Our next club meeting is this Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Jolla Village Square community room, featuring guests Nicole Capretz and Cory Briggs.

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Hello Democrats and Environmentalists,

Happy Father's Day!

It's been two months since our last regular club meeting, so we look forward to catching up with you – especially all of our new members – this Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Jolla Village Square Community Room at 8657 Villa La Jolla Dr. for our June club meeting.

We'll begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will come to order at 7:00. We'll have details about upcoming club events this summer – including our second anniversary celebration – and discuss potential endorsement votes ahead of the November general election. Our June meeting will also feature return appearances by Nicole Capretz and Cory Briggs.

June Club Meeting
Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 pm
La Jolla Village Square Community Room
8657 La Jolla Village Dr. (ground floor of the mall)
San Diego, CA 92037

The La Jolla Village Square Community Room is located on the ground floor of the La Jolla Village Square Mall, next to the AMC Theaters.

Fresh off a victory in Del Mar in which the city council voted unanimously to adopt a 100 percent clean energy climate action plan, Nicole Capretz of the Climate Action Campaign will discuss the campaign's ongoing concerns with the SANDAG transportation plan.

Cory Briggs will re-visit his earlier presentation to the club on the Citizens' Plan for San Diego, which addresses a potential convention center expansion, a Downtown football stadium, and opportunities for parkland and academic facilities at the current site of Qualcomm Stadium along the San Diego River.

Please join us this Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Jolla Village Square community room for our June club meeting – and mark your calendar now for our next club meeting on Wednesday, July 13, ahead of the national party conventions.

San Diego LGBT Pride Parade – July 16
Please plan to join San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action for this year's San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, happening in Hillcrest on Saturday, July 16.

With this year's theme of Pride Unites The World, SDCDEA will march behind our club banner in unity, celebrating equality and progress. While we expect an outpouring of love, support and fun, we're not expecting a repeat of last year's downpour – that albeit gave way to a very real rainbow later in the day.

Already planning on going? March with us! Please RSVP via e-mail to board member-at-large Alex Kiwan if you can walk with us at this year's Pride Parade. At this point, we'll plan on meeting near the Hillcrest Pride Flag at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue shortly after 10 a.m.

The parade will get underway at 11 a.m. along a one-mile route, ending in Balboa Park along Sixth Avenue. As always, parking will be a challenge – please plan on arriving early and arranging for a ride or using alternative transportation.

San Diego Sierra Club Annual Gala Awards Celebration

Thanks to all the SDCDEA members who attended this year's San Diego Sierra Club awards celebration on June 11, especially our members who opted to join us at the SDCDEA table, including Barbara Bry, Georgette Gómez, Joe LaCava, Vivian Moreno, Dan Ortiz, Cori Schumacher and founding members Thomas Hough Sr. and Jocelyn Hough.

SDCDEA member Davin Widgerow led the ceremony for the Sierra Club, and members Nicole Capretz, Douglas Applegate, Karenlee Robinson and others were recognized throughout the evening. Thanks as well to David Alvarez for spending time with the SDCDEA table, and additional thanks to SDCDEA member Richard Miller for his help and patience in making arrangements for the event.

Cori Schumacher Fundraiser

SDCDEA president Tommy Hough, along with members Cory Hough, Sheila Kadah, Rebecca Taylor and Douglas Applegate attended a fundraiser on June 18 for SDCDEA member Cori Schumacher as part of her campaign for Carlsbad city council.

Hosted by retired Congressman Barney Frank, the event was held at a private residence in Carlsbad with a sweeping view of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon that Cori and so many Carlsbad activists worked so hard to preserve in the No on Measure A campaign over the last year.

As the sun set, Congressman Frank remarked on the need for young people and activists to put idealism into real-world practice by becoming local leaders, running for office and doing the work of government to advance quality legislation and ideals.

Big thanks to retired Congressman Barney Frank, his husband Jim, Cori Schumacher and all the volunteers who made this an outstanding event.

President Obama at Yosemite National Park

What an honor it is for President Barack Obama to have chosen to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service at Yosemite National Park, one of the great natural icons of the Golden State.

A point of pride for any Californian, Yosemite is not only notable for the natural wonder and heritage of the locale, but as a landmark in conservation.

With Yosemite Falls as a backdrop, now running at full volume with the spring melt, the President marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by speaking about the importance of preserving our nation's special places, the economic benefits of parks, and the challenges already posed by global climate change.

Some of the President's remarks:

"As we look back over last 100 years, there is a lot to celebrate. As we look to the next century, the next 100 years, the task to protecting our sacred spaces is even more important."

"We can't treat these things as something that we deal with later. Make no mistake, climate change is no longer just a threat – it's already a reality. Here in Yosemite meadows are drying up. Bird ranges are shifting farther northward. Alpine mammals like pikas are being forced further upslope. Yosemite's longest glacier, at once a mile wide, is now almost gone."

In his time in office, President Obama has added 20 new National Park sites, protecting over 265 million acres of public land and waters.

These sites include the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (managed by the U.S. Forest Service) above Los Angeles, and three new National Monuments in the Mojave Desert and Coachella Valley designated in February of this year: Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument.

Enjoy the rest of your Father's Day weekend, and don't forget to join San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action this Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Jolla Village Square community room at 8657 Villa La Jolla Dr. (inside the mall next to the AMC Theaters on the ground floor) for our June club meeting, with guests Nicole Capretz and Cory Briggs.

We look forward to seeing you.
Environmentally Yours,
Richard Ram
Communications Director
San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action

Tommy Hough
San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
SDCDEA members at the Sierra Club gala (from L to R) front row: Dan Ortiz, Fred Rogers, Vivian Moreno and Georgette Gómez; back row: Joe LaCava, Cori Schumacher, Barbara Bry, Thomas Hough Sr., Tommy Hough and Davin Widgerow.
Sustaining Member
Sylvia Hampton

Patron Members
Cara Furio
Fred Rogers

Board Members
Tommy Hough, president
Brian Elliott, vice president for programs and outreach
Fred Rogers, vice president for political action
Brett Fisher, treasurer
Cara Furio, secretary
Lori Kern, events and fundraising
Richard Ram, communications
Alex Kiwan, board member at-large

Newest Members
Robert Hemphill
Joyce Thomas

Latest Renewal
Richard Ram
Photo Credits
Capretz and Briggs dual photo 1 courtesy of San Diego Union-Tribune
Capretz and Briggs dual photo 2 courtesy of Climate Action Campaign, San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Pride event 2015 photo by Jared Quient
Sierra Club dinner photo courtesy of Vivian Moreno
Cori Schumacher event photo courtesy of Jodi Good
Barney Frank group photo by Christina Hernandez
President Obama and Yosemite Falls photo courtesy of Visalia Times-Delta
President Obama pointing photo courtesy of the White House
Whitewater Canyon photo (Sand to Snow National Monument) by Jack Thompson
Glacier Point photo (Yosemite National Park) by Tommy Hough
About San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
Chartered in 2014, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action seeks to foster active interest in the Democratic Party, encourage greater support of the California Democratic Party environmental platform, contribute to party leadership and responsibility, provide a constructive role for volunteers in Democratic politics, promote an activist base, and assist and enable Democratic candidates to run – and win – on environmental principles.
The view of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.
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