Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mission District - "Community Peace"

On a beautiful evening I attended a community meeting Tuesday night held by Captain Stephen Tomioka of the Mission Police Station which was held on 24th Street where the three murders were this last weekend.

The room was overflowing with people who heard a summary of what had happened and what the Police Department was doing to stop any more gang violence.

There were representatives from Supervisor Campos, Assemblyman Ammiano, the Mayor's Office and District Attorney office in attendance. There was a sense of unease in the room with many people speaking about their concerns about their safety, increased gang activity, drinking and noise. Captain Tomioka asked everyone to call him directly at 415-558-5444 with any concerns that they may have. He is proposing quarterly meetings in the area to continue outreach in the neighborhood.

There is a fine balance between being protected and having an police encampment. For the moment there is a a blanket of police cars, motorcycles, plain clothesmen along with the gang task force trying to put the lid on any more violence.

Members of the audience asked for more foot patrols with training in working with the community including their interaction with children and families. The mayor's office is asking for stimulus money to help the neighborhood. The community wants the Recreations Centers open for young people so they have somewhere to go instead into the streets.

Walking home I bypassed the shrine outside George's Liquors, there was a man very distraught talking in Spanish to the shrine obviously in grief. It reinforced the feeling that this is about real people, in a real neighborhood. So sad. We all have to help.

As someone said - "we want community peace".

Captain Stephen Tacchini - Direct Line 415-558.5444

September 23, 2009 - Wednesday

San Francisco Housing Coalition - 2009 Housing Hero Awards - Cocktail Party
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena East Garden, 3rd Street between Mission and Howard Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Housing Coalition honors heroes who have made an exceptional contribution to helping our city develop a pro-housing culture and to promote "well-designed, well located housing at all levels of affordability to meet the needs of San Franciscans, present and future". This year honorees are Ron Miguel and Christina Olague, the president and vice-president and the entire SF Planning Commission for their exceptional work on long-range planning for the Eastern Neighborhoods, Market and Octavia, Balboa Park and Visitacion Valley. $55.
Information and tickets:

*Smart Women Business Network - Laura Spanjian
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Catch Restaurant , 2362 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Business networking reception for women and friends of the Bay Area's LGBT community. Featured guest: Laura Spanjian, Candidate for San Francisco Supervisor in District 8 - 2010.

San Francisco Democratic Party - Monthly Meeting
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Milton Marks Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Off agenda: Slate card RFP selection, canvass program.

Michela Alioto-Pier - Candidate for CA Insurance Commissioner
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: contact for location (private residence)
What: Reception and fundraiser for Michela Alioto-Pier, candidate for CA Insurance Commissioner. Working to reform the overly expensive, needlessly complex, and callously unresponsive insurance industry.
Host Committee: Michele and Joseph M. Alioto, Erica Galos Alioto & Joseph Alioto Jr., Andrea & Robert Callan, Jr., Ron Conway, Michael Covarrubias, Gary Delagnes, Angelina and Daniel Grace, Lisa and Chris Gruwell, Laura and Gary Lauder, Alex Lloyd, The Mazzola Family, Fred Naranjo, Tom Pier, Joanna Rees and John Hamm, Tom Rocca, Kevin Westlye, Dede Wilsey.
$500. up

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - San Francisco Examiner
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento at Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Join MPNA, Ed Reiskin Director of DPW and John Wilcox, President and Publisher of the San Francisco Examiner as we address mounting neighborhood complaints about the Examiner and their delivery practices causing litter problems for our neighborhood and others in the City. We've made some progress of late in addressing this issue. Join us in a discussion on how we can further the improvements and be sure that the changed practices are permanent. Invite your friends from other neighborhoods as well.
RSVP: Just let us know you are coming

City Lights Bookstore "A Bomb in Every Issue"
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Vesuvio Cafe, 255 Columbus @ Jack Kerouac Alley, San Francisco
What: Peter Richardson will be celebrating the release of "A Bomb in Every Issue - How the Short, unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America".

