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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 …

Apr 23 – Monthly Meeting – Voting Rights

UC San Diego political science professor (and former Assemblyman) Nathan Fletcher teaches a class on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. From the Declaration of Independence through to the 2013 Supreme Court decision which found a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional his course covers the history of voting rights in the United States including attempts to disenfranchise voters. Literacy tests were used as a means to deny voters along lines of race and class – Louisiana literacy test (PDF) – and continue to flummox UCSD undergraduates today – Union-Tribune article by @GaryWarthUT. Many of our struggles with the present Administration will come down to the 2018 Ballot boxes and who is willing, and able, to vote. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is our featured speaker this evening, and we’re delighted to also welcome Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher who will speak on her recently introduced legislation. 4:00PM – 5:30PM Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, San Diego, CA 92106 For additional info call (619) 800-5098 Directions and parking information Social Time Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d …

Mar 26 – Monthly Meeting – Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody

For seven years the GOP has vowed to repeal Obamacare. We recently learned what they intend to replace it with. Trumpcare will reduce the number of people covered by 24million over the next 10 years Millions of Americans will be worse off – tax credits will be replaced by smaller subsidies For Californians – Federal support for MediCal will be gutted The proposed $600 billion repeal of taxes will benefit the wealthiest citizens and harm the poorest – families with incomes between $24,600 and $98,400 per year Steven Rattner, a long-time Wall Street financier, examines more of the details of the proposed legislation in this article for the New York Times: Trumpcare: Fiction and Fact. Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody As Doug Case informed us at our February meeting, Senators Lara and Atkins have proposed a Senate Bill SB562 to “make findings and declarations with regard to the availability and affordability of health care coverage and would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage program …

Notes from February Meeting – Political Climate – Doug Applegate on Taking the Hill, Carl Yaeckel from Citizens Climate Lobby

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:02 PM. Susan thanked everyone for coming and asked all Club members who joined that day to stand and be recognized. She then introduced the following people who wished to speak: Dave Myers, candidate for Sheriff of San Diego County, said that when he started working in the department 22 years ago, his model was to police and respond to calls for help as if his mother was calling. He complained that they’ve gotten away from that today and treat marginalized communities differently. James McCord, a volunteer with California Clean Money Campaign, spoke about AB 14, the Disclosure Act, that’d require political ads to clearly show their top funders. He urged people to sign his petition and visit their website, http://www.YesFairElections.org. Later, Susan responded to his request that the Club endorse AB 14 by entertaining a motion that we consider endorsing at the next meeting; the motion was made, seconded, and it passed. Doug Case, State Senator Toni Atkins’ Political Outreach Coordinator, spoke about two …

Notes from January Meeting – My Journey to Liberalism
 – Confessions of a Former Conservative

The meeting got underway just after 4pm. Susan Peinado, President thanked everyone for coming and recognized some of the new members who had joined since the start of the year –  Merrin Muxlow, Martha Crow, Alexis Leyva, Debra Storch, Stacie Devitt, Micah Urbach, Robert Allenby, Elyse Angone, Jessica Hayes, Lan Lan Chen, Martha White, Beth Malachowski, and new patrons Katherine Aldridge and Angela Hawkins. Susan talked about the Women’s March, noting that the news coverage of San Diego’s downtown march, which drew over 40,000 people, was unjustifiably poor. Pictures of the march taken by John Loughlin were shown in the background and some signs from the event were on display. PROGRAM: My Journey to Liberalism – Confessions of a Former Conservative Stephen J. Natoli, professor of history at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia and author of “Liberally Speaking: Why Liberalism is Right for America,” spoke about how he’d changed from a conservative to a liberal. He also talked about the need for liberals to communicate more effectively and more often, pointing out that he wrote …

Feb 26 – Monthly Meeting – Political Climate – Doug Applegate on Taking the Hill, Carl Yaeckel from Citizens Climate Lobby

Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. In 2016, we lost the 49th by a slim margin of just 1,621 votes with over 310,000 cast.  Come to learn, and challenge, how we can work with Doug’s campaign to take back the Hill. I believe Congress is a function of the people, by the people, and for the people. For too long, we have sent politicians to Washington D.C. who play into the corruption of special interests over the needs of Americans and the nation. We need problem solvers in our government. We need new, positive leadership committed to integrity, accountability and transparency in a Congress that is willing to take big-money’s influence out of our Government.  As your elected delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, I will reject political brinkmanship and focus on bipartisan measures that advance our economy bringing jobs back to the United States, help our troops and veterans, preserve our environment including our coastal …