🥳 🎉Come to our holiday party—celebrate with fellow Democrats!

The La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club cordially invites you, your friends, and family to our annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30 PM at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, to celebrate the holidays and a very good year for local Democrats.  You will enjoy delicious food, drinks, music by the Joseph Luna Band, and great conversations with fellow Democrats and friends—all for the low price of $10.  Be sure to come and kick up your heels!!

We’re asking members to contribute side items for dinner, things such as side dishes, salads, small entrees, and desserts. The LMFDC Board is providing turkey and ham along with the usual foods provided for meetings. Last names A-H please bring a side dish; I-P please bring salad or small entrees; Q-Z please contribute a dessert.  

Please RSVP to Merrill Perry at (619) 820-2199 or mynylacat@gmail.com. We need a head count! And contact Merrill directly with questions or concerns.

Our holiday theme is “MAKE IT A WARM SEASON FOR ALL”, so we are asking for donations of new/gently used warm coats, jackets, sweaters, sneakers, boots for the La Mesa Methodist Church to distribute to those in need of assistance. There is a real need for men’s items.  We will happily accept food donations for the church as well.

Don’t miss a great time with fellow Democrats!

Get ready to work at our November meeting! | Saturday of action! | Local candidates need your help! | Watch out for those Republican lying liars!

For our next monthly meeting, Wednesday, we’re putting you to work. By then, elections will be nearly a week out, and plenty of people still will not have voted. So we’ll use that time to get out the vote for local Democratic candidates.

Join us for a night of postcard writing, phone-banking, and text-messaging to get out the vote and get a blue wave sweeping over East County, washing in good government and washing out the MAGA grifters and haters. We’ve asked local candidates to send us their lists and we’ll get to work on their behalf.

We’ll also hear from La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis, incumbent running for re-election and endorsed Democratic Party candidate.

Join us Wednesday Nov. 2—that’s next week—at 7 pm at the usual place, the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. And come a half-hour early for social time with your fellow Democrats.


Saturday is a day of action. Well, a morning of action at least.

Join your fellow Democrats Saturday at 10 am at Collier Park, 4401 Palm Avenue, La Mesa, to walk on behalf of local candidates. We’ll knock on doors, leave literature, and ask people to vote. We’ll be joined by California Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber, who represents La Mesa and surrounding communities. Dr. Weber is a former La Mesa City Council member, and former member of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club board.

All you need to do it show up ready to walk. You’ll get a list of houses to ring doorbells, door-hangers, and everything else you need. The lists are short, so you should expect the walk to take about two hours.


Are we asking you for money AGAIN? Yes, I’m afraid we are.

Please donate to help Democrats win! We’ve got La Mesa Republicans running scared, and they’re carpet-bombing La Mesa and surrounding communities with lies. We need your financial support to get the truth out.

La Mesa Dems have recruited a full slate to run for office this cycle in La Mesa. Republicans are so freaked out by this that they sent out mailers claiming that THEIR candidates are Democrats. Seriously, that’s what the Republicans are doing.

To counter these lies, we’re sending out our own mailers, as well as texts and Google ads.

The Google ads in particular have been very effective—but we are running out of money. We need another $2500-$5k to pay for ads the next couple of weeks.

Democrats tend to wait until the week before the election to mail in their ballots. The Political Data Inc. (PDI) tracker for the City of La Mesa confirms this: as of October 25th, only 8% of La Mesa voters have turned in their ballots.

To collect additional funding to keep getting the word out, we’re using the campaign website of Matt Strabone, who’s running for La Mesa Treasure:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/strabone-for-city-treasurer-2022-1

Please donate what you can as soon as you can.

Our October meeting will be great—you don’t want to miss it

We’re meeting Thursday evening, Oct. 6, when we’ll hear from local candidates for East County offices, as well as get refresher training on GO Team.

Candidates we’re expecting to hear from include; 
– U.S. Rep Sara Jacobs, incumbent running for re-election in the 53d district. 
– Barbara Bry for San Diego County Assessor
– Greg Hodosevich for San Diego County Treasurer/Tax Assessor
– Jennifer Mendoza and Alysson Snow, for Lemon Grove City Council
and more!

We’ll also get refresher training on GO Team, getting up to speed on how to go door-to-door in the community to drum up support for candidates. If you need complete training, contact club President Tina Rynberg, treehugger1309@yahoo.com

The meeting starts at 7 pm–but do come early, at 6:30 pm, for the usual casual conversation with fellow Democrats. As usual, the meeting is at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive.

Important: We’re moving the meeting to a new day for October only, to avoid conflict with Yom Kippur. Beginning in November, we’ll be back to our normal meeting day, first Wednesday of the month.

La Mesa candidates stir support | GO Team | Watch the video of our September 2022 meeting

At our September, 2022 meeting, we heard from more than a dozen candidates for La Mesa local offices—as well as a few surrounding communities—who will help make East County blue(r) this year. These include:

  • Mejgan Afshan and Patricia Dillard for La Mesa City Council. Kathleen Brand announced she’s dropping out of that race, leaving two Democrats running in contested elections for two open seats, and clearing a path for victory. We thank Brand for her sacrifice.
  • Matt Strabone for La Mesa City Treasurer.
  • For La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board: Rebecca MacRae, current board president, running for re-election; Brianna Coston; Caitlin Tiffany.
  • Andrea Beth Damsky, running for Helix Water District, Division 2
  • Debbie Justesen, for Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Goard. Justesen is currently board president.
  • Arnie Levine, for El Cajon Mayor
  • Mike Schaefer, for State Board of Equalization, 4th District
  • Victoria Abrenica for Spring Valley Community Planning Group
  • And Steve Jesionka, speaking on behalf of Stephen Houlahan, who’s running for US Congress against MAGA favorite Darrell Issa.

Also, club President Tina Rynberg provided tips on participating in the Grassroots Organizing Team—GO Team—volunteers who fan out over neighborhoods to go door-to-door to urge Democrats to vote for San Diego endorsed party candidates. That kind of precinct-walking is one of the best things you can do to help elect Democrats.

For questions about GO-Team, contact Rynberg at treehugger1309@yahoo.com.

We’ll be doing GO Team training at our October meeting. We’ll also hear from more candidates, from across East County.

The October meeting is Thursday, October 6, 7 pm at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive—but do come early for unstructured conversation, starting at 6:30 pm.

Important: We’re moving the meeting to a new day for October only, to avoid conflict with Yom Kippur. Beginning in November, we’ll be back to our normal meeting time, first Wednesday of the month.)

Also: Volunteer for Oktoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

September meeting: Learn how to canvass your neighborhood | Hear from La Mesa candidates

For our next general meeting, Sept. 7—next week—we’re going to get you started canvassing neighbors for vote, and help you get to know your local candidates a little better.

The best way to get people elected is to go door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor, and convince folks to vote in one-on-one conversations. We’ll help you get going with that with GO Team training. As part of that, we’ll show you how to use the MiniVAN mobile app, which is your guide to canvassing the neighborhood.

We’ll also hear from local candidates for office in La Mesa and the surrounding communities, including City Council, school boards, and more.

The meeting is at the usual time and place—the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive. Programming starts at 7 pm, but come at 6:30 for informal conversation with your fellow Democrats.

Important: Our October monthly meeting is a special day and time. Mark your calendars for Thursday evening, October 6—we’re having it on Thursday rather than Wednesday out of respect for the Yom Kippur holiday. We’ll return to our usual schedule in November, first Wednesday of the month.

Read the Progressive Voice: Fighting monopoly, the at-home political test, meet local candidates and more.

Read the August issue of our monthly newsletter, the Progressive Voice. Articles include:

  • Writer/activist Cory Doctorow, on how monopoly is the root of all evil.
  • Take the at-home political test: Which party proves it knows how to govern, and which party proves it’s still cruel and crazy—stinging satire from the sharp pen of Sean Quintal, club VP, laws and legislation.
  • Meet candidates for local office Brianna Coston for La Mesa Spring Valley School Board, Andrea Beth Damsky for Helix Water District, Patricia Dillard for La Mesa City Council, and Matt Strabone for La Mesa City Treasurer.

And mark your calendar for our next meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 pm, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, where we’ll get training in GO Team—you’ll learn what you need to know to go door-to-door to convince your neighbors to vote local candidates. And we’ll also hear hear from candidates for local office and find other ways you can support them. Come early at 6:30 pm for informal conversation with your fellow Democrats.

Video and podcast: Monopoly is the root of all evil, with activist/writer Cory Doctorow

Monopoly is a thread—and threat—running through many of society’s fundamental problems, according to Cory Doctorow, an activist, journalist, blogger, science fiction writer, and long-time anti-monopoly champion, who spoke to the club at this month’s general meeting.

Watch the video:

Or listen to the podcast — and subscribe here.

Topics covered include:

  • Why we’re in a “seminal moment” for anti-monopoly.
  • How monopolies came to pervade the economy, limiting business and creating adverse social conditions.
  • How monopoly drives wealth concentration, grinding down the young and working class, and exacerbating homelessness.
  • How President Biden has championed anti-monopoly, delivering the sweeping Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, and appointing key antitrust watchdogs.
  • Why Biden’s appointing Lena Khan as head of the Federal Trade Commission is ”the most salient political appointment of any president in at least 20 years.”

And more!

Cory comes up from the technology industry. He’s worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights organization, for many years; he’s now a special consultant for that organization.

Tech industry monopolies—primarily Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon—are highly controversial. But it’s not just tech. Monopolies dominate every industry. From healthcare and finance to professional wrestling, every industry is dominated by an extremely limited number of companies, which control what consumers can buy, and limit job choices for people who work in that industry. Monopoly power allows companies to exert unhealthy influence on the government agencies that are supposed to regulate them.

Cory is the author of books including science fiction for adults, such as “Radicalized” and “Walkaway,” nonfiction about monopoly and conspiracy, “How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism;” “In Real Life,” a graphic novel; and the picture book “Poesy the Monster Slayer.” His latest book is “Attack Surface,” a standalone adult sequel to “Little Brother;” his next nonfiction book is “Chokepoint Capitalism,” with Rebecca Giblin, about monopoly, monopsony and fairness in the creative arts labor market.

Cory blogs about monopoly, digital rights, and shares whimsical links at Pluralistic.net. He previously was co-editor of the blog Boing Boing for 19 years. Born in Toronto, Canada, Cory and his family now live in Los Angeles.

And mark your calendar for our next meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 pm, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, where we’ll get training in GO Team—you’ll learn what you need to know to go door-to-door to convince your neighbors to vote local candidates. And we’ll also hear hear from candidates for local office and find other ways you can support them. Come early at 6:30 pm for informal conversation with your fellow Democrats.

August general meeting: The monopoly threat, with activist/writer Cory Doctorow

For our next monthly meeting, Aug. 3, 7 pm on Zoom, we’re pleased to welcome Cory Doctorow, an activist, journalist, blogger, science fiction writer, and long-time anti-monopoly champion. The topic: Monopoly is the root of all evil.

Cory comes up from the technology industry. He’s worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights organization, for many years; he’s now a special consultant for that organization. Tech industry monopolies—primarily Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon—are highly controversial.

But it’s not just tech. Monopolies dominate every industry. From healthcare and finance to professional wrestling, every industry is dominated by an extremely limited number of companies, which control what consumers can buy, and limit job choices for people who work in that industry. Monopoly power allows companies to exert unhealthy influence on the government agencies that are supposed to regulate them.

Yeah, it’s a dry topic—but Cory is a dynamic speaker, and brings the subject to life. Trust me, if you come to the meeting you’ll learn a lot and enjoy the conversation.

Cory is the author of books including science fiction for adults, such as “Radicalized” and “Walkaway,” nonfiction about monopoly and conspiracy, “How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism;” “In Real Life,” a graphic novel; and the picture book “Poesy the Monster Slayer.” His latest book is “Attack Surface,” a standalone adult sequel to “Little Brother;” his next nonfiction book is “Chokepoint Capitalism,” with Rebecca Giblin, about monopoly, monopsony and fairness in the creative arts labor market.

Cory blogs about monopoly, digital rights, and shares whimsical links at Pluralistic.net. He previously was co-editor of the blog Boing Boing for 19 years. Born in Toronto, Canada, Cory and his family now live in Los Angeles.

Cory’s Wikipedia entry is worth reading.

Also at the meeting, we’ll hear from Chris Pearson, club VP for political action, who will talk for about five minutes about the need to run Democrats for East County offices. East County is still a Republican stronghold. Step up to run for office and take it back!

The meeting starts at 7 pm, with unstructured social conversation at 6:30 pm. Because of the latest Covid surge, we’re back on Zoom. Here’s the link: Zoom. As always you’ll be able watch the video on our YouTube channel, either live or after the event, and after the event you can listen to the audio on our new podcast

Read the Progressive Voice: Celebrating Democratic achievements, overcoming Trumpery, and more

Read the July issue of our monthly newsletter, the Progressive Voice. Articles include: 

  • Weber, Gonzalez, Parent celebrate Democratic achievements
  • Why don’t Republicans value Americans’ lives after they’re born?
  • How to overcome Trumpery.

And more!

Read it online here:

The print newsletter is distributed free for club members. If you’re not already a member, sign up here.

Video & podcast: Candidates! Candidates! Candidates!

Just a short video this month—audio-only. Hear from Democratic Party candidates for local office addressing the club at the Party in the Park, including:

  • Barbara Bry, San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk.
  • Matt Strabone, La Mesa City Treasurer
  • Andrea Beth Damsky, Helix Water District Division 2
  • Kathleen Brand, La Mesa City Council
  • Stephen Houlahan, US Congress, 48th District
  • Alysson Snow and Jennifer Mendoza, Lemon Grove City Council
  • Patricia Dillard, La Mesa City Council
  • Brianna Coston, La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board Trustee Area 3.
  • Mejgan Afshan, La Mesa City Council

Or you can listen to the audio when you’re out-and-about on our new podcast:

Subscribe to the podcast by searching for “La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club” in your favorite podcast player, or just paste in this link.

And mark your calendars for our next meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 3, at our usual digs, the La Mesa Community Center, 4795 Memorial Drive. Business starts at 7 pm, but come at 6:30 for informal conversation with fellow Democrats.