Ethnohistoric Legacy of Slavery in America, Election of Officers and Endorsements
Monthly Meeting Feb 26, 4PM, Zoom
3:30PM Social time & check-in, 4:00PM start, Zoom registration
Ethnohistoric Legacy of Slavery in America as a Root Cause of Health Inequities for African Americans and Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder (PTSD)
At this month’s meeting we are honored to have a presentation from Dr. Rodney G. Hood, MD, FACP followed by a Q&A.
Dr. Rodney Hood serves as CEO and Managing Partner at Care View Medical Group in Southeast San Diego, which he co-founded in 1980. A speaker who has lectured extensively for diverse national audiences of health care providers, health administrators, medical students, federal and state governmental agencies, as well as private and public audiences, Dr. Hood addresses the current health care concerns in the United States, especially health issues that persist in the most vulnerable populations.
Election of Officers
As Ruth Rollins, Chair of the Nominating Committee, reported at our last meeting we have a slate of officers running for election in 2023 — and any member in good standing can be nominated from the floor.
Three of the candidates for office are well known to you already and they are joined by Mandy Havlik who many of you met during the last election cycle.
President — James ‘Kip’ Eischen - link to bio
Vice President — Leslie Bruce - link to bio
Treasurer — Angela Hawkins - link to bio
Secretary — Mandy Havlik
Mandy Havlik is currently an elected member of the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB). She is a proud spouse of a Navy Combat Veteran and mother of two children who attend Ocean Beach Elementary School and Dana Middle School. She is a proud indigenous woman and is a registered member of the Timiskaming First Nation in Canada. Most recently, she was a city council candidate for District 2.
Membership Renewal 2023
Please pay your dues and confirm your Democratic credentials — online here.
Letter from E-Board sent to San Diego County Democratic Party today
Thank you for your comments re: the early endorsements being planned by the Party (see below). Here is the letter the E-Board sent to the Central Committee before their Tuesday, Feb 21, 6:00PM Zoom meeting. If you are able to join that meeting to speak during public comment please register here for the Zoom link.
Dear San Diego County Democratic Party,
On behalf of the E-Board of the Pt Loma & OB Dems I would like to request the Party reconsider its proposed timeline for Friendly Incumbent Endorsement (FIE) considerations.
The Central Committee should schedule to allow time for the regional caucuses to hear from our club and others, before making their endorsements.
We don’t yet know if there will be any strong challengers, but we want to encourage all Democratic voices to be heard.
The endorsement process allows us to engage our members and generates excitement for walking, advocating and donating — members become more active and involved with the club and the Party. Endorsements are one of the levers we have to encourage officials to attend meetings to explain their positions, especially on contentious policy issues before the City.
Our club members are interested to hear:
Joe discuss proposed changes to the Planning Boards
Stephen discuss unhoused citizens and cycle paths
Raul discuss last minute revisions to the Surveillance Ordinance
Sean discuss Tenants Protection Ordinance, ADU maximization and Sustainable Development Areas
from all candidates for San Diego City Attorney and their stance on the PrOTECT Ordinance
Further, following the revelations in a recent Union-Tribune article — Political firm owned by Whitburn adviser still doing business while suspended by state — we would like to understand how the Party vets vendors and sub-vendors before more member communications are sent out for endorsed candidates.
We’re not convinced that endorsing early is best for our local democracy.
Thank you for all of the work you do.
Meeting Schedule 2023
We look forward to seeing you online this month in February, and then with our first in-person meeting back at the Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, 92106 in March.
Our tentative schedule for meetings is:
February 26 — Zoom registration
March 26 — Point Loma Assembly
April 30 — Point Loma Assembly
May — Picnic
June 25 — Point Loma Assembly
July 23 — Point Loma Assembly
August — Summer Holiday Party
September 24 — Point Loma Assembly
October 22 — Point Loma Assembly
November/December — Winter Holiday Party
Political firm owned by Whitburn adviser still doing business while suspended by state
The political consulting firm owned by a San Diego City Council member’s chief of staff continued to do hundreds of thousands of dollars in business through the November election season, even though it was suspended by state officials early last year.
Read more here…
Heads Up - Endorsements for the 2024 Election are About to Begin (!)
The proposed timeline for the San Diego County Democratic Party is as follows:
On March 21, 2023, the county party central committee (main body) will vote on whether to give Mayor Todd Gloria an Friendly Incumbent Endorsement (FIE).
On March 27th, 2023, the metro west caucus (where your club's associate casts a vote) will vote on whether to recommend an FIE of San Diego City Councilmembers Joe LaCalva, Stephen Whitburn, Raul Campillo, and Sean Elo Rivera.
On April 4th, 2023, the SDCDP Executive Board will consider an FIE recommendation in the San Diego City Attorney Race (assuming this race has been designated strategically critical - as recommended)
On April 18th, 2023 the county party central committee main body will vote on the FIE’s of San Diego City Councilmembers Joe LaCalva, Stephen Whitburn, Raul Campillo, and Sean Elo Rivera, as well as an endorsement in the San Diego City Attorney Race.
On April 24th, the metro west caucus (where your club's associate casts a vote) will vote on whether to recommend an FIE for: County Board of Education member Gregg Robinson and San Diego Unified School board members Sabrina Bazzo, Bernie Rhinerson and Richard Barrera,
On May 26th, the Central Committee will vote on FIE’s for County Board of Education member Gregg Robinson and San Diego Unified School board members Sabrina Bazzo, Bernie Rhinerson and Richard Barrera
The full timeline, for all regions, can be found here: http://sddems.link/timeline
This timeline includes only the earliest suggested dates for FIE considerations. FIE’s could be considered later. At the February 21st Central Committee Meeting, 6PM, you can speak during public comment to let the Party know your perspective — Zoom link here.
Let us know what you think about this timeline, and then Kip, as our Associate Member, can give voice to your comments at the upcoming Metro West Area caucus meeting on February 27th on Zoom. You can also contact the Metro West Vice Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
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