October Monthly Membership Meeting Notes
34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
The Hall at Fauntleroy
Meeting called to order at 7:03 by Chair David Ginsberg
7:04 Pledge of Allegiance.
7:06 No VIP’s present.
7:07 Dale Bright, Dale Connon, and the brothers and sisters of Laborers 242 were honored for their contributions to the 34th.
Minutes were MSP, as was adoption of the meeting agenda.
Chairs Report –
- Glen Morgan filed suit against the 34th on the afternoon of Thursday the 5th.
Chair expressed his anger at how this will affect the LD. We will now need to spend
funds on legal assistance that we could be spending on getting Democrats elected. This
type of action may bankrupt some of the smaller LD’s, however, that is not the case with us.
- Last Saturday’s Burien Canvass with Rep, Jayapal was great! Knocked on 2,057 doors and had at
Least 80 volunteers! Chair reminded the membership that getting out and talking to people is the most impactful thing that we can do.
Treasurer’s Report –
- Treasurer Gina Topp reports that we spent $5,153 last month, with the bulk of the funds supporting the Burien Slate. We have $24,314.26 in the bank and we will be setting aside some funds for caucuses. Gina is confident in the legal firm that we have retained to defend against the Morgan lawsuit.
Committee Reports –
- Legislative Action – Committee Chair Ann Martin brought up Fair Vote Washington
and Fix Democracy First’s petition about Ranked Choice Voting. In answer to a question about gathering any possible signatures while out canvassing, it was determined that this was not a conflict.
- Volunteer Committee – Committee Chair Treina Aronson reminded the membership to check out the “Get Active” tab on the webpage and that the next event was an Adopt A Street Clean Up on October 21 at 1p.m.
Proposition One presentation for Leonardo Flor –
- States that he manages the Vets and Human Services Levy for the County but is here tonight as
a private citizen. Informs that as it stands, the levy is 5 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value. It sunsets this year. Proposition 1 on the ballot will continue and expand the program. As of now ½ of funds go to vets and the other ½ go to those “person(s) in need of such services.” These services include, but are not limited to, Mobile Medical Services, WIC, help for the homeless and affordable housing. 2,056 units have been built thanks to the levy. In all, 42 different programs are funded through it.
- It is the smallest levy in the county. Vets are helped with job training which on average leads to a $28k increase in their household incomes.
- King County is aging, and the need for Senior Services will continue to rise. By 2040, 25% of King County citizens will be seniors.
- There IS a property tax exemption to make sure that folks are not taxed out of their homes. 23,000 people are eligible, let’s make sure that we find them! The levy will also fight social isolation, which many seniors and vets experience. Studies show that it is harder on human health than obesity or smoking 13 cigarettes per day.
- More veterans are poor, and they are getting poorer.
- Proposition 1 will raise the levy to 10 cents per $1000 assessed value. 1/3 to vets, 1/3 to seniors (55 or older) AND their caregivers, and 1/3 to vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to sexual assault victims and LGBTQ populations.
- ½ of the first year’s proceeds will promote housing stability.
- The Senior Programs will also help those seniors who still would like to work to do so, thereby lessening social isolation.
- Note that the levy is on assessed, not sales, value. Average homeowner will see their tax increase by about $27-28 a year.
- If Proposition One does not pass, the current $18.5 million dollars in services would cease. These programs serve Seattle as well, and places great emphasis on citizen/resident oversight. Vets and Seniors would get their own oversight boards.
- ½ of the 1/3 for seniors would go to veteran seniors. This restriction would end when 75% of veteran seniors are housed or $24 million spent, whichever comes first.
- Leonardo also clarified what vulnerable populations are. They are persons who are “acted upon by the system”. Many groups are thusly defined, and the community would be asked as to where the funds would be prioritized. Currently, they are substance abusers and sexual assault survivors. Re-entry services for vets frequently released into homelessness. Leonardo recognizes that this will not solve everything.
- Leonardo was asked if there are any other counties in the state that have comparable services, and he replied that King County is actually the only one in the nation to provide these services.
- He was also asked if this will cause the population to expand with an influx from people from out of the area, to which he answered that this was “empirically not true”’ Most recipients are from this area already and are homeless due to loss of employment.
7:51 King County Council Chair Joe McDermott is recognized –
- VERY proud of the work done on Proposition 1.
- CONGRATULATIONS to David and Steven on their marriage!
- Spoke about Safe Injection Sites. People are trying to have them banned by several different means. He thinks that it is a good discussion to have, and wants to have a full debate on it. Would like to see a 3 year pilot for 2 sites in drug hot spots. This will be brought up at the next Council meeting on Monday the 16th.
- Chris Porter moves to endorse Joe’s alternative. It is (S)econded and (P)assed.
7:57 Chair reports that there will be more doorbelling in Burien, encourages members to adopt a precinct, and advises that walkpieces are now available.
8:00 – Trick Or Vote!
- Michael Taylor-Judd suggested Trick or Voting! It is a great night to canvass/walk your precinct,
as people will be home and will be expecting people at the door all night anyway. Sign up lists
were passed out.
No Unfinished Business
New Business –
- Anne Phillips shares that there will be sign waving at the corner of 148th and 1st on
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 to 6 p.m. between October 19th and November 7th.
All are welcome to join!
- Appointment of PCOs – Jason Cheung appointed PCO of Burien 34-0402.
Good Of The Order –
- Jen Flores reports that the Jayapal campaign has asked for help in doorbelling for Rituja
Indapure who is running for City Council in Sammamish on Saturday the 14th.
- Katy Harris wants to reminds people to look for Fair Trade Chocolate when buying for the
- Martha Koester reports that there has been a real flurry of anti-immigrant mail in Burien and
that we will really need to ramp up the personal contact.
- Ann Martin reminds us of the SW Family Services Gala at the Georgetown Ballroom on October
21st, and wants to thank the LD for sending 46 students and parents to see the Arts West
Performance of “The Who and The What”. (? Is this the right play?)
8:11 Adjourned to Whiskey West