None other than our own Marty Block, State Senator for the 39th District, which encompasses most of San Diego and La Mesa, will be our featured speaker at the November 5th meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. Since this meeting immediately follows the Nov. 4th election, Marty will do some expert analysis of the voting results, and also do a complete rundown of the recently completed Senate session in Sacramento. As a veteran of over 30 years of service to the community, as Member and President of the San Diego Board of Education, Member and President of the San Diego Community College Board, and a Dean and Director at SDSU, he has focused on education and budgetary issues during his time in Sacramento. Marty was our 78th District Assembly person for 2 terms prior to his election to Senate in 2012.
Not only does Marty serve currently on the Senate Education Committee, he chairs the subcommittee on Education finance. He also sits on committees dealing with banking, energy, utilities, business and economic development, communications, autism, passenger rail and veterans affairs. He’s had a great deal of legislative success during his 6 year tenure in Sacramento, just this year paving the way for Governor Brown’s signature on a landmark bill enabling future Community College grads to achieve a 4 year degree. Marty’s presentation should be an ideal wrap up to our busy election season.
Our October meeting was a valuable and informative prelude to our November 4th voting day with the wonderful Dr. Shirley Weber giving us a rousing summary of the just completed Assembly session and her many contributions to a very successful 2014 legislative session. We long ago pledged our support to her re-election campaign in the 79th Assembly District.
We also had the pleasure of a surprise visit by none other than Congressperson Susan Davis, who inspired us to get out and work for all the local Democratic Candidates in this pivotal election, and her hopes that her next term in Washington will not be fraught with the intransigence of a do-nothing House and often dead-locked Senate. She related well the frustrations that she and her Democratic colleagues felt when they couldn’t get much of anything to the floor concerning key issues like climate change, immigration, worker’s and women’s rights, fair pay, minimum wage, banking reform, veterans benefits, and much, much more.
La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid spoke to our club for the first time in his long tenure as mayor and city councilman, and urged us to support his many city initiatives. Inspired, our club voted unanimously to “not object” to his candidacy, the highest endorsement we can give to a non-Democratic candidate in a race for a non-partisan office. In a related race, our membership pledged to work for and help elect our very own Patrick Dean to La Mesa City Council, and to urge La Mesa Democrats to vote only once, for Patrick.
Jack Shu, another member of our club and President of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, gave us a refresher course on the progress of the fight against the plans by Sandag and Caltrans to do little else but widen freeways in their long range County Transportation Plan. That this doesn’t nearly meet the State requirements for reduced carbon emissions is the crux of the problem. And doesn’t bold well for future generations of San Diego County residents.
Please join us for our November and all future meetings of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. We meet at the La Mesa Community Center on the first Wednesday of every month. We have social hour at 6:30 PM with conversation and refreshments. Our meetings start at 7PM.