August 27 Superintendent Cindy Marten

San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten
Superintendent Cindy Marten

The new superintendent of San Diego Unified will be Cindy Marten, principal of Central Elementary School in City Heights.

Marten’s appointment was announced at a press conference (February 27, 2013) at San Diego Unified headquarters.

Marten, a 25-year veteran educator, has worked at Central since 2002, first as a teacher, then as the school’s principal. Before that, she worked as a teacher in the Poway Unified School District.

“What an incredible honor,” Marten said. “I believe in the hope and promise of public education in America, but I believe in doing the work to show America what good schools are all about.”

Marten has long been a star of San Diego Unified. She oversaw a dramatic increase in test scores at Central, a school that serves a community where 99 percent of families are low income and 85 percent of students are English learners. School board members have long steered reporters to her school to showcase the district’s success.

From Ms. Marten’s Facebook page: Cindy Marten is deeply committed to creating educational conditions and opportunities that enable all children to become actively literate, contributing and participating members of a democratic society who make a positive difference in the world. Her 25 years as an educator include teaching elementary grades as a classroom teacher and later, serving as a school-wide literacy specialist in the award-winning Poway Unified School District.

At Central Elementary, Marten worked passionately at attracting and retaining high-quality, dedicated staff. She nurtured innovative programs to support her students and staff including: a highly successful biliteracy program, a hands-on school garden program, quality after-school and pre-school programs, employees’ child day care center, and a community health and wellness center for students and their families. Her team’s success was validated by steady and improved student achievement, which included an increase in the school’s Academic Performance Index (API). By 2012 it reached 788, just shy of the state target of 800.

When
7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Where
Joyce Beers Community Center
1220 Cleveland Ave, San Diego 92103 (map)

July 23, 2013 – Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector

Dan McAllister
Dan McAllister
Dan McAllister was elected San Diego County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector in November 2002 and reelected to his third term in June 2010 by an overwhelming 78% majority of the vote. Not only is he responsible for the collection of more than $4.5 billion in property taxes each year, but his office also manages the investment of nearly $7.2 billion in the County’s Investment Pool, ensuring that these funds are wisely invested and safeguarded for entities such as the school districts and cities in the County.
Dan also serves as a member of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association, which manages investments approximately $8.3 billion. Additionally, he is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the internationally recognized San Diego Convention Center Corporation.
bio at www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~cba/acct/images/McAllister.pdf
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When
7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Where
Joyce Beers Community Center
1220 Cleveland Ave, San Diego 92103 (map)

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(Dan was one of our scheduled guests at last month’s meeeting, but we had a scheduling miscommunication.)

June 25 – Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council President + Dan McAllister Treasurer-Tax Collector

Todd Gloria
Todd Gloria

Todd Gloria is the President of the San Diego City Council and is serving his second term as a Council Member, representing Council District 3 – the Uptown Area.  In 2011 and 2012 he was named San Diego’s Best Elected Official by the readers of CityBeat.

During his first term he championed increased infrastructure investment.  He also led the way for San Diego’s first permanent year-round homeless service center and was a leading advocate for transportation options, including a stronger public transit system.  As Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee in 2011 and 2012 he developed the budgets that stabilized the City’s finances.
Prior to his election he served as District Director to Congresswoman Susan Davis.
Todd also represents San Diego on the boards of the San Diego Association of Governments  (SANDAG) and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS).
Mr. Gloria will be our speaker at the June meeting. He is, of course, a Democrat.
Dan McAllister
Dan McAllister
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Dan McAllister was elected San Diego County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector in November 2002 and reelected to his third term in June 2010 by an overwhelming 78% majority of the vote. Not only is he responsible for the collection of more than $4.5 billion in property taxes each year, but his office also manages the investment of nearly $7.2 billion in the County’s Investment Pool, ensuring that these funds are wisely invested and safeguarded for entities such as the school districts and cities in the County.
Dan also serves as a member of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association, which manages investments approximately $8.3 billion. Additionally, he is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the internationally recognized San Diego Convention Center Corporation.
bio at www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~cba/acct/images/McAllister.pdf
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When
7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Where
Joyce Beers Community Center
1220 Cleveland Ave, San Diego 92103 (map)

May 28 – National and Local Economy and Economic Policy

Prof Alan Gin
Prof Alan Gin

When
7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Where
Joyce Beers Community Center
1220 Cleveland Ave, San Diego 92103 (map)

Alan Gin is the author of USD’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators and a frequent contributor to local media on items of economic interest. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and his Master’s of Arts and Ph.D. degrees, both in Economics, from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His work experience includes stints with the Community Development Department of the County of Fresno and the Public Works Department of the City of Oxnard.

Lorena Gonzalez Rescues Our Monthly Meeting!

Lorena Gonzalez
Lorena Gonzalez

Lorena Gonzalez, candidate for State Assembly, District 80, was the keynote speaker at Uptown Democratic Club’s March 26, 2013 monthly meeting.

Ms Gonzalez is well qualified to serve the people of Assembly District 80, which includes the City of San Diego’s neighborhoods of Golden Hill, Chollas View, Lincoln Park, Grant Hill, Barrio Logan, Palm City, Nestor, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, the Western 2/3 of the City of National City and the Western half of the City of Chula Vista.

She is a graduate of Vista HS and a graduate of Stanford University in California. She served as a policy advisor to California’s Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and as an alternate member of the Coastal Commission. For a complete bio, see Ms Gonzalez’s web site

Ms Gonzalez spoke eloquently and with seasoned knowledge on a variety of topics of interest to people not only in the district, but to folks in San Diego County in general, and fielded questions.

The sequence of events leading to this special election is as follows:

  • State Senator Juan Vargas, SD40, was elected to Congress on November 6, 2012 in the middle of his 4-year term
  • That triggered a special election on March 12, 2013 to replace him as Senator
  • State Assemblyman Ben Hueso won that special election with 53% of the vote, avoiding a runoff
  • That triggered a special election on July 30, 2013 to replace him as Assemblymember

Incidentally, Ms Gonzalez received a phone call just before she was to speak at the Uptown Democratic Club meeting notifying her that the date of the primary had just been set for May 21, 2013. She was then able to relay the information to the club members assembled.

Ironically, Ms Gonzalez’s opponent in the race, former Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Castaneda was to be our keynote speaker, but he had to cancel at the last minute (6:30 PM, meeting time 7:30 PM) because his wife was not able to pick up the kids so he had to. The fact that Ms Gonzalez was able to substitute for Mr. Castaneda on such short notice is likely indicative of how responsive she would be to her constituents while serving as an assemblymember.