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Well, It Looks Like We Have Some Actual Campaigning for District Five Supervisor: Julian Davis Has the Mo

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This crowd looks to be the first to gather for any candidate in the D5 race:

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Why don’t you get in on the fun? Here’s the drill:

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Ooh, now let’s check in with weak-willed “Progressive” Christina Olague. Here’s her campaign.

I’ll tell you, if you like Ed Lee’s neo stop-and-frisk policy for the SFPD, then you should vote for Christina Olague, cause, you know, she worked hard to ensure that voters would choose Ed Lee over Supervisor John Avalos in the last mayoral election.

Oh, and here’s her most recent vote of no confidence. Per Samson Wong of AsianWeek:

“EMPRESS HAS NO CLOTHES: Some overconfidence in District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague’s campaign before last week’s August 15 SF Democratic Party county committee endorsement vote. Only days before, Bill Barnes, veteran campaign manager, government staffer and former District 5 candidate himself, came in to corral votes for the supervisor representing Japantown, Haight-Ashbury and Western Addition. One strategic error made – assuming an inflated head count that Olague would snag the important SF Democratic Party endorsement. In reality, no consensus had developed for Olague and her rivals - London Breed of the African American Arts and Culture Complex, Julian Davis of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center or College Board member John Rizzo. The outcome – a public embarrassment for Olague, the Mayor Ed Lee appointee…”

Or London Breed, that’s the other choice for Ed Lee fans in D5, believe it or not. (She has the support of Republican billionaire Ron Conway, so that’s your big fat clue regarding how she rolls.)

Choose or lose, D5.

PWNED! Interim District Five Supervisor Christina Olague Gets NO ENDORSEMENT From Democratic Party

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Wow. A supposed “leader” of the Run Ed Run Draft Ed Lee for Mayor movement, a person who was rewarded with a Supervisor position for selling out her progressive values, just got a big fat vote of NO CONFIDENCE last night, courtesy of the Democratic Party of San Francisco.

Kind of like this: 

Ah, let’s meet some of the candidates for D5 Supe. So we have, from left to right, Thoughtful, Thoughtful, OMG I’M SO PISSED OFF WHAT GIVES THESE, THESE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO QUESTION ME, Thoughtful, and Thoughtful:

Photo by Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal

Let’s check in with the reaction from another candidate, one who is accumulating endorsements the past few weeks instead of, you know, losing them:

I just spoke w/ Julian Davis and he is THRILLED! Level playing field! RT @SFCitizen@mattdorsey No endorsement for District 5? HARSH!”

And here’s the rest of the official Dem Party endorsements from last night’s meeting

“SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2012) — The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee tonight voted on the party’s endorsements for local candidates and propositions that will appear on the Nov. 6, 2012 Consolidated General Election ballot.  The governing board of San Francisco’s Democratic Party voted to endorse the following: 

  • Board of Supervisors, District 1: Eric Mar
  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: David Chiu
  • Board of Supervisors, District 5: No Endorsement
  • Board of Supervisors, District 7: F.X. Crowley (#1), and Norman Yee (#2)
  • Board of Supervisors, District 9: David Campos
  • Board of Supervisors, District 11: John Avalos
  • Board of Education (four seats): Sandra Fewer, Matt Haney, Rachel Norton and Jill Wynns
  • Community College Board (four seats): Natalie Berg, Chris Jackson, Rafael Mandelman, Steve Ngo
  • BART Director, District 7: Lynette Sweet
  • BART Director, District 9: Tom Radulovich
  • Yes on Proposition A (City College Parcel Tax, District Measure)
  • Yes on Proposition B (Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, Bond Measure)
  • Yes on Proposition C (Housing Trust Fund, Charter Amendment)
  • Yes on Proposition D (Consolidating Odd-Year Municipal Elections, Charter Amendment)
  • Yes on Proposition E (Gross Receipts Tax, Ordinance)
  • No on Proposition F (Water and Environment Plan, Ordinance)
  • Yes on Proposition G (Policy Opposing Corporate Personhood, Declaration of Policy)

Though comprehensive official minutes of the DCCC’s special meeting at California State Office Building’s Milton Marks Auditorium will be forthcoming, member and committee reports included several updates on: the upcoming fall campaign; the hiring of a new executive director; current party finances and fundraising plans, including an event centered on President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech; voter registration; the redesigned party website and expanded communications efforts; and amending practices to meet many standards codified in the Brown Act and S.F. Sunshine Ordinance.  The DCCC also voted on a vendor for its fall slate card program.  

