Nov 4 – General Meeting with Todd Gloria

Nov 4 – General Meeting with Todd Gloria

The Club’s next general membership meeting will be held on Sat., Nov. 4 in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library. The meeting will begin with coffee and light snacks at 10:30 am; the business portion will be called to order at 11:00 am.

Our program for November will feature our Assembly member, Todd Gloria. He will discuss the Legislature’s accomplishments for 2017 and his agenda for 2018. The presentation will include time for questions and answers.

Also scheduled to appear is Matt Brower, who is challenging censured Judge Gary Kreep for Superior Court. He will introduce himself  and seek our endorsement.

We look forward to a most interesting program, and to recognizing the important work that our representatives in Sacramento do every day to advance the interests of all Californians. 

– Frank King

Lending a Hand

Lending a Hand

The Coronado Democratic Club is known as a group that “Lends A Hand”. Since the 2016 election we have brought hygiene products to Survivors of Torture International and Jewish Family Services, which are groups that work with marginalized members of our community. The club’s next project is with the Iraqi Chaldeans who live in El Cajon.

Within the Chaldean community there is an effort to help people find jobs and engage in job training. A new apprentice program has identified 15 individuals who need proper clothing for professional jobs and or job interviews. To help in this effort, we will collect men’s dress shirts, slacks, shoes, ties and women’s blouses, skirts, slacks, and shoes. A member of the Chaldean community has lined up a tailor to assist in alterations, etc. If you have any of these items you are willing to donate, please bring them in a bag to the September 16 Democratic Club meeting or give Susan Enowitz a call to pick them up, 619-861-5778. Susan will make sure they are delivered.

Today El Cajon has a Chaldean population of over 60,000, which makes this city the home of the second largest Chaldean community in the United States after Detroit. While these refugees have found a safe haven here, the friends or relatives they left behind in Iraq now face what one man calls “a Christian genocide.” New refugees from Syria are landing in El Cajon. Local groups like the Minority Humanitarian Foundation and the Chaldean Democratic Club are doing their best to offer social services. These groups are currently running a campaign to find jobs for refugees and they welcome our help. Won’t you lend a hand?

If you want to learn more about this community and the Chaldean culture, you can visit the exhibit at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station.

Oct 11 – City Council Candidate Forum

Oct 11 – City Council Candidate Forum

The Coronado Democratic Club will be hosting a Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. in the Winn Room of the Library.

There are two open seats and at this time five people have expressed their intentions to run. There may be additional candidates in the near future.

This forum will be an excellent opportunity to hear the positions of the candidates on various issues facing our city and question them directly.

Please invite your Republican and Independent friends as this is a non-partisan event in which all community members are urged to attend.

For more information please contact Ron Mandelbaum at 619-435-1911

Sep 8 – General Meeting – Carl Luna

Sep 8 – General Meeting – Carl Luna

The Coronado Democratic Club will hold its general membership meeting on Saturday, September 8 in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library. Social time, with coffee and sweets, begins at 10:30 am; the meeting will be called to order at 11:00 am.

Our featured speaker will be Carl Luna, Professor of Political Science at Mesa College. He will put his reputation on the line again as he predicts the outcome of our November 6 election. Prof. Luna’s presentations have been most enjoyable; we are pleased to have him back.

We’ll also vote on the endorsement of Matt Brower for Judge of the Superior Court. As you may recall, he and Tim Nader spoke to our club prior to the June primary election; Brower faces disgraced incumbent Judge Gary Kreep in November. Brower is the only candidate eligible for our endorsement in this race.

Please remember to attend this interesting and informative meeting, and bring a guest!

Sep 26 – Another Chance to Register Voters

Sep 26 – Another Chance to Register Voters

One Wednesday each month, new citizens are sworn in at a naturalization ceremony held downtown at Golden Hall. Following the naturalization ceremony, volunteers register these new citizens to vote.
Volunteers are needed to assist the core group of dedicated volunteers who supervise this process. If you are familiar with the voter registration form, then plan to be there around 10:15. A tutorial on the form and procedure will take place at 10:00 AM for new volunteers.

