Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Decision Time is Nigh*

*Nigh = Thursday, January 28th 

Our next Club meeting will be Thursday, January 28th, 2016 and we've got a very big agenda for the evening. 

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.

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 received completed Questionnaires from all of the candidates for San Diego City Attorney Gil CabreraRafael Castellanos, Mara Elliott and Bryan Pease.  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. 

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.  



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.


Pre-Endorsement Conference on Sunday

In preparation for the State Democratic Party convention next month, pre-endorsement conferences will be held across the State to recommend candidates for endorsement. The pre-endorsement conferences will consider Assembly, State Senate and Congressional races. Our local Pre-Endorsement Conference will be on Sunday, January 31st. Dems for Equality has endorsed Todd Gloria and Shirley Weber for Assembly, Toni Atkins for State Senate and Susan Davis and Scott Peters for Congress.

Participants in the conference include State and County Central Committee members and representatives from local Democratic Clubs. San Diego Democrats for Equality has 14 representatives to the pre-endorsement conference who are bound to vote for our endorsed candidates. 

If you are a participant in the conference you may attend and vote in person at 1PM at the San Diego LGBT Community Center - 3909 Centre Street in Hillcrest. It is not necessary to vote in person however. You can mail in or email you ballot as long as it is received by 5PM on Saturday, January 30th.

Blank ballots can be downloaded HERE.  Completed, signed and scanned ballots may be submitted to Area 20 Director Craig Roberts HERE.

If you need help getting, completing or submitting you ballots let us know HERE.


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.

Because of a change in software by our credit card processor, you may have tried to join/renew your membership and found our webpage down. The problem has been corrected and the membership page is back in operation, so check it out.

Dems for Equality would like to thank Christy Rodriguez for renewing. Welcome back for another year.

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!


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