Saturday, May 23, 2009

A very important week - many choices.

A very busy, important week of activities including the Decision from the State Supreme Court on Prop. 8, Board of Supervisors vote on Muni budget and Renters Relief Legislation, Emerge and Harvey Milk LGBT fundraisers, SPUR opening and memorial for Superintendent Brian O'Neill of the GGNRA. 

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.

*Susan Boyle - five day semifinals for Britain's Got Talent  begins  May 24th.  People in the USA will not be able to watch live.  

May 25, 2009 - Monday

Memorial Day

*141st Memorial Day Concert and Parade
When: May 25, 2009 - Monday
10:30  a.m.
Where: Presidio Main Parade Ground, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco
What: Main Post parade, National Cemetery program, cemetery walks and concert.

*Night Prior to Ruling on Prop. 8
When: May 25, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Interfaith Prayer service at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
What: All peaceful loving people are invited to come together for this service.

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

*The Day of the Ruling on Prop. 8
When: May 26, 2009 - Tuesday
Starts: 8:30 a.m.
Where: St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church Street (across from Castro Safeway), S.F.
What: 8:30 a.m.: Service/Blessing

9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m: March from Saint Francis to Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: California Supreme Court steps (400 McAllister Street, San Francisco). 

10:30 a.m.: Circle of Care at Civic Center Plaza.  If the marriage ban is upheld, a group of Bay Area clergy and congregants will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience immediately after receiving the ruling.  Information:

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Pre-March Rally at San Francisco City Hall (speakers include Terry Stewart, Kate Kendell)

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: March to MLK Memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens, 4th and Mission St. San Francisco.   

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Post-March gathering at Yerba Buena Gardens (speakers include Rev. Amos Brown, music and next steps).

*Senior Mortgage & Investment Fraud Community Outreach Meeting
When: May 26, 2009 - Tuesday
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: OMI Senior Center, 1948 Ocean Avenue at Fairfield Way, San Francisco
What: Find out how to avoid the newest mortgage and investment fraud scams, find out where to get free help, learn how to talk to your lender, learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud, and how to report crime.  Sponsored by Supervisor John Avalos, District Attorney Kamala Harris and Assessor Phil Teng.

*LGBT Legislative Caucus to hold Tuesday Press Conference on California Supreme Court Decision on Prop. 8
When: May 26, 2009 - Tuesday
10:30 a.m.
Where: Capitol, Room 317, Sacramento
What: Opportunity to meet with legislative leaders and other elected officials following the California Supreme Court decision on Prop. 8.
Members of the LGBT Legislative Caucus:
  • Senator Mark Leno, Chair
  • Senator Christine Kehoe
  • Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
  • Assemblymenber John A. Perez
  • Other lawmakers and elected officials have been invited
Information: Ali Bay (Leno 916-651-4550 

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 ticketsactblue.compage/sfybib3 $35. in advance $40 at door. 

*Transit Center District Plan Workshop on SOMA development
When: May 26, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate University, 536 Mission Street (between 1st and 2nd Street), San Francisco
What:  Final public workshop before the release of the draft plan document for the Transit Center District.  Learn the final ideas that will be presented  of what the future of this neighborhood will look like.  Free.

*The Art of the Memoir
When: May 26, 2009 - Tuesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith, 1644 Haight, San Francisco
What: Find out what it takes to write and tell your life story from trained  professionals. 
David Henry Sterry, Alan Black, Beth Lisick (I loved her book "Helping Me Help Myself: 1 Skeptic, 10 Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone" and Arielle Eckstut.

May 27, 2009 - Wednesday

*President Barack Obama 
When: May 27, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Beverly Hills Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Ca.
What: Beverly Hills Hilton DNC Fundraiser.  Equality Network is holding a rally out in front "Full Equality Now - full and equal protection under the law for LGBT people in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states". 

*San Francisco Labor Council - Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
When: May 27, 2009, Wednesday
8 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness (at Pine Street), San Francisco
What: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will be speaking and taking questions.  $25.
RSVP: Emily Nelson

*Board of Supervisors Special Meeting regarding Muni
When: May 27, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: City Hall, Legislative Chambers, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Special meeting to discuss rejecting the FY 2009-2010 Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Budget.

*Police Commission
When: May 27, 200 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Weekly meeting.  Chief's Report - update on significant policing efforts by Department members. (there are also closed Police Commission meetings on May 28, 29, 30, 31st and June 6, 2009)

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.

*Social Media for Voter Education - Debra Bowen
When: May 27, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: CitizenSpace, 425 Second Street, San Francisco
What: Join California Secretary of State Debra Bowen in an evening brainstorming session on the use of social media in voter education.

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

*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.

*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 Supervisor Carmen 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


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