Saturday, May 2, 2009

San Francisco Political events as of May 3, 2009

May 3, 2009 - Sunday

Foul Play Productions - Debra Walker
When: May 3, 2009 - Sunday
6:30 p.m. VIP Reception - includes wine and hors d'oeuvres
8:00 p.m. Show begins
Where: The Glama-Rama Hair Salon, 417 South Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Come see the presentation of Stale Magnolias - a story of high hopes, dashed dreams, betrayal, murder and male-pattern balding.
The ultimate 80's Southern Women's Play and support  Debra Walker for San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee.  You won't want to miss Debra Walker being made over.  Glama-Rama Style!
Information and to RSVP: Annie Eagan 415-269-5105
VIP Reception donation levels: $1000, $500, $250

May 4, 2009 - Monday

Last day to register to vote

*City and County of San Francisco Public Safety Committee
When: May 4, 2009 - Monday
11 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • SF City ID Card Program Implementation
  • Public Safety impact of budget cuts proposed by various departments.
Members: David Campos, Ross Mirkarimi, Michela Alioto-Pier
Information and Source:

*City and County of San Francisco Land Use and Economic Development Committee
When: May 4, 2009 - Monday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Recreation and Park Department - Sharp Park
  • Ordinance amending SF Park code to require Rec & Park Department to develop a plan, schedule and budget for restoring Sharp Park habitat for the California red legged frog and San Francisco gartner snake in conformance with the requirement of the Endangered Species Act and transfer Sharp Park to, or developing a joint management agreement with the Golden Gate Recreation area and making environmental findings.
Members: Sophie Maxwell, Eric Mark, David Chiu
Information and Source:

Jose Cisneros for Treasurer 2009
When: May 4, 2009 - Monday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lime Restaurant, 2247 Market Street, San Francisco
What:  Jose Cisneros Kickoff Fundraiser.  $100., $250 Co-Host, $500 Host

*Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2009
When: May 4, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m. Herbst Theatre, Veterans War Memorial Building, San Francisco
6:30 p.m. Reception, Green Room, San Francisco
What: Help celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2009 with Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Committee.
RSVP: 415-554-6110

May 5, 2009 - Tuesday

Cancelled -Cancelled - Cancelled Save Prop M - Protect Tenants from Harassment
When: May 5, 2009 - Tuesday
Cancelled8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
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 voters passed this last November is under attack. After the election certain  landlords and realtors sued.  In the initial hearing Superior Court Judge Paul Alvarado sided with the landlords and suspended key provisions of Prop. M. Prop M is in court for a full hearing on May 5th.  Following the rally people will go and listen to the proceedings.

*San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: May 5, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda:
  • Prohibition on loitering outside nightclubs.
  • Streamlining the regulation of small businesses.
  • Hearing on the correlation of health and wellness to economic recovery programs and reinvestments for San Francisco
Information and Source:

 San Francisco Bicycle 2009 Golden Wheel Awards
When: May 5, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Green Room in the War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
What: Celebrate the Year of the bicycle and the SFBC's work in moving our city forward.  They will honor the folks who made Sunday Streets a reality.  Keynote  Speaker  isJohn Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycles. 
$75. Wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Complimentary valet bicycle parking.

Potrero Hill Democratic Club Monthly Meeting
When: May 5, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street, San Francisco
Solar Panels on your roof: Leah Pimentel of GRID Alternative will describe the program.
Hunters Point alternatives : Sol Bloom, Executive Director of Arc Ecology, and Arthur Feinstein of the Sierra Club will explain alternate concepts to Lennar's plans for Bayview/HuntersPoint/Candlestick open space and development.  This will include in  their discussion amending SB792 (Leno), the parklands transfer bill.
Pier 70 - past and future - Kimberly Alvarenga District Director for Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, will seek the Club's support for AB 1176, to enable adequate financing for Pier 70.

May 6, 2009 - Wednesday

2009 Justice Summit: Defending the Public and the Constitution
When: May 6, 2009 - Wednesday
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: Show your support for public defense by coming to 2009 Justice Summit: Defending the Public and the Constitution:
Welcome:  Public Defender Jeff Adachi.
Keynote addressHon. Judge Thelton Henderson
Panel 1:
Barbara Babcock, Richard Goemann, Michael Judge, Cookie Ridolfi, Kimberly Thomas Rapp, Barry Krisberg and Christine Voss
Lunch: Free - but registration is required
Panel 2: Holistic Community-Oriented Criminal Defense - speaker - Melanca Clark
Information and to register:

San Francisco Vigil for the Employee Free Choice Act
When:  Noon on May 6th to Noon on May 7th
Where: New Federal Building -7th and Mission Streets, San Francisco
What: 24 hour vigil.
 May 6th  Rallies at Noon  and 5 p.m and vigil at 10 p.m.
 May 7th - Vigil at 5:30 a.m. and closing rally at Noon

*City and County of San Francisco Budget and Finance Committee
When: May 6, 2009 - Wednesday
1:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Rejecting the FY 2009-2010 Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Budget
Members: John Avalos, Ross Mirkarimi, Carmen Chu, David Campos, Bevan Dufty
Information and Source:
*Carnaval San Francisco 2009 - "Roots of Revival - Seeds of Change"
When: May 6, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: The Rotunda, San Francisco City Hall
What: Mayor Gavin Newsom and Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. cordially requests the pleasure of your company to celebrate Carnaval San Francisco 2009.
RSVP 415-554-6622

San Francisco for Democracy - Labor's Futures - Employee Free Choice and Worker Collectives
When: May 6, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's German Restaurant, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly Meeting:
Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA):  Amber Parrish from the San Francisco Labor Council's Political Department will explain EFCA.
Workers' Collective: Kasper K of NOBAWC will provide a Workers Collective 101 presentation.  
Open voting systems : Brent Turner will give a brief presentation on open voting systems  and H.R. 105.

