Sunday, January 6, 2008

San FranciscoJanuary 2008 Political Calendar

Trader Joe's Saturday afternoon - Rain stopped and every one went shopping. Lines went from one end of the building to the other. Everyone stayed "cool". Try Trader Joe's Chicken Pot Pie (great comfort food on a cold, rainy day - hint from fellow "in line person". )

January 7, 2008 Monday

Absentee Voting Begins early voting at San Francisco City Hall begins. Information:

Exploratorium Relocation - San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission - San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Design Review Special Meeting 6:30 p.m. Pier 1, Bayside Conference Room. Agenda: First Review: Exploration Relocation to Piers 15-17 (located near the intersection of Green Street and the Embarcadero Promenade, between Piers 9 and 19). Project involves repairs and seismic upgrades of pier substructure. (also on the agenda review of the South San Francisco Ferry Terminal and Alameda Landing.

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

Mayor Gavin Newsom - Oath of Office Ceremony - City Hall Rotunda 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ; Reception line in Newsom's office; refreshments in the North Light Court 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

District Attorney Kamala Harris - Swearing in Ceremony - Four O'Clock Delancey Street Town Hall, 600 Embarcadero, S.F. RSVP 415-485-1125

Close Guantanamo Volunteer Activist Night - ACLU of Northern California - (wear orange on January 11, 2008 the sixth anniversary of the opening of the detention center). Meeting to gain a deeper knowledge about the human rights violations taking place at Guantanamo Bay. 6 to 8 p.m. Featuring Hina Shamsi, Mona Cadena, Deputy Director, Amnesty International USA-West; Walesa Kanarek, Field Organizer, Amnesty International USA-West; Almerindo Ojeda, Director, UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas. Location: ACLU of Northern California, 39 Drumm Street, S.F. revp or 415-621-2493 ext 372.

Barack Obama - San Francisco Phone Squad - The Hive, 639 Front Street #1, S.F. 6 p.m. t 9 p.m.

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - The Rest of the February 5th California Primary Election Ballot: 3 Local and 7 State Propositions. Speakers for and against, Q&A discussion, endorsement vote. Open to the public but only member may vote. Nominations of officers for 2008. 7 p.m. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street @ Southern Heights. Information:

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 415-781-8726

Community Opportunity Fund: Designing an Effective Program - 6 to 8 p.m. NPC Office, 451 Hayes Street, 2nd Floor, S.F. San Franciscan's can utilize small grant programs to drive capital improvements in our parks. With $5,000,000 million of Prop. A parks bond allocated towards a Community Opportunity Grant fund, now is the chance to learn from experts who already run successful small grant programs and give feedback on what you think this new program should look like. Hear from the Community Challenge Grant program, SF Beautiful Grants, an Open Space Fund Expert, and a PROSAC (Parks, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee) member - a body which will be key in shaping the Community Opportunity Grant Program. Visit meetings. RSVP 415-621-3260 or

City Lights Bookstore - reading from Jane Rhodes' new book "Framing the Black Panthers". 7 p.m. , 261 Columbus Ave at Broadway. 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:

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

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).

"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

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