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.

Notes from January Meeting – D2 Endorsement Meeting

The meeting started later than usual because of a play at the Pt Loma Assembly.


Statements from candidates and elected officials (or reps) not on Agenda:

  • Lori Salaña – Candidate for San Diego County Supervisor
  • Doug Case – Political Affairs Director for State Senator Toni Atkins
  • Matt Valenti – Candidate for SD City Council, District 6
  • Dave Myers – Candidate for SD County Sheriff
  • Rafael Perez – Candidate for SD Community College Board District E
  • Mike McQuary – Up for reelection to SD Unified School Board, Sub-District
  • Tommy Hough – Candidate for SD City Council, District 6

Endorsement Committee Chair Dev Zaveri-Tabb presided over the forum.

After the opening statements were made, Dev conducted a 15-minute Q & A session, using her own questions and a selection submitted by Club Members. Every candidate was given one minute to respond to each question and allowed a 30-second rebuttal to any personal attacks; afterwards, they gave 3-minute closing statements.

The club passed a motion to endorse in the race.

The Club then proceeded with the member discussion period; members were allowed to make 30-second comments and then asked to cast their ballots. After the votes were tabulated, Dev announced that Jordan Beane won the Club’s endorsement.

Brandon McDonald, Operations Manager with the WSWA, spoke about the association, their needs for the New Year, and their Tamale Benefit.

TREASURER – Dave Furlano reported the end-of-year bank balance, gave an update on the Club’s income and expenses, reported on the rental fee for the Assembly Hall, and reminded members that it was time to renew memberships.


  • Merrin Muxlow spoke about the Women of Color ROAR Breakfast, presented by Indivisible WATU and the attendance of young women from High Tech High and Point Loma High; she then asked for member contributions
  • Michelle Krug said she had petitions-in-lieu available to be signed for Dave Myers and for the County to push future county candidate elections to November
  • Dev Zaveri-Tabb announced that the San Diego Climate Mobilization Coalition would hold a rally at City Hall on January 27.
  • Susan Peinado urged people to support the Point Loma Assembly Hall by attending the play “Building the Wall”, currently being staged, and its Bean Bandit event on February 8
  • Dave Myers spoke about the San Diego County Democratic Party’s countywide Walk for Progress to be held on January 27.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:34 PM.

Notes: Deborah Currier, Secretary
Photos: John Loughlin

Next Club Meeting: February 13

Hello, Clairemont Democrats!

Our next club meeting will start at 7:00pm on Tuesday, February 13 at Elijah’s Restaurant (7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111). Join us a little early at 6:00pm to eat dinner and network with fellow Democrats!

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS! Club dues were due in January! If you would like to join, or renew your club membership ($20 dues), please do so on our membership page. You may also renew at the meeting on January 9th. Or, if you would prefer to mail a check, here is our PO Box information:

Clairemont Democratic Club
PO Box 178846
San Diego, CA 92117

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Alan Gin, Associate Professor of Economics at University of San Diego.

As I mentioned previously, if you have suggestions or ideas about meeting topics or event types that you’d like us to host, please email them to me or visit our Facebook page.

Our San Diego County Democratic Party is hosting their first-ever gubernatorial debate on Thursday, February 22nd! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the top 4 candidates onstage together:

  • Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom,
  • former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,
  • former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, and
  • State Treasurer John Chiang.

For more information, check out the event on the party’s website here.

It is our shared responsibility to ensure that people are informed, educated, and not mystified by stage craft, economic bribery or the feeling of helplessness. We have so many exciting things in store for our Clairemont Democratic Club members. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at one (but hopefully all) of our meetings and events.

Meet Our New Democratic Club President — Stephen Groce

Stephen “Steph” Groce, Clairemont Democratic Club President

Hi Clairemont Democrats,

It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the turning of the year into 2017, but here we are at the start of 2018! 2017 felt like the longest year that any of us have ever experienced, and 2018 is shaping up to feel the same.

However, building on the energy and excitement of our club’s participation and successes in 2017 led by Dr. Jen Campbell as our club President, I take the helm and our newly elected Board will have large shoes to fill! I am confident that our 2018 Board is up for the challenge of continuing our club’s soaring success!

This is such an exciting year for all of us as we make history with an experienced Executive Board, a powerhouse of seasoned politically focused members working together for the greater good of our ever-growing Democratic club.

