Meeting Notes

Archived notes from our business meetings, WSDCC meetings, KCDCC meetings and our newsletters.

June 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

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34th District DemocratsMonthly Membership Meeting7/13/18The Hall at Fauntleroy  Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg 7:01 Pledge of Allegiance. 7:02 Minutes and Agenda (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed. 7:03 Chairs Report –Stressed the importance of endorsing a strong, viable candidate. Our endorsement matters!Garden Party will be held at The Hall at Fauntleroy. July 19th, 7-10 pm. Tickets are on sale now! 7:05 Treasurer’s Report –Membership stands at 360 members. Currently have $27,307.25 in the bank, however, $15k isreserved for the 2020 Caucuses. There were $280.70 in expenses and $1,238.81 in income. Ginawas presented with a check for $2,500 from Labor Local 242 to great applause.  7:07 KCDCC Report –Natalie Reber is the new County Chair.  Their endorsements have been posted to their website.They are no longer in the offices that they were in, this will save a lot that was formerly beingspent on rent. 7:09 Primary Endorsement slate presented – MSP. 7:10 Ann Martin moved to endorse Initiative 1631 for Clean Energy.It is supported by a wide array of organizations. It protects the environment and createsjobs. Needs 65,000 signatures. MSP, petition packets are at the back of the room.   7:14 Maureen Charleston moved to endorse signature gathering for Initiative 1644 for Affirmative Action – MSP 7:16 – Chris Porter moved to endorse Annabelle Quintero. This was determined to be out of order.           Chris Porter then moved to endorse Sofia Aragon and Lois Schiffer. Les Treall raised a Point of Information – Both are candidates for Senate. Ivan Weiss moved to endorse Joe Nguyen.Brooks Salazar moved to endorse Shannon Braddock.Maureen Charleston moved to endorse Lem Charleston.      7:19 Chris Porter ceded his time to Sofia Aragon. She immigrated from the Phillipines, and has the sole endorsement from the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund. Health Care will be her focus. 7:21 Chris Porter ceded his time to Lois Schipper. She was a PCO for 10 years, Diversity Chair of the last E-Board, and was a Bond and Levy Chair. Gun violence prevention will be her focus. 7:24 Ivan Weiss yields his time to Joe Nguyen. He was born and raised in the South End, and wants to give back. Health Care For All will be his focus. 7:26 Brooks Salazar spoke for Shannon Braddock for 1 minute and ceded the remainder of his time to Shannon. She has spent 2 decades in the 34th. West Side Baby Board member. She hopes to put her experience and perspective to work for the 34th. 7:29 Maureen Charleston yielded her time to Lem Charleston. He recognizes that there are a lot of great candidates in the race. His experiences as a Marine, a Pastor, a Trustee, and as a Chaplain will benefit the 34th. He wants to bring his passion to Olympia. 7:31 Balloting starts. 115 credentialed members. 7:37 Joe McDermott addresses the membership. June…Pride month! Given the state of the country, we need to re-double our efforts to celebrate Pride. 7:39 Dow Constantine exhorts the membership to help him move forward on the issue of homelessness. 7:42 Bill Tracy, President of the SW Suburban Sewer District informed the membership that they have moved into a new HQ. There will be an Open House on the 30th, and the public is invited. White Center Jubilee Days are July 21st and 22nd. 7:45 Annabelle Quintero rose to speak about her candidacy. She is an Ecuadorean American and as an educator, equality in educational opportunity will be her focus. 7:50 Bunnie Hatcher moved to endorse signature gathering for Initiative 1639. It raises age limits and requires background checks for gun sales. MSP. 7:51 Jose Iniguez moves to endorse Darren Morris for King County Prosecutor. He yields his time to Darren. His focus will be to reform the Prosecutor’s Office. Dow Constantine rose to speak for incumbent Dan Satterberg. He does not know Darren Morris, but he points out that Dan is a leader in Juvenile Diversion and Prosecutorial Reform and favors a public health approach. 7:57 It is moved and seconded to endorse Dan Satterberg. He has filled out the KCDCC questionnaire.Annabelle Quintero speaks vs Satterberg.Dow speaks for him. Dan lobbied for a bill limiting the prosecution of juveniles as adults.   There is a motion to table the endorsement of Dan Satterberg. MSP.  8:04 Sofia Aragon moves to endorse Andrea Chen for Seattle Municipal Court Position #2. Running unopposed. 8:08 Annie Phillips is recognized as 2017’s PCO of the year. 8:09 2 PCOs for Consideration.Daniel Pinsker for 34-1540 and Billy Powell for Acting PCO of 34-1450. MSP. 8:13 Tai Yang-Abreau unanimously approved as the new Digital Communications Chair. 8:15 Good of the Order – President of the Seattle Education Association Phyllis Campano advised the membership that contract negotiations have started with the School Board. Chris Porter pointed out that RCW 28A.635.030 needs to be reformed. It deals with School Resource Officers. Les Treall rises to thank Joy Pakulak for her service to the 34th. She has retired and is moving to the Oregon Coast. This is her last meeting. Thank you, Joy! Randy Litzenberg is unanimously appointed Acting PCO of 34-1514. 8:23 – The Chair is informed that there are more votes than credentialed members. Chair confers with the tally committee and the treasurer. 8:39 Ballot Report – 119 Ballots Votes                              %age                            Candidate8 6.7                       Sofia Aragon57 47.9        Shannon Braddock7 5.9        Lem Charleston39 32.8        Joe Nguyen8 6.7        Lois Schiffer Updated Credential Count – 123 Members 8:41 Re-vote 8:51 Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen tie, 62 votes each. 8:52 Dual Endorsement is MSP. 8:53 Adjourn to Whiskey West.    