Clairemont Democratic Club

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Video: Assembly Democrats Issue Open Letter To Californians

Assemblymember Todd Gloria features in a new video released today by Assembly Democrats, issuing an open letter vowing to keep the California dream alive.

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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!


November Meeting & Club Endorsement Information

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Chris Murphy, Executive Director and Co-Founder of CARR

Hey, Clairemont Democrats!

For our November 10 meeting, our guest speaker will be Chris Murphy, Executive Director and Co-Founder of CARR (Consumer Advocates for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly- RCFE). Chris worked with Speaker Toni Atkins to pass a bill be sure these facilities meet high standards of service and care to the elderly and won the 2014 Free Speech and Open Government Award in California. We either have family members, friends or ourselves who will be needing these facilities.

Club meeting will start at 7:00pm at Boomerangs (4577 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117), however feel free to stop by earlier for food, drink, and conversation with your fellow Clairemont Democrats.

Club Endorsement Information

Our Democratic Club has been asked by many candidates for endorsements for their 2016 races. As you know, last summer we endorsed two outstanding people who are not opposed by any Dem candidates: Scott Peters, our incumbent Congressman for the 52nd Congressional District, and Todd Gloria, candidate for the CA 78th Assembly District.

According to our bylaws, only members in good standing are allowed to vote. The definition of members in good standing is that they have their dues paid up to date.  Our dues are collected each January for the year.  Our voting on endorsements in contested races will occur at our January meeting. Our club must have a 70% majority to endorse a candidate in a Democratic contested race. We also have the option of voting not to endorse any candidate for a particular race.

ca demWhy are we doing this at the January 12, 2016, meeting? Because the California Democratic Party has decided that the Democratic Party’s district delegates will be voting on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, on the endorsements for the state and local races. We would like our delegates from our Clairemont Democratic Club to know the wishes of their fellow club members.

Our club does not hold a December meeting due to the busy lives of our members preparing for the holidays.

If you wish to renew your membership for our Jan. 12th meeting, please send the following amount in a check to the address below or bring it with you in cash or check to the meeting Nov. 10 or Jan 12:

Member:     $20/year       Full Time Student/ Unemployed/ Veteran: $10/year
Make check payable to and send to:
Clairemont Dem Club
PO Box 178846
San Diego, CA 92117

Club members who have been named delegates include: Howard Wayne, Susan Guinn, Jen Campbell, Rhoda Quate, Ryan Trabuco, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, and Eden Yaege.


Club Endorsements: August 2015

Hey, Clairemont Democrats!

At our August 11 meeting, the club unanimously endorsed Todd Gloria and Scott Peters for their upcoming elections in 2016.

Councilmember Todd Gloria is running for State Assembly

Councilmember Todd Gloria is running for State Assembly

Todd Gloria is a Clairemont native who is running for State Assembly in the 78th Assembly District to replace termed-out Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. Todd’s exemplary record as a member of the San Diego City Council and as interim Mayor, coupled with his stellar passion for infrastructure, affordable housing, and homelessness will serve him well as an advocate for our city, region, and California.

Visit Todd Gloria’s campaign site to find out more information: toddgloriaforassembly.com

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Congressman Scott Peters is running for re-election in 2016

Congressman Scott Peters has fought for our district, but has had several close elections against Tea Party extermists — beating Brian Bilbray in 2012, and winning re-election against Carl DeMaio in 2014. His professionalism, exemplary congressional staff, and winning record on the environment, women’s health, and veterans issues have proven formidable in the swing 52nd Congressional District. Scott is America’s Finest Congressman, and we’re proud to support his re-election!

Visit Scott Peters’s campaign site to find out more information: scottpeters.com

If you’d like to join the Clairemont Democratic Club, or attend one of our meetings, we meet the second Tuesday of the month 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.

Also, become a neighborhood supporter of Clairemont Democratic Club on Nextdoor, and check us out on Facebook and Twitter @ClairemontDems. Follow us and like us, please!


Club Meeting: August 11

Congressman Scott Peters

Congressman Scott Peters

Hey, Clairemont Democrats!

For our August 11 meeting, we are excited to welcome Congressman Scott Peters back for an update on what’s going on in Washington, D.C.

Also, we will be considering early 2016 club endorsements for Scott Peters’ re-election, and for Clairemont native Todd Gloria for his State Assembly bid.

Remember: to vote on club endorsements, you must be a member in good standing! If you haven’t already renewed your club membership, or would like to join and become a member, then please remember to bring your $20 dues – cash or checks. We are working on setting up the ability to pay dues online!

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.

Become a neighborhood supporter of Clairemont Democratic Club on Nextdoor! We are also on Facebook and Twitter @ClairemontDems, so like us and follow us there, too!


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.

Become a neighborhood supporter of Clairemont Democratic Club on Nextdoor! We are also on Facebook and Twitter @ClairemontDems, so like us and follow us there, too!