We have started 2018 on a high note by hosting our first meeting of the year earlier this month. The Labor 101 presentation, which discussed the history of Unions and our very own San Diego Union efforts in combating support of the Executive branch of the government, was attended by several members and guests at Elijah’s Restaurant.

New Democratic Club Presidents & Central Committee members being sworn-in

In 2018, our Board is focused on providing our members with new learning opportunities that apply to our #BlueWave2018 movement and common focus of maintaining a free, fair, open, safe, and inclusive environment for our Democrat peers, our neighbors, and our communities. We are hopeful that these learning opportunities will keep our members and guests ahead of the curve for the ever-changing environment.

This year we aim to increase membership participation by hosting unique events, collaborative meetings, morning coffee events, participation in after work mixers hosted by other Dem clubs or community organizations. We are in the midst of a storm and the weather does not appear to be clearing until later this year in November, however the storm will pass and our club will remain at the wheel of change and support.

I believe in flying the flag of #TwoToneBlue because we have Dems who are focused on the Environment, Dems who are LGBTQ and fight for equality, Dems who are entrenched in Labor, Dems who focus on Immigration and Race equity, Dems who own their own businesses to be able to provide for their family, Dems who are moderate or centrist and believe that it will take all parties to find balance, Dems who are young, seniors, professionals, progressives or are focused on animals. At the end of the day, they are all Democrats and believe in being Blue regardless of their focus. #TwoToneBlue

If you have suggestions or ideas about meeting topics or event types that you’d like us to host, please email them to me or visit our Facebook page. It is our shared responsibility to ensure that people are informed, educated, and not mystified by stage craft, economic bribery or the feeling of helplessness. We have so many exciting things in store for our Clairemont Democratic Club members. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at one (but hopefully all) of our meetings and events.

Hold Fast! It will be a wild ride,

Feb 19 – Endorsements and Actions

After electing new officers last month, participating in the Women’s March, and sponsoring the Women of Color Roar – Election Year Kick off Breakfast we have another great endorsement meeting on Monday February 19, at 7pm.

  • Congress, 49th: Douglas Applegate, Sara Jacobs, Paul Kerr​, Mike Levin, Christina Prejean
  • San Diego City Council 2: Jordan Beane, Jennifer H. Campbell MD, James Morrison, Bryan Pease
  • San Diego City Council 4: Myrtle Cole*, Monica Montgomery
  • San Diego City Council 8: Antonio Martinez, Vivian Moreno, Christian Ramirez, Zachary T. Lazarus


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email [email protected] or call us (619) 900-4751.

RSVP via our Facebook event page.

Monday February 19 – 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.


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

  • MTS routes 44, 60

Notes from Jan 15 Meeting – Endorsements and Election of Officers

President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7pm. The agenda was approved with a unanimous voice vote.

The membership approved:

  • An additional $500 to Women of Color Roar breakfast to support young women of color running for office
  • A donation of $500 to support the Women’s March
  • An amendment to the Bylaws to add the position of External Vice President

Elected announcements:

  • Doug Case for state senator Toni Atkins

Candidate announcements:

  • Sara Jacobs, candidate for congressional district 49 (where Darrell Issa recently retired. Like a chicken).

Club Elections

Run by Emily Bonner, immediate past president:

  • Cathie Hyatt volunteers to run for Secretary. Elected with a unanimous voice vote
  • Rosamund Blevins is recommended to run for Treasurer. Elected with a unanimous voice vote.
  • Ramla Sahid nominated for VP of External Affairs. Elected with a unanimous voice vote.
  • Rebecca Fielding-Miller for VP of Internal Affairs. Elected with a unanimous voice vote.
  • Susan Peinado for President. Elected with a unanimous voice vote.



Run by Dr. Doreen Mattingly – candidates must get 60% of the vote to be endorsed.

  • Dave Meyers for Sheriff
    • Endorsed
  • Genevieve Jones-Wright for District Attorney
    • Endorsed
  • Matt Strabone for San Diego County Assessor Recorder Clerk
    • Endorsed
  • Marggie Castellano for California State Senate 36
    • Endorsed
  • Superior Court Judge: Matt Brower and Tim Nader
    • Both candidates rated acceptable
  • District 76: Michelle Cassel-Gomez, Tasha Boemer-Horvath, Elizabeth Warren
    • All candidates are rated acceptable
  • County Supervisor: Nathan Fletcher (represented by Lorena Gonzalez), Ken Malbrough, Omar Passons, Lori Saldaña
    • All candidates are rated acceptable