Monthly Meeting Minutes

    09/18/19 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Board Meeting Minutes

    09/18/19

    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

    08/21/19

    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

    08/01/19

    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

    07-17-19 Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Board Meeting Minutes

    7/17/19

    Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Ann Martin, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Nick Bonazza, Steve Butts, Leah Griffin, Chris Porter

    7:10 Updates from Committees

    • Sofia opened the meeting (Gina had a work emergency). 
    • All discussion of the endorsement meeting was tabled until the August meeting. 
    • Good turn out for the Burien Parade. 

    Steve gave an update from the Outreach Committee. Discussed past events and results and those upcoming. Need people to walk in the upcoming parades. Need to publish events to the membership via email in the future. 

    Nick Bonazza gave an update from the PCO Committee. Training ended but new PCOs will be trained individually.  Canvass events will be held on the 20th and 21st in WS and in Burien. UCFW will be phone banking on August 29th.

    Ann mentioned that she and Chris Porter are  working on the state Code of Conduct. 

    Chris spoke about the 34th Code of Conduct activities upcoming. The state is talking about having a requirement to have each LD have its own Code of Conduct or they will inherit the state’s version. The adoption of a Code of Conduct for the state will be done at the September meeting. Chris is recruiting for a couple additional members of the Code of Conduct meeting. Proposal is to present a draft to the Board in August and then a final draft to the membership in October. We will need to have a draft published for review by Sept 29th.

    The Leadership Development Committee report was provided by Les Treal. Les has talked to 3 possible recruits.

    Dawn Rains asked that everyone share the debate parties on social media (share the events on our Facebook page).  

    Carla Rogers shared an update from the Communications Committee. She is hoping to recruit Maggie who will be responsible for the monthly communications plan. This will drive our communications across the web and social media.

    Rachel will chair the August meeting and provide the program. Need to have Allan Munro sit at the front table for support since Gina and Sofia will be out. 

    A discussion about the use of our membership email was held. The group agreed that it would be prudent to have a couple people with access to the NGP email system. 

    August Program (Gina will be absent from the August meeting)

    Rachel Glass is in charge of the program. We need details for the website and facebook. 

    Will need to determine who will handle the agenda, call and newsletter for August. 

    8:00 Good of the order

    Delridge Day is Aug 10, we will have a booth. 

    Derek Birnie passed away this morning. 

    ICE Detention Center (immigrant was apprehended) story was shared by Marcee. This subject opened up conversation about possible board initiatives and programming around immigration, or other hot topics for the district. We would like to have future programming linked to some of the hot topics. Ben suggested that we might consider doing a resolution about detention centers.

    Sofia asked if there was a follow up from the Green New Deal. The chair should send an email with our  resolution to our electeds: Lorena G, Lisa H, Joe N, Eileen, Joe M and Dow to suggest that it be considered.

    District 1 organization has asked Chris to emcee 2 September debates for the primary winners. (Sept 14 at Duwamish Long House and Sept 28 at High Point Neighborhood House.)

    8:30 Adjourned

    June Executive Board Meeting – 6/19/19

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    6/19/19 

    Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Ted Barker, Steve Butts, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Nick Bonazza, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Jordan Crawley, Chris Porter, Ann Martin, Jimmy Haun, David Ginsberg, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Sophia Aragon, Raschelle Frets, Max Vecich, Phil Tavel, DeLancey Lane, Sam Widdlesbach (Herbolt campaign)

    7:00 Call to Order

    Rules of Discussion

    Gina started the meeting with an overview of the issues we have been having over the past few weeks within the Board. (Resolutions, Member Lists, endorsement meeting)

    • Need to update our bylaws regarding the sharing of membership list. 
    • Need more structure about the resolution process and how we propose resolutions to the members.
    • Review the code of conduct. 

    Gina distributed the WSDCC Code of Conduct, the KCDCC Code of Conduct and our 34th Dems Code of Conduct. 

    Everyone introduced themselves and gave summary thoughts on their experience at the Endorsement meeting on June 12. 

    7:49 Endorsement meeting follow-up

     Gina shared the factual details of the event happenings.

    • Early in the meeting during the potluck, David Ginsberg and Lou Frillman had a discussion about the candidates. 
    • Inappropriate language was used by Lou Frillman.
    • Safe Seattle, candidates Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel were mentioned.
    • The word “Nazi” was used.
    • Unclear as to the purpose of the discussion.
    • Steven Jamison shared inappropriate words with Lou and dumped water on his head. Additional words were had and both exited the Hall to further their exchange.
    • Steven left the meeting. 
    • Lou spoke with Lorena Gonzalez and made her feel uncomfortable. 
    • Steven apologized to Gina and the 34th and has issued an apology statement to the 34th. 
    • Gina agrees that the behavior was unquestionably unacceptable. 

    Suggestion was made to read Steve, Lou and David’s statements. 

    Fact Finding options

    • Roberts Rules
    • King County Code
    • Alternative 
    1. Act on the facts that we know today (including the letters submitted by 3 parties involved)
    2. Impart an Investigation into the matter (leveraging any of the three options)

    Discussion of the options followed.

    18 members present (including only executive board members)

    All 18 members voted for option 1. 

    1. Use only Gina’s account of the stated facts.
    2. Allow for 3 letters to be read with no discussion. 
    3. Allow for 3 letters to be read with discussion. 

    Discussion of the 3 options followed.

    Option 1 carried the majority.

    Consequences Phase

    Gina re-read her facts.

    Marcee Stone-Vecich made statements to the board that is was taking a convenient route for resolution and stated that additional information was missing from the account of facts. 

    The members voted to take a 5 minute break to allow Marcee to remind Gina of one of the occurrences. 

    An additional Code of Conduct violation was filed during the break by Marcee Stone-Vecich. 

    Discussion about the additional Code of Conduct violation ensued. Jesse made a motion which was seconded to table the new violation to a future meeting. 

    1. Address the new Code of Conduct violation to be tabled.
    2. Address the new Code of Conduct violation tonight.

    Discussion was tabled. Jesse made a further motion to investigate this new issue within one week outside of an in-person meeting. 

    Gina mentioned that the bylaws should address board communication outside of meetings. 

    Marcee withdrew her Code of Conduct violation and exited the meeting. 

    The motion passed to investigate the new issue within one week. 

    The board discussed options for an investigation.

    Ben motioned that Gina completes and summarizes the investigation and presents findings to the board. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

    Board discussed possible options, including: 

    1. Request for a formal, public statement or apology from each participant.
    2. Formal apology to each other.
    3. Suspension of member’s ability to attend meetings and membership for a period.
    4. Published statements
    5. Censure of one or both members. (⅔ of membership)
    6. Lacking authority, make a declaration of censure without names

    Ann made a motion to consider the following action: (seconded by Les)

    • Request a public apology from Lou Frillman to Steven Jamison and 34th District Democrats
    • Request a public apology from Steven Jamison and the 34th District Democrats and suspension for 2 months 

    Jesse made an amendment to the motion (seconded by Carla)

    • Board will create a resolution to condemn the actions by the two parties (no names to be used)
    • Suspend Steven from (4 upcoming) meetings until after the general election.
    • Suspend Lou from the July and August meetings of the 34th.
    • Request that the candidates make a statement about the language used (degrading hate speech) and a public support of the 34th’s Code of Conduct.

    Discussion was held on the amendment.

    The amendment passed. 

    Les made an amendment to add resolutions of censure for both Lou and Steven. 

    Discussion was held on the amendment.

    Motion failed by majority. 

    The motion passes by majority. 

    10:03 Announcements

    School Board Endorsements will be done in July

    Bylaws Committee was formed.

    Resolutions Committee will be formed. 

    Chris Porter will lead a task force on the Code of Conduct 

    Additional business was tabled until the next meeting, due to time. 

    Les presented a resolution for consideration by the board in support of the Green New Deal. 

    A motion was made to present the resolution to the membership at the July meeting, once edits are made. The final resolution will be shared on Slack for a board vote, prior to the meeting. 

    Meeting was adjourned

    Special Meeting of the Executive Board – 6/24/19

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Board Meeting Notes Minutes

    6/24/19

    Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Jordan Crawley, Ann Martin, David Ginsberg, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Nick Bonazza, Lou Frillman via phone, Chris Porter

    7:35 Call to Order

    Gina started the meeting requesting that everyone state their goals for the current meeting. 

    7:42 Outstanding Items

    1. Marcee Stone-Vecich’s code of conduct violation 
    2. Discuss the suspensions levels (2-4)
    3. Who initiated the behavior
    4. Jordan’s Draft Resolution “Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech”
    5. Social Media/Communication around the events and our response

    7:46 Code of Conduct Violation

    David apologized to Marcee and the executive board made the commitment  to review and revise the code of conduct.

    Chris will lead a task force for the Code of Conduct (Jordan, Marcee will be on the committee).

    7:48 Discussion of suspensions

    • Rachel expressed concern about the differing consequences. Feels they should be the same.
    • Jesse explained the thought behind his amendment which led to the judgements.
      • Both broke the code of conduct.
      • One person also made a physical action.
    • Additional members shared their points of view

    Gina motioned that we decide whether to review the months of suspension. Motioned was seconded. It was decided that we would not reopen the suspension levels. 

    Gina will also open the meetings by pointing out the code of conduct and introducing the sergeant of arms (Les). 

    8:29 Discussion around who initiated the altercation. 

    Lou believes that the initiation of the altercation needs to be known. 

    NOTE: Code of Conduct violation doesn’t have to come from one of the people involved. 

    David and Lou both gave statements on the initiation of the events. 

    A suggestion was made to ask both parties to meet to discuss the event and apologize. 

    8:45 Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech

    Jordan Crawley wrote the resolution. 

    • Members discussed their input on the resolution.
    • Marcee wants more mention of “safe space”.
    • Review WA State language around gender inequality and add language to our resolution
    • Recognizing that we may have different political beliefs in the resolution
    • Jordan and Chris will finalize and put in Slack 

    8:55 Social Media Communication about the event

    Board members should not speak on behalf of the 34th. Only Gina as Chair can do that. 

    June 12,2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    General Meeting Minutes

    June 12, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

    6:30 Potluck Social

    7:04 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

    Carla Rogers led the Pledge of Allegiance

    VIP Acknowledgements

    None

    Recognition of New Members

    7:06 Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

    • Approval of the Minutes – The minutes were approved as submitted.
    • Adoption of the Agenda – Joe McDermott moved to add School Board District 6 to the endorsements, at the end of the current list. Motion was seconded and passed with no opposition.

    7:00 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

    • Chair’s Report
      • Annual Fundraiser Results – We met our goal of raising $17K.
      • Upcoming Events – Burien Strawberry Days 6/17
      • Overview of the Evening – Budget Approval, Ballot Issues, Endorsements.
    • Membership and Treasurer’s Report
      • On-hand balance is $43,057.82. $20K is reserved for caucuses.
      • $18,364 was raised at the event.
      • 262 members

    7:19 Seattle Libraries Levy Overview

    Mike McQuaide spoke on behalf of the Seattle Libraries Levy and shared a presentations.

    7:24 King County Parks Levy Overview  

    Kristi True spoke on behalf of the King County Parks Levy.

    7:30 New Business

    • 2019 Budget Approval
      • Ben Reilly provided an executive summary of the 2019 budget.
      • Ann Martin made a motion to approve the budget as submitted.
      • Budget passed with no opposition.
    • Appointment of PCOs
      • PCO Chair Nick Bonazza swore in 2 new PCOs – Lawrence and Colleen.  bringing the total to 92. Motion was made and the PCOs were approved.
    • 7:35 – Endorsements

    Gina shared an overview of the rules for endorsement, as stated in our current bylaws (available online).

    • King County Council, Council District No. 8
      • David Ginsberg nominated Joe McDermott.
      • David motioned to vote by affirmation. Motion passed.
      • Joe McDermott was endorsed.
    • City of Burien, Council Position 2
      • A motion was made to nominate Cydney Moore.
      • The nomination was overruled because Cydney Moore is not a pledged Democrat.
      • No endorsement
    • City of Burien, Council Position 4
      • Martha Koester nominated Omaha Sternberg. Nomination was seconded.
      • Motion was made to nominate Kevin Shilling. Nomination was seconded.
        • Comments were made in favor of both candidates.
        • Kevin Schilling was endorsed.

    7:56 Good of the Order

    Joe McDermott thanked the 35th for his endorsement and invited everyone to a Monday, June 17 campaign kick off party being held at the Rasmussen-Lewis home located at 3822 Boyd Place SW. Information was just posted on his Facebook page.

    Martha Koester announced the White Center Jubilee and Kiwanis events coming up.

    Susie spoke about the importance of getting the word out about the upcoming races. She encouraged everyone to use their voices and offered professional services for anyone who wanted support.

    Gina Topp promoted Dow Constantine’s Debate Watch party at Endolyne Joes on June 27 (tickets are $20.20) and the Swanky Cocktail Party tickets July 25th at Eileen Cody’s house.

    Mayor Matta gave a report from the North American Mayors Conference held recently in Mexico.

    Announcement made about the Burien Strawberry Festival being held this weekend.

    Deborah Alderman made an announcement about the Alki Point Lighthouse tour season beginning. Open most Sundays from 1-4.

    • City of Burien, Council Position 6
      • David Ginsberg nominated Sophia Aragon, motion was seconded.
      • No further nominations.
      • Sophia Aragon was endorsed.
    • Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2
      • Jimmy Matta made a motion to nominate Nina Martinez. Motion was seconded.
      • Sam Cho was nominated and the motion was seconded.
      • Speeches in favor of both candidates were made.
      • No one cleared the 60% threshold on the
      • Endorsement made for Sam Cho receiving 66% of the vote.
    • Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 5
      • Grace Stiller nominated Fred Felleman, motion was seconded.
      • No other nominations were made.
      • Fred spoke on his own behalf after Grace ceded her time.
      • Fred Felleman was unanimously endorsed by the membership.
    • Seattle Libraries Levy
      • Hand Vote motion made, seconded and Passed
      • Levy was endorsed
    • King County Proposition 1, Parks Levy
      • Motion was made and seconded to endorse.
      • Levy was endorsed
    • City of Seattle, Council District 1
      • Lisa Herbold was nominated and seconded
      • Phil Tavel was nominated and seconded
      • Brendon Kolding was nominated and seconded
      • Speeches were made in support of candidates
      • Speeches were made against candidates
      • Ballot 1 results – Lisa Herbold wins endorsement with 73.8% of the vote.
    • School Board District 7
      • Nomination made for Leslie Harris, motion was seconded.
      • Molly Mitchell was nominated and seconded.
      • Leslie Harris spoke on her own behalf via video after time was ceded.
      • The nominator spoke on behalf of Molly Mitchell.
      • Ballot 1 results: Leslie Harris wins endorsement with a 68.3% vote.

    Good of the Order (continued)

    Thanks to Governor Inslee for putting together a campaign that highlights climate.

    9:36 Adjourn to Whiskey West

    May 15, 2019 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    April 17, 2019

    Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Ted Barker, Sophia Aragon, Steve Butts, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Nick Bonazza, Max Brown, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Jacqui, Jordan Crawley, Chris Porter

    7:06 Call to Order

    7:06 Communications update

    Carla Rogers presented a report from the communications committee.

    • Website and FB have tickets for sale for the Fundraiser on June 1
      • Volunteer Tickets page/URL
    • Survey responses netted several actionable items including:
      • Two of the primary purposes for the web is for calendar items and connecting with board members
      • More calendar items : show other org meeting schedules
      • More info on committees and how to get involved
      • wanting the agenda of the monthly meetings posted ahead of time,
      • Suggestion to email the newsletter to membership
      • Enhanced Calendar in the NL
      • More of a voice for the committees (outside of meetings)
      • More social posts, Facebook is most used.
    • Steve is going to be starting to work on the sample ballot, which is due to be distributed at the July meeting (July 10).
      • Very tight turn around
      • LAC to solicit candidates for ad sales after Gina’s email
      • Need plea to candidates from Gina by June 19 (excom meeting)
    • New web homepage update (Tai) – new look and feel
      • Please email any feedback or place in the slack channel (exec comm)
    • May 30 deadline for content for the NL

    7:16 Introductions for new Committee Chair – Leah Griffin, KC Executive Board Member

    7:18 Budget Discussion

    • Ben Reilly presented the latest revision to the budget. $10K in the budget for the Primary activities.. $30K projected carry over to next year
    • Do we want more in the budget for election contributions
    • Do we want to set this aside more for caucus expenses
    • Reduce cost of Annual Fundraiser by $500 and increase income by $500
    • A motion was made to move $1K additional to candidate contributions.
    • Motion was seconded and was approved.
    • The budget will be presented to the membership in June, for vote.

    7:33 Events Report and Annual Fundraiser Planning

    Jacqui presented the events report.

