Monday, March 30, 2009

Rachel Maddow and Mother Jones!

Saturday night I attended a fundraiser for the magazine "Mother Jones" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to hear Rachel Maddow from MSNBC and Air America. The event was sold out.

She sounds just like she does on tv - a strong, clear voice. She wore her famous black glasses and her western shirt - very tall and thin. Serious but with humor - her partner Susan Mikula and her parents were in the audience.

Editors of "Mother Jones" Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery interviewed Maddow:
  • She is from the Bay Area - she misses Mexican food.
  • Excited about her interview this Wednesday with former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • She is a "pale shade of green" - she prints out articles of interest and lays them down on the floor on a grid (but she recycles) . Hopes President Obama will revisit the Kyoto Treaty.
  • She considers herself a broadcast journalist, entertainer not an activist .
  • Does not watch other shows, although she just bought a tv last week - but hasn't plugged it in yet.
  • MSNBC hired her to have a "smart show". (my favorite part of her show is how she explains issues) "we start an issue on a kindergarden level and end on a graduate level " (Friday's show was entirely on Afghanistan ).
  • She is worried about the demise of the newspapers. We need to have reporters.
  • Yes she twitters - its her way of passing information onto her supporters.
Rachel Maddow

In top picture she is the one in the white chair with her feet up.

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 Action 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.

*Incorrect - There is no meeting April 1st Mission District Community Task Force Meeting - St. Luke's
When: There is no meeting April 1, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: There is no meeting. 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.

April 4, 2009 - Saturday

*Friends of Dolores Park Playground - Chalk up the Playground and Music by Lori Carsillo
When: April 4, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m.
Where: Dolores Park, San Francisco
What: "Chalk up" the playground blacktop while listening to the jazz melodies of the Lori Carsillo Trio.

*Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival
When and Where: April 4, 2009 - Saturday
Noon - Parade - Assembly at Dolores Park at 11 a.m. - Parade goes to 24th Street Fair at 24th Street/Harrison-Bryant. Fair starts at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
What: Join the celebration commemorating the life and work of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.

*A History of San Francisco's Tenderloin District
When: April 4, 2009 - Saturday
12:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco,
What: Join San Francisco City Guide Peter Field, for a slide show tracing the colorful, seldom-explored history of the district. Free.

*Arlo Guthrie - The Lost World Tour
When: April 4, 2009 - Saturday
8 p.m.
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
What: The eldest son of the folk music legend Woody Guthrie will perform "The Lost World Tour" show celebrates his first recording in 12 years and features son Abe and the Burns Sisters.

April 5, 2009 - Sunday

*City Lights - Celebrate the release of "The Dashiell Hammett Tour"
When: April 5, 2009 - Sunday
5 p.m.
Where: City Lights, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
What: Celebrate 30th anniversary edition with Don Herron. Book includes every known place where Hammett lived in the City, visit the majority of settings from The Maltese Falcom. Prowl back alleys where the Continental Op fought hard-boiled crooks. Shadow Sam Spade in his quest for a mysterious black bird. Follow Hammett himself as he works for the Pinkerton's Detective Agency on the infamous Fatty Arbuckle case.

April 6, 2009 - Monday

*SPUR - Better Streets Plan
When: April 6, 2009 - Monday
12:30 p.m.
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: Find out what is going on and voice your ideas for creating a sustainable transportation system in San Francisco. The plan's authors will be present to talk about what it will take to translate the plan's concepts into action.

*Jim Lehrer with Roy Eisenhardt at City Arts and Lectures
When: April 6, 2009 - Monday
8 p.m.
Where: Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Hear Jim Lehrer. (love his books - I have read "Blue Hearts, Purple Dots, "Last Debate") $20

*New or changed items.


Chronicle Staffers buyout list. San Francisco Peninsula Press Club posted a partial list of Chron staffers taking buyout.

Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club - 2009 Board of Directors
Co-Chairs: Susan Christian and Charles Sheehan
Past Co-Chair: Julius Turman
Treasurer: Michael Costa
Secretary: Mikaya Connell
PAC Committee: Lisa Williams and Bentrish Satarzadeh (Co-Chairs)
David Augustine, August Longo, Justin Louie
Membership Committee: LaMonte Bishop and Reese Isbell (Co-Chairs)
Keith Baraka, Kelton Finney, Ron Flynn
Program Committee: John Newsome & Cecilia Chung (Co-Chairs)
Luke Klipp, Myong Leigh, Nathan Purkiss
Finance and Slate Card Committee: Kevin Cheng and Lesley Weaver (Co-Chairs)
Brett Andrews, Colleen Crowley, Bob Dockendorff, Frances Tsang
Events Committee: Julie Davis (Chair)
Michael Bell

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