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Lunch with Rep. Ted LIEU —


Featuring Congressman Ted LIEU and political analyst Bob SHRUM
& comedy fundraising with SNL alumna Gail MATTHIUS

Sunday, Aug. 23, 1 – 2:30 PM

Click here for details!


L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin

welcomes all to a free hot-topic discussion on police reform

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, 7 PM

Click here to RSVP


Soccer star & activist Megan Rapinoe

headlines a virtual conversation in support of DA reform candidate George Gascón

Wed., Aug. 12, 2020,  6 PM

Details here


Lunch with Rep. Ted LIEU —

Featuring Congressman Ted LIEU and political analyst Bob SHRUM
& comedy fundraising with SNL alumna Gail MATTHIUS

Sunday, Aug. 23, 1 – 2:30 PM

Bring your own lunch … or have us drop off a
brought to your home by a masked & gloved PPDC volunteer!

Plus: silent auction

General Admission — $35
VIP Guest with One Lunch Delivered to Your Home — $75
VIP Guest with Two Lunches Delivered to One Home — $125

Click here for key details and to RSVP


New PaliDems election store arrival: Biden window signs!

And even newer additions:


Click here; we’ll sweep you off your feet and into the store

Lawn signs to follow announcement of Joe’s VP pick!

Donate to PPDC’s endorsed candidate for DA, George Gascón, here

Read about Senate races we’re supporting here

(with links if you’d like to help too)

Learn about CA housing legislation we’re opposing and the Rethinking the Police resolution we’ve signed onto here

along with more PaliDems actions. Here’s what was voted on at our July board meeting.


Click for more info


Our hearts continue to go out to the family and friends of George Floyd, and to all victims and targets of race-based violence and harassment.

Our souls are steadfastly pledged to seeking an end to the scourges of racism, inequality, and injustice in America.

And we bid a sad farewell to one of the great heroes of the Civil Rights movement, Rep. John Lewis.

Want to make some good trouble of your own?

email us here to work directly with the PaliDems

(organizing events, attending board meetings, etc.)

or go here for Get Out The Vote election volunteering via our partnership in the Westside Democratic HQ


COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe
Click here for official Los Angeles website
With resources and Mayor Garcetti’s addresses

Via State Sen. Ben Allen: Front line workers need our help! 

This is a call to action for all of us in L.A. County to engage and ensure ALL WORKERS have the needed personal protective gear to keep them safe as they serve others. Here are two sites for donating PPE or funds:

Greater Los Angeles Hospital Registry


Click here for
Unsanitized: The COVID-19 Daily Report

Written by American Prospect executive editor
David Dayen,
who was a superb PaliDems Hot Topics speaker!



Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

“We are living through truly challenging times. COVID-19 is a grave threat to our nation. The United States now has the most COVID-19 cases in the world….”

For more click here:



Made it to our Hot Topics: Census 101 event in February? Then you know the drill:
The 2020 Census is a big deal.

The count has to take place even amid the anything-but-normal stay-at-home orders.

Forms should have made it to your mailbox, but if not, you can still participate online. Read on for instructions….

Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. All Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers). These mailings are marked with the 2020 Census logo and show the U.S. Department of Commerce in the return address.

>>If you have not received anything from the Census Bureau, you can still respond online. <<

Visit the online form and select “Start Questionnaire.” Below the ID field, click the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

More info here

and here


Volunteering update

during stay-at-home days: Meet your WDHQ

WDHQ banner

We still *must* win the Senate and the White House in November. If you’re reading this, you could be an indispensable part of the team to make it happen!
There’s also a runoff for Christy Smith (fighting to hold Katie Hill’s former seat for Dems) on May 12 that many voters don’t know about, so we have to tell them


1) All WDHQ phone bank and postcard shifts will continue as virtual shifts

We’re building in a social element, which is what makes phone banks fun! We’ll start with Zoom check-in/training, and at the end we’ll have a virtual Zoom happy hour! Postcarders and texters join too

Click here for shift times and much more info!

Huge thanks to Ellen for this info and for running point on so many things : )


If we had a Medal of Honor handy, we’d give it to each and every person reading this who was brave enough to vote in person on March 3.

We heard from many of you that your experience at the polls on Election Day was as difficult as ours here in the Palisades.

Every time we fielded a complaint — and thank you to all who reported to us — we forwarded it to our contact at the L.A. County Registrar of Voters office.

This story from the L.A. Times at least offers the hope of immediate investigations and future fixes.

Elected officials are demanding action, including State Senator Ben Allen, who will introduce legislation this month to address the snafus encountered across Los Angeles. We’ve got only eight months to get everything cleaned up.

Until then, watch this space for the many ways you can work with us to make a difference in November’s election … and ensure Democratic victories … without having to stand in long lines!

