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.
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.”
“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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?”
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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?
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:
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):
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.
Women’s Rights update (Hayley Buchannan):
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.
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.
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..
-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.
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
-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.
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
In the 48th Congressional district, four candidates have formally declared that they will be running against Dana Rohrabacher in the 2018 election. As advocates for informed voters, the HB Huddle is hosting a series of public “Get To Know Your Candidates” events in June & July.
Our June meeting will feature Laura Oatman & Boyd Roberts at Carden Conservatory Elementary School. See full speaker bios below!
Our July meeting will feature Harley Rouda & Tony Zarkades at the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club.
How The Q & A Works
At each meeting candidates will have 10 minutes of speaking time to introduce themselves. The HB Huddle is a community group comprised of five different Action Teams, that each focus on different political issues. After candidate introductions, our Action Teams will have an opportunity to ask each candidate one question about their topic. Candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question from Action Team leaders. After these 10 timed responses, we will then take questions from the audience.
Audience members will receive the following score card to help them take notes and record their own personal reactions to each candidate. We encourage all attendees to share their impressions on social media and keep the notes for their records.
A small business owner, mother, and community activist, Laura Oatman has deep roots in Orange County, completing her bachelor’s degree at UC Irvine before receiving her Master’s in Architecture from UCLA, where she met her husband. Laura is a LEED-accredited licensed architect with over 30 years experience designing environmentally-friendly buildings, who started Oatman Architects with her husband which now employs people in the town she has called home for over 40 years. While raising her five children, Laura became active in local community organizations and nonprofits, as well as starting several small businesses including a health and wellness company that has earned multiple accolades.
After the 2016 elections, Laura created OC Progressives, a group of positive, forward-thinking individuals in Orange County who have been shaken by the results of the recent election. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month and believes in common sense and compassion. The group was created with three goals in mind: 1) to educate our members on a variety of topics with experts from their respective fields; 2) to provide resources and information on activities that members can further express themselves politically; and 3) to bring like-minded individuals together in a fun and professional way!
Laura is running for Congress in California’s 48th congressional district against Dana Rohrabacher to bring people together and work on common-sense, forward-thinking solutions to Washington DC. Laura will work to make sure we grow our economy with jobs that protect our environment and ensure that healthcare and education is a right for all.
It is very important that we win big in November 2018. If, in the lead up to this election, impeachment, Russia, and any number of progressive issues do not appear to be winning issues, how do we make sure that we, never-the-less win in these red districts? How do we get enough Republicans to vote for Democratic candidates to tip the balance without moderating our views? I am the author of two ballot measures, which, I believe, will attract large new constituencies of students, millennials, parents, drivers, Republicans and independents to register, vote, and tip the balance for the Democratic candidates up and down the ballot that promote these measures.
I come from a family of teachers and am very passionate about the first measure. It establishes the right of all Californians to fully access all publicly owned higher education and – without impacting the taxpayer – create a new University of California Online to facilitate this access. It would dramatically reduce college costs and lessen the need for students to go into so much debt. See www.UCOCA.org and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsw8rxBWJh0 for more information.
The second measure would eliminate the collection of tolls on our TollRoads after 20 years.
The November election shook me to my core. I believe that this President represents an existential threat to everything that we hold dear: our liberty, our freedom, our way of life, everything. I cannot stay silent. I am compelled to act. I am a candidate for California’s 48th Congressional District. I am running to bring bold progressive leadership to the 48th, stand up to, and to impeach this President.
Politically, I am 100% Bernie and will represent the 48th as an unapologetic progressive. I live in Laguna Beach. In the 48th Congressional District have also lived in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Fountain Valley. I have a BA from CSUSB in economics, studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, and traveled around the world. I am a local real estate broker, a student of history, an amateur artist, and the proud father of identical twin sons.