From February 22nd - March 3,  2020, California will be holding it's Democratic Primary election. Voters who are  "non-affiliated" to any party will have to either re-register Democratic Party or ask for a "CROSSOVER BALLOT" otherwise your vote will not be counted.  We no longer vote at precincts.  We vote a "VOTING CENTERS".  There will be other "down ballot" elections of City Council members, State Senators and judges, measures and propositions included with this election. To find out more about the new voting system I urge you to go to this link. LA COUNTY REGISTRARS .

Below is a list of endorsements, and if you'd like to know an explanation our endorsements please click here.   If you would like to know how we pick our endorsements click here.

If you would like a PDF copy of our endorsements to print out click here


President: Bernie Sanders
US Congress:
District 27 - Judy Chu
District 29 - Angelica Dueñas
District 30 - C. J. Beria
District 33 - Ted Lieu
District 34 - Frances Motiwalla
District 37 - Karen Bass
District 43 - Maxine Waters
District 44 - Nanette Barragan
District 45 - Katie Porter
District 47 - Alan Lowenthal
District 50 - Ammar Campa-Najjar
California State Senate:
District 25 - Anthony Portantino
District 27 - Henry Stern
California Assembly:
District 43 - Laura Friedman
District 46 - Adrin Nazarian
District 47 - Eloise Reyes
District 57 - Vanessa Tyson
District 59 - Reggie Jones Sawyer
District 63 - Maria Estrada
District 70 - Patrick O'Donnell
Los Angeles Measure R “Reform LA Jails” - YES
LA County Supervisor:
District 2 - Holly Mitchell
District 5 - Darrell Park
LA County District Attorney:
George Gascón
 Superior Court
Office 72 - Steve Morgan
Office 76 - Emily Cole
Office 80 - Klint James McKay
Office 97 - Timothy D. Reuben
Office 129 - Bruce Moss
Office 145 - Adan Montalban
Office 150 - Sherri Onica Valle Cole
Office 162 - Caree Annette Harper
LA City Council
District 2 - Paul Kerkorian
District 4 - Nithya Raman
District 10 - Aura Vazquez, Grace Yoo
District 12 - Loraine Lundquist
District 14 - Kevin De León
Los Angeles School Board:
Patricia Castellanos, Jackie Goldberg, George McKenna, Scott Shmerelson
Glendale City Council:
Dan Brotman
Leonard Manoukian
Glendale School Board:
Nayiri Nahabedian
California DNC Candidates:
Steve Alari
Otto Lee
John Pérez
Joseph Piñon
Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
Joseph Salas
Gary Shay
Keith Umemoto
Laurence Zakson
Ada Briceño
Mary Ellen Early
Barbara Lee
Christine Pelosi
Susie Shannon
Maxine Waters
Los Angeles Democratic Central Committee
AD 38 - Wade Alexander, Margaret Finnstrom, Isaac Lieberman, Ruth Sanchez, Jerome Vlach, Gina Whipple
AD 39 - Angélica Dueñas, Rosemary Jenkins
AD 43 - Nicholas Billings, Jennifer Chang, Ingrid Gunnell Angel, Izard, Summer Block Lizer, Linda Perez
AD 45 - Betty Doumas-Toto, Christopher Manabe, Yessica Marissa Manabe, Chris Shimizu, Jason C. Small, Michelle Verne, Rebecca 
AD 46 - Jerilyn Stapleton
AD 50 - Jeff Ebenstein, Deana Igelsrud, Paul Koretz, Eddie Mendoza, Dorothy Reik, Mike Soloff, Alison Stern-Simard
AD 51 - Tina Berg, Ron Birnbaum, Jonathan Klein, Belinda Luck, Cliff Olin, Jeanine Rohn
AD 54 - Khin Khin Gyi, Jeanna Harris, Ronnie Jayne Solomon




A Bigger Deal:

Loraine Lundquist for City Council




The presidential election cycle soaks up our collective attention while special elections for State Assembly, seats on City Councils, and School Boards are regularly won with less than 20% of voters casting a ballot.

We are slowly changing the culture and tradition of political insiders backed by big-money winning low-turnout elections. Here, in Los Angeles City Council District 12, we have a chance to hasten the pace of that change. Local political machines are buzzing with 15 candidates competing in the special election to fill the seat after the incumbent resigned to take a private sector job.

I am a strong supporter of Dr. Loraine Lundquist because she represents what government could be. I got to know Loraine during our campaign for Assembly in 2018; she was an Assembly District Delegate who asked a series of thoughtful questions and then decided to support our issues based candidacy.

At first, I knew Loraine’s background as an astrophysicist, sustainable solutions faculty associate at CSUN, and neighborhood activist made her a great person to have helping on the campaign. She brought experience and perspective. She listened, learned, and made valuable input at all stages of the campaign. She managed her time and family commitments as well as anyone and was able to help with everything from endorsement questionnaires to phonebanking. Dr. Lundquist is smart, committed, and hard-working.

As I got to know her better, I knew Loraine Lundquist should… and would run for office in her own right. But it wasn’t her evidence based scientific approach that made me realize she would be a great elected representative, it was her personality and character. I got to see her with her kids, her husband, her students, and I trust her. She is honest, humble, and authentic. Dr. Loraine Lundquist is thoughtful and balanced. As a mother, she is caring and empathetic. She is the kind of person I want representing me on the Los Angeles City Council.

And I am not alone. Loraine has been racking up endorsements from the Americans For Democratic Action, Los Angeles Times to the National Women’s Political Caucus California. As a climate scientist, it is no surprise she has been endorsed by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Bill McKibben, Food and Water Action, and the Sunrise Movement -- Los Angeles Hub. She is the only candidate with endorsements from any chartered Democratic Clubs (SFV Young Democrats, New Frontier Democratic Club, North Valley Democratic Club). Her list of endorsements is impressive and diverse.

Loraine Lundquist is the right person, at the right time, for this important position. Her election to the Los Angeles City Council would be a big deal. It is past time that scientists and women had a more prominent role in the future of government. From the conservative Northwest San Fernando Valley, she is a bridge builder who will address the looming challenges of climate change by creating clean energy jobs and a implementing a comprehensive plan towards a more sustainable way of living. Through compassion and a sense of responsibility, she will lead us in addressing our housing crisis and helping our unhoused neighbors. She will, with her character, depth and honesty transform our politics into something we can be proud of.

Join me in donating, volunteering, and voting for Dr. Loraine Lundquist for Los Angeles City Council District 12.

With Respect,
-Ankur Patel










Last Sunday, February 24th, there was a Brunch Fundraiser held at  ADA members, Jerry Manapearl and Jan Goodman's Home. The purpose was to  raise money for Jackie Goldberg's election campaign for LAUSD SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 5, which will be held March 5th.  The sponsors were, the ADA, PDSSM, Syilvia Aroth & Dante Cacace, Tom Camarella & Ronnie Jayne, Lila Garret from KPFK Radio, Jan Goodman and Jerry Manapearl, Patricia Hoffman& Gene Oppenheim, M.D,Nancy Niparko & Will Ryan, Dorothy Reik, Harvey Wasserman .  ADA member Paul Newman, so graciously, provided the Lox and Cream cheese. 

This well attended event included such movers and shakers as, ADA President and MC Clifford Tasner; KPFK's own Lila Garret; Diablo Nuclear activists Myla Reson and KPFK's Harvey "Sluggo" Wasserman; actress and activist Mimi Kennedy who currently stars on CBS sitcom 'MOM"; ADEM50th district Progressive Slate winners; activist and Pacific Palisades Democratic club President, outreach director for Healthcare for All, Champion Erika Ferensten; Santa Monica's city councilman Kevin McKecown, Santa Monica Rent Control member, and Chair of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board Anastasia Foster.  ADEM54 delegate Tom Camarella from Culver City, ADA longtime member Rick Tuttle and the guest of honor Candidate Jackie Goldberg.

The brunch had a really nice spread with bagels, Lox , cream cheese and onions.  Salads and other goodies were available on the menu along with lemonade and coffee. After a few hours had passed, on that beautiful sunny day, it was time to hear Jackie Goldberg talk about what the issues were and the solutions she was offering.  She filled Jan and Jerry's living room with many concerned people regarding Charter Schools and the effects on the Public school system and the solutions to them.

We were able to raise $5000.00 to help Jackie's Campaign.


CLICK here to view the video of Jackie Goldbergs eloquent presentation


ADEMS 2019

As we watch Donald Trump and the Republicans dismantle democratic institutions, destroy the idea of a progressive income tax, demonize women, Gays, people of color and Muslims and despoil our fragile planet, we have to determine what kind of Democratic Party is equipped to take them on and reclaim our society and our nation. For 26 years, the Democratic Party has made a devils bargain with the same corporations that their Republican colleagues have gotten into be with. We at ADA do not believe that an elected official that takes money from the fossil fuel companies can solve our Climate Crisis, nor one that takes money from Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies can help to usher in Medicare For All. We want to see a Democratic Party that is unapologetically Progressive and Populist and not reliant on corporate cash.

Every 2 years, 7 women and 7 men from each Assembly District are elected to be delegates to the California Democratic Convention. For over 10 years, there have been Progressive slates of delegates running and winning in Southern California. These delegates work to pass resolutions and approve legislation and endorse candidates that represent the People of California and not the corporations. And by and large, progressive slates have won most of the districts that they run in. But this year, the Corporate Centrists in the Party have decided to assemble their own slates so they can wrest control of the Party from the Progressives. They even brand themselves with progressive titles like “The Grassroots Slate.”

But we’re not falling for it. ADA SoCal has endorsed Progressive Slates in a number of districts and we are counting on our members to come out and vote for each of these slates at the scheduled Assembly District Election Meeting (ADEM). Most of these slates have ADA board members and members running on them. Some feature activists we’ve worked with on issues like Medicare For All. It’s important that you vote for everyone on the slate - so we can guarantee that our bold progressive activists get to represent you in the California Democratic Party!

If you don’t know what your assembly district is, please go to this site:

And if it’s one we’ve endorsed, just click on your district below. You can see who’s on the slate as well as the date and time of the ADEM. And if it’s not, please check and see if your district is listed there.
Some more excellent slates are listed at:

Please come out and participate in this process! A small number of people can make a huge difference in the direction of the Democratic Party so we’ll be equipped to take on Trump and the Republicans and reclaim our democracy!

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Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

Please come out and participate in this process! A small number of people can make a huge difference in the direction of the Democratic Party so we’ll be equipped to take on Trump and the Republicans and reclaim our democracy!






Pictured clockwise from upper left, Bob Zaugh, Marcy Winograd, Ann Kim, Jody Evans, Krishna Kant, Kevin De Leon, Dorothy Reik, and Jan Goodman.






Annual Holiday Party


Dec 22 

5:00 - 9:00 pm



Special Guests Congressman Ted Lieu

and Kevin de Leon


State Senator Ben Allen, PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky, Lila Garrett, Dr. Bill, PDA-CA Chair Mike Thaller, 

Russell Greene, Susie Shannon, Jodie Evans, Ani Zonneveld, Harvey Wasserman

& Many More!


Pot Luck Dinner

First Name

A-D: Appetizers   E-L: Salad or Veggies   M-S: Main Course   T-Z: Dessert

Jan & Jerry's House

939 San Vicente Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90402

Corner of San Vincente & Larkin








Did you hear any reports that the latest storm of deadly fires which swept through Southern California /”The Woolsey Fire” started on the grounds of the Southern California Santa Susana Nuclear Testing Lab?  Did you hear that the smoke from those fires contained dangerous radiation from the labs? 

Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), and Professor Harvey Wasserman say YES.  

As much as the media covered the fires, somehow those important aspects – and their impact never got into the news.  Come hear why…and much more:  

This Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

The Aris & Carolyn Anagnos Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, 90230

Hosted by Americans for Democratic Action of Southern California (ADA).  

You are invited to this free event.

 Holiday snacks will be served--It is pot-luck so bring something to share, if you are so inclined.

Free parking in rear and on the street.

Please RSVP to [email protected] to assure that there is adequate seating.

For more info:  310-729-2394




Photos show that one fire that contributed to The Woolsey Fire, the firestorm which blackened much of Southern California in November 2018, began on the grounds of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). Rocky Peak Bell Canyon Fire

Google Map of the affected area where the fire is.

A reactor there suffered a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, when radioactive gases were vented over the Simi and San Fernando valleys.  Other nuclear activities, tens of thousands of rocket-engine tests, and numerous accidents, spills, and releases led to widespread contamination of the surrounding areas with radioactive and toxic materials.  To this day, few people realize that Southern California suffered from a serious partial nuclear meltdown with far reaching effects.  Independent studies indicate increased cancers associated with proximity to the site, and the public remains at risk of exposure due to offsite migration of contaminants in soil, vegetation, groundwater and surface water.

Two videos, documenting the meltdown and its effects can be seen can be seen here and here .

The Department of Toxic Substances Control, which oversees the cleanup, committed to a full clean up by 2017, but the cleanup has yet to begin. "DTSC and the parties responsible for cleaning up the contamination - NASA, the Dept. of Energy, and Boeing - have employed every trick in the book to evade the cleanup,” says Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA).  “Now, much of SSFL's toxicity has literally been ignited and sent to places near and far.”

“Though the media, as usual, denies it,” adds Harvey Wasserman, “we have every reason to believe the fire may well have spread major quantities of radiation throughout the region.  

“True to form, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) immediately denied there was any chance of radioactive harm to the general population.  But, as always, they issued the statement long before any significant testing was done, and have no scientific proof to deny the obvious fact that this hugely contaminated site, when swept over by a raging fire, was virtually certain to emit huge quantities of deadly poisons into the air throughout southern California.”

Is there a way to know for certain what really happened at Santa Susana and throughout the downwind region?  Join Denise, Harvey & the ADA to find out.  

Denise Duffield and Prof. Harvey Wasserman will be discussing whether, there has, in fact, been radioactive and toxic fallout from the Woolsey fire, and if so, what can be done to protect ourselves both from this fallout, and from future related problems.

Denise Duffield is Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR-LA); History Professor Harvey Wasserman hosts KPFK's California Solartopia Show Thursdays 6:30-7pm and has been active in the national No Nukes movement since 1973.

Tuesday, December 4,  2018 at 7:30 pm,

The Aris and Carolyn Anagnos Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA  90230

The discussion is being hosted by Americans for Democratic Action of Southern California (ADA)

Further information:  (310) 729-2394

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NOTE TO EDITORS:  Both Speakers are available for interviews:  Contact:  Denise Duffield, 310-339-9676 or [email protected], or Harvey Wasserman:  614-738-3646 or[email protected]

Americans for Democratic Action was founded more than 70 years ago by a distinguished group of progressive visionaries, including John Kenneth Galbraith, Walter Reuther, and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Founded in the wake of the New Deal, ADA is at the cutting edge of every important struggle for human rights, world peace and social and economic justice.

Jan Goodman, Vice President, Americans for Democratic Action of So.Cal.
(310) 729-2394

ADA SoCal has not endorsed in every single race.  But we would contend that in any race this year that has a Democrat running against a Republican, it would behoove us to vote for the Democrat on November 6th!

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