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

Next Meeting

Tuesday, July 26, 7:30 PM
David K. Hayward Center
2000 Artesia Boulevard
Redondo Beach

Although our speaker isn't confirmed as of press time, we will have a speaker in addition to important club business. We'll hear about the special election in the 53rd AD. We will also discuss the upcoming election for the State Assembly and how to keep the seat in Democratic Hands. Come and sign up to walk precincts for Victory in November.

Welcome New Members

Our recent door-to-door canvassing brought in nearly 300 new members. We thank all of you for your contributions and hope you'll become Democratic activists.

Those registered Democrats who contributed at least $20 are now full members of BCDC. If you gave less, you'll receive club mailings through the end of August; we hope you'll come to the club meetings and join.

If you're not a registered Democrat and want to become one, you can do so on-line at https://ovr.ss.ca.gov/ votereg/OnlineVoterReg. Then send an e-mail to Steve Zucker (szucker @ dslextreme.com) or call him at 310-546-7562 to tell him you're eligible for full membership. Otherwise, you'll be an honorary member for one year: you get all the privileges of membership except for voting on club business.

If you're a new member and want to volunteer, fill out the membership form in this newsletter or send an email to Steve.

Steve Zucker

Mike Gordon

Our wonderful Assemblyman Mike Gordon died at home in El Segundo on June 25 due to complications from a brain tumor. Mike was a pillar of democratic politics in California for the past 30 years.

Mike was elected to the El Segundo City Council in 1996 and served two terms as the city's mayor. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the school district, police, and fire departments, and spearheaded efforts to revitalize the city's downtown.

He was a central figure in the fight against the expansion of LA Airport, and worked with other leaders to save the LA Air Force Base - a source of more than 65,000 local jobs.

Mike was elected to the 53rd Assembly District in 2004. He was appointed by Speaker Fabian Núñez to chair the Committee on Veterans Affairs. In his first two months in office, he introduced 22 legislative measures reflecting the priorities of his district: education, health care, public safety, veterans, and consumer protection.

Mike resided in El Segundo with his wife and four children. His friendship, courage, and leadership will be greatly missed by everyone.

In lieu of flowers, Mike's family requests donations to your choice of the following charities: National Brain Tumor Foundation, 22 Battery Street, Suite 612, San Francisco, CA 94111-5520; American Heart Association, 816 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90017; American Diabetes Association, 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Condolence cards may be sent to the District Office at 1700 East Walnut Avenue, Suite 601, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Dues Update

Reminder to current members: Your dues were due on July 1. Please send in the membership form with your check. Members who do not renew will receive a reminder, then be dropped from the mailing list after 90 days.

As of July 1, dues have been raised to $25 per person, $40 for two people at the same address. Members who have already renewed for the current year will not be affected by the increase this year.

George Nakano gave a moving tribute to Mike Gordon at the July 9 fund raising dinner. He talked about how clear was the choice to endorse Gordon, and said we must keep the seat Democratic in Mike's honor.

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