Thursday, December 11, 2008

Board of Supervisors from my bed.

I have been sick all week with a cold so for the first time I watched the Board of Supervisors on TV while in bed. I haven't watched it on tv (Channel 26) before because I thought it was like cheating - but to my surprise it's better than being there in person.

First of all it is more comfortable, you can go eat, get something to drink, put on the mute button when you want. You can actually see more - I was surprised that the camera moves around, I saw Eric Mar was in the audience. This was David Campos first meeting as a Supervisor.

And then, in comes the Mayor - shock! He walked in by himself and just starting talking with no notes. It's nice to see the mayor interacting with the Board of Supervisors. This budget crisis has brought Mayor Newsom back into governing San Francisco - here is a chance for everyone to work together. The Board was on their best behavior - sort of (Daly wanted a simple answer). I hope the new Board will have a better working relationship without all the sniping back and forth.

Supervisor David Campos
Voice Mail: 415-554-5144
Website shows aides: Zach Tuller, Pilar Schiavo and Linnette Peralta Haynes

Announcement: San Francisco Board of Supervisors Inaugural Meeting
January 8, 2009
Time: Noon
Where: Legislative Chamber, City Hall, Second Floor

The Honorable James McBride , Presiding Judge, San Francisco Superior Court will administer the oath of office to the following Supervisors where were elected or re-elected:

  • John Avalos, District 11
  • David Campos, District 9
  • David Chiu, District 3
  • Carmen Chu, District 4
  • Sean Elsbernd, District 7
  • Eric Mar, District 1
  • Ross Mirkarimi, District 5

The Inaugural Meeting will be cablecast on SF Cable 26 and video streamed on

Seating in the Chamber is limited and will be first come, first served. Overflow seating will be available in the North Light Court on the first floor of City Hall.

December 11, 2008 - Thursday

San Francisco Tomorrow Holiday Party
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Forest Hill Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Avenue, San Francisco
What: Come celebrate victory for the environment! Fun! Food! Friends! of the Environment! $35.
Patrons: Mark Leno, Fiona Ma, Thomas Harrison, Harry Kim, Dennis Antenore Bruce Balshone and Kathleen Tindall, Bruce Brugmann, Civilian Congress - Jacques Fitch, Jennifer Clary, Bernie Choden and Lois Scott, Robert Dockendorff, Chris Duderstadt, Esther Marks, Mary Anne, Miller, Jane Morrison, Carl Natvig, Jake Sigg
Sponsors: Tom Ammiano, Eddie Chin, Raymond Berard, Robin Brasso, Sue Cauthen, Arthur Chang, Denise D'Anne, Julian Davis, Raj and Helen Desai, Robert Erickson, Arthur Feinstein, Ruth Gravanis, Dick Grosboll, Barry Hermanson, Victor and Lorraine Honig, Gerry Hurtado, Agar Jaicks, Joseph Julian, Paul Kohler, James Lew, Beatrice and Robert Laws, Alice Mosley, Zoanne Nordstrom, Norman Rolfe, Alix Rosenthal, Edward Van Egri, Jay Wallace, Debra Walker, Howard Wong, Gimmy Park Li and Xing Chu Wang.
RSVP: Jane Morrison 564-1482

4th Annual San Francisco Women's Holiday Party
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Suede Lounge, 383 Bay Street, San Francisco
What: Emerge California, Good Ol' Girls, NARAL Pro Choice California, National Women's Political Caucus San Francisco (NWPC-SF), NOW-SF, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate , and San Francisco Women's Political Committee (SFWPC) invite you to celebrate the year's holiday season. Free. Open to all members and their friends.
Information: Sueanne McNeil Biotti

HANC - Mt. Sutro Trails and Slideshow
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street, S.F.
What: Monthly meeting. Craig Dawson of the Mt. Sutro Stewards will present a proposal for the re-establishment of Stanyan Street trail cooridor from Cole Valley providing the community access to the 61 acres UCSF Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve and connect to the already restored upper section of the Historic Trail.
Information: www.hanc-sf.orger

*Castro Area Planning and Action
When December 11, 2008 - Thursday
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Eureka Valley Recreation Center, 100 Collingwood Street near 18th Street, S.F.
What: Monthly meeting. Discussion on improving the Harvey Milk Plaza. Discussion on how CAPA should work with other neighborhood groups and city agencies to bring their vision closer to reality.

December 12, 2008 - Friday

*Government Audit and Oversight Committee
When: December 12, 2008 - Friday
11 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: De-Appropriating $8,515,891 of General Fund in various departments related to the projected budget deficit for FY 2008-2009).
Members: Aaron Peskin, Sophie Maxwell.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi - No Third Friday Art Party and Special Holiday Art Party
When: December 12, 2008 -
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 282, San Francisco
What: Show will consist of installations and photographs by Bill Basquin and the duo of Elizabeth Deters and Andrea Slattery. These three artists came together to inspire social change through art.

December 13, 2008 - Saturday

Santa Sightings Safe Streets Holiday Street Festival
When: December 13, 2008 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District presents Santa Sightings Safe Streets Holiday Street Festival. Come visit with Santa on Jones Street (closed between McAllister and Golden Gate). Watch for Santa riding through the Tenderloin on his way to Jones Street. Free photo with Santa and Candy Canes. Carolers/Pinata/Pony rides/petting zoo plus "The Mr. Geoffrey Show" (interviews with Santa/his helpers/children/and others).

*San Francisco for Obama Volunteers Change is Coming meeting
When: December 13, 2008 - Saturday
1 to 3 p.m.
Where: SEIU Local 1021, 350 Rhode Island, Suite 100 (Enter on Kansas St. between 16th and 17th Street, San Francisco)
What: Meet to talk about the campaign successes, decide on the issues most important to us, and plan the next steps we'll take to support the Obama agenda.

Friends of Dolores Park Playground - A Golden Shovel Dedication of the New Playground
When: December 13, 2008 - Saturday
3:30 p.m.
Where: Dolores Park, Dolores Street between 18th and 20th Street, San Francisco
What: A Golden Shovel Dedication of the new playground and Caroling in the Playground. Join the San Francisco City Chorus, supporters of Friends of Dolores Park Playground, the Helen Diller Family, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and Mayor Gavin Newsom for this historic occasion.

Parol Lantern Festival and Parade 2008
When: December 13, 2008 - Saturday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Bavaihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco travels along Market Street, down Yerba Buena Lane and ends in the NEW Jessie Square, San Francisco
What: Join the Bay Area's Filipino community as they gather for the 2008 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade. Theme is "reUSE, ReCLAIM, RePAROL", encourages participants to think green as they hand-craft hundreds of beautiful, star-shaped parol lanterns - the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessing and peace. A grand pagentry of over 1,000 glowing lanterns.
Information: 415-543-1718

December 14, 2008 - Sunday

Healthcare Potluck - State Senator Mark Leno
When: December 14, 2008 - Sunday
3 to 5 p.m.
Where: St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, 1111 Gough Street @ Geary, S.F.
What: Presentation by State Senator Mark Leno on the 2009 Campaign for Universal Healthcare minus the Insurance Industry. Mark Leno will be the new principle author of SB 840.
Enjoy the potluck and discover where you can help with the campaign for universal healthcare.
Sponsored by Single Payer Now and the California Universal Health Care Education Project.
Information: 415-695-7891

Noe Valley Democratic Club Holiday Victory Party
When: December 14, 2008 - Sunday
5 to 9 p.m.
Where: 1005 Noe Street #2, San Francisco
What: Annual Noe Valley Democratic Christmas Party. This is a potluck.

December 15, 2008 - Monday

Electoral College Meets
When: December 15, 2008 - Monday
2 to 4 p.m.
What: The 55 Democratic members of California's Electoral College will meet a 2 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers of the State Capitol to officially elect Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States and Joe Biden as the 47th Vice President. The Electoral College meets on the same day in every State Capitol and in Washington

*Immigration law affects all immigrants!
When: December 15, 2008 - Monday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: El Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: What does it mean to live in a Sanctuary City? Can SFPD work with ICE? What are my rights? Where can I go? What can I do?
Information: 415-575-3500
Source: Mission Community Council

*San Francisco Youth Commission
When: December 15, 2008 - Monday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 416, San Francisco
What: Discussion regarding City Budget. Discussion regarding resolution urging Congress to adopt the UN Rights of the Child.

