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.

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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

July 12 – Close the Concentration Camps

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty and the Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps – San Diego held a rally, march, and vigil from Larsen Field in San Ysidro to join thousands of people to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. Outraged people from around the country shone a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration in human detention camps. The Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps – San Diego acknowledged being on Kumeyaay traditional territory and thanked the Kumeyaay Nation for allowing us to be guests on their sacred land.

The Democratic Woman’s Club donated to the organizers and several members of the club took part in the demonstration.

UpDate on the Pride Parade!

Dear Members and Friends,

Pride Parade Update: We are Parade Contingent #37. If you want to march with us in the parade, we will be gathering on Saturday, July 13th at the southeast corner of Normal Street and Harvey Milk Street. Our moving start time is 10:05am, so we would ask that everyone show up no later than 9:30am. Traffic will no doubt be a mess, so please plan your travel accommodations accordingly. Check out the map of the parade staging area.

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club

July 23 Meeting

Uptown Democratic Club is excited to announce our upcoming mayoral forum. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our future mayor and interact with the leading Democratic candidates. The following candidates have confirmed attending as of July 10: San Diego City Councilmember Barbara Bry, California State Assembly District 78 Representative Todd Gloria, Beatrice Marion, and Community Activist Tasha Williamson.

Club members in good standing will also be voting to endorse their favorite candidate.

Our program begins at 7:00. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing and snacks! We are open to the public! Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont Ave.

July 15 – Endorsements & Resolutions

Chaired by Yvonne Elkin, Endorsement Committee Chair

We will attempt to endorse in the following races:

  • San Diego City Attorney: Mara Elliott, Cory Briggs
  • San Diego Mayor: Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, Tasha Williamson
  • Assembly District 76: Tasha Boerner-Horvath
  • Congressional District 50: Ammar Campa-Najjar
  • Chula Vista City Council District 4: Andrea Cardenas, Delfina Gonzales

Green New Deal Resolution for Dem Clubs

WHEREAS The UN Interdepartmental Panel on Climate Change has concluded that Human Caused Climate Change poses a clear and existential threat to humans and land and marine life forms and that energy, agricultural and transportation sectors must be fully decarbonized in 11 years to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 deg C to avoid global catastrophic consequences; at the same time, the fossil fuel industry has known about and deliberately concealed information and misinformed the public about the science and impacts from the burning fossil fuels and have spent billions of dollars to fund climate denier campaigns and block policies that advance climate solutions; 

WHEREAS The US is experiencing an unprecedented level of economic inequality, inadequate employment, wages and benefits, threats to food and water safety, lack of healthcare and affordable housing and environmental damages — all of which impact low income, indigenous and communities of color more significantly, and there is an urgent need to transition to an economy that works for all; 

WHEREAS Only the proposed Green New Deal initiative proposes a fair and just transition to a green, sustainable and renewable energy economy at the scale of the crisis; creates and guarantees good paying jobs; requires that the transition be led by the people who are at maximum peril from these threats; and can achieve the rapid, fair, and ethical transition of the United States to a net zero greenhouse gas emitting economy;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County supports the Green New Deal resolution and the no Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and calls on the San Diego Congressional delegation to: 1) cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution; 2) sign the no Fossil Fuel money pledge and commit to refusing political contributions from the fossil fuel industry; and, 3) hold a town hall meeting in their district in San Diego County by the August 2019 recess to dialogue with constituents on climate change. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be sent to the California US Senators and Congressional Representatives to take the actions identified.

“Clean Elections“: Differences from traditional reforms. Endorsement.

“Clean Elections” is the name supporters have given to some public financing efforts, used most prominently in Maine and Arizona. Some Clean Elections laws provide a government grant to candidates who agree to limit their spending and private fundraising.

Book Club

Our next book club meeting will be August 8, at the Women’s Museum in Liberty Station, courtesy of club member Anne Hoiberg. 

We have several copies available for club members of the book, “How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics – from welfare reform to foreclosure to Trump” by Laura Briggs. Club member Dr Doreen Mattingly, Chair of the Women’s Studies Department at San Diego State University,  will lead us in discussion. Contact us if you want us to get you a copy.

Officer Reports

  • Vice Presidents, Ramla Sahid and Dr Becca Fielding-Miller 
  • Treasurer, Rosamond Blevins (report and library checkout cards)
  • Secretary, Cathy Hyatt
  • Social Committee Chair, Kate Bishop
  • President’s Report, Susan Peinado


Raffle drawing

See everyone at Elijah’s —MTS routes 44 and 60. If you need a ride home afterwards, contact us beforehand so we can arrange carpools.

Come early and socialize with club members and officers. Officers are usually there by 6PM and are available to talk and answer questions.

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