Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What a Difference a Week Makes

January 28th Endorsement Meeting 

Our next Club meeting will be Thursday, January 28th, 2016 and we've got a very big agenda for the evening. But boy, a lot can happen in a week. We were saddened by the withdraw of Joe LaCava from the District 1 Council race. We also got a new candidate for City Attorney who announced his intention last week.

We will be opening nominations for Club officers (see the offices up for election below). Nominations will be at the January  28th meeting with elections at the February meeting - and the elected officers will begin their terms in March. We will also be considering a few technical By-laws changes to meet the County Party's requirements.

As of today, Barbara Bry is the only candidate for San Diego City Council, District 1. We've seen how fast a race can change though so we look forward to hearing from Barbara and asking her questions before we consider an endorsement. Barbara is the first candidate to have completed and submitted our Candidate Questionnaire - which is required before we can endorse.

We have also sent the Questionnaire to three of the candidates for San Diego City Attorney Gil Cabrera , Rafael Castellanos and Mara Elliott  Following Club procedure, the completed Questionnaires will be made available for study at the meeting but will not be distributed to members, candidates or guests before, or after the meeting. We've reached out to Bryan Pease who announced his intention to seek the City Attorney post last week but have not yet heard from him. We'll keep you posted.

If you are aware of other candidates for these offices, please let us know so that invitations/questionnaires can be sent. Our By-laws do not permit us to endorse a non-Democrat.

The meeting will be held at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 3900 Vermont Street, San Diego, CA 92103. Social Time 6:30 PM - Meeting at 7:00 PM.  


David Alvarez Stepping Out To Support Chris Ward

What better way to celebrate the prospects for the New Year than with a precinct walk kicked off by Councilmember David Alvarez. Councilmember Alvarez believes in the power of strong grassroots campaigns making a difference door-to-door, and Chris is thrilled to have his support. Please mark your calendar and join us!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

9:00 am.  Walk:  9:30am-noon

Old Trolley Barn Park (University Heights), Florida Street & Adams Avenue
Molly Chase ∑ molly@voteforward.com



We told you recently that we were within 10 "likes" of reaching 1000. We made it! As of last week we were at 990. We actually got 15 new likes this week but for some reason four people chose to unlike us so we stand at 1,001. Because of that, we're not taking anything for granted. Please like us...

If you haven't liked us yet, do it today at https://www.facebook.com/dems4equality. If you have liked our Facebook page, tell your friends to like it. The way Facebook works, it's a really bad bet to buy likes the way the County Republicans have, so it's important that as we grow our influence, we do it with people who are likely to support our goals. With your help, we can do this up right.

David Warmoth,

Want to Witness President Obama's Last 

SOTU Among Friends?

You've got options...

County Democratic Party                Clairemont Democratic Club

When:  5:30 PM                                                When: 5:30 PM
Where: Filippi's Pizza Grotto                          Where: Boomerangs Gourmet Burgers             5353 Kearny Villa Road                                   4577 Clairemont Drive
RSVP: info@sddemocrats.org                                                                                                               or (858) 277-3367


Club Officer Elections 

Recently, the Club changed our By-laws to allow for continuity of experience on the Club's executive board by mandating two year, staggered terms for officers. In January, we will be starting the election process for officer elections for President, Vice-President for Resource Development, Secretary and At-Large Board Member.

Officer Nominations

Officer Elections

Installation of Officers

If you are interested in election to one of the Club offices, or would like to nominate someone else, contact us HERE. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the January meeting.


Meet & Greet Our Endorsed Candidate for

 US Senate

San Diego Meet & Greet with Kamala Harris
Wednesday, January 13 | 4:15 - 5:30 PM
SEIU Local 221
4004 Kearny Mesa Road | San Diego, CA 92111


Celebrate 40+ Years of Activism by
 Joining The Club

Much of the progressive change in San Diego and in our community can be traced directly or indirectly through the work of our San Diego Democrats for Equality members.

We're not finished and we need you to get the job done. If you've let your membership lapse, NOW would be a good time to renew. If you want to be a part of the change, join NOW. Our members make history. Join us.

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.

San Diego Democrats for Equality would like to thank George Schaefer for renewing his membership and Larry Baza, Tom Noel and Todd Stevens for renewing at the Sustaining level. Welcome back for another year! 

We'd also like to welcome Jesse Blanco, Lou Barrios, Katherine BernardAndrea Cardenas, Jesus Cardenas, Rafael HurtadoLuis Lorenzana, Raheal Megisteab, Anthony Montalvo, Joselyn Sosa, Hector Tamayo and Raymond Velasquez as new members of the Club. We're glad to have you on board as we get to work electing equality minded Democrats.

You can find out more about the Club's membership levels and benefits online HERE. 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 where you are registered to vote and your job title/employer with your check. Telephone number and email address would be nice too!


Roe v. Wade Celebration

The Coalition for Reproductive Choice cordially invites you to attend the 43rd Anniversary Celebration of Roe v. Wade. Please join us as our guest for this wonderful event themed "From Choice to Justice: Access for All"

This year, the featured speaker will be Brittany Mostiller-Keith. She is the Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, which fights to overturn economic barriers to reproductive choice by mobilizing low-income women to become advocates for expanded reproductive access. We will also be honoring this year's Defender of Choice award recipient, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, for her recent legislative victory that ensures youth throughout California receive comprehensive, updated, and medically accurate sexual education.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
6:00 PM- No Host Cocktails
7:00 PM- Dinner & Program
Jacobs' Center for Neighborhood Innovation
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
Tickets cost $60 if purchased before Jan. 15.
After Jan. 15, tickets will cost $70. 
You can also buy a table seating 10 for $600.
Purchase tickets at RoeSanDiego.org. Sponsorships are available and your contribution is tax deductible. For more information call 619-398-4499. 


Like Us, Really Like Us

San Diego Democrats for Equality's Facebook page has been number 1 among County Democratic Clubs for a while now. Even so, we've got quite a few new members so we're putting this out again. Please Like Us! Facebook includes the number of likes on a page as part of their complex algorithm to decide if our posts should be widely distributed or not. If you like us now, more people will see our Voter's Guide in their timeline next year. Twitter has different rules, but the effect is the same. The more people who follow us on Twitter means more people seeing our Tweets.

If you are on Facebook or Twitter and you haven't already liked/followed us, please do it now




Dems for Equality Endorsed Candidates 2016

                                    Hillary Clinton

            US Senate
                                           Kamala Harris

                      CA-53          Susan Davis
                      CA-52          Scott Peters

            California Senate
                      SD-39          Toni Atkins

            California Assembly
                      AD-78          Todd Gloria
                      AD-79          Shirley Weber

            Board of Supervisors
                      Dist 3         Dave Roberts

            San Diego City Council
                      Dist 3         Chris Ward
                      Dist 7         Justin DeCesare
                      Dist 9         Georgette Gomez     

                      Sub-Dist D    Richard Barrera
                      Sub-Dist A    John Lee Evans


As we work toward a better future for our community and Country, take a couple minutes to remember what we've already done with a short history of the our accomplishments.

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 
Matthew Rice
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