City Democratic Club has endorsed for the June election!

In competitive offices: David Chiu for AD17, Daniel Flores for Superior Court, Betty Yee for Controller, Alex Padilla for Secretary of State, Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

On measures: Yes on A, No on B, Yes on 41, No on 42.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

October Meeting: SF Assessor Phil Ting

Got questions about real estate in SF, your property tax, assessed property value, the City budget, or Split Rolls and Prop 13 reform?  Get them answered in person from SF Assessor Phil Ting.  Learn more about how to Close the Loophole.  For more information, contact citydemclub@aol.com.

CITY DEMOCRATIC CLUB WELCOMESF ASSESSOR-RECORDER PHIL TING


When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Where: Special Location for October: MARINES MEMORIAL HERITAGE ROOM, 609 SUTTER STREET, 10TH FLOOR

CITY DEMOCRATIC CLUB RETURNS FOR THE OCTOBER MEETING ONLY TO MARINES MEMORIAL THEATER, WHERE WE MET FOR MANY YEARS.  NOTE THAT THE UPSTAIRS BAR WILL BE OPEN AND SOME OF US MAY WANDER UP TO THE 12TH FLOOR BEFORE OR AFTER THE MEETING.  (MAYBE EVEN DURING THE MEETING – JUST KIDDING, PHIL).  STAY TUNED FOR NOVEMBER, WHEN THE CLUB HOSTS POLITICAL ANALYST DAVID LATTERMAN BACK AT SCHROEDER’S.

Who:  All are welcome


As Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco, Phil Ting is a solutions-focused, innovative reformer whose efforts have enabled him to generate millions of dollars in new revenue for San Francisco. Ting was appointed and later elected in 2005, becoming the city’s highest-ranking Chinese-American official. 

An avid champion for innovative and good government policies, Ting launched GoSolarSF (San Francisco’s first municipal solar energy incentive program); spearheaded efforts to help homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure; and introduced groundbreaking Real Estate Watchdog legislation aimed at capturing unreported changes of ownership.  Ting also chairs the Advisory Board for ChinaSF - a partnership dedicated to encouraging Chinese companies to open San Francisco offices and create jobs. 

Ting began his career as a real estate financial advisor, and prior to becoming Assessor-Recorder was Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus.  He is currently president of the Bay Area Assessors Association, serves on several boards, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He lives in San Francisco's Sunset District with his wife and daughter.

Assessor-Recorder Ting will discuss his Close the Loophole Campaign, aimed at reforming Proposition 13 with a split roll proposal.  His plan involves eliminating corporate tax loopholes while continuing to protect California homeowners. 



Don’t forget to vote - S.F. Election Nov. 3 2009

Club Endorsements:

Candidates:

City Attorney: Dennis Herrera

Treasurer: Jose Cisneros


Local Measures:

Charter Amendments

PROP A: YES Two Year Budget Cycle:

The city budget process would become biennial.  Other changes promote planning and responsible fiscal choices. 

PROP B: YES Number of Supervisor’s Aides:

Removes Charter language limiting aides to two per office, but with no plan to increase number. 


Ordinances

PROP C: YES Candlestick Park Naming Rights:  Allows commercial naming on 49ers stadium with profits split between team and city. 

PROP D: NO Mid-Market Sign District: Would create only exemption to city-wide advertising ban between 5th and 7th on Market Street.

PROP E: NO POSITION  Advertising on City Property: Codifies previous policy stmt banning new ads on city property.  

See you this Thursday!