Panel consisted of Seattle City Councilwoman Lorena Gonzalez, Sarah Brady, Campaign Manager for Pramila Jayapal, Shawn Terjeson, statewide communications lead for Moms Demand Action, and Jason Lindbom, President of Washington CeaseFire.  9:06 Old Business – None 9:07 New Business – New PCOs candidates, Michael Matt Miller – 34-1415 and Dawn Rains – 34-1420.Both are appointed. Chris Porter advises the membership that Arts West has offered the 34th 50 tickets to the April 34th performance at 6:30.  9:11 Good of the Order. 9:18 Adjourned.   Bylaws – Committee Chair Michael Taylor-Judd is working on changes to the endorsementand wants to clarify exactly what it means to endorse a candidate.  Treasurer Gina Topp reports that we have $16,277.74 in the bank, with income of $5,265 andexpenses of $3,059 in July. Current membership is at 588.  Digital Communications – Committee Chair Lynne Randall and her committee are working toconnect the 34th with the web and to differently-abled people and on publishing blog posts to explain our positions and to get our message out.  Diversity – Committee Chair Sean Riley was at a diversity conference, Chair David Ginsburg reported in his place. They are developing formats to communicate with the district and they want to make sure that every precinct has a PCO. They will be helping to keep Burien’s status asa sanctuary in effect, and he would love to reach out to and bring more communities to our meetings and events!  Fundraising/Interim Finance Committee Chair Chris Porter is encouraging the membership to attend the District Carnival in costume!  Hospitality – Committee Chair Kate Riley wants to make sure that new members and visitors feel welcome at our meetings and is working on ways to streamline getting new nametags to new members.  Legislative Action – Committee Chair Ann Martin encourages everyone to help Flip The 45th andtake back the Senate. She is working on a resolution to protect DACA and immigrants, and asked the membership to support US HR 48, which would overturn Citizens United. She wonders whyAdam Smith won’t attach his signature to it. Clarified the area of the 45th – Sammamish, Redmond and Woodinville area.  Outreach Committee Chair Karen Richter and Co-Chair Steve Butts were excited to talk about the year so far, and what is coming up. There will be a Voter Registration Workshop, we joined with the 33rd for Burien Pride, and we will be joining the 11th in South Park for Fiestas Patrias. Other events include the Vashon Strawberry Festival, the White Center 5k, and there were great results from Peace In The Hood. 10 18 year olds registered to vote! Thanks for your efforts, Sean! The White Center Food Bank BBQ will be coming up in late August.A suggestion has been made to have a Happy Hour after the next Adopt-A-Street event. Thanks to Treina and the Volunteer Committee for their help! 71 people registered this festival season so far, and events stretch into September. Delridge day is Saturday August 12th.  Volunteer Committee Chair Treina Aronson appreciates the help of her 74 member committee. 6 festivals, 5 parades, 2 fundraisers, the Cookbook Project, Helping Gina, the Auction…Lots of help from folks. Treina would like to remind everyone of the “Get Active” page on the website, where there are lots of opportunities to help!  Event Committee Chair Carrie Alexander announced that 2 VIP passes to the Carnival were under one lucky person’s seat. They are the recipients of 2 Tickets for admission and an all-you-can-drink ticket. The Annual picnic will be at Lincoln Park on September 23 from 3pm-10pm.   No Unfinished Business  New Business – District 6 Seattle School Board Member Leslie Harris would like to offer a slate for the SeattleSchool Board for the upcoming election. Points out that there are clear differences and clearchoices between the candidates, and this election will affect the District for the next 20 years.A deficit of 75 million has been whittled down to 50 million, but schools are over capacity.One Guidance Counselor has 450 in their charge, and that is way too many. 5 new schools areopening this year. Leslie put forth Zachary DeWolf, Eden Mack, and Betty Patu as the bestcandidates for the job. Leslie is speaking for them because she needs help. Proposed endorsement as a slate. MSP, with no one speaking against and a unanimous yes vote. Chris Porter gave an update on the State Committee, the next meeting will be at South SeattleCommunity College on September 9th from 7am to 3pm. Members are encouraged to attend. The Chair proposed the appointment of Lynne Randall as Digital Communications Chair andspoke on her behalf. MSP unanimously. Chair proposed the appointment of Wes Morris as Technician and spoke briefly on hisBehalf. Wes also introduced himself to the membership. MSP unanimously.David Hyllegard was appointed PCO of Seattle 34-1501 in the High Point area. MSP  Good of the Order – There was a reminder to stop at the Foto Booth at the Carnival. Austin Bell from the Burien City Council spoke briefly about Ordnance 651. The vote inNovember will determine if Burien remains a Sanctuary City or not. Lisa Ridley informed the membership that an organization name Respect Washington was behind efforts to repeal the ordnance, and that they are an anti-immigrant hate group based in Michigan.  20% of Burien’s population are immigrants. Les Treall announced that for personal and professional reasons he could not continue in theRole as the head of the Candidate support committee.  9:00 Adjourned to Whisky West

May 2018 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

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Meeting called to order at 7:05 by Chair David Ginsberg

Chair’s Report: Bailey Stober registered to run, then withdrew his candidacy.

Treasurer’s Report: Gina gave an update on the Morgan situation.

Budget: No notable expenses. $11,500 in member dues. Trending higher than expected. A separate account will be set up to set aside funds for the caucus. Amended budget MSP. Re:  Morgan – Motion to Dismiss and Declaration of Counsel. MSP.

Committee Reports:

 

Events – Garden Party will be Thursday July 19th. Cost for the facility $100 per hour less discount.

Procurement of Auction items to begin. Theme is TBD.

Outreach – Karen and Steve report that 4 voters were registered at the Cambodian Festival.

1 homeless person was registered, there was a discussion of how that can be handled in the future. Discussion of whether we can/should be collecting voter information.

Adopt-A-Street cleanup is Saturday.

Event season will be gearing up. Steve will post a schedule on Slack.

Finance – Is trying to be consistent with reporting. She is trying to determine revenue figures.

KCDCC – Dustin Lambro is the new ombudsman for Code of Conduct. As of April, they are in the black.

Slate of endorsements passed. Shannon Hadder is the sole candidate endorsed. After the endorsement vote, the co-chairs of the endorsement committee resigned. Gloria Hatcher-Maze and Rick Polinton appointed as the new co-chairs.

Bylaws were amended to allow board to elect an interim Chair to serve through December.

 

Legislative Action – Tim will be focusing more on Seattle issues. Housing, Transit, U-Pass to All UW Employees, eviction reform. And, is resigning, as he is moving out of the district.

Fundraising – Garden party and state convention are the only events on the horizon.

 

8:13 New Business – Chair proposed voting on a slate of candidates to endorse. They are all candidates that we have endorsed before.  MSP.

 

Candidates have been informed on what they need to do to potentially be endorsed.

*Need to fill out the county form. That form requires a candidate to declare that they are a Democrat.

 

8:25 Program – June – Endorsements

July – Possibly endorsements part 2

 

 

Good of the Order:

 

Steven suggests removing the $3 membership. State Party Bylaws (which supersedes ours) prohibit making dues mandatory. Everyone deserves a voice. This would be an issue that would need to go to the membership.

 

Idea of sustaining rate for membership floated. Ad hoc committee should investigate this before November. Committee will include the treasurer, and chairs of the Finance, Bylaws, and fundraising.

 

$34 a month? $13 a month? TBD.

 

West Seattle Transportation Committee meeting.

 

New member Annabelle (did not get last name) running for PCO.

May 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

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Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

 

7:01 Pledge of Allegiance.

 

7:02 Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez addresses the membership. He is running to retain his seat.

 

7:04 Mayor Durkan has appointed Faye Chess to the bench! Congratulations!

 

7:05 Minutes and Agenda MSP.

 

7:06 Chairs Report – Chair David Ginsburg addressed the evenings program, a forum for the candidates for the State Senate. Took care to point out that it was NOT an endorsement meeting.

 

Candidates Forum began. Present were:

Sofia Aragon

Shannon Braddock

Lem Charleston

Joe Nguyen

Lois Schipper

 

Candidates introduced themselves.

Lois Schipper – Nurse, works with sick refugee children. Past diversity chair for the 34th. Gun issues, education and tax reform will be her key issues.

Sofia Aragon – Works in Governmental Affairs for the WA Nurses Association. Housing and educational opportunities will be her key issues.

Lem Charleston – Machinist at Boeing. Schools and tax reform will be his key issues.

Shannon Braddock – Worked alongside Joe Fitzgibbon and Dow Constantine. She is a working single mom with 3 kids. Taxes, health care and guns will be her key issues.

Joe Nguyen – Builds Job Training resources at Microsoft. Education and income inequality will be his key issues.

 

Candidate Forum:

 

Please tell us about your experience and/or ideas about being effective in the legislative process.

Joe – Lots of community involvement, including police accountability.

Shannon – 8 years working alongside Joe and Dow, Legislative Rep for her PTA, working for the

            King County Council.

Lem – While working as a minister, he engaged with the disenfranchised. Is an assistant Police

            chaplain, and lobbied for his union in Olympia.

Sofia – Worked for 13 years in Olympia on health policy. Executive Director of the Washington

            Center for Nursing.

Lois – Worked foe King County Public Health for 25 years. Advised legislators on health care

            issues.

 

What unique skills will you bring to Olympia that the other candidates do not have?

Sofia – Understanding what needs to be done. She is worried about educational opportunity.

Lem – Working through adversity.

Shannon – The ability to listen, hone in on the issue and find margins where people can work

            together. Patience, listening, and understanding.

 Joe – Understanding community, loves getting wonky, can run on very little sleep.

