Apr 21 – Tasha Williamson – Criminal Justice Reform & Compassion Project

Tasha Williamson is the co-founder of The Compassion Project, a small group of community activists who support families when they lose a loved one to violence. She was named “Voice of the Year” for 2018 by Voice of San Diego and recently announced her campaign for Mayor at the San Diego Women’s March.

“Tasha Williamson is what some officials derisively call an “agitator,” and she seems to welcome the attack. She’s also a capable and effective spokesperson for neighborhoods of color.”

Voice of San Diego

“Tasha Williamson is a community advocate who is ready to take what she’s learned and translate it to public office…You may have heard of her work with the San Diego Compassion Project or other community efforts to support San Diegans who need help fighting for their rights, justice or resources to thrive in San Diego.”

San Diego Union Tribune


Votes regarding letters of support for the following legislation:

Support  AB392 –Peace officers: deadly force.
– Introduced by Weber & McCarty

This bill is to raise the minimum standard requirement that allows police officers to use deadly force on civilian from “reasonable” to “necessary”. This law has not changed since 1872. If passed, the police officer will be required to exhaust all alternative tactics including de-escalation first.

Support ACA6– Elections: disqualification of electors
– Introduced by McCarty, Bonta, Gonzalez, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove & Weber

This bill is to restore the voting right of felons who have completed their sentence & are currently on parole.

Template for support letter available here.

Support AB1076 – Criminal records: automatic relief 
– Introduced by Ting

This bill is to eliminate the complicated court process of expunging arrest & conviction records & make it automatic. This law will only apply to cases that are already eligible to be expunged.  

Template for support letter available here.

Votes regarding letters of opposition for the following legislation:

Oppose SB230– Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies
– Introduced by Caballero

This bill requires POST to develop training. However, this training only includes “adequate consideration” of a list of subjects but without any specificity as to what that training should look like. In addition, this bill does not require that any officer actually go through the training.

Template for oppose letter available here.


We will also discuss upcoming bylaw revisions and local events.


Our meetings are CHILD FRIENDLY- we will have toys, coloring books, snacks, etc. in a “kid space” at the rear of the meeting hall.


PointLomaAssemblyMap

April 21, 2019
4:00PM – 5:30PM

Point Loma Assembly,  3035 Talbot Street, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)

For additional info call (619) 800-5098
Directions and parking information


Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.

After the meeting ends we suggest adjourning to the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr to continue our progressive conversation. Happy Hour is until 6:30pm.

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County Dependent Care Grant

The Mission of the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is to support and promote Democratic Party principles & platforms, including equality of opportunity, a level playing field, and fair and equal treatment for all.

The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is committed to supporting female candidates and amplifying women’s voices in local and national politics. Women, particularly women of color, shoulder the vast majority of dependent care in our families, city, and nation, and our work as caregivers can create a significant barrier to our entry into local politics. In San Diego, the average rate for a babysitter is $15 per hour and many political gatherings – Democratic clubs, Central Committee meetings, Community Towns and Councils, School Boards, and various campaign events – take place on weekends or after regular school or daycare hours. Following a 2018 FEC ruling caregivers may now use campaign funds to pay for childcare. However, this doesn’t solve the problem of childcare for women who are interested in becoming more active in their community’s political life but are not campaigning for office. Moreover, it creates an unfair cost burden for female candidates that their male counterparts more often than not do not have to shoulder.

To address this issue, the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is proud to institute a pilot Dependent Care Grant. The grant may be used to defray the cost of dependent care incurred as part of attending any political event that either (1) Supports a Democratic woman’s candidacy for any elected office, or (2) Supports a Democratic woman’s attendance or involvement in any local political meeting or event that would further their inclusion in local politics and decision making.

We understand that the costs of dependent care are legion, and so a broad scope of activities are eligible for coverage under this grant. This includes not only the cost of a babysitter for an evening or afternoon, but the cost of shipping breastmilk for nursing mothers who wish to attend a convention or meeting away from their infant, the cost of rental car seats for women who are traveling with their children, or the cost of bringing a dependent or caregiver to an event.

Some of these costs may not have occurred to many readers – whether the cost of childcare today, or the invisible lengths that nursing mothers go to to both feed their children and fully participate in the civic life of our community. But we are on the brink of a brave new world – more and more women are running for public office while still mothering young children. The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is thrilled with what this means for issues that have been overlooked for too long because they are not part of the daily life of the majority of our legislators. We are fully committed to doing whatever it takes to bring more voices to the tables of power, and we are pleased to offer every boost or folding chair at our disposal to help that happen.

We encourage other civic entities, political and otherwise, to follow our lead. As of January 2019 federal candidates are now able to use campaign funds for child care costs. The policy for local and state candidates is more ambiguous, and so in addition to making funds available we encourage others to join us in pushing recently introduced legislation, co-sponsored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, to allow for the unambiguous use of these funds for all political candidates.  One grant for one evening is both a huge step and a small drop in the bucket. Meaningful change will take all of us, and we invite everyone who is able and willing to join us.

Club Endorsement Meeting Thursday!

Democrats for Equality,

There has been a lot of LGBT news over the last couple of weeks:

  • Lori Lightfoot was elected Mayor of Chicago (first African-American woman, and first LGBT Mayor).
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway was elected Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Unfortunately/Sadly/Frustratingly, Trump’s dumb-ass ban on trans soldiers in the military went into effect last Friday. One bright spot: the California National Guard had come out in support of our trans soldiers months ago.
  • Pete Buttigieg made it official — the South Bend (Indiana) Mayor is running for President, and by some polls could be a competitive candidate!

Speaking of presidential candidates, please mark your calendars for San Diego Pride (July 13 and 14), as our club will be hosting a Presidential Straw Poll at our booth to gauge interest of our Democratic presidential candidates. Then, at our July meeting after Pride (Thursday, July 18), we will try and make an endorsement for President.

And speaking of endorsements… our first round of 2020 endorsements is coming up at our club meeting THIS THURSDAY (April 18)!

We’ll be meeting at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103) at 7:00pm.

We will hopefully make a friendly incumbent endorsement in San Diego City Council District 9, as well as make an endorsement for San Diego Mayor.

Also, we will get around to hearing some bylaw changes regarding the creation of “Regional Director” positions. I know we’ve been talking about this for some time. The new proposed language for you to review has been updated to refer to these as “Area Representatives.”

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

Also, we will start holding “opportunity drawings” at our club meetings. We’ve already collected a couple of items for club members to score towards the end of the meeting.

And… we are hoping to upgrade the food menu at our meetings a little bit. I love pizza as much as the next person (it’s my weakness), but we’re gonna try something different this month.

Last week, we opened ticket sales for our upcoming club event: Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch!

It will be held Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

I personally paid for one of the $150 Host Committee spots because there’s this whole thing about leading by example.

We would like to thank our amazing Host Committee (thus far) for this event:

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria
  • San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell
  • San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward
  • Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher
  • Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Councilmember Joe Mosca
  • Imperial Beach City Councilmember Mark West
  • San Diego Community College Trustee Craig Milgrim
  • County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • Club President Ryan Trabuco
  • Club Vice President for Resource Development Amy Kuhn
  • Club Vice President for Political Action Susan Guinn
  • Club President Emeritus Stephen Whitburn
  • Club Member John Tedstrom
  • Club Member Toni Duran

Whew! Lots of incredible names for our Host Committee! Thank you family (insert smile emoji here) (insert heart emoji here)

If you don’t see your name there, then we would love to have you be apart of this incredible event. Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and it’s apparently already a smashing success! We set out what I thought was an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 — and we blew past that well over a week ago.

We are well north of $3,000 for this event, so let’s keep the ticket purchases coming!

Finally, our County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner is coming up for Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme is “Building Power for the People!”

Our club is putting together a nice basket for the silent auction item for attendees to bid on, and we are expected to have at least one table (maybe two) depending on how many club members purchase tickets to the dinner.

If you wanna sit with us, please purchase a ticket to the Roosevelt Dinner here. Also, be sure to list Dems 4 Equality under table affiliation.

Hot take: the vegan ravioli last year was pretty good!

Announcing my complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Apr 15 – My Journey by Andrea

Clubmember Dr. Andrea Cubitt,, will present to us the story of her transgender journey.  A scientist, she did her postdoctoral training at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and at the University of California San Diego, where she was part of team that initiated development of the green fluorescent protein (“GFP”) with Roger Tsien, Ph.D.

Dr. Cubitt holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Sheffield and a first class honors degree (B.Sc) in medical biochemistry from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Cubitt is a co-inventor or co-author of 18 issued US patents and 20 publications.

Deja Cabrera, Transgender Services Coordinator at the LGBTQ Center, will also be available to answer questions and give additional information. 

 This is critically relevant as our President’s transgender ban in the US military has been upheld in Federal Court and went into effect last Friday. And there has been much ongoing public discussion on the impact on women’s sports, etc.


San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott will address the club briefly.


New Business – Two weeks ago, we sent out notice to members that we will voting on the request from several club members, including Alyce Pipkin-Allen, in addition to Indivisible leader and AAPI Democratic Club President Jean-Huy Tran, that we consider the following for support/opposition at our meeting tomorrow.

Please come prepared to vote on these issues:

Support  AB392 –Peace officers: deadly force.
Introduced by Weber & McCarty

This bill is to raise the minimum standard requirement that allows police officers to use deadly force on civilian from “reasonable” to “necessary”. This law has not changed since 1872. If passed, the police officer will be required to exhaust all alternative tactics including de-escalation first.

Oppose SB230– Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies
– Introduced by Caballero

This bill requires POST to develop training. However, this training only includes “adequate consideration” of a list of subjects but without any specificity as to what that training should look like. In addition, this bill does not require that any officer actually go through the training.

Support ACA6– Elections: disqualification of electors
– Introduced by McCarty, Bonta, Gonzalez, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove & Weber

This bill is to restore the voting right of felons who have completed their sentence & are currently on parole.

Support AB1076 – Criminal records: automatic relief
– Introduced by Ting

This bill is to eliminate the complicated court process of expunging arrest & conviction records & make it automatic. This law will only apply to cases that are already eligible to be expunged.  


Meeting is at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map)

Order dinner or a drink to sustain you, and the restaurant!

MTS bus routes 44, 60


An Evening With City Councilmember Chris Ward

City Council Member Chris Ward, San Diego District 3, will be sharing updates on city council news as well as discussing issues which directly affect our communities.

This is an opportunity to speak directly with your elected official. There will be plenty of time for questions so please bring yours! 

Our meetings are open to the public. Please join us Tuesday, April 23 at Joyce Beers Community Center. Social 6:30 p.m., program begins 7:00 p.m.

A reminder about our April Meeting

Dear friends and members of the Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club,

Our meeting is on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30.

We will be looking at Education this month! Our speaker will be Charda Fontenot, who was elected last year to the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. We also hope to have one of the Trustees of the Lemon Grove District also. Please join us to learn more about the current and future of our next generation of community members.

Our location is Monte Vista Village, 2211 Massachusetts Ave, Lemon Grove, CA 91945. We will be meeting in the Dining Hall, which is near the long driveway you can see from Massachusetts Ave. You can park in the driveway or on the street.

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club
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