2nd Club Meeting + Costume Party This Thursday!

Democrats for Equality,

First off, thank you again for all the wonderful birthday wishes yesterday and over the weekend. I’m still making my way through responding to every one.

Our next club meeting is this Thursday (Oct. 24) , and since we are getting close to Halloween, there’s no better time to attend a club meeting all dressed up in costume! Our second meeting this month will be held at 6:30pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.

Aside from a costume party, we will be considering endorsements for:

  • San Diego City Attorney (Friendly Incumbent)
  • County Board of Supervisors District 1
  • Chula Vista City Council District 4

Last week, club members voted to incorporate ranked-choice voting, joining our friends at San Diego County Young Democrats , San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action , and San Diego Labor Democratic Club as adopting that practice to determine our club endorsements.

The only hiccup in this new process is that a number of club members have expressed displeasure about the forced stop-count after tabulating only three rounds. Counting only three rounds of voting was made as an amendment to the bylaws proposal at last week’s meeting.

Any potential action to undo that change may need to be voted on at the November meeting due to Bylaw noticing requirements, however I’m not opposed to having a quick discussion about that at Thursday’s meeting.

Also, part of the changes that were voted on at the meeting changed our “Acceptable” rating to “Qualified.” The rating of “Unacceptable” was not changed.

Speaking of “Unacceptable” ratings… I did receive requests from several club members to entertain a discussion to consider rating Manny Rodriguez “unacceptable” for County Board of Supervisors in District 2. This item was listed on the Facebook event from last week, but neglected to include on the agenda, so we will be discussing that on Thursday.

For what it’s worth, the County Democratic Party recently voted to negatively rate Manny Rodriguez.

All things to discuss on Thursday. Remember to dress in your best Halloween costume… like this guy below!

I love you all,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

2 Club Meetings This Month! Oct. 17 & 24

Democrats for Equality,

Our next club meeting is this Thursday (Oct. 17), and we will have a meeting next Thursday (Oct. 24) as well. Both meetings will be held at 6:30pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.

Last month, we introduced proposed Bylaws language here including language for ranked-choice voting.

Our friends at the San Diego County Young Democrats and the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action have already embraced this style for their endorsement recommendations.

We have also included proposing to change the “Acceptable” rating moniker to “Qualified” much like the County Democratic Party did a couple of years ago.

“Unacceptable” is open to interpretation. Changing it to “Unqualified” I suppose works, but we could propose to change it to something much more… I dunno… negative, perhaps? “Reject” comes to mind. Let me know your thoughts.

For our club meeting this week, aside from voting to adopt ranked-choice voting, we will be considering endorsements for County Board of Education, and re-considering weighing a position in Congressional District 53.

We want to thank everyone who came out to our Democratic presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues last week! It was very well attended! Special shout out to our co-hosts HRC San Diego and the San Diego County Democratic Party!

Finally, some fairly significant political news occurred over the last week.

I swear this started off as a small news item, but I couldn’t stop typing out thoughts on this… so here goes…

Voice of San Diego reported that District Attorney Summer Stephan left the Republican Party. Which is great, I guess. Maybe.

As VOSD pointed out, the local Republican Party has been losing a prominent elected official every quarter of this year.

Although apparently, Summer Stephan has always been “independent” but had no problem accepting, promoting, and using the Republican Party’s endorsement to her benefit throughout the 2018 election. Summer Stephan had no problem using anti-Semitic tropes and memes against the campaign of our party’s endorsed candidate, Genevieve Jones-Wright.

Back in April, the San Diego Union-Tribune’s editorial board expressed disappointment in Stephan directing the District Attorney’s office to end-run around criminal justice reforms bills making their way through the legislature.

Our roster of local legislators have been leading efforts to pass criminal justice reform bills, none more notable than AB 392 by our own Dr. Shirley Weber.

Last month, Stephan expressed outrage over limited testing standards used to clear a back log of rape kits. Well-placed outrage mind you — she should be outraged! However, a backlog of 1,700 rape kits didn’t just become a flashpoint issue in September of 2019.

Seriously, where was this outrage over the backlog of rape kits during her “15 years of management and leadership experience” allegedly fighting sexual exploitation under Bonnie Dumanis’s tenure, and during her first two years as District Attorney?

