Thursday, May 28, 2009

Board of Supervisors vote for MTA Budget

Attended Special Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday at noon for a vote on 2009-2010 Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Budget.  Not surprisingly the budget passed on a vote of 6 to 5 with Supervisors Avalos, Mar,  Mirkarimi, Daly  and Campos voting against the budget. 

The supervisors including Bevan Dufty, President David Chiu and Sophie Maxwell all did their part in  helping amend the Muni budget.  Now we all have to be watchdogs to make sure that the pressure is  put on  the  SFMTA Board  to make sure revenues are found and that Muni's budget is calculated correctly.

My question is - why did he take so much effort to improve the budget to help the people of San Francisco?  We have to depend on the MTA Board to help us.  I understand why we have the increased fares - but it is the "how" that bothers me.  

Everyone involved in pushing for a better budget should be thanked - this is not the end - only the beginning.  Muni goes up to $2. on July 1, 2009 with fast past going up to $55. from $45.

The next meeting of the San Francisco MTA meeting is June 2, 2009 at 2 p.m.

May 28, 2009 - Thursday

Government Audit and Oversight Committee
When: May 28, 2009 - Thursday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What:  Items off agenda: Renter's Relief Legislation
Members: Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Mar, Sophie Maxwell

5th Annual Emerge Reception
When: May 28, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Merchants Exchange Building, Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco
What: You are invited to attend the 5th Annual Emerge Reception with special guest speakerCongresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  Honoring Emerge 2009 Woman of the Year -Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe - National Finance Chair for Women for Obama.  Emerge is the premier training program for Democratic women, inspiring them to run and honing their skills to win.   Their  goal is to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.
Tickets starting at $100.  More information and to register please email or visit

31st Anniversary Dinner - Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
When: May 28, 2009 - Thursday
6 to  7 p.m. cocktails
7 to 9  p.m. award dinner
Where: Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the Women of the Milk Club!  Celebrating 31 years of progressive queer activism with special honors to former Club Presidents Gwenn Craig, Angie Fa, Carole Migdenand Debra Walker. MC Bobbi Lopez.  Special Guest: Eva Paterson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Society.
Tickets: $60 to $150. sliding scale. RSVP by May 25th. 

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's Trail Reconstruction Program Meeting
When: May 28, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: San Francisco City Hall, Room 421, San Francisco
What: To gather feedback from citizens on the planning for the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Trails Program. The meeting will review the Trail Reconstruction program's  propose prioritization criteria, project list and gather feedback.

Rebuild Potrero Workshop: Community Building
When: May 28, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhod House, 953 De Haro, San Francisco
What: What does "community builidng mean to you? How can Potrero residents and community organizers support one another in these efforts? How would you like to be involved?

Public Workshop - Botanical Garden
When: May 28, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, San Francisco
What: In response to the feedback received on the proposed admission program at Botanical Garden, the Rec & Park Department decided there will not be a fee for residents.  The revised proposal does include a $7. fee for nonresident visitors.  Public workshop is to take feedback regarding revised proposed admission fee and will be seeking topics including:
  • Implementation of the new fee for non-San Francisco residents.
  • Amenities at the Garden.
  • Potential new revenue sources.
Richmond District Democratic Club - "The numbers have something to say, is anybody Listening"?
When: May 28, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Richmond Police Station Community Room, 6th Avenue between Geary and Anza, S.F.
What: Speakers Leonard Cully and John Murphy, 2008-2009 Civil Grand Jury, will dicuss their recommendations to rectify efficiency and effectiveness deficiencies.

 Taraval  Police/community meeting
When: May 28, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Meeting being held  with Sunset Beacon Center, San Francisco Safe and SupervisorCarmen Chu.

May 29, 2009 - Friday

SPUR - Grand Opening - Public Open House
When: May 29, 2009 - Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 654 Mission Street (between New Montgomery and Third Street)  San Francisco
What:  Open House - new SPUR office and building (Urban Center).  You can preview the new building and SPUR's exhibition premiere: "Agents of Change: Civic Idealism and the Making of San Francisco".

