Wednesday, May 20, 2009

San Francisco Political Events as of May 20, 2009

Picture: Guerrero Street

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. 

*Police Commission
When: May 20, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Weekly meeting.   Received email from  Community Leadership Alliance  that the SFPD Effectiveness Review  study phase has ended and the effort to  begin the process of implementing  over 350 recommendations will begin tonight at the Police  Commission meeting with a  discussion on the approach to implementation.  (I don't see this specifically mentioned in  official agenda).

Jen Lancaster - "Pretty in Plaid"
When: May 20, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Borders, Stonestown, 3251 20th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Come hear Jen Lancaster talk about her new book "Pretty in Plaid".

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.

*Westside Democratic Club - Meet & Greet Pizza Night at Pirro's Pizza
When: May 21, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Pirro's Pizzeria, 2244 Taraval Street, San Francisco
What: Westside Democratic Club invites all residents, potential members and friends to join for Meet & Greet Pizza Night.  Meet the new executive officers and talk about the issues on the Westside.  
New officers:
President: Tuan Nguyen
Executive Vice President: Alice Ho Seher
Vice President/Parliamentarian: Kevin Delaney
Treasurer: Nancy Murphy
Secretary/Administrator: Jim Weixel
Membership Chair: Elizabeth Weidenbach
Endorsement Chair: Mary Jung

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.

City Democratic Club - San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi
When: May 21, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Schroder's, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Come hear Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

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.

May 22, 2009 - Friday

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

May 23, 2009 - Saturday

Carnaval San Francisco 2009
When: May 23, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Harrison Street between 16th and 22nd Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate revival and change.

Willie Mays will receive an honorary doctorate at San Francisco State today!!!

May 24, 2009 - Sunday

Carnaval Parade
When: May 24, 2009 - Sunday
9:30 a.m.
Where: Starts at 24th and Harrison to Mission then Mission and 24th to  Mission  and 17th Street.

May 25, 2009 - Monday

Memorial Day

*Let the Sunshine In Benefit Concert
When: May 25, 2009 - Monday
7p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
What: Sting, The Dead's Bob Weir, The Supremes' Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, The Fifth Dimensions Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Earl Klugh, David Grisman and other special musical guests perform one night only in a benefit concert, Let the Sunshine in, for child gun violence victim Chris Rodriguez and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  
Tickets $75 to $250.

May 26, 2009 - Tuesday

*San Francisco Young Democrats Ball in Blue 3 - Cocktail Party
When: May 26, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Place, San Francisco
What: Help raise funds for SFYD's various programs which include annual scholarship program. For ages 35 and under.
Light refreshments provided.  Open bar from 6:30  7:30 p.m .  RSVP by ordering tickets actblue.compage/sfybib3 $35. in advance $40 at door.  

May 27, 2009 - Wednesday

*Board of Supervisors Special Meeting regarding Muni
When: May 27, 2009
Details: to follow

*Northeast Embarcadero Study Community Workshop
When: May 27, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: ILWU, 400 North Point, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: At the request of Supervisor Chiu, the Planning Department is initiating a study of the Port properties on the west side of The Embarcadero between Washington and North Point streets that are currently being used as parking lots.  The study will result in design guidelines and plans for improving the public realm.  At this workshop they will introduce the process, discuss the public issues and concerns, and set the vision and goals.  All residents, business owners, and others with an interest in the waterfront are invited to attend.

*Poet Laureate Diane Di Prima - "Taking Dictation"
When: May 27, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Excelsior Library Culture Salon, 4400 Mission Street at Cotter Street, San Francisco
What: Diane Di Prima will discuss various ways the poem may be "received" and read poems that have arrived as if dictated.  

*Panel on Health Care Issues in the Bay Area and Beyond
When: May 27, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 582 Market Street, First Floor, San Francisco
What:  Forum:  Is there a crisis in healthcare in the Bay Area?
Moderated by Roma Guy, California Women's Agency and Chair, Health Access
Daniel Hodges, Chair, Health Care for All - California
Patricia McGinnis, Executive Director, California Advocats for Nursing Home Reform
Sara Rogers, Consultant, Health, California State Senate
Richard Rubinstein, General Counsel, San Francisco Health Plan
Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of San Francisco, OWL - The Voice of Midlife and Older Women, SF Women's Political Committee, EQUAL Health, Women's Intercultural Network/California Women's Agenda

May 28, 2009 - Thursday

*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. 


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