July Member Meeting – Eight Things To Know.

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DAA members packed Vincezo’s last Thursday to hear from candidates and vote on important issues to both the party and the club. It was possibly the busiest member meeting since the beginning of the year.

Here’s 8 things from the meeting to know about in case you missed it:

  • DPSFV President Chad Jones payed a visit to announce that the Truman Awards banquet will be on December 5th this year, more details will be forthcoming as the event gets closer.
  • The Fundraising committee presented its plan to hold a banquet on August 10 to honor local Democrats who are actively making a difference in their community.  The General Membership voted to authorize the funds necessary in order for the banquet to move forward.
  • Jennifer Stapleton from The Peace Alliance came out and asked the DAA to support H.R.1111 – Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015.  DAA members were openly supportive of the idea and will vote on a written resolution in August.
  • The LACDP asked DAA Members to vote on supporting the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability act of 2015.  Members will vote on a written resolution at August’s meeting.
  • President of the North Valley Democratic Club Richard Matthews brought a resolution asking local governments and the LA City Council to draft a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission.  This letter would ask them to deny a project permit for the Phillips 66 oil train off-loading facility expansion amid safety concerns about transporting oil by train.  The resolution was voted on and passed with unanimous support.
  • Members voted on an amendment to the by-laws as they pertain to standing rules.  A current copy of the by-laws can be found here.(pdf)
  • Each of the congressional candidates running in the 25th district came out to speak to club members as well as Julie Olsen and Andrew Taban who are running for local school district seats.  Richard Mathews who is running for State Senate, and Lynn Plambeck who is currently on the Newhall County Water District Board also spoke briefly.  LA County Deputy DA Debra Archuleta who is running for LA County Superior Court also came out to speak to members.
  • Finally, there will a faith based symposium on the history and ecology of the Santa Clara River on August 15th from 9:00AM to 3:30PM.  The conference will also focus on current issues facing our watershed.  Details can be found on the event’s Facebook Page.

Meetings are the third Thursday of every month, except November and December where we break for the holidays.  If you haven’t been coming now is a good time to start as we head into election season.

Three Ways to Help DAA

Want to help the DAA open it’s 2016 campaign headquarters?  Here are three fundraising opportunities you should know about:

DAA is participating in the 13th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival. Adopt a duck! Support DAA and Samuel Dixon Family Health Center at the same time! For each five dollar duck adopted, one dollar goes to DAA and the remaining four go to Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers providing low cost quality healthcare. September 26 is race day. If you’re duck crosses the finish line first you will be the grand prize winner!

As of July 8, DAA members and supporters have adopted 94 ducks! Keep our DAA duck adoption fundraising team in first place. Let’s get quacking! Click the link below and adpot some ducks today! https://www.duckrace.com/scv/teams/4002

DAA is going to Let’s Make A Deal on Friday, August 14. Have some fun and raise some funds for DAA by being part of the television studio audience. Taping will be at Raleigh Studios at 5300 Melrose Ave, carpools will be available. Audience participation is encouraged so wear a costume or you can rent one there. Find out more at our July 23 DAA meeting.

Finally, the DAA Fundraising committee is planning a special event on Saturday, October 10th. More information on this to come.

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