Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
I think it would be very hard not to say that no matter what we have won. The team has always said the idea is to win but our goal is to fight, and we have fought as hard as any little lady could. We have taken on Big Time politics and risen to the top of the heap and garnered respect and stayed dignified in the process. It is with undying gratitude to Jessica Berardi, Tyler Hosack, John Ferreria, Jason Smart and Adam Britt who have stayed with me since a year ago today on one of the toughest experiences that we could have together. Dean Disaster, Matt Contrill, Joe Kowalke, Jeff Javits, and Alic Shook who got us off to a flying start and have contributed as much as they could over the year and helped keep the campaign going even as they found jobs and struggled to pay rents in this economy. I am forever grateful to Orlon, Steven, Gene and David Lewis for going above and beyond the call of duty and really taking to the streets for the cause. Also the many many many of you that spared anywhere from 5 to 500 dollars to support our campaign because to have raised 20K (including in kind donations) is a great accomplishment and has allowed us to be a contender for this Nov 2 election. Also to my club friends and new friends that I have met along the way your efforts at out reach in the TL and fundraising efforts at your parties help solidify our chances and prove that there is a voice to be heard that is not in a condo or part of the main stream but still a voice that demands being heard!
We are proud that all our materials are from recycled stock and are printed with soy based ink and will not harm the environment. We can also be proud that our message did not cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get out there. Instead our foot work and out reach has all been community based. We feel that it is time to really look at what elections are and how we abuse and confuse the voters into believing that it is necessary to buy elections or spend ungodly amounts of money to influence your vote.
We started this campaign to prove that YOU can make a difference in politicks and we have. To be the drag queen candidate, who came out of no where and ended up being endorsed by some of the leading media, organizations, and voter groups has proven that we can make a difference and that we should take the time to do so.
As exhausting as this has been I have never felt better or more alive. It has truly connected myself and my team to what is going on at a level that none of us expected. The fight is not over an we can always use your help in the last days for out reach and especially on Nov 2! Mostly though I want to share my gratitude to YOU, the people who created a force to be reckoned with against all odds. My friends we are the voice of change against the over gentrification and selling out of our city. Our fight is not over but thats alright! We know now that we can do it and on November 2nd we are going to see some very surprised faces when they see just what we have achieved together.
Finally to those who wrote us off and to my parents who told me being gay and female identified would lead to a life of misery and rejection.... You were wrong. As a survivor and a fighter I am very proud to say that. Instead of a statistic we have become innovators. Thanks for not giving up because we have already enacted change and will continue to do so in the years ahead.
Thanks for the support and continued effort till the votes are counted. Never give up because as Queen said in our team theme song this year "We are the Champions my friends, and we'll keep on fighting till the end."
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Here are the League's endorsements for November. Our full voter guide that explains why we're voting this way will be posted on theballot.org soon.
Governor: Jerry Brown
Lt Governor: No endorsement (Gavin came up one vote short of getting our endorsement!)
US Senator: Barbara Boxer
Sec of State: Debra Bowen
Controller: John Chiang
Treasurer Bill Lockyer
Attorney General: Kamala Harris
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Larry Aceves
State Board of Equalization: Betty Yee
State Assembly District 12: No endorsement
State Assembly District 13: Tom Ammiano
State Senate District 18: No endorsement
Supreme Court Justices: Cantil-Sakauye, No; Chin, No; Moreno, Yes
19: Yes - Legalize!
20: No - Expands undemocratic redistricting commission to cover congress
21: Yes - $18 vehicle fee to pay for state parks
22: No - Complicated & suspicious way to prevent state borrowing from local agencies
23: Hell No - Cold-cocks CA’s landmark anti-global-warming bill
24: Hell Yes - Repeal corporate tax breaks
25: Hell Yes - Restore majority rule for the state budget!
26: Hell No - Cripple CA’s ability to pay for services via fees
27: Yes - Eliminate that sketchy redistricting commission (see 20)
AA: Yes - $10 vehicle fee for roads, transit, and pedestrians
A: Yes - $46m bond to seismically retrofit affordable housing
B: No - Increase city employees pension contributions & take away health care
C: Yes - Question Time with the Mayor . . . Round 3
D: Hell Yes - Allow non-citizen public school parents to vote for school board
E: Hell Yes - Election Day voter registration for SF-only elections!
