Board Meeting — Thur. April 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

AGENDA — Coastside Progressive Democrats Board Meeting

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00pm 
  • 504 Avenue Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada, CA 94018
  • CPD meetings are open to everyone, please bring your family and friends.

Item 1—Discuss Community Empowerment Event

ACLU Voting Rights event held on Wed April 11, 2018 7:00pm 

  • CPD Independent Districting Commission Ordinance for HMB City Council

Item 2—Endorsements

  • SMC Sheriff: Mark Melville & Carlos Bolanos
  • SMC Superintendent of Schools: Nancy Magee & Gary Waddell

Item 3—Election Integrity

Brent Turner is on vacation!  He will be back in May.

  • April is looking for people to phone bank for Ruben Major

Item 4—Upcoming Events

  • June 5, 2018 Election
  • Candidate Roster

Item 5—Meeting Minutes

Item 6—Lightning Round

1 min per person

Item 7—Adjourn

Next Board Meeting, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:00pm



Board Meeting — Thur. March 29, 2018 at 7:00pm

AGENDA — Coastside Progressive Democrats Board Meeting

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:00pm 
  • 504 Avenue Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada, CA 94018
  • CPD meetings are open to everyone, please bring your family and friends.

Item 1—Plan Community Empowerment Event

ACLU Voting Rights event for Wed. April 11, 2018 7:00pm 

  • Spanish and English Flyers
  • Media

Item 2—Election Integrity

Brent Turner is an advocate for Open Source Voting Systems  (10 min)

  • Board of Supervisors consider continuing relationship with Hart InterCivic, Inc., located at 15500 Wells Port Drive, Austin, Texas 78728 
  • Supervisor Warren Slocum should recuse himself or step-down from the Verified Voting Board of Advisors

Item 3—Social Media

Social Media Discussion (Sabrina)

  • Political Opponents, Hijackers, and Trolls
  • What to do when Facebook comments go off the rails? 

Item 4—CPD Website 

Media Links & Resource Links (James & Dan)

Item 5—Upcoming Events

2018 San Mateo County Sheriff Candidate Forum

Item 6—Meeting Minutes

Item 7—Lightning Round

1 min per person

Item 8—Adjourn

Next Board Meeting: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00pm



Board Meeting — Thur. Feb 22, 2018 at 7:00pm

AGENDA — Coastside Progressive Democrats Board Meeting

  • Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 7:00pm 
  • 504 Avenue Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada, CA 94018
  • CPD meetings are open to everyone, please bring your family and friends.

Item 1—Introductions

Tell us what you’ve been up to in 2018  (1 min per person)

Item 2—Meeting Minutes

Oct 26, 2017 meeting minutes

Item 3—District Elections

Organize a bilingual workshop about the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) to educate people in our community about District elections. Switching from at-large elections to by-district elections will make it easier and less costly for candidates of color to win elections and serve on local agency boards such as city council, school board, and special district boards.

Find someone from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights ( or another organization such as the ACLU to speak.

Here are a few facts about the California Voting Rights Act:

  • Unlike the federal Voting Rights Act, the CVRA does not require plaintiffs to demonstrate a specific geographic district where a minority is concentrated enough to establish a majority. This makes it easier for minority voters to sue local governments and eliminate at-large elections.
  • The CVRA requires the government to pay all legal and court fees for the plaintiff should the plaintiff win; this includes cases in which the government chooses to settle before a verdict is reached.
  • Supporters of the CVRA championed how much easier it made it for minority groups to dismantle at-large elections; minorities no longer had to prove that a specific minority candidate lost due to racially polarized voting, they only had to prove racially polarized voting existed.
  • While the law has in practice served the Latino population, it applies to all ethnic minorities.
  • Regardless of whether racially polarized voting exists, some argue that at-large elections allow a majority voice to control the entire populace and therefore prefer elections by district.
  • It is important that when district lines are drawn with purpose using census data to ensure that minority votes are not further fractured and diluted.

In the media: 

WATCH THE VIDEO—Lawyer working to change voting practices in local California elections, including in Kern County

Menlo Park embarks on a path to change way council members are elected

Menlo Park—Nine named to advisory districting committee

From 2012—It’s time for San Mateo County to hold district elections for supervisor 

Santa Rosa poised to overhaul its council elections into district contests

Lawsuit: Santa Clara Elections Run Afoul of Voting Rights Act

Irvine Ranch Water District faces possible lawsuit over at-large election of board members

Dana Point— City Receives Letter from Attorney Urging Change to Current At-Large Voting System 

Item 4—Purpose and Goals

  • Mission/Vision
  • Goals for 2018
    • 2018 Local Elections
    • District Elections 

Item 5—Upcoming Events

CADEM Convention, San Diego – Feb 23-25, 2018

Brent Turner & Sabrina Brennan are attending as delegates

Item 6—Past Events

SMC DCC Cocktails & Candidates: Fundraiser for 2018 SMC DCC Headquarters

  • Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company: Feb 15, 2018 at 7pm
    • Brent Turner & Sabrina Brennan attended 

Women's March Bay Area: Jan 20, 2018

  • Who went and to what city?

Item 7—Election Integrity

Brent Turner is an advocate for Open Source Voting Systems  (10 min)

  • Update on Russia, the indictments, Facebook, Twitter and election issues

Item 8—Lightening Round

1 min per person

Item 9—Adjourn

Next Board Meeting, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00pm


General Meeting—Thur. Oct 26, 2017 7:00pm


General Meeting—Thur. Oct 26, 2017 7:00pm

AGENDA — Coastside Progressive Democrats Board Meeting

  • Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 at 7:00pm
  • 504 Avenue Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada, CA 94018
  • CPD meeting are open to everyone, please bring your family and friends.

Item 1 — Introductions 

CPD board member introductions (1-min each) 

Item 2 — Meeting Minutes

Aug 24, 2017 Draft Minutes 

Item 3 — Bylaws

Sponsored by James

Proposed Amendment to the CPD Bylaws

Item 4 —  California Democratic Party Pre Endorsement Meeting Club Representatives

Select Two Representatives and Alternates 

Sabrina will provide forms to Hene Kelly, CDP Region 6 Director

Bylaws Articles XVI, Section 2: 

  • Representatives shall be selected by majority vote of the Board.

Item 5 — 2018 Election Planning Overview

Sponsored by Sabrina 

  • State Elections
  • Half Moon Bay City Council (3 seats)
  • San Mateo County Harbor District (2 seats) 
  • Other Elections... 
  • Do we know any candidates that need training? 
  • Ed and Sabrina to work on election costs... 

Item 6 — Committees

A. Discussion about activating CPD Committees 

B. Finance Committee update, we received dues from the following people at the Sept meeting:

  • Glenn Pew $20.00 cash
  • Edmundo Larenas $10.00 cash
  • Mary Larenas $10.00 cash
  • Edwin Ferran $10.00 check

Please contact Cecily Harris, Chair of the SMC Democratic Party with any questions. 

Item 7 — Upcoming Event

December Holiday Party

  • Should we have one?
  • If so, when and where?
  • Who's doing what?
  • Should we do a joint party with another group?  

Item 8 — Past Events

  • Oct 14, 2017 — Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival: CPD board member Dan Haggerty setup a 10' tent and we tabled in support of Healthcare for all Californians. People lined up in their Halloween costumes and signed SB-562 petitions.  asking Anthony Rendon, speaker of the California State Assembly to stop delaying SB 562.
  • Sept 28, 2017 General Meeting — CPD enthusiastically endorsed Measure C for Pacifica Rent Stabilization and SB 562 Healthcare for all Californians.

Item 9 — Election Integrity

Sponsored by Brent (3 min) 

Open Source Voting Systems

Item 10 — Surfrider Update

Sposored by Ed (3 min)

Item 11 — Lightening Round

Anyone can speak (1 min per person)

Item 12 — Adjourn

Next Board Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 7:00pm

  • The Nov and Dec CPD board meetings are canceled for the holidays. 


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


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


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:


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

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. 26, 2017 at 7:30pm

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



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

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


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?



Avalanche of Lawsuits Against Delta Tunnels Hit The Courts!

Environmentalists, fishing groups file lawsuits to block Delta tunnels plan

Dozens are suing to block Delta tunnels. Will it matter?

A nearly $17-billion water project is being planned for California. What will it cost the Southland?

Opinion: Twin tunnels project jeopardizes stability of your water rates

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?


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

Why States Should Ban Guns From Political Rallies

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

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)


FB Page:

Item 11—Adjourn

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



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.
  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  
  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

Thank you Mark Hubbell 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 
  • 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



  • 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.



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


Election Integrity --

  • 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.