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  • Friday, May 28, 2010

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Some San Diego News:

    Zapf news blackout at the UT?

    San Diegans Caravan to Phoenix for Immigrants’ Rights Protest

    An Open Letter to Rand Paul and His Libertarian Racism

    The Race for San Diego County Sheriff – Legacy, Labor and Lunacy Carry the Day

    School Board Races – Secret Societies, Oxymorons and the ‘Evil’ Teachers Union

    Coffee Party Action at Downtown Mega-Banks Reflects Sentiment for Bank Reform in Recent Poll

    Local Ballot Measures – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    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.

    Coffee Party Targets Mega-Banks in Downtown San Diego

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


    EVENTS:

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

    San Diego DFA Meetup With San Diego PDA Metro Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, June 2, 2010
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Description: Speakers: JUDGE BOB LONGSTRETH & JUDGE LANTZ LEWIS! Both are Running for re-election, SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE.Guest Speaker: To be confirmed. Social Hour from 6:00pm-7:00pm.
    Location: Giovanni's (Meeting Room), 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego 92111 (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd & Ruffin Rd - Across from Resgitrar of Voters' Office
    Contact: (858) 459-7044
    Email: cchangus@san.rr.com
    Website: www.dfa.meetup.com/23

    Chicano Democratic Association Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, June 2, 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

    La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, June 2, 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

    Pacific Beach Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, June 3, 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, June 3, 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, June 3, 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

    Fiesta Del Sol
    Date(s): Saturday, June 5, 2010 - Sunday, June 6, 2010
    Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Description: Voter Registration and presentation of local candidates at the annual Fiesta del Sol event in Solona Beach. Visit the Rancho Santa Fe booth in front of Fletcher Cove park. Francine Busby and Crystal Crawford will be visiting the booths.
    Location: Fletcher Cove Park, Solana Beach
    Contact: (858)245-3379
    Email: info@rsfdemclub.org
    Website: www.rsfdemclub.org

    Get-Out-The-Vote Event in San Diego!
    Date(s): Saturday, June 5, 2010
    Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: Please join us as we engage local voters to turn them out this year year's critical elections!

    Volunteers will fan out from Democratic Party Headquarters in Kearny Mesa, educating voters door-to-door about the upcoming election and ensuring that they vote.

    By starting now, we'll build the connection we need to get our supporters to the polls in June and November.

    Refreshments, training, and handout materials will be provided! Please email info@sddemocrats.org or call (858) 277-3367 with any questions or to RSVP
    Location: Democratic Headquarters (San Diego, CA)
    8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
    Suite 105
    San Diego, CA 92111
    Contact: (858) 277-3367
    Email: info@sddemocrats.org
    Website: www.my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gp8v8g

    Shopping Fundraiser for North County Dem. 2010 Election Success!
    Date(s): Saturday, June 5, 2010 - Sunday, June 6, 2010
    Time: 11:12 AM - 11:12 AM
    Description: Rare Public Sale of Martha Sullivan's inventory of fine tableware and serveware, ceramics and studio pottery, and other unique items for kitchen, home and self. 50% of sales from this event AND from on-line sales at www.ApplyLiberallyEnterprises on June 5-6 will be donated toward opening a North County Democratic Campaign HQs to support endorsed Democratic candidates this Fall.
    Location: Apply Liberally Enterprises, 10940 Roselle Street, San Diego 92121
    Contact: 858-945-6273
    Email: marthasullivan@mac.com
    Website: www.ApplyLiberallyEnterprises.com

    Del Mar/Carmel Valley Democratic Club Meeting Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, June 9, 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, June 10, 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, June 10, 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

    Filipino-American Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, June 12, 2010
    Location: Filipino-American Veterans Association, San Diego 92102
    Contact: (619) 764-8926
    Email: filipinoamerican_club@sddem.org

    Escondido Democratic Club: Local and National Immigration Issues
    Date(s): Saturday, June 12, 2010
    Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: Immigration issues have dominated the news during recent months, as the outcry over Escondido Police checkpoints has increased, and as Arizona passed an immigration law many see as highly discriminatory. Our guest speaker is Andrea Guerrero, Field and Policy Director for the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, who will discuss immigration issues at all levels, with the goal of preparing EDC members and friends to take an active role in the public policy discussion. The ACLU has initiated legal action to prevent the Arizona law from going into effect. Members will be asked to vote on a resolution opposing the use of traffic checkpoints in Escondido as the primary means of identifying and citing drivers without licenses. The resolution was introduced at the May 8 meeting.
    Location: Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido
    Contact: (760) 740-8595
    Email: communications@escondidodems.org
    Website: www.escondidodems.org

    Lake San Marcos Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, June 12, 2010
    Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location: Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1025 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos
    Contact: (760) 744-9233
    Email: president@lsm.sddem.org
    Website: www.lsm.sddem.org

    Martin Luther King Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, June 12, 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

    Guest Speaker - Olga Diaz at LSMDC
    Date(s): Saturday, June 12, 2010
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Description: The June meeting of Lake San Marcos Democratic Club - Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz will be our guest speaker. She attended Santa Clara University where she received a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree. In 2002 she opened Blue Mug Coffee and Tea, which quickly became a local favorite choice for coffee and an Escondido landmark. She was elected to the Escondido City Council in November 2008. All of us will be participating in the primary elections on June 8. Olga will share with us her interpretation of the results of the primaries and unfolding political landscape for November elections.
    Location: Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr. , San Marcos , CA 92078-5221

    Contact: (760) 744-9233
    Email: m.borevitz@cox.net
    Website: www.lsm.sddem.org

    Progressive Democrats-North Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Sunday, June 13, 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

    Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club Sponsors a Fundraiser for Francine Busby
    Date(s): Sunday, June 13, 2010
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Description: Join us for a Sunday afternoon in a private residence in Fairbanks for a fundraiser for Francine Busby.
    Location: Private Home in Fairbanks-please RSVP for address
    Price: $100.00 / Person
    Contact: (858) 245-3379
    Email: membership@rsfdemclub.org
    Website: www.rsfdemclub.org

    Mesa Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, June 14, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Description: Please join us to hear from our guest speaker RICHARD BARRERA, President of the San Diego Unified Board. He will speaker on School issues with cuts in the budget & with limited resources.Our dues are right and we hope you will join our club serving Bay Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Linda Vista, Mission Valley, Serra Mesa and University City.
    Location: SDCDP Headquarterrs, 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 105, 92111
    Contact: (858) 361-1735
    Email: president@mesa.sddem.org
    Website: www.mesa.sddem.org

    Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Wednesday, June 16, 2010
    Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Description: Join us at our general meeting for a fundraiser for Crystal Crawford.
    Location: Private residence in Fairbanks - Please RSVP for address
    Contact: (858) 245-3379
    Email: events@rsfdemclub.org
    Website: www.rsfdemclub.org

    East County Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, June 17, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Pkwy El Cajon, CA 92025
    Contact: (619) 447-3246
    Email: president@ecdcweb.org
    Website: www.ecdcweb.org

    Black Mountain Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, June 17, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Mesa Village Recreation Hall 1, 10550 Caminito Flores, San Diego 92126
    Contact: (858) 689-9185
    Email: blackmtn_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.blackmountaindemocrats.org

    La Jolla Democratic Club Program Speaker-Mike Aguirre
    Date(s): Sunday, June 20, 2010
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Description: Michael Aguirre, former City Attorney for San Diego, will discuss the reforms necessary to prevent another derivative market crash and the worldwide effort to reform the banking system and the financial securities market. Mr. Aguirre will outline the issues and offer solutions for dealing with Wall Street's misbehavior and the devastating resultant impact on Main Street and Our Street.
    Location: La Jolla Riford Branch Library, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
    Contact: (858) 752-9544
    Email: michael_mcquary@yahoo.com
    Website: www.lajollademocrats.org

    Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Monday, June 21, 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, June 22, 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, June 22, 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, June 24, 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, June 24, 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

    San Diego Democratic Women Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, June 26, 2010
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: City Heights-Weingart Branch Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave (2nd Floor Community Room) San Diego 92105
    Contact: (619) 948-4515
    Email: president@women.sddem.org
    Website: www.women.sddem.org

    Democratic Club of Carlsbad/Oceanside Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, June 26, 2010
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Carlsbad Women's Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad CA 92012
    Contact: (760) 435-0046
    Email: demcco_club@sddem.org
    Website: www.demcco.org

    South Bay Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, June 26, 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

    Pacific Beach Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Thursday, July 1, 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, July 1, 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


    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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