MINUTES – September GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 7/21/2014
Alex Wara called to order at 7:20 p.m.
Motion by Jeff Cardenas
Joshua Barousse second it
I Welcome and Introductions
Candidates introduce themselves:
Maya Esparza Candidate for San Jose City Council District 7
Frank Beau East San Jose School District Candidate
Rudy Rodriguez Candidate for Franklin-McKinley School District
Brian Schmidt Candidate for Santa Clara Water District
Gary Kremen candidate for Santa Clara Water District represented by Noellani Sallings
Margaret Abe-Koga candidate for El Camino Hospital Board represented by Andrew Knaack
Charles “Chappie” Jones candidate for San Jose City Council District 1 sent a representative
Assembly member Paul Fong candidate for San Jose Council District 1 sent a representative
Ellen Kamei candidate for Mountain View City Council
Pat Showalter candidate for Mountain View City Council
Mercedes Salem candidate for Mountain View City Council
Raul Peralez candidate for San Jose City Council District 3
Richard Tran candidate for Milpitas City Council
Noellani Sallings candidate for Santa Clara Unified School Board
All candidates thanked SVYD for their endorsement and others came to ask for an endorsement.
II Guest Speakers
Bill James reviews Parliamentary Procedures
It’s important to follow the bylaw so that you do not get in trouble. It is important that we allow people to express themselves so their views.
III Officer Reports
A. President (Alex Wara)
Myself and a group of other SVYD members sat through 2 weeks of interviewing candidates for our endorsement and it was challenging because there are many great candidates out there. Also please take a look at job postings because we do post them online.
B. Vice President of Membership (Emily Ramos)
Nothing quite new we sent out an email asking if you want to join other committees.
Hope everyone likes the new name tags!
I. Women’s Leadership Committee Report (Sara Godar)
C. Secretary (Juan Quinones)
We are doing the voter registration I have not had many volunteers sign u to help us register voters. Please consider volunteering.
D. Treasurer (Joshua Barrouse )
Sat we will have the BAYMEC fundraiser at the Mosaic lounge after dinner ends please join us. 8pm. As for funds we have 600 dollars we are doing well but can always do much better.
E. Political Director (Jeff Cardenas)
Jeff Cardenas chair endorsement proceeding. The consent calendar shows the endorsement committee’s recommendation.
Berryessa School District
Campbell City Council
El Camino Hospital District
Mountain View City Council
Milpitas City Council
San Jose Council District 1
San Jose Evergreen Community College District
Dr. Jeffrey Lease
San Jose Unified School District
Santa Clara City Council
Santa Clara Unified School District
Santa Clara Valley Water District
West Valley-Mission Community College District
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Board of Equalization District 2
Secretary of State
Bond Measure – Measure H – Santa Clara Unified School District
Boned Measure – Measure I – East Side Union High School
Parcel Tax – Measure J Fremont Union High School District
Bond Measure – Measure K – Fremont Union High School District
Bond Measure – Measure L – Berryessa School District
Bond Measure – Measure M – Evergren School District
Bond Measure – Measure N – Los Altos School District
Bond Measure – Measure O – Alum Rock
Bond Measure – Measure P – Oak Grove
Patrick Ahrens pulled the water board race
Amanda Montez pulled the Milpitas City Council Race
Omar Torres pulled the San Jose Unified School Board
Lucas Ramirez motion to pass consent calendar without pulled races
17 votes needed for the motion to pass
All in favor of moving the motion to pass the consent calendar and it unanimously passes.
Patrick Ahrens motions for a sole endorsement for Gary Kremen and Matt Savage seconds
Angelica Ramos called to question
18 in favor to endorse Gary Kremen
SVYD endorses Gary Kremen for Santa Clara Water Board
Milpitas council endorsement
Emily spoke on behalf of endorsement committee.
“The endorsement committee indicated that he has a bright future ahead of himself and that he performed well and was better than when he came to speak at our general membership.”
Amanda moves to not endorse Richard Tran
Lucas second Amanda’s motion
In favor of no endorsement 16
Jeff motion to endorse
Emily seconds it
Angelica motions to reconsider all candidates running in Milpitas
Lucia 2nd it
San Jose Unified District candidates Richard Garcia and Susan Ellenberg asked for endorsement
Jeff says that all are great
Emily mentioned that we could not decide who to endorse because they were all great so we left them to you to decide.
Omar motion to endorse Rich Garcia
Amanda offered an amendment to Omar’s motion to also endorse Susan Ellenberg. Omar accepts the amendment.
Jesus Gomez called to question
SVYD endorses Rich Garcia and Susan Ellenberg for San Jose Unified School District
Omar motioned to support measure Q
Jesus second it
Omar called question if they can vote for measure Q and Frank Bieel and Rudy Rodriguez
By the discretion of the chair, motion passes.
Gary Kremen is hiring please see me if you’re interested
Amanda there will fundraiser for Mark Stone if you are interested please talk to me.
Madeline Case would like to know if anyone is interested in getting elected officials and candidates to sign the open pledge
Jeff motion to end meeting
Motion second by Emily
Meeting adjourn at 9:10pm