Statement Regarding Accusations of Sexual Assault by San Diego Unified School Board President and Trustee Kevin Beiser

For Immediate Release

First, and foremost, sexual harassment and assault will not be accepted or tolerated by the San Diego Democrats for Equality.

The action and behavior that has been alleged against San Diego Unified School Board President and Trustee Kevin Beiser stand in direct conflict with the values of our Democratic club.

We are deeply disappointed and offended that any elected official — especially a member of our LGBTQ community — would behave and act so inappropriately in the manner alleged against Mr. Beiser.

The San Diego Democrats for Equality stand on the side of justice and support for those survivors and victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

In light of these serious allegations, we will be bringing forth an emergency resolution calling for Mr. Beiser to resign.


Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

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

About San Diego Democrats for Equality

Founded in 1975 as the San Diego Democratic Club, the San Diego Democrats for Equality is the largest membership-based democratic club in San Diego County. The club’s mission aims to unify and organize all those interested in supporting and furthering progressive democratic values guaranteed to all Americans regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity, religious affiliation, or age.


Media Contact:
Ryan Trabuco
VP for Resource Development
[email protected]

South Rim Tank Reception Invitation 032119.pdf

As Mark Gracyk promised at our meeting last week here is an invite to the open house at the Helix Water District.
Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club

Begin forwarded message:

From: Mark Gracyk <markhwd3>

Subject: South Rim Tank Reception Invitation 032119.pdf

Date: March 15, 2019 at 9:54:14 AM PDT

To: Cynthia Jurado <cynthia>

Hi Cynthia, it was great to see you and the rest of the club the other night. Thank you so much for the hospitality. Attached is the notice for the open house. Feel free share it if you think it might be of interest. Cheers!

South Rim Tank Reception Invitation 032119.pdf

Equality Act, State Budget Forum, and Club Meeting Next Week!

Democrats for Equality,

Earlier this week, Speaker Pelosi and Congressional Democrats introduced H.R. 5, the Equality Act — a bill that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to classes protected against discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

If the bill were to be passed and signed into law, it would be the first nondiscrimination law for LGBTQ Americans at the national level.

21 states, including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and D.C. have LGBTQ discrimination protections laws on the books.

Among our local delegation, Representatives Scott PetersMike Levin, and Juan Vargas all tweeted out their support for H.R. 5

As of Wednesday afternoon I didn’t catch a tweet of support from Congresswoman Susan Davis, but she has been a longtime ally of our LGBTQ community. She co-sponsored the Equality Act in a previous session of Congress, so there’s no need to think that she wouldn’t be supportive of this year’s Equality Act.

Radio silence, of course, from Congressman Duncan Hunter.

In other news… later this month, our Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Senator Ben Hueso, and Assemblymembers Dr. Shirley Weber and Lorena Gonzalez are hosting an informational community forum on the state budget, and how it affects the San Diego region.

The forum will be held on Thursday, March 28 at the Educational Cultural Complex (4343 Ocean View Blvd. in San Diego) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP at this link.

Finally, our new executive board will be sworn-in at our club meeting next week on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm. We’ll be meeting at Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.

We will be honoring and thanking our outgoing executive board members —Craig Roberts, Mary Latibashvili, and Sapphire Blackwood for their contributions in service to our incredible club. We’ll have something special for Will Rodriguez-Kennedy to honor his leadership as our club president, too!

And we will swear-in our new 2019-2020 Executive Board:

President: Ryan Trabuco (me)
Vice President for Resource Development: Amy Kuhn
Vice President for Political Action: Susan Guinn
Secretary: Rickie Brown
Controller: Carlos Salazar
Sergeant-at-Arms: Ryan Darsey
Board Members At-Large: Michelle Krug, Ilka Weston, Brandon Coopersmith, Andrea Cubitt
Immediate Past President: Will Rodriguez-Kennedy

The next chapter for San Diego Democrats for Equality begins next week, and we hope to see you there!

In Solidarity,

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

A reminder about our March meeting tomorrow

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

Our meeting this month is tomorrow Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30.

Our Speaker this month It is Mark Gracyk, our director on the Helix Water District Board of Directors, representing Lemon Grove and parts of La Mesa and Spring Valley. Mark was elected in 2016, beating an incumbent.

Mark will speak about his experiences in office so far and his perspectives on politics in the region. Please Join us it should be a great evening!

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.

Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Growing Companies

Cynthia Jurado

ARC Leadership Dynamics

Direct line 619-955-6125

Cell 619-206-5506

6618 Vireo Ct.

Carlsbad, CA 92011


Mar 18 – Our Women’s History

In our recent membership survey our members expressed a wish for more social time at out meetings. So, we are suggesting you come around 6PM, if possible, for an informal chance to interact with the club officers and other members. The formal meeting will start at 7PM.

  • We will honor Women’s History Month with our club officers having a conversation with membership about their stories and journey into politics. We will also briefly discuss the history of this Club, founded July 2014. Clubmember Anne Hoiberg will talk to us about the history of the prior San Diego Democratic Women’s Club.
  • Merrin Muxlow, Board member of the OB People’s Co-op, will talk to us about the Food Co-op and how she became politicized.
  • We will also have representatives speaking to us from San Diego Neighborhoods for Clean Elections. Click here for more information.

eMeeting is at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

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

MTS routes 44, 60

You might also be interested in…

  • This Sunday, March 10, 10AM-1PM, is the San Diego March for Black Women. Here is the link to the Facebook page.
  • Members of the Woman’s Club will meet up at the intersection of Logan & Euclid (92114) at 9:45AM.
  • The organizers suggested we park at Lincoln High School, 4777 Imperial Ave, which is the endpoint. Carpooling is recommended.
  • Additionally, the organizers have asked that we not wear t-shirts or bring banners from our organizations, causes or campaigns. They have their own messages. This march is about centering Black Women and Black Girls, passing the mic and giving folks who don’t normally have a platform to speak, the opportunity to do so.
  • Kimberly Ellis, who is running for Chair of the California State Democratic Party, will be in town 11am-1pm, Sunday, March 17, at Elijah’s. This is the day before our meeting. The purpose is for Kimberly to get to know members and delegates — before the vote at the Convention, May 31-June 2, in San Francisco.
  • The Annual Roosevelt Dinner is May 11, 2019, at Hilton Bayfront. Reservations here
  • The County Party has asked the Clubs to put together a basket of goodies (worth around $100) for the silent auction at the Roosevelt Dinner. Please let us know if you have ideas or items that we might be able to use. If you have a basket that you want to get rid of, bring it to the next meeting.

Notes from February 2019 Meeting – Galentines Party!

Monthly Meeting was held Monday, February 18, 2019, at Elijah’s Restaurant,

President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7:05pm

Welcome to members and guests

Approval of agenda

Introduction of club officers and recognition of other clubs’ officers

Candidates & Elected Officials:

  • Nora Vargas – Candidate for Board of Supervisors, District 1
  • Raul Campillo – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Wendy Wheatcroft – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Sara Davis – Candidate for Assembly District 78
  • Tasha Williamson – Candidate for Mayor of San Diego
  • Councilmember Barbara Bry – Candidate for Mayor of San Diego

Galentines Celebration and Toast to our Sheroes! (pictures)

  • Assemblymember, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher 
  • Nora Vargas
  • Councilmember, Dr. Jen Campbell
  • Councilmember, Barbara Bry
  • Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher
  • Doug Case – Representing State Senator, Toni Atkins 
  • Nick Serrano – Representing Assemblymember, Todd Gloria 
  • DWC Internal VP, Dr. Rebecca Fielding Miller 
  • DWC External VP, Ramla Sahid 

ADEM Winner and Candidate Recognition

Women of Color ROAR Breakfast: Update/thank you for recognition

SDCDP Election Results: 

  • Will Rodriguez–Kennedy elected chair
  • Oren Robinson elected Secretary (club member)

Treasurer’s Report, Rosamond Blevins

1619 National Celebration of Black Women: March 2, 2019

  • Becca Taylor makes motion to provide $500 sponsorship. Seconded by Alyce Pipkin-Allen. Unanimous approval.


Mayoral Candidate – Cory Briggs

DWC Online Survey Results – Internal VP, Dr. Rebecca Fielding Miller

  • Interactive team building groups

Unfinished Business

Resolution in Support of the Western Service Workers’ Association in support of their fight against water shutoffs – Communications Chair, John Loughlin

  • Michelle Krug makes Motion to support. Seconded by Anne Hoiberg. Unanimous approval.

Kelly King’s Birthday!


  • Michelle Krug – Childcare workers’ petition
  • Anne Hoiberg – Women’s Museum events
  • Katie Meyers – SD Progressive Democrats Officers’ Elections upcoming

Meeting adjourned: 8:55pm 

Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, March 18, Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes: Cathie Hyatt, Secretary