At the Jan. 14 General Meeting, the membership held elections for the 2015 CCDC Executive Board. The following members were elected: President - Sylvia Moore Second Vice President - Amy Cherness Treasurer - Eric Fine Membership - Diane Rosenberg Recording Secretary - Pat Levinson Re: First Vice President and Correspondence Secretary elections - There were two members who presented themselves as candidates for the position of First Vice President. Khin Khin Gyi was nominated by the Nominating Committee. Current Correspondence Secretary Stephen Murray was nominated from the floor. There was a brief discussion about having a co-vice presidency, but no action on this was taken. Next, both Khin Khin Gyi and Stephen Murray gave one-minute statements to the body. A secret vote was held, with 31 ballots cast and 8 ballots invalid. Khin Khin Gyi received 12 votes and Stephen Murray received 11 votes. However, since about 40% of the ballots were invalid, and the vote was very close, the membership, by voice vote, decided to invalidate the election and hold another vote for First Vice President at the start of CCDC’s General Meeting on Feb. 11. So for now, the position of First Vice President will remain vacant until the next General Meeting. The election for 2015 Correspondence Secretary will also be held in February, and for now, Stephen Murray will continue in this position. Both candidates for First Vice President will submit written statements in the February newsletter. Per CCDC bylaws, the Nominating Chair at the February General Meeting will also ask for nominations from the floor for First Vice President and Correspondence Secretary. The candidates will again give one-minute statements to the body, after which, a secret vote will be held.
The Culver City Democratic Club will be holding a theater party at the Westchester Playhouse to see “Into the Woods” on Sunday, December 14th at 2:00pm. The theatre is located at 8301 Hindry Ave in Westchester. Tickets are $30.00 per person. All members are encouraged to attend this fun filled event that has received rave reviews. In addition, please invite family members, friends, and neighbors as well. It is essential that this be a successful fundraiser in order to enable the Club to raise funds for our monthly newsletter and for the monthly rental of our meeting room. As space is limited, please contact Sylvia at President@CulverCityDemocraticClub.com for details on getting tickets.
It was an awful election night for President Obama and congressional Democrats on Tuesday, as the GOP took over the majority in the U.S. Senate and made gains in the House of Representatives. For the first time since 2002, Congress will be completely controlled by the Republicans. President Obama, have your veto pen ready! But, as in 2010, the last GOP wave election, California bucked the national trend: Democrats were elected or re-elected to every statewide office. And voters also passed Prop. 47, a measure that is another step toward reforming a criminal justice system that had become so punitive that America's prison population surpasses that of many oppressive regimes. The Golden State is shining brightly. The Culver City Democratic Club congratulates Gov. Jerry Brown on winning a historic fourth term, as well as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Secretary of State-elect Alex Padilla, Controller-elect Betty Yee, Treasurer-elect John Chiang, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Superintendent for Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton. The club also congratulates our local district lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, State Sen. Holly Mitchell and Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas on their re-election victories. Congratulations also go out to Sheila Kuehl on her election to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for the 3rd District. Supervisor-elect Kuehl was the club’s Holiday Party speaker last December. And finally, congratulations to CCDC member Scott Houston on his first place finish to win a seat on the West Basin Municipal Water Board of Directors, Division 4. Democrats Jeff Ebenstein and CCDC Correspondence Secretary Stephen Murray came in second and third respectively - good efforts by both. As of this writing, Democrat and West Hollywood Councilmember Jeffrey Prang has a slight lead over his opponent in the L.A. County's Assessor's race. Hopefully, Councilmember Prang will eventually prevail. Please join the CCDC at the next General Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, for a panel discussion recapping the midterm elections, and how Culver City voted. The meeting will take place at 7pm at the Veterans Memorial Building, Rotunda Room 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. — Sylvia Moore, CCDC First Vice President/acting President
The Culver City Democratic Club congratulates California state Senator Holly J. Mitchell and Culver City Councilmember Jim B. Clarke on their recognition as Democrats of the Year at the annual Franklin & Eleanor Democrat of the Year Awards. The awards, held by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party on Oct. 19 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, honors two Democrats within each L.A. County Assembly district for their grassroots activism and dedication to the values and success of the Democratic Party. Sen. Mitchell and Councilmember Clarke are this year's honorees from the 54th Assembly District. The dinner and gala featured speeches by, among others, LACDP Chairman Eric Bauman and newly sworn-in state Senate president Kevin de León. There was also a video presentation of all the honorees. — Sylvia Moore, CCDC First Vice President/Acting President