ECDC Endorsed Candidates for the 2016 June 7th Election

Rafael Castellanos                                 San Diego City Attorney     

Patrick Malloy                                          House of Representatives – CA 50th

Stephanie Harper                                  El Cajon City Council *November ballot

George Gastil                                            Mayor of Lemon Grove

Mark Gracyk                                             Helix Water District #3

Elena Adams                                            Grossmont/Cuyamaca College Board

(Mary Kay Rozinski is not able to run for office.  Elena Adams is running in Mary Kay’s place.) 

Chris Pearson                                          Democratic Central Committee

Marilyn Riley                                            Democratic Central Committee

Bob Grand                                                  Democratic Central Committee

Bonnie Price                                             Democratic Central Committee

Eric Hereford                                           Democratic Central Committee

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Democratic Congressional Town Hall – Friday May 6

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Congressional Town Hall on May 6th, 2016 from 4-6pm at SDSU Conrad Prebys AZTEC Student Union. Included in the attachment is also the expected timeline for the event. Positions were based on electeds/candidate and then a coin flip.

We are also finalizing our slate of information for your offices in order to facilitate the best conversation possible. We will have our topics to you this week.

Timeline of Events:
4:00pm – 4:25pm: Reception with refreshments
4:25pm – 4:30pm: Opening comment and National Anthem
4:30pm – 4:55pm: Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52)
4:55pm – 5:20pm: Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51)
5:20pm – 5:40pm: Col. (ret) Douglas Applegate (CA-49)
5:40pm – 6:00pm: Patrick Malloy (CA-50)

UT is running a story both before and after the event. Our goal is to focus and highlight issues important to the Veteran and Collegiate communities while providing another platform to uplift/highlight your campaigns and reach potential voters.

Date: May 6, 2016
Location: SDSU, Conrad Prebys AZTEC Student Union
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Host: Veterans Democratic Club – SDSU Democrats – San Diego County Young Dems
Format: Town Hall – Dialog about Veterans and Collegiate Issues
Moderators: Matthew Rice – President, Veterans Democratic Club
Zach Bunshaft – President, San Diego State University Democrats

Opening: Candidate will be allocated two minutes for an opening statement.
Questions and Answer: Congressman 20 minutes. Congressional Candidates: 15 minutes
Discussion: A controlled narrative. Public has submitted questions and/or concerns they
would like to be addressed specific to veterans and collegiate issues. The represented host
clubs have chosen specific questions and moderators will use them to have a discussion with the candidates.
There will be no open questions asked directly to candidates from the public.
Closing: Candidate will be allocated two minutes for a closing statement.
Timers: No timers will be used.

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2016 Membership Message

A belated, Happy New Year to you, from the East County Democratic Club.
The East County Democratic Club (ECDC) had a very successful 2015. We send a big thank you for making that possible!

First and foremost, 2015 was our 50th anniversary celebration. Our club celebrated throughout the year. We made every event a celebration. We have a new 50th anniversary banner. It was used at all our events, especially at our many voter registration efforts in public venues.

April brought the San Diego County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner. Talented Democrats had us on our feet applauding their comments. We wore gold party crowns and installed 50th anniversary table decorations. All our table guests enjoyed representing ECDC, especially because we were noticed for our 50th celebration! Plus, ECDC donated a 50th anniversary champagne party basket to the auction, which won the most bids of any during the silent auction preceding the dinner.

In August, ECDC members and friends enjoyed a day at the races in Del Mar. We even had our ECDC name posted on the scoreboard! It was an exciting day for all.
From January to December our speakers presented topics our members had an expressed interest in learning about. Each general meeting brought new faces, which increased our membership and brought our club to our membership goal for 2015.

ECDC members worked very hard to increase public awareness of our club in East County. Members attended El Cajon’s America on Main Street, summer Friday night concerts, car shows, and Hauntfest. We registered voters during these events, interacted with our community, but, most importantly, showed that our East County Democratic Club is going strong and is here to stay!

With each new year, it is time to renew your membership, or join as a new one for 2016. Each membership is only $25.00. For couples, dues are $40. All members are very important to our East County Democratic Club. Please support our efforts to continue the great work begun in 2015 on to 2016. This is a major election year, not just nationally, but also locally. So, renew your membership, and show that you stand with us!

Democratically yours,
Diana Picone
East County Democratic Club

Please, Click this link and enter your membership information, before continuing to PayPal to enter your payment information.

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50th Anniversary Celebration Day at the Races

Come celebrate with the East County Democrats.  Everyone is invited to attend our 50th Anniversary Celebration Day at the Races. wpdm paddock 3 350 The Clubhouse at Del Mar is ready to host our 50th Anniversary Celebration.  Seats are reserved for great viewing.  Includes program & goodies.  Beating tips will be shared.  Come for great fun and comradary.  Only $12.00 a person.  First come, first served.  Your check is your reservation. RSVP: name(s), address(es), phone(s) and $12 per person. Mail to: P.O.Box 972 El Cajon, CA 92022-0972.  Deadline: August 10, 2015.

What: East County Democrats 50th Anniversary Celebration
When:  August 22, 2015     11 AM till  ??
Where: Del Mar Racetrack, Clubhouse
Cost: $12 a person
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Beginning of Year Message

Dear Democratic Friend,

Having celebrated the year-end holidays, we must return to our work of building a vibrant body politic!  In order to perform this Herculean task, we request that you affiliate or renew your membership in the East County Democratic Club (ECDC).

If you attended our club during the past year, you know that we were extremely active during 2014!  Not only did we participate in our monthly meetings, but we also did the hard work of ensuring that democracy remains alive in our RED areas of San Diego County.   Consider what we did together:

1/  We had fine speakers and programs thought the entire year!   Do you remember the presentation on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) delivered by Dr. Todd Myer from Grossmont College?   Or, if you missed that, do you recall hearing Raymond Lutz, on two hot topics – a/ Who should pay for the decommissioning expenses of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), us or the utility?  b/ Should the City of El Cajon give priority leasing privileges to the Rock Church?  We also heard from our Party Chair Francine Busby and numerous candidates, including Congresswoman Susan Davis, who serves the 53rd Congressional District!  (There were more, but these should suffice to jog your memory.)

2/  We worked as a team to support our endorsed candidates.  We donated to them as a club, and personally, made thousands of phone calls in their behalf for the primary and general elections, and delivered thousands of door hangers, showing the entire Democratic slate relevant to each area of East County.

3/  We attended city council meetings in El Cajon and Santee, to inform elected officials about our opinions on significant subjects.

4/  We participated in San Diego County Democratic Party events, from which we receive our club charter annually.  We also shared in supporting both national and California Democratic Party efforts.

We did a great deal, given that our past president Fotios/Frank Tsimboukakis ran for office while serving as president!

Since we completed these efforts at the end of 2014, we now must turn to our 2015 calendar.  This is our year to expand our club and organize for the 2016 elections.  We need your help to achieve these goals.  So, please use the enclosed envelope to join or rejoin ECDC for 2015!  You may bring the envelope to the meeting on January 15, 2015, or mail it to our post office box.  Thank-you!

In behalf of the entire club,

Bonnie B. Price and Diana Picone, co-presidents


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ECDC Endorsed and Recommended Candidates

San Diego County Democratic Party

Democratic Candidates for the Gubernatorial Primary Election – June 3, 2014

 (To Be Voted Upon by East San Diego County Voters)

U.S. Congress, District 50
James Kimber
U.S. Congress, District 53
Susan Davis*
Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown*
Lieutenant Governor
Gavin Newsom*
Attorney General
Kamala D. Harris*
Controller  (No endorsement made)
John Perez
Betty Yee Recommended by Bonnie Price, past president ECDC
John Chiang
Secretary of State (No endorsement made)
Derek Cressman
Alex Padilla  Recommended by Fotios “Frank” Tsimboukakis, president ECDC
Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones*
Supertintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson*
State Senate, District 38
Fotios “Frank” Tsimboukakis
State Assembly, District 79
Shirley Weber*
Educational District
County Board of Education, District 3
Alicia Muñoz
San Diego County
Superior Court Judge, Office No. 19
Hon. Michael J. Popkins*
Superior Court Judge, Office No. 25
Michele Hagan
Superior Court Judge, Office No. 20
Carla Keehn
Susan Guinn
Proposition Recommended Acceptable Candidate – East County Democratic Club
H Yes  (Grossmont Healthcare District) Grossmont Hospital Lease Continuation District Attorney  –  Robert Brewer

Sources: and East County Democratic Club Minutes

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Save East County Performing Arts Center meeting with the city manager

Subject: [SaveECPAC] Meeting with City Manager, 4:30p 3/18


I am sorry I have not had time nor the foresightedness to arrange a  SaveECPAC meeting in the past several weeks.

After the recent proposed extended lease negotiations with The Rock  Church, I was fortunate to have a meeting with Victor Payan, who has  roots in El Cajon and ECPAC, but who has been running other theaters and  has extensive connections in the entertainment industry. After the  closed-session Rock Church meeting, we have an opportunity to meet with  the City of El Cajon. Victor may be a good choice to manage the theater
or to at least assist in finding a suitable manager.

I set up a meeting with City Manager Doug Williford for 4:30pm next  Tuesday, 3/18. This is an open meeting and you are invited to attend.  Media is also invited. We hope to present a bit of a plan by Victor to the City Manager but due to short notice, the plan will still be in
formative stages until we determine the status of City efforts to reopen the theater.

Let’s meet briefly before this meeting at the tables to the west of city  hall outside the shaded venue at 4pm.

–Ray Lutz

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2013 ECDC Year End Message

Dear Fellow Democrats and Americans:

While 2013 has come to an end, 2014 is ahead and full of hope for better days. As I’ve have said on numerous occasions in the past, what’s done is DONE. Just like time, it does not come back. We have to learn from the past, forgive, remember, and move on.

As I’ve also said before, evolution has an interesting way of working and “taking care of business.” That’s what happened in some aspects of political life in our county, in 2013. One example occurred In the City of El Cajon; what the voters could not achieve in the 2012 election, diversity, came about as a result of a sequence of unfortunate events.

The year 2014 is coming in with many gifts. The primary gift is opportunity to get and BE BETTER. One of these opportunities is to pound the pavement in support of representatives with SUBSTANCE, that will move ALL Americans forward, not just some. Another opportunity offered by 2014 is to put to good use all of the knowledge we have acquired from the past and make the future our friend. We live in the land of opportunity, after all.

In 2014, I encourage all of you to be happy, to smile to your fellow humans, to embrace them, and to continue to inform them about the special knowledge you have acquired through your civic actions. I encourage all of you to be less Nero Roman (wars, food, and entertainment) and more Pericles Athenian (peace, knowledge, culture, and democracy).

In closing, I want to thank everyone who participated in our democracy, our Democratic Party, and our Democratic club. I want everyone to continue to work to make East County and the rest of San Diego County, California, and, consequently, our USA the BEST place to live.

Thank you,

Fotios/Frank Tsimboukakis.
ECDC President

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Guests Canceled

I regret to inform our membership, guests and visitors, that our November guest speakers,the El Cajon City Manager and Assistant Manager have had to cancel due to extenuating circumstances. They have offered to reschedule in the immediate future. I will update you as of the date and time. Thank you.

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ECDC President’s Letter to El Cajon

P.O. Box 972
El Cajon, CA 92022-0972

October 30th, 2013

Dear City Council of El Cajon and Residents:

We are blessed to live in the greatest functioning democracy in the world.  As a travelled immigrant and one that has also lived under an authoritarian regime, I can assure you that there is no greener grass on any other side.  All of us should appreciate that.

In our wonderful system, the government is intended to be “… by the people, for the people, and of the people.”  And that same government needs to ensure that all voices are heard and represented. The same government also needs to, while being honest and transparent with its words, be honest and transparent with its actions as well.

Former Mayors Lewis’s words included words that were, regardless of intent, hurtfully inclusive of innocent people. Now that Mr. Lewis has resigned, the present council is tasked not only with the power to fill his position, but to also correct an unfair situation involving representation.

According to the latest United States Census estimate (2012), the city of El Cajon has 101,435 residents.  Of these 51% are females, 57% are Caucasians (This includes a 42% Iraqi Chaldean population that is not counted separately in the U.S. Census.), 28% are Latinos, 6% are African-Americans, and 8% are a mix of different races and ethnicities.  The city council is entirely composed of Caucasian males.  This fails to represent the entire population of El Cajon.  While this failure IS NOT the present council’s fault, it IS the council’s grand opportunity to correct the lack of representation of these other citizens of El Cajon:  The council can fill the vacancy with a capable person from one of these unrepresented groups, who has shown the interest, knowledge, and desire to contribute to the city’s further improvement.

The East County Democratic Club has endorsed two El Cajon Citizens for the open position at city hall.   One is Mr. Ben Kalasho, who barely lost to Councilman McClellan in the last election.  He has attended and participated in nearly every council meeting since the 2012 election.  He is very informed and caring on city issues.  He is a business owner, an ethnic Iraqi, and a young man.

We also support Ms. Vickie Butcher for consideration for the position.  She is experienced in city operations by virtue of her service on the city planning commission. She is known for her charitable work and for being a capable woman leader.  She is an African-American and a long time resident of El Cajon.

In closing, ECDC thanks the El Cajon City Council for consideration of our endorsed candidates in deciding Mr. Lewis’s replacement.


Frank Tsimboukakis
President of East County Democratic Club.

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