Pride Week: Kickoff, Parade, and Festival!

Democrats for Equality,

This week, America’s Finest City takes it’s turn to celebrate Pride!

We are excited about Thursday’s 2019 Pride Kickoff event! We are excited to announce our partnerships with Weedmaps and Equality California in hosting this event.

Join us Thursday, July 11th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at FruitCraft in Hillcrest (1477 University Ave., San Diego, 92103).

We mentioned last week that we are no longer selling tickets, however you are encouraged to RSVP at this link. Use the code WMDFEEQCAPRIDE to confirm your RSVP. The event is free but those who want to attend need to RSVP and use the aforementioned code.

There were a handful of club members who had purchased tickets, and we are working on reaching out individually to refund those ticket purchases.

Pride Parade: We are Parade Contingent #37. If you want to march with us in the parade, we will be gathering on Saturday, July 13th at the southeast corner of Normal Street and Harvey Milk Street. Our moving start time is 10:05am, so we would ask that everyone show up no later than 9:30am. Traffic will no doubt be a mess, so please plan your travel accommodations accordingly. Check out the map of the parade staging area.

Pride Booth: Apparently, we won’t know our booth number at the festival until we check-in on Friday. We are still looking for volunteers to help us promote the club and encourage participation in our Presidential Straw Poll throughout the festival!

We’ll be stacked with volunteers Saturday afternoon, but we do need some extra help Saturday evening and throughout Sunday.

If you would like to volunteer at our booth at any time during the Pride Festival in Balboa Park on Saturday, July 13th or Sunday, July 14th, please let us know your preferred availability on this organizing form here.
Some of our booth organizers should be contacting those of you who volunteer, so expect a call or email from them including any follow-up details. All told it should be a great time!

After this weekend’s Pride festivities, join us for our next club meeting Thursday, July 18th at 7:00pm inside the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103).

At last month’s meeting, Melinda Vasquez was elected our new Controller, so we will consider filling a vacancy on our executive board for North Area Representative. If you live in the zipcodes below, are a member in good standing, and are interested in serving with our incredible leadership team, please let me know (!

  • The North Area includes 92003, 92007, 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011, 92014, 92024, 92025, 92026, 92027, 92028, 92029, 92054, 92055, 92056, 92057, 92058, 92059, 92060, 92061, 92064, 92067, 92069, 92075, 92078, 92081, 92082, 92083, 92084, 92091, 92096, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92672

We have a couple of endorsement considerations: friendly incumbent endorsements for State Senate District 39 and Assembly District 76, and endorsements for Congressional Districts 50 and 51.

Also, attorney Kate Yavenditti will present on a proposed Charter Amendment concerning the City of San Diego’s Community Review Board on Police Practices.

Our executive board made some updates to our endorsement calendar (see below). Yes, the next couple of meetings are going to be… what’s the word?… agonizing excruciating intense savage Fun!

So, if you have any general interest in these upcoming endorsement considerations then please take note.

Finally — and, this might be a little controversial — due to us moving some endorsements around San Diego City Council District 7 will be coming up in August.

I mention this specific race because a certain candidate who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault against three of our club members, and is now also under investigation by their employer has — for whatever reason — still not dropped out of running.

A couple months ago when this story broke, our club took the position to call for this individual to resign their current elected office and — for whatever reason — they still have not done so.

This brings us to a relatively simple question: Why would we call for this individual’s resignation, and then turnaround and consider them for an endorsement?

To even have to ask that question is just a little ridiculous, and it goes against our values as a club. So, at our next meeting we will consider voting on a resolution to not invite/consider that candidate to participate in our endorsement process.

Sure, that might be controversial to some (I can’t imagine why). However, my responsibility is to the health and safety of our club members, and if that means protecting our club and our members from an alleged sexual harasser than that is my duty to this club.

With great power, comes great responsibility.

And on that note… Happy Pride!

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality