by Mary Larson
Marlys Davidson, president of the Los Alamitos USD School Board will be the next speaker at the LW Democratic Club membership meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Davidson was elected to the board in 2018 after being a teacher in the district for 25 years.
The meeting will be held via Zoom, beginning at noon. Log in information will be sent to the club’s newsletter subscribers. Other LW Democrats who want to join should call (562) 412-0898 well in advance.
It is fitting that Leisure World Democrats and supporters hear from Davidson. Nearly all of the major issues dividing the country today have dropped like an anvil on U.S. schools. School boards, teachers and students have all found themselves in the crosshairs of the debate over mask/ vaccination/testing mandates, teaching about race and white privilege (often identified as critical race theory), freedom of expression and religion, charter schools, and more.
Davidson will bring club members and supporters up to date on the controversies swirling around the Orange County Board of Education. She will also cover what has happened and what is currently happening in the local school district.
••• In compliance with the California Voting Rights Act, the Los Alamitos school board has moved to a trustee-area voting system. Leisure World residents live in and are eligible to vote in four of the five new school districts. However, only those who reside within District 3 will vote for a board member in 2022. Republican Diana Hill will be running for re-election in District 3. No other candidates have filed for the position to date.
••• The club believes that every vote on every issue on every level from Democrats and supporters is important. Because of this belief, volunteers have been working diligently to get out the Leisure World “No on the Recall” vote in the Sept. 14 special election. The response these volunteers are getting has been gratifying.
Voters should visit the club’s booth outside Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or call (562) 296-8521 if they want a “Vote No on the Recall” window sign or need assistance in getting their ballot to the official LW ballot drop box. Those who want to track their vote can do so on their computer by going to https://california.ballottrax. net/voter.”
••• LW Democrats and supporters interested in more in-depth, up-to-date reporting on the issues can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members. Email [email protected] or call the editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521 to subscribe. Information is also available every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the club’s booth located just outside Clubhouse 6.