Coordinating Committee Minutes, March 3, 2014

Coordinating Committee members present (11): Marla BernsteinMaxine Daniel, Sanda Everette, Mike Feinstein, Parker Jean, Sasha KarlikTim Laidman, Jesse Moorman, Alex Shantz,  Candice Yamaguchi, Rich Zitola

Coordinating Committee members not-present (4): Victoria Ashley, Cindy Asrir,  June Brashares, Shamako Noble
Invited Guests, Greens (2): Doug Barnett, GPCA Treasurer; Eric Brooks (Green Issues Working Group)
Quorum: Quorum reached at 7:35pm with nine present: Marla Bernstein, Maxine Daniel, Mike Feinstein,  Sasha KarlikTim LaidmanJesse MoormanAlex Shantz, Candice Yamaguchi, Rich Zitola
Everette joined call at 7:40
Jean joined at 7:57
2) Roles
Facilitator: Alex Shantz
Minutes taker: Mike Feinstein
Time keeper: Maxine Daniel
Vibes Watcher:  Tim Laidman 
Approved by consensus

3) Approval of Agenda 

Proposal (Feinstein):  Move items #10, 11 and 12 after #6
Approved by consensus at 7:42
Proposal (Shantz): That the entire agenda be approved as reordered
Approved by consensus at 7:42

4) Decision: Approval of minutes for February 3

Proposal (Shantz): Approve minutes, CC  retreat meeting,  February 3
Approved by consensus at 7:44

5) Decision: Resolution and Sign-on Letter to Ban Clearcut Logging and GE Tree (Green Issues) (10 minutes) 

Proposal (Shantz): Approve the following resolution:  
WHEREAS, Selective logging and modern forest management methods that promote fire-resilient, productive forests with trees of multiple ages and species can produce a sustainable supply of wood and forest products, and stable long term jobs;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City and County of San Francisco calls on the state legislature and Governor of California to prohibit the practice of industrial clearcut logging in the forests of California, require full immediate public disclosure of the locations and extent of clearcutting in California forests, and prohibit the outdoor cultivation of genetically engineered trees in California.
* For the purposes of this resolution “clearcutting” is defined as any public or private forest management or timber harvest method in which sixty percent (60%) or more of cubic tree  volume of any area greater than two and one-half (2 ½) acres is felled within any 15-year period; and “clearcutting” also refers to any forest management or timber harvesting practice that results in the above conditions and includes, but is not limited to, methods referred to as “even aged management,” “seed tree removal,” “shelterwood removal,” “fuels reduction,” “forest type conversion,” “regeneration cutting, ” “patch cutting,” and “plantation forestry”.
Process Proposal (Shantz): add ten minutes to item
Approved by consensus at 7:54
Main Proposal (Shantz): return to proposal at stated above

Approved by consensus at 7:58

6) Decision: UC Barbara Room Reservations for Spring General Assembly  (Shantz, Laidman) 

Process Proposal (Shantz): add ten minutes to item
Approved by consensus at 8:08
Proposal (Feinstein): That UCSB be contacted with an offer of $2,000, and that a commitment be made based upon this, with the State Meeting Planning Committee authorized to negotiate to reduce costs in scenarios where the party might lose money
Process Proposal (Shantz): add ten minutes to item
Approved by consensus at 8:21
Main Proposal (Feinstein): return to proposal at stated above
Approved by consensus at 8:40 with one stand aside (Laidman) - proposal should include a maximum deficit

7) Decision: GPCA support common position with Libertarians and Peace and Freedom for legislation to address negative effects of Prop 14 on the state's smaller, ballot qualified parties (Feinstein)

Proposal (Feinstein):  That (1) the GPCA express its unconditional support for any change in the registration vote test in the state elections code to 1/3 of 1% of all registered voters; and (2) that the GPCA express that while it does not support a primary vote test of 2%, it would be willing to support a primary vote test of 1% in exchange for (a) addressing the filing fee/signature-in-lieu issue/cost of ballot statement issues, (b) reinstating the practice of general election write-in voting, (c) leaving the existing 2% general election vote test in the elections code, and (d) establishing a new general election presidential vote test of 0.5% 
Approved by consensus at 9:10 

8) Decision: Draft agenda for Santa Barbara General Assembly (State Meeting Planning Committee) (15 minutes)

Proposal: That the CC consider, potentially amend and approve the following draft (which can be changed before being sent to the counties at the end of April, which is the deadline for it to be send to the counties)
Approved by consensus at 9:16

9) Decision: Bylaws Interpretation - County Councils, 2014-2016 (Feinstein) (15 minutes)
Proposal (Feinstein): That the Coordinating Committee decides it wants the bylaws interpretation considered by the June General Assembly.
Approved by consensus at 9:22

10) Decision: Proposal for Bylaws Amendments; General Overhaul to Improve Readability (Moorman) 

Proposal (Moorman): The Coordinating Committee should request the Bylaws Committee to review these suggestions and consider amendments based upon them. 
Approved by consensus at 9:36

Treasurer's report given at this time by Barnett

The following items were not heard owing to time concerns

11)  Decision: Proposal for Bylaws Amendments; Amend Bylaw 10-5.1(c) to specify that Campaigns and Candidates Working Group's support of Green candidates does not include fundraising (Moorman)

12) Decision: Amend Coordinating Committee meeting schedule for 2014 (Feinstein) 

13) Decision: Authorize Correspondance to GPUS regarding GPCA Presidential ballot line (Feinstein) 

14) Discussion: Update on amicus brief in Rubin v. Bowen (Feinstein) (10 minutes)