Meeting on Thursday March 15 – Josh Butner

Our East County Democratic Club meets next Thursday, March 15.  Our speaker is Josh Butner, trustee of the Jamul-Dulzura School Board and candidate for the 50th CD seat, now held by non-representative Duncan Hunter.  As you know, Hunter must be replaced, ASAP.

We Democrats plan to do it despite our registration disadvantage!

If you’d like to learn more about Josh’s views prior to the meeting, watch this message posted on his website from Julian Indivisible:  https://joshbutnerforcongress.com/media

El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho will also share the latest news on events in the city.

Both men will respond to a few questions, after their comments.

Our evening will begin at 6 p.m., with dining and socializing until 7 p.m.  The venue is Jimmy’s Family Restaurant, 9635 Mission Gorge Road., Santee, CA 92071.  During this period or within the meeting time, a candidate or two may drop by to talk with us.

This is a BIG YEAR for us, since our area is experiencing record-breaking participation in voter contacts.  We invite you to express your interest by doing the same.  We need people to walk precincts, talk to our Democratic Party voters, and encourage them to vote in the primary election on June 5, 2018.

Since this a public meeting, we welcome anyone who wants to attend, so bring yourselves, neighbors, and friends!

Meeting on Thursday February 15 – New Bylaws

Meeting will be held at:

Jimmy’s Family Restaurant
9635 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071

February 15, 2018
7pm Meeting start

The first part of the meeting will be convened by John Loughlin, Director of Clubs for the San Diego County Democratic Party, and will follow SDCDP rules.

  • Call the meeting to order
  • Pledge of allegiance
  • Approval of agenda
  • Introduction of Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Vice Chairs and overview of the Bylaws discussion
  • Review, amending and approving the Bylaws for re-chartering with the SDCDP
  • Adjourn the business part of the meeting

The second part of the meeting will be run by the club officers.
Speakers, candidates and elected officials to be announced separately.

A draft of the Bylaws will be distributed by email and for download from the club website prior to the meeting, and paper copies will be available at the meeting.

Meeting on Thursday January 18 – Election of Officers

Meeting will be held at:
1333 E Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92021

January 18, 2018
7pm Meeting start

The first part of the meeting will be convened by John Loughlin, Director of Clubs for the San Diego County Democratic Party, and will follow SDCDP rules.

  1. Call the meeting to order
  2. Pledge of allegiance
  3. Approval of agenda
  4. Introduction of Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Vice Chairs and overview of the election portion of the meeting
  5. Election of officers for President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer
  • 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 there will be a discussion with 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
  • The vote will then be called
  1. Adjourn the business part of the meeting

The second part of the meeting will be run by the elected officers. Speakers, candidates and elected officials to be announced.

At the February meeting the club will vote on new Bylaws for re-chartering with the SDCDP.

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]

Meeting on Thursday August 17, 2017

Greetings to all.

This is your reminder that the Easy County Democratic Club meets next Thursday evening, August 17, 2017.

Our featured speaker is Ana Nita, a Lakeside resident who has become an expert on the sand mining land deal near the San Diego River.  You may recall that she spoke to us before about the then, current status, of this bait and switch plan that featured the investors plan to purchase the land for a golf course, which switched to a sand mining plan as soon as the investors had the deal in place with Helix Water District.  Ana will update us on what has happened since then, because the investors have paid the entire amount due to the water district, so they can now move ahead, if the county supervisors approve.   It is my understanding that the Lakeside Planning Board voted against the plan.  However, their position is advisory only.  The county supervisors will likely approve, unless we mount opposition that they cannot ignore!  Since this plan will cause environmental havoc and potentially reduce the water table so wells of residents run dry,  it is imperative that we stand for what is a decent plan for the residents.  Get your marching pace up to speed for this!

As usual, our meeting starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. and the business meeting at 7 p.m.  We meet at Jimmy’s Restaurant, 9635 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA.  If candidates wish to come and speak prior to 7 p.m. meeting, we welcome them, then, so they can leave early and move on to another event.  We request each of them to focus on what they will do about our areas’ current and future issues.

We hope to see you next Thursday!