Newly-elected members of the Club Board of Directors have been meeting to plan for the year ahead. Left to right: Dan Haggerty, Cid Young, Dana Kimsey, Dennis Paull, Kathryn Slater-Carter, Bill Kehoe, Doreen Gerrity, Harvey Rareback, Fran Pollard, Kathy Klein, Barbara Dye
San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter
Happy JULY 2015 San Mateo County Democrats!
Friends and Democrats;
JUNE 2015 will go down in history for the reinforcement of DEMOCRATIC VALUES by our nation AND our state!
First, with the decision by SCOTUS on June 25th in KING V. BURWELL by 6-3 to forever put to rest the debate on the Affordable Care Act. It is and will forever be the law of the land despite some Republican’s promises to still try and derail it, calling it an “illegal action”.
Health Care for ALL is a DEMOCRATIC VALUE.
Second, on the 26th, they ruled by a 5-4 margin in favor of Marriage Equality in OBERGEFELL V. HODGES. Same Sex Marriage is now legal in the remaining 13 states of our country. The United States now becomes the 21 nation in the world to have full marriage equality for all it’s citizens. As I write this letter, they are now issuing licenses to same sex couples in Kentucky! A truly landmark day, especially in the South and Midwest.
Our own Democratic Party Chairman John Burton had this to say:
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to overturn state laws banning same-sex couples from marrying is a victory for the American ideal of equality. The recognition of loving families that started in California and Massachusetts has now swept the nation.
When I introduced Assembly Bill 167 in 1991 to change California law to permit same-sex marriage, a conservative commentator called it the “battle of the century.” This battle is now over, but it won’t end Republican-led attacks on gay Americans, and California Democrats won’t stop fighting discrimination against gay and lesbian families and students.
Marriage Equality for ALL is a DEMOCRATIC VALUE.
Our State Representatives continue to lead the way in forward thinking legislation. Our own State Leaders, Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Phil Ting, Kevin Mullin and Rich Gordon are making us proud every day in Sacramento.
The fight for our DEMOCRATIC VALUES has only just begun. There are many fronts for us to consider now as we look to 2016 and the candidates that will represent our party.
- Women’s Rights and Equality and complete access to reproductive services and health care
- Safety for our Children in the education system, be it bullying or vaccinations
- A fully inclusive Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) to include Transgender Rights
- Compassion in the End Of Life for all
- Immigration Reform
- Strengthening of Gun Regulations
- Environment and Renewable Energy
- and finally, federal VOTING RIGHTS reform
These ALL are DEMOCRATIC VALUES!
We must use 2015 to build momentum for the coming 2016 election cycle, by building our base of voluteers and participants in all things Democratic in San Mateo County. Talk with your friends, neighbors and family about the SAN MATEO COUNTY DEMOCRATS. Get them to a meeting or event or even have them join one of our Democratic Clubs.
Coastside Democrats Annual May Meeting
WHEN: May 31, 2015 from 3 pm to 5 pm
WHERE: Rich & Kathy Klein’s Home
771 San Carlos Ave
El Granada CA
We ask everyone to bring a little food to share. The Coastside Dems will provide beverages.
3:00 pm Sign In and receive ballot (Board & Bylaws)
3:15 pm State of the Club Report
3:30 pm SB700 (Disclose Act) Resolution
3:45 pm Collect Ballots & tally
4:00 pm Keynote Address, “What a progressive Democrat can do to make the world a better place” by Ralph Miller,
California Democratic Party, Executive Board
4:45 pm Announce ballot results
5:00 pm Closing & clean-up
Nominating Committee Board Member Recommendations
April 12, 2015
|Vice President||Doreen Gerrity|
|At large members||
|Ex Officio||Harvey Rarback|
Please note per our Bylaws that nominations may be made from the floor, with two seconds, at the Annual Meeting and the Nominees must agree to serve.
Proposed Bylaw changes are in red or lined out:
Bylaws of the Coastside Democrats
Approved on March 10, 2005
As amended Aug 7, 2014
As amended May 2015
Article I: Name and Affiliation
Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Coastside Democrats, herein after referred to as the “Club”.
Section 2. This Club shall be affiliated with the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, herein after referred to as the SMCDCC.
Article II: Purpose
Section 1. A purpose of this Club is to support the candidates of the Democratic Party.
Section 2. An equal purpose of this Club is to support the principles of:
a. honest and transparent government and elections
b. equal and inclusive opportunity and justice for all Americans
c. government benefiting all citizens, not just the wealthy
d. full respect for our natural environment and international treaties
e. public health and education, women’s rights and the welfare of seniors
f. outreach to youth and all ethnic communities
Article III: Membership
Section 1. Membership in the Club is open to all registered Democrats who live or work in along the San Mateo County coast.
Section 2. Membership in the Club is also open to those persons who are not eligible to register to vote but have expressed their intention to register Democratic when they become eligible and who live or work along the San Mateo County coast.
Section 2. People who are not registered Democrats but support progressive causes may become non-voting Friends of the Coastside Democrats and participate in Club activities.
Section 3. Membership may not be limited due to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, ethnic identity, physical ability, sexual orientation or economic status.
Section 4. The membership year starts on May 1.
Section 5. Members must be paid up Membership dues must be current in order to vote at any meeting. Membership may will lapse if dues are more than 90 days past due.
Section 6. Those individuals not eligible for membership are welcome to become Friends of Coastside Democrats.
Article IV: Dues
Section 1. The dues schedule shall be proposed by the Board and approved by majority vote of the membership.
Section 2. All dues are due and payable on the first day of the membership year.
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.
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).
Section 3. All elected positions shall be for a term of one year.
Section 4. The duties of the Board shall be to determine the programs and activities of the Club and to distribute a newsletter to all members.
Section 5. The duties of the officers are:
a. President. The President shall be the presiding officer at all General Meetings and at meetings of the Board. The President is responsible for assuring that the programs and directives of the Board are carried out. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees. The President may delegate authority as it appears prudent. The President is the official Club spokesperson.
b. Vice President. The Vice President shall preside at any meetings where the President is absent or when requested by the President. The Vice President shall assist the President as otherwise mutually agreed upon.
c. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of each Membership Meeting and each Board Meeting. The Secretary shall distribute the previous Board minutes prior to each Board Meeting. The Secretary shall prepare and distribute Club correspondence as directed by the Board or other officer and shall receive correspondence from other sources.
d. Treasurer. The treasurer shall maintain the books and financial records of the Club and shall prepare a Treasurer’s report for each meeting of the Board. The Treasurer shall maintain the Club’s bank Account and shall receive and disperse Club funds. The Treasurer shall maintain the membership rolls for the Club and shall prepare the reports needed to maintain our affiliation.
Article VI: Meetings
Section 1. The Annual Meeting of the membership shall be held in the first month of the membership year for the purpose of the election of officers and At Large Board members. The President shall make a report on the activities of the Club for the past year. There will then be an opportunity for all members to discuss the future direction of the Club.
Section 2. General Meetings shall be held at least quarterly. The time and place shall be set by the Board.
Section 3. Special Meetings may be called by any two members of the Board or by the President with at least 7 days notice to the membership.
Section 4. A quorum must be present to conduct business at the Annual, General or Special Meeting of the membership. A quorum shall consist of the greater of 10% or 8 paid up members, and must include at least one officer.
Section 5. Board Meetings shall be held at least every other month. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Board, including at least two officers. A quorum must be present to conduct Board business.
Section 6. The Board may conduct emergency meetings via electronic mail if a regular meeting cannot be conducted because of the urgency of a matter before the Board. Decisions made via electronic mail must be approved by 2/3 of the Board.
Section 7. The time and place of all Membership and Board Meetings shall be set by the Board.
Article VII: Elections
Section 1. Elections shall be held at the Annual Meeting.
Section 2. The Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee no later than 45 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee shall report their nominations for all Board positions to the membership no later than 30 days prior to the election. Multiple nominations for any position are allowed.
Section 3. Nominations may be made by any three members and submitted to the Nominating committee.
Section 4. Nominations may be made from the floor, with two seconds, at the Annual Meeting.
Section 5. Nominees must agree to serve.
Section 6. All members must be present to vote and must have been a member for at least 30 days prior to the election.
Section 7. The election of officers and At Large Board members shall be by secret ballot. Ballots shall be counted using an Instant Runoff method. A Tellers Committee shall be appointed by the President which shall not contain any persons running for office.
Article VIII: Resignation and Removal from Office
Section 1. Any officer or At Large Board member may be removed from office by vote of the membership at a General or Special Meeting. Complaints must be submitted in writing to any Board member. The complaints against such a person must be sent to the membership at least 14 days prior to the meeting date at which the removal is to be voted upon. The vote to remove must be by a 2/3 majority of those members present. Removal of a Board Member must be voted on at a meeting of the membership where a quorum is present. Prosecution and defense for the removal of a Board Member shall be given at least 5 minutes each to present their positions. The vote to remove must be by a 2/3 majority of those members present.
Section 2. Any officer or At Large Board member may be removed from office by majority vote of the Board for:
a. Registering in a party other than the Democratic Party
b. Endorsing a candidate that is not a registered Democrat only when the Club has already endorsed a candidate for that position
c. Missing three consecutive Board meetings
d. Engaging in conduct deemed to be unbecoming during the execution of Club business
Section 3. The Board may appoint a member to fill the unexpired term of a resigned or removed Board member, or may call a special election.
Article IX: Rules and Procedures
Section 1. The rules to be followed at membership and Board meetings shall be Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised. Should these bylaws conflict with those rules, these bylaws shall prevail. Should the Bylaws of the SMCDCC conflict, the SMCDCC bylaws shall prevail.
Article X: Committees
Section 1. There shall be the following Standing Committees:
a. Membership – responsible for supporting the membership
b. Program – responsible for planning Membership meetings and activities
c. Legislation & Lobbying – responsible for informing the membership about relevant political matters
d. Publicity – responsible for informing the public and membership about Club activities
e. Finance – responsible to produce and monitor a yearly Club budget.
Section 2. Ad hoc committees may be created by any elected officer. Ad hoc committees may be disbanded by the officer who created them or by 2/3 vote of the Board.
Section 3. The Chairs of the Standing and Ad Hoc Committees shall be nominated by the President and approved by majority vote of the Board provided a quorum is reached. The Chairs may recruit additional committee members from among the Club membership.
Section 4. The purpose and function of the committees shall be approved by the Board.
Section 5. All committee chairs shall report the activities of their committees at each Board Meeting, in person or by written report.
Section 6. Committee members shall publish their reports on the Club website.
Article XI: Finances
Section 1. The Treasurer shall maintain a checking account in the name of the Club.
Section 2. The President and the Treasurer shall be signatories on the Club checking account. Only one signature shall be required on each check, except that two signatures shall be required for check amounts over $400.
Section 3. The Board may instruct the Treasurer to open additional accounts as the Board sees fit.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall distribute an up-to-date financial report at each Board Meeting. The Treasurer shall also submit an annual report to the membership at the Annual Meeting.
Section 5. In the event of dissolution of this Club, all Club assets shall revert to the SMCDCC.
Section 6. The Treasurer is the Chair of the Finance Committee and is responsible for ensuring that expenditures are made consistent with the budget. If changes are needed, the Treasurer will first get approval from the Board.
Article XII: Endorsements
Section 1. Only one registered Democrat per contested position may be endorsed in a voter-nominated top-two open primary.
Section 2. Only one registered Democrat per contested position may be endorsed for office in a general election.
Section 3. The California Democratic Party endorses in statewide elections for candidates and propositions. The Club may vote to concur with these endorsements or remain neutral.
Section 4. Only the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee (SMCDCC) may endorse candidates and measures in non-partisan local elections. The Club may vote to recommend the endorsement of one registered Democrat per contested position running for local office to the SMCDCC. The Club may vote to recommend endorsement on local measures to the SMDCC.
Section 5. If the SMDCC does not vote on a local ballot measure and a general membership meeting is not held, the Club Board may vote to endorse a local ballot measure, but not candidates. Club Board endorsement for local ballot measures must pass by a 60% majority.
Section 6. Club endorsements and recommendations must be approved at an official meeting of the membership by at least 60% of those voting for that individual candidate, proposition, or measure.
Section 7. The membership shall be notified at least 15 days prior to an endorsement meeting.
Article XIII: Resolutions
Section 1. The Club will from time to time take positions on local, state, and national legislation.
Section 2. The Club may also take positions on other issues.
Section 3. A resolution on issues may be submitted to the membership by the Executive Board or by a petition signed by six or more members.
Section 4. A resolution must be approved at an official meeting of the membership by a majority of those voting.
Article XIV General Policies
Section 1. All membership meetings of this Club shall be open to the public, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, ethnic identity, physical ability, sexual orientation or economic status.
Section 2. All Board meetings are open to the membership.
Section 3. The activities of this Club shall be as open to the public as possible, consistent with a reasonable degree of decorum, as determined by the President.
Section 4. These Bylaws and all Annual reports shall be available to the public.
Section 5. Membership and newsletter lists shall not be disseminated or used for non-Club business without Board approval.
Article XV: Amendments
Section 1. Amendments to these Bylaws may be submitted to the Board by any two Board members or by any 5 members.
Section 2. Proposed amendments must be distributed to the membership at least 14 days prior to a vote by the membership.
Section 3. Proposed amendments must be voted on at a meeting of the membership where a quorum is present. Proponent and opponents to the amendment shall be given at least 5 minutes each to present their positions.
Section 4. Voting on amendments shall be by secret ballot. Amendments must receive a 2/3 vote of approval from the members present to pass.
Section 5. Amendments take effect immediately upon approval.
A non-binding straw poll of the Coastside Democrats taken at “Spring Break” general membership (3/22/15) meeting held at the Point Montara Lighthouse gave us the following results:
- Hillary Clinton – 5
- Joe Biden – 0
- Jim Webb – 1
- Martin O’Malley – 2
- Bernie Sanders – 1
- Elizabeth Warren – 12
- Other – 0
- Undecided – 1
One ballot was discarded because there were 3 candidates selected without a clear preference.
Our next Membership meeting will be on Open Space and Parks for the Coastside at the historic Fog Signal Building of the Point Montara Lighthouse Sunday March 22 from 3 to 6 pm. Please observe the instructions on the safe way to get to the Lighthouse. Parking is extremely limited so please arrange to car pool there.
We will have light refreshments and a knowledgeable panel.
Please invite your interested friends and family (but remember to carpool!). (More)