Our September General Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 am. We will hold the meeting at the Redlands Family Service Association located at 612 Lawton St., Redlands, CA. One of our two speakers will be Judith Ashton who will be speaking as a Climate Change Activist. She is the current …View full post
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Our next meeting will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 please feel free to join us!
Note: New place! New time! See calendar for details.
Our September General Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 am. We will hold the meeting at the Redlands Family Service Association located at 612 Lawton St., Redlands, CA.
One of our two speakers will be Judith Ashton who will be speaking as a Climate Change Activist. She is the current Group Leader of the Redlands Area Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), and a member of the Inland Valley Citizens Climate Lobby. Judith has a Masters in English and has served as Department Chair of English at San Bernardino Valley College, and the Dean of Humanities and Social Science at Crafton Hills Jr. College. She is a current member of the Human Relations Commission.
Our second speaker is Dan Weiser, from Rancho Cucamonga. Dan is also a Climate Change Activist. He was born and raised in Southern California. He is the owner of the Weiser Family Farm and has a big following for his sustainable farming thoughout Southern California. He is the Director of Affiliate Services at the Disney Channel. Dan has an MBA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Reprint from the Redlands Daily Facts / Opinion Section posted 12/01/2014
By George Alfano, Guest columnist to the Redlands Daily Facts
What was an unhappy Election Night for Democrats nationally turned out to be a reasonably successful evening for California Democrats.
For the Redlands Area Democratic Club, the evening was extra special as a result of Mayor Pete Aguilar’s election to Congress. RADC members worked many hours to make Aguilar’s election successful.
The Democrats even took a step forward in the Inland Empire while national Democrats were sustaining losses in the House of Representatives. In the six Congressional districts where San Bernardino and Riverside counties compose a significant section of the district, Democrats won four seats.
Think about that for a moment and compare it to Jan. 3, 2011. There was only one Democratic member of the House of Representatives, Joe Baca.
It can be questioned how much of a Democrat Baca was, considering his high voting ratings from the National Rifle Association and his involvement with high-interest payday loan companies. He has lost three elections since that time, not coming close in any of them.
As usual, the issue is turnout. Only 34 percent of San Bernardino’s eligible voters turned out to vote. The lower turnout certainly had an effect nationally, and made it somewhat harder for local Democrats.
The effect of this turnout is that there are two different electorates which turnout. In 2008 and 2012, the turnout was larger and President Obama won both times. In the mid-year elections of 2010 and 2014, the lower turnout was a result of fewer young people voting, among other factors.
The easy thing for Democrats to say is that a higher turnout would result in more Democrats being elected.
My problem with that is there is a slippery slope to saying the voters are “stupid.” Democrats say that about people who don’t vote, and supporters of Paul Chabot said voters aren’t informed.
The idea of politics is to identify your supporters and see that they vote. Pete Aguilar had an outstanding staff and hard-working volunteers who made it happen.
Fixing immigration — finally
If President Obama’s order concerning immigration is unconstitutional, you would have to include Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush with Obama. Both former presidents issued executive orders dealing with deportations.
It would be much better if both houses of Congress had acted. The Senate did their job, voting for a bill that got bi-partisan support. On June 27, 2013, the Senate voted 68-32 for an immigration bill that would increase border security and create a path to citizenship.
The Republican majority in the House of Representatives show their only action is inaction. If, as Republicans have suggested recently, this goes against what the American people want, it would be a simple matter to bring the bill up and vote against it.
Why do Republicans lack the courage to bring it up for a vote?
One reason is because they will have to go on record to show where they stand. Simple politics shows that this might have drawn more people to the polls to vote against Republican candidates.
The second reason is that nationally, the anti-immigrant stand is something not all Republicans agree upon. Chamber of Commerce national political leaders and the wealthy Republicans whose large campaign contributions actually run the party want the immigration system to be fixed.
The argument that nothing should be done until the borders are secure is a poor excuse for not doing anything. Virtually every serious elected official believes the current immigration system is broken, and action is needed for fixing the immigration system and securing the borders. It’s not an either-or decision. Successful enterprises don’t work that way.
A new board of officers for 2015 was elected at the RADC November meeting.
Our new president is Kristin Washington, who had been the vice-president. Roger Bell replaces her as vice-president, while Carole Coley remains on the board as treasurer. Christine Roque is the new secretary. Two more members were added to the board. Les Greenberg is the assistant secretary and Richard Tully is the assistant treasurer.
The new board will lead the premiere Democratic club in San Bernardino County, and expects another successful year..
George Alfano is a member of the Redlands Area Democratic Club. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.