Minutes January 18, 2019

7:00 PM Welcomes and Introductions

Meeting called into order by President Kathy Tran at 7:18 PM.

Motion by Angel Martinez, seconded by Andrew Crockett. Unanimous vote in favor.

7:20 Introduction of guest speakers Josh and Ramona (co-founders of San Jose Spotlight)

  • -San Jose Spotlight is digital only
  • -website is up!
  • -Josh is Development Director
  • -Ramona is Chief Editor
  • -Platform is free to read
  • -No pay wall or advertising
  • -All contributor information is publicly available on website for disclosure purposes
  • -focused on government and politics reporting
  • -350,000 readership goal
  • -Aiming for 3,500 contributing members
  • Side note: $25 K overhead, $372,000 salaries (3 reporters, 1 senior reporter, Josh, and Ramona)
  • Multiple levels of membership with varied benefits

7:57 Officer reports

  • Lookin for Secretary by next month
  • Holiday party update
  • Associate members
  • John Kiminsky, assoc member
  • President hoping to do more mixers this year
  • Joint-club mixers to meet other Dems
  • Membership reports


  • Highlight May Dem convention
  • Membership perks

Political Director

  • Lots of young Dems in office
  • Look to 2020 for new members and candidates


  • Asking membership to suggest good food options
  • Fundraiser to help get more funds for the club
  • Stay tuned for mixers and additional events
  • Kathy comment on potential new venue

8:11 announcements

  • -Asm. Low Lunar fundraiser on Sun., Feb. 10th with former Gov. Brown
  • 4:30-8PM
  • -Kathy moderating a panel of recently elected young Dems Feb 8th 12 to 1 PM
  • -Antonia, princess project volunteering
  • -Feb 9th fire arm safety 10AM to Noon
  • -Sup. Cindy Chavez having women’s policy leadership summit Sun., Feb 2nd 8AM to 1PM
  • -Sergio Lopez newly elected ADEM 28 delegate. Extending time to bring more youth into convention and involve in politics
  • -looking at school funding assistance with Piedmont High. Asking for urgent examination of allocated funds with neighboring schools

Adjourn at 8:20

Motioned by Antonia Zavala, Seconded by Andrew Crockett. Unanimous vote in favor.

Agenda February 25, 2019

I. Call to Order by President Kathy Tran

II. Welcomes and Introductions

III. Guest Speaker: Census 2020

IV. Officer reports:

President (Kathy Tran)

  • Vacancies on Boards and Commissions

Membership Director (Antonia Zavala) Excused

Political Director (Angel Martinez)

Treasurer (Jonathan Perez)

  • Consent calendar: Reimbursement for Angel
    • Venue/Food costs $400

IV. Old business:

  • Convention

V. New Business:

  • Consider endorsement of ACA-8
  • SVYD Housing Committee
    • Updates from Co Chairs Ryan Globus and Alex Gvatua

VI. Announcements

VII. Adjournment