Budgets, Bylaws, Brunch, and Pandas!

Democrats for Equality,

Fox News the other day apparently informed us that there are 3 more “Mexican” countries.

Did y’all see this?

It was from a segment regarding the Trump administration no longer providing foreign assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Their “lower third” graphic referred to these three individual countries as “Mexican” countries.

I would post the screen grab of it, but then I’d have to subject myself to watching their adoringly pro-Trump coverage in order to do it — and, quite frankly, I’d sooner save myself the trouble.

Actually, the fun part about their obvious error is taking a brief look at the number of individuals it took for them not to catch this.

So, within the realm of live television production, you have a number of crew members stationed in what is known as the production control room, seen below:

Here, you’ll likely have the director of the television program, the assistant director, a technical directoraudio personnel, and more often than not, the producer of said program. For a national broadcast channel like Fox News, possibly executive producers as well. Within this crowded production room, you’ll also have at least someone responsible for operating the character generator software for the “lower third” portion of the TV screen.

So, yes — a room full of highly-skilled and seemingly knowledgeable individuals failed to catch probably the biggest geographical slip-up on live television in recent memory.

Or, they could all be clueless Cro Magnons who think anyone who speaks Spanish is simply “Mexican” — despite Spanish being the official language of 21 individual countries, and a significant language in 3 other countries. Altogether, over a half-billion people around the world speak Spanish.

The fact that a room full of people at Fox News did not know this tells me something. There’s a word for that… oh, yes: know-nothings.

There’s a word for that in Spanish, too… oh, yes: pendejos.

Speaking of know-nothings on more positive topic, if you have no idea how budgeting works for the County of San Diego, there’s an opportunity to learn this week!

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is hosting a community budget forum this Wednesday, April 3 at the Copley-Price Family YMCA from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Children are welcome and dinner will be provided. The information flyer is below:

At our next club meeting on Thursday, April 18, we will start getting into our first round of endorsements for the 2020 March 3rd Primary Election. Our meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103) at 7:00pm.

We will hopefully make a friendly incumbent endorsement in San Diego City Council District 9, as well as make an endorsement for San Diego Mayor.

Also, we will get around to hearing some bylaw changes regarding the creation of “Regional Director” positions. I know we’ve been talking about this for some time. The new proposed language for you to review has been updated to refer to these as “Area Representatives.”

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

(Ryan!? Isn’t our board big enough!? WTF is wrong with you!?)

Well, I’m glad you asked! I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but to reiterate — prior to our club’s executive board elections in February, we had looked at the opportunity of diversifying and expanding our executive board to fully reflect representation across the county.

We have LGBT representation and elected officials in every part of San Diego County — except East County. More on that in a second.

There are more LGBT elected officials in San Diego than in San Francisco.

A couple months ago, it was stated to me by a longtime member of the club that at one time most of the board members had lived within Hillcrest and North Park. As our LGBT community’s political influence has grown outside of just the third City Council District, we have been able to make strides throughout all parts of San Diego County.

So, now that we have this opportunity to expand further — and one of our club’s biggest goals should be identifying and recruiting candidates to run in East County — we would like to ensure that our executive board reflects that geographic diversity as well.

Our executive board should have a voice at the table from North County, South Bay, and especially East County. For that reason, we would like to move forward with adding that geographic diversity onto our executive board.

At last — we are ready to announce Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch, an upcoming fundraising brunch for the club on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

We are happy to say that a number of our amazing LGBT elected officials will be there, including Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria, Council President Georgette Gomez, Chula Vista Councilmember Steve Padilla, and Encinitas Councilmember Joe Mosca, among others.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and I would like to see this be a success. We’ve set what I feel is an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 for this event.

I am not a professional fundraiser by trade, so making these asks are a little new to me. So, please bear with me.

Speaking of bears…

I had an opportunity last week to get up-close and meet Bai Yun, one of our amazing giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo. #AnimalsLoveMe

Unfortunately, Bai Yun and her son Xiao Liwu will be moving back to China at the end of the month. Since 1996, the San Diego Zoo has led an extensive conservation effort for these beautiful bears. If you have not had an opportunity to check out these amazing animals, you may want to before April 27th.

If you’re super jealous, then I’d hate to share that Toni Atkins actually got to feed her.

Of course, now that I’ve said that — I have to share that picture.

Looking for a good complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality