Minutes 05/10/2018

Minutes 05/10/2018

Present: Tamar Kaye, Pres., Tony Melville, VP, Judy Popowski, Treas., Robin Sunbeam, Scty, Chris Pugh, MAL, Larry Alexander, Peter Barrett, Katrina Bartolomie, Wendy Cram, Jorge DeCecco, Terry DeSelkie, Izzy Ferrante, Raul Garda, Marcia Lindstadt, Jim Mastin, Fred Mervine, Scott Miller, Nancy Skelly, Acorn Sunbeam, Steve Scalmanini, Susan Schrock, Helen Sizemore, Sharron Thomas, Paul Tichnin, Joe Wildman,

  1. Terry DeSelkie, President of the Teachers Union to talk
    1. School Board meeting is the same night
    2. 2nd year as union pres. Teaching 30 years
    3. Why hiring more administrators instead of more teachers
    4. Going tonight to the Board meeting all dressed in red, so has to leave early
    5. Teachers don’t feel valued
    6. Health benefits are the lowest
    7. Teachers need a 2nd income to survive
    8. Trying to attract and retain good teachers with such low salaries
    9. District will decide tonight to hire a Communications Director starting at $80,000 instead of hiring 2 teachers.
    10. They are no longer teacher friendly even though we helped them get elected.
    11. Terry is working on saving the school gardens program, the “ultimate scientific learning environment.” When the Board was re-evaluating the program, the community showed up en masse and the Board allowed each school to decide for themselves; only Pomolita pulled out.
    12. Administration used to be 7% of the budget; now it is 14% 9before they hire the new $80,000/yr communications director).
    13. Terry supports Tony Thermond for CA State School Superintendent of Schools, who is also endorsed by the CADems. https://www.tonythurmond.com
  1. Introductions and announcements
    1. Paul Tichnin – 3 ½ years ago, he retired as county Superintendent of Schools, and now spends a lot of time with his grandchild
      1. 38 year resident of Fort Bragg
      2. Mendo Superintendent of Schools for 5 terms, over 20 years
  • Supporting Bryan Barrett for County Superintendent
  1. He is the best individual and best person for the job; not volatile!
  2. Unions and Democrats usually march together. CTA union had a vote of no confidence for Michelle Hutchens
  3. After she worked in Eureka 2 years, they had a vote of no confidence in there also
  • Superintendent has to do financial oversight or a large budget, which is very complicated, and he doubts if Michelle could do that
  • Paul Tichnin urges a vote for Bryan Barrett
  1. Jim Mastin – Co-chair of the Democratic Central Committee
    1. Wants to roll out the new major fundraising effort for both CC and the clubs
    2. About 2 hrs ago, we found a technicality we need to clarify some campaign finance issues
  • We hope to be ready to start fundraising in about a week
  1. They will be at our executive meeting on Wed. to talk more about it
  1. Helen has envelopes to contribute to CADem.
    1. For $60, you get a 2018 bear pin
    2. The CADem supports the candidates having trouble raising their own funds
  2. Fred found office space on Church between School and State
    1. $287/mo
    2. 4 office suites
  3. Delaine Easton sent us a gift package
    1. There is a ton of buttons, stickers, fliers and signs
    2. She did great in the debates
  • Gavin Newsome was so slippery
  1. Raul Garda of SEIU – worker’s rights and empowerment
    1. A union is all about working together
    2. The SEIU now has lots of empowered women. We are all about Justice, and anti-racism
    3. Raul is an organizer for SEIU since 2015 to support IHSS workers.His job is to negotiate with Board of Supervisors.
    4. They are currently focusing on BoS elections. They endorse Chris Skyhawk for 5th District Supervisor.
    5. The SEIU endorses John Haschak for 3rd District Supervisor
    6. Need to defeat John Pinches who ignores union communications
    7. Raul is doing a tour to educate Mendo Supervisors re IHSS
    8. SEIU endorsed Gavin Newsom and Kevin DeLeon for Senate
    9. Tuesday the 15th is the 5th dist meet & greet at the Senior Center in FB 4pm
    10. Helped increase the minim wage
    11. The Silver Tsunami (Baby Boomers) is creating a huge need for IHSS workers. This is documented in a study from UC Berkeley about the care crisis in CA
    12. Next Governor has to manage the IHSS crisis on the horizon
    13. Change begins with participation in politics!
    14. Supreme Court is about to rule on Janus v. AFSCMEC which will decimate unions http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Janus-Cert-Petition-FINAL.pdf
    15. Other SCOTUS cases coming up also
    16. We need to work together to move progressive politics
    17. New program for union workers called “Democracy School” to learn about politics – how to win elections.
    18. They share a HQ with the SEIU local 2015, which represents county workers
    19. Raul wants a Democrat/Union combined picnic on May Day
    20. Tamar will F/U with John Haschak on his campaign schedule and tell Raul
    21. Jim Mastin wants to discuss the Labor Day picnic in September
  1. Appoint Joe Louis Wildman as our new Treasurer
    1. Judy moves that Joe be the new Treasurer, Helen 2nded
    2. Joe has Treasurer experience, waited, but no one else stepped up
    3. Joe audited the books and stated that Judy kept the books meticulously
    4. 18 in favor, no nay, Joe abstained
    5. Need to put Joe on the bank account
  1. Robin nominated Judy to be our Member At Large
    1. Wendy 2 20 in favor, no nays, Judy abstained
  1. Housing Committee – Fred Mervine reporting
    1. Met twice
    2. First decided on issues upon which to focus
    3. What is the Club going to represent? – Vision is formal housing for everyone
      1. Judy’s idea to interview the stakeholders and find out what they want
      2. Get a good idea of the housing agencies already involved
  • Affordable housing availability – inventory of housing of all kinds
  1. What do other communities do about it? Their solutions.
  2. Committee report on homelessness
  3. What are the issues and what are the restraints? What actions can we do as a club?
    1. We can get allies appointed to certain commissions
    2. Fred will send a report to Tamar
  4. Joe knows everything about government agencies but not so much about private agencies
  5. Judy will mail the report of the list of agencies to the membership
  6. Judy ran into Sarah Rice
    1. Sarah is talking about putting a human face on the homeless population
    2. She just got permission to do a series of 8 programs on the homeless starting in June after the KZYX pledge drive
    3. MCAVN is allowing interviews of homeless people starting tomorrow
    4. Tony knows homeless parents at Tree of Life Charter School and will ask them if they are willing to get interviewed
    5. Carrie Brigham (sack lunch program) will be helping with interviews
    6. Homelessness these days is like the historical dust bowl days
  1. Voter Registration Committee
    1. Will be pre-registering students at Ukiahi on Club Day May 25th
    2. Helen will help on Club Day
    3. Tamar will put out the word for more volunteers for Club Day
    4. May 21 is the deadline to register for the June 5th
    5. Katrina says that if they pre-register after May 21, and their 18th birthday occurs by June 5th, they can go into the Registrar’s office to get a provisional ballot
    6. Put sign on the table to tell about the provisional ballot
  1. Our Revolution Phone Bank
    1. Calling for Swing Left Dist 10
      1. Bring your laptop
      2. Tony has a personal WiFi hotspot
    2. Get help for Nevada against Senator Heller (R)
    3. Meeting every Monday at SEIU 1021 6:30 to 8:30
    4. Also calling for John Haschak
  • Ballot question: Who is Blue?
    1. Helen supports Delaine Easton for Governor, Jeff Bleisch is brilliant for Lieutenant Governor, Betty Yee is running for re-election for Comptroller, Theona Ma for Treasurer (former Board of Equalization member), Malia Cohen for Board of Equalization, Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Schools, Alex Padilla running for SOS re-election, Atty General Xavier Becerra is suing the federal government for a lot of issues; Dave Jones is opponent formerly of Lisnick public defenders services and progressive and personable. Helen endorsed Dave Jones. Ricardo Lara for insurance commissioner.
