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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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  • Saturday, October 02, 2010

    San Diego, CA Focus

    I'd like to highlight a particularly great candidate in the San Diego area:

    Vote Esiquio Uballe for CA AD-72

    Jerry Brown for Governor:

    Facts about Carly Fiorina:


    You can find great calendar of events for San Deigo, California, thanks to the San Diego County Democrats. Check it out and get involved with your local community. That is how change happens from the bottom up.

    Here are a handful of upcoming events:

    Weekend Canvassing for Ray Lutz for Congress!
    Date(s): Saturday, October 9, 2010
    Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Description: Join the Ray Lutz for Congress campaign as we walk precincts in El Cajon and Spring Valley on Saturday, 10/9, and Sunday, 10/10. Neighborhood canvassing is a great opportunity to get out there and enjoy our San Diego weather. If you can participate, please send an RSVP email to christine@voteraylutz.com
    Location: El Cajon/Spring Valley
    Contact: (619) 447-3246
    Email: christine@voteraylutz.com
    Website: www.voteraylutz.com

    Meet Francine in Oceanside
    Date(s): Saturday, October 9, 2010
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
    Description: Come and bring a friend to meet Francine Busby at the "Pride at the Beach" event.
    Location: Oceanside Pier

    Martin Luther King Democratic Club Meeting
    Date(s): Saturday, October 9, 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

    Precinct Walk for Kimberley Beatty for Poway Unified School Board
    Date(s): Sunday, October 10, 2010
    Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Description: Come out and join fellow supporters and volunteers for 2 - 6 hours of hanging door hangers in neighborhoods at high propensity voter homes. I'll provide the walk list and materials.
    Location: 12037 Dapple Way, San Diego, 92128 (to pick up walk packet & map)
    Contact: (858)335-4878
    Email: kimberley@beatty4powayunified.com
    Website: www.beatty4powayunified.com

    Francine Busby Meet & Greet
    Date(s): Sunday, October 10, 2010
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Description: Come and bring a friend to meet Francine and and speak with her about the issues. Enjoy refreshment and conversation with friends & neighbors. Learn how you can help Francine win on November 2nd. Please RSVP to Carol by phone or email.
    Location: Home of Carol Branch, 7170 Rock Valley Ct., University City, 92122
    Contact: (858) 452-1539
    Email: wonderwoman@san.rr.com

    Coffee with Nick Segura and Francisco "Pancho" Sevilla
    Date(s): Sunday, October 10, 2010
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Description: The endorsed Democratic candidates for the Chula Vista Elementary School Board will be here to answer your questions and talk about the challenges facing our schools in this era of austerity.
    Location: 2393 Green River Drive, Chula Vista, CA
    Contact: (619) 917-9343
    Email: franciscopanchosevilla@gmail.com
    Website: www.smartvoter.org/2010/11/02/ca/sd/vote/sevilla_f/

    San Diego DFA & SD PDA Metro November 3 Meetup
    Date(s): Wednesday, November 3, 2010
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Description: Discussion & Review of November 2, 2010 Election Results.
    Location: Giovanni's Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.San Diego, CA 92123
    Contact: (858) 459-7044
    Email: cchangus@san.rr.com
    Website: www.dfa.meetup.com/23

    San Diego LGBT Pride:

    The specific purpose of this corporation is to produce civic, cultural and educational programs, which support and encourage pride within San Diego's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

    Formed in 1974, as a sponsored program of The Center for Social Services, we produced the first Lesbian and Gay Parade in San Diego to celebrate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York's Christopher Street. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1994 and today San Diego Pride continues to bring together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community through numerous programs including the Equality Torch Relay, Walk For Equality and the annual LGBT Pride Celebration which attracts 250,000 participants to Hillcrest for America's Finest Pride Parade and Festival.

    To find local LGBT events in San Diego, click here.

    To volunteer to help the LGBT community, click here.


    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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