July 22, 2019
The Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club held an endorsement meeting for the San Diego Mayor race. Only two candidates participated, Todd Gloria (represented by his campaign manager Nick Serrano), and Barbara Bry. The club decided not to endorse either candidate for this race, but did decide to rate both candidates as “qualified”. The club additionally decided to bestow a friendly incumbent endorsement for Scott Peters, our current CD 52 representative.

June 24, 2019
The Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club held an endorsement meeting for the San Diego City Council, District 5 race and decided to endorse Marni Von Wilpert. The club additionally decided to bestow a friendly incumbent endorsement onto Mara Elliot, our current San Diego City Attorney.

May 27, 2019
The Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club welcomed Dr. Joel Day as our featured speaker. Dr. Day spoke in particular about how to solve the problem of vulnerable individuals becoming radicalized from online sources, using the tragic incident at the local temple in Poway as an example of how this can happen and what can be done to prevent further tragedies of this nature.

April 25th, 2019
The Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club hosted our very own Vice President Steve Natoli as our featured speaker. Steve gave a presentation that was the basis of his book Liberally Speaking: Why Liberalism is Right for America.

March 25th, 2019
The club welcomed Fire Captain Jeff Griffith who spoke about fire safety in our community.

Elections were held for club President and Secretary, with Keith Mikas and Sunny Escovedo winning reelection to those offices respectively.

February 25th, 2019
Mara Elliot, the San Diego City Attorney spoke to the club and gave details about what is happening in her office.

January 29th, 2019/party
Happy New Year! We kicked off 2019 with a “Welcome Back” party.
welcome back party flyer

We enjoyed an evening of delicious food and fun (Jeopardy style). The club soon learned never to get into a political game with Doug Case! It was a huge success. We had many new members and returning members who attended. The club would also like to thank all the people who put effort into organizing and carrying out the party.

November 26th, 2018
Hugh Rothman presented a detailed review of the election results (national, state, and local). Club members also participated in a discussion session which included general thoughts on the election, and plans and goals for the next 2 years.

October 23rd, 2018
On Oct. 23rd, the club did postcard labeling and phone banking in support of our local candidates Kevin Juza, Terry Norwood, and Sunday Gover.

The RB Dem Club Endorsements for November 2018 Election

US Congress, CA 49 Mike Levin
US Congress, CA 52 Scott Peters
CA Senate, SD 38 Jeff Griffith
CA Assembly, AD 75 Alan Geraci
CA Assembly, AD 77 Sunday Gover
SD City Council District 6 Tommy Hough
SD County Superior Court, District 37 Matt Brower
Mayor of Carlsbad Cori Schumacher
Poway Unified School Board, District B Kevin Juza
Poway Unified School Board, District C Terry Norwood
Palomar Community College Board Mark Evilsizer
Palomar Community College Board Lee Dulgeroff
Palomar Board of Health Dale Bardin
Palomar Board of Health Hans Christian Sison
Palomar Board of Health Vanessa Gutierrez
San Diego City Measure E (Soccer City) NO
San Diego City Measure G (SDSU West) YES

September 24th, 2018
On Sept 24th, the club voted to endorse Kevin Juza, Terry Norwood, Mike Levin, Mark Evilsizer, Lee Dulgeroff, Dale Bardin, Hans Christian Sisson, Vanessa Gutierrez, No on Measure E, and Yes on Measure G.

August 27th, 2018
The club welcomed Casey Nguyen, Director of Housing Services, from Interfaith Community Services who gave a presentation about the homeless crisis in our county, what measures that Interfaith and others are doing about it, and what more could and should be done.

The club also welcomed Kim KilKenny and Gina Jacobs, from the Yes on SDSU West initiative (Measure G on the ballot), who gave us a very detailed presentation on the plan, and why it would be best for San Diego, and *not* the Soccer City initiative (Measure E on the ballot).

The club unanimously endorsed Cori Schumacher for Mayor of Carlsbad.

The following candidates spoke:
– Kevin Juza, PUSD School Board, District B
– Terry Norwood, PUSD School Board, District C
– Matt Brower, Superior Court Judge, Office No. 37

John Hartley gave a short preview of “Clean Elections Public Funding for Elections”.

Jody Tadder provided a handout of a list of values, called “What The Democratic Party Believes In”, handy for those Thanksgiving Day family political discussions. Jason Bercovitch updated the club on the state of the CD-50 race, in that the Democratic, Ammar Campa-Najjar is only 9 percentage points down, and this poll was taken mostly before the Duncan Hunter indictment. Hope is blossoming in CD-50!

