Green Party of California
for Member, Delegation to Green Party of the United States
March 24th, 2007
Name - Mike
- Santa Monica
County - Los Angeles County
Contact information - (310) 392-8450
1) Please list any prior or current positions, related experience, and/or personal
and professional skills within of the Green Party that you have, that apply
to this position.
I first registered Green in January 1990 when the ballot drive to start the
current Green Party of California began; and I have been active on every level
of the Green Party since November 1988, from
and I remain so today. The list below is far from exhaustive, but gives a flavor
of the range of activities that I have been involved in.
- On the local level, I have been active since November 1988, when I joined
the Westside Greens. Soon afterwards, my efforts in organizing the well attended
Westside Green public forums of 1989-1990, helped springboard the Westside
Greens from obscurity to public visibility and effect. While tabling on behalf
of my local, I have registered a couple of thousand Green voters over the years.
I have also represented the Westside Greens at national Green meetings in June
1989 (Eugene, OR), March 1990 (San Diego), September 1990 (Estes Park, CO)
and August 1991 (Elkins, WV).
I remained active with the Westside Greens through 2004, when I then helped
co-found a specific Santa Monica-focused local, the Santa Monica Greens, and
remain active with the Santa Monica Greens today.
- On the county level, I was the first county/regional Green office coordinator,
from 1989-1991 and took care of county mail and phone for about seven out of
ten years between 1989 and 1999.
I was a co-founder of the Green Party Organizing Committee for Los Angeles
County in 1990. After the Green Party of California gained ballot status in
January 1992, I was elected to the first County Council in Los Angeles County
in June 1992 and was re-elected every term since until 2002, when I took
at two-year hiatus, only to return in 2004 and remain active through the
In November 2004 I was also elected as the Co-coordinator of the Green Party
of Los Angeles County, which I served til the end of my term in 2006.
- On the state level, I am one of the party co-founders of the Green Party
of California. I co-organized and co-facilitated the founding meeting of the
state party. I gathered over 1,000 Green registrations myself during the 1990-1991
Green Party ballot qualification drive.
Since then, I have served on a variety of state committee and working groups,
including Campaigns & Candidates, Goals & Strategies, By-Laws, Electoral
Reform and International. I served on the GPCA State Coordinating Committee
for six years, from 1995-2001 and returned in 2006, for a term that ends
in March 2008. In
September of 2006, I was also elected as Co-Coordinator
Coordinating Committee, based upon the
I also served on both of the GPCA's State Party Restructuring Committees (1992-1993,
From 1994-1998, I was the GPCA's State Clearinghouse Coordinator. I served
as a correspondent for the GPCA's first state newsletter (Green Consensus)
in the early to mid 1990s and in recent years, have written for the GPCA's
current state newsletter (Green Focus).
I organized and hosted a GPCA state meeting (March 1990 @ LA Community College).
I authored the proposal for the GPCA to join the national Green Party (November
1999). And along the way, I have documented our GPCA state party history
- On the national level, I have been active since 1989. I began by co-coordinating
the national Green energy policy formation (1989-1990).
I was a founding member of the national Green Party Organizing Committee
(1990). I attended the founding meeting of the Association of State Green
which led to the current national Green Party of the United States. I have
also been an invited speaker at the founding of state Green Parties in Minnesota
(1994) and Texas (1999), as well as the Campus Green Network (2001).
I was on the 1990 national Green Gathering '90 organizing committee (Estes
Park, CO). In 1992, I was a member of the Media Committee, Green Gathering
'92 (Minneapolis, MN). In
1996, I was co-coordinator (with Lynne Sepre) of the 1996 Green Gathering
and Presidential Nomination Convention (at UCLA). In 2000, I was a member
of the Media Committee, ASGP Green Party National Convention (Denver, CO). In
2001 I co-organized (with Stacy Malkan) , the press
Founding and application to FEC for Nat'l Committee
July 2001 (Santa Monica, CA). Overall, I’ve attended every
annual national Green meeting in the U.S. since 1989 except
In 1995, I co-negotiated the deal with two others for Ralph Nader to
appear on the GPCA March 1996 presidential primary ballot, the first
to Nader becoming the Green Party's first presidential candidate.
I organized both national Green officeholders conferences in the U.S. (1998
and 2003, both in Santa Monica), as well as the first-ever gathering of
Green candidates in the U.S. (Green
Parties of the West, 1993, also in
I was also a founding member of the national Green Officeholders Network.
I was a correspondent for national Green publications Green Synthesis and
Green Letter in the early 1990s. I was the founding editor of the national
Party newsletter GreenPages from
1997-2001 and continue today as the Sections Editor for both Electoral
Green Party news.
In 1999-2000, I negotiated 90% of what became to be known as the `Boston
Agreement', which led the way to consolidating different factions in the
movement into what became the Green Party of the United States. I simultaneously
served for several years on the national Transition Committee, which established
the structure on how state Green Parties are represented on the national
I have maintained national candidate and officeholder for U.S. Greens since
1994 and have done the party's definitive election history back to 1985,
which is on display at www.greens.org/elections,
a national Green website which I help administer. I also coordinate information
and administer the U.S.
Green national media site www.greens.org/media and
the U.S. Greens ballot status and voter information site www.greens.org/stats.
Today I am an advisor to several national Green Party working groups, including
Media, International, Coordinated Campaigns and Annual National Meeting.
- On the international level, I was a founding member
of the U.S. Green International Working Group in 1989 and have been active
on the international Green level
I've attended more international Green meetings than any other U.S. Green,
representing both the Green Party of California and the U.S. Greens at
international Green meetings on numerous occasions. In the early 1990s,
I played an integral
role in establishing the credibility of U.S. Greens in the international
Green community, visiting and corresponding with numerous European Greens
My first role as a formal U.S. Green representative overseas was June 1990
at the European
Green Coordination meeting in Brussels .
In 2001, I was one of three U.S. Green delegates to the Global
Green meeting in Canberra, Australia, where I cast one of three U.S.
Green votes in favor of the first Global Green Charter.
In 1991, I was part of the organizing committee for the first CANAMEX meeting
(Greens from Canada, U.S. and Mexico) and was active in the founding
of its successor, the Federation of the
Green Parties of the Americas.
More recently, I attended Federation meetings that coincided with the founding
of the Green Party in the Dominican Republic (December 2002) and Nicaragua
I've written a 674-page book on European Greens (Sixteen Weeks with European
Greens: Interviews, Impressions, Platforms and Personalities) and am currently
working on a second international Green book, on the role of Green Parties
in coalition governments around the world.
I currently serve as an advisor to the U.S. Green International Committee,
and most recently I was a keynote international speaker at the August 2006
Green Party of Canada national convention, as is documented in these three
videos (one, two, three).
- On the global level, I have been active since 1990, when I put forward
the first written proposal regarding global Green cooperation and coordination,
which I presented in Bonn, West Germany at the meeting of the European
Coordination in 1990.
I was part of the international effort to organize the first
Global Green meeting,
held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
I was an advisor to the first Global Green Steering Committee (1992-1994),
including in my role creating the first Global Green Calendar, writing
for the first Global Green newsletter and helping co-create and coordinate
first international Green email lists in the early 1990s.
Today I am a member of the Global Greens Technical Advisory Group, which
is responsible for the Global Greens
which I am webmaster. I am also a member of the Global Greens History Working
Group and in this role, am writing a comprehensive global history section
of Green Parties around the world all the way back to 1972.
Finally, I am part of the twenty-member Global Green planning committee
for the next Global Greens meeting, scheduled for May 2008, and towards
participate in monthly conference calls and organize the GG2008 information/registration
2) Please list any prior or current positions, related experience, and/or
personal and professional skills outside of the Green Party that you have,
that apply to this position.
• City Council, Santa Monica, 1996-present
elected in 1996 and 2000
• Mayor, Santa Monica, 2000-2002
chosen by a unanimous vote of his colleagues
• Southern California Regional Comprehensive Plan Task Force,
Southern California Association of Governments, 2004-present
• Growth Visioning Subcommittee/Southern California Compass,
Southern California Association of Governments, 2001-2004
Energy & Environment Committee,
Southern California Association of Governments, 1997-present
• Westside Council of Governments
Santa Monica representative as Mayor, 2000-2002
• Housing Committee,
California League of Cities, 2001-2002
• U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2002
• Central Cities Committee,
National League of Cities, 2002-2004
• ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives)
Santa Monica representative, including presentations in Johannesburg, South
(World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002) and Athens (ICLEI Global
3) Please describe your vision for serving as GPUS Delegate including addressing
the job description for GPUS Delegate.
I want to ensure that our state party is well represented at the national
level and that our national party grows as well, including by sharing skills
and information with state parties not as well developed as California.
To ensure greater accountability between our delegation and the GPCA membership,
I would work to ensure that all GPCA members who wish to know what decisions
are before the national party, would have easy access to that information.
As a member of the GPLAC County Council, I authored a proposal to this
effect, and would encourage our delegation to pursue a similiar course:
PROPOSAL: That the County Council forward the following request to
the Green National Committee of the Green Party of the United States
The Green Party of Los Angeles County requests that the Green Party
of the United States
- develop a means by which rank-and-file members of the Green Party
can receive automated information about what decisions are before the
Green National Committee (including by email)
- develop a means by which rank-and-file members of the Green Party
can express their opinions about decisions before the Green National
Committee (including perhaps a format like that created by the GPLAC
for the June GPCA General Assembly)
Pending this, I would support the GPUS delegation automatically forwarding
all such information out to interested GPCA members via the GPCA County
Contacts list, or some other appropriate mechanism.
Finally, GPCA Bylaws include the possibility for the GPCA General Assembly
to instruct the GPUS delegation on national issues. I would work with
the GPUS delegation to present for inclusion in the GPCA Work Plan,
appropriate times/issues to bring to the General Assembly for its