Join us for our June 2 meeting on racism, climate change, and other threats

Join us for our next meeting, Wednesday June 2 at 7 pm where we’ll hear from experts talking about racism, extremism, and climate change, both here in San Diego and worldwide.

We’ll hear from Judy Ki,

We’ll hear from Judy Ki, educator and policy expert, recently appointed by Mayor Todd Gloria to the Asian-Pacific Islander Advisory Group. She’ll talk about “The Intersectionality of Racism and Misogyny.” We’ll also hear from Matthew Brown, Associate Director of Law Enforcement Initiatives and Community Security for the Anti-Defamation League.

Then the Sierra Club San Diego’s Peter Anderson will speak about the threat of climate change — globally, nationally, and right here in San Diego — and what we can and should be doing to mitigate the danger. San Diegans will see more frequent, intense, and prolonged heat waves and decreased air quality; dwindling freshwater supplies and increased water costs; more frequent and intense wildfires and storms; potential electrical disruptions; and rising sea levels. Peter will talk with us about what we can expect, and what we can do.

The meeting starts at 7 pm Wednesday, June 2, on Zoom. Join us early, at 6:30 pm, for unstructured conversation.

Here’s the Zoom URL.

2021 is an important election year

Dr. Akilah Weber’s recent election to the California State Assembly was a great day for San Diego Democrats — but it opened the door to a dangerous future. Dr. Weber was an important Democratic voice on the La Mesa City Council, and the city will hold a special election to fill her seat.

What’s at stake is the Democratic majority on the La Mesa City Council. If we lose here, Republicans get a foothold to try to reclaim dominance in San Diego, California, and national politics. We lose our seat on SANDAG, now filled by La Mesa City Council Member Jack Shu, who’s doing a great job, and we lose on other appointments and policy issues.

We’ve already seen several Democratic candidates announce for that La Mesa City Council seat, presenting a danger of diluting the Democratic vote and handing that seat over to the Republicans. That can’t happen. San Diego Democrats need to unite behind a single candidate for the La Mesa City Council seat. Other candidates need to drop out of the race — but not drop out of sight. We need plenty of Democrats to run for other local offices, with the full support of the party.

Also at stake this year is the California gubernatorial recall election. Governor Newsom is looking good now, with the state coming out of lockdown, COVID in defeat, and the economy roaring back. But all that could change. This year is looking like a hard fire season, with possibilities of broad blackouts, and Gov. Newsom would be blamed.. Special elections have very low turnout, with recent polls showing that Republicans, who vote in special elections more than Democrats, favor recall.

Democrats barely won in 2020. Polling data shows that we’re losing working people to Republicans, despite the GOP being a party that hates them.

We need to fight to keep the gains we made in 2020, and push harder — or lose San Diego, California, and America, to the party of Trump, Qanon, and insurrection.

Stop the Cottonwood Sand Mine

Our fight continues to stop the Cottonwood Golf Club in Rancho San Diego from becoming a 214 acre open-pit sand mine in the Sweetwater River. A resolution has been passed and supported by the San Diego County Democratic Party as well as other local Democratic Clubs and Caucus groups to oppose this project. The resolution will be taken to all County Board of Supervisors in the next month and we ask the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club to join in supporting this resolution. We’ll take a vote on that at the June 2 meeting. Come to our meeting and vote then.

Visit https://www.stopcottonwoodsandmine.com for more information and to find out how you can keep Informed. And read the resolution opposing the mine.

That’s quite an agenda! We’ll see you 7 pm Wednesday, June 2, on Zoom. Join us early, at 6:30 pm, for unstructured conversation.

Here’s that Zoom URL again.

Watch the video of our May meeting with La Mesa City Council Members Jack Shu and Colin Parent and criminal justice reform advocate Dave Myers

Watch the video of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club meeting May 5, 2021, featuring La Mesa City Council members Jack Shu and Colin Parent, discussing police reform, climate action, homelessness, traffic, and finding a replacement for city council member Dr. Akilah Weber, recently elected to the 79th state Assembly district.

We also heard from Mejgan Afshan and Patricia Dillard, two candidates running for Dr. Weber’s seat.

Following that, we talked with Dave Myers, a 30-year-veteran of the San Diego County sheriff’s Department, about law enforcement reform and also about the rise of extremist groups and hate groups in San Diego.

And join our next meeting, Wednesday, June 2, at 7 pm, when we’ll have a speaker from the Sierra Club talking about climate change, and we’ll also talk so more about political extremism and hate in San Diego. That’s on Zoom: lmfdems.com/zoom

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.