A coalition of Westside Democratic clubs will open a new political action headquarters in Santa Monica Sunday, August 21st, in an effort to defeat some statewide special election ballot initiatives and support other ballot initiatives in the special state election Tuesday, November 8th.

The new grassroots organization is calling itself the Democratic Westside Coalition and its new office will be at 1508 18th St., Santa Monica.

A public event to open the headquarters is planned between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, August 21st.

The clubs involved are the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, the West Los Angeles Democratic Club, the Westside Grassroots Democratic Club, the Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, the Malibu Democratic Club and the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains.

“We have a positive message to bring to the voters,” said Marc Saltzberg, West Los Angeles Democratic Club president. “We want to let them know how they can protect their sons and daughters from the special interests assembled to support the governor and his agenda.

“Our new headquarters will enable us to spread the word more effectively and with one voice.”

The Democratic Coalition has invited several Democrats to speak at the opening kickoff.

“The clubs agreed that we will have a better chance of defeating the governor’s deceptive initiatives if we join forces,” said Joe Halper, Pacific Palisades Democratic Club president.

Headquarters co-manager Diane Guthman said the Democratic Coalition would focus efforts on defeating:

– Proposition 73, concerning parental notification of abortions by minors;

– Proposition 74, concerning teacher tenure;

– Proposition 75, concerning union political contributions;

– Proposition 76, concerning limits on state spending;

– Proposition 77, a state legislative redistricting amendment; and

– Proposition 78, a prescription drug initiative.

The Democratic Coalition supports Proposition 79, concerning prescription drugs, and Proposition 80, concerning electricity regulation.

The Democratic Coalition plans to conduct phone-banking, voter registration and block walks in various precincts, as well as host initiative information events.

The headquarters office will be open Monday through Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Information, (310) 315-3013.

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