When
September 26 (morning and afternoon) 10:15 -12:30 AND 2:15 -4:30)
You can help register in the morning or afternoon.

Where
3rd Ave. and B Street, in the Civic Theater Plaza, adjacent to Golden Hall.

Horton Plaza, which is two blocks away from the Civic Theater Plaza, will validate for 3 hours of parking, no purchase necessary. The validation machine is located on the first floor of Macy’s on a counter in the shoe department. Parking ticket can be validated before or after the voter registration. I think you need to arrive at Horton Plaza after 9:30. Please check to see if this is still available.

You don’t need to bring anything other than comfortable shoes, a light sweater or jacket, a hat and your enthusiasm. If you have a blue t-shirt , please wear it to show off our Democratic blue. Obama Vote pins will be available to pin onto your t-shirts. These buttons are to be returned at the end of each session. There is no storage space for backpacks or purses. Bring water if desired.

Contact Mercy Mandelbaum for information ycrem613@gmail.com or 1 (619) 435-1911.

President’s Message – September 2018

President’s Message – September 2018

We may recall that several members of our club participated in the GO Team during the primary and general elections of 2016. I like to think that those of us who participated made a difference. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our club didn’t field a GO Team this year.

Coronado happens to be a community that consistently has a high voter turnout. We also have a high percentage of permanent vote-by-mail voters. So there are other areas in which our participation in get-out-the-vote campaigns can be more effective. Our own Congressman Scott Peters is expected to enjoy a relatively easy path to re-election this time; however, there are two Congressional districts in the vicinity in which the Democratic candidates could use our help. I’d like to discuss those here.

The first is the 49th Congressional District, in which Mike Levin is running to succeed Darrell Issa, who is retiring. This is a real pickup opportunity for the Democratic Party, but it’s going to take some work. The campaign recently opened a Solana Beach office (I attended the opening and have volunteered). There are opportunities to volunteer for phone bank and for canvassing. To donate or volunteer, please visit the website at mikelevin.org.

The other candidate for Congress who could really use our help is Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is running against the incumbent Duncan Hunter to represent the 50th District. This district historically was safely in Republican hands, but recent accusations of corruption against Hunter have made this race competitive. I’m personally acquainted with Ammar, having worked with him in the Obama re-election campaign in 2012. He also worked in the Obama White House and at the Department of Labor. Ammar is a relentless campaigner, and I enjoyed working with him. To donate or volunteer, please visit the website at campacampaign.com.

California has the most Red-to-Blue opportunities of any state; two of them are here in San Diego County, and we need to deliver in order to flip the House. Please help!

Frank King

May 12 – GENERAL MEETING – “FAKE NEWS”

May 12 – GENERAL MEETING – “FAKE NEWS”

Please join us May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Coronado Library Winn Room to hear Karin Winner, former editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune, discuss “Fake News” and its effect on our current political and social worlds.

For 16 years Karin Winner served as Vice President/ News & Editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune (which won two Pulitzer Prizes under her leadership). She retired in 2010 after 33 years with the U-T.

Today, she chairs the board of inewsource, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization that partners with KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting station, and serves on the boards of The Old Globe Theater, San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation, the KPBS advisory council and the Chancellor’s Community Advisory board at UCSD. She is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club 33, The Wednesday Club, Women Give and the International Women’s Forum. A graduate of The Bishop’s School and the University of Southern California (BA, Journalism), Karin was the recipient of the Ellen Browning Scripps Distinguished Alumna from The Bishop’s School; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “The Courageous Leadership” award; the outstanding alum award of the USC School of Journalism and a Girl Scouts’ “Cool Women” honoree.

Coffee and snacks served starting at 10:30 AM.

