Monday, December 29, 2008

Passionate Struggle: People, Places, Politics

I visited the exhibit "Passionate Struggle: People, Places, Politics" at the GLBT Historical Society exhibit at 18th & Castro. Well worth your time - exhibit presents the rise of gay power in San Francisco. There is a wonderful blown up picture of Harvey Milk and his supporters that stretches across the room. In the picture I saw Harvey, Rick Stokes (candidate that ran against Harvey Milk) and Tom Ammiano looking "very Italian" with his mustache.

There were a number of people in the room talking to each other - the movie "Milk" has increased awareness and interest. I was talking to a student who was studying Harvey Milk and the Gay Movement as he said "like someone studied World War II". Having lived through all this history - that made me feel old!!!!

$3. entry fee. You can buy a GLBT San Francisco Castro map of historic locations in the neighborhood. $4.

Down the street in front of the Castro Theater a volunteer for Repeal Prop 8 was selling buttons and gathering signatures in support of Gay Marriage. In one month he has gathered over 8, 000 signatures.

Repeal Prop 8 - - over 300,000 people have signed petition to repeal Prop 8.

Shop the Castro - Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District has put together a slick brochure with map showing the shops of the Castro. Brochure says "four times the dollars into our local economy".

December 29, 2008 - Monday

Police Commission - Public Hearing
When: December 29, 2008 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Public hearing to discuss process of selecting the next Chief of Police.
Information: 415-553-1667

December 30, 2008 - Tuesday

*Rules Committee - San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: December 30, 2008 - Tuesday
10 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Agenda Items:

Appointment to Historical Preservation Commission:
  • Karl Hasz
  • Sue Lee
  • Alan Martinez
  • Tammy Chan
Appointment to Small Business Commission
  • Kathleen Dooley (to replace David Chiu)
  • Nicolas Goldman
Item: Continuation of existing taxi fares and gate fee cap.

Board Members: Chris Daly and Bevan Dufty

December 31, 2008 - Wednesday

Democratic Party Alert!

*Deadline for Democrats interested in running as an Assembly District Delegate
by 12 noon. This is an election for delegates to the California Democratic Party's Convention being held April 24-26 2009 in Sacramento.

File on line to run:

Delegate Election will be on January 10th or 11, 2009.

January 1, 2009 - Thursday

Happy New Year !

January 2, 2009 - Friday

Meltdown: The Implosion of the American Economy, Why the Buddle Burst"
When: January 2, 2009
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: ILWU Local 34 headquarters, 4 Berry Street (near AT&T Park) on site parking
What: Dean Baker, one of America's leading progressive economists will give talk about the economy. Co-sponsored by San Francisco Labor Council, Health Care for All-CA and Single Payer Now. $10. to $20. donation requested.
Source: San Francisco for Democracy

January 5, 2009 - Monday

SPUR - Transportation Committee: Taxis
When: January 5, 2009 - Monday
12:30 p.m.
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: Discussion on Taxis. Jordanna Thigpen, Executive Director of the Taxicab Commission; Paul Gillespie, President of the Taxicab Commission; John Lazar, President of Luxor Cabs, and Ruach Graffis of the United Taxicab Workers will speak. Discussion will include the status of the merger of the Taxicab Commission into the SFMTA. $5. non-members

January 6, 2009 - Tuesday

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Meeting
When: January 6, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
What: Board of Supervisors has been in recess since December 17, 2008. This will be President of the Board - Aaron Peskin and Jake McGoldrick's last day as Supervisor after eight years

Health Commission "Beilenson Hearing"
When: January 6, 2009 - Tuesday
4 p.m.
Where: Room 300, 101 Grove Street at Polk (next to City Hall
What: State law requires a Beilenson Hearing before county Supervisors when health cuts to indigents are proposed, San Francisco is holding their meeting in front of the Health Commission instead. Come protest cuts.

