Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Another No on 8 challenge

Philanthropist Steve Bing and Equality California have teamed up for a $1 million challenge to raise funds to fight Proposition 8, which would eliminate same-sex marriage in California.

From now (Friday, October 17) through Sunday, October 19, at midnight, every dollar raised will be matched dollar for dollar. The money raised will help continue funding the statewide television ad buy for No on 8 commercials.

To donate, go to Equality California’s Web site and click on the link.

DA’s gay spokesman resigns

That was quick. A little more than two months after he took the job, Luis Vizcaino has resigned as District Attorney Kamala Harris’s communications director.

Vizcaino, who is openly gay and a veteran, high profile campaigner, started work in Florida this week on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Vizcaino, 39, is manager of the statewide rapid response effort to elect Obama and is also the Democratic Party’s communications director for voter protection issues there. He had recently said that he was only going to Florida on leave from the district attorney’s office.

Despite his sudden departure, Vizcaino, who started work with Harris August 4, had only positive things to say about her.

“It was an honor to have served the district attorney of San Francisco,” Vizcaino said. “She is doing amazing work on behalf of the people of San Francisco, and people in the LGBT community” in terms of services for domestic violence and prosecuting people who commit hate crimes.

“The people of San Francisco are very fortunate to have somebody as committed as she is to improving the quality of life for all residents.”

Before working for Harris, who’s the California campaign co-chair for Obama’s presidential bid, Vizcaino had worked as communications director for former presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton. He’s also helped lead campaign efforts for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former presidential candidate Al Gore. At one time, Vizcaino was national communications and marketing director for the Human Rights Campaign, the Washington, D.C.-based LGBT lobbying organization.

Erica Derryck, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, provided a
statement that said, “Luis was presented with an opportunity to return to
the campaign, and we’re very excited for him to be able to lend his time and
talent to this effort. We thank him for his service to this office and
public safety in the LGBT community remains a top priority for the district
attorneys’ office.”

Vizcaino, declined to state his new salary. As Harris’s communications director, his pay had been set at $113,412.

Spokeswomen for the district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

-Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, October 15, 2008 @ 4:10 pm PST
Filed under: News

No on 8 weekend challenge

Go to for a weekend fundraising challenge for No on 8! Brian Devine will match all contributions up to $1,000.

— Cynthia Laird, October 10, 2008 @ 7:56 pm PST
Filed under: Politics

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