Local Dem Club Looks Forward and Backward in Key Summer Meetings


La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club will welcome David Rolland as their Keynote speaker at their September 3rd Meeting. Rolland, editor of San Diego CityBeat, an alternative newsweekly; is a self proclaimed lover of music, baseball, politics and whiskey. His irreverent approach to San Diego County politics will be the gist of his remarks as he prepares us for what to expect in the rapidly approaching Fall Election Season.

Known for his acerbic wit, Rolland is famous for calling ‘em as he sees them, and his observations of the last decade of the San Diego political scene are full of keen insight and accurate predictions of future events. We’ll ask him to predict the results of the Fall election and why things should occur as they will. Perhaps he will recap his hilarious San Diego politicians as Star Wars characters for us. We look forward to this brilliant investigative journalist and will surely greet him with our own brand of hard questioning!

We looked back at our own colorful past at our tremendous August Anniversary meeting with Club founder Beverly Cassier, 94 years young, cutting our 30th Anniversary Cake! We were treated to a fantastic concert by satirist/singer/song writer Roy Zimmerman that everyone greatly enjoyed as he kicked off his Blue Dot tour with a gala performance in front of over 100 members and guests. We hope the San Francisco based Zimmerman will make our appreciative audience a regular stop.

Local politicos are starting to make regular appearances at Club Meetings as the election season is moving into high gear, and we should see many local and regional candidates at our September and October meetings. It’s time to get the vote out for our local hopefuls. Patrick Dean has pulled papers for La Mesa City Council, and we’ll get an update on his promising campaign. La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, at University Ave. Meetings start with Social time at 6:30 PM and Club business at 7 PM. All are welcome, as our members bring wide variety of snacks and desserts. Don’t miss our September election preview with David Rolland. Check out http://www.lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub.com, or like us on Facebook.

Noted Satirist to Headline Local Dem Club’s 30th Anniversary Bash

On Wednesday, August 6, America’s premiere political satirical songwriter, Roy Zimmerman, kicks off the San Diego leg of his Blue Dot tour with a gala concert performance at the 7 PM meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. Roy sings a compelling combination of socially conscious comedy and original music. His “funny songs about peace and justice” will highlight the 30th Anniversary of the Club, one of the oldest and largest chartered Democratic Clubs in San Diego County. It all takes place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, just off of University Ave. in La Mesa.

The festivities kick off at 6:30 with our Social ½ hour, where you’ll have a chance to purchase a CD of Roy’s music and humor and meet community activists, office holders and local political candidates. Members supply snacks, desserts and beverages and we’ll have a special anniversary cake for this notable occasion. Roy asks a donation of $15 for his concert or whatever you can afford, and if you buy one of his CD’s, it’ll make his evening.

Full Slate of Dems for Equality Events Kick-off on July 17th

Happy Pride!!!

Stonewall Pride Parade –LMFDC Members will be marching with Dems for Equality, please see directions below

Join marchers from the County Party, several other Democratic Clubs, Carol Kim and her campaign volunteers, Kevin Beiser and his campaign volunteers and your fellow Dems for Equality members. We will all be meeting at the Parade Staging Area, Zone G (East side of Normal Street North of Harvey Milk Street), Contingent 20 at 10am; please arrive no later than 10:30am. The entrance to the staging area is at the corner of Park Blvd and Lincoln Street.

Pride Festival
We are still short of volunteers to staff our booth from 3-5PM and 5-8:30PM on Sunday. Even if you can’t help out during those shifts, let us know HERE when you can help. If you’ve already volunteered, please try to arrive at the booth ten minutes before your selected shift.

Stop the San Onofre $3.3B Nuclear Bailout!

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 3-4:30pm
(Please note ending time change to allow attendees to also attend San Onofre CEP meeting in Oceanside).

Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego CA 92108 (Next to IKEA)

Ratepayer Advocates Host Public Meeting In San Diego
SAN DIEGO (2014-07-15) – Opponents to the proposed $3.3 billion San Onofre settlement will host a public meeting in San Diego to shine a bright light on the back-room settlement and explain why it is a ratepayer rip-off. The meeting will be held at the Mission Valley branch of the San Diego Public Library, located next to IKEA in mission valley, Thursday July 17, from 3 to 4:30 pm. The public is welcome but seating is limited to the first 100 attendees. Doors open at 2:45, so arrive early to get a seat.

Ratepayer advocates will make presentations and open up the floor to comments. Speakers include Ray Lutz, National Coordinator for COPS, and Mike Aguirre, counsel for a party in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) San Onofre proceedings. In addition to the public, all candidates, elected and appointed officials are invited to attend, as this settlement will push up utility costs even higher than sky-high costs already a fact of life in California.

The CPUC held a public meeting in Costa Mesa, 35 miles north of the San Onofre Nuclear Station, but have refused to also hold a public meeting in San Diego County. Opponents to the settlement were limited to only 20 minutes, could not distribute materials in the room, and could not make a powerpoint presentation. This meeting will allow the opponents to the settlement sufficient time to make the case against the settlement in a venue convenient for San Diego County ratepayers.

“The worst thing about the settlement agreement is the fact that the CPUC investigation into the failure at San Onofre is stopped dead,” said Ray Lutz, national coordinator for COPS. “ CPUC proceedings were structured so that the Phase 3 investigation into the events that led to the failure at San Onofre Nuclear Station was not even started, although the Commission spent 18 months investigating side issues: what happened after the failure, toying with equations for replacement power costs, and reviewing how much of the failed plant was still ‘used and useful’. “Without a comprehensive review, no lessons are learned and mistakes will be repeated,” Lutz said.

“It’s simple. We are trying to save ratepayers up to $3.3 billion in their electric rates. SCE and SDG&E want us ratepayers to continue to pay for the abandoned plant, to cover not only their investment, but also provide a healthy return on investment “profit” as well,” continued Lutz, and a party in the CPUC investigation under the banner of the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre. “Paying for a plant — with profit — that is not operating for another ten years is well beyond what the average citizen believes is fair and appropriate.”

Michael Aguirre, former City Attorney for San Diego and counsel for a party at the proceeding commented, “We believe not only that the settlement is unfair, but it was negotiated in a manner contrary to class-action law. SCE President Ron Litzinger admitted under oath that the record of the proceeding contains nothing to support proper review by the Commission so as to allow approval. The settlement should not be approved and the proceedings should continue, and proper negotiations held.”

An investigation by Aguirre uncovered the fact that the CPUC had hired a consultant to provide a technical review of the facts surrounding the shutdown, but then inextricably pulled that contract in February, prior to the announcement of the settlement agreement. “This suggests CPUC officials were improperly aware of the settlement prior to the public announcement on March 27, and alludes to official complicity in the coverup,” Aguirre said.

The abbreviated 3-hour evidentiary hearing on May 14th included an extensive cross examination by Aguirre, culminating in cursing and yelling by Commission President Peevey when he was put on the spot regarding any secret and unlawful ex parte meetings with SCE during the many months of settlement negotiation. This outburst has become a YouTube sensation, with some groups even making a cell phone ring tone of his words, “I don’t have to answer your questions. I don’t have to answer your goddamned questions, now Shut up! Shut up!!”

Key clips of the cross examination (including Peevey’s outburst) can be found on YouTube at this URL: http://www.copswiki.org/Common/M1444

A video version of the presentation by COPS can be viewed on line at


Ratepayer advocates request that the public communicate their displeasure with the bailout settlement by emailing [email protected]

Facebook event – please join and get on the list of attendees



The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre is a project of Citizens Oversight, Inc. also known as Citizens Oversight Projects, or COPS. Ray Lutz is a founder of the organization, which focuses on promoting civic engagement, and has been involved in many success stories, including helping to stop the expansion of Blackwater in San Diego County and the shut down of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, of course with the involvement of the local community in each case.








The listed companies/corporations have a history of supporting Democratic

candidates and causes.


List of companies/corporations to AVOID


Buy Blue/VoteYour Wallet


Since the US Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United in 2010, the decision has profoundly affected the political landscape allowing an influx of corporate political cash into the political process. “Super Pacs” and nonprofits significantly aided GOP elections in 2010 and 2012. Big Business did its best to undermine our democracy, with hundreds of millions of dollars from undisclosed corporate donors pouring into the elections. As a result, the large corporations and a few über powerful and wealthy individuals, like the Koch Brothers, have financed attack ads and attempted to drown our people’s voice. We have a crucial opportunity right now to expose and challenge the corporate greed threatening our democracy. We can also have a financial impact on their business by bypassing them and doing business only with companies and corporations who support Democratic/Progressive causes and candidates. “Let’s Not Buy What They Are Selling”.


According to Lilly Munster of Votewithurwallet.wordpress.com, “Big corporations have thumbed their nose at consumers. Some even go so far as to claim you can’t live without “their” product or service.” Some companies abuse the environment, others their workers, even worse are the companies that have used their wealth to subvert the very freedom and democracy we all hold dear.”


How can Progressives counter this effect of political money on elections? Countering the money effect can be done by campaign disclosure and by pushing for a Constitutional Amendment, or repeal of Citizens United, and by supporting small businesses and corporations who contribute and support Democratic/Progressive candidates and causes.








Note: The lists represent historical data from 2008 to 2012. Data was researched and prepared by the VP for Political Action, La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, 2013.


Companies/Corporations who give to GOP Candidates and Causes


LA Kings

LA Lakers

Luby’s, Inc.

Marriott Hotels

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc

MetLife, Inc

Microsoft Corporation

Morgan Stanley

MCI, Inc.


New York Life Insurance Company


Northwest Airlines Corporation

Omaha Steaks International, Inc

Omni Hotels

Orlando Magic

Pappas Restaurants, Inc.

Pathmark Stores, Inc.

Perry Ellis International, Inc.

Principal Financial Group, Inc

Providian Financial Corporation

PG&E Corporation

Prudential Financial, Inc

The Palazzo

Qwest Communications International, Inc.

Regal Cinemas

Reynolds American

Rite Aid Corporation

Ritz-Carlton Hotels

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.





Companies/Corporations who give to GOP Candidates and Causes


Delta Air Lines, Inc

Dillard’s, Inc

EchoStar Communications Corporation

Edison International

E*TRADE Financial Corporation

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

Fannie Mae

Foster’s Group Limited


Goldman Sachs Group Inc, The

Goodrich Corporation

Golds Gym

GNC Corporation

Hewlett-Packard Company

Hilton Hotels Corporation

Houston Dynamo

H. E. Butt Grocery Company

H&R Block, Inc. Sun Microsystems, Inc

Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

ING Groep N.V.

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

Jones Apparel Group, Inc

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kellogg Company

Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Landry’s Restaurants,

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc

Liz Claiborne, Inc

LA Galaxy



The listed companies/corporations have a history of supporting Democratic candidates and causes.


Academy Sports & Outdoors, Ltd

Adobe Systems Incorporated

AFC Ent. Inc. (Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits)

Aloha Air Group, Inc.

American Apparel, LLC

Bally Total Fitness Holding Corporation

BancWest Corporation

Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Bebe Stores, Inc.

Bed, Bath & Beyond Inc.

Benihana Inc.


Bistro Group, The

Black & Decker Corporation

Blimpie International, Inc.

Boston Beer Company Inc.

Buffets Holdings, Inc.

Caribou Coffee Company Inc.

Charming Shoppes, Inc.

Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Claire’s Stores, Inc.

Coach, Inc.


Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc.

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Crate and Barrel (Euromarket Designs Inc.)

CREDO telecommunication

Diamond Resorts International

Domini Social Investment, LLC

Dorel Industries Inc. Yankee Candle Company Inc.

Dreamworks Animations,SKG, Inc.

E. & J. Gallo Winery

Electronic Arts Inc.





Companies/Corporations who give to GOP Candidates and Causes


SAB Miller plc

Sony Corporation

Sprint Corporation

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Stein Mart, Inc.

Texas Instruments Incorporated

Trek Bicycle Corporation

Tully’s Coffee Corporation

Tyson Foods, Inc.

T-Mobile International

UAL Corporation


Verizon Communications Inc

Vonage Holdings Corp.

VF Corporation

The Venetian

Waffle House


Walgreen Co

Washington Mutual, Inc.

Wells Fargo & Company


Wet Seal Inc, The

Wine Group Inc, The

White Castle

Xerox Corporation






The listed companies/corporations have a history of supporting Democratic candidates and causes.


Myriad Restaurant Group, Inc.


Neiman Marcus Group Inc.

Netflix, Inc.

New Belgium Brewing Company Inc.

NBTY, Inc.

Overstock.com, Inc.

Panera Bread Company

Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation

Powell’s Books, Inc.

Progressive Corporation

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

Restoration Hardware, Inc.

Reebok International Ltd.

Robert Mondavi Corporation, The

Sharper Image Corporation

Signet Group plc

Skechers U.S.A., Inc.

Starbucks Corporation

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Seventh Generation, Inc., The

Sonic Corp.

Timberland Company


Tom’s of Maine

Triarc Companies, Inc. (Arby’s)

Vector Group Ltd. (Liggett Group)



The listed companies/corporations have a history of supporting Democratic candidates and causes.


Vermont Teddy Bear Co. Inc.

Winmark Corporation

Working Assets Funding Service, Inc.

XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.


The Yucaipa Companies LLC

7-Eleven, Inc.

2929 Entertainment LP






Companies/Corporations who give to GOP Candidates and Causes


AG & Co. KG

Alaska Air Group, Inc

American Express Company

Amazon.com, Inc


AMR Corporation

Angel Soft

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc

AT&T Corp

Bank of America

Bank of New York Company Inc., The

Blue Bell Ice Cream

Blockbuster Inc

Boeing Company, The

Books-A-Million, Inc

Boscov’s Department Store


Brown-Forman Corporation

Burger King

Bridgestone Corporation



Ceasars Entertainment, Inc

Capital One Financial Corporation

Carnival Corporation

Charles Schwab Corp.

Chico’s FAS, Inc.

Citigroup Inc.


Coca-Cola Company, The

Comcast Corporation

Commerce Bancorp, Inc.

Constellation Brands, Inc

Countrywide Financial Corporation

COX Enterprises

CVS Corporation



The listed companies/corporations have a history of supporting Democratic candidates and causes.


Foot Locker, Inc.

Frontier Airlines, Inc.

Frederick’s of Hollywood

GameStop Corp.

Gap Inc.

Gateway, Inc.

Genesco Inc.

Google Inc.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts


J. Crew Group, Inc.

Jamba Juice Company

Jet Blue Airways Corporation

Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.

Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Levi Strauss & Co.

Lillian Vernon Corporation

Linens ‘n Things, Inc.

L.L. Bean, Inc.

Loews Hotels Holding Corporation

Louis Vuitton SA

LVMH Moët Hennessy

Luxottica Grp SPA

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.

Mattel, Inc.

MTS, Incorporated


Welcome to the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club

Welcome to the La Mesa – Foothills Democratic Club of the San Diego County Democratic Party. We serve the La Mesa, San Carlos, Spring Valley and College areas. We invite you to join us at our meetings and other activities. Our meetings are held at the La Mesa Community Center on the 1st Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We hope to meet you soon.