SANTA CLARA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

6:45 PM, County Building Cafeteria, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose

Meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp.

AGENDA FOR Thursday, February 4th, 2016

1.       CALL TO ORDER

2.       ROLL CALL

3.       IDENTIFICATION OF VISITORS

†††††††† 4. ADOPTION OF AGENDA

5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES (Minutes are/will be posted at sccdp.org)

††††† a. Thursday, January 7th, 2015

6. NEW BUSINESS

a. Sally Lieber's report on her current work with refugees. 
b. Central Committee election discussion. 

††††††††††††††† c. Two Resolutions on South County development

 

7. OLD BUSINESS

 

8. REPORTS FROM OFFICERS AND OTHERS

a. Executive Board: Andrae Macapinlac

b. Chair: Steve Preminger

c. Vice Chair: Bill James

d. Treasurer: Forrest Williams

e. Secretary: Andrae Macapinlac

f. Issues: VACANT

g. Community Services and Voter Registration: Judy Pipkin

h. Finance: Emy Thurber

i. Candidate Recruitment and Endorsement: Ann Grabowski

j. Communications: David Cohen

k. Gender Equity and the Status of Women: Darcie Green

 

l. Campaign Services: Angelica Ramos

m. Political Outreach (Clubs): Alex Wara

 

n. Sgt at Arms: Betty Duong

o. Regional Director:

1) Royce Kelley, Region 5

2) Hene Kelley, Region 6

3) Omar Torres, Region 7

 

p. Democratic National Committee: Chris Stampolis

q. DTV Report: Steve Chessin

r. Pro-Choice Coalition: Claudia Shope

s. CDC Report: Emilie Gatfield

9. ANNOUNCEMENTS

10. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

11. ADJOURNMENT

 


 

Proposed Bylaws Change Regarding SCCDCC Elected Members

Background

The 2010 redistricting resulted in Santa Clara County having six Assembly districts within the County, instead of seven, which had the effect of reducing the number of elected members of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee (SCCDCC) from 42 to 36.

The number and apportionment of members of party central committees is governed by state law, see Cal. Elections Code section 7201 et seq.It has been proposed that the SCCDCC request that the legislature change how elected members of the SCCDCC are apportioned to achieve more equal representation by population.

A committee was appointed to consider possible changes to how SCCDCC elected representatives are apportioned. The committee included members from various parts of the county affected by the proposals being discussed. There was no agreement reached on a proposal to ask the state legislature to change state law to make central committee membership proportional to population by AD.

Proposal

The committee agreed on the following compromise proposal for discussion by the full SCCDCC.This proposal would allow for additional members to be appointed from districts with larger populations and requires only a change in SCCDCCís bylaws. If SCCDCC members indicate a willingness to consider the proposal more formally, the committee would prepare and present to the SCCDCC for consideration at a subsequent meeting a proposed bylaws amendment to implement the change, which would not require a change in state law.

1.       The SCCDCC would amend the SCCDCC bylaws to create for each of at least a subset of ADís that have higher populations within Santa Clara County than at least one or more other ADís a specified additional number of appointed members who would be selected based on election results.  For example, if up to 3 additional members were to be added in a given AD, then up to the next 3 candidates in election result order (e.g., those who finished 7th, 8th, and 9th in order) would be appointed.

a.       Under one proposal, the two ADís wholly within the County, i.e., AD27 and AD28, would each receive up to 3 additional members, and others would remain the same

                                                               i.      Elected members would increase from 36 to 42

b.      Under another proposal, AD24, 25, 27, and 28 would receive an additional 2, 1, 4, and 4 members, respectively, based on population, and AD29 and 30 would remain unchanged

                                                               i.      Elected members would increase from 36 to 47

2.       The bylaws would specify that members so appointed would have all the rights of an elected member and would be treated the same as elected members for purposes of any benefits or privileges that may be afforded to elected members, such as state central committee membership.

3.       In a DSCC appointment period for which the number of elected or equivalent SCCDCC members exceeded the number of available DSCC positions, we would need to determine and use a fair way to decide which elected and appointed-elected members would be appointed.

 

Resolution In Opposition To The City Of Morgan Hill Annexation Of The South East Quadrant

WHEREAS southern Santa Clara County contains the majority of the remaining irreplaceable farmland that contributes significantly to the overall quality of life of all county residents and that the County is committed to protecting this resource and

WHEREAS agriculture continues to be a growing and viable industry in Santa Clara County- with an annual output equaling $1.6b, contributing $830 million to the County's economy and providing 8,100 jobs for a sector that is not served by other industries and

WHEREAS Local, Regional, State and Federal planning has prioritized the investment in sustainable communities in preparation for climate change and itís vitally important mitigation

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party urges Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission to deny the Morgan Hill Sports- Recreation-Leisure District Urban Service Area Amendment request.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution will be transmitted to the appropriate City, County, State and Federal elected officials.

 

Approved: South County Democratic Club   Date: 1-16-2016

 

Resolution In Opposition To The North-Gilroy Neighborhood Development Proposal

WHEREAS Santa Clara County can build affordable, resilient and sustainable communities while meeting its population growth needs; safeguarding our natural resourcesto ensurea healthy quality of life for ourselves and future generations and

WHEREAS agriculture continues to be a growing and viable industry in Santa Clara County with an annual output equaling $1.6b, contributing $830 million to the County's economy and providing 8,100 jobs for a sector that is not served by other industries; and that southern Santa Clara County contains the majority of the remaining irreplaceable farmland, a resource the County is committed to protecting and

WHEREAS the Local Agency Formation Commission of Santa Clara County is an independent agency with countywide jurisdiction, created by the State Legislature to encourage orderly boundaries, discourage urban sprawl, preserve agricultural lands and open space, and ensure efficient delivery of services

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party urges Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission to deny the proposed to the North Gilroy Neighborhood District development proposal being presented to the Local Agency Formation Commission.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution will be transmitted to the appropriate City, County, State and Federal elected officials.

 

Approved: South County Democratic Club   Date: 1-16-2016