Friday, March 27, 2009

District Three Democratic Club - Aaron Peskin

What a pleasure it was to attend the District Three Democratic Club meeting last night honoring past President of the Board and District Three Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

The meeting was held at the "joyful" O'Reilly's Restaurant on Green Street. The back room was full of people who had come to say thank you and hear from the Supervisor and hear his thoughts about San Francisco politics.

Peskin seemed happy and relaxed and pleased to be just a regular person being able to walk down the street without a cell phone in his ear - just being in his own neighborhood - District Three.

Peskin talked about becoming Supervisor when District Elections went into effect and what a difference District Elections has made in our city in regards to tenant protection, environmental issues and budget reform.

Questions from the audience included does the grand jury make a difference? (depends on the timing), JROTC (against) , budget deficit (will be tough), Community Justice Center (voted against), Port sustainability (very difficult), is he running for office (not running for anything), Presidio and Fisher (not appropriate) , renaming streets (against), water rates (we are paying our share of the costs) , loss of newspapers (loosing freedom of the press) ,commercial rent control (won't happen), Citi-Apartments (fought them) and Academy of Art(Planning Department issues). Does he twitter? (no!)

The District Democratic Club presented a wonderful cake from "I Dream of Cake" which said:
"District 3 Democratic Club in recognition of Aaron Peskin's 8 years of service to District 3 residents as Supervisor and President of the Board of Supervisors". The cake was a map of District Three with little objects including a parrot! So adorable!

District Three Democratic Club -
President - Paul Kohler
Vice-President - Arthur Chang
Recording Secretary - John Barnes
Corresdponding Secretary - Emily Salgado
Treasurer - Nancy Payne Lewis

San Francisco Democratic Party - Aaron Peskin, Chair

I Dream of Cake - (check this out - amazing!)

O'Reilly's -

March 27, 2009 - Friday

Commonwealth Club - Congresswoman Barbara Lee
When: March 27, 2009 - Friday
11:30 a.m.
Where: 595 Market Street, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
What: Congresswoman Barbara Lee in conversation with Belva Davis will discuss her book "Renegade for Peace and Justice". $15. non-members

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi - Quarterly Art Party, Persian New Year
When: March 27, 2009 - Friday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 282, San Francisco
What: Come to the second annual Nowruz Deed-o Bazdeed with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. Chia and Shirini will be served in the customary tradition of Nowruz.

Chinese American Democratic Club 51st Annual Dinner
When: March 27, 2009 - Friday
Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 7 p.m.
Where: Empress of China, 838 Grant Avenue, San Francisco
What: CADC Annual Dinner. Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, the California State Assembly's highest ranking Asian Pacific American (APA) will keynote the dinner. Also speaking will be President of the Board, David Chiu. Advance tickets $75. Information: 415-756-1898

Gun Violence in San Francisco
When: March 27, 2009 - Friday
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence are sponsoring panel discussion and photo-journalism exhibit. Panel discussion:
  • Dr. Bill Durston - will speak about the economic public health costs of gun violence to local communities
  • Dr. Rochelle Dicker - Will introduce young participants in the program who will tell stories.
  • Howard Pinderhughes - Will speak about his research on the easy availability of guns to young people, the effects of gun violence on Bay Area youth, and prevention of gun violence.
  • Moderator: Ellen Boneparth - President, CA Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Suggested Donation $25. Refreshments including hors oeuvres and wine.
Information: rebeccan@gracecathedral - RSVP
Source: Democracy Action

March 28, 2009 - Saturday

Mayor's Gavin Newsom's March Gladness 6 in the OMI
When: March 28, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Minnnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center at Oceanview Playground, 650 Capitol Avenue & Montana Street, San Francisco
What: Sixth Annual March Gladness Basketball and Soccer Tournament. This is a community recreation Shape-Up San Francisco event bringing children, youth, families and community members to celebrate what is good in the neighborhood, and bring needed resources to the community. Free BBQ.
Sponsors: Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor John Avalos, SF Rec and Park Dept., OMI-Neighbors in Action, Sunset Scavenger, District 11 Council, IT Bookman Community Center, Inner City Youth, Urban Services YMCA, San Francisco Police Department, Ingleside and Taraval Stations, the Neighborhood Park Council, the Mayor's office of Neighborhood Services.

