Calls to Action!
The membership of South Beach District 6 Democratic Club endorsed November 2015's Prop F, a ballot measure crafted to enforce compliance with a local ordinance by short term rental platforms that allow hosts to post ads for places for tourist vacation stays (in many cases taking permanent housing off the housing market). At that time, our threshold for endorsing ballot measures was 60%. Short term rental platform Airbnb poured more than $8 million into an alarmist campaign that helped defeat Prop F, and now the giant multi-billion dollar corporation is plowing more of its money into certain candidate and ballot measure campaigns for the June Primary election. See Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez's On Guard column in the Friday, May 27 SF Examiner, Airbnb money turns SF Democrat blue into sickening green.
On Thursday, June 2, the Government Audit and Oversight Committee will hold the follow hearing, seeking to "(amend) the Administrative Code to revise the Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance to require Hosting Platforms verify that a Residential Unit is on the City Registry prior to listing; require Hosting Platforms respond to notices and requests for information; provide for civil, administrative, and criminal penalties against Hosting Platforms for violations of the Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.”
Here’s a link to the GAO Committee agenda, in case you are able to attend.
And more information about the June 2 GAO Committee meeting here.
What: Government Audit and Oversight Committee meeting
Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: San Francisco City Hall, Rm. 250
Members Invited to Executive Board Meetings; Next Meeting is June 12
The SBD6DC executive board meets once a month at Crossroads Cafe in South Beach. Our bylaws define who members of the executive board are and what these folks do. Any Member can attend and be recognized at an Executive Board meeting. In fact, your participation is welcome! Feel free to join us.
Date and Time: Sunday, June 12; 9:30 a.m. Meetings usually run 60-90 minutes.
Location and Directions: Crossroads Cafe is located at 699 Delancey Street, which is at the foot of Delancey St., just off the Embarcadero, between Townsend and Brannan. Nearest public transit stop is at Brannan St. on the K/T or N streetcar lines.
ARTICLE VII — EXECUTIVE BOARD
- The Executive Board consists of the Officers, Chairs of Standing Committees and the immediate past President of the Club.
- The Executive Board, subject to the approval of the membership, supervises the activities of the Club and its Committees. It schedules and sets the agenda for Membership meetings, resolves issues among Officers or Committees, and acts between Membership meetings when necessary.
- Any Member can attend and be recognized at an Executive Board meeting.
Board of Ed's June 14 Meeting: First Reading of the 2016 School Bond
About 10 different parents, supporters and SFUSD students, including parents from Potrero Hill and Dogpatch, spoke at public comment to advocate on behalf of a Mission Bay public elementary school at the SF Unified School District’s Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting on May 23. We are hopeful that a Mission Bay K-5 school will be included in the 2016 Public School Bond. The B&G Committee will be sending its recommendations to the full SFUSD Board of Education on June 14.
South Beach District 6 Democratic Club, along with Mission Bay Families, will again be present to show support for including funding to build a Mission Bay public elementary school in the 2016 School Bond that will be on the November ballot.
SBD6DC Summer Social, June 23!
Event: South Beach District 6 Democratic Club's Summer Social!
Location: Carmen's / SB40 on the Embarcadero at the foot of Townsend St., near AT&T Park.
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 6:30 -- 9:00 PM
The South Beach District 6 Democratic Club invites one and all to our 3rd Annual Summer Social! We'll recap June's primary election and begin the long run to November's presidential election while celebrating together on San Francisco's waterfront. Nearest transit stop is at Brannan St. on the E-Embarcadero, N and K/T streetcars. Hope to see you there!
Our June 7 Primary Endorsements Are In!
We held our State Senate Endorsement Meeting on Jan. 19, and our June Election Endorsement Meeting on April 6. To see our endorsements for candidates and ballot measures, click here.
Getting Educated on the 2016 School Bond
The 2016 School Bond and construction of a Mission Bay School got full spotlight at the South Beach District 6 Democratic Club’s March 1 meeting. The School Bond will go before San Francisco voters on the November 2016 ballot. If approved, it would put $750-800M to use for renovation of existing schools and construction of new public schools in San Francisco.
Guest speaker Matt Haney, Board of Education President, thoroughly explained the timeline, capital and bond planning process, enrollment projections, bond size, school configurations and costs.
After years of declining student enrollment, San Francisco is now experiencing increasing enrollment every year. The drop from 63,000 to 55,000 students in the previous decade has reversed and we now have a projected increase of as many as 15,000 students in the next decade, to 70,000 students that are expected to be enrolled citywide in the SF Unified School District. Many of the new students will come as a result of young couples moving into new residential development, and 70% of that development will be in SOMA / Mission Bay, Treasure Island, and the Bayview District / Candlestick. In addition to Treasure Island and Candlestick, Park Merced is also being considered as a location for a new school.
The bond requires a 55% majority by voters in the November election to pass. The current draft does not allocate a specific amount for building a K-5, or possibly a K-8 public school in Mission Bay, which would cost an estimated $50-55M.
A few highlights from Haney’s presentation:
- Most of the money in the bond would go toward capital improvements and earthquake retrofitting of existing schools.
- As much as $80M would be allocated for construction of new schools. The Bond needs to have a specific amount earmarked for a school in Mission Bay.
- School Bonds in 2003, 2006, and 2011 totaling $1.3B were approved by voters.
- Whether or not the 2016 School Bond is approved this November, the next School Bond would not be put on the ballot until the year 2020, or possibly 2022.
- The $750-800M bond currently being drafted would not raise property taxes because it replaces previously issued bonds that are being retired.
