Paint the Town Blue

To guarantee your place, at the annual San Diego Democratic Party Gala and Awards Ceremony on Saturday May 4, you must make your reservation by the deadline tomorrow: Tuesday, April 30.

You can purchase tickets at www.sddemocrats.org/dinner or call the office at (858) 277-3367 to RSVP.

Join San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, our county’s entire Democratic Congressional delegation, the evening’s award winners, and hundreds of other fellow Democrats on May 4 at the Hilton San Diego Resort Mission Bay. It’s a night to celebrate victories and look ahead to future success!

The MCAS Miramar Marine Base held the very first Rape Walk

On Friday, April 26th, 2013, a historical military event took place in San Diego.  The MCAS Miramar Marine Base held the very first Rape Walk to bring awareness and speak out about Military Sexual Assault.  Mayor Bob Filner spoke and the City of San Diego declared April 26th, 2013 Military Sexual Assault Day.  Also speaking was Tara Jones, a navy veteran and Founder of the National Military Women Veterans Association of America that addresses this issue amongst women veterans who are returning to civilian life dealing with military sexual trauma.  The Association has a Facebook Page.  There are 19,000 sexual assaults taking place in the military every year.  It is an extremely important issue.  It has taken great courage and strength for these veterans to come forward.

If you wish to view the video, I have put all the Video up on my YouTube Account of Susqul414.

-Suzanne Morse, PBDC Secretary

Great Turnout for Sunday’s Meeting with Cindy Marten, Kevin Beiser, Scott Peters & Ed Harris

Cindy Marten
Kevin Beiser
Scott Peters
Ed Harris
Susan Peinado
Cindy Marten, Superintendent San Diego Unified School District
Scott Peters, Congressman 52nd Congressional District
Scott Peters and 64 attendees. Welcome to 6 new members!
Ed Harris announces his candidacy for District 2
Kevin Beiser seeks early endorsement for Unified School District Board. Unanimously passed!
Susan keeping the meeting on schedule

Scott Peters updated the club on his work in congress, trying to deal with unreasonable tea-party Republicans as well as reasonable GOP members. He answered members questions and praised club members for their efforts in bringing awareness to Democratic Party causes.

Ed Harris announced his candidacy for District 2. Ed spoke to the club in February, 2013 about Lifeguards, Beaches and Politics.

Cindy Marten gave a superb overview of her career to date, and how she intends to fill the role of Superintendent for the San Diego Unified School District. Everyone was impressed by her breadth of knowledge and clear articulation of complex issues, as well as her warmth and pragmatism. She explained that each school faces different challenges and by way of example recounted how she had worked to provide employee day care at one, and a healthcare center for children at another. Supported by the School District Board (unanimously), the unions, principals and a Mayor who understands educational issues well, Cindy will be a great Superintendent. She answered members questions at length, and in detail. Gloria Johnson asked her about providing support for LGBT children. As well as educating herself on the issues, she will provide funding, resources and training of teachers to support LGBT children and protect them from bullying, and stand with them at the parade! She tries to live up to Central Elementary motto that she was asked to repeat – Work Hard. Be Kind. Dream Big! No Excuses.

Kevin Beiser sought the club’s early endorsement for the San Diego Unified School District Board, he is up for reelection in 2014. The motion was passed unanimously.

Some of the club members who attended the Democratic State Convention gave reports on their experiences and the resolutions that were passed – Gail Mackler, Michael McQuary, Gerry Senda, Ruth Rollins and Susan Peinado. You can view details of the Party Office Elections, Rules and Resolutions that were adopted from the California Democratic Party website.

There were 64 members and guests in attendance, including 6 new members!

SVLG Democratic Club May meeting

Our next meeting will be on May 13 with SD City Council President Todd Gloria as our special guest. Todd will speak on issues facing San Diego as a region. 7:00 pm at the Transit Union Hall, 7840 Lester Ave in Lemon Grove. See you there!