County Green Party Business Meeting
Uptown Bill's Small Mall
Attendance: Kevin Owens, Gail
Ardery, Holly Hart
I. Report on Iowa City Community School District Board Meeting past week:
They voted to purchase the land
near the Camp Cardinal Road. Two members (Aletia Morgan and Lauren Reece)
voted No: Morgan claimed there were problems with the plan and school
district funding developers; Reece issued a written statement noting problems
with the evasion of carefully developed procedures, and the lack of "scattered
site" (i.e., limited-income and affordable housing) in the development
plan, contrary to the board's directives. Other members stated they agreed
the process was flawed and felt there were flaws with the proposal but
voted Yes, anyway.
The agreed-upon Wind Turbine at Van Allen School is still not installed.
Members will try to attend the next School Board meeting and raise the
question: will they release the study? If a response is not forthcoming,
will send letters to editors.
II. Election reform:
Some good news; the Iowa Senate
passed (48-0) a bill that
would require all voting equipment used in Iowa to include VVPAT (Voter
Verified Auditable Paper Trail). It's now stalled in the House by a few
Republicans. Many county auditors oppose the bill, because of the expense
involved. In fact, upgrades are needed anyway to ensure HAVA compliance.
The Secretary of State has approved 4 vendors whose equipment may be purchased,
and counties will be permitted to choose. Some lobbying has been going
on around the state.
Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett
announced that the companies would be presenting demonstrations on May
2nd and 3rd at the Johnson County County fairgrounds. Of the equipment
shown, VoteTrustUSA recommended the ES & S Marksense. The Johnson
County Board of Supervisors
and Auditor chose what ES & S presented here, Automark opti-scan,
similar to what Johnson County uses now. This appears to be similar to
the MarkSense, ensures accessibility for (mobility-impaired and blind
voters, and includes substantial paper ballots; central tabulation for
absentee ballots and recount; and an option for hand recounts is available.
Good news: Tom Slockett announced on Tuesday, May 3, that the Governor
said he would veto any elections reform bill that did not include VVPAT.
III. Surveys of traits of party
members sent out by a Briar Cliff College student.
All have been distributed around
the state. The student has already received some returns and was impressed
with our membership - apparently, we don't meet the stereotype!
IV. Candidate forums. As city council race moves forward, members discussed
inviting candidates to a meeting, and possible endorsement. We also discussed
the possibility of organizing a candidate forum, possibly focusing around
issues especially relevant to Greens. We plan to do some study of various
topics and prepare questions.
V. SEIU is organizing P & S staff at the UI. The question was raised
of whether the Johnson County Green Party
supports labor unions. The answer is yes; and we have some memebrs also
in the Labor Party, and were part of the Community Coalition supporting
the successful SIEU drive
at the University of Iowa Hospitals a few years ago. There was overall
agreement that SEIU is a good move for the
UI P & S staff.
Next meeting: June 7th, 2005
Location: Uptown Bill's Small Mall
Signed, Holly Hart
Secretary, Johnson County Green
August 5th, 2005