Local coronavirus updates | Meeting cancellation | Local elections

Greetings fellow La Mesa Democrats, friends and family: We hope you’re healthy, doing well in these troubling times, and have plenty of toilet paper. (But don’t hoard. Save some squares for the rest of us.)

April 1 meeting cancelled: It’ll come as no surprise to you that we’ve canceled the regular general monthly meeting, which had been scheduled for April 1. We’re looking forward to seeing you again when the crisis abates.

Looking ahead: Democracy continues in the face of the pandemic. Our March 4 general meeting was great — we were joined by San Diego County Democratic Party chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy and former chairs Jessica Hayes and Jess Durfee, to break down the outcome of the California primary, which was the day before the meeting.

The host was Matt Strabone, local attorney and pundit and friend of the club. Matt’s doughty producer recorded the audio of the meeting, and you can listen to it on Matt’s podcast, Show in Progress With Matt Strabone. Good listening during this time of social distancing!

Was that meeting only two weeks ago? Amazing! Another era.

Good thing Matt and his producer got that recording, too — our own efforts to stream video of the event failed completely. We were not even able to get a video recording for posting later, which we have been doing recently on our YouTube channel (which you should absolutely subscribe to if you have not already; we have three videos up of our past great meetings, with more to come!)

Coronavirus news you can use: We’ve begun using the club’s Internet channels to get out news and information for members and their friends and family. These include:

Twitter: @lmfdems

Facebook: @lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub

Less frequent updates to the website, particularly the blog (which you’re looking at now)

And of course our email newsletter this mailblast, which will be more frequent than it has been (possibly several times a week, but maybe less than that, and certainly no more than 1x/day — we’ll see what seems appropriate.)

The focus will be on local news and news and information you can use and might have missed.

And anyone is welcome to subscribe and follow us; you don’t need to be a Democrat.


News you can use:

Coronavirus Self-Quarantine Will Likely Exacerbate Elderly Isolation – KPBS: If you’re not elderly and isolated yourself, check in with your neighbors who might be, if you can. But maintain that social distance!

San Diego Food Banks Prioritize Meals For Seniors As Coronavirus Increases Demand – KPBS

These restaurants in East County are offering take-out and/or delivery – East County Magazine

Looking for a way to pass the time during social isolation? You can get an e-book from the San Diego Public Library, notes San Diego Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Democrat.

Prefer your books in paper form? The San Diego County libraries offer curbside book pickup during the pandemic – Times of San Diego

Mr. Fletcher also collaborated to launch the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response fund, “administered by the San Diego Foundation … and seeded with $1 million from SDG&E…. Grant funding will focus on three critical areas: food security, rental and utility assistance, and income replacement or gap funding. One hundred percent of donations will go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the health crisis.”

The City of La Mesa is opening up a limited number of five-minute parking spaces in the downtown village area for restaurants offering take-out service.

Mr. Fletcher says San Diego County has procured 1,472 motel rooms for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 or are exhibiting symptoms but don’t have a safe place to stay, including homeless San Diegans, seniors or people who live in group settings.

California Coastal Commission Chairman Steve Padilla, who’s also a member of the Chula Vista City Council, has been diagnosed with Covid-19 – he says it’s like the worst flu he ever had. If you’re sick, your experience may not be the same as Mr. Padilla’s — some people report mild symptoms and 18% have no symptoms at all.

The La Mesa Police Department lobby may be closed, but the police are still hard at work. Police may wear gloves, masks and other protective equipment when appropriate.

Neighbors helping neighbors:

Acts of kindness in San Diego amid coronavirus – CBS8: San Diegans offering to run errands through social media site Nextdoor

San Diego Community Volunteers for Coronavirus Response: A Facebook group where you can volunteer or ask for help. From the group: 5 Major Resources

Another community volunteer group: We All We Got SD Twitter: @weallwegotsd

Sara Jacobs, Democratic US Congressional candidate in local CA-53, provides tips on what you can do. And three more

`Information resources:

California’s Covid-19 site. (Via Sen. Toni Atkins)

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your stuff

Take the census online. The deadline is coming up. The Census makes sure we get our share of federal services and representation.

And finally:

Officers from the La Mesa Police Department stopped by the long line of shoppers waiting to enter the La Mesa CostCo and brought Starbucks coffee.

