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P.O. Box 2192, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
October 2003

Next Meeting

Tuesday, October 28, 7:30 PM
David K. Hayward Center
2000 Artesia Boulevard
Redondo Beach

“Bush Bashing:
Super-Patriotism Unleashed”

Our speaker will be author Bob Zimmerman, a peace researcher and economist who has twice run for the U.S. Senate. Mr. Zimmerman serves on the steering committee of the World Affairs Council. His books include The American Challenge, Love Atlanta, and Metacapitalism.

He believes that national security involves far more than defending against foreign attack. It should include economic security for working people and retirees, universal access to health care, and equal opportunity for all. Sound good?

Come and help re-energize your fellow Democrats as we get ready for a serious election in 2004.

Recall Aftermath

Thanks to everyone who worked so diligently on this unfortunate special election.

Here is the link to the results map on the recall vote:

Some pundits say this election primarily was about the “economy.” I don’t believe it. The Bay Area has been harder hit than anywhere, and that’s the only place Davis solidly received support.

LA is barely hanging in with a “no” vote, though the economy appears to be rebounding there. Southern California overall is extremely cranky.

The polling “crosstabs” will give us greater insight into which Democrats and independents voted to fire Davis, in favor of Arnold.

Until those numbers come out, pause, take a deep breath, and give gratitude for the many volunteers who worked hard and for your opportunity to contribute to the effort. While this is a setback, it’s also an opportunity to be honest about what went wrong, and to get real clear real quickly about why Southern California Democrats and Inland/rural voters are so cranky.

Please be sure to show lots of appreciation to your club and committee volunteers. Some of them

may be feeling despair right now, especially if they are not in a communication loop.

And, for those of you in high Republican areas, don’t feel badly because of your local final numbers. One way to judge local efforts will be by Democratic turnout, precinct-by-precinct, county-by-county, regardless of the actual voter choices.

Best Democratic regards,
Chris Stampolis
Member, Democratic National Commitee

Gala Theatre Event
BCDC members spent a terrific evening at the Palos Verdes Players, where we saw a lively performance of Moliere’s Tartuffe. Before the show, we enjoyed a buffet supper in the hospitality room. Anne Faas (right, with husband Richard), managed the arrangements, helped by Bobbi and Jim Buescher, Shirlee Browne, and other club members. Above right, Manhattan Beach Mayor Jim Aldinger chats with Membership Chair Bob Barnwell and friend. In addition to having a good time, we raised money for the club. We thank everyone, starting with Anne, who worked hard to make this event a success.

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