Culver City Democratic Club http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com Official web site of the Culver City Democratic Club Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:39:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE RELEASE OF COUNTY INCARCERATION DIVERSION FUNDS http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/resolution-calling-for-the-release-of-county-incarceration-diversion-funds/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/resolution-calling-for-the-release-of-county-incarceration-diversion-funds/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:05:32 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4955

Approved by the Culver City Democratic Club:

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE RELEASE OF COUNTY INCARCERATION DIVERSION FUNDS

Whereas, California is reducing its prison and jail populations as a result of the implementation of AB 109 and Proposition 47. This has increased the need for services for those returning home from incarceration;

Whereas, in March 2015 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved a $30 million program to divert the mentally ill from incarceration and into community based treatment programs. This amount has recently been increased to $30 million;

Whereas, the diversion funding allocation has been tied to the release of the DA Jackie Lacey Crime Justice Mental Health Task Force report on mental health diversion from incarceration, which has no funding timetable;

Therefore be it resolved that the Culver City Democratic Club urges the LA County Democratic Party lobby the BOS to expedite the process for releasing these funds to community and faith based organizations that deliver services to the formerly incarcerated;

Be it further resolved that the Culver City Democratic Club urges the LA County Democratic Party lobby city, county, state and federal officials to develop an interagency approach in partnership with community and faith based organizations to streamline the service delivery process for incarceration diversion.

Download Resolution Calling For The Release Of LA County Incarceration Diversion Funds

]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/resolution-calling-for-the-release-of-county-incarceration-diversion-funds/feed/ 0 Endorsed SCA 5! http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/endorsed-sca-5/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/endorsed-sca-5/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:50:42 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4950

The Culver City Democratic Club supports SCA 5, Reforming Inequities in Commercial Property Tax Annual Reassessment of Commercial Properties sponsored by State Senators Holly Mitchell and Loni Hancock, and its efforts to eliminate inequalities, loopholes and negative economic impacts of the current acquisition-value assessment system for commercial and industrial properties. Known as the Property Tax Fairness amendment, it would finally make California’s property tax code fair by assessing commercial and industrial properties at their market value, after a phase-in period. It would also provide significant tax relief for businesses, protect homeowners and renters from any changes to their property tax status, and create strict new accountability measures for new revenues.

SCA 5 would assess commercial properties at their fair market value, provide tax relief for businesses and protect homeowners and renters

“This legislation will address structural flaws in the commercial property side of Prop. 13 that have allowed a minority group of wealthy corporations and commercial property owners to dramatically lower their tax bills and shift that responsibility onto homeowners and renters,” said Senator Hancock. “Our homeowners are now being asked to pay the vast majority – 72% – of property taxes, while the commercial side pays only 28%. In 1978 when Prop. 13 passed, each paid about 50%. That’s not fair, and it has strained the community services our residents rely on.”

]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/endorsed-sca-5/feed/ 0 President’s Message by Sylvia Moore, August 2015 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-august-2015/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-august-2015/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 01:35:58 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4934

sylvia_photoA few months ago, I got into an argument on Twitter with a right winger over voting and taxes. I was watching MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s show and one segment was about felon disfranchisement. I posed this question to my Twitter followers: “Should people who have paid their debt to society still be taxed if they aren’t allowed to vote?” This question immediately attracted said right winger, who answered, “Yes.” We got into a short back-and-forth, which I won’t elaborate here, but the crux of his belief was that if a person didn’t want their rights taken away, they shouldn’t commit a crime. Never mind that many people, black Americans especially, have been railroaded by our criminal justice system. Whatever happened to “no taxation without representation?”

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, but the celebrations are tempered by the United States Supreme Court’s recent gutting of the landmark legislation. Despite what the majority of the justices in that case would have us believe, racism in the electoral process is still alive and well in America. Felon disfranchisement, which disproportionately impacts Americans of color, is one problem that is at the forefront of the current movement for voting rights. States have different laws regarding incarcerated people and voting, with the most draconian disfranchising for life people convicted of felonies, to the most lenient that allow people in prison to vote in all elections. California is in the middle, restoring voting rights to the formerly incarcerated after they have completed their sentence and parole.

Voting rights advocates tend to frame disfranchisement in moral terms: that it’s undemocratic to exclude people from participating in our democracy. But, getting back to my Twitter argument with the right winger, I wanted to frame the issue in terms I thought conservatives would understand: would they sympathize with an apparent anti-tax argument when it came to the formerly incarcerated? At least that right winger didn’t, and I can’t say I’m surprised. Because I posed the question to expose what, I think, was a big reason behind felon disfranchisement laws: to ensure that black Americans have little to no say in how our country’s resources – through taxes – are distributed. The right winger didn’t say anything about race, but he didn’t have to.

Ultimately, voting is about deciding if, when and how much to tax ourselves, where and on whom those dollars are spent. Racism is about animosity toward other groups, but it’s also about economics — keeping disfavored groups at an economic disadvantage relative to one’s own group. What better way to take resources away from blacks and the poor, and redistribute them to whites and the affluent, by making certain behaviors criminal felonies, disproportionately targeting and arresting members of marginalized groups for those behaviors, and passing laws taking away those groups’ voting rights after conviction? Now, this may sound to some like tin-foil hat conspiracy theory, but it’s no coincidence that the era of the Drug War, mass incarceration, and the right-wing anti-tax revolt began not long after President Lyndon Johnson signed the set of civil rights laws guaranteeing black Americans’ equal participation in U.S. democracy.

]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/08/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-august-2015/feed/ 0 President’s Message by Sylvia Moore, July 2015 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/07/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-july-2015/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/07/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-july-2015/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:02:12 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4920

sylvia_photoThe close of June has seen a stunning series of events for President Obama, our Democratic Party and the American people. The last few weeks were marked by farce, horrific tragedy and soaring triumph. And we seem to be on the verge of a serious and long-needed national conversation about the impact of race and racism on our society.

Let’s start with the triumphs. The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Obama his first victory this session by, once again, upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. After dozens of tries, the GOP failed in its latest attempt at stripping millions of Americans of their health coverage. Next, the high Court majority thwarted a right wing attempt to gut the Fair Housing Act by affirming the doctrine of ― “disparate impact,” meaning that people suing over racial discrimination don’t have to prove racist intent, but only that the offending behavior had a racially discriminatory effect. And finally, love won out over bigotry as the Court upheld and expanded the fundamental right of gay and lesbian couples across America to wed.

But for every step forward in human rights, it seems we take three steps backward when it comes to race in America. We seem no closer to stopping the epidemic of police violence against unarmed black and brown people, even when the victims are innocent children simply trying to go to a swim party. And just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, it got worse. A young man addicted to the high of white supremacy and drunk on hatred of black people, walked into a Charleston, South Carolina, church with a gun and slaughtered eight parishioners and their pastor, who was also a popular state legislator. The national conversation had suddenly moved from questions of racial identity surrounding the bizarre story of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP leader, who for years had posed as a black woman, to a discussion of racial violence and racist symbols.

Black people in Charleston were immediately exhorted to forgive the alleged killer, and family members of the victims did so publicly within two days of the tragedy. But I know from reading many commentaries in online publications and on social media, that many other black Americans do not forgive and are tired of the constant pleas for black people to ―turn the other cheek‖ when it comes to racist violence. To not call this act of violence a terrorist attack — which it most certainly was — not only disrespects black people, but it’s also hypocritical. Whenever an act of gun violence is committed by someone who is Muslim, it is immediately deemed a terrorist attack and Muslims are unfairly lumped together for collective accountability. But when an act of gun violence is committed by a white American, the go-to explanations are “lone wolf,” “hate crime,” and/or “mental illness” – never terrorism. This, despite the fact that according to a recent study by law enforcement experts, right-wing, anti-government extremists have been involved in many more deadly terror attacks in the U.S. than jihadists.

That the Charleston massacre took place at a church famously known for its civil rights activism is telling. South Carolina was the first southern state to secede during the Civil War, and old feelings die hard. For decades, a majority of the state’s legislature had defiantly rebuffed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of their capitol. However, it looks like the flag might not be there much longer. Unfortunately, it may have taken the lives of nine innocent people to finally shame South Carolina officials towards getting rid of that symbol of slavery, racism, violence and outright theft. But removing symbols is easy. Dismantling America’s institutionalized racism is a much harder task.

]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/07/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-july-2015/feed/ 0 Former CCDC Recording Secretary David Weisman Has Died http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/former-ccdc-recording-secretary-david-weisman-has-died/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/former-ccdc-recording-secretary-david-weisman-has-died/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:02:44 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4898

David Weisman, longtime member of the Culver City Democratic Club, who survived a complex of health problems in recent years, died on May 27, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 88 years old.

An environmental engineer, “he kept track of the cleanliness of the ocean,” his widow, Ruth, explained.

Full obituary at The Front Page Online.

]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/former-ccdc-recording-secretary-david-weisman-has-died/feed/ 0 May 2015 General Meeting Minutes http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/may-2015-general-meeting-minutes/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/may-2015-general-meeting-minutes/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:26:02 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4941 Culver City Democratic Club – 62 Years
General Membership Meeting – Veterans Auditorium Rotunda
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CORRECTED MINUTES

Call to Order 7:19 by Sylvia Moore, President.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Bill Wynn.

Approval of April 8, 2015 Minutes: Sylvia thanked Khin Khin for filling in for Pat by doing the Minutes for last month’s meeting. Motion by Neil Rubenstein to accept the April minutes, Seconded by Tonya A..

Announcements: The meeting is sponsored by Bill Wynn in honor of Pat’s and Bill Wynn’s Birthday. Tom Camarella announced his birthday was the previous day.

Introduction by Bill Wynn of Jamon Allgood, journalist http://www.jaminallgood.com/?p=706

Sylvia made a report on Mayor’s Luncheon to honor Meghan Sahli-Wells. Bill Wynn also commented that it was the first year that the Club had a table at the event.

Sylvia discussed the Newsletter and asked for comments: Greg recently invited members to accept the Newsletter to have people get Newsletter delivered by email vs the snail mail. Sylvia reports it costs $1200/year. Some people requested they need to receive a hard copy, others felt that email only is sufficient. A suggestion was made to put the option on the application.

Officer Reports

Finance (Eric Fine) not present, no report

Membership (Diane Rosenberg) 110 members- Henna Lee is special guest

Fundraising (Amy Cherness) Introduced Ronnie Jayne who spoke about her play which is having a fundraiser for the Club this Sunday. The most amazing play of the century! Loopholes- A pain in the IRS. Ronnie Jayne is the Composer, Musical Director and co-lyricist. At Hudson theater. $30 tickets.

Outreach (Sylvia Moore) trying to get the MOE application together to move forward on contacting Democrats for membership.

Correspondence- Stephen asked Club members to do more endorsements and resolutions so he could send out more letters.

Legislative and resolutions (Nyabingi Kuti)-

Nyabingi brought forth a resolution calling for the release of county incarceration diversion funds and moving focus from mass incarceration to providing services related to homelessness, poverty, mental health and unemployment. Discussion followed. The intent was supported but rewording was suggested.

Stephen Murray suggetsed endorsement of AB356 (Williams) that would help protect groundwater threatened by underground injection wells. Tom motioned that the Executive Committee should decide on behalf of the club for AB356, seconded by Michelle.

Tom Camarella recommended that resolutions need to printed out. Khin Khin and Michelle suggested a power-point slide.

Programs: Maya Douglas, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was scheduled to speak but there was a scheduling error and Maya Douglas, Senior field representative for the Assemblymember spoke before the club about the offices accomplishments.

The Honorable Sebastian Ridley-Thomas has introduced 26 bills on floor, is on the Banking and Finance committee, Health Committee and chair of the Elections and Redistricting Committee, He is also chair of the select Committees on Mental and Behavioral Health, member of Committee on Civic Engagement, the Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High Risk Disadvantaged Communities and the Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions

Maya listed a couple bills that may be interest to club members.

AB 1299: Medical assistance for foster youth. Transfers the responsibility for providing mental health services from the county of original jurisdiction to the residence county. This occurs when foster children are transferred or moved to other counties, the bill seeks to insure that counties of residences will be reimbursed and delays barriers to care.

AB466: Bill would repeal the sunset date of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy so they can do their work indefinitely. This would help to maintain funding for projects from federal and others.

AB755: Bill to provide tax relief to business along the Crenshaw corridor. To help alleviate issues that are adjacent to the construction of rail lines.

The member is a big proponent of diversity in the workplace. His office has sponsored two events to celebrate women in business: African American empowerment of Women in Business, Latinas Breaking Barriers event. Tomorrow is another event- Women in Finance. Another event next Thursday Senior Scam Stopper whose purpose is to equip the community with tools and techniques to empower themselves to stop fraud.

Maya personally deals with Women’s health and mental health issues. She left her business card and invites contact and then opened for questions

1.) Questions ranged from long term unemployment, the tax relief of AB755, BHC appointment delays, taxes, document requests, City storm water funds,

2.) A number of questions were asked on the members position on various Bills. Maya deferred answering and suggested calling the capital office for information about the members positions and further details. Encouraged sign up on website to be informed about all events, bills on the floor and other news of the district.

  1. Candidates running for CDP Region 14 Director

Channing Hawkins

Spoke about need to “Unite the region.” Emphasized the need of the person in position to combine us and hold the Democrats we elected accountable. Will empower the grass roots activists with tools.

Miguel Martinez-

Spoke about needing to “Connect the activist.” Will help coordinate information coming down to make sure the State is working for us. Pledges to keep us continuously connected.

Announcements

Executive Board meeting is Saturday, 10 am at Pat Levinson’s house on June 27.

Next General Meeting CC Police Chief Scott Bixby will be the featured speaker.

By-laws committee needs to meet and membership will vote on updated By-Laws in June.

Michelle is organizing a field trip to an edible garden. The last Sunday of month on the 31st. Email to carpool.

Tom announced how good this Club is.

Motion to adjourn meeting by Darryl Cherness, seconded by Ronnie Jayne. Meeting adjourned at 9:19pm

Respectfully submitted, Stephen Murray, Correspondence Secretary ]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/may-2015-general-meeting-minutes/feed/ 0 AB 356 (Williams) Groundwater Protections http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/ab-356-williams-groundwater-protections/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/ab-356-williams-groundwater-protections/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 23:11:51 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4961

The Culver City Democratic Club SUPPORTS AB 356, Groundwater Protection and Underground Injection Control Program Reform, which protects groundwater from oil and gas operations and reforms the underground injection control program.

Groundwater resources play a vital role in maintaining California’s economic and environmental sustainability. California’s 515 alluvial groundwater basins and sub-basins provide close to 40 percent of the state’s water supply in an average year. And in dry or drought years, groundwater accounts for as much as 60 percent of the state’s water supply. Many disadvantaged communities rely on groundwater for 100% of their water supply.

The recent revelation that over 2,500 oil and gas wells were permitted by the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to inject wastewater and other fluids into federally protected aquifers shows that action must be taken to protect California’s groundwater. These injections violate the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and fail to protect groundwater that potentially could be used for drinking water, irrigation or other beneficial uses. Considering we are currently in our fourth year of extreme drought, the time to act is now.

AB 356 enhances oversight and accountability within the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II program for the long-term protection of aquifers. AB 356 will ensure that aquifer exemptions are thoroughly vetted, require injection projects to be regularly reviewed, and mandate groundwater monitoring plans for injection well projects. This will make sure oil and gas operators’ injection projects are injecting into appropriate aquifers and that underground injection does not pollute water that could be used for drinking water or other beneficial uses.

The requirements of AB 356 are a small yet crucial step in protecting our groundwater resources, and for these reasons the Culver City Democratic Club strongly supports AB 356 and invite you to support it as well.

Download AB356 Letter of support CCDC

]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/ab-356-williams-groundwater-protections/feed/ 0 President’s Message by Sylvia Moore, June 2015 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-june-2015/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-june-2015/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:03:36 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4869 sylvia_photoWhen most people think of ways to improve public safety, the idea that typically comes to mind is increasing the number of police in our communities.

But as policing as an institution is coming under increased scrutiny in light of widespread media coverage of controversial police shootings of unarmed people, many are questioning the wisdom of hiring more police as the preferred solution to fighting crime. I agree.

In fact, the best crime fighting weapon is to decrease inequality and increase trust in our society. The most equal societies have the least social ills and have the most trust among their citizens, according to a book I have read and recommend, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality is Better for Everyone by British researchers Kate Pickett and Richard G. Wilkinson. It makes a ton of sense. Give marginalized people access to high quality education, good jobs, better pay, and a generous social safety net, and they won’t be so desperate that they turn to crime to survive.

So, a more equal society is a safer society. The more people feel economically safe and secure, the less likely they are to fear their neighbors and want to buy guns for protection. It’s no wonder that the United States is the most unequal of the advanced democracies and has the most guns per capita and the highest level of gun violence.

A culture that prizes profits over the well-being of people is ultimately self-defeating. A society that views certain of its members with suspicion and treats them as less than human, rather than as full citizens, is self- defeating. And a country that allows a small number of its population hoard a disproportionate share of the wealth at the expense of the majority population, is self- defeating. These are the ingredients that contribute to a less safe society.

How do we end inequality and make the U.S. a safer country? Changing attitudes and culture is key. First, we should view all our fellow citizens as human beings, with the same right to a dignified well-being as we would have for ourselves. Next, we should regard all work as having value and deserving of a just compensation; the labor of the domestic worker is as important as that of the CEO. Then, we should value the public sphere as much as we do the private; our public institutions and our public spaces deserve our support and enough resources to thrive. Next, we must end draconian punishments for petty offenses; leave the quality of life issues for civilians to deal with creatively, and leave our police to handle the truly violent elements. Finally, we must break down the barriers to political participation that keep the less affluent and the less connected away from influencing public policy. America has to practice real democracy, not simply preach about it. We have come at a crossroads and we have a choice. If we pay attention to world history, a widening divide between the haves and have-nots only ends in one way, and it’s not pretty. Instead, let’s take the other path, the one toward broad societal prosperity, healthier and safer communities. ]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/06/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-june-2015/feed/ 0 President’s Message by Sylvia Moore, May 2015 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/05/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-may-2015/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/05/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-may-2015/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 20:40:16 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4862 sylvia_photoPresidential election season is officially underway, and the next Chief Executive – hopefully, a Democrat – will have to deal with an economy that, while recovering, is still less than stellar. March‟s jobs report was underwhelming: the federal government stated only 126,000 jobs were created after a year- long streak of monthly job figures north of 200,000. Meanwhile, the situation of the long-term unemployed – people out of work 27 weeks or more – has only slightly improved. Although the numbers in that group have dropped, 2.6 million people are still long-term unemployed, far higher than before the Great Recession began. That‟s a lot of wasted potential.

