For your consideration Tomorrow is the last day to request a ballot

Dear Members and Friends,

The deadline to request your ballot is May 28th at 5PM! Request your ballot HERE. In order to receive a ballot, and to cast a vote for delegate candidates, you must fill out the ballot request form.

From Marilyn:
As you can read below, club member Chris Pearson is running to be a CD 53 Biden delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Some of the other candidates might also be club members. Because this election will of course be virtual, people have to request an email ballot by May 28. The ballots will be sent out on June 7th, and must be returned by June 9.

I am writing to ask if it would be possible to email club members today to request that they sign up for a ballot. Thanks for considering this request.

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club

Action Alert May 2020

…you will not always be able to solve all the world’s problems at once. But don’t underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.    ~ Michelle Obama
2020 is the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting the constitutional right of women to vote. Currently, almost a quarter of the 116th Congress is women, 108 of them Democrats. California ranks 18th among states for proportion of women elected in state legislatures with 31.7%. These policy makers tend to prioritize issues like education, health, and minority rights, that are considered to be important to women voters. It’s true that full and equitable participation of women in public life is essential to building and sustaining a strong, vibrant democracy.

Empowerment is political and requires community mobilizing and organizing to keep the pressure on. Here are some organizations that can help do just that. One might be right for you. Click the links for further information.

Women’s March
You might remember how it felt to have a place to go the day after the 2016 inauguration to be with like-minded people. This women-led movement creates entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers to engage their local communities through trainings, outreach programs, and events.
Women make up the majority of Americans. This group offers tools for women-to-women voter engagement programs.
Get Her Elected
Volunteers donate skills – from marketing to editing to speech writing – to progressive women candidates.
Center for American Women in Politics
Locate state and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed political campaigns.
National Federation of Democratic Women
This PAC unites women of the Party to encourage full participation of women in every level of Democratic Party Structure.

Special Meeting June 6 + Club Members Running as DNCC Delegates!

Democrats for Equality,

After our club’s executive board met this weekend, we are excited to announce that we will be holding a special club meeting on Saturday, June 6 at 2:00pm!

We will be meeting via Zoom, and we’ll have the meeting registration link and more information forthcoming.

Also, we will consider a slate of friendly incumbent endorsements on consent (see our Club Endorsement Calendar below), as well as consider an endorsement for Imperial Beach City Council District 2, and hear a special presentation on ReWild Mission Bay — which the club may consider supporting after the presentation.

Special thanks to club members Cody Petterson and Tommy Hough who are both leaders at our fellow Democratic club, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, for setting up this special presentation.

As a member of the Captain Planet generation, I’m excited to learn more about this much-needed conservation effort in Mission Bay. The power is yours!

Our 2020 Democratic National Convention was recently rescheduled to mid-August, and due to the ongoing pandemic the process by which to elect delegates to represent your presidential candidate of choice has changed.

We have several club members running in either the Bernie or Biden caucuses — but, before we get to that, here’s the process if you’re interested in voting in the district-level caucuses:

Step 1. Select which candidate’s caucus you would like to participate in. You may only request one ballot, and may not vote in multiple caucuses.

Biden Caucus Here

Bernie Caucus Here

Step 2. Request an online ballot during the ballot request period May 19th-May 28th @ 5:00pm

Step 3. Complete your online ballot. Online ballots will be emailed to ballot requesters on June 5th.

Step 4. Submit your online ballot by the deadline of June 7th @ 5:00pm.

Note: You must complete the ballot with the same voter registration information the Secretary of State has on file for you. If you need to check that, check your voter registration here.

Finally, here are our club members running in each caucus, by congressional district. Bold names are members of our club’s executive board.

Congressional District 52: Ben Aguilar, Rebecca Phillpott

Congressional District 50: Matt Corrales
Congressional District 51: Paloma Aguirre
Congressional District 52: Cody Petterson, Kevin Lourens
Congressional District 53: Evlyn Andrade, Michelle Krug, Chyann Cox, Jose Caballero

If you are voting in either caucus (remember, you can only vote in one caucus), then we’d encourage you to vote for these club members.

