Posts Tagged ‘Alice B. Toklas’

Wow, Gay San Francisco Stands Up for Dennis Herrera at Harvey Milk Plaza – Ammiano Harshes Ed Lee + “WTF, Chronicle?”

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, the Chron* was there. As was Steve T Jones of the Bay Guardian. And here’s a short highlight clip.]

Well, a large crowd showed for today’s noontime rally in support of City Attorney and mayoral candidate Dennis Herrera. It came in reaction to this bit from John Coté and Heather Knight in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle.

Consider this rally, complete with pretty much all of Gay San Francisco (gee, who wasn’t there?), a strong retort.

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1 of 4 - Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart and Senator Mark Leno:

2 of 4 – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano: “WTF, Chronicle?” (Ouch.) And then, on a different tack: “I think we all know who was doing it.” Uh, would that be Ed Lee? And do you think Tom’s talking about Ed Lee here? “…Healthy San Francisco, supporting it, not trying to decimate it. Honoring Occupy San Francisco and their ability to mediate and to collaborate. How about some fucking leadership?

(Here’s the short version, complete with Henny Youngman-style one-liners.)

And check out Cleve Jones at around 8:00: “And finally, to Ed Lee, whose campaign began with a lie [and] is ending with a lie. And in between the lies, what did we see but cronyism, fake grass-roots organizations coming out of nowhere, vote tampering like we haven’t seen in a long, long time, money laundering, and now we’re ending with a big lie, a slur against Dennis Herrera. And how stupid do you think we are? Please.”

(Here’s the short version.)

This is the clip with the vitriol:

3 of 4: City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the man himself:

4 of 4: Herrera’s closing plus Harvey Milk Club and Alice B Toklas Club, united:

All the deets:

“News conference on Dennis Herrera’s record of support for LGBT marriage equality: TODAY, Oct. 27, 12:00 noon, Harvey Milk Plaza
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 27, 2011) — Leaders in the LGBT community and marriage equality movement including Senator Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Supervisor Scott Wiener, Molly McKay, Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis, Cleve Jones, Julius Turman, Reese Isbell, representatives from both the Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk LBGT Democratic Clubs, and a growing list of others will hold a news conference to defend City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s consistent record of support for marriage equality.
The news conference at noon today is in response to political attacks published in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday from anonymous sources who questioned City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s commitment to marriage equality.   
                      LGBT Community Press Conference
                      Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market
                      TODAY – Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:00 noon 
Below is a letter issued yesterday from Phyllis Lyon, the LGBT civil rights pioneer.  Lyon and her late wife, Del Martin, were the first same-sex couple married in San Francisco.”
MESSAGE FROM PHYLLIS LYON: OCT. 26, 2011
Subject: Dennis has always defended us
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Now, we need to defend him!
Please join Senator Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Supervisor Scott Wiener, representatives from both the Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk LBGT Democratic Clubs, and many other LGBT community leaders for:
                      LGBT Community Press Conference
                      Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market
                      Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:00 noon 
With less than two weeks until Election Day, a petty smear campaign is underway to personally discredit City Attorney Dennis Herrera over his years of work for marriage equality.  Incredibly, despite all the heroic efforts of Dennis and his office right from the start, anonymous sources have pushed a story in the San Francisco Chronicle that Dennis wasn’t “supportive” of Mayor Newsom’s decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses back in February 2004.  It’s not true.  These politically motivated attackers are hoping we’ll forget the years of hard work Dennis and his deputies invested — and continue to invest even now, in the federal challenge to Prop 8 — for LGBT equality.
My late wife, Del Martin, and I were the first same-sex couple married back in 2004. 
So I remember the heartfelt and tireless work that Dennis, Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry Stewart, and the City Attorney’s Office committed to defend our marriage from day one.  Yes, it was an uphill battle.  We all knew it, and we all expressed doubts.  But that doesn’t mean we weren’t “supportive” of marriage equality! 
That’s why these anonymous political attacks are such an outrage.
It’s not just insulting to a good man and longtime LGBT ally.  It insults the intelligence of LGBT voters who know that Dennis has been a consistent and effective champion for our community for years:
  • In the 1990s, as Police Commission President, Dennis established groundbreaking protocols to require police to treat transgender detainees with the dignity and respect they deserve. 
  • Dennis successfully defended our landmark Equal Benefits Ordinance in his first years as City Attorney, finally defeating challengers who opposed domestic partner benefits.
  • In 2002, Dennis and the Assessor ended tax re-assessments homeowners faced after the death of a domestic partner — so LGBT survivors on fixed incomes wouldn’t lose their homes.
Dennis’s heart has always been with us.  That’s why he was elected and re-elected City Attorney with overwhelming LGBT community support.  That’s why he’s now the only candidate for Mayor endorsed by both the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (#1) and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club (#2).   
Dennis Herrera never shrank from defending the LGBT community — not once.  Now, it’s our turn to defend him.  
Please join us at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market, Thursday, Oct. 27, at 12:00 noon. 
Sincerely,
Phyllis Lyon”
 ~
Mark Leno:

DJH with wife Anne:

And here’s part of the crowd descending the steps of Castro Station:

And, bonus, a special hug for Harvey and Alice:

So, uh, who’s the “political genius” who thought it was a good idea for former Gavin Newsom staffers to go to the Chron a few days back?

