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Your Westside Dem HQ is going strong,
along with the Grassroots Dems HQ

We did it! Together we defeated the ridiculous Republican recall

And oh, what a relief it is.
Of course, there’s still work to be done
on other campaigns
across the country
pretty much … always
CA for VA: Californians helping keep Virginia blue
Register new Dems in CA-29
CA-25 Voter Registration Day of Action
Door to door canvassing in Orange County (Field Team 6, Good Neighbor)
to gear up for the 2022 elections
(registering voters, supporting candidates, getting out the vote — phoning, texting, and postcarding, your choice)
Lots of opportunities to help!

** Redistricting alert **

California’s independent redistricting commission recently posted draft maps for State Assembly, State Senate, and Congressional districts.

It’s no longer Halloween, but frighteningly, there are proposals to split the Palisades down the middle, using Sunset Blvd. as a dividing line and possibly grouping us with parts of the Valley.

PPDC is joining the Pacific Palisades Community Council in strong opposition to these proposals. Please take a moment to read our letter (below) to the redistricting commissioners.

If you agree and would like to give your own feedback on the district maps, please visit https://airtable.com/shrQDD2ta2emnSzzO and share your thoughts ASAP. The commission wants to finalize the maps very soon.

Use SD_SDSHORELINE_DRAFT for Senate District comments, AD_MALIEVENT_DRAFT for Assembly, and CD_MALIBUSFV_DRAFT for Congressional.

See the maps here:

Congressional District (page 43)
Senate District (page 36)
Assembly District (pp. 56 – 61)

            Click here for PPDC President Steve Cron’s letter to the commision


October update: 1 Week to VA Election Day! 🗳

Vote Early Terry Mcauliffe GIF by Creative Courage

Election Day in Virginia is less than a week away!

Here’s an update so you know the latest going into GOTV (Get Out The Vote) mode

This is the last week of early voting and any registered Virginian can vote early in person

Just as Virginia was the first drop in the Blue Wave of 2017, Defending the Blue in Virginia can be the first drop for the 2022 midterms. The battle for control of the VA House of Delegates, Attorney General, Lt. Governor, and Governor will be hotly contested next week

Crucial governor’s race polling has been pegging the race at a tie. This could be a squeaker…

Please click here for our Take Action page — help us engage voters and win!

CA for VA: Californians Helping to Keep the Virginia House Blue

with Delegates Danica Roem and Alfonso Lopez

Featuring special guests Congressman Jimmy Gomez and Senator Ben Allen

PPDC is also a co-host!


Wednesday, October 13, 6 – 7:30 PM

William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue E-1, Santa Monica

The first battle of the 2022 Midterms is happening RIGHT NOW in Virginia. Let’s send a message to the nation that we are NOT going backward!

Virginia Delegates Danica Roem & Alfonso Lopez need your help to DEFEND the Blue Majority! Two years ago, Democrats created the first progressive majority in Virginia history. With that slim a majority, House Democrats brought sweeping progressive change to the Commonwealth, including:

  • Ratified the Equal Rights Amendment
  • First State in the South to Abolish the Death Penalty
  • First State in the South to Enact a State Voting Rights Act
  • Legalized marijuana for adult use
  • Finally provided significant protections for the LGBTQ+ community
  • Passed Sensible Gun Violence Prevention measures
  • Advanced Women’s Reproductive Freedom
  • Provided stronger immigrant & New American protections – and passed the Virginia DREAM Act
  • Passed significant Criminal Justice Reform
  • Set progressive environmental standards and priorities – including passing the Virginia Clean Economy Act – comprehensively addressing renewable energy and climate change
  • Enhanced rights for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence

All these amazing achievements — and countless others — can be rolled back by a Republican takeover this November.

Click Here to Purchase Your Tickets Now

We will be joined by Virginia Delegates Alfonso Lopez and Danica Roem, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, California State Senator Ben Allen, and a growing list of host committee members to raise funds in an effort to defend the state’s Democratic trifecta in the upcoming statewide elections. Your contribution will help them fight the millions of dollars of Trump Republican money coming into Virginia.

March with us Saturday, October 2 in the
March for Reproductive Rights
This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for women’s rights. After Texas banned all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the US Supreme Court chose not to intervene — effectively allowing Texas to sidestep the precedent of Roe v. Wade
The Court will reconvene October 4, and two days before that they will see millions of women and allies, in every state and dozens of major cities, marching to defend their fundamental rights
Join us as we peacefully march with millions of people across the nation
to defend ALL women’s reproductive rights
We won’t let lawmakers or the Supreme Court take away our reproductive freedoms.
Rise up and stand together!
=== SAFETY ===
FACE MASKS REQUIRED — let’s keep this event safe for everyone!
Rally signs, face masks, hand sanitizer, water, snacks, and noisemakers. Bring your friends and family too!

Thanks to the 100+ who attended!

Sunday, 9/19, 2 to 4 PM


Alas, plans for an in-person gathering have been scuttled by the Covid Delta surge. To be safe, we’ll Zoom again. But the spirit will be the same! You’ll still get to

Hear from and ask questions of your elected officials face to face

LIVE: US Rep. Ted Lieu

CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom

L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin

L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin

LAUSD Board VP Nick Melvoin

Via video message: State Sen. Ben Allen

$100 gift certificates to Kay ’n Dave’s, Casa Nostra, K Bakery!

Enjoy satirical political musical performances from Buffalo Romeo

Click here or the pic above for a fun sample: ReverbNation.com/BuffaloRomeo

We can’t afford to revert to Repbulican rule in Congress

Help us raise funds to keep seats BLUE in ’22

More info/RSVP here



Sen. Klobuchar was in the Palisades *in person* on Sunday, 9/5/21 at 11 AM

for a Stop the Recall canvass

Thanks to everyone to joined to hear her and knock doors against the recall!

Here’s one fun way to get involved: Stretch your legs and meet up in the Palisades with friends, neighbors, and — the rumors were true — Senator Amy Klobuchar!

PPDC co-sponsoring with the Grassroots Dems HQ

Learn more about Grassroots Dems and their ongoing GOTV activites here



Another HOT TOPICS SPEAKER SERIES under our belts…

Thanks to everyone who attended our Sunday, 6/27/21 event

DACA and the Dreamers: What Comes Next?


Elias Rosenfeld, Jewish Dreamer from Venezuela

with Lauren Connell, lawyer specializing in rights of immigrants and refugees

Featuring a video appearance specially recorded for the event from

our new US Senator, Alex Padilla

Elias with Rep. Joe Kennedy

Lauren Connell, refugee protection and immigration attorney

US Senator Alex Padilla

Elias Rosenfeld graduated from Brandeis last year. When he was 6, his family came to the US from Venezuela to escape antisemitic threats and kidnappings. But when Elias turned 12, his mother passed away. Suddenly Elias “fell out of status,” finding himself undocumented despite being fully integrated into American society

In 2012 Elias became one of the youngest Dreamers to advocate for DACA,
President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

What’s next for DACA and the Dreamers under President Biden?

We’ll hear from Elias, Lauren Connell, and Sen. Padilla, and dive into the tumultuous topics of refugees, immigration, and America’s role as the land of opportunity and a beacon of hope for the oppressed

Missed it, but intrigued?  Click here to watch the recording


Thanks to all 185 of you who signed up for our April 2021 Earth Day event!


Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 PM


Special guests : ED BEGLEY, JR., actor and environmental activist


Missed it but curious?

Click here to watch the recording


April update on the Republican effort to recall Gov. Newsom:

Eager to fight back?

CLICK HERE for a new CA Dem Party toolkit that’s got a ton of info
and guidance on how best to help


Your Westside Dem HQ is still in action!

Just hours after the attempted coup on January 6, 147 Republicans voted to overturn an American election. The good news is we’ve found 3 million unregistered Democrats in these traitors’ districts! If we register some of those voters, we can make sure they lose their seats by a landslide and replace them with Democrats who know the meaning of democracy
Welcome to our new 
 postcarding campaign!
Join Stacey Abrams and Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Alex Padilla in opposition to the Republican recall attempt of Governor Newsom!
We stand with Governor Newsom, who has led the state through a global pandemic, record wildfires fueled by climate change, and two years with Trump in the White House. He has earned the trust of Californians.
Newsom is working every day against difficult odds to keep our families safe, distribute vaccines, protect families from eviction, and provide billions in direct relief to individuals and struggling small businesses
If the Republicans take the governorship then they will
  • stop our momentum forward for healthcare, childcare, social justice, prison reform, and so much more
  • appoint judges across our state (and we’ve seen how important judges are!)
  • hold us all hostage to anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, and right-wing conspiracists
  • appoint Congresspeople and US Senators when an opening occurs
Reaching out to Californians via text message is one of the most important tools we have to stop the Republican recall. Please sign-up to say you’ll volunteer to send texts. We’ll be in touch
YOUR time, talents, and money made the difference in 2018 and 2020
It led to (D) majorities in both the House and the Senate
and the inspiring leadership of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House
Because of YOU, help is on the way to our beleaguered cities, states, and schools in the form of the
American Rescue Plan!
It’s no surprise that the Republicans have introduced
253 new voter suppression laws in swing states
We won in 2018 and 2020 because we out-hustled the Republicans and registered new voters. Our path to victory again in 2022 is the same
We’ve adopted Pennsylvania, a “triple word score” swing state (with a Senate seat, Congressional seats, and important local races at stake) as well as Arizona (where we need to hold our gains at all levels) for both phone banking and postcarding
We can register new voters and help existing voters convert to permanent vote by mail with your help!

