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We need help getting the word out about the Potrero Hill Democratic Club and the 2019 and 2020 elections at the Potrero Hill Festival. The work is easy – you’ll be sitting at a booth and engaging festival attendees about our club, its activities and upcoming elections. WHEN: Several shifts on Saturday, October 19 between […]

Join us as we watch and discuss October’s Presidential Primary Debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio as the field narrows. We’ll be voting on the Club’s primary election endorsements in January so start your research now! When: Tuesday, October 15 at 5 pm (time may change as final start time has not been announced) […]

Thanks to all the members who attended and voted on endorsements for November’s election. Endorsements are determined by rank choice voting by regular members who attend our endorsement meeting. Here are the endorsements: Candidates Mayor No endorsement City Attorney Dennis Herrera District Attorney Suzy Loftus (1st endorsement), Leif Dautch (2nd endorsement), Nancy Tung (3rd endorsement) […]

Just a week after our Potrero Hill District Attorney Debate on August 27 (see below), we’ll be hosting our ballot review and endorsement meeting on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 pm. We’ll discuss the candidates and propositions on the ballot – you might be surprised how much is on the ballot! All are welcome to […]

We’ll be switching up our normal August meeting schedule to co-sponsor the Potrero Hill District Attorney Debate with the Potrero Boosters at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. All four District Attorney candidates have confirmed attendance, and provided answers to our questionnaire. Chesa Boudin Leif Dautch Nancy Tung Suzy Loftus Read their answers to our District […]

Our Shop Local silent auction is one of our most popular events each year. Snag great merchandise and services from local merchants and businesses while supporting the work of the Potrero Hill Democratic Club. The work of grassroots organizations such as the Potrero Hill Democratic Club is more vital than ever, and there’s much to […]

Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to our panelists! As we discussed, there is A LOT to do before 2020 in order to take back our country, and we need every one of you to get involved. Work on local issues in San FranciscoGet involved with the Potrero Hill Democratic Club and the […]

June Membership Meeting

May 23rd, 2019

The State of the Resistance Join us on Tuesday June 4 to hear how local activists are fighting the GOP agenda – even from deep blue San Francisco. Contrary to what the pundits say, the Resistance is alive and well. We are gathering effective local activist groups who turned out millions of volunteers in 2018 […]

May 7th meeting followup

May 9th, 2019

South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco and Potrero Hill Democratic Club would like to thank everyone who participated in our May 7th meeting. Panelists and organizations: – John Stokes, Volunteer Co-manager, Friends of Alemany Farm http://www.alemanyfarm.org/ Alemany Farm – Ashley Wong, Program Coordinator, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/ San Francisco-Marin Food Bank […]

Co-hosted by the South Beach District 6 Democratic Club For our May meeting, we’ll be discussing issue of food insecurity and hunger in Potrero Hill and beyond. We’ll hear from organizations addressing this problem in our neighborhoods and learn how we can all be involved in solutions. Panelists include: John Stokes, Volunteer Co-manager of Friends […]

We had a spirited discussion on Tuesday about how we can work together to make our green dreams a reality. Thank you to the panelists for taking time out of their busy lives to enlighten us! Please learn more about their organizations below. Gabrielle Lichtenstein, Sunrise Movement Michelle Pierce, Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates Daniel Tahara, Citizens’ […]

PHDC’s April membership meeting, co-hosted by San Francisco Tomorrow, is packed with ideas for reversing climate change. Panelists include: Gabrielle Lichtenstein, Sunrise Movement/Green New Deal Michelle Pierce, Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates /SF’s Climate Emergency Declaration Daniel Tahara, Citizens’ Climate Lobby/federal climate legislation recently introduced Magick Altman, Extinction Rebellion/direct action. We’ll also hear an update […]

Looking for Volunteers

March 13th, 2019

The Potrero Hill Democratic Club is looking for volunteers to support our activities. We rely on volunteers to ensure we can bring you the monthly meetings. We currently need additional help due to changes in our Executive Committee, or we may have to cut back on the meetings.Our needs: Secretary: You can make this role […]

Labor unions have a long history in San Francisco, and continue to be a significant force in the San Francisco business community and government. This Tuesday March 5, we’ll have several speakers that will discuss current issues in labor that affect San Francisco and Potrero Hill.  Among our guests: Rudy Gonzalez, Executive Director from the […]

