It is with heavy hearts that we report that long-time member Sue Roberts passed away this month. Sue is remembered for regular attendance at monthly meetings, her energy, and her assistance in the kitchen at the annual dinner. She is survived by two sisters and a brother. Sue will be missed.
REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETING – August 28, 2018
Where: Presbyterian Church at 545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito 94530
Voting may Begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:20 PM (all votes require waiving notice rules)
- 6:00 PM Doors Open:Pizza available ($5)
- 6:30 Call to Order
- 6:35 October 20 Dinner – Mark your calendar
- 6:40 Fall Precinct Walking Volunteers
- 6:45 Announcements: Announcements to include proposal by Hari Lamba to compose and send an ECDC Resolution to the national Democratic Committee, not to accept money from Fossil Fuel Companies – see short blurb in newsletter.
- 7PM Program Presentations: Club members may vote to endorse according to our endorsement rules. A candidate or ballot measure must receive 60% of the vote (voting members who attend) to receive the Club’s endorsement. If no candidate receives 60% of the vote, then there will be no endorsement. Only members in good standing for 45 days prior to the endorsement forum may vote, and the ECDC may only endorse Democrats in any race whether partisan or non-partisan.
- Consider waiving notice requirements to allow club to take action on these matters including Candidate forum and endorsement of
- Stege Sanitary candidates
- Endorsement of East Bay Municipal Utility District candidate Andy Katz
- Endorsement of all Candidates Listed in Regular Newsletter
- Endorsement of El Cerrito Measure V, Charter City
- 7:05 – 7:50 Stege Sanitary District Candidates:
- Al Miller
- Dwight Merrill
- Jay Z. James
- Juliet Christian-Smith
- 7:50 – 8:00 El Cerrito Ballot Measure on Charter City
- 8:00 – 8:10 Endorsement of Democratic Candidates
- Open Microphone for the following Candidates:
- Governor Gavin Newsom
- Secretary of State Alex Padilla
- Treasurer Betty Yee
- Controller Fiona Ma
- Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
- Board of Equalization Malia Cohen
- Attorney General Xavier Becerra
- Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia
- CC County District Attorney Diana Becton
- US Representative Mark DeSaulnier
- East Bay Municipal Utility District Andy Katz (to be added by ECDC vote)
- 8:10 to 8:20 Statewide Ballot Measures: Discussion and identification of which Measures need to be discussed at September 25, 2018, Regular Membership Meeting. There are 12 propositions on the November General Election Ballot and the ECDC board is recommending that members review the endorsement positions of the state party to determine if there are any propositions that warrant separate discussion and endorsement by ECDC members.
Consider waiving notice requirements to allow club to take action on remaining Ballot Measures.
The California Democratic Party (CDP) has the following recommendations:
- Proposition 1 (Veterans Bond) – SUPPORT
- Proposition 2 (No Place Like Home Act) —SUPPORT
- Proposition 3 (Water Bond) —NO POSITION
- Proposition 4 (Children’s Hospital Bond) —SUPPORT
- Proposition 5 (Property Tax Assessment Changes)—OPPOSE
- Proposition 6 (Road Repair Fund Repeal) —OPPOSE
- Proposition 7 (Daylight Savings Time Repeal) —SUPPORT
- Proposition 8 (Regulation of Dialysis Centers) —SUPPORT
- Proposition 9 (Dividing California) —OPPOSE
- Proposition 10 (Rent Control Ban Repeal) —SUPPORT
- Proposition 11 (Ambulance Employee Break Restrictions) —OPPOSE
- Proposition 12 (Farm Animal Well -Being) —SUPPORT
Source: CDP endorsements: https://www.cadem.org/vote/endorsements
For more detailed information on the November 2018 ballot initiative measures go to: https://ballotpedia.org/California_2018_ballot_propositions
- 8:25 PM Adjourn. Additional information on the September 25 ECDC Meeting featuring WCCUSD Superintendent Mathew Duffy will be available early next month.
The 2018 ECDC endorsement process for the 2018 election will continue through the next two meetings scheduled in August — and possibly include the September meeting. Members are encouraged to come hear participating candidates and vote for those they wish to be endorsed by ECDC.
These events encourage candidates and ballot measures to present their case for endorsement and to answer specific questions created by the ECDC Executive Board. All local Democrats are welcome and encouraged to attend. Only eligible ECDC members, according to bylaws and standing rules, will be able to vote at these events for endorsement. Other clubs will do their endorsement voting at their own meetings at a subsequent date.
Revised August 2018 Agenda
SPECIAL ENDORSEMENT MEETING of Candidates – August 25, 2018
Where: El Cerrito High School Cafeteria, 540 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito, CA.
Voting Begins at 11 AM and ends at 4 PM.
Club members will vote to endorse according to our endorsement rules. A candidate must receive 60% of the vote (voting members who attend) to receive the Club’s endorsement. If no candidate receives 60% of the vote, then there will be no endorsement. Only members in good standing for 45 days prior to the endorsement forum may vote, and the ECDC may only endorse Democrats in any race whether partisan or non-partisan.
- 10 AM Doors Open and set up begins: Bagels, cream cheese, coffee, and OJ will be provided by DPCCC and Janet Abelson
- 11 AM Call to Order, Voting Begins, Speakers Begins
For each of the listed contests, there will be opening candidate statements, responses to specific questions, and closing candidate remarks.
- 11AM John Marquez – Contra Costa County Community College District Board of Trustees
- 11:15 – 12:15 Assembly 15 candidates Buffy Wicks and Jovanka Beckels
- 12:30 – 1:00 Lt. Governor candidates Ed Hernandez and Elani Kounalakis
- 1:00 – 1:30 Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools candidate Lynn Mackey
- 1:30 – 2:00 AC Transit At-Large Board of Directors candidate Joel Young
- 2:00 – 2:30 El Cerrito City Council candidates Gabe Quinto and Janet Abelson
- 2:30 – 4:00 West County Unified School District Board of Education Candidates:
- Anthony Caro
- Carlos Toabada
- Consuelo Lara
- Madeline Kronenberg
- Tiffany Grimsley
- 4 PM Voting Ends and clean up begins. Election Judge will complete tallying of ECDC ballots and announce results
- 5 PM Event ends. Vacate the space