I volunteered to be a Santa Clara
County Green Party delegate to the Green Party of California
meeting in Seaside's Monterey College of Law. This is what I saw
The first thing that inspired me to
get out my camera was Alex saying we would start the meeting in
five minutes. He wanted everybody that hadn't registered yet to go
over to the registration table and sign in.
I ended up with delegate card 42.
The buzz of conversations around me was bright and mellow. Lots of
people that hadn't seen each other for quite a while were catching
up on the news.
The meeting was started by Mayor
Delgado reading a poem about how much he loves the beauty of his
Then Owen Rubin gave us an update on
Rubin vs. Bowen (California's Secretary of State), our challenge
to Prop. 14 (the top two primary law). He said that in questioning
the appeals court justices appeared hostile to the case. He is not
optimistic that they are going to vote to throw out the top two
primary. He expects they will find some minor technicality as the
reason. Probably it will be that he didn't have standing to bring
the case because he wasn't harmed, being only a voter.
Mike then explained that next year
we are going to be running somebody for partisan office so that
they can file another suit that covers the same ground from a
harmed candidate point of view. As a practical matter it looks
like the top two primary will be around for at least another
couple of election cycles even if that lawsuit goes as well as can
There were several people that had
things to say about that. Wish I could remember what they said.
Before breaking for lunch we posed
for a group shot. Thank you to the Law School staffer that took
the pictures of all of us that wanted to be in it.
What I remember about lunch time was
talking to Jan. She's elected to the Marina Coast Water District.
After lunch they had breakout
sessions so that people into different things could caucus. The
platform working group managed to snag this outside spot.
I think that's the Grass Roots
Organizing Working group (GROW). Caroline went representing Santa
Clara County. She said on the way home that she was happy she had
gone to that one. Made lots of connections that she hopes to draw
What I mainly remember about this
one is I didn't get much out of being there. Don't even remember
which group it was. I just don't enjoy long meetings the way I
By far the most interesting part of
the weekend was the Greens in Government Panel. Click above to go
through my pictures from that.
Caroline was liking the gas prices.
They really seemed at least a dime lower than bay area gas prices.
For sure they are more than a dollar a gallon cheaper then they
were a year or so ago. What a change!
When I first saw the "Obama Way"
sign I thought maybe it was a joke. I remember when Obama got
inaugurated San Francisco had a graffiti wave. Somebody had put
"OBAMA" over all of the "BUSH" signs on Bush St. This wasn't like
that. It was government grade signs. We followed the street from
downtown to the bypass above it in the hills, and they had
government grade signs with the double name the whole way. I asked
about it, but none of the locals knew the story.
Sunday morning there was a plenary
session where we discussed ballot access for next years
Presidential candidates. Basically, to get a spot in the Green
Party primary a candidate will have to come to our meeting in
January and speak to us about it. They also have to have enough of
a campaign that they've filed paperwork with the FEC, which means
they have to have raised or spent at least $5,000 on the project
by mid January.
Then we had breakout sessions. I
didn't attend that one so I can't comment on it.
Not even sure what group that one
That was the IT group. I sat through
that meeting. They were talking about migrating all of the Green
Party's web presence to another service provider. Sounded like the
project is a bit behind schedule. They sounded like they need some
new volunteers that can do real work. I sat on my hands.
Over lunch later I found myself telling someone else about those
Palo Alto foodies that have a slogan that goes "If it ain't fun it
don't get done." If they can make weeding a garden fun, then it
ought to be possible for the IT people to make IT fun. I've no
idea how they would do it though.