Nov 27 – Monthly Meeting – Endorsements and Actions

We’re meeting at a new venue – Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map). The meeting starts at 7pm but come early for Social Time starting at 6:30pm and enjoy a glass of wine or dinner before the meeting.

Sara Jacobs, candidate for the 49th Congressional District, and Tasha Boerner Horvath, candidate for 76th Assembly District, have confirmed they’ll stop by to introduce themselves.

Angela de Joseph will make a proposal to the club from Indivisible Watu.

Emiliana Sparaco will educate us on the actions taking place to flip the 49th.

Clubmembers will have updates on events being planned for the anniversary of the Women’s March in January.

This month (as previously noticed) we’re considering endorsing in the 50th Congressional District and 77th Assembly District. Dr. Doreen Mattingly, Chair of the Endorsement Committee, will run this part of the meeting that will get underway ~7:30pm.

77th Assembly District

50th Congressional District

The Club will need a new Treasurer starting in January. Please let us know if you are interested. You would have lots of support and it’s a great team to work with. All of our officers serve one year terms so please let us know if you would like to step into a leadership position. Elections will be in January.

There are many exciting collaborations and events in the works at DWC into next year. We hope you’ll find something that ignites you to jump on board and get involved.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email [email protected] or call us (619) 900-4751.

Monday November 27 – Social Time from 6:30pm, Club business at 7:00pm, Endorsements start at 7:30pm

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


We’re trying out a new venue: Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map).

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Dec 3 – Annual Point Loma & OB Dems Holiday Party Potluck and Toy Drive – 2017!

In place of our regular monthly meeting in December we’re having our Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive of the Point Loma Democratic Club, at the home of Ruth Rollins.

Come enjoy the start of the holidays with your fellow Dems. 2017 has proved to be an eventful year and now’s the time to party before the hard work we’ll do together in 2018.

The Club will furnish turkey, ham and soft drinks, plus two drink tickets per person for wine and (great, local) beer.

It’s a potluck and we ask everyone to bring a dish or side – veggies, mac and cheese, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad.

Please invite your friends and potential members to attend and meet fellow Democrats and elected officials, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

New members can signup for 2018 membership and get reduced entry to the party. Renewing members can pay their dues and confirm their contact details with the club.

Members Entry Price
$10.00 per person

Non-members Entry Price
$20.00 per person

Sunday December 3, 2017 4:00 PM

1268 Savoy St, San Diego, CA 92107

You can buy tickets online, or pay with cash, check or credit/debit cards at the door – the same with membership dues.

The Club will be collecting unwrapped new toys for the Toy Drive of the Western Service Workers Association, and Brandon McDonald will talk about the great work that the WSWA does in San Diego.
Here’s a list of toys that are needed:

  1. Hot Wheels/Toy Trucks, Cars, Trains
  2. Barbie or Other Similar Dolls
  3. Kendama
  4. Art Kits, Science Kits, Craft Kits
  5. Board Games
  6. Skate Boards, Scooters, Bikes
  7. Tea/Bake Sets
  8. Popular Music CDs appropriate for teenagers
  9. Action Figures/Spiderman, Superman, Transformers
  10. Baby Toys
  11. Soccer Shoes & Soccer Gear
  12. Computers & Computer Games/X-Box
  13. Musical Toys/Instruments
  14. Legos/Building Toys
  15. School Supplies
  16. Lip gloss, nail polish, hair ties, hair clips, lotions
  17. Soccer balls, Basket Balls, Footballs
  18. New Clothing for Children (all ages, from new born to teenagers/adult sizes)

Cash/Check Donations made payable directly to the Western Service Workers Association are also welcome – if you can’t attend you can mail your donation c/o Point Loma Democratic Club, PO Box 7802, San Diego, CA 92167.

