Meeting on Thursday March 15 – Josh Butner

Our East County Democratic Club meets next Thursday, March 15.  Our speaker is Josh Butner, trustee of the Jamul-Dulzura School Board and candidate for the 50th CD seat, now held by non-representative Duncan Hunter.  As you know, Hunter must be replaced, ASAP.

We Democrats plan to do it despite our registration disadvantage!

If you’d like to learn more about Josh’s views prior to the meeting, watch this message posted on his website from Julian Indivisible:

El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho will also share the latest news on events in the city.

Both men will respond to a few questions, after their comments.

Our evening will begin at 6 p.m., with dining and socializing until 7 p.m.  The venue is Jimmy’s Family Restaurant, 9635 Mission Gorge Road., Santee, CA 92071.  During this period or within the meeting time, a candidate or two may drop by to talk with us.

This is a BIG YEAR for us, since our area is experiencing record-breaking participation in voter contacts.  We invite you to express your interest by doing the same.  We need people to walk precincts, talk to our Democratic Party voters, and encourage them to vote in the primary election on June 5, 2018.

Since this a public meeting, we welcome anyone who wants to attend, so bring yourselves, neighbors, and friends!

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New Bylaws adopted at the February 15, 2018 meeting

New Bylaws adopted at the February 15, 2018 meeting are available for download here (PDF).

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Meeting on Thursday February 15 – GENEVIÉVE JONES-WRIGHT – Vote on New Bylaws

Meeting will be held at:

Jimmy’s Family Restaurant
9635 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071

February 15, 2018
7pm Meeting start

The first part of the meeting will be convened by John Loughlin, Director of Clubs for the San Diego County Democratic Party, and will follow SDCDP rules.

  • Call the meeting to order
  • Pledge of allegiance
  • Approval of agenda
  • Introduction of Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Vice Chairs and overview of the Bylaws discussion
  • Review, amending and approving the Bylaws for re-chartering with the SDCDP
  • Adjourn the business part of the meeting

A draft of the new bylaws (PDF) can be downloaded here for review. Paper copies will be available at the meeting.

Featured Speaker – candidate for San Diego District Attorney:

Geneviéve wasn’t able to make the meeting, but she sent this video for members.




“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

In the fourth grade Geneviéve Jones-Wright decided to follow in the steps of Justice Thurgood Marshall and become a “social engineer.” That decision included attending Howard Law and receiving the same training he did. Although no one in her family had graduated from college before, she made up her mind at the age of nine to become an attorney and use the law to help those who are vulnerable and oppressed. This desire led her to work within our criminal justice system.

A native San Diegan, Jones-Wright has served the County of San Diego as a Deputy Public Defender since 2006. In this capacity, she has represented clients charged with a variety of crimes and has spent over a decade experiencing the strengths and pitfalls of the criminal justice system. Her advocacy skills, passion, and sense of fairness have garnered her a reputation of an exceptional attorney and community leader.

Beyond the courtroom, Jones-Wright serves on the City of San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention where she chairs the ad-hoc gang documentation committee. She is a volunteer attorney for the California Innocence Project and is an appointed member of the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness.

Jones-Wright is very active in the San Diego community at-large. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the David’s Harp Foundation, a local nonprofit that transforms the lives of “at-risk” and homeless youth through the power of music. She is a Mock Trial Team coach and a member of the Criminal Justice Program advisory board at Lincoln High School. In 2003, Geneviéve co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of ELITE (Educated Ladies Investing in Tomorrow’s Exemplars), a local program that prepared young girls for college.

Jones-Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communication from the University of San Francisco, a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law, and a Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy from California Western School of Law.

Jones-Wright and her husband, Oliver, an active duty Hospital Corpsman with the United States Navy, live in the Encanto neighborhood of San Diego with their dog, Mellie.

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Meeting on Thursday January 18 – Election of Officers

Meeting will be held at:
1333 E Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92021

January 18, 2018
7pm Meeting start

The first part of the meeting will be convened by John Loughlin, Director of Clubs for the San Diego County Democratic Party, and will follow SDCDP rules.

  1. Call the meeting to order
  2. Pledge of allegiance
  3. Approval of agenda
  4. Introduction of Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Vice Chairs and overview of the election portion of the meeting
  5. Election of officers for President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer
  • Call for nominations from the floor
  • For any contested positions:
  • The candidates will get 2 minutes each to introduce themselves
  • Questions from the audience will be answered by each candidate (alternating who goes first)
  • Each candidate will then make a closing statement, after which they’ll leave the room
  • While the candidates are out of the room there will be a discussion with 3 people to speak for, and 3 people against, each candidate for 1 minute each, with no personal attacks allowed on any of the candidates
  • The vote will then be called
  1. Adjourn the business part of the meeting

The second part of the meeting will be run by the elected officers. Speakers, candidates and elected officials to be announced.

At the February meeting the club will vote on new Bylaws for re-chartering with the SDCDP.

