February 16 – Club of the Year

March to the voting booth 2020

February Council of Clubs meeting is
February 16th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

This is our first meeting of the Year. We canceled the January meeting due to the Women’s March in North County and San Diego.


  • Presentations from Club of the Year nominees
  • Voting to determine the Club of the Year
  • Appointment of two at-large members to the Club Development Committee
  • Recommendations to the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP) Central Committee for club chartering
  • Announcements (if time)

Many thanks to our Club of the Year Nominating Committee chaired by Gary Bland, President of San Marcos Democratic Club –

  • Sue Alderson, President Democratic Club of Vista
  • Tina Rynberg, President LaMesa-Foothills Democratic Club
  • William Rodriguez-Kennedy, President Democrats for Equality (and Chair SDCDP)
  • Matthew Yagyagan, President of the AAPI Democratic Club

The Nominating Committee assessed four nominations for Club of the Year. Read more about each club by clicking on the link to their PDF applications below:

  • Clairemont Democratic Club (PDF)
  • Encinitas and North Coast Democratic Club (PDF)
  • Escondido Democratic Club (PDF)
  • Fallbrook Democratic Club (PDF)

For the Club of the Year award there is one vote per club, so be sure your club representative is present at this meeting.

Following our discussions last year at the Council of Clubs and Club Development Committee, we recommended to the SDCDP E-Board and Central Committee in January not to re-charter some Democratic clubs.

At the January 29th Central Committee meeting the SDCDP chose to delay the re-chartering of all clubs and to extend club charters until their next meeting.

The SDCDP Executive Board later received a letter from the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action. The Executive Board discussed the letter at their February 5th meeting and asked the Council of Clubs to consider recommendations for chartering that can be discussed at the next SDCDP Central Committee meeting.

Immediately following this Council of Clubs meeting, the Club Development Committee will meet to codify our discussions.

All club Presidents are encouraged to invite their E-board members, active committee chairs, and new clubmembers who want to share and learn about building Democratic clubs to drive change.

Reminder to bring snacks you’d like to share before / during the meeting.

November 17 – Election of Director of Clubs, Setting Priorities for 2019, and Celebrating Achievements

the November Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, November 17th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)


1619 National Celebration of Black Women

Thanks to Sheryl Mallory-Johnson and Alyce Pipken-Allen for telling us about  the 1619 National Celebration of Black Women event planned for March 2, 2019 and how we can get involved.

To celebrate 400 years of extraordinary contributions women of African descent have made in building this great nation of these United States of America and inspiring them to walk into the future with power.

Download the Presentation here (PDF).

Contact details for the 1619 National Celebration of Black Women are:

Priorities for 2019

Discussion of important items for 2019

Election of Director of Clubs

Hugh Rothman, Director of Grassroots Organizing, conducted the election. Each club present had one vote. John Loughlin was unanimously elected.

Club Chartering

Club chartering has now started and the important deadline is December 15 for Associate Member vote eligibility at the January Area meeting on January 8th. Every club has to re-charter.

In order to re-charter please fill out the 2019 -2020 Charter form: www.sddemocrats.org/clubcharter

By December 15 you want to have completed:

  • Club charter
  • Associate Member application
  • Submit roster
  • Submit list of officers
  • Submit copy of existing bylaws
  • Payment. The club chartering term is for 2 years, and the fee is $100 for both years (only $50/year)

Nomination Committee for Club of the Year

  • Sue Alderson, Democratic Club of Vista
  • Tina Rynberg, La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club
  • William Rodriguez-Kennedy, Democrats for Equality
  • Matt Yagyagan, Asian Americans & Pacific Islander Democratic Club
  • Gary Bland, San Marcos Democratic Club (Chair)

Biennial Reorganization

Volunteers needed for ADEMs in January

  • For Region 20
  • Need 12 volunteers per ADEM
  • Cannot volunteer in home ADEM
  • Contact Craig Roberts or email John Loughlin [email protected]

Doors open at 12pm
Speeches start at 12:30pm
Voting starts at 1:00pm
Voting closes at 3:00pm

Saturday January 12
Olivewood Clubhouse
National City

Sunday January 13th
Musicians Association ( same place as 2017)
1717 Morena Blvd

Saturday January 26th
Johnson Elementary on Kelton

Sunday January 27th
Paloma Elementary School
660 Camino Magnificio, San Marcos 92069
Convener – Roger Garcia

Oceanside Public Library
330 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside 92054
Convener – Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik

IBEW 7444 Trade Street

Election Results

Hugh Rothman, Director of GO Team, talked to the record breaking involvement of GO Team.