Memorial for GGNRA Superintendent Brian O'Neill
When: May 29, 2009 - Friday
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Crissy Field, San Francisco
What:  Memorial for Brian O'Neill, Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Parking will be available at the Presidio Main Post parking area, near Sheridan and Montgomery Street, and on Mason Street.  Shuttles will be provided between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

San Francisco Single Payer Rally
When: May 29, 2009 - Friday
Where: San Francisco Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: Rally for Healthcare  - Support HR 676.  There will be over 30 nationwide rallies held on May 29th.  Asking  Speaker of the House  Nancy Pelosi to foster a discussion on the single payer legislation. Sponsored by Senior Action Network, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, San Francisco Gray Panthers and Single Payer Now.
Information: singlepayernow

"53 Days - Local 2 on Stage"
When: May 29, 2009 - Friday
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: SEIU Local 1877 Hall, 240 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: A Docudrama Recreation of the Epic 2004-2006 contract battle between Local 2 and SF Multi-Employer Hotel Group.  Admission is free and everyone  is invited.  Hosted by UNITE HERE Local 2 and produced by the Labor and Community Studies Department of the City College of San Francisco.  Other sponsors include San Francisco Labor Archives and the CCSF Theatre Arts.

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi
When: May 29, 2009 - Friday
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco - Address will be given upon receipt of RSVP
What: Join  George  and Judy Marcus, Gary Cohen, John Koza, Michael E. Fox, Paul Lam, Dr. Philip Leboit, Sid Lakireddy, Teri and Gary Hernandez and William Barkett for an Evening Reception honoring Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi
Friend: $1,000, Supporter: $2,400.
Information and RSVP Jennifer Lopez 916-558-6964

*Jay Leno - last day on Tonight Show

May 30, 2009 - Saturday

Richmond District Town Hall Meeting
When: May 30, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join Supervisor Eric Mar, Captain Corriea, and representatives from the Planning Department and the MTA as they discuss traffic calming proposals and pedestrian safety.  We invite all community members to share suggestion for better streets, transportation  and neighborhood improvements.

SPUR - Urban Center Grand Opening: SPUR Community Day
When: May 30, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m.
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What:  Free.  Come celebrate a new chapter of SPUR and help build a better tomorrow for you and your community.
Friends of Dolores Park - Charity and the Jamband
When: May 30, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to Noon
Where: Dolores Park Playground, San Francisco
What: Come and celebrate with family, friends and Charity and the JAMband at Dolores Park.  Original, rockin' dancin', and soulful.

NOPA  Neighborhood Block Party
When: May 30, 2009 - Saturday
11 to 6 p.m.
Where: Lyon Street between Fell and Grove, San Francisco
What: NOPA Networking annual block  party, barbecue.  Kids activities, live music, artists in action and BBQ. 
Meet in the Middle
When: May 30, 2009 - Saturday
1 p.m.
Where:  Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, Ca.
What: Begin a new movement toward full equality for LGBT people and their families.  Unite all progressive, equality-loving people in the state of California for one day to celebrate the dignity and value of every human being.  

Potrero Hill, Then & Now Book Signing
When: May 30, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Goat Hill Pizza, 300 Connecticut, San Francisco
What:  Meet the authors of "Potrero Hill, Then & Now", Abigail Johnston and Peter Linenthal.  Get your autograph copy and preserve our local history!

National Center for Lesbian Rights
When: May 30, 2009 - Saturday
8 p.m. to Midnight
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
What: NCLR is celebrating 32 years of fighting for LGBT civil and human rights.   Noshing , drinks and dancing.  Keynote Speaker: Kate Kendell, Esq., NCLR Executive Director
  Tickets start at $90. 

May 31, 2009 - Sunday

*Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club - Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
When: May 31, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m.
Where: San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street @ Presidio, Library, 
Second Floor, San Francisco
What: Coffee and bagels with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.  Everyone is cordially invited. 

*Union Design Festival
When: May 31, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hayes Valley Park at Octavia and Hayes Street, San Francisco
What: Independent design festival in Hayes Valley. 130 carefully chosen  designers of all sorts of clothing, accessories, textiles, paper goods will show their work.  Free.

