Elderly Activists March On, Speak Out Ahead Of Election

They marched as young activists many decades ago. Now in their 80s and 90s, some San Diego County women aren’t letting their canes and walkers slow them down. KPBS reporter Susan Murphy first met up with the women last year as President Trump took office. She recently revisited their retirement home, where they continuing to march on and speak out.

From KPBS.

Photo Credit: Connie Kelley. Women march down the halls at Seacrest Village retirement community in Encinitas, in solidarity with the national women’s marches, January 21, 2017.

June Meeting Features City Attorney Mara Elliot and a Discussion of National Security


June Meeting

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pacific Beach Recreation Center

1405 Diamond Street

San Diego, CA 92109

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

The PB Dems monthly meeting for June will be held at the Pacific Beach Recreation Center.

We have planned another hot topic meeting for June. First City Attorney Mara Elliot joins us to share her insights about our local issues. Next, Professor Joel Day and Navy veteran Shawn VanDiver will present on the following: The Democratic Party and National Security: Resisting, Reframing, Rebuilding. You really won’t want to miss these great speakers. There will also be a recap of the June 5th Primary Election results.

Remember that everyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings. If you are a club member, bring a friend along this month. Coffee and water are always provided along with snacks. Feel free to contribute by bringing your favorite snack to share.

Read more about our speakers:

Mara W. Elliott was elected City Attorney of San Diego in 2016 after serving as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the Office’s Public Services Section and legal adviser to the City’s Independent Audit Committee and Environment Committee. Mara and the lawyers in her section held polluters accountable, reformed city contracting, cut administrative red tape, and strengthened the city’s Living Wage and Non-Discrimination in Contracting Ordinances.

Dr. Joel Day has over 15 years of global and local public policy experience, and currently is a professor of international relations at the University of San Diego as well as an advisor on hate crimes, extremism, and homeland security issues at the City of San Diego. Day’s work on counterterrorism has appeared in top scholarly journals and he has briefed Congress, DHS, and the Pentagon on national security issues. In Democratic politics, Day has worked on citywide, congressional, and presidential races, and his commentary has appeared in media including Al Jazeera, NPR, Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates, the San Diego Union Tribune, the Hill, the Boston Globe, and the Associated Press. Day holds a PhD from the University of Denver, is a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Denver, and Colorado State University. He was a  David L. Boren National Security Act Scholar, and a national collegiate debate champion. In 2017, Day was named “40 Under 40 in San Diego” by San Diego Metro Magazine.

Shawn VanDiver is a 12-year Navy Veteran, serves on the board of the Women’s Museum of California, and is a Co-Founder and Director of the Truman National Security Project San Diego Chapter. He also serves on several boards and committees at the local, state, and national levels focusing on human trafficking, national security, and civic engagement. He has published on national security issues in local, national, and international outlets, including the San Diego Union Tribune, USA Today, and The Guardian. Shawn is President of VanDiver Consulting serving clients in the region and around the nation in addition to serving as faculty for San Diego State University. He attended National University and the Naval Postgraduate School, earning degrees and certificates in Domestic Security Management, Homeland Security and Safety Engineering, and Information Systems and Operations.







Dr. Carl Luna Discusses Our “Taxing Times”

Dr. Carl Luna gave a fast paced, detail rich talk at the May club meeting. He opened by proclaiming, “Funny thing about Trump, he does what he says he’s going to do, unlike most!” To make his point, Luna referenced the move of the Israeli Embassy, withdrawing from the Iran deal, and the tax cuts.

According to Luna, the “tax plan will have the expected impact, the 1% gets it all!” It has helped Republicans move the ball closer to their ultimate goal ever since Reagan, a flat tax.

But Luna, while giving detailed history of our tax structure over the last century and a half, focused even more on the intersection of taxes, economic equality and what he feels is a real threat to our Democracy. According to Luna, “The last time our Democracy was in this much trouble was in the 1930’s.”

Luna reviewed three key economic periods in our history. The first was the “laissez-faire” supply side economy (translation: just leave things alone) of the early 20th century that favored business. This period was characterized by fast industrialization through capitalism after the Civil War, along with an influx of immigrants. Around 1932, “Demand Side” Keynesian economics (1932-1980) took over with the idea that government steps in and creates demand through how it taxes. The goal was to prevent the rich from hiding their money by incentivizing them to invest it instead. World War II ended the depression, and everybody was employed. 

However, “stagflation” hit in the 1970’s characterized by a stagnant economy with rising inflation and high interest rates. People got back to work but wages didn’t keep pace. Then came Reagan’s “Supply Side II” where the “rich figure out how to NOT pay taxes.” During the 1980’s big tax cuts were implemented, top rates were cut but were accompanied by massive spending. “Trickle Down Economics” was born and the result was that while the rich got their cuts, everyone else got poorer. 

“Since Reagan,” Luna explained, “we continue to borrow money to give the rich tax cuts while wealthy people leverage government debt.” Obama and the 2008 recession made things more difficult. Wall St. became huge and was the single largest donor population. When the housing market failed and things started to spiral out of control, Wall St. got a $600 trillion bailout and no one went to jail. More money was pumped into the top while people just kept losing their homes. Now we have a real revenue problem.

“Thinking that the election will stop what’s going on now is magical thinking” according to Luna. “Simply trying to tweak a process that isn’t working is also magical thinking” Luna said. Supply side doesn’t work as well today due to globalization and the global exchange of money. Trump pulling the U.S. out of the global economy will devastate us. “Globalization is the world today,” Luna explained. Wealth concentration is a global phenomenon and the rich are getting richer faster. 

So what are some solutions? One thing happening behind the scenes is George Soros, Democratic donor, is funding District Attorney races around the country to try and right issues of social justice. Luna also said “we need a sustained dialogue on Constitution 2.0.” Getting money out of politics will help some, but “it’s like chicken soup – there are lots of ingredients.” 

And finally, “People movements are an important first step, along with voting for someone who will change the system. Winning is defined by sustained change.”

May 21 – Learn How to be a Better Phone Banker, Social Media Pusher and GO Teamer

The election is upon us and it’s all hands on deck to contact voters to extoll the virtues of our endorsed candidates.

Come and learn how, with just a few tricks and techniques, you can improve your success rate with phone banking and at the same time enjoy doing it! Clubmember Kelly King will provide insights into what works and what doesn’t and how to tell.

We’ll also learn from campaign pros on how re-tweeting, Sharing, Liking and engaging the community by posting comments can extend the reach of candidates’ messages.

2018 is the year that GO Team expanded the use of MiniVAN (after great success in the 49th) to provide a paperless, easy way to walk precincts and upload data straight to the back room analysts.

We hope you’ll enjoy some hands on sessions geared to winning on June 5th.

Monday May 21 – Social Time from 6:30pm, Club business at 7:00pm.

Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 6:30pm just before the meeting starts.

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


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

  • MTS routes 44, 60

May 20 – John Mattes Explains How Russian Trolls Influenced U.S. Elections

This month we welcome clubmember John Mattes to explain his investigations into Russian propagandists who created false social media accounts to influence the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election.

Read more here:

John is an investigative journalist who has won 5 Emmys, one Golden Mike award, one Edward R Murrow award and 10 press club awards for exposing fraud and corruption in government.

He holds an advanced degree in Communication Research from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from the University of Miami. Before working for Fox, he served as a County Supervisor and city council member in Madison, Wisconsin and practiced law in Miami, Florida focusing on Public Policy Investigation.

4:00PM – 5:30PM
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For additional info call (619) 800-5098
Directions and parking information

Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 4:00PM 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.

Tue, Wed, Thu and Sat – Phonebanking for Nathan Fletcher

Help our endorsed candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 4 win the Primary on June 5th.

Tues, Wed, Thu – 5-8pm
Saturdays – 9 am

From Nathan’s office: 3737 Camino del Rio South #110

Thank you so much for your help and support!
Heidi Martinez

Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor 2018
Voicemail: (858) 304-0196
P.O. Box 5283 San Diego, CA 92165