For additional information, call (619) 800-5098 or email [email protected]

Dec 2 – Come Along to Celebrate “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love” at the OB Holiday Parade

Come take part in the OB Holiday Parade and show solidarity with local candidates and elected officials. We don’t have a meeting at the Assembly in December, but we do march in the OB Parade!

All members and their friends are invited to take part – break out your hippy gear and bejewel it with Winter festivity, make yourself glow, be sure you’re well lit (!) Clubmember Jimmy Tabb will be driving his Gran Torino red convertible. We’ll be joined by Dave Myers, candidate for County Sheriff, the Democratic Woman’s Club, members of Indivisible and Together We Will and many more.

We’ll gather between Sunset and Ebers on Newport (section A) at 4:30pm ready for the Parade start at 5:05pm. We don’t have the truck this year, so we’ll just be marching with the banner.

Allow time for parking, you may (more than likely, will) have to park several blocks away.

Kids, strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

Invite your friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Invite your friends via the organizer’s Facebook page.

Any questions contact call us on (619) 800-5098.

The theme for the 38th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade is California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love.

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:05 – 7:30 pm

Newport Ave Ocean Beach, 92107

Nov 26 – Community Choice Energy + Short Term Vacation Rentals

We have two very important topics on this month’s agenda – that both affect our quality of life in San Diego.

Community Choice Energy
Community Choice Energy promises to take us closer to energy freedom, lower energy bills and more local clean energy. The Mayor recently asked the city to develop a business plan to allow for separation from SDG&E, but also provided the utility a chance to offer an alternative to maintain its monopoly.

Sophie Wolfram, Policy Advocate with Climate Action Campaign, will discuss climate change impacts and why cities are ideally suited to lead the global fight to reverse climate change. Her talk will cover the key strategies in San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, including Community Choice Energy, and address San Diego’s implementation efforts since the plan was adopted in 2015.

Short Term Vacation Rentals
Tom Coat approached us to talk about why he’s supporting Barbara Bry’s initiative on STVRs. Tom’s website Neighborhoods for Residents compares and contrasts the proposals that will come before the City Council on December 12th. Councilmember Barbara Bry (club Patron) will be at the meeting, and we’ve also messaged Chris Ward (and David Alvarez).

Sophie Wolfram (@SCWolframbelieves that social and economic justice and environmental protection are inherently linked and that the clear path forward is a just transition to a regenerative economy. As the Policy Advocate and Education Coordinator for Climate Action Campaign, Sophie tracks, analyzes, comments on, and organizes allies around policies related to our five fights. She also shares Climate Action Campaign’s vision with San Diego organizations and businesses and expands our network of allies to include a diverse cross-section of leaders across the region.

Sophie’s experience fighting for environmental protection spans nine years and include outreach, policy research, writing, and organizing in roles including Director of an Office of Sustainability student liaison program at Yale, Research Fellow at the Sustainable Endowments Institute, and Intern at Californians for Pesticide Reform and Missoula’s Community Food and Agriculture Coalition.Before returning to school in 2015, Sophie taught middle school math in the Mississippi Delta through Teach For America and at a charter school in Brooklyn, New York.

Sophie earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in May 2017. Her thesis research addressed environmental justice in Southeast San Francisco and the Imperial Valley. She earned her B.A. in History from Yale University in 2010.

When she’s not working, Sophie can often be found out exploring San Diego’s hiking trails and beaches or searching for the region’s best vegetarian tacos.

 4:00PM – 5:30PMPointLomaAssemblyMap

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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.

Club Member Highlight: Jess Durfee

Jess Durfee has been engaged in Democratic Party politics and LGBT activism for over 30 years, the past 22 of those in San Diego.

Jess currently serves as the Chair of the Western Region Caucus of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He was elected to the Democratic National Committee in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He is one of only two elected DNC members in Southern California who does not live in Los Angeles County.