Lois – On the ground experience. Building teams, getting to know the issues and data, and

            bringing legislators together using evidence-based answers.

 

  What are your top 2 legislative priorities?

Lem – Taxes, wants corporations to pay their fair share. Education – supporting teachers.

Sofia – Education and workforce development, and equalizing tax reform.

Lois – Gun violence – Supports an assault weapon ban. K-12 education.

Joe – Housing affordability, tax reform and education.

Shannon – Tax reform, because it impacts everything else. Favors a Capitol Gains Tax.

            Gun Violence. Proud to be a Moms against Gun Violence Candidate of Distinction.

 

The Senate Majority leaders has told you the State has a surplus of 100 million dollars, what would you think it should be spent on?

Shannon – Education

Joe – De-escalation training for law enforcement and more non-lethal weapons.

Lois – Early learning. GREAT return on investment.

Sofia – Statewide affordable housing. Can’t leave out rural communities.

Joe – Invest in the future. 70% to kids and 30% to property tax reform.

 

Climate Change – According to a Yale University study, our district leads the entire country in awareness and concern about climate change. What is your strategy to pass a comprehensive, state-wide measure to put a price on or otherwise regulate carbon pollution?

Joe – Work with pollution burdened communities. Supports I-1631.

Shannon – I-1631 is good, she will continue to fight for it.

Lem – Air is precious. He will work to preserve clean air.

Sofia – Learned from unions how to transition from dirty to clean energy. Will work to reduce

            toxins in the environment.

Lois – Her son is an environmental engineer. She will seek advice from him and will work

            with the other party to find common ground.

 

Washington State Tax Structure – WA has one of the most inequitable tax systems in the country. The capital gains tax on high-income individuals has been suggested as one way to help level the burden. Would you support such a tax? Would you support allowing local governments to enact their own income-based tax?

 Lois – Favors an income tax. Current sales tax very regressive.

Sofia – Agrees with Loin regarding sales tax. Favors a Capitol Gains tax.

Lem – Favors an income tax.

Shannon – Would support an income tax. Recognizes that it would be a heavy lift.

            A lighter lift would be a capital gains tax.

Joe – Favors a capital gains tax. Would limit exemptions, and thinks that Eyman’s initiatives

            are a harm.

 

Elections and Voting  – Are you familiar with alternative voting systems? How would you feel about their use?

Shannon – Would not support, thinks would lessen participation.

Lem – Agrees with Shannon.

Sofia – Likes it for the future but not now.

Lois – Not familiar with them. Thinks that everyone should be more engaged.

Joe – Innovation is good. We can do things about this that do not require the legislature.

Universal Health Care – Can you talk about the prospect of universal healthcare in Washington state? Is it possible?

Lem – Yes. With all of our tech, brains and money, we should be able to take care of our citizens.

Shannon – It is possible. It will take a while and will require educating legislators. It saves money

            at the end of the day. Preventative care is a good investment.

Joe – People are using GoFundMe for medical care? Terrible. Likes the idea of WA,OR and CA

            building our own health system.

Sofia – Yes. Not only is it possible, but it is a right.

Lois – Agrees with Sofia. She works at Children’s Hospital, and they are in a 1 BILLION dollar

            drive to pay for uncompensated care. We shouldn’t have to do this.

 

Housing – What is the State’s responsibility to assist cities in managing homelessness?

Sofia – The state should partner with cities to solve this problem.

Lem – Homelessness is a poison to society. We should be able to fix this.

Shannon – Tax reform. Mental Health reform. More transitional resources are needed.

Joe – Biggest factor in family homelessness is domestic violence. Mental health reform and affordable housing reform needed.

Lois – State should fund more services. It is a crime that kids are being forced to live on the street. No one should be refused help if they want it.

 

What about tenant rights?

Shannon – Supports them, would talk to Senator Nelson to continue her work.

Joe – Supports banning the box. Everyone deserves housing.

Lem – We will need a lot of affordable and accessible units. Will support the work that Senator Nelson started.

Sofia – Would preserve Senator Nelson’s legacy. There is a need to correct the imbalance of power between tenants and landlords.

Lois – Families and people on fixed incomes are being forced out. This needs to end.

 

What is the State’s responsibility in helping cities and localities address for housing crisis?

Lois – Depends on revenue. Need to keep in mind that it takes awhile for housing to come

            online.

Sofia – Capital budget – Some funds can be used for housing. Look at the root causes – POVERTY.

Lem – Favors the creation of a housing trust fund. Any housing must be affordable AND safe.

Shannon – Look into using surplus properties. Review land use regulations to find ways to make it more efficient.

Joe – Mass transit can help. State can step up and help. Possibly a partnership between the city and state.

 

Gun Violence – What is the State’s responsibility to ensure school safety and are resource officers in schools the best way to ensure that safety?

Joe – Guns should be stored safely. Should make it harder for abusers to get guns.

Shannon – Resource officers are not effective. Background checks should be streamlined.

            High School Health Centers should take a bigger role in teen suicide prevention.

Lem – His son was on lockdown. Found the experience incredibly and uniquely terrifying.

            We must do everything we can to prevent school violence.

Sofia – We can and should be doing more to prevent school violence.

