Sunday, October 18, 2009

Litquake X - in the Mission!

Saturday night I attended the Litquake Crawl in the Mission, mainly on Valencia Street. 300 authors appeared in a three-plus-hour literary crawl.

Tons of people, fun - a huge success.

San Francisco needs to thank Litquake X for all their hard work.

October 19, 2009 - Monday