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Virtual Reception with Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the DigiDems Class of 2020
Tue., July 21, 2020, 4:30 PM

For questions, or to RSVP, please click HERE or contact Viktoria at [email protected]

Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be headlining a virtual reception to meet the DigiDems Class of 2020. DigiDems was founded after the 2016 elections saw successful interference from foreign countries affect the election results. They work with campaigns across the country to modernize their technology and help make them more efficient, effective, and secure.


The California Democratic Party is shaking the trees to get as many of us as possible into motion today. Join if you can for:

California Day of Action

*TODAY*   Sun., July 19, starting at 1 PM

Phone banking kicks off with a virtual town hall with CA Dem Party Chair Rusty Hicks and special guest speakers!

Details below, along with ongoing HQ actions if Sunday doesn’t work for you


We’re grateful to everyone who attended our 4th of July virtual Biden fundraiser —

— which was a huge success:

PPDC and all the other area co-hosts helped raise around $700,000 toward taking back the White House.

So thank you, and watch this space for future events,

along with an anticipated website redesign!


3 – 4 PM PT

and newly added:

Sec. Julián Castro • Bryan Cranston • John Densmore

LaTanya Richardson Jackson • Isabel Kagoo • Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

If you want a little more info, click here for the motivation behind the fundraiser


Virtual Town Hall in support of
** George Gascón **
for L.A. County District Attorney

Thu., June 18, 2020, 7 – 8 PM


Missed the meeting but want to learn more

or contribute to a candidate committed to major criminal justice reforms

if elected L.A. district attorney? Click here

Sponsored by PPDC & SMDC
Read PPDC’s February admonishment of current DA Jackie Lacey here


Join us for a special Zoom event

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 7 – 8 PM

Our Public Schools: Meeting New Challenges & Moving Forward

with guest speakers

Kalkidan Alemayehu, PCHS Black Student Union President

Nick Melvoin, LAUSD District 4 Board Member

Perfect opportunity to hear about the experiences of Black students and learn what electeds are doing to meet today’s challenges. Also, please share this with any high school or college students you know!

Whether or not you attended, click here for post-meeting action items (school reform, anti-racism, and more)

and click here to read the Palisadian-Post write-up on what went down


Pacific Palisades Democratic Club’s Virtual House Party
with Special Guests
L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin
Chair of the L.A. County Democratic Party Mark Gonzalez
Chair of the Westside Democratic HQ Jane Wishon


 Tue., May 19, 2020, 7 PM

Everyone who wants to DUMP TRUMP can sign up

House parties — in person or virtual — are a powerful tool to persuade, organize, motivate and activate people who support our Democratic values and want to see positive change in our communities and our nation. President Obama used house parties to win the Presidency in 2008!

We know that in order to win up and down the ballot this year, we need to invite friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to get involved. House parties are the perfect tool for making those connections. We’ll discuss easy ways for new volunteers and experienced ones alike to get involved for 2020.

A house party utilizes the power of our natural social networks and our own stories to energize people who are already active and to persuade & motivate people who are hungry for change but have not yet found a way to be active.

Invite your friends and neighbors to join you on Tuesday, May 19th at 7 PM as we organize to hold the majority in Congress, flip the Senate and TAKE BACK the White House!


Looks like this one didn’t go the way we wanted in the special election May 12.

But we get another shot at the seat come November, so keep hope alive and get ready for a deferred win!

Christy Smith is running in the special election on May 12 for Katie Hill’s open Congressional seat in CA-25, and Trump wants his crony to win!

Trump endorsed Christy’s oppenent and the Republicans are spending millions on false and misleading ads. This entire special election will be vote by mail. That means the campaign has had to switch its entire strategy in order to communicate with voters — and that costs money!

Christy’s greatest need right now is for funds.
If you missed the Zoomraiser, you can still donate!



Volunteer to make calls!



Westside Democratic Headquarters Virtual House Party

with Special Guest State Sen. Ben Allen

 Saturday, May 2, 2020, 3 PM

Invite friends and neighbors to join you Saturday, May 2nd as we enter the final stretch to hold CA 25 and our majority in Congress!


As you’ve likely heard, Christy Smith is running in the special election on May 12 for Katie Hill’s open Congressional seat in CA-25, and Rusty Hicks, Chair of the California Democratic Party, calls this one of the most important races in the country.

In stark contrast to the recent, unconscionable, in-person primary election in Wisconsin during the pandemic, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order stating that this race will be entirely vote-by-mail on May 12. That means the campaign has had to switch its entire strategy in order to communicate with voters — and we have been doing our part to get the word out!

Christy’s greatest need right now is for funds!
Can you pitch in?

