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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 …

Submit Your Nominations for the San Diego County Democratic Party 2016 Awards

Nominations are open now for the San Diego County Democratic Party 2016 Awards! Click here to submit your nominations. Categories include: Making a Difference Award: This award is presented to a Democrat who has made a positive and lasting difference in San Diego County politics through his or her leadership, time, energy and talents. Club VP Mike Johnson was last year’s recipient of this award. Leadership Award: This award is presented to a Democrat who has demonstrated sustained and significant leadership within the Democratic Party at the local, state, or national level. Volunteer of the Year Award: This award is presented to a Democrat who demonstrates outstanding volunteerism within the party through volunteer efforts in support of SDCDP. The award recognizes the need to acknowledge volunteers who consistently and selflessly give their time and energy to further Democratic values. Legislator of the Year Award: This award is presented to a current or recent Democratic officeholder in San Diego County who has excelled as an elected leader and in serving his or her community. Submit your nominations today at www.sddemocrats.org/awards

Podcast – Fight for $15 – Rabbi Laurie Coskey of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice

Rabbi Laurie Coskey led an invigorating discussion on the fight for $15 and how the Point Loma Democratic Club can participate in passing the minimum wage ordinance and get more involved in exciting campaigns for economic sustainability. For more details of the meeting read our summary here. We have not edited the questions from club members and guests for audibility so please bear that in mind while listening . We encourage you to subscribe to our Podcast channel here. You can also find us on the iTunes Store just search for Point Loma & OB Dems or click here, as well as on Stitcher. Recordings used during the discussion do not contain explicit language. Music used by kind permission of the Oily Buoys. What are Podcasts? Our podcasts are edited recordings of our meetings made freely available on the Internet. They’ll usually be audio but we may make video recordings available as well. One-third of all Americans (12 years of age or older) have listened to a podcast according to Pew Research on Podcasts. Our podcasts are a great way to share information from our guest speakers for free …

Notes from October Meeting – The Spirit of Service: America’s Veterans and the Obligation We All Share

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order five minutes earlier than usual at 3:55 PM. She welcomed and introduced guests, including Howard Singer, Jess Durfee, and Brian White with CBS News 8. Susan then introduced the following elected officials and candidates and welcomed each to give 2 minutes of remarks: Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Candidate District 1, San Diego City Council: Barbara Bry Candidate District 7, San Diego City Council: Justin DeCesare Candidate San Diego City Attorney: Gil Cabrera Candidate San Diego City Attorney: Rafael Castellanos Candidate for Congress (Vs. Congressman Darrel Issa): Douglas Applegate Candidate San Diego Mayor: Gretchen Newsom The agenda for the meeting was approved unanimously. Congressmember Scott Peters Congressmember Scott Peters provided an overview of recent congressional news, including the race for Speaker, gun regulations, climate change, renewable energy, and innovations in the military. He also reviewed the controversial agreement – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Congressmember Peters was asked by club members to support the Quiet Skies Caucus and the Social Security Act of 2015. Program: The Spirit of Service: America’s Veterans and the Obligation We All Share Nathan Fletcher …

Notes from September Meeting – Fight for $15 – Rabbi Laurie Coskey of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:03 PM. Susan welcomed and introduced guests, including Lucy, Maggie, and Beth. She also welcomed new club members Jess Durfee, Phil and Debbie Currier, Brian Pease, Rena Marrocco, Laura Fink, Deanneka and Ricardo Flores, and Craig Roberts. She then gave a ‘rant’ on the conditions of club’s meeting location – the Point Loma Assembly – and the need for monies for air conditioning and a new electrical system. Susan then introduced elected officials and candidates and welcomed each to give 2 minutes of remarks: Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (who is seeking election to Senate District 39)  provided a legislative update noting that legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage would come up in January or February; Todd Gloria (who is seeking election to Assembly District 78), provided a brief legislative update on City affairs; Georgette Gómez (candidate for San Diego City Council District 9); Sarah Saez (candidate for San Diego City Council District 9); Joe LaCava (candidate for San Diego City Council District 1); and Mara Elliott (candidate for San Diego …

Notes from August Meeting – Summer Potluck & BBQ and Western Service Workers Association Back-to-School Drive

The August meeting, our annual Potluck and BBQ, was extremely successful – lots of food, lots of guests, many candidates. Thanks to everyone who attended and to our special invited guest speaker, State Senator Marty Block. Candidates who dropped by included Joe LaCava for District 1, Chris Ward for District 3, José Caballero for District 7, Ricardo Flores and Georgette Gómez for District 9, and City Attorney candidates Gil Cabrera and Rafael Castellanos (and his parents visiting from Nevada). We also heard from Laura Fink, representing Speaker Toni Atkins, who brought a generous donation to the Western Service Workers Association. Members and candidates donated a great variety of backpacks and school supplies and wrote checks. Joe LaCava updated us on the short term vacation rental issue before the City Council, which was the programming issue of our July meeting. We continue to receive positive feedback on this program, as it was extreme timely and several of the participants were featured in news articles the weeks immediately following. In addition, there was a comprehensive article by …