September 24, 2009 - Thursday

*California State Schools in Economic Crisis - support workers and students!
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: UC-SF, 513 Parnassus, in front of Medical Sciences Building.
Information: 415-596-5672

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library - 45th Annual Big Book Sale
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday through September 27, 2009 Sunday
Thurs./Friday/Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
What: Over 300,000 books of all kinds. $5 or less. All proceeds go to the San Francisco Public Library

*Peak Oil Preparedness Task Force Report Presentation
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Peak Oil Preparedness Task Force will make their presentation to the SF Board of Supervisors Government Oversight and Audit Committee. Task board members: Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Mar and Sophie Maxwell. The report analyzes the City's vulnerabilities to shortages of petroleum and natural gas and warns about the consequences of inaction.

*Help keep children in the Excelsior!
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
1:30 p.m.
Where: Southeast Child and Family Therapy Center 2, 4527 Mission Street, San Francisco (cross street Santa Rosa Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join in keeping Southeast open. Southeast Child has been serving families and youth for decades including counseling to children and families.
Information: Ruben Garcia

Unite Here! Local 2 -San Francisco Hotel Workers' Big Action
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Union Square, Geary and Stockton Street, San Francisco (meeting place)
What: Join the struggle for a fair contract and affordable quality health care. CLUE-SF (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) is also supporting this rally.

30th Anniversary of the Women's Building
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
4 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco (@ Valencia)
What: Women's Building celebrates 30th anniversary with Open House and New Addition to the MaestraPeace Mural.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano - Re-Election Fundraiser with Aaron Peskin
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 745 Chestnut, #301, San Francisco (@ Columbus)
What: Fundraiser for Assemblyman Tom Ammiano
Aaron Peskin and Benefactor/host John Sanger, Jerry Hallisey
Patron/Sponsor: Anne Halsted, Rob & Cynthia Birmingham, Gerry Crowley, Jeanne Milligan, Rev. Norman Fong, Cindy Wu, Gordon Chin, Rick Levine, Dick Grosboll, Malcolm Young, Esther Marks, Jane Morrison, F. Joseph Butler, Anthony Gantner. Hosted wine and other beverages - food provided by Esther Marks. $50.
Information: 415-665-5417 or 415-279-5411. Call to make pledge and rsvp.

*Something's Happening Here: Bay Area Rock 'n' 1963-73
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Museum of Performance & Design, 401 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco
What: Opening night of the Museum's first ever rock 'n' roll exhibition. Live performances by Sal Valentino (Beau Brummels/Stoneground), Ron Nagle (Mystery Trend), The Wildflower plus a special surprise guest. Exhibit includes costume pieces worn by Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone and others.
The full-sized original painting feature on the Grateful Dead's 'Anthem of the Sun' album.
Rare letters, documents and one-of-a-kind ephemera from the Bay Area's 1960's rock 'n' roll heyday. $40.

Supervisor Eric Mar - Monthly Coffee Hour
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Simple Pleasures Cafe, 3434 Balboa Street, San Francisco
What: Supervisor Mar has office hours in the District every 3rd Thursday of the month. Come share your concerns about the neighborhood and how we can work together to make the Richmond District a more livable neighborhood.

Fundraiser for Local 2!
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Actors Theatre of San Francisco, 855 Bush Street, San Francisco
What: Support hotel workers as they fight to defend the fundamental right of Health care! A showing of the movie of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath". All proceeds go to the Local 2 Solidarity Fund to support Hotel Workers in their struggle for a fair contract this fall. Sliding scale: $15 to $36.

September 25, 2009 - Friday

Williams-Sonoma - Ruth Reichl
When: September 25, 2009 - Friday
5 p.m.
Where: Williams-Sonoma, 340 Post Street, San Francisco
What: Join Ruth Reichl in a booksigning of Gourmet Today cookbook which she edited.

Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) 32nd Anniversary Dinner Gala
When: September 25, 2009 - Friday (correction - date is September 25th not September 23, 2009)
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
What: Chinatown CC has served the community by being neighborhood advocates, organizers, planners and developers and managers of affordable housing. Honoring:
Outstanding Pubic Service Award: David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors
Outstanding Foundation Award: The Marguerite Casey Foundation
Outstanding Community Service Award: Raymond and Mimi Owyang
Dinner Sponsors: Citi, AECOM, Related Companies, Union Bank, Cahill Contractors, Golden Gate Disposal, Le, Ho & Company, LLC, NCR Construction, NeighborWorks America, PG&E, Tromborg Royal Plumbing and Heating, Bay Area LISC, Chinese Community Health Plan, Everest Waterproofing & Restoration, Farallone, Lee + Uyeda, LLP, Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, On Lok Lifeways, R&G Executive Lounge, SEIU United Healthcare Workers, San Francisco 49ers, Fei Tsen, United Commercial Bank, Yum's Mechanical Co./D&S Associates, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Diane Wilsey.
Raffle - $200. per person.
Tickets and information:

September 26, 2009 - Saturday

*School & Family Partnership Planning Summit
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Horace Mann Middle School, 23rd Street and Valencia, San Francisco
What: Parent Advisory Council to the San Francisco Board of Education Business Meeting. Opportunity for parents, school staff and community groups to contribute their ideas. Goals of the summit:
  • Define values and principles for successful school-family partnerships
  • Identify and prioritize strategies for successful school-family partnerships.
  • Build shared ownership for school-family partnerships among all participants.
Information: pac@sfusd.ed

*New Belgium Tour de Fat - San Francisco
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
What: Spreading the word bout the positive societal offerings of the bicycle .

*Community Planning
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m.
Where: 230 Eddy Street, (multi-purpose room), San Francisco
What: Participate in the process and make a difference in your community! Come to a community meeting in your neighborhood and tell the City and County of San Francisco how to spend $200 million in federal funds over the next five years. Federal funds can be used for affordable housing, community centers, homeownership counseling, assistance to small businesses, Commercial facade improvements, small business loans, youth services, legal services, employment training, safety net services. Funds must be used to primarily benefit low-and moderate-income persons.
Information: 415-701-5500

* 4th Annual Black Family Day
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hayward Playground, Golden Gate Avenue at Laguna Street, San Francisco
What: Brothers for Change invite you to celebrate family and the community.

*2009 Sunset District 5th Annual Autumn Moon Festival
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Sunset District - Irving Street (between 22nd and 25th Avenue) San Francisco
What: Support the lady in the moon.

* St. Philip Festival
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday and Sunday 27, 2009
10 a.m.
Where: St. Philip School, 665 Elizabeth Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the centennial of St. Philip School and Parish. A Noe Valley tradition. Fun, food, prizes

*Community Living Campaign Garden Party
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Brooks Park in the OMI District of San Francisco. Shields and Ramsell Street, San Francisco
What: Enjoy food, good company, games and more. CLC's Seeds of Hope Project is developing partnerships with community gardens because of their role in building community and their possibilities for ending isolation and loneliness and helping seniors and persons with disabilities of all ages live happy, healthy lives in the community.

* 15th Annual Sunset Festival 2009
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
11 to 4 p.m.
Where: Sunset Playground, 28th Avenue and Lawton Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the Sunset. Entertainment, arts, music, exhibits, children games, food, flea market.

*The 10th Annual Expo for Independent Arts
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
What: Grassroots connection fair for independent arts, music and culture. Up to 200 exhibiting art organizations, Fifth Annual Performance Showcase and live mural project, sculpture garden. Free

*Share memories of Democratic Campaigns Past
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
Where: Caesar's Italian Restaurant, 2290 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: Come to lunch for the fun of it. Photos to be displayed at the luncheon $35. per person. Lunch included.
Information: Call ahead to see if seating still available 415-861-2378

*Democratic Women's Forum - Women Who Make Things Happen
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 4 p.m.
Where: 1848 Pine Street, San Francisco
What: Women Who Make Things Happen - Featuring:
  • Jill Wynns - Board of Education
  • Margel Kaufman - Realtor
  • Effie Lee Morris - former Coordinator, Children Services
  • Eileen Kivlehan - Entrepreneur
  • Melanie Nutter - San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
  • Information:
*Faithful Action for Just Immigration Reform
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: St Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco
What: Join Bishop William Justice and San Francisco's Faith Community to call for Dignity and Justice for Our Immigrant Community! Come together to hear testimonies of immigrants. Free. Calls for:
  • Just immigration reform
  • An end to ICE raids and the separation of our families.
  • Cease deportation of our youth
  • An end to car confiscations

*Asian American Women Artist's Association - 20th Anniversary Celebration
When: September 26, 2009 - Saturday
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, San Francisco
What: Three exhibitions, music, silent auction, hors'dourves and wine. Honoring:
Mark Johnson-SFSU, Moira Roth-Mills College, Flo Oy Wong, Betty Kano, Nancy Hom, Lenore Chinn and Margo Machida.
Emcee: Sue Kwon of CBS-5
$15. to $50. Donation

September 27, 2009 - Sunday

*Bike The Block
When: September 27, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Grove Street between Lyon and Baker, San Francisco
What: 3 hours non-stop- all-bike splurge in NOPA. Kids skill course, bike decorating and drawing, safety fun quiz, bike service station, electric bicycle demo. Sponsored by North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, Pacific Primary, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Bike NOPA, Presidio Community YMCA Bike Program
Information: 415-563-2219

*Afternoon Cabaret and Reception honoring San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
When: September 27, 2009 - Sunday
3 to 6 p.m.
Where: Martuni's Piano Bar, 4 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Friends of Dennis Herrera invite you to a benefit honoring City Dennis Herrera. Music and songs featuring Wicked's Music Director, Bryan Perri and Laura Dysarczyk from the cast of Wicked.
Hosted by: John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney, Molly McKay and Davina Kotluski, Mathew Rothschild, Carol Stuart, David Pollack and Annette Hurst, Carole Scagnetti and Terry Stewart. All welcomed.
Contribution: $50.
Information: 415-413-0240

September 28, 2009 - Monday

*An evening with San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
When: September 28, 2009 - Monday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Law Office of Arnold Laub, 807 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
What: You are invited to an evening with San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera in support of his re-election campaign. Cocktails and Hors D'evours will be served. $100., $250 or $500.

* San Francisco Political Committee -Discussion with San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris
When: September 28, 2009 - Monday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Galleria Park Hotel, Buena Vista Room, 185 Sutter Street @ Kearny, San Francisco
What: Intimate discussion with District Attorney Kamala Harris. She will discuss stories from the campaign trail and time in office as well as answer questions. Free. RSVP - space is limited. You have to be a member to attend. You can join at
This event counts towards voting eligibility in future SFWPC Endorsements.

September 29, 2009 - Tuesday

Pilot programing limiting traffic starts today on Market Street.

*San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Jose Cisneros, Treasurer
When: September 29, 2009 - Tuesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 235 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
What: Hear Jose Cisneros, Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco.

*Mike Miller - Book Signing
When: September 29, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: International Longshore & Warehouse Union, 1188 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco
What: Hear Mike Miller discuss his book "A Community Organizer's Tale: People and Power in San Francisco".
Information: 415-775-0533

*SPUR - GOOD Design SF
When: September 29, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Join some of the brightest minds from the San Francisco design community and they present simple solutions to some of the city's most pressing issues. Leaders include:
  • Monique Moyer, Executive Director, Port of San Francisco
  • Nathaniel Ford, Executive Director, SFMTA
  • Chris Meany, Principal, Wilson Meany Sullivan
  • Michael Cohen, Director, City of San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  • Carlos Garcia, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
Evening will conclude with a reception on the fourth floor library and rooftop of the new SPUR Urban Center. Event co-presented by SPUR, AIA San Francisco GOOD Magazine and CEOs for Cities. $10. registration required

*American Chinatown - Bonnie Tsui
When: September 29, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Mehanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco
What: Asia Society and Chinese Historical Society are co-sponsoring event to hear Bonnie Tsui talk about her book "American Chinatown - A People's History of Five Neighborhoods". Hosted by Norman Fong.
Public: $12.

September 30, 2009 - Wednesday

*Whole Foods Grand Opening in Noe Valley, 3950 24th Street, San Francisco

*Boycott Whole Foods - Noe Valley Action Alert
When: September 30, 2009 - Wednesday
9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods, 3950 24th Street, San Francisco
What: Join boycott to protest this Corporation's policies.

*James Lau for 53rd State Assembly 2010.
When: September 30, 2009 - Wednesday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 5A5 Steak Lounge, 244 Jackson Street, San Francisco
What: Happy hour to support James Lau. Suggested contribution $100.


Noe Valley Democratic Club endorsements:
City Attorney - Dennis Herrera
Treasurer - Jose Cisneros
Prop A - Budget Process - Yes
Prop B - Board of Supervisors Aides - No Position
Prop C - Candlestick Park Naming Rights - Yes
Prop D - Mid-Market Special Sign District - Yes
Prop E - Advertisements on City Property - No

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