Thursday, January 8, 2009

San Francisco School Board Swearing-In

I attended the official ceremony for the installation of Sandra Lee Fewer, Rachel Norton, Jill Wynns and Norman Yee to the School Board at the Tenderloin Community School on Turk.

Maybe the long and brutal campaign was worth it. The meeting started at 6 p.m. and the room was jammed packed with dignitaries including Margaret Brodkin who was sitting in the front row.

It was a joyful ceremony:

  • Welcome by Superintendent of Schools Carlos A. Garcia.
  • Posting of colors from Galileo High School - JROTC Color Guard (someone yelled out "Yea ROTC").
  • School of the Arts (SOTA) Jazz Band was splendid.
  • Opening remarks by outgoing President of the Board, Mark Sanchez.
  • Installation of Rachael Norton by Mayor Gavin Newsom (he made a great presentation)
  • Installation of Sandra Lee Fewer by State Senator Mark Leno (huge applause) and huge, huge applause for Fewer.
  • Installation of Norman Yee by Sherriff Michael Hennessey (Hennessey and the School Board have an excellent relationship with a program for inmates to obtain their high school degree).
  • Installation of Jill Wynns by Supervisor Dufty. This is Jill's fifth term in office (a record).
  • Varsity Gold Show Choir performed a very modern upbeat song.
  • Closing remarks from Superintendent Garcia.
  • There was a lovely spread of food generously funded by Students of Life Learning Academy, The Hellman Family Foundation, Parson, Kwan Henmi Architects Silver Giving Foundation , Jim Salinas, Sr. and Carpenter Union, Local 22.
San Francisco Board of Education -

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.

ACORN - - Support Obama's economic plan
January 8, 2009 - Thursday
11 a.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and have called for a rally to support Obama's economic plan.
Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian

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
  • Oath of Office
  • Election of the President of the Board
  • Remarks from Mayor
  • Remarks from Board Members
  • Remarks by the President of the Board

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.

Supervisor David Chiu
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, David's new office, Room 264, San Francisco
What: Post-Inaugural Reception

Supervisor Eric Mar
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Supervisor Mar's Office at City Hall
What: Toast to the new future! Light refreshments.

Israel Solidarity Gathering
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 p.m. - Solidarity Gathering
6:30 p.m. - Workshops on the power of prayer in an emergency and other pertinent topics.
Where: Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California Street, S.F.
What: Emergency Community Gathering. Crisis in Israel and Gaza. Please join in prayers for peace, a briefing on the situation, remarks by community and faith leaders, and information about ways to support the people of Israel. Followed by workshops offered by the Jewish Study Network and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.
Sponsored by: The Jewish Community Relations Council and The Jewish Community Federation.
Co-Sponsored by: AIPAC, the Board of Rabbis of Northern California, Blue Stara PR, The Israel Center of JCF, American Jewish Committee and Congregation Emanu-El
In Coordination with: Congregation Adath Israel, Congregation Beth Israel Judea, Congregation Beth Sholom, Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, SF Voice for Israel, Jewish National Fund, ADL, Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club, Republican Jewish Coalition, Northern California Chapter and congregations and Jewish organizations of the Peninsula.

*Memorial for P. J. Corkery
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: Delancey Street Foundation, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.
What: Memorial service for P.J. Corkery, the former columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

HANC General Meeting
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco
What: How the Haight Voted and the Looming Budget Crisis: Impacts on Health and Human Services in San Francisco. Debbi Lerman, of the San Francisco Human Services Network will discuss the shape and impact of proposed budget cuts and what we might do to lessen their impacts.

Inauguration Night Party with First-Year Supervisors
When: January 8, 2008 - Thursday
8 to 10 p.m.
Where: Temple Club, 540 Howard Street between lst and 2nd Street, San Francisco
(*this is not Temple Bar on Polk Street)
What: Join the newly elected Supervisors (Mar, Avalos, Chiu and Campos) , other elected officials, volunteers from all the campaigns and other community members to celebrate all the hard work!. There will be a short program where community leaders will roast the new Supervisors (loving poke some fun). Cash Bar.

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.
Commissioners: Christina R. Olague, Ron Miguel, Michael J. Antonini, Gwyneth Borden, William L. Lee, Kathrin Moore, Hisashi Sugaya

Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition Meeting
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Taraval Police Station Community Room, 2345 24th Avenue, at Taraval, San Francisco
What: General meeting with newly elected District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu. A DPW representative will be at meeting to address community concerns regarding street sweeping changes.
Information: Susan

January 9, 2009 - Friday

Unite and Fight!
When: January 9, 2009 - Friday
7:30 p.m.
Where: 522 Valencia Street, San Francisco - Auditorium
What: War, Economic collapse, ICE Raids and Climate Change. A Panel Discussion:
  • Jeff Mackler - National Secretary, Socialist Action
  • Alan Benjamin - Member, Coordinating Board, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan War and Occupation, Exec. Bd. - San Francisco Labour Council
  • Christine Frank - Director, Twin Cities Climate Crisis Coalition
  • Gabriel Cabrera - Organizer, Movement for Unconditional Amnesty
Sponsored by Socialist Action Co-sponsors: Movement for Unconditional Amnesty, Workers International League
$5-3 sliding scale

January 10, 2009 - Saturday

National Marches to Stop the U.S.Israeli War Against the Palestinian People
When: January 10, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m.
Where: S.F. Civic Center, San Francisco

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. $5. registration.


