Event:2017/11/02 Delegates

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Omni Delegates' Meeting - 2 November 2017 7pm-9pm

Agenda

  • Introductions, Meeting Roles, and Delegates Count [10 minutes]
  • Announcements [5 minutes]
  • Bans [5 minutes]
  • Working Group Report-Backs [15 minutes]
  • Member Collective Updates (10 minutes)
  • Proposal - Cafe: [15 minutes]
  • Proposal - The Village: [15 minutes]
  • Discussion - Cleaning Day: [10 minutes]

Introductions

Introduce yourself: Name; Preferred Pronoun; Affiliation

Meeting Roles

  • Facilitator/s: Marcus
  • Explanation of hand signals: "deaf applause", "raised hand", "point of process", "direct response"(wildcard), etc.
  • Stacktaker:
  • Timekeeper: Ken
  • Notetaker/s: Julian, Marcus
  • Vibe Reader: Marcus
  • Next meeting's facilitator(s): to be determined

Delegates

  • ABDC: Marcus
  • BAPS: Julian
  • CCL: Ken
  • CSC: Mary Ann
  • FNB:Joe (remote)
  • GWS: rachel (remote)
  • LL: Gerald (inactive tho, active after next meeting)
  • Sudo:robb (remote) the rats (everpresent)
  • TIL: inactive
  • GCEA: Almaz
  • Quorum: 8/8 active

Announcements

  • Mary Ann: CSC showing a film about the Zapatista Women's Gathering, to coincide w/ the indigenous woman running for Mexican President. CSC needs to have space to store their artwork, perhaps at the Omni. 140 pieces of work. Omni display perhaps. Jose mentioned this idea to Julio, Julio discouraged it because we can't guarantee its security/care. 4'W x 4-5'L x 2'H
    • Laura: How long would it need to be here? CSC are looking for it to be exhibited. at the least it will be here at least to Nov 18th.
      • M.A.: folx looked for a place to exhibit it, but there is little option on this short notice
        • L: what's the longest it could be here? I don't personally have an issue with it being stored there for a couple months?
  • Almaz: Fundraising event on November 11th to raise money for the youth Trip to Africa – https://omnicommons.org/calendar/events/yout-trip-to-africa-fundraising-event/


Bans

  • via sudo room: ""The sudoroom community stands by our existing safe space ban of Ryan Martin for reasons of prolonged intimidation and harassment. We will seek more information, but prioritize supporting our long-time community members. The ban will continue unless it's overturned by a member vote at a future sudoroom meeting."
    • Joe: Heads up here: this Ryan Martin has last week written FNB via our listserve to introduce himself as a new volunteer. I have not met him or heard anything but this SudoInfo. Let's keep our attention on him if he surfaces in person.
  • Marcus: with Running Wolf there is a mediation meeting set up with SEEDS 11/15 at 12:45pm - 3:25pm.
    • Almaz: Marcus is representing Omni & Running Wolf & friend Thomas, Almaz and Steve there as the Conflict Resolution Stewards, and then two SEEDS mediators at the Oakland Law Library
      • There is a $75 fee, that SEEDS is setting very low for US.
  • Add to list of people asked to leave

Working Group Report-Backs

Building & permits

Meetings: 1st & 3rd Mondays @ 6pm

  • Next meeting is next week. Been a lapse in momentum since last epic work party. Every other building meeting or so is a building work party (depending on if we are more in need of organizing or doing)
  • There are now several dozen rat and rodent traps in secure storage (including half a dozen electric traps). Ping rodents@lists.omnicommons.org if you can help steward traps or spot problem areas.
  • This group needs help; https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/building
  • Gerald: Robb & I have been working on some light/electricity. it could save a ton of money. I don't know the procedure. I was going to order 30 of the switches. Anka found it priced relatively cheaply. In the long run this replacement will save us tons of money.
    • Laura: the procedures = make a budget for the purhcase etc, then send it to Finance WG and they say yes or no.
      • Gerald: I was looking at Home Depot Prices
      • Laura: You can use that as the price-base, but we'll do online research to figure out what the best prices are
    • Gerald: we had another guy who was doing electrical work here. we have different types of motion switches installed. sometimes we need those, but sometimes we need to move some swithes. this space wasn't designed as very user friendly. but that's research on my end.
  • Gerald: Rats. we got all these rat traps; we should be checking where the holes are to see where they're coming froom. "she"s considering hiring somebody to fix the sewer. I think we should confirm there is something wrong first before we.
    • Laura: the person that did the sewer lateral didn't close the permit.
      • Several: it would be good for Omni to go and look ourselves
        • Gereald: last point, we have a map that I'd like more people to look over
  • Gerald: regarding the video for the kithcen fundraising - its all ready to go
    • Ken: we've been talking about launching the fundraising campaign after Thingstaken
  • K: re: rats we just found another hole in the wall in CCL. We really need to go thru the builidng and check for any holes. Maybe some painting
    • jenny: monday - building work party in place of mtg? 6pm-whenever
      • Gerald: when?
    • robb: monday wp sounds good. got an AC dimmer to install & several bulbs to replace
      • Several: sounds good.
  • Laura: I'll send the email for the work party right now

Commons

Meetings: Second and Fourth Thursdays at 6pm

Communications

Meetings: Second and Fourth Sundays at 5pm

  • This working group needs more members!
    • Julian: We had an Omni orientation tonight. Our first orientation attendee showed up and they were eager to be involved. She's an urban planner and is interested in anti-gentrification.
      • Joe: Please clarify the above.

Finance

Meetings: Currently conjoined with Fundraising, 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6pm

  • Actually had a surplus month for the first time in nearly two years - $512.91 :D with an ABDC invoice still pending ($1350)
  • Budget spreadsheet (includes projected budgets) is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rvkMc5lmd8PovoViNLdvlrv0tSyvrH7iB0SmGqaFec8/edit#gid=1501592721 - goal is to have at least a $40K operating reserve fund (3 months expenses) and a $60K capital reserve fund (based on future necessary capital improvements / maintenance)
  • Joe; FNB has consensused to contribute $50 a month to Omni for our Utility costs.
    • jenny: that's awesome! gratitudes<3

Fundraising

Meetings: Currently conjoined with Finance, 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6pm

  • Kitchen Working Group has been meeting with regards to launching a crowdfunding campaign by the end of November. Video is nearly complete (tx anka!!). To stay updated on meetings, provide feedback on the campaign, and help out with action items, join the list at https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/kitchen
  • Still waiting to hear back from CAST, for which we applied for a $40K grant toward tenant improvements in early fall.
  • Gerald: LL had a fundraiser screening of October. we raised $500.
    • a lot of US workers are petty bourgeoisified. but people came, e.g. from the Free Mumia group, and people had a rather good time. we gotta get rid of the rats, but we have got good spot here.
    • come check out the LL office. Liz did a reorganization of the office, it looks great.

Member Collective Updates

What is going on with your collective? What are you working on? What have you accomplished? Any events coming up? Any difficulties you are encountering that you need help with?

ABDC

  • Marcus: we're in a bit of a stalling point. Kazoo has been out of town to respond to family circumstances
    • we're looking to potentially have an alternate

BAPS

  • Julian: there may be a potential new class

CCL

  • Ken: Bay Area Applied Mycology - we're talking about raising some funds so we could ramp up the quality of their offers
    • K: we just bought some new tech (a gas spectrometer or chromatographer, does molecular analysis). its equipped to analyze weed quality but also soil quality.
      • to get it working properly, we should get the our comrade that knows how to give good Fire Code Advise
        • Laura: I'll put you in touch with our comrade, Claus

CSC

  • Mary Ann: We're doing something similar to LL. Nov 18th Film Screening Fundraiser, to put money aside to pay rent & also for our
    • There will be food!
    • Our work is paying off & we've been growing.
    • 6 board members & 6 activist collective members, w/ growing interest. the Omni has been good for us! just took us a while to figure out how to operate. the problem is we've been all exhausted.

FNB

GCEA

  • Almaz: Fundraising event on November 11th to raise money for the youth Trip to Africa –
  • Almaz: we're supporting many Immigrants as GCEA given the DACA closing. do we have any access to jobs, housing, or anything?
    • Gerald: Longshoreman are hiring casual workers, Pacific Martime Association. you have to apply, pass a physical,
  • Almaz: We're doing Feed the Homeless, Feed the Hood - November 12th. its at East Oakland.

GWS

  • We are doing a major fundraiser at the Omni Dec 9 for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. KPFA is the media sponsor, Marcus Books, Hard Knock Radio, Danny Glover, and others are co-sponsoring. Bands and DJs. Hope all will come! We are also organizing a grassroots delegation of 15 women to the "from 1977 to 2017 National Women's conference" in Houston.

LL

  • Gerald: LL had a fundraiser screening of October. we raised $500.
    • a lot of US workers are petty bourgeoisified. but people came, e.g. from the Free Mumia group, and people had a rather good time. we gotta get rid of the rats, but we have got good spot here.
    • come check out the LL office. Liz did a reorganization of the office, it looks great.

Sudo

  • in the process of submitting a grant app for up to $400K from Mozilla for sudo mesh / people's open network (https://peoplesopen.net), and DisasterRadio
  • we banned a dude
  • too much sugar, please eat it


TIL

Proposal: Cafe

Discussion

  • L: there is as of yet no proposal, they are taking a little time.
    • Acate Cafe in East Lake.
    • Marcus: the main issue is their financing. they are unsure how open they can be in their proposal with us.
      • K: they need to be open with us, but also they are going to negotiate with them. probably that delegates meeting we intimidated.
  • L: I'll contact them again.

Proposal: The Village Fiscal Sponsorship

  • Jenny emailed Needa Bee about the last Delegates Meeting and concerns over insurance. Haven't heard back since the email was sent 10 days ago. Will ping her again tonight [just did]
  • Laura: Brian (our treasurer) is reaching out to the Homeless Action Center to connect as possible project sponsor

Discussion Item: Regular Cleaning

  • Ken: There needs to be a checklist
  • Julian: we should pick a day.
  • Marcus: lets go ahead and make the checklist
  • Gerald: describing the task comes first. we have a whole room that's not even use next to our office, but we all
  • Julian: let's pick two folks now who will make a checklist.
  • Laura: I've been meaning to get to this. It would help if I had a meeting time. We should have a laminated public chart where we can check in on when people have done that task.
  • K: FNB & Phat Beats pretty much takes care of the garbage stuff.
  • Almaz: a laminated list & a permantet list
    • jenny: garbage has been overflowing since bookfair and we also need to sort ewaste. will attempt to coordinate a dump run and an ewaste run in the next 5 days so we start from a cleanish slate.
  • jnny: beginning discussions w/ sudo folx about integrating maintenance and cleaning responsibilities into membership/time spent in space. most bathrooms (other than ballroom) need daily cleaning. coordinating monthly dump runs another important task. rumors there is a proper thanksgiving party fnb is throwing for phil??


CSC Art storage

  • Mary Ann: art storage? for a month or less
  • Laura: the basement? if that's not too difficult
  • Mary Ann: I'll bring it down Monday.
    • Everyone: yeah
    • jenny: what square footage are we talking about here?
    • Julian: check out the announcement above where we already discussed ummm: 4'W x 4-5'L x 2'H
      • jenny: we could probably make a sort of cage around it in the basement with the many large storage units and plywood/metal down there rn
  • Mary Ann: should I advocate for it being exhibited at the Omni?
    • Everyone: yeah
  • j: +1! ...we cannot ensure the safety 100%, but then again who could?


Last Meeting Notes

https://omnicommons.org/wiki/Event:2017/10/19_Delegates_Meeting

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