May 18 – Celebrate, Collaborate, Cooperate

May Council of Clubs meeting
May 18th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

Andrea Duran Aydoğan

Andrea has worked in a variety of fields, from higher education to civil society. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with Bachelor’s in Marketing and has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Linköping University in Sweden. She’s lived in Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and Turkey, speaks five languages and has a background in international advocacy, research, and training. Andrea is an avid traveler and loves to interact with a variety of cultures.  

Celebrate

  • Roosevelt Dinner, baskets, Club of the Year
  • Rosters for CDP
  • New Charters for San Diego Education Alliance, Latina Women’s Democratic Club
  • Club rules discussion with Central Committee on May 21, 2019

Collaborate

  • 20 Unique Voting Members for Associate Member

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.

  • Clubs Meet Individually
    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.

Email – [email protected]

  • Compliance with Club Endorsement Vote
    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.

Form: for discussion

  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure
    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.
  • Club Manual
    • 2019 (odd-numbered year) manual to be updated
    • sddemocrats.org/clubmanual
    • Place version online, encourage all members of the Council of Clubs to comment
    • Club Development Committee to edit
  • Voter Registration and Democratic Recruitment
    • Scheduling voter registration events for the rest of the year
    • Collaborating with other clubs and communities to recruit more democratic involvement and volunteers

Cooperate

  • Inclusion
    • Sabrina Kaplan and the use of gender pronouns
    • Good practices for using audio amplification at meetings
    • Use of email, text and voice when messaging club members
  • Discourse
    • Civilized discussion for our community
    • http://discourse.demclubs.org
    • Engage in searchable discussions with fellow club members. Let everyone discover what you do, how you do it, and join in on the conversation.
    • Login with Google, Facebook or Twitter – no need to remember separate account details
  • Eventbrite – everything a small club needs to get started, for free
    • Calendar of Events
      Push events to Facebook/Twitter
    • Sync events to County Party Calendar
    • Free website with Facebook and Twitter integration, e.g. Dem Clubs
  • Meetup – free to start (larger clubs sponsor smaller clubs?)
    • Newly arrived San Diegans discover your club
    • Forum for conversations
    • Sync events to County Party Calendar

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)


Club Rules

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.

CDP Rosters Due in May

The first major deadlines for the Pre-Endorsement Conferences are here.

  • May 1, 2019 – Deadline by which Club members Club must be “in good standing” in order for them to be included on the roster submitted to the SDCDP and your Regional Director
  • May 15, 2019 – Roster submission deadline
  • July 9, 2019 – Potential representative (those who will actually vote during pre-endorsement conferences) submission deadline to both the SDCDP and your Regional Director. 

You can read more and download the Roster templates here:https://www.cadem.org/vote/endorsements

Remember to:

  • Submit more Potential Representative names than you are allotted
  • Names and contact info of their potential representatives may be given to campaigns for the sake of challenges

Please refer to the   CDP By-Laws  for details.  

Resolutions

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.


Agenda

  • 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)

Introductions

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
80th
Olivewood Clubhouse
National City

Sunday January 13th
78th
Musicians Association ( same place as 2017)
1717 Morena Blvd

Saturday January 26th
79th
Johnson Elementary on Kelton

Sunday January 27th
75th
Paloma Elementary School
660 Camino Magnificio, San Marcos 92069
Convener – Roger Garcia

76th
Oceanside Public Library
330 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside 92054
Convener – Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik

77th
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.

August 18 – Voting Equality

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

As Democratic clubs we have the opportunity to make our voting methods more equal, honest, accurate, simple and expressive.

The methods we choose to use and support could ultimately be introduced to voters across the county, which is why we need careful consideration of the alternatives.

With the success of measures K and L in the City of San Diego, and with the great work done by SEIU 221 (with the help of Dem Club members!) and The Full Voter Participation Initiative ballot measure this November, fundamental changes to election rules are upon us in San Diego County.

Already there’s talk (from Republicans on the San Diego City Council) to move away from a Primary with Top-Two run-off in the General, to a single election in November using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).



Have you ever attended a club endorsement meeting with races that went to multiple rounds of voting? And where the candidates whose supporters voted and left the meeting early were disadvantaged against those whose supporters hung around through the subsequent rounds of voting?

Instant Runoff Voting (also known as Ranked Choice Voting) removes that issue and makes the voting process more efficient. One ballot is all that’s required. The idea is that you rank your choices in order of preference, and everything works out just as if you’d been there through multiple rounds. The highest vote getter goes through each time, and the lowest vote getter is eliminated.

Sounds great, but there are issues, as the voters of Burlington, Vermont discovered in 2009 – the following year they voted to reject Ranked Choice Voting and return to a Primary and Top-two General.


Codi Vierra, South State Regional Director at California Young Democrats, talked on Ranked Choice Voting (a.k.a. Instant Runoff Voting) and her experience using it for endorsement elections.

Ranked Choice Voting Presentation (PDF)

Codi talked to the fact that clubs already do multi-round voting, and that RCV will simply do the multiple rounds on one ballot.

  • Save time
  • Save paper
  • People who have to leave early can still participate in subsequent “rounds”

Codi argued that STAR voting (see below) fails the later-no-harm test because it can help defeat a favorite candidate

  • It can help a stronger opponent reach the run-off rather than a weaker opponent
  • It can cause the favorite candidate to come in third place by total score rather than second, cutting them out of the runoff round entirely


Michael Brackney, indexer of books at Brackney Indexing Service, offered appreciative and critical remarks about RCV vs. our “Choose One” Plurality Voting system (a.k.a. “First-Past-The-Post”), and then talked about Score Voting in the form of STAR Voting (Score Then Automatic Runoff Voting) as compared to RCV.

In STAR Voting, the winner is determined in two steps. First, all the scores for all the candidates are added up. The second step is an automatic runoff between the two highest scoring candidates. In the runoff, your full vote is automatically assigned to whichever of the top two you rated higher.

Michael described how with RCV second choice votes are only counted for those voters who happen to see their first choice eliminated before their second choice – if your first choice hangs around in the count longer, your second choice is never considered by RCV.

Michael emphasized that RCV also fails the later-no-harm test to put your favorite candidate first, if your favorite candidate is not a safe candidate as you could eliminate your second candidate and cause your least favorite candidate to win.

 

 


There’s a lot more information available online at

There were a lot of good questions and suggestions as to how this could be implemented at clubs, with the wider discussion being on how clubs need to choose wisely now, as there are consequences for all San Diego elections in the future.


Michael also got everyone excited at the start of his talk on why voting systems matter when he referenced the Princeton Study, and this graph.

More infuriating is this graph for the Elites

There’s a concise explanation of these graphs on the Center for Political Studies Blog, University of Michigan – Is policy driven by the rich, or does government respond to all?

And a quick video explanation from Represent Us.

This is why we need to change our voting systems, and the place to start is at our own clubs.


Thanks to our speakers who did a great job presenting and answering a wide range of questions, and to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.

July 21 – Running for Boards and Commissions

the July Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, July 21st at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

July’s Council of Clubs featured a presentation from Mark Gracyk, of Helix Water District, and José Cerda, of Sweetwater Water District and founding of Chula Vista Democratic Club, on running for Boards and Commissions.

We’re often extolled to run for local Boards and Commissions as a stepping stone for other office positions, but what does it entail? How much help can we expect from the Party? Who should we recruit to help? Mark and José answered questions, and asked that we encourage our club members to step up for our communities.

San Diego County Boards, Commissions and Committees
County government includes those standing and special citizen boards, commissions, committees and task forces formed to advise the Board of Supervisors and County staff on issues and policy and to serve as links to the community. County committees are created as a result of State and Federal legislation, agreements with public or private agencies, and local needs. Boards, Commissions and Committees advise Board of Supervisors on issues relating to the welfare and quality of life in the County. They provide an inter-relationship between the citizenry of the County and the government of the County.

Citizen Advisory Committees range from short-term task-oriented to long-term standing committees with broad-based jurisdictional responsibilities. There are committees for County Service Areas (CSA), health and human services, criminal justice, elderly, planning, land use, parks, libraries, housing, and others.

The following information is available to assist you in participating in a County Board, Committee or Commission.

San Diego City Boards and Commissions

The City of San Diego has a variety of boards and commissions offering an excellent opportunity for individuals to volunteer their services on significant matters. Boards and commissions may be fiduciary, regulatory, policy-setting and/or advisory. In all cases, members’ contributions are invaluable to the Mayor, the City Council and the City.

View list of Boards and Commissions with description of their responsibilities, membership lists and their conflict of interest codes (if applicable).

Expiring Terms and Unscheduled Vacancies

Expiring Terms lists the terms that are expiring of City Board and Commission members by month. It includes the name of the board or commission, the member’s name and the date the term is scheduled to expire.

Unscheduled Vacancies lists any current unscheduled vacancies on City Boards and Commissions such as vacancies caused by resignation or death.

Interest Form

If you would like to be considered for an appointment to one of the City’s boards and/or commissions, you may print and PDF icon mail in an interest form or submit your interest form online.

For other questions or concerns, see the Frequently Asked Questions, call (619) 533-4000, or email [email protected].


We also discussed changes to the Bylaws of the San Diego County Democratic Party that affect clubs and these were subsequently sent to the Party’s Admin committee, to be voted on at the August 28, 2018 Central Committee meeting.


Ryan Hurd, Executive Director of the San Diego County Democratic Party, has shared a useful presentation of the newly created City Council Districts in San Diego County – available as a PDF here.


Many thanks to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.

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)