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 ( 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



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 and like them on FB:

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 (  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:     Visit the SOCP web site and facebook page for commentary on the news and information about events in the area:  and

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 or write to: 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

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 (

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 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 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

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 ( 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, for more information or the North San Diego Chapter

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 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 or 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:

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 for details.

San Diego North 49 is a part of the nationwide Indivisible group – check out the web site 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: 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 ( Speakers will be Charles Langley, Nina Babiarz, and Robert Pope from Public Watchdogs ( 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: 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. And don’t forget about the rally at Oceanside Pier on Sept. 24 mentioned above.


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

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