Lois – School resource officers are good. No 16-year-old should have a gun. No 18-year-old should have an assault rifle. Safer storage should be emphasized as well.

 

Has McCleary been settled? – Unanimous NO.

 

How should educational inequality be addressed?

Joe – Funding McCleary is not enough. Tax reform would help teachers. Right now, zip code

            seems to be the determining factor in determining educational opportunity.

Shannon – As a parent of 3 children, she has seen this first hand. ALL kids should have an equal opportunity for education.

Lem – The state has 600 million in tax exemptions. Some of them should be closed and those funds directed to education. Currently, some kids are disenfranchised before they even get out of high school.

Sofia – Worries about educational opportunities. Wants educational equity. K-12 years extremely important.

Lois – Chair of Highline Citizens for schools for the last 10 years. Says that the Highline School District is one of the most challenged districts in the state.

 

Closing remarks –

Joe – Thanks the membership for attending and participating.

Shannon – Thanks for the invitation, and she wants to use her experience to get things done.

Lem – Thanks to colleagues, wants to preserve Senator Nelson’s legacy.

Sofia – Thanks for coming! Thinks that the 34this a great district to be a part of. She will not

            take anything for granted.

Lois – Thank you, and she wants to take her committee and volunteer experience to Olympia.

 

New Business –

Martha Koester presented a resolution to support VoteBuilder Access for All Democratic Candidates.

Moved, Seconded and Passed.

 

Appointment of new Committee Chair – Steven Jamieson to the Events committee. Was a great help to Carrie last year. Passed by acclamation.

 

Judge Willie Gregory addressed the membership. He is running for reelection to Seattle Municipal Court

Position 5. He has been endorsed by the 34thtwice before. He is unopposed as of now.

 

8:40 – Good of the Order

8:47 – Adjourn to Whiskey West

April 2018 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

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34th District Democrats

E-Board Meeting

4/18/18

Puget Ridge Common House

Meeting called to order at 7:05 by Chair David Ginsberg

 

Committee Reports:

 

King County — Les reported that there was a resolution to allow the board to elect a new chair

without PCO input, thereby preventing the need for an expensive election for an organization

that is essentially bankrupt. According to their bylaws, a vice chair cannot assume the chair.

Outreach – Karen and Steve report that the Cambodian New Year’s is the 28th.

Green Life Section at Summerfest will cost $175. Waiting for their Board to approve the application.

June will see Burien Pride on the 2nd.

Strawberry Festival, Morgan Junction event and the State Convention are all on the same day. Nick will be working Vashon again this year.

Events – Hoping for a big turnout at the Duwamish Alive Pigeon Point Earth Day Clean Up.

Planning is getting underway for the Garden Party.

 

Finance – Katie met with Gina to discuss how reporting could be simplified and how to limit our financial exposure.

What info do we wish we had?

​​Performance vs. Budget

​​Performance vs. Long Term Goal – 2020 Caucus

​​Relative Reliability of sources of income.

​​Fundraising efficiency

​​Cost per meeting at the Hall

​​Cost per member.

​​How many days (less caucuses expenses) of operating expenses are on hand?

 

 

7:33 Sister District Discussion –

 

​Dow will be getting involved.

​31st, 8th, and 47th are under consideration.

​Decision made on the 47th.

 

 

7:45 KCDCC Dues are $800

 

​​Les made a motion to pay which was seconded and passed.

​​Gina will be instructed to pay.

 

 

8:05 Resolution –

​​

​​Martha Koester has presented a resolution to open VoteBuilder to all Dem candidates.

There is no litmus test in the resolution. Current rules state that the candidate must be endorsed before access is granted. MSP to send back to Martha to reword.

Second resolution presented to urge Gov. Inslee to not send troops to help the Border Patrol. Resolution fails to get the votes to present to the membership.

 

8:20 Program –

​​May – Senate Candidates

​​June – Primary Endorsements

​​July – Primary Endorsements

​​August – Possibly no meeting? If there is one, Michael Taylor-Judd is willing to chair.

 

 

 

8:31 Good of the Order

 

Initiative 1631 dealing with carbon emissions will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

Next E-Board meeting to be at Katie’s house. Address to follow.

8:53 Adjourned.

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34th District Democrats

Monthly Membership Meeting

4/11/18

The Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting called to order at 7:01 by Chair David Ginsberg

 

7:02 Pledge of Allegiance.

 

VIP’s in attendance: Krystal Marx, Burien Councilwoman, Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta, Burien Councilman Pedro Olguin, Seattle School Board Member Leslie Harris, Seattle Municipal Court Judge Ed McKenna, King County District Judge Ann Parker, Seattle Municipal Court Judge Anita Crawford and Magistrate Fay Chess.

 

 

Minutes (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed.

 

Chris Porter proposed an amendment to the agenda to inform the membership of an offer of tickets from Arts West. Chair determined that this would fall under New Business.

Chair moved Recognition and Awards to members to a later date and advised the Body that State Senator Nelson would not be in attendance.

 

Agenda as amended MSP.

 

 

7:22 Chairs Report –

Paul Ryan retiring. David Hogg taking a gap year to work on elections. Reminded the Membership of the upcoming Duwamish Clean Up and Pramila’s Kick Off event.

Potential PCOs can file online. Dow Constantine’s Campaign Kick Off Lunch at noon on May 18th.

There will be a Blue Wave Party at the IAM Machinist’s Hall on June 2nd.

 

7:27 Treasurer’s Report –

​Membership stands at 303 members. Currently have $29,000.00 in the bank, however, $15k is

​reserved for the 2020 Caucuses. There were $3,054.87 in expenses and $5,084.10 in income.

 

 

7:29 KCDCC Report –

​At the end of a 13 hour trial the previous Sunday, Chair Bailey Stober was found guilty on all 5

​charges. He resigned his seat.

 

​Sharon Mass, who is a DNC member, will act as interim chair. She will preside over the County

​Convention. KCDCC DESPERATELY needs funds.

 

7:37 Post Session Report –

 

​Delivered by Rep. Eileen Cody.

​Very busy session, many, many bills.

​Disappointed that there was not more progress on Health Care and nothing on the opioid crisis.

​Lots to be happy about. Progress on voting rights, gun control, funding for education, state need ​act, Dreamers, gender equality, Net Neutrality passed, student loan protections, banned

​conversion therapy. The Health Exchange was divorced from the Affordable Care Act, Drug Take

​Back program passed. Also progress on housing issues, juvenile justice and the environment.

​Transportation package got through, and more $$$ for education.

 

​She then took questions from the membership.

 

King County Executive Dow Constantine arrived and thanked our legislators. He also gave a short update on County issues, including housing, Juvenile Detention, issues with Sinclair, and land conservation efforts.

 

Austin Bell from the Burien City Council spoke. Trespass ordinance repealed, junk vehicle bill defeated, advocated for a youth council on violence, and the need for more rentals in Burien.

 

 

8:20 Gun Reform program – Chris Porter moderating.

 

Panel consisted of Seattle City Councilwoman Lorena Gonzalez, Sarah Brady, Campaign Manager for Pramila Jayapal, Shawn Terjeson, statewide communications lead for Moms Demand Action, and Jason Lindbom, President of Washington CeaseFire.

 

9:06 Old Business – None

 

9:07 New Business –

 

​New PCOs candidates, Michael Matt Miller – 34-1415 and Dawn Rains – 34-1420.

​Both are appointed.

 

Chris Porter advises the membership that Arts West has offered the 34th 50 tickets to the April 34th performance at 6:30.

9:11 Good of the Order.

 

9:18 Adjourned.

 

February 2018 Meeting Minutes

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34th LD Democratic Organization

Meeting Notes for February 14, 2018

Note: No secretary was present. Ann Martin agreed to take notes of meeting actions.

The meeting was called to order promptly at 7 pm. Chair David Ginsberg led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dignitaries present were introduced and spoke briefly, including: Councilmember Crystal Marx, Burien City Council; Jimmy Matta, Burien Mayor; Leslie Harris, Seattle School Board Chair; Judge Gregg Hirakawa; and Councilmember Joe McDermott, King County Council.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved without objection. The agenda was amended to add reports from the PCO and state committees and then adopted.

The chair reported that there were several openings on the executive committee including King County committee woman, a digital communications chair and a technology chair. Kate Harris was introduced as a candidate to take on the role of finance chair. The chair described her extensive political experience both here and across the nation. Later in the meeting, the body approved her appointment.

Gina Topp, treasurer, reported that at the end of January the organization had $22,101.94 in the bank. Income of $5,799.95 and expenses of $692.52 leaves a current balance of $27,209.30.

First vice-chair Treina Aronson reported that 85 members have signed up as volunteers. She also noted that volunteers will be needed to help the LD caucus on March 24 go smoothly.

PCO chair Brook Salazar noted that PCO filing this year is in May. He also encouraged people to attend Vote Builder training by Jon Culver on February 17 at the High Point Community Center, which will include door knocking in the newly built out area adjacent to the community center. Crystal Marx was appointed PCO by an affirmative vote of the body.

State committee woman Ann Martin reported on the state committee meeting that had been held in Bellingham January 26 through the 28. She will submit more extended notes, but highlighted the equity training conducted there and the need of the organization to incorporate and equity lens into its decision-making processes. More to come. Also noted is the Code of Conduct procedures adopted by the state.

Legislative Action Committee chair Tim Marshall invited people to sign up for Lobby Day on February 19 in Olympia.  He then introduced the panel discussing Safe Injection Sites/Supervised Consumption Spaces. (All the following names are spelled phonetically as I heard them and need to be corrected for spelling. In addition, you should get the titles of the individuals from Tim as I was unable to catch that information adequately. – Ann) Speakers included: Patricia Soling, Terina James and Dr. David Safinenze. Injection sites are aimed at enabling health and safety for as well as conversations with drug users. Jail is the most expensive and least effective way to deal with drug use. One speaker likened the efforts to sex education – you know people will have sex so you aren’t trying to say, “No sex;” rather you are saying, here is how to have safe sex. For more information go to https://www.yestoscs.org/.

