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).

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