No August meeting and our Summer get together!

Dear Friends and Members of the Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club,

We will not be meeting in August. However, you are all invited to Jennifer Mendoza’s home on Saturday 8/17 from 5:30-8 pm to celebrate George’s birthday and summer in Lemon Grove. They will be providing burgers, hot dogs and all the fixings. Please bring appetizers or a side dish and BYOB.

Look forward to seeing everyone!

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club

Notes from July 2019 Meeting – Endorsements & Resolutions

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
Monday, July 15, 2019, Monthly Meeting, Elijah’s Restaurant

Welcome and Introductions

  • President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7:00pm
  • Introduction of club officers, chairs, and club associates 
  • Recognition of other clubs’ officers

Elected Officials

  • Chris Ward – San Diego City Council District 3
  • Dr. Akilah Weber – La Mesa City Council
  • Dr. Shirley Weber – California State Assemblymember District 79
  • Doug Case for Toni Atkins – CA Senate President pro Tem District 39*


  • Will Moore – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Wendy Wheatcroft – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Marni Von Wilpert – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 5
  • Stephen Whitburn – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 3
  • Gregg Robinson – Candidate for San Diego County Board of Education
  • Jane Marshall – Candidate for Oceanside City Council District 4
  • Delfina Gonzalez – Candidate for Chula Vista City Council District 4
  • Sarah Davis – Candidate for California State Assembly District 78
  • Joe LaCava – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Kate Bishop – Candidate for Chula Vista Elementary School Board
  • Raul Campillo – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Aeiramique Glass Blake – Candidate for US Congressional District 51
  • Kenya Taylor – Candidate for County Board of Supervisor District 2

Katie Meyer, Chair of CYD Progressive Caucus – Campaign Workers’ Guild, Fair Campaign Pledge to hold candidates accountable for treatment of their staff.

Susan Peinado calls for candidates to refrain from negative campaigning against fellow Democrats.

Meeting turned over to Endorsement Committee

Chair, Yvonne Elkin 

Chula Vista City Council D4 race pulled from tonight’s calendar to allow for notification of an additional candidate.

San Diego City Attorney – Cory Briggs, Mara Elliot (represented by Bernadette Butkiewicz)

  • Vote: No candidate reached 60%
  • Motion for No Endorsement (Ruth Rollins) – failed
  • Motion to rate Briggs acceptable (Kevin Lourens) – failed
  • Motion to rate Elliot acceptable (Doreen Mattingly) – failed
  • No position taken

August Endorsement Calendar: Motion (Brenda Arnold) to attempt to endorse in the following races: 

  • CA Assembly District 79: Dr. Shirley Weber
  • US Congressional District 52: Scott Peters 
  • SDCCB District B: Bernie Rhinerson
  • SDCCB District D: Mary Graham
  • County Board of Supervisors District 1, Raphael Castellanos, Ben Hueso, Nora Vargas, Sophia Rodriguez
  • County Board of Supervisors District 2, Kenya Taylor
  • County Board of Supervisors District 3, Olga Diaz, Jeff Griffith, Terra Lawson-Reemer

Unanimous approval of August endorsement calendar 

CA State Assembly District 76 – Tasha Boerner-Horvath (friendly endorsement)

  • Motion to endorse by acclamation (Ruth Rollins)
  • Passed unanimously 

San Diego Mayor – Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, Tasha Williamson

  • Vote #1: No candidate reached 60%
  • Vote #2: No candidate reached 60%
  • Motion to rate Gloria and Williamson acceptable (Katie Meyer) 
  • Motion to amend main motion adding Bry (Cathie Hyatt) – Passed
  • Vote on motion, w/amendment, to rate Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, and Tasha Williamson acceptable – Passed

US Congressional District 50 – Ammar Campa Najjar

  • Motion to endorse by acclamation (Ruth Rollins)
  • Passed unanimously 

The following business occurred between endorsements and during vote counts:

Officers’ Reports

Vice President External, Ramla Sahid

  • Announcement of Genevieve Jones-Wright as PANA’s Legal Director

Vice President Internal, Dr.Becca Fielding – Miller

  • Dependent Care Grant
  • Close the Camps – Lights of Liberty Event, DWC supported financially
  • Unitarian Church vandalized with anti-semantic symbols

Treasurer’s Report, Rosamond Blevins

  • Current balance given
  • 25 new members in June, 12 new members in July

Secretary’s Report, Cathie Hyatt

  • Reminder of mobile Little Free Library
  • Logo update 

Announcement: Dr. Doreen Mattingly, Past Endorsement Committee Chair

  • Book Club – Our next book: “How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics, from welfare reform to foreclosure to Trump” by Laura Briggs. Discussion at Women’s Museum on August 8.

Social Chair, Kate Bishop

  • DWC Skate Night: Friday, August 2, 7-11pm, Skateworld, 6907 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92111

President’s Report, Susan Peinado

  • Thanks and praise to the Endorsement Committee
  • Reminder of Book Club meeting on August 8 – see details above


Meeting adjourned: 10pm 

Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, August 19, 2019, Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

Our Friend, Cindy

Dear Democrats for Equality,

With a heavy heart I regret having to let you know that our friend, and former executive board member Cindy Green has passed away.

Cindy loved this club. She donated what she could. She gave so much time, effort, and energy ensuring the success of many of our friends and family over the better course of three decades, including being first elected onto our executive board back in the mid-1990s.

Over the years, Cindy made a conscious effort to reach out to so many of us, leaders of this club, our candidates, and elected officials.

“BTW Congrats” … that was the first message I personally ever received from Cindy. She offered support and cheered us on in good times, and offered a sympathetic ear and cried with us during the not-so-good times. If we were feeling down or sick, she always reached out to help.

That’s the kind of person Cindy is. Her years spent as a pediatric nurse at Kaiser no doubt shaped her love for children, animals, and humanity itself.

Our club’s mantra of “Our Members Make History” certainly rings true for Cindy Green. Her tireless efforts helped make that history for Christine Kehoe and Toni Atkins, and so many more.

Plans are pending at this time regarding services. Her brother Gary started a GoFundMe page to assist with expenses, and more information will likely be updated there.

This week, I hope you will join us in keeping Cindy Green and her immediate family in your thoughts as we remember our friend, and our sister.

May she rest in power.


Ryan Trabuco
Club President,
San Diego Democrats for Equality

July 28 – San Diego Water Authority – Teresa Penunuri

Join us for our July General Meeting! Our featured speaker will be Teresa Penunuri of the San Diego Water Authority. 

The Water Authority is an independent public agency that serves as San Diego County’s regional water wholesaler. It is not part of either the city or county of San Diego governments. The mission of the San Diego County Water Authority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of water to its 24 member agencies serving the San Diego region’s $220 billion economy and its 3.3 million residents.

Today, up to 80 percent of our region’s water is imported from the Colorado River and Northern California.  Since 2003, the Water Authority has received a growing percentage of its water supply from its long-term water conservation and transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District and conserved water from projects that lined portions of the All-American and Coachella canals in Imperial Valley.  The remaining water comes from local supply sources including groundwater, local surface water, recycled water, and conservation. 

Additional Agenda Items/ Speakers

We will consider support for SB528, a bill that would give local governments, through expansion of the IBank, a low interest infrastructure loan option beyond what they are currently getting from large commercial banks.

Club Book

An eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes.

The Colorado River is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.–Mexico border where the river runs dry. 

Water problems in the western United States can seem tantalizingly easy to solve: just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio, stop selling hay to China, ban golf, cut down the almond trees, and kill all the lawyers. But a closer look reveals a vast man-made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on.

The story Owen tells in Where the Water Goes is crucial to our future: how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert —and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails.

Our meetings are CHILD FRIENDLY- we will have toys, coloring books, snacks, etc. in a “kid space” at the rear of the meeting hall.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby empowers everyday people to work together on climate change solutions.
What is Public Banking?

July 28, 2019
4:00PM – 5:30PM

[email protected]
(619) 800-5098

Point Loma Assembly
3035 Talbot St
San DIego, CA 92106

Directions and parking information

Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.

After the meeting ends we suggest adjourning to the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr to continue our progressive conversation. Happy Hour is until 6:30pm.

Jul 27 – Western Services Workers Association 42nd Anniversary Dinner Celebration

We have a long standing tradition of supporting the Western Service Workers Association and we encourage you to attend their annual fundraising dinner. The music, entertainment and speakers are always impressive. If you can’t attend please consider making a donation.

You are cordially invited to join the WSWA’s membership of service workers and other low-income workers in celebrating 42 years of determined struggle and victories in building a winning strategy for labor.

This evening includes dinner, live entertainment and speakers.

Saturday July 27, 2019

St Patrick Catholic Church
3585 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

Mail or call:
Western Service Workers Association
3014 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 238-9763