Club Meeting Minutes

Minutes Black Mountain Democratic Club



6:00 to 7:00 pm viewing of the video “Can We All Get Along” followed by the general meeting.

BMDC General Meeting, at 7:00 PM, Lee Finney, BMDC President, welcomed everyone.  He led everyone in the flag salute and Preamble.


  • New Congress is expected to be chaotic and unproductive. Kevin McCarthy is seriously weakened and beholden to the far-right Freedom Caucus. The Republican leadership in the House may hold funding the government and raising the debt limit hostage to extract concessions from the Democrats on spending, particularly on spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
  • CA Senate Seat Though Senator Feinstein, now 89 years of age, has not yet stated whether she will run again, both Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, CA congress people, have stated their intentions to run for Feinstein’s seat.
  • Mira Mesa Town Council has six openings. If interested in serving contact Jeff Stevens at 858-566-2261.
  • 2023 Club Dues are now due.
  • ZOOM Captioning is now available on our Zoom meetings to anyone who wants to access the feature.


CANDIDATE FORUM:  A representative of County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer spoke about current goings on at the county level and with the board of supervisors.  Cynara Velasquez, the new San Diego County Democrat Clubs’ Director, introduced herself and briefly described her vision for the county democrat clubs.

PROGRAM: Sarah Spear-Barrett, VP of Development, introduced our guest speaker Pablo Miralles. Pablo served as Production Coordinator on Cedar Grove Productions’ Academy Award winning short film Visas and Virtue and as Co-Producer on their Emmy-nominated short film, Day of Independence. Just prior to our meeting we viewed his documentary, Can We All Just Get Along? He led a discussion about the topic of this documentary, the ongoing resegregation of public schools.

The education of our population benefited from the supreme court ruling against “separate but equal,” which led to mandatory desegregation of public schools. Prior to the passage of Proposition 13, California ranked among the best public-school systems in the nation. In 1978, Proposition 13 significantly diminished the funding for our public school system. Currently our schools are now ranked 46th, near the bottom in the nation. Standardized testing, [proven in court to be biased against minority populations], was emphasized under George W. Bush, which lead to branding our public schools as failures. However, this testing is deceptive and a poor measure of the quality of public schools.  Unfortunately, over the years the public has been misled and this in turn has led to steady resegregation of public schools. We must continue the fight to preserve our public educational system.


TRESURER REPORT: Treasurer Claudia von Wilpert reported that the current total funds on-hand is $1031 dollars.  She noted that since club dues are now due our funds will quickly be replenished.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Sarah Spear-Barrett, Co-VP of Club Development, announced that there are currently 19 paid club members, and, again, encouraged everyone to pay their dues. There are no new members this month.


NEXT MEETING: Lee announced the next general meeting will be our Wednesday, February 8th  

6:30 to 8:00 PM.  Speaker and topic TBD.


Respectfully Submitted



Marcia Finney

Secretary Black Mtn Democratic Club