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Minutes, GPLAC County Council meeting, May 7, 2017

Green Party of Los Angeles County - County Council Meeting Minutes
Sunday, May 7, 2017
4pm to 7pm Teleconference 

County Councilmembers present (14):  Daniel Alvarado, Doug Barnett, Marla Bernstein, Tom Bibiyan, Justine Berne Akley, Rachel Brunhke, Mike Feinstein, Annie Goeke,  Cris Gutierrez,  Ava Kermani, Linda Piera-Avila, Ajay Rai, Julia Russell, Adia Williams

County Councilmembers not present (2): Helen Gaskins, Tyler Morrison

Co-Facilitators: Annie Goeke, 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 (five minutes)
Presenter: Facilitators
• Relevant By-Law 9-5.5 Once distributed, the Agenda may not be changed until the meeting. The time and order of already agendized items may be amended by a 3/5 vote.  New agenda items may be added by a 2/3 vote.

Proposal (Feinstein) Add Items #5 through #13

Approved by consensus

3. Decision: Consideration of Appointment of County Councilmembers to fill vacant seats in State Senate District 21: Aria Pakathchi, Mathew Wheeler (twenty minutes)

Appointment of Aria Pakathchi

Approved by consensus

Appointment of Mathew Wheeler

Approved by consensus

4. Report: Treasurer’s report (five minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Doug Barnett, GPLAC Treasurer

Barnett reported on the current balance and that a PO Box payment is due in a week

5. Decision: Approval of Minutes of March 12, 2017 County Council meeting  (five minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein

Approved by consensus

6. Discussion: Update on GPLAC opposition to Final EIR for warehouse project at 4051 S. Alameda in Los Angeles on the former South Central Farm land and discussion of next steps (five minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Piera-Avila

Report made by Piera-Avila

7. Discussion: Update on organizing for April 29 Peoples Climate March in Wilmington (ten minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Bruhnke

Bruhnke reported on the Climate March

8. Decision: Appointment of three members to end of 2016-2017 Standing General Assembly (ten minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein

Proposal (Feinstein): That the following three individuals  be appointed as GPLAC delegates for the remainder of the 2016-2017 Standing General Assembly, and that in lieu of all County Councilmembers literally ranking all three of them, that with a consensus vote for all three, it be considered that all County Council members ranked all three in various orders, leading all three to reach the approval threshold and be appointed

Justine Akley
Matthew Wheeler
Tom Bibiyan

Approved by consensus

9. Discussion: Review of Kenneth Mejia for Congress campaign (thirty minutes)
Sponsor: Feinstein
Presenter: Mejia

Item not heard because Mejia not present

10. Proposal: Authorize Data Base outreach for AD 51 special election (ten minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein

Proposal (Feinstein): That the County Council authorize an email outreach to Greens in AD51 to identify potential Green candidates in the district in the case that there is a special election for that seat, and invite them to the June 4 County Council meeting.

Approved by consensus

11. Proposal: That June 4 County Council meeting be made into a strategic retreat (twenty minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein

Proposal (Feinstein): That the June 4 County Council meeting be made into a strategic retreat from noon to 6pm, and that the agenda include planning for future elections in 2017/2018 and recruiting Green candidates, hearing from Greens currently serviging on LA Neighborhood Council; building and recognizing Greens locals across Los Angeles County (and how that relates to building within State Senate Districts from which County Councilmembers are appointed); recruiting additional members to the County Council; use of GPLAC social media; use of GPLAC voter registration data base; creating new county Green Party literature for outreach; discussion of party rule change about voter participation in Green Party presidential primaries and other items submitted by County Councilmembers; and that a logistical support team be appointed to support Julia Russell in hosting the retreat at her house, which is already the scheduled location

Approved by Consensus

12. Discussion: Voter participation in Green Party presidential primaries (fifteen minutes)
Sponsor/Presenter: Morrison

Item not heard because Morrison was not present


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