By Ann Nye —
NOTE: A video of the meeting can be seen after this article. Some video times are annotated within the article.
The meeting began with an updated announcement from PV Dems First VP Connie Sullivan about our Nominating Committee. After our meeting, the Nominating Committee met and was able to fill some of the positions. Connie provided the following showing the committee’s progress:
The Nominating Committee, consisting of chair Caryl Schwartz and Mehran Moshfeghi and myself, has made great progress. We’ve identified candidates for all offices and are now finalizing the candidates for standing committee chairmanships. The Hospitality chair is still open, as is the Activism chair. Hospitality is responsible for snacks and drinks at our in-person meetings as well as the food for the summer picnic. The Activism chair is a new position the board established earlier this year. The position is responsible for organizing activities on an as needed basis. An example of the kind of event this person might organize was the January 6 “Stop the Big Lie” rally we held at Founders Park next to Trump National on January 6.
If you are interested in volunteering for either of these committees, please contact Connie Sullivan at email@example.com.
Palos Verdes Democrats co-hosted a Torrance City Council candidates forum on March 12 at Strand Brewing in Torrance. The June 7 election is not a primary for these candidates – it is the election. What happens in Torrance matters to us all and Torrance needs new energy to move the city forward. Candidates for Mayor, District 1, District 3, District 5, and Treasurer spoke and answered questions. They are all asking for volunteers and donations. Here are their websites:
|Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi came to speak and support the forum.
SAVE the DATE for our April 24, 2022 VIRTUAL meeting – Recycling and Climate Change.
Please note, we originally scheduled this meeting for April 17 as an in-person meeting at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room. Then we realized, April 17 is Easter Sunday, so we decided to move it a week later to April 24. Alas, the library’s community room was booked on this day and thus, April 24 will be a virtual meeting, too.
Speaking on the meeting’s theme are:
- Garbology author Edward Humes will speak about recycling (including food waste) and its impact to climate change
- Senator Ben Allen, representing SD 26, will speak about his recycling legislation
Visiting from the White House:
- PVHS alumna, Tess DeBlanc-Knowles, currently working at the White House as a staff person with the Independent Commission on National Security on Artificial Intelligence (AI), will speak on how she got there and the AI report
SAVE the DATE for our May 15, 2022 FIRST in person meeting back at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room: Accelerating Conservation and Decelerating the Republicans
- Jennifer Norris, Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat at the California Natural Resources Agency, will speak on her leadership of CA’s 30×30 initiative (conserving 30 percent of our lands and coastal waters by 2030)
- Kevin O’Leary, author of Madison’s Sorrow, will present Why is America facing a slow-motion coup and shocking disloyalty by the Republican Party?
After our speakers’ program
9:48: Candidates for LA County Superior Court Judge introduced themselves – Renee Chang – seat 70 and Melissa Hammond – seat 118.
16:05: Carol Moeller, who sits on the board of the Ten Thousand Villages Redondo Beach, announced their Rug Event sale (hand knotted rugs from runners to room size) March 24-27 at their shop on 1907 S. Catalina Ave. The shop is open Mon to Sat, 10am to 6pm, and Sun, 11am to 5pm.
17:16: Richard Foss, executive director of COLLAGE, an arts venue in San Pedro, sent us the following announcements for our members:
- Award winning cartoonist and inspiration for the Hulu series “Woke” talks about how humor pierces barriers and sparks social change – On Friday, April 1, 7:30pm, Keith Knight will present an illustrated talk on how his cartoons blend humor and agitation for social change. Prints of his work will be for sale at the show, and he will be available to sign his books. Light refreshments will be served.
- Coming up in mid-April, COLLAGE will be presenting a 12 day show of Ukrainian art and culture to push back against Putin’s lie that the Ukrainians have no art and culture of their own. We have antique embroidered textiles, original paintings by a mid century master of Ukrainian fine art, concerts of klezmer music and Ukrainian traditional tunes, and a collection of Ukrainian Easter eggs already lined up.
Here is Treasurer Al Shadbourne’s PV Dems February Treasurers report: