June 26, 2018 Meeting Preview

Meeting will be held on June 26, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church at 545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito 94530. Meeting begins at 6:30 PM.


  • 6:00 Doors Open:  Pizza available ($5)
  • 6:30  Call to Order
  • 6:30  Approval of Minutes of May 22, 2018 Meeting
  • 6:35  Treasurer’s Report
  • 6:40  Summary of E-Board Actions of June 4, 2018 – Janet Abelson
  • 6:45  Committee Reports
  • 6:55  4th of July Volunteers – Champagne Brown
  • 7:00  Deadline for Paying Membership Fee to vote on Endorsements – Greg Lyman/ Champagne Brown
  • 7:05  Fall Precinct Walking Volunteers – Greg Lyman
  • 7:10  Announcements


The following are articles and speakers for the Program items

7:25 pm: Maria Alegria, Chair, Democratic Chair of Contra Costa County Democratic Party

Maria Alegria will review the results of the June 5th CA Primary, focus on the Contra Costa contests and other key local races leading to the November General Election.

On the Contra Costa County website, Chair Alegria wrote:

“The Democratic Party of CCC is the voice of over 311,000 registered Democrats in Contra Costa County.  We support issues that protect the safety net for working families, children, immigrants, our seniors, LGBTQ community and those that have been disenfranchised by institutional racism and discrimination.  We speak out when we see injustice.  We are dedicated volunteers working with our allies to elect democrats, pass effective legislation and empower our democratic clubs and community to take action. Our job as Democrats requires a multi-faceted approach. At the national, state and local level, we must Resist Trump’s Executive Orders. Locally, we must Build our Party by registering voters, support grass-roots organizing efforts, empower our Democratic Clubs, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV). We must “Build the Bench” for 2018 & 2020.” 

Alegria is a former City Councilmember of Pinole and recently worked for Assemblyman Tony Thurmond as a district director before becoming chair of the county party.

7:55 pm: Kim Alexander, President and Founder, California Voter Foundation (CVF)

Alexander re-founded the nonprofit and nonpartisan CVF in 1994 “to advance the responsible use of technology in the democratic process and improve the voting process to better serve the needs and interests of voters.”  (CVF was originally founded in 1989 by California Secretary of State March Fong Eu).  CVF’s current priorities include:  equal treatment and opportunities for voters; more funding for election administration; and voting system security and meaningful auditing of ballots.

Kim Alexander was raised in Culver City.  She is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with degrees in political science and philosophy.  She is a fifth-generation Californian now residing in Sacramento with her husband.

8:25 Adjourn