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*** AUG 3-10 SATURDAY to SATURDAY, "FAMILY EQUALITY COUNCIL CONFERENCE In PROVINCETOWN, RI We can’t wait to welcome families from all over the world to Provincetown from August 3rd to  10th.  I promise, there’s nothing quite like seeing so many of our families in one place celebrating.  Check out what we have planned this year Go to: We’ll have more activities than ever before, including new parent café topics, new trips like bike tours and jetty walks, a special State of the Movement workshop with our Policy team, and tons of other events for everyone from toddlers to teens to grandparents. This is already shaping up to be our biggest Family Week yet, and I really don’t want you to miss it.  Hurry and make your plans before June 21st and take advantage of this special deal! See you soon in Ptown! Ally Kuriloff, Family Week Organizer


*** WED AUGUST 7 at 7:00PM " SAN DIEGO DFA & SD PDA METRO MEETUP " Guest Speaker: San Diego County SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS. He will discuss his visit w/ Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Nan & Issues facing SD County Board of Supervisors. Dave Roberts is the first new Supervisor on the board in 18 YEARS! • II. BOB FILNER - ??? • III. Members JOHN MARTES & MIKE THALLER, from their org - - will discuss strategies and explain any new developments... will update us on their re-organization & their e "new" Rapid Response"' JOHN HARTLEY from Clean & Fair Elections Campaign, presents this 15 minutes is to just list it as "The Road to Clean Elections" narrated by Bill Moyers. - truly inspirational! Our targeted election is now November 2016 - the largest voter turn-out possible & that will be the November 2016 general elections• ROUND ROBIN Email: [address removed] *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123.(Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office)FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME!


***WED AUG 7 at 1:00- 2:30PT   or    4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m ET  " You are invited to a Webinar ~ WEBINAR on:  Master Limited Partnerships and Clean Energy Investment Investors and industry leaders are developing new financing tools that can deploy clean energy technologies at a lower cost. •HOST: SARAH GREENE In the United States, Master Limited Partnerships have helped traditional energy industries access vast pools of capital at low cost, supporting a boom in domestic production.  As Congress considers tax reform options, bipartisan legislation in both the House and Senate would allow clean energy companies to use these partnerships as a critical tool to grow their businesses.   Pew and industry partners will discuss the potential for Master Limited Partnerships to increase investment in clean energy and answer questions.  Presenters: PHYLLIS CUTTINO, director, clean energy program, The Pew Charitable Trusts    • STEVEN BERKENFELD, managing partner, Barclays Capital  • DICK MUNSON, senior vice president, Recycled Energy Development  •JIM HUGHES, chief executive officer, First Solar For more •Information, Contact SARAH GREENE, at Email: [address removed],  or Visit: Meeting Information: CEBN MLP Briefing Registration is required to join this meeting. Starting date:   Wednesday, August 7, 2013   Starting time:   4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)     • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes   • Host's name: Sarah Greene    Host's Email:   [address removed]    •Meeting number: [masked]      Meeting password:   Pewcleanenergy1          Audio conference: To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call the number below and enter the access code. Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada):[masked] Call-in toll number (US/Canada):[masked]  S how all global call-in numbers Show toll-free dialing restrictions Access code: [masked] CLICK HERE to REGISTER Click HERE:


***WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7 THRU SUNDAY AUGUST 11, 2013 " Democracy Convention 2013 "August 7-11, 2013 • Madison, Wisconsin___
*** TUES AUG 7-11 in MADISON, WI. " Representative Democracy Conference at the 2013 Democracy Convention! " Bev Harris, founder of Black Box Voting, Victoria Collier, National Coordinator, National Election Integrity Coalition, Senator Ben Ptashnik (VT), key sponsor of Vermont Clean Elections Act, Robert Fitrakis, Columbus Free Press, Harvey Wasserman, author, How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election, and What Happened in Ohio? Beverly Speer, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Nancy Tobi, author, Hands-On Elections Sally Castleman, co-founder, Election Defense Alliance, Mimi Kennedy, actress, Chair of Progressive Democrats of America, -- Jonathan Simon, co-founder, Election Defense Alliance, Gail Work, California Election Protection Network, Karen McKim, Wisconsin Grassroots Network Election Integrity Action Team. You are invited to this year's Representative Democracy Conference, convened by the nation's top election integrity activists, one of nine conferences taking part within this year's Democracy Convention (August 7-11 in Madison, Wisconsin). Tired of big money controlling government? Questionable election results? ALEC's voter suppression strategies? Two party dominance? So are we! Register now for the Representative Democracy Conference at the 2013 Democracy Convention!
Plan to participate in the next Democracy Convention. Join us in one of the U.S.A.'s most forward-looking cities for a gathering like few others. More than a conference, this convention will house multiple conferences at the same time. If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most -- in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution -- you will find something useful and inspiring at the 2013 Democracy Convention. Event Fee: Regular Registration, $50.00 Contributor, $100.00 Student/Low Income, $20.00 Democracy Convention"


REGISTER NOW for the 2013 Democracy Convention >>>>> at: of you have been waiting for the news, and here it is: Registration is now open for the 2013 Democracy Convention! This 2nd Democracy Convention will be an exciting opportunity for individuals and organizations from around the country to connect with and learn from each other in the service of building a stronger democracy movement. More than one conference, the Democracy Convention actually houses -nine- conferences under one roof. As the great progressive reformer Fighting Bob La Follette said, "democracy is a life," and "involves constant struggle" in all sectors of society. So register now, and plan on attending one or more of the following: Constitutional Reform Conference Democratizing Defense Conference Education for Democracy Conference Earth Democracy Conference Economic Democracy Conference Local Democracy Conference Media Democracy Conference Race & Democracy Conference Representative Democracy Conference With the 2013 Democracy Convention, we recognize the importance of each separate democracy struggle, as well as the need to unite them all in a common, deeply rooted, broad based, movement for democracy. This year's Democracy Convention, will be held in Madison, Wisconsin on August 7-11, 2013 Democracy Convention 2013 Registration August 7-11, 2013 • Madison, Wisconsin Plan to participate in the next Democracy Convention. Join us in one of the U.S.A.'s most forward-looking cities for a gathering like few others. More than a conference, this convention will house multiple conferences at the same time. If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most -- in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution -- you will find something useful and inspiring at the 2013 Democracy Convention. Event Fee: Regular Registration, $50.00 Contributor, $100.00 Student/Low Income, $20.00 Democracy Convention



*** SAT AUG 10 from 4-7 p.m.   " East County Magazine's WILD WEST FEST & BBQ " is Saturday evening, August 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the historic Descanso Townhall. Ticket price includes the food - a tri-tip BBQ feast with all the fixings, live music by the Pine Creek Posse band in an outdoor bandstand with plenty of room for dancing, plus a half-hour Wild West show featuring comedy skits by the Hole in the Wall Gang and historic reenactments by th"Gaskill Brothers Gunfighters ", beer and wine garden, and more.       We'll have fabulous prizes including a vacation at Viejas Resort, dinners, gift certificates from local shops and feed stores, gift baskets, and much more.  Just $15 including all of the above (purchased in advance, or $20 at the door). For RESERVATIONS: email [address removed] for reservations or call [masked]; pay online at and check the "East County Magazine" option, or send check to 4438 Hideaway  Place, La Mesa, CA 91941.   We hope to see you there!  If you can't attend, please consider a donation to sustain our nonprofit news reporting and wildfire/emergency alerts.  Best wishes,   Miriam Raftery   Miriam Raftery, Editor Mark Hanson, Publisher East County Magazine a  publication of the 501(c)3 Heartland Coalition [address removed] Where: The Historic Descanso Townhall,   24536 Viejas Grade Road Descanso, CA 91916

DIRECTIONS & INFO: *Most people who visit Descanso only see a small part of the community. Many passing through on their way to or from Julian on CA-79 do not see much of Descanso proper. CA-79 borders the east side of the Descanso valley. Riverside Drive, which intersects CA-79 near the Junction Restraunt, borders the south. Viejas Blvd., which intersects CA-79 at the Raintree Market, borders the north side. These two roads meet in the heart of the valley creating a triangle of sorts. Almost every business in Descanso is located on one of these three roads.  About halfway along Riverside Drive is Viejas Grade Road. This road heads west up and out of the valley. If you follow it long enough, a gravel road will take you all the way to the Viejas Indian Reservation. It is a long windy road and not recomended. Vejas Grade is different from Viejas Blvd mentioned above. Viejas Grade Road is easy to find because Perkins Store is located at the intersection of it and Riverside Drive. The Town Hall is located 1 half mile west on Viejas Grade from Perkins.



*** SUN AUG 18 @ 11:00-2:00 p.m " FUN " " LA JOLLA DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING!" Plan ahead for the August Meeting. It will be on the 3th Sunday.  Sunday, August 18, 2013 Where: Ellen Browning Scripps Park at the Cove (Handicapped paths are available) COME EARLY TO GET A PARKING SPOT!! What: Bring a dish to pass (appetizer, side dish or dessert). Paper plates and cup, utensils, drinks, meat and rolls will be furnished. BRING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET TO SIT ON. At 2:00 p.m at that same location, we will enjoy the concert: THE HEROES (Classic Rock & Roll)  7-piece band features the talents of two amazing female singers backed by a guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, drummer, and saxophonist, all of whom sing as well! The 7 piece line up also offers flute, 2 saxes and various percussion including congas.  Their unbelievably extensive song list includes everything from big band swing and standards from the ’30′s and ’40′s to today’s current hits, with oldies, Motown, classic rock, funk, ’70′s disco/ dance, and rock and roll mixed in. Where: Ellen Browning Scripps Park at the Cove (Handicapped paths are available)


***AUGUST 18 - AUGUST 23  *** SUNDAY THRU FRIDAY *** " FAMILIES ON THE WEST COAST " at  the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills". (This location is an easy drive from Northern and Southern California and just 30 minutes from Fresno Yosemite International Airport.) Family Equality Council is partnering with R Family Vacations to co-present a truly amazing event. Join us for a five-day family vacation for parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), their children, extended families, prospective parents, and friends. This fun-filled week includes opportunities to build community; learn about issues that face our families today; and enjoy activities including swimming, equestrian riding, yoga, paintball, and more!    For information about R Family vacation's registration pricing and policies. To register for the event. please contact Gregg Kaminsky at R Family Vacations at by phone at[masked] or by email at [address removed] WHERE: *Where: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort. (This location is an easy drive from Northern and Southern California and just 30 minutes from Fresno Yosemite International Airport.) This event takes place in a spectacular location just minutes from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. REGISTRATION : [address removed] WEBSITE: ON FACEBOOK:

***MON AUGUST 19 at 7:00 pm   ' YOU'RE INVITED TO  A SPECIAL THEATRE EVENT ! ~ The Play:  " SEVEN " Presented by VOICES OF WOMEN (VOW) &  The MOXIE THEATRE ' Join Voices of Women and MOXIE Theatre August 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm for an unforgettable evening of theatre. Seven is a documentary theatre piece, based on verbatim extracts from personal interviews with seven women from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan and Russia. The stories were written by seven award-winning female playwrights. Seven  by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, Susan Yankowitz “The lives of these women provide a portal through which audiences will be able to experience a diversity of cultures while bearing witness to the varied way in which individual women have overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles to justice and freedom.” —Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. A Staged Reading Presented by:  Voices of Women & MOXIE Theatre  August, 19,[masked]pm at MOXIE Theatre 6663 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, CA 92115 ***Please RSVP by August 16! *** CALL: [masked] Or BUY TICKETS Online: INFO: Reply-To: [address removed] *Where: MOXIE Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 VOW WEBSITE:


***TUES AUGUST 20 at 6:45PM – 8:15PM "Join Us for SD350 Monthly Meeting -   Great way to learn what is working on, how you can get involved, and to meet like-minded climate activists. We encourage carpooling to all our events. If you’d like to carpool please email [address removed] and we will try to find you a ride/rider August 20th 6:45 pm Join us for the August Membership meeting at Dudek - Where: Dudek (605 3rd Street Encinitas, CA 92024) It's a great way to learn what is working on, how you can get involved, and to meet like-minded climate activists. Details. Join our Facebook Page and invite your friends.


*** WED AUG 21 at 11am – 1:30pm " REGISTER NEW CITIZENS - DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO " Come help us register new citizens to vote after they are naturalized at this month's ceremony. IT'S FUN! TRY IT, YOU WILL LIKE IT! We'll provide the training and materials--all you need to do is show up! Civic Center Plaza - just outside Golden Hall downtown. Contact: [address removed] When Wed Aug 21,[masked]am – 1:30pm Where: Civic Center Plaza - just outside Golden Hall, 202 C Street, Downtown San Diego


*** SAT AUG 24 at  9:30AM Brunch & Forum From 10:00AM to 2:00PM " WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY: YOUR VOICE COUNTS In SAN FRANCISCO " The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women Women (SFDOSW) and Women's Intercultural Network (WIN) invite you to join us for lunch celebrating the 93rd Anniversary of US women achieving the vote, honoring key social justice activists, with provocative conversation,  good food and great networking. We will also acknowledge the 25th Anniversary of the March on Washington in process in DC also.  Forum tables on the issues driving California women with policy activists, legislators, interested media, corporate partners and everyday women and girls of all ages and cultures       Every five years we 'reboot' our agendas for a California and US Women's Plan of Action that go to the global agenda at the UN. This is a critical year to launch an effort for the most important gathering of women since 1995 - a celebration of Beijing+20 in 2015.   Join us on August 24th and hear about a game plan for the first grassroots US Women's Plan of Action since 2000 and for San Francisco's leading role in the first National Women's Conference since 1978. We are launching a REBOOT of the US WOMEN'S PLAN OF ACTION that will go to the UN Beijing+20 Review and give women and girls a stronger voice in US and global deliberations.    The discussions that we hold and the stories we hear on August 24th will be included in these Action Plans. We need to hear the voices of all California women and girls  and YOUR VOICE COUNTS.    See last year's Equality Day page for an idea of the energy generated by participants with some of the outcomes.  (   Event Highlights:  Rebecca Blanton, Executive Director, California Commission on  the Status of Women and Girls, dynamite researcher, activist and political psychologist;   Lys Anzia, Founder and Editor-at-Large, WOMEN NEWS NETWORK, and other Special Guests to be announced.  Follow this page and the WIN and SF DOSW Facebooks for program updates and other highlights. Where :African America Arts and Culture Complex, Hall of Culture, 3rd fl San Francisco, CA Register Here:

*** AUG 25 at ? " 38th ANNUAL NICKY AWARDS - Honoring Outstanding Achievement in the Community " at the Marriott Mission Valley - an evening of glamour, celebration and great entertainment. Nominations are open through June 30 and the nomination party will be held at Martin is Above Fourth on July 8 at 7pm. Online voting will take place from July 15-August 15, with Multiple Voting Parties on August 9 and 10. For more information or to vote, visit Where:  San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley - The Pavillion, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, SD CA 94108


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***SUN  SEPT  1 Tickets go on sale for ***TUES OCT 15 ALL FEMALE MARIACHI CONCERT October 13 *Where: On the green at NTC Liberty Station Tickets available on September 1.


***WED SEPT 4  at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: [address removed] *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME!

??? ***SUNDAY SEPT 15 From 1:00PM to 4:00PM  We are pleased to invite you to “Mayor Bob Filner's Birthday BBQ by the Bay” Celebrate the “People's Mayor” — a true champion for San Diego taxpayers, workers, and residents — who leads with passion, vision, and common sense. ??? BOB FILNER'S BIRTHDAY BBQ ??? is on n Sunday September, 15, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Where: Campland on the Bay (2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109 Adults  ($25.00 each)  Children (Under 12)  ($10.00 each)  Total: 0  /   Can't attend? Donate!  $ Funds raised through this event support San Diego County Democratic Party (Federal Account) Go to:

* Celebrate Mayor Filner's Birthday BBQ on the Bay: September 15   Reserve your space today so you don't miss out on the fun atBob's Birthday BBQ on the Bay in celebration of "The People's Mayor," Bob Filner. Join us on Sunday, September 15, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at *Where: Campland by the Bay on Mission Bay.  Bring the whole family. Enjoy a slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth barbeque lunch with all the fixins, plus cake and ice cream, live music, sports, and special activities for the kids. You can also rent pedal boats, kayaks, Hobie cats, and jet skis ... or just enjoy a day on the bay.   You'll also hear from special guests who want to honor Mayor Filner for his courage and his commitment to all the families and neighborhoods of San Diego. Purchase your tickets today at ($25 per adult, $10 for children under 12) or call (858) 277-3367.




*** SAT SEPT 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM " LAMBDA LEGAL'S San Diego GOLF EVENT ! "Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 •Where: Aviara Resort Golf Club 7100 Aviara Resort Drive Carlsbad, CA 92011

Registration 11:15 -11:45 am | Golf Clinic with PGA Pro's (with sponsorship purchase only) 12:00 pm | Shotgun Start (scramble format) 6:00 pm | Cocktails & Dinner Join us for Lambda Legal's inaugural golf event! You will get to enjoy 18 holes of golf at the beautiful Aviara Resort, alongside other LGBT people and allies,while supporting Lambda Legal's important work for equality. For more information, please contact Holly or John at [address removed] or[masked]-9648. If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, click here: https://secure3.convi...LAMBDA LEGAL Website: [address removed]g Where: at the beautiful Aviara Resort • Where: Aviara Resort Golf Club, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive Carlsbad, CA 92011





***SUN SEPT 29 at "24th ANNUAL AIDS WALK/RUN  -  ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? " THE LARGEST ONE DAY HIV/AIDS FUNDRAISER in SAN DIEGO COUNTY! " Where: IN BALBOA PARK Summer To-Do List – Register for AIDS Walk San Diego! GO  TO: In the wake of last week's historic marriage equality decisions, this summer could not be off to a better start!   Now, you can make it even better by checking one more item off of your must-do list this summer – register for AIDS Walk today! It’s quick and easy and will leave you with plenty of time to prepare for all the fabulous weddings!    By registering today, you'll jump start our fundraising efforts and help us get the word about exciting new additions to this year’s event. Not only does this year's event feature new routes for both the Walk and Run, but there will also be a fun and unique “Street Challenge” obstacle course! Early registration rates for the Street Challenge are available now.  The 24th annual AIDS Walk San Diego will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 in Balboa Park.   This inspiring community event is San Diego County’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser – generating HIV awareness and much-needed funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations. It’s vital that we continue to step up and support the approximately 12,500 people living with HIV in our community and show them we care.  For more info, please check out our website at or visit and “like” our Facebook page at Where: IN BALBOA PARK



*** SUN SEPT[masked] ar Fwd: Get crowned in 2013! Reply-To: "The Center's AIDS Walk, Run & Street Challenge" <[address removed]> Go the Extra Mile for AIDS Walk and Get Your Crown!At AIDS Walk, we owe a great debt of gratitude to a very special group of people who register forAIDS Walk, Run & Street Challenge San Diego and set the incredible goal of raising $1,000 for this important community fundraising event.   These dedicated individuals are known as members of the “Extra Mile Club” – and you’ll recognize them as the folks wearing those dazzling and stylish gold crowns on AIDS Walk Sunday.   This year, we’d like to invite you to consider joining the “Extra Mile Club” when you register. Not only will you help us generate much-needed resources for our fight against HIV/AIDS in San Diego, you’ll get crowned, too!  Registration for the 24th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 29 is now in full swing.   By registering at this time, you’ll have time to meet your fundraising goals whether you walk, run or take the new “Street Challenge Obstacle Course.” And, we will be truly grateful for your commitment and generosity, as will the 12,500 people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego County.  For more info, or to register, visit our website at then visit and “like” our Facebook page at



