December 2014 Our next meeting will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015, 12:00 noon in the Hall of Champions, Balboa Park. The Catfish Club would like to wish you and your family all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year.
November 7, 2014 Governor Brown is seeking his fourth term, Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio are in a very close and expensive race, there are several important propositions on the ballot, and the experts predict a "record low" voter turnout. Join us as John Dadian, President of Dadian & Associates and John Warren, Publisher of the Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper, r eturn to discuss the winners and the losers, and the impact that the 2014 General Election may have on us. Michel Anderson will moderate the discussion.
October 10, 2014 The Catfish Club will examine a question discussed nationwide as part of the Question Bridge: Black Males, "Why didn't you leave us the Blueprint?" This is an important discussion for everyone and one you won't want to miss.
Beginning October 10-November 7, 2014 the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art will host the Question Bridge:Black Males. This project uses media in a unique format to explore issues that challenge Black males by stimulating conversation among Black men across the geographic, economic, generational, educational and social strata of American society. “Question Bridge powerfully exposes the incredible diversity of thought, character and identity within the Black American male demographic, disrupting traditional generalizations” (The Question Bridge Blog) This exhibit is timely and necessary. Visit http://questionbridge.com for more information.
Please note the Catfish Club will meet at the museum located at the M.L. King, Jr. Center located on the campus of Bayview Baptist Church, 6134 Benson Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114
September 5, 2014 Providing a quality education for all students continues to be a challenge. The recent court ruling in the Vergara V. California case (teacher tenure), the San Diego Unified School District's (SDUSD) Budget, as well as the future of Charter Schools are all factors that may impact our students education. Please join us for an informative discussion with two of our SDUSD Board members, Vice President, Marne Foster (Sub-District E) and Board Member, John Lee Evans (Sub-District A)..
August 1, 2014 On June 3 2014, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis won 55 percent of the vote and a fourth term in office. Please join us as she discusses her vision for the District Attorneys office.
July 2014 The Catfish Club will not meet during the month of July. Have a safe 4th of July holiday and we will see you on Friday, August 1, 2014
June 6, 2014 On June 3rd, we will go to the polls and vote on everything from the Governors race, Barrio Logan Community Plan, the District Attorney's race, City Council Districts 2, 4 6 & 8, Judges etc. John Dadian, Political Analyst and Dr. John Warren, Publisher of the S.D. Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper have two very distinct perspectives. Join us as they come together to discuss the results of the Primary and the various issues facing the region. Michel Anderson will moderate this insightful discussion.
May 2, 2014 Getting at the Soul of the Achievement Gap One would hope that closing the Achievement Gap in education is a national priority. If it is, we are failing our children and ultimately our nation, because for some the gap continues to grow. Please join The Catfish Club when we discuss this very important issue. Our dynamic panel includes: Ernie McCray, Moderator Teaching Artist at Collaboration of Teachers and Artists (CoTA) Khalada Salaam Alaji, Founder, Community Preparatory School-San Diego Dennis Doyle, Executive Director, CoTA
April 4, 2014 Financing housing that is affordable for San Diego's workforce continues to be a major challenge. Recently, the San Diego City Council voted to resend the increase to the Workforce Offset Fee, also known as the "Linkage Fee." This fee requires non-residential development to assist in financing affordable housing. The City Council vote also requested the interested parties to return in 60 days with a solution. Join us as we discuss this very important and timely issue. Our distinguished panel includes: Neal Arthur, Sr., Moderator Matthew Adams, Vice President, Building Industry Association (BIA) Rick Gentry, President/CEO SD Housing Commission Chanelle Hawken, Executive Director of Public Policy, SD Chamber of Commerce Laura Nunn, Policy Director, SD Housing Federation. March 21, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At USD's Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Restoring Respect's 3rd Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue "Creating a Culture of Civility" KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Ph.D. Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse MODERATOR: Carl Luna, Ph.D. Political Science Professor, SD Mesa College REMARKS: The Reverend George Walker Smith Mary Lyons, Ph.D., President, USD Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor SD Community College District Cindy Marten, Superintendent SD Unified School District PANELISTS: Jerry Sanders, President/CEO SD Chamber of Commerce Scott Lewis, CEO, Voice of SD Thella Bowens, President/CEO SD Airport Authority Richard Barrera, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council Member, SDUSD Board of Education Dr. Martin Carcasson, Director Center for Public Engagement Colorado State University March 7, 2014 The San Diego Community College District: Construction and Transformation District Chancellor, Dr. Constance M. Carroll, Board President Rich Grosch, and others will discuss the enormous progress made through the district's $1.6 billion bond measures, which have transformed the campuses of City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, as well as the seven campuses of Continuing Education. They will also discuss the role of the district in creating thousands of construction contracts and jobs that benefit local businesses and workers. February 7, 2014 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act In commemoration of this historic legislation, The Catfish Club, in conjunction with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, will host a discussion on Civil Rights in San Diego. Harold Brown, founder of the San Diego Civil Rights Museum, will discuss San Diego's activities during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Your attendance will also allow you to view the civil rights photo exhibition "In Our Lifetime. . ." installed by SDAAMFA. Guest curator for the exhibition is Rev. George Walker Smith. Please note: This meeting will be held at Bayview Baptist Church, in the MLKing, Jr. Center, 6134 Benson Avenue, San Diego 92114.
January 10, 2014 Barrio Logan - The Quest to Co-exist Professor Carl Luna will moderate a panel that includes stakeholders on both sides to help us understand what is at stake in the planning for this important San Diego neighborhood