The new San Francisco Police Chief: A Community Discussion
When: March 28, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco
What: Meet with Police Commissioners to discuss about who the candidates are for the city's next Police Chief. This is your chance to find out what the process is, provide input and be part of the conversation in the selection of the next Police Chief of San Francisco.
Information: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center 415-206-2140 ext 155 or 152

Dissent Tour
When: March 28, 2009 - Saturday
Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Meet at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: CounterPULSE and Shaping San Francisco director Chris Carlsson conduct 4-hour historical tour of San Francisco by bicycle. Covering everything from literary dissenters to urban riots and protests, this tour examines sites of conflict and unrest, the social movements and upheavals, that have shaped San Francisco since its origins. Reservation preferred: 415-608-9035. Sliding scale benefits: Shaping SF $15.-50.

Asian Law Caucus - Belonging: Artistic Expressions of Race and Class
When: March 28, 2009 - Saturday
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: 111 Minna, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco
What: Belonging: Artistic expressions of race and class in San Francisco's South Asian, Arab and Muslim Communities. They hope to shed light on the lives of those who too often linger in the shadows of their communities. The Asian Law Caucus's Taxi Project and National Security and Civil Right's Project will be spotlighted.
Event Host Committee: Nabila Mango, Veena Dubal, Shaneeda Jaffer, Raj and Trina Chatterjee, Khurshid and Amy Khoya, Monty Agarwal and Fairuz Abdullah, Rachana Choubey and Pinaki Chakravorty, Farah Breivi and David Ball, Shirin Sinnar and Imran Maskatia and Dilawar and Salma Saeed.

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center 30th Anniversary Bash
When: March 28, 2009 - Saturday
7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Bay View Boat Club, 489 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco
What: 30th Anniversary Bash! Honoring Assemblyman Tom Ammiano for all of his support during his years as Supervisor and Alejandro Galo who has worked at the Center for 25 years and the Alemany Farm for their work in the Community. hors d'oeuvres, wine. Live auction. Donation $30. to $300.

Soiree 7: San Francisco LGBT Community Center's Anniversary Celebration
When: March 28, 2009 - Saturday
7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Terra Art Gallery, 511 Harrison, San Francisco
What: Seventh Anniversary. A 3-ring inspired evening of performances, music, dancing, food and drink. Silent and live auctions. Local celebrity DJ's. Hosted by Lisa Geduldig and David Hawkins. $150.
Sponsors: Wachovia, AT&T, California Pacific Medical Center, PG&E, Wells Fargo, Southwest Airlines, San Francilsco SKYY Spirits, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Comcast Cable, Safeway, AAA, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway, Lennar, Hanson Bridgett, Greenleaf Produce, National Center for Lesbian Rights, RHI Office Team, Bechtel, Sunset Scavenger/Golden Gate Disposal and Recycling and Horizons Foundation.

A Conversation with Rachel Maddow
When: March 28, 2008 - Saturday
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
What: A benefit for Mother Jones. A conversation on the role of media in the Obama years.
Event is sold out.

Earth Hour San Francisco
When: March 28, 2009 - Saturday
8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco
What: Join San Francisco and cities around the world to turn off your lights for one hour - Earth Hour to take collective action on climate change.

March 30, 2009 - Monday

Cesar Chavez Day

*Board of Supervisors - Land Use and Economic Development
When: March 30, 2009 - Monday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda: 4 items about Visitacion Valley Redevelopment Plan
Members: Sophie Maxwell, Eric Mar, David Chiu

"The Nightime Economy - Survive and Thrive"
When: March 30, 2009 - Monday
3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Entertainment and the San Francisco Small Business Commissions are holding a forum. Led by Entertainment Commission President Audrey Joseph and Small Business Commission President Michael O'Connor, the forum will provide a toolbox of options to assist night time businesses in today's tough economic times. There will be a short presentation from a variety of vendors, including banks, beer and liquor distributors, the Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a representative from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.
Source: Bay Area Reporter - Thanks!

