Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2009 Democratic Party State Convention

Starting April 24th through April 26th is the 2009 Democratic Party State Convention being   held at the Sacramento Convention Center. Items off the agenda:

  • Workshop: CA Democrats Work - Community Service in the Obama Era.
  • Workshop: What can Act Blue do for you?
  • Workshop: Change happened.  Now What? 
  • Reception: John Burton for CP Chair Hospitality Suite 
  • Reception: Netroots Nation - A New Era: Celebrating New California Leaders 
  • Leadership luncheon
  • Regional Director Election Caucuses
  •     including San Francisco: Region 4 - Chris Daly and August J. P. Longo  
  • Statewide officer election balloting: 
  • John Burton running for State Chair of the California Democratic Party
  • Alicia Wang running for female Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party
  • Workshop: "Precinct Captain" Organizing: Building for the Future: Campaign Finance Workshop:  Reporting Question & Answer Session
  • Tribute Dinner honoring Chairman Art Torres - Celebrating 13 historic years in One Golden Night
  • Take back Red California's 3rd Annual dinner with Governor Howard Dean.  (sold out)
  • General Session - Resolution committee report, May 2009 Proposition Endorsements 

April 22, 2009 - Wednesday

San Francisco Labor Council - Public  Employee Breakfast
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
8 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness at Pine, San Francisco
What: Come have breakfast with  Supervisor Eric Mar.  $25.
RSVP Emily Nelson 415-342-5145

UCSF Mission Bay Farmers Market Grand Opening - Earth Day Celebration
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: UCSF Mission Bay Farmers Market, Gene Friend Way between 3rd and 4th Street, San Francisco
What:  Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association is opening new farmers' market.  Celebrate Earth Day with bluegrass/rockabilly music.  Bring a bag and get a buck to shop the market.

Police Commission Meeting
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Weekly meeting. Chief's Report - update on significant policing efforts by Department members.

Democracy Action Annual Membership Meeting
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: American (Quaker) Friends Service Committee Meeting House, 65 9th Street between Market and Mission, San Francisco
What: Moving from Opposition Activism to Activist Governance.  Agenda: 
  • Netroots Nation's Executive Director Raven Brooks
  • Mayor Gavin Newsom Deputy Chief of Staff Catherine Dodd
  • Kenya Wheeler, Organzing for America (formerly Obama for America)
  • Election of Officers
Light refreshments and social.  

*Earth Day Program
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Main Library Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: Doug Grandt, trained by Al Gore, presents an updated slide show based on Academy Award-winning film "An Inconvenient Truth" to increase awareness of the climate crisis.  This presentation focuses on  the impact of climate change in California.  
Cosponsored by the Stegner Environmental Center. Free.

Final public hearing - Presidio Main Post
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday 
6:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco
What: Meeting will focus on transportation and traffic issues.  

Labor Passover Seder
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: ILWU Local 34, 801 Second Street, San Francisco
What: Jewish Labor Committee California Region, Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties and the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club are sponsoring a Labor Passover Seder dinner and ceremony.  $35.  Checks are to be made out to Jewish Labor Committee. 
 Information and RSVP: Michael Nye 342-5145

City Lights Bookstore - Mark Rudd
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
What: Hear Mark Rudd talk about his book "My Life with SDS and the Weathermen".
Information and Source:

April 23, 2009 - Thursday

Commonwealth Club - Jay McInerney
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
11:30 a.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Jay McInerney will discuss his book "Wine, Literature and Coming of Age". $15 non-members
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Zero Graffiti for a Beautiful City - Anti-Graffiti Super Huddle
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hilton San Francisco Financial District Ballroom, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco
What: Graffiti Advisory Board of the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Department of Public Works are sponsoring "Zero Graffiti for a Beautiful City".  
  • Receive the latest information on the City's campaign to defeat graffiti vandalism.
  • Learn how you can get involved.
  • Guest speakers and neighborhood resource tables.
  • Social hour starting at 5 p.m. where you will meet others, who share your concern about graffiti and want to take action.
No charge.  Registration is required: 415-641-2600
Source: NOPNA

1st Steve Conley Champion Award Ceremony
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: 201 Turk Street Family Apartments, 201 Turk Street, San Francisco
What: Central City Democrats is hosting its 3rd Annual Meeting. Guest Speaker: San FranciscoTreasurer Jose Cisneros.   As part of its Awards ceremony the 1st Steve Conley Champion Award will be awarded to Chris Jackson.
Information:  415-339-8683

Sacramento Town Hall Meeting with Gavin Newsom
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Congregation B'Nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, Ca.
What: Share your thoughts, ideas and hopes for California's future with Gavin Newsom

A Special Evening with Lora Jo Foo
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: I-Hotel Community Room (3rd Floor), 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco
WhatNational Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and Chinatown CDC invite you to hear Lora Jo Foo, founding sister of NAPAWF, author, photographer, attorney and community organizer talk about her book: "Earth Passage - Journeys Through Childhood".

*Comics 4 Comix
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: 5th Annual "Comics 4 Comix" fundraiser to support Cartoon Art Museum.  Food, drink and stand-up comedy.  Headliner  Carlos Alazraui of "Reno 911" plus Mike Meehan, Harmon Leon, Joe Klocek, Justin Lamb.  Hosted by Michael Capozzola.  $20.  
Source: Facebook and Supervisor Eric Mar

Senator Leno on California Universal Health Care Act
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Please join co-sponsors, District 3 Democratic Club, Bernal Heights Democratic Club, City Democratic Club, Democracy In Action  and Potrero Hill Democratic Club for an informative meeting featuring Senator Mark Leno on SB810, the California Universal Health Care Act.  
Source: facebook, Potrero Hill Democratic Club, City Democratic Club 

 Randall Museum - San Francisco and the New Deal 
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
What: Join Gray Brechin for a discussion about San Francisco during the Great Depression and how the programs of the New Deal helped the City reclaim some dignity.  Brechin will share his insights and make some comparisons to what the City is experiencing today. Free.

 Upper Noe Neighbors Monthly Meeting
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Upper Noe Recreation Center, intersection of Day and Church Street, San Francisco
What: 2009 Housing Element will  give a  30 minute agenda item at the Upper Noe Neighbors monthly meeting.

April 25, 2009 -  Saturday

*Japantown Better Neighborhood  community meeting
When: April 25, 2009 - Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Japanese Community & Culture Center of Northern California (upstairs in the gym), 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco.
What: Writing the draft plan and are ready for public's input on the recommendations.

*Our Mission! Wake Up! Youth Summit
When: April 25, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: City College of SF Mission Campus,  1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, Ca.
What: Join youth organizers from the Youth Commission, PODER, CHALK, HOMEY, and SNAG Magazine with workshops on Educational Equity, Environmental Justice, Indy Media, Indigenous Solidarity, Immigration Issues, Palestinian Solidarity,  Juvenile Justice.  Food by Olivia's on Mission.  Live Graff art by Spie1 and Drama1.  Performance by the Brown Buffalo.  

*Parents into Public Schools - San Francisco annual meeting and ten year anniversary kickoff.
When: April 25, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. 
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
What: Ten years of bringing parents into public schools.  Guest Speaker: Sandra Tsing Loh, author, performer and founder of "Burning Moms", a grassroots parent group organizing the California Children's Rally on June 23, 2009.
Presentation to Special Guests:
  • PPS-SF Founders Deena Zacharin and Sandra Halladey
  • BOE Commissioner and Education  Advisor to Hydra Mendoza
  • Fromer PPS-SF Executive Director Lorraine Woodruff-Long
  • Cindy Rambo from the Zellerbach Family Foundation
After the meeting input session on the Student Assignment System Redesign from 1 to 2:30 p.m. - share your thoughts with Orla O'Keefe, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, who is heading the Redesign of the Student Assignment System.  Free.   RSVP go to

April 26, 2009 - Sunday

*Sunday Streets
When: April 26, 2009 - Sunday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Waterfront route running along the Embarcadero from AT&T Park to Aquatic Park.  

*Annual Glen Park Festival and Street Fair
When: April 26, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Diamond Street and Wilder Street, San Francisco
What: Food booths, arts and crafts, DJs, live music and dancing.  Jazz, acoustic guitar, rock & roll, classic Latin rock, Appalachian clog dance, Hula dance and Lars Laperal. Free

*Dia de Los Ninos/Dia de Los Libros
When: April 26, 2009 - Sunday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Dolores Park, San Francisco
What: An afternoon of children and books featuring multicultural music, puppetry, storytelling, art activities and a book give away.  
Collaboration of Childhood Matters and Nuestros Ninos; Children's Book Press; KQED Eduction Network; Mayor's Office of Community Development; Mission Learning Center; San Francisco Public Library; San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; San Francisco State University's Jumpstart Program and Week of the Young Child.
Sponsored in part by Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund; California State Automobile Association; First 5 San Francisco and KQED Education Network.  

*Speak-out and video with UE Chicago Republic Workers
When: April 26, 2009 - Sunday
2 p.m.
Where: ILWU Local 34 Hall, 2nd Street and Embarcadero (Kings Street) on the North side of AT&T Park.
What: The UE Republic workers of Chicago who occupied their factory to demand their pay and compensation as a result of their factories closure will be speaking and screening a labor film of their occupation.  The meeting is being hosted by ILWU Local 34, LaborFest, UPWA, Transport Workers Solidarity Committee.  
As a result of protests throughout the country including San Francisco at the Bank of America, the workers won their demands.  Bay area workers who are in struggle will speak at the forum.  Join with ArmandoRobles, UE Local 1110 President; Melvin Maclin, UE Local 1110, VP; Mark Meinster, UE Organizer.
Donation Requested.

April 28, 2009 - Tuesday

*SPUR - Transbay Transit Center Update
When: April 28, 2009 - Tuesday
Where: 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: Learn about the latest from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority's Maria Ayerdi, Executive Director, and Bob Beck, Senior Program Manager and Fred Clarke from the firm designing and building the transit tower, Pelli Clarke Pelli. $5. non-members
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*MotherSpeak: Book Launch Celebration
When: April 28, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral's Grisham Hall, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
What: Bay Area US Military and Afghan moms, musicians, poets and artists will celebrate the publication of Susan Galleymore's new book "Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror".  MaryTillman, Rachel Avila, Asma Eschen, Rahima Haya will speak.  
Musical guest: Kaylah Marin.
Poetry: Jack Hirschman, Robert Abdul Hayy Darr.
MC: Rose Aguilar.
Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.  
Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, SF, MotherSpeak, Women's Intercultural Network,
KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley, KalW91.7 SF, Books, Inc. SF

*Briefing on the Employee Free Choice Act and the right to organize
When: April 28, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Join the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and SF Pride at Work for a community briefing, hear Queer Workers stories about their struggle for equality in their workplace, and find out what you can do to take  action in support.

April 29, 2009 - Wednesday

*Castro Farmers Market
When: April 29, 2009 - Wednesday
4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Noe Street between Market and Beaver Street
What: Opening night of the new Castro Farmers Market which will be run weekly every Wednesday night from April 29th until October 28, 2009. Ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. with City Officials and Donna Sachet.

*Fresno Town Hall with Gavin Newsom
When: April 29, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Wawona Middle School Gymnasium, 4524, North Thorne Avenue, Fresno, Ca.
What: Share your thoughts, ideas and hopes for California's future with San Francisco Mayor GavinNewsom.

*2009 Housing Element Affordable and Family Housing Community Workshop
When: April 29, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 7 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Latino Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: Come hear about the 2009 Housing Element.  


San Francisco Women's Political Committee Endorsements - May 19th Election

Prop. 1A - Rain Day Budget Stabilization and Accountability Act - Yes
Prop 1B - Education Funding Payment Plan - Yes
Prop 1C - Lottery Modernization Act - Yes
Prop 1D - Protect Children and Families - No
Prop 1E - Mental Health Funding - No
Prop 1F - Salary Freeze for Legislators during budget deficits - Yes

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Party voted to support Yes on All Propositions on May 19th ballot.

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