Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club of Cerritos
General Meeting – July 15, 2013 – Coco’s Restaurant
Mary Ann Tipton – President, Christopher Duvali – Treasurer, Beverly F. Porter –Secretary,
Tina Cho and Roger Roussell—Co-Vice Presidents
Meeting called to order at 7: 05 PM - Pledge of Allegiance led by Lee Pfeffer
Minutes from the June meeting were approved with the following corrections; International
Festival held at “Liberty Park” not Heritage Park. Correct the spelling of Carmen “Avalos”
The minutes were approved as corrected.
Treasurer’s Report: Current balances: Federal $1522.03 State $162.57
Paid members – 64 (including life time members) Members present – 16 (we have 11 new members and we need 7 more to qualify for A status with the City of Cerritos).
International Festival Report: Chris Duvali passed out flyers advertising the event; there is a letter on the reverse side from President Mary Ann inviting the residents and business community to participate. We need to get people to come out. We will ask restaurants to donate food, and the event is free. The flyer will be e-mailed to all club members.
Program Chair Report: The speakers for August will be Nestor Valencia, City of Bell councilmember and Frank Yokoyama, ran for Cerritos Council in the March election; Eric Bauman will speak at the September meeting on gay marriage and Ray Cordova, Chair of the South County Labor, will speak at our October meeting.
Telephone Tree: Elaine Duvali will e-mail members phone contacts to those who volunteered to be a part of the phone tree.
Voter Registration: LA County Democratic Party has a booth at the LA County Fair for voter registration. All clubs are expected to participate at the Pomona Fairplex to get people registered from August 30th to September 29th. Members can also volunteer to get new citizens registered at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 26th & August 21st. There are two shifts 8:30am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. You can contact the LACDP office for more information.
Roger Roussell : Roger shared information regarding immigration. The Senate passed immigration reform where 68 to 32 was the vote (14 Republicans supported). It is a 13-year pathway to citizenship, those who entered illegally have to pay fines, taxes and pay for background checks. The House will not vote for any legislation that has a pathway to citizenship. Republicans are likely to be reelected, thus they are not likely to give in to voting for the bill.
Tina Cho: Tina spoke about health care reform and shared how an individual covered by 3 insurance plans , where Medicare paid the most and Blue Cross Blue Shield paid the least but Blue Cross was the most expensive. If our focus was on health, and preventative care there wouldn’t be a need for as many expensive services. She supports Single Payer for young adults. Republicans are more concerned about the wealthy, giving tax breaks to corporations example; as of July 1, 2013, student loan rates have doubled from 3.4% to 6.8%.
Speaker: Miguel Canales, Artesia City Councilman was born in Los Angeles, he is a teacher at Gahr HS, he is married and has a 7-year-old son. Miguel shared that he has served for 20 months, he is the youngest and the newest member. Councilman Canales spoke about change in the city (3 city managers & fiscal emergency) he is building bridges for the betterment of the city. His accomplishments to date; brought in parking meters to generate revenue, brought back fireworks, the city has a surplus, the city celebrates students who graduate high school and go to a 4 year university (they get recognition from the city, the county, the state assembly & senate). Councilman Canales is about building relationships with other communities and building pride in the city. He plans to run again.
Announcements: Sally Havice is running for the 32nd Senate District for 2014. Kick off fundraiser will be held at John Paul Drayer’s home August 3, 2013 at 1:00PM.
Tony Mendoza will be attending the Democratic E-Board meeting in Costa Mesa this weekend and will give a report at our August meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM
Beverly F. Porter – Recording Secretary