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

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

Coronado’s Annual Independence Day Parade

Coronado’s Annual Independence Day Parade

Yes, it’s time to mark your calendar and join us to march in Coronado’s Fourth of July parade.  When you participate in this city-wide event, you 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 :
1.Ride a bicycle, or walk, children on scooters or wagons, etc. are welcome too.
2. We have electric cars and a convertible

We supply the decorations. All you’ll need to do is RSVP your participation and then pick up festive 4th decorations during the week before the parade at 442 I Ave, Coronado.

You will receive an email with the location and 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.  If you need to ride in a car, want to RSVP, and/or have questions, contact Patti Flores-Charter at (H) (619) 437-1952 (C) (619) 206-7450 or ccnado@san.rr.com

We can’t wait to celebrate with you and the rest of our city on July 4th.

President’s Message – May 2018

President’s Message – May 2018

“The partisan primary system, which favors more ideologically pure candidates, has contributed to the election of more extreme officeholders and increased political polarization. It has become a menace to governing.”
— Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

During my conversations with fellow Democrats, the subject of ideological purity v. winning elections occasionally arises. We in California are fortunate to have all statewide constitutional offices, and majorities of both houses of the Legislature and our Congressional delegation safely in the hands of the Democratic Party.

Primary election voters of both Democratic and Republican parties often have a tendency to vote for the most ideologically pure candidate. This isn’t necessarily a problem in states or districts where the general election outcome isn’t in doubt; however, in “swing” states or districts, general election voters (including independents) may prefer candidates who reside closer to the center of the ideological spectrum.

Some election reforms have been tried in an effort to moderate primary election outcomes. One is the “open” primary, in which any voters may vote in a party’s primary election. Another is the “top-two” primary (sometimes called “jungle” primary), in which candidates from all parties are grouped together on one ballot, and the two candidates receiving the most votes advances  to the general election. California is one of three states that uses a top-two primary in partisan elections (the others are Louisiana and Washington; Nebraska uses an open primary for its officially non-partisan legislative races).

The idea behind “open” and “top-two” primary elections was that if all voters, not just those registered with a particular party, could vote for any party’s candidates, it would result in more  moderate candidates advancing to the general election. Whether this is the case remains a subject of intense research and discussion among political scientists.

In recent special elections, those Democratic candidates who managed to get elected in traditionally Republican states or districts held positions that hewed more closely to their electorate’s beliefs than Democratic candidates one might find in a Democratic stronghold. In California, we have an opportunity to “flip” a number of Congressional seats from “red” to “blue;” two of these are all or partially in San Diego County. Would an ideologically pure candidate or one who is perceived to be more moderate have a better chance of winning such a contest?

Some primary voters “sincerely” vote for candidates who adhere to their own personal beliefs; other, “strategic” voters will try to elect the candidate who has the best chance of winning the general election for their party. Which kind of voter are you?

– Frank King