Thursday, November 13, 2008

2008 NEN Awards

I attended the first ever NEN Awards at City Hall last night. A perfect event.

The first hour was a wonderful reception with good food, great beer and wine.

Welcoming remarks from Peter Finch of KFOG along with the announcements of the NEN Awards. This was so much fun because each announcement was made from opening an envelop (just like the Academy Awards!). Lots of clapping and yelling.

Best Community Celebration: Sunset Community Festival
Best Neighborhood Newsletter: NOPA (North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association
Best Community Benefit District/Merchant Association: A Tie
Noe Valley CBD
Upper Market Merchants Association
Comeback Neighborhood of the Year: Lower 24th Street Neighborhood Association
Lifetime Achievement Award: Isabel Wade (an amazing list of accomplishments)
NEN Hall of Fame Inductees:
  • Karl Paige - Started Quesada Gardens in Bayview
  • Tony Sacco - Excelsior/Outer Mission Neighborhood Activist
  • Carlos Aceituno - founded Fogo Na Roupe - Carnival
All the Hall of Fame Inductees had passed away - their families and friends accepted the award - so moving and special - ( lots of tears).

2009 Community Challenge Grants:

Small Category:
  • Goettingen Neighbors Group w/SF Parks Trust
Medium Category:

  • Kid Serve Youth Murals
  • Noe Valley CBD
  • La Raza Centro Legal w/SF Clean City Coalition
  • Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement
  • Gray Area Gallery
  • Mission Roots Project w/SF Parts Trust
Large Category:
  • Bayview Opera House
  • Castro/Upper Market CBD
  • San Francisco Clean City Coalition
  • Visitacion Valley Greenway Project w/SF Parks Trust
  • Friends of Duboce Park Playground w/NPC
  • 8th Ave. Neighbors w/SF Parks Trust
  • 509 Cultural Center
  • Communities of Opportunity
  • SF Green Schoolyard Alliance w/SF School Alliance
  • Life Frames, Inc.
Sponsors: Wells Fargo, AT&T, PG&E, KFOG, The Examiner, The City Star
NEN Partners: SF Environment, SFPUC, SFDPW, SFDEM, SAFE, 311 San Francisco MONS, California Culinary Academy

NEN Executive Steering Committee:
Cindy Brandon, Harold Brooks, Dr. Gerald Eisman, David Gershon, Michael Pappas, John Power, Kelly Quirke, Isabel Wade
NEN Community Steering Committee:
Carol Mo, Dan Nguyen-Tan, Dawn Trennert, Deb Neimann, Dina Hillard, Erick Arguello, Foster Weeks, Gillian Gillett, Glen Hatakeya, Jane Martin, Jed Lane, Judith Berkowitz, Kevin Blackwell, Laurel Muniz, Leela Gill, Marc Christensen, Mary Harris, Meredith Thomas, Michael Bennett, Oona Gille-Weil, Ron Miguel, Shannell Williams, Sheryl Davis, Steve adams, Vallie Brown
Community Challenge Grant Advisory Committee:
Gillian Gillett, Richard Hashimoto, Cynthia Li, Alfredo Pedroza, Ilaria Salvadori, Lance Toma, Alfred Williams, Dee Dee Workman

Neighborhood Empowerment Network:

November 14, 2008 - Friday

The New Path to Closing the Achievement Gap
When: November 14, 2008 - Friday
11:30 a.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: David Whitman, author of "Sweating the Small Stuff Inner-City Schools and the New Paternalism" will discuss how to close the achievement gap. $15. non members

John's Grill 100th Anniversary 8-cents Cocktail Special
When: November 14, 2008 - Friday
11:30 to 3:30
Where: John's Grill, 63 Ellis Street, San Francisco
What: 100th Birthday of John's Grill. 8-cent bar. Free appetizers and a complimentary martini glass give away.

Assemblyman to Be - Tom Ammiano!
When: November 14, 2008 - Friday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street at Laguna, San Francisco
What: Thank you! You are cordially invited to a celebration!

November 15, 2008 - Saturday

Democratic Women in Action - Annual Membership Meeting
When: November 15, 2008 - Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 12:30
Where: 850 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: Annual membership meeting to hear proposed issues and legislation regarding women, children, and families for the Legislative Year 2008 -2009
Featured Speakers:
  • Assemblyperson Fiona Ma
  • State Senator Leland Yee
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • Supervisor Carmen Chu
  • Emily Murase, Executive Director, Department on the Status of Women
Patrons: Assemblyperson Fiona Ma, Joan Simmons, President, Democratic Women's Forum and Heidi Sieck, San Francisco Women's Political Committee
Non members $10. or become member $15.
Information and RSVP 415-661-6276
Officers and Board of Directors:
Chair/President: Renee Golanty-Koel
Vice Chair: Jane Bernard-Powers
Recording Secretary: Barbara Spack
Correspondence Secretary: Dr. Evelyn Meier
Board Members: Robin Brasso, Maury Cooper, Kathy Johnson, Hene Kelly, Jane Morrison, Linda Richardson
Advisory Council: Caroline Alain Rodman

No on Prop 8 Rally
When: November 15, 2008 - Saturday
10:30 a.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Protest against Prop 8

Homes for the Homies Exhibit
When: November 15, 2008
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 332 Day Street, San Francisco
What: Unique one-of-a-kind Shadow Boxes of well known places. Artist is Cindy De Losa. Examples are Sorrento Delicatessen, The Castro Theatre and Mission Dolores.

*Climate Lecture/Panel Project Saturday
When: November 15, 2008
2 to 3 p.m.
Where: Excelsior Meeting Room, 4400 Mission Street (at Cotter), San Francisco
What: Volunteers trained by Al Gore will present a slideshow based on "An Inconvenient Truth". This presentation is to help increase public awareness of the climate crisis in the U.S
Information: co-sponsored by the Stegner Environmental Center

November 17, 2008 - Monday

2008 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon
When: November 17, 2008 - Monday
Reception: 10:30 a.m.
Luncheon: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Moscone Center North, San Francisco
What: Once a year SPUR spotlights individuals whose goals and achievements exemplify SPUR's mission. Honorees:
  • Rev. Norman Fong, Chinatown Community Activist
  • Oz Erickson, Developer and Community Builder
  • Dr. Sandra Hernandez, Philanthropic Visionary and Health Policy Advocate
  • Paul Sedway, Urban Planner and Lynn Sedway, RealEstate Economist
Individual Tickets $175.

San Francisco Youth Commission
When: November 17, 2008 - Monday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 416, San Francisco
What: Discussion and possible action on resolution in support of the San Francisco ID Card Program. Presentation of YouthVote.

*Awearnes and Gavin Newsom
When: November 17, 2008 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: Kenneth Cole, 166 Grant Avenue (at Maiden Lane), San Francisco
What: Join Mayor Gavin Newsom, Kenneth Cole and The Good Business Network celebrate the new book "Awarness: Inspiring Stories About How to Make a Difference". Free RSVP required:

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association Meeting
When: November 17, 2008 - Monday
7 to 8 p.m.
Where: It's a Grind, 1800 Polk at Washington, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Meeting will be focusing on key neighborhood updates.

Annie Leibovitz
When: November 17, 2008 -Monday
8 p.m.
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco
What: Hear Annie Leibovitz "A Photographer's Life.
Information and Tickets:

November 18, 2008 - Tuesday

San Francisco Gray Panthers
When: November 18, 2008 - Tuesday
1 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Center, Fireside Room 1187 Franklin St. (at Geary), S.F.
What: Discussion of the Current Crisis with Jeff Mackler, Socialist Action. Whose bailout? Whose economy? Where do we go from here?

*Board of Supervisor Meeting - Tenant Alert!
When: November 18, 2008 - Tuesday 2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Agenda Items - which was continued for two weeks by Supervisor Bevan Dufty: Authorizing the passthrough from landlord to residential tenant of fifty percent of water and sewer sewer bill charges resulting from the adoption of water and sewer rates after July 1, 2002, where specified water conservation devices have been installed in all rental units and common areas of a building and no plumbing leaks exist in the building; and providing for passthrough administration, noticing and enforcement procedures. Sponsored by Alioto-Pier, Chu and Elsbernd.

*GGNRA Open House
When: November 18, 2008 - Tuesday
4 to 7 p.m.
Where: GGNRA Headquarters, Enter Upper Ft. Mason at Bay & Franklin Streets, and go to Building 201.
What: Open House stations will include:
  • Fort Mason: Bay and Laguna Bay Trail Improvements and Parking Lot Improvements and Lighting
  • GGNRA General Management Plan - Status and next steps
  • Park transportation planning including long range transportation planning and Marin Headlands Fort Baker Transportation Plan
  • Trails Forever - Update on recent and upcoming projects
  • Restroom construction at Fort Funston
  • Snowy Plover Docent program and new regulation
  • Cultural resource stewardship program

*A Salute to Union Democracy - honoring Sal Rosselli, President, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and the 150,000 members of UHW.
When: November 18, 2008 - Tuesday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraising event for Fund for Union Democracy & Reform - established to strengthen the labor movement. Join John Burton, Dolores Huerta, Aaron Peskin, Clint Reilly and the Fund for Union Democracy and Reform. Committee: Angela Alioto, Bill Camp, Mike Casey, Wilma Chan, Linda Corso, Gary Delagnes, Ted Fang, Bill Fletcher, Patricia A. Ford, Randy Ghan, Larry Griffin, John Hanley, Warren Hinckle, Rick Jacobs, Walter Johnson, Cleve Jones, Leroy King, Sheila Kuehl,Gunner Lundeberg, Jane Morrison, Larry Nibbi, Joe O'Donahue, Aaron Peskin, Angelo Quaranta, Paul Schrade, Don Solem, Bob Twomey, John Vasconcellos, Howard Wallace and Cal Winslow.
Tickets: Supporter $100., Rank & File Union Member $25., up to $2,500 a ticket.
Information: Joanne Maher

*Tony Curtis
When: November 18, 2008 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Castro Theatre, San Francisco
What: Mill Valley Film Festival and Marc Huestis present a Tribute to Tony Curtis with Tony Curtis live in-person interviewed by Jan Wahl. Career clips and screening of "Some Like It Hot". Legendary Star receives MVFF Award for lifetime achievement.
Ticket Information 415-863-0611

Richmond Police Station
When: November 18, 2008 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: 461 6th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join local members of your local police department for a community meeting.

Ingleside Police Station
When: November 18, 2008 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane, San Francisco
What: Join local members of your local police department for a community meeting.

Taraval Police Station
When: November 18, 2008 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: 2345 24th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join local members of your local police department for a community meeting.

November 19, 2008 - Wednesday

Commonwealth Club - Ted Turner
When: November 19, 2008 - Wednesday
11 a.m.
Where: Mark Hopkins, California and Mason Streets, San Francisco
What: Hear Ted Turner talk about his book "Call me Ted". $30. Non-Members

*Save the Renters' Rebate!
When: November 19, 2008 - Wednesday
Where: State Building steps, 501 Van Ness, San Francisco (at McAllister)
What: State Day of Action. The Governor eliminated all renter tax assistance funds. Lunch provided by the St. Anthony Foundation. Sponsored by: AIDS Housing Alliance/SF, Chinatown Communty Development Corporation, Central City SRO Collaborative, Housing Rights Committee, Mission SRO Collaborative, Planning for Elders HealthCare Action Team, Senior Action Network, SOMCAN, SF Tenants Union and Tenants Together.
Information: San Francisco Christine Olague 415-546-1333
Statewide actions: 415-495-8100

*Eric Quesdada
When: November 19, 2008 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: 522 Valencia Street (near 16th Street), San Francisco
What: General appreciation of all the hard work.

Commonwealth Club - What Happened?
When: November 19, 2008 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Bloggers, pundits and political insiders review the 2008 elections what they meant for the nation. $20. non-members

*Public meeting to discuss plans for a new mini park in SoMa
When: November 19, 2008 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: South Beach Harbor Community Room at Pier 40A, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Recreation and Park Dept. invites you to participate in a series of community meeting to review conceptual plans toward a mini park on Guy Place. (First Street between Folsom and Harrison Streets).

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay - Residential Sound Reduction Program meeting
When: November 19, 2008 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Genetech Hall, Room N-114, 600 16th Street, S.F.
What: UCSF will be working with neighbors to develop a Residential Sound Reduction Program which would lessen helicopter noise impacts. Please bring photo ID to show at building security desk.

*Mole to Die for Eating Contest
When: November 19, 2008 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: The Mole to Die for contest. $7.
Information: 415-821-1155

Green Streets: Redesigning San Francisco One Block at a Time
When: November 19, 2008 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street at 9th Street, San Francisco
What: Learn about a movement afoot in the city to transform the way we experience our streets. Tom Radulovich (Livable City) and Amber Hasselbring (Mission Greenbelt), Jane Martin (Plant SF) will speak.

November 20, 2008 - Thursday

*Telegraph Hill's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
When: November 20, 2008 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: Tel Hi's Gym, 555 Chestnut Street @ Mason, San Francisco
What: Please join Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center for a traditional turkey meal free of charge. Supported by Hilton Fisherman's Wharf, Boudin Bakery and Cafes.

Central Police Station
When: November 20, 2008 - Thursday
6 p.m
Where: 660 Lombard Street, San Francisco
What: Join local members of your local police department for a community meeting.

NOPA - General Meeting
When: November 20, 2008 - Thursday
7 p.m. Meet & Greet 7:30 p.m. Meeting - Agenda
  • Mike Farrah -Director of Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
  • Park Station Captain Terri Barrett
*City Democratic Club - Election Post-Mortem
When: November 20, 2008 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
What: Election Post-Mortem with David Latterman of Fall Line Analytics. (this could be interesting - since David might have all the voting results by then!).

November 21, 2008 - Friday

SPUR - Infrastructure When: November 21, 2008 - Friday
12:30 to 1:30
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, San Francisco
What: How will the financial crisis affect infrastructure development? Join Ed Harrington, director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Maria Lombardo, chief deputy of the San Francisco County Transportation authority explain how the current crisis will affect the infrastructure system.

*North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District - New office opening
When: November 21, 2008 - Friday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: 134 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: Opening of new office and Art Exhibit: Two person art exhibit and book release "Heart of the City". Paintings, drawings and photographs of San Francisco Central City. Patricia Araujo and Mark Ellinger.

Toni Morrison -
When: November 21, 2008 - Friday
8 p.m.
Where: Masonic Auditorium, Nov Hill, San Francisco
What: Hear Toni Morrison. Tickets $25.
Information: 415-392-4400

November 28, 2008 - Friday

Milk/Moscone Memorial Concert and March
When: November 28, 2008 - Friday
4 to 7 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Event commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milking featuring friends and family of George and Harvey and other surprise guests. This event also celebrates the 30th Anniversary of SF Gay Men's Chorus's first public appearance. Memorial concert at steps of SF City Hall 5 p.m twilight march from City Hall to the Castro. Co-sponsored by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee and the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.

*John P. Behanna - Celebrate the publication of: Aspen Oddysey
When: November 30, 2008 - Sunday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: 63 Bluxome Street, San Francisco
What: You are invited to celebrate the publication of Aspen Oddysey by John P. Behanna.
Information: kivlehan@sbcgloal.ent

*New Items since last posting.


Kamala Harris for Attorney General 2010, P. O. Box 78393, San Francisco, Ca. 94107

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