Thursday, January 10, 2008

San Francisco Political Calendar - January 10th

January 10, 2008 Thursday

Open Eco Energy Camp -
10 a.m. Mission Bay Conference Center, Speakers Dave Douglas, L. Hunter Lovins, Ted Nordhaus, Michael Shellenberger, Adam Werbach. Special Eco Short Film Presentation facilitated by Sharon Badal and Tom Feegel.

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

Guantanamo Bay
- ACLU is asking people of conscience to wear orange, the sixth anniversary of the opening of the detention center. Information:

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:

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

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

January 12, 2008 - Saturday

The California Universal Health Care Organizing Project (CUHCOP).
Education on SB840, the California Universal Healthcare Act, which provides true health care reform through single-payer financing. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three classes. They will cover legislation, financing and lobbying. Location: 965 Mission St., S.F. Information: Don Bechler at or 415-695-7891

Yes on Prop A -
10 a.m. Dolores Park 19th Street and Dolores. Calling all park lovers and city families! Join Sen. Migden, Supervisors Dufty and Mirkarimi, High School athletes and community groups for a Prop. A Campaign Rally and literature walk! Free food. Information: Patrick Hannan 415-240-4150

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:

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:

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: or call 311.

Bike the Blue Greenway and the Eastern Waterfront: 10 a.m. to Noon. Herons Head Park to Fisherman's Wharf. Bicycle tour of the Port of San Francisco ( The tour will stop at existing and future parks along the waterfront where advocates and planners will speak about each site's unique contribution to San Francisco's eastern shore, how the City plans to connect these waterfront parks, and how these open spaces will benefit from Proposition A. The tour will be followed by a reception and the presentation on Prop A at Fishermen's Wharf. RSVP or for more information or if rain is forecast call 415-240-4150. For those unable to bicycle a bus will be available. (Seats are limited).

Jackie Speier - Will announce her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives. Noon at Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City. Information: Alex Tourk

"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: 510-610-1773

January 14, 2007 - Monday

Help Raise Healthy Children Gala-
The event will honor Alice Waters. Performers include Jennifer Hudson, Marvin Hamlisch and The Bouncing Bulldogs. 5 p.m. reception followed by dinner and performance. Dinner San Francisco City Hall Rotunda, 1 Dr C B Goodlett Place, SF Performance at San Francisco Opera House. Information: 415-392-4400 Live performance $50./75/$100.- Individual Ticket for Dinner and gala Show $1,000.

January 15, 2007 - 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:

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

San Francisco Recreation & Parks Renovation Program: Open House & Reception
4 to 7 p.m. City Hall, North Light Court. See ongoing park renovation projects and accomplishments of the Rec & Parks Capital Renovation program. Reception at 5:30.; Information:

Irish American Democratic Club - Endorsement Meeting - 5:30 p.m. 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Conference Center Auditorium. Endorsements for U.S. President, State Senate District 3, California Propositions 91 through 97. San Francisco Prop. A through C.

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

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 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 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: 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:

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

January 20, 2008 - Sunday

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

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: 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: 415-781-8726

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

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:

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: 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:

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