Compiled by RADC Members - Tracy Wise, Jeff Poggi and Israel Igualate
Welcome to this week’s Call to Action, where you can find some of the latest events and news to help you take part on the issues that matter to our communities. If you have a call to action that you would like us to highlight, email us at: [email protected]
For Thursday, April 14, 2022
1. *SAVE THE DATE* Opportunity to Support San Bernardino County Democrats!
The 2nd Annual SBCDP Spring Fundraising Gala is confirmed for Saturday, April 30th, at 6:00 pm. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Shirley Weber, CA Secretary of State.
Tickets are now available by clicking here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/springgala22
The Gala will still be virtual, so you can attend in your house shoes and slippers. No one will ever know!
The emcee for the 2nd year in a row will be our very own Senator Connie Leyva!
2. Next Steps: Bringing Mixed-Use Buildings and Taking Steps Towards a More Vibrant, Pedestrian-Focused Downtown Redlands!
The Redlands of the future can be shaped to our collective visions, but only if we get involved in the process. On Tuesday, April 12, the Redlands City Planning Commission held a comprehensive discussion on revised and updated proposals for mixed-use development in the heart of our downtown. This proposed re-development of the Mall creates an opportunity for us to have denser housing (which we need to think about as we move into our climate-unstable future) with a variety of businesses to ensure both the economic future of our city and also to enrich the lived experience here in Redlands.
Mis- and even disinformation is distorting the understanding many Redlanders have about the process. Continuing concerns include parking worries (and, to be frank, it is not this project’s responsibility to fix the city’s parking issues—the city has to do this with an integrated parking plan for Redlands) and how the design and architectural elements reflect Redlands’ past and point towards its future. Additionally, the question of what CVS will decide to do: move (and where, though one location has been proposed and debated) or remain through the end of their 15-year lease, requiring the plans to adapt to build around them for the time being. The meeting itself was a constructive and content-filled marathon, but incredibly hopeful about the design and the viability of this project at the heart of our city.
Next steps? The Planning Commission and the City Council will hold an upcoming joint meeting to discuss the project in greater depth. We will alert you to when that date and time will be and how you can participate (in-person and/or virtually).
In the meantime, take a few minutes to view the current plans. Information about the 4/12 meeting can be found here in the downloadable .pdf packet: https://destinyhosted.com/agenda_publish.cfm?id=73352&mt=ALL&get_month=4&get_year=2022&dsp=ag&seq=303
3. Stop By and See Us at the Redlands Bicycle Classic!
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is back! And Redlands Dems will be there! Race Week is happening April 20-24, 2022! Stop by and see us at our table on April 23 and 24 (Saturday and Sunday) between 8 am and 4 pm.
We are looking for volunteers to join us with set up, helming the table, and break down on each day. Contact Membership Committee Chair/Secretary Rhonda Stanton at [email protected] to sign up.
Information on the Classic can be found here: http://redlandsclassic.com/
And with that we want to remind you to submit your event or call to action for consideration to: [email protected] -- Have a great rest of the week!
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- The midterms are on their way! Early voting begins on May 9th and runs through June 6th for the June 7, 2022 primary. For RADC endorsements and information about the candidates to volunteer for, go to: https://www.redlandsareademocrats.org/endorsements
- Redlands City Redistricting: Our Congressional maps have been set, and the City Council voted unanimously on March 1st to select Public Map One. The final vote came through the March 15th consent calendar. This is the map RADC advocated for, as the best map to recognize neighborhoods and promote equity while being well within the numerical requirements. This will be our new Redlands district map for the next 10 years. Thank you, everyone, for your efforts in preparing, submitting, and advocating for this map!
- The Rittenhouse trial demonstrated that judicial elections are incredibly important. Let us pledge together to become better informed prior to the next election where judges are on the ballot to ensure that we are electing qualified, non-partisan members of the bench to serve the judiciary in our region. #NoRittenhouseJudgesHere
- Laws taking effect in California in 2022:
- The Los Angeles Times has a recent story on 43 of the new laws and how they may impact us. You can find the story here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-30/new-2022-california-laws-covid-19-housing-policing
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