Notes from August 16 Endorsement Meeting

Yvonne Elkin, Endorsement Committee Chair

Endorsement Meeting: Sunday, August 16, 2020 via Zoom

11:00AM Club President, Susan Peinado calls meeting to order and turns it over to Endorsement Chair, Yvonne Elkin

Procedure explanation and instructions for voting electronically.

Races in which we will attempt to endorse:

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

Member Discussion – Speakers for and against candidates

Announcements (All events/meetings are virtual)

  • Many thanks to all the members of the endorsment committee!
  • Videos from comedian Sara Cooper
  • Preview of next DWC meeting scheduled for Monday, August 17, 2020
  • Jane Marshall – Recommendation of Rise Up on KPBS 
  • Kate Bishop – Friday Trivia Nights
  • Andrea Cardenas – Candidate for Chula Vista City Council
  • Michelle Krug – 2020 Census
  • Nora Vargas – Candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 1
  • Sample Trivia

1:30PM Voting closed. Counting team begins to review the results.


  • Chula Vista Elementary School Board Area 4 – Kate Bishop Endorsed
  • National City City Council – Marcus Bush and José Rodriguez Endorsed
  • Oceanside City Council District 3 – Shari Mackin and Amber Newman Rated Acceptable
  • Oceanside City Council District 4 – Michelle Gomez, Jane Marshall and Morgan McCray Rated Acceptable
  • Oceanside Mayor – Rob Howard and Esther Sanchez Rated Acceptable
  • Vallecitos Water Board Division 5 – Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson

2:47PM: Meeting adjourned 

Next regular meeting – Monday, August 17, 6:30PM discussing the Census, Board of Supervisors, COVID.

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary


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


Vote For Women – Lift Their Voices

We have many club members running for the Central Committee. Check your Presidential Primary Democratic ballot and vote for up to six (6) women, and their allies, in your Assembly District.

Share these flyers on Facebook and Twitter, and print out the PDFs (at the bottom of the page) for when you’re out canvassing.

With club members from all over San Diego county it was hard to select just six (6) candidates per Assembly District.

The criteria used were determined by a sub-committee of the executive officers, and included the following:

  • Service/leadership within the club or our supported organizations
  • Support of club activities and events
  • Representation of the mission and values of the club to the broader community
  • Support of other club members within our shared communities
  • Individual historical membership in the club
  • Frequency of attendance

Assembly District 71

  • Tom Lemmon – Marine/Veteran Advocate
  • Christina Perry – Teacher

Assembly District 75

  • Nicolle Leeds | Businesswoman

Assembly District 76

  • Esther C. Sanchez | Attorney/Council Member

Assembly District 77

  • Danny Jackson | Director/Vice-President/Consultant
  • Melinda K. Vasquez | Attorney
  • Lauren Bier | Attorney/Policy Advocate

Assembly District 78

  • Gretchen Newsom | Advocate of Workers
  • Sarah K. Davis | Licensed midwife/Businesswoman
  • Codi Vierra | Congressional Campaign Manager
  • Wendy Levy Batterson | Community Organizer/Advocate
  • Bernadette Butkiewicz | Community Organizer
  • Becca Taylor | Gerontologist/Veterans Advocate

Assembly District 79

  • Evlyn Andrade | Director of Development
  • Nidia Castaneda | Small Business Owner
  • Temika M. Cook | Cook/Labor Leader
  • Angela de Joseph | Central Committee Member
  • Kathryn Meyer | Community Organizer
  • Samantha Jenkins | City Appointed Commissioner

Assembly District 80

  • Brenda Aguirre Arnold | Community/Campaign Organizer
  • Cathie Hyatt | Events Director/Mother
  • Sara S. Kent | Community Organizer/Mother
  • Kate Bishop | Designer/Parent Advocate
  • Delfina Gonzalez | Central Committee Member
  • Angelica “Angel” Godinez

Educating Democratic women about the political process, to increase their voice and participation.

8.5″ x 11″ sheet, of four 4″ x 5.25″ flyers, for canvassing


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