On the second Tuesday of the month (instead of our normal first Tuesday because of the holiday), our headliner is former State Assemblyman, Board of Supervisors president, and School Board president Tom Ammiano, role-model legislator for decades of SF political history.  Tom chairs the campaign committee for the Sunlight on Dark Money Initiative, seeking signatures […]

It’s Election Confidential time! Get the skinny on what it’s really like to campaign in a town where politics are deemed to be a blood sport. A conversation with Hill residents in the thick of it: Supervisor candidates Tony Kelly and Uzuri Pease-Greene, School Board candidate Monica Chinchilla, and Assessor-Recorder candidate Paul Bellar. Hot gossip […]

Potrero Hill Democratic Club’s endorsement season concludes with an evening of lively debate with 10 of the candidates running for the San Francisco Board of Education in November.  PHDC endorsement ballots will be counted immediately after the debate. Free on-site childcare will be provided. Spots are limited; reserve your spot here. (Thank you to PREFund […]

At Tuesday’s meeting, we’ll hear from candidates and representatives for local office campaigns and ballot measures, and vote on more endorsements. A little after 8 pm, we will have all the candidates for City College Board for a joint Q&A session. On Tuesday’s endorsement ballot (click the links for more info): SF Assessor: Carmen Chu* […]

  This November, we choose a new District 10 Supervisor. So, on August 28, please come and learn about four leading candidates’ visions for Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, the rest of District 10 and the City. Club members will vote on an endorsement the same evening. You’ll meet: Theo Ellington, Tony Kelly, Uzuri Pease-Greene, and Shamann […]

We’ll hear from representatives for state office campaigns and some ballot measures. PHDC board members will provide brief overviews of the rest of the measures. On the endorsement ballot (click the links for more info): US Senate: Kevin de León or Dianne Feinstein Governor: Gavin Newsom Attorney General: Xavier Becerra State Assembly, Dist. 17: David […]

Support these generous businesses! 83 Proof Former Mayor Art Agnos ‘āina Hawaiian restaurant ARCH Art & Drafting Supplies Sharon Beals photographer Bell and Trunk Flowers Paul Bellar property appraiser Burke Wine Brokerage Centered Body Pilates Christopher’s Books James Colgan Hair Salon Collage Gallery Connecticut Yankee Cracked & Battered Dogpatch Boulders Dogpatch Saloon Joni Eisen Cake […]

Food, drink, live jazz, friends and great deals! Potrero Hill Democratic Club’s Party & “Shop Local” Silent Auction is always a celebration of and for the community – and a fundraiser for the club’s many educational and democracy-enhancing activities. We never solicit or accept money from candidates or campaigns we endorse – so this event […]

• Discussion of the June election with Democratic County Central Committee member & former D10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell. • Preview of the plan for November elections nationwide, from local hero David Bloom, who has been hosting phonebanking sessions with DemocracyAction every Sunday afternoon at his home on 3rd Street – a stunningly selfless effort, with […]

First, a bit of Club biz: We’ll consider an amendment to our bylaws (introduced in March) to consider the possibility of a ranked-choice endorsement for ranked-choice elections, repeating the ranked-choice process of vote-counting after (and only if) a first choice has been determined. Then we’ll hear from representatives for and against local ballot measures, and […]

We’ve invited the candidates below to attend, using the roster of qualified candidates from the California Democratic Party (as a Democratic club, we cannot endorse non-Democrats in partisan races). U.S. Senate: Kevin de León, Dianne Feinstein, Pat Harris U.S. Congress: Shahid Buttar, Stephen Jaffe, Ryan Kjohasteh, Nancy Pelosi Governor: John Chiang, Delaine Eastin, Gavin Newsom, […]

There have been lots of candidate appearances and forums around the city, but this one is a real live mayoral debate – with the candidates asking questions of and responding to each other. Candidates: Angela Alioto, London Breed, Jane Kim, Mark Leno, and Amy Farah Weiss. Moderator: Marisa Lagos, political reporter for KQED. Video by […]

Topics: What is really in the horrible Republican tax bill, and why that is Reason #1 to Take Congress Back in November; a new community-led effort to create a Public Bank in San Francisco; endorsement calendar for 2018’s super-important elections, including votes for Mayor, Governor, and District 10 Supervisor; officer nominations open (election in February). […]

Tues Nov 7th:

November 2nd, 2017

Dan Bernal, Congressional Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi‘s SF Chief of Staff, will discuss and answer your questions about  the insanity of the past year on Capitol Hill.  Closer to home, familiar ally Jon Golinger will discuss and read from his new book: Saving San Francisco’s Heart: How to win elections, reclaim our city, and keep […]

At Tuesday’s meeting, we’ll bring this year’s ongoing phonebanking directly into our club! If you’ve never phonebanked, or if you are phonebank-curious, this will be a fun and easy introduction, brought to us by our allies at DemocracyAction to what it’s like, and why it’s important. We’ll also hear about (and vote whether to support) […]

Evolve CA returns to PHDC: campaign manager Ian Fregosi will update us on the efforts, long supported by the Club, to close the corporate loopholes in Prop 13.  Make It Fair in 2018! We will also hear from Dotty Nygard, a leading challenger to Republican Jeff Denham’s congressional seat in California’s District 10.  That district […]

Come hear from PHDC members and allies who went to the California Democratic Party convention two weeks ago in Sacramento: the drama, the frustration, the crucial issues. Also, a discussion (with some guests) about the various efforts to flip legislative seats across the state and the country. In this blue-on-blue city, supporting other districts is […]

At Tuesday’s meeting, we welcome back Amy Farah Weiss of the Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge, featured in March 2016 on our illuminating, inspirational panel on interim homelessness solutions (video here), with an update on what the City is doing (or not doing) with our neighborhood encampments, and some new proposals that are now gaining momentum.   […]

At our next meeting, we’ll have updates from the many Resistance fronts that have opened up, from single-payer healthcare in California to boycotts nationwide.  And we’ll plan our next steps in joining the growing coalition for Sanctuary and immigrant rights, and in working with San Francisco’s Democratic Party to make the political infrastructure work for […]

We focused our resistance efforts on joining the renewed Sanctuary City movement, here in the neighborhood that possibly started that movement in the early 1980s.* We were honored to have Father Michael Kwiecien, Sister Kathleen and Sister Lucia join us from St. Teresa Church. They shared what the parishes in SF are doing right now […]

Two-plus weeks after the “inauguration,” we find that all the challenges we feared are coming at us, almost all at once.  So for the foreseeable future, our Club will focus on ongoing, practical resistance against the Republican agenda in Washington, and the corporate agenda in Sacramento and City Hall.  Each meeting will start with quick […]

  If you too think that the fight against Donald Trump requires turning the Democratic Party into a genuine party of the people, please come!  PHDC is proud that two of our members, Angeles Roy and Ben Becker, are on the slate. Registration time has been changed to 10:30am-12:30pm. Doors open at 9:30. Arrive early […]

Tuesday, Jan 3rd: Fighting back

December 29th, 2016

Like many of you, the Potrero Hill Democratic Club wants to give 2016 a swift kick out the door.  More than 77% of our endorsed candidates and campaigns won on November 8, but the losses were especially hard. But now it’s on: building from the wreckage of 11/8. It’s already been written repeatedly that California […]

There will be no regular PHDC meeting in December. Instead, come celebrate the season, and prepare to stand up to Trumplandia, at our annual neaighborhood party co-sponsored with Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association: local beer, local snacks, local friends. Please bring something for the local Food Bank, too! Age 21 and older only please. WHEN: Saturday, December […]

Election night parties

November 5th, 2016

  The nail-biting, the nightmares, the nonstop toxic “news” – will stop soon (at least, we hope so). You don’t want to be alone when you find out how it all turns out, do you? You don’t want to drink alone, do you? So, here are some ways to surround yourself with like-minded progressive types […]

It’s time to raise a glass to your chosen candidate and cheer her on again! And maybe voice your opinion (loudly) about what the other one says.  Please join PHDC members & friends at the Yankee for a fun gathering of neighbors & friends – and possibly some deadly serious comedy. We hope to see […]

First-term Assemblymember (and PHDC-endorsed candidate for re-election) David Chiu won the 17th District Assembly seat in a close and hard-fought race in 2014.  Since then, he and his family have moved to Bayview, where he has seen first-hand some of the issues of our corner of the City.  Assemblymember Chiu makes his first visit to […]

US President and Vice President HILLARY CLINTON and TIM KAINE United States Senator KAMALA HARRIS US Representative, District 12 NANCY PELOSI California State Senator, District 11 JANE KIM Member, State Assembly District 17 DAVID CHIU SFUSD Board of Education RACHEL NORTON STEVON COOK MATT HANEY MARK SANCHEZ Trustee, Community College Board RAFAEL MANDELMAN ALEX RANDOLPH […]

Final Endorsements for November 8

September 13th, 2016

From the Potrero Hill Democratic Club meeting of September 13: Superior Court Judge, Office No. 7 VICTOR HWANG BART Board of Directors, District 7 LATEEFAH SIMON BART Board of Directors, District 9 BEVAN DUFTY SFUSD Board of Education RACHEL NORTON* STEVON COOK MATT HANEY* MARK SANCHEZ *incumbent   Thea Selby and Jeff Kositsky speaking on […]

From the Potrero Hill Democratic Club meeting of September 6: US President and Vice President HILLARY CLINTON and TIM KAINE US Representative, District 12 NANCY PELOSI Member, State Assembly District 17 DAVID CHIU Trustee, Community College Board RAFAEL MANDELMAN ALEX RANDOLPH TOM TEMPRANO SHANELL WILLIAMS AMY BACHARACH (5 candidates endorsed, for 4 seats – please […]

19 endorsements down, 33 to go!  Just last week, Club members and friends completely filled the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (capacity 239) to see the only post-primary State Senate debate between Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener.  After the debate, PHDC voted to endorse Jane Kim for State Senate.  The rest of our November endorsements […]

Food, drink, jazz and great deals! Potrero Hill Democratic Club’s Party & “Shop Local” Silent Auction is always a celebration of and for the community – and a fundraiser for the club’s many educational and democracy-enhancing activities. We never solicit or accept money from candidates or campaigns we endorse – so this event and membership […]

November 8th is about a lot more than Hillary Clinton vs. the toxic clown car of today’s Republican Party.  There are 17 state ballot measures (and more than two dozen local measures on the way) and candidate races throughout the state, Bay Area, and the City. As always, PHDC has you covered.  For Tuesday, August […]

Register voters with PHDC in Dolores Park before the Mime Troupe’s opening, then picnic and enjoy the show. Spend July 4th, Independence Day, being super-patriotic: Register voters! (Note that we are NOT meeting on our normal first Tuesday of the month, which would be July 5th. July 4th is Monday.) Then stick around Dolores Park […]

“It’s not that art & politics don’t mix – I just wanna do more art,” says longtime PHDC president Joni Eisen. (The mix, in the photo at right by FBFE: Supervisor David Campos; Joni; then-candidate, now Judge Daniel Flores; Harvey Milk as a bas-relief cake sculpture). There were food, drink, and early election returns at […]

Some of our endorsed candidates for the SF DCCC came for a meet-and-greet. The SF Democratic County Central Committee, the governing body of the SF Democratic Party, registers voters and makes endorsements. Their citywide election mailers powerfully influence Democratic voters to support or oppose particular candidates and ballot measures. But we believe the DCCC has […]

After a lively – as usual for PHDC – endorsement meeting for DCCC candidates, featuring the candidates in small groups interacting with each other as well as the audience, thirteen candidates received at least the requisite 50% of votes cast: Alysabeth Alexander, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, Petra DeJesus, Bevan Dufty, Jon Golinger, Pratima Gupta, Frances […]

Candidates who have submitted completed questionnaires will appear in small groups at regular intervals, to present and answer questions. Come and meet them! Ballots are due at the end of the meeting, and will be counted immediately. WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, at 7pm WHERE: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, downstairs in the Game Room, 953 De […]

Tuesday, April 5th: Judicial candidate forum, Presidential primary, ballot measures – RESULTS The forum of candidates for Superior Court Judge, Office #7 – Paul Henderson, Victor Hwang, Sigrid Irias (counterclockwise from left, photo by John O’Neill)- was moderated by attorney & PHDC board member J.R. Eppler. Presidential Primary candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were […]

