Even though I believe in the Democratic Party as the true “small d” governing party, I can see in San Francisco that a lot of Republican Party corporate values have bled into the Democratic Party. One would expect a more robust grassroots party in San Francisco, not a blander version of the Republican brand. I do believe that both parties need to work together and compromise on legislation, but that a belief in government as a force of good should be the driver of our local decisions. Our local Democratic Party needs to undergo what is called “values clarification” for it to attract new voters, rather than default those new voters to Decline to State status.
Below is how I believe I would improve the county central committee:
(1) Instead of conducting the monthly meetings in the state office building, the meetings should rotate to the eleven supervisorial districts. This would make it easier for folks in the districts to attend a meeting, get to know the SF DCCC and its role in the Democratic Party, focus on an issue of particular concern to that district, and hold both the supervisor and the SF DCCC accountable to that district.
(2) Expand the voting membership to include two 16 to 18 year old pre-registered Democrats to the SF DCCC, and have mentorship provided by the Sue Bierman Memorial Internship Program. This would provide substantive power to youth, and would provide the visibility to the schools in pre-registering teenagers as Democrats.
There should be a sunshine policy regarding notification of open SF DCCC seats. These openings should be chosen by an election of the SF DCCC members, and not merely by appointment by the chair, and not by acclamation, but instead by the potential candidates presenting their qualifications to the full SF DCCC. There should be a requirement that at least three candidates are part of the pool, before a replacement is voted upon. This transparency will reduce the tendency to appoint one’s ideology, rather than one’s “fit” and contribution to the committee.