Finally, on the heels of some openly racist incidents in Santee over the last couple weeks, our County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher pushed for the Board of Supervisors to adopt the Leon Williams Human Relations Commission. If you’re interested in applying to be a member of this new commission, please submit an application here!

I love you all,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Virtual General Meeting

The next GENERAL CDC Meeting will be held virtually via the ZOOM app.

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Social Time: 10:30 — 11 am
Meeting: 11 am — 12:30 pm

We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr. Christian B. Ramers, a nationally and internationally known infectious disease specialist. 

Dr. Ramers oversees clinical programs for Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and has consulted for the CA Dept of Public Health, WebMD, Medscape, and the CDC in Atlanta. Dr. Ramers serves as a co-investigator for several NIH sponsored projects.

We are fortunate to have him as our guest speaker. This will be an informative and helpful program that will be of interest to all of us.

Dr. Ramers will discuss the pandemic and our current situation. We all have many questions about the future and what experts are recommending. 

We are asking everyone to register in advance for this meeting:
General Meeting Registration 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Download the updated meeting agenda here
Download unapproved minutes from 1.11.2020 meeting here.

Download Zoom User Guide

Members are encouraged to use headphones and to be on mute when not speaking.

Notes from May Meeting

General Meeting: Monday, May 18, 2020 via Zoom

6:30 PM President Susan Peinado called meeting to order


Introduction of Officers

Internal Vice President – Dr. Becca Fielding-Miller reported on the formation of:
COVID -19 Response Committee 

  • Dr. Fielding-Miller to Chair
  • Please email Becca – to join the committee

External Vice President – Ramla Sahid reported on contact tracers and surrounding issues for minority/vulnerable populations

Elected Officials

  • Doug Case – representing California Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins
  • Nick Serrano – representing Assemblymember Todd Gloria
  • Nora Vargas – President of Southwestern College Governing Board, DWC endorsed candidate for County Supervisor District 1

Program Speakers

Carmen Chavez, Esq Executive Director of the Casa Cornelia Law Center

  • Pandemic effect on vulnerable communities

(Motion: Tim Nader) for the club to contribute $500 to Casa Cornelia Law Center (Passed unanimously)

Sara Jacobs, San Diego for Every Child, Candidate for Congress CA53

  • Pandemic effect on and SD for Every Child response to childhood food insecurity and childcare issues
  • Maximizing CARES Act, SNAP, Heroes Act for low income families

Georgette Gomez, San Diego City Council President, Candidate for Congress CA53

  • SD City Council response to COVID 19 pandemic 
  • SDSU West purchase agreement update


Yvonne Elkin, DWC Endorsement Committee Chair, reported committee recommendations for endorsements in the General Election – presentation slides (PDF)

  • Motion to accept process (M: Michelle Krug)
    • Amendment proposed to reconsider City Attorney race (M: Brett Fisher). (Passed 16:14)
  • Vote on amended motion to accept process with exception of City Attorney race (Passed unanimously)

Vote to add the race for Oceanside Mayor for endorsement consideration. (Passed unanimously)

Vote to add the following races for endorsement consideration: (Passed 29:1)

  • Oceanside City Council, 
  • National City City Council
  • Imperial Beach City Council
  • Lemon Grove School Board
  • Vista City Council D 2 & 3
  • Vallecitos Waterboard Div 5
  • Sweetwater High School Board Trustee Area 2 & 4
  • Escondido City Council D3

Officers’ Reports

(continued from top of meeting)

Treasurer – Rosamond Blevins 

  • Bank balance given 
  • (Motion: Rosamond Blevins) to contribute additional $250 to Western Service Workers (Passed unanimously) 

(Motion: Cathie Hyatt) to contribute $500 to San Diego for Every Child (Passed unanimously)

Secretary, Cathie Hyatt 

  • On May 8, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order making CA the first state in the Nation to automatically send mail-in ballots to all voters.
  • Book Club – The Perfect Predator by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson. 
  • Recommendation: Becoming – Michelle Obama’s Netflix Documentary 

President, Susan Peinado – no report (for brevity)

New Business

Michelle Krug asked for DWC support of BOS Human Relations Commissions. (Passed unanimously)


  • Tim Nader, candidate for Superior Court Judge
  • Kate Bishop, candidate for Chula Vista Elementary School Board
  • Esther Sanchez, candidate for Mayor of Oceanside
  • Stephen Whitburn, candidate SD City Council District 3
  • Dr. LaWana Richmond, candidate for SD Unified School Board District E
  • Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson, candidate for Vallecitos Water Board District 5
  • Rob Howard, candidate for Mayor of Oceanside
  • Marcus Bush, candidate for National City City Council
  • Joe LaCava, candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Michelle Gomez, candidate for Oceanside City Council District 4
  • Amber Newman, candidate for Oceanside City Council District 3
  • Jane Marshall, candidate for Oceanside City Council District 4
  • Shari Mackin, candidate for Oceanside City Council District 3
  • Sean Elo, candidate for San Diego City Council District 9


  • Senator Toni Atkins hosts an event for DWC endorsed candidate, Marni Von Wilpert, for San Diego City Council District 5 on Sunday, May 31  
  • Pt. Loma Democratic Club: Supporting a Thriving Arts Community on Sunday, May 31
  • An Evening with Christine Pelosi fundraiser for East County Caucus on Saturday, June 27
  • PANA #PowerHour conversation on Facebook Live on Thursday, May 21 @ 5pm 
  • San Diego Progressive Dems – South Chapter – Racial Disparity Panel on Monday, May 25 @ 6pm
  • Board of Supervisors meeting May 19 – please call in to support AAPI community
  • Census 2020 reminder
  • Great Plates – free meals delivered to those 65+ (800-339-4661)

Meeting adjourned 9:44 PM

Next meeting – Monday, June 22, 2020

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

Endorsement Alert!

Democrats for Equality,

Last night’s totally-not-overly-complicated endorsement meeting via Zoom (I hate Zoom) resulted in several new additions to our list of club recommendations for this 2020 election season!

We passed and have now officially endorsed in a number of post-primary races on consent, including Kate Schwartz for State Assembly District 75, Terra Lawson-Remer for County Board of Supervisors in District 3, and Sabrina Bazzo for San Diego Unified District A.

Terra’s election to the Board of Supervisors presents the opportunity of a generation — a Democratic majority — given the stalwart control by Republicans on the County Board for decades.

We also endorsed two amazing candidates for National City Council: Marcus Bush and Jose Rodriguez.

Marcus’s election as a Councilmember would make history in National City, as the first openly-LGBTQ councilmember (and one of the first openly-bi elected officials in San Diego County), first millennial, and first Afro-Latino.

Jose’s election would represent a similar sea change of progressive public policy, millennial leadership, and diversity in a city where nearly 60% of the population is Latino. Jose has come within a razor-thin-margin of less than 80 votes of winning a city council seat in 2016 and 2018. Third time’s the charm, so let’s make it happen for both of these outstanding candidates.

Finally, despite passionate support on each side of the contest for San Diego Unified District E, featuring Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne and Dr. LaWana Richmond, the club ultimately decided to not issue an endorsement in this contest. Each have a wide array of support from within their respective communities and San Diego would be served well should either of them prevail in November.

Thank you again to all our club members who joined us, and we’ll let you know soon about what’s on the agenda for next month’s meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 18th. We’ll definitely try and make sure we get the meeting started closer to 6:30pm next time!

Wear your masks! The faster we get out of this pandemic and onto some sort of normalcy, the faster we can get back to doing in-person meetings and not have to use Zoom! (shudder…)

I love you all,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality