Minutes 07/12/2018

Minutes 07/12/2018

Present: Tamar Kaye, Pres., Tony Melville, VP, Robin Sunbeam, Scty, Fred Mervine, MAL, Irma Turner, MAL, Judy Popowski, Liaison to CC., Douglas Conrad, Wendy Cram, Vergilia Dakin, Jorge DeCecco, Kat Ferrante, Mauri & Ed Fox, Sherry Glavich, Marcia Lindstedt, Jacquie Lolich, Ric Martin, Fred Mervine, Val Muchowski, Julia Orpheus, Steve Scalmanini, Ellie Shacter, Helen Sizemore, Nancy Skelly, Barbara Stanger, Sharron Thomas, Mikell VanPatten

  1. Introductions and announcements
    1. IMDC Climate Action Committee – Sharron Thomas
      1. Inspiring Film: “Tomorrow”
      2. July 21st, 2-4:30 pm at the Grace Hudson Museum
      3. Things we can do at the local level
    1. Report from Mikell VanPatten of Indivisible-Ukiah on the meeting at Senator Kamala Harris’ office staff
      1. Concerned about Kavenaugh as SCOTUS pick
      2. Stand-Up SF” has a monthly meeting with Harris on 2nd Wed
      3. Stand-Up SF” has a monthly meeting with Feinstein on the 27th 10-11am
      4. Met with June Williams, Harris Aide and Chris Cooney, Senior Advisor to Senator Harris
      5. 45 people showed up and almost cancelled the meeting
      6. Only the 15 pre-registered were allowed in
      7. Harris was very receptive
      8. Farm Bill, EPA, Immigration all go to Harris
      9. Wants IMDC to sign up with StandUp SF
      10. Stand-Up SF general meeting this Sunday 2-4pm @ Noe Valley Library
      11. The website has a script of exactly what to say about Kavenaugh when you call in
      12. Even Feinstein doesn’t like him but didn’t say she would vote against him
      13. All info is on the website http://standupsf.net
    1. Chon Travis is doing An Evening of Empowerment August 11 – potluck fundraiser
      1. Pass around a poster for feedback – location: Little Lake Grange
      2. Invite the Raging Grannies
      3. Invite Will Parrish to speak
      4. Any other suggestions?
      5. Feel Good Existential Auction – maybe 4 things like Love,
      6. We have a lot of work to do! Need volunteers! A success will raise morale
    1. Ric Martin – Recruiting for the Redwood Empire Fair, Ukiah 707-485-4564
      1. Aug 2 – 5, noon on Sat to 6pm in 2-hr shifts, and Sunday
      2. Sign up sheet, one page per day – Friday is already covered, need for Sunday
      3. Ric will do the evenings 6pm-9pm himself
      4. Will show a repeating loop of Dept of Agriculture History of Farmworkers showing on a monitor in the booth
    1. SF Mime Troupe performance – Steve Scalmanini
      1. July 19th in Todd Grove Park 6:30pm music begins
      2. The play is called Seeing Red and is about time travel
    1. Friday evening Peace Vigils from 5-6pm Fridays
    1. Val Muchowski –
      1. Candidate Workshop July 21 @ FB Senior Center 9:30 – 3pm
      2. Especially good for City Council or School Board
      3. Adriana Dakin VP of Fission Strategy using social media
      4. Includes lunch
      5. Katrina Bartolomie, Els Cooperrider, and more will be presenting
      6. Judy & John H. put together a list of all the people up for election in the next elections (see attached)
      7. Mendocino College Board Janet Chaniot is retiring from RV or PV dist
      8. Camille Shrader not running for re-election MCOE, PV dist
      9. Open seats are much easier than contesting an incumbent
      10. Tony is interested in running for College Board of Trustees but we need to ask Katrina what are the district lines – must live within the district lines
      11. Thanks for Val for all you do!
    1. Canvassing for the Healthy California Act – Jorge
      1. Sunday July 22
      2. Meet 10am at the Black Oak Coffee to get oriented and get assignments
      3. Then come back to debrief
    1. Medicare for All Statewide Activist Call – California with Bernie Sanders
      1. Wednesday, July 18, 6-7pm
      2. To register https://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/FPSY5AXL14X1TFSK
  1. Chris Skyhawk had a hemorrhagic stroke
    1. Officially ended his campaign for Dist 5 Supervisor
    2. Caring Bridge for Chris Skyhawk
      1. Site Link: < https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/updatesonchrisskyhawk>
    3. Need for healing now
    4. Also a gofundme campaign <https://www.gofundme.com/chris-skyhawk-recovery-fund>
    5. Passed a greetings card around for the IMDC to send the family
  1. Reaffirm Endorsement for 3rd & 5th Districts ( we are still waiting on final numbers )
    1. Officially support John Haschak – why do we need to vote for him again?
      1. Better to work for him than waste time endorsing him a 2nd time
    2. Discuss whether we should endorse Ted Williams. – Only if he asks for it.
    3. Invite Ted to the Labor Day Picnic
  1. Keeping Families Together discussion of ongoing actions and how we keep the doors of community open to families that need allies. 
    1. Action on June 30th – 200 -300 people showed up, sang De Colores
    2. Tamar spoke for the IMDC
    3. Jarred Huffman showed up
    4. We need to empower each other
    5. How do we engage into the Latino community?
    6. Sunday afternoon at the Redwood Empire Fair will be a lot of Latino families
    7. Did you hear about the Wal-Mart machete guy who threatened a Latino?
      1. Hard to prosecute a hate crime
      2. It is important for individuals to intervene when things like this happen
  1. SB-1088 regarding PG&E’s responsibility about the fires will be in the Assembly when they come back into session – NO ON SB-1088
    1. Now is the time to contact Jim Wood & Mike McGuire!
    2. Sharron Thomas said the October wildfires were a “perfect storm”
      1. PG&E should take some responsibility
      2. But the other cause is climate change
  1. 3 openings coming on the Ukiah City Council
    1. Dates to file to run for City Council are July 16 to August 10
    2. Mo Mulheren, Jim Brown & Kevin Doble are the contested seats
    3. Val is doing another candidate workshop July 21 in FB
    4. Let’s try to get minorities to run – Latinos
    5. Steve Scalmanini is lonely for progressives
    6. Its not just party affiliation that counts but rather what policies they support
  1. Summer for 1000 Victories fundraiser ideas.
    1. Need to fund 3 HQ’s FB, Willits & Ukiah.
    2. Each person do an event during July or August – invite your friends for walk in the woods, tea, music night, dinner,
    3. Checks must be made payable to the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee, MCDCC – no cash! Only checks!
      1. Do something fun with your friends
      2. Fred Mervine is doing a food event at his house with Charlie Selzer for $50 per person.
      3. Tony is having a potluck music party this weekend – asking friends to write they are progressive in the check memo
    4. What are we doing to help turn the red and purple areas of our own state?
      1. The State party is running the Dems in those places – some won the primary and some lost
      2. Local clubs manage the work in the red and purple areas
      3. Wendy – Voter registration committee is looking into helping in Cong dist 22, Devin Nuñez (R), Tulare Visalia. Val will help Wendy
    5. Bastille Day
  1. Treasurer’s Report – from Joe
    1. $ 5472.10 in checking
    2. $ 2013.43 in the savings account
  1. Housing Committee – Fred Mervine reporting
    1. Did not meet
  1. Bylaws Committee – Joe isn’t here
  1. Voter Registration Committee
    1. Our chair, Lorna Maslenikof & Perri Kaller got permission to register people to vote all over Mendocino College, not just in the Free Speech Zones
    2. Looking into perhaps taking a trip to Congressional Dist 22 to register voters
    3. Will register voters July 19 both at the Costco opening and at the Mime Troup
    4. Eileen plans to register people at the Coyote Valley Convenience Store
    5. Wendy & Lorna will try FoodMaax again
    6. Plan to get a new list of registered Democrats who did not vote in the 2016 or subsequent elections for our survey. Judy will provide it once the database is updated from the last election.
    7. Got a new recruit – Julia Orpheus
  1. Recruit help looking for a storefront for our headquarters. Rent ~ $1000/mo.
    1. Nothing available!
    2. There is something affordable on Dora St but not visible to the general public
    3. Tony knows Asia of Awanya, the African Clothing store, which is closing. 328N.State – Tony can ask to take over her lease for a few months – Fred will FU
    4. Try again at KMEC – but we can’t put anything in the windows
    5. Look into a tiny place on school street ~800sf but too small for phone banking $500/mo near CFCU
  1. Fred, the Webmaster
    1. People can sign up for mailchimp updates on the IMDC website <http://inlandmendodems.org>
  1. Rumor that a few days ago that the City Council received an invitation for a Costco “preview” Wednesday at 6pm. Mayor wants to delay the City Council meeting 90 mins so the City Council can attend the Costco preview.

Next meeting 5:30pm, Thursday, Aug 9 at the room behind the Yokayo Lounge at the bowling alley.

Agenda for June 14th, 2018

  1. Introductions and announcements
  2. Election results
  3. Committee Reports
    1. Housing Committee
      1. Committee report on homelessness
      2. Affordable housing issue preventing developers from building in Ukiah Valley
    2. Voter Registration
    3. Our Revolution phone banking
  4.  Measure Y.
  5. Recruit help looking for a storefront for our headquarters. Rent ~ $1000/mo.
  6. Report on the many fundraiser ideas
    1. Summer of 1000 Victories
    2. Aug 11 music at LLG
    3. Results of requests from the politicians

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.

Inland Mendocino Democratic Club Meeting

June 14, 2018: 5:30 PM at the Ukiah Bowling Alley

Tonight’s Agenda: Inland Mendocino Democratic Club Meeting

Tonight’s Agenda: Inland Mendocino Democratic Club Meeting

Thursday, March 8th
Alley Bar & Lounge
1401 N. State St., Ukiah
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Committee Reports: Voter registration, housing, financial

Anthony’s request for phone banking headsets

Knock on doors for healthcare, March 10th from 11-3:00 pm. (Gathering at Black Oak Coffee)

Fundraising! We need to set a date and get a band…

Actions with the uprising youth! March 24th, April 20th?

6:30 David Braun!!! David is a very dynamic speaker and a passionate advocate for Mother Earth!

Inland Mendocino Democratic Club Meeting

We have a great meeting coming up on the 8th!

February 8th
Alley Lounge
1401 N. State St. Ukiah
5:30 – 6:30 pm

We have some business of planning 2018 to attend to. We will be addressing a bylaws addition, and will also be confirming our VP & Treasurer!

IN ADDITION!! We will have a speaker discussing SB562. There is a healthcare committee meeting in Sacramento on the 7th that Carolyn will brief us on!

Carolyn Bowden has been with California Nurses
Association for 8 years as a community organizer, working with community groups and nurses on issues of healthcare and social justice. She has dedicated her time this year to the Healthy California Campaign, fighting for SB562 … the Healthy California Act. Since 1976 she has volunteered for progressive initiatives and candidates, including 2016 when she volunteered extensively for the Bernie Sanders Campaign.

Before working with CNA she worked as an organizer and representative for the IATSE. Her duties included organizing the technical workers of live television shows, sports broadcasts, stage events, and small film productions. She also negotiated first contracts and assisted some Bay Area IATSE locals when they faced difficult employers. Prior to working with the IASTE, she was a sound mixer for television.

Website with information about SB562

California Nurses Association

The California Nurses Association is holding an extremely important event in Ukiah this coming Saturday!!! We will work on getting better informed and information sent to you sooner.

If you can come out this sunny Saturday, please do!

Alex Thomas Plaza
10:00 am.

Please RSVP:

We were out in full force on the 20th!

We were out in full force on the 20th!
Thanks to all who came out to give voice to our collective power. Millions marched, and you showed up in Ukiah … about 1200 folks marched!

The Sun came out in support and we are blessed to live in a vital and active community. Let’s keep this going for an inclusive and better world for all. A little love and care truly goes a very long way. We touched on many topics through speakers and sound bites. More can always be said and done. We look forward to making this an annual gathering of intention and progress!

We want to thank all the people who spoke and sang!
Inland Women’s Chorus, Raging Grannies, Bernadette Smith, Michelle Hutchins, Polly Girvin, Jennifer Snooke, Kristana Arp, Alicia Littetree Bales,
Priscilla Hunter, and Scotty Darda!

Well done all!

A very special thanks to Alicia Littletree! She is the New President of the Mendocino Environmental Center and KMEC. Madam President to Madam President, I thank you for your ability to rally people and move forward toward progress, and I am grateful for all you are doing to boost our community energy and empowerment.

We have a radio station and community resource in the MEC. Let’s use our tools of empowerment!

Indivisible is meeting the first Thursdays and third Saturdays at the MEC. Click below for more details.



February 8th
Alley Lounge
1401 N. State St.
5:30 – 6:30 pm

We will be talking about our bylaws. We are planning for our coming year of tasks ahead, working on real relief for housing and immigration issues, gathering funds for office space, phone banking, a need for a treasurer, and more!

Please attend and help plan for a brighter future for all!! On March 8th we will have a guest speaker, David Braun, who will be addressing the topic of getting oil money out of politics.


I wrote the following letter of endorsement to be sent with the Jim Wood Endorsement that came from our Club. I did think long and hard about this. We need to work forward in a unified way, but if we do not move forward, we must seek out representation that provides real relief for the people of our state and country.

To Jim Wood-Assembly Member AD-2:

It is with great hope for earnest representation that we send you our endorsement.

We are in support of the Democratic process. To that end, we are counting on you to take action to aid relief for our fellow Californians in the matters of health care, housing, prosperity, and in general … life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness!

We need to have a clear plan for action on single payer. We would love to hear about the Bill you spoke of that addresses the price gouging after the fires. We need to hear about plans to rebuild and what we are doing to pursue alternative building methods. We all know that the lack of resources is a real issue. We need to be true to what is happening so that we can move forward as a strong force for positive change.

The overwhelming majority are demanding action on these issues. People need real relief. We look forward to working with you to make a real difference for the people of California. And in so doing, we will be contributing to creating a better world for all … via our influence. If California were considered separately, it would rank as the sixth largest economy in the world, behind the rest of the United States, China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. Surely we can achieve great things together!

There is great strength in Unity.

In Peace, Love & Solidarity
Tamar Kaye, President
Tony Melville, VP

Minutes 01/11/2018

Minutes 01/11/2018

Present: Tamar Kaye, Pres., Judy Popowski, Treas., Robin Sunbeam, Scty, Chris Pugh, MaL, Irma Turner, MaL, Matthew Turner, MaL, Kathleen F. Azarnoff, Phil Baldwin, Katrina Bartlomie, Florence E. Callander, Joanne Callander, Renee Comte, Judy Cox, Wendy Cram, Scotty Darda, Clarence Dooly, Charlene D’tanelli, Jennifer Dutton, Izzy Ferrante, Dale Fountain, Peter Good, Marie Hansen, Patrick Hickey, Molly Huddleston, Pat Kanzler, Jon Kennedy, Jacquie Lee, Joel Levine, Meredith Lintott, Lorna Maselnikov, Katherine McElwee, Fred Mervine, Phyllis Mervine, Scott Miller, Tom Montesonti, Jason Morash, Val Muchowski, Chris Niehaus, Julia Orpheus, Lois O’Rourke, Juan Orozco, Russ Peters, Ron Reed, Karen Rifkin, Alan Rodier, Margaret Rodier, Steve Scalmanini, Susan Schrock, Helen Sizemore, Chris Skyhawk, Emily Tecchio, Sharron Thomas, Patricia Thygesen, Toni Wheeler, Hollis Wood, Kathy Wiley, Scott Willoughby, Ruth Valenzuela

Assemblyman Jim Wood 5:30 – 6:30pm

    1. What do we expect for the coming year?
      1. The fires in October changed everything. Jim is trying to make sure Mendocino County is not forgotten for disaster relief.
      2. Yesterday he had a meeting with 4 counties, Mendocino, Lake, Napa & Sonoma, about recovery
      3. Governor Brown included $23.7M in the new budget to backfill taxes for the 18 months from the date of the disaster 10/08/17, until June 30, 2019, for the 4 counties.
      4. Saturday, Jan. 13, Jim is hosting a town hall meeting at Santa Rosa High School together with Mike McGuire & Jared Huffman. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sonoma-county-fire-recovery-and-rebuilding-town-hall-tickets-41715521247
      5. Sexual harassment: 2 CA Assemblymen resigned – NEED TO CHANGE THE CULTURE! Protect those who come forward. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article188895479.html, http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article186689213.html.
      6. Last week was bad: Trump declared war against CA. ICE has been hitting CA 7-11 stores for undocumented immigrants and made 26 arrests. And opened offshore drilling. Jeff Sessions reversed Obama’s hands-off policy on cannabis.
      7. This week, the President declared El Salvadoran refugees have to return to El Salvador within 18 months.
      8. Anything today? YES! They come from “shithole countries.” They want to bring back budget earmarks.
      9. Jim is fighting hard to push back against Trumps policies.
      10. Atty General Javier Becerra has filed 24 lawsuits against the Federal Government.
      11. Jim hopes they renew the CHIP program and try to protect the Dreamers.
      12. Jim has had 20 hrs of hearings in our efforts to move toward Universal Health Care and ultimately Single Payer. Expect 20 more hrs of hearings.
      13. Huge opioid problem in Mendo & Lake. Planning strategies to help.
      14. Planning to submit a significant package on Tues of 12+ bills regarding insurance reform re: the fires. Everyone should do an insurance checkup with your agent; how much is really covered? Photograph everything in your house and store it elsewhere. Repeat every few years.
      15. How to work with forests to prevent catastrophic fires?
      16. Planning to introduce a bill to fight rent gouging following a disaster.
    2. Questions:
      1. What health care plan would you support? Why do you oppose the CA Healthcare Roadblock Removal Act constitutional amendment for funding healthcare in CA? Jim denies opposing it! Requested Jim to allow Assembly member Laura Friedman to bring it up in the Assembly next week. https://www.euhc4ca.org/2017/09/05/faq-california-healthcare-roadblock-removal-act/
      2. Jim said about funding for health care: I haven’t blocked anything! When Trump was elected, we knew things would change. We are pushing back against his challenges. We created a workaround in CA about shrinking the ACA open enrollment period. That’s the backdrop.
      3. Jim went back to DC to educate Republican members of Congress on his own dime, but they voted anyway for the bad tax bill.
      4. Jim explained that an Assembly Select Committee on Health Care was formed before there was an SB562. But the committee didn’t meet. Jim is the Chair. http://assembly.ca.gov/healthcaredeliverysystems
      5. This committee will move proposals forward. We are inviting and consulting with Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin who passed a universal health care bill but failed because they weren’t able to fund it. His advice was to focus on cost containment from the start. Jim plans to introduce it after the new governor is elected and expects it to finish by 2020.
      6. SB562 was introduced by Senator Lara, but the Assembly was very surprised that it passed the Senate so fast. Jim’s boss, Speaker Rendon, thought it was too flawed and stalled it to kill the Senate bill rather than debate it in the Assembly.
      7. Tomorrow Jim will talk to Senator Lara.
      8. He admits his communication about SB562 was “less than desirable.”
      9. Jim stated, “I believe healthcare is a human right. I want to see EVERYONE covered. I feel very strongly about it.”
      10. I am concerned about the oversimplification of the process. This is a very complex process.” Funding would require federal waivers to use the Federal funds in a different way, i.e. Medicare funds released to CA. Requires a change in Federal law. Barriers are the Republican Congress and an ideologue in the White House. Medicare funds will pay for ½ of the universal healthcare bill for California.
      11. Funding for universal healthcare in CA will also require tax increases, which will require a 2/3 majority vote of the electorate.
      12. In regard to raising taxes, the recent 12% Gas Tax resulted in a member of the Senate up for recall, and 2 members of the Assembly are up for reconsideration. There is now a ballot measure circulating to repeal the gas tax, which funds the repair our roads. https://ballotpedia.org/Josh_Newman_recall,_California_State_Senate_(2018)
      13. SB562 would not have given us health care NOW.
      14. Is the State making any tax law changes to counter the Republican tax cuts? Jim is meeting with Huffman to figure out ways to push back against it. Jim is confident that they will find ways to push back.
      15. New tax change: we can only deduct the cost of disaster loss if it is a declared federal disaster by the President.
      16. AB1506 – Repeal of Costa-Hawkins act about rent control. Jim’s concern is that people on every side have strong feelings. Plenty of room for negotiations here. This repeal bill is all-or-nothing. Could have a detrimental affect on our ability to rebuild our homes in RV and Willits. [Failed to pass by 1 vote] https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1506
      17. In 2011, Gov. Brown repealed redevelopment funds, which has led to a housing crisis. Now 1.5M units short in CA. Need to find more ways to build affordable housing. Want to bring back Redevelopment for affordable housing. http://www.dof.ca.gov/Programs/Redevelopment/
      18. How can we turn the Senate blue in 2018? Organized bus trips to go to other states, i.e. Nevada. Phone banking. 2 of 14 members of Congress are not going to run again; Mimi Walters (R-CA 45dist) is his favorite to replace. She voted for a tax bill that hurt 70% of her constituents in Orange County. NETWORKING! Grass roots activities.
      19. Offshore Oil Drilling – Jim is confident that it would be blocked. Gov. Brown is asking for the same dispensation as Florida. They could drill off the coast and we couldn’t stop it, but it will be very difficult to bring it to the mainland. Need to get permission from CA to bring the extracted oil to be stored; won’t get it! [No mention of Measure S, the 2014 Community Bill of Rights prohibiting fracking.]
      20. Do you support Measure V that banned the Dead Standing Trees in 2016? BoS has refused to enforce the law. Jim is against hack-n-squirt. He has done nothing so far about it. Spoke to Dan Hamburg about it. Jim will find out a legal opinion from the Attorney General and get back to Hamburg.
      21. Israeli-Palestine conflict? Jim has no answer. It is out of his jurisdiction.
      22. What can we do to protect our local Dreamers? Locally, it is a challenge. We are working on it at the state level. CA is a Sanctuary State.
      23. New bills re: climate change?
      24. Can the Trump administration affect the Stornetta Headlands protected status? So far, those lands aren’t affected due to its size.
      25. What is happening re the 5-yr, 1-acre cannabis cultivation issues? The promise has been broken about the 5 yr. cap on corporate cultivation. Jim put out a strong letter against the change. He is concerned about large corporate entities. He and other lawmakers put together a good plan but unfortunately, Prop 64 superseded their plan and made it easier for large corporations to move in. Very surprised by the statement from the Dept. of Agriculture. No permanent license has been issued yet. All licenses now are temporary, which leaves time to change. Right now, a large corporation can move in and buy it up. Something changed and we don’t know how.
      26. WRITE LETTERS! That’s how decisions are affected.
      27. Do you support the Public Bank of Santa Rosa for cannabis money? What this industry needs is a regular way to bank. Use of Federal banks failed in CO. The CA state treasurer has been working on it. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cannabis-banking-report-20171107-story.html. The best solution will be legalization of cannabis at the Federal level.
      28. Over 40% of Americans support socialism over Capitalism. What are you doing to support socialism? How do we help each other so that we all prosper? Jim stated, “I have given away all my personal wealth.”
      29. M. Koster said: Capitalism will die of its own weight. How are you anticipating that, and what policies are you planning in anticipation of the self-destruction of capitalism? Jim agrees, Capitalism should end, and the sooner the better! But he is not currently preparing policies for the end of Capitalism.
      30. Jim’s highest priorities are to protect our CA values and our environment.
  1. 7pm Financial Report – We have about $7000. Need more money to keep an office open.
  2. Fundraising Efforts – Need to keep a cycle of empowerment. We didn’t lose any money from the CA Honeydrops, which raised $3500 for the Redwood Valley Grange.
  3. Office space for 2018 and its funding
    1. We have some ideas to get $$ from Jim Wood and Mike McGuire and from the Mendocino Democratic Central Committee. Need to show up to the Central Committee and make a proposal. Central committee usually gets office space 3 months before the election, but may need longer due to the important primary in June. Need to do phone banking soon, for June!
    2. If 500 people on our list gave us $50 each, we would have a huge budget. Need to tell them donors what they are giving the money for. Make it very specific. DON’T SAY we want to raise money for administrative needs or office space; instead say, “to promote progressive values.”
    3. The PayPal button on our website will be working in 2 weeks. http://Inlandmendodems.org
    4. How about encouraging people to donate a small monthly recurring donation. Is it separate from membership? Need to discuss that!
