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.

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.

 

November 2013 Endorsements

Friday, September 20, 2013 – Club members voted yesterday to endorse Propositions A and D, and Katy Tang, Carmen Chu and Dennis Herrera for local offices.

Propositions B and C are No Endorsement.

Local Offices

Katy Tang for Supervisor, District 4.
Carmen Chu for Assessor-Recorder.
Dennis Herrera for City Attorney.

Due to a typographical error, the Treasurer race was omitted from the club ballot. José Cisneros is running unopposed in this race. The club has no position on this office because of the error.

Measures


Yes on A, Retiree Health Care Trust Fund.
No endorsement on B, 8 Washington – Initiative.
No endorsement on C, 8 Washington – Referendum.
Yes on D, Prescription Drug Purchasing.

“No endorsement” means that neither Yes nor No reached the 60% threshold required to endorse. The club’s position is to not support either side on Propositions B and C.

Thank you!

The club extends a warm thank-you to our presenters from the Proposition B and C campaigns and to the membership for its careful consideration and its votes.

Key dates

Mark your calendar for these key dates and deadlines:

 

October 7: Early voting begins at City Hall
October 21: Last day to register to vote. City voter registration info on sfgov.org
October 29: Last day to request a mail ballot
November 2-5: Mail ballots can be dropped off at curbside collection stations at City Hall
November 5: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Next Up
Projections for upcoming club meetings:

November: After-work happy hour, most likely the 21st (third Thursday).
December: Holiday party.

2014: We’re lining up great speakers for the spring. Stay tuned.