CCDS Northern California Membership Meeting, Sept. 9, 2012
AGENDA FOR THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
- Presentation of resolutions;
- Resolution on military spending, then discussion
- Resolution on health care, then discussion
- Resolution on Ballot Propositions (see below), then discussion
- Start Reports on State of CCDS if time permits
- Report and Discussion on State of CCDS Nationally and Locally including discussion of starting and strengthening chapters.
- Presentation and discussion on Amendments to Constitution & Bylaws
- Act on Resolutions and Amendments to Constitution and By-Laws
- Election of Officers and Coordinating Committee Members
Minutes: Ellen Schwartz
PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF RESOLUTIONS
Discussion of these resolutions are taking place in the morning; the vote on them will be in the afternoon.
RESOLUTION FOR SUPPORT OF THE BAY AREA NEW PRIORITIES CAMPAIGN
The Bay Area New Priorities Campaign is part of the national New Priorities Network. Much of what the Campaign does is work on getting passage of New Priorities resolutions by local governments, focusing on the military budget. (see https://newprioritiesnetwork.org/list-of-resolutions).
This is the only national network of similar type that includes a focus on the impact of military spending.
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SINGLE-PAYER OR IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL
We were given a brochure listing the sponsors (unions, health care advocates, other) who are involved in the “Campaign for a Healthy California”. www.HealthyCaliforniaCampaign.org . The proponents of Single Payer for California had learned that the chances of the legislation getting out of the Senate Committee and onto the Senate floor were poor. They started a campaign to get it through committee; it got out of committee onto the floor. On the floor it got a majority, but needed a 2/3 majority to go to the Assembly, and fell a few votes short. Meanwhile, busloads of advocates came to Sacramento to rally and lobby for it. The buses are organized by CARA – California Alliance for Retired Americans. The bill will be reintroduced in the new session. This time they may introduce a companion bill in the Assembly instead of introducing it first in the Senate. At the state Democratic Convention, the Campaign handed out a flyer which included a list of Democrats who voted against their party, and noted how much campaign contributions they got from big Pharma, insurance companies, etc., interested in keeping health care for profit.
Activities include the student rally which is annual (next will be Feb 11, 2013), volunteering at literature tables.
The legislation needed a 2/3 majority because it involves taxes.
The UN Covenant on Civil and Political rights, ratified in 1992, says every human being has a right to health care. The US has failed to carry out that part of the Covenant. We were urged to join MCLI in their report to the UN Human Rights committee. In future, this should be part of resolutions on this topic.
CCDS COORDINATING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS ON BALLOT PROPOSITIONS
Ellen provided a sheet with the ballot propositions for the November ballot, with the descriptions from the Secretary of State website, and the Coordinating Committee recommendations.
STATE OF CCDS – NATIONAL AND LOCAL
Steve Willett reported on the state of National CCDS – financial assets have grown since staff was let go. Membership is around 600, not growing not shrinking. There will be a convention in 2013 in Pittsburgh at Duquesne University. He called our attention to a project started by Carl Davidson, the Online University of the Left (www.ouleft.org) . The Socialist Education Project holds video/tele-conferences, climate change, war on women; one coming up on the Elections. If you want to participate, tell Steve and he will add you to the list. Marilyn touted the advantages of the Webex conferences, that she was reluctant but now likes them; the National Coordinating committee meets this way as do other committees. Karl listed the national committees, Peace & Solidarity, Health Care, others. There will be a School held at the same time as the convention.
Ellen reported on California finances, presenting a finance report from Sept. 2010 (following our last membership meeting) to Sept. 2011. As with national, we are not paying staff, not producing a paper newsletter, so our expenses are vastly reduced, and we have a little income.
Presentation of AMENDMENTS TO THE CCDS CONSTITUTION.
Amendment one would reduce the Coordinating committee to 10 At-Large members (plus any representatives from chapters) from the previous 15. Currently there are 7 members of the Northern California Coordinating committee.
Amendment two changes name of the Membership Meeting to remove the word “annual”.
VOTES ON RESOLUTIONS
Resolution on New Priorities Campaign. There were no amendments. On the resolution: 19 in favor , 2 abstentions. Motion Carries.
Resolution in Support of Single Payer: in favor, 22. No opposed, no abstain. Motion Carries.
Constitutional amendment 1, in favor 21, 2 abstentions, 0 opposed. Motion Carries.
Constitutional amendment 2. Proposed amendment to clarify the meaning of the proposed change: after, “… should be called every year,” insert: “or as close to that schedule as possible”. Does removing “Annual” from the name accomplish that? Norma says the amendment is redundant. The main obligation of the coordinating committee is to hold an annual meeting, which is the highest decision making body of this regional organization; if they can’t do that perhaps there should be a recall. Barbara withdrew her proposed amendment.
