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P.O. Box 2192, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
March 2010

Next Meeting

Manhattan Bread and Bagel
1808 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach

Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 PM

Health Care For Seniors

This month we have invited Marilyn Rafkin from Beach Cities Health District to speak about services available to seniors. Ms. Rafkin is the director of community care at BCHD, a government agency that provides preventive health services to the three beach cities.

Lori Geittmann Honored

At his annual State of the City address on February 22, Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin announced this year's winner of the Lifetime Community Service Award: It went to our acting club president, Lori Geittmann.

Lori with her Lifetime Community Service Award

Lori's years of public service include serving as President of Friends of Redondo Beach Library; Member, Redondo Beach Recreation and Parks Commission; Volunteer, Torrance Memorial Hospital; Chair, Senior Caucus, California Democratic Party; and Member, Community Health Committee, Beach Cities Health District.

Said Lori: "I'm in shock. It was me this time. Everyone laughed when they dragged me to the podium and I said I was speechless."

The award reads, in part: "In recognition of your lifetime of community service to the City of Redondo Beach, and in sincere appreciation of your lifelong dedication to the community."

Convention Volunteers Needed

The annual California Democratic Party convention will be held in Los Angeles on April 16-18. In order to run a smooth and effective convention, we need to recruit over 800 volunteers. All volunteers must attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday, April 15th.

Please note that the CDP does not handle travel or accommodations for volunteers. All Democrats are welcome, but they need to be able to attend on their own accord.

If you're interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer form at cadem.org/volunteer2010.

If you have any questions, please call

Christopher Guerrero, Deputy Political Director at 916-442-5707 or email volunteer2010@ cadem.org.

Please note: In order to volunteer at the State Convention, you must sign up in advance. There will also be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers on Thursday, April 15th, 7PM at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Thank you and spread the word!

Sergio Carrillo, Director, Region 17

California Democratic Party

Regional Vice-Chair, Region 5
Los Angeles County Democratic Party

By Dency Nelson

In April of 1970 I was Senior Class President of my high school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

My congressman

was Republican Korean War hero Paul M. "Pete" McCloskey. As well as being an antiwar advocate who challenged President Nixon in the Republican primary in 1972 and also called for that president's impeachment, Pete McCloskey was an early environmental activist. A Stanford Law School graduate, before running for Congress in the mid 60's Pete set up his law office in the predominantly African- American, low-income neighborhood of East Palo Alto where he did pro-bono legal work for that community and for otherwise unpopular cases including "environmental law," although I don't think that's what it was called in those days. "Ecology" was the word for all things environmental in the late 60's and early 70's, and it was in that atmosphere, in the large shadow of Pete

McCloskey, that I became an environmental activist. So much so, that as April 22, 1970, approached, the very first "Earth Day," I convinced my high school's administration to suspend regular classes and let me organize a day of "Ecology Workshops" to "promote awareness and appreciation of the Earth's environment." As we approach the 40th anniversary of that first Earth Day, I thought that I'd offer a brief history of exactly how it came about.

My source is a letter from Earth Day's founder, then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D- Wisconsin) sent to then-President of CBS Television, Dr. Frank Stanton, to set the record straight after a 1971 CBS News broadcast that had erroneously credited Dennis Hayes and a group of college students for the creation of Earth Day. The idea for Earth Day, as Sen. Nelson states in his letter, occurred to him in early August, 1969, while he was in Santa Barbara "inspecting that awful oil spill and puzzling about what could be done to bring public opinion to bear on the lethargic political community." After the Santa Barbara experience, Sen. Nelson spent a month developing the concept for Earth Day and then announced the plan at a speech ing

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