Dems for Equality eNews

Tuesday, November 4, 2013  

New Club Website Launched
The Executive Board recently contracted with club member Mark Maestrone to revamp the club's website, and although additions and refinements are still in progress, the new site is now live! 
Check out the site at

Your feedback is encouraged.  Send your input to


Volunteer for David Alvarez for Mayor!

About half of San Diego voters are expected to vote by mail in the special mayoral election, so volunteers are needed now to get out the word for our endorsed candidate, David Alvarez!


David is a longtime supporter of neighborhoods and working families. He has never been afraid to fight for our communities, even when that means taking a stand against the establishment. You can check out his blueprint for getting San Diego back on track here.


We can make the difference needed to get David into the runoff and elected as Mayor. Please join other Club members and Democrats throughout the county in volunteering for his campaign. 


You can make calls from home. Just go to, read the instructions, register with your email address, and enter the password sandiego to begin calling. 


If you'd like to come into the office to make calls or walk precincts, stop by the campaign headquarters located right by our County Party Headquarters. The address is 8316 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 206/212, San Diego, CA 92111. They are open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and during the day weekends.


Feel free to contact the campaign office directly at 619-402-1330. Together we can elect David Alvarez, because We Are San Diego!




  Club Membership Approves the Transformation Task Force 


The Democrats for Equality's Transformation Task Force presented it final report at the October 24 club meeting, and the membership voted unanimously to adopt the report's eleven recommendations.

The membership also approved these bylaw changes to implement the Task Force recommendations: 
  1. The Executive Board will be comprised of five elected officers: President, Vice President for Political Action, Vice President for Resource Development, Secretary and Treasurer.
  2.  For 2014, all five positions will be elected. Starting in 2015, the Vice President for Political Action and the Treasurer will be elected for two-year terms. Effective in 2016, the President, Vice President for Resource Development and Secretary will be elected for two-year terms.   
  3. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President for Resource Development shall serve as President until a special election is held to fill the vacancy.
  4. The President will appoint a Past President to chair the Nominating Committee.  If a Past President is not available to serve, the President may appoint another club member, preferably a former club officer, to chair the committee. Three additional members will be elected by the membership at the October meeting.  
  5. The Nominating Committee shall report it nominees at the club meeting. preceding the club election, which will be held at the February meeting.

After approving the bylaws, President Doug Case announced that Past President Stephen Whitburn had agreed to chair the Nominating Committee for the 2014 officers. The membership elected Elaine Graybill, Greg Bolian, William Rodriguez Kennedy and Larry Baza to serve on the committee.  


Click here to read the minutes of the October 24, 2013 club meeting.



Celebration of the Life of Gloria Johnson
Set for Thursday, November 7
The memorial service for longtime Democrats for Equality Board member Gloria Johnson will be held this Thursday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meeting House of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front Street, San Diego 92103. Parking will be available in the church parking lot or the adjacent UCSD Medical Center parking lot.


Dr. Ashish T. Agrawal & Bryan H. Wildenthal 
Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins 
Laurie Black 
Eric Isaacson & Susan Weaver 
Chris Kehoe & Julie Warren 
Don Mullen & John Logan 
Dr. Bob Pedrick & Josť Guzman 
Craig Roberts 
Stephanie J. Swift


Thank you for your continuing support of San Diego Democrats for Equality.

Doug Case Signature
Doug Case, President 
San Diego Democrats for Equality 
Defending LGBT Equality since 1975