Past Events

The Poway Democratic Club regularly holds informative meetings for members. Past events are highlighted below.

See the homepage for upcoming events.

Wed, Jul 16, 2021 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom)

Updates: Climate & Environment, and Immigration

What is a Climate Action Plan and how are other cities in the county doing their part to fight climate change? How is the situation at the border changing under the Biden-Harris administration, and what is on the horizon for immigration laws? Club members provide updates on their work in these areas and answer your questions.

Wed, May 19, 2021 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom)

Deterring Anti-Asian Racism

Join us as Michael Yee gives us a look at the contributions of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders to the development of San Diego County, explores the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, and provides tips on how you can be an ally against anti-Asian racism.

Yee is a member of the education outreach team of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and a longtime Poway resident. He received his Masters in History from Cal State San Marcos.

Wed, Apr 21, 2021 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom)

When Will the US Deal With Gun Violence?

Gun deaths in the US reached record rates in 2020, with homicides and suicides spiking. Meanwhile, mass shootings are on the rise once again. What's it going to take for the US to get serious about curbing gun violence?

Join us as Kasey Zahner, co-lead of Moms Demand Action of San Diego discusses the status of gun safety measures, what the group is doing locally and nationally, and how you can get involved.

Zahner has been a member of Moms Demand Action since 2015 and has been co-leading the San Diego group since 2018. Based in La Mesa, she is an educator, spouse, and mother of two young children.

Thurs, Mar 11, 2021 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom)

The Future of Poway Road

Poway Director of Development Services Bob Manis discusses what the Poway Road Specific Plan aims to accomplish, and answers your questions on where Poway's main road is headed.

Thurs, Feb 11, 2021 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom)

Getting to Zero Emissions; plus: Ranked Choice Voting

What does San Diego County's new plan to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2035 mean for you? Join us as Cody Petterson, Senior Policy Advisor on Environmental Issues for County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, answers your questions.

Then: Is Ranked Choice Voting Better for Democracy? The way we choose candidates on ballots isn't set in stone -- nor is it perfect. Codi Vierra, Deputy Chief of Staff for SD Councilmember Stephen Witburn, explains how changing the way we vote could save money and better respect what voters actually want.

Thurs, Jan 14, 2021 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom)

2021 Kickoff Meeting

Members will discuss issues they would like the club to focus on and actions they plan to take in 2021, including a voter registration drive to close the gap between registered Democrats and Republicans in Poway. Bring your ideas!

Thurs, Dec 10, 2020 7:00-9:00pm (via Zoom)

Working With a Conservative City Council

Outgoing Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz

In 2008, Olga Diaz became the first Latina elected to the Escondido City Council, which was then dominated by conservatives.

Join us as Diaz shares how she won in liberal and conservative areas, and how her work over the past 12 years has helped change the harsh, anti-immigrant rhetoric at City Hall to one that better reflects and serves the community.

Thurs, Nov 12, 2020 7:00-9:00pm (via Zoom)

Election Analysis & Followup

Join us as we review the results of the election, including how candidates, propositions, and measures fared in down-ballot races -- and what the results mean for the future. More information to come.

Thurs, Oct 8, 2020 7:00-9:00pm (via Zoom)

Ballot Review!

Grab your sample ballot and tell a friend. It's time for the ever-popular ballot review.

We will go over every candidate, measure, and proposition appearing on the Poway ballot. Be an informed voter!

Mon, Oct 5, 2020 6:00-9:00pm (via Zoom)

Poway Candidates Forum

We interviewed the candidates in several local races to find out where they stand on Democratic issues.

  • PUSD Board Area E: Jimmy Karam and Cindy Sytsma
  • SD County Supervisor D2: Mayor Steve Vaus and Senator Joel Anderson
  • Poway City Council, D2 and D4: Phil Factor, Caylin Frank, Frank Fournier, Barry Leonard, and Chris Olps

class="event-description">Watch the videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMQe3aywmTcaTswFMDciXCQ

Thurs, Sept 10, 2020 7:00pm (via Zoom)

Everything You Want to Know About Prop 15

You've likely heard about Prop 15 under a different name such as the Split Roll Initiative or the Schools & Communities First Initiative.

It is now officially the Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative and it's going to be one of the most talked-about items on November's ballot.

Educator and California Teacher's Association Board Member Roberto Rodriguez explains what Prop 15 seeks to accomplish, who it will affect, and who benefits.

Then, Jordan Marks, Taxpayers' Rights Advocate for the San Diego County Assessor, discusses why he advocates against passing Prop 15.

ALSO: On the Consent Agenda, the PDC Board will recommend the endorsement of Fire Captain Jeff Griffith in the Palomar Health Board District 6 race. AND: Voting members will consider whether to rate Chris Olps (No Party Preference) in the Poway City Council District 2 race.

Thurs, Aug 13, 2020 7:00pm (via Zoom)

Registrar Michael Vu on Voting in a Pandemic

SD County Voter Registrar Michael Vu

With the coronavirus pandemic raging, potential interference from foreign governments, and concerns of voter disenfranchisement, how do we ensure access and security in the November 2020 general election? San Diego County's Registrar of Voters Michael Vu answers those questions and more.

Also: Club members will consider endorsements in the Palomar Community College Board, Districts 2, 3, and 4, for the Nov 2020 general election. Stay informed on down-ballot races like these!

Thurs, Jul 9, 2020 7:00pm (via Zoom)

Should Poway Dems Support "The Farm"?

The site of Kevin McNamara's proposed Farms at StoneRidge development

Club members will consider whether to endorse The Farm in Poway, Developer Kevin McNamara's plan to place housing and community ammenities on the site of the former StoneRidge Country Club golf course.

Members will also consider endorsing Ammar Campa-Najar for Congress D50, and Tim Nader for SD County Superior Court Judge Seat 30.

Thurs, Jun 11, 2020 7:00pm (via Zoom)

Endorsement & Resolution Considerations

Club members will consider endorsing the followng candidates for the Nov 2020 general election: Scott Peters, Congress D52; Brian Maienschein, CA Assembly D77; Darshana Patel, PUSD School Board, District A; Jimmy Karam, PUSD School Board, District E; Terra Lawson-Remer, SD County Board of Supervisors, D3; and Marni von Wilpert, SD City Council, D5. [Final vote: The club endorsed these candidates for the Nov 2020 general election.]

Club members will also consider whether to adopt a resolution supporting H.R.2407, the "Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act." [Final vote: The club takes no position on this resolution.]

Thurs, May 14, 2020 7:00pm (via Zoom)

Al Johnson, TransFamily Support Services

Al Johnson, TransFamily Support Services

Al Johnson (they/them/theirs), Community Engagement Coordinator for TransFamily Support Services, discusses the challenges members of the LGBTQIA community face, the resources TransFamily provides, and how you can be a good ally.

In addition to their role with TransFamily Support Services, Al Johnson is a social work student at SDSU. They have joined TransFamily for trainings and panels for the past three years, sharing their story to increase awareness of the issues facing nonbinary youth.

Thurs, Apr 9, 2020 7:00pm (via Zoom)

Border Update: Alliance SD's Hiram Soto

Hiram Soto, Alliance San Diego

Alliance San Diego communications director Hiram Soto provides an update on the situation at the border, and explains how Alliance San Diego is working to provide critical services and support to immigrants.

Soto is a resident of Poway via Tijuana and San Diego. He leads communications at Alliance San Diego, a community empowerment organization that works to strengthen our democracy through civic participation. He is one of the intervenors in the successful federal case to protect Poway's district elections, and the California Voting Rights Act. He has also worked as a cross-border reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Thurs, Feb 13, 2020 7:00pm

Ballot Review!

The club will go over the candidates and issues appearing on the March primary ballot. This is your chance to get informed on some of the down-ballot races and initiatives you may have missed this election season. Don't forget to bring your mail-in ballot and a friend!

Also: Ever wonder how to fill out the Superior Court Judges portion of your ballot? In Jan & Feb, Democratic candidates for Superior Court Judge seats will be visiting the club. Learn about this important position and vote with confidence!

Thurs, Jan 9, 2020 7:00pm

It's a Jam-Packed Meeting to Kick Off 2020!

As a follow-up to the club's Dec meeting with Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps, members will discuss and vote to potentially take a position on Measure P, the $448 Million school bond measure that Poway Unified School District has placed on the March 2020 ballot.

Ever wonder how to fill out the Superior Court Judges portion of your ballot? In Jan & Feb, Democratic candidates for Superior Court Judge seats will be visiting the club. Learn about this important position and vote with confidence!

Finally, members will vote on proposed amendments to the club bylaws.

Thurs, Dec 12, 2019 7:00pm

Dr. Marian Kim Phelps, PUSD Superintendent

PUSD Superintendent Dr. Marian Kim Phelps

Superintendent Dr. Marian Kim Phelps answers your questions about the $448 Million school bond measure that Poway Unified School District will place on the March 2020 ballot. (See PUSD's FAQ on the bond measure.)

Prior to joining Poway Unified, Dr. Phelps served as Superintendent in Orange County's Westminster School District. In her 25 years as an educator, Dr. Phelps was an elementary and middle school teacher, a vice principal, elementary principal for 10 years, and Area Superintendent for four years serving 32 schools in the San Diego Unified School Distrct.

The club will also hear from opponents of the proposed Newland Sierra site, which calls for over 2,000 new homes on county land west of Interstate 15, near Escondido, San Marcos, and Vista. Voters will decide to approve or reject the development on their March 2020 primary ballot.

Thurs, Nov 14, 2019 7:00pm

Medicare for All

Public health advocate Ramon Bieri

Public health advocate Ramon Bieri takes us on a deep dive into Medicare for All, a rethinking of how health insurance works in America. Medicare for All is supported by many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Bieri is an independent consultant working with nonprofits in healthcare. His research focuses on public health policy in healthcare coverage, among other areas. He received his Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut and his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University.

Thurs, Oct 10, 2019 7:00pm

Countering Hate Extremism

San Diego City director Dr. Joel Day

San Diego City director & homeland security advisor Dr. Joel Day discusses how communities can combat violent extremism and radicalization.

Dr. Day provided civilian support to the SDPD in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the Chabad of Poway. He oversees the City of San Diego's 49 public policy Boards and Commissions. He has also served as the city's representative to many local and global organizations, including the Regional Hate Crimes Task Force and the Immigrants Rights Consortium.

Thurs, Sep 12, 2019 7:00pm

Democratic Solutions for Climate Change

Scientists warn that we are running out of time to change course and avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. But what are the options? How do we craft effective climate policy? Bring your questions for this informative, two-part meeting.

First, SD350's Darlene Garvais explains what the Green New Deal means and why the climate action group has put forth a resolution calling on elected officials to sign on to the plan.

Then, Jason Bercovitch from Congressman Scott Peters's office discusses the representative's "Climate Playbook" approach and the legislation it includes.

Sat, Aug 24, 2019 1:00pm

Congressman Scott Peters

Congressman Scott Peters

Join us for a chat with Congressman Scott Peters, as he discusses issues affecting the region and answers questions in this special meeting of the Poway Democratic Club, to be held in the Poway Library Community Room.

Congressman Peters serves California's 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. He currently serves on the House Committee on the Budget and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Thurs, Aug 8, 2019 6:30pm

Kevin McNamara, Developer, "The Farm at StoneRidge"

The site of Kevin McNamara's proposed Farms at StoneRidge development

Property owner Kevin McNamara answers questions about "The Farm at StoneRidge," his plan to develop a mix-used community on the site of the former StoneRidge golf club in North Poway.

A Poway citizen, McNamara has served on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and the Poway Corridor Study Subcommittee. His properties include the retail center containing the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Walmart.

Thurs, Jul 11, 2019 6:30pm

Ammar Campa-Najjar, Congressional Candidate

Ammar Campa-Najjar

Congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar discusses his bid to unseat indicted GOP congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. and represent California's 50th District, which neighbors Poway.

Campa-Najjar served in the Executive Office of the President, selecting letters bound for President Obama's desk, and was a deputy regional field director for Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. He has also worked as a communications and marketing director for the US Hispanic Chamber of Congress and a public affairs officer for the US Dept of Labor.

Thurs, Jun 13, 2019 6:30pm

Michael Gaulden, Author & Homelessness Activist

Michael Gaulden

Author Michael Gaulden shares his experience growing up homeless in San Diego and addresses myths and misconceptions about homelessness.

Gaulden is the author of My Way Home: Growing up Homeless in America, a memoir of the ten years he spent living in shelters with his mother and sister prior to being accepted to UCLA. He is an activist who speaks regularly on the topic of homelessness and is also the CEO of Creating First Impressions, a nonprofit that provides assistance to disadvantaged youth.

Thurs, May 9, 2019 6:30pm

Kenya Taylor, San Diego County Supervisor Candidate

Kenya Taylor

Due to a family emergency, Ammar Campa-Najjar was not be able to speak as scheduled.

Kenya Taylor discusses her campaign for the San Diego County Supervisor seat in District 2 and issues affecting the region. In addition, members will provide updates on changes at SANDAG and 2020 Senate races.

Taylor is the Co-Chair of the Southeastern Live Well Center Health Workgroup. She is also a member of Ramona's Art Docent Steering Committee, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the NAACP San Diego Branch Executive Committee, and Membership Chair of the Black Womenís Institute for Leadership Development. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling, specializing in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from San Diego State University.

Thurs, Apr 11, 2019

Brian Maienschein, Assemblyman - 77th District

Brian Maienschein

CA State Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, whose 77th District includes Poway, will discuss issues affecting the region along with his recent decision to leave the GOP and join the Democratic Party.

Maienschein was elected to his fourth term in the State Assembly in 2018. He previously served eight years on the San Diego City Council.

Mar 14, 2019

Nicole Capretz, Community Choice Energy

Nicole Capretz

Community Action Campaign Executive Director Nicole Capretz explains why cities like Poway should explore shifting to Community Choice Energy plans to deliver cleaner electricity to residents.

Nicole Capretz is an environmental attorney with 20 years of experience as an energy, equity, and climate justice policy advisor for local governments and the nonprofit sector. Nicole was the primary author of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan adopted in late 2015.

Jan 10, 2019

Pete Babich, Election Analysis

Poway Democratic Club President Pete Babich provides a post-election analysis of voter data.

Nov 8, 2018

Craig Roberts, The Democratic Party Structure

California Democratic Party Regional Director Craig Roberts gives a rundown of the various groups and organizations that make up the Democratic Party at the local, state, and national level.

Oct 11, 2018

Jason Bercovitch & Pete Babich, General Election Preview

Jason Bercovitch, Field Representative for Congressman Scott Peters, joins Poway Democratic Club President Pete Babich in providing a preview of the candidates and issues at stake in the upcoming general election.

Sep 10, 2018

Poway City Council Candidate Forum

The Poway Democratic Club hosts a public Candidate Forum featuring incumbents and challengers discussing their ideas and qualifications for a seat on the Poway City Council.

Aug 16, 2018

Congressman Scott Peters, State of the House

Congressman Scott Peters discusses the State of the House of Representatives and issues affecting residents in Poway and San Diego County.