Public comments included numerous speakers advocating individually and on their organizations’ behalf for local candidates and measures; a monthly update on Organizing for America; concerns that the California Democratic Party endorsed Proposition 35 without consideration to official opponents and concerns from the sex worker community.  Two speakers called on DCCC members to address themselves to community concerns that policies governing the Castro’s Rainbow Flag do not comport with Presidential proclamations and other exigencies that merit lowering the flag to half-mast when appropriate.  

The lone new business item was a resolution passed by a majority of DCCC members that condemned inflammatory and offensive anti-Muslim advertising on Muni vehicles, and called on city officials and MTA authorities to change policies to prohibit such hate speech in the future.

Members John Rizzo and Hene Kelly closed the meeting by memorializing the late Milton Marks III, a highly regarded Community College Board member and former DCCC colleague, who passed away Aug. 9 at the age of 52.  The meeting was adjourned in Marks’s honor.  

About the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee, or DCCC, is the governing body of the local Democratic Party as defined in California’s Government Code and Elections Code.  The DCCC is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees who serve as Ex-Officio Officers.  Current members elected from the 17th Assembly District are: John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Petra DeJesus, Matt Dorsey, Bevan Dufty, Zoe Dunning, Leslie Katz, Rafael Mandelman, Carole Migden, Leah Pimentel, Alix Rosenthal, and Scott Wiener.  Members elected from the 19th Assembly District are: Kat Anderson, Kelly Dwyer, Bill Fazio, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Hene Kelly, Meagan Levitan, Eric Mar, Trevor McNeil and Arlo Hale Smith.  Ex Officio members are: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senators Mark Leno and Leland Yee, and Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Fiona Ma. 

Additional information is available online at: http://www.sfdemocrats.org/

News Release: “San Francisco Democrats elect Mary Jung chair, as newly elected DCCC members take office”

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Should a one-party town have its elected officials reflect “unity and common purpose?”

That’s the Question of the Day.

(I’ll bet PG&E lobbyist Willie Brown would answer in the affirmative.)

Deets below.

Wednesday evening, 455 Golden Gate Avenue:

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“San Francisco Democrats elect Mary Jung chair, as newly elected DCCC members take office
Committee reflects ‘unity and common purpose’ in 2012 to re-elect Obama, help Pelosi reclaim Speakership, and make a difference on key state ballot measures
SAN FRANCISCO (July 27, 2012) — California Democratic Party Chair John Burton administered the oath of office to the newly elected members of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Wednesday night at the first general meeting of the local Democratic Party’s governing board following the June 5th Primary Election.  

Veteran Democratic activist Mary Jung was unanimously elected to serve as the San Francisco Democratic Party’s chair, and several DCCC members were elected to fill leadership roles that will be critical to the local party’s success heading into the November 2012 General Election.  Top priorities discussed at the public meeting include re-electing President Obama, returning the Speakership to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi by helping reclaim a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and pushing to expand the number of Democratic voters citywide.  

“I’m honored to serve as Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party, and I look forward to working hard with my fellow Democrats in an election year with so much at stake,” said Party Chair Mary Jung.    ”San Francisco Democrats elected a terrific team to lead our county central committee, and I think it reflects a spirit of unity and common purpose.  I’m confident in our ability to help return President Obama to the White House, make Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Speaker again, re-elect Senator Feinstein, and pass Gov. Brown’s revenue measure so California can maintain vital public services, restore quality education for all, and support our most vulnerable.”

