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P.O. Box 2192, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
March 2007

Next Meeting

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30PM
David K. Hayward Center
2000 Artesia Boulevard
Redondo Beach

With Al Gore’s win at the Oscars last month, BCDC will be celebrating the importance of environmentalism to our party, our communities, and our world. Paul Scott, an officer of PlugInAmerica, will be speaking about PlugInHybrid Vehicles. Members are encouraged to watch "Who Killed the Electric Car?" which Paul will be speaking about.

We will also have a speaker about the Cool Cities Initiative.

Protest Homelessness

Poverty Matters is supporting a Tent City event produced by LA Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness in Los Angeles.

Thursday April 12, 2007
8 AM -- 4 PM
Los Angeles City Hall -- South Side

Contact Executive Director Susie Shannon at povertymatters@yahoo.com or susie@panix.com, or call 323-939-5475. Please see page 4 for more details about the event.

Al Gore poses with Dency Nelson at the Academy Awards ceremony.

South Bay Energy Fair

The Environmental Priorities Network is organizing its second annual Energy Fair to promote public awareness about the causes and impacts of climate change, and to inform residents how to conserve energy while they save money.

May 5, 2007
Pacific Unitarian Church
5621 Montemalaga Drive, RPV
Registration: 8:30AM
Program: 9:00AM

A $5.00 donation is appreciated, but no one will be turned away.

For more information about the Energy Fair, contact Lillian Light at 310-545-1384, lklight@verizon.net or David Dutra at 310-530-0846, dutra_david@hotmail.com, or visit the EPN website: www.southbayenergyfair.com. See inside for details.

New Super Club Kickoff


Our newly formed 53rd Assembly District Democratic Congress will convene its first general meeting:

Thursday, March 22, at 7 PM
Democratic Action Center
2221 Rosecrans, Ste 229, El Segundo

Everyone is welcome to join this new "Super Club" that is replacing the old 53rd AD. The meeting will focus on introducing this new organization, which we hope will be a strong support system for all our local Democratic clubs. We'll organize committees and start preparing for the 2008 elections. We need you and your great ideas to make this work for our beautiful district and the beautiful people who live here.

Group Seeks AES Site Park

Our February speaker was Bill Brand, president of the South Bay Parkland Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving and restoring public use of coastal land resources (www.southbayparks.org). Brand spoke about the group’s current project to restore open space at the 52-acre AES power plant property near King Harbor.

Two state bonds were approved last month for cleaning up our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams, and adding and improving parkland. Proposition 84 provides $5.4 billion for clean water, parks and coastal protection. Proposition 1C allocates another $400 million for urban area parks. The Conservancy's proposal to convert the AES site to parkland qualifies for these funds. In addition, decommissioning the power plant could yield millions of dollars in recycled parts and materials.

The Beach Cities have the highest population density on the California coast. Redondo Beach has only 2.2 acres of park space per 1,000 residents, far below the national average of 16.2 acres. Santa Barbara has 16, Los Angeles 8.2, and New York 4.6.

The AES project -- called Heart

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Senator Jenny Oropeza names Teresa Bird Woman of the Year at a ceremony in Sacramento.

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