As a reminder, there is no club meeting this month since it falls on Election Day!
Instead, we will be gathering with the San Diego County Democratic Party in Downtown San Diego at the Westin Gaslamp Horton Plaza at 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101. The party starts at 8:15pm, so keep working to elect our Democratic candidates until that time!
Finally, there will be no club meeting in December. We will be celebrating the holidays with fellow Democratic clubs at a joint Holiday Party on Sunday, December 11 in the afternoon, so mark your calendars accordingly! More details to follow post-election!
We are looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming Tuesday, July 12thmeeting at Boomerang’s Gourmet Burgers, 4577 Clairemont Dr., San Diego, CA 92117.
Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins will join us and update club members on the status of legislation in Sacramento. Toni Atkins is also our endorsed candidate for the 39th State Senate District this November.
Also, our brief business at this meeting will include hearing from primary election winner Mara Elliott, and recommending to endorse her for City Attorney.
City Attorney candidate Mara Elliott
We’re looking forward to a great meeting!
As always, if you would like to join as a club member, dues are $20 and can be paid on our membership page. Otherwise, you may bring cash or check with you to our next gathering. You may also mail your dues to Clairemont Democratic Club, PO Box 178846, San Diego, CA, 92117. If you have need for financial forgiveness on these dues, please let us know!
This Sunday (May 1st), we are encouraging you attend the Hillary Clinton caucus to help support club president Dr. Jen Campbell and town council president Ryan Trabuco. They’re running to become delegates to the DNC and would love to have your support. Also running are longtime Democratic activist Judy Ki, and Farouk Al-Nasser who is Vice President of the Poway Democratic Club. Caucus elections start at 2:00pm at UA Local 230, 6313 Nancy Ridge Drive, San Diego, CA 92121. As long as you’re in line by 3:00pm you will be allowed to vote.
For our Tuesday, May 10 meeting, we are excited to welcome Col. Doug Applegate and Patrick Malloy, candidates for Congress in the 49th and 50th congressional districts. They’re running against Tea Party incumbents Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, Jr.
At our Tuesday, June 14 meeting, we will welcome Farouk Al-Nasser as our guest speaker. Farouk is an expert on ISIS and the geo-politics of the Middle East.
Club meetings start at 7:00pm, and the address for Boomerang’s Gourmet Burgers is 4577 Clairemont Dr., San Diego, 92117. If you’d like to join as a member, we now have online memberships!
Please come early to socialize and order food and drinks. The owners of Boomerang’s have been so gracious to our club in providing meeting space. Let’s be sure to return the favor and support their business!
Secretary Clinton and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins join our fellow endorsed candidates: Scott Peters and Todd Gloria
Although we were unable to come to a consensus to endorse in the race for San Diego City Attorney, we decided to rate both Gil Cabrera and Rafael Castellanos as “acceptable” for Clairemont Democrats this election. No matter which candidate prevails in that race, we know both of these candidates would be stellar choices.
President Obama’s final State of the Union address will be the same night as our meeting on Tuesday, January 12.
The speech begins at 6PM our time, so we will gather at 5:30 to order food, drink and chat, then listen to the speech together. It will likely be done by 7PM, our regular meeting time. Meeting as always is held at Boomerangs Gourmet Burgers (4577 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117)
Come early to pay your cash or check dues for 2016 in person, OR mail your check NOW to Clairemont Dem Club, PO Box 178846, San Diego, CA 92117.
Executive Board met in December and decided that the Club endorsement votes should be in regard to races for office that would include the voters of Clairemont. Thus, the following races are those in which we will be voting. As per our by-laws, there will be three possible ways to vote:
We can vote to officially endorse a candidate — that requires 70% threshold,
We can vote not to endorse at all, or
We can vote that all or some of the candidates are “acceptable”
Below is the list of candidates and offices on which we will be considering endorsement:
City Attorney: Gil Cabrera, Rafael Castellanos, Mara Elliott
State Senate: Toni Atkins, Marty Block
U.S. Senate: Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
U.S. President: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders
City Councilman Todd Gloria – Club Endorsed for 78th State Assembly District
We will also be voting on our Club officers for 2016. We have four elected officers who are running unopposed at this time although nominations from the floor can be made:
President – Jen Campbell, MD
Vice President – Rhoda Quate
Secretary – Kyle Ellis
Treasruer – Linda Carston
Other Members of the Executive Board are appointed and serve as Committee Chairs of Membership, Internet Technology, Hospitality, Political Action, & Photography. Other possible Committees may be formed from time to time as the need arises.
At our Executive Board Meeting in December, the Board noted that changes need to be made to our Club’s By-Laws to reflect changes in County Party By-Laws that were made at the Central Committee meeting in November 2015. Other updates are also needed.
Looking forward to receiving your membership dues in the mail and seeing you at the upcoming meeting.