MEETINGS

Meetings & Notes

Location: Krist Law Firm (see map)

17100 El Camino Real

Houston TX 77058

Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 6:30 pm

We meet monthly, the second Tuesday of each month with the exceptions of January and July, to discuss current events and organize for Democratic Party candidates and progressive causes.

6:30 Social and food

7:00 Guest speakers followed by brief group business

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Membership Meeting Notes

(by inverse chronological order)

  Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership Meeting

14 Nov 2023 - Krist Law Firm

Vice President, Karen Wolfe called meeting to order at 7:01PM

The VP:

    •    Welcomed everyone 

    •    Honored all Veterans and families of Veterans

    •    Discussed election results and recognized BADM Block walkers

    •    Reminded everyone of the Houston Runoff Election on December 9 – 

    o    Mentioned that all four At-Large City Council and Comptroller races have an extreme Republican opponent 

    o    Noted that all precincts that BADM walked, doubled the Houston rate of voter turnout

    o    Need to mobilize next week for the runoff election

    •    Called up Runoff candidate that was present:

    o    Richard Cantu – At-Large 3 candidate – talked about who had endorsed him and some family background as well as his 30-year career with City of Houston and working under two mayors.  He called for volunteers to help with block walking after Thanksgiving.

    •    Talked about the Mayoral race and reminded club members that the club had endorsed Sheila Jackson Lee

    •    Called up Mohammed Nasrullah who represented Runoff candidate, Letitia Plummer, At-Large 4 Candidate and informed members of a 6 PM Meet and Greet at the Multi-Cultural Center tomorrow, Nov 15th. He commented that her opponent was an anti-immigrant, homophobic candidate.

    •    Had Kim Krist read message that Nick Hellyar, At-Large 2 Candidate, had sent to her since he was unable to attend the meeting.  He was very complimentary of BADM support (block walking for him and with him) and asked for our help again in the runoff.

    •    Called on Melanie Miles, At-Large 1 candidate, who spoke about her candidacy and was thrilled to have BADM support and asked everyone to come out and vote in the runoff.  She thanked club members and said she was looking forward to representing us.

    •    Announced the Club December 12 Holiday Party at the law firm.

    o    Dinner at 6:30 PM

    o    Drag show with two performers

    o    Three Veteran families adopted for gift donations 

    o    BATP Christmas list for families 

    •    Introduced the Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) Director, Tim Pylate, and pointed out the importance of it in Precinct 2.

ABNC – Tim Pylate

    •    He identified himself as a Yellow Dog Dem who lives in Pearland

    •    Referred to the ABNC as an Urban Wilderness

    •    His mission is to protect the habitat and educate public of its importance

    •    It was established in 1947 and waters have been maintained since then and not ‘modified’

    •    Things happening there include;

    o    Hiking trails

    o    Pontoon Boat Tours

    o    Live animals

    o    Birding

    o    Historic Martyn Farm

    •    He gave history of the ABNC – e.g., was originally called ‘Middle Bayou’ and renamed for Armand Yramategui after his death

    •    Three major eco-systems there

    •    Small bayou until last 30 years; because of subsidence, the bayou has widened and they’ve had to plan marsh grasses that have been ‘drowned out’

    •    Original 9M total acres - but only 1% left is historical coastal prairie (60 miles inland)

    •    Four square miles of sponge – 1M gallons per acre for flood mitigation

    •    Habitat for 370 different species of birds – noted that Osprey were back now as well as the American Bald Eagle

    •    A number of American River Otters are at the ABNC

    •    ABNC hopes to purchase 1000 acres from Exxon that is last of green space in the area

    •    About to celebrate their 50th year anniversary next year.

Q&A Session held with membership 

VP called up other candidates in attendance:

    •    Lillian Alexander – 507th Family District Court on the March 2024 Ballot

    •    Ashley Mays Guice – Harris County Criminal Court #16, currently filling in position vacated in HCC #3

    •    Chavon Carr – Probate Court #5 Judge

    •    Carvana Cloud – 488th Court (a new Court) - She previously ran for DA in the last DA election

    •    Dayna Steele – Running for Congressional District #36: Kim Krist show a quick video from the Candidate

VP Karen announced that Rhonda Hart needed a treasurer for her campaign against Randy Weber

VP Karen asked for anyone interested in screening candidates to sign up for the spring election coming up

Door Prize drawings

VP thanked Kim and Scott Krist for letting the club use this nice facility for our meetings

Bob Tomlinson mentioned UNICEF Jars on tables were for helping fund children in need of help in war zones.


Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership Meeting

10 Oct 2023 - Krist Law Firm


The President called the meeting to order at 7:02PM 

The president:

Began with the statement, “It takes courage to run.”  He then acknowledged candidates who were there having courage to run for office. 

Called for no divisiveness – when someone is in need – we will help.  We are here for all our community.

Called for a moment of silence for those who are enduring war for everywhere it is in the world.

Acknowledged petitions being passed around by candidates and encouraged members to sign.

Recognized October birthdays…and called out Bob Tomlinson who just turned 82.


Thanked Scott and Kim Krist for welcoming our club in this great meeting space.


This is space to recharge for when we go out and hit the battlefield


Announced BADM supports the Bay Area Turning Point (BATP) and introduced Brenda Sykes.

BATP 

Brenda said she is a prevention person and education lead and spoke about the BATP providing services for victims of domestic violence for more than >30 years. 

She announced that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month noting that domestic violence is everywhere.

The Texas Council on Domestic Violence Reports every October with stats:

215 Texans murdered by someone who loved them in 2022

51 in Harris County (24%)

96% killed by firearms

38 additional people who were killed in firearm incidents

Those killed were 13 – 80 years in age

Brenda introduced Shirley, a mother whose daughter was killed a few years ago.

In Oct 2020 her 30-year-old daughter with two young children was killed by her husband.

He was on the run for about a year and when caught, he killed himself

The Walk on October 21st of this year is in honor of her daughter

She introduced Melissa

Melissa reported that no gun reform legislation passed this year.

Requested that folks call legislators on bills that will impact their issues

Discussion about the BATP Gala this month and that only four tables were left.

The President and his wife pledged $1000

Kim Krist pledged $1000 as well

The President called on BADM secretary to report on CCISD upcoming election items

Ann Hammond talked about the VATRE and two Bonds on the Ballot for CCISD and the importance of each of these getting passed to keep CCISD the outstanding district we have come to expect.


The President then called on Kayla to introduce the main speaker.

Kayla gave a glowing introduction to the Harris County Attorney, Christian Menefee.

Sam and Christian had a very informative conversation 

Christian said he focuses on doing the work of the county

He pointed out that BADM was the first organizations that endorsed him

He gave background information on himself:

Born in Sonoma to a Coast Guard family

They taught him to fight for democracy you want

He said Harris County was on menu for Abbott

We should support our leaders who will fight the negative system (coming from Austin)

He wants to do good for people but if you (Abbott) want to do harm, he will fight for us

He talked about the concrete crushing plants – they put dust particulates in the area that hurts people’s physical well being

Noting that rules are very rigged in Texas for pro-industry

What can we do to support – help 

Citizens need to know and they can support/report issues…we have to let them know about the issues and can do something about them

$500M federal dollars came to TX after Harvey for flood mitigation

Harris County got none of it…the most impacted area by the flood (politics)

The county sued and we won that case and got more than $500M

Talked about the Cancer cluster

5th Ward – State Dept of Health officials, ‘legacy creosote’ situation

He filed lawsuit for the city against the company

He discussed goals for Harris County

He gets to sue Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton- He couldn’t stand back and let people’s voting rights be impacted.

Goal is to not be at war every few weeks with Austin

‘We’ are easily most involved

Continue advocacy

Bad republicans elected as well as bad democrats

The way we turn out the vote important

We (BADM) are role-model for how democratic clubs should work

The President thanked Christian Menefee for the conversation and update on his work.

The President told club members that he had cancer and was working on recovery

Q&A session with the Harris County Attorney

He anticipates that after the election, there will again be lawsuits

782 polling sites is huge and county needs 20 volunteers at each site and the opposition is looking for reasons to find fault

The only way he sees to protect trans families is to flip the state

SB1933 – micromanage County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth re checking on voter irregularities

It is up to us to get the party candidates to run and make the state competitive

In response to question on ethics commission not enforcing rules and fines, he said our state is a lawless one

President mentioned Hispanic Heritage Month and info was available in a handout

Kim Krist and Flora Gill talked about Block walkers and offered free t-shirts for new volunteers.

They also talked about and envelope stuffing project

The president did the door prize drawings

President announced a ‘wild out Wednesday’ October 18th at Davenport to play Drag Bingo 

Candidates came up to speak for a minute each:

Lillian Alexander – 507th Family Court Judge

Juan Aguilar – County Criminal Court 16

Stacy Barrow -87th District Criminal Court

Dolores Lozano – Pct. 2 Judge

President introduced new Hospitality lead for the BADM club – Pete Moult

The next meeting is November 14 with Tim Pylate of Armand Bayou Nature Center

The BAAD Women meeting is next Thursday the 19th at Clear Lake Park

BAND club meeting is the 17th at Clear Lake Park

Bob Tomlinson wants to start a Wednesday luncheon at Los Ramirez

Someone suggested a bumper sticker for the club

Meeting adjourned at 8:39 PM

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership Meeting

9 Sept 2023


President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Acknowledged Board members and spouses.

Kim Krist presented John Cobarruvias with an award upon his retirement, honoring his 30 years of service to Democratic clubs. 

Moment of Silence for 9/11. Thoughts/suggestions about ways to help Earthquake victims in Libya and Morocco.


Announced Bay Area Turning Point’s 3rd Annual Savannah Memorial 5K on 10/21/23. Opening Ceremony 8:30 AM Forest Park E. Cemetery October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Announced Support Black Businesses Month.


Karla Medlenka: Environmental Moment - Information given on organic means to control weeds/insects 

Mentioned harmful chemical death of local baby Eagles in our community.

Mohammad Nasrullah: Clear Lake Islamic Center seeking Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars for this Friday.

A member spoke suggesting more be done to honor Hispanic Heritage Month and to have more representation from the Hispanic community.

Program began at 7:18 PM - John Cobarruvias introduced main speaker: Dr. Karen Engle CCISD Superintendent. 

    o    Gave an update of CCISD progress and principles Team Looking at CCISD Future (Team of students, administration, Business)

    o    Reviewed2030 Vision (Pre-K for all, Leader in Me, Redesign Intermediate School Learning Systems, Graduates Profile of a Learner (Students as Communicators/Contributors)


    o    Ross/Whitcomb two schools which just completed construction projects with 2017 bond funds () 

    o    School Safety Discussion - Receive $1M but needed/spent $6M 45 Campuses with ocer at each campus


    o    Update on current state legislation with audience question

    o    Discussion of Funding - running a deficit but low operations cost compared with other districts. Explained the need for a tax increase; will be on November Ballot


    o    Proposition A: Seeking $17.5M. Will actually reduce tax rate by 14 cents/$670 savings on average tax bill. 

    o    Proposition B: School Improvements ($265M Bond Proposal)
Proposition C: Instructional Technology 

    o    Thanked Ann Hammond for Voter Registration and eorts on the school board.


Question from attendees re: Social media at CCISD for Proposition information, Faith Based Counselor Legislation, (Dr. Engle replied that no school plans to add non-certified counselors, CCISD Leadership Program (Cultural Diversity), plans for replacing busses with environmentally friendly, All Agree Every Child is Important.


Candidates in attendance spoke for 1 minute each – Melanie Miles, Lee Kaplan, Robert Gallegos, Obes, Donnell Cooper, representative of Chris Hollins (who had to leave), Nick Hellyar, Holly Vilaseca, Conchita Reyes, Representative of Sheila Jackson Lee, Sallie Alcorn, Leah Wolfthal. 

At 8:00PM, President closed this portion of the meeting by announcing reminder of Juneteenth Museum Night in Galveston and BAAD Women meeting speaker Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth, distributed door prizes and announced next BADM Meeting October 10, 2023. 

Birthdays and Anniversary acknowledgements. Last minute candidates Marina Angelica Coryat and Danielle Keys Bess. Announced endorsements were to begin. Candidates and some members left the room. 

8:24 PM President recognized screeners and invited Team Leads to the front of the room: John Cobarruvias, Sam Alix, Karen Wolfe and Kim Krist (representing Flora Gill and Ann Hammond) 


President explained the BADM endorsement process and presented the 8 recommended candidates. Team Leads gave supporting comments for each recommended candidate. 


Member Pete Moult made a motion to pull District E for further discussion. The motion was seconded and passed. 


Sabrina Lee made a Motion to endorse the remaining recommended candidates minus District E. Joshua Martin seconded the Motion. It passed unanimously. 


Discussion alternating pro and con. 


Pete Moult made a motion to pull Candidate for District E from the slate. Nina or Sabrina Lee both seconded the motion. Discussion pro and con. 


Karen Wolfe offered an amendment to the motion to not endorse a candidate for City Council District E. Nina Johnston seconded the motion. Discussion alternating pro and con. President then invited anyone to speak. 


Sabrina Lee spoke concerning the fact that no asked the candidate’s position on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) for LGBTQT issues.


Short discussion on possibility of just saying there is no endorsement. Suggestion to only recommend rather than endorse.

Motion made to not endorse - Motion passes.

President adjourned the meeting and some candidates came back into the room. 


Submitted by Pete Moult for

Ann Hammond, Secretary

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership Meeting

August 8, 2023


President, Sam Alix, opened meeting at 7:15 PM:


    •    Started with a moment of silence for the Military and for all who are in need of help

         with mental health issues.

    •    Acknowledge all who had August (and July) birthdays.

    •    Mentioned the Ohio victory today when their legislature tried to pull a fast one on

         the citizens.

                o    ‘The arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice.’

    •    Mentioned that the BADM Exploration Green plaque had been removed from bench

         but the club has ordered another to replace it.

    •    Talked about school supply drive for CCISD schools and another campus downtown

    •   Mentioned that endorsement screening was on-going

        o   Voting for recommended candidates for endorsement will be at September 12th

             meeting

        o    To vote, must have been a member of BADM since July 1, 2023

    •    Announced that there are Recycle Bins available on premise and thanked Joe and

         Leona Coen for spearheading the effort for BADM.

    •    Asked Flora Gill to talk for our environmental minute –

        o   She gave some staggering statistics on plastic – one pound of plastic vs three

             pounds of fish in the water

        o  BADM will work to reduce plastic use at meetings to help make a change in the

             stats.

    • Thanked ‘Rub me Tender’ BBQ team for cooking and serving our meal tonight

        o  Scott Krist introduced the judges:

    ▪    Kristi Hawkins – 11th District Court

    ▪    Bob Shafer – 150th 

    ▪    Mike Englehart- 151st, who complimented Kristin and Bob for their work getting jury

         trial back on track during Covid

    ▪    Donna Roth- 295th 

    ▪    Tonya Garrison – 157th 

    ▪    Te’iva Bell – 339th 

    •  President then called up City Council candidates who were in attendance

        o  Conchita Reyes, At-Large 1

        o  Leah Wolfthal Representative - Patricia Alavarez – At-Large 1

        o  Obes Nwabara – At-Large 2

        o  Sallie Alcorn – At-Large 5

        o  Holly Vialseca – At-Large 2

        o  Melanie Miles – At-Large 1

        o  Shawn Teare – Harris County DA

        o  Nick Hellyar – At-Large 2

        o  Marina Coryat – At-Large 2

 •President recognized BADM Board members

 •President then introduced Mayoral Candidate, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

        o She thanked the President and Councilwoman Alcorn

        o She acknowledged all the other candidates there

        o Talked about:

             ▪    Importance of Port of Houston

             ▪    Her commitment to the democratic principles

             ▪    Has Republican allies to help get things done

             ▪    How she was involved in every single flood recovery

             ▪    Having a top-notch legal team is important

             ▪    Knowing how to use the judiciary and other resources to get things for Houston

             ▪    Her family and 50 years of marriage

             ▪    The space program and that Clear Lake must be elevated especially

                   because of NASA

             ▪    Her desire to amplify our success and resources we have in Houston

             ▪    Has worked with Bush, Hutchison, Obama the other fella and Biden

             ▪    Belief that City Council is most important group she will work with

        ▪    Issues for the city:

        •  Crime 

        •  Uplift the integration of the police into the neighborhoods where there is high crime

        •  Work with other police agencies to help with the gun-crime problems

        •  San Antonio got a grant to open places of faith for after-school programs

        •  Suggested layered approach – arrest, incarceration and rehabilitation

        •  Immigration (and had been to Eagle Pass this morning and saw for herself what was     

            going on there

        •    Infrastructure needs like drainage, using Sims Bayou as example that she had

             been a part of helping fix the bayou problems

    ▪    Using her bully pulpit for education issues in HISD

    •    We’ve got to fix HISD – we should invest more in schools and not take them over.

    ▪    Veterans – Ellington as assets for Houston

    •    Advocating for PTSD support that not just for military now

    ▪    Wanting to make the city a Destination City – telling Houston story as a positive

         place to be – an Oasis of Inclusion

            o    In closing, ‘we are in this together – if you want to go into the future, come ride

                  with me.’

    •    The president offered a Q&A option to members:

            o    Education and government issue question

            o    Crime issue question

            o    Why are you leaving DC question

    •    The Congresswoman thanked Sam and CHAMP for what they are doing with PTSD

          and asked for member support

    •    The president had drawing for door prizes

    •    The president reminded everyone that we are doing a ‘no more plastic bags 

          challenge’ so a couple door prizes were reusable shopping bags

    •    The president announced upcoming meetings:

            o September 12th 2023

    •    Meeting adjourned at 8:54PM


Ann Hammond, Secretary BADM


Bay Area Democratic Movement Membership Meeting

6:30 PM, June 13, 2023

Krist Law Firm

President, Sam Alix, called the meeting to order at 7:00PM

    •    President thanked Scott and Kim Krist for sharing their pace for us to meet

    •    Scott talked about the importance of democrats and acknowledged his wife as a personal advocate for democrats and making a difference in that community.

    •    President recognized Sabrina Lee as a big advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and presented her with a certificate of appreciation

    •    President recognized the BADM board members and introduced the newest member, Rebecca Perkins as Membership chair.

    •    President introduced Mohammed Nasrullah who spoke about a Galveston Program that is part of the Juneteenth Festival.

    •    President acknowledged recent indictments with the statement, ‘The arc of universe is long, but bends toward justice.’

    •    President called for a moment of silence in Honor of member, Suzy Allison, who passed away recently.

    •    Voter outreach co-chair, Flora Gill, spoke about a project that Suzy has initiated regarding apartment GOTV activity.  She needs volunteers and had a handout with a QR code to use to sign-up to volunteer.

    •    President introduced, Dr. Letetia Plummer, Houston City Council At-Large 4 incumbent

    •    Dr.  Plummer spoke about her apartment and landlord problems resolution plan

    •    Provided Houston Budget information

    •    Environmental Justice

    •    Leveling up for every citizen in Houston

    •    Q&A on container groceries, a private partnership program, and access to libraries

    •    President recognized a member volunteer, Clarice Blanks, who made 150 calls during school board election.

    •    President introduced Senator John Whitmire, candidate for Houston City Mayor.  He spoke about:

    •    His 50 years of serving in Austin began when he was in his early 20’s (1972) as a House Representative and then moving to Senate in 1983.

    •    Turmoil in Austin is sad for our state, but we’re a strong state – 19 GOP, 12 Dems in Senate

    •    No reason not to have medic-aid expansion and it is the morally right thing to do and it will help community economy

    •    This session was mean-hateful especially against LGBTQ+ and trans-children

    •    Property tax was priority – nothing yet unless in special session

    •    GOP owns the state government so no one to blame but themselves

    •    Wanting to change governance in Houston

    •    He thrives on constituent services

    •    Public Service was his calling

    •    Running for one reason – to make a difference and bring people together

    •    ‘We’ need someone who can call Austin – and he can work across the aisle

    •    Wants to get the various police departments to talk to each other – they don’t do that now

    •    Q&A – Gerrymandering of our District E; Transportation and Infrastructure (he wants to be mayor that extends metro to IAH); Pre-emptive Bill (harms cities because every ordinance change has to run through Austin); TCEQ impact to our community; arbitration with firefighters

Scott Krist took a moment to recognize Senator Whitmire’s 50 years of service.

    •    President introduced Houston City Council At-Large #1 candidate, Leah Wolfthal.  She spoke about:

    •    Her Jewish background and her parents influence (as educators) taught her that politics and public service matters and as a result, her whole life has been in public service

    •    The Houston City budget has major deficit

    •    Infrastructure – roads, drainage, etc.

    •    Crime and Safety

    •    Her mediator experience will be helpful to bring people together

    •    President introduced Houston City Council At-Large 3 Candidate, Donnell Cooper who spoke about:

    •    His education background - Catholic school through 9th grade and then public HS where he played BB with George Floyd.  Is a TSU graduate.

    •    Worked for Exxon under Rex Tillerson as a ‘boss’

    •    Director of Boy Scouts of America 

    •    He oversaw LE Academy at HCC and would push for HPD to recognize LE Academy credentials

    •    He would be a voice for Kingwood and for Clear Lake

    •    Wants to work with us - to sit down and develop a plan

Q&A – Question First priority for candidates: Budget (Wolfthal) – Public Safety – (Cooper); How to get people evacuated during hurricane – starts right here in our own community (Cooper); Budget Deficit solutions combine City and County Public Healthcare, Libraries, adjust revenue cap (Wolfthal)

    •    President introduced Joshua and Isaiah Martin – local brothers who are activists in community and at the University of Houston.  Josh talked about voter outreach and Isaiah talked about Narcan that can be purchased and used for over-dose remedy. 

    •    Other candidates attending meeting were introduced:

    •    Conchita Reyes – Houston City Council At-Large 1

    •    Obes Nwabara – Houston City Council At-Large 2

    •    Sean Teare – Houston City District Attorney Candidate

    •    Holly Vilaseca – Houston City Council At-Large 2

    •    Appellate Court Judge, Meagan Hassan

    •     President and guests drew for door prizes

    •    President adjourned meeting at 8:32 PM

Ann Hammond, BADM Secretary



Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership Meeting

May 9, 2023


BADM President, Sam Aliz, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM

President Called for a moment of silence for the men and women on the front lines and for the tragedy in our community.

     The president introduced Mr. Jamieson MacKay, the newly elected District 2 CCISD Trustee who spoke about his background and his interest in public education.  

      He introduced his wife and daughter who were also at the meeting.

The President offered:

    Mother’s Day Wishes 

    Memorial Day Reminder

    Recognized Veterans attending the meeting

    Recognized the BADM Board Members

    Thanks to those who brought food for meeting

    Information on how to pay dues on-line and that dues help pay for the headquarters building during election cycle

    We should use our energy to do good

The President introduced first speaker, Ms. Rhonda Hart

    May 9th and five-year Anniversary of Santa Fe school shooting and one-year anniversary of Uvalde

    SB 435 – introduced by Mayes Middleton office gives family members access to autopsy reports

    HB 3729 – Dr. Greg Bonnen, House Bill for same action, pulled their bill with hours because they had so much support and moved bill to new committee. 

     Dan Patrick gutted Bill again so SB 435 is just specific to Santa Fe – the two bills were supposed to be ‘twin’ bills so working on a compromise bill

    Bill 2744 introduced to raise the age of purchase for certain AR15 guns and Moms Demand Action testified in support and Bill passed out of committee with an 8-5 

    vote


Ms. Hart thanked folks for financially supporting the people who went to Legislature (Austin) to testify in support of the Bills.

Voter Outreach co-chair recognized two exceptional volunteers, Brune Hoffman and Clarice Blanks

The President introduced the At-Large City Council, Position 1 candidate, Conchita Reyes.  Her priorities are:

Public Safety

Infrastructure (6K miles of streets that need repair) 

Drainage (3,300 sewer lines)

Drainage (2,800 ditch drainage)

City Council job means rolling up your sleeves and getting job done, not kissing people

She spent all last year campaigning and dedicating herself to running for position 

 The president introduced Holly Villaseca, candidate for At-Large City Council Position 2. 

She thanked BADM for all they do to Get out the Vote

Her priorities are:

Safe neighborhoods

Quality education

Family First

She was a school board trustee in HISD

Cities are being attacked by the State folks who don’t want to see public ed succeed

She is committed to educate and inform

We need to protect Houston from Texas

Not afraid to take on a challenge

The Vice President thanked the speakers

The President introduced CCISD newly re-elected District 3 Trustee, Arturo Sanchez, who thanked BADM for their support and noted the power of having support in the community 

He said that number of folks voting was >85 over a Bond election that was district-wide

The President introduced Amanda Edwards, Houston Mayoral Candidate – highlights of her speech:

The City of Houston is at a crossroads and we need to move our city forward and that everyone has opportunity to thrive – her vision is for the future

There’s a financial challenge of $350M deficit

We need a mayor prepared for the challenges and has experience 

She has the courage to do the right thing - To put people before politics

She mentioned the opportunities she’d had; e.g., at Harvard when Elizabeth Warren was her professor

Saw that she needed to not keep her opportunities for herself but to give back to the community

Her municipal Finance background led her to a figure it out and make it happen mentality and she’ll bring that to the mayor’s office

Delivering the change that they talk about on the campaign trail and help the citizens of Houston

Crime is a problem in our city 

Need a presence in the community

Prevent crime in the first place

We have to have a leader who will be ready to address the financial crisis we have 

Have the courage to do the right thing

The President then held drawing for door prizes

The President announced speakers for next meeting as John Whitmire and Leticia Plummer

Sherrie Matula announced the BAAD Women meeting on May 18th featuring Drag Queen Angelica and UH professor, Maria Gonalez

Meeting adjourned 8:45PM


Ann Hammond, 

BADM Secretary/Parliamentarian

Minutes of the Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership Meeting

April 11, 2023

  

  Minutes of the Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership Meeting


The President, Sam Alix, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM after members had meal of salads and sandwiches and drinks.  

He introduces Veteran James King, of the VA and called for a moment of silence for victims of the mass killings.

The Vice President, Karen Wolfe, did a brief inspirational talk about our ancestors and how much our work, as theirs, takes courage.  We need to be mindful of what we’re doing for our country and stay on the right side of history.

The President then recognized April birthday members and first-time attendees.

    1.    The President then introduced, Dr. Laura MacKay, wife of CCISD Trustee candidate, Jamieson MacKay.  

She gave a brief family history of the candidate, education background, employment and all of the many places he has volunteered in the School District.  

His family was from Scotland and teachers had made a life-changing impact on Jamieson’s grandparents and parent’s life as well as his own life.  (His wife is a teacher and administrator in the Clear Creek School District.)

She closed with comment that all children need an education and all his professional life has been investing in education in our community.

    2.    The President then introduced Chris Hollins who is running for City Controller.

    He is running for City Controller because he loves the city but because as great as the city is, over his lifetime there are some significant problems that have become obvious.

    We need to focus on real challenges and not whatever bottom Austin is trying to get to: So local control will be what is left for the Party.  We have taken over Harris County and moved it forward and thanked the Club for their part in that.

    He gave some of his family history; his parents opened their door to 20 foster children.  His father was a police officer.

    He went to business school and took accounting which will help him in this position so really wants to win.  He’s also an attorney.

    He became county elections clerk in a pinch when the clerk resigned.  He brought new ideas for elections during the last election (held during Covid epidemic): 24-hour voting, drive-thru voting, mail-in tracking and stood up to Abbott and won when they wanted to take away our votes.

    He described City Controller Office functions:  Track funding and insure there’s honesty and integrity in that office.  They will have opportunity to make it better and can audit and organize City Government; empower the mayor to make it a part of the city.

Short Q & A session and then Mr.  Hollins thanked the members.

    3.    The President then introduced next speaker, Nick Hellyar.

    He gave brief family background (they immigrated from England when he was only one).  He’s a product of HISD.

    Gave some experience background – Precinct Chair in Fort Bend County and Councilman Jim Rodriguez staffer.  He had a Real Estate Company but now is back in politics.  

    He is running because he cares about the city and constituents.       Responsibility is showing up and listening to issues and taking it to the City Hall to solve.  

He closed with comments that it is important there is diversity and there hasn’t been a gay person on city council.  

Short Q&A session     

    4.     President recognized Veteran’s at the meeting


    5.     President recognized the BADM Board members. 


    6.    President introduced Candidate for District E – Patricia Olivera

She is a former marine and from a family of veterans – she served in Iraq as part of a group of females trained to work with local females because males could not.

In 2013, she made Huston her home and she has a vision for District E.

    Flooding and drainage control

    Public Safety – insufficient first responders

    Veteran’s services – they are still going through same obstacles that her grandfather went through in Korea

    Mental Health – PTSD victim but because of good mental health providers she is in good shape.  But not all veterans get the help they need.

    2019 was policy advocate for Veterans’ PACTACT – it got passed in 2022.

Q&A Session

    7.    The President thanked the Krist’s for hosting our meeting.  

He discussed need for members to pay their dues to help fund our campaign office and the club meetings.

He asked about candidates who were in the audience:

507th Family Court Judge Julia Maldanado for re-election in 2024

    8.    Advocacy chair, John Cobarruvias, reminded members about upcoming CCISD election with early voting beginning April 24th.

    9.    Voter Outreach co-chair, Kim Krist, also talked about the school board election and handed out District 2 and District 3 fliers with maps.


    10.    The President introduced the two new BADM board members:  Membership, Kat Marvel and Voter Outreach Co-chair, Flora Gill. 


    11.    The President did door prize drawings


    12.    The President announced next meeting date, May 9, with a Cinco de Mayo theme with Amanda Edwards, Mayoral candidate and Conchita Reyes, City Council At-Large 1 candidate, as speakers. Holly Vilaseca, City Council At-Large 2, will also be a speaker.


    13.    Sonia Hernandez approached podium to invite members to the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church is schedule for Sunday, April 21, beginning at 12 noon. and to watch a series, the six-part MSNBC program "Hispanics in America.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:26PM

Minutes of the Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership Meeting

March 14, 2023

    1.    The President Called Meeting to Order at 7:00 PM.

    •    Recognized first time BADM meeting attendees

    •    Recognized Veterans and had moment of silence in honor of all Military 

    •    Recognized all March Birthdays

    •    Recognized BADM Board Members and board family members there who supported them

    •    Recognized other area Democratic Club Officer present

    •    Recognized the Chili Cook off contestants and stated that proceeds of voting for people’s choice chili would go towards the 2024 Election Headquarters fund

The Vice President spoke about Pat Shroeder, in Memoria for her 24 years of service in the House, and quoted her as having said, “24 years of House work and the place is still a mess,” which was written by Ms. Shroder after she left Congress.

    2.    The President introduced the first speaker, Brad Pritchard from Equality Texas.

    •    Mr. Pritchard stated that Equality Texas primarily did LGBTQ work, fighting censorship is schools, and fighting against the Moms for Liberty who are recruiting for School Board positions.

    •    He said that March 10 Bill filing for this session ended.

    •    He noted patterns about bills filed:  Nothing on Guns and most LGBTQ issues, Voting Rights, only tougher, what got applied to abortion on suing will be applied to censorship and LGBTQ issues.

    •    It is a battle for Humanity and Democracy.

    •    Seventy-six (76) anti-LGBT bills were filed last session; 137 were filed this session and many affect bodily autonomy.  Of the 137 Bills, 7 are ‘good’ LGBTQ Bills.

    •    We are already half way through this legislative session – he offered names of organizations that had bill trackers on their website to use:

    o    ACLU 

    o    Texas Civil Rights

    o    Equality Texas

    •    Three anti-trans bills are getting a hearing next week and asked folks to drop a card of opposition to legislators.

    •    Monday, March 20 is ‘all in for equality’ day and there are two busses from Houston going to Austin.  Go to their website and sign up if you want to go

    •    Go to their website for their listing of ‘good bills’ and ‘bad bills’

Q&A for a few minutes and then ended with a compliment of other organizations working on LGBTQ issues like Health care ban bills, Healthcare for Trans children/adults:  The ACLU, and Texas Civil Rights Projects who do legal and constitutional analysis on bills.

    3.    The Judicial Outreach Chair introduced Sallie Alcorn, City Council, At-Large Position 5, noting that Sallie has supported the Clear Lake area when our own City Council representative is always in Kingwood.

Ms. Alcorn said she was now on the Texas Municipal Board and was just in Austin -  

    •    New laws proposed will almost do away with local governments, like Houston.  The pre-emption bill will keep local municipalities from governing – the State will do it all.

    •    Lots of activity going on in this Bay Area – like at Space Port

    •    Budget – lots of help from feds so Houston in good shape

    o    She did public survey two years ago and now outcome budget being put in place

    •    Infrastructure work – Water Authority, Coastal Spine

    •    Public Safety – rise is violent crime with lots of money invested in police and overtime

    •    She wants more money in forensic crime center

    •    Quality of Life – neighborhood issues with parks

    o    Environment – looking for ways to get the City of Houston to do composting

    o    No car Friday to get people walking, bicycle riding to walk 

    o    Mayor’s climate action plan converting city fleet to electric cars

Q&A

    4.    The Advocacy Chair introduced Ms. Glencora Rogers who a CCISD Trustee District 2 Candidate.

She was a teacher in Alvin ISD for 14 years
A recovery volunteer                                              Has two children in CCISD and one adopted 13-year-old.

    5.    The Secretary introduced Mr. Arturo Sanchez who is a CCISD Trustee for District 3 running for re-election.  The secretary had served with Mr. Sanchez for a couple of years on the Board of Trustees.   

    He has served on the Board for six years                                 His mother was his inspiration for school board service as she was a lifelong teacher             His website is https://electarturosanchez.com/ 

    6.    The Community Outreach Chair introduced Carvana Cloud, Attorney, who spoke about Domestic Violence and how at night social worker and police and/or nurse go to crime scene now…a plan she put in place.  She spoke briefly about the 10% bail bond minimum pay – however a lawsuit is still pending against county and sheriff department. She previously worked in DA’s office and then ran for DA in last election. 


    7.    The Voter Outreach and Candidate Support Co-chair introduced Sylvia Mintz who is running for the HCDP Chair position.  Precinct Chairs get to vote for new Pary Chair this Sunday, March 18th.    She gave her background experience and while she spoke with an accent, said that ‘she doesn’t think with an accent.’


    8.    Pop-in candidates:  

    o    Julia Maldonado – Running for re-election for 507 District Family Court

    o    Yen Rabe – announced that she was not going to run after all for Pasadena School Board but named two other candidates she recommended.

    o    Judge Jerry Simoneaux – Probate Court 1 – Said Legislature to create Probate Court #5, which is needed.  He said he is Judge over all Probates in Texas, the first in Harris County in 30 years to have position.

    o    Newly elected Judge Teresa Waldrup  


    9.    President announced the Chili Winner 

    Celebrity Judges winner – Carla Medlenka

    People’s Choice Winner – Tracey Lewis

Drawing for door prizes

    10.    Advocacy Chair reminded everyone of the CCISD School Board election and to please vote. 


    11.    The President thanked Scott and Kim Krist for allowing club to use their offices for our meetings. 


    12.    The Vice President announced that the board has two vacancies to be filled – Treasurer and Membership and were looking for interested candidates. 


    13.    The President thanked everyone who brought goodies to the meeting to share. 


    14.    The President announced next meeting date, April 11, with Mayoral candidate Chris Hollins and candidate for City Council, Nick Hellyer.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:47PM.


Ann Hammond, Secretary

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

 February 14, 2023

(6:30 – 7:00 PM Dinner and Social time)

BADM President, Sam Alix, called meeting to order at 7:11PM:

Moment of Silence in honor of Armed Forces

Thanked the Krist family for hosting the meeting at the Law Offices building

Thanked member, Chef David, for the food served at the meeting

Happy Birthday to members who have birthdays in January and February

John Cobarruvias, Advocacy, spoke briefly about writing letters to State Reps and also about CCISD Trustee election in May.  CCISD is one seat away from Right-wing taking over the district.  He handed out information with talking points in his call to action for members.  He specifically mentioned the importance of writing to Rep Dennis Paul, 129, since he has taken lead in restricting voting access.

Kayla Alix on Black History Month – introduced her 97-year-old grandmother, Odeal
Buhl, affectionally known as Modear. Modear discussed her teaching history that started in 1946.  She taught for 41 consecutive years.  At one point in her teaching career, she picked cotton to help buy uniforms for children.  She also taught Adrian Garcia in elementary school (and had photo of that class with her).  She Left us with this quote:


    ‘As long as you have memories of the things you have done, yesterday remains

    As long as you have hope, tomorrow awaits

    As long as you have love, today is beautiful

    And,

    As long you have God, anything and everything is possible.’


At this point the president gave the website address for anyone that wants to follow bills in the Texas Legislature.  https://capitol.texas.gov/ 

The President introduced the Speaker, Ty Burns, who talked about censorship in Texas and how it started.

People select books to support curriculum or just for shear enjoyment of reading.  

Rep. Matt Krause in DFW area published of 850 list of books he thought should be banned and submitted it to the State Budget Committee challenging that taxpayer dollars paid for these books in school libraries.  The Committee chair said he did not have authority to send out such a list:  60% of list were on gay topics, 118 titles dealt with trans, 8% on race and racism, and 115 titles considered Sex Ed.

Mr. Burns explained that as a result of the problems associated with Krause’s ‘banned book list’ a group was formed, ‘Freadom Fighters.’   He noted that Texas leads the nation in books banned and that 41% of them explicitly address LGBTQ.  

Mr. Burns discussed different school districts policies that have been put in place - one being to rank what level of reading material is provided, like TV or Movie ratings per age group.  HB338 was introduced by CyFair Rep Tom Olverson to require ratings o books and if passed, would go into effect in 2023.

The League City Council obscene books debacle was discussed.

At the end of Mr. Burns’ discussion, he talked about the Texas Library Association Whitten Fund that was set up to help protect rights of readers.

There was a Q & A session after Censorship presentation.

The President then introduced candidate for Houston City Council At-Large, Position 1, Isaiah Martin.  He is first Gen Z candidate running for City of Houston Position.  He was born in, lived in Clear Lake City, and will serve Clear Lake City.

Other candidates visiting the meeting:

Leah Worthal, also running for Houston City Council At-Large, Position 1.

Patricia Olivarez, Houston City Council, District E candidate.

Yen Rabe, Pasadena School Board candidate.

Kim Krist, BADM Voter Outreach chair, gave short presentation on Precinct Development and comparison of 2018 – 2020 election turnout by precinct after BADM outreach activities.  Kim introduced her new co-chair Flora Gill and thanks outgoing co-chair, Nina Johnston.  She then presented stats of 2022 BADM work:

14,849 Doors knocked on

50 Precincts walked (out of 63)

3,640 handwritten postcards

86% of precincts BADM worked exceeded state percentage turnout

Harris County Dems won 57 of 61 judicial races

Super majority in Harris County Commissioner’s Court

She announced BADM planning for School Board, City Council and Mayoral races and if anyone interested in participating in the endorsement process to contact John Cobarruvias or Ann Hammond.

The President then had drawing for door prizes.

Announcements:

March 14 meeting on Texas Legislature update 

Mohammed Nasrullah gave info on the Covid Rose Memorial Art installation at Tranquility Park on February 24, 1:00PM

Meeting adjourned at 8:49 PM.

Ann Hammond, BADM Secretary

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

October 11, 2022 6:30 PM 


(6:30 – 7:00 PM Dinner and Social time)

BADM President, Sam Alix, called meeting to order at 7:00PM:

    •    Had a moment of silence in honor of Military

    •    A member requested a moment of silence for Ukrainians

    •    Recognized club member, Chef David of WolfeFoods.com

    •    Acknowledge all October Birthday members 

    •    Acknowledged Hispanic Heritage Month

    •    Introduced Kim Krist and Nina Johnston, BADM voter outreach team:

    •    Talked about 10K mailers, 4K postcards and 7K door hangers (so far)

    •    Block walking is Wednesday at 5 PM and Sunday at 4PM and only doing group walks so no one walks alone

    •    Phone banking at headquarters and there are laptops there for those who want or you can phone bank from home targeting age 60 + 

    •    Early Voting starts October 24th and Sat before election an Election Day Breakfast will be held locally – more to come on this

    •    President spoke about the Voter Rally Day for first Saturday of early voting, October 29th

    •    Candidates welcome

    •    Members and families welcome

    •    President welcomed guest, Josh Martin, Student Body President at UH

    •    Had registered 300 voters today

    •    Only the vote will change the situation in Texas

    •    President introduced Marilyn Burgess, Harris County District Clerk 

    •    Updated jury system digitally

    •    ‘cleaned house’ of mid-management duplication of position

    •    Increased salaries of employees (approx.. 500)

    •    Alex (Worden?) and stressed importance of voting all the way down the ballot to the judicial candidates and having qualified judges is important – saying these two judges were qualified – then Introduced the next two speakers, Judge Roth and Judge Garrison

    •    Tanya Garrison – 

    •    Vote the whole ballot

    •    Gave us a Constitutional lesson on the three branches of Government and described the functions of the judicial branch and importance of a jury trial that is guaranteed right

    •    Gave us pop quiz on of the 5 rights of first amendments

    •    How many amendments gives us the right to a jury trial…5, 6 & 7

    •    Donna Roth – 

    •    Who do you want overseeing the courts (and a trial by jury, a protected right under the Constitution)?   It’s Democrats! 

    •    In Texas we elect our Supreme Court Judges and Courts of Appeals so who do you want sitting on those benches?  

    •    She reviewed some particular differences from Dem vs Rep bench rulings 

    •    Candidate Kat Marvel – Running for Texas House Seat in 129

    •    Running against Dennis Paul

Spoke about taxes and money not being used to support people in their own state 

    •     Candidate Jon Haire – Running for House District 36

    •    He received his endorsement from the Houston Chronicle today

    •    He talked about chaos theory and you/we have to believe we’re going to come out on top

    •    Kayla Alix introduced Teneshia Hudspeth, Harris County Clerk

    •    Discussed her job description

    •    Talked about some new programs she has implemented

    •    ‘Back to School Birth Certificate Saturday,’ for example

    •    This is most pivotal mid-term we’ve had

    •    Talked about length of the ballot on the machines (100 pages) so voting will take a long time

    •    Review the ballot process and voting

    •    Delores Lozano – Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, candidate

    •    Has a write-in candidate running against her

Scheduled speaker, County Commissioner, Adrian Garcia, was unable to attend meeting.

The President had speakers pull raffle tickets for a few door prizes.

Announcements:  4PM Wednesday, Block walkers meet at Brookwood Elementary

And on Sunday, 4PM at Westbrook Intermediate School (three candidates will be block walking on Sunday with us)    

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:10PM.  

Ann Hammond, 

BADM Secretary

   

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

September 13, 2022 6:30 PM 


BADM President, Sam Alix, called meeting to order at 7:00PM:

    •    Had a moment of silence in honor of Anniversary of Air Force

    •    Welcomed everyone and recognized BADM Board Members

    •    Thanks Scott Krist for letting our Club use the beautiful facility

    •    Acknowledge all September Birthday members 

    •    Talked about the upcoming block-walking days that started this past week and will be continuing for next few weeks.  

    •    Talked about postcard writing project and need for stamp donations – regular postage price not post card price stamps

    •    Introduced Kim Krist and Nina Johnston, BADM voter outreach team:

    •     who expanded on block walking that had started the week of Labor Day

    •    Putting door hangers on doors to stir up people who don’t vote

    •    Those who are registered and don’t vote

    •    Block walking is Wednesday at 5 PM and Sunday at 4PM

    •    Turfs can be picked up at Headquarters

    •    Three main talking points to cover in conversation with voters on the list provided

    •    Block walkers are paired up so no one goes alone

    •    John Cobarruvias will help with phone banking training at headquarters and there are laptops there for those who want to help or he will set up your personal laptop so you can phone bank from home

    •    Kim discussed relational organizing for future voting and referred to the Two Million Texan Project – BADM will email link to training for that project in near future

    •    Thursday September 29th from 2 – 7PM at Headquarters is a Day of Action and until Election Day for post card writing project

    •    Early Voting starts October 24th and Sat before election an Election Day Breakfast will be held locally – more to come on this

The President then introduced guest speaker, Judge Josh Hill, 232nd District Criminal Court (oversees Drug Court as well) who has been a criminal defense attorney a prosecutor and now a Judge

Highlights of his discussion:

    •    Bail Laws in Texas

    •    Misdemeanor bail reform was Federal mandate because people were held simply because they were poor

    •    Misdemeanor Lawsuit settled and that law changed but Felony lawsuit ended with no need to change system

    •    Felony bail is now higher compared to what it was before

    •    Bail laws are in US and Texas Constitution – Texas Constitution (specifically Article 1, Sections 11 through 11c) gives guidance about when someone can be held without bail in Texas

    •    Courts/Judges have to be in compliance with US and State Constitution

    •    Statutes make it sound like Judges have leeway but you cannot deprive someone of liberty without due process according to the Constitution

    •    The Federal Constitution says you cannot take away a person’s liberty

    •    If they post bond you have to have a hearing and the state has to prove need for holding a person or raising or taking away their bond – but they have to have that hearing to show criminal cause for doing it.

    •    Federal and State right to due process is how the Bail System works

    •    Death Penalty Capitals still require a hearing (it’s called a “show cause” hearing – see Article 1 Section 11 of Texas Constitution)

    •    Under 11a, a hearing must be within 7 days and person can then only be held without bail for 60 days.  After 60th day, 11a says defendant is entitled to a new bail

    •    Article 1, Section 11c is a protective order/domestic violence no-bail situations.

    •    11b – no bail due to violation of condition of release

    •    ‘Don’t engage in any criminal activity’ is best condition of bail to use 

    •    Discussed hearing process and how and why they hold hearings

    •    The Federal system doesn’t have this problem about bail or no bail

    •    The misdemeanor system dried up bail bond business in Houston so to be competitive with each other they bail bond businesses have varied their terms of bail payments.  

    •    The tradition use to be a 10% Rule and now there are 1% and 2% deals

    •    There is currently a lawsuit on forcing bail bondsmen to charge 10%

    •    If a bonding company comes into court and wants out of the bail, the judge can let them out

    •    The Federal model doesn’t have a bonding industry and it appears to be working.

    •    Q & A session followed speaker’s presentation – some comments made are:

    •    By shining a light on the judges follow the law, it looks like a problem and maybe it will be motivation to the people in Austin to change the system

    •    Other States are changing to the Federal System

    •    Harris County is huge and has had population explosion and number of courts have not increased so that’s a problem for everyone

    •    Josh.Hill@yahoo.com

The President thanked Judge Hill.


The President then had candidates in attendance speak for a minute:

    William Demond – candidate for 14th Court of Appeals, Place 9, williamdemondforjustice.com 

    Amy Hinojosa – HCDE Position 1, Pct. 2

The President had speaker pull raffle tickets for a few door prizes.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:10PM.  

Ann Hammond, 

BADM Secretary

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

August 9, 2022 6:30 PM

(6:30 – 7:00 PM Dinner and Social time)

BADM President, Sam Alix called meeting to order at 7:00PM:

•Welcomed everyone and recognized BADM Board Members

•Had a moment of silence

•Recognized Veterans in attendance

•Acknowledge all August Birthday members (our guest speaker, Luke Warford, has birthday, Aug 10)

•Kim Krist talked about opening of the Democratic Headquarters on Bay Area Blvd and the JRR Democratic fundraiser on September 10th – Member ticket price is $150.We have two tables reserved. (16 seats)

The President then introduced guest speaker, Candidate for Texas Railroad Commission, Luke Warford.

Luke Warford spoke about:

•The responsibilities of the RR Commission and how it doesn’t regulate Railroads

•Dems try every year to change the name of the Commission for more transparency

•Republicans don’t want that to happen because they don’t want you to know what it’s all about

•RR Commission could have prevented the freeze last February

•As energy capitol of the world, we should not have had a failure like we did

•We are paying more for energy because our issues are incredibly important

•99% of his opponent’s campaign funding comes from people he is supposed to regulate

•Thinks this is the strongest statewide slate we’ve had in a long time and optimistic about outcome of the election.

Q&A

•Relationship of RR Commission to ERCOT – ERCOT regulated utilities

•He described power delivery process – gas to power plant and power to your house

•Lack of weatherization and drop in natural gas then less electricity supply and then vicious failure of the grid

•Natural gas and pipelines folks made massive profits as a result of the failure

•Gov. and RR Commission were the problem

•Wellhead hasn’t been winterized and standards

•There is not a finalized standard for winterization from the current RR Commission

•Discussed flaring rules that the RR Commission doesn’t enforce therefore, optimization winterization will likely not get fixed due to non-enforcement

•Sustainable Energy

•The number of people energy employs is important and thinks that we are in a time in Texas and in the world changing where we should be planning for the future…We want to make it cleaner and safer.

•We should be making huge investments in reusable energy, geo thermal, thermal, etc. – all regulated by the RR Commission

•We don’t have clean affordable energy now – and won’t in the future if we don’t plan for it

•His opponent won’t – it will be the young people who will bring the pressure on the commission.

• Who regulates Railroads

•It is regulated by the Dept. of Transportation

The President thanked the candidate for participating in the meeting.

The President then introduced Dr. Laura DuPont, recent retiree from CCISD School Board.

•Discussed the most recent election in May, 2022, for District 1, in particular

•Talked about the absentee ballot counting situation

•On July 1, Ms. Dawson, who lost election, filed a lawsuit against the winning candidate

•Appears they filed that way to inflict harm to winning candidate

•No claims against the winning candidate, only about election procedures

•Winning candidate cannot provide any remedy, only the district can

•After two board resolution votes, the board approved that the district pay to defend itself against the election procedure claims

•Discussed the importance of school board elections and getting good candidates to run and how lawsuits like this will discourage good people to run.

•Encourage members to sign up and speak at board meetings on the good things happening in the district

The president then introduced candidates who were in attendance.

•Mike Englehart – 1st Court of Appeals, place 4

•Kat Marvel – TX House District 129

•Kristie Walsdorf – 122nd District Court - Galveston

The President had raffle tickets pulled for the two Beto yard signs.

The President asked all Precinct Chairs to stand and be recognized.

He asked all other Democratic Club members to stand and be recognized.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15PM.

Ann Hammond,

BADM Secretary

BADM President, Sam Alix:

•Welcomed everyone and recognized BADM Board Members

•Had a moment of silence for victims of gun violence

•Happy Pride Month – We support the LGBTQCommunity:

•Sabrina talked briefly about advocating for trans-children and said Texas Judge had put hold on CPS Investigations of Parents who support their trans-children

•June 25

the Pride Parade in Houston – safe to take families because Homeland Security is here to support local police

•A BADM Member asked we also have a moment of silence for all of the AIDS victims

•John Cobarruvias spoke about his ‘parade’ to Rep Dennis Paul’s house to take the message on gun violence and the NRA

•He talked about future plans to get the word out about candidate(s) on gun violence

•Sam also told attendees about letter to the editor example that was on our seats and at tables in the meeting room to use to contact press on the subject

•Sam gave a Happy Birthday shout out to the Army and for Flag Day

Vice President, Karen Wolfe:

•Talked about ‘Deep in the Heart’ movie, the first conservation film which was produced by Jay Kleberg, candidate for Land Commissioner and narrated by Matthew McConaughey

BADM President:

•Announced there would be no meeting in July but we’re planning a social – a wine tasting likely at Total Wine

•First time attendees and new members were recognized

•The Nassau Bay precinct chairs and members who hosted a coffee at Java Owl last week were recognized

•The Beto Town Hall meeting this Friday, June 17 th, at the MCC was announced and invitation to everyone to sign up to attend.

The President then introduced our guest speaker, Rhonda Hart:

•She talked about her recent 4-day trip to lobby in DC for gun safety – (A Bill named after her daughter)

•John Cornyn actually worked on the gun violence bill

•There seemed to be bi-partisan support on the bill

•She was in a group of three survivors from child violence in Texas

•The Protect our Kids Act passed the House with 323 votes (eight small bills bundled in Act)

•Dan Crenshaw staffers were receptive to raising age for gun purchase

•Sen. Rick Scott said gun issues should be left to the states

•Not a single Texas GOP Rep or Senator voted for the Bill

•She met with Randy Weber’s staff and then with him the next day – he didn’t want to talk about anything but abortion and when asked if he read the Bill he answered, “No” – he was comparing abortion and gun-violence as being on same playing field.

Short Q&A time followed her speech:

•What is Kimberly’s Bill? – Safe storage of guns whereby a pamphlet is being given with sale of guns about storing guns safely.

•Support for Gun Violence Bill? -Senator Cornyn has to find ten people in Senate to support these Bills.

•Who is running against Rep Weber? – Mikel Williams of Galveston

The President called for candidates at the meeting to speak for a minute:

•Judge Angela Graves Harrington, 246 th Family Court

•Kat Marvel – TX House 129 (against Dennis Paul)

•Jon Haire – Congressional District 36 (against Brian Babin)

The President held the drawing for door prizes.

Asked for any announcements:

•BAND Meeting at Bay Area Community Center next Tuesday

•BAAD Women Meeting this Thursday evening via ZOOM

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15PM.

Ann Hammond,

BADM Secretary

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

June 14, 2022 6:30 PM

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

March 8, 2022 6:30 PM

Club President, Sam Alix, welcomed the members and guests.

President asked for a Moment of Silence to honor Ukraine.

•Ann Hammond gave a Primary Election update and gave dates for the Runoff Election and Clear Creek ISD Election, May 24th Runoff and May 7th, Clear Creek ISD.

•John Cobarruvias reported on the Harris County Democrats ‘fake’ brochure that was actually distributed and paid for by a group in Fort Bend County.

•Sam Alix reminded everyone to use their dollars to vote for best Chili as proceeds would go towards our election headquarters fund.

•Kim Krist talked about precinct chairs and need for finding new Precinct Chairs for uncovered areas.All Precinct Chairs present.

The President introduced candidate slated to speak at the meeting:

•Judge Jason Luong, a judicial candidate in the Runoff Election, talked about his position and emphasized the position he held as the Veteran’s Court Judge; he commented that this primary was an election about prosecutors against judges.

•Kat Marvel, Candidate for Texas House District 129, went over her four platform items:

•Education – Texas is 38th in spending which is an easy fix

•Housing – so many un-homed Vets and LGBTQ Youth

•Voting Rights – Backtrack the Republican new ‘anti voter’ laws

•Health Care – Expand Medicaid

•Jon Haire, Candidate for TX Congressional District 36, gave a background speech and outlined his experience.

•Running because he couldn’t believe what Abbott and Babin were doing to Texas

•Thinks we need a good scientist and engineer in Congress

•His opponent supported overthrowing the presidential vote

•His platform issues are:

•Healthcare

•Infrastructure (his opponent voted against infrastructure bill)

•Reliable electrical supply

•Flood protection

•Freedom to Vote Act

•Expand Education beyond 12 years of School

The President announced Chili Cook-off winner:Tracey Baird Lewis, first place and Kayla Alix, second place.The total funds raised was $88.

The President introduced a judicial candidate who was in attendance:Kim McTorry running for District Court 208; she said her opponent has never practiced in Harris County.

Roger Boykins, President of BAND Club was introduced.

The President announced the Beto Town Hall meeting at the Multi-Cultural Center on June 17th, 2022.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Meeting adjourned, 8:18 PM

Ann Hammond, Secretary

Bay Area Democratic Movement

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

 February 8, 2022 6:30 PM – ZOOM

Club President, Sam Alix, welcomed the members and guests, including the Judicial Panel member to the Meeting.

•He announced that next BADM meeting would be on March 8 th at the Krist Law Firm (In-person meeting).

•Speakers would be Kat Marvel, Candidate for TX 129,Chuck Crews, Candidate for TX 128, and Jon Haire, Candidate for US House, #36

•He announced that the April 12 th meeting speaker would be Dr. Paul - Director of Action in a Peaceful Way – using Dr. King’s non-violent strategies.

•The BADM President then introduced Judge and candidate for re-election, Scot ‘Dolli’ Dollinger, the Judicial Panel Moderator:

•Judge Dollinger told attendees to go to, Harrisvotes.com, for a sample ballot, and check website, Justex.net, for judicial information and also checkout, erickamanning.us, for all democratic candidate information.There are two different judicial panel sessions planned.

•Judge Dollinger had each of first judicial panelist introduce themselves:

•Judge Leah Shapiro, 315 th - Juvenile court, who said her court doe Marriages, adoptions, some child immigration cases too

•Judge Babs Stalder – 280 th Criminal Court (does Veteran’s court)

•Judge Angela-Graves-Harrington – 246 th Family Court - Domestic violence

•Judge Jason Luong – 185 th Family Court and Administrative Judge over all family courts who handles all family plus trauma informed and restoration of family and issues, e.g. CPS cases.

•After introductions, Judge Dollinger asked each judge go into some details on what their court was responsible for and special cases/information they thought people should know about their court.

Judge Stalder went first.In her court, Special Court Protective Orders are issued for abuse victims, victims of stalking, human trafficking, elderly abuse, family violence, harassment, sexual assault (often children involved.

Judge Luong – His court handles felony theft, murder, sexual assault, etc.He also has a special court for Veterans, Drug Court, Sober Court, Mental Health, Veteran’s Treatment Court (PTSD, addiction issues, PCS, aggravated assault and DWI’s).Every single Veteran gets their particular issue addressed and put in a recovery program.He tries to have them (Veterans) avoid prison if possible.

Judge Shapiro – Juvenile Court doesn’t have bond so have to be released to adult with a plan for supervision.Over the age of 14 robbery is eligible to go to ‘adult jail’ - the criminal justice system has Harris County Youth Facilities and youth do have consequences for crimes:deferred adjudication numbers have dropped.

Judge Harrington – LGBTQ Legislation has changing ideas about same sex families and how they are treated.Same sex family gets same treatment as any other family.They follow the law.‘Family Plan’ – not family of all heterosexual – as in the past they would have to go to Austin to get ‘equal treatment.’There are laws in place and the Dem Judges follow them.

•Judge Stalder – Lifetime Protective Order for Family Violence Protection – If they meet the criteria and she follows the law which allows for that order.The lifetime protective order doesn’t restrict access to children.The respondent can come back after a year and request modification.Her job is to protect people but a second part is to include social services to help people improve so she has brought two social workers into her court (offers parenting classes, for example).

•Judge Dollinger had second judicial panelists introduce themselves:

Judge Rabeea Collier – 113 th District Court – Civil – general jurisdiction and handle everything except criminal, juvenile and probate.Handles unlimited amount of damages, personal injury cases plus business and contract disputes.Can hand out temporary injunctions, seizure and forfeiture and large universe of cases.

Judge Abigail Anastasio, 184 th Criminal District Court.She is a former HISD teacher, worked in DA’s office and is now a Judge.She oversees bail hearings, felony cases, sexual abuse, drug cases and anything that’s a felony.She also does a lot with probation and violation and revocation of probation.

Judge Andrew Wright – Criminal Court #7 – Misdemeanor Court where punishment max is one year (County Jail).His court sees mostly Class A & B misdemeanors.

Will Demond – Candidate 14 th Court of Appeals. Place 9 – Jurisdiction covers multiple counties.His background is Constitutional Law.

Q&A

Judge Wright, in response to question said that judges cannot throw out a case, only the DA can do that.

Judge Anastasio commented that a judge cannot revoke someone’s bond.It is the DAwho has to request revocation.The court has to conduct a hearing and evidence has to be shown that Bond has been violated. If that’s not available, the court cannot revoke a bond.The judge doesn’t have power that apply to Bail Bonds.They have to apply based on DA presentation of evidence.

Will Demond – LCL – regarding a parental termination case, the termination of the rights based on one possible drug test was denied review by the TX Supreme Court.

The President thanked everyone, especially the Judicial Panelists and the moderator, Judge Dollinger for participating.

He also mentioned the BADM door hangers and the other clubs and Precinct Chairs who were helping distribute them.

Meeting adjourned, 7:45PM

Ann Hammond, Secretary

Bay Area Democratic Movement


Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

 November 9, 2021, 6:45 PM – Carlos’ Beer Garden Patio

Club President, Sam Alix, welcomed the members and guests to the Meeting – had moment of silence in honor of Military Veterans present and Veteran’s Day. (Also read Calvin Coolidge quote)

•He introduced first speaker, Dr. LaShondra Jones (Veteran)

•She spoke about the dire situation that Veterans find themselves in these days

•She read stats on Veterans and Wars and that there were 17M veterans in the Country

•She talked about Vanessa Guillen and problems at Fort Hood and her participation in search

•She has tried to organize a Women’s Veterans Day

•As part of her job in City of Houston Veteran’s Affairs Office, she is helping with Veteran’s Day Parade

•She thanked the Veterans present for their service and said if she could do anything to help let her know

•President introduced second speaker, Mike Collier, Candidate for Texas Lt. Gov.

•He said education is his number one priority – more money in it and it has to be about the children

•Fix Pension Plan for Retire Teachers

•Get rid of high stakes testing

•Explained where money will come from – owners of large industrial complexes not paying taxes

•Doesn’t take corporate PAC money – only get funds from Texans

•Healthcare – Expand Medicaid

•Veteran’s Assistance – Mental Health, Legalize Marijuana and taking care of the Homeless Vets

•Criminal Justice Reform – no for-profit prisons

•Water Infrastructure and Power Grid updated

•He has called Beto and trying to get him to run for Governor

•He talked about issues with voters

•‘We’ need independent re-districting committee for Texas

•Free to be who you were born to be and support of LGBT

•Champion of women’s right for control of her body

•On personal note, said he lives in Kingwood, has two sons and one daughter-in-law and a grandbaby on the way.

•The President asked if there were any questions for Mr. Collier

•Questions were on subjects of:

•Independent Redistricting Committee

•Gun Control

•Veteran’s Services

•The Power Grid

•Climate Change

•Unions

•The President then introduced a candidate in the audience:Janelle Robles – Misdemeanor Bench, Criminal Court #2

•President announced next meeting as second Tuesday in December and that the club was supporting three Veteran Families and to look for newsletter with information on needs.

•He recognized Sustaining Members present

•Announced the HCDPMeet and Greet with Ilhan Omar on November 12, 2021 at the Multicultural Center

•Meeting adjourned at 8:02PM

Ann Hammond, Secretary

Bay Area Democratic Movement

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

 October 12, 2021, 6:30 PM – Landolt Pavilion, Clear Lake Park

Club President, Sam Alix, welcomed the members and guests to the Meeting.

•He had Board members stand or raise hand to be recognized.

•He asked Sustaining Members to stand and be recognized

•Introduced the newest Sustaining Member Je’Rell Rogers, a judicial candidate

•The President then introduced the Panel Members and asked them to talk about their position in the medical profession and Covid related issues:

Dr. Hussain Issa – Infectious disease doctor in this area for 15 years who explained how vaccine could be developed so quickly because of DNA sequencing capabilities and how a new virus affects our bodies

Melinda Truxell – ICU nurse for 19 years in surgical trauma ICU and was in Level 2 trauma when Covid hit and she described how ICU changed in numbers of patients and that the patients were not getting better like she was used to seeing in ICU cases.She had to walk away from her profession because it was emotionally too challenging.

Myrna Baker – 35 years in Health Care Administration – 20 years with Houston Methodist.She gave history of Methodist Hospital System and statistics on Covid as well as hospital’s quick steps in addressing the pandemic.

Rebel Heasley – 31 years as RN and began during HIV-AIDS were headlining in health care but said that nothing like what happened when Covid came to our area.Described all the things that changed in nursing care and how communication was problem (between families and patient and with hospital staff as well).Selling healthcare to the community was a new thing for nurses.She talked about how technology helped with communication.In spite of all the non-essential things that were shut down during Covid, no one was laid off by Houston Methodist; people were put to work doing other things to help out with the pandemic driven changes.

Mohammed Nasrulla – He and his wife started the non-profit, Covid 19 Wall of Memories because so many were dying and they felt like something needed to be done to honor victims of Covid and used the Virtual Memorial (like the View Nam Wall).They have honored 8,346 victims so far.

•The President then opened up the floor for questions from the attendees.

•There were questions about number of Covid patients now versus last year

•Question of vaccine mandates – (Houston Methodist was first hospital to mandate all staff be vaccinated)

•Question about side effects of vaccine

The President then announced that membership should have seen the updated Bylaws in Newsletter and on Website and Facebook for past two months.

•Ann Hammond made motion to accept Bylaws as presented.Kim Krist Seconded Motion.The motion passed.

 •Judges and other candidates were then called on to make one minute speech about the position they were running for:

•Judge Scot ‘Dolli’ Dollinger – 189 th Civil Court

•Judge Natalia Oaks – 313 th Juvenile Court

•Judge Barbara Stalder – 280 th Domestic Violence Court

•Judge Andrew Wright – Criminal Misdemeanor Court 7

•Judge Paul Calyada – Family Law Court ?

•Candidate Joseph Sanchez- 230 th Criminal Court

•Candidate Gemeyal Haynes – 183 rd Criminal Court

•Candidate Je’Rell Rogers – 14  th Criminal Court

•Mother of Judge Cory Sepolio – 269  th  Civil Court spoke for him

•Candidate Erica Ramirez – Criminal Court 8

•Candidate Jon Haire – CD 36

•Candidate Andrea Beall – 185 st Court of Appeals 4 th District Criminal Court

•Judge Mike Engelhart – running for 1 th position

•Dylan Osborne – County Treasurer (current position and running again)

The President drew names for ‘Door Prizes’ before adjourning the meeting.

Meeting adjourned 8:15PM

Ann Hammond, Secretary


Club President, Sam Alix, welcomed the members in the ZOOM Meeting.

•He began with a moment of silence in honor of fallen Houston Police Officer Bill Jeffrey.

•The President talked about the care packages the club had delivered to medical personnel for the ICU units at the Clear Lake – HCA facility.

•The President called on three judges and a Candidate to speak for 45 seconds to introduce themselves.

•Judge K. Andrews – Criminal Court #6

•Judge A. Wright – Criminal Court, #7

•Candidate G. Haynes – 183 rd District Court

•Judge L. Shapiro – 315 th District Court

•The President then introduced Harris County Attorney, Christian Menefee

•Mr. Menefee complimented our Club and thanked us for being the first organization that endorsed him in his run for Harris County Attorney.

•He gave brief overview of what he’s been working on which included:

•Environmental Justice – minorities are disproportionately affected by the refinery area and he’s worked to not approve permits that would environmentally impact them.

•Covid - Prohibiting local officials to do anything about spread by Governor’s mandate.He has filed court case over this mandate.

•SB1 – has filed lawsuit to invalidate parts of SB1 that he thinks is unconstitutional

•Need to have these fights in the court room

•Important to continue to put pressure on Congress to get Voting Rights Act passed because as long as Texas is a Republican run state we will have this fight.

•The H C Attorney then took questions on the subject of:

•Power Grid and if there is a lawsuit

•Bounties on abortion seekers and if that’s legal

•Voting rights and if SB1 is discriminatory

•He hopes Congress intervenes with a good voting rights act

•He has no doubt that these current laws will be heard by SCOTUS

•What can we do as citizens and voters

•Get actively engaged

•Contact his office or Isabel Longoria’s office for information

•Redistricting

•Two new congressional seats

•Encouraged everyone to participate in the process

•Lawsuits will likely be filed

The President announced he had to leave and was turning meeting over to Ann Hammond.

•Ann Hammond introduced Jude Lina Hidalgo and she spoke on several topics:

•The Judge complimented the Club for doing such a good job in such a Red area

•She has been hyper-focused on Covid and will continue to put emphasis on it

•$30M for Small Businesses – application process opened

•Rental Assistance Program has been successful and she has been invited by WH twice to review how we do it in Houston.

•Water poisoning problem a couple of weeks ago was addressed

•Early Childhood support by county

•Trying to be a lot smarter and making the County more transparent

•‘We’ are being competent and creative and that scares some people

•She thanked Christian Menefee for eloquence and competence

•She then took questions from participants:

•Medicaid and expansion in Harris County - that cannot be done (yet) without State participation

•What has been most fulfilling and most challenging part of your job

•How to counter avalanche of Republican messaging to win in 2022

•Violent crime and public health

•Refugees in Houston – Afghan and Haitian – contact her office for information on how to help

•Vaccine incentive $100 ends September 30 and will not be extended.

•Ann thank Judge Hidalgo and Harris County Attorney Menefee for speaking with the Club members.

•Ann then went on to announcing the Judges and Candidates in the ZOOM ‘audience’ so they might introduce themselves to participants:

•Candidate D. Brown – 270 th District Court

•Candidate A. Beall – 185 th District Court

•Judge D. Fleischer – Criminal Court #5

•Harris County Treasurer D. Osborne

•Candidate J. Rogers – Criminal Court #14

•Judge Dedra Davis – 270 th Civil Court

•Judge N. Oaks – 313 th Juvenile Court

•Judge L. Dunson – 309 th Family Court

•Harris County District Clerk M. Burgess

•Judge B. Stalder (no response)

•Judge R. Rodriguez – Criminal Court #13

•No other judges or candidates responded when call made if anyone had not been announced but was present.

•Ann announced that the October meeting plans were to have hospital personnel discussing Covid impacts and more information would be coming out to watch for newsletter.

•The November meeting will have Candidate Mike Collier and Dr. LaShondra Jones, who is the Veteran Liaison for the City of Houston.


Meeting adjourned 7:40 PM


Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

 September 21, 2021, 6:30 PM, via ZOOM

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

 August 10, 2021, 7:00 PM, via ZOOM

New Club President, Sam Alix, welcomed the members in the ZOOM Meeting.

•He recognized the former President, Kim Krist, for her service and presented her with an art piece, Blue Wave with plaque that thanked her for her four outstanding years as Club President.

•The President then had each of the Judges participating in ZOOM to introduce themselves and gave time limit of 45 seconds:

•Judge Singer

•Judge Rodriguez

•Judge David Fleischer

•Judge Natalia Oaks

•Judge Dedre Davis

•Judicial candidate, Denise Brown

•Judge Jason Cox

•Judge Erika Ramirez

•Judge Barbara Stalder

•Judge Mike Englehart

•Judge Linda Dunson

•Judge Chuck Silverman had representative Brenden Twomey speak for him

•Judge Leah Shapiro

•Judicial Candidate JeRell Rogers

•Judge Andrew Wright

•Judicial Candidate? Diane Curvey

•Judicial candidate Mauricio Vasquez

•Judicial candidate Tom Berg was present but only posted in chat

•City Council representative Sallie Alcorn spoke briefly about status of El Dorado Blvd extension/repair.

•The President then introduced Isabel Longoria who was first of the guest speakers. She answered questions at end of her presentation:

•Described the functions of the office

•Ms. Longoria goes to Austin to testify on voting systems for Harris County

•Voting by mail as safe way to vote and listed criteria for voting by mail

•60% women did drive by voting

•Doubled number of voters in local elections in May 2021

•As of July 31, 2021, there are 2,469,400 registered voters

•Have hired 20 people to recruit voter registrars

•Reviewed the new Hart Verity Duo voting machines

•They have a paper ballot printed out once you’ve voted for you to review and drop in ballot box.Emphasized that it was not a receipt but the actual ballot and not to leave with the paper ballot thinking it was a ‘receipt.’

•It is a touchscreen machine that prints out the ballot once you’ve completed voting.

•ALL ballots are paper – no digital voting – and the paper goes into ballot box

•The ballot box is scanner and scans ballot into secure Vdrive and the paper is put in a secure lock box so the voting system has a backup system.

•It is not connected to the internet.

•The blank papers are locked in their facility at all times and they keep track of all ballots and went into detail on how ballots are secured and tracked

•Ms. Longoria commented on SB1 and said it was a bad bill and is up to House Democrats now.

Teneshia Hudspeth spoke for a moment on a Harris County Clerk function on August 14 th – Back to School Birth Certificate event – On Chimney Rock from 10AM – 2PM

•The President then introduced Odus Evbagharu:

•Discussed his background

•Discussed his plans for expanding voter registration

•Self-promotion is vital to the HCDP success

•Good civil disobedience is Good Trouble per John Lewis mantra

•Wants to increase Sustaining Membership - $10 per month or more

•We are no longer the hunters – there is a target on our back now—we are the hunted

•We are under attack by voter suppression efforts after Harris County made voting easy during pandemic and so many voted.

•Talked about Precinct chair training

•Wants to build coalition around DMV – Disenfranchised and Marginalized Voter

•Jon Haire spoke up to announce his candidacy for CD 36

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM





Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement (BADM) Club Membership meeting

 June 9, 2021, 7:00PM – Clear Lake Park Landolt Pavilion

President, Kim Krist, opened meeting with announcements of upcoming events:

•To assemble a Pride Running Team for the Club

•The Covid Memorial Wall – Walk-a-thon June 10 th and pointed out the fliers in the chairs.

•A Juneteenth Parade in Galveston is planned and information will be forthcoming to the members.

Kim then introduced Sabrina Lee, the Club’s Judicial Outreach person, to have her introduce all of the judicial candidates present.(Since there are so many in attendance, the introductions will be broken up in groups in order of their appearance at the meeting.)

Each Judge was allotted one minute to introduce themselves:

•Raul Rodriguez

•David Singer

•David Fleischer

•Sarah Singer for Judge Wright

•Natalia Oaks

•Barbara Stadler

•Julie Countiss

•Leah Shapiro

The President, introduced the BADM VP, John Cobarruvias who then introduced the evening speaker, Precinct 2 Commissioner, Adrian Garcia.Some topics of his discussion were:

•The Commissioner was happy about Harris County citizens getting vaccinated and very complimentary of Judge Lina Hidalgo.

•He was thankful for all that ‘we’ did in light of the election problems

•He bragged on Chris Hollins work and innovative ideas to help voters and that Chris had talked to County Officials across Texas to let them know about the Harris County Model.

•He wanted everyone to know that Clear Lake City is no longer forgotten

•Infrastructure funds and that

•George P. Bush needs to include Houston/Harris County – Floods don’t care about political affiliation

•ERCO vs. ERCOT – the ‘R’ in ERCOT stands for reliable and it isn’t

•State should have been able to do more

•Pct. 2 had warming centers set up during freeze because they were prepared

•The governor has yet to do anything meaningful to make things better

•Current legislature is ‘window dressing’ and not putting in the needed investment into the infrastructure

•Cautioned that the upcoming election will be critical and not to depend on the redistricting

•Voting all the way down the ballot is very important

•With no straight ticket voting, it is important to vote for Judges

•The Commissioner added Healthcare to his job description and not just infrastructure and Parks

Questions:

•On equity in property tax and business owners – industry not paying fair share?

•Ike Dyke project and damage to Galveston Bay – why not have businesses protect their own property?

Answer

•Harris County Appraisal Districts needs major reform; that’s where problem lies

•Ike Dyke unintended consequences a possibility

•From 2008 until now nothing has been done yet

•We need a multi-tier approach to protect environment and industry as well and as right as well can possibly make it.

The President thanked Commissioner Garcia. She then discussed the new BADM Sustaining Membership category and how to participate as a Sustainer.

She then handed the meeting back to Sabrina to introduce more Judicial Candidates.

• Hillary Unger

•Scott Dollinger

•Cheri Thomas

•Gemayal Hayes

•Jason Cox

•Kyle Carter

•Andrew Beall

•Jerry Semineaux


The President then announced the Slate of Officers for the upcoming year.

PresidentSam Alix

Vice President John Cobarruvias

TreasurerTracey Lewis, Ass’t Treasurer, Siromi Wijesinghe Secretary Ann Hammond


Voter Outreach and Candidate Support Chair and Co-Chair,

Nina Johnston and Kim Krist

Community Outreach Kayla Alix

Judicial Outreach Sabrina Lee

Membership Mary Kirasich

Marketing Carla Medlenka

Hospitality Leona Coen

Technology/Website Freddie Bean

Trish Totten made a motion to accept the slate of officers as presented; motion seconded and passed unanimously.

Sabrina continued to introduce the judicial candidates:

•Mike Englehart

•Josh Hill

•Jason Luong

•Diane Curvey

•Joseph Sanchez

•Danny

•Jerrel Rogers?

The President announced there would be no July meeting and that in August the new Police Chief would be speaker at that meeting.She adjourned the meeting at 8:30PM

Ann Hammond,  Secretary




Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

 May 11, 2021, 7:00 PM, via ZOOM

President, Kim Krist, introduced the speaker, Representative Jon Rosenthal.

Rep. Rosenthal spoke about the current Legislative Session in Austin. Here are some of the topics/comments:

•This has been one of the craziest session they he can ever remember.

•Fighting anti-trans bills, abortion bills, voter suppression bills, guns, and education (referencing the no current events teaching and critical race theory) that was discussed at length today.

•The Bill about what our teachers can teach our children…that’s treading into fascist territory now. This scares him the most…their unwillingness to teach real history.

•He noted that Democrats represent 12M Texans…but are a minority in the House and Senate in representation.

•Rep. Rosenthal also spoke about the problems with the Texas Electric Grid, noting that the real problem is electrical generators cannot operate without natural gas suppliers and vice versa….so if either one of those go down they both go down and they need to make them independent.

•He commented on Ike Dyke and that the Federal Government would be the largest funder of the project.

•Has co-authored the Ike Dyke Bill with Dennis Paul - as the only two engineers in the House.

•He spoke briefly about voter fraud and SB 7 – Abbot spent $250K to investigate voter fraud – 16 errors out of 11 million votes – most were address errors and not even voter fraud.You are more likely to be struck by lightning or meteorite than find voter fraud in Texas.

•There is no voter integrity problem in Texas and they’re spending way too much time on the subject.

•HB 6 is SB 7 version.Going to conference committee because there are so many amendments to them.

•Republicans have been leading this process in Texas for over 20 years and they’ve written all the laws on this (voting process) and now they are saying there’s a problem.

•He believes our elections are very secure

•Rep Rosenthal said that the Feds need to put up guardrails against some of the horrible bills that Texas legislators are trying to pass.

•On Medicaid expansion…only one republican voted for it…a decent human being that votes his conscience(from San Antonio)

Rep. Rosenthal had to return to House floor for a vote so we ended our meeting with him.

Kim then had the Judges who were in the ZOOM meeting introduce themselves:

•Barbara Stadler

•Debra Davis

•Jerry Simoneaux

•Shannon Baldwin

•Scot ‘Dolli’ Dollinger

•Tonia Finch

The President announced that the June meeting would be in-person and at a park with a BBQ Food truck there.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:00 PM

Ann Hammond, Secretary


Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club meeting

March 9, 2021, 7:00 PM, via ZOOM

• President, Kim Krist opened meeting. She:

•recognized elected officials in attendance and guest speaker

•discussed topics for upcoming meetings

•talked about the Club’s Covid Memorial Bench at Exploration Green

•discussed Legislative topics and telling membership that information about Bills to support would be sent out in our newsletter

•discussed interested in a panel to study elections results and to submit names if anyone was interested in participating

•introduced the guest speaker, Leslie Evers, from DeKalb County, Georgia

• Ms. Evers talked about how they organized the campaign

•They organized by precincts and by House Districts for Democratic counties

•They created a precinct network

•Volunteers were Key

•They were tenacious and met daily with campaign people

•Trust factor within the community was important

•Having 145 precinct captains on the ground was also Key

•Also having GOTV Committee provided information to the precinct captains because messaging needed to be consistent

•Her group didn’t knock on doors make calls and texts, but both Ossoff and Warnock did that.

•She considered this a Top Down approach for election campaigning

• The President then introduced Sri Kulkarni

•Is now Chief of External Affairs with AmeriCorps in the Biden Administration

•He thought he was really going to win his election, as well as many others, in Texas. And gave percentage points in previous elections where candidates had lost:Obama 16 points, H R Clinton, 9 points, and Biden 5 points.

•Thought the division in the Republican Party helped Dems win in Georgia

•Turned out 90% of Dems in Georgia

•Communication/Relational Programs mobilized voters

•Reach App – pulling networks together; local networks development in neighborhoods and in precincts

•Reminded us not to forget the young people

•Close remarks by speakers

•How we should organize and decide our mission and how we want to carry it out is critical

•When Dems show up, we win and in DeKalb County they don’t show up so they focused on the non-voters (and apparently they voted).

•The President ended meeting with reminders:

•Topics for Texas Legislative Session from members

•Volunteers for the Panel/Task Force for study of election results

•Club listing of House and Senate Bills to support

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM

Ann Hammond, Secretary

Minutes of Bay Area Democratic Movement Club Membership meeting

April 13, 2021, 7:00 PM, via ZOOM

• President opened meeting 7:00 PM

•School Board Candidates were introduced

•Noble Alix, Pasadena ISD

•Jonathan Cottrell, Clear Creek ISD

•Page Rander, Clear Creek ISD

•Introduction of Judges

•Judge Andrew Wright

•Judge Raul Rodriguez

•The judges talked about:

•History of Bail Reform

•Misdemeanors

•Bail schedule

•Consent decree

•How we created a debtors prison system

•Unsecured bond or Personal bond

•Bills in current Legislative Session that impact judicial system

•SB21

•HB2077

•Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM

Ann Hammond, Secretary

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