Please join Hosts
Westside Democratic HQ,
Pacific Palisades Democratic Club,
Santa Monica Democratic Club,
Stonewall Democratic Club, and
West L.A. Democratic Club
(Host committee in formation)

and Special Guests
Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Senator Ben Allen (SD-26)
Holly J. Mitchell (SD-30)

for a virtual fundraiser with
Christy Smith for CA-25

Saturday, April 25, 2020
3 — 4 PM PST

Please RSVP with Meg for Zoom information at:
(909) 831-7276 or [email protected]
Or RSVP online at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/westsidedems0425
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Co-Host | $2,800
Champion | $1,000
Ally | $750
Supporter | $500
Friend | $250
Guest | $100
Activist | $50
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Contributions to Christy Smith for Congress are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. The Committee may accept contributions of up to $2,800 per election from individuals and non-multi-candidate PACs and $5,000 per election from federal multi-candidate PACs. The Committee may not accept contributions from corporations, labor organizations, national banks, federal government contractors and foreign nationals who lack permanent resident status. Contributions must be made from the donor’s own funds and may not be reimbursed by any other person.
Westside Dem HQ | 6036 W 85th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90045


P.S. from Councilmember Bonin:

Even though many City facilities — including my offices — will be physically closed to the public, my staff and I remain at work and available to serve you. If you want to reach us, please call 213-444-3508. It is a new central number that allows you to reach us even when my staff is telecommuting. You can also email us, and you can call 311 to request basic city services. We are committed to continuing throughout this public health crisis the work we do every day to help solve problems in our neighborhood.


You are cordially invited to
“A Night In” with
Our Representative, the Hon. Ted Lieu
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6:30 – 8 PM

RSVP Required
To Register, Click Here
And See instructions below

If you have difficulty with the Zoom registration, contact [email protected] or 310-457-4592

Rep. Ted Lieu has kindly agreed to meet with us this Thursday night for a conversation on developments in Washington, Covid-19, and what lies ahead in the next 6 months — including the changing landscape for our elections.

Once you register with the Zoom link you will receive an email with the link and password for the call. Look forward to seeing you this Thursday night!

Click here for more info and detailed instructions


Telephone Town Hall
with Congressman Ted Lieu
LIVE Wed., 4/1/20, 1 PM (and viewable afterward)
Deadline to register
is noon Wednesday — click here

From Rep. Lieu:
I understand that you may have a prior commitment that prevents you from being able to join the telephone town hall. To ensure everyone has a chance to listen, our call will be recorded and uploaded to my YouTube page shortly after. To listen to our last telephone town hall that took place on March 17th, click here. For more updates, please follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For new information and resources related to COVID-19, visit my coronavirus webpage.


PaliDems Speaker Series is back for 2020!

First up is

Census 101: What you need to know

Monday, February 24, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Pacific Palisades Public Library

Some folks hear “census” and their eyes glaze over. Don’t be one of those people! The 2020 Census will have profound impacts on the distribution of almost a trillion dollars’ worth of federal spending, plus the number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes California is granted.

There’s a lot at stake, and this presentation should be surprisingly fascinating for people who want to understand the process. Our guest speaker, Herbert S. Ferguson, is a Census employee who knows it all from the inside.

6 – 6:30 PM Doors open, mingle time
6:30 – 7:30 PM Presentations & Q&A

7:45 PM Library says everybody out!

Parking: in lot & on street

This event is non-partisan and open to the general public


See you in Nevada?

The Nevada Democratic Presidential Caucus will be held
Saturday, February 22, 2020

We can help by going to Clark County (Vegas) and running caucus meetings for the party so that everything goes smoothly

Volunteers will travel on Friday; the caucus will end by early afternoon Saturday

RSVP here

(and for vanpool and carpooling information)


L.A. County Palmdale office opening

SATURDAY, February 1, 2020
9 AM – 1 PM

1529 E. Palmdale Blvd. Palmdale, CA 93550

Join us for a day of action with speakers:
CADEM Chair Rusty Hicks, Asm. Christy Smith for CA-25,
Kipp Mueller for SD-21
Rally, Precinct Walk, Lunch

RSVP and more info here

Vanpools from Santa Monica and Culver City


Thanks to all who attended the

PALIDEMS “ANNUAL MEETING” (open to all!) with ELECTEDS and Q & A

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2 – 4 PM at the Palisades Woman’s Club

State Sen. Ben Allen

Assemblymember Richard Bloom

L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin

and a special addition this year:

Jeff Klein, Manager of Voter Education, Outreach and Community Relations at the L.A. County Registrar of Voters, will explain and answer questions about L.A.’s new early voting system (aka VSAP, Voting Systems for All People), which will be used for the first time in the March 3, 2020 primary election

Palisadian-Post story here

PPDC 2020 Approved Board Slate here

Voted in by unanimous acclamation of PPDC members in good standing who attended


DNC Candidates Forum

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 3 – 5 PM (doors open 2:30 PM)

Santa Monica Public Library, 601 SM Blvd., MLK Auditorium

Ever hear of a decision made by the DNC and ask yourself “Who ARE these people that decided THAT??” Now is your chance to find out

There will be a public forum for candidates running to represent California at the DNC. The event will be moderated by David Dayen, Executive Editor of the American Prospect, contributor at The Intercept, The Nation, and others

All are welcome but the hosts especially extend an invitation to voting members of the state party’s Executive Board (since they’re the ones who will elect “these people”)

Hosted by SMDC, co-hosted by PPDC and others

More info here


Westside Dem HQ invites you
January 11, 2020
and also Sun., 1/12/20
Canvass for Christy Smith
(to hold Katie Hill’s seat)
in the Antelope Valley

Click here for info and to sign up

Can you canvass for Christy Smith THIS WEEKEND?

