of General Meetings
April 7, 2011
General Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 7:03 by Bob Hamilton, club president. Members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. Twenty two attendees were counted.
Two guests were recognized: Bob Westfall and Joe.
The February minutes were approved as distributed.
Dale Diamond, club Treasurer, reported a current balance of $2764.87. Receipts during the last month were $60 dues and $100 toward the scholarship fund.
Jim Dooley, membership chair, reported 44 paid members, including three renewals at the meeting. Connie Freese and Michele Bain volunteered to help with future telephone tree calls.
Bob Hamilton reported that we have $700 in the scholarship fund. $500 will be offered to a scholarship candidate this year. The Board voted to carry over $200 toward next year’s scholarship. Scholarship information has been posted at Fallbrook High, but the person coordinating was not able to attend so current information was not reported.
Regarding the proposed high school Democratic Club, the person who had previously offered to coordinate withdrew for personal reasons. We will look to form the club at the beginning of the next school year.
Isabelle Diamond announced she will hold book reading sessions from her new book at the Fallbrook Library April 30 beginning at 2:00 P.M.
Bob Hamilton announced that our club charter was renewed and has been received. Also he encouraged people to visit our Facebook page and place comments there to keep it fresh. Other announcements were:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the new DNC chair
The FDR Convention takes begins April 16 –keynote speaker is CO. Gov. Hickenlooper
The CDP convention will be in Sacramento April 29- May 1
OFA will hold a rally to support workers April 15 in Oceanside
Jack Confrey reported that FDC will again have a booth at the April 17 Avocado Festival. He asked for additional volunteers to cover an afternoon time slot, and received same. He said that OFA will also provide volunteers, and he expects to have some Latino and youthful participants at the booth.
Bob Hamilton reported the Board authorized purchase of a club cell phone which will allow us to have a permanent number. Estimated costs are $20 for the phone and $100 per year usage charge.
The next club meeting will be May 5. The guest speaker will be William Lerach, well known for his class action lawsuits against corporations.
Bob announced that old cell phones may be recycled and donated to troops overseas who can use them to call home.
FDC Board needs include: voter registration, fund raising and sales, campaign office funds, Go Team Coordinator, precinct captains, picnic committee chair. Michele Bain reported that she is planning to hold a Christmas party at her home.
Connie asked for someone to open the facility and provide coffee for the July meeting. Two persons volunteered.
Bob introduced guest speaker Socorro Donadio, Community Relations Officer for the U.S. Border Patrol. Ms. Donadio provided facts and figures about the mission, strategy, operations, and results of the organization. She also was able to provide answers to a number of questions from the audience. She reported that at border checkpoints agents may request secondary inspection based on suspicions, but probable cause is needed to question people under other circumstances. Data supplied indicated that the fences and enhanced border technology has reduced the flow of illegal border crossers (118,721 arrests in 2009, 68,565 in 2010).
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25.
Recorded by Jim Dooley
MEETING – March 3, 2011
Meeting called to order by President Bob Hamilton
at 7:08 pm.
Members stood for the Flag Salute led by Vice
President Jack Confrey.
Welcome to new members and
guests: “Alec,” a returning
member; Lance & Karen Eddy;
Eric Suggs (first –time
visitor). Invitation to join;
request to members to pay dues.
Request for motion to
approve February Minutes.
Motion by M. Bain; seconded
February opening balance of
$2632.37; deposit of $235 (dues
& scholarship donation);
payments of $202.50 for Avocado
festival booth rental and $75 dues
to the Chamber of Commerce.
Ending balance of $2589.87.
Review of the Budget Report
(handouts of proposed Budget).
Highlights include source of Income
from increased membership and
proposed fundraisers estimated to
generate $100 or more in these
sale of merchandise,
picnic, holiday dinner/party,
other events, contributions to
scholarship fund, campaign office
and “50/50” raffles.
Picnic & holiday
dinner/party ticket sales are
projected based on historic costs
for miscellaneous categories.
The Scholarship is funded
with $100; balance to be raised by
donations & fundraising, as is
the Campaign office.
Advertising is budgeted at
$500 to support outreach efforts
to boost membership and dues
Discussion of Budget:
Request for motion to
approve; C. Freese so moved;
April meeting/potential speakers
TBD; May meeting- Bill Lerach
(sued Enron for $7billion).
Request to members to reach
out to invite guests to the May
meeting. (Jess Durfee noted that
the HBO movie “Smartest Guy in
the Room” featured Bill Lerach).
Dinner (flyers passed around).
Sign up on website; silent auction
CDP & SDCDP D.E.M.
Star Fundraising events (flyers)
Set Sail to Victory Cruise:
(Jess Durfee) www.DemCruise.com
Dec 3-10, 2011 Mexican Riviera,
Holland America Line. Cost starts
at $670 pp/double occupancy.
April 29,30-May 1, 2011.
appeal for posts to FDC page.
A. Strahan described 30-day
pop-up ad to bring FDC exposure.
Rally: J. Confrey-OFA March 19,
Winchester & Margarita,
Temecula. Asked for voice vote on
FDC support for the OFA &
Teacher’s union rights to the
collective bargaining process.
Approved by members.
J. Confrey passed signup
sheet; appealed for volunteers on
Board slots open:
B. Hamilton requests
volunteers for sales, ad-hoc,
picnic, & outreach committees.
High School Club:
S. Cooper announced a March
4 deadline for stating our funding
level to FUHS;
the FDC establish a 501 C-3 fund
for 2012 to enable tax deductions
for donors. Discussion:
Wernet suggests a signup sheet for instant pledges;
done. Comment that pledges need
not be paid tonight.
L. Davis updates change of
RC Planning Commission meeting to
April 26th at 4pm at
the Rancho Community Church on Hwy
79 South. Appeal to members of
importance of attending. Bob
reinforced impact on Fallbrook if
quarry is approved; asks for other
items of New Business (none).
Introduction of speaker,
Jess Durfee, SDCDP Chairman for
seven years; elected to national
Democratic Committee; has been a
guest at the Obama White House.
Navigating the New Landscape(of CA politics): Democrat statistical
performance in 2010 election.
11, 2008) Citizens’
Redistricting Commission; all
districts redrawn at State
Level. Mandate to be as
compact as possible & protect
communities “of interest”,
based on economic, industry,
agriculture and color, without
regard for political party
New commission to establish
template for next 10-30 years.
Commission Demographics: Makeup
is 5 Democrats, 5 Republicans, 4
DTS; 7 each men & women.
Racial composition: 36% Asian/Pac
Islander, 21% Latino, 21% white,
14% African American.
Problems with composition
include high % of Asians due to
random selection; high income
levels, and equal # of Dems &
Republicans, despite fact of more
hearings, draft of districts,
Final approval by August 15
from 3 reps in each category, or
process goes to CA Supreme Court
(6 of 7 justices are Republican).
The challenge for SD county
is to keep AD 78,79 & 51
contiguous as minority/majority
committee members receive
estimated $180,000 plus have
$7million allocated for tech &
Colleges will set up labs
around CA for public
Open Primaries are Here: Proposition
14 allows voters to pick any
candidate, and candidates do not
have to show party affiliation on
Top 2 candidates will move
to General Election in November.
Issues with Prop 14 include
a lack of Democratic turnout for
primaries, especially in LA &
Too many Democrats in future primaries will divide
votes; elections will become more
Endorsement will be moved
up to endorse earlier
(historically not made until after
March filing date).
(Following photo with Jess
Durfee and presentation of FDC
speaker’s mug) Asked members to
turn in Jack Confrey’s sign up
forms for the Avocado Festival;
announced that Scholarship funds
pledged tonight by members totaled
Also announced that Mary
Thurlow will be leaving Fallbrook
this year, creating a leadership
void for the GO Team—we need
Request for motion to adjourn; motion made,
seconded, passed by vote.
Meeting adjourned at 8:55pm.
MEETING – February 3, 2011
Bob Hamilton called the meeting to
order at 7:10 pm with a welcome to
members & guests.
Bob remarked that at almost every meeting of the Democratic party that
he has attended or seen on
television that they start the
meeting with the Flag Salute and
asked how the audience felt about
that. Bob asked if there was a
motion for the FDC to start
meetings with the flag salute.
Motion made; 2nd and
passed (after floor request for a
show of hands) with 11 opposing.
Members rose & Bob led
the flag salute.
B. Hamilton: Introduction
of 2011 Board & Committee
Chairs followed by announcement of
open Committee positions.
J. Dooley: Membership
Report stated that 29 dues have
been paid for 2011; 73 members
were paid as of year-end 2010.
Jim requested members to
visit the membership desk to pay
after the meeting and to update
FDC has 140 members with
email contact and additional 100
members with phone, but no email.
Jim asked for volunteers to
contact those members by phone.
Discussion with Ronnie
Branson and Bob requested that the
GO Team work with phone volunteers
to increase attendance and voter
B. Hamilton: Noted that
speaker Lori Saldana was running
late and was expected at 7:45pm.
D. Dimon: Treasurer’s
Report for YE 2010 showed total
receipts from all sources
including dues, contributions,
scholarship fund, picnic and
holiday events at $3005.
Expenses associated with
those events as well as County
Committee, Club Charter dues,
Avocado Festival booth rental,
speaker travel, club mugs,
contributions to SDP &
candidates was $3254; current
account balance is $2632.
Dale stated fiscal goals
for 2011 based on projected
membership increase at $3700
receipts and $3500 expenses.
B. Hamilton: Asked for
a motion to approve expenditures
of $60 for Club charter fees and
$75 for Fallbrook Chamber of
Commerce dues, which affords a
discount in booth rental for the
In response to questions
about the relative value of CofC
membership from Abelino Lopez,
Jean Dooley; and discussion of the
value of participating in the
Avocado Festival, Bob affirmed his
& the Board’s position that
membership benefited the FDC in
community perception; and
participation in the Festival has
been a primary tool for voter
C. Freese: Motion made
to approve the expenditures; 2nd;
carried by voice vote.
Kathy Ford: Appealed
for signatures on a concept
petition to establish a credit
union in Fallbrook.
Signatures to be sent to
all credit unions in the area to
show support in Fallbrook.
B. Hamilton: Asked
visitors and new members to
David commented that he was
a 10-yr FB resident; Richard wants
to find other Democrats in FB.
Jim Dooley noted there is a
form at the membership table for
enrolling in the FDC database.
C. Freese: Community
service announcement of a free
hazardous waste collection event
on 2/12, 9-3pm; flyers available
at the table and notice to be
posted on the FDC website.
L. Davis: Liberty
quarry hearing moved to Rancho
Community Church, Hwy 79 South,
Temecula, on April 27th
Notice is posted on FDC
website; future updates at March
& April meetings.
Appeal to members to appear
at hearing; number of supporters
will make a difference.
Thanked members for their
votes for him in recent SD County
ADEM delegate election; He was
elected to ADEM with the most
votes (31) but he lost the
election for Executive Board rep
to Doug Dye. Bob was subsequently
elected as a delegate by the San
Diego County Central Committee and
he feels he has a good chance of
filling a probable
vacancy for E-Board so Bob has resigned as ADEM d66 delegate so that
another person can participate;
that he may get to the County
Executive Board. Noted that 4 or 5
vacancies exist on SD County
Central Committee. The club is
entitled to an associate
membership (we can observe and
participate but not vote).
Normally, the Club
President holds another
membership, but Bob is already a
member and Jack Confrey will be
his alternate, leaving the Club’
s associate membership as an open
Bob also noted that in
non-election years, the County
Central Committee meets only on
alternate months with regional
in the interim months.
Associate members can vote at the
B. Hamilton: CDP annual
fundraiser on April 16 at the
Holiday Inn on the Bay, San Diego
(Eleanor & FD Roosevelt
Members are invited; flyers
at the table.
Also announced the State
Convention 4/29- 5/1, Sacramento. Attendance encouraged as observers. .
It’s interesting and fun and you
get to meet a lot of elected
officials and it is a learning
Festival is April 17; Jack Confrey
will organize participation.
Bob also encouraged
participation in County and State
Party efforts, including
fundraising. March 3rd FDC General Meeting will feature Jess
Durfee to speak about
redistricting and Prop 14, the
Noted that there is a flyer
on the table of State & County
Democratic Party organization.
B. Hamilton: Sandi
Cooper & I have met with FUHS
are well under way to forming a
Democratic Club at Fallbroook High
School (applause). Now, through Angelique, FDC is on Facebook.
Google FB Democratic Club
to see announcements; sign up and
“friend” the Club.
J. Crews: Comments re:
and John McCain’s support of
Obama’s handling of the crisis.
Kathy Ford: Announcement
of fundraising opportunity through
purchase of “scrip” from Major
The Market will donate $7
for each $100 scrip purchased for
your cause; urges members to
utilize the program.
First book recently
published and available through
Barnes & Noble & Amazon.
Title: “Karachi, Dacca and Back”, the biographical story of
Isabel seeking her children.
B. Hamilton: Introduction
of Lori Saldana (arrived 8:08pm):
Assembly District 2004-2010;
organized the first Earth Day;
served on Wetlands Advisory Board;
candidate for 2012 39th
State Senate District (Christine
Kehoe will time out).
Lori Saldana: Introductory
comments; focus tonight on the
2011 California State Budget.
OVERVIEW: CA global
ranking is 8th in 2008
@ $1.84 trillion GSP. Our shortfall in 2010 is $24.5 billion; proposed new taxes
- $12 billion; proposed
attional cuts - $12 billion.
PAST STRATEGIES: (under
20 years of Republican Governors)
debt was $14 billion under
Governor Wilson who passed $7
billion in taxes & $7 billion
result was strong recovery,
aided by information technology
2003, under Schwarzenegger, a $15
billion debt was addressed by the
Gov’s Economic Recovery Bond
For every $1 of debt
approved, repayment would cost the
state $2, resulting in a future
shortfall of $15 billion.
HOW DID WE GET HERE? Worst recession since 1930s, however CA’s
dominant cost driver has been
prisons & their healthcare
costs associated with
Those costs have risen in
the past 10 yrs from $2 to $10
public healthcare and social
services comprise the largest
percentage of the state budget,
serving 7 million K-12 students
and a growing number of seniors
predicted to double within 5
GOVERNOR BROWN’S BUDGET: Long
range plan proposes $84.6 billion
spending in 2011-2012.
Focus on renewable and
clean energy jobs.
