15 Phenomenal Women Leaders in San Diego County

Mayor of Lemon Grove, Racquel Vasquez was the very first endorsement by the nascent Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County…

Racquel Vasquez

Thank you San Diego Union-Tribune and the Women’s Museum of California for naming me one of 15 Phenomenal Women Leaders in San Diego County.

I dedicate this recognition to city staff and volunteers who share my passion for public service and work hard to improve the City of Lemon Grove. #WomenLead#Share#SpreadTheWord#LemonGrove


Women Politicians Across the County Say They’ve Faced Harassment, Threats

Important article from the Voice of San Diego. This really needs a very deep conversation – Women Politicians Across the County Say They’ve Faced Harassment, Threats – by Kayla Jimenez.

Several of the women in this article are Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County (DWC) members. DWC helped assist the Voice of San Diego journalist, Kayla Jimenez, with her research for this article.

San Diego County Democratic Party Chair, Will Rodriguez Kennedy has expressed a commitment to convene a forum around this issue in the new year as part of the party’s Community Voices program.

“[Democratic Party leadership training for women (sic)] didn’t prepare us for this bullshit. Even with in-depth training, it knocks you off your feet.” – Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson, a North County water board candidate who reported harassment from an opponent (whom she beat like a drum)…/women-politicians…/

Illustration by Adriana Heldiz.


California Democratic Party Executive Board Report

This is the Floor Report from the Executive Board meeting that was held virtually July 24-26, 2020.

This details all of the resolutions passed and decisions made out of committees.

Events News

April 20 – Monthly Meeting via Zoom

When: Monday, April 20, Meeting starts at 6:30 PM but you can join the Zoom from 6:00 PM, if you need a few minutes to get help started. We’ll be there to help everyone get connected.

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.

We will also Livestream the meeting on our YouTube channel for non-clubmembers.


  • San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher who will speak to us about county resources to help fight the economic and mental health impact of the Covid-19 epidemic
  • Supervisorial Candidate Nora Vargas &
  • Supervisorial Candidate Terra Lawson-Remer
    will update us on their campaigns to join Nathan on the County Board of Supervisors

Brandon McDonald of the Western Service Workers will discuss the dire needs of their members who are desperate for food. He says that people donate food and it’s gone in two days, the need is so great. They also need people to help fill out unemployment forms and deliver food.

Western Service Workers, although their members are comprised of the poorest of the working poor, are not the only group that is looking for help. If you know of organizations that are working to help with resources, please let us know and we will list them on our website.

The original intention for this meeting was to focus on mental health. issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Older, more isolated and fragile members and our members who are parents, some who are single parents, home full time with their children, are suffering stress.

And then there is the financial stress, causing its own set of mental health issues — which is always harder on women.

Nathan will discuss mental health resources to help with these issues, that we can direct people to, as well as resources for victims of domestic abuse.

It’s clear that Nathan, as the sole Democratic voice on the County Board of Supervisors, has driven major changes in the attitude of the board on the delivery of needed services. Just think what we can do when we get Nora and Terra elected to join him.

Book Club Selection:

The DWC’s executive board has chosen the book for our next Book Club– the Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson. Dr. Steffanie Strathdee is a infectious disease epidemiologist, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego where she co-directs the new Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics. Steffanie is married to Thomas L. Patterson, Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, where they lead an HIV prevention research and training program on the Mexico-US border. Together, they co-authored The Perfect Predator, a medical memoir about Tom’s life-threatening superbug infection which was cured with a hundred-year old forgotten cure– phage therapy. In 2018, Steffanie was named by TIME magazine as one of 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for her work to bring phage therapy to North America.

We do not yet have a date for the event as we are hoping to get Professor Strathdee to join us for discussion.

If you have any problems, questions or concerns we can help with please give me a call or email.

Susan Peinado, President
(619) 225-9236