Monthly Meeting Minutes

    Monthly Meeting

    09-09-20 Monthly Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    General Meeting Minutes

    September 9, 2020 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    6:30 pm – Virtual Potluck

    7:01pm – Call to Order by Chair Gina Topp

    Opening Ceremonies

    • Chris Porter shared the land acknowledgment.
    • General meeting statements provided by the Chair.
    • Zoom logistics – Carla provided pointers for using the mute, raise hand and vote mechanisms.

    Gina shared the August Minutes. Ann Martin moved to approve the minutes as presented. Karen Richter seconded the motion and the motion passed by voice vote. 

    Gina presented the September Agenda. Dawn Rains made a motion to approve the agenda and Ann Martin seconded. The agenda was approved as submitted by voice vote. 

    VIP Acknowledgements

    • Justice Montoya-Lewis asked for support in her contested campaign. Justice will be asking for our endorsement later in the agenda. 
    • Eileen Cody greeted attendees and ceded time to ‘the Joes’! 
    • Councilmember Joe McDermott was recognized but wasn’t able to speak at the time. 

    7:20 – Virtual Phone Banking

    1. Senator Joe Nguyen and Representative Joe Fitzgibbon shared an update on this year’s races, in particular key defensive/offensive races and races which need volunteer support. 
    2. We need all possible volunteers to support our state and local races, along with swing state and presidential races. Anyone interested in Phone Banking should sign up asap at https://bit.ly/34thPhoneBank
    3. Max Brown – PCO Lead for the 34th LD phone banking program – gave an overview of our efforts. Training is available. Max stressed the importance of phone banking. We would like to double our efforts from now until the election. 

    7:40 – Harborview Health for All – Yes Proposition 1

    Olga Laskin introduced Anika Garman who spoke about the Harborview Health for All Proposition 1, which will be on the ballot in November. She spoke of the importance of Harborview to the community and the crucial nature of the levy. Olga explained the $1.74B levy for Harborview and what it will fund including seismic upgrades. 

    Councilmember Joe McDermott provided an update on the recent activities of the council to address the pandemic and the economic crisis which is upon us. 

    7:52 – New Precinct Committee Officer Appointments

    Nick Bonazza presented 6 new PCO candidates! Nick shared the oath and questions for each PCO, regarding their responsibilities.

    • Clara Sekowski
    • Rocco DeVito
    • Zach Seikel
    • Cameron Levon
    • Carey Rayburn
    • Jeff Keever

    Ann Martin made a motion to approve the new PCOs. Grace Stiller seconded. PCOs voted by voice and all were approved. The current PCO count is over 120!

    7:57 – Washington State Coordinated Campaign Regional Field Director for King County Cat Floate gave a report on the recent activities of the coordinated campaign. Cat introduced Alexandra Carter as our new coordinator. 

    37 days until ballots drop! Ballots may drop a week earlier, due to the post office issues.

    8:00 – Endorsements

    • Proposition 1 – Councilmember McDermott moved to endorse Prop 1. Rachel Glass seconded. McDermott spoke on behalf of Proposition 1. No one spoke against it. Attendees voted and we approved the endorsement.  
    • Washington State Supreme Court – Ann Martin moved that we endorse Justice Montoya- Lewis to WA State Supreme Court position 3. Neal Traven seconded. Ann Martin spoke on behalf of the nomination. 

    8:12 – Resolutions  

    LAC Chair Jordon Crawley provided a neutral summary of each resolution to be considered. 

    • West Seattle Bridge Now – Les Treall moved that we pass the resolution as submitted. Rachel Glass seconded the motion. No one spoke against the resolution. The attendees voted and the Resolution passed.
    • Black Lives Matter – Dawn Rains moved to consider the resolution and John Murphy seconded. Moti Krauthammer made a motion to amend.
      • Add after 4th Whereas  :  Whereas this body acknowledges our own political parties history of defending slavery and establishing Jim Crow laws. 
      • Ann Martin seconded the motion. Moti spoke on behalf of his motion. No speakers against the amendment.
      • Amendment passed. 
      • Discussion on the original motion was held. Dawn spoke for the amendment, no one spoke against. 
      • Votes were collected for the resolution, as amended and the resolution passed. 

    8:48pm – Adjourn

     

     

     

    08-12-20 Monthly Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    August 12, 2020 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    6:30 pm – Virtual Potluck hosted by 2nd vice chair Jesse Greene.

    7:01pm – Call to Order

    Opening Ceremonies 

    • Jeff Sbaih led us in a land acknowledgement. Jeff shared some history about Alki. We honor with gratitude the land and tribe of the Duwamish. 
    • Chris Porter shared a slideshow honoring Representative John Lewis.
    • A statement about the process for the meeting was made by Gina Topp.
    • Carla Rogers provided Zoom tips. 

    VIP Acknowledgements

    • Eileen Cody thanked everyone for support during the Primary and looked forward to the general. 
    • Joe Fitzgibbon spoke about the opportunity to flip the 34th. 
    • Hillary Madsen thanked the 34th for the endorsement for Superior Court position 13. 
    • King County Councilman Joe McDermott was recognized. 
    • King County Councilman John Upthegrove was recognized and mentioned how having our meetings on Zoom allowed him to attend.

