Saturday, May 9, 2009

Bail out working people, not the banks!


Attended "Bail Out Working People, not the Banks!" teach-in and mass action organizing meeting Saturday at the Plumbers Hall in San Francisco.

A well organized, well attended meeting was organized by the North Bay Labor Council, San Francisco Labor Council, San Mateo Labor Council, South Bay Labor Council and Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC).

Conny Ford, Vice President, San Francisco Labor Council chaired the meeting with many speakers including Tim Paulson, Executive Director of San Francisco Labor Council, Sal Rosselli, President, National Union of Healthcare Workers and Steve Williams, Executive Director, POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and N'tanya Lee, Executive Director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.

Meeting was organized around the following demands:
  • No layoffs.  Massive job-creation program.
  • Tax the rich - don't bail out the banks.
  • Pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
  • Single-payer healthcare for all.
  • Affordable housing for all. Tenants' rights.  Moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. Funding for jobs and for social services and infrastructure, not for war.  Stop the ICE raids and  deportations.

May 11, 2009  - Monday

Stamps go up 2 cents to 44 cents!

*Changes to Fisherman's Wharf
When: May 11, 2009 - Monday
 8:30 a.m to 2 p.m.
Where: Castagnola's Restaurant, Jefferson Street and Jones Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Planning Department has been working with the Fisherman's Wharf Community to develop a public realm plan for the area.  The plan includes possible options for the design of streets and sidewalks as well as the flow of traffic in the Fisherman's Wharf area.  The objective of the effort is to upgrade the physical appearance of the Fisherman's Wharf area and to provide public space and  visitor  amenities for the enjoyment of future generations.

Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association
When: May 11, 2009 - Monday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: CPMC Davies Medical Center, Auditorium, Lower Level B.
What: General Meeting open to public.  Items off agenda:
  • Meet your Neighbor (Wine and Cheese)
  • Report from Supervisor Bevan Dufty's office
  • Homeless Task Force Update
  • 2001 Market Street - S & Ford Site Project review discussion (includes Whole Foods store)
Information: they have a great newsletter  

May 12, 2009 - Tuesday

Silver Tsunami
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
10:30 a.m. to 12:30
Where: Civic Center Plaza at corner of Polk and McAllister
What: Save Senior and Disability Programs.  Senior citizens and people with disabilities will "flood" San Francisco's City Hall steps and the Civic Center as a dramatic "Silver Tsunami".  Join the Coalition of Agencies serving the Elderly (CASE) along with Senior Action Network (SAN), and Planning for Elders in the Central City (PECC) for a rally to protest the recent budget cuts from Senior and Disability Programs and well as the Department of Public Health., Community Living Campaign

*Board of Supervisors
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Rejecting the FY 2009-2010 Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Eligibility criteria for Community Living Fund
  • Urging the Controller's Office to undertake a performance audit of the J Church Metro Line

Poems Under the Dome - John Ross
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 and 8 p.m. 
Where: City Hall, North Light Court, San Francisco
What: City of San Francisco to honor John Ross,  poet/journalist/globe-trotting troublemaker to be followed by Diamond Ave's Fourth Annual "Poems under the Dome".   There will be a Open Mic open to everyone (limit three minutes).  Space will be provided for poets and small presses to  display  their work.  
Information: Office of Supervisor John Avalos

Asian Pacific Democratic Club - Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Transamerica  Pyramid Conference Room, 600 Montgomery Street, 40th Floor, San Francisco.
What: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month the Asian Pacific Democratic Club invites you to an engaging dialogue with former Mayor of San Francisco - Willie L. Brown, Jr. on the "Power of the Asian Pacific American Vote".
Event sponsored by Sterling Bank and Moonstar Buffett 
  Members only event - join for $20. Available at the Door.
RSVP required.

Labor honors City Attorney Dennis Herrera
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Delancey Street Restaurant Boardroom, 600 Embarcadero @ Brannan, San Francisco
What: Join the San Francisco Labor Council to honor their good friend Dennis Herrera, City Attorney of San Francisco. $100, $250. or $50 per person.

Tony Woods for Congress fundraiser
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Sens Lounge, 4 Embarcadero, Sana Francisco
What: Meet Tony Woods who is running for the 10th Congressional District.  $50 Supporter, $100 Sponsor, $150 Co-Host.  

San Francisco Board Meeting - JROTC
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: 555 Franklin Street, San Francisco
What: Possible vote on JROTC.
Information and

Making HIstory in the Mission
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
What: Hear the history of the Mission:
  •    Juan Gonzalez and Rose Arrieta of the Mission Legacy Project
  •    Patricia Rodriquez of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
  •    Ray Balaban and Vero Majano of Mission Media Archives will screen rare film footage of the Mission

Taraval Police Station Community Relations Forum
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Taraval Police Station Community Room, 2345 24th Avenue at Taraval, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting.  Guest speaker will be Inspector Richard Van Koll of the San Francisco Police Department Auto Investigations Detail.
Information: Captain Chignell 415-759-3100

Jane Ganahl - "Single Woman of a Certain Age"
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Avenue, San Francisco
What: Jane Ganahl and contributing writers will read and discuss Single Woman of a Certain Age

"The Ramen King and I"
When: May 12, 2009 - Tuesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith, 6144 Haight, San Francisco
What: Author Andy Raskin will launch his new book. "How the Investor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life".   True Sake (the sake boutique in Hayes Valley) will pore free sake tastings.

May 13, 2009 - Wednesday

Opening of the 17th Street Temporary Plaza
When: May 13, 2009 - Wednesday
10 a.m.
Where: 17th and Castro
What: Opening of the new 17th Street Temporary Plaza.

*Sunset Playground Renovation Project: 1st Community Meeting
When: May 13, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 
Where: Sunset Playground Recreation Center, 220 Lawton, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Supervisor Carmen Chu will be hosting the first community meeting on the renovation of Sunset Playground.  

Taraval Street Planning Meeting - Supervisor Carmen Chu
When: May 13, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Mocha 101, 1722 Taraval Street, San Francisco
What: Join Supervisor Carmen Chu and the Office of Economic and Taskforce Development for an open discussion on the Taraval Merchant Corridor.
Information: Katy 554-7462

"Game of my Life: San Francisco Giants"
When: May 13, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: Author Matt Johanson will share some of tales about San Francisco Giants from Seals Stadium in 1958 through the teams' 2002 postseason thrills and beyond.

May 14, 2009 - Thursday

*Tenderloin Community Budget Town Hall
When: May 14, 2009 - Thursday
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hyde Street Community Services, 134 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Coalition to Save Public Health Education - Workshop.  Join St. Anthony Foundation, Hyde Street Outpatient Clinic, La Voz Latina, SEIU 1021, Gray Panthers, SRO  Families United! and Coalition on Homelessness for a Tenderloin based discussion on the cuts, community prioritization of services, and next steps with our Supervisors and the Coalition to Save Public Health.
Information and RSVP: 415-759-3977 

*Commonwealth Club - Darrell Steinberg: Senate President Pro Tem, California State Senate
When: May 14, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club office, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell  Steinberg  is focusing  his attention on building a "smarter" agenda for California. Steinberg will share his plans to ensure health care for all kids, link our education system to high-wage careers in growing new California job sectors, stabilize the state's water supply needs and focus on renewable energy during his tenure as state senate leader.
$18. non-members

*HANC - State Special Election on the Budget
When: May 14, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Park Branch Library Community Room, 1833 Page, San Francisco
What: Focus on May 19th election and its possible impacts on San Francisco's municipal budget.  Invited guests, The League of Women Voters, Chelsea Boilard, of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and James Keys, Health Program Director of Senior Action Network.  What does this unprecedented decline in tax revenue mean for the State and the City?

*Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition Meeting
When: May 14, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Taraval Police Station Community Room, 2345 24th Avenue at Taraval
What: Concerned about the future of housing in the Sunset? The 2009 Housing Element will be a 45 minute agenda item.

*San Francisco Democratic Party meeting
When: May 14, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: United Here Local 2 (note different address), 209 Golden Gate Avenue, S.F.
What: Monthly meeting. Items off agenda:
  •  Resolutions supporting immigrant rights
  •  Opposing gross receipts tax on adult publications
  •  Supporting Employee Free Choice Act
  •  Supporting SF Budget Process
  •  Opposing recall of Board of Education members
  •  Supporting Clean Water Restoration Act 
  •  Discussion and consideration of endorsement of Coleman Advocates "Voices of the  Next  Generation SF Campaign.

*Joan Rivers
When: May 14, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Books, Inc., 2275 Market Street, San Francisco (near Castro)
What: Joan Rivers with Jerry Farmer will discuss their book.

