Notes from July 2019 Meeting – Endorsements & Resolutions

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
Monday, July 15, 2019, Monthly Meeting, Elijah’s Restaurant

Welcome and Introductions

  • President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7:00pm
  • Introduction of club officers, chairs, and club associates 
  • Recognition of other clubs’ officers

Elected Officials

  • Chris Ward – San Diego City Council District 3
  • Dr. Akilah Weber – La Mesa City Council
  • Dr. Shirley Weber – California State Assemblymember District 79
  • Doug Case for Toni Atkins – CA Senate President pro Tem District 39*


  • Will Moore – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Wendy Wheatcroft – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Marni Von Wilpert – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 5
  • Stephen Whitburn – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 3
  • Gregg Robinson – Candidate for San Diego County Board of Education
  • Jane Marshall – Candidate for Oceanside City Council District 4
  • Delfina Gonzalez – Candidate for Chula Vista City Council District 4
  • Sarah Davis – Candidate for California State Assembly District 78
  • Joe LaCava – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Kate Bishop – Candidate for Chula Vista Elementary School Board
  • Raul Campillo – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Aeiramique Glass Blake – Candidate for US Congressional District 51
  • Kenya Taylor – Candidate for County Board of Supervisor District 2

Katie Meyer, Chair of CYD Progressive Caucus – Campaign Workers’ Guild, Fair Campaign Pledge to hold candidates accountable for treatment of their staff.

Susan Peinado calls for candidates to refrain from negative campaigning against fellow Democrats.

Meeting turned over to Endorsement Committee

Chair, Yvonne Elkin 

Chula Vista City Council D4 race pulled from tonight’s calendar to allow for notification of an additional candidate.

San Diego City Attorney – Cory Briggs, Mara Elliot (represented by Bernadette Butkiewicz)

  • Vote: No candidate reached 60%
  • Motion for No Endorsement (Ruth Rollins) – failed
  • Motion to rate Briggs acceptable (Kevin Lourens) – failed
  • Motion to rate Elliot acceptable (Doreen Mattingly) – failed
  • No position taken

August Endorsement Calendar: Motion (Brenda Arnold) to attempt to endorse in the following races: 

  • CA Assembly District 79: Dr. Shirley Weber
  • US Congressional District 52: Scott Peters 
  • SDCCB District B: Bernie Rhinerson
  • SDCCB District D: Mary Graham
  • County Board of Supervisors District 1, Raphael Castellanos, Ben Hueso, Nora Vargas, Sophia Rodriguez
  • County Board of Supervisors District 2, Kenya Taylor
  • County Board of Supervisors District 3, Olga Diaz, Jeff Griffith, Terra Lawson-Reemer

Unanimous approval of August endorsement calendar 

CA State Assembly District 76 – Tasha Boerner-Horvath (friendly endorsement)

  • Motion to endorse by acclamation (Ruth Rollins)
  • Passed unanimously 

San Diego Mayor – Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, Tasha Williamson

  • Vote #1: No candidate reached 60%
  • Vote #2: No candidate reached 60%
  • Motion to rate Gloria and Williamson acceptable (Katie Meyer) 
  • Motion to amend main motion adding Bry (Cathie Hyatt) – Passed
  • Vote on motion, w/amendment, to rate Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, and Tasha Williamson acceptable – Passed

US Congressional District 50 – Ammar Campa Najjar

  • Motion to endorse by acclamation (Ruth Rollins)
  • Passed unanimously 

The following business occurred between endorsements and during vote counts:

Officers’ Reports

Vice President External, Ramla Sahid

  • Announcement of Genevieve Jones-Wright as PANA’s Legal Director

Vice President Internal, Dr.Becca Fielding – Miller

  • Dependent Care Grant
  • Close the Camps – Lights of Liberty Event, DWC supported financially
  • Unitarian Church vandalized with anti-semantic symbols

Treasurer’s Report, Rosamond Blevins

  • Current balance given
  • 25 new members in June, 12 new members in July

Secretary’s Report, Cathie Hyatt

  • Reminder of mobile Little Free Library
  • Logo update 

Announcement: Dr. Doreen Mattingly, Past Endorsement Committee Chair

  • Book Club – Our next book: “How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics, from welfare reform to foreclosure to Trump” by Laura Briggs. Discussion at Women’s Museum on August 8.

Social Chair, Kate Bishop

  • DWC Skate Night: Friday, August 2, 7-11pm, Skateworld, 6907 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92111

President’s Report, Susan Peinado

  • Thanks and praise to the Endorsement Committee
  • Reminder of Book Club meeting on August 8 – see details above


Meeting adjourned: 10pm 

Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, August 19, 2019, Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary