Clairemont Democratic Club

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GoFundMe: Suzie and Mike

Suzie Ditmars with Gavin Newsom

Suzie Ditmars with Gavin Newsom

Some very unfortunate news this week.

Suzie Ditmars and Mike Thomason, longtime local Democratic activists and supporters, have been devastated by a condo fire that has left them with almost nothing.

San Diego Democrats for Equality have stepped up and started a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help them.

Please consider donating what you can. Anything helps. Never pleasant to see unfortunate things happen to incredible people like Suzie and Mike.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Stern at the San Diego County Democratic Party office at hannah@sddemocrats.org.

From the GoFundMe page:

Mike Thomason and Suzie Ditmar have been two of the most stalwart parts of Democrats for Equality, and the Democratic family in general. They’re always there, offering a helping hand and making sure we get the job done.
It’s time to offer a helping hand to get the job done for them now.
You may have heard that Suzie and Mike suffered the complete lost of their home to a fire over the weekend. They are busy trying to put their life back together so they have not been able to provide us with a list of their current needs but we know they are safe and alright.
While we don’t know their specific needs, we know that most of those needs (clothes, temporary housing, etc.) can be helped with money so, we’re asking you to help out with a donation to this appeal.
Please donate to help Mike and Suzie out right now and send out this appeal to other Democratic Party family members for whom they have worked so hard over the years.

Thanks.

San Diego Democrats for Equality

 


MoveOn Petition: 3 U.S. Senators must Resign from the Armed Forces Active Reserves NOW

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At last night’s San Diego County Democratic Central Committee meeting, Steve Jesionka, a Marine veteran and member of the Central Committee, presented the petition that he has developed on MoveOn.org calling for three U.S. Senators who signed the letter to the leaders of Iran.  All three are members of the Reserves and are prohibited by the Military Code of Justice from criticizing the President or bringing discredit upon the U.S. or armed forces.

Steve created a petition to Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and the United States Senate which says: “ALL members of the United States (US) armed forces, regular or RESERVE, are prohibited from criticizing the president or bringing discredit upon the US or armed forces.”  You can read the full text of the petition on MoveOn.org.

Will you sign PLEASE this petition and share it with others.  Post it on Facebook, Tweet it, etc. Click here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/3-us-senators-must-resign?source=c.em .cp&r_by=498118

For more information, you can e-mail Steve Jesionka.


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!


Clairemont Democratic Voter Guide

slider2Ballots are out. Early voting has already started. Voters are casting their ballots now!

If you would like to vote early, and are not already a permanent absentee/vote-by-mail voter, you can take a short trip to the Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa and cast your ballot! The Registrar’s office is located at 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, CA 92123. They are open Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.

The two most important elections that are happening in our Clairemont community are for our 52nd Congressional District, and our 6th City Council District.

For Congress, 52nd District: Scott Peters

For City Council, District 6: Carol Kim

What about those other endorsements? We’ve got you covered!

From the San Diego County Democratic Party’s Endorsements page, please refer to the list below:
(* = incumbent)

Governor: Jerry Brown*
Lt. Governor: Gavin Newsom*
Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris*
Controller: Betty Yee
Treasurer: John Chiang
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones*
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson*
Board of Equalization, 4th District: Nader Shahatit
San Diego County Superior Court, Seat 25: DO NOT VOTE for Ken Gosselin
U.S. Representative, 52 District: District 52: Scott Peters*

San Diego Community College Board
District A: Maria Nieto Senour*
District E: Peter Zschiesche*

San Diego Unified School Board
District B: Kevin Beiser*
District C: Michael McQuary

San Diego
City Council 6: Carol Kim 

Proposition 1: YES
Proposition 2: YES
Proposition 45: YES
Proposition 47: YES
Proposition 48: YES


Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 13

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Announcing our next meeting for Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00pm.

Guest Speaker: Francine Busby, Chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic Party

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

For food, drinks, and conversation please arrive early (6:00pm). If you’d like to join as a member, club dues for 2014 are $20. Come out and join us!

Also, connect with us on social media! Please LIKE our club’s Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @ClairemontDems