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                                                                                                    December 7, 2019
Present: Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Bill Lansville, Daman Narula, Lesia Louro, Bev Lowry, Scott Markovich, Mary Ruxlow, Hal Smith, Patrick Torres, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Jeanie Zavala, James Ziemer, Mike Ziemer

1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Kolar. Washington led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed for Jan Soppeland and Catherine Lansville.

2. President’s Opening Remarks: President Kolar thanked members of the club for helping her with her club presidency.
She recommended a celebration in 2020 of the club’s 50th year.

3. Kolar introduce our newest member: Jeanie Zavala.

4. Minutes of October 26, 2019 were approved by Kolar.

5. Treasurer’s Report will be given later in the meeting.

6. Standing Committees:
A. W. Hammond reported on voter’s registration.

7. Updates and Discussions:
A. No City report.
B. County Report: Grant for homeless housing for veterans to be built in Loma Linda.
C. No State Report
D. Impeachment of President Trump update.

8. Old Business: None.

9. New Business: Election of Club Officers for 2020.
A. President–Watson Hammond
B. Vice President―Ann Marie Hammond
C. Secretary–Dale Jensen
D. Treasurer–Eddie U. Garcia
E. Trustees–Claire Ellis, Wally Johnson, Mike Ziemer

10. President Hammond assumed position of Club President
A. Assigned the following club positions:
1. Sergeant-at-Arms―Robert Washington
2. Parliamentarian―Lesia Louro
3. Committee Chairman―Mike Ziemer

11. Garcia gave Treasurer’s Report

$2,027.77 Forwarding Balance
57.00 Raffle
90.00 Membership
20.00 Donation
$2,194.77 Cash on Hand

12. Club Forum.
13. Raffle.
14. Next Meeting: January 25, 2020.
15. Meeting adjourned at 10:16 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen
MDDC Secretary

October 26, 2019

Present: Jen Devore, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carmen Hernandez, Wally Johnson, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Bill Lansville, Roger LaPlante, Lesia Louro, Bev Lowry, Jan Morrow, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

Guest: Chris Bubser*, Charlie Baran*, Marjorie Mefferd, Roy George (candidate County Supervisor, District 3) *new members

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Kolar. Washington led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed for Rep. Elijah Cummings.
  1. President’s Opening Remarks: Introduction of today’s speaker―Chris Bubser and her staff member Charlie Baran. Bubser is the Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District.
  1. Minutes of September 28, 2019, corrected: #8―Kolar instead of Johnson moved to repay the Victorville Democratic Club for 2 missing table decorations from the Citizenship Celebration. Minutes approved by Kolar.
  1. Treasurer’s Report―did not have last month’s report; was given later in the meeting.
  1. Introduction of Guest Speaker: Chris Bubser by Ziemer. Bubser gave some of her personal history and her reasons for running for this Congressional District, emphasizing healthcare issues. Questions for her included gun safety, her possible opponents, jobs, housing, training at college, casino, and downtown development.
  1. Critical Issues―above discussion continues with issues including homelessness, veterans’ issues, and the high-speed train. Nomination of officers for 2020:

–President–Watson Hammond Lowry/Snively

–Vice President―Ann Marie Hammond Johnson/Lansville

–Secretary–Dale Jensen Kolar/Hernandez

–Treasurer–Eddie U. Garcia Snively/Walker

–Trustees–Claire Ellis, Wally Johnson, Mike Ziemer Ziemer/LaPlante

  1. Walker gave a talk on the Vanyume, the Native Americans of the area.
  1. Treasurer’s Report/Club Raffle

September

$1,896.77

22.00 raffle

150.00 donation for banners

$2,068.77

October

$2,068.77

45.00 new/renewed members

64.00 raffle

150.00 late feeecretary of State

$2,027.77

  1. Report on Water Wise―voter registration, violations by Republican registration reported
  1. Next Meeting: December 7, 2019.
  1. Meeting adjourned at 10:54 A.M.

Minutes taken by Wally Johnson in the absence of Dale T. Jensen, MDDC Secretary

September 28, 2019

Present: Eddie U. Garcia, Watson Hammond, Wally Johnson, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Lesia Louro, Mary Ruxlow, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

Guest: Kaisar Ahmed, Maxim Attalla

1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Kolar. Robert Washington led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

2. President’s Opening Remarks: President Trump’s questionable activities and leadership is being brought to light with possible impeachment. Maxim Attalla was given a city proclamation for the Citizenship Day Celebration.

3. Minutes of August 24, 2020, approved by President Kolar.

4. Treasurer’s report approved by President Kolar.

5. Guest speaker: Ziemer introduced Kaisar Ahmed, candidate for County Supervisor, District 3, who spoke about his campaign. He was an educator, became a naturalized citizen, wants labor union jobs for county and better education, and fight sex trafficking.

6. The club will have a voter registration table at Water Wise Festival October 19th at the college. Two banners for voter registration are needed. MOTION: Johnson/Louro to purchase voter a registration banner and a logo banner for $150. Robert Washington will pay for them. Passed unanimously. Rivera will order them.

7. Report on Citizenship Day Celebration by Ziemer. Very successful. Keep it non-political. Next year it will be bigger and better. MOTION: Ziemer/Kolar Congratulations to Elena Rivera on her excellent work on the highly successful annual Citizenship Day Celebration. Passed unanimously

8. Two table decorations were taken. MOTION: Johnson/Louro to replace them. They belonged to the Victorville Democratic Club. Louro and Kolar will donate. Passed unanimously.

9. Club raffle.

10. Next meeting will be October 26, 2019.

11. Meeting adjourned at 10:13 A.M.  Club members went to the Desert Discovery Center for a geology presentation by Wally Johnson.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen
MDDC Secretary

August 24, 2019

Present: Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Hal Smith, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer,

Guests: Margorie Mefferd

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Kolar. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Washington and a moment of silence was observed.

  2. Kolar gave opening remarks. Chris Bubser who is running against Paul Cook for CD 8 will speak at our meeting in October. Kolar approved the minutes of July 27, 2019, after corrections.

  3. Garcia gave the Campaign Disclosure Statement (1-1-19 to 6-30-19) that was submitted to the state:

Beginning balance: $1409.45

Cash receipts: $ 844.00

Ending cash balance $1807.77

Forwarding balance $1807.77

July’s raffle $ 44.00

Today’s raffle $ 45.00

Cash on hand $1896.77

  1. Walker discussed the introduction of slavery in 1619 at Jamestown, Virginian. House of Burgesses started. Women from England came to Jamestown; some sold for £100 tobacco.

  2. M. Ziemer discussed the finalization of plans for New Immigrants Event on September 17th. Tickets are $20 each.

  3. One-Minute Forum

  4. Raffle.

  5. Next meeting: September 28, 2019.

  6. Meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

Respectfully, 

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

July 27, 2019

Present: Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carmen Hernandez, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Jan Morrow, Daman Narula, Mary Ruxlow, Jan Morrow, Robert Washington, James Ziemer, Mike Ziemer

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Kolar. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Washington and a moment of silence was observed.

  2. Kolar approved the minutes of June 22, 2019.

  3. Garcia gave the treasurer’s report:

Beginning balance: $1899.77

July Revenue: $ 44.00

Total: $1943.77

  1. M. Ziemer gave the Activities Committee report on club logo. Chris Muncy from Mammoth will run against Cook for the 8th CD. She will speak to the club in the near future.

  2. W. Hammond reported there is nothing new for the Voter Registration Committee.

  3. City Report:Hernandez gave the city report. New Jack in Box on pad at Walmart. BNSF will place modules on property. Track maps presented to city for new housing on Montaro/Rimrock Road and Lenwood Road. Funding for 1st Avenue Bridge two sections through San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. Southwest Gas wants to cut and cap lines to vacant houses. Street issue meeting August 14 at 5 P.M. City Hall. Hernandez will run for city council in 2020.

  4. County Report: Could invite Elaine Villareal, representative for 1st District Supervisor Rowe, to speak.

  5. State Report: Car manufactures working directly with state on emission standards.

  6. Federal Report: Kolar reported on Trump’s removal of protections for Alaskan wilderness. Robocalls (political and criminal) are getting worse; House of Representative has legislation.

  7. Old/New Business: Logo vote by secret ballot. Winner is #2 without website.

  8. Raffle.

  9. One-Minute Forum

  10. Next meeting: August 24, 2019.

  11. Meeting adjourned at 10:12 A.M.

Respectfully, 

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

June 22, 2019

Present: Claire Ellis, Stevevonna Evans, Eddie U. Garcia, Watson Hammond, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Bev Lowry, Scott Markovich, Hal Smith, Wayne Snively, Eusebio Torres, Patrick Torres, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, James Ziemer, Mike Ziemer

Guests: John Coffey, Ed Will

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Kolar. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence was observed.

  2. Opening remarks by President Kolar. Reminded that some have not paid dues. Introduced the new members: Stevevonna Evans, Eusebio Torres, Patrick Torres, and James Ziemer.

  3. Evans reported on the state convention. Region 9 meeting on June 27th in Palmdale.

  4. M. Ziemer introduced guest speaker Ed Will, Manager of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Barstow Community College. He reviewed the 2019-20 season. Facility can be rented by area groups and individuals.

  5. Lowery announced that Chris Carrillo has withdrawn from the County Supervisor’s race. Money donated by the club to his campaign was returned.

  6. Rivera reported on the 1st Annual Citizenship Day on Sept. 17th. Tickets are $20 each, and 100 tickets will be printed. Dinner and presentation will be at Los Domingos Restaurant. New citizens and contributions by immigrants will be recognized. Evans will make centerpieces. Graceiel Arreola-Munoz, Outreach for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will speak August 2nd from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at the Adult Education Building were ESL classes are taught. Rivera presented club logo that will be voted on at August meeting.

  7. Walker is presenting “Everything Has a History” at the Mojave River Valley Museum Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 A.M.

  8. Kolar approved the minutes of May 25, 2019.

  9. Garcia presented treasurer’s report:

Beginning balance: $1613.77

June Revenue: $ 286.00

Total: $1899.77

  1. Raffle.

  2. Next meeting: July 27, 2019.

  3. Meeting adjourned at 10:05 A.M.

Respectfully, 

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

                                                                                                           May 25, 2019
Present: Aaron Bratton, Claire Ellis, Stevevonna Evans, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carmen Hernandez, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Lesia Louro, Bev Lowry, Elena Rivera, Wayne Snively, Eusebio Torres, Patrick Torres, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, James Ziemer, Mike Ziemer

Guests: Aiden Evans

1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Kolar. Robert Washington led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed, and member Al Foth was remembered.
2. Introduction of guests and new members: Aaron Bratton, Stevevonna Evans, Aiden Evans, Eusebio Torres, Patrick Torres, James Ziemer
3. Kolar approved the minutes of April 27, 2019.
4. Garcia gave the treasurer’s report:
Beginning balance: $1364.77
May Revenue: $ 259.00
Total: $1613.77
5. Reports:
-City: Hernandez reported new businesses opening:Taco Bell and Terrible Herbst. Walmart broke ground on pad for one business. Water company tore up Main Street again. Working on smell from sewer plant. Trash fees going up; organic trash dump needed. Budget will be done at end of June. “Q” Oversight Committee will have quarterly meetings.
-County: Lesia Lauro attended the Central Committee. Carol Robb to resign. No endorsement for Region 9.
-State: Gov. Newson helping to make California financial stable.
-Federal: Nothing new.
6. Old Business―Southern Poverty Law Center membership will not be renewed. Chris Carrillo Meet and Greet will be reschedule because of conflict with Barstow High School graduation. It will be held at the Performing Arts Center at Barstow Community College.
7. New Business:
Voter Registration Committee: W. Hammond will be scheduling venues for registration.
Activities Committee: Rivera reported about Citizenship Day Celebration here in Barstow on September 17, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. $20 a ticket.
8. One-minute forum.
9. Raffle.
10. Next meeting: June 22, 2019.
11. Meeting adjourned at 10:26 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen
MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

March 23, 2019

Present: Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Carmen Hernandez, Ramiro Hernandez, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Bev Lowry, Daman Narula, Elena Rivera, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

Guests: Margie Mefferd

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:05 A.M. by President Kolar. Robert Washington led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed, and member Valerie Wilson was remembered.
  1. Kolar approved the minutes of February 23, 2019.
  1. Garcia gave the treasurer’s report:

      Beginning balance: $1557.77

      Raffle:  $ 33.00

      Total: $1590.77

  1. Reports:

-City: Rivera suggested to look at city council information. Many things happening. Hernadez reported New city manager Niki Salas. Old city manager to retire in July. Taco Bell, Terrible Hearsts returning and Jack in the Box locating in the Walmart Shopping Center. Fallas and Big 5 closed. BNSF intermodular coming. No oversight committee for Barstow. Southwest Gas coming to city hall in April—cutting gas lines for inactive properties. Walker requested an update from the city on the Indian casino.

-County: Club needs a representative for Central Committee

-State: Elena Rivera honored as woman of the year for 33rd Assembly District.

-Federal: Mueller Report finished report

-Barstow Chamber of Commerce reported by River: Barstow Outlet Sign Ribbon Cutting, March 25; Dunkin Doughnuts/Baskin Robbins Grand Opening, April 25, 9 am; Barstow Community College Bwell, April 5, 9 am-6 pm; Drag Queen Bingo—Man about Town, H.D. Phoenix Foundation, April 5; KDUC Chili Cook-Off, Voter Registration, April 6; Taco Night and Games at Rosita’s, April 9; Barstow Community Hospital MS event, April 12, 12 noon; BACC Breakfast Meeting at Los Domingos, April 16, 8 am.

  1. Old Business—none
  2. New Business:

-MOTION: Ziemer/Rivera to endorse Chris Carrillo for County Supervisor, District 3. Passed unanimously.

-Activities Committee organized. Rivera will chair with Ziemer, Johnson and Kolar assisting.

-Social activities vote: 1. Youth Membership Pizza Party, 2. Meet and Greet for Candidates, 3. tied–Picnic at the Park/ Ice Cream Social, Sponsor Citizenship Day, MDDC attend City Council Meeting.

-Kolar announced member A.M. Hammond is Realtor of the Year.

  1. One-minute forum.
  2. Raffle.
  3. Next meeting: April 27.
  4. Meeting adjourned at 10:05 A.M.

Respectfully, 

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

February 23, 2019

Present: Claire Ellis, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Leisa Louro, Bev Lowry, Jan Morrow, Daman Narula, Mary Ruxlow, Tommy Sanders, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

Guests: Chris Carrillo, Mickey Luckman

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Kolar, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.
  1. Kolar went over meeting dates for 2019, presented Elena Rivera’s suggestion for events/activities, introduced guests, and approved the January 26, 2019 minutes.
  1. Guest Chris Carrillo discussed his run for San Bernardino County Supervisor, District 3. He worked for Sen. Feinstein and County Supervisor Ramos. As a civil rights attorney, he will fight for all people. He worked on renewal energy and landowner rights, and Obama’s bill for three new national monuments. Also he is working on recycling water for San Bernardino City rather than sending it to Orange County for recycling, underprivileged students to experience nature in mountains, and is a coach for mock trials.
  2. Major issues: 1. fight for desert, 2. middle class and wage gap, 3. homelessness, 4. Big Bear recycling water for lake, 5. keep Joshua Tree National Park open, 6. work with military.Questions and Answers: 1. Work with county health services with disabled and hospice care, 2. civil rights for area minorities and recognizing Black History Month, 3. rights of vets at Barstow Veterans’ Home, 4. equal housing, 5. fight job discrimination, 5. water rights, 6. Indian casino in Barstow, 7. Barstow Swim Center, 8. Barstow forgotten by county, 9. more housing for area.
  3. MOTION: Lowry/ Kolar–March agenda motion to support Chris Carrillo for District 3 County Supervisor. Passed unanimously.
  4. Raffle.
  5. Meeting adjourned at 10:05 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

January 26, 2019

Present: Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Watson Hammond, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Ruth Musser-Lopez, Bev Lowry, Jan Morrow, Daman Narula, Ed Opsahl, Joan, Opsal, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Cliff Walker, Mike Ziemer

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.
  2. Ziemer approved the minutes of December 1, 2018.
  3. Bev Lowry supports Chris Carrillo for County Supervisor, District 3. She asks for his support.
  4. Membership payment due.
  5. Officers for 2019: President―Jane Kolar

Vice President―Watson Hammond, Jr.

Secretary―Dale T. Jensen

Treasure―Eddie U. Garcia

Sergeant-at-Arms―Robert Washington

Parliamentarian―Claire Ellis

Board of Trustee―Wally Johnson, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

  1. Reports:

–City–Recall effort on Silva by Paul Courtney’s group. Courtney running for mayor. Barstow Crossroads Kiwanis Club taking over Mardi Gras parade.

–County–Water Cadiz project still an issue.

–State–Support for Sen. Kamala Harris for President.

–Federal–Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood strong against Trump on government shutdown.

–Chamber of Commerce– Awards tonight.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Balance Forward: $1409.45

Disbursements $ – 50.00

Donation: $ 157.00

Cash on Hand: $ 1516.45

–Filed end of year report with Secretary of State and County Registrar of Voters

  1. 33rd Assembly District Election Meeting today at 11:00 a.m. in Victorville.
  2. Ruth Musser-Lopez discussed fliers that were not sent out for past campaign. She filed a Brown Act complaint about the selection of county supervisor.
  3. One-minute rounds.
  4. Rivera suggested we invited potential members to a social. She will make a list of activities.
  5. MOTION: Ziemer/Ellis to invite Chris Castillo, candidate for County Supervisor, District 3, to speak at next meeting. Passed unanimously.
  6. Raffle.
  7. Meeting adjourned at 10:05 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

December 1, 2018

Present:  Ramiro Hernandez, Eddie U. Garcia, Anne-Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Daman Narula, Mary Ruxlow, Cliff Walker, Marjorie Mefferal, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer, Claire Ellis, Jane Morrow, John Coffey, Scott Markovich, Hal Smith

The meeting was called to order by President Ziemer at 9:10 a.m. at Los Domingos Restaurant.

He led the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence was observed.

The minutes of the October 27, 2018 meeting were distributed.

NOMINATIONS FOR 2019 OFFICERS:

President

Jane Kolar

Mike Ziemer

 

Vice-President

Watson Hammond

 

Secretary

Dale Jensen

 

Treasurer

Eddie U. Garcia

 

Appointed Officers

Sergeant-at-Arms – Robert Washington

Parliamentarian – Claire Ellis

 

Board of Trustees

Wally Johnson

Robert Washington

Either Jane Kolar or Mike Ziemer

 

REPORTS:

  1. City

Discussion on the results of the election for council members. The races are very close and still being tallied.  Measure Q was passed. There will be a town hall meeting in January regarding the recent shooting on Linda Vista.

  1. County

John Coffey represented Ruth Musser-Lopez and related her gratitude for the club’s support during the election.

  1. Central Committee – no report

Garcia reported that twelve individuals have paid dues and that a donation was made to sponsor new members.

CRITICAL ISSUES:  No critical issues

After the one minute rounds and club raffle, the meeting was adjourned at 9:58 a.m.

Respectfully,

Claire Ellis for Dale T. Jensen

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

October  27, 2018

Present:  Elena Rivera, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Daman Narula, Essie Jackson, Mark Bellnap, Michael Ziemer, Ramiro Hernandez, Claire Ellis, Jane Kolar, Robert Washington, Marta Montaluo, Carmen Hernendez, Wally Johnson, Mary Ruxlow, Ruth Musser-Lopez, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Eddie U. Garcia, Beverly Lowry

The meeting was called to order by President Ziemer at 9:00 a.m. at Los Domingos Restaurant.

He led the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence was observed.

The minutes of the September 22, 2018 meeting were approved.

SPEAKER:  Bev Lowry spoke about her 33 years as a member of the Mojave Water Board, eight terms in office and eight times as chair.   She said that you know when you are a member of a board that you have to get along with both Republicans and Democrats. In order to get the money for the pipeline she had to work for it, making numerous trips to Washington D. C. and lobbying.  She completed 47 years of public service and was one of the founders of this club. She was the president in 1976.

REPORTS:

City:  Council Member Carmen Hernandez spoke about Measure Q, the First Street Bridge which will be handled by the SB Transit Authority, and the City budget.

State:  Ruth Musser-Lopez spoke about the Senate race.

Central Committee:  Eddie U. Garcia said the regular meeting was cancelled but they had a special meeting to endorse candidates.

Chamber of Commerce:  Elena Rivera is now President of the board of directors of the Chamber and she reported that nominations are now open for recognition awards.  Nominations can be made on line at www.barstowchamber.com.

MOTION:  Snively/Bellnap to donate $100.00 to Ruth Musser-Lopez’s campaign. Passed unanimously.

MOTION: Rivera/Johnson to donate $50.00 to the BCC Lights of Learning and $50.00 to PAL to support Christmas, Cops, and Kids.  Passed unanimously with three abstentions.

Garcia reported that we now have $1348.50 in the treasury and that he completed all reports to the state.

CRITICAL ISSUES:  Watson Hammond reported on the Water Wise Festival at BCC.  He registered over 30 people. So far, he has registered 55 people

After the one minute rounds and club raffle, the meeting was adjourned at 10:23 a.m.

Respectfully,

Claire Ellis

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My sincere appreciation to Claire for taking minutes in my absence.  Dale T. Jensen

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

September 22, 2018

Present: Claire Ellis, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carmen Hernandez, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Bev Lowry, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Wayne Snively, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

Guests: Billie Braun. Paul Courtney, and numerous members of the community.

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.
  2. Bev Lowry gave a history of her 33 years of public service and was honored.
  3. Claire Ellis introduced the forum topic―Measure Q. Elena Rivera introduced Billie Braun (pro), Paul Courtney (con), Claire Ellis (moderator).

–Braun–supports Measure Q, long history in Barstow, wants to keep local control of fire and police departments, recognized past misuse of funds, personal story of fire department and paramedics saving her mother-in-law’s life.

–Courtney–opposes Measure Q, born and raised in Barstow, business owner, former member of fire department board, questioned fire department’s endorsement of two council members, concerned about mismanagement of city funds.

–Ziemer read questions submitted by audience. Information presented:

    • 1% tax on item on service purchased in Barstow.
    • Concern about vehicle purchases in city.
    • City management of funds questioned.
    • Homeowners $150 (3%) increase by county on homeowners property taxes if Q fails.
    • Public safety questioned.
    • City will have to adopt a budget and have a five-year plan. City must plan ahead for passage of Q.
    • $4.5 million current fire department budget
    • Oversight committee questioned by Courtney.
    • Question on how Measure Q would be divided up.
  1. Remainder of agenda for today suspended.
  2. Meeting adjourned at 9:56 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

August 25, 2018

Present: Mark Bellnap, Eddie U. Garcia, Watson Hammond, Wally Johnson, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Bev Lowry, Ruth Musser-Lopez, Daman Narula, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Valerie Wilson, Mike Ziemer

  1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.
  1. Report on Voter Registration at Barstow Community College. 15 registered and forms handed out. No voter registration on September 19 at BCC’s Constitution Day. Instead Jensen, who will represent the club, will give a speech on the importance of voting. Voter registration at Water Wise Festival October 20.
  1. Ziemer approved minutes of July 28, 2018.
  1. MOTION: W. Snively/Kolar to renew $100 membership in the Southern Poverty Law Center. Passed unanimously.
  1. Reports:
  1. Central Committee―no report
  2. City―District 1 & 2 will vote for City Council in November. Rivera gave information on candidates. Measure Q 1% raise in sales tax to support fire and police. Possible speakers on issue next speaker. Rivera will organizethe forum.
  3. State―Ruth Musser-Lopez gave update on her campaign for California State Senate District 16. Musser-Lopez working on videos for campaign. Club will put up signs.
  4. Federal―Bellnap questioned House seats up and what is being done.
  5. Chamber of Commerce–Upcoming Neighborhood Watch August 29, Rodeo Kick Off September 6, Friday Market at EC September 6, MCLB Rodeo September7 & 8, Barstow Military Affairs Committee September 11, Chamber Breakfast Forum September 18, Tourism Committee Mixer September 20, Economic Development Meeting September 26, Barstow Water Wise Festival October 20.

6. MOTION: Kolar/Snively to have speakers meeting, Rivera to organize, Club will pay for speakers’ breakfast. Passed unaimously.

7. MOTION: Johnson/Bellnap to give Ruth Musser-Lopez $200 for her campaign. Passed unanimously.

8. Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Balance Forward: $1632.50

Disbursements -$ 300.00

Donation: $ 56.00

Cash on Hand: $ 1388.50

9. Club forum.

10. Club Raffle.

11. Next meeting will be September 22, 2018.

12. Meeting adjourned at 10:24 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

July 28, 2018

Present: Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Eddie U. Garcia, Watson Hammond, Wayne Snively, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

 1. The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:02 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

2. Ziemer approved minutes of June 23, 2018.

3. Reports:

  • Central Committee―no report

  • City―District 1 & 2 will vote for City Council in November.

  • State―The state Democratic Party endorsed Kevin DeLeon over incumbent Diane Feinstein

  • Federal―Trump Administration is in chaos.

4. Voter Registration at Barstow Community College in August.

5. Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Balance Forward: $1465.38

Donation: $ 225.00

Raffle : $ 15.00

Cash on Hand: $ 1705.08

6. Club forum.

7. Club Raffle.

8. Next meeting will be August 25, 2018.

9. Meeting adjourned at 9:46 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

June 23, 2018

Present: Socorro Cisneros, Eddie U. Garcia, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen,  Wally Johnson, Watson Hammond, Ruth Musser-Lopez, Mary Ruxlow, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Denise Wells, Mike Ziemer

Guests: Fernando Hernandez, Marjorie Mefferd

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of May 26, 2018. Jensen thanked Claire Elis for taking minutes for March meeting.

Introductions.

Reports:

  • Central Committee–Thursday potluck meeting.
  • City―Mayor met with Trump. Support a Democrat for mayor.
  • State―SB 54 Sanctuary Cities―Focus on constitutional rights rather than racial profiling
  • Federal―We support the Democratic Party resolution against Trump’s administration and policy.

MOTION: Johnson/Ruxlow We support the resolution before the Democratic Party

Resolution #9668515. Passed unanimously.

Musser-Lopez presented and argued for the New Mountain-Desert Region made up from splitting Regions 9 and 19. Dependent on Eboard Committee vote.

MOTION: Musser-Lopez/Ruxlow Take New Mountain-Desert Region off the table. Passed unanimously.

MOTION: Wells/Johnson to support resolution #9659787 New Mountain-Desert Region. Passed unanimously.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Balance Forward: $1412.38

Revenue: $ 53.00 (Raffle and dues)

Cash on Hand $1,465.38

Donations were made in May meeting―two $250 donations for a total of $500.

Plans for midterm election. Facebook postings, appeal to the Latina vote, fund raisers, and voter registrations.

Club forum.

Club Raffle.

Next meeting will be July 28, 2018.

Meeting adjourned at 10:43 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

May 26, 2018

Present: Mark Bellnap, Michael Ziemer, Ramiro Hernandez, Claire Ellis, Jane Kolar, Wally Johnson, Mary Ruxlow, Scott Markovich, Ruth Musser-Lopez, Wayne Snively, Eddie U. Garcia, Beverly Lowry

The meeting was called to order by President Ziemer at 9:00 a.m. at Los Domingos Restaurant.

He led the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence was observed.

The minutes of the April 28, 2018 meeting were approved.

After discussion, the changes to Article 6, Section 2 of the bylaws was unanimously approved.

It was moved by Snively and seconded by Lowry to endorse Ruth Musser-Lopez for the office of State Senate. Approved unanimously.

Bellnap explained the revised resolution on the regional redistribution for Region 9. He explained that the committee had voted not to accept it, but would bring it forward for the members to discuss and vote. Ziemer said he would like it more fully explained, and Lowry suggested that it could be brought back for discussion in the future. The motion was made to table this resolution. The motion passed 11-1.

Markovich reported on the Central Committee.

Ziemer reported that Districts 1 & 2 in Barstow will have new council members, and that July 16 – August 10 is the filing window.

Markovich discussed the surplus funds at the State level.

Lowry discussed water issues and would like to be put on the agenda in July to provide further information on this topic.

Garcia reported that we collected $45.00 in dues, $20.00 donation, and $32.00 from the raffle and we now have $1912.38 in the treasury.

It was moved by Bellnap and seconded by Snively to donate $250.00 to Markovich’s campaign.

This was unanimously approved, with Markovich abstaining. Discussion ensued as to whether to give equal amounts to all the candidates the club has endorsed. Instead, it was moved by Snively and seconded by Bellnap to donate $250.00 to Muller-Lopez’s campaign. Six members voted to approve this and the rest abstained .

Kolar spoke about the recent visit of the Mayor to Washington D.C. and asked if the club intended to respond. Discussion ensued and no consensus was reached.

After the one minute rounds and club raffle, the meeting was adjourned at 10:18 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

I thank Claire Ellis for taking minutes in my absence.

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

April 28, 2018

Present: Mark Bellnap, Dale Jensen, Eddie U. Garcia, Wally Johnson, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Ruth Musser-Lopez, Mary Ruxlow, Wayne Snively, Mike Ziemer

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:03 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of March 24, 2018. Jensen thanked Johnson for taking minutes for March meeting.

Committee Report:

  • Bellnap reported that club bylaws need minor revision on endorsement of candidates. Endorsement committee not formed.

Musser-Lopez joined the club and discussed her campaign for California State Senate, District 16. Opposes Cadiz water heist. Supports local water rights. Region 9 needs to be reformed.

Reports:

  • Central Committee chartered our club. State Democratic Party ordered Westwood to remain in charge for 30 days.
  • A. Hammond reported on homeless being bused to Barstow. She is concerned about cleanliness of Downtown and local racial tension. Garcia reported on San Manuel Tribe purchasing building for health clinic.
  • Federal clean water act changed; dumping allowed in water that does not flow to the ocean. Mining cleanup needed. Mining and drilling allowed on national park land.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Balance Forward: $1778.38

Revenue: $ 37.00 (Raffle $22.00, Dues $15.00)

Cash on Hand $1815.38

W. Snively volunteered to call members about meetings.

Club Raffle.

Next meeting will be May 26, 2018.

Meeting adjourned at 10:13 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

MOJAVE DESERT DEMOCRATIC CLUB

March 24, 2018

Present: T. Arbanas, E. Garcia, I. Gwin, A. Hammond, W. Hammond, W. Johnson

D. Narula, M. Ruxlow, C. Walker, R. Washington, M. Ziemer

Guest: M. Mefferd

Guest Speakers: Dr. Rita Ramirez

Ms. Denise Wells

The meeting at Los Domingo’s was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance and called for a moment of silence for the “March for Our Lives” participants, Jesse Riley, and Dale Jensen.

President Ziemer approved minutes of February 24, 2018.

President approved the agenda.

There were no committee reports.

President Ziemer gave the Central Committee report in which he stated that the Club is to follow state endorsements and the status of candidates’ fillings.

There was no City report.

President Ziemer gave a report on the state convention as to whom the State endorses for school superintendent, Congressional District 8, and the fiscal status of the retirement system.

Mr. W. Hammond gave a report on the endorsements at the Federal level.

Members discussed the need for a membership drive and various proposals were discussed.

Ms. A. Hammond moved that the club endorse M. Doyle, which was seconded by I. Gwin, and was carried by a voice vote.

Ms. A. Hammond moved that the Club pay its Barstow Chamber of Commerce dues of $100.00, seconded by Mr. C. Walker. The motion was carries by voice vote.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Rita Ramirez, candidate for the Congressional District 8, spoke about the need to maintain Medicare and Social Security, to subsidize housing, to promote public education, to celebrate diversity, and to bring a casino to Barstow.

Guest Speaker: Ms. Denise Wells, Chairperson of Victor Valley Democratic Club, spoke about the Desert Mountain Coalition and the events and networking within the Coalition which includes a speaker pool, candidate forums, and membership drives.

Mr. Garcia gave a report on the State-Senate Evaluation of Agriculture and Food score, with a less-than-favorable score on our representation.

There was a One-Minute Forum.

The Treasurer’s Report is as follows:

Balance Forward: $1,790.38

Dues/Raffle 88.00

Disburse-Chamber 100.00

Cash-on-hand 1,778.38

There was a Club Raffle.

Next meeting: be April 28, 2018.

Adjourned at 10:08 a.m.

Respectfully,

Ernst (Wally) Johnson

MDDC Trustee

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

February 24, 2018

Present: Claire Ellis, Dale Jensen, Eddie U. Garcia, Ramiro Hernandez, Jane Kolar, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Hal Smith, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of January 27, 2018. Reminded us to pay 2018 dues.

Ziemer appointed Robert Washington as Sargent at Arms and Claire Ellis as Parliamentarian.

Reports:

  • No Central Committee meeting this month.
  • City of Barstow is dividing into two districts for city election.
  • Markovich reported that Democrats have lost super majority in both State Senate and State Assembly.
  • Students are influencing Federal issues regarding gun control and future elections.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

  • Balance Forward: $1790.38
  • Revenue:               $85.00 (Raffle $40.00, Dues $45.00)
  • Cash on Hand         $1875.38

One Minute Forum.

Club Raffle.

Next meeting will be March 24, 2018.

Meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

January 27, 2018

Present: Mark Bellnap, Ann Marie, Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carmen Hernandez, Ira Gwin, Dale Jensen, Daman Narula, Mary Ruxlow, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

Guest: Sandra Perea, Alan Duitsman, Deborah Dunaway, Marge Doyle, Joe Orawczyk, Charles Wharmby, Andy Mayo

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of December 2, 2017. Reminded us to pay 2018 dues.

Guest Speakers:

Marge Doyle, Democratic Candidate for Congressional District 8

Dale Jensen spoke for Ruth Musser Lopez, Democratic Candidate for State Senate District 16

Bellnap reported on Central Committee.

MOTION: Bellnap/W. Snively To pay for rechartering Passed unanimously.

MOTION: Jensen/ W. Hammond To donate $200 to the Inland Immigrant Youth Collective. Passed unanimously.

Walker praised Ruben Arredondo who passed in December. Ruben’s sister Paula was Barstow’s first female police officer. Her daughter will speak to the Mojave Desert Valley Museum. Walker suggested fundraiser at his hot springs.

Joe Orawczyk has been banned from Paul Cook’s Congressional webpage discussion. ACLU notified. Created a Facebook page called Paul Cook Banned Me from His Facebook Page.

Club Officers for 2018 voted in by acclamation:

President: Mike Ziemer

Vice President: Ira Gwin

Secretary: Dale Jensen

Treasurer: Eddie U. Garcia

City Council Member Hernandez discussed remapping of city districts, which will affect elections in November. Control of local Fire District undecided.

Garcia absent. No treasurer’s report.

Raffle postponed.

Next meeting will be February 24, 2018.

Meeting adjourned at 10:03 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

December 2, 2017

Present: Tom Arbanas, Mark Bellnap, Eddie U. Garcia, Watson Hammond, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, William Lansville, Leisa Louro, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Mary Ruxlow, Hal Smith, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Mike Ziemer

Guest: Ed O’Brien

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of October 28, 2017.

Ziemer approved the agenda with change of next meeting to January 27, 2018.

Bellnap reported on the Bylaws Committee. Garcia will take our Bylaws to the Central Committee when he pays our charter dues.

Bellnap reported on the Activities Committee. He organized members to call against the GOP Tax reform bill.

Hammond reported on the Voter Registration Committee. Nine people have been registered. Concerned about the apathy.

Narula brought up the issue of voting on Measure J. He does not live in the city as reason for his abstention.

MOTION: Bellnap/Garcia that the election for 2018 officers be set by the Executive Board for the January 27th club meeting at Los Domingos. Passed unanimously.

Nomination of Officers:

President: Mike Ziemer

Vice President: open

Secretary: Dale Jensen

Treasurer: Eddie U. Garcia

Trustees: Scott Markovich, Watson Hammond, Wally Johnson

Candidates seeking endorsements:

Ed O’Brien, San Bernardino County District Attorney

Scott Markovich, State Assembly, 33rd District

MOTION: Bellnap/W. Snively to endorse Scott Markovich for State Assembly, 33rd District. Passed unanimously.

MOTION: Bellnap/Smith to endorse Ed O’Brien for San Bernardino County District Attorney. Passed unanimously.

Garcia submitted treasurer’s report:

Balance Forward $1502.38

Revenue             $ 292.00

Total                  $1794.38

Reminder to pay 2018 dues.

Forum

Raffle

Next meeting will be January 27, 2018.

Meeting adjourned at 10:32 A.M

Respectfully

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

October 28, 2017

Present: Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Carmen Hernandez, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Hal Smith, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington

Guests: Margerie Mefferd, Jamie Williams

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:05 a.m. by Vice President Rivera, who asked Washington to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Rivera approved minutes of September 23, 2017.

Rivera approved the agenda.

Guest speaker Jamie Williams, Barstow Fire Chief, spoke about Measure J that would raise Barstow sales tax from 7 ¾ to 8 ¼ cents. Election on November 7.

Bellnap reported on Bylaws Committee proposals.

MOTION 1 Bylaws Committee: That Article VIII, Section 4 of the DMMC Bylaws will be amended to insert the word “board” between the words “of” and “members.” passed unanimously

MOTION 2 Bylaws Committee: Article VI Section 3 of the MDDC Bylaws will be deleted. Section 4 now will be renumbered to Section 3 and Section 5 be renumbered to Section 4. passed unanimously

MOTION 3 Bylaws Committee: The MDDC endorses Measure J which increases the total local Barstow sales tax rate from 7.75% to 8.25%.

11 yes, 1 no, 1 abstention passed

MOTION 4 Bylaws Committee: The MDDC opposes Measure J which increases the total local Barstow sales tax rate from 7.75% to 8.25%. no vote

Rivera presented information on Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce membership, Boys and Girls Club celebration, BCC Lights of Learning, Police Activities League Toys for Tots, Jimmy Carter Foundation, and Southern Poverty Law Center.

MOTION: Bellnap/Snively to donate $25.00 to BCC Lights of Learning. Passed unanimously

Requests for endorsements at December 2nd meeting: Scott Markovich, Ed O’Brien, and Nehemiah Jackson.

Garcia submitted treasurer’s report:

Balance Forward $1455.38

Revenue $ 47.00

Total $1502.38

Raffle.

Next meeting will be December 2, 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 10:22 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

September 23, 2017

Present: Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, William Lansville, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Elena Rivera, Hal Smith, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of August 26, 2017.

No report from Bylaws Committee.

Activities Committee working on immigration or Measure J (fire department sales tax) topics for next month’s meeting.

Voter Registration Committee reported on Walmart registration. One person registered.

Bellnap handed out phone numbers to call Senators and Congressmen to defeat Cassidey-Graham Health Care Bill.

No city report.

Barstow Chamber of Commerce reported by Rivera: Neighborood Watch Captains’ meeting Sept 27, 6 p.m. Tony’s Buffet; Military Affairs Mixer Oct. 4, Marine Base; Saturday Night Cruisers Car Show Street Fair, Main St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct 14.; Mardi Gras Parade on Main St., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.; Troops and Trains at Harvey House, Nov 8, 6-9 p.m.

Bellnap report on the Lions Club’s Kids Sight program. 432 students screened and 98 identified with vision problems.

Ziemer reported on county. AB1000 died in committee. County national monuments will not be affected.

Scott Markovich requested endorsement from club. Motion will be made at December 2nd meeting.

No state or federal reports.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Balance $1436.38

Revenue $ 44.00

Total $1480.38

Club forum.

Raffle.

Next meeting will be October 28, 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 9:53 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

August 26, 2017

Present: Tom Arbanas, Mark Bellnap, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, David Lamfrom, William Lansville, Lesia Louro, Scott Markovich, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Hal Smith, Wayne Snively, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of July 22, 2017.

MOTION: Kolar/Bellnap to donate $50.00 to the California Democratic Council to support the internet server for our club website. Passed unanimously.

Bellnap presented information on Lions Club vision testing in the local schools. He also organized a voter registration at Walmart on September 16th. There will also be a registration on September 30th through Pastor Randolph’s group.

MOTION: Snively/Ruxlow to donate $30 to subscribe to the Lions Club flag registration. Passed unanimously. Reyes will make a personal donation to cover the cost.

Guest Spearker: David Lamfrom from National Parks Conservation Association

  • Good news–Cadiz Project, AS Bill 1000 has been introduced in the State Assembly to save the water. Labor against legislation. Working with Senator Feinstein. Requested members to contact Assemblyman Olbernolte and State Senator Fuller to oppose the water removal.
  • Bad news– Congressman Cook’s op/ed in the Daily Press outlined reduction of Mojave Trails National Monument by 500,000 acres and cut Castle Mountain National Monument by half. Cook supports Cadiz water project and gold mining in Cast Mountain. Wanted two club members to write letters in response to Cook.

Guest Speaker: Lesia Louro, representative for SEIU local #2015

  • Local union has 325 members The union fights for minimum wage of $15 per hour, healthcare benefits, immigration rights, racial justice, and climate change prevention. Invited all to union picnic in Victorville on Saturday, September 2nd at Center Street Park.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Balance $1284.02

Revenue $ 181.00

Subtotal $1465.02

Expenses –$ 33.69

Total $1431.33

Raffle

Next meeting will be September 23, 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 10:28 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

July 22, 2017

Present: Tom Arbanas, Mark Bellnap, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Scott Markovich, Damen Naruda, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Mike Ziemer

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of June 24, 2017.

Bellnap presented information on Roberts Rules of Order, endorsements, and bylaws.

BYLAWS COMMITTEE REPORT

MOTION 1: Cadiz endorsement motion approved by Bylaw Committee. Club approved unanimously.

MOTION 2: Bylaw changes recommended by Bylaw Committee: Article I changed from “functions” to “purposes.” Club approved unanimously.

MOTION 3: Bylaws change on new membership voting recommended by Bylaw Committee Article II, Section 2A (amended motion Garcia/Rivera: new members allowed to vote at next meeting. Approved 14 yes 2 no.). Approved by club, 14 yes, 2 no.

MOTION 4: Snively/ A. Hammond to amend quorum from 50% to 20%. Passed unanimously. Change by Bylaw Committee on Section 5, Article VI passed unanimously by club.

MOTION 5: Bylaw Committee proposed change numbering Article VIII to IX. Club approved unanimously.

ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE:

Ongoing. Planning August meeting.

REGISTRATION COMMITTTEE:

Ongoing. Will participate with National Day of Registration in September and Route 66 Festival in October.. W. Hammond and Rivera will continue with area registration as well as one-on-one registration.

CITY:

Paving of Upper Section 7. Meeting August 9 at Council Chambers. Grand opening of Super Walmart, Tractor Supply Co., Barstow Chamber and Kiwanis Club picnic tonight at Fogalsong Park.

SCHOOLS:

Suicide prevention needed. Lions Club will have vision screening for children 6 months to 6 years.

COUNTY:

Received 5% ramp down by Mojave Area Water Master. Central Committee has organization problems.

MOTION: Snively/W. Hammon for Rivera to draft a letter to the Central Committee expressing displeasure of how the committee is being conducted and disregarding parliamentary procedures. Passed unanimously

STATE: Markovich stated single payer insurance has support by many organizations and unions in California.

FEDERAL: No report.

Garcia’s treasurer’s report:

Balance $1204.02

Revenue $ 80.00

Total Revenue $1284.02

No new business

Club Forum

Raffle

Next meeting will be August 26, 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 10:22 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

June 24, 2017

Present: Tom Arbanas, Claire Elliis, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Carmen Hernadez, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Scott Markovich, Damen Naruda, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Wayne Snively, Robert Washington, Mike Ziemer

Guests: Charles Wharmby, Vinnie Williams, Destiny Ellis, Melanie McManus

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of May 27, 2017.

Claire Ellis gave a PowerPoint presentation on the history of American education. A panel consisting of Jane Kolar, Scott Markovich, and Vinnie William presented information on school vouchers and the move by the Trump administration to shift public tax money to private schools.

Garcia’s treasurer’s report:

Balance $1119.02

Drawing $ 85.00 May and June

Subtotal $1204.02

Raffle

Next meeting will be July 22, 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 10:07 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

May 27, 2017

Present: Mark Bellnap, Eddie U. Garcia, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Damen Naruda, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Valerie Wilson, Mike Ziemer

Guest: Margerie Mefferd

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Ziemer approved minutes of April 22, 2017.

Bellnap presented bylaw additions and resolution information.

MOTION: Snively/Rivera –“Protect Our National Monuments.” Passed unanimously.

MOTION BY BYLAW COMMITTEE: “SECTION 3: RESOLUTIONS, POLICY ENDORSEMENT, AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE.” Passed unanimously.

MOTION: Rivera/Snively “Endorse the Cadiz letter as written.” Passed unanimously.

MOTION: C. Jensen, Kolar–”Send above two resolutions to The San Bernardino County Democratic Party Central Committee.” Passed unanimously.

Kolar reported on the Activities Committee. The June meeting will focus on education.

Young Democrats Club at the college discussed. More information needed.

Voter registration strategies discussed.

City report: Discussion on half cent tax to keep city fire department rather than changing to county which would assessment of $150 per parcel.

No school report.

County report: Water master approved ramp down to 40%. Central Committee: 5 resolutions (mail in ballots, against anything Trump, homeowners association, Russian investigation public, oppose gas tax).

No state report.

Federal report: Walker discussed Veteran Homes. Requested a local representative to speak to group.

Chamber of Commerce Report: Breakfast, June 20 Comfort Suite Hotel. Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings: Walmart, Fallas Clothing, Dickies BBQ,

Garcia’s treasurer’s report:

Balance $1210.02

Drawing $ 35.00

Subtotal $1245.02

Expenses $ 126.00

Ending balance $1119.02

Club Forum

Raffle

Next meeting will be June 24, 2017.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

April 22, 2017

Present: Tom Arbanas, Mark Bellnap, Ira Gwin, Carmen Hernandez, Ramiro Hernandez, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Damen Naruda, Cliff Walker, Denise Wells, Mike Ziemer

Guest Speaker: David Lamfrom, Director: California Desert and Wildlife Programs

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:01 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observ

Ziemer approved minutes of March 25, 2017.

Kolar introduced guest speaker David Lamfrom. Presentation on local environmental issues. Worked with Obama Administration to help create new national monuments. Worked to defeat huge solar projects that would be detrimental to desert environment. Advocated for desert as a lobbyist and community activist. Worked with Senator Feinstein and less with Congressman Cook. Antiquities Act probably will not be rescinded by Trump Administration. Congress must have state support to change designated areas. Fighting for defeat of removing water from the desert through the Cadiz project. Trump supports Cadiz project as does Cook. Supervisors Ramos and Lovingood have not taken a position. Kolar will be contact person for information from Lamfrom. Interest shown in desert excursions.

The San Bernardino County Democratic Party Central Committee meeting will be held on  Thursday, April 27th.7:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) ALFW (Another Level for Women) Unity Center 11555 Cortez Ave., Adelanto, CA 92301   This meeting is in memory of John Putko.

Walker spoke about the lack of volunteers for clubs and organizations. Young people are not engaged in working to benefit the community. Open to suggestions.

Raffle.

Next meeting will be May 27, 2017.

Combined November / December meeting will be Saturday, December 2.

Ziemer adjourned the meeting at 10:17 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

March 25, 2017

Present: Tom Arbanas, Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Jim Lytle, Pam Lytle, Scott Markovich, Mary Ruxlow, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively,

A. M. Hammond, W. Hammond, Hal Smith, Mike Ziemer

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

President Ziemer presented the agenda.

Ziemer reported on the nine-club high desert Democratic meeting. They discussed Young Democrats formation, speakers bureau, website creation, rally for high desert, and candidate development.

Minutes of February 25, 2017, were presented by Jensen and approved by Ziemer.

Reports:

  • W. Hammond gave voter registration report. About 30 people registered. Will check with Walmart for future date.
  • Bellnap reported on the Bylaws Committee. Presented changes
  • MOTION: 1 The Bylaws Committee recommends that the proposed change dealing with individual club members submitting proposed changes to the Bylaws be approved. This will be placed immediately after ARTICLE III, SECTION 3, b, 2. Approve unanimously.
  • MOTION: 2 The Bylaws Committee recommends that the proposed exhibits be approved. These exhibits will immediately follow ARTICLE VIII, SECTION 2 of the Bylaws.  Passed unanimously.
  • Ellis presented a selection of speaker programs. Club made preferences and turned into Ellis.
  • Bellnap presented possible activities.
  • Kolar will stay after meeting for activities suggestions. Suggested contacting Rep. Cook. Focus on one topic.
  • Ziemer announced Rim of the World protest on April 2 against Nestle’s water seizure.
  • No city report
  • No school report
  • Garcia reported on the Central Committee. Resolutions on immigrants and Dakota pipeline created.
  • No state report.
  • No federal report.
  • W. Hammond reported on Barstow Chamber of Commerce. Handed out Mojave Monuments Adventure Kit and discussed upcoming events.

MOTION: Kolar/ W. Hammond to renew Barstow Chamber of Commerce membership. Passed unanimously.

Ziemer announced Rim of the World protest on April 2 against Nestle’s water privilege.

Garcia presented treasurer’s report:

Beginning Balance $840.02.

Revenue $ 64.00

$904.02

Expenses $100.00

Total $804.02

Club forum

Raffle

Next meeting will be April 22, 2017.

Ziemer adjourned the meeting at 10:20 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

February 25, 2017

Present: Tom Arbanas, Mark Bellnap, Michaelle Cambron, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Carmen Hernandez, Ramiro Hernandez, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Jim Lytle, Pam Lytle, Scott Markovich, Mary Ruxlow, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, W. Hammond, Mike Ziemer

Guests: Margerie Mefferd, Hal Smith,

President Ziemer presented the agenda and stated he would email it out to the club members before the meeting.

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Minutes of January, 28, 2017, were presented by Jensen and approved by Ziemer.

Reports:

  • W. Hammond gave voter registration report. Very little interest in voting. About 30 people registered.
  • Carmen Hernandez reported on the city. Local control of fire district funding is a problem. Half cent sale tax measure proposed. Parcel charge a possibility. First Street Bridge replacement is aligned. Super Walmart on track.
  • No school report.
  • No Barstow Chamber of Commerce report.
  • Linda and Wayne Snively present 372 signatures to Mojave Water Agency for 5% rampdown in the Newberry Springs area.
  • Scott Markovich is running for State Assembly District 33.
  • No federal report. Women’s March in Victorville on March 5th.

New Business: Bellnap presented proposed changes to the club bylaws to add Activity Committee.

MOTION by bylaws committee to a add and correct changes to proposed Activity Committee. Passed unanimously. Ziemer called for volunteers. Assigned Bellnap, Ellis, Kolar, and Hammond.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Beginning Balance    $490.67

Revenue                  $396.45

$860.12

Expenses                $ 20.10

Total                        $840.02

Club Forum

Ramiro Hernandez will pay the Southern Poverty Law Center membership dues for the club..

Raffle

Next meeting will be March 25, 2017.

Ziemer adjourned the meeting at 10:20 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

January 28, 2017

Present: Tom Arbana, Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Carmen Hernandez, Ramiro Hernandez, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Bev Lowry, Jim Lytle, Pam Lytle, Daman Narula, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Denise Wells, Mike Ziemer

Guests: Ben Martinez, Elizabeth Martinez, Al Ramos

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Mark Bellnap reported on Republicans’ plans for Social Security, tax brackets, tariffs on imports, and Medicare vouchers.

Minutes of December 3, 2016, were presented by Jensen and approved by Ziemer.

Reports:

  • No voter registration report. Delayed until Watson Hammond is in attendance.
  • Carmen Hernandez reported on the city. First Street Bridge is being replaced. SANBAG is helping city with financing. Route 66 Memorial signage is being put up. Fire district meeting in February.
  • No school report.
  • No Barstow Chamber of Commerce report.
  • Bev Lowry reported on local county meeting. Workers’ comp payment problems from December 2015 terrorist attack. Colony development corruption case in court.
  • Denise Wells reported on Central Committee. Discussions on Trump demonstrations, selection of 20 men and 20 women delegates for state convention (she is one of them), and honoring Victorville’s former president.
  • No state report.
  • No federal report, but discussion on the failure of the Electoral College. Ramiro Hernandez attended Trump Inauguration because of his employment. Discussion on Women’s March.

Claire Ellis collected raffle money and Ramiro Hernandez collected membership dues.

Ziemer appointed Robert Washington as Sergeant-at-Arms and Wayne Snively as Parliamentarian.

Treasurer Garcia absent. Jensen gave treasurer’s report:

Beginning Balance as of 1/1/17 $413.67

Expenses $ 50.00

$363.67

Revenue today

Raffle $ 42.00

Club dues $ 75.00

Donation $ 10.00

Total $490.67

Club Forum

Raffle

Next meeting will be February 25, 2017.

Ziemer adjourned the meeting at 10:26 A.M.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

December 3, 2016

Present: Tom Arbana, Mark Bellnap, Eddie U. Garcia, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jim Lytle, Pam Lytle, Scott Markovich, James Moy, Daman Narula, Elena Rivera, Barbara Rose, Mary Ruxlow, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Mike Ziemer

The meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Rivera, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed. The passing of club member Laura Ziemer was recognized.

Minutes of October 22, 2016, were presented by Jensen and approved by Rivera.

Rivera requested renewal of membership for 2017. Dues were paid to Treasurer Garcia.

Club Forum

New members W. Johnson, J. Lytle, and P. Lytle introduced themselves.

Garcia reported on the closing of the election headquarters at Mercado Mall. All bills paid. Southern California Edison will refund a $300 deposit.

Nominations for 2017 MDDC Officers:

Treasurer: Eddie U. Garcia, accepted

Secretary: Dale Jensen, accepted

Vice President: Elena Rivera, accepted

Mike Ziemer, withdrew

President: Mike Ziemer, accepted

Barbara Rose, declined

Trustees: Watson Hammond, accepted; Scott Markovich, accepted: Barbara Rose, accepted.

Positions of Parliamentarian and Sergeant-at-Arms will be assigned by the new President.

MOTION: Bellnap/ W. Snively to accept 2017 nominations of MDDC officers by acclamation. Passed unanimously

President’s Reports

City: No report. Area school reports will become part of city report beginning in January.

County: No report.

State: Markovich discussed unfair funding for California students depending on size of districts.

Federal: Election results discussed during Club Forum.

New Business:

Area school reports to be included in city report.

Barstow Chamber of Commerce report:

Meeting to install Chamber officers on Dec 20 at Los Domingos.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Beginning Balance $139.84

Expenses $ 32.21

$107.63

Revenue $213.00

Total $320.63

Raffle

Next meeting will be January 28, 2016.

Rivera adjourned the meeting at 10:12 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Mojave Desert Democratic Club

October 22, 2016

Present: Pat Aleman, Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Watson Hammond, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Bev Lowry, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Barbara Rose, Jenny Siaz, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Mike Ziemer.

Guests: Fred Baca, Ted Baca, Julie Clemmer, Randy Ehrsman, Wael Eletar, Marjorie Mefferd, Angelina Mora, Elbert Muncy, Molly Wiltshire, Patricia Rosenberg, Dannie Wilkey, Paul Wilkey.

Meeting at Los Domingos Restaurant called to order by VP Ziemer at 8:57 a.m. Moment of silence observed.

BUSD Business Manager Wael Eletar discussed and asked for support of Measure F.

Ellis introduced BCC Board candidates Muncy, F. Baca, Wilkey, Rosenberg, T. Baca and BUSD candidates Aleman, Rose, Ehrshman, Clemmer. Questions and answers followed.

VP Ziemer approved the minutes of September 24, 2016.

Election headquarters has phone banks and will have an election-night victory party. Get Out the Vote (GOTV) will utilize the facility.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Forwarding Balance $286.58

Revenue $315.00

Total $601.58

City: no report

County: Lowry introduced Molly Wiltshire, the new representative for County Supervisor Ramos.

State: Markovich discussed the event in Hesperia for Rita Ramirez and himself. Reviewed state propositions 51, 55, and 64.

Federal: Vote Hillary and all Democrats.

New members: Pat Aleman and Barbara Rose.

Club Forum

Raffle

Next meeting: December 3, 2016.

VP Ziemer adjourned the meeting at 11:15 a.m.

Resepctfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

September 24, 2016

Present: Tom Arbana, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Donna Harsh, Dale Jensen, Wally Johnson, Jane Kolar, Bill Lansville, Bev Lowry, Scott Markovich, Mary Ruxlow, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Cliff Walker, Denise Wells, Mike Ziemer

The meeting at Los Domingos was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by Vice President Ziemer, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed.

Minutes of August 27, 2016, were presented by Jensen and approved by Ziemer.

No motion was made to endorse John Coffey for Barstow Community College Board.

President’s Report presented by Ziemer:

Ziemer will contact Bellnap to set up phone banks.

Garcia has contacts for election materials to be ordered.

National Day of Voter Registration on Tuesday, September 27th. Tables at at Election Headquarters and Food 4 Less. Walmart venue canceled due to store closure.

MOTION: Kolar/ W. Snively to invite local candidates for school and college boards to October meeting. Each candidate will have five minutes to speak.

A representative from the BUSD will be invited to speak on the local school bond measure.

City:

No Report.

County:

Lowry retired from the county. The new representative from Supervisor Ramos’s office is Molly Wiltshire.

State:

A handout of State Democratic Party’s positions on the 2016 Ballot Propositions was distributed by Markovich and discussed.

Federal:

No report

Chamber of Commerce:

Barstow Rodeo, Sept. 23-24

Coffee with a Cop, Barstow Church of God in Christ–Sept.29

Calico Days–Oct. 1-2

Route 66 Festival, Main St.―Oct. 15

Murder and Mischief, Senior Center―Oct. 8

Desert Sanctuary 4th Open House, Oct. 5

Choice Medical Group Grand Opening―Oct. 4

Candlelight Vigil, Desert Sanctuary, Oct. 1

Old Spanish Trail Day, Oct. 1

Troops for Trains, Harvey House―Nov. 9

Science on a Sphere, Harvey House, date unavailable

1 new member―Wally Johnson

October 24this last day to register to vote.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Beginning Balance $2,070.46

Expenses $ 757.25

$1,323.21

Revenue $ 35.00

Total $1,358.21

Club Forum

Raffle

Next meeting will be October 22, 2016.

Ziemer adjourned the meeting at 10:15 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

August 27, 2016

Present: Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Ira Gwin, Ann Marie Hammond, Watson Hammond, Donna Harsh, Carmen Hernandez, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Bill Lansville, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Jackie Smith, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Jan Soppeland, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, John Winfrey, Marcie Winfrey, Laura Ziemer, Mike Ziemer

Guests: John Coffey, Bob Conaway, Jacquie Conaway, Marjorie Mefferd, Caulene Smith

The meeting at Barstow Travel Center was called to order at 9:01 A.M. by President Rivera. Garcia led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence was observed.

Minutes of July 23, 2016, were presented by Jensen and approved by President Rivera.

President’s Report:

Rivera is overburdened at work, but she will be able to devote more time to the headquarters in late September.

W. Hammond reported on the headquarters. More volunteers needed. We need more signs and/or a table in front of building to increase traffic. M. Ziemer will be contact person for materials and information. A. Hammond will check with rental agency about hanging banner outside on street side.

Dr. Ramirez has requested a phone bank. Rivera asked for volunteers.

September 27th is National Voter Registration Day. A celebration/registration will be held at headquarters. Dr.Ramirez and Markovich will attend.

–KDUC radio will broadcast. Volunteers needed from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Possible bake sale.

–Kolar will have a table at Food 4 Less: Bellnap will have a table at Walmart.

–Doughnuts and coffee will be donated.

–Registration table at college proposed.

Bellnap is selling campaign button and donating money to club.

MOTION: J. Kolar/R. Washington to endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President. Passed unanimously.

E. Rivera, W. Hammond, and M. Winfrey attended voter registration training on July 26th in San Bernardino.

Reports:

City: Hernadez reported that Marshall’s is opening Sept. 8.

County: Markovich reported that the county is opposing Prop 64, the marijuana initiative. Garcia reported that the San Bernardino Central Committee supports Prop. 64. Funds from the central committee will be donated for Sept 27th local campaign push and registration. On Sept.1, Democrats will hold BBQ in Redlands. Central committee requests $25 per club donations.

State: A handout of State Democratic Party’s positions on 2016 Ballot Propositions distributed by Markovich.

Federal: Walker discussed concern about Republican position on racial issues. Bellnap discussed Supreme Court and the possibility of replacing retiring judges with young liberal judges if Democrats are elected.

Markovich donated $150.

Chamber of Commerce:

–Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Ambassadors meeting at Red Baron.

–Sept. 14th Dr. Chang’s Grand Opening, 301 E. Buena Vista

–Sept. 20th Chamber Breakfast—7:30 a.m. with program at 8:00 a.m.

2 new members—Marcie and John Winfrey

John Coffey asked for support for College Board position. Endorsement for Coffey will be on next month’s agenda.

Markovich reported on big pharma. Democrats must stay in power in the Assembly.and replace the one third Republican minority.

October 24th is last day to register to vote.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Beginning Balance $2,353.76

Revenue $ 500.00

$2,853.76

Expenses – $789.30

Total $2,064.46

Garcia submitted biannual club’s treasury report to Secretary of State.

Club Forum

Route 66 festival on Oct. 15. Possible club table.

New business; Markovich requested John Coffey to be on next month’s agenda for college board endorsement.

Raffle

Next meeting will be September 24, 2016.

Rivera adjourned the meeting at 10:35 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

July 23, 2016

Present: Mark Bellnap,   Eddie U. Garcia, Ira Gwin, Watson Hammond, Carmen Hernandez, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Bill Landsville, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Elena Rivera, Jackie Smith, Cliff Walker,   Mike Ziemer

Guests: Marcie Winfrey, John Winfrey, Colleen Wilson

The meeting at Barstow Travel Center was called to order at 9:05 A.M. by   President Rivera.   Bellnap led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence was observed..

Minutes of   June 25, 2016 presented by Jensen and approved by President Rivera.

Rivera still looking for an affordable portable microphone.

Hammond reported on Election Headquarters. More volunteers needed. Donations are needed.

MOTION: Zeimer, Kolar to form a subcommittee of Bellnap, Jensen, Zeimer to purchase campaign items. $100 to fund. Passed unanimously. Garcia will check Central Committee for signs.

Total of 25 voters registered Tuesday voter registration training in San Bernardino.

Oct 25 last day to register to vote.

Sept 27 national Voter Registration

Jensen and Bellnap reported on club bylaws. Bellnap discussed major changes.

MOTION: Bylaw Committee.  Accept revised bylaws. Passed unanimously.

MOTION: Bellnap/Zeimer   The DMMC will allow Bellnap and Jensen to review and make non- substantive changes to DMMC approved bylaws. Bellnap and Jensen ‘s decision will be binding to the DMMC. The DMMC has until 31 July to submit these to either Bellnap or Jensen. Passed unanimously.

Revised bylaws will be sent to SB central committee for approval.

Carmen Hernandez running for city council and Scott Markovich running for 33rd Assembly District both spoke to club and asked for endorsements.

MOTION: M. Ziemer/Kolar   The club endorses Hernadez, Markovich, and Ramirez. Passed. 1 abstention.

City:

Hernandez discussed Route 66 theme for business corridor.

County:

Garcia nothing other than what has been discussed.

State:

Markovich reported on Proposition 64 legalization marijuana for recreational use.

Federal:

Rivera reported on Democratic Nation Convention starting Monday.

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Beginning Balance $3,084.84

Expenses   $ 1007.08

Donations $   256.00

Total  $4,213.05

Chamber of Commerce Updates by Rivera:

Amabassador Meeting dinner Wed july 27

Military Dinner Thursday July 28 Rosita’s

Club Forum

New business:

Eyeglasses donations

Executive committtee approves flag donation from Bellnap.

Possible meeting on Thursday for Hillary Clinton acceptance of nomination if TV is set up.

Raffle

Next meeting will be August 27, 2016.

Rivera adjourned the meeting at 10:51 a.m..

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

June 25, 2016

Present: Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Ira Gwin, Carmen Hernandez, Carol Jensen, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Bill Landsville, Scott Markovich, Daman Narula, Rita Rameriz, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Jackie Smith, Jan Soppeland, Cliff Walker, Robert Washington, Denise Wells

Guests: Lisa Cooks, Mike Curran, Susan Markovich, Marjorie Mefferd, Valerie Wilson, Lisa Cooks, Patricia Watkins

The meeting at Barstow Travel Center was called to order at 9:00 A.M. by President Rivera. Washington led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence was observed..

Minutes of May 21, 2016, presented by Jensen and approved by President Rivera.

Gwin donated a portable microphone.to the club.

The club has leased Office 212 at the Mercado Mall for Election 2016 Headquarters for six months. Grand opening today. W. Hammond will open and close the office. Ribbon cutting is at 12:30 p.m. today.

President Reyes asked for contributions to support the headquarters. Financial contributions were made by S. Markovich ($250 for rent), Walker ($25 for grand opening refreshments), Washington ($100 for headquarters), Gwin ($70), J. Smith ($20), and Kolar ($50). Pledges of $69 for monthly liability insurance made by Rivera (June),W. Hammond (July), Hernandez (August), D. & C. Jensen (September), Gwin (Octobert), and M. & L. Ziemer (November).

Reyes asked for someone to do paperwork for Internet discount. No volunteer.

October 24th is last day to register to vote. September 27th is National Voter Registration Day. celebration at headquarters.

City:

–Councilwoman Hernandez reported that Fire Department is in debt $1.2 million because of pensions. City will cover debt.

–City budget is balanced.

–Oggi’s, two Chinese restaurants, and old Sizzzler opening as Tony’s this summer..

–Water good until 2040 according to Golden State Water Co. Water restrictions will be revised in July. GSWC asking for increase.

–NASA exhibit in September at Harvey House..

–Two new hotels coming, Best Western and Home.

–Lower development fees to encourage residential building.

–New street sweeper.

-Solar panels under PACE program questionable.

–Super Walmart under construction. Six other businesses will locate in development.. No complete road closure..

–Marshall’s opening in the fall.

–Drag race on Main Street Limit city financial involvement. Route 66 signs coming.

County:

–Garcia reported on Central Committee. Garcia elected to Central Committee.

State:

–S. Markovich, Democratic candidate for Assembly 33, reported on November propositions.

Federal:

–Rita Rameriz, Democratic Candidate for Congressional District 8, supports Democratic sit-in to protest Congess’s lack of action on firearms.

Rameriz and Markovich endorsements will be voted on in July.

Jensen and Bellnap reported on the revised bylaws. Club members have a month to make comments and/or corrections. Vote to accept bylaws at July meeting..

Rivera asked for a club member to head phone bank. No volunteer.

Chamber of Commerce announcements:

June 29, 5:30 p.m. Ambassador Meeting

July 19, 7:30 a.m. Chamber Breakfast, Ramada inn

July 21, 6:00 p.m. Quarterly Military Awards, Rosita’s

Garcia gave treasurer’s report:

Beginning Balance $3,623.05

Membership donations and Raffle $ 590.00

Total $4,213.05

Club Forum

Mike Curran discussed getting out the vote.

Raffle

Next meeting will be July 23, 2016.

Rivera adjourned the meeting at 10:35 a.m..

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

March 19, 2016

Present: Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Ann Marie Hammond, Ramiro Hernandez, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Wiliam Lansville, Julia Layden, Scott Markovich, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Janet Soppeland, Cliff Walker, Laura Ziemer, Michael Ziemer

Guests: Jackie Smith and Candy Smith

The meeting at Barstow Travel Center of America Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Vice President Ziemer. He led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence was observed.

Secretary’s report given by Jensen. Minutes of February 27,2016, approved by M. Ziemer.

Garcia gave the treasure’s report:

Beginning Balance $3,414.05

Total revenue $ 93..00

Subtotal $3,507.05

Total Expenses $ 0.00

Cash on hand $3,507.05

Treasurer’s report approved by M.Ziemer.

Election headquarters for 2016 not arranged at this time. Ira Gwin absent but working on location.

Voter registration at chili cook-off on April 2. Sign up sheets passed around. Table and chairs needed.

No city report.

County report:

The Snivelys reported that Supervisor Lovingood attended he Newberry Springs meeting at the Senior Citizen Center. Water issues discussed.

State report

Ann Marie Watson reported on California State Democratic Convention in San Jose. Support for Sanders strong. Clinton representation absent. Support for Harris to take

Boxer’s senate seat strong.

Markovich reported on extending proposition 30 funding for state public schools.

No Federal report

Lowry reported on the Mojave Water Agency. High Desert Water Summit will be held at Barstow Community College in the Performing Arts Center on April 13. Current water restrictions apply. Supervisor Ramos was invited to White House by Obama for the signing for the three new national monuments.

MOTION: W. Snively/Walker to form a committee to update bylaws. Passed unanimously. Jensen, Lansville, and Bellnap volunteered.

Club forum.

Raffle

Next meeting will be Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Barstow Travel Center of America Restaurant.

M. Ziemer adjourned the meeting at 10:10 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

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Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

February 27, 2016

Present: Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Ira Gwin, Eddie U. Garcia, Donna Harsh, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Julia Layden, Scott Markovich, Elena Rivera, Mary Ruxlow, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Janet Soppeland, Cliff Walker, Laura Ziemer, Michael Ziemer

The meeting at Barstow Travel Center of America Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President River. She led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence was observed.

Secretary’s report given by Jensen. Minutes of January 23, 2016, approved by Rivera.

Garcia gave the treasure’s report:

Beginning Balance $3,275.05

Total revenue $ 135.00

Subtotal $3,410.05

Total Expenses $ 0.00

Cash on hand $3,410.05

Treasurer’s report approved by Rivera.

MOTION: M, Ziemer/ Soppeland to hold March meeting on the 19th due to Easter weekend. Passed unanimously.

MOTION: Gwin/ M. Ziemer to hold May meeting on the 21st due to Memorial Day weekend.

Passed unanimously.

MOTION: Kolar/M. Ziemer to hold the November/December meeting on December 3rd due to the holidays. Passed unanimously.

MOTION: W. Snively/ M Ziemer to have Gwin lead the committee to find a 2016 Election Headquarters from mid-August to mid-November and appoint committee members. Passed unanimously.

MOTION: W. Snively/Kolar to have W. Hammond as chair form a voter registration committee . Passed unanimously. Kolar volunteered to assist.

Voter registration dates:

April 2, booth at Chili Cook off

May 23, deadline to register to vote for primary election

September 27, National Voter Registration Day

Ellis suggested working with local students to become politically active and assist with voter registration.

Gwin offered the Buzzard Rock Ramblers for voter registration events.

Rivera will donate $100 for every 100 voters registered.

Reports:

City:

Neighborhood watch meetings.

Water pollution in Soapmine Rd. area. Grants needed for clean up. The Snivelys will report on this local issue.

County:

Board of Five Supervisors focus on San Bernardino area and not desert and mountains.

Tapestry project approved by Hesperia city council.

State:

Sen.Feinstein’s aide Kevin Chang will be guest speaker at March meeting. He will discuss the new National Monuments..

Federal:

Concern over Republican candidates for the Presidency.

MOTION: Walker/Soppeland to accept Kolar, W. Snively, and Gwin as club trustees. Passed unanimously.

Harsh appointed as Sergeant at Arms/Parliamentarian by Rivera .

Chamber of Commerce report by Rivera:

Community Recognition Awards tonight at the Performing Arts Center

Chamber breakfast March 15 at 7:30 a.m.

Bowl-a-thon at Revolution Bowling Center.at 6 pm on April 15

Club forum.

New business:

Walker reported on Bennie Arredondo. Health is better. Book coming out.

Rivera read letter from the Carter Center regarding club donation.

Harsh recommend to tip the waitress in cash.

Scott Markovich as guest speaker discussed his campaign for Assembly District 33.

Raffle

Next meeting will be Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Barstow Travel Center of America Restaurant.

Rivera adjourned the meeting at 10:48 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

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Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

January 23, 2016

Present: Mark Bellnap, Claire Ellis, Eddie U. Garcia, Carmen Hernandez, Dale Jensen, Jane Kolar, Julia Layden, Rita Rameriz, Elena Rivera, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Janet Soppeland, Cliff Walker, Denise Wells, Laura Ziemer, Michael Ziemer

Guests: Marjorie Mefferd, Roger La Plante, Johnathan Ervin, Scott Markovich, Mike Curran, Bob Conaway, Shane Chapparosa, Craig Baumbusch, Jeffrey La Plante, Darrell Mosley, Patricia Watkins

The meeting at Barstow Travel Center of America Restaurant was called to order at 9:05 a.m. by Secretary Jensen. He led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence was observed.

Secretary’s report given by Jensen. Minutes of December 5, 2015, approved by Jensen.

Guest speakers Rameriz, La Plante, Ervin, Markovich, Curran, and Chapparosa addressed the club followed by questions and answers.

President’s reports:

City:

Council member Hernandez reported on sewer work on Montara Rd, neighbhor watch. Chinese restaurant and Oggie restaurant,s at Outlet, Choice Medical building, trenching rule for patching, medical marijuana policy, and aluminum plant.

County:

Tapestry project’s potential water use questioned.

State:

Governor Brown infrastructure tax through DMV needed.

Federal:

Federal elections―primaries.

Garcia gave the treasure’s report:

Beginning Balance $3,231.99

Total revenue $ 198.00

Subtotal $3,429.99

Total Expenses $ 154.94

Cash on hand $3,275.05

Treasurer’s report approved by Jensen.

Voter registration was discussed. Will organize a committee to register locals for the 2016 election at next meeting.

Rivera is checking on rentals for club headquarters for 2016 election.

Rivera announced the 35th Annual Community Recognition Awards nominations due February 5th.

Club paid for membership in Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce.

Officers for 2016

  • President:Elena Rivera
  • Vice President: Michael Ziemer
  • Treasurer: Eddie U. Garcia
  • Secretary: Dale Jensen
  • Sargent at Arms: Donna Harsh

Positions of Parliamentarian and Trustees postpone until February meeting

Club forum.

Raffle

Next meeting will be Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Barstow Travel Center of America Restaurant.

Jensen adjourned the meeting at 11:07 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen

MDDC Secretary

Minutes of the Mojave Desert Democratic Club

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December 5, 2015

Present: Tom Arbanas, Eddie U. Garcia, Ira Gwin, Donna Harsh, Carmen Hernandez, Dale Jensen, William Lansville, Elena Rivera, Linda Snively, Wayne Snively, Janet Soppeland, William Swartwout, Cliff Walker, Laura Ziemer, Michael Ziemer

Guests: Joseph Crunk, Marjorie Mefferd

The meeting at Barstow Travel Center of America Restaurant was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Gwin. He led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence was observed.

Secretary’s report given by Jensen. Minutes of October 24, 2015, approved by Gwin.

Garcia gave the treasure’s report:

Beginning Balance $3,180.99
Total revenue $ 201.00
Subtotal $3,381.99
Total Expenses $ 150.00
Cash on hand $3,231.99

Treasurer’s report approved by Gwin.

MOTION: Hernandez/M. Ziemer to donate $100 to the Desert Heritage Writing Contest. Passed unanimously.

MOTION: W. Snively/ Landsville to donate $50.00 to the Southern Poverty Law Center. W. Snively donated a matched amount.

Hernandez report on the city:
⦁ Walmart project is under construction.
⦁ Streets project continues.

Voter registration was discussed. Will organize a committee to register locals for the 2016 election.

MOTION: Rivera/Lansville to join the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce as a non-profit organization with yearly dues of $100. Passed unanimously.

Discussed the possibility of a Democratic Headquarters for the 2016 election. Rivera will check downtown rentals.

Walker discussed Ruben Arredondo’s book on his family and the history of the area.

Rivera gave the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce announcements:
⦁ Sights and Sounds of Christmas, tonight 5 p.m., LDS Church
⦁ Christmas Alive, December 10, 11, 12 at 7 p.m. And December 13 at 4 p.m., First Baptist Church
⦁ A Very Electric Christmas, tonight 8 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Barstow Community College.
⦁ 3rd Annual Bee Confident Young Girl Conference, 11 a.m., December 12, Barstow Hispanic Foursquare Church
⦁ Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce Community Recognition Awards, January 30, Performing Arts Center, Barstow Community College

Gwin announced today’s Gem and Mineral show today at the Cora Harper Community Center. The Mojave Valley River Museum will have a musical presentation on December 26 at 7 p.m.

Nomination for club officers for 2016:

・ President:Elena Rivera

・ Vice President: Watson Hammond, Elena Rivera, Mike Ziemer

・ Treasurer: Eddie U. Garcia

・ Secretary: Dale Jensen

・ Sargent at Arms: Donna Harsh

Club forum.

Raffle

Next meeting will be Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the Barstow Travel Center of America Restaurant.

Gwin adjourned the meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Respectfully,

Dale T. Jensen
MDDC Secretary