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.

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.

Jan 14 – General Membership Meeting – Hanif Mohebi

Jan 14 – General Membership Meeting – Hanif Mohebi

Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Photo by Chris Stone - Times of San Diego

Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Photo by Chris Stone – Times of San Diego

As we enter the era of a Trump presidency, it’s time to consider which of his campaign promises he actually plans to carry out, and to think of those individual groups who are likely to be affected by the policies proposed by his new administration. It is in that spirit we have chosen the topics and speakers for our upcoming meetings.

Our first meeting of 2017 will be held on Saturday, January 14, in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library. Refreshments will be served beginning at 10:30 AM, with our Club business to begin at 11:00 AM.

The program on January 14 will feature as our speaker/discussion leader Hanif Mohebi, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Diego Chapter. He will lead a discussion of topics of interest to members of our Club; therefore, I ask our Club members to email me at franking48@gmail.com with the issues they would like Mr. Mohebi to address.  I’ll pass the most-frequently mentioned ones to him, so that they may be included in his prepared remarks, which will be followed by a discussion.

Please be sure to contact me with your questions and comments.

We are entering new and unfamiliar political territory in 2017; our Club hopes to make it a little easier to navigate, so don’t miss this interesting and important meeting!

I hope everyone had a happy holiday season!

Nov 16 – General Membership Meeting – Dr. Carl Luna

Nov 16 – General Membership Meeting – Dr. Carl Luna

5474af9b9cf05-imageBy popular demand, the next General Membership Meeting of the Coronado Democratic Club will be held on a weekday evening. We will meet on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM, at our regular location, the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library. We look forward to seeing those members and friends whose Saturday morning obligations conflicted with our Saturday meeting times.

This meeting comes a few days after the end of a long, arduous and somewhat surreal presidential election year. To help us better understand the election results and their future ramifications, we are delighted to have as our guest speaker Dr. Carl Luna, Professor of Political Science at San Diego Mesa College and Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego. Dr. Luna is well-known in the community as a local television pundit on election nights, and we will enjoy his keen insight and sense of humor as he discusses the election outcome, from the presidential contest down to local offices and some of those controversial propositions that appeared on the ballot this time.

This is an event you won’t want to miss, so please mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 PM.

May 21 – GENERAL MEETING – Charles Stoll, Director of SANDAG

May 21 – GENERAL MEETING – Charles Stoll, Director of SANDAG

Stoll320x320pxJoin us for an interesting and informative meeting on May 21. Coffee served at 10:30am and the meeting begins promptly at 11:00am in the Coronado Library’s Wynn Room.

This program will be of interest to anyone who drives a car, takes a bus or trolley, rides a bicycle or walks anywhere in San Diego County – in other words everyone. Our featured speaker will be Charles “Muggs” Stoll, Director of Land Use and Transportation planning for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) in San Diego, California.

The 18 cities and county government are SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments. This public agency serves as the forum for regional decision-making. SANDAG builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region’s quality of life. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of mayors, council members, and county supervisors from each of the region’s 19 local governments. Councilmember Carrie Downey is Coronado’s member of the SANDAG Board of Directors.

 

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The scheduled subject of Mr. Stoll’s presentation will be the recently approved 40 years regional plan known as San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. However, the Board of Directors is considering a potential expenditure plan which, if approved, would be of timely interest to our membership and may supplement or supplant the originally scheduled program.  Please join us for this current and interesting discussion.

Jan 23 – General Meeting

Jan 23 – General Meeting

2016JanuaryNewsletter_pagesThe next meeting of the Coronado Democratic Club will be held on January 23, 2016.  The meeting will feature a debate between Marty Block and Toni Atkins, Democratic candidates for the State Senate, 39th District, which includes Coronado.  Marty Block is our incumbent State Senator and Toni Atkins is currently Speaker of the Assembly, but she will be termed-out in 2016.

The Club will conduct an Endorsement vote immediately after the debate. As per our Bylaws, in order to win our Club’s Endorsement, a candidate must attain a super-majority of 60% of the votes cast with a minimum of 30 affirmative votes. If a Club member cannot attend but would still like to participate in the Endorsement vote, please contact Mercy Mandelbaum at (619) 435-1911 or at ycrem613@gmail.com to request an Absentee ballot.

Also on the agenda will be our U.S. Congressional Representative, Scott Peters.  He will review some of his recent accomplishments and share his plans for the next legislative session.  There will be time for a few questions.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library. Refreshments will be served beginning at 10:30AM.

For more information, please contact Jim Rosania at
(619) 435-1685 or
jimrosania@aol.com

When
January 23, 2016 11:00am – refreshments from 10:30am

Where
Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library

 

May 5 – Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer & Tax Collector

The next meeting of the Coronado Democratic Club will be held on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 PM in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library. Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer and Tax Collector, will be the guest speaker. Dan could not attend our January meeting, so it was re-scheduled for May 5th. Serving his fourth term in this position, Mr. McAllister is responsible for tax collection, banking, investment, disbursement and accountability of public funds. He has many topics to share, including San Diego’s current economic outlook, updates on the housing market and the impact of property taxes on our community.

In addition, the Club will discuss and possibly vote on some changes to our bylaws.

Please note that for this evening meeting, no refreshments will be served. As always, the meeting is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there.


Dan_McAllisterDan McAllister

  • Re-elected to his third term in June 2010 by 78% of voters
  • Responsible for the collection of $4.6 billion in property taxes
  • His office manages $7 billion of County’s Investment Pool
  • As a member of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association he manages investments of approximately $8.3 billion
  • Former chairman of the Board of the Convention Center Corporation
  • Chair of the San Diego Unified School District’s Special Audit and Finance Committee
  • Member of the Boards of Directors of the Jackie Robinson YMCA and Multiple Sclerosis Pacific South Coast Chapter
  • President of the Board of Mental Health America San Diego

Jan 10 – General Meeting – Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer & Tax Collector

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The next meeting of the Coronado Democratic Club will be held on:

Saturday, January 10 at 11:00 am
Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library
Refreshments will be served beginning at 10:30am

We will kick off the New Year with an interesting and informative presentation by San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister. Serving his fourth term in this position, Mr. McAllister is responsible for tax collection, banking, investment, disbursement and accountability of public funds. He has many topics to share, including San Diego’s current economic outlook, updates on the housing market, and what the amount of property tax collected means to your community.

We look forward to seeing you there.

As always, the meeting is free and open to the public.


Dan McAllister

  • Re-elected to his third term in June 2010 by 78% of voters
  • Responsible for the collection of $4.6 billion in property taxes
  • His office manages $7 billion of County’s Investment Pool
  • As a member of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association manages investments approximately $8.3 billion
  • Former chairman of the Board of the Convention Center Corporation
  • Chair of the San Diego Unified School District’s Special Audit and Finance Committee
  • Member of the Boards of Directors of the Jackie Robinson YMCA and Multiple Sclerosis Pacific South Coast Chapter
  • President of the Board of Mental Health America San Diego

Nov 15 – Professor Adams to Speak at General Meeting

brian_adamsBrian Adams, world-renowned political science professor and author, has accepted our invitation to speak at our November 15th general meeting.

He plans to discuss the results of the upcoming November election and how the next two years will play out in federal, state and local levels. Professor Adams’ research specifically explores why local governments do not live up to their democratic potential.
He states, “As small jurisdictions, localities should be closer to the people, allowing for more extensive citizen participation and greater accountability. Yet participation in local government is dismally low, and local officials are often unresponsive to citizen demands.”

Brian’s 2007 book, Citizen Lobbyists: Local Efforts to Influence Public Policy was his first book, and his second book was Campaign Finance in Local Elections: Buying the Grassroots. His current research project explores how citizens discuss policy issues.

We hope we will have record turnout so we can collectively understand all of the dynamics and implications of the November election – regardless of the outcome.

When
Coffee and refreshments will be served at 10:30 AM
The meeting will begin promptly at 11:00 AM

Where
Winn Room of the Coronado Library

 

Brian E. Adams is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at San Diego State University.

Currently, Brian is working on a research project exploring how citizens discuss policy issues. When citizens talk about issues such as health care or immigration, do they offer evidence and reasoned arguments to support their conclusions, or do they simply state their opinions without providing any support? Do they engage in constructive dialogue that works through opposing viewpoints, or are they unable to deal with disagreement? Answering these questions is important because it highlights whether citizen deliberation—often promoted as a way to improve the health of American democracy—will create the desired benefits.

Notes and photos from September’s Meeting with Congressmember Scott Peters

The meeting was called to order by Patti Flores-Charter at 11:03am.
Harry Smith explained that Ron and Mercy were unable to attend the meeting as Mercy had fallen and broken her hip the day before, and was scheduled for surgery. A collection was held for flowers and everyone wished Mercy a speedy recovery.

