ACTION ALERT May 20, 2019

Can you make one phone call to the governor’s office?

Gov. Newsom, in his “May Revise” budget, tripled the amount of money allocated to a gun violence prevention program called Cal VIP, (Violence Intervention and Prevention). This program has been implemented in Oakland with a resulting 52% decrease in gun violence and in Stockton with a resulting 35% decrease.

Please call Gov. Newsom’s office at (916) 445-2841 and thank him for increasing the funding for this program. Ask him to continue to work to reduce gun violence in our state. You could mention that since you live in San Diego County near the Poway shooting, you are especially sensitive to the tragedy caused by gun violence.

More information about how to get involved in this issue is at

Thank you.
Register Voters

Register Voters

Next opportunities are Wednesdays, March 20 and April 17, 2019. See below for details.

We need to continue registering new Citizens to vote now more than ever.  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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 10:15 AM to 12:30 PM 


Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 10:15 AM to 12:30 PM

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

A tutorial on the form and procedure will take place at 10:00am for new volunteers. 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. 

No need to pre-register.  Wear comfortable shoes, a light sweater and bring your enthusiasm. 

Contact Mercy Mandelbaum for information or (619) 435-1911.


General Meeting
Propositions and Ballot Measures
November 3rd, 2018
11:00 A.M. 

The Coronado Democratic Club will hold its General Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 3 in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue. Social time with coffee and healthy snacks begins at 10:30 am, followed by the business meeting at 11:00 am.

Are you confused by some of the measures on the ballot? Why does the advertising seem to be unrelated to the issues addressed by the propositions? Whose money is behind the campaigns for and against them? We have, within our club membership, experts in many of the areas addressed by the measures. They will try to clarify for the rest us what the intentions of the proponents and opponents of each State and County proposition actually are.

We’ll hold our meeting in a round-table format. To keep it orderly, speaking request forms (probably just a blank piece of paper) will be distributed prior to the business portion of the meeting. As each proposition comes up for discussion, the chair will ask for persons who are for and against to speak, in alternating order, until the time allotted for each issue has expired.

Some of the many reasons we have a Democratic Club is to educate our members and the community at large, and provide them with an additional channel to participate in our democracy. We also exist to help elect Democrats to public office. In that regard, after our meeting, those members who desire to do so are asked to devote a few hours that afternoon to participating in final get-out-the-vote drives on behalf of some of our Democratic candidates for Congress whose races are too close for comfort. We look forward to the participation of as many members as possible.

– Frank




Since this is the final Action Alert before November 6th, I am going to keep the message simple. 

We need to GET OUT THE VOTE. That’s it…just get people to go vote.

Ask all your friends and neighbors to vote and ask them to ask their friends to vote and so on. The key to taking control of the House and possibly even flipping the Senate is voter turnout. We must work together to end voter apathy, especially among those young people (18-35) who failed to turn out and vote in 2016. Send young voters to, an excellent non-partisan website that explains to young voters why they need to show up at the polls.

Ask everyone you encounter if they are going to vote and if they say no, ask them to reconsider. Explain to them our form of government does not work unless everyone votes. By not voting they are letting a minority of eligible voters control both Congress and the White House and also indirectly the Supreme Court.

Be relentless. Make asking everyone to vote part of every conversation you are in and ask every person you speak with about voting to do the same with their neighbors and friends.


If you want to do more to help in other areas of the country, the following websites may be of interest:


If you are looking to get involved in some key nearby races in CA for control of the House of Representatives:




If you prefer to reach out even further to help try to flip the Senate, here are a few key races to choose from. The Democrat is listed first in each of these pairs and an * indicates the incumbent if there is one.

O’Rourke vs. Cruz* in TX         

Bredesen vs. Blackburn in TN  

McCaskill* vs. Hawley in MO   

Rosen vs. Heller* in NV            

Nelson vs. Scott in FL              

Sinema vs. McSally in AZ        

Heitkamp* vs. Cramer in ND    

Donnelly* vs. Braun in IN         

Tester* vs. Rosendale in MT    


Remember, the most important thing you can do to help restore sanity to our federal government is to GET OUT THE VOTE.

Democratic Campaign Office Open in Chula Vista

Democratic Campaign Office Open in Chula Vista

I am happy to announce that our South County Democratic Office is now open. there was a   Kickoff Party yesterday, September 22.

Located at 647 Third Ave. in Chula Vista(91910), this office will serve the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Coronado, and the southern portion of San Diego County.

There is a blue wave coming. In order for that to happen, we need your help. You can volunteer in various ways, from phone banking to canvassing to data entry.

The South County Democratic Campaign Office will be open Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. I hope you can join us and bring your friends and family — the more the merrier!

If you have any questions, please call Tony at (619) 587-2026 or email me at 

In Solidarity,

Kelvin Barrios
South Area Vice Chair
San Diego County Democratic Party
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 26 – Another Chance to Register Voters

Sep 26 – Another Chance to Register Voters

620px-Your_Vote_Counts_BadgeOne 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.

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

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 or 1 (619) 435-1911.



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.



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

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 (, 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