Club Hosts Congressional District 50 Candidate Forum

by Peggi Chute

The July 8th Lake San Marcos Democratic Club meeting was one of the most meaningful and exciting events to have come along. While all our meetings try to be informative, this one exceeded expectations as all six of the candidates running to defeat Rep. Duncan Hunter of the 50th district in 2018 were present. The packed room was eager to learn what each candidate believed and what they hoped to accomplish. All are very strong candidates and are passionate about how they see the current administration and the dire need to reverse course and return our government to the people. High on everyone’s list – both for the candidates and the audience — was Climate Change, Healthcare for all (5 of the 6 support Single Payer Health Insurance while the sixth felt changes could be made to ACA to make it workable), Russian Hacking Threat, Healing the Rift in the Party, and giving citizens hope again.

Questions from the audience that they wrote on index cards were picked up and taken to a table where Mary Borevitz and Kathy Steel sat sorting them. They found the most common threads people brought up, collated and combined the questions, and passed them on to Avi Karnik, our vice president, who asked the candidates for their responses.

Each candidate had two minutes to introduce themselves and make an opening statement. If they finished within their time limit, Avi told them they would earn a piece of candy. They would be given 1 minute to answer a question, and that, too, would be rewarded with candy. The candidates displayed their sense of humor by bragging if they had earned a jelly bean when they finished on time. It was all in good fun and added levity to the serious subjects being discussed.

Avi began by asking the one question that been given to the candidates in advance:

QUESTION: “We are still a District of 45% registered Republicans, with the remaining being either Democrat or Decline to State. How will you win?”

Josh Butner answered first. “The Democratic Party now believes our District 50 is in play. They will help with guidance and $$ to create a strong campaign. We especially need to target young Democrats who need to feel involved.”

Ammar Campa-Najjar followed: “I’m part Palestinian and part Hispanic but it’s not about me. I listen to these constituents and empathize with their concerns. We need to turn out the young and minorities, 35% are Latino, and I know how to organize.”

Gloria Chadwick continued: “I am a psychiatric nurse and Congress needs me! We must turn out the vote. If everyone registers 2 people, we’ll win.”

Next, Glenn Jensen stated, “There’s a lot of fear and confusion. If we can frame our message around National Security with ways for people to feel secure and safe, we will attract the independents.”

Patrick Malloy offered, “There are over 269,000 people in our district that are on subsidized healthcare. We must fight to allow them to keep their coverage and explain what they will lose if they don’t vote Democratic.” He also has a plan to create jobs.

And lastly, Pete Beauregard concluded, “The Democratic Party has lost sight of our values and freedom. There are too many corporate and neocon Democrats leading the party. We need to return to the people and our values. Country over Party!”

FURTHER STATEMENTS MADE BY CANDIDATES DURING THE COURSE OF THE DISCUSSION:

Pete (Pierre) Beauregard – He was a Bernie supporter, and like Bernie, wants to appeal to those in the middle who have lost hope. As a Vietnam vet, he witnessed the war machine up close and saw its carnage. He worked for big Pharma and discovered how corrupt it is and thus believes in Medicare for all. The most urgent issue is Climate Change. He was the first in San Diego County to build a totally passive house, and uses permaculture methods at his ranch. He walks the walk to save the planet. As a Progressive, he can’t be bought off. Pierre feels corporate Democrats have corrupted our values and that we need to return to them. Russian hacking is real but must get beyond party B.S. and focus on peace, climate change, and healthcare. Keep our eye on the ball, not distractions.

Josh Butner – A former Navy Seal who served 23 years, he worked his way up to become a leader, dealing with national security, education, and military business. With the $$$ awarded to the oil industry to keep them profitable, that money could be used to create passive energy. The U.S. needs to remain in the Paris Agreement to continue their world leadership. He wanted Russian hacking investigated from the beginning. When certain jobs become obsolete, people need to be given educational retraining to remain in the job market. One such program: “Steam:” Science, Technology, Energy, Art, Math. He believes critical thinking needs to be taught, and currently serves on Jamul Dulzura School Board in a Republican District.

Ammar Campa-Najjar — He served as a field organizer in Obama’s campaign. He worked in the Executive Office, reading, reviewing and passing on letters from citizens who wrote to Obama. He knows how the levels of government work. His whole life has been service, a life long duty. He was asked to make donor calls for his campaign but refused for he believes all his time needs to be spent listening and being with citizens in every neighborhood. He believes Climate Change is the critical issue and that the next generation gets it. He would cut in half R & D tax credits to pharmaceuticals and lower Medicare eligibility age to 50 while working toward Single Payer. Let’s build the workforce instead of a wall. “Don’t need a Hunter, we need a gatherer.” We can create a campaign of unity.

Gloria Chadwick — Confronted Hunter at his one and only Town Meeting. Having volunteered in the Gore campaign, she has first hand knowledge of our institutional history to avoid pitfalls. She’s been elected to the Board of the Grossmont Healthcare District as its President five times in a Red District. She played a leading role in creating the District’s first Co-Generation energy plant which cut the hospitals’ energy usage and saves taxpayers $180,000 a month. As a psych nurse she knows how to listen. “I’m always up for a challenge and believe in health care for all.” We must also have faith in our Intelligence community. She believes people fall in love with their preferred candidate but believes whoever wins the primary, we all must get behind that person and elect them.

Glenn Jensen — Is running because Hunter is corrupt. He has lived his entire life in the District and was once a Republican. As a degreed economist, he believes a worker’s healthcare must follow them from job to job, as in having “job lock,” and is fiscally responsible. He experienced pre-existing conditions and believes totally in a Single Payer system. “Our form of government is under assault. Cyber terrorism is our most clear and present danger. We already have the tools and need to invest more in technology.” This is a revolution that can start right here in our 50th District. All can be part of this revolution and all who join are united by the same values. He cannot be bought. He would get $$ out of politics starting with not allowing any corporate sponsors.

Patrick Malloy — He came within 13.5 points of Hunter when he ran in the last election. Feels the middle class needs a champion so he would vote in favor of Single Payer Health Care to include Dental and Vision care, and would preserve Social Security; he opposes any privatization. Hacking is real, thus we need cyber security. Without it, he feels it would make voters apathetic. One simple remedy for one security risk would be to bury our telephone lines and eliminate telephone polls. He voted for Bernie in the Primary and Hillary in the General. “We need to end the blame game for Hillary not winning and find solutions to issues that will resonate with voters.” Suggests creating a 401K to be used for down payments on homes so the American dream can be a reality.

The Club Vice President, Avi Karnik, did a tremendous job facilitating the discussion and controlled the pace of the exchange so every candidate had the opportunity to speak. It was not a debate. In fact, the entire six candidates were almost in complete agreement on issues. In addition to being knowledgeable, the audience heard some of the candidates’ policy ideas to solve issues. Since their stands are quite similar, voting in the Primary will need to come down to who we think has the best possibility of winning, along with their likability quotient.

After the two hour meeting when almost all of the 120 people in attendance remained to the end, the candidates gave their closing statements. The meeting ended with a standing ovation for the candidates and the candidates applauding their audience’s respectful engagement. We all left uplifted by the caliber of the candidates and optimistic that our government will improve, beginning with our local District 50.

Correction: An earlier version of this story quoted Ammar Campa-Najjar as saying he was part Pakistani and part Hispanic, in fact he said he is “part Palestinian and part Hispanic”.

Jessica Hayes, “Planting the Seeds of Progress”

It’s been a fast paced year in the political realm, and it’s not just the national scene that has seen its share of changes and challenges. The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club was pleased to host Jessica Hayes, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, at the June monthly meeting. Jessica is new to this role as of January, 2017, replacing Francine Busby who previously held that position. Prior to her current role, Jessica was the Vice-Chair of the South Area (the county is split into four regions, East, South, Central and North).

Jessica opened her talk with the adage that Democratic candidates in the county were elected with crossover Republican votes. “It’s about the message”, Jessica explained, “and we got your hope right here!” Democrats “kicked butt” in San Diego in the 2016 election. 77% of our candidates were elected and all but two of the propositions Democrats supported won with the crossover vote. The GO Teams made a big difference. Turnout was 84% where GO team contacts were made, vs. 67% where they were not. “This will be even more important in 2018” Jessica said.

While Jessica reviewed the new tools that have been put in place for both GO Team members as well as candidates, it became apparent that there is a renewed interest in Democrats running for all levels of elected positions. There are currently over 140 active candidates and more than 100 showed up for the March training program, when normally only a dozen or so have attended in past years.

So what’s next for the party in San Diego? The Central Committee is new this year after the January election, and their focus is to gear up for 2018. It is essential that the party unite and explain to voters that the down ballot candidates are “the Trump farm team”. Candidates at the local city level often then feed into the County Board of Supervisors so the goal is to pick off the Republican candidates and reach out to Independents as well. A “listening tour’’ is planned so independents can be heard and convinced to vote Democratic in 2018. “We need to combat fake news,” Jessica explained, “people need to trust someone so that’s why outreach is so important, especially this cycle”.

Jessica feels that the current administration’s excesses may indeed create a backlash for 2018. She sees both Issa and Hunter as vulnerable as does the Democratic party in Washington. And the new California voter registration laws are significant. These new laws will automatically register voters as well as change how provisional ballots are handled. All ballots will now be counted regardless of where they were dropped off. New voter registrations are putting the Democrats way ahead with new registrations running at 42% registering Democratic, 18% registering Republican and 34% registering No Party. 64% are permanent mail voters vs. 22% in 2014.

Turnout for 2018 will be critical. Focus will be on important demographics such as millennials, disaffected Democrats, and a concentrated effort to re-engage the Bernie Sanders wing of the party. “We are the ones who will protect health care and the environment and protect children’s education – We’re here!” Jessica proclaimed. Now we have to get that message out along with asking “What have you gotten from the Republicans holding the line?”

“We have access to seats we never had before as long as we stay focused, keep our heads down and do the work,” Jessica said in closing.

Jessica Hayes Presentation Jun 2017

Doug Applegate Comes out to Meet the Club

Doug Applegate, retired Marine Colonel and candidate for Congressional District 49 opposing Darrell Issa, stopped by the June monthly meeting to give us a “re-introduction” to his candidacy. He opened right up front with acknowledging “unless we get the veteran vote out we can’t win. Vets are the largest demographic in the 49th district after the male/female gender split.” Doug went on to explain how well he knows the military community. As a lawyer for 40 years including time as a Judge Advocate while in the military and after, a civilian trial lawyer, he has tried many court martials and other cases involving military members.

Doug grew up in a blue collar labor family and community in Dayton, Ohio. He indicated that his background makes him well able to communicate with and garner union endorsements. He gave a brief summary of what he sees as key issues. “The first thing we need is single payer health care,” he said. He went on to explain, “we don’t really have a health care system. We are delivering lower life expectancies at a high cost.” This is largely due to the fact that insurance companies make large profits, we don’t negotiate drug prices and we don’t effectively address Medicare fraud.

Regarding the economy he explained, “AI (artificial intelligence) and robotics will wipe out half the jobs in 20 years but we’re still educating our kids to the old economy”. He indicated he would like to see advanced education much earlier.

He was asked “Where do you see hope?” in the current situation. He explained that our checks and balances are working but we need to take back the House in 2018 and it starts with California. He sees hope in the intelligence agencies too. “They won’t let existential harm come to the country” he insisted. And the press has been playing and will continue to play a vital role in ensuring transparency and accountability too.

Immigrant Rights – Do You Know Where to Turn for Help?

As we hear more stories about ICE raids in San Diego that are breaking families apart, it was very informative to learn about the efforts of two important immigrant rights groups in San Diego County. At this month’s club meeting we were pleased to hear from Tazheen Nizam of the North County Immigration Task Force, and Katherine Paculba, Esq., Pro Bono Program Director with the Casa Cornelia Law Center.

First, Tazheen began with an introduction of the North County Immigration Task Force, a group of advocates, organizations, leaders and community members who work together to empower and voice the needs of the immigrant community, to advance immigrant rights in North County, San Diego. There are approximately 45 active members and all are volunteers. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. Their activities include a “Know Your Rights” campaign, voter registration work, lobbying in Sacramento, and Spanish citizen classes year round to mention just a few.

“This election was a can of worms”, Tazheen stated. The Muslim ban has resulted in refugees sent back to absolutely nothing in their own countries. There has been a 38% increase in border patrols roaming the Rt. 78/I5-15 corridors and kids are afraid to go to school for fear of returning home to find their parents have been deported, resulting in a drastic decrease in school attendance. “Fear is crippling the community” she explained, resulting now in a significant drop in reported crimes such as domestic violence. “Local collaboration with the police is a myth” she went on. ICE has often been called and people deported before they are even given due process or they are grabbed while out on bail.

Some of the key goals over the next few months include lobbying for passage of SB54, the California Values Act, which dissuades law enforcement from collaborating with ICE and SB29 which pushes for improving conditions in immigrant detention facilities. They will work hard to meet with legislators over the August recess. There has been a 37.6% increase in the number of detainees held in private detention facilities and this must be stopped.

