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

Meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp

MINUTES FOR Thursday, May 4, 2017

1.       CALL TO ORDER



2.       ROLL CALL

Absent: Gilbert Wong, Maya Esparza, Emilie Gatfield, Rich Waterman, Ross Gomez,

Alternates for: Kansen Chu, Evan Low, Mark Stone, Ana Caballero, Anna Eshoo



Laverne Washington

Chris Kemp

Mark Burke

Peter Tai

Angela Tamayo

Rita Bosworth

Gina Gates

Rosalinda Zepeda




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

      a. Thursday, April 6th, 2017 - Approved


        a.  Resolution to Protect Our Democracy with Public Source Voting Systems

        b.  Letter in Support of SB 239

        Consent items approved.

        7.      OLD BUSINESS  


         8.      NEW BUSINESS


a. Sister District Project – Rita Bosworth

Risa Bosworth shared information regarding Sister District project.  Goal is to take back House but need to start at State level.  There are 20,000 members.  Asked that members visit website at  They are focusing on Virginia seats up for reelection now.


b. Fill Vacancy in AD29

Dave Poeschel elected unanimously to fill vacancy in AD29


c. Democratic Unity Dinner update –

    Dinner is May 12, Bill asked members to attend and buy tickets ASAP.  Sales are behind from last year.


d. Bylaws Review Committee Report –Helen Chapman shared update from Bylaw Committee – requested revisions from floor will go back to E-board for recommended inclusion on May 16th. Final version will be submitted for approval at June meeting.


                e. CDP Convention Update

Convention is May 19th – May 21st.  Single Payer Health Care will have a table.  Those delegates not attending please have proxy forms submitted a.s.a.p.    




a. Executive Board/Chair: Bill James

Working with Stanislaus County Democratic Party, talked about passage of “TrumpCare” thru House.  Provided update on actions taken by E-Board. At June meeting will present info on role of UDC. Thanked the SCCDC for providing dinner.


b. Vice Chair: John Comiskey – Working on Precinct Captain program. Organized meeting with Bart and Jeff Cardenas to speak with Orchard City Indivisible Group.  May be available to address other groups as well.

c. Treasurer: Angelica Ramos – Dues are due if you need pay – please see her.

d. Secretary: Helen Chapman – Reported on Bylaw committee meeting.

e. Issues: Shay Franco-Clausen – Looking to gather input on issues.

f. Community Services and Voter Registration: Judy Pipkin – Working on Voter registration training.  Juan offered to help.

g. Finance: Prameela Bartholomeusz – Bill shared in her absence Prameela is working on fundraising plan.

h. Endorsements Chair: Clarence Madrilejos – Reviewing endorsement process and is working with Alex and Club Chairs.

i. Communications: David Cohen – SCCDC is active on Social Media, friend or follow us on Twitter to get latest news.

j. Gender Equity and the Status of Women: Jean Cohen – DAWN purchasing table for Unity Dinner.  Dawn hosted training for women wanting to run for office.


k. Campaign Services: Jeff Cardenas – Working on phone banking across the country to flip seats, i.e. Jon Ossoff – There is special election phone banking for Rob Quist (Montana) on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Headquarters.

l. Political Outreach (Clubs): Alex Wara – absent


m. Regional Director:

1) Royce Kelley, Region 5

2) Hene Kelley, Region 6 – Regional meeting on April 19th at SF Community College

3) Omar Torres, Region 7 – Next Regional meeting on 4-15-17 in Gilroy, Office of CARA


n. Democratic National Committee: Otto Lee

Attended 1st meeting of transition team associated with Democratic Party

o. DTV Report: Steve Chessin

Democratic Television Producer Emeritus Steve Chessin reported that our guest in April was Palo Alto City Councilmember Cory Wolbach.
Our guest in May 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




        10.    CLUB REPORTS

                Dean Democratic Club

                Wildflower Walk

                Raised over $700


                DFA Link Meeting

                Susan Ellenberg, San Jose Unified School District, Candidate for Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 4

                WHEN: May 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                WHERE: Site TBD


                Dean Club working meeting

                form nominating committee for Club officers

                call for nominees ( to be addressed to the committee, outside of the meeting )

                All Clubs picnic sponsorship

                June Dinner for Central Committee

                WHEN: May 22, 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: June 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                WHERE: Site TBD


                Dean Club working meeting

                Annual Picnic and Election of Officers

                WHEN: June 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

                WHERE: Ponderosa Park, Picnic Area 2 (the shaded side )

                811 Henderson Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, USA


                 Silicon Valley Young Dems

May 15th is next meeting. Topic is on how to survive the Convention.



                Meeting May 19, 2017 – Lunch at Emy Thurber’s for paid members.  Realize it is same day as Unity dinner.  Please RSVP.



                Berryessa/NSJ Dems

                Good discussion on Islamaphobia at last club meeting.  They will have booth at Berryessa Art and Wine Festival, all welcome to attend.



Fred shared update on last club meeting. June 3rd is next meeting; Jimmy Panetta will be guest speaker.


                South County Dems – Next Club meeting is Saturday, May 13th at the Gilroy Library.


                Sunnyvale Democratic Club

Mike shared that club participated in March for Science. May meeting will be about upcoming elections. June speaker will be Assembly member Marc Berman.


Working Blue Dems

David Urhausen reporting they are organizing phone banking. Calling into 49th Congressional District (Darrell Issa) to oppose his reelection.



Kristin shared they held Climate panel at last meeting


Milpitas Democratic Club

Deepka shared update on last club meeting.  They are working on getting more students involved.


Bangladeshi Dem Coalition

Nasreem Rahim was re-elected as President.  VP is Tahina Haq.



Held event on Sunday.  Thanked Emy Thurber and Steve Chessin for their presentations and Angelica Ramos for her talk on electing women.


        11.  ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shay announced Ash Kalra is holding Town Hall on Immigration issues on May 13, 2017 at 9 am.  Also shared there is a bus fundraiser available to delegates for Kimberly Ellis leaving at 10am Friday, May 19, 2017 from the San Jose Elks Lodge.

Gina Gates announced issue with Santana Row promotion event name for Cinco de Mayo.

Olivia Navarro announced Evan Low is holding event mixer at the Convention as well as Ed Hernandez.

Sachin announced Ash Kalra fundraiser at Strike Brewery

Chris Kemp introduced himself.  Working on leading a march from UC Berkeley to Sacramento to gain awareness on Immigration reform.

Rosie Zepeda introduced herself.

Tim Orozo announced Bob Wieckowski fundraiser.


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

         13.  ADJOURNMENT

                Meeting adjourned at 8:55 pm