Call for Volunteers! Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin Is July 10
We had a great time last year and are planning an even better time this year. Educate voters, register voters, and join the fun with us. This is a chance to get active in our Club by volunteering! For more info or to volunteer, contact Bettina Cohen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members Invited to Executive Board Meetings
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! Next executive board meeting is Sunday, July 24. Meetings usually begin at 9:30 a.m.
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.
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 101 BMR Units to Remain Permanently Affordable!
From the moment we heard from SBD6DC members who live in the South Beach Marina Apartments' below market rate units at our March 2015 general meeting that their landlord was free to raise their affordable rents to market rate rents after giving a written notification of a rent hike, SBD6 Dem Club knew it had to take action. It took a year-long advocacy campaign to see this issue resolved. A summary of the journey is available on our blog, which you can access here!
At the State Democratic Convention in February, Club VP Bruce Agid (now President), Treasurer Susan Jaffe, and VP and General Counsel Patrick Valentino, with Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
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.
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 8, 2016 election, that date is October 17, 2016. 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.
The South Beach District 6 Democratic Club Executive Team:
Bruce Agid, President
Sue Bushnell, Vice -President
Patrick Valentino, Vice-President and General Counsel
Susan Jaffe, Treasurer
Davi Lang, Corresponding Secretary
Charmaine Lobo, Recording Secretary
Bettina Cohen, Public Relations Committee Co-Chair
Matthew Steen, Endorsements Committee Co-Chair
Mary Ann Moran, Endorsements Committee Co-Chair
District 6 Map (2012)