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Volume 10 Issue 10

October 2009

News ‘n Views OF, BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE HUBERT H. HUMPHREY DEMOCRATIC CLUB HHHDC October 2009 Meeting Monday, October 19, 2009 * 7:00 to 9:00 PM Coco’s Restaurant (click for map) 11510 South Street, Cerritos, CA (¼ mile east of the 605 freeway) Dinner (optional) at 6:00 p.m. - Meeting begins at 7:00 pm Program: Local and State Election Endorsements Speakers: Hector De La Torre; Jeff Gabriel

Our scheduled guest speakers for the monthly HHHDC meeting October 19, 2009:

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

 Jeff Gabriel, Southern California Regional Field Director, Organizing For America  Hector De La Torre, candidate for California Insurance Commissioner  Mark Pulido, candidate for ABCUSD Board of Education  Ana Valencia, candidate for La Mirada USD Board of Education  Jorge Hernandez, candidate for South Whittier School District Board of Education  Victor Manalo, Ph.D., candidate for Artesia City Council

Announcements ………...…….....Page 3

Our tentatively scheduled guest speakers for the monthly HHHDC meeting November 16, 2009:

Roll Call ……….………………...…….Page 7

 Chris Garcia, Judicial Candidate for the June 2010 election  Eric Altman, Executive Director of OCCORD  Melahat Rafiei, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Orange County and recipient of the 2007 California Democratic Party’s John F. Kennedy, Jr. Award for Public Service Page 1

Membership Renewal ……..……Page 3 Winetasting Fundraiser ….…..…Page 4 New Members ..………..………....Page 5 Fixing Sacramento ……..………….Page 6 Internet Pipeline ….………….……Page 7

Tony Mendoza Message ..…..…Page 8 Sánchez Report …….….……………Page 9 Advertisements ………..….……..Page 10 Membership Form ..….…….….Page 12


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Protocol for Meetings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Turn your cell phone off or place it on “vibrate”. During meeting please do not engage in side conversations. If ordering food, please do so before start of meeting. If you wish to speak, please raise your hand for recognition by the chair. Do not interrupt speakers. Please keep your remarks short and concise. Photographs should be taken only without interrupting the meeting.

Got an Ad? We’ve got the space! Check out details on Page 2. And check out our new, reduced ad rates! New advertisers are needed for the newsletter. If you are interested, or know of a person or business who would like to advertise in our publication, please contact President Nikki Noushkam, for details and instructions. As a no-cost bonus, all ads will also appear on the club’s new website.

2009 HHHDC OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS 2008 Executive Board President

Nikki Noushkam

562-712-4072

Vice-President

Gary Chomiak

Treasurer

Chris Duvali

Rec. Secretary

Maureen Allen

562-746-7569

Legislative Anal.

Maureen Allen

562-746-7569

Newsletter Editor

Mike Stabile

562-505-5807

Membership

Beverly Porter

Historian

Charlie Ara

562-865-4075

Parliamentarian

Marisela Cervantes

213-445-1152

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Hubert H. Humphrey


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CARA will hold their annual conference October 20th and 21st at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo. The registration cost is $100 per person. Our guest speaker for October 19, 2009 will be Assemblymember and candidate for Insurance Commissioner Volunteers needed: The HHHDC is sponsoring a booth at the annual October 31st Halloween Event at Cerritos Hector De La Torre. Regional County Park, 19800 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos. The hours are 4-10 p.m. Please contact Nikki Noushkam Newsletter submissions are due 10help days thea next club Pleasecookies email and them at 562-712-4072 if you would like to outbefore and have lot ofscheduled fun. We will be meeting. serving churros, hotto mstabile@gmail.com. and cold drinks. Newsletter The Hubert H. submissions Humphrey Democratic are due 10Club daysnow before has itsthe calendar next scheduled of events available club meeting. online: Please email them to mstabile@gmail.com.  Go to: http://hhhdemocrats.org/  At the top of the page click “Community Calendar” The Hubert H.are Humphrey Democratic Club has its calendar of events available online:  Once you on the calendar page, go now to the date of the event.  Go to: http://hhhdemocrats.org/  Click the event and you will get a pop-up window with all the details, such as date, time, location and  At the top of the page click “Community Calendar” description.  Once you are on the calendar page, go to the date of the event. rd be sure to attend the next meeting and submit your If you arethe interested in Mail serving on get the then to:aHHHDC HHDC | 11245 183 St. #136 Cerritos, CAsuch 90703as date, time, location and  Click event and youPayments will pop-upEboard window with all |the details, name for consideration. description.

If you are interested on the HHHDC Eboard then be suresend to attend the next meeting and submit your The eboard is looking in forserving guest speakers for future meetings. Please your suggestions to the President. name for consideration.

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You can view all recent HHHDC Newsletters at: http://issuu.com/hhhdc . Or, you can go to http://issuu.com/ and just type The eboard is looking for guest speakers for future meetings. Please send your suggestions to the President. “HHHDC” in the search bar and you’ll see all the posted newsletters. Enjoy!

You can view all recent HHHDC Newsletters at: http://issuu.com/hhhdc . Or, you can go to http://issuu.com/ and just type “HHHDC” in the search bar and you’ll see all the posted newsletters. Enjoy!

Time to Renew Your Annual Membership HHHDC memberships that are renewed starting October 1, 2009 will be active through December 31, 2010. You can renew at any of the next club meetings, or by mailing the form found on the back page of this newsletter. For members who have let their membership lapse, if you renew now your membership will also be good through December 31, 2010. Members with lapsed memberships that are not renewed by October 1, 2009 will be considered as no longer interested in the HHHDC and will be removed from all newsletter and email lists (until such time as they rejoin the club). 2010 promises to be an exciting year for the club. We plan to have many distinguished and interesting guest speakers, several fundraising events, provocative movies, and many candidates for public office who will be seeking the club’s endorsement. We look forward to your participation in our many events and activities.

More on November’s guest speaker Eric Altman: Eric Altman is Executive Director of OCCORD, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development. OCCORD combines community organizing, strategic research, and advocacy to empower local residents and workers who seek a voice in economic development policies that affect their lives. They build coalitions of unions, community organizations, faith-based groups, and policy advocates to address Orange County's deepening crisis of working poverty.


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Members and friends of The Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club of enjoyed a relaxing evening on September 21, 2009 with the kickoff of our first annual “Fall Wine Tasting Fundraiser” event. Morry’s of Naples Restaurant in Long Beach provided an intimate setting for all those in attendance. The silent auction was a huge success and we raised approximately $450 en total for the event. Among our welcomed (distinguished) guests: Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Cho, Region 15 Director Joseph Legaspi, Artesia Mayor Pro Tem Victor Manalo, and Lillian Kawasaki of the Water Replenishment District. Kudos to the planning committee members Marisela Cervantes, Gary Chomiak, Chris Duvali and Beverly Porter for all their hard work. Respectfully submitted, Beverly F. Porter

Beverly Porter and Marisela Cervantes guard silent auction items.

Silent auction winner

Enjoying the festivities

The Allens admire Joey Legaspi’s new wristwatch.


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More Fundraiser photos:

HHHDC Vice President Gary Chomiak

HHHDC Treasurer Chris Duvali

Marisela Cervantes and friend examine auction items

Congratulations to the following new and returning HHHDC members who obtained their 2010 memberships: Norma T. Aguirre Monika Broome Dr. Versie G. Burns Pamela Crawley Temi A. Doty Lillian M. Gonzales Sharon Kuroyama Lillian Y. Kawasaki Bill Parker Michiko A. Oyama-Canada Eunice Thompson