June 1, 2009 - Monday

*Commonwealth Club - Cleve Jones
When: June 1, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth office, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Meet Cleve Jones.   Founder, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; human rights activist; author. $15. non-members

*San Francisco For Democracy - General Meeting
When: June 1, 2009 - Monday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Police Station, 1125 Fillmore Street at Turk Street, San Francisco
What: Quintin Mecke, Assemblyman Ammianno's Communication's Director will speak and answer questions about Assemblyman's proposal to legalize marijuana (AB390) - after the presentation between 7:30 and 8 p.m. San Francisco Democracy will vote on whether they want to endorse AB390.
Election of SF4 Democracy Officers between 7 and 9 p.m. Balloting will be allowed during the entire meeting

June 2, 2009 - Tuesday

*SFMTA Board Meeting
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco

* Society of Professional Journalists - Northern California - Adapting  to Online Journalism: What you need to know
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Jillian's in the Metreon, 101 4th Street, San Francisco
What: Come learn what skills you need to update your  journalism toolbox for the 21st  Century.
Panelists: Jennifer Kho, George Kelly and Diana Hembree
$10. non-members

*Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Public Defender Jeff Adachi
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Agenda:
 Public Defender Jeff Adachi will speak about the drastic budget cuts that threaten his department's ability to defend people who cannot afford a lawyer.  He will give details about the recent Justice Summit that was held in San Francisco.
Michael Cohen from the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development will speak on behalf of Lennar and SB 729 (Leno), followed by Q&A.

* Litquake Fundraiser - Cocktails with Canin!
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 7:30 p.m.  VIP reception with Ethan Canin, Oscar Vilalong, Po Bronson, Mary Roach, Daniel Handler, Beth Lisick and Stephen Eliott.  
8 p.m. Onstage conversation
Where: Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway in North Beach, San Francisco
What: Bestselling author and Iowa Writers' Workshop professor Ethan Canin (author of "America America") will be sharing cocktails and conversation onstage with Oscar Vilalon.     Book sales and signing to follow.
VIP Reception (food, admission included) $55.
General admission $15. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Advance tickets:

June 3, 2009 - Wednesday

*Karaoke with Debra Walker
When: June 3, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Cat Club, 1190 Folsom Street, San Francisco, Ca.
What: Support Debra Walker for Supervisor in District Six  by singing your heart out!.  Come to karaoke fundraiser and help Debra Walker meet her goals!.  The first 100 people to donate $50. or more will get a handmade ceramic Debra Walker button made by San Francisco  artist  Karen Koltonnow.  Event hosted by Janyre Mak. $10 at door.

*Mission Playground - Renovation Meeting
When: June 3, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mission Clubhouse at Mission Playground, 19th and Linda Street/Valencia between 19th and 20th Street, San Francisco
What: Misison Playground is being renovated.  Community workshop to help plan the park of your future.  At this meeting there will be a discussion on the goals of the Mission Playground renovation project and public comments about how to use the park, what works well and what needs improvement.  

*San Francisco for Democracy - What next for California Marriage Equality and National Health Care Reform
When: June 3, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's Restaurant, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Lilia Tamm, the LGBT Northern California organizer for The Courage Campaign will discuss the next steps in legalizing marriage in California for LGBT couples.
There will also be a panel to discuss America's health care system.

June 4, 2009 - Thursday

*Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee's Campaign Kick-Off
When: June 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Gaylord Indian Restaurant, 1 Embarcadero (Battery & Sacramento) San Francisco
What: Campaign kick-off for Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee.
Hosts: Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma, SF Assessor-Record Phil Ting, SF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, SF Supervisor Carmen Chu, SF Community College Board Member Steve Ngo.  Josh Fryday,  Jerry Hallisey, Clay Harrell, Keith Kamisugi, Tina Lee, Nancy McFadden, Dan Nguye-Tan, Andrea Olson, Sam Rodriguez, Alix Rosenthal and Jason Wong.  
Light Dinner. Individual ticket: $100.  Young Professional; $35.
Information and RSVP


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