Party Time!

Party Time!

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will meet separately to choose most of the state’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention (317 of 549, state party officials say) during congressional district caucuses set for Sunday.

There will be no caucuses on the Republican side, though GOP activists will have an even more intense political weekend, with the state party convention meeting today, April 29, through Sunday in Burlingame. There, the party faithful will hear from contenders Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, plus former candidate Carly Fiorina, who was just picked as Cruz’s running mate.

Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (172 of them, plus 169 alternates) on July 18 are chosen by the candidates, not the state or national party organization. Delegates must be registered Republican and residents of the congressional district they are representing and committed to the candidate who puts them on his slate. They will need to attend a delegation meeting on June 25 in Los Angeles. 

Republicans award three delegates on a winner-take-all basis in each congressional district, so 159 delegates will be selected for the leading candidate in the state’s 53 districts, with 10 awarded to the highest vote-getter statewide.

For Democrats, caucuses open Sunday at 2 p.m. and begin at 3 p.m. with candidate speeches of about a minute in length. 

Participants must live in the district and be registered to vote as a Democrat, but people can register to vote or reregister their party at the caucus. Those not yet 18 but turning 18 by the Nov. 8 election may also participate. 

Six delegates and one alternate will be selected from the 27th Congressional District (CD), represented by US Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena.

The Clinton caucus will be held at the SEIU Local 121 office at 1040 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena. 

Sanders backers will congregate at Altadena Community Church’s Heicher Hall, 943 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena.

Seven delegates will be chosen for the 28th CD, represented by US Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, which includes Pasadena’s west end, along with Glendale, Hollywood and adjacent areas, and most of Burbank. 

Sanders supporters will assemble at the NABET (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians) Chapter 53 union office, at 1918 W Burbank Blvd., Burbank.

The Clinton caucus will take place at West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood.

Each caucus will nominate a full slate of delegates. Who actually gets to the Democratic Nation Convention in Philadelphia on July 25 depends on whether Clinton or Sanders prevails in their district in the June 7 primary election. 

Delegate allocation will be made based on the proportion of the vote each candidate receives in each congressional district, 

While almost three-fifths of the state’s delegation will be chosen through these district caucuses, another 106 members will be distributed proportionately to the Clinton-Sanders statewide vote, and those individuals will be picked after the primary. 

At the less democratic end of the process, the cast in Philadelphia will include 73 “super-delegates” — California’s Democratic congressional representatives, Gov. Jerry Brown and members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), who are guaranteed seats to the national convention, and will vote as they see fit, not bound by the presidential preference of California voters. 

Finally, a tenth of the delegation is reserved for a semi-elite group: big-city mayors and statewide elected officials; state legislative leaders and state legislators; other state, county and local elected officials; and California Democratic Party leaders. Unlike the super-delegates, this group will be pledged to one of the contenders.

Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18 (172 of them, plus 169 alternates) are chosen by the candidates, not the state or national party organization. Delegates must be registered Republican and residents of the congressional district they are representing and committed to the candidate who puts them on his slate. They will need to attend a delegation meeting on June 25 in Los Angeles. 

Republicans award three delegates on a winner-take-all basis in each congressional district, so 159 delegates will be selected for the leading candidate in the state’s 53 districts, with 10 awarded to the highest vote-getter statewide.

Party Time!

Party Time!
Friday night offers a night of rocking fun when Snotty Scotty and the Hankies light up the Peppertree Grill in Sierra Madre. 
This free-wheeling band has been livening up parties and major events around the area for more than 40 years. Known as Pasadena’s top party band for decades, the group plays hits from the past that fans know and love, including a lot of more obscure songs that don’t always get played on the oldies stations. 
The sound hearkens back to the surf/psychedelic sound of the 1960s and early ’70s, including songs that other groups never tackle. The show is always carried off with the band’s signature sense of humor, with a “let’s party” atmosphere that keeps the crowds coming. 
The band also has served as a seminal part of Pasadena’s version of controlled insanity known as the Doo Dah Parade, leading the event every year. 
Check them out at timeriver.net/snottyscotty.
Music starts at 9 p.m. Friday at the Peppertree Grill, 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. No cover. Call (626) 355-8444 or visit thepeppertreegrill.com. 

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