Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sister District ("Blue Wave") Project, Democrats meeting, this Saturday July 21, 2018

The monthly meeting of the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats Club is this Saturday, July 21st. Gaby Goldstein and Lisa Diaz Nash, representatives from the Sister District Project, will tell us about their grassroots organization, formed after the November 2016 elections to mend America’s seriously flawed democratic system and promote equal governmental representation. 

Image result for Sister District Project graphicWe promise a spirited discussion on a number of topics, including Justice Kennedy’s successor to the Supreme Court, partisan gerrymandering, “District-flipping” and Sister District’s efforts to bring about a Big Blue Wave this fall.

The Club’s July 21st meeting will begin at 9:30am in the rear banquet room at the Sharp Park Golf Course Restaurant.  A full breakfast is available at $12, a continental breakfast at $6 or just coffee for $3, although no purchase is necessary. This meeting is open to the general public. You need not be a member of the Club to attend, although we welcome your membership. 
Submitted by Connie Menefee, President of the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats Club

Reference, Sister District Project, website.  ":....  Sister District aims to ensure that all Americans have equal representation and our government works for all people, not just the minority in power. We organize volunteers into local teams based on where they live, and "sister" this deep blue energy with swing districts across the country to support strategic state races that matter. We are open to volunteers and candidates of all genders."  Facebook.  Ballotpedia: from the 527 group, "..... In 1976, 527 groups were established in the wake of the Buckley v. Valeo U.S. Supreme Court decision, in which it was ruled that the First Amendment protected individuals' right to spend unlimited amounts on political speech. ..."  Note graphic: face page to Join the Sister District Project,  "One Thing You Can Do... Join the Sister District Project ", 4/5/18. "...  an effort to help elect or defend Democrats in races across the country."

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Pissed off Paul said...

Im having a hard time reconciling how the Dems could make such a bone-headed move. Do they not understand what that will do to communities! The committee has gone rouge in my opinion. Remember what the county committee did to Nihart. Well, the state committee just did that to homeowners. I've been a registered democrat since 1972, 44 years. Thinking of registering independent.


California rent control ballot measure wins backing from Democratic Party
With crushing housing costs in California showing no sign of easing off, a measure that would give cities far greater leeway to impose rent control is shaping up to be one of the hardest-fought initiatives on the November ballot. The California Democratic Party voted over the weekend to endorse Proposition 10, which would repeal a 1990s law called the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act that barred cities from capping rents on housing built after the law took effect in 1995. That date is earlier in cities that already had rent control before the law’s passage. For example, rent control is limited in San Francisco to buildings built bef

Anonymous said...

It would be really bad for a senior renting out a room.Senior could be sued under just cause eviction claim.

The Local Libertarian said...

Perhaps, they are better off fixing the zoning regulations to allow for more housing? Is that too obvious?

Steve Sinai said...

"Thinking of registering independent."

I did that in 2004 or 2005. Very liberating.

The Local Libertarian said...

Why should the individual register for a certain affiliation? That is just some pigeon-holing nonsense. Our interests a varied and differ on our personal circumstances and background. No one party can ever truly serve or help our individual aspirations.

This two party system is nothing but a complete fraud of democracy!

Anonymous said...

Why? Because until sometime over 50 years ago, the general election candidates used to emerge from smoke filled rooms, until the system was changed to let the voters decide in primaries -- and in order to make primaries work, you have to select which party's primary you want to vote in. Like most things that make democracies work, it's an imperfect process, but still better than the alternative(s).

The Local Libertarian said...

But if you want a truly balanced primaries, wouldn't it be better to multi-vote candidates from different parties? That is, if I could vote for potential democrat & republican & 3rd & 4th & nth party candidates for debates .. wouldn't that be better?

Wouldn't that be a true reflection of public intentions?

The current pigeon-holing approach is only slightly better than selection in a smoke filled room. Actually, even with smoke filled room, the candidates are chosen by public representatives. So I am not sure there is much value for primaries that are driven by affiliations over smoke filled rooms -- other than the spectacle and theater of democracy.

Anonymous said...

First, are primaries even meant to be "truly balanced"? I'd contend that they're not. You seem to be arguing more for a general election as a primary, and that takes us back in a circle.
"... multi-vote candidates from different parties"? That's just another way of doing it (although I don't think it's been tried in anything bigger than city elections), and I'm not sure that it's any better (or any worse) than what we already have.
I'd argue that it's better to focus on making what we have be the best it can be, rather than wishing it was something different?

Anonymous said...

But if you want a truly balanced primaries, wouldn't it be better to multi-vote candidates from different parties? That is, if I could vote for potential democrat & republican & 3rd & 4th & nth party candidates for debates .. wouldn't that be better?

why bother with an extra step? you get to vote for whoever you want in the primaries regardless of political affiliation, so what you describe is almost exactly what happens at at that point.

Anonymous said...

Jungle primaries are dumb as hell. It’s a barrier for grass roots candidates and others without huge bankrolls or connections (which is the unspoken point, of course).

Anonymous said...

Rent control can create more problems then it tries to solve. Look at San Francisco where rents are still sky high, unless you happen to have a rent controlled apartment and then many of those "protected" tenants game the system by Air-B-N-B ing or illegally subletting so the protected tenants makes profits, while the property owner loses out. Or locally after city council tried to pass rent control by a narrow 3-2 vote, plenty of local tenants received huge rent increases. If you own property and want to control it yourself, then NO on Prop. 10.