Monday, May 14, 2012

BMPAC Blues Fest Coming Up!, Marty Hittleman's Views on June Election

From: Bernie Pearl []
Subject: Blues Fest Coming Up!

  Hi Again: We're getting close. This weekend is Mom's Day and next weekend is
the BMPAC Spring Blues Festival, May 18, 19, & 20
I thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to, in case you weren't yet familiar with, some of the incredible artists who will be on the program next weekend. This is just a sample of the kind of blues ball we will all be enjoying.
Take a listen...if you love the Blues, how can you stay away!
Just highlight, cut and paste these links to YouTube

  Barbara Morrison
  Sherry Pruitt   
  Kirk Fletcher
  Sonny Green
  Brother Yusef
Ray Bailey

Check the complete schedule below and get your tickets now!

Friday Night VIP Champagne Show featuring Barbara Morrison, Jamie "Blues Boy" Powell,
Big Terry DeRouen with the Bernie Pearl Blues Band.
Theater Stage 
8:00-11:00, $25

: Billy Foster & the Medallions, "A Tribute to Etta, Johnny, & Richard"
with Danto James, Lucky Otis, Richard Berry III, and Barbara Morrison, Sonny Green, Mama's Boys,
Jamie "Blues Boy" Powell, and the Bernie Pearl Blues Band w/Bobby "Hurricane" Spencer
Outdoor Garden Stage  Noon-6:00, $25

Sunday: "Blues Mamas" with Barbara Morrison, Sista Sherry Pruitt, Shelley Fisher, the Sweetie Chicks, Ray Bailey, Kirk Fletcher, Brother Yusef, the Bernie Pearl Blues Band featuring Albert Trepagnier, Jr.
Outdoor Garden Stage  Noon-6:00,  $25

Saturday & Sunday evenings, following the outdoor show, the action will move indoors to the Theater Stage for an Open Jam Session (bring your axe!). Admission by donation, 2-drink minimum.

Tickets:   (click and paste this link)
Contact: Barbara Morrison
(310) 462-1439 
4305 S. Degnan Ave., L.A. 90008 
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Marty Hittleman is President of the California Federation of Teachers, born in Echo Park. -Ed
From: []
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 5:13 PM
Subject: election advise

It is election time again. My views are the following:
 President: I will not vote for Obama - it will make him think that he is doing a good job when he is not. He has turned out to be a corporate Democrat with no reluctance to go to war, reduce civil liberties, blame teachers for not properly funding education, and on and on. I will either vote for a Green or Peace and Freedom candidate - I don’t suppose it makes much difference which one.
 United States Senate. I will not vote for Feinstein - another corporate Democrat. She has been pressured to vote right on a number of issues but it is rarely an easy sell to get her to vote progressively. Again, take your pick - I will likely vote for Marsh Feinland (Peace and Freedom)
State Measures
 28: change in legislative terms. I will vote YES in order to cut down somewhat the constant churning in office. The change to a maximum of 12 years in the state legislature with the ability to serve it all in one house makes more sense than the current term limits.
 29: Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research. I will vote YES. The arguments you see on television in the tobacco industry supported ads are arguments without substance.
 Los Angeles County Measures
H: Hotel Occupancy tax continuation. I will vote YES.
L: LA County Landfill tax continuation. I will vote YES.
 U.S. Congress
District 24 Lois Capps
District 25 Lee Rogers
District 26 Julia Brownley
District 27 Judy Chu
District 28 Adam Schiff
District 29 Richard Valdez
District 30 Howard Berman - both he and Brad Sherman have pretty good over the years, I just feel closer to Howard because of his longtime association with CFT
District 31 take your pick among the Democrats
District 32 Grace Napolitano
District 33 Henry Waxman
District 34 Xavier Becerra
District 35 Joe Baca
District 37 Karen Bass
District 38 Linda Sanchez
District 39 Jay Chen
District 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard
District 43 Maxine Waters
District 44 Janice Hahn
District 47 Alan Lowenthal
State Senate
District 15 Jim Beall
District 17 Bill Monning
District 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson
District 25 Ameenah Fuller - I don’t like Carol Liu’s views on education very much
District 27 Fran Pavley
District 31 Richard Roth
District 33 Ricardo Lara
District 35 Paul Butterfield - I don’t like Rod Wright’s way of voting
District 39 Marty Block
 State Assembly
District 37 Das Williams
District 38 Edward Headington
District 39 Richard Alarcon
District 41 Chris Holden
District 43 Mike Gatto
District 45 Bob Blumenfield
District 46 Laurette Healey
District 47 Cheryl Brown
District 48 Roger Hernandez
District 49 Ed Chau
District 50 Torie Osborn
District 51 Luis Lopez - a friend of mine and a great guy
District 52 Norma Torres
District 53 John A. Perez
District 54 Holly Mitchell
District 56 V. Manuel Perez
District 57 Ray Bermudez
District 59 Reggie Jones-Sawyer
District 62 Steve Bradford
District 63 Anthony Rendon
District 64 Isadore Hall
District 66 Al Muratsuchi
District 70 Bonnie Lowenthal

   Local Government
 Los Angeles County District Attorney I do not like Carmen Trutanich much so I guess I will vote for Jackie Lacey.
Los Angeles County Supervisor #2 Mark Ridley-Thomas
Los Angeles Superior Court #3 Laurence Kaldor
Long Beach City Council #2 Suja Lowenthal
Long Beach City Council #4 Patrick O’Donnell
Long Beach City Council #8 Al Austin
Torrance City Council Pat Furey
Whittier City Council Nick Donovan, Craig Lebow, Lupe Garcia-Sahagun

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