Thursday, October 15, 2009

CA Constitutional Convention? -Panel Discussion

Attended San Francisco Young Democrats panel Wednesday night at the California State Building on the possibility of a California Constitutional Convention.

Panel was moderated by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Majority Whip, California State Assembly.

Panel included:

Dennis Quirin - Coalitions Director, California Forward -
Robert Cruickshank - Public Policy Director, Courage Campaign -
Matt Regan - Director of Government Relations, Bay Area Council, Repair California -
Blair Bobier - Deputy Director, Political Reform, New America Foundation

Each one of these organizations is working on putting forth initiatives calling for a California Constitutional Convention. There is the possibility of two initiatives - one authorizes the voters to call a Constitutional Convention and the second is the actual California Constitutional Convention with a written process. This is all very complicated - including the question who would be the delegates. Possible topics - two-thirds percentage budget passage amount changed, term limits and public financing.

As Dennis Quirin said "we cannot have change until things are fixed".

Assemblymember Fiona Ma -

San Francisco Young Democrats -

October 15, 2009 - Thursday

Rise up for Higher Education
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Steps of City, San Francisco
What: Stop the cuts! 32% fee increase this year and classes are being cut, teachers are being laid off, students are graduating later. Come to the steps of City Hall to show your support for the public education system.

Ricci v DeStefano - "How the Supreme Court Got it Wrong
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: BASF Conference Center, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco
What: Brown bag discussion on the implications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the New Haven firefighters case. Panelists discuss the Supreme Court's 5 to 4 decision and the question of when an employer can/should disregard test results in order to promote diversity, or avoid disparate impact.
Moderator: James Finberg, Partner, Altshuler Berzon
Robert Demmons - former San Francisco Fire Chief
Eva Paterson - President- Equal Justice Society
William McNeill, Managing Attorney, The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
Gary Siniscalo - Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Sheldon Zedeck - Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Edwin Lee, City Administrator, City and County of San Francico, former attorney, Asian Law Caucus
Ryan Baytes, Yetter, Warden & Coleman LLP, Plaintiff's Counsel in Ricci v DeStefano
Sponsors: Bar Association of San Francisco, Lawyer' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Area, Equal Justice Society, The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center and American Constitution Society - Bay Area Chapter.
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Friends of Duboce Park
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
4 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 416, San Francisco
What: Presentation at the Recreation and Park Commission of the Youth Play Area (YPA_ next to the basketball court in Duboce Park.

*Moby, State Senator Leland Yee to combat Domestic Violence
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What: Recording artist Moby will join Senator Leland Yee to discuss recent efforts to restore funding to California's domestic violence shelters. The California Senate approved Yee's legislation to restore funding that had been earlier eliminated by the Governor. On Thursday evening, Moby will perform at San Francisco Warfield Theatre. Moby plans to donate all proceeds of his California concerts to the state's domestic violence shelters (thank you!).
Senator Leland Yee
Moby, Recording Artist
Tara Shabazz, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Emily Murase, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.
Beverly Upton, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium
Information: Adam J. Keigwin 916-651-4008

*San Francisco Planning Commission - St. Luke's Future
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
4 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Commission will take public comment on CPMC's Institutional Master Plan (which includes the plans for the St. Luke's campus).
Source: - re alert from San Jose Guerrero Coaliton

Demonstrate your support for Single Payer Healthcare at President Obama's Fundraising Dinner
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Gather at Union Square across from the St Francisco Hotel, 355 Powell, San Francisco
What: Let President Obama know that Californians want single payer healthcare.

President Obama in San Francisco for fundraiser
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Westin St. Francis, 355 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: Join The Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America for a reception with President Barack Obama. $500. general admission

When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Union Square, Powell Street between Geary and Post, San Francisco
What: Demonstrate to show President Obama to drop NAFTA and CAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement and Central American Free Trade Agreement).

