Meeting Notes

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

05-8-19 Membership Meeting Minutes

150 150 Carla Rogers

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 17, 2019 Board Meeting

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Board Meeting Notes for Minutes

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

April 17, 2019

7:00 Call to Order

7:01 Primary Decision by the WA State Democratic Party

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

7:12 LAC Report

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

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

7:40 Fracking Resolution

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

7:55 Treasurer’s Report

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

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

8:01 Glen Morgan Lawsuit Updates

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

8:05 Membership Discussion

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

8:08 PCO Committee

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

8:09 Outreach Committee

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

8:13 Hospitality Committee

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

8:15 Communications

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

8:16 Events

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

8:18 Bylaws

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

8:21 Good of the Order

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

8:33 Adjourn

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 20, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

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Board Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Gina, Ann, David, Max, Steve, Nick, Les, Sofia, Ben, Dawn, Jordan, Rachel, Jesse, Carla

March 20, 2019

PDF: 03-20-19 Board Meeting Minutes

7:05 Call to Order

7:06 Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly. Estimated 150 members ytd. Draft Budget  for 2019 was shared. This was prepared by Dawn Rains and Ben Reilly. Various additions/changes were discussed. KCDCC will not be asking for a donation this year. Should set aside monies for the caucus ($7-10K). Young Dems will also not be asking for a donation. Will need to increase PCO budget to $500. Will also need a budget for the candidate ballot but we will also have income for this which should offset the cost ($2500). A new version of the budget will be posted in Slack for approval.

7:24 Sofia provided a report from the January General Meeting.

  • Diversity/Inclusion, Education and Homelessness were the top issues
  • Top Priorities for the 34th – Homelessness, Climate, Economic Justice
  • A discussion about new volunteers was had. A communication plan was agreed to – Chair’s are required to contact all volunteers.
  • Need a Welcome Guest sign in sheet at the meetings. Jesse will take on converting guests to members.
  • Need to have discussion time at each meeting.

7:47 Dow Constantine visit

  • Introductions
  • King County works in parallel with the 34th. Goal it to create a welcoming community where everyone is free to thrive.
  • Dow spoke about housing insecurity/homelessness, Best Start program, health care, transportation and environmental concerns.
  • A Q&A session resumed.
  • Dow announced he will very likely be a candidate for governor.  

8:35 General Calendar

Gina shared an activities calendar for the year. Carla will post items to the website calendar and begin posting on social media.

8:38 Legislative Action Committee

Jordan shared his vision for the LAC. He also shared his proposal for candidate forums and debates for both D1 and Burien City Council.  His suggestion is to host a forum at our regular meeting and a debate format in a separate meeting/venue approximately 2 weeks later. This will allow for an incremental opportunity to see the candidates discuss the issues. It was decided that we will proceed with the Forum + Debate (2 sessions). April 23 will be the Debate with the Forum held during our April 10 regular meeting at Fauntleroy Hall. Jordan also shared a survey he wanted to send to membership to gain input on the topics to be covered. Due to time constraints, the survey will be shared via Slack for input.  

8:49 April Program

D1 Candidate forum!

8:50 The Communications Committee report was shared by Carla. Facebook engagement, LIKED pages and interaction are all up in the past month. Communications survey will be sent one more time and then closed.

8:52 PCO Committee

Nick explained that the PCO committee met last weekend. Has been contacting past/former PCOs. March 30 PCO meeting, and March 31 in Burien. Continued engagement for the PCOs. Planning an engagement event for the summer.

8:57 Events/Fundraising Committee

Jacqui, Delancey and Gina are holding Saturday planning meetings at 10am at Cupcake Royale each week. Anyone can join! The Earth Day event and June fundraiser are their focus and plans will be announced asap.

9:03 Outreach Committee

Steve reported that the committee is solidifying calendar of events for the year.

9:07 Adjourn

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

2018 WSDC Meeting Minutes

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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.

February 2019 Board Meeting

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Board Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2019

Attendees: Gina, Ann, David, Tai, Max, Steve, Karen, Nick, Les, Jacqui, Sofia, Ben, Dawn

7:04 Call to Order and Introductions

7:06 Photoshoot

7:16 General Announcements from the Chair

  • KCDCC Bylaws Meeting is this weekend.
  • Joe McDermott invited us to attend the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Luncheon on April 30 at noon at the Sheraton downtown.
  • Still seeking a membership chair.

7:20 Communications Report

  • Carla presented the committees goals for 2019.
  • Committee plans to survey the membership via google docs to solicit input on the 34th communications (web, newsletter and social)
  • A request was made to have Hotspot at the Hall of Fauntleroy for meetings. Board members with Hotspots will share this information at the next meeting.

7:33 Caucus Committee Report

Ann Martin gave a report for Rachel Glass. There are significant changes being discussed for the upcoming election cycles. The group held a lively discussion.

DNC provided the new rules and they are being reviewed.

At April State Party meeting, Ann and Chris will vote to determine how we will do the next election. Several board members requested the ability to give input on this to our representatives.

Suggestion made by Karen and Gina to have this topic on the March meeting agenda to share status with the membership.

  • Historical Context of the Process
  • Options being considered
  • Ask for input to be submitted during the public comment period in March

8:11 Outreach Committee Update

Karen and Steve shared the Outreach Committee events calendar and invited the board to jointhe Outreach Slack channel. Next Outreach Committee meeting March 21. Adopt-a-Street sign is up and will be shared in communications channels when a picture is available.

8:19 Treasurer’s Report will be posted on Slack as Ben wasn’t able to attend the entire meeting to give a report.

8:20 Glen Morgan lawsuit status – Gina provided updates under closed executive session. (No  minutes.)

8:26 Events Committee Report

Jacqui stated she has not been in touch with Lacey (co-chair) yet. Earth Day is in April and she is beginning to plan an event. Her suggestion was to hold it at the West Seattle Nursery.

Jacqui would like to rename the Garden Party to the annual fundraiser.  The group mentioned that this event must be held before the Primary. Jacqui will move forward with a June date for the fundraiser. She proposed a June date with an indoor location (potentially the Eagles hall on California or the Burien community center.

The annual picnic will be held in August.

8: 34 A spirited discussion of the 34th endorsement calendar was held.

Jordan suggested that we have a Policy Roundtable along with the usual debate format.

The endorsement schedule/plan will be defined by Gina and shared at the next meeting.

The South King County Democrats organization is holding a spaghetti feed on May 18. They have asked us to partner on the event providing auction items (10 items), attendance, and someone to attend planning meetings. Nick Bonazza volunteered to represent us.

8:54 Bylaw changes

David shared that we need to update bylaws to align with the DNC bylaws.

Work was done in the past but never pursued. David will bring recommendations to the April Board Meeting.

8:56 Program for March

The group agreed on the following program items for the March 13th membership meeting.

  • Democracy Vouchers
  • Caucus Decision Updates

9:00 Good of the Order

Dawn suggested that state level budget/new revenue discussions be a topic for a future meeting.

9:06 Adjourn

February 2019 Meeting Minutes

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2/13/19 Hall at Fauntleroy

Membership Meeting Minutes

February 13, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

Attendees: See Sign In Sheet

7:00 Call to Order

7:01 Pledge of Allegiance

7:02 VIP Acknowledgements

Leslie Harris (Seattle School Board President) – The levies passed yesterday. Still have a 14M deficit. Considering options to fill the gaps. 30% costs come from the state. Asking for a new equitable tax structure. Preschool Promise levy passed in November – Charter Schools will get some of this levy funding. City Council must pass this plan. Leslie will run again for her role.

Austin Bell (Burien City Council) – Discussed updates on affordable housing in Burien. Tenant protection packages are on the docket in Olympia.  

Judge Marshall Ferguson – appointed by Governor Inslee last summer. Announced he is running to continue his appointment in the fall. Shared his background and vision. [King County Superior Court Position 5.]

Judge Maureen  McKee –  also appointed by Governor Inslee and will also run this fall. [King County Superior Court Position 31.]

Joe McDermott – spoke about the recent weather related issues in the county.

7:17 Approval of the January Meeting Minutes – approved as submitted.

7:18 Motion to adopt the Agenda Ann Martin, seconded. Adopted as submitted..

7:18 Chair Report

Recognized the Blue Wave in 2018 and those election results. 2019 election  year is our current focus.

Shared that a focus of the 34th will be to fill all 209 Precinct Committee Officers. 78 precincts are currently filled, of 209. Introduced Nick Bonazza as PCO Chair. Introduced committee chairs and officers.

7:25 Treasurer’s Report

Ben Reilly presented the Treasurer’s Report. 103 members currently.

Glen Morgan Lawsuit – no updates.

7:27 New Business

Appointment of Committee Chairs – Motion from Ann Martin. Motion passed, executive committee chair slate was confirmed.

Committee Chairs present made short comments on their goals for the year. Seeking 2 committee chairs – Membership and Programs. Chair will serve as Programs Chair unless/until we have a volunteer.

Appointment of new Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) – Nick Bonazza introduced new

PCO nominees. Motion to approve Ann Martin, Chris Porter seconded. Chair called for a vote of PCO nominees. Point of order – PCOs are only able to vote.

Now have 83 PCOs in the district.

King Conservation District Supervisor candidate introductions

Rachel Malloy and Chris Porter made short statements about their candidacy.

7:56 Program

Discussion of Goals and Priorities for the coming year.

2nd Vice Chair Sofia Aragon ran an interactive brainstorming session. Results to be used by the Executive Committee in planning for the year.

8:59 Lisa Herbolt announced her candidacy for reelection and provided updates on various

bills from the  current session.

9:02 Good of the Order

Chris Porter discussed sexual assault.

Rachel Glass made an announcement made about Camp Second Chance and the upcoming West Seattle Democratic Women’s upcoming meeting – Feb 28 at Admiral UCC Church, main topic being transportation.

New member Leah called attention to HB116, which is in appropriations committee. Call Timm Ormsby (360 786-7946 or https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/3/2 and ask him to move the bill out of committee.

Jesse Greene made an announcement about a social justice project.

Next 34th Dems general meeting is on March 13th at 6:30pm.

The KCDCC Bylaws meeting is rescheduled for Feb 23 from 9am – noon at the Machinists Hall.

9:10 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.