Venue: The Warren Country Inn
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and her aide, Ellie Zuckerman
Clatsop County: No representation.
Columbia County: Greg Pettit, Lynne Pettit, Donna Nyberg, Julie Stenberg (alternate) and Robert Sulser (guest)
Multnomah County: Cindy Smith and (alternates) Kathy Jackson & JJ Jackson
Washington County: Dan Jensen (Chair & alternate), Jo Six, Sandra Jafarzadeh, Farrah Chaichi, Sorah Dubitsky (virtually), Jolene Guptill (alternate), Will Hobbs, Jeremy Likens, Keith Haxton, Steve Hall, Steve Bintliff, Gerritt Rosenthal (SCC Delegate, State Platform Committee), Judith Wightman & Amelia Manlove (guests), and Dana Carstensen (candidate for Metro, position 4).
Yamhill County: Bill Bordeaux, Tara Patterson, Liz Marlia-Stein (Secretary).
Chair, Dan Jensen called the meeting to order at 2:08 p.m.
Approval of Agenda: Unanimously approved.
Introduction of Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici: Suzanne apologized for not making the last meeting due to the government shutdown. She reported that she spoke with a number of the Stoneman Douglas students in Florida who witnessed the trauma from the latest mass shooting, commenting how bold they are and really know where they’re going. The Congresswoman mentioned that she has been in the House for six years now; the first five went smoothly but this last year not so much. She stated that the various committees on which she serves, especially the Education Workforce Committee, are not going well and that there is so much we can be doing right now to strengthen public education. Suzanne stated that the Science & Technology Committee is constantly playing defense, and regarding gun violence prevention, we have so much to work on but cannot get anywhere. She is hopeful that this improves next November when Democrats become the majority and said that we have phenomenal candidates running. She reported that there are less than 20% in the House who are women and that we need more women in order to have better conversation around the table. Equal pay for women is just one issue; Infrastructure is important, but there always seems to be distractions that keep us from making real progress. National Security is a concern right now with John Bolton as the new National Security Advisor. We are having to spend so much time on the defensive. Reporting that there are many town halls still coming up, she accentuated that we can’t take anything for granted in the upcoming elections. We have too much at stake.
Suzanne then fielded questions from the floor. Regarding student debt, she stated that Secretary of Education DeVos wants to privatize all the student loans. The Congresswoman said that she has co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that helps students, such as, loan repayments being more income driven and increasing pell grants and work study jobs. This will be a priority of hers if we win a majority. Concerning committees on which she would like to serve, Suzanne stated that besides her work on the Education Committee, she would be pleased to serve on the Judiciary Committee.. Regarding affordable housing and homelessness, Suzanne noted that we desperately need more affordable housing. Other questions: Immigration–it is heartbreaking that we haven’t voted on comprehensive immigration reform or protection for “Dreamers.” A question was asked of the Congresswoman regarding House Bill 4712 that protects “born alive abortion survivors” and why she voted “No.”. Suzanne replied that she would have to look at the bill again, but there was a very good reason for her “no” vote, possibly regarding the protection of abortion providers. In regards to K-12 funding, Suzanne noted that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has done a lot to provide more funding for grants to schools for more art,, career, & technology programs, and creating more equal opportunities for all students. As far as labor rights being under attack in the courts, Donna Nyberg announced that there will be a Labor Unity Party hosted by the DPO Labor Caucus on the 7th of April at the IBEW site near the airport. Suzanne also addressed the need to focus on renewable energy technologies and noted the crisis in Puerto Rico. When a member asked, “What can we do for you?” Suzanne emphasized that we really need all supporters to come out to vote and to keep her posted on events she should attend.
Approval of 1/20/2018 Meeting Minutes: After noting that Lurelle Robbins was in attendance as the Multnomah County Chair and an SCC delegate, the minutes were unanimously approved.
Election of two Alternates to Local Events & State Fair Standing Committee: It was moved and seconded to postpone the nominations of these alternates to the next meeting when we elect a Credentials alternate, as well. The vote was unanimous.
Meeting minutes now posted on website for viewing prior to meeting. http://cd1.dpo.org/minutes/
Treasurer/Fundraiser Update: Keith noted that we approved a tentative budget at the January meeting and Brad Martin, DPO Executive Director had some suggestions for minor changes–eliminate in-kind contributions; change location costs to other expenses; 30-day notification for all expenditures and 60-day notice for fundraising. After questions to Keith about the 30 and 60-day notice, it was moved, seconded and approved to adopt the amended budget. Regarding fundraisers, it was suggested that we put together a committee to explore some ideas. Jeremy moved to create an Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee; it was seconded and approved. Keith, Garritt, & Julie will serve on the committee and they will appoint their own chair.
Dana Carstensen, Candidate for Metro District 4 gave an overview of what Metro does; it deals with two-million people and encompasses part of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties other than urban growth boundaries. It is the only regional planning agency voted by the public. Dana has worked for Metro and helped bring workers’ benefits. He has used his education and experience to serve Metro and explained all the issues he wants to work toward–affordable housing, transportation, and waste management, to name a few. Dana has a proposal for waste that is environmentally friendly. He believes that good planning starts from the bottom up and favors community involvement. When asked a question regarding transportation, Dana explained the importance of electrical vehicles and wants to create a funding source to promote a change to all electric. He commented that he is a huge proponent of bus rapid transit.
Parliamentary Procedure Basics: Jeremy Likens, Rules Chair, announced that the venue is not conducive for a visual presentation, so he instead distributed handouts. Jolene then announced that she had equipment in her car. It was therefore moved, seconded and approved to table the discussion until after the equipment was set up. When the presentation reconvened, Jeremy noted that today’s topic concerned amendments to motions, and he gave the membership a thorough overview of the amendment process and details of amendments. Jeremy fielded a number of questions which helped the membership better understand the process. A copy of the slides used in the presentation is available.
Clatsop – no representative.
Columbia – not a great deal going on at this time. There will be a meeting with Senator Betsy Johnson & Representative Brad Witt concerning gun issues, which should be interesting. Greg also gave a shout out for a successful Platform Convention. He mentioned that the county approved the re-zoning of Port Westward but it is now being appealed through LUBA. Yet Greg accentuated that regardless of how people feel about the re-zoning, his #1 priority is to unify the party to come together to vote for Democrats in the upcoming election.
Multnomah – regarding the most recent Central Committee Meeting, the revision of bylaws and auditor candidates took up a good amount of time. The Celsi Dinner, with Congressman Earl Blumenhauer as keynote speaker, was well attended.
Washington – the party is incredibly busy…platform, budget, bylaws, endorsements, etc. The platform process gave us our first Washington County Platform. We are striving to appeal to the non-affiliated voters while trying to deal with the in-fighting that continues. Progress is being made, however, as there are 530 Democrats who are running for Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs), up from 120.
Yamhill – Thirty-eight Democrats have filed for PCP positions thus far, and we are getting the word out to voters that it takes only three people to write in their name to become an elected PCP. At our Central Committee meetings, the Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited out of respect for athletes protesting for Black Lives Matter. Regarding Democratic candidates running for state offices, Danny Jaffer has filed for District 23–Republican Mike Nearman’s position, but we have no candidate running against Republican Representative Ron Noble. Candidates running against Senator Kim Thatcher are Sarah Grider and Paul Diller.
Standing Committee Reports: Steve Bintliff, Credentials Chair, mentioned that he is moving to Multnomah County and will no longer be in CD1. Dan thanked Steve for his hard work and mentioned that we will be electing a new chair.
DPO Update – Dan asked for comments regarding this year’s Platform Convention:
Amendments could have been handled better
Rules and procedures should be addressed before the convention
Major decisions were made in a hurried manner and at the tail-end of some of the sessions
Why have a time limit to collect signatures for new LAIs?
Why shut down debate on amendments?
Gerritt, Delegation Chair to the Platform Committee commented that he has made two suggestions to the committee–a survey monkey poll should be sent out prior to the convention to identify planks that are of highest concern, and the Platform Committee should convene forums or workgroups to discuss controversial issues, such as, rank-choice voting, National Popular Vote, etc. He will let us know what the committee decides.
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Jeremy also noted that suggestions could come to him.
Next Meeting A motion was made to have the meeting on Sunday, May 20th, which was amended to Saturday, the 19th; the motion was seconded and approved. Liz commented that she will be in Alaska on this date and asked Kathy Jackson to take minutes. Kathy agreed. A site will be determined.
Good of the Order – Tara mentioned that MoveOn members will be protesting if Trump fires Mueller and we need to keep our eyes open for when and where they will take place. Also, it was noted that PCP positions are non-competitive with the help of the Elections Office allowing PCPs to be placed in neighboring precincts.
A motion to adjourn was seconded and passed at 5:08pm.