Minutes Black Mountain Democratic Club
A Zoom social gathering was held from 6:30-7:00 PM, including “breakout rooms,” followed by the general meeting.
At 7:00 PM Lee Finney welcomed everyone to the BMDC General Meeting. Then he led everyone in the flag salute and Preamble followed by approval of the minutes from the January meeting. Thereafter he made announcements:
It’s Black History Month: Lee urged our membership to engage in activities that commemorate the contribution our African-American brothers and sisters and friends have made to our nation and to celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity.
Congratulations to club members for their election as delegates from AD77 to the state central committee where they will represent our assembly district within the state party.
Check out Feb. 4th’s Union Tribune for an interesting and inspirational article about club member Aziz Purmul and his journey from war-torn Afghanistan to San Diego.
Thank you to Bill Jaynes who has volunteered to take over the website from Jerry Ollinger. And thanks to Jerry for his many years as our web master.
Nominations Committee: need volunteers and a chairperson for the committee to oversee the club’s next round of elections to the executive board.
Andrew Miklusicak announced the formation of two new subcommittees: Website Review and Bylaws Review. He collected names of club members who volunteered to serve on these subcommittees.
PROGRAM: Tiffany Cuellar, VP of Political Action, introduced Doug Case, the representative for CA State Senator Atkins, and then Cipriano Vargas, representative for San Diego County Supervisor Lawson-Remer. They both gave brief updates. Then Tiffany introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Marni von Wilpert, newly elected 5th District Representative to the San Diego City Council. Councilwoman Marni von Wilpert covered a wide range of topics, some of them were as follows:
She supports Mayor Gloria’s proposal to take $42.3 million from the latest federal stimulus to provide financial assistance to cover unpaid rent and utilities for qualifying residential households affected by COVID-19 and voted to extend the eviction protections for renters and businesses.
She is Vice Chair of the Committee on Environment and is working to update and follow through in implementing our Climate Action Plan.
She is on the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods, and looks forward to the city’s implementation of the Commission on Police Practices, as well as prioritizing fire safety, fighting the opioid epidemic, and finding lasting solutions for our homelessness crisis.
The previous 50-year SDG&E contract expired on January 17th, 2021 and in order to seek a better deal for ratepayers that meets our climate action goals, she supported a 5-month extension to allow our new mayor and new councilmembers time to negotiate a new deal.
Thereafter Councilwoman von Wilpert answered several questions.
TREASURER REPORT: Claudia von Wilpert, Treasurer, reported that there is currently a total of $3075 in the club’s accounts. She thanked members for paying their club dues. Members can pay their dues via our website https://www.blackmountaindemocrats.org/become_a_member
NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY: The Needs Assessment Subcommittee gave a PowerPoint Presentation to introduce a Club Needs Assessment Survey that club members are asked to complete online. The survey will assist in determining club goals for coming year. Members will receive an email with the survey attached. The survey can also be accessed via the club website.
WELCOME: Andrew Miklusicak, introduced new members and invited them to share a little information about themselves.
NEXT MEETING: Lee announced that next general meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Social Gathering 6:30 PM and General Meeting 7:00 PM.
Marcia Finney, Secretary
Black Mtn Democratic Club