May 17 – General Meeting with ACLU

May 17 – General Meeting with ACLU

The Club’s next general membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 17 in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library.

This will be an evening meeting, which will begin promptly at 6:15 pm. Please plan on arriving by 6:00 pm so that we may have adequate time to conclude our business by 8:00 pm.

Our program will feature a speaker from the American Civil Liberties Union’s advocacy department, who will discuss the ACLU’s work about unconstitutional executive actions. For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU has been increasingly busy in recent months, and we are privileged to have an opportunity to learn more about its vital work.

We look forward to a most interesting program, and to our recognition of the important work that the ACLU does every day to protect the constitutional rights of everyone. To learn more about the ACLU, visit the website at www.aclu.org

I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

– Frank King

Three Scholarship Winners

Three Scholarship Winners

SwccampusThe Coronado Democratic Club has awarded $500 scholarships to three deserving Southwestern Community College students.  These students have shown outstanding academic promise, as well as dedication to the values of the Democratic Party. The awards will be formally presented at the May 21 general meeting.  Be sure to attend and take advantage of the opportunity to meet these outstanding students and to recognize their accomplishments.

Scholarship Committee members Jean Seager, Carol Grimaud and Connie Pinkus were very impressed with the quality of the applicants and had a hard time selecting just three winners.

In alphabetical order, the winners of the 2016 John F. Kennedy Young Democrat Award are:

Rebecca James: Rebecca is an energetic full-time student who works two jobs and participates in the Black Student Union and the Hiking Clubs on campus. In addition, for the past several years she has run a Girl Scout troop,  an activity which she identifies as the most rewarding of all.

Lalena Janke:  Lala is a gregarious, well-spoken, personable young woman who is working toward a career in biomedical engineering. She hopes to engage in research to help people with genetic diseases.  In addition to her studies at Southwestern, Lala works as a tutor at the Writing Center. She participated in presidential primaries by doing phone banking for Super Tuesday last March.

Cassandra Wickstrom:  Cassandra is a superior student who is active in the Student Association for Gender Equality and represents the club on the Inter-Club Council. As part of the International Women’s Day celebration, Cassandra designed and produced a booklet outlining the history and importance of feminism. Copies of the booklet will be available at the May 21 meeting.

San Diego County Democrats Lead at the State Level

San Diego County Democrats Lead at the State Level

Congratulations to these San Diego County Democrats who have been appointed to standing committees of the California Democratic Party for the 2015-2017 term:

  • Affirmative Action Committee: Steve Rivera (Lead Chair), Taisha Brown, and Andrea Villa
  • Credentials Committee: Farouk Al-Nasser, Kelly King, and Gail Mackler
  • Finance Committee: Xavier Martinez
  • Legislation Committee: Joanne Climie
  • Platform Committee: Janet Gastil and Daniel Ortiz
  • Resolutions Committee: Michael Gelfand
  • Rules Committee: Ryan Hurd and Janet Meredith
  • Voter Services Committee: Jess Durfee (Lead Chair), Don Anque, Betty Ball, Howard Collins, Poppy De Marco Dennis, and Kami Olsson

Local Democrats also made a strong showing at the CDP Convention in May, when elections for regional directors and caucus officers were held. Craig Roberts and Phil Hanneman were elected CDP Regional Directors for Regions 20 and 18 respectively, Mike Thaller was elected Chair of the Progressive Caucus, and Marco Lopez was elected Region 10 Director of the Chicano-Latino Caucus.

Young Democrats stepped up in a significant way, winning seven state-level elections. Those include newly elected California Young Democrats Vice President for Membership Allan Acevedo, Political Director Kelvin Barrios, South State Regional Director Jennifer Sosa, LGBTQ Caucus Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, LGBTQ Caucus South State Regional Director Ryan Trabuco, Veteran’s Caucus Chair Rebecca Taylor, and California College Democrats Political Director Maximilian Cotterill.

San Diego County Democrats were also recognized for their leadership and hard work with various awards. Janet Gastil and Michael Johnson were recognized as CDP Volunteers of the Year for Regions 19 and 20. Kelvin Barrios was awarded CYD Officer of the Year. CYD Project of the Year went to the Scott Peters “CYD Invasion,” which saw hundreds of Young Dems from all over the state come to San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District to knock on thousands of doors in two days.

Congratulations to all of the volunteers and activists whose hard work has been recognized by the state party!

Business Under Obama

RonMandelbaumI’m sure that many of you have heard your Republican friends bemoan how bad the economy is under President Obama. How our corporate tax rate of 35% is the highest in the world and how that makes us less competitive with other countries.

It is true that the 35% tax rate is the highest of other industrial nations, but to assert that makes us less competitive is patently false. The facts show a much different picture. U.S. corporations are enjoying record high earnings and profits. The stock market is at an all time high.

Our tax code is progressive which means that the 35% rate is only paid on a portion of the company’s highest taxable income. Therefore no company pays 35% on its total taxable income.

The average tax rate of the Fortune 500 companies is only 19%, nowhere close to 35% and very competitive with other industrial nations. To add insult to injury, 25% of these companies pay NO TAX at all (that’s zero, zip, nada). How’s that for making our corporations less competitive.

In 1952 corporate taxes accounted for 33% of all taxes paid to the government. Today it is 10% and projected to go lower. That means that ordinary citizens bear the brunt of supporting the government.

So next time someone tells you that President Obama is stifling business please give that person the facts.

Ron Mandelbaum, President

Go Team Chairperson Needed

Go Team Chairperson Needed

The Go Team is made up of club volunteers who, prior to elections canvas their voter precinct and contact registered Democrats to answer questions and distribute voting recommendation materials. 

The club extends a big thank you to Tom Bernitt, who ably and enthusiastically served as GO Team chair for the past several election cycles. Through Tom’s efforts, our club put volunteers in many precincts in Coronado and helped elect Democrats to office. This work is vital to our mission.  Tom is unable to continue in this position and the club is now looking for a new GO Team Chair. 

Luckily for us, Don Fink will continue to use his expertise to compile the data gathered from the precinct workers.

The duties of the chairperson are as follows:

1. Connect with GO Team San Diego county/attend meeting(s) and be the contact person between our club and the San Diego Democratic party’s main office.

2. Plan/arrange kick-off meetings and any follow-up meetings as indicated.

3. Provide volunteers with instructions

4. Coordinate material handout

5. Work with Don Fink who is the data-guy.  Help to get materials to him on time (includes dropping work sheets off at his residence)

6. Monitor progress throughout the election cycle

7. Understand how to work the GO Team website

8. Attend club board meetings to update board on GO Team progress  

Should anyone be interested in this position, please contact Ron Mandelbaum at (619) 435-1911

Coronado’s Annual Independence Day Parade

Coronado’s Annual Independence Day Parade

Theme “A Salute to America”

Yes, it’s time to mark your calendar to join your club in Coronado’s Fourth of July parade.  When you participate in this city-wide event, we demonstrate to our community that there are many democrats here in Coronado and that we have an active, vibrant club.  So plan now to be a part of this year’s celebration. You, your family and friends can join the fun by:

1. Riding bicycles, walking  (children on scooters or wagons are welcome)

2. Riding in electric cars or convertibles

We will supply the decorations. All you’ll need to do is RSVP (see below) and then pick up the festive decorations during the week before the parade at 442 I Ave, Coronado.

You will receive an email with the location and the time we’ll meet prior to the parade.

On parade day we encourage everyone to wear any past Democratic Club tee shirt you may have whether you are in the parade or a spectator. So get out those old shirts and get them ready for the big day.

Further details will be forthcoming.  RSVP to Patti Flores-Charter at (H) 437-1952 (C) 206-7450 or ccnado@san.rr.com

We can’t wait to celebrate with you in the parade on the Fourth!

Lending a Hand

Lending a Hand

The Coronado Democratic Club’s collection of toiletries for Survivors of Torture, International was a big success. Thanks to the generosity of club members, we donated enough toiletries to fill two car trunks and more than $250 in cash. Survivors is very grateful for these much-needed supplies.

Our next program will help refugees by delivering items to Jewish Family Service’s refugee resettlement program. JFS is one of nine national refugee agencies that works with the U. S. Department of State, and since 2005, has resettled approximately 3800 refugees in the San Diego area. The program works with refugees of all religions.

Please bring the following donations to the Mandelbaum home 544 Glorietta Blvd. or to the next Democratic Club meeting on May 17 in the Winn Room. For large items or questions, contact Jean Seager 619 435-8130 or jhseager@gmail.com. You can access more information about JFS by visiting their website at jfssd.org

• Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, men’s and women’s razors, hand soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, feminine hygiene products, lotion, and Q-tips and especially toilet paper.

