Club Meeting This Thursday at 7pm!

Democrats for Equality,

Yesterday, I joined LGBT activists in taking a stand against the Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center being built in Mission Valley. This project has been less than transparent, threatens to further congest an already heavily trafficked area, violates several codes and could worsen the environmental health of the region. In addition to that, Morris Cerullo is a proponent of gay conversion therapy, a practice which was outlawed in California and has been discouraged by medical professionals.

Because of the City Attorney’s guidance that council members make their decision based on specific criterion I and other activists restrained our comments to the environmental and traffic impacts. In a stunning display of mendacity and hypocrisy the council member from District 2, Lorie Zapf, decided to attack our discretion and suggested that we were attacking the “free speech” of religious groups and suggested that no one had called her office about this issue. A statement we know to be false. Councilmember Zapf has had a checkered past with the LGBT community including once saying “I absolutely want to keep homosexuals out of public office and not be allowed to influence our schools, textbooks, altering marriage, children and on and on.”

Here is the deal: Gay Conversion Therapy is not a matter of religion it’s a matter of science. The American Psychological Association condemns the practice as “unscientific” and “unethical.” There is also no real basis for the practice in the religious texts of any of the religions, and certainly not Christianity. The idea that Councilmember Zapf would call into question the motives and integrity of LGBT community leaders concerned about a person who promotes harmful, unscientific, unethical and illegal practice building a legacy project unto himself that hurts our environment and increases the horrible situation with traffic in the center of our region, is astonishing. It also calls into question whether or not the various members of the LGBT community may have been to generous in accepting her apology for her misguided views. (Oh and just moments ago she criticized the efforts of club member and Council Member Georgette Gomez in her efforts to resist the Trump Border Wall!)

We will consider this specific race on November 16th but one thing is certain: We must defeat Council Member Lorie Zapf in 2018. She is currently exploiting a dubious legal loophole to run for an unprecedented 3rd term in office which clearly runs counter to the intent of voters who implemented the two term limit.

Anyways, here is a reminder for our meeting this week. We will be meeting this Thursday, September 21st at 7pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center. Here is the Agenda:

7pm Call to Order
President’s Report
Consideration of Friendly Incumbent Endorsement: Chula Vista Mayor
Consideration of Friendly Incumbent Endorsement: CA Assembly AD 79
Consideration of Friendly Incumbent Endorsement: CA Assembly AD 80
Consideration of Friendly Incumbent Endorsement: US House CD-52
Consideration and Forum: US House Congressional District CA-50
Board Elections: Nominations Committee Report, Nominations and Elections
(2 Board Member At Large Seats)

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Congressman Scott Peters have all been confirmed for their friendly incumbent Q & A.

Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez has already fulfilled her requirement to appear before the club.

We have a LOT to do so don’t forget to join us THIS THURSDAY at the Joyce Beers Community Center.

In Solidarity.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality