Harvey Milk Club Endorsements General Membership August 2014 Meeting Minutes

Harvey Milk Club

General Membership Meeting Minutes

August 19, 2014



  • Alex – PAC Update
    • Last week’s co meeting with SF Beautiful went successful
    • Covered upcoming local ballots
    • Heard from Supervisor Jane Kim’s office
    • PAC endorsements Saturday all day went great – 78% turnout
    • Thank you for coming! We’ve got awesome members
    • Past 3 years of endorsement bylaw changes have resulted in a member driven endorsement process
    • Alex reads PAC endorsement results
  • Dan Segal – Candidate Oakland Mayor
    • East Bay Express endorsed me as the most progressive candidate
    • Experience as a civil rights lawyer
    • At Berkeley I helped the LGBT club gain recognition by the school administration
    • I support $15 minimum wage
  • Kimberley Alvarenga – Tom Ammiano
    • Celebration for all his work Sept 20, details coming
    • Creating a video for Tom Ammiano to thank him all his work
    • Club gathers together in camera view and thanks Tom


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PAC Meeting Minutes August 2014

 Harvey Milk Club PAC

Meeting Minutes

August 12, 2014

7pm - 9pm

  1. Intros Milk Club and SF Beautiful
    1. Beth and Melissa
  2. Housing Prop K - Affordable Housing Goal – A Policy Statement
      1. By 2020 30k affordable housing –low, moderate to middle income
    1. April Venerocion – In Favor of Prop K
      1. Affirms city’s commitment to remaining an affordable city
      2. Wide coverage – from rehabilitation to new construction
      3. Money not in the program – statement only
      4. Follow-up policies to institute funding from different sources
  3. Prop H & I – The Dueling Ballot Measures
    1. Mike Murphy Prop H - Keep grass in GG and no nighttime sports lighting
      1. Currently consistent with master and local coastal plans
      2. Under AstroTurf plan, pitch would be created on chopped up recycled tires
      3. Will leak toxins onto the field and into the sewer system
      4. Sensible use of water and pesticides without using turf? – West Coast turf – organic grass like in the new 49ers stadium  - it’s a science and we have the technology
    2. Krista Backo Prop I – This was successful when applied to other fields around SF
      1. Brings down crime and raises community connectedness
      2. Passions are ignited, this is a dividing issue but it’s a matter of perspective 
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2014 Candidate Questionnaires

Candidate questionnaires will be uploaded here as they are received. Some print copies will be made available at the Saturday, August 16th Candidate Endorsement Day, but we strongly suggest that members review the questionnaires online before the meeting. Click the candidate's name to download and view their questionnaire. For more information about our endorsement process, see Harvey Milk Club Endorsement Schedule for November Election

Community College Board (2 Year Term)

Dr. Amy Bacharach

William Walker

Community College Board (4 Year Term)

Thea Selby

Dan Choi

Anita Grier

Wendy Aragon

Brigitte Davila

John Rizzo

Board of Education

Mark Murphy

Shamann Walton

Stevon Cook

Hydra Mendoza

Trevor McNeil

BART Board, District 8 

Nick Josefowitz

James Fang

Supervisor, District 2

Juan-Antonio Carballo 

Mark Farrell 

Supervisor, District 6

Jane Kim

Michael Nulty

Jamie Whitaker

Supervisor, District 8 

Michael Petrelis

Scott Wiener

John Nulty

Supervisor, District 10 

Malia Cohen

Tony Kelly

Public Defender

Jeff Adachi


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Harvey Milk Club Endorsement Schedule for November Election

We are gearing up for the November election, and will soon make our official endorsements as a Club. We were proud to early endorse the Harvey Milk Anti-Speculation Tax (Prop G) at last month’s General Membership meeting by suspension of the by-laws, given the history of the measure. But there are many more ballot measures and candidates for the Club’s consideration, and possible endorsement, and we encourage members in good standing to participate in the upcoming endorsement process.

