Sunday, May 17, 2009

San Francisco Tomorrow Luncheon

Attended 39th Annual San Francisco Tomorrow Awards Event at Castagnola's Saturday.

What a beautiful day to have an event looking over Fisherman's Wharf!   

San Francisco Tomorrow celebrated District Elections with speakers Supervisor Jake McGoldrick (2000-2008), current Board of Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos and President of the Board David Chiu.  

Unsung Hero Award was given to the late Redmond Kernan, former President, Presidio Historical Association and a leader in the fight to protect the historic Presidio from a proposed modern art museum in the main post. Both Amy Meyer and Lucia Bogatay  gave tributes for   Redmond Kernan.  Sharon Gadberry, wife of Redmond Kernan, gave a poignant  response to the award. 

Unsung Hero Award was also given to Debra Walker who is working for major reform of the Building Inspection Department.  Tribute to Debra Walker was given by Rafael Mandelman. 

It should also be noted that Amy  Meyer spoke about the recent passing of Brian O'Neill, Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Center.

New Board Directors were elected: Bruce Balshone, Arthur Chang, Bernie Choden, Jennifer Clary, Denise D'Anne, Julian Davis, Chris Duderstadt, Andy Katz, Paul Kohler, James A. Lew and Alix Rosenthal.   

Notes of Interest:

Norm Rolfe has been a member of San Francisco Tomorrow for 40 years!
Eric Smith was introduced to the audience as a probable candidate for Supervisor in District 10 in 2010.

San Francisco Tomorrow -

Amy Meyer, Rafael Mandelman, Debra Walker

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

*Press Conference - MTA Transit Justice Package
When: May 18, 2009 - Monday
3 p.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What:  Join seniors and youth to call for Transit Justice Package as MTA Budget returns to the Board.  Call for roll-back of fare increases for seniors, youth and lifeline users - restoration of bus lines serving public housing residents and a package of increased parking fees.  A Charter Amendment will be announced to reform the governance of the MTA .
Information: John Avalos 415-359-8367

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.

*San Francisco League of Young Voters 
When: May 19, 2009 - Tuesday
8 p.m.
Where: El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Come celebrate a not so exciting election. (San Francisco League of Young Voters have recommended voting NO on everything.  They are passing out voter guides with this guidance.)

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.

*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.

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.

Coming Events:

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 speaker Congresswoman 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 Migden and 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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