Jul 29 – What Should Become of San Diego Stadium?

Reminder: We’re meeting on the last Sunday this month, as the Point Loma Playhouse is presenting Wally’s Cafe at the Point Loma Assembly on July 22, 2pm. If you hurry you can get still get tickets for Friday July 20, or Saturday July 21, at 8pm for this feel good play.

This month we’re excited to feature a great panel of speakers on the upcoming ballot initiatives focused on the site of the current San Diego County Credit Union Stadium – AKA Qualcomm Stadium, Jack Murphy Stadium and originally San Diego Stadium.

Whatever the outcome this November there will be a major change to Mission Valley, and San Diego.


  • Natalie Kessler, Southwest Strategies LLC, SDSU West
  • Haley Peterson, Intesa, SDSU Mission Valley
  • Joe LaCava, No on Soccer City

Each of our panelists will give a 10 minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions on their segment. After all the presenters have been heard, there will be an additional 15 minutes for general questions from our members.

We hereby notice that at our July 29, 2018 meeting we will consider taking a position on the ballot initiatives involving the Stadium.

We also hereby notice that at our July 29, 2018 meeting we will consider an endorsement for San Diego City Council District 2, where clubmember Jen Campbell is in the runoff against incumbent Lori Zapf. Our endorsed candidate Jordan Beane has already endorsed Jen for this strategically critical race.

July 29, 2018
4:00PM – 5:30PM

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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.

Notes from April Meeting – San Diego City Council D6 & San Diego Superior Court Endorsement Meeting

Merrin Muxlow, VP called the meeting to order at 4:15 PM.

The floor was opened to elected officials, representatives of elected officials, former elected officials, candidates, and speakers on propositions for two-minute speeches.

  • Doug Case – Political Affairs Director for State Senator, President Pro Tem Toni Atkins spoke about the legislation the senator had introduced in the current session
  • Jordan Beane – our endorsed candidate for San Diego City Council District 2, gave an update on his campaign and brought yard signs for distribution
  • Ruth Rollins – Spoke for Dr. Jen Campbell, candidate for San Diego City Council District 2, and invited everyone to a Meet and Greet to be held at her home next Sunday

Endorsement Forum

San Diego City Council District 6
Endorsement Committee Chair Dev Zaveri-Tabb presided. The following candidates were up for Club endorsement:

  1.  Tommy Hough – In attendance
  2. Fayaz Nawabi – Could not attend for health reasons, Oren Robinson spoke on his behalf
  3. Matt Valenti – Did not attend, though was expected to

After Tommy and Oren made opening statements, Dev conducted a Q & A using questions submitted by Club members. After closing statements were made, the candidate, paid and volunteer campaign staff, and family members were asked to leave the room and the floor was opened for discussion. Voting took place by ballot and Tommy Hough won the Club’s endorsement on the first round.

Superior Court
Dev said it was the first time the Club would be voting on an endorsement in a judicial race.

  1. Matt Brower – In attendance
  2. Tim Nader – Did not attend; no representative came forward to speak

After Brower gave an opening statement, Dev conducted a Q & A using questions submitted by Club members. The candidate, paid and volunteer campaign staff, and family members were asked to leave the room and the floor was opened for discussion. Ruth Rollins made a motion that the Club endorses Matt Brower by acclamation (by a voice vote of “Oorah!” in recognition of Brower being a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps Reserve), it was seconded, and the motion carried.


  • Susan Peinado said that early voting would begin May 7, the voter registration deadline was May 21, and Election Day was June 5, and stressed the importance of voter turnout since the countywide elections would most likely be decided then. She also urged everyone to sign a petition calling for future countywide races to go into November.
  • Susan announced that the Club had donated $499 to the PAC “Vote June 5” in support of Dave Myers for Sheriff, Matt Strabone for County Clerk Assessor, and Geneviéve Jones- Wright for DA.
  • Dev Zaveri-Tabb urged members to sign a petition calling for an initiative that “Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products” to be placed on the ballot.

Club Resports

Vice President – Merrin expanded upon Susan’s announcement about the “Vote June 5”
PAC and urged members to go to their website, http://www.votejune5.org, and sign up to make calls. Treasurer – In Dave’s absence, Merrin reported the April 9 bank balance of and
pointed out that the Club had the money to give to local races.

Unfinished and New Business

  • Susan Peinado moved that the Club donate $501.00 more to the “Vote June 5” PAC, following a brief discussion, the motion passed.
  • Club member Kay O’Bryan asked that the Club consider a change to its bylaws. She suggested that instead of requiring a simple majority vote for candidate endorsements, the Club should raise it to a 60% vote in order to be more representative of the membership. A discussion followed and included these points:
    • Most clubs had a higher requirement, some up to 75%
    • The current 50% + 1 splits the Club and isn’t as meaningful as a higher percentage
    • The bylaws were originally written in 1954 and need updating on a number of matters
    • Jonathan Wubbolding recently called for the creation of a Bylaws Committee and appointed Dave Furlano chair. The committee would study the entire document and make a broad range of recommendations and present them to the body for approval
    • A signup sheet was made available for any members interested in serving on the committee
    • It was pointed out that members who wish to present ideas for Club consideration on any matter may do so during the New Business portion of a meeting, as Kay did
  • A member voiced concern about the treatment of the Martin Luther King Jr Democratic Club at the Roosevelt Dinner and encouraged people to join that club as a show of support. A lively discussion followed in which others cited additional instances that showed the need for better conflict resolution, the need to professionalize county leadership by having full-time paid positions, and the need for term limits.

Merrin thanked everyone for coming and invited all to meet afterwards at the Point Break Café. The meeting was adjourned at 5:55 PM.

Notes: Deborah Currier, Secretary

E-Board members present:

  • Merrin Muxlow, Vice President
  • Deval Zaveri-Tabb, Endorsement Committee
  • Deborah Currier, Secretary
  • Susan Peinado, Membership Committee
  • John Loughlin, Communications Committee
  • Ruth Rollins, Nominating Committee
  • Phil Currier, Hospitality Committee

E-Board members absent:

  • Jonathan Wubbolding, President
  • Dave Furlano, Treasurer
  • Nancy Witt, GO Team Liaison
  • Patrick Schultheis, Public Relations/Marketing Committee.

PB Dems Endorse City Council and County Supervisor Candidates

The Pacific Beach Democratic Club is proud to announce the endorsements of Jennifer H. Campbell,MD, who is running for San Diego City Council District 2 and Nathan Fletcher, candidate for District 4 County Supervisors in the November 6, 2018 General Election. Following the results of the June Primary, the PB Democratic Club voted at their monthly meeting held July 12, 2018 to endorse these two candidates.

Click here for a list of all candidates endorsed by the Pacific Beach Democratic Club:

2018 Endorsements

Jul 16 – Starla Williams – America the Great: An Experience in Diversity

Following up on the inspiring Cultural Diversity Workshop training last Saturday, organized by the Martin Luther King Jr Democratic Club, the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County will host Professor Emeritus Starla Williams. Her presentation, “America the Great: An Experience in Diversity” is an opportunity to move beyond politics that divide us and create politics that bring us together. Collectively, we will address critical issues that impact our lives and the future of our country, developing skills to be more conscious, competent, connected and comfortable when addressing topics related to differences. Bring your questions, concerns, experiences, expertise and friends to share in conversations that can create unity in our diverse communities at home, at work, and in the world!

For forty years, Starla Lewis has committed herself to bridging, unifying and empowering multi-culturally diverse communities. Department Chairwoman at Mesa for eleven years and professor of Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College for twenty years, Lewis is also a six-time recipient of the Mesa College Teacher of the Year Award.

Besides being a poet, author, professor, chairwoman, mentor, mother, and life coach, Lewis is also the founder of Celebration of Everlasting Love and Life (C.E.L.L.), a consulting firm working to help people discover their full potential, regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity. Lewis believes in loving herself just the way she is, and teaching others to love themselves as well.

On March 1, 2015, Lewis was honored at the Women’s Museum of California, one of six to be inducted into the 14th Annual San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame under the category of “Bridge Builder” for her devotion to unifying and empowering multi-culturally diverse communities.

Lewis’ strength and devotion to empowering women serves as an inspiration to women across the nation. Although retired, her love for teaching has kept her busy, teaching three classes each year as she believes her purpose is to learn just as much as it is to teach.

Please come join us for this exceptional experience. Bring your friends and your friends’ friends. See you there!

Pride Parade

We’ve been invited to march with the San Diego Democrats for Equality (thanks William!) at the Pride Parade on Saturday July 14. Meet up at 11am, start off time is 12pm. You can park at the old Naval Hospital in Balboa Park and take a free shuttle to the meeting point.

After Justice Kennedy’s retirement, and the likelihood of more conservative appointments, now more than ever we need to show solidarity with our LGBTQ+ friends and relatives.

Contingent Lineup Number: 116
Meet up time: 11am
Step off: 12pm
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Independent Commission on Police Practices

Photo Credit: Oren Robinson

“The community of San Diego just had a win. A small win. The Independent Police Oversight Board proposed charter amendment advanced from the Rules Committee to the full council. The City Attorney has some work to do to ensure the much needed law is ready for the voters in November. We have the obligation to ensure all of our city council members vote for this independent oversight board!” – Laila H. Aziz

“We won! It passed committee! But it’s not over: Next we need to find out which day (probably this month) the proposal will be put on the agenda at a FULL general city council meeting. We will need to push hard to meet the deadline for the charter amendment to make the November 2018 ballot. So we will need even more people to make phone calls and show up.” – Oren Robinson

How they voted:

Three yes votes from Council President Myrtle Cole (who motioned to send it forward), Councilmember Barbara Bry and Councilmember Chris Ward.

Two no votes from Councilmembers Mark Kersey and Chris Cate who gave no commentary, response or explanation for their vote. This is very troubling, since 50+ community members spoke in support of wanting simply the chance for voters to VOTE on this issue, and meanwhile only 2 people spoke against.*

*Four people “officially” spoke against (and all four were members of the current board that people want to fix), but even 2 of those 4 had reservations — i.e. they actually did support some kind of reform, just not the exact proposal on the agenda.

Monday July 16 – 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

Thanks and gratitude to the MLK Jr Democratic Club for organizing the Cultural Diversity Workshop last weekend with Chris Crass.

Photo Credit: Oren Robinson

Soccer City- Yes or No?


soccer citySan Diego Voters Will Decide in Nov!!

We will have a lively debate between  leaders of Soccer City San Diego and No on SoccerCity.

Nick Stone is the Project Manager for SoccerCity San Diego, the initiative aiming to bring a state of the art multi-use stadium, a world class river park, and a Major League Soccer team to San Diego, all without a penny of taxpayer dollars. He has been involved with numerous other projects with FS Investors and is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Joe LaCava is a Democratic Party activist and prominent advocate of community participation in the city’s planning process. He is the former chair of the San Diego Community Planners Committee, the umbrella organization to the city’s 42 community planning groups. He currently serves on the eBoards for the Democrats for Environmental Action and Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C-3). Joe is a member of several Democratic clubs, has been appointed to several city boards, and sits on several coalitions focusing on housing and transit. Joe is the spokesperson for the No on Soccer City Coalition.

Be sure and join us July 24! Social 6:30, Program 7:00.