Feb 22

SANTA MONICA DEMOCRATS TO HOST NEW COUNTY SUPERVISOR SHEILA KUEHL


Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time:  7:00 pm
Place: Santa Monica Main Library Multi-Purpose Room (2nd Floor)
           601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica

Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor for the Third District, will be the speaker at the Santa Monica Democratic Club’s general membership meeting March 25.  Supervisor Kuehl, whose record as a state legislator (both in the State Assembly and the State Senate) covered a large number of accomplishments on a variety of topics, is now bringing her knowledge and expertise to our County.
 
From how to work in a city/county partnership to individual topics – water, healthcare, transportation, resident involvement and other issues of importance to Santa Monica residents – Supervisor Kuehl will discuss what she will be doing as a supervisor and answer questions Club members have about our present and our future.

ELECTION OF SANTA MONICA DEMOCRATIC CLUB OFFICERS
The following are the recommendations of the Executive Committee for the board elections:

Co-Presidents – Jay Johnson and Maryanne Solomon
Vice President Political Action – Jon Katz
Vice President Membership – Tom Peters
Vice President Programs – Peter Bradley
Vice President Communication – Sion Roy
Treasurer – Steve Duron
Recording Secretary – Janine Bush

Directors At Large: Barbi Appelquist, Harriet Beck, Patricia Hoffman, Genise Schnitman, Rachel Sene, Dolores Sloan, Michael Soloff, and Jake Wachtel

Public underground parking, easy access to Big Blue Bus, Light refreshments

Hope to see you there!

Feb 15

Immunization In Schools

The Santa Monica Democratic Club executive board commends our new State Senator, Santa Monica’s favorite son and former SMMUSD Board President Ben Allen, for co-authoring legislation with Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who is a pediatrician, to repeal the personal-belief exemption that currently allows parents to decline on behalf of their children the immunizations schools require as a condition of attendance.

Santa Monica has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest rates of vaccination opt-out and is now facing the consequences in the form of an outbreak of measles, which so far has affected a walk-on baseball coach at Santa Monica High School and an infant at the infant-/toddler childcare center located on the high school’s campus.

“The high number of unvaccinated students is jeopardizing public health not only in schools but in the broader community. We need to take steps to keep our schools safe and our students healthy,” said Senator Ben Allen.

“In areas where large numbers of vaccination-refusing parents cluster,” Dr. Sion Roy, a physician and a member of the SM Democratic Club executive board explains, “immunization rates have fallen low enough to jeopardize ‘herd immunity.’ This is the protection provided when enough people are vaccinated to prevent the highly contagious virus from spreading among those who are not immunized. The unimmunized include those who medically cannot be vaccinated, such as infants under twelve months old, as well as individuals with immune systems compromised by certain medical conditions or suppressed by medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Unfortunately, these are the true victims in an outbreak such as
this.”

This legislation, if passed, will place California with thirty-two other states that don’t allow parents to opt out of vaccination requirements using a personal-belief exemption. We salute Senator Allen for addressing this urgent matter of public health, and urge those in our community who are able to be vaccinated to do so if they are not already.

Jan 24

Time to Renew Your Membership!

Santa Monica Democratic Club Dues – 2015
Your participation and membership dues are vital to this club. Please renew your membership. The membership period is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Any dues paid now will cover you till December 31, 2015.
 
$35 – Individual Membership
$50 – Family Membership (for 2)
 
You can join or renew your membership in two easy ways:
1.    Online with a credit card through Act Blue.
https://secure.actblue.com/page/smdcmembers

2.    By mail. Print the membership form and mail with your check to the address provided.
http://www.santamonicademocrats.com/download/membership2015.pdf

3.    Bring a check with you to our next meeting.

Membership Questions: Tom Peters, tompeters1949@gmail.com
 

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