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.

Run for the La Mesa Democratic Club board!

It looks like Trump is on his way out, but there’s still plenty of work to be done to ensure the values we stand for are expressed in government. And you – yes you! – can help, by joining the board of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club. Elections are at our monthly general meeting, Jan. 6 at 7 pm on Zoom, and you can run for any position – President, Treasurer, at-large member, and more.

For a complete rundown of board offices and responsibilities, see here: Join the club board! – La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club

More information:

  • To be eligible to run for the Board, you must be a member in good standing, meaning your dues are paid up to date.
  • Current Board Members choosing to run again will be considered incumbent candidates.
  • Board Member responsibilities include attending monthly General Meetings, monthly Board Meetings, leading a particular area of management of the Club, helping at events, recruiting members and assisting in the overall running of the organization.
  • Interested candidates may apply by their submission of a nomination form – get it here – or securing the form in hard copy.
  • Please send a headshot photo after you submit your nomination form to lmfdemclub@gmail.com. The photo will be shared on the website, e-blasts and social media. If you do not want your photo shared, please indicate when you submit.
  • Nominations will be accepted from the floor on the day of the elections.
  • Nominations from the floor will require that the candidate orally repeat the information in the nomination submission form (except the photo, of course).
  • To mitigate interruptions, delay, and disturbances to the flow of the elections, and to assist the nominating committee in meeting its obligation in recommending the best candidate(s) for the Board, please submit all nominations in writing to lmfdemclub@gmail.com, or by hardcopy.

Are you ready to serve? Get your nomination form here.

Save the date: Save the date for our Jan. 6 meeting, 7 pm (6:30 pm for pre-meeting unstructured conversation), when we’ll have board elections. But the bulk of the meeting will be discussing local political and policy issues. We’ve finally achieved our goal of turning the county Blue. Now what? We’ll have a star-studded line-up of local political leaders and pundits to talk about just that subject. Zoom URL to come.

Help turn Georgia – and the US Senate – Blue: Phone-bank with your San Diego neighbors to help turn out Democratic voters for the Senate special election in Georgia – that’s Sunday, Jan. 3, at noon. Details here.

Join the club board!

It’s time for you – yes you – to join the board of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club!

The La-Mesa Foothills Democratic Club will be conducting the yearly Election of Officers and Board Members on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. That’s at our regular meeting, on Zoom, which starts with unstructured social conversation at 6:30 pm, club business at 7 pm. We’re doing a lot more than holding club elections that night – we’ve got a great program lined up – so mark your calendars! 

But for now we’re talking about the elections, and why you should sign up to run for a board seat. 
 
LMFDC is one of the largest and most active Democratic Clubs in San Diego County, and was awarded Club of the Year 3 times, most recently in 2016. The election is your opportunity to join and help shape the future this dynamic club! 
 
The Club is accepting nominations for Officers and Board Members at Large. Please fill out the attached form and submit to lmfdemclub@gmail.com

Roles of Officers & Board Members 
President:  Role
The President is responsible for the overall direction of the Club’s activities and effective management of the board. The President’s presides at all General and board meetings, and is the Club’s spokesperson. (additional responsibilities listed in Club Manual)
 
VP Laws and Legislation:  Role
The Vice President for Laws and Legislation is responsible for keeping members informed of issues, laws and legislation affecting the general membership.  
 
Responsibilities

  • Stay current on new laws as they are enacted. 
  • Provide quarterly or bi-annually Issues and Action report to the General Membership 
  • Work with the President to identify laws and issues of focus for the report to the Membership. 
  • Identify action items for issues needing active Club engagement and support. 

 
VP for Membership:  Role
The Vice-President for Membership is responsible for membership development and maintenance of membership records. 
 
Responsibilities

  • Maintain the Club Roster up to date
    • Add new members 
    • Update demographic details of existing members (e.g.:  address changes, renewal status, membership level, etc.)
    • Email monthly updated roster to the President 
  • Create monthly Membership Report for the board meeting.
    •  Email to the President after the General Meeting
  • Create monthly New Members & Guests Report 
    • Email to the President and to Newsletter Editor
  • Create and mail Welcome Letters for new members.
  • Annually create and mail Renewal Reminder Letters to lapsed members.  

Present Vice President – Political Action: Role

The Vice President for Political Action is responsible for promoting and coordinating outreach, grassroots organizing and support of community-wide activities in furtherance of the goals of the Democratic Party. 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain the Club’s efforts to have a campaign engine by overseeing ten week field and phone-banking campaigns in election years for the primary and general election.
  • Facilitating candidate recruitment with political and non-political organizations (e.g. labor unions
  • Recruit and help elect candidates for the City of La Mesa for the Office of the Mayor, City Council, Clerk, and Treasurer; to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Board of Trustees; Grossmont Union School District Board; La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board; Helix Water Board; and Grossmont Health Board.  
  • Develop and maintain relationships with staff & officers at the SDCDP, CDP, political groups, non-political groups, various elected offices to identify and support candidates.
  • As necessary, assist the President with the endorsement process. 

Vice President – Programming: Role

The Vice President for Programming is responsible for working with the Board to identify programming topics for the General meetings. 

Responsibilities

  • Working with the President, develop program theme for the year.
  • Develop program ideas and also seek program ideas from the Board.
  • Identify and recruit speakers for the monthly General meetings. 
  • Maintain communication copied to the President with all speakers. 
  • This allows the President to be current on program status, and also have e-mail address for thank you letters.
  • Write monthly program article for the Mission Times Courier and La Mesa Courier by the end of the first week of each month. 
  • Review three month program plan at each board meeting. 
  • Meet with the La Mesa Community Center to finalize meeting room set-up and AV needs. 
  • Bring projector and associated items to the General Meeting. 
  • Greet speakers and introduced them to the President at the General meeting. 

Treasurer: Role
The Treasurer along with the President all the official signatories of the Club’s bank account and named individuals on all related tax documents. The Treasurer controls and maintains the Club’s budget, bank account, monetary collection and disbursement. The Treasurer should do his/her best to see that everything is done meticulously to maintain the integrity of the Treasurer’s office and accounting. 

Responsibilities

  • After Club Election Meeting, facilitate transfer of Treasurer and President to bank account and associated online accounts (PayPal). 
  • Prepare the Club annual budget at the January board meeting. 
  • Ensure all budgetary goals are met and adhere to the budget. 
  • Collect member dues in coordination with the Vice President – Membership 
  • Maintain accurate financial records throughout the year to be reviewed at any time by members and board officers. 
  • Transact business through the Club’s bank including deposit of funds.
  • Provide monthly Treasurer’s report for the board meeting and General Meeting. (same report)
  • File appropriate tax forms with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters (bi-annually).
  • Pay fees associated with the California Secretary of State
  • Pay fees associated with the California Democratic Party
  • Disburse funds and pay bills promptly as approved by the Board.
  • Reconcile bank statements.

Secretary: Role
The Secretary shall act as secretary at all General and board meetings and keep a record of the proceedings of such meetings. 

Responsibilities

  • Prepare and Submit General Meeting Minutes Monthly
  • Prepare and Submit Executive Board Meeting Minutes Monthly
  • At the General Meetings post the approved Board and General Meeting Minutes, Treasurer’s Report, Membership Report and current Agenda 

Roles of Board Members at Large

Events Chair:  Role
The Events Chair facilitates the Club’s participation in various events. 

Responsibilities

  • Two months prior to an event  identify the Club’s theme for the event by working with the Board 
  • Two months prior identify volunteers needed
  • Three to two months prior identify any registration requirements and fees, and work with the Board to have the fees approved for payment. 
  • Work with other organizations as needed to participate in an event
  • Invite elected officials and candidates to the events

GO-Team Chair:  Role
The GO Team Chair is a SDCDP GO Team trained and represent the Club’s GO Team. 

Responsibilities

  • Participate in SDCDP GO Team trainings. 
  • Coordinate with the SDCDP GO Team activities.
  • During election years, speak at the General meetings about GO Team to encourage member participation 
  • Serve as a GO Team liaison for GO Team neighborhood leaders and community coordinators. 

Voter Registration Chair:  Role
The Voter Registration Chair leads the Club’s participation in County voter registration events. 

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate voter registration in the communities of La Mesa, Mt. Helix, San Carlos, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, and the SDSU area
  • Past voter registration events have been held at Grossmont Center, La Mesa Vons Shopping Center, Cuyamaca College
  • Attend monthly naturalization ceremony at Civic Center in downtown San Diego and register new citizens to vote democratic. 
  • Coordinate volunteers for voter registration events. 
  • As necessary work with the Vice President – Volunteer Coordinator

Marketing Chair:  Role
The Marketing Chair is responsible for publicizing all Club board approved business after approved by the President. 

Responsibilities

  • Review SDCDP, CDP, elected officials, candidates, and communities we serve websites and social media for events and action items to be shared during the Club’s weekly announcements sent. 
  • Use MailChimp to send out the weekly announcement e-blast
  • Create PowerPoints and handouts for general meetings
  • Announcements
  • Plays during the social ½ hour
  • Program using information from the Board meeting and monthly article
  • Plays at the beginning of the program
  • Send to the President at time set by the President for final approval
  • Coordinate proofing with Social Media Coordinator
  • Create monthly Announcement One Pager hand out for member tables at the General meeting handout for member tables
    • Mirrors Announcement PowerPoint
    • Coordinate printing and deliver to meeting

Communications-Social Media Chair:  Role
The Communications – Social Media Chair promotes Club activities on all social media and internet channels to retain and increase membership and encourage member engagement to help elect democratic candidates and promote progressive democratic policies. 
 
Responsibilities

  • Facilitate Facebook Live at the General Meetings
  • To ensure “live” attendance at the General Meeting promotion of Facebook Live should be done the day of the General Meeting approximately 6:00 p.m.
  • Collaborates with the Marketing, Website and Newsletter chairs for content on social media and internet channels including but not limited to Facebook, and Twitter. 
  • Update Facebook and Twitter with Club events
  • Update Facebook and Twitter with political news of interest to the membership
  • Promote Club endorsed candidates on Facebook and Twitter
  • Forward any questions or concerns received from members on Facebook or Twitter to the President

 
Website Chair:  Role
The role of the Website Chair is to maintain the Club’s website up-to-date. 
 
Responsibilities

  • Ensure payment transfer every June to the new President
  • Update all pages on the website
  • Collaborates with the Marketing, Communication – Social Media and Newsletter Editor for website content. 
  • Promote Club endorsed candidates on the website

 
Officers and Board Member at Large Positions
Officers
 
President:  Tina Rynberg*
VP Laws and Legislation:  Sean Quintal*
VP for Membership:  Katie Sigeti*
VP for Political Action:  Chris Pearson*
VP for Programming:  Open
Secretary:  Open (Tracey Magnusun to run for board member at large)
Treasurer:  Open (Pat Welty is resigning)
*Incumbent running for re-election
 
Board Member at Large-7 seats
 
Mitch Wagner:  Communications/Social Media*
Evelyn Andrade*
Sharon Cox*
Merrill Perry*
*incumbent running for re-election

Help Georgia, your neighbors, and the club

This is the season of giving and love and in that spirit we have three suggestions of areas where your help is needed.

First: At our last meeting, we heard from San Diego’s Jean Dittmyer, who’s active in the national movement to help win the special Georgia election for Democrats. It’s amazing to contemplate, but we could turn the White House and both houses of Congress Blue – with your help. Find out what you can do here

Democrats are doing phone-banking today at noon and every Sunday until the election. Grab a cup of coffee, and/or a mimosa, and join the fun!

Secondly, we’re looking for donations to help our neighbors. We’re supporting the La Mesa United Methodist Church, which sponsors Fresh Start Saturday, a monthly breakfast for the homeless. Money will be used for future food purchases and hygiene supplies. They also need donations of clothing, such as new socks and underwear, new and used coats, sweaters, and men’s belts. Pickup for donations can be arranged. For more information call board member Merrill Perry @ 619-820-2199. Or just donate here

And thirdly, now is a good time to renew your membership, join the club, or donate if you’ve got a couple of bucks to spare. Your membership and contributions go to programming and activities in support of local Democrats and progressive causes. Join, renew, or donate here

And mark your calendars – our next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 6, 6:30 pm for unstructured social conversation, programming starts at 7 pm. Zoom URL to come soon.

That’s it for today. We’ll have the video from our most recent meeting, including Jean’s talk and musical and spoken word entertainment, soon.

Here’s why you need to be at Wednesday’s meeting and party for La Mesa Dems

We’ve got a heck of a great line-up for Wednesday evening’s annual holiday party and meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, mixing business and entertainment.

On the business side: Jean Dittmyer will share information on Georgia’s Special Senate Election on January 5, and how we can help the two Democratic Senate candidates win. Jean is a tireless volunteer for local, county, congressional, state,, and national candidates. She has hosted phone banks on a weekly basis at her La Mesa home. Jean is also the point person for the Indivisible Movement for District 53.

That’s the business. On the entertainment side, we’ve got great musical guests and a spoken word artist – all local.

Lauren Hermas and Laura Payne will perform together. Lauren is a singer, previously with the local band Mixed Signals and the Resizters. And Laura is a local musician, bass player, co-founder and band member of the Resizters and the bassist for Engenue.

Separately, singer-songwriter Jeff Berkley formed Berkley Hart and made 11 records and toured the US, England and Australia extensively. He has played percussion and guitar with Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Bob Wier, and many more musical luminaries. He won The Kerrville New Folk songwriter award in 1999,

And spoken word artist Tisha Tumangan is the director and CEO of Black Kat Theatre, a sketch comedy troupe focusing on politics and social issues.

The party and meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 2 – that’s in two days! Programming starts at 7 pm, with unstructured social discussion starting at 6:30 pm. It’s on Zoom, of course. Here’s the link:

Holiday meeting, La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club

Hopefully now that we’re on our way to having a competent adult in the White House, we can see each other in person again soon.

Come to our holiday meeting & charity drive!

Celebrate the holidays with your friends and fellow Democrats at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club. We’re having our annual holiday meeting Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the evening, and we hope to see you there.

We’ll start with a little business: We’ll break down the numbers of this year’s local elections, and what they tell us about the state of politics in the county and state. We’ll also talk about how you can stay involved this year – including what you can do to help with the Georgia runoff elections in January. We still have an opportunity to flip the Senate!

Then, on to entertainment. We’re still pulling together details, but we have a stellar lineup of local musicians and at least one spoken-word performer for your enjoyment.

What’s missing? You! Join us Wednesday, Dec. 2 – programming starts at 7 pm, with unstructured social discussion starting at 6:30 pm. It’s on Zoom. Here’s the link:

Holiday meeting, La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club

Also, we’re doing our annual charity drive. We’re looking for financial donations to the La Mesa United Methodist Church, which sponsors Fresh Start Saturday, a monthly breakfast for the homeless. Money will be used for future food purchases and hygiene supplies. They also need donations of clothing, such as new socks and underwear, new and used coats, sweaters, and men’s belts. Pickup for donations can be arranged. For more information call board member Merrill Perry @ 619-820-2199 – Merrill’s doing the legwork on this.

Where do we go from here?

We had an all-star cast of experts for the November general meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, to talk about where we go now that the election is done. Speakers were:

  • Michael Smolens, longtime political columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Kyra Greene, executive director of the California think tank Center on Policy Initiatives
  • Ric Epps, political science professor at San Diego State University
  • Cynara Kidwell, California political consultant and data analyst.
  • And moderating was Evlyn Andrade, a member of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club board and veteran campaigner.

The meeting was the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 4, but it was already looking like the Presidential election was done. Still, as panelist Ric Epps noted, that outcome was “bittersweet.” He said, “It says a lot about this country that it could be this close.”

Topics include:
– The hypocrisy of democracy in the US, where so many people are deprived of the right to vote by voter suppression.
– What do we say of people of color, given the racism inherent in the US?
– Why we need to look for better candidates.
– Liberal closed-mindedness.
– The Democratic Party’s inherent weakness on messaging.
– Whatever happened to Russian meddling?
– California: A deep blue state, but voting on the propositions often didn’t feel that way.
– How Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies’ successful lobbying on Proposition 22 is an example of the need to control money in politics.
– What do local Congressional races say about the blue wave in California and San Diego?
– What’s the future of the county, and the county Democratic Party?
– The coming Latino wave.
– Why San Diego County needs to address wage theft.
– How police oversight might still fail.
– What San Diego Democrats learned about campaigning in the time of COVID-19, and how that lesson might be applied in future, more normal elections (with comments from Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, San Diego County Democratic Party chair).


Also, Michael Smolens asked us to clarify one point: Cynara Kidwell said during the meeting that the Democrats could still take the Senate, and Michael said that was impossible. He followed up to say that he was incorrect about that and Cynara Kidwell was correct; the Senate was (and still is) within reach for the Democrats.


And mark your calendars for next month’s meeting which is Dec. 2 in the evening. We’ll have a holiday party on Zoom, with musical entertainment. And we’ll also be doing our traditional charitable drives, so if you see any sales on socks and canned goods and such, scoop ’em up!

Where do we go after Election Day? Join us for our Wednesday meeting to find out!

Our November meeting falls on the first day of a new era in American history. And that’s no hype.

Our meeting is Wednesday evening, Nov. 4. We’re hoping it’ll be a festive event, with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris winning by a landslide, in a victory so decisive that even the MAGAs can’t fight it, ushering in the dawn of a new Golden Age in American history. We’re also hoping to see a Blue Wave of victories sweeping the nation, California, San Diego and local communities.

That’s what we’re hoping for. But we can all imagine darker scenarios. And any of those would be new eras for America too.

And that’s the subject of our meeting Nov. 4: A post-election analysis and breakdown, with programming starting at 7 pm and social time starting a half-hour earlier at 6:30 pm.

We’ll convene a panel of journalists and pundits to break down outcomes and attempt to peer into the future in key elections on the federal, state, county, and local level.

Here’s the Zoom link:

We’ve got a brilliant panel of political thinkers to help talk us into the future:

  • Michael Smolens, longtime political columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Kyra Greene, executive director of the California think tank Center on Policy Initiatives
  • Ric Epps, political science professor at San Diego State University
  • Cynara Kidwell, California political consultant and data analyst.

Moderating will be Evlyn Andrade, a member of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club board and veteran campaigner.

After hashing out the Presidential election, we’ll move on to Congressional races, with two key races we’re following closely: The 50th District, where Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar – an East County-born son of Latino and Palestinian immigrants, ex-church janitor and former Obama White House aide – improbably running neck-and-neck with Republican hack Darrel Issa. This is a real opportunity to turn a longtime Republican stronghold Blue.

Meanwhile, two Democrats are facing off in the 53d District for the seat vacated by Democratic stalwart Susan Davis: Georgette Gómez is a Latina and lesbian who was raised in poverty in Barrio Logan and now serves as President of the San Diego City Council. Sara Jacobs is granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacob, and worked in policy positions in the U.S. State Department, UNICEF, and United Nations, and was policy advisor to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Gómez is running as the scrappy D.C. outsider, while Jacobs as a Washington veteran who can get things done from the outset.

Locally, we’ll discuss the outcome of the race between two Democrats for mayor of San Diego: Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry. It’s been an ugly election, with Democrat-on-Democrat violence; the winner will lead the city out of the pandemic era.

But there’s more ground to cover – more important elections that will be resolved.

  • Liz Lavertu, campaigning in the 71st Assembly District against a powerful Republican adversary.
  • Raul Campillo, angling to become only the second Democrat to hold the San Diego City Council District 7 seat.
  • On the La Mesa City Council, incumbent Colin Parent and newcomer Jack Shu have a shot at turning that body into a governing majority for Democrats, for the first time.
  • And plenty more.

Additionally, there are numerous important ballot initiatives, including Proposition 14, renewing funding for California’s stem cell research; Proposition 15, to partly overturn Prop 13 and make commercial property taxes more fair, to fund schools and communities; Proposition 16, ending the ban on affirmative action; Prop 25, ending cash bail; and Prop 22, a naked money grab by Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy companies to allow them to continue to exploit workers.

It’ll be quite a busy evening meeting, and hopefully a happy one, in which we celebrate a Blue Wave up and down the ballot. Join us at 6:30 pm Wednesday Nov. 4, for open, informal conversation, with the programming starting 7 pm, on Zoom of course. Here’s that meeting link again.