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P.O. Box 2192, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
May 2008


Next Meeting
Tuesday, May 27, 7:30
2000 Artesia Boulevard
Redondo Beach

Rescheduled from last month, we will hear Dilip Adarkar present a program about India and Pakistan, Divergent Trajectories in South Asia.

We'll also be able to show you a copy of our new precinct organization manual. We need to train as many precinct captains and workers as possible so we can get out the Democratic vote this fall.




Fiesta Hermosa Help Needed

If you can work a two-hour shift in the BCDC booth at Fiesta Hermosa, May 24-26, please email Diane Strack (a.strk@verizon.net) and copy Edna Murphy (frizzy020@roadrunner.com).

We need even more help this year to register voters and sign up new club members.




Renew Your Membership

Membership dues for the 2008-2009 year are payable on July 1. Dues are $25 per person, $40 for two at the same address. Bring your check to the next meeting!



Earth Day
April 22, 2008
Inspiring awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment.


Rent Control Alert
No on 98 / Yes on 99

VOTE NO on Prop 98. The California Property Owner & Farmland Protection Act is being promoted as merely an eminent domain proposition -- the right of a government to take private property for public use.

But there is a hidden agenda in this initiative to abolish rent control and gut the laws that protect renters in California. It is being supported by the Howard Jarvis Tax Association, and the largest supporters are the mobile home park owners, apartment owners, and the California Farm Bureau.

VOTE YES on Prop 99. The Homeowner's Protection Act is a grass-roots effort with well over 1 million signatures to qualify a "clean" eminent domain proposition on the June 3rd ballot. It is supported by Neighborhood Friends, the League of California Cities, and many senior organizations.

If both measures pass, the one with the most votes wins: So vote NO on 98, YES on 99.

Listen to the radio ad that began airing statewide last week at http://www.noprop98.org/go/blog/second-radio-spot/


Democratic Voters On the Rise

CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESS RELEASE APRIL 22, 2008

"The Democratic voter registration train in California continues to accelerate, while the Republican train has jumped off the tracks," Senator Art Torres (Ret.), Chairman of the California Democratic Party, said regarding recent voter registration numbers.

According to the Secretary of State's latest report, between January 22 and April 4, 2008, California Democrats added 170,918 voters to the rolls and Republicans lost 8,759 registrants.

"This is a number not seen since the days of Watergate in the mid-1970s," said Torres.

There are now 6,920,324 Democrats registered to vote in California, 43.5% of the total number. 5,220,666 voters are registered Republicans, 32.8% of the total. Thus Democrats outnumber Republicans by 1,699,658 voters.

As of April 4, 2008, Democrats have 469,700 more voters than they had at the same time in 2004, while Republicans are 109,870 below their 2004 numbers. In November of 2004, Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 1,374,907.



Oropeza Update -- At the April meeting, we heard a report from Jenny Oropeza Field Representative Primitivo Castro (left). He talked about the Senator's focus on Earth Day. Senate Bill 1722, the Green Line Expansion to LAX, creates a special governing board to extend the MTA Green Line to Los Angeles Airport. Expanding public transport will help reduce congestion and alleviate air pollution. Oropeza has also recently sponsored a Food Waste Prevention Bill -- SB 1443 -- and SB 1641, allowing government offices to submit reports in electronic format.


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