Club Meeting Minutes

Minutes Black Mountain Democratic Club




Our Social Gathering was held from 6:30-7:00 PM followed by the general meeting.


BMDC General Meeting, at 7:00 PM, Lee Finney, BMDC President, welcomed everyone.  He led everyone in the flag salute and Preamble. Since there was no general meeting in July, there are no minutes to be approved.


PROGRAM: The guest speaker, Judith Howell, from Planned Parenthood, gave a presentation on Reproductive Rights and the repercussions created by the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade. Thereafter, Judith addressed questions from those in attendance. The need for Planned Parenthood services is now on the increase. Women who cannot get care in their own states are coming to California. To meet the increased needs Planned Parenthood has extended their hours and days of operation. They welcome volunteer helpers and they need donations more than ever.  She also discussed how Planned Parenthood of the Southwest is collaborating with the county, city, and school local districts to make San Diego County a haven for reproductive rights.


Next Doug Case, representative for CA State Senator Atkins, spoke on other actions being taken by Governor Newsom and the California legislature to protect reproductive rights. Doug urged a yes vote on Proposition 1, which is an amendment to the California constitution to guarantee reproductive rights.  He also said that there are several state bills such as AB666 and AB245 that are aimed at protecting reproductive rights.


CANDIDATE FORUM: Lee Finney invited local elected officials or their representatives to address the club.

  • Joseph Rocha, candidate for CA State Senate, District 40, asked for support and expressed hope that there be a large turnout for the Super Walk this coming Saturday, August 13th and again August 20th.
  • Tommy Hough running for San Diego City Council, District 6 gave an update on his campaign.
  • Kent Lee BMDC-endorsed candidate for San Diego City Council, District 6 gave an update on his campaign
  • Claudia von Wilpert, representative for City Council Member Marni von Wilpert, stated that Councilwoman von Wilpert is holding a community coffee this Saturday, August 13, starting at 9 to 11 AM at Hunters of Hendrix coffee shop in Scripps Ranch.
  • Greg Hodosevich is running for San Diego County Treasurer and asked for our support. He has been endorsed by the County Democratic Party.



  • Roosevelt Dinner and awards ceremony: Six members of the club attended. Two high-school interns with City Councilperson Marni von Wilpert’s office joined us.
  • Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: President Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure bill was passed by both houses of Congress over the weekend and signed into law on Monday. Although it’s not everything the original Build Back Better Act promised (and, invests about 2 .5 trillion less), it’s a big deal and will do a lot of good for both our crumbling infrastructure and in fighting the effects of climate change.
  • The Mira Mesa Go Team could use more volunteers to walk for County Party endorsed candidates.
  • Training for new Go Team members will commence in late August and continue through September. Look to either the county party or club website for specific information. 
  • August 13th and 20th Super Walks for Joseph Rocha: The club is sponsoring two Super Walks for Joseph Rocha in August. One in Mira Mesa on the 13th and one in Scripps Ranch on the 20th.  Please participate in at least one of these walks.  More information is available on the club website.
  • The Go Team walks through October and then will shift to Get Out The Vote (GOTV ) efforts. Ballots will start dropping the second week of October.


TRESURER REPORT: Treasurer Claudia von Wilpert reported that the current total funds on-hand is $3,82350.  This month she dispensed fund to cover the post office bill.


MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Sarah Spear-Barrett, Co-VP of Club Development, announced that there are currently 70 active club members.  This meeting there were no new members.

OPEN FORUM:  Lil Nover, President of the Sorrento Valley Town Council, asked us to support a call for a post office to be established in Sorrento Valley. Their only post office recently was closed.

NEXT MEETING: Lee announced the next general meeting will be Wednesday, September 14, 2022. We’re still working on a scheduled speaker. 


Respectfully Submitted


Marcia Finney

Secretary Black Mtn Democ