LJDC Monthly Meeting – July

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, July 11, 2021
2 – 4:30 pm


Our speaker will be Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe. She grew up in the Fourth Council District, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.
     She serves as chair of the Committee on Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods. She also serves on the Committee on Budget & Government Efficiency and Active Transportation and Infrastructure.
     Her awards include: the  2018 Voice of San Diego Voice of the Year, the 2019 San Diego Democratic Party Making a Difference Award and the 2021 Ashley L. Walker Social Justice Award from Alliance San Diego.
       On August 22, 2020, Monica married the love of her life, Steven Steppe. She is the eldest daughter of Clifford and Patricia Montgomery. She is a niece, sister, and a proud aunt.
     She will speak on some of the issues facing the City of San Diego, with questions to follow.


Our second speaker will be Denise Vedder, Director of Public Affairs at San Diego County Water Authority
Denise Vedder served as the department’s senior manager for 11 years before her appointment as director in 2018, leading two award-winning drought outreach programs during that period. Before joining the Water Authority, Vedder was appointed as the first communications manager for the City of Carlsbad, where was responsible for designing and implementing a strategic communications plan and building the city’s outreach program from the ground up. Vedder also served two district attorneys as a public affairs officer. Vedder has a bachelor’s in journalism and political science from San Diego State University.
    She will speak on the worst drought we have had in San Diego and the state of our water supply, followed by questions.