    5. Irma wants to brainstorm about other fundraising events. We need to get a piece of the proceeds if we sponsor something again like the CA Honeydrops. We need to make a formal written declaration to the Central Committee.
    6. Tamar wants the Club to help raise funds for the LL Grange in Willits on February 14.
    7. Need to make fundraising fun or else folks won’t come back.
  1. Club elections
    1. Alan Rodier is running for 5th dist supervisor. Common sense and prosperity is what we need. Ethical and hardworking. Grew up in SF and practiced law there for 22 years. Moved to Alexander Valley in 1996 to farm, then moved to Ukiah when farm closed. Problem solver, mediator.
    2. Chris Skyhawk for 5th dist supervisor. First came to Mendo in 1984. Settled in 1993. Love our political activism. Fits right in for me. Community organizer on the coast. Mental health background. Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund. Environment, children & families. Need affordable housing. Lots of community organizing experience. 5th dist is very large. Lots of issues. https://www.skyhawk5.com
    3. Kathy Wiley, retired school administrator. Running again for Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools. Ran in 2014 and lost to Paul Joens-Poulton. Taught HS for 13 yrs and became an administrator. Started a Charter School in Ft. Bragg. She has both public and charter experience.
    4. John Haschak running for 3rd Dist Supervisor. 28 yrs Spanish at the Willits HS. 10 yrs teaching ESL for county. Union president for 15 yrs. Critical time now for unions. Recently came back from Burlingame from talks on the budget. Need a healthy environment, stop hack-n-squirt. Feb 3 meet & greet at Brickhouse Coffee 4-6pm in Willits. https://www.facebook.com/HaschakforSupervisor/photos/gm.142146339816954/158444528121526/?type=3&theater, http://www.willitsnews.com/article/NR/20171205/NEWS/171209983
    5. Katrina Bartolomie running for Assessor/Clerk/Recorder. Ranochak will not run again. Is currently the Asst Clerk/Recorder. Lots of management experience and a great supervisor. It is a natural step. Donate to me!
  2. Kenny Jowers appeals to everyone to step up to run for office for our more local elections. If you don’t want to run, you can volunteer to the Central Committee. 2018 is a BIG YEAR. Join us! How can we get a hold of you, Kenny? http://mendodems.org Mendocino Democratic Central Committee FB page. https://www.facebook.com/Mendodems/
  3. https://www.runforsomething.net to help progressive movements.
  4. Val Muchowski is collecting signatures for Delaine Easton to waive the filing fees for candidate for Governor. https://www.delaineforgovernor.com
  5. Robin Sunbeam is collecting signatures for Gayle McLaughlin to waive the filing fees for candidate for Lieutenant Governor. https://gayleforcalifornia.org
  6. We need to help people to get to the polls! We wanted to last time, but it didn’t happen. Our Club voter registration committee is strong!
  7. Helen Sizemore is Inland Vice Chair of the Central Committee. Got something today from Mike McGuire about the Federal intention for offshore drilling. Need comments by Feb 8. URGENT! http://Senatormikemcguire.com/comment
  8. Helen met a woman from Tracy at the Rock the Congress gathering at the College of Marin who is working to change the representation in Congress. She developed a bootcamp for walking precincts. She wants to come here and teach us. Evening or weekend? Need 2-3 weeks advance notice.
  9. Need a committee to work on key races, bussing, phone banking. Let’s get Dean Heller out of Nevada. Fred: This is a local club, and the Central Committee is local. Indivisible and ActBlue is national. Better for a club subcommittee to get involved with those national orgs. Club VP Anthony wants to do this. Irma thinks we should focus on CA Repubs.
  10. Chris & Pat are members of the Humboldt Progressive Club and member of the Central Committee for 5th dist and very active in the move to universal health care in CA. They advanced a resolution to admonish Jim Wood. Has a petition that Mr. Wood be included in the Pre-Endorsement Conference. The incumbent is automatically endorsed unless there is opposition; then Mr. Wood will be required to face a vote at the Conference, Jan 27-28 for his endorsement. He will undoubtedly be endorsed, but the pre-endorsement challenge will make him more accountable to his constituents. In 2010 we went after Congresswoman Matsui, which influenced her to move left. We want to hold Wood accountable. Need 26 delegate signatures to get him to stand for election in the pre-endorsement conference.
  1. Mission statement:

The mission of the Inland Mendocino Democratic Club is to educate, empower, and encourage people to take action. To build a better World for all by participation in the democratic process. To promote Democratic values and Justice for all, and to be a support network for progressive candidates to run for State and Local office.

Irma moved and Val 2nd. Passed with 18 in favor. No nays. 1 abstention.

  • Sunday Jan 14 Ukiah United Methodist Church, 6-8pm, Earth Art Heart for MLK event. We can make more signs for the Womens March.
  • Women’s March on Jan 20, 11am at Alex Thomas Plaza.
  • March 14 is the final date to file to run in the primary.

Next meeting 5:30pm, Thursday, February 8 at the room behind the Yokayo Lounge at the bowling alley.