Join our board! – Vote on updated bylaws

The La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club has opportunities for qualified candidates to join our board. We’re looking to fill three positions:

1.  Treasurer – must have some knowledge of Quickbooks and accounting. 

2.    Secretary – be able to take minutes at all general and board meetings. 

3.    Programming Vice-President.  Will work with the board to create programs for the general meetings and be main point of contact for invited guests.  

This is your opportunity to make a difference on a local level–and have fun doing it. Contact lmfdemclub@gmail.com to apply.

Also, we’re taking a vote on updated bylaws at Wednesday’s meeting. Here’s a synopsis and the full text.

You won’t want to miss Wednesday’s meeting–a blockbuster candidates’ night featuring four Democrats vying to succeed California Assemblymember Shirley Weber in the 79th District. Details here: Candidates forum–79th Assembly district–Blake–Munguia–Parmely–Weber–Wednesday, March 3

Candidates forum–79th Assembly district–Blake–Munguia–Parmely–Weber–Wednesday, March 3

The weather is warm and we’ve got a hot meeting lined up for Wednesday, March 3 at 7 pm on Zoom: A forum for Democratic candidates for the 79th Assembly District seat recently vacated by Shirley Weber. Candidates speaking at our public, general meeting are:

  • Aeiramique Glass Blake, an advocate for racial justice, equity, and reimagined public safety, founder and director of Generation Justice, youth and student activists organizing for change in San Diego.
  • Labor organizer Leticia Munguia.
  • Shane Parmely, a classroom teacher and advocate for students, their families, and our communities.
  • Akilah Weber—wife, mother, physician, and La Mesa City Councilmember.

The meeting is Wednesday, March 3, 7 pm. Join us early for unstructured conversation, starting at 6:30 pm. Here’s the Zoom link.

The primary is April 6, and general election is June 8.

3 steps you can take to stop the Cottonwood Sand Mine

Our friends at StopCottonwoodSandMine.org need your help to stop construction of a sand mining operation on the site of the Cottonwood Golf Club in Rancho San Diego, smack dab in the middle of a residential community.

You can help by taking these three steps:

1) Watch the video to learn about the project.

2) Visit StopCottonwoodSandMine.org to learn more.

3) At that URL, sign up for the mailing list–look for the Donate/Contact link at the top right of the page.

That’s all for now. Later on, you’ll be contacted with information on what you can do to help protect the environment.

And mark your calendar for our March meeting–Wednesday, March. 3–when we’ll hear from candidates for the 79th Assembly District, to succeed Shirley Weber. Programming starts at 7 pm, with unstructured conversation at 6:30 pm. Join us! Zoom.

Watch the video of our February meeting featuring Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego) and epidemiologist Rebecca Fielding-Miller

February’s general meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, featuring Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego) and epidemiologist Rebecca Fielding-Miller, was one of our best ever.

Congresswoman Jacobs talked about her experience as the subject of the violent Capitol insurrection Jan. 6, as well as her leadership in holding the insurrectionists and Republican Congressional accomplices, accountable. She also talked about COVID and economic relief.

Dr. Fielding-Miller discussed COVID, of course. Of particular interest was her discussion of best practices for masking, and what to do with your anti-masking conspiracy-minded friends, family and neighbors. (Short version: Listen. Yelling at somebody and calling them idiots changes zero minds.)

Missed the meeting? Watch it on YouTube:

What made this such a great meeting? Our speakers were great, sure, but your participation is what made the difference. There was a constant stream of great questions coming from the audience, one after the other. I had prepared my own list of questions but I quickly just threw those aside and let you guys run things. As I said at the end of the meeting: I was as proud of our club that day as I have ever been, and it’s because of all of you.

Don’t miss our next meeting, March 3, which will feature a forum for Democratic candidates for the 79th District seat vacated by Shirley Weber when she became Secretary of State recently. Business starts at 7 pm, with informal social discussion starting at 6:30 pm. Join us on Zoom.

Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82072702753?pwd=aThYeEcwZ0loMFJ0N0psYjBoaFJ1dz09

Going forward we’re going to be using the same link for general meetings, which are on the first Wednesday of the month, same time. Just drop that on your calendars and you’re good to go.

Now here’s your chance: The La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club board has open positions for a VP Programming, Secretary and Treasurer. If you’re interested in joining our motley crew, reply to this email.

Meeting Wednesday with Epidemiologist Rebecca Fielding-Miller, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs and more! Join us!

