October Ballot Party: Get Your Tickets!

Tickets are now available for our upcoming Ballot Party on Saturday Oct. 20, 2018.

You can purchase tickets here through Eventbrite.

We’ve all been working hard to get our OC candidates elected. Whether it’s canvassing, phonebanking or writing postcards we’ve been doing all we can to GOTV (Get Out The Vote).

Now we’re coming together to fill-out our mail-in ballots and take a night off to eat, drink, and play table games for great prizes.

After we fill-out our ballots and have some fun, we’ll create a social media tsunami by taking selfies with our favorite candidate (yes, they’ll be there too!) and sharing them on social media. $35.00 gets you admittance, play money for casino games, three drink tickets (beer & wine) and a plethora of delicious appetizers.

By your tickets by 10/18/2018 and receive $40.00 of extra play money. Casino night prizes include A beautiful get-away in Park City Utah, sports tickets, gift baskets and more! Bring your ballot and let’s have some fun!

 

Day of Action & Casino Night Save The Date

We are hosting our biggest event of the year this Saturday! The future governor of CA, Gavin Newsom, is joining the HB Huddle for a “Day of Action” to help our slate of down ballot candidates. 

Please use this link to officially RSVP for this event: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/gavinnewsom/event/16491/

 

We are thrilled to have local candidates, Harley Rouda, Duke Nguyen, Tom Umberg for State Senate, Josh Lowenthal and Cottie for State Assembly and their volunteers come together for this important GOTV event. 

The time has come to put it all on the table and fight for the world we believe in. The day will start with a short program of motivational words from our amazing candidates and then we’ll get to work! 

Whether it is canvassing, phone banking, text banking, or writing postcards to local voters, we will have lots of easy ways to help our candidates with “Get Out The Vote” efforts. 

Each campaign will also have tables so you can come pick up your bumper stickers, buttons, yard signs, donation envelopes etc. 

HB Huddle will provide water and snacks (please bring your own refillable water bottle.) If you plan to textbank, phonebank or canvass you will also need a fully charged phone or tablet and/or laptop.

Save The Date: HB Huddle Casino Night & Ballot Party

On Saturday October 20, 2018 our next event will be a fundraiser and ballot party from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m . Join us for a night of food, drinks and fun! We’ll have more details on candidate appearances and tickets soon. Mark your calendar and check our weekly newsletter for more info. Click here to sign-up for our weekly email! 

 

City Council Candidate Questionnaire

In August, the HB Huddle Local Elections Team and Steering Team developed a questionnaire for Huntington Beach City Council candidates. The questionnaire was sent to all 15 candidates running for HB City Council. We received responses from seven candidates. The following are their unedited answers to our questions. Their answers are presented here in alphabetical order.

As advocates for informed voting, we hope these responses will educate community members about city issues and where the candidates stand on those issues. The election is coming up on Nov. 6, 2018 and voters will be able to vote for up to four City Council candidates.

1) How would you create affordable housing in our city? Does high density housing fit into those plans? If so where can this type of housing be built?

Kim Carr: READ MORE

Barbara Delgleize: READ MORE

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

 

2) Where do you stand on Regional Housing Needs Assessment issues?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

 

3) What is your plan to regulate assisted living and sober living facilities in our city?

Kim Carr:Read More

Darren Elllis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

 

4) Do you support the establishment of a city sponsored homeless shelter? Why or why not?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 
5) Per the city website the last Infrastructure Report was completed in 2000. How will you make infrastructure planning a priority?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More


 
6) Going beyond the Poseidon controversy, how can the city work with OCWD and what can the city do towards comprehensive management of our water resources?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

7) Sea level rise is threatening our coast. What steps can the city take to forestall this problem?
Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

8) Do you support adopting the Community Choice Energy Program? Why or why not?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

 

9) What is your plan for abatement of traffic congestion?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

10) What is your plan for abating airport noise?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

11) What role does the city play in maintaining our wetlands?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell:Read More


 

12) What other ideas do you have for making Huntington Beach the greenest city in the county?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

13) Do you support having cannabis dispensaries in the city? Why or why not?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

14) Do you support SB 54? Why or why not?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis:Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More


 

15) What plans do you have to manage pension liabilities?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

16) What are your top budget priorities and why?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis:Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

17) The recent Janus decision may affect the city’s agency shop agreement with the Huntington Beach Municipal Employees’ Association. What are your plans for this eventuality?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

18) How do you plan to stay in touch with your constituents?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

19) Please comment on other issues that are important to you.

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

June Recap & July Happenings

Were you there?

Our screening of the documentary The Anthropologist, drew about 50 enthusiastic supporters to our HB Huddle on Saturday, June 30 at Carden Conservatory Elementary School.

It was a great feast of potluck delicacies and engaging conversations with kindred spirits. HB Huddle local elections team leader, Brendon Perkins, challenged us to step out of our comfort zone explaining that to win this next election – that’s what we all need to consider.

“What makes you feel just a little uncomfortable?”

In his case he shared his journey overcoming a fear of public speaking in order to run for office.

 

“Activism pays off, the results pay off.” -Josh Lowenthal, Candidate for 72nd State Assembly District

Josh Lowenthal, a candidate for the 72nd State Assembly District, reminded us that when we speak from our hearts and from the values we hold as humans, we don’t create more divides, we might actually build alliances.

74th State Assembly Candidate Cottie Petrie-Norris challenged Huddle members to take election day off work in order to volunteer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidates Tom Umberg, Cottie Petrie-Norris and Duke Nguyen were also present, thanked supporters, and shared their excitement around not only moving OC slowly from red to blue, but also doing so because of basic shared human values.

The movie served to remind us that when we seek to understand other cultures and other perspectives, we learn.

We can all be anthropologists in our own backyards, observing and trying to understand one another instead of judging. Only then can we find where we all share common ground and start a new, fresh and peaceful conversation.

Thank you to all who attended!

July Happenings…

The HB Huddle is going dark in July, which means will not be meeting at Carden on the third Saturday of the month, but this doesn’t mean that we’ll stop taking action!

On Wednesday July 18, 2018, several HB Huddle environment team and steering team members will be speaking out at the Orange County Water District meeting. The agency will consider approving the term sheet for the Poseidon desalination project and several members will voice their concerns.

Here is a quick video from California Desalination Facts, which details some of the concerns:

Even if you can’t make the meeting it is still important to speak out. Please email oceandesalexploration@ocwd.com and voice your concerns before the meeting.

You can also use this form from OCWD to state your opposition.

 

 

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

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.

Recap: Get To Know Your Candidates #2

On Saturday July 15, 2017, we had our second Q&A event with 48th congressional candidates. Roughly, 180 people showed up to hear Harley Rouda and Tony Zarkades answer questions at the Huntington Beach Yacht Club from 10am-12:30pm.

IMG_4400The event started with our sponsored charity for May-July, Robyne’s Nest, founder, Robyne Wood who discussed how she started the organization when she saw a need for students who were struggling for basic support. Robyne’s Nest provides support to homeless and at-risk students in Huntington Beach through living stipends, food pantries, assistance to social services and healthcare, and life skill classes. For information about Robyne’s Nest or to make a donation, please see: https://www.robynesnest.org/.

To see a full video of the Candidate Q&A, check out this link on Resist Live. (If you don’t see it right away scroll through the videos and look for the one titled: In Huntington Beach today, a group of residents…)

Big Thanks to Alex Matthews for recording this video and posting it! The video already has 3000 views.

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The 2018 election is 15 months away but we still had a packed house!

The Q&A had a similar format to our previous event with Laura Oatman & Boyd Roberts. Candidates had 10 minutes to introduce themselves, then each HB Huddle Action Team asked a question related to their policy topic, and each candidates had two minutes to respond. Audience members also had an opportunity to submit questions, here is a full list of the questions:

  • Which environmental protections are important to you and how will you balance them with economic growth?
  • 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?

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    Candidates Tony Zarkades (left) and Harley Rouda (right)
  • What is your stance on Citizens United and how to combat voter suppression?
  • How will you determine the needs and wants of residents regardless of voter status?
  • What two Women’s Rights issues are most important to you?
  • If you are the democrat chosen to run against Rohrabacher, what issues you will you bring to the forefront to ensure victory?
  • What should the US’ stance be on accepting political refugees?
  • What is your relationship with unions and how will you protect labor rights?
  • What will you do about the opioid epidemic in OC?
  • What will you do to protect LQBTQ rights?
  • What are your views on charter vs. public school funding?

“Free tuition for all public schools should be the law of the land.” – Tony Zarkades

 

“If you provide living wages, you provide people hope.”  – Harley Rouda

After the candidate Q&A our five Action Teams updated the group on recent activities:

Karen Coyne of our environment group provided an overview of the HB Huddle and introduced our new logo designed by Casey Ryder for free.  Check it out:

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Huge thanks to Casey for our amazing logo. Casey is the Creative Director of Global Marketing for Beats by Dre and a former designer for Obama For America and we are grateful for his time working on this design. Our communications team will be working on ordering t-shirts, a banner, and other marketing materials in August.

Environment Team Updates (Karen Coyne):

Water Committee: Karen shared that funding was approved by OCWD for an additional $90,000 (for a total of $320,000 of our tax dollars) to support/consider Poseidon despite the fact that there were no speakers advocating the funding and several against it.

Toxin-Free HB Committee: Karen encouraged audience to sign this petition on change.org to tell leaders in HB to stop using toxic pesticides in parks. Here’s a quick video from the creators of the petition:

Trash-Free HB Waters Committee: Karen shared the state trash policy implementation process has begun, and HB (as well as every other city and county in the state) will have 90 days to pick an implementation option.

Energy Committee: Steve Shepherd shared the Energy Committee will be coordinating a CCE 4 HB write-in campaign for postcards, letters, & email. Anyone interested in attending or speaking at the City Council meeting in support of CCE 4 HB, please contact the Environment Action Team. Click here to join their Facebook page.

Healthcare Team Update (Christian Mach):

Christian discussed the importance of single-payer healthcare system.

Local Elections Team Updates (Cathy Ryder and Brendon Perkins):

Voter Outreach Committee:

Cathy and Brendon shared the accomplishments of the outreach team in their voter registration training and encouraged people to sign up for voter registration booths and purchase voter registration kits. Click here for the Facebook event page for their next meeting.

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Education committee: Information on public elected officials is available on their page on our website

Services and Social Committee: The HB Huddle has raised $355 for Robyne’s Nest. The next sponsored charity is Beach Cities Inter-Faith Services

Direction Action Committee: They are organizing a presence at HB City Council meetings.

#NoBanNoWall Update (Shayna Lathus):

Shayna shared they have completed their infographic on hate crimes, which is available here on the website. At their July meeting, they discussed two priorities: Building bridges between the immigrant communities and ourselves and working toward making HB a Sanctuary City.

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Women’s Rights update (Hayley Buchannan):

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The Women’s Rights team passed out informational sheet on Planned Parenthood and informed audience about Planned Parenthood Advocacy Nights in Santa Ana. They have completed the design of their t-shirts to sell to raise money.

Click here for details on their next meeting

Action teams then had 30 minutes for their breakout sessions.

The HB Huddle will go dark in the month of August. A committee had been planning to host a bipartisan Town Hall event at OCC in August.

The committee had initially received a positive response from Rohrabacher’s local office and were instructed to call the local office to set up a meeting with local Republican party affiliates and HB Huddle members to discuss the possibility of Rohrabacher Skyping into the event. Unfortunately when the committee called to schedule the appointment this week communications with the local office fell apart. Since the congressman’s participation is unlikely, the August event has been cancelled, but the committee will revisit the idea in the future.

Therefore, the next scheduled HB Huddle meeting will be a third “Get Know Your Candidates Forum” featuring Hans Keirstead and Omar Siddiqui on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Carden Elementary School.

Recap: Get To Know Your Candidates #1

We had 115 people attend our first Q&A event, which featured 48th District Congressional Candidates Laura Oatman & Boyd Roberts. The event was held at Carden Conservatory on Saturday June 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..

In case you missed it, we were lucky to have Alex Matthews volunteer to Live Stream the event for the Resist Here Facebook page. Click here to access the full video.

