Events News

May 18 – General Meeting on Zoom

When: Monday, May 18: 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 getting 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. Hopefully, we will have someone monitoring the chat to text us relevant questions or comments.

We are fortunate to be able to welcome Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director, Casa Cornelia Law Center 
Carmen Chavez is a San Diego native, and is the first-generation daughter of Mexican immigrants, graduating from San Diego State University with a B.A. degree in Political Science, and then attended law school. Carmen now serves as the Executive Director at Casa Cornelia Law Center, a pro bono law firm in San Diego. Casa Cornelia Law Center provides direct representation in humanitarian immigration applications, including asylum and related relief and protection, special immigrant juvenile status, U and T visas, and VAWA self-petitions and cancellation of removal. 

It is the only legal service provider in San Diego serving detained unaccompanied immigrant children and the primary legal service provider for non-detained unaccompanied children. For the last 20 years, Ms. Chavez has worked at Casa Cornelia in various capacities, initially as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, then Staff Attorney/Program Director/Associate Director, and currently manages the law center overseeing a staff of 30 and a volunteer base of over 400. As a Staff Attorney and then Associate Director, she provided direct representation and mentored volunteers handling cases before the USCIS, EOIR and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Ms. Chavez has served on task forces, committees, working groups and has given numerous presentations and trainings to the legal community, social workers, law enforcement, students, community groups, faith community, parents and clients. Ms. Chavez is a California licensed attorney and a graduate of Loyola Law School. 
To learn more about Casa Cornelia Law Center visit our website at

Since 2019, the immigration landscape has shifted significantly, and even more rapidly during the last few months given the Covid-19 pandemic.  We would like to keep you informed of the changes and how they affect children, families, and asylum seekers seeking legal services and humanitarian protection in Southern California.  

Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in Southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.

We also welcome Sara Jacobs to update us on her campagin and to tell us about her non-profit San Diego for Every Child,

DWC Club Members can do some simple things immediately that will help get us better results in future elections.

Ask everyone you know if they have filled out their Census information.

And ask everyone if they are registered to vote or do they need to change or update their information– Ask these questions of your family members, friends and neighbors.

Chair of our Endorsement Committee, Yvonne Elkin will be updating us on how we will be handling upcoming candidate endorsements for the general election. In this time of COVID-19 and Zoom, we are considering the use of Opavote. The Director of Clubs, John Loughlin will run a quick demo election during the meeting for our consideration.  

There are several upcoming events that are worth your attention.

  • The first one is the PANA #PowerHour conversation on Facebook Live, May 21 @ 5pm PST. This #PowerHour will shed light on the issue of mass surveillance. Specifically, we will be discussing the landscape of surveillance in San Diego and local efforts to establish transparent and responsible local oversight of surveillance technologies.Please see additional information on the flyer attached below.
  • Senator Toni Atkins is hosting an event for our endorsed candidate, Marni Von Wilpert, for San Diego City Council District 5 on Sunday May 31. Marni and State Senator President pro Tempore Toni Atkins will discuss current issues facing San Diego. All are welcome. If making a contribution does not work for you right now, please RSVP directly to Marni at, instead of using the RSVP link above, to get the Zoom link for the event. PLEASE SEE THE FLYER ATTACHED BELOW for additional information. 

Marni is also continuing her hard work collecting donations for San Diego Homeless Youth Shelters. Cleaning supplies, children’s games/books or grocery story gift cards are most needed.  To arrange a no-contact donation pickup, please text or e-mail Marni at (619)719-5749

As always, if any member has questions or concerns, please feel free to call me. I look forward to ‘seeing you’ on Monday.

Susan Peinado, President
(619) 225-9236

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January 20 – Endorsements

Meeting starts promptly at 6:30 PM.
Social time will be from 6:00PM to 6:30PM.

Chaired by Yvonne Elkin, Endorsement Committee Chair

We will attempt to endorse in the following races:

Congressional District 53

  • John Brooks
  • Jose Caballero
  • Dr. Joseph Fountain
  • Janessa Goldbeck
  • Georgette Gómez
  • Sara Jacobs
  • Eric Kutner
  • Suzette Santori,
  • Joaquín Vázquez

The following withdrew their candidacy from the CD 53 seat:

  • Marisa Calderon (Is now running for CD 50)
  • Zack Fields
  • Dr. Devorah Fox
  • Shelly Lorenze
  • Tom Wong

and the following did not respond: 

  • John Christian-Carey
  • Annette Meza

San Diego City Council District 9

  • Kelvin Barrios
  • Sam Bedwell
  • Sean Elo
  • Ross Naismith


  • Genoveva Aguilar – withdrew from race
  • Kevin Alston – notified us that he does not seek our endorsement
  • Alejandro Soto – did not respond

100th Anniversary Women’s Suffrage

Club Member Anne Hoiberg, San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame and other numerous awards, will remind us of the 100th year anniversary of women obtaining voting rights.