F: No - Suspicious consolidation of random Health Services Board Elections
G: No - Standardize Muni drivers’ pay formula, but add anti-worker language
H: No - Bar some SF elected officials from political party committees
I: Yes - Donation-funded Saturday voting pilot program for 2011
J: Hell Yes - Raise the hotel tax to save City services
K: Hell No - Poison pill against raising the hotel tax
L: No - Make it illegal to sit on the sidewalk anywhere in SF
M: Yes - Require police foot patrols & block Prop L
N: Hell Yes - Raise the tax on properties sold for more than $5 million
Board of Supervisors
District 2: Janet Reilly
District 4: No endorsement
District 6: 1- Jane Kim; 2- Glendon “Anna Conda” Hyde; 3- Debra Walker
District 8: Rafael Mandelman
District 10: 1- Chris Jackson; 2- Tony Kelly; 3- Ed Donaldson
BART Board: Bert Hill
Assessor: Phil Ting
Board of Education: Hydra Mendoza, Bill Barnes, Kim-Shree Maufus
Community College Board: John Rizzo
Public Defender: Jeff Adachi
Judge: Michael Nava
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, October 2 · 4:00pm - 7:00pm
1347 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA
During my run for Supervisor of District 6 I met a group that touched my heart more than any other and that is United Playaz!
There Mission is:
United Playaz is...a violence prevention and youth leadership organization that works with San Francisco's hardest to reach youth through street outreach, case management, in-school services, recreational activities, and support to incarcerated youth.
United Playaz has committed more than 15 years to improving the lives of young people surviving in vulnerable environments and show high incidence of truancy and low academic performance, or have been involved in the juvenile justice system through direct service and community collaboration. United Playaz believes that
"it takes the hood to save the hood"
They are currently trying to buy their Building at 1038 Howard street after being "excused" from the local Community Center. The dedicated and wonderful staff need our help.
Please come to the Powerhouse for a Drag Show Fundraiser to help this amazing group! I'm even going to do a Hip Hop number for my very first time! Raffle, door donations and jello shots make up a great way to help people helping themselves!
Team Anna Conda
Saturday, September 25, 2010
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
ONE SUPPORTER SAYs........."I call bullshit on the Bay Guardian for leaving you out of their DCCC questionnaire recap and I think all of your supporters should call and email Tim Redmond- firstname.lastname@example.org."
I think this is a great idea! we have proven over and over that we are a strong clear focused campaign and yet main stream media and organizations such as the DCCC continue to marginalize us. Please send an email or write on the SFBG Blog about your feelings! Thanks and lets go get that idae that if you ignore us we don't exist. This is the exact reason I have chosen to run. I will not allow myself, my friends and my community be ignored. You can't arrest people for sitting and lying on the sidewalk because they are poor. You can't keep destroying DJ equipment and hurting bar patrons in raids, You can't kill San Francisco and make it a playground for Yuppies, You can't just close all the gay night spots and performance venues BECAUSE WE WILL NOT LET YOU!. We don't ALL want to live in the Marina! We will not stand for marginalization! Thanks, Anna Conda
Response from a supporter...
You have run a serious and issue-based campaign, you have received good reviews from your debate and other public appearances, and you deserve to have your effort treated and covered seriously and with respect. I won't let up on calling out unfair treatment by the media, especially the so-called progressive media. It is not okay just to cover you and your campaign as part of a Pride issue - in fact, it is the worst marginalization of a serious queer candidate that I can think of.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
As a new condo owner in the Mid Market area, I support the Sit and Lie Law. Something has to be done to stop the problems business and property owners have with the homeless. They block the entrance to our buildings, trash the sidewalks in front of our homes, urinate and defecate anywhere they please.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
am an asthma sufferer. I do not like cigarette smoking in public as something that should be protected by law. However, I absolutely do not support a ban on smoking patios that ignores the root cause of high rates of smoking among minority populations, places additional financial burdens on small businesses, and exploits children as a means to an end.in my lungs, on my clothing, or in my wig for sure! That plastic just reeks after a smoke filled venue! I'm glad we no longer smoke in bars. It’s very difficult to look at
I recently attended the hearings to banning smoking patios in San Francisco. When I spoke up in defense of smoking patios, I was told by one man that I “didn’t care about the GLBT community” because I do not support a ban on smoking in the city of San Francisco. He argued that smoking on a smoking patio was the same as walking into a bar and spraying DDT all over the place. “Would you support that?” I was asked. Another woman who rents a unit to a smoker spoke out saying that she wanted the freedom to evict her tenant simply because she “hates smokers and smoking”. Where do we draw the line?
The Anti-Smoking Coalition – who is behind these proposed bans – is a rabid bunch that will do just about anything to disallow smoking in public. At the hearings, children were paraded shamelessly (dare I say “exploitatively”?) in front of the Board of Supervisors and other attendees. The children were there to speak aboutand were used by the Anti-Smoking Coalition to tug at our heartstrings. What are children doing on smoking patios anyway? Fact is that the two highest causes of asthma are high-density housing and car exhaust – not . If the Anti-Smoking Coalition is as concerned about children’s health as it makes itself out to be, why are they not calling for some sort of referendum regarding the two highest causes of asthma, both of which are particularly relevant in an urban environment like San Francisco? Maybe we should all get out of our cars and take MUNI! They certainly could use the cash!
Previous smoking bans were put in place to keep smoke contained to one area and away from non-smokers. Many bars – especially Castro neighborhood businesses – opened smoking patios in order to keep smoke outside and comply with city codes. Many of these bars and restaurants have spent thousands of dollars creating smoking patios. The new law – sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar – would ban smoking patios, costing bars and restaurants even more money. After pressure from bar and restaurant owners, Mar has suggested that a grandfather clause be added to the new ruling to allow previously-existing patios to stay open with no smoking 10 feet from the door. Also the new ban sends smokers into the street to be 15 feet away from the front entrance of a business or building. That means smokers in the street littering the gutters with butts instead of ash trays. More litter in the bay is better than smoking?
From where I see it, this is not about smoking patios. This is a freedom of choice issue. In an economic downturn, placing added financial hardship on small businesses – in the way of lost opportunity for business – is not a solution. And certainly, criminalizing personal behaviors and pushing smokers out of sight is not a solution either.
Besides being told that I “didn’t care about the GLBT community” I learned at the hearings that there are far fewer smokers in San Francisco than just a few years ago! Harm reduction strategies are working. We have already created a dialogue and citywide plan that is reducing the number of people who smoke. Why change what’s already working?
Perhaps we should put our time and effort into lobbying tobacco companies. After all, tobacco companies are responsible for creating and selling a product that is unhealthy and addictive. I say go for the real criminals! Why not hold hearings in favor of more funding for educational campaigns and quit-smoking programs for smokers? Why not allocate prevention funding specifically to youth and other marginalized populations at most risk of smoking?
Urban environments are by nature a melting pot of ideas, choices, and freedoms. San Franciscans have the freedom to choose what businesses they frequent and if those businesses have smoking patios or not. Similarly, we have the choice to drive cars or to utilize public transportation. We decide where our money goes and whether it goes into education and prevention versus the criminalization of personal choices.
I dislike the smell, the taste, and the slew of health problems – and healthcare costs! – that come along with Save the Children” propaganda is both exploitative and factually unfounded.as much as the next person. What I dislike even more, however, is criminalizing personal choices. Criminalizing adult behavior removes some of the freedoms and foundations on which this "liberal" city is built. Criminalization is never a solution. Imposing bans on smoking patios under the guise of “
We must be vigilant that good intentions do not create laws that disenfranchise the disenfranchised. Smoking surely is a health concern but the way to solve health concerns is education not criminalization. We have in place safety measures that work by reducing the number of smokers and the inhalation of second hand smoke and these extra measures are far too strict.We all want to enjoy nightlife and many of us don't want to breath second hand smoke and there are many choices of venue to go to that don't allow smoking. Finally to the person who wrote to me saying; "I pass out, my throat closes; and I must be rushed to the hospital every time I breath in a hint of smoke"; I worry that an urban environment is far too dangerous for you. I don't want to see you die so make the right choice and please stay away from the smoking patios and be very careful walking down the street. I do care about your issues so I worry what choices you are making to live in an urban and uncontrolled environment. For the rest of us I say make a wise choice and be glad you can; even if your a smoker.