Draft Agenda

Saturday, November 11th


 8:00 am Breakfast, registration

 9:00 am Opening, Welcome from Ventura County Green Party, new delegate orientation, quorum count, announcement of Standing Committee vacancies

Facilitators: TBD

9:20 am Agenda approval

9:35 am Presentation: Armistice Day Presentation By Ventura County Veterans for Peace (Coordinating Committee)

10:35 am Break

10:40 am Decision: Resolution Endorsing SB 562 (The Healthy California Act) (CCWG).

The Healthy California Act​ ​would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. ​Details here:​


​Proposal from CCWG:

The GPCA unambiguously and enthusiastically supports and endorses ​SB 562 (The Healthy California Act).​ We  encourage county parties and individual Greens to lobby members of the CA Legislature to support this legislation, and urge all GPCA candidates to campaign on this issue.


11:00 am Discussion: Election 2018 (CCWG)

The CCWG will serve as an initial point of contact for potential candidates, although ​our​ focus will be trying to find a diverse slate of candidates​ (race, gender, geography)​ for the statewide offices. ​

Statewide offices
U.S. SENATOR ​ (Dianne Feinstein​)

Here is a helpful url for "Key Dates and Deadlines" associated with the Statewide Primary Election on June 5, 2018.

​Here is a helpful url  for  "​Candidate Resources​"​

​Here are the number of petition signatures ​needed in lieu of filing fee:

All statewide offices: 7,000
State Senate:            2,000
US House:                2,000
State Assembly:       1,000

Here is a list of all 2018 Green candidates we are​ currently​ trackin​g:​​​

Josh Jones (Davis)

Secretary of State
Mike Feinstein (LA)

US Congress (by District)
1   (Redding/Chico)   Lewis Elbinger
5   (Napa)                  Jason Kishineff
7   (Sacramento)       Chris Richardson
12 (San Francisco)    Barry Hermanson
29 (Los Angeles)       Angelica Duenas
34 (Los Angeles)       Kenneth Mejia
43 (Los Angeles)       Miguel Zuniga

State Senate (by District)
6  (Sacramento)          Eric Frame

State Assembly (by District)
42   (​San Bernardino​)             Carol Bouldin

11:20 am Discussion: Brainstorming session on 2017-2018 electoral strategy for updating of the 2017-2018 Two-Year Strategic Plan (CCWG)

11:55 am Announcements.

12:00 pm Lunch, Women’s Caucus meeting during lunch

1:00 pm Reconvene

Facilitators: TBD

1:10 pm Workshops focused on training and skill building sponsored by the Campaigns and Candidates Working Group (CCWG).

  1. Workshop I: FPPC filings - Ruscal Cayangyang
  2. Workshop II: NationBuilder - Eric Luna
  3. Workshop III: Social Media - Sadie Fulton and Nicole Raglin

2:40 pm Discussion: Brainstorming session on party organizing and party building for updating of 2017-2018 Two-Year Strategic Plan (GROW)

3:25 pm Announcement of Standing Committee vacancies

3:30 pm Breakout sessions for committees and working groups (CCWG, Platform, Fundraising, GROW)

4:30 Reconvene and quorum count

4:35 Confirmation: Standing Committee and Working Group Co-Coordinators

(CCWG, Platform, Fundraising, GROW)

4:50 pm Decision: Resolution regarding the Salton Sea (Coordinating Committee on behalf of Riverside County)

Text of the resolution can be found here.

5:15 pm Decision: Proposal: Approval Next General Assembly Meeting Date and Place (Coordinating Committee)

5:25 pm Announcements

5:30 pm Dinner on your own (host committee providing recommendations), GPUS Delegation meeting during dinner.

7:30 pm Evening Program at Bell Arts Factory


Sunday, November 12th

8:00 am Breakfast, registration

9:00 am Morning welcome

Facilitators: TBD

9:05 am Quorum count

9:10 am Decision: Proposed Platform Planks (Platform Committee)

Proposal: Platform Plank: Wildlife.

Proposal: Platform Plank: Workplace Safety and Health.

9:50 am Discussion: Brainstorming session on GPCA platform updates for updating of 2017-2018 Two-Year Strategic Plan (Platform Committee, Coordinating Committee)

10:35 am Breakout sessions for committees and working groups (ERWG, Green Issues, Bylaws, IT)

11:40 am Confirmation: Standing Committee and Working Group Co-Coordinators (ERWG, Green Issues, Bylaws, IT)

11:50 am Announcements

12:00 pm Lunch, Optional Caucus meeting during lunch

1:00 pm Reconvene and quorum count

Facilitators: TBD

1:10 pm Workshops focused on training and skill building sponsored by the Campaigns and Candidates Working Group (CCWG).

  1. Workshop I: Movement School for Revolutionaries - David Cobb and Mel Figueroa
  2. Workshop II: Progressive Alliances - Laura Wells
  3. Workshop III: Public Speaking -- Fundamentals - Alex Smith
  4. Workshop IV: Using a Candidate Campaign to Build the Green Party - Barry Hermanson and Angelica Duenas

2:40 pm Discussion: Stop Top Two. (CCWG)

​Petitions are now available to place a citizens initiative on the ballot that would repeal the "Top Two"​ Open Primary.​ Their website has a link to order petitions for your county, as well as a list of County Coordinators. (Note: In many/most cases these seem to be Republican Party and/or Tea Party leaders).   can be requested by contacting
P.O. Box 2413
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729

​NOTE: The reason CCWG is not requesting this as a decision, not recommending that GPCA go "all in" on this initiative is because Top Two is now in serious legal jeopardy. On​ Sept 27 Governor Brown signed SB 568 into law, moving all primaries from June to first week of March (starting 2020).


​The US Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that there must be some route onto the general election ballot that is still open ​for use in the election year itself. See Williams vs Rhodes (1968), Lendall vs. Jernigan (1977) and Anderson vs. Celebrezze (1983).  Starting in 2020, all possible methods for getting on the November ballot will be foreclosed after early Dec of the year before the election.

Further, the 9th Circuit case of Washington State Republican Party vs. Washington State Grange (2012) is even more on point. IN that instance, the Libertarian Party was seeking to overturn that state's Top Two primary. the 9th Circuit ruled that keeping minor parties off the Nov general election ballot is only a "slight burden" because they could still run in the late Aug primary, when voter interest in the election is "near its peak." The court went on to say that the case would be different if the WA primary was substantially earlier, writing "the primary is in August, not in March." (emphasis added).

3:00 pm Breakout sessions for committees and working groups (Finance, Media, Clearinghouse)

4:00 pm Confirmation: Standing Committee and Working Group Co-Coordinators (for Finance, Media, Clearinghouse and any other Committees or Working Groups not confirmed earlier)

4:10 pm Closing session