    • Phone banking to those who have not rsvp’d/bought tickets will be held Thursday 5/16 6-8pm
    • Silent and Live Auctions
    • Procurement deadline is the week before the event (June 1)
    • Volunteer Tickets are needed but we will just use the NGP link to sell those tickets.
    • Volunteers are needed and flowers for the event are needed for table decorations
    • Costs include linens, printing and food – approximately $5500, based on 75 people attending.

    7:49 PCO Report

    Nick Bonazza presented the PCO report.

    • Trainings are scheduled across the region in May/June.
    • Nick continues Outreach to recruit more PCOs

    7:59 Endorsements

    Gina led a discussion on the endorsement process for the June meeting.

    • No slate will be presented by the 34th Exec Board
    • 60% or more gets the endorsement
    • Runoffs of top two
    • If runoff doesn’t work, then a dual endorsement will be possible.
    • Candidates need to be coordinated (against the wall near the bar)
    • Nominations begin from the floor
    • Candidates should know about the event
    • Ballots are needed, Steve prints. They are numbered with the sign in process.
    • Ann Martin will be the tally chair, Ted would be the alternate tally chair
    • Candidates are allowed to observe the tally
    • Rules for who is eligible to vote need to be sent to the campaigns.
    • Renewing members will be sent to Ben.
    • Gina will ask Steve to be time keeper and Ann to handle the tally..

    8:21 State Committee Report

    Chris Porter presented the State Committee report.

    • Very heated discussion on the caucus/primary decision.
    • Staff members have left the office over the decision and how it was handled/how members behaved.
    • Affirmative Action plan was generally accepted by the DNC.
    • Constituency caucuses are creating a proposal to be in alliance with the state party.
    • Outreach is a focus. LDs will need to provide a formal account of what they are doing in outreach.
    • September is the next meeting
    • LD Caucus is in March (3 months prior plan should be set.), Primary is March 10.
    • Planning for the Primary season will start after the Annual Fundraiser.

    8:33 King County Committee Report

    Leah Griffin presented the report.

    • Will continue saying the pledge of allegiance.
    • Passed a budget.
      • Max have insight on the budget structure, which has changed.
    • Ted shared that a motion was made to raise limit of campaign contributions to 25% of the budget (from 10%)


    Karen shared the Outreach Committee Report

    • Outreach committee is doing an Adopt-a-Street event this weekend.
    • There will be an event the day of the Annual Fundraiser as well
    • All upcoming events are on the calendar.

    Jordan presented the LAC Report

    • The candidate events are complete for this cycle.
    • Jordan is now taking on legislation as a focus.

    Les presented the Leadership Development Report

    • Les is beginning his work to recruit future board members and leaders for the 34th.
    • Asked that committee chairs look within their committees for potential leaders and forward them to him for follow up.

    Chris mentioned that we should include the June 30 Pride Parade on the website. Max will get details to Carla to post on the site and on social.

    8:50 Resolutions

    • Gina shared that there were questions from the membership as to how we deal with Resolutions presented to us. A discussion was held on how we can process resolutions in the future.

    9:03 Good of the Order

    • Sophia has requested the membership list for use by her campaign.
    • Chris encouraged attendance of the Bee Festival this weekend.

    05-8-19 Membership Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    General Meeting Minutes

    May 8, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

    6:30 Potluck Social

    7:01 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies

    Rachel Glass led the Pledge of Allegiance

    7:04 VIP Acknowledgements

    Representative Cody was recognized and is on the agenda.

    Krystal Marx was recognized and described a recently approved, pilot program whereby homeless individuals are offered services. Councilwoman Marx suggested that anyone with comments email council@burienwa.gov with comments.

    Jimmy Matta was recognized and discussed the vote at council around the services for those using the parks for a place to shelter.

    Joe Fitzgibbon was recognized and is on the agenda.

    Bill Tracy – Port Commissioner – shared that the Boys and Girls Club breakfast is this week. His campaign will begin soon.

    Senator Joe Nguyen was recognized and is on the agenda.

    Gina recognized new members and visitors.

    Approval of the Minutes

    Minutes are approved as written.

    Approval of Agenda

    Carla Rogers made a motion to the agenda to amend the agenda to include time in the NEW BUSINESS portion of the agenda for Representative Codey and Senator Nguyen to give us an update on the session which just closed out last month. The motion was seconded and passed.

    Marcee Stone-Vecich made a motion to remove the Fracking Resolution from the agenda as it has already passed and been signed by the governor.

    For Removal – Marcee noted that the effort is done and we have banned fracking in the State of Washington. The Governor came out with the statement to not build LNG and methanol plants in WA.

    Speaking Against Removal – Les Treall mentioned that the bill allows for fracked gas from other parts of the country. Would like to wait until after the Leg Update.

    Voice Vote failed to provide a decision. A hand count was called for by the chair. The motion failed by majority vote.

    Chair and Committee Reports

    Chair’s Report – Gina provided an update on recent board activities.

    Membership Report – 227 is the current membership.

    Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly.

    PCO Report was provided by Nick Bonazza. PCO trainings will be held in May and June (all are on the calendar at 34dems.org).

    Jacqui Morris provided an update on the annual fundraiser to be held on June 1. See the website, or our Facebook page for details and buy a ticket, donate an item and share the invite! Need donations of flowers, vases and  items for the auctions.

    7:40 New Business

    Legislative Update

    • Senator Joe Nguyen provided an update on the recent legislative session. Having the majority party, $47m was garnered for capital projects in the 34th. Bills supporting Mary’s Place in Burien, White Center projects, SSC, Madison Middle, Duwamish cleanup, and conservation funding for Maury/Vashon. Additional bills passed included ferry funding, pre-paid postage, graduated REETs, TANF reform, data breach, justice reform, Orca protection, mental health and more.
    • Representative Cody discussed wins in healthcare, particularly on the mental health front. The Opioid crisis drove a lot of change in attitude. A mental health training hospital will be built at the UW. Other bills with tobacco, immunization, medical debt, overtime for nurses and others were also passed.
    • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon labeled this session the most progressive in his 9 years. Criminal Justice reforms, higher ed, several environmental wins, education and other items were called out.
    • Joe Fitzgibbon discussed the details of the bill signed today by Gov Inslee around fracking. The bill does NOT address fracked gas being imported and used in WA.

    Appointment of Committee Chairs

    Dawn Raines was appointed at the Membership chair. Motion was moved and seconded appointing Dawn as Membership Chair.

    Appointment of PCOs

    Nick Bonazza introduced those who have applied to be PCOs –

    Carla Rogers and Jen Nye.  PCOs were approved by the voting PCOs. We now have 90 PCOs!

    Adopt-A-Street Awards

    Karen Richter and Steve Butts presented awards to Ted Barker, Bob Farrell, Bruce Bergman, Chris Porter, Laurence Redman. Steve Butts. Karen Richter, Chris Weiss, Melinda Grant., Jeryka Taft. Britnique Taft, Treina Aronson, Eric Cameron, Carol Aronson. Anna Orton. Ben Olsen for participating in the Adopt-a-Street clean up. Next clean up is May 18.

    Fracking Resolution

    Les Treall moved that we pass the fracking resolution as presented. The motion was seconded. Les ceded his time to Emily Hazelton of 350 Seattle.

    Marcee Stone spoke against the resolution as it was no longer timely and should be redone with labor and environmental caucus input. Local 52 is in our district and should be considered.

    A union staff-member urged passing the resolution.

    Chris Porter made a motion to table the consideration of this resolution until the October Monthly Meeting. Motion did not pass.

    Chris Porter spoke against this resolution.

    The voice vote failed to give a clear winner. A credential vote was held and the resolution passed as submitted.

    8:10 UFCW Local 21 – New Season’s Update

    Representatives from the UFCW 21 spoke about the New Seasons market situation in Seattle. They requested that the members of the 34th be aware of this and continue to support fair labor practices by all businesses.

    8:18 Burien City Council Candidate Forum

    Omaha Sternberg (position 2) and Sofia Aragon (position 6) engaged in the Burien candidate forum moderated by LAC Chair Jordan Crawley and 1st Vice Chair Rachel Glass.

    8:40 Good of the Order

    Tyrik Scott spoke about the session and the capital gain tax as submitted in last session.

    Art Chippendale spoke about a session on Vashon the June 3rd Town Hall.

    Gina shared dates:

    May 15 – next Exec Board meeting

    June 12 – next Membership Meeting where we will endorse candidates.

    100 guest goal for the June 1 fundraiser.

    8:49 Adjourn to Whiskey West