California Democratic Party Resolutions - June 2019

Victor Olivieri introduced the following six resolutions that were passed by the California Democratic Party Resolutions Committee in June 2019. They will now be considered and voted upon by the California Democratic Party at their August 2019 Executive Board Meeting.


Resolution 19-05.56

A More Representative U.S. House of Representatives and Electoral College

WHEREAS the number of members of the United States House of Representatives grew steadily to keep up with population growth for the first 130 years of the Union, from 1789 to 1920, and it has been held at 435 members since 1913, without keeping up with United States population growth for over 105 years; and

WHEREAS the United States House of Representatives determines the membership of the Electoral College through each state’s congressional delegation and its current membership violates the principle that all citizens should have an equal vote in electing the President of the United States; and

WHEREAS there is no constitutional basis for a membership of 435 for the United States House of Representatives and it only takes a law to change the number of members in the United States House of Representatives;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports creating a more representative and equitable political landscape in the United States by growing the number of members of the United States House of Representatives to match the population growth of the United States over the last 105 years; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports a more representative and equitable Electoral College that does not violate the principle of all citizens having an equal vote in electing the President of the United States.

Author: Victor Olivieri, AD-17
Sponsored by San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club; United Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Gladys Soto AD-17


Resolution 19-05.167

Proportional Representation and Multi-Member Districts for California

WHEREAS the California Democratic Party supports the ability of local communities to choose alternative voting systems and encourages the replacement of at-large election methods to ensure that the votes of diverse communities are not diluted and that grassroots candidates can compete; and

WHEREAS a plurality voting system with single-member districts tends to marginalize minority discourses; and

WHEREAS proportional representation electoral systems are more representative and more democratic than plurality voting systems, and multi-member districts allow for a greater variety of candidates to be elected than single-member districts;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the institution of proportional representation and multi-member districts to foster greater electoral representation, provide equity to minority discourses, and increase the diversity of our elected officials.

Author: Victor Olivieri, AD-17
Sponsored by San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Gladys Soto AD-17


Resolution 19-05.77

Decriminalization of Pregnancy Losses in California

WHEREAS in 2019, 30 states have introduced, passed, or signed legislation to ban abortion in some form; the state of Alabama enacted a total abortion ban that could lead to people being prosecuted for pregnancy loss and the state of Texas attempted to pass legislation to subject people to the death penalty for obtaining an abortion; the criminalization of pregnancy loss is on the rise across the country; and hundreds of people have been charged with crimes for experiencing an unintended pregnancy loss or taking steps to end their own pregnancies; and

WHEREAS criminalizing abortion puts all pregnant people at elevated risk of prosecution, no matter their intended pregnancy outcome, and criminalizing pregnancy loss endangers public health by discouraging people from seeking medical care, victimizing survivors of sexual assault, and disproportionately harming people of color, immigrants, and people with lower incomes; and

WHEREAS California law protects the right to obtain an abortion, 43% of California counties do not have an abortion clinic; new medical advancements like medication abortion have made managing a pregnancy termination safer and more effective than ever, and people are increasingly turning to these methods as part of their right to privacy and exercising their individual liberties;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the notion that a person who experiences the loss of a pregnancy should be able to seek medical care without fear of being prosecuted; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party affirms the right to abortion and supports the notion that no person should be criminally investigated, arrested, prosecuted, or incarcerated for experiencing the loss of a pregnancy.

Author: Victor Olivieri, AD-17
Sponsored by San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club, United Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Austin Hunter AD-17, Gladys Soto AD-17, Assemblymember David Chiu AD-17


Resolution 19-05.120

California High Speed Rail Proof-of-Concept

WHEREAS the United States’ largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is transportation, with the proportion of CO2 from transportation being 40 percent above national averages in California, and California legislators have already established the most aggressive target for greenhouse gas reduction in North America, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions in California to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030; and

WHEREAS the horizon of the Cap-and-Trade Program that partially funds the High Speed Rail project is December 31, 2030 and the Legislative Analyst’s Office found that total proceeds until 2030 will provide a steady source of funding ranging from $7.1 billion to $18.4 billion a cumulative basis which, at the high end, would be sufficient to cover the delivery of the Silicon Valley to Central Valley Line; and

WHEREAS the San Francisco to San Jose Peninsula Corridor Funding Plan allows access to the $600 million for Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, which represents 30 percent of the total funding for the $1.98 billion project and an environmentally sustainable way of alleviating the road congestion that contributes to the bulk of carbon emissions in a proof-of-concept model that will demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of high speed rail and Green New Deal projects;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the completion of the High Speed Rail project to bring greater spatial equity across the state for people of color and poorer communities, foster sustainable land use and housing patterns that allow for more housing at all income levels to be placed near transit, drive the creation of union jobs with prevailing wages as part of a more sustainable economy, and the reduction of greenhouse gases though less driving in California; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the proof-of-concept of High Speed Rail section from the Silicon Valley to the Central Valley.

Author: Victor Olivieri, AD-17
Sponsored by San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, United Democratic Club, Bruce Agid AD-17, Gladys Soto AD-17


Resolution 19-05.14

The Commodification, Regulation, and Protection of User Data

WHEREAS technological advances have resulted in the proliferation of information across a world wide web and a multitude of social media platforms that provide access to their user-driven content sites across desktop, mobile, and other internet-capable devices; and

WHEREAS business models that commodify and sell user data as their product use data-driven, micro-targeted, advertising-dependent business models that violate user data privacy and strip end users’ agency to control the ways their data is used; and

WHEREAS bad actors use various platforms to steal personal data, engage in online harassment, spread misinformation, suppress free speech through automated content drivers, affect popular perception of issues, encourage government dissent, foster terrorism, and attempt to drive election results through a variety fraudulent ways;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the protection of end user data; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party calls on legislators to protect end user data from nefarious actors.

Author: Victor Olivieri, AD-17
Sponsors: San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club


Resolution 19-05.76

Public Lifelong Learning Model

WHEREAS the fourth industrial revolution will undermine existing education and employment models by introducing new technologies that fundamentally disrupt the economy and require a robust and rapid retraining of California’s workforce; and

WHEREAS California legislators have prioritized the establishment of free community college programs for first-generation students to increase equity and reduce the burden of acquiring a four-year degree; and

WHEREAS current free community college programs focus on credit classes, degree-seeking students, and traditional learning environments;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the expansion of free community college programs to cover pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships, new technological fields that don’t require a four-year degree, and both non-traditional learning opportunities and non-credit classes; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party Supports the establishment of a Public Lifelong Learning Model to retrain California’s current workforce for the jobs of tomorrow and better prepare California’s future workforce for an increasingly fluid economy.

Author: Victor Olivieri, AD-17
Sponsored by San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club, United Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Gladys Soto AD-17