Meeting Notes

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

07-17-19 Board Meeting Minutes

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Board Meeting Minutes

7/17/19

Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Ann Martin, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Nick Bonazza, Steve Butts, Leah Griffin, Chris Porter

7:10 Updates from Committees

  • Sofia opened the meeting (Gina had a work emergency). 
  • All discussion of the endorsement meeting was tabled until the August meeting. 
  • Good turn out for the Burien Parade. 

Steve gave an update from the Outreach Committee. Discussed past events and results and those upcoming. Need people to walk in the upcoming parades. Need to publish events to the membership via email in the future. 

Nick Bonazza gave an update from the PCO Committee. Training ended but new PCOs will be trained individually.  Canvass events will be held on the 20th and 21st in WS and in Burien. UCFW will be phone banking on August 29th.

Ann mentioned that she and Chris Porter are  working on the state Code of Conduct. 

Chris spoke about the 34th Code of Conduct activities upcoming. The state is talking about having a requirement to have each LD have its own Code of Conduct or they will inherit the state’s version. The adoption of a Code of Conduct for the state will be done at the September meeting. Chris is recruiting for a couple additional members of the Code of Conduct meeting. Proposal is to present a draft to the Board in August and then a final draft to the membership in October. We will need to have a draft published for review by Sept 29th.

The Leadership Development Committee report was provided by Les Treal. Les has talked to 3 possible recruits.

Dawn Rains asked that everyone share the debate parties on social media (share the events on our Facebook page).  

Carla Rogers shared an update from the Communications Committee. She is hoping to recruit Maggie who will be responsible for the monthly communications plan. This will drive our communications across the web and social media.

Rachel will chair the August meeting and provide the program. Need to have Allan Munro sit at the front table for support since Gina and Sofia will be out. 

A discussion about the use of our membership email was held. The group agreed that it would be prudent to have a couple people with access to the NGP email system. 

August Program (Gina will be absent from the August meeting)

Rachel Glass is in charge of the program. We need details for the website and facebook. 

Will need to determine who will handle the agenda, call and newsletter for August. 

8:00 Good of the order

Delridge Day is Aug 10, we will have a booth. 

Derek Birnie passed away this morning. 

ICE Detention Center (immigrant was apprehended) story was shared by Marcee. This subject opened up conversation about possible board initiatives and programming around immigration, or other hot topics for the district. We would like to have future programming linked to some of the hot topics. Ben suggested that we might consider doing a resolution about detention centers.

Sofia asked if there was a follow up from the Green New Deal. The chair should send an email with our  resolution to our electeds: Lorena G, Lisa H, Joe N, Eileen, Joe M and Dow to suggest that it be considered.

District 1 organization has asked Chris to emcee 2 September debates for the primary winners. (Sept 14 at Duwamish Long House and Sept 28 at High Point Neighborhood House.)

8:30 Adjourned

July 10, 2019 Membership Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes

July 10, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social 

7:00 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies   

Sophia Aragon led the Pledge of Allegiance

        VIP Acknowledgements

    • Eileen Cody spoke about actions in Vashon.
    • Councilmember Joe McDermott announced his upcoming event to be held from 6-8 PM on July 29th at Roxbury Lanes

Recognition of New Members

The Chair provided a few notes on the Code of Conduct of the 34th District

7:10 Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

Approval of the Minutes – a motion to approve the minutes as printed was submitted and seconded. Minutes were approved as presented. 

Adoption of the Agenda – a motion to adopt the agenda was made, seconded and passed. 

7:09 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

  • Chair’s Report – Gina reported out a recap of the actions taken regarding the incident which occurred at our last monthly meeting. A visitor asked for a recap of the incident. Actions are ongoing and the agenda tonight includes a few of the follow ups. 
  • Ben Reilly presented the Membership and Treasurer’s Reports. We are on pace to exceed our fundraising goal. Current membership is 285. 
  • Nick Bonazza presented the PCO Committee Report. PCO packets will be handed out tonight. Nick announced two events: a canvas for our Burien candidates will be held on July 20 and 21. On July 22, a candidate phonebank for Lisa Herbold will be held. PCOs will be given the location information via email.

7:15 Code of Conduct Exercise  

Chris Porter led discussion around our current Code of Conduct. The members broke into groups to provide input and feedback for the Code of Conduct revision to be owned by a committee of executive and general members.  We will have a new Code of Conduct to vote on at a future meeting.

7:50 New Business

Appointment of PCOs 

It was moved, seconded that Max Brown be appointed as a PCO, bringing us to a total of 94. PCOs confirmed Max with a unanimous vote.

Hate Speech Resolution

  • A motion was made and seconded to consider the Hate Speech Resolution submitted. 
  • Jesse Greene spoke in favor of the resolution. 
  • Max Vecich spoke about the importance of Freedom of Speech.
  • Chris Porter made an amendment to Section 6. 
    • Strike “sexual orientation”
    • Replace with “LGBTQI”
    • Amendment passed 18-14
  • Marcee Vecich made an amendment to section 6
    • Add “or lack thereof” after religion
    • Amendment passed 31-0
  • A credential vote was made.  Resolution passed with amendments.

