Friday, May 15, 2009

San Francisco Democratic Party Monthly Meeting

Attended last night's meeting of the San Francisco Democratic Party held at  UNITE HERE, Local 2 on   Golden Gate Avenue. A very cohesive group last night.

It went the  way you would  expect: opposing gross receipts tax on adult publications, supporting Employee Free Choice Act, SF Budget process resolution , clean water restoration act and supports Senator Mark Leno's efforts to negotiate with ABC regarding entertainment laws.  Some discussion regarding resolution opposing recall of Board of Ed Members who voted against ROTC - that motion was tabled.

Powerful DCCC: Supervisors Daly, David Chiu, David Campos all showed up. Supervisor Eric Mar voted by proxy.   Ex supervisors Aaron Peskin, Leslie Katz, Jake McGoldrick were there plus four member  who are running for supervisor: Debra Walker in District 8 and Rafael Mandelman, Laura Spanjian and Scott Weiner.  These people are wired.

The San Francisco Democratic Party just recently updated their web site - take a look  Good stuff including a updated  list of Democratic Clubs in San Francisco.

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

*Latinos for Newsom
When: May 15, 2009 - Friday
6 p.m.
Where: La Parrilla Restaurant, 2126 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles
What: Los Angeles meeting for Latinos for Newsom.  Dialogue with the campaign about the needs for Latinos in the L.A. area.

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. 

*17th Street Plaza Celebration
When: May 16, 2009 - Saturday
12:30 p.m.
Where: 17th Street Plaza (corner of Castro and Market), San Francisco
What:  Neighborhood opening celebration sponsored by the Castro/Upper Market CBD. The event will kick off with Supervisor Bevan Dufty and will include the Sister's of Perpetual Indulgence, Mission High Guitar Club.

*Just Chinese Enough: The Art of Lenore Chinn & Bob Hsiang
When: May 16, 2009 - Saturday
1 to 4 p.m.
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
What: Gallery tour and digital workshop.

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

May 17, 2009 - Sunday

Bay to Breakers - 8 a.m.

Long Beach Pride Parade - Mayor Gavin Newsom is Grand Marshal

May 18, 2009 - Monday

Rally for "Renter's Relief" Legislation
When: May 18, 2009 - Monday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What: Show support for renters in hard economic times.  Come show support for Supervisor Daly's  legislation:
  • Would suspend any rent increases which would cause a tenant's rent to exceed 33% of their income.
  • Expand the rights of tenants to add roommates to help pay the rent.
  • Limit the amount of "banked" rent increases which can be imposed in any one year.

*Land Use and Economic Development Committee
When: May 18, 2009 - Monday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda: four times regarding rental rights.
Members: Sophie Maxwell, Eric Mar and David Chiu

*SFWPC Membership Appreciation Happy Hour
When: May 18, 2009 - Monday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Soluna Lounge, 272 McAllister Avenue, San Francisco
What: Everyone could use a happier Monday  so  SFWPC has moved their usual monthly meeting to Monday.  Very tasty munchies.  Free to members who have paid their dues and $10 for non-members.  Everyone is welcome. 

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Tenant Rights
When: May 18, 2009 - Monday
7 to 8 p.m.
Where: It's A Grind, 1800 Polk (at Washington) San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting.  Featured speaker will be Paul Hogarth of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic talking about Tenant Rights in the current economic situation.  Other discussions will be neighborhood development updates, crime abatement and safety issues.

Christopher Buckley
When: May 18, 2009 - Monday
8 p.m.
Where: Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Christopher Buckley will discuss his new book "Losing Mum & Pup". $20

May 19, 2009 - Tuesday

Special Election - (Vote - even if you don't want to) Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Save Prop M - Protect Tenants from Harassment
When: May 19, 2009 - Tuesday
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Rally
9:00 a.m. - Go to Court
Where: Superior Court, 400 McAllister (right across from City Hall) San Francisco
What: Rally of San Francisco tenants, advocates and supporters.  Prop. M, the anti-harassment legislation which passed in November is under attack.  Some landlords and realtors sued, in an initial hearing Superior Court Judge Paul Alvarado sided with landlords and suspended key provisions of Prop M, singling out the prohibition on physically threatening tenants as well as  two provisions limiting tenant buyouts.  Prop M is now back in court for its full hearing.
Join the Tenants Union and the CitiStop campaign for a rally and press conference followed by going to the courtroom to listen to the proceedings.

Obama's First 100 days, What do they tell us?
When: May 19, 2009 - Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Where: Unitarian-Universalist Center, Fireside Room, 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary), San Francisco
What:  A discussion hosted by San Francisco Gray Panthers.  It is now 100 days since Obama took office, it is appropriate to assess what he has done, and what he should do. Topics: economy, healthcare and  civil liberties.  What kind of movement would it take to assure a positive outcome to the challenges of war, the economy, healthcare, civil liberties and immigration?

Hearing on Health Impacts of CPMC's Master Plan
When: May 19, 2009 - Tuesday
2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Department of Public Health, 101 Grove Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco
What: SF Health Commission is holding a hearing on the health impacts of CPMC's plan for all its hospitals in San Francisco. This hearing is to comment on the delivery of health care  services.  Protest to demand that CPMC change its course to provide for just and equitable healthcare access to all San Francisco.  

The San Francisco Young Democrats Volunteer Symposium
When: May 19, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Le Colonial, 20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco
What: Volunteer Symposium.  Join SFYD, Citizen Hope, Democrats Work, Good Ol'Girls and the New Leaders Council.  This event will highlight 10 different volunteer based organizations that are currently in need of help.  Learn about the various ways to get involved in public service and make a positive impact in San Francisco.
Participating Organizations include:
  •  San Francisco Food Bank
  • Mo' Magic Foundation
  • St. Anthony's Foundation
  • Stern Grove Festival Association
  • Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
  • Opportunity Impact
  • Project Homeless Connect
  • Chinatown Community Development Center
  • San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs
  • The Koshland Garden and Alemany Farm

  Free.  Hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Happy hour drink specials till 7:30 p.m.   All  proceeds  from sponsors will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank. 

Richmond Police/Community Forum
When: May 19, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting.  Discussion regarding the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival which is scheduled for August 28 and 29th in Golden Gate Park.

May 20, 2009 - Wednesday

*Supes for Lunch - Supervisor Bevan Dufty
When: May 20, 2009 - Wednesday
11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Where: 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco
What: Join the Chamber of Commerce for lunch with Supervisor Bevan Dufty from District 8.   No fee but please register online.

*Simon Read reads from his colorful history of the founding of the San Francisco Chronicle "War of Words"
When: May 20, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Green Apple Books, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco
What: Book about the founding of the San Francisco Chronicle.  The author Simon Read will read from and answer questions on his highly entertaining history of the early days of San Francisco journalism.

May 21, 2009 - Thursday

*POWER Mission Office Warming and Happy Hour
When: May 20, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 335 S. Van Ness Ave., 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Help heat up their new digs with music, prizes and loteria, the Mexican game of chance!  Beer, wine, micheladas, aguas frescas, tamales and ice cream sundaes.  Meet POWER's fabulous new organizers and hear about the exciting leadership transition! $10. donation requested at door.

*Gavin Newsom - New Direction for California Kick-off Fundraiser
When: May 21, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Palace Hotel, Garden Court, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
What: Kick-off event for Mayor Gavin Newsom running for governor.
Host Committee:
Michael Anders, Thomas and Linda Coates, Joseph W. Cotchett, Oz Erickson, Stanlee Gatti, Richard and Traci Goldman, Daniel Lurie and Rebecca Prowda, Alan Reid, Cindy Testa-McCullagh and Sam McCullagh, Lori Puccinelli-Stern and Peter Stern, Walter Shorenstein, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Stephen Silberstein ,Trevor and Alexis Traina Diane B. Wilsey and Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki.   Purchase a ticket go to Act Blue page at

*Noe Valley Democratic Club - Prospects for Marriage Equality in California
When: May 21, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Upper Noe Valley Recreation Center, 295 Day Street, San Francisco
What: Dennis Herrera, the San Francisco City Attorney, and Andrea Shorter, of Equality California, will bring you up to date on the overthow of Prop 8.  

*NOPNA  - North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association - General Meeting
When: May 21, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m. meet and greet 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. meeting
Where: Cafe Neon, 1801 McAllister at Baker Street, San Francisco
What:  Presentations from the San Francisco District Attorney office and Plan C.

*San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
When: May 21, 2009 - Thursday
8 p.m.
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
What: Psychedelic pop band the Whoa Nellies will help the chorus transport the audience back  to  the 1960's to relive music made famous by the likes of Mamas and Papas, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys and Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles.  Joan Baez will join the chorus in the second act of the concert.
Tickets available:

May 22, 2009 - Friday

*Harvey Milk Day
When: May 22, 2009 - Friday
Noon to May 23, 2009 - Saturday
What: Harvey Milk's birthday.

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