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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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  • Thursday, November 19, 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:

    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

    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

    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

    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


    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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