July 23rd, 2018
The club heard a presentation from Dr. Joel Day representing the Truman National Security Project. The presentation was titled: “The Democratic Party and National Security: Resisting, Reframing, Rebuilding.”

Also, Joe LaCava gave a presentation on the Soccer City initiative, and why he recommends a vote against it. This initiative will appear on the November ballot.

Fourth of July (2018) in Rancho Bernardo
Our club had a big presence in Rancho Bernardo on the 4th of July. We had a booth in the Community Fair from 9am to 2pm, and then marched in the parade at 3:30pm.

Our booth at the community fair #1
Our booth at the community fair #2
Marching with Sunday Gover
Our marchers marching in the parade
Our marchers turning the corner near the end of the parade
Our marchers with Scott Peters

June 25th, 2018
The club heard a presentation from Veterans For Peace. The club also voted to approve bylaws changes regarding club endorsements. And finally, Hugh Rothman updated the club on the state of things after the June 5th primary election.

May 28th, 2018
Yes, we really met on Memorial Day, because we had a special event! The club was proud and excited to welcome Congressman Scott Peters, who represents California Congressional District 52 (which includes the Rancho Bernardo community). The congressman informed the club of happenings in Washington D.C. and answered questions.

Additionally, Jason Bercovitch went over the details of all those arcane ballot measures that are difficult to understand. No one explains obscure legislation better than Jason!

April 23rd, 2018
The club considered an endorsement in the San Diego City Council District 6 race, and decided to endorse candidate Tommy Hough.

The club also decided to endorse Matt Brower, running for Superior Court Judge, and Alan Geraci, running for California Assembly District 75.

March 26th, 2018
The meeting consisted of the following events, presentations, and endorsements:

1. Election of club Vice President and Treasurer: Steve Nattoli was elected as our new Vice President. Jana Johnson was elected as our Treasurer.
2. Endorsement for the California Senate District 38 race (Jeff Griffith): Jeff Griffith was unanimously endorsed by the club.
3. Grassroots Organizing presentation from Hugh Rothman, Grassroots Organizing Director of the San Diego County Democratic Party.

February 26th, 2018

The club went through an endorsement process for the CD 49 race. Three of the five candidates were represented, Paul Kerr, Sara Jacobs, and a representative for Mike Levin. The club ultimately voted to endorse Sara Jacobs for the CD 49 seat.

The club also heard from Genevieve Jones-Wright, candidate for San Diego County District Attorney, and also from Farouk Al-Nasr who gave a report of the California Democratic Convention, held right here in San Diego.

January 20, 2018
The club hosted a Welcome Back Social, a wonderful event replete with excellent food, socialization, and an opportunity to meet face to face with candidates.

Candidates attending (and speaking at) our event were: Sara Jacobs, Paul Kerr, and Mike Levin for the CD 49 congressional race, Alan Geracci for the California AD 75 Assembly race, and Tommy Hough for the San Diego City Council District 6 race.

There was also an opportunity for a photo op with a very famous person!

November 27, 2017
The club welcomed the following speakers: Esther Sanchez, candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 5, Ken Malbraugh, candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 4, Bryan Pease, candidate for San Diego City Council District 2, and Dr. Jennifer Campbell, candidate for San Diego City Council District 2.

October 23, 2017
The club went through the endorsement process regarding endorsing Sunday Gover for the 77th Assembly District race and the endorsement was approved.

Omar Passons, a candidate for the County Board of Supervisors District 4 race also spoke to our club.

Additionally, a recap of the San Diego County Democratic Party Convention was presented to the club.

September 25, 2017
Toni Atkins, CA State Senator of the 39th District (representing Rancho Bernardo) spoke on the many bills that the legislature sent to the governor’s desk and the club enjoyed a spirited Q&A regarding those bills, and other stories regarding Ms. Atkins’ career.

August 28, 2017
Robin Kaufman, President of the Rancho Bernardo Community Council, Rancho Bernardo Planning Board, and Rancho Bernardo Rec Council, as well as a member (and chair) of numerous other boards and committees, spoke on volunteer opportunities in Rancho Bernardo, and also answered questions on various projects and issues affecting the Rancho Bernardo community. Also, an updated version of our bylaws was reviewed and approved.

July 24, 2017
Mike Levin, candidate for the California 49th Congressional District (as well as an environmental lawyer and former Executive Director for the Orange County Democratic Party), spoke about his campaign.

June 26, 2017
Nathan Fletcher, UCSD Professor and former state assemblyman, spoke on the history of voting rights in this country and the current war on voting rights today.

Farouk Al-Nasr, PHD, spoke on the history, politics, and religion of the Middle East.

May 22, 2017
Matt Strabone, candidate for the County Recorder/Clerk/Assessor spoke about his candidacy and why the office is so important and particularly, why the current incumbent officeholder has been a disaster. He also answered questions about himself and the office he is seeking. Nate Fairman was ill, so in his place, James Alvernaz spoke about the history of unions in this country, what the Trump administration is trying to do to undermine unions throughout the nation, and why it is so awful.

April 24, 2017
Spring is in the air, so our meeting had a theme this month: Spring Into Action! A panel consisting of Jessica Hayes, the San Diego County Democratic Party Chair, Tommy Hough, President, San Diego EnviroDems Club, and Jennifer Sosa, Regional Director, California Young Democrats, led a spirited discussion on exactly what and how we can all take action for implementing our progressive values.

March 27, 2017
Stacie Spector, the San Diego City Senior Advisor for Housing Solutions, spoke about how the city and surrounding region is trying to resolve the issue of so many homeless individuals in San Diego. The key issue is getting the homeless population “into the system” as much and as soon as possible to get them evaluated for whatever their needs are, and each individual has very different needs. Charles Lara, a captain of the San Diego Police Department, also spoke about how the police is dealing with the homeless population, especially with regards to the Rancho Bernardo community and surrounding area. Dave Myers, a candidate for the County Sheriff office, spoke about his qualifications, his vision, and his campaign. Please go to for further information about Dave Myers.

February 27, 2017
Despite heavy rain, Doug Applegate, candidate for congress in the 49th Congressional District, spoke to a full house on his experiences with his 2016 run for congress and how he plans to be victorious in 2018.

January 23, 2017
Jess Durfee, former Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, and current DNC member, gave a presentation on the structure of the DNC and the issues and decisions it is facing, including the election of the next DNC Chair. Club elections were held for the four officer positions. The officers elected for the 2017 year are as follows: Keith Mikas, President; Hugh Rothman, Vice President; Anna Lustig, Treasurer; Sunny Escovedo, Secretary.

December 5, 2016
Club members gathered for a holiday party and heard recommendations by the Nominating Committee for officers and directors for 2017.

November 28, 2016
Prof. Carl Luna, who has a long record of forecasting political events, summarized the dynamics of the 2016 election and explained the forces that are expected to forge the future of our nation. Dr. Luna is a lecturer on American government, comparative politics, and international political economy at USD and a professor of political science at Mesa College.

October 24, 2016
The trends in immigration from Mexico and the benefits of immigration to the U.S. economy was the subject of a talk by Dr. Everard Meade, Director of the Trans-Boarder Institute at the University of San Diego.

September 26, 2016
The club watched the First Presidential Debate and agreed unanimously that Hillary Clinton won.

Melinda Vasquez, a candidate for the 77th Assembly District gave an update on issues of the campaign.

The club endorsed Mara Elliott, candidate for San Diego City Attorney; Darshana Patel, candidate for the Poway Unified School Board; and Melinda Vasquez, candidate for the 77th Assembly District.

August 22, 2016
Professor Dipak K. Gupta, a consultant to the United Nations on terrorism, addressed the subject, “Can ISIS be Defeated.”  He is a Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political Science at San Diego State University.

June 27, 2016
In a talk titled “Putin the Terrible”, Dave Edick, who served as President of the San Diego World Affairs Council, explained the aggressive activities of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the implications for the U.S. and its allies.

May 23, 2016
Our club sponsored a fundraiser for Supervisor Dave Roberts and raised nearly $2,500 for his reelection.

The former World-Wide Training Director of IBM, Jack Bowsher, was our keynote speaker. He explained how to refute Republican arguments on political issues. His latest book, Educating Voters for Rebuilding America, was endorsed by Paul Volcker, the iconic Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter

April 25, 2016
County Supervisor Dave Roberts spoke on the myriad services provided by the county including its public health operations and became the 80th member of our club.

Marty Judge was elected President of the club.

March 28, 2016
Chief Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott spoke on the legal issues facing San Diego including pension reform, a stadium for the Chargers, an expanded convention center, and the city’s infrastructure.

Club President Dale Bardin announced
he would be stepping down to run for
public office

February 29, 2016
Nathan Fletcher spoke on what is being done to help veterans, where the government is falling short, and what can be done to help.

The Committee to elect Barbara Bry was formed, chaired by Board Member Kathy Muckley.

January 23, 2016
The first meeting of the Rancho Bernardo Democratic Club was held. Congressman Scott Peters gave the keynote address.  San Diego County Democratic Party Chairwoman Francine Busby provided an overview of party goals and structure.  County Supervisor Dave Roberts welcomed our 63 members and guests.