Saturday, August 22, 2009

Health Care - Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Attended a San Francisco community meeting with Congresswoman Jackie Speier Friday which was held at Temple United Methodist Church.

The meeting was sponsored by the Neighborhood partnership of Parkmerced, Ocean View, Merced Heights and Ingleside.

The room was full, the media was there and Congresswoman Jackie Speier spoke eloquently with specific facts about how health care reform would help Congressional District 12.

For an hour and a half she took questions from the audience - actually most questions were comments - clearly the majority of people in the room were for single payer healthcare. There was a big turn out from the Obama people who are organizing in San Francisco. As before, Jackie Speier came out for a public option in the legislation.

We need to support Congresswoman Speier in her efforts.

Jackie Speier - Member of Congress 12th District -


Organizing for America - - go to "standing up for the public option" - give donation to people who support public option - which includes Congresswoman Speier. So far the website has collected $364,216.

August 22, 2009 - Saturday

*San Francisco Zine Fest
When: August 22, 2009 - Saturday and August 23, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco County Fair Building, San Francisco
What: Two-day conference for independent and underground publishing. Comic, arts and crafts, literary presses. Free.

5th Annual American Indian Market & Powwow
When: August 22, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Where: 56 Julian Avenue (between 14th and 15th Street) San Francisco
What: Powow dancing, contest dancing, dance groups, artist and craft vendors, children's cultural and educational pavilion, music stage, food court.

Barbary Coast Trail - Hipsters, Paesani and Semaphore Hill
When: August 22, 2009 - Saturday
10 am. to Noon
Where: In front of the Vesuvio Cafe and City Lights Book Store on Columbus near Broadway, San Francisco
What: Explore the vibrant artistic and cultural traditions of North Beach. From the Italian immigrants to the Beats. Visit Washington Square.
Information: San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Trips

SF Food Festival
When: August 22, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: In front of La Cocina, Folsom Street between 25th and 26th Street, San Francisco
What: Street food, cocktails. Admission is free and open to public. Food and drinks will be sold by each vendor with nothing costing more than $8. Street musicians, art projects and children's play area. This event is a benefit for La Cocina.

"Yesterday Heroes" - Screaming Queen's
When: August 22, 2009 - Saturday
Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: SF LGBT Community Center, Ceremonial Room, 4th Floor, 1800 Market Street, SF
What: 43rd Anniversary of Screaming Queen's, 1966 Riot at Gene Compton's Cafeteria. Entertainment by The Centerstage Divas. Speakers, awards, exhibits, entertainment, raffles. Photo album exhibits. Food and soft drinks. Free to seniors. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Participating Organizations: Open House-SF, New Leaf, Castro Senior Center, Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, Queer Cultural Center

Friends of Garfield Square - Ice Cream Social
When: August 22, 2009 - Saturday
3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Garfield Square Park, San Francisco
What: Come join the neighbors for a celebration of summer in the park! Copies of the new Garfield Square Mezcla newsletter will be handed out. Free writing workshops for children and youth provided by 826 Valencia. Free ice cream from Humphrey Slocombe and free cookies from Anthony's Cookies.
Information: Neighborhood Parks Council

August 23, 2009 - Sunday

Health Care Town Hall Meeting - Congresswoman Jackie Speier
When: August 23, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m.
Where: Farallone View Elementary School, 250 LeConte Avenue, Montara, Ca.
What: This event is for 12th Congressional District residents. Others will be admitted as space permits.

*Perry's 40th Anniversary
When: August 23, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m.
Where: 1944 Union Street, between Laguna and Buchanan, San Francisco
What: Block party in front of restaurant. Admission is free. Food is $2. to $8.

Mac Battle Royale with Cheese
When: August 23, 2009 - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Stable Cafe, 2128 Folsom Street @ 17th Street, San Francisco
What: SF Food War presents Mac Battle Royale with Cheese. Awesome prizes. Free to compete! $10. to eat your face off and cast your vote!

Making History! Hon. Sonia Sotomayor
When: August 23, 2009 - Sunday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: The Sonia Sotomayor Swearing-in Celebration Committee proudly invites the San Francisco and Bay Area community to celebrate the important and historic feat of this extraordinary woman, as the first Latina Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Guest Speakers:
Maria Blanco, Executive Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity
Bill Martinez, Lawyer, Producer and Activist
Maria Teresa Mejia, Executive Director, Women's Building
Suggested Donation: $10. No Host wine and refreshments
Information: 415-821-1155

El Tecolote - Celebrating 39 years
When: August 23, 2009 - Sunday
2 to 8 p.m.
Where: 2958 24th Street, San Francisco (between Harrison and Alabama)
What: Celebrating 39 years of bilingual community journalism. Open house, birthday party and fundraiser for El Tecolote. Poetry, silent auction, food, wine tasting, comedy, children's arts and crafts, raffle.

August 24, 2009 - Monday

*Southeast Families United Child Development Center - Grand Opening
When: August 24, 2009 - Monday
4 to 6 p.m.
Where: 1337 Evans Street, San Francisco
What: Grand opening and ribbon cutting.
Information and RSVP: 415-206-7754

*San Francisco Women's Political Committee - Happy Hour
When: August 24, 2009 - Monday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Soluna Bar & Lounge, 272 McAllister Street @ Larkin, San Francisco
What: August Happy Hour. Free and open to public. This event counts towards voting eligibility to future SFWPC Endorsements.

*Streetsblog SF and Livable Streets Initiative - Meet-Up
When: August 24, 2009 - Monday
7 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street @ Gough, San Francisco
What: Community meet-up. Discuss the role of technology in transportation and public space advocacy. Hosted by The Green Arcade.

Booksmith - Homeless in the Haight Community Forum
When: August 24, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m.
Where: 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Who are the homeless? Why are they living on the streets? What kind of life and challenges do they face? These are some of the questions we'll grapple with at this event. Join two well-respected writers,Mark Bittner and Violet Blue, to hear their personal stories of homelessness. By understanding the homeless perspective, we hope to move a few steps closer to developing solutions to homelessness in our own back yard.

August 25, 2009 - Tuesday

Party for Parks San Francisco
When: August 25, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Empire Ballroom, 450 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: A benefit bash for TPL's Parks for People - Bay Area program, which is working to revitalize three SF parks over the next three years in neighborhoods that need parks most. Event includes appetizers, wine, cocktails, DJ, games and prizes. $20. Tickets available:

*Planning Department Scoping Meeting
When: August 25, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Bessie Carmichael School, 375 Seventh Street, San Francisco
What: Public scoping meeting for the EIR that is being prepared for the Draft Western SoMa Community Plan.

August 26, 2009 - Wednesday

*San Francisco Labor Council- Breakfast with Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
When: August 26, 2009 - Wednesday
8 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway - 1500 Van Ness Street, San Francisco
What: Come hear Supervisor Sean Elsbernd speak and ask a question about the City at their monthly breakfast. Tickets are $25.

*San Francisco Police Commission
When: August 26, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda: Chief's Report- update on significant policing efforts by Department members.

*Don't Turn Back the Clock - SEIU Local 1021
When: August 26, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: 33 Gough Street, San Francisco
What: Stop the City from balancing the budget by reinstating discriminatory pay practices from the old days. In 1986 voters of San Francisco passed Prop H which established "Comparable Worth" for city employees. Now the city wants to balance the budget by reducing the income of "certain classifications". Clerical and CNA classes were part of the discriminatory practices the City fixed in 1986.
Supporters from the original 1986 Prop H campaign along with the new supporters of pay equity will be at this meeting.
Information: Ruben Garcia

*Hampton for Congress SF Fundraiser
When: August 26, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Gonzalez & Leigh, Two Shaw Alley, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser for Adriel Hampton who is running for Congress in Ca-10. $20 + donation

August 27, 2009 - Thursday

*Richmond District Democratic Club - Endorsement Meeting
When: August 26, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Richmond District Police Station, 461 6th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Will be discussing the 5 measures and two offices on the November 3rd ballot:
Treasurer - Jose Cisneros
City Atty - Dennis Herrera
Ballot Measures:
A - Budget Process
B - Board of Supervisors Aides
C - Candlestick Park Renaming Rights
D - Mid-Market Special Sign District
E - Advertisement on City Property
Who may vote: Continuing members who reside in Supervisorial District 1, and who have paid dues for the current year. New members who have paid dues at least 1 month prior to the vote. Continuing members may renew at the beginning of the meeting by paying dues.

August 28, 2009 - Friday

*Presidio Trust - Auction on antiques salvaged from former U.S. Army building since soldiers left the de-commission based.
When: August 28, 2009 - Friday
Doors open at 8 a.m.
Where: Herbst International Exhibition Hall, 385 Moraga Ave. on the Main Post, San Francisco. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the auction starts at 9 a.m.
Information: 415-561-4260. You can view the auction items on line: Must bid in person.

August 29, 2009 - Saturday

* Health Care Town Hall Meeting - Congresswoman Jackie Speier
When: August 29, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to Noon
Where: Burton Park, 900 Chestnut Street, San Carlos
What: Discuss health care with Congresswoman Jackie Speier

*Dog Days in the Park - Duboce Park
When: August 29, 2009 - Saturday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Duboce Park, 50 Scott Street, San Francisco
What: Canine agility demonstrations by the SPCA, microchipping, one site dog licensing (proof of current rabies vaccination required), booths. Rover Rolette - where your dog can win prizes for performing tricks. Food and drinks and treats for dogs. Hosted by Duboce Dog and SFDOG.

*Wake for Irish author Frank McCourt
When: August 29, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Washington Square Bar and Grill, 1707 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: Irish wake by his brother, bartender Michael McCourt. Open to the public.


Public Service Leadership Boot Camp - Christine Pelosi, author and activist, will teach a book camp course - 10 meetings Sept. 22 to Nov. 24th - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., UC Berkeley Extension Downtown Center. This course is offered in partnership with the Bay Area Business Roundtable

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