Events News

August 19 – Endorsements & Resolutions

New Meeting Start Time

We are moving the meeting time to start promptly at 6:30 PM.
Social time will be from 6:00PM to 6:30PM.

Because our agenda is completely full, we will not be able to give candidates (not on the agenda) time at the beginning of the meeting, as we usually do, to address our members. We encourage candidates to come to the Social Time so that they may talk directly to club members before the meeting starts.

The first order of business will be to address the following proposed Bylaw change:

Article VIII - Candidate Endorsements
For rules governing candidate endorsements refer to the Candidate Endorsement Policy.

Current Bylaws are available here. The proposed revisions are highlighted here.

Chaired by Yvonne Elkin, Endorsement Committee Chair

We will attempt to endorse in the following races:

  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 1
    • Rafael Castellanos
    • Ben Hueso (Jessica Hayes will be speaking for him)
    • Nora Vargas
    • Sophia Rodriguez
  • San Diego Community College Board District B (Friendly Incumbent) 
    • Bernie Rhinerson
  • San Diego Community College Board District D (Friendly Incumbent)  
    • Mary Graham
  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 2
    • Kenya Taylor
  • SD County Board of Supervisors District 3 
    • Olga Diaz
    • Terra Lawson-Remer            
    • Jeff Griffith has dropped out of this race        
  • Congressional District 52 (Friendly Incumbent)  
    • Scott Peters

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.

Officer Reports

  • Vice Presidents, Ramla Sahid and Dr Becca Fielding-Miller 
  • Treasurer, Rosamond Blevins
  • Secretary, Cathy Hyatt
  • Social Committee Chair, Kate Bishop
  • President’s Report, Susan Peinado
    • The Women’s Museum of California will be celebrating Women’s Equality Day, in Balboa Park on August 26th. The public is invited to join in the celebration with the Museum’s annual Suffrage Parade and Rally, 4:00 PM on the lawn area across from the Organ Pavilion.


Raffle drawing


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 Mar 19 Meeting – Endorsements and Actions

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County March 19, 2018 Meeting, Elijah’s Restaurant
President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7pm.

Guests and Candidates (not seeking endorsement tonight):

  • Doug Case – representing State Senator Toni Atkins
  • Judy Ki – animal cruelty petition
  • Jeff Griffith – candidate for CA State Senate District 38
  • Kate Bishop – candidate for Chula Vista School Board District 5
  • Victor Torres – candidate for Superior Court Judge
  • Matt Brower – candidate for Superior Court Judge
  • Katie Meyer – representing Ammar Campa Najjar, candidate for CA Congressional Dist. 50
  • Volunteer for Delaine Easton – candidate for Governor
  • Leticia Cazares – candidate for Southwestern Community College Board
  • Dominic Nguyen – representing Dave Myers, candidate for Sheriff
  • Michelle Gomez – candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 5
  • Jennifer Campbell – candidate for San Diego City Council District 3
  • Sara Jacobs – candidate for US Congressional District 49
  • Marggie Castellano – candidate for State Senate District 36
  • Mark Bartlett – candidate for Chula Vista City Council District 1

Announcement and confirmation of Club GoTeam Representative to the County Party – Alyce Pipkin-Allen

Emiliana Sparaco, Organizer, SEIU Local 221: Full Voter Participation Initiative. Petitions distributed to club members.

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

Friendly Incumbent Endorsements

  • Kevin Beiser: San Diego Unified District B – Endorsed
  • Scott Peters: 52nd Congressional District – Endorsed (Proxy: Codi Vierra)
  • Nora Vargas: Southwestern Community College Board, Seat 2 – Endorsed


75th Assembly District

  • Alan GeraciEndorsed

San Diego Community College District E

  • Sean EloEndorsed
  • Rafael Perez

San Diego City Council District 6

  • Tommy Hough
  • Fayaz NawabiEndorsed
  • Matt Valenti

President’s Report

  • Robert’s Rules reminder
  • The agenda was approved with a unanimous voice vote
  • Roosevelt Dinner, April 7, 2018, second club table purchased.
  • Oren Robinson provided details (Ramla Sahid, Michelle Krug to be honored).

Becca Miller,VP Internal: Club donation basket items for Roosevelt Dinner.

Kris Harvey: Turnover in current administration. (Handout)

Rosamond Blevins: Treasurer’s Report – over new credit union account

Meeting adjourned at 9:05pm

Notes: Cathie Hyatt
Photos: John Loughlin

News Opinion

Congressman Scott Peters defends his Yes votes on Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track)

Photo Credit: John Nicksic
Photo Credit: John Nicksic

Yesterday, I stood with this sign outside the HQs of the San Diego County Democratic Party in a “Walk of Shame” for my Congressman, Scott Peters, as he arrived to address the monthly meeting of the Council of Clubs.  We were there after two years of lobbying this Congressman on the secret, corporate-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and its companion Fast Track bill, who told us a year ago he would vote No, but who succumbed to the White House charm offensive and delusions of grandeur to vote Yes with a handful of other Democrats in our California Congressional Delegation.

