Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2016 Begins Now - Part II

Join Now to Ensure Representation



Each Statewide election year, the California Democratic Party organizes meetings to determine the endorsements it makes in critical races throughout the State. The next series of these meetings will be in January 2016. In addition to County/District delegates and representatives of officeholders, the State Party allocates votes at these meetings to Democratic Club representatives. For every 20 members a Club has in a given Assembly District as of July 1, 2015, that Club will receive one delegate to the endorsement meeting.

San Diego Democrats for Equality is working to ensure that our community has the maximum representation possible when these meetings help to determine the direction and future of the Democratic Party. If you are not a member of Dems for Equality, please consider joining - this month. If you've let your membership lapse, please renew - this month. Together, we can make sure that your voice for equality and progressive politics is heard 


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. At the risk of sounding like a Public Television pledge drive, if you depend on our endorsements, Voters Guide, newsletters, social media posts and programs, you should be a member! 


If your membership has lapsed or if you know your membership is soon to expire, please re-up now. You might also consider upgrading your membership to a higher level.

Dems for Equality would like to welcome Rickie Brown who joined at the Sustaining level. We also welcome Nicole Capretz as a new member of the Club and Michael Thaller who we welcome back for another year.

You can find out more about the Club's membership levels and benefits online HERE. You can also join/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


Note that in order to comply with Federal and State election laws, please include your full address and your job title/employer with your check. Telephone number and email address would be nice too!




Endorsement Meeting June 30th


2016 begins now. In the past we have allowed ourselves to get bogged down in unproductive contests between progressives vying for a "safe seat". While we are distracted by these shiny prizes, we allow Republicans to take the more competitive races. When you add in the 50%+1 Primary system that both San Diego City and County utilize that allow a ridiculously small number of people to elect someone to office without even competing in a general election, we can't afford to be distracted this election season.

On Tuesday, June 30th, we will consider endorsements in the 78th Assembly District race as well as the 3rd and 9th San Diego City Council Districts. These are all some of those safe Democratic districts that we shouldn't need to expend a large amount of time and money to keep that way. We also plan to endorse in the Presidential race - for a different reason. Even in Presidential election cycles with huge competition, the race rarely (if ever) stays competitive all the way to the California Primary in June. We'd like to have our voices heard this year before the race is decided. 

We will have a representative from the Clinton and Sanders campaigns to address the meeting. If you are aware of someone to knowledgeably speak on behalf of Lincoln Chafee or Martin O'Malley, let us know HERE. We have invited all announced candidates to take part in our process in the other races we will be considering. We have also extended the invitation to potential candidates who have not yet announced upon their request.

To be considered for endorsement, all local candidates (not Statewide or National) must complete and submit our candidate questionnaire. It will be scored by our Vice President for Political Action and while questionnaires completed by candidates will not be sent out prior to the meeting, they will be made available for review by members at the endorsement meeting.

The meeting will also have a candidate forum, Q & A time and debate time for each contested race. The Club will decide whether to endorse (majority vote) and who to endorse (60% majority). The percentage is determined based on the number of members present, not the number of members voting. The vote will be by secret ballot if requested by any member.

If you are not already a member of Dems for Equality, you may not vote to endorse a candidate at the June 30th meeting (you can still join and vote in the next round of endorsements). Our rules require voters to have been members for at least 25 days before the endorsement meeting on June 30th with one exception. Former members whose membership lapsed 65 days or less before the meeting (membership expirations between April 27, 2015 and June 29, 2015) can renew before or at the endorsement meeting and vote at that same meeting.

The June 30th meeting will take place at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center3900 Vermont Street (in Hillcrest) San Diego, CA  92103. Social at 6:30 PM, Endorsement Meeting at 7 PM.

Having your voice heard regarding candidate endorsements is one of the primary privileges of membership in San Diego Democrats for Equality. If you're not at the table, you're on the menu. You can still take part in future endorsement meetings. Join, rejoin or renew and make sure you make a difference in 2016. You can join/renew online HERE.


Pride is Coming

Dems for Equality will be stepping out with Pride next month. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our chartering as a Democratic Club we want to make a big splash to highlight all the accomplishments that have gotten our community to where it is today.


Our Pride Kick-off Reception will once again be at Great Maple on Thursday, July 16th. It's always a wonderful opportunity to share a drink, incredible food, and great conversation with fellow Club members and officeholders/candidates. We'll have more information on the Reception in the coming weeks.


We've invited officeholders, other Democratic Clubs and Party officials to march with us in the Pride Parade on Saturday, July 18th. Now, we're asking you! We've got a great story to tell and we need your help telling it. Dust off your walking shoes and start training. (It's actually a reasonably short walk and even if you don't normally get started early in the day, the energy from the crowd will give you the burst you need).


We've also got some surprises for our booth at the Festival this year. We need help staffing: answering questions, registering voters and just letting the community know we're here to keep the momentum going. If you can help for at the reception, marching in the parade or taking a shift or two in the booth, Please let us know HERE.




A Statement from Rep. Peters


San Diego Democrats for Equality has not taken a position on TPP/TPA/TAA/Fast Track, but the California and San Diego County Democratic Party has taken a strong stand against the trade agreement and it's implementing mechanisms.


Last week Representative Susan Davis and Representative Scott Peters voted in support of the President's position and against the Party's stand. Following is a statement from Rep. Peters explaining his position and vote.

Pride 2012 Scott PetersToday was a really big day for trade in Congress, and after much deliberation, I voted in favor of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

There were really good cases for both sides, and I did not arrive at this decision lightly.

Our economy, both in San Diego and across the country, depend on trade. Our biotech and hi-tech companies depend on exporting their goods, and as a port city, San Diego depends on access to foreign markets.

But trade only works if we set the rules. If we don't step up, someone else like China will. We need to set the standard for how the global market operates. If we don't, we risk the system being rigged against us to the detriment of American workers.

This issue is extremely complicated, so let me clarify: today's vote was not on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the actual trade agreement. It was to give President Obama the authority to negotiate the agreement. When TPP comes up for a vote in a few months, my decision will be based on what President Obama negotiates and if he follows through on his promises.

I know many of your are skeptical -- you have every right to be. Trade deals have burned us in the past; many parts of San Diego are still feeling the effects of NAFTA. But I truly believe that the best way to fix some of the problems of our past trade agreements is to create new ones with better, stronger regulations. I believe that the TPP, if negotiated correctly, can do this.

As always, I will continue to fight for San Diego. I thank you for your support,






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
Email: info@democratsforequality.org