Monthly Meeting Minutes

    01-15-20 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Steve Butts, Gina Topp, Nick Bonazza, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass, Art Chippendale, Ben Reilly, DeLancey Lane, Ted Barker, Leah Griffin, Les Treall, Jesse Greene

    7:04 Gina called the meeting to order 

    The newest version of the calendar was reviewed.

    The group discussed the February Program. 

    • Endorsements – Governor, Senator, Attorney General, Public Lands
    • Code of Conduct/By-Laws
    • Budget
    • Program
    • Primary
    • 2nd Vice Chair Election

    (The endorsement meeting is in June.)

    We will wait on the endorsements until Gina hears back from the campaigns. We may move to a future meeting.

    7:17 Budget/PDC Complaint – Gina informed us of the latest lawsuit from Glen Morgan. The filing is online – the gist is that we missed a couple filings. The budget includes a line item that will fund a compliance consultant at $200/month. This person will be responsible for all of our filings. This will be an asset for us from the PDC perspective and also may hold off future lawsuits. 

    Ben presented the proposed budget. We are carrying over about $10K from last year which was beyond the goal. Discussion points:

    • Concern about the cost of the caucus site
    • Increased election expenditures
    • Same $20K fundraising goal
    • Added to PCO budget to cover stamps for PCO mailings

    Additions based on discussion included adding $500 for Outreach. 

    Motion was made and seconded to take the amended budget to the membership in February. Motion passed unanimously.

    7:41 Caucus Update

    Rachel presented updates from the caucus committee. We are on track for planning and communications. 

    7:50 Communications Committee updates were provided by Carla Rogers. We are creating communications including a mailer for recent Democrat volunteers, a walk piece, web page “2020 Election Headquarters” and a social media plan. The West Seattle Blog is also going to do a story on the election process change. 

    We are also ordering stickers and a t-shirt to sell at caucus and our meetings. 

    We are having issues on the website with Visual Composer that may need high level technical support. 

    Carla is going to serve on the state Digital Communications committee. 

    7:57 Ben shared the agenda for the Immigration Program

    • An update on the immigration and refugee crisis we’re currently experiencing
    • Highlighting the administration’s tactics for expelling and punishing immigrants and refugees
    • Several efforts underway to help our most vulnerable communities
      • Expanding the WA State Clemency Board and urging Governor Inslee to review more cases where people are at risk of being sent to countries they’ve never lived in.
      • New Way Forward ACT.
      • Unnamed Legislation supported by the ACLU to stop targeted courthouse arrested for undocumented people
      • Encouraging donations for the 30 people who were flown to Cambodia on Monday (01/13/2020)
      • More support for legal defense groups like Seattle Clemency, NWIRP, ACLU, ect.

    Ben has 2 speakers confirmed and is trying to lock down a representative from the ACLU.

    8:05 Bylaws/Code of Conduct

    Gina proposed that we submit minor changes to the Bylaws in February and then Art has a newly proposed version of the Bylaws for us to consider at a later time. 

    Most of the updates were agreed upon with no issue. However, there was much discussion on Article VII, endorsements. 

    1. Dems only (current language)
    2. Non-partisan race, no Democrat running, we can choose a non-Democrat with our values, 
    3. We can chose a non-Democrat with our values

    Motion was made and seconded to take the Bylaws as submitted to the general membership. 

    We will have table discussions for the Bylaws, endorsements section. 

    Carla raised the point that our endorsements should mean more and that we seem to give them out with no research or due diligence. We should have a process in place to get an endorsement. Much discussion followed. We will create an ad hoc task force to develop a process for endorsements. Jesse will chair the task force. 

    8:52 PCO Committee Update

    Nick gave the PCO report. There will be a phone bank on February 17th at Nick’s house on Vashon. Feb 22 will be the PCO Training meeting at Kenyon Hall. This will be an interactive meeting with the goal of 25-40 attendees. Monday, March 2 will be another phone bank for the final push for the Primary. March 7 will be a canvass event.Nick is also meeting with the coordinated campaign. 

    8:59 Code of Conduct The goal is to present the code of conduct at the February meeting. Discussion about the voting threshold for censure and suspension are not in alignment. A motion was made seconded and passed to align the vote threshold for both censure and suspension (3/4). 

    9:11 Committee Updates/Good of the Order

    WSDW will host Ron Sims at the next meeting. January 23rd at the West Seattle Golf Course. Registration at 6, dinner at 6:30. 

    Les brought sweatshirts to share. T-shirts must have the union bug.

    9:20 ADJOURN

    January 8, 2020 Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    January 8, 2020 – Hall at Fauntleroy

    6:30 Potluck Social Time

    7:07 Call to Order

    • Pledge of Allegiance 
    • Opening Ceremonies
      • VIP Acknowledgements
    • Eileen Cody was recognized. 
    • Jimmy Matta was recognized and thanked the 34th for our support in getting the new progressive Burien City Council elected in November. Council members were installed on Monday. Jimmy was also endorsed for another term being Mayor of Burien. 
    • New attendees and members were recognized.
    • Joe McDermott was recognized and announced that Claudia Belducci was voted in as Chair of the King County Council. He spoke about the new work for the regional approach to homelessness governance.
    • Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda
      • Minutes from November were presented and unanimously adopted as submitted.
      • Agenda was presented. 
        • Motion to remove the 2nd Vice Chair election from the agenda as this is an elected member of the board and we need to follow the process for election notification. This will be added to the February agenda.
        • Agenda, as revised was adopted unanimously. 
    • Ben Reilly shared the treasurer’s report. 
    • Nick Bonazza shared the PCO report. The 2020 PCO Kick Off will be held on February 22. More information will follow on the website. Filing for PCOs will be in May. One new PCO was sworn in for 1255.  Motion and second were made to approve John as PCO.
    • Gina Topp gave the Chair’s report. 

    7:28 King Conservation District Candidates

    February 11th is the election for this position. Chris Porter spoke about his campaign for King Conservation and what got him interested in the role. Chris shared the new method for voting, which starts online and ends with a mailed ballot. Information will be made available on the website. 

    Jesse Greene read a statement from candidate Steven Deutschman.

    7:35 Confirmation of New Executive Board Members

    There will be an election next month to fill the role of Second Vice Chair. Sofia Aragon has stepped down due to her position on the Burien City Council. 

    • Second Vice Chair: Jesse Greene
    • By-Laws Chair: Art Chippendale
    • Mobilization Chair: DeLancey Lane

    Both Art and DeLancey were confirmed unanimously.

    7:38 2019 Annual Awards

    Jimmy Matta was given the Elected Official of the Year Award

    Carla Rogers was given the Executive Board Member of the Year Award

    7:30 Resolution: Urging Washington State Adoption of the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Program

    A motion was made and seconded to adopt the resolution. This is Senator Joe Nguyen’s legislation.

    • Ann Martin spoke in favor of the resolution.  
    • A member spoke against the resolution in that it doesn’t address demand. There should be more of an incentive to drive a ZEV.
    • Jesse Greene spoke in favor of the resolution. 
    • Resolution passed unanimously.

    7:40 Hate Crimes in Washington State

    Monisha Harrell, Chair of Washington Equal Rights, and Ximena Velazquez-Arenas from the Economic Opportunity Institute presented a panel discussion on the prevalence of hate crimes in Washington State. The panel was moderated by Chris Porter. 

    8:40 Good of the Order

    • Katie Harris shared that on Monday the 20th (MLK Day) there will be an annual event at Garfield High School (MLK Day). Information will be placed on the website.

    9:00 Adjourn 

    11-20-19 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

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

    7:07 Gina called the meeting to order. 

    Julianne Kempf provided an overview of the Legislative Caucus. The deadline to provide signatures to the state to be included on the ballot is Jan 3. Names are due to Secretary of State by Jan 7. We are expected to have massive turnout in the 34th. In the Primary we will be looking at the candidates within the districts as well as statewide. 

    LD process – There will be an opportunity to pre-register for the caucus but you can also participate without pre-registering. April 26, 2pm is first caucus activity. We should set up a candidate filing table. We should expect 6 candidates on the ballot (they must get 15%). 

    DeLancey posted all of the caucus details on Slack for the board to review via Google. 

    8:00 Caucus Planning Update

    Rachel provided updates on the caucus planning front. We got quite a few volunteers at the last monthly meeting. Rachel held a meeting on Nov 12. Ted is providing historical input for the committee. There are 58 delegates for the state at the National level. Will be using Tom’s Planner to keep the full team of leaders and volunteers aligned. Art will be running registration. Ben will also be working with Art at Registration. There are webinars will be available for the committee for preparation. A communications plan will be developed by Carla. A communications/outreach/affirmative action subcommittee is being formed by Les. 