Seattle Green New Deal Resolution

  • Motion was made and seconded to consider the resolution. 
  • Members spoke for and against the resolution. 
  • Marcee Stone-Vecich requested an amendment to add a section:
    • Whereas we recognize and thank the Seattle City Council for signing a letter of support, 
    • Amendment passed.
  • Resolution passes with the amendment.

8:24 2020 Census Presentation, WA Census Alliance

The 2020 U.S. Census will lay the foundation upon which some important decisions are made in our region over the coming years. For example, it will determine how much funding is available for critical services like health care and where our legislative district lines lie. It’s critical we count all residents, including those who are traditionally underrepresented. 

Kamau Chege provided a presentation about the 2020 census (available as a download). After a brief period of Q&A, Kamau mentioned that the group will be looking for support from the 34th in March.

9:09 Good of the Order

Martha announced her session at the White Center Library regarding how to advocate for universal healthcare. See website calendar for details. 

Max Vecich announced that Terminal 5 activities started today.

9:10 Adjourn to Whiskey West 

 

 

June Executive Board Meeting – 6/19/19

150 150 Carla Rogers

Executive Board Meeting Minutes

6/19/19 

Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Ted Barker, Steve Butts, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Nick Bonazza, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Jordan Crawley, Chris Porter, Ann Martin, Jimmy Haun, David Ginsberg, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Sophia Aragon, Raschelle Frets, Max Vecich, Phil Tavel, DeLancey Lane, Sam Widdlesbach (Herbolt campaign)

7:00 Call to Order

Rules of Discussion

Gina started the meeting with an overview of the issues we have been having over the past few weeks within the Board. (Resolutions, Member Lists, endorsement meeting)

  • Need to update our bylaws regarding the sharing of membership list. 
  • Need more structure about the resolution process and how we propose resolutions to the members.
  • Review the code of conduct. 

Gina distributed the WSDCC Code of Conduct, the KCDCC Code of Conduct and our 34th Dems Code of Conduct. 

Everyone introduced themselves and gave summary thoughts on their experience at the Endorsement meeting on June 12. 

7:49 Endorsement meeting follow-up

 Gina shared the factual details of the event happenings.

  • Early in the meeting during the potluck, David Ginsberg and Lou Frillman had a discussion about the candidates. 
  • Inappropriate language was used by Lou Frillman.
  • Safe Seattle, candidates Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel were mentioned.
  • The word “Nazi” was used.
  • Unclear as to the purpose of the discussion.
  • Steven Jamison shared inappropriate words with Lou and dumped water on his head. Additional words were had and both exited the Hall to further their exchange.
  • Steven left the meeting. 
  • Lou spoke with Lorena Gonzalez and made her feel uncomfortable. 
  • Steven apologized to Gina and the 34th and has issued an apology statement to the 34th. 
  • Gina agrees that the behavior was unquestionably unacceptable. 

Suggestion was made to read Steve, Lou and David’s statements. 

Fact Finding options

  • Roberts Rules
  • King County Code
  • Alternative 
  1. Act on the facts that we know today (including the letters submitted by 3 parties involved)
  2. Impart an Investigation into the matter (leveraging any of the three options)

Discussion of the options followed.

18 members present (including only executive board members)

All 18 members voted for option 1. 

  1. Use only Gina’s account of the stated facts.
  2. Allow for 3 letters to be read with no discussion. 
  3. Allow for 3 letters to be read with discussion. 

Discussion of the 3 options followed.

Option 1 carried the majority.

Consequences Phase

Gina re-read her facts.

Marcee Stone-Vecich made statements to the board that is was taking a convenient route for resolution and stated that additional information was missing from the account of facts. 

The members voted to take a 5 minute break to allow Marcee to remind Gina of one of the occurrences. 

An additional Code of Conduct violation was filed during the break by Marcee Stone-Vecich. 

Discussion about the additional Code of Conduct violation ensued. Jesse made a motion which was seconded to table the new violation to a future meeting. 

  1. Address the new Code of Conduct violation to be tabled.
  2. Address the new Code of Conduct violation tonight.

Discussion was tabled. Jesse made a further motion to investigate this new issue within one week outside of an in-person meeting. 

Gina mentioned that the bylaws should address board communication outside of meetings. 

Marcee withdrew her Code of Conduct violation and exited the meeting. 

The motion passed to investigate the new issue within one week. 

The board discussed options for an investigation.

Ben motioned that Gina completes and summarizes the investigation and presents findings to the board. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Board discussed possible options, including: 

  1. Request for a formal, public statement or apology from each participant.
  2. Formal apology to each other.
  3. Suspension of member’s ability to attend meetings and membership for a period.
  4. Published statements
  5. Censure of one or both members. (⅔ of membership)
  6. Lacking authority, make a declaration of censure without names

Ann made a motion to consider the following action: (seconded by Les)

  • Request a public apology from Lou Frillman to Steven Jamison and 34th District Democrats
  • Request a public apology from Steven Jamison and the 34th District Democrats and suspension for 2 months 

Jesse made an amendment to the motion (seconded by Carla)

  • Board will create a resolution to condemn the actions by the two parties (no names to be used)
  • Suspend Steven from (4 upcoming) meetings until after the general election.
  • Suspend Lou from the July and August meetings of the 34th.
  • Request that the candidates make a statement about the language used (degrading hate speech) and a public support of the 34th’s Code of Conduct.

Discussion was held on the amendment.

The amendment passed. 

Les made an amendment to add resolutions of censure for both Lou and Steven. 

Discussion was held on the amendment.

Motion failed by majority. 

The motion passes by majority. 

10:03 Announcements

School Board Endorsements will be done in July

Bylaws Committee was formed.

Resolutions Committee will be formed. 

Chris Porter will lead a task force on the Code of Conduct 

Additional business was tabled until the next meeting, due to time. 

Les presented a resolution for consideration by the board in support of the Green New Deal. 

A motion was made to present the resolution to the membership at the July meeting, once edits are made. The final resolution will be shared on Slack for a board vote, prior to the meeting. 

Meeting was adjourned

Special Meeting of the Executive Board – 6/24/19

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Board Meeting Notes Minutes

6/24/19

Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Jordan Crawley, Ann Martin, David Ginsberg, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Nick Bonazza, Lou Frillman via phone, Chris Porter

7:35 Call to Order

Gina started the meeting requesting that everyone state their goals for the current meeting. 

7:42 Outstanding Items

  1. Marcee Stone-Vecich’s code of conduct violation 
  2. Discuss the suspensions levels (2-4)
  3. Who initiated the behavior
  4. Jordan’s Draft Resolution “Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech”
  5. Social Media/Communication around the events and our response

7:46 Code of Conduct Violation

David apologized to Marcee and the executive board made the commitment  to review and revise the code of conduct.

Chris will lead a task force for the Code of Conduct (Jordan, Marcee will be on the committee).

7:48 Discussion of suspensions

  • Rachel expressed concern about the differing consequences. Feels they should be the same.
  • Jesse explained the thought behind his amendment which led to the judgements.
    • Both broke the code of conduct.
    • One person also made a physical action.
  • Additional members shared their points of view

Gina motioned that we decide whether to review the months of suspension. Motioned was seconded. It was decided that we would not reopen the suspension levels. 

Gina will also open the meetings by pointing out the code of conduct and introducing the sergeant of arms (Les). 

8:29 Discussion around who initiated the altercation. 

Lou believes that the initiation of the altercation needs to be known. 

NOTE: Code of Conduct violation doesn’t have to come from one of the people involved. 

David and Lou both gave statements on the initiation of the events. 

A suggestion was made to ask both parties to meet to discuss the event and apologize. 

8:45 Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech

Jordan Crawley wrote the resolution. 

  • Members discussed their input on the resolution.
  • Marcee wants more mention of “safe space”.
  • Review WA State language around gender inequality and add language to our resolution
  • Recognizing that we may have different political beliefs in the resolution
  • Jordan and Chris will finalize and put in Slack 

8:55 Social Media Communication about the event

Board members should not speak on behalf of the 34th. Only Gina as Chair can do that. 

June 12,2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes

June 12, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social

7:04 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

Carla Rogers led the Pledge of Allegiance

VIP Acknowledgements

None

Recognition of New Members

7:06 Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

  • Approval of the Minutes – The minutes were approved as submitted.
  • Adoption of the Agenda – Joe McDermott moved to add School Board District 6 to the endorsements, at the end of the current list. Motion was seconded and passed with no opposition.

7:00 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

  • Chair’s Report
    • Annual Fundraiser Results – We met our goal of raising $17K.
    • Upcoming Events – Burien Strawberry Days 6/17
    • Overview of the Evening – Budget Approval, Ballot Issues, Endorsements.
  • Membership and Treasurer’s Report
    • On-hand balance is $43,057.82. $20K is reserved for caucuses.
    • $18,364 was raised at the event.
    • 262 members

7:19 Seattle Libraries Levy Overview

Mike McQuaide spoke on behalf of the Seattle Libraries Levy and shared a presentations.

7:24 King County Parks Levy Overview  

Kristi True spoke on behalf of the King County Parks Levy.

7:30 New Business

  • 2019 Budget Approval
    • Ben Reilly provided an executive summary of the 2019 budget.
    • Ann Martin made a motion to approve the budget as submitted.
    • Budget passed with no opposition.
  • Appointment of PCOs
    • PCO Chair Nick Bonazza swore in 2 new PCOs – Lawrence and Colleen.  bringing the total to 92. Motion was made and the PCOs were approved.
  • 7:35 – Endorsements

Gina shared an overview of the rules for endorsement, as stated in our current bylaws (available online).

