General Meeting—Thur. Sept 28, 2017 7:30pm

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General Meeting—Thur. Sept 28, 2017 7:30pm

AGENDA — Coastside Progressive Democrats General Meeting

  • Thursday, Sept 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
  • 504 Avenue Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada, CA 94018

Please bring your membership dues to the meeting. You must be a paid member to vote on endorsements. CPD meeting are open to everyone, please bring your family and friends.

Item 1 — Introductions 

CPD board member introductions

 

The General Membership will consider endorsing the following:

Item 2 — Measure C: Pacifica Rent Stabilization

Sponsored by Sabrina Brennan & James Sanghyun Han 

Thursday Roberts will speak about the Pacifica Community Preservation, Rent Stabilization, and Renters’ Rights Act.

Please read the following two documents for more info: Info Sheet

The Rent Stablization Ordinance will be on the Nov. 2017 ballot in the City of Pacifica.

Item 3 — SB 562: Healthcare for all Californians

Sponsored by Dan Haggerty 

Health Care is a Human Right. CA Dems leadership agrees. In a unanimous vote by its executive board, meeting on Sunday August 27, 2017 in Anaheim, the California Democratic Party has endorsed SB 562, the Healthy California Act which would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. It's time that our CPD club endorses SB 562 as well. Vote Yes for CPD to endorse SB 562. More info at HealthyCa.org.

 

Item 4 — Meet the Candidate

Nancy Magee for County Superintendent of Schools 2018
Sponsored by Sabrina Brennan

  • Nancy Magee is running for County Superintendent of Schools. She has 34 years of experience in education. A graduate and college athlete from San Diego State University, Nancy began her career as a high school English teacher and varsity boys’ water polo coach. 
  • As Associate Superintendent, Nancy oversees direct educational services to students who are in the juvenile justice system or who are enrolled in SMCOE’s special education program.
  • Nancy is a resident of Half Moon Bay. She has two grown sons.
  • Website: vote4nancy.org

 

Item 5 — Upcoming Event

City Council Elections—How can we make them better?

Menlo Park has been threatened with a lawsuit over how it selects city council members, and the city of Santa Clara has also been sued. Whether your city elects members at-large like Half Moon Bay and Pacifica, or uses a numbered seat system like Santa Clara, did you ever think about how the system could be changed to help election outcomes better reflect the will of the voters? 

Learn what options exist for Menlo Park and other cities to elect city councils that are more representative of their populations. We’ll discuss pros and cons of district elections, and other election methods such as ranked choice voting and single transferable vote, so we can obtain election results that improve democracy and provide better representation. 

Presenters include Jennifer Pae of FairVote and Steve Chessin of Californians for Electoral Reform

     Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 2-4 pm
     Onetta Harris Community Center
     Multipurpose Room
     100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park

Please RSVP Margaret Okuzumi by phone 650-269-4109 or email mokujo@gmail.com.

Item 6 - Past Events

  • SEP 10 - CPD joined with Rise Up 4 Justice and a diverse group of people to “Stand with Kaep” in support of Colin Kaepernick. Our demonstration against racism and police brutality was held outside Levi Stadium in Santa Clara at the 49ers season opening game.
    • CPD Vice-President James Han was interviewed by CBS KPIX at the “Stand with Kaep” event.
  • SEPT 5 - CPD attended a candlelight vigil in support of DACA. The event was organized by Hernandez-Arriaga and held at Our Lady of the Pillar in Half Moon Bay.  El Granada Elementary School Principal Martha Ladd attended and Farallone View Elementary School Principal César Gaytán was also there. Read the Half Moon Bay Review story to learn about local families impacted by the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the policy.
  • AUG 27 - CPD joined Rise Up 4 Justice, San Jose Peace and Justice, Greens, and others to marching in San Jose’s Silicon Valley Pride parade.
  • AUG 26 - CPD joined people from all over the Bay Area in San Francisco to stand up to racism! Over a thousand people turned out and marched, forcing a planned hate rally to be canceled.
  • AUG 13 - CPD participated in a San Francisco demonstration at 24th and Mission and a march in honor of Heather D. Heyer, the day after she was killed in Charlottesville.
  • JULY 19 - Members of CPD joined with the California Nurses Association in support of SB 562 and healthcare for all Californians at Congresswoman Speier's Healthcare Town Hall in Pacifica. 
  • JULY 4 - CPD marched with Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS) and other groups in support of the Latino community at the Half Moon Bay July 4th Parade.

Item 7 — Election Integrity

Open Source Voting Systems (Brent Turner-3 min)

Item 8 — Lightening Round

Anyone can speak (1 min per person)

Item 9—Adjourn

Next Board Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2017 at 7:30pm

  • CPD board meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month.

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Board Meeting— Thur. Aug 24, 2017 at 7:30pm


Board Meeting Agenda

Coastside Progressive Democrats Board Meeting

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
  • 504 Avenue Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada, CA 94018

Item 1—Introductions (1 min per person)

Tell us what you’ve been up to since our July Board meeting

Item 2— Meeting Minutes

Approve July 22, 2017 meeting minutes

http://coastsideprogressive.org/board-meetings/2017/7/22/board-meeting-wed-july-26-2017

Item 3—Pay Membership Dues

Please bring cash so Bud can open a bank account

  • $20.00 per member
  • $10.00 seniors over 62, students, and non-voting members
  • $1.00 for youth under 18

Item 4—Purpose and Goals

  • Mission/Vision
  • Goals for 2017/2018
  • Civic Engagement Workshop

Item 5—Committees

Discussion about activating committees

All committee Chairs shall report the activities of their committees at each Board Meeting, in person or by written report. Each Board member shall serve on at least one standing committee. 

Membership & Program

Responsible for increasing the membership, planning membership meetings, and membership activities

Plan Next General Membership Meeting/Event/Training

  • James
  • Beth
  • All Hands On Deck

Endorsements & Candidate Development

Responsible for candidate training, candidate outreach/communications, organize endorsement interviews, and organize endorsement meetings.

  • Sabrina
  • Ed

Outreach & Communications

Responsible for informing the public and membership about CPD news and activities. Develop and maintain the CPD website and social media accounts. Publish CPD newsletters and email blasts. Responsibilities include developing content, design, and distribution.

  1. Branding & Signage (Beth, 3 min)
  2. Publish CPD Newsletter: content, design, and email list
  3. Social media updates
  • James
  • Glenn
  • Beth
  • Dayla
  • Brent

Finance

Financial oversight, develop a yearly CPD budget, review Controller reports, review fundraising plan produced by the President and Vice-President.

  • Bud

Item 6—Delta Tunnels (Bud, 5 min)

What is CPD position on the proposed tunnels? What if anything can we do about this?

Lawsuit http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/fish/pdfs/8_20_17_WaterFix_Petition.pdf

News

Avalanche of Lawsuits Against Delta Tunnels Hit The Courts!

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/21/1692067/-Avalanche-of-Lawsuits-Against-Delta-Tunnels-Hit-The-Court

Environmentalists, fishing groups file lawsuits to block Delta tunnels plan

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/29/environmentalists-fishing-groups-file-lawsuit-to-block-delta-tunnels-plan/

Dozens are suing to block Delta tunnels. Will it matter? http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/delta/article168497632.html

A nearly $17-billion water project is being planned for California. What will it cost the Southland? http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-tunnels-cost-20170814-story.html

Opinion: Twin tunnels project jeopardizes stability of your water rates

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/08/01/opinion-twin-tunnels-project-jeopardizes-stability-of-your-water-rates/

County claims tunnels would ‘devastate’ Delta http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170821/county-claims-tunnels-would-devastate-delta

Item 7—Upcoming Events

Bay Area White Nationalist & Antifa Events

Crissy Field, San Francisco, Sat. Aug. 26 at 2:00pm

Civic Center Park, Berkeley, Sun. Aug. 27 at 1:00pm

To counter-protest or not? (Beth, Sabrina & James, 5 min)

  • It’s up to the individual
  • Discussion

Peaceful Resistance Training (Beth, 5 min)

In an age where there is so much violence and anger, how can we hone our skills to be constructive activists who can have peaceful resistance and cultivate skills to have conversations with people who oppose our values? How can we co-create respectful dialogue? Beth would like some training in this area. Is this of interest to anyone else?

News

With all-hands-on-deck police action, Bay Area cities prepare for ‘free speech’ rallies

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/22/with-all-hands-on-deck-police-action-bay-area-cities-prepare-for-free-speech-rallies/

Why States Should Ban Guns From Political Rallies

http://time.com/4910900/first-amendment-second-amendment-charlottesville/

Tensions grow inside ACLU over defending free-speech rights for the far right

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-aclu-tensions-20170817-story.html

Item 8—Past Events

Sizzling Resistance Summer BBQ—Aug 12

  • A Fundraiser for SMC DEM Campaign Headquarters
  • Sabrina & Brent volunteered, setup CPD table & staffed table
  • Printed emergency Banner for SMC DEM BBQ (cost $65.00)

Healthy California at Outside Lands

Item 9—Election Integrity (Brent Turner-3 min)

Open Source Voting Systems

Item 10—Lightening Round (1 min per person)

Fair Rents 4 Pacifica (Sabrina)

Website http://www.fairrents4pacifica.org

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/FairRents4Pacifica

Item 11—Adjourn

Next Board Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at 7:30pm

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Board Meeting— Wed. July 26, 2017 at 7pm

Please checkout our inaugural board agenda and email for the meeting address. 

 

Board Meeting Minutes

Pre-Meeting General Discussion


In Summary—Action Items:

  1. Send a letter from CPD to the city council regarding our observations about the SAM situation. 
  2. Read bylaws. The process by which an org can resolve conflicts without relying on individual opinion in the heat of the moment. Suggest amendments or changes. Bylaws give the organization the rules on which it wants to operate. http://coastsideprogressive.org/bylaws/
  3. Meetings video recorded? Beth and Dayla to draft guidelines for filming meetings.
  4. Mission/Vision statement -- welcome to draft your own and bring your mission statement or sketch of ideas
  5. Local Issues? -- bring 'em
  6. Budgets and costs ideas? email Bud budratts@gmail.com  
  7. Logo? Ideas / sketches / fusilli sculptures
  8. Selfie Activism -- If you go to an event (activism) selfie (try to catch an event logo or bigshot in a photograph with you), and then send the image to James to upload to Instagram / Twitter / Facebook (Dayla has images from Jackie's event?)
  9. Sabrina to send email with all email addresses

To post to CPD Twitter / Instagram / Facebook, contact James jamesleerwc@gmail.com

Thank you Mark Hubbell mrhubb@gmail.com for contributing photos to the CPD Facebook page!

 

The Meeting—About (more or less) those in attendance:

  • Beth -- film, writer, photog, has not been previously involved in political activism 
  • Brent -- San Mateo County Election Integrity Committee Chair; Open source election mastermind 
  • Bud -- builds and designs homes, wants to be change agent at the local level
  • Dayla -- FilmMaker, friend, activist, interested in the ability to influence opinion through her work
  • Ed -- previously chaired Surfrider Foundation; SMC Harbor Commission; Committee for Green Foothills environmental protection, think globally act locally, also knows Espagnol; married to Mary 
  • Glenn -- Writer, yelling at tv no longer satisfying
  • James -- Occupy movement activist, wants to make change
  • Mary -- Wants to protect marine reserve and the water, believes group effort is key; Married to Ed
  • Sabrina -- Landslide problem brought her into politics. MidCoast Community Council, SMC Harbor Commission

Email addresses for attendees:

 

Review Bylaws:

Bylaws are the group's operating rules and processes by which it can resolve conflicts without relying on individual opinion. Suggest amendments or changes. 

 

Three new board members:

Nine total board members to-date

 

Elect Officers (One year term):

Officers must sit on at least one committee.

  • President - Sabrina / majority vote
  • VP - James / majority vote
  • Secretary - Beth & Glenn / majority vote
  • Controller - Bud (he just likes how it sounds) / majority vote

Sabrina communicated with Dan Haggerty and he expressed that he does not want to be an officer on the board.

 

Membership Dues (Annual):

  • $1 -- under 18
  • $10 -- student/senior/non-voting
  • $20 -- regular & voting members

 

Board Meetings

Suggested dates are:

  • 1st Monday
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • 2nd Thursday

 

Future Agenda Topics

Subject for next board meeting

  • Mission/Vision -- welcome to draft your own and bring your mission statement or sketch of ideas
  • Goals for 2017/2018
  • Robert's rules -- meeting rules / Rosenberg's rules of order 
  • The Brown Act
  • Committee updates

VIDEO—Roberts Rules

 
 

VIDEO—Brown Act

 
 
 
 
 
 

Zuma Dogg makes the point that the public is NOT required to provide thier name when making public comment at public meetings. 

 
 

The public IS allowed to attend and videotape ALL public meetings. 

What happens when the public is locked out of a public meeting on public housing. Warning: This is a disturbing video.

 
 

 

Committees (this is what you said you'd do):

  • Outreach & Comms -- Dayla, Brent, James, Beth, Glenn
  • Membership & Program -- James, Beth
  • Finance -- thoughts on budgets and costs, email Bud budratts@gmail.com 
  • Endorsements & Candidate Development -- Sabrina, Bud, Ed (Bud suggests advocacy for issues be included -- this may require an amendment in bylaws, according to James)

 

Democratic Central Committee Update

  • Aug 12 -- Sizzling Resistance Fundraisers (fund the SMC DEM campaign headquarters)
  • Sabrina: Each chartered club must represent. Sabrina and Brent will table at the event. Sabrina will have banner. Gay pride flag. Dan may supply healthcare. Brent election integrity banner (no). (Ed and Mary may consider supporting, also)
  • Bud: Should we create a liaison to the SMC Democratic Central Committee? (James DCC)

 

Upcoming Events

Aug 3 @ Grape in the Fog (Pacifica, at Rockaway) Sister district support. You must pre-register and pre-pay.

  • $15 or $25

Past Events

July 4th Parade

  • Pride
  • Immigration
  • Single-Payer

July 19 Healthcare Town Hall in Pacifica 

  • A successful takeover through organized (and well dressed) distribution of S.B. 562 signs and flyers (there appeared to be support for Canadian healthcare system

 

COMMENTS

  • James on how to leverage events: Join events and augment the message at another event -- as opposed to hosting our own events. 
  • Bud: Our website should list other events, encourage members to attend and photograph selves at event.  If you go somewhere send an image so we can say we were there.
  • All: We need a sign/symbol/recognizable logo/flag.

 

Videotaping

  • Beth and Dayla to draft guidelines for filming meetings.
  • Dayla can film meetings as needed or requested. 

 

Election Integrity -- www.navo-us.org

  • Brent: To have a functional democracy you need a proper vote count. We currently can't secure the vote count. Open Source Software (software code that anyone can look at) provides transparency by removing the corporate controls inherent in proprietary software. New Hampshire has moved toward these systems. SF has allocated funds (Mayor Lee and the elections board are happy with this). The ideais to advocate for a public vs. corporate interest / party interest approach to account for votes. 
  • Bud: This should be distilled to a very simple message that we can pass along.

 

Lightning Round
Closing announcements/conversation. 

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