Come join us on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:30pm for a Membership Meeting at the Ingleside Police Station Community Room in Balboa Park. Come on by for some snacks and political discussions on important issues facing our district. Click here for a map and to RSVP.
First on the agenda is a presentation of the Prop 13 Split Role Project. Evolve-CA, is a non-profit that seeks to address the political third rail of Prop 13. For anyone not alive in 1976, Proposition 13 was a so called tax relief initiative that helped the elderly stay in their homes despite rising home values and consequent property taxes. The problem is that it was not finely crafted or narrowly tailored to protect the homes of low-income or fixed income residents. Their plan for Proposition 13 is to split the residential tax relief from the corporate tax relief. Corporations have received the bulk of the tax savings, not elderly. The tax savings undercut funding for public schools, libraries and other public institutions. We all know the result of that. Evolve is collecting endorsements from as many elected officials as possible and speaking to local political clubs regarding their push for a Prop 13 split role.
Second, we have scheduled proponents and opponents of the anti-airbnb ballot initiative in San Francisco. A representative from sharebettersf.com and a representative from airbnb will discuss the initiative and take your questions. The proposition seeks to further regulate short-term residential rentals to tourists, like those offered by Airbnb beyond the Board of Supervisors regulations set forth in 2014. Cluck here for more information on the current regulations and the proposed regulations.
|Third, we will have a representative from CA DISCLOSE to discuss the status of Senate Bill 52 and the current Assembly Bill 700. These bills will create transparency for political ads and require the top three funders of ballot measure ads to be shown clearly and unambiguously on the ads themselves. Most importantly, it requires that the funders disclosed on ads be the original sources of the contributions to the committee that paid for the ad, even if funders try to hide behind multiple layers of committees or organizations. In other words, there will be no more "People for a Better Tomorrow" or other such deceptive euphemisms for committees to obfuscate the actual sources of funding. SB52 sailed through the senate and more than 400 organizations and 80,000 voters have endorsed this as fundamental to voter rights.|
Last, but not least, Sheriff Mirkarimi will give us an update on his initiatives to combat recidivism and promote rehabilitation. His efforts, in the face of State mandated realignment, has conrtributed to the low jail population. The Sheriff's Department manages six county jails across San Francisco and the Peninsula.
Please note the budget discussion is postponed until our September meeting.
Five members of the San Francisco District 11 Democratic Club are candidates to become delegates to the California Democratic Party. Rosario Cervantes (Excelsior), Jose Torres (Mission Terrace), Gabriel Medina (Ingleside), Brigitte Davila (Mission Terrace) and Alex Walker (Mission Terrace) are seeking delegate positions. Delegates attend the state conventions and vote on ballot measure and candidate endorsements We have not had this kind of interest by club members in many years and it presents a great opportunity for neighbors to advocate for the Democratic Party to be responsive to the needs of everyday voters.
A little bit about our members running for delegate positions:
- Rosario Cervantes: Rosario is a longtime of the Excelsior district. She will be a fierce advocate for the average resident and will push the party towards policies that champion clean energy, consumer protection, affordable housing, health care and access to education. She is an active member of the Labor Council, the District 11 Democratic Club and the Latino Democratic Club. She currently serves as president of the board of Coleman Advocates for Youth & Children. You can vote for Rosario on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the African Americam Art & Culture Complex at 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
- Joe Torres: Neighbors might remember Jose "Joe" Torres as Uncle Sam, a role he reprises every 4th of July at the Mission Terrace 4th of July Parade and Picnic. But Joe has long been involved in politics starting with Bobby Kennedy in 1968 and on through the Obama campaigns. He is a member of several Democratic Clubs including the D11 Dems. Jose will advocate for equity for all and support of democratic values. You can vote for Joe on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Pacelli Event Center at 145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015.
- Gabriel Medina: Born and raised in San Francisco, Gabriel is concerned about policies that have pushed families out, made homeownership unattainable, and closed our longtime community businesses. He wants the Democratic Party to be responsive to its base. Gabriel is active in local politics and serves as president of the S.F. Latino Democratic Club. You can vote for Gabriel on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Pacelli Event Center at 145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015.
- Brigitte Davila: A resident of Mission Terrace and currently serving as president of the District 11 Democratic Club, Brigitte recently won a position as trustee of the City College Board in the last general election. She is a tireless advocate for accesible quality public education at all levels, with a particular emphasis on higher education. She is running to ensure that the Democratic Party further policies that support access to education, affordable housing, voting, civil rights and, generally to ensure socio-economic justice for all residents. She recently won a citywide race for a seat on the CCSF Board of Trustees. You can vote for Brigitte on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Pacelli Event Center at 145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015.
- Alex Walker: Another resident of Mission Terrace is an incumbent delegate running to retain his seat and his office on the delegate AD 19 Executive Board. Alex is active in the LGBT, Progressive and Environmental Caucuses as well as on the Voter Services Committee and in the California Young Democrats. He serves as PAC Chair of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and is active with SF Young Democrats, Irish American Democratic Club and others. You can vote for Alex on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Pacelli Event Center at 145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015.
- Leah LaCroix: Leah is our newest member and will be the youngest delegate. She held a position on the Youth Commission and is an advocate for transportation that serves the residents of San Francisco. You can vote for Alex on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Pacelli Event Center at 145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015.
Join us for our Annual Holiday Party
Please join members (and those who love them) on Sunday, December 7 from 2 to 5:00 pm (or whenever). We'll have our usual signature holiday cocktail and plenty of homemade tamales and lots of other tasty goodies and beverages. This may be your only holiday party where you can "talk politics" all you want without getting in trouble. RSVP here
Please bring an unwrapped toy for a child aged 2 to 12 for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Drive. Click the link to find suggestions for toys and more about the firefighter's toy program.
Members can make Santa's elves happy by renewing their membership for 2015.
The results are in from our members on endorsements. We heard from a number of candidates and asked a lot of questions. The November 4 2014 ballot is a complicated one much discussion ensued. Afterwards, over a delicious dinner, we specifically discussed why the eboard (Executive Board) endorsed as they did, and generally, we discussed the pros and cons of all the issues. You can review the endorsement rules here, but basically all dues-paying regular members of 30 days or more were able to vote
To give some background, the eboard met with on three different days. First, there was a review all candidates that responded to our interview request, we had a separate day of interviews for the pro and con representatives for all the San Francisco Measures. Then the eboard met for a third day to hear the pro and cons on all the state measures. We did not revisit our endorsements for the primary, and a number of city offices fell under that category. Our by-laws prohibit endorsing non-Democrats, but there were very few candidates to exclude, this being San Francisco.
Here then are the results of a long and thoughtful process. I have briefly described the rationale for all decisions made for this round of endorsements. Please feel free to comment.
SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT 11 DEMOCRATIC CLUB ENDORSEMENTS FOR GENERAL ELECTION:
SAN FRANCISCO MEASURES
OPPOSE Measure A: Transportation and Road Improvement Bond
- Although we support increased transit funding, especially for the aging infrastructure, we did not trust the MTA with the ambiguous language that $500 million funding ($1 billion total debt) "may be allocated" to transit infracstructure. Prop A's "TEP" also cuts more neighborhood service. The MTA does not have the best record in District 11 and, ultimately, this bond, with no specific commitments regarding transit, is just too vague for our vote.
OPPOSE Measure B: Transportion Funding Ratio to Population
- This is another possibly good idea with an essentially untrustworthy actor (MTA) making decisions woth our tax money. Specifically, it would take money out of the San Francisco's general fund and earmark an amount based on the current population. There is no argument that we need better more reliable transit, but it is not clear how the MTA would spend these funds.
SUPPORT Measure C: Children’s Fund
- This measure had no organized opposition. Many of our members are involved wth other organizations that serve children and families. This measure expands the children's fund to include youth.
SUPPORT Measure D: Redevelopment Retiree Benefits
- This effects only about 60 former employees of the Redevelopment Agency and is an attempt to correct an unfairness as their jobs reverted to the City. There is no organized opposition.
SUPPORT Measure E: Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
- No doubt, this one was close. On the one hand, you have the unassailed research from UCSF pointing to the increase in obesity in children and youth and the relationship to the availablity of non-nutritive sugary beverages (sodas, etc.) On the other hand, it is a regressive tax that will hit low income people hardest and the beverage industry claims that jobs will be lost andprices will rise. Our decison was based on many of us who work with children and youth witnessing the obesity epidemic first-hand. Also, the same arguments that the beverage industry raises were also raised by the tobacco industry regarding taxing cigarettes. And, that turned out better than anyone expected. So ultimately, the majority of members voted to support this one.
SUPPORT Measure F: Pier 70
- Another close one. This garnered a No Recommendation from the eboard. The members thought otherwise, however, and it passed with over 70% of the vote in favor. No doubt, the guest speaker on Pier 70, former mayor Art Agnos, allayed most concerns about the project. It will be a real boon to the Bayview to clean up this area and build market rate and affordable housing as well as parks in this area.
SUPPORT Measure G: Anti-Speculation Tax
- There is no question that speculation has made this housing market quite volatile and does nothing for the neighborhoods of San Francisco. Despite the glossy ads from the real estate industry entering mailboxes across the City, Measure G will not hurt the disabled or seniors, unless they are speculators.
SUPPORT Measure H: Natural Grass in GG Park
- No one was particularly opposed to artificial turf for soccer fields. What we were opposed to was the power grab by Rec and Parks, and the apparrently cozy deal with the faux turf company.
OPPOSE Measure I: Artificial Turf in GG Park
- See above in Measure H rationale.
SUPPORT Measure J: Minimum Wage Increase
- No organized opposition. It appears aeveryone is on board with this one from the mayor to the Chamber of Commerce to our Supervisor Avalos and local organizations like Coleman Advocates for Children and Families.
SUPPORT Measure K: Affordable Housing
- This was not Supervisor Jane Kim's affordable housing proposal, but a toothless version reached through negotiation with the mayor's office. Still the majority voted yes, only because it is better than nothing.
NO RECOMMENDATION Measure L: Auto Priorities for Transit
- This is a policy statement to inform the MTA that cars and those who love them are not getting enough attention in the transit planning process. This measure received a No Recommendation as an alternative to an Oppose from the eboard, mostly out of respect for our venerable past-president Claire Zvanski. The members also voted No Recommendation.
SAN FRANCISCO CANDIDATES:
CA Assembly District 17: David Campos
- Even though this is an office in the State Assembly, We are including it among the local candidates, because it is about San Francisco's representation at the State level. Currently, the much beloved Tom Ammiano occupies this seat, but is now termed out. Tom really fought hard for San Francisco and was unwilling to give it up to the highest bidder. Our eboard and again our membership feels the same way. With so much silicon valley and real estate cash pouring in to support the opposition, it was easy to make the distinction as to who would best represent the eastern and central neighborhoods that comprise the Assembly District 17 of San Francisco. The District runs through the Excelssior in our supervisorial District 11. David Campos clearly gets our vote as a stand up guy who will stand up for San Francisco. His commitment to affordable housing, stemming evictions and
This map gives you a visual idea of where the contested Assembly District 17 runs though our neighborhoods. Note the highlighted blue area which is the Excelsior District. As part of our San Francisco supervisorial District 11, only residents of the Excelsior neighborhhods can vote in the Assembly District 17 race.
- Superior Court Judge, Office 20: Daniel FLORES
Danny Flores primary endorsement carries over to the General Election. Clearly, he was the hometown favorite for members as he was born and raised in the Excelsior. He also impressed the members with his legal experience, discipline and sense of fairness. The race is a tight one and we are pulling for Daniel.