Sunday, December 14, 2008

Santas - Dolores Park!!!

At first I thought I was dreaming, hundreds of Santas on Dolores Park? Yes. A Santa Convention.The Santas certainly looked like they were having fun.

I overheard one Santa saying "I wouldn't do this if I was sober!". Tons of smiles and singing Santa Songs - how can you not smile and sing ""Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives. A day later this song is still in my head:

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
and everyone you meet

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 16, 2008 - Tuesday

* Board of Supervisors - Government Audit and Oversight Committee
When: December 16, 2008 - Tuesday
9 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Special meeting. Ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Annual Appropriation and Annual Salary Ordinance to reflect the Mayor's Mid-Year Adjustment Plan and reducing other selected Department appropriations. Members: Peskin, Campos and Maxwell

*Richmond Police Community Forum
When: December 16, 2008 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: 461 6th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Discuss views on public safety and quality of life issues affecting the neighborhood.
Information: 668-7387

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

*Budget and Finance Committee - Board of Supervisors
When: December 17, 2008 - 1 p.m
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Budget and Finance Committee: Mayor's Current Budget instructions, mid-year cuts and next year's budget process. Members: McGoldrick, Elsbernd, Mirkarimi

*Public Hearing on the SFPD Organization Assessment Report
When: December 17, 2008 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250
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.
Members: Mirkarimi, Maxwell and Dufty
Commissioners: Theresa Sparks, Joe Marshall, Petra DeJesus, Yvonne Lee, Thomas Mazzucco, David Onek
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.

*City Democratic Holiday Party
When: December 18, 2008 - Thursday
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Call for directions 415-626-1140
What: Holiday Party. Food and beverages catered by Unapologetically Vegan. Holiday celebration - all are welcome. Cost: You are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to the Food Bank.
RSVP: 416-626-1140

December 19, 2008 - Friday

*Holiday Boat Parade in the Bay
When: December 19, 2008 - Friday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Beach Street at Embarcadero, San Francisco
What: View more than 100 boats from the Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Fleet and the St. Francis Yacht Club. The boats will have festive holiday lights and decorations. Spectators can get a great view from Aquatic Park and Pier 39.

December 20, 2008 - Saturday

*Clean and Fair Elections San Francisco Working group meeting
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
10 a.m.
Where: 592 Pennsylvania, San Francisco
What: California Clean Money Campaign. Come find out what's happening in Congress, the states and the City, and what you can do to help things along.
RSVP 648-6740

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 Equality
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.

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 10, 2008 - 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, 2008 - 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:

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.

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

Other possible candidates

Eric Bauman - Los Angeles County Central Committee Chair Information:
Alex Rooker - could not find a website - currently First Vice Chair of the California State Democratic Party
Francine Busby - candidate forCongress in San Diego

*New Items since last posting.


My friend Lynne Williams has announced that she is running for governor of Maine in 2010. She is the State Chair of the Main Green Independent Party.

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

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