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 has endorsed the following candidates for The Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. The election will be on March 3, 2015. The LACCCD has eliminated run-off elections this year.
Endorsements were made at the candidate forum hosted by the Democratic Club on January 14th. All candidates were invited. We thank candidates Andra Hoffman, Francesca Vega (both Seat 1), Mike Fong, Joyce Burrell Garcia (both Seat 7) and Sydney Kamlager (Seat 3) for attending. Candidates had to receive 2/3 of the vote from members to receive the Club endorsement.
LACC Board members are elected at-large, from all the voters in the District, for terms of four years. Elections are held every two years for alternating seats. The Board generally meets twice a month on Wednesday. More information on Board meetings agenda, schedule and location can be found on their website.
Culver City Democratic Club – 63 Years
General Membership Meeting – Veterans Auditorium Rotunda
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I encourage you to come to our next General Meeting on Jan. 14, which will feature a candidates forum and endorsement vote for the Community College Board of Trustees, Seats 1, 3, 5 and 7. All registered Democrats for each seat’s race have been invited to participate, so please spread the word and come with your questions for the candidates. Also at January’s meeting, the membership will vote for our club’s 2015 Executive Board: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, Membership, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary. You can see bios of the Executive Board candidates and the Community College Board candidates in this newsletter.
Now, a few words about education, since that is this month’s theme. I am the product of a public school education (except for a two-year stint at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication). I am very proud of that. I owe my ability to read, write, calculate and think critically to the teachers that imparted their knowledge and wisdom so that I could thrive as a well-rounded citizen. Many of us owe our success, in part, to our school teachers, and to that great, enlightened idea of universal, public education.
So it is with great alarm and sadness that I see public education, in general, and teachers, in particular, be disrespected and disparaged by certain elements in this country who see children as cogs to be exploited for profit, rather than as people to be molded into well-rounded citizens. America cannot thrive, innovate or compete adequately on the world stage without a well-educated citizenry, who can think - not just consume. Teachers should be given the same amount of esteem as doctors, lawyers and business people, and should be paid accordingly. Our public primary and secondary schools must be supported, and uplifted. Children from low- income families deserve a world-class education just as much as those from affluent families. Our public community colleges and universities should be funded well to the point where tuition is either free or inexpensive. And finally, America should not be afraid - or too arrogant - to consider educational methodologies from other countries (for e.g., I recommend reading the book, Finnish Lessons by Dr. Pasi Sahlberg). Let’s start truly treating a quality public education as a right for everyone.