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Inside Alice This Month!

  • September Membership Event: Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Co-Chair Column: Back to School  - With Alice Endorsed Candidates! 
  • Alice Endorsements
  • Alice Endorsement: Malia Cohen
  • Alice Happenings

September Membership Event

Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:30 PM - 8 PM
LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street
Come hear updates on a wide variety of issues regarding the Transgender community. 2014 has seen many gains, but there still remains a large equality gap for those in the Transgender community. Join us as we discuss issues such as HIV/AIDS, Affordable Care Act, Healthy SF, ENDA, San Francisco public safety, housing, employment, and prisoner safety.

Cecilia Chung - San Francisco Department of Public Health Commissioner
Masen Davis - Executive Director, Transgender Law Center
Theresa Sparks - Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission


Co-Chair Column: Back to School  - With Alice Endorsed Candidates! 

Ron Flynn
Alice Board, Co-Chair

Although the warm weather is about to start, summer is over and it is back to school time.  

We have a great opportunity to help San Francisco Unified School District and City College of San Francisco by electing some great new leaders to their boards.

Alice has endorsed our own Mark Murphy.  In addition to serving on Alice’s Board, Mark has been a leader in the education community for years.  He is Co-Chair of the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF ) Community Advisory Committee, which allocates an annual $50 million San Francisco General Fund to the School District.  PEEF funds Pre-K support, Sports, Libraries, Arts, and Music, and many Enrichment Programs such as Peer Mentoring, Restorative Practices, and Health & Wellness programs and others.  Mark served on the Human Rights Commission's LGBT Advisory Committee, where he worked with now School Board President Sandra Fewer on the passing of Resolution No. 912-8A3 "In Support that the San Francisco Unified School District Strengthen the Anti-Discrimination Program in Schools in Order to Effect a Healthier Learning Environment for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning Students.   In 2013 Mark served on the San Francisco Mayor and Superintendent appointed "Our Children, Our City" Stakeholder Engagement Committee.  In 2013-14, Mark actively participated in the SFUSD Vision 2025 process, discussing what the SFUSD education system might look like a decade from now, with teachers, administrators, civic leaders, and parents.
His husband is a teacher, and Mark’s passion lies with making San Francisco public schools a great place for students, teachers and families.  There is currently not an out LGBT Board Member.  Mark is a great candidate, look for him this fall on the campaign trail and VOTE for him November 4.

City College has undergone huge transformations in the last few years.  After being unfairly attacked by the ACCJC, it has been fighting for its life.  The City Attorney’s trial against the ACCJC takes place in October, and CCSF has applied for restoration status, which plays out next year.  In the mean time, new people are running to be on the Community College Board, which needs to be beefed up and ready to take charge.  Alice has endorsed Amy Bacharach, Thea Selby and Rodrigo Santos to be new voices on the Community College Board.  All bring different strengths, but importantly they bring new direction.  The old Board was too busy infighting to put the students and the school first.  While ACCJC overstepped its bounds in attempting to take away CCSF’s accreditation, the Board made it easy for them.  It is time for the  Board to come together with new people, energy and focus and help return City College to the great institution it is.  City College serves as an education entry port for thousands of San Franciscans.  It respects the diversity of the City, indeed it encourages our diverse backgrounds by creating programs that address the needs of many different communities.  Please take some time to get to know Amy Bacharach, Thea Selby and Rodrigo Santos and support them in their campaigns.


Alice Endorsements

Alice is proud to announce our endorsed candidates and campaigns for the Nov. 4 Election. Our members look forward to educating San Francisco voters about who we support! Learn more on the Alice website!

Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor
Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State
Alex Padilla

Betty Yee

John Chiang

Attorney General
Kamala Harris

Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones

Board of Equalization, District 2
Fiona Ma

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson

US Congress, District 12
Nancy Pelosi

US Congress, District 14
Jackie Speier

State Assembly, District 17
David Chiu

State Assembly, District 19
Phil Ting

Superior Court Judge, Office 20
Carol Kingsley

Carmen Chu

Public Defender
No Recommendation

Supervisor District 2
Mark Farrell

Supervisor District 4
Katy Tang

Supervisor District 6
No recommendation

Supervisor District 8
Scott Wiener

Supervisor District 10
Board of Education
City College Board of Trustees – 4 Year Seats
Rodrigo Santos
City College Board of Trustees – 2 Year Seat
BART Board, District 8
Nick Josefowitz
State Propositions
Yes on Proposition 43
Yes on Proposition 44
Yes on Proposition 45
No Recommendation on Proposition 46
Yes on Proposition 47
Yes on Proposition 48
San Francisco Propositions
Yes on Proposition A
Yes on Proposition B
Yes on Proposition C
Yes on Proposition D
Yes Proposition E
Yes Proposition F
No Recommendation on  Proposition G
No on Proposition H
Yes on Proposition I
Yes on Proposition J
Yes on Proposition K
No on Proposition L

Alice Endorsement: Malia Cohen

Fellow Alice Members - 

I want to take a moment to say thank you! Your endorsement was very important to me personally, as I have always admired the Alice B Toklas Democratic Club and have been a member for over 10 years. We share many of the same values of equality and integrity that I hold in my personal life and in my role as District 10 Supervisor. Since assuming office, I have supported the LGBT community and all San Franciscans by:
  • Supporting the creation of an LGBT Senior Task Force to address the needs of the aging LGBT community
  • Securing and increasing funds for services targeting at-risk LGBT seniors and youth, particularly in communities of color.
  • Co-authoring legislation that provides a fair chance at jobs and affordable housing for individuals with a conviction history. 
  • Fighting for an increase in the minimum wage 
  • Supporting programs & events, such as “Gayview Night Out,” to raise awareness, activate, and engage the LGBT community in Bayview Hunters Point and throughout District 10
  • Partnering with U.T.O.P.I.A. to help spread awareness and education about the LGBT Pacific Islander and Polynesian community
  • Spearheading legislation to protect and expand our City’s manufacturing industries that employ local residents in blue-collar jobs.
  • Recruiting and recommending members of the LGBT community for appointments to important citywide commission
  • I am honored to earn your sole endorsement because your organization has been an advocate and ally for the LGBT community, and for all San Franciscans, by supporting leaders and policies that improve the lives of all of our City’s residents and keeping San Francisco a diverse, progressive and tolerant City.
District 10 deserves a leader in City Hall who has the experience, commitment, and pragmatism to guide us through the next four years. San Francisco is at a critical juncture - while our economy is thriving, many San Franciscans are struggling to afford to live in our great City. We need a leader who will stand up for all of us and look for real solutions to address the challenges we face. 

In my second term on the Board of Supervisors, my priorities will be tackling housing affordability, increasing public safety, bringing more living wage jobs to residents in District 10, and expanding neighborhood services in the Southeastern sector of our City including improved transportation. 

Thank you again for your support. Together, we can keep District to working, healthy, affordable, and safe. 

-- Malia Cohen 
Supervisor, District 10 


Alice Happenings


Alice PAC meets to form Alice's Endorsements. 

Alice's own Mark Murphy presenting to the Alice PAC as he runs for School Board.


Congratulations Zoe Dunning on your new role as Library Commissioner! Mayor Edwin M. Lee administers the Oath of Office on July 30, 2014 at City Hall 

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