    The July Meeting Minutes were presented and Jesse Greene made a motion to approve the minutes. Rachel Glass seconded. Motion carried, minutes were approved as presented.

    The August Agenda was presented. Ann Martin made a motion and a second was made by Marcee Stone to approve it as presented. Motion carried, minutes were approved as presented. 

    Virtual Phone Bank – Max Brown spoke about the 2 phases of voter contact during election season. Pre-primary, the 34th made a pass and a half through our GOTV universe. The size of the GOTV universe in the general election will be doubled. We need everyone who is comfortable with phone banking to participate in the 34th phone bank program. See our website for links to sign up.

    7:31 – New Precinct Committee Officer Appointments 

    Nick presented 6 PCOs for consideration. 

    • Jordan Crawley 1435
    • Hannah Cameron 1456
    • Laura Goodsell – Stocki 1463
    • Erica Brody  1476
    • Richard Bartlett 1486
    • Sarah Koch 34 – Glasgow

    Ann Martin moved that we welcome and approve all PCO candidates. Jesse Greene seconded. Motion passed unanimously. There are now 126 PCOs elected.

    Turnout for King County was 54% (approximately). There were 12 contested PCO precincts. 

    7:35pm – Endorsements

    Leah Griffin made a motion to endorse Referendum I-90. Karen Richter seconded. Leah spoke on behalf of the initiative for comprehensive sex ed in schools. No one spoke against the endorsement. Les moved that we vote by acclamation. Vote passed, the 34th officially endorsed I-90.. 

    7:48pm – King County Charter Amendments Regarding the Criminal Legal System

    Rob Saka, who served on the charter review commission, spoke about the police accountability amendments. The presentation will be placed on the homepage of the website after the meeting.  Rob’s informative presentation is available on our website. Rob took questions and shared the final report link: https://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/independent/charter-review-commission/2020/Approved_KC_CRC_Report_-_Full.ashx 

    8:18 – Postcard Writing Presentation

    Rachel Glass introduced Kathy Rawle who gave a short overview of the Postcards to Voters initiative. Kathy shared various groups who are doing postcards and text banking as an alternative to phone banking. Opportunities are available on the website: https://34dems.org/6167-2/.

    8:29 – Resolutions: Jordan Crawley

    Three resolutions have been considered by the Executive Board and moved to the General Membership with a recommendation to approve.

    1. Commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace & opposition to further occupation, settlement expansion, or other unilateral annexation of West Bank territory.

    Jordan Crawley provided a summary. Ann Martin moved to pass this resolution. Annie Phillips seconded.  Katie Harris spoke in favor of the resolution. Moti Krauthamer spoke against the resolution. Dean Shuey made a motion to table the resolution due to inconsistencies with the language and changes suggested by VP Biden. Marcee Stone seconded the motion to table. Chris Porter spoke against the motion. Marcee Stone mentioned that motions to table are not debated per Robert’s Rules. Katie Harris spoke against tabling the resolution. Motion to table did not pass. Resolution passed with 87%. 

    1. Defending immigrant rights

    Jordan Crawley provided a summary. Ann Martin made a motion and Chris Porter seconded to pass the resolution. Chris spoke in favor of the resolution. No one spoke against the resolution. Resolution passed unanimously. 

    1. Equitable hiring and spending processes for political consultants of color.

    Jordan Crawley provided a summary. Ann Martin moved and Sara Koch seconded that we pass this resolution. Ann spoke in favor. Chris Porter spoke against the resolution. Moti Krauthamer made a motion to table the resolution for updates.  Layne Bautista seconded. Motion to table passed. Resolution will go back to the author.

    9:13pm – Policy Discussion Group

    Michael Epton is forming a policy discussion group and will be hosting groups to discuss policy ideas and campaign talking points. Please contact him at epton@drizzle.com if you are interested in joining this group. Ideas for the policy discussion group are available on our website

    9:17pm – Adjourn

     

    Executive Board Meeting

    07-22-20 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    Held via Zoom conference due to COVID-19.

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Steve Butts, Gina Topp, Rachel Glass, Les Treall, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Art Chippendale Jeff Sbaih, Ben Reilly, Ted Barker, Ann Martin

    7:04 Gina called the meeting to order.

    Updates from Gina

    • Gina notified the Hall at Fauntleroy that we will not need the hall for the rest of the year. We do have the option to get the hall if we change our direction. 
    • PCO report will be submitted by Nick via email as he wasn’t able to attend. 
    • Carla gave an update on the success of our Phone Banks. We have 31 people signed up as interested in phone banking. We are continuing to Phone bank on Thursdays and Saturdays. Aug 6 will be our 26th LD focus phone bank and Aug 15 we have added a phone back for NC, via Sister District. All board members are expected to phone bank at least one shift a month. The PCO leads are doing a great job. 

    Leadership Development

    • Les is spear-heading an initiative to contact new people interested in or just joining the 34th..
    • Les drafted a letter and sent it to the Exec Board and posted it in Slack. 
    • Jordan has created a second draft. 
    • This would be sent to interested parties and anyone visiting a meeting for the first time. A different version would be for new members.
    • Les is willing to make phone calls to these same people to follow up on our letter.
    • Dawn is willing to identify visitors and new members. 
    • Who are we mailing to? – 4 groups: mailing list sign ups, new attendees at meetings, new members, caucus attendees/delegates
    • Board comments on Jordan’s letter are due by Saturday and then we will vote on Slack since the letter comes from the board.
    • Dawn will help get letters out after the meeting. 

    Bylaws

    • We made some small changes already to the Bylaws in February.. Art has added language from the state for emergency meetings. 
    • Les noted that section 7 needs to be updated. 
    • Art is proposing additional changes to be voted on in our September meeting. 
    • Board is to review the proposed Bylaws and bring any comments, updates to the August Board meeting. We will present to the general meeting in September or October. 

     Announcements

    • Carla asked that everyone try to make progress on your committee goals without relying on a board meeting. Work in sub-committees and try to accomplish tasks. 
    • Have we gotten reimbursement from SPS? No. 
    • Karen asked about communicating with Jayapal’s office regarding the GND. Gina provided a name of who to connect with at her office.

    8:07 Adjourn

    Executive Board Meeting

    07-15-20 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    Held via Zoom conference due to COVID-19.

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Steve Butts, Gina Topp, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Les Treall, Max Brown, Dawn Rains, Nick Bonazza, Jordan Crawley, Art Chippendale, Jesse Greene, Jeff Sbaih, Chris Porter

    7:03 Gina called the meeting to order. 

    7:04 Rachel Glass introduced guest Kathy Rawle who spoke about the Postcards to Voters program. This is a great alternative to phone banking if folks want to help but don’t want to make phone bank calls. Campaigns are selected based on those which need high voter turnout to win. Sign up by texting JOIN to 484-275-2229. 

    7:20 Carla provided updates about the 34th Virtual Phone Banking program which started on July 9. We will be supporting the 26th LD once per month (August 6th is the first date) and the NC Legislative races once a month via Sister District. The latter starts on August 15th. Sign up links on Facebook and on the events calendar. More dates will be added soon for August phone banks. Every board members encouraged to sign up for at least one shift a month.

    7:30 Committee Updates

    Carla provided the Communication Committee report. Sheila Ghiabi has created a cross-platform social content plan and we will start with ‘Meet Us Monday’ on 7/27. The board and electeds will respond to a questionnaire to provide the content. Board members are asked to respond to the questionnaire by the end of week.  

    Chris and Ann gave the State Committee updates. Ann noted that the state is starting to draft rules for ‘virtual’ meetings. Chris was very unhappy with the actual results of the diversity and inclusion efforts from the delegate process. Chris also shared how the National Convention will be held. 

    The King County update was provided by Max. Endorsements were made for Kreidler and Pat McKarthy. BLM speakers gave updates. I-940 (criminal justice de-escalation and training) representatives spoke. 1776 resolution was passed (regarding the Ahmaud Arbery killing), defunding police/investment, a resolution was passed to support equity and inclusion of Political Consultants of Color (PCC). 

    Steve gave the Outreach report. Committee is unable to do much due to COVID. Steve and Karen are working on a Voter Registration training meeting on Zoom. Tina Eck may help – she did the program currently on the website. 

    Dawn gave the Finance/Membership updates.  We got a nice increase in membership for the endorsement meeting.

    Jeff provided the Diversity and Inclusion committee report. Next meeting is 5:30 at 7/28 via Zoom. Committee has met twice. The committee would like to change the name to Social Justice and Equity committee. Jeff shared that this change was in response to the current goals of the committee. They have worked on a mission statement and new goals. The group asked questions and made comments. Leah made a motion to change the name of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to Social Justice and Equity Committee. Chris Porter seconded. Ann amended the motion to change the name to Social Justice and Equity Caucus. Carla seconded. Jeff spoke against the amendment. Amendment failed. Original motion came to a vote and it passed. 

    Jeff also mentioned the incident at the Endorsement meeting last week where a member called out Jesse. Discussion was held.  

    Jordan gave the Legislative Action Committee report which included his work on Resolutions currently in front of the board/membership. We have 9 outstanding resolutions. 

    Three resolutions have been considered by the Executive Board and moved to the General Membership:

    1. Re: Commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace & opposition to further occupation, settlement expansion, or other unilateral annexation of West Bank territory.
    2. Re: Defending immigrant rights
    3. Re: Equitable hiring and spending processes for political consultants of color

    Three resolutions have been submitted to the Chair and are pending consideration by the Executive Board:

    1. Re: Valuation of Seattle’s green space and subsequent use as an asset in the budgeting process.
    2. Re: Police accountability, reappropriation and investment of SPD budget dollars to other uses, redesignation of city-owned parcels for public use, and other related causes.
    3. Re: Supporting the proper and efficient stabilization and repair or replacement of the Jeanette Williams Memorial Bridge, commonly referred to as the West Seattle Bridge.

