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Notes from November Meeting – Our Heroines and Champions

Monday, Nov 16, 2020 Via Zoom

6:32PM Club President Susan Peinado called meeting to order

 Approval of Agenda (M: Alyce Pipkin-Allen)


Club Officers – President Susan Peinado, VP Dr Rebecca Fielding-Miller, VP Ramla Sahid, Secretary Cathie Hyatt and Treasurer Rosamond Blevins

Recognition of visiting Electeds or their representatives, representatives from other affiliated organizations

  • Doug Case Representing State Senate President Pro Tem – Toni Atkins – Election results
  • Tiffany Boyd- Hodgson elected to Vallecitos Water Board
  • Jose Rodriguez elected to National City Council
  • Rob Howard – Former Candidate for Oceanside Mayor
  • Liz Lavertu – Former Candidate for State Assembly
  • Dr. Lawana Richmond – Former Candidate for SDU School Board
  • Samm Hurst – Candidate for Santee City Council

Current Candidates

  • Evlyn Andrade – Candidate for East Area Vice Chair of the SDCDP
  • Shane Parmely – Candidate for ADEM


Updates on 2021 Assembly District Elections by Region 20 District Director Michelle Krug

  • Candidates can apply Nov 15 – Dec 15
  • Must have been a registered Dem on Nov 3
  • Details here

To vote, register for a Mail Ballot by Jan 11, 2021

All ballots must be received by Jan 27, 2021

Club Member Andrea St. Julian, Esq, immediate past President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, co-chair of San Diegans for Justice on the implementation of Measure B, which DWC endorsed, which will establish an independent commission to oversee the San Diego Police Department.

Club Member Genevieve Jones-Wright on the San Diego City Council’s unanimous vote to approve an ordinance to govern all surveillance technologies in the city — action rooted in pushback after the city quietly installed cameras on 3,000 smart streetlights.

Motion to support DWC Eboard position endorsing Monica Montgomery Steppe for San Diego City Council President (M: Kate Bishop) 30 – 1 motion passed.

Covid Rant – UCSD Epidemiologist Vice President Dr. Becca Fielding Miller – Not that Kind of Doctor 

Reports as Treasurer and DWC Eboard Nominating Chair Rosamond Blevins 

Dr. LaWana Richmond and Dr. Becca Fielding Miller expressed interest in running for DWC President in January 2021

New Business

Clubmember Shane Parmely made a motion that DWC take a formal support position asking City Council and the County Board of Supervisors to fill our COVID hotel rooms to a 90% occupancy rate with homeless families and people with disabilities by December 15, 2020.

Motion passed unanimously.


Michelle Krug – redistricting in 2021, putting this on our radar

Rob Howard – Saturday food distribution on Saturday, November 21 from 8-10am. Drive thru only. Flyer forthcoming 

Ellen Nash – Thank you to DWC for donation to BAPAC/Generation Justice Get Out the Vote Drive

Kate Bishop – Thank you to DWC for donation 

Ruth Rollins – What is the possibility of State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins being selected for Senate – all up to the Governor

Our next meeting is Monday December 21, 6:30 Zoom PARTY 

We’ll be inviting all female candidates – successful or not – to come celebrate with us and talk about their experiences as candidates. We are grateful to all of you for stepping up to run!

Video of the meeting is on our YouTube channel here.

Transcript of the meeting is here.

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

Photo by Miguel Bruna on Unsplash

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June 17 – Endorsements, Convention Reports, Bookclub, PR & Media

Come help us celebrate our 5th Anniversary with cake and champagne!

We have a fun-packed, full agenda for our June Meeting.

We all survived the rollercoaster of the California Democratic Party State Convention, where we met over a dozen presidential candidates up close and personal. We will be giving reports about our experiences and, if you went, we’d love to have you tell us what impressed you, and what didn’t.

Let’s give a big shoutout to club member Michelle Krug who was elected our Region 20 Director. Congratulations!

Our first bookclub meeting last month was a great start, combined with a Happy Hour with the Point Loma Democratic Club. But our next one will be more serious, with a discussion hopefully lead by Dr. Doreen Mattingly. The book is “How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics, from welfare reform to foreclosure to Trump” by Laura Briggs, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-28191-2 (download PDF flyer).We will aim for mid-summer, probably August, based on Dr. Mattingly’s availability.

Introduction of proposed Bylaw change.

Introduction of our new Public Relations and Media Committee.

We start our 2019 Endorsement season at this meeting! The Committee has been working hard and for our June meeting here are the races scheduled to be considered for endorsement:

  • Chula Vista City Council District 3* Steve Padilla
  • San Diego City Council District 9* Georgette Gomez
  • Assembly District 80* Lorena Gonzalez
  • CA State Senate 39* Toni Atkins
  • Congressional District 49* Mike Levin
  • indicates these are Friendly Incumbents

To note the changes from our discussion at our last meeting:

  • Dr Shirley Weber asked for Assembly District 80 to be moved to Aug, so we will
  • Scott Peters – June does not work for him, so we will reschedule the Congressional District 52 meeting
  • We haven’t heard back from Tasha Boerner-Horvath so we decided to postpone the Assembly District 76 consideration

And we are moving the San Diego City Attorney race to July because of the change from Friendly Incumbent as Ms Elliot now has a challenger in that race, Cory Briggs.

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!


Notes from Apr 16 Meeting – Endorsements and Actions

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County April 16, 2018 Regular Monthly Meeting, Elijah’s Restaurant

President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7pm

Approval of Agenda by unanimous vote

Guests and Candidates (not seeking endorsement tonight):

  • Doug Case – representing State Senator Toni Atkins
  • Mary Marshall – representing Ammar Campa Najjar, candidate for CA Congressional District. 50
  • Oren Robinson – representing Fayaz Nawabi, candidate for SD City Council District 6
  • Carol Gendal – representing Elizabeth Warren, candidate for CA State Assembly District 76
  • Dominic Nguyen – representing Dave Myers, candidate for Sheriff
  • Rafael Perez – candidate for San Diego Community College Board
  • Michelle Krug – Full Voter Participation and Prop 13 petitions
  • Cody Petterson – Prop 13 petition

President’s Report: Susan Peinado

  • Full Voter Participation petition reminder
  • June 5, Gubernatorial Primary handout and discussion
  • Moxie Theatre play, The Madres, discussion of dates for DWC attendance
  • Support of proposed, discussed, motioned, and approved
  • Fundraiser for Genevieve Jones-Wright, April 20, DWC reps sponsoring/attending
  • Resolution on anti-harassment training for candidates and party leaders in development
  • Bylaws – an introduction
  • Martin Luther King Jr Democratic Club Resolution – VP Internal, Becca Miller; Past President, Emily Bonner; MLK Jr Democratic Club, Tasha Williamson
  • Discussion of events surrounding Roosevelt Dinner
  • Motioned, seconded, and approved to waive resolution notice requirements as allowed in bylaws
  • Motioned, seconded, and unanimously approved to sign on to resolution

Treasurer’s Report: Rosamond Blevins

Endorsements: Run by Dr. Doreen Mattingly – candidates must get 60% of the vote to be endorsed

Chula Vista School Board Seat 5

  • Kate Bishop
  • Eduardo Reyes – Endorsed

San Diego Unified School District C (friendly incumbent)

  • Dr. Michael McQuary – Endorsed

Southwestern Community College Seat 4

  • Leticia Cazares – Endorsed
  • Nicole Jones

California Senate 38 (friendly incumbent)

  • Jeff Griffith – Endorsed

San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 5

  • Michelle Gomez – Endorsed
  • Jacqueline Arsivaud Benjamin (absent, no proxy)

Call for old and/new business.

Announcements from the floor:

  • Susan Peinado – High School student voter registration event and student walkout against gun violence, April 20
  • Kelly King – Encouragement to speak up against harassment
  • Recognition and thanks to the DWC Endorsement Team
  • Michelle Krug – New citizens voter registration opportunity, April 18
  • John Loughlin – Stand Up for CA Values Rally, April 17
  • Codi Vierra – California Young Democrats fundraiser in Orange County
  • Lynn Gerson – Delaine Eastin lawn signs available and Day of Action, April 28

Endorsed candidates assembled for photo.
Meeting adjourned at 9:24pm.
Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, May 21, at Elijah’s Restaurant.

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Notes from Aug 21 Meeting – Should Democrats Endorse Anti-Choice Candidates?

The meeting was called to order just after 7pm at the Aja Project building in City Heights.

Officers present:
Susan Peinado, President
Ramla Sahid, Vice President
Becca Fielding-Miller, Secretary
Emily Bonner, Immediate Past President

• Ruth Rollins and Susan Peinado introduce two new members
• Ramla Sahid moves to approve meeting agenda, motion passes with no additions.
• Susan Peinado requests and receives permission to livestream club meeting

Elected report:
• Doug Case for Toni Atkins, speaks on affordable housing crisis. Three bills have passed the Senate and are currently in the assembly. Senator Atkins bill, SB2, would create a permanent funding source for affordable housing via a $75 fee on certain types of real estate transactions. Expected to raise $250 million per year. SB3, will be on November 2018 ballot, is a $3 billion bond to ford affordable housing throughout the state. SB1 would streamline process of approval for affordable housing.

Candidates speak:
• Pierre Beauregard, Congressional District 50
• Ammar Campa-Najar, Congressional District 50
• Daniel Schmiekowski, San Diego City Council District 2
• Patrick McFarland, Chula Vista City Council District 2
• Michelle Krug for Doug Applegate, Congressional District 49
• Bryan Pease, San Diego City Council District 2
• Alice Pipken-Allen for Ken Marlborough, County Board of Supervisors District 4
• Jordan Beane, San Diego City Council District 2
• Dominic Nguyen for Dave Myers, Sherriff – Endorsed by County Party
• Genevieve Jones-Wright, County District Attorney – Endorsed by County Party
• Paul Kerr, Congressional District 49, introduces himself to club members

Should the Democratic party endorse anti-abortion/anti-choice/pro-life candidates? Should abortion be a litmus test?

  • Mattingly of San Diego State discusses different terminology used around abortion within the political realm (anti-abortion, anti-choice, pro-life, pro-birth, etc…) and shares some of the historical and political context of the debate.
Yes No AND
Christian argument: True pro-life policies include social and economic support for women and children that reduce unwanted abortion. Banning abortion will not reduce it. It’s a question of priorities in red states: If we don’t appeal to independents in red states, we won’t win elections. For a lot of independents, choice/abortion is an important issue. There are Democrats who are anti-choice, but it’s not their most important issue
Of course we want the swing vote, but why does it have to come at the expense of women? There are lots of swing issues that aren’t choice. We don’t want to preclude Republicans from changing their minds and voting for Democrats We also have to look at pro-woman issues/issues of reproductive justice that disproportionately affect women of color.
We shouldn’t back down on our Democratic values to win. Just because you’re pro-choice doesn’t mean you’re pro-reproductive justice. Lots of pro-choice candidates for policies that harm women of color’s ability to parent their children in safety and without state persecution and violence.

The Democratic party is just as complicit in the targeting and surveillance of communities of color, that’s not pro-life.

A candidate’s personal values are irrelevant, their job is to obey the law and the law has decided that abortion is legal. When we just talk one issue, and ignore how these issues intersect, we lose votes.
Roe may still be in place, but there are dozens of state-level laws across the country that limit access and affect poor women, rural women, young women, and women of color the most. This is not an elitist issue. Your access to abortion is not at risk if you have money. People aren’t not voting for Democrats because abortion. We need to look at the real reasons why poor women and people of color aren’t going to the polls.
Anti-abortion candidates push women back. We refuse to go back and would never vote for somebody who will send our rights backwards.
We believe in freedom of religion as a fundamental principle of our government. There is no place to impose religious values as part of the legislative agenda.
Women are the backbone of the Democratic party and abandoning our civil rights for votes is a slap in the face to the people who get candidates elected in the first place.

Vice President Ramla Sahid motions to vote on proposed resolution, with amendments, at next meeting. The amended resolution will be sent out with two weeks notice. Motion passes on a hand-vote. The vote will be on the agenda for the 9/18 meeting.

Officer reports:
• Secretary: Will be going out on maternity leave shortly.
• VP:
o Update on grassroots affordable housing efforts in San Diego.
o Climate action campaign has a new podcast called Flip The Script, the Future is Female. Find it on itunes or twitter: @FlipTheScriptSD

New Business:
• Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi speaks on urging San Diego to deconcentrate poverty by keeping an Obama-era desegregation rule via Section 8. Trump has suspended this rule, but cities have the option to keep complying. Learn more at (
• Kevin Beiser has requested an early endorsement vote at the 9/18 meeting.
• Western Service Workers speak on the need to press for water as a human right in San Diego, where thousands of people are having their water shut off which is creating a public health and human rights crisis.

Upcoming events:
• September 11th: Scott Peters will be hosting an event on reproductive justice and the politics of women’s health. 6:15 pm at Democratic Party Headquarters. RSVP to
• November 2nd: Flip the Script women’s lunch. Featuring very awesome keynote speaker to be announced. 11:30am at Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation
• Happy Hour with Indivisible and other local progressive groups TBD. Keep an eye on our website/facebook/twitter!

See you all next month, September 18 at 7pm!