Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Governor Schwarzenegger to headline Log Cabin benefit dinner

Governor Schwarzenegger to headline Log Cabin benefit dinner

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will headline a dinner to benefit Log Cabin Republicans on Thursday, June 29th in Hollywood, California. You won't want to miss this historic event. RSVP today to be a part of this special evening. Tickets and tables of eight are selling quickly. Register now!

Editor's Column by Terry Hamilton, Chairman, Log Cabin California

The Governor of California is coming to our Log Cabin home. His visit honors our support of Liberty for All and full inclusion in the Republican Party. This Governor has supported us by signing into law inclusive legislation that makes California a leader in civil rights for gays and lesbians. He will be our special guest on Thursday, June 29, 2006 in Hollywood . Register now!

Like good hosts, we are making extensive preparations to make the Governor’s visit a huge success. An organizing committee is meeting on a weekly basis to plan the invitations, make dinner selections, contact honorary hosts and sell tickets. Many members have offered to sponsor tables of eight so that they may spend the evening with their family and friends. Others have agreed to make $10,000 and $5,000 donations to support the event.

This is a fund raiser for the work that Log Cabin is doing. It will advance our mission. Our California office will be funded. The Governor has not asked for any of the proceeds. All of the profit will support Log Cabin.

You need to be at this historic event.

It will be a full evening starting with two cocktail receptions: one for the general audience and a VIP Reception with the Governor for those who make donations of $2000 or more. Log Cabin members are flying in from all over the country. Our Log Cabin staff will be present to make sure that all of the details are perfect.

This will also be the final major event that our national President, Patrick Guerriero, will be attending on the West Coast. He has been working very hard with our California Director, Jeff Bissiri, to make this event happen. We want to thank him for all of work he has been doing for Log Cabin over the past four years. I personally want to thank him for his support.

Register now!

Thanks to members of the organizing committee: Jeff Bissiri, Jim Arnone, Tod Burnett, Brian Perry, David Rappel.

Log Cabin California Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsements are listed below. Please don't forget to vote or send in your absentee ballots.

Terry Hamilton

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Log Cabin Republicans Dinner with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

 Log Cabin Republicans Dinner with
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thursday, June 29, 2006
6:30 pm VIP & General Receptions7:30 pm Dinner
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel1755 Highland AvenueHollywood, California
-Respond by Friday, May 19, 2006 at the Sponsor level or higher and you'll be listed on the printed invitation-
$250 Guest - One Ticket - Reception & Dinner
$1,000 Sponsor - Two Tickets, Listing in the Program, Priority Seating

$2,000 Table Host - Eight Tickets, Listing in the Program, Premiere Seating, Two Tickets to the VIP Reception

$5,000 Founder's Circle - Photo Opportunity with the Governor, all benefits listed above
$10,000 Event Co-Chair - Weekend Hotel Package, all benefits listed above
Proceeds from this event will be maximized by a generous matching gift from former Congressman Michael Huffington, who has pledged up to $100,000 if Log Cabin raises up to $200,000. 

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Save the Date - Log Cabin Republicans & Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger


Log Cabin Republicans & Special Guest
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
-Save the Date-
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Los Angeles, California
-Ticket and Sponsorship Information Coming Soon-

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Monday, May 01, 2006

2 Years Ago:Plan to House Homeless Vets Pending Decision

Plan to House Homeless Vets Pending Decision
By Constance Tillotson
Special to The Lookout
May 1 -- Supporters, as well as opponents, of a plan to house 500 homeless vets on the Veterans Administration grounds in Westwood are stepping up lobbying efforts in Washington, where a final decision is pending.
Spearheaded by Santa Monica Council member Bobby Shriver, the proposal would designate three vacant buildings to house some of the 17,000 veterans who sleep on the streets of Los Angeles County.
Shriver has been on the frontlines, lobbying top local and state decision makers and reaching out for public support to influence the decision, which will be made by Secretary of Veterans Affairs, R. James Nicholson and the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services Commission (CARES).
“Lobbying this is the number one game in town,” said Shriver. “It is up to the local people to write more letters to office of Jim Nicholson demonstrating their support. This includes all the top local, state and civic leaders.”
Several top local leaders have spoken up in favor of the project. Los Angeles Council member Bill Rosendahl, West Hollywood Council member Jeffrey Prang, Culver City Council member Carol Gross and Santa Monica Council member Richard Bloom have all actively sought community support.
“The City of West Hollywood sent a letter of support,” said Prang. “When land is allocated for a purpose that should mean something.
“It is unbelievable that as a country we allow hundreds of thousands of people to live on the streets, people who are ill, elderly and even children,” Prang said. “There is a level of compassion but there is a fundamental failure of the government to respond.”
But financial forces and opposition from nearby residents could jeopardize the plan.
Developers are eyeing the 387-acre campus as a financial windfall if they can tear down the existing buildings and develop million dollar condominiums on the prime Westside real estate. A drug distributor also has set its sites on the property.
In addition, residents who live near the facility have been fighting back with a lobbying effort of their own. Members of the Brentwood Homeowner’s Association (BHA) have been gathering signatures on a petition they will send to Secretary Nicholson.
Homeowners have also mounted a letter-writing campaign. One letter sent states that Shriver’s plan does not allow for continual services or transitional housing.
BHA board member Ray Klein said the proposal appears to be a “housing first” program, meaning the housing will be reserved for the chronically homeless. Opponents fear addicts will be allowed admittance into the center without the proper treatment required for detoxification.
Shriver has met with Brentwood residents to clear up any misconceptions about his proposal and said he has tried to reassure them this will not bring homeless people onto their front yards. “But I do not think they were convinced,” Shriver said.
Others view the Brentwood response as typical for any community facing the prospect of a homeless facility in their area.
“You could write a book on the automatic, standard response from neighborhood opposition,” said Prang. “Arguments are identical. They have compassion about the problem, but do not want it in their own neighborhoods. They want it sent somewhere else.”
A recent decision passed down by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may help Shriver’s cause. The court has deemed that if there are not enough beds available at service agencies, the Los Angeles Police Department does not have the legal right to arrest a person for sleeping on the streets.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asked cities vying for the $1.2 billion in federal aid to provide statistics when applying for grants. As a result, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducted a census of the homeless last year that found there are approximately 88,000 homeless in Los Angeles County.
Local officials contend they need more funding if LAHSA’s plan to eliminate homelessness in the next ten years will have a chance to succeed. They note that Los Angeles is receiving half the federal funds that New York receives for the same number of homeless people.
But Shriver notes that the plan to house homeless vets would not require tax dollars. “There will be no taxpayer dollars used on this,” he said. “This is a land mass issue.”
If the proposal is approved, the local VA will meet with non-profit organizations who will write their own proposals on how they would deliver the needed services, Shriver said.
The VA in West Los Angeles was deeded in 1888 for the sole purpose of housing the Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.
The ages of the 91 structures on the grounds range from 2 to 107 years, with a seven-story, 900,000-square-foot hospital built in 1976 being the largest of the structures. Eleven of the buildings are currently vacant.
Currently, New Directions -- the long-term drug and alcohol treatment center for veterans -- houses 100 formerly homeless vets on the VA grounds in Westwood.
The organization, which has been on the VA campus since 1992, provides counsel to help individuals overcome anti-social and criminal behaviors, develop employable skills and acquire positive self-values.