Aug 20 – Endorsement Meeting, No On Soccer City, Democratic Party Reorganization, Emerge CAN

At this month’s meeting on Monday, August 20, 7pm we will consider endorsing in the following races:

As announced at our June meeting after the presentation by clubmember Joe LaCava, we will also consider taking a position on “No On Soccer City”. If you want to do more research before your vote a good start would be the website

Our main speaker for the evening, Steve Rivera, will guide us in understanding how the Democratic Party is structured on the County level, through to the State and National levels.

We also are planning to have representatives from Emerge CA discuss what they do and how to apply. Emerge is a training program for Democratic women who are thinking of running for office. As the deadline for their next yearly class is coming up in mid-September, this is the time to get information and make decisions. Applications are due September 1.

For members who have expressed interest in running for the Central Committee vacancies in the 36th and the 38th State Senate Districts, the elections will take place on August 18th at 2 pm right at the start of the regularly scheduled North Area Caucus endorsement meeting held at 11031 Via Frontera Suite A. San Diego, 92127. Any registered Democrat that lives in the district may run for the position. Candidates will be allowed to speak before the vote takes place. If you have any further questions, please contact Andrea Duran Aydoğan, Operations Coordinator, San Diego County Democratic Party, (858) 277-3367.

We are co-hosting an event for Sunday Gover, our endorsed candidate for the 77th Assembly District, on September 9th with a special discount for members of the Democratic Woman’s Club of only $50, regular guest entry is $100. Donate in Advance at: To RSVP, or for more information, email [email protected]

As always, our members are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 pm to socialize and enjoy the special all evening Happy Hour menu at Elijah’s Restaurant.

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

Sep 9 – Sunday Brunch Fundraiser to Support Sunday Gover for AD77

Please join host Pamela Morgan

For a Sunday Brunch Fundraiser to Support Sunday Gover for AD77

Sunday, September 9th, 2:00-4:00pm

5402 Las Palomas, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Requested Contributions:

  • $50 Democratic Woman’s Club members
  • $100 Guest
  • $350 Friend
  • $1,000 Co-Host
  • $2,500 Benefactor
  • $4,400 Team Sunday

Donate in Advance at:
To RSVP, or for more information, email [email protected]


Notes from July 16 meeting – Starla Lewis – America the Great: An Experience in Diversity

Professor Emeritus Starla Lewis

Club Secretary, Cathie Hyatt, opened the meeting at 7:00pm

Welcome of guests and members
Approval of Agenda by unanimous vote


  • Charlie Brown – Representing Congressmember Scott Peters


  • Leticia Cazares – Candidate for Southwestern College Board, Seat 4
  • Tommy Hough – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 6
  • Nicole Jones – Candidate for Southwestern College Board, Seat 4

Treasurer’s Report: Rosamond Blevins

Meeting turned over to Ellen Nash presiding over introduction of guest speaker

Guest Speaker: Professor Starla Lewis, “America the Great, an Experience in Diversity”

Alyce Pipkin-Allen

Member discussion with Starla Lewis: Alyce Pipkin-Allen presiding

Meeting turned over to Treasurer, Rosemond Blevins presiding

Endorsement Committee Chair, Doreen Mattingly: Invitation to Endorsement Committee meeting on Monday, July 30 at 6:30pm

New business

  • Oren Robinson: City Charter Amendment for Commission on Police Practices
  • Overview and update on the Rules Committee outcome, Cathie Hyatt motioned that DWC officially support amendment
  • Approved by unanimous vote

Announcements from the floor:

  • Kelly King: Governor Brown’s nomination of Bill Gore to the Board of State and Community Corrections• David Myers –
  • Cadmpaign to demand candidates return contributions obtained from for profit prisons
  • Michelle Krug – Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)
  • Ellen Nash – BAPAC SD Walkathon, Saturday, July 22, 2018

Meeting adjourned: 9:00pm
Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, August 20, at Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes: Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

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
Facebook link

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

Jun 23 – Families Belong Together

Families Belong Together​ opposes the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S. We protest the conditions in which these children are kept. We protest the irreversible trauma that has already been perpetrated on these children and their parents for the crime of seeking a better life.

To separate immigrant families, victims of violence, hunger and poverty, is to re-violate them. Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mother’s arms by the U.S. government. This is violent abuse. These families are victimized again by the government to which they turn for help. Families Belong Together opposes the inhumane policies of the Trump Administration, Border Patrol, and I.C.E. and calls for immediate reform.

Familias Unidas, No Divididas ​rechaza la separación cruel, inhumana e injustificada de niños de sus padres a lo largo de la frontera de los Estados Unidos con México y en otros puertos de entrada a los EE. UU. Protestamos por las condiciones en las que se mantienen a estos niños. Protestamos contra el trauma irreversible que ya se ha perpetrado contra estos niños y sus padres por el delito de buscar una vida mejor.

Separar a las familias inmigrantes, familias víctima de la violencia, el hambre y la pobreza es volver a violentarlas. El gobierno de los Estados Unidos separa a niños de tan solo 18 meses de los brazos de sus madres. Esto es abuso. Estas familias son nuevamente victimizadas por el gobierno al que acuden en busca de ayuda. Familias Unidas, No Divididas se opone a las políticas inhumanas de la administración de Donald Trump, Protección Fronteriza y I.C.E. y pide una reforma inmediata.

Plan to come and voice your support for families and against the immoral actions of this Administration.

Featured speakers include our VP External, Ramla Sahid, Executive Director of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, as well as Norma Chavez Peterson of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties and Katia Hansen of UURISE.

Civic Center, 200 C St, San Diego, California 92101

Saturday, June 23 at 10 AM – 12 PM

RSVP on Facebook here

Jun 21 – Robert’s Rules Every Woman’s Club Member Should Know – Doug Case

The Democratic Woman’s Club meets monthly to discuss and determine common action. Following Edmund Burke’s description from 1774 we are a deliberative assembly. In our bylaws we define our Parliamentary Authority as “the most widely used reference for meeting procedure and business rules in the English-speaking world” – Robert’s Rules of Order.

Understanding Robert’s Rules will help you at our own regular club meetings but more importantly when you visit other organizations and want to make your voice heard, and later when you are appointed or elected to commissions and boards in San Diego County!

We are fortunate to have Doug Case guide us through this world of motions, debates, and voting.

Doug Case is Political Affairs Director for Senator Toni Atkins. He worked in the Division of Student Affairs at San Diego State University for 37 years, is a dedicated volunteer and has served on both the College Area Community Council and the College Area Community Planning Board. Doug has also held numerous board positions with the San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/San Diego, Campus Pride, and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Doug would also like to remind us to support Pro Tem Atkins’ Socks Drive for Stand Down for homeless veterans. You can bring socks to the meeting, as well as locations around San Diego. More details here.

Monday June 18 – 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