February Meeting



THURSDAY at 6:00!!!

We will hear from Vera Moldt and John Loughlin.
Vera will lead a discussion on the TPP
(Trans-Pacific Partnership) and
John will provide a brief tutorial on
Facebook and its many uses.


The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday,
February 4, at the Pacific Beach Recreation Center at
1405 Diamond Street, San Diego, 92109.

Vera Moldt will provide a summary of the Transpacific Partnership, a proposed international agreement that some believe will affect jobs and our democratic and judicial processes.
Vera Moldt’s professional career involved developing business opportunities and strategic relationships for technology based systems and working with a wide range of domestic and international organizations.  She dealt with intellectual property issues and negotiating domestic and international projects.
This week John Loughlin will provide the first of a series of Facebook tutorials.  These tutorials will give our members a basis from which to use Facebook as an effective took in our activism and as members of the PBDC. John has helped many of the clubs with his technical expertise.  We are grateful to him for taking the time out to assist our club!

PBDC Members Attended the CLEAN ELECTIONS KICKOFF even on January 9th! 

The kickoff event was a great success with over 70 people in attendance.   John Hartley led a signature gathering tutorial.  The petition drive is in full force. Volunteers are out now collecting signatures to get the Clean Elections initiative on the November ballot.

Help build the number who like the Clean Elections Campaign
Facebook page: “San Diego clean elections campaign!”



Join this Thursday to help
set the endorsement schedule for upcoming elections.

Our club has yet to endorse in several important races.  We will discuss which races to focus on in the coming year.



We will hear from Pete Hasapopoulous on
San Diego’s Climate Action Plan and
Community Choice Energy

Join us as we discuss where we have been and where we are going!  The new year is the perfect time to reflect on what makes us passionate.  If a particular issue is important to you,
we want to know about it!

The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday,
January 7, at the Pacific Beach Recreation Center at
1405 Diamond Street, San Diego, 92109.

Pete Hasapopoulos is a community organizer with the Sierra Club’s My Generation campaign, which is striving for the state of California to be fully powered by clean energy.  His recent policy work includes seeing the San Diego and Carlsbad Climate Action Plans across the finish line.
Ongoing work is geared toward getting Community Choice Energy electricity providers established in multiple cities across the region.
Community Choice Energy 

California and several other states allows cities and counties to establish nonprofit electricity providers in order to purchase power on behalf of their populations.  It’s called Community Choice Energy, or “aggregation” on the law books.

Choice providers, such as the 3 already operating in California, offer their customers more clean energy than the monopoly utilities and buy increasing amounts of clean power from local sources such as rooftop solar over time.

Choice providers also offer local control over rate setting, with a local board of directors making decisions in public meetings and in a manner that is conducive to transparency and public participation. Under the Choice model, the monopoly utility continues to operate and maintain the grid, distinguishing Choice from a traditional municipal utility.  Multiple California cities, including San Francisco, are on their way to launching choice providers.

In the next few months the City of San Diego will hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study that is expected to be complete by next autumn.

Membership renewals are due on January 1! 

Bring your check with you to the January 7th membership meeting or send it by mail to:Pacific Beach Democratic Club, PO Box 9374,
San Diego, CA 92169.

PBDC annual membership dues are $25 Individual, $30 Couple, $50 Sustaining, or $100 Patron.


Join us on Thursday, January 7 as we discuss where we have been and where we are going!

If a particular issue is important to you, we want to know!
The PBDC can bring in experts  in your area of interest.

Congrats to the PBDC!
We more than doubled in size over the last year.
Let’s do it again!

Clean Elections Campaign Kick-off

Mark your Calendars!
is coming soon!


at 10:00 a.m
. at the
Old Mission Bay Visitors Parking Lot Off Highway 5,

(take Mission Bay Drive / Clairemont Drive Off Ramp


Help build the number who like the Clean Elections Campaign
Facebook page: “San Diego clean elections campaign!”

Race for san diego city attorney!

The Votes were counted.
Rafael Castellanos earned the endorsement of thePacific Beach DemocraticClub! 

Democratic Candidates for City Attorney Rafael Castellanos, Mara Elliott and Gil Cabrera faced off in a forum and debate on October 28.  Immediately following the debate, members voted to endorse Rafael Castellanos.


