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Notes from September’s Meeting – Rob the Poor Feed the Rich


Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:05 PM.

Welcome and Introduction of Elected Officials and Candidates
Susan welcomed and introduced new club members: Judy Collier, Tony Cataldo, Kelly King, David Engel, Becca Taylor, and Joe LaCava (who’s been a member for a while, but somehow missed getting introduced before).

Susan then welcomed and introduced Councilmember (and club member) Ed Harris. Ed provided an overview of his opposition on the renewal leasing package and rates of Belmont Park. He stated that information provided was not consistent in regard to the square footage of the property and the lease rates. For additional details and background information, read this OB rag article. Ed will try to drive the best deal possible for taxpayers.

Next, Susan welcomed and introduced Linda Perine, President of the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County. Linda has also been the force behind the SD Free Press series ‘Who Runs San Diego?’ – a series of articles published by the San Diego Free Press. Ms. Perine provided an overview of her opposition to the expansion of the Convention Center, and the apparent falsities associated with the financing of the project.

Susan Peinado then welcomed and introduced Cory Briggs, a public interest lawyer that holds government accountable to taxpayers. He gave a presentation on TOT (Transitory Occupancy Tax) & TMD (Tourism Marketing District) with a focus of ‘Transferring Public Money to Private Hands.’ He stated “this is all incest with the hoteliers running everything!” His presentation slides are available here.

Kevin Beiser’s campaign manager, Jose Caballero, gave an overview of Kevin’s campaign for San Diego Unified School Board. He encouraged club members to take yard signs.

Tim Hanna, club member, gave an overview of Scott Peter’s campaign, and encouraged all members to volunteer for a phone bank.

Treasurer’s Report – Barbara Houlton
Ms. Houlton reported the’s club current balance and that we did very well on the BBQ after raising the entry price.

Ms. Peinado reported that members of the Executive Committee attended a training by the Democratic County Party on the duties of the Club Treasurer.

President’s Report – Susan Peinado
Ms. Peinado encouraged members to work on candidate campaigns and gave details of upcoming fundraisers. She also stated that Councilman David Alvarez will join the club for the OB Holiday Parade.

Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team Liaison – Nancy Witt
Ms. Witt said the GO Team is going strong and asked club members to join the GO Team and help get out the vote.

New Business
VOTE! California Democratic Party Endorsements are on our website – please print and share them with your friends: pointlomadem.org/endorsements

Upcoming Events and Announcements
PLDC member Howard Singer asked for support to change the name of the La Jolla Christmas Parade to the La Jolla Holiday Parade.

Support the Nurses Organizing at VA Hospital
Rally to support the union representation election
October 2 at Noon
San Diego VA, 3350 La Jolla Drive, San Diego, CA 92161

Women’s Museum
Friday, October 3, 5:00pm
Opening of Exposing Scars by photographer Jennifer George

Catfish Club
Question Bridge: Black Males “Why didn’t you leave us the Blueprint?”
http:// questionbridge.com
Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm
M.L. King Jr. Centers located on the campus of Bayview Baptist Church, 6134 Benson Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

The Ocean Beach Historical Society
Reading Between the Lampposts: The Literary Giants. A Book About Street Names.
Thursday, October 16, 7pm
Point Loma Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs

Ocean Beach Town Council
Come meet the newly elected board members including club member Rebecca Taylor.
Wednesday, October 22, 7:00pm
The Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

New Citizen Voter Registration
Wednesday, Oct 22, 10:15-12:15pm
3rd Avenue & B Street Plaza, near Civic Theater

Next Point Loma Democratic Club Meeting
October 26, 3:30-5:30pm
Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, Pt Loma

Minutes taken by: Gretchen Kinney Newsom, Secretary
Photographs by: Patrick Schultheis, OFA Liaison