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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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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

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  • Friday, February 26, 2010

    San Diego, CA Focus

    San Diego News:

    New Scientific Studies Make the Case for the Marine Life Protection Act

    Ernest Dronenburg Dazed and Confused in San Diego Assessor Race

    Serious Cuts Looming for San Diego Schools...cutting schools is one of the worst things a city can do. It almost invariably leads to higher crime, higher drug use and reduced job opportunities for our kids as they grow up.

    Changes Urged for San Diego County’s Food Stamp Program

    The TV Ad that proves we can repeal prop 8 in 2010:

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

    La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, March 3, 2010
    Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa 91941
    Contact: (619) 741-1994
    Email: president@lmfdc.sddem.org
    Website: www.lmfdc.sddem.org

    Chicano Democratic Association Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, March 3, 2010
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Sherman Heights Community Center, 2258 Island Ave, San Diego 92102 (little yellow house to the right)
    Contact: (619) 384-4353
    Email: chicanodem_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.chicanodemocrats.com

    Rancho North Coast Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, March 3, 2010
    Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Clubhouse, 434 Requieza St, Encinitas, CA 92024
    Contact: (760) 942-2701
    Email: ranchocoast_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.ranchodemocrats.org

    Pacific Beach Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Pacific Beach Recreation Center, 1405 Diamond St, San Diego 92109
    Contact: (858) 274-8173
    Email: president@pbclub.sddem.org
    Website: www.pbclub.sddem.org

    Fallbrook Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Fallbrook Public Utility Dist (Conf Rm) 990 E Mission Rd, Fallbrook 92028
    Contact: (760) 723-4679
    Email: fallbrook_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.fallbrookdemocraticclub.com

    Spring Valley-Lemon Grove Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Private Home 2457 Trace Rd, Spring Valley 91978
    Contact: (619) 465-9176
    Email: president@valleygrove.sddem.org
    Website: www.valleygrove.sddem.org

    Mesa Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, March 8, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: SDCDP Headquarters, 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, 92111
    Contact: (858) 361-1735
    Email: president@mesa.sddem.org
    Website: www.mesa.sddem.org

    Del Mar/Carmel Valley Democratic Club Meeting Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, March 10, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Contact for Location
    Contact: (858) 692-9524
    Email: president@dmcv.sddem.org
    Website: www.dmcv.sddem.org

    Eastlake Bonita Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Bonita Library Community Room, 4375 Bonita Rd, Bonita 91902
    Contact: (619) 267-1244
    Email: president@sbdemocrats.org
    Website: www.ebdemocrats.org

    Poway Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Twin Peaks Middle School Rm 608, 14640 Tierra Bonita Rd, Poway 92064
    Contact: (858) 748-5330
    Email: president@powaydemocraticclub.org
    Website: www.powaydemocraticclub.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.


    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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