Members will have an opportunity to discuss how the PBDC can be of assistance to Candidate Castellanos in his campaign at the January mtg

The annual Pacific Beach Democrats Holiday Party, Thursday December 3rd 2015, 6PM

On  Thursday December 3rd, we are holding our annual holiday potluck and you are cordially invited. It will take place at our our programs director Carol Heasley’s house. Please be sure to bring either a homemade dish or $10 to share in the festivities.

Please be advised if you need to be picked up you need to let us know by Tuesday Dec. 1st

We look forward to seeing you there and happy holiday!


Location address will be given after you RSVP either through our email or Facebook



Oct 28 – Democratic Candidate Forum & Debate for City Attorney

Join the Pacific Beach Democratic Club for a forum and debate with the democratic candidates for the Office of City Attorney.

Meet and hear from candidates Mara Elliott, Rafael Castellanos and Gil Cabrera! San Diego City Beat staff writer Joshua Emerson-Smith will be moderating this event.

Club members can submit questions in advance by messaging the PBDC on FaceBook or via email. Bring your friends and get to know the next City Attorney!

Wednesday, October 28
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Pacific Beach Woman’s Club

1721 Hornblend St (map)

Join us for the PBDC’s Biggest Meeting Yet on August 6th!

This August 6th at 6 PM at the Pacific Beach Recreation Center the PBDC is hosting it’s biggest meeting yet! Hear from from San Diego County Treasurer – Tax Collector, Dan McAllister and then enjoy a panel discussion on Barriers and Bridges to Safe Access to Marijuana. Panel speakers include : Terrie Best, Alex Scherer, Dr. Michelle Sexton, and Cynara Dawn Velazquez.


Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, will discuss:
• School Bonds: Capital Appreciation
Bond reform.
• County investments ($8.7 billion).
• What is San Diego’s current economic
• Updates on the housing market.
• What is the property tax amount collected to date and what does it mean to your community?
• How does not paying your property taxes affect our local economy?

About speaker: Dan McAllister was elected San Diego County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector in November 2002 and re-elected to his fourth term in June 2014 by an overwhelming 99% majority of the vote. Not only is he responsible for the collection of more than $5 billion in property taxes each year, but his office also manages the Investment Pool which reached an all-time high of $8.8 billion in April of 2014, ensuring that these funds are wisely invested and safeguarded for entities such as the school districts and cities in the County.

Panel Speakers:

terribestTERRIE BEST: Since 2003, Terrie Best has been a volunteer in harm reduction and drug and prison policy reform in San Diego. She is an advocate of medical cannabis patients’ rights. Terrie is the Advisory Committee Chair of San Diego Americans for Safe Access and is focused on court support and building a bridge between the recovery and medical cannabis communities in San Diego and reducing stigma surrounding the therapeutic use of cannabis.
michelle sextonDR. MICHELLE SEXTON: Dr. Michelle Sexton is a Naturopathic Doctor and Executive Medical Research Director at the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy. She is the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Phytalab, the first WA State Cannabis testing facility. Dr. Sexton is a technical advisor and editor on the American HerbalPharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph that was adopted for quality control guidance for I502 Cannabis in Washington State. She is internationally known for, research, patient advocacy and industry leadership.
alexschrerALEX SCHERER: Alex Scherer is a native San Diegan working as a consultant in the medical cannabis industry in California since 2007. He is currently the President of San Diego Alternative Treatment Center, a licensed San Diego Medical Marijuana Consumer Cooperative. He is also the founder of Attis Management, a full service management and consulting services provider for the cannabis industry. He has contributed to several efforts to draft legislative ordinances regarding medical marijuana and has also served on a mayoral advisory group to develop regulations for storefront collectives.
cyanaravalezquezCYNARA DAWN VELAZQUEZ: Cynara Velazquez is representing the Reform CA, a statewide coalition of drug policy groups and marijuana advocates, united to create, promote and enact a single statewide initiative for adult use marijuana in 2016. The Reform CA coalition includes Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, California NORML, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, Americans for Safe Access, and many more, including the local marijuana policy reform group, the Cannabis Education Project. Cynara is president of the Cannabis Education Project and political adviser to the Association of Cannabis Professionals. She will be talking about the Reform CA campaign, their vision and strategy for full adult use legalization of Cannabis in 2016.