Welcome to the Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club website
Our club provides an opportunity for citizens to connect with one another, learn about political issues and Democratic values, and help elect Democrats to public office. We meet monthly to hear speakers on issues that affect our community, socialize, and plan activities to support Democratic Candidates.
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Next Meeting: Monday, September 27th, 2021 at 7:00pm
Our next meeting is September 27th. The number of COVID infections in our county is still too high to consider meeting in person, so this meeting will be a Zoom meeting. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need the link.
On the agenda:
Opening Act: Congressman Peters’ Vote on Prescription Drugs
Ok, we don’t have Congressman Peters available, but we do have the next best thing, his able representative and club member Jason Bercovitch, who will give a presentation on what the issue is, what is *really* happening, and therefore, why the congressman voted the way he did. Jason will be glad to take some questions regarding this issue as well.
Main Presentation: Cannabis in Rancho Bernardo
Cynara Velazquez, President of the Blue Dream Democratic Club, a Democratic Club dedicated to cannabis advocacy and access, will give the PRO side of why cannabis dispensaries should be allowed in our community of Rancho Bernardo. Note: The CON side of this topic will be presented at our next meeting in October.
Cynara Velazquez has been involved in cannabis advocacy for over a decade, as president of Cannabis Education project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public on cannabis medicine and public health policy. She is the principal author of numerous local initiatives and ordinances for cannabis zoning, including Measure S in Lemon Grove, Measure U in La Mesa and Measure H in Encinitas, which established zoning and licensing for marijuana businesses in these cities. Additionally she has assisted numerous marijuana businesses in the creation of their business plans, training material and standard operating procedures to operate in full compliance with state and local laws. She was the president of the Adult Use Campaign for Proposition 64, a state committee to support Proposition 64 in 2016 to legalize the adult use of marijuana.
Also… State hospital officials have proposed placing a 78-year-old man classified as a sexually violent predator at a supervised home in Rancho Bernardo (see https://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2021/09/22/sexually-violent-predator-proposed-for-placement-in-rancho-bernardo-home/). This is obviously very concerning to our community. If you wish to make your voice heard on this issue, it turns out the very best thing you can do is send an email to the Sheriff’s department at email@example.com. The more emails from the community they get, the more powerful our overall voice is on this issue.
Hope to see you all via Zoom on Monday, September 27th, 2021!
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At 6:30 p.m. socialize with fellow Democrats and
enjoy coffee and home-made cookies. Attire is casual.
Candidates are welcome to speak.
Email our club president Hugh Rothman.
Our August 23, 2021 meeting
Our president Hugh Rothman gave details on the status of the Gavin Newsom Recall, including state party recommendations regarding your vote and why, and how you can help.
Tommy Hough, a San Diego media personality, environmental activist, and a candidate for San Diego City Council District 6, gave a presentation, The Right-Wing Media, How did we get to where it is today, to the club in which he detailed the rise of Right-Wing Media starting from the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine and later the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and following those changes, a legacy of seemingly minor decisions and legislative policies which enabled the bubble of right-wing media to grow. Tommy explained that adherence to accuracy has never been required and that the hateful tone of conversation has long been vitriolic and racist, and finally, that the goal has never been to educate or enlighten – but to indoctrinate, for political and commercial purposes. A very interesting and informative presentation indeed!