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June 15 – Monthly Meeting – Politics in the time of COVID

As we settle into this pandemic, the days melt into weeks, and the weeks drag on to months. Many of us are depressed, frustrated, lonely for family, missing all the freedoms of the “Before Times”, scared for our future and the future of our loved ones, worried about paying bills and rent.

And mad that our country hasn’t done better for Black Americans. This month has been one of tremendous pain as we watched a cruel Minneapolis policeman, Derek Chauvin, callously kill the Black man we now know was George Floyd. And the events that unfolded after that have been unceasingly difficult to bear witness to. The tear gassing, beatings and unwarranted brutality toward peaceful protesters, for some of us looting in our community, shooting rubber bullets at reporters and protesters– all this seems too much for even the worst horror movie.

And yet it is real. It’s our reality in this Time of Covid. Hopefully, the communities and relationships we have built will help us process this and change into better versions of ourselves.

Please join us on Monday night. We will leave some time for breakout rooms where we can check in with old friends and help each other process what is happening as our national horror.

Meeting virtually by Zoom.

When: Monday, June 15: Meeting starts at 6:30 PM but please start checking in at 6:00 PM, to help us get the meeting started on time.

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.

Our meetings are available live on our  YouTube channel. Someone will monitor the chat to text into the meeting relevant questions or comments that may be asked there. 

Featured Speakers

San Diego County Party Chair, William Rodriquez-Kennedy, joins us to talk about what went happened at the controversial vote that increased the SDCDP Budget and how we can help empower progressive Democratic Council Members to address police overuse of force and building a more equitable city. As well as how the Party is planning to campaign in the age of COVID19.

Chula Vista former Mayor and current Councilmember Steve Padilla will speak to us regarding his recent experience with COVID-19, the realities of governing during this uncertain time, and talk about the importance of continued voter education efforts even though elections look different now than they have in the past.

Club Vice President Dr. Rebecca Fielding Miller, UCSD Assistant Adjunct Professor, Medicine, School of Health Sciences, an epidemiologist, who has been featured on NBC San Diego and Voice of San Diego, will address member concerns and questions on Covid related issues. More information on Dr Miller may be found here.

Resolution to Demand San Diego Democrats Refuse Donations from Law Enforcement Unions

Club Members Ellen Nash, Chair of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC), San Diego Chapter and Alyce Pipkin-Allen, recipient of the San Diego County Democratic Party Chair’s Award, (and both DWC Endorsement Committee members) will bring their resolution before the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee Tuesday, June 16. They will be asking for our support before this important vote.

They will be asking for our support before this important vote.

Demand that the San Diego Democrats Refuse Donations from Law Enforcement Unions

WHEREAS, law enforcement in San Diego has a history of racial profiling, discrimination, and violence against Black, Latinx, API, Native American and other communities; and racially biased, militarized policing has been used as a tool to promulgate white supremacy and harm Black members of our community for over 175 years;

WHEREAS, San Diego citizens have struggled for decades to ensure that San Diego law enforcement departments and officers are held accountable to all communities they serve by advocating for reasonable measures such as the community-led Independent Commission on Police Practices to promote responsible, accountable policing and address disparities in policing practices of stops, arrests and use of force;

WHEREAS, the main obstacles to such accountability have been local police unions and the San Diego County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association;

BE IT RESOLVED that the San Diego County Democratic Party shall refuse all donations from Law Enforcement Unions and Associations and demands that all San Diego Democratic elected officials refuse such contributions as well;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the San Diego County Democratic Party requests that any candidate who has taken money from Law Enforcement Unions and Associations this election cycle contribute said money to community organizations that work on issues such as racial justice, criminal justice reform, or the empowerment of the Black community, indigenous community and other communities of color.

Endorsement Update

Endorsement Committee Chair Yvonne Elkin will update us on our Endorsement schedule and discuss the voting process. We decided to hold our endorsement meetings separately from our regular meetings. These meetings will be limited to members only. The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 10 AM to 1 PM and at this meeting we will attempt to endorse in the following races:

  • Assembly District 75, Kate Schwartz
  • County Board of Education 1, Gregg Robinson
  • County Board of Education 2, Guadalupe Gonzalez *
  • San Diego City Attorney, Cory Briggs & Mara Elliott
  • San Diego Unified District A, Sabrina Bazzo
  • San Diego Unified District D, Richard Barrera *
  • San Diego Unified District E, Lawana Richmond & Sharon Whitehurst-Payne
  • Superior Court Judge Seat 30, Tim Nader

Support DWC Members for ACLU Positions

Two Clubmembers are up for election at the upcoming ACLU Annual Membership Meeting and Board Election, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 3PM to 4PM. Since many of our members are also ACLU members, we ask that you support Wedad Schlotte, nominated for Board of Directors and Yvonne Elkin, nominee for Nominating Committee.

As always, if any member has questions or concerns, please feel free to call. We look forward to ‘seeing you’ on Monday June 15.

Susan Peinado, President
(619) 225-9236


Notes from June 2019 Meeting – Endorsements, Convention Reports, Bookclub, PR & Media

Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
Monday, June 17, 2019, Monthly Meeting, Elijah’s Restaurant

Welcome and Introductions

President Susan Peinado opened the meeting at 7:00pm.
Welcome to members and guests.
Approval of agenda (Motion: Yvonne Elkin).
Welcome to guests and new members.
Introduction of club officers, chairs, and club associates.
Introduction of Angela de Joseph as Public Relations and Media Chair and Nicole Jones as South Bay Club Associate.
Recognition of other clubs’ officers.

Elected Officials

  • Barbara Bry – San Diego City Council District 1
  • Doug Case for Toni Atkins – CA Senate President pro Tem District 39


  • Harid Puentes – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Raul Campillo – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Terra Lawson-Remer – Candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 3
  • Nora Vargas – Candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 1
  • Joe LaCava – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Sharon Larios – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 7
  • Cory Briggs – Candidate for City Attorney
  • Aniya Brown for William Moore – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 1
  • Kenya Taylor – Candidate for County Board of Supervisor District 2
  • Steph Groce – Candidate for San Diego School Board Seat A
  • Joaquin Vazquez – Candidate for Congress District 53
  • Nick Serrano for Todd Gloria – Candidate for Mayor of San Diego
  • Delfina Gonzalez – Candidate for Chula Vista City Council District 4

Jay Jayakumar of spoke in support of the Green New Deal Resolution for DEM Clubs. Anne-Marie Kaukonen motioned that the club vote on supporting the resolution at the July meeting. Unanimous approval.

Bubby and cake served to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Democratic Woman’s Club!

Endorsement Committee, Chair Yvonne Elkin

Motion to approve July endorsement calendar (Doreen Mattingly)
Unanimous approval.

June Endorsements (*Friendly Incumbents):

  • Chula Vista City Council District 3* Steve Padilla endorsed
  • San Diego City Council District 9* Georgette Gomez: endorsed unanimously
  • Assembly District 80* Lorena Gonzalez (Mary Latibashvilli representing): endorsed
  • CA State Senate 39* Toni Atkins (Doug Case representing): endorsed unanimously
  • Congressional District 49* Mike Levin (Hunter Phillips representing): endorsed unanimously

Officers Reports

  • Treasurer’s Report, Rosamond Blevins reported the bank balance and showed the check out cards for the club’s Little Free Library
  • Secretary’s Report, Cathie Hyatt with a reminder of mobile Little Free Library and a plea for donated books
  • Communications Chair, John Loughlin asked everyone to signup for the clubs’s group
  • President’s Report, Susan Peinado. Skivvies for Stand Down, an annual three-day event run by Veterans Village of San Diego. This year undergarments are requested— new underwear, bras and undershirts for men, women and children in need. 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. O.B. Chili Cook Off 6/22 – Booth with Point Loma Dems

Convention Debrief

  • Angela de Joseph
  • Ellen Nash
  • Yvonne Elkin
  • Lauren Beir
  • Katie Meyer
  • Andrea Cubit
  • Michelle Krug

Announcements from the floor:

  • Katie Myer: SD Progressive Club Meeting/Forum City Council Dist 1 & 3
  • Michelle Krug: Backpack Full of Cash – screening 6/20, 4pm, Chesterton School, CPI gathering at Jacobs, 6/20 Center– see Michelle for info
  • Anne Hoiberg: 100 Years Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, 8/25/19, Organ Pavilion, 4pm
  • Oren Robinson: Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego event 6/22
  • John Loughlin: World Refugee Day 6/22


Meeting adjourned: 9pm
Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, July 15, 2019, Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes by Cathie Hyatt, Secretary