Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County Dependent Care Grant

The Mission of the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is to support and promote Democratic Party principles & platforms, including equality of opportunity, a level playing field, and fair and equal treatment for all.

The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is committed to supporting female candidates and amplifying women’s voices in local and national politics. Women, particularly women of color, shoulder the vast majority of dependent care in our families, city, and nation, and our work as caregivers can create a significant barrier to our entry into local politics. In San Diego, the average rate for a babysitter is $15 per hour and many political gatherings – Democratic clubs, Central Committee meetings, Community Towns and Councils, School Boards, and various campaign events – take place on weekends or after regular school or daycare hours. Following a 2018 FEC ruling caregivers may now use campaign funds to pay for childcare. However, this doesn’t solve the problem of childcare for women who are interested in becoming more active in their community’s political life but are not campaigning for office. Moreover, it creates an unfair cost burden for female candidates that their male counterparts more often than not do not have to shoulder.

To address this issue, the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is proud to institute a pilot Dependent Care Grant. The grant may be used to defray the cost of dependent care incurred as part of attending any political event that either (1) Supports a Democratic woman’s candidacy for any elected office, or (2) Supports a Democratic woman’s attendance or involvement in any local political meeting or event that would further their inclusion in local politics and decision making.

We understand that the costs of dependent care are legion, and so a broad scope of activities are eligible for coverage under this grant. This includes not only the cost of a babysitter for an evening or afternoon, but the cost of shipping breastmilk for nursing mothers who wish to attend a convention or meeting away from their infant, the cost of rental car seats for women who are traveling with their children, or the cost of bringing a dependent or caregiver to an event.

Some of these costs may not have occurred to many readers – whether the cost of childcare today, or the invisible lengths that nursing mothers go to to both feed their children and fully participate in the civic life of our community. But we are on the brink of a brave new world – more and more women are running for public office while still mothering young children. The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is thrilled with what this means for issues that have been overlooked for too long because they are not part of the daily life of the majority of our legislators. We are fully committed to doing whatever it takes to bring more voices to the tables of power, and we are pleased to offer every boost or folding chair at our disposal to help that happen.

We encourage other civic entities, political and otherwise, to follow our lead. As of January 2019 federal candidates are now able to use campaign funds for child care costs. The policy for local and state candidates is more ambiguous, and so in addition to making funds available we encourage others to join us in pushing recently introduced legislation, co-sponsored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, to allow for the unambiguous use of these funds for all political candidates.  One grant for one evening is both a huge step and a small drop in the bucket. Meaningful change will take all of us, and we invite everyone who is able and willing to join us.

Apr 15 – My Journey by Andrea

Clubmember Dr. Andrea Cubitt,, will present to us the story of her transgender journey.  A scientist, she did her postdoctoral training at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and at the University of California San Diego, where she was part of team that initiated development of the green fluorescent protein (“GFP”) with Roger Tsien, Ph.D.

Dr. Cubitt holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Sheffield and a first class honors degree (B.Sc) in medical biochemistry from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Cubitt is a co-inventor or co-author of 18 issued US patents and 20 publications.

Deja Cabrera, Transgender Services Coordinator at the LGBTQ Center, will also be available to answer questions and give additional information. 

 This is critically relevant as our President’s transgender ban in the US military has been upheld in Federal Court and went into effect last Friday. And there has been much ongoing public discussion on the impact on women’s sports, etc.


San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott will address the club briefly.


New Business – Two weeks ago, we sent out notice to members that we will voting on the request from several club members, including Alyce Pipkin-Allen, in addition to Indivisible leader and AAPI Democratic Club President Jean-Huy Tran, that we consider the following for support/opposition at our meeting tomorrow.

Please come prepared to vote on these issues:

Support  AB392 –Peace officers: deadly force.
Introduced by Weber & McCarty

This bill is to raise the minimum standard requirement that allows police officers to use deadly force on civilian from “reasonable” to “necessary”. This law has not changed since 1872. If passed, the police officer will be required to exhaust all alternative tactics including de-escalation first.

Oppose SB230– Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies
– Introduced by Caballero

This bill requires POST to develop training. However, this training only includes “adequate consideration” of a list of subjects but without any specificity as to what that training should look like. In addition, this bill does not require that any officer actually go through the training.

Support ACA6– Elections: disqualification of electors
– Introduced by McCarty, Bonta, Gonzalez, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove & Weber

This bill is to restore the voting right of felons who have completed their sentence & are currently on parole.

Support AB1076 – Criminal records: automatic relief
– Introduced by Ting

This bill is to eliminate the complicated court process of expunging arrest & conviction records & make it automatic. This law will only apply to cases that are already eligible to be expunged.  


Meeting is at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map)

Order dinner or a drink to sustain you, and the restaurant!

MTS bus routes 44, 60


Mar 18 – Our Women’s History

In our recent membership survey our members expressed a wish for more social time at out meetings. So, we are suggesting you come around 6PM, if possible, for an informal chance to interact with the club officers and other members. The formal meeting will start at 7PM.

  • We will honor Women’s History Month with our club officers having a conversation with membership about their stories and journey into politics. We will also briefly discuss the history of this Club, founded July 2014. Clubmember Anne Hoiberg will talk to us about the history of the prior San Diego Democratic Women’s Club.
  • Merrin Muxlow, Board member of the OB People’s Co-op, will talk to us about the Food Co-op and how she became politicized.
  • We will also have representatives speaking to us from San Diego Neighborhoods for Clean Elections. Click here for more information.

eMeeting is at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

Order dinner or a drink to sustain you, and the restaurant!

MTS routes 44, 60


You might also be interested in…

  • This Sunday, March 10, 10AM-1PM, is the San Diego March for Black Women. Here is the link to the Facebook page.
  • Members of the Woman’s Club will meet up at the intersection of Logan & Euclid (92114) at 9:45AM.
  • The organizers suggested we park at Lincoln High School, 4777 Imperial Ave, which is the endpoint. Carpooling is recommended.
  • Additionally, the organizers have asked that we not wear t-shirts or bring banners from our organizations, causes or campaigns. They have their own messages. This march is about centering Black Women and Black Girls, passing the mic and giving folks who don’t normally have a platform to speak, the opportunity to do so.
  • Kimberly Ellis, who is running for Chair of the California State Democratic Party, will be in town 11am-1pm, Sunday, March 17, at Elijah’s. This is the day before our meeting. The purpose is for Kimberly to get to know members and delegates — before the vote at the Convention, May 31-June 2, in San Francisco.
  • The Annual Roosevelt Dinner is May 11, 2019, at Hilton Bayfront. Reservations here
  • The County Party has asked the Clubs to put together a basket of goodies (worth around $100) for the silent auction at the Roosevelt Dinner. Please let us know if you have ideas or items that we might be able to use. If you have a basket that you want to get rid of, bring it to the next meeting.

Notes from February 2019 Meeting – Galentines Party!

Monthly Meeting was held Monday, February 18, 2019, at Elijah’s Restaurant,

President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7:05pm

Welcome to members and guests

Approval of agenda

Introduction of club officers and recognition of other clubs’ officers

Candidates & Elected Officials:

  • Nora Vargas – Candidate for Board of Supervisors, District 1
  • Raul Campillo – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Wendy Wheatcroft – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Sara Davis – Candidate for Assembly District 78
  • Tasha Williamson – Candidate for Mayor of San Diego
  • Councilmember Barbara Bry – Candidate for Mayor of San Diego

Galentines Celebration and Toast to our Sheroes! (pictures)

  • Assemblymember, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher 
  • Nora Vargas
  • Councilmember, Dr. Jen Campbell
  • Councilmember, Barbara Bry
  • Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher
  • Doug Case – Representing State Senator, Toni Atkins 
  • Nick Serrano – Representing Assemblymember, Todd Gloria 
  • DWC Internal VP, Dr. Rebecca Fielding Miller 
  • DWC External VP, Ramla Sahid 

ADEM Winner and Candidate Recognition

Women of Color ROAR Breakfast: Update/thank you for recognition

SDCDP Election Results: 

  • Will Rodriguez–Kennedy elected chair
  • Oren Robinson elected Secretary (club member)

Treasurer’s Report, Rosamond Blevins

1619 National Celebration of Black Women: March 2, 2019

  • Becca Taylor makes motion to provide $500 sponsorship. Seconded by Alyce Pipkin-Allen. Unanimous approval.

Program 

Mayoral Candidate – Cory Briggs

DWC Online Survey Results – Internal VP, Dr. Rebecca Fielding Miller

  • Interactive team building groups

Unfinished Business

Resolution in Support of the Western Service Workers’ Association in support of their fight against water shutoffs – Communications Chair, John Loughlin

  • Michelle Krug makes Motion to support. Seconded by Anne Hoiberg. Unanimous approval.

Kelly King’s Birthday!

Announcements: 

  • Michelle Krug – Childcare workers’ petition
  • Anne Hoiberg – Women’s Museum events
  • Katie Meyers – SD Progressive Democrats Officers’ Elections upcoming

Meeting adjourned: 8:55pm 

Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, March 18, Elijah’s Restaurant.


Notes: Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

Resolution calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to Stop Water Shutoffs

The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to Stop Water Shutoffs

WHEREAS, water shutoffs pose a deadly public health risk. Twenty people died in San Diego in 2017 from the worst Hepatitis A outbreak in state history, a disease that spreads through lack of sanitation. Although the California legislature has stated that  “Every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water” 16,000 households had their water shut off in San Diego in 2016 due to inability to pay; and

WHEREAS, in 2018 the State of California had the largest budget surplus in history, while it gave out billions in tax breaks to the likes of Facebook, Google, Apple and Northrup Grumman. The United Nations recommends a household should pay no more than 3% of its income on water but in California, low-income families pay one-third of their income. A UCLA study commissioned by the State Water Resources Control Board proposes assistance to low-income families, and that the assistance comes from increased taxes or rates on all other ratepayers; and

WHEREAS, the State Water Resources Control Board failed to develop a plan for the funding and implementation of a Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program (LIRA) as was required by February 1, 2018 despite subsequent ratepayer requests, demands and a Public Records Act Request.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to complete the overdue LIRA plan NOW; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County requests the State Water Resources Control Board support the demands of the Western Service Worker’s Association and the San Diego Workers Benefit Council to:

  • Impose an immediate moratorium on water shutoffs statewide
  • Limit the cost of water to 3% of household income
  • Fund LIRA through CA budget surplus or cutting some of the billions in corporate tax breaks – not on the backs of working people!

Passed unanimously by the Democratic Woman’s Club on February 18, 2019.


Notes:

AB 685 (2012) states “Every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water.”

AB 401 (2015) directs that the State Water Resources Control Board “shall develop a plan for the funding and implementation of the Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program,” (LIRA), “no later than” February 1, 2018.

SB 998 (2018) established some regulations on water shutoffs (but prohibits shutoffs only in extreme cases) following years of WSWA’s organizing to stop water shutoffs along with the San Diego Workers Benefit Council (WBC) speaking at hearings.