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Minutes, GPLAC County Council meeting, May 20, 2018

Green Party of Los Angeles County • County Council Meeting Minutes
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:30pm to 5:30pm
334 W. 17th Street, San Pedro, 90731

County Councilmembers present (10): Doug Barnett, Marla Bernstein, Rachel Brunhke, Angelica Dueñas, Mike Feinstein, Annie Goeke, Ava Kermani, Cordula Ohman, Linda Piera-Avila, Ajay Rai, Julia Russell

County Councilmembers not present (6): Daniel Alvarado, Tom Bibiyan,  Cris Gutierrez, Aria Pakatchi, Adia Williams

County Councilmember alternates (1): Melissa Guevara (for Aria Pakatchi)

Other Greens (1): Rohan Sabnis

Co-Facilitators: Ajay Rai and Annie Goeke
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
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 (Ohman): Change item #8 to disuccsion to decision

Approved by consensus

Proposal (Rai): Change item #5 from decision to discussion

Approved by consensus

3) Report: Treasurer’s report
Sponsor/Presenter: Doug Barnett, GPLAC Treasurer

Barnett presented on the status of GPLAC finances and submitted a written report to the County Council

4) Decision: Approval of minutes from April 8, 2018 meeting
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein

Approved by consensus

5) Discussion: Update on GPLAC-endorsed candidates and their promotion by GPLAC

Michael Feinstein, Secretary of State; June 5 primary election
Angelica Dueñas, US House of Representatives, District 29; June 5 primary election
Kenneth Mejia, US House of Representatives, District 34; June 5 primary election
Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, US House of Representatives, District 40; June 5 primary election
Rachel Bruhnke, State Assembly, District 70; June 5 primary election

Dueñas, Feinstein and Bruhnke were present in person to present on their campaign

6) Decision: Approval of administrator, GPLAC Facebook Page
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein, Rai, Russell

Proposal (Feinstein): That Angelica Dueñas be appointed as co-administrator and the GPLAC adopt this language

The County Council may establish official GPLAC social networking pages and policies governing their content. The purpose of such pages shall be to

2-1.1 Promote and publicize the successes and achievements of the GPLAC and the Green Party in Los Angeles County, of Green candidates and officeholders in Los Angeles County, and of GPLAC leadership and rank and file members.

2-1.2 Provide a source of objective, official information about the GPLAC, including its press statements, positions on ballot measures, platform and organization.

2-1.3 Provide opportunities for interaction and involvement in the GPLAC.

Approved by consensus

7) Decision: Approval of administrator, GPLAC MeWe Page
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein, Rai, Russell

Proposal (Bruhnke): That Ajay Rai and Julia Russell be appointed as co-administrators and Mike Feinstein be appointed as a contributor.

Approved by consensus

8) Decision: Status of GPLAC access to Nationbuilder Data Base, Promotion of GPLAC-endorsed candidate
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein, Rai, Russell

Proposal (Feinstein): Approve as new County Site for purposes of Nationbuilder

Approved by consensus

9) Discussion: Standing General Assembly elections for GPCA Coordinating Committee and GPUS Delegation

10) Decision: Discusion of Agenda and Choosing Delegates for Upcoming GPCA General Assembly, June 9-10
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein

Delegate Selection: Doug Barnett, Marla Bernstein, Rachel Bruhnke, Angelica Duenas, Mike Feinstein, Annie Goeke, Melissa Guevara, Ava Kermani, Linda Piera-Avila, Ajay Rai, Julia Russell, Rohan Sabnis; and direct GPLAC Co-coordinators to prepare statement to be presented to San Joaquin General Assembly, June 9-10/

Approved by consensus

11) Decision: Set Summer County Council meeting dates and Election Night Party
Sponsor/Presenter: Rai, Russell in role as co-coordinators

Proposal (Feinstein): Sunday July 1 (teleconference); Sunday, August 12 (Tongva Park, Santa Monica); Sunday, September 16 (location to be determined)

Approved by consensus

12) Discussion: GPLAC Bylaws regarding filling County Council vacancies
Sponsor/Presenter: Feinstein

Discussion held over potential changes to existing bylaw Section 8-3 Nominations

13) Discussion:  "A Green New Deal for 21st Century Agriculture"
Sponsor/Presenter: Bruhnke

Bruhnke presented on the relevance of this topic to politics in urban areas.

14) Discussion:  Social Media Savvy 
Sponsor/Presenter: Bruhnke

A brief discussion was help about the need to develop broader social media skills among County Councilmembers 

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