Clairemont Democratic Club

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2016 Endorsement Update

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Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins speaks with club members

After tonight’s meeting, our club has endorsed the following candidates for the 2016 election cycle:

U.S. President: Hillary Clinton

State Senate, District 39: Toni Atkins

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.


January 2016 Meeting Information

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President Barack Obama

Hey, Clairemont Democrats!

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.

Regular Memberships: $20/year
Full-Time Student/ Unemployed/ Veteran: $10/year

Club Endorsement Information

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:

  1. We can vote to officially endorse a candidate — that requires 70% threshold,
  2. We can vote not to endorse at all, or
  3. 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
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City Councilman Todd Gloria – Club Endorsed for 78th State Assembly District

As you may recall, our club as already issued early endorsements for Congressman Scott Peters, and Todd Gloria for 78th State Assembly District.

Club Officer Elections

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.

Forward for Democratic Victories in 2016!


January Club Updates

The Clairemont Democratic Club would like to congratulate Francine Busby on her re-election as Chair of our San Diego County Democratic Party!

gloria2Also, be sure to put our next two gatherings on your calendars!

For our February 10 meeting, we are honored to welcome our friend and former Interim Mayor and President of City Council, Todd Gloria.

For our March 10 meeting, we will have Carol Kravetz from Al Gore’s climate change organization. Carol retired from television & movie production last year, having worked on Breaking Bad for several seasons, as well as cult classic This is Spinal Tap. She will be coming in from Los Angeles to speak to us and take questions.

Both meetings start at 7:00pm at Boomerangs (4577 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117). Remember to order food and/or drink if at all possible as the owners of Boomerang’s will have to start charging the club for the use of the space if we don’t spend at least $150 while there. They are good Democrats and a Clairemont business and deserve our support.

It’s a new year! If you haven’t already renewed your club membership, then don’t forget to bring your $20 dues – cash or checks.

Our last meeting was wonderful! We received handouts from Ryan Trabuco about how Clairemont had done in the recent November election, with a comparison of how it went in 2012. Good news – Clairemont went blue for Scott with many more votes for him in 2014. We also heard from new member Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, who was in charge of much of the Coastal GOTV field operation for Scott Peters’ campaign.  Clairemont had 52% voter turnout – much more than the rest of the city, and lots more than the rest of California. Scott took over 60% of the votes in many of our precincts. Carl DeMaio only won 5 of our 42 precincts, capping out at only 51% of the votes in those 5. Clairemont really put Scott over the top!

Our speaker was Gil Cabrera, a Democratic activist and attorney, who has done a lot of public service for non-profits as well as on city commissions (and still does). He spoke about what we need to do to have Democrats win in all of our city elections. These new methods have been used in other states (Florida congressional campaign and Virginia Governor campaign) and have worked well. We hope to employ them here in 2016.

See you at our upcoming meetings. Come show your support for Todd Gloria in February, and the Al Gore Climate Change organization with Carol Kravetz in March!  All the best for 2015!


Reminder: Club Meeting Tonight — 7:00pm

As a friendly reminder, our monthly Clairemont Democratic Club meeting is tonight — 7:00pm at Boomerangs (4577 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117). Our guest speaker will be attorney and Democratic activist Gil Cabrera. Mr. Cabrera will be speaking on How Democrats Can Win in San Diego.

Also, a presentation on last November’s elections and how organizing contributed to a big win for Scott Peters by our club’s IT Chair Ryan Trabuco and our county party’s Deputy Vice-Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy.

For food, drinks, and conversation please arrive early (6:00pm).


December Club News & ADEM Elections

No meeting this month, but we wanted to wish you all a very, merry Holiday season with your friends and families!

Gil Cabrera, Attorney and San Diego Convention Center Board Member

Gil Cabrera, Attorney and San Diego Convention Center Board Member

Our first club meeting of 2015 will be Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00pm.

Club memberships are due! If you’d like to join as a member, club dues for 2015 are $20.

We will conduct club elections of officers, and review how Clairemont voted in the 2014 November elections.

Gil Cabrera, attorney and Democratic activist, will be our guest speaker that evening. Mr. Cabrera will speak on How Democrats Can Win in San Diego.

For food, drinks, and conversation please arrive early (6:00pm).

Meeting Location
Boomerangs Gourmet Burgers
4577 Clairemont Drive
San Diego, CA 92117

ADEM Elections will be taking place in January as well. Every registered Democratic voter is eligible to participate.

The California Democratic Party is convening ADEMs on January 10 and 11, 2015, where 14 people (7 men / 7 women) from each Assembly District will be elected to represent their district for both the 2015 and 2016 State Conventions.

Since Claremont and Bay Park are split between both the 77th and 78th Assembly Districts, we need to be aware of the dates and times for our respective ADEM Elections.

For AD77 elections information, click here.

For AD78 elections information, click here.

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