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