7:00 PM, County Building, 70 W Hedding St. San Jose 

Meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp

MINUTES FOR Thursday, December 7, 2017




7:05 pm


2.      ROLL CALL

Absent: Emily Ramos, Chris Stampolis, Albert Hernandez, Emilie Gatfield, Andres Quintero, Juan Quinones, Omar Torres, Paul Fong, Danielle Davenport, Adia Hoag,

Alternates for: Kansen Chu, Ash Kalra, Mark Stone, Ana Caballero, Jim Beall, Jimmy Pannetta, and Zoe Lofgren



Jeff Bleich

Stephanie Grossman

Thomas Wong

Marsha Grilli

Jenny Bradanini




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

       a. Thursday, November 2, 2017 – approved w/correction


         6.      OLD BUSINESS


         7.      NEW BUSINESS


a. Clean Money Update: Craig Dunkerly

         Craig provided an update on the passage of the California Disclose Act.


b. Guest Speaker: Jeff Bleich, Candidate for Lt. Governor

                           Candidate for Lt. Governor, Jeff Bleich shared information regarding his run for office.


c. Fill Vacancy on SCCDCC (AD28, Elected Equivalent)

         The following Candidates for the vacant AD28 position addressed the committee and received the following votes:

         James Kim           9

         Rick Infantino      4

         Jean Richardson   2

         Mehdi Safipour    3

         Helen Chapman   27 (elected)


d.  United Democratic Campaign: Approve Steering Committee

         Bill James presented the following slate to the full Committee for approval

                  Bill James

                  Prameela Bartholomeus                                                   

                  Ben Field

                  Emy Thurber

                  Jon Kessler

                  Tony Alexander

                  Jean Cohen

          Full Slate approved unanimously


e.  CDP Executive Board Report

          Peter Chiu presented a report update



                  a. Executive Board/Chair Bill James

                                    Bill shared update on next Executive Committee meeting 12/20/17

                                    Save the date for May 11th- the Annual Democratic Dinner.  This year will be held at the Hayes Mansion


                  b.  Vice Chair:  John Comiskey

                                    No report


                  c.  Treasurer:  Angelica Ramos-Allen

                                    No report


                  d.  Secretary:  Helen Chapman

                                    No report


                  e.  Issues: Shay Franco-Clausen – Absent

                                    Bill shared there will be 2 resolutions coming forward in January for discussion


                  f.  Community Services and Voter Registration:  Judy Pipkin – Absent


                  g. Finance: Prameela Bartholomeusz

                                    She is gearing up for fundraising efforts.  Look for events in January, February and March with exciting speakers.

                                    Hold the date for 1/27/18 for next event.


                  h. Endorsements:  Clarence Madrilejos

Presented update on endorsement process.  There are some vacant positions from Central available, let Clarence know if you are interested.


                  i.  Communications:  David Cohen

                                    No Report


                  j.  Gender Equity and the Status of Women:  Jean Cohen

                                    No Report


                  k. Campaign Services: Jeff Cardenas

                                    No Report


                  l.  Clubs:  Alex Wara

Shared upcoming information on Milpitas Dem Club dinner.  Clubs need to designate a representative to sit on endorsement committee.


                  m. Regional Director:

                                    1) Rocky Fernandez, Region 5

                                    2) Hene Kelley, Region 6

                                    3) Omar Torres, Region 7

                  n. Democratic National Committee:  Otto Lee

                                    Otto shared that he holding a quick donation drive to purchase gift cards for volunteers of the Doug Jones Campaign. 


              o.  DTV Report:  Steve Chessin

Democratic Television Producer Emeritus Steve Chessin reported that our guest in September was Jason Baker, a former Campbell City Councilmember and Mayor, and a candidate for Supervisor from District 4.
Our guest in October was Gilroy City Councilmember Peter Leroe-Munoz who is a candidate for State Assembly from the 30th Assembly District.
We did not produce a show in November.
Our guest in December is Susan Ellenberg, a member of the San Jose Unified School Board, and a candidate for Supervisor from District 4.
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

                                    Bill James shared on Claudia’s behalf that the Justice department is investigating Planned Parenthood


              q.  CDC Report:  Emalie Gatfield

In Emalie’s absence Herb Engstrom reported that the Alabama election is the one to watch and is crucial for Democrats.  Annual CDC Convention is in February in San Diego.




              Dean Club - DFA Link Meeting

                                    State Senator Jim Beall legislative wrap-up

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


                                    Dean Club working meeting

                                    Representatives of Recall Persky Opposition - postponed

                                    Call for brag list items

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


                                    DFA Link Meeting

                                    Holiday Pot Luck and Goals Brainstorming

                                    WHEN: December 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                                    WHERE: Wheeler Home 3956 Nelson Ct. Palo Alto, CA 94306


                                    No Dean Club working meeting in December


                                    DFA Link meeting

                                    CD 10 candidate Mike Barkley

                                    WHEN: January 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                                    WHERE: Calabazas Branch Library 1230 S Blaney Ave San Jose, CA 95129


                                    Dean Club working meeting

                                    Representatives of Recall Persky Opposition

                                    Set goals for 2018

                                    Call for brag list items

                                    WHEN: January 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

                                    WHERE: Marie Callender's 751 E El Camino Real Sunnyvale, CA 94087


                                    DFA Link meeting

                                    CD 10 candidate Dottie Nygard

                                    WHEN: February 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                                    WHERE: Calabazas Branch Library 1230 S Blaney Ave San Jose, CA 95129


                                    Dean Club working meeting

                                    Set picnic date

                                    WHEN: February 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

                                    WHERE: Marie Callender's 751 E El Camino Real Sunnyvale, CA 94087



                  Appreciation to everyone who attended the Gala.


         Peninsula Democratic Coalition:

Saturday, December 16, is PDC annual Holiday party at Jim and Emy Thurbers.  February 10, Annual Membership meeting at Los Altos Youth Center.


         South County Democratic Club:

Next meeting at the Gilroy Compassion Center.  They will present information about their work.  Contributions and donations welcome.          

         Santa Clara County Democratic Club:

Congressman Ro Khanna will be presenting the State of the State speech.  Dave Cortese and Bob Wieckowski at upcoming meeting.  Next meeting will be District 4 Candidate debate.

         Sunnyvale Democratic Club:

Next meeting 12/17 at Fairbray Swim Club, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, theme Blue Hawaiian Holiday.  Endorsement meeting on January 20th for AD24 and CA17

         21stCentury Club:

12/8 is Holiday lunch.  There will be a panel discussion with Assemblymembers Marc Berman, Ash Kalra moderated by Assemblymember Evan Low.



Jenny Bradanini shared information regarding upcoming San Jose Women’s March on January 20th.  There will be a volunteer training at the Billy de Frank Center on 12/14/17

                  Kari Templeton shared she was elected as Communications officer for the Progressive Caucus.

Michael Vargas, Executive Board member of BAYMEC shared they are starting their endorsement process for candidates.  January 8, 2018 LGBTQ candidate can apply for early endorsement.



                  Wed, December 20, 2017 6pm by phone @ 862-902-0250 access code 598-9189.  In January, meeting will be back to Moorpark

         11.  ADJOURNMENT

                  Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm