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  • Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    San Diego, CA Focus

    BIODIESEL IN SAN DIEGO:

    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:

    San Diego Democracy for America Meetup
    Date(s): Wednesday, November 4, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Description:
    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

    Lowery4Council Cellphone Bank/Walk Party
    Date(s):Saturday, November 7, 2009
    Time:12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Description:
    We are on a very short fuse to contact as many Perm. Absentee Voters as we can by November 9th, when mail-in ballots go out and Early Voting at the Registrar of Voters is available. When WE ORGANIZE, WE WIN! So we're lining up more opportunities for volunteers to contribute to winning this pivotal election for Oceanside's future.We are scheduling additional Walk/CellPhone Parties like our inaugural one this past Sunday for targeted precincts over the next 3 weekends, Noon-3p: Sunday, October 25th; Sunday, November 1st; Saturday, November 7th; Sunday, November 8th With yummy food catered by Hill Street Cafe after phoning/walking!Please email MarthaSullivan@mac.com ASAP for which date(s) you can attend, and whether you'll Walk or use your cellphone to call voters in targeted precincts.

    Location: 812 Alberta Avenue, Oceanside CA
    Contact:(760) 754-6968
    Email:marthasullivan@mac.com
    Website:www.Lowery4Council.com

    Open House with Kevin Beiser
    Date(s): Saturday, November 7, 2009
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Description:
    You are invited to meet Kevin Beiser, Math Teacher of the Year and Canidate for San Diego Board of Education District B. Donations are encouraged and greatly welcomed. Suggested contributions are: $25, $100, $250 or $500.

    Location: 8262 Kaplan Dr., San Diego, CA 92123
    Contact: (619) 838-5274
    Email: kevinbeiser@yahoo.com
    Website: www.kevinbeiser.com

    SPECIAL RECEPTION, Kate Kendell, NCLR, Leader on Front Lines of Today's Battle for LGBT Equality
    Date(s): Saturday, November 7, 2009
    Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Description:
    A rare opportunity, to meet and hear from one of America’s premier leaders in the modern LGBT civil rights movement at a Special Reception presented by the San Diego Democratic Club, for Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of LGBT people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Through direct litigation and advocacy, the NCLR works to change discriminatory laws and to create new laws and policies benefiting the LGBT

    Location: email or call for more info
    Price: $15.00 / Person
    Contact: (619) 200-8194
    Email: jmockbee@san.rr.com
    Website: www.sddemoclub.org

    Lowery4Council Cellphone Bank/Walk Party
    Date(s): Sunday, November 8, 2009
    Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Description:
    We are on a very short fuse to contact as many Perm. Absentee Voters as we can by November 9th, when mail-in ballots go out and Early Voting at the Registrar of Voters is available. When WE ORGANIZE, WE WIN! So we're lining up more opportunities for volunteers to contribute to winning this pivotal election for Oceanside's future.We are scheduling additional Walk/CellPhone Parties like our inaugural one this past Sunday for targeted precincts over the next 3 weekends, Noon-3p: Sunday, October 25th; Sunday, November 1st; Saturday, November 7th; Sunday, November 8th With yummy food catered by Hill Street Cafe after phoning/walking!Please email MarthaSullivan@mac.com ASAP for which date(s) you can attend, and whether you'll Walk or use your cellphone to call voters in targeted precincts.

    Location: 812 Alberta Avenue, Oceanside CA
    Contact: (760) 754-6968
    Email: marthasullivan@mac.com
    Website: www.Lowery4Council.com

    Town Hall Meeting on Term Limits
    Date(s): Monday, November 9, 2009
    Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Description:
    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has been using a $100 million Taxpayer-funded slush fund to dole out favors that have helped keep the same 5 Republicans in power since 1995. Since then, they've bought their incumbencies and their reelections through wasteful spending instead of focusing on fire protection, health services and other core services that San Diego County Expects! Come learn more about how we can improve your San Diego County government by passing term limits for the Board of Supervisors.