    The next full committee meeting will be scheduled soon by Rachel.

    8:10 Housekeeping items

    • Timeline for Bylaws/Code of Conduct – Changed to February for the general membership to review/vote. The Immigration program will be in January.
    • Gina has plans for GOTV 2020 which will be shared at the next meeting. 
    • Gina provided an update on the Glen Morgan lawsuit. Due to the Supreme Court case, this lawsuit may go away. The board needs to decide whether to settle at a lower amount or wait out the Supreme Court case. Chris made a motion to wait it out, DeLancey seconded and members approved. 
    • We will plan to do an early endorsement at the February meeting for Bob Ferguson, Jay Inslee and Pramila Jayapal. 
    • The December Executive Board meeting is cancelled. 
    • January Executive Board meeting will be held at Ann Martin’s house. We should resume board meetings at the Public House in February.
    • Chris gave a progress update on January program on Racism. A 4-person panel is planned. We will begin publicity for this event as soon as we have the panel locked in. 

    8:22 Budget Review 

    A full budget review will be done at the January meeting. Our contract with The Hall at Fauntleroy is up for renewal. The group agreed that we should stay at the Hall for next year. 

    8:24 Events

    Holiday Party is Dec 11. We will provide a smoked turkey. Moscow Mules will be the featured beverage. Attendees will be able to decorate cookies. Navos donations will be collected. Awards will be announced as well.

    8:28 Code of Conduct

    The Code of Conduct was distributed in Slack and in email. The members divided into groups to discuss their input. Coming back together, various points were discussed. 

    • The Social Media bullet was of particular concern by some members. 
    • The confidentiality piece needs to be fleshed out further.
    • Other points were provided to the committee for consideration in developing the final draft to be viewed and voted on by the membership in February.

    The board discussed the freedom of speech aspect at length. It was decided that the concerns will be taken back to the committee and a new draft (or the original) will be submitted back to the board at the January meeting. A final draft will be needed prior to the February board meeting. 

    9:21 Code of Conduct Violation Submitted by Jordan Crawley

    Gina provided a summary of Jordan Crawley’s Code of Conduct violation submission against David Ginsberg. The group discussed the submission and the behavior. David Ginsberg has resigned his position as Co-Chair of the Bylaws Committee.  

    Gina shared that she met with David Ginsberg and that he has resigned from the board.

    Ann made a motion that the board supports the action taken by the Chair. 

    The board generally agreed that no further action was warranted/necessary. Motion was made and was passed unanimously.

    The meeting was adjourned at 9:44pm.

    An awards committee meeting began at the end of the meeting. 

    November 13, 2019 General Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Hall at Fauntleroy

    6:30 Potluck Social Time

    7:00 Call to Order

    • Reminder of Code of Conduct
    • Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sofia Aragon

    Opening Ceremonies

    • VIP Acknowledgements
      • Sofia Aragon and Kevin Schilling thanked the audience for their support during the general election. Looking forward to advocating together. Knocking on doors is how it happened. 
      • Aaron Garcia (Highline School District) thanked the 34th for their support during his campaign.
      • Tina Podlodowski spoke about the local races and encouraging candidates. She discussed 2020 tactics and how we will need to knock doors and drive turnout across the state. Republicans will target Washington for the freshman up for reelection and the governor’s race. 
    • Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

    Ann Martin requested two edits to the October general meeting minutes. Both are in the state party update section. 

    1. LD and County levels – by proxy
    2. Often Under-represented communities

    A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes as amended. 

    • Adoption of the Agenda – A motion was made, seconded and the agenda was adopted as submitted. 

    7:20 Legislative Town Hall

    8:37 Good of the Order

    West Seattle Democratic Women are meeting at the Senior Center next Wednesday Nov. 20 and the program features Moms Demand Action.

    Highline/Burien Healthcare Workers are picketing on Nov 20 2:30-6 at Highline Medical Center. 

    Chris Porter announced the January program about racism. 

    Gina announced the holiday party – December 11. Bring back the Navos cards and nominate someone for the awards being given.

    9:00pm Adjourn to Locöl Barley & Vine 7902 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

    10-16-19 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Dawn Rains, Steve Butts, Gina Topp, Nick Bonazza, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass, Art Chippendale, Jesse Greene, Ben Reilly, Chris Porter

    7:13 Gina called the meeting to order.

