Meeting Notes

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

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

 

March 2018 Meeting Minutes

150 150 David Ginsberg

34th District Democrats

Monthly Membership Meeting

3/14/18

The Hall at Fauntleroy

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

7:03 Pledge of Allegiance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:18 Minutes approved.

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

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

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

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

Committee Reports –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moved, Seconded and Passed to extend Arguments.

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

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

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

No other speakers against.

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

8:53 Good of the Order

9:01 Adjourned.

 

KCDCC Meeting Notes January 23, 2018

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Due to the recent government shutdown, Congressman Adam Smith was unable to appear at KCDCC tonight. His campaign chair spoke about the shutdown and stated that Adam voted against the budget deal.

Baily’s Chairs Report – King County Dems have been super busy. There were160 people at the Holiday party. Also, the 4th Vice Chair has resigned. Will begin the process to elect a new 4th Vice Chair next month.

Lobby Day is President’s Day. Registration is up and live on the KCDCC website. $20 carpools

Want a large group of people to go and they urge you to schedule meetings with your representatives. Questions regarding Lobby Day should go to the Legislative Action Committee (Chris Porter). The morning keynote speaker will be Cyrus Habib and Wagner’s bakery will provide the food. There will soon be a video available for viewing that explains what Lobby Day is.

KCDCC is in the process of revamping the Progress Fund – lowest possible donation is $3/month

Committee Reports:

Treasury PDC Report $17,000 in the bank right now

$111,000 raised last year

Inclusion and Outreach needs 3-5 volunteers for each event and need help with construction of a booth for events

Candidate Support Committee – Candidate education, recruitment looking for more people to join the committee. See the KCDCC website for more information.

Endorsements Committee is working on rules for endorsements and new questionnaire for the 2018 election season.

Four Resolutions were presented:

Resolution Opposing the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Passed Unanimously

Resolution Urging our US Senators to Co-Sponsor S1804, Single Payer Health Care Passed Unanimously

Resolution to “Repeal and Replace I-200: Diversity Resolution” This Resolution was tabled due to lack of information on its origin

Resolution to Ban Source-of-Income Discrimination in Rental Housing Passed

A Legislative Agenda was created for use on Lobby Day. It outlines our values as a party and urges State congress members to approve certain bills before them. This agenda will be available on the KCDCC website.

A Code Of Conduct was passed for King County Democrats. This code of conduct does not apply to individual LDs, and the contents of the approved code can be found on the KCDCC website, as well.

 

 

 

 

 

October Monthly Membership Meeting Minutes

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October Monthly Membership Meeting Notes

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

7:04 Pledge of Allegiance.

7:06 No VIP’s present.

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

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

Chairs Report –

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

Treasurer’s Report –

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

Committee Reports –

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

Proposition One presentation for Leonardo Flor –

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

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

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

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

8:00 – Trick Or Vote!

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

No Unfinished Business

New Business –

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

Good Of The Order –

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

8:11 Adjourned to Whiskey West

KCDCC Meeting Notes August 2017

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KCDCC Meeting August 22, 2017

Although the King County Democrats monthly meeting mostly revolved around the endorsement of the Seattle Mayoral race, the beginning of the meeting featured the Chair’s Report from Bailey Stober where he revealed that the KCDCC has chosen an Executive Director, (name to follow).

Next on the agenda was a report from King County Labor Council’s Deputy Executive Director, Katie Garrow. She stated that they are focusing on candidate recruitment and have endorsed 24 candidates. She also said that there is a lot of overlap between the Democratic Party and the labor movement. They have seen an increase of9% voter turnout where labor had canvassed. In Burien, 38% of voters are labor members. There are 90,000 union voters in Seattle. They also discussed the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding the right to work law.

There was a Mayoral candidate forum between Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan where several questions were asked, which included the housing crisis, homelessness, HALA, relating to people of color, public transportation, as well as their political inspiration. At the end of the forum, the body voted on whether or not to endorse Jenny Durkan (who needed 60% of the vote, having received the endorsement from the endorsement committee during the primary, but not receiving final endorsement) and she was not endorsed. We then voted on whether or not to endorse Cary Moon (who needed 66% of the vote, having not received either the endorsement of the endorsement committee nor the final endorsement during the primary) and she was endorsed.

It was then suggested by someone who voted for Jenny Durkan that we reconsider and also endorse her. Because the motion did not come from someone who voted against her, it was invalid.

We moved on to endorse Chris Reh for Issaquah City Council Position 1, Denise Daniels for Kent School Board Position 4, Voted to support a NO vote on Burien Prop 1 and finally, Ryan Calkins for port was endorsed.

