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.

Dems Celebrate at Our 4th of July Parade

Dems Celebrate at Our 4th of July Parade

We had a blast (no pun intended) marching in the parade. Our banner led the way for members walking, on bikes, and in cars and marchers of all ages! If you missed it this year, there were so people all along the route cheering us on. It was memorable and moving to have that support for our club and party. Below is the script the announcers used as we marched by them.

Coronado Democratic Club is proud to participate in “A Salute to America”. Our Democratic Club strongly supports our military, public schools, equality of all people, religious freedom, and our constitution. The Democratic Club continues to do our part to preserve and respect our natural resources and environment. The Democratic Club shares in your love of our country and the freedoms we stand for.

Next year we will again be out marching and hope you will join us. We can provide rides to and from the parade. We hope to see you there in 2018, a critical year with the mid-term elections!

Lending a Hand

Lending a Hand

Did you know there are currently 11,000 survivors of politically motivated torture living right here in San Diego?  This is a frightening but real statistic that is being compassionately addressed by a local non-profit organization called Survivors of Torture International (SURVIVORS).  Since 1997, this amazing organization has been helping survivors and their families recover from their traumas through a holistic program that includes mental health, psychiatric and social services, as well as medical case management.  SURVIVORS empowers these vulnerable individuals to reclaim the strength and vitality that were stolen from them by brutal dictators and governments and allows them to become self-sufficient and healthy members of our community.  In addition, SURVIVORS educates professionals and the public about the plight of torture survivors and their families, and advocates for the abolition of torture throughout the world.

Every year, SURVIVORS holds a fundraising luncheon, called Helping Survivors Heal, to raise money to continue its mission.  This year, more than 400 people attended, and the Coronado Democratic club was well represented at a table for 10, organized by Susan Enowitz.  The luncheon was held on September 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel Hazard Center.  Those who attended enjoyed a delicious lunch and were inspired by how SURVIVORS is creating a safe haven for torture survivors and helping them rebuild their lives.  Most memorably, we heard inspiring and heartrending stories of resilience from some of the survivors themselves.  There was not a dry eye in the house.  All of the money donated at the luncheon will go directly to SURVIVORS’ programs and its clients.

To learn more about SURVIVORS, visit the website at

Members Requiring Rides

If you need transportation to our meetings or events please let us know. Although we seldom have evening  events some people find night driving difficult.   Please do not hesitate to call Frank King at 992-8929, or any other board member and we will provide transportation for you.

Board Meetings

Members of the club are always welcome to attend our Board meetings. This is an opportunity to meet and interact with board members and also a chance to gain an insight into the issues facing the club.  Of course your comments and suggestions are always welcome.  

Our next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5th    in the library’s small conference room opposite the computers. Since the conference room has limited seating please call Frank King at 992-8929 or email him at to reserve your seat.

President’s Message – November 2017

Last week, The Atlantic published an essay by Norm Ornstein entitled “American Kakistocracy.”

 Kakistocracy is a term that was first used during the 17th century. Derived from the Greek, the word means, literally, government by the worst and most unscrupulous among us. By extension, such a regime would be run by the most inept and least qualified people available. This word faded into virtual oblivion over a century ago. I consider myself to be well-informed, though I must admit I had neither read nor heard that term. 

The election of President Trump changed all that. Not only does the term “kakistocracy” fit perfectly the regime headed by him; it also applies to most of his appointees. Just look at the Trump cabinet members and White House staffers who’ve been caught spending taxpayer dollars to charter jets to fly to places where cheap commercial service was available. So far, only serial offender Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was forced to resign; others remain in office.

The President seems not only to have chosen the least qualified individual for each Cabinet position (the generals may be an exception); he has chosen individuals who don’t believe in the mission of the departments they head. They share a singular agenda: destroy all of President Obama’s accomplishments, including those, such as the Affordable Care Act, that directly benefit Trump’s core supporters.

I thought I’d share a little about my background as this is my first message as club president. I was born in Switzerland to my Dutch mother and American father of Irish descent. We came to America in 1949 (I was six months old); my mother overstayed her visa and wasn’t able to gain permanent resident status for nine years, during whichshe endured numerous deportation hearings and even surveillance by INS agents. It is not necessary to ask what I think about Trump’s immigration policy.

I grew up in East San Diego and Spring Valley, served in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from San Diego State University. I financed my education with VA benefits and employment in construction as a union ironworker, during which time I became politically active. After completing my MBA, I got married and changed careers, entering the mortgage banking industry, working for large and small firms including one I co-owned for 20 years until I retired.

My wife Joan (Coronado High ’71) and I are blessed with four children, all married and living in the San Diego area, and six grandchildren. We look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary in May. 

Thank you, fortunate to meet some wonderful, thought provoking people who have enriched my life. I intend to still be a part of the club and look forward to sharing more good times with all of you.  

Frank King



Our President, Ron Mandelbaum is resigning his office as of September 16, 2017 the date of the next General Meeting. In accordance with our bylaws the board has appointed our Vice-President, Frank King to the office of President and Tom Bernitt to the office of Vice-President effective as of that date.

These appointments must be ratified by the membership, which will be sought at the September 16, 2017 meeting.



Most of our general meetings are on a Saturday morning although once in awhile we do have an event in the evening. We have some members who would like to attend our meetings or events but need transportation. If any member needs a ride to a meeting or event, please do not hesitate to call any of the board members and we will provide transportation for you.

President’s Message – September 2017

President’s Message – September 2017

Elsewhere in this newsletter you will see an article about Frank King, our Vice-President becoming President and Tom Bernitt assuming the Vice-Presidency. For personal reasons, I am resigning as President of the club effective at our general meeting on September 16, 2017. Both Frank and Tom will be excellent in carrying out the duties of these offices. I want to thank both of them for assuming these positions.

When Mercy and I moved to Coronado in 1999, we were told that if we joined the Democratic Club we would probably double the membership. The perception was that there were very few Democrats in Coronado. In reality Coronado had many Democrats but for some reason they chose to keep a low profile.

Fast forward to 2017 and everyone knows there are many, many Democrats in Coronado. In fact one quarter of Coronado’s registered voters are Democrats. Our club has 148 members and we are vocal in our beliefs. We hold regular meetings, which are open to the community. Every year we participate in the July 4th parade. We sponsor debates for the city council and mayoral races as well as educational forums.

As most of you know, I have had the honor for many years of serving the club in various capacities. I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful, thought provoking people who have enriched my life. I intend to still be a part of the club and look forward to sharing more good times with all of you.

– Ron Mandelbaum



The next general membership meeting will be held on Saturday, September 16 in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library.

Coffee and light snacks will be served at 10:30 am, and the meeting will be called to order at 11:00 am.

Our featured speaker will be Ann Marie Bryan, Professor of World History at Grossmont College. She is also a Coronado High School graduate and staff writer for the Coronado Times.

Prof. Bryan will give a presentation on the Middle East in a historical context.

Kate Lyon from Representative Scott Peters’ office also will be present at our September meeting.

This promises to be an interesting and informative meeting.

Frank King