Announcing Club Elections for Area Representatives!

Democrats for Equality,

At last week’s meeting, we adopted a bylaw change to include Area Representatives onto our club’s Executive Board. This change fulfills an opportunity to diversify, and fully reflect representation from across San Diego County.

As our LGBT community’s political influence has grown from outside of just Central San Diego, we can now ensure that voices from North County, South County, and East County have a seat at the table.

This means we will be holding elections for these 4 new positions at our next club meeting on Thursday, May 16.

These four new Area Representative positions are:

  • North Area Representative
  • South Area Representative
  • East Area Representative
  • Metro West Area Representative

Aside from being a club member in good standing, you must live or reside in the respective area you wish to represent. Area Representatives shall provide assistance, guidance, and input to the club’s Executive Board regarding the club’s affairs, events, and meetings, as necessary.

(Ryan, what are the boundaries!?)

Great question! The area boundaries are specified in the San Diego County Democratic Party’s Policies & Procedures on page 13, Section VII regarding Areas and Caucuses.

Although, since you asked so nicely… and I’m feeling generous… I’ll spell out the boundaries below by zipcodes:

  • The North Area includes 92003, 92007, 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011, 92014, 92024, 92025, 92026, 92027, 92028, 92029, 92054, 92055, 92056, 92057, 92058, 92059, 92060, 92061, 92064, 92067, 92069, 92075, 92078, 92081, 92082, 92083, 92084, 92091, 92096, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92672
  • The South Area includes 91902, 91910, 91911, 91913, 91914, 91915, 91932, 91950, 92113, 92114, 92118, 92135, 92136, 92139, 92154, 92155, 92173
  • The East Area includes 91901, 91905, 91906, 91916, 91917, 91931, 91934, 91935, 91941, 91942, 91945, 91948, 91962, 91963, 91977, 91978, 91980, 92004, 92019, 92020, 92021, 92036, 92040, 92065, 92066, 92070, 92071, 92086
  • The Metro West Area includes 92037, 92038, 92092, 92093, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92131, 92134, 92140, 92145, 92147

If you are interested, or know a club member who may be interested, or have any questions about running for these positions, please e-mail me at[email protected].

Be sure to save the date for the meeting! Happy elections!

Speaking of elections… in case you missed it, we issued our first 2020 endorsements at our last club meeting!

We are proud to have endorsed Council President Georgette Gomez for re-election to the San Diego City Council in District 9!

As you can see from the event flyer above, she is holding a campaign kick-off fundraiser this Saturday, April 27 from 3pm to 5pm. Address provided upon RSVP.

And, we are also proud to have endorsed Todd Gloria for San Diego Mayor!
I mentioned in our club’s announcement, our endorsement of Todd Gloria for Mayor stands as a testament to our club’s history and growth.

So many of you have often repeated our club’s history… from the early days of closed meetings inside various living rooms for fear of being outed, to our legendary trailblazers like Al Best, Neil Good, Christine Kehoe, and Toni Atkins.

In this upcoming, historic election for Mayor, it will be up to us to help make the case that Todd Gloria is the right leader for this moment in history.

This is happening in less than two weeks! Join us for Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch!

It will be held Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

I personally paid for one of the $150 Host Committee spots because there’s this whole thing about leading by example.

We would like to thank our amazing Host Committee (thus far) for this event:

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria
  • San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell
  • San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward
  • Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher
  • Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Councilmember Joe Mosca
  • Imperial Beach City Councilmember Mark West
  • San Diego Community College Trustee Craig Milgrim
  • County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • Club President Ryan Trabuco
  • Club Vice President for Resource Development Amy Kuhn
  • Club Vice President for Political Action Susan Guinn
  • Club President Emeritus Doug Case
  • Club President Emeritus Stephen Whitburn
  • Club Member John Tedstrom
  • Club Member Toni Duran

Whew! Lots of incredible names for our Host Committee! Thank you family (insert smile emoji here) (insert heart emoji here)

If you don’t see your name there, then we would love to have you be apart of this incredible event. Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and it’s apparently already a smashing success! We set out what I thought was an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 — and we blew past that well over a week ago.

We are well north of $3,000 for this event, so let’s keep the ticket purchases coming!

Finally, our County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner is coming up for Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme is “Building Power for the People!”

Our club is putting together a nice basket for the silent auction item for attendees to bid on, and we are expected to have at least one table (maybe two) depending on how many club members purchase tickets to the dinner.

If you wanna sit with us, please purchase a ticket to the Roosevelt Dinner here. Also, be sure to list Dems 4 Equality under table affiliation.

