Friday, July 10, 2009

St. Luke's Hospital - "We want a world-class hospital"

Thursday night attended community meeting about the "The Future of St Luke's Hospital" held at Precita Valley Community Center.

Moderator was Roma Guy with Supervisor David Campos and remarks by Supervisor Bevan Dufty. Supervisor Davis Campos called for a " world class hospital".

Public comment was overall in agreement that St. Luke's Hospital should be rebuilt as a community hospital with primary and secondary care. People from the neighborhood spoke , people that worked at St. Luke's spoke - there is a true ownership in St. Luke's Hospital going back many, many years. There was an agreement that CPMC needed to be watched so that the final plan is something workable for the neighborhood that will be sustainable over a long period of time.

Meeting was held with the Coalition for Health Planning - San Francisco. - to establish principles of health justice, participatory planning and equity as the basis for health care planning decisions by the City and County of San Francisco.

This organization includes:
Ad Hoc Committee of Doctors for Corporate and Government Healthcare Responsibility, Bernal Heights Democratic Club
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
California Nurses Association/NNOC
California Reinvestment Committee
Cathedral Hill Neighbors Association
Cathdral Hill Tower Condo Association
Democratic County Central Committee
Dolores Street Community Services
Gray Panthers
Roya Guy
La Raza Centro Legal
League of Young Voters
Neighborhood Network
North Mission Neighbors
Pride at Work
Senior Action Network
SF Day Labor Program
Young Workers United

The Coalition is requesting:
Healthcare services including hospitals, clinics and other providers, should be equitably distributed through the city.
Equitable and just access to healthcare services should be achieved through balanced distribution of payer mix and revenue sources through the city
Hospital planning should prioritize healthcare services that meet indentifiable community health needs, complementing the public health infrastructure to support the health of the entire city.
The healthcare workforce should be treated equitably and fairly, and their right to union representation should be supported. All healthcare workforce should be treated equitably and fairly, and their right to union representation should be supported.
All healthcare providers should comply with conditions laid out in a Healthcare Master Plan for the entire city, developed in a participatory process led by the City and County of San Francisco, to expand health equity.

Supervisor David Campos -

Coalition for Health Planning - San Francisco

July 11, 2009 - Saturday

*South-East SF Health Care Canvass
When: July 11, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street, San Francisco
What: Come join in the state-wide canvass to spread Obama's message on health care reform. Will be focussing on the neighborhoods of Bernal, Bayview, Potrero and Visitation Valley.
Purpose of the canvass to have people declare support for Obama's 3 principles of health care form.

*District 11 Council Meeting
When: July 11, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m.
Where: Ingleside Police Station, 1 John Young Lane, San Francisco
What: Guest Speaker: Ed Reiskin, Director Dept. of Public Works - the Safe Streets and Road Repair General Obligation Bond and plans to talk about the Blight Ordinance, Graffiti, Undergounding. There be a discussion about the Balboa Park Westside Entrance and Walkway - groundbreaking event which includes a plan to name the walkway after the late, great Tony Sacco.

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

*San Francisco Board of Supervisors -Rules Committee
When: July 13, 2009 - Monday
9 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda: Eliminate the 48.7 hour limitation on the work week for the uniformed officers and members of the Fire Dept., establish a work week of at least 52 hours, on a annualized basis, for uniformed officers and members assigned to fire fighting companies and units, with the minimum 52 hour work week requirement to be effective for any amendment or extension to the MOU between the City and County of San Francisco and San Francisco Fire Fighters Union Local 98 effective July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2011 and eliminate superseded language setting holiday schedule and compensation requirement for firefighters.
Members: Chris Daly, Carmen Chu and David Campos

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.

*District Elections - How do "We the People" become the driving force?
When: July 13, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m.
Where: Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia Street, San Francisco (between 15th and 16th Street)
What: Meeting with:
  • N'Tanya Lee - Coleman Advocates (for identification purposes only)
  • Calvin Welch - Housing Justice
  • Chito Cuellar (UNITE HERE) (for indentification purposes only)
  • Sasha Magee - Activist
Progressives who fought for SF's District Elections focused not on individual candidates, but on the broader movement for building grassroots power and creating democratic structures to keep officials accountable. In the context of the city's current budget crisis, labor and community organizers will engage in a debate on how we can build on the progressive gains of the 2008 elections, and fight for elected officials to follow the lead of the people. $5./$10. donation.
Source: Handout at St. Luke's meeting

*Modern Times Bookstore - Randy Shaw
When: July 13, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m.
Where: Modern Times Book Store, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Randy Shaw discusses his book "Beyond The Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century". This event is part of LaborFest

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.

*San Francisco Get Engaged Tour
When: July 14, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Rainbow Room in the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street at Octavia, San Francisco
What: Join Marriage Equality USA, Equality California, the SF LGBT Center, Courage Campaign, One Struggle, One Fight for a polling presentation and community roundtable to discuss and weigh in on the future campaign. Hear and consider the results from the recent marriage equality poll conducted to inform and educate the community about how to persuade conflicted voters, who are the conflicted voters in your community, what are the most persuasive messages that resonate with conflicteds both for and against marriage equality and what are the ways that you want to see the community get plugged into the next campaign and be involved. Feedback from this meeting will be included in a comprehensive report presented at the upcoming Statewide Leadership Summit on July 25, 2009 hosted by Inland Empire.