    Two resolutions were previously intended for consideration by the 34th Dems, but have since been withdrawn:

    1. Re: Referendum 90
    2. Re: Taxing Amazon

    One resolution has yet to be received, but is reported as remaining an issue area for conversation:

    1. Re: I-1776; expansion of the prohibition on discrimination, ensuring no-cost vaccinations, and other related causes.

    Gina shared that we can only bring in 3 resolutions to the August meeting, based on the current agenda. Chris made a motion and Leah seconded to include the PCC resolution with a recommendation to pass at the August meeting.

    Ann moved that we use the remaining 2 slots for the Israel – Palestine and Immigration resolutions. Motion was seconded by Leah Griffin. Motion passed. 

    Steve stated that the Newsletter deadline for August is July 30.. 

    8:57 Proposed General Membership August Agenda was shared by Gina. Board agreed on the agenda.

    Les made a motion to have an additional Executive Board meeting. Bylaws, Newsletter, PCO, LD, Hospitality, Treasurer, Fundraising committees did not get to provide their updates. We could also cover more of the resolutions as well. Gina stated the meeting will be held next Wednesday at 7pm via Zoom.

    9:05 Good of the Order

    Rachel mentioned that Tamsen Spangler had a house fire and needs to rent a home while repairs are being made. Her and her husband are safe. Please contact Rachel if you know of a home for rent.

    9:08 Adjourn

    Monthly Meeting

    07-08-20 Virtual General Membership Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    July 8, 2020 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    6:30 pm – Virtual Potluck

    Gina shared the rules and process for the endorsements portion of the agenda. Board members and members introduced themselves. 

    7:00pm – Call to Order

    • Opening Ceremonies – Gina began the meeting by acknowledging the land we live on as the home of the First People. Gina also noted that we stand in solidarity with the Duwamish tribe.  Gina discussed the structure of the endorsements meeting. The meeting was recorded. 
    • VIP Acknowledgements
      • Councilmember Joe McDermott addressed the attendees. Charter Amendments are under consideration. A town hall will be held this Monday at noon on Zoom.
      • Senator Joe Nguyen spoke about some of the issues being discussed at the capital. 
      • Representative Cody spoke about the possibility of a special session. Joe Fitzgibbon, Joe Nguyen, Joe McDermott and Rep Cody are working closely on the WS Bridge Task force.
      • Representative Fitzgibbon added that he’s been working hard to get more democrats elected. He has been working on the Unemployment (ESD) situation in the state, which has been overwhelming. 
    • Gina spoke about the 34th Phone Banking initiative and asked folks to sign up for shifts. https://bit.ly/34thPhoneBank 
    • Adoption of June Minutes – There was a motion to approve the minutes as submitted. Motion was seconded and the motion passed. Minutes are adopted.
    • Adoption of July Agenda – There was a motion to adopt the agenda as presented. Motion was seconded and the motion passed. Agenda is adopted.  

    7:10pm –  Precinct Committee Officer Appointments

    Nick presented 5 new PCOs for appointment. Votes were tallied and all PCOs were confirmed. 

    • SEA 34-1245  Jessie Culbert Boucher
    • SEA 34-1435  Jordan Crawley
    • SEA 34-1468  Richard O’Neill
    • SEA 34-1489  Kallie Ferguson
    • SEA 34-1246  John Murphy

    7:29pm – We heard from available candidates 

      • Don Rivers spoke as candidate for Governor. He spoke of inclusion and the importance of all people in the state.  
      • Gene Hart spoke as candidate for Governor. His written statement will be shared with the membership.
      • Michelle Jasmer spoke as a candidate for Lt. Governor. She shared her business/finance experience. 
      • Denny Heck spoke as a candidate for Lt. Governor. He discussed his endorsements and vision for governor. 
      • Mike Pellicciotti spoke as a candidate for Treasurer and discussed the importance of the role. He stressed the importance of taking the seat from a Republican who is not showing up in many of the committee meetings and is not using his voice in policy-making and financial oversight areas.  
      • Marko Liias spoke as a candidate for Lt. Governor. Marko wants to deliver bold change.
      • Joshua Casey spoke as candidate for Auditor.  He spoke about his experience and accredidation.
      • Pat McCarthy spoke as current State Auditor and candidate for re-election. Pat spoke of her past experience in Pierce county and in her current role. She spoke about the role of the Auditor.
      • Eileen Cody spoke as candidate for reelection as State Representative, running unopposed.
      • Joe Fitzgibbon spoke about his candidacy for reelection as State Representative, running unopposed.
      • Andrea Robertson spoke about her candidacy for KC Superior Court Judge Pos. 13.
      • Hillary Madsen spoke about her candidacy for KC Superior Court Judge Pos. 13. 
      • Doug North spoke about his candidacy for reelection as KC Superior Court Judge Pos. 30.
      • Carolyn Ladd spoke about her candidacy for KC Superior Court Judge Pos. 30.
      • Justice G Helen Whitener spoke about his candidacy for Supreme Court Justice, pos. 6.