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*** WED OCT 2, 2103 from 6:00-10:00PM In Washington, D.C. " 2013 EVENING with the 21st Annual STARS of ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARDS DINNER " The Alliance to Save Energy Using Less. Doing more. presents The 2013   Stars of Energy Efficiency Are...   Seven diverse, yet equally outstanding leaders in energy efficicency! Congratulations to the 2013 Star of Energy Efficiency Award Recipients: Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus has been selected by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) to receive the prestigious Chairman’s Award for his commitment to helping make the U.S. Navy a global leader in energy efficiency. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will receive the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service for its investments to spur energy efficiency improvements for businesses and homes in 10 Northeastern states. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is awarded the Galaxy Star award for implementing a comprehensive sustainability plan which achieved outstanding energy and energy efficiency improvements in the Metro’s fleet and buildings. Lime Energy is the recipient of the Super Nova Star award for its Small Business Direct Install model which works with nine utilities in six states to help small businesses become more energy efficient. Keystone HELP is this year’s Andromeda Star award recipient for providing low-cost financing options to help Pennsylvania residents perform energy-saving ENERGY STAR improvements in their homes. Whirlpool Corporation is this year’s Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency award recipient for introducing a new line of Smart Grid home appliances that will educate consumers on how to avoid peak times to maximize energy efficiency. The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore is receiving the International (I-Star) award for its commitment to achieve a national target of greening at least 80% of the buildings in Singapore by 2030. Join us!  Over 500 industry leaders, including members of Congress, high-ranking administration officials, and titans of industry, will gather on October 2nd at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. to raise a glass in recognition of the monumental achievements made by these stellar award winners. Learn more about the 2013 award recipients via the tabs on the dinner homepage: Become a part of this 21st annual celebration by contacting Marcy Devaney for information about sponsorship, tables and seating options. We look forward to seeing you in your black-tie best in October! Where: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington D.C.


***WED OCT 2 at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: [address removed] *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office)FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME!

***FRIDAY & SATURDAY ***OCTOBER 4 & 5 *** San Diego County Democratic Convention! The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! *** WHERE: at Pala Casino & Resort  11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059 (View a schedule and more details at All of the "Package" options below include the reception and dinner on Friday, Convention registration and the luncheon on Saturday, and a guest room at Pala on Friday night. Alternatively, you may pay for the Friday or Saturday events individually, without the overnight stay.   We will email you immediately after you register to gather any other details needed for your reservation.  Feel free to contact the Democratic Party at (858)[masked] or [address removed] for assistance or more details.  REGISTER at:

** Registration is now open for the San Diego County Democratic Convention! The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! Experience a political convention this October 4-5 that's fun, informative, affordable, and close to home.

We expect space to fill up quickly at our spectacular venue, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, so make your reservation today at the new Convention website: For as little as $45 you can register for a full day of activities including breakfast, workshops, general sessions, and more.

Or select the All-Inclusive Package for $240 and enjoy a Chair's Reception and dinner on Friday, a guest room Friday night at Pala's award-winning resort, and a special luncheon on Saturday (per person, based on double occupancy). he fifth biennial Convention organized by the San Diego County Democratic Party, this year's event will include participation from many Democrats in neighboring counties, making it Southern California's Democratic event of the year.  You'll meet and hear from statewide and local candidates and elected officials, participate in stimulating trainings and panel discussions, and enjoy networking and socializing with Democrats from throughout the region. The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! Sign up at email: i[address removed], or call (858)[masked].



*** SAT OCT 19 AT  " THE CENTER'S 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA! " The Center’s Gala brings together hundreds of our closest friends and partners for equality *Where: at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for a delightful evening of dinner and dancing in support of our vital health and human rights programs. Join San Diego’s finest to enjoy a cocktail hour, fabulous silent auction, live entertainment, delicious gourmet dinner and mercifully brief program that lets you enjoy friends and dance the night away. Whether you care about equality, youth, seniors, families, our Latino brothers and sisters, those living with HIV, or community health, you’ll care about this event!  Buy your table or tickets online. The Center <[address removed]>


***TUES OCT 15  ALL FEMALE MARIACHI CONCERT October 13  Where: On the GREEN at NTC Liberty Station Tickets available on September 1.



***TUES OCT. October 24: " VOW's 5th Annual Beyond Borders Benefit " when we will honor the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs. ***November 8: Five Rings Financial will stage a 2nd Expo to benefit VOW. email: [address removed] phone:[masked] web:



*** FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 to SATURDAY OCTOBER 26 *** ASSEMBLY AUDUBON 2013 *** In Florida Begins at  12:00PM/Noon on FRIDAY 10/25, 2013 > Ends 2:00PM, SATURDAY 10/26/2013     Audubon Assembly 2013 - Boots on the Ground Tickets in Palm Harbor, FL, United States Assembly 2013 - Boots on the Ground Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:00 PM to Saturday, October 26, 2013, 2:00 PM Where: Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, 36750 Us Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34683 Please enable JavaScript and refresh your browser to continue.TICKETS PRICE FEES QUANTITY Early-Bird Assembly Ticket More Info $129.00 $0.00


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***WED NOV 6 at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: [address removed] *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME!



Wednesday, November 6, 2013  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. SAVE THE DATE Please join the Campaign for America's Future  and Institute for America's Future for Honoring Margery Tabankin Activist, Organizer, Advocate, Strategist Lifetime Achievement Award    Leo W. Gerard  International President, United Steelworkers Progressive Champion Award Featuring remarks by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Wednesday, November 6, 2013  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Arena Stage 1101 Sixth Street SW • Washington, D.C. • 20024 Additional details and registration information to follow.

This year’s Audubon Assembly focuses on Florida's inspiring grassroots citizen science and volunteer conservation efforts. Learn how Audubon and our dedicated "boots on the ground" supporters are using cutting-edge science to preserve and protect our state's most precious resources.  NOTE: During checkout, Ticketleap will ask you for a password - use any password you wish. This is only needed in case you need to make changes to your order. Also, you may choose to log in with Facebook or Twitter, which is very easy and safe. :)  The 2013 Audubon Assembly is designed to inspire you to get your boots on the ground. Our signature conservation event brings together representatives of Audubon’s 35,000 members and 44 chapters with conservation leaders, scientists, educators and policy makers. Through nature-inspired walking workshops, inspiring speakers and thought-provoking learning sessions, Audubon plans to join together people of all ages and backgrounds in our common interest of protecting Florida's remarkable natural resources.  Assembly 2013 Schedule Outline  Information on walking workshops, keynote speakers, special presentations, and more will be revealed in coming weeks. Be sure to bookmark our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Friday Learning Sessions  This year's Audubon Assembly is focusing on the network of grassroots conservationists who are out in the field making a difference for Florida's environment. After our kick-off lunch on Friday, you will have the opportunity to participate in three different breakout sessions. Each session will run twice, so you will have an opportunity to experience two in their entirety. Our Citizen Science leaders are working hard to put together programs that will engage and inspire you. Each session will feature cutting-edge scientists, biologists, conservationists, and leaders from across Florida. Stay tuned for the latest information as it becomes available.   Boots on the Ground for Advocacy: Time spent in Florida’s special places and volunteer bird stewardship instills participants with a personal experience of the vital need for conservation. And when people speak from a place of personal experience with Florida’s lands, water, and wildlife they are powerful conservation advocates at multiple levels of government policy-making. In this session, learn how to cultivate leadership in your advocacy efforts. Boots on the Ground for Citizen Science: Whether it’s Florida Scrub-Jays, beach-nesting birds, sea turtles, or wading bird rookeries, data collected by trained citizen scientists provides information vital to habitat management. Join us for a discussion of the components of a successful citizen science program, volunteer recruitment and retention, and the ways in which these programs support conservation in Florida. Boots on the Ground for Habitat Stewardship: When it comes to habitat stewardship, there is no substitute for a team of engaged, passionate and knowledgeable individuals willing to pull on their boots and apply themselves to a conservation challenge. Stewardship takes many forms; from tackling invasive species to applying prescribed fire, or even working to re-establish native species. These essential tasks are performed routinely throughout our state by committed staff and volunteer from a host of different entities all working toward the common cause of conservation. This session will showcase a handful of these important and effective habitat stewardship strategies. This year's Assembly will be held in Palm Harbor at the beautiful Innisbrook hotel, only minutes from some very exciting options for our not-to-be-missed morning excursions! (more information will be available as we get closer to the event date). The hotel is located about a half hour from downtown Tampa.  Assembly officially begins Friday morning, October 25, and runs until 2 pm on Saturday, October 26.  YOU MUST BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM SEPERATELY: Call[masked] (mention you are with Audubon Florida) and book by October 3 to reserve your group rate room! Group rate is $129 a night.   Check this page often for the latest on what is sure to be the best Assembly yet!


*** SAT NOV 9 at Scheduled Times " JDRF Walk Kick-Off Concert in the Park ~ 5K *Registration Start Time:6:30AM   * Walk Start Time: 8:00AM" - Save the Date Date:  November 9, 2013  Can't make this date? Be a Virtual Walker! Where: Balboa Park 6th Avenue and Laurel Street San Diego,  Local Chapter:  San Diego Chapter 5665 Oberlin Drive Suite 106 San Diego, CA 92121 Contact:  Alexis Rodriguez: [address removed] (858)[masked] Registration Start Time:  6:30 AM  Walk Start Time:  8:00 AM  Length of Walk: 5K REGISTRATION & EVENT INFO:

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***WED DEC  4 at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: [address removed] *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website:


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I worked hard to help Scott Peters defeat incumbent Representative Brian Bilbray, because I thought Scott, as a Democrat, would have a better voting record. I want to know why he doesn't vote better than Brian on so many important issues.

That's why I signed a petition to Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52), which says:

"The Affordable Care Act, known by friends and foes alike as "Obamacare", is one of the signature achievements of the Obama administration. It is a step forward in America's move toward healthcare for all. San Diego's Scott Peters voted against it, and we who supported him in his successful bid to depose a Republican incumbent are entitled to understand why."

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

Thank you for signing my petition, Scott Peters, explain why you voted against Obamacare.

To really make a difference, we need a lot more people to join in. Can you share this petition with all your friends?

Click here to share it on Facebook:

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Then, forward the email below to everyone you know.


—Carl Manaster

★ # 2 .UPDATE ON FRACKING: It's really hard to believe, but fracking is not illegal here.

It's really hard to believe, but fracking is not illegal here.

Please read this and sign the petition at this link (and forward/share this with others in San Diego County.  Ask them to please do the same): (There are) "plans to massively expand fracking in a huge section of the state--roughly 1,750 square miles from Southern to Central California, from Modesto to San Diego County."  Cities and counties in California have broad authority to ban fracking, and we should pressure our elected officials to step in where the state government has so far failed to act.  Local bans on fracking may also be one of the most effective strategies for winning change at the state level. If a wave of cities and counties in California reject fracking, it will put increased pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking in all of California.  Hundreds of communities across the country, from New York and New Mexico, to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado, have successfully passed local bans or moratoriums on fracking in order to protect their homes and pressure state officials to act.


★ # 3. OB RAG ARTICLE : Did you see this !?!

Subject: Don Bauder: “Filner imbroglio is all about greed”

Don Bauder: “Filner imbroglio is all about greed” Don Bauder

Reader columnist Don Bauder.

In the San Diego Reader, columnist Don Bauder has a different view of the Filner scandal and imbroglio. He says it “is all about greed” and that the “business community reveals it plans to pick [our] pockets.”

Bauder, who was a U-T columnist and journalist,  has been one of the only independent voices in San Diego’s media realm for years. His conservative publisher dislikes the San Diego establishment for his own reasons.

We are reprinting Bauder’s piece in its entirety:

Don Bauder / San Diego Reader /  August 1, 2013

A story in the Aug. 1 Union-Tribune tells all that has to be known about the Filner slaughter. First, the city attorney’s office issued two dubious opinions to smooth the way for a recall. City Attorney Goldsmith, a toady for the downtown corporate welfare crowd, has been an enemy of Filner from the beginning. But then comes this quote, which is all you need to know about what is going to happen.

Bill Geppert, co-chairman of the San Diego Business Alliance, stated, “We are convinced that the crisis has done serious damage to the city of San Diego’s business climate. Our tourism marketing industry has been gutted, the film Commission has been disbanded, the Chargers stadium talks are dead in the water, developers are being put in difficult positions or are simply not pursuing important projects. This must stop.”

In short, Geppert is attacking Filner for doing all the things he was elected to do. The tourism marketing effort has been slowed because Filner wanted the hotels to pay their way. They have not done so. The Film Commission has always had a dubious mission. The Chargers stadium talks SHOULD be dead in the water. This will be another case of colossal corporate welfare for a billionaire family.

Developers SHOULD be put in difficult positions. They have run the City far too long. Filner was correctly trying to put them in their place. Filner was ousted by a pre-planned cabal plotted by people saying they have a progressive agenda. But the keys to the City have been turned back to the downtown overlords who lost the election.

Yes, Filner’s disgusting behavior — almost all of it occurring long before he was elected mayor — helped bring this on. But no one could have stopped the hysteria once the mainstream media twisted reality like a pretzel. Taxpayers and financial stability will be the losers. When the hysteria dies down in six months or a year, San Diego will be a laughingstock, at least among those who understand how politics works — and fails to work.




I got an August 1st email from SDCDP with a Newsletter but now that email will not open up ??? And, it is not listed on the SDCDP Site??? Humm??

Did anyone else get this? If so please forward it to me at [address removed] or maybe cut & paste the email fully to make sure I can open it up!


San Diego Democrats @sandiegodems SD Council vote on prevailing wage to support economy &amp; workforce!@toddgloria @alvarezsd @martiemeraldsd @cd4myrtlecole@sherrilightner10:38 AM Jul 30th San Diego Democrats @sandiegodems For clarification: The S.D. County Dem. Party's position on Filner is unchanged following today's press conf. PM Jul 26th


★ # 5. *** Watch the Forum on Fracking  You can still watch our Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking forum that took place on July 25 in Los Angeles.  View the Forum Video.


Ist Video:

2nd Video:

3rd  Video : For Full Program:





★ # 6. Those of you who made it to today's OFA Social BBQ & Picnic / ACA Event will agree it was a fabulous event.  We had a wonderful speaker who talked about why exactly Obamacare is such an improvement to our pre-existing health-care system (no pun intended) and how it is benefiting Americans already.   We also enjoyed birthday cake in honor of our President's birthday.  ;)
Carolyn Senger M.D. was our speaker today:
Attached is an Obamacare Fact Sheet, which we distributed at the event today, with the major bullet points of the law listed at the bottom.
Enrollment begins October 1 this year. On that date, you will be able to get Health Care insurance (and information) at this location:  Please share!
We are hoping to have another event covering information on Obamacare next month.  Keep an eye out for that.

Immigration Reform - Note: Tomorrow evening's event: The Dream is NOW - Watch Party is being postponed to a later date due to the important Imigration Reform event tomorrow at Darrell Issa's office in Vista at 9 am:

Camp OFA in San Diego - On August 18th, we are having a Camp OFA which is a great way to learn more about what issues Organizing for Action is focusing on. All are encouraged to attend:

Please remember to check for other upcoming OFA events!

Thanks for all you do to support the president's agenda that our country voted for last November.
Rhoda Quate
Neighborhood Team Leader
Organizing for Action (OFA)
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Subject:  FIREWORKS AT 77 BEALE STREET!! Reply-To:  Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility <[address removed]>

A4NR kicks off the 4th of July by tossing a lit firecracker under the door at PG&E's headquarters in San Francisco....with the filing of our legal brief on the inability of Diablo Canyon to meet its seismic design basis-our testimony is quite the read-filled with confidential internal memos and covert emails between PG&E and the NRC. Add this to your summer thriller list: (     It appears Diablo Canyon cannot meet its original seismic safety design basis after the discovery of the Shoreline Fault, and it will take a major breach of law to prevent a likely premature retirement of DCPP.  A4NR is questioning what we see as the cover up of this important issue.  The New Times did an excellent job of covering this design conundrum: And an editorial: At the same time, we are saddened to announce legislation sponsored by A4NR - the Nuclear Energy Planning and Responsibility Act (SB 418) - was defeated in an Assembly committee vote.   Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (the bill's author) never wavered for a moment-she and her staff gave it her "Hannah-Best" effort.  Former Senator Sam Blakeslee made his first appearance in Sacramento to support our bill, and former California Energy Commissioner (and A4NR attorney) John Geesman made excellent arguments. Both The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) were there in support.  We thank each of these individuals and organizations and are grateful for the time they took to protect ratepayers.   Only Assemblyman Paul Fong voted "yes" at the hearing, with assembly members Nancy Skinner and Das Williams of Santa Barbara adding their "yes" votes while the roll call was still open. Assemblyman Bill Quirk (yep, his real name) is a nuclear physicist who believes the NRC is infallible and the CPUC over-regulated. He was the only member of the committee who volunteered opposing comments and his voice carried weight with so many newly elected representatives.     Other committee members bought into PG&E's story that they had already covered the seismic, waste storage and water impacts in their unsuccessful 2010 application for license renewal.  A4NR found PG&E's argument puzzling as their last study was done  a year before Fukushima and the NRC's new waste policy, so the costs of both events were unknown at the time.  Finally, Scott Wetch, lobbying for the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and other trade unions stated that their legal analysis showed that this bill would have curtailed current capital improvement projects at the plant, causing massive layoffs. This is not true, and their legal analysis (and its conclusions) somehow never found its way into the legislative background the assembly committee prepared for its members regarding this bill.  If you've seen it, please let us know!!   A4NR won round one with the dismissal of PG&E's 2010 application to fund their license renewal.  PG&E won round two with the demise of SB 418, but we will continue to educate these elected officials at every opportunity.  As all of you know this has been, and will continue to be a long fight, but A4NR is in it to win and we only get stronger.   Next up: Senator Padilla's hearing on "Life without SONGS" will be July 10th in Sacramento, and July 11th Independent Panel for PG&E's seismic studies meets in San Francisco.  A4NR will be at both events, continuing to voice ratepayer concerns. On July 15th we will attend (and our attorney will be on the panel) for the California Energy Commission/CPUC/ISO meeting on SONGS decommissioning and transition to non-nuclear generation in Southern California.   Please continue to join our efforts. This is a long road, but having your support is vital to maintain our ability to keep the public's voice before these decision makers.  Persistence!   In Peace, Rochelle [address removed]


★ # 8. Good Article ★ ★ ★  WORSE THAN CITIZENS UNITED???

A citizens united related case is set to be heard before the Supremely Screwed Up Court:

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★ # 9.

JULY 13: Go Back:  See behind the scene

Sent: Saturday, July 13,[masked]:48 PM

Subject: Todd Gloria has his Mayoral signs ready pre-Pride and Filner has NOT even resigned!!

From Today's Reader:

Todd Gloria has his Mayoral signs ready pre-Pride and Filner has NOT even resigned!!

Just in case you needed more evidence that this public lynching of Filner was planned, here is the more. Todd Gloria has 2013 Mayoral posters circulating for Pride weekend and Filner has not even resigned!

Donna Frye held her Press Conference yesterday asking Filner to step down. Filner, today announced he will welcome a full investigation into the charges and will not be resigning.

Todd said this in regards to Filner:

"As a San Diegan, I am asking Mayor Filner to resign.

"The Mayor and I have had significant disagreements on a wide variety of policy issues. My request for the Mayor's resignation is not based on any of those differences. The severity of these allegations, and the legal and financial risk they pose to the City and the taxpayers, cannot be ignored or understated. Our City government cannot maintain the full faith and trust of the people of San Diego if Mayor Filner continues to serve in this office.

