San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
September 11, 2017
General Association Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER
Chair-Jose Caballero called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m. at Elijah’s Restaurant. 
 
Myeshia Williams announced the Criminal Justice Progressive Focus occurring next Monday, September 18th at 6pm at Elijah’s Restaurant.
 
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Motion: Cameron Gilbert moved to approve the agenda for our September 11thGeneral Meeting.
Vote: Unanimous
Resolved: Motion carried
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion: Dave Wright moved to approve the minutes for our August General Meeting.
Seconded: Kevin Lourens
Vote: Unanimous
Resolved: Motion carried
 
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORTS
Treasurer Mike Thaller reported that we have $3,582.94 in the bank.
 
Membership Chair-Enrique Diaz reported that we now have 226 members.
A warm welcome to the following new members who joined today:
Leslie Gollub
James Ferroro
Richard Ram
Jenny Wynne
Catherine and Louis Ramirez
Omar Passons
 
Vice President Internal Liz Lavertu announced our October Progressive Focus highlighting housing and homelessness. In November, the East County Democratic Club will be holding executive board elections. Members are encouraged to attend and vote. The California Disclose Act (AB 249) passed the Senate and moves to the Assembly for its final vote this Friday, September 15th. Please phone bank if you can for this important bill by clicking here.
 
Vice President External Andrea Beth Damsky reported on yesterday’s picnic that the SDPDC co-hosted with the San Diego Democrats for Equality (see photos here). The picnic sparked conversations between the clubs and showed the clubs’ unity moving forward.
 
Member-at-Large Kelly King reported on the progress of the Healthy California Act (SB 562).
 
Communications Chair Cameron Gilbert reported on his actions, including managing the Twitter account @sdprogressives and Facebook page. The website will be updated soon. Cameron also reported on legislation that passed recently in the California, including SB 239, a bill Todd Gloria co-authored that decriminalizes the spread of HIV; three bills introduced by Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, AB 805 which would reform SANDAG, AB 1516 which provides diapers to low-income women, AB 1209 which forces companies to disclose gender income gap data; AB 10 which requires public schools to provide tampons in restrooms; and SB 17 which requires drug companies to disclose price breakdowns for their drugs.
 
CHAPTERING DISCUSSION TO BEGIN CHAPTER MEETINGS IN OCTOBER
 
Members discussed how often their chapters should meet locally, which will likely be left up to the individual chapters. Volunteers (one general member and one executive board member) were requested to be organizing/location leads for the first chapter meetings:
North: Kim Gilding + Alex White
South: Antonio Martinez + Kelly King
Central: Dave Wright + Cameron Gilbert
East: Zak Kamak + Andrea Beth Damsky
 
Motion: Dave Wright moved to close discussion on this topic
Vote: Unanimous
Resolved: Motion carried
 
Motion: James Elia moved to continue with organizing our chapter organizing.
Seconded: Zak Kamak
Vote: Unanimous
Resolved: Motion carried
 
The chapters will be meeting October and November, and there may be a possible holiday party in December as a general meeting. The executive board will get back to membership with the date for the next general meeting.
 
Motion: Andrea Beth moved to close discussion
Vote: Unanimous
Resolved: Motion carried
 
CDP REPORT
Members who attended the CDP convention reported on their activities.
Liz Lavertu – The Progressive Caucus is looking for leaders. If you are interested in joining the caucus, you can do so here.
Mike Thaller – The Organizational Development Committee, which is in charge of organizing the party, is on the cusp of major reorganization.
Kelly King – Kelly reported on the Voters Services Committee, of which she is on the subcommittee for new tools.
Andrea Beth Damsky – Andrea Beth reported on the Credentials Committee, which checks people in and hears about contested elections.
 
ENDORSEMENT VOTES
Cody Petterson spoke on behalf of the People’s Platform.
 
Motion: Dave Wright moved to close discussion.
Resolved: Motion carried
 
Motion: To endorse the People’s Platform.
Vote: Unanimous
Resolved: Motion carried
 
SB 33 has already passed as a bill, and so the club declined to hold an endorsement vote.
 
Andrea Beth Damsky spoke on behalf of the Pro-Choice Candidates Resolution. Jose Caballero read the resolution aloud.
 
Motion: Dave Wright moved to close discussion.
Resolved: Motion carried
 
Motion: To endorse the Pro-Choice Candidates Resolution.
Vote: Unanimous
Resolved: Motion carried
 
SDPDC/PDA JOINT PROGRESSIVE FOCUS SERIES STARTING IN OCTOBER
Mike spoke on behalf of changing the SDPDC Progressive Focus Series to a SDPDC/PDA joint effort. The proposal will be to not to do anything different from what we are doing, but to make it a joint effort to get a perspective that is both local (SDPDC) and national (PDA).
Resolved: Motion carried
 
EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS
Jenny Wynne ran for the position of Secretary of the SDPDC executive board.
Motion: Mike Thaller moved to vote by acclimation.
Seconded: Alexander White
Resolved: Motion carried
 
Jenny Wynne was thereby elected as Secretary of the SDPDC executive board by acclimation.
 
Kevin Lourens and James Glicker ran for the positions of At-Large Member of the SDPDC executive board. The SDPDC voted to vote by acclimation, and both Kevin Lourens and James Glicker were elected as At-Large Members of the SDPDC executive board by acclimation.
 
 
CANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Jennifer Campbell announced that she is running for San Diego City Council District 2.
 
Omar Passons announced that he is running for Board of Supervisors District 4. OmarPassons.com
 
Antonio Martinez announced that he is running for San Diego City Council District 8.
 
Daniel Smiechowski announced that he is running for San Diego City Council District 2.
 
Bryan Kim announced that he is running for Congress in the 53rd district.
 
Pete Beauregard announced that he is running for Congress in the 50th district.
 
Ammar Campa-Najjar announced that he is running for Congress in the 50thdistrict. CampaCampaign.com
 
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Democrats for Environmental Action will be holding their Three Year Anniversary Event on Sunday September 24th from 1-4pm at Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, 4050 Adams Ave in Kensington. Tickets are on sale online. Their next general club meeting will be held on Wednesday September 20th at 6pm at Elijah’s. This meeting will include a forum of Democrats running for the County Board of Supervisors District 4 seat.
 
The next San Diego County Central Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19 from 7-9pm at the Machinist’s Hall, 5150 Kearny Mesa Road. The calendar of Central Committee meetings can be found here.
 
The last PDA meeting before our upcoming joint Progressive Focus Series meetings will be held on Wednesday, September 20th from 7-8:45pm at Sizzler Steakhouse, 3755 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite S. The meeting will focus on big energy.
 
There will be an International Day of Peace this Sunday, September 17 from 3-5pm at Aztec Park, 7945 Morocco Drive in La Mesa. This event is organized by the Interfaith Council of La Mesa.
 
There will be a fundraiser for Genevieve Jones-Wright on Thursday, September 14th at 6pm at Uptown Tavern, 1236 University Ave in Hillcrest.
 
Please call your assembly members about housing bills SB 2SB 3, and SB 35, and about SB 54, the California Values Act (sanctuary state bill).
 
There will be a San Onofre Settlement Celebration on September 24th from 4-6pm Oceanside Pier Amphitheater.
 
There will be a precinct walk for Doug Applegate on September 23rd in Encinitas.
 
There are several Facebook pages that post political events happening in San Diego, including San Diego Protests (which posts fewer events/only protests) and Organize San Diego (which posts more events/all politically related events).
 
IBW 465 (the SDG&E workers’ union) will be hosting an action event on September 20th.
 
Our next Progressive Focus meeting on criminal justice will be next Monday, September 18 at Elijah’s Restaurant and Delicatessen.
7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
6:00 p.m. Socializing
6:45 p.m. Meeting
 
Next General Meeting will be Monday, October 9 at Elijah’s Restaurant and Delicatessen.
7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
6:00 p.m. Socializing
6:45 p.m. Meeting
 
Meeting adjourned by Jose Caballero at 8:56 p.m.