Notes from October 2019 Meeting – Endorsements

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
Monday, October 21, 2019, Monthly Meeting, Elijah’s Restaurant

Welcome members, guests, elected officials, and candidates.

  • Cathie Hyatt, Secretary, opened the meeting at 6:30PM


  • Approval of Agenda (Motion: Laurie Black)
  • Welcome members, guests, elected officials, and candidates

Representatives of Elected Officials:

  • Doug Case representing Toni Atkins, California Senate District 39

Meeting turned over to Endorsement Committee

  • Chaired by Yvonne Elkin

San Diego Community College Board District D (Friendly Incumbent): – Mary Graham

  • Endorsed by acclamation (M: Ruth Rollins). Unanimous.

San Diego City Council District 7 – Raul Campillo, Wendy Wheatcroft (represented by Brandon Weber)

  • Raul Campillo endorsed.

San Diego City Council District 1 – Aaron Brennan (represented by Janessa Goldbeck), Joe LaCava, Will Moore, Harid Puentes, Louis Rodolico, James Rudolph

  • Joe LaCava and Harid Puentes rated acceptable

November Endorsement Calendar: Attempt to endorse in the following races (M: Patty Peterson):

  • San Diego City Council D3 – Toni Duran, Adrian Kwiatkowski, Chris Olsen, Stephen Whitburn
  • San Diego City Council D5 – Marni Von Wilpert, Isaac Wang, Gary Westerburg
  • Chula Vista City Council D4 – Andrea Cardenas, Delfina Gonzalez, Rudy Ramirez

Unanimous approval of November endorsement calendar 

Officers’ Reports

External Vice President, Ramla Sahid – Surveillance lights update.

Treasurer, Rosamond Blevins – Balance of account. Rosamond entertains motion to donate $500 to Women Empowered International. (M: Ramla Sahid). Passes unanimously.

Secretary, Cathie Hyatt – Little free library and next book club selection: We Live for the We, Dani McClain

Social Committee Chair, Kate Bishop – DWC – Moxie Night Handbagged, Friday, November 8, 8:00PM

Old Business

  • Women Empowered International explained by 2019 honoree Anne Hoiberg.

New Business

  • Thank you to Susan and Rosamond for the voting sticks!


  • Kate Bishop: South Bay Progressive Dem Club Panel on Earl McNeil, October 28, 7:00PM
  • Beatrice Cubitt: Fundraiser for Marni Von Wilpert, November 9, 2:00PM

Candidates Remarks

  • Kenya Taylor – Candidate for SD County Board of Supervisors District 2
  • Roberta Winston – Candidate for Superior Court Judge 18
  • Tim Nadar – Candidate for Superior Court Judge 30
  • Delfina Gonzalez – Candidate for Chula Vista City Council District 4
  • Dr. LaWana Richmond – Candidate for SD Unified School Board District E
  • Cindy Lopez – Candidate for SD Unified School Board District E
  • Lauren Beir – Candidate for Central Committee District 77
  • Brenda Arnold – Candidate for Central Committee District 80
  • Kevin Alston – Candidate for SD City Council District 9
  • Kate Bishop – Candidate for Chula Vista Elementary School Board & Central Committee District 80

Meeting adjourned: 8:15pm 

Next regular meeting is 6:30PM Monday, November 18, 2019, Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

Events News

July 15 – Endorsements & Resolutions

Chaired by Yvonne Elkin, Endorsement Committee Chair

We will attempt to endorse in the following races:

  • San Diego City Attorney: Mara Elliott, Cory Briggs
  • San Diego Mayor: Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, Tasha Williamson
  • Assembly District 76: Tasha Boerner-Horvath
  • Congressional District 50: Ammar Campa-Najjar

Green New Deal Resolution for Dem Clubs

WHEREAS The UN Interdepartmental Panel on Climate Change has concluded that Human Caused Climate Change poses a clear and existential threat to humans and land and marine life forms and that energy, agricultural and transportation sectors must be fully decarbonized in 11 years to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 deg C to avoid global catastrophic consequences; at the same time, the fossil fuel industry has known about and deliberately concealed information and misinformed the public about the science and impacts from the burning fossil fuels and have spent billions of dollars to fund climate denier campaigns and block policies that advance climate solutions; 

WHEREAS The US is experiencing an unprecedented level of economic inequality, inadequate employment, wages and benefits, threats to food and water safety, lack of healthcare and affordable housing and environmental damages — all of which impact low income, indigenous and communities of color more significantly, and there is an urgent need to transition to an economy that works for all; 

WHEREAS Only the proposed Green New Deal initiative proposes a fair and just transition to a green, sustainable and renewable energy economy at the scale of the crisis; creates and guarantees good paying jobs; requires that the transition be led by the people who are at maximum peril from these threats; and can achieve the rapid, fair, and ethical transition of the United States to a net zero greenhouse gas emitting economy;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County supports the Green New Deal resolution and the no Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and calls on the San Diego Congressional delegation to: 1) cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution; 2) sign the no Fossil Fuel money pledge and commit to refusing political contributions from the fossil fuel industry; and, 3) hold a town hall meeting in their district in San Diego County by the August 2019 recess to dialogue with constituents on climate change. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be sent to the California US Senators and Congressional Representatives to take the actions identified.

“Clean Elections“: Differences from traditional reforms. Endorsement.

“Clean Elections” is the name supporters have given to some public financing efforts, used most prominently in Maine and Arizona. Some Clean Elections laws provide a government grant to candidates who agree to limit their spending and private fundraising.

Book Club

Our next book club meeting will be August 8, at the Women’s Museum in Liberty Station, courtesy of club member Anne Hoiberg. 

We have several copies available for club members of the book, “How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics – from welfare reform to foreclosure to Trump” by Laura Briggs. Club member Dr Doreen Mattingly, Chair of the Women’s Studies Department at San Diego State University,  will lead us in discussion. Contact us if you want us to get you a copy.

Officer Reports

  • Vice Presidents, Ramla Sahid and Dr Becca Fielding-Miller 
  • Treasurer, Rosamond Blevins (report and library checkout cards)
  • Secretary, Cathy Hyatt
  • Social Committee Chair, Kate Bishop
  • President’s Report, Susan Peinado


Raffle drawing

See everyone at Elijah’s —MTS routes 44 and 60. If you need a ride home afterwards, contact us beforehand so we can arrange carpools.

Come early and socialize with club members and officers. Officers are usually there by 6PM and are available to talk and answer questions.

Order dinner or a drink to sustain you, and the restaurant!