Judy Chu for Congress Bay Area Reception
When: March 30, 2009 - Monday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Avenues, 1035 Van Ness Avenue, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser Reception for State Board of Equalization member Judy Chu, candidate for U.S. Congress in the 32nd Congressional District, which became vacant when Hilda Solis resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Host Committee: Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee, Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma, Assessor Phil Ting, School Board Member Norman Yee, Doug Chan, Jeanette Dong, Caryl Ito, Mary Jung, Travis Kiyota, Daphne Kwok, Steven Lee, Sam Ng, Thomas Ng, Jadine Nielsen, Dale Minami, Sandy Mori, Paul Osaki, Irene Yee Riley, Ron Wong, Saul Yeung and Venue Sponsor Mel Lee
$125. up.
RSVP by March 27, 2009

March 31, 2009 - Tuesday

Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Breakfast
When: March 31, 2009 - Tuesday
8 a.m.
Where: Mission Language & Vocational School Latino Culinary Academy, 2929 19th Street, SF
What: Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day $50. Checks are to be made out to the Cesar Chavez Holiday Breakfast and sent to 255 9th Street, Room 205, San Francisco. 94103.
RSVP: 415-621-2665

*San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: March 31, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Board Meeting - Items off agenda:
  • Requesting establishment of a Do Not Mail Registry - Mirkarimi, Dufty, Campos
  • Rebuild of St. Luke's Hospital - two items - Alioto-Pier, Maxwell
  • Balboa Park Station Area Plan - 5 items - Avalos, Elsbernd
  • Appointment, Police Commission - Vincent Pan
  • Reappointment Municipal Transportation Agency Boarad of Directors - Tom Nolan
  • Appointment Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District - Richard Grosboll
  • Committee of the Whole - hearing on the Board of Supervisors' roles and responsibilities during a City emergency - Maxwell, Chu
  • Supporting Assembly Bill 1000, paid sick day (Assemblymember Fiona Ma) - Supervisor Daly

Spring Fling for Kamala Harris
When: March 31, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, San Francisco
What: Kamala Harris, candidate for Attorney General, launches her San Francisco kickoff fundraiser for campaign for California State Attorney General 2010. Hosted by Mark Buell and Susie Tompkins Buell and co-hosted by the Young Professionals Finance Committee. Friends $250, Young Professionals $100.

Open Space Workshop
When: March 31 , 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue San Francisco
What: Share your open space priorities.

Meet the Press - NY Times and SF Chronicle
When: March 31, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Sandbox Suites, 123 10th Street, San Francisco
What: Get your business more clients, better credibility and even more press. Speakers:
  • Jesse McKinley, bureau chief, New York Times
  • Andrew Ross, business columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Myles Weissleder, founder, Mylermedia and SF New Tech
Snacks and wine. $25.

William Greider
When: March 31, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
What: Hear William Greider, National Affairs correspondent, the Nation author of "Come Home, America - The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country". $15-20.
Co-Sponsors: Unitarian Universalists for Peace, San Francisco Labor Council, Senior Actin Network, Harvey Milk LGBT Dem. Club

From the Civil Rights Movement to the Immigrants Rights Movement: Lessons Learned.
When: March 31, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: 522 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Hear long-time movement activists Betita Martinez, Phil Hutchings and Renee Saucedo for a discussion of the civil rights movement, struggles activists faced. This perspective is crucial as Bay Area Immigrants, particularly youth, suffer a dismantling of Sanctuary provisions in Bay Area Cities.

Gavin Newsom - An evening with Gavin Newsom for Young Professionals
When: March 31, 2009 - Tuesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis Street, San Francisco
What: Come meet Mayor Gavin Newsom as he explores a run for Governor of California and hear what he has to say about issues that matter to the under 40 crew. Hosted by "Good Ol' Girls".
Good Ol' Girls does not endorse candidates. Their aim is to foster an open dialogue so that members and others can make informed choices.
$30 up.
Co-Hosts: Rameet Kohli, Amy Lesnick, Elias Portales, Ryan Seashore, Mia White
Information: (correction)

2009 Housing Element: 2Gether Community Workshop
When: March 31, 2009 - Tuesday
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco
What: The Housing Element is the component of the City's General Plan that provides a five year plan for housing. It will provide the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and our City's decision makers with the broad policy framework for meeting our City's housing needs.

April 1, 2009 - Wednesday

San Francisco Housing Action Coalition - 2009 Housing Forum
When: April 1, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Housing Action Coalition is hosting a summit entitled "After the Fall - Charting a New Course for Housing". Speakers include:
  • Michael Cohen - Director of the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  • Michael Covarrubias, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TMG Partners
  • Steven Fayne, Managing Director, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
  • Jon Haveman, Founding Partner, Beacon Economics
  • Cynthia Kroll, Senior Regional Economist, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley
  • Michael Novogradac, Managing Partner, Novogradac & Co LLP.
Information and tickets: or contact Kate Lefkowitz

Revised draft main post update to the Presidio Trust Management Plan
When: April 1, 2009 - Wednesday
8:30 a.m to 10 a.m.
Where: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco
What: Public meeting regarding revised draft main post update. Digital copies are available in "Major Projects" section.
Source: Planning Association for the Richmond -

St Stupid's Day Parade through Financial District
When: April 1, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
What: 31st "St Stupid's Day" will be weaving through the Financial District. You are encouraged to bring pink slips and eviction notices to the "sock exchange"on the steps of the stock exchange. Print your own money for bail outs, pay offs and buy ins. Drums and other noise production devices encouraged. Free.

