All posts tagged: Rafael Castellanos

Feb 3 – General Meeting – Rafael Castellanos to Speak on the Blue Economy – Annual Elections of Officers

Our meeting this month is earlier than usual to accommodate performances of the Point Loma Playhouse with their new production A Permanent Image. Rafael Castellanos, who recently stepped down as Chairman of the Port Commission, will speak to us about the Blue Economy in San Diego. “The San Diego region’s economic development potential depends on our ability to fully realize the opportunities presented by the ocean. With a commitment of $1 million a year for five years, the Port of San Diego has developed a Blue Economy Incubator to support early stage and market ready ventures. Some of this money is already going to our first round of demonstration pilot projects, which include copper remediation, vessel washing, and smart marina optimization technologies. Aquanauts, deep-sea explorers, marine equipment operators, marine spatial planners, underwater robotics technicians – these are just some of the great blue jobs of the future. We can’t even begin to imagine some of the other great blue jobs that will be created.” We have our Annual Election of officers, with Ruth Rollins presiding …

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 …

Nov 22 – Monthly Meeting – Blue Technologies in San Diego

Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos will provide an overview of the blue economy in San Diego and discuss some of the steps the Port of San Diego is taking to develop its blue economy potential. The blue economy accounts for approximately 46,000 jobs and contributes over 14 billion dollars to the San Diego region’s economy. The Port of San Diego was created by the State Legislature to manage San Diego Bay and its surrounding waterfront land on December 18, 1962. It is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California, and it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and San Diego. The Port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department, and the leases of hundreds of tenant and subtenant businesses around San Diego Bay. The Port is an economic engine (250 million bananas go through the Port a month), an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding …

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 January’s Meeting – Civic Engagement

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM January 25, 2015 and thanked everyone that brought snacks. Welcome and Introduction of Elected Officials and Candidates Susan welcomed and introduced guests (Gaspar and Beverly and Rosalie Schwartz), and new members Tom Leech, Brian Polejes, Barbara Glaze, Julie Quinn, William Rodriguez- Kennedy, Dolores Veronda, and Dev Zaveri. Susan then introduced clubmember Sarah Boot, candidate for Assembly District 78. Sarah thanked the Point Loma Club and its members for supporting her campaign for City Council and provided an overview of her candidacy for the 78th Assembly District and noted that she has received the endorsement of Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. Program: Civic Engagement For this month’s meeting the club welcomed local candidates who are setting the debate through their ongoing work with local institutions and body politic. Discussion also included the importance of civic engagement and getting involved in one’s community. Rafael Castellanos Rafael provided an overview of his civic engagement experience. Rafael was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on April 15, 2013, …