Kick off 2020 feeling good when you join us THIS WEEKEND to knock doors for Christy Smith in the Antelope Valley! Christy will be there to kick everything off at 1 PM on the 11th, so you will have the chance to meet her either before the afternoon canvass or after the morning canvass

We know that it’s super important for Christy’s message to reach voters, and for them to know they are being heard and represented by our campaign. Canvassing is an excellent way to do just that, and we can’t do it without you!

1529 E Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550


GDHQ Grand Opening
Sun., January 12, 2020, 5 – 7 PM
Grassroots Democrats HQ (not affiliated with PPDC or the Westside Dem HQ)
1027 Westwood Blvd.


Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 12th — the Grassroots Democrats HQ will be hosting a grand-opening event to celebrate its new brick-and-mortar location in Westwood Village! Join Christy Smith and local elected officials for an afternoon of Democratic activism and grassroots energy as we gear up for 2020

The Grassroots Democrats HQ will be open through Election Day 2020 as a hub for volunteers looking to stop Trump and the GOP in their tracks. We are targeting nine California Congressional districts, five Senate seats, and the White House to take back our country. Volunteers are able to walk in the door and in 15 minutes start working on a campaign — making calls, writing postcards, texting, registering voters, or canvassing

RSVP/parking info here


Women’s March Poster-Making Party
Sat., January 11, 2020, 4 – 6 PM
Grassroots Democrats HQ (not affiliated with PPDC or the Westside Dem HQ)
1027 Westwood Blvd.

GDHQ is proud to partner with Women’s March Action to host a poster-making party for the 4th Annual Women’s March Los Angeles on January 18

Food and supplies will be provided for all volunteers, and we will have Women’s March merchandise on site as well. Postcard-writing opportunities for Christy Smith will be available as well. Please join us for an evening of music, fun, and activism!

RSVP/parking info here


Friday, January 10, 2020, 6:30 – 8 PM

Fundraiser hosted by several PPDC members for Astronaut Mark Kelly, candidate for US Senate in Arizona

(Husband of former Congressmember Gabby Giffords)

I think we all agree that astronauts are cool. Astronauts running as Dems? Arguably cooler still. If you’d like to meet one (husband of Gabby Giffords to boot), multiple PaliDems members are hosting this meet-n-greet January 10, and all are invited. PPDC is not endorsing Kelly in the primary — it’s out of our district and other Dems are challenging him — but here’s the info as an FYI

Address provided upon RSVP Pacific Palisades (Alphabets area)


PPDC has not made an endorsement in the primary race. Kelly is running against two other Democrats:

Mohammad Arif (click for more info) , Sheila Bilyeu (click for more), and Mark Kelly (click for more) are running in the special Democratic primary

Primary: August 4, 2020 • General: November 3, 2020


Via a PaliDems board member:

With less than 90 days until the March 3 Special Election, in order to win [and hold Katie Hill’s vacated seat],

Christy Smith needs a war chest! Come meet the woman who is going to keep CA-25 blue…

RSVP & donate, and share with friends!


More PaliDems members are opening up their homes for fundraisers to support big wins in 2020 — so important! Check this one out:

WAS SCHEDULED FOR Sun., 12/15, 5 – 7 PM



••• Intimate Fundraiser for Audrey Denney •••

Cocktail party in beautiful Rustic/SM Canyon

Get together with congressional candidate Audrey Denney, running in CA-01

Audrey Denney ran an unprecedented campaign in 2018, challenging CA-01’s Republican incumbent, a climate change denier and Donald Trump supporter. In just nine months, Audrey narrowed the voting gap from 22% to a hard-fought 9%. Analysis for 2020 shows her to be within 3% in what is usually a reliable red district. CA-01 is flippable!


From our friends at the West L.A. Dem Club:

Hardly anyone knows there will be a new voting system with new technology in place in less than three months! People may be going to their old, defunct polling places to vote. We need you to attend our meeting and be “new voting system” advocates for your friends and neighbors.

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City

With Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters/County Clerk
Dean Logan • Questions and/or concerns addressed in Q&A following the presentation

RSVP here:





We’re heartbroken — many of us worked endless hours to elect an amazing Congresswoman, Katie Hill, and unseat Steve Knight. During her time in Congress, Katie worked tirelessly for her constituents and for the first time those constituents knew what it was like to have a fighter on their side, putting their needs first.

And now? Steve Knight is back — announcing that he’s running to regain the seat he felt he owned for so many years. Steve Knight who refused to hold town halls in his district or listen to the needs of his constituents wants his turf back.