After setting the context for what has been going on, Katherine gave an overview of the programs she manages at the Casa Cornelia Law Center, a non-profit organization that has been in North County for 25 years. They provide quality pro bono legal help to indigent victims of human and civil rights violations.

Katherine gave a great overview of the various means by which an immigrant can pursue entry into the United States. Those are Asylum, U-Visa, VAWA, T-Visa and SIJS. Asylum is for those who come to the border, and express a credible fear of returning to their own country as determined via a “credible fear interview”. There are no public defenders or help of any kind and the asylum seeker is on their own to make their asylum case.

Refugees and asylum seekers are similar. Both are people who are unwilling or unable to return to their homes for fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group (e.g. the LGBTQ community). Asylum is country specific and can only be pursued within one year of arrival at the border. If their case is not accepted then they are subject to “expedited removal”.

The U-Visa is for victims of a serious crime who are already here in the U.S. They must be a victim of qualifying criminal activity, have suffered substantial physical and/or mental abuse, have been helpful to law enforcement, and the crime must have occurred in the United States and the victim must be admissible to the U.S. This type of visa is a path to a green card/permanent residency status.

VAWA is Violence Against Women Act and is similar to the U-Visa described above. To qualify for this type of entry, the victim needs to have a relationship with an abusive US Citizen or an abusive green card holder, needs to show proof of the relationship (marriage certificate or birth certificate) and must be a “good faith marriage” – not just for immigration status. The victim must live or have lived with the abuser, must have suffered physical abuse or extreme cruelty and must be a person of good moral character.

The T-Visa is for victims of human trafficking and again, has significant requirements. They must have been a victim of sex trafficking or labor trafficking and are in the U.S. because of the trafficking; the victim must be willing to report the trafficking to law enforcement and is willing to cooperate with law enforcement and finally they have to show they would suffer hardship if forced to return to their home country.

Lastly there is SIJS or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for abused, abandoned, and/or neglected children. Requirements for SIJS status are that the child is present in the USA, is unmarried and is usually under 18 years of age and was abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents. Lastly they must show that it is not in child’s best interest to return to his or her country of origin. This program was used heavily a few years back when many unaccompanied minors showed up at the border but it has slowed down now.

The most unsettling fact Katherine shared with us is that the Department of Justice is now using an archaic law in an effort to block this kind of legal advocacy work. She described several examples in Chicago and Seattle where the lawyer who is taking up the case on behalf of the immigrant must pledge they will remain the victim’s lawyer until the end of the case. This can sometimes make it impractical or difficult for organizations like Casa Cornelia since they work only off donations and have a limited staff.

Those in attendance greatly appreciated the education as many of us are not subject to such fears. As Tazheen said, “We need educated allies like you” – the North County Immigration Task Force is planning a trip to detention facilities and travel across the border to see first hand how deportees live. You can follow them on their Facebook page at this link.

 

Governor Jerry Brown Fights Back on Climate Change

Here is a great article in today’s New York Times describing how our Governor is not going to stand still while President Trump’s agenda destroys our progress fighting climate change. Read on…..

California Engages World, and Fights Washington, on Climate Change

By CORAL DAVENPORT and ADAM NAGOURNEY

MAY 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The environmental ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco last month to sign a global pact — drafted largely by California — to lower planet-warming greenhouse pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown flies to China next month to meet with climate leaders there on a campaign to curb global warming. And a battery of state lawyers is preparing to battle any attempt by Washington to weaken California’s automobile pollution emission standards.

As President Trump moves to reverse the Obama administration’s policies on climate change, California is emerging as the nation’s de facto negotiator with the world on the environment. The state is pushing back on everything from White House efforts to roll back pollution rules on tailpipes and smokestacks, to plans to withdraw or weaken the United States’ commitments under the Paris climate change accord.

In the process, California is not only fighting to protect its legacy of sweeping environmental protection, but also holding itself out as a model to other states — and to nations — on how to fight climate change.

“I want to do everything we can to keep America on track, keep the world on track, and lead in all the ways California has,” said Mr. Brown, who has embraced this fight as he enters what is likely to be the final stretch of a 40-year career in California government. “We’re looking to do everything we can to advance our program, regardless of whatever happens in Washington.”

