October Meeting to Discuss Ballot Issues

October General Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Pacific Beach Recreation Center, 1405 Diamond Street

Join us on October 4th for our general club meeting. Items on the agenda include:

GO Team Materials Distribution – Members who attended the September GO Team training and/or have signed up with the County Party can pick up their voter address lists and door hangers at this meeting. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions on the materials or need a refresher.

Discussion on General Election Ballot Measures – We will hold a discussion on all ballot measures that will appear on the general election ballot for voters in San Diego County. A representative from the League of Women Voters will lead the discussion.

Presentation of new PB Democratic Club Website – The PB Democratic Club has created a new website. We’ll be presenting it and discussing the new features.

Hope to see you there!

Get Involved:
GO Team Precinct Walking and Calls: Oct. 5 – Oct. 21
For those of you who signed up for the County Party’s GO Team, please complete your precinct assignments between October 5th and October 21st.

Volunteer with a Campaign: We encourage you to contact the campaigns of our endorsed candidates and help them canvass, phone bank, or whatever else they need to get the word out!
A few suggestions:

Your membership with the club makes sure that you are directly linked to all of the exciting, important, and critical work your fellow members and sister organizations are doing at the local, county, state and national level to promote Democratic values and principles. Join or Renew your membership todayEmail us if you have any questions.

September is GoTeam Training!

September General

Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Pacific Beach Recreation Center,

1405 Diamond Street

San Diego, CA 92109

(PB Rec Center is at the corner of Diamond and Gresham. Look for our PB Dem Club banner. Leave time to park and walk to the recreation center.)

Join us for an all-important Get Out the Vote training in September! And we’re excited to have Assemblymember Todd Gloria as a featured speaker. We think it’ll be the most important club meeting of the year!

Featured presentations:

GO Team Training, San Diego County Democratic Party

Todd Gloria, Assemblymember Representing the 78th California Assembly District

Go Team Training – GO Team canvassing on behalf of the SD County Democratic Party with door hangers or by phone is the single most significant action all of us can take to positively impact the upcoming November 6th Election!

The SD County Democratic Party volunteer trainer will provide a free, quick, and intense GO Team training to attendees. Light snacks and beverages provided.

Our national, statewide, and local candidates need our help to get people to vote on November 6th. The 8% to 14% increase in voter turnout that results from even minimal GO Team contact in our precincts could swing the election for multiple close races and initiatives. Your canvassing will take much less time than you think… join us to find out how easy it is to reach out to voters and make a difference.

Show your dedication! Channel your anger and determination!
Help us to help America restore democratic values!

*PLEASE NOTE – Yard signs for several local candidates will be available for pick up at this meeting.*

Assemblymember Todd Gloria – In December 2016, Todd Gloria was sworn in as the California State Assemblymember for the 78th Assembly District making him only the second person of Filipino heritage ever elected to the California State Assembly and the Legislature’s only enrolled tribal member. In the Assembly, Todd has continued his advocacy for increased infrastructure investment and pragmatic and innovative solutions to housing and homelessness. To date, Todd has been able to successfully author, pass, and receive the Governor’s signature on 13 pieces of legislation dealing with important issues such as election reform, housing solutions, and cutting government red tape for small businesses. Todd is currently the Assembly’s Majority Whip.

A native San Diegan, Todd’s lifelong career in public service was inspired by a lesson his parents – a hotel maid and a gardener – taught him at a young age: if you truly care about something, then you should leave it better than you found it. That lesson continues to motivate Todd to improve the San Diego region and the State of California every single day.

Todd is a graduate of the University of San Diego and an enrolled member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He lives in the neighborhood of Mission Hills.


Please join Congressman Scott Peters for a Get Out the Vote Event September 9th!
Please come and join fellow activists, Indivisible, Progressive groups, and Democratic clubs in phone banking and canvassing for Congressman Peters. Meet fellow Democrats, Progressives, and Congressman Peters and help work to ensure the #BlueWave! Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day and dinner will be served during the evening phone bank with Congressman Peters!

