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Aug 17 – Monthly Meeting – Census, Board of Supervisors, COVID

Meeting virtually by Zoom.

When: Monday, August 17: Meeting starts at 6:30 PM but please start checking in at 6:00 PM, to help us get the meeting started on time.

Where: Zoom registration is required – if you’re a clubmember or participant click here to register ahead of time. All of the details on how to join will be provided – including dial-in details from a landline.

Our meetings are available live on our  YouTube channel. Someone will monitor the chat to text into the meeting relevant questions or comments that may be asked there. 

Featured Speakers

Isabel Lemus
Alexandra Meza

Two representatives from the US Census, Isabel Lemus and Alexandra Meza will be joining us to talk about the US Census. Some of the items to be discussed include:

  • Confidentiality of the Census, Fact or Fiction?
  • The Census questionnaire, explaining why certain questions are asked
  • Indicate how you can identify enumerators to avoid scams
  • Provide you with the San Diego Census Office Helpline and website for the 2020 Census

As most of you know, the Census has been shortened this year. Covid-19 has had a very negative impact on getting everyone counted. Here is a link which will help you understand the importance of the US Census.

As women, many of us trusted within our communities to provide valuable information about voting and government resources, we are in a unique position to be able to be an informal Census 211, getting those difficult and uncounted people included, with the information Ms. Lemus and Ms. Meza will provide.

Kenya Taylor

Former candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 2, Kenya Taylor, will talk to us about the importance of the Board of Supervisors. Ms Taylor, an expert in health and human services is uniquely qualified to explain what is so important about the Board of Supervisors.

Dr Rebecca Fielding-Miller

Club Vice President Dr. Rebecca Fielding Miller, UCSD Assistant Adjunct Professor, Medicine, School of Health Sciences, an epidemiologist, who has been featured on NBC San Diego and Voice of San Diego, will address member concerns and questions on Covid related issues. More information on Dr Miller may be found here.

Endorsement consideration of club member Samm Hurst, Santee City Council District 4

Samm’s legacy also lays claim to a beloved paternal great grandmother – Sadie Dotson Hurst – a Republican who in 1918 ran and won in the Nevada Assembly of Washoe County as the first female legislator in Nevada history. On January 23, 1919, Mrs. Dotson Hurst authored and introduced the resolution amending the Constitution of the United States and granting the right of suffrage to women. The resolution was adopted. Truly a pioneer in politics, Sadie passed away at the age of 94 before her great granddaughter was born.

Samantha ‘Samm’ Hurst is the 3rd generation to reside in East County. As a child she played in her grandparents’ citrus orchards in Crest, and Samm lived with her family in northeast El Cajon in a house built by her father. Samm attended Bostonia Elementary School and Greenfield Junior High, and in her early teens the family moved to La Mesa where she graduated from Helix High School.

Dedicated to public service, Samm is a member of the Santee Historical Society and the Santee Collaborative. She also attended the FBI Citizen’s Academy and remains active in the Academy Alumni activities with teen ambassadors.  Samm additionally served on the San Diego Human Relations Commission and the committee chair for the committee on Human Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation.

Samm attended San Diego State University where she received her BA in Exercise Physiology and MA in General Anthropology before receiving her PhD in Socio-Cultural and Biological Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. After getting her Ph.D., Samm returned to San Diego and dedicated her life to community health to make San Diego County neighborhoods safer and healthier. She has spent the last two decades teaching and researching at UCSD, including projects working to improve the lives of U.S. combat veterans.

While she answers to Dr. Hurst at work, at home in her neighborhood, it’s just Samm.

Samm lives in the Weston neighborhood of Santee’s District 4 with her two shetland sheep dogs, Bibby and Striker.

Samm is running for City Council to apply her background to help better the quality of life in Santee. She is fighting to reduce traffic, support small business, preserve open space, and ensure that development projects are in line with the community’s vision.

Endorsement Update

Endorsement Committee Chair Yvonne Elkin will update us on the results of our August 16 Endorsement meeting.

  • Chula Vista Elementary School Board Area 4
  • National City City Council
  • Oceanside Mayor
  • Oceanside City Council District 3
  • Oceanside City Council District 4
  • Vallecitos Water Board Division 5

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