Reform the DCCC!

Friends –

My proposal to reform the San Francisco Democratic Party is coming back to the DCCC at our meeting tomorrow, April 13.  I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the survival of the party hangs in the balance. There are 21 current and former elected officials running for the DCCC in this election (for 24 seats), and these folks have little time to do important work such as registering new voters, chartering Democratic clubs, and running the endorsements process.  If we don’t expand the party to include more grassroots members, there will be no one serving on the DCCC to do this important party-building work. Besides, there are 60 candidates running for these seats – let’s widen the tent and let more of them serve!

I have refined my proposal to make sure it accommodates many of the members’ concerns. The current draft will: (1) make the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors ex officio members; (2) grandfather in Supervisors Mar, Campos, Cohen and Wiener, who are currently members of the DCCC, allowing them to serve full four-year terms instead of becoming ex officios; (3) creating seven new seats on the DCCC (4 in AD 17, 3 in AD 19); (4) making the changes effective after the June election takes place; and (5) filling all vacancies with the next highest vote getters in the June election.

For my fellow political nerds out there, here’s the text of the proposed bylaws change:

Resolution of the San Francisco Democratic Party

Amending the Party’s Bylaws and its Policies & Procedure Manual to Add the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor as Ex Officio Members

WHEREAS, the Bylaws of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (SFDCCC) and its Policies & Procedures Manual allow for registered Democrats who hold state and federal offices who reside in San Francisco to serve as ex officio members of the SFDCCC. These members currently include State Senator Leno, State Assembly members Ting and Chiu, US Senator Feinstein, Congresswomen Pelosi and Speier, and Board of Equalization Member Ma. These members have the same voting rights as a member who is independently elected to the SFDCCC.

WHEREAS, the races for seats on the SFDCCCC have become as competitive as those for any other elective office in San Francisco, in part because current and former elected officials run for – and hold – these seats. This means that the number of DCCC seats available for party activists who have never held another office, and who have the time and energy to dedicate to the party’s activities, is shrinking. It is in the party’s interest to increase the number of seats available for grassroots party activists.

WHEREAS, the members of the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor, as leaders within the local Democratic Party, should each have a voice in the party’s decisions. Granting them each an ex officio membership in the SFDCCC will give them that voice, and will free up several seats for party activists who do not currently hold another elective office. The SFDCCC Bylaws provide that no ex officio member may also hold an elected seat on the SFDCCC.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the San Francisco Democratic Party hereby amends Article II, Section 1(a)(2) of its Bylaws and Article XI, Section 1 of its Policies & Procedures Manual to: (1) add the Mayor of San Francisco and the Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as ex officio members of the SFDCCC if they are registered Democrats, and (2) add seven seats to the SFDCCC, as more specifically provided in Attachment A and Attachment B hereto; and hereby corrects Article II, Section 1(a)(2) of its Bylaws to add US Senator and state Constitutional officers to the list of ex officio members of the SFDCCC as more specifically provided in Attachment A hereto.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution will become effective upon the date that the results of the June 2016 election are certified.

Sponsor:  Alix Rosenthal

Attachment A

Proposed Bylaws Amendment

New language appears in bold underline. Deleted language appears in bold strikethrough.

Article II: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: MEMBERSHIP

  1. SFDCCC MEMBERSHIP
  1. Ex Officio members shall consist of the following:
    A. Any Democrat who is elected or otherwise designated to serve, or who is serving in the following elected offices representing the City and County of San Francisco in whole or in part: (1) Assemblyperson (2) State Senator (3)  Congressperson (4) United States Senator  (5) Mayor (6)  Members of the Board of Supervisors  (7)  State Constitutional Officers

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1:  MEMBERSHIP

A. SFDCCC MEMBERSHIP

  1. Elected Members from Assembly Districts representing the City and County of San Francisco in whole or in part. The number of Elected Members and specific Assembly Districts are determined by provisions of the California Elections Code, California State District lines, and Federal Census data as follows: 17 members elected in the 17th Assembly District, and 13 members elected in the 19th Assembly District. This Section 1(a)(1) takes effect after the June 2016 election is certified.

Attachment B

Proposed Amendment to Policies & Procedures Manual

New language appears in bold underline. Deleted language appears in bold strikethrough.

ARTICLE XI. MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY AND MEMBER LIST POLICY

1.0   The SFDCCC has three types of members. These are elected members, ex officio members and associate members.

a) The elected members are those members elected by the registered Democrats in the member’s Assembly District (AD). They are voting members of the SFDCCC.

b) Ex officio members are elected public office holders from the Democratic Party who are the current members of the California Assembly and State Senate representing San Francisco, U.S. Congressional Representatives from San Francisco, andS. Senators who reside in San Francisco, Mayor of San Francisco, state Constitutional Officers and members of the Board of Supervisors. Ex officio members may each send a designated representative in place of attending the SFDCCC meeting personally. Ex officio members exercise the right to vote, or, in their place, their representatives have that right.

c) Associate members are the chairs or presidents of each of the chartered San Francisco Democratic clubs. Each club has one associate member. The associate member may participate in discussion but does not vote.

1.1 The Mayor and the members of the Board of Supervisors will become ex officio members after the results of the June 2016 election are certified. If this change in membership status creates vacancies on the SFDCCC, the Chair will appoint to those seats the top vote getters in their respective races, in the order of the June 2016 election results. For example, if members of the Board of Supervisors are elected to 4 out of the 14 seats in AD-17 in the June 2016 election, the Chair must appoint to those seats the candidates who came in 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th place in that Assembly District in the June 2016 election. If members of the Board of Supervisors are elected to 2 out of the 10 seats in AD-19 in the June 2016 election, the Chair must appoint to those seats the candidates who came in 11th and 12th place in that Assembly District in the June 2016 election.

1.2 After the June election results are certified, and Bylaws Article II, Section 1(a)(1) becomes effective to create 7 new seats on the SFDCCC, those seats will be filled with the next highest vote getters in their respective races, after the vacancies in Section §1.1 herein are filled.

 

1.2  If at the June 2016 election, members are elected to the SFDCCC who currently serve on the Board of Supervisors and who will be ineligible to run for re-election to the Board of Supervisors in 2016 or 2018 those members will not automatically become ex officiomembers, but may choose to remain as independently elected members in order to serve a 4-year term on the SFDCCC. If any such member chooses to remain as an independently-elected member, and their membership status does not change, no vacancy will be created.

 

 

 

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