A reminder about our April Meeting

Dear friends and members of the Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club,

Our meeting is on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30.

We will be looking at Education this month! Our speaker will be Charda Fontenot, who was elected last year to the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. We also hope to have one of the Trustees of the Lemon Grove District also. Please join us to learn more about the current and future of our next generation of community members.

Our location is Monte Vista Village, 2211 Massachusetts Ave, Lemon Grove, CA 91945. We will be meeting in the Dining Hall, which is near the long driveway you can see from Massachusetts Ave. You can park in the driveway or on the street.

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club
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Brunch Tickets On Sale!

Democrats for Equality,

Last week, we opened ticket sales for our upcoming club event: Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch!

It will be held Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

We would like to thank our amazing Host Committee (thus far) for this event:

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria
  • San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell
  • San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward
  • Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher
  • Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Councilmember Joe Mosca
  • San Diego Community College Trustee Craig Milgrim
  • County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • Club Vice President for Resource Development Amy Kuhn
  • Club Vice President for Political Action Susan Guinn
  • Past Club President Stephen Whitburn
  • Club Member John Tedstrom
  • Club Member Toni Duran

Whew! Lots of incredible names for our Host Committee — thank you!

If you don’t see your name there, then we would love to have you be apart of this incredible event. Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and it’s apparently already a smashing success! We set out what I thought was an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 — and as of yesterday we shattered it.

I am not a professional fundraiser by trade, so making these asks are a little new to me. At the same time… hot damn! We seem to be doing quite well!

Makes me wonder… if we should increase our fundraising goal to $5,000 and see if we can hit that mark? What do y’all think?

Did y’all see this?

The Washington Post had a story this week about late-night host John Oliver’s book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, being one of the most-challenged books in public libraries.

(OMG Ryan!? Who cares!?)

Thanks for asking! Homophobes care, apparently.

Despite being a comedic send-up of (Mike Pence’s wife) Karen Pence’s book about their pet bunny Marlon Bundo, the parody book is a sweet story of Marlon Bundo finding love with another boy bunny. That was enough for a second-place finish on the American Library Association’s list of most-challenged books in public libraries.

Interestingly enough, the American Library Association tracked 347 challenges in libraries last year, and most of the books that were challenged — 6 out of the top 11 — featured LGBTQ+ themes.

In fact, the #1 book challenged last year was George, from author Alex Gino, about a transgender child who wants to play Charlotte from the classic story Charlotte’s Web in a school play.

Charlotte’s Web was one of my absolute favorite books to read back in my elementary school days, plus I was one of those precocious theatre kids, so this story’s premise already has me thinking about adding this to my iBooks account.

If you’d like to check out Georgehere’s a link to Amazon.

Also, if you’d like to check out A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundohere’s a link to Amazon as well.

At our next club meeting on Thursday, April 18, we will start getting into our first round of endorsements for the 2020 March 3rd Primary Election. Our meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103) at 7:00pm.

We will hopefully make a friendly incumbent endorsement in San Diego City Council District 9, as well as make an endorsement for San Diego Mayor.

Also, we will get around to hearing some bylaw changes regarding the creation of “Regional Director” positions. I know we’ve been talking about this for some time. The new proposed language for you to review has been updated to refer to these as “Area Representatives.”

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

(Ryan!? Isn’t our board big enough!? WTF is wrong with you!?)

Well, I’m glad you asked! I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but to reiterate — prior to our club’s executive board elections in February, we had looked at the opportunity of diversifying and expanding our executive board to fully reflect representation across the county.

We have LGBT representation and elected officials in every part of San Diego County — except East County. More on that in a second.

There are more LGBT elected officials in San Diego than in San Francisco.

A couple months ago, it was stated to me by a longtime member of the club that at one time most of the board members had lived within Hillcrest and North Park. As our LGBT community’s political influence has grown outside of just the third City Council District, we have been able to make strides throughout all parts of San Diego County.

So, now that we have this opportunity to expand further — and one of our club’s biggest goals should be identifying and recruiting candidates to run in East County — we would like to ensure that our executive board reflects that geographic diversity as well.

Our executive board should have a voice at the table from North County, South Bay, and especially East County. For that reason, we would like to move forward with adding that geographic diversity onto our executive board.

Finally, our County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner is coming up for Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme is “Building Power for the People!”

Our club is putting together a nice basket for the silent auction item for attendees to bid on, and we are expected to have at least one table (maybe two) depending on how many club members purchase tickets to the dinner.

If you wanna sit with us, please purchase a ticket to the Roosevelt Dinner here. Also, be sure to list Dems 4 Equality under table affiliation.

Hot take: the vegan ravioli last year was pretty good!

I might’ve found a good complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch

Saturday, May 4th, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm
At the home of Susan Guinn and Denice Feldhaus
(Address Provided Upon RSVP)

Much of the progressive change throughout San Diego County can be traced directly or indirectly through the work of our San Diego Democrats for Equality members.

On Saturday, May 4th, let’s celebrate the work our members have done to spur on that progressive change, as well as some of our recent leadership transitions and accomplishments.

Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

Through the contributions of our Host Committee and brunch tickets, we’ve set a fundraising goal of $2,500 in support of our club’s mission and goals. If you’re unable to attend, please make a donation instead!

Our members make history!

April Meeting

Dear friends and members of the Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club,

Our meeting is on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30.
We will be looking at Education this month! Our speaker will be Charda Fontenot, who was elected last year to the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. We also hope to have one of the Trustees of the Lemon Grove District also. Please join us to learn more about the current and future of our next generation of community members.