Minutes
Tom Burnett proposed a motion to accept the minutes of last meeting. Sylvia Silverman seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report
Anne Irving gave the report.
Jerry Greenspan proposed a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Judy Bambace seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Candidates
Southwestern Community College Board
Seat 1: Griselda Delgado

Griselda could not be present but others spoke on her behalf.

Patti Flores-Charter spoke as faculty and explained that Southwestern College is the only community college in the area, and is the largest employer in South Bay. There are campuses at – Otay Mesa, San Ysidro and an aquatic center at the strand. Four of five of the governing board are on the ballot. All four have support of unions and Democratic Party endorsements. Griselda Delgado is the new candidate.

Norma Hernandez first ran for the board in 2010 when the college was frequently in the news for all the wrong reasons. Corruption and scandal plagued the board then, and the college was on probation with the accreditation body. Since then new policies have been put in place and the college has glowing reports from throughout the district, of which Coronado is part. Nora won Coronado last time and is running unopposed this year (barring a last minute write-in candidate. She asked that we consider Griselda Delgado.

Tim Nader is also running unopposed and again stressed to consider Griselda Delgado.
Kerri Downer was asked how many students are enrolled at the college, and replied that it was almost 20,000 students.

Nora Vargas spoke last as a former Southwestern College student (Poly Sci, before she transferred to San Francisco), current board member and Vice President of Community Engagement, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. She explained the importance of the community colleges and working for better education, better jobs, and creating advocates for the community. Griselda Delgado will work well with the existing board members and we should consider her for the open seat.

New Business
Harry Smith asked that we promote the new website and Facebook page to our friends and colleagues. It helps to get information out, not just to our members but to the wider community.

Harry thanked Joann Palmer and Kitty Rosania for refreshments and reminded us that the local candidate forum will be on October 7 at 7pm

Congressmember Scott Peters
Scott began by wishing us Happy Poway Day! He’d just driven 42 minutes from Poway, which is about the length of the 52nd District. Growing up a Lutheran he’d been taught to respect responsible GOP members and so he feels he can represent the 30.30.30 (Democratic, Republican, No Party Preference by registration) split of the district.

He commented that the Tea Party dysfunction in the present congress is something new.

He introduced one of Carl DeMaio’s staffers who was present to video Scott’s talk, as a way of explaining that he’d have to be polite about his opponent.

Scott spoke on three main areas:

1. Science
We train a lot of great scientists in the area and we need an immigration policy that let’s smart students stay. We should revisit the removal of tax breaks from manufacturers of medical devices. We are well positioned to create leaders in mobile health to deliver better health care results.

2. Veterans
We need to shelter homeless veterans and provide a one-stop shop for vets to come to.
Scott is part of the Military Transition Support Project that has been setup without Federal money by working with private businesses like Blue Shield and WebMD. This didn’t require an act of congress, that is hard to get these days.

3. Energy in the Military
The U.S. military is the biggest consumer of energy in the world. The Navy wants to use biofuels, with algae as a feedstock. Scott is Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Algae Caucus! When Scott recently met with the Commandant of the Marines his biggest interest was in Solar Energy. Moving gasoline is dangerous, and hard to do in combat zones. Many Marines die guarding convoys of fuel. If we can power bunkers with solar panels, and desalinate water with solar, we can make conditions safer for our troops. Scott confided that although publicly Tea Party members are climate deniers over a beer several will admit they know climate change is happening.

Scott wants a Federal budget for improved infrastructure, basic science research and investments in education.
He was able to succeed because of a great public school education and financial aid. Over the last 30 years the cost of education has increased over 300%. He has a Bill to refinance student loans to 4% (from 7-8%).
This campaign is one of the top 5-10 races in the country. He believes the district wants a pragmatic, center person. Carl DeMaio is trying to redefine himself as moderate, but in San Diego we remember that in 4 years on City Council, Carl was the one ‘No’ vote 102 times. Carl voted against all of Jerry Sanders’ budgets. Even proposals for big savings in healthcare, he voted against as they weren’t extreme enough. When Carl was asked if one person can make a difference in congress, he replied ‘Just look at Ted Cruz’.

Scott suggested we watch the video of Carl talking about the Tea Party for ourselves (as Carl’s team suggested that we’d cherry picked segments). Carl refers to the Tea Party as the conscience of the accountable government movement.

Scott also suggested we check out The Hill articles by national reporter Cameron Joseph.

Scott reminded us that the UNION-t endorsed DeMaio, but when the GOP met in San Diego to choose a candidate for Mayor they decided that Carl was too divisive to run for Mayor and should be in Congress (at this comment even Carl’s videographer in the room, smiled).

Scott has been endorsed by the Chamber of Congress, as they don’t want more TeaParty folks who are bad for business.

Scott is happy to talk with the American Petroleum Institute on how, if possible, to make fracking safe.
At a recent Coronado Rotary meeting (that has 2 or 3 Republicans!) Scott was given a nice shout out.
Scott is working to create jobs, to build for the future. He asks that we don’t just stop at talking to Democrats but talk to all friends. Just think, for Mayor in 2012 San Diegans picked Bob Filner as a trade unionist, left-wing, 70s Liberal over Carl DeMaio, and that’s because they knew that Carl representing San Diego is wrong.

Get your lawn signs. Coronado is tough to win, but we can keep it close.

Scott then took questions.

Q. Doug St Dennis thanked Scott as recently his office had helped her with a 501c3 application for the Coronado Island Film Application that had been held up. She stated that we she is a registered Republican who will be voting for Scott (that drew a nice round of applause).

Q. Edith Kaspin asked if there had been any progress on USPS legislation?
A. In a word, no. That was true of a lot of legislative efforts.

Q. about turnout.
A. Yes, problem for Democrats in non-Presidential years. It was a close race in 2012. Important to get every Democrat registered as a Permanent Mail Voter.

Q. about the Motion picture industry, with movies down 50% and TV down 70% in the state what more can be done for the industry in CA?
A. Scott referred to the movie Anchorman being filmed in Atlanta and that Toni Atkins (who had driven legislation in that area this year) was the right person to talk to.

Q. Will there be organized walking for the campaign in Coronado?
A. Yes, Coronado is one of the better areas of the district to walk as it’s flat, the houses are close together, and there’s a 25mph speed limit.

Q. Petitions, are they worth signing, do they garner attention?
A. Yes. Gives feedback on issues. Let’s office know what concerns people have. Scott’s office run petitions and they are not linked to money raising.

Q. Tom Jeter asked about renewables, fracking and natural gas and if it’s possible to make advances on both fronts together?
A. Yes. Driving both forward is important for example on fracking there are 4 factors that must be addressed:
1. Consumer protection
2. Water supply
3. Water quality
4. Methane release
UCSD based research has investigated swapping coal for natural gas good. It’s good but not if methane is leaked as a consequence, then it could be worse.
Scott pointed out that there are more electric vehicles in San Diego than any where else in the country.

Q. How was it working with Nancy Pelosi?
A. She is very hard working, and has mastered something that Soctt has yet to do, she knows how to fall asleep on planes.

Scott thanked us all for being engaged, and coming out on a beautiful Saturday morning.

(Somebody’s cell phone rang, and Scott recalled that in a meeting he had with Irwin Jacobs, Mr Jacobs cell phone went off, and nobody told him to turn it off. )

Voting starts at the beginning of October.

Announcements
Tom Bernitt (also a student at Southwestern) gave us an example from Ferguson, MO as to why she should vote in in Coronado. In Ferguson, MO 67% of the population is African American but in the last elections there was only a 6% turnout of African American voters.

Tom is the self-described – GOTeam Bubba for Coronado after the meeting you can review the local precinct map and he and Don Fink will generate walk/call lists for you chosen precincts.

William Rodriguez-Kennedy is a member of the Party Central Committee for 78AD and working on Scott Peters’ campaign. He’s a Marine veteran and former member of the Republican party having worked for a PAC that supported DeMaio, so he knows how far DeMaio will go to win. Although young Veterans tend to be conservative he’s working with Jack Hawkins on outreach to Veterans and he’s coordinating with clubs for walking and phone banking for Scott. He’s also working with local high school students. He wants to make sure that we never have Carl DeMaio representing the district.

Carrie Downey asked that we check out her Facebook page.

Howard Wayne reminded us that if we don’t get Democrats out to vote in November the results will look like 2010. In 2008 Obama received 8m voters to McCain’s 5m in California. In 2010 there were only 8m voters in total! In Coronado, and the 52, we will make the difference. For good or ill, we are the difference.

Adjournment
The Meeting adjourned at 12:05pm

September 6, 2014
General Meeting
Coronado Library

Photos: Susan Peinado.

If there are errors or omissions to these notes please let us know in the comments below.