Monthly Meeting Minutes

June 12,2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes

June 12, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social

7:04 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

Carla Rogers led the Pledge of Allegiance

VIP Acknowledgements

None

Recognition of New Members

7:06 Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

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

7:00 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

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

7:19 Seattle Libraries Levy Overview

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

7:24 King County Parks Levy Overview  

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

7:30 New Business

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

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

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

7:56 Good of the Order

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good of the Order (continued)

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

9:36 Adjourn to Whiskey West

05-8-19 Membership Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social

7:01 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

Rachel Glass led the Pledge of Allegiance

7:04 VIP Acknowledgements

Representative Cody was recognized and is on the agenda.

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

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

Joe Fitzgibbon was recognized and is on the agenda.

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

Senator Joe Nguyen was recognized and is on the agenda.

Gina recognized new members and visitors.

Approval of the Minutes

Minutes are approved as written.

Approval of Agenda

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

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

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

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

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

Chair and Committee Reports

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

Membership Report – 227 is the current membership.

Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly.

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

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

7:40 New Business

Legislative Update

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

Appointment of Committee Chairs

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

Appointment of PCOs

Nick Bonazza introduced those who have applied to be PCOs –

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

Adopt-A-Street Awards

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

Fracking Resolution

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

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

A union staff-member urged passing the resolution.

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

Chris Porter spoke against this resolution.

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

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

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

8:18 Burien City Council Candidate Forum

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

8:40 Good of the Order

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

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

Gina shared dates:

May 15 – next Exec Board meeting

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

100 guest goal for the June 1 fundraiser.

8:49 Adjourn to Whiskey West

May 8, 2019 Meeting Minutes

150 150 Carla Rogers

May General Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social

7:01 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

Rachel Glass led the Pledge of Allegiance

7:04 VIP Acknowledgements

Representative Cody was recognized and is on the agenda.

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

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

Joe Fitzgibbon was recognized and is on the agenda.

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

Senator Joe Nguyen was recognized and is on the agenda.

Gina recognized new members and visitors.

Approval of the Minutes

Minutes are approved as written.

Approval of Agenda

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

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

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

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

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

Chair and Committee Reports

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

Membership Report – 227 is the current membership.

Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly.

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

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

7:40 New Business

Legislative Update

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

Appointment of Committee Chairs

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

Appointment of PCOs

Nick Bonazza introduced those who have applied to be PCOs –

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

Adopt-A-Street Awards

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

Fracking Resolution

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

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

A union staff-member urged passing the resolution.

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

Chris Porter spoke against this resolution.

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

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

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

8:18 Burien City Council Candidate Forum

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

8:40 Good of the Order

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

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

Gina shared dates:

May 15 – next Exec Board meeting

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

100 guest goal for the June 1 fundraiser.

8:49 Adjourn to Whiskey West

April 10, 2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes (District 1 Candidate Forum)

April 10, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social Time

7:00 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

Rachel Glass led the Pledge of Allegiance

VIP Acknowledgements

Senator Sharon Nelson thanked the attendees for their support throughout her terms in office. Chris Porter presented Senator Nelson with an award for Elected Official of the Year (awarded originally in December 2018).

Joe McDermott was recognized.

Amy Sutton – King County Circuit Judge – was recognized and shared her background.. Inslee appointed her to Position 49 of KC Superior Court. Judge Sutton is running in the fall and asked for our support.

Leslie Harris, Seattle School Board Director, was recognized. Director Harris shared news of the SPS $40m dollar deficit.

Lisa Herbold was acknowledged.

Bill Tracey asked for support in the fall election while announcing an Open House in the new Maintenance Facility (end of Seatac runway) this Saturday.

Chair acknowledged 34th meeting visitors.

7:13   Approval of the Minutes – Minutes are approved as written.

Adoption of the Agenda – Motion was made to approve the agenda as written. Agenda is adopted with a majority voice vote.

Report of Officers and Standing Committees

Chair’s Report – asked for respect for the candidates during the forum.

Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly. There are 180 members as of today.

State Committee Update – Chris Porter and Ann Martin shared an update about the recent April 5-7 meetings in Pasco, WA. It was approved at the state committee meeting that we will move to a Primary (early March) in 2020. Porter shared goals about voting in a diverse set of delegates to the Milwaukee convention in 2020. Costs of being a delegate to the national convention are in discussion. Resolutions were also presented at the meeting. Ann Martin shared that the DCCC (not part of the DNC) has adopted a rule to boycott/blacklist any group or consultant who challenges a Democratic incumbent. This was dismissed by the state committee.

Events Committee update provided by Jacqui Morris. An Earth Day activity is planned. April 20, 10-2. Our fundraiser will be held on June 1 at the WS Eagles on California Ave.

7:24 Max Brown invited any PCO appointees to the front and appointed new PCOs. Currently at 88 PCOs.

7:30 Jordan Crawley and Rachel Glass moderated the District 1 Forum.

8:50 Good of the Order

Ann Martin announced 3 events:

  • West Seattle Democratic Women will host a District 1 Candidate forum at their next luncheon meeting.
  • The NW Progressive Institute is having their Spring Gala Friday April 26 at 7 PM at the Renton Community Center.
  • Fix Democracy First is holding their 2019 annual awards dinner Friday May 4 at Bloedel Hall at St. Marks. Nancy MacLean, author of “Democracy in Chains” will speak. Ann had a ticket to give away.

Julia Bobadilla-Melby from One Washington detailed several events in support of I-1000, including a March-a-thon on Easter weekend April 19-22 from Seattle to Olympia. They are pushing the legislature to pass the initiative.

Jacqui Morris spoke of the need for a volunteer coordinator. She also will be seeking flower donations from members for the June 1st fundraiser.

Chair Gina Topp announced that our next membership meeting will focus on the Burien City Council races and will include a candidate forum..

9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West

March 13, 2019 Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

Attendees: See Sign In Sheet

7:01 Opening Ceremonies

        Pledge of Allegiance

        VIP Acknowledgement

7:07 The minutes from the February 13, 2019 meeting were accepted as presented.

The agenda was adopted with no changes. Motion made by Chris Porter and seconded by Ann Martin.

7:08 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

Chair’s Report was presented by Gina Topp and focused on the vast number of democratic candidates there already are and how we will need to align behind a single candidate.

Membership and Treasurer’s Report was presented by Gina Topp in Ben Reilly’s absence. There are 125 members currently down significantly from last year.

There will be a membership event held on March 27th at Arthur’s on California at 7pm.

Communications chair requested input on 34th communications via a Google forms survey. Input will be used to make changes in current communications strategy and website content.

7:15 Joe McDermott discussed recent gun violence prevention. He also announced his campaign kick off on March 28th at 5:30 at Click! on California.

7:16 Primary versus Caucus Presentation and Discussion

Chris Porter shared details of the Affirmative Action Plan

Ann Martin presented the Delegate Selection Plan

  • The difference between the two plans is caucus or primary
  • The current nomination process was shared.
  • The major difference for the LD is that our focus for the caucus process is the largely undefined precinct level, with a fairly well defined LD Caucus.
  • The primary is run by the Elections office so our focus shifts to the largely undefined LD Caucus.
  • Cost is another big difference as the precinct caucuses are very expensive.
  • Venue Size – an LD based caucus would need to be held at a very large venue.
  • Timing – caucus would be held on a Sunday.
  • Not sure how absentee ballots would be handled, or if there would be an absentee opportunity.
  • We spent $30K on the caucus process in 2016 (14 locations rented).
  • We do not have party registration in WA.
  • In the Primary system, voters would be required to list their party designation. This means that the 34th would get data on voters which would help our votebuilder efforts.
  • A questions period was held.
  • Discussions were held at tables and each table shared their ideas.

8:20 New Business

Leah Griffin  was introduced as the Chair’s nomination of KCDCC position #2. Leah spoke about several bills involving sexual assault. Motion was made and passed to approve her nomination. PCOs voted and approved.

8:30 King Conservation District endorsement

Martha made a motion to endorse Chris Porter.  Ann Martin and Martha Koester spoke on behalf of Chris and encouraged everyone to request a ballot.

8:35 Three PCOs were appointed. (87 PCOs currently)

8:38 Jeanne Fellin made a motion to suspend the rules to consider a non-binding resolution to endorse the Primary process.

Rules were suspended.

Chris Porter stated a point of order and spoke against the motion.

Jeanne Fellin presented a Resolution (review here).

Martha Koester made a motion to amend the resolution by striking the 4th Whereas. Jacqui seconded the motion.

The group voted for the amendment. Motion to amend fails.

Chris Porter made a motion to amend. Chris requested to strike “and call on their State Committee Members to vote accordingly at the April 2019 State Central Committee meeting.”

Debate was held for and against.

The group voted on the amendment. Amendment passed.

8:50 Good of the Order

Events Chair Jacqui Morris announced plans for the Earth Day celebration and upcoming events.. Information will be posted the website soon! The annual fundraiser will be the first week of June. Please volunteer to help with events planning.

Lisa Herbold announced the first candidates forum. Speak Out Seattle will host the event at 7-8:30 pm Thursday, March 21st, at American Legion Post 160 (3618 SW Alaska). Lisa’s campaign kick off will be held on March 27 from 2-4 at the Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) located at 12th and Holden.

Les Treall expressed concerns about the size of attendees of the LD Caucus. He is scared of possible attendance. Volunteer after the 2019 election to support this process!

Randy Litzenberger announced the Climate Strike activity information. 3/15 at 5pm.

Sofia Aragon announced the Meaningful Movie event 8pm Burien City Hall on 3/28 at 6pm and 3/29 at 8pm.

Jesse mentioned the Democracy Vouchers and mentioned holding them and using them.

Renton Community Center will hold a plant sale at 9am  = hosted by King Conservation District.

April 10 next meeting – candidate forum for 34th District 1.

Democracy Vouchers will also be discussed at the meeting.

9:08 Adjourn to Whiskey West

January 2019 Meeting Minutes

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Minutes of the January 2019 Reorganizational Meeting of the 34th LD Democrats

The Hall at Fauntleroy

January 9, 2019

7:02 Call To Order from Temporary Chair Shasti Conrad, Chair KCDCC

7:02 Flag Salute led by State Senator Joe Nguyen.

Parliamentarian – Allan Munro

Sergeant at Arms – Les Treall

Tally Chair – Ann Martin

7:04 Credentials Report – 50 eligible PCOs present.

7:05 Motion to adopt agenda and meeting rules. Chris Porter motioned to amend rules to grant 2 minutes to each speaker, and 2 speakers for and 2 speakers against.

7:06 Question of Intent of Amended Rules raised by Ann Martin.

7:07 Bunny Hatcher spoke Against.

7:08 Chris Porter spoke For.

7:09 Ann Martin asked who was eligible to vote – only PCO’s elected in August.

7:10 Credentials Report – 51 eligible PCOs present.

Explanation of current County Rules.

7:11 Question asked: Do we need to give notice to change rules?

As per Parliamentarian – All rules are up for discussion as the LD is reconstituting itself.

7:13 Vote on Amendment – 2 minutes/2 For/2 Against

33 For

17 Against

7:16 Agenda and Rules adopted.

7:17 Resolution to keep District Bylaws in effect adopted.

7:18 Election for 34th LD Chair:

Gina Topp Moved and Seconded.

Rachel Glass Moved and Seconded.

Ivan Weiss Moved and Seconded.

Speakers for and against all candidates heard.

7:40 Joe Nguyen addressed the membership while votes were tallied. He will be on the Energy, Environment and Tech Committee, the Rules Committee, the Transportation Committee and will be Vice Chair of the Human Services Committee.

7:48 Joe presented with the 2018 Rising Star Award. He announced a Town Hall at the Delridge Community Center.

7:52 Representative Eileen Cody announced her retirement from Kaiser after 40 years with them. Announced that a Public Option bill would be put forth.

7:54 Election Results announced.

Gina Topp – 52.8%

Rachel Glass – 22.6%

Ivan Weiss – 24.5%

53 credentialed votes. There were 54, but one was spoiled.

1st Vice Chair Nominees

David Ginsberg

Ivan Weiss – Declined Nomination.

Rachel Glass

7:58 Peggy Abby spoke for David Ginsberg.

     Sofia Aragon spoke for Rachel Glass. 

8:00 Vote begins.

8:04 Representative Joe Fitzgibbon addressed the membership and spoke of his excitement for the new term.

8:09 52 Votes

Rachel Glass — 71,2%

David Ginsberg — 28.8

8:10 Second Vice Chair

David Ginsberg – Declined Nomination

David nominates Sofia Aragon

MSP – Sofia elected by acclamation.

8:12 State Committee Person Male – Ann Martin nominates Chris Porter – Wins by acclamation.

8:14 State Committee Person Female – Chris Porter nominates Ann Martin – Wins by acclamation.

8:17 KCDCC Male Delegate Max Brown nominated, wins by acclamation.

8:18 KCDCC Female Delegate Elizabeth Archambeau nominated, wins by acclamation.

8:20 KCDCC Alternate Male Ted Barker nominated, wins by acclamation.

8:22 KCDCC Alternate Female Martha Koester nominated, wins by acclamation.

8:23 Secretary Karla Rogers nominated, wins by acclamation.

8:25 Treasurer Ben Reilly nominated, wins by acclamation.

8:27 New Business –Marcee Stone-Vekich reminded the membership that School Levy and Water

     District votes are coming up. 

8:32 Motion to vote on endorsing the levies. Required 80% to come up for a vote.

Yes – 43 Votes

No – 8 Votes

Motion passes.

Proposition 1 – Heather Barker and David Ginsberg spoke for.

         Moti Krauthamer and Lois Schipper spoke against.  

         41 For 

         13 Against 

          Motion Passes 

Proposition 2 – No speakers for or against.

         32 For 

          6 Against 

Motion Passes

Water District Proposition 1 – Moti Krauthamer spoke against.

          26 For 

9 Against

Motion Passes.

8:50 Good of the Order – Les Treall asked for Committee members and reminded the membership of the upcoming special election.

8:55 Meeting Adjourned.

November 2018 Meeting Minutes

150 150 David Ginsberg

November 14th, 2018 

The Hall at Fauntleroy 

 

7:00 Call to Order 

7:01 Pledge of Allegiance 

7:02 No November Minutes. Agenda (M)oved (S)econded (P)assed 

7:03 Chairs Report – Election Wrap Up.  

7:07 Treasurer’s Report  

 

7:09 Awards Committee report – Ann Martin 

Nominations are open for the LD’s 2018 Awards. Winners to be announced at the Holiday Party  

in December. 

 

7:13 34th LD Reorganization will take place at the January meeting on January 9th, 2019. 

 

7:14 KCDCC Reorganization will take place on December 1st at the Machinist’s Hall in South Park. 

 

7:16 Discussion of the dues revision led by Michael Taylor-Judd. Vigorous discussion.  

Speaker against – Ivan Weiss 

Speaker for – Michael Taylor-Judd 

Speaker against – Ivan Weiss 

Speaker for – Martha Koester and Ann Martin 

 

7:29 –MSP. 

 

7:30 – AIDS Memorial Pathway Project. On behalf of Tom Rasmussen, David made a presentation for this proposed project. It is to run from the Capitol Hill Light Rail to Cal Anderson Park. The request was for support of the project. David did not have a lot of information about the project. This will be re-presented in January. 

 

7:35 – Question was asked if there was a quorum present. Affirmative. 34 members were present, quorum is 20. 

 

7:36 Endorsement of signature gathering for Initiative 1000. MSP by acclamation. 

 

7:40 – Motion to Censure PCO Dan Gage for conduct unbecoming a Precinct Committee Officer.  

Noted that new PCOs take office on December 1st 

Dan Gage Spoke for himself. 

 

7:54 Motion to Censure passed.  Mr. Gage threatened legal action. 

 

7:55 Leslie Harris motioned to suspend the rules to endorse the levies for K-12 education. She is speaking as a private citizen and not in her capacity as a school board member.  

 

8:00 King County Council Chair Joe McDermott recognized. He informed the membership of the passing of the county budget, which will address gun safety, the census, no fare increases for the water taxi for the next two years, funding for South Park and housing.  

 

8:06 Danna Pakulak spoke about the Navos Gift Drive.  

 

8:07 Good of the Order – Washington State voter participation was over 70%! 

 

8:11 Adjourn to Whiskey West.

September 2018 Meeting Minutes

150 150 Steve Butts

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.