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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Saturday, August 22, 2009

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Biodiesel is one of the alternatives I have been pushing for some time. It can be used in any diesel engine, is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel.

    Here are some gas stations that offer biodiesel in the San Diego area:

    Carr's Car Center: 3940 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92054, 760-433-2166. Offers B5 (5% biodiesel, good for any diesel engine). Open M-SAT 6AM-6PM.

    Soco Group: 145 Vernon Way, El Cajon, CA 92020, 858-627-0440. Offers B20 (20% biodiesel, good for any diesel engine). Open 7 AM - 5PM M-F.

    Pearson Ford/RTC Fuels: 4067 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105, 619-243-0456. Offers B99 (99% biodiesel, good for new engines, some old engines not ok). Open 7AM-10PM.

    Here is a great calendar of events for San Deigo, California, thanks to the San Diego County Democrats:

    La Jolla Democratic Club Meeting
    Date: August 23, 2009, 5:00:00 PM

    Pot luck followed by a question and answer session with the 50th Congressional democratic nominees, Francine Busby amd Tracy Emblem. $10/per person with dish, $20 without

    At the home of Derek and Nancy Casady, 8412 Sugarman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.
    Contact: Derek Casady at (858) 457-0246

    The First National Touring Company of WICKED presents Defying Inequality
    Date: August 24, 2009, 6:00:00 PM

    An evening of cabaret performances promoting equality and civil rights. Tickets: $35 Discount, $50 General, $100 including VIP Cocktail Reception, $150 including VIP Reception and special seating.

    At the Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego.
    Website: www.eqca.org/defyinginequality

    San Diego Democratic Club Meeting
    Date: August 27, 2009, 6:30:00 PM

    The SDDC's Women's Caucus Honors Women's Equality Day with a Panel of Prominent Feminists including Patty Bellasalma, Alex Rooker, and Assemblymember Lori Saldana. Refreshments.

    At the Joyce Beers Community Center, 1220 Cleveland, Uptown Shopping Center.
    Contact: (619) 200-8194
    Email: jmockbee@san.rr.org

    2nd Annual Suffrage Parade and Ball
    Date: August 29, 2009, 4:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM

    Dress as suffragists, bring your banners and signs or just watch the fun! Vintage cars welcome! Honorary Parade Marshal: Congresswoman, Susan Davis, along with Judy "The Beauty" Forman and Gracia Molina de Pick. 6:00 - 9:00 pm dinner and dance at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom. "Journey to the 1930's" with the Sue Palmer Orchestra - Marathon Dance and Costume Contests Historical Reenactments - Vintage Cars - Cuisine and Music. $25 to $30 tickets available NOW!

    At the Kate Sessions Statue and Parade across the Laurel Street Bridge in Balboa Park
    Contact: Women's History Museum at (619) 233-7963

    Celebrating 30 Years of Service-Congressman Bob Filner's Birthday Party
    Date: August 30, 2009, 12:00:00 PM - 2:00:00 PM

    At the Will T. Hyde Friendship Park in Chula Vista - behind the Chula Vista Public Library at 4th Avenue and F Street.

    Contact: Kim Piker at (619) 425-1998
    Email: info@bobfilnerforcongress.com
    Website: www.completecampaigns.com/public.asp?name=Filner&page=2

    San Diego Democracy For America Meetup (SD DFA) meeting. Wednesday, September 2nd, 7:00 - 8:45 pm (social at 6:00 pm). Councilmember Donna Frye will discuss issues before the SD City Council. At Giovanni's Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, SD 92123 (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd and Ruffin Rd. across from Registrar of Voters). Info: Carol (858) 459-7044. or cchangus@san.rr.com.

    Candidate Recruitfest
    Date: September 13, 2009, 1:30:00 PM

    Learn about elective office opportunities at this event, hosted by the Democratic Party.

    At the Rancho San Diego Library, 11155 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, 92019.
    Contact: (619) 447-3246
    Email: www.ecdcweb.org

    San Diego County Democratic Central Committee meeting. Tuesday, September 15th, at 7:00 pm. In the Basement Conference Room of the State of California Building, 1350 Front St. (Corner of Ash and Front Streets). Note: Use Union Street entrance. MAP. Our meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend! Info.: 858.277.3367 or info@sddemocrats.org.

    Council of Clubs meeting. Saturday, September 19th, 10:00 am. Monthly meeting of Democratic Club leadership at SDCDP Headquarters, 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste. 108. Info: clubs@sddemocrats.org

    Naturalization Ceremony Voter Registration. Wednesday, September 23rd, from 10:10 am to noon. Volunteers are needed to help register newly naturalized citizens on Join the other volunteers at Golden Hall, Corner of 3rd and B Street. Parking at Horton Plaza. RSVP to Greg Bolan at sdvoter@gmail.com. Note: The San Diego Voter Registration team uses Google Groups to send out volunteer emails. To receive these emails click HERE, and then click on "Join This Group."