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Fixing Sacramento: Don’t hate the player, change the game By Jasmyne Cannick State budget problems, high taxes, prison overcrowding, and a never-ending education crisis has California voters fixated on their Legislature and its 120 members with a proposed initiative that would cut annual legislative sessions to a maximum of 95 days and slice lawmakers’ pay by at least 50 percent. While I like the idea of a part-time Legislature, why stop there? The problems in Sacramento are more serious than how much they are paid. It has more to do with who is being paid in the first place. Something tells me that we’d dramatically cut down the amount of career politicians seeking public office in California’s Legislature if they couldn’t enjoy the perks of living in the best neighborhoods, sending their kids to private schools, and selectively seeing the world from behind the tint of their taxpayer funded vehicles. There continues to be a disconnect on the behalf of some state representatives regarding the condition of their district and the people in it. A disconnect that I believe is the reason why they fail as a group at getting anything accomplished where California’s budget crisis is concerned. The tint on those Lincoln Town Cars and taxpayer-funded vehicles can be awfully dark and does an exceptionally good job of shielding what some officials just don’t want to see. That needs to change. What would happen if lawmakers’ who want to represent California voters were mandated to not only live in their districts, but to live in the most economically depressed part of their district as identified in the most recent U.S. Census Report? For some elected officials in California it might not be that much of a difference. But for others like State Senator Rod Wright, who represents the 25th Senate District of California, a district that includes Palos Verdes, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Gardena, Inglewood, Compton, and parts of South Los Angeles, it would mean moving out of his four-plex in Inglewood, which he listed as his residence when he registered to vote in 2007 or his single-family home near Baldwin Hills that is not in the 25th District, and moving to either Compton or South Los Angeles. I don’t see anything wrong with mandating that lawmakers’ live in the poorest area of their districts. Why shouldn’t they hear the same police sirens we hear at all hours of the day and night and be kept awake by the police helicopter’s beaming light, which in some communities has managed to replace the moon? Shouldn’t they have to jump too at the sound of gunshots and screeching tires? Maybe then they’d be more willing to come together in solving California’s problems if those problems were right outside their front door instead of down the road, at the bottom of the hill, outside of their gated neighborhood. I get very disturbed when I read reports about lawmakers’ who don’t live in the district that they represent. It bothers me even more to find out where they choose to live after elected might not even be an issue under current state law. California voters deserve to be represented by people who truly live in the districts they represent, and are not residents on paper only. As an added bonus, since they can’t seem to fix California’s education crisis, why not tack on another mandate that members of California’s Legislature be forced to enroll their children in the same public schools, community colleges, and state universities that our kids have to attend? That ought to get them working. After all, if it’s good for the gander, it’s even better for the goose.

Link to article


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Senate Votes Agreed To

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Feinstein (D)

Boxer (D)

Voted

Voted

Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2918; Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010 09/30/2009

Y

Y

Passed

Travel Promotion Act of 2009 09/09/2009

Y

Y

Passed

H.R. 3435; A bill making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program. 08/06/2009

Y

Y

Confirmed

Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 08/06/2009 H.R. 2997 As Amended; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 08/04/2009 Thune Amendment on Concealed Firearms 07/22/2009 H.R. 1256 As Amended; Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act 06/11/2009

Y

Y

Y

Y

N Y

N Y

Passed Rejected Passed

Sanchez (D)

House Votes Passed Passed Passed Passed Passed Passed Passed Passed

Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies, FY 2010 10/01/2009 Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act 09/10/2009 Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act 07/31/2009 Cash for Clunkers, Round Two 07/31/2009 Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 07/30/2009 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 07/30/2009 American Clean Energy and Security Act 06/26/2009 Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies, FY 2010 10/01/2009

Voted Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

INTERNET PIPELINE by Newsletter Editor Mike Stabile This month’s link:

Legistorm

LegiStorm launched in September 2006. The web site is dedicated to providing a variety of important information about the US Congress. Based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, LegiStorm's first information product was a database of congressional staff salaries but they have now added other valuable information, such as the most comprehensive database of all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress and congressional staffers. The information is provided in a strictly factual, non-partisan fashion. They have no political affiliations and no political purpose except to make the workings of Congress as transparent as possible. They expect this resource to be useful to journalists, researchers, lobbyists and current and would-be staffers - as well as regular citizens who simply want to know how their representatives spend public money.


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Message from the Office of Assemblyman Tony Mendoza

RESTRUCTURING CALIFORNIA’S TAX SYSTEM The legislature is back in special session dealing with a number of pressing issues. As a State, we still have to deal with our deficit, federally mandated prison reform, water issues and an attempt by the Governor to revamp the state’s tax structure on the backs of the middle class. The Commission on the 21st Century Economy, a 14 member committee established by Executive Order, was charged with evaluating California’s tax system and proposing reforms. The idea was to craft a fair system that is more stable and reflective of today’s economy. The recommendations have been anything but equitable. The Commission, chaired by Gerald Parsky, a longtime Republican political figure who served as chairman of President George W. Bush's campaigns in California in 2000 and 2004, has produced a report proudly endorsed by Schwarzenegger, even though only 9 of the 14 members of the commission will give their support. Allan Zaremberg of the California Chamber called it fatally flawed and Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation said the report was a profound disappointment. Under the Parsky proposal, income tax rates would be changed from six different rates to just two - a 2.75% levy on income up to $56,000 for a married couple, and 6.5% for taxable income exceeding that threshold. This works out, in effect, as a giveaway to the rich, while taxes paid by the poorest 62 percent of Californian’s are reduced by $4 per year. Furthermore, the Parsky Commission, to offset the reduction in collectable income tax, calls for the introduction of a “Net Receipts” program where current retail sales and corporate taxes would be eliminated and replaced by a broader business tax that would place a levy on every type of business such as service sector firms like lawyers and business consultants. The fear, while we are just coming out of a recession, is that the new tax would also encourage relocation of California jobs to foreign firms that would be beyond the reach of California's tax collectors. One member of the Commission, economist Richard Pomp, even wrote a 21-page report blasting the Commission’s recommendations, saying of the report: “… the emperor has no clothes.” Even so, Governor Schwarzenegger said if given the chance he would sign it immediately. We should not give him that chance. While we all agree our current tax structure is flawed and subjects the state to a roller coaster of boom and bust cycles, our job as Democrats in the State Legislature is to protect the middle class when seeking to overhaul something as important as California’s tax system. The Governor called a special session to force a rapid approval of his flawed tax reforms, but the promise of government is to protect, empower and enable success to all that it serves, not to sacrifice the many for the advantage of the few.

TONY MENDOZA

Assemblymember, 56th District Submitted by Jay Day, Member of Tony Mendoza’s staff


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Rep. Linda Sánchez: WORKING TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE Congresswoman Sánchez believes our families deserve access to quality and affordable healthcare. Working families should not have to choose between paying for their medical bills or affording other life necessities such as food.

Helping Americans Gain Access To Affordable Prescription Drugs - Congresswoman Sánchez continues to press for the implementation of the “Pharmaceutical Market Access Act,” (H.R. 328) which would allow Americans to save money by purchasing prescription drugs from developed countries who sell the same drugs for less. Americans pay too much for prescription drugs, while foreigners can buy the exact same drugs – often made in the U.S. – at much lower prices.

Fighting For Government Negotiated Prescription Drug Prices - Congresswoman Sánchez is working to make changes to the “Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act,” (which became law on November 22, 2003). That’s why she is sponsoring the “Medicare’s Equitable Drugs for Seniors Act,” (H.R. 376) which would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate fair prices for Medicare prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries.

Preparing the Country for a Pandemic - Public health officials have raised serious concerns about the devastating effect that a major outbreak of avian flu could have on vulnerable populations, such as children and seniors. That is why Congresswoman Sánchez is sponsoring the “Pandemic Preparedness and Response Act,” (H.R. 4062) which creates a comprehensive national plan to protect the American public against this growing danger.

Requiring Accountability in the Healthcare System - Increasingly large, profitable companies are choosing not to provide health care coverage to their employees. This forces more and more working people to rely on a public health care system that was designed to provide for the most needy. To expose how this is draining government coffers, Congresswoman Sánchez is sponsoring the “Health Care Accountability Act,” H.R. 3042.


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Proud to be a Life Member Of the Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club

Diana Needham, Realtor Experience, Knowledge, Integrity & Dedication 30 years of experience (17 years as a Realtor & over 13 years in the real estate-related field of Urban Planning) Former three-term Cerritos Mayor and 12-year City Council Member. 11306 E. 183rd Street, Cerritos, California 90703

Phone: (562) 926-4882 Website: www.diananeedham.com

Joseph Cho, Ph.D. Tel: (562) 547-4434 P.O. Box 4115 Cerritos, CA 90703

josephjcho@earthlink.net

The Lucy and Joseph Cho Foundation Foundation


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HHHDC V.P. Gary Chomiak

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HHHDC V.P. Gary Chomiak

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