At our March board meeting,

PPDC voted to support Healthy Democracy’s Citizens’ Initiative Review proposal

Learn more about it here


After Covid relief, nothing is more important than democracy reform.

We’ve got to insist Pres. Biden convince Sens. Manchin & Sinema

to reform the filibuster to pass the For the People Act.

Otherwise democracy itself may be DOA next election.

Click here to learn more and take action


Read our February news/blog post analyzing the Palisades vote in the November 20 general election here,

or click here for the Pali Post analysis

A more-than-fond farewell to our beloved Treasurer Emeritus,
Dick Wulliger, 88

From the L.A. Times:

Richard Charles Wulliger, beloved husband of Marilyn Kudell Wulliger. [Passed away December 2020.] Predeceased by parents Jack and Carrie Wulliger, survived by cousin Jeff Ackerman and many other cousins, nephews and nieces.

A graduate of University High School; UCLA, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; UCLA Law School where he earned his JD. Lawyer, Administrative Law Judge/Arbitrator and formerly US Army Judge Advocate General. Trustee of California Historical Society, President of Opera Associates of the Music Center, Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioner, Los Angeles Civil Service Commissioner, member of Equestrian Commission 1984 Olympics, member of Board of Los Angeles Opera, judge pro tem Los Angeles Superior Court. Member of Los Angeles Police Department Board of Rights.

Active in Pacific Palisades Democratic Club [15 years on the board, 13 as Treasurer], Historical Society, Community Council, and UCLA Alumni Association. Memorial service to be announced. Suggested contributions to American Civil Liberties Union.

Our hearts are heavy, and our sympathies go out to dearest Marilyn.

Dick, we’ll miss you, and will always be grateful for your tireless participation and your friendship.

— Your many friends at PPDC

PaliDems 2021 Membership Renewal & Board Openings

Dear PPDC members and supporters:
It’s still time to join or renew your membership for 2021 if you haven’t yet!


The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club held its Annual Meeting on January 31, 2021. Club members in attendance elected the board of directors and its executive slate for 2021.

The Nominating Committee sought candidates young, old, and in between, moderate, progressive, or other — as long as they were committed Democrats who want to be involved with one of the country’s most influential Dem clubs on a regular basis. The mission of this committee was to assemble a slate to be voted on at the Annual Meeting that will reflect the broad base of opinions in the Democratic Party.

Local Democrats were invited to express their interest in serving by sending an email to the Nominating Committee. An application for board candidacy was sent to be returned before December 18. Interested for 2022? Let us know.

PPDC signs on to LACDP resolution calling for the resignation of L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

** Read the resolution here **

Biden-Harris victory swag,

Support Newsom / oppose the recall merch, and more

Check out this cool promotional video about our election store,

Or click here and we’ll sweep you off your feet and into the store

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!

Most recent past event(s) and announcements

Some hosted or co-hosted by PPDC and the WDHQ, others posted to inform club members

Thanks to all 185 of you who signed up for our April 2021 Earth Day event!

Our Hot Topic is the environment, in partnership with Resilient Palisades,

a new, local eco-activism group you should get to know


Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 PM


Special guests :

ED BEGLEY, JR., actor and environmental activist


Our Resilient teams will inspire you: To cultivate a GAS-FREE GARDEN

To become mindful of FOOD WASTE • To imagine a SOLAR MICROGRID

To reduce SINGLE-USE PLASTICS • To plant NATIVE GARDENS • Much more

Including a few words on the hot petition to get our local schools to go solar.… Come find out

* * Free! * *

(suggested donation $10 to defray costs)

139 signed up for our

Electing the President:
The Electoral College Vote and the National Popular Vote

SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2021, 2 PM

Derek Cressman, who has testified in the US Senate, served as an expert in federal litigation, and authored three books, will tell us:

Can the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) finally save us from the anti-democratic Electoral College?


Missed it but wish you didn’t? Click here for the recording. You might want to cut and paste the passcode

Access Passcode:   =996r!^o

since it’s a little hard to remember or type in, we know — we’re working on this!

 175+ attended the


2 – 3:30 PM (1:30 – 2 PM mingle)


Happy last-minute addition

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Missed it? No sweat, you can click here to watch

(please skip the beginning — program starts at 33 minutes, 45 seconds in)

Click here for more info, including meeting agenda/schedule  Click here to see our 2021 board

Members in good standing for 2021 in attendance at the Annual Meeting voted unanimously to ratify the slate

There are CA Dem Party elections in which you can have a voice from home via Vote by Mail
They’re the ADEMs, and by proxy, >you< can help shape the Democratic Party platform

But you have to have registered by Mon., 1/11/21
and your mailed vote must be postmarked by 1/27 and received by 1/30

Two PPDC board members are running
and seek your support

along with an exemplary group of PPDC club members in good standing. Here’s the full list:

Jennifer Barraza
Chris Bowen
Keith Coleman
Anastasia Foster
Sue Himmelrich
Jon Katz
Tamara Melzer Levenson (PPDC board member)
Jennifer Miner
Murtaza Mogri
Domi Piturro
Sion Roy
Angela Scott
Sepi Shyne
Paul Song
Isabel Storey
Caroline M. Torosis

Adam Harris Wolman (PPDC board member)


The inauguration is done at last, and our relief and pride are palpable:

JOE BIDEN & KAMALA HARRIS are President and Vice President of these United States

Battle for Senate continues — no wait, we WON! ! !

What a testament to all the hard work on the ground, especially in Georgia

but also right here in California with >your< calls, texts, postcards, and donations.

We all did this together!

Want to celebrate with a little political merch memento while supporting our efforts?

Check out this cool promotional video about our election store,

or click here to go right to the store

Your election HQ is still rocking and rolling…

We know everyone just wants to collapse,
but your help
is much needed!

Sundays until Election Day, January 5th
Co-hosted by Swing Left Peninsula, Norcal Joyful Warriors for Biden, 2020 Coalition Sacramento, and the CA Coordinated Campaign
We have one last opportunity to gain control of the Senate! Join us, again, in our last chance to give the Biden-Harris administration the ability to pass legislation that will protect our most vulnerable. We need this
Your calls could mean thousands of votes in favor of Democrats!
Once you register, you’ll receive the Zoom link and instructions on how to start taking calls
Don’t have any experience? Don’t worry, we’ll train you

Available dates/times remaining

Sun., Jan. 3, 2021, 12 – 2 PM


Here are some unique ways to help Ossoff and Warnock, like calling Native American voters in Georgia and calling supporters of Daniel Blackman, the other runoff on Jan 5th.
Let’s turn the Senate BLUE so #MoscowMitch and GOP Senators can’t block the Biden administration!
Georgia residents may not know that early voting has started. And those that do, may not know that some early voting locations have been closed or changed since November! We’ll help them find the best location for them. If they have a mail-in ballot, we’ll help them find a drop box or early vote location to drop it off. And, we’ll help them all make a voting plan.
Join us and be part of our wonderful volunteer community!
Don’t worry if you haven’t called before – it’s not hard at all, and we’ll give you all the training and support you need. We’ll be on the Zoom call the whole time, so we can answer questions and help with anything.
Democrats all over the country are working hard but we’ve identified some special ways that we can help!
Sunday calls to Native American voters in GA
with WDHQ and Field Team 6,
Sundays, 1-4 pm
This will be on ThruTalk: running Chrome or Safari only, some iPads may not work. (We have some other backup Warnock and Ossoff calls for FT6
if you have an iPad)
Monday calls to Native American voters in GA
with WDHQ and Field Team 6,
Mondays, 1-3 pm
This will be on ThruTalk: running Chrome or Safari only, some iPads may not work. (We have some other backup Warnock and Ossoff calls for FT6
if you have an iPad)
Monday calls to Georgia with WDHQ and UDH
Mondays, 3-5:30 pm
Make calls for Ossoff and Warnock to supporters of Daniel Blackman, running for Public Service Commissioner in District 4.
Many of his supporters in November left their Senate votes blank.
Our calls – in English and Spanish – will help turn out votes for Ossoff, Warnock, AND Blackman.
Tuesday calls to Georgia with
Tuesdays, 2-5:30 pm
Get out the vote in Georgia with the California Democratic Party and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee!
Wishing you and yours a safe and peaceful holiday season!
Jane Wishon
Chair, WDHQ (PPDC is proud to be a founding member of the HQ)
Support Senate Candidates for Georgia’s Runoff,
Reverend Raphael Warnock & Jon Ossoff by supporting
UNITE HERE’s safe canvassing in Georgia!
UNITE HERE, the union that represents 300,000 working people across Canada and the United States in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries, perfected a safe way to canvass to get out the vote in Arizona and now they’re taking that plan to Georgia!
UNITE HERE members are predominately women and people of color and are uniquely prepared to get out the vote in Georgia!

None of the above times open for you? Find other
L.A.-based daily ops via our friends at the Grassroots Dems HQ


This is the real deal, the meat and potatoes of fighting for the Senate
(OK, make that tofu and potatoes if you’re vegetarian)

And >you< can make a real difference

Please consider donating to or working for Jon Ossoff and/or Raphael Warnock

Ossoff: https://electjon.com/

Warnock: https://warnockforgeorgia.com/

This is our best hope for the possibility of being able to make major legislative progress these next four years!

PPDC donated an additional emergency $1000 to each campaign on Nov. 5



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