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Notes from May Meeting – Democratic State of Play Moving into 2018

Club President Jonathan Wubbolding called the meeting to order at 4:02 PM and thanked everyone for coming. Next, he welcomed new Club members and among those who introduced themselves were Michelle Morgan, Carl Yaekel, and Gail Saivar. After making a call for any elected officials or their representatives, former elected officials, or any candidates who wished to speak, the following responded: Doug Case, Political Affairs Director for State Senator Toni Atkins, said that three of Sen. Atkins’ bills had recently been released from the Appropriations Committee and would come up for vote soon: SB 562 – the Healthy California Act; SB 2 – the Building Homes and Jobs Act; and, SB 179 – the Gender Recognition Act. Glenn Jensen, an economist running to replace Duncan Hunter in District 50, said he was tired of partisan politics and that we needed to appeal to moderate Republicans and Independents in order to win races. If elected, he promised to compel the government to deal with every issue, such as health care and climate change, as a national …

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, …

Notes from the July Meeting – Barbara Bry and Mary Walshok – The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:01 PM. Susan thanked everyone for coming and all who brought snacks, then recognized new members Sandy and Jim Howland, Angela Hawkins and Tim Hanna. Tim Hanna came forward to speak on behalf of Scott Peters, who’s running for reelection in CA52. Tim urged people to get involved in the campaign and described Peters’ new opponent as a former Carl Rove aide who worked in the second Bush administration and was anti-choice and anti-equality. PROGRAM: Barbara Bry & Mary Walshok – The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy Mary Walshok was introduced as an “Academic Entrepreneur”, who had developed many new programs at UCSD, including Connect, written over 100 articles and reports, and also books such as “Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovative Economy”. Her official title is Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at UCSD, and her main focus is on how globalization and rapid changes in technology affect the social dynamics and economic challenges in America. Barbara Bry was …

Notes from the April Meeting – Straw Presidential Caucus and How to Vote for Delegates to the Democratic National Convention

Club President Susan Peinado thanked everyone for coming, thanked Phil Currier for the snacks, noting he was the new Refreshments Chair, asked everyone to make sure they’d signed in, welcomed all guests, and introduced new members Doug Case, Melissa Diaz, Dave Engel, Ramon Espinal, Michelle Krug, Susan Orlofsky, Mary Witzell, Anita and Will Tuchrello, and Thurman Hampton. Reports Vice President Mike Johnson called for members to help out at the OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off, to be held Saturday, June 25, 10 AM – 8 PM. About 10 volunteers were needed to work 2-hour stints. The club will be registering people to vote and trying to attract new members to the club. Susan added that the Democratic Woman’s Club and the Veteran’s Club will be sharing the club’s booth this year and said the event was a great opportunity for members of the community to meet up. Treasurer Jonathan Wubbolding gave details on the club’s bank balance, E-Board authorization for a Facebook ad fund, and the purchase of stickers on which to advertise the club and …

Notes from February’s Meeting – Endorsements for San Diego City Attorney and D3

Following on from January’s well attended endorsement meeting, February saw club members meet to consider endorsements in the San Diego City Attorney’s race and San Diego City Council District 3. San Diego City Attorney Gil Cabrera Rafael Castellanos Mara Elliott Bryan Pease San Diego City Council District 3 Anthony Bernal Chris Ward Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order 30 minutes earlier than usual (as there was a theatrical performance scheduled to start at 5:30pm). Susan thanked everyone for coming, especially those who brought snacks to share and introduced new members Christine Murphy’s household, Nick Serrano, William and Anita Tuchrello, Linda Salem, and David Warmoth. Susan introduced Ronnie Friedman-Barone who (together with Greg Bolian) were collecting signatures for a petition to get an initiative on the California ballot to abolish the death penalty and replace it with a life-sentence without parole. Susan then introduced candidates running for San Diego Mayor who each spoke for 2 minutes – Lawrence Zynda, Michael Kreizenbeck representing Lori Saldaña (who was ill) and Martha Welch. Susan then turned the meeting over to Deval …

How Democrats Endorse, from President to School Board

A lot of people ask me at this time of year about how our Party makes decisions about the candidates we endorse. This week, I’m going to take a little time to explain how this process works, from the top to the bottom of the ticket. It can be a bit complicated, so bear with me. To begin with, it’s important to understand that any endorsements are made by either the National, State, or County Party — all of which are related but independent organizations. After  primary elections or caucuses are held in all 50 states, delegates for the presidential candidates will officially vote on the endorsement of the Democratic nominee for President at the Democratic National Committee Convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia. Any Democrat is eligible to run to become a delegate by bringing lots of Democrats to vote for him or her at the designated date and time in your Congressional district. You can learn more about how to do that by clicking here. Members of the U.S. Congress and Senate, as well as members of …