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:

*Board of Supervisors - Budget and Finance Committee
When: July 15, 2009 - Wednesday
1:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Authorizing submission to voters of ordinance imposing a local assessment on all vehicles in SF that are subject to Dept. of Motor Vehicle registration.
  • .50% sales tax increase for health and human services and public protection.
  • Submission of Parcel Tax to voters.
  • Recreation and Park Dept - renaming Candlestick Park.
  • Planning fee procedures and adjustments.
Members: John Avalos, Ross Mirkarimi, Carmen Chu, David Campos, Bevan Dufty

*Police Commission Meeting
When: July 15, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Chief's Report - 2009 midyear crime trends and homicide overview
  • Commission President's Report
  • Presentation of the Quarterly Report by the Dept. and the OCC regarding Policy Proposals.
Information: 415-553-1667

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".

July 16, 2009 - Thursday

*The Men Along the Shore and the Legacy of 1934
When: July 16, 2009 - Thursday
5 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: An Historical Exhibition and Reception by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the West Coast Maritime Strike and The San Francisco General Strike. Free.

*Whodunit at Litquke?
When: July 16, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mechanic's Institute, 4th Floor, 57 Post Street, San Francisco
What: Evening with Bay Area mystery writers Julianne Balmain /Nadia Gordon, Juliet Blackwell (aka Hailey Lind), Rhys Bowen, Michelle Gagnon, Vinnie Hansen, Seth Harwood, Janet LaPierre, Lisa Lutz, Kelli Stanley, Louise Ure, and Simon Wood. Mingle as the writers engage you with panel discussions, conversations, and insights into the mysterious working of their minds!. Raffle prizes: tickets to Litquake 2009 events, signed copy of mystery writers' books, becoming a character in a mystery writer's new book and more.
Tickets: $12. brown Brown Bag Tickets

*Citizen Hope for Californians for Justice
When: July 16, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Pork Store/Moroc Loune, 3122 16th Street (@ Valencia), San Francisco
What: Join Citizen Hope and the Californians for Justice Board of Directors for a summer happy hour and grassroots fundraiser. Will benefit CFJ's 8th Annual Summer Youth Leadership Academy, an intensive leadership development program for high school-aged youth of color that trains them as the next generation of grassroots civil rights leaders. Live performance by Californians for Justice youth organizers. Bring your dance moves, your thirst, and an appetite for fruit-flavored hookahs.
$10-$25 (sliding scale)

*"Jews in the Fillmore" Opening Night Celebration
When: July 16, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Jazz Heritage Center, 1320 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Get FED will have the exclusive opening night for "Jews in the Fillmore". Music, food, drink. $25.
Get FED is a program of the dedicated to showcasing the finest in Jewish cutting-edge ideas, actions and rituals enabling people to connect with the vibrant Jewish life and community of the Bay Area (brought to you by Jewish Community Federation).
Information and tickets:

July 17, 2009 - Friday

*California Democratic Party Executive Board Meeting
When: July 17, 2009 - Friday to July 19, 2009 - Sunday
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1177 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, Ca.

*New Visions, New Leadership Kickoff Mixer hosted by API Caucus - CDP
When: July 17, 2009 - Friday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mercury Lounge, 1582 Folsom Street, San Francisco
What: Join the newly elected Executive Board of the API Caucus as they kickoff new partnerships to strengthen the API vote in California.
API Caucus Executive Board
State Chair - Mike Fong; State Secretary - Panney Wei, C.Ht.; State Treasurer - Dr. Jennifer Ong; Nor Cal Chair - Jenn Pae; or Cal Vice Chair - Harpreet Sandhu; Nor Cal Outreach Chair - Stephanie Ong; Nor Cal Secretary - Shilen Patel; So Cal Chair - Clark Lee; So Cal Vice Chair - Linh Ho; So Cal Outreach Chair- Ricky Choi; Communications Chair: Colbert Tse
Co-hosted by: Hon. Mike Honda, Leland Yee, Alberto Torrico, Fiona Ma, Ted Lieu, Mike Eng, Warren Furutani, David Chiu, Carmen Chu, Eric Mar, Alice Lai-Bitker, Phil Ting, Kamala Harris, Jeff Adachi, Evan Low, Anu Natarajan, Suzanne Lee Chan, Jean Quan, Yoriko Kishimoto, Madison Nguyen, Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Steve Ngo, Sandy Lee Fewer, Hydra Mendoza, Henry Lo, Asian Pacific Democratic Club of San Francisco, API for Change, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.
No-Host Bar- $20. dues payment for free admission

July 18, 2009 - Saturday

*San Diego Pride - Mayor Gavin Newsom
When: July 18, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Parade step off (Rainbow Mile) Corner of Normal and University, San Diego, Ca.
What: Pride parade. Join with Gavin Newsom


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