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Tuesday, February 17, 2015   

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Join Us


In lieu of a February membership meeting, Dems for Equality will get together to watch the Academy Awards telecast this Sunday, February 22nd.

Join the Club for an Oscar viewing party at the home of Denice Feldhaus and Susan Guinn. It's a great opportunity to talk about the movies, clothes, speeches and lack of diversity amongst Academy voters while enjoying food and drink with your Club friends. This year's nominees should provide a good deal of fodder for all.

Please bring a dish to share (finger foods, salads and desserts preferred) and your best knowledge of the nominees. While it's an honor just to be nominated, there will be prizes for picking the winners.

February 22, 2015     3:30 - 7:00 PM


Home of Susan Guinn, Denice Feldhaus and family

2828 Hartford Court

San Diego  CA 92117

Its a beautiful, big home but it can't hold everyone so make sure your spot is assured by telling us how many are coming and what you're bringing HERE.  




The POLLS ARE OPEN for Club Officer Elections 



The Club's By-Laws require officer elections each February.  To ensure continuity on the Executive Board, we elect officers to two year terms with President, Vice-President for Resource Development, Secretary and one At-Large Board Member elected in even years and Vice President for Political Action, Treasurer and one At-Large Board Member in odd years. This year we will elect our Vice President for Political Action, Treasurer and one At-Large Board Member. Because we are not having a regular Club meeting this month, this election will be held online (you may also vote by mail or vote at the Club's Oscar Party on Sunday Feb. 22nd.

Elected candidates will take office at a swearing-in ceremony in March.

Vice President for Political Action. The Vice President for Political Action shall be responsible for coordinating the club's candidate evaluation and shall appoint and the Legislative Advocacy Director.


Treasurer. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the club; receive and disburse funds of the club; prepare an annual budget of anticipated revenues and expenses; provide addenda to the budget as required; report the financial status of the club to the Executive Board on a regular basis; make an annual report to the membership; prepare and submit all required state and federal tax forms and political reports on a timely basis; and provide all information necessary for periodic audits as may be directed by the Executive Board.


At-Large Board Member. At-Large Board members attend and vote at Board and General Membership meetings and events and may be called upon to represent Democrats for Equality at community or Party events. They may be called on to manage committees or events at the request of the President or Board.


Nominated candidates are:

 Vice President, Political Action:  Georgette Gomez

Treasurer:                                       Craig Roberts

At-Large Board Member:               Cindy Green


You may vote for these candidates or any other Club member eligible for election. To be eligible for election the candidate must have been dues-paid members for at least 90 days prior to taking office - i.e. must have been a member in good standing as of December 2014.

Online Voting will remain open through Saturday, February 21st. You can vote online by following the link below or by sending in your choices via US Mail (mail-in votes must be received by Friday, February 20th) to:


San Diego Democrats for Equality

PO Box 33050

San Diego  CA  92163

You can also vote in person at the Club's Oscar Party on Sunday prior to the announcement of the election results.






Club Member Seeking Election to San Jose City Council



Council Candidate Tim Orozco
Long time Club member and former Dems for Equality Board member Tim Orozco is seeking election to an open District 4 seat on the San Jose City Council in a special election to be held April 7th.


Orozco has been endorsed by a host of organizations including the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, the League of Conservation Voters, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, the Sierra Club, and BAYMEC (non-partisan LGBT political action committee).


Because of his long association with, and hard work for the Club, the Club's Board has recommended that the membership endorse Tim's bid for election to the City Council. While we do not anticipate a financial contribution to the campaign, we hope to participate with other San Diego Democrats as co-host of a fundraiser for his campaign in March.


We will set-up an online endorsement vote page for members opening Sunday, 2/22 through Saturday, 28 and we urge all Club members to vote.


For more information about Tim and his candidacy, click HERE.






Is it Time to Re-Up?


The Club depends on membership dues to keep the lights on and promote our candidates and issues to the community. A large number of community members depend on our Voters Guide to help them make an intelligent choice when marking their ballots so your membership renewal is critical to ensure those Guides get into those hands. If your membership has lapsed or if you know you're membership is soon to expire, please re-up now. You might also consider upgrading your membership to a higher level.


You can find out more about the Club's membership levels and benefits online HERE. You can also renew with a credit card there.  If you would prefer to use a check, send the check, made out to Democrats for Equality to:


San Diego Democrats for Equality

PO Box 33050

San Diego CA 92163







San Diego Democrats for Equality is deeply involved with our community and our Party - and the next few months provide many opportunities to join us as we participate with many of the people and groups working to make things better.







Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
One Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
6:00 p.m. Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 Dinner and Awards Program

Join us at the San Diego Democrats for Equality table (and qualify for special ticket pricing) by selecting "Club/GO Team Seating" at THIS LINK.


Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast For six years we've participated in the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. It's a great opportunity to start your day with your fill of inspiration and purpose without that overly-full feeling that makes you want to go home and go back to bed. 

Join us for the Seventh Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:30-9 am at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd. Attended by more than 1,000 people, businesses, groups and organizations annually, this San Diego event is the largest Harvey Milk celebration in the state of California! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101



Get your ticket for the Dems for Equality sponsored table HERE




Club Committees 


Part of our recent By-laws review focused on the plan to move more of the planning and work of the Club from the Board to committees where we could benefit both from more minds thinking about our future and more hands to get us to that future. Please make a commitment to moving the Club forward by participating in one, or more of the Club's committees.

Program/40 Committee - This committee is tasked with developing meetings and events for the Club's 40th Anniversary year. Click HERE to let us know when you are available to meet with this committee.


Fundraising Committee - This committee is tasked with planning events and drives and marketing materials to raise the funds necessary for the Club to continue it's work. Click HERE to let us know when you are available to meet with this committee.


Membership Committee - This committee is tasked with developing marketing materials, programs and events to attract new members and retain existing members. Click HERE to let us know when you are available to meet with this committee.







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
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