Let’s roll: San Marcos Couple Hopes to Wipe Away Stress With Toilet Paper – Times of San Diego: Claire and Parsegh Oksayan of San Marcos, owners of The Rush Coffee, a coffee truck, scored 96 extra rolls of toilet paper through their connections in the hospitality industry.

The duo, along with their children, took to the streets of San Marcos on Tuesday evening and left a roll of toilet paper at each doorstep. The toilet paper was packaged inside a gift bag with a note attached stating, “Hello Neighbor. We just wanted to say that we are thinking about you and are here to help if you need anything.”

The note ends with the couple’s contact information and a Bible verse.

Thats it for today people. Stay healthy, be brave, and look out for each other.

Join us Wednesday: In person if you can, virtually if not

We’re trying something different for Wednesday’s meeting: We’re going to try to stream live video of the meeting over the Internet, using Twitter specifically. If all goes well, just go to the club Twitter account, which is here:


tomorrow – Wednesday, March 4 – at 7 pm, and you can watch the proceedings live.

You don’t need to create a Twitter account.

We’ll be talking with a panel of local experts and luminaries to break down and analyze the primary results, with a focus on local races and what it means to our members. Find out more about the meeting, and other club goings-on, on our blog: Meeting Wednesday | Unity breakfast | RIP club co-founder Beverly Cassirer

Some of you may remember that we streamed meetings live in 2018 through early 2019 on Facebook, but that wasn’t working. Hopefully, this will work. Help us with the experiment, and let us know how it goes; email me at mitch@mitchwagner.com.

It’s better to actually come to the meeting of course; you get to meet with your fellow Democrats, see the presentations live, and enjoy our delicious snacks (love those turkey roll-ups!). But we know that many of you can’t make it in person; hopefully this will be an alternative.

Social time starts at 6:30 pm, programming at 7 pm, and the location is the spacious La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Dr. in La Mesa – everyone is welcome!

Congressional Candidates Forum – join us Wednesday

Start off the New Year right – with a candidates forum: Join us for our Jan. 8 meeting – that’s Wednesday, day after tomorrow – for which we’ve invited 11 doughty Democrats who are vying to replace Rep. Susan Davis, of the 53rd District. Davis has done excellent work in Congress for nearly 20 years, but she’s not running for re-election, and that’s set off a bit of a scramble for her seat. 

Confirmed participants in the panel include the two most recognizable Democrats seeking Davis’s seat are San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez, who recently garnered the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, and Sara Jacobs, who worked as a staffer in President Obama’s State Department. Other candidates also have excellent progressive bona fides, and work tirelessly for social and environmental justice in their communities.

Moderating the panel will be star journalist Mark Sauer, host of the KPBS Roundtable, which airs Fridays on radio and TV.  

It’s critical that we have a strong representative replacing Davis, to offset a corrupt Republican administration and its Congressional henchmen. And the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club – and you, its individual members – will play an outsized voice in that decision. Join us and hear the candidates make their case.

La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club represents the communities of La Mesa, San Carlos, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Santee, College Area, Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, and other close by enclaves.  We meet on the first Wednesday of each month (except the next meeting, because that’s a holiday, so we moved the meeting to the 8th) at the spacious and newly remodeled La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Drive, just a few blocks from the Spring St. Exit of I-8 Eastbound.  Our doors open at 6:30 PM with a half hour social time featuring salads, snacks, beverages and desserts supplied by the club and its membership.  Dues are being collected in January, starting at only $35 per year. Silver and Gold memberships are also available for just a little more. (per person.)

View our website at  www.lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub.org , like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

March With Us on Flag Day!

Join your fellow Democrats, La Mesans and Americans to march in La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade. It’s Saturday, June 1. Arrive 9 am, at the Community Center Parking lot, 4975 Memorial Dr., walk or ride for about a mile, then off to Swami’s to talk about the parade and enjoy a delicious brunch with fellow Democrats. We’re looking for red, white or blue hybrid or electric vehicles to drive in the parade. It’s a low-key, friendly event, with plenty of time to socialize and catch up with your neighbors. Contact Suzy Perkins, suzyperk@hotmail.com 619-966-8178 to learn more and get involved. 

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.

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

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.