Meeting Notes

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

09/12/19 Monthly Meeting Minutes

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September 11, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social 

7:04 Call to Order

Opening Ceremonies

  • Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sofia Aragon
  • Moment of Silence
  • VIP Acknowledgements 

Joe Nguyen was recognized and announced his upcoming event held for LG Bob Ferguson on Sept 28 at C+P Coffee. 

Joe McDermott was recognized and requested help from the 34th. Saturday, Sept 14 doorbelling for Sofia Aragon and Kevin Schilling.  Meeting at 1:30pm Boulevard Park Library. 

  • Gina reminded everyone about our code of conduct.

7:07 Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

  • A motion was made to approve the minutes from the August meeting. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
  • A motion was made to adopt the agenda. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
  • Chair’s Report – Executive board is working to update our code of conduct and Bylaws. Drafts are circulating. Input to the chairs of the committees are welcome. (Jordan Crawley – Resolutions Process, Chris Porter – Code of Conduct and Art Chippendale – Bylaws)Approval by the end of the year is the goal.
  • Membership and Treasurer’s Report – Ben shared highlights of the treasurer’s report and shared membership figures.

7:16 Housing and Homelessness Presentation

Sofia Aragon provided updates on the legislative front around housing.

Robin Koskey – Communications Manager at the Seattle Office of Housing

  • Shared info about current housing initiatives in Seattle

Daniel Malone –  Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) https://www.desc.org/about/

  • Over 500 beds
  • Behavioral Health Organization
  • “Housing is what ends homelessness”

If members want to help advocate, sign up for action alerts on the Low Income Housing Alliance website. www.wliha.org

8:11 New Business

  • School Board District Endorsements

A motion was made to support Aaron Garcia for Highline School Board Position 1. Motion was seconded. No further motions were made. Several members spoke in favor of Garcia’s nomination. A voice vote was held and Garcia was endorsed.

Steve Butts made a motion to nominate Eric Blumhagen for District 1 Seattle School District Director. Motion was seconded. No further motions were made. Blumhagen was endorsed with no dissention by the 34th.

Leah Griffin made a motion to nominate Rebeca Muniz for Seattle School Board District 3 Director. The motion was seconded and no further motions were made. Muniz was endorsed with no dissention by the 34th. 

  • Resolution in Support of the Seattle Urban Forestry and Commission’s Draft Tree and Urban Forest Protection Ordinances

Jordan Crawley, Legislative Action Committee Chair, provided background on the resolution. 

Motion and second was made to consider the resolution. Steve Zemke spoke in favor of the motion. Les Treall spoke against the resolution. The resolution passed as submitted.

  • Appointment of PCOs – 2 new PCOs were nominated and approved by representing PCOs at the meeting.
  • General Election Campaign Donations

The attendees talked among themselves to provide ideas for how to divide the 34th’s allocated budget for campaign donations of $1000.

Motion was made to give $500 each to Sofia Aragon and Kevin Schilling. Motion was seconded and a vote affirmed this donation.

8:56 Good of the Order

Ann Martin invited the group to support the Gala to be held on October 5 at the Seattle Design Center.

Jesse Greene spoke in support of the Regional Housing Authority. 

Art Chippendale encouraged attendance of the Impeachment Teach In.

DeLancey Lane mentioned the upcoming fundraisers for Joe McDermott. 

Les Treall reminded everyone that the West Seattle Food Bank Auction this weekend. 

Aaron Garcia thanked the group for his endorsement and invited support at his upcoming fundraiser. 

Eric Blumhagen thanked everyone for the endorsement. 

9:09 Adjourn to Whiskey West

September Newsletter Published

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The 34th District’s monthly newsletter has been released. Editor Steve Butts says this issue is one you won’t want to miss! Download it and see what’s going on in the district!

08/21/19 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

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Board Meeting Minutes

08/21/19

Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Steve Butts, Ted Barker, Gina Topp, Jesse Greene, Nick Bonazza, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass

7:07 Gina called the meeting to order. 

Glen Morgan Lawsuit

Gina shared the Possinger Law Group memo regarding the State of Washington ex rel. Morgan v. 24th Legislative District Democrats. This memo is a settlement offer in the lawsuit. 

The group discussed the offer as communicated in the letter. 

Our attorney Laura Ewan shared options with the board and answered questions.

The board agreed to the following response to be provided by Gina to our attorney.

  • No admission of violation
  • Public Disclosure Commission Training
  • Civil Penalty Payment of $3000
  • Suspension of $1500
  • 34th will pay no attorney’s fees
  • Probation to the end of the current board term, November 30, 2020

8:00 Committee Reports

  • Treasurer’s Report – Ben Reilly presented the treasurer’s report. 
  • September Program – Sofia Aragon is organizing the program
    • Homelessness program, 2 speakers
    • Seattle School District candidates speak and potential endorsements
    • Highline School District School Board 
  • State Committee
    • State committee meeting is end of September and will be taking up the code of conduct
  • Communications
    • Sponsorship of Joe Nguyen’s Town Hall
      • Carla will get more details about the nature of our involvement. Who’s paying, nature of sponsorship – official state event or a Joe campaign event
    • Communications Committee is growing. 3 interested members have connected and we are working out how they can support the committee. 
    • Tai Yang will be working as Technology Special Projects Lead going forward and will be first working on the Donations page.
  • Outreach – Steve and Karen gave updates. 
    • 2 events upcoming
    • Goal is 175 registered voters. Need 20 more to make the goal. 
  • LAC
    • Jordan has been working on the Code of Conduct with Chris. 
  • PCO
    • Nick submitted a written report prior to the meeting. 
    • Nick is asking our electeds to provide names of potential PCOs. 
    • Also in communication with One America to help find volunteers or PCOs.
    • With the September meeting we will have 100 PCOs (207)
  • Bylaws 
    • Art Chippendale will be nominated at the next meeting to be the chair of the Bylaws committee. Jordan, Chris and others expressed interest in being on the committee.
  • Hospitality
    • Jesse stated he talked 5 folks (visitors) who had not signed in at the last meeting. 
  • Caucus
    • Sunday, April 26 is the Legislative District Caucus
    • Locations have been contacted
  • Events
    • Gina received and email about the picnic. The group agreed that we will not have a picnic this year due to lack of time for planning and other initiatives that are more important. 
    • Gina shared and email from Delancey regarding event planning questions. Comments should go into Slack.

8:53 Resolution in Support of Seattle Urban Forestry Commission’s Draft Tree and Urban Forest Protection Ordinance

  • Ann Martin presented a resolution to consider. Discussion was held about the resolution. 
  • There was a motion and a second to send the resolution to the membership for consideration with no recommendation.
  • Discussion of the resolution process was held. 
  • The motion passed unanimously.

9:07 Good of the Order

Brunch Fundraiser for Lisa Herbold, 11-12:30 Sept 7 at the Public House 

September agenda will include a proposal for how to spend funds in the budget for campaign contributions.

Les shared his experience canvassing. Lesson – be careful canvassing!

WSDC Picnic is Aug 22 (3-7pm) at Ann’s home. 

9:15 Adjourn

Discount Huskies Tickets for Government Groups

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08/14/19 Monthly Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes

August 14, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social 

7:01 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

Gina led the Pledge of Allegiance

VIP Acknowledgements

  • Krystal Marx was acknowledged and gave a few updates about tenant protections, just-cause ordinances and funding for a housing ombudsman. She stated that these topics/goals came from speaking with constituents. 
  • Kevin Schilling thanked the room for their support and endorsement then mentioned that GOTV is super important. 31% turnout in Burien vs. 35% in Seattle. 
  • Leslie Harris (School Board District 6, president) requested continued support for  her re-election campaign. Mentioned that Collective Bargaining will happen this year during the election cycle. She mentioned that the last school board vote was about a new district dress code. 
  • Lisa Herbold thanked the 34th for helping deliver a victory in the Primary. She needs continued support to fight big business influence in the election. She needs help with GOTV.

Recognition of Visitors 

  • Eric Blumhagen spoke about his run for District 1 School Board and requested support in the district-wide election.

Code of Conduct Reminders and announcements from Chris Porter 

7:22 Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

The July meeting minutes were presented. Motion and second was made to approve as presented.  Minutes were approved. 

It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda as presented by the chair. Motion passed and agenda was approved. 

7:27 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

  • Chair’s Report – Gina thanked those who worked in support of the Primary. 
  • Ben Reilly presented the Membership and Treasurer’s Reports. We are ahead of goal for carry over to 2020. Membership is at 290 as of this evening.

7:29 Program

Leah Griffin (King County Representative) made a presentation about the state of legislation regarding sexual assault. 

7:50 New Business

Appointment of PCOs

  • Nick Bonazza introduced 2 new PCOs. Jesse and Wendy shared their stories. A motion was made and seconded to affirm the new PCOs.

Family Separation Resolution

  • A motion and second was made to adopt the resolution.
  • Ben Reilly spoke in favor of the resolution.
  • A vote was held and the resolution passed unanimously.

Affirmative Action Resolution

  • A motion and second was made to adopt the resolution.
  • Ann Martin presented a motion to amend. The amendment was to substitute “the 34th District Democrats” for “the WA State Central Committee”. 
  • A vote was held to include the replacement of language. Motion passed unanimously.
  • Ivan Weiss spoke in favor of the resolution.
  • Resolution passed unanimously, as amended. 

8:05 Good of the Order

Les Treal announced the Postcards to Voters meeting at C&P coffee 10-12 on Thursday. Les also is going to host a fundraiser for Lisa Herbold on Sept 7 at the Public House where he lives. 

Ann Martin announced a WSDW picnic on August 27th from 3-7 at her home to celebrate the birthday of founding member Georgia Kunkel. 

Peggy Abbie reiterated the Postcards for Voters effort which will also be done at the Senior Center. 

Max Brown announced a panel about the census to be held on Tuesday, August 27 6-8pm at El Centro De La Raza. 

Marcelle Johnsen promoted attendance of the “Between the Lines” presentation at the Log House Museum starting August 19 (general public). 

Keith Weir spoke about IRAP (Apprenticeships) and  HR397. 

8:25 Adjourn to Whiskey West 

August 8, 2019 Special Board Meeting Minutes

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Board Meeting Minutes

08/01/19

Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Steve Butts, Chris Porter, Ted Barker, David Ginsburg (left early), Gina Topp

7:05 Gina started the meeting with an exercise for the group.

The group shared their goals for this meeting. Also each member provided their goals for the year.

Goals for the rest of the year:

Improved Resolution Process
Bylaws Updated
Glen Morgan matter settled
Finalize Code of Conduct
Plan for Caucus Cycle (financial and logistical)
Begin Monthly Socials (like debate parties) to help us expand membership
Increase PCOs in preparation for next year
GOTV for this election cycle
Increase members who are working with committees to help chairs accomplish all their goals/responsibilities

7:13 Issues unresolved from June Endorsement Meeting

Response to Lou Frillmans Letter
Reaction or response to David and Lou’s letters to Westside Herald
Response to Marcee Stone-Vecich’s letter
The component of our resolution regarding David and Lou’s unrepaired relationship not being fulfilled

Board agreed to remove the 4th item.

Members of the board asked David Ginsberg to leave the meeting for the remainder of the discussion. David departed.

Lou’s Letter to the Board

Carla read Lou’s letter to the board
Board stands firm in our decision to make the 34th a safe place, and it will not revisit the consequences from our July executive board meeting.
Reviewed the area of the Code of Conduct which were broken by Lou’s behavior
Must separate the incidents: letter in Westside vs. board meeting incident
It was resolved that Gina will respond to Lou’s email.

Marcee’s Letter to the Board

Carla read Marcee’s letter to the Board
Chris shared Marcee’s main concern regarding David and Marcee’s relationship
Les stated that our job is to elect democrats, not to govern or repair relationships between members
Marcee needs to decide if she is going to bring Code of Conduct violations against David
It was resolved that Gina will respond to Marcee’s email

David and Lou’s letter to Westside Seattle

Carla read both David’s and Lou’s Westside Seattle letters
Beyond an intrapersonal fight; letters were in the public domain
Chris wants the chair to regain control of being the voice for the organization
Jordan read a written statement referencing David’s code of conduct violations
Jesse shared his position regarding the code of conduct violation
Ben shared that he felt that both letters violate the code of conduct
Les provided his take on the letters
Carla shared that Lou had already been punished and didn’t believe we should add another set of consequences for his letter to the paper. David however, should be considered differently as he is a chair/executive board member, higher standard of behavior.
Jesse wants to make sure that whatever we decide, we speak as a board and back Gina as chair 100%.
Gina stated that David has been a significant help to her during the transition.
Rachel is concerned about how this reflects on the board and how David remaining on the board might have adverse effects.
Dawn feels a lack of trust in David, given the events and how they transpired.
Several members of the board shared that they had a trust issue with David and some felt uncomfortable working with him.
Chris suggested that the next chair’s message include clarification that the chair is the only person able to speak for the board.
Karen and Ted stated the need to not make this a further public issue that makes the 34th look badly.

After everyone had time to state their position on the matter, Gina made a suggestion for how to move forward:

Gina will include mention of the chair having the voice of the 34th in the next Chair’s message, calling out the Bylaw which speaks to that point
Gina will find someone to take over as co-chair of the Bylaws committee so that the work on bylaws can be voted on and finalized by the end of the year.
David will be suspended from attending events and activities of the 34th District Democrats until the November 2019 Election. This will allow for the Executive Board to do some work to try and repair working relationships.
Gina is going to have conversations with board members who have concerns about David’s behavior
Gina to speak with David about his behavior and how members of the board feel about working with him.

Board voted 10-2 to move forward with the above proposal.

Gina mentioned that Glen Morgan has offered a settlement in the lawsuit. This will be discussed in full at the August board meeting.

Chris shared the Affirmative Action Resolution regarding Referendum 88. Members approved the motion to take the resolution to the membership in the August meeting, as written.

9:20 Adjourned

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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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

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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.