First Annual "Night Out" - Our Family Coalition
When: April 1, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 3rd and Mission Streets, San Francilsco
What: Our Family Coalition's First Annual Night Out in celebration of all that has been achieved. The festive evening will feature a cocktail reception, gourmet bits and a special presentation of the Community Partner Awards honoring Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Reverend Lynice Pinkard for their work on behalf of families. Tickets $90.

April 1st Mission District Community Task Force Meeting - St. Luke's
When: April 1, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School, 299 Precita Street, San Francisco (enter auditorium through courtyard on Shotwell between Precita and Cesar Chavez)
What: Join the discussion about health care in San Francisco including the future of St. Luke's.
Information: 415-291-9506

San Francisco For Democracy - Government Money Hunts
When: April 1, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's German Restaurant , 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Agenda Items:
  • Supervisor John Avalos and the Mayor's Budget Director Nani Coloretti will look at the state of the San Francisco's budget.
  • Discussion on the May 19th statewide special election.

April 2, 2009 - Thursday

March to Protest City Cuts to Vital Community Services for Our Families
When: April 2, 2009 - Thursday
4:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at 16th Street and Mission Streets and march to 24th Street and Mission Streets
What: Let your voices be heard. Demand that the elected leaders of San Francisco:
  • Protect services for San Francisco's most vulnerable populations.
  • Prioritize our City's most valuable assets - our children and families.
  • Make the City's budget process transparent.
  • Respect and engage the community as equal partners and as a valuable resource.
Supporters: Loco Bloco, Mission Beacon, Coalition to Save Public Health, Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth, Mission Graduates, Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. MNC/Precita Center and Mission Community Council.

Women Reading, Women Writing: Celebrating Four Centuries of Women's Literature (Mission District)
When: April 2, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
What: Aunt Lute Books, presents "Women Writing". This occasion brings together Bay Area authors to expand the celebration of women's accomplishments beyond Women's History Month. Presenters:
  • Ina Cumpiano
  • Jewelle Gomez
  • Judy Grahn
  • Janice Mirikitani
  • Aimee Phan
Event is free.

Meeting on Muni Rail Improvements in the Sunset
When: April 2, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 p.m.
Where: A.P. Giannini Middle School, 3151 Ortega Street, San Francisco
What: Public meeting on upcoming repair work to San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail lines in the Sunset district.

2009 Housing Element: 2Gether Community Workshop
When: April 2, 2009 - Thursday
6:00 to 8 p.m.
Where: Valencia Gardens Community Room, 390 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: The Housing Element is the component of the City's General Plan that provides a five year plan for housing. It will provide the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and our City's decision makers with the broad policy framework for meeting our City's housing needs.

Organic Sounds San Francisco: A Celebration and Fundraiser for Pesticide Watch
When: April 2, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Space Gallery, 1141 Polk Street, San Francisco
What: Pesticide Watch Education Fund (PWEF) has worked worked side-by-side with communities to clean up and prevent pesticide pollution and pesticide exposure. They are celebrating their efforts with local music, food and speakers:
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • Eva Royale, Cesar Chavez Holiday Committee
  • Michelle Darby, Stop the Spray
Hosted by: State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Assemblymember Sandre Swanson, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, Joanie Greggins, Eva Royale, Debbie Rafael, Michelle Darby, Mother of Play Not Spray and Luis Agurto, Sr

April 3, 2009 - Friday

*Countdown to the GLAAD Media Awards
When: April 3, 2009 - Friday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: DZINE, 128 Utah Street, San Francisco
What: Join the publishers of Surface Magazine, DZINE and former Mayor Willie Brown for a celebration party in honor of the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Enjoy ABSOLUT cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Chaya Brasserie while listening to the sounds of DJ Juanita Moore.
$25 donation.

*New or changed items.


The Public Press - new location: 1254 Mission Street, Suite 103, San Francisco.

Please email any items or comments to:

Items change - please check before attending event for any changes


No comments: