La Jolla Democratic Club

May ’19 Books

This Month’s Book Recommendations

Against Charity, by Julie Wark and Daniel Raventos
AK Press (January 9th 2018)
Charity is not a gift. Gift-giving implies reciprocity, an ongoing relationship. When requital is impossible, the act of giving remains outside mutual ties and charity becomes yet another manifestation of class structure, a sterile one-way act upholding the status quo.
Vacuuming up all the profits thanks to a weak labor movement, lower taxes, and tax havens (thanks, lobbyists and loathsome politicians!), the global elite then turn around and remake the world in their own image with charitable donations that speak more of mean-spiritedness than generosity. Postmodern versions of nineteenth-century charity aim to keep wealth and power in a few hands, mocking our desire for greater income equality.
Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark argue for an unconditional universal basic income above the poverty line and paid for by progressive taxation to both eradicate poverty and empower recipients—the result being the human right of material existence. The burning issue is not charity but justice. More


The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank
Published by AK Press (January 4th 2019)
The world as we know it is undergoing a sudden and violent transformation, unlike anything the planet has experienced since the Cretaceous Extinction. The evidence is all around us: vast droughts that last decades, super-storms and floods that destroy cities, dwindling aquifers, vanishing glaciers, toxic water supplies, raging wildfires, obscure new diseases, vanishing species and indigenous communities. Our planet is changing faster than evolution can keep up. The forces driving this radical transformation are not natural. The earth has been brought to the brink by a greed-based predatory economic system that chews up anything in its path and spits it out to the bitter end. Environmental journalists Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank take you on a sobering field trip through the danger zones; from the strip mines of Appalachia to last refuge of the grizzly, from the dirty fracking fields to the world’s most dangerous place, the Hanford Nuclear Site in the Pacific Northwest. The Big Heat charts the battle lines for the future of the planet, from corporate villains to corrupt politicians and the fearless environmentalists who are standing up against the pillaging. This is an unflinching chronicle of the last fight that really matters. More

Spring Valley & Lemon Grove Democratic Club

Our Monthly Meeting on May 15th (note we are one week later this month)

Dear friends and members of the Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club,

Our meeting is on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:30.

This month is going to be a exciting one! We are having a joint meeting this month with the San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action. The topic will be an update on the Cottonwood sand mine in Rancho San Diego. We will be providing refreshments so if you can please bring something to share with our members and guests.

Please Note we are at a different Location this month we will be at the Lemon Grove Community Center on 3146 School Lane, Lemon Grove 91945

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club

San Diego Democrats for Equality

Announcing Club Elections for Area Representatives!

Democrats for Equality,

At last week’s meeting, we adopted a bylaw change to include Area Representatives onto our club’s Executive Board. This change fulfills an opportunity to diversify, and fully reflect representation from across San Diego County.

As our LGBT community’s political influence has grown from outside of just Central San Diego, we can now ensure that voices from North County, South County, and East County have a seat at the table.

This means we will be holding elections for these 4 new positions at our next club meeting on Thursday, May 16.

These four new Area Representative positions are:

  • North Area Representative
  • South Area Representative
  • East Area Representative
  • Metro West Area Representative

Aside from being a club member in good standing, you must live or reside in the respective area you wish to represent. Area Representatives shall provide assistance, guidance, and input to the club’s Executive Board regarding the club’s affairs, events, and meetings, as necessary.

(Ryan, what are the boundaries!?)

Great question! The area boundaries are specified in the San Diego County Democratic Party’s Policies & Procedures on page 13, Section VII regarding Areas and Caucuses.

Although, since you asked so nicely… and I’m feeling generous… I’ll spell out the boundaries below by zipcodes:

  • The North Area includes 92003, 92007, 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011, 92014, 92024, 92025, 92026, 92027, 92028, 92029, 92054, 92055, 92056, 92057, 92058, 92059, 92060, 92061, 92064, 92067, 92069, 92075, 92078, 92081, 92082, 92083, 92084, 92091, 92096, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92672
  • The South Area includes 91902, 91910, 91911, 91913, 91914, 91915, 91932, 91950, 92113, 92114, 92118, 92135, 92136, 92139, 92154, 92155, 92173
  • The East Area includes 91901, 91905, 91906, 91916, 91917, 91931, 91934, 91935, 91941, 91942, 91945, 91948, 91962, 91963, 91977, 91978, 91980, 92004, 92019, 92020, 92021, 92036, 92040, 92065, 92066, 92070, 92071, 92086
  • The Metro West Area includes 92037, 92038, 92092, 92093, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92131, 92134, 92140, 92145, 92147

If you are interested, or know a club member who may be interested, or have any questions about running for these positions, please e-mail me at[email protected].

Be sure to save the date for the meeting! Happy elections!

Speaking of elections… in case you missed it, we issued our first 2020 endorsements at our last club meeting!

We are proud to have endorsed Council President Georgette Gomez for re-election to the San Diego City Council in District 9!

As you can see from the event flyer above, she is holding a campaign kick-off fundraiser this Saturday, April 27 from 3pm to 5pm. Address provided upon RSVP.

And, we are also proud to have endorsed Todd Gloria for San Diego Mayor!
I mentioned in our club’s announcement, our endorsement of Todd Gloria for Mayor stands as a testament to our club’s history and growth.

So many of you have often repeated our club’s history… from the early days of closed meetings inside various living rooms for fear of being outed, to our legendary trailblazers like Al Best, Neil Good, Christine Kehoe, and Toni Atkins.

In this upcoming, historic election for Mayor, it will be up to us to help make the case that Todd Gloria is the right leader for this moment in history.

This is happening in less than two weeks! Join us for Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch!

It will be held Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

I personally paid for one of the $150 Host Committee spots because there’s this whole thing about leading by example.

We would like to thank our amazing Host Committee (thus far) for this event:

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria
  • San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell
  • San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward
  • Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher
  • Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Councilmember Joe Mosca
  • Imperial Beach City Councilmember Mark West
  • San Diego Community College Trustee Craig Milgrim
  • County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • Club President Ryan Trabuco
  • Club Vice President for Resource Development Amy Kuhn
  • Club Vice President for Political Action Susan Guinn
  • Club President Emeritus Doug Case
  • Club President Emeritus Stephen Whitburn
  • Club Member John Tedstrom
  • Club Member Toni Duran

Whew! Lots of incredible names for our Host Committee! Thank you family (insert smile emoji here) (insert heart emoji here)

If you don’t see your name there, then we would love to have you be apart of this incredible event. Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and it’s apparently already a smashing success! We set out what I thought was an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 — and we blew past that well over a week ago.

We are well north of $3,000 for this event, so let’s keep the ticket purchases coming!

Finally, our County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner is coming up for Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme is “Building Power for the People!”

Our club is putting together a nice basket for the silent auction item for attendees to bid on, and we are expected to have at least one table (maybe two) depending on how many club members purchase tickets to the dinner.

If you wanna sit with us, please purchase a ticket to the Roosevelt Dinner here. Also, be sure to list Dems 4 Equality under table affiliation.

Hot take: the vegan ravioli last year was pretty good!

Announcing my complimentary close to these e-mails,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

San Diego Democrats for Equality

Club Issues First 2020 Endorsements!

Democrats for Equality,

Last night’s club meeting resulted in our first two endorsements for the 2020 election cycle!

We are proud to have endorsed Council President Georgette Gomez for re-election in Council District 9, and we are excited to announce our endorsement for Todd Gloria to be our next San Diego Mayor!

We want to thank fellow mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and Tasha Williamson for participating and answering some excellent questions put forth by our members about San Diego’s future.

San Diego Democrats for Equality’s endorsement for Todd Gloria stands as a testament to our club’s history and growth.

From the early days of closed meetings inside various living rooms for fear of being outed, to trailblazers like Al Best, Neil Good, Christine Kehoe, and Toni Atkins.

Now, we have the opportunity to elect one of our own as Mayor.

For real this time. Toni Atkins and Todd Gloria have been Mayor before, both times during an unprecedented crisis of leadership at City Hall — and they both thrived.

This time, it’s the people’s decision to elect the next chief executive and leader of our city. It will be up to us to help make the case that Todd Gloria is the right leader for this moment in history.

Let’s tackle the housing crisis head-on. Let’s end homelessness. Let’s build a world-class public transportation system. Let’s address the climate crisis. Let’s ensure public safety in every community by demanding accountability. Let’s provide equitable resources and attention to every neighborhood.

Our club’s motto says it best: our members make history.

Let’s make history with Todd Gloria as our next Mayor.

In Solidarity,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Point Loma & OB Dems

Apr 21 – Tasha Williamson – Criminal Justice Reform & Compassion Project

Tasha Williamson is the co-founder of The Compassion Project, a small group of community activists who support families when they lose a loved one to violence. She was named “Voice of the Year” for 2018 by Voice of San Diego and recently announced her campaign for Mayor at the San Diego Women’s March.

“Tasha Williamson is what some officials derisively call an “agitator,” and she seems to welcome the attack. She’s also a capable and effective spokesperson for neighborhoods of color.”

Voice of San Diego

“Tasha Williamson is a community advocate who is ready to take what she’s learned and translate it to public office…You may have heard of her work with the San Diego Compassion Project or other community efforts to support San Diegans who need help fighting for their rights, justice or resources to thrive in San Diego.”

San Diego Union Tribune

Votes regarding letters of support for the following legislation:

Support  AB392 –Peace officers: deadly force.
– Introduced by Weber & McCarty

This bill is to raise the minimum standard requirement that allows police officers to use deadly force on civilian from “reasonable” to “necessary”. This law has not changed since 1872. If passed, the police officer will be required to exhaust all alternative tactics including de-escalation first.

Support ACA6– Elections: disqualification of electors
– Introduced by McCarty, Bonta, Gonzalez, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove & Weber

This bill is to restore the voting right of felons who have completed their sentence & are currently on parole.

Template for support letter available here.

Support AB1076 – Criminal records: automatic relief 
– Introduced by Ting

This bill is to eliminate the complicated court process of expunging arrest & conviction records & make it automatic. This law will only apply to cases that are already eligible to be expunged.  

Template for support letter available here.

Votes regarding letters of opposition for the following legislation:

Oppose SB230– Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies
– Introduced by Caballero

This bill requires POST to develop training. However, this training only includes “adequate consideration” of a list of subjects but without any specificity as to what that training should look like. In addition, this bill does not require that any officer actually go through the training.

Template for oppose letter available here.

We will also discuss upcoming bylaw revisions and local events.

Our meetings are CHILD FRIENDLY- we will have toys, coloring books, snacks, etc. in a “kid space” at the rear of the meeting hall.


April 21, 2019
4:00PM – 5:30PM

Point Loma Assembly,  3035 Talbot Street, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)

For additional info call (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 we suggest adjourning to the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr to continue our progressive conversation. Happy Hour is until 6:30pm.

Democratic Woman's Club of San Diego County

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County Dependent Care Grant

The Mission of the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is to support and promote Democratic Party principles & platforms, including equality of opportunity, a level playing field, and fair and equal treatment for all.

The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is committed to supporting female candidates and amplifying women’s voices in local and national politics. Women, particularly women of color, shoulder the vast majority of dependent care in our families, city, and nation, and our work as caregivers can create a significant barrier to our entry into local politics. In San Diego, the average rate for a babysitter is $15 per hour and many political gatherings – Democratic clubs, Central Committee meetings, Community Towns and Councils, School Boards, and various campaign events – take place on weekends or after regular school or daycare hours. Following a 2018 FEC ruling caregivers may now use campaign funds to pay for childcare. However, this doesn’t solve the problem of childcare for women who are interested in becoming more active in their community’s political life but are not campaigning for office. Moreover, it creates an unfair cost burden for female candidates that their male counterparts more often than not do not have to shoulder.

To address this issue, the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is proud to institute a pilot Dependent Care Grant. The grant may be used to defray the cost of dependent care incurred as part of attending any political event that either (1) Supports a Democratic woman’s candidacy for any elected office, or (2) Supports a Democratic woman’s attendance or involvement in any local political meeting or event that would further their inclusion in local politics and decision making.

We understand that the costs of dependent care are legion, and so a broad scope of activities are eligible for coverage under this grant. This includes not only the cost of a babysitter for an evening or afternoon, but the cost of shipping breastmilk for nursing mothers who wish to attend a convention or meeting away from their infant, the cost of rental car seats for women who are traveling with their children, or the cost of bringing a dependent or caregiver to an event.

Some of these costs may not have occurred to many readers – whether the cost of childcare today, or the invisible lengths that nursing mothers go to to both feed their children and fully participate in the civic life of our community. But we are on the brink of a brave new world – more and more women are running for public office while still mothering young children. The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County is thrilled with what this means for issues that have been overlooked for too long because they are not part of the daily life of the majority of our legislators. We are fully committed to doing whatever it takes to bring more voices to the tables of power, and we are pleased to offer every boost or folding chair at our disposal to help that happen.

We encourage other civic entities, political and otherwise, to follow our lead. As of January 2019 federal candidates are now able to use campaign funds for child care costs. The policy for local and state candidates is more ambiguous, and so in addition to making funds available we encourage others to join us in pushing recently introduced legislation, co-sponsored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, to allow for the unambiguous use of these funds for all political candidates.  One grant for one evening is both a huge step and a small drop in the bucket. Meaningful change will take all of us, and we invite everyone who is able and willing to join us.