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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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  • Saturday, October 09, 2010

    Orange County, CA Focus

    Orange County Young Democrats Announce Endorsements From Liberal OC:

    The following candidates received the endorsement of the Orange County Young Democrats:

    Bill Dalati, Anaheim City Council
    John Santoianni, Anaheim City Council
    Jordan Brandman, Anaheim Union High School District
    Greg Ferguson, Buena Park City Council
    Jerry Kong, Buena Park City Council
    Art Montez, Centrallia Elementary School District
    Jim Moreno, Coast Community College District, Area 1
    Lynne Riddle, Coast Community College District, Area 5
    Steven Weinburg, Dana Point City Council
    Doug Chaffee, Fullerton City Council
    Aaruni Thakur, Fullerton Schol District

    Vicky Calhoun, Fullerton Joint Union High School District
    Bao Nguyen, Garden Grove Unified School District
    Shawn Roselius, Huntington Beach City Council
    Dan Kalmick, Huntington Beach City Council
    Bonnie Castrey, Huntington Beach Union High School District
    Larry Agran, Irvine City Council
    Shiva Farivar, Irvine City Council
    Sharon Wallin, Irvine Unified School District
    Gavin Huntley-Fenner, Irvine Unified School District
    Daren Nigsarian, La Habra City Council
    Katrina Foley, Newport Mesa Unified School District
    Donna Miller, North Orange County Community College Board of Trustees, Area 4
    Barbara Dunsheath, North Orange County Community College District Trustee, Area 2
    John Palacio, Board of Education for Santa Ana Unified School District
    David Benavides, Santa Ana City Council, Ward 4

    Some local news:

    Republican Van Tran Misses Key Education Vote

    Santa Ana’s Councilman Tinajero breaks another law...stupid or something to hide? Either way, not someone to trust

    Beth Krom for Congress:

    Loretta Sanchez, Working for Us:

    En Espanol:

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez Introduces Bill to fight child sex trafficking and tourism

    The latest on Republican Van Tran:

    Sanchez supported Small Business Jobs Act will bring “Jobs for Orange County”

    Find local events here thanks to Orange County Democracy for America. Check them out at get involved with your local community. After all, that's how change happens.

    Here is a sampling of upcoming events:

    Oct 14 Thursday 6:30pm, Irvine: OC Renewables - Residential Energy Efficiency Duck Club 5 Riparian View Irvine, CA 92612
    Guest Speaker: James Matarese, Principal Canopy Energy Consulting For more information on James, please visit our website at ocrenewables.org

    Oct 14-16 Thursday-Saturday, Irvine: 25th Annual California Indian Conference. "Retrospectives and Perspectives" University of California - Irvine Student Center Irvine, CA 92697 eventbrite.com/event/619303353 For more information email: cic25celebrate@gmail.com

    Oct 16 Saturday 2pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky: "The Supreme Court and the Future of Church/State Separation"
    We are very pleased to present the Dean of the UCI Law School, Erwin Chemerinsky. Dean Chemerinsky is a long time advocate for the separation of church and state. He will talk about the new Supreme Court session, what to expect of the latest Obama appointment to the court, and what significant cases will be heard in the session just beginning. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
    Meeting will be held at Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine (IRWD neither supports nor endorses the cause nor the activities of organizations which use the district's meeting rooms that are made available as a public service) For more info visit the web site at au-oc.org or call 714-299-4551.

    Oct 17 Sunday 11am-4pm, Anaheim/Garden Grove/Irvine/Mission Viejo/...: 8TH ANNUAL OPEN MOSQUE DAY
    Islamic Institute of Orange County 1220 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim (714) 533-6271 www.masjidomar.com
    Islamic Society of Orange County 9752 13th St., Garden Grove (714) 531-1722 www.isocmasjid.com
    Islamic Center of Irvine 2 Truman, Irvine (949) 786-4264 www.icoi.net
    Orange County Islamic Foundation 23581 Madero Dr. (949) 595-0480 www.ocif.org
    This list will be updated frequently. If you don't find a Mosque in your area, please feel free to contact us shuracouncil.org

    Oct 17 Sunday 1-5pm, Irvine: OC Protest Against Prop 23 We are holding a demonstration at the Tesoro-owned USA gas station at UC Irvine to get the word out about Prop 23. We will be waving signs, chanting, and passing out literature. Signs and leaflets will be provided. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
    USA Gas Station @ UC Irvine 4601 University Drive tinyurl.com/OCProp23Protest Contact Tiffany Dekle tdekle@gmail.com

    Some Local Orange County Resources:

    Liberal OC Blog: for those who want to find news and events in Orange County

    Voice of OC: Who says you can't fight city hall?

    Democratic Foundation of Orange County: What We Do

    * Develop financial resources to support an active & effective Democratic Party in Orange County.
    * Encourage, train and support Democratic candidates in Orange County.
    * Sponsor high-profile events to increase the visibility of Democrats and Democratic ideas.
    * Provide a forum to develop and discuss political and public policy issues of local and national importance.
    * Provide our members with introductions and access to local government, California and National Democratic leaders, as well as to leaders in labor and in business.

    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.

    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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