Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 29 / 17 July 2014
 
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Political Notebook:
Milk club to elect new president

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m.bajko@ebar.com

Nightlife advocate and DJ Tom Temprano is expected to be the next president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. (Photo: Courtesy Tom Temprano)
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It is expected that the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club will elect another nightlife denizen, DJ Tom Temprano , as its new president next month.

Current president Glendon Hyde, better known as Anna Conda, became the first drag queen to lead the city's more progressive queer political club in January of this year. But after a bruising 12 months due to personal hardships, and now focused on earning a college degree, Hyde has opted not to seek a second term.

Hyde parted ways with his longtime partner and began a fraught apartment search at the start of 2012. As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a May story, Hyde came close to stepping down as Milk president due to his inability to secure housing.

After publicly announcing that he might relocate to Fresno, Hyde received a rental offer from an associate who owned a house in the Excelsior district. He also enrolled at City College, juggling his studies, presidential duties, and work as a member of the city's Entertainment Commission.

"It really took an emotional toll on me this year," Hyde told the B.A.R. in a recent interview.

Looking to earn a degree in cultural anthropology, Hyde plans to apply next semester to several four-year colleges, including universities in Oregon and Washington state.

"I need to concentrate on school," he said.

Asked about his successor, Hyde called Temprano his "heir apparent."

Temprano, 26, who is gay, has lived in San Francisco since 2004 and is a full-time DJ and party promoter. He produces Sunday events at Mission bar El Rio, like Daytime Realness and Eagle in Exile, and is the DJ and promoter for Hard French.

Most recently he worked as the communications director for gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos's re-election campaign in the fall. This past year Temprano served as the Milk club's vice president of external affairs.

"It would be an honor to be the next president of the Milk club," Temprano told the B.A.R.

It is unclear if anyone will run against him. No one else has declared their candidacy, though the final day to submit nominations for Milk club board seats is this Sunday, December 23. And anyone can decide to be a write-in candidate the day of the vote.

With 2013 being an off year in terms of elections – the fall ballot is expected to be low-wattage campaigns for city attorney, treasurer, and assessor-recorder but that could change – Temprano said he would like to focus on policy work at City Hall should he be elected president.

"To me it is a golden opportunity for us to really take the time to enter discussions on policy at City Hall and work with the politicians we spent the last three years getting elected to enact legislation that is really progressive, Milk club legislation."

He credits Hyde with giving the Milk club a higher profile this year in debates around entertainment issues, such as the fight over the future of South of Market gay leather bar the Eagle and zoning policies along the 11th Street entertainment corridor in SOMA.

"He used his experience as an entertainment commissioner and entertainer in the industry to really bring queer issues of queer spaces and nightlife and culture to the consciousness of the Milk club and into the city as a whole," said Temprano.

Hyde's tenure as club president was relatively smooth, and he is credited with helping it launch a retooled website and reformatted annual fundraising dinner. He worked with the more moderate Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club to foster ties between the two groups and co-host forums on topics like LGBT senior needs and queer nightlife.

He also oversaw the adoption of a new endorsement policy at Milk aimed at preventing candidates from stacking the club's membership in their favor.

"Anna Conda helped to modernize the club in a lot of critical ways," stated Kevin Bard, who holds the club's executive board internal seat. "Her presidency laid the foundation for the Milk club entering the 21st century."

Bard is also stepping off the board next year. At one point he had considered running for president but opted against doing so. Instead, he is overseeing the upcoming board election, which will take place the night of January 15.

"Serving as president would be a huge lift for me right now, and I need to focus on finding permanent employment as of this moment," he told the B.A.R.

 

Yeager rules out 2014 Assembly bid

Openly gay Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager , 60, has ruled out a bid for state Assembly in 2014. Instead, he plans to seek re-election that year to his seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

The news is sure to be welcomed by gay Campbell Mayor Evan Low, who is expected to run for the Assembly District 24 seat when his boss, Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), will be termed out of office. Yeager and Low suspended their bids for the seat this year after Fong decided to seek re-election rather than run for a different office.

The county board is set to elect Yeager to his second term as president at its January 15 meeting. The board's only out member, Yeager has served as its vice president this year and was first elected president by his board colleagues in 2010.

First reported in the B.A.R.'s December 10 Political Notes online column, the article also noted that Yeager is eligible to seek a third and final term as supervisor in 2014 or could opt to run for Assembly that year.

After the column ran, a spokesman for Yeager contacted the B.A.R. to say that the supervisor intends to announce his re-election plans during the State of the County address he is slated to give January 29.

"Given everything happening at the county and his love of his current job, Ken has decided not to run for the Assembly in 2014. He wants to provide some needed stability in leadership and plans to run for re-election as a county supervisor that year," wrote Jim Weston , Yeager's communications aide.

 

Seat open on LGBT seniors panel

Due to the resignation of transgender advocate Felicia Elizondo , there is an open seat on the recently formed LGBT Aging Policy Task Force.

The panel launched in October and has 15 months to produce a report for city officials on how they can meet the needs of San Francisco's rapidly graying LGBT population.

Elizondo informed panel members in late November that she had opted to step down due to health reasons. In a subsequent email she sent to further explain her reasoning, Elizondo complained that the majority of the 18 panel members were gay men and that only four women had been selected.

"Two lesbian women, and two trans women, the level was not even," wrote Elizondo, adding that she also found her lack of higher education to be a hindrance in understanding the panel's deliberations.

Panel members expressed disappointment in seeing Elizondo resign and informed the Board of Supervisors, which selected the members, of the vacancy. The board's clerk posted a call for applications online December 5.

Those interested in applying can download a form at http://www.sfbos.org/vacancy_application. Applicants are required to live in San Francisco and must be an LGBT senior or have experience working on LGBT aging issues.

It is expected that the board's Rules Committee will take up the vacancy in late January at the earliest, and applications will be accepted until the hearing date has been scheduled.

 

Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check http://www.ebar.com Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebook's online companion. This week's column reported that the city plans to widen Castro Street's sidewalks in 2013.

Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/politicalnotes.

Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 861-5019 or e-mail mailto:.






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