San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
March 12, 2018
General Association Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 6:50pm by Jose Caballero.

Welcome and Introduction (Jose Caballero & Andrea Beth Damsky)

The new Executive Board members for club and chapters present are sworn in by Dave Myers

Petitions circulated around the membership (Andrea Beth Damsky):

  • State initiative to grant inmates the right to vote.
  • Petition to members of the DNC to approve the recommendations of the Unity Commission.

Endorsed candidate’s applications to Our Revolution:

  • One candidate has been endorsed, but the news in not yet public.
  • The applications of Dave Myers, Geneviéve Jones-Wright, and Ammar Campa have been submitted to Our Revolution.

Motion to approve the agenda (Kevin Lourens)

  • Seconded (Lynn Powell-Macklin)
  • Motion Passes, agenda approved


Secretary Report (Kevin Lourens)
No report

Treasurer Report (Mike Thaller)
SDPDC has $5675.26 saved, and has spent almost nothing.

Membership Report (Enrique Diaz)
161 members have re-upped for 2018, so members need to renew if they haven’t done so.

No Report

Internal Vice Chair (Brian Krohne)
Looking to getting a table at the Roosevelt Dinner, and looking for attendees.

External Vice Chair (Lalo Velasco)
No report

Parliamentarian (Alex White)

  • Will be bringing gender-related language in line with state and county party bylaws in the near future.
  • Answers a concern on chapter recommendations: chapters must notify their membership 2 weeks in advance of an recommendation for club endorsement.

Report on costs of NGP


Veterans Committee (Eric Dean)

  • The veterans’ issues forum went well featuring Dave Myers, Jim Brown, Veterans for Peace, and Carlos Medina.
  • Will be looking into coordinating with Veterans for Peace for the future.

Endorse-A-Rama Committee (Myeshia Williams)

  • All statewide offices to be considered.
  • Check-in at 9:30am, event starts at 10am.

Legislative Committee
No report


North Area (Linda Breen)

  • Meetings are every first Thursday.
  • Moms for Actions was featured last meeting.

East Area (Myeshia Williams)

  • Next meeting is on Monday, April 2nd, 6pm at 211 E Main St, El Cajon, CA.
  • Meetings are every first Monday.
  • April meeting will feature Moms Demand Action, Dave Myers and Scott Shaffer.
  • Last Meeting featured the GO Team
  • The chapter will be tabling at Grossmont Community College Wednesday March 14th during the school walkout.

West Area (David Wright)

  • Next meeting will have a vote on recommendation for San Diego City Council districts 2 and 6.

South Area (Andrea Beth Damsky)
Next meeting will have a vote to recommend local candidates for club endorsement.
The chapter is also looking to fill officerships.


  • There were many No Endorsements
  • The progressive slate (including Andrea Beth) swept the CDC and will be working on updating old club lists
  • Fayaz Nawabi will be helping start a South Asians Caucus for the CDP
  • The CD-49th endorsement caucus resulted in No Endorsement
  • The Veterans Caucus voted to condemn 6 Democrats who voted to gut the ADA
  • Ammar Campa, Sunday Gover, Marggie Castellanos, and Jeff Griffith each received the CDP endorsement in their races.
  • The Berniecrats Bash went great!

ALLIED ACTIVIST SPOTLIGHT: Wendy Wheatcroft of Moms Demand Action (MDA)

  • MDA gives presentations to organizations including PTAs and gun clubs.
  • MDA is planning a lobbying day in Sacramento on April 9th
  • They also present in high schools, register voters, and take part in walkouts.
  • Next month’s Activist Spotlight is Micah Perlin to speak on his PAC assisting countywide candidates.


  • Fayaz Nawabi for San Diego City Council District 6
    • Endorsed by MLK Club and SEIU 221
  • Patrick James Gorvann (speaking for Geneviéve Jones-Wright for county District Attorney)
  • Tommy Hough for San Diego City Council District 6
  • Katie Meyers (speaking for Ammar Campa for Congressional District 50)
  • Alison Hartson for US Senate
  • Linda Breen (speaking for Ruben Major for Secretary of State)
  • Eric Dean (speaking for Doug Applegate for Congressional District 49)
  • Michelle Krug speaking for her free tuition petition
  • Jose Caballero speaking for GOTV San Diego
    • Helps the 3 Democrats running in countywide races
  • March For the Vote event on May 19th, 10am at the County Administration


  • Trump Protest scheduled Tuesday March 13th (on SDPDC Facebook page)
  • Phonebanks every Thursday for pro-SB 562 candidates (on SDPDC Facebook page)
  • Endorse-A-Rama this Sunday March 18th, starting 10am.
  • Roosevelt Dinner April 7th. Please speak to Brian Krohne if you wish to join SDPDC at the dinner.
  • Dave Myers office opening, Saturday March 17th at 10am, 8240 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.


Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:42pm (Andrea Beth)

  • Seconded by Fayaz Nawabi
  • Passed

Minutes by Kevin Lourens
Secretary, SDPDC