Join us for our May meeting: La Mesa Council Members Parent & Shu, criminal justice reform advocate David Myers

We’re excited to see you Wednesday evening, May 5, for a fantastic meeting talking about police and criminal justice reform, local planning issues, and more, with guest speakers La Mesa Council Members Colin Parent and Jack Shu, as well as Dave Myers, a criminal justice reform advocate and former commander of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

We’ll kick things off with Parent and Shu, talking about local issues, starting with police reform. The La Mesa Mayor and City Council tapped 11 members for a Community Police Oversight Board, working with an independent police auditor to investigate serious incidents and misconduct complaints involving La Mesa police officers, which included rioting in downtown La Mesa, with heavy property damage that included the destruction of two bank buildings.

Also on the agenda: Climate action. La Mesa was one of the first cities in San Diego County to adopt a Climate Action Plan. What concrete measures are being taken to mitigate the climate catastrophe on a local level.

We’ll check in on the La Mesa City Council Homeless Action Plan, adopted in February. How is the city working to reduce homelessness?

What plans are being developed to ease traffic congestion around construction of apartments and condos on University Avenue? What are other traffic and transit plans for San Diego?

And we’ll talk about plans to replace Dr. Akilah Weber, a city council member who was recently elected to represent the state 79th Assembly District.

Then we’ll be joined by David Myers, former commander and 33-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and criminal justice reform advocate. Myers was the highest ranking openly gay employee in the department, and ran for sheriff in 2018 against his boss and 9-year-incumbent, Bill Gore. Myers was fired for his candidacy.

Myers says: “Two years ago, when I was running for San Diego County sheriff, many of my fellow law enforcement officers lambasted me for appearing in a photo with a woman holding a Black Lives Matter sign at a Transgender Day of Remembrance event. I was excoriated for being anti-police, accused of supporting anarchists and judged unworthy of wearing the law enforcement badge. My response then, as now, was that until our police chiefs, sheriff and elected officials acknowledge their role in perpetuating systemic racism in law enforcement and policing, there can be no real, sustainable change toward a truly equitable criminal justice system.”

Myers is working to expose Sheriff Gore as incompetent. Abuses include hundreds of jail deaths, millions paid in unlawful death lawsuits, deputies with multiple sexual misconducts charges, and failure to release the names of people who died in jail to families for up to 6 months.

The meeting’s at 7 pm Wednesday May 5 on Zoom, with social time starting at 6:30 pm.

Here’s the Zoom URL.

Or watch on our YouTube channel.

Watch the video of our April general meeting featuring San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, presumptive Assemblymember-elect Akilah Weber, Chardá Bell-Fontenot & other educators

Watch the video of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club general meeting for April 2021, spanning San Diego, Sacramento, and schools, to discuss the current pandemic crisis, re-opening, and beyond.

Kicking things off was San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, who talked about re-opening, COVID-19 counter-measures, homelessness, police and more.

Following Mayor Gloria was presumptive Assembly Member-elect Akilah Weber, who looks to be handily beating the opposition in the April special election in the 79th Assembly District, talking about her plans once she gets to Sacramento.

Chardá Bell-Fontenot, vice president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley board, joins us after being targeted by racist attacks following her comments connecting early school reopening with racism.

Then Ms. Bell-Fontenot was joined by Gregg Robinson, trustee for the San Diego County Office of Education Governing Board; Richard Barrera, president of the San Diego Unified School District Governing Board; and Cheryl Robertson, Vice President of the Lemon Grove School Board and a board member for our club, to discuss school reopenings, the psychological toll of the pandemic year on students, charter schools, and reasons for hope.

Also:

  • Mark your calendars for our next meeting, Wednesday, May 5, when we’ll hear from La Mesa City Council members to talk about priorities for that city, as well as Dave Myers, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, criminal justice reform advocate, and progressive, to talk about the state of right-wing extremism in San Diego and criminal justice reform.
  • Become a member, pay your dues, or contribute to the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club.. Your support helps elect Democrats to local offices, and brings you programming like this. (And if you can’t afford to donate, you’re still welcome. We leave pay-to-play for the other guys.)

April meeting – San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria – Chardá Bell-Fontenot – and other local education officials

We’ve got another fantastic meeting in store for you Wednesday, April 7, 7 pm. We’ll kick things off with San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria; he’ll talk with us about the big issues facing the city, including reopening, homelessness, housing and more.

Following Mayor Gloria, we’ll hear from local school officials, to talk about reopening and the other major issues facing education in our district.

Chardá Bell-Fontenot, vice president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley board, joins us after being targeted by racist attacks following her comments equating early school reopening with white supremacy and slavery.

We’ll also speak with Gregg Robinson, trustee for the San Diego County Office of Education Governing Board; Richard Barrera, president of the San Diego Unified School District Governing Board; and Cheryl Robertson, Vice President of the Lemon Grove School Board and a board member for our club.

Meeting starts at 7 pm on Zoom, with social time at 6:30 pm. We’re going to try something new for that social half-hour; rather the usual delightful conversational free-for-all, we’re going to ask members to share things they want to talk about: Politics, family events, gardening triumphs, hiking and activities—whatever’s on your mind. Kind of an open mike night. We’ve all been feeling isolated for a year, let’s use that time to make connections.

Here’s the Zoom URL.

And until then, here are three ways you can support Ms. Bell-Fontenot:

Watch the video of our candidates forum for the California 79th Assembly District at our March meeting

Watch the video of our forum for Democratic candidates for the California 79th Assembly District! Speaking at our recent meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club were:

  • 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 candidates had a spirited discussion about the future of education, policing, healthcare, business, affordable housing in California, and more.  

We also heard from Shirley Weber, who vacated the AD79 seat recently, talking about her new role as California Secretary of State, ensuring voting rights for all Californians at a time when national Republicans are attacking those rights and threatening democracy nationwide. 

Watch the video below:

And don’t miss our next meeting, Wednesday, April 7, at 7 pm, when we’ll talk with local school board members and education officials. Join us early at 6:30 pm for unstructured conversion. Here’s the link for the meeting: Zoom

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