    7:45pm – Endorsements (in the following order)

    Gina reviewed the process for endorsement and voting. 

    Ann Martin made a motion to endorse a slate of candidates. Jay Inslee, Pramila Jayapal, Gael Tarleton, Mike Pellicciotti, Bob Ferguson, Hilary Franz, Mike Kreidler, Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon. Motion was seconded by Chris Porter. Anne spoke in favor of her motion. 

    Donna Christianson made a motion to add state auditor Pat McCarthy to the slate. Art Chippendale seconded the motion. Jesse Greene spoke against Donna’s motion. Motion failed. Motion to amend the slate was suggested by Annie Phillips. The motion is to include on the slate only candidates who are incumbents and who are unopposed which would mean that only Joe Fitzgibbon and Eileen Cody would stay on the slate. Motion was seconded by Jesse Greene. Discussion for and against the motion was made. At 9:13 the group voted on the second amendment. This amendment failed. Next, the original slate was voted on and the slate passed with a 60% or more majority. 

    9:26pm ENDORSEMENTS

    • WA Governor – Jay Inslee via slate
    • U.S. Representative District 7 – Pramila Jayapal via slate
    • WA Lieutenant Governor – Gina opened nominations for Lt. Gov. Joe McDermott nominated Denny Heck. Marcee Stone-Vecich seconded. Joe Fitzgibbon nominated Marko Liias and Brianna Thomas seconded. Joe McDermott spoke for Denny Heck. Joe Fitzgibbon spoke for Senator Liias. Marko Liias was endorsed by a 60.1% vote. This vote will be audited. 
    • WA Treasurer – Mike Pellicciotti via slate
    • WA Secretary of State – Gael Tarleton via slate
    • WA Attorney General – Bob Ferguson via slate
    • WA Commissioner of Public Lands – Hilary Franz via slate
    • WA Auditor – Kyle Wolfer nominated Joshua Casey. Jeff Sbaih seconded the nomination. Chris Porter nominated Pat McCarthy and Donna Christianson Salcedo seconded. Kyle Wolfer spoke in favor of Joshua Casey. Chris Porter spoke on behalf of Pat McCarthy. After the vote, Pat McKarthy was endorsed with 62% of the vote. This vote will be audited.
    • WA Insurance Commissioner – Mike Kreidler via slate
    • WA Representative, District 34 Position 1 – Eileen Cody via slate
    • WA Representative, District 34 Position 2 – Joe Fitzgibbon via slate
    • Judicial Candidates 
      • Hilary Madsen was nominated for Pos. 13 by Leah Griffin, with Neal Traven seconded. Steve Butts nominated Andrea Robertson, with Nick Bonazza seconded. Leah Griffin spoke on behalf of Hilary Madsen. Andrea Robertson spoke on her own behalf. Hilary Madsen was endorsed at 73%.
      • Marcee Stone-Vekich nominated Judge North for pos. 30. Second was made by Chris Porter. Jeff Sbaih nominated Carolyn Ladd, seconded by James Williams. Members spoke for and against Judge North. Stone-Vekich spoke for Judge North. Leah Griffin spoke against Judge North. Jeff Sbaih spoke in favor of Carolyn Ladd. Carolyn Ladd was endorsed by a 72% vote. 
      • Chris Porter nominated Justice Helen Whitener for WA Supreme Court pos. 6.  Nomination was seconded by Ann Martin. Chris spoke on behalf of the candidate. Justice Whitener was endorsed by a unanimous vote. 
    • WA Superintendent of Public Instruction – Heather Barker nominated Chris Reykdal. Ann Martin seconded the nomination. Heather spoke on behalf of Reykdal. Endorsement was granted. 

    Leah Griffin requested to suspend the rules to consider an endorsement of referendum I-90. Moti Krauthamer spoke against the suspension of the rules. Leslie Harris spoke in favor of suspending the rules. Steve Butts spoke against. After the vote, we did not get to the required 80% to suspend the rules. Endorsement request was not considered but will be on the agenda for August.

    11:02 pm – The remaining attendees considered Resolution Whereby the 34th Legislative District Democrats Join Local Efforts to Support the Green New Deal at the Federal Level. Karen Richter made a motion to approve the resolution as submitted. Ann Martin seconded. Roxanne Thayer made a motion to add ‘state and’ to the content of the resolution. Danny Pinsker seconded. Thayer spoke in favor of the amendment. Marcee Stone-Vecich spoke against. Amendment was rejected by a majority. Karen Richter spoke in favor of the resolution. Resolution was approved. 

    11:17pm– Confirmation of Diversity and Inclusion Chair  Chris Porter made a motion to approve appointment of Jeff Sbaih as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair. Ann Seconded. Jeff was approved as the 34th LD Diversity and Inclusion Chair. 

    11:19pm – Adjourn

     

    Executive Board Meeting

    06-17-20 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    Board Meeting Minutes

    Held via conference call due to COVID-19.

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Steve Butts, Gina Topp, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Les Treall, Karen Richter, DeLancey Lane, Max Brown, Dawn Rains, Nick Bonazza, Jordan Crawley, Art Chippendale, Ted Barker, Jesse Greene, Jeff Sbaih, Ben Reilly, Chris Porter

    7:07 Gina called the meeting to order. Each board member shared their goals for the rest of our term. 

    7:48 Committee Reports

    Ben Reilly shared the Treasurer’s Report. We are running flat for expenses vs. income. The latest lawsuit has been closed out. We paid a $450 penalty. 

    Carla Rogers shared the Communications Committee report. A new volunteer has stepped up to take Instagram. Sheila Ghaibi has some awesome ideas for content that will help us engage in the Instagram community, which trends younger. The website has been upgraded and several other advanced tasks are also in progress with the freelancer who is now helping us. Facebook activities will ramp up again now that we are starting to reopen as a community. 

    Chris and Ann gave a report on the recent State Committee activities.. The state convention was held this past Saturday. The various committees worked hard to prepare for convention, despite the difficulty remote planning required. The convention went very well overall. There were over a 1000 amendments submitted, more than ever before! 375 were incorporated and became a part of the platform. 9 had a majority and minority report. The platform was universally adopted. Chris was elected as a national delegate. Not sure how the national convention will be handled yet. Chris noted that it might be a blended convention – both virtual and in-person. We fell short on youth and Hispanic goals. The convention was recorded and will be made available. There were several inspiring speeches made.

    The King County Dems report was provided by Leah and Max. Their monthly meeting is next week, their latest report was provided in the newsletter. 

    Steve and Karen provided updates on the Outreach Committee front. All events are cancelled through August. September events are not yet cancelled. Karen mentioned an idea about a voter registration webinar. 

    DeLancey gave the Fundraising Committee report. Our big fundraiser is cancelled but the committee is working on some smaller fundraisers for the fall. More info to come when plans are in place. 

    Nick was absent but submitted a PCO report to the board. Carla reported about the 34th LD Phone Bank which will start on July 9. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up at https://bit.ly/34thPhoneBank

    The Bylaws report was submitted by Art. Art has concerns about the endorsement process for next month’s meeting. Jesse mentioned that there was a process committee for endorsements convened in February but they paused work when COVID hit. That committee will have a process to consider later this year. Gina shared the plans for the endorsements meeting in July.

    Dawn gave the Membership report. We have 221 current members, just shy of where we were last year. We have had lots of new faces join our meetings the past 2 months. Dawn will reach out to them to encourage them to join. An effort to call past members was suggested.

    The new Diversity/Inclusion Committee Chair Jeff Sbaih reported on his immediate plans to gear up the committee. 

    Leadership Development Chair Les shared his goal to reach out to new faces and wants to be able to have things they can do to contribute. He is planning to have a meeting soon to share ideas and form plans. 

    Rachel provided some final points about Caucus. She also encouraged us to sign the BIPOC petition. 

    The Legislative Action Committee report was made by Jordan. Activities have been dormant since we are out of session. Jordan has been working with the WS Bridge task force. 

    July Endorsement Meeting

    Gina shared a proposed agenda for the July meeting. The group discussed whether to include  resolutions or code of conduct in the agenda.

     

    The group debated the format of the meeting. Carla made a motion to table all business other than the endorsements for the July meeting, given that there are so many in play. Motion was seconded by Ted. Ann suggested we amend the motion as she wanted the climate resolution brought by Karen on the agenda. Chris Porter seconded. More discussion. July Agenda was voted on and approved by a majority – agenda will include endorsements and GND committee resolution only. 

    • The voting process for the endorsements was shared by Gina.
    • We will be working to help those who haven’t been getting the Zoom emails with link into the meeting
    • Lt. Governor candidate Michelle Jasmer was not given time to speak at our last meeting. She was contacted but didn’t respond until just before the meeting. She will get time to speak at the July meeting.
    • We will not solicit a replacement Events chair given that we are not doing events for the near term. 
    • We will get the call out by June 29 for the July meeting. Art will support Gina in this task. 

    9:38 Adjourn

    06-10-20 General Membership Virtual Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    June 10, 2020 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    6:30 pm – Virtual Potluck

    7:03 pm – Gina called the meeting to order. She explained the voting  process and highlighted the agenda topics. 

    Opening Ceremonies

    VIP Acknowledgements

    • Representative Eileen Cody shared that there are plans for a special session in August after the Primary. Budget cuts are on the table, more news next week. Cuts and taxes will be needed. This session and next year will be tough sessions. 
    • KC Councilmember Joe McDermott met with the WS Bridge Advisory group today. He also chaired the Board of Health meeting today as well, for the first time. The department will be recognizing racism as a public health crisis. 
    • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon spoke about the recent BLM marches and events. The indicators are that this election could have positive results due to the climate currently. Joe has been working to look for ways to protect services and is looking at capital gains taxes to help cushion the effect of the recession.

    Commissioner Chris Porter provided his reflections on the Killing of George Floyd and led a Moment of Silence.

