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

Next Meeting

Manhattan Bread and Bagel
1808 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach
Wednesday, May 26, 7:30 PM

Water Conservation Forum

Saturday, June 5th
8:30 AM to noon
Pacific Unitarian Church
5621 Montemalaga Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes

Worried about running out of water? Is desalination the answer?

Come learn about the options at a public forum on "Desalinization or Conservation."

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the program. Environmental groups will have tables there to display their information. The sponsoring groups, our EPN and the South Bay Parkland Conservancy, have serious concerns about the problems that desalination can cause, and want the community to be aware of these impacts. Both pro and anti desal points of view will be presented.

For further information contact Lillian Light at lklight@ verizon. net (310-545-1384) or Jim Light at jim.light@ verizon. net (310-989-3332).

Lillian Light

Fiesta Volunteers Needed

BCDC will have a booth at the Hermosa Beach Fiesta on Memorial Day weekend, May 29 - 31. The "free speech" zone will be located across the bike path this year because of construction near the Pier, but we expect to have lots of visitors and will share our booth with candidates. Ray Waters is asking for volunteers and is coordinating the schedule.

By Dency Nelson

In what was probably the last opportunity before the June 8 primary
election to see the Democratic candidates for the 53rd A.D. gathered at the same time in the same place, 6 of the 8 remaining candidates appeared together Saturday afternoon, May 8, at the Knob Hill Community Center in Redondo Beach. (Candidate Diane Wallace was unable to attend due to an unexpected death in her family late Friday night; candidate Peter Thottam had a previously scheduled litigation-related commitment.) Organizer Lori Geittmann introduced the moderator, Mayor Michael DiVirgilio of Hermosa Beach; the question screener, Professor Lance Widman of El Camino Community College; and the time-keeper, Ray Waters of the Hermosa Beach School Board.

The format for this Candidate Forum, co-sponsored by the Beach Cities and Torrance Democratic clubs, mirrored the procedure used at the West L.A. Democratic Club's Candidate Forum earlier this year. The candidates were given 2 minutes each to introduce themselves and then a 11/2-minute time limit for each question posed by Mayor DiVirgilio. At the end of the question session, the candidates were each given a minute in which to make a final statement. As each question was posed, all of the candidates responded to it in turn along the table where they were seated alphabetically, also taking turns at being the first to respond to a question. Candidates Kate Anderson and Edgar Saenz arrived a bit late due to prior commitments and traffic,

so Betsy Butler was the first to present her introductory statement.

Betsy Butler opened with, "Anyone get any interesting mail about me lately?" This in reference to the multiple negative mass mailings that have been targeting her as a lobbyist. Butler denied being a lobbyist, stating that one needs to be registered with the state as a lobbyist, and that she is not so registered. What she does call herself is a "very successful fundraiser" for many groups of people, including trial lawyers, and says that big insurance and pharmaceutical companies are afraid of her.

Nick Karno opened by saying that everyone has their own idea of who or what is to blame for California's troubles: the 2/3 rule, budget gridlock, Gov. Schwarzenegger, to name a few. Karno's view is that we don't have legislators in Sacramento who are willing to work toward eliminating the problems. He went on to say that he was the only one of the candidates sitting at the table who had been a teacher, had worked as an environmental activist for Al Gore, or had run a company dealing with energy efficiency, and that he was prepared to "transform the District."

James Lau described himself as a lifelong Democrat and a life-long environmental advocate, saying that he had grown up with a love for the outdoors and that he learned in his classes that the outdoors he loved would all disappear. He went on to earn a degree in Environmental Engineering, became a Sierra Club canvasser, and worked in Sacramento as an environmental consultant to a State Senator. He has also worked as a children's advocate for healthcare and other issues.

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