Apr 12

ANNUAL MEETING OF COASTSIDE DEMS ON MAY 21

Sunday, May 21,2017 3:30-6 PM (Note Time Change)

Plans are set for our Annual Membership Meeting at Senior Coastsiders, 925 Main St., HMB on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4 PM – 6 PM.

We will have attorney and author Joe Cotchett as our guest speaker. Recently he was a guest on KQED Forum and he was both knowledgeable and entertaining and extremely articulate on the causes of political back sliding happening in this country.

Joseph W. Cotchett is known to be one of the foremost trial lawyers in the country. He is “considered one of the best trial strategists in the state” who built a career out of representing the underdog against powerful interests. In recent years, Cotchett has taken on major corporate entities and Wall Street and has been generous in his time with extensive pro bono work, including support for Surfrider Foundation and the Martin’s Beach access.

He is the author of numerous articles and books, including “The People vs Greed” which we hope to have him speak about at our meeting. It is especially poignant in this time of GOP control of our national affairs.

Mr. Cotchett’s no holds barred prose reveals the systemic greed, corruption and theft that affect our daily lives, from our “bought” electorate to our tainted food supply. He covers a wide range of subjects like health care fraud, Wall Street thuggery, the misappropriation of our tax dollars, climate change/denial, Big Pharma, Big Oil, defense spending waste, the erosion of our privacy, and the lawyers who make all of the above possible. Reading his book will inspire you to take action NOW!

May 22

OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

More than 60 people attended the annual meeting of the Coastside Democratic Club. They enjoyed hearing speaker Joe Cotchett talk about local and national issues.

Retiring Board members Cid Young, Harvey Rarback, and Fran Pollard were thanked for their service to the Club.

The Board and leadership for the year ahead were elected. They are: Pam Fisher (at-large), Meg Fried (Treasurer), Bill Kehoe (President), Kathy Klein (at-large), Doreen Gerrity (Vice President), Barbara Dye (Secretary). Not able to attend Kathryn Slater-Carter (at large).

The Club thanks April Vargas for moderating the meeting.

May 18

INFORMATION ABOUT VOTING AT THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

Dear Coastside Democrats,

This year, at our Annual Meeting at Senior Coastsiders, 925 Main Street, HMB from 3:15 PM – 6:00 PM, there will be five (5) ballots to consider. There are two (2) proposed bylaw changes which will impact which ballot we will use to elect board members. For this reason, we will vote on the bylaws changes first at the start of our Annual Meeting before our guest speaker. After our guest speaker we will vote on the Board using the appropriate ballot.

The Bylaw 1 Ballot, “Reduce the size and makeup of the Coastside Democrats Board”, proposes to reduce the board size from 11 to 7 and retains direct election of the Officers by the general membership. Bylaw 1 was Approved by the Coastside Democrats’ Board on March 12, 2017.

The Bylaw 2 Ballot, “Board Member Brennan’s proposed Bylaw Amendment”, proposes to keep the board size at 11 but changes the election by the membership to vote for all At-Large board members only. The newly elected Board would then vote to choose its own Officers at its first Board meeting. Bylaw 2 would also give access to the club membership’s private data to all 11 board members (currently, access to this information is limited to only the President and Treasurer). Bylaw 2 was submitted to the Board on April 26, 2017 and the Board voted (8-2) to Reject the changes on May 5, 2017.

Because of these competing Bylaw changes, the vote for Board members will be a little more complicated than usual this year. If Bylaw 1 passes with a 2/3 majority and Bylaw 2 fails, we will use the corresponding Board-member Ballot listing 4 Officers and 3 At-Large members. If Bylaw 2 passes with a 2/3 majority and Bylaw 1 fails, we will use the corresponding Board-member Ballot listing 11 At-Large members and no Officers. In the event both Bylaws either pass or fail, we will have to revert to the Ballot format from previous years that list 4 Officers and 6 At-Large members. The 11th Board member is assigned to the Past President.

Please wait until the results of the Bylaw Ballots are announced before filling out the corresponding Board Ballot. If, however, you can’t wait, you could fill out all 3 Board Ballots but only the proper Board Ballot will be counted.
Again, the current Board has recommended that the club membership Approve Bylaw 1 that would reduce the Board to size from 11 to 7 and would retain direct election of the Officers by the general membership. The current Board has recommended that the club membership Reject Bylaw 2 that would keep the board size at 11 but would change the election by the membership to vote for all At-Large board members only. The newly elected Board would then choose its own officers at its first Board meeting after the Annual Meeting. The current Board also has recommended that the club membership Reject Bylaw 2 because it would give access to the and general membership contact information to all 11 members of the board.

The weather on Sunday is going to be warm and sunny so expect traffic delays in Half Moon Bay.

