Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Plan C meeting

Attended Plan C's first membership meeting of 2009 last night at Mission Dolores School on 16th Street. Big crowd, especially considering there was a huge storm going on outside.

Mike Sullivan, Chair of Plan C gave a overview for 2009 - with Plan C's focus on condominium conversion reform and one-time allowance of conversion, for a fee, for those in the condo lottery.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Supervisor District 8, gave an update on what is happening at City Hall. Supervisor said "he loved his job". Supervisor Dufty is now on the expanded Board of Supervisors Budget Committee during the budget hearing comprised of John Avalos, Carmen Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, David Chu and David Campos. Supervisor Dufty believes in compromise when dealing with budget ideas. There was a long discussion on TIC's, Bevan Dufty owns a TIC and has been waiting to convert to a condo - therefore he will not be able to vote at the Board on TIC issues.
Questions from the audience included street repair, fire house closures (will not happen) and chain stores.

Scott Weiner , past Chair of the Democratic County Central Committee and current President of Eureka Valley Promotion Association spoke. Scott Weiner talked about quality of life issues in the Upper Market and Castro area. Increase in public spaces in area, wider sidewalks in the Castro and improving the Harvey Milk Plaza at Muni underground stop at Castro and Divisadero Street . Working to fill vacant buildings and attract new business to the area. Public safety issues were discussed including panhandling and drugs. Want to increase block party participants to organize their own block party to get to know their neighbors and make the neighborhood safer and cleaner. The question of chain stores came up - Scott Weiner said he would have supported American Apparel on Valencia Street - he does not believe in complete ban on box stores - because you then stop services from coming into a neighborhood.

Steve Adams, Senior Vice President, Western Region of Sterling Bank, a leading TIC lender, and a member of Plan C gave an update on TIC lending marketplace. He said that the values of homes in San Francisco is holding up. Steve Adams is also President of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro (MUMC) . He announced there will be a farmer's market in the neighborhood on Wednesday starting in April.

Rebecca Prozan, Laura Spanjian and Scott Weiner were all introduced as candidates for Supervisor in District 8. City Treasurer Jose Cisneros, City Attorney was also introduced.

Plan C's poster says "The moderate voice of San Francisco". They are looking for new members.

Information: plancsf.org

March 3, 2009 - Tuesday

Bayview Police Station Community Meeting
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Bayview Station, 201 William Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Adam Gubser from the Liveable Streets Program will be present to answer questions about traffic in the district.
Source: bayviewhillassociation.blogspot.com

Search for Police Chief Town Hall Meeting Meeting
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Visitacion Valley Community Center, 450 Raymond Avenue, San Francisco
What: Community meeting to hear the communities concerns regarding new police chief

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Monthly Meeting
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: First Congregational Church, 1300 Polk Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Discussion on increase in graffiti in the lower Polk Area.
Information: middlepolk.org

"I Knew Gavin when..." Fundraiser
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street at Laguna, San Francisco
What: Newsom for California Fundraiser. Join Mayor Gavin Newsom as he explores a run for governor and how best to solve the crisis California is facing. Tickets start at $100.
RSVP: actblue.compage/newsomsf
Information: jelliott@gavinnewsom.com

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Community Choices
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. What do Community Choice Aggregation and rebuilding Potrero Terrace & Annex have in common? They both are in the planning stages, and both are seeking community input to make the ideas become reality.
A speaker from Sierra Club will describe what it will take to get SF officials to move us closer to a cleaner, cheaper energy future envisioned in the state law passed back in 2002. Under CCA, the City and County of San Francisco would become an electricity purchaser for residents and businesses currently served by PG&E (PG&E would still provide electricity transmission, meter reading, billing etc.). Customers who wish not to participate in the City's CCA program will have an opportunity to opt-out and remain a full customer of PG&E.
A speaker from the Rebuild Potrero Project will discuss plans which have been proceeding with input from community focus groups.
Information: phdemclub.org

March 4, 2009- Wednesday

SPUR - Supervisor David Chiu
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
5:45 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco
What: Wine and Cheese reception with President of the Board David Chiu. $5. non-members.
Information: spur.org

Eve of Justice - No on 8
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
5 p.m.
Where: Gather at Market and Castro between 5 and 6 p.m.
What: On the evening before the California Supreme Court holds oral argument on the validity of Proposition 8 and whether the initiative process can be used to take away fundamental freedoms from minorities, join in a candlelight vigil for justice and equality. Pre-rally between 5 and 6 p.m., step off at 6 p.m., arrive at CA Supreme Court (Civic Center) at 6:30 p.m for vigil program, recommittment ceremony and moment of silence.
Information: eveofjustice.com

Police Commission Meeting
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Weekly meeting. Off agenda: discussion and possible action to approve the process to find candidates for Chief of Police including intent to brief and solicit comments from the Mayor at various milestones of the process, consistent with city Charter requirements.
Information: sfpd.online@sfgov.org

Open Space Workshops
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Miraloma Clubhouse, 350 O'shaughnessy Blvd., San Francisco
What: Share your priorities with Open Space Committee.
Information: openspacesf.org

San Francisco Housing Element: Community Platform Discussion
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco
What: Community meeting to share ideas and provide a recommendation to the planning department on what is needed in the 2009 Housing Element. A panel comprised of representative from the San Francisco Planning Department, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Western Regional Advocacy Project and District 9 Supervisor David Campos will be part of the discussion.
Information: 415-206-2140 ext 155

Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m. Reception
8 p.m. Dinner
Where: SOMA Grand, 1160 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Fiona Ma's birthday celebration and fundraiser.
Host Committee: Tom Ammiano, Josh Becker, Jay Bhaward, Adam Borelli, London Breed, Frank Chan, Jeffrey Chang, Wen Ling Chen, Carmen Chu, Naylor and Chu, Todd Clayter, Mike Covarrubias, Linda Crayton, Coleen Dowling, Bevan Dufty, Sean Elsbernd, Oz Erickson, Mike Fang, Ted Fang, Frank Fung, Johnnie Giles, Chris Gruwell, Mike Guingona, Hala Hijazi, Jerry Hill, Francisco Hsieh, Michael Johnson, George Ju, Henry Karnilowitz, Susan Leal, Pius Lee, Mark Leno, Richard X. Liu, Mike Ma, James and Belle Taylor McGhee, Gus and Bahya Murad, Sam Patel, Tanya and Rich Peterson, John Pollard, Amy Qu, Ahsha Safai, Julie Soo, Laura Spanjian, Andrea Dew Steele, Michael Sweet, Eric Tao, Adrienne Tissier, Bob Twomey, Alexis Wong, Mike Yang, James K. Yu, Johnson Yu
$250., $500., $1,000. ,$2,500 VIP Dinner and General Reception
Information: Clem Clarke clem@fionama.com

St. Luke's Hospital
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: St. Luke's Hospital Cafe, 2nd Floor, 3555 Cesar Chavez (@ Valencia), San Francisco
What: Community meeting to discuss the status of the St. Luke's Hospital. California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) has voted to "save" St. Luke's Hospital. Are their plans too small and too restrictive for community needs? CPMC is moving to close 135 beds used mostly by Medicare and Medi-Cal patients.
Information: Nato Green ngreen@canurses.org
Source: graypantherssf.igc.org

San Francisco Democracy - New Windows for Changing Health Access & The Environment
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeders German Restaurant, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Sara Rogers will answer questions about State Senator Leno's reintroduction of SB840 which would establish a single payer health care in California.
"Energy & the Environment in the Age of Obama". Panel discussion by:
  • Kate Gordon, co-director of the Apollo Alliance
  • Josh Becker, Clean Tech for Obama and co-Founder of New Cycle Capital.
  • Representative from Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection
  • Representative of the SF office of the EPA
Information: sf4dem.com

March 5, 2009 - Thursday

California Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Prop 8 legal challenge. -
Watch the arguments live at eqca.org

San Francisco Board of Supervisors - Rules Committee
When: March 5, 2009 - Thursday
10 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda: Rainy Day Reserve. Charter Amendment (third draft)
Committee: Chris Daly, Carmen Chu and David Campos.
Information: sfgov.org/site/bdsupvrs

Planning Commission - The Exploratorium
When: March 5, 2009 - Thursday
1:30 p.m. or Later
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Public hearing on Draft EIR for Exploratorium in regards to Pier 17.
Information: Viktoriya Wise 575-9049
Source: thebarbarycoastnews.com

Open Space Workshops
When: March 5, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Palega Recreation Center, 500 Felton Street, San Francisco
What: Share your priorities with Open Space Committee.
Information: openspacesf.org

Search for Police Chief Town Hall Meeting Meeting
When: March 5, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: John O'Connell High School Gymnasium, 2355 Folsom Street, San Francisco.
What: Community meeting to hear the communities concerns regarding new police chief

March 6, 2009 - Friday

*Wear Red for "Go Red for Women" - prevent heart disease with awareness, education, advocacy and support

SPUR - Bay Rea Economic and Real Estate Outlook
When: March 6, 2009 - Friday
12:30 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: Join Alan Billingsley and Hope Nadji of RREEF Research as they present their annual economic and real estate forecast. $5. non-members
Information: spur.org

Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) - Dinner Party
When: March 6, 2009 - Friday
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
What: 29th Annual Dinner.
  • Keynote speaker: Eva Paterson, founder and President of Equal Justice Society.
  • Honoring Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin as Community Service Awardees.
  • Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. will accept the Legal Service Award.
Tickets are $125.
Information: Dan Powell at dinner@balif.org

March 7, 2009 - Saturday

Supervisor John Avalos - First Town Hall Meeting
When: March 7, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Excelsior Youth Center, 163 London Street (@Excelsior St. and Mission Street), SF
What: Hear Supervisor John Avalos give updates and discussions on the following:
  • City Budget
  • Police Department: Homicide Cases and other violent crimes
  • Municipal Transit Authority: Pedestrian Safety
  • Community Speakers on Violence Prevention Strategies
Representatives from Local Service Providers.
Information: john.avalos@sfgov.org

Healthcare lesson for Governor Schwarzenegger
When: March 7, 2009 - Saturday
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: A panel of activists will answer 40 questions in 40 minutes on SB84o. Panelists will include Jim Cowan, Fran Devlin, Ian McLean, Rory Michaelis, Eileen Wampole and Don Bechler
Information: singlepayernow.net dbechler@value.net

*Citizen Hope Founding Members Mixer
When: March 7, 2009 - Saturday
4 to 6 p.m.
Where:Candy Bar, 1335 Fulton (at Divisadero), San Francisco
What: Come mix and mingle with the Citizen Hope Founding Members and talk about the future of the group.
Information: citizenhopes@gmail.com

March 8, 2009 - Sunday

Daylight savings time.

Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club - Coffee and bagels
When: March 8, 2009 - Sunday
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Where: San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street @ Presidio, Room 223, San Francisco
What: Join Supervisor Sean Elsbernd who will listen to your thoughts and answer questions about current goings on and future plans for San Francisco, City Hall and District 7. Everyone is cordially invited.
Information: sfrwjdc@yahoo.com

March 10, 2009 - Tuesday

*Open Space Workshops
When: March 10, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Moscone Rec. Center, 1800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
What: Share your priorities with Open Space Committee.
Information: openspacesf.org

Oakland Town Hall with Gavin Newsom
When: March 10, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Rotunda, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, Ca.
What: Share your thoughts and hopes for California's future with Gavin Newsom.

*City Lights Bookstore - "Between Barack and a Hard Place"
When: March 10, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
What: Author Tim Wise will discuss is new book. Racism and white denial in the age of Obama.
Information: citylights.com

March 11, 2009 - Wednesday

Commonwealth Club - Mayor Gavin Newsom
When: March 11, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Gavin Newsom in conversation with Scott Shafer, host "California Report, KQED Radio.
$18 non-members
Information: tickets.commonwealthclub.org

March 12, 2009 - Thursday

*Irish American Democratic Club - St. Patrick's Day - Honoring John Behanna
When: March 12, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: 1494 7th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Good food, drink and company and tip o' the hat to the memory of Irish American Democratic Club's John Behanna. $10. at the door.
Chartered by the San Francisco Democratic Party, affiliated with the Irish American Caucus of the California Democratic Party, member, United Irish Societies.
Executive Board: Jeannie Maher, Mary O'Riordan, Eileen Kivlehan, Kevin Malone, Patty Moran, Michael O'Connor, John O'Riordan, Joan Simmons, Jim Wachob

*One City, Many SAFE Neighborhoods
When: March 12, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts, 401 Van Ness Ave. SF
What: Celebrating diverse partnerships and safer neighborhoods. Join SAFE and community leaders in San Francisco as we celebrate those whose efforts promote crime prevention and public safety in their neighborhoods. Their diverse partnerships with the police, city agencies and other groups have created safer, more cohesive neighborhoods citywide. Cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception; $50. per person
Information: info@sfsafe.org

*SF Pride at Work Fundraiser
When: March 12, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 350 Rhode Island, enter of Kansas Street between 16th and 17th Street, San Francisco
What: Third annual fundraiser for the Queer Youth Organizing Project (QYOP) of Pride at Work. QYOP is a thriving organization of young labor activists - strengthening the history of building coalitions between the labor movement and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in San Francisco. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment provided. Ticket costs $35.
Information: josue.pridework@gmail.com

*Mayor Gavin Newsom - Town Hall Meeting
When: March 12, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: Napa Valley Expo, Riesling Hall, 575 3rd Street, Napa, Ca.
What: Town Hall meeting with Mayor Gavin Newsom
Information: Newsom Exploratory Campaign for Governor GavinNewsom.com

March 13, 2009 - Friday

*Supervisor John Avalos Office-Warming and Discussion
When: March 13, 2009 - Friday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Supervisor John Avalos from District 11 will be formally kicking off a new campaign to help bridge the gap between the legislative branch of government and grass roots entities. A brief warming party will be followed by a serious discussion about the next steps to take as a community. There will be snacks and refreshments.
RSVP REQUIRED 415-554-6975

March 14, 2009 - Saturday

*San Francisco Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
When: March 14, 2009 - Saturday
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Second and Market and moves on to City Hall. Festival will take place before, during and after the Parade at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street, Polk to Larkin Street.

*POWER - Bayview Office Grand Opening Party
When: March 14, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: 4923 3rd Street, San Francisco
What: POWER (People Organized to Win Employments Rights) has a new office in the Bayview.
Come help celebrate and warm the new space, while raising some funds to help cover the cost of the move. Good food, drinks, music, live performances, games for kids. Get updates on upcoming Bayview campaigns, actions and cultural events in 2009. Any and all donations accepted.
Information: jaron@peopleorganized.org

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