March Club Update

NELA Dems Endorses
Jimmy Gomez for Congress
and says goodbye to El Arco Iris

At the final meeting that will be held at El Arco Iris restaurant (ICYMI, it is being sold), on Weds. March 15, NELA Dems voted to endorse Jimmy Gomez for Congress.

All democratic candidates were invited to participate. Five candidates returned their candidate surveys by the deadline to be considered (Jimmy Gomez, Yolie Flores, Sandra Mendoza, Sara Hernandez, and Ricardo de la Fuente)

With 84% of the vote, Jimmy Gomez is the pick of the Northeast Democratic Club.  Best of luck, Jimmy – we are with you!

VOLUNTEER FOR JIMMY- Club members who want to volunteer for the Jimmy Gomez campaign can sign up here.  We will also keep you updated with special opportunities and requests from the campaign.

VOTE: The primary for this race is on April 4, 2017.

(See an album of photos by Al C. Strange from the endorsement meeting on our Facebook page)

El Arco Iris has been a wonderful friend to our club for many years. We encourage you to go enjoy a meal and support the business, opened in 1964, during its final weeks.  Thank you El Arco Iris. You will be missed.

April 19 – Next Club Meeting
(and possible endorsement meeting for Council District 1)

The next club meeting is Wednesday April 19.  We will be in touch with location details, since as mentioned above, we have said a fond goodbye to El Arco Iris.

At the April 19 meeting, we will discuss items of business including:

  • a presentation by the California Clean Money Campaign, regarding AB 14, the California Disclose Act, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael.)
  • Volunteer / organizing opportunities
  • Upcoming September club fundraiser
  • POSSIBLE CD1 ENDORSEMENT.  As of today, it appears that no candidate has achieved more than 50%+1 vote in the March 7 primary election for Council District 1. Ballots are still being counted and final results are expected early next week, but it appears there will be a runoff between the two top voter getters, Gil Cedillo and Joseph Bray-Ali.  NELA Dems did not endorse either candidate in the primary election as no candidate achieved the required 60% threshold for a club endorsement.  Club rules allow consideration of an endorsement in a general election if no candidate is endorsed in the primary or if the endorsed candidate does not advance to the general.  We will keep you posted on the results coming from the LA County registrar.  As always, new club members who want to vote must be dues-paying members for 30 days prior to an endorsement meeting.  Existing / renewing members may renew their dues at the endorsement meeting and vote.

(in case you missed it)

February was a busy month for the club.

On Wednesday Feb. 22 co-hosted (with numerous other clubs) a debate amongst candidates vying to become our next Congressmember.

Then, on Thursday Feb. 23 our club hosted a panel forum at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock about the very important Measure S on the March ballot. The club voted afterwards, and while the majority of voting members voted against the measure the 60% thresh hold was not achieved for an endorsement.  As you probably know, the measure did not pass at the polls on March 7.

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February News & March Special Endorsement Meeting

We are co-hosting a CD34 candidates debate with other Democratic clubs (Stonewall, Avance & Miracle Mile) on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Heights (Plaza de la Raza). For now save the date and stay tuned for more info in the next week.
On Thursday, February 23 at 7pm we are hosting a Measure S forum at a location to be determined. More info to follow, please save the date.
Special Endorsement Meeting for CD34 candidates is on March 15, which means:

*New Members of NEDC must register and pay dues on or before Feb. 15  in order to be eligible to vote in March endorsement meeting.

*Returning Members of NEDC have until day of endorsements meeting March 15th (Wednesday) to pay dues.

*You can also pay with a debit or credit card, or PayPal at

$10 Student/Senior
$20 Individual
$27 Family

Endorsements & Meeting Schedule for 2017

Los Angeles City Mayor: Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles City Council, District 1: No Consensus
Los Angeles City Council, District 13: Mitch O’Farrell
Los Angeles Board of Education, District 2: No Consensus
Los Angeles Community College Board, Seat 2: Steve Veres
Los Angeles Community College Board, Seat 4: No Consensus
Los Angeles Community College Board, Seat 6: No Consensus

Meeting Schedule for 2017:

February 23(thursday):  Measure S panel & meeting

March 15: Special Meeting for CD34 endorsement

April 19

June 21

Sept. 20:  Club fundraiser

December:  Club Holiday Mixer

EL ARCO IRIS (park at Galco’s)
5684 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
7 p.m. 

Holiday Party and More News

NEDC Holiday Party: Dec 12th at 7 p.m. (Monday)
It’s on a Monday this year and proceeds will benefit local homeless programs. Please bring perishable food, blankets, socks, etc to donate.

We will have light snacks, no host bar and a tip jar for the servers. Please DO NOT PARK in the Arco Iris parking lot. There is FREE PARKING at Galco’s across the street. The price of entry is to be determined.

Paying Dues for 2017 and Endorsements Meeting:
Our first meeting of 2017 is January 18th (Wednesday) and it is also our endorsements meeting for the March primary elections (yes, here we go again!).

*New Members of NEDC must register and pay dues on or before Dec. 12th (our Holiday Party) in order to be eligible to vote in January.

*Returning Members of NEDC have until day of endorsements meeting January 18th (Wednesday) to pay dues for 2017.

*Bring a check or cash to Holiday Party or Meeting in January. You can also pay with a debit or credit card, or PayPal at

$10 Student/Senior
$20 Individual
$27 Family

NEDC Board Elections:
We are holding elections for 2017 board members on Dec 12th, the day of our Holiday Party.

NEDC Holiday Party & Club Board Elections
Monday, December 12, 2016
5684 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
7 p.m. 

Meeting Tonight (9/21) at 7pm

September (endorsements) MEETING is TODAY
Wednesday, September 21
El Arco Iris
5684 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Please do not park in the El Arco lot. We can park in the Galco lot. 
Props & Measures for discussion tonight

Measure A (parks)

Measure M (transportation)

Measure HH (homelessness)

Measure RRR (DWP reform)

Prop 55 (school funding)

****We will have speakers for each

The newly elected board has updated the 2016 meeting schedule to reflect simplicity and predictability. All meetings are at 7 p.m. at El Arco Iris. Remaining schedule is below:

November 16
December 3: Holiday Party

Endorsements for June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election

Democratic President of the United States
Hillary Clinton

Los Angeles County Committee- 51st Assembly District
Gail M. Burns
Mary Rose Ortega
Jessica Wethington McLean
Bennett Steven Kayser
Daniel S. Andalon
Christopher B. Arellano
Mark Gonzalez

United States Senator
Kamala D. Harris

United States Representative- 34th District
Xavier Becerra

Member of the State Assembly- 51st District
Jimmy Gomez

Judge of the Superior Court- Office No.84
Susan Jung Townsend

Judge of the Superior Court- Office No.158
Kim L. Nguyen

District Attorney
Jackie Lacey

State Measure 50
No endorsement

New Schedule for Northeast Democrats Meetings!

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, May 18
El Arco Iris
5684 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042

The newly elected board has updated the 2016 meeting schedule to reflect simplicity and predictability. All meetings are at 7 p.m. at El Arco Iris. Schedule is below:

July: Date to be determined (TBD)
September 21
November 16
December 3: Holiday Party