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Inside Alice This Month!

  • April Membership Event: Membership Meeting, April 7, 2014 6:30 - 8 PM 
  • Co-Chair Column: Endorsements Are Out!
  • Alice Endorsement: Scott Wiener
  • Alice Endorsement: David Chiu
  • Alice Endorsement: No on B
  • April Member Profile: Stan Sarkisov
  • Alice April Happenings
  • March Recap!

April Membership Event

April 7, 2014 6:30 PM - 8 PM
LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street

For this month's membership meeting we will be hearing from the support for GGNRA dog plan, presented by Neal Desai of the National Parks Conservation Association as well as the opposition for GGNRA dog plan, presented by Sally Stephens of SF DOG.
Following that we will hear from the support for Natural Areas Plan and native plants, presented by Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City. We heard opposing side at our February meeting. Join us!


Co-Chair Column: Endorsements Are Out!

Zoe Dunning
Alice Board, Co-Chair

The Alice Primary Election endorsements are out! My fellow co-chair Ron Flynn and I congratulate our PAC Committee, led by Lou Fischer and David Augustine, on their smooth and professional endorsement process. I want to also thank our membership for coming out and casting your ballots last month. We have an extremely strong slate of endorsed candidates that we are excited to support and help get elected. It is diverse, includes some of our LGBT community’s strongest allies, and showcases several highly accomplished women running for office this year – Betty Yee for State Controller, Fiona Ma for Board of Equalization, and Kimberly Williams for Superior Court Judge, Office 20. We hope you volunteer to help us walk precincts, write postcards, and support our visibility events for our candidates. 

We want to also congratulate Alice Board Member Ken Cleaveland, who was recently appointed to the San Francisco Fire Commission. There has not been a member of the LGBT community on this important commission for some time, so we are excited to have representation. Ken will do a fantastic job!

Preparations are underway for our annual Pride Breakfast, to be held at the Hyatt Embarcadero Sunday, June 29th.  Start your Pride Parade day festivities with a full stomach after dining with a room full of the “who’s who” in Bay Area and California politics. Ticket information and further details, including guest speakers, will be announced soon.

Enjoy this month’s newsletter and let us know what news and information important to Democrats and the LGBT community you would like to see here. We are only as strong as our membership and we want to hear from you!

Click Here For Our Full PAC Endorsements! 


Alice Endorsement: Scott Wiener

Scott Wiener
San Francisco District 8 Supervisor

I'm deeply grateful for Alice's early endorsement of my reelection to the Board of Supervisors. Alice is my political family. I joined the club soon after I moved to San Francisco in the 1990s and was proud to serve as club co-chair in 2005 and 2006. Alice was key to my election as Supervisor in 2010. The club is crucial to the LGBT community's participation in San Francisco and Democratic Party politics, and I look forward to many more years of working together to move our city and our community forward.

Alice Endorsement: David Chiu

David Chiu
President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

I am truly humbled to have received the endorsement of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in my race for the 17th Assembly District.  The oldest LGBT Democratic Club in the United States, Alice has made a profound impact on San Francisco, California and American politics. 

As someone inspired by the civil rights movement, it has been so personally important for me to be a stalwart ally of the LGBT community throughout my entire life.  Over the years, in addition to being one of the founding members of Asian Pacific Islander Equality, I have been honored to work alongside leaders from the Alice B. Toklas Club to fight for marriage equality and equal rights, for LGBT seniors, youth and immigrant families, for HIV/AIDS funding, and against bigotry and discrimination.

Representing and fighting for the LGBT community will be a top priority of mine in Sacramento, and I look forward to working with you to make San Francisco and California better for all of us, particularly our diverse LGBT community.

I'd love for you to visit our campaign headquarters in the Castro, as well as to join our wonderful LGBTs for Chiu team.  Hope to see you soon!

Alice Endorsement: No On Prop B

Tim Colen
Executive Director, San Francisco Housing Action Coalition

The members of the Alice B. Toklas Club deserve enormous credit for their leadership in opposing Prop B.  The City is lucky to have groups like yours that respond with common sense to silly political games.

In spite of its deceptive language, Prop B represents a dangerous vision of what San Francisco should do with its derelict industrial lands along our eastern waterfront. 

Despite its bland appearance, Prop B is a crazy political scheme that would severely harm the value of an enormous swath of our public property.  The San Francisco Port has conducted an analysis of its fiscal effects that should frighten any voter.  They conclude that $8.46 Billion projected for the Port Harbor Fund could be “delayed, reduced or lost” as a result of Prop B.  

Other US cities repurpose their old industrial land in ways that respond to a vision for the future, one that maximizes public benefits.  They do not downzone their derelict public land.  Prop B makes no sense as a modern urban planning tool – it only makes sense for continuing insider political games.

The City is enduring a brutal housing affordability crisis that cannot be solved unless we find the will to increase housing production. This vacant, unused waterfront land could deliver many thousands of new middle-income homes.  

Do not be deceived by slogans that promise “citizen participation,” yet are designed to prevent us from responding to the challenges we actually face.

Vote No on Prop B!

April Member Profile

Stan Sarkisov
Alice Member, Communications Committee Member

Alice has allowed to me connect to San Francisco politics. Since attending my first meeting in August 2013, I have become more involved in Alice as a member of the Communications Committee because I stand with Alice’s mission to advance LGBT-inclusive legislation and to advocate for equality and effective policy.

Currently, I am working at a top-notch San Francisco-based public affairs firm and practice family law on the side. Following my admission into the California Bar, I have helped low-income clients on a pro-bono basis and my own private clients advance their legal rights in custody and other family law issues. Most importantly, I am now a San Franciscan, and participating in Alice is part of my responsibility to be an involved San Franciscan.


Alice April Happenings

18th Annual San Francisco Multicultural Freedom Seder!
Thursday, April 10, 6:30 PM
The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street

The Freedom Seder is the premier civic Passover event in San Francisco.  This year we are celebrating San Francisco’s legacy as a refuge, a haven, and an open society for many different communities.  We will celebrate some of the many different groups who helped make this City what it is today, including our permanent, vociferous, and proud LGBT community. Buy your tickets today by visiting

March Recap!

Congratulations to Board Member Cecilia Chung! Cecilia was honored this month as Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Phil Ting D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, during the California State Assembly’s Woman of the Year ceremony for her leadership on civil rights, HIV/AIDS and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) equality.

Congratulations to Board Member Alex Randolph on his new position in the General Services Agency of the President Barack Obama Administration!

Board President David Chiu and Supervisor David Campos face off during this month's Alice Assembly District 17 Election Debate hosted by Melissa Griffin.

Alice-endorsed Assemblyman Phil Ting D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, speaks to the Alice PAC about his reelection bid.

Alice-endorsed member of the Board of Equalization Betty Yee speaks to the Alice PAC about her campaign for State Controller.

Alice Board members and Supervisor Scott Wiener at the Cesar Chavez Holiday Breakfast.

Alice Board members and Supervisor Wiener at the State California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles

Alice co-sponsored Stop the Slide event.
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-Micah, Thomas and the Communications Team