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.

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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
outlook?
• 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.

Hear Gil Cabrera and John Hartley speak this July 9th!

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Candidate for City Council, GIL CABRERA, and activist, JOHN HARTLEY, speak for the members of the Pacific Beach Democrat Club!
Join us on July 9th from 6 to 8 at the Pacific Beach Recreation Center for

“Questionable Tactics in San Diego City Government”

Gil Cabrera: An attorney in San Diego for eighteen years, Cabrera started his legal career here right out of law school. Gil has been an engaged member of the San Diego community, served as a wish granter and on the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.

He began his involvement in the Democratic Party volunteering for various campaigns in the late 1990s and became a member of the Uptown Democratic Club in 2000. He co-chaired Chief Bejarano’s SDPD Use of Force Task Force.

In 2005, Councilmembers Donna Frye and Michael Zucchet nominated Gil to the City’s Ethics Commission where he served for 5 years, two as its Chair. In 2013, Todd Gloria and the Democratic Council majority appointed Gil to the City’s Convention Center board of directors where he now serves as Chair of the Budget Committee.

Gil has been named one of the top attorneys in San Diego since 2012 by the San Diego Daily Transcript, San Diego Business Journal and Superlawyers. For seven years, Gil has also served as a Judge Pro Tem appointed by the Superior Court hearing hundreds of small claims and traffic trials.

John Hartley: The former San Diego City Councilman and Coordinator of Neighborhoods for Clean Elections will be speaking to us about “Clean Elections for the City of San Diego.” He will present an overview of the proposed Clean Elections 2016 ballot measure for the City of San Diego. As part of his presentation, Mr. Hartley will share a 10 minute segment from the Bill Moyers video entitled “Road to Clean Elections.”

 

Peggi Chute, author of “Soul of a Nation: A Historical Novel About Selma,” and Mara Elliott, Candidate for City Attorney, Speak

peggi-chute-picThis upcoming Thursday, June 4th, the Pacific Beach Democratic Club would like to introduce you to a very special guest, author and peace activist Peggi Chute! Copies of her book, “Soul of a Nation: A Historical Novel About Selma” will be available for autograph and sale.

About the Author: Peggy Chute published “Soul of a Nation: A Historical Novel about Selma” in time for the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and attended the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Pettus Bridge crossing in Selma.

Ms. Chute is a life-long activist for peace and social justice. After the Columbine, Colorado mass shootings she created the Teaching Peace Project for the Council of Churches and Synagogues in Stamford, Connecticut. She  serves as its director and has taught the program in three school districts. Ms. Chute served on Mayor Dannel Malloy’s Council on Youth, and also ran a workshop at the First United Nations Conference at the UN annex in New York. She and her partner, Gary Hansen, are currently elected Board Members of the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club.


We’ll also be welcoming on June 4th Candidate for City Attorney, Mara Elliott.

Mara-ElliottAbout the candidate: One of San Diego’s distinguished public service attorneys, Mara Elliott currently serves as a Chief Deputy City Attorney leading the City’s legal team to tighten laws associated with fraud, waste and abuse, to expand equal opportunity programs available to small and disadvantaged businesses, to eliminate discrimination in contracting, to hold polluters accountable, to ensure fair wages for working people, to streamline City contracting processes, and to protect equal access to the disabled.

Previously, Mara served as general counsel to community colleges and K-12 school districts, where she worked to advance public education, the County of San Diego, where she advised on low-income housing, finance, and public safety issues, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, where she worked to advance access to public transit.

A long-time community leader, Mara Elliott co-chairs a committee of the San Diego Lawyers Club, an organization whose mission is to advance the status of women in the law, and serves as a trustee on the San Diego County Law Library Board. Mara is also a parent leader on her sons’ local elementary School Site Council, and volunteers her time for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she was recently honored as Advocate of the Year.

Rafael Castellanos to join Janet Moretti May 7th to speak on Climate Change!

Don’t miss a very exciting Thursday evening with the Pacific Beach Democratic Club as Rafael Castellanos and Janet Moretti join forces to talk about environmental action on Thursday, May 7th at 6 PM.

Rafael Castellanos’ topic: San Diego Port’s Environmental Initiative

full-Rafael_CastellanosThe Speaker: Rafael Castellanos is a member of the Board of Port Commissioners of the Unified Port of San Diego. Rafael is the chair of the Port’s Environmental Advisory Committee. He is also a partner with the law firm Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP, where he specializes in commercial transactional law. His professional affiliations include service on the Board of Directors of MANA de San Diego, the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, and Teach for America – San Diego. Rafael is a member of the California State Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Mexican American Business and Professional Association, and the San Diego Foundation’s Business Forum on Climate Change. Rafael graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School as a Cornerstone Scholar.

 

Pacific Beach Democrats’ First Social Hour

This Tuesday starting at 6 PM the Pacific Beach Democratic Club will be hosting its first Social Hour at Backyard Kitchen & Tap. Eat, drink, and meet other like-minded Democrats. Don’t miss it!

polls_30064_5902_638118_answer_1_xlarge-300x300When: Tuesday April 28th
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach
Address: 832 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more on Backyard: “Backyard is Pacific Beach’s New Grown Up Playground”
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Come hear Janet Moretti – Founding Member of SanDiego350!

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Thursday, May 7th at 6 PM

Come hear Janet Moretti, founding member of SanDiego350, discuss climate change with the Pacific Beach Democratic Club!

“The Climate Crisis and How We Can Solve it Together”

Climate change is real, and presents huge challenges for humanity. SanDiego350’s presentation highlights the urgency of climate action and informs members of the public about climate change: causes, local and global impacts, why we haven’t acted, and personal and collective solutions. The program empowers San Diegans to take action in meaningful ways.

The Speaker: Janina Moretti is a founding member of SanDiego350, an all-volunteer, community organization dedicated to fighting climate change. She has been a climate activist for several years and currently leads SanDiego350’s community presentation team. She is a community college chemistry instructor for her day job.

The Organization: SanDiego350 is an all-volunteer organization of diverse San Diegans concerned about climate change and its very real effects on our lively-hoods, well-being, and the future for our children. We work to increase awareness of climate change and advocate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Don’t miss Sarah Boot’s presentation this Thursday, April 2nd!

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Thursday, April 2nd at 6 PM
1505 Diamond Street

 Come see Sarah Boot’s presentation with the Pacific Beach Democratic Club!

Attorney Sarah Boot will discuss child sex trafficking in San Diego – The origin and scope of this modern day slavery and what we can do to stop it.

Biography: Sarah Boot is an attorney at Blood Hurst & O’Reardon LLP specializing in the prosecution of nationwide consumer class action cases. Previously, Sarah served as an Assistant United States Attorney on a trial team in the Southern District of California, where she prosecuted a broad array of federal crimes, ranging from bank robbery and child exploitation to narcotics and human trafficking. Sarah began her legal career at the law firm of Cooley LLP, focusing on complex civil and intellectual property litigation and representing primarily Internet and technology companies, including eBay, Google, and the Salk Institute.