Minutes of the October 26, 2015 General Membership Meeting

Democratic Club of Claremont
General Membership Meeting
7:00 PM Monday, October 26, 2015
Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place

John Forney, President, welcomed approximately 40 members and guests. The Agenda was accepted while acknowledging the efforts of Carol Whitson and Carolee Monroe in chairing a successful Democratic booth at Village Venture on Saturday, October 24.


Ballot Measure PS: Pros and Cons

Councilman Sam Pedroza presented arguments in favor of Measure PS while Ludd Trozpek spoke against it. Pedroza began by sharing that the city council is united in supporting a new police station. Lack of space along with seismic and technological concerns are the greatest reasons. Pedroza, however, realizes that the Measure more than likely will not be approved. He solicited input as to how to proceed so that a new police station becomes a reality. Trozpek, speaking against the Measure, listed several reasons including these: a regressive parcel tax, a proposal out of scale for the community and the chosen location.

Councilman Joe Lyons also spoke to the real need of a station. The Question/Answer session that followed produced comments and suggestions. Cost, if done in the future, the possibility of disaster, sites, funding, size and the campaign itself were all discussed.

Business Meeting:

Sandy Hester introduced several members of the Claremont Colleges Students for Bernie who wish to work with us and other Democratic clubs and groups to register voters and support the Democratic presidential campaign.

MSA (Carol Whitson) The Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of September 28, 2015 were unanimously approved.

Committees Reports

FINANCE/Treasurer's Report: Carol Whitson asked members to sign the Charter renewal form. She said that about $400 had been received from swag, donations and new memberships at Village Venture. The balance in the club's accounts is approximately $2100.

PROGRAM & ISSUES: Merrill Ring said that the speaker who, because of illness, was unable to discuss Iran at the October luncheon will be rescheduled for next spring. Mel Boynton filled in with a program that described the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. He asked everyone to advocate for the US to fulfill its share of payments to the UN. Issues recently addressed include looking into Chris Holden's vote on SB 350 and supporting Judy Chu's extension to the San Gabriel National Monument. Sandy Hester shared that the California Young Democrats would like to be included in a future program.

COMMUNICATIONS: The position is vacant.

MEMBERSHIP: Sandy Hester spoke about membership lists being on-line and printable. The annual party is open to all, especially prospective members. A unity dinner is being planned to raise funds for a headquarters during the presidential campaign.

By-Laws: Debi Evans will meet with Ted Panzer to revise the section of the By-laws not yet addressed. They, along with Gar Byrum and Sandy Hester, were applauded for their efforts.

POLITICAL STRATEGY: The LACDP Summit at Cal State LA focused on energizing, engaging and increasing membership. Future events include:

  • LNovember 4 - phone calling party to invite people to a coffee with Anthony Portantino
  • November 19 - open house for Anthony Portantino at John Forney's 644 W. 8th Street 4 - 6 PM
  • November 8 - LACDP FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Dinner at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach 6 - 10 PM. DCC member Joe Salas is AD 41 Democrat of the Year.

Joe Salas asserted that 70% of "down ballot seats are held by the GOP", thus the need to fund Democratic efforts. Also mentioned were activities in near-by districts.

LACDP/CDP: Bob Gerecke reported that five resolutions from the LACDP had been approved by the California Democratic Executive Board in August. They addressed:

Changes to promote greater voter participation in California; Detailed meat and poultry inspections; Raising the minimum wage; Support for grocery workers boycotting El Super grocery stores and Expanding arts education in the state's public schools.


Club Events

  • November 13 Luncheon - Noah Snyder DISCLOSE Act
  • November 30 General Membership Meeting "Education"
  • Saturday, December 5 - Annual Holiday Party, Napier Center, Pilgrim Place, 4 PM

Other Organizations

  • October 27 MoveOn meeting at 1015 N Indian Hill, 7:30 PM

Adjourn: 7:55 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Carolee Monroe
Recording Secretary