Posts Tagged ‘democrats’

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.]

Sharmin Bock, Bill Fazio, David Onek, and Vu Trinh Set to Star at UC Hastings Debate Wednesday – But Where’s Gascon?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

See, District Attorney George Gascon doesn’t want to pull one of these, so that’s why he’s going to blow off the last DA’s debate.

(Or maybe he’ll show, I don’t know.)

Anyway, head over there tomorrow or watch on the livestream, why not?

Your handy map of McAllister Street’s UC Hastings:

All the deets:

“San Francisco District Attorney Candidates Debate: A Roundtable Discussion for the Legal Community

Start: 10/26/2011 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 200 McAllister, Alumni Reception Center

UC Hastings College of the Law is pleased to host the last San Francisco district attorney debate for this election. This roundtable discussion will focus on policy issues affecting the City’s criminal justice system in an era of state and local budget austerity. The questions will be developed by UC Hastings students in collaboration with UC Hastings’ nationally renowned expert in criminal law and criminal procedure, Professor Rory Little and other UC Hastings faculty.  Time permitting, attendees may have an opportunity to submit questions to be asked at the end of the debate. Professor Rory Little will moderate.

This event is free, open to the public, and will be livestreamed through this event listing. 

These candidates have agreed to attend:

  1. Sharmin Bock
  2. Bill Fazio
  3. David Onek
  4. Vu Trinh

An invitation has been extended to District Attorney George Gascon.  

Sponsored by:

  • UC Hastings Students
  • UC Hastings Criminal Law Society
  • UC Hastings Democrats
  • UC Hastings Center for State and Local Government Law
  • UC Hastings College of the Law

UC Hastings is committed to making its facilities and events accessible in compliance with the ADA.”

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.

District 5 Democratic Club Inaugural Fundraiser and Holiday Party at Cafe Divis Tonight, Featuring Ross Mirkarimi

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The latest iteration of the District Five Democratic Club is having a big kick-off party tonight starting at 6:30 PM – won’t you join them?

(I’ll add that if you want to meet the next D5 Supervisor, then you should drop by as s/he is almost sure to be there.)

The D5 Dems meeting at Calvin Welcheseses’ place on Shrader last month:

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Now I say latest iteration because there have been other clubs with the same name back in the day. For example, D5 Dems was the original name of the City Democratic Club of San Francisco:

I remember the remnants of the losing campaign to re-elect Joe Freitas District Attorney, gathering in the apartment of Don Dissler to talk about how we could take the moderate centrist ideals and ambitions of our small political family (we always called it “The Family” back then) and channel them into some political action. Before the night was over we had created the District 5 Democratic Club”

And more recently, District Five Democratic Club was the name of a front group for Senator Carole Migden.

But that was then and this is now. So get all the deets below and after the jump:

“Greetings District 5 Democratic Club Members,

Join your fellow members of the District 5 Democratic Club (D5DC) at our inaugural fundraiser and Holiday Party, hosted by District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi!

EVENT ( Please RSVP here if you have a facebook account): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170704802950496

GROUP PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_127516990638218

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: Already On The Job! Heads to Sacramento Tomorrow – More Meetings With Legislative Leaders

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Our Attorney General and Governor-elect Jerry Brown just held a presser at his Campaign Headquarters in Oakland. It seems he’s already On The Job.

He said he’ll head down to San Diego for a funeral for a police officer but then he’ll fly to Sacramento to get going with work tomorrow.

And reporters are already adressing him as “Governor.”

Read below for a few notes.

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Yesterday’s election paves the way for a lot of hard work up ahead.

I’ve already met this morning with leaders in the Senate and Assembly.

I’m going to get to work in Sacramento starting tomorrow.

We’ll have no new taxes unless it’s clear that’s Californians want them.

The “breakdown in Sacramento will pave the way for a breakthrough.”

I’ll be working hard to find waste or low-priority spending in state government.

I told people, “If you want frugality, I’m your man.”

I didn’t create this mess in Sacramento but I’ll do whatever I can to fix it.

I’m going to pare down the budget as much as I can.

I won’t be making specific proposals until I officially take over as Governor.

I have long-lived fore-bearers - my grandmother died at 96 and I have another close relative who’s alive at 98. It would be presumptuous for me to talk about serving as Governor four years from now.

Let’s get off this Chief of Staff stuff, reporters, let’s not talk about it too much. I  want to flatten the Administration. Let’s make government more responsive and more coherent.

I’ll be sure to find a place to live in Sacramento, somewhere.

Ethics Commission Announces Higher Spending Limits for Two Candidates in District 2 Supe Race

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Well, as far as the District Two Supervisor race is concerned, the big news is the Sweet Melissa Griffin Debate on Wednesday, July 28th. You just don’t who all is going to come, that’s part of the drama. (Bonus: You might be able to search for that America’s Cup trophy up at the Golden Gate Yacht Club during the shebang.)

UPDATE: Debate Postponed

Anyway, the San Francisco Ethics Commission has something to say today. The upshot is that Abraham Simmons and Kat Anderson will be able to spend more dough.

That is, A.S. and…

…K.T. will soon be able to burn…

…more $$.

So, here are the debate deets - find the Ethic Commission announcement below.

What: D2 Candidate Debate featuring:

Kat Anderson
Mark Farrell
Janet Reilly
Abraham Simmons

***Please note: An invitation has been extended to Supervisor Michella Alioto-Pier pending the outcome of her legal challenge to the City’s determination that she may not run for another term.

