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


Next Meeting

Tuesday, August 23, 7:30 PM
David K. Hayward Center
2000 Artesia Boulevard
Redondo Beach

Representatives from the California Teachers Association will be speaking on the “Punish New Teachers” Initiative and the “Paycheck Deception” Initiative, set to be on the November Special Election ballot.

Come learn the truth about the Republican Schwarzenegger’s plot and how to get involved. We will also be discussing local elections for Hermosa Beach City Council, and school boards in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.


53rd AD Race

Manhattan Beach City Councilman Jim Aldinger announced that he would not seek the Democratic nomination for the 53rd Assembly District to replace Mike Gordon.

Torrance Councilman Ted Lieu was the only Democrat to file papers to seek the nomination. Because only one Democrat filed papers, the club did not hold a special meeting, but will consider an endorsement at its next regular meeting.

Dues Reminder

Please note that dues were payable on July 1 and are now $25 per person, $40 for two at the same address. Fill out the membership form on page 4 and send in with your check now! Late renewers will receive a reminder, but we can’t afford to keep lapsed members past 90 days.


Voting Rights Are for All Americans

Saturday, August 6, 2005 marks the 40th Anniversary of Congress passing the most successful piece of civil rights legislation in history: the Voting Rights Act. We anticipate the congressional debate to begin after the August district work period, concerning the renewal of temporary revisions that expire in 2007. Unless Congress votes to renew several key sections of the law, they will expire by 2007. The gains of the last 40 years will be severely compromised if these provisions of the VRA are not protected.

Americans for Democratic Action plans to urge Congress to renew and restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.

Check out the new ADA blog at www.eliberal.org.

Island Luau

Go Native the Island Way!

Join us for our last evening fund raiser of 2005.
Saturday, September 24
5:00 PM
1314 8th Street
Manhattan Beach
Hostess: Donna Scholtz
Gourmet Chefs: Sander

& Ranoo Shipper, Sally Boyle, and Jane Affonso

All adults over 16 years old welcome
$25, cash bar
RSVP: ranooshipper @ hotmail.com or Sally Boyle, 3lO-376-57l7


" The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for 'entrepreneur.' "

President G.W. Bush


Finally, Justice

POSTED ON SALON.COM

A new AP-Ipsos poll (cnn.com/2005/ POLITICS/08/05/ bush.ap.ipsospoll.ap/) puts George W. Bush’s approval rating at its lowest point yet.

Only 42 percent of the public approve of the president's job performance; 55 percent don't. The same poll shows that, by a 50-48 percent margin, Americans now believe that their president is dishonest. Only 38 percent of them approve of the way in which he's handling the war in Iraq.

As bad as those numbers are, it’s important to keep them in perspective. Things could be worse. Iraq could be, say, Plamegate. According to the latest CBS News poll (http://www. pollingreport.com/ bush.htm), 77 percent


The face of leadership?


of the American public believe that the Bush administration is either lying or hiding something about the outing of Valerie Plame. Only 12 percent say the White House is telling "the entire truth."


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