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) including 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.
Carol Pope, California Labor Federation, Elmy Bermejo, Jean Harris, Paul Hogarth, Walter Johnson,

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

Fundraiser - National Campaign to Hire Artists to work in Schools
When: January 11, 2009 - Sunday
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Bollyhood Cafe, 3372 19th Street, between Mission and Capp, San Francisco
What: Estimulo. A night to link economics and esthetics. A fundraising night of artistic congregation and conversation including dance, music, gallery, food, drink and oratorical flourish. To support the continuing campaign to convince the Obama White House and the 111th Congress to spend some of the multibillion-dollar jobs stimulus to hire artists to work in schools and community centers. Bon Voyage to Marco Senghor and Michael Nolan en route to Inaugural Ceremony in Washington. Donation: Checks only made out to "National Campaign to Hire Artists to Work in Schools".

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

* Correction - correction
Merla Zellerbach - "Secrets In Time"

When: correct date is February 12, 2009 Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Books Inc. at Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Listen to Merla Zellerbach regarding her new book. Longtime resident of San Francisco.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency - Geneva and Mission
When: January 12, 2009 - Monday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Crocker Amazon Playground, Clubhouse 785 Moscow Street (at Italy), San Francisco
What: Review SFMTA Improvements for the Intersection of Geneva and Mission.
  • Parking
  • Relocated bus stop
  • New Mission Street Bus Bulbs
  • Left turn pockets on Mission
Discussion: Background, design process, design elements, approval process, implementation schedule and public comments

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 -Board of Directors Election for 2009

*Duboce Triangle 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. This organization has a informative newsletter which you can find on their website. Agenda:
  • DTNA Board Election.
  • Office of Supervisor Bevan Dufty update.
  • Homeless impact task force update.
  • AT&T boxes updates.
  • Market Street Projects Update.

How About Them Giants!
When: January 12, 2009 - Monday
8 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, S.F.
What: Listen to Gary Radnich of KRON and KNBR Radio along with San Francisco Giants President Larry Baer in a freewheeling conversation. $18 public.

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.

San Francisco Board of Education Meeting
When: January 13, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Everett Middle School, 450 Church, San Francisco
What: Regular meeting. First meeting with new Board.

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

Brown Bag Lunch: Transforming SF into World-Class Bike-Riding City
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Department of the Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco
What: Envision a city-wide bicycle network that welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds on the most sustainable, health, and cost- efficient form of transportation. Speaker: Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

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

SPUR - Supervisor David Campos
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
5:45 to 7 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, San Francisco
What: Meet the new supervisor from District Nine. $5 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 15, 2009 - Thursday

GLBT Historical Society - Polk Street In Transition
When: January 15, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 657 Mission Street, Suite #300, San Francisco
What: New exhibit "Polk Street in Transition" Opening reception which will include a talk by Susan Stryker. Exhibit focuses on the history of the Polk, from the 1980's to the present.

January 17, 2009 - Saturday

Clean and Fair Elections SF Meeting
When: January 17, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 11:30
Where: 592 Pennsylvania, S.F.
What: Full public financing of campaigns is the way to wrest control of government from big-money donors and restore it to the people. BarackObama is a co-sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act in the Senate

January 19, 2009 - Monday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

23rd Anniversary Annual Federal Holiday Celebration
When: January 19, 2009 - Monday
10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, S.F.
What: Celebrate the Realization of Hope.

January 20, 2009 - Tuesday

Inauguration Breakfast - EmergeAmerica
When: January 20, 2009 - Tuesday
7:30 a.m.
Where: The City Club, 155 Sansome Street, 11th FloorS.F.
What: Watch the inauguration. $50 up.
Source: Democracy Action

Watch Presidential Inauguration
When: January 20, 2009 - Tuesday
9 a.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: Watch swearing in and acceptance speech of president-election Barack Obama. Celebratory cake or refreshments. Co-sponsored by the African American Center. Free

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. $ 25. Host committee sponsors: Michael Bornstein, Mary Jung, Eric Mar, Melanie Nutter, Aaron Peskin, Laura Spanjian and Matt Tuchow. Hosted bar and appetizers.
RSVP by ordering tickets or send check made out to the San Francisco Democratic Party, 601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite E436, S.F. 94102
Information: 415-626-1161

Presidential Inauguration Simulcast
When: January 20, 2009 - Tuesday
Entry starts at 6 a.m.
Where: SF Civic Center Plaza, across from City Hall, San Francisco
What: NextArts is funding a huge screen and broadcast of the inauguration ceremony. NextArts asks that you bring new socks or underwear as a charitable donation (items must be new (tag still attached)

January 21, 2009 - Wednesday

Richmond District Police Community Relations Forum
When: January 21, 2009 - Wednesday
1 p.m.
Where: Zephry's Cafe, 3643 Balboa Street, S.F.
What: Captain Richard Corriea invites you to discuss public safety issues and learn about community safety programs. At this meeting the Community Police Academy will speak about their programs.
Information: Officer Jill Connolly 666-8000

January 23, 2009 - Friday

F.Y.I. - Crab Marinated
When: January 23, 2009 - Friday
Cocktails 6 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 p.m.
Where: Italian American Social Club, 25 Russia Ave., San Francisco
What: F.Y.I Crab Marinated. $43. includes bottle house wine per four persons; salad, antipasto, pasta con pesto and pasta alla bolognese sauces, bread and butter , ice cream and coffee. Non-crab eaters, chicken or steak (prior by request). Make reservation. Pre-paid only by January 16, 2009.
RSVP - Charlie and Alene Meyers 415-665-5770
Information: Patty 861-2378

*New or changed item.

Please email any items for the calendar to:

Events change. Best to check before before hand for any changes. --

----- --

No comments: