DAA May 2015 Member Meeting – Three Things to Know

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1) DAA membership voted on the recently discussed changes to the DAA Bylaws.  After some a brief review the amendments passed with overwhelming support.  To see and/or download a copy of the proposed changes click here

2) The California State Democratic Convention was held the weekend of May 15 in Anaheim.  DAA members got to see photos from the convention as well as video of Elizabeth Warren’s General Assembly speech.  Photo’s from the event can be found on our Facebook page.  Additional videos from the convention can be found at CADEM’s Youtube page.

3) Sherri Delman from Moms Demand Action came and spoke to members about the need for common sense solutions to reduce gun violence.  Mom’s Demand Action is a bi-partisan organization that supports the Second Amendment and educates firearms owners on the importance of safe storage in the home.  Sherri brought a brief video outlining the foundations of Mom’s Demand Action, you can view it here.

Thank you to David Pollock for coming out and speaking to DAA membership as well.  David is a currently sitting member of the Moorpark City Council and is running for State Senate in the 27th District.  More information can be found at his website http://www.pollockforsenate.com/

June is graduation season, congratulations to all those who are walking across the stage this year.  First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama last month.  It is an excellent speech and well worth watching.

DAA Membership Meeting 4/23 – Three Things to Know

1) Representatives from the “Citizens for Chiquita Canyon Landfill Compliance (C4CCLC) came and spoke to DAA Members about there efforts to keep Chiquita Canyon from becoming the largest landfill in the United States. The proposed landfill expansion would have significant impact on environmental quality as well as home values in the surrounding communities and places the new landfill boundaries in close proximity to schools in Val Verde and Stevenson Ranch.

If you haven’t been following this important local issue very closely it’s not too late to start, there will be more opportunities for involvement coming up.

Web: http://www.c4cclc.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/C4CCLC

2) Our Firehouse Subs fundraiser is this Thursday (tomorrow). Print out the ticket below (click for full sized image) and bring it to Firehouse Subs @ 23630 Valencia Blvd near Barnes & Noble and they will donate a portion of the proceeds to the DAA.

We also have a meeting at Firehouse Subs the same day at 7:00pm to discuss candidate development, come by and join us.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/693593227453838/

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3) We are going to be voting on some changes to our bylaws at the May 28 membership meeting. Please go to: http://bit.ly/1FieoJQ to see a copy of the proposed changes.

Newhall School District plan public hearings on District based elections.

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Newhall School District is moving towards district-based elections in compliance with with the CVRA. Come out to the public hearings and have your say on making sure the districts are drawn fairly.

For more information see the following stories:

Newhall district moves forward with voting-area elections – SignalSCV
http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/135906/
Newhall Schools Plan Move To District-Based Elections – SCVNews
http://scvnews.com/2015/04/23/newhall-schools-plan-move-to-district-based-elections/

Santa Clarita Dems Nominated For “22 Who Do” Contest

Santa Clarita Gazette Honors Democratic Alliance for Action members Rick Drew and Patti Skinner Sulpizio for their work on behalf of the community.

(Santa Clarita, CA) – The Santa Clarita Gazette, the independent newspaper and online news source, has nominated two local Democrats, Patti Skinner Sulpizio and Rick Drew, for their “22 Who Do” Contest in recognition of their “Beneficial Community Activity.”

Drew and Skinner Sulpizio are members of the Democratic Alliance for Action (DAA), the chartered Democratic club in Santa Clarita.
Drew is Chair of the Whittaker Bermite Citizens’ Advisory Group (CAG), an organization which has served to update the region on the waste clean-up of the former munitions site and has kept vigilant watch to hold elected officials accountable.

Skinner Sulpizio is founder of Citizens Against Billboard (CABB) and leader for the successful No on Measure S campaign, which prevented the Santa Clarita City Council from installing three mega-electronic billboards along the outskirts of the city.

“In a very red community, it’s rare to have Democrats recognized for the hard work they do to benefit all the residents in the region,” said KristIn Ingram-Worthman, President, DAA. “We’re very proud of Rick and Patti.”

More information about the “22 Who Do” Contest can be found SantaClaritaFree.com.

If you would like to take a more active role in improving your community, please come to any Democratic Alliance for Action meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month at Vincenzo’s pizza, 24504 ½ Lyons Avenue at 7 pm in Newhall. More information about the activities of the DAA can be found at DAA.org or on Facebook at DAA of SCV.

The Whittaker Bermite Citizens’ Advisory Group (CAG) can be found on Facebook.

Kevin Shenkman to Speak on the Future of Santa Clarita Elections

Voting Rights Act Violations Lawyer Kevin I. Shenkman Scheduled to Speak to Members of the Democratic Alliance for Action

(Santa Clarita, CA) – The Democratic Alliance for Action (DAA), the chartered Democratic club of the Santa Clarita Valley, is proud to announce Kevin I. Shenkman will be addressing membership on the latest developments regarding California Voting Rights Act violation lawsuits against local agencies.

Shenkman, a lawyer at the firm of Shenkman & Hughes, represents local plaintiffs for lawsuits against the city of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Community College District and the Sulphur Springs School District.

“We’re privileged to have Mr. Shenkman speak to our membership about how enforcement of the California Voting Rights Act locally will create more representative and fair governing bodies in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Kristin Ingram-Worthman, President, DAA.

The DAA is inviting media and the general public to join them. Questions for Mr. Shenkman must be submitted on notecards and will be read by a moderator.

WHO:
Kevin Shenkman, Esq., Shenkman & Hughes law firm
WHAT:
Shenkman will be speaking on the most recent developments in the California Voting Rights lawsuits.
WHERE:
Vincenzo’s Pizza
24504 1⁄2 Lyons Avenue
Newhall, CA
WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Doors Open at 6:30 pm, Meeting begins at 7:00 pm sharp

State Senate District 21 Special Election – Tuesday, March 17

Election Tuesday March 17

The State Senate District 21 Special election to fill Steve Knights vacant seat is on Tuesday, March 17. Currently the ballot only lists one name, Sharon Runner.

There are however, three qualified write-in candidates who are Democrats: Steve Hill, Joshua Conaway, and Richard Macias. We encourage you to come out on Election Day, or fill out your Vote-by-Mail ballot, and write in one of these three candidates. If Sharon Runner does not get 51% of the vote a runoff election will be required.

To learn how to vote a write in candidate, please visit: www.lavote.net

For More Information on each candidate check out the bios below:

Steve Hill 

Joshua Conaway

February DAA Meeting

At February’s DAA meeting members got a chance to meet State Senate Candidate Steve Hill.  Hill is running a write-in campaign for the the Senate seat vacated by Steve Knight when he won his race for the 25 CD.  You can find out more about Steve Hill at his website, election Day is March 17th.

Steve Hill for State Senate 2015
http://www.hill2015.com/

The DAA is holding a fundraiser. Just go to Pizza Rev located on Magic Mountain Pkwy on March 14, mention the DAA, and Pizza Rev will donate 20% of your purchase to our club.  Enjoy great pizza and help us gear up for 2016 at the same time!

Pizza Rev Fundraiser
https://www.facebook.com/events/1445710719053760/

Chad Kampbell spoke about his experience at the Westboro Baptist Church counter-protest on Sunday February 22.

Link to post on DAA.org
http://wp.me/p4QzgJ-49

Finally, there are several meetings coming up regarding important local issues:

Stop the Deep Well Injection in Stevenson Ranch
Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00pm
West Ranch High School
https://www.facebook.com/events/1585196838393171/

The Whittaker Bermite Citizens’ Advisory Group
Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00pm
Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
https://www.facebook.com/events/354315891427016/

Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Increase by Valencia Water
Thursday, April 2 at 6:00pm
Valencia High School
https://www.facebook.com/events/792222500858082/

Westboro Baptist Church Counter Protest – Feb 22, 2015

The Westboro Baptist Church came to Santa Clarita on Sunday in advance of their appearance at the Oscars to protest five local churches.  With a weeks notice local community members organized a counter protest and were at each location before the Westboro protesters arrived.  In a few cases the counter protesters kept the Westboro protesters from setting up close to church entrances.  The five churches that were targeted were: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, Grace Baptist Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Santa Clarita United Methodist, and The Church On The Way – Santa Clarita. Protests were peaceful and at times almost had a party atmosphere. Although there was no official DAA presence there, several members came out to show support.

January DAA Meeting

At January’s DAA meeting members heard Bart Reed, the Executive Director of the Transit Coalition speak about bus and transit issues between the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys.  More information about ways to help make our public transit system better will be coming soon.

Transit Coalition Website:
http://www.thetransitcoalition.us/nationaltc/index.html

Santa Clarita Transit Page on Transit Coalition Website:
http://www.thetransitcoalition.us/nationaltc/ntc_sctbus.html

Ian Leviste the Western Regional Director of the Ready for Hillary PAC came out and spoke to members about their efforts to encourage Hillary Clinton to run for President in 2016.

Ready for Hillary Website:
https://www.readyforhillary.com/

Finally Patti Sulpizio gave members a wrap-up on the No on Measure S campaign and Richard Mathews spoke about his potential candidacy for the State Senate, 27th district.

Richard Mathews for State Senate 2016 Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Mathews2016