We got two meetings with CA state-level electeds landed at the last minute for this trip. (Megan, our assistant back in Seattle, is a superpower.) The first was with Catie Arbona in Chiu’s office today. The next is tomorrow morning with Senator Wiener tomorrow at 10am.
We heard today that Chiu would consider a budget request of $500k-$1m for a budget process that begins June 15. It is a competitive process, so no guarantees, but it did seem like this was up Chiu’s alley. Chiu’s aide Catie is a geek and gamer and lives around the corner from Noisebridge. I think she’s an ally. Nicole did great.
We will discuss this at our meeting with CA Senator Wiener tomorrow at 10am Catie says they may consider a joint ask or separate budget items. My gut tells me they will want to do a joint ask.
Things that seemed to really stoke Catie: the job skills building for low income people that Noisebridge provides, the demographics, Noisebridge’s openness and inclusion.
We will follow up and create a one-pager.
*Nicole, please send Catie a handwritten thank-you note ASAP at her office.