Summer Stephan is no longer a Republican. That’s fine — she’s some sort of independent. However, her commitment to criminal justice reform is lackluster at best. Yes, she’s left Trump’s party behind — but, she certainly is not the gold standard of lifting up our party’s progressive values should she decide to circle the Democratic bubble next time she visits the DMV.

There is a reason our Democratic Party, our San Diego Democrats for Equality club, and so many of us proudly supported Genevieve Jones-Wright. We had her back.

The District Attorney is up for election again in 2022. There should be a Democratic candidate in that race, and it will be decided by a November electorate.

I love you all,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

October 27 – Assembly District 78 Endorsement Meeting

At our meeting on Sunday, Octoberer 27, 2019, Point Loma & Ocean Beach Dems will consider endorsing a candidate for Assembly District 78. This district includes all of Point Loma and Ocean Beach and is currently held by Todd Gloria. Read more about the demographics of the 78th here. This is an opportunity for us to ask questions and hear from each of the Democratic candidates during a moderated forum. Please read up on the candidates and bring your questions.

Candidates for Assembly District 78 are:

Only members in good standing will be allowed to vote for the endorsement. If you renewed your membership prior to March 31, 2019, you will be eligible to vote. If you renewed your membership after March 31, 2019 or became a new member, you are only eligible to vote if you have attended a club meeting/event since you renewed/joined. If you renewed or joined at a meeting/event, that counts and you will be eligible to vote. If you are not sure of your status, feel free to ask by emailing [email protected].


  • Officer reports
    • President
    • VP
    • Treasurer
    • Refreshments Chair
    • Membership Chair
  • Membership renewals start from November 1, 2019 for the important election year
  • New Business


At our November 24, 2019 meeting, we will consider endorsing candidates for San Diego Superior Court Judges, offices 18, 30 and 36. We’ll hear from the candidates as well as learn why these are important elections that we should spread awareness of to our friends, family and communities.

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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October 27, 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.

October 21 – Endorsements

New Meeting Start Time

We are moving the meeting time to start promptly at 6:30 PM.
Social time will be from 6:00PM to 6:30PM.

Because our agenda is completely full, we will not be able to give candidates (not on the agenda) time at the beginning of the meeting, as we usually do, to address our members but we may have time at the end of the meeting. We encourage candidates to come to the Social Time so that they may talk directly to club members before the meeting starts.

Chaired by Yvonne Elkin, Endorsement Committee Chair

We will attempt to endorse in the following races:

  • San Diego City Council District 1 – Aaron Brennan, Joe LaCava, Harid Puentes, Louis Rodolico, James P Rudolph (newly announced)
  • San Diego Community College Board District D (Friendly Incumbent): Mary Graham
  • San Diego City Council District 7 – Raul Campillo, Wendy Wheatcroft

The following candidates did not respond or return their questionnaires, so will not be considered for endorsement:

  • Will Moore – City Council D1
  • Monty McIntyre – City Council D7
  • Sharon Larios – City Council D7
  • Kevin Beiser – City Council D7
  • David Greco – City Council D7 withdrew his candidacy

Proposed Endorsements for November

  • San Diego City Council District 3 – Toni Duran, Adrian Kwiatkowski, Chris Olsen, Stephen Whitburn
  • San Diego City Council District 5 – Marni Von Wilpert, Isaac Wang, Gary Westerburg,
  • Chula Vista City Council D4 – Andrea Cardenas, Delfina Gonzales, Rudy Ramirez

Officer Reports

  • Treasurer, Rosamond Blevins
  • Secretary, Cathy Hyatt
  • Social Committee Chair, Kate Bishop

Taking a short break from politics, the Woman’s Club will join the Moxie Theatre for HANDBAGGED on Friday November 8th.

Call the Box Office 858-598-7620 to buy tickets, to make sure they come out of the reserved block of tickets and that they have the correct discount. When you call, please indicate that you are purchasing tickets with the Democratic Woman’s Club. The Box Office is open Mon-Thurs from 9am-1pm.

Reserved for our group are 20 tickets for Friday, November 8th. (We encourage members who are MOXIE subscribers, to change their tickets to 11/8.) The prices will be Adult $25.75 and Senior/Student/Military $22.50. This includes a 35% discount per ticket.

It was a hit in London’s West End, and won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. It crossed the ocean and received rave reviews in DC and NYC. Now it’s making its West Coast Premiere in San Diego. Moira Buffini (playwright and screenwriter of hit HULU series Harlots) has crafted an extraordinary theatrical experience with her new play Handbagged, playing Oct 19 – Nov 17 at MOXIE Theatre.

Nobody knows what happened behind palace doors during the eleven years of weekly meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and the U.K.’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (a.k.a The Iron Lady.) In this incredible premiere, four of San Diego’s most sought after performers take the stage as the two British icons, as the audience is taken on a wild ride from 1979-1990 with a cast of characters that includes everyone from palace footmen to Ronald and Nancy Regan.

Please let Moxie staff member Jessamyn know if you have any questions.



We meet at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

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 there by 6PM and available to talk and answer questions.

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

Notes from September 2019 Meeting – Endorsements

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
Monday, September 16, 2019, Monthly Meeting, Elijah’s Restaurant

Welcome members, guests, elected officials, and candidates.

  • President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 6:30PM


  • Approval of agenda (Motion: Gretchen Newsom).
  • Motion (Ruth Rollins) to amend agenda removing CA District 53 from endorsement consideration. Passed 47- 27.

Meeting turned over to Endorsement Committee

  • Chaired by Lucille Toniolo.

CA Assembly District 77 – Brian Maienschein

  • Motion to endorse by acclamation (M: Ruth Rollins). Divided voice vote.
  • Motion to vote by paper ballets (M: Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield). Passed. Endorsed.

CA Assembly District 78 – Sarah Davis, Micah Perlin, Chris Ward

  • No candidate received 60% of votes
  • Motion to rate Sarah Davis acceptable (M: Kate Bishop)
    • Amendment to motion to include Chris Ward as acceptable (M: Doug Case). Amendment passes
    • Amendment to add Micah Perlin as acceptable (M: Mahamed Abdulahi) Amendment fails
  • Amended motion passes rating both Sarah Davis and Chris Ward acceptable.

CA Assembly District 79 – Dr. Shirley Weber (friendly endorsement)

  • Motion to endorse by acclamation (M: Dave Myers) – Passed unanimously

Congressional District 51 – Aeiramique Glass Blake, Juan Vargas

  • Motion to endorse Aeiramique Glass Blake by acclamation (M: Katie Meyer) – passed unanimously

October Endorsement Calendar: Attempt to endorse in the following races: 

  • San Diego City Council D1 – Aaron Brennan, Joe LaCava, Will Moore, Harid Puentes, Louis Rodolico
  • San Diego Community College District D – Mary Graham (friendly incumbent)
  • San Diego City Council D7 – Raul Campillo, Wendy Wheatcroft, Sharon Larios, Monty McIntyre

Unanimous approval of October endorsement calendar 

The following business occurred between endorsements and during vote counts:

Officers’ Reports

President’s Report, Susan Peinado – 1619 Exhibit at the San Diego Women’s Museum Event, October 3, 6pm.

External Vice President, Ramla Sahid – Surveillance cameras update.

Internal Vice President, Dr. Becca Miller – Tacos and Beers Fundraiser, TBD.

Treasurer, Rosamond Blevins – Balance of account. Donation to Casa Cornelia.

Secretary, Cathie Hyatt – No report.

Communications Chair, John Loughlin – No report.

Social Committee Chair, Kate Bishop – DWC Theatre Night!  Dance Nation.


• Happy Birthday to CA Assemblywoman, Dr. Shirley Weber.
• Michelle Krug – CADEM Pre-endorsements: October 5.
• Angela De Joseph WOC Media Radio Show: Saturdays, 1pm, KNSJ 89.1FM

Candidates Remarks

  • Elizabeth Lavertu – Candidate for California State Assembly District 71
  • Michelle Gomez – Candidate for Oceanside City Council District 4
  • Sara Jacobs – Candidate for US Congress District 53

Meeting adjourned: 9:00pm 

Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, October 21, 2019, Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

Reminder about our October meeting this Wednesday 10/9

Dear Friends and Members of the Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club,

Just a reminder that our meeting this month is this week Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30.

We will be going Macro this month and look at Federal issues, we will be inviting candidates for federal offices to attend and while we will not be making endorsement it will be a good time to get to know our future leaders better! Today as I write this there is so much happening at the national level. I have no doubt this will prove to be a lively evening, please join us!

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