Since the election, California has stood as the leading edge of the Democratic resistance to the Trump administration, on a range of issues including immigration and health care. Mr. Trump lost to Hillary Clinton here by nearly four million votes. Every statewide elected official is a Democrat, and the party controls both houses of the Legislature by a two-thirds margin. Soon after Mr. Trump was elected, Democratic legislative leaders hired Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general, to represent California in legal fights with the administration.

But of all the battles it is waging with Washington, none have the global implications of the one over climate change.

The aggressive posture on the environment has set the stage for a confrontation between the Trump administration and the largest state in the nation. California has 39 million people, making it more populous than Canada and many other countries. And with an annual economic output of $2.4 trillion, the state is an economic powerhouse and has the sixth-largest economy in the world.

California’s efforts cross party lines. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as governor from 2003 to 2011, and led the state in developing the most aggressive pollution-control programs in the nation, has emerged as one of Mr. Trump’s biggest Republican critics.

Mr. Trump and his advisers appear ready for the fight.

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief, whom Mr. Trump has charged with rolling back Obama-era environmental policies, speaks often of his belief in the importance of federalism and states’ rights, describing Mr. Trump’s proposals as a way to lift the oppressive yoke of federal regulations and return authority to the states. But of Mr. Brown’s push to expand California’s environmental policies to the country and the world, Mr. Pruitt said, “That’s not federalism — that’s a political agenda hiding behind federalism.”

“Is it federalism to impose your policy on other states?” Mr. Pruitt asked in a recent interview in his office. “It seems to me that Mr. Brown is being the aggressor here,” he said. “But we expect the law will show this.”

In one of his earliest strikes, Mr. Trump signed an executive order in March aimed at dismantling the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama’s signature climate policy change. Much of the plan, which Mr. Trump denounced as a “job killer,” was drawn from environmental policies pioneered in California.

Mr. Brown has long been an environmental advocate, including when he first served as governor in the 1970s. He has made this a central focus as he enters his final 18 months in office. In an interview, he said the president’s action was “a colossal mistake and defies science.”

“Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump’s mind, but nowhere else,” Mr. Brown said.

The leadership role being embraced by California goes to the heart of what has long been a central part of this state’s identity. For more than three decades, California has been at the vanguard of environmental policy, passing ambitious, first-in-the-nation legislation on pollution control and conservation that have often served as models for national and even international environmental law.

“With Trump indicating that he will withdraw from climate change leadership, the rest of the global community is looking to California, as one of the world’s largest economies, to take the lead,” said Mario Molina, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist from Mexico who advises nations on climate change policy. “California demonstrates to the world that you can have a strong climate policy without hurting your economy.”

The Senate leader, Kevin de Leon, introduced legislation this month that would accelerate, rather than retrench, California’s drive to reduce emissions, requiring that 100 percent of retail electricity in the state come from renewable sources by 2045. Mr. de Leon said it was “important that we send a signal to the rest of the world” at a time of what he described as “blowback” from Washington.

Mr. Schwarzenegger, who tangled with Mr. Trump after the president mocked him for receiving low ratings as his replacement on “The Apprentice,” described Mr. Trump’s environmental policies as a threat to the planet.

“Saying you’ll bring coal plants back is the past,” Mr. Schwarzenegger said. “It’s like saying you’ll bring Blockbuster back, which is the past. Horses and buggies, which is the past. Pagers back, which is the past.”

He said California had shown it was possible to adopt aggressive environmental policies without hurting the economy. “We’re outdoing the rest of the country on G.D.P.,” Mr. Schwarzenegger said.

Even before Mr. Trump took office, California’s tough regulatory rules had stirred concern among business leaders, who said it had increased their costs. They warned that the situation would become worse if California stood by its regulatory rules while Washington moved in the other direction.

“We’re very concerned about that,” said Robert C. Lapsley, the president of the California Business Roundtable. “If we are 1 percent of the problem, and we have the most far-reaching climate policies on the planet while all the other states are slowing down because Washington is slowing down, that is going to create an absolute imbalance.”

“Washington will create a less competitive environment for California businesses here because businesses in other states will not have to meet the same mandates,” he added. “There is no question that businesses are going to move out.”

The precise contours of this battle will become clear in the months ahead, as Mr. Trump’s environmental policies take shape. For now, the critical questions are whether the United States will withdraw from the Paris agreement, an international compact to reduce greenhouse pollution, and whether the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke a waiver issued by President Richard M. Nixon that permits California to set fuel economy standards exceeding federal requirements.

Revoking the waiver, which was central to a policy that has resulted in noticeably cleaner air in places like Los Angeles, would force the state to lower its tough fuel economy standards, which are also intended to promote the rapid spread of electric cars. As they stand, the rules would force automakers to build fleets of cars that would reach mileage of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

California is preparing for a legal challenge.

“You have to be concerned when anybody talks about going backward,” said Xavier Becerra, the state attorney general. “In this case we think we have a strong case to be made based on the facts and the history.”

Mr. Trump is already moving to weaken federal auto emission standards that were influenced by California’s tougher standards. Automakers, who met with the president in the Oval Office days after he assumed the presidency, have long complained that the standards forced them to build expensive electric vehicles that consumers may not want.

And the companies have lobbied for years to stop the federal government from allowing California to set cleaner tailpipe regulations than the rest of the nation, arguing that the double standard necessitates building two types of cars. In Detroit, those companies see President Trump as their best chance for finally ending onerous California car requirements. But in the meantime, over a dozen other states have adopted California’s auto emissions standards — and Mr. Brown is betting that the sheer size of that market will be enough to make the Trump administration reconsider any effort to roll back the California waiver.

“Because we’re such a big part of the car market, and places like New York and Massachusetts are tied in with the U.S., our standard will prevail,” he said.

Beyond pushing to maintain its state climate laws, California has tried to forge international climate pacts. In particular, Mr. Brown’s government helped draft and gather signatures for a memorandum of understanding whose signers, including heads of state and mayors from around the world, pledged to take actions to lower emissions enough to keep global temperatures from rising over two degrees Celsius. That is the point at which scientists say the planet will tip into a future of irreversible rising seas and melting ice sheets.

That pact is voluntary, but California, Canada and Mexico are starting to carry out a joint climate policy with some teeth.

California’s signature climate change law is the cap-and-trade program. It places a statewide cap on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, and then allows companies to buy and sell pollution credits. The California measure was the model for a national climate law that Mr. Obama tried unsuccessfully to have passed in 2010.

Given the setbacks in Washington, California environmental officials are working with Mexico and Canada to create what is informally called the “Nafta” of climate change — a carbon-cutting program that spans the region.

“Canada’s all in when it comes to climate action, and we’ll partner with anyone who wants to move forward,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment minister.

Already, California’s cap-and-trade market is connected to a similar one in Quebec, now valued at about $8 billion, and the Province of Ontario is linking with the joint California-Quebec market this year. Climate policy experts in Sacramento and Mexico City are in the early stages of drafting a plan to link Mexico with that joint market.

In April, a delegation from California traveled to Beijing to meet with Chinese counterparts to help them craft a cap-and-trade plan. “We have people working in China, in their regulatory agencies, consulting with them, speaking fluent Mandarin, working with the Chinese government — giving them advice on cap and trade,” Mr. Brown said.

The Clean Power Plan was central to the United States’ pledge under the 2015 Paris agreement, which commits the nation to cut its emissions about 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Now that Mr. Trump has moved to roll back the plan, it will be almost impossible for the United States to meet its Paris commitments.

That has resonated powerfully in China. The heart of the Paris agreement was a 2014 deal forged by Mr. Obama and President Xi Jinping of China in which the world’s two largest economies and largest greenhouse polluters agreed to act jointly to reduce their emissions.

“China is committed to establishing a cap-and-trade this year, and we are looking for expertise across the world as we design our program — and we are looking closely at the California experience,” said Donquan He, a vice president of Energy Foundation China, an organization that works with the Chinese government on climate change issues.

Mr. Brown recently met with the prime minister of Fiji, who will serve as chairman of this fall’s United Nations climate change meeting in Bonn, Germany, which aims to put the Paris agreement in force, with or without the United States. The governor said he planned to attend as a representative of his state.

“We may not represent Washington, but we will represent the wide swath of American people who will keep the faith on this,” he said.

 

Protests Galore – We’ve Been Busy!

Two down, (Tax Day Protest, March for Science) and one to go (People’s Climate March)! Our club and many others who have been part of various events sponsored by North County Indivisible and other organizations have been active. Here are some photos of our observations from this past Saturday’s March for Science downtown San Diego. The two major observations? How awful is it that we actually have to have a MARCH FOR SCIENCE? And clearly there was passion as many, many marchers made their own unique hand crafted signs, none were mass handouts from any organization.

See you on Saturday at the Climate March!