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JUNE event: Potluck & Film Screening

Our next event is coming up on June 30th. We’ll be hosting a potluck and we’ll have a free screening of the film The Anthropologist. Here are the meeting details:

Saturday June 30

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(doors open at 9:30 a.m.)

Carden Conservatory Elementary School

5702 Clark Dr. HB 92647

Click Here for Facebook Event

Can you bring a dish to our June 30th event? We’ve broken down the items by last name (see listing below). Please email admin@hbhuddle.com with a quick note of what you plan to bring. Or sign-up using this link to our Google doc.

Please plan to bring the following items based on the first letter of your last name.

A-E – Appetizer
F-H – Salad
I-N – Main dish
O-R – Side dish
S-U – Desert
V-Z – Drinks

 

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May Meeting: Here’s the winning Chili Cook-off Recipe!

 

Congratulations to Winner
Adrienne Low!
HB Huddle May 19, 2018 Chili Cook-off

Veggie Chili Recipe

1 TBS Olive Oil
1/2 Medium Onion, Chopped
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp Ground Cumin
2 TBS Dried Oregano
1TBS Salt
2 Stalks Celery, Chopped
2 green Bell Peppers, Chopped
2 Jalepeno Peppers, Chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
2 (4 oz) cans chopped Green Chile Peppers, drained
3 (28 oz) cans Whole Peeled Tomatoes Crushed
1/4 Cup Chili Powder
1 TBS Ground Black Pepper
2 (15 oz)cans of Kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
2 (15 oz )can of black beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn

1.   Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano and salt.  Cook and stir until onion is tender.

2.    Add the celery, green bell peppers, Jalapeño peppers, garlic and green Bell peppers.  When vegetables are heated through reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer for 5 minutes.

3.    Mix the tomatoes into the pot.  Season with chili powder and pepper.  Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans.

4.    Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.

5.    Stir in Corn and continue cooking for 5 minutes before serving.

Thanks so much for the BYOB event.  I am so fired up for June 5th and the November election.  We have some awesome candidates.

April City Council Meeting Recap

This week City Council members Mike Posey and Erik Peterson used their non-partisan offices to seek national political attention, when they led the council to a 6-1 vote to have the City Attorney file a lawsuit, and work with other municipalities, to challenge SB-54 the “Sanctuary State” bill. Read the full Daily Pilot article here.
BUT the council also voted to extend the organic turf management pilot program in Central Park. This is the next step towards making our public spaces free of toxins by using holistic turf management methods instead of chemicals. 
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City Council meeting videos are part of the public domain. Here is a clip of four community members speaking out. You can also watch the full video on the City of Huntington Beach website (if you have trouble viewing the video on the city website try using Chrome as your browser). Council Members responses take place around 4 hours and 25 minutes into the video.

 

“I’ve been coming to these meeting throughout my life, and I am repeatedly told that we have limited resources and limited funds…I’m appalled, as a tax payer, that you want to take my tax dollars to litigate something that is already being litigated at a much higher level.”

-Cathey R., HB resident since 1985

 

 

 

“I understand the concerns of some members of the community about the impact SB 54 may have on crime and legality of the of the law. However, repeated academic studies have shown that having immigrants – both documented and undocumented – actually DECREASES crime in a community. I work as a data analyst and have a Masters from Oxford University with an emphasis in statistics, so I know data. Recent academic studies have shown that being a sanctuary county has positive impacts on communities. In addition to increased economic benefits, there are, on average, 35.5 fewer crimes committed per 10,000 people in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties. This is largely due to the fact that there is increased trust between immigrants and law enforcement, so they are more likely to report crime and cooperate in investigations.”

-Aubrey R., HB Huddle #NoBanNoWall Team (here’s a link to her sources)

 

“I think there are more of us who are compassionate, who think and who will vote, then there are the hateful ones….be weary of how you vote tonight because your political futures definitely depend on it.”

-Bill M., Orange County resident

 

 

 

 

 

“Our country is so tribal right now, you can feel it in the room, there’s so much fear and there’s so much divisiveness and it’s sad to see city officials wanting to stir that up in their hometown… I hope we can get away from that in the future…”

-Cynthia R., 3rd generation Huntington Beach resident

 

 

 

Here are some key numbers:
-1 City Council Member, Jill Hardy (D), opposed the lawsuit
-$53,000: the estimated cost of continuing the turf management pilot program in Central park, which was approved 7-0.
-70+ postcards delivered to City Officials thanks to the HB Huddle Environment Team
-30+ Huddlers and local activists: the approximate number of folks present at Council Chambers on Monday
-13 Huddlers stayed in Council Chambers after 10:00 PM for the Toxic Free HB agenda item
-6+ hours: the amount of hours Huddlers spent in council chambers

Feb. Meeting & Steering Update

We’re getting back to issues-advocacy for our big February meeting. Our Healthcare Action Team is bringing in Dr. Bill Honigan to discuss the Healthy California Act (SB-562) at a free public event titled “What’s the deal with Single-Payer?”

