All posts tagged: Gil Cabrera

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 …

Feb 28 – Monthly Meeting – Endorsements for San Diego City Attorney and D3

After the success of our January 2016 endorsement meeting, our February meeting provides club members in good standing to vote for their preferred candidate for San Diego City Attorney as well as 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 All of the candidates with the exception of Anthony Bernal plan to be present to answer questions from members. This is your chance to help determine who best represents your values. 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’ll start the meeting 30 minutes earlier than usual as we have to be out on time for a following event at the Assembly. 3:30PM – 5:30PM Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, San …

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 …

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 …

Nov 23 – Monthly Meeting – Onwards and Upwards

We began the year at our January meeting discussing 2014 election prospects with Howard Wayne, Vice Chair, Central Area of the San Diego County Democratic Party. We’ll end the year at the Pt Loma Assembly (as we don’t have a December meeting) with Howard summarizing the results, discussing the repercussions, and looking ahead for 2016. A lot of Howard’s warnings for the national races turned out exactly as forecast, with low Democratic turnout leading to predictable results. San Diego County proved itself to be one of the redder parts of California with the statewide contestants losing in the County (other than the Governor’s landslide). Despite this Scott Peters won the 52nd by a higher percentage than he did in 2012 (thank you to Rebecca Taylor (@N0StoneUnturned), Tim Hanna and all of the club members who donated and volunteered time) by appealing to independents, moderate Republicans and younger voters. There were other bright spots: A supermajority on the Chula Vista City Council and elected a Democratic mayor — the first Latina mayor elected in the county’s history A seat (and a de-facto majority) on the Oceanside City …