    San Diego County Democratic Convention. Saturday, September 26th. In what promises to be San Diego's largest Democratic campaign event of the year, the daylong County Convention will feature workshops, policy forums, networking opportunities, and appearances by candidates for statewide and local office. For the first time, the San Diego County Democratic Party will be holding our convention jointly with the California Democratic Council, the statewide association of Democratic clubs and county committees. At the historic Naval Training Center Promenade in Point Loma. Online registration for the Convention will open in July. For more information contact the County Democratic Party at (858) 277-3367 or info@sddemocrats.org.

    San Diego Democracy for America Meetup
    Date: October 7, 2009, 7:00:00 PM - 8:45:00 PM

    At Giovanni's Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, SD 92123 (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd and Ruffin Rd. across from Registrar of Voters).
    Contact: Carol at (858) 459-7044
    Email: cchangus@san.rr.com


    Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op
    4765 Voltaire St.
    San Diego, California 92107
    Phone: (619) 224-1387
    FAX: (619) 224-5089

    Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market is a member-owned vegetarian consumer co-op that has been serving the community since 1971. Originally a worker's collective, the cooperative has grown to include 6000 feet of retail space and more than 8000 member/owners. The Co-op offers an extensive selection of organic produce, grocery, dairy, and bulk foods and herbs, as well as vitamins and homeopathics, cruelty-free bodycare, and aromatherapy products. Enjoy a full service sit-down deli featuring a delicious selection of home-style vegetarian and vegan entrees, salads, sandwiches, freshly prepared baked goods, desserts, and more! At People's, San Diego's only community owned grocery store, we specialize in products that are organic, wholesome, minimally processed, cruelty-free, and environmentally safe.

    They also have a good community events calendar.

    The UCSD Food Coop
    0323F Student Cooperative Center,
    San Diego, California 92093
    Phone: (619) 546-8339

    I used to shop at this one way, way back when I went to UCSD. It was great then!

    Since its introduction to the campus in 1978, the Food Co-op has committed itself to providing the UCSD community with a natural food alternative, as well as a resource for environmentally conscious products and information.

    The Food Co-op carries a variety of food and non-food products ranging from baked goods, juices, sandwiches, fresh organic produce, macro-biotic and ethnic foods to cruelty-free cosmetics and environmentally safe cleaning agents. Many foods are stocked in bulk to reduce the price to the customer and the waste of packaging (please bring bags when buying!). Special orders can be made at discount prices (good for items not necessarily carried in the store, as well!).

    Come in to shop, get informed, and/or volunteer as a general member of our store. For more information, call (858) 546-8339.

    I will also point out some other UCSD co-ops that I liked when I was a student there.

    The Ché Café

    The Ché Café Collective is dedicated to providing cheap, healthy vegetarian food, all-ages entertainment, and alternative education. We have All-We-Can-Eat dinners every Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Entertainment at the Ché ranges from poetry readings and plays to forums, or shows of local bands.

    The Ché Café is surrounded by a grove of old eucalyptus trees and is next to the beautiful garden of the Farm Co-op. Tables and chairs inside and outside of the Ché and its close proximity to the Farm Co-op make it an inviting place to eat, study, or just hang out.

    The Ché Café is open to having people come by and help out. The Café provides a great opportunity for people to get involved in the process of cooking, running a restaurant and/or putting on events at any level they feel comfortable at. Stop by or call us at (858) 534-2311.

    (The Ché Café is located on the Revelle campus behind the Undergraduate library and down the hill from Stonehenge. We're the building with all the murals on it.) Read more about the Che Cafe Collective at its very own website: http://checafe.ucsd.edu/.

    General Store

    The General Store Co-op is a student-run store which was founded in 1980 to offer students a less expensive alternative to the high Price Center. [EDITOR'S NOTE: This is not quite right...the Price Center didn't even exist when the General Store was founded and greatly appreciated by students like myself.] As a student cooperative, we try to provide the University community with the best quality merchandise at the lowest prices. And we succeed! The General Store Co-op carries items such as selected essential school and office supplies, household and personal items, stationery and gift wrap, clothing (including UCSD logos), craft-center jewelry, and some food and snack items -- all of which range from 5-25% less than anywhere else on campus.

    Students are generally most interested in the fact that we sell textbooks, which are guaranteed to cost less than at the UCSD bookstore. We also try to carry as many used texts as possible. Also, we buy back current editions year round. Stop by to check which classes' books we're carrying.

    We encourage everyone to visit the General Store Co-op for our low prices and friendly service. Additionally, anyone is invited to come in and volunteer anytime as volunteers are the backbone of our organization. For further information or friendly help please feel free to call us at (858) 534-3932.


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