TEAM UP WITH THE GO TEAM

TEAM UP WITH THE GO TEAM

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the Coronado Democratic Club will not have a GO Team for this year’s mid-term elections. However, you may not have noticed but one Donald J. Trump (so aptly characterized by his former Secretary of State) is still with us as a national embarrassment. Therefore, we encourage everyone, whether you were a GO Team volunteer in years past or not, to get involved. There are multiple opportunities where we can make a difference. Pick a contested race (can anyone say Duncan Hunter?), choose a candidate you like and contact their election headquarters to see where they need help, or volunteer for a phone bank to try and tip the scales blue (Wyoming governor’s race comes to mind). Just to get you started, here are some websites that would provide preliminary information:

PRE-REGISTER at 16, VOTE at 18

PRE-REGISTER at 16, VOTE at 18

Did you know that 16- and 17-year-olds in California can now preregister to vote?  According to California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, more than 100,000 teenagers have already done so.  This comes in the wake of a nationwide tide of youth activism over gun control that now has young people ready to take their collective power to the polls.

“We are seeing the impact that young people can have when they stand up and engage,” Padilla said in a statement. “Since California launched pre-registration, 100,000 soon-to-be voters have answered the call to participate in their democracy. As Secretary of State, I want to do all we can to encourage civic engagement among our youth.”

According to the Huffington Post, young voters nationwide consistently have some of the lowest election turnouts of any age bracket.  Studies have shown preregistration can help boost their numbers.  A 2014 Duke University study found states that have introduced preregistration laws typically see an increase of youth voter turnout by an average of 2 to 13 percentage points.  California is one of 13 states, along with the District of Columbia, that allow citizens as young as 16 years old to preregister to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  This preregistration process allows youth to become automatically eligible to vote when they turn 18.

California youth who preregister to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.  Preregistering allows 16- and 17-year-olds to complete the online voter registration form (www.registertovote.ca.gov), providing sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to vote.

So, if you are the parent, grandparent, relative or friend of a teenager, please encourage preregistration.  These young people have the potential to save our democracy.  For more information, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/pre-register-16-vote-18

Roosevelt Dinner

Roosevelt Dinner

On Saturday, April 7, the San Diego County Democratic Party held its 38th Annual Roosevelt Dinner, called “Building the Big Blue Wave,” at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.  Around 1,000 Democratic leaders, candidates, activists and friends came together to affirm our values, celebrate our successes, honor our heroes, and recommit to fight for equality, justice and opportunity for all.

Among the guests attending were 10 members of the Coronado Democratic Club: Councilwoman Carrie Downey, President Frank King and his wife Joan, Vice-President Tom Bernitt, Treasurer Patrick Callahan and his wife Debbie, Patti and Chuck Charter, Edith Kaspin, and Judy Bambace.  The event included a reception, silent auction, three-course dinner, and awards presentation.

The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Jennifer Granholm, the first woman to be elected as Michigan’s Governor in 2002.   She served two terms as Governor, leading a state with a $40 billion annual budget and more than 55,000 employees.  She pioneered clean energy innovation and economic development and led Michigan through the national economic crisis in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

Former Governor Granholm gave an impassioned, entertaining and inspiring speech, encouraging us to fight for victory in the upcoming elections and reminding all of us about the fundamental Democratic value of taking care of each other like family.  

Thank You – Thank You – Thank You

Thank You – Thank You – Thank You

A very big thank you must go out to eight of our fellow club members who gave up their Saturday morning  to register voters. Rather than sleeping late or lounging about with their coffee they were at 3rd and B Street in Civic Theater Plaza meeting, congratulating and registering new citizens who had just completed their Naturalization Ceremony in Golden Hall.

Thank you Judy Bambace, Patricia Cowett, Lori Doyle, Diana Greenspan, Jerry Greenspan, Kathleen Kilby, Connie Pinkus and Barbara Simon for a job well done.

Once a month (on Wednesday mornings) this Naturalization  Ceremony takes place in Golden Hall and volunteers are always needed to help these new citizens with the process of registering to vote. Our club had committed to having volunteers there once a year, however any of us can volunteer to  help when it is convenient for you. Take along a friend on any of the following dates. They will be 4/18/18,  5/16/18, (both meet at 10:00 AM) 6/20/18 & 7/11/18 (will have two sessions, 10:00 AM and again at 2:30PM. For more information call or email Mercy Mandelbaum at (619) 435-1911, ycrem613@gmail.com