Monthly Meeting Minutes

    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

    04-08-20 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Executive Board Meeting Minutes – 4/8/20

    Held via conference call due to COVID-19.

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Steve Butts, Gina Topp, Nick Bonazza, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass, Art Chippendale, Leah Griffin, Les Treall, Jesse Greene, Karen Richter, Martha Koester, Ted Barker, Max Brown 

    7:04 Gina called the meeting to order. 

    Nick attended a training for how to communicate with voters without going door to door. 

    New Delegate Selection Process 

    Gina provided an overview of the delegate selection process which has been agreed upon by the state party. The state party adopted an emergency plan which allowed them to create a new process by which we will select our delegates. The Affirmative Action plan was also updated. We will use online voting for this process. Candidates will nominate themselves for delegate via the online registration tool owned by the state. This is the same tool we were using for Caucus Pre-Registration. You may go online and see who has registered. PCOs will vote on the delegates, only elected/appointed PCOs qualify. Communication to PCOs has been sent by Gina. The audit (tally) committee will verify the votes. 

    Gina shared the timeline. Nominations are due by April 24th. Voting will be April 26th – May 3rd. Gina will send out the ballots on the 26th. Delegates will be notified on May 5th.

    Carla shared the Communication plan: We will have a FB event and page on our event for the new process, directing those interested to the 34th Registration page on WA Dems Registration page. The Executive Board should share this info within their personal channels. Blog has been contacted, as well as the Herald and B-Town Blog. Nick will cover Vashon press.

    Recruitment and Diversity plan updates were shared by Rachel. Even though Bernie has officially dropped out of the race we still need to fill slots based on the primary vote results. Rachel is working hard to recruit people to fill the 73 slots. There are multiple virtual trainings available online on the WA Dems site.  

    In preparation for the upcoming election of delegates, we have to determine if we will release our PCO list to those who are running for delegate. Gina is proposing that we send out the PCO list proactively to nominees. Debate was held.  

    • Ann made a motion to provide the PCO list and contact information to candidates for delegate to CD and State Convention to all candidates after the registration has closed. Les seconded. Rachel wants to clarify what contact information will be provided – info publicly available. Ted spoke against the motion. Art spoke against the motion. Motion failed. 
    • Ted moved to release the PCO list to delegate candidates upon request. Withdrawn. 
    • Ted moved that Gina sends the PCO list and contact information to anyone who submits their candidacy for delegate. Nick seconded. (On Demand) Les requested an amendment to include ‘how to use’ instructions from Gina. Motion passed with majority. 

    Budget

    Ben was absent so the budget was not reviewed. Gina asked the members to review it and provide feedback. 

    T-Shirt Sales

    Carla is going to put up a page on the site where we can sell our new t-shirts. Carla will deliver in West Seattle! 

    July fundraiser

    Carla provided updates about the fundraiser planning. There is great concern that we can pull off a fundraiser in July if we are still on Stay Home order in May. The concern is procurement and event publicity. We will make a call around May 12. If we postpone the event, we will aim at just prior to Labor Day or just after Labor Day to reschedule. We may also consider doing an online only fundraiser.  

    The next General Meeting will be held via Conference Call on May 13th. Gina is creating a program with electeds. No business will be done, it will be ‘lite’. 

    Good of the Order

    • Next eBoard meeting will be via conference call on May 20. 
    • PCO filings and endorsements are around the corner in May. 
    • Karen reminded us that we have 3 resolutions and a bylaws change on the table that need to be addressed.
    • PCO business is continuing. Nick and team will be getting contact lists out to PCOs, along with the filings. 

    9:02 Adjourn

    03-18-20 Executive Board Meeting

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Executive Board Meeting Minutes – 3/18/20

    Held via conference call due to COVID-19.

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

    7:05 Meeting was called to order.

    Gina called roll. 

    Caucus Committee report provided by Rachel. Rachel is in touch with WA State Dems. Update will be provided between April 1-3 as to how we will proceed to elect our delegates. There will be no in-person caucus but delegates will be chosen with a new system. We need to continue to encourage people to Register for Delegate if they are interested. 

    Financial Update was provided by Ben Reilly. Glen Morgan’s latest accusations have been responded to and fixed. There is a fundraising concern now due to the cancellation of the caucus where we would have raised a lot of funds. 

    April “Meeting” or “Program” – We need to determine what to do about the April meeting. Virtual meeting, program only virtual gathering or hold a meeting, amend bylaws for an in-person meeting > we have 4 options.  PCO appointment and resolutions are two items that were on the agenda for April. Ann moved to skip the April meeting altogether. Les seconded. Rachel spoke against cancelling. Majority voted in favor of cancelling the April meeting. 

    The Communications Committee report was given by Carla Rogers. We have received a few negative pieces of feedback on our social media posts and mailed letter. We will be cautious about what we communicate going forward. 

    State Committee report was provided by Ann and Chris.  An email has been sent to us outlining the new process. Rules for Delegate selection will be sent out between April 1-3.  April and May LD and Congressional caucuses are cancelled. State convention is the next meeting.

