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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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  • Friday, April 23, 2010

    Orange County, CA Focus

    News from Orange County:

    Teachers on the Picket Line

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez on Health Care Tax Credits for California Businesses

    District Attorney Investigating Assessor Over Union Allegations of Mismanagement

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez Introduces Groundwater Replenishment System Legislation

    Fraud Suit Filed Against Republican Candidate Shawn Nelson

    California Federation of Labor Endorses Phu Nguyen for 68th State Assembly

    Orange County Young Democrats announce endorsements

    Meet Beth Krom, Democratic Candidate For Congress From The Heart Of Orange County

    Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County: The Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County are dedicated to the mission of electing LGBT and Pro-Equality Democrats in California and throughout the country.

    The Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County typically meet on the last Sunday of the month:

    Local 50 Union Hall
    527 S Harbor Blvd
    Anaheim, CA 92805

    Click here to join.

    I found this round up of events in Orange County, California, thanks to Orange County Democracy for America:

    Apr 28 Wednesday 6:30pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West Orange County: The California Budget Crisis: How it Happened and Where We Go Next. Professor Timothy Canova, Dean for Academic Affairs and Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law at Chapman University will be the speaker and will discuss the budget crisis and his recommendations. Meeting will be held at Green Valley Community Center, 17250 Los Jardines West, Fountain Valley. Before academia, Professor Canova was a legislative aide to the late U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas. He has published a critique of the bailout of Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust and the "Too Big to Fail Doctrine" and anticipated the collapse of the savings & loan industry. For more info, call or email Jo Anne Jennings (714) 846-5201 j.l.jennings1944@gmail.com or visit the web site at dcwoc.org.

    May 1 Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm, Aliso Viejo: Soka University's 9th Annual International Festival Peace Lake Area, Recreation Center, Founders Hall, University Drive, Founders Walk - Soka University, Aliso Viejo - 1 University Drive - Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
    Admission Free, Parking on campus: $10 (please carpool!). Enjoy over 700 international musicians and dancers performing on three stages, wonderful international food, over 150 exhibitors, children's Adventure Land with bounce house and superslide, art exhibitions, ceramic sale, recycled treasures sale and more. soka.edu/news_events/events/2010/05/Soka-Universitys-9th-Annual-International-Festival.aspx

    May 1 Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm, Aliso Viejo: Reception In Honor of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez at Hoffman Residence 7256 E. Crown Parkway Orange, CA 92867 Please RSVP to fhoffman@socal.rr.com or to Kelly Martinez at (714) 839-4431 or to kmartinez@loretta.org ) Suggested Contributions: Host $ 500 Supporter $ 250 Friend $ 100 Checks payable to: Committee to Re-Elect Loretta Sanchez 604 S. Harbor Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92704

    May 1/2 Saturday/Saturday, Southern California: Big Sunday Weekend Big Sunday is the largest annual citywide community service event in America. It's a time for community building - when volunteers of every age and from every walk of life - work together to help others. After all, when everyone helps, everyone wins. my.bigsunday.org

    May 5 Thursday 6:30-7pm, Costa Mesa: Orange County Cinco de Mayo with Assemblyman Pedro Nava Fundraiser for Pedro Nava for Attorney General Hosts: Susan Kopicki, Stephanie Pacheco, Theresa Sears, and Joe Shaw
    Before the DFA-OC meeting Karl Strauss Brewery 901 South Coast Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Assemblyman Nava will be the speaker at the DFA-OC meeting at 7:15.

    May 6-9 Thursday-Sunday, Irvine:: Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival Hosted by the Pacifica Institute (pacificainstitute.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering multi-cultural dialogue, the festival celebrates the diverse history, food and music of this vibrant region in Turkey. The event is now in its second year and will run May 6 to May 9, 2010 at its new venue at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
    The Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival is sponsored by the LA-based Pacifica Institute along with the California Turkish American Chamber of Commerce (CATA) and the Organization of Istanbul Armenians (OIA). For more information go to anatolianfestival.org, email info@anatolianfestival.org or call (310) 208 7290.

    May 8 Saturday 9am-11pm, Costa Mesa: OC Freethought Alliance One-Day Conference Can Science and Religion Co-exist? The OC Freethought Alliance is holding its first annual conference to try to answer this question.
    Costa Mesa Community Center 1845 Park Avenue Costa Mesa, CA 92626 freethoughtalliance.org/ocfa_schedule

    New May 8 Saturday 3-6pm, Fullerton: Uballe for Assembly Cinco de Mayo Campaign Kickoff At the home of Dr. Esiquio and Susan Uballe Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: Enjoy carne asada and guacamole. Listen to Tejano music. And support Dr. Uballe at the same time. Have fun while you help win this seat for the Democrats. Suggested Donation: $25 ~ Amigo $50 ~ Compadre $100 ~ Patron For more details and to RSVP contact: Uballe4AD72@yahoo.com (714) 680-0012

    May 8-15 Santiago Creek Watershed: Creek Week While the urban environment in Orange County continues to change, hidden in its maze of neighborhoods, businesses, and roads are cascading waterfalls, ancient canyons of weathered sandstone, hillsides covered with wildflowers, shady oak woodlands, and the constant circulation of our drinking water. This fascinating urban oasis is known as the Santiago Creek Watershed. santiagocreek.org
    Sat., May 8 4pm Creek Clean-up Help clean up Santiago Creek. Meet at the Santiago Park Wildlife Center in Santa Ana.
    Sat., May 8 6pm Potluck/Campfire/Acoustic performances Come share food, music and poetry around a camp fire at the Santiago Park Wildlife Center in Santa Ana.
    Sat., May 15 9am Trout Run Come run the historic route of the Steelhead Trout! Meet at the Santiago Park Wildlife Center. (Trout costume optional)
    For more info, or to add your events to Creek Week activities: (714)381-5331 naturalist-for-you.org
    The Santiago Creek watershed begins in the Santa Ana Mountains, runs through Santa Ana, connects with the Santa Ana River, and connects to the Pacific Ocean. Steelhead Trout used to trek from the ocean to the mountains, providing food for Grizzly Bears up until recent times. Participate in these free community events in order to learn more about our local ecology.

    New May 11 Tuesday 7:30pm, Irvine. Orange County Sierra Club monthly meeting. ALL Welcome - FREE. Marcella Gilchrist, site manager for the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in Modjeska Canyon will tell us about this gem of a preserve. 'Tucker', through its research projects, helps preserve wildlife and natural habitats in the canyons of Orange County. We meet at 7:30pm at the Irvine Ranch Water District at 15600 Sand Canyon in Irvine between the 5 and 405 fwys. Refreshments served. For more info contact Bernie Lipman at 714-879-7593. angeles.sierraclub.org/orange

    NEW May 13 Thursday 6-8:45pm, Irvine: Orange County League of Conservation Voters 11th Annual Environmental Leadership Awards at the University Club on the UCI Campus (801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine)
    Honoring: Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy Environmental Non-Profit of the Year Melanie Schlotterbeck Special Recognition for Environmental Leadership and Achievement In Memory and Honor of Jan Vandersloot Special Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award Orange County Green Building Council Environmental Business of the Year
    To reserve your seats, please mail your check by May 6th. The cost is $75 per person or $140 per couple. Late registration after May 6th is an additional $15 per person. To become a member of OCLCV, just add the membership fee to your check at a discounted rate of $15 per person or $25 for the family. If you are unable to attend, but wish to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to: Orange County League of Conservation Voters P.O. Box 1303 Huntington Beach, CA 92647 or you can call Kathleen Shanfield at 714-270-1096 or Email at kshanfield@aol.com

    May 13 Thursday 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: Americans United for Separation of Church and State: Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. Sean will discuss "One Nation Under the Constitution: The Future of Secularism in America". Sean Faircloth served five terms in the Maine Legislature where he served on the Judiciary and Appropriations Committees. In his last term Faircloth was elected Majority Whip. In 2009 he became executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, advocating for separation of church and state, and for greater acceptance of nontheistic viewpoints in American life. Meeting will be held at Orange County Department of Education, 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa. $5 donation to cover expenses is requested; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more info visit the web site at au-oc.org or call 714-299-4551.

    May 15 Saturday 2pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State: Dr. James Corbett will discuss "Religion, Political Conservatism and the Public Schools". Jim will be discussing what is going on with the history curriculum by the Texas School Board, the science curriculum in Dover, Pennsylvania and the New Jersey case of book censorship.
    Meeting will be held at Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine For more info visit the web site at au-oc.org or call 714-299-455.1

    May 17 Wednesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Healthcare for All - Orange County healthcareforall.org Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 25801 Obrero Drive in Mission Viejo.
    I look forward to working with you all to finally get a single payer healthcare system in effect in California. Too many people are suffering, even dieing because of lack of healthcare. We will keep fighting until EVERYONE gets quality and accessible heallthcare!

    May 22 Saturday 7am-1pm, Irvine: AIDS Walk Orange County is an annual 5 km walk developed to raise awareness of and much-needed funds for HIV and AIDS prevention and care in Orange County, California. The funds raised by AIDS Walk Orange County are distributed among several Orange County recipient agencies that serve the Orange County HIV/AIDS community. ocaidswalk.org

    May 27 Thursday 6:30pm, Orange: The Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) social group of Church of the Foothills is very pleased to announce the next gathering for spiritual enrichment of the OutSpirit LGBT Discussion Group & Potluck At the home of Russ Noe and Kergan Edwards-Stout 4939 E. Lomita Ave. Orange, CA 92869 Home 714.602.6388 Cell 714.552.2348 For directions, please call the hosts, as most mapping systems take you to the wrong location! Bring: A dish to share, and an adventurous spirit! Topic: The masks we wear, and the struggle to live more authentically. For more information about the LGBT OutSpirit Discussion Group & Potluck, please contact Kergan Edwards-Stout at 714.552.2348 or at proud2bedad@yahoo.com

    Orange County Biodiesel Cooperative: Working together to increase availability of biodiesel in the Orange County region. Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel. It is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. Since it is made in the USA from renewable resources such as soybeans, its use decreases our dependence on foreign oil and contributes to our own economy. Go to their website to sign up for more info.

    And here are some biodiesel stations in/near Orange County, CA:

    Extreme Biodiesel: 1560 N Maple St, Corona, CA 92880, 888-998-7223. Offers B99.9 (nearly 100% biodiesel, good for newer diesel engines, some old engines not ok). MEMBERSHIP REQD

    Nickey Petroleum: 925 S Lakeview Ave, Placentia,, CA 92870, 714-547-4123. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine), B99 (ok for newer diesel engines). CALL AHEAD

    Socal Biofuel: 1006 E South St, Anaheim, CA 92805, 888-888-4121. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel enginns, some old engines not ok). Open 8-4:30 M-F


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