Central City Election Roundtable
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Where: 134 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: Discussion of November ballot. District 6 candidates, including James Keys, Elihu Hernandez and Jim Meko will have three minutes to explain their positions on various propositions. David Addington, owner of the Warfield Theater properties will be advocating for his billboard proposal. There will be questions and answers and dessert and coffee.
Source: Jim Meko Supervisor District 6 email.

Public meeting regarding design plan for the Munisubstation
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore between Turk and Eddy, San Francisco
What: Supervisor Mirkarimi is working with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to design a plan for the revitalization of the Muni subsation on the corner of Fillmore and Turk. Hear a status update on the project, receive community input on potential uses for the property and plans for future community outreach.

*James Ellroy
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where : Books, Inc. (Castro), 2275 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Listen to best-selling author James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia) read from "Blood's a Rover", political noir set in summer of 1968. (I love James Ellroy!)

Marvelous Marina: From Pond to Palaces to Phoenix by the Bay
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
What: Emcee:Tom Sinkovitz, anchor and newsman with NBC11 and a Marina resident
John Freeman - will cover the evolution of the Marina starting in the mid 1850's.
Former Art Agnos, will talk about his immediate actions after the earthquake
Lieutenan Frank Lucier, former San Francisco Fre Department will talk about his role in the formation of the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) in the Marina after the earthquake.

Sarah Vowell
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Hear Sarah Vowell talk about her book "The Wordy Shipmates".

City Democratic Club - SF Assessor Phil Ting
When: October 15, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Marines Memorial Heritage Room, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco
What: Hear SF Assessor Phil Ting discuss his Close the Loophole Campaign, aimed at reforming Prop 13 with a split roll proposal. His plan involves eliminating corporate tax loopholes while continuing to protect California homeowners.
City Democratic Club Endorsements:
City Attorney: Dennis Herrera
Treasurer: Jose Cisneros
Local Measures
Prop A - Yes - Two Year Budget cycle
Prop B - Yes - Number of supervisor's aides
Prop C - Yes - Candlestick Park naming rights
Prop D - No - Mid-market sign district
Prop E - No position - Advertising on city property.

October 16, 2009 - Friday

Prop 8 and Marriage Equality
When: October 16, 2009 - Friday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: UCSF Parnassus Campus, HSW-301, 513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco
What: What's next for marriage equality? Open panel discussion on upcoming legal and political issues:
Therese Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney for City and County of San Francisco.
Scott Wiener, National Board of Directors Human Rights Campaign
Organized by UCSF's Equality Action Group, Center for Gender Equity.

Photography from the Fog
When: October 16, 2009 - Friday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 284, San Francisco
What: Join Supervisor Eric Mar and the staff for a celebration of Richmond District photographers and photographs of people and places in the Richmond District. Snacks and drinks will be served.

PODER - Outdoor movie night in the Excelsior
When: October 16, 2009 - Friday
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Corner of Mission Street and Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
What: Family movie night underneath the stars in the corazon of the Excelsior. Featuring Beverly Hills Chihuaha, plus a showcase of short videos made by neighborhood youth. Free hot chocolate, 50 cent popcorn and $1. churros. Excelsiors Got Talent finalist Tracy Sarmiento performing live.

James Keys Pre-Halloween Party Fund Raiser
When: October 16, 2009 - Friday
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: The Corner of 16th Street and Utah, 2007 16th Street, San Francisco
What: Pirate Party at II Pirata. Fundraiser for James Keys for San Francisco Supervisor District. Join James Keys and artist Laura Camos, featuring DJ Shinobi 009 (Zero Depth) at II Pirata. Come celebrate with "People's Choice" for Supervisor. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes to be awarded.

October 17, 2009 - Saturday

*Antiwar march and rally
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. rally, noon march
Where: U.N. Plaza, Market and Hyde, San Francisco
What: Demand the end of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Information: 510-268-9429

* OPEIU Local 3 -Labor Contingent for Peace & Justice - Antiwar Rally and March
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: UN Plaza, Market Street and United Nations Plaza, San Francisco
What: Where would you rather spend our tax dollars?

* U.S. Troops out Now! San Francisco Gray Panthers in Coalition with A.N.S.W.E.R.
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: UN Plaza, Market Street between 7th and 8th Street, San Francisco
What: Antiwar march and rally

*San Francisco Inner Sunset Neighborhood Group
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Between Judah & Kirkham, San Francisco
What: Remember 20 years ago and preparing for the next one.

*SF Vegan Bakesale Benefit for Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Ike's Place, 3506 16th Street, San Francisco
What: Vegan Bakesale to benefit GiveMeShelter Cat Rescue. All proceeds go to GiveMeShelter Cat Rescue. There are 40 + bakers signed up to donate goodies to the bakesale.

*Second Annual Silver Terrace Harvest Festival
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Silver Terrace Park, 1700 Silver Avenue, San Francisco
What: Friends of Silver Terrace are hosting a Harvest Festival. Pumpkin decorating and other arts and crafts activities. Free food, face painting, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating and free raffle.

*19th Annual Potrero Hill Festival
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and October 18, 2009 - 11 a.m.
Where: 20th Street between Missouri and Wisconsin, San Francisco
What: Artists, merchants, food, vendors.

*Wonderland Neighborhood Association Block Party
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m.
What: Artists, merchants, food, vendors.
Where: Father Boedekker Park, corner of Jones and Eddy, San Francisco
What: New York based curator Lance Fung created Wonderland to continue his exploration of collaboration, community and social exchange through the process of making contemporary art. Opening day performances and fluxus events to be enjoyed by all!

*"Festival on the Square" with CAA and CCDC
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Portsmouth Square, Kearny Street and Clay Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrating Chinese for Affirmative Action's 40th Anniversary and Chinatown CommunityDevelopment Center's 2nd Arts in the Alley. Performances, games and activities for all ages. Discover Chinatown with historic alleyway tours and scavenger hunts. Win prizes. Free.
Event Organizers:Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinatown Community Development Center
Sponsors: Supervisor David Chiu, State Farm
Community Sponsors: Chinatown Alleyway Tours, Charity Cultural Services Center, Leung's White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association, Lee's Deli, Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation

*Litquake - Lit Crawl!
When:October 17, 2009 - Saturday
6 p.m. on
Where: Mission Street, Valencia Street, San Francisco
go to to see list of locations - huge - so much fun!!!

*Book Event: Beryl Satter - "Family Properties"
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Crossroads Bookstore and Cafe, 699 Delancey Street (off Brannan at the Embarcadero) San Francisco
What:" Family Properties" is about institutional racism in Chicago's West Side. Beryl Satter shows how redlining, block-busting and panic peddling - all responsible for the turnover of the Westside from a largely Jewish to an almost all Black neighborhood - were only possible because of the policies of financial institutions and the Federal government. It is also a story of her father, and the story of the Contract Buyers League.

*Rafael's Birthday Bash
When: October 17, 2009 - Saturday
7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco
What: Rafael Mandelman for Supervisor District 8 is turning 36. Come celebrate with friends at Bliss Barr. Donations for Rafael's re-election to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee will be greatly appreciated.

October 18, 2009 - Sunday

*Festival de los Volcanes
When: October 18, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Horace Mann Middle School, 3351 23rd Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco to celebrate Central American People's Day. Honoring and Celebrating Central American Culture and contributions to our community in the Bay. Free. All ages. Vendors, food, games, jumper, music, dance.
The Festival will recognize two Central American community leaders, Supervisor David Campos and Aura Betata with the Festival de los Volcanes Leadership Award for their outstanding service on behalf of the Bay Area Latino and Central American communities.
Central American Resource Center is hosting this event.
Participating organizations:
Women's Funding Network
CARECEN Central American Resource Center
Dolores Street Community Services
Mission Asset Fund
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
Instituto Familiar de la Raza

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