It’s 2020 and time to get to work writing letters to a Super State. By starting early, we can beat Trump and the GOP and set up our country for a decade of sound policies. Swing Left has been honing its Super State strategy and Vote Forward has new data driven effective letters. 

Our next session is on Sunday, January 19th, from 3pm-5pm, at 605 First Street, Coronado. We’ll write letters followed by food, drinks and conviviality.  

Mark your calendars for the next 2 letter writing sessions, Sundays, 3pm-5pm at 605 First Street, Coronado. 

  • February 23, 2020
  • March 29, 2020

If you can, please bring 20 stamps. If you forget, no worries, we’ll still have plenty for everyone. 

Please let me know if you’re coming and friends you’re bringing so we’ll have enough tables set up and food. RSVP to Email: gail.bardin@me.com or call (626) 893-9109.

Tickets on sale now for the BLUE WAVE BRUNCH

Tickets on sale now for the BLUE WAVE BRUNCH

Your Special Events Committee has been busy planning a spectacular and very special BLUE WAVE BRUNCH for our
General Meeting on March 14, 2020. 

We will meet at Feast and Fareway, Coronado Golf Club, at 10:30 AM to 1:00 p.m. for our General meeting which will feature election of officers, presentation of the Volunteer of the Year and President’s Awards, and an entertaining program featuring Name the Drink Contest finalists and a free raffle with great prizes, while enjoying a Classic American brunch. 

Our guest speaker will be Senator Toni Atkins, President Pro Tem of the California Senate and first woman and LGBTQ person to hold this critically important office. Her life story is inspirational and her updates on what is happening in Sacramento will be informative.

Tickets will go on sale, on line, shortly, and are only $30 per person. Bring your family and friends. Help sponsor the brunch with the purchase of a table (for 8) for $325. 
Consider being a Blue Wave Sponsor:
$100 – Sky Blue
$200 – Navy Blue
$300- Royal Blue 
All sponsors will be listed in the Event Program and acknowledged on the CDC website.

Sponsorships for tables can be made online or by checks made out to Coronado Democratic Club and sent to Pat Callahan, treasurer, PO Box 181351 Coronado, CA 92178.

Submit your “Name the Drink” entries to Judy Bambace. 

If you have a raffle prize to donate, contact Susan Marrinan. 

TICKETS, TABLES AND SPONSORSHIPS are now ON SALE! To purchase by credit card: BlueWaveBrunch.Eventbrite.com

Tickets will also be available at our meetings where we will accept cash, check or credit card. To purchase by mail, make check out to Coronado Democratic Club and send to Pat Callahan, treasurer, PO Box 181351 Coronado, CA 92178.

This is the “don’t miss” event of the year. 




The GO Team is our San Diego County Democratic Party’s volunteer-driven campaign to get Democrats to vote and to educate our Democratic voters as to the Party’s endorsed candidates and positions on ballot measures. GO Team is the most important and effective means we have to maximize Democratic voter turnout. A number of our members have signed up to volunteer for the GO Team, but frankly we could use many more. 

As a coordinator, my area of responsibility is Coronado. Each volunteer is a Neighborhood Leader. We try to assign each Neighborhood Leader the precinct in which he or she lives, so you’ll be calling on your neighbors — not the Republicans, just the Democrats and those independents who tend to vote Democratic. 

If you have canvassed as a GO Team member in the past, you’ll recall that you used a printed walking list on which you made some annotation after each call. This year, you’ll have the option of using your smart phone to display your list, and you’ll be able to record your results and update the database in real time. This saves us the need for someone to perform data entry from the notes on the printed sheets. Of course, volunteers who prefer the printed lists may use them.

In Coronado, we have many residents who live in security buildings that are not accessible to walking GO Team volunteers. We also have among our club members some who prefer to phone bank rather than walk precincts. We’ll try to match our telephone volunteers with the voters who reside in security buildings.

This being a presidential election year, we’ll have our primary election on March 3, also known as Super Tuesday. We will have our GO Team kickoff meeting sometime in the latter half of January. The date is dependant in part on when the County Party will have completed our resources, including walking lists and those all-important slate hangers. I hope to be able to announce the date, time and place during our January 11 meeting. We want to begin our canvassing as soon as the vote-by-mail ballots are sent out to the voters.

If you haven’t yet volunteered for the GO Team, please do so either at the January 11 meeting or by emailing me at president@coronadodemocrats.com.



 January 23, 2020
6 pm to 8 pm
Winn Room Coronado Library  |  740 Orange Avenue

 “All politics is local,” said Tip O’Neil, former Speaker of the House.

We need to remember his wisdom at this time of intense focus on national politics. What happens here in San Diego County will directly affect us and our families.  

The County ballot initiatives and the State initiative on the March 3, 2020 ballot are of deep concern.  



Join the Imperial Beach and Coronado Democratic Clubs in meeting and hearing from special guest Congressman Scott Peters and candidates for San Diego Superior Court judicial offices. Join in a discussion with speakers in favor of and opposed to local and CA ballot initiatives. 

There are two land use initiatives on the ballot that may well determine future development in San Diego County and a State wide Education Bond Initiative re: School and College Construction. 

Join us for a lively evening of discussion and get ready to fill out your ballot.  

All are welcome. There is no admission charge. This event is sponsored by the Coronado and Imperial Beach Democratic Clubs and not by the Coronado Library. To sign up go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imperial-beachcoronado-democratic-club-ballot-forum-tickets-89481600877

Contact Susan Marrinan, program chair, at spfinlay7@gmail.com if any questions.

Next General Meeting

Next General Meeting

The Coronado Democratic Club hosts a Hate Crime Round Table

Join us at our next meeting, January 11, 2020
10:30 am Coffee & Snacks   |   11:00 am Meeting
Winn Room Coronado Library  |   740 Orange Avenue

During this season of “peace on earth and good will to all”, it is sobering to remember that people filled with hate are terrorizing others with acts of vandalism, verbal and physical aggression, and threats.  Their hatred of those different from themselves affects and infects all of us.  

These acts of domestic terror impact the victims, their families and friends, and all of our communities.  There are examples of hate motivated incidents everywhere and they are on the rise.  

Join a panel of experts on January 11th to discuss Hate Crimes in the U.S. and San Diego , their impact, how we can address these incidents and what we can do to help heal.  

This roundtable discussion will be moderated by Mark Sauer, host of the Roundtable on KPBS TV/radio, a weekly discussion of the latest top news stories.  

Joining him will be:  

Lilia Velasquez- Attorney, Award winning Activist, San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame 2017 and Adjunct Professor California Western School of Law. 

Leonard Trinh – Attorney and Head of the San Diego District Attorney’s Hate Crime Unit, Prosecutor in the Chabad of Poway shooting case and the Escondido Mosque arson case, Vice Chairperson of the San Diego Regional Hate Crimes Coalition and Chair of the Regional Law Enforcement Intelligence Committee. 

Rick Barton-  Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law University of San Diego School of Law, Member of Global Advisory Counsel, Anti-Defamation League.

This meeting is not sponsored by the Coronado Library. It is free and all are welcome. If you have questions or desire additional information, please contact Susan Marrinan @ spfinlay7@gmail.com

The 4th of July Parade is Coming… and You’re Invited

The 4th of July Parade is Coming… and You’re Invited

This year’s Coronado 4thof July Parade’s theme is “The American Dream”. Every year our Democratic Club marches in our parade!  You are invited to march with us as we represent our club and the values and ideals of our party. As we move into the 2020 election year, it is critical that we all participate in the parade, precinct walking, and phone banking as we GET OUT THE VOTE! The first step is the parade.

Patti Flores-Charter will be sending out information about our participation in the parade. We will have decorations for bikes, cars, and people walking. We also have cars for those who need them. Watch your email for details and to RSVP.

Below you will see the announcement that will be made at each announcers booth along the parade route:

The Coronado Democratic Club is proud to participate in honoring and celebrating our country’s birth. Our Democratic Club supports our military, public schools, equality of all people, religious freedom, and our constitution. The Democratic Club continues to do its part to preserve and respect our natural resources and environment. We promote civility and social justice for all. The Democratic Club shares your love of our country and the freedoms we stand for.

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 at 10:15. For new volunteers a tutorial on the form and procedure will take place at 10:00am. The schedule is: 

June 19  (morning and afternoon, 10:15-2:30 and 2:15-4:30)

July 10  (morning and afternoon, 10:15-12:30 and 2:15-4:30)

You can help register on any of the above days or times.

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. There is no storage space for backpacks or purses.  Bring water if desired. 

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

June 8th General Meeting

June 8th General Meeting

Please join us June 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Coronado Library Winn Room to hear Ms Sandra Alvarado discuss the work that the San Diego Rapid Response Network does in our region.

Ms. Alvarado is the Network Coordinator for the SDRRN. As such, Ms. Alvarado is responsible for developing collaborative systems and carrying out the core network functions. One of her focuses is to identify, establish and cultivate community partnerships and relationships to grow the capacity of the network.

As a resident of City Heights, she began her involvement in the community as a senior in high school. Now a juris doctor, she is happy to use her background to help create bridges that bring together immigrant communities in the county.

During her free time, she has been a member of the City Heights Area Planning Committee (CHAPC) and has volunteered for several campaigns to elect progressive candidates to local office in the County of San Diego.

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an enlightening look into why Democrats are going to heaven and Stephen Miller is not.

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 https://everytown.org

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 ycrem613@gmail.com or (619) 435-1911.