Tuesday, January 1, 2008

San Francisco Calendar - January 2008

January 1, 2008 - Tuesday

Happy New Year

Bart - New Schedule and Fare Increase - www.bart.gov Information 510-464-6000

San Francisco's Minimum Wage increases to $9.36 an hour

January 3, 2008- Thursday

Iowa Caucus

Obama '08 - Iowa Election Night Party - Tosca Cafe, 241 Columbus Street, San Francisco - 6 p.m. Host: Menno Goedman Information: barackobama.com

January 5, 2008 - Saturday

Obama '08 - Walk for Change. Door-to-door canvass. Inner Sunset area. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kesar Bar & Restaurant, 900 Cole Street, S.F. (at Carl Street). Contact: Lisa Steel (CD 12 Area Leader) obama.cd12@gmail.com 650-416-4589 Information regarding phone banking: Shaun Hughes obama08.volunteer@gmail.com

January 6, 2008- Sunday

GGNRA Endangered Species Kickoff Party - San Francisco Zoo 1 p.m. Entrance to the Zoo. Sloat Blvd. and Great Highway. Information: Golden Gate National Parks ggnrabigyear.org 415-572-6989 Brent Plater

January 7, 2008 - Monday

Absentee Voting Begins early voting at San Francisco City Hall begins. Information: www.sfgov.org/site/elections

January 8th, 2008 - Tuesday

New Hampshire Primary

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Jose Cisneros, City Treasurer and David Augustine, City Policy and Legislative Manager will give overview of the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector, discuss new initiatives and give update on social programs. Noon to 1 p.m. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 235 Montgomery St. Information: Patricia Aleman rsvp paleman@sfchamber.com

January 9th, 2008 Wednesday

SPUR - 5:45 to 7 p.m. John Rahaim,San Francisco's New Planning Director, 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Street, S.F. $5. non-members Information info@spur.org 415-781-8726

City Lights Bookstore - reading from Jane Rhodes' new book "Framing the Black Panthers". 7 p.m. , 261 Columbus Ave at Broadway. www.citylights.com 415-362-8193

January 10, 2008 Thursday

Book Critics Circle - Panel Discussion "Book Culture: The Future is Global, Book Passage", Ferry Building, S.F.n6 p.m. NBCC's President John Freeman will moderate including panelists Daniel Alarcon, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Amy Tam.

January 11, 2008 Friday

Book Critics Circle - Panel Discussion: 5:30 p.m. "New Voices/Unrecognized Voices" 111 Minna Gallery, Zappa Room. Moderator Jane Ciabattari, Panelists include Sandy Dijkstra, Eli Horowitz, Michael Ray, Suzanne Kleid. Information: bookcriticscircle.blogspot.com

Book Critics Circle - Panel Discussion: 6:3o p.m. "The View from Here: Is the West Coast Driving American Literature?". 111 Minna Gallery, Zappa Room. Moderator Oscar Villalon with panelists Andrew Sean Greer, Mary Ann Gwinn, Ellen Heltzel, Jennifer Reese, David Ulin
Information: bookcriticscircle.blogspot.com

Bill's Birthday Bash - A Special Evening of Duets - Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt, Phil Lesh and Jackie Greene, Jackie Greene and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers, Tuck and Patti and a closing dance set by Booker T. Jones. The Fillmore, doors open at 7:30 p.m. 1805 Geary Blvd. S F. Information and tickets: 415-346-6000 www.livenation.com

January 12, 2008 - Saturday

Visitacion Valley/Schlage Lock Draft Plan Open House 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Visitacion Valley Community Center, 66 Raymond Ave. (near Bayshore Blvd). Vision to guide the reuse of the Schlage Lock site, reincorporate the site into the neighborhood and include related neighborhood improvements. Information: www.sfgov.org/site/planning

Book Critics Circle - Awards Finalists Announcement - 6 p.m. Kerouac Alley wine and cheese reception after (next to City Lights Books Store ). Attendees include Litquake, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Amy Tan, Dave Eggers, Daniel Alarcon, Maxine Chernoff, W.S. Di Piero, Paul Hoover, Wendy Lesser. Former NBCC finalists and awardees Frederick Crews, Dave Eggers, Troy Jollimore, Maxine Hong Kingston and others will be there. Information: bookcriticscircle.blogspot.com

January 13, 2008 - Sunday

San Francisco Family Appreciation Day - For one day, every San Francisco family with children 0 to 18 years old receive free entrance to 35 museums and attractions. Kids ride muni free 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when accompanied by a paying adult. One adult in each family must show proof they live in San Francisco and be accompanied by at least one child. Information: SFKids.org or call 311.

"Campaign 2008: A Presidential Debate that Matters". Come see an hear Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Jared Ball, Kent Mesplay talking about the issues of the day. Hosted and moderated by Cindy Sheehan. 2 p.m. Herbst Theater/Veterans Memorial Bldg., 401 Van Ness, S.F. $10/$25 donation. Sponsored by Green Party of Alameda County, San Francisco Green Party, Sacramento County Green Party. Information: greendebate2008@yahoo.com 510-610-1773

January 15, 2008 - Tuesday

Michigan Primary

Bay Bridge Base Beautification Group - 7 p.m. at 501 Beale Street (Watermark). Reviewing neighborhood input of how the land may be repurposed and planning the meeting with CalTrans. Planned uses that have been suggested: Plaza, dog park, parcourse (exercise circuit), terrace gardens, children's play area. Information: web.mac.com/p.josh.wolf/b4project

January 16, 2008 - Wednesday

Supes for Lunch - Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi - 11:30 to 12: 30. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor. Soup is provided by SF Soup Company RSVP Patricia Aleman paleman@sfchamber.com

Paul Auster - In conversation with Graham Leggat - Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, S.F. Information and tickets : 415-292-1200 tickets.jccsf.org

January 17, 2008 - Thursday

City Democratic Club - Discussion with C. W. Nevius from the San Francisco Chronicle, 312 Sutter Street, S.F. 7:30 p.m. Information info@citydemocraticclub.org 415-923-5252

January 18, 2008 - Friday

SPUR - San Francisco's Economic Strategy - 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. What drives our city's economy and what tools can we use to promote economic growth and job opportunities? city's City's chief economist, Ted Egan and representatives from the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development as they describe the City's Economic Strategy and how it will be implemented in the coming years. $5. non-members Information: SUR info@spur.org Phone 415-781-8726

Instituto Laboral De La Raza 2008 Labor Awards Dinner, Hilton Hotel, 333 O'Farrell Street, S.F. Reception and media coverage 5 p.m. Dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. Honorees include Joseph T. Hansen International President United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Washington D.C.; Tyrone Freeman ; John Jatoft; Sal Roselli SEIU - United Healthcare Workers West ; Ronald J. Lind United Food and Commercial Workers Union - Local 5 , German Vazquez President of Teamsters National Hispanic Caucus $200. Information: www.ilaboral.org/dinner 2008 415-431-7522

January 19, 2008 - Saturday

Nevada Caucus

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

January 21, 2008 - Monday

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 22, 2008 - Tuesday

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: info@spur.org 415-781-8726.

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: info@spur.org 415-781-8726

January 24, 2007 - Thursday

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: info@spur.org 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 www.sfteam.org madqueyl@gmail.com

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

January 26th, 2008 - Saturday

South Carolina Primary

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 www.freindsssfpl.org

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: www.commonwealthclub.org

January 29, 2008 - Tuesday

Florida Primary

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

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

January 30, 2008 - Wednesday

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

January 31, 2008 - Thursday

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

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


San Francisco Local Measures:

Prop a - Clean and Safe Neighborhood Park Bonds 2008 Information: 415-554-5184

Prop B - Creating a new deferred retirement option program for members of the SF Police Dept. Information: 415-861-5060

Prop C - Adopting a policy that the City acquire Alcatraz Island to make it a Global Peace Center. Information: 415-381-4061

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