Thanks to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.

October 20 – Brainstorming! What tools do we need to succeed?

the October Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, October 20th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

Everybody’s busy canvassing, walking, phoning, texting, writing, and helping Get Out The Vote for November 6. But…

On November 7th we must start building for 2020. The California Primary is moved up to Super Tuesday at the start of March. Campaigns will get underway at the start of 2019. Now is the time to brainstorm on what tools we need to collectively build the future.

Oren Robinson from Include People & Ryan Girard from San Diego Grantmakers will show us some new tech to spark ideas & get us brainstorming!

What held our clubs back this year? What would we do differently? Where should we invest for the future?

Membership Management – Financial Reporting – Payment Processing – Event Management – Social Media – Phone Banking – Text Messaging – People Power

Oren Robinson is a mobile developer and communicator dedicated to transformative justice and equitable inclusion. Oren learned tech skills from his mother, and after 6 years working in the tech industry, co-founded Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA), a refugee-led, research, public policy and community organizing hub based in San Diego. Now Oren is committed to building tech for community organizing, and a more organized tech community.

Include People builds tech to make organizing easier. The first project is a crowd-sourced calendar of local government meetings called Every Public Meeting, to make everyday opportunities for change less hidden and more obvious for everybody to take part in.

Oren has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Computer Science from Wells College, NY and studied Chinese at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Ryan Girard leads the expansion of San Diego Grantmaker’s efforts in membership growth, resource development, strategic marketing, public policy, external affairs and communications. He has over 10 years of highly relevant experience in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. He served most recently as the Development Director for Access Youth Academy where he oversaw planning, communications and execution of their operational, marketing and development strategies. Previously he worked at The San Diego Foundation as the Manager of Charitable Giving/Civic Leadership Fund and Manager of the Center for Civic Engagement.

Ryan is an active writer and thinker about new directions in philanthropy as evidenced by thought pieces in numerous local and national publications as well as involvement in Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Leadership Council for the Clinton Foundation 20/30 Program.

Ryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the Queensland University of Technology and CFRM from the Lily Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Thanks to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.

September 15 – The Democratic Party: Structure, Biennial Reorganization, and ADEMs

the September Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, September 15th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

This month’s Council of Clubs features presentations on the structure of the Democratic Party, the upcoming biennial reorganization, and the ADEM elections.

Becca Taylor and Craig Roberts will present and answer questions on all aspects of the Party.

Becca Taylor is a liberal Democrat who grew up as a military brat in a conservative Texan household. Along with a being a member of several Democratic Clubs, and Field Organizer on multiple campaigns Becca’s resume lists:

  • First woman to serve as Chair on the Veterans Caucus of the California Young Democrats
  • Director of Advocacy at Grassroots Resources
  • Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) Advocate while deployed to Afghanistan in the Navy
  • M.S. Gerontology, San Diego State University

    Craig Roberts is the Region 20 Director for the California Democratic Party, and Linda Ronstadt’s greatest fan, as well as being a Senior Software Quality Engineer at General Atomics Aeronautical

    • Former President and current Treasurer, Democrats for Equality
    • Vice-Chair, Membership, National Stonewall Democrats
    • B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University

Becca and Craig used slides that were created by Steve Rivera, you can download them here.

Liz Lavertu, Director of Admin for the San Diego County Democratic Party guided us through some recent suggestions to amend party bylaws and introduced us to a top-secret website that  has a Central Committee Frequently Asked Questions page.

Thanks to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.

March 2018 – How to run endorsement meetings

the March Council of Clubs meeting is
Saturday, March 17th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

Fred Rogers, VP for Political Action at the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, led this Council of Clubs on how to run endorsement meetings.

Fred discussed ways we can strengthen the voice of clubs within the Democratic Party, by making sitting Central Committee members aware of the results of our endorsement meetings.








We also heard from Emiliana Sparaco, Organizer for SEIU 221, who told us about an exciting initiative for clubs to get involved with gathering signatures for the Fuller Voter Participation Initiative.

Together we can strengthen our voice and elected representation by ensuring that all county elections (Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, DA) are decided in November, when the most voters participate.


February 2018 – Club of the Year Voting

the February Council of Clubs meeting is
Saturday, February 17th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

The weekend before the convention, we have our first Council of Clubs meeting, where we will catch up on essentials and vote on the Club of the Year. The chosen club will be honored at the Roosevelt Dinner that will be held on April 7, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. (Time to get planning your club’s gift basket.)

We have received the following nominations and these clubs will give a short presentation before voting. Each club gets one vote, so please be sure to send a representative to the February 17 meeting.

  • Democratic Club of Vista
  • Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club
  • San Diego Labor Democratic Club
  • San Diego Progressive Democratic Club

The meeting will take place at IBEW Local 465 thanks to the generosity of Nate Fairman and Kiko Diaz, who hosted us throughout 2017. If you’ve not been to this location before, check it out on your favorite map program as it is at the back of the complex, just before you drive into the canyon.


November 2017 – Grassroots Organizing Team

the November Council of Clubs meeting is
Saturday, November 18th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

This month we’re delighted to welcome Hugh Rothman, Director of Grassroots Organizing, to bring us up to date on the work of GO Team.

Hugh will also discuss plans on how to transition from all of the pre-endorsement organizing taking place around the County to supporting endorsed Democratic candidates in 2018.

Hugh has been a member of the Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team since 2008 previously serving as a Precinct Leader, the Rancho Bernardo Community Coordinator and Data Coordinator, and the North Inland Regional Community Coordinator and Data Coordinator.

He is a UCSD alum with 32 years of industry experience as a software engineer. He is the Vice-President of the Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club and serves as the Treasurer and Government Relations Subcommittee Chairperson on the Rancho Bernardo Community Council.

Also on the agenda:

  • Re-Chartering for 2018
  • GO Team Liaisons
  • Do we want a meeting or a Party 🎂🎉🍺🎊🥂 in December?


September 2017 – Online Payments

the September Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, September 16th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

Not as controversial as Online Voting – Online Payments is the main topic at this month’s meeting. John Loughlin will take us through some of the options to easily, and inexpensively, process debit and credit card payments at club meetings and online.

Take our survey on Online Payments – let us know what you use or want to.

Also on the agenda:
– Bylaw changes before the Central Committee that affect chartered clubs
– How the Council should handle requests to endorse resolutions
– Updating the Club Manual
– Club Bylaw changes determined by club members

All club Presidents are encouraged to invite their other E-board members, as well as new clubmembers who want to share and learn about building Democratic clubs to change our county.

There will be no meeting in October as the third Saturday, October 21 is the Democratic Convention in Escondido.

August 2017 – Filing and Reporting

the August Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, August 19th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

We hope everyone enjoyed Pride weekend, the parade and the festival!

This month’s meeting will focus on Filing and Reporting for Clubs. Xavier Martinez will explain what’s required for different types of organizations, but we won’t get into the actual weeds of filing.

This explanatory overview should be particularly useful to new clubs and officers not aware of State and Federal filing requirements.

Xavier Martinez has been active with the San Diego County Democratic Party for 15 years and is the Controller. He has also served with the California Democratic Party as a Regional Director and Co-Chair of the Organization and Development Committee, and he currently serves on the CDP Finance Committee. Xavier is a member of the CSUSM University Council, a member of the California Physician Assistant Board (appointed by Gov. Brown), a member of the City of San Marcos Finance Committee and finance director for the NCSD Veterans Stand Down organization.

All club Presidents are encouraged to invite their treasurers, and other E-board members, as well as new clubmembers who want to share and learn about building Democratic clubs to change our county.

Presentation slides download (PDF) or (PowerPoint) or open here.

This month’s discussion topic is:

DCCC and Compromise Choice

People Are Really Mad at the DCCC for Saying It Will Continue to Fund Pro-Life Candidates
They say it’s paving a “path to victory in 2018 at the expense of women.”
– Mother Jones

Et Tu, DCCC? Why Support Of Anti-Choice Candidates Is Anti- Progressive And The Ultimate Betrayal Of American Women
– Huffington Post

Connecticut Voters Call on the DCCC to Support Only Pro-Choice Candidates

Featured photo from the 49th Congressional District Candidate Forum organized by the Vista Democratic Club and North County Latino Dems.

June 2017 – Rosters and Endorsements

the June Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, June 17th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

We hope everyone enjoyed the Convention in Sacramento last month and congratulations to Mary Latibashvili @mlatibash and the UCSD College Democrats for their Volunteer of the Year Award!

Now we’re back to work preparing our Rosters for  our CDP Regional Directors, and planning on how to manage Endorsements.

We’re delighted to welcome Craig Roberts, Region 20 Director, to explain how to complete our membership rosters for the CDP. These are due to Craig (and Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik and Noberto Gonzalez) by July 15th, and list our members as of July 1.

Craig will also share with us best practices for running endorsement processes. As a former President of the San Diego County Democrats for Equality and longtime Democratic Party member Craig has seen it all, and can help new clubs and new officers avoid some of the more common pitfalls.

As July’s Council of Clubs meeting falls on Pride weekend we moved up Craig’s presentation, so we’ll also be celebrating Linda Ronstadt’s birthday a month early.

All club Presidents are encouraged to invite their membership chairs, treasurers, and other E-board members, as well as new clubmembers who want to share and learn about building Democratic clubs to change our county.

We look forward to seeing you all at our June meeting.

Presentation slides download (PDF) or (PowerPoint) or open here.

Roster downloads:

  • CDP roster download here.
  • 2018 Endorsement Guide for Clubs download here.
  • Club Roster Submission Form (PDF) here.
  • Key dates are shown below.

Region 18
Assembly Districts 73, 74, 75, 76
Deborah Cunningham- Skurnik
(949) 521-3292
[email protected]

Region 19
Assembly Districts 42, 56, 67, 71
Norberto Gonzalez
(951) 442-8041
[email protected]

Region 20
Assembly Districts 77, 78, 79, 80
Craig Roberts
(619) 865-4550
[email protected]

Key dates

July 1 (Sat)
Deadline by which members of a Chartered Club/Organization (CCO) must be “in good standing” in order for them to be included on the roster submitted to the Chartering Authority and appropriate Regional Director.

July 15 (Sat)
Deadline for Chartered Clubs/Organizations to submit roster of “members in good standing” to Chartering Authority and appropriate Regional Director.

November 2 (Thu)
Deadline for CCO potential representatives to be submitted to the both the Chartering Authority and the appropriate Regional Director.

November 30 (Thu)
DSCC Delegate Deadline: Close of all additions or changes to delegate /endorsement voter lists. The roster of eligible voters will be available approximately two weeks later.

January 17 (Wed)
5:00pm deadline (10 days prior to Pre-Endorsing Conferences) to file a challenge with CDP to object to the automatic placement of an incumbent officeholder seeking re-election on the consent calendar of the State Convention.

January 19 (Fri)
5:00pm deadline for receipt by mail of candidate filing fees & signed 2018 Registration Form to CDP. Checks and registration forms may be hand delivered to the Pre-Endorsing Conference.

January 27-28 (Sat-Sun)
Pre-Endorsing Conferences: Participating candidates’ filing fee & 2018 registration forms due to the Regional Convener at the conference before voting begins for that particular office

February 13 (Tues)
Deadline (10 days prior to State Convention) to file a challenge with CDP to remove an endorsement recommendation from consent calendar

February 23-25 (Fri-Sun)
State Convention: Endorsing Caucuses as necessary, ratification of endorsements

March 14 (Wed)
Political Party Endorsements: Deadline to include party endorsements in the official sample ballot

June 5 (Tues)
California Primary