Helix Water Rebate

Dear Friends and Members,Mark Gracyk our elected representative to the Helix Water Board has been kind enough to forward this money saving information to us!
He wanted to make sure you know about this program so you could take advantage of it if should it be right for your household.
He looks forward see you at our meeting in at 13 Points on September 14th!

Smart Leak Detector Rebate Program Flyer_Final.pdf

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club
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Club Issues Endorsements for Congress, Supervisor, and City Council!

Democrats for Equality,

Last night’s marathon club meeting resulted in several more endorsements for the 2020 election cycle!

We are proud to have endorsed two of our amazing congressional representatives for re-election: Scott Peters and Mike Levin.

Mike Levin has more than convinced us that he is willing to fight for the residents of his district and our region in Congress, as well as work towards moving important legislation forward. Although our club has an awkward history with this race, our club members were overwhelmingly enthusiastic to endorse Congressman Levin for re-election.

Of course, Scott Peters has been a longtime member of our club. We are very appreciative of his work as a champion for the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive justice, as well as consistently fighting for high safety standards and wages for working families.

Our club members also voted to endorse Kenya Taylor for County Supervisor in District 2. Kenya has been a champion for youth, families, and seniors in East County for over three decades. Her passion for justice and improving quality health care and access for struggling families in our rural communities is the type of advocacy we need more of in county government. For more information about Kenya Taylor’s campaign and to sign-up to volunteer and/or donate, visit her website at: kenyaforsupervisor.com

Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer are fantastic and outstanding candidates running to unseat the Trump Republican incumbent in the County Supervisor District 3 election.

Our club members love both of these outstanding women. They both have strengths in this campaign, are incredibly passionate about their vision for a better county government, and both would be a far better County Supervisor than what residents in District 3 are currently stuck with. Neither candidate reached the threshold for an endorsement, so our club voted to rate them both Acceptable for the March 3rd Primary Election.

As an aside, perhaps there’s a perfect world where we could have a North Coastal and a North Inland Supervisor district where they could both serve together. Altruistic thinking? Of course. Redistricting is coming up, so we’ll see what happens.

In San Diego City Council District 1, again another embarrassment of riches with a number of amazing candidates. We want to thank Aaron Brennan,Harid “H” PuentesJoe LaCava, and Will Moore for offering some great thoughts on housing, transit, and their visions for a better San Diego. Ultimately, while no candidate received a majority of the votes, Joe LaCava and Will Moore combined for 80% of our club members’ support, and our club rated them both Acceptable.

Again, both candidates have strengths in this campaign for Council District 1, and we are excited to see how this race develops past the Primary Election.

In San Diego City Council District 7, club members heard from Raul CampilloSharon LariosMonty McIntyre, and Wendy Wheatcroft. Again, we want to thank all those candidates for offering some great thoughts on future developments, gun violence prevention, public safety, and housing. All are inspiring Democratic candidates in this race, and any of them would be a refreshing change (there’s a theme here) from the right-wing incumbent who currently occupies the seat.

There’s no doubt that this race will likely be a hotly contested. Despite being a district with a more “conservative” reputation given their 8-year-long history with a Republican incumbent, demographic changes have certainly put this seat in play. It’s an open seat, and we’d be remiss not to mention that Hillary Clinton won Council District 7 by over 20-points against Donald Trump.

That being said, Raul Campillo won our club’s endorsement with 65.9% of our club’s votes on the first round. For more information about Raul Campillo’s campaign and to sign-up to volunteer and/or donate, visit his website at: runwithraul.com

Our next club meeting will be Thursday, September 19th — and we’ll be again starting at a special time: 6:30pm. The meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.

Club Meeting This Thursday!

Democrats for Equality,

Friendly reminder about our club meeting this Thursday, August 15th at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street).

We will be starting our meeting at a special time —6:30pm — so we can get through the endorsements we have scheduled (calendar here).

Also, if you still have not renewed your club membership for the next year you may do so here. Since we moved to a set date for membership renewals, all club memberships run through June 30th of every year.

Speaking of endorsements, our friends at the San Diego County Young Democrats and San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action have starting going through their process for endorsing candidates, embracing the style of ranked-choice voting.

A number of our club members, who are also members of both clubs, have asked me recently if San Diego Democrats for Equality would consider adopting this process for our endorsement meetings.

What is ranked-choice, what? I don’t understand this!

Great question! Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is whereby voters, in this case club members, would rank candidates by preference on their ballots.

So for example, if a candidate should win the endorsement threshold (60% in our case) of first-ranked votes, they obviously would be endorsed. If no endorsement threshold is reached, the candidate with the least number of first-ranked votes is eliminated, but the ballots cast for that candidate’s second-ranked choices would be distributed.

That process is repeated and so forth until a candidate would receive the number of votes necessary for an endorsement.

The immediate benefit to this instant-runoff system would be that club members would only need to cast one ballot — saving precious paper and trees — and, it would likely also save time, instead of waiting around for possible second, third, or sometimes fourth rounds of voting.

My concern with this would be, after having just endorsed a number of candidates through one process, then mid-way through our endorsements having to take the time to develop, propose, vote-on, and switch to an entirely different process.

I could see that being considered unfair to those candidates and campaigns that we have already considered, and then putting an entirely new system in place for those who still need to be considered by our club, again mid-way through our process.

That being said… personally, I am not opposed to the switch maybe after we get through our endorsements for the Primary Election. Or, and this is an idea, but possibly opening the discussion about using our Presidential Primary endorsement as a guinea pig for ranked-choice. Given the number of candidates that will likely still be in the race by the time we consider, that might be a solid option.

I would like to think that Democrats for Equality has been a fair arbiter of our democratic process through our endorsement process thus far. Some might say otherwise, but those people can go pound sand… and the beach isn’t far, so they can make a day trip out of it.

However, it also doesn’t matter what I think. The question is: what do you think? This decision rests with our club members, so let me know your thoughts, and I’m sure we can discuss this further at our club meeting.

Finally, so many of our club members came out to remember Cindy Green at Coronado Beach & Dog Park last weekend.

Toni Atkins posted on Twitter: “What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful friend. I know Cindy would have been happy to see so many loved ones come together for a celebration of life.

There are still plans cultivating for a larger community-oriented celebration of life in the next couple of weeks. We will keep you up-to-date on that as more information becomes available.

Excelsior!

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Orange County Turns Blue!

Democrats for Equality,

Last November, Democrats swept every single Congressional seat in Orange County. We also flipped a State Senate, Assembly, and Supervisor seat… all while Republicans were clinging to a voter registration advantage.

Yesterday, it became official. Democrats officially surpassed the GOP in voter registration.

“Say it loud, say it clear: Democrats are leading here!” was the chant lead by OC Democratic Party Chair Ada Briceno.

Throughout the 1990s, Republicans held a near 20-point voter registration advantage, and as recently as the 2014 election cycle still held on to an advantage close to 10-points.

Donald Trump changed all that.

By the time the 2016 election was over, the Republican Party’s voter registration advantage was less than 4 percentage points, and Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to win Orange County since FDR in 1936.

In a place long proclaimed “Reagan Country,” home to the Nixon Library, and where anti-LGBT State Senator John Briggs was elected numerous times — there is no doubt that the voter trends towards the Democratic Party is nothing short of historic.

Congratulations to all of our friends and family in Orange County who helped make this happen!

Also, friendly reminder about our club meeting next Thursday, August 15th at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street). We’ll be meeting at a special time — 6:30pm — so we can get through the endorsements we have scheduled (calendar posted here).

Finally, Cindy Green’s family posted on the GoFundMe page that her ashes will be scattered at sea in Coronado Beach & Dog Park on Saturday, August 10th. There is not a definitive time posted, but you may want to check the GoFundMe page for updates.

There are still plans cultivating for a larger community-oriented celebration of life in the next couple of weeks. We will keep you up-to-date on that as more information becomes available.

Excelsior!

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality