San Diego Democrats for Equality

Club Endorsement Meeting Thursday!

Democrats for Equality,

There has been a lot of LGBT news over the last couple of weeks:

  • Lori Lightfoot was elected Mayor of Chicago (first African-American woman, and first LGBT Mayor).
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway was elected Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Unfortunately/Sadly/Frustratingly, Trump’s dumb-ass ban on trans soldiers in the military went into effect last Friday. One bright spot: the California National Guard had come out in support of our trans soldiers months ago.
  • Pete Buttigieg made it official — the South Bend (Indiana) Mayor is running for President, and by some polls could be a competitive candidate!

Speaking of presidential candidates, please mark your calendars for San Diego Pride (July 13 and 14), as our club will be hosting a Presidential Straw Poll at our booth to gauge interest of our Democratic presidential candidates. Then, at our July meeting after Pride (Thursday, July 18), we will try and make an endorsement for President.

And speaking of endorsements… our first round of 2020 endorsements is coming up at our club meeting THIS THURSDAY (April 18)!

We’ll be meeting 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.

Also, we will start holding “opportunity drawings” at our club meetings. We’ve already collected a couple of items for club members to score towards the end of the meeting.

And… we are hoping to upgrade the food menu at our meetings a little bit. I love pizza as much as the next person (it’s my weakness), but we’re gonna try something different this month.

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!

I personally paid for one of the $150 Host Committee spots because there’s this whole thing about leading by example.

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
  • Imperial Beach City Councilmember Mark West
  • San Diego Community College Trustee Craig Milgrim
  • County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • Club President Ryan Trabuco
  • Club Vice President for Resource Development Amy Kuhn
  • Club Vice President for Political Action Susan Guinn
  • Club President Emeritus Stephen Whitburn
  • Club Member John Tedstrom
  • Club Member Toni Duran

Whew! Lots of incredible names for our Host Committee! Thank you family (insert smile emoji here) (insert heart emoji here)

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 we blew past that well over a week ago.

We are well north of $3,000 for this event, so let’s keep the ticket purchases coming!

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!

Announcing my complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Democratic Woman's Club of San Diego County

Apr 15 – My Journey by Andrea

Clubmember Dr. Andrea Cubitt,, will present to us the story of her transgender journey.  A scientist, she did her postdoctoral training at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and at the University of California San Diego, where she was part of team that initiated development of the green fluorescent protein (“GFP”) with Roger Tsien, Ph.D.

Dr. Cubitt holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Sheffield and a first class honors degree (B.Sc) in medical biochemistry from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Cubitt is a co-inventor or co-author of 18 issued US patents and 20 publications.

Deja Cabrera, Transgender Services Coordinator at the LGBTQ Center, will also be available to answer questions and give additional information. 

 This is critically relevant as our President’s transgender ban in the US military has been upheld in Federal Court and went into effect last Friday. And there has been much ongoing public discussion on the impact on women’s sports, etc.


San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott will address the club briefly.


New Business – Two weeks ago, we sent out notice to members that we will voting on the request from several club members, including Alyce Pipkin-Allen, in addition to Indivisible leader and AAPI Democratic Club President Jean-Huy Tran, that we consider the following for support/opposition at our meeting tomorrow.

Please come prepared to vote on these issues:

Support  AB392 –Peace officers: deadly force.
Introduced by Weber & McCarty

This bill is to raise the minimum standard requirement that allows police officers to use deadly force on civilian from “reasonable” to “necessary”. This law has not changed since 1872. If passed, the police officer will be required to exhaust all alternative tactics including de-escalation first.

Oppose SB230– Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies
– Introduced by Caballero

This bill requires POST to develop training. However, this training only includes “adequate consideration” of a list of subjects but without any specificity as to what that training should look like. In addition, this bill does not require that any officer actually go through the training.

Support ACA6– Elections: disqualification of electors
– Introduced by McCarty, Bonta, Gonzalez, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove & Weber

This bill is to restore the voting right of felons who have completed their sentence & are currently on parole.

Support AB1076 – Criminal records: automatic relief
– Introduced by Ting

This bill is to eliminate the complicated court process of expunging arrest & conviction records & make it automatic. This law will only apply to cases that are already eligible to be expunged.  


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

Order dinner or a drink to sustain you, and the restaurant!

MTS bus routes 44, 60


Uptown Democratic Club

An Evening With City Councilmember Chris Ward

City Council Member Chris Ward, San Diego District 3, will be sharing updates on city council news as well as discussing issues which directly affect our communities.

This is an opportunity to speak directly with your elected official. There will be plenty of time for questions so please bring yours! 

Our meetings are open to the public. Please join us Tuesday, April 23 at Joyce Beers Community Center. Social 6:30 p.m., program begins 7:00 p.m.

Spring Valley & Lemon Grove Democratic Club

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
svlgdems

Spring Valley & Lemon Grove Democratic Club

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
svlgdems

San Diego Democrats for Equality

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