Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Board of Supervisors Meeting - short meeting

Attended Board of Supervisors meeting which lasted one hour.

Overturned Mayor's veto on possible June election - (keeping the option open). The Board is working together along with other stakeholders to come up with a consensus.

Supervisor David Campos continued to show he reads and pays attention to all items on the agenda questioning an error made on the credit for Pilara Family Foundation lease and due diligence on lease for 3801 Third Street.

Campos Rule - Not wise for lease to expire because you then have less leverage in negotiating the lease and always look for other options so next time the lease is up you know your options.
I learn a lot from the Supervisor questions - he has put the Department Heads on notice to be there and be prepared.

I also appreciate it when Supervisors explain why they are voting the way they are on important items - especially with new supervisors.

Outside City Hall there is an environmental sculpture be installed by Patrick Dougherty comprised of 18,000 lbs of freshly cut willow saplings interwoven into the treetops of the double row of sycamore trees in Civic Center Plaza.
Installation Work in Progress: February 5 through 26th
Sponsor: San Francisco Arts Commission with Art Enrichment funding from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

February 11, 2009 - Wednesday

Board of Supervisors - Budget and Finance Committee
When: February 11, 2009 - Wednesday
10 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Off the agenda:
  • Gross Receipts Tax
  • 0.50% Sales Tax increase for emergency health and human services and public protection
  • Payroll expense tax
  • Hearing to consider budget updates from the Mayor's Budget Office, the Controller's Office and various departments
Members: Avalos, Mirkarimi, Carmen Chu

SPUR - Funding services during a budget crisis: Ideas from the Municipal Executives' Association
When: February 11, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
What: MEA has been working with the City on a comprehensive and collaborative effort to improve how San Francisco funds and sustains vital services. New Report "A Call for Policy-Based Budgeting in an Era of Diminishing Resources and Expanding Needs". Eileen Hirst, MEA President and Rebecca Rhine, MEA Executive Director share their ideas. $5 non-members

Police Commission Meeting
When: February 11, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Weekly meeting. Items off agenda:
Update on significant policing efforts by Department members.
Department's budget update.

*Ocean Beach Vision Council - Renewal Energy
When: February 11, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: SF Zoo, Osher Great Hall, San Francisco
What: Meeting about Renewal Energy . Meeting will be led by the San Francisco Department of the Environment and will focus on the City's efforts towards renewable energy and sustainability. Speakers:
  • Supervisor Carmen Chu
  • Jared Blumenfeld, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Brian Renehan, Senior Sustainability Consultant, ARUP
  • Ian Austin, URS
Sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment

Access to Quality Education
When: February 11, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m. Donor Reception
7 to 8:30 p.m. Evening Program
Where: San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join Breakthrough San Francisco at SFDS (formerly Summerbridge) for a special fundraising event in celebration of our 15th Anniversary. "Access to Quality Education: Challenges and Solutions". Speakers: Carlos Garcia, Al Adams and David E. Jackson.
RSVP: Elane Foppiano

San Francisco Women's Political Committee - Happy Hour
When: February 11, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Soluna Lounge, 272 McAllister, San Francisco
What: Happy hour.

Open Space Community Workshop
When: February 11, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Crocker Amazon Clubhouse, Moscow Street at Italy Avenue, San Francisco
What: Soliciting participation and opinions about the future of open space in San Francisco. Hosted by Friends and Advocates of Crocker Amazon and the Excelsior, the District 11 Council and New Mission Terrace.

Lost Landscapes III: Film Fragments of San Francisco
When: February 11, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street at 9th Street, San Francisco
What: Rick Prelinger presents new material including family life in the neighborhoods and newly discovered color footage of the Golden Gate International Exposition. Audience helps identify mysterious rarely-seen views of San Francisco Free

February 12, 2009 - Thursday

Lincoln/Darwin Bicentennial Birthday Double-Bill
When: February 12, 2009 - Thursday
Noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the 200th birthday of two giants of the 19th century who were both born on the same day - President Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Join us for Mary Todd Lincoln's almond cake (Abe's favorite) and a showing of two films:
Abraham Lincoln by D.W. Griffith and Inherit the Wind directed by Stanley Kramer

Open House - Assemblyman Tom Ammiano
When: February 12, 2009 - Thursday
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 13th Assembly District Office, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14300, San Francisco
What: You are invited to a Open House with Assemblyman Ammiano. Bring your ideas, questions and concerns about legislative issues. Refreshments and food will be served.

Central Market Community Benefit District "Love Thy Neighborhood"
When: February 12, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: 418 Jessie Street (Mint Plaza), San Francisco
What: Join community leaders, neighbors and stakeholders in supporting CMCBD's Community Guides Program and recognizing those who are helping to enhance the Central Market district.
Special welcome by Phi Ting, Assessor-Recorder and guest speaker Chip Conley, Founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality.
Live music, horsd'oeuvres, cocktails and networking.
$35. advance ticket, $50
Information and ticket price:

League of Women Voters- The Women Who Could be President Gala
When: February 12, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Club, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco
What: Community leaders who will received its "Women Who Could be President Award"
  • Julie Castro Abrams, CEO of Women's Initiative for Self-Employment
  • Michela Alioto-Pier, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Diane Jones Lowrey, Director of Marketing at Levi-Strauss and community leader
  • Lisa Stevens, Executive Vice President, Regional President of Wells Fargo and education advocate
  • Carolyn Wente, leader of Wente Families Estates and philanthropist
Celebration will be hosted by Cheryl Jennings of KGO-TV and chaired by Chandra Friese.
$150. non-members

Supervisor Gavin Newsom - Town Hall Meeting
When: February 12, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: San Joaquin County, University of the Pacific, University Center, 901 Presidents Drive
Stockton, Ca.
What: Town Hall Meeting.

Northern Police Station Monthly Meeting
When: February 12, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: 1125 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly SFPD community forum for Tenderloin Police Station

Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Monthly Meeting
When: February 12, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Park Branch Library, Community Room, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. "Traffic and safety on Stanyan". With representatives from Fix Masonic, Municipal Transportation Agency and Supervisor Mirkarimi's office.

Merla Zellerbach - " Secrets In Time"
When: February 12, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m. Note: Change of time
Where: Books Inc. at the Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
What: Merla Zellerbach will discuss her book "Secrets in Time".

"Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915"
When: February 12, 2009, Thursday
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
What: "Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915" with speaker Nancy DeStefanis. Learn about the Panama Pacific Exposition. Free

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.

*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

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.

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

*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

*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.

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Potrero Hill Democratic Club
President - Joni Eisen
First Vice President (Program/Membership Chair) Rachel Schapira
Second Vice President (Political Action Chair) DeWitt Lacy
Secretary - Quint King
Treasurer - Barbara Shrader


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