  • King County Council, Council District No. 8
    • David Ginsberg nominated Joe McDermott.
    • David motioned to vote by affirmation. Motion passed.
    • Joe McDermott was endorsed.
  • City of Burien, Council Position 2
    • A motion was made to nominate Cydney Moore.
    • The nomination was overruled because Cydney Moore is not a pledged Democrat.
    • No endorsement
  • City of Burien, Council Position 4
    • Martha Koester nominated Omaha Sternberg. Nomination was seconded.
    • Motion was made to nominate Kevin Shilling. Nomination was seconded.
      • Comments were made in favor of both candidates.
      • Kevin Schilling was endorsed.

7:56 Good of the Order

Joe McDermott thanked the 35th for his endorsement and invited everyone to a Monday, June 17 campaign kick off party being held at the Rasmussen-Lewis home located at 3822 Boyd Place SW. Information was just posted on his Facebook page.

Martha Koester announced the White Center Jubilee and Kiwanis events coming up.

Susie spoke about the importance of getting the word out about the upcoming races. She encouraged everyone to use their voices and offered professional services for anyone who wanted support.

Gina Topp promoted Dow Constantine’s Debate Watch party at Endolyne Joes on June 27 (tickets are $20.20) and the Swanky Cocktail Party tickets July 25th at Eileen Cody’s house.

Mayor Matta gave a report from the North American Mayors Conference held recently in Mexico.

Announcement made about the Burien Strawberry Festival being held this weekend.

Deborah Alderman made an announcement about the Alki Point Lighthouse tour season beginning. Open most Sundays from 1-4.

  • City of Burien, Council Position 6
    • David Ginsberg nominated Sophia Aragon, motion was seconded.
    • No further nominations.
    • Sophia Aragon was endorsed.
  • Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2
    • Jimmy Matta made a motion to nominate Nina Martinez. Motion was seconded.
    • Sam Cho was nominated and the motion was seconded.
    • Speeches in favor of both candidates were made.
    • No one cleared the 60% threshold on the
    • Endorsement made for Sam Cho receiving 66% of the vote.
  • Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 5
    • Grace Stiller nominated Fred Felleman, motion was seconded.
    • No other nominations were made.
    • Fred spoke on his own behalf after Grace ceded her time.
    • Fred Felleman was unanimously endorsed by the membership.
  • Seattle Libraries Levy
    • Hand Vote motion made, seconded and Passed
    • Levy was endorsed
  • King County Proposition 1, Parks Levy
    • Motion was made and seconded to endorse.
    • Levy was endorsed
  • City of Seattle, Council District 1
    • Lisa Herbold was nominated and seconded
    • Phil Tavel was nominated and seconded
    • Brendon Kolding was nominated and seconded
    • Speeches were made in support of candidates
    • Speeches were made against candidates
    • Ballot 1 results – Lisa Herbold wins endorsement with 73.8% of the vote.
  • School Board District 7
    • Nomination made for Leslie Harris, motion was seconded.
    • Molly Mitchell was nominated and seconded.
    • Leslie Harris spoke on her own behalf via video after time was ceded.
    • The nominator spoke on behalf of Molly Mitchell.
    • Ballot 1 results: Leslie Harris wins endorsement with a 68.3% vote.

Good of the Order (continued)

Thanks to Governor Inslee for putting together a campaign that highlights climate.

9:36 Adjourn to Whiskey West

05/23/19 KCDCC Monthly Meeting Minutes

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05/23/19 KCDCC Monthly Meeting Minutes

  • submitted by Max Brown KCDCC committeeman

KCDCC is hosting a “fun” – raiser involving local candidates and partner organizations – more details to come on social media channels. This event replaces the planned “fish fry” or “salmon bake” from years past. 6/23, 2- 5pm @ IAM 751 hall in South Park

Pride Plans – Tshirt design just released (50 yr anniversary of Stonewall)

  • Booth Saturday, 6/29, on Broadway from 11a – 6p
  • Parade Sunday, 6/30, 8:30a – RSVPs would be appreciated – need to track logistics re: water, snacks etc
    • Currently, no exact place in line, but if folks show up at 4th and Pike st. KCDCC rep will be present to help guide folks to location
    • Note Reps Smith, Schrier, Jayapal, DelBene will be in attendance
    • Hillary, Bob, and Dow will all be present

Endorsements, approved by the body:

Judicial

Averil Rothrock, King County Superior Court Position 16

Marshall Ferguson, King County Superior Court Position 31

Aimee Sutton, King County Superior Court Position 49

Mike Ryan, King County Superior Court Position 37

Maureen McKee, King County Superior Court Position 5

Comments: All five of these judges are running unopposed and are aligned with KCDCC’s platform and values.

Bellevue 

City Council Pos 3 – Jeremy Barksdale

City Council Pos 5 – Janice Zahn

Burien 

City Council Pos 6 – Sofia Aragon

Kirkland 

City Council Pos 2 – Kelli Curtis

City Council Pos 5 – Neal Black

City Council Pos 6 – Amy Falcone

Redmond 

City Council Pos 1 – Varisha Kahn

City Council Pos 5 – Vanessa Kritzer

Renton

Mayor – Marcie Maxwell

City Council Pos 7 – Kim-Khanh Van

Sammamish 

City Council Pos 2 – Karen McKnight

City Council Pos 6 – Rituja Indapure

Seattle 

City Council Dist 1 – Lisa Herbold

School Board Races 

Kent School District 415 – Leslie Hamada (District 3)

Candidates who have been endorsed by Legislative Districts where the positions are solely within the jurisdiction of only one (1) Legislative District and candidates have returned KCDCC questionnaires:

11th Legislative District 

Tukwila City Council Pos 4 – Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson

Tukwila City Council Pos 6 – Kate Kruller

41st Legislative District 

Mercer Island City Council Pos 3 – Wendy Weiker

Mercer Island City Council Pos 4 – Patrick Allcorn

Mercer Island City Council Pos 5 – Craig W. Reynolds

33rd Legislative District 

Seatac City Council Pos 1 – Senayet Negusse

Seatac City Council Pos 5 – Takele Gobena

May 15, 2019 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

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April 17, 2019

Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Ted Barker, Sophia Aragon, Steve Butts, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Nick Bonazza, Max Brown, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Jacqui, Jordan Crawley, Chris Porter

7:06 Call to Order

7:06 Communications update

Carla Rogers presented a report from the communications committee.

  • Website and FB have tickets for sale for the Fundraiser on June 1
    • Volunteer Tickets page/URL
  • Survey responses netted several actionable items including:
    • Two of the primary purposes for the web is for calendar items and connecting with board members
    • More calendar items : show other org meeting schedules
    • More info on committees and how to get involved
    • wanting the agenda of the monthly meetings posted ahead of time,
    • Suggestion to email the newsletter to membership
    • Enhanced Calendar in the NL
    • More of a voice for the committees (outside of meetings)
    • More social posts, Facebook is most used.
  • Steve is going to be starting to work on the sample ballot, which is due to be distributed at the July meeting (July 10).
    • Very tight turn around
    • LAC to solicit candidates for ad sales after Gina’s email
    • Need plea to candidates from Gina by June 19 (excom meeting)
  • New web homepage update (Tai) – new look and feel
    • Please email any feedback or place in the slack channel (exec comm)
  • May 30 deadline for content for the NL

7:16 Introductions for new Committee Chair – Leah Griffin, KC Executive Board Member

7:18 Budget Discussion

  • Ben Reilly presented the latest revision to the budget. $10K in the budget for the Primary activities.. $30K projected carry over to next year
  • Do we want more in the budget for election contributions
  • Do we want to set this aside more for caucus expenses
  • Reduce cost of Annual Fundraiser by $500 and increase income by $500
  • A motion was made to move $1K additional to candidate contributions.
  • Motion was seconded and was approved.
  • The budget will be presented to the membership in June, for vote.

7:33 Events Report and Annual Fundraiser Planning

Jacqui presented the events report.

  • Phone banking to those who have not rsvp’d/bought tickets will be held Thursday 5/16 6-8pm
  • Silent and Live Auctions
  • Procurement deadline is the week before the event (June 1)
  • Volunteer Tickets are needed but we will just use the NGP link to sell those tickets.
  • Volunteers are needed and flowers for the event are needed for table decorations
  • Costs include linens, printing and food – approximately $5500, based on 75 people attending.

7:49 PCO Report

Nick Bonazza presented the PCO report.

  • Trainings are scheduled across the region in May/June.
  • Nick continues Outreach to recruit more PCOs

7:59 Endorsements

Gina led a discussion on the endorsement process for the June meeting.

  • No slate will be presented by the 34th Exec Board
  • 60% or more gets the endorsement
  • Runoffs of top two
  • If runoff doesn’t work, then a dual endorsement will be possible.
  • Candidates need to be coordinated (against the wall near the bar)
  • Nominations begin from the floor
  • Candidates should know about the event
  • Ballots are needed, Steve prints. They are numbered with the sign in process.
  • Ann Martin will be the tally chair, Ted would be the alternate tally chair
  • Candidates are allowed to observe the tally
  • Rules for who is eligible to vote need to be sent to the campaigns.
  • Renewing members will be sent to Ben.
  • Gina will ask Steve to be time keeper and Ann to handle the tally..

8:21 State Committee Report

Chris Porter presented the State Committee report.

  • Very heated discussion on the caucus/primary decision.
  • Staff members have left the office over the decision and how it was handled/how members behaved.
  • Affirmative Action plan was generally accepted by the DNC.
  • Constituency caucuses are creating a proposal to be in alliance with the state party.
  • Outreach is a focus. LDs will need to provide a formal account of what they are doing in outreach.
  • September is the next meeting
  • LD Caucus is in March (3 months prior plan should be set.), Primary is March 10.
  • Planning for the Primary season will start after the Annual Fundraiser.

8:33 King County Committee Report

Leah Griffin presented the report.

  • Will continue saying the pledge of allegiance.
  • Passed a budget.
    • Max have insight on the budget structure, which has changed.
  • Ted shared that a motion was made to raise limit of campaign contributions to 25% of the budget (from 10%)


Karen shared the Outreach Committee Report

  • Outreach committee is doing an Adopt-a-Street event this weekend.
  • There will be an event the day of the Annual Fundraiser as well
  • All upcoming events are on the calendar.

Jordan presented the LAC Report

  • The candidate events are complete for this cycle.
  • Jordan is now taking on legislation as a focus.

Les presented the Leadership Development Report

  • Les is beginning his work to recruit future board members and leaders for the 34th.
  • Asked that committee chairs look within their committees for potential leaders and forward them to him for follow up.

Chris mentioned that we should include the June 30 Pride Parade on the website. Max will get details to Carla to post on the site and on social.

8:50 Resolutions

  • Gina shared that there were questions from the membership as to how we deal with Resolutions presented to us. A discussion was held on how we can process resolutions in the future.

9:03 Good of the Order

  • Sophia has requested the membership list for use by her campaign.
  • Chris encouraged attendance of the Bee Festival this weekend.

05-8-19 Membership Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social

7:01 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

Rachel Glass led the Pledge of Allegiance

7:04 VIP Acknowledgements

Representative Cody was recognized and is on the agenda.

Krystal Marx was recognized and described a recently approved, pilot program whereby homeless individuals are offered services. Councilwoman Marx suggested that anyone with comments email council@burienwa.gov with comments.

Jimmy Matta was recognized and discussed the vote at council around the services for those using the parks for a place to shelter.

Joe Fitzgibbon was recognized and is on the agenda.

Bill Tracy – Port Commissioner – shared that the Boys and Girls Club breakfast is this week. His campaign will begin soon.

Senator Joe Nguyen was recognized and is on the agenda.

Gina recognized new members and visitors.

Approval of the Minutes

Minutes are approved as written.

Approval of Agenda

Carla Rogers made a motion to the agenda to amend the agenda to include time in the NEW BUSINESS portion of the agenda for Representative Codey and Senator Nguyen to give us an update on the session which just closed out last month. The motion was seconded and passed.

Marcee Stone-Vecich made a motion to remove the Fracking Resolution from the agenda as it has already passed and been signed by the governor.

For Removal – Marcee noted that the effort is done and we have banned fracking in the State of Washington. The Governor came out with the statement to not build LNG and methanol plants in WA.

Speaking Against Removal – Les Treall mentioned that the bill allows for fracked gas from other parts of the country. Would like to wait until after the Leg Update.

Voice Vote failed to provide a decision. A hand count was called for by the chair. The motion failed by majority vote.

Chair and Committee Reports

Chair’s Report – Gina provided an update on recent board activities.

Membership Report – 227 is the current membership.

Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly.

PCO Report was provided by Nick Bonazza. PCO trainings will be held in May and June (all are on the calendar at 34dems.org).

Jacqui Morris provided an update on the annual fundraiser to be held on June 1. See the website, or our Facebook page for details and buy a ticket, donate an item and share the invite! Need donations of flowers, vases and  items for the auctions.

7:40 New Business

Legislative Update

  • Senator Joe Nguyen provided an update on the recent legislative session. Having the majority party, $47m was garnered for capital projects in the 34th. Bills supporting Mary’s Place in Burien, White Center projects, SSC, Madison Middle, Duwamish cleanup, and conservation funding for Maury/Vashon. Additional bills passed included ferry funding, pre-paid postage, graduated REETs, TANF reform, data breach, justice reform, Orca protection, mental health and more.
  • Representative Cody discussed wins in healthcare, particularly on the mental health front. The Opioid crisis drove a lot of change in attitude. A mental health training hospital will be built at the UW. Other bills with tobacco, immunization, medical debt, overtime for nurses and others were also passed.
  • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon labeled this session the most progressive in his 9 years. Criminal Justice reforms, higher ed, several environmental wins, education and other items were called out.
  • Joe Fitzgibbon discussed the details of the bill signed today by Gov Inslee around fracking. The bill does NOT address fracked gas being imported and used in WA.

Appointment of Committee Chairs

Dawn Raines was appointed at the Membership chair. Motion was moved and seconded appointing Dawn as Membership Chair.

Appointment of PCOs

Nick Bonazza introduced those who have applied to be PCOs –

Carla Rogers and Jen Nye.  PCOs were approved by the voting PCOs. We now have 90 PCOs!

Adopt-A-Street Awards

Karen Richter and Steve Butts presented awards to Ted Barker, Bob Farrell, Bruce Bergman, Chris Porter, Laurence Redman. Steve Butts. Karen Richter, Chris Weiss, Melinda Grant., Jeryka Taft. Britnique Taft, Treina Aronson, Eric Cameron, Carol Aronson. Anna Orton. Ben Olsen for participating in the Adopt-a-Street clean up. Next clean up is May 18.

