Saturday, November 24, 2007

Black Friday - November calendar

Black Friday: I just had to go shopping, just because. I went down to the new Mint Alley. There is nothing going on at the moment but it looks like a lot of restaurants are going in.
This spot is very dear to me because 32 years ago I went to the 54 Mint building everyday for a year to work on George Moscone's campaign as a volunteer. My first campaign ever. It was a very long room all in brick with the office broken into two parts - paid staff and volunteers. I remember the mailing parties putting on labels and eating pizza and the phone banks working with Delancey Street (I thought that was so exotic!).
Everyone would drop in, including Phil Burton, John Burton, Willie Brown all to go see Don Bradley the campaign manager.
People kept saying they were "going to the fifth". Not till many year's later did I learn that met they were going to the roof to drink beer and smoke pot!
We had so much fun that when the campaign was over we kept meeting under the name Palm Garden Democratic Club (during the campaign we used to go drink and eat the Palm Garden Grill - Market near Sixth) which had in it's by-laws that you had to have liquor at your meetings.

November 27th - Tuesday

Harvey Milk Memorial March - at sunset- Harvey Milk Plaza (corner of Castro & Market).
Featuring: Holly Near, SF Gay Men's Chorus, Dance Brigade, Shawna Virago, Keith Hennessy, Melania DeMore. Spears include Hon. Carole Migden, Hon. Mark Leno, Hon Tom Ammiano, Cecilia Chung, John Newsome. Sponsored by Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club - Brian Basinger and Krissy Keefer. Information:

Caltrain - Two more trains on weeknights. Public comment on schedule changes for March 2008. 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Caltrain Station 4th & King. Information:

San Francisco for Democracy General Membership Meeting - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. San Francisco Police Department District Community Room 630 Valencia Street. Agenda Items: 1. Stand up for Debra Bowen campaign. 2. Marriage Equality. Presentation by Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis (API Equality & Marriage Equality USA) followed by an endorsement vote. 3. Special budget budget report for the new year. San Francisco for Democracy Federal Action Meeting. Agenda Items: 1. Update and discussion on the Presidential Primary endorsement process (members of SF4D are automatically members of SF4D Federal Action). 2. Opportunity for members who do not have e-mail to vote in the Demo Choice poll by filling out a paper ballot that will be available at the meeting: Information:

November 28, Wednesday

San Francisco Labor Council Public Employee Breakfast. Special Guest Speaker Supervisor Tom Ammiano. 8 a.m. Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Ave. RSVP to Emily at 415-440-4809o . Information:

Frank McCourt - Commonwealth Club - author of "Angela's Ashes" has children's book out called "Angela and the Baby Jesus". 5:30 p.m. 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco $18. non-members

Yoshi's opening in San Francisco . 1300 Block of Fillmore. Jazz club and Japanese Restaurant.

November 29, 2007 Thursday

Theresa Sparks - President of San Francisco Police Commission. Will discuss her life of activism and public service including be transgendered, Vietnam Veteran, CEO of Good Vibrations and named 2003 California Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly. 6 p.m. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor S.F. $15. non-members

Tribute to Philip Whalen - 7 p.m. City Lights Bookstore. Readings by Michael Rothenberg, Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Norman Fischer and Leslie Scalapino. Celebrating the release of "The Collected Poems of Phillip Whalen" by Wesleyan University Press. Information:

Post-Election Analysis with David Latterman - City Democratic Club 7:30 p.m. at SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500. Information: 415-923-5252

November 30, 2007 - Friday

Building Oakland. A year into the new Oakland administration, how are the developers, business community and public sector working together to build Oakland's future. Sponsored by San Francisco Business Times. Speakers included Mayor Ron Dellums, James Falaschi, President, Transbay Holdings; Omar Benjamin, Executive Director, Port of Oakland; Joseph Haraburda, President & CEO, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; Tom Hart, Executive Vice President, Manager of Shorenstein Family Office. 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, Ca.


Joe Alioto Veronese - So cute! If you go to you can see merchandise for sell. They are selling a dog t-shirt $13.99.

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