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!

Meeting on Thursday July 20th, 2017

Greetings to all,
This alert provides you with a taste of what lies ahead at our next meeting, July 20, 2017. Our speaker is Hanif Mohebi, a leader in the Muslim community. He led his organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to an award this year at the Roosevelt Dinner for the work done to support the local community.
Hanif Mohebi is the executive director of CAIR San Diego. He has prepared himself well by his awesome set of experiences.

See his biographical statement from the CAIR San Diego web site:
Mr. Mohebi was raised in the heart of Silicon Valley. He is the former director of a communication consulting firm in San Jose. He has held various director positions at for-profit and non-profit organizations. At a young age, he was exposed to the United States, United Nations, and community dignitaries, which has influenced his character. He has appeared in both local and national media outlets, bridging the gap between minorities and mainstream Americans. Mr. Mohebi has completed a Pre-PhD program, and has published research. He has a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Globalization and Social Justice. He has emerged as a guest speaker at high schools, universities, companies, and community events on variety of topics, ranging from Concepts of World Citizenship to the History of Anti-Civil Liberties Legislation. He is a young and passionate Muslim American with a wonderful cosmopolitan attitude and great love for civil rights, human rights, and the Constitution of the United States. He is obsessed with the idea of bringing about a positive change to the world through dedicating his life to serving humanity. In quest for this dream, he joined CAIR San Diego, as executive director, with glowing recommendations and over a decade of community service.

As you know, we meet at
Jimmy’s Restaurant
9635 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, California, CA 92071

Our meeting begins at 7 p.m. sharp. If you wish to dine and socialize, come at 6 p.m. The menu is an all-American one.

Join us next Thursday! Bring a friend or two, or even more!

Candidates for office in 2018 are welcome,too.