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

Meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp

MINUTES FOR Thursday, March 2, 2017

1.       CALL TO ORDER



2.       ROLL CALL

Absent: Peter Chiu, Gilbert Wong, Aimee Escobar, Albert Hernandez, Emilie Gatfield, Jason Baker, Paul Fong, Shaian Mohammadi, Rich Waterman,

Alternates for: Kansen Chu, Evan Low, Mark Stone, Bob Wieckowski, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Jimmy Panetta



Stuart Bone

Mike Bucci

Karen Malone

Diane Forensich

Dave Poeschel

Russ Melton, Sunnyvale City Councilmember

Tony Alexander

David Bini

Karen Rouleau

Daniel Hinojosa




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

      a. Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 - Approved


                a. Filling Central Committee vacancy in AD27 (1 seat vacated by Steve Preminger)

                Andres Quintero elected unanimously


        7.    NEW BUSINESS  

                a. Endorse Measure B – Mountain View Whisman School District parcel tax

                Motion to endorse – passes unanimously


                b. Resolution in Favor of AB 14, the California DISCLOSE Act

                Motion to endorse – passes unanimously


                c. Resolution to Remedy Voter Suppression and Ensure Transparency and Integrity of Elections

                Motion to endorse – passed, 1 opposed


                d. Resolution in Opposition to Industrial Development in North Coyote Valley

                Motion to endorse – passed, 1 opposed


                e. Appointment of SCCDP Directors

                The Chair presented a slate of Directors for approval as follows:

                                Grace Dollemore – Voter Registration and Community Services

                                Prameela Bartholomeusz – Finance

                                Jeffrey Cardenas – Campaign Services

                                Alex Wara – Clubs

                                Clarence Madrilejos – Candidate Recruitment and Endorsements

                                Shay Franco-Clausen – Issues

                                David Cohen – Communications

                                Jean Florence Cohen – Gender Equity and the Status of Women

Discussion on position of Candidate Recruitment and Endorsement followed. – Position pulled for additional candidates: Olivia Navarro nominated from floor.  Motion to approve rest of the slate – approved.

Separate vote for Endorsement Director – Clarence Madrilejos elected by majority.

Chair agreed to work on process for next election cycle.


                f.  Call to Action! Saturday, March 11, 2017 10am – 1pm

Bill shared a reminder of upcoming event.  Clubs will be asked to table starting 9:00am, breakfast available.  Looking to be a large event.



a. Executive Board/Chair: Bill James

Executive Committee met on 2/25/17 – next Ex Comm meeting is 3/15/17

Call out to members to donate/renew/signup to help SCCDC – received a $1,000 anonymous donation, asked for matching donations. Donations received from call out $2700!


b. Vice Chair: John Comiskey

Preparing inventory of elected offices in Santa Clara County

c. Treasurer: Angelica Ramos

Reminded all dues are due.  $25 to UDC  - reminded members, dues should be paid by next meeting.

d. Secretary: Helen Chapman

Encouraged guests to sign up for SCDCC mailing list

e. Issues: VACANT

f. Community Services and Voter Registration: Judy Pipkin – no report

g. Finance: Emy Thurber - absent

h. Endorsements Chair: VACANT

i. Communications: David Cohen

Asked members to use calendar on SCCDP website to enter events

j. Gender Equity and the Status of Women: VACANT


k. Campaign Services: VACANT

l. Political Outreach (Clubs): Alex Wara

        All Club meeting held.  Great turnout, minutes available upon request.


m. Regional Director:

1) Royce Kelley, Region 5

2) Hene Kelley, Region 6 – Next Meeting March 5th for New Delegate training at IBEW, Dublin CA

3) Omar Torres, Region 7 – Next Meeting March 12th at CWA Hall on Naglee


n. Democratic National Committee: Otto Lee

Went to Atlanta, GA to elect DNC Chair.  Tom Perez elected, Keith Ellison elected deputy chair – theme Unity is the beginning

o. DTV Report: Steve Chessin

Democratic Television Producer Emeritus Steve Chessin reported that our guest in February was Shay Franco-Clausen,

a community organizer and the campaign manager for Ash Kalra's successful Assembly campaign.

Our guest in March is Otto Lee.

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


q. CDC Report: Herb Engstrom

        Call for donations, asked for $200 for CDC – request tabled to next meeting.

        9.    ANNOUNCEMENTS

                Dean Club

                DFA Link Meeting

                Kimberly Ellis, candidate for CDP Chair


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

                Dean Club working meeting two year budget

                JJ Dinner ad

                set picnic date

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


                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


                DFA Link Meeting

                Agenda TBD

                WHEN: April 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                WHERE: Site TBD


                Dean Club working meeting

                Agenda TBD

                WHEN: April 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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



                Huge turnout at last meeting.

                Shay invited member to come to AD 27 office – Next CDP Region 7 meeting April 15, 2017


                Asian Pacific American Democratic Club

                Held new member mixer, Next meeting is March 13, 2017


                Silicon Valley Young Dems

                Last meeting’s topic was on effective advocacy, next month subject will be on Immigration



                Meeting March 10, 2017 – Ann Ravel is guest speaker


                East San Jose Democrats

            The Award reception event was a big success. Thank you to all who attended.


                Berryessa/NSJ Dems

                April 27th Next Meeting and subject will be on Islamophobia and Trump Muslim Ban


                Milpitas Democratic Club

                Look for a fundraising dinner this spring.  Next meeting will have a speaker on Diversity



                Jill Cody was the speaker at the last meeting. Well attended event.


                South County Democratic Club

                Passed a resolution to oppose VTA route changes.  March 4, Zoe Lofgren Town Hall meeting


                D-10 Dems

                Save the date for August 20, 2017 for 3rd annual fundraiser at Brian O’Neill’s home


                Olivia Navarro – AD 28 EBoard

Announced call to action to help victims of flood. Thursday – Sunday, they are collecting clothing and household goods to help flood victims.




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

         11.  ADJOURNMENT

                Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm