Meeting Notes

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

September Executive Board Minutes

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34thDistrict Democrats

E-Board Meeting

9/19/18

Puget Ridge Common House

 

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

 

Chair’s Report: Returned from State Party Meeting. Found out that there is no mechanism to remove a PCO under the RCW. However, there is no rule about stripping privileges. We can, however, censure him, and we will do so. A desire was expressed to reach out to the victims.

There was an attempt to change the Issue and Constituency caucus —> This is being tabled.

A compromise was reached on the issue of Superdelegates. They will not be allowed to vote on the first ballot at a convention.

It was observed that the GOP got rid of Superdelegates and that is why we have Trump.

 

7:14 Treasurer’s Report — We are in good shape financially through the remainder of the year and the First Quarter of 2019.

Discussion returned to Primary vs. Caucus issue. There has been no decision at the DNC level. It is the way it is in Washington State because of the State Legislature and the Top 2 Primary system.

 

7:17 Outreach Committee — 3 new voter registrations at Fiestas Patrias. Would have liked more.

Adopt A Street will be at 1:00 on Saturday. This should be a good one! We get our sign after it!

B-Town Fiesta will be Sunday from 11-7. And don’t forget! October 8this the cut off for voter registration.

 

7:21 Events Committee — The Holiday Party will be the 2ndWednesday in December.

 

7:22 — State Committee Meeting in Spokane. — Ann was at the Rules Committee meeting the entire time.

A website is in the works to help with Caucuses and Absentee Ballots.

Executive Committee — 2 Bylaws were written – Gender and Diversity.

The Chair does not make the slate. 1/3 of the Executive Committee can call a special election if the chair becomes an impediment to the party.

Faithless Electors — Tabled for later.

Resolutions — Removal of Snake River Dams will be discussed. The removal of the Enlo Dam was agreed upon.

 

8:03 Results from Dues Revision Meeting

The number of different levels of membership are confusing. And, the amount that is called a “sustaining” member is in fact not.  Committee thought that the Living Lightly membership level might be considered demeaning, and the committee is in favor of eliminating it.

Les warned that there would be a huge pushback.

Lengthy Discussion of the membership levels and their relative pros and cons.

Chairs message will be used to advise membership that the issue will be put forth at the next regular membership meeting. Obviously, this will need a vote of the membership. *We will need to ask Gina how much we have to give for campaign contributions.

 

8:44 Re-Organization: RCW states that the Chair will call for a reorganization within 45 days of the election, this does not mean that we have to have the reorganization in that amount of time.

 

8:46 Gina Topp will continue to serve as Treasurer IF David Ginsberg runs for chair. David has agreed to do so if we can recruit a good 1stVice Chair who can serve as backup, as he wants to spend more time with his kids before they graduate in 2020.

January 9thwill be the reorganization meeting. The PCO Committee Chairmanship is open, and this role will be CRITICAL for the next election, as we only have about ½ of our precincts filled.

Recruitment and retainment of members – Maybe an informal meeting once or so a month to ID potential new Board Members and “regular” members. We would like to build the organization to be a big part of the community.

 

9:01 Credentials and Membership — Discussed

 

9:04 October Program — GOTV, Trick or Vote?

November Program — Post Election wrap up/Reorganization

 

9:06 Good of the Order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2018 Meeting Minutes

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

7:01 Pledge of Allegiance.

7:02 Minutes and Adoption of Agenda MSP.

7:03 Chair’s Report – Hospitality and Membership Chairs are currently vacant.  Chair related how his family has been affected by gun violence. This, along with jobs, housing and income inequality will all be topics raised in the debate tonight.

7:06 New Business – Proposal from the E-Board to pass a slate of Initiatives. I-940 (De-escalation training for Law Enforcement) I-1631 (Cleaner Air, Cleaner Energy) and 1639 (Gun Safety) – MSP.

7:08 Martha Koester spoke in support of King County Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles proposed budget amendment for affordable housing.  Brooks Salazar raised the point that the issue is moot as this issue has already been addressed in Council.

A motion to table the issue until the next meeting was MSP.

7:11 PCO Chair Brooks Salazar announced that there would be a penalty against a PCO at the next membership meeting.

7:12 – Representative Eileen Cody arrived and was greeted.

7:13 – A Debate in the Lincoln Douglas format between candidates for State Senate Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen. Chris Porter moderated.

Joe won the toss and spoke first about how he would address economic inequality. Acknowledges that our tax code is regressive. Favors a Capital Gains Tax, and for reviewing those tax emptions that as of now will never expire. Points out that the amount of the exemptions is more that the budget of the state. Supports a State Bank. McCleary clearly did not address the inequality/achievement gap. We must support our teachers, and we need to make sure that our elected officials reflect our community and our community’s values. Lack of access to childhood early learning linked to inequality.

Shannon’s Cross Examination – Supports capital gains tax. What does Joe’s method of “naming and shaming” look like? Which tax exemptions would he target?

Shannon then gave her ideas on how she would address inequality. Hopes that her children would be able to live in Seattle if they wanted to. Limited by our regressive tax system. There are over 600 tax exemptions in the WA Tax Code.  She would focus on Luxury/Consumer Services, international banking, prescription drug resellers, investment banking, and state sales tax on out of state residents are outmoded. Addressing these loopholes/exemptions could net us about a billion dollars. Capital Gains figures in there too. Working Families Tax Rebate, based on the Federal Earned Income tax. Capital Gains Tax would be a heavy lift in this state. Clearly, we are not paying our teachers enough. Let’s change this. Favors free tech school or c/c to get workers change. Better for COC. Child care affects the mother’s mood. Happy kid? Happy, calm mom.

Joe – He would not just name and shame. He represents the 34th, one of the most liberal districts in the state, if not the nation and is not interested in pandering to moderate Democrats or Republicans. Health care access is worth standing up for. We do not have a claw back mechanism for lost tax exemption or loophole funds. Boeing is an illustrative example. They were given many tax incentives to stay here in Washington State, yet they still moved to Chicago anyway. Would be in favor of taking another look to see if those are being used appropriately.

Shannon – Shannon cares just as much as Joe about the folks in our district, and our state.

Equity access is hugely important. Best Starts for Kids Levy has been remarkable. Spoke about involvement with the Somali community regarding health care. We must be prepared to be uncomfortable with what we don’t know and be willing to connect and learn about things that we may not know. Need to raise the Housing Trust Fund, it helps to leverage other dollars. We should be looking at surplus land, across the board, INCLUDING the State Department of Transportation. Homelessness is a complex issue, and we need to start giving front line workers more funds to help prevent it. When building shelters, we need 24/7 shelters. They are the most effective way to help the homeless, as there are often Navigation Centers at them as well.

Joe – How do we make sure that funds go to housing and not to stadiums?

Next topic was Schools, guns, and public safety. The statistics are sobering. There are more gun dealers in Washington than Starbucks AND Post Offices combined. What specific legislation will you introduce to address this? What is your plan to build support?

Shannon – Kids should not be worrying about how to defend against an active shooter. Supports I-1639.

The Legislature has failed us. Gun Violence IS a public health crisis. Have not done a good enough job in dealing with how domestic and gun violence inter relate, or for protecting families. How guns relate to suicide and mental health. For every dollar invested in mental health for children, $17 are saved later.

It isn’t about taking away people’s guns anymore than seat belts are about taking away people’s cars.

Getting I-1639 passed is not enough. We need to have a solid plan of how we will implement it.

If I-1639 doesn’t pass, she will introduce legislation to address every piece of it.

Joe – Mental health and suicide.  Very personal for him, as his cousin committed suicide using a gun.

Supports I-1639. We do not need military weapons to go hunting with. Need more training in gun safety.

This is an issue that can be prevented.

Funding comes into play. $25 fee for gun purchases, to be used for gun safety education and to provide funding for prevention. We need to keep better track of people who have guns.

Joe would like to know how Shannon talks to people on the other side of the gun debate.

Shannon finds that a lot of them are motivated by fear. Individually, she finds more common ground. Observes that the NRA stokes the fear mongering. Taking a Public Health approach emphasizes SAFETY.