Fracking Resolution

Les Treall moved that we pass the fracking resolution as presented. The motion was seconded. Les ceded his time to Emily Hazelton of 350 Seattle.

Marcee Stone spoke against the resolution as it was no longer timely and should be redone with labor and environmental caucus input. Local 52 is in our district and should be considered.

A union staff-member urged passing the resolution.

Chris Porter made a motion to table the consideration of this resolution until the October Monthly Meeting. Motion did not pass.

Chris Porter spoke against this resolution.

The voice vote failed to give a clear winner. A credential vote was held and the resolution passed as submitted.

8:10 UFCW Local 21 – New Season’s Update

Representatives from the UFCW 21 spoke about the New Seasons market situation in Seattle. They requested that the members of the 34th be aware of this and continue to support fair labor practices by all businesses.

8:18 Burien City Council Candidate Forum

Omaha Sternberg (position 2) and Sofia Aragon (position 6) engaged in the Burien candidate forum moderated by LAC Chair Jordan Crawley and 1st Vice Chair Rachel Glass.

8:40 Good of the Order

Tyrik Scott spoke about the session and the capital gain tax as submitted in last session.

Art Chippendale spoke about a session on Vashon the June 3rd Town Hall.

Gina shared dates:

May 15 – next Exec Board meeting

June 12 – next Membership Meeting where we will endorse candidates.

100 guest goal for the June 1 fundraiser.

8:49 Adjourn to Whiskey West

May 8, 2019 Meeting Minutes

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May General Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social

7:01 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

Rachel Glass led the Pledge of Allegiance

7:04 VIP Acknowledgements

Representative Cody was recognized and is on the agenda.

Krystal Marx was recognized and described a recently approved, pilot program whereby homeless individuals are offered services. Councilwoman Marx suggested that anyone with comments email council@burienwa.gov with comments.

Jimmy Matta was recognized and discussed the vote at council around the services for those using the parks for a place to shelter.

Joe Fitzgibbon was recognized and is on the agenda.

Bill Tracy – Port Commissioner – shared that the Boys and Girls Club breakfast is this week. His campaign will begin soon.

Senator Joe Nguyen was recognized and is on the agenda.

Gina recognized new members and visitors.

Approval of the Minutes

Minutes are approved as written.

Approval of Agenda

Carla Rogers made a motion to the agenda to amend the agenda to include time in the NEW BUSINESS portion of the agenda for Representative Codey and Senator Nguyen to give us an update on the session which just closed out last month. The motion was seconded and passed.

Marcee Stone-Vecich made a motion to remove the Fracking Resolution from the agenda as it has already passed and been signed by the governor.

For Removal – Marcee noted that the effort is done and we have banned fracking in the State of Washington. The Governor came out with the statement to not build LNG and methanol plants in WA.

Speaking Against Removal – Les Treall mentioned that the bill allows for fracked gas from other parts of the country. Would like to wait until after the Leg Update.

Voice Vote failed to provide a decision. A hand count was called for by the chair. The motion failed by majority vote.

Chair and Committee Reports

Chair’s Report – Gina provided an update on recent board activities.

Membership Report – 227 is the current membership.

Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly.

PCO Report was provided by Nick Bonazza. PCO trainings will be held in May and June (all are on the calendar at 34dems.org).

Jacqui Morris provided an update on the annual fundraiser to be held on June 1. See the website, or our Facebook page for details and buy a ticket, donate an item and share the invite! Need donations of flowers, vases and  items for the auctions.

7:40 New Business

Legislative Update

  • Senator Joe Nguyen provided an update on the recent legislative session. Having the majority party, $47m was garnered for capital projects in the 34th. Bills supporting Mary’s Place in Burien, White Center projects, SSC, Madison Middle, Duwamish cleanup, and conservation funding for Maury/Vashon. Additional bills passed included ferry funding, pre-paid postage, graduated REETs, TANF reform, data breach, justice reform, Orca protection, mental health and more.
  • Representative Cody discussed wins in healthcare, particularly on the mental health front. The Opioid crisis drove a lot of change in attitude. A mental health training hospital will be built at the UW. Other bills with tobacco, immunization, medical debt, overtime for nurses and others were also passed.
  • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon labeled this session the most progressive in his 9 years. Criminal Justice reforms, higher ed, several environmental wins, education and other items were called out.
  • Joe Fitzgibbon discussed the details of the bill signed today by Gov Inslee around fracking. The bill does NOT address fracked gas being imported and used in WA.

Appointment of Committee Chairs

Dawn Raines was appointed at the Membership chair. Motion was moved and seconded appointing Dawn as Membership Chair.

Appointment of PCOs

Nick Bonazza introduced those who have applied to be PCOs –

Carla Rogers and Jen Nye.  PCOs were approved by the voting PCOs. We now have 90 PCOs!

