April 20 – Climate & Corporate Money in Politics

Answers to the Top Three Climate Questions

Nancy Casady who recently attended Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project training in Los Angeles will address three climate questions.

Nancy is the former General Manager of Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market. She served as the Vice President of the National Cooperative Grocers Association and as a member of the national Co-op Development Cooperative during 2007-2011. She is a founding member of the Wild Willow Sustainable Farming Education Center, a working farm in San Diego directed toward training young farmers and providing hands-on growing experiences for students K through 8th grade.

Hostile Takeover: Corporate Money in Politics

Katherine Hogue will discuss the pervasive and corrupting influence of money in politics and what we have to do about it.

Katherine is President of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, an AD77 ADEM delegate, and an employment law attorney practicing in California who represents clients across the state dealing with low wages, high costs of living and laws that almost always favor large corporations.

Katherine is mother to a two year old daughter who makes her “concerned for her future with the horrifying effects of Climate Change, the state of our Health care system, police brutality, difficulties in obtaining higher education, and of course the rampant take over of the 1% and multinational corporations.”

Katherine’s slides – Hostile Takeover (PDF)


Votes regarding letters of support for the following legislation: 

Support  AB392 –Peace officers: deadly force.
– Introduced by Weber & McCarty

This bill is to raise the minimum standard requirement that allows police officers to use deadly force on civilian from “reasonable” to “necessary”. This law has not changed since 1872. If passed, the police officer will be required to exhaust all alternative tactics including de-escalation first.

Support ACA6– Elections: disqualification of electors
– Introduced by McCarty, Bonta, Gonzalez, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove & Weber

This bill is to restore the voting right of felons who have completed their sentence & are currently on parole.

Template for support letter available here.

Support AB1076 – Criminal records: automatic relief 
– Introduced by Ting

This bill is to eliminate the complicated court process of expunging arrest & conviction records & make it automatic. This law will only apply to cases that are already eligible to be expunged.  

Template for support letter available here.

Votes regarding letters of opposition for the following legislation: 

Oppose SB230– Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies
– Introduced by Caballero

This bill requires POST to develop training. However, this training only includes “adequate consideration” of a list of subjects but without any specificity as to what that training should look like. In addition, this bill does not require that any officer actually go through the training.

Template for oppose letter available here.

March 16 – Club Rules

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

Rules framework brought to Council of Clubs for feedback

“As you know there has been some concern about the chartering of clubs and the rules relative to our endorsement. The goal of this meeting is to come to consensus on the themes relative to solving this problem.”

Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy

Among the concepts discussed:

  • Proportional representation similar to the CDP system for Clubs.
  • Binding Endorsement votes to Club Endorsements
  • Unique Members for Club Chartering
  • Public Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest when advocating at the Central Committee (Code of Conduct Change)
  • Not allowing for joint meetings to count towards the 4 meetings required for clubs to continue to be chartered
  • Adding enforcement power to suspend clubs that violate the rules pending Central Committee review
  • Empowering the Club Development Committee to vet complaints before they are brought to the Executive Board (sort of like a Club Ethics Committee)
  • Probationary period for Club Chartering (so clubs can’t be chartered right before votes, similar to Club membership rules) 

The remainder of the process was:

  • Tuesday, March 19th – Rules framework was brought to Central Committee for feedback
  • Admin finalized between Tuesday March 19th and Monday April 8th
  • Tuesday April 16th – Final Rules Package to be approved by the Central Committee

The output of the March 16 meeting was captured by members of the Club Development Committee and is available here.

The proposed rules codified by the Admin Committee and the background to the changes are available here:

  • Amendment summary (PDF)
  • Bylaws (PDF)
  • Policies and Procedures (PDF)
  • Background documents (folder)

Central Committee on 4/16/19 passed the following Bylaw changes for clubs.

Clubs Meet Individually (#2)

The Club or Coalition shall meet individually at least once quarterly and for all endorsement votes and all meeting dates, times, and locations shall be provided to the SDCDP at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting for publication on the SDCDP website. A copy of the notice, agenda, and minutes for business meetings or endorsement meetings shall be supplied via email to the Director of Clubs and the SDCDP.

20 Unique Voting Members for Associate Member (#4)
A President of a chartered Democratic Club or Coalition with twenty (20) unique voting members, and the GO Team Regional and Countywide Coordinators, are Associate Members of This Committee.

Requires Clubs to Charter Annually (#6)

Compliance with Club Endorsement Vote (#11)

Club Associate members may vote in an Area endorsement recommendation meeting when their club has held a valid endorsement vote in that race, provides documentation with two of their Officer’s signatures of the Club’s endorsement vote and is bound to the club’s endorsement vote. In a run-off the Associate member shall be bound to the clubs endorsed candidate as long as that candidate is in contention.

If a club fails to comply with the rules concerning endorsements, the Executive Board may suspend all of their endorsement voting rights, until the matter has been resolved.

Also passed was a Conflict of Interest Disclosure (#3)

A member of This Committee must disclose any actual or potential material financial interest while addressing a Central Committee Meeting, Executive Board Meeting, Area Caucus Meeting, or other official meetings in whole or in part of This Committee, or through written disclosure when communicating through mail, e-mail, or other digital communication, primarily directed towards members of This Committee. The disclosure must include, that said member, the spouse of the member, or the domestic partner of the member has an actual or potential material financial interest in advocating for or against a candidate or any initiative.

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:

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.