The constituents of CA 25 once again need our help.

A special election will take place next spring/summer to fill the seat — an all-but-impossible timeline for us to hold CA 25 if it weren’t for Assemblywoman Christy Smith, the presumptive nominee for the CA Democratic Party. Christy has pledges from 63% of the state delegates and dozens of endorsements from elected officials at all levels already … and her candidacy is only days old!

MEET CHRISTY Monday evening, November 18, 2019 

and watch this space for details of how we’ll work with her to hold the 25th!

at Senator Jones (Santa Monica’s hot new nightclub/lounge)

2020 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

RSVP HERE (early bird rates apply through Sunday, 11/10)

Announcement courtesy of the Westside Dem HQ


Join Congressman Ted Lieu for his annual Veterans Appreciation event

this Sunday, November 10, 1:30 to 3 PM

on the West L.A. VA campus in the Rose Garden

(behind Building 220, just past Wadsworth Theater)

Free parking in Lot 10 and Lot 17

Ten veterans, including the new Director of West L.A. VA Medical Center, will join the Congressman on stage and tell a story about something they experienced while serving our country.

The stories are great this year. Two were made into movies!

RSVP at: https://ca33vettalks.eventbrite.com

For inquiries, email [email protected] or call 323-651-1040




From L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin:

I am hosting an informational town hall meeting with the Los Angeles Fire Department this Saturday, November 9, 10 AM to 12:30 PM, at Paul Revere Middle School to discuss this wildfire season, recent fires, and to introduce you and your neighbors to some of the Department’s firefighting resources and gear. Please join me there

We have worked hard to make sure you and your neighbors are prepared for emergencies, and while I believe recent fires are an example of good planning and preparation paying off, there are also lessons we can learn from the experience that will help us keep you safe as the risk of wildfire persists. The community event will begin with a showcase of LAFD equipment on the athletic field at Paul Revere Middle School and will continue in the auditorium with a community debrief on recent fires and a chance for neighbors to ask questions.

Please visit http://bit.ly/Bonin-LAFD-TownHall-Nov2019 to find out more about the event and to RSVP to attend. I hope to see you on Saturday!

and via State Sen. Ben Allen:

Saturday, 11/9, 10 AM – 4 PM

State Sen. Ben Allen is sponsoring “We Are: 25 Years Beyond Prop 187”

It’s a campaign to highlight the legacy of Prop 187, connecting leaders from the fight against 187 with the next generation … shining a light on the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census and registering to vote in advance of California’s 2020 Presidential Primaries.

Come for a day of action as we stand against racism, hatred, and bigotry at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The rally will feature elected leaders, special performances, food trucks, and more!

A PaliDems member is hosting a fundraiser in the Alphabets Nov. 6 for Haley Stevens, freshman congressperson from MI who is under siege — the GOP wants her out. Haley’s district is the home of Ronna Romney McDaniel, Chair of the RNC. So this one is going to be a war.

Because of that, her seat has become a personal target of the Trump White House. Politico reports “Team Trump is pushing John James to run for the House [… as] Trump scrambles to reverse Rust Belt slide.”

Come to the fundraiser to learn more and support Rep. Stevens.


2019 Froehlich-Berke Political Courage Awards

Honoring ROBERT REICH for his continual and resolute political courage

introduced by MIKE FARRELL


Sunday, November 3, 4 – 7 PM



New Voting & Elections Help
Exploring the new voting system for L.A. County
Wed., 10/30/19

Doors open 6 PM, program 6:30 PM (early start)

Santa Monica Library – MLK Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd., SM

The Santa Monica Dem Club’s membership meeting will be open to all and dedicated to exploring the new voting system to be implemented by the L.A. County Registrar’s Office for the first time in our March 3 primary election

Hear from …

Jeff Klein, the Manager of Voter Education Outreach & Community at the L.A. County Registrar/Clerk’s Office. Klein will give a detailed presentation about the new voting system

State Sen. Ben Allen, the former Chair of the Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee of the California State Senate

The Executive Board of the club will be available from 6 – 6:30 PM for an informal meet-and-greet. The main program will start at 6:30 PM

The event is free and open to the public

Light refreshments will be provided. Parking available. Accessible


Jayapal event

Featuring Rep. Pramila Jayapal
with UCLA’s Prof. Mark Peterson
and Deborah Burger, RN

Sunday, October 27, 2019 10:15 AM – 1 PM

10:15 – 10:55 AM Coffee Reception
11 AM – 1 PM Program

IMAN Foundation Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Avenue, L.A.

Our WLA Dems friends are excited to present Health Justice for All, headlined by Rep. PRAMILA JAYAPAL, lead sponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2019!

This will be an informational, public service program, comparing and contrasting the four healthcare plans being proposed by our leading presidential candidates: Medicare for All, Expansion of the ACA, Medicare Buy-in and the Public Option

Street and limited lot parking. Valet lot $5. We encourage walking, biking, ridesharing, carpooling and taking public transit

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 (No one turned away!)



SATURDAY, 10/26/19
New SMDC/Westside Dem HQ opportunity, courtesy of
Rep. Adam Schiff

Last month at the Santa Monica Dem Club’s Sammy Awards, Congressman Adam Schiff pledged $500 to the club so long as it was used to send the first van of volunteers down to Orange County to protect our important House victories from last fall…

Next Saturday, October 26, SMDC will be taking Rep. Schiff up on his offer and sending out a van of committed volunteers to knock on doors on behalf of the freshman Congressman, Rep. Gil Cisneros.

Click to RSVP: [email protected]


Round 4 of the Democratic Presidential debates

was Tuesday, 10/15/19, 5 – 8 PM

Rusty’s on the SM Pier, 256 Santa Monica Pier

Again we gather at Rusty’s to watch the action and cheer on our favorite candidates (and maybe jeer a few gaffes)

Twelve candidates made the cut for this debate, but it’s likely this will be the last time some of them will appear onstage…

DNC Chairman Tom Perez is promising to raise the bar in November and December to highlight the party’s strongest candidates and eliminate those who haven’t “made progress” with voters. So join the HQ team on Oct 15 as we watch the candidates hash out the issues we care about so deeply. So far, we can expect

– Former Vice President Joe Biden
– Sen. Bernie Sanders
– Sen. Elizabeth Warren
– Sen. Kamala Harris
– Sen. Cory Booker
– Sen. Amy Klobuchar
– Representative Tulsi Gabbard
– Mayor Pete Buttigieg
– former Representative Beto O’Rourke
– former Cabinetmember Julian Casto
– businessman Tom Steyer
– entrepreneur Andrew Yang

Expect a boisterous crowd, special guests, and a good time as we take a closer look at the top candidates for the (D) nomination

No RSVP necessary — just show up!

Hosted by the Westside Democratic HQ consortium:
Heart of L.A., Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Stonewall, West L.A., and Westchester-Playa Democratic Clubs


Our Meet The Candidate series returned


Tom Steyer

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wine and cheese reception 5 PM

Steyer speaks / Q&A 5:30 – 7 PM

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista

(not that far — west of the 405, near the Santa Monica Airport)

Meet the Candidate series hosted by

Malibu Democratic Club • Pacific Palisades Democratic Club • Santa Monica Democratic Club • WLA Democratic Club


Your local clubs are hosting a series of informational candidate events leading up to 2020

From the campaign: Tom Steyer is an American billionaire, hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, liberal activist, and fundraiser. Tom and his wife Kathryn “Kat” Taylor have donated tens of millions of dollars to charitable projects that advance education, renewable energy, clean air and water, healthy food, sustainable agriculture, self-sustaining communities and more

Tom founded NextGen America in 2013, a nonprofit group that combats climate change, promotes social justice and increases participation in our democracy through voter registration and grassroots organizing. In 2017, Tom became the first major Democrat to rally millions of Americans with a public call to impeach Donald Trump

On his website, Tom states that in order to create a society where everyone has a fair chance at success, we need five fundamental rights to be protected by law. No one — not corporations and their lobbyists — should have the ability to take any of these rights away, just to make a profit

These 5 Rights represent essential freedoms that should be guaranteed for all Americans: voting rights protections, a clean environment, a complete education, a living wage, and good health



SPECIAL FREE TICKETS for PaliDems members

The Great Hack
Screening and discussion with Rep. Adam Schiff

and others

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2 – 5:30 PM

Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., L.A.

It’s going to be a special afternoon, with the timely topic of election security, and a panel that includes both Congressman Schiff and the reporter who broke the story, and Patricia Arquette as moderator

Rep. Schiff’s office is pleased to offer some free spots to Pacific Palisades Dem Club members so that you can be part of this moment

See the Eventbrite link for more details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-hack-screening-and-discussion-with-adam-schiff-tickets-70553574641

Use this event code: SCHIFFPARTNERS


Learn all about L.A. County’s new voting setup here


or in person Sat., 9/28 at Santa Monica College! Click the link above for more info


Big congrats to PPDC board member Julia Jaye Posin for receiving the 2019 Eco Star Award by Sustainable Works!

Last year, this award went to CA State Sen. Ben Allen, earth-friendly products company ECOS, and human rights advocate Bonnie Nixon. We’re thrilled Julia was honored along with these other accomplished change-makers.

Julia has had the privilege of collaborating with Sustainable Works, an environmental impact organization, since 2008. As a Santa Monica College student, she participated in, and then went on to lead, their sustainable workshop series. Sustainable Works activates environmentally conscious practices through student workshops, green business programs, and community events. They play a vital role in ensuring L.A. is on course to be carbon-neutral by 2050 per the city’s Green New Deal


From our friends at the Santa Monica Democratic Club

The 2019 Sammy Awards
Sunday, September 22, 4 – 7 PM
Private Residence in Santa Monica
Address: 939 San Vicente Blvd

Members pay $35 now, or $40 on Sunday.
Non-Members pay $50 now, or $55 on Sunday.
Why wait??

SMDC congratulates all of our honorees:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congressman Adam Schiff
Senator Kevin de León
The Democratic Party of Orange County
SMC Boardmember Sion Roy
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dolly Sloan

Tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/smdc


September debate-watching excitement at the historic Rusty’s

on the Santa Monica Pier

Miss June and July’s watch parties?
Join us for round three

Thursday, 9/12/19

Doors open 4 PM
Debate 5 – 8 PM Pacific Time

Rusty’s, 256 Santa Monica Pier (map)


PPDC isn’t hosting but we wanted to share:

Town Hall with Rep. Ted Lieu
El Segundo High School Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 7 – 8:30 PM

www.YesFairElections.org  [email protected]  (310) 390-6025




Saturday, 8/3 • Line for ticket holders 5 PM | Standby line & doors open for reception 6 PM | Showtime 7 PM

Congressman Adam Schiff invites you to join us for an important conversation on the state of big money in politics. (PPDC is a Community Partner for this event.) Through the lens of Dark Money, the Sundance award-winning documentary, we’ll examine the influence of untraceable corporate donations on our elections and elected officials.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Rep. Adam Schiff and producer/director Kimberly Reed. The discussion will be moderated by comedian, filmmaker, and Crooked Media podcaster Kiran Deol.

More info and RSVP link


2nd round of debate-watch gatherings

NIGHT 1 (Tue., 7/30)

Rusty’s on the Santa Monica Pier for Happy Hour drinks and classic American food — with a welcome from

Rusty Hicks, chair of the California Democratic Party
Mark Gonzalez, chair of the L.A. County Democratic Party

Also planning to attend were
State Sen. Ben Allen
City Councilmember Mike Bonin (L.A.) and Greg Morena (SM)

NIGHT 2 (Wed., 7/31)

The Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Windward Avenue, Venice

Special guest: Assemblymember Autumn Burke

Large-screen TV. Plenty of seating. Free admission. Complimentary pizza and desserts!


Great seeing 2000+ people (!) at the fifth in our Meet the Candidate series,

this one featuring

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Friday, July 26, 2019, 6 PM

Memorial Greek Amphitheater, Santa Monica High School

Sanders is the longest serving independent in U.S. congressional history and a member of the Democratic caucus. A self-described democratic socialist and progressive, Sanders is known for his opposition to economic inequality. On domestic policy, he broadly supports labor rights, and has supported universal and single-payer healthcare, paid parental leave, and tuition-free tertiary education. On foreign policy, he broadly supports reducing military spending, pursuing more diplomacy and international cooperation, and putting greater emphasis on labor rights and environmental concerns when negotiating international trade agreements.


Your local clubs are hosting a series of informational candidate events leading up to 2020

We want as many people as possible to hear from as many of the presidential candidates as possible!

Hosted by
Malibu Democratic Club • Pacific Palisades Democratic Club • Santa Monica Democratic Club • WLA Democratic Club


MONDAY, 7/22, 4:30 PM

Meet the Candidate series #4

Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA)

After successful events with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Michael Bennet, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard,

we were pleased to welcome Gov. Inslee and over 250 people in attendance!

Doors open 4:30 PM; event 5 – 6:30 PM
Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, 901 Haverford Ave

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is running for president with the intent of making climate change the single most important issue in the race. The entire focus of his campaign has been about elevating the existential threat that climate change poses. And he has released multiple, detailed plans which lay out a blueprint for a real Green New Deal. But Inslee doesn’t see himself as a single issue candidate. Rather, he sees climate as an umbrella under which all other issues fall.

Free and open to the public • Refreshments and light lunch provided

Hosted by
Malibu Democratic Club • Pacific Palisades Democratic Club • Santa Monica Democratic Club • WLA Democratic Club


With PPDC’s own Gail Matthius Wirth (click to learn more about her awesomeness)

Wonderful to see over 100 people in attendance!

With thanks to Gail, the Spolin Players, and all who came


Thanks to all who marched with us in the Palisades Fourth of July parade!


SUNDAY, 6/30, 4:30 PM

Meet the Candidate series #3

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Bennet was the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools when he was appointed to become a US Senator from Colorado. In the decade since, he was an original co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, was a key vote for the Affordable Care Act, participated in Senator Chris Murphy’s gun control filibuster, and has been a national leader on cannabis legalization and regulation

The event will be hosted and moderated by screenwriter Billy Ray, known for writing such films as The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips, and Shattered Glass

[NOT AN ENDORSEMENT — the clubs are hosting a series of informational candidate events leading up to 2020]


Great turnout at our June Debate Watch Gatherings!