Vote on Constitutional Amendment 2: in favor 22, 0 opposed 0 abstain. Motion Carries
Officers: we are constitutionally required to vote on a treasurer; not obliged to elect a chair or secretary, and currently we rotate that responsibility.
There is one nomination for Secretary: Ellen Schwartz.
There is one nomination for Treasurer: Ellen Schwartz (one person may serve in both roles)
If the membership meeting does not elect a secretary or chair, the Coordinating Committee will appoint one. Steve moved that we elect a secretary. 21 in favor one abstain. Motion Carries
A discussion then followed of whether we can just vote for the position (only one person running), or must use the secret ballot. We are using the ballots.
Nominations for Coordinating committee: Steve Willett, Karl Kramer, Mel Martynn, C.T. Weber, Betty Brown, Elayne Jones, Ellen Schwartz.
VOTE ON BALLOT PROPOSITION RECOMMENDATIONS
We will vote on these as a “consent Calendar” unless anyone wants to change from the position recommended by the Coordinating committee
CHANGES to Coordinating Committee recommendations:
To change Prop 35 from “no position” to “NO”
7 in favor, 4 opposed, 10 abstentions. Motion Carries.
To change prop 40 from ? to “Yes” --
9 in favor, 2 opposed, 8 abstain. Motion Carries.
Because so few people had actually voted, there was some objection to the motions to change being carried, since they were a minority of those who were present. Those who abstained, it was argued, were against the motion. But they didn’t vote against the motion. The Chair ruled that the decision would be based solely on “yes” votes and “no” votes.
Motion to overrule the chair on his position that the decision is carried by a majority of “yes” or “no” votes, not including abstentions.
In favor of overruling: 7, Opposed: 8. Motion to override fails.
To change Prop 30 from “YES” to “No”: In favor: 1, Against: 19, Abstain: 1. Motion fails.
No more changes were proposed.
Vote on recommendations as amended: in favor, 9, opposed 2, abstain 8. Motion carries.
Walter Rice noted that he had sent in two resolutions but had been unclear on where and in what format they should be submitted. Karl suggested that he present those to the Coordinating Committee.
RESULTS OF THE ELECTION
20 ballots were turned in.
Elected to the Coordinating Committee: Steve Willett, Karl Kramer, Mel Martynn, C.T. Weber, Betty Brown, Elayne Jones, Ellen Schwartz.
In addition to those nominated, Carl Bloice received 2 write-in votes. If he is willing to serve, has he been elected?
Ellen Schwartz was elected Secretary
Ellen Schwartz was elected Treasurer
Moved that we allow Ellen to reimburse herself $22 for the coffee this morning. Approved by acclamation.
Meeting adjourned 3:20. (approx..)
APPENDIX: RESOLUTIONS and BALLOT PROPOSITION RECOMMENDATIONS
Resolution in Support of Single-Payer or Improved Medicare for All
Whereas, despite the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) modest benefits, the law will not achieve universal coverage or make health care affordable to Americans with insurance because of high co-pays and gaps and
Whereas, ACA perpetuates the private insurance industry's ability to siphon off hundreds of billions of premium dollars annually for overhead and profit while perpetuating the cost to providers for processing paperwork and
Whereas, a single-payer, improved Medicare for All, system would achieve the goals of universal comprehensive coverage and cost control and
Whereas, the California Universal Healthcare Act fulfills these goals and is being promoted by the Campaign for a Healthy California;
Now, therefore be it resolved that the Northern California Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism membership meeting of 9/9/12 will encourage and support public education and organizing efforts to build the mass support needed to make universal quality healthcare a reality for all California residents.
Resolution for Support of the Bay Area New Priorities Campaign
Whereas, our nation faces the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression impacting budgets at the state and local levels and
Whereas, approximately 59% of every federal discretionary tax dollar in fiscal year 2012 is spent to pay for present and future military expenditures and
Whereas, U.S. military spending for 2011 was greater than that of the next 14 countries combined and 41.7% of all global military spending and
Whereas, military spending by the federal government creates far fewer jobs than spending equivalent amounts on civilian jobs in education, health care or clean energy and
Whereas, the Bay Area Campaign has been endorsed by more than 80 organizations and over 3500 individuals with sympathetic resolutions having been adopted in 4 local cities and
Whereas, the Bay Area Campaign is one of more than 80 organizations affiliated with the national New Priorities Network and
Whereas, of somewhat similar campaigns it is the only national network to include a focus on the impact of military spending; and
Now, therefore be it resolved, that the Northern California Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism membership meeting of 9/9/12 agrees to assist in broadening public support and understanding so as to influence federal policy toward investing in our communities, our nation's infrastructure and our environment to create jobs in a peaceful sustainable economy.
Proposed amendments to the constitution of the Northern California Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
(words in italics are added, words struck out are removed)
Amendment 1. Move to amend Article V, section 1, as follows:
Article V. Coordinating Committee
Section 1. The voting members of the Coordinating Committee are elected officers,
members representing chapters and members elected at large by the general membership. The total number of members elected at large is 1510. The Coordinating Committee may be expanded to include representatives of each chapter as members.
Amendment 2. Move to amend Article VI, section 3, as follows:
Article VI. Meetings
Section 3. An annual membership meeting should be called every year to draw up a plan of work and elect officers and Coordinating Committee members. The time and place of the meeting is to be set by a majority of the Coordinating Committee at least two months prior to the date.
Initiative Title and Description From Secretary of State website, www.sos.ca.gov
[Compromise measure between Gov. Brown, California Nurses Assn and Calif Federation of Teachers.]
• Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years.
• Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years.
• Allocates temporary tax revenues 89% to K–12 schools and 11% to community colleges.
• Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are to be spent.
• Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.
• Establishes two-year state budget cycle.
• Prohibits Legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified.
• Permits Governor to cut budget unilaterally during declared fiscal emergencies if Legislature fails to act.
• Requires performance reviews of all state programs.
• Requires performance goals in state and local budgets.
• Requires publication of bills at least three days prior to legislative vote.
• Allows local governments to alter how laws governing state-funded programs apply to them, unless Legislature or state agency vetoes change within 60 days.
• Prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Applies same use prohibition to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors.
• Permits voluntary employee contributions to employer-sponsored committee or union if authorized yearly, in writing.
• Prohibits unions and corporations from contributing directly or indirectly to candidates and candidate-controlled committees.
• Other political expenditures remain unrestricted, including corporate expenditures from available resources not limited by payroll deduction prohibition.
• Prohibits government contractor contributions to elected officers or officer-controlled committees.
• Changes current law to allow insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance with any insurance company.
• Allows insurance companies to give proportional discounts to drivers with some history of prior insurance coverage.
• Will allow insurance companies to increase cost of insurance to drivers who have not maintained continuous coverage.
• Treats drivers with lapse as continuously covered if lapse is due to military service or loss of employment, or if lapse is less than 90 days.
• Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
• Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death.
• States that persons found guilty of murder must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with their wages subject to deductions to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them.
• Directs $100 million to law enforcement agencies for investigations of homicide and rape cases.
[* recommend Yes on 34 “on the basis that it will end the death penalty in the state of California." ]
• Increases criminal penalties for human trafficking, including prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to $1,500,000.
• Fines collected to be used for victim services and law enforcement.
• Requires person convicted of trafficking to register as sex offender.
• .Requires sex offenders to provide information regarding Internet access and identities they use in online activities.
• Prohibits evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings.
• Requires human trafficking training for police officers.
Position changed from “No Position” to “No” by Membership Meeting 9/9/2012
• Revises three strikes law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent.
• Authorizes re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences if third strike conviction was not serious or violent and judge determines sentence does not pose unreasonable risk to public safety.
• Continues to impose life sentence penalty if third strike conviction was for certain nonserious, non-violent sex or drug offenses or involved firearm possession.
• Maintains life sentence penalty for felons with nonserious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation.
[**. Conditional endorsement; it does not go far enough. ]
• Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
• Prohibits labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as “natural.”
• Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.
[This is Molly Munger’s State Income Tax Increase.]
•.Increases personal income tax rates on annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale from .4% for lowest individual earners to 2.2% for individuals earning over $2.5 million, for twelve years.
• During first four years, allocates 60% of revenues to K–12 schools, 30% to repaying state debt, and 10% to early childhood programs. Thereafter, allocates 85% of revenues to K–12 schools, 15% to early childhood programs.
• Provides K–12 funds on school-specific, per-pupil basis, subject to local control, audits, and public input.
• Prohibits state from directing new funds.
• Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California.
• Repeals existing law giving multistate businesses an option to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California.
• Dedicates $550 million annually for five years from anticipated increase in revenue for the purpose of funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California.
• “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, new State Senate districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
• If the new districts are rejected, the State Senate district boundary lines will be adjusted by officials supervised by the California Supreme Court.
• State Senate districts are revised every 10 years following the federal census.
Position changed from “?” to “YES” by Membership Meeting 9/9/2012