Monthly Meeting Minutes

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

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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

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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

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34th LD Democratic Organization

Meeting Notes for February 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2018 Meeting Minutes

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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