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

Meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp

MINUTES FOR Thursday, February 2, 2017

1.       CALL TO ORDER



2.       ROLL CALL

Absent: Chris Stampolis, Emilie Gatfield, Rich Waterman, Shaian Mohammadi, Ross Gomez, Danielle Davenport, Swanee Edwards, Kansen Chu, Ash Kalra, Evan Low, Mark Stone, Anna Caballero, Bill Monning, Jimmy Panetta, Jerry Hill

Alternates for: Mark Berman, Ro Khanna, Deepka Lalwani, Omar Torres, Bob Wieckowski, Jim Beall, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren,



Kate Hertzler

Phil Stupak

Monica Kitchiner

Jose Perez

Rick Infantino

Edgar Quiroz Medrano

David Donaldson

Carly Hasbrook

Maribel Villarreal

Sabuhi Siddique





Approved seconded with addition of resolution from BAIAD

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

      a. Thursday, January 5thst, 2017 - Approved


                a. Filling Central Committee vacancy in AD24 (1 seat vacated by Otto Lee)

                2 nominees for AD24

                                1.  Jon Kessler  - received 12 votes

                                2.  Emily Ramos – received 26 votes

                Emily Ramos will fill vacancy for AD24


                b. Filling Central Committee vacancies delegates to the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) (i.e., state convention)

                9 nominees for DSCC Delegates, 5 vacancies now after recent ADEM elections

                                1. Alexia Worsham                  - received   9 votes 

                                2. Kristen Lohnes Johnson      - received 23 votes

                                3. Prameela Bartholomeusz      - received 26 votes

                                4. Amy McElroy                      - received 21 votes

                                5. Mariam Ghazvini                 - received 29 votes

                                6. Maribel Villarreal                 - received 29 votes

                                7. Jon Kessler                          - received 24 votes

                                8. Judy Pipkin                          - received 30 votes

                                9. David Donaldson                 - received   4 votes


                DSCC Delegates elected to fill vacancies:  Judy Pipkin, Maribel Villarreal, Mariam Ghazvini, Pramella Bartholomeusz, Jon Kessler,                      Kristen Johnson (alternate)



        7.    NEW BUSINESS  

                a. Appointment of Bylaws Review Committee

                Request to appoint a Bylaw committee approved, Helen Chapman will chair committee comprised of Peter Allen, Peter Chiu, Sousan                   Manteghi-Safakish and Lucas Ramirez


                b. Review Process to Fill SCCDC Director Positions to be appointed at March 2, 2017 meeting

                Google document available for anyone wanting to submit an application for appointment for director position.


                Bylaws require Directors to filled at next meeting.


                c. Call to Action! – March 11, 2017 10am-1pm @70 West Hedding St., San Jose

                Chair James asked for volunteers to help with event.  To sign up use this link



                d. Fostering Sister Democratic Clubs – Herb Engstrom

                Information presented on opportunity to establish relationships with clubs in swing states with our local clubs.

                e. BAIAD Resolution

                Resolution presented for vote.  Approved unanimously



a. Executive Board/Chair: Bill James

Asked members to use social media to help promote Call to Action!  Bill asked for members to donate to the Santa Clara United Democratic Campaign

b. Vice Chair: John Comiskey

Creating inventory of offices

c. Treasurer: Angelica Ramos

Reminded all dues are due.  $25 to UDC

d. Secretary: Helen Chapman

Encouraged guests to sign up for SCDCC mailing list

e. Issues: VACANT

f. Community Services and Voter Registration: Judy Pipkin

g. Finance: Emy Thurber

h. Endorsements Chair: VACANT

i. Communications: David Cohen

j. Gender Equity and the Status of Women: VACANT


k. Campaign Services: VACANT

l. Political Outreach (Clubs): Alex Wara


m. Regional Director:

1) Royce Kelley, Region 5

2) Hene Kelley, Region 6

3) Omar Torres, Region 7


n. Democratic National Committee: Otto Lee

8 Candidates running for DNC President, 3 running for Vice Chair

o. DTV Report: Steve Chessin

Democratic Television Producer Emeritus Steve Chessin reported that we had no taping in August.

Our guest in September was Helen Chapman, candidate for San Jose City Council for District 6.

Our guest in October was Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director of the Santa

Clara County Office of Women's Policy and Treasurer of DAWN (Democratic Activists for Women Now).

We did not have a show in November, nor in December.

Our guest in January was incoming County Chair Bill James, interviewed by outgoing County Chair Steve Preminger.

Bill will also replace Steve as host of DTV. Our guest in February is TBD.

See the SCCDP web site for the schedule, and to view our shows.

We could still use more good Democrats on the crew. No prior video experience is necessary.


p. Pro-Choice Coalition: Claudia Shope

On 2-11-17 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm there will be a pro-choice rally at 1671 The Alameda.  This rally will be to counter the

anti-choice people.  Traditionally on 2-11-17 the anti-choice people come out to attack women’s rights.  Please join us there to protect

reproductive rights.


q. CDC Report: Emilie Gatfield

        9.    ANNOUNCEMENTS

                Dean Club

                DFA Link report: Sunnyvale Councilmember Nancy Smith, local opportunities for Democratic activists

                WHEN: January 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                Dean Club working meeting goals for 2017, brag list 2016

                WHEN: January 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


                DFA Link Meeting -Kimberly Ellis, candidate for CDP Chair

                WHEN: February 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                WHERE: Alice Smith’s home 4284 Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto 94306

                Dean Club working meeting

                two year budget, JJ Dinner ad, set picnic date

                WHEN: February 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

                WHERE: Marie Callender’s, Hacienda Shopping Center

                751 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087


                DFA Link Meeting

                Agenda TBD

                WHEN: March 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                WHERE: Site TBD

                Dean Club working meeting Agenda TBD

                WHEN: March 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

                WHERE: Marie Callender’s, Hacienda Shopping Center 751 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087



                New Women Activist Bruch Meet and Greet

                11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Sunday, February 26, 2017

                SEIU Local 521 Hall – 2302 Zanker Rd., San Jose 95131

                RSVP 408-445-9500


                Asian Pacific American Democratic Club

                February 25, 2017 New Member Mixer


                Silicon Valley Young Dems

                Meeting February 27, 2017



                Meeting February 10, 2017


                East San Jose Democrats

            Awards Reception on Friday February 24th at 5:30pm honoring Hermalinda Sapien and Coralita Tomas



                February 15, 2017 6pm Dem Headquarters, 2901 Moorpark Ave

         11.  ADJOURNMENT

                Meeting adjourned at 9:07 pm