Author: Linda Slater

Update from Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer

Amanda Berry, advisor for Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, provide an important update about what is important in San Diego County.  Here is her report.

Small Business Grants 

Back in February, Supervisor Lawson-Remer co-authored a bipartisan proposal with Supervisor Anderson to ensure $30 million in federal relief dollars would be dedicated to supporting our small business community who has been impacted by COVID. It passed unanimously, and the application portal is open!  

We need the community’s help spreading the word about these resources! Many business owners in our district are completely unaware that this funding is available, so please tell your local barista or hairdresser to apply today! Apply for small business grants here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/stimulusgrant.html. If you or anyone you know needs help with the application, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office.  

Fire Safety Resources

Supervisor Lawson-Remer knows that the government’s primary responsibility is to provide the critical services that will simply not be met by private industry. First and foremost among these duties are public safety services.  

Part of this responsibility is ensuring the proper staffing and investment in our Fire Response. That is why Supervisor Lawson-Remer was proud to pass an historic budget that increases staffing at several remote fire stations to advance fire response efforts.

The simple fact is however, that climate change has made every season, fire season in California, and we each must do our part to prepare for an emergency. 

There are a few County resources I would encourage you to take advantage of and tell your neighbors about

  • Register for Alert San Diego to receive telephone updates. 

  • Consider downloading the SD Emergency App for emergency updates, interactive maps & checklists  

County Independent Redistricting Commission

Supervisor Lawson-Remer is encouraging all her constituents to make their voices heard to the new, independent redistricting commission. 

Redistricting happens every 10 years, and it has a huge impact on our everyday lives — everything from your child’s school to how much money your neighborhood will receive for road repair.

This is the first time that San Diego County Supervisorial boundaries will be drawn by an independent redistricting commission – not politicians looking to gerrymander the lines for their partisan gain 

The Independent Redistricting Commission is seeking public input — but without your participation the new maps may not reflect what’s important to you and your community and the distinct communities of interest that we are each a part of. 

Public participation is so critical to ensuring that the Redistricting Commissioners understand your community and draw the lines in a way that does not divide or dilute your collective voice

Read about participating in Redistricting at this link: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/redistricting/ 

DEMCCO’s Goals for 2021

During the May 22, 2021 DEMCCO meeting the goals that the club will work on were approved by the members in attendance.  In considering these goals, the E Board members chose to consider the preamble to the Bylaws.

Our Preamble

To be true to our mission of fostering and perpetuating the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party, stimulating active interest in governmental affairs, and promoting the highest degree of justice and social well-being.

The overall vision included 4 focuses with 3 individual focuses overlapping each other and one focus, encompassing the entirety of what we do as a club.

#1: Focus on supporting our elected officials and candidates:

1. Identify instances of hate levied against local Democratic elected leaders and          provide the support needed.

2. Develop and implement a process to support the election of candidates                    including candidate recruitment and education, strategic selection of                        candidates, and to make elections favorable to Democratic candidates.

3. Develop and build relationships with elected officials to maintain a positive              relationship and work with them to insure accountability.

#2: Focus on informing and taking action:

 4.  Inform members of important current issues that include calls to action                        and addresses policies needed to move toward a more equitable society.        
 5. Increase Political Action Committee (PAC) engagement by members. 

#3: Focus on outreach:

 6. Conduct outreach to the public to increase voter participation in elections.                                                                        
 7. Support young Democrats and their clubs. 
 8. Build camaraderie among members and our community around common                 interests and actions to benefit our community through in-person                               meetings and gatherings such as fundraisers.   
 9. Support a community organization to foster a strong, beneficial relation for             persons in need.

Overall Focus on diversity, equality and inclusion.

  10. Find and implement ways to move toward diversity, equality and inclusion                    in DEMCCO and within our communities of Oceanside and Carlsbad.

(The E Board found that this goal is the foundation of who we are as Democrats and it is our responsibility to make it a focus in all we do.)

Will you join us in meeting these goals?  Please indicate what goal(s) you are interested in and email DEMCCO at info@demcco.org with your selection.

DEMCCO Well Represented on Central Committee!

The governing body of the San Diego County Democratic Party is the Central Committee.  The Central Committee charters clubs including DEMCCO, endorses candidates and provides leadership for Democrats in San Diego County.  The Central Committee is divided into 5 areas or caucuses.  Oceanside and Carlsbad are part of the North Coastal Area Caucus.

There are several categories of membership on the Central Committee.  Every 4 years during the Presidential Primary Election, candidates for each Assembly District are listed on the ballot and voted on by registered Democrats. The 6 candidates receiving the highest number of votes are elected to the Central Committee with full voting and participating privileges.  During the March 2020 Primary election, President Linda Slater and Mayor Esther Sanchez were elected to 4-year terms to the Central Committee from the 76th Assembly District.   

Another category of membership is Associate membership.  Each Democratic club selects an Associate members to represent their club.  Club Associate members are usually the club presidents, however, since DEMCCO’s president was already a member, DEMCCO selected its representative Associate member, Secretary Jane Marshall, at our meeting on April 24, 2021.  Additionally, members Diana Aguirre (PAC Chair) and Bill Fowler have been ratified as Executive Board Associate members because of their leadership roles as a committee co-chair (Diana) and secretary for the North Coastal Area Caucus (Bill).  Associate members are voting members of the North Coastal Area Caucus but not the Central Committee.

Finally, 3 additional members of DEMCCO are part of the Central Committee, Kyle Krahel-Frolander, Luke Tesluk and Rob Howard.  Each elected Central Committee member may appoint an alternate who votes when the member is absent.  Kyle was appointed by Francine Busby as her alternate and Luke was appointed by Linda Slater as her alternate.  Besides voting in their absence at the Central Committee, Kyle and Luke are voting members of the North Area Caucus.  Additionally, Kyle was elected as the North Coastal Area Caucus Vice Chair which makes him a member of the Executive Board of the Central Committee.  Rob Howard was elected as an Executive Board Delegate for the California Democratic Party at the recent ADEM election.  Executive Board Delegates are appointed to the Central Committee as a full voting member according to the San Diego County Democratic Party Bylaws.

DEMCCO is truly fortunate to have so many committed activists representing Democrats in San Diego County.  If you have any questions or want to share your concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any or all of the above Central Committee members.  Email info@demcco.org and your email will be forwarded to whoever you indicate.