Join us Wednesday evening for a blockbuster meeting with two very special guests. Epidemiologist Rebecca Fielding-Miller recently agreed to speak with the club, joining Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego).

Dr. Fielding-Miller is an epidemiologist working on COVID research at UCSD. She will with us about the state of the pandemic, how it’s hitting San Diego, what we are doing and should be doing, and the future outlook.

Prior to the pandemic, Dr. Fielding-Miller did interesting and important work in HIV and gender, in both the US and sub-Saharan Africa. She received her PHD in behavioral sciences and health education from Emory University in Atlanta, and a Masters of Science in Public Health in international health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

Also joining us as a guest is Congresswoman Jacobs. Ms. Jacobs was sworn in to Congress less than a month ago, but since then she’s been a dynamo. She joined the influential House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, as well as the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services committees, and has been a prominent voice calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump and investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Ms. Jacobs ran on a platform emphasizing racial justice, support for small business, health care, immigration, housing and homelessness, and more.

We’ll talk with Ms. Jacobs about her experiences on Jan. 6, and plan for the country going forward. (Isn’t it great to have the adults running the country again, by the way?)

The meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 3–that’s this week! Programming starts at 7 pm, and join us for unstructured conversation starting at 6:30 pm. See you then!

And here’s the Zoom URL: Zoom

Meeting Wednesday 2/3 – Congresswoman Sara Jacobs and more! Join us!

We’ve got a very special guest for our Wednesday, Feb. 3 meeting: First-year Congresswoman (and friend of the club) Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego).

Rep. Jacobs was scheduled to join us at our January meeting, but she had to cancel at the last minute – something to do with the Capitol being under attack by a pro-Trump terrorist mob. Maybe you heard about it in the news?

Ms. Jacobs was sworn in to Congress just a couple of weeks ago, but since then she’s been a dynamo. She joined the influential House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, as well as the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services committees, and has been a prominent voice calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump and investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Ms. Jacobs ran on a platform emphasizing racial justice, support for small business, health care, immigration, housing and homelessness, and more.

We’ll talk with Ms. Jacobs about her experiences on Jan. 6, and plan for the country going forward. (Isn’t it great to have the adults running the country again, by the way?)

We’ll have other speakers too, but we’ll tell you about them another day. ‘Til then, mark your calendars for Wednesday, Feb. 3. Programming starts at 7 pm, and join us for unstructured conversation starting at 6:30 pm. See you then!

And here’s the link Zoom

Trouble receiving our email newsletter?

We’re hearing from several members who are having trouble receiving our email newsletter. Here’s how to stay on top of what the club is up to:

First off, add lmfdemclub@gmail.com to your email address book. That will let your mail software know the message isn’t spam.

Try subscribing from a different address, if you have one.

Also, all the updates in these mailblasts also get posted to a few other places on the Internet:

And please, if you’re active on Facebook, join our new Facebook Group: La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club. Anyone can join and post to that group – that means you! – but posts must be approved by the moderators.

Why do we have both a Facebook Page and Group? Well, Groups seem to be more visible than Pages, and more suited to updates and discussion. Other than that, like a lot of things on Facebook, it really makes no sense, so just go with it.

We’re also thinking about starting a subreddit, because that seems to be a good way to reach people. Your VP Communications loves Reddit.

Meeting video: Campillo, Fletcher discuss priorities for a Blue San Diego

We’ve achieved our longtime goal of turning the county Blue – now what? Newly elected San Diego City Council Member Raul Campillo and Nathan Fletcher, chair of the San Diego Board of Supervisors, discuss priorities, including economic development, mitigating racial and ethnic injustice, taming the COVID monster, and more, at our January meeting

Watch the video here:

We kicked off the meeting with board elections and swearing-in. Also: Doug Case, political affairs director for Senator Toni Atkins, updates us on goings-on in Sacramento. LMFDC board member Evlyn Andrade fills us in on her new position as policy advisor to San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, advancing a progressive agenda and advising on one of biggest issues of our time, the climate crisis. And past president Linda Armacost discusses the importance of education.

Sara Jacobs, Nathan Fletcher, Jennifer Campbell & more for our Wednesday meeting – join us!

Exciting news! Sara Jacobs, San Diego’s latest Congressional representative, has agreed to join us for our meeting Wednesday at 7 pm, adding to an already stellar line-up of guests that includes San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher – who was selected chair of the county board just this week – and Dr. Jennifer Campbell, president of the San Diego City Council.

It’s a new year – and a new era. After literally decades of work, we’ve finally made San Diego into a Democrat-majority city and county. So now what? How will a Democratic-led government handle issues including housing, homelessness, transit and more – while first taming the Covid-19 monster? Find out from Fletcher and Campbell, two of the people who will be leading the charge into the new era.

And how can we expect the US to change with an adult in the White House?

Discuss those issues and more with the people who can make change happen. Meeting starts at 7 pm, but come early for unstructured conversation at 6:30 pm.

Here’s the Zoom link.

Also on the agenda: We’ll take a few minutes at the start of the meeting to elect the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club board for 2021. This club is not a spectator sport – you can – and should! – join the board. Find out more here: Run for the La Mesa Democratic Club board!.

And we have a couple of other guests, friends of the club we’re delighted to have join us for the new year. We’re not telling you now because, well, we like surprises.

Represent your community to the state Democratic Party: Jan. 11 is the deadline to register to vote for representatives to the California Assembly District Electoral Meetings (ADEMs), who work with the state Central Committee to set the direction for the party statewide. Register here.. Find your AD Candidates here: Assembly Districts and find your Assembly District here

See you Wednesday!

Meeting Wednesday, with Fletcher, Campbell & more – run for the board – Help Turn Georgia Blue! – vote in state party elections

We’re ready to kick off the New Year with our first general meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7 pm – that’s this Wednesday – when we’ll look ahead for the new year in the county and city of San Diego. We’re talking with two of the county’s leading Democrats: San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and San Diego City Council President Jennifer Campbell.

It’s a new year – and a new era. After literally decades of work, we’ve finally made San Diego into a Democrat-majority city and county. So now what? How will a Democratic-led government handle issues including housing, homelessness, transit and more – while first taming the Covid-19 monster? Find out from Fletcher and Campbell, two of the people who will be leading the charge into the new era.

Here’s the Zoom link.

Meeting starts at 7 pm, but come early for unstructured conversation at 6:30 pm.

Also on the agenda: We’ll take a few minutes at the start of the meeting to elect the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club board for 2021. This club is not a spectator sport – you can – and should! – join the board. Find out more here: Run for the La Mesa Democratic Club board!.

And we have a couple of other guests, friends of the club we’re delighted to have join us for the new year. We’re not telling you now because, well, we like surprises.

But wait there’s more: We need your help to turn Georgia, and the US Senate, Blue. (And by “we” we mean “the United States”). That election is Tuesday – you can help by phone-banking. Find out more here: Help Georgia Democrats Flip the Senate

Represent your community to the state Democratic Party: Jan. 11 is the deadline to register to vote for representatives to the California Assembly District Electoral Meetings (ADEMs), who work with the state Central Committee to set the direction for the party statewide. Register here.. Find your AD Candidates here: Assembly Districts and find your Assembly District here

Candidates in the 71st Assembly District include a slate of Pragmatic Progressives:

Self-identified Females:

  1. Estela De Los Rios, executive director, non-profit housing agency (CSA)
  2. Wadad Dubbelday, Ph.D., Electrical Engineer, engineering management
  3. Josan Feathers, California civil engineer, planning board
  4. Monica Hinton, Ph.D., Psychology, insurance psychologist
  5. Linda Nickerson, title professional
  6. Suzanne Till, Ph.D., Water Resources Geography, teacher, water board member
  7. Andrea McNew, project engineer, field organizer forAmmar Campa-Najjar

Other than self-identified females:

  1. Zach Bunshaft, staff member for federal and state elected officials
  2. Robert Grand, film industry executive, Directors’ Guild of America
  3. J. Eric Hereford, staff member for state elected officials
  4. Chris Pearson, J.D., staff member for elected official, Teamster
  5. Richard Young, Ph.D., Economics, head of business alliance
  6. Oday Yousif, Jr., J.D., attorney in waiting, planning board member

Candidates in the 79th include:

  1. Akilah Weber, La Mesa City Council Member ;
  2. Mark Gracyk, member of the Board of Directors, Helix Water District
  3. Cheryl Robertson, feminist educator
  4. Mitch Wagner, VP communications, La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club

(Hmmmm… that last name seems familiar… )

That’s all for today. In review: Come to the meeting Wednesday evening, phone-bank to help turn Georgia Blue, and vote in the ADEMs.

See you Wednesday. May your 2021 be entirely precedented.