Notes from May Meeting

General Meeting: Monday, May 18, 2020 via Zoom

6:30 PM President Susan Peinado called meeting to order


Introduction of Officers

Internal Vice President – Dr. Becca Fielding-Miller reported on the formation of:
COVID -19 Response Committee 

  • Dr. Fielding-Miller to Chair
  • Please email Becca – to join the committee

External Vice President – Ramla Sahid reported on contact tracers and surrounding issues for minority/vulnerable populations

Elected Officials

  • Doug Case – representing California Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins
  • Nick Serrano – representing Assemblymember Todd Gloria
  • Nora Vargas – President of Southwestern College Governing Board, DWC endorsed candidate for County Supervisor District 1

Program Speakers

Carmen Chavez, Esq Executive Director of the Casa Cornelia Law Center

  • Pandemic effect on vulnerable communities

(Motion: Tim Nader) for the club to contribute $500 to Casa Cornelia Law Center (Passed unanimously)

Sara Jacobs, San Diego for Every Child, Candidate for Congress CA53

  • Pandemic effect on and SD for Every Child response to childhood food insecurity and childcare issues
  • Maximizing CARES Act, SNAP, Heroes Act for low income families

Georgette Gomez, San Diego City Council President, Candidate for Congress CA53

  • SD City Council response to COVID 19 pandemic 
  • SDSU West purchase agreement update


Yvonne Elkin, DWC Endorsement Committee Chair, reported committee recommendations for endorsements in the General Election – presentation slides (PDF)

  • Motion to accept process (M: Michelle Krug)
    • Amendment proposed to reconsider City Attorney race (M: Brett Fisher). (Passed 16:14)
  • Vote on amended motion to accept process with exception of City Attorney race (Passed unanimously)

Vote to add the race for Oceanside Mayor for endorsement consideration. (Passed unanimously)

Vote to add the following races for endorsement consideration: (Passed 29:1)

  • Oceanside City Council, 
  • National City City Council
  • Imperial Beach City Council
  • Lemon Grove School Board
  • Vista City Council D 2 & 3
  • Vallecitos Waterboard Div 5
  • Sweetwater High School Board Trustee Area 2 & 4
  • Escondido City Council D3

Officers’ Reports

(continued from top of meeting)

Treasurer – Rosamond Blevins 

  • Bank balance given 
  • (Motion: Rosamond Blevins) to contribute additional $250 to Western Service Workers (Passed unanimously) 

(Motion: Cathie Hyatt) to contribute $500 to San Diego for Every Child (Passed unanimously)

Secretary, Cathie Hyatt 

  • On May 8, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order making CA the first state in the Nation to automatically send mail-in ballots to all voters.
  • Book Club – The Perfect Predator by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson. 
  • Recommendation: Becoming – Michelle Obama’s Netflix Documentary 

President, Susan Peinado – no report (for brevity)

New Business

Michelle Krug asked for DWC support of BOS Human Relations Commissions. (Passed unanimously)


  • Tim Nader, candidate for Superior Court Judge
  • Kate Bishop, candidate for Chula Vista Elementary School Board
  • Esther Sanchez, candidate for Mayor of Oceanside
  • Stephen Whitburn, candidate SD City Council District 3
  • Dr. LaWana Richmond, candidate for SD Unified School Board District E
  • Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson, candidate for Vallecitos Water Board District 5
  • Rob Howard, candidate for Mayor of Oceanside
  • Marcus Bush, candidate for National City City Council
  • Joe LaCava, candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Michelle Gomez, candidate for Oceanside City Council District 4
  • Amber Newman, candidate for Oceanside City Council District 3
  • Jane Marshall, candidate for Oceanside City Council District 4
  • Shari Mackin, candidate for Oceanside City Council District 3
  • Sean Elo, candidate for San Diego City Council District 9


  • Senator Toni Atkins hosts an event for DWC endorsed candidate, Marni Von Wilpert, for San Diego City Council District 5 on Sunday, May 31  
  • Pt. Loma Democratic Club: Supporting a Thriving Arts Community on Sunday, May 31
  • An Evening with Christine Pelosi fundraiser for East County Caucus on Saturday, June 27
  • PANA #PowerHour conversation on Facebook Live on Thursday, May 21 @ 5pm 
  • San Diego Progressive Dems – South Chapter – Racial Disparity Panel on Monday, May 25 @ 6pm
  • Board of Supervisors meeting May 19 – please call in to support AAPI community
  • Census 2020 reminder
  • Great Plates – free meals delivered to those 65+ (800-339-4661)

Meeting adjourned 9:44 PM

Next meeting – Monday, June 22, 2020

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary