Ruth Rollins Honored by the Point Loma Democratic Club

Ruth Rollins, Club President 2009-2013

Ruth Rollins, Club President 2009-2013

Ruth Rollins the Point Loma Democratic Club’s President from 2009 to 2013 was honored at the monthly meeting on February 24, 2013 in appreciation for her outstanding efforts and accomplishments.

The honor was presented to Ruth by the Club’s new leadership, President Susan Peinado and Vice President Carol Heasley on behalf of the entire Club membership.

The award stated:

“For inspirational Leadership and Dedication in the fulfillment of the Point Loma Democratic Club’s Goals and Objectives in successfully leading a PLDC Team that Significantly helped reelect President Barack Obama for a Second Administration and elect Democratic State and Local Leaders”

Ruth’s leadership and team building was clearly of a nature much higher than normally expected and had a noteworthy positive effect on the ability of the Point Loma Democratic Club to contribute to the success of the Democratic Party’s goals at the local and national level.

Ruth Rollins is much admired by us all not only as a leader but as a friend.

Going forward, as well as serving as the Club’s Treasurer Ruth is the recently elected Director of Clubs on the Central Committee of the San Diego County Democratic Party, and will be a delegate to the State Convention in April.

Mar 10 – Phone Bank This Sunday – on Gun Violence Reduction‏

Vigil Gun SafetyIf you would like to see a ban on assault-style weapons in our society and universal background checks for gun purchasers, please read on.

We are organizing a Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence in Encinitas on March 16, 2013. These vigil events are lovely, by the way, with speakers and music.

News media is expected to be present (!) so we need to have a big turn-out for this event in order to show how strong public support is for sensible gun safety laws in our society to help reduce deaths from gun violence.

The best way to create big turn-out is by one-on-one contact over the phone, inviting people to attend.

So please come to our phone bank this Sunday March 10 to help us make calls to recruit for our vigil because: “They Deserve a Vote!”

Event: Phone Bank
Location: Rhoda’s House, 3170 Chicago St, San Diego, CA 92117
Date: Sunday 3/10/2013
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
RSVP here

Also be sure to put the evening of 3/16/2013 on your calendar for our Vigil in Encinitas!
(You may sign up for the Vigil in advance here.)

Thank you for your support on this issue!

Rhoda Quate
Neighborhood Team Leader
Clairemont/UTC/La Jolla
Organizing for Action (OFA)
Formerly Obama for America

March General Meeting

Our March meeting will be on the 28th at 6:30 pm at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club (map).  Continuing our discussion of gun violence, Azim Khamisa, founder of Tariq Khamisa Foundation, will present his Safe School Model which targets middle-school aged-youth in a comprehensive, whole-school approach to realistically address youth violence. In 1995 Azim’s only son Tariq, a 20-year-old student, was shot and killed while delivering pizzas in San Diego. His killer, Tony Hicks, became the first 14-year-old to stand trial as an adult in California. He received a 25-year prison sentence. Azim, alongside Tony’s grandfather and guardian, Ples Felix, now devotes much of his time to promoting the vision of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation – an organization committed to “stopping children from killing children” This meeting promises to be emotionally compelling and intellectually stimulating.

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

Sunflower and panelThe Other Kind of Solar Power
When you think of Solar Power you usually think of photovoltaic panels. However there is an alternative method to generate electricity from sunlight which has even greater potential.

These Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems use mirrors (called heliostats) to direct a concentrated large area of sunlight, onto a small area. Electrical power is produced when the concentrated light is converted to heat, which drives a steam turbine connected to an electrical power generator.

Such a project is in the final stages of construction right here in our own Southern California area. The Ivanpah Solar Thermal Project is located adjacent to Interstate 15 at Ivanpah Dry Lake, California.
The Ivanpah project is comprised of three new solar thermal power towers which generate steam for three 110 Mega watt (MW) to 126 MW steam turbine generators. Each over 400-foot tall solar power tower will receive solar energy from approximately 60,000 heliostats.

The Ivanpah project is anticipated to be the largest solar thermal installation in the world at the time of completion.


  • Ivanpah will produce electricity the same way that most of the world’s electricity is produced – by creating high temperature steam to turn a conventional turbine. However, instead of burning fossil fuels to create the steam, it uses the clean and infinite sun as fuel.
  • At the heart of BrightSource’s proprietary power-tower solar thermal system is an innovative solar field design, optimization software and a control system that allow for the creation of high temperature steam.
  • At Ivanpah, over 300,000 software-controlled mirrors will track the sun in two dimensions and reflect the sunlight to boilers that sit atop three 459 foot tall towers. When the concentrated sunlight strikes the boilers’ pipes, it heats the water to create superheated steam.
  • This high-temperature steam is then piped from the boiler to a standard turbine where electricity is generated.
  • From there, transmission lines will carry the power to homes and businesses.

Ivanpah at a Glance

  • Location: Ivanpah Dry Lake, CA
  • Size: Approx. 3,500 acres of federal land
  • Power Production: 377 MW
  • Homes Served Annually: 140,000
  • Customers: PG&E and Southern California Edison
  • Partners: NRG, Google, Bechtel Corporation, and the Department of Energy
  • Construction Commenced October 2010
  • Expected Completion Date 2013

Solar-thermal power stations have several advantages over solar-photovoltaic projects. They are typically built on a much larger scale, and historically their costs have been much lower. Compared with other renewable sources of energy, they are probably best able to match a utility’s electrical load, says Nathaniel Bullard of New Energy Finance, a research firm. “They work best when it is hottest and demand is greatest”.

Besides these benefits, the main drivers for the growth of the solar-thermal industry are moves to limit carbon-dioxide emissions and requirements to increase the proportion of electricity produced from renewable sources. According to New Energy Finance, about 12 Giga watts (GW) of concentrating solar-thermal power capacity is being planned worldwide—a vast amount, given that only about 500 megawatts (MW) of such capacity has been built to date. To maximize the energy that can be collected from the sun, solar-power facilities are being constructed in regions that enjoy daily uninterrupted sunshine for much of the year.

According to Mark Mehos of America’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar-thermal power could in theory generate 11,000 GW in America’s South-West. That is about ten times America’s entire existing power-generation capacity.

Nothing in human history has been more transformative than electricity. Thomas Edison patented the light bulb in 1879. Just a half-century later, President Franklin Roosevelt declared electricity a necessity, not a luxury. And in 2012, the National Academy of Engineering named electrification the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century.

The expanding role of renewable generation
The EIA Outlook projects that the aggregate fossil fuel share of U.S. total energy use will fall from 83% in 2010 to 77% in 2035, while over the same period generation from renewable sources will grow by 77%, raising their share of total generation from 10% in 2010 to 15% in 2035.

Peter Marto PE

Resources: Department of Energy, Power and Technology magazine, BrightSource Energy, The Economist-Technology Quarterly

Mar 20 – Free Staged Reading of “Tea With Eleanor”

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Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok – NARA – 195609 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Join one of our most notable First Ladies, Eleanor Roosevelt and 1930′s journalist Lorena Hickock in a fascinating tea time interview as the two women discuss their perspectives on political and cultural life during the Great Depression.

Annette Hubbell stars as Eleanor and Elaine Litton as Lorena.

Writer/Director Sherri Colborun and cast will meet with the audience following this informative and entertaining production.

Point Loma Library
3701 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA

6:00 – 8:00 PM

New Officers and New Phone Number for 2013

At the Club Meeting on February 24, 2013 new officers were voted in. The elected officers and appointed positions are:

Susan PeinadoPresident
Carol HeasleyVice President
Mary ONealSecretary
Ruth RollinsTreasurer
Gail MacklerAssistant Treasurer

Special EventsBob Wilberg & Mike Johnson
GO Team E-Board LiaisonNancy Witt
Communications,   John Loughlin

The Club also has a new phone number & the mailing address remains the same:

(619) 800 5098
[email protected]

The Point Loma Democratic Club
PO Box 7802
San Diego, CA 92167