Finally, as the Council President, I know how difficult it will be to accomplish the critical business of the City if the Mayor does not step down. We must quickly restore trust in San Diego and its leaders. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the City Council to lead San Diego through this difficult time."

Really Todd? Does it have anything to do with these big glossy posters of your 2013 mayoral run that were coincidentally already printed today when you made this statement?

Was this all planned far in advance and Todd knew he would be replacing Filner? After all the Republicans announced yesterday that they just happen to have been following Filner with cameras -- I believe a precursor to lay groundwork for WHY they have Filner's misconduct on video.

Filner must stay strong and allow the Republicans to present their evidence so we can review the evidence to see if it appears to be a set up or if it appears to be organic.

The players appear to be in a frenzied panic to get Filner to resign ASAP and I suspect it's because they do not want their evidence to be vetted. Why have the women refused to file their complaints officially? Is it possible they were working under assumed names? Do they have a connection to the Republican Private Investigator who was following Filner? I think we have a right to know.

Why the big rush to judgment? Can't we wait a little bit and see what emerges? There is a lot at stake and we are being bullied by our government that is desperate to restore power to the old power-brokers that Filner kicked out of City Hall.

No doubt a deal has already been struck behind the scenes to make Gloria mayor. In fact I would submit that the Republican candidate will just be a place holder not intended to win. Why would they need a Republican when they have Todd?


★ # 10. OB RAG ARTICLE :

FICTION: My San Diego Nightmare – a Visit by the Ghost of Scandals Past


By Sherly U. Jehest

Not accustomed to nightmares – as I am usually a good sleeper – I had a horrible one last night and just have to share it with you – my San Diego nightmare.

I had gone to sleep at my usual time, falling into slumber some time between Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show with John Oliver and its first commercial – a truly deadly time for me. I was dreaming of rolling sheets of ocean waves, so pretty … when I noticed a pale figure emerge out of the surf and begin to walk towards me.

The figure got closer and I noticed it was a tall woman wearing long, thin robes. She approached me and got closer – when all of a sudden she was sitting at the foot of my bed.

“What the …” I started to say, partially sitting up, when she shushed me with a long bony finger to her pale lips, glancing over at my sleeping mate.

“Who are you?” I managed to squeak out.

I’m the Ghost of Scandals Past,” she said softly. She looked sad.

“What?” I said.

She repeated herself.

“I’ve seen the past scandals of San Diego, from the days when ol’ man Sprinkles ran the town, from trolleys, electricity to donuts and city councils, he controlled the place. And I was there when Mayor Frank Pomegranate had to resign because of the Yellow Cab scandal; and yes, I was around when Mayor Roger Headpock was forced out; and oh, I was in the audience when Mayor Susan Goldearring gave away the City so her Republican pals could hold their convention here ….”

Settling in on my elbows, I stared at her, my mouth hanging open.

“I’ve come to warn you about Scandals Present — the mother of all scandals” she said.

Oh, of course, I thought – the Mayor Bob Filet scandal. “We already know…” I started to say.

She waved a ghostly hand to silence me. “Not that one,” she scolded. “The other one. The REAL one.”

“What real one?” I mumbled.

“Listen, I don’t have much time,” she said, as she started to light a thin, pale cigarette.

“Please don’t smoke in here,” I said.

“I’m not – remember? This is a dream,” she said.

5th and Broadway San Diego, c. 1915 - Photo Spot

She started talking, her voice rising and falling. She spun her tale long into the night, revealing truths I had never heard before.

“You know,” she said, “that there are powerful Democrats and Republicans who have been running San Diego for years, for decades.”

“Well, sure,” I started to answer. But she ignored me.

“The old-boy network,” she grimaced, “we know how that works. It was they who powered through a strong mayor system to assure their influence and control over the city. … Then along comes Bob Filet. All of our other mayors took good care of big business. But, oh, not Bob. Filet committed the crime of focusing on the neighborhoods, and the needs of the residents. And in doing so, he’s pissed off a lot of San Diego’s elites, a lot of very important people.”

I smiled at her use of words.

“And they conspired to bring him down and get him out,” she said.

“Who’s ‘they’?” I managed to ask.

Baron Jacobin’s bypass bridge.

“They?” she asked rhetorically. “They? The hoteliers, the Port District, the tourism industry, the developers, the bankers. And don’t forget Baron Jacobin, San Diego’s own billionaire who tried to build a Park bridge to nowhere.” The ghost was grinning but it was a cheerless grin. “I’m getting ahead of myself here,” she paused.

“Yeah, but Mayor Bob did it to himself,” I whispered harshly. “His behavior toward women stinks!”

“Exactly,” she said. “They knew Bob and all they had to do was wait for an easy opportunity to run him out of office. Sure enough, he handed it to them on a silver platter.”

“Wha … ? There’s a conspiracy to get Bob?” I asked incredulously.

“Where have you been?” she threw back at me. “You do live a sheltered life.”

“Now just a moment,” I started to protest. “All those women, they all can’t be wrong.”

“Right,” she said. “Exactly.” She paused. “What do you know about those five women who have all come forward just lately?” she asked, blowing perfect smoke rings above my head.

“Well, the U-T said they’re professional … and reliable,” I answered, my brain twirling.

“Yeah, one of them was a Navy admiral, who’s proud of her ‘big girl panties.’ Her name’s Ronnie Toandfroman. Her motto’s Suck It Up. She was a winner for the COO job under Mayor Sinners. But get this: a single stroke to her cheek brought this big girl close to tears of fear.”

Not skipping a beat she added “The other four are firmly ensconced in the old-boy club with ties that bind to the Port District and tourism industry or to the military-industrial complex.”

City Clerk’s office, San Diego, 1900 - Phot0 Spot

She wasn’t finished. “What do you really know about Irene McCommunicator? Uh huh, a professional who worked for 25 years at the U-T – need I say more? – before she moved over to the Port District and then hooked up with the Filet team. Funny, isn’t it, that her sidekick intern had the ability to penetrate walls and find misbehavior down long dark corridors.”

My mind was racing and I wanted a pull from that cig. “No, they all couldn’t be in on … ” I sputtered.

“Really?” she looked at me with a weary smile. “You don’t believe that the good-old power brokers in this town, the establishment Dems and their Republican friends, would conspire to set Filet up for a downfall? Haven’t you noticed Nathan Flatter keeping warm in the wings? Of course he’s not the only one salivating with political anticipation. They might settle for Todd Glorify. Who knows, even Kevin Vulturer, who’s just waiting to pounce.” She paused for a moment to let this thought sink in.