May 18

PRO STATEMENT FOR BOARD PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES

Article V: Officers
Section 1. The elected officers of the Club shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Any member of the Club may run for office.

TO BE DELETED: Section 2. The Executive Board, herein after called the “Board”, consists of the elected officers, 6 elected At Large members, and the past president (ex officio).

REPLACEMENT TEXT: Section 2. The Executive Board, herein after called the “Board”, consists of the elected officers, and 3 elected At-Large members.

The above change was supported by a majority vote of the Board at the March 12, 2017 meeting. Their reasons for this change are:

• Low Board turnout/quorum issues – going back over the past year we have had to wait many time until the sixth Board member showed up to reach a quorum needed to conduct business.
• A super majority of Chartered Democratic Clubs in San Mateo County have only 5 Board members.
• Communication and interaction is easier. Board members get to know each other as individuals.
• Every person’s participation counts and shows.
• Meetings will be easier to schedule.
• Studies show optimal Board size is between 5 – 8
• Studies show that the effectiveness of a group decisions making process decreases as the size of the group gets larger. (http://dorgerconsulting.com/2011/07/20/size-matters-right-sizing-your-board-of-directors/)
• A 7 member Board with our slate gives us an accurate geographically and population density representation. (3 HMB, 2 EG, 1 MB & 1M)
• There is a danger of loss of individual accountability with Bigger boards.
• With Bigger boards It is difficult to create opportunities for thoughtful, interactive discussions that let everyone give their input in a timely manner.

A board should be large enough to get the board’s work done, yet small enough to work as a single team to communicate, deliberate, and function as a single body.

May 18

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS FOR 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

Bill Kehoe
1) President (nominated to continue)
2) Past Treasurer
3) Editor and Publisher of Coastside Democrats Newsletter.
4) Member of the Programming, Finance, Membership & Endorsement Committees.
5) Responsible for Chairing Board Meetings and setting the Agendas.
6) Organizing local election campaign ground work for Endorsed Candidates.
7) Assisting all the Active Board members with their Club work.
8) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Doreen Gerrity
1) Vice President (nominated to continue)
2) Co-Program Chair
3) Member of Endorsement Committee
4) Assisted with Coastside Dem events
a. Arranged for locations for Club meetings/events
b. Helped organize food, seating, etc. for meetings
c. Played major role in setup and cleanup of meetings
5) Assisted in editing Coastside Dem newsletter
6) Active, on-time, contributing participant at board meetings
7) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Barbara Dye
1) Secretary (nominated to continue)
2) Took board meeting minutes
3) Publicity/Communications
a. Regularly updated Facebook page and website with Club events and other information;
b. Created flyers and placed notices on Nextdoor for Club events
c. Took photos at club events for use in publicity
4) Helped with planning, set up, and cleanup for Club events, hosted meetings
5) Tabled for Presidential campaign, organized Coastside group for Women’s March, held event/fundraiser for Club-endorsed Assembly candidate, managed 2016 endorsement documentation.
9) Active, on-time, contributing participant at board meetings.
10) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Meg Fried
1) Treasurer (nominated to continue)
2) Finance & Membership Committee Chair
3) Responsible for Coastside Democrats Bank Account and Membership List
4) Organized a Fundraiser for local Coastside Candidates in 2016
5) Organized Club Happy Hour Events
6) Assisted with Coastside Democrats Events
7) Worked Pumpkin Festival and Saturday Farmers Market registering voters
8) Checked mailbox and monitored incoming Coastside Dems mail
9) Active, on-time, participant at Board meetings
10) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Kathryn Slater-Carter
1) At-Large Member
2) Past Treasurer, and Chair of Finance and Membership Committees
3) Back-up Secretary for Board minutes
4) Participated in local election campaign ground work for Endorsed Candidates and for national and state Democratic candidates
5) Staffed Coastside Dems booth at other functions
6) Active, on-time, contributing participant at board meetings
7) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Kathy Klein
1) Planning Committee Co-Chair (will continue in this position)
(speakers, locations, set up/take down, food/drink)
2) Voter registration and Democratic tabling at Farmers Market and Pillar Point
3) Worked the Coastside Dem Pumpkin Festival booth
4) Coastside Democrats Christmas Party and numerous other meetings and events held at her home
5) Contributed financially to local campaigns
6) Active, on-time, contributing participant at board meetings.
7) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Pam Fisher
1) Former Coastside Dem Board Member
2) Assisted with the program committee and helped organize multiple Coastside Dem events
a. Helped organize food, seating, etc. for meetings
b. Helped with setup and cleanup for meetings
3) Campaigned on multiple local and national elections, walking precincts, making phone calls, addressing envelopes, etc.
4) Supported multiple local and national candidates
5) Resident of Half Moon Bay, bringing geographical distribution to the Board
6) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Dan Haggerty
Position- member at large- voter reg lead

I believe our club members share progressive values. Ever since and before joining the board in 2011, I had “boots on ground” advocated for many issues, including health insurance reform which gave us the ACA, campaigned and erected signs for Democratic candidates, and led voter registration events. At this time on the board, plenty more of my activism is desperately needed. I will continue to be a key leader with this.

Please give me your vote so i can continue to be the “boots on ground” progressive activist for our club.

Brent Turner
No statement received.

May 07

Coastside Democrats Board Elections

Nominating Committee Report from Friday, April 14, 2017

We have received the report from the Nominating Committee for our 2017-2018 Board elections at our Annual Membership meeting on May 21, 2017. We wish to thank the Committee of Fran Pollard, Cid Young and Harvey Rarback for all their hard work and due diligence in keeping the process fair and equal for all according to the rules agreed up by the Board and published in our last newsletter. Below are the results from Nominating Committee Minutes:

OFFICERS SUBMITTING A CONSENT TO SERVE FORM ARE:
BILL KEHOE – PRESIDENT
DOREEN GERRITY – VICE PRESIDENT
BARBARA DYE – SECRETARY
MEG FRIED – TREASURER

MEMBER-AT-LARGE CANDIDATES SUBMITTING A CONSENT TO SERVE FORM ARE:
KATHLEEN KLEIN
KATHRYN SLATER-CARTER
PAMELA FISHER
DAN HAGGERTY
BRENT TURNER
Nota bene: Article VII: Elections Section 4. Nominations may be made from the floor, with two seconds, at the Annual Meeting. So the final ballot may change.

In addition, if the second set of proposed bylaws changes are approved, the election will have to be managed in a different manner as yet to be determined.

Apr 29

INDIVISIBLE ON THE COASTSIDE

This is a nationwide movement honoring and celebrating solidarity with our immigrant population and protesting Trump’s unconstitutional attacks on them.
This Saturday, April 29, at 2:30-4:30 pm, join Immigration Action Group (IAG), Indivisible Coastside, Indivisible La Honda, and Coastside citizens in protest. We’ll be at the northeast corner Hwy 92 and Hwy 1 in Half Moon Bay.
Please join us and Bring signs! (ideas on Google)
bill mciver
111 fifth street
montara, ca 94037
415-735-8640

Apr 27

A Message from San Mateo County Democracy for America

SMCDFA members and friends,
The election of Donald Trump was a wake-up call for the Democratic Party to become truly relevant again…and to get back to the basics that win elections.
Our meeting program speaker, Kimberly Ellis, candidate for chair of the California Democratic Party, will make her case for a bold new path, as we near the officer elections at the CDP convention in May.

Next SMCDFA Meeting
May 3 – “A New Vision for the California Democratic Party”

Kimberly Ellis, dynamic candidate for chair of the California Democratic Party, proposes a 7-point plan to make the Democratic Pary relevant again and win back Congress. For the last seven years, Kimberly was the highly succesful executive director of Emerge California, the organization that trains Democratic women for elected office. The CDP officer elections will be held at the convention in Sacramento the weekend of May 19. We’ll also be getting updates from our SMCDFA task forces.

Bring your friends, and don’t be late — we always start with dessert.

When: Wednesday, May 3, at 7:00 pm
Where: Woodside Road United Methodist Church, corner of Woodside Road and Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City
Contact: Carole Dorshkind at cdorshkind@comcast.net

Apr 22

The March for Science in Pacifica

Apr 12

Coastside Democrats Board Elections

Deadline for Board Nominees is Friday, April 14, 2017

We will have the election for our 2017-2018 Board at our Annual Membership meeting on May 21, 2017. The Nominating Committee of Fran Pollard, Cid Young and Harvey Rarback have volunteered to help with the process. Any member of the Coastside Democrats in good standing (ie. Registered Democrat and membership dues current) can apply with three(3) Club member’s support per the Club Bylaws.

Nominations must be received by 12 Noon on Friday, April 14, 2017. Nominees need to email the following information:

Nominee’s name as they are registered to vote
Name and contact information of Club Member #1 Nominating them.
Name and contact information of Club Member #2 Nominating them.
Name and contact information of Club Member #3 Nominating them.

You may add an optional 4th person for your nomination. Also optional are a candidate statement, background information on why you are running, committees you would like to chair (MEMBERSHIP, PROGRAM, LEGISLATIVE, PUBLICITY or FINANCE), etc.

You may also request a nomination form by contacting the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Fran Pollard (LPFP@Comcast.net).

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