March 2013 Message

2. Another of our Club’s missions is to inform the electorate regarding candidates and issues with regular meetings. To that end, our Board is working hard to encourage officeholders to attend our meetings and briefly update our members on the governmental activities within their jurisdictions.

We are painfully aware that we have very few Democratic officeholders in East County. Therefore, we are inviting those who hold nonpartisan offices to speak to our members and provide us with the unique opportunity to converse with those who represent us in our government. After all, they represent all citizens within their districts and should speak with and answer to all of us. Of course, we will provide as much notice as we can so we can prepare our lists of questions and/or concerns.

If you have a favorite representative whom you would like to see at our meeting, let us know. We will do our best to get them to a Club meeting to address our members and to answer our questions.

 KMO

March Message

2. Another of our Club’s missions is to inform the electorate regarding candidates and issues with regular meetings. To that end, our Board is working hard to encourage officeholders to attend our meetings and briefly update our members on the governmental activities within their jurisdictions.

We are painfully aware that we have very few Democratic officeholders in East County. Therefore, we are inviting those who hold nonpartisan offices to speak to our members and provide us with the unique opportunity to converse with those who represent us in our government. After all, they represent all citizens within their districts and should speak with and answer to all of us. Of course, we will provide as much notice as we can so we can prepare our lists of questions and/or concerns.

If you have a favorite representative whom you would like to see at our meeting, let us know. We will do our best to get them to a Club meeting to address our members and to answer our questions.

 KMO

Immigrant Children and a Broken Immigration Policy

Let’s give a human face to a tragic condition that demands attention, our broken immigration policy and its horrific impact on the lives of immigrant children.

Immigrant Children and a Broken Immigration Policy

(Shannon Freshwater)

Belkis Rivera was six years old, when her mother left her with relatives and fled drug gangs to live safely in America.  Seven years later, in retaliation, the gang went after Belkis, and she was forced to cross the border in search of safety and her mother.  She was caught by US Border Patrol and ended up in a broken immigration legal system.

Sonia Nazrio, “Child Migrants, Alone in Court” (NYT, April 10, 2013) explains, ”In a nation that prides itself on the fact that everyone accused of a crime — murderers, rapists — has the right to a lawyer, undocumented immigrants, even when they are unaccompanied children, are not entitled to a public defender. Although some children are represented by pro bono lawyers or, for the few whose families can afford it, private lawyers, it’s estimated that more than half of them go to court alone. These children — some as young as 2 years old — have no one to help them make the case that they should not be deported.”

Click on the link Sonia Nazrio’s NYT Op Ed,  ”Child Migrants, Alone in Court,” and follow the tragic story of Bilkis and so many other immigrant children, who are confronted with an immigration system that is broken.

Candidate Forum at May 1st Meeting

AAPI Democratic Club Meeting:
Time: May 1st, Wednesday, at 6 p.m.
Location: SDCDP Office, 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste 105, San Diego CA 92111.

It will be a Candidates Forum for SD City Council D-4, and the 80th Assembly District.

The Dem Party office is the 4th building on the right as you head north on Industrial Park Drive.

May 19 – Monthly Meeting – Dr Alan Gin Professor of Economics USD Speaking on San Diego’s Economy 2013

Alan Gin

Professor Alan Gin

As San Diego prepares for the impact of sequestration cuts, will the recent upturn in construction, the overall improvement in California’s budget, and the growth in local technology companies be enough to see job increases and an improved outlook in San Diego county for 2013?

As Europeans continue to suffer the consequences of austerity measures and their trade with the U.S. stagnates, will Obama’s renewed focus on ties with Asia help Californians? Or will the trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership be another NAFTA that facilitates the moving of jobs to Asian labor markets?


Alan Gin is the author of USD’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators and a frequent contributor to local media on items of economic interest. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and his Master’s of Arts and Ph.D. degrees, both in Economics, from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His work experience includes stints with the Community Development Department of the County of Fresno and the Public Works Department of the City of Oxnard.

Professor Gin also has an interest in the business environment of Asia in general and of greater China in particular. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Business Association of San Diego and sits on the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Association of Southern California (San Diego Chapter). He was named as the Asian Business Association’s Member of the Year in 2006 and its Business Leader of Year in 2007. He was also selected as the Asian Heritage Award Winner in Business Enterprise in 2006. He taught in the University of San Diego’s Study Abroad Programs in Hong Kong and Beijing/Shanghai, and has traveled extensively in the region.

Eventbrite - Monthly Meeting - Dr Alan Gin Professor of Economics USD Speaking on San Diego’s Economy 2013 NO fees to pay or need to be a member to attend.

4:00PM – 5:30PM
Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot Street, San Diego, CA
For additional info call Susan Peinado at (619) 800-5098
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 everyone is invited to adjourn for Happy Hour at the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr on the corner of Shelter Island Dr and Shafter St.

Come Learn About “Fracking”: Threats to our Water and Climate

Come learn about the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” at a free event on April 20th.  Speakers will cover everything from what is it, what are the risks, what are the current legislative and regulatory actions underway and what can we do as citizens to oppose this? Free and open to the public.  Publicize to friends and family and other organizations you belong to!

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