Thursday, November 6, 2008

SPUR - November 4th Election Recap

As always, the day after the election SPUR holds a Post election recap of the election. A huge crowd attended - so big that the meeting was moved to the World Affairs Council on the second floor.

Political analyst David Latterman from Fall Line Analytics and Alex Clemens from Barbary Coast Consulting discussed the election. David Latterman had some easy to read graphs that tried to explain the results (mid-count). It was obvious that many races and propositions were too close to call. Questions were asked by the audience, mostly which could not really be answered because it was too soon to obtain the data.

Interesting comments made by different people:
  • Looks liked District One and District 11 have moved left (people move where they can afford housing).
  • 2% increase in Democratic registration. 50& vote by mail.
  • Looks like the supervisor candidates who had the "best field campaigns " won.
  • Chris Daly did well.
  • Most important slate card was the San Francisco Democratic Party Slate Card .
  • DCC election in June made the difference in this election.
  • Housing is always the number one issue.
This audience was an amazing group of people - as Alex said "some people probably had not been to sleep yet". Campaign activists, moderates, bloggers, columnists, political campaign managers - they were all there . This group of people should meet and just listen to each other for a day - it would be an amazing education - and it might be a way of working together in the New Year. But first we have to get the numbers!


November 6, 2008 - Thursday

Mission Loca@l - New website! - Celebrate the launch of the new site.
When: November 6, 2008 - Thursday
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Cava 22, 3239 22nd Street at Bartlett, San Francisco
What: Mission Local@l ( is a brand new website dedicated to news in the Mission District. Mission Local@l is celebrating by hosting a happy hour. They hope residents and others who follow Mission happenings will come by to meet them.
(this is a fabulous website - since I live in the neighborhood I am thrilled - I wish every neighborhood had their own website just like this one).

Mission Language & Vocational School 40th Anniversary
When: November 6, 2008 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: Westin St. Francis Hotel, Union Square, San Francisco
What: Mission Language & Vocational School's 40th Anniversary dinner. No host cocktails and Bocadillos prepared by MLVS' Latino Cuisine Culinary Academy/Florida Street Cafe & Catering Services. Keynote Speaker: California State Assemblyman Alberto Torrico. Award Recipients: Orson Aguilar, Dr. Liliana Rossi, Victoria Sanchez De Alba and Rodrigo Santos. Executive Dinner Co-Hosts: Michael Burke, Nathan Nayman and Rey Ocanas. Master and Mistress of Ceremonies: Miguel Bustos and Marcel Medina. Ticket Price: Unknown

*California Historical Society - Post-Election Panel Discussion
When: November 6, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Discussion on results of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election along with current exhibit "California Presidential: Candidates and Campaigns From the Golden State.

Community Safety Forum for the Castro, Eureka Valley, Duboce Triangle, Corona Heights and Corbett Heights
When: November 6, 2008 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Eureka Valley Rec Center, 100 Collingwood Street, San Francisco
What: Community Safety Forum.
Community safety forum will focus on safety issues confronting the neighborhood including crime, homelessness, community policing to disaster preparedness.

  • Captain Stephen Tacchini, Mission Station
  • A Lieutenant from Park Station
  • Greg Carey, Chair, Castro Community on Patrol
  • Tina D'Elia, Community United against Violence (CUAV)
  • Steve Adams, President, Merchants of Upper Market and Castro
  • Oona Weil, SF SAFE
  • Ken Craig, Triangle Martial Arts Association
  • Jane Warner, San Francisco Patrol Specials
  • Moderator: Scott Wiener
Forum is sponsored by: Castro Community on Patrol, Eureka Valley Promotion Association, Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association, Merchants of Upper Market and Castro and Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District

*Rose Aguilar
When: November 6, 2008 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Rose Aquilar talks and signs her book "Red Highways: A Liberals Journey Into the Heartland". Rose took six months off to travel in red-state West to find out what voters really care about. Rose Aguilar is a journalist, political blogger and host of "Your Call", a daily public affairs radio show on KALW.

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.

*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 reschedued 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

*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.

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