In response to multiple allegations of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment against San Diego Unified School Board Trustee Kevin Beiser, the San Diego County Democratic Party has called for the board member's immediate resignation.
“The San Diego County Democratic Party stands solidly in support of the survivors of sexual assault and harassment. There is no place in our community or our party for this type of behavior, and we will move swiftly to condemn and take action against anyone who is found to have committed such acts. Due to the heinous nature of the allegations against SDUSD School Board Trustee Kevin Beiser, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee will consider a resolution calling for his resignation."
This week the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to sue the Trump Administration for its policy on asylum seekers, who are now left in local communities without any resources while their cases are processed. After Republican Supervisor Kristin Gaspar cast the only vote against the lawsuit, County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy issued the following statement.
SAN DIEGO -- Last Tuesday the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee elected a new leadership team for the 2019-2020 election cycle, resulting in the youngest Executive Board in the County Democratic Party's history. Among the newer members elected to the board are six millennial officers, including new Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, 31, a U.S. Marine Veteran and the president of the California Young Democrats and San Diego Democrats for Equality.
The San Diego County Democratic Party is supporting an unprecedented 140 local candidates on the November 6 ballot -- nearly twice as many as the Party endorsed in the last midterm cycle. Against the backdrop of a historically divisive presidency that has sparked progressive activism from coast to coast, the local Democratic Party's current candidates are also particularly diverse, with many newly engaged in electoral politics: 65% are non-incumbents, 55% are women, and at least 35% are people of color. Also, for the first time ever, nonpartisan voters outnumber Republicans in San Diego County. Democrats now lead with 36% of all local voters, followed by nonpartisans at 30% and Republicans at 29%.
“After a year of weekly protests, grassroots organizing, and growing progressive momentum throughout the 49th Congressional District, Rep. Darrell Issa is calling it quits. By declining to run for re-election, one of the wealthiest members of Congress is acknowledging he can’t win the seat he has held for 17 years. Credit and thanks for this feat should be broadly shared -- not only by the activists who continued their vigorous campaign against Issa in 2017, but also by everyone who worked throughout 2016 to make this the closest House race in the country."
"An elected city politician leaked inside information to help downtown developers fleece the taxpayers. Then he tried to cover it up. This is the definition of public corruption. While the legal consequences of Councilmember Chris Cate’s betrayal of the citizens of San Diego as an elected official have yet to be determined, the City Attorney’s demand is even more urgent now than it was in June. Chris Cate has proven that he is unfit for office and cannot be trusted to faithfully represent the interests of the people of San Diego. He must resign from the City Council immediately and end his campaign for reelection next year."
After Republican Bonnie Dumanis announced her plan to run for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in District 4, San Diego Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes issued the following statement: “Voters are tired of the GOP status quo in County Government, and they will reject Republican Bonnie Dumanis’ record of failure, deception, and corruption. San Diegans aren’t looking for a candidate that cuts shady backroom deals, colludes with foreign campaign donors, and used a 'murdered daughter as a campaign prop.'"
We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the tragedy that was the hateful and divisive march in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, especially the family of Heather Heyer, a white woman who died at the hands of a white man who was showing his support of white supremacy. Their logic is as flawed as their morality. We held a press conference with our Democratic elected officials, including State Senator Toni Atkins, and State Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 9:30am in front of the Balboa Park Cultural Cottages, to speak further about this weekend’s tragedy and our plans to defeat the rise of hatred and those Republicans who have enabled this horrific behavior.
The healthcare bill revealed by Senate Republicans today contains drastic cuts similar to the bill that passed last month in the House of Representatives, which local Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter voted to support. The Senate bill -- which aims to overhaul one-sixth of the U.S. economy -- was crafted in secrecy and is being rushed through to a vote. Like the House version, it would increase costs for consumers, reduce the benefits that are guaranteed in all healthcare plans, and give hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy and insurance companies.