Notes from August 2019 Meeting – Endorsements & Resolutions

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
Monday, August 19, 2019, Monthly Meeting, Elijah’s Restaurant

Welcome and Introductions

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

Bylaw Change

  • Bylaw change to match Endorsement Policy and confirm threshold to endorse at 60%. Motion passed unanimously.

Meeting turned over to Endorsement Committee

Chair, Yvonne Elkin 

Explanation of Ranked Choice Voting to be used for endorsements with multiple candidates.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 1 (Ranked Choice Voting) – Rafael Castellanos, Ben Hueso (represented by Jessica Hayes), Nora Vargas, Sophia Rodriguez

  • Vote: Nora Vargas endorsed

San Diego Community College Board District B (Friendly Incumbent) – Bernie Rhinerson

  • Vote: Bernie Rhinerson endorsed unanimously

San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 2 – Kenya Taylor

  • Motion to endorse by acclamation (Ruth Rollins)
  • Passed unanimously

San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 3 – Olga Diaz, Terra Lawson-Remer

  • Vote: No candidate reached 60% threshold
  • Motion to rate both candidates acceptable (Cody Peterson) – Passed unanimously

Congressional District 52 (Friendly Incumbent) – Scott Peters

  • Motion to endorse by acclamation (Ruth Rollins)
  • Passed unanimously

September Endorsement Calendar: Motion (Melinda Vasquez) to attempt to endorse in the following races: 

  • Congressional District 51 – Aeiramique Glass Blake, Juan Vargas
  • Congressional District 53 – Jose Caballero, Susan Davis, Joaquin Vazquez
  • CA Assembly District 79 – Dr. Shirley Weber (friendly endorsement)
  • CA Assembly District 77 – Brian Maienschein
  • CA Assembly District – Sarah Davis, Micah Perlin, Chris Ward

Unanimous approval of September endorsement calendar 

The following business occurred between endorsements and during vote counts:

Old Business

  • Motion to sign onto Green New Deal Resolution for Dem Clubs (M: Kate Bishop). Motion passed unanimously.  
  • Motion to delay signing onto “Clean Elections Campaign” (M: Yvonne Elkin). Motion passed unanimously.

Officers’ Reports

Vice President External, Ramla Sahid – no report

Vice President Internal, Dr.Becca Fielding – Miller

  • Dependent Care Grant funds available – details here

Treasurer’s Report, Rosamond Blevins

  • Current balance given
  • 26 new members since last meeting

Secretary’s Report, Cathie Hyatt

  • Reminder of mobile Free Little Library
  • Logo update 

Communications Chair, John Loughlin – no report

Social Committee Chair, Kate Bishop

  • DWC Theatre Night!  Dance Nation, September 13, 8pm, Moxie Theatre.

President’s Report, Susan Peinado

  • Thanks and praise to the Endorsement Committee
  • The Women’s Museum of California will be celebrating Women’s Equality Day in Balboa Park with their annual Suffrage Parade and Rally on August 26, 4:00 PM on the lawn area across from the Organ Pavilion. 
  • Book Club – Dr. Mattingly led discussion on, How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics, at Women’s Museum (thanks to Anne Hoiberg).Next book – We Live for the We, The Political Power of Black Motherhood by Dani McCain. Discussion TBD.

Happy Birthday to Angela de Joseph – WOC Roar Radio Show


  • Doug Case: Governor Gavin Newsome signs AB392
  • Michelle Krug: Regional Director Area 20 – Meeting October 5, 2pm at SD Education Association.
  • Anne Hoiberg: 100 Years Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, August 26, Organ Pavilion, 4pm
  • Christina Perry: Walk for Kenya Taylor, August 24th at 6140 Lake Murray Starbucks 10am till 1pm.


Meeting adjourned: 8:32pm 

Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, September 16, 2019, Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

Darrell Issa Eyes Return to Congress

Democrats for Equality,

Those rumors you’ve been hearing are true… Darrell Issa is eyeing a return to Congress.

Now, before you start thinking, “Mike Levin will crush him…” the Washington Post is reporting that Darrell Issa is launching an exploratory committee for the 50th Congressional District, currently held by the indicted one himself… Duncan Hunter.

Darrell Issa looks to join a host of right-wing conservatives including presumably Duncan Hunter, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, defeated Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, a Temecula city councilmember, and a couple of failed perennial candidates.

Reuse and recycling are good for the environment, but let’s not reuse/recycle old politicians… especially those old politicians overtly hostile to the environment, or to the LGBTQ community.

Obviously, we could all save ourselves the trouble and elect Ammar Campa-Najjar. To donate and/or volunteer for Ammar’s campaign, please visit his campaign website here.

In other news, NBC News reported a couple of weeks ago that the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed Donald Trump for re-election. The ensuing fallout has been… in a word, delicious.

Earlier this week, NBC News also reported that the group’s national executive director has resigned. This also follows the resignation of a board member, and their Washington D.C. chapter president announce that they were leaving the organization.

You know… I could sit here and write a fairly lengthy thesis about all of this. And I started to. Oh, believe me… it was juicy. However, all those words, paragraphs, and biting bon mots now exist only in my memory.
Clearly, the Log Cabin Republicans have made their choice for President: Donald Trump.

Say what you will about our Democratic candidates for President, none of them are as transphobic, as queerphobic, as heartless, as cruel, or as racist as Trump and his administration has been.

That being said, the San Diego Democrats for Equality will have the opportunity at our November meeting to make our choice for President known. At our next meeting, we will discuss using ranked-choice voting to come to that consensus given the number of candidates running.

Our next club meeting will be Thursday, September 19th — and we’ll be again starting at a special time: 6:30pm. The meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.


Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Helix Water Rebate

Dear Friends and Members,Mark Gracyk our elected representative to the Helix Water Board has been kind enough to forward this money saving information to us!
He wanted to make sure you know about this program so you could take advantage of it if should it be right for your household.
He looks forward see you at our meeting in at 13 Points on September 14th!

Smart Leak Detector Rebate Program Flyer_Final.pdf

Cynthia Jurado

Spring Valley Lemon Grove Democratic Club