Monthly Meeting Minutes

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 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

February 2018 Meeting Minutes

150 150 David Ginsberg

34th LD Democratic Organization

Meeting Notes for February 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2018 Meeting Minutes

150 150 David Ginsberg

34th District Democrats

Monthly Membership Meeting

1/10/18

The Hall at Fauntleroy

 

 

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

 

7:02 Pledge of Allegiance.

 

7:03 VIP’s present:

 

Bill Tracy, President of the Southwest Suburban Sewer District.

King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott

Seattle City Council Member Lisa Herbold

Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud

 

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

 

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

 

Chairs Report –

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

 

2018 will be the year of Resurgence.

 

 

Main Program

Tina Podlodowski, Chair of the Washington State Democrats

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

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

helpful direction for it.

 

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

 

Looked for Areas of Intersection

 

Family Wage Jobs and Wage Equity

Health Care

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

Affordable Housing

Retirement with dignity

Building a deep bench.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Treasurer’s Report –

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

 

 

Committee Reports –

 

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

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

Ann is elected by acclamation. Congratulations, Ann!

 

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

 

 

No Unfinished Business

 

 

No New Business

 

No PCO candidates to appoint.

 

Good of the Order

9:02 Adjourned

 

March 2018 Meeting Minutes

150 150 David Ginsberg

34th District Democrats

Monthly Membership Meeting

3/14/18

The Hall at Fauntleroy

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

7:03 Pledge of Allegiance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:18 Minutes approved.

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

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

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

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

Committee Reports –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moved, Seconded and Passed to extend Arguments.

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

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

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

No other speakers against.

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

8:53 Good of the Order

9:01 Adjourned.

 

October Monthly Membership Meeting Minutes

150 150 Nick Bohall

October Monthly Membership Meeting Notes

34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
10/11/17
The Hall at Fauntleroy
Meeting called to order at 7:03 by Chair David Ginsberg

7:04 Pledge of Allegiance.

7:06 No VIP’s present.

7:07 Dale Bright, Dale Connon, and the brothers and sisters of Laborers 242 were honored for their contributions to the 34th.

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

Chairs Report –

  • Glen Morgan filed suit against the 34th on the afternoon of Thursday the 5th.
    Chair expressed his anger at how this will affect the LD. We will now need to spend
    funds on legal assistance that we could be spending on getting Democrats elected. This
    type of action may bankrupt some of the smaller LD’s, however, that is not the case with us.
  • Last Saturday’s Burien Canvass with Rep, Jayapal was great! Knocked on 2,057 doors and had at
    Least 80 volunteers! Chair reminded the membership that getting out and talking to people is the most impactful thing that we can do.

Treasurer’s Report –

  • Treasurer Gina Topp reports that we spent $5,153 last month, with the bulk of the funds supporting the Burien Slate. We have $24,314.26 in the bank and we will be setting aside some funds for caucuses. Gina is confident in the legal firm that we have retained to defend against the Morgan lawsuit.

Committee Reports –

  • Legislative Action – Committee Chair Ann Martin brought up Fair Vote Washington
    and Fix Democracy First’s petition about Ranked Choice Voting. In answer to a question about gathering any possible signatures while out canvassing, it was determined that this was not a conflict.
  • Volunteer Committee – Committee Chair Treina Aronson reminded the membership to check out the “Get Active” tab on the webpage and that the next event was an Adopt A Street Clean Up on October 21 at 1p.m.

Proposition One presentation for Leonardo Flor –

  • States that he manages the Vets and Human Services Levy for the County but is here tonight as
    a private citizen. Informs that as it stands, the levy is 5 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value. It sunsets this year. Proposition 1 on the ballot will continue and expand the program. As of now ½ of funds go to vets and the other ½ go to those “person(s) in need of such services.” These services include, but are not limited to, Mobile Medical Services, WIC, help for the homeless and affordable housing. 2,056 units have been built thanks to the levy. In all, 42 different programs are funded through it.
  • It is the smallest levy in the county. Vets are helped with job training which on average leads to a $28k increase in their household incomes.
  • King County is aging, and the need for Senior Services will continue to rise. By 2040, 25% of King County citizens will be seniors.
  • There IS a property tax exemption to make sure that folks are not taxed out of their homes. 23,000 people are eligible, let’s make sure that we find them! The levy will also fight social isolation, which many seniors and vets experience. Studies show that it is harder on human health than obesity or smoking 13 cigarettes per day.
  • More veterans are poor, and they are getting poorer.
  • Proposition 1 will raise the levy to 10 cents per $1000 assessed value. 1/3 to vets, 1/3 to seniors (55 or older) AND their caregivers, and 1/3 to vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to sexual assault victims and LGBTQ populations.
  • ½ of the first year’s proceeds will promote housing stability.
  • The Senior Programs will also help those seniors who still would like to work to do so, thereby lessening social isolation.
  • Note that the levy is on assessed, not sales, value. Average homeowner will see their tax increase by about $27-28 a year.
  • If Proposition One does not pass, the current $18.5 million dollars in services would cease. These programs serve Seattle as well, and places great emphasis on citizen/resident oversight. Vets and Seniors would get their own oversight boards.
  • ½ of the 1/3 for seniors would go to veteran seniors. This restriction would end when 75% of veteran seniors are housed or $24 million spent, whichever comes first.
  • Leonardo also clarified what vulnerable populations are. They are persons who are “acted upon by the system”. Many groups are thusly defined, and the community would be asked as to where the funds would be prioritized. Currently, they are substance abusers and sexual assault survivors. Re-entry services for vets frequently released into homelessness. Leonardo recognizes that this will not solve everything.
  • Leonardo was asked if there are any other counties in the state that have comparable services, and he replied that King County is actually the only one in the nation to provide these services.
  • He was also asked if this will cause the population to expand with an influx from people from out of the area, to which he answered that this was “empirically not true”’ Most recipients are from this area already and are homeless due to loss of employment.

7:51 King County Council Chair Joe McDermott is recognized –

  • VERY proud of the work done on Proposition 1.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to David and Steven on their marriage!
  • Spoke about Safe Injection Sites. People are trying to have them banned by several different means. He thinks that it is a good discussion to have, and wants to have a full debate on it. Would like to see a 3 year pilot for 2 sites in drug hot spots. This will be brought up at the next Council meeting on Monday the 16th.
  • Chris Porter moves to endorse Joe’s alternative. It is (S)econded and (P)assed.

7:57 Chair reports that there will be more doorbelling in Burien, encourages members to adopt a precinct, and advises that walkpieces are now available.

8:00 – Trick Or Vote!

  • Michael Taylor-Judd suggested Trick or Voting! It is a great night to canvass/walk your precinct,
    as people will be home and will be expecting people at the door all night anyway. Sign up lists
    were passed out.

No Unfinished Business

New Business –

  • Anne Phillips shares that there will be sign waving at the corner of 148th and 1st on
    Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 to 6 p.m. between October 19th and November 7th.
    All are welcome to join!
  • Appointment of PCOs – Jason Cheung appointed PCO of Burien 34-0402.

Good Of The Order –

  • Jen Flores reports that the Jayapal campaign has asked for help in doorbelling for Rituja
    Indapure who is running for City Council in Sammamish on Saturday the 14th.
  • Katy Harris wants to reminds people to look for Fair Trade Chocolate when buying for the
    Holiday Season.
  • Martha Koester reports that there has been a real flurry of anti-immigrant mail in Burien and
    that we will really need to ramp up the personal contact.
  • Ann Martin reminds us of the SW Family Services Gala at the Georgetown Ballroom on October
    21st, and wants to thank the LD for sending 46 students and parents to see the Arts West
    Performance of “The Who and The What”. (? Is this the right play?)

8:11 Adjourned to Whiskey West

July Membership Meeting Notes

150 150 Carrie Alexander

34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
7/12/17
The Hall at Fauntleroy

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

Pledge of Allegiance

Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:

Bob Hasegawa –Reported that the Legislative session was still unfinished due to a hold up over the Hurst decision. There is still no Capital Budget.

Representative Eileen Cody

King County Executive Dow Constantine

County Council Chair Joe McDermott reports that the Regional Policy Committee has cut the proposed 12 cents per 1k of property valuation to 10 cents. Joe believes in 12 cents, with the monies going to vets, human services and senior assistance.

Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed

Adoption of the Agenda – MSP

Chairs Report –
Event review:
West Seattle Grand Parade
White Center Jubilee
Vashon Strawberry Festival
BBQ for Dave Upthegrove
34th LD Garden Party on August 11th – The Resist and Persist Carnival and BBQ! Tickets on sale!

PCO Walk lists are available – See Brooks Salazar

Treasurer’s Report – $13,709.87 in the bank! $1166.00 in income and expenses of $3,600. 22 NEW members and we are up to 560 members!

Committee Reports –
Volunteer: 70 members strong!
There will be a clean up of our adopted stretch of Roxbury on 8/5. Details are on the website
under the “Get Active” tab.

Presentation on Initiative 940, De-escalate Washington, which seeks to require law enforcement personnel to receive training in de-escalation techniques, and dealing with the mentally ill. It also establishes a duty to render first aid and adopts a “Good Faith” standard for the use of deadly force.
Marcee Sue-Vekich spoke in support of the initiative.
A speaker against the initiative commented that she did not know what we were voting on endorsing and thinks we are taking a step back.
Leslie Harris spoke for, commenting that her employer represented a victim of police violence and that we should not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Membership voted to endorse the signature gathering campaign.

Mayoral Endorsement:

Nominated for endorsement:
Jenny Durkan
Bob Hasegawa
Jessyn Farrel
Cary Moon

Joe McDermott spoke for Jenny Durkan
Marlene Allbright spoke for Bob Hasegawa
Chris Porter against Bob Hasegawa
Ivan Weiss for Bob Hasegawa
Grace Stiller for Jessyn Farrell
Joe Powers for Cary Moon

7:38 Vote

While ballots were counted, Leslie Miller from the Seattle School Board reported that the Seattle School District still had a $74 million deficit. She gave some push back regarding moving the district’s wait list and decried the huge opportunity gap between children of color and white children.

Credentials Report:

96 credentialed members present.

Voting breakdown:

Name # of votes %

Moon 4 4.3
Farrell 23 24.7
Durkan 23 24.7
Hasegawa 43 46.2

Need 60% to win endorsement outright.

8:05 Second Vote

While ballots were counted, Bill Tracy spoke about White Center Jubilee Days. Starts Wed the 19th, and the carnival runs until Sunday.
Lisa Herbold spoke about the passage of a city-wide income tax, and was looking forward to replying to State Republican Chair Susan Hutchison’s comments about it.

8:11 Results

Durkan 26 27.6
Farrell 27 28.7
Hasegawa 41 43.6

8:12 Runoff between Jessyn and Bob

8:22 Results

Jessyn 42 44.2
Bob 53 55.8

Moved and seconded for Dual Endorsement
Norman Sigler spoke for Dual Endorsement and yielded the remainder of his time to Jessyn Farrell.
Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke for No Endorsment

8:30 Voting

Nick Bohall asked members to share the live stream. Lynne Randall reminded membership of our Twitter account.

Dina Johnson informed the membership about the Highland Park Elementary Reading Partners, a volunteer program to promote literacy among CoC. Over half of the kids there cannot read at their grade level. 80% of the students on free/reduced price meals program. There is a GoFundMe page, and donations will be returned if they do not reach their goal. (Secretary update: They met their goal!)

8:40 Results

DUAL ENDORSEMENT

For 76 80.9%
Against 18 19.1%

Martha Koester reminded the membership of a Phone Bank for wavering Republicans every Wednesday at the SEIU Hall, 1914 North 35th Street.

Aretha Basu, the Field Director for Teresa Mosqueda’s campaign introduced herself and spoke for Teresa. Volunteers are welcome!

Marcee Stone-Vekich warned about Tim Eyman’s Initiative 941 to bring back $30 car tabs.

Jacque Truong spoke for Mitzi Johanknecht, who is running for King County Sherriff.

8:45 – Adjourn to Whiskey West.

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