COVID-19 Update

Democrats for Equality,

Yesterday, our club’s immediate past president and current Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy announced on Facebook that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Doctors at the VA Medical Center continue to monitor him in the ICU.

Additionally, club member and our endorsed candidate in Council District 9 Kelvin Barrios announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Kelvin was hospitalized a few days ago but is now recovering in self-quarantine at home. He issued a press release from his campaign which you can read below.

Also, it pains me to say that another club member Jehoan Espinoza announced yesterday that he had tested positive.

Here are our friend’s updates from last night:

Our friend Councilmember Steve Padilla continues to battle the virus in the ICU and is hooked up to a respirator.

According to San Diego County officials, there are 159 confirmed cases as of yesterday. 64% of the cases locally are those between the ages of 20 and 49. You can check data monitored from the County on their website here.

We are all monitoring the day-to-day on the Coronavirus pandemic. If anything changes, especially with our friends and club members, we’ll be sure to let you know!

Again, on behalf of the club, we want to offer our thoughts and healing vibes to Steve, Will, Kelvin, and Jehoan in the hope that everyone affected by this has a healthy recovery.

Please be safe and healthy,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy Has Been Hospitalized

Democrats for Equality,

Late yesterday, our club’s immediate past president and current Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy posted on social media that he has been hospitalized at the VA Medical Center.

Unfortunately, Will has been symptomatic over the last couple days including muscle aches, coughing, difficulty breathing, chills, nausea, among other awful things.

Doctors at the VA Medical Center are concerned that his CT scans show signs of COVID-19.

Personally, this heart-wrenching.

Will is like a brother to me, and no one enjoys seeing the people you care about endure this level of pain, sickness, and suffering.

We have been in contact every day as always, and as much pain as he is in now, I know Will — he’s a fighter. He’s suffered through war, sexual harassment, homelessness, personal and political defeats, and me (for as insufferable as I can be sometimes).

On behalf of the club, we want to offer our thoughts and healing vibes to Will in the hope of a healthy recovery.

Here are his updates from last night:

According to San Diego County officials, there are 131 confirmed cases as of yesterday. 63% of the cases locally are those between the ages of 20 and 49. You can check data monitored from the County on their website here.

Quoting Will from last night: “Youth does not spare you from this disease.”

Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell reached out yesterday and offered her thoughts as a medical professional:

Hi Ryan – just want to be sure that our members are aware that anyone can have the virus and be without symptoms. If they have it, they are shedding it and can give it to others without even knowing it. That is why we have to have the universal self quarantine. If we had testing, we would know who is negative and who is positive but given the lack of responsible action of our current Federal Administration, we don’t have the capability of testing our people. So everyone – stay self-quarantined!

Many studies were done in China when their outbreak occurred and that’s how we know this information. Also, Councilmember Montgomery told me she watched a special on Iceland and they tested all their people and half of those who were positive did not have symptoms! In China, the non symptomatic usually became ill about 6.5 days later. They infected their entire households.

Many of the people sick now in the US are between 21-65 yrs old. This is a virus that doesn’t care how old or young you are. Be responsible and stay away from others!

It’s best to heed the advice of Dr. Jen, and our local medical professionals on this crisis. Please take this disease seriously.

We are all monitoring the day-to-day on the Coronavirus pandemic. If anything changes, especially with Will and/or Steve, we’ll be sure to let you know!

Again, please send positive thoughts, healing vibes, and well-wishes to Will, Steve Padilla, and their families during this time.

Please be safe and healthy,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Update: Steve Padilla Has Been Hospitalized

Democrats for Equality,

Late yesterday, Steve Padilla’s daughter Ashleigh released a statement updating on his condition.

Unfortunately, Steve’s condition worsened and he was admitted to UCSD Thornton Hospital ICU.

Days ago he had announced on social media that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Again, we want to offer any positive thoughts and send as many good vibes as we can to Steve, Ashleigh, and the rest of the Padilla family for a healthy recovery.

Steve is the first reported case among our local elected officials. Here is the updated statement from last night:

According to San Diego County officials, there are 105 confirmed cases as of yesterday.

You can check data monitored from the County on their website here.
We are all monitoring the day-to-day on the Coronavirus pandemic. If anything changes, we’ll be sure to let you know!

Again, please send positive thoughts, good vibes, and well-wishes to Steve and his family during this time.

Be safe and healthy,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

March 22 – Meeting Canceled

Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. Even tiny insects survive by mutual cooperation based on innate recognition of their interconnectedness. It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence. Therefore we need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.

– Dalai Lama

In light of recent events regarding COVID-19, we have decided to cancel our March meeting out of concern for containing the spread of the virus.  Our community in Point Loma/Ocean Beach is home to many who are especially at risk for adverse outcomes.

Like the Dalai Lama says above, we need each other! Most of us are involved in Democratic politics because we want to see values like compassion and inclusiveness reflected in the government we choose. Let’s all remember to smile at each other (you can do this from 6+ feet away!) be generous with others, and support our community as best we can:

  • Shop at locally owned food stores/restaurants or member-owned co-ops rather than big chains. The consequences of quarantine have the potential to be catastrophic for small business owners. 
  • Use your time off to make calls or send texts in support of candidates heading to the general election in November. 
  • Consider that others may not be able to afford to “stock up” and that empty stores due to overshopping will make things more difficult for people with limited purchasing power or limited time to shop. 

Finally, if you are personally in need of anything, members are standing by. We look forward to seeing you in-person at a future meeting! 

Love to you as we create the good future together, 

Merrin Muxlow, President Point Loma Democratic Club

Blue Wave Brunch Postponed

In response to best advice from local and state health experts, our Blue Wave Brunch, scheduled for March 14th, was postponed to a date to be determined. The health and safety of our club members and our community is, and will remain, our number one concern. 

To those holding tickets: Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and our 126 ticket holders. Thank you for your support. Your tickets remain valid and you will be advised of the new date when it is determined.  

To those who missed a chance to buy a ticket or a sponsorship, or had a schedule conflict, you will have a new opportunity to participate in what promises to be an outstanding event for our club. 

Your Blue Wave Brunch Committee remains committed to providing the BEST BRUNCH EVER.  For details, watch for the Coronado Democratic Club newsletter.

For questions, contact Susan Marrinan, [email protected].

Check On Your Strong Friends

Democrats for Equality,

It’s a crazy time for all of us, but I wanted to reach out and see how everyone is doing in this crazy new world we live in.

Yesterday, Councilmember Monica Montgomery announced that she was self-isolating and that her older cousin had passed away as a result from COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with Councilmember Montgomery and her family during this time, and we thank her for working tirelessly for our city.

If this Coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything — aside from best practices on crisis management — it’s probably the need to make sure we do our part to reach out and check-in with our friends and family.

Especially, our older club members.

Speaking of crisis management for a second, can we acknowledge the pro-active, life-saving work of Governor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and Council President Georgette Gomez — such a stark contrast compared to Trump and his administration.

Please let me know if there’s anything you need: supplies, food, medicine, movie and binge-watching recommendations… on that note, I highly recommend “Knives Out” if you haven’t seen it — it was one of my favorite movies from last year.

Hopefully, none of you are lonely — but feel free to reach out if you’re feeling stir crazy.

Check on your strong friends.

Check on your quiet friends.

Check on your happy friends.

Check on your creative friends.

Check on each other.

Words to live by.

Love you all,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality