Friday, November 7, 2008

Community Safety Forum - Castro

I attended Community Safety Forum for the Castro, Eureka Valley, Duboce Triangle, Corona Heights and Corbett Heights last night at the Eureka Valley Rec Center.

This meeting was certainly different from the meetings I recently have attended in the Mission and Excelsior District - it was nice to hear positive news about crime issues and the excellent community support in the area. The meeting was chaired by Scott Weiner:

Captain Stephen Tacchini, Mission Station: Handed out excellent Mission Station Newsletter which you can ask to be sent to you by email: The Mission Station Community Meeting is held on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at 630 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Park Station - Officer spoke about how they work with the Mission Station blending together. The Park Station community meeting is held the 2nd Tuesday at 6 p.m at 1899 Waller Street.
Greg Carey, Chair, Castro Community on Patrol spoke. They would like new volunteers. Information:
Tina D'Elia, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) spoke - she is the Hate Violence Survivor Program Director- email: 24 hour crisis line 415-333-help
Oona Weil, SF Safe - . Talked about how to start up a neighborhood watch, personal safety presentation.
Ken Craig, Triangle Martial Arts Association- Holds training which teaches you about awareness. Interesting information: safest night in the Castro - Saturday - most dangerous - Sunday.
Jane Warner - San Francisco Patrol Specials - It was obvious she was truly loved by everyone!

Sorry, I don't have my normal picture. But Blogger picture download is not working so I can't prove I really went to the meeting!

November 7, 2008 - Friday

SPUR - The financial crisis and its impact on the local and regional economy.
When: November 7, 2008 - Friday
12 p.m.
Where: Spur, 312 Sutter, Fifth Floor
What: How will the financial crisis affect the local and regional economy? SPUR and City Assessor Phil Ting are co-sponsoring a panel. Join economist Dr. Sean Randolph, President and CEO of the Bay Area Economic Institute, Steve Levy, Director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy and Dr. Ted Egan, Chief Economist of the City of San Francisco.
$5. non-members

Proposition 8 March
When: November 7, 2008 - Friday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Civic Center, 7th and Market, San Francisco
What: March from Civic Center to Dolores Park against Prop. 8.

Eric Mar - Campaign Champagne
When: November 7, 2008 - Friday
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: 19th Avenue and California (details will be made available)
What: Eric Mar and friends and supporters wrap up, wind down and celebrate. Pop champagne bottles with friends and supporters of Eric Mar to celebrate all the hard work and victories. Hosted by Nicholas Michlig and the Eric Mar for Supervisor Campaign. Admission: bring yourself and a beverage of your own choice.
RSVP ericmar08@gmail.

November 8, 2008 - Saturday

Randall Museum Outdoor Seating Dedication
When: November 8, 2008 - Saturday
9 a.m.
Where: 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt, above Castro and 14th Street), San Francisco
What: Dedicates innovative, new, outdoor seating area. Pastries, juice and coffee will be served. Everyone is invited and admission is free.

*Safety Festival @ Mission YMCA
When: November 8, 2008 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Mission YMCA, 4080 Misson Street, San Francisco
What: Safety Festival at Mission YMCA. Organizations include Mission YMCA, SF Safe, Marin Institute, Red Cross, SFPD, and Safety Network. Free bbq.
Information: Megan Fleming

Post-election workshop
When: November 8, 2008 - Saturday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Church (Franklin at Geary) San Francisco
What: Lunch then a discussion on a mission for the future. Evaluate options for action. Endorsed by Paul Loeb, Ronnie Dugger, Eric Mar for Supervisor, Network of Spiritual Progressives, Rev. Glenda Hope, Peter Gabel, Michael Wong, Mary Nicely, Sherry Fuzesy. This workshop was planned by Roma Guy and Wade Hudson.

November 9, 2008 - Sunday

Neighbors of San Francisco General Hospital Fundraiser
When: November 9, 2008 - Sunday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser for Neighbors of San Francisco General Hospital. Music, food, drinks and a silent auction. Get the latest updates on SF General's Helipad Plans. $25.

November 10, 2008 - Monday

South Beach-Rincon-Mission Bay Neighborhood Association Meeting
When: November 10, 2008 - Monday
6 to 7 p.m.
Where: South Harbor Services Building, between Pier 40 and the Ballpark, Community Room.
Captain Daniel McDonagh of Southern Station will answer questions about the SFPD and the neighborhood in particular. Caltrans will share and gather feedback on the detailed illustration for the open space usage of the Beale/Bryant parcel at the base of the Bay Bridge.
Information and Source:

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
When: November 10, 2008 - Monday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: LGBT Community Center, Market Street at Octavia, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Join in discussion of the election results.

John Updike
When: November 10, 2008 - Monday
8 p.m.
Where: JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
What: Join author John Updike as he talks about his new book "The Widows of Eastwick".

November 11, 2008 - Tuesday

Veteran's Day - Holiday -

NOPA - North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association - Networking
When: November 11, 2008 - Tuesday
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Mini Bar, 837 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
What: Come out for the sneak peak of the work of 4 Western Addition artists and enjoy some tasty cocktails at NOPA's newest watering hole. Mini Bar is a neighborhood cocktail lounge that supports emerging artists in the community.

November 12, 2008 - Wednesday

San Francisco Women's Political Committee - Post-election Wrap-up
When: November 12, 2008 - Wednesday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Soluna Lounge, 272 McAllister Street @ Larkin, San Francisco
What: Monthly cocktail party and post-election wrap-up. Event is free and open to the public.
Information: Debra Walker - Programs Chair

Duboce Park Communty Meeting
When: November 12, 2008 - Wednesday (meeting was rescheduled from previous date)
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: CPMC Davies Campus, Lower Level B Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Meet with the Recreation and Parks Department to get updates:
  • Harvey Milk Recreation Center renovation update
  • Future Programming at the Harvey Milk Recreation Center
  • Youth Play area update
  • Maintenance issues and park repairs
Information: Bob Palacio

Noe Valley Democratic Club - Election Recap
When: November 12, 2008 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Philips Church, 725 Diamond Street at Elizabeth Street, San Francisco
What: Election recap with David Latterman, neighbor and local guru.
Information: Molly Fleischman

The Invisible Public Legacy of the Great Depression (SOMA)
When: November 12, 2008 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street@ 9th Street, San Francisco
What: Gray Brechin of California's Living New Deal Project will focus on San Francisco, 75 years after Roosevelt inaugurated the New Deal. Free.

November 13, 2008 - Thursday

San Francisco Human Rights Commission Public Hearing - Address disparities in San Francisco High School Graduation rates as a Human Rights issue
When: November 13, 2008 - Thursday
4 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Hearing seeks to:
  • Promote public awareness that having a successful educational experience is a human right
  • Define what it means to achieve an optimal education
  • Identify current disparities in high school graduation rates and present solutions
  • Encourage overall community participation in supporting the school district's work to achieve optimal education experiences for all students.
Information: Linda Janourova

2008 NEN Awards featuring the 2009 Community Challenge Grants
When: November 13, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco
What: Neighborhood Empowerment Network 2008 NEN Awards.
Information and Reservation:

Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors Meeting
When: November 13, 2008 - Thursday
6:30 p.m.
Where: St Mary's Conference Center, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco
What: Public is invited to offer comments on the Draft Main Post Update of the Presidio Trust Management Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Information: 415-561-5418

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

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

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.

*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?

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

*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

*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.

*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 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.

*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.

*New Items since last posting.

Labor Tech 2008 -
When: December 5, 6, 7th, 2008
What: The Digital Revolution and Labor Media Strategy - University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco.
Discuss and learn how to get labor's message out. This is a educational and training conference.
Information: - includes ticket prices and list of workshops

--This is a lot of information, things change - please double check information before attending.

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