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/.
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