This will be the first event of our new “What’s the deal…” series, which will highlight different progressive issues through a local lens. Here are the meeting details:

“What’s the deal with Single-Payer” 

Saturday February 17, 2018 

Carden Conservatory Elementary School   

5702 Clark Dr. H.B. 92649 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 9:30 a.m. come early to chat with our Action Teams)

This is a FREE event. No tickets required but Facebook RSVP’s are apprieciated. Click Here for the Facebook Event 

Here’s more info on our speaker:

Dr. Bill Honigman has been a practicing Emergency Room Physician in Orange County CA for over 30 years. He has been active in Democratic Party politics since his youth, and is currently an organizer for the grassroots group Progressive Democrats of America PDA, acting as California State Coordinator and Orange County Chapter Leader, and is a Coordinator for PDA’s national Healthcare Human Rights Issue Organizing Team.

Some Steering Team Highlights:

Official Minutes from the January Steering Team meeting are being finalized but Cathey has written up some some key take-aways: 1_23_2018 Steering Committee

-We will be participating in the Great America Write In event on March 24. Libby will be the lead and the Women’s Rights Team will provide support. Each action team will create writing statements that can be used.

-For March we plan to hold a Candidate Forum for the 72nd and 74th State Assembly Districts. All candidates will be invited to attend. We will use our candidate forum model that we established during the 48th Congressional Forums.

-April Huddle is being planned by the Environment Team.

-We are considering adding an Operations/Facilities Use Team.

-A resale license is also being considered. We voted to acquire a HB Huddle credit card to facilitate online purchases and for making deposits.

Jump-start Your Advocacy in 2018

If you missed our last big Huddle meeting back in November, we have an excellent video of Ana Gonzalez from Planned Parenthood discussing the upcoming Woman’s March and other local advocacy efforts. Here’s the link https://youtu.be/It7mNPHQEqI.

img_0731.jpgOur Women’s Rights Team also presented a $480 check to the Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund from the sales of their “Silence is NOT an Option” t-shirts.

 

We had our first Steering Team meeting of the year on Tuesday Jan. 2, 2018.

Here are the full Steering Team Meeting Minutes: HB Huddle Steering Meeting 1_2_2018-2

Here are some updates:

1 –  The Oak View Youth Soccer League will be our next Community Partner for February, March and April.

2 – The Communications Team is looking for someone to manage the HB Huddle Facebook Fan Page please email admin@hbhuddle.com if you can help. The Steering Team voted to approve funding to upgrade our website.

3 – The Debate Planning Team has been hard at work and the event is sold out. Final logistics will take place next week. Each Action Team will have a table and are encouraged to have materials for attendees. Funds were released to cover all expenses. Huddle t-shirts will be available and pre-orders for Huddle Hoodies will be taken at the debate.

4 – The Healthcare Team is working on the February Huddle. We plan to have a celebration of our 1 year anniversary. Plans for our March Huddle have not been finalized but the Environment Team is in the process of securing speakers for the April Huddle. Carden has been booked for our February, March and April Huddle meetings.

5 – The Local Elections Team members will use Eventbrite to sell tickets for a bus ride to the OC Women’s March on January 20. Here’s a link. Our organization has also been registered for the Women’s March.

6 – Reminders for Huddle Attendance at HB City Council meetings was given. The goal is to have five to six Huddle members in the audience with Action Teams taking the lead on the following months:

January: Local Elections (Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 moved for Martin Luther King Day)

February: Healthcare (Monday Feb. 5th  & Tues. Feb. 20th moved for Presidents’ Day)

March: #NoBanNoWall (Monday Mar. 5th & Mar. 19th)

April: Women’s Rights (Monday April 2 & April 16)

May: Environment (Monday May 7 & May 21)

7- The next  Steering Team meeting will be January 23 at 6:30 pm at Cathey’s. Topics will include March Huddle format, how Huddle will present down ballot candidates and how we’ll structure Huddle meetings during election cycles.

Get To Know Your Candidates on YouTube

HB Huddle now has a YouTube video channel.  We’ve started to post videos of the candidate forums  that were sponsored this fall.  If you want to check out the candidates that valiantly want to take on Dana go to YouTube and type HB Huddle and you will get to the videos.  Enjoy! HB Huddle on YouTube

Recap: Get To Know Your Candidates IV

We hosted our fourth Q&A with 48th district congressional candidates on Oct. 21, 2017 at Carden Conservatory. This time we’ve uploaded all the videos on to Youtube in case you missed it. Check it out:

Brandon Reiser Opening Statements

Michael Kotick Opening Statements

Kevin Kensinger Opening Statements

We had our fourth Q&A event with 48th District congressional candidates on Saturday October 21, 2017. Roughly, 70 people showed up to hear Michael Kotik (Democrat), Brandon Resier (Libertarian), and Kevin Kensinger (Independent) answer questions at Carden Conservatory Elementary from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For all videos from the Candidate Forum, check out our new YouTube channel.

Doors opened at 9:30 a.m. and participants had the chance to enjoy our “Fair-Style” set up, where our five action teams set up booths to display information, advertise upcoming opportunities and answer questions about local issues.

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Our five action teams then provided updates.

Environment Team Updates (Karen Coyne):

Karen shared we have received our first check from OhmConnect sign-ups for $261. She advertised the need for more people to sign up for OhmConnect and SkyDrop. For more information on both of these opportunities to not only help the HB Huddle earn some money, but to also help the environment, see this handout.

Karen also shared the environment team hosted a successful Bolsa Chica Tour fundraiser and thanked those attended the State Lands Commission meeting the day prior to oppose Poseidon.

Additional Environment Team updates and events are list on their webpage:

Healthcare Update (Gayle Poynter):

Gayle shared they Healthcare Team held their first meeting. the benefits of single-payer healthcare and advocated that “Healthcare is a Human Right”. She advocated for California’s statewide bill SB-562, which make California’s healthcare system single-payer. She shared that the Healthcare Team joined with other activist groups and unions hosting the “Medicare-for-All Weekend of Action” event in all 80 CA districts across the state last weekend gathering names in support of a Petition to send our state legislature assembly. She also shared that to help support this bill, Gayle shared you can take the following action steps:

  • Attend Town Halls and SB-562 Campaign events to get the word out to build public support and correct misinformation!
  • There will be a SB-562 Hearing and Rally at the State Capital in Sacramento on Oct. 23 & 24th in support of the Bill.
  • Please call our Assembly member, Travis Allen, to pressure him to invite the Nurses Association to speak at the hearing.

The healthcare team will meet the first Friday of every month, starting in November.

Local Elections Team Updates (Brendon Perkins):

Brendon shared the Local Elections team will host Moonlight Mourning on November 8 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the first fire pit south of HB Pier and Lifeguard Tower S. They are encouraging everyone to come together on the anniversary of the election and write a note about something they’d like to leave behind in 2017 to leave in the fire.

NoBanNoWall Update (Aubrey Roy):

Aubrey shared that members of the NoBanNoWall Team attended HB City Council meeting in response to hydrogen sulfide (stench in OC) and that city council formed a committee to investigave. She also announced a fundraiser for the Oak View Literacy Program called Wine and Words on October 27. Members of the NoBanNoWall Team also plan to volunteer at Oak View’s Trunk or Treat Event on October 28. The NoBanNoWall Team has two BridgesNotWalls shirts left (women’s size medium and women’s size small) for $25. Contact hbnobannowall@gmail.com if interested.

Women’s Rights Update (Hayley Buchanan/Libby Frolichman):

Libby shared the shirt they have designed which says, “Silence is NOT an option.” She explained this shirt is applicable not only for Women’s Rights, but for all issues we’re currently facing. The Women’s Rights team is selling shirts for $20 to raise money for Planned Parenthood. They will hosting a potluck in the park to discuss community issues. It will be at Huntington Beach central park. On the south side of the library. Bring chairs or blankets to relax on. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Our next meeting is on Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Carden Elementary School, doors open at 9:30 a.m. We will be hosting three local female advocates for an event entitled, “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights. Okay, now what?”

 

 

 

 

 

Recap: Get To Know Your Candidates #3

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We had our third Q&A event with 48th District congressional candidates on Saturday September 16, 2017. Roughly, 130 people showed up to hear Omar Siddiqui and Dr. Hans Keirstead answer questions at Carden Conservatory Elementary from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Doors opened at 9:30 a.m. and participants had the chance to enjoy our new “Fair-Style” set up, where our five action teams set up booths to display information, advertise upcoming opportunities and answer questions about local issues.


Our meeting facilitator, Cathey Ryder, welcomed new members to the meeting and Karen Coyne of our environment group provided an overview of the HB Huddle and introduced our new vision statement:

“To cultivate a vibrant community of informed voters who actively participate in the democratic process to make a positive difference in our community.”

Our five action teams then provided updates.

Environment Team Updates (Karen Coyne):

Energy Committee:  Karen shared the committee is helping to move HB towards Community Choice Energy. City Council has now voted 5-2 FOR moving to the next step (just a couple months ago they voted 7-0 AGAINST)

Toxin-Free HB Committee:  Karen shared that City Council is on board with 7-0 vote to come up with a citywide plan.  She reached out and expressed they need people at Nov. 6 council meeting.

Trash-Free HB Committee:  She shared several people attended the city council meeting requesting that HB adopt Track 1 to install trash capturing devices to adhere to California’s new legislation requiring no trash in our waterways by 2027

Additional Environment Team Events are list on their webpage:

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Healthcare Update (Greg Kordich and Gayle Poynter):

Gayle shared the benefits of single-payer healthcare and advocated that “Healthcare is a Human Right”. She and Greg advocated for California’s statewide bill SB-562, which make California’s healthcare system single-payer. For information about SB-562, please check http://www.HealhyCA.org

They also encouraged everyone to join the Facebook page of OC Regional organizers by searching: Medicare For All – Orange County.

Local Elections Team Updates (Brendon Perkins):

Brendon shared recent data that Republican party identification is at an all-time low and now is a crucial opportunity to turn the district blue. There is a 6% gap between Republicans and Democrats in OC party affiliation. He shared the Local Elections team is working to turn the OC Blue by pinpointing the people who are changeable, registering new voters, teaching volunteers how to talk to those voters, educating the public about the candidates at all levels, and getting out the vote in 2018.

If you are trained in Voter Registration: Click Here To Sign-Up For A Shift 

NoBanNoWall Update (Aubrey Roy):

Aubrey shared that a few members attended HB City Council meeting in support of Chief Handy because of his work with Oak View community in HB. They are collecting donations on behalf of Orange County Immigrant Youth United for DACA renewals at this meeteing to meet the October 5 deadline. They are designing shirts to wear and also use as fundraising to support immigrant communities.

Women’s Rights Update (Libby Frolichman):

Libby shared the shirt they have designed which says, “Silence is NOT an option.” She explained this shirt is applicable not only for Women’s Rights, but for all issues we’re currently facing. The Women’s Rights team is selling shirts to raise money for Planned Parenthood.

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New Fundraiser:

Cathey Ryder then explained the HB Huddle’s financial needs and the need for us to fundraise. The HB Huddle is currently raising funds to help pay for administrative costs to conduct Huddle business, such as website fees, to host events, such as the Candidate Forum, and purchase marketing supplies, such as banners and t-shirts.

Karen Coyne then discussed OhmConnect, a new fundraising effort for the HB Huddle, which will also help to reduce energy and help the environment. OhmConnect, a home energy software company, will donate up to $150 per year to HB Huddle for each household when they reduce their electricity usage.

For more information about OhmConnect, check out this video:

For more details on OhmConnect for the Huddle are available here:

Our sponsored charity for September-November is Beach Cities Interfaith Services (BCIS), which offers a wide variety of services, such as food services, financial services, and case management, for our working poor and homeless clients. Linda Rose from BCIS spoke to HB Huddle about the needs of the organization. She discussed that there is a need for groceries, clothes, and personal hygiene products. For more information about BCIS and ways you can help, please check out: https://bcis-hb.org.

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Candidate Q&A

The candidates each had seven minutes to introduce themselves. Each action team then asked the candidates a question related to their issues, where they had two minutes each to respond. Audience members had an opportunity to ask questions by writing them on index cards. Candidates responded to the following questions:

  • Which environmental protections are important to you and how will you balance them with economic growth? (Environment Action Team)
  • Democrats usually fall into two camps in healthcare: Fixing ACA or supporting single-payer healthcare? Where do you fall on the spectrum and how do you plan to keep Big Pharma out of decision making? (Healthcare Action Team)
  • What is your stance on Citizens United and how to combat voter suppression? (Local Elections Action Team)
  • How will you determine the needs and wants of residents regardless of voter status? (NoBanNoWall Action Team)
  • What two Women’s Rights issues are most important to you? (Women’s Rights Action Team)
  • How would you address the homeless problem in our district?
  • Our president has recently signed an executive order on off-shore drilling? What will you do to protect our shoreline?
  • What is your stance on the transgender ban in the military and how will you support the LGBTQ community?
  • What is your stance on raising the minimum wage?
  • If you are not chosen as the congressional candidate, would you consider running for another political office down the ballot?

Our next meeting is on Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Carden Elementary School, doors open at 9:30 a.m. We will be hosting another candidate forum with Michael Kotick and Brandon Reiser.

Steering Team Update July & August

Our Steering Team has been making steady process to further organize the HB Huddle. The Steering Team consists of representatives from each of our Action Teams as well as our Finance and Communications Team members.

Here are the minutes from our last three meetings: 

8.29.17 HB Huddle Steering Meeting Map

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7.11.17 HB Huddle Steering Meeting Map

One of the biggest developments is that we have finalized a Vision Statement for the HB Huddle check it out!

To cultivate a vibrant community of informed voters who actively participate in the democratic process to make a positive difference in our community.