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“Education is a civil right and I’m expanding that civil right, from K-12 to post-secondary education… I believe that if it’s publicly owned then the public should have access to it, especially if there isn’t an impact to the tax payer.” -Boyd Roberts on his University of California Online ballot initiative

 

Each candidate had 10 minutes to introduce themselves. Then they each had 2-minutes to answer the following questions:

  1. Which environmental protections are important to you and how will you balance them with economic growth?
  2. What is your stance on Citizens United and how to combat voter suppression?
  3. Do you support the single-payer healthcare bill?
  4. How will you determine the needs and wants of residents regardless of voter status?
  5. What two Women’s Rights issues are most important to you?
  6. Where do you stand on Gun Control?
  7. What would you do to preserve K-12 public education?
  8. Do you support a $15.00/hour livable wage?
  9. What do you think of the proposed Poseidon Desalination project in HB?
  10. What do you plan on doing to increase voter turn out in the midterm elections?

 

 

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“What I’m about to say might get me in trouble, but I am 100% against the Poseidon Desal plant.” -Laura Oatman on the biggest  environmental issue facing HB

 

After the candidate Q&A we had all five of our HB Huddle Action Teams report what they’ve been working on. Here is the PowerPoint that was shared: Presentation report for HB Huddle

Environment Team Update by Karen Coyne

-The group participated in the Surf Rider Foundations Beach clean-up and had a meeting afterward featuring two speakers

-The first speaker was Antonia Castro-Graham to discuss CCA’s/CCE’s and the second was Ray Hiemstra to discuss the Poseidon Desalination Project

-The group has created three committees to focus on local policies regarding 1) Energy 2) Water 3) Toxin-free HB. Details can be found in their most recent Meeting Minutes.

-The Energy Committee is focused on CCE’s (Community Choice Energy), The Water Committee is working hand-in-hand with R4RD and Coast Keeper on combating Posiedon’s Desal project. Toxin-Free HB will work hand in hand with HB Tomorrow to see that we have a fully executed Toxic-Free HB plan in place before year end.

 

Healthcare Team Update by Christian Mach 

-Mach described the latest happenings on both Trumpcare and on SB-562.

-To read more about SB-562 visit http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org

-To help other Regional Organizers in their efforts to support SB-562. Join the following Facebook page:  Medicare For All Orange County  

-To read the Economic Analysis of Single-Payer recently released by the University of Massachusetts visit this link to the Political Economy Research Institute 

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Local Elections Team Update by Brendon Perkins

Perkins went over the recent accomplishments of the Team’s four committees:

  • Voter Outreach (trained over 30 people at Voter Registration Training in June)
  • Education (spoke at West Dem Club of OC & published two research docs on website)
  • Services & Social (collected $240 to give to Robyne’s Nest and collected another $140 during the meeting)
  • Direct Action (helped coordinate the Q&A and is organizing HB Huddle presence at City Council meetings)

The next Local Elections Meeting is scheduled for July 20 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (6:15 for Networking and Light Refreshments) at the Summerlane Clubhouse 5245 Foxglove Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649.

#NoBanNoWall Team Update by Shayna Lathis

Lathis went over the Team’s recent developments on the following areas:

  • SB54 California Values Act
  • Oak View Literacy Training started
  • World Refugee Day June 20
  • Please donate to UNICEF or Save the Children Refugee Relief
  • Signs of white nationalism infographic
  • There next meeting is TBD. For updates and links to their Facebook group please visit their page 

Women’s Rights Team Update by Hayley Buchanan

-We are looking for t-shirt designs to raise funds for our group to support Planned Parenthood and other women’s rights efforts in the community.

-They established three policy areas to help the group focus their research. For full Meeting Minutes visit their page.

-Their next Team Meeting is Sunday July 9 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 625 Suzy’s House -Taper Drive, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Financials

During the Action Team reports we collected donations to cover the cost of the room. $497 was collected and Bethany deposited it into the HB Huddle bank account. Dispersal of funds will be voted on at the next Steering Team meeting on July 11th. Location will be announced in the Friday newsletter.

Our next meeting is on Sat. July 15th at the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Click here for our Facebook Event  page.

In the meantime here are a couple more quotes from our speakers…

“I’m a momma bear on steroids and I don’t want to see anybody left behind.” -Laura Oatman

For more on Laura visit: https://oatmanforcongress.com/my-platform

“I’m 100% Bernie.” -Boyd Roberts

For more on Boyd visit: https://www.boydrobertsforcongress.com/issues