WhereGolden Gate Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Rd., SF, 94123
When:  Wednesday, July 28th – 5:30 pm wine and light appetizers reception – 6:30 pm debate to start promptly

Officer Elections

Elections will take place immediately following the candidate forum.

It’s that time of the year when SFYD elects its Executive Board.  After the July 28th candidate debate SFYD members will vote on five elected positions.  The elected positions, the candidates and theirquestionnaires are below:

President - Maxwell Szabo
External Vice President - Emily Salgado
Internal Vice President - Renee Darner
Treasurer - Allie Fisher
Secretary - Dean Ignacio

 

SF ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE INDIVIDUAL EXPENDITURE CEILING HAS BEEN RAISED FOR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANDIDATES IN DISTRICT 2

The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that it raised the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of two publicly financed candidates in District 2, Kat Anderson and Abraham Simmons, to $153,000.    The Individual Expenditure Ceiling for these two candidates was raised because the Total Supportive Funds of another candidate in the district totaled $160,915.  

Yesterday, Mark Farrell, a candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 2, filed a form indicating that he has raised $160,915.  Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of publicly financed candidates in District 2. 

A table reflecting the Individual Expenditure Ceilings of all publicly financed candidates is updated as ceilings are adjusted and is posted on the Ethics Commission website at (http://www.sfethics.org/ethics/2010/05/campaign-finance-expenditure-ceilings-november-2-2010-election.html).

A candidate running for the Board of Supervisors who seeks public funding must abide by his or her Individual Expenditure Ceiling, which begins at $143,000, and may be raised in increments of $10,000 based on the sum of opposition spending against the participating candidate and the total supportive funds of the candidate’s opponents.  A candidate is required to file Form SFEC-152(a)-2 within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $100,000 and for every $10,000 thereafter.  Any person making independent expenditures, electioneering communications, or member communications that clearly identify a candidate for the Board of Supervisors is required to file Form SFEC-152(a)-3 within 24 hours of each time the person spends $5,000 or more per candidate. 

The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public, City employees and officials and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws.  Its duties include:  filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and regulation, administration of the public financing program, conflict of interests reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.

Huge Harvey Milk Candidate Meeting this Saturday, Bay Guardian Issues Endorsements

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The powerful San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee is, once again, having elections come November. You’ll be confronted, once again, with a ballot that’s filled with a bunch of names, most of which you’ve never heard of, and the obligation to check off your dozen favorites.

If you want, you can head over to the intersection of Market and Octavia this Saturday, April 3, 2010 and then head into the the LGBT Center‘s Ceremonial Room from Noon to 5:00 PM. Then you’ll be able to see and hear some of the candidates for DCCC in 2010 address members of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club.

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They’ll all be answering a few questions from the crowd. (I don’t know if you need to be a member of the club to drop by, but you should be able to join the club, of course, if you want.)

The 12th District (Assemblywoman Fiona Ma country) reps the west side and 13th District (Assemblymember Tom Ammiano country) reps the east side of town, mas o menos. Find your district and see if any of these folks will be one of your twelve favorites: 

DCCC DISTRICT 12th CANDIDATES:
John Avalos
Michael Bornstein
Andrew Clark
Sandra Lee Fewer
Chris Gembinski
Hene Kelley
Tualatai Mamoe
Eric Mar
Milton Marks
Jake McGoldrick
Jane Morrison
Melanie Nutter
Kelenia Olsen
Connie O’Connor
Arlo Smith
David Wong
Larry Yee

DCCC DISTRICT 13th  CANDIDATES:
Melissa Ann A. Apuya
David Campos
David Chiu
Ryan Clary
Michael Goldstein
Robert Gabriel Haaland
Rick Hauptman
Hope Johnson
Joseph Julian
Leslie Katz
Rafael Mandelman
Kim-Shree Maufas
Carole Migden
Owen P. ODonnell
Aaron Peskin
Eric Quezada
Alix Rosenthal
Tom Taylor
Joe Alioto Veronese
Debra Walker

And the San Francisco Bay Guardian has just issued its endorsements for the DCCC today.

Choose or lose…

And, oh yes, Alex Volberding would like everyone to know that he too is running for the DCCC in the 12th. But the two lists above aren’t exhaustive, they just show who plans on showing up at the next Milk Club PAC meeting. (The entire exhausting list of candidates for S.F. has 51(!) names this go-around.)

Assembywoman Fiona Ma and SF Young Dems Host Bipartisan Constitutional Convention Panel Tonight

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Assemblymember Fiona Ma, who represents the interests of San Francisco’s west siiiiide in Sacramento, will be in the bowels of the San Francisco State Building at 455 Golden Gate Ave tonight at 7:oo P.M. to host a special constitutional convention panel being thrown by the San Francisco Young Democrats.

That means that California Forward, the Courage Campaign, Repair California and the New America Foundation will be in the house to discuss l’issue du 2009 a California, our Constitution.

MC FM:

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(Attention Republicans: This L. Z. is hot. Repeat: Lima Zulu is Hotel Oscar Tango. Expect to be booed)

All the deets after the jump. See you there!

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Aaron Peskin Wins Again – New Leader of the Democratic County Central Committee

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin is now Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party. About 150 people witnessed tonight’s election of the leader of the local Dems.

Here is a full account of the evening, and here is an even fuller one. And here is a neutral account.

“Swing voter” Susan Leal, representing California State Assembly Member Fiona Ma, stood up to give her reasons for supporting Mr. Peskin:

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Local electeds Debra Walker and Tom Hsieh might have been on opposite sides tonight, but they managed a friendly knuckle knock regardless:

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Excelsior.