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SF Politics: A Crash Course for Newbies

June 2, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Event: SF Politics

SF is one hell of a political spider web: Mayor, Board of Supes, Senate, Assembly, DCCC – what does it all mean and what’s going on?

Join us for a fun evening of $2 beer and delicious food as we learn the intricacies of the City, have a good laugh at the madness, and predict what’s going to happen in the future.

Laughs. Cynicism. And hope. Come join!

Important Stuff and Whatnot

  • Event: Free (bring a friend or two or five!)
  • Drinks: $2 Anchor Steam beers + wine!
  • Food: Something delicious NOM NOM NOM

FYI – open bar drinks for UDC members. Only $20 a year for membership! Join the club here: www.bit.ly/joinrfk

The Agenda! Educate Yo’ Self

  • Presentation (a funny one at that!): SF Politics Breakdown by Alex Clemens (see details below)
  • Panel: Featuring local reporters, analysts, consultants, and others who live, work, and breath SF Politics. BRING YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS!

Presentation: Alex Clemens

Our town is undergoing a transformation, which is amazing and wonderful or wretched and incomprehensible, depending on where you stand. Alex will help put San Francisco’s current politics and policies in perspective, take your questions, and probably crash and burn in an overzealous attempt to be funny.

Alex is founder of Barbary Coast Consulting, a media talking head, PR flack, coalition builder, and lobbyist. He also lectures about ethical advocacy at USF, but without a Bulleit Rye in hand (sadly) because accreditation has rules. Ask him to recite “Jabberwocky.”


Alex Clemens
Founding Partner, Barbary Coast Consulting

Alex is a veteran political operative who has worked for four elected officials in San Francisco and Washington, DC. In 2003, Alex founded Barbary Coast Consulting, which the New York Times has named an elite public affairs firm.

Alex is a lecturer at the University of San Francisco’s Leo McCarthy Center, where he teaches Masters candidates about advocacy and lobbying. He is a sought-after speaker at civic events, regularly breaking down and forecasting political trends and translating election results for Bay Area organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, Leadership San Francisco, San Francisco Travel, the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods and others. Alex is also regularly quoted in local media, providing political analysis and commentary for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner and Bay Area television and radio stations.

Melissa Griffin-Caen

If there’s something you want to know about politics or the law, Melissa Griffin Caen has the answer, and she’ll tell you in an entertaining way.

In addition to her work with KPIX 5, Caen writes for San Francisco Magazine about politics and political figures like the America’s Cup, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, and congressional races.

In addition, she frequently moderates debates and appears at the current affairs program “Week to Week” at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club.

A graduate of Cornell Law School, she serves as a political and legal analyst for KPIX, and can be found on Monday mornings and Sundays on Around the Bay.

David C. Latterman, M.S., M.P.P.
Fall Line Analytics

David has spent over twenty years analyzing scientific, public policy, corporate, and political data. He has worked in private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, having developed a great deal of common-sense knowledge of how all of these worlds operate. He has especially come to learn how data analysis drives strategy. Latterman has the ability to translate complex quantitative data into actionable, useful applications and advice for clients. He and Fall Line see the many business sectors as similar, since many of same analytical methodologies can be used to guide strategy, no matter how different the data.


June 2, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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