Joe recognizes that there is a cultural issue as well. We need to engage with people to find out what motivates them so that we can find a common solution. There should be training for the safe use of guns. Good place to start.

Shannon – Hopes I-1639 passes. If it doesn’t pass, there ARE legislators that are working on the issue.

Senator Frockt from North Seattle is one of them. She would reach out to him to come up with a plan to engage those on the other side. Would be relentless in keeping this issue at the forefront with other legislators.

What is the highest priority for the 34th?

Shannon – Passing Capital Gains tax and addressing our regressive tax system. Addressing Child Care access. This is very important. People should have the opportunity to make the life that they want for themselves.

Joe – Fixing the tax structure. Having an equitable environment for everyone. Standing with workers and the working class. Is not taking PAC money. The DISTRICT is his special interest.

Closing statements – Both Candidates thanked the membership for coming out and participating.

Shannon pointed out that she cannot self-finance.

8:13 Election in 55 days!

Britney from the Coordinated Campaign advised that we keep in mind the lessons of the 2016 election. Nothing is safe, and we need to make sure that we are getting people involved because that means that they will be more likely to vote next time.

Britney has some granular data about priority precincts that she would be happy to share.

Avi from Kim Schrier’s campaign came to talk about Kim. She’s been a pediatrician in Issaquah for the past 17 years. Saw what the Republican Health Care plan would do her patients. It is a tough race in a big district. Kim will need our help.

Hannah from the 47th LD (Our Sister District) was up next. She is the Campaign Manager for Mona Dawes for the State Senate. Debra Entenman is running as well.

8:25 King County Council Member Joe McDermott moved to endorse Seattle Proposition 1. Assures that it does not fund charter schools. It will inject a lot of money into Seattle Schools. It was Moved, Seconded and Passed by the membership.

Good of the Order: Seattle School Board President Leslie Harris gave a short talk about the state of the school Board and the school boundary changes that are being discussed. The Seattle School Board has a 20 Billion Dollar wish list, of which only 1 billion will be on the next levy. She appreciates the teachers and the staff for bargaining hard and avoiding a strike.

9/15 to 10/15 National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Martha Koester has info to help people get re-enfranchised. And for Domestic Violence survivors to vote anonymously.

Chris Porter reported on an outbreak of HIV in North Seattle, and that there has been a 17% uptick in sexual assault reporting.

8:40 – Adjourned to Whiskey West.

August 8, 2018 Meeting Notes

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Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Acting Chair Michael Taylor-Judd

7:00 Pledge of Allegiance.

7:02 Acknowledgement of VIP’s – Representative Eileen Cody, State (and endorsed) Senate Candidates Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen.

7:07 Minutes and Agenda (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed.

7:08 Recognition of the nominations of Rashida Tlaib and Sharice Davids, the first Muslim woman and one of the 2 two first Native American women to Congress respectively.

Need to get our PCO#s up. 2020 Caucuses are expected to be very well attended.

7:10 Treasurer’s Report –

Garden Party raised $23,000, expenses for it were $8,000

There is $15,000 in the caucus fund and $19,641.56 in the savings account.

7:12 KCDCC Report – Martha Koester reports that there is a new Treasurer.

7:13 Chris Porter expressed his thanks to the Garden Party Committee.

7:14 Recognition of Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

7:16 – Program – Things you can do to get involved!

Help with the Outreach Committee to get people signed up to vote!

Get involved and help with other districts and campaigns.

Some organizations worthy of your consideration:

Voter Registration and Engagement:

Latino Community Fund of Washington (info@latinocommunityfund.org) – Works on growing

Latinx community involvement.

Code Blue Washington (www.codeblue.team/) – Kim Ricketts reiterated that STATE LEGISLATIVE

RACE MATTER. She invited the membership to join the Code Blue Facebook Group. They are not

A fundraising operation in this state yet. They try not to favor any candidates in primaries.

Voter Registration is NOT their focus. It is more on engagement. Don’t have an iPhone? Prefer

pen and paper to tapping on a keyboard? Check out https://postcardstovoters.org

You can help from the comfort of your own home! The Code Blue team does work with

MiniVan, the state parties and candidates.

 

Knock 10 (itunes.apple.com/us/app/knock-10/id1241443399)

 

Homelessness:

Facing Homelessness (www.facebook.com/HomelessInSeattle/)

Low Income Housing Institute (https://lihi.org/tiny-houses/)

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (http://WLIHA.org)

Real Change (http://realchangenews.org)

West Side Interfaith Network (https://sites.google.com/site/wschristianchurches/) Provides

meals and funds

 

Timothy Harris from Real Change spoke about the paper.

 

Also discussed were the Facing Homelessness Facebook Group, the Pike Place Senior Center,

Camp Second Chance, Low Income Housing Alliance’s Tiny Houses program, support for

Veterans, the America’s Promise program.

 

Observed that centralized services were not as efficient as de-centralized services were.

 

It was also pointed out that School Districts define homelessness differently than the

government does, and that tough conversations were needed about prioritizing funding.

Teams? Theaters? Or…People?

Other:

Bathrooms that are safe for all (www.refugerestrooms.org)

Assist Citizenship Seekers

Planned Parenthood (www.istandwithpp.org

Volunteer to help pass Initiative 1639.

Check out www.volunteermatch.org

8:10 New Business – Martha Koester introduced a Resolution in support of Councilmember Kohl-Welles’s Amendment to invest an additional $184 million into affordable housing for King County residents. It is a compromise on stadium funding and funds for the homeless.

A point of order was raised of the necessity of suspending the rules to consider the motion.

Moved and Seconded to vote to suspend the rules. Motion failed. Steve will publish it in the newsletter.

8:20 Recognition of newly Elected PCO Julie Whitaker from Vashon Island.

8:23 Good of the Order.

8:25 Adjourned.

July 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 Recognition of VIPs –

  • Mayor Jimmy Matta – Burien
  • Councilwoman Krystal Marx – Burien
  • Councilman Pedro Olguin – Burien

Representative Eileen Cody cannot attend due to an injury. She sends her regrets.

7:03 Minutes and Agenda (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed.

7:05 Chair’s Report –

  • 90 tickets have already been sold for the Garden Party! We will also have a booth in the
  • GreenLife section of the West Seattle Summerfest.  There are links on the webpage calendar to
  • Sign up for volunteer slots. Vashon Strawberry Festival, White Center Parade and West Seattle
  •  Grand Parade are all coming up.

7:07 Treasurer’s Report –

  •  Gina reports that the caucus fund is at $15,000.
  • The General Fund is currently 12,599.67
  • Expenses were 3,908.00

7:09 Moved and seconded that the body endorse Dan Satterberg for King County Prosecutor.

  • No other nominations.
  • Jimmy Matta spoke for.
  • Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke against.
  • Chenelle Chase spoke for.
  • Marcee Stone Vekich again spoke against.

Mr. Satterberg endorsed overwhelmingly.

7:17 – Main Program – Trump’s Cruel and Unusual Immigration Policy

Speakers (in order) were:

  • Larry Matsuda, who was born in an internment camp, spoke powerfully of the impact of family displacement over the generations, and observed that history does not repeat itself, rather, it rhymes.
  • Jackie Lloyd-Evans from Nicaragua spoke about the impact of Trump’s policies on
  • Immigrant families in the district and outlined some of the challenges that they face,
  • namely the language barrier, acculturation, and legal status. Fear of legal expenses and fear of law enforcement play a big role in this as well.
  • Mayor Jimmy Matta spoke about the need to Educate, Agitate and Organize.
  • Katie Harris spoke on what the West Seattle and White Center neighborhoods were doing in terms of rapid response. She gave a detailed list and explanation of organizations that were active in this area and how they were responding.

A brief Q&A followed.

8:25 – Chair David Ginsberg had to leave early, so Second Vice Chair Michael Taylor-Judd presided over the remainder of the meeting.

8:26 – PCO Chair Brooks Salazar discussed PCO walk lists.

8:28 – Good of the Order – Upcoming Candidate forum on Vashon Island.

8:37 – Adjourned.

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.

April 2018 Meeting Minutes

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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.