Key to its success is
passage of June ballot request to
authorize continuation of $12
billion in current taxes, needed
to maintain K-12 education at
current levels. Proposed cuts of $12.5 billion include stricter corporate
taxes, cuts to Medical, Cal works,
developmental services, IHSS, etc.
Over $4.65 billion may be
found through sale of state
properties and leasebacks;
elimination of redevelopment
agencies and other efficiencies.
The job of Democrats now is
to correct 20 years of Republican
government in California.
Lori Saldana: Passed
out her campaign information for
2012; over 1 million people in her
district to reach.
Her issues will focus on
public safety, transportation,
energy and water.
Appealed for volunteers for
her grassroots campaign.
8:52 Meeting adjourned.
Lynn Davis, Secretary
MEETING – January 6, 2011
Meeting called to order at 7:05pm by President Joe Crews.
Welcome to members and
visitors; asked for any items of
OLD BUSINESS; none offered.
Stated that items of NEW BUSINESS for tonight were the election of the
2011 Board by members whose dues
were paid for 2010 and the
opportunity to pay dues for 2011.
Payments were being taken
by Jim Dooley and the amount
reflected an increase to $15;
checks made payable to North
As last action by PAC
Chair, Connie announced a CA
Democratic Party election to be
held Sunday, January 9, at 29681
Avenida Del Sol in Temecula at
approximately 2pm. Bob Hamilton, a
candidate for the State Party,
needs Fallbrook Democrats to
appear, pay $5 and cast a vote for
his election. Connie also appealed to members to contact representatives
Darryl Issa and Dianne Feinstein
to voice opposition to attempts to
repeal ANY part of the Obama
Commented that none of the
elected representatives of
Congress would vote to give up
their own, government-provided
Please note the
“troika” in this room:
Bob Hamilton, Mike Byron
& Howard Katz; what do they
have in common?
All have run against Darryl
Also present are five
former Presidents of the FDC:
Bob Hamilton, Jim Dooley,
Jon Monday Connie Freese and
Thank you to all for
support (in the 2010 election).
early Census results show
the 49th district with
about 900,000 people; the 45th
district with 1.18 million (almost
40% more than the 710,000
population which will represent
the redistricting goal.
If a new district is carved
from east Riverside County, I will
run with no incumbent opposing me.
If there are no other items
of business, we will vote for the
new Board by introducing the
stated candidates and then asking
voting members if they have any
alternate nominations to submit
from the floor.
For President: Bob
Hamilton; VP: Jack Confrey
(well-seasoned, not new to
Lynn Davis; PAC: Abelino Lopez (former officer of the club, not present
Dale Diamond; Publicity
this is an appointed
position, and one requiring
talent; we have selected Diane
(The vote was taken by acclamation for each candidate, in turn.
No alternate nominations
were presented, and each candidate
received resounding votes of
“aye”, concluding the election
of the 2011 Board.)
Thanked Anna Monday for her
continued superb service to the
Club as webmistress since 2005.
Turned over the
introduction of speaker Mike Byron
and the program to new President,
Thank you and
congratulations to Joe and the
previous Board; congratulations to
the new Board.
I have announcements and appointments:
Mary Thurlow; Local (need
Bill Gould; Michele Bain;
Open positions for Ad-Hoc
Committees for: Avocado Festival
(no event more important to the
Club), Annual Picnic, Holiday
I want us to have fun and
be more visible; to talk with the
high school (FUHS) regarding a
club (we need a contact); and we
need two more people in November
for audit committees.
And as of November 17th,
the audit was done—fine job,
I want to build a club that
is more active, interesting and
fun; to work hard and trip up
I want to put pressure on
In a presidential election
we got 90,000 votes; Issa got
140,000 then, but he only got
96,000 in the last election.
We need to get other clubs
active; to partner with OFA.
If we work hard we can get
Question about Riverside
demographics and redistricting.
We will still be a
Republican district, no matter how
it is “cut”. We need to get
out the vote, as elections are won
by preparing in off years.
We still need to register
thousands to vote.
With lots of work, we could
“get” Jeffries, Horn.
Board meetings will be held
Monday night following the General
Meeting, alternating at my and
The first meeting will be
at my house at 7pm. The next General Meeting will feature Lori Saldana, candidate
for the 39th Senate
Introduction of Mike Byron:
Born in Washington DC in
1956; Air Force brat, Navy
veteran, Professor of Political
Economics; former IRS officer,
author, movie career with Warner
Brothers as an extra; 2004
candidate against Issa; author;
lives in Oceanside.
Speaking more as an analyst
than a past candidate, will
discuss lessons learned from the
2010 mid-term elections.
For Democrats, election
results were less than optimal:
1). Polls showed voters had a more negative opinion of Republicans than
of Democrats, yet voted
Unhappy with lack of
delivery by the Administration,
voters considered Republicans the
only real alternative.
Why unhappy? Byron
described the decline in average
income since the 1970s (Gini
coefficient); widening of
inequality of income which
describes the USA today as a 3rd
Although we enjoy more
income, the unequal distribution
approximates that of Mexico. Byron explained the historic pressure to reduce the maximum
tax rate over the past 50 years,
from 91% (1950s) to the 35% today.
However, a 35% tax bracket
is not the actual tax paid, as
most is categorized by the wealthy
as capital gains, which is now
taxed at only 15%---much less than
most Americans pay.
Continued scaling back of taxes results in deficits; budgets are then
slashed to meet the deficit (along
with taxes) and budgets get larger
to make up the shortfall;
education costs become greater. In 2010, for the first time, student loans exceeded credit
card debt in the US.
By outsourcing production,
US corporations have gutted labor
unions, their influence and
The systematic rollback of
Roosevelt’s New Deal has
resulted in an inequitable
distribution of wealth equal to
the old robber baron days.
Therefore, in the 1980s,
decisions were made that without
union support, corporations would
have to provide campaign funds. Democrats played that game, too.
What Democrats must
understand is that Americans want
a traditional Democratic agenda of
providing for public welfare in a
rational, fiscal way; they want
affordable education and national
At least half of the
opposition to Obama’s bill was
that it didn’t go far
enough…there was no single payor
What we want is a modern
version of the New Deal that
addresses issues more existential;
the survival of the planet;
population pressures, dwindling
oil supply at the same time
billions are industrializing
(China & India).
It’s not too late to
reinvent the USA with technology
and new green energy; we have to
keep the lights on; insure a
better planet, jobs a decent and
Leaving those policies has
caused the backlash.
Thanked Mike Byron,
presented him with an FDC coffee
mug; photos. Meeting adjourned 8:30pm.
Lynn Davis, Secretary
FALLBROOK DEMOCRATIC CLUB
GENERAL MEETING—November 4, 2010
called to order at 7:00 pm by
President Joe Crews with a welcome
to members and visitors, which
included The Halls from the
Post”, Cecil of Oceanside, Bill
O’ Conner, et al.
The meeting follows a
special 30-minute social time to
celebrate the election and the
meeting’s speaker, Assemblywoman
Spoke of election results:
44.8% turnout from a base
of 322,000 registered Democrats.
Howard noted that he had
picked up half the number of votes
that went to his opponent, Darryl
Issa; he presented certificates of
appreciation to Joe Crews, Bob
Hamilton & Mary Thurlow for
their work towards his campaign.
Minutes of the October
meeting were posted to website and
are displayed here; asked for a
motion to approve the minutes;
motion made and seconded, carried
As PAC Chair, thanked
precinct captains, OFA volunteers,
particularly Mary Thurlow, for
their get-out-the vote efforts.
The Christmas Party at the
Hukilau Restaurant was announced
for December 2nd. Jim Dooley added that the room is reserved from 6-9pm and the
buffet service will start
Tickets are $30 and payment
for 30 attendees is required to
hold the reservation; therefore
members are urged to purchase
Asked for New & Old
none forthcoming, therefore
asked for motion to close Business
portion of the meeting.
Motion made, seconded and
carried by show of hands.
Joe asked Bob Hamilton to
introduce Fiona Ma.
Fiona Ma is the
Assemblywoman from the 12th
District; Speaker Pro-Tempore.
As a CPA and former
business owner, she became
involved in SBA issues and was
appointed delegate to the White
House during the Clinton
In 2002 she served on the
San Francisco Board of
Supervisors; in 2006 elected
Assemblywoman from San Francisco;
in 2008 appointed Majority Whip by
Speaker Karen Bass; in 2010
reelected with 80% of the vote.
Fiona (her preferred way to
be addressed) has sponsored
legislation on such important
banning toxic chemicals;
domestic violence; consumer
concerns; hepatitis B; health care
issues; equal rights; Proposition
1A—high speed trains.
Thanked Bob, noting that
they met at a Democratic Board
She spoke of attending a
caucus meeting that day in
Sacramento with newly-elected
Democrats, noting that nationally,
Democrats lost a total of 500
incumbents in the 11/2 election. California,
however, was the only state to
elect a Democratic Governor as
well as a full slate of Democrats.
Fiona voiced concern over
passage of Prop 26, which requires
all fees & fee increases to be
approved by a two-thirds vote,
saying this would make balancing
the budget much more difficult.
opened up the remainder of the
meeting to questions from the
Among the issues and
concerns raised by members were
the following topics:
How can California
grow its economy?
Banks seem to be
prolonging short sales and
mortgage commitments; what can
“incentivize” banks to work
How much power do
State legislature committees
Why was a German
company selected to construct the
Mojave solar project over local
Why is the Central
Valley first in line to begin
high-speed rail construction?
option; what can we do to bring it
Comment on rumor
that Governor Brown will put up a
ballot issue to increase taxes in
Comment on cuts to
How can we fix the
way education is funded?
How does the
election of a Democratic Governor
Can you share some
examples of wasteful spending in
What can you do to
overhaul bureaucratic waste in the
adjourned at 8:15 by President
submitted, Lynn Davis (Secretary)
FALLBROOK DEMOCRATIC CLUB
GENERAL MEETING -- July 1, 2010
J. Crews: Meeting called to order at 7:04pm. Introduction, welcome to visitors and new members.
Referral to Minutes of June 3rd meeting posted on portable easel. Request for comments or corrections to Posted Minutes and for motion to approve; J. Dooley moved to approve; C. Freese 2nd; vote carried.
D. Diamond: Treasurer's Report of balance of $2,197.97 reflected June expenses of $500 Scholarship award and$50 contribution to candidate Carl Wood. Dues were received from three members.
Discussion of results of June 8 election; J. Crews referred members to the FDC website and posted letters.
J. Dooley: Membership Report: 59 paid members. Invitation to see Jim to check on dues status and update email list.
C. Freese: Picnic Update. Several handouts described, including signup sheet and Donations for Book Fair & White Elephant Auction. Donated books can be bundled and dropped at Coldwell Banker Landmark Offices at Mission or Main, labeled for Connie Freese. Jim Dooley will include a donation reminder to members in The next email notice for the August General Meeting. Included will be information about the Picnic Date
and ticket cost.
PAC information alert: North County club holding a Picnic in Del Mar on July 18th; flyers on table. Urges
Members to visit FDC website for link to OFA/Rachel Maddow article/links on Obama's accomplishments.
J. Crews: Asked for member comments on: "What has happened to the peace movement in this country"?
Margaret Wernett: spoke of "Democracy Now" program; John Conyers (D-MI) speech against the war
Steve Kiljanski: spoke of "global connectedness"; recommends Bernie Sanders. Commented that Obama
Is disenfranchising young electorate by condoning drone attacks.
J. Crews: "What was learned from Vietnam"?
Howard Katz: Candidate for 49th Senate District spoke of opponent Darryl Issa ("..just not interested in us..")'
Howard's appearance in Oceanside's July 3rd Parade; and campaign update (new campaign director
William Donohue, retired officer to interface with military on related issues).
B. Hamilton: Introduction to Henry Vandermeir, President of California Democratic Council.
Henry Vandermeir: Overview of the June 2010 CA Primary and the implications of those results for November
Strategies for the FDC; how the CDC can work together with us to achieve positive gains.
Mr. Vandermeir presented a comprehensive power point description of the problems facing CA Democrats
both historically and in 2010. From a top-down, statewide election analysis to local Club structure, he identified
need for change and provided an outline for change within FDC and like clubs. The targeted presentation
included many examples and specific strategies for goal-setting, recruitment, outreach to other groups,
volunteer organization, and other areas. Q&A followed.
B. Hamilton: Put forward motion to Club to join the CDC; 2nd by D. Diamond; vote passed.
C. Freese: Motion to adjourn; 2nd; passed
J. Crews: Meeting adjourned at 9:15pm.
Lynn Davis, Secretary
Meeting April , 2010
7:10 pm opened meeting with
welcome to new member Jack
Humphreys who relocated to
Fallbrook from Palos Verdes and
visitor, Judy Jones, candidate for
the State Assembly, district 73,
which includes part of Fallbrook.
Jones briefly addressed the
membership about the 73rd
district and her background in
both education and business,
including the Peace Corps and a
lifelong practice of volunteerism.
Crews: Motion to approve minutes
of March 4 meeting, seconded &
Dooley: Email lists. Jim related
the bounceback numbers, which were
70% in the last email blast. He
called and corrected many of those
names and announced that members
who would prefer phone calls can
Assad: Scholarship report. VN
published an article about the
$500 scholarship. Deadline is
April 22. Chris and Delores will
interview the applicants. At
present the scholarship fund has
$350. Donations are welcome.
Checks should be made out to North
Abe Oliveras made a presentation
about the Boys & Girls Club of
Fallbrook. The club has been in
operation since 1962, has several
locations in the Fallbrook and
Bonsall area and serves about 950
kids a day especially between the
hours of 2 to 7, crucial to
working parents to help keep kids
out of trouble.
Their programs include
arts, music, sports, and
They are presently
renovating their locations and are
having an annual fund raiser on
April 24. (www.bgcnorthcounty.com
or 760-728-5871 for details)
Hamilton: Avocado Festival Sunday
April 18th. The club
will have a booth and needs
volunteers to populate the booth.
Local candidates will have
literature and support materials
available. Some, Paul Clay &
Fabio Marichi are expected to be
there. Club will also do Voter
Registration. Best opportunity for
Club to be seen by community.
Thurlowe: Next Saturday is a
community canvassing day.
Crews: Club picnic will take place
early September, probably 1st
or 2nd Saturday.
