JAN 20 – General Meeting – Dan McAllister – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector

JAN 20 – General Meeting – Dan McAllister – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector

Please join us January 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Coronado Library Winn Room to hear the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Dan McAllister describe what he does with your money and why he takes it.

Dan McAllister has served San Diego County residents as the County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector since 2002. He was re-elected to his fourth term in June 2014 by an overwhelming 99% majority of the vote.

Dan oversees the collection of more than $5.5 billion in property taxes each year, in addition to the management of more than $10 billion in the County’s Investment Pool, and the administration of the County’s $1 billion defined contribution program.

Since assuming office, he has worked extensively to improve customer service, enhance communications and outreach initiatives, and ensure the fiscal stability of the treasury. Under his direction, his office collected nearly 60% of property tax payments electronically for the first time, while maintaining a 99% collection rate for the past three years.

He is also a strong advocate for diversity, a value reflected in his staff that comes from all walks of life and backgrounds. His office now delivers service in 17 different languages.

As part of his duties, Dan serves as a member of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (SDCERA), which manages more than $10 billion of investments; he also serves as President of CalTRUST, which manages a portfolio of $2.8 billion. Additionally, he is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the internationally recognized San Diego Convention Center Corporation. Prior to his election as San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Dan was a successful financial consultant and investment broker.

Dan contributes considerable time and resources to community service. He serves as Chair of the San Diego Unified School District’s Special Audit and Finance Committee, and he is a participating member of the Boards of Directors of the Jackie Robinson YMCA; Habitat for Humanity, San Diego; and New Americans Museum, San Diego.

McAllister’s strong commitment and involvement in the community dates back to his service as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Western Pacific country of Micronesia.

A second-generation San Diegan, Dan has completed executive education programs in portfolio concepts and management at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree (BA) from California State University, Fresno, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from United States International University.

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 www.notorture.org.

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

GENERAL MEETING WITH ANN MARIE BRYAN ON THE MIDDLE EAST

GENERAL MEETING WITH ANN MARIE BRYAN ON THE MIDDLE EAST

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

Congratulations to our New Go Team Chairperson – Richard McKnight!

Congratulations to our New Go Team Chairperson – Richard McKnight!

Update: Thank you and congratulations to Richard McKnight who has volunteered to be our new GO Team Chairperson!

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  

Coronado’s Annual Independence Day Parade

Coronado’s Annual Independence Day Parade

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Patti (and friend) at last year’s 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.

We are assigned number 90 in the parade.
Where: We’ll meet on G Ave., between 2nd and 3rd
When: 10 am on July, 4th

We will supply the decorations for bikes, cars, and walkers. Pick up decorations beginning Tuesday, June 27 from Patti’s porch at 442 I Ave, Coronado. Return the decorations to Patti after the parade or return them to her home no later than July 7th.

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.

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

Remember to use plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat.

We’ll have bagels and water. We can’t wait to celebrate with you in the parade on the 4th!

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. 

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

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).