Thursday, January 31, 2008

Muni meeting with Chu /January/Feb. Calendar

Supervisor Carmen Chu called a meeting at the Sunset Recreation Center on Lawton Street to meet with Muni representatives and to answer questions from the audience.
Muni was represented by their high ranking individuals who actually make the decisions.
Supervisor Chu was very well versed on the issues.
Muni had a power point presentation which included the concepts that in the future Muni would have accurate schedules, additional service hours with 100% reliability. Safety is Muni's number one concern.
Some of the items the Muni is considering is adding buses to the N Judah (but this would mean moving buses from other lines - which is probamatic). Some areas of the city could have buses stop every three blocks instead of every two blocks. Possible ticketing drivers that are double parked. Possible signal priorities for buses. Pedestrian safety including lights, islands and stronger markings showing where to stand. Muni wants to build up ridership.

Residences spoke about pedestrian safety concerns , drivers using their cell phones (which is not allowed). It was suggested that Muni work with the San Francisco school system to coordinate muni schedules, this is especially needed for families who do not have automobiles.

There was a very emotional discussion from a resident regarding urination by drivers from their Muni buses at the end of the Great Highway. Muni is aware of the problem and it was nice to see at the end of the meeting the person from Muni in charge of this item talking with the individual looking at a map detailing how they could work together on this this problem. The gas station closes at 8 p.m. I hope they work something out.

David Philpel and Ron Dudum were in attendance along with Bob Twomey from Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's office and Cammie Blackstone from Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's office along with Leah Rowell from Senator Leland Yee's office.
Information: Supervisor Carmen Chu 415-554-7460.
19th Avenue/Park Presidio Transportation Plan Chester Fung, 415-522-4804,

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:

Senator Leland Yee Endorses Barack Obama- 10:30 a.m. at Obama for America headquarters, 435 Grand Aveue, South San Francisco, Ca. Previously endorsed John Edwards.

Mike Huckabee - Governor of Arkansas - Commonwealth Club, Fairmont Hotel 11 a.m. check in 12 noon program. $30 non-members. Information: 415-597-6700

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:

Land Use Committee of the Bayview Hunters Point Project Area Committee (PAC) -Community Meeting and Open House - Bayview Hunters Point Waterfront - 6 to 8:30 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 410 Hawes Street, at Innes Ave.
From Islais Creek to Candlestick Park, many changes are being considered along the Bayview Hunters Point waterfront. Comprehensive view of the development proposals including the revitalization of Hunters View, ideas for the Port's backlands property, the reuse of the PG&E Power Plant, Proposals for Candlestick Point/HP Shipyard. The meeting will include informational presentations by project representatives and City staff, followed by an Open House for continued discussion. Information: San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Kelley Kahn, 415-749-2419

The Capitol Steps - Planned Parenthood Golden Gate- Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street, S.F. 7:30 Tickets $135. Upper Row $35. Information 415-392-4400

February 1, 2008 - Friday

Temporary Transbay Transit Meeting
- 10 a.m. City Hall, Room 416. Discussion on parking and traffic changes that will be in effect until December 31, 2014 (no, that is not a typo - 2014!).

Yes on Proposition 92 Rally - 12 noon, followed by a march to and picketing of the state building at the north end of the civic Center, City Hall Information: 415-585-2121

Ted Kennedy for Barack Obama - Doors open at 2 p.m. Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, Ca. 94609 RSVP - Free . Open to public.

Senator Barack Obama - Ruth Garland-Dewson, John Burris, Jeff Bleich, Jeff Adachi, Ross Mirkarimi invite you to join friends of Senator Barack Obama 5:30 to 7:30, live entertainment, nibbles, Obama conversation at home of Larry and Marjorie Schlenoff, 809 Marina Blvd. and Baker. S.F. RSVP Required: Ruth 415-346-1600 san Donation: $250-$350 $500 per person. Make check to Obama for America, 2050 Fillmore Street, S.F. Ca. 94115

Barack Obama - 6 p.m. AAPI Phone Bank with School Board member Jane Kim. San Francisco Obama Headquarters, 1874 Market St. S.F. Ca. 94102

Hillary Clinton - Will be at Orpheum Theater. 7 p.m. $50 per person for general seating. $250 for supporter seating, $1,000 for friend seating, and $2,300 for champion seating. To purchase tickes visit Information: Stefanie Roumeliotes or Sabra Foley at 415-402-0303

February 2, 2008 - Saturday

John Kerry for Barack Obama -
Canvass Kick-off Rally Everett Middle School Auditorium, Doors open: 9:30 a.m. 450 Church Street, S.F. Ca. 94114 RSVP:

Barack Obama
- Meeting 10 a.m. Obama San Francisco Office, 1874 Market Street. (between Market and Guerrero). Associates Groups: $1,000,000 Americans for Obama, Asian Americans for Obama, Baby Bullet Riders for Barack, Buck for Barack, Californians for Obama, Mission + Noe + Obama, Mission SF for Obama, NorCal LGBT for Obama, San Francisco for Obama, SOMA & Potrero Hill for Obama, The Castro for Obama, Young Bay Area Professionals for Barack Obama, Young Democrats from Silicon Valley for Obama

I Love My Playground - Dolores Park Come celebrate with the Alphabet Rockers along with the Neighborhood Park Council, the Rec and Park Department, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Ross Mirkarimi. 11 a.m. to Noon (flyer says "bring all the children you know"). Refreshments will be provided. Information: Friends of Dolores Park Playground ; Steering Committee: Nancy Madynski, Mary McDermott, Eli Merritt, Tim Worth, Megan McVay, Jim Ahn-Koulias

Western Addition Library Re-Opening 1550 Scott Street S.F. at Geary 1 p.m. Food, entertainment, giveaways. Supported by the S.F. Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Western Addition Library Campaign Committee. Information: 415-355-5729

Celebrate the 2nd Victory Against Starbucks 8 p.m. Bitter end on Clement Street between 5th and 6th Avenue (south side).

February 3, 2008 - Sunday

Super Bowl

February 4, 2008 - Monday

SPUR- Transportation Committe -
Join SFMTA Chief Financial Officer Sonali Bose and fellow SPUR members for a discussion of the SFMTA's 2008-2009 budget. Learn how the increases from Proposition A (Nov 2007) and cutbacks at the state level balance out and challenge us to balance the books without service cuts or fare increases. Information:

Mark Chandler -
Commonwealth Club - "A toast to the San Francisco Sister Cities". Director, San Francisco Mayor's Office of International Trade. 5:30 Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor 5:30 reception 6 p.m. program $15. Non- Members Information: 415-597-6700,

Castro Street - Filming "Milk" 7 p.m. to midnight

February 5, 2008 - Tuesday


Anthony Lewis
- Commonwealth Club - The First Amendment: Defending thought We Hate Former columnist, The New York Times. Two Time Pulitzer Prize winner. 5:30 p.m. 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, S. $18 Non-Members Information: 415-597-6700

Year of the Rat New Year's Eve Party - Sponsored by the Far East Cafe and ABCT (A Better Chinatown Tomorrow). 6 p.m. at Far East Cafe, 631 Grant Ave. (California/Sacramento Street). Dumpling Making Session 6 to 7 p.m. With invited celebrities including City Officials, representatives from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China. 7 p.m. Dinner Party: Menu includes dumpling, Jai, tang uan. Cost Workshop and dinner are compliments of Far East Cafe. Suggested donation of $20. is gladly accepted for the future Broadway/Grant Ave. Gateway project. Information: Wilma Pang 415-296-8701 by Feb 2nd.
Information: ABCT, 718 Grant Avenue, S.F. Ca. 94108.

Joe McGinniss, Jr. - Reading from "The Delivery Man" - 7 p.m. City Lights Book Store, 261 Columbus Street, S.F. Information: 415-362-8193

Willie Brown - promoting book "Basic Brown". 7 p.m. to 7:45 Ferry Building at Book Passage.

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Super Tuesday Potluck Watch Party - 7 p.m. Bring a snack or drink to share. Watch the returns with neighbors. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street at Southern Heights Information: 648-6740 or visit

San Francisco Bay Guardian - Election Night Happy Hour - watch tv coverage and political trivia at Kilowatt, 3160 16th Street @ Albion St. S.F. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. "Don't Dodge the Drafts" beer party. Arrive with your voter sticker or ballot receipt and enjoy beer specials. "bathe in comprehensive and biased cable news election coverage from multiple tv screens. Engage in your own cutthroat competition with a political-themed trivia game hosted by the cacophony society".

February 6, 2008 Wednesday

Annual Mayors' Economic Forecast - The State of the Cities
-7:15 to 10 a.m. Oakland Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, Ca. sponsored by San Francisco Business Times Information: 415-989-2522

Rally for Condo Conversion Reform Meet on steps of City Hall at 8:15 a.m. Lottery at 9 a.m.

Spur - Post Election Recap for SPUR - 12:30 to 1:30 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor $5 for non members Bring your lunch. Jim Stearns with pollster and analyst David Latterman for a review of who voted, who didn't and what it means. Information: 415-781-8726

League of Women Voters of San Francisco
-Film "Iron Ladies of Liberia". See Ellen Johnson Sirleaf through her first year in office. 6 p.m San Francisco Main Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street. Post-screening panel discussion with Jody Sanford from League of Women Voters San Francisco and Dr. Masum Momaya curator of "Women Power and Politics", International Museum of Women. Admission is free. RSVP to or visit

Willie Brown - Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 8 p.m. Will discuss his new book "Basic Brown. 3200 California Street, S.F. $18. Public Information: 415-292-1233

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