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May 28 – Democratic State of Play Moving into 2018

Dr. Cody Petterson will discuss the current state of play within the San Diego County Democratic Party and describe a progressive path to victory throughout the County in 2018. His talk will begin with an overview of the results of the California Democratic Party’s 2017 Convention. He will then discuss the lingering effects of the 2016 Democratic Primary and continue with a brief description of the current San Diego Democratic political environment, including the current split in the county Labor movement and the ongoing conflict on the City Council. After a brief review of the local races that are likely to draw the Party’s attention in 2018, Dr. Petterson will detail some of the ways in which the local progressive movement is working to revitalize the Party and insure strong, populist progressive victories across the county in 2018. Jonathan ‘Cody’ Petterson is a lifelong Democrat, born, raised, and now raising a family in La Jolla, California. He is committed to making San Diego, California, and the United States more equitable, sustainable, and democratic. He is …

The battle is joined: Lessons of the 2017 California Democratic ADEMs

The battle for the heart of the California Democratic Party has begun in earnest. November 8th taught millions of progressives an indelible lesson: the age of the part-time citizen is over. For too long, we have delegated power to those who hungered for it, who used it to enrich and aggrandize themselves, and who failed our Party, failed this great nation, and failed the Earth. I and millions like me awoke November 9th with an iron resolve to bring our principles to power. In the two months following the November 8th Presidential election, I joined nearly a thousand progressives running to become delegates to the California State Democratic Convention. Here in San Diego, we assembled slates in all seven districts of our county, contacting, vetting, and recruiting potential slate members, guiding and facilitating ‘get out the vote’ (GOTV) efforts, and sharing campaign literature across slates. It was an overwhelming feeling to look up in the aftermath of our own races and recognize that we had been part of a tidal wave of progressive struggle and triumph. Progressives won stunning victories across …

Jan 7-8 – Voting is Not Over – Vote for ADEM Candidates

This weekend January 7 and 8 we ask you to come out and vote for progressive candidates, including several of our club members. It only takes a few minutes and will help propel the party in the left direction. What are Assembly District Delegates? Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 women and 7 men from each Assembly District in CA as delegates to the state party. Those who are elected will have a chance to vote for the new party chair and other leadership. The race is hotly contested and will determine how welcoming, grassroots-focused and innovative the party becomes or how beholden it will remain to big money interests. Delegates elect Party officers, endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office, attend the annual convention, network with other Democrats, represent your constituency, promote the California Democratic Party agenda, and vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures. You get 14 votes for delegates, 1 of which you must also vote for Executive Board Representative. Point Loma & OB Voting Time & Location Date: Sunday, …

Nov 20 – Discussing the Local and National Election Results

After the election there’s a lot for Democrats to consider on both the local and national level. We’re delighted to have two of our club members lead our discussion: Gregg Robinson will discuss the results from a sociologist’s point of view Cynara Velazquez will provide analysis of the local races If he can make it we’ll also be joined by Doug Porter, of the San Diego Free Press. Cynara Velazquez works for EDF Renewable Energy as a Reporting Data Architect and Report Designer. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz, with a B.S., Information Technology. She also campaigned for the recent, successful (and after these election results, much appreciated)  Proposition 64 ballot measure.   Gregg Robinson is a professor of sociology at Grossmont College in San Diego, California.  He received his Ph.D. from UCSD, and has taught at the University of Maryland as well as Austin State University.  His past research has focused on teachers in high poverty schools as well as on the foreclosure crisis and the response to it among the white working class.  More recently he has conducted a …

Our Communications Chair John Loughlin Elected Director of Clubs

At Saturday’s meeting of the Council of Clubs our Communications Chair, John Loughlin, was elected to be the next Director of Clubs by representatives from each club. His endorsements included the outgoing Director for the last four years, Ruth Rollins. In a thank you email to the club presidents, John wrote: Thank you for voting Whichever candidate you voted for, thank you for coming out today. There was a lot of great news from clubs across the county. Throughout next year we’ll be working together to share the narratives from these recent campaign successes, as well as addressing issues we can improve. There is no formal meeting in December, but please reach out to me by phone or email to talk over any and all ideas you have to move things forward. We’ve already started working on putting together a Club Development Workshop type meeting for January, to kick off the year with constructive ideas and to prioritize the work in front of us. Thank you for your confidence in selecting me to help, I am honored. If …

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 …