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



Next Meeting

Manhattan Bread and Bagel
1808 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach
Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 PM


Convention Recap

At this month's meeting we will hear reports from the State Party Convention and decide whether we want to make any endorsements.


March Recap

After calling the meeting to order, Lori Geittmann said she had had a letter printed in that day's Daily Breeze thank*ing Jane Harman for her support of the Health Care Bill. Among the developed world, the US ranks 37th in the area of health care, with higher infant mortality rates and shorter longevity than other developed nations.

Lori announced that we have received many emails from judicial candidates requesting donations and endorsements. However, it was agreed that we wait until the LA County Committee has inter*viewed candidates before making endorsements.

We did give the floor to one candidate who showed up, Patricia Vienna. She is running for LA Superior Court Judge Office No. 117 with three other candidates in the race. She is a private practitioner specializing in civil and business litigation and has served as a Temporary Judge in Los Angeles County. She feels strongly that a judge should not be intimidating and should be a good listener.


Our featured speaker was Marilyn Rafkin, Director of Community Care Services for Beach Cities Health District. She has served at the Health District for



53rd AD Candidates Forum

Beach Cities Democratic Club Invites
Democratic Primary Candidates
for the 53rd Assembly District
to Participate in a Candidates Forum
on Saturday, May 8, from 2 :00 to 4:00 PM

Knob Hill Community Center, 320 Knob Hill Avenue
Knob Hill and Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach

Hermosa Beach Mayor Michael DiVirgilio will be the moderator.


(L), judicial candidate Patricia Vienna; (r) Marilyn Rafkin from Beach Cities Health District.

fifteen years, overseeing programs for seniors and the disabled. The District's charter is to enhance community health through partnerships, programs, and services for beach cities residents. They offer support groups, classes, in-home visits and volunteer-based programs; they coordinate services with other organizations including hospitals, churches, police and fire departments. The building also houses a fully-equipped fitness center.

Rafkin's staff includes seven professional care managers who make home visits to elderly and disabled beach cities residents, assessing needs and


coordinating follow-up services. They attempt to keep seniors living in their homes as long as possible.

Some of their programs include: Friend to Friend, which trains volunteers to visit home bound seniors and the disabled, assist with shopping and errands, and provide companionship; a Move Well exercise program sponsored in part by the National Council on Aging; and a number of support groups on health, caregiving, and mobility. BCHC also operates a phone support line for volunteers to check in on people on a regular basis.


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