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Meeting on Thursday November 16, 2017

This month we are meeting in the Ali Baba Restaurant which is at 421 E Main St. in El Cajon. (Map Link)

Ali Babi Restaurant

We will be holding elections this month. Any member who has paid by October 17 and has attended at least one general meeting, may vote.

Campaigning from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm.

Additional nominations will be accepted at 6:50 pm.

The meeting will start at 7:00 and shortly after we will have voting, with the results announced later.

Our speakers this month, are prominent local Democrats Derek and Nancy Casady representing the San Diego Chapter of  The Climate Mobilization Coalition. Shown below with Tom Steyer, at a recent event in Vista, where he endorsed The Climate Mobilization.

Derek and Nancy Casady flanking Tom Steyer.

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Meeting on Thursday August 17, 2017

Update —

This Thursday Aug 17, 2017 Jimmys Santee
6 pm-7 pm Social Hour and Dinner
Note- Candidates can speak during this time for 5 minutes max on LOCAL ISSUES only.
7 pm greetings and introductions
Dem announcements
Speakers Councilman Ben Kalasho on El Cajon
Speaker Sharon Fox- Dump on Duncan- WE CAN BEAT DUNCAN HUNTER !!!

Speaker- Phil Connor – Stopping Proposed Power Station Santee ! Thank you Phil and Wendy Connor. THEY STOPPED SDG&E !

Speaker Ana Nida- update on El Monte Sandmining Lakeside. Sale has gone through. Helix Water has sold 500+ acres 10 million dollars. New owners plan to sand mine for 50 years!

Save the date! Sat September 9 East County Dems fundraiser $75
Save the Date East Co Dems September 21st meeting Jimmys Santee Nathan Fletcher speaker.

This is your reminder that the Easy County Democratic Club meets next Thursday evening, August 17, 2017.

Our featured speaker is Ana Nita, a Lakeside resident who has become an expert on the sand mining land deal near the San Diego River.  You may recall that she spoke to us before about the then, current status, of this bait and switch plan that featured the investors plan to purchase the land for a golf course, which switched to a sand mining plan as soon as the investors had the deal in place with Helix Water District.  Ana will update us on what has happened since then, because the investors have paid the entire amount due to the water district, so they can now move ahead, if the county supervisors approve.   It is my understanding that the Lakeside Planning Board voted against the plan.  However, their position is advisory only.  The county supervisors will likely approve, unless we mount opposition that they cannot ignore!  Since this plan will cause environmental havoc and potentially reduce the water table so wells of residents run dry,  it is imperative that we stand for what is a decent plan for the residents.  Get your marching pace up to speed for this!

As usual, our meeting starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. and the business meeting at 7 p.m.  We meet at Jimmy’s Restaurant, 9635 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA.  If candidates wish to come and speak prior to 7 p.m. meeting, we welcome them, then, so they can leave early and move on to another event.  We request each of them to focus on what they will do about our areas’ current and future issues.

We hope to see you next Thursday!

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Meeting on Thursday July 20th, 2017

Greetings to all,
This alert provides you with a taste of what lies ahead at our next meeting, July 20, 2017. Our speaker is Hanif Mohebi, a leader in the Muslim community. He led his organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to an award this year at the Roosevelt Dinner for the work done to support the local community.
Hanif Mohebi is the executive director of CAIR San Diego. He has prepared himself well by his awesome set of experiences.

See his biographical statement from the CAIR San Diego web site:
Mr. Mohebi was raised in the heart of Silicon Valley. He is the former director of a communication consulting firm in San Jose. He has held various director positions at for-profit and non-profit organizations. At a young age, he was exposed to the United States, United Nations, and community dignitaries, which has influenced his character. He has appeared in both local and national media outlets, bridging the gap between minorities and mainstream Americans. Mr. Mohebi has completed a Pre-PhD program, and has published research. He has a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Globalization and Social Justice. He has emerged as a guest speaker at high schools, universities, companies, and community events on variety of topics, ranging from Concepts of World Citizenship to the History of Anti-Civil Liberties Legislation. He is a young and passionate Muslim American with a wonderful cosmopolitan attitude and great love for civil rights, human rights, and the Constitution of the United States. He is obsessed with the idea of bringing about a positive change to the world through dedicating his life to serving humanity. In quest for this dream, he joined CAIR San Diego, as executive director, with glowing recommendations and over a decade of community service.

As you know, we meet at
Jimmy’s Restaurant
9635 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, California, CA 92071

Our meeting begins at 7 p.m. sharp. If you wish to dine and socialize, come at 6 p.m. The menu is an all-American one.

Join us next Thursday! Bring a friend or two, or even more!

Candidates for office in 2018 are welcome,too.

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Meeting Thursday May 18, 2017

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Meeting Thursday April 20, 2017


Late additions:  Ammar Campa-Najjar,   Glenn Jensen

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The State Democratic Party Positions on the November 2016 Propositions

This link might be easier to read: Link to CADEMS

California Democratic Party Positions
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