Wallenberg 25th Anniversary and Hanukkah Celebration
When: Decemenber 15, 2008 - Monday
6 to 9 p.m.nor
Where: Palio D'Asti Restaurant, 640 Sacramento Street (between Kearny and Montgomery), SF
What: Celebrate Hanukkah and the Club's 25th year with fabulous appetizers, desserts, wine and the music of Klezmania as we honor State Assemblymember Mark Leno and Community College Board of Trustee, Natalie Berg. $36 per person or $50 for two people.

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Holiday Party
When: December 15, 2008 - Monday
7 p.m.
Where: Amelie, 1754 Polk Street (near Washington), San Francisco
What: Holiday party. Second annual Holiday Fund Raising Raffle. Tickets are $5 each, 5 tickets for $20.

December 17, 2008 - Wednesday

Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Annual Holiday Luncheon
When: December 17, 2008 - Wednesday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street, San Francisco
RSVP: 826-8080

Public Hearing on the SFPD Organization Assessment Report
When: December 17, 2008 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Not sure? Somewhere in City Hall.
What: Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee and the Police Commission will hold a joint meeting to review the Comprehensive Organization Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department.
Information: 554-5297

December 18, 2008 - Thursday

*GLBT Historical Society Celebrates Castro Exhibit Opening
When: December 18, 2008 - Thursday
Time: unknown
Where: 18th Street and Castro, San Francisco.
What: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open its newest exhibit "Passionate Struggle: Dynamics of San Francisco's GLBT History". Private tours of the items on display by the exhibit's curatorial team, speeches by GLBT Historical Society Staff and a ribbon cutting by Supervisor Bevan Dufty.

Gavin Newsom "Friends and Family" Fundraiser
When: December 18, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Matrix/Fillmore, 3138 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser to benefit the Newsom for California Exploratory Committee. Sponsored by Phil Ting - Assessor-Recorder for San Francisco and Jose Cisneros, Treasurer of San Francisco.
RSVP: and click "contribute" Ticket levels start at $100.

"Celebrate Home - Glide's Annual Holiday Festival
When: December 18, 2008 - Thursday
6 p.m Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Dinner, Program and Live Entertainment
Where: Hilton San Francisco Grand Ballroom,333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
What: Holiday Festival raises funds for programs of the Glide Foundation, including Mo's Kitchen. Featuring SpeakerSenator Diane Feinstein
Honorary Hosts: Richard Blum and Christopher Gardner, Reverend Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani and Willa Seldon.
Emcees: Renel Brooks-Moon and the Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Tickets: $250.

December 20, 2008 - Saturday

*Sava Pool Re-Opening
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
10 a.m.
Where: 19th Avenue and Wawona Street, San Francisco
What: Sava Pool to reopen. Opening ceremonies. Activities for the children at the pool's new community room and also features current and alumni swimmers from Lincoln and Lowell High School.
Source: Supervisor Charmen Chiu

SF Gray Panthers Holiday Party
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
Where: Gray Panthers Office, 1182 Market Street, Room 203, San Francisco
What: Rejoyce! Celebrate!

Calling all Santa's Say No! No! No! on Prop. 8
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
3 p.m.
Where: Union Square, San Francisco
What: Rally for No on 8. Get dressed up in your best Santa, Mrs. Claus or Elf or Holiday outfit and rally for No on 8.

Light Up the Night for LGBTIQ Equlity
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Union Square, San Francisco
What: Join The Impact calls for a nationwide peaceful candlelight vigil. A silent/singing remembrance of the rights once existing for 18,000 marriages and a public honoring of the rights that will one day be available to everyone.

Jim Bailey is Judy Garland - Live in Concert
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
8 p.m.
Where: Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
What: Jim Bailey, live in concert accompanies by a full orchestra, performs his tribute to Judy Garland $30 to $0.

*New Items since last posting.


Supervisor Carmen Chu: Has monthly newsletter. (very informative). Contact or call 415-554-7460 to be put on the mailing list.

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

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