It was once again suggested that we reconsider endorsing Jenny Durkan for Mayor by someone who voted against her the first time around, so we voted again. Jenny Durkan once again did not get the endorsement.

The last item of business was to vote on supporting a resolution to hold the state accountable for funding education, which passed.

 

July E-Board Meeting Minutes

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July E-Board Meeting Minutes

34 th District Democrats
E-Board Meeting
7/19/17
Puget Ridge Common House

  • Meeting called to order at 7:06 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Chair Report
    • Chair provided an update on Glen Morgan filings. Advised that we might be delivered a
      lawsuit in the near future, and that the State Party has strongly advised that the E-Board purchase
      insurance, preferably ASAP. David, Treina, and Gina will be taking training to learn how to defend
      against and prevent future suits. Public Disclosure Laws allow complaints and are retroactive for 5 years.
      These suits are expensive and time consuming, they could possibly bankrupt a smaller LD. Board
      Insurance will help mitigate this risk. In addition, the State Party is forbidden to provide insurance for
      this purpose because they have a different tax I.D than we do. P.D.C. forms should be self-audited and if
      an error is found, we must self-report. The Chair, the Vice Chair and the Treasurer should review the
      PDC’s. Blue Wave will help with compliance review services. Board Insurance will cost about $2500.00
      Directors and Officers would be protected from liability under the insurance. It was mentioned that the
      County used to cover liability, David will check on that.
  • Committee Reports:
    • King County
      • Posted Endorsements. Insurance re: Glen Morgan discussed.
    • Outreach
      • Karen and Steve report that the Burien Parade was GREAT. Thanks to Pramila
        Jayapal and the 33rd ! The 34th was warmly received.
      • Dow, Bob Hasegawa, and John Calkins will be marching with us on Saturday, and Ted will head
        up parade prep efforts that day.
      • Steve expressed some concerns about the White Center Jubilee Sunday, attendance is
        sometimes “sparse” that day.
      • The West Seattle Summerfest was “not great” this year. We did not have a booth.
      • Our Adopt a Street Clean-up event will be Saturday, 8/5 at 10 a.m. We will meet at 16 th and
        Roxbury.
      • Delridge Day is coming up on the 12 th .
      • The White Center Food Bank Picnic and Block Party will be Saturday, August 26 th .
        An email will go out to membership to remind them of parades and events this weekend.
    • Volunteer
      • 72 people in the committee, however, there has not been a lot of response lately.
      • The volunteer page on the website gets the most participation.
      • Logistics for the Resist and Persist Carnival discussed. What program did 3 Dollar Bill Cinema
        use? Drink wristbands and attendant insurance discussed. Liability insurance will cover Dram
        Shop issues. Boars Nest BBQ in Ballard will provide the BBQ. Possibly get South Seattle
        Community College Culinary Program involved next year? LD Picnic date discussed. 9/23.
    • Digital Communications
      • Thanks to Treina for the use of her hotspot. Some of the videos have hundreds of views, and there is some vigorous discussion in the comments. Lynne needs someone to cover the August meeting, as she is unable to attend. She is trying to make our messaging more accessible to the differently abled. Next meeting will be 8/3 at the Burien Library, 7 p.m.
      • Congratulations!
      • E-Board should have posting and Admin privileges across the Social Media platforms. Lynne
        would like further discussion on what our Social Media “voice” should be. Board reminded to
        cross-post on their personal pages. She would like to try to generate a social media schedule.
    • Legislative Action
      • Legislature still in session!
    • Bylaws
      • Discussions are starting now that the endorsement season is winding down
    • Hospitality
      • Kate and Sean had dinner and a discussion with Pat Thompson from the White
        Center Yes Foundation.
    • Membership
      • Joy does not have access to see which members are PCO. Suggestion is made to check the King County website. Les asked how many PCOs there were, David will need to ask Brooks. Ann suggests that in the future, credential reports should be given before any votes are taken.
  • No Unfinished Business.
  • New Business:
    • What about trying to get State AG Bob Ferguson to a future meeting? He could speak about how Washington is Leading the Resistance.
    • August program will include endorsements, in some cases re-endorsements. Hopefully we will get a legislative recap.
    • At the August meeting or possibly in September, David would like each committee to present a short report/update/check-in to the membership. Hopefully, these reports may increase membership involvement, and will let the membership know where help may be needed. Going forward, a couple of committee reports each meeting will get each of them in front of the membership twice a year.
  • Good of the Order:
    • **************** DAVID GETTING MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 30 th ! **********************
    • The West Seattle Democratic Women will be showing “Chasing Coral” on Thursday at the West Seattle Golf Course.
    • The West Seattle Chamber will be holding a Mayoral Forum in Youngstown tomorrow at 6:15.
    • 60-65 people attended the Light Rail Design meeting that was held at Fauntleroy Hall last
      month.
    • Reminder of the Digital Communications meeting on 8/3.
    • P.D.C. training on 8/12 at 9 a.m…
  • 8:53 Adjourned.

July Membership Meeting Notes

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

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

Pledge of Allegiance

Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:

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

Representative Eileen Cody

King County Executive Dow Constantine

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

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

Adoption of the Agenda – MSP

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

PCO Walk lists are available – See Brooks Salazar

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

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

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

Membership voted to endorse the signature gathering campaign.

Mayoral Endorsement:

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

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

7:38 Vote

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

Credentials Report:

96 credentialed members present.

Voting breakdown:

Name # of votes %

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

Need 60% to win endorsement outright.

8:05 Second Vote

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

8:11 Results

Durkan 26 27.6
Farrell 27 28.7
Hasegawa 41 43.6

8:12 Runoff between Jessyn and Bob

8:22 Results

Jessyn 42 44.2
Bob 53 55.8

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

8:30 Voting

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

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

8:40 Results

DUAL ENDORSEMENT

For 76 80.9%
Against 18 19.1%

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

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

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

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

8:45 – Adjourn to Whiskey West.

August 9th Meeting Agenda

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Fellow Democrats,

With the primary season behind us, this month we turn our attention to the State of the 34th. How are we doing? What are we doing well? Where can we improve? Where do we need more help?

We’ll hear from each of our committees, as well as get a legislative report from Representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon (and possibly Senator Sharon Nelson) and congressional report from Congresswoman Jayapal’s office.

August 9th Meeting Agenda

6:30 Potluck Social Time, please bring a dish to share

7:00 Call to Order
Opening Ceremonies
Pledge of Allegiance
VIP Acknowledgements
Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda
Approval of the Minutes
Adoption of the Agenda
Reports of Officers and Standing Committees
Reports of Officers
Chair’s Report
Membership and Treasurer’s Report
Reports of Committees

7:15 District Update from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Office

7:30 Legislative Update from Olympia

7:45 Program: State of the 34th

Unfinished Business
None

8:45 New Business

8:50 Good of the Order

Adjourn to Whiskey West

The 34th District Democrats meet on 2nd Wednesdays at the Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting Details:
Hall at Fauntleroy (Old Fauntleroy School)
9131 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
Parking lot available behind building
Transit Rapid Ride C Line

See you on the 9th!

June Membership Meeting Notes

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34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
6/14/17
The Hall at Fauntleroy

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

Jose Inueguzfrom the 33rd LD sang the Star Spangled Banner.

Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:

Joe McDermott – Announced the addition of a quarter of a million dollars to the County’s resilience fund for immigrants and refugees, and of a levy to support affordable housing and reduce homelessness.

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

Adoption of the Agenda – MSP

Chairs Report –
Sadness over the tragedy of the attack on Congress at their baseball practice.
Plea to call Representatives and Senators to vote vs. Trumpcare.
A brief explanation of the night’s format and participants.
Pramila having a phone bank for John Ossof on Saturday the 17th.
Solicitation of Garden Party Theme.
Solicitation of Fund Raising Co-chair
Plea for respect of speakers
Request for Yes or No questions from the crowd for the lightening round.

Committee Reports –
Outreach: 2 events the weekend of the 17th, one in Burien and the other in Morgan Junction.
Partnering with the 33rd in Burien.

King Co Proposition 1
Campaign Manager Jack Sorenson spoke about KC Prop 1, proposed by Dow Constantine and
Sponsored by Joe McDermott.
Would:
Boost Arts & Heritage funding, including but not limited to In-Class programs and
free field trips by about $637 million.

Free and reduced tickets to cultural events for poor and middle class students.

350 organizations would get funding for arts, science, and heritage programs.
As an example, Pacific Science Center currently serves 70,000 kids a year under
a similar program, would be able to triple this with Prop 1 funding.

COC and traditionally underserved communities would be eligible for extra funding.
Would be funded by a 0.1% Sales Tax, 1cent for every 10 dollars spent. This was the only funding option available due to restrictions from the State Legislature.

School districts would be accountable to For Culture, a 30 year old organization that will report to the King County Council. In answer to a question from the membership Jack said that any monies from baseline programs could not be swapped out because there are not any funds for them anyway.

Moved and seconded for endorsement of KC Prop 1.

Dow Constantine rose and thanked the 34th for consideration of the endorsement. Thanked Jack Sorenson for his efforts on behalf of the proposition. Remarked that it had been a bad day and encouraged everyone to stay strong.

Jason Cheung spoke for endorsing.
Michael Taylor-Judd spoke against, stated that we can’t keep raising an already regressive sales tax.
Sean Riley spoke for, observed that South End students do not get the support that North End students do.
Liz Giba-Knowles spoke against, stating that housing policy is education policy and the funds would be better spent on housing.

Vote on KC Prop 1. 70 for, 19 against.

KC Prop 1 endorsed by 34th Dems.

Mayoral Candidate Showdown! Master of Ceremonies Chris Porter

Each candidate will get 2 minutes to introduce themselves, then there will be a lightening round.

Participants:
(D) indicates running as a Democrat.

1 Jason Roberts (D)
2 Michael Harris
3 Mike McGinn
4 Bob Hasegawa (D)
5 Tiniell Cato
6 James Norton
7 Cary Moon (D)
8 Jenny Durkan (D)
9 Jessyn Farrell (D)

Top 3 will move on.

8:10 Voting begins.

8:23 Results

Candidate # of votes Place

1 Jason Roberts 3 8
2 Michael Harris 2 9
3 Mike McGinn 7 5
4 Bob Hasegawa 28 2
5 Tiniell Cato 5 6
6 James Norton 4 7
7 Cary Moon 10 4
8 Jenny Durkan 33 1
9 Jessyn Farrell 24 3

Moving on to 2nd round:
1 Durkan
2 Hasegawa
3 Farrell

Question for Jessyn — How will you handle homelessness?
Answer: Complex issue that involves short and long term issues.

Short term: People need to be safe, achieved by encampments, tiny homes, and an
Increase in shelters.

Long term: Housing affordability needs to be addressed, via support for renters,
Increased density, and allowing more “mother in law”-type dwellings. Mental health issues
Factor in as well.

Question for Bob — Homeless children, or Homeless men?
Answer: Quit stacking taxes on folks. ½ of people over 55 cannot afford rent. There is not enough
housing to meet demand. This needs to be increased, and a publicly owned municipal bank
is the perfect vehicle to carry that forward.

Question for Jenny — Shall the city use police as school resource officers, or hire privately hired ones?
Answer: There is no “one size fits all” answer to the questions. Pledges to be very data driven.
75% of the time force is used by the police the person being acted upon has a mental health
or drug influence issue. Schools need resources to divert kids from the criminal justice system.

Lightening Round: 30 seconds each.

Jessyn – On a citywide income tax. How to mitigate the $40 it will cost folks? Argues the premise, agrees that the current taxation system is not good.

Bob — On how to be inclusive in Seattle. even with Republicans? Passed most legislation that that he
Introduced, and often worked across the aisle.

Jenny — What will Seattle be like in 25 years? She would like to see eclectic, diverse neighborhoods. We
Need a better Transit system to help this happen.

8:37 Voting begins.

8:43 Credentials report, 108 credentialed members present.

8:45 Results:
Hasegawa — 39 votes
Farrell — 37 votes
Durkan — 30 votes

FINAL ROUND – Last 2 candidates get 1 minute each.

Question 1. Seattle is the fastest growing city in America. How do we increase transit and growth with Trump in office? Why are you the person to do it?

Jessyn cites her proven track record on transit issues.

Bob observes that a municipal bank will increase transit financing capacity and will help cover any
Federal shortfall.

Question 2. Bob’s idea for a Public bank. How do we capitalize it? Thoughts?

Jessyn — Implement it, it is a great idea!

Bob — Has been working on it for awhile, even knows Tea Party members who agree with him on it, and ithas support from public financing experts. We could divert current funding to it.

Question 3. How to deal with food deserts?

Bob – SE Seattle is the biggest food desert in the US. We need to build out transit so that these folks can
Get to stores.

Jessyn – Is transit the answer? Wants to foster small businesses and remove barriers for them. Increase the opportunities for people to grow their own food. Grocery chains could be asked to do more.

Bob – Agrees that these are all good strategies. Some limits on the size of big box stores might be part of the answer as well.

Jessyn – Day 1 of her term she would review the City Budget process to look for ways to remove barriers to small business start ups. Would look ahead to see what kinds of stores were coming to town, and would act on getting big stores to help.

Bob – Involve the Got Green organization in SE Seattle and bring the community together to ask them what THEY want.

8:57 Voting

9:03 Results

39 for Hasegawa
53 for Farrell

Presentation of “The Hat”

Ted Barker moves to endorse in Mayor’s race tonight. Seconded.

Ted argues that we can’t wait, need to get it into the PCO walking kit.

Argument against is that there was a perception that an email went out that said that endorsements would be made in July.

Chair states that no such email went out.

Chris Porter argues for, It is time, we can’t wait too much longer.

Marcee Stone-Vekich argues against, it is too early and there are still too many candidates in the race, maybe wait until after the primary.

Voting

32 for endorsing
43 vs endorsing.

Nays have it, no endorsement tonight.

No Treasurer’s report.
No New PCO’s.

Good of the Order –

Michael Taylor-Judd reminds of the Light Rail Workshop on June 22nd at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

Martha Koester reminds that Burien Drinking Liberally is the 4th Thursday of the month at Angelo’s from 6:30 to 8:30.

9:15 Adjourn to Whiskey West.

KCDCC Monthly Meeting Notes – June 2017

150 150 Carrie Alexander

The June KCDCC Monthly Meeting was brought to order with 57 in attendance and the agenda was approved. We began with Public Announcements, in which John Urquhart – spoke about recent shootings. He requires pepper spray as well as tazer for all of his officers. He also purchased 100 beanbag shotguns today. Dow Constantine is giving him more money for training. The officers undergo de-escalation and implicit bias training every year. He ended by saying, “We cannot get to a high place taking the low road.”

This month’s meeting focused on Endorsements. We started off with the Endorsements Committee sharing their recommendations for endorsements:

Mayor of Seattle – Jenny Durkan and Jessyn Farrell – REMOVED
Seattle City Attorney – Scott Lindsey – REMOVED
Seattle School Board Position 4 – Eden Mack
Seattle School Board Position 5 – Zachary DeWolf and Andre Helmstetter
Seattle School Board Position 7 – Betty Patu
Seattle Port Commission Position 4 – Recommending delay of action until after the primary
Bothell City Council Position 7 – Aaron Moreau-Cook
Federal Way City Council Position 4 – Sharry Edwards
Fire District 10 Commissioner Position 1 – Gloria Hatcher-Mays
Renton City Council Position 6 – Jami Smith
Proposition 1 – Yes – REMOVED

After Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, Scott Lindsey and Proposition 1 were removed from the slate, it was approved with the above candidates being endorsed, except where it says “REMOVED.”

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ENDORSEMENT DECISIONS:

King County District 3 Murphy – ENDORSED

King County Council Position 9 – Denise Carnahan -ENDORSED

Port of Seattle Position 3 – Ahmed Abdi – ENDORSED

Stephanie Bowman – Port of Seattle Position 3 – not endorsed (motion made)

Port of Seattle Position 4 – John Persak – ENDORSED

Peter Steinbrueck – TABLED

Mitzi Johanknecht – King County Sheriff moved for endorsement – NOT ENDORSED

Auburn Mayor – Nancy Backus – ENDORSED

Auburn City council position 6 – Larry Brown – ENDORSED

Bellevue City Council position 6 – Lynn robinson – ENDORSED

Burien City Council position 1 – Pedro Olguin – ENDORSED

Des Moines City Council position 1 – Anthony Martinelli – ENDORSED

Federal Way Mayor – Jim Ferrell – ENDORSED

Bothell City Council – Rosemary McCullough – NOT ENDORSED

Kenmore City Council – Nigel Herbig – ENDORSED

Kent Mayor – Elizabeth Albertson – NOT ENDORSED

Kirkland City Council Position 7 – Jon Pascal – ENDORSED

Lake Forest Park City Council position 3 – Benjamin Gonzales O’Brien – ENDORSED

Lake Forest Park City Council Postion 5 – Mark Phillips – ENDORSED

Seattle Mayor

Jenny Durkan – moved and seconded – Failed

Jessyn Farrell – moved and seconded – Failed

Bob Hasagawa – moved and seconded – ENDORSED

Cary Moon – moved and seconded – Failed

Seattle City Attorney – Scott Lindsay – Failed

Shoreline City Council Position 5 – Susan Chang – ENDORSED

Carolyn Ahlgreem – Failed

Tukwila City council position 7 – De’Sean Quinn – ENDORSED

Mercer Island School Director Pos 4 – Diana Lein – ENDORSED

Northshore School Board Director Position 2 – Bob Swain – ENDORSED

Proposition 1 – YES – ENDORSED

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Amended budget passed and the KCDCC will be hiring a full time Executive Director. They will be taking applications for the position soon. Also approved in the budget was to expand insurance coverage for the officers in the King County Democrats.

Lastly, we voted on the replacement for Chad Lupkes as State Committeeman and Jon Culver won the position.