Katy Wilson of the Transit Users Union spoke on addressing homelessness.  Housing may be different depending on needs ranging from housing, shelter to unsheltered policies. Based on a resolution passed last fall, the Seattle City Council will likely consider a new regulations regarding progressive tax policies in March of this year. Based on recommendations from the Progressive Revenue Task Force, the proposal will likely include a tax on large businesses to create a fund for new affordable housing.

Under new business, three people were elected to committees of the state convention. They include Ann Martin, Credentials; Bunny Hatcher, Platform; and Patrick Wicklund, Rules. The body approved the appointments of Kate Harris as Finance Chair and Treina Aronson as Events Chair. No additional PCOs were appointed.

The meeting closed with good of the order and adjourned at about 8:50 pm.

January 2018 Meeting Minutes

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34th District Democrats

Monthly Membership Meeting

1/10/18

The Hall at Fauntleroy

 

 

Meeting called to order at 7:01 by Chair David Ginsberg

 

7:02 Pledge of Allegiance.

 

7:03 VIP’s present:

 

Bill Tracy, President of the Southwest Suburban Sewer District.

King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott

Seattle City Council Member Lisa Herbold

Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud

 

Thanks to Bruce Stotler, who sold land to the city for half of its value, adding to Schmitz Park.

 

Minutes were MSP, as was adoption of the meeting agenda.

 

Chairs Report –

Reflections on the past year. 2017 was the year of Resistance.

 

2018 will be the year of Resurgence.

 

 

Main Program

Tina Podlodowski, Chair of the Washington State Democrats

Western states will lead the Blue Wave, Nevada and Arizona have been good for Democrats in

the past. The DNC appears to be renewing its commitment to individual states, and this is a

helpful direction for it.

 

Emphasis on rural canvassing this past cycle, found that the use of texting increased Democratic turnout by 28%. Tavern Tour and investment in BIG signs were good strategies in this effort.

 

Looked for Areas of Intersection

 

Family Wage Jobs and Wage Equity

Health Care

Education – Not just college, the trades and union apprenticeships as well.

Affordable Housing

Retirement with dignity

Building a deep bench.

 

TargetSmart initiative identified Moral Pillars, using this approach to hone our message in 2018.

 

Joe McDermott – Spoke about the need to Pause and Reflect during Martin Luther King Day.

Advised that the Light Rail Stakeholder Advisory Group was looking for a West Seattle resident to join it.

 

Lisa Herbold spoke briefly about the Seattle City Council’s Infrastructure Plan.

 

Treasurer’s Report –

Treasurer Gina Topp reports that we have $21,101.94 in the bank and that 187 members have signed up so far in 2018.

 

 

Committee Reports –

 

Lisa Plymate is stepping down as State Committee Woman (Thank you Lisa!).

Ivan Weiss nominates Ann Martin as her replacement. Ivan’s nomination is seconded, and

Ann is elected by acclamation. Congratulations, Ann!

 

Ann then went on to present a Resolution to state the 34th’s support of real infrastructure investments. MS and unanimously Passed.

 

 

No Unfinished Business

 

 

No New Business

 

No PCO candidates to appoint.

 

Good of the Order

9:02 Adjourned

 

March 2018 Meeting Minutes

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34th District Democrats

Monthly Membership Meeting

3/14/18

The Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Chair David Ginsberg

7:03 Pledge of Allegiance.

 7:04 Eileen Cody addresses the membership. Is glad to be home now that the Legislative Session is over.

7:05 Superior Court Judge Michael Diaz addresses membership. Running to retain seat.

7:07 Superior Court Judge Karen Donohue addresses membership. Running for reelection.

7:08 Seattle Municipal Court Judge Andrea Chin addresses membership. Running unopposed.

7:11 Seattle Municipal Court Judge Maureen McKee addresses membership. Running for position.

7:13 Seattle Municipal Court Judge Adam Eisenberg addresses membership. Running to retain seat.

7:15 Speaker (did not catch name) on behalf of Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez.

7:18 Minutes approved.

7:20 Agenda. Marcee Stone-Vekich moved to amend agenda to consider a new resolution, Amended agenda passes.

7:23 Chairs Report – Chair David Ginsburg addressed the tragedy in Parkland, the student walkout, and March For Our Lives.

Reminded membership of the Caucus on March 24th.  Purpose is to elect delegates to the State Convention in Wenatchee in June. 10:00 am, Evergreen High School Cafeteria. Same day as the March For Our Lives, there will be a photo booth at the caucus to support the March.

Treasurer’s Report – Gina Topp reports that we have $27,294.17 in the bank, with income of $1,346.02 and expenses of $1,261.15

Committee Reports –

7:26 KCDCC Report – Martha Koester and Les Treall updated the membership on the complaint vs. the Chair, Bailey Stober.

KCDCC will accept the Vice Chair’s report. Attempt was made to organize a 5 member panel.

​Effort failed, could not find last two volunteers. There will be a meeting on March 19 to continue the investigation. Efforts being made to investigate leak. If matter moves to trial the jury would be every King County PCO. Martha remarked that there was no evidence presented at the meeting. Patrick Wicklund raises a point of information, Chair Stober says that he has proof nothing happened.

7:35 Health Care For All / Washington Health Security Trust presentation.

Bevin McLeod , Director explained that it is State Based Universal Health Care. Attempts have been made over the past decade to get it passed. It would be Publicly Funded and Privately Delivered. Funding may come from a tax on investment transactions. $100,000 from the General Fund will be allotted for study of this bill. The Office of the State Actuary will assist. Organization’s website is healthcareforallwa.org.

Q&A – This is NOT advocating a new tax. Would have to apply for a waiver to keep Medicare. They are working with Pramila on it. This will not happen overnight. For now they are concentrating on educating of officials and the public. They are not intending to put forth a Capital Gains Tax. It is important that this insurance coverage is NOT tied to employment. This will not take away healthcare choice. It is solely an administrative entity. It pays your private provider directly. The payer DOES NOT get involved in your care, and provider networks will go away. Acknowledged that there will be job displacement. There will be funds for retraining and the entity will STILL need workers. Single Payer saves Billions, which could be used to fund, not stifle, medical innovation. Many other states are trying to get this passed. There will be another attempt to get it passed in 2019. It was one vote shy of getting out of Senate committee. There is statewide support for Single Payer, it polls at 64% positive. The fact that hospitals are closing in rural areas is sparking interest. Canada would be our model.

There is a competing initiative that is essentially a different route to get to the same place. They have a funding source that is not in this bill.

8:23 KC Council Chair Joe McDermott recognized. Discussed efforts to put local companies at the top of hire list.

8:27 New PCOs – Joe Nguyen and Jack Edy elected. Passed unanimously.

8:30 Patrick Wicklund raises a point of Parliamentary Procedure. The proposed Resolution is Out of Order.

Chair David Ginsburg raises a Point of Personal Privilege and wants to keep any exchanges respectful.

8:35 There is a Motion to Suspend the Rules to allow a Resolution to be brought forth without proper notice.

62 voting members present. 60 are for the Motion and 2 are against. Motion Passes.

Marcie Stone-Vekich Presents a motion to circulate a petition to PCOs about the KCDCC Chair situation.

Patrick Wicklund speaks for Chair Stober, says that he has worked with him and has never seen him exhibit this type of behavior, and is in favor of an investigation. Chair Stober should “have his day in court”.

Rachel Glass read part of a letter from Tina Podlodowski to the 36th LD that agrees that Chir Stober should step aside.

Chris Porter decries a rush to judgement. Says that we cannot claim fairness if we do not hear from both sides, and that we do not have all the facts.

Moved, Seconded and Passed to extend Arguments.

The question is asked if a Non Member may speak. Parliamentarian Michael Taylor-Judd allows that a current member can cede their time to a non-member, but that this only applies to endorsements.

Les Treall speaks for the Resolution, pointing out that it is not censorial and does not lay out any charges.

Art Chippendale asked what such a meeting (the trial) would look like. Chair explained Trial as per Robert’s Rules.

No other speakers against.

Voice Vote – The Ayes have it. Not a unanimous vote, but Nays were the distinct minority.

8:53 Good of the Order

9:01 Adjourned.

 

KCDCC Meeting Notes January 23, 2018

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Due to the recent government shutdown, Congressman Adam Smith was unable to appear at KCDCC tonight. His campaign chair spoke about the shutdown and stated that Adam voted against the budget deal.

Baily’s Chairs Report – King County Dems have been super busy. There were160 people at the Holiday party. Also, the 4th Vice Chair has resigned. Will begin the process to elect a new 4th Vice Chair next month.

Lobby Day is President’s Day. Registration is up and live on the KCDCC website. $20 carpools

Want a large group of people to go and they urge you to schedule meetings with your representatives. Questions regarding Lobby Day should go to the Legislative Action Committee (Chris Porter). The morning keynote speaker will be Cyrus Habib and Wagner’s bakery will provide the food. There will soon be a video available for viewing that explains what Lobby Day is.

KCDCC is in the process of revamping the Progress Fund – lowest possible donation is $3/month

Committee Reports:

Treasury PDC Report $17,000 in the bank right now

$111,000 raised last year

Inclusion and Outreach needs 3-5 volunteers for each event and need help with construction of a booth for events

Candidate Support Committee – Candidate education, recruitment looking for more people to join the committee. See the KCDCC website for more information.

Endorsements Committee is working on rules for endorsements and new questionnaire for the 2018 election season.

Four Resolutions were presented:

Resolution Opposing the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Passed Unanimously

Resolution Urging our US Senators to Co-Sponsor S1804, Single Payer Health Care Passed Unanimously

Resolution to “Repeal and Replace I-200: Diversity Resolution” This Resolution was tabled due to lack of information on its origin

Resolution to Ban Source-of-Income Discrimination in Rental Housing Passed

A Legislative Agenda was created for use on Lobby Day. It outlines our values as a party and urges State congress members to approve certain bills before them. This agenda will be available on the KCDCC website.

A Code Of Conduct was passed for King County Democrats. This code of conduct does not apply to individual LDs, and the contents of the approved code can be found on the KCDCC website, as well.

 

 

 

 

 

October Monthly Membership Meeting Minutes

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October Monthly Membership Meeting Notes

34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
10/11/17
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
    Holiday Season.
  • 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