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  • Friday, April 23, 2010

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Some San Diego News:

    More Republican Fraud: Registrar of Voters and Republicans Accused of Mailing GOP Campaign Literature at Taxpayers’ Expense


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

    Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, April 26, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Remington Club II, 16916 Hierba Dr., Rancho Bernardo
    Contact: (858) 674-7422
    Email: ranchobernardo_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.sdncdc.org

    Uptown Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Tuesday, April 27, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Joyce Beers Community Center, San Diego 92103
    Contact: (619) 249-1625
    Email: uptown_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.uptowndemocrats.org

    Santee Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Tuesday, April 27, 2010
    Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Carlton Hills Lutheran Church, 9735 Halberns Blvd (1 block N or Mast Blvd) Santee 92071
    Contact: (619) 258-9190
    Email: santee_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.santeedemocrats.org

    Chula Vista Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, April 29, 2010
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location: Brewhouse at Eastlake, 871 Showroom Place, Chula Vista CA 91914
    Contact: (619) 917-7963
    Email: president@chulavista.sddem.org
    Website: www.chulavista.sddem.org

    Super Walk for Kevin Beiser
    Date(s): Saturday, May 1, 2010
    Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Description: Drop Door Hangers to Spread our Positive Message to Voters! Walk 10am to 2pm, then FREE BBQ and POOL PARTY AT 2PM! Meet at Campaign HQ in Serra Mesa and bring a friend or two!
    Location: 8262 Kaplan Drive, San Diego, 92123
    Contact: (619) 838-5274
    Email: KevinBeiser@yahoo.com
    Website: www.KevinBeiser.com

    Marty Block Fundraising Event with Speaker Perez
    Date(s): Saturday, May 1, 2010
    Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Description: We are enjoying a Saturday in the Park with speaker Perez at the Prado Restaurant on Saturday May 1st. There is a general reception between 10:30am and noon, where we are requesting a donation of $250 for hosts and $78 for a general admission ticket. Following the reception, between noon and 1:30pm, we have a private lunch scheduled for sponsors and are requesting a donation of $1000 per ticket or the maximum of $3900 for six tickets. I hope you can join us at this important, timely event to support Marty's re-election campaign.
    Location: The Prado Restaurant, 1549 El Prado
    Contact: (619) 947-2755
    Email: judy@martyblock.com

    CARA Town Hall Candidates for San Diego City Council and County Supervisor
    Date(s): Saturday, May 1, 2010
    Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Description: The California Alliance for Retired Americans is holding a Town Hall at the Machinist Hall. Please join us to hear from candidates for City Council 4 and 6 as well as County Supervisor 4. Free refreshments will be available.
    Location: Machinist Hall, 5150 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego 92111 (near Clairemont Mesa Blvd)
    Contact: (858) 485-5774 or (619) 441-0281
    Email: guydoncargulia@aol.com

    Chicano Democratic Association Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, May 5, 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, May 5, 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

    La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, May 5, 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

    Go Team Precinct Leader Training
    Date(s): Thursday, May 6, 2010
    Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Description: Get fired up and ready to go for the upcoming election by attending this organizational meeting! We'll provide all the materials needed to talk to neighbors about this important election, including trainings and tips on effective door-to-door canvassing, phone banks and voter registration. Please RSVP to us by phone or email.
    Location: SDCDP Headquarters: 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste. 105, San Diego, CA 92111
    Contact: (858) 277-3367
    Email: info@sddemocrats.org
    Website: www.sddemocrats.org

    Fallbrook Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May 6, 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

    Pacific Beach Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May 6, 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

    Spring Valley-Lemon Grove Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May 6, 2010
    Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: Cali Comfort Restaurant, 8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977
    Contact: (619) 465-9176
    Email: president@valleygrove.sddem.org
    Website: www.valleygrove.sddem.org

    Filipino-American Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May 8, 2010
    Location: Filipino-American Veterans Association, San Diego 92102
    Contact: (619) 764-8926
    Email: filipinoamerican_club@sddem.org

    Join Toni Atkins for a SuperWalk in Clairemont
    Date(s): Saturday, May 8, 2010
    Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Description: Please join us for a Clairemont SuperWalk for Toni Atkins, candidate for the 76th Assembly District. If you can volunteer to walk a precinct please phone or email Tim Orozco. Then, just grab your walking shoes, meet at at the campaign office, then head out to meet the voters one-on-one to share Toni's positive message for a better California!
    Location: Campaign Office, 1940 5th Avenue, Suite 202, San Diego (between Fir and Grape Streets)
    Contact: Tim at (619) 450-4451
    Email: timrandyo@aol.com
    Website: www.AtkinsforAssembly.com

    Escondido Democratic Club May Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May 8, 2010
    Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Description: This month EDC will hear from Democratic candidates for Congress in the 49th and 50th Districts. There will also be a short presentation on the issues surrounding Escondido Police checkpoints. The 49th District, covers northern San Diego County and parts of southwestern Riverside County. Howard Katz, our Democratic candidate for the 49th Congressional District, faces an uphill battle against a wealthy and well-known incumbent Republican Darrell Issa. Competing for the Democratic nomination for the 50th Congressional District are Escondido's Tracy Emblem and Cardiff-by-the-Sea's Francine Busby. The 50th District covers from Clairemont north to Carlsbad and inland to Escondido and parts of Rancho Bernardo. Brian Bilbray is the Republican incumbent. Club members will be asked to consider endorsements in these races following the candidate presentations. Members will also be asked to consider recommendations for propositions appearing on the June ballot.
    Location: East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Pkwy, Escondido
    Contact: (760) 740-8595
    Email: communications@escondidodems.org
    Website: www.escondidodems.org

    Meet the Candidates with Lake San Marcos Democratic
    Date(s): Saturday, May 8, 2010
    Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    Description: This is your opportunity to meet three 2010 candidates and hear about the issues and priorities at the top of their list: Fabio Marchi for 5th Supervisorial District; Chrystal Crawford for 74th Assembly District(member of SANDAG Bd and Del Mar City Council); and Gila Jones for 38th State Senate District (San Juan Capistrano's Housing Advisory Committee Chair, Capistrano Dispatch columnist,and more). Social starts at 12:30pm and meeting begins at 1pm.
    Location: Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos, CA 92078
    Contact: (760) 744-9233
    Email: m.borevitz@cox.net
    Website: www.lsm.sddem.org

    Martin Luther King Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May 8, 2010
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St, San Diego 92114
    Contact: (619) 578-1014
    Email: president@mlking.sddem.org
    Website: www.mlking.sddem.org

    Progressive Democrats-North Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Sunday, May 9, 2010
    Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location: Palomar Unitarian Universalist Church, 1600 Buena Vista Dr. Vista 92081
    Contact: (760) 842-8534
    Email: progressive-club@sddem.org
    Website: www.pdsandiego.org

    Mesa Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, May 10, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: SDCDP Headquarterrs, 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, 92111
    Contact: (858) 361-1735
    Email: president@mesa.sddem.org
    Website: www.mesa.sddem.org

    Van Jones to Speak at UCSD
    Date(s): Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Description: Van Jones, New York Times Best Selling author, winner of NAACP's 2010 President's Award, and father of the green jobs movement will be speaking on "The Green Collar Economy. How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems."
    Location: UCSD Price Center Ballroom West (enter campus at Gilman Drive)
    Price: $0.00 / Person
    Contact: (858) 822-0510
    Email: emunk@ucsd.edu
    Website: www.helenedison.ucsd.edu

    Del Mar/Carmel Valley Democratic Club Meeting Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, May 12, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Description: Please verify when the next meeting will be held.
    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, May 13, 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, May 13, 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

    Coronado Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May 15, 2010
    Time: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location: See website below.
    Contact: (619) 435-8130
    Email: coronado_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.coronadodemocrats.com

    La Jolla Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Sunday, May 16, 2010
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: La Jolla Riford Branch Library, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
    Contact: (858) 752-9544
    Email: lajolla_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.lajollademocrats.org

    Point Loma Democratic Club
    Date(s): Sunday, May 16, 2010
    Time: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Description: Program to be announced. NOTE: This meeting is on the 3rd Sunday.
    Location: Point Loma Assembly Building, 3035 Talbot St., San Diego, 92106
    Contact: (619) 222-9344
    Email: pldcprez@gmail.com

    Cocktail Reception in Support of Francine Busby
    Date(s): Wednesday, May 19, 2010
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Description: At the home of Pamela Bensoussan
    Location: Greg Roberts Historic House,
    161 Second Ave., Chula Vista 91910
    Contact: (760) 681-4108
    Email: leigh@busbyforcongress.com
    Website: www.busbyforcongress.com

    Black Mountain Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May 20, 2010
    Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Description: A representative from the San Diego Chapter of the League of Women Voters will review the propositions on the June ballot, including propositions on the strong mayor form of government, fair elections at the state level, and open primaries. For a look at your ballot, see www.smartvoter.org.
    Location: 10550 Caminito Flores (Mesa Village Rec Hall #1), San Diego 92126
    Contact: (858) 245-8979
    Email: jerryollinger@hotmail.com
    Website: www.blackmountaindemocrats.org

    East County Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May 20, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Pkwy El Cajon, CA 92024
    Contact: (619) 447-3246
    Email: president@ecdcweb.org
    Website: www.ecdcweb.org

    2nd Annual Harvey Milk Breakfast
    Date(s): Friday, May 21, 2010
    Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Description: Don't miss the 2nd Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, held this year at the Bayfron Hilton. This event was a huge success and sold out quickly last year, so get your tickets fast. The Party is encouraging folks to sit with the San Diego Club, our local LGBT organization, one of the oldest and largest clubs in the County. For more info and to sit at the SDDC table, contact Special Events Chair Matt Corrales by email. Tickets are only $40 (checks to "San Diego Democratic Club") and this year's special guests include Lt. Dan Choi.
    Location: San Diego Bayfront Hilton. 1 Park Blvd, SD CA 92101
    Price: $40.00 / Person
    Contact: (951) 551-6645
    Email: matt.corrales@gmail.com
    Website: www,sddemclub.org

    San Diego Democratic Women Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May 22, 2010
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Description: The San Diego Democratic Women's Club will feature a presentation from Liberty One Radio and consider endorsements from all candidates for the June 2010 primary who have submitted a Club questionnaire. Email SDDEMWomen@aol.com
    Free and open to the public.
    Location: City Heights Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego 92114
    Contact: (619) 582-5383
    Email: SDDEMWomen@aol.com
    Website: www.women.sddem.org

    South Bay Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, May 22, 2010
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: InterAmerican College, 140 West 16th St, National City 91950
    Contact: (619) 994-0884
    Email: president@sbdc.sddemorg
    Website: www.sbdc.sddem.org

    Democratic Club of Carlsbad/Oceanside Meeting
    Date(s): Sunday, May 23, 2010
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Carlsbad Women's Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad CA 92011
    Contact: (760) 435-0046
    Email: demcco_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.demcco.org

    Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, May 24, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Remington Club II, 16916 Hierba Dr., Rancho Bernardo
    Contact: (858) 674-7422
    Email: ranchobernardo_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.sdncdc.org

    Uptown Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Tuesday, May 25, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Joyce Beers Community Center, San Diego 92103
    Contact: (619) 249-1625
    Email: uptown_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.uptowndemocrats.org

    Santee Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Tuesday, May 25, 2010
    Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Carlton Hills Lutheran Church, 9735 Halberns Blvd (1 block N or Mast Blvd) Santee 92071
    Contact: (619) 258-9190
    Email: santee_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.santeedemocrats.org

    Chula Vista Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May 27, 2010
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location: Brewhouse at Eastlake, 871 Showroom Place, Chula Vista CA 91914
    Contact: (619) 917-7963
    Email: president@chulavista.sddem.org
    Website: www.chulavista.sddem.org

    San Diego Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, May 27, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Joyce Beers Community Center, Uptown Center, Hillcrest.
    Contact: (858) 405-9903
    Email: president@sddemoclub.org
    Website: www.sddemoclub.org


    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.


    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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