May 15, 2009 - Friday

*San Francisco Housing Development Corporation  - Benefit
When: May 15, 2009 - Friday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Flora Grubb Garden, 1634 Jerrold Avenue, San Francisco
What: Affordable Housing Week Kick Off Event.  San Francisco Housing Development Corporation &  The Bay Area Council/USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate invite you to a special presentation:
"Connecting the Dots between Civil Rights Activist, Environmentalist an Green Businesses". "Directing the Federal Stimulus Package to Solve Environmental and Sustainability Issues in Urban Infill".  Confirmed speakers:
  • Michael Cohen: Mayor's Office Economic & Workforce Development
  • Lisa Galley, Galley Eco-Capital
  • Malik Looper, Literacy for Enviromental Justice
  • Dr. Betty McGee, H.E.R.C.
Luncheon reception 12 noon to 2 p.m. 
$50. contribution will go to support SFHDC mission of stopping the out migration of Afircan Americans from San Francisco and combating the foreclosure crisis in Bayview Hunters Point.
Information and tickets:

*Joan Rivers
When: May 15, 2009 - Friday
Where: Castro Theatre, San Francisco
What: Joan Rivers! Live! 

May 16, 2009 - Saturday

*Bernal Heights Community Congress
When: May 16, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Bernal Heights Neihborhood Center, 515 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco
What: Come together for Community Congress.  Free breakfast and lunch, free childcare. Breakout sessions: Youth Leadership Council, Coalition for Health Planning and South Bernal Action Alliance/Alemany Redevelopment.

*Fifth Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration
When: May 16, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Civic Center/Little Saigon District
 What: Largest gathering of Asian Pacific Americans in the the nation is back In front of Asian Art Museum, leading up to the Little Saigon District.  Free and open to public.

*San Francisco Tomorrow Luncheon
When: May 16, 2009 - Saturday
Where Castagnola's, 286 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Tomorrow is holding luncheon celebrating 2nd Generation of District Elections and Unsung Heroes:
Late Redmond Kernan, former President Presidio Historical Association.  A leader in the fight to protect the historic Presidio from a proposed modern art museum in the main post.
Commissioner Debra Walker - working for major reform of Building Inspection Department
Tributes from: 
Amy Meyer, former Presidio Trust Board Member
Lucia Bogatay, Board, Presidio Historical Association
 Rafael Mandelman, Appeals Board Commissioner
Patrons: Hon. Tom Ammiano, Hon. Aaron Peskin, Bonacker Associates, Bruce Balshone, Jan Blum, Jennifer Clary, Bernard Choden and Lois Scott, Civilian Congress - Jacques Fitch, Richard Dana, Bob Dockendorff, Chris Duderstadt, Dick Grosboll, Shirley and Richard Hansen, Brenda Jeffers, Esther Marks, Amy Meyer, Mary Anne Miller, Jane Morrison, Amy Quirk, Gimmy Park Li and Xing Chu Wang
2009 Sponsors: Prof. Raymod Berard, Robin Brasso, Sue Cauthen, Barbara Bong - Senior Action Network, John Casserly, Gerald Cauthen, Arthur Chang, Ina Dearman, Raj and Helen Desai, Denise D'Anne, Julian Davis, Arthur Feinstein, Angelo Figone, Ruth Gravanis, Sue Hestor, Gerry Hurtado,  Joseph Julian, Andreas Katz,  Hene and Dennis Kelly, Paul Kohler, Jim Lew, Rafael Mandelman, Paul Melbostad, Alice Mosley, Richard Navarro, Norman Rolfe, Alix Rosenthal,  Adam Schlidge Jr., Carol Ruth Silver, Edward Van Egri, Jay Wallace, Debra Walker, Steve Williams, Howard Wong
RSVP:Mail by Tuesday, May 12th to SFT, 41 Sutter Street, Suite 1579, San Francisco, CA 94104 phone Jane Morrison at 564-1482 by Thursday, May 14th. 

*Re-opening of Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library
When: May 16, 2009 - Saturday
1 p.m.
Were: 351 9th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Library re-opening.  Party including music, entertainment, refreshments and lion dancers.  Mayor Gavin Newsom, City Librarian Luis Herera, Supervisor Eric Mar and State Senator Mark Leno will speak.  Street will be closed between Clement Street and Geary Blvd.

*Celebrate opening of Franklin Square's brand new playground
When: May 16, 2009 - Saturday
3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square Playground, 17th Street and Bryant, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the newest playground in the City.  Ribbon cutting at 3:45.  Children's entertainment, performances, lemonade stand stand and snacks and refreshments.

*A Taste of Tel-Hi
When: May 16, 2009 - Saturday
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrating the Center of the Neighborhood.  Featuring the cuisine of Greens, La Mar, Piperade.  Hosted Cocktails, hors D'oeuvres from Butterfly Restaurant, II Fornaio Restaurant, Hog Island Oysters, Mojito Bar and Grill and Enrico's.  Silent and live auctions.  Special musical performances.  Festive attire. 
Tickets: $175.  Reservation Donna Fare 

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