May 18 – Celebrate, Collaborate, Cooperate

May Council of Clubs meeting
May 18th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

Andrea Duran Aydoğan

Andrea has worked in a variety of fields, from higher education to civil society. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with Bachelor’s in Marketing and has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Linköping University in Sweden. She’s lived in Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and Turkey, speaks five languages and has a background in international advocacy, research, and training. Andrea is an avid traveler and loves to interact with a variety of cultures.  

Celebrate

  • Roosevelt Dinner, baskets, Club of the Year
  • Rosters for CDP
  • New Charters for San Diego Education Alliance, Latina Women’s Democratic Club
  • Club rules discussion with Central Committee on May 21, 2019

Collaborate

  • 20 Unique Voting Members for Associate Member

A President of a chartered Democratic Club or Coalition with twenty (20) unique voting members, and the GO Team Regional and Countywide Coordinators, are Associate Members of This Committee.

  • Clubs Meet Individually
    The Club or Coalition shall meet individually at least once quarterly and for all endorsement votes and all meeting dates, times, and locations shall be provided to the SDCDP at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting for publication on the SDCDP website. A copy of the notice, agenda, and minutes for business meetings or endorsement meetings shall be supplied via email to the Director of Clubs and the SDCDP.

Email – [email protected]

  • Compliance with Club Endorsement Vote
    Club Associate members may vote in an Area endorsement recommendation meeting when their club has held a valid endorsement vote in that race, provides documentation with two of their Officer’s signatures of the Club’s endorsement vote and is bound to the club’s endorsement vote. In a run-off the Associate member shall be bound to the clubs endorsed candidate as long as that candidate is in contention.
    If a club fails to comply with the rules concerning endorsements, the Executive Board may suspend all of their endorsement voting rights, until the matter has been resolved.

Form: for discussion

  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure
    A member of This Committee must disclose any actual or potential material financial interest while addressing a Central Committee Meeting, Executive Board Meeting, Area Caucus Meeting, or other official meetings in whole or in part of This Committee, or through written disclosure when communicating through mail, e-mail, or other digital communication, primarily directed towards members of This Committee. The disclosure must include, that said member, the spouse of the member, or the domestic partner of the member has an actual or potential material financial interest in advocating for or against a candidate or any initiative.
  • Club Manual
    • 2019 (odd-numbered year) manual to be updated
    • sddemocrats.org/clubmanual
    • Place version online, encourage all members of the Council of Clubs to comment
    • Club Development Committee to edit
  • Voter Registration and Democratic Recruitment
    • Scheduling voter registration events for the rest of the year
    • Collaborating with other clubs and communities to recruit more democratic involvement and volunteers

Cooperate

  • Inclusion
    • Sabrina Kaplan and the use of gender pronouns
    • Good practices for using audio amplification at meetings
    • Use of email, text and voice when messaging club members
  • Discourse
    • Civilized discussion for our community
    • http://discourse.demclubs.org
    • Engage in searchable discussions with fellow club members. Let everyone discover what you do, how you do it, and join in on the conversation.
    • Login with Google, Facebook or Twitter – no need to remember separate account details
  • Eventbrite – everything a small club needs to get started, for free
    • Calendar of Events
      Push events to Facebook/Twitter
    • Sync events to County Party Calendar
    • Free website with Facebook and Twitter integration, e.g. Dem Clubs
  • Meetup – free to start (larger clubs sponsor smaller clubs?)
    • Newly arrived San Diegans discover your club
    • Forum for conversations
    • Sync events to County Party Calendar

April 20 – Climate & Corporate Money in Politics

Answers to the Top Three Climate Questions

Nancy Casady who recently attended Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project training in Los Angeles will address three climate questions.

Nancy is the former General Manager of Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market. She served as the Vice President of the National Cooperative Grocers Association and as a member of the national Co-op Development Cooperative during 2007-2011. She is a founding member of the Wild Willow Sustainable Farming Education Center, a working farm in San Diego directed toward training young farmers and providing hands-on growing experiences for students K through 8th grade.

Hostile Takeover: Corporate Money in Politics

Katherine Hogue will discuss the pervasive and corrupting influence of money in politics and what we have to do about it.

Katherine is President of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, an AD77 ADEM delegate, and an employment law attorney practicing in California who represents clients across the state dealing with low wages, high costs of living and laws that almost always favor large corporations.