When: Sunday, September 9th. Canvassing from 11am – 4pm and Phone Banking from 4 pm – 8pm.
Where: Peters Campaign Headquarters; location provided upon RSVP

RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phone-bank-and-canvass-with-congressman-scott-peters-ca-52-tickets-49370959870

Other Events:
There are several other ways to get involved locally! We have a few suggestions:

Canvassing for Dr. Jen Campbell – August 25th
Hosted by San Diego Indivisible
Please come out & join Indivisible to help canvass and get out the vote for Dr. Jen, running for City Council District 2 to replace Lorie Zapf. 11am-2pm.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/398263087244362/?ti=icl

Walk with Nathan Fletcher and Dr. Jen – August 26th
Hosted by Dr. Jen for City Council & Nathan Fletcher for County Board of Supervisors
Join local Democratic activists knocking doors throughout San Diego as we support two candidates who will fight back against Trump’s hateful agenda. 1pm-3pm.
Event Link: https://drjen2018.com/event/walk-with-nathan-fletcher-and-dr-jen/

Rise for Climate March – September 8th
Join SanDiego350 and partners for the next big climate mobilization! Thousands of San Diegans will stand with climate advocates worldwide for this global day of action ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. 10am-2pm, Civic Center Plaza.
Event Link: https://rise4climate.org/



A big thank you for attending PBDC’s annual summer picnic!
We had a blast, and we hope you did, too.



Your membership with the club makes sure that you are directly linked to all of the exciting, important, and critical work your fellow members and sister organizations are doing at the local, county, state and national level to promote Democratic values and principles. Join or Renew your membership todayEmail us if you have any questions.

August Meeting is Sizzling!

Mara Elliot

Pacific Beach Democratic Club

August Monthly Meeting

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pacific Beach Recreation Center

1405 Diamond Street

San Diego, CA 92109

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

You won’t want to miss this month’s meeting featuring our very own San Diego City Attorney, Mara Elliot. Listen to Mara talk about local issues and hear her answer your questions.

Mara W. Elliott was elected City Attorney of San Diego in 2016 after serving as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the Office’s Public Services Section and legal adviser to the City’s Independent Audit Committee and Environment Committee. Mara and the lawyers in her section held polluters accountable, reformed city contracting, cut administrative red tape, and strengthened the city’s Living Wage and Non-Discrimination in Contracting Ordinances.

Additionally, we will have a panel of speakers who will discuss energy alternatives and initiatives. The panel includes:

Neil Gerber, Project Developer with Sullivan Solar Power. Neil will cover some solar basics, time of use rates, and battery storage.

Mark Hughes, Climate Action Campaign. Mark will talk about local energy initiatives that CAC is involved with included community choice energy

Dan King, Assistant City Manager for Solana Beach. Solana Beach is the first city in San Diego county to switch to community choice energy. Dan will speak about the city’s decision to adopt CCE and their experience thus far.

Paul Cleary, Executive Director for GRID Alternatives San Diego. GRID Alternatives San Diego bridges the solar divide, bringing solar energy to low-income families who couldn’t otherwise afford it while training the green workforce of tomorrow. Paul will talk about what GRID Alternatives is currently doing in the SD community.

Remember that everyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings. If you are a club member, bring a friend along this month. Coffee and water are always provided along with snacks. Feel free to contribute by bringing your favorite snack to share.

Also, don’t forget to join us at Stone Brewery (2816 Historic Decatur Road) on Friday, July 27th for “Drinks with Donkeys”. This friendly get together of like-minded people is open to all and just a great way to unwind after a busy week. We will be there from 6-9 pm.

PB Dems Endorse City Council and County Supervisor Candidates

The Pacific Beach Democratic Club is proud to announce the endorsements of Jennifer H. Campbell,MD, who is running for San Diego City Council District 2 and Nathan Fletcher, candidate for District 4 County Supervisors in the November 6, 2018 General Election. Following the results of the June Primary, the PB Democratic Club voted at their monthly meeting held July 12, 2018 to endorse these two candidates.

Click here for a list of all candidates endorsed by the Pacific Beach Democratic Club:

2018 Endorsements

July Monthly Meeting Date Change

General Membership Meeting

DateThursday, July 12, 2018 

Please note that this meeting has been moved to the second Thursday of the month due to the July 4th holiday

Time6 p.m.

Location: Pacific Beach Recreation Center,

1405 Diamond Street

Hello all! Please mark your calendars for our general membership meeting in July. This meeting will be a post-primaries candidate endorsement meeting.

Featured speakers:

Dr. Jen Campbell, Democratic Candidate for San Diego City Council, District 2

Surrogate for Nathan Fletcher, Democratic Candidate for San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 4

Dr. Jen Campbell –  PBDC is excited to welcome back Dr. Jen Campbell. Dr. Jen was one of the top two candidates in the primary election for City Council District 2, and will move on to face Councilwoman Lori Zapf in the midterm election in November. Dr. Jen is a family physician, professor, businesswoman, and grandmother of nine. Her lifelong activity in the Democratic Party has included positions on the local, state, and national levels. Some of her other community service, here in San Diego, includes teaching Integrative Medicine, serving on the Board and as Interim Executive Director of the Human Dignity Foundation, and as a Director of the Clairemont Town Council.

Nathan Fletcher – A surrogate will be speaking on behalf of Nathan Fletcher and his campaign. Nathan Fletcher was the top vote winner in the primary election for County Board District 4, and will move on to face former District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, in the midterm election in November. Nathan is a former two-term state assemblyman for the 75th District, and a former San Diego mayoral candidate. He is currently a political science professor at UCSD. Fletcher served in the Marine Corps as a Counterintelligence Specialist and did two combat tours. Fletcher founded the Three Wise Men Foundation to help eliminate the stigma surrounding Post-Traumatic Stress and launched the Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported campaign to shine a light on the injustice of deported veterans.


With all that’s going on, there are many ways for you to get involved, both on the local and national levels. Here are PBDC’s calls to action for this week:

1) SCOTUS: Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court this week. Trump and the GOP majority Senate are aiming to confirm a new conservative Justice to the Supreme Court by the fall. Call the senators listed below and ask them not to hold nomination hearings until after the midterm elections. Also call our Senators, Feinstein and Harris, to express support for this position. The Congressional Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121 and their D.C. office numbers are listed below.

  • Senator Susan Collins of Maine – D.C. Office: (202) 224-2523
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – D.C. Office: (202) 224-6665
  • Senator Flake of Arizona – D.C. Office: (202) 224-4521
  • Senator Gardner of Colorado – D.C. Office: (202) 224-5941
  • Senator McCain of Arizona – D.C. Office: (202) 224-2235
  • Senator Ernst of Iowa – D.C. Office: (202) 224-3254

2) There are voter registration and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts available for you to take part in, and PBDC plans to host fundraisers, phone banks, and precinct walks as the election gets closer. If you’re interested in getting involved, please email us at PBDC92109@gmail.com.
To volunteer with the SD County Democratic party, please see https://sdcdp.ngpvanhost.com/action-center-things-you-can-do-today. You can also visit the websites of Democratic candidates to volunteer for their campaigns.

Dr. Joel Day speaking at June Meeting
Club Announcements:
Drinks with Donkeys
Friday, July 27th @ Location TBD
It’s back! Please join us for some drinks and some fun with your fellow Democrats! PBDC will be hosting this event at a location TBD. We’ll have more details at the July meeting and send out a reminder as it gets closer.
PBDC Annual Summer Picnic
Sunday, August 12th, 1 p.m. @ Kate Sessions Park
Come on out to our annual summer picnic! The PBDC executive board will be providing burgers and drinks, but it’ll be a side dish potluck, so please let us know what you’re going to bring. Also, bring along your lawn chairs if you want to sit down and relax.
Message from the President:

With the Primary Election behind us, it’s time to take a breath, reflect on the work that we’ve done, and prepare ourselves for the hard work that will be required to generate the Blue Wave that will set our country back on a path to compassion and sensibility.

At June’s General Membership Meeting, Dr. Joel Day spoke with our club about the direction of the Democratic Party.  He described a vision of the Democratic Party being a force for good in the world. He gave a vision of a party that accomplishes big things. A party that wants to invest in America so that we can solve our crisis of confidence.

His discussion helped me recognize that Democrats need to be able to communicate our ideals as quickly and effectively as Republicans.

Democrats want to be a force for good in the world because we understand that empathy and compassion are more powerful than greed and cruelty.

Democrats want to accomplish big things, like solving Energy Independence, because it will make us safer from environmental catastrophe and from our dependence on foreign nations.

Democrats want to restore confidence in our American Government because government can be a powerful force for good in the world.

I am asking you to really think about why you talk to your friends and neighbors; why you knock on doors. Think about the reasons you will continue to make calls, attend rallies, and register new voters. Ask yourself why we stand in solidarity with our Immigrant and Muslim communities. Then take the core of those reasons and edit them down so they can be easily communicated in a few sentences.

The news has been particularly nasty these past few weeks. The stories of cruelty and corruption weigh heavily on me and my family, as I’m sure it does you and yours, but now is not the time to slink back. It’s not the time to get nasty and lash out. It’s not time to complain; it is time to offer another path forward for America. It will not be easy, and nothing will be given, but…

Now is the time to offer our vision to restore our country to its rightful place as a force for good.

Brian Iwakiri

Call to Action: Supreme Court Vacancy

Stop Donald Trump from Appointing his second Supreme Court Justice

The Pacific Beach Democratic Club urges you to contact your representatives in Washington to support the Democrats efforts to slow down the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy.

Senator Dianne Feinstein and other Democrat leaders want the Senate to apply the “McConnell Standard”, which Mitch McConnell used to block Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, citing the need to wait for the people to “weigh in” with their votes in the 2016 election.