Other officers elected at the general meeting held at the California State Office Building’s Milton Marks Auditorium on Golden Gate Avenue are: First Vice-Chair (Finance) Zoe Dunning; Second Vice-Chair (Issues) Alix Rosenthal; Third Vice-Chair (Voter Registration) Trevor McNeil; Fourth Vice-Chair (Club Chartering and Development) Leah Pimentel; Recording Secretary Kat Anderson; Treasurer Tom Hsieh; Corresponding Secretary Matt Dorsey; and Parliamentarian Arlo Hale Smith.  Rafael Mandelman will serve on the DCCC’s Slate Card Committee along with the Chair and Treasurer.  A committee tasked with proposing party bylaw changes to incorporate requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act, which assures public access and participation in local government public meetings, will include David Chiu, Arlo Hale Smith, Matt Dorsey and Hene Kelly.  That ad hoc committee will seek to fully harmonize local party bylaws with relevant provisions of state law to address concerns that the election of six members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to the DCCC may occasionally trigger Brown Act requirements. 

The committee also adopted two resolutions: one in support of placing AB 1648, a campaign finance reform measure known as the DISCLOSE Act, on the California ballot; and another expressing the Democratic Party’s support for City College of San Francisco.  

About the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee, or DCCC, is the governing body of the local Democratic Party as defined in California’s Government Code and Elections Code.  The DCCC is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees who serve as Ex-Officio Officers.  Current members elected from the 17th Assembly District are: John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Petra DeJesus, Matt Dorsey, Bevan Dufty, Zoe Dunning, Leslie Katz, Rafael Mandelman, Carole Migden, Leah Pimentel, Alix Rosenthal, and Scott Wiener.  Members elected from the 19th Assembly District are: Kat Anderson, Kelly Dwyer, Bill Fazio, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Hene Kelly, Meagan Levitan, Eric Mar, Trevor McNeil and Arlo Hale Smith.  Ex Officio members are: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senators Leland Yee and Mark Leno, and Assemblymembers Fiona Ma and Tom Ammiano. 

Additional information is available online at: http://www.sfdemocrats.org/

Recalling the Time that Mary Jung, PG&E Manager and New Chair of the SF Dems, Threatened Me in the Presidio

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Here’s part of last night’s big DCCC meeting at the State Building. It’s very boring:

In years past, the election of Chair was a BFD, but this go-around was a done deal from the get-go. Mary Jung, Manager, Local Government Partnerships at PG&E Corporation will lead the San Francisco Democrats for the next couple of years.

Speaking of which, I was at some event at the Presidio a while back when I ended up asking a woman about seeing a 15-passenger van with Nevada plates parked in front of City Hall. (It seems that a local utility, one of the worst in the nation, had hired election workers from out-of-state. Or at least it looked that way to me. The workers told me they were from Reno and they wanted to know how to get to the Mission District.)

Actually, I had already posted the photo of the van in front of City Hall along with a few comments about Proposition whatever-it-was.

When the woman found out about that, she said,

“It would be in your interest to take that post down.” 

Just like that.

And I thought, whoa, is she threatening me?

And then I realized she was.

So later on that evening I was pedaling up Arguello and she offered me a ride her Honda Civic(?) wagovan. At that point she was probably just trying to be nice but it reminded me of that van scene from Three Days of the Condor, the one where Max Von Sydow warned Robert Redford.

And here’s what’s spooky – a couple years later, the outfit she works for killed eight people in San Bruno.

Just like that.

The woman’s name is Mary Jung and the company she labors for is Pacific Gas & Electric.

Hey, do you think maybe that PG&E has a little too much influence on San Francisco?

I do.

PG&E doesn’t.

[UPDATE: Oh yeah, I took the post down later that night. Cause, you know.

This was the explanation I ended up getting about the van all the way back in 2008:

"We are renting vans and sometimes the rentals come from all over the place.  we've had vans with canadian plates, too."

Fair enough, but I considered that horseshit at the time (and I still do now). And It seems odd that the gals themselves similarly came from the Silver State. I was shocked that it was worth their time to travel all that way just for PG&E's faux grassroots campaign.]

Does This Meeting of the Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) Look Like a Fire Code Violation?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Usually, meetings of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) are fine, but sometimes they’re out of control.

Like this one. (Doesn’t it look like an episode of Geraldo?)

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Actually, everybody, including people who hate each other, was very civil in light of the fact that this venue in the corrupt Twitterloin was way, way too small for the number of people inside.

Now, this was the endorsement meeting what ensured Malia Cohen would become District 10 Supervisor, so, you know, it wasn’t the typical monthly joint. But with people routinely packt like sardines in a crushd tin box at certain times, it’d be nice if the DCCC could find a new place for the bigger meetings, you know, ones that wouldn’t end up becoming a massive fire code violation.

Triangle Shirtwaist and whatnot.

Just saying.

Mark Farrell, Once Again, Emerges as the Interesting Candidate for Supervisor – Or Maybe Malia Cohen, Too

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Remember when I told you about Mark Farrell, back about a month before Willie Brown started pushing him, when it was apparent to some that Mark Farrell had Emerged as the Interesting Candidate? Well Mark’s at it again, ’cause right now today he’s just 300-something votes shy of current vote leader Janet Reilly.

Now I’ll tell you, I can think of a few reasons as to why San Francisco’s District 2 might have more than its fair share of the City’s 38,000 (or so) yet-to-be counted absentee ballots, and why Mark Farrell might do better with those voters than the people who actually showed up in person on election day. Then you throw in some Instant Runoff Voting ballots that went Abraham Simmons #1 and Mark Farrell #2, Kat Anderson #3 or Abraham Simmons #1, Kat Anderson #2 and Mark Farrell #3, and then toss in some wild-card provisionals and what you have is an interesting situation on your hands.

Of course, a difference of 2.75 percentage points is large and of course it’s tough to catch up to the leader using other candidates’ voters under IRV, but Mark just might have a chance to do just that.

That’s D2.

Now, as for D10, what about Malia Cohen? She appears to be the only candidate in D10 who, at this point, could possibly benefit from his/her official endorsement from the San Francisco Democrats. (Of course, she’d need to make it past Lynette Sweet as well.)

Here’s Malia using substantially less than the allotted time to memorably introduce herself to the Recording Academy at Yoshi’s on Fillmore. Now, I found the affair, or at least the part I saw, to be on the twee side, but, whatever, MC did a good job of standing out from the crowd of a dozen or so invited candidates:

We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes, huh? (And just say to yourself, “No recounts, no recounts…”)

[UPDATE: Here's John Upton weighing on these matters today.]

Now That Michela Alioto-Pier is Out of the District 2 Supe Race, Mark Farrell Emerges as the Interesting Candidate

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Almost feel as if I owe our City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera (who is certainly on the list of the smartest pols in town)* an apology for thinking he was tilting at windmills by pursuing the whole Michela Alioto Pier appointed-to-a-term-of-more-than-two-years thing.**

Anywho, feel free to read all three press releases I just received on this matter.

Now, on to new bidness. What up, Mark Farrell? (He’s going house to house, door to door these days – see  Comments.) Is he the dark horse?

“As fundraising leaders, we have raised more than any other candidate in this race and have over 750 individual donors – half of which are in District 2 and San Francisco.”

O.K. then. Of course he lacks the official embrace from that “Politburo” known as the Central Committee (aka DCCC), ’cause Janet Reilly has that all locked-up lock, stock, and barrel. But who knows what will happen with this race. 

We’ll find out more at the next big debate emceed by Sweet Melissa Griffin. (You’d think they’d have one skedded soon…)

Now, as promised, the dueling press releases, starting with this classy and pithy bit from MAP herself:

“I believed and continued to believe that the intent of the voters as reflected in the plain language of our city charter allows me to run for second four year term.  While I am disappointed in the outcome, I of course respect the judicial process. I will continue to work hard for the residents of my district and the people of San Francisco for the remainder of my time in office.”

And here’s the reaction from Mark (and not Mike, oh no) Farrell:

“With today’s decision by the California Supreme Court not to review the California Appellate Court’s decision regarding the eligibility of Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier in the District 2 Supervisor race, our campaign is beginning the final campaign sprint towards Election Day. 
 
I would like to state, unequivocally, that I am an ardent and vocal supporter of Supervisor Alioto-Pier and I am proud to call her my friend.  As a fellow native San Franciscan, I believeshe has represented the values of District 2 in City Hall, and I hope she will continue to seek out new opportunities to serve our City.
 
From Day 1, our campaign has been about bringing a neighborhood voice and returning real financial and budget experience back to City Hall.  I believe more than ever that my background as an attorney, finance professional and small business owner is exactly what we need at the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco, and I will work tirelessly until Election Day to ensure this message is heard throughout District 2.
 
We are excited about how far we have come in this race and we know how much we have accomplished:

·         As fundraising leaders, we have raised more than any other candidate in this race and have over 750 individual donors – half of which are in District 2 and San Francisco.
·         Our incredible field campaign has identified thousands of voters, garnered hundreds of volunteers and has captains in every one of our 60 precincts.
 
And now, we have polling data which shows, in real numbers, how much we have accomplished and how voters want real change – not the typical “institutional” political candidates that seek office simply out of a desire to become politicians.  San Francisco voters want a new direction for our City government, and I am running to bring their voice to City Hall.
 
Thank you to my supporters, friends and volunteers for sticking with us throughout this entire time.  Thank you to my amazing staff who have worked hard every day to keep us in the best position to win this race. 
 
To my wife Liz, my Mom and Dad and my children Madison and Jack, thank you for all you have done to get us to this point.  I love you all very, very much!
 
Now, with fewer than 9 weeks left, we have a lot of work to do – I am excited, motivated, and look forward to seeing everyone out on the campaign trail!”

And get the statement from Dennis Jose Herrera, after the jump.

* Along with, and in no particular order, Rafael Mandelman, Scott Wiener, Carmen Chu, David Chiu, David Campos, Eric Mar, and Phil Ting, among others.

** I don’t know, if I were charged by the electorate the task of delivering empty bottles of milk to everyone in town every morning, I’d just do it. I wouldn’t speculate on what they really meant, I wouldn’t guess and give them something sensible like 2%, I’d just give them exactly what they ordered. But that’s just me.  

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Endorsements Night at the DCCC: The Democratic Central Committee to Rank Candidates

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Steven T. Jones has your program for tonight’s meeting of San Francisco Democrats. First up on the agenda are endorsements for the Fall 2010 elections, so this should prove to be an interesting joint.

This was the scene the last go around a few weeks back when Assemblyman Tom Ammiano swore everybody in:

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There he is, “enemies foreign and domestic,” etc…

There’ll be pols everywhere – it’ll look like this. Can you name them all? (President Chiu, that’s the tough one)

Anyway, here are the words of STJ:

DCCC endorsements usually carry quite a bit of weight in heavily Democratic San Francisco, getting the candidates on party slate cards and entitling them to other party resources. Any races that don’t yield a majority endorsement this week would get pushed back to the September meeting, when the DCCC will consider school board endorsements. The fun starts at 6 p.m. at the Unite-Here Local 2 office at 209 Golden Gate Avenue.”

See you there.

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.

This is Your Last Chance to Register for the June 8th Election – Deadline is 8:00 PM Tonight

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Word comes from John Arntz, Director of the San Francisco Department of Elections:

Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.”

So, maybe you’re not registered or maybe you’re registered not to your liking

Either way, act today.

Look how much fun the political process voting can be:

Anyway, choose or lose:

“SAN FRANCISCO, May 24, 2010 – Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.

Ways to register to vote for before today’s deadline:

1. Download, complete and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website.

2. Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, some City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles. Complete and mail the form today.

3. Come to the Department of Electionson the ground floor of City Hall. After 6 p.m., voters must enter City Hall through the front entrance on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked with today’s date, May 24, for applicants to become eligible to vote in the June election.

More information on voter registration is available by visiting the Department’s website at www.sfelections.org or calling (415) 554-4411.

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
www.sfelections.org