Attention all Current, Returning, and Future SBCDCC members!

During this unprecedented Pandemic we have been thrust into, your Current Executive Board has been diligently working towards returning member and new member installation, with a manageable reorganization that works on behalf of all. We are mailing a letter, via US Postal Service, according to our By-Laws, to our SBCDCC returning, and new members. The letter describes a process that will engage all members. Please check your US Postal mail box and upon receipt, follow the instructions in the letter. If you have any questions or have not received the letter by end of May 30, please email or have someone email with your contact information at SBCDCCReorg@gmail.com. We will check your request against our list and resolve. Include your name, phone, address, and email (if applicable). Thank you for your patience in these tough times and stay safe!

Local Elected Leaders Highlight New Revenue Estimates from Schools & Communities First- Press conference today will announce new report that shows billions will go towards local critical services and essential workers

TODAY: Local Elected Leaders Highlight New Revenue Estimates from Schools & Communities First

Press conference today (May 7, 2020) announced new report that shows billions will go towards local critical services and essential workers

Today at 10:30 AM, the Schools & Communities First campaign will be hosting a Zoom press conference featuring local elected leaders throughout the state to announce a new report showing how revenue generated by the initiative will be distributed to local governments throughout the state.

As cities, counties and the state face unprecedented shortfalls, this report shows how the property tax revenue generated by requiring the biggest corporations to pay their fair share would be distributed for the work of local governments illustrating the fact that Schools & Communities First needs to be a part of California’s long-term solution our state is facing now. According to the report, Schools & Communities First would generate billions for local governments to invest in their most pressing needs, such as public health and first responders.

he new report is linked here at https://action.schoolsandcommunitiesfirst.org/…/1548…/VEsH/…

It occurred

Thursday, May 7th at 10:30 AM

WHERE: Zoom press conference

WHO:

San Francisco Mayor London Breed
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Huron Mayor Rey León

For more information, please contact:
Alex Stack
Communications Director, Schools & Communities First
Cell: (603) 320-0398
AlexS@SchoolsAndCommunitiesFirst.org
@Alex_Stack

Welcome new members and welcome back returning members

Now that the primary results have been certified by the County Registrar as of April 24, 2020 , we are going to be welcoming newly elected members to our Democratic Central Committee here in San Bernardino County for the 2020-2024 terms! 

As a Democratic Central Committee member of the largest county in the country, with our new members, you represent over 422,500 Democrats across San Bernardino County either as an elected official, DNC Member, Statewide Caucus or Organization Chair, CDP E-Board Representative, or as the highest finishing Democrat in your primary race. This is an extraordinary time for new and re-elected members as we go into the next phase of our election year – and your voice in our party will be crucial to our efforts to support and elect progressive Democrats up and down the ballot and defeat this president in November. 

Over the next few weeks we will be reaching out and working with you to get you ready for our first meeting together – our organizational meeting. This first meeting includes our ceremonial swearing-in, election of your Assembly District Central Committee members, and nominations for Executive Board officers for the 2020-2024 terms. As our country and communities continue to grapple with the affects of COVID-19, we will keep you all updated on a scheduled date, and any changes to our regular schedule.  

As difficult as isolation and social distancing have been, we can only imagine how much worse things would be without the technology that keeps us all connected.  Nothing has exploded more than Zoom, the teleconferencing and video conferencing software that was ubiquitously adopted at the beginning of the pandemic.  In fact, as a result of how common Zoom usage has become, we, as a board, have seen a significant push from users to switch to Zoom meetings over the past few weeks, but like many organizations (the Federal and State Courts, Google, SpaceX, NASA, and multiple Governments, to name a few), we have an obligation to evaluate the security of using such a service and/or alternatives.  This obligation increases exponentially, when we are considering having meetings to amend our bylaws, swear in members, and elect a new Executive Committee.  

So far, Zoom has not proven to be sufficiently secure to hold such fundamental meetings.  Security issues for Zoom are nothing new. In the summer of 2019, Zoom had a security on Mac OS that could turn personal computers unknowingly into servers that could allow strangers to look into your webcam. More recently, Zoom allowed would-be attackers to bypass email confirmation requirements for meetings by copying the ID tag in a meeting URL.  And, of course, there is Zoom bombing, where attackers could gain access to meetings randomly.  But even these are not the worst security issues.

Currently, Zoom continues to misrepresent its encryption protections (claiming to use AES-256, when in reality they use the outdated AES-128) and continues to route a significant amount of traffic through China.  Accordingly, the use of Zoom for internal political discussions must be done with the understanding that our calls are subject to warrantless searches by the Chinese government. 

Altogether, these may not be reasons for not using Zoom, but they are reasons for us to pause.  Zoom meetings as a solution put us in unpalatable positions.  One option, for example, is to limit participation to members of the SBCDCC, while muting the rest, but then our meetings would be construed as not open to the public. Similarly, putting password protection on the meetings would create the same limitation. Notably, even if we were to conduct online meetings, the fact that any of our members may not be prepared or able to call-in or receive notice, would make us abandon some of our members at a time when we should be united.

Finally, in addition to the questions of security, the EC must also consider logistic questions and access for anyone who is impaired or financially unable to participate.  Keep in mind that members of our central committee reasonably relied on the fact that none of our meetings were being held online, and making a radical change to that policy must take into account every member’s rights.  This is particularly true, when it comes to our election process. 

The State CDP has recommended that ALL business meetings be cancelled or continued to a future date or conducted remotely.  To date, we have chosen to continue the meetings, but we have not made a final decision due to the fluid nature of the pandemic circumstances.  The EC continues to consider all of our options.  

We will make recommendations that resolve the significant security problems with electronic communications (Zoom in particular), serves all of our members, takes the current pandemic into account, and recognizes that no one should have to choose between being a member of the SBCDCC and their health.

San Bernardino County Democrats have continued to lead our state on the issues that matter to Californians and the American people. From healthcare, to income inequality, housing, criminal and economic justice reform and so much more, the work we will do together over the next four years will help shape the future of our county and our country. When California succeeds, the Nation Succeeds. 

On behalf of the elected Executive Board, welcome new members and welcome back returning members. We look forward to our continued work together, collaborating with you, and working towards our shared goals. 


Democratically yours, 

Chris Robles, Chair

Mark Westwood, 1st Vice Chair

Jim Gallagher, 3rd Vice Chair

Carol Robb, Treasurer

Mario Alfaro, Parliamentarian

Sean Houle, Sgt at Arms

Joe Britt, Corresponding Secretary

COVID-19 Update from the SBCDP Executive Committee- April Central Committee Meeting

To all members of the San Bernardino County Democratic Party Central Committee:

Based on the continued danger posed by the existing Pandemic, the current National and State-level Stay Home Orders in Place, and with the safety of all members paramount, no notice for the meeting of the Central Committee for April has been issued and no meeting will take place. The Executive Committee intends on meeting in the near future to discuss the changes to the bylaws that would be necessary to proceed with our normal business during these difficult times. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and encourage our members to stay safe, stay indoors as much as possible, and practice social distancing. County COVID 19 updates are here: http://sbcovid19.com/

Update from the SBCDP Executive Committee

Greetings to All Members of the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee;

As noticed by our Chair Chris Robles: “The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay at home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the federal critical infrastructure sectors.”

This is a courtesy notice on behalf of the Chair, and the SBCDCC Executive leadership to formally inform you that Governor Newsom has canceled all meetings in the state due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Of course this includes the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee meeting this coming Thursday evening. Everyone’s safety is, and should be our number one priority at this moment.

Due to the rapid movement of the COVID-19 strain, and until further notice, The “Safer at Home” guidelines, ordering individuals to remain in their residence, and limit all nonessential movement, apply to everyone in the state of California, including the SBCDCC, and will be in place until further notice.

We will notify everyone as soon as possible when further developments take place, and we are given an all clear to meet again. Please take care of yourselves, and your loved ones first.

Take Care and Best to All,

Chris Robles, Chair
Mark Westwood, 1st Vice Chair
Jim Gallagher, 3rd Vice Chair
SBCDCC Executive Committee Officers and Leadership

VOTE the OFFICIALLY ENDORSED DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

Republican Jesse Armendarez is Reported Violating Campaign Finance Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2020

Republican Jesse Armendarez is Reported for
Violating California Campaign Finance Laws

Armendarez is caught hiding true source of contributions to
his campaign for San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, the San Bernardino County Democratic Party filed complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, and each of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors asking for a full investigation of Jesse Armendarez and Armendarez for Supervisor 2020 (ID# 1419589) for violating campaign finance laws.

“Republican Jesse Armendarez has been caught hiding the source of his contributions in direct violation of California’s campaign finance laws,” said Chris Robles, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Democratic Party, “we’ve caught him lying to voters about being a Democrat and now he’s intentionally hiding from voters who’s paying for his campaign.  Armendarez is another cynical, lying, corrupt politician backed by secret special interests hiding in the shadows.”

Armendarez filed a campaign disclosure report showing a $31,000 transfer of funds from his Fontana City Council committee to his Supervisorial Committee without indicating the individual contributors of those funds purposely avoiding campaign contribution limits.

Not counting Armendarez’s personal loan, this $31,000 transfer represents a significant portion—almost 20 percent—of the funds raised by his Supervisorial Committee to date.

A copy of the complaint letter and related documents can be found at
https://sanbernardinodemocrats.org/armendarezcaughthidinghiscampaignfunders/

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The San Bernardino County Democratic Party Position on the following Local Ballot Measures in the March 3, 2020 Primary Election!

Ballot MeasuresJurisdictionMeasure
Description
Posi-
tion
Z  Mountain View School
District
School Facilities
Improvement
District No. 3 
Bond
Proposi-
tion  
Vote Yes
A  Rim of the World Unified
School District  
Bond
Proposi-
tion  
Vote Yes
B  Beaumont Unified School
District  
Bond
Proposition 
Vote Yes
Morongo Unified School District Bond
Proposition 
Vote Yes
Victor Elementary School
District  
Bond
Proposition 
Vote Yes
ECity of Yucaipa  Transactions
and Use
Tax  
Vote No
FCity of Barstow Tax
Ordinance  
No
posi-
tion
GCity of Redlands General
Plan
Amend-
ment 
Vote
Yes
San Bernardino Mountains
Community Hospital District 
Special
Tax 
Vote
Yes
Big Bear Fire Authority Community Facilities District
No. 2019-1  
Special
Tax 
Vote Yes

The San Bernardino County Proudly Endorses the Following Candidates Running for Local Offices in the March 3, 2020 Primary Election!

Lorena Corona 

Chaffey
Community
College
Board of

Directors
District 3
Gloria Negrete-Mcleod
Chaffey
Community
College
Board of

Directors
District 5
Steveonna Evans


Dan Flores 
 
San Bernardino
Board of
Supervisors

District 1









San Bernardino
Board of
Supervisors
District 5
Bhavin Jindal
 
Loma Linda
City
Council
Gabriel Uribe
Loma Linda
City
Council
Michael Avellaneda 
San Bernardino
City
Council
District 5
Joel  Agron
County of San
Bernardino,
Judge of The

Superior
Court,
Office 1 

STRIKE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Rally today in support of NUHW’s Mental Health Statewide Strike.

NUHW PICKET LINE RALLY
Monday, December 16, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Kaiser Fontana Medical Center
9961 Sierra Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335