    2. Robin favors John Chiang for governor
    3. All top races are only the top 2 vote getters
    4. The only candidate endorsed by Bernie Sanders is Gayle McLaughlin, NPP, for Lieutenant Governor
  • 3 openings coming on the Ukiah City Council
    1. Dates to file to run for City Council is July 16 to August 10
    2. Val wants to do another candidate running for office education class
    3. Mo Mulheren, Jim Brown & Kevin Doble are the open seats
  • Michelle Hutchens endorsement discussion
    1. We endorsed her and so did the CC
    2. She presents herself well in interviews and debates
    3. Someone sent Tamar a long list of specific issues with Michelle
    4. She has a lot of courage to run for office with a no confidence vote
    5. Tony has received a lot of negative input from parents from AV
    6. Jim said the endorsement of Michelle at the CC also caused an upheaval even though there are 3 union members on the CC
    7. At the CC meeting which endorsed Michelle, a month later, about 8 elementary school teachers and the CTA rep asked they rescind their endorsement of Michelle
    8. If we made a mistake and didn’t do our due diligence, it is better not to change and just use it as a learning experience
    9. We didn’t ask the teachers union first. We are re-doing our endorsement process to correct for these mistakes.
    10. There ought to be a ongoing formal liaison between the Dems and the unions
    11. Joe is against a liaison. The unions are all fighting and don’t endorse the same candidates. A liaison will be tokenism. The liaison job would be the union agenda.  Our job is the election.
  • Chris Skyhawk for 5th District Supervisor discussion
    1. Chris has been endorsed by Jared Huffman
    2. South Coast Democratic Club put an eloquent statement on their FB page that we didn’t endorse
    3. Tony offered the motion last month not to endorse anyone in the 5th He now moves and Judy 2nd to reconsider the no endorsement of the 5th dist
      1. 14 in favor, no nays, no abstentions
    4. Tony moves to endorse Chis Skyhawk, 2nd by Jim
      1. His is long renowned for his good work
      2. He is the most knowledgeable and compassionate candidate full of integrity
  • Joe Wildman has known him over 20 years, worked together for Measure H, endorsed by several unions, is a volunteer firefighter
  1. Steve said Chris discussed for months in advance about running for Supervisor with his buddy Ted Williams, who has run to split the vote.
  2. Alan Rodier is also a good candidate; the choice is difficult
  3. 12 in favor or endorsing Chris Skyhawk, no nays, 2 abstentions
  • Plan to close School St. Thursday Night Market on the 2nd Thursday from 5-8. Should we change our night?  Not now.
  • Use Measure Y funds to widen Perkins. Measure Y is to fix the potholes. Mo Mulharen was in favor of Measure Y, and now is in favor of reallocating the funds to widen Perkins.  Tamar will ask Mo Mulheren to come talk about Measure Y.
  • Recruit help looking for a storefront for our headquarters. Rent ~ $1000/mo.
  • Treasurer’s Report
    1. $ 5595 in checking
    2. $ 2013.09 in the savings account
  • Report on the many fundraiser ideas
    1. LLG in Willits on August 11, Chon Travis is available.Chon may have his own lighting and sound system.
    2. Food concession? Silent auction? Raffle?
    3. Ask from the members
    4. Ask from the politicians – letters were already sent to them requesting money
  • CA Democratic Council provides support – Judy is opposed to them
    1. Fred may volunteer to update the website
    2. Tamar will email Fred the instructions to log on
  • Review of CADem Platform: 1st plank – Business & Economy – tabled

Next meeting 5:30pm, Thursday, June 14 at the room behind the Yokayo Lounge at the bowling alley.