Officer Elections

If you want to run for an executive board position, please contact Ruth Rollins to make sure you understand the skill set needed and time commitment.

  • Susan Peinado, President and Co-founder
  • Ramla Sahid, External Vice President
  • Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller, Internal Vice President
  • Cathie Hyatt, Secretary
  • Rosamund Blevins, Treasurer
  • Nominations form the floor



We meet at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

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 there by 6PM and available to talk and answer questions.

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

Meeting Location

We meet at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

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 there by 6PM and available to talk and answer questions.

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


Notes from Feb 19 Meeting – Endorsements and Actions

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County February 19, 2018 Meeting at Elijah’s Restaurant.

President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7pm. The agenda was approved with a unanimous voice vote.

Guests and Candidates (not seeking endorsement tonight):

  • Tommy Hough – candidate for SD City Council District 6
  • Doug Case – representing State Senator Toni Atkins
  • Matt Brower – candidate for Superior Court Judge
  • Kevin Beiser – candidate for School Board
  • Matt Valenti – candidate for SD City Council District 6
  • Sean Elo – candidate for SD Community College Board
  • Leticia Cazares – candidate for Southwestern Community College Board
  • Rafael Perez – candidate for SD Community College Board
  • Mary Anne Viney – candidate for Carlsbad City Council District 1
  • James Elia – candidate for State Assembly District 71
  • Fayaz Nawabi – candidate for SD City Council District 6
  • Judy Key – animal cruelty petition
  • Michelle Krug – various petitions and announcements

President’s Report – Robert’s Rules overview with handout.

President provided Treasurer’s Report – as Rosamond Blevins was still busy checking members in to the meeting.

Announcement that the County Party’s Making a Difference Award is to be presented to our External VP, Ramla Sahid at the upcoming Roosevelt Dinner (April 7, 2018).

The membership unanimously approved $500 for a subsidized DWC table for the Roosevelt Dinner, for those members who can’t afford the full $115 ticket (first 10 applicants will get the ticket for only $65).

Certificate of Appreciation from Lemon Grove Mayor, Racquel Vasquez acknowledging DWC sponsorship of ROAR Breakfast.

Report – Angela de Joseph, Women of Color ROAR Breakfast recap and thanks. Announced March for Black Women San Diego to be held on March 10, 2018.

Announcement that the County Party’s Volunteer of the Year Award is to be presented to clubmember Michelle Krug at the upcoming Roosevelt Dinner (April 7, 2018).

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

San Diego City Council District 8

  • Antonio Martinez
  • Vivian Moreno – Endorsed

San Diego City Council District 4

  • Myrtle Cole
  • Monica Montgomery – Endorsed

San Diego City Council District 2 – All candidates rated acceptable

  • Jordan Beane
  • Jennifer Campbell
  • Bryan Pease

US Congressional District 49

  • Doug Applegate
  • Sara Jacobs
  • Mike Levin – Proxy, Chrissy Levin (spouse)
  • Christina Prejean

Applegate, Jacobs, Prejean rated acceptable. Levin not recommended.

Additional Candidate comments:

  • Ammar Campa Najjar – Candidate for US Congressional District 50

The membership unanimously approved:

  • New Associate Member, North Area Representative: Brett Fisher
  • New Associate Member, South Area Representative: Lilianna Barba

Meeting adjourned at 10pm.

Notes: Cathie Hyatt, Secretary
Photos: John Loughlin

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Feb 19 – Endorsements and Actions

After electing new officers last month, participating in the Women’s March, and sponsoring the Women of Color Roar – Election Year Kick off Breakfast we have another great endorsement meeting on Monday February 19, at 7pm.

  • Congress, 49th: Douglas Applegate, Sara Jacobs, Paul Kerr​, Mike Levin, Christina Prejean
  • San Diego City Council 2: Jordan Beane, Jennifer H. Campbell MD, James Morrison, Bryan Pease
  • San Diego City Council 4: Myrtle Cole*, Monica Montgomery
  • San Diego City Council 8: Antonio Martinez, Vivian Moreno, Christian Ramirez, Zachary T. Lazarus

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call us (619) 900-4751.

RSVP via our Facebook event page.

Monday February 19 – Social Time from 6:30pm, Club business at 7:00pm.

Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 6:30pm just before the meeting starts.


Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map).

  • MTS routes 44, 60
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Notes from Nov 27 Meeting – Endorsements and Actions

7:00pm Meeting called to order and President’s welcome
7:02pm Approval of agenda
7:05pm Candidates
  • Tasha Borener Hoverath, Assembly District 76
  • Brian Pease, City Council District 2
  • Matt Valenti, City Council District 6
  • Tommy Hough, City Council District 6
  • Sara Jacobs, Congressional District 49
  • Monica Montgomery, City Council District 4
  • Michelle Castle-Gomez, Assembly District 76
  • James Elia, Assembly District 71
  • Fayaz Nawabi, City Council District 6
  • Lori Saldaña, County Board of Supervisors District 4
Candidate Representatives
  • Dominic Nguyen for Dave Myers, Sherriff
  • Codi Vierra for Doug Applegate, Congressional District 49
  • Melissa Padilla for Omar Passons, County Board of Supervisors District 4
7:28pm Angela de Joseph: Proposed joint project between Indivisible Watu and DWC

January 20th Women’s Breakfast to celebrate and encourage women candidates, particularly women of color and young women. Members vote unanimously to contribute $500 to the event.

7:36pm Emiliana Sparaco, SEIU 221 – update on actions to Flip the 49th
7:53pm Dr. Donna Arnold-Dudley, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Introduction and description of the private non-profit organization founded in 1913.

7:57pm Endorsements, Dr. Doreen Mattingly

77th Assembly District – Sunday Gover
Unanimously endorsed with a show of hands

50th Congressional District – Pete Beauregard, Josh Butner, Ammar Campa-Najjar
Movement to endorse passes with a unanimous voice vote
Movement to endorse with a written ballot passes with a unanimous voice vote
With > 60% of the votes, DWC endorses Ammar Campa-Najjar for 50th Congressional District

8:37pm Officer reports

Tell Ruth Rollins if you are interested in running for office with the DWC. We’re looking for a Treasurer and possible Secretary. We’ll be adding a second Vice President position so there will be an internal and external VP.
Adding a second VP will require a bylaw change. Stay tuned.


We are solvent and doing well.


Holiday party on December 16th. Committee volunteers – Michelle Johnson, Alyce Pepkin Allen, John Loughlin, Susan Peinado
Male ally workshop committee volunteers – Samm Hurst & Michelle Johnson

8:48pm Announcements
9:00pm Meeting Adjourns
Officers Present:
  • Susan Peinado, President
  • Christa Wubbolding, Treasurer
  • Rebecca Fielding-Miller, Secretary

Notes: Rebecca Fielding-Miller
Photos: John Loughlin


Nov 27 – Monthly Meeting – Endorsements and Actions

We’re meeting at a new venue – Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map). The meeting starts at 7pm but come early for Social Time starting at 6:30pm and enjoy a glass of wine or dinner before the meeting.

Sara Jacobs, candidate for the 49th Congressional District, and Tasha Boerner Horvath, candidate for 76th Assembly District, have confirmed they’ll stop by to introduce themselves.

Angela de Joseph will make a proposal to the club from Indivisible Watu.

Emiliana Sparaco will educate us on the actions taking place to flip the 49th.

Clubmembers will have updates on events being planned for the anniversary of the Women’s March in January.

This month (as previously noticed) we’re considering endorsing in the 50th Congressional District and 77th Assembly District. Dr. Doreen Mattingly, Chair of the Endorsement Committee, will run this part of the meeting that will get underway ~7:30pm.

77th Assembly District

50th Congressional District

The Club will need a new Treasurer starting in January. Please let us know if you are interested. You would have lots of support and it’s a great team to work with. All of our officers serve one year terms so please let us know if you would like to step into a leadership position. Elections will be in January.

There are many exciting collaborations and events in the works at DWC into next year. We hope you’ll find something that ignites you to jump on board and get involved.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call us (619) 900-4751.

Monday November 27 – Social Time from 6:30pm, Club business at 7:00pm, Endorsements start at 7:30pm

Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 6:30pm just before the meeting starts.


We’re trying out a new venue: Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map).

  • MTS routes 44, 60