Dear ECDC Members,

The Shadi Holiday Display www.shadiholidaydisplay.com will be on view starting December 11 through December 26, 2016.

As you may know, each evening the display has shepherds (volunteers) on site to monitor the viewers, answer questions, turn on and off the music and lights (simple on and off switch). It is basically being an ambassador of the display.

We are soliciting shepherds for each night. Shifts are 5:00pm-7:30pmand 7:30pm-10:00pm.

Being a shepherd at the display for a two and half hour shift is really a magical experience. Hearing the visitors’ stories about their history with the display is interesting and awe inspiring. It makes one realize what an important and unusual holiday ‘event’ the city has in its midst.

The deadline for signups is December 1.

Please let me know if you may have any questions.

Donna Houser





Our November meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 (the 4th Tuesday), has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 29 (the 5th Tuesday).  Our topic is a recap of the November, 2016 election results.  The California Democratic Party will do a comprehensive analysis of those results at the November executive board meeting being held in San Diego on November 17, 18 & 19th.  We haven’t been able to find anyone who will attend that meeting who is willing to present on Nov. 22, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Therefore, we are postponing our meeting one week to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Attendance at our November meeting has historically been low, probably as a consequence of taking place two days before Thanksgiving.  We will propose making this a permanent change at our January, 2017 re-organization meeting.


At our September 27, 2016 meeting we voted 11-4 to approve $2,000 for security improvements, additional features, and a redesign of our website.  We also had a presentation from Henry Symons,, the staff person for Yes on Measure B about the phone banks reaching out to El Cerrito voters to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) to pass Measure B; and we began to prepare materials for distribution to voters.  

ECDC Member Nick Arzio registered his objection to the editorial I had posted on our website regarding systematic “No Endorsement” votes (http://ecdclub.org/?p=1410).  He noted that “no endorsement” is permitted in our standing rules.  I still believe that we have a comprehensive endorsement process, and that it comes with the responsibility to provide guidance to voters wherever possible.


To recap, our website, www.ecdclub.org had stopped functioning twice between January and July.  In addition, hackers from Ukraine, China, India, Canada, and several other countries attempt to hack our site daily.  In response to these problems, our Vice President of Communications, Kip Crosby, sought recommendations and received a comprehensive proposal.

I am happy to report that we have already begun; our consultant works with numerous websites that use the application we use (WordPress), provides hosting with aggressive security, and has successfully migrated many sites.  He has backed up our site which will minimize disruption during the process of migrating our site away from its current host, and has discussed numerous improvements.  I’m hopeful that we will complete the migration and security phases of this project by the end of this year, and will be able to receive advice from new officers elected at our January, 2017 meeting in the re-design phase.

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