Thursday, November 8, 2007

Straw Poll/November Calendar November 8th

San Francisco for Democracy Presidential Straw Poll meeting at Schroeder's Restaurant Wednesday night.
I understand that this use to be an Howard Dean's Organization. The following people spoke:
Richard May for John Edwards
Tom Gallagher for Dennis Kucinich
Tony West for Barack Obama
Stephanie Burns for Ron Paul
Jeff Harris for Bill Richardson
No one for Hillary Clinton spoke because the Clinton campaign is not doing Straw polls in San Francisco and Nevada ! (Sort of like Lucy taking the football away in the middle of a game).
Therefore Hillary Clinton was not on the ballot. This also probably explains why Hillary Clinton did not do better at the recent San Mateo Presidential Straw Poll.
Questions were asked about Iraq, torture, the economy, No Child Left Behind.
Everyone could vote. Kucinich came in first. Ron Paul second. Barack Obama third and then John Edwards, Bill Richardson and one vote for Al Gore.
Finally, we have a real campaign in California! All the speakers were articulate and excited about their candidate.
Schroeder's on Front Street is a very old time German restaurant with a huge bar. Patrons out in front were drinking out of huge glass "boots". They also have polka dances. A fun and different place that you might want to try or have a meeting.
November 8, 2007 Thursday

Golden Gate Park Skate Park Legislation
-Meeting at City Hall at 1 p.m. in Room 263 at City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee will consider legislation by Supervisor Mirkarimi which calls for the creation of a skate park in Golden Gate Park. The ordinance authorizes the skate park to be built at the "Horseshoe Pits" located behind the Conservatory of Flowers or in suitable location.Central Subway Community Advisory Group - Chinatown/North Beach Community Meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay . Information:
*David Hardt - Meet President of Young Democrats of America. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Octavia Lounge, 1772 Market Street. Tickets $35. Information:

SFMT A - Municipal Transportation Agency - Community Meeting Central Subway Project. - Chinatown/North Beach 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gordon Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay Street. Information:
*HANC-General Meeting - Park Bond, HANC election and Supervisor Mirkarimi, Park Branch Library, Community Room, 1833 Page. 7 to 9 p.m. Information:

November 9, 10 -Friday and Saturday
"Rose" - Olympia Dukakis - Concert reading epic story of Jewish octogenarian looking back on her life. JCCSF Box Office 415-292-1233. $55. 3200 California Street.
November 9, 10, 11 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Green Festival. Three-day party. 150 visionary speakers including Deepack Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil. Information:

November 10th - Saturday

Neighbors of San Francisco General Hospital- Benefit dinner and fundraising auction . Organization needs to raise funds to hire safety and noise experts to respond to helipad being proposed by San Francisco General Hospital. $90. 7 to 10 p.m. : Nape, 953 De Haro Street. Information:

Arts and Culture Free 4 all- 12 cultural institutions are open for free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
California Academy of Sciences, California Historical Society, Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, GLBT Historical Society, Museum of the African Diaspora, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, SF Camerawork, SFMOMA, The Society of California Pioneers, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zeum. Information:

November 12th - Monday

SPUR - Post-election recap. Jim Stearns with pollster and analyst David Latterman will review election. 12:30 to 1:30 $5. 312 Sutter Street. Information:

Democratic Women's Forum: "Stealing the Presidential Election Again" 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Canton Restaurant, 655 Folsom Street, S.F. Speakers: Senator Carole Migden, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Art Torres, Scott Wiener. $45. Information:

*Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club - Membership Meeting 6:30 to 8 p.m. LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street at Octavia. Meeting Topic: Upper Market Community Planning Process. Featured Guest: Supervisor Bevan Dufty. Sarah Dennis, San Francisco Planning Department. Special Discussion: Post-Election Wrap-up with David Latterman. Information:
*Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association Bi-Monthly Meeting - 7:30 to 9 p.m. California Pacific Medical Center Davies campus - North Tower Bldg. Level B Auditorium. Enter off of Duboce Avenue between Castro and Noe streets. Information: 415-267-1821 or visit
*Laughing Liberally Local 415 with Will Durst. 8 p.m. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street at Mission S.F. $8. Featuring Will Durst, Laura Swisher, Julia Jackson and hosted by Nato Green. Information:

November 13th - Tuesday

Small Business Contracting Workshop - 4 to 8 p.m. City Hall South Light Court, City Hall. Small Business Procurement Workshop and Networking Event. Information: 415-554-6134 or

San Francisco Sewer System Master Plan Project - 5:30 to 8 p.m. Southeast Community Facility, Alex J. Pitcher, Jr Community Room, 1800 Oakdale Avenue. Information:

Balboa Park Station Area Plan - Information presentation. Including The Ocean Avenue Art Installation, the Kragen site, City College of San Francisco, The Phelan Loop, the Geneva Office Building restoration, New Ingleside Branch Library and open Space, The Station Area (Muni and Bart) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lick Wilmerding High School, Conference Room A, 755 Ocean Ave. Information: Kate McGee or 415-558.6367
*Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center's AsiaSF Experience benefit 7 to 10 p.m. at Asia SF Restaurant 201 9th Street at Howard. API is honoring Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. She will receive the 2007 Diva Award for her support of health care reform and her work raising the awareness about HIV/AIDS issued. Tickets are $200 to $350. Information: 415-292-3420 x 373.

Robert Louis Stevenson. - San Francisco Museum and Historical Society celebrate the writer's life on his birthday. St. John's Presbyterian Church, 25 Lake Street Information: 775-1111 ex 5. $5. 7:30 p.m.

November 14th - Wednesday

*Supervisor Aaron Peskin - Supes for Lunch . 11:30 to 12:30. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Boardroom at 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor. Soup is provided by SF Soup Company. To RSVP for the event please email Patricia Aleman at Information:
San Francisco Tenants Union - "Rally to Save Rent Control". Noon at the State Building at Van Ness and McAllister Streets. The rally is to oppose a proposed June 2008 ballot measure that would supposedly repeal rent control throughout California. At issue is a proposed constitutional amendment sponsored in part by the Howard Jarvis Taxpapers Association.

SPUR - Reception Supervisor Carmen Chu, new Supervisor in District 4. 5:30 p.m. to 7 312 Sutter Street. Information:

*International Museum of Women - Alice Walker - Omni San Francisco Hotel, 500 California Street. 5 p.m. Book Signing: 7 to 7:30 p.m. $25. General. Information: 415-487-6447

State Senator Carole Migden- Fundraiser at Lulu's. 816 Folsom at 4th Street 5:30 to 7 p.m. $100. up. Information: Annie Eagan 415-269-5105

*Senator Barack Obama- Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - 99 Grove Street, San Francisco, Ca. Buy Tickets online: Go to "Countdown to Change:' $30. Floor Access. $15. Balcony Seats. For security reasons, do not bring bags, no sign or banners. Information: Oakland Field Office 510-268-1008

*The People 1 versus Corporate Rule 0 - Public Talk 7:30 p.m. Counter Pulse, 1310 Mission Street, SF (near 9th Street. )Sponsored by San Francisco for Democracy. Learn from David Cobb and Shannon Tracy from Democracy Unlimited Humboldt County and the successful electoral campaign for Measure T to ban corporations from participating in the electoral process. Information: Jess Bell 415-425-8837
*Chris Elliott with Dave Eggers - Herbst Theatre 8 p.m. Information: 415-392-4400

Russian Hill Neighbors General Meeting - Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier discusses Va Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit and its impact on Russian Hill. Thurman Hall Fellowship Church, 2041 Larkin Street 6 p.m.

San Francisco Sewer System Master Plan Project - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 1145 Market Street lst Floor Conference Room. Information:

National Park Council Coalition Meeting - 6 to 8 p.m. City Hall, Room 278, Strategies for achieving park safety. Information:

November 15th - Thursday

Memorial - Jim Rivaldo - City Hall Rotunda. 6 p.m. Refreshments to follow in South Light Court
*Hillary Clinton Campaign - December 10th House Party Information Meeting 7 to 8 p.m. Hillary Clinton San Francisco Headquarters 1122 Howard Street, Top Floor. Information: htt;://

November 16th - Friday

Teamsters Joint Council no. 7 100th Anniversary - City Hall Rotunda 6 p.m. Information: 415-467-7768

Mint Plaza Grand Opening - 10 a.m. to Noon. Jessie and Mint Streets at 5th

November 17th - Saturday

Voter Registration Mobilization - San Francisco Democratic Party 10:30 a.m. 155 Sansome Street, Suite #520. Information: 415-626-1162.
*National Movement for Single Payer Healthcare meeting: 3 to 5 p.m. 626 Pacheco Street (corner of 10th Avenue). Reports from conference held by Physicians for a National Health Program, American Public Health Association and Healthcare-Now. Information: 415-695-7892

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club -Candidate debate for Senate District 3. Candidates: State Senator Carole Migden, Assemblyman Mark Leno and Joe Alioto Veronese. 3 to 5 p.m. State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Milton Marks Auditorium, S.F. Moderator: Belva Davis. Information: Howard Grayson 415-765-0970


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Draft Al Gore 2008!

David Binder - Our famous pollster will not be doing post-election analysis this year because he is busy helping Barack Obama.

*New items since the last calendar

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