President’s Message – September 2018

We may recall that several members of our club participated in the GO Team during the primary and general elections of 2016. I like to think that those of us who participated made a difference. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our club didn’t field a GO Team this year.

Coronado happens to be a community that consistently has a high voter turnout. We also have a high percentage of permanent vote-by-mail voters. So there are other areas in which our participation in get-out-the-vote campaigns can be more effective. Our own Congressman Scott Peters is expected to enjoy a relatively easy path to re-election this time; however, there are two Congressional districts in the vicinity in which the Democratic candidates could use our help. I’d like to discuss those here.

The first is the 49th Congressional District, in which Mike Levin is running to succeed Darrell Issa, who is retiring. This is a real pickup opportunity for the Democratic Party, but it’s going to take some work. The campaign recently opened a Solana Beach office (I attended the opening and have volunteered). There are opportunities to volunteer for phone bank and for canvassing. To donate or volunteer, please visit the website at mikelevin.org.

The other candidate for Congress who could really use our help is Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is running against the incumbent Duncan Hunter to represent the 50th District. This district historically was safely in Republican hands, but recent accusations of corruption against Hunter have made this race competitive. I’m personally acquainted with Ammar, having worked with him in the Obama re-election campaign in 2012. He also worked in the Obama White House and at the Department of Labor. Ammar is a relentless campaigner, and I enjoyed working with him. To donate or volunteer, please visit the website at campacampaign.com.

California has the most Red-to-Blue opportunities of any state; two of them are here in San Diego County, and we need to deliver in order to flip the House. Please help!

Frank King

May 12 – GENERAL MEETING – “FAKE NEWS”

Please join us May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Coronado Library Winn Room to hear Karin Winner, former editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune, discuss “Fake News” and its effect on our current political and social worlds.

For 16 years Karin Winner served as Vice President/ News & Editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune (which won two Pulitzer Prizes under her leadership). She retired in 2010 after 33 years with the U-T.

Today, she chairs the board of inewsource, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization that partners with KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting station, and serves on the boards of The Old Globe Theater, San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation, the KPBS advisory council and the Chancellor’s Community Advisory board at UCSD. She is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club 33, The Wednesday Club, Women Give and the International Women’s Forum. A graduate of The Bishop’s School and the University of Southern California (BA, Journalism), Karin was the recipient of the Ellen Browning Scripps Distinguished Alumna from The Bishop’s School; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “The Courageous Leadership” award; the outstanding alum award of the USC School of Journalism and a Girl Scouts’ “Cool Women” honoree.

Coffee and snacks served starting at 10:30 AM.

MEMBERS REQUIRING RIDES – THE OFFER STILL STANDS

While most of our general meetings are on a Saturday morning, once in awhile we do have an event in the evening. We have some members who would like to attend our meetings or events but need transportation. If any member needs a ride to a meeting or event, please do not hesitate to call any of the board members and we will provide transportation for you.

TEAM UP WITH THE GO TEAM

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the Coronado Democratic Club will not have a GO Team for this year’s mid-term elections. However, you may not have noticed but one Donald J. Trump (so aptly characterized by his former Secretary of State) is still with us as a national embarrassment. Therefore, we encourage everyone, whether you were a GO Team volunteer in years past or not, to get involved. There are multiple opportunities where we can make a difference. Pick a contested race (can anyone say Duncan Hunter?), choose a candidate you like and contact their election headquarters to see where they need help, or volunteer for a phone bank to try and tip the scales blue (Wyoming governor’s race comes to mind). Just to get you started, here are some websites that would provide preliminary information:

PRE-REGISTER at 16, VOTE at 18

Did you know that 16- and 17-year-olds in California can now preregister to vote?  According to California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, more than 100,000 teenagers have already done so.  This comes in the wake of a nationwide tide of youth activism over gun control that now has young people ready to take their collective power to the polls.

“We are seeing the impact that young people can have when they stand up and engage,” Padilla said in a statement. “Since California launched pre-registration, 100,000 soon-to-be voters have answered the call to participate in their democracy. As Secretary of State, I want to do all we can to encourage civic engagement among our youth.”

According to the Huffington Post, young voters nationwide consistently have some of the lowest election turnouts of any age bracket.  Studies have shown preregistration can help boost their numbers.  A 2014 Duke University study found states that have introduced preregistration laws typically see an increase of youth voter turnout by an average of 2 to 13 percentage points.  California is one of 13 states, along with the District of Columbia, that allow citizens as young as 16 years old to preregister to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  This preregistration process allows youth to become automatically eligible to vote when they turn 18.

California youth who preregister to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.  Preregistering allows 16- and 17-year-olds to complete the online voter registration form (www.registertovote.ca.gov), providing sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to vote.

So, if you are the parent, grandparent, relative or friend of a teenager, please encourage preregistration.  These young people have the potential to save our democracy.  For more information, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/pre-register-16-vote-18

Roosevelt Dinner

On Saturday, April 7, the San Diego County Democratic Party held its 38th Annual Roosevelt Dinner, called “Building the Big Blue Wave,” at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.  Around 1,000 Democratic leaders, candidates, activists and friends came together to affirm our values, celebrate our successes, honor our heroes, and recommit to fight for equality, justice and opportunity for all.

Among the guests attending were 10 members of the Coronado Democratic Club: Councilwoman Carrie Downey, President Frank King and his wife Joan, Vice-President Tom Bernitt, Treasurer Patrick Callahan and his wife Debbie, Patti and Chuck Charter, Edith Kaspin, and Judy Bambace.  The event included a reception, silent auction, three-course dinner, and awards presentation.

The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Jennifer Granholm, the first woman to be elected as Michigan’s Governor in 2002.   She served two terms as Governor, leading a state with a $40 billion annual budget and more than 55,000 employees.  She pioneered clean energy innovation and economic development and led Michigan through the national economic crisis in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

Former Governor Granholm gave an impassioned, entertaining and inspiring speech, encouraging us to fight for victory in the upcoming elections and reminding all of us about the fundamental Democratic value of taking care of each other like family.