We’ve heard about the problems. We’ve seen the problems. At this meeting, the conversation was about SOLUTIONS – real, imagined; happening, never tried; possible, impossible; short-term, long-term; direct action, legislation; good, perfect… The amazing panel consisted of (left to right in photo above): Emily Cohen, Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of HOPE Shira Noel, Policy and […]

Guns and sugar – how sadly American is that? We took up both topics, and more. Robyn Thomas, left, Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, has been keeping up the good fight in the face of daunting challenges. It’s been about three years since she appeared at our club, it was […]

City College Trustee John Rizzo, recently returned from testifying in DC against the deservedly disgraced accrediting commission, gave an update on the situation at CCSF. With the help of PHDC’s mascot. Photo: John O’Neill. District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell discussed the Shared Schoolyard Project, which he revamped in 2012 to open playgrounds to the public […]

There will be no regular PHDC meeting in December. Instead, come celebrate the season with us and our friends in the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association. Local beer, local snacks, local friends. (Please bring something for the local Food Bank, too.) Age 21 and older only please. WHEN: Saturday, December 5th, 3pm to 5pm WHERE: Triple […]

VOTE!!! Since our regular venue, the Neighborhood House theater, will be used as a polling place, PHDC will hold its monthly meeting in the back room of the Connecticut Yankee. After you vote – and get out the vote – come enjoy snacks on us, no-host bar, camaraderie and a couple of brief presentations: SF […]

What is the impact of the worst drought in 1300 years on San Francisco, its residents and the Bay environment? Are we doing enough? Come hear and question the experts on anything related to the current (and future?) drought. The panel: Jennifer Clary, Water Program Manager, Clean Water Action Barry Nelson, Bay Conservation & Development […]

A good time was had by all! Our fabulous donor list is here. Thank you everyone who helped produce the auction & party, who donated auction items and food, and who entered bids on the items. It all added up to another fun, successful event.  

★ Proving that Ed Lee is NOT running unopposed, Mayoral candidates Francisco Herrera,  Amy Farah Weiss, and Dan Kappler (write-in), discussed  issues vital to San Franciscans. ★ Actually unopposed candidate City Attorney Dennis Herrera spoke briefly about his accomplishments in office. ★ These props weree covered (click on titles for summaries): B –  Paid Parental […]

Latest endorsements from PHDC

September 1st, 2015

The club voted on the following endorsements at its September 1st meeting. Endorsements for propositions or candidates for a single office require at least 60% of votes cast. San Francisco Propositions A  – YES – General Obligation Bond Election – Affordable Housing C – YES – Expenditure Lobbyists Ordinance D – No position – Mission […]

The Community College Board candidate forum included three of the five candidates running for one open seat (left to right): Wendy Aragon, Alex Randolph (appointed incumbent), Tom Temprano – brilliantly moderated by PHDC VP Loretta Lynch (at right).   The Sheriff candidate debate featured all three candidates (left to right): John Robinson, Ross Mirkarimi (incumbent), […]

Fantastic panel, thought-provoking discussion. See some photos on our Facebook page.  Below are bios of the panel, which include contact info for organizations they are affiliated with. At the bottom of this post,please find links to further reading, recommended by participants. RHEEMA CALLOWAY San Francisco-born, raised in the Ingleside district and Bayview/Hunters Point, Rheema is […]

 The news has been maddening, depressing, heart-breaking. We need to stand together and say this has to stop. For those who want to respond to the tragic, senseless violence against the people of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, here is the church website. You can donate either to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to help […]

Calle 24, the stretch of 24th Street running from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue, is known as “El Corazón de la Misión”, or “The Heart of the Mission.” Calle 24 is also the name of the group of merchants and neighbors fighting for the heart and soul of the Mission. Erick Arguello and Edwin Lindo (right) […]

Sue Vaughan spoke in opposition to AB 61, introduced in the State Assembly by Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, which would grant legal authority to local transit agencies to allow private shuttles to use public bus stops. Here’s an SF Examiner article about AB 61. The Club voted to send a letter of opposition to the […]

SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera spoke about his wide-ranging work protecting the city and its residents. Cases have included protecting children from sex trafficking, defending evicted tenant relocation payments, protecting City College from the ACCJC, challenging the State Lands Commission’s attempt to nullify Proposition B, suing the state of Nevada for patient dumping, championing gay […]

Since the District 10 Supervisor, the City Attorney and the Sheriff are all our neighbors – and PHDC members – the Club decided to invite them all separately to address members and guests on their current and future projects. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi appeared and gave a lively, informative and well-received talk, followed by audience Q&A. Alas, […]

PHDC started off 2015 with a couple of thought-provoking topics, both of which engendered very active audience participation. Dale Carlson (left) of the Share Better SF coalition discussed a proposed ballot measure his coalition of affordable housing advocates and community organizations is creating. The intent is to continue to expose the impact of Airbnb and […]

Not a political party,  just a fun, neighborhood afternoon party. Instead of our regular December meeting, PHDC is delighted again to be co-hosting the Potrero Boosters’ annual holiday party, open as always to all residents of Potrero Hill and Dogpatch. There is one catch: please bring a non-perishable food item, which we will donate to […]

PHDC is happy to join Noe Valley Democratic Club* to present a recap of the November 4th election this Thursday by Dr. Corey Cook, Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches courses in American Politics. He is frequently quoted […]

Please note that our club neither solicits nor accepts any money from endorsed candidates or campaigns.

The meeting was mostly devoted to actively promoting PHDC-endorsed candidates and campaigns, like those of David Campos for Assembly, Tony Kelly for Supervisor, Daniel Flores for Judge, John Rizzo for Community College Board, and Shamann Walton for School Board. They, and reps of several Proposition campaigns, came to say a few words, distribute campaign swag […]

            At the Tuesday, Sept 2 ballot measure endorsement meeting were state and local ballot measure speakers pro and con, with Q&A of course. We covered local propositions A, B, D, J, & K and statewide propositions 1, 2, 45, 46, 47 and 48. Club endorsements for November are here. […]

Potrero Hill Democratic Club members and friends had an evening of live jazz, food drinks and fun. Plus walls & tables full of cool stuff to bid from the fabulous merchants and artists of Potrero Hill and Dogpatch. And politicos galore: Senator Mark Leno, with an award for the Club; Supervisor David Campos and Supervisor […]

Arguments pro and con for a variety of measures on the November 4th ballot made for an engaging evening of mini-debates. There was a literal turf battle (at right, Mike Murphy & Donald Collins argue real vs. fake grass in the parks), the Pier 70 development height limit increase, an attempt to “balance” transportation priorities (oh, […]

Wednesday July 2: DEBATE!

June 19th, 2014

Candidates for District 10 Supervisor shared their ideas, expertise, and love for the neighborhoods of District 10 Wednesday at the Neighborhood House in an intense debate, ably guided by moderator Marisa Lagos of the SF Chronicle. All five official candidates held the standing-room-only audience rapt. Candidates, left to right: Ed Donaldson, Marlene Tran, incumbent Malia […]

PHDC was there with endorsed-campaign swag, voter registration forms, 94107 t-shirts and CA DISCLOSE Act petitions.

The housing situation in our fair City is dire and fast-changing. Housing prices explode; protests against evictions escalate; legislation is introduced at state and local levels; lawsuits are filed by the City Attorney.  San Francisco leads the nation in income disparity. Participants in a thought-provoking discussion, which included plenty of audience Q&A, were: Tim Colen,  […]

A discussion with Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Derek Cressman (above left) and former SF Supervisor Christina Olague, surrogate for Dem candidate Alex Padilla, was  moderated by PHDC’s  J.R. Eppler, who so ably presided over the Assembly candidate debate last month. Audience members asked their own questions. Here’s a link to the video of this […]

Potrero Hill Democratic Club presented a lively and informative debate between the two Supervisors running to succeed Tom Ammiano in the State Assembly, District 17: David Campos and David Chiu. The two Davids, both Harvard-educated attorneys, agreed that they agreed on a lot – and also tried to bring their differences into sharp focus.  Moderator, […]

A presentation about PUC policy and proposed water rate hikes by the SF Public Utilities Commission‘s Yolanda Manzone (center left), Environmental Justice and Land Use Analyst, and Jamie Querubin (center right), SFPUC Financial Analyst,  was followed by a very lively conversation about the drought, its implications and, yes, opportunities, with Jennifer Clary (left),Water Policy and […]

To begin our  eighth year, PHDC had several things on the agenda: ● Presentation by UNITE HERE Local 2, representing the 750 concession workers at AT&T Park. Employed by a subcontractor called Centerplate, they are involved in a difficult campaign to achieve a fair contract  and haven’t had a wage increase or new contract since […]

The Potrero Boosters again graciously invited PHDC to co-sponsor their Holiday Party. The annual festivities were held this year at a new space, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. A lovely party, filled with neighbors enjoying the great food and holiday cheer. California Senator Mark Leno and District 9 Supervisor David Campos were both […]

Since our regular meeting place – the theater at the Neighborhood House – was a polling place on election night, we gathered at the Dogpatch Saloon, site of our recent auction.  CCSF Trustee Rafael Mandelman presented his recently proposed Resolution in Support of City College (the club signed on to the SaveCCSF coalition back in […]

It was back to politics on Tuesday: Leaders of organized labor spoke about the movement’s relevance. PHDC’s regular monthly meeting featured Mike Casey (left), President of the San Francisco Labor Council, and Michael Theriault, Secretary-Treasurer of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council. Though frequently in solidarity, their respective organizations are not always in […]

Please join Potrero Hill Democratic Club members and friends for an evening of live jazz, food and fun. Plus lots of cool stuff for your bidding pleasure from the fabulous merchants and artists of Potrero Hill and Dogpatch. Music will be performed by fantastic jazzmen Chuck Bennett on bass, Mark Rosengarden on drums, and Ray […]

San Francisco’s Municipal Election is November 5, 2013. It’s true that the three citywide officers who are running for election or reelection are running unopposed – but that’s no reason not to take advantage of a great opportunity to meet them face-to-face, find out what they’ve done and intend to do, and ask them anything […]

We are excited to be the first community group to hold an event at the just-renovated Dogpatch Saloon on 3rd St at 22nd. Set for 5-8pm on Saturday, September 28th, this community party + Club fundraiser will feature live jazz, great food & fabulous stuff to bid on from the wonderful merchants, artists and neighbors […]

Our July “meeting” took place in Dolores Park on a sizzling Fourth, campaigning for the CA DISCLOSE Act, registering voters, and watching the SF Mime Troupe’s premier performance. Then we were ready to return to our regular venue on the Hill. City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu (center, r. to […]

OIL. The upper safety limit for atmospheric CO2 is 350 parts per million (ppm). We’ve just hit 400 ppm. Dave Massen (SF group leader) and Jeff Whittington of Citizens Climate Lobby (click here for recent NY Times article about CCL) want to cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote transition to a green energy economy through […]

The Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” will be fully enacted come January 1, 2014. But did you know that the new California Health Benefit Exchange (known as Covered California) will be open for enrollment in October? Our extremely knowledgeable panel consisted of (left to right) Bonnie Preston, MSPH, Outreach & Policy Specialist at the […]

You may have heard about the recent occupation of the Administration Building by CCSF students, with four specific demands in response to sanctions imposed by the accreditation commission. Students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni all want to keep City College of San Francisco open – but they don’t all agree on the best approach. Panel […]

What are the chances for a meaningful, effective response to the ever-increasing gun violence in this country? Three excellent speakers engaged the audience around this question. Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, discussed current gun laws, the Second Amendment and the prospects for proposed legislation to pass. She emphasized showing […]

The December meeting of Potrero Hill Democratic Club – co-sponsored by Noe Valley Democratic Club and San Francisco for Democracy – was about the (mostly gratifying) results of the election – especially the unanticipated gift of a Democratic super-majority in both of California’s state houses. Special guests included Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (left), who began the […]

Wed Oct 3rd: Debate Watch Party

September 17th, 2012

We met on the first Wednesday instead of the Tuesday, because that’s when the first Presidential Debate happened. We enjoyed food, drink, friends, neighbors, campaign speakers, strange debate performances and door prizes at the Connecticut Yankee that night. WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 6 – 8pm WHERE: Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut St @ 17th    

Tuesday, Sept 4, 6:30 – 9pm: Ballot measure endorsement meeting. State and local ballot measures, speakers pro and con. Q&A of course. Check out the results of voting here. To be endorsed, a proposition or candidate must get 60% of votes cast. Tuesday, Sept 11, 7 – 9pm: Candidate endorsement meeting. Candidates for Board of […]

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