“Just a moment,” I said. “Wasn’t it the home team who fingered Mayor Bob for sexual harassment?”

“Yes, indeed,” she said. “That’s right, attorneys Marco Gonzo and Gory Brinks along with Donna Fryingpan were the first to demand Mayor Filet’s resignation.” She was getting frustrated with me. “Open your eyes! Don’t you see the connections? A labor pact joins Marco’s sister Lorena Gonzo at the hip to Nathan Flatter. Marco is Donna’s lawyer.”

She wouldn’t let me off the hook. “Think carefully. Would upstanding lawyers like Gory and Marco resort to crowd-sourcing in the court of public opinion for their own private-paying clients? Yet that’s what they’ve done to bring down Mayor Filet. Naturally, they’ve got Papa Doug Maneater and John Lynchpin blowing their bull horn loud. And louder. Day after day after day.”

I wasn’t sleepy anymore, just very confused. “What about all those accusations of sexual harassment?” I pressed.

“You know,” she said, “I talk to a lot of women. Most have been around the block once or twice. They’ve been in the workplace and seen it all. And you know what they say to me? ‘Is this it? This is the scandal? We’re throwing a once-in-San Diego’s-lifetime change agent baby out with the bathwater?’ ”

“Here’s the rub. We’re hearing about chronic clumsy overtures from an overgrown wannabe Lothario. And we’re hearing general outrage based on quaint, outdated claims of helplessness and humiliation. After decades of consciousness-raising among sisters, this is where we’re at? Seems to me this can’t be the last word on the status of San Diego women in the 21st century.”

She went on, “I wouldn’t steer you wrong. They’re working en masse to get rid of him. Billionaire Baron Jacobin has plenty of extra bucks to throw into the pot.”

She paused just a second. “Honchos of all political stripes are hell-bent to bring this mayor down. And they knew they could count on Allen Judas to speed it along from the inside.”

I was shaken and stunned but she wasn’t done with me yet. “And the mayor’s chief of staff, Vinnie Hawk? He gets to walk out, free and clear and angelic,” she smirked.

“What do you mean?” I asked – more puzzled.

“Think about it. Who is supposed to manage the staff? The chief of staff, of course. Vinnie Hawk was at the top of the mess in the office. And it was truly a mess – as a manager Hawk was out of his league. Inept. He treated the staff roughly. Badly. He kept Filet isolated. When he finally got the boot he called it a ‘resignation.’ Amazing, just amazing! And that’s not to say there weren’t others in the office … people who may not have wanted Bob to succeed,” she hinted glumly.

I wanted names. “Okay, there was the consultant Tommy Goatsherder, who came in to direct Bob’s campaign,” she said. “Sure, we’d all heard of him, the hotshot Republican kingmaker who distrusted Carl DeMadeup so badly he was willing to work for a Democrat.”

“What?” I sputtered, “you’re telling me Goastsherder hung around even after the election? And he even had an assistant, Cuttothe Chase?”

“Sure. And not only them. There were others closely tied to them. Watching. Waiting. Biding their time ….”

“Waiting for Bob to be Bob,” I finished her sentence.

“Yes, and swooping in to mop up when the time was right. You see, it’s not just Mayor Filet who’s been railroaded. Voters have also been set up.” Her voice was low but angry. “This corrupts the democratic process,” she warned.

“They’re staging a coup. They’re trying to get rid of a democratically-elected chief executive of a major city without criminal charges, without a civil trial, without due process. This, my friend, is the REAL scandal.”

She sighed deeply, and I whistled softly. My partner was stirring. “It’s the same ol’ San Diego,” I groaned.

I glanced over to check on the covers, and looked back, and in that instant the Ghost of Scandals Past had gone.

I moaned.

“Wha’s … goin’ on?” my partner asked, half-awake.

“Oh, it’s nothing,” I said, ” I just had a horrible nightmare – about San Diego.”

“It’s just a dream,” he said.

“I know,” I replied with a heavy sigh, falling back into the pillows, “it’s just a dream … it’ll never happen.”

“Hey,” he mumbled, “what’s that smoky smell?”








★ # 11. ★ ★ ★ " VOICES OF WOMEN - VOW " ★ EVENTS TO COME IN ★: A Supporters' salon about women and girls as "leaders" featuring VOW's Board Director Debbie Martinez. ***August: VOW will collaborate with Moxie Theatre to stage a reading of Seven (a play about seven global women written by seven female playwrights). ***October 24: VOW's 5th Annual Beyond Borders Benefit when we will honor the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs. November 8: Five Rings Financial will stage a 2nd Expo to benefit VOW. email: [address removed] phone: [masked] web:


★ # 12. ★ MAYOR BOB FILNER OFFICE: City Administration Building 202 C St., 11th Floor San Diego, CA 92101 PHONE: (619)[masked] Fax: (619)[masked] Email the Office of the Mayor: [address removed]

★  If you are STILL IN SUPPORT OF BOB FILNER... Facebook Pages in Support of Bob Filner
Please forward these pages to your list. Ask people to LIKE these pages and join in in support of Bob Filner.


★ # 13. Good Article in reference Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights Act - ★ ★ ★ FIRST Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling via @HuffPostLA --- Take That, Citizens United! In a blow against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, the second-largest city in the U.S. sent a strong, if symbolic, message against corporate personhood and unlimited corporate spending on… ★ ★ ★


★ ★ ★ III.  LINKS ★ ★ ★



LINK:  Here are some YouTube links related to last night’s DFA/PDA discussions.  You might want to forward them to the group.   This is the link to “The Dream is Now,” Which is a 30 minute documentary about immigration.

LINK: And people might be interested in a one and a half minute video Mike and John put together last year about San Onofre and Brian Bilbray at:

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LINK: Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will discuss his concerns about the inherent dangers posed by nuclear reactors. He will be joined by former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko, who has emerged as a leading critic of safety at U.S. nuclear power plants. The Friends of the Earth event will be available live both to reporters in San Diego and via Webcast to members of the news media elsewhere in the U.S. News event speakers will be: The Honorable Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan from June 2010 to August 2011; Gregory Jaczko, former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from May 2009 to July 2012; Peter A. Bradford, adjunct professor at the Vermont Law School, a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and a former utility commission chair in New York and Maine; Arnold "Arnie" Gundersen, chief engineer of the energy consulting company Fairewinds Associates, and a former nuclear power industry executive; and Dave Roberts, County Board of Supervisors, San Diego.  *

A live Webcast from this news event will be available to reporters outside of San Diego, CA., starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT/11:30 a.m. EDT on June 4, 2013, at;_ylt=AwrNUbGhg7JRrxUAuAbQtDMD



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