HEART OF L.A. DEMOCRATIC CLUB
MINUTES April 26, 2017
The second monthly meeting of the recently chartered HEART OF L.A. DEMOCRATIC CLUB (“the HLA Dem Club” or “the Club”) was held on April 26, 2017. The meeting took place at Peace Center, 3916 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City and convened at 7 p.m. with President Lindsay Carlson and Vice-President Vanessa Martin presiding, along with Jane Wishon, Treasurer, and Gail Cohen, Recording Secretary. The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m..
Approval of Minutes: A Motion to approve the Minutes from the March 22, 2017 meeting was made and was unanimously approved. The Minutes were therefore entered into the Club records.
Vanessa Martin moderated a stimulating and informative talk by a panel of two speakers followed by a lively Q & A session.
The speakers included Katherine Paspalis, a member of the Culver City School Board since 2009, an attorney, a lifelong community activist, and currently a Director of Strategic Partnerships engaged in development for a large, community-based services organization (Lambda Legal).
The second speaker was Dallas Fowler. She is presently serving as a Commissioner in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s cabinet on the LAPD Permit Review Board and is a recent runner- up in a close election for a position on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. She is also a successful businesswoman and a principal of Daltec Global Solutions, LLC.
A wide range of topics of interest to anyone interested in or considering running for political office were addressed. They included advice about getting started at the local level; the need to be active in local community organizations, boards, and commissions; building a network; the challenges of fundraising and public speaking; and the nuts and bolts of running a campaign and generating voter support.
The particular challenges faced by women running for political office, including the double standards they often face, were also discussed.
The attendees were notified of an opportunity to participate in voter registration and related activities in connection with a bus trip to California Congressional District 25 organized by Sea Change and Congresswoman Karen Bass on April 30. It was noted that seven California congressional seats currently held by Republicans are considered to be in play for the 2018 mid-term election.
The CADEM Conference in Sacramento scheduled for May 19-20 was also announced.
The meeting concluded with a future planning discussion among the Club’s various committees, including the programming/political committee, the communications committee, and the community engagement committee (which included the membership committee).