    • Gina shared the updated calendar and walked through all the items. 
    • April 26 is the LD Caucus – all are expected to work that day.
    • Carla shared the plan for the Nov 13 Town Hall and asked everyone to share the details sent in email and on slack to their connections, while also sharing the event on Facebook. 
    • Holiday Party details were shared by Gina on behalf of Delancey. We will do the Navos giving tree at the November meeting, with the gift to be brought back by December. 
    • We need nominations for the awards we will give at the Holiday Party. 
    • The Code of Conduct is in its final stages. Code of Conduct will be shared with the board prior to the next board meeting. 
    • Bylaws final draft will also be shared at the November meeting. 
    • Ben shared that Lisa Herbold did not intend to buy a full page ad in the sample ballot. We will invoice for $200 with a $200 in-kind donation. The Burien candidates will also not be charged. We should have about $8000 to carry into next year. A large legal bill has been paid.
    • Membership dues income has been better than in past years. Gina mentioned that we could consider changes to the dues structure. We will push renewal of memberships at the Holiday Party.
    • Carla gave Communications committee updates – Lindsey Schober will start posting 2x weekly on Instagram and we will start to keep a content calendar for all channels. We need a plan for Twitter as we do not have anyone owning this. Chris Porter volunteered. Carla purchased a Tripod to be used for the live streams. We will change the position of the camera for the Facebook live stream going forward. 
    • Ann and Chris gave the state committee report. The caucus information will be coming out soon, won’t be as last minute as in the past. Next meeting is in January. 
    • Max Brown provided the King County committee report. A canvass will be held this weekend (see KCDCC website for details). Ballot Party is also planned for Saturday, Oct 19.  KCDCC Platform will be formed early next year. 
    • Outreach committee doesn’t have anything planned for the rest of the year. Sept 28 was the 2nd clean up Saturday of the year. 
    • Fundraising – Delancey is looking at locations and quotes for the 2020 annual summer fundraiser. A theme selection is in Slack and members should weigh in. 
    • PCOs will be called to get out this weekend for canvassing. Really need help in Burien. 
    • We are at 303 for membership. 103 PCOs.

    Gina announced that after the next Post-general meeting we will adjourn to Locol Barley and Vine. Whiskey West is too loud to have conversation.

    Caucus – April 26

    Rachel shared the report of the Caucus Committee. The committee convened for the first meeting on Monday, Oct 14. Rachel is creating a month by month plan. 

    Operations and Outreach are the two areas of planning focus.

    Operations  – set up, venue (Chief Sealth High School) 

    • Deadline for Insurance is early December.
    • State party has hired someone to help us get ready.
    • There is a grant available but we will not spend time on this due to the fact that we would likely not qualify. 
    • A walk thru of the venue will be held in March. 
    • Will need a lot of volunteers and technical support for the event.
    • Agenda for day-of event will be formed.
    • Gina will be the chair at caucus but we will need to be prepared for others to run for chair.
    • There will be concessions sold.
    • We will need printers to print out ballots and other documents. 
    • Signs for parking and directions to the venue will be needed. 
    • Sound Systems need to be arranged. 
    • Donation forms needed – we need to keep track of donations during the caucus.
    • Rachel will need to keep a budget for this event ($20k).


    • We need to do a lot of work to educate the public.
    • The state party has a webinar.
    • We will need to get the word out (use the libraries) to the public – programs will be held in multiple locations.
    • Need to contact affirmative action communities.
    • Outreach campaign work will start on January 3 (deadline for turning in signatures for national delegate).

    Next caucus planning meeting will be Nov 12 or 14, to be confirmed by Rachel. 

    9:06 Adjourn

    10-09-2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes, Amended

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Hall at Fauntleroy

    6:30 Potluck Social Time

    7:00 Call to Order

    Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sofia Aragon

    Opening Ceremonies

    VIP Acknowledgements

    • Joe Fitzgibbon was recognized and spoke about referendum 88 and I-1000 as well as I-976.
    • Kevin Schilling thanked the 34th for continued support. Merrill Gardens canvas this weekend. 
    • Sofia Aragon talked about how the democrats came out in the primary. 
    • Joe McDermott talked about recent legislation coming out of his committee that affects Vashon Wineries. Joe announced GOTV Efforts on the 17th and 20th as well as a campaign event (on 34th website). 

    The chair recognized visitors, first time guests.

    The chair reminded attendees of our code of conduct.

    Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

    • Approval of the Minutes – The minutes were provided and a motion was made and seconded to approve as submitted. Motion passed unanimously.
    • Adoption of the Agenda
      • Nick Bonazza asked to allow Cydney Moore to speak about her campaign, (Burien City Council) during the New Business section of the agenda.
      • A motion was made to add teh Vashon Parks Levy, with was accidentally left off the agenda.
      • A motion and second was made to accept the agenda as amended. The amended agenda was unanimously approved.

    Report of Officers and Standing Committees

    • Chair’s Report – important to GOTV! Please pick up the new General Election Sample Ballot. Gina attended Pramilla Jayapal’s Impeachment Town Hall and shared her takeaways. 
    • Membership and Treasurer’s Report – Ben Reilly provided a financial update and announced that we have 303 members now!
    • State Committee Report – Ann Martin and Chris Porter attended the state committee meeting in Yakima at the end of September. LD and County Level Vote by proxy was submitted and was not approved. Bylaws changes around constituency caucuses were also vetted. Chris sits on the Code of Conduct Committee and reported on those activities. Chris also sits on the Affirmative Action Committee which is working to engage members of often under-represented communities. 
    • Gina announced that a Caucus Planning Committee will be held on Monday, Oct 14, 6pm at Uptown Delridge.
    • PCO Committee Report was provided by Nick Bonazza, chair. PCOs are canvassing in their precincts and in Burien. All members are encouraged to volunteer to GOTV. Sample ballots are available tonight.
    • Events Committee Report (Holiday Party Invitation) Carla discussed details of the Holiday Party to be held on December 11 here at the Hall at Fauntleroy. Chris Porter shared the process for nominating someone for our annual awards. Form is online and the deadline is November 19.

    7:42 Our Climate Crisis

    Alec Connon from 350 Seattle made a presentation about our Climate Crisis.

    8:27 New Business 

    • Endorsement of the Vashon-Maury Hospital District – a motion and second was made to endorse. Members spoke in favor of the endorsement. Members approved the endorsement. 
    • Endorsement of Vashon Parks Levy – a motion and second was made to endorse. Members spoke in favor of the endorsement. Members approved the endorsement. 
    • Cydney Moore (Burien City Council candidate) shared information about herself and her opponent and asked for our support in her effort to bring change to Burien.
    • The chair recognized Executive Dow Constantine. Dow spoke about I-976 and encouraged an endorsement in opposition of the measure.
    • Endorsement in Opposition to Initiative 976 – A second was made to endorse. Members spoke in favor of the endorsement. Members approved the endorsement.
    • Endorsement in Support of Referendum 88 – a motion and second – a motion and second was made to endorse. Members spoke in favor of the endorsement. Members approved the endorsement. 
    • Appointment of PCOs – Nick Bonazza introduced 2 nominees for PCOs in Burien. New PCOs were confirmed. 

    8:30 Good of the Order

    • Dawn Rains encouraged anyone interested to consider participating in Emerge Washington.

    8:49 Adjourn to Whiskey West 

    09/18/19 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Board Meeting Minutes


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

    7:05 Calendar through the end of 2020

    • Bylaws and Code of Conduct are not yet ready for review by the board. 

    7:07 Seattle Green Spaces Coalition

    Martin Westerman shared a presentation with the board about the recent history of Seattle’s greenspaces and the coalition’s intent to place a value on the city’s greenspaces (turning greenspace into an asset for the city). Marty is asking for our support in encouraging the funding of a consultant. Seattle would be the first to undertake this approach. The group asked for a resolution to be drafted for consideration.

    7:34 Resolution Process

    • Resolution submitted
    • If board approves to go to membership, LAC will do an analysis (interpretation) of the resolution to be shared at the membership meeting. 
    • LAC discusses resolution with the sponsor.
    • Analysis to be shared in a non-biased fashion to the membership. Factual, not opinion or conclusion.
    • Analysis will also be posted to web/social.

    Good feedback was collected after the first use of the process during the last meeting. Ann was concerned the analysis shared last month was too detailed. Ben suggested a high level summary. Carla suggested that Jordan consider doing a summary level read for the membership, and have the details on the tables at the meeting.

    7:48 Executive Board Meeting location needs to change for October and November. We will not have a board meeting in December. October meeting will be at Ann’s home and November will be at Carla’s house.

    7:50 Continue discussion of calendar through the end of 2020

    October program is climate change – Rachel is organizing. 

    November will be the Town Hall with Legislative Updates from Joe N, Eileen Cody and Joe F.

