Thanks to all our wonderful veterans we can never repay you for your courage and commitment to our great country. In January, our country will have a new President and we do not know what the future brings. We sincerely hope our Military will be treated as well under President Trump as it has been with President Obama at the helm.
Roy Zimmerman to Headline Holiday Party
Musician and Social Satirist to Entertain Local Dems
December 7th Meeting to Feature Festive Buffet
They say that laughter is the best medicine, and so how appropriate that La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club welcomes back Singer/Songwriter Roy Zimmerman to highlight our December 7th Holiday Fest! Members remember Roy’s hilarious and biting satire from last year’s party, and we should all be entertained anew given the last 12 months of political shenanigans.
And as tradition holds, we will welcome all members and guests to enjoy our holiday feast, with turkey, ham, and all the trimmings supplied by the club. Members are encouraged to bring appetizers, side dishes, salads, and desserts to augment the clubs meat carvings, veggie lasagna and beverages. As usual, we’ll start our festivities at 6 PM, and Roy will take the stage about 7 PM. Mr. Zimmerman will be selling CD’s of his best and most memorable concerts, so be prepared to buy some great holiday gifts for friends and family. We ask each member and guest to donate $15 at the door, or whatever one can afford to offset the costs of the evening’s food and entertainment. We’ll be meeting at the usual place, the spacious La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., just North of University Ave. in La Mesa. Because of the overflow crowds for this annual event, we ask willing and able members to park by the Little League field and take the short walk up the stairs to the Community Center. Let’s leave the adjacent parking lot for those that most need to be close to the meeting room.
We also ask each member and guest to contribute to our annual holiday charity. This year we are supporting the efforts of Santa Sophia Church to feed needy families in the Casa de Oro area. Please bring canned and nonperishable foods that can assist those in dire straits during the holiday season. They also like to give out “street-ready” foods such as high protein bars, fruit and nut snacks and pop tarts. We also support the efforts of La Mesa Methodist Church who offer the city’s homeless citizens showers and other necessities during the Fall and Winter months. We ask you bring new, unused toiletries, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving supplies, shampoo, soaps, lotions, and other similar items for those who don’t take these items for granted
While the results of the national election on November 8th don’t leave us much room for optimism, our local candidates and issues had a banner night! We helped elect Board Member Colin Parent to La Mesa City Council, Senator Kamala Harris, Congress members Susan Davis and Scott Peters, State Senator Toni Atkins, Assemblypersons Shirley Weber, Lorena Gonzalez and Todd Gloria, Supervisor Dave Roberts, SD City Council winners Barbara Bry and Georgette Gomez, and SD City Attorney Mara Elliot. We passed measures K & L which will require November elections for all SD City offices and measures, we legalized cannabis, upheld the statewide plastic bag ban, and defeated the Chargers Stadium measure. Sandag’s freeway-centric tax proposal, and the Lilac Hills overdevelopment in Valley Center went down to defeat. Our collective GOTV efforts in total passed nearly 75% of the SD County Democratic Party’s recommendations. Our supported candidates on local water boards won the day, as did George Gastil in the Lemon Grove mayoral contest. A Democratic even won a seat on the El Cajon City Council, a real first. And in the Presidential contest, San Diego County went for Clinton/Kaine by 17 points over the Republican ticket, a wider margin than Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012. And we helped propel Hillary to a popular vote victory even if the Electoral College vote didn’t go our way. Our growing Democratic edge in voter registration countywide, now well over 100,000, bodes well for 2018, 2020 and beyond.
La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club draws members from the communities of Allied Gardens, San Carlos, Del Cerro, the College Area, La Mesa, Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, Santee and other nearby East County Communities. All residents are welcome to attend our monthly meetings which take place on the first Wednesday of each month. Please visit our Website for coming events at lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub.com and like us on Facebook.
Linda Armacost, President
Jeff Benesch, VP for Programming