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Draft Agenda, GPLAC County Council meeting, August 21, 2016

Green Party of Los Angeles County
County Council Meeting Agenda
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401(in between Main St. and Ocean Ave., just south of I-10 freeway...take Expo Light Rail line to last stop @ 4th/Colorado, walk down the Colorado Esplanade to Main St. go left, then right into Tongva Park)
3pm: Pot luck vegetarian picnic at Gathering Hill in the NW corner of the park
4pm - 7pm: Meeting

Co-Facilitators: Marla Bernstein and Ajay Rai
Minutes: Mike Feinstein
Time Keeper:  Linda Piera Avila
Vibes Watcher: Cordula Ohman

1. Welcome and Introductions - All attendees (ten minutes)

2. Opportunity to amend agenda and/or add emergency items (ten minutes)
Presenter: Facilitators
• Relevant By-Law
The agenda may be amended by a 3/5 vote of County Councilmember present. Emergency and/or late items may be added to the agenda by a 2/3 vote of County Councilmembers (in the interest of time, suggested amendments and their rationale should be offered on-line before the meeting)

Proposal: Add proposal to add Action: Support for Green locals development, which will include authorizing email support to re-build the South Bay/Harbor Greens.

3. Report: Treasurer’s report (Doug Barnett, GPLAC Treasurer) (five minutes)

4. Action: Approval of Minutes of July 10, 2016 County Council meeting (Feinstein) (five minutes)

5. Action: Consideration of appointment to County Council to fill unfilled seats from June primary election (twenty minutes)

Background: Seven County Council seats were filled in the June 2016 primary.  There are 44 seats in total on the County Council. Currently 12 seats have been filled by election or appointment for 2016-2020. They are reflected in this chart, along with the seats per district.

This agenda item is to consider appointing Greens to the unfilled seats who have applied in advance of this meeting:.  These are the number of seats per district ; This is a map of the State Senate seats

District 24  - Julia Russell
District 26  - Justine Akley
District 27  - Ned Landin
District 26  - Candice Yamaguchi

Action: Vote separately on each appointment to the County Council. Approval requires 80%, as per GPLAC Bylaws.

6. Report: Update on GPLAC opposition to Final EIR for warehouse project at 4051 S. Alameda in Los Angeles on the former South Central Farm land (Piera-Avila) (ten minutes)

7. Action: Set Future Meeting Locations (Bernstein, Rai) (ten minutes)

Background: At its July 10, 2016 meeting, the County Council approved the following schedule for the remainder of 2016: Sunday, July 10; Sunday, August 21; Sunday, October 2; Sunday, November 13; Sunday, December 18 (teleconference); that the August 21 meeting be held in Tongva Park in Santa Monica; that County Councilmembers return to the August 21 meeting with proposed locations for the October 2 and November 13 meetings;  and that the County Council revisit and extends this schedule no later than its November meeting.

Proposal: Hold the October 2 meeting at Eco-Home, 4344 Russell Ave. in Los Angeles.

8. Report: Report back from LA County Greens present at GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston (thirty minutes)

Background: Several Greens from Los Angeles County will be present at the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston, August 4-7 This will be an opportunity to hear back from them and discuss the results of the convention, as well the response tothe GPCA presentation to the GPUS National Commitee to hosting the 2017 GPUS Annual National Meeting in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with the following draft schedule:

Friday, July 21 - Evening opening reception
Saturday, July 22 - GPUS Latinx caucus nat’l meeting, Campaign school, Saturday evening event, Los Angeles
Sunday, July 23 - open at present, possible beach social gathering in Santa Monica; travel to Bay Area
Monday, July 24 -  field trips to non-profits, community organizations in LA Area; travel to Bay Area, field trips to non-profits, community organizations in Bay Area
Tuesday, July 25 - travel to Bay Area, field trips to non-profits, community organizations in Bay Area
Wednesday, July 26 - travel to Bay Area, field trips to non-profits, community organizations in Bay Area, Evening opening reception
Thursday, July 27 - ANM workshops, San Francisco (near BART)
Friday, July 28 - ANM workshops, GPUS NC meeting, East Bay
Saturday, July 29 - workshops, GPUS NC meeting, East Bay
Sunday, July 30 - GPUS NC meeting, East Bay.

8. Action: Taking GPLAC positions on municipal, county ballot measures (Feinstein) (fourty minutes)

Background: There are multiple municipal and county ballot measures in LA County on the November 2016 general election ballot.  This agenda item gives the GPLAC an opportunity to take positions on measures that it feels ready to do so at this August 2016 meeting, and consider a schedule on others that need more time.

GPLAC Bylaws 5-2.10 Ballot Measures state that the County Council may "Endorse or oppose ballot measures appearing on the ballot in Los Angeles County” and Bylaw 9-4.2(h) states that votes that require 3/5 for approval including "endorsing or opposing ballot measures."

The County of Los Angeles will have several measures on the November ballot, includindg

Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan
Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Beaches, Rivers Protection, and Water Conservation Measure. Initiative Ordinance

The City of Los Angeles will have four measures on the November ballot

City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP). Charter Amendment.
City of Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions; Airport Peace Officers. Charter Amendment.
Homelessness Reduction and Prevention, Housing, and Facilities Bond
Proposition. Affordable Housing and Labor Standards Related to City Planning

The City of Santa Monica will have several measures on the November ballot

Proposal: Etiher take positions on the following ballot measures, or if not ready to take a position, place them before the Council for an on-line vote after further discussion.

9. Discussion: Preparation for 2017 Los Angeles City Elections, including recruiting Green candidates (fifteen minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Mike Feinstein

Background: The City of Los Angeles will hold its Primary Nominating Election Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and its General Municipal Election Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Greens have previously run few candidates in these races, usually because of the size of the districts.  Nevertheless running in these races creates a chance to reach large numbers of voters, and a large number of Greens in the whole county live in the City of Los Angeles.  This item is to discuss recruiting Greens to run in City Council races and for Mayor.

10. Announcements (five mintues)

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