    December program will be the holiday party, organized by Jacqui.. No business. We need to form an ad hoc awards committee.

    January program will be bylaws and code of conduct. (Chris’ Racism program added at the end of the meeting.)

    February program will be Immigration.

    PCO Popcorn Party will be held in February.

    March 10 is the Primary and March 26 is the Caucus.  The March program will be about delegate selection process and expectations of being a delegate.

    We will continue to plan for a “Non-Profit Speed Dating” program. Those with connections to non-profits will own an invitation to participate as we get closer. Rachel, Gina and Carla will continue planning this and a date will be confirmed in the near future.

    8:07 Committee Reports

    • Treasurer/Membership – continued issues with members not getting into NGP. A solution has been defined for this going forward.
    • Settlement for Glen Morgan was submitted and there has been no response yet..
    • Fundraising – DeLancey shared planning options. The group approved July 25 as the date of the 2020 fundraiser, before the local primary. Theme ideas will be debated in Slack.
    • PCO – Nick shared that we have appointed 21 PCOs since January. Nick shared some of his goals for the coming year including PCO mentors. We will hold a PCO recruiting event in February. 
    • Outreach – Karen and Steve talked about their last event of the year coming up on the 28th (adopt-a-street). Voter registration goal was met this year! 
    • Communications – Carla proposed that we buy a tripod for use at the meetings to live stream on Facebook. Group approved $75 for the tripod. Councilmember Bagshaw and candidate Pugel responded to the endorsement for the Tree Protection Ordinance. Lindsey Schomer will join the Comms Committee to support Instagram.
    • Caucus – Rachel and DeLancey will tour 3 venues for the Caucus. Volunteers are coming forward. 
    • State Committee – Chris and Ann are going to Yakima for the state party meeting next weekend. Code of Conduct will be decided. 
    • King County Dems – No report.
    • Legislative Action – Gina and Jordan have been working on a bill for the State Party. Change the current law to have all PCO candidates to be on the ballot whether they are opposed or not. Discussion was held. This will be a cost-focused issue. 

    8:42 Sample Ballot

    The group discussed having a sample ballot to distribute at the October meeting. Group agreed that we do want to pursue this and will confirm goals/plans outside the meeting. 

    8:56 Good of the Order

    Reminder that October Executive Board meeting will be held at Ann’s house. 

    Chris brought up the topic of racism and would like to have a program. Chris will work on a program about race for January.

    Art mentioned that Friday is the kick off of Strike for Climate.

    Jesse and Nick will bring forward a plan for the PCO recruitment party.

    9:10 Adjourn

    08/21/19 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Board Meeting Minutes


    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Steve Butts, Ted Barker, Gina Topp, Jesse Greene, Nick Bonazza, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass

    7:07 Gina called the meeting to order. 

    Glen Morgan Lawsuit

    Gina shared the Possinger Law Group memo regarding the State of Washington ex rel. Morgan v. 24th Legislative District Democrats. This memo is a settlement offer in the lawsuit. 

    The group discussed the offer as communicated in the letter. 

    Our attorney Laura Ewan shared options with the board and answered questions.

    The board agreed to the following response to be provided by Gina to our attorney.

    • No admission of violation
    • Public Disclosure Commission Training
    • Civil Penalty Payment of $3000
    • Suspension of $1500
    • 34th will pay no attorney’s fees
    • Probation to the end of the current board term, November 30, 2020

    8:00 Committee Reports

    • Treasurer’s Report – Ben Reilly presented the treasurer’s report. 
    • September Program – Sofia Aragon is organizing the program
      • Homelessness program, 2 speakers
      • Seattle School District candidates speak and potential endorsements
      • Highline School District School Board 
    • State Committee
      • State committee meeting is end of September and will be taking up the code of conduct
    • Communications
      • Sponsorship of Joe Nguyen’s Town Hall
        • Carla will get more details about the nature of our involvement. Who’s paying, nature of sponsorship – official state event or a Joe campaign event
      • Communications Committee is growing. 3 interested members have connected and we are working out how they can support the committee. 
      • Tai Yang will be working as Technology Special Projects Lead going forward and will be first working on the Donations page.
    • Outreach – Steve and Karen gave updates. 
      • 2 events upcoming
      • Goal is 175 registered voters. Need 20 more to make the goal. 
    • LAC
      • Jordan has been working on the Code of Conduct with Chris. 
    • PCO
      • Nick submitted a written report prior to the meeting. 
      • Nick is asking our electeds to provide names of potential PCOs. 
      • Also in communication with One America to help find volunteers or PCOs.
      • With the September meeting we will have 100 PCOs (207)
    • Bylaws 
      • Art Chippendale will be nominated at the next meeting to be the chair of the Bylaws committee. Jordan, Chris and others expressed interest in being on the committee.
    • Hospitality
      • Jesse stated he talked 5 folks (visitors) who had not signed in at the last meeting. 
    • Caucus
      • Sunday, April 26 is the Legislative District Caucus
      • Locations have been contacted
    • Events
      • Gina received and email about the picnic. The group agreed that we will not have a picnic this year due to lack of time for planning and other initiatives that are more important. 
      • Gina shared and email from Delancey regarding event planning questions. Comments should go into Slack.

