September 2023 General Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of August Minutes
  3. Officer Reports
    • President Erik Poicon
    • Vice President Jaria Jaug
    • Membership Director Anusha Kondiparti
    • Finance Director Ryan Globus
    • Political Director Krista De La Torre
    • Communications Director Ashley Guerrero
  4. New Business
    • Endorsement Interviews for San Jose-Evergreen Community College District School Board, Trustee Area 7
      • Clay Hale
      • Lisanna Dominguez
    • CA Democratic Convention Information/Sign Ups
  5. Old Business
  6. Announcements
  7. Adjournment

SVYD can bring change to the Santa Clara County DA’s office

Hello SVYD!

With a major fundraising deadline approaching March 31st, we have an opportunity to help bring real change to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, with our endorsed candidate Sajid Khan.

As a public defender, Sajid Khan has seen the ways our criminal justice system criminalizes poverty and mental health issues, creating a cycle of hurt in our communities. Sajid is running a grassroots campaign to challenge a very powerful incumbent, and he needs our support. When elected, Sajid will be the first Muslim – and first person of color to hold the seat in the 171 year history of the office.

Please contribute if you haven’t already with the link below:

If you cannot donate, there is an opportunity this Sunday, April 3, to canvass for Sajid, as well as a meet and greet with Rebeca Armendariz and Zach Hilton of the Gilroy City Council.

10/18/21 Agenda

  1. Call to Order

  2. Approval of minutes

  3. Officer reports

    1. President: Alexander Gvatua

    2. Vice President: Allie Hughes

    3. Membership Director: Christophe Labelle

    4. Finance Director: Ryan Globus

    5. Political Director: Mustafa Arshad

    6. Communications Director: Ali Sapirman

  1. New Business

    1. Consider Endorsements

      1. Consider endorsement for Santa Clara County District Attorney

      2. Early endorsement for Brenda Zendajas for Alum Rock School Board.

  2. Announcements

  3. Adjournment

2/15/2021 Minutes

Meeting Minutes


Call to Order by Alexander Gvatua at 7 pm. Second by Mustafa Arshad.

Approval of Minutes

Alexander Gvatua motions to approve minutes from 1/18/2021. Lucas Ramirez seconds. Unanimously approved.

Officer Reports

  • President Angel Martinez
  • Vice President Alexander Gvatua
  • Membership Director Allie Hughes
  • Finance Director Ryan Globus
  • Political Director Mustafa Arshad
  • Secretary Brenda Zendejas

Guest Speakers

  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra
  • Supervisor Otto Lee
  • Councilmember Maya Esparza

New Business

  • Consideration of endorsements for CYD Bay Area Regional Director
    • Motion for no endorsement by Emily Ramos, second by Rohin Ghosh
      • 11 ayes, 2 nos
      • Motion passes


Alexander Gvatua motions to adjourn at 9:10. Ryan Globus seconds. Unanimously approved.

Agenda 2-17-20

SVYD Meeting Agenda


  1. Call to Order
  2. Welcome and introductions
    1. Allie to do intro and ice breaker
  3. Approval of minutes
  4. Officer reports
    1. President: Angel Martinez
    2. Vice President: Alexander Gvatua
    3. Membership Director: Allie Hughes
    4. Treasurer: Ryan Globus
    5. Political Director: Mustafa Arshad
    6. Secretary: Brenda Vargas
  5. Old Business
    1. Campaign walks for endorsed candidates
  6. New business
    1. Primary elections
    2. Consideration to support the split roll tax amendment
  7. Announcements
  8. Adjournment

Agenda 06-17-2019

SVYD Meeting Agenda



  1. Call to Order
  2. Welcome and introductions
  3. Approval of minutes
  4. Guest Speaker
    1. Ben Spielberg, SJUSD Employee Housing Initiative
  5. Officer reports
    1. President: Kathy Tran
    2. Membership Director: Antonia Zavala
    3. Treasurer: Jonathan Perez
    4. Political Director: Angel Martinez
    5. Interim Secretary: Alexander Gvatua
  6. Old Business
    1. No old business for consideration
  7. New Business
    1. Consideration of endorsement for SB 5
    2. Consideration of endorsement for SB 477
  8. Officer elections
    1. Nominations for President
    2. Nominations for Membership Director
    3. Nominations for Treasurer
    4. Nominations for Political Director
    5. Nominations for Secretary
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjournment

Agenda – April 15, 2019

Welcomes and Introductions

Call into order by President

Motion to approve the minutes

Officer Reports:

  • President Kathy Tran
    • Outreach – Tabling Kit
    • Vote for a new tablecloth
  • Membership Director Antonia Zavala
    • SVYD Wildflower Hike
  • Political Director Angel Martinez
  • Treasurer Jonathan Perez
    • (Excused) No report
  • Secretary Alex Gvatua

Old Business: N/A

New Business:

  • SVYD Housing Committee Update
  • 2019 Convention
  • Update from Democratic Meeting with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Victory Dinner from SCCDP



Minutes – March 18, 2019

3/18/2019 Mendicino Farms

Welcomes and Introductions
Call into order by President Kathy Tran at 7:20 PM
Members present: Antonia Zavala, Emily Ramos, Kathy Tran, Alex Gvatua, Ryan Globus, Andrew Crockett, Jesus

Guest speaker: Aaron Eckhart, from CA Yimby ac

Old Business: N/A
Officer Reports:
– President Kathy Tran: Motion to appoint Alex Gvatua as interim secretary, seconded by Angel Martinez. Unanimous votes in favor, 0 oppose, 0 abstentions.
– Membership Director: Nothing new to report
– Political Director: Update on local candidates announcing their campaigns
– Treasurer: Excused absence

New Business:
– SVYD Housing Committee Updates
– Announcement of mixer on. March 23, 2019 at Original Gravity
– Update on Bayshore development in Mountain View
– Consideration to endorse SB 50.
– Motion by Emily Ramos to endorse SB 50, seconded by Ryan Globus. Unanimous votes in support, 0 oppose, 0 abstentions.

– Antonia: April 19th at BOS – Voters Choice Act
– Andrew Crockett sharing his Op-Ed

Motion by Kathy Tran to adjourn the meeting at 8:31 PM, seconded by Andrew Crockett. Unanimous votes in favor, 0 oppose, 0 abstentions.

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