Sunday, October 21, 2007

Muni, October Calendar, Lights Out ,Mecke

Walked to Transit Effectiveness Muni Project at St. Peter's Catholic Church in the Mission . As always I try and walk most of the way, it is easier-besides San Francisco is a great walking town.

Quintin Mecke, candidate for mayor was at Church and Market (more commonly known as lower Safeway).

Found Noe Valley Democratic Club doorhanger. Very impressive and smart doing this early for people who vote by mail.

Transit Effectiveness meeting was really a market research meeting for the Muni staff to meet with real people who ride Muni. ( as you would expect Norm Rolfe and David Philpel were there.) We were given maps and were asked to mark the map up with our comments about Muni service.

Muni is seriously thinking of different ways to make Muni faster and more reliable. People are taking Muni at different hours than 25 years ago. New neighborhoods have cropped up. Economically it makes sense to improve Muni, it would take less buses and therefore fewer driver's. If a rider is having trouble on Muni, call 311 and report the problem. 700,000 people ride the Muni every day. Suggestions for improvement are signal priority, dedicated transit lanes, double deck buses, on curvy routes driving straight and getting off straight road when asked by a rider. Special shuttles paid by private industry. Increase driver training, smaller buses for certain lines. Major changes would include Van Ness Avenue and Geary Corridor.

There are two more meetings , Monday and Tuesday of this coming week (see calendar below). It is important to attend and let Muni hear from you. Information: or call 415-701-4599.

Besides you might win a free Muni pass in a raffle. I won the raffle!

Lights Out - I tried. Reading my Sunday Chronicle in the dark - looked like a shrine!
Boring. Next time should be later in the evening, so I would just fall asleep....

October Calendar: (additional items)

October 22nd - Monday

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition - Community Planning Workshop- Planning meeting for guiding the bicycling and pedestrian plan for Treasure Island. - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. SMWM Architects, 989 Market Street (at 6th) Third Floor - Information: Neal Patel at or 415-431-BIKE x 312.

Transit Effectiveness Project Community Meeting -Muni Planning meeting. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Inner Sunset, County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers) 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. Information: 415-226-1313

Nick Hornby - Presents "Slam" 7 p.m. Books, Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F Information: 415-776-1111.

Broadway North Beach: The Golden Years A Saloon Keeper's Tales - 7:30 the author Dick Boyd will discuss his book. Books Inc. in the Marina. 2251 Chestnut, S.F. Information: 415-931-333

Alice Sebold- Author of "The Almost Moon" and "The Lovely Bones" will speak with Andrew Sean Greer 8 p.m. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. $19. Information: 415-392-4400

Norman Podhoretz - World War IV - Editor in Chief of "Commentary" a leader of neoconservatism. 8 p.m. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Ca. , 3200 California. Ticket Information: 415-292-1233.
October 23, 2007 - Tuesday

Transit Effectiveness Project Community Meeting - 6 to 8:30 p.m. Muni Planning Meeting, Bill Graham Civic auditorium 99 Grove Street at Polk St. Politicians are expected to attend. 415-226-1313

Russian Hill Neighbors - Election 2008 Forum - RHN and League of Women Voters present "Election Integrity and Transparency". Discussion will include informative, nonpartisan presentations of upcoming election issues. T hurman Hall, Fellowship Church, 2041 Larkin Street (between Broadway and Vallejo). Information: 415-267-0575.

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition - Planning meeting regarding bicycling and pedestrian plan for Treasure Island. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Treasure Island, Ship Shape Center Building, 497, Ave, M and 11th Ave. Information: Neal Patel at 415-431-BIKE x 312

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club - Monthly Meeting 7 p.m. Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, S.F. Discussion regarding early endorsement in the Senate Race on December 11th. Information: 415-385-9229

October 24th - Wednesday

San Francisco Dining Discussion with Jean-Luc Naret and Marcia Gagliari. - Second Edition of the "Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & the Wine Country". Book Passage at the Ferry Plaza Marketplace. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1 Ferry Plaza, #42, SF Information: 415-835-1020

San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee monthly meeting. 7 p.m. 455 Golden Gate Ave., Milton Marks Auditorium. I would call ahead to make sure this meeting is still on. Information: 415-626-1161

Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Reads from "Poetry as Insurgent Art" - 7 p.m. City Lights Books Store, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F. Ca. 415-32-8193.

David Eggers talks about "What Is The What"? 7:30 Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street, SF. Information: 415-282-9246
October 25th - Thursday

A Tribute to Grace Paley - Open Reading from her works. 7:30 p.m. Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street S.F. Ca. 415-586-3733

October 27, 2007 - Saturday

Upper Market Community Planning Workshop - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harvey Milk School, 4235 19th Street. Information:

Farley's 17th Annual Pet Fest - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1315 18th Street. Parade begins at 1 p.m. Bring your pets in costume! Information: 648-1545;

End the War Now! March & Rally - SF Civic Center 11 a.m. "Wear some flowers in your hair". Information: 415-821-6545

8th Annual Potrero Hill History Night. Potrero Hill Archives Project - Celebrate the history and legacy of Potrero Hill. Pictures, home movies and video interviews. 5:30 to 9 p.m. International Studies Academy, 655 De Haro Street. Information: 863-0784

Tribute to Jack Kerouac - With Gerald Nicosia, Phil Cosineau and R. B. Morris. 7:30 p.m. Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, S.F. Information: 415-586-3733.


Noe Valley Democratic Club - meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street.

Quintin Mecke for Mayor - Endorsed by San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Tenants Union, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Richmond District Democratic Club, Bernal Heights Democratic Club, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor Chris Daly, Bart Director Tom Radulovich, Police Commissioner David Campos, San Francisco for Democracy PAC, The League of Young Voters, Ted Guillicksen

Mark Leno for State Senate 2008 - 55 Brady Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94103 Information:
San Mateo County Presidential Straw Poll Results. Votes cast 761
John Edwards 29%
Dennis Kucinich 23.6%
Barack Obama 22.5%
Hillary Clinton 16.8%
Al Gore (write in) 3 %
Bill Richardson 2.8%
Joseph Biden 1 %
Christopher Dodd 0.5%
Michael Gravel 0.5%
Other Write Ins 0.1%
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