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9/24/18
Clean Elections Campaign Update – Good News!
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We are up to 390!
Our friend to friend campaign is now up to 390 volunteers!  Thank you all!
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Next Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 3, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest –
Come at 6:30 PM with any questions that you might have about clean elections, our strategy or our campaign or if you just want to help us organize our clean elections campaign.
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Directions to First UU
Please follow these directions.  Take First Avenue north from Washington Street in Hillcrest.  Turn left on Arbor Drive, drive 2 short blocks and park in the parking lot located on the south side of Arbor Drive, across the street from the UCSD Medical Center.  There is no cost for parking, even though the lot says paid parking.  Take a ticket if offered and bring to our meeting to be validated.  Follow the signs going west from the parking lot into the church campus.
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Want to help more?
Watch Road to Clean Elections again (it’s on our web page: sdcleanelections.com)
Talk to a friend about clean elections. (invite them to watch Road to Clean Elections – on our web page)
Come to our monthly steering committee meeting.
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Would you like to help with Outreach? Join our Outreach Team!
Do you like to speak to groups?    Join us and use your public speaking skills.
Would you like to learn how to speak to groups?  Would you like to gain more ability and confidence in front of groups?  Join us!   Mentoring and coaching are available.
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Just how do clean elections work?
Arizona and Maine, as well as the city of Albuquerque, already have clean elections.  While the specifics differ in each location, how clean elections work, is the same in all:
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Potential Clean Elections candidates must:
1) Collect a large number of small, $5,contributions from their district to qualify.
2) Agree to a voluntary spending limit.
3) Agree to take no contributions from private donors.
4) And agree to spend no personal funds on their campaign.
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Can you Like our Clean Elections Facebook Page?
Our clean elections face book page is: San Diego – Clean Elections Campaign
For those of you on face book, come sign on!
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Article – Money-in-Politics Time-line – Open Secrets
“Fundraising” a foreign idea to Founding Fathers – Click here to read .
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To get in touch with the campaign
with questions or suggestions, call or email Campaign Coordinator, John Hartley, at
619-299-8870 or hartley2k@aol.com
Neighborhoods for Clean Elections
8/24/18
Clean Elections Campaign Update – OUTREACH!
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Next Steering Committee Meeting:
Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 PM – Hillcrest Unitarian Universalist Church.  Everyone is welcome to attend – This is our campaign organizing group.  Our main topic will be outreach.  How can we build our campaign team?  COME JOIN US! – If you need directions, call 619-299-8870.
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Friend to Friend campaign
We are now at 305 volunteers who are willing to get our clean elections initiative on the ballot by carrying a petition around with them when we launch our petition drive (most likely January 2020) and ask people they know to sign our petition.  THANK YOU ALL!
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What might be the next step?
I suggest that you watch the Road to Clean Elections video by Bill Moyers, either for the first time, if you haven’t watched it, or again if you have.  Listen to all the reasons why clean elections are so important and create your own,  one to two sentence “elevator talk or reason” why you favor clean elections. The reason for this is for you to be ready to share with a friend or neighbor or someone you know,  why you think clean elections are important.
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You can help with outreach!
While our organizing team is working to build our campaign team, you can help too. You could join our steering committee.  You could volunteer to help with outreach by being willing to be trained to talk to groups with a two-minute elevator talk.  You could just talk to a friend, share with them why you like clean elections,  and invite them to join our campaign.  You can like our facebook page:  San Diego – Clean Elections Campaign. There is a lot more you can do, if you want to.  It is all up to you.  For me, I am just excited that you are willing to be part of our friend to friend campaign.    For more information, call campaign coordinator John Hartley at 619-299-8870
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Bernie Sanders – On  “Getting Big Money Out of Politics and Restoring Democracy”
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On November 19, 1863, standing on the bloodstained battlefield of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most significant and best-remembered speeches in American history. At the conclusion of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln stated “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
In the year 2016, with a political campaign finance system that is corrupt and increasingly controlled by billionaires and special interests, I fear very much that, in fact, government of the people, by the people, and for the people is beginning to perish in the United States of America – –   Read the whole article here
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To get in touch with the campaign
with questions or suggestions, call or email Campaign Coordinator, John Hartley, at
619-299-8870 or hartley2k@aol.com
Neighborhoods for Clean Elections
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7/23/18   –  Clean Elections Campaign Update.

Next Steering Committee Meeting
First Wednesday in August
August 1 at 6:30pm at the First Unitarian Universalist church
in Hillcrest. Everyone invited to join in!
(directions below)
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Agenda Items
How does our proposed clean elections initiative work?   How do we outreach?
What does our campaign need?
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Thank you!
We are up to 244 volunteers!  Thanks to all of you who have volunteered for our Friend to Friend campaign.  Remember that we will not be starting our petition effort until late 2019 or early 2020 so you can rest until then!  And when we start, you will only be asked to carry a petition in your daily activities and then when you meet someone you know and if it is appropriate, you can ask that person to sign the petition. I have done this a lot over the years and I find that people I know do not say no when I ask them to sign a petition.
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How do Clean Elections Work?
These simple basics of clean elections are described in the”Road to Clean Elections”  video.
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1 – Those wanting to qualify for clean money funding collect a set number of
        small $5 contributions in their district.
2 – They agree to voluntary spending limits.
3 – They cannot take campaign contributions from private donors.
4 – They cannot pay for their campaign out of their own pocket.
     Once they qualify, they get full public funding for their campaign.
(This past article in the San Diego Free Press still applies)
Getting Money Out of Politics in San Diego City Elections
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6/22/18  –  Clean Elections Campaign Update
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First, thank you for your support for clean elections!  thank you!.
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Steering Committee
We have created an ongoing Steering Committee meeting for those who would like to help more and if this calls to you, please join us on Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest.(follow up meetings will be on the first Wednesday of every month)
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Directions to First Unitarian Universalist Church
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS –  GO NORTH from Washington Street in Hillcrest on First Avenue, turn left on Arbor Drive and park in the paid parking lot on the south side of Arbor Drive across the street from the UCSD Medical Center. If a ticket is offered, take it and walk WEST  through the entrance way.  Our room is on the left, Room 113,  through the entrance way. Follow the signs. PARKING WILL BE VALIDATED AT NO COST. If you have any questions, call John Hartley.
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Campaign Time Line
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Our goal is to put our Clean Elections Citizen Initiative on the 2020 general election presidential ballot because this is the biggest voter turn out. Getting our measure on this ballot is our best chance to win!
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To get our measure on the ballot, we will have to launch a petition drive at some time next year in 2019 and get 70,000+ signatures of registered voters in the City of San Diego.  The City of San Diego will give us 6 months to do this.  To be successful, we will have to be well prepared and ready to go on day one!
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Our goal for the remainder of 2018 – To educate and enroll volunteers who believe in clean elections, who would be willing to carry a petition around with them during the 2019 six month petition drive and ask people they know when they meet them and when it is appropriate, to sign the petition.  Our tentative goal is 500 volunteers and we are now at 195!  We are calling this a “Friend to Friend” campaign.
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(We will also have a vigorous weekend shopping center volunteer effort during the six-month petition drive in 2019 but this will not be for everyone)
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Current Clean Elections Resources for your use.
Our clean elections web page is: sdcleanelections.org – check it out.
Our clean elections face book page is: San Diego – Clean Elections Campaign – I could use help with this .  The road to Clean Elections video by Bill Moyers – you can also Google it
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What do I suggest you could do right now?
Discover why you support clean elections by writing down what you already know or by checking out Road to Clean Elections which lists a number of reasons for clean elections.  Find the one, two or three that speak to you.  Write them out in a declarative statement and practice saying them a few times while watching yourself in your bathroom mirror.
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And then
I suggest that you talk to a friend, neighbor or family member. Share why you support clean elections and invite them to watch Road to Clean Elections.  You can share about Road to Clean Elections in either of two ways.  You could have them find it on Google or provide the link in an email. To provide the link in an email, highlight the photo Road to Clean Elections with a left click, copy with a right click and then paste it into an email you are creating using a left click for where to place and then pasting it in place with a right click.  Include a message and send it to someone you know.  This will help you develop your “elevator” talk and educate someone about the benefits of clean elections.
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If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.
John Hartley, Campaign Coordinator
619-299-8870
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Clean Elections Campaign – September 2017 Update
 
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. 
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 
– Margaret Mead
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Hi Everyone – First, Mark Your Calendars!
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Help us create an Action Plan for the Clean Elections Campaign
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We are meeting on Saturday, September 30, 1pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest. 
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Directions: north on First Avenue from Washington Street, west on Arbor Drive and park in the parking across the street from the entrance to the UCSD Medical Center.  Take a ticket if offered and bring to meeting for validation. Parking is free.
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Paul Watson and Bill Oswald with over 20 years of organizing experience will help us create an action plan for the Clean Elections Campaign.  Come join us and be part of our effort.  Paul and Bill had been working with us to help facilitate the empowerment of neighborhoods by helping neighborhoods work together.  But those volunteers decided that the enactment of clean elections or small donor public funding of elections needed to come first.  We are elated with their help and support.
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COALITION UPDATE
An essential element of our strategy is to create a coalition of groups who support clean elections.  We started the coalition with the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Activist San Diego and our group, Neighborhoods for Clean Elections.  We have now grown to over 10 groups now participating.  If you know of a group that might be supportive, please contact John Hartley at 619-299-8870.  The coalition is now working on who should be responsible for administering a clean elections reform.
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FUNDRAISING – COUNT ME IN!
Another essential element in our campaign will be raising a war chest to both get our citizen’s initiative on the ballot and for waging the resulting campaign against the opposition. The Count Me In campaign asks that you sign-up for a $10 or more in support for the campaign through PayPal which automatically will deduct the amount every month as you instruct.  
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TO SIGN UP FOR THE COUNT ME IN CAMPAIGN!
Go to our web page: sdcleanelections.com and sign up on the right side column for Pay Pal. AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE HELP US OVER THE YEARS! 
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HELP NEEDED
We could help with media. If you are proficient with facebook and other media,  WE COULD USE YOUR HELP.  Give John Hartley a call.
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WE END BY THANKING ALL OF YOU WHO SUPPORT CLEAN ELECTIONS FOR SAN DIEGO!  And if you have a question or a suggestion, please give me a call.
John Hartley, Coordinator: Neighborhoods for Clean Elections
619-299-8870

July 2017 Update

Hi Everyone
I hope you are having a great summer.  So far it has been a hot one!  We are enlarging the campaign with a series of new actions.  We are creating a new, powerful,  fundraising campaign,  we are creating a new meeting for those who want more information on Clean Elections and we are setting up a new phone bank.
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WHY THE NEED FOR FUNDRAISING!
Part of our critique of our past campaign efforts was that we had to build a bigger and more effective coalition which we have started with the creation of the Clean Elections Coalition.  We started it by joining with Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and Activist San Diego.  Since then we have been joined by a number of volunteers from various community groups and if you know of an organization that might be interested, please contact us. But the other area where we saw that we needed to expand our effort dramatically, was in fundraising. We need to build a large war chest to help us get over the top in signatures and in the following campaign once we are on the ballot.
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COUNT ME IN!
So,we have come up with a monthly PAY PAL campaign which we are calling, COUNT ME IN!  where we ask supporters of campaign finance reform or Clean Elections, for the city of San Diego, to sign up on our web page, to contribute $10 a month to our campaign through Pay Pal.  We choose ten dollars because we have found that it is a small, almost forgettable amount which almost all of us can easily afford.  It might not seem adequate for what we need to accomplish but the strength of our appeal counts on the support of a large amount of volunteers.  But for every 100 volunteers who contribute $10 a month, we raise $1,000 for that month!  And the small individual request fits in with our support of public funding of elections.
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SO WE ASK YOU
to go to our web page, sdcleanelections.com and sign up for a monthly contribution to the campaign of $10 or more a month.  Talk to your friends, your neighbors and your family members and invite them to  join in.  Let’s make this a people’s campaign for campaign finance reform, or Clean Elections, for San Diego.
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MONTHLY PHONE BANK
We are also initiating a monthly phone bank on the fourth Wednesday of the month, with the first one being this month, Wednesday, July 26 going from 7pm to 8:30pm.  We will use the phone bank to be in contact with our supporters. Call our campaign coordinator below if you can help,  for directions to our phone bank location.
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WHAT IS A COFFEE KLATCH!
We are setting up a monthly Coffee Klatch for those of you who might want more information on Clean Elections.  The term coffee klatch comes from Germany and implies getting together to “gossip.”  We see it as an informal way to meet, talk, 
 drink some coffee and have fun in the process. 
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OUR FIRST COFFEE KLATCH
will be on Wednesday, July 26 at 5:30pm at the Linda Vista Starbucks across from Mesa College, at 76256 Linda Vista Road.  Look for our sign on an outside table.  Coffee and snacks are available at Starbucks and there are a number of close by restaurants for more hearty fair.
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ALLIANCE MEETING   – NEIGHBORHOODS WORKING TOGETHER!
Saturday, July 22, 1pm to 3pm  at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest  (across the street from the UCSD Medical Center)    JOIN US at this Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance meeting as we work on Clean Elections and other neighborhood issues.
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WHO TO CALL
Call our campaign coordinator, John Hartley at 619-299-8870 for any questions you might have and thanks again for your help in our goal of transforming San Diego politics through Clean Elections for San Diego


April 2017 Update
Hi Everyone,
Our campaign is starting to build some steam. Building a strong coalition is getting off the ground. If you know of a group that might be interested in supporting campaign finance reform for San Diego, please let us know. Our organizing work with the Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance is beginning to take shape and there seems to be heightened interest everywhere in people wanting to take action, be heard and make a difference. One such action is highlighted below with the showing of the Greg Palast Documentary “THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” next week. COME JOIN US! Above all if you have any ideas or suggestions that you would like to share, please call John at 619-299-8870 or respond to this email outreach. I leave you with the Joe Hill quote as he was awaiting execution, “DON’T MOURN, ORGANIZE!”
John Hartley, Coordinator
NEIGHBORHOODS FOR CLEAN ELECTIONS

“THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” A Greg Palast Documentary

WHEN: Wed., April 12 at 6:40PM
WHERE: First Unitarian Universalist Church of SD
4190 Front St.
San Diego, CA 92103
Everyone is welcome to attend this free showing of Greg Palast’s film. He shows how hard right political groups suppressed voters in the recent, especially minority populations. 110 minute run time. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of SD, 4190 Front St., San Diego 92103. The only driveway into the church parking lot is directly across the street from the Hillcrest UCSD Medical Center. So, for GPS purposes only, you might want to use UCSD’s address, 200 W. Arbor Dr., San Diego 92103.
NEXT ORGANIZING MEETING -SATURDAY, MAY 6
Our next organizing meeting with the Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance will be on Saturday, May 6 at 1pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, across the street from the UCSD Medical Center. Park in the parking lot and bring your parking ticket to the meeting for validation. We will be working on the clean elections campaign and other areas such as affordable housing/homelessness, neighborhood schools and infrastructure, if there is interest.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MAY 20
DARK MONEY: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT by Jane Mayer

WHEN: Sat., May 20 1PM
WHERE: First Unitarian Universalist Church of SD
4190 Front St.
San Diego, CA 92103
If you have not had time to read Mayer’s 550 page book, DARK MONEY, you are welcome to attend this free presentation. Three activists who have read DARK MONEY will present a 90-minute summary of Mayer’s research, focusing on how the billionaire Koch brothers have implemented a 40 year plan to push the political discussion and voting to the hard right in the US. We’ll have a group discussion after with free coffee and snacks. The New York Times named Mayer’s book one of the 10 most important books of 2016. Everyone is welcome to come find out how deeply the brothers have penetrated Congress, Statehouse, non-profits, academia, and the popular vote.If you have any questions, please feel free contact Maureen McNair at memcnair948@gmail.com.


March 2017 Update

 

Campaign Finance Reform Volunteers Wanted

Join us Saturday, April 1, 1-3pm at the First Unitarian Church in Hillcrest (across from the UCSD Medical Center) as we organize our campaign for Clean Elections or small donor public funding of elections for San Diego. For more information, contact John Hartley, Campaign Coordinator, at 619-299-8870 or hartley2k@aol.com.

  • When – Sat, April 1, 1pm – 3pm
  • Where – First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest (across the street from the UCSD Medical Center (map)

Check Out Our Web Page

Our web page is: sdcleanelections.com Check it out even though it is a work in progress. Check out our videos on the home page and sign up to support our campaign: to volunteer, to get our monthly updates, to contribute and to get on our Facebook page.

Watch this 10 minute video

Watch this video on the New York City small donor public financing program!
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS – THE FACES OF SMALL DONOR PUBLIC FINANCING


February 2017 Update

 

Come join us at our next: Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance Meeting

Saturday, February 25, 1-3pm , First Unitarian/Universalist Church, Across from U.C.S.D Medical Center in Hillcrest. Parking validated at the meeting.

2 – part meeting
How do we want to learn? (skill building)
How do we take action together? (Bring your ideas and suggestions!)

We sponsored the creation of this group to further empower neighborhoods and to allow volunteers to work on projects of interest including campaign finance reform. We are still working on the format of the meetings which will be further worked out at this meeting. So far, the expressed need of those present, has been for skill building and working in small groups on areas of interest. This is your chance to share your thoughts and ideas and to learn new skills and help in the campaign. Again, come join us.

For more information on this meeting or the campaign, contact Campaign Coordinator:
John Hartley at 619-299-8870 – hartley2k@aol.comsdcleanelections.com

What are Clean Elections? What are small donor public funding elections?
For years we advocated for a form of campaign finance reform for San Diego called clean elections which is full public funding of elections. we attempted to get an initiative on the ballot last summer, we quickly realized that we had not build sufficient support to be successful. We learned some painful lessons, that we needed to do more education, raise more money and to build a bigger coalition to be successful. At the same time, we realized that we were still committed to our goals of campaign finance reform including neighborhood and citizen empowerment, that everyone should have the chance to run for office and serve, and that our elected leaders should serve the interests of all and not just the wealthy and special interests! .
We have also discovered an alternative to clean elections as the vehicle to champion local campaign finance reform. That alternative is called Clean Elections or small donor public funding. Small donor public funding has been in existence in New York City and the City of Los Angeles since the 1980s, and was just voted into the City of Berkeley this past November.

Check out Small Donor Public Financing Yourself!
Watch this short, 10 minute video showing the impact of New York City’s small donor public funding program. I think you will like it!

 

The most recent victory for Clean Elections!
The City of Berkeley just passed a campaign finance reform measure called “Berkeley Clean Elections” this past November. It is a victory for campaign finance reform everywhere!
Check it out!

First Step! New San Diego Clean Elections Network Coalition Forming
The League of Women Voters, Common Cause and Neighborhoods for Clean Elections have come together to educate San Diegans about the problems and solutions for “big money” in our local politics. Our goal is to build a Grand Coalition behind campaign finance reform for San Diego. If you would like to get involved, come to our Alliance meeting on February 25. If you are part of a group that might be interested in empowering neighborhoods and residents through Clean Elections or campaign finance reform, contact John Hartley at 619-299-8870 or hartley2k@aol.com

If you wish to be taken off our list, please send back a response with your request.


January 2017 Update

Happy New Year everyone! TIME FOR ACTION!

First, JOIN US FOR OUR Neighborhood Empowerment Forum on Saturday, January 14 from 1-4pm at the Unitarian/Universalist Church in Hillcrest, across from the UCSD Medical Center. We will be selecting an issue that all neighborhoods can get behind in order to demonstrate that we can work together!
COME AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS!

AND IT IS TIME FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!
We will soon launch our new small donor public funding campaign for San Diego! This is the campaign finance reform long established in New York City and Los Angeles. We will be reaching out to all San Diegans, individually and groups, to share how small small donor public funding empowers people and neighborhoods.

TO GIVE YOU A TASTE, I have provided a link to: BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS – The Faces of Small Donor Public Financing – It’s only 10 minutes long. Check it out:

 

And last but not least, join us for a WORKING MEETING this Saturday, January 7 at 1pm at the Global ARC conference room at 4343 Morena Blvd to plan for the Neighborhood Forum.</br >
COME JOIN US!

CONTACT ME WITH YOUR IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS
John Hartley, Campaign Coordinator: 619-299-8870

 

Campaign Update – Wow!
November 2016

Hi Everyone,
This is a quote that I got from working with the Sierra Club over the years. For me, it means to have a global outlook but to put your energy into something local that you can actually work on and make a difference. It helps me to not think about the national elections results and to find satisfaction in working on something that I can actually make happen, like transforming politics and empowering neighborhoods in the City of San Diego!
So where is our campaign today?</span >
As you know our goal is to empower regular San Diegans and neighborhoods through campaign finance reform. We are also working to empower neighborhoods by helping them work together when lobbying the city of San Diego for their needs.
On campaign finance reform,</span >
we are switching from clean elections to small donor public financing like that already in effect in New York City and the city of Los Angeles. We are in the process of updating our web page: sdcleanelections.com and educating ourselves on small donor public financing. As we become more organized, we plan to outreach to San Diegans throughout the City and to build support for Clean Elections! Stay tuned!
For more information</span >
on small donor public financing, check out this video about “Breaking Down Barriers”:
The Faces of Small Donor Public Financing
Would you like to help with campaign finance reform?
Call or e mail Campaign Coordinator John Hartley at
619-299-8870 – hartley2k@aol.com
The Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance</span >
Our second effort is to help neighborhoods work together in lobbying the city to support their individual neighborhood needs. We have sponsored several workshops where residents from neighborhoods throughout the city have met to share what was important for them and their neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance was formed out of this process. The first goal of the Alliance is to see if neighborhoods can work together by choosing one project to work on. And to determine that project, the Alliance volunteers created a survey which they have shared with over 30 groups throughout the city. That input would be analyzed at the next working meeting of the Alliance on Saturday, December 3 at 1pm and the final project will be selected at the NEIGHBORHOOD EMPOWERMENT FORUM on Saturday, January 14 .
Would you like to help with the Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance?
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you can join the Alliance working group on Saturday, December 3 from 1-3pm at the Global ARC conference room at their 4343 Morena Blvd office (north of Cosco on Morena Blvd and parallel to highway 5)
And second,</span >
you can put the Neighborhood Empowerment Forum on your calendar. It will be meeting on Saturday, January 14 from 1-4pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest – their parking lot is across the street from the UCSD Medical Center and parking is validated.
Again, if you would like more information on the Alliance or if you have a question, give Campaign Coordinator John Hartley a call at 619-299-8870.
And finally, have a great THANKSGIVING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

Campaign Update
October 2016

Hi Everyone,

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Much is happening in the campaign! Where to start?

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OUR COMMITTMENT
is to empower all San Diegans and all our neighborhoods through campaign finance reform and we are looking at the small donor public funding reform enacted in New York City and Los Angeles. CHECK OUT THIS SHORT VIDEO FROM NEW YORK CITY: The Faces of Small Donor Public Financing. Brennan Center for Justice

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD EMPOWERMENT ALLIANCE IS BORN!
Starting this summer, we hosted a Neighborhood Vision Workshop to see if neighborhoods working together, could have more clout with the City in getting what they need in their individual neighborhoods. At the June 4 workshop, the group came up with a list of neighborhood needs that might be accomplished by neighborhoods working together.

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At the second workshop, this past October 17, the group decided to see if our neighborhoods could actually work together by selecting one goal to work on. To determine this goal, the group decided to create a survey based on the initial list of needs created by the first workshop, MAKE IT OPEN TO ALL San Diegans and to put on a Neighborhood Empowerment Forum on January 14 next year at the First Unitarian Universalist church in Hillcrest. This is where the final goal of the group would be decided and confirmed. And finally, we created a name to identify our efforts: the NEIGHBORHOOD EMPOWERMENT ALLIANCE .

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HOW CAN YOU HELP? HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

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FIRST, YOU CAN TAKE THE SURVEY!
Attached is a two page pdf, with one page describing the history and decision process and one being the survey itself. PLEASE PRINT IT HERE, READ IT, FILL OUT THE SURVEY AND MAIL IT IN TO: Neighborhoods for Clean Elections, P.O. Box 16066, San Diego, CA 92176.

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YOU CAN JOIN THE ALLIANCE ORGANIZING GROUP!
The next organizing meeting of the Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance will be on October 29, 1-3pm at the Global Arc conference room located at 4343 Morena Blvd (north of Balboa Avenue and Costco and parallel to Highway 5) Come join us!

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AND YOU CAN ATTEND THE NEIGHBORHOOD EMPOWERMENT FORUM!
The Neighborhood Empowerment Forum will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1-4pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest (MARK YOUR CALENDARS! where the initial goal of the Alliance will be determined. COME AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS!

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That’s it folks.
We could also use more volunteer help in outreach to groups. If you are already a veteran at public speaking, we could use your help. If you would like help in mastering public speaking, we can help you and we could also use your help. COME JOIN US!

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Have a question, a suggestion or a complaint? GIVE ME A CALL! Contact Campaign Coordinator John Hartley at 619-299-8870

Campaign Update
September 2016

TWO UPCOMING WORKSHOPS – COME JOIN US!
Saturday, September 17 – Second Neighborhood Vision Workshop, 1-4pm
Saturday, October 1 – Protecting Your Neighborhood, 1-2pm

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NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE MORE CLOUT WITH THE CITY, IN GETTING WHAT THEY NEED, WHEN THEY WORK TOGETHER!

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The second Neighborhood Vision Workshop which will be on Saturday, September 17 from 1pm to 4pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest (across the street from the entrance of UCSD Medical Center).

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We held our first Neighborhood Vision Workshop in June where a hardy group of volunteers from different neighborhoods came together to discover the benefit for neighborhoods when they work together!

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Craig Sherman Workshop – How to Protect Your Neighborhood!

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Saturday, October 1 from 1pm to 2pm, again at the same First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest
Craig Sherman is an local attorney dedicated to helping neighborhoods protect themselves against inappropriate growth by understanding the rules and tools available to the public and how to use them. If you worry about developers using loopholes to get around your neighborhood protection and the city favoring the developers or looking the other way, this workshop is for you!

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And finally,
check out this short video from the New York City Brennan Center on small donor, matching funds type, public financing.

Brennan Center for Justice

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John Hartley, Coordinator, 619-299-8870
Neighborhoods for Clean Elections

Campaign Update
Aug 2016

Yes, you noticed!
We have changed our name of our campaign group from Neighborhoods for Clean Elections to Neighborhoods for Clean Elections. We made this choice because we want to move ahead with lessons that we have learned. One such lesson was that we need to build a bigger coalition going forward. We have now linked up formally with Common Cause and the League of Women Voters to build a coalition for Clean Elections for the City of San Diego. Both support a small donor matching funds type of public funding of elections and we will share more about this kind of campaign finance reform in upcoming updates. New York City and Los Angeles both have this type of campaign finance reform and you can also goggle it for more information. We will keep you informed of our progress as we move forward!

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NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE MORE CLOUT
WHEN THEY WORK TOGETHER!

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Mark your calendars
for the second Neighborhood Vision Workshop which will be on Saturday, September 17 from 1pm to 4pm, held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest (across the street from the entrance of UCSD Medical Center).

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We held our first Neighborhood Vision Workshop on Saturday, June 4 at the same Hillcrest First Unitarian Universalist Church where a hardy group of volunteers from varied neighborhoods came together to discover benefits for individual neighborhoods
when neighborhoods support each other!

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Craig Sherman Workshop – How to Protect Your Neighborhood!
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When/Where? Saturday, October 1 from 1pm to 2pm, again at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest

Craig Sherman is an local attorney dedicated to helping neighborhoods protect themselves against inappropriate growth by understanding the rules and tools available to the public and how to use them. If you worry about developers using loopholes to get around your neighborhood protection and the city favoring the developers or looking the other way, this workshop is for you!

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What’s Next?
As you can see, we are building upon what we learned from the Clean Elections campaign: build a stronger coalition, raise more money and do more outreach. That transition can be seen on our new web page: sdcleanelections.com. And part of that outreach needs to be with those who already support us,
YOU!

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We could use your ideas and suggestions in this process. Until we create some type of interactive event, please help us and our campaign for campaign finance reform for the City of San Diego, by sharing your ideas and suggestions with us. Give me a call or send me an email.

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John Hartley, Coordinator, 619-299-8870

Neighborhoods for Clean Elections