Friday, December 5, 2008

Nancy Pelosi = California Historical Society

What do Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the California Historical Society have in common?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's first campaign for Congress in 1987 was at 678 Mission Street, San Francisco the same address where California Historical Society is located today !

Last night there was a book talk and signing ("Know Your Power" A Message to America's Daughters") with Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi talked about her journey from homemaker to House Speaker. The event was sold out. The interview was done high on the steps where she remembers on election night Phil De Andrade told her she had won. Since this was an election to replace Congresswoman Sala Burton after her death the campaign was only six weeks long. She was the first daughter of a congressman to every be elected to congress. She talked about growing up with a sense of responsibility and public service. Her inspiration was John F. Kennedy.

There was no discussion about politics ( but there was a small demonstration outside which you could hear when someone opened the door).

The Speaker is one of the most important woman in the United States today - you certainly could tell that by the Secret Service detail around her. No pictures were allowed (except for the first minute of the meeting). As always, Nancy was gracious and said hello to everyone.

California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, S.F.
Open Wed. through Saturday Noon to 4:30 p.m. $3.

Exhibit through January 24, 2009:

California Presidential: Candidates and Campaigns from the Golden State. Developed in partnership with the Northern California chapter of the American Political Items Collectors the exhibit highlights California's colorful presidential history and the fun of collecting political memorabilia.

December 5, 2008 - Friday

Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party
When: December 5, 2008 - Friday
6 p.m.
Where: Hayes Valley, Hayes & Octavia, S.F.
What: Kick off the holiday season with food, drinks and live entertainment throughout Hayes Valley.

*Friends of the Urban Forest - 75th Anniversary of Repeal Day
When: December 5, 2008 - Friday
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco
What: Friends of the Urban Forest present Dewar's the 75th Anniversary of Repeal Day. Performances by Bunny Pistol presents Burlesque, ACDShe, DJ Omar.

December 5th and 6th - Saturday and Sunday

Mission Bazaar -Craft Fair
When: December 5th and 6th - Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. on Sunday
Where: Mission Armory Community Center, 1800 Mission Street at 14th Street S.F.
What: Craft fair, performance event and community center. 20 hours of live performances on three stages featuring music, circus and dance acts, performance artists and DJs .$5.

December 6, 2008 - Saturday

Geary BRT EIR Scoping meeting
When: December 6, 2008 - Saturday
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street (at Polk) San Francisco
What: The Transportation Authority is beginning the scoping process for the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Environmental Impact Report.
Source: SPUR - thank you.

*San Francisco Labor Council - Save auto jobs!
When: December 6, 2008 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Senator Dianne Feinstein's office, 1 Post Street, S.F.
What: Automotive manufacturing matters. Protect middle class jobs and working families. Support the Bridge Loan. Join us at a Rally to Save auto Jobs.
Information: 510-299-7399

Eric Mar - Community Victory Party
When: December 6, 2008 - Saturday
11 a.m.
Where: Yet Wah (upstairs room) , 2140 Clement Street @ 23rd Avenue, San Francisco
What: Victory Party. Sam Israel is working on a slide show of the Eric Mar campaign.

* Greenpeace- International Day of Action for Climate Solutions
When: December 6, 2008 - Saturday
Where: Crissy Field, San Francisco
What: Rally and march as part of International Day of Action for Climate Solutions. 30 by 50 foot banner with a message"We are Ready to Save the Climate! Yes We Can!. It will take 300 people to hold up this banner. This rally will coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference happening in Poznan, Poland.
Information: Anna Wagner - Greenpeace Global Warming Team

3rd Annual Supermarket Street Sweep
When: December 6, 2008 - Saturday
Where: Cupid Span's sculpture (a.k.a. the Bow & Arrow, Folsom and Embarcadero, S.F
What Hundreds of racers will zipp around the city to local supermarkets and bring back thousands of pounds of food to donate to the San Francisco Food Bank.

Hank Wilson Memoriam
When: December 6, 2008 - Saturday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Eureka Valley Recreation Center, 100 Collingwood, San Francisco
What: Hank Wilson Memoriam

Annual North Beach Cookie Crawl
When: December 6, 2008 - Saturday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Upper Grant between Vallejo and Filbert Street, San Francisco
What: The world's longest cookie crawl. Live music. Featuring World Famous local bakers and bakeries. Vote for your favorite cookie and holiday window. Co-sponsored by Merchants Association - North Beach and Telegraph Hill Dwellers.

Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association 2008 Holiday Party
When: December 6, 2008 - Saturday
2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Project One, 251 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the holiday season. Wonderful wine, beer and sake and lots of seasonal savories and sweets. Share good cheer with your neighbors.

December 7 ,2008 Sunday

Bill of Rights Day - ACLU-NC
When: December 7, 2008 - Sunday
Doors open 1 p.m. 2 p.m. program
Where: Regency Center, 1270 Sutter Street, San Francisco
What: ACLU-NC is honoring National Center of Lesbian Rights with Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award, NCLR's Executive Director Kate Kendall will accept the award. Matt Coles of the ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project will speak about how to move marriage equality forward. $10.

Democratic Women's Forum of San Francisco Traditional Holiday Party
When: December 7, 2008 - Sunday
2 to 4 p.m.
Where: 2606 Pacific, San Francisco
What: Holiday Party honoring Alexis Gonzales, Kathleen Piccagli and Mimi Silbert. Community organizers dedicated to Peace, Hope, and Change!
Benefactors: Ruth Gordon, Jerrold Hatcher, Paula Kitses, Patricia Montague, Joan Simmons, Sims Metal Management
Patrons: Raymond Berard, Madeline Schnapp, Marcia Schnapp
Sponsors: Rose Banias, Robin Brasso, John Casserly, Martin Dinan, Clara Haynes, Emily Murase, Lynne Newhouse-Segal, Mary O'Riordan, Gayle Orr-Smith, Julie Soo, Dawn Walker, Evelyn Wilson
Event Committee: Dawn Walker, Bernice Biggs, Renee Golanty-Koel, Lorrie Kalos, Joan Simmons and Cheryl Willis
$25. Guest $20. member.
Information: 415-673-5023

Winterfest 2008
When: December 7, 2008 - Sunday
6 to 10:30 p.m.
Where: SOMArts Gallery, 934 Brannan @ 8th Street, San Francisco
What: 13th Annual Winterfest auction, arts show and SF Bicycle Coalition fundraiser. Local art, great deals on bikes, entertainment and tasty brew from New Belgium. $15 slidingscale. $40 includes a year's membership and admission. Admission gets you into the party, two free beers.
Free valet bike parking.

December 8, 2008 - Monday

World Affairs Council: The Future of US Foreign Policy: Challenges for the Obama Administration
When: December 8, 2008 - Monday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Marines' Memorial Association, 609 Sutter Street, S.F.
What: Robert Kagan, a leading voice in conservative foreign policy, will give his perspective on the President-elect's coming challenges and opportunities. $35. prepaid reservations required.

December 9, 2008 - Tuesday

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Public policy Forum: Local Economic Climate
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco
What: Lunch with Assessor Recorder Phil Ting and Dr. Ted Egan, Chief Economist of the City of San Francisco to discuss the regional and local economy.
Information and RSVP: Patricia Aleman

*Board of Supervisors Meeting - David Campos' first board meeting
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Regular weekly meeting. First Board meeting for new Supervisor David Campos in District 9 taking over for Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

*Celebration of Hope tree lighting ceremony - City Hall with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Tree lighting ceremony. Concert starts at 5:30 p.m., tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. and a party until 8 p.m. San Francisco Boy Chorus are singing. Free.

Station Police Community Meeting
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Park Station, 1899 Waller Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly community meeting

District 3 Democratic Club - Holiday Party
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lou's at the Square, 1570 Stockton Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrating the election victory of Barack Obama.
Kay Burke (to be introduced by Tony Gantner) for coordinating a massive voter registration drive.
Jonee Levey (to be introduced by Arthur Chang) for traveling to Nevada for Obama campaign and traveling to Central Valley for Jerry McNerney campaign.
John Barnes (to be introduced by Jane Morrison) for actively supporting Obama campaign for last 1-1/2 years.

Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors Meeting
When: December 9, 2008 Tuesday
6:3o p.m.
Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon 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 (DSEIS).
Information: 415-561-5418

Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: One Rincon Hill Community Room, 1st and Harrison Street, San Francisco
What: Hosted by Joshua Switzky from the San Francisco Planning Department. Mr. Switzky is responsible for Rincon Hill Plan, the Transbay Area Plan and currently working on the Transit Center District Plan.

December 10, 2008 - Wednesday

Speaker's Forum: Youth and Immigration
When: December 10, 2008 - Wednesday
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Many organizations and practitioners struggle with the dilemma of adequately serving, and effectively addressing the needs of young people trapped in the insanity of immigration policy. Join others as they engage with youth, practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders to open a dialogue that addresses this crisis in our work with young people.
  • Valerie Tulier, Director, Communities Bridges Beacon
  • Soung Vo, Program Director, Vietnamese Youth Center
  • Julia Sabory, Director, San Francisco Youth Commission
  • Ana Perez, Executive Director, CARECEN
  • Young activists in the immigrant community
Information and to register: carrie at

*Transbay Transit Center Program Groundbreaking
When: December 10, 2008 - Wednesday
11 a.m.
Where: Beale and Howard Street, San Francisco (site for the temporary Transbay Terminal)
What: Join Transbay Joint Powers Authority and Mayor Gavin Newsom for a groundbreaking to celebrate the commencement of the Transbay Transit Center Program.

Bi-County Transportation Study Meeting
When: December 10, 2008 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Visitacion Valley Elementary School, 55 Schwerin Street, San Francisco
What: Meeting to discuss study which will identify and evaluate potential transportation projects to address planned development near the San Francisco/San Mateo county border and improve neighborhood access:
  • US-101 Interchange at Candlestick Point
  • Extension of Geneva Avenue/re-building of Harney Way
  • Bus Rapid Transit on Harney and Geneva
  • Bayshore Caltrain Station Access improvements and potential Oakdale Station
  • Local roadway, bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Transit service improvements
Information: Chester Fung

Neighborhood Newspapers, Community Journalism
When: December 10, 2008 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street at 9th Street, San Francisco
  • How do neighborhood newspapers fill niches abandoned by the daily press?
  • What is the changing role of newspapers and publishing vis-a-vis diverse on-line writing, reporting, pontificating and broadcasting?
  • Are print newspapers still essential for an active democracy?
Speakers include Steve Moss, Potrero View, Juan Gonzales, El Tecolote and Thomas Reynolds, New Fillmore. Free.

December 11, 2008 - Thursday

Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
10 a.m.
Where: University of San Francisco, McLaren Conference Center, 2130 Fulton Street, S.F.
What: Ceremony honoring the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. She will be granted an honorary doctorate and will give a major address. Sponsors: USF's Office of the President, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Services and the Common Good, University Ministry, Center for the Pacific Rim and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning. Event is free and open to the public.
Information and RSVP

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

December 12, 2008 - Friday

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

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.

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

Wallenberg 25th Anniversary and Hanukkah Celebration
When: Decemenber 15, 2008
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

"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

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.

*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.


Assemblymember Fiona Ma as been appointed by Assembly Speaker Karen Pass as Majority Whip. Congratulations! (I tried to find a definition of majority whip on the internet - but could not find any information - I think it means she makes you vote - and vote the right way - something Fiona can do - she is fearless, she is energetic and she remembers!)

Website: Check out www.westernedition
Community newsletter in the Western Addition broken down by neighborhoods.

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

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