MEET THE NEW WCCCUSD SUPERINTENDENT AT OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING!

Greetings, Democrats! With summer saying “Good-Bye!” we can now welcome the autumn season with a “Back-to-School” theme. For our next regularly scheduled ECDC general meeting, please join me in welcoming Matt Duffy, the Superintendent of West Contra Costa Unified School District (location change to El Cerrito High School’s cafeteria; see below).

Mr. Duffy will be presenting on various issues pertinent to El Cerrito’s neighborhood schools. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session where ECDC members may ask questions about the general state of issues involving El Cerrito’s public schools. Not an ECDC member? That’s ok, membership forms will be available at the door.

Shortly after Mr. Duffy’s presentation, we will also hear from Joanna Pace of Public Core – a volunteer think tank dedicated to researching the privatization of public education – to discuss campaign finance surrounding the school board elections. This is in accordance with the General Membership’s vote on topics back in January 2017.

Finally, the ECDC Executive Board met on August 28, 2017. A quorum consisting of the President, Immediate Past President, Executive VP, VP of Records, VP of Membership, and VP of Publications met and:

–voted to pursue a replacement of our speaker that, after many duct tape and masking tape repairs, is now broken beyond repair;
–planned our annual dinner in October; and
–discussed our membership statistics, thanks to the data compilation from our VP of Membership.

Remember, our meeting location has changed for ECDC’s September 26 meeting. Instead of the church, we will be at El Cerrito High School’s cafeteria (540 Asbury Ave., where we have held Endorsement Forums in 2014 and 2016). Usual time (6:00PM pizza half-hour social, 6:30PM start time). See you there!

Centennial Time Capsule Dedication, Wednesday, 8/23!

5:30pm-6:30pm (dedication at 6pm)
El Cerrito City Hall (10890 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito)

On the anniversary of the City’s incorporation, come to El Cerrito City Hall to enjoy light refreshments, attend the dedication of the time capsule and take a tour of City Hall! The time capsule will be located inside City Hall (upstairs near the History Room) and will include newsletters, photos and memorabilia from the City and over 25 community groups.

AUG. 22 MEETING: AGENDA ITEMS

I’m sure we will all extend a warm ECDC welcome to our guest speaker, Robert Cheasty of Citizens for Eastshore Parks! His presentation will be consistent with our club’s longtime dedication to conservation and environmental activism.

I’d like to remind the membership that in August we also have several important items to consider or vote on:
–a budget amendment of $500 to fund recruitment efforts for freshly registered Democrats and just-moved-to-El Cerrito Democrats;
–dedicating an E-Board position for a Young Democrat; and
–putting over a Standing Rule requirement in Section F (“Selection of Delegates for Pre-Endorsement Caucus…”) for a later date (Standing Rule F requires delegate selection to happen at our September meeting, but our packed agenda at the Back-to-School meeting will make it advisable to postpone this activity).

Thank you all, and see you on the 22nd!