    Adoption of January Minutes  – Carla moved for adoption of the meeting agenda as presented. Anne Martin seconded. Motion passed by acclamation.

    Adoption of Agenda – Leah Griffin moved adoption of the meeting agenda as presented. Anne Martin seconded. Motion passed by acclamation.

    7:20 pm – Program:  The Movement for Police Reform –  Andre’ Taylor, founder of Not This Time and an organizer of Seattle rallies.

    7:55 pm – How to Get Out the Vote in 2020

    Nick Bonazza welcomed PCOs and members and talked about our precinct and 34th LD phone banking programs in conjunction with the WA Coordinated Campaign. 

    Cat Floate, Regional field director from the Coordinated Campaign talked about the various ways folks can help with phone banking in both the 34th and statewide. Phone banks will be held Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sunday every week. Cat shared information about the hot races in the state and the strategy to win. CC’s mission is to get out the vote with voter contact. Anyone interested will be trained. Sign up at https://bit.ly/34thPhoneBank.

    Representative Joe Fitzgibbon talked about the races in the 26th Legislative District which is a flippable seat this year.  Joy Stanford pos. 2, Carrie Hesch pos. 1 are the two candidates for the House seats. 

    Colleen Hinton shared information about work she is doing in North Carolina through the Common Purpose organization. There are 2 candidates – Brian Farkas and Francis Jackson. More information will be made available as plans come together. 

    8:45 pm – Meet the Democratic Candidates for Lt. Governor

    • Marco Liias
    • Denny Heck

    Both candidates gave remarks, took questions and asked for endorsement in July. 

    9:02 pm – 16 new Precinct Committee Officers were introduced and confirmed. Nick read the oath and requested an affirmation vote. Chris Porter made a motion  and Ann Martin seconded. Vote was done via Zoom. PCOs were appointed and approved. 

    Announcements: July 8 is our endorsement meeting. 

    9:11 pm – Adjourn

    June 20 General Meeting Power Point

    05-20-20 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Board Meeting Minutes = 5/20/20

    Held via conference call due to COVID-19.

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Steve Butts, Gina Topp, Ann Martin, Art Chippendale, Leah Griffin, DeLancey Lane, Max Brown, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Nick Bonazza, Chris Porter, Jordan Crawley,  Jesse Greene

    7:00 Gina called the meeting to order and those attending gave personal high and low points from the last month. Quorum reached.

    We have sent our donations to the food banks. $352.50 each to 4 food banks.

    The Budget Report was shared by Ben Reilly. Total membership has increased to 208. We are in good financial shape for the year, even without the ability to hold our largest fundraiser.

    Committee Reports

    Caucus report will be filed via email by Rachel Glass, absent this evening.

    The State Committee report was provided by Chris Porter and Ann Martin. The diversity goal was not met with Delegate selection. The State Convention will be virtual and may have 2000 attendees! The Rules committee is developing rules. Many of the activities will be held ahead of time (from the convention) to handle certain tasks. No changes to the platform will be made from the floor. Amendments will be sent in prior to the platform discussion. Trying to work out plans to deal with people who don’t have stable wifi, have technology-phobia or have disabilities. Lastly, LDs are allowed to use Zoom/technology to hold meetings and take votes. Additional Q&A on the Delegate and Convention process was held. 

    Max Brown and Leah Griffin provided a King County Dems report. 

    The Outreach committee report was provided by Steve Butts. We have sent any refunds from events which have been cancelled to food banks as donations. We haven’t done a street clean up yet this year. 

    Art Chippendale provided updates from the Bylaws Committee. There is a committee meeting next week. They will review the state updates and see how they will impact our bylaws. We need to plan for how we will handle endorsements during a virtual meeting.. 

    PCO Committee – Nick shared that we had 115 PCOs filed last week. In 2021 we will have 105 elected PCOs! 25 have applied for unfilled PCO positions.   

    Communications Committee – Carla gave the communications committee updates. We have hired a freelancer to help us with some intense updates on our website. We continue to sell t-shirts. Messaging has mainly been around the Delegate selection process and PCO Filings. 

    Hospitality Committee – Jesse Greene reported that we have saved a lot of money this year on hospitality. 

    Membership and Finance Committee – Dawn Rains shared news that we have many more members than in February. A group will meet to create a “welcome package” for new members. Group will be led by Jesse and Chris, Art and Dawn  will meet on Monday to put together a plan. The state budget will see a $7b shortfall over the next 3 years. 15% cuts are predicted for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The Fundraising Committee Report was provided by Carla. Nothing new to report but we will start planning some small fundraisers in June.  She will hold a meeting and anyone can send in ideas. Swanky Cocktail Party is still available for this year. 

    We are looking for a chair for the Events and Diversity/Inclusion Committees

    Jordan Crawley provided a report from the Legislative Action Committee. Jordan is sitting on the WS Bridge Now group and has no current LAC activities.

    Steve noted that the June Newsletter deadline is May 29th. 

