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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, January 22, 2011

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS: Darwin Day, Blogs, Stonewall Democrats, NAACP, Alternative Energy, Biodiesel, Groups and Events


    Repeal of Health Care Reform Would Be an Expensive Mistake for California

    Shocking Number of California Water Bottlers Are Breaking the Law...if you or I break they law we get fined or arrested. When a big corporation breaks the law seems nothing happens!

    California Working Families Benefit from Landmark Paid Family Leave Law

    Greedy Oil Party Wastes Time on Health Care, Issa Ignores District

    More Right Wing Extremism: Glenn Beck talking about Democrats: "You're going to have to shoot them in the head."...and then we wonder why crazy people start shooting people in the head.

    And yet more right wing extremism: Bomb planted on MLK parade route: "They haven't seen anything like this in this country"

    Darrell Issa Accountability Project -- IssaWatch.com-- Launched by Courage Campaign

    Obama's Triumph of Unity & Palin's Failure to Divide

    More Jobs In 1 Year Under Obama Than 8 With Bush

    From Sharron Angle, Rush Limbaugh And Sarah Palin, Right Down The Food Chain To Allen West Republicans Embrace The Violent, Divisive Rhetoric

    Amen: Time To Re-examine Proposition 13

    Greenwashing the Oil Industry's Horrible Record on 'Renewable' Energy

    2011 Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival March 3-4

    BLOGGING CALIFORNIA: Here are some blogs covering California Politics

    Calitics is an open source news organization for California.

    The Liberal OC covers politics in Orange County.

    OC Progressive is a project of the Progressive Group.

    LeftyBlogs California is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across California.

    The California Progress Report is published by Frank D. Russo, a longtime observer of and participant in California politics.

    DARWIN DAY EVENTS IN CALIFORNIA: February 12th is Charles Darwin's birthday and is celebrated as International Darwin Day. Below are some of the offical Darwin Day events for 2011 (not all are on Feb. 12th itself)

    UC Merced Darwin Day
    Date and Time: 2011-02-11 15:00:00
    Darwin Day Seminar
    Dr. Rosemary Gillespie
    UC Berkeley
    Friday February 11, 2011

    "Spiders on Islands:Community Assembly through Evolution"
    Remote islands are heralded as "natural laboratories", with communities largely comprising species that have evolved within the islands as a result of adaptation. In my research I have been examining commonalities underlying patterns of adaptive 'radiation', focusing on spiders in conjunction with other lineages of both animals and plants. In my Darwin Day lecture at UC Merced I will discuss patterns of morphological and ecological differentiation across the Pacific and how diversity can arise from a small sample of colonists. Specific topics will include: (1) The relative roles of colonization or dispersal versus parallel or convergent evolution on different islands of the Hawaiian chain, (2) Genetic modification during colonization of new land masses, using the highly color polymorphic Hawaiian happy-face spider as an example. Overall, this research promises insights into the interplay between selection and the biotic environment in the evolution of species within a community, and the nature and timing of species accumulation and equilibrium.
    Lakireddy Auditorium
    University of California Merced
    Sponsor: UC Merced
    Contact: Monica Medina
    Email: mmedina@ucmerced.edu

    "Deserts, Darwin, and Design"
    Date and Time: 2011-02-11 19:00:00
    Event Website: http://desertinstitute.homestead.com/lectures/osh.html
    Eric Scott, Curator of Paleontology for the San Bernardino County Museum, will present a lecture, "Deserts, Darwin, and Design." In this lecture, Scott will review the evidence for design in the natural world, including the fossil record, and will discuss its evolutionary origins.
    The Old Schoolhouse Museum
    6760 National Park Drive
    Twentynine Palms/CA 92277
    Sponsor: Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
    Contact: Eric Scott
    Email: escott@sbcm.sbcounty.gov

    "Darwin and Design"
    Date and Time: 2011-02-12 14:00:00
    Event Website: http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/museum/branches/branches.htm
    Eric Scott, Curator of Paleontology for the San Bernardino County Museum, will present a lecture, "Darwin and Design." In this lecture, Scott will review the evidence for design in the natural world, including the fossil record, and will discuss its evolutionary origins.
    Victor Valley Museum, San Bernardino County Museum
    11873 Apple Valley Rd.
    Apple Valley/CA 92308
    Sponsor: San Bernardino County Museum
    Contact: Eric Scott
    Email: escott@sbcm.sbcounty.gov
    Phone: 9093072669 x241

    "Fossils in Transition: Darwin’s 'missing links'”
    Date and Time: 2011-02-13 14:00:00
    Event Website: http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/museum/calendar/current.htm
    Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott of the San Bernardino County Museum will present a general-interest public lecture on evolution, the fossil record, and the concept of transitional fossil forms. His presentation will address misconceptions about "missing links", and reveal the abundant wealth of transitional forms preserved in the rock record.
    San Bernardino County Museum
    2024 Orange Tree Lane
    Redlands/CA 92316
    Sponsor: San Bernardino County Museum
    Contact: Eric Scott
    Email: escott@sbcm.sbcounty.gov
    Phone: 9093072669 x241

    NAACP IN CALIFORNIA: The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

    Here are some local chapters of the NAACP:

    California State Conference
    (916) 498-1898
    (916) 498-1895 Fax
    1215 K Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Altadena Branch
    P.O. Box 6018
    Altadena, CA 91003
    (626) 794-1180
    (626) 798-5546 Fax

    Antelope Valley Branch
    P.O. Box 2466
    Lancaster, CA 93539
    (661) 223-7376
    (661)285-2281 Fax

    Bakersfield Branch
    P.O. Box 70101
    Bakersfield, CA 93387
    (661) 665-9281
    (661) 717-6414 Fax

    Barstow Branch
    P.O. Box 874
    Barstow, CA 92312
    (760) 256-2795

    Berkeley Branch
    P.O. Box 613
    Berkeley, CA 94701
    (501) 845-7416
    (510)845-7421 Fax

    Berkeley Youth Council Branch
    (510) 435-3101
    P.O. Box 11143,
    Berkeley, CA 94712

    Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch
    P.O. Box 2349
    Hollywood, CA 90078
    (323) 464-7616

    Carson/Torrance Branch
    P.O. Box 4668
    Carson, CA 94709
    (310) 885-3500
    (310) 631-2326 Fax

    Compton Branch
    1701 East Alandra St.
    Compton, CA 90221

    East Contra Costa County
    P.O. Box 1026
    Pittsburg, CA 94565
    (925) 753-5089

    El Cerrito Branch
    6830 Stockton Avenue
    El Cerrito, CA 94530
    (510) 526-2958
    (510) 559-3517
    (510) 526-4624 Fax

    Eureka Branch
    P.O. Box 1434
    Eureka, CA 95503
    (707) 268-8287

    Fresno Branch
    P.O. Box 661
    Fresno, CA 93709
    (559) 457-2620
    (559) 485-5783 Fax

    Hanford Branch
    P.O. Box 46
    Hanford, CA 93232

    Hayward Branch
    P.O. Box 363
    Hayward, CA 94541
    (510) 581-4111

    Hercules/Pinole/Rodeo Crocket
    256 Sparrow Dr.
    Hercules, CA 94547
    (510) 867-7193
    (510) 245-8118 Fax

    Indian Wells Valley
    P.O. Box 1616
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    (760) 375-6762

    Inglewood/South Bay Branch
    P.O. Box 8162
    Inglewood, CA 90301
    (310) 671-3174 phone
    (562) 924-6044 fax

    Lake County Branch
    P.O. Box 3610
    Clear Lake, CA 95422
    (707) 995-2545
    (707) 995-2099

    Lake Elsinore Branch
    P.O. Box 543,
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92531
    (951) 674-7146
    (951) 674-1971 Fax

    Long Beach Branch
    P.O. Box 1594
    Long Beach, CA 90801
    (562) 856-7586
    (562)987-4778 Fax

    Los Angeles Branch
    3910 Martin King Jr. Blvd Suite 202
    Los Angeles, CA 90008
    (323) 296-2630
    (323) 294-9435 Fax

    Las Banos Branch
    1006 Acacia Way
    Las Banos, CA 93635
    (209) 827-8671
    (209) 827-3246

    Madera Branch
    P.O. Box 513
    Madera, CA 93639
    (559) 674-7324

    Merced Branch
    P.O. Box 544
    Atwater, CA 95304

    P.O. Box 5224
    Modesto, CA 94535
    (209) 882-1480

    Monterey Peninsula Branch
    P.O. Box 782
    1104-F Broadway Ave.
    P.O. Box 782
    Seaside, CA 93955
    (831) 394-3727
    (831) 394-1505 Fax

    North San Diego County Branch
    P.O. Box 5786
    Oceanside, CA 92052-5786
    (760) 754-9686

    Oakland Branch
    1970 Broadway, Suite 1030
    Oakland, CA 94612

    Orange County/Santa Ana
    P.O. Box 3141
    Santa Ana, CA 92703
    (714) 692-5287

    Oxnard/Ventura County
    P.O. Box 53033
    Oxnard, CA 93030
    (805) 485-2374

    Pasadena Branch
    595 North Lincoln
    Avenue, Suite 103
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    (626) 793-1293
    (626) 793-1555

    Redding Branch
    P.O. Box 493331
    Redding, CA 96049
    (530) 549-5131

    Rialto/Fontana Branch
    P.O. Box 1726
    Fontana, CA 92334
    (909) 360-6827

    Richmond Branch
    P.O. Box 2402
    322 Harbor Way Suite 6
    Richmond, CA 94801
    (510) 236-1166
    (510) 236-1183 Fax

    Riverside Branch
    P.O. Box 55131
    Riverside, CA 92517
    (909) 686-2227

    Sacramento Branch
    (916) 447-8629
    (916) 447-8671 Fax
    P.O. Box 188231 816 H St.
    Sacramento, CA 95817

    San Bernardino Branch
    1505 West Highlands
    Avenue Suite 11
    San Bernardino, CA 92411

    San Diego Branch
    P.O. Box 152086
    San Diego, CA 92114
    (619) 263-7823
    (619) 263-7851 Fax

    San Fernando Valley Branch
    P.O. Box 922092
    Sylmar, CA 91333-0998
    (818) 686-0143

    San Francisco Branch
    1290 Fillmore Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 922-0650

    San Gabriel Valley Branch
    P.O. Box 1743
    West Covina, CA 91793
    (626) 913-1338
    (626) 965-4342
    (626) 913-0993 Fax

    San Jose Branch
    (408) 295-3394
    P.O. Box 1345, San Jose, CA 95109

    San Mateo Branch
    P.O. Box 5280
    San Mateo, CA 94402
    (650) 558-1971

    Santa Cruz Branch
    118 Claremont Perrace
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831) 460-9660
    (831) 688-3561 Fax

    Santa Maria/ Lompoc
    185 Oakmont Avenue
    Lompoc, CA 93436
    (805) 733-3463
    (805)733-1059 Fax

    Santa Monica/ Venice
    1705 West Pico Blvd. Suite 143
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
    (310) 564-4445

    Santa Rosa/Sonoma Branch
    2174 Warwick Dr.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95405
    (707) 332-1573
    (707) 568-3941

    Stockton Branch
    (209) 547-2155
    (209) 465-1534 Fax
    P.O. Box 907, Stockton, CA 95201

    Stockton Youth and College Division
    2002B Pacific Avenue,
    Stockton, CA 95203

    Tri- City Branch
    P.O. Box 3364
    Fairfield, CA 94533
    (707) 426-1123

    Vallejo Branch
    P.O. Box 9502
    Vallejo, CA 94591
    (707) 315-7001

    Victor Valley Branch
    P.O. Box 1563
    Victorville, CA 92393
    (760) 246-5868

    California for Democracy:
    Here are some local Democracy for America groups (click on the link for more info)

    DFA Marin

    Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley

    Democratic Club of Coarsegold

    DFA - Central Coast

    DFA-CFD of Fresno & Madera Counties

    DFA-CFD of Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties

    Democracy for Monterey County

    DFA-Orange County

    East Bay for Democracy

    Sacramento for Democracy

    San Diego for Democracy

    (San Fernando) Valley Grassroots for Democracy

    San Francisco for Democracy

    San Mateo County Democracy for America

    Santa Barbara Progressive Coalition

    Sonoma County DFA

    STONEWALL DEMOCRATS and related organizations in California:

    Stonewall Democrats of Los Angeles. Look for upcoming events here.

    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.

    Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club
    Stockton, CA

    Fresno Stonewall Democrats
    Fresno, CA

    Stonewall Democrats of Ventura County
    Meetings: First Thursday of the Month, 7:15 PM
    Ventura County Rainbow Alliance (VCRA)
    4567 Telephone Rd., Suite 100
    Ventura, CA 93003

    Stonewall Alliance of Chico: The Stonewall Alliance Center offers a range of services to help connect people to their community. Volunteers staffing the Center provide information on activities and events and offer referrals for services. Our Education & Outreach give community members access to the Harlan Adams Memorial Library, Out Education classes, we deliver speaker’s panels to local colleges and presenters to area organizations and groups.

    Connecting Circles of Care (CCOC) now collaborates with Stonewall Alliance Youth (SAY) to offer a weekly drop-in group for Gay, Lesbian, Two-Spirit, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning Youth age 14-18. The group will focus on education and providing an environment where youth are valued and respected. Drop-in times are 3:30-5:00pm at the Stonewall Alliance Center, 2289 Cohasset Rd Suite 5 Chico.

    Alternative Energy in California:

    Some statistics from Repower America:

    # California is ranked 3rd in the nation for its 2,517-megwatts of installed wind capacity. The state’s 60 wind farms are in 5 major wind resource areas and 4 new projects are underway.

    # Southern California Edison and Florida Power & Light are operating the largest single source of solar energy in the world at 310-megawatts in the Mojave Desert.

    # Solel and Pacific Gas & Electric will begin operating a 553-megawatt solar plant in 2011. When completed, the 6,000-acre solar field will bring power to 400,000 PG&E homes in northern California.

    Alternative energy and YOUR energy bill: YOU can be part of the solution for America by signing up to purchase your energy through a Green Power Provider. My wife and I have been doing this in NYC for years. All our energy usage is provided through wind energy generation on American farms. So we use clean energy AND help American farmers. It costs us three cents per kilowatt-hour more per month, but we feel great about it. Although our actual energy may come from anywhere, we are paying to purchase wind energy for the energy grid. Each state has different programs available, usually through yuor existing energy provider right on your existing energy bill. To find such options in California, go here and pick your energy provider from the list. If you need help, you can email me and tell me who you get your bill from (don't give me any other info!) and I can tell you who to contact to go green through that energy provider. Or you can do the same thing using Renewable Energy Certificates through an organization that works with utility companies, though in this case it is a separate bill. One off the cheapest (.4-1 cent per kilowatt-hour), but still e-Green certified, ways to do this is through Good Energy. Or, for about half a cent per kilowatt-hour you can purchase renewable energy certificates through Carbonfund.org. ANY of these ways you do it, you are helping the environment, helping America, and helping cut carbon emissions.

    Here are some Biodiesel Cooperatives in California. If you have a diesel truck or car, joining one of these co-ops can help you drive more green.

    The Berkeley Biodiesel Collecctive
    Berkeley, CA
    email: berkeleybiodiesel_at_yahoo.com. Or check out their website.

    The Biofuels Research Cooperative
    Sebastopol, CA
    email: veggieoilcoop_at_yahoo.com.

    I also want to highlight Conserv Fuels in Los Angeles, which offers a selection of alternative fuels (biodiesel and ethanol included) as well as pretty cheap regular gasoline. Joy and I buy our fuel (whatever we need) when we are in Los Angeles.

    And Propel Fuels have several stations around California that offer biodiesel (and, according to a reader, they also offer E85 ethanol blend): (I discovered them when I saw they did carbon offsets)

    * Rocklin
    6700 Five Star Blvd
    Sacramento, California 95677

    * Citrus Heights
    7741 Auburn Blvd
    Citrus Heights, California 95610

    * Sacramento, Folsom Blvd.
    8090 Folsom Blvd.
    Sacramento, California 95826

    * Sacramento, Norwood Ave.
    4200 Norwood Ave
    Sacramento, California 95838

    * Sacramento, Florin Road
    8062 Florin Road
    Sacramento, California 95828

    * Elk Grove
    9190 E Stockton Blvd
    Elk Grove, California 95624

    * Roseville
    999 Sunrise Ave
    Roseville, California 95661

    * Placerville
    151 Main St
    Placerville, California 95667

    Here are other alternative energy resources for Califorina:

    San Francisco Community Power pilots innovative programs that improve our neighborhoods' environmental and economic conditions. We help small businesses and low-income families lower their expenses and reduce their ecological footprint. Our work provides policy makers with demonstrative ways to solve complex resource allocation issues.

    Here are some other local political meetings in California:

    San Fernando Valley Young Democrats: San Fernando Valley Young Democrats shall endeavor to stimulate in young people an active interest in governmental affairs, increase the efficiency of our government, maintain the viability of our free institutions, and contribute to the growth and influence of the ideals and philosophy of the Democratic Party. Check their calendar of events here.

    Pasadena Young Democrats:
    PYD welcomes students and young adults from throughout the region to join us. The mission of PYD is to encourage young people to participate in the political process, support progressive ideals and Democratic candidates and have a lot fun in the process!

    If you are actively looking to find out about the local scene, get involved with a campaign, or even if you are just looking for some fun progressive people aged 14-35 to hang out with, we encourage you to join PYD and attend one of our meetings or events. Check out their calendar here.

    Orange County Young Democrats: We are young workers, young families, college and high school students--ages 14-35--who are commited to the Democratic values that make America strong and provide opportunity for all. As the official voice for young people in the Democratic Party of Orange County, OCYD is a network of Young Democrat activists around the county that are helping to provide a Democratic presence around Orange County and around college and high school campuses. Check out their calendar here.

    San Ramon Valley Democrats Meetings
    We are a group of dedicated Democrats living in the San Ramon Valley who have come together to support and promote the progressive social and political principles that always have been fundamental to the Democratic Party. The San Ramon Valley is comprised of Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo, Danville, San Ramon, and southern Walnut Creek, and members of our club come from each of those communities. We meet once a month for an educational program at Mudd's Restaurant in San Ramon, alternating between lunch on the second Tuesday, and appetizers (no-host bar) on the evening of the fourth Thursday (6:30 PM). We register people to vote, walk precincts to arouse voters, raise money for candidates, and enjoy the opportunity to socialize with people of common interests. Go here for more info.

    Our meetings are lively and our programs are focused on issues of concern to Democrats, locally, statewide, and nationally. Our speakers are chosen for their astute insight into the problems before us as citizens and as voters. We socialize before and after the formal meetings, and enter into animated discussions about the topic of the day. In the process we become fast friends.

    Mudds Restaurant
    $22 per person (meal included)

    Democrats of North Orange County
    Bill Daly, President
    Bruce Sandercock, Vice-President
    P. O. Box 6597
    Fullerton, CA 92834
    Monthly meeting: First Thursday, Sizzler Restaurant,
    1401 N. Harbor, Fullerton; 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting

    Santa Clara County (San Jose) Democratic Party Meetup
    We meet at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Dem Party Office, 2102 Almaden Road, Suite 114, San Jose, 95125. Feel free to bring snacks to share.

    Brought to you by the Santa Clara County Democratic Party (http://www.sccdp.org).... Please join us to learn ways to help elect Democrats in Santa Clara County and beyond.

    ~~Together, America Can Do Better!~~

    On Almaden ROAD (not Expwy), between Curtner and Canoas Garden. It's OK to park in the big lot, despite posted warnings.

    Internet directions usually suggest taking Almaden Expressway, which is sometimes backed up. A lower stress route is to take Bird Avenue west from 280 and follow it all the way until it dead-ends at Malone. Left on Malone, Right on Almaden Road and 2102 is on the first corner on your left.

    We meet in Suite 114, first door on your left as you enter the glass doors marked Main Entrance.

    Drinking Liberally:

    For those who like a more social, and beer focused, environment, there's Drinking Liberally. Here are the Drinking Liberally groups in California:

    San Jose
    * Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 and on
    * Trials Pub in downtown San Jose, 265 N 1st St (main cross streets: W St James and W Julian)
    * September is our first meeting with our new host! I'm looking for a co-host, so let me know if you are interested
    * Hosted by Mia White, sanjose (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Downtown Los Angeles
    * Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 pm
    * The Edison, 108 West 2nd St
    * We'll be in the area past the bar, known as the "Generator Lounge" (the entrance to the bar is through the alley off of 2nd street)
    * Hosted by Vincent Jones, Cecilia Cabello, Becca Doten, Roxi Reeves and Jim Kennedy, downtownla (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Second Wednesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 PM
    * Molly Malone's Irish Pub, 575 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036 (near corner of 6th avenue)
    * http://www.mollymalonesla.com/
    * Hosted by Vincent Jones, Jim Kennedy and Mary Jack, la (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Every Tuesday, 7:30-10:00 pm
    * Madeleine's Wine Bistro, 1030 E Green St (between Wilson and Catalina)
    * We'll start out in the wine bar, then move out to the front patio.
    * Hosted by Asa Hopkins, pasadena (at) drinkingliberally.org