January 7, 2009 - Wednesday
Rachael Norton - Swearing into the Board of Education
When: January 7, 2009- Wednesday
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street (at Van Ness Ave), San Francisco
What: Swearing into the Board of Education. Mayor Gavin Newsom will do the swearing in. Superintendent Carlos Garcia and outgoing Board of Education President Mark Sanchez will be master(s) of ceremonies.

*San Francisco For Democracy - Health! I Need Some Answers!
When: January 7, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's German Restaurant, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Discussion of paths for reforming the way health care is insured and administered in America. Don Bechler of Single Payer Now and Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy for the California Nurses Association will speak. A representative from Assemblyman Leland Yee's office will discuss fiscal health and the current conditions of California state government's fiscal crisis. Bob Gordon from California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership will speak about this organization's efforts to get anti-tobacco industry legislation passed in San Francisco.

January 8, 2009 - Thursday

*San Francisco Gray Panthers San Francisco - Single Payer Healthcare
January 8, 2009 - Thursday
10 a.m.
Where: Senior Action Network, Lower Level, St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street at Geary, S.F.
What: General meeting with special emphasis on Single Payer Healthcare.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Inaugural Meeting
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
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.

January 8, 2009 - Thursday

Planning Commission -Hearing on Bike Plan Environmental Impact Report
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
1:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Public hearing on the draft environmental impact report on the San Francisco Bike Plan.

January 10, 2009 - Saturday

Assembly District 13 - (Ammiano District)
Location: LGBT Center Ceremonial Room, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco
Time: Registration 9 a.m.
Meeting 11 a.m.

January 11, 2009 - Sunday

Assembly District 12 (Fiona Ma District)
Location: Westlake Park Dolger Center, 101 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City
Time: Registration: 12 Noon
Meeting 2 p.m.


Who can participate:
a. A Democrat residing in and registered to vote in the Assembly District by October 20, 2008 deadline, unless the Democrat turned 18 or was naturalized after deadline.
b. $5. fee to defray costs of the ADEM .
Voters are not required to stay for the entire election meeting. Complete the sign in sheet by closing of registration.
Voting is done by secret ballot.

Information: www.cadem.orga

Information: At the convention in April there will be election of the State Chair of the California Democratic Party currently held by Art Torres for the last 11 years.

The following candidates are running for State Chair:

John Burton -
Endorsements include:
Senator Barbara Boxer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Anna Eshoo, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry McNerney, George Miller, Jackie Speier, Pete Stark, Ellen Tauscher, Mike Thompson, Maxine Waters, Diane Watson, Lynn Woolsey, Bill Lockyer, Jack O'Connell, Betty Lee, Darrell Steinberg, Loni Hancock, Mark Leno, Leland Yee, Sheila Kuehl, Carole Migden, Don Perata, Fiona Ma, Phil Angelides, Tom Ammiano Jerry Hill, Jared Huffman, Tom Torlakson, Jackie Goldberg, John Laird, Gene Mullin, 29 labor organizations (see website) incluing San Francisco Labor Council. Aaron Peskin, Alicia Wang, August Longo, Christine Pelosi, Jean Harris, John Kessler, Julie Soo, Carl Pope, Gavin Newsom Ron Dellums, Bevin Dufty, Dennis Herrera Art Pulaski, Dolores Huerta, Michael Hardeman, Walter Johnson, Tim Paulson and Sal Rosselli.
New Endorsements: Carol Pope, California Labor Federation.

Burton for Democratic Party Chair, 1818 L Street, Suite 615, Sacramento, Ca. 95811
Phone: 916-447-1960

Other possible candidates

Alex Rooker - could not find a website - currently First Vice Chair of the California State Democratic Party
Francine Busby - candidate for Congress in San Diego

Vice-Chair Candidate:

Eric Bauman, Chair of the Los Angeles Democratic Party

January 12, 2009 - Monday

*SPUR - Sustainable Development Committee: Recreational Open Space Planning
When: January 12, 2009 - Monday
Where: 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, S.F.
What: Workshop with the Neighborhood Parks Council and Astrid Haryati, the Mayor's Director of City Greening, on the Recreational Open Space Element (ROSE) update to the General Plan. $5. non-members

*Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club - General Meeting
When: January 12, 2009 Monday
6:30 to 8p.m.
Where: LGBT Community Center, Market at Octavia, San Francisco
What: General Meeting

*DuboceTriangle Neighborhood Association Public Meeting
When: January 12, 2009- Monday
7:30 p.m.
Where: CPMC Davies Campus, Lower Level B Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting

January 13, 2009 - Tuesday

*SPUR - A one-year update from Planning Director, John Rahaim
When: January 13, 2009 - Tuesday
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor San Francisco
What: John Rahaim will talk about the successful adoption of the Market Octavia Better Neighborhoods Plan and will give a preview of the Department's priorities for the coming year.

*FixMasonic 2009 - Bike Plan
When: January 13, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Day School, Golden Gate Avenue (entrance on Golden Gate) S.F.
What: Meeting on final draft EIR on SF Bike Plan. Discussion on the plan and how its two alternative designs for the street mesh with what FixMasonic asked for in the petition signed by over 600 neighbors.

January 14, 2009- Wednesday

*SPUR - California's Living New Deal Project
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: California Living New Deal Project is the first attempt to inventory, map and interpret how New Deal public works radically transformed one state and improved the lives of generations. Dr. Gray Brechin, the founder and Project Scholar of the California Living New Deal Project will speak. $5. non-members

*Commonwealth Club - Ron Suskind
When: January 14, 2009 Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: "A New Era, The New President, and the World". Pulitzer winner Ron Suskind reveals what kind of world President-Elect Obama is inheriting and how he can re-direct the country toward success. $18 non-members

*Ocean Beach Vision Council
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park
What: Public meeting hosted by the Ocean Beach Vision Council. Discussion of open space in the new Ocean Beach master plan.

Noe Valley Democratic Club - David Binder!
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Philips Church, Diamond at Elizabeth, San Francisco
What: Pollster David Binder will speak about his experiences with the Obama campaign. David did focus groups, in-person interviews, hands-on research with voters throughout the campaign.
Information: Molly Fleischman - Vice-President

*Hearing the City - Evolution of Radio
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where:Counterpulse, 1310 Mission at 9th Street, San Francisco
What: From AM radio before World War II through podcasting, radio will be traced. Free.

January 20, 2009 - Tuesday

Inauguration West 2009
When: January 20, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Green Room in War Memorial Opera House, 401 Van Ness Ave., Room 110, S.F.
What: Celebrate the inauguration with the San Francisco Democratic Party and Emerge at Inauguration West 2009. Join friends, neighbors and fellow campaign volunteers and activists for cocktails and hors oeuvres. $75 before January 9th. $100 after that date. Hosted bar and appetizers.


San Francilsco Women's Political Committee - 2009 Board of Directors:
Sueanne McNeil Biotti - President
  • Heidi Sieck - Vice President
  • Shakari Byerly - Policy Chair
  • Jacqueline Piccini - Treasurer
  • Annie Eagan - Fundraising Chair
  • Kay Vasilyeva - Communications Chair/Website
  • Frances Hsieh - Endorsements Chair
  • Jordanna Thigpen - Membership outreach/Special Project Chair
  • Susan McIntyre - Secretary
  • Jaynry Mak and Melanie Nutter - Advisory Council Co-Chairs

Bart Board: Thomas Blalock was elected Board President with James Fang being elected Vice President

San Francisco City College: Dr. Don Q. Griffin has been ratified as Chancellor of San Francisco City College

Chinese American Democratic Club has elected Michael Chan - President of the Chinese American Democratic Club.

Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors: Mayor Albert J. Boro was elected Board President. Janet Reilly was appointed first Vice-President and Jim Eddie was elected second Vice-President.

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