    Gina talked briefly about the June Program. We will hold a zoom meeting with virtual phone bank training led by the Coordinated Campaign. The group discussed different ideas for programs for the June meeting. We will have a contested LG race this year (3 candidates). Dawn agreed with splitting up the endorsements. Nick would like to split up the endorsements between June and July. Ann suggested that we use closed captioning for our zoom meetings. Ted suggested we do uncontested races in June. Gina asked for some help with running the next/future online meetings. 

    Gina shared the rest of the calendar of events/meetings and discussion was held. 

    Good of the Order

    • Today is Happy Bee Day! – Chris Porter

    9:08 Adjourn

    05-13-20 Virtual General Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    May 13, 2020 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    7:04 Call to Order

    • Gina welcomed the attendees and shared that we will likely use this type of meeting for the next few months. 

    Program – Elected Official Updates

    The following elected officials provided updates for the audience. 

    • Representative Pramila Jayapal
    • State Senator Joe Nguyen
    • Representative Eileen Cody
    • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon
    • King County Executive Dow Constantine
    • King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
    • Councilmember Lisa Herbold
    • Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta

    After the official gave their comments, Chair Gina top provided some announcements: 

    • Precinct Committee Officer filing week is this week. Closes on Friday. If you filing on Monday or Tuesday, you will need to refile due to a glitch in the form.
    • We did not have an in-person caucus but we did elect delegates. Delegates will be announced on the website very soon. 
    • The State Convention will be held virtually this year. 
    • June 10 membership meeting will be virtual and will be about Virtual Canvassing. 
    • The annual fundraiser has been cancelled this year. Please consider giving a donation. 
    • Endorsements will be done in July in a virtual meeting. 

    8:35 Good of the Order 

    Carla Rogers announced that our IGNITE CHANGE T-shirts are on sale on the website and on NGP. They are $25 each and will be personally delivered to WS, Burien, White Center.  

    8:38 Adjourn 

    05-06-20 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    5/6/20 – Held via conference call due to COVID-19.

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Steve Butts, Gina Topp, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass, Art Chippendale, Leah Griffin, Les Treall, Karen Richter, DeLancey Lane, Max Brown, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Nick Bonazza, Chris Porter 

    7:10 Gina called the meeting to order and those attending gave personal high and low points from the last month. Quorum reached.

    Calendar

    Gina presented the draft Calendar. The Call for the May meeting included a link to register for the May Program. Gina would like to do a phone back to reach out to members who have not joined this year. The calendar included a suggested Virtual Phone Bank Training in June. July 8 would be a general meeting for Endorsements. 

    The group discussed canvassing and phone banking for GOTV. 

    Electronic Voting Bylaw Change

    Gina shared an electronic voting/by-laws amendment that she is proposing. Guidance came from the state party. Gina shared a document from the state party which offered a potential amendment to the bylaws. Debate was held. 

    Ann moved that we take the action electronically and ratify it at the next in-person meeting.. Leah seconded. Discussion was held. A vote was held and the motion passed unanimously (15).

    Budget

    Gina and Ben presented the updated budget for the balance of the year, considering the changes required by the pandemic. The outreach events are being cancelled. Chris moved that we donate our fees from cancelled events to designated charities (Vashon Food Bank, WS Food Bank and Burien Food Bank). Chris amended his motion to be that initial funds ($235) to be divided between Vashon Food Bank and Burien Food Bank and future returned funds would be sent to local food banks. Chris withdrew his motion. Art made a motion for how to handle Outreach funds. For event funds already distributed where the event is cancelled the e-board will discuss how to handle the funds at a later time. Additionally, any money budgeted for outreach events but not distributed would go to our area food banks (3) if the event gets cancelled. Motion was seconded and passed. 

    Carla made a motion that we spend the $500 budget item by donating to the 3 area food banks. Motion was seconded. Motion passed. 

    Ann made a motion and DeLancey seconded to approve the revised budget as amended. 

    PCO Committee 

    Nick gave a report on PCO activities in the past month. Nick is in touch with new PCO leads. Some of the PCOs will be making calls to PCOs to remind them to file, starting May 11. Nick has submitted a plan for how we will work with the coordinated campaign. 

    Delegate Selection Process

    Rachel gave an update on the Delegate Selection process. Audit package arrived today. We had 16 spoiled ballots. Audit committee will be working their tasks Thurs/Friday. Elected delegates will be contacted Saturday. Alternate spots are still open and we have been encouraged to find people willing to be an alternate.

    Fundraiser Update

    Carla gave an update on the July Fundraiser. 

    Events Committee

    Jacqui and Wes will be moving to Lacey and have resigned their roles. A big loss for the organization. We will need a new Events Committee Chair and help with sound at meetings when we start having them again.

    State Party Update

    Chris shared info about the State Party conference call that was held tonight. It has been confirmed that State Convention will be virtual. Details unknown at this time. A PLEOS and AT-LARGE discussion was held, minimum of 2 candidates per slot will be solicited. 

    Good of the Order

    • Chris is getting sworn in virtually as KC Conservation Supervisor!

    9:05 Adjourn