June 27 Program

Meeting Thursday, and Membership Renewals Are Due!

Democrats for Equality,

Our next meeting is THIS Thursday at 7pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center. So far on our agenda we will be addressed by San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot and we will be considering an endorsement in the 2018 San Diego Sheriff’s race and a friendly incumbent endorsement for San Diego Unified School District – District B.

Mark your calendars! We are hosting our Pre-PRIDE Kick-Off again next month on Thursday, July 13 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at FruitCraft, 1477 University Ave in Hillcrest.

RSVP information is coming soon, but just wanted to let y’all know to get ready since we’re a month out.

Also, club memberships are due for renewal on JUNE 30. If you’ve recently joined or renewed your membership since the election, you’re fine!

We need club renewals in the next few weeks to meet the state party’s deadline to qualify delegates to send to the party’s 2018 Pre-Endorsement Conference in January for state assembly, senate, and congressional races. Since we have members all over San Diego County, it would be nice to send delegates to vote in each assembly district (that’s how the state party does it).

Please renew your membership today on our website: democratsforequality.org/membership

Finally, on a more sad, somber note… we heard about the passing of longtime club member and activist Rich Ahrendt late last week. As you may know, Rich was a titan in the local EMS community, as well as a donor, supporter, mentor, friend, and advocate to many of our local progressive elected officials — especially those right here in Democrats for Equality.

It’s never easy to lose a friend or loved one. At our next meeting, if you have a touching or poignant story you’d like to share about Rich feel free to do so. We will follow up with everyone on celebration of life memorials as details are forthcoming.

Check out our latest e-newsletter.

In Solidarity.

Ryan Trabuco
Vice President for Resource Development,
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Jessica Hayes, “Planting the Seeds of Progress”

It’s been a fast paced year in the political realm, and it’s not just the national scene that has seen its share of changes and challenges. The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club was pleased to host Jessica Hayes, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, at the June monthly meeting. Jessica is new to this role as of January, 2017, replacing Francine Busby who previously held that position. Prior to her current role, Jessica was the Vice-Chair of the South Area (the county is split into four regions, East, South, Central and North).

Jessica opened her talk with the adage that Democratic candidates in the county were elected with crossover Republican votes. “It’s about the message”, Jessica explained, “and we got your hope right here!” Democrats “kicked butt” in San Diego in the 2016 election. 77% of our candidates were elected and all but two of the propositions Democrats supported won with the crossover vote. The GO Teams made a big difference. Turnout was 84% where GO team contacts were made, vs. 67% where they were not. “This will be even more important in 2018” Jessica said.

While Jessica reviewed the new tools that have been put in place for both GO Team members as well as candidates, it became apparent that there is a renewed interest in Democrats running for all levels of elected positions. There are currently over 140 active candidates and more than 100 showed up for the March training program, when normally only a dozen or so have attended in past years.

So what’s next for the party in San Diego? The Central Committee is new this year after the January election, and their focus is to gear up for 2018. It is essential that the party unite and explain to voters that the down ballot candidates are “the Trump farm team”. Candidates at the local city level often then feed into the County Board of Supervisors so the goal is to pick off the Republican candidates and reach out to Independents as well. A “listening tour’’ is planned so independents can be heard and convinced to vote Democratic in 2018. “We need to combat fake news,” Jessica explained, “people need to trust someone so that’s why outreach is so important, especially this cycle”.

Jessica feels that the current administration’s excesses may indeed create a backlash for 2018. She sees both Issa and Hunter as vulnerable as does the Democratic party in Washington. And the new California voter registration laws are significant. These new laws will automatically register voters as well as change how provisional ballots are handled. All ballots will now be counted regardless of where they were dropped off. New voter registrations are putting the Democrats way ahead with new registrations running at 42% registering Democratic, 18% registering Republican and 34% registering No Party. 64% are permanent mail voters vs. 22% in 2014.

Turnout for 2018 will be critical. Focus will be on important demographics such as millennials, disaffected Democrats, and a concentrated effort to re-engage the Bernie Sanders wing of the party. “We are the ones who will protect health care and the environment and protect children’s education – We’re here!” Jessica proclaimed. Now we have to get that message out along with asking “What have you gotten from the Republicans holding the line?”

“We have access to seats we never had before as long as we stay focused, keep our heads down and do the work,” Jessica said in closing.

Jessica Hayes Presentation Jun 2017

Wonder Woman Special Showing Fundraiser

Indivisible La Jolla and Pacific Beach and Pacific Beach Democratic Club have partnered to raise money for Planned Parenthood and the teenage girls who survived the Portland MAX Attack. Come enjoy a night at the movies supporting strong women, justice, Planned Parenthood. A portion of ticket, food and beverage sales will go to Planned Parenthood and the Portland MAX attack survivors. 

June 20 at 6:00 p.m. (Movie to start at 6:30).

7611 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Please come dressed as your favorite Wonder Woman and help celebrate and support Planned Parenthood and the victims of the Portland MAX attack. To purchase your tickets please visit The Lot-La Jolla.

For more information please visit

Planned Parenthood

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-pacific-southwest

 

You Caring-Portland MAX Attack Victims

https://www.youcaring.com/survivorsofthemaxattack-833557

 

Thank you and let’s fill this theater up!!!

Doug Applegate Comes out to Meet the Club

Doug Applegate, retired Marine Colonel and candidate for Congressional District 49 opposing Darrell Issa, stopped by the June monthly meeting to give us a “re-introduction” to his candidacy. He opened right up front with acknowledging “unless we get the veteran vote out we can’t win. Vets are the largest demographic in the 49th district after the male/female gender split.” Doug went on to explain how well he knows the military community. As a lawyer for 40 years including time as a Judge Advocate while in the military and after, a civilian trial lawyer, he has tried many court martials and other cases involving military members.

Doug grew up in a blue collar labor family and community in Dayton, Ohio. He indicated that his background makes him well able to communicate with and garner union endorsements. He gave a brief summary of what he sees as key issues. “The first thing we need is single payer health care,” he said. He went on to explain, “we don’t really have a health care system. We are delivering lower life expectancies at a high cost.” This is largely due to the fact that insurance companies make large profits, we don’t negotiate drug prices and we don’t effectively address Medicare fraud.

Regarding the economy he explained, “AI (artificial intelligence) and robotics will wipe out half the jobs in 20 years but we’re still educating our kids to the old economy”. He indicated he would like to see advanced education much earlier.

He was asked “Where do you see hope?” in the current situation. He explained that our checks and balances are working but we need to take back the House in 2018 and it starts with California. He sees hope in the intelligence agencies too. “They won’t let existential harm come to the country” he insisted. And the press has been playing and will continue to play a vital role in ensuring transparency and accountability too.

New Port Commissioner, Protest Gay Conversion Convention, and Jon Ossoff Phonebank!

Democrats for Equality,

Our next meeting is Thursday June 22nd, 2017 at 7pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center. So far on our agenda we will be addressed by San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot and we will be considering an endorsement in the 2018 San Diego Sheriff’s race and a friendly incumbent endorsement for San Diego Unified School District – District B.

Congratulations to club member Michael Zucchet on his city council appointment to the San Diego Port Commission!

Tomorrow (Thursday), the largest annual convention promoting gay conversion therapy is coming to Mission Valley… because reasons. The San Diego Coalition Against Gay Conversion is hosting a protest at Hilton San Diego Mission Valley from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

If you’d like to attend the protest, they’re encouraging folks to carpool. Parking is available at Planned Parenthood Mission Valley — it’s a 4 minute walk to the protest from there.

This past weekend, Club Treasurer Craig Roberts was in Georgia walking precincts for Jon Ossoff who is running for Congress. This is a dead-heat congressional seat that Republicans have held for decades — it’s also New Gingrich’s old seat (remember him?), and wouldn’t it be sweet justice to win there?

The Scott Peters campaign is hosting a phone bank this Saturday at Party HQ for Jon Ossoff. Details are below.

Finally, mark your calendars! We are hosting our Pre-PRIDE Kick-Off again next month on Thursday, July 13 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at FruitCraft, 1477 University Ave in Hillcrest.

RSVP information is coming soon, but just wanted to let y’all know to get ready since we’re a month out.

Check out our latest e-newsletter.

In Solidarity.

Ryan Trabuco
Vice President for Resource Development,
San Diego Democrats for Equality