Friday, January 18, 2008

C. W. Nevius, San Francisco Calendar Jan 19th

C. W. Nevius, the Metro columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle spoke at the City Democratic Club meeting last night.
Chuck Nevius is a very funny, likable person (just like he seems on tv). He talked about the Chronicle changes (the new website - I like it!). The Chronicle is more "active" with comments from readers, and information in their articles to help readers understand the issues. (i.e. at the end of articles they have websites, phone numbers and statistics which are very helpful and don't muck up the articles themselves. )
But what is exciting is that the Chronicle is going to have more locally driven stories.
This is great news! (what were those fireworks that went off last night!!! - freaked me out at first - then I thought maybe it was because of the convention in town?).
He talked about being a Metro columnist and being more upfront in the news especially since he is writing about "hot issues" such as homeless in the park, crime and guns. You could tell that he really cares about getting the story right and reporting all sides of the story. San Francisco is a complicated city and the issues are tough. People don't always like what he writes.
The audience asked lots of questions with the homeless and guns being the most controversial.
He talked about the changes in the newspaper world including reduction in subscribers, dealing with all those comments! and bloggers.
Columnists are important (they just seem more human).
City Democratic Club , 2255 Mason Street #1, San Francisco, Ca. 94133 Phone no. 415-923-5252


January 19, 2008 - Saturday

Nevada Caucus

Roe v. Wade 35th Anniversary March. Justin Herman Plaza at Market and Embarcadero at 11 a.m. Information:

Save Rent Control Tenant Convention- 1 to 4 p.m. 474 Valencia Auditorium. Overview of Measure and strategy

January 20, 2008 - Sunday -

Fiona Ma, State Assembly -
Noon to 2 p.m. 44 Woodland Avenue, S.F. (Jane Morrison's home). Sunday brunch thanking Fiona Ma, for her leadership on High Speed Rail and other environmental goals. For winning passage of her legislation to ban toxic toys and improve Muni service. Donor's Choice $25, $50, $75 Sponsor $100. Co-hosts Connie O'Connor, Jason Wong, Julie Soo, Dan Dunnigan, David Wong, Joan Simmons, Linda Richardson, Renee Golanty-Koel
Information: 415-564-1482

Barack Obama - House Party- 3 p.m. Discussion on why Barack Obama is a good candidate. This is not a fundraiser, 393 Corbett Avenue #C (please do not ring the neighbors), S.F. Host John Toker

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr -
6th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oakland Scottish Rite Center Oakland 7:30 p.m. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Rhiannon and Terrance Kelly, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Oakland Children's Community Choir and the Oaktown Jazz Workshop. Tickets $22 at door. Information

January 21, 2008 - Monday

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Martin Luther King Freedom March and Rally
11:30 a.m. Freedom March will start from the Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets and proceed east on Townsend to 3rd Street, north to Market Street and west through UN Plaza to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at Larkin and Grove Streets in Civic Center. March is to conclude at approximately 1:30 p.m. The rally will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

January 22, 2008 - Tuesday

35th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

Last day to register to vote for February 5th election

SPUR - Transformation of the Mission by automobility - 12:30 312 Sutter St. $5 non members. Mission District of San Francisco is a pre-automobile suburb reconfigured, beginning in 1910's to accommodate the movement and storage of automobiles. Changes to the built environment included widespread removal of front yards for driveways and garages,widening of streets and privatization of curb space for residential driveway cuts. Mary Brown presents her Geography Master's Thesis examining the effect of this shift to private mobility on the architectural landscape, on-street parking availability, as well as the conversion of garage spaces to other uses. Information: 415-781-8726.

Race Against Time: 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year Brent Plater, visiting Assistant Professor and Staff Attorney, Golden Gate University Environmental Law and Justice Clinic will speak at 5:15 at the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, SF. Non Members $15.

January 23, 2008 - Wednesday

SPUR - Japantown Better Neighborhoods Plan: What Next?- 12:30 to 1:30 312 Sutter St. $5. non members. The Japantown Better Neighborhoods Plan will develop a vision for the culturally important Japantown neighborhood that will guide historic preservation and new growth, as well as improve connections to transit projects such as Geary Bus Rapid Transit. Come hear from Bob Hamaguchi of the Japantown Task Force and Rosemary Dudley of the San Francisco Planning Department as they walk you through the Japantown planning process. Information: 415-781-8726

Barack Obama - San Francisco Office Opening, 1874 Market Street. (at Guerrero) 6 p.m.

Yes on Prop A Reception hosted by Trust for Public Land- Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Special Invited Guest: Mayor Newsom. Host: Warren Hellman, Chair, Prop A, The Trust for Public Land. RSVP Gail Kolthoff 415-495-4014

January 24, 2007 - Thursday

Save St. Luke's Campaign - Rally and press conference San Francisco City Hall Noon. Information: 415-206-2140 x 155 Jane Martin or

SPUR - SF's most sophisticated transportation model. 312 Sutter St 12:30 to 1:30 $5. non-members. Billy Charlton of San Francisco's Transportation Authority manages one of the most sophisticated models to analyze where people are coming from and where they're going. It is used to predict the number and type of trips by residents, daytime workers, tourists that will result from transportation improvements and land use developments. How accurate is it? How do they know? Can we use the model to predict different mode shares and understand the implications for transit planning, parking, the economy and global warming? Information: 415-781-8726

January 25th, 2008 Friday

San Francisco Transgender Empowerment Advocacy and Mentorship announces a collaborative Health and Resource Fair for the Transgender Community. guest speakers
include Assemblyman Mark Leno, Mitch Katz and Ken Stram. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at State Office Building, Milton Marks Conference Center, 455 Golden Gate Avenue. Information: Yavante M. Thomas-Guess at 415-865-5632

Madeleine Albright - Commonwealth Club, Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street 11:30 a.m. $30 for Non-Members Information:

January 26th, 2008 - Saturday

South Carolina Primary

Democratic Women In Action -
First education program to address current initiatives and legislation related to the welfare of women, families and children. 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the home of Ms. Barbara Spack at 850 Powell Street#901, S.F. A light breakfast will be served $5. donation. Invited guests include Carol Migden, Leland Yee, Fiona Ma, Mark Leno, Emily Moto Murase, Margaret Brodkin, Katherine Dodd and Gusta Serinia. Following the educational program, DWIA members will be asked to select several pending legislative issues which the organization will pursue to educate the general public and to promote support for the passage of the DWIA selected issues. RSVP Barbara Spack 415-398-0939 or Jane Bernard-Powers 415-864-8732 or Renee Golanty-Kel 415-661-6276 .
Officers: Renee Golanty-Koel - Chairperson
Jane Bernard-Powers, Vice Chairperson
Barbara Spack Recording Secretary
Evelyn Meir, Correspondence Secretary
Carol Langbort, Treasurer
Board of Directors: Kathy Johnson, Robin Brasso, Linda Richardson, Michele Powers,
Jane Morrison

January 27th, 2008 - Sunday

Writers Remembered: A Bay Area Literary Tribute. Koret Auditorium of the Main Library 1 to 4 p.m. Among those to be remembered are Phil Frank, David Halberstam, Philomene Long, Norman Mailer, Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Allen Wheelis. Participants this year include Richard Boyle, Sharon Doublago, S.A. Griffen, Adam Hochschild and Wavy Gravy. Information: Byron Spooner 415-771-1076

January 28, 2008 - Monday

Commonwealth Club - Political Communication: Speakers Joe Tuman, Ron Nehring, Art Torres, "How Candidates and Elections are Sold to us". 5:30 Wine and Cheese reception. 595 Market Street, San Francisco. $18. for Non Members Information:

Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club - Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum Co-Sponsoring San Francisco discussion on the presidential primary. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street Kanbar Hall at Presidio. Followed by Desert Reception and Club and Candidate Tabling Co-Sponsored by African American Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, Bernal Heights Democratic Club, Central City Democrats, Democratic Women In Action, Democratic Women's Forum, Richmond District Democratic Club, SF Young Democrats, Sunset Democratic Club, San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, 12th AD Democratic Clug Information: Michael Sweet 415-359-7933 or

January 29, 2008 - Tuesday

Florida Primary

Last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot for February primary.

SPUR " Street, $5. non-members. Joint Public Policy Institute of California's Jed Is California losing jobs and companies to other states?". 12:30 to 1:30 312 SutterKolko and he explains why companies are growing, moving, or leaving the State of California and what it means to our economy. Information: 415-781-8726

January 30, 2008 - Wednesday

Focus the Nation Climate Change Conference -
San Francisco State University two day conference on global warming. 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, Jack Adams Hall 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Information:

San Francisco Police Commission Meeting
- Community meeting in Richmond District at Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello Street at 6 p.m.. Information: 416-553-1667

CNN - Republican Presidential Debate sponsored by L.A. Times and Politico at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

January 31, 2008 - Thursday

Focus the Nation Climate Change Conference - (second day) San Francisco State University two day conference on global warming. 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, Jack Adams Hall 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Information:

CNN - Democratic Presidential Debate sponsored by L.A. Times and Politico in Los Angeles.

Strobe Talbott - President of Brookings Institution - Commonwealth Club, 5:30 p.m. Marriott Hotel, 500 Post Street. $30 non-members. Information:

2008 Book of Lists Party - San Francisco Business Times - 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, S.F. $85. Information: 415-288-4936


Irish Democratic Club - Endorsement results:

U.S. President
- No Endorsement (needed 60% to pass)
Third State Senate Race - No Endorsement (needed 60% to pass)
California Propositions (50%+ 1 of votes cast needed)
91 - No endorsement
92 - No endorsement
93 - yes
94 No
95 No
96 No
97 No.
San Francisco Propositions (50% #1 of votes cast needed)
A Yes
B No endorsement
C No endorsement

Potrero Hill Democratic Club Endorsements
President of the United States -
John Edwards

San Francisco Propositions
B Yes
C No

California Propositions
91 No
92 No position
93 Yes
94 No
95 No
96 No
97 No

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