After he walked our gauntlet, I followed him into the meeting, as a registered Democrat who has been very active in the San Diego County Democratic Party since 2004, including co-founding its vaunted Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in 2005 and serving as Vice Chair for the North Area in 2009-11.  I am a member of two local Democratic Clubs, the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County and the Clairemont Democratic Club.

I stationed myself at the back of the room, at the end of the center aisle directly in front of the speaker’s podium, standing with my sign.  The Director of Clubs told me the meeting was only for the Presidents of San Diego County Democratic Clubs, their designees or invited guests.  I expressed surprise that this monthly meeting would be closed to registered Democrats who are members of the San Diego County Democratic Party and of San Diego County Democratic Clubs.  She asked me to leave, but I stayed put.  No one tried to escort me out.

Shortly, Congressman Peters was given the podium.  This is not a transcript of his remarks of about 10 minutes, nor his replies to questions that followed for about 10 more minutes.  This is what struck me most in his remarks and replies.

First, Congressman Peters framed his Yes vote for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), first in concert with Trade Adjustment Assistance and second without, as supporting President Obama, whom he trusts to negotiate the final version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement with the authority granted by the passage of the TPA.  He said he trusts President Obama more than he trusts Boehner (GOP House Speaker) or McConnell (GOP Senate Majority Leader).

What Congressman Peters failed to state, until questioned later, is that TPA gives this negotiating authority to the President for several years — not just President Obama and not just for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  His rationalization of supporting his party’s President also fails to perform THE Constitutional role of the Congress — to act as a Check and Balance on the Executive Branch.  Congress isn’t supposed to “trust the President” — it is supposed to check his/her work.  This isn’t a failure to support your President, this is carrying out the job laid out in the Constitution for Congressmembers.

Congressman Peters subsequently also rationalized his Yes votes for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the context of winning a larger number of seats for Democrats in the House.  He pointed out that the 118 Democratic seats in the current House is the lowest ever, and asserted that we can’t grow that number through “ideological purity”, but must make our tent bigger.  I was dumbfounded.  The House GOP majority was gained in 2010 and grown in 2012 (when Peters was elected) and 2014 by TEA PARTY-backed candidates — the most ideologically pure since Newt Gingrich’s “Contract for America” in 1994 retook the House in the wake of the first election of Bill Clinton as President.

What Scott Peters and other “Third Way Democrats” don’t get/won’t acknowledge is that voters are motivated by candidates and electeds who are clear and consistent in their beliefs and values, and act in congruence with them.  As one of the invited guests at this meeting pointed out during the Q&A for Congressman Peters, people are leaving the Democratic Party in droves, changing the voter registration to “Decline to State” because of the failure of Democratic electeds to vote, speak up and lead in congruence with the public policies advocated by the Party at the national, state and local levels in platforms and resolutions adopted by Party members.  (See footnote below.)

I abhor much of what the Tea Party stands for — but it DOES motivate its adherents to show up in elections, as we have witnessed the past 5 years.  In sharp contrast, the equivocation of Democratic electeds like Congressman Peters, and their failure to clearly walk the talk of the Democratic Party, has driven down voter turnout to historically lowest levels.  

Consumers like labels that tell them what is in their food, medicines and other products.  There are Truth in Advertising laws for consumer products.  We need to demand Truth in Advertising from our Democratic elected officials — don’t advertise yourself as a Democrat if you aren’t going to honor the principles of the Democratic Party and the public policies advocated by it.  That’s not “ideological purity,” it is Truth in Advertising.

Footnote:  Adopted by the California Democratic Party at its May 2015 State Convention
Anaheim Convention Center, May 17, 2015


RESOLUTION 15-05.52 Trans-Pacific Partnership

WHEREAS, the latest provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement System aggressively expand the powers of multinational corporations, giving them the ability to undermine democracy by challenging our federal, state and local laws and programs that could diminish any of their future expected profits in international tribunals; and

WHEREAS, the TPP will spur another exodus of American jobs in the service, public and manufacturing sectors, as it includes rules that will make it even easier for corporate America to outsource call centers, programming, engineering, and manufacturing jobs, putting Americans out of work; and

WHEREAS, such unfettered power would result in an erosion of collective bargaining rights and a rollback of labor, health, consumer safety, and environmental regulations, and spurring a race to the bottom and an increase in wealth and income inequality;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party reaffirms its longstanding opposition to “fast tracking” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, denounces any elements which result in the massive expansion of corporate power and the weakening of democratic rule and workers rights, and calls for the disclosure of all the details of the agreement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED, that the California Democratic Party send this to our congressional delegation and President Obama.

Sponsored by Willie Pelote, AFSCME International, AFL-CIO and AFSCME California PEOPLE, Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation, CDP Chairman John Burton, and 25 DSCC members.

The issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was originally brought to the attention of the CDP Resolutions committee in 2013 by Susie Shannon (AD50), Dorothy Reik (AD50), and Adrienne Burk (AD46).

Martha Sullivan
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Democratic Woman’s Club of which she is a member.