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

Sat. June 17: Get To Know Your Congressional Candidates

For a PDF of our event flier click here: HuddleMtgFlier

For a PDF of the agenda click here: 6.17.17 HB Huddle Agenda Final 2.0

Invite friends on Facebook by using our public Facebook Event Page

HuddleMtgFlier-page-001-2.jpgIn 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.

Score Cards

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.

Click Here For PDF of Score Card: Candidate Scorecard (Proposed) 6.8.17

Candidate Scorecard (Proposed) 6.8.17-page-001Speaker Bios: 

Laura Oatman:

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.

Boyd Roberts:

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.

For more information see www.BoydRobertsForCongress.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCJh2c0N9F4