June 2018 – Robert’s Rules of Order

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

This month’s Council of Clubs features a presentation from Doug Case on Robert’s Rules of Order and hearing the minority.

Roberts Rules of Order is is the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure in the United States. At first acquaintance the rules may seem off-putting and archaic, but with a little familiarity their strengths and fairness become evident. Like other parliamentary authorities they share the general idea of rule of the majority with respect for the minority.

Doug Case is Political Affairs Director for Senator Toni Atkins. He worked in the Division of Student Affairs at San Diego State University for 37 years, is a dedicated volunteer and has served on both the College Area Community Council and the College Area Community Planning Board. Doug has also held numerous board positions with the San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/San Diego, Campus Pride, and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Doug would also like to remind us to support Pro Tem Atkins’ Socks Drive for Stand Down for homeless veterans. You can bring socks to the meeting, as well as locations around San Diego. More details here.


We’re back at our regular venue for this month’s Council of Clubs thanks to Nate Fairman and IBEW Local 465. If anybody needs a ride to get to the meeting just let John know and he’ll try to connect you with somebody else driving from your area of the county.


June 5th brought some pleasant surprises as well as some disappointments up and down the state. We didn’t lock ourselves out of Congressional races, but we have some candidates who weren’t favored by Democratic clubs. What we do next will have a large bearing on November’s races.


Save the date. July 22, from 12-4pm at Campland on Mission Bay. All candidates, campaigns and their volunteers are invited for a United Lunch – thanks to Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club President Michael Gelfand.


Here’s a PDF to share with your club on the 2018 Post Primary Landscape.


We’ll also discuss what to expect at Tuesday’s Central Committee Meeting on Juneteenth.


Best countywide result this election cycle!

Emiliana Sparaco and SEIU 221 successfully collected enough signatures to get a proposition on the November ballot to move the San Diego County races to the General Election in November. Thanks to all the club members who took part in this effort.
As always if you have questions, suggestions, or constructive comments please communicate them to me, your Director of Clubs, or bring them to the Council of Clubs.


Upcoming Program suggestions for 2018:

  • Ranked Choice Voting – San Francisco, Oakland and the State of Maine – how about Democratic Clubs in San Diego County?
  • Chartering – streamlining the process, 2-year charters, club manual, helping new clubs
  • Keeping Track of Members – online lists, emails, payments, one-stop processing
  • Running for boards and commissions, why and how

Remember! This month’s Council of Clubs meeting takes place at:
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

 

May 2018 – Leadership development – how to be a better President or Executive Officer

This month’s Council of Clubs features a presentation from Steve Rivera on Leadership development – how to be a better President or Executive Officer.

We’ve changed our venue for this month’s Council of Clubs as Nate Fairman has Shop Stewards Training. We’ll be back to IBEW Local 465 in June through the rest of the year. For this month we’re at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map).

Many of you received an email last week purportedly from the Executive Board of the San Diego County Democratic Party. I did not support sending the letter and I propose we discuss positive steps we can take to address all of the concerns raised.

GO Team is in full motion with club members canvassing a record number of voters using MiniVAN on their smartphones. Learn how easy it is to walk your precinct and upload data without harming any trees!

We’ve extended the demclubs.org website to list every club endorsement in the county and to make it easy to search endorsements by club, candidate and race. We need your help to enter your clubs endorsements, and to check they are accurate.

CHECK YOUR CLUB’S ENDORSEMENTS

ADD YOUR CLUB’S ENDORSEMENTS

As always if you have questions, suggestions, or constructive comments please communicate them to me, your Director of Clubs, or bring them to the Council of Clubs.

Upcoming Programs for 2018:

  • Robert’s Rules of Order – hearing the minority – Doug Case
    Chartering – streamlining the process, 2-year charters, club manual
  • Keeping Track of Members – online lists, emails, payments, one-stop processing
  • Remember! This month’s Council of Clubs meeting takes place at:

Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map)

April 2018 – Growing the Capacity of Your Club

SEIU Local 221
4004 Kearny Mesa Rd
San Diego, CA 92123

Growing the Capacity of Your Club

  • Andrea Beth Damsky, San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
  • Susan Peinado, Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
  • Yahairah Aristy, La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club  
  • Gary Bland, Lake San Marcos Democratic Club

 

 

 

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?

 

October 2017 – Online Organizing Tools for Political Organizations

There was no Council of Clubs meeting in October 2017, as this was the same date as the County Convention.

At the convention John Loughlin gave a presentation – Online Organizing Tools for Political Organizations.

The audience participation was great and everyone left having learnt something new about organizing tools, including John.

Slides from the presentation – open as PDF, Powerpoint or Google Slides

 

A member of the audience, Dana Larabee, recorded the presentation on video, and very kindly shared it with us.

Thanks to Kathy Stadler, Oren Robinson and many Democratic Club members for recommending the tools discussed.

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
– NARAL


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

2017
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.

2018
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