Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Call Senator Dianne Feinstein !!!

Tuesday night I attended Potrero Hill Democratic Club meeting at Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.

There was a full house to listen to the Panel "National Health Care Reform".

Justin Davis, M.D. - Potrero Hill primary-care physician
Linda Leu - Northern California Regional Organizer, Health Access; volunteer organizer, Organizing for America (formerly Obama for America)
Don Bechler - Chair, Single-Payer Now
Catherine Dodd, RN - Mayor Newsom's Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing Health, Human Services, Aging Services and Children Youth and Family Services
Moderator: DeWitt Lacy, Vice-President, Potrero Hill Democratic Club

Everyone in the room was in agreement that the medical care system needed to change.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is in control of the Congress vote which is expected to vote shortly. In the Senate more work needs to be done.

Organizing for America wants you to call Senator Diane Feinstein at 202-224-3841 and Senator Barbara Boxer at 202-224-3553 and ask them to support President Obama's three principals for real health care reform. Ask the Senator for their vote for health care reform which includes reduce costs, guarantee a choice of plans and doctors - including the choice of a public insurance option and to ensure quality affordable care for every American.

The other option is to pass HR 676 - Single Payer Healthcare. Single payer Now is asking you to call Congress Member Nancy Pelosi and ask her to co-sponsor HR 676 and to pass legislation that allows us to pass California's single payer legislation SB810, the California Universal Healthcare Act. Phone Number 415-556-4862. Single Payer Healthcare is asking you to ask President Obama to support HR 676. - Pass HR676 - (sponsored by State Senator Mark Leno)
Don Bechler 415-695-7891

Potrero Hill Democratic Club -

July 8, 2009 - Wednesday

Neighborhood Parks Council - Summer Social
When: July 8, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Patricia's Green @ Hayes and Octavia, San Francisco
What: Celebrate your parks and community at our Summer Social. Great chance to connect with fellow park advocates from around the city and meet the new Rec & Park General Manager, Phil Ginsburg. The following individuals will be recognized for their volunteer work:
D1: Kay Voyvodich, Boulevard Neighbors User Group
D3: Adah Bakalinsky
D4: Greg Syler, Friends ofWest Sunset Playground
D5: Callen Taylor, Friends of Kimbell Park
D6: Troy Christensen, Friends of SOMA Rec
D7: Kerry Slattery, Friends of Rolph Nicol
D8: Gary Weiss, Corbett Heights Neighbors
D9: Dave Schweisguth, Juri Commoners
D10: Trilce and Chuck Farrugia, Help McLaren Park, Jean Bogiages, Friends of Fallen Bridge Mini Park
D11: Linda D'Avirro, Crocker Amazon Park Advisory Committee

Police Commission Meeting
When: July 8, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
Annual Election of Commission Officers
Chief's Report - Update on significant policing efforts by Department members
Department Budget updated.
Commissioners: Theresa Sparks, Dr. Joe Marshall, Petra Dejesus, Yvonne Y. Lee, Thomas P. Mazucco, David Onek, Vincent Pan

Supervisor Eric Mar - Town Hall Meeting
When: July 8, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Richmond District Neighborhood Center, 741 30th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Topics include how you can do sidewalk landscaping in front of your house, community challenge grants for street improvements, community gardens and Pavement to Parks. Adam Varat will provide details on the application process for these types of improvements.
Source and Information:

*Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in America
When: July 8, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Seventy-five miners and their families were killed, showing the brutal face of Rockefeller and the early robber barons who used the national militia and US Army to destroy to power of the working people. This massacre also led to open class warfare in Colorado between the state and the workers, and included Mother Jones, who came to the aid of these workers and their families.

From Stonewall to Gay Marriage
When: July 8, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
What: Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall by attending discussion about the history and future of the struggle for LGBT liberation with Sherry Wolf and Tommi Avicolli Mecca. Host will be Rose Aguilar, host of KALW's Your Call.
$5 to $10. donation
Sponsored by Haymarket Books and City Lights

July 9, 2009 - Thursday

*Move-On Health Care Rally - Senator Dianne Feinstein's District Office
When: July 9, 2009 - Thursday
Where: Senator Dianne Feinstein's District Office, 1 Post Street, San Francisco
What: Rally is to show that Americans across the country are demanding a strong public health insurance plan.
Senator Feinstein' website:
  • Public option:
  • Save your money
  • Offer you a choice
  • Guarantee access.
Information: moveon.or

*Art and Labor Today
When: July 9, 2009 - Thursday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
What: Multimedia show brings together contemporary artists from the United States and France to provide provocative and compelling views of capitalism and the state of labor today.
Reception will be held. A free screening follows of the Tim Robbins directed movie The Cradle Will Rock, based on the story of the Federal Theatre Project's aborted 1937 production of Marc Blitzstein's labor musical. Free.

*Strategy for Sustainability Book Launch (this looks interesting!)
When: July 9, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 10 p.m.
Where: Saatchi @ Saatchi S HQ - The Pie Factory, 501 York Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco launch of the new book by Adam Werbach, "Strategy for Sustainability". The event will be a benefit for the Village Bike Project. (book is very successful already - excellent sales on Amazon)
6:30 Special Treat: Warren Hellman plays a couple of bluegrass songs and talks about the history of financial conmen.
7 p.m. Cleanfest - David Steuer in conversation with Adam Lowry and Jessica Buttimer
7:45 - Premier of The Profitron 3,000 a two minute informercial tribute to Bill Mays.
8 p.m. Gred Dalton in conversation with Nancy McFadden, Michael Shellenberger and Dave Douglas
8:30 p.m. Joel Makower in conversation with Steve Bishop, Jeff Mendelsohn and Cri Jacobs
9 p.m. Obafemi Origunwa drumming on the topic of cultural sustainability
9:30 Fire Dancers outside on York Street

Community Meeting on the future of St Luke's
When: July 9, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Precita Valley Community Center, 534 Precita Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos in discussing Sutter Health/CPMC's plans for the future of St. Luke's Hospital. This meeting will include an explanation of Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations by panelists and information on the updated plan presented at a CPMC hosted community meeting held on June 23rd.

*Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council - How to improve Muni
When: July 9, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Community Room, Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco
What: A panel discussion regarding two proposals to improve overall service and performance of MUNI.
Featuring Supervisor John Avalos, transit advocates and representatives of MUNI.
  • Two proposals:
  • 1. Change the Municipal Transportation Agency Board
  • 2. Eliminated hundreds of MUNI Bus Stops

Queer Community Conversation around Migrant Rights Work in the Bay Area
When: July 9, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: el Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia Street @ 16th Street, San Francisco
What: Panel followed by group conversation with:
  • Heba Nimr
  • Cecilia Chung (TGLC)
  • Monica Enriquez-Enriquez
  • Carolina Morales (CUAV)
  • Ming Wong (BorderOUT)
  • Maria Poblet (St. Peter's Housing Committee)

July 10, 2009 - Friday

Operation Shine- SF
When: July 10, 2009 - Friday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
5:30 LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market (at Laguna), San Francisco - March to Harvey Milk Plaza. Castro and Market. Speakers at 6 p.m.
What: Show your support for the Homeless Youth Pride Walk 2009.

La Mission Bohemia Project
When: July 10, 2009 - Friday
8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Brava Theater, 2871 24th and York Street, San Francisco
What: Concert reunites local talents that have performed in the barrio for years and allow us to write another page of our life history. This thread of collective memories weaved through songs and words remind us why we have chosen to live in the Mission

July 11, 2009 - Saturday

*Reenactment of the 1901 Waterfront strike.
When: July 11, 2009 - Saturday
Noon and again at 3 p.m.
Where: Hyde Street Pier at Jefferson Street, San Francisco.
What: From July 13 to October 2, 1901, San Francisco's waterfront was shut down by sailors, longshoremen, and teamsters striking for better pay and working conditions. Experience the sights and sounds of SF history through a reenactment. Free ($5. Pier entry fee - good for one year)

*"How Cyclists are Changing American Cities"
When: July 11, 2009 - Saturday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: The Green Arcade, 1680 Market (@ Gough) San Francisco
What: Jeff Maples will discuss Pedaling Revolution.

July 12, 2009 - Sunday

Ice Cream Sunday Bike Ride
When: July 12, 2009 - Sunday
Where: Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream , 2790 Harrison Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) sponsors ice cream bike ride. Ride and sample at least 6 top-rated creameries across the city. 10 to 12 miles. Child riders (14 or younger) are discouraged, since this ride will require some skilled street riding. Bring a lock, water bottle and ice cream money.

Chinese for Affirmative Action 40th Anniversary Reunion
When: July 12, 2009 - Sunday
1:30 p.m.
Where: Manilatown Heritage Foundation, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco
What: After 40 years, CAA has touched many people's lives. Join us as we mingle, catch up and meet new faces from the CAA family.
Reunion Host Committee: (terrific list)
Brian Cheu, Diane Chin, David Chiu, Henry Der, Kathy Fong, Ricky Ho, Isabel Huie, Keith Kamisugi, Emily Leung, Russ Lowe, Steve Owyang, Hoi Poon, Lillian Sing, Julie Tang, Kathy Turner, Ling-chi Wang, Te Wang, Robin Wu
Information and RSVP 415-274-6750

Stern Grove - Joan Baez and Blame Sally
When: July 12, 2009 - Sunday
2 p.m.
Where: 19th Avenue & Sloat Avenue
What: Joan Baez and Blame Sally

*Celebrating the life of Harold Norse
When: July 12, 2009 - Sunday
2 p.m.
Where: The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the Beat Poet Harold Norse. Hosted by his longtime friends Mel Clay, A.D. Winans and Neeli Cherkovski, participants are encouraged to memorialize Haroldwith their own tributes and stories

July 13, 2009 - Monday

*The Watchdog Mixer (this is an important event)
When: July 13, 2009 - Monday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Writers' Grotto, 490 2nd Street, San Francisco
What: Give, drink and talk it up with the Cit Budget Watchdog team - local journalists who need your support to continue a reporting project on municipal cutbacks, jointly sponsored by The Public Press and You'll have a chance to talk to the journalists about the stories they've covered so far and hear about the reporting they plan to do in July and August. They need to raise $5,000 support this project.
Donation: $15 in advance: or $20 at the door. RSVP also on facebook.

July 14, 2009 - Tuesday

*Irish American Democratic Club - Reunification of Ireland
When: July 14, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Northern Police Station Meeting Room, 1125 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Hear discussion and develop Irish American Democratic Club's strategy to obtain passage of a California Democratic Party Resolution advocating the Reunification of Ireland. Free.
Note: California Democratic Party Executive Board Meeting is July 17th through July 19th, 2009 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Burlingame. Information:

*Commonwealth Club - Ed Harrington -
When: July 14, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Ed Harrington: Challenges and Progress for SFPUC San Francisco and Bay Area customers. Ed Harrington, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will speak. $15. non-members

*SPUR - The Rational City: The troubled legacy of top-down planning.
When: July 14, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: What can we learn from the Moderns' vision and its pitfalls - today? Join panelists:
  • Dan Solomon - architect with Solomon E.T.C. a WRT Company
  • Anthea Hartig of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Fred Blackwell - director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
  • Exhibition curator - Benjamin Grant
$5. non-members

*San FranciscoWomen's Political Committee - Summer in the City
When: July 14, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: 5A5 Steak Lounge, 244 Jackson Street, San Francisco
What: Honoring Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Carmen Chu for their extraordinary work over the past year on behalf of women and families. Individual ticket/membership $35. and up.
Board of Directors: Sueanne McNeill Biotti, Heidi Sieck, Jacqueline Piccini, Susan McIntyre, Shakan Byerly, Jordana Stein, Annie Eagan, Kay Vasilyeva, Francis Hsieh, Jordana Thigpen, Melanie Nutter, Jaynry Mak.

July 15, 2009 - Wednesday

*San Francisco Business Time - San Francisco Structures - Beyond the Bust: A view to San Francisco's future.
When: July 15, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Breakfast Forum
Where: Hilton San Francisco, Continental Ballroom, 333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
What: Speakers:
  • Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • Mike Covarrubias - Chairman & CEO TMG Partners
  • Oz Erickson, Chairman - The Emerald Fund
  • Monique Moyer - Executive Director - Port of San Francisco
Information and to Register:

*Commonwealth Club - The Fierce Urgency of Now: Toward a New American Movement in the Obama Era
When: July 15, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Torie Osborn, Senior Strategist, Unite Way of Greater LA will discuss the battle for LGBT equality $15. non-members

*Commonwealth Club - John Lescroart
When: July 15, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Author John Lescroart will discuss personal stories and literary secrets. Author of "A Plague of Secrets". $18 non-members

*Mayor Gavin Newsom - San Fernando Valley Town Hall
When: July 15, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Taft High School Quad (outside), 5461 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, Ca.
What: Join Mayor Gavin Newsom to discuss your thoughts and hopes for California's future. Free.
Information and RSVP:

*The Road to Health Reform Town Hall Meeting
When: July 15, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Cafe Saint Francis, 2nd Floor, 800 Hyde Street, San Francisco
What: A Town hall discussion on the need for Health Care Reform. Panelists include:
  • Mitch Katz, MD, San Francisco Public Health Medical Director
  • Catherine Dodd, PhD, RN, Deputy Chief os Staff/Mayors' Office
  • Gary Chan, MD, Secretary San Francisco Medical Society
  • Sonia Melara, San Francisco Health Commissioner
  • Wade Rose, VP External & Government Relations, CHW
Panelist will speak briefly about what values should drive health reform.
Town Hall meeting presented by St. Mary's Medical Center and Saint Francisco Memorial Hospital
RSVP: Seating is limited - 1-800-333-1355

*City Lights Bookstore - Paul Krassner
When: July 15, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
What: Hear Paul Krassner talk about his book" Who's to Say What's Obscene? - Politics, Culture and Comedy in America Today".


Scott Weiner - filed today to run for Supervisor in District 8. See "Scott Wiener announces his candidacy today for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors"

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