Event:2020/01/16 Delegates

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Omni Delegates' Meeting - 16 January 2020 7pm-9pm

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  • Introductions [15 minutes]
    • Meeting Roles
    • Delegates Count
    • Access Check-in
  • Check-ins, Updates & Report-Backs [30 minutes]
    • Brief Announcements
    • Working Groups
    • Member Collectives
    • Conflicts, Mediation & Safe Space
  • Proposals & Discussions


Introduce yourself: Name; Pronoun; Affiliation; any brief announcements; say whether you're a delegate; let us know about any access needs you have†

  • WHY DO WE ASK PRONOUNS? To make space for people who are trans, nonbinary, gender noncomforming or otherwise vulnerable to being misgendered. It's not an invitation to make jokes or trivialize the idea of pronouns. If you are fine with the gender and pronouns society generally assigns to you, please just say what they are without fanfare or embellishment. Conversely, please don't pressure anybody to give their pronouns, as that can harm trans people who are closeted or questioning. The point is to prompt and normalize asking, but not to mandate or enforce. Thank you! <3 Yar
  • Laura - commons, finance & building wg
  • Rachel - GWS, she is cold
  • Jane - she/her GWS no access needs
  • Phil - he/him Liberated Lens needs met
  • Luna
  • Ken -he/him CCL delegate no needs
  • jenny, sudo, remote
  • Robert
  • Mylan - she/her, phat beets, access needs met
  • Tony - works with Mylan & Phat Beets

Access Check In

Is everybody able to participate fully in this meeting? Do people have unmet needs or concerns?

Meeting Roles

  • Facilitator/s: Laura
  • Explanation of hand signals: "deaf applause", "raised hand", "point of process", v "direct response"(wildcard), etc.
  • Stacktaker: Phil
  • Timekeeper: Ken
  • Notetaker/s:
  • Vibe Reader:
  • Who will out next meeting's agenda beforehand:
  • Next meeting's facilitator(s):


  • CCL: Ken
  • CSC:
  • FNB: Phil
  • FYE: AB
  • GWS: Rachel
  • LL: Robb
  • Phat Beets: Mylan
  • Sudo: jenny (remote)
  • Quorum: 7/8 yes

Brief Announcements

  • Rachel - Poor People's Campaign documentary

Working Group Report-Backs

Building & permits

  • Meetings: only the kitchen group meets regularly, new times tbd
  • https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/building
  • Laura - meetings happening again, as people are available, Matt installed entrance hall lighting, robb working on fixing the front door hinge
  • we are working thru a list a list of small jobs
  • omni workday on sunday Jan 26th 10am-late afternoon
  • Robert painted Bocce court bathroom


  • Meetings: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 5:30pm
  • https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/booking
  • Laura - we had a large meeting including Shido from FYE and 3 SPAZ members.
  • Ken - A lot of the questions I had at the last meeting were answered. Many issues were raised and responded to. I was surprized to see how many people are in SPAZ so my question is why they haven't been participating in the building very much.
  • Robb - we did get a formal nuisance complaint form from the city that we have to respond to.
    • DK said he was meeting with City Administrator on Friday re: this
      • We should get a reprot fromhiim about Shifra and talk befire the meeting with the adminstrator

Finance & Fundraising

  • Meetings: 1st & 3rd Mondays at 5:30pm
  • https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/finance
  • 1099s sent. jenny working to close the books for 2019 in time for prop tax exemption app deadline 2/15
    • also working with FYE and Village to open bank accounts (Village needs paperwork ending Omni fiscal sponsorship in order to open, planning to work on that next week. i don't know why Comm Bank of the Bay is requiring this. Banks..)

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?


  • Ken - we're doing fine, ramping up for the new year, lots of classes ongoing



  • Phil - search for new vehicle underway, whitey back from sf



  • Rachel: Decorated our office upstairs and getting going after the holidays


  • RObb: one of the films we made is in a film fest in Grass Valley. Anka and another person will be there. Looking into grant applications and trying to organize local citizens media for local activism

Phat Beets

  • Mylan - hopefully buy a vehicle, Max expecting a child at end of feb
  • Taking a grantwriting class at UCB. Mylan suggested Omni as a possible non-profit and sturdent team could wirte grants for.


Conflicts, Mediation & Safe Space

  • Updates for any ongoing issues
  • Has anybody been asked to leave? asked to leave
  • Robb asked Gwen to leave becasue she brings "material donations" a leaves them here without permission, also she has repeatedly yelled at people in the building, and at people who come in to use the bathroom. He discussed the problems with her behavior and to contact the mediation list if she wants to come back.
  • Mediation will happen between Robb and Lukas as requested by Robb. LUkas hasn't agreed yet but will be contacted by Laura who has volunteered to mediate


  • Ken hasn't brought the cat proposal yet becasue he was being the bad guy on another proposal and didn't want to have people prejudiced against the cat.

Example Proposal Title

  • Name of person, and/or, collective. and/or working group making this proposal; Date the proposal was sent to the consensus email list
  • Text of proposal


  • Late night basement events
  • a lot of discussion about issues with SPAZ and other events in the basement. Delegates aren't satisfied with the decision at the Commons WG that SPAZ can continue doing events. Mylan adamantly proposes that SPAZ not be allowed to continue events after her experience speaking with Lukas about not cleaning up graffiti that appeared in the building after SPAZ party, and delegates said they couldn't have any more events until it was painted over.
    • All delegates, except Jenny who has a conflicy of interest, agree that there should be no more basement events until delegates approval.
      • jenny: sudo delegate does not agree, and this was not put up as a proposal and is thus invalid. sudo room blocks as this was not made out as a proposal for discussion by collective members
        • robb - jenny's posit is a straw man argument. there's no delegate's proposal to block. every event request is a proposal & any working group member may block one, thus, any delegate, may block one as the working groups derive their authority from the delegates & we just got a nuisance notice from the city
          • jenny - you obviously have no clue what a straw man argument is. your statement here is total bullshit. working groups are empowered to make certain kinds of decisions pertaining to the operations of the working group, and explicitly do not "derive their authority from the delegates" - please cite your sources if you believe differently! i'd love to see them.
        • Jenny - you clearly have no clue about logical fallacies (again the statement is "all delegates agree") ``
    • We will hold a meeting with Commons, any interested delegates, Lukas, Jenny, any interested SPAZ members to discuss accusations of past breaking of agreements and conflicts of interest.
    • Mylan suggests that there be a person who checks on late night events who isnt the point person.
    • Trusted Security team to be present.
    • lengthy discussion about favoritism
  • jenny: call for attention to robb's repeated attempts at discrediting me - including repeated lies, loudly shittalking behind my back in the space, and aspect of this all that has to do with interpersonal relationship issues. am stepping back from omni because no one will do anything about his repeated personal attacks and ability to garner support because he basically lives here and is on a single-minded mission fueled by bitterness.
    • jenny: i will only attend a meeting at which robb is not present

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