Friday, August 14, 2009

Barbara Boxer - writer

Thursday night went to booksigning at Books, Inc. at Opera Plaza to see Senator Barbara Boxer talk about her new novel "Blind Trust".

I enjoyed her first book "A Time to Run". Her new book continues the story of Senator Ellen Fischer. I went an hour early to get a good seat and to be there in case we needed to defend her against anyone who might make a scene against health care reform. Although the meeting was somewhat tense, with security, the audience was very respectful and supportive. A group of people from MoveOn from Davis, California had driven down to support Barbara Boxer.

After a brief reading questions were allowed about her book writing. Writing is Barbara's hobby - some people golf, play tennis, she writes. A long time ago she did in depth writing for the "Pacific Sun". This book was written during the Bush years and the characters in this book are composites of people she met. Senator Ellen Fisher is her "ideal" senator. She said this book is about "not being afraid".

Her last words were that "it was nice being somewhere and not being yelled at".

Afterwards there were still people outside in support of Boxer's support of health care. The sign says it all "thank you".

August 14, 2009 - Friday

C.L.A.E.R. Project - State Senator Leland Yee
When: August 14, 2009 - Friday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: 1099 Sunnydale Avenue, Third Floor , San Franisco
What: Brown bag lunch with State Senator Leland Yee. The discussion will focus on jobs, diversity issues, disaster prep and economic stimulus for low-income communities.
Information: Laurel Moeslein Limited Seating

March for a Fair Contract
When: August 14, 2009 - Friday
4:15 to 6 p.m.
Where: Market street (between 4th Street and 3rd Street) Plaza next to Four Seasons Hotel, S.F.
What: Join SF Hotel Workers for march and rally as they demand a fair contract.

Green Generations Gala
When: August 14, 2009 - Friday
5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard Street, S.F.
What: Literacy for Environmental Justice's Bay Youth for the Environmental program ,Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the Bay Area Wilderness Training are co-beneficiaries of San Francisco Green Drinks' first annual fundraising gala. Legendary Djs, appetizers and a local organic drink menu . $12. in advance and $15. at door.

Underground Verse: The Inner Sunset Jazz & Poetry night
When: August 14, 2009 - Friday
8 to 11 p.m.
Where: Kick Start fitness center basement, 447 Irving Street, San Francisco
What: The Inner Sunset Neighborhood Group (ISNG) present "Underground Verses". Local poets backed by a live jazz band bring 500's beat culture before a 21st century audience.
Information and rsvp: - audience limited to 60 people

Litquake's GOTH Hop
When: August 14, 2009 - Friday
8:30 p.m. to Midnight
Where: The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco
What: Tribute to the American writer, poet, editor and literary critic Edgar Alan Poe. Poe turns 200 this October. All are encouraged to dress to the nines, sixes or sevens, dance to their favorite Goth tunes and enjoy the absinthe bar. Monster Mash-Up story contest.

August 15, 2009 - Saturday

16th Annual Hillside Garage Sale
When: August 15, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: see website
What: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center presents 16th Annual Hillwide Garage Sale. Last year there were 65 registered garage sales.

Alamo Square Flea Market
When: August 15, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Scott, Fulton & Hayes Street, San Francisco
What: Antiques, artwork, books, jewelry, collectibles, household treasures, fixtures, toys.

*James Keys - "Fiesta in Boeddeker Park"
When: August 15, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Eddy and Jones Street, San Francisco
What: Come and meet James Keys, a candidate for District Six Supervisor. Food will be provided.

Planning a Healthy Neighborhood - Si Se Puede Campaign
When: August 15, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: UCSF Parking Lot on 17th Street, between Shotwell and Folsom, San Francisco
What: A place to live and play in the Mission. The community has been advocating for affordable housing and open space at the publically owned parking lot at 17th Street between Folsom and Shotwell. Join us in a visioning exercise for the site, to determine how the parking lot should be developed. Free event. Activities for kids, music, art, sports, raffle. Information regarding healthy living and health resources.
Organized by The Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
Information: (MAC) 415-282-3334 ext 24

San Francisco Tomorrow Picnic
When: August 15, 2009 - Saturday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Jack Rabbit Picnic Area. Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, San Francisco
What: Join San Francisco Tomorrow for lunch at noon. Enjoy walking tours to view the natural features and wildlife. San Francisco Tomorrow is against Senator Mark Leno's bill SB 792 which allow the State to sell 25 percent of Candlestick Point State park for development.
Information: Jane Morrison 415- 564-1482

3rd Annual Anti-Hate Speech SF Rally
When: August 15, 2009 - Saturday
2 p.m.
Where: Clear Channel Radio 340 Townsend Street, San Francisco
What: Rally-demonstration Call for a halt to hate speech in the media. Community groups ask the FCC to open Docket on Hate Speech and NTIA to update 1993 report "The Role of Telecommunications in Hate Crimes"

The National Parks: Our American Landscape
When: August 15, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Borders at Stonestown Galleria, 233 Winston Drive, San Francisco
What: Photographer Ian Shiver will talk about his experience and sign copies of his new book "The National Parks: Our American Landscape". A percentage of the proceeds will go to NPCA.

August 17, 2009 - Monday

*Board of Supervisors - Public Safety Committee
When: August 17, 2009 - Monday
11 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Item Off Agenda: San Francisco's public safety conditions on citywide crime levels.
Members: David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Michela Alioto-Pier

*Stop Evictions of Children: Rally/Hearing
When: August 17, 2009 - Monday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What: Support legislation to limit "owner move-in" evictions. Support legislation by Supervisor Eric Mar to prohibit Landlord or Owner Move in evictions of households with children. Supporters include Coleman Advocates for Children, SOMCAN, Chinatown CDC, St. Peter's Housing Committee, Housing Rights Committee and the SF Tenants Union.

*Board of Supervisors: - Land Use and Economic Development Committee
When: August 17, 2009 - Monday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Legislation to limit "owner move-in" evictions
Members: Sophie Maxwell, Eric Mar and David Chiu

Congresswoman Barbara Lee
When: August 17, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Congresswoman Barbara Lee will discuss her book "Renegade for Peace and Justice: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks for Me". $18. non-members

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Monthly Meeting
When: August 17, 2009 - Monday
7 to 8 p.m.
Where: It's A Grind, 1800 Polk @ Washington
What: San Francisco Fire Department will be discussing household and neighborhood safety and DPW will be discussing the upcoming reconstruction of California Street (from Van Ness to Drumm), the new blight ordinance and abatement plans for unwanted newspapers, flyers and menus.

August 18, 2009 - Tuesday

*Justice for Immigrant Youth. Press conference and rally
When: August 18, 2009 - Tuesday
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What: Join members of the Board of Supervisors, youth and state leaders in introducing legislation to stop deporting San Francisco youth without due process. Attendees have been asked to wear black.
Information and to rsvp :

*HANC - Neighborhood Movie Night
When: August 18, 2009 - Tuesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: First neighborhood movie night. Two films reflects HANC's long standing history of and commitment to urban sustainability and environmentally sound planning with a showing of:
  • "A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil"
  • "The Story of Stuff"

August 19, 2009 - Wednesday

*Stop Destroying Medi-Cal and Healthcare for Poor and Working-Class Californians
When: August 19, 2009 - Wednesday
9 a.m.
Where: Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: Health advocates are suing California to restore Medi-Cal patients' "optional benefits".
Information: 415-215-7575

*Debra Stein - Public Celebration
When: August 19, 2009 - Wednesday
5 p.m.
Where: North Light Court, San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco
What: Public celebration of Debra's life. In celebration of Debra's love of good food, guests are invited to bring something to share.

*On the Trail: Kamala 2010
When: August 19, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bloodhound, 1145 Folsom, San Francisco
What: Join Seth Steward, Nicole Crosby, Nancy Tung and Joseph Kim for an event in support of Kamala Harris and her 2010 bid for California Attorney General.

*Neighborhood Design Workshop - Mission Street and Santa Rosa
When: August 19, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Where: 19th Corpus Christi Social Hall, 1599 Alemany, San Francisco
What: Attend workshop regarding new mural at Central Drug Store. The theme of this mural will be the history, future, and legacy of the Excelsior neighborhood. Mural project is sponsored by SF Clean City in partnership with Precita Eyes Muralists. It is funded by a Community Challenge Grant.

*Noe Valley Democratic Club - Sixth Annual Celebrate Summer Fundraiser
When: August 19, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Basso's Restaurant, 3782 24th Street (at Church Street), San Francisco
What: Hors d'oeuvres. No-host bar. Auction being held with auctioneer Laura Spanjian. Up for bids will be luncheon engagement with the following: Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Senator Mark Leno, DCCC Chair Aaron Peskin and Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting. Also to be auctioned off is a weekend getaway in Sonoma, contributed by BJ Droubi. There will be a raffle with items contributed by Jeff Adachi, Kamala Harris, Rebecca Prozan and Whole Foods. $35.
Information and RSVP

August 20, 2009 - Thursday

*Supervisor Eric Mar - Coffee Hour
When: August 20, 2009 - Thursday
11 a.m. to Noon
Where: Nani's Coffee Shop, 2739 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
What: Come talk to Supervisor Eric Mar.

*McKinley Square Visioning Meeting
When: August 20, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Rec Center Auditorium, 801 Arkansas Street, between 22nd Street and 23rd Street, San Francisco
What: Attend a community meeting hosted by the San Francisco Rec and Park Department to discuss the future of McKinley Square.

*Gavin Newsom - Candidate for Governor Town Hall Meeting
When: August 20, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Chemawa Middle School Gymnasium, 8830 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, Ca.
What: Town Hall Meeting

*Booksmith - Peter Coyote
When: August 20, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Peter Coyote will discuss his book "Sleeping Where I Fall". Includes memories of the 60's including the Diggers and Golden Gate Park.

August 21, 2009 - Friday

*BART Groundbreaking Ceremony - Balboa Park (tentatively)
When: August 21, 2009 - Friday (this is dependent on Bart Strike)
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Balboa Park Bart Station outside station - North end at Ocean Avenue , San Francisco
What: Join Bart and their Project Partners to celebrate BART's "First-To-Break-Ground" stimulus-funded project Balboa Park Station Westside Entrance and Walkway Groundbreaking Ceremony.
RSVP information:


San Francisco Board of Supervisors - Will be in recess from August 19, 2009 through September 8, 2009. There are no regularly scheduled Board and Committee meetings from August 19, 2009 through September 8, 2009. The next regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting, after recess will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009.

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club endorsed Jose Cisneros, Dennis Herrera and Props B, C and E.

Steven Moss - candidate for Supervisor in District 10 - email:

San Francisco Ballot Measures this November 3, 2009
Charter Amendments:
A- Budget Process
B - Board of Supervisors Aides
C - Candlestick Park Naming Rights
D - Mid-Market Special Sign District
E - Advertisement on City Property

Something to look forward to: Straw Poll 2010 - Date: October 18, 2009 San Mateo Democratic Central Committee Fundraiser. Straw poll for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner. (that means Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, Michela Alioto-Pier) Last straw poll event had over 1,000 people. Sounds like fun and could be interesting. Music, speeches and booths. $25.
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, Ca.

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