May 7, 2009 - Thursday

*12th Annual United States of Asian America Festival
When: May 7, 2009 - Thursday
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
What: 12th Annual United States of of Asian America Festival kicks off with Gala Opening event and reception.  Partake in sweets and sparkling wine while sampling some of the festival art and performances.  Free.  Open to the general public.  

*New Work by Mission Loc@l Photogaphers
When: May 7, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: L's Caffe, 2871 24th Street, San Francisco
What: Join Mission Loc@l for a reception and silent auction.  Proceeds from the photos will go towards in-depth reporting of the Mission community. (great website!!!)

*  53 Days - Local 2 on Stage
When: May 7, 2009 - 7:00 p.m.
             May 8, 2009 - 7:30 p.m.
             May 9, 2009 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Diego Rivera Theater, City College Ocean Campus,50 Phelan Avenue,  San Francisco
What: A Docudrama Recreation of the Epic 2004-2006 Contract Battle Between Unite Here Local 2 & the Multiemployer Hotel Group.  Ticket prices: $10-20. sliding scale.  
Project sponsors: Local 2, San Francisco State Labor Archives, CCSF Theatre Arts & Labor and Communities Studies.
  Information and tickets:

*"What comes After Newspapers?" - Washington Post/San Francisco Chronicle/Slate symposium
When: May 7, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Fort Mason, Building A, San Francisco
What: The New America Foundation and Zocalo hold symposium on the decline of print media and the future of  journalism.   Panel includes:
Steve Coll,  former  Washington Post managing editor
Michael Kinsley, Slate founder
Phil Bronstein - former San Francisco Chronicle executive vice president and editor
Cost and RSVP: Free, but reservations required.

May 8, 2009 - Friday

*Labor and Community Studies 35th Anniversary Celebration
When: May 8, 2009  - Friday
5 p.m.
 Celebration: Lobby, Visual Arts Building, City College Ocean Campus 
6:30 p.m.
Concert: The Rockin' Solidarity Labor  Heritage Chorus, Vukani Mawethu, La Familia Pena-Gevea, The Freedom Song Network and Adhamh Roland/Riot Folk 
Where: Diego Rivera Theater, City College Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco
7:30 p.m.
 53 Days Local 2 On Stage - A docudrama recreation of the Epic 2004-2006 Contract Battle Between United Here Local 2 & the Multiemployer Hotel Group.
Ticket Prices: $25. Reception & Concert; Docudrama $10-$20. no one turned away for lack of funds. 

*Literary Death Match with journalist Eve Batey
When: May 8, 2009 - Friday
7 p.m.
Where: Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Literary Death Match is a mix of four writers who perform their writing before a audience and a panel of three all-star judges.  After a pair of readings judges take turns  spouting commentary about each story, each focusing on one of three categories: literary merit, performance and intangibles.  They then select their favorite of the two writers to advance to the finals. 

  • Peter Orner (The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo)
  • Ellen Sussman (Dirty Words)
  • April Sinclair (Coffee will Make you Black)
  • Jesse Nathan (Dinner)

  • Andrew Leland on Literary Merit
  • Eve Batey (SF Appeal) on Performance
  •  mystery judge on Intangibles
 For the finale, we trade the show's literary  sensibility  for an absurdly comical climax to decide who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.
Cost: $5.

*Ruth Reichl
When:  May  8, 2009 - Friday
8 p.m.
Where: Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Ruth Reichl discusses her latest book "Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way".  (her books are wonderful)

*5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration Launch Party
When:  May  8, 2009 - Friday
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street and 2nd, San Francisco
What: 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street  Celebration Launch Party hosted by Vive, AsianWeek Foundation and Hyphen Magazine.  Guest list is free before 11 p.m. To get on the guest list visit

*CPBB Save Bay to Breakers "Party2Party" fundraiser
When: May 8, 2009 - Friday
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Roe, 651 Howard Street, San Francisco
What: Raising money for Bay to Breakers Flush Fund, after race cleanup and proposed float corral after party in Speedway Meadow.
Three floors of music. DJ Lineup: DJ Smoove, Dj Zaq, DJ Chris Fox, Gabe Gavilanes and more.
Hosts: Edward Sharpless, Matt Seliga, John Gray, Conor Johnston, Wilson Ling, Liz Brusca, Kelsey Nagle, David William Scott, Jon Dishotsky, Mike Moscuzza
Sponsors: Lotus Vodka and Live Energy drink.
 Let's continue to fight for and preserve our beloved tradition, Bay to Breakers. 

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