Endorsement Schedule

PAC Meeting - Tuesday, August 12th
7-9pm @ SF LGBT Center (1800 Market St)
This is the LAST qualifying meeting for members in good standing to vote in the PAC Candidate Endorsement Day. San Francisco Beautiful will be joining us, and we will be hearing from proponents and opponents of Propositions A, B, F, H, I, K and L in advance of San Francisco Beautiful’s endorsement vote. Beth Spotswood, Melissa Griffin, and Pollo del Mar will be moderating the discussion. RSVP or share the Facebook event here

PAC Candidate Endorsement Day - Saturday, August 16th
9:30am - 4:30pm @ Ceremonial Room, SF LGBT Center (1800 Market St)
Qualifying members who have attended at least ONE previous PAC meeting (June, July or August) and who stay for at least two hours of the interviews will be eligible to vote. Candidate questionnaires and a schedule for the day will be available for download on milkclub.org prior to Saturday’s endorsement day. Some print copies will be available at the meeting. Coffee and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Democratic County Central Committee. The room opens at 9, and interviews begin at 9:30, so please arrive early.

General Membership Meeting - Tuesday, August 19th
**Official Endorsement Meeting**
7-9pm @ the Women’s Building (3543 18th Street)
Members in good standing and new members (of at least 3 months) will be eligible to vote on the Club’s official endorsements at this meeting.

For questions about the endorsement process, please contact [email protected]. We hope to see you at one or more of our upcoming endorsement meetings! 
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Thank You!


What a night! Thanks to everyone who attended the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club's Annual Dinner and Gayla this past Thursday at City College of San Francisco - Mission Campus and made it our most successful fundraiser in years. We would like to congratulate all of our 2014 awardees and give special thanks to CeCe McDonald, pictured here with our Executive Board, for coming all the way from Minneapolis to accept the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award and share her inspiring story with us. 

Check out more photos from the event, courtesy of FBFE Photography, at our Facebook page here

We wouldn't have been able to host such a wonderful event if it weren't for the generous support of our 2014 Dinner & Gayla Sponsors, to whom we express our abundant thanks: 

Tom Ammiano
The Green Cross
STOP Unfair Beverage Taxes
SEIU Local 1021

AFT 2121
Supervisor David Campos
City College Trustee Rafael Mandelman
National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)
Teamsters Joint Council 7
Trumark Urban

Jeff Adachi, Public Defender
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Dan Choi for Community College Board
Treasurer José Cisneros
Drug Policy Action
Daniel Flores for Judge
Forest City
City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Jane Kim for Supervisor
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
Assemblymember Phil Ting

Wendy Aragon for Community College Board
Annie Chou
Stevon Cook for Board of Education
Patrick Connors
Bob Dockendorff
Mark Murphy for School Board
Thea Selby, Candidate for SF Community College Board
San Francisco Group of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club
Tom Temprano & Jarr Von Samuel
Laura Thomas & Kanani Kauka
Lance Toma
Transgender Law Center

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Meet CeCe McDonald, Annual Dinner at CCSF Mission Campus

CeCe McDonald

We are excited to announce that CeCe McDonald will be the Keynote Speaker and recipient of the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award at our Annual Dinner & Gayla on Thursday, August 7th at CCSF Mission Campus.

CeCe McDonald was a political prisoner incarcerated for defending herself against a racist, transphobic assault in July 2010. Due to her willingness to fight, supporters and activists in Minneapolis and across the U.S. built up a solidarity campaign to demand her freedom, and were able to win her a reduced sentence. After serving a 17-month term, she was released in January 2014.

After her release, CeCe quickly became a leading and outspoken fighter in the movements for LGBTQ liberation, prison abolition, and racial justice. She is currently working on a forthcoming documentary with actress Laverne Cox on her case, “Free CeCe”. She was the Grand Marshall of Seattle Pride this year, and has spoken on Democracy Now!, MSNBC, and various other media outlets.
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2014 Annual Dinner and Gayla



The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club's 2014 Dinner and Gayla

Thursday, August 7th, 2014


City College of San Francisco's Mission Campus

1125 Valencia Street




We chose this year’s venue as a small gesture of solidarity with City College of San Francisco and the 90,000 students who depend on it. Many are low-income, queer, people of color, immigrants, seniors, English language learners, disabled, ex-offenders, or military veterans. City College has served our community faithfully for seventy-nine years. We cannot imagine a San Francisco without it and are proud to continue to stand by our college. 

Join us on the evening of August 7th as we proudly honor our City College champions:

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
City Attorney Dennis Herrera
City College Trustee Rafael Mandelman
Student Trustee Shanell Williams
Former President AFT 2121 Alisa Messer

along with our outstanding 2014 Harvey Milk Club Honorees

Hank Wilson Activist Award:  Housing Rights Committee & Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Bill Kraus HIV/AIDS Activism Award: Tita Aida

Sylvester Pride In The Arts Award: Juanita More!

Harry Britt Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Ammiano

Community Ally Award: Supervisor Jane Kim

Howard Wallace Labor Leadership Award: Gabriel Haaland

Dinner by CCSF Culinary Program Graduates


Sponsorship Levels and Ticketing

HERO {$2,000 or above}

One table (10 tickets) at Annual Dinner
Our undying gratitude and devotion
Banner prominently displayed at event
Full page and logo recognition on program
A thank you on stage during the program
Acknowledgement in press releases and promotional material prior to event
Sponsored posts from the Harvey Milk Club’s Facebook (1,250 fans) and Twitter (850 followers) accounts


One table (10 tickets) at Annual Dinner
Banner prominently displayed at event
Half page and logo recognition on program
Acknowledgement in press releases and promotional material prior to event
Dedicated posts on the Milk Club’s Facebook (1250 fans) and Twitter (850 followers) pages


One half table (5 tickets) at the Annual Dinner
Quarter page and logo or name recognition on program
Acknowledgement in press releases and promotional material prior to event
Group posts on the Milk Club’s Facebook (1250 fans) and Twitter (850 followers) pages 


Two tickets to Annual Dinner  
Company or Individual name listed in program
Email co-presidents Tom Temprano and Laura Thomas at [email protected] for additional information about sponsorship opportunities.


Full Page         Half Page         1/3 Page           1/4 Page

{$1000}          {$600}            {$350}            {$200}

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General Membership Minutes July 2014

Milk Club Minutes

General Membership

July 15, 2014


Chair: Laura Thomas


  1. PAC Update
    1. Endorsement process: Saturday August 16th, Rainbow Room LGBT Center 9am-5pm November Election
      1. Multiple clubs hosting endorsements at the LGBT Center that day
      2. Attend PAC meeting August 12th and two hours participation Saturday to qualify to vote
    2. Sign up sheet for callers – Thursday July 24th East Sacramento Swing County, DCCC HQ in SF
    3. Community Choice Aggregation
      1. Please oppose AB2125 – passed AB, headed to the Senate
      2. Opposed by Sierra Club and Mark Leno
    4. Motion to oppose AB2145 passes unanimously
    5. CA State Dem Party votes
      1. Yes on 44, yes 45, neutral prop 46, yes on 47, yes on 48, water bond on hold
      2. Investigating changes to delegation rules
        1. Growing in size
        2. Appointments by elected officials can't vote when they live outside the district
  2. San Francisco Budget Package
    1. Jess, Mark Ferrell’s office and Lisa Marie, Harvey Milk Executive Board
      1. $8.6 Billion proposed by Mayor Ed Lee
      2. $40million in addition savings found by the budget committee to reallocate
        1. Package approved by BOS unanimously
        2. Highlights:
          1. More invested in affordable housing, revamp and production
          2. Immense homelessness focus and committee time 
          3. Food security
          4. Parks and rec
          5. Funds for Mission Zero
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PAC Minutes, July 8th, 2014


PAC Meeting Minutes

Chair: Alex Walker

July 8, 2014

7:00 - 9:00pm


  1. August 16th endorsement
    1.  Here at the LGBT Center in the Rainbow Room
    2. Other democratic clubs are also hosting qualifying meetings at the LGBT Center that day
      1. DCCC is contributing funds
  2. Marcus, DCCC
    1. Volunteers needed phone banking 7th Congressional District August 24th
  3. Tim Hester, RE: Pier 70 and the first ballot measure resulting from Prop B’s successful passage
    1. We will be coming forward with more information to ask for your endorsement
      1. 30% affordable housing 30% local hire, Nine acres of public waterfront park
      2. By: Forest Developer
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