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Inside Alice This Month!

  • July Membership Event: July 14, 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Co-Chair Column: What a Celebration! Let's Elect Democrats!
  • Alice Annual Pride Breakfast!

July Membership Event

July 14, 2014 6:30 PM - 8 PM
LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street

Alice welcomes Supervisor Mark Farrell to discuss his sponsoring the passage of “Laura’s Law” here in San Francisco, a California state law that allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for mentally ill patients. Laura's Law (Details Here) allows a family member, roommate, mental health provider, or police or probation officer to, in limited circumstances, petition the courts to compel outpatient treatment of a mentally ill person. To qualify, the person must have been hospitalized or jailed stemming from mental health issues twice in the past three years and have been seriously violent to himself, herself or someone else in the past four years. There is no provision in the law for forced medication.

Supervisor Farrell will also share with Alice his other legislative updates in District 2.


Co-Chair Column: What a Celebration! Let's Elect Democrats!

Ron Flynn
Alice Board, Co-Chair

I am still reeling from the overwhelming turnout to our annual Pride Breakfast.   Alice’s Pride Breakfast has become the place-to-be for everyone politician and City official on Pride Sunday.  Having Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins as our keynote was a joy.  Having her joined by Speaker pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, our own Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymember Phil Ting, Mayor Lee, and other state and local officials was amazing.  Our list of Sponsors is included in this e-blast, as another thank you to everyone who made the event possible.  

But the real joy, for me, was looking out over the room and seeing members from our entire community coming together for a giant get-together before heading out in separate directions to celebrate the day.  For a couple of hours on Pride Sunday everyone mingled and chatted and, it appeared, really enjoyed each other’s company.  Being able to great the space for the entire LGBT Community to come together in such a large and visible way is something Alice is very proud, and is something I will cherish for a long time.

We do not need to let that collective spirit dissipate so quickly.  We can work together as the large, diverse and vibrant group that was in that room to accomplish great thinks this November.  Alice has endorsed many candidates for the November elections (Kamala Harris, Betty Yee, David Chiu and Scott Wiener to name a few), and will meeting early next month to begin the process for more endorsements for November.  Alice will work hard to ensure that our endorsed candidates get elected, look for Alice’s November slate card soon!

As a charted Democratic party, there are two statewide races that need our attention in the fall – races that we should all be able to agree upon.  First, Alex Padilla faces Pete Peterson in a race for Secretary of State.  Alice did not endorse in that race in the primary, where there were a number of viable Democrat candidates.  Now that Senator Padilla is the Democratic flag-bearer in a close race with Republican Pete Peterson, it is time for all to get on board to support Senator Padilla.  The same is true in the Controller’s race.  Republican Ashley Swearengin received the most votes, while Alice endorsed candidate Betty Yee earned second place, squeaking out a victory over former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.  As of the writing of this column, all votes had been counted and Betty Yee was 481 votes ahead out of approximately 4 million votes cast.  Assemblymember Pérez has not asked to recount all votes, but instead has cherry-picked a few districts to try to close the gap.  I still firmly support Betty Yee as the strongest candidate for this fiscal oversight position.  But no matter what happens, Alice will need to work hard ensure the Controller’s office stays in Democrat hands.  The entire community needs to work hard to ensure that the Controller’s office stays in Democrat hands, no matter who you endorsed in the primary.  It is time for us to put aside differences and focus on the election at hand.  

That said, the closeness of the Controller’s race makes two things crystal clear.  First, California needs a better policy for recounting close races.  Whether it is an automatic recount for races closer that 1% or a rule that all votes must be recounted if some are, the ad hoc nature of the precinct by precinct recount doesn’t have the “count every vote” aspect that ensures fair results.  Second, every vote DOES count.  Alice works hard to get every voter to the polls, and voters that Alice targeted with mailings and deliveries votes in large number.  But overall, only 29.8% of registered votes in San Francisco voted June 3.  Los Angeles County had the lowest turnout as 17% and statewide the average was 25.2%, but we can do better.   Of the counties San Francisco size and larger, Santa Clara had the best turnout at 32.8%.  We need to get out there and make sure that even more people vote in November.  

So I will hang on to this Pride-filled feeling for a little while, and then ask you all to come back together to work hard to get out the vote in November!



Alice Pride Breakfast!



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Diamond Level
Hon. David Chiu
Hon. Scott Wiener
Gold Level
Hon. Nancy Pelosi
Hon. Ed Lee
Hon. Mark Leno
Hon. London Breed
SF Fire Fighters Local 798
SF Police Officers Association
San Francisco Realtors
Silver Level
Hon. Jackie Speier
Hon. Betty Yee
Hon. Phil Ting
Hon. Jose Cisneros
Hon. George Gascón
Hon. Dennis Herrera
Hon. Malia Cohen
Hon. Mark Farrell
Joe Carouba
Greg Flores & Jack Song
Andrew Long & Russell Ryan
Adam Taylor
L. Julius M. Turman
Alliance for Jobs & Sustainable Growth
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BOMA San Francisco
Coalition for Better Housing
East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Golden State Warriors
Hospital Council of Northern & Central CA
Hotel Council of San Francisco
Jewish Community Relations Council
LIUNA! Laborers Local 261
Reuben Junius & Rose LLP
San Francisco Apartment Association
San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium
San Francisco State University
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Hon. Kevin Mullin
Hon. Jane Kim
Hon. Katy Tang
Juan Cerda
Bob Dockendorff
Mark Dunlop
Zoe Dunning & Pam Grey
Joel Engardio & Lionel Hsu
Lou Fischer & Amy Meyers
Ron Flynn & Neal Schwartz
Martha Knutzen & Fran Kipnis
David & Jing Lee
Eric Lukoff
Myong Leigh & Mark Haugen
Jim Maloney & Andrew Nance
Mark Murphy
Scott Nielsen
Rebecca Prozan
Curt Robinson
Rodrigo Santos, SE
Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition / Soul of Pride / Shaun Haines
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Ground Floor Public Affairs
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
Philhour & Associates
San Francisco Young Democrats
United Educators of San Francisco
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Reese Aaron Isbell
Brian Leubitz & Brian Devine
T. & Co.
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Hon. Fiona Ma
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Hon. Carmen Chu
Hon. Gail Dekreon
Hon. Rafael Mandelman
Hon. Emily Murase
Kat Anderson
Keith Baraka
Close the Gap California
L. Michael Costa
FX Crowley
Daniel A. Flores
Jim Haas
Ariane Coleman Hogan
Jim Illig
Mary Jung
Carol Kingsley
David & Amie Latterman
Tim Paulson
Thea Selby
Shamann Walton
Sparky's Balloons
Town Square Consulting
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