• Baby items – diapers, baby clothing, bibs.

• Cleaning supplies – dish soap, bathroom/kitchen cleaner, sponges, cleaning rags, paper towels, laundry detergent, wastebaskets, mops, brooms, buckets, trash bags, trash cans.

• Furnishings – kitchen/dining table with chairs, pots/pans, dishes, utensils.

• Gift cards – preferably Walmart or Visa in any amount to be given directly to the refugees.

There are now more displaced persons in the world than at any time in history, including the era immediately after World War II. In the midst of the crisis, President Trump denigrates refugees and threatens to refuse them entry our country. These people have endured incredible hardship and have waited an average of 18 to 24 months for permission to come to America. Let’s welcome them by lending a hand and donating supplies that will make their lives easier. Thank you. 

President’s Message – May 2017

President’s Message – May 2017

Nobody asked me but:

An overwhelming  majority of climate scientists  agree that global warming is happening and that  human activity is  the primary cause. Why is it that the handful of so-called scientific papers denying global warming is funded by the fossil fuel industry?

Nobody asked me but:

How  could  the  vast majority of Evangelical Christians vote for a man who has been married  three times, publicly had  an  affair  while married and bragged about groping women’s  genitals (which is a crime). What happened to the party of family values?

Nobody asked me but:

A recent survey found that Norway is the happiest nation on earth. It is also one  of  the least  religious countries  where atheists  outnumber religious people. The  U.S.  ranks  14th in happiness  though we are one of the most religious.

Nobody asked me but:

The  United  States  health  care system  consistently  ranks  last among industrialized nations. Our nation ranks highest in cost, lowest in terms of efficiency, equity  and  outcomes.  Perhaps that  is  one of the reasons so many countries are happier than we are. (See Norway above)

Nobody asked me but:

Why do Republicans accept mandatory auto insurance but object to mandatory health insurance?

Nobody asked me but:

How could Donald Trump in the same interview state Susan Rice committed a crime with no proof and also state he believes Bill O’Reilly is innocent of sexual harassment even though Mr. O’Reilly has settled allegations of sexual misconduct for millions of dollars with at least five women accusers?

Nobody asked me but:

Why do the Klu Klux Klan, white supremacists and other fringe hate groups love Donald Trump? What do they see in him? Is there a connection between the spike of hate crimes against Muslims and Jews since his election?

Nobody asked me but:

With all the chaos swirling around us, it is still wonderful living in beautiful Coronado.

Ron Mandelbaum

Lending a Hand

Lending a Hand

soti-header-3bWe all know that there are many groups in our country that the Trump administration has marginalized with its rhetoric and/or its policies. In response, the club has decided to contact organizations that support these groups and find out how we can help. We will select one organization every few months and join together to donate needed items.

The first organization we have identified is Survivors of Torture, International, a nonprofit organization located in Old Town, San Diego. Did you know that 44% of all refugees are survivors of torture, most often political torture? Or that San Diego is home to 35,000 refugees? For the past 20 years, Survivors has been caring for many of these individuals, providing professional care through a holistic program including mental health, psychiatry, social services, and medical case management.

In recent years, Survivors experienced a 55% increase in clients to their offices in Old Town. In 2016 alone, they served 1,900 clients from 80 countries.  Survivors received the Better Business Bureau’s GuideStar Platinum recognition for excellence in stewardship of donor dollars.

We can lend a hand to this worthy organization by donating hygiene items for men, women, and children These can be large or small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, and body lotion, as well as feminine hygiene pads, combs, brushes, bars of soap, and nail clippers or other tools for nail care. Survivors will also accept financial donations, which they will use to purchase the items for you.

Please bring your donation of hygiene products or check, payable to Survivors of Torture, International, to Ron Mandlebaum’s home, 544 Glorietta Blvd. Or, bring them to the luncheon meeting on March 25. A club member will deliver them to Survivors. If you want an acknowledgement or a tax receipt, include an email address with your donation.

Let’s help this safe haven rebuild the lives of survivors of torture!

Do you know another organization for lending a hand? We ask club members to find worthy organizations and bring them to the attention of the club president. This is a meaningful way to take action against the Trump agenda and to demonstrate our values of generosity and compassion.

Supporting the Coronado Public Library and Honoring Journalism

Supporting the Coronado Public Library and Honoring Journalism

CoronadoPublicLibraryOur Club’s Board of Directors recently voted in favor of making a donation to the Coronado Public Library, which will be used to renew a subscription to the Los Angeles Times.  Our participation in this sponsorship program enhances our library and provides a valuable resource to the community.  Now, more than ever, it’s extremely important to support responsible, world-class journalism such as the L.A. Times.  The Coronado Democratic Club’s generosity and support is recognized with a small “plaque” above  the newspapers racks.  So, the next time you are in the library, take a look and be proud to be a Coronado Democrat (who does not rely on alternative facts).

Invitation to Annual Roosevelt Dinner

Invitation to Annual Roosevelt Dinner

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On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Democratic leaders, activists and friends will come together for the San Diego County Democratic Party’s 37th annual Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner.  This is our opportunity to affirm our values, build our strength, celebrate our successes, honor our heroes, and recommit to the fight for equality, justice and opportunity for all.  Here are the details:

  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront, One Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
    (next to the Convention Center)
  • 5:30: Check-in
  • 6:00: Reception and silent auction
  • 7:00: Dinner and Awards Program (details to be announced)

As in past years, the Coronado Democratic Club will reserve a table for 10.  Tickets are $110, but the club is offering them at a reduced price of $75 for members in good standing (annual dues must be paid by March 1). Please RSVP, no later than March 15, to Ron or Mercy Mandelbaum (romerman1@gmail.com; ycrem613@gmail.com). Checks should be made payable to the Coronado Democratic Club and mailed to P.O. Box 18-1351, Coronado CA 92178-1351.  Or you can pay online at www.coronadodemocrats.org.

Come help us represent Coronado’s many Democrats while enjoying an evening of fun and fellowship with others who share our values.  This year’s theme is UNITE*ACT*TRANSFORM.  Now, more than ever, we need to push back against the hatred and lies, and make our voices heard.

ANNUAL LUNCHEON MARCH 25, 2017 11:30 A.M. 

ANNUAL LUNCHEON MARCH 25, 2017 11:30 A.M. 

georgemitrovich2012Our annual luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course Restaurant.

This year, our featured luncheon speaker will be George Mitrovich, founder and president of the City Club of San Diego, a non-partisan public forum. Born and raised in San Diego, Mr. Mitrovich served as administrative assistant to Lt. Gov Glenn Anderson of California; later, he served as a press aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign. Subsequently, he served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Charles E. Goodell, Republican of New York, and Senator Harold E. Hughes, Democrat of Iowa. In addition, he worked for two members of the House of Representatives.

Also invited to attend (subject to availability) are our elected representatives: State Senator Toni Atkins, Assemblyman Todd Gloria and Congressman Scott Peters. Be sure to make your reservation in advance so that everyone who wants to attend may be accommodated.
– Frank King

annualluncheonDownload an invitation form here or pay for Annual Luncheon online.

President’s Message – March 2017

President’s Message – March 2017

Ever since the election Republicans have told me and my fellow Democrats to “get over it”. Trump was elected President and Democrats should just stop whining. A Republican friend of mine recently wrote in our local newspaper that when a new captain is assigned a ship, the crew does everything to help steer the ship and assist the new captain. That is a nice metaphor.

In January 2009 a new captain was sworn into office. I do not recall Republicans working with this new captain. In fact the leading Republican in the Senate publicly announced that his goal was to obstruct him and make him a one-term President. They became the party of NO. Every measure required sixty votes, even those that Republicans had previously supported. During President Obama’s term, the filibuster was used a record number of times. Appointments to agencies and the federal bench were delayed and some never filled. No previous President had ever been treated with such disrespect.

Do you recall the attempt to delegitimize President Obama? Rumors were rampant that he was a closet Muslim. And who can forget the assault on his citizenship. Claims were made that President Obama was born not in Hawaii but in Africa. This became known as the Birther Movement. Who was the leader of that movement and pushed it for years? Oh yes, he is now the Groper–In–Chief. Even today more than 40% (that’s 4 out of 10) of registered Republicans believe President Obama was born in Africa. How is that for alternative facts?

It’s interesting, my friend who now wants us all to support this new President in the interest of the country did not write one article castigating Republicans for not supporting the new captain elected in 2008. In fact, he was in favor of the tactics of the party of NO.

How do we as Democrats react to all of this? I do not think we should adopt the policies of the party of NO. We should not oppose everything just because it’s a Republicans proposal. We should support policies that help the average American and oppose those policies that are designed to benefit the the 1% and hurt the average citizen.

Ron Mandelbaum