In 2016, the Republican controlled Senate stalled Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court for nearly 300 days saying the American People should have a choice. Now, with 130 Days until our election, let’s tell our US Senators to follow the precedent they set and delay confirmation of any nominee until the People’s voices can be heard.


Contact these Senators Today

Sen. Mitch McConnell
(202) 224-2541

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(202) 224-3841

Sen. Kamala Harris
(202) 224-3553

Sen. Jeff Flake
(202) 224-4521

Read more about this on Countable


Socks For StandDown 2018

Socks for Stand Down 2018 Logo


MAY 7 – JUNE 18

Hundreds of our homeless veterans will attend the Veterans Village of San Diego’s 31st Annual Stand Down, June 29-July 1, and there needs to be enough new socks (and underwear) to go around.


There are many ways to donate by JUNE 18th, 2018:

Drop off your donation(s) at Senator Atkins’ office – 1350 Front Street, Room 4061, San Diego 92101

OR Leave your donation(s) at one of the drop-off locations listed below:

Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library

5188 Zion Ave., San Diego, CA 92120-2728

California State Building – Lobby or

Senator Atkins’ office in Room 4061

1350 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Carmel Valley Branch Library

3919 Townsgate Drive, San Diego, CA 92130

Clairemont Library

2920 Burgener Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

Coronado Public Library

640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

(Accepting donations through May 29)

Del Mar County Library

1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

La Jolla/Riford Branch Library

7555 Draper Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037-4802

Linda Vista Branch Library

2160 Ulric Street, San Diego, CA 92111

Malcolm X Branch Library

5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114

Mira Mesa Branch Library

8405 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126

Mission Valley Library

2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92108

Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library

3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107

Rancho Bernardo Branch Library

17110 Bernardo Center Drive

San Diego, CA 92128-2002

Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library

13330 Salmon River Road

San Diego, CA 92129-2640

SEIU Local 221

4004 Kearny Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

San Diego Central Library

330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego Law Library

1105 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego Pride (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

3620 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library

9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123

Solana Beach Branch Library

Earl Warren Middle School

157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075

University Community Branch Library

4155 Governor Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

University Heights Branch Library

4193 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103


Contact info: 619-645-3133 | senator.atkins@senate.ca.gov

June Meeting Features a Discussion of National Security


June Meeting

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pacific Beach Recreation Center

1405 Diamond Street

San Diego, CA 92109

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

The PB Dems monthly meeting for June will be held at the Pacific Beach Recreation Center.

We have planned another hot topic meeting for June. Professor Joel Day and Navy veteran Shawn VanDiver will present on the following: The Democratic Party and National Security: Resisting, Reframing, Rebuilding. You really won’t want to miss these great speakers. There will also be a recap of the June 5th Primary Election results.

Remember that everyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings. If you are a club member, bring a friend along this month. Coffee and water are always provided along with snacks. Feel free to contribute by bringing your favorite snack to share.

Read more about our speakers:

Dr. Joel Day has over 15 years of global and local public policy experience, and currently is a professor of international relations at the University of San Diego as well as an advisor on hate crimes, extremism, and homeland security issues at the City of San Diego. Day’s work on counterterrorism has appeared in top scholarly journals and he has briefed Congress, DHS, and the Pentagon on national security issues. In Democratic politics, Day has worked on citywide, congressional, and presidential races, and his commentary has appeared in media including Al Jazeera, NPR, Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates, the San Diego Union Tribune, the Hill, the Boston Globe, and the Associated Press. Day holds a PhD from the University of Denver, is a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Denver, and Colorado State University. He was a  David L. Boren National Security Act Scholar, and a national collegiate debate champion. In 2017, Day was named “40 Under 40 in San Diego” by San Diego Metro Magazine.

Shawn VanDiver is a 12-year Navy Veteran, serves on the board of the Women’s Museum of California, and is a Co-Founder and Director of the Truman National Security Project San Diego Chapter. He also serves on several boards and committees at the local, state, and national levels focusing on human trafficking, national security, and civic engagement. He has published on national security issues in local, national, and international outlets, including the San Diego Union Tribune, USA Today, and The Guardian. Shawn is President of VanDiver Consulting serving clients in the region and around the nation in addition to serving as faculty for San Diego State University. He attended National University and the Naval Postgraduate School, earning degrees and certificates in Domestic Security Management, Homeland Security and Safety Engineering, and Information Systems and Operations.

Note: Mara Elliot, San Diego City Attorney, formerly scheduled to speak at the June meeting will now be with us in July. Watch the website for more information.