    8:53 Resolution in Support of Seattle Urban Forestry Commission’s Draft Tree and Urban Forest Protection Ordinance

    • Ann Martin presented a resolution to consider. Discussion was held about the resolution. 
    • There was a motion and a second to send the resolution to the membership for consideration with no recommendation.
    • Discussion of the resolution process was held. 
    • The motion passed unanimously.

    9:07 Good of the Order

    Brunch Fundraiser for Lisa Herbold, 11-12:30 Sept 7 at the Public House 

    September agenda will include a proposal for how to spend funds in the budget for campaign contributions.

    Les shared his experience canvassing. Lesson – be careful canvassing!

    WSDC Picnic is Aug 22 (3-7pm) at Ann’s home. 

    9:15 Adjourn

    08/14/19 Monthly Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    General Meeting Minutes

    August 14, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

    6:30 Potluck Social 

    7:01 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

    Gina led the Pledge of Allegiance

    VIP Acknowledgements

    • Krystal Marx was acknowledged and gave a few updates about tenant protections, just-cause ordinances and funding for a housing ombudsman. She stated that these topics/goals came from speaking with constituents. 
    • Kevin Schilling thanked the room for their support and endorsement then mentioned that GOTV is super important. 31% turnout in Burien vs. 35% in Seattle. 
    • Leslie Harris (School Board District 6, president) requested continued support for  her re-election campaign. Mentioned that Collective Bargaining will happen this year during the election cycle. She mentioned that the last school board vote was about a new district dress code. 
    • Lisa Herbold thanked the 34th for helping deliver a victory in the Primary. She needs continued support to fight big business influence in the election. She needs help with GOTV.

    Recognition of Visitors 

    • Eric Blumhagen spoke about his run for District 1 School Board and requested support in the district-wide election.

    Code of Conduct Reminders and announcements from Chris Porter 

    7:22 Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

    The July meeting minutes were presented. Motion and second was made to approve as presented.  Minutes were approved. 

    It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda as presented by the chair. Motion passed and agenda was approved. 

    7:27 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

    • Chair’s Report – Gina thanked those who worked in support of the Primary. 
    • Ben Reilly presented the Membership and Treasurer’s Reports. We are ahead of goal for carry over to 2020. Membership is at 290 as of this evening.

    7:29 Program

    Leah Griffin (King County Representative) made a presentation about the state of legislation regarding sexual assault. 

    7:50 New Business

    Appointment of PCOs

    • Nick Bonazza introduced 2 new PCOs. Jesse and Wendy shared their stories. A motion was made and seconded to affirm the new PCOs.

    Family Separation Resolution

    • A motion and second was made to adopt the resolution.
    • Ben Reilly spoke in favor of the resolution.
    • A vote was held and the resolution passed unanimously.

    Affirmative Action Resolution

    • A motion and second was made to adopt the resolution.
    • Ann Martin presented a motion to amend. The amendment was to substitute “the 34th District Democrats” for “the WA State Central Committee”. 
    • A vote was held to include the replacement of language. Motion passed unanimously.
    • Ivan Weiss spoke in favor of the resolution.
    • Resolution passed unanimously, as amended. 

    8:05 Good of the Order

    Les Treal announced the Postcards to Voters meeting at C&P coffee 10-12 on Thursday. Les also is going to host a fundraiser for Lisa Herbold on Sept 7 at the Public House where he lives. 

    Ann Martin announced a WSDW picnic on August 27th from 3-7 at her home to celebrate the birthday of founding member Georgia Kunkel. 

    Peggy Abbie reiterated the Postcards for Voters effort which will also be done at the Senior Center. 

    Max Brown announced a panel about the census to be held on Tuesday, August 27 6-8pm at El Centro De La Raza. 

    Marcelle Johnsen promoted attendance of the “Between the Lines” presentation at the Log House Museum starting August 19 (general public). 

    Keith Weir spoke about IRAP (Apprenticeships) and  HR397. 

    8:25 Adjourn to Whiskey West 

    August 8, 2019 Special Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Board Meeting Minutes


    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Steve Butts, Chris Porter, Ted Barker, David Ginsburg (left early), Gina Topp

    7:05 Gina started the meeting with an exercise for the group.

    The group shared their goals for this meeting. Also each member provided their goals for the year.

    Goals for the rest of the year:

    Improved Resolution Process
    Bylaws Updated
    Glen Morgan matter settled
    Finalize Code of Conduct
    Plan for Caucus Cycle (financial and logistical)
    Begin Monthly Socials (like debate parties) to help us expand membership
    Increase PCOs in preparation for next year
    GOTV for this election cycle
    Increase members who are working with committees to help chairs accomplish all their goals/responsibilities

    7:13 Issues unresolved from June Endorsement Meeting

    Response to Lou Frillmans Letter
    Reaction or response to David and Lou’s letters to Westside Herald
    Response to Marcee Stone-Vecich’s letter
    The component of our resolution regarding David and Lou’s unrepaired relationship not being fulfilled

    Board agreed to remove the 4th item.

    Members of the board asked David Ginsberg to leave the meeting for the remainder of the discussion. David departed.

    Lou’s Letter to the Board

    Carla read Lou’s letter to the board
    Board stands firm in our decision to make the 34th a safe place, and it will not revisit the consequences from our July executive board meeting.
    Reviewed the area of the Code of Conduct which were broken by Lou’s behavior
    Must separate the incidents: letter in Westside vs. board meeting incident
    It was resolved that Gina will respond to Lou’s email.

    Marcee’s Letter to the Board

    Carla read Marcee’s letter to the Board
    Chris shared Marcee’s main concern regarding David and Marcee’s relationship
    Les stated that our job is to elect democrats, not to govern or repair relationships between members
    Marcee needs to decide if she is going to bring Code of Conduct violations against David
    It was resolved that Gina will respond to Marcee’s email

    David and Lou’s letter to Westside Seattle

    Carla read both David’s and Lou’s Westside Seattle letters
    Beyond an intrapersonal fight; letters were in the public domain
    Chris wants the chair to regain control of being the voice for the organization
    Jordan read a written statement referencing David’s code of conduct violations
    Jesse shared his position regarding the code of conduct violation
    Ben shared that he felt that both letters violate the code of conduct
    Les provided his take on the letters
    Carla shared that Lou had already been punished and didn’t believe we should add another set of consequences for his letter to the paper. David however, should be considered differently as he is a chair/executive board member, higher standard of behavior.
    Jesse wants to make sure that whatever we decide, we speak as a board and back Gina as chair 100%.
    Gina stated that David has been a significant help to her during the transition.
    Rachel is concerned about how this reflects on the board and how David remaining on the board might have adverse effects.
    Dawn feels a lack of trust in David, given the events and how they transpired.
    Several members of the board shared that they had a trust issue with David and some felt uncomfortable working with him.
    Chris suggested that the next chair’s message include clarification that the chair is the only person able to speak for the board.
    Karen and Ted stated the need to not make this a further public issue that makes the 34th look badly.

    After everyone had time to state their position on the matter, Gina made a suggestion for how to move forward:

    Gina will include mention of the chair having the voice of the 34th in the next Chair’s message, calling out the Bylaw which speaks to that point
    Gina will find someone to take over as co-chair of the Bylaws committee so that the work on bylaws can be voted on and finalized by the end of the year.
    David will be suspended from attending events and activities of the 34th District Democrats until the November 2019 Election. This will allow for the Executive Board to do some work to try and repair working relationships.
    Gina is going to have conversations with board members who have concerns about David’s behavior
    Gina to speak with David about his behavior and how members of the board feel about working with him.

    Board voted 10-2 to move forward with the above proposal.

    Gina mentioned that Glen Morgan has offered a settlement in the lawsuit. This will be discussed in full at the August board meeting.

    Chris shared the Affirmative Action Resolution regarding Referendum 88. Members approved the motion to take the resolution to the membership in the August meeting, as written.

    9:20 Adjourned