Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Meet Julie Christensen, D3 Supervisor, at our March meeting

City Democratic Club is proud to welcome Julie Christensen, new supervisor for District 3, to our March meeting.

Ms. Christensen, a 35-year resident of San Francisco, has worked closely with neighborhood associations in North Beach, where she has lived for 21 years, and beyond.

Her work has included advocacy for an extension of the Central Subway, redesigns of Helen Wills and Joe DiMaggio playgrounds, work on the North Beach Library, Pool and Clubhouse, and streetscaping throughout D3 with an eye toward pedestrian safety.

She has an extensive, successful background in product development and design for major companies including Corning, Maytag, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Whirlpool, encompassing household name brands like Gillette, KitchenAid and XBOX.

Ms. Christensen is on SPUR's Advisory Board and is a founder of the SFNexTstop advocacy group promoting extension of the T-line through North Beach to Fisherman's Wharf.

Please join us in welcoming our City's newest supervisor.

When: Thursday, March 19th, 7:30pm
Where: Chancellor Hotel, Clipper Room (433 Powell St. between Sutter and Post)
How: Adjacent Muni lines: 3, 8X, 38, 30, 45, cable cars. The Powell Street BART/Muni station is a 10-15 minute walk away, as are Market and Mission street lines.

Officer elections for 2015

In March, we will vote on Executive Board positions for the year 2015.

At February's meeting, the following nominations were moved: President, Michael Ho; First Vice President, Kat Anderson; Second Vice President, Jim Reilly; Recording Secretary, Michelle Parker; Corresponding Secretary, Clay Harrell; Treasurer, Steve la Plante; and at-large members Michael Breyer and Heidi Machen.

Additional nominations can be made in March and the membership will vote at this time. One must be a dues-paid member to participate in this vote; however, new members can vote immediately with no 28-day waiting period.


City Democratic Club brings you year-long programming and advertises your voice, through our endorsement process, to the entire City. Your membership supports our joint desire for leadership with a pragmatic approach and a city-wide view. Many of you have already renewed, and the club's thanks go out to you.

Membership rates remain unchanged for 2015, still a bargain at $35, with a discounted rate of $15 for seniors and students.

To join or renew, you may:

  • Send a check, made out to City Democratic Club, to us at 621 LaSalle Ave., San Francisco, 94124. Please write your email address on your check.
  • Bring a check or cash to the next meeting.
  • Use the PayPal button in the sidebar to pay dues with your credit card.

About City Democratic Club

We're the City Democratic Club. Not for a district, not for an issue -- for the City.

Established in 1980, we are dedicated to careful review and analysis of the issues from a pragmatic, balanced, good-government perspective.

For more information, contact us:

Facebook: City Democratic Club
Twitter: @CityDemSF
Tel: 415-335-9143

Monday, March 2, 2015

February meeting recap

David Latterman on the pulse of the City

The club extends its thanks to David Latterman, Principal of Fall Line Analytics, for his insightful view of City demographics and voting trends. One key takeaway was how the campaign cycle is moving earlier and earlier because of a steadily increasing percentage of mail-in votes.

Although 2015 should be a quiet year, David previewed 2016, a Presidential election year that features the odd-numbered Supervisors as well as State and Federal Representatives and State Senator, a race that includes some of the southern suburbs.

A lively Q&A for David focused on the concept of San Francisco as a "donut" - a central core that gets significant attention and investment, and the edges that often feel underrepresented and underfunded.

D3 Supervisor Julie Christensen

Our March speaker, Supervisor Julie Christensen, also came and gave us a fascinating teaser of her upcoming presentation. She previewed the challenges and responsibilities of representing one of the most demographically varied districts in the City, one that includes North Beach, Chinatown, and Telegraph Hill. Please join us for her full presentation on Thursday, March 19. We'll again meet at 7:30pm at the Chancellor Hotel; see our March meeting announcement for complete details.

Our meetings are well-attended. Come early to get a seat that's to your liking.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Help drive turnout higher with #BoostTheVote

Members and friends, 

Please find attached information about a campaign being run by our friends in L.A. The cause is critical: How to reverse the trend of lower voter turnout. We hope you'll give serious consideration to this issue affecting nothing less than the future of democracy.

Dear Democrat,

LACDP is thrilled to throw its support behind Secretary of State Alex Padilla's #BoostTheVote campaign. 

After an election with the lowest voter turnout in more than seventy years, Secretary Padilla has created a forum to solicit the best ideas on how to get more voters engaged in our democracy and to make sure that the voices of all people in California are heard.

Civic participation begins with us, and who better than the Democratic Party to revitalize voter participation in our government?

To begin this undertaking, Secretary Padilla has asked all of us to share what we would do to increase voter turnout through social media, using #BoostTheVote, or by going to, to share our ideas. I implore all of you to contribute to this important effort.

 Democratically yours,

Eric C. Bauman
Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Vice-Chair, California Democratic Party

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Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

City Democratic Club had a wonderful holiday party on Thursday the 18th. Many others within our circles also had gatherings at the same time -- a constant danger of the season. We thank all of our members and friends who came out to join us, and especially those who made time for us in the midst of busy evenings.

The Noir Lounge in Hayes Valley was our venue. They have a full bar as well as a growing food menu.

The club wishes you a happy holiday season. Join us for an exciting 2015: more speakers, more parties, more camaraderie.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday party!

December Holiday Party: Thursday 12/18

It's time for our annual holiday party! This year we'll be in Hayes Valley on our usual third Thursday, the 18th. Celebrate the season with good cheer and the company of your favorite political enthusiasts. Bring your friends, bring your partner, bring a can for the Food Bank.

When: Thursday December 18, 6pm until exhaustion
Where: Noir Lounge, 581 Hayes St. at Laguna

  • 21-Hayes (Laguna St.)
  • 5-Fulton (Laguna St., <5 mins)
  • 47/49 Van Ness lines (Grove St., <10 mins)
  • F/J/K/L/M/N Market Street lines (Van Ness station, 10 mins)
  • Performing Arts Garage, 360 Grove St. at Gough (5 mins)
  • Street parking in this neighborhood is unpleasant.

The club has reserved the large communal table in the back from 6-8pm. Many of us will stay longer, of course.

We continue our tradition of support for the San Francisco Food Bank. Please join us in bringing a can, or a check for the Food Bank, to the party.

Renew for 2015!

Be sure your voice is heard within the club and throughout the city. This fall, San Francisco elects the citywide offices of Mayor, City Attorney, District Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer. Ballot measures are likely as well.

Regular dues are still $35, discounted to $15 for students and seniors.

Bring your check to the holiday party, send it to us at 621 LaSalle Ave., San Francisco, 94124, or pay regular dues by credit card using the PayPal button in the sidebar at right.

We'll also accept cash at the holiday party.