Clairemont Democratic Club

America's Finest Democrats. In the Heart of San Diego!


Club Meeting: July 14

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Chris Ward

Hey, Clairemont Democrats!

For our July 14 meeting, we are excited to welcome Chris Ward — Chief of Staff for State Senator Marty Block, and candidate for San Diego City Council in District 3 (running to replace Todd Gloria who is termed-out). Chris will provide an update and progress report on what is going on in our state legislature.

Due to our club’s membership efforts, we qualified enough members within the 77th Assembly District to have a vote in that district for next year’s endorsement process at the California Democratic Party level.

Remember: If you haven’t already renewed your club membership, then please remember to bring your $20 dues – cash or checks.

Our club meeting starts at 7:00pm at Boomerangs (4577 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117). Remember to order food and/or drink if at all possible. The owners of Boomerang’s are great Democrats, and they deserve our business and support.

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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!


Petition: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf Should Fire Staffer

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf is under fire for racially-charged comments made by her staffer, Shirley Owen.

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf is under fire for racially-charged comments made by her staffer, Shirley Owen.

The Holidays are almost over, but our friends at Point Loma Democratic Club have highlighted an online petition asking District 2 Councilwoman Lorie Zapf to fire her staffer, Shirley Owen, for racially-charged comments made earlier this month at our city’s inauguration ceremony for newly elected and re-elected members of the San Diego City Council.

From the petition: “On December 10, 2014, a group of protesters, including children, held a silent demonstration at the San Diego City Council Inauguration. The protest was against police brutality and to declare that black lives matter. The protest did not cause any disruption to the ceremony because it was held silently.  After the ceremony was complete 4 of 9 City Councils member commended the group of protestors on how respectful they were of the inauguration ceremony.”

As reported in a KPBS article, Zapf’s community staff member for Clairemont and Bay Park was quoted in reference to the protestors as saying, “f—— idiots with their hands up” and “I wanted to shoot them.”

If you’d like to join in signing, please check out the petition at Change.org.


Campaign SuperWalk: Sarah Boot (San Diego City Council, District 2)

sarah-bootThis Saturday, Sarah Boot needs us!

Our fellow club member, and our party’s endorsed candidate for San Diego City Council in District 2, is hosting a Team Boot SuperWalk.

Come, bring a friend, enjoy the beauty of Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park in Pacific Beach – and let’s help Sarah start her ground campaign with a bang!

Event Details
WHEN: Saturday, February 22nd at 9:30am
WHERE: Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park (5115 Soledad Road, San Diego, CA 92109)

Please RSVP to let the campaign know you’re coming by clicking here.

Also, if you haven’t connected with the Sarah Boot campaign on social media, please LIKE the Facebook Page, and follow on Twitter @SarahRBoot

Council District 2 covers the communities of Clairemont (West of Tecolote Canyon, including Bay Ho and Bay Park), Morena/Linda Vista, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Midway, and Point Loma. For a map of District 2, we’ve attached that below.

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Campaign Kickoff: Carol Kim (San Diego City Council, District 6)

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Click image to view campaign kick-off flyer

Hey, Clairemont Democrats… it’s campaign kickoff time!

Fellow club member, and our party’s endorsed candidate, Carol Kim, is kicking-off her campaign this Saturday for the open District 6 seat on the San Diego City Council.

Special guests include our State Senator Marty Block, City Councilmembers David Alvarez and Marti Emerald, and San Diego Unified School Boardmember Richard Barrera.

To view the campaign kick-off flyer, we’ve attached that here: Carol Kim Campaign Kickoff Flyer

Event Details
WHEN: Saturday, February 15th at 1:00pm
WHERE: North Clairemont Recreation Center (4221 Bannock Ave., San Diego, CA 92117)

Please RSVP to Kathy Stadler (e-mail: kathy.stadler.D6@gmail.com), or you can RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

Also, if you haven’t connected with the Carol Kim campaign on social media, please LIKE the Facebook Page, and follow on Twitter @CarolKimD6

Council District 6 covers the communities of Clairemont (East of Tecolote Canyon), Kearny Mesa, MCAS Miramar, Mira Mesa, and Rancho Peñasquitos (Park Village neighborhood). For a map of District 6, we’ve attached that below.

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