Friday, February 27, 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

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

Paid for by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party  
3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1203, Los Angeles, CA 90010     FPPC#744554 - FEC#C00300731 
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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Endorsements for November 2014 general election

Upon vote of the membership at its September 18 endorsement meeting, the City Democratic Club announces its endorsements for the November 2014 general election.

State/Federal Offices

Nancy Pelosi for U.S. House of Representatives, District 12.
Jackie Speier for U.S. House of Representatives, District 14.
David Chiu for State Assembly, District 17.
Phil Ting for State Assembly, District 19.

Daniel Flores for Superior Court, Office 20.

Jerry Brown for Governor.
Gavin Newsom for Lieutenant Governor.
Betty Yee for Controller.
Alex Padilla for Secretary of State.
John Chiang for Treasurer.
Kamala Harris for Attorney General.
Dave Jones for Insurance Commissioner.
Fiona Ma for Board of Equalization, District 2.
Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Board of Supervisors

Mark Farrell, D2; Katy Tang, D4; Jane Kim, D6; Scott Wiener, D8; Malia Cohen, D10.

Board of Education

Trevor McNeil, Emily Murase, Shamann Walton.

Community College Board

Four-year terms: Thea Selby, Rodrigo Santos, Anita Grier.
Two-year term: Amy Bacharach.

At-Large Offices

Carmen Chu for Assessor/Recorder.
Jeff Adachi for Public Defender.
Nicholas Josefowitz for BART Board of Directors, D8.

Local Measures

Yes on Prop A, water bonds
Yes on Prop B, population-based indexing of Muni funding
Yes on Prop C, Children's Fund et al
Yes on Prop D, retiree benefits, former Redevelopment Agency employees
Yes on Prop E, soda tax
Yes on Prop F, Pier 70 development
No on Prop G, property transfer surtax
No on Prop H, prohibition on artificial turf
Yes on Prop I, permission of artificial turf
Yes on Prop J, minimum wage increase
No on Prop L, transportation priorities policy statement

The club has no endorsement on Prop K.

State Measures

Yes on Prop 1, water bonds
Yes on Prop 2, rainy-day fund
Yes on Prop 45, health insurance rate regulation
Yes on Prop 47, misdemeanor offense classification

The club has no endorsements on Prop 46 or Prop 48.