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P.O. Box 2192, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
February 2005

Next Meeting

Tuesday, February 22, 7:30 PM
David K. Hayward Center
2000 Artesia Boulevard
Redondo Beach

Senator Debra Bowen

Our February speaker will be California Senator Debra Bowen. A lawmaker for more than a decade, Senator Bowen has authored numerous
bills to protect the state’s natural resources and its children, help Californians protect their privacy and their pocketbook, and make it easier to gain access to and understand state government.

Her AB 1624 unlocked the Legislature’s computer files and gave computer users worldwide Internet access to information about bills, Committee records, and more. Her SB 168 makes it much more difficult for criminals to commit identity theft, in part by preventing companies from using Social Security numbers as public identifiers.

Born in Rockford, Illinois, Bowen graduated from Michigan State University in 1976 and earned her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1979. In 1984, she started her own California law firm specializing in small business start-ups, tax law, land use, and environmental issues.

Welcome New Members

Eric Mah from Manhattan Beach
Andrew Gamet from Redondo Beach
Dale Petrulis from Redondo Beach
Kenneth & Susan Sarno from Hermosa Beach
Denise Ravatt from Hermosa Beach

CDC Endorses Dean for DNC Chair


Following a canvass of Democratic clubs and county committees throughout California over the past ten days, the California Democratic Council is pleased to announce Governor Howard Dean has earned CDC’s endorsement for DNC Chair. On the first round of counting, Governor Dean well surpassed the 60 percent threshold needed for CDC’s endorsement.

Representatives of more than 100 chartered Democratic clubs and county committees throughout California cast ranked votes via e-mail and phone after discussing the issue with

the members of their local organizations.

The California Democratic Council was founded in 1953 by leaders including Alan Cranston, Phil Burton and Joe Wyatt. CDC serves as California’s statewide association of Democratic clubs and county committees. Thousands of grassroots Democrats from throughout California are represented by the 147 Board members who cast votes on this recommendation.

Best Democratic regards,
Chris Stampolis
President, California Democratic Council
323-653-1091 *

Volunteers needed

BCDC is looking for a website manager and someone to keep our Yahoo group updated. We also need phone tree volunteers: about 350 members are unreachable by email.

Please sign up to call your fellow Democrats for meetings and special events. We also have a speakers’ committee and a fund raising committee in need of members.

Dues Overdue

Membership chair Barbara Blum reports that there are still about 60 members who have not paid their dues. With such a large membership, it is crucial for us to keep up with mailing expenses, and we have recently pledged to donate a large amount of money to local candidates. Please mail in your check right away or bring it to the February meeting.

Marge Winston

With sadness we report that our wonderful club member Marge Winston died on February 1. Marge was one of the people who, as soon as she joined the club, volunteered for a job. She cheerfully mailed the newsletter until late last year, saying it was “the least she could do.”

Marge was a generous person who loved flowers, dogs, and people. In her career as a psychotherapist, her patients were fond of her.

Marge is survived by her two sons. A memorial service will be held on February 27 in the San Fernando Valley. For details, contact her son, Brian Shepherd, at (818)705-6590.

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