He served four terms (2004-2013) as Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. During his tenure as Chair, the Democrats exceeded the Republicans by registration in the county and Barack Obama received 54% (2008) and 53% (2012) of the San Diego County vote for president. Under his leadership the SDCDP implemented the GO Team — a precinct leader program with around 1000 active volunteers.

He served as Co-Chair of the LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party from 2007-2011 and serves as the Lead Chair of the Voter Services Committee of the California Democratic Party.

In February of 2016, he was appointed to the California State Fair and Exposition Center Board by then-Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. Since November of 2013, he has served on the City of San Diego SDCCU Stadium Advisory Board.

Campaign Flyer for Jess Durfee, DNC Western Caucus Chair

Jess held several positions with the San Diego Democratic Club (now known as the San Diego Democrats for Equality) where he served as president from 2001 through 2004. In 2003, he was a San Diego Pride honoree for his efforts to include protection of transgender people in the city’s Human Dignity Ordinance. He has been on the executive board of the San Diego County Democratic Party since 2002. He served two years as Director of Clubs. Mr. Durfee has been a member of the California Democratic Party Executive Board since 1999. In 1999-2000 he served as the field director for Toni Atkins’ successful run for the San Diego city council. Ms. Atkins now represents a large portion of San Diego in the California State Senate and served as Speaker of the Assembly from May 2014 through March 2016.

Before moving to San Diego he had a fifteen-year career as a high school agriculture teacher. During his tenure as an educator he served as president of his local teachers union and served in the state and national arenas as a political action leader within his union. While teaching he took leaves of absence to work as a political field director for the National Education Association and Washington Education Association and as a congressional aide for education and labor issues on Capital Hill.

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Meeting on Thursday November 16, 2017

The East County Democratic Club Meeting is this week!

We’re meeting at a larger venue:

Where: Ali Baba Restaurant, 421 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020 (map)
When:  Thursday, November 16, 7pm

John Loughlin, Director of Clubs for the San Diego County Democratic Party, will chair the meeting.

After hearing from Democratic elected officials and candidates the first order of business will be to vote on changes to the governing document for the club, as noticed previously.

The current document is out of compliance with the Charter to the San Diego County Democratic Party and needs to be changed. John is suggesting to change to a more standard format that is recommended by the Party for new clubs, but it’s up to club members to make this decision.

You can see the proposed new Bylaws here, and contrast those with the existing, non-compliant version here.

The Party believes the ECDC should be controlled by all the ECDC members.

Going forward, any changes to the rules governing the ECDC would be approved by a super majority of the members, and there is a provision for the removal of a member only after a super majority vote of members.

If adopted, the new Bylaws call for the election of four officers, so after the Bylaws vote we’ll move to the Election portion of the meeting.

Stephanie Harper, the Chair of the ECDC Nominating Committee (comprised of herself, Devorah Fox and Chris Pearson), will present a list of candidates for officers recommended by her committee:

Other nominations will be accepted from the floor.

Agenda – November 16, 2017
6-7pm Social Hour
7pm Meeting starts

1. Pledge of allegiance
2. Electeds: 2 mins
3. Candidates: 2 mins per candidate, 1 min per representative
4. Vote on the new Bylaws
5. Election of officers
a. Report of the nominating committee
b. Call for nominations from the floor

For any contested positions:

  • The candidates will get 2 minutes each to introduce themselves
  • Questions from the audience will be answered by each candidate (alternating who goes first)
  • Each candidate will then make a closing statement, after which they’ll leave the room
  • While the candidates are out of the room we’ll have a discussion and ask 3 people to speak for, and 3 people against, each candidate for 1 minute each, with no personal attacks allowed on any of the candidates
  • We’ll then call for ballots and close the vote
  • The SDCDP Vice-Chairs attending will count the ballots in a corner of the meeting room, with the candidates observing (during this time members may make announcements before we proceed to the next contested position)
  1. Announcements (may be made while ballots are being counted)
  2. Adjourn

If you have any questions regarding the proposed bylaws and the election process, please contact John at [email protected]