Hot take: the vegan ravioli last year was pretty good!

Announcing my complimentary close to these e-mails,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Club Issues First 2020 Endorsements!

Democrats for Equality,

Last night’s club meeting resulted in our first two endorsements for the 2020 election cycle!

We are proud to have endorsed Council President Georgette Gomez for re-election in Council District 9, and we are excited to announce our endorsement for Todd Gloria to be our next San Diego Mayor!

We want to thank fellow mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and Tasha Williamson for participating and answering some excellent questions put forth by our members about San Diego’s future.

San Diego Democrats for Equality’s endorsement for Todd Gloria stands as a testament to our club’s history and growth.

From the early days of closed meetings inside various living rooms for fear of being outed, to trailblazers like Al Best, Neil Good, Christine Kehoe, and Toni Atkins.

Now, we have the opportunity to elect one of our own as Mayor.

For real this time. Toni Atkins and Todd Gloria have been Mayor before, both times during an unprecedented crisis of leadership at City Hall — and they both thrived.

This time, it’s the people’s decision to elect the next chief executive and leader of our city. It will be up to us to help make the case that Todd Gloria is the right leader for this moment in history.

Let’s tackle the housing crisis head-on. Let’s end homelessness. Let’s build a world-class public transportation system. Let’s address the climate crisis. Let’s ensure public safety in every community by demanding accountability. Let’s provide equitable resources and attention to every neighborhood.

Our club’s motto says it best: our members make history.

Let’s make history with Todd Gloria as our next Mayor.

In Solidarity,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Club Endorsement Meeting Thursday!

Democrats for Equality,

There has been a lot of LGBT news over the last couple of weeks:

  • Lori Lightfoot was elected Mayor of Chicago (first African-American woman, and first LGBT Mayor).
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway was elected Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Unfortunately/Sadly/Frustratingly, Trump’s dumb-ass ban on trans soldiers in the military went into effect last Friday. One bright spot: the California National Guard had come out in support of our trans soldiers months ago.
  • Pete Buttigieg made it official — the South Bend (Indiana) Mayor is running for President, and by some polls could be a competitive candidate!

Speaking of presidential candidates, please mark your calendars for San Diego Pride (July 13 and 14), as our club will be hosting a Presidential Straw Poll at our booth to gauge interest of our Democratic presidential candidates. Then, at our July meeting after Pride (Thursday, July 18), we will try and make an endorsement for President.

And speaking of endorsements… our first round of 2020 endorsements is coming up at our club meeting THIS THURSDAY (April 18)!

We’ll be meeting at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103) at 7:00pm.

We will hopefully make a friendly incumbent endorsement in San Diego City Council District 9, as well as make an endorsement for San Diego Mayor.

Also, we will get around to hearing some bylaw changes regarding the creation of “Regional Director” positions. I know we’ve been talking about this for some time. The new proposed language for you to review has been updated to refer to these as “Area Representatives.”

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

Also, we will start holding “opportunity drawings” at our club meetings. We’ve already collected a couple of items for club members to score towards the end of the meeting.

And… we are hoping to upgrade the food menu at our meetings a little bit. I love pizza as much as the next person (it’s my weakness), but we’re gonna try something different this month.

Last week, we opened ticket sales for our upcoming club event: Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch!

It will be held Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

I personally paid for one of the $150 Host Committee spots because there’s this whole thing about leading by example.

We would like to thank our amazing Host Committee (thus far) for this event:

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria
  • San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell
  • San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward
  • Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher
  • Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Councilmember Joe Mosca
  • Imperial Beach City Councilmember Mark West
  • San Diego Community College Trustee Craig Milgrim
  • County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • Club President Ryan Trabuco
  • Club Vice President for Resource Development Amy Kuhn
  • Club Vice President for Political Action Susan Guinn
  • Club President Emeritus Stephen Whitburn
  • Club Member John Tedstrom
  • Club Member Toni Duran

Whew! Lots of incredible names for our Host Committee! Thank you family (insert smile emoji here) (insert heart emoji here)

If you don’t see your name there, then we would love to have you be apart of this incredible event. Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and it’s apparently already a smashing success! We set out what I thought was an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 — and we blew past that well over a week ago.

We are well north of $3,000 for this event, so let’s keep the ticket purchases coming!

Finally, our County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner is coming up for Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme is “Building Power for the People!”

Our club is putting together a nice basket for the silent auction item for attendees to bid on, and we are expected to have at least one table (maybe two) depending on how many club members purchase tickets to the dinner.

If you wanna sit with us, please purchase a ticket to the Roosevelt Dinner here. Also, be sure to list Dems 4 Equality under table affiliation.

Hot take: the vegan ravioli last year was pretty good!

Announcing my complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Brunch Tickets On Sale!

Democrats for Equality,

Last week, we opened ticket sales for our upcoming club event: Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch!

It will be held Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

We would like to thank our amazing Host Committee (thus far) for this event:

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria
  • San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell
  • San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward
  • Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher
  • Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Councilmember Joe Mosca
  • San Diego Community College Trustee Craig Milgrim
  • County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • Club Vice President for Resource Development Amy Kuhn
  • Club Vice President for Political Action Susan Guinn
  • Past Club President Stephen Whitburn
  • Club Member John Tedstrom
  • Club Member Toni Duran

Whew! Lots of incredible names for our Host Committee — thank you!

If you don’t see your name there, then we would love to have you be apart of this incredible event. Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and it’s apparently already a smashing success! We set out what I thought was an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 — and as of yesterday we shattered it.

I am not a professional fundraiser by trade, so making these asks are a little new to me. At the same time… hot damn! We seem to be doing quite well!

Makes me wonder… if we should increase our fundraising goal to $5,000 and see if we can hit that mark? What do y’all think?

Did y’all see this?

The Washington Post had a story this week about late-night host John Oliver’s book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, being one of the most-challenged books in public libraries.

(OMG Ryan!? Who cares!?)

Thanks for asking! Homophobes care, apparently.

Despite being a comedic send-up of (Mike Pence’s wife) Karen Pence’s book about their pet bunny Marlon Bundo, the parody book is a sweet story of Marlon Bundo finding love with another boy bunny. That was enough for a second-place finish on the American Library Association’s list of most-challenged books in public libraries.

Interestingly enough, the American Library Association tracked 347 challenges in libraries last year, and most of the books that were challenged — 6 out of the top 11 — featured LGBTQ+ themes.

In fact, the #1 book challenged last year was George, from author Alex Gino, about a transgender child who wants to play Charlotte from the classic story Charlotte’s Web in a school play.

Charlotte’s Web was one of my absolute favorite books to read back in my elementary school days, plus I was one of those precocious theatre kids, so this story’s premise already has me thinking about adding this to my iBooks account.

If you’d like to check out Georgehere’s a link to Amazon.

Also, if you’d like to check out A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundohere’s a link to Amazon as well.

At our next club meeting on Thursday, April 18, we will start getting into our first round of endorsements for the 2020 March 3rd Primary Election. Our meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103) at 7:00pm.

We will hopefully make a friendly incumbent endorsement in San Diego City Council District 9, as well as make an endorsement for San Diego Mayor.

Also, we will get around to hearing some bylaw changes regarding the creation of “Regional Director” positions. I know we’ve been talking about this for some time. The new proposed language for you to review has been updated to refer to these as “Area Representatives.”

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

(Ryan!? Isn’t our board big enough!? WTF is wrong with you!?)

Well, I’m glad you asked! I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but to reiterate — prior to our club’s executive board elections in February, we had looked at the opportunity of diversifying and expanding our executive board to fully reflect representation across the county.

We have LGBT representation and elected officials in every part of San Diego County — except East County. More on that in a second.

There are more LGBT elected officials in San Diego than in San Francisco.

A couple months ago, it was stated to me by a longtime member of the club that at one time most of the board members had lived within Hillcrest and North Park. As our LGBT community’s political influence has grown outside of just the third City Council District, we have been able to make strides throughout all parts of San Diego County.

So, now that we have this opportunity to expand further — and one of our club’s biggest goals should be identifying and recruiting candidates to run in East County — we would like to ensure that our executive board reflects that geographic diversity as well.

Our executive board should have a voice at the table from North County, South Bay, and especially East County. For that reason, we would like to move forward with adding that geographic diversity onto our executive board.

Finally, our County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner is coming up for Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme is “Building Power for the People!”

Our club is putting together a nice basket for the silent auction item for attendees to bid on, and we are expected to have at least one table (maybe two) depending on how many club members purchase tickets to the dinner.

If you wanna sit with us, please purchase a ticket to the Roosevelt Dinner here. Also, be sure to list Dems 4 Equality under table affiliation.

Hot take: the vegan ravioli last year was pretty good!

I might’ve found a good complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch

Saturday, May 4th, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm
At the home of Susan Guinn and Denice Feldhaus
(Address Provided Upon RSVP)

Much of the progressive change throughout San Diego County can be traced directly or indirectly through the work of our San Diego Democrats for Equality members.

On Saturday, May 4th, let’s celebrate the work our members have done to spur on that progressive change, as well as some of our recent leadership transitions and accomplishments.

Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

Through the contributions of our Host Committee and brunch tickets, we’ve set a fundraising goal of $2,500 in support of our club’s mission and goals. If you’re unable to attend, please make a donation instead!

Our members make history!

Budgets, Bylaws, Brunch, and Pandas!

Democrats for Equality,

Fox News the other day apparently informed us that there are 3 more “Mexican” countries.

Did y’all see this?

It was from a segment regarding the Trump administration no longer providing foreign assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Their “lower third” graphic referred to these three individual countries as “Mexican” countries.

I would post the screen grab of it, but then I’d have to subject myself to watching their adoringly pro-Trump coverage in order to do it — and, quite frankly, I’d sooner save myself the trouble.

Actually, the fun part about their obvious error is taking a brief look at the number of individuals it took for them not to catch this.

So, within the realm of live television production, you have a number of crew members stationed in what is known as the production control room, seen below:

Here, you’ll likely have the director of the television program, the assistant director, a technical directoraudio personnel, and more often than not, the producer of said program. For a national broadcast channel like Fox News, possibly executive producers as well. Within this crowded production room, you’ll also have at least someone responsible for operating the character generator software for the “lower third” portion of the TV screen.

So, yes — a room full of highly-skilled and seemingly knowledgeable individuals failed to catch probably the biggest geographical slip-up on live television in recent memory.

Or, they could all be clueless Cro Magnons who think anyone who speaks Spanish is simply “Mexican” — despite Spanish being the official language of 21 individual countries, and a significant language in 3 other countries. Altogether, over a half-billion people around the world speak Spanish.

The fact that a room full of people at Fox News did not know this tells me something. There’s a word for that… oh, yes: know-nothings.

There’s a word for that in Spanish, too… oh, yes: pendejos.

Speaking of know-nothings on more positive topic, if you have no idea how budgeting works for the County of San Diego, there’s an opportunity to learn this week!

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is hosting a community budget forum this Wednesday, April 3 at the Copley-Price Family YMCA from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Children are welcome and dinner will be provided. The information flyer is below:

At our next club meeting on Thursday, April 18, we will start getting into our first round of endorsements for the 2020 March 3rd Primary Election. Our meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103) at 7:00pm.

We will hopefully make a friendly incumbent endorsement in San Diego City Council District 9, as well as make an endorsement for San Diego Mayor.

Also, we will get around to hearing some bylaw changes regarding the creation of “Regional Director” positions. I know we’ve been talking about this for some time. The new proposed language for you to review has been updated to refer to these as “Area Representatives.”

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

(Ryan!? Isn’t our board big enough!? WTF is wrong with you!?)

Well, I’m glad you asked! I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but to reiterate — prior to our club’s executive board elections in February, we had looked at the opportunity of diversifying and expanding our executive board to fully reflect representation across the county.

We have LGBT representation and elected officials in every part of San Diego County — except East County. More on that in a second.

There are more LGBT elected officials in San Diego than in San Francisco.

A couple months ago, it was stated to me by a longtime member of the club that at one time most of the board members had lived within Hillcrest and North Park. As our LGBT community’s political influence has grown outside of just the third City Council District, we have been able to make strides throughout all parts of San Diego County.

So, now that we have this opportunity to expand further — and one of our club’s biggest goals should be identifying and recruiting candidates to run in East County — we would like to ensure that our executive board reflects that geographic diversity as well.

Our executive board should have a voice at the table from North County, South Bay, and especially East County. For that reason, we would like to move forward with adding that geographic diversity onto our executive board.

At last — we are ready to announce Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch, an upcoming fundraising brunch for the club on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

We are happy to say that a number of our amazing LGBT elected officials will be there, including Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria, Council President Georgette Gomez, Chula Vista Councilmember Steve Padilla, and Encinitas Councilmember Joe Mosca, among others.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and I would like to see this be a success. We’ve set what I feel is an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 for this event.

I am not a professional fundraiser by trade, so making these asks are a little new to me. So, please bear with me.

Speaking of bears…

I had an opportunity last week to get up-close and meet Bai Yun, one of our amazing giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo. #AnimalsLoveMe

Unfortunately, Bai Yun and her son Xiao Liwu will be moving back to China at the end of the month. Since 1996, the San Diego Zoo has led an extensive conservation effort for these beautiful bears. If you have not had an opportunity to check out these amazing animals, you may want to before April 27th.

If you’re super jealous, then I’d hate to share that Toni Atkins actually got to feed her.

Of course, now that I’ve said that — I have to share that picture.

Looking for a good complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality