Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Supervisor Jane Kim and June primary endorsements, Thursday, 4/24

The club's endorsement meeting will be Thursday, April 24.

We're proud to host Supervisor Jane Kim, who has represented District 6 since 2010 and who will stand for re-election this November.

After the Supervisor's presentation and Q&A are complete, the club will vote on endorsements for the June primary. Recommendations from the Issues and Endorsements Committee are listed below.

The club also will vote to seat its 2014 Executive Board. The nominated slate for the Executive Board is listed below.

When: Thursday, April 24th, 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.

About our speaker, Supervisor Jane Kim

We're pleased to welcome Supervisor Kim to our April meeting. Supervisor Kim was elected as District 6 supervisor in November 2010. Her district includes many eastside neighborhoods including Civic Center, South of Market, Mission Bay, the Tenderloin, Treasure Island, and Yerba Buena Island.

She is chair of the City & School District Committee, vice chair of the Land Use Committee, and a member of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. She also chairs the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), which has responsibility for the new Transbay Terminal.

The Supervisor's policy priorities include land use, affordable housing production, homelessness, pedestrian safety (#VisionZero), public education, economic justice and development, and building capacity for nonprofits and neighborhood organizations in her district.

Supervisor Kim is past President of the SF Board of Education. Previously she was an attorney at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and was a community organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center.

She received a dual B.A. from Stanford, in Political Science and Asian American Studies, and received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall.

Eligibility to endorse

Those who were members in 2012 or 2013, but haven't yet paid 2014 dues, can renew their memberships at the meeting. Standard dues are $35 with a $15 discounted rate for students and seniors.

We accept cash and checks at the meeting. You also can renew securely by credit card using PayPal using the buttons in the right-hand sidebar.

Issues and Endorsements Committee recommendations

The recommendations of the Issues and Endorsements Committee are listed below.

These are recommendations of the committee only and do not constitute club endorsement. Club endorsements will be issued after member ballots are counted.


The committee unanimously recommends:

Nancy Pelosi for U.S. House of Representatives, District 12.
Jackie Speier for U.S. House of Representatives, District 14.
David Chiu for State Assembly, District 17.
Phil Ting for State Assembly, District 19.

The committee recommends, without opposition except where noted:

Jerry Brown for Governor.
Gavin Newsom for Lieutenant Governor (8 of 9 votes).
Betty Yee for Controller.
Alex Padilla for Secretary of State.
John Chiang for Treasurer.
Kamala Harris for Attorney General.
Dave Jones for Insurance Commissioner.
Fiona Ma for Board of Equalization, District 2.
Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Instruction (7 of 8 votes).

The committee recommends:

Daniel Flores for Superior Court, Office 20 (4-3 over Carol Kingsley).


The committee recommends as follows:

Proposition A: Support (6-2)
Earthquake Safety & Emergency Response Act - Bond measure to allow $400 million in new bonds to finance the construction, acquisition, improvement and seismic retrofit of neighborhood police and fire stations and the emergency firefighting water system, and the retrofit of other facilities, including the Medical Examiner, Police Department Traffic Company and the Police Department Forensic Services Division.
Pro: Legitimate public safety need that justifies issuance of City bonds. 
Con: Would increase City debt load and property taxes.

Proposition B: Oppose (7-0, one abstention)
Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act - Initiative ordinance. Would not allow developers to exceed any current height limits on the city waterfront unless the proposed height increase has been approved by the voters. 
Pro: Ensures citizen voice in waterfront planning. The 8 Washington project demonstrated this need. 
Con: Any planning issues are systemic, not endemic to waterfront. Blunt instrument that hits the wrong nail.

Proposition 41: Support (7-1)
California Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act - Bond measure. Would amend the Veterans' Bond Act of 2008 to reduce the amount of authorized bonds from $900 million to $300 million. At the same time, it would authorize $600 million in new bonds to provide multifamily housing, such as apartment complexes, to low-income veterans and supportive housing for homeless veterans. The cost would average about $50 million annually for 15 years.
Pro: No net increase in bond-issuance authority. Reallocates unissued bonds for a previously approved and valid public goal.
Con: Would increase annual costs to state General Fund.

Proposition 42: Oppose (7-0, one abstention)
A Constitutional amendment that would require local agencies to comply with the Public Records Act.  This requirement would be exempt from the Constitutional prohibition on unfunded mandates. 
Pro: Open meetings and open access are obvious public benefit that deserve extension to localities. 
Con: Explicit creation of new unfunded mandate is troubling. Impact to local governments unknown.

2014 Executive Board

At its April meeting, the club will consider the following nominated slate for its 2014 Executive Board:

President - Michael Ho
First Vice President - Erik Cummins
Second Vice President - Heidi Machen
Treasurer - Steve la Plante
Recording Secretary - Jim Reilly
Corresponding Secretary - Clay Harrell
Members at large - Kat Anderson, Michael Breyer, Michelle Parker