The Santa Monica Dem Club, PPDC, West L.A. Dems, and Malibu Dems co-hosted

at Gramercy, The GasLite, and Earth Wind & Flour in Santa Monica

Watch this space for info on July’s debates!


Packed house at Meet the Candidate event #2


Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), May 28, 2019, 1 PM

[NOT AN ENDORSEMENT — the clubs are hosting a series of informational candidate events leading up to 2020]

Santa Monica Library, MLK Auditorium

This event was free and open to all!

Hosted by
The Santa Monica Democratic Club
The Malibu Democratic Club
The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club

Click for more info


Huge crowds at the first Meet the Candidate series events with

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Two intimate events were hosted by
The Malibu, Santa Monica, and Palisades Democratic Clubs

[NOT AN ENDORSEMENT — the clubs are hosting a series of informational candidate events leading up to 2020]

An Afternoon With Tulsi Gabbard
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 2 – 4 PM
Malibu Library


An Evening with Tulsi Gabbard
Monday, May 13, 2019, 6 – 8:30 PM
Santa Monica Library, MLK Auditorium

The Meet the Candidate series gives you the opportunity to hear from Presidential candidates in person, free!




PaliDems supports

Clean Money — get big $$ out of politics!

Click image or here for more info from CA Clean Money, and to learn how you can help!


Full house for our STRAWS event (short film/panel/taco truck) — maybe you were there? If so, thanks for coming!


If not, learn what you can do to fight plastic pollution

Step 1: No more plastic straws!

Click for more pics and resources



Letter Writing, Phone Banking & Texting
Sometimes Tues., sometimes Thurs., and ongoing

More info here




Friday, June 7, 2019 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. And on June 7, we’re all wearing orange.

In 2013, 15 year old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago. After her death, her friends wore orange to raise awareness about gun violence in their community. Then, Hadiya’s friends asked all of us to Wear Orange to honor Hadiya and the hundreds of Americans killed and injured by gun violence every day. They inspired Wear Orange, which now includes a broad coalition of nonprofits, cultural influencers, and elected officials working to reduce gun violence in America.

Orange has become the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. So save the date and raise awareness for gun violence!

Learn more here


Thanks to all who attended our Hot Topic Speaker Series event

Addicted: The Opioid Crisis in Our Backyard

We took a close look at how the opioid epidemic is affecting our own city, including discussion of California’s Hub and Spoke Initiative. The Initiative is funded by the state to increase access and availability of medication-assisted treatment options throughout California.


(You can find the other livestream segments on our Facebook page)



And kudos to all who braved the weather Feb. 9 for the Will Rogers Beach Cleanup!

Regret missing it? Hang tight, we’ll announce the next one soon.  : )



Did you make it to the meeting January 27?

If so, thanks so much for coming!

Of course we’ll have many meetings in 2019 — the PaliDems board of directors meets monthly, and we’ll be announcing exciting public events throughout the year …

but this was our official “Annual Meeting,” with as many of your elected officials in attendance as we could gather. (Members in good standing also had the opportunity to ratify our board and officer slate)



A D E M S  —  Your vote counted, and not one but two PaliDem board members won:

Club President Erika Feresten and Westside Dem HQ co-manager Tamara Levenson!

But what are ADEMS?

ADEMS, or Assembly District Election Meetings, are held every two years to elect seven “self-identified female” and seven “other than self-identified female” to be Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) to represent the Assembly District they are registered as a Democrat in.

AD Delegates to the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region and working with other DSCC delegates throughout California to represent their community.

AD Delegates vote on behalf of the community they represent at CDP Regional Meetings, the California Democratic Party Convention, and those who are also elected to serve as an Executive Board member are responsible for voting and representing their community at the semi-annual E-Board meetings

Click here to read about the candidates who ran in AD 50


Our 2019 membership drive is open!

Click to join or re-up


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 RESULTS

State election results are here:


L.A. County results here:


Spoiler alert — thanks to you and people like us across the country, Democrats did phenomenally well. Some pundits initially fretted that there wasn’t a big Blue Wave, but there was.

From Salon (full article here):

The 2018 midterms were a blue wave — despite what Fox News hosts blared on Wednesday morning, mimicking the line White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered late on election day.[…]

The first affirmation of the wave was the volume of voters. As millions of votes are still being counted (in states like California), the votes cast so far total approximately 100 million, with experts estimating that figure will reach 111 million — a 47.3 percent national turnout. That is the first 100-million voter midterm, and the highest turnout since 1970, according to the University of Florida’s Michael McDonald.[…] As of Wednesday morning, the New York Times’ live (and therefore slowly updating) dashboard of results showed there were 4 million more votes for Democratic House candidates and 12.1 million more votes for Democratic Senate candidates.* That’s a blue wave by any fact-based measure.

— Excerpted from Salon (full article here)

*11/13 update: tally now 5 million more votes for (D) House candidates, 14 million more for Senate

*January update: final tally 7.5 million more votes for (D) House candidates, 18 million more for Senate!

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