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Tuesday, July 1, 2014   

Join us for Pride!

 Dems for Equality Pride Kick-off Reception set for July 17th


Dems for Equality is returning to Great Maple for our reception to kick-off Pride Weekend right. Say hello and catch up with your favorite Democratic officeholders and candidates; sample some of the fantastic complimentary appetizers you remember from last year's event; and just relax with your Club friends. 


The event is free to Sustaining, Sponsoring and Patron members.  $25 for everyone else.  Great Maple's wait staff is available for drink purchases.


Thursday, July 17th

5:00 - 7:00 PM


Great Maple

1451 Washington Street in Hillcrest


RSVP HERE  or send your check made out to Democrats for Equality to:


Democrats for Equality

PO Box 33050

San Diego  CA  92115


Upper Level Members RSVP HERE





 Dems for Equality Calls for Election Reform


San Diego Democrats for Equality called on the County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego City Council to reform local procedures which currently restrict voter participation on important issues coming before the City and County. At its June 26th meeting regarding Nullification   Politics, Dems for Equality heard from Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council President; Richard Barrera, Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial County Labor Council; and Georgette Gomez, from the recently defeated Yes on B & C (Barrio Logan Community Plan) campaign. Each of them gave their own take on some of the recent examples of the phenomena and Todd Gloria filled the attendees in on the background, negotiations and future steps for the minimum wage and paid sick leave proposal currently before the Council.


The Club adopted two resolutions addressed to the City Council and another two addressed to County Board of Supervisors aimed at increasing voter participation in local electoral politics.

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Resolution One would require that citizen proposed Initiatives and Referendums be placed only on General Election ballots - when voter participation is highest. Dems for Equality President David Warmoth said, "If citizens feel strongly enough about an issue to gather signatures to put it on the ballot, why shouldn't San Diego follow the   lead of the State of California and put that issue before the voters when   they vote in the highest numbers - during the November General Election."


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Resolution Two would also put the City and County in line with the State of California by doing away with the "50% + 1 vote" rule that allows a candidate for local office to be elected by a majority of the votes during a Primary election - regardless of how few voters take part in that Primary. It also calls for races in which only two (or one) candidates qualify for the ballot to be placed on the General election ballot rather than the Primary ballot. According to former San Diego Democratic Party Chair Jess Durfee, "Many citizens only vote in the General election because they assume that Primary elections are only nomination votes to determine who will appear on the November ballot. They don't even know that many important races have already been decided without their vote."





Club Seeking Two Additional Board Members


At last week's meeting, Dems for Equality adopted a By-Laws change that called for two "at-large" Board members.  Board members must be members in good standing of San Diego Dems for Equality.  At-large Board members are expected to attend monthly and specially called Board meetings, as well as manage special projects as requested by the Board.


If you are interested in election to the Board, contact us HERE.




No Special Political Commentary


Just a great picture of Betty's first White House LGBT reception - along with proud dads, Chris and Thom





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You may think you're following us on Twitter, but, you're probably not


There is a Twitter handle out there that has our name and logo - and it even automatically tweets our Facebook posts. It is not however owned by us or managed by anyone currently associated with San Diego Democrats for Equality. If you want to follow us on Twitter - and you should - follow @SDDems4Equality. 

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Dr. Ashish T. Agrawal & Bryan H. Wildenthal 
Assembly SpeakerToni Atkins 
Laurie Black 
Susan Guinn & Denice Feldhaus
Eric Isaacson & Susan Weaver 
Chris Kehoe & Julie Warren
John McConnell & James Kinney 
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.

Self Evident Truths
David Warmoth, President 
San Diego Democrats for Equality 
Defending LGBT Equality since 1975