La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, already one of the largest and most active chartered Democratic Clubs in the County, is experiencing a record influx of new members and intrigued guests as we explore the actual facts of a trump presidency and it’s affects on our long held American values. We had a standing room crowd of over 210 attendees to hear our All-star panel of environmental heroes at our February 1st meeting, and are expecting big turnouts for our March 1st panel about the utterly contemptible trump immigration policy, and then our April 5th meeting featuring the renowned environmental activist Tom Steyer, founder of NextGen Climate.


If ever there was a time to join with fellow Dems and progressives, trump’s alarming group of Republican anti-government ne’er-do-wells should be your clarion call. It turns out that all one needs to head a trump Cabinet department you are totally unqualified to lead is to make millions of dollars of campaign contributions to Republican Senators. Or direct the EPA if you have sued it multiple times in the past. Or head Housing and Urban Development if you admit you have no expertise in that field. Become Secretary of State if you head a large corporation that does mega-business with our sworn enemy. Head the Labor Department if you are against all manner of employee protections. Want to reform banking? Add 6 Goldman Sachs people to your inner circle. Want peace in the Middle East? Put hawks in charge of the Defense Department. Want to create transparency in the White House? Put a spin-mistress propagandist in charge of your messaging. And this is just a partial list.


Want to fight back? Resist? We have proven strategies to influence our elected representatives and hold them accountable! Join LMFDC for as little as $30 a year and become involved. We serve the communities of La Mesa, San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, the College Area, Mt. Helix, Santee, Casa de Oro, and other nearby East County communities. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the very nice La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., just off University Ave. in La Mesa. We are just 5 minutes off the Spring St. exit of I-8. Social time begins at 6:30 PM with the meeting and program kicking off at 7 PM. We adjourn at 8:30-ish.


Our March 1st meeting will feature UCSD Professor Michael Provence, a modern Middle eastern historian who specializes in Syria and the Arab region. He will talk about recent US Middle East policy and the possible consequences of the new rhetorical landscape. We hope Michael will unravel the effects of the trump immigration ban on refugees in the US and in this volatile war-torn region.


Michael Provence received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2001. He is the current director of UCSD Middle East Programs. His research focuses on the colonial and postcolonial Arab world, particularly popular insurgency and nationalism between the World Wars.

He lived and studied over the course of many years in several Middle Eastern countries, particularly Syria and Lebanon between 1998 and 2006. He returns as often as possible.


We’ll also be privileged to hear from Democrat Ben Kalasho, himself an Iraqi-American, and an influential member of the large Chaldean Community in East County. Councilmember Kalasho was elected to the El Cajon City Council in November, 2016. Prior to his landmark election, Kalasho was the founder and president of the San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, which is one of the fastest growing business groups in San Diego. Councilmember Kalasho received an award from the East County Small Business for Job Creation and has numerous awards in Marketing and Business from the National Small Business Association, Chambers of Commerce and notable Networking Organizations. Councilmember Kalasho was born in Baghdad, Iraq as the middle of 6 children. He attended UCSD (ext), studying economics, and left school to pursue a career in Real Estate and investments.


Lastly, the newly elected Chairperson of the County Democratic Party, long-time activist Jessica Hayes, will highlight the party’s efforts to fight and counter radical right wing policies and push San Diego County to the forefront in our efforts to elect Democrats on all levels. Jessica has been a lifelong advocate for women, workers, and equal justice. She was previously a member of Dianne Feinstein’s kitchen cabinet, organized studio employees with the Teamsters, and has volunteered for countless campaigns. She served two terms as South Area Vice Chair. Jessica graduated from UCSD with a B.A. and California Western School of Law with a J.D. She and her former husband built A-Z Towing and became local employers for over 175 people. She raised two daughters of whom she is extremely proud, Chelsea and Brittany.


Find out more about our meetings, and Tom Steyer’s April 5th appearance by visiting our website at lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub.com, or friend us on Facebook. Tom Steyer is an American hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and environmentalist.  He is the founder and former co-senior managing partner of Farallon Capital and the co-founder of Beneficial State Bank, an Oakland-based community development bank. 

In 2010, Steyer and his wife signed The Giving Pledge to donate half of their fortune to charity during their lifetime. Since leaving Farallon in 2012, Steyer has become a leading figure in environmental causes, being among the top donors of the 2014 election cycle, and an environmental advisor to the Obama administration.

Steyer is on the board of Next Generation, a non-profit that intends to tackle children’s issues and the environment.  Steyer is NextGen Climate’s founder. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Stanford University and is active in political campaign fundraising.

Here’s hoping to see you on Wednesday, March 1st at 6:30 PM!!

Linda Armacost, President, Jeff Benesch, VP Programming, La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club



Leave a comment or ask a question.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s