Dems for Equality eNews

Wednesday, January 29, 2014   



Congratulations to Toni Atkins
California's Next Speaker of the Assembly!  

Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins has been unanimously chosen by her Assembly Democratic colleagues to succeed Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly.

With her selection as Speaker, Toni becomes only the second Democratic woman and second member of the LGBT community to hold the post.

Toni represents the coastal 78th Assembly District in San Diego and was elected to the Assembly in 2010 following eight years on the San Diego City Council. In 2005, she served for several months with distinction as Acting Mayor following the resignation of Mayor Dick Murphy.

A native of Appalachian Virginia, Toni moved to San Diego in 1985. She worked as Director of Clinic Services for of the WomanCare Health Center in Hillcrest, and later served on the staff of City Councilmember Christine Kehoe, San Diego's first LGBT elected official.

Atkins is known as a passionate supporter of affordable housing, assistance for the homeless, reproductive justice, access to health care, LGBT equality, and issues affecting veterans. She considers the San Diego Democrats for Equality as her political home, and served as the club's Executive Vice President in the early 1990's.

Atkins currently lives in the South Park/Golden Hill community of San Diego with her spouse Jennifer LeSar and their dogs, Haley and Joey.

In case you missed it, click here to read the profile of Toni published on the front page of the UT-San Diego last Sunday. 




  Club members joined Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins

a recent precinct walk in North Park and Hillcrest.


Help David Win!


Join Hon. Toni Atkins and Hon. Christine Kehoe

and Very Special Guest, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria

for an  

LGBT Fund-Raising Reception 

in support of David Alvarez for Mayor 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery

2165 India Street, Little Italy 

$100 Guest / $250 Host / $500 Sponsor

Please RSVP to Ashley: 858-449-2882


or Larry Baza: 858-405-9903

Click here to Download the Invitation
Click here to Donate Online


Recent polls shows Democrat David Alvarez in a virtual tie with special-interest-backed Republican opponent -- meaning what you and I do now will determine the outcome on February 11

The campaign's Kearny Mesa headquarters is at 8316 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 212, San Diego, 92111 (in the same office complex as the County Democratic Party Headquarters). Precinct walks are scheduled every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. or Sunday at 12:30 p.m.  The campaign also organizes phonebanks every night from 3 to 8 p.m. Click here
to sign up to volunteer or call at 619-420-1330.  


If you'd prefer to make calls from home anywhere in the county, go to for info on how to get started.


Click here to donate to the campaign. Any amount would really help.  




  Carol Kim for City Council

Club Endorses Carol Kim 

for San Diego City Council, District 6

The club unanimously endorsed Carol Kim for the open Sixth District seat on the San Diego City Council. Carol began her career as a public school teacher in the inner city of Los Angeles and currently works for an education non-profit.  She is involved with the Mira Mesa Town Council and Clairemont Town Council and is also an active member of several Democratic Clubs, including San Diego Democrats for Equality. For more information about Carol, click here to visit her campaign website.  

Dr. Ashish T. Agrawal & Bryan H. Wildenthal 
Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins 
Laurie Black 
Eric Isaacson & Susan Weaver 
Chris Kehoe & Julie Warren
John McConnell & James Kinney 
Don Mullen & John Logan 
Dr. Bob Pedrick & José 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