The Biggest News from the CA Democratic Convention that You Won’t Read Anywhere
Here’s some big news from this weekend’s California Democratic Party Convention that won’t make the papers: Delegates voted to pass a resolution expressing “the Support of the California Democratic Party in Protecting Renters from No-Fault Evictions and Illegal or Excessive Rent Increases and Support Rent Stabilization.”
You read that right: The California Democratic Party supports rent control and just cause for eviction.Read more
On April 26, 2017, the Healthy California Act (S.B. 562) was passed with a 5-2 vote at the Senate Health Committee hearing in Sacramento.
The Healthy California Act (HC), also referred to as single-payer health care or Medicare-for-All, would guarantee health care to all California residents, regardless of legal status, age, or employment.
HC would offer a long-awaited alternative to our current healthcare system by eliminating premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. The plan includes comprehensive benefits and services, including all Medi-Cal, ACA, and CHIP benefits, which would be co-opted into the program through federal waivers.
Finally, patients would be free to go to any provider of their choice without being slammed by surprise out-of-network bills. HC would also prohibit out-of-network providers from charging patients for the same services provided by HC, therefore incentivizing health care professionals to join the program.
SF Berniecrats, the People's Townhall Project and Single Payer Now showed up in full force to protest at Dianne Feintein's Townhall in SF on a Monday morning. We did a presser, joined by members of Code Pink and Refuse Fascism, and got a ton of press coverage! Below is a list of media outlets that covered the Townhall, with varying levels of coverage.
Decent balanced coverage by major media outlets:
Great interviews / issue highlights:
Sacramento Bee - Full Presser
KQED Facebook Live interview
Skewed Establishment reporting:
CBS - only covering the rare positives
Tsing Tao Chinese Newspaper
The results from the SF Berniecrats Officer Elections are in!! Thank you to all the candidates who participated, and to everyone who came out to vote. Here are your officers for 2017:
Co-Chair: Ben Becker and Claire Lau
Treasurer: Trevor Martin
Membership Coordinator: Cassandra Inglesby
Election and Endorsements Coordinator: Reid Chalker
Moderators: Michael Marinucci and Caleb Arring
Recorder: Hedi Saraf
Social Media Coordinator: Chris Holl
Events Coordinator: Clarice Corell
Graphic Designer: Mirka Morales
Tech Manager: Tim Wayne
Correspondent: Anjali Baliga
Fundraising Coordinator: Adriel Hampton
News Researcher: Alex Hagen
Press Coordinator: Christopher Cook
Community Outreach Coordinators: Dan Kappler, David Carlos Salaverry, Gary Appell, Leah Cooper, and Trevor Martin
Still to be voted on: Legal Advisors
In AD17, East SF, the SF Reform Democrats won 8/14 through a contentious and chaotic election.
Assembly District 17: Laura Clark, Gladys Soto, Davi Lang, Alysabeth Alexander, Leah Pimentel, Angeles Roy, Mia Satya, Theo Ellington, Rafael Trujillo, Peter Gallotta, Wade Woods, Todd David, Benjamin Becker, Nima Rahimi.
For AD19, West of SF and Daly City, all 8 candidates of the SF Reform Democrats won, and almost all of their recommendations from Ting's slate got elected as well. So progressives got 13/14!
Assembly District 19: Wendy Aragon, Amy Bacharach, Brigitte Davila, Maureen Dugan, Amy Erb, Kelly Groth, Li Lovett, Ian Fregosi, Brandon Harami, Xavier Aubuchon-Mendoza, Jonathan Lyens, Gabriel Medina, William Walker, Alan Wong.
But any hope that the Democratic Party in San Francisco would blissfully unite against Trump was dashed by bitter divisions on full display Sunday morning. The friction that tore apart the national party during the primary season, and has pitted local progressives against centrists, grew red hot as the Democrats’ warring factions converged on the labor building.
As I entered the building, Reform slate members were fuming about what they alleged was “election-rigging” by their centrist opponents. A line of Bauer rental buses parked in front — observers counted at least five vehicles — was disgorging a steady stream of Chinese-speaking men and women. No one stopped them as they went directly inside the building, cutting in front of the long line of people who were patiently standing in the rain.
I spotted one middle-aged Chinese American woman, who declined to give her name, filling out multiple ballots. When challenged by an independent election observer, she became upset and said she was voting on behalf of relatives who could not read English. Meanwhile, at the table where the woman was filling out ballots, Rebuild slate organizers handed out doughnuts, tangerines, granola bars and bottled beverages to those who had just performed their civic duty.
“This is just more of the same corrupt stuff we saw in the Democratic primaries,” said Reform candidate Ben Becker, as he tried to physically block people from crashing the voter line. The young, ponytailed Becker and his wife, Claire Lau, had co-founded San Francisco Berniecrats, an organization that grew out of the Sanders campaign and became the main engine behind the Reform slate. “Hundreds of people are being bused in from Chinatown today — they don’t know who they’re voting for,” said Becker. “They’re just being told how to vote by David Chiu and his people.”
48Hills reporter Tim Redmond had some choice words for David Chiu's shenanigans at the ADEM election yesterday (January 8):
I ran into Assemblymember David Chiu Sunday morning, outside the union hall where delegates to the state Democratic Party were being chosen. “Welcome,” he said, “to the exercise in democracy.”
You could call it that. Or maybe not.
It was definitely old-school: More than 1,500 people waited in a line that wrapped around the block, in the rain, for the chance to cast a paper ballot for seven men and seven women who would, perhaps, help move the Democratic Party in a new direction.
Except that not everyone waited. Chiu had paid to hire buses – I counted five – to bring in people from around the city, many of them Chinese seniors. Someone apparently told them that there was a separate line for seniors, because they all moved directly to the door, where the people managing the line had no idea that there was a special line for seniors.Read more
...Now, Chiu stands accused by progressive-leaning Democrats of bussing in seniors who had little knowledge of the race. But the state Democratic party, which oversees the voting process, is also accused of failing to verify voter registration and of leaving party members out in the cold during what was anticipated to be California’s worst storm of the year.
The rain was light at the Labor International Union Hall on Sunday, where Democratic Party voting took place, but the wind was strong, and hundreds of seniors waited in it to vote.
Chiu did not have an immediate response to the accusation, but his office said he would send a statement soon.
To all the CA berniecrats who won delegate spots over this weekend:
1) Welcome! I remember the energy and excitement from when we in the Dean crew did something similar, but on perhaps a smaller scale, 10 years ago during the 2007 ADEMs. You’re embarking on a fun adventure.
2) You’re not nearly done. This was a beginning, it wasn’t the end. Now you’re going to have to take the next step to become enmeshed in the party and make it your own. Next up: apply to be on committees. I got the chance to make a big difference when I was on the Platform and Legislative Committees. Go do that.Read more