Freese: A brief talk about Midge
Costanza, who recently passed
away. There will be a Memorial
Service on April 24.
dinner great event/fund raiser
featuring California Secretary of
State Deborah Bowen April 10.
for America: members should look
into joining and getting regular
emails from Barrack Obama.
letters to Editor are almost
exclusively from conservatives. We
musn’t get complacent.
We need 2 co-chairs and a Silent
Auction organizer. Someone from
the floor pointed out that it’s
difficult to commit to a job
without confirmation of the date.
Monday: Suggested the Board look
into solar power pitch, from which
the Club could benefit if there
are buyers of systems.
Crews: Introduced Sharlene
Hamilton’ s presentation on
Clean Elections, campaign finance
Hamilton presented a video on
Green Elections hosted by Bill
Moyers followed by the specifics
about Prop 18, which will be on
the June Ballot and Q&A. Film
focused on Arizona & Maine,
which have successful green
election laws in place. Opens up
political office to a wider range
of people and parties & frees
politicians from the constant
“dialing for dollars.”
Supreme Court decision on FEC v.
Citizen’s United opened doors
for unlimited corporate money in
campaigns. Prop 15 is a pilot
program that affects only
Secretary of State and is financed
not taxpayers but by upping
registration fees for lobbyists
from $12.50 to $350.
Subsequent offices will
raise funds from other sources
related to the office. More
information at www.publiccampaign.org
sign petition www.caclean.org/petition
on voting machines: ES&S
attempted to buy Diebold. However,
this would mean that one company
controlled 80% of all voting
machines so DOJ stopped the sale.
However, ES&S had already
gutted Diebold, so for this next
election cycle, one company owns
80% of all machines.
Joe Crews moved to adjourn
meeting, seconded & passed.
Meeting March 4, 2010
7:00 pm opened meeting with
welcome to visitors Kathleen
Hamilton, Jerri Arganda and Fred
about the Candidate's Forum and
"world premiere" of
Laurenn Barker's quarry video.
$80 dues rec'd.; $85
membership pmt to FB Chamber of
Commerce; $60 dues
Payment to the SDCounty
Demo Party left current balance of
Motion to approve report
GO Team committee
coordinator for Fallbrook,
described GO Team activities
working phone banks, promoting
mail-in voters) and invited
volunteers to March 13 meeting at
sheet was passed around.
Scholarship update from
Chris described effort with
Delores Feicht in creating a
that will be posted to their/our
The $500 will be awarded
following interview of the
5 top qualifiers.
Forthcoming press release
to state April 22nd applicant
deadline; packets available now
Introduction of Laurenn
Barker; neighbor, friend, flower
grower, formerly worked with
Tennessee native living in
proximity to mining/quarrying
destruction; coal ash filling
a video to illustrate destructive
effects on environment if Liberty
quarry is approved.
Short Q&A followed.
Read comments on quarry and
introduced Bob Hamilton as
moderator for the Candidates'
Introduction of Howard
Katz, Candidate for the 49th
Noted his international
South America, Europe. Howard is
active in the Southwestern
California Democratic Club in
Spoke against proposed
Liberty quarry; in favor of social
contract between govt and public;
that govt rules &
help the country function;
that taxes support the govt,
Republicans see taxes as an
Democrats see them as an
investment in the future.
Howard spoke of his
background abroad as
Introduction of Douglas
Dye, Candidate for the 66th
Assembly District held by Kevin
manager for Laurel Nichols.
Several handouts for budget
vote on simple majority, petition
gathering, to repair CA State
and single payer health care (
www.healthcareforall.com ), clean
money campaign finance to provide
for candidates demonstrating
evidence of popularity.
Introduction of Paul Clay,
Candidate for the 36th State
Senate District of CA, a teacher,
and very active in the SW
Riverside Democratic Club.
Spoke against Liberty
quarry, which is promoted as a
"$16 mill cut in cost of
Paul said that
to an estimated net LOSS of 200
jobs, that $15 million is likely
due to a cut in payroll.
As a teacher, very
concerned about violence, crime in
schools, they are a microcosm of
our state; that administration has
doubled in size
cost in two years.
Introduction of Fabio
Marchi, Candidate for SD County
Board of Supervisors 5th District,
Fiscal conservative looking
for direct response of
constituents' concerns. Born &
raised in Argentina under
dictatorships; chose educational
future as an electrical engineer
who wanted democracy in a climate
of 600% inflation.
BOS is funded with a
5million annual tax allocation
including a 2 million annual
Fabio asked for donations
Appealed for donations to
all candidates; as well as
Mentioned FDR Dinner with the
Asked L. Davis to comment
on request from representative who
appeared tonight with a request
for support of a grant submission
by the Fallbrook Boys & Girls
Club. Lynn reported that the Club rep would appear at Monday's
Board Meeting with their request.
Announced April meeting
speakers on the California Fair
Thanked Candidates and
speakers and moved to adjourn the
meeting at 8:30pm;
2nd and carried.
FALLBROOK DEMOCRATIC CLUB
General Meeting: February 4, 2010
President J. Crews: Called meeting to order at 7pm with a welcome to new members & visitors
Motion to approve Minutes of January meeting was made; second; vote
D. Diamond: Treasurer's Report: $210 collected at January meeting; balance is $2466.77
J. Crews: Motion to approve Treasurer's Report; second, vote
C. Freese: PAC Report. Members will receive monthly email with letter attachment to be signed
and sent to elected officials. EPA is reviewing Gregory Cyn issues. Introduction to
Rolf vom Dorp of Organizing for America.
Rolf vom Dorp: CA native resided in Sweden; returned to US to organize for Obama campaign. OFA
is now a federal organization at grassroots level to support Obama policies & agenda. Now in
49/50 states, OFA uses phone/canvassing; will work with GO TEAM in FB & Bonsall. Mary
Thurlow will host a phonebank on Feb 20. Rolf's OFA website will link to FDC website.
J.Crews: OLD BUSINESS
Avocado Festival is April 18th. Volunteers are needed to register voters. Will pass around
A volunteer list.
J. Crews: If no other items of new business, move to close business portion of meeting; 2nd & vote.
J. Crews: Tracy Emblem, Democratic Candidate for US Congress, 50th District is an appellate attorney.
She has many endorsements from labor and a particularly important endorsement from
the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), a group formed in 2004 by Howard Dean
an Dennis Kucinich. They are strong supporters of the single payer health care plan and campaign
Tracy Emblem: Spent her growing years in Escondido since 1964, becoming politically active in 1996.
Husband, Thor, was vice-chair of the Democratic Party; Tracy spent
5 years with League of Women
Voters. Completed law school at night while raising 7 children. She has prepared for a political
career since 2002; the time is now, as the issues defining this race are inland, affecting working
people. This will not be a television campaign, but grassroots. Opponent Brian Bilbray is on
The House Oversight Committee. We are looking for waste in subsidies; also analyzing his record
and strategies on immigration reform. We are reaching out to Pendleton & veterans.
War is the #1 problem facing our nation, and the one from which all others have grown to affect
our economy. (Cited budget base for Iraq/Afghan war; proposed increases; comparison to other
countries, China). We need to stop the war and bring troops home.
Q&A: Discussion of campaign strategies, canvassing. Emblem explained difference in policy to Francine
Busby's platform at length. Highlighted key election issues for SD County as jobs (green); water,
sustainable energy; consumer protection; HEALTH CARE; veterans' benefits.
Her website: http://tracyemblemforcongress.com/
J. Crews: Adjourned meeting at 8:20pm.
Lynn Davis, Secretary
J. Crews: Thanked the members & Tracy Emblem. Q&A ended at 8:20 and meeting was adjourned.
January 7, 2010
Called meeting to order at
7pm with a welcome to new members
Motion to approve Minutes
of December meeting was made;
Treasurer's Report: $2876.91
receipts (dues, royalty,
expenses (Hukilau payment)
$ 2466.37 current balance
Motion to approve
Treasurer's Report; second, vote
Publicity Report. Joe first
thanked the Ramirez's for their
generous service to the Club.
Provided information on
February speaker, Assembly Member
The 2010 State Platform is
open for comment/suggested
Feb 1, 2010. Bob read a
description of the redistricting
position; urged members to visit
BUSINESS - -none
ELECTIONS: Ballots listing
Candidates announced at December
Meeting will be distributed
Following our speaker's
presentation, and Elections held.
If no other items of new
business, move to close business
portion of meeting; 2nd
Introduction to Howard
Katz, candidate for the 49th
Referred to his website,
background, local support. Spoke
of his position as "left of
And mentioned his belief in
a 'social contract".
Q&A held until after
Introduction to General
David Brahms, retired US Marine
Corps Brigadier General; former
Director, JAG and currently
in private practice in Carlsbad,
CA. He serves on the Board of
Directors of the Judge
General Brahms has received
the Bronze Star and
Brahms spoke extensively of
details of legal & political
issues under the last
facing the current one as it seeks
to close the prison. Brahms quoted
a 2003 interview:"we follow
the rule of law when it's hard; we
must show our way is
way is worthy of being
General spoke passionately also of
the need to abolish the
"don't ask, don't tell"
equal rights for gay members of
He urged the FDC to become
legislators to act on these issues
as well as urging more funding for
PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
They total over 600,000.
He finished with the
become politically active, saying
"our country needs your
Introduced candidates for
2010 Board; ballots were
distributed, marked and collected. Results
and confirmed election of: J.
Crews, R. Hamilton, D. Diamond, C.
Freese & L. Davis. Chris
was introduced as the new
Publicity Chair & Jim Dooley
as the new Membership Chair.
meeting is now turned over to the
new President, Joe Crews.
Thanked the members &
General Brahms and adjourned the
meeting at 8:30pm.
submitted by Lynn Davis,