    King County Committee all planned activities are cancelled due to Coronavirus. Board members were elected. Platform committee has been convened but the convention may be cancelled. 

    Outreach Committee report was provided by Steve. Lots of events are being cancelled. Voter Registration training event was in the works but may be cancelled. We got into WS Summerfest!

    Fundraising Committee report was provided by Carla Rogers. Carla has taken on the role of managing the fundraiser in July. Most of the help needed will be for procurement of donations and experiences. Meeting to brainstorm will be in early May pending the virus status. The event will be held at TAF Bethaday Community Resource Center in White Center on July 25.  

    PCO Committee was provided by Nick. Great meeting of PCOs on February 22. Trainings have continued up until the Virus lock down. Canvassing was done prior to the Primary and we will start a no-data canvass effort in April-May and into the summer. Calls are also encouraged. PCO Filings are coming up. 

    Legislative Action Committee was provided by Jordan. Very successful session, albeit short. The final report is on the website. 

    Endorsement Process committee (Max, Ben, Jordan, Chris)  is meeting on this and we will hopefully have a proposal for the board to consider in May. 

    We have 3 Outstanding Resolutions to take to the membership. All are on the website.

    Good of the Order

    Restaurants are hit very hard. Please support local businesses during this lock down. 

    Maggie Awards moved to August 8. Update this on the calendar.

    The April board meeting will be virtual and via ZOOM.

    9:06 Adjourn

    02-19-2020 Executive Board Meeting

    150 150 34th Democrats

    2/19/20 Puget Ridge Common House

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

    7:05 Meeting was called to order.

    7:06  J Street U Presentation

    Representatives from J Street U (from UW) provided a short presentation about a resolution which they are requesting the 34th consider. Representative Pramila Jayapal has pledged support.. 

    • Ben moved and Anne seconded that we bring this to the membership with a recommendation to pass.
    • Les moved to amend the resolution to remove a statement from the final Therefore. Remove “each in their own viable state”. 
    • Art, Jordan, Nick and Ann spoke against the amendment.
    • The amendment did not pass. 
    • The vote on the original motion was held and passed unanimously. 
    • Jordan will create the overview and it will be presented at the March meeting.

    7:41 Committee Reports

    • Gina asked the members to spread unity in the party as we head into the coming months. Promote a positive message to friends and neighbors.
    • Treasurer’s Report was provided by Ben Reilly. All invoices need to be sent to Ben immediately after receiving them. Ben will confirm receipt. 
    • Communications – Carla Rogers provided a report covering the possible need for technical support on the website, the need to share on Facebook to promote the party and unite the party.  The Caucus mailer copy needs review and this will be shared on Slack. We must get the mailer to press by Monday in order to have them in mailboxes by March 4. Carla announced that new t-shirts will be sold at the March meeting. We are also looking to create buttons for sale.
    • State Committee report was provided by Ann Martin and Chris Porter.
    • King County – Leah’s report is in the newsletter.
    • Fundraising – DeLancey will not be able to handle the fundraiser due to her new work contract. We need a volunteer to pull off the event in July. 
    • Bylaws – Art provided a report on the work of the committee which is undertaking a full review of the bylaws. 
    • Code of Conduct – Chris shared the plan to glean more input on the Code of Conduct. We will submit a new version taking any comments into consideration for review and vote at the March meeting. 

    8:17 Events and Activities

    • Caucus – Rachel provided the Caucus report. There will be a full caucus committee meeting on February 27.  A second meeting will be held to plan the day of activities.
    • Legislative Action Committee – today was the final day to get bills out of committee. Jordan updates the Legislative Tracker daily. See it on our website homepage (google doc).
    • Outreach – Karen and Steve provided a recap of their first meeting of the year.  They have started to form their outreach calendar and will work with comms to get the events on the website. New people have joined the committee!  They also have a truck for use in parades.
    • PCO – Saturday is the PCO meeting at Kenyon Hall. Nick sent out the packets for the Primary doorbelling. Nick is working to build a bench with the PCO committee so that leadership carries forward. Nick has Chris Carter from the coordinated campaign speaking at the meeting along with Michael Fertakis who will speak about the  Fill Every Seat initiative. 
    • Fundraising – Gina mentioned again that DeLancey will be unable to coordinate the fundraiser this summer. Our first event is in July and it will be important to get started with coordination soon. 
    • Membership – Dawn shared that she has run the unrenewed members report and we will call all of them. 97 members have paid/renewed (not including PCOs). 
    • We need a new Diversity/Inclusion Chair since Sofia resigned.
    • The Endorsement Process sub-committee is meeting next week to begin forming a proposal. The goal is to bring something to the next meeting for discussion.

    8:53 March Program

    • Gina recapped the plan for the program in March. Julie will lead a program to share information about the election process and Caucus. 
    • The group discussed making early endorsements for Governor, Atty General, Representative and Public Lands. After discussion, we decided that we will not do early endorsements. 

    8:30-8:45 Misc Items

    • Immigration Resolution – Chris made a motion and Jesse seconded it to take the Immigration resolution Jordan and Ben wrote to the membership at the March meeting.. 
    • We are planning to send out a mailer to a list of 3000. Gina shared the draft of the letter and will accept any feedback by EOD Friday. 
    • Karen shared a movement to get the Green New Deal passed. Jayapal has signed on. Karen suggested that we write a resolution for consideration at our next meeting. Ann will share it and we will evaluate it  in Slack.
    • Magnuson Awards – Dow has donated 5 tickets to the dinner. 
    • Women’s March – March 8 – we will promote it as an event for the 34th LD. 
    • VIP/Judges – We have 50 judges up for reelection. They will be allowed to speak during good of the order and Gina will include some time at the beginning of the agenda as is possible.

    9:07 Good of the Order 

    Chris spoke about HB602. 

    Ann invited folks to attend the WSDW meeting. 

    9:17 Adjourn

    02-12-2020 Membership Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    February 12, 2020 – Hall at Fauntleroy

    6:30 Potluck Social Time

    7:02 Call to Order

    Opening Ceremonies

    • Gina welcomed the attendees and reminded everyone of our code of conduct and our goal of being a safe and welcoming place. 
    • The Pledge of Allegiance was led by 1st Vice Chair Rachel Glass.

    VIP Acknowledgements

    • Councilwoman Herbold was recognized and provided updates on council activities and goals for the year. 
    • Superior Court Judge David Keenan was recognized and announced he is running for reelection. 
    • Joe McDermott was recognized and spoke about the low income bus passes program. There is a newly adopted no-income fare. There will be a free fare for those who are at 80% of poverty. Program will be implemented by summer. 
    • Natasha Scarupa – field director for Pramila Jayapal – was recognized and spoke about the Canadian border issues of the past weeks. A lot has been accomplished in the House since Democrats won the majority in 2018. 
    • Gina recognized newcomers in the room.

    7:20 Program: Eyes on Immigrations, organized by Ben Reilly, treasurer.

    Rich Stolz of OneAmerica, Joanne Kalas of Foster Garvey PC, Louise Bush from the Seattle Clemency Project. Maria Kolby-Wolfe  of NWIRP (NW Immigrant Rights Project) and Bunthay Cheam of the Khmer Anti-Deportation Advocacy Group provided updates on the immigration and refugee crisis in Washington and beyond. Discussion points included highlighting the Trump administration’s tactics for punishing immigrants, the deportations that are happening in our own communities, and state legislation aimed at stopping the targeting of our immigrant communities. 

    8:20  Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

    Approval of the Minutes – a motion to approve the minutes was made and seconded, and the minutes were unanimously approved as submitted.

    Adoption of the Agenda – a motion to approve the agenda was made and seconded, and the agenda was unanimously approved as submitted.

    8:22 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

    Communication Committee – Carla made 4 announcements. Check out our new 2020 Election Headquarters page on the website found at 34dems.org/caucus. We are also looking for the button-maker once used by the 34th. We also would like to get in touch with the Biden and Klobochar campaigns for Caucus purposes. We are also looking for a technical resource to help with a problem on the wordpress site. Contact Carla at secretary@34dems.org.       

    Treasurer’s Report and  2020 Budget – Ben provided the treasurer’s report and proposed budget for 2020. The proposed budget was shared and questions were answered. An error was made on the printed copy, it should be the 2020 budget. A motion was made and seconded to approve the budget with non-substantive corrections. Budget was approved unanimously. 

    Legislative Action Committee – Jordan presented his Legislative Tracker, which can be found on the website home page.  

    Ann Martin provided a quick update from the state committee meeting. 

    Bunny Hatcher (pyewacket@comcast.net) provided an update on the King County Platform committee. She requested that anyone with input on the platform send her an email with details. 

    PCO Committee – Nick introduced 7 new PCO chair candidates. All candidates were approved by PCO vote. Nick also shared a PCO committee update regarding the upcoming Primary canvassing efforts. He also reminded PCOs of the February 22 meeting at Kenyon Hall. 

    8:42 New Business

             Election of Second Vice Chair – Due to the resignation of Councilmember Sofia Aragon (2nd Vice Chair), we held an election for her open position. Ben Reilly nominated Jesse Greene for 2nd Vice Chair. Ann Martin made a motion for an affirmation vote. Jesse was elected unanimously. 

             Code of Conduct Discussion – Chris shared the history of our Code of Conduct. The remaining attendees discussed the current and proposed CoC. A motion was made and seconded to consider the proposed code of conduct but table reviewing of the substance of the proposed code of conduct until the next membership meeting. This will allow for amendments to be written for submission. The motion passed by the majority.

    Bylaws Discussion and Proposed Update – Gina presented the Bylaws changes. A motion was made to approve the changes as submitted. The Bylaws were approved unanimously.

    9:14 Good of the Order 

    Chris Porter thanked everyone for supporting him in his election for KC Conservation. 

    Marcee Stone-Vecich and David Bartlett gave shout outs to our legislators.

    Rachel Glass announced the Organizing Academy on Feb 22. Info on our website. 

    Jesse Greene recognized Jordan Crawley for his Legislative Tracker.. 

    9:18 Adjourn to Endolyne Joe’s

    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