Following Haney’s presentation, Club members discussed ideas for community advocacy as the bond goes through the planning process before the Board of Education over the next few months. The goal is to have the bond allocate funds specifically for a school in Mission Bay. Stay tuned for announcements on what those advocacy efforts will be.
For more on SBD6 Dem Club's advocacy efforts, visit our Mission Bay School Advocacy page.
To become part of our advocacy effort, and to stay informed, sign up for notifications at MissionBaySchool.org.
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
Tentative Meeting dates for the first half of 2016 are as follows:
- May 13 (State Senate Debate, see details above)
- June 23 (Social Event, details TBA)
Jane Kim Endorsed for District 11 State Senator in November 2016 Election
In another truly amazing turnout that saw a big attendance by members from across District 6, the South Beach District 6 Democratic Club welcomed State Senator candidates Jane Kim and Scott Wiener to our first endorsement meeting of 2016 for an hour of Q and A on state and local issues ranging from Costa-Hawkins and Ellis Act reforms, to housing and transportation solutions, CPUC reform, homelessness, and pedestrian safety.
Both Kim and Wiener currently serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and were elected to office in November 2010, and re-elected in November 2014. Kim represents District 6, which includes the Tenderloin, SOMA, South Beach, Rincon Hill, Mission Bay, and Treasure Island. Wiener represents District 8. In addition to the BOS, Kim and Wiener have served together on the City’s Land Use and Transportation Committee.
Audience members remarked to one another afterward on the decidedly cordial tone the candidates maintained throughout the program, which was presented in a dual-interview format.
The candidates outlined their visions for the District 11 State Senator seat that’s currently represented by Mark Leno, who is terming out. One of 40 State Senator districts in the California legislature, District 11 forms the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area and encompasses the northern San Francisco Peninsula, including the consolidated City and County of San Francisco, and extreme northern San Mateo County.
When votes were tallied at the end of the meeting, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim won the South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco endorsement for the District 11 State Senator seat by a 2-1 margin, getting 66% of the 50 votes cast.
Kim and Wiener will face off first in the June primary, where the top two vote-getters in the three-candidate race will go on to the November ballot.
It's going to be an exciting year in San Francisco political races, and the SBD6 Dem Club is getting revved up for grassroots democracy! The 50 ballots issued to members in good standing was our largest vote count in our short history -- we're only going into our fourth year! Membership from across the District is rapidly growing, and there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in Club activities in 2016.
Thank You Notes! Alice Rogers got us a super meeting room at 101 Townsend, in the CloudFlare Community Room. It was the first time SBD6 Dems held a meeting in that location, and the Club warmly thanks our hosts CloudFlare, Alice for getting us the room, Jane and Scott, and all who attended and made the meeting the success that it was!
Endorsement Vote Follow-Up: On January 31, Bruce Agid, Susan Jaffe, and Patrick Valentino attended the 2016 California Democratic Pre-Endorsement Conference as delegates for SBD6 Dem Club to endorse Jane Kim for State Senator in District 11.
Want to Get Involved in Your Club? Join a Committee!
Committees for Membership, Programs, Endorsements, Voter Registration & Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV), Public Relations and Issues & Education, as well as our newly formed Slate Card Committee, all need volunteers with good, positive, creative energy and the will to wake up this slumbering giant we call DEMOCRACY by educating voters, registering voters, and getting people EXCITED ABOUT VOTING!
From our by-laws:
ARTICLE VI — STANDING COMMITTEES
The Standing Committees are Membership, Programs, Endorsements, Voter Registration & Get–Out–The–Vote (GOTV), Public Relations (website, newsletter, social media), and Issues & Education. Chairs of Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Officers.
The Program Committee arranges for guest speakers at Membership meetings and plans special events.
The Membership Committee prepares material and plans ways to attract new members.
The Voter Registration & GOTV Committee organizes voter registration and get–out–the–vote activities and coordinates Club grassroots efforts with Democratic Clubs and Party committees.
The Public Relations Committee maintains or supervises a web page to inform members of Club activities and educate voters about candidates and issues.
The Endorsement Committee prepares materials, plans events to inform members and other voters about candidates and ballot initiatives, and facilitates the endorsement meetings.
The Issues & Education Committee recommends issues for study and action. Issues considered shall include, but not be limited to local and state ballot propositions and Neighborhood/District issues. This committee prepares materials, schedules events and facilitates the process for either endorsement or opposition of an issue.
South Beach Marina Apartments Resolution Update
From the moment we heard from SBD6 Club members who live in the South Beach Marina Apartments' formerly below market rate units that their landlord is free to raise their affordable rents to market rate rents after giving a written notification that the rent hike is coming, SBD6 Dem Club knew it had to take action. Read all about where that effort stands in our latest blog post here!
Membership in the South Beach District 6 Democratic Club is open to Democrats residing and registered to vote in San Francisco's Supervisorial District 6 (see map of District 6 below).
Please print our membership form and join our club today!
Need to register to vote? The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election. For the November 3, 2015 election, that date is October 19. If you submit an application after this time, your application will still be processed for future elections. You can register to vote at our meetings, or register online. http://registertovote.ca.gov/
See our blog for articles and announcements on issues and events in District 6.
See San Francisco FYI net calendar to find other civic and political events.
District 6 Map (2012)
The South Beach District 6 Democratic Club Executive Team:
Sue Bushnell, President
Bruce Agid, Vice -President
Patrick Valentino, Vice-President and General Counsel
Susan Jaffe, Treasurer
Davi Lang, Corresponding Secretary
Charmaine Lobo, Recording Secretary
The bond currently being drafted