Katherine is mother to a two year old daughter who makes her “concerned for her future with the horrifying effects of Climate Change, the state of our Health care system, police brutality, difficulties in obtaining higher education, and of course the rampant take over of the 1% and multinational corporations.”

Katherine’s slides – Hostile Takeover (PDF)


Club Rules

Central Committee on 4/16/19 passed the following Bylaw changes for clubs:

Clubs Meet Individually (#2)

The Club or Coalition shall meet individually at least once quarterly and for all endorsement votes and all meeting dates, times, and locations shall be provided to the SDCDP at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting for publication on the SDCDP website. A copy of the notice, agenda, and minutes for business meetings or endorsement meetings shall be supplied via email to the Director of Clubs and the SDCDP.

20 Unique Voting Members for Associate Member (#4)
A President of a chartered Democratic Club or Coalition with twenty (20) unique voting members, and the GO Team Regional and Countywide Coordinators, are Associate Members of This Committee.

Requires Clubs to Charter Annually (#6)

Compliance with Club Endorsement Vote (#11)

Club Associate members may vote in an Area endorsement recommendation meeting when their club has held a valid endorsement vote in that race, provides documentation with two of their Officer’s signatures of the Club’s endorsement vote and is bound to the club’s endorsement vote. In a run-off the Associate member shall be bound to the clubs endorsed candidate as long as that candidate is in contention.

If a club fails to comply with the rules concerning endorsements, the Executive Board may suspend all of their endorsement voting rights, until the matter has been resolved.

Also passed was a Conflict of Interest Disclosure (#3)

A member of This Committee must disclose any actual or potential material financial interest while addressing a Central Committee Meeting, Executive Board Meeting, Area Caucus Meeting, or other official meetings in whole or in part of This Committee, or through written disclosure when communicating through mail, e-mail, or other digital communication, primarily directed towards members of This Committee. The disclosure must include, that said member, the spouse of the member, or the domestic partner of the member has an actual or potential material financial interest in advocating for or against a candidate or any initiative.

CDP Rosters Due in May

The first major deadlines for the Pre-Endorsement Conferences are here.

  • May 1, 2019 – Deadline by which Club members Club must be “in good standing” in order for them to be included on the roster submitted to the SDCDP and your Regional Director
  • May 15, 2019 – Roster submission deadline
  • July 9, 2019 – Potential representative (those who will actually vote during pre-endorsement conferences) submission deadline to both the SDCDP and your Regional Director. 

You can read more and download the Roster templates here:https://www.cadem.org/vote/endorsements

Remember to:

  • Submit more Potential Representative names than you are allotted
  • Names and contact info of their potential representatives may be given to campaigns for the sake of challenges

Please refer to the   CDP By-Laws  for details.  

Resolutions

Votes regarding letters of support for the following legislation: 

Support  AB392 –Peace officers: deadly force.
– Introduced by Weber & McCarty

This bill is to raise the minimum standard requirement that allows police officers to use deadly force on civilian from “reasonable” to “necessary”. This law has not changed since 1872. If passed, the police officer will be required to exhaust all alternative tactics including de-escalation first.

Support ACA6– Elections: disqualification of electors
– Introduced by McCarty, Bonta, Gonzalez, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove & Weber

This bill is to restore the voting right of felons who have completed their sentence & are currently on parole.

Template for support letter available here.

Support AB1076 – Criminal records: automatic relief 
– Introduced by Ting

This bill is to eliminate the complicated court process of expunging arrest & conviction records & make it automatic. This law will only apply to cases that are already eligible to be expunged.  

Template for support letter available here.

Votes regarding letters of opposition for the following legislation: 

Oppose SB230– Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies
– Introduced by Caballero

This bill requires POST to develop training. However, this training only includes “adequate consideration” of a list of subjects but without any specificity as to what that training should look like. In addition, this bill does not require that any officer actually go through the training.

Template for oppose letter available here.

March 16 – Club Rules

March Council of Clubs meeting
March 16th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

Rules framework brought to Council of Clubs for feedback

“As you know there has been some concern about the chartering of clubs and the rules relative to our endorsement. The goal of this meeting is to come to consensus on the themes relative to solving this problem.”

Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy

Among the concepts discussed:

  • Proportional representation similar to the CDP system for Clubs.
  • Binding Endorsement votes to Club Endorsements
  • Unique Members for Club Chartering
  • Public Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest when advocating at the Central Committee (Code of Conduct Change)
  • Not allowing for joint meetings to count towards the 4 meetings required for clubs to continue to be chartered
  • Adding enforcement power to suspend clubs that violate the rules pending Central Committee review
  • Empowering the Club Development Committee to vet complaints before they are brought to the Executive Board (sort of like a Club Ethics Committee)
  • Probationary period for Club Chartering (so clubs can’t be chartered right before votes, similar to Club membership rules) 

The remainder of the process was:

  • Tuesday, March 19th – Rules framework was brought to Central Committee for feedback
  • Admin finalized between Tuesday March 19th and Monday April 8th
  • Tuesday April 16th – Final Rules Package to be approved by the Central Committee

The output of the March 16 meeting was captured by members of the Club Development Committee and is available here.

The proposed rules codified by the Admin Committee and the background to the changes are available here:

  • Amendment summary (PDF)
  • Bylaws (PDF)
  • Policies and Procedures (PDF)
  • Background documents (folder)

Central Committee on 4/16/19 passed the following Bylaw changes for clubs.

Clubs Meet Individually (#2)

The Club or Coalition shall meet individually at least once quarterly and for all endorsement votes and all meeting dates, times, and locations shall be provided to the SDCDP at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting for publication on the SDCDP website. A copy of the notice, agenda, and minutes for business meetings or endorsement meetings shall be supplied via email to the Director of Clubs and the SDCDP.

20 Unique Voting Members for Associate Member (#4)
A President of a chartered Democratic Club or Coalition with twenty (20) unique voting members, and the GO Team Regional and Countywide Coordinators, are Associate Members of This Committee.

Requires Clubs to Charter Annually (#6)

Compliance with Club Endorsement Vote (#11)

Club Associate members may vote in an Area endorsement recommendation meeting when their club has held a valid endorsement vote in that race, provides documentation with two of their Officer’s signatures of the Club’s endorsement vote and is bound to the club’s endorsement vote. In a run-off the Associate member shall be bound to the clubs endorsed candidate as long as that candidate is in contention.

If a club fails to comply with the rules concerning endorsements, the Executive Board may suspend all of their endorsement voting rights, until the matter has been resolved.

Also passed was a Conflict of Interest Disclosure (#3)

A member of This Committee must disclose any actual or potential material financial interest while addressing a Central Committee Meeting, Executive Board Meeting, Area Caucus Meeting, or other official meetings in whole or in part of This Committee, or through written disclosure when communicating through mail, e-mail, or other digital communication, primarily directed towards members of This Committee. The disclosure must include, that said member, the spouse of the member, or the domestic partner of the member has an actual or potential material financial interest in advocating for or against a candidate or any initiative.


February 16 – Club of the Year

March to the voting booth 2020

February Council of Clubs meeting is
February 16th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

This is our first meeting of the Year. We canceled the January meeting due to the Women’s March in North County and San Diego.


Agenda

  • Presentations from Club of the Year nominees
  • Voting to determine the Club of the Year
  • Appointment of two at-large members to the Club Development Committee
  • Recommendations to the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP) Central Committee for club chartering
  • Announcements (if time)

Many thanks to our Club of the Year Nominating Committee chaired by Gary Bland, President of San Marcos Democratic Club –

  • Sue Alderson, President Democratic Club of Vista
  • Tina Rynberg, President LaMesa-Foothills Democratic Club
  • William Rodriguez-Kennedy, President Democrats for Equality (and Chair SDCDP)
  • Matthew Yagyagan, President of the AAPI Democratic Club

The Nominating Committee assessed four nominations for Club of the Year. Read more about each club by clicking on the link to their PDF applications below:

For the Club of the Year award there is one vote per club, so be sure your club representative is present at this meeting.


Following our discussions last year at the Council of Clubs and Club Development Committee, we recommended to the SDCDP E-Board and Central Committee in January not to re-charter some Democratic clubs.

At the January 29th Central Committee meeting the SDCDP chose to delay the re-chartering of all clubs and to extend club charters until their next meeting.

The SDCDP Executive Board later received a letter from the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action. The Executive Board discussed the letter at their February 5th meeting and asked the Council of Clubs to consider recommendations for chartering that can be discussed at the next SDCDP Central Committee meeting.

Immediately following this Council of Clubs meeting, the Club Development Committee will meet to codify our discussions.


All club Presidents are encouraged to invite their E-board members, active committee chairs, and new clubmembers who want to share and learn about building Democratic clubs to drive change.

Reminder to bring snacks you’d like to share before / during the meeting.