    [Editor's Note: I used to be against term limits, but the abuse of power I have seen in NYC regarding term limits has made me think they are necessary]

    Location: Chula Vista Library: Civic Center Branch at 365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    Contact: Stephanie Lapera at (619) 228-8101
    Email: ItsTimeForTermLimits@gmail.com

    Mesa Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, November 9, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Description:
    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

    PBS FRONTLINE Report: "SICK AROUND THE WORLD"
    Date(s): Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Description:
    As part of Lestats continuing free community film series... This PBS repor asks: Other rich countries have universal health care. Why don't we? Can we learn anything from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan?

    Location: Lestat's West Showroom (next to Lestat's Coffeehouse), 3339 Adams Ave, San Diego CA 92116 in Normal Hts (about 5 blocks east of 30th and Adams)

    Contact: (619) 282-0437
    Email: info@llestats.com
    Website: www.Lestats.com

    Poway Club General Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, November 12, 2009
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Description:
    Sal Magallanez, General Manager of Liberty One, will review the history of talk radio in San Diego and describe what Liberty One is doing to return progressive talk to the San Diego airwaves.

    Location: Twin Peaks Middle School Little Theater (rm 608), 1460 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway CA
    Contact: (858) 748-5330
    Email: info@PowayDemocraticClub.org
    Website: www.PowayDemocraticClub.org

    Seafood & Wine for Heroes: Dinner for Military Families and Veterans
    Date(s): Friday, November 13, 2009
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Description:
    Join us this Veterans' Day weekend for a wonderful seafood buffet, filet mignon, various roasted selections, and desert buffet with bottomless wine and champagne to raise funds for Interfaith Community Services' Military Families and Veterans Safety Net Program. The program provides assistance with housing, groceries, utilities, child care, education, and other needs. Special guests include Congressman Bob Filner, Assemblymember Mary Salas, and USMC Judge Advocate Brigadier General (Ret.) David Brahms. Cost: $90/person or $150/couple. NOTE: When purchasing tickets online, under the additional comments, please enter "Seafood & Wine for Heroes," specify how many tickets you're ordering, and provide the names of all guests in your party.

    Location: Bellefleur Restaurant, Carlsbad
    Price: $90.00 / Person
    Contact: Carla Mays (760) 815-6084
    Email: carla4obama@gmail.com
    Website: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/InterfaithCommunityServices/OnlineDonation.html

    Escondido Democratic Club November 14 meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, November 14, 2009
    Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Description:
    San Diego Union-Tribune political report John Marelius, who has been observing and reporting on politics at the state and national level for more than 30 years, Discusses Have Democrats Lost Their Edge?

    Location: Escondido Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street
    Contact: (760) 740-8595
    Email: communications@escondidodems.org
    Website: www.escondidodems.org

    'California Politics' by Senator Kehoe
    Date(s): Saturday, November 14, 2009
    Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Description:
    At our November meeting, the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club is proud to present California Senator Christine Kehoe as our featured speaker on 'California Politics.' Christine was elected to the State Senate in 2004 to represent the 39th Senate District. She previously served in the State Assembly for two terms and served as Speaker Pro Tempore. From 1993 to 2000 she was on the San Diego City Council. Christine also served on the California Coastal Commission from 1997 to 2000. She currently chairs the State Senate's Appropriations Committee. She successfully passed several bills related to the wildfires of 2005 and 2007 that helped improve safety and prevention. In 2006 she chaired the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security, where she is now the vice-chair. Christine also served on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Fire Commission. She was also the first to chair the Legislative LGBT Caucus. She is a member of the Senate Committee on Budget & Fiscal Review; Natural Resources & Water; Transportation & Housing; Energy, Utilities and Communications; and Local Government; Energy and Environment Task Force for the Council of State Governments 2009 and 2010. NOTE: Social begins at 12:30pm and meeting at 1:00pm.

    Location: AT OUR NEW LOCATION (Check Club Newsletter for details or phone, email or check website below).
    Contact: (760) 752-1035
    Email: SOLSM12@aol.com
    Website: www.lsm.sddem.org

    Cell Phone Bank November 14th, 2009
    Date(s): Saturday, November 14, 2009
    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Description:
    Come to our cell phone bank and help get out the vote to the "Mail-In Ballot" voters! Time is short. Ballots go out November 9th and we must get folks to return them with a "YES" on the recall and also VOTE FOR CHARLES 'CHUCK' LOWERY.

    Location: Hill Street Cafe, 524 So Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
    Contact: (760) 754-6968
    Email: Lowery4Council@gmail.com
    Website: www.Lowery4Council.com

    2009 Equality Awards honoring Jerry Brown, Stuart Milk and Diane Schroer
    Date(s): Saturday, November 14, 2009
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Description:
    Equality California is honoring three individuals for their outstanding contributions to equality in the State of California. Business attire. Hosted bar and reception. Silent auction.

    Location: Museum of Man, 1315 El Prado, Balboa Park
    Price: $100.00 / Person
    Contact: (619) 847-3531
    Email: albert@eqca.org
    Website: www.eqca.org/sandiego

    Naturalization Ceremony Voter Registration
    Date(s): Wednesday, November 18, 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

    Delivering for High Tech, Bio Tech, & Green Tech in San Diego
    Date(s): Thursday, November 19, 2009
    Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Description:
    Please Join Lisa Haie & Co-Hosts for a Cocktail Reception in support of Francine Busby for Congress 2010. At the Rancho Pacifica home of Lisa Haile. RSVP required for gate entry. RSVP online at www.busbyforcongress.com, to Leigh by email below, or by phone.

    Cost: Minimum Suggested Donation: $100.
    Location: 4663 Rancho Laguna Bend, San Diego, CA 92130
    Contact: (760) 681-4108
    Email: leigh@busbyforcongress.com
    Website: www.busbyforcongress.com

    South Bay Democratic Club meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, November 21, 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

    Chula Vista Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Sunday, November 22, 2009
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Description:
    We are holding our first meeting and all are welcome to attend and partifipate. The meeting will mainly consist of club business - the "nuts and bolts" of the organization that still need to be addressed and ironed out. We hope to be an active group of Democrats that will help foster party ideals and encourage and support individuals running for office in Chula Vista. Looking forward to working with all of you.

    Location: The Brew House at Eastlake
    Contact: Ed Valerio
    Email: president.cvdc@gmail.com

    San Diego Democracy for America Meetup
    Date(s): Wednesday, December 2, 2009
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Location: 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

    Oceanside City Recall Election
    Date(s): Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Time: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Description: Last day to register for this City Recall election is November 23rd. Last day to request mail in ballot is December 1. Be sure and vote!
    Location: City of Oceanside

    East County Caucus for the San Diego Democratic Central Committee Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, December 12, 2009
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: At CWA Local 9400 Union Hall, 566 E. Main Street, El Cajon 92020.
    Contact: Christopher Pearson
    Email: chrispearson11@hotmail.com

    Naturalization Ceremony Voter Registration
    Date(s): Wednesday, December 16, 2009
    Time: 10:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    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

    Mesa Democratic Club Monthly Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, January 11, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Description:
    We will be kicking of 2010 will elections of officers. While we do have a slate, we welcome others candidates who would like to play a leadership role. Speaker is not yet scheduled.
    Remember, club dues are due in January.
    Location: Party Headquarters
    8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 105 (Turn into Industrial Park Driveway at lights)
    Website: www.mesa.sddem.org

    SDCDP Central Area Meeting
    Date(s): Tuesday, January 12, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Description:
    Central Area members of SDCDP are encouraged to attend, especially members of the SD County Central Committee.
    Location: 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 105, San Diego CA 92111 (Go North on Industrial Park Driveway)
    Contact: (858) 277-3367
    Email: CentralVC@sddemocrats.org


    SAN DIEGO FOOD CO-OPS:

    Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op
    4765 Voltaire St.
    San Diego, California 92107
    Phone: (619) 224-1387
    FAX: (619) 224-5089
    editor@oceanbeachpeoples.com
    http://www.obpeoplesfood.coop

    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
    foodcoop@burn.ucsd.edu

    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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