Because this whole affair, well, it’s not good for Ed Lee.

Not good at all…

*I swear, I don’t really get photojournalism and that sole shot presented is a good example of why. It doesn’t really transmit all that much info, it doesn’t really show who was there, and it’s not arty or anything. But it does juxtapose “applause” and “Herrera” so I guess that’s telling stories with photos and I guess that’s what PJ is supposed to be about. I suppose. (Is that day’s work, BTW?) Anyway, I prefer the camera-held-level-at-two-yards-altitude, you-are-there look.

Scenes From the Bevan Dufty vs. Dennis Herrera Endorsement Battle at the Alice B Toklas Democratic Club

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Here’s what commuters saw the other day on their journeys home just past horrible Octavia Boulevard.

Herrera won the sign battle…

…but Bevan was working the crowd on site…

…so let’s call it a draw.

I still don’t know how this one ended up.

Bevan Dufty Says He’s Unbought and Unbossed: Refuses #2 Mayoral Endorsement from Alice B. Toklas PAC

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Now you’d think that the non-leading candidates for Mayor would be focused on going after Dear Leader, but that’s not necessarily the case all the time.

As here, where Bevan Dufty says he’s “Unbought and Unbossed,” so that means the the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club’s Political Action Committee can take their number #2 endorsement for Bevan and shove it, apparently.

Click on over to see if you can figure all this out.

This Monday, please help me reject the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s PAC recommendation that I be endorsed as the #2 candidate for Mayor. If you are a current or recent member of Alice, please join me Monday, September 12th at the LGBT Center from 5:30-8:00 p.m. to vote no on the PAC so that they change this recommendation. If you are not a member of Alice, please join me outside of the Center to show that a club with a 40-year history of advancing the LGBT community should not make me their second choice.”

To Be Continued…

“Sweet Melissa” Griffin Stars at Tonight’s District 10 Debate – Watch Live at 6:15PM

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Famous “Sweet Melissa” Griffin will host tonight’s big debate in San Francisco Supervisorial District 10. Watch it live and then submit questions via Twitter and email. 

Check it:

Beth Spotswood and Pollo del Mar will be providing color commentary and it should be an all-around fun time! The event is sponsored by the SF Young Democrats, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and the Harvey Matthews Bayview Hunters Point Democratic Club.”

You can’t elect a supe until Melissa Griffin hosts a debate of the issues. Here she was a couple years back in District 9:

Look for the Big Board – it sets out positions on the issues of the day in black and white. You Can’t Hide From The Big Board:

SFYD Page of Details here.

Participating Candidates:

Isaac Bowers 

Malia Cohen

Kristine Enea

Chris Jackson

Tony Kelly

DeWitt Lacy

Eric Smith

Lynette Sweet

Steve Moss

Where and What Time:

Southeast Community Facility located at 1800 Oakdale Avenue When: Tuesday, August 10th, 5:30 reception – debate to begin promptly at 6:15

Columnist Ken Garcia Doesn’t Endorse Candidates, Oh No. But Slate Cards? For Sure!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

[UPDATE: C.W. Nevius just issued his endorsement slate just now as well. What a coinkidink! Is he in the same machine/faction as Ken Garcia? Oh yes. Hey, do you think either of these two will run for the DCCC or other elected office someday? Stay tooned…]

I don’t know, Ken Garcia’s latest joint has this tidbit:

“…I don’t endorse candidates…”

But then he goes and endorses groups of candidates thusly:

“If you need guidance, there are several respected groups that carry election endorsements worth checking out, including the websites for the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the City Democratic Club*, Plan C, and the Building Owners and Managers Association.”

So he doesn’t endorse candidates, but he does endorse endorsements of candidates? O.K. fine.

If you vote for somebody not on this slate card, you might be electing a person who is not “sane.”

Per K.G., the “local Democratic party organization was the object of a coup.” Really? Isn’t a coup a “sudden unconstitutional deposition of a government?” Yes it is. But didn’t San Francisco voters vote in the representatives on that body? Yes they did. Were these voters insane from Ken Garcia’s standpoint? Apparently. Or they were misled. Or they’re stupid. Something like that. O.K. fine, if you say so.

I mean, did Aaron Peskin and Chris Daly “rid” the DCCC of “many of its moderate members” or did the voters? Oh well.

In conclusion, Columnist Ken Garcia Doesn’t Endorse Candidates, Oh No. But Slate Cards? For Sure!

*Confusingly, some of the candidates endorsed by the City Democratic Club don’t reside within the walls of the Chamber of Commerce Fortress of Reaction. Kenny-boy doesn’t really want you to vote for those people, actually, so consider the City Democratic Club endorsement slate an outlier, FYI.