Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bylaw update, June 18 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to our happy hour and meeting on Thursday.

The bylaw changes required by the California Democratic Party were approved by the membership.

The bylaws as amended are available here.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thursday venue for happy hour: Soluna in Civic Center

The location has been set for our happy hour!

We welcome our friends - all of you - to join us for happy hour.

It's also important to impress the state party with our member list. If you're not already dues-paid for the year, please consider joining or renewing using the PayPal button in the sidebar or by bringing $35, cash or check. The student and senior rate is just $15.

We'll be collecting at Soluna in Civic Center about 6pm. For dues-paid members, the bylaw vote will be held at 7:30pm. View the existing bylaws and the proposed changes.

Not a member? Please come anyway, whether early or late - the more the merrier!

Where: Soluna Cafe & Lounge, 272 McAllister St. near Larkin
When to meet: Thursday 6/18 at 6pm, or whenever a drink beckons.
When to vote: 7:30pm; members, please be available at this time.
How to get there: Half the Muni lines in The City stop nearby, and there are ample parking choices.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Save the Date: June 18 Mixer and Bylaw Amendment

Happy Hour With the City Democratic Club

On Thursday, June 18, the City Democratic Club plans to meet for happy hour with its friends and members. We hope that you'll come join us in raising a drink and welcoming summer, such as it is in our fair City.

Details of location and time are to come, but the date of 6/18 is firm.

Proposed Bylaw Amendment

Also at this event, we will vote on a bylaw amendment sponsored by Recording Secretary Michelle Parker and President Michael Ho.

You can view the existing bylaws here. 

The proposed amendment is driven by the California Democratic Party, which expects clubs to standardize on the term "Member in Good Standing" where we currently use "regular member." An additional section also is added at its behest.

Some typographical errors are fixed, as well as clarification on the requirement to hand absentee ballots physically to an Executive Board member.

You can view the markup of the changes here.

This vote will occur at 7:30pm. The Executive Board will gather at this time and will have been circulating to find members for the vote.

We welcome earlybirds and hope that many of you will stay with us into the evening.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Meet Julie Christensen, D3 Supervisor, at our March meeting

City Democratic Club is proud to welcome Julie Christensen, new supervisor for District 3, to our March meeting.

Ms. Christensen, a 35-year resident of San Francisco, has worked closely with neighborhood associations in North Beach, where she has lived for 21 years, and beyond.

Her work has included advocacy for an extension of the Central Subway, redesigns of Helen Wills and Joe DiMaggio playgrounds, work on the North Beach Library, Pool and Clubhouse, and streetscaping throughout D3 with an eye toward pedestrian safety.

She has an extensive, successful background in product development and design for major companies including Corning, Maytag, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Whirlpool, encompassing household name brands like Gillette, KitchenAid and XBOX.

Ms. Christensen is on SPUR's Advisory Board and is a founder of the SFNexTstop advocacy group promoting extension of the T-line through North Beach to Fisherman's Wharf.

Please join us in welcoming our City's newest supervisor.

When: Thursday, March 19th, 7:30pm
Where: Chancellor Hotel, Clipper Room (433 Powell St. between Sutter and Post)
How: Adjacent Muni lines: 3, 8X, 38, 30, 45, cable cars. The Powell Street BART/Muni station is a 10-15 minute walk away, as are Market and Mission street lines.

Officer elections for 2015

In March, we will vote on Executive Board positions for the year 2015.

At February's meeting, the following nominations were moved: President, Michael Ho; First Vice President, Kat Anderson; Second Vice President, Jim Reilly; Recording Secretary, Michelle Parker; Corresponding Secretary, Clay Harrell; Treasurer, Steve la Plante; and at-large members Michael Breyer and Heidi Machen.

Additional nominations can be made in March and the membership will vote at this time. One must be a dues-paid member to participate in this vote; however, new members can vote immediately with no 28-day waiting period.


City Democratic Club brings you year-long programming and advertises your voice, through our endorsement process, to the entire City. Your membership supports our joint desire for leadership with a pragmatic approach and a city-wide view. Many of you have already renewed, and the club's thanks go out to you.

Membership rates remain unchanged for 2015, still a bargain at $35, with a discounted rate of $15 for seniors and students.

To join or renew, you may:

  • Send a check, made out to City Democratic Club, to us at 621 LaSalle Ave., San Francisco, 94124. Please write your email address on your check.
  • Bring a check or cash to the next meeting.
  • Use the PayPal button in the sidebar to pay dues with your credit card.

About City Democratic Club

We're the City Democratic Club. Not for a district, not for an issue -- for the City.

Established in 1980, we are dedicated to careful review and analysis of the issues from a pragmatic, balanced, good-government perspective.

For more information, contact us:

Facebook: City Democratic Club
Twitter: @CityDemSF
Tel: 415-335-9143

Monday, March 2, 2015

February meeting recap

David Latterman on the pulse of the City

The club extends its thanks to David Latterman, Principal of Fall Line Analytics, for his insightful view of City demographics and voting trends. One key takeaway was how the campaign cycle is moving earlier and earlier because of a steadily increasing percentage of mail-in votes.

Although 2015 should be a quiet year, David previewed 2016, a Presidential election year that features the odd-numbered Supervisors as well as State and Federal Representatives and State Senator, a race that includes some of the southern suburbs.

A lively Q&A for David focused on the concept of San Francisco as a "donut" - a central core that gets significant attention and investment, and the edges that often feel underrepresented and underfunded.

D3 Supervisor Julie Christensen

Our March speaker, Supervisor Julie Christensen, also came and gave us a fascinating teaser of her upcoming presentation. She previewed the challenges and responsibilities of representing one of the most demographically varied districts in the City, one that includes North Beach, Chinatown, and Telegraph Hill. Please join us for her full presentation on Thursday, March 19. We'll again meet at 7:30pm at the Chancellor Hotel; see our March meeting announcement for complete details.

Our meetings are well-attended. Come early to get a seat that's to your liking.