DGR Executive Board Meeting

Executive Board meetings of the Democrats of Greater Riverside are open to all paid members. These meetings are for planning the General Meetings of the DGR and to find ways to support local Democratic candidates and Policies. 

E-Board meetings on the first Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., in the Hacienda Room of the Mexicali Bar & Grill and will follow parliamentary procedure.


March  7, 2017 
Hacienda Room (Small Meeting Room) 
Mexicali Bar and Grill 
1690 Spruce Street, Riverside, CA 92507 

7:00 pm

1. President’s Welcome 
2. Pledge of Allegiance 
3. Quorum Established 
4. Approval of Agenda 
5. Reading and approval of minutes 
6. President’s Report 
7. Vice President’s Report 
8. Secretary’s report 
9. Treasurer’s Report 
10. Committee Reports 
  a. Finance 
  b. Membership 
  c. Elections 
  d. Policy and Research
  e. Communications 
  f. Rules 
12. New Business
  a. Candidate Forum – Voting procedure and finalize format
  b. Platform – See http://riversidedemocrats.org/about-us-2/platform/
  c. April General Meeting
  d. Tamale festival and other events
  e. New shirts
  f. Sign Bylaws
  g. Open Floor
13. Announcements – written if possible
14. Adjournment

Candidate Forum and Platform Adoption

For our March general meeting, DGR is planning to hold a Riverside City Council candidate forum on in order for members to hear from candidates directly and vote on endorsing Democratic candidates for the various City Council Wards. If you wish to make a vote for endorsement, we encourage you to attend this event. 

The Candidate Forum is roughly planned to include each candidate from a Ward giving a short speech followed by questions from the membership. We will then take a vote as a club, and then we will announce our recommendations the following day. We will have the exact format finalized by March 8th and the forum is going to be moderated by Bob Melsh. 

Current candidates attending include:

Ward 6: Jim Perry: Confirmed, Rafael Elizalde Jr.: Confirmed.

Ward 2: Andy Melendrez: Confirmed, Nicolas Cast: Confirmed, Jon Harris: Confirmed, Lance Sayavong: No response.

Ward 4: No Democratic candidates.

More to be announced!

In addition to the Candidate Forum, DGR will also be considering adopting local policy platform.

Current platform proposals can be found online at:  http://riversidedemocrats.org/platform/

If you have issues you think should be included in the platform, please send platform position requests to RiversideDemocrats.92501@gmail.com

Policy and Research – Platform Adoption meeting

Current platform proposals can be found online at:  http://riversidedemocrats.org/platform/

This is a meeting of the Policy and Research Committee to finalize the DGR platform for submission to the Executive Board. 

We will review the submitted platform positions, and have a brief discussion on each item, and debate their inclusion in the official DGR platform. once each item has been selected we will compile them into an official platform letter which we will submit to the DGR executive Board meeting on March 7. 

Please attend this event if you have policy ideas you would like added to our platform or please send platform position requests to RiversideDemocrats.92501@gmail.com

Riverside Town Hall Congressman Mark Takano – DGR Booth

DGR is going to have a booth at the Takano Town hall. Please RSVP if you want to help with the booth. If you just want to attend the event tickets are here:


Here’s the description of the event:

Mark Takano (41–D) will have a town hall in Riverside February 23rd. Join us to hear Rep Takano talk about the plans for the House Democrats in response to the Republican majority and the Trump administration.  

Local groups and chapters of national groups will have representatives and information tables on hand as well.

Seating is limited. Please plan to carpool as parking is also limited. Paid parking is available across the street in the RCC parking structure and at Calvary Presbyterian Church down the block on Magnolia (near the hospital)

The 41st congressional district includes Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley and Perris.