It Is That Time Again!

Another busy year is over and it is once again time to renew your club membership. It surely is true that “time flies when you’re having fun” or when you’re involved in keeping our club strong and vibrant. Your support is greatly appreciated. Our club dues are important for many reasons some of which include the purchase of supplies, special projects and events, gifts or presentations and most importantly to demonstrate how strong we are as a club. This last is especially important when finding speakers for our meetings and in dealing with other clubs.

Our membership year runs from January 1 to December 31.  Please fill out the membership application found in this newsletter and send it along with your check as soon as possible. Remember that now you  can also pay your dues on line by going to our web-site and following the instructions.

Last, but not least, consider volunteering for any of the committees listed on the application.  We are always in need of help. If any of your personal information, (email address, phone number etc.) has changed since last year please bring that to our attention so that our records will be up to date and you will not be left out of the “information loop”.

If you have questions or want additional applications for your family or friends please email Mercy Mandelbaum at [email protected] or call (619) 435-1911.

Grass Roots Organizing Team

Now that the Alabama special election results are in (with a great win for Doug Jones and decency in politics), 2018 is shaping up to be one of the most critical mid-term elections in modern history. Democrats have a chance to retake both the House and the Senate.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon all Democrats to do what they can to help this happen. We’re now recruiting motivated Coronado Dems to join the GO Team and help with this effort. Anyone interested, please contact Richard McKnight at [email protected]. Together we can do this!!!

FEB 6 – Club Board Meeting

Members of the club are always welcome to attend our Board meetings. This is an opportunity to meet and interact with Board members and also gain insight into the issues facing the club.  Of course your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Our next Board meeting will be held on February 6th at 7:00 PM in the library’s small conference room. Since there is limited seating in that room please call Frank King at (619) 992-8929 or email him at [email protected] to reserve your seat.

President’s Message – January 2018

Recently, while viewing on Netflix Robert Reich’s documentary based on his book, Saving Capitalism, I noticed he mentioned the “Powell Memo.” I went to the “library” and looked up the Powell Memo in my favorite reference source, Google. Two months before President Nixon nominated him in 1971 as justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Lewis Powell was a corporate lawyer and member of the boards of 11 corporations. He also wrote a memo to his friend, Eugene Sydnor, Jr, a director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It was a sort of “corporations of the world, unite!” manifesto.

What became known as the Powell Memo was confidential and didn’t become available to the public until long after his confirmation to our highest court. It eventually was leaked to syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, who unsurprisingly questioned Powell’s objectivity on the Court. The Powell Memo is often cited as having led to the era of increased political activity by corporations that lasts to this day. Some have credited it with influencing the creation of several conservative, pro-business think tanks and institutes such as the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute and Manhattan Institute. These organizations were created, in large part, to counter the growing environmental and consumer movements, as well as a perceived anti-business atmosphere on our college campuses. It is not difficult to understand how they hit pay dirt with the election of Ronald Reagan and his less-government philosophy.

These institutions pursue a long-term strategy, focused on education, shifting values and movement-building. For those who are familiar with the Powell Memo and the organizations it has inspired, the recently-passed Republican tax “reform” bill should be no surprise. Rather, it is a culmination of their work since the last major tax reform was enacted in 1986. This latest tax bill doesn’t pretend to address the interests of the average voter–even the average Trump voter. Rather, it is a total sellout to the Republican donor class and provides $1.5 trillion of relief to corporations and their wealthy owners, at the expense of our children and grandchildren. Not a bad return on an investment of a few hundred million dollars over four decades.

Frank King

JAN 20 – General Meeting – Dan McAllister – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector

Please join us January 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Coronado Library Winn Room to hear the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Dan McAllister describe what he does with your money and why he takes it.

Dan McAllister has served San Diego County residents as the County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector since 2002. He was re-elected to his fourth term in June 2014 by an overwhelming 99% majority of the vote.

Dan oversees the collection of more than $5.5 billion in property taxes each year, in addition to the management of more than $10 billion in the County’s Investment Pool, and the administration of the County’s $1 billion defined contribution program.

Since assuming office, he has worked extensively to improve customer service, enhance communications and outreach initiatives, and ensure the fiscal stability of the treasury. Under his direction, his office collected nearly 60% of property tax payments electronically for the first time, while maintaining a 99% collection rate for the past three years.

He is also a strong advocate for diversity, a value reflected in his staff that comes from all walks of life and backgrounds. His office now delivers service in 17 different languages.

As part of his duties, Dan serves as a member of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (SDCERA), which manages more than $10 billion of investments; he also serves as President of CalTRUST, which manages a portfolio of $2.8 billion. Additionally, he is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the internationally recognized San Diego Convention Center Corporation. Prior to his election as San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Dan was a successful financial consultant and investment broker.

Dan contributes considerable time and resources to community service. He serves as Chair of the San Diego Unified School District’s Special Audit and Finance Committee, and he is a participating member of the Boards of Directors of the Jackie Robinson YMCA; Habitat for Humanity, San Diego; and New Americans Museum, San Diego.

McAllister’s strong commitment and involvement in the community dates back to his service as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Western Pacific country of Micronesia.

A second-generation San Diegan, Dan has completed executive education programs in portfolio concepts and management at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree (BA) from California State University, Fresno, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from United States International University.

Lending a Hand

Did you know there are currently 11,000 survivors of politically motivated torture living right here in San Diego?  This is a frightening but real statistic that is being compassionately addressed by a local non-profit organization called Survivors of Torture International (SURVIVORS).  Since 1997, this amazing organization has been helping survivors and their families recover from their traumas through a holistic program that includes mental health, psychiatric and social services, as well as medical case management.  SURVIVORS empowers these vulnerable individuals to reclaim the strength and vitality that were stolen from them by brutal dictators and governments and allows them to become self-sufficient and healthy members of our community.  In addition, SURVIVORS educates professionals and the public about the plight of torture survivors and their families, and advocates for the abolition of torture throughout the world.

Every year, SURVIVORS holds a fundraising luncheon, called Helping Survivors Heal, to raise money to continue its mission.  This year, more than 400 people attended, and the Coronado Democratic club was well represented at a table for 10, organized by Susan Enowitz.  The luncheon was held on September 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel Hazard Center.  Those who attended enjoyed a delicious lunch and were inspired by how SURVIVORS is creating a safe haven for torture survivors and helping them rebuild their lives.  Most memorably, we heard inspiring and heartrending stories of resilience from some of the survivors themselves.  There was not a dry eye in the house.  All of the money donated at the luncheon will go directly to SURVIVORS’ programs and its clients.

To learn more about SURVIVORS, visit the website at www.notorture.org.