Despite all the rhetoric coming from the media and politicians asserting that the U.S. economy is on the upswing, many of our citizens are not feeling it. Wages are still stagnant for those who are working. Most of the gains made from the recovery have gone to the very richest. And the official employment numbers don‟t tell the whole story. For instance, the labor force participation rate is 62.7% – the lowest figure in nearly 40 years. Many people are either working part-time and want a full-time job, or have simply given up trying to find a job at all. They are not counted in the official unemployment rate of 5.5%. (Neither are people in prison, for that matter).

I can certainly attest to the problem of long-term unemployment, because I have been suffering bouts of unemployment for years, even before the 2008 financial crash (remember George W. Bush‟s “jobless recovery?”). For four blissful months last year, I had a full-time job on a state Senate campaign. Since that campaign ended last June, I have yet to land another job, despite continuing to send out resumes and leveraging my network of friends and acquaintances. There are others I know in the same situation. Unfortunately, the stigma of being unemployed for so long runs so deep in our society that some employers are openly discriminating against people who show long gaps in their employment histories. Then add to that difficulty, the unique challenges that certain groups – women, people of color, the disabled, people over 50 – have when trying to land jobs. For example, blacks, who still face rampant employment discrimination, don‟t have the same access as whites to the kinds of social networks that connect people to the best and highest paying jobs within the “hidden job market.” Decades of institutionalized racism and residential segregation have limited blacks‟ access to good employment opportunities.

Despite these challenges within American employment, the problem of long-term unemployment is getting little attention, aside from political fights over the length of time for unemployment benefits. I feel that those of us who are still unemployed and want to work are being left to twist in the wind. “Fighting for $15” minimum wage and talking up the “plight of working families” are great issues, but what about the folks who can only dream of getting a wage at all? This is where the government must come in. When the market fails, it is the government that must become “the employer of last resort.”

Democrats once trumpeted that principle from the days of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who established the famed Works Progress Administration that put thousands to work during the Great Depression. But, today, our party seems too timid to promote “muscular government,” and won‟t effectively push back against the ridiculous idea that “government doesn‟t create jobs (tell any civil servant that they aren‟t actually doing a „job‟).” That timidity is the result of 40 years of American society being bombarded with bad right-wing economic theories and policies. The WPA was a successful program, and so was another federal jobs program in the 1970s, called the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. CETA trained unemployed people and provided them with jobs in civil service. Other countries have similar programs. CCDC member Darryl Cherness told me about CETA. Eventually, CETA and a subsequent successor were repealed in the 1990s. But we need such a program again. The recalcitrant Republican Congress likely won‟t implement it, so our California state Legislature should. ]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/05/presidents-message-by-sylvia-moore-may-2015/feed/ 0 March 2015 General Meeting Minutes http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/04/march-2015-general-meeting-minutes/ http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/04/march-2015-general-meeting-minutes/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:32:10 +0000 http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/?p=4946

Culver City Democratic Club – 62 Years

General Membership Meeting – Veterans Auditorium Rotunda

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  1. Call to Order at 7:15 pm by President Lee Sanders
  2. Pledge of Allegiance – led by Darryl Cherness.
  3. Announcements:
  1. Jim Clarke announced his fundraiser at the Culver Hotel on March 19, 2014.
  2. Juanita Wright, a Culver City resident and her husband Pastor James Wright, at the behest of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s rep, is hosting a Covered CA workshop on Saturday, March 22 at the Vet’s Bldg, Uruapan Room from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  3. Lee Sanders reminded folks that next month’s meeting (April) would be primarily focused on endorsements.
  4. Robert Neff wishes to speak on reapportionment and redistricting. He will be scheduled a.s.a.p. after the endorsements meeting.
  5. Christopher Patrick King announced his fundraiser at the Culver Hotel on March 26, 2014. Campaign could use your help writing letters to local papers, help walking precincts or making phone calls.
  6. A. Executive Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Rosenberg’s home.
  1. Approval of February 12, 2014 Minutes: moved to approve as corrected – VII: 35 votes to be endorsed.” Amy Cherness is not a guest, but a member in good standing. Although “typos” are not necessary for amendments, Pat misspelled Dave Weisman’s name. My apologies. – Move to approve as corrected by Darryl Cherness, seconded by Tom Camarella; motion passed.
  2. Officer Reports
  1. Treasurer’s Report (Eric) Total funds as of February 28, 2014, includes the Installation Luncheon income, are: $ 4,351.31.
  2. Membership (Diane) – 123 paid for 2014. You can now pay your dues online: ActBlue.org/CCDCmembership
  3. Fundraising (David) – Planning a Bingo Night. Made $211 on the raffle at the Installation Luncheon.

Once again John Riordan donated $100 for a raffle! Thank you, John! The person who won the raffle turned around and gave the money to the Club!

  1. Correspondence (Stephen) – Worked on the website. Included the Minutes from 2013 to the present, also posted is who the CCDC endorsed.
  1. Program
  1. Ronnie Jayne spoke about the Cultural Affairs Commission, which she served for 8 years. She introduced Marla Koosed, who has been the Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission, who spoke about re-establishing the basic structure of this Commission to allocate funds, to re-establish two full time positions. Among the concerns she mentioned were: no transparency of this effort; no public art has been maintained in the last two years; historical sites may be in jeopardy due to lack of repairs and maintenance; lack of permanent staff positions, Cultural Affairs is in no single department and its people are reporting to multiple entities; Marla would appreciate the endorsement/signing of a petition to save/restructure this commission. The recommendation with your signatures and letters needs to “flood” (i.e. sent to) City Hall, NOW! The City Manager will offer a budget in May and this effort needs to be accomplished before the budget is submitted. Christopher King moved and Tom Camarella seconded the motion for the Executive Board to write a letter in support of the Cultural Arts Commission to City Hall. Approved.
  2. Michele Sutter of MOVI (Money Out, Voters In) spoke about limits on political campaign spending and that corporations should not have the rights of human beings. Ted Lieu (Sen. District 28) proposed SB 1272, based on LA City’s Proposition C language, but improved, which is the U.S. Constitutional Amendment for campaign funding limits and corporations not having the same rights as human beings (a proposed 28th US Amendment). Co-authors include: State Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Das Williams and Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski. Michele was asking for the Club’s help in reaching out to State Sen. Holly Mitchell, Assemblymembers Steven Bradford and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
  3. Report about the CADEM Convention. Reporting were Tom Camarella, Ronnie Jayne, Sylvia Moore, Lee Sanders and Pat Levinson: Tom described “Another Democrat Against Fracking” signs that were hoisted in the Convention. Platform highlights included: Anti-Human Trafficking; Support for Light and Heavy Duty Vehicle regulation; immediate moratorium on fracking; reduction of reliance on non-renewable nuclear power (including employment plans for workers affected by plant closures); and support the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana; Pat noted the products to boycott from the Koch Bros. products; No endorsement of Secretary of State and Controller; Ronnie described a “Yes” recommendation of 2 Propositions for June: 1) Providing for Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act and 2) State Reimbursement to Local Agencies – Requires local government compliance with laws providing for public access to local government body meetings and records of government officials. Eliminates reimbursement for costs of compliance. Holly Mitchell’s session was about women of color entering the political arena. Sylvia reported on the Voter Trends Panel on voter turnout. PDI representative recommended that we need to identify “Decline to State” voters, who are mostly Latinos. While a plurality lean towards voting Democratic, which he called “Dems+, they think that the State Democratic Party to too conservative. Lee reported on the various speakers at CADEM and those who were dynamic (Daraka Larimore-Hall, who is secretary of CADEM and others). Pat also shared a petition and information about SB 52 the CA DISCLOSE Act, authored by Sen. Mark Leno and Jerry Hill.

Motion to adjourn moved by Tom, seconded by Darryl. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Pat Levinson, Recording Secretary ]]> http://culvercitydemocraticclub.com/2015/04/march-2015-general-meeting-minutes/feed/ 0