What's Inside?
  • President's Farewell Message by Susan Marrinan
  • February General Meeting Program 2/23/22 at 7:00pm, social 6:30pm
  • A Message From Our New County Supervisor, Terra Lawson-Remer
  • Results of Pre-endorsement Conference - Frank King
  • Coronado Black History Month, Tent City, 1900-1938
  • GO Team Training - Frank King
  • Slate of nominees for CDC office 3/19/22 - Judy Bambace
  • Battle of the Bay
  • Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Calendar
  • Save the Dates!
  • Board Members & Committees
President's Farewell Message
Susan Marrinan

“The only constant in life is change." Anon

Here is my last president's message. On March 19th, we will elect a new president and vice-president who will lead the club forward for the next two years.

The past two years have been challenging. The pandemic reminded us daily about the importance of community, caring, and surmounting obstacles in the face of great suffering and uncertainty. Our members responded with inspiring programs on current issues, a social justice series, and a scholarship program. The 4th of July parade saw an excellent club turnout. We revamped our website, adopted a Strategic Plan, were nominated for SDCDC Club of the Year, and hosted many educational and fun events. We grew to 243 members. The election of 2020, resulting in Coronado voting BLUE for the first time since 1992, the ongoing pandemic, the insurrection of January 6th, the tortilla throwing, the attacks on our school board, and the recall election presented significant challenges. Our members met these challenges and worked together to support each other and our democracy.
  • Thank you to the Board: Brian Trotier, Alexia Palacios -Peters, Pat Callahan, and Frank King for making my job easy. Thank you to our Standing Committee Chairs: Brian Trotier, Alexia Palacios-Peters, Jenna McIntosh, Laura Wilkinson, Tom Bernitt, Patti Flores Charter, and Anna Webb for your dedication and creativity. Thank you to Gail Bardin, Judy Bambace, and the Strategic Planning Committee for keeping us on a steady, forward-looking path. And a special thank you to Peggy Thayer, our former Web Master, who guided and supported us in more ways than I can recount. Our members are generous and hard-working. Our members also know how to have fun, as evidenced by the Holiday Happy Hour, the Coffee in the Cays, and the Skate by the Sea party. 
It is uplifting to be with people of such good spirit. It is easy to let current events drive us into despair, but this club of active, dynamic, and dedicated members is a welcome antidote for these troubled times. You inspire me, and I am grateful for your support. It has been an honor to be your president.
“Birthing is hard,
Dying is mean, 
So get a little loving, in between.” Langston Hughes
Thank you for the love and support. 
February Meeting Program
("Proof of vaccination and masks required")

On February 23rd the club will hear from our new City Manager, Tina Friend. Tina grew up in an Army family so she is no stranger to moving and military life. She was born in Huntsville, Alabama, spent time in Germany and then moved every couple of years throughout her childhood.
Before coming to Coronado, she was city manager of Scotts Valley, and previously served as assistant city manager of Santa Cruz. She is familiar with Coastal Commission regulatory issues and has insight on the balance between residents and tourism, along with affordable housing issues. She brings a wide array of experience having served on multiple local and regional commissions and boards in many arenas.
One of her hobbies outside of work is running. Tina also loves spending time with family, but her husband Zach and son Elliott haven’t yet moved here as Zach looks for work in the area. An author and public policy expert, Zach is currently a Second District Supervisor for Santa Clara County; but he grew up in San Diego as an avid Padres fan. 

March Blue Wave Brunch Meeting
("Proof of vaccination and masks required")

On March 19th at the Blue Wave Brunch our speaker will be Congressman Scott Peters. After 15 years as an environmental lawyer, Scott was elected to the San Diego City Council, where he later became the City’s first City Council President. On the Council, Scott helped lead the $2 billion redevelopment of downtown San Diego, the cleanup of the city’s beaches and bays, and the completion of a number of major infrastructure projects.
He also pursued greater accountability and efficiency through the creation of a new Council/Mayor form of local government with an independent budget review function. In 2001, the governor appointed Scott to the Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy, and in 2002, the Speaker of the Assembly appointed Scott to the California Coastal Commission. Scott later served as chairman of the San Diego Unified Port District – a major economic engine with $3.3 billion in direct regional economic impact.

Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and worked as an economist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency before attending New York University School of Law. He and his wife of 33 years reside in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, where they raised their son and daughter.
A Message From Our New
County Supervisor.

Hello neighbor. As a third-generation San Diegan who grew up in this beautiful region, I am so excited to be your new representative on the County Board of Supervisors!

Every 10 years, our district boundaries are redrawn to group communities together in ways that make sense based on our changing population, and that's why I'm excited to welcome Coronado to San Diego County District 3, which covers most of our coast, starting in Carlsbad. There is so much we love about our coastal neighborhoods, and there are so many challenges we can tackle when we come together as a community. I look forward to working alongside you to do so! But first, let me briefly tell you about myself. 

I grew up in Mission Hills, graduated from La Jolla High, and earned my bachelor’s degree from Yale and both my law degree and a Ph.D. in political economy from New York University. I’ve worn many hats in my professional career, including as a senior advisor in President Obama’s administration, a professor of public policy, an advisor at the United Nations and the World Bank, and a Community Organizer.More recently I taught public policy at UCSD, started my own small business, led backpacking and outdoor education programs for disadvantaged youth, and became a trained EMT (which came in handy when I helped to administer COVID-19 vaccinations last year!). As might be able to tell, I like to keep myself busy, which is why I love serving our community as a County Supervisor while raising my two-year-old daughter.
I ran for office in 2020 because I believe that our County government can and must be a force for good to address the big problems facing our region, such as homelessness, climate change, housing affordability, and protecting our coastlines and precious open spaces.

I am honored to work with you to make the County work for all of us. Please feel free to contact me at terra.lawson-remer@sdcounty.ca.gov.
With Gratitude,
Terra Lawson-Remer
San Diego County District 3
Results of
Pre-endorsement Conference

Before each special, primary and general election, the California Democratic Party considers the endorsement of candidates for statewide and legislative office. Normally, incumbents are automatically placed on the consent calendar for endorsement by the DSCC, unless petitions signed by at least 20% of the pre-endorsement conference voters object. The State Party endorsement key dates may be found here: 

Regions, including our region 20, convene pre-endorsement conferences to endorse candidates in these and other legislative races. The party held a pre-endorsement conference on February 12 to consider an endorsement for the 50th Congressional District because the incumbent, Scott Peters, was pulled from the consent calendar as described above.

Rep. Peters faces challengers from the left in his own party.
Coronado Black History Month, Tent City, 1900-1938

The construction of the Hotel Del Coronado is the singular event that gave birth to our beloved city and placed it on the map as a premier holiday destination. The popularity of the Hotel as a holiday destination led to the creation of Tent City, which started with several hundred tents available for rent in 1900 to nearly a 1000 tents prior to its closing in 1938. It was a carnival atmosphere around Tent City, filled with attractions as varied as a horse jumping into a swimming pool, to vaudeville acts, and wading pools. 

In 2016, a local realtor purchased a book on Ebay containing all the copies of the Tent City Program from 1903. In 2016, a San Diego Union Tribune article on the discovery of these programs was published and took a dive into the contents of the programs. The writer mentioned a performance by Harry Wilson, a black-face performer (but added no opinion on the racism inherent in the description). What she failed to note in her review of this 1903 program was a small advertisement in the "Attractions" section of the daily program that contained this:
GO Team Update
Frank King, Go Team Chair

In an election year like this, with challenging midterm races and newly drawn districts, personal voter outreach will be essential for Democrats to win.

That's why the County Party is working to expand our Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team-- trusted local volunteers who distribute our slate of endorsements and help ensure that our voters turn out.

To learn how to do this and join our hundreds of current GO Team members, you can register now for an upcoming orientation that will give you all the information and tools you need. 

The Coronado Democratic Club will sponsor a training session at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 12 in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue. Please register online at the following link to reserve your spot.
Go to sddems.link/gotraining to register or to check out our many other training options, which start next month and include in-person events around the county as well as remote sessions. 

If you haven't already joined, this is the perfect time. You can click here for some more background. (If you're already on the GO Team, keep an eye out for details on your local "kickoff" event for the primary before ballots are mailed in May.) 

Personal, positive, grassroots action is key to our success. Election after election, our GO Team gets results. To be part of this community of dedicated Democratic organizers, please sign up for training today!
Slate of Nominees for CDC Office Elections 3/19/22

Nominating Committee Announces 2022-2024 Slate of Officers

In accordance with the club’s bylaws, the Board appointed a Nominating Committee at its January Board meeting, consisting of the following members: Judy Bambace, Gail Bardin, Ann-Marie Bryan, Akshay Sateesh, and Bill Seager. The Nominating Committee met to develop a slate of officers – President and Vice-President -- for the coming two-year term. 

After designating Judy Bambace as its Chair, the five Committee members unanimously agreed to nominate Marely Ramirez for President. In discussing its nomination for Vice-President, the Committee, in compliance with the bylaws, asked Bill Seager to leave the room pending consideration of him for that office. After further discussion, the four remaining Committee members unanimously agreed to nominate Bill Seager for Vice-President. The Nominating Committee made its report to the Board at the February Board meeting.

The election of officers by club voting members will be held at the general meeting (Blue Wave Brunch) on March 19. 

Here are our amazing candidates:   
Battle of the Bay

We have been challenged to compete in a Coed Soft Ball tournament with the Imperial Beach Democratic Club, the Chula Vista Democratic Club and the Bonita-Eastlake Democratic Club, scheduled for some time in late February or early March. Our volunteer Head Coach is Brian Trotier. 

Let’s join him and take home the Trophy!
If you can run, hit, cheer, coach, umpire, distribute snacks, or have any other softball related skill or interest, please contact Brian Trotier at yale77@aol.com. 
Upcoming CDC
Meetings and Events

("Proof of vaccination and masks required")

2/23: General Meeting: Social at 6:30pm, Meeting at 7pm at Coronado Public Library - Winn Room. Speaker: Tina Friend, Coronado City Manager

3/4 to 3/6: CA Dem Party State Convention
3/12: Go Team Training, Winn Room, Coronado Library, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to canvass and get out the vote safely .
3/8: Board Meeting, location TBD
3/19: Blue Wave Brunch and General Meeting, including election of new President and Vice President, Feast and Fareway, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Individual tickets - $30 
 Sign up to be a Sponsor: listed in program/ extra free raffle tickets
Royal Blue- $300 – 4 tickets
Navy Blue- $200- 3 tickets
Sky Blue- $100- 2 tickets 
Donate a Raffle prize: if you have a donation for the raffle, please contact Jill Rooney, presshalf@gmail.com or Dawn Richards, dawn_richards@mac.com
Not a Member of our Club? Ready to Renew?
2021 – 2022

President: Susan Marrinan
Vice President: Brian Trotier
Secretary: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Treasurer: Patrick Callahan
Member at Large: Frank King

Programs: Brian Trotier
Hospitality: Jenna McIntosh
Membership: Tom Bernitt
Legislative: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Go Team: Frank King
Communications: Laura Wilkinson
Scholarship: Patty Flores-Charter
Digital Specialist: Anna Webb