Adopt-A-Street Awards

Karen Richter and Steve Butts presented awards to Ted Barker, Bob Farrell, Bruce Bergman, Chris Porter, Laurence Redman. Steve Butts. Karen Richter, Chris Weiss, Melinda Grant., Jeryka Taft. Britnique Taft, Treina Aronson, Eric Cameron, Carol Aronson. Anna Orton. Ben Olsen for participating in the Adopt-a-Street clean up. Next clean up is May 18.

Fracking Resolution

Les Treall moved that we pass the fracking resolution as presented. The motion was seconded. Les ceded his time to Emily Hazelton of 350 Seattle.

Marcee Stone spoke against the resolution as it was no longer timely and should be redone with labor and environmental caucus input. Local 52 is in our district and should be considered.

A union staff-member urged passing the resolution.

Chris Porter made a motion to table the consideration of this resolution until the October Monthly Meeting. Motion did not pass.

Chris Porter spoke against this resolution.

The voice vote failed to give a clear winner. A credential vote was held and the resolution passed as submitted.

8:10 UFCW Local 21 – New Season’s Update

Representatives from the UFCW 21 spoke about the New Seasons market situation in Seattle. They requested that the members of the 34th be aware of this and continue to support fair labor practices by all businesses.

8:18 Burien City Council Candidate Forum

Omaha Sternberg (position 2) and Sofia Aragon (position 6) engaged in the Burien candidate forum moderated by LAC Chair Jordan Crawley and 1st Vice Chair Rachel Glass.

8:40 Good of the Order

Tyrik Scott spoke about the session and the capital gain tax as submitted in last session.

Art Chippendale spoke about a session on Vashon the June 3rd Town Hall.

Gina shared dates:

May 15 – next Exec Board meeting

June 12 – next Membership Meeting where we will endorse candidates.

100 guest goal for the June 1 fundraiser.

8:49 Adjourn to Whiskey West

April 17, 2019 Board Meeting

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Board Meeting Notes for Minutes

Attendees: Gina, Ann, Les, Ben, Dawn, Jordan, Rachel, Carla, Karen

April 17, 2019

7:00 Call to Order

7:01 Primary Decision by the WA State Democratic Party

While members arrived to the meeting, those present discussed the choice by the WA State democrats to move to a Primary in 2020. Ann will share a state committee report in the next newsletter.

7:12 LAC Report

Jordan shared plans for the April 23rd D1 Candidate Debate were shared. There will be a planning meeting for the Debate Thursday 4/18 at 7 at Uptown Espresso on Delridge. Rebuttal format was agreed upon.

The Burien Candidate Forum will occur during our May membership meeting. There are 2-3 candidates for each of 3 position – 8 total. The group decided that we should organize it by position. Forum to begin at 7:30.

7:40 Fracking Resolution

Resolution was brought by a precinct committee member. This was shared by Les Treall. A speaker 350.org could be included to answer questions. The board can make a recommendation or just bring it to the floor at the membership meeting. The state discussed but postponed the vote on a similar resolution (initiated by the 32nd) with the same purpose. This resolution has the same content as the state resolution which passed. The group voted to bring it to the meeting for discussion.

7:55 Treasurer’s Report

24 new members were added at the forum. 211 is new total. A new list of not-renewed-yet members will be distributed for calls to be made to encourage renewal. Gina will also remind non-members that they may not vote on endorsements unless they rejoin by May 8. This will also be posted on Facebook.

Budget for 2019 was shared last month, updates have been made. New budget will be shared in the next Exec Board meeting and then we will vote at the July meeting.

8:01 Glen Morgan Lawsuit Updates

The PDC is arbitrating the Glen Morgan lawsuit at this point. We will need to spend on legal fees for this so that will be updated in the budget.

8:05 Membership Discussion

A request was made that a name tag be made for all new and renewing members and made available at the first general meeting.. Ben to send a list to Steve Butts prior to the meeting each month.

8:08 PCO Committee

PCO meetings have been held on Vashon and in Burien. Nick has scheduled trainings for all areas. These will be placed on the calendar.

8:09 Outreach Committee

Annie Phillips registered 25 votes in one hour at this event. Cambodia Fest is the next event. 10-5, 4/27. Need additional participation in the parades.

8:13 Hospitality Committee

The new visitors list will be used for follow up calls. Jesse needs help at the next 2 meetings welcoming at the meetings. New PCO Jeff will be asked to do this.

8:15 Communications

Committee is meeting w/o April 29 to get additional updates moving. Still need committee descriptions for Finance and Bylaws committees for the website.

8:16 Events

Annual Fundraiser meeting will be held this Saturday at 10am at Cupcake Royale. Procurement wishlists will be shared but we will also call past donors.

8:18 Bylaws

New draft bylaws are being prepared and will be shared prior to our board meeting so that the board can review..

8:21 Good of the Order

  • Ben (membership) will have a table at the Debate
  • Dawn suggested that we do a watch party for the Presidential Debates on June 26-27, July 30-31. Dawn will pursue venues and we will post on local and social media.
  • Dow is hosting an event on May 17 and 34th members are able to attend at a reduced cost of $50. The regular price of the luncheon is a $125 donation.

8:33 Adjourn