Thursday, March 5, 2009

SPUR - President of the Board - David Chiu

Attended Spur meeting with the President of the Board - Supervisor David Chiu. The audience was overflowing and listening intently has the Supervisor spoke for over an hour.

Going into the job he had goals to work on public safety, quality of life, affordable housing, improve economic climate and public transit. Besides immediately becoming the President of the Board he had to add working on the budget deficit.

He believes in collaboration in coming up with a plan that everyone can agree on. Would support revenue generating items for the ballot that have a consensus. Believes the budget crisis will eventually bring better government.

In regards to District Three he does not have preconceived ideas about land use and will be more of a mediator. He wants to help small business and to keep families in San Francisco.

Questions from the audience included TIC reform, emergency response, budget deficit, flight of the African American community from San Francisco, economic growth and set asides.


March 6, 2009 - Friday

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

*Chinatown Community Development Center - Luncheon for Police Chief Heather Fong
When: March 6, 2009 - Friday
Noon to 2 p.m.
Where: New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
What: Third Annual Lunar New Year lunch honoring Police Chief Heather Fong, the first Chinese American and first female to head the San Francisco Police Department who will be retiring in April.
Guest speaker: President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu, former Board President of Chinatown CDC. $30.
Information: 415-984-1462

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

*Save San Francisco's Clean Energy Project
When: March 6, 2009 - Friday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Emergency hearing. San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) will vote on activating the Clean Power SF renewable energy project, which was passed in 2007 to give the City 50% clean electricity within the next decade. LAFCo is poised to let the San Francisco PUC delay and weaken the project, therefore we must demand that the LAFCo vote a strong Clean Power SF project forward immediately. Attend the hearing and speak at public comment.

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

March 7, 2009 - Saturday

*Coalition to Save Public Health and SEIU - 1021 - Bayview Outreach
When: March 7, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m.
Where: SEIU 1021, 17th Street and Kansas, San Francisco
What: Outreach to Bayview residents about the neighborhood's budget cuts and inviting them to get involved.
Sponsored by SEIU 1021 and Coaliton to Save Public Health

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.

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

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.

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.

March 9, 2009 - Monday

*The Employee Free Choice Act!
When: March 9, 2009 - Monday
Where: The Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join with workers, labor leaders and community activists in support of this important legislation - The Employee Free Choice Act. Workers, not CEOs, should decide when and how workers join a union!
Jointly hosted by Alameda Labor Council and San Francisco Labor Council
Information: Amber Parrish SFLC - 415-440-4809

*Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club - Monthly Meeting
When: March 9, 2009 - Monday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: LGBT Community Center on Market at Octavia, San Francisco
What: Monthly Meeting.

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.

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.

March 11, 2009 - Wednesday

*SPUR - The future of downtown San Francisco
When: March 11, 2009 - Wednesday
12:30 to 1:30
Where: 312 Sutter, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: SPUR staff Egon Terplan, SPUR board member George Williams, Anthony Bruzzone from Arup and representatives of the Department of City Planning for a panel discussion on the future of the central business district. $5. non-members

*Open Space Workshops
When: March 11, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Western Addition Branch Library, 1550 Scott Street, San Francisco
What: Share your priorities with Open Space Committee.

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

*Mission Streetscape Plan Public Meeting
When: March 11, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Women's Building auditorium, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
What: Third Mission Streetscape Plan public meeting. The SF Planning Department wants your feedback on the designs for the street typologies and the implementation strategy for neighborhood improvements.

March 12, 2009 - Thursday

*United Educators of San Francisco - March & Rally for the Rainy Day Fund
When: March 12, 2009 - Thursday
4 p.m.
Where: Civic Center Secondary School, 727 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: March and rally for the Rainy Day Fund. March to City Hall at 4:30 p.m.
5 p.m. - Rally in Civic Center Plaza

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

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.

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

March 13, 2009 - Friday

*Pink Friday - Stand Up for Schools
When: March 13, 2009 - Friday
What: Wear pink on Friday, March 13th and Stand Up for Schools!

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

* Book Passage - Lisa Lutz
When: March 13, 2009 - Friday
6 p.m.
Where: Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco
What: Lisa Lutz talks about her novel "Revenge of the Spellmans". ( I loved this book!) Funny and placed in San Francisco.

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.

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On Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors celebrated along with the Commission of the Status of Women- "Women's History Month" by honoring someone from each District and gave them each a Certificate of Honor:

  • Supervisor Daly - Teresa Almaguer
  • Supervisor Alioto-Pier - Judge Suzanne R. Bolanos
  • Supervisor Maxwell - Billie Calvin, Taneshia Miller and Raquel Miller
  • Supervisor Chiu - Juliene M. Christensen
  • Supervisor Campos - Petra DeJesus
  • Supervisor Elsbernd - Suzanne Gautier
  • Supervisor Mirkarimi - Melonie J. Green and Melorra J. Green
  • Supervisor Mar - Pam Tau Lee
  • Supervisor Dufty - Helen P. Nigg
  • Supervisor Avalos - Lucy Sanchez
  • Supervisor Chu - Lara Truppelli
  • Katherine Dodd on behalf of Mayor Gavin Newsom - Police Chief Heather Fong

Mayor Gavin Newsom has endorsed Scott Weiner for Supervisor in District (2010).

State Senator Mark Leno introduced bill to preserve 60-Day Eviction Notice. The requirement of 60-days notice for eviction rather than 30-days, is set to expire January 1, 2010. Senator Mark Leno has introduced SB 290. The principal co-author of the bill is Assemblymember Alberto Torrico. The bill would remove the sunset provision, extending the 60-day notice requirements beyond January 1, 2010.

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