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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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  • Thursday, September 24, 2009

    San Diego, CA Focus

    SPECIAL EVENTS (see below for more events): I particularly want to emphasize the following important events

    A Health Care Solution for California: An Educational Forum
    Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009
    Time: 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    Introduction: Kathy Rallings, Health Care for All; CaliforniaOneCare DVD
    Keynote Address by Prof: Gerald Kominski, Assoc. Director UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
    Overview of SB 810: Sara Rogers, Health Policy Consultant, Office of State Senator Mark Leno.
    Health care for all as a moral issue: Rev. Gail Anne Benson, California Council of Churches.
    Panel on SB 810-California Single Payer Bill:
    Moderator: Mary Crowley, R.N., Past President, League of Women Voters, NCSD - Gerald Kominski - Sara Rogers - JB Fenix, M.P.H., U.C. Irvine School of Medicine, Fellow, Physicians for a National Health Plan - Barbara Mannino, M.Ed, M.B.A., Ex Director, Vista Community Clinic.
    Includes continental breakfast.
    Location: Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista 92081
    Contact: (760) 842-8534
    Email: zolta@prodigy.net

    Southwestern College Board Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, October 14, 2009
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Please join us at this meeting to fight the Blackwater agreement! ITEM WILL BE ON THE AGENDA!
    Location: Southwestern Community College, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Rm 214 (6:30pm protest; 7pm meeting)
    Contact: Ray Lutz at (619) 447-3246
    Website: www.citizensoversight.org


    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:

    Progressive Democrats of America - SD Metro Chapter Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, September 28, 2009
    Time: 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
    Progressive Democrats of America - Metro San Diego welcomes Caridad Sanchez, Sen Barbara Boxer's District Director for San Diego and Imperial Counties, to speak on her work for Sen. Boxer and issues ragarding Social & Economic Justice.
    Location: 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123
    Contact: (619) 665-9415
    Email: california53@gmail.com
    Website: www.pdamsd.org

    Rancho Santa Fe Dem Club General Meeting
    Date(s): Tuesday, September 29, 2009
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Guest speaker: Dave Roberts, Councilman, Solana Beach - Topic: "The Status of Healthcare Reform" with focus on the current congressional proposals and what Organizing for America (OFA) is doing to help pass healthcare reform legislation." See website for more and a map.
    Location: Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club
    Price: $5.00 / Person
    Contact: (760) 473-5474
    Email: info@rsfdemclub.org
    Website: www.rsfdemclub.org

    A Bahamas Brunch in the Coronado Cays in Support of Francine Busby for Congress
    Date(s): Wednesday, September 30, 2009
    Time: 9:30 PM - 11:00 AM
    Special guests include State Assemblymember Mary Salas, Coronado City Councilmember Carrie Downey, and Chula Vista City Councilmember Pamela Bensoussan. Hosted by Suzanne De La Vergne and Clarice Perkins. Co-Hosted by Elaine Graybill, Joan Huck, Andrew Sabey M.D., Marshall Saunders, Jean Seager and Joyce Shepard. Minimum suggested donation $50/person. RSVP
    Location: Bahama Clubhouse, 43 1/2 Catspaw Cape, Coronado, 92118
    Contact: Leigh at (760) 681-4108
    Email: leigh@busbyforcongress.com
    Website: www.busbyforcongress.com

    Oktoberfest in La Mesa
    Date(s): Friday, October 2, 2009 - Sunday, October 4, 2009
    Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Visit the Democratic Booth at the La Mesa Oktoberfest. We will be registering voters, distributing healthcare reform information, and much more! Look for our President Obama standee and have your picture taken! NOTE: Sunday the 4th is from noon-6pm
    Location: Downtown La Mesa
    Contact:(619) 741-1994
    Email: designfreak@yahoo.com
    Website: www.lamesafoothilldemocraticclub.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

    Poway Democratic Club Monthly Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, October 8, 2009
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Have you ever wondered how over 4.6 billion of San Diego County's property tax money is managed and distributed? Mr. Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer - Tax Collector, will answer those questions and discuss how the current financial downturn will affect services. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 PM with the main program starting at 7:00 PM. The Meeting is free and open to the public.
    Location: Twin Peaks Middle School Little Theater (room 608) located at 14640 Tierra Bonita Rd, in Poway
    Contact: (858) 748-5330
    Email: info@powaydemocraticclub.org
    Website: www.PowayDemocraticClub.org

    Escondido Democratic Club October Meetings
    Date(s): Thursday, October 8, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    The October Club meeting wraps up the discussion of growth and development in Escondido with a presentation by Jonathan Brindle, Director of Community Development for the city. Brindle will discuss the General Plan update that is now underway, and explain the guiding role the general plan plays in decisions about future development. The General Plan discussion continues two previous meetings where the Club received presentations on the availability of water (from the San Diego County Water Authority) and on the disposal of wastewater (from the Escondido Director of Utilities, Lori Vereker).
    Location: Joslyn Senior Center
    Contact: (760) 740-8595
    Email: communications@escondidodems.org
    Website: www.escondidodems.org

    Progressive Democrats North San Diego County monthly meeting
    Date(s): Sunday, October 11, 2009
    Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    The September meeting will include a presentation by Jeeni Criscenzo del Rio on Economic Justice, entitled "A Creative, Workable Solution for the Homeless in San Diego." The club will hear prospective candidates for Representative for the 50th Congressional District, for the 74th Assembly District, for Oceanside City Council, and for the 5th Supervisor's District. After the presentations, the club will vote whether to endorse, and which candidate(s) to endorse. FREE
    Location: Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    Contact: (760) 842-8534
    Email: zolta@prodigy.net

    Mesa Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, October 12, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Both Howard Wayne and Steve Hadley are running for San Diego City Council District 6. They will introduce themselves and answer questions.
    Location: North Clairemont Recreation Center, Room 2 at 4421 Bannock Ave, SD 92117
    Email: president@mesa.sddem.org
    Website: www.mesa.sddem.org

    Black Mountain Democratic Club meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Guest Speaker: Tracy Emblem, Candidate for the United States Congress in the 50th District. Please come and meet Tracy Emblem, who is running for the United States Congress in the 50th District. She is running to defeat incumbent Brian Bilbray. Ms. Emblem, an attorney, has been fighting to hold the government accountable for the past twenty years. She believes strongly in justice, fairness and due process for all. Ms. Emblem has served as a judge pro-tem and she has argued before the California Supreme Court. In 2004, Tracy Emblem appeared on CNN's Larry King Live for the pro bono work she did to free an innocent man. For that work, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego honored her with their Outstanding Advocate Award.
    Location: Mesa Village Rec Hall 1, 10550 Caminito Flores, San Diego 92126
    Contact: (858) 245-8979
    Email: jerryollinger@hotmail.com
    Website: www.blacklmountaindemocrats.org

    East County Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Come and enjoy dinner and drinks before the meeting. (6pm dinner, 7pm meeting) Topic to be determined.
    (Please note change to Thursday evening!)
    Location: Cocos Restaurant at 1025 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020
    Contact: Ray Lutz at (619) 447-3246
    Website: www.ecdcweb.org

    SD Asian Film Festival
    Date(s): Friday, October 16, 2009
    Time: 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
    Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority - This film explores the remarkable political story of Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink, who redefined American politics through her fight against racism and sexism. Congresswoman Mink was the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress. Meet the director, Kimberlee Bassford, from Hawaii, for a Q & A session right after the film. Join fellow Democrats for drinks (open cash bar) at the American Grill following this exciting event.
    Location: Hazard Center Ultra Stars Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., #100
    Price: $10.00 / Person
    Contact: (858) 486-8336
    Email: Secretary@sddemocrats.org

    South Bay Democratic Club meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, October 17, 2009
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: 140 W 16th St., National City, 91950
    Contact: Mona Rios at (619) 994-0884
    Email: monarios@gmail.com

    Naturalization Ceremony Voter Registration
    Date(s): Wednesday, October 21, 2009
    Time: 10:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    Description: Volunteers are needed to help register newly naturalized citizens.
    Location: At Golden Hall, Corner of 3rd and B Street. Parking at Horton Plaza.
    Contact: Greg Bolan. Note: The San Diego Voter Registration team uses Google Groups to send out volunteer emails.
    Email: sdvoter@gmail.com

    San Diego Democratic Women's Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, October 24, 2009
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Description: Guest speaker will be Dan Mcallister, SD County Treasurer-Tax Collector
    Location: City Heights Weingart Branch Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave., in the 2nd floor Community Room
    Email: SDDEMWomen@aol.com

    San Diego Democracy for America Meetup
    Date(s): Wednesday, November 4, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Speaker is Christine Kehoe, State Senator, 39th District, 3rd term. She will discuss California's state budget and other issues.
    Location: 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

    Mesa Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, November 9, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    This month both Francine Busby and Tracy Emblem will be our guest speakers. They are running for the 50th Congressional District against incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray. Join us with your questions.
    Location: North Clairemont Recreation Center, Room 2, 4421 Bannock Avenue, SD 92117
    Email: president@mesa.sddem.org
    Website: www.mesa.sddem.org


    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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