Friday, February 13, 2009

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano - Open House

Attended Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's Open House yesterday at his 13th Assembly District office on Golden Gate Avenue. He is on the 14th floor with a beautiful view.

The State Building was closed for President Lincoln's birthday (I think this was one of Arnold's vacations) - so there was no air conditioning - but the room was packed with Tom's very loyal friends including Attorney General Jerry Brown, Supervisor David Campos, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Supervisor Eric Mar. Candidate in District Six Debra Walker attended along with Ina Dearman, Jane Morrison, Anita Sanchez, Norm Rolfe, Rink, Roma Guy, Michael Goldstein, Maggie Rubenstein, Libby Denebeim, Roma Guy, Marie Jobling and Dennis Kelly.

Tom said the Budget vote would probably be this Saturday - he spoke about the "sterling people" Speaker Karen Bass and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Tom is the Vice Chair of the Assembly Human Resources Committee, a member of Assembly Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, Health Committee and Rules Committee . Additionally, he is a member of the Sate Legislature's LGBT Caucus and Environmental Caucus and the Assembly Coastal Caucus (that's alot of work!).

Of course, there is no one like Tom - who else would have "Dorothy's slippers" from the Wizard of Oz framed on the wall. That's what we all need to do - wish an end to this economic disaster.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano - 13th Assembly District -

February 13, 2009 - Friday

State Senator Leland Yee
When: February 13, 2009 - Friday
10 a.m.
Where: Visitacion Valley Community Center, 66 Raymond Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join State Senator Yee and experts from state agencies who will provide information on how to protect your self against fraud, predatory lending and common scams.
Hosted by State Senator Yee in partnership with the California State License Contractors Board.

*3rd Annual Love Your Mission Day!
When: February 13, 2009 - Friday
3 to 5 p.m.
Where: 16th Street and Mission Bart Plaza, San Francisco
What: Come and enjoy children activities, games, valentine post cards, music and resources.
(If it rains we will be out on Feb. 20th from 3 to 5 p.m.)
Information: Mission Community Council

Special Budget Meeting of the Recreation and Park Commission
When: February 13, 2009 - Friday
3 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Rec and Park Commission will hear discussion and possible action to approve the Rec and Park Dept. budget for 2009-10.

February 13-15 - Friday/Saturday/Sunday

World's Largest Antiquarian Book Fair
When: February 13-15 2009 - Friday/Saturday/Sunday
Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco
What: 42nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair. $15. on Friday, valid for re-entry all weekend; and $10. on Saturday and Sunday.

February 14, 2009 - Saturday

District 11 Council
When: February 14, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to noon
Where: Ingleside Police Station Community Room, Sgt. John V. Young Lane/San Jose Avenue
What: Monthly meeting. Guest Speaker: Alfredo Pedroza, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. Coffee and Donuts will be served.

Celebrate Black History Month.
When: February 14, 2009 - Saturday
Where: ILWU Local 10 Hall, 400 North Point Street, San Francisco
What: Racism, Repression and Rebellion: The Lessons of Labor Defense.
  • Angela Davis - U.C. Professor, former Black Panther
  • Martina Correia - sister of Troy Davis on Georgia's death row
  • Rev. Cecil Williams - Glide Memorial Church
  • Robert R. Bryan - lead attorney for Mumia Abu-Jamal on Pa.'s death row
  • Gerald Smith - Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Pierre LaBossiere - founding member, Haiti Action Committee
  • JR - Prisoners of Conscience Cmte. Minister of Information
  • Richard Brown - former Black Panther, San Francisco Eight
  • Entertainment by Jack Hirschman, S.F. Poet Laureate
  • Tayor Aluko, Nigerian Actor portraying Paul Robeson
  • Upsurge Jazz/Poetry Music

2009 San Francisco Equality Awards
When: February 14, 2009 - Saturday
6 p.m. Silent Auction and Reception
7 p.m. Dinner and Awards
9 p.m. After Party
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: 2009 San Francisco Equality
Win hearts, win minds, win California. Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Winter of Love.
Special Performance: Wanda Sykes
Awards honoring: Kenneth P. McNeely - President, AT&T - California - Equality Leadership Award
The Honorable Carole Migden - Lifetime Achievement Equality Award. Formal attire.
Honorary Chair: Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chairs: Jose Cisneros, Bevan Dufty, Deb Kinney and Linda Scaparotti, Steve Adams, Xavier Barrera, Jody Cole, Clay Doherty, Carrie Farrell, Caria McKay, Jeff Orr, Laura Spanjian, James Williamson
Statewide Sponsors: AT&T, Gds, Gary d. Soto, SEIU Healthcare UHW - United Healthcare Workers West, Sweet.
Presenting Sponsors: A.L Nella and Company, B.A.L.I.F.
Titanium Sponsors: Bolthouse Farms, Carrie Farrell, DlKlawGroup, Harrahs Harveys Lake Tahoe, Ambassdor James C. Hormel, PG&E, San Francisco's Skyy Vodka, Wanda Sykes, James Williamson & Geoff Kors, Wine Tasting Network
Platinum Sponsors: California Nurses Association, California Teachers Association, Greenburg Traurig, Jeff Lewy and Ed Eishen, ML Associates, NCLR, Sebastien Mancel & Nigel Suarez, Shannon and Robin Minter, Wells Fargo, Hon. Betty Yee
Premier Multimedia Sponsor: Comcast
Media Sponsors: Energy 92.7fm
Advance ticket purchase required. $350.
Information: Kaitlin Karkos

St. Valentine's Day Noir
When: February 14, 2009 - Saturday
8 p.m.
Where: The Ha Ra Club, 875 Geary Street, San Francisco.
What: Celebrating the release of "San Franisco Noir 2: The Classics". Peter Maravelis, the editor hosts a release party. Appearing will be: Craig Clevenger, David Corbett, Don Herron, John Shirley, Sin Sorrocco and Domenic Stansberry.
Free. 21 and over.

February 16, 2009 - Monday

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Monthly Meeting

When: February 16, 2009 - Monday
7 to 8 p.m.
Where: It's A Grind, 1800 Polk Street at Washington, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Featured speaker will be Planning Commissioner Bill Lee. We will hear from SF SAFE, the SFPD and have Planning and Development and By-Law Updates. All are welcomed.

February 17, 2009 - Tuesday

* Special Board of Supervisors Meeting
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
10 a.m. (note different time)
Where: City Hall, Legislative Chamber, San Francisco
What:Items off Agenda:
  • Ordering submission of gross receipts tax to voters.
  • One-half of one percent (o.50%) sales tax increase for emergency health and human services and public protection.
  • Ordering submission of proposed payroll expense tax amendment to voters.
  • Public Hearing - to consider ordinance adopting and submitting to the voters an ordinance imposing a local assessment on all vehicles in San Francisco are are subject to Dept. of Voter Vehicles registration.

San Francisco Gray Panthers - What can we do about the budget cuts?
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
1 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco (at Geary)
What: What can we do about the budget cuts? Hear Jenny Friedenbach, Coalition on Homelessness and Jodi Reid, California Alliance for Retired Americans.

*After-School Kids Summit
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
3 to 6 p.m.
Where: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco
What: Neighborhood Novelties - Create a clay model of your neighborhood with your friends. Share why your neighborhood is special to you. Parents welcome! RSVP by 2-16-09

Commonwealth Club - Legal Strategies in the Fight for Marriage Equality
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club office, 595 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Panelists give important update on status of Prop. 8.
  • Theresa Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco
  • Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Jo Hoenninger, San Francisco Civil Rights Attorney - Moderator
$15 non-members

Mayor Gavin Newsom - Town Hall Meeting
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Santa Cruz County, Cocoanut Grove, Sun Room, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, Ca.
What: Town Hall Meeting "We need real solutions to the serious problems our state is facing, and they're not going to be found in Sacramento".

Richmond District Police Community Relations Forum
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Richmond Police Station, Community Room, 461 6th Avenue (at Geary Blvd.)
What: Topic: Department of Parking and Traffic
Information: Officer Connolly at 666-8000

Ingleside Police Station Community Forum
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Ingleside Police Station, 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane
What: Monthly meeting.

Taraval Police Station Community Forum
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: 2345 24th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting

Senator Bernie Sanders
When: February 17, 2009 - Tuesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco
What: Progressive Perspectives presents Senator Bernie Sanders. Why we need to unite around a Progressive Agenda in conversation with Norman Solomon.
Co-Sponsors: Greenpeace, Sierra Club, San Francisco Labor Council, CA Clean Money Campaign, SF Democracy Action, Senior Action Network, San Francisco for Democracy, Harvey Milk LGBT Dem Club, Progressive Democrats of America - Pride at Work/SF, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, DFA-Marin, Green 960, KPFA
Donation $10 - $20.
RSVP: (this event will fill up)

February 18, 2009 - Wednesday

*Budget and Finance Committee
When: February 18, 2009 - Wednesday
11 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
Budget Updates
Members: John Avalos, Ross Mirkarimi, Carmen Chu

Supes for Lunch - Supervisor David Campos
When: February 18, 2009 - Wednesday
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: 235 Montgomery, 12th Floor, San Francisco
What: Hear newly elected Supervisor David Campos.

SPUR - Bicycle Plan Update
When: February 18, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
What: Hear about City's bicycle plan which proposes 30-plus miles of bike lanes by Oliver Gajda, San Francisco's Bicycle Program Manager. $5 non-members

Wallace Stegner Centennial
When: February 18, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Panel discussion about the life and work of Wallace Stegner. Panelists:
  • Philip Fradkin, Author "Wallace Stegner and the American West"
  • Page Stegner, Author; Professor of Literature, UC Santa Cruz
  • Nancy Packer, Writer, Professor Emerita of Creative Writing, Stanford University
$18. non-members

*Mayor's Open Space Task Force
When: February 18, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Ella Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAlister Street, San Francisco
What: Outreach to seek ideas and the priorities of the neighbors and neighborhoods.

San Francisco Democratic Party - Monthly Meeting
When: February 18, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Milton Marks Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Items off agenda: Update on canvassing, voter registration and outreach on chartering of Democratic Clubs.

Noe Valley Democratic Club - Noe Valley Town Hall with Supervisor Bevan Dufty
When: February 18, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: St Philips Church, 725 Diamond Street at Elizabeth Street, San Francisco
What: Supervisor Bevan Dufty will moderate a panel consisting of Captain Stephan Tacchini of SAFE and the San Francisco Police Department, Debra Niemann, representing the Noe Valley Association and the Community Benefit District and Glen Moon of Whole Foods, Inc.
Information: Molly Fleischman

Art & Politcs: Doug Minkler
When: February 18, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Counterpulse, 1310 Mission @ 9th Street, San Francisco
What: Doug Minkler was one of the first political artists to embrace the Mac and he's been making scathing collages and edgy, often hilarious posters for several decades. See his solo show and find out how he's kept himself going all these years. Free.

February 19, 2009 - Thursday

*SPUR - A special wine and cheese reception with Supervisor Eric Mar
When: February 19, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: Hear Supervisor Eric Mar from District One. $5. non-members.

*City Democratic Club - Happy Hour
When: February 19, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Irish Bank, 10 Mark Place, San Francisco
What: Celebrating a NEW Day - A new administration - Pres. Obama's first month plus.

*Central Station Police Community Forum
When: February 19, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: Tel-Hi Center, 660 Lombard Street, San Francisco.
What: Monthly meeting. Discussion on crime statistics from 2008 and how they compare with 2007. Discussion also about staffing of personnel and plans for 2009.

*Police Commission - Town Hall meeting
When: February 19, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: South Beach Harbor Community Room, Pier 40a at the Embarcadero (behind ATT Park)
What: Special Town Hall community meeting to receive suggestions and comments regarding the Police Commission's search for a Police Chief candidates.

*Mayor's Open Space Task Force
When: February 19, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
What: Outreach to seek ideas and the priorities of the neighbors and neighborhoods.

* San Francisco League of Young Voters- Heartwarming party
When: February 19, 2009 - Thursday
8 p.m.
Where: Sub-mission Art Space, Mission and 18th Street
What: Come cure your valentine's day hangover. Dj's, smorgasbord of vegetarian and vegan lusciousness, all night drink specials, a silent art and services auction. Fundraiser to send a League activist to Powershift 09 - summit to kick ass the climate crisis. $10 to $25.

February 20, 2009 - Friday

*San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Annual CityBeat Luncheon 2009
When: February 20, 2009 - Friday
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Marriott San Francisco, 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco
What: Annual lunch. Chamber will review its achievements and lay out its plans for the year to come. Attendees will hear from 2009 Board Chair L. Wade Rose, Chamber President & CEO Steve Falk and special guest speaker Mayor Gavin Newsom (invited).
Prospective members $175.

*Cracks in the Asphalt: Community Gardens in San Francisco
When: February 20, 2009 - Friday
7 p.m.
Where: Red Hill Books, 401 Cortland Avenue @ Bennington, San Francisco
What: Alex Hatch, author of handbook "Cracks in the Asphalt: Community Gardens in San Francisco". Guidebooks to thirty of the city's community gardens. Each entry is illustrated with garden photographs by Stacy Miller and neighborhood maps by Kim Beeman and includes a short history of the space, as well as directions and information. Free.

*Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn Author Event
When: Febuary 20, 2009 - Friday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: "Against White Supremacy". Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are former leaders of the Weatherman. They will discuss their book "Against White Supremacy".

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