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Events that should be included in this month’s Meetings newsletter

Oct 23 – Anne Hoiberg and Howard Wayne Help us Measure the Measures

Have you had a chance to read through your 224-page California Voter Information Guide, along with the local guide from the Registrar of Voters? Do you understand all the nuances of the Measures on the November ballot? Don’t panic! Anne Hoiberg and Howard Wayne will be discussing the Measures and answering your questions this Sunday October 23, at 4pm at our regular meeting at the Point Loma Assembly. We’ve posted an endorsements flyer from the San Diego County Democratic Party at the top of our website and you can download it here (PDF). We’ve also posted a link to the 2016 San Diego Progressive Voter Guide from the San Diego Free Press that lists the positions of Labor, the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the editorial board of the San Diego Free Press. If you want to check who’s spending money on supporting the Measures, check here at the California Fair Political Practices website. There are conflicts between these guides: Do you support Measure D to dismantle the Tourist Marketing District and prohibit the use of public money for a …

24 July – Monthly Meeting – Barbara Bry and Mary Walshok – The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy

We are delighted that club Patron and candidate for San Diego City Council District 1, Barbara Bry is a co-presenter at this month’s meeting. Barbara has spent the last 30 years of her life helping to start companies and create jobs from her early days at CONNECT to becoming an entrepreneur and serving on the initial management team of companies like ProFlowers.com. Mary Walshok is an author, educator, researcher, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She is a thought leader and subject matter expert on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. Mary is the co-author of Invention & Reinvention, the evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy. In the preface, she writes that our city is a paradox— the desire of citizens to build a world class city with only minimal investments and/or costs in terms of taxes, environmental stewardship, labor conflicts or infrastructure development. We want to have our cake and eat it too.  San Diego’s economy has long been dependent on federal funds with 50% …

Aug 28 – Annual Summer Potluck with BBQ – Support Western Service Workers Association Back-to-School Drive

As is our tradition the August Monthly Meeting will be a social affair with our Annual Summer Potluck and fundraising for the Western Service Workers Association and their Back-to-School Drive. Sunday August 28, 2016 –  4:00-6:00PM  Please invite your friends and potential members to attend and meet fellow Democrats and elected officials, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Please bring school supplies, hand held calculators and backpacks or a generous check for the Western Service Workers Association Back-to-School Drive. If you cannot attend but wish to make a donation send a check to the Western Service Workers Association c/o of Point Loma Democratic Club, PO Box 7802, San Diego, CA 92167. The Club will furnish hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks, plus two drink tickets per person for beer and wine. 4:50pm Scott Peters CA52 will address the club 5:00pm Club Patron Barbara Bry, candidate for San Diego City Council District 1, will talk about her campaign and explain how we can all help to keep a Democratic majority on the council We’ll also hear from: David Alvarez – …

Mar 20 – Monthly Meeting – Endorsements for San Diego City Council District 9 and San Diego Mayor

After the success of our first two endorsement meetings of 2016, our March meeting provides club members in good standing to vote for their preferred candidate for San Diego City Council District 9 and San Diego Mayor. San Diego City Council District 9 (attendees to be confirmed after March 10) Sam Bedwell Ricardo Flores Georgette Gomez Araceli Martinez Sarah Saez San Diego Mayor (attendees to be confirmed after March 10) Gita Appelbaum Ed Harris This is your chance to help determine who best represents your values in one of the most diverse areas of the city. Come along, get involved. Please remember to bring your check book, cash or a credit/debit card to renew your membership for 2016 that promises to be an exciting year for Democrats. If you prefer you can also renew online. We’ve kept membership rates at the same low level of $20 individual and $30 per household. NOTE: We’re back to our regular starting time, but we’re meeting a week earlier than usual due to Easter Sunday. 4:00PM – 5:30PM Point Loma Assembly, 3035 …

Jul 26 – Monthly Meeting – Short Term Rentals WTF? What’s the Future?

Earlier this month the Democratic Woman’s Club hosted a great presentation by (and discussion with) Sarah Saez (United Taxi Workers of San Diego) on Making a Living Wage in the 1099 Economy. The focus was on taxi drivers, the rise of Uber and Lyft, and the move to contracted (1099) labor. The ability to use internet services for alternative transportation, delivery services and accommodation may (at least in the short-term) be great for (some) consumers, but the longer term effects are likely to only benefit the corporations who rise to dominate each space. We only have to look at the $40 billion valuation given to Uber, by a salivating Wall Street, who sees in it the future of cash generation and wage control. The short-term vacation rental market poses many similar challenges and has made strange bedfellows of San Diego hoteliers and progressives. We have even witnessed local Republicans asking for increased government regulation and enforcement of existing code (!). Frank Gormlie for the OB Rag has written on the subject extensively outlining the differing perspectives in several articles including …