Thursday Meeting – Sept. 8th

You Are Invited!

New Date: Thursday September 8

Date changed due to Sept. 7 Clinton/Trump Debate

Social 6:30pm, Meeting 7:15pm

Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa

It’s Time to Campaign and Win!

Guest Speaker: Henry Vandermeir

Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County

The Democratic Party is making great gains in voter registration, participation and opportunities on election day. Henry will update us about ways we can get involved and the party’s needs and opportunities for involvement.

Before the meeting, you can support DPOC efforts by attending the 22nd Annual Harry S. Truman Dinner on Aug. 27. The event will include dinner, keynote speaker (TBA) and auction. Order your ticket now at Truman Dinner Tickets.

California Ballot Initiatives, November 2016

Below are the 17 propositions that will appear on the California November ballot. Positions shown are those of the California Democratic Party; DFA-OC has not endorsed any at this point. We will open up discussion for comments. Find more info at Sec. of State website and at Ballotpedia Cal. Initiatives page

1) YES 51

Title: Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative

Subject: Education

Authorizes the issuance and sale of $9 billion in bonds for education and schools. AUGUST- Dave Walrath, President of Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes.

2) YES 52

Title: Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Initiative

Subject: Healthcare

Requires voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program September- Ana Helman* Randle Communications

3) NO 53

Title: Public Vote on Bonds Initiative

Subject: Elections and campaigns

Requires voter approval for projects that cost more than $2 billion funded by revenue bonds

4) NO 54

(Revised from YES to NO)

Title: Legislature Transparency Amendment

Subject: Government accountability

Prohibits legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote October- Monika

5) YES 55

Title: Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare Initiative

Subject: Taxes

Extends the temporary personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 implemented by Proposition 30 August- Josh Pechthalt

6) YES 56

Title: Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Amendment

Subject: Tobacco

Increases the cigarette tax to $2.00 per pack

7) YES 57

Title: Parole, Early Release and Juvenile Trial Reform Initiative

Subject: Civil and criminal trials

Increases parole chances for felons convicted of non-violent crimes and give them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior. September- Will Matthews*, Public Affairs Manager, Californians for Safety and Justice

8) YES 58

Title: Multilingual Education Act

Subject: Education

Repeals Prop 227 of 1998, thus allowing for bilingual education in public schools JULY

9) YES 59

Title: Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question

Subject: Campaign finance and Federal issues- Indicates whether voters approve of California State Legislators using what influence they have over federal issues to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and “to make clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings.”

10) NO 60

Title: Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative

Subject: Adult entertainment

Requires the use of condoms in all pornographic films featuring sexual intercourse produced in California


Title: Drug Price Relief Act Initiative

Subject: Healthcare

Prohibits state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs JUNE

12) YES 62

Title: Death Penalty Repeal

Subject: Death penalty- Repeals the death penalty in the state of California JUNE

13) YES 63

Title: “Safety for All” Gun Control Initiative

Subject: Firearms

Prohibits possession of large capacity ammunition magazines and requires individuals to pass a background check and receive authorization from the Department of Justice in order to purchase ammunition October, Charlie Blek, Brady Campaign Chapter

14) YES 64

Title: Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Initiative

Subject: Marijuana

Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law and enacts certain sales


(Revised from NO to NO POSITION)

Title: Environmental Fee Protection” Initiative-Subject: Environment

Redirects money collected from the sale of grocery and retail carry-out bags to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

16) NO 66

Title: “Death Penalty Reform and Savings” Initiative

Subject: Death penalty

Changes procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences

17) YES 67

Title: Plastic Bag Ban Referendum

Subject: Business regulation

Ratifies SB 270, thus prohibiting plastic single-use carryout bags JULY

Meeting Details!

We usually meet on the Karl Strauss patio, but if we are not there, we’re inside. There are two parking structures with entries on Bear Street and S. Coast Drive. Social hour begins at 6:30pm & the meeting at 7:15. Admission is free. You may order food/beverage and billing is by table but we make it easy to pay! If you have any questions, please email

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Democracy for America – Orange County has been meeting at Karl Strauss the first Wednesday of the month since June 2003! We are loosely structured, have no dues and no officers. Meeting and activities are planned by an open steering committee, which currently includes Carl Flowers, Roz Freeman, Marleen Gillespie, Dean Inada, Susan Kopicki, Marselle Sloane, David Sonneborn. If you are interested in joining the steering committee, please contact one of the current members or email