Our location is Monte Vista Village, 2211 Massachusetts Ave, Lemon Grove, CA 91945. We will be meeting in the Dining Hall, which is near the long driveway you can see from Massachusetts Ave. You can park in the driveway or on the street.

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club
svlgdems

Club Meeting: April 9

Hello, Clairemont Democrats!

We will be conducting an installation for our club’s officers, as well as discussing the issue of clean elections for our next meeting on Tuesday, April 9th! Speakers John Hartley and James McCord will discuss those efforts happening locally and statewide.

​​​​​​​Also, we will hold a Candidate Open Mic Night! Any Democratic candidate running in 2020 is welcome to speak in increments of 5 mins max (Candidates or representative must sign up at entry and allow 3 candidates to speak before a second turn). This will allow them time to try new material, platform, pitch or share thoughts on their campaign.

Finally, the county party’s 39th Annual Roosevelt Dinner is coming up on Saturday, May 11th. We’ve put together a fantastic basket to be bid on at the dinner.

If you’d like to attend and sit with our club, purchase your tickets here and let them know you’d like to sit with the Clairemont Democratic Club!

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.

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. 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

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.

Budgets, Bylaws, Brunch, and Pandas!

Democrats for Equality,

Fox News the other day apparently informed us that there are 3 more “Mexican” countries.

Did y’all see this?

It was from a segment regarding the Trump administration no longer providing foreign assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Their “lower third” graphic referred to these three individual countries as “Mexican” countries.

I would post the screen grab of it, but then I’d have to subject myself to watching their adoringly pro-Trump coverage in order to do it — and, quite frankly, I’d sooner save myself the trouble.

Actually, the fun part about their obvious error is taking a brief look at the number of individuals it took for them not to catch this.

So, within the realm of live television production, you have a number of crew members stationed in what is known as the production control room, seen below:

Here, you’ll likely have the director of the television program, the assistant director, a technical directoraudio personnel, and more often than not, the producer of said program. For a national broadcast channel like Fox News, possibly executive producers as well. Within this crowded production room, you’ll also have at least someone responsible for operating the character generator software for the “lower third” portion of the TV screen.

So, yes — a room full of highly-skilled and seemingly knowledgeable individuals failed to catch probably the biggest geographical slip-up on live television in recent memory.

Or, they could all be clueless Cro Magnons who think anyone who speaks Spanish is simply “Mexican” — despite Spanish being the official language of 21 individual countries, and a significant language in 3 other countries. Altogether, over a half-billion people around the world speak Spanish.

The fact that a room full of people at Fox News did not know this tells me something. There’s a word for that… oh, yes: know-nothings.

There’s a word for that in Spanish, too… oh, yes: pendejos.

Speaking of know-nothings on more positive topic, if you have no idea how budgeting works for the County of San Diego, there’s an opportunity to learn this week!

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is hosting a community budget forum this Wednesday, April 3 at the Copley-Price Family YMCA from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Children are welcome and dinner will be provided. The information flyer is below:

At our next club meeting on Thursday, April 18, we will start getting into our first round of endorsements for the 2020 March 3rd Primary Election. Our meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103) at 7:00pm.

We will hopefully make a friendly incumbent endorsement in San Diego City Council District 9, as well as make an endorsement for San Diego Mayor.

Also, we will get around to hearing some bylaw changes regarding the creation of “Regional Director” positions. I know we’ve been talking about this for some time. The new proposed language for you to review has been updated to refer to these as “Area Representatives.”

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

(Ryan!? Isn’t our board big enough!? WTF is wrong with you!?)

Well, I’m glad you asked! I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but to reiterate — prior to our club’s executive board elections in February, we had looked at the opportunity of diversifying and expanding our executive board to fully reflect representation across the county.

We have LGBT representation and elected officials in every part of San Diego County — except East County. More on that in a second.

There are more LGBT elected officials in San Diego than in San Francisco.

A couple months ago, it was stated to me by a longtime member of the club that at one time most of the board members had lived within Hillcrest and North Park. As our LGBT community’s political influence has grown outside of just the third City Council District, we have been able to make strides throughout all parts of San Diego County.

So, now that we have this opportunity to expand further — and one of our club’s biggest goals should be identifying and recruiting candidates to run in East County — we would like to ensure that our executive board reflects that geographic diversity as well.

Our executive board should have a voice at the table from North County, South Bay, and especially East County. For that reason, we would like to move forward with adding that geographic diversity onto our executive board.

At last — we are ready to announce Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch, an upcoming fundraising brunch for the club on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

We are happy to say that a number of our amazing LGBT elected officials will be there, including Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria, Council President Georgette Gomez, Chula Vista Councilmember Steve Padilla, and Encinitas Councilmember Joe Mosca, among others.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and I would like to see this be a success. We’ve set what I feel is an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 for this event.

I am not a professional fundraiser by trade, so making these asks are a little new to me. So, please bear with me.

Speaking of bears…

I had an opportunity last week to get up-close and meet Bai Yun, one of our amazing giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo. #AnimalsLoveMe

Unfortunately, Bai Yun and her son Xiao Liwu will be moving back to China at the end of the month. Since 1996, the San Diego Zoo has led an extensive conservation effort for these beautiful bears. If you have not had an opportunity to check out these amazing animals, you may want to before April 27th.

If you’re super jealous, then I’d hate to share that Toni Atkins actually got to feed her.

Of course, now that I’ve said that — I have to share that picture.

Looking for a good complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality