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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, May 14, 2010

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Some San Diego News:

    Vote Yes on Propositions 13 and 15 and No on the Rest: The California Democratic Party recommends voting YES on Proposition 13 and 15 in the June Primary and voting NO on Propositions 14, 16, and 17.

    Stormwater Decision by Planning Commission Will Adversly Affect Ocean Beach

    Hey, Did You Know There’s An Election Coming Up? – Part One

    Protect Our Schools:

    Police No Longer Monitoring Surveillance Cameras in Mission Beach But Homeland Security Wants to Install More...sounds like a waste of money.


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

    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 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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