    San Fernando Valley
    * First and third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The White Harte Pub, 22456 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills (Two blocks west of Shoup Ave.)
    * Hosted by Andy Beaton and Jon Hytowitz, sfv (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * Trip Bar in Santa Monica, 2101 Lincoln Blvd
    * Contact: westsidela (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Monterey, California
    * First Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm onward
    * Ol' Factory Cafe, 1725 Contra Costa St (In Sand City, off of Del Monte Blvd)
    * http://www.olfactorycafe.com/
    * Please note that The Ol' Factory Cafe currently only takes cash and local checks.
    * Hosted by Annie Ho, monterey (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Santa Ana
    * Every Thursday, 8:30 pm onward
    * Memphis Bar, 201 N Broadway (Artists Village)
    * Hosted by Mike Lawson, orangecounty (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Rancho Santa Margarita
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Canyon Fireside Grille, 22312 El Paseo
    * Hosted by Gary Kephart, rsm (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Huntington Beach
    * First and third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. - Out Back On The Patio, 19461 Main St
    * Next Meeting will be on Thursday November 15th
    * Hosted by Scott McKown and Louise Stewardson, huntingtonbeach (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Sacramento, California
    * Second Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * BJs Restaurant and Brewery, 3531 N Freeway Blvd (Natomas)
    * Come check out our new venue and meet some new people!
    * Hosted by Leslie Simmons, sacramento (at) drinkingliberally.org

    San Diego, California
    * Every other Tuesday, 7:30 pm onward
    * Nunu's Cocktail Lounge, 3537 5th Ave (Between Brookes and Ivy Ln)
    * We will also be meeting periodically at Firehouse in Pacific Beach for special editions of Drinking Liberally. 722 Grand Avenue Pacific Beach, CA 92109
    * Hosted by Jesse Rubin and Jason Miller, sandiego (at) drinkingliberally.org

    San Francisco
    * Every Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * Nickie's, 466 Haight Street (between Fillmore & Webster) (Look for our red, white and blue striped bottle!)
    * Hosted by Susan Harrison, sf (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    * Luka's Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway
    * Join us for the Eating Liberally Oakland Brunch at Luka's
    * Hosted by Cyril Allen and Philip Combs, oakland (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * First and third Monday of each month, 5:00-6:30 pm
    * Compadre's, 505 Lincoln Ave
    * Hosted by Mick Winter and Lauren Coodley, napa (at) drinkingliberally.org

    San Luis Obispo, California
    * First and third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Graduate, 990 Industrial Way
    * Hosted by Lorrie Toles and Sergio Monge, slo (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Santa Barbara, California
    * Every Wednesday, 8 pm - 10 pm
    * Elsie's Bar, 117 W de la Guerra St (behind Paseo Nuveo Mall)
    * Elsie's is 21+ and cash only
    * Hosted by Daryl Chrisman and Bart Woolery, santabarbara (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Santa Clarita, California
    * Second Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Mulligans, 25848 Tournament Rd (Near Cal Arts)
    * Hosted by Michael Cruz, Bill Bailey and Minerva Williams, santaclarita (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Santa Cruz, California
    * First Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Cafe Pergolesi, 418 Cedar St (In the orange room to the right and back)
    * Hosted by Brandon Smith and Natalie Rojas, santacruz (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Stockton, California
    * Third Friday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Stockton Grand Hotel, 2323 Grand Canal Blvd (Front of Bar)
    * Grand Hotel tel. 209-957-9090
    * Joel's Cell: 209-351-3397
    * Hosted by Joel Carignan, stockton (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Ventura, California
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 8:00 pm
    * JJ Brewsky's, now and forever, 2344 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo (in the heart of Old Town Camarillo)
    * Join us every second and fourth Wednesdays at 8:00 PM for a pint and some politics!
    * Heather, Marie, Mark and Brian
    * Hosted by Heather Schmidt, Marie Davis, Mark Eggertsen and Brian Mack, ventura (at) drinkingliberally.org



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