January Business Meeting Agenda

January 22, 2019

Agenda submitted by Janet Abelson

  • 6:00 Doors Open: Pizza available ($5)
  • 6:30 Call to Order
  • 6:35 Minutes
  • 6:40 Treasurer’s Report
  • 6:45 Elections of Officers – See Slate Recommended by Executive Board below
  • 6:50 Budget for 2019
  • 7:00 Club Endorsements for ADEM, if any. Current Assembly District 15 delegate endorsements by club include
    • Women: Champagne Brown, Joey Smith
    • Men: Hari Lamba, Harpreet Sandhu
      There are seven positions for women and seven positions for men.
  • 7:10 Announcements
        1. Next meeting on February 26, 2019
          1. Program item – Hari Lamba interviewed by Paul Fadelli
          2. Climate change, jobs and economy for it, visions, etc.7:10 Announcements
        2. Climate Change Series to be organized – separate from Membership meetings
        3. Other
  • 7:45 Program – Selection of Programs for 2019
    • See list of suggested programs below
    • Additional Suggestions, if any
  • 8:30 Adjourn

Executive Board Recommended Candidates for ECDC

Executive Board for 2019

  • President – Janet Abelson*
  • Executive Vice President: Champagne Brown (currently VP Membership)
  • Immediate Past President: Peter Chau (on leave)*
  • Vice President Membership: Greg Lyman (currently VP Treasurer)
  • Vice President Treasurer: Kathy Fleming**
  • Vice President Publications (Newsletters): Hari Lamba*
  • Vice President Records (Secretary): Glen Nethercut**
  • Vice President Programs: Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch**
  • Vice President Media (Website): Rosa Esquivel (currently VP Records)
    • *indicates current office holder **new to board

January 22, 2019 Agenda Attachment

Possible 2019 Programs
The following is a list of the potential program ideas discussed at the November 27, 2018 General meeting. Grouped ideas have been expanded to be individual items so Members can participate in ranking their top five (5) choices. This list is in alphabetical order:

  1. Campaign Experiences and stories from Young Democrat Demnleus Johnson III
  2. Campaign Experiences and stories from Young Democrat Igor Tregub,
  3. Campaign Experiences and stories from Young Democrat Rochelle Pardue-
  4. Co-sponsor event(s) with Young Democratic Clubs – need to focus on the young person’s perspective and define the end goal and that they get something from democratic clubs
  5. Conduct an Endorsement Forum of 2020 Presidential Candidates
  6. Discussion on where the El Cerrito Life Long Learning Center could be location (building formerly known as the Library)
  7. Form an ECDC Subcommittee on Animal Rights,
  8. Form an ECDC Subcommittee on CADEM resolutions,
  9. Form an ECDC Subcommittee on Environment,
  10. Form an ECDC Subcommittee on Health,
  11. Form an ECDC Subcommittee on Housing
  12. Form an ECDC Subcommittee on Transportation,
  13. Form an ECDC Subcommittee on Voter registration,
  14. Form an ECDC Subcommittee on Voter Role verification,
  15. Host a Town Hall style meetings on Local Issues
  16. Presentation and Discussion about Climate Change and the Environment with
    respect to food source, industrial food production, agribusiness, transportation, organic food, labeling
  17. Presentation and Discussion about Drug Epidemic Responses and Treatment
    (not just the visible opioid epidemic)
  18. Presentation and Discussion about how Single Payer Health Care and/or
    Medicare for All would be implemented, the cost, the challenges
  19. Presentation and Discussion of WCCUSD School Board District Elections –
    cause, maps, timeline
  20. Presentation by Assembly District 15 Assembly member Buffy Wicks,
  21. Presentation by Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia,
  22. Presentation by State Senator Nancy Skinner,
  23. Presentation by State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond,
  24. Presentations by Contra Costa County DA Diana Beckton.

ECDC Holiday Party – Dec 11

ECDC Annual Holiday Dessert Party on Tuesday,

December 11, 2018

The Club has an informal gathering in December to mingle and chat among the club members.  This event includes desserts, snacks and beverages brought by guests.  Please join us at 7 Pomona Ave in El Cerrito starting at 7PM.  Cheers!

Agenda of Sep 25 Meeting

Upcoming regular Membership Meeting will be held on September 25, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church at 545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito 94530. Meeting will start at 6:30 pm.

Business Agenda

  • 6:00 Doors Open:  Pizza available ($5)
  • 6:30  Call to Order
  • 6:35 Minutes from August 28, 2018
  • 6:40 Treasurer’s Report
  • 6:45 October 20 Dinner – Mark your calendar and sign up
  • 6:50 Fall Precinct Walking Volunteers – sign up to assemble and to walk
  • 6:55  Announcements


7:10         Matt Duffy, Superintendent West Contra Costa Unified School District

Superintendent Matt Duffy will present an overview of the West Contra Costa Unified School District and the many challenges that face the district going into the new school year, including limited budgets, security concerns, curriculum, discipline issues, and the ongoing issues involving Charter vs. public schools.

Duffy spent nine years in the Oakland Unified School District serving as a principal and an area superintendent.   As an area superintendent, he oversaw a portfolio of 15 schools including middle and high schools throughout the city.   Before coming to WCCUSD in 2016 Duffy served as the Assistant Superintendent in Milpitas Unified where he was in charge of teaching and learning, leadership, enrollment, technology, Special Education, and LCAP development.  Superintendent Duffy is the ninth permanent superintendent in WCCUSD history.  He lives in Oakland with his wife Tamara and their three kids.

Action Item:

7:40                ECDC Endorsement Panel:  AC Transit Director at Large

The two candidates for AC Transit Director at Large will make their case before members for an ECDC endorsement, with a vote to follow.

  • Dollene Jones is Co-Founder and CEO of Abundance Worldwide Enterprises and was an AC Transit bus operator for more than 21 years.
  • Joel Young is the incumbent AC Transit Director at Large and is an attorney.

8:10                 CA Proposition Endorsements

At Last month’s ECDC meeting members voted to discuss, and possibly take positions on, the following four state propositions on the November ballot:

  • Proposition 3 (Water Bond)
  • Proposition 5 (Property Tax Assessment Changes)
  • Proposition 7 (Daylight Savings Time Repeal)
  • Proposition 10 (Rent Control Ban Repeal)

9:00 Adjourn