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)
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.
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.
Our 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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?”
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.
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:
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.