La Mesa Dem Club Wants You – Yes, You! – To Serve on the Board

It’s time for the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club’s annual election to pick a board of directors. If you’re interested in helping to elect Democrats in the city, county, state and country, and are looking to help educate and involve your neighbors and yourself on important issues, then we want you on the board. You don’t need to be a political or policy expert, all you need is the skills you’ve acquired in life, and a commitment to working with others to advance progressive values (and have a good time too – that’s something not enough people know about – doing good feels good!).

If that sounds like you – and if you’ve read this far, I bet it does – then take a couple of minutes to fill out a quick form to nominate yourself for a board position. It’s right here: 2019-20 La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club Board Elections.

June 5 meeting: Exploring Climate Action Goals

Is the Green New Deal part of San Diego’s Future? Learn more at our June 5 meeting!

Hasan Ikhrata, new director of SANDAG, our regional transportation and planning agency, with millions of TransNet monies to distribute, recently proposed blowing up the old, long-term freeway centric transit plan. He sought to replace it with a more public transit focused, eco-friendly model, to better reach our state-mandated climate action goals. Ikhrata’s proposal sent shock waves throughout San Diego and its 29 local jurisdictions.

The County Board of Supervisors just voted 3-2 against the new plan, but with Nathan Fletcher voting in the minority to support Ikhrata’s initiative. On the other hand, the city of San Diego, with City Council (and MTS) President Georgette Gomez in strong support, will use its clout on the SANDAG board to push the new plan.

Join us at our June 5 meeting to hear more about the region’s transportation future and what it means in our fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our all-star panel includes Ikhrata, Gomez, Fletcher, and Sophie Wolfram, a longtime advocate of mass transit over more freeway construction, who is director of programs for Climate Action Campaign and recently appointed to San Diego’s important Mobility Board. Also joining the panel: Moderator Colin Parent, CEO of Circulate San Diego and a member of the La Mesa City Council, and our long-time member Jack Shu, president of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation and a staunch advocate of public transit initiatives.

The panel is Wednesday June 5 at the regular meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, at the usual place, the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, just north of University Avenue in the heart of La Mesa. Meeting starts at 7 pm with a social half-hour 6:30-7 pm preceding the meeting. The club and members supply snacks, salads, desserts and beverages to all attendees. Hope to see you there!

May meeting: SDSU expansion/San Diego Democrats/Ammar Campa-Najjar

Quick note here to remind you that our monthly meeting is Wednesday — that’s tomorrow as I type this — back at the usual location, the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, just north of University Avenue in La Mesa. Our guest is SDSU President Dr. Adela de la Torre. She’ll talk about  plans for Mission Valley West and the expansion fo SDSU, along with the “mini-dorm” crisis and other issues of interest to our community. 

And we’ll hear from Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, the newly elected chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party, about important issues facing local progressives, the upcoming 2020 election cycle, and more. 

Carol Perkins will be our program interviewer. 

Also, Congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar for a quick update on his campaign to unseat Duncan Hunter. 

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm with social time and programming starts at 7 pm. 

Campaign Essentials: Sign up for training April 14

Ever thought about running for office but don’t know what to expect or what to do next? The San Diego Democratic Party has the event for you. Our Campaign Essentials: An Overivew of Running For Office training is a great way for potential candidates and campaign workers to learn more about how to prepare. 

WHEN: Sunday, April 14, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego CA 92111

RSVP: http://www.sddemocrats.org/training

This short session will cover topics such as opening a committee, deciding what to run for, seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Party and laying the foundation for a winning campaign. Additional training sessions later this year will dive deeper into the elements of building a campaign. If you can’t attend in April but would like to be notified of future training events, please email info@sddemocrats.org to let us know. 

Volunteer for the GO-Team. Help defeat Trump’s awful policies

Each of us can make a small difference on a national level, but a big difference locally. One way we can do that is by getting out the vote; when more people vote, Democrats win elections. Here in San Diego County, we have been successful in increasing voter turnout by 9-15% in each precinct! The Grass-Roots Organizing Team (GO-Team) is training and supporting Neighborhood Leaders who talk with voters in their own precincts. If you’re are interested in electing Democrats and defeating the influence of local GOP operatives, the GO-Team is right for you. Contact La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club President Tina Rynberg to find out how to get involved. lmfdemclub@gmail

Breaking Down The State Budget: A San Diego Community Forum

California Senate Leader Toni Atkins, along with Senator Ben Hueso and Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, invite you to a lively forum on the state budget and how it works for the San Diego region. This is an opportunity to engage with Senator Atkins on the local benefits of state funding for housing, homelessnesss, education, transportation and other issues important to San Diegans.

Thursday, March 28, 6-7:30 pm

Educational Cultural Complex

4343 Ocean View Blvd

San Diego, CA 92113

More info: chevelle.tate@sen.ca.gov

RSVP: https://senate.ca.gov/7010/budget-forum

Trump’s Legal Jeopardy: Law Prof Marjorie Cohn and Former Judge/US Attorney Carol Lam Headline April

We’re please to have a couple of superstar speakers for our next meeting, April 3, to talk about President Trump’s numerous legal quagmires. Our guests are Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and prolific author; and Carol Lam, former Judge and US Attorney.

Professor Cohn is former president of the National Lawyers Guild, deputy general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and member of the advisory board of Veterans for Peace. Her most recent book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geopolitical Issues; she’ll have copies of the book to sign at the meeting. This is a return engagement to the club for Professor Cohn, she talked to us about the Trump Presidency two years ago.

Professor Cohn also contributes regularly to the daily emag Truthout, which works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for progressive and transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis.

At Truthout, she recently synopsized Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony: Cohen Knows What Trump Is Capable Of. His Testimony Should Terrify Us. Professor Cohn said he fears that if Trump loses in 2020, “there will never be a peaceful transition of power.”

Counselor Lam is a frequent guest on MSNBC as an expert commentator on the ongoing Trump investigations.

Most recently, Counselor Lam was senior vice president and deputy general counselor at Qualcomm, 2007-2018. She was United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, 2002-2007. Prior to that position, she was a judge of the Superior Court of San Diego, where she presided over a criminal trial calendar. And she was Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of California 1986-2000, where she was Chief of the Major Frauds Section.

We’ll meet at the usual time — first Wednesday of the month, April 3, 6:30 pm for socializing, snacks, beverages and desserts supplied by the membership, with programming beginning at 7 pm. We’re meeting at a different location than usual — the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center (aka the Senior Center), 8450 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942, at the corner of La Mesa Blvd. and University Avenue. This is the same place where we met in March. It’s just a short hop from our usual location at the Community Center, across the street from the Little League field at the base of the hill leading up to the Community Center. There’s plenty of parking in the Little League lot, just a short walk across University Avenue to the Senior Center, as well as a few limited parking spaces right next to the Senior Center, for those needing disabled parking or a shorter walk. Here it is on Google Maps.

We hope to be back in the Community Center in May — and hope to see you in April!

Save the Date: Roosevelt Dinner, May 11

The San Diego County Democratic Club is holding its 39th Annual Roosevelt Dinner & Awards Ceremony, with the theme “Building Power for the People,” Saturday May 11 at the Hilton Bayfront, beginning with registration 5:30 pm, followed by a reception and silent auction at 6 pm and dinner and awards program 7 pm.

Fundraising will allow the county organization to invest in organizational capacity, candidates, and increase community engagement in our continued fight for progress in San Diego County. We hope you’ll help us make this year’s event the most successful yet.

Find out more and buy tickets now here: Building Power for the People

It’s a special dinner for La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club this year as our own Chris Pearson, VP for political action, was awarded Volunteer of the Year award! Chris will be feted at the dinner for his heroic efforts getting out the vote to turn La Mesa blue.

Club members get discounted tickets ($120) until April 28. Members can write a check to LMFDC and bring it to the April meeting. If signing up online, be sure to say you are with LMFDC.

Change of Location for March Meeting – One Time Only

Our normal venue is going through environmental remediation work, so we’re moving our March 6 meeting to the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center (known to many as the Senior Center), which is at the corner of La Mesa Blvd. and University Avenue. That’s a short hop from our usual location at the La Mesa Community Center, across the street from the Little League field at the base of the hill leading up to the Community Center.

The address for our March 6 meeting is 8450 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942.

There is ample parking in the large Little League lot, with a short walk across University Ave. to the Senior Center. Also, there are a few limited parking spaces right next to the Senior Center, for those needing disabled parking or a shorter walk.

Our meeting will begin at its usual time, with a 6:30 social period, general meeting starting right at 7 PM. We’ll still have snacks, beverages and desserts to share for all attendees.

Our guest speakers are Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, San Diego mayoral candidate Cory Briggs, developer Ginger Hitzke and moderator Scott Lewis, editor in chief of the Voice of San Diego. Our program will be a lively discussion about affordable housing, NIMBYs vs. YIMBYs, the prospect of building dense housing around transit and public transportation hubs, and of course the ramifications of meeting our adopted and mandated Climate Action Plan goals. Find out more.

See you Wednesday night, March 6th at the La Mesa Senior Center. And starting in April we’ll be back at our usual location.