September floodplains

Like everyone across the nation, our club is watching with horror as the waters recede to reveal ruin across Texas and Louisiana. In Houston alone, about 40,000 people were in shelters on the storm’s busiest night – and that’s about how many homes Hurricane Harvey will have destroyed, according to Red Cross estimates.

We’re adding a fundraiser to our September meeting. Give to Texas, get a club renewal. But Texas is big, and the numbers are staggering. If you were to take The Donald’s supposed $1 million and scatter it from Air Force One, it would have turned to pennies by the time it hit the ground.

President Kat Anderson has a close personal friend nearby. He and his neighborhood are fine. But their eyes and hearts are looking west to Katy, a small town west of Houston. He asked that we help The Fellowship, a local church, as they help neighbors in a town that looks too often like this.

We’re running a promotion at our September meeting to help our Lone Star brethren. On 9/28, bring a check made out to The Fellowship, or make a donation online at http://www.thefellowship.org/disaster-relief and bring the confirmation to the meeting.

Your donation in the amount of your normal club dues – or more! – serves as your 2018 renewal. For those of us bringing checks, the club will bundle them up and send them along. The Fellowship is an accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

And remember, 2018 will be a very big election year. You don’t want to miss out on our endorsements and events.

Give to Katy. Get from the club. It’s the least we can do.

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9/28 Meeting: Blue skies above, blue plains below

 

“You’re not from around here, are you?”

Our September meeting will be an inspiring journey from 30,000 feet to the floor of the Central Valley, with hope and possibility at every turn. As horrifying as the current headlines are, we hope you’ll join us.

Nima Rahimi, regional vice president of the Iranian American Bar Association, brings us the view from the airport on the first chaotic day of the Muslim ban and other headlines from immigration law. Fran Schreiberg tells how Working America, a labor-affiliated canvassing organization, is working to flip House seats in the Central Valley and how we can help.

Please join us at the Chancellor Hotel on 9/28. You can RSVP on our Facebook event page. It’s free and open to the public.

Ground Zero: Nima Rahimi and the view from SFO

Trump has been projecting and protecting xenophobia from every podium he’s used – but not in our name.

That “huddled masses” inscription on the Statue of Liberty? Never mind, it was just an afterthought.

When Trump took his dramatic step in January to roll up the carpet by Executive Order, protesters, immigration attorneys, and even Google’s Sergey Brin were among the thousand-strong SFO flash mob.

Nima Rahimi was there to assist and advise travelers. A recently appointed member to the City’s Immigrant Rights Commission, he can provide on-the-ground stories from the day of the Muslim decree as well as new developments from the Bay Area and beyond.

Flipping 99: Fran Schreiberg and the road less traveled

We city folk too readily file the Central Valley under “Trump people.” But Working America, through research and field work, knows that’s too simplistic and defeatist. The Valley isn’t solid red. Like all Americans, Valley residents are just trying to, pardon the pun, make their lives great again. We know who said it. We can show that we mean it.

Working America’s Fran Schreiberg can tell us some things Democrats got wrong, and how they’re working to get them right, in territory that ought to give us hope, not fear. They are working to flip Congressional Districts 10 (Jeff Denham, R-Turlock) and 21 (David Valadao, R-Hanford). And we in the Bay Area are by no means helpless.

Join us!

City Democratic Club’s September meeting
with Nima Rahimi, commissioner, Immigrant Rights Commission, and chapter vice-president, Iranian American Bar Association
and Fran Schreiberg, Of Counsel and Pro Bono attorney, Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood, for Working America

Thursday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.
Dining Room, Chancellor Hotel, 433 Powell Street

RSVP or get more info on our Facebook event page.

May club meeting…

Join the City Democratic Club Thursday, May 18, as we welcome D4 Supervisor Katy Tang.
Please RSVP on our Facebook events page.
See you Thursday!

The City Democratic Club is proud to host District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang to address our May meeting, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chancellor Hotel near Union Square. We will meet in the Clipper Room on the 2nd floor.

Supervisor Tang consistently gets the real work done in City Hall and, good news for us, her term’s not up until 2019. We’re excited to learn more about her recent inquiry into the increasingly common use of set-asides, which by The Examiner‘s count lock up 40 percent of the City general fund.

Sup. Tang has represented Sunset/Parkside since 2013. Her legislative priorities include keeping San Francisco family-friendly, improving public transportation, supporting small businesses, protecting our environment, enhancing pedestrian safety, improving public safety, and protecting our City’s financial health.

Her significant contributions to City policy include leadership in:

  • Ensuring paid parental leave,
  • Improving workplace lactation policies,
  • Preventing homelessness among domestic violence victims,
  • Increasing accessibility for those with disabilities, and
  • Expanding housing options for middle-income families.

A committed community activist, Sup. Tang works closely with the Ocean Beach Master Plan steering committee, is a member of the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, and hosts regular animal adoptions in her office in conjunction with the SPCA as well as an annual jobs fair for youth in her district. She began the Front Yard Ambassador Program to assist residents with front yard landscaping installations and to divert rainwater from the city’s sewer system. Sup. Tang also helped initiate the Home Match program, which pairs homeowners with low-income home seekers.

Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, she served as a Legislative Aide at the BoS for more than five years, as well as serving in the City’s Office of Public Policy & Finance. Sup. Tang grew up in the Sunset District and is a graduate of UC Davis and University of San Francisco’s School of Law.

If you have questions, please call Kat Anderson, president, at (415) 298-1335.