Weekend Recap

We had a great weekend out on the campaign trail! After kicking off with our official move into our campaign HQ on Friday, we went to check out the anual Alamo Square Flea Market.

Thanks to Darlene for showing off her beautiful jewelry:




We met some great park-goers: 


And perhaps most exciting of all, Thea is the first candidate officially endorsed by San Francisco dog, Nina Schmoe

Darlene

All in all a great weekend.  We would love to see you in the coming weeks and hope that you can join us for our Dancing for a Change FUNdraiser at Vinyl Wine Bar this Tuesday at 7:00pm.  

As always, if you want to chat, discuss District 5 or City-wide interests, want to meet a new and adorable pup (or cat- we love those too), or if you are interested in joining us on other fun adventures such as this, please feel free to contact us! Hope to see you while we dance and shake our way into September. 

PS: Have you seen our campaign video yet? It's getting rave reviews!

  

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Campaign Headquarters Launch!!!!

To All Our Incredible Supporters,

Team Thea is excited to announce we officially opened our Campaign Headquarters at 791 Haight Street! Its a roomy space right next to The Grind Cafe - we have already loaded ourselves full with a delicious Pear Salad, some fresh OJ, and of course some iced coffee. Special shout out goes to our new friends and neighbors Santa Clara Market Grocery and their cousin (our across the street neighbors) Santa Clara Natural Organic Market. Check out their YELP page :)  

Here we are in action: 

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Loading the truck for our big move!
 
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Who says politics can't be fun? We promise a big hello when you walk in the door.

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A street view of our new home. It's great to be in the neighborhood!
 
We will be out in force at the Alamo Square Flea Market tomorrow at 11:30 if you would like to join us!!!
 
Please feel free to stop on by, pick up a sign, and say "hey" to the amazing volunteers we have hanging out at our new and fabulous HQ!
 
As always, 
- Team Thea
 
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Life in the Inner Sunset

A big shout out to the neighborhood of the Inner Sunset and its welcoming spirit for yesterday's canvasing and house party. The gracious Carolyn H. hosted a gathering of friends and neighbors to discuss the neighborhood and points of interest for residents. Some of the topics included traffic patterns for the Inner Sunset, the class sizes at Jefferson Elementary, and even the impact of parklets in the neighborhood. 

We would look forward to the next house party and encourage you to join us! If you are interested in hosting a house party for Thea, please dont hesitate to email us. 

On another note, our Dancing for Change Fundraiser is coming up on Tuesday, August 21st. We will be at the wonderful Vinyl Wine Bar (359 Divisadero St.) to move and shake, the way politics should be! Please let us know if you can make it.

Final note: we are still getting out into the community every day, knocking on people's doors and listening to their concerns about the neighborhood and about our great city. If you would like to be a part of this great movement, please let us know! We would love to have you. 

We hope to see you soon!
- Team Thea

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New news for August

We are now less than three months away from the election, and our field campaign has picked up steam and is going full force. It's a miracle we find time to do canvassing, given the number of other campaign-related events happening left and right! Here are three examples of more fun ones.

 

pizza party

#1. Pizza Party! Last weekend, some of our hardworking volunteers gathered at Thea's house to share their homemade pizzas and kick back a bit. We had a dizzying array of everything from your classic marinara-and-mozzarella pie to a spinach-and-caramelized onion focaccia creation — but the winner, as we expected, was Arnie Lazarus's pesto, gorgonzola and bacon thin-crust. No contest. 

 

the first debate

#2. The first debate. Hosted by the District 5 Democratic Club at the beautiful and recently-renovated Park Branch Library on Page Street in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, this was the first of many candidate debates in these last twelve weeks before the election. All the major candidates were in attendance, and Thea got the chance to speak about her work with Muni (all-door boarding!), public safety, and the tenuous issue of rent control.

 

Thea and Majeid

#3. National Night Out! For the 29th year, the Bay area participated in National Night Out — an event created by the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch as a way to bring communities together and present a united front against criminal activity and drug use. This year's San Francisco event was hosted at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. Above is Thea with her friend and endorser Majeid Crawford, president of the Fillmore/Lower Fillmore Neighborhood Association.

 

That's all for now — remember, we are canvassing up a storm and need you out there! Check out our calendar for more details, and while you're there, save the date for our August 21st fundraiser at the Vinyl wine bar on Divisadero.

 

See you on the streets!

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Signatures and SFWPC

Well, folks, after eight long weeks of hitting the streets with clipboards and petitions, we are happy to say that we've gathered well over a thousand signatures, registered nearly one hundred voters, and are ready to turn in our nomination paperwork! Here at the campaign we are so proud of our work. Ours was an all-volunteer effort: over twenty-five people headed out to the neighborhoods of District 5 for two months straight, motivated solely by their investment in grassroots politics and the good work of a first-time candidate. 

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Thea and Barbara outside Marcus Books on our last weekend of signature gathering

 So, thank you to the wonderful work of (deep breath here) Brian, Lynn, Cristina G. and Cristina A., Edgar, David, Barbara F. and Barbara S., Laura, Hilary, Sam, Jamie, Amelia, Catherine, Pamela, Robin, Arthur, Arnie, Rob, Lauren, Vicki, Neeka, Tom, Shawn, Henry, and Deborah — as well as to the thousand folks we spoke to who were willing to hear about Thea's cause and help us out with a signature!

 

 After turning in our signatures, we were ready to kick back a little. What better way to do it than head to the 10th Anniversary Party of the San Francisco Women's Political Committee? Held at the always-great venue of the Brick and Mortar Music Hall, this was one of our favorite campaign events so far. VIPs of the San Francisco political scene were in attendance, including Senator Mark Leno and several sitting members of the Board of Supes and the DCCC. 

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No explanation for how suprised we all look. (That's school board candidate Matt Haney next to Thea, by the way!)


We're re-energized now and ready to get back to work. If any of you want to help us out as we go door-to-door walking and knocking, fill out the volunteer form here! And if you want to pitch in to help us get new clipboards (they're looking a little sad after eight weeks of hard use), you can always donate

 

We look forward to seeing you in the field!

 

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Notes from last night's safety meeting

Last night's Lower Haight Safety Meeting was a huge success — we had a turnout of over 100 folks, and could hardly pack them all in to the Peacock Lounge. Thea was there and led the meeting in her capacity as President of the Lower Haight Merchant and Neighbor Association, or LoHaMNA.

 

Police Captains Mannix and Corrales, from Northern and Park stations, respectively, as well as current supervisors Olague and Weiner, were in attendance to speak about the issues surrounding the uptick in crime seen recently in the Lower Haight. 

The captains, supervisors, and attendees pinpointed several clear causes of crime. One was the difficulties posed by the construction on Fillmore from Haight to Duboce, which de-activates the space and provides opportunities for taggers and robberies. Another was the shrinking ranks of the SFPD — Capt. Mannix said that Northern Station has fewer officers than it has ever had — and the number of formerly incarcerated folks being released into the community (as a result of California's corrections realignment plan) without adequate re-entry services.

Fortunately, efforts are underway to address all of these issues. The supervisors just passed a budget yesterday that will allow for three police academy classes per year to bolster the SFPD in the face of retirements. The reentry council will hold a hearing in the fall to address the needs of the 33% of offenders who are homeless upon their release from the prison system. In a neighborhood-centric issue, Capt. Mannix said she'd move the successful decoy operation currently combating crime around the Laguna and Geary area to the Lower Haight. 

And, of course, we discussed the many things residents can do to protect themselves and ensure that crimes are reported to the police. There were some very simple pieces of advice — never walk with your phone out, always report any thefts or break-ins — as well as encouraging residents to get in touch with San Francisco SAFE (a nonprofit organization that works with communities and individuals to provide education and support regarding public safety).

 

Here at the campaign we're firm believers in neighbors working with neighbors. To that end, we encourage all of you to talk to people you meet on the street, and grab a buddy — any buddy — if you're walking alone at night. Really get to know your communities. We can all be each others' eyes and ears. Attend safety meetings whenever you can. If there aren't safety meetings happening in your neighborhood, set one up!

Thea's background in neighborhood activism and her deep conviction that safety is the foundation of a thriving community make her an ideal resource for anyone with questions on these matters. Please don't hesitate to email us if you think we can help you in any way. 

 

Last note: we're in the last few days of signature gathering! Let us know if you want to volunteer — we're sending out a big email call to action in the next few days. Unlike some candidates, we aren't the least bit ambivalent about our love of campaigning. It's our chance to get to know you, and there's no better way we can think of spending our time.

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Meet a volunteer!

We have many, many incredible volunteers working on this campaign. They're without a doubt one of the most important parts of this whole effort. Today we thought we'd take the time to honor one of them. Meet Arnie Lazarus!

Arnie is a native New Yorker, but has called San Francisco home since the 1960's. He lives in the Lower Haight and is a neighborhood fixture — if you've ever been in that neighborhood, you've probably seen him making the trek from Café du Soleil on Fillmore and Waller to Café International on Fillmore and Haight. Arnie's been an incredible help as a photographer. He goes with Thea from event to event, doing the invaluable work of documenting our campaign.  

Here are two things you should know about Arnie. Firstly, he began weightlifting competitively — in his sixties. Don't believe us? Check out the video below. Age 67, deadlifting nearly 400 pounds.

Secondly, he makes incredible pizza.

Arnie pizza

That's pesto, blue cheese, and heirloom tomatoes — in case you're wondering. If you really want a good dough, Arnie recommends Caputo flour, double-zero, and available at Rainbow Grocery in the red bag. He also recommends a thorough reading of Peter Reinhart's book American Pie as a primer on all things pizza.

 

If you think you want to take on Arnie's pizza skills, mark your calendars for our August 4th Volunteer Pizza Bake-Off! Good times, good food, and a chance to meet other folks volunteering for Thea as she does the good work of getting to know this district. 

Haven't volunteered before? Is the incentive of getting to try Arnie's pizza drawing you in? We've got you covered. We're down to our last two weekends of signature gathering and need your help. Get in touch with us today.

 

Thanks, all!

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Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

We live in the most progressive district of one of the most liberal cities in the world, but don't for a minute think patriotism isn't alive and well here. Our brand of it might be a little different than everyone else's, but it's no less sincere.

I love the 4th of July. I love it for all the usual clichéd reasons of fireworks and BBQs, but I also love it for the time I get to spend with my family on this special holiday. My brother's birthday is in a few days, making this week doubly celebratory. It's also bittersweet, as my mom passed away around this time eight years ago. At the time I was so immersed in caring for her that we both forgot the date (even the year!). July 4th was a particularly difficult night, but when we suddenly heard fireworks, our spirits lifted. My mother was the one person I know who loved the 4th of July even more than I do.

Like all holidays, this one is a time for renewal. It is for reflection and remembrance and nostalgia, and it is for optimism and hope. I got into politics because I love my country deeply, and I want to serve it. I want to honor its past, improve its now, help shape its future. One precinct at a time.

Hope your day is safe, happy, and fun!

Cheers,

Thea

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Partying Hard for the Harding

Lots of great stuff happened over the weekend. We had a house party in the Inner Sunset on Saturday evening. The next morning, we gathered over a hundred signatures in the same neighborhood in under three hours! Oh, Inner Sunset, how we love you. Check out the great Inner Sunset Park Neighbors website to learn more about this slice of San Francisco. Then, go to Arizmendi Bakery on 9th between Irving and Judah, and learn more about their slices of to-die-for coffee cake. 

Of all the fun things we got to do, though, Sunday night's PARTY HARD(ing) was by far the best. (That link goes to an excellent recap of the event over at Local Addition.) Put on by the tenacious members of Neighbors Developing Divisadero, the party supported NDDIVIS's efforts to purchase and revitalize the historic Harding Theater on Divisadero. 

The Harding Theater!

The party to benefit one historic San Francisco structure was held in another historic San Francisco structure. The William Westerfeld House, built in 1889 by a German candy baron (you can't make this stuff up), has welcomed everyone from Janis Joplin to Anton LaVey (who rudely let his lion cub claw up the doorway to the turret staircase, but ok). It's a stunning piece of architecture and history sitting on the northwest corner of Alamo Square. 

NDDIVIS took over the house for the night and transformed it into a hive of activity. Conversations about community-centric development and sustainability abounded, as did delicious food from Mamak and Localist

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                                                   Thea and Paul, a talented local photographer.


Congratulations are due to NDDIVIS for a tremendously successful event ($2500 raised!). Everyone should go check out The Harding Hive Campaign, and let us know what you think! 

 

*Top two pictures courtesy the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection at the San Francisco Public Library!

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Celebrating Pride Weekend

By now, we hope that you've all recovered from the glorious weekend that was Pride! Thea's campaign kicked it off bright and early on the morning of Pink Saturday, heading up to Twin Peaks at 7 A.M. to help set up the Pink Triangle. The Pink Triangle has gone up for Pride weekend every year since 1995. Originally constructed under the cover of night to avoid police construction, it's now set up each year with the help of some 40-odd volunteers in the bright sunshine.

 

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Thea and Megan — armed with hammers, fueled with coffee and donuts. 

After the triangle went up (quite quickly, we might add, thanks to some good volunteer work and excellent organization), it was off to the rest of a normal campaigning Saturday. Thea and her dad swung by Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley for a start, then went to Alvord Lake in Golden Gate Park for its monthly cleanup, then to the Japan Day Festival in Japantown's Peace Plaza, and finally that evening to a play at the Buriel Clay Theater of the African American Art & Culture Complex. Whew!

Sunday also started early, this time at the famous Alice B. Toklas Pride Breakfast. Hosted each year by the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the breakfast is one of San Francisco preeminent LGBT political events. It's also tremendously fun — and the dim sum served is delicious!

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Thea and Kevin at the Pride Breakfast! Check out those colors.

The parade as always was a huge hit, and some of us pitched in to march with the lively Obama contigent — we couldn't hand out "LGBT for Obama" stickers fast enough. All in all, it was a wonderful, bright weekend to celebrate diversity and community of every kind, and next year can't come soon enough. 

 

Last note: we're only 3 days away from our first crucial finance deadline. If you have not donated yet, right now is the time! Show your support for Thea. She's a working mom, a public transit advocate, and someone willing to wake up at the crack of dawn to hammer pink canvas into the side of Twin Peaks — what more could you want in a supervisor? DONATE TODAY!

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