa (along with Doug Applegate) for CA 49.  Levin is a Stanford graduate, alum of Duke Law School, and board member of the Center for Sustainable Energy.  Dinner will be $20 for members, $25 for others, or $5 for the meeting only. RSVP to


The Canyon Democrats will meet on Tuesday, April 25 at the Norman Murray Community and Senior Center, 249 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo 92692.  Social hour 6:30-7, general meeting 7-9.  This will be defeat Mimi night with Professor David Min of the UCI Law School, candidate for CA 45. Also speaking will be Kia Hamadanchy, formerly legal council for Senator Tom Harkin.   RSVP to

People’s Climate March on Sat., April 29, 2-4 PM, Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604.  The main event is a march up Alton to Culver,  In the morning there will be speakers and a panel discussion 9-12 and a cooking demo and book signing 12-2.

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club will be part of a nationwide Tax March on Saturday, April 15 (IRS deadline).  Urge Trump to make his tax returns public – what is he hiding?  Wear green, assemble at the main beach at noon and bring some cool signs.


March 2017 Events

The South Orange County Progressives will meet on Tuesday, March 14 in the Banquet Room of Agostinos by the Sea in Capo Beach.  Dinner and Social Hour at 5:30 followed by the meeting at 7. RSVP necessary:  The topic will be: Women in Power.  The featured speakers will be current or former mayors of San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Data Point, and Laguna Beach.  They will speak about priority issues in their towns with emphasis on what each town is doing to prevent our area from becoming a nuclear waste dump.  For more details, click the link  for “PSOC Meetings” under Events.  If you are not on the mailing list and would like to receive invitations for future meetings, please write to the address above.

The Democratic Women of South Orange County will hold a March Action Committee Meeting on Monday, March 6, 6-8:30 PM at the San Juan Hills Golf Club, 321 San Juan Creek Road, SJC 92675.  This will be an opportunity to plan activities and join a variety of Action Committees.  RSVP to

Progressive Orange County Women and Allies is a new group which held their first meeting in San Clemente last month and will follow up with an upcoming meeting on Monday, March 13, 6:30 at the San Juan Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion.  Committees are forming and activities are being planned.  Please contact or for details.

The Democratic Party of Orange County will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 18, 10-12 noon at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo.  The guest speaker will be Betty Yee, California State Controller and highest ranking woman in state constitutional office.  There will be a light morning fare and raffle.  Tickets are $35 ($50 after March 6).  To RSVP, contact DPOC office at 714-634-3367 or email Executive Director Erik Taylor

Drinking Liberally  has finally come to San Clemente.  A San Clemente chapter has been organized by Christine Wessel and plans to meet every second Wednesday of the month.  The March meeting will be on Wednesday, March 8 at Molly Bloom’s, 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente. The website for all DL groups is the same – http://livingliberally .org/drinking/  and the San Clemente chapter email is  For those not familiar with DL, it is a serious and fun national organization with 213 chapters across 45 states including 26 in California.  Groups of locals meet informally a couple times a month in local restaurants to ponder the penetrating problems of the day.  There are active chapters nearby in Rancho Santa Margarita, Huntington Beach, Encinitas, and San Diego.,,

The Canyon Democrats will hold an Action Night meeting on how to reset the Trump agenda.  The speaker will be Daniel Paez, Coordinator of the Canyon Democrats chapter of Indivisible. Tuesday, March 21, 7-9, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA92692.  RSVP to

The South Orange County Democratic Club will meet on Wed., March 15 at Marie Callendar’s, 31791 Del Obispo St., San Juan Capistrano.  The speaker will be Fran Sdao, the new Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County.  Dinner starts at 7 with the meeting following at 7.  Dinner is $20 ($25 for non-members).  For meal selection and to RSVP, reply to or visit

February 2017 Events

The South Orange County Progressives will not meet at their regular time this month (the second Tuesday of the month) in honor of Valentine’s Day which happens to be on the same day!

The Democratic Women of South Orange County will meet on Monday, Feb. 6, 6-9PM at the San Juan Hills Golf Club, 32120 San Juan Creek Road, SJC 92675.   The speaker will be Beckie Gomex, Orange County Board of Education Trustee.  Tickets are $17 which includes dinner and soft drinks. The club needs a head count so be sure to RSVP and get your tickets by Feb. 1.  Email:

The South Orange County Democratic Club will have its board meeting on Wed., Feb. 1 7PM at the Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Rd., Laguna Hills, CA 92653.  Discussion will focus on upcoming board elections including committee chairs.  Everyone welcome!  RSVP to:

Indivisible Chapters Forming Locally.  At our last meeting there was some discussion about the new movement called Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda (  Here is a clip from the Rachael Maddow Show about the movement:  An effort to organize locally will be discussed by Canyon Democrat members at the above SOCDC meeting on Feb. 1.  For more information please contact daniel paez <>

The South Orange County Democratic Club will hold its regular membership meeting on Wed., Feb. 15, buffet dinner at 6 and meeting at 7.  Dinner will be $20, no charge if you are coming for the meeting only.  RSVP necessary:   The new location will be the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion, 92675.  The featured speaker will be Col. Douglas Applegate who has announced that he will run again against Congressman Darrell Issa in 2016.

Decommissioning San Onofre.  Edison will hold its first CEP (Community Engagement Panel) meeting of the year on Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30-8:30 at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 92629.  Learn more about the plans to make our area a nuclear waste storage dump for the indefinite future.

Climate Change Rally at Congresswoman Walters’ Office.   Those concerned about climate change should gather at Mimi Walters office, Michelson Drive, Suite 230, Irvine 92612 on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3-5 PM.  Contact:

Emergency Town Hall Meeting for CA 49.  Congressman Darrell Issa has been invited to address this important Town Hall Meeting on Tues., Feb. 21, 6 PM at the Jim Porter Recreation Center, 1200 Vale Terrace, Vista, CA 92984.  Contact  Please call Issa’s Vista office 760-599-5000 or DC office 202-225-3906 asking him to attend.  You can also sign a petition at (use a Google account to sign).  Congressman Issa normally does telephone Town Halls so this will be a first.  Below is a LTE recently about his telephone town halls:

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January 2017 Events

January 2017 Events

Women’s March on Washington -San Clemente.  Even more locally, there will be a march in San Clemente, 9-11AM at the Community Center, 100 N.Calle Seville,  organized by Tais Hoffman.

The South Orange County Democratic Club is holding its first general meeting of the year on Wed., Jan 18. The speaker will be Dan Jacobson, director of policy development for Environment California.  For details, contact

Progressive Democrats of America will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6 PM in a private home in Irvine. Contact for details.

The South Orange County Progressives will hold their first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 10, banquet room of Agostino’s By the Sea restaurant in Capo Beach.  Socializing and dinner starts at 5:30, meeting about 7.  The speaker will be geologist Robert Pope who will discuss Earthquakes: how they are measured and predicted, why the risks for the big one have increased, and the especially worrisome issue for us regarding what a quake could do to the San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump.  The banquet room was full to capacity in December so be sure to respond early with your RSVP:

The South Orange County Democratic Club will meet on Wed., Jan. 4, 7 PM at the Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Rd., Laguna Hills 92653.  Contact

The Canyon Democrats will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, 7  PM.  Contact

Women’s March on Washington – Orange County.  In response to the Women’s March on Washington, local groups have banned together to organize an Orange County march on Saturday, Jan 21, 10 AM in downtown Santa Ana, corner of 4th and French. There will be similar events in San Diego and Los Angeles. Write to for more information.  A group from Laguna Woods has already filled one bus and is reserving another.  Contact

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