May 31 – Supporting a Thriving Arts Community in San Diego and Special Guest Todd Gloria

Supporting a Thriving Arts Community in San Diego and Special Guest Assemblymember and Candidate for Mayor, City of San Diego Todd Gloria

Sunday May 31, 4:00-5:30PM

As San Diegans “stay at home,” many have turned to the arts: live-streaming concerts, taking up an artistic hobby or taking virtual museum tours. How can our city support a thriving arts scene? And, how can our artists support a thriving city? 

Join us at our (virtual) May meeting for a discussion on the importance of a resilient arts community and about ways the creative community expands political dialogue within San Diego.

Guest Speakers

  • Zoya Sardashti, Performance Researcher
  • Jacqueline Marino, Exhibitions and Programs Manager, San Diego Art Institute
  • H Puentes, Art/Politics/Tech Innovator

And Special Guest Assemblymember and Candidate for Mayor, City of San Diego Todd Gloria

  • 3:30PM Social Time for Zoom newbies (and pros)
  • 4:00PM Program: Supporting a Thriving Arts Community in San Diego
  • 4:45PM Assemblymember and Candidate for Mayor, City of San Diego Todd Gloria
  • 5:05PM Club reports
  • 5:15PM Breakout rooms
  • 5:25PM Announcements
  • 5:30PM Adjourn

If you’re new to Zoom don’t worry, we’ll help get you into the Social Time and the meeting. We’ll bring everyone up to speed on some of the features of the Zoom application – including polling, voting and breakout rooms.

Bring your own refreshments 🙂 and positive news to share.

Sunday May 31, 4:00PMZoom registration

If you have a problem registering, or joining on the day of the meeting, you can call us on (619) 800-5098, or email [email protected] with your contact details.

May 26 Virtual Meeting

Please join us on Zoom May 26 for our next meeting. Our guests will be Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, Chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party and Steve Padilla, Chula Vista City Councilmen. Both gentlemen were hospitalized in March with Covid-19 and they will share their experiences with us.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy will also discuss the challenges the county party faces to support campaigns now that large gatherings and door to door in person voter contacts are no longer safe.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
Steve Padilla

Please send us a message below if you are interested in attending and we will send you the Zoom link. We will have a social “happy hour” from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and our meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Help Flip the Senate!

Wendy Gelernter of Take Action San Diego recently shared 3 actions we can take to “make sure that we wake up smiling on November 4!”

  1. Join virtual letter writing parties to voters in the swing states of Michigan (5/28) and Iowa (5/30).  It’s a 2 hour commitment, and you get to join in with like-minded people from around the country while writing letters. Sign up here! Sponsored by Swing Left. Letters like these have boosted turnout among Democratic voters by 1.5% – 3.0%.
  2. Phone bank in support of Mark Kelly for Senate in Arizona the weekend of 5/30-5/31. Several 2-hour time slots are available on both days. Sign up here! Sponsored by Mission for Arizona (Arizona Democratic Party).
  3. Provide input on our electoral strategy. Take this 30 second survey to let us know which state or states you think we should be focusing our activism on in the upcoming months. I’ll report back next week! For some background on this issue, you’ll remember that there are about 12 swing states that are most critical for winning the Senate and the Presidency, and holding onto the House in November. We had originally focused on Arizona, because we had planned to make monthly canvassing visits to the state, and it was the closest swing state to San Diego. But now that geography is pretty much irrelevant, we can focus wherever we want. Arizona is still going to be critical (see article below), and even Texas — with 38 electoral votes —  is now in play, based on several recent polls.

In addition the California Democratic Party is organizing a Statewide Day of Action: Help Flip the Senate! on Sunday June 14 from 1-4PM to support Mark Kelly. Register here

Next general meeting June 4th 7pm via Zoom

RL Miller,is a newly elected member of the DNC.  A climate hawk, she is chair of the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus and President of Climate Hawks Vote.

Candidates may be joining us.  This meeting will be for members in Good Standing only.  You can  join or renew here.

The meeting begins at 7pm.  We suggest everyone log on earlier so we can be ready.

May 18 – General Meeting on Zoom

When: Monday, May 18: Meeting starts at 6:30 PM but you can join the Zoom from 6:00 PM, if you need a few minutes to get help getting started. We’ll be there to help everyone get connected.

Where: Zoom registration is required – if you’re a clubmember or participant click here to register ahead of time. All of the details on how to join will be provided – including dial-in details from a landline.

We will also Livestream the meeting on our YouTube channel. Hopefully, we will have someone monitoring the chat to text us relevant questions or comments.

We are fortunate to be able to welcome Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director, Casa Cornelia Law Center 
Carmen Chavez is a San Diego native, and is the first-generation daughter of Mexican immigrants, graduating from San Diego State University with a B.A. degree in Political Science, and then attended law school. Carmen now serves as the Executive Director at Casa Cornelia Law Center, a pro bono law firm in San Diego. Casa Cornelia Law Center provides direct representation in humanitarian immigration applications, including asylum and related relief and protection, special immigrant juvenile status, U and T visas, and VAWA self-petitions and cancellation of removal. 

It is the only legal service provider in San Diego serving detained unaccompanied immigrant children and the primary legal service provider for non-detained unaccompanied children. For the last 20 years, Ms. Chavez has worked at Casa Cornelia in various capacities, initially as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, then Staff Attorney/Program Director/Associate Director, and currently manages the law center overseeing a staff of 30 and a volunteer base of over 400. As a Staff Attorney and then Associate Director, she provided direct representation and mentored volunteers handling cases before the USCIS, EOIR and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Ms. Chavez has served on task forces, committees, working groups and has given numerous presentations and trainings to the legal community, social workers, law enforcement, students, community groups, faith community, parents and clients. Ms. Chavez is a California licensed attorney and a graduate of Loyola Law School. 
To learn more about Casa Cornelia Law Center visit our website at

Since 2019, the immigration landscape has shifted significantly, and even more rapidly during the last few months given the Covid-19 pandemic.  We would like to keep you informed of the changes and how they affect children, families, and asylum seekers seeking legal services and humanitarian protection in Southern California.  

Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in Southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.

We also welcome Sara Jacobs to update us on her campagin and to tell us about her non-profit San Diego for Every Child,

DWC Club Members can do some simple things immediately that will help get us better results in future elections.

Ask everyone you know if they have filled out their Census information.

And ask everyone if they are registered to vote or do they need to change or update their information– Ask these questions of your family members, friends and neighbors.

Chair of our Endorsement Committee, Yvonne Elkin will be updating us on how we will be handling upcoming candidate endorsements for the general election. In this time of COVID-19 and Zoom, we are considering the use of Opavote. The Director of Clubs, John Loughlin will run a quick demo election during the meeting for our consideration.  

There are several upcoming events that are worth your attention.

  • The first one is the PANA #PowerHour conversation on Facebook Live, May 21 @ 5pm PST. This #PowerHour will shed light on the issue of mass surveillance. Specifically, we will be discussing the landscape of surveillance in San Diego and local efforts to establish transparent and responsible local oversight of surveillance technologies.Please see additional information on the flyer attached below.
  • Senator Toni Atkins is hosting an event for our endorsed candidate, Marni Von Wilpert, for San Diego City Council District 5 on Sunday May 31. Marni and State Senator President pro Tempore Toni Atkins will discuss current issues facing San Diego. All are welcome. If making a contribution does not work for you right now, please RSVP directly to Marni at [email protected], instead of using the RSVP link above, to get the Zoom link for the event. PLEASE SEE THE FLYER ATTACHED BELOW for additional information. 

Marni is also continuing her hard work collecting donations for San Diego Homeless Youth Shelters. Cleaning supplies, children’s games/books or grocery story gift cards are most needed.  To arrange a no-contact donation pickup, please text or e-mail Marni at (619)719-5749 [email protected].

As always, if any member has questions or concerns, please feel free to call me. I look forward to ‘seeing you’ on Monday.

Susan Peinado, President
(619) 225-9236
[email protected]

Reminder about this weeks meeting!

Dear Members and Friends,

Spring Valley & Lemon Grove Democratic Club

Due to current Coronavirus Pandemic, our meetings are on video pending uplifting of restrictions.

Meetings are 2nd Wednesdays of the month

May 13, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Guest Speakers: Georgette Gomez & Sara Jacobs

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Spring Valley & Lemon Grove Democratic Club is a social organization promoting and encouraging residents of East County San Diego to visit. We are an informal group of volunteers, dressed casually, residents of Spring Valley and Lemon Grove. We encourage meeting new friends, at the same time investing your time, improving our communities for future generations—our children. Thank you.

We encouraged $20 Annual Dues to support our needed administrative expenses. Please, you send or bring:

· Cash or check to a club meeting

· Mail to Jennifer Mendoza at 7066 San Miguel Avenue Lemon Grove, CA 91945

o Payable: “Spring Valley/Lemon Grove Democratic Club.”

· Online (Jennifer’s PayPal account)

We thank you for your support!

See you on Zoom video this Wednesday
Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club