Uptown Democratic Club Holiday Party Dec 14, 2013



3 – 6 PM.  Potluck.  Additionally, the club provides nourishment with the cost partially recovered by the donations listed below:

$10 Regular Members,

$5 Seniors.

Contact Uptowndems@gmail.com for location.  RSVP to this email address.

Also at the Holiday Party:

Election of Officers for 2014: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The club will send ballots to club members after the next club executive board meeting of November 9.  Ballots returned by mail are due in the club’s PO Box by December 13.  Members may vote in person at the Holiday Party.


Uptown Democratic Club Endorses David Alvarez for Mayor

At our October 22, 2013 Endorsement Meeting, the Uptown Democratic Club endorsed David Alvarez for Mayor.  Congratulations to Mr. Alvarez and thanks to the candidates for appearing at our forum.

There were roughly 36 to 40 people in attendance and 28 club members voting.

The voting took three rounds to resolve into a consensus:

(Candidates listed in numerical order by number of votes per round):

Round 1
David Alvarez     13 50%
Mike Aguirre      10 38%
Nathan Fletcher   2 8%
No Endorsement 1 4%
Total Votes          26

Round 2
David Alvarez    15 56%
Mike Aguirre     11 41%
No Endorsement 1 4%
Total Votes          27

Round 3
David Alvarez     18 64%
No Endorsement 10 36%
Total Votes           28

Rules Concerning Endorsements.
A position on a candidate requires a sixty percent (60%) vote of the club members. Members always have the option of voting “No Endorsement.”
If no candidate receives sixty percent (60%), subsequent ballots shall be taken after deleting all candidates receiving zero votes and the candidate receiving the least non-zero votes. In the case of a tie for least non-zero votes, all candidates receiving that least number of non-zero votes shall be deleted from the subsequent ballot.

October 22, 2013 Mayoral Forum

Photos_and_Captions_only_largerMr. Alvarez and Mr. Aguirre are confirmed to attend.


Mr. Coons has dropped out of the race for Mayor and has endorsed Mr. Alvarez.  He will not attend the forum.

Mr. Fletcher has a scheduling conflict that evening.  From his scheduler:

From: Jocelyn Maggard
To: Gerry Senda
Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: Uptown Democratic Club Mayoral Forum October 22, 7 PM

Hi Gerry,
Thank you so much for getting back with me with the answers to my questions. Unfortunately, Nathan is not able to attend the forum as he has a conflict that evening. Thank you again for the invite, and I hope the debate goes well. Nathan wishes that he could attend.
Many Thanks,
Jocelyn Maggard
Fletcher for Mayor
Scheduling Coordinator


Tuesday, October 22, 2013  7:00-9:00 pm

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

Join or Contact the Uptown Democratic Club

Contact info:
President Sharon Keith.

Vice President Howard G. Singer  Land: 858.454.2628  Mobile: 619.980.4586  hgslajolla@gmail.com

Treasurer John Hartley  619-299-8870  hartley2k@aol.com

Secretary Darlene Jacobs.

Club web site: uptowndemocrats.wordpress.com .

Club email: Uptowndems@gmail.com .

San Diego County Democratic Party sddemocrats.org .

California Democratic Party cadem.org .

Membership is open to all registered Democrats. Dues are $20 per year. The club snail mails and emails newsletters and meeting reminders. We meet at least 11 times per year including a Holiday party in December at a member’s home. To join the club, bring your check in person to a club meeting or simply mail a check made out to Uptown Democratic Club and send to:
Uptown Democratic Club, P.O. Box 3302, San Diego, CA 92163

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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.

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

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