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2016 is here, and the battle is on!

We need you to make it happen.

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2016 Election Endorsements

Monday, May 9 -- First day to Vote By Mail

Monday, May 23 -- Last date to register to vote

• Kamala D. Harris for US Senate

• Ted W. Lieu for US Congress (unopposed)

• Richard Bloom for CA State Assembly (unopposed)

• Henry Stern for CA State Senate (SD 27)

• Jackie Lacey for L.A. County District Attorney

Democratic Central Committee

Joseph Cislowski
Ilissa Gold

Michael Kapp
Deana M. Igelsrud
Nick Melvoin

Evelyn Metoyer-Williams
Diana Plotkin


Office 11 -- Debra R. Archuleta
Office 42 -- Cyndy Zuzga
Office 84 -- Susan Jung Townsend
Office 158 -- Kim L. Nguyen
Office 165 -- Kathryn Ann Solorzano

YES on Measure 50

To allow, but not require, legislators to forfeit salary, benefits, and privileges of office when suspended.

More info on
PPDC's endorsements page

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Thanks, everyone, for attending our most recent events:

Sun., 5/15/16, 3 - 5:30 pm
Improv comedy Dem Club benefit show!

L.A.'s beloved Spolin Players


@ Theatre Palisades/Pierson Playhouse
941 Temescal Canyon Rd.

One of L.A.'s finest improv troupes right here
in the Palisades -- comedy, food, wine, and fun,
with proceeds to benefit the Dem Club in this
critical election year

3 - 4 pm wine & cheese reception
4 pm curtain

Free parking!

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Speaker Series w/Derek Cressman, author of
The High Price of "Free" Speech and the Selling of Democracy

Wed., 4/20/16
Palisades Public Library, 861 Alma Real Dr.

-Full house!-

The audience asked many thoughtful questions after the presentation....

The Palisadian Post's reporter published a great write-up on the event in the 4/28/16 edition!

About the book:
Americans know that the corrupting influence of special interest money is destroying our democratic process. And now that the Citizens United decision has thrown out campaign spending limits as abridgments of free speech, they want to know what they can do about it. Derek Cressman gives us the tools, both intellectual and tactical, to fight back.

2016 Annual Meeting, Jan. 31!

150 of you showed up on a stormy day to hear

State Sen. Ben Allen, CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom,
L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin,
L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin, L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl,
US Rep. Ted Lieu
... and special guest Eric Bauman, Vice Chair, CA Dem Party; Chair, L.A. Dem Party

and hear firsthand about local, state, and national issues for 2016 • • @palidems

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Check out video on the Support the Iran Deal protest at Rep. Lieu's office.
Ed Asner there, adding star power.... Good crowd despite the heat!
Over 2,500 petition signatures delivered.
The L.A. Times was there to cover the rally and posted an excellent story featuring Iranian Americans who support the deal.

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Our appreciation to everyone who came to our

 Garden party with Robert Scheer
Sun., Aug. 23, 2 - 4:30 pm

Robert Scheer is editor in chief of Truthdig;
Left, Right and Center panelist on KCRW;
former L.A. Times contributing editor;
and author of the new book
How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy

Thanks also to
Assemblymember Bloom & Councilmember Bonin
for attending!

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The Palisades Dem Club board had a spirited and detailed discussion on the Iran nuclear deal at our August monthly meeting.

Our board members have been following the complex aspects of this important foreign policy decision in addition to the statements by experts on the pros and cons of the negotiations. Last evening we voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Iran nuclear deal after much discussion.

It is our general feeling that although there may be risks, the deterrents to Iran’s nuclear program laid out in the deal are very vigorous, global in nature, and critical to avoiding the alternative--more sanctions and possible military intervention. We feel this deal is in the best interest of both the U.S. and Israel in trying to prevent Iran from making a nuclear bomb.


Call or write your representatives in support of the deal:

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Great crowd
at our Speakers Series event:

L.A. & CA: Fracking & Oil Drilling in Our Backyards

Featuring Food & Water Watch's Brenna Norton

Thanks to all
who attended!

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Come visit our table at the Palisades Farmers' Market
Sundays, usually between 10 am and 1 pm

Farmers' market
to talk with us in person,
sign petitions,
and hear what we're doing to put and keep
progressive Democrats in office

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Thanks for using PPDC's voter guide
and getting to the polls for the March 3 elections!

For results visit

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Wants Your Ideas

He's started a project to boost voter turnout.
To kick it off, he wants to hear from you.

Click here to follow the link, watch the short video, and leave your suggestion.

Here's a chance to make your ideas heard.

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hanks to all who came to our
(Open to all)

Meet and greet with elected officials
Live presentations with Q & A

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2 to 4 pm

In attendance (alphabetical order):
State Senator BEN ALLEN, Assemblymember RICHARD BLOOM, L.A. City Councilmember MIKE BONIN, L.A. City Controller RON GALPERIN (not pictured above)
L.A. County Supervisor SHEILA KUEHL,
and Congressman TED LIEU

Covered by the Palisadian-Post (1/29/15)
(subscription required to read full article)

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We couldn't do what we do without your generous support each year

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Democrats Buck National Trend,
Win Huge Victories in California

We did it.  

The November 2014 election featured big successes for Democrats in California, despite Republican wins across the country.

Congratulations and thank you to each and every volunteer for contributing to the
Democratic election sweep!
We're proud to have worked with you!

- Click here for official 11/4/14 election results -

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Here's historical info about our successes in last year's primary, and a look at some of what we were up to before 2015...

Red text in chart below = victory!

Update on Controller battle: The recount has been called off, and Betty Yee, PPDC's endorsed candidate, will be the Democratic contender in the general election.

More info on the race for Controller here.

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Weekend and from-home GOTV phone banking

Saturday, May 10
Sunday, May 18
Sunday, May 25
Sunday, June 1

Kudos to all who helped!

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TUESDAY, April 29, 2014, 7 to 8:30 pm
at Pierson Playhouse / Theatre Palisades
941 Temescal Canyon Rd., Pacific Palisades
Doors open 6:30 pm

After the event, the PPDC board of directors
voted to endorse BEN ALLEN

The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club presents
Democratic candidates for state senate:
SM-Malibu Bd. of Ed. / educator / attorney

Former CA State Assemblymember (AD 53)

Activist / attorney

State Surgeon, CA Army Nat’l Guard / educator

Writer / attorney / former Writers Guild president

No RSVP required -- just come anytime after 6:30!

With Q&A.  Admission free, donations welcome
Snacks • free parking

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Sunday, April 13, 2 to 4 pm
For the 33rd Congressional District • To succeed
Henry Waxman

After the event, the PPDC board of directors
voted to endorse TED LIEU


       Wendy Greuel • Ted Lieu • Matt Miller
Former L.A. City Councilmember WENDY GREUEL
State Senator (28th SD) TED LIEU
Author / policy analyst / radio host MATT MILLER

Much gratitude to all who helped, and all who came...

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Saturday, March 22, 2 to 4 pm

Click here to read coverage of our forum
in the L.A. Times

After the forum, the PPDC board of directors
voted to endorse SHEILA KUEHL


Thanks to everyone who came!

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The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club held its
Annual Meeting, open to the public,
on Sunday, 1/26, featuring addresses by

Congressman Henry Waxman,
Assemblymember Richard Bloom,
and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

with Q&A

300 people attended!

More info on our Events Page

Click here to see the text of proposed amendments to the PPDC by-laws, voted on and adopted at the Annual Meeting

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Of special interest in light of the mayor's appearance on Sunday:

Mayor Garcetti is joining other mayors from around the country to call on Congress to extend unemployment insurance, which expired December 28, affecting 1.3 million Americans.  

There is a petition on the mayor's website inviting Angelenos to join the push to ask Congress to take action:  

Spread the word via email, Facebook, etc.!

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Great news:

Our PPDC president, Melissa Grant,
was honored with an
LACDP Roosevelt Award for 2013
our executive board member Gary Bettman received DPSFV's
2013 Truman Award

Congratulations, Melissa and Gary!

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Thanks to all who attended our fantastic

2013 G a r d e n   P a r t y
with special guests

L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin
L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer
L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin
CA State Senator Ted Lieu

and representatives of
CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom
and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

The event was a big success, earning front-page coverage in the Palisadian-Post.

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Click here for membership signup --
we need you onboard for 2013!

V o l u n t e e r  S i g n -U p  F o r m  H e r e

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Congratulations and thanks to all who joined us to phone bank for Ed Markey's senate campaign.

A very satistfying victory...

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More info about recent PPDC activities:

First event on the 2013 calendar was January 27th's L.A. Mayoral Candidates Forum.  Here are the highlights:

300+ Standing-Room Crowd At Sunday's
Mayoral Candidates Forum and Annual Meeting

• PPDC members vote to approve 2013 board of directors

• Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry, Emanuel Pleitez impress many with their candor, breadth of knowledge, and ideas for the city

• PPDC board votes on endorsing a mayoral candidate in the March 5 primary.  Eric Garcetti reaches the 60% vote threshold and receives the club's endorsement.
(Full list of March 5 endorsements here.)

Watch this space for links to press articles covering the event.  The L.A. Times is first out of the box with
their storyPalisadian-Post story here.

Thanks to all who attended, donated, joined, re-upped their membership
(click here if you haven't but would like to)
or volunteered, making our first event of the year a huge success.

Click here for full Jan. 27 forum press release, including candidates' bios


Photo above: 2012 Waxman & props phone bank at our Third St. Promenade headquarters


Valerie Jarrett with PPDC board members


Senior Democratic Strategist Valerie B. Jarrett made an unpublicized visited to our Westside Democratic Headquarters on the Third St. Promenade Friday as the final stop of a three-campaign-office tour around Los Angeles.

Jarrett walked around the bustling room, Secret Service agents strategically in tow, shaking hands with almost everyone and engaging in individual conversations with campaign volunteers.  CA State Senator Alex Padilla then joined her on a makeshift stage, as did Pacific Palisades Democratic Club (PPDC) President Melissa Grant and Amy Boyle, Deputy Regional Field Director and head of the OFA – CA team at the HQ.

All four gave speeches to fire up the crowd, with Padilla highlighting the importance of the Latino vote and telling the crowd about the excitement he'd seen from delegates at the Democratic Convention the week before.  "I saw it in Charlotte; I've seen it here today." 

Next, Jarrett told the crowd, "My purpose is simply to say thank you.  We know that this campaign is going to turn on turnout, and that's going to happen because of the work that you are doing.  We are never going to be able to raise the kind of money the other side is doing ... but if I had to bet on that versus you, I'd bet on you," reminding volunteers of their ability to make up for monetary disadvantages with hard work and enthusiasm.

After a brief Q&A with Jarrett finished up, Jarrett and Padilla shook more hands on their way out the door, and the newly energized volunteers returned to phoning battleground states on behalf of President Obama, as well as calling Californians to talk about the propositions endorsed or opposed by PPDC.

[PICTURED from left: Senior Democratic Strategist Valerie Jarrett, PPDC HQ Manager Gary M. Bettman, PPDC President Melissa Grant, HQ Co-Manager Janet Turner.  Photo credit: HQ Co-Manager Adam Wolman]

PPDC Pacific Palisades Democratic Club
Westside Democratic Headquarters
On Santa Monica’s Third St. Promenade
September 6, 2012

In Partnership with Organizing for America – CA
And the West L.A. Democratic Club
OFA open house 12–5pm
Ribbon cutting & speech-watching party 4:30–8pm

1408 Third Street Promenade (ocean side), 3rd Floor
Just south of Santa Monica Blvd. and the Anthropologie store

Admission free—metered parking on street or in local lots

Join us at our new campaign HQ for the live telecast of President Obama’s acceptance speech
at the Democratic Convention  Food and good conversation will abound

Dignitaries scheduled to appear include
Rep. Henry Waxman,
SM Mayor Richard Bloom
L.A. City Councilmember Eric Garcetti
, L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel

HQ will be open 7 DAYS A WEEK between now and Election Day

        Phone banks*bus trips*GOTV (local/state/national)*debate-watching/MSNBC analysis

Big selection of Obama/Biden and other election merchandise


Thanks to all who came out for our

Evening with California Attorney General
Kamala D. Harris


Kamala Harris


The AG was riveting, and the food, wine, and company were fantastic. 

Read about it in the Palisadian Post

And the Malibu Times




PPDC needs your help Sundays to table with us at the farmers' market on Swarthmore.  It's easy and fun, but vitally important. 

Click here for more info, and to volunteer!




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