September 2017 Club Meeting

We're holding club Executive Board elections at the upcoming September 16th meeting. Nominations for all positions will be taken at the meeting prior to the election. Self-nomination is permitted.   

Time to step up!

The following club members have already been nominated:

President: Adrienne Burk
Vice President: Chris Anderson, Elizabeth Carder
Secretary: Lloyd Dent
Treasurer: Chad Jones
At-Large: Marty Meltzer, Cindy Kalman, Chris Anderson, Chris Long, Tauby Ross, Steve Krantz


Also on the agenda: 


John Alford from the Congressman's office will be coming by to fill us in on what is happening in Washington and also with his impeachment resolution.


In California, poor people go to jail, rich people go free. How long will this go on? The Senator is working hard to rework the bail system. 

Sacramento Bee article:


Club member Cindy Kalman will present a report on Swing Left SoCal and what's going on with 2018 local Congressional Elections. 5 Republican targets in Southern California!



From the club's bylaws regarding elections: 

Article VII - Elections

Section 1. Officers of the club shall be elected at a membership meeting to be scheduled during the month of September each year and assume office January 1st. Officers and Executive Board members elected at the September meeting will participate in Executive Board meetings immediately after the election in order to facilitate a smooth transition in club leadership.

Section 2. Officers may be nominated from the floor immediately prior to the voting for each office. Members shall be given at least one week's notice of the election meeting.

Section 3. The officers shall be elected individually in the order of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The election of officers shall be by secret ballot; however, if there is only one nominee for an office, and provided there is no objection, the candidate can be elected by acclamation without a ballot. To be elected a nominee must receive a majority of the votes cast for that office. If no nominee receives a majority on the first ballot, a runoff shall be held between the two nominees receiving the greatest number of votes. If there is only one nominee for an office, the ballot shall include a choice of no election for that office which shall be included in tabulating the votes cast.

Section 4. Nominees must be members in good standing for at least 90 days prior to the election..

Section 5. In the event a position is not filled in the annual election of officers or there is a vacancy because of resignation or removal, with the exception of President, a special election shall be held to fill the position according to the procedures for nominating and electing officers in the annual election. An officer elected in a special election shall take office immediately. When there is a vacancy in the office of President, the position shall be filled by Vice-President and a special election shall be held to elect a new Vice-President.

Section 6. To be eligible to vote in the election, members must be members in good standing for at least 60 days prior to the election.

Article IV - Officers

Section 2. The duties of the elected officers shall be as follows:

A. President. The President shall set the agenda for and preside over all meetings of the Executive Board appoint directors of the standing committees; appoint such other committees as may be deemed necessary; serve as the official representative of the club in public forums; make decisions for the
club on policy when specifically empowered to do so by the Executive Board; advise the membership of pertinent matters affecting the welfare of the Democratic Party and the club; disburse funds of the club within limits set by the Executive Board; and act as Treasurer in the absence or inability of the Treasurer. The President shall preside over all meetings of the membership or may appoint a meeting chair(s) to lead membership meetings.

B. Vice-President. The Vice-President shall preside at meetings of the Executive Board and of the membership in the absence or inability of the President; and committees as may be recognized pursuant to Article VI of these bylaws; and perform such other duties as the President may direct.

C. Secretary. The Secretary shall maintain a record of all meetings of the Executive Board and of the membership; be prepared to read the minutes of the previous meeting at the current meeting of the Executive Board or of the membership; receive and maintain in official club records the
reports of elected officers, directors of standing committees and chairs of recognized caucuses; maintain a compendium of standing rules, resolutions and policies adopted by the Executive Board or the membership; handle such correspondence as the President or Executive Board may direct; and perform such other duties as the President may direct.

D. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the club; receive and disburse funds of the club; prepare an annual budget of anticipated revenues and expenses; provide addenda to the budget as required; report the financial status of the club to the Executive Board on a
regular basis; make an annual report to the membership; and provide all information necessary for periodic audits as may be directed by the Executive Board.


We're entering a busy period: 

  • Voting Congresscritter Steve Knight  --CA-25, northern L.A. County-- out of office
  • Meeting and endorsing candidates
  • Registering voters
  • Keeping pressure up on issues important to Democrats
  • Protecting hard gained civil liberties, workers’ rights, the environment, voting rights……and on and on

Join us to find action items to do and get informed. We get more done when we do it together.

Check in at Swing SoCal Left here for specific action items this month (Voter registration, canvassing) in local districts (CA-25, CA-48, CA-49)

September 16, 2017 at 10:00am - 12pm
State Office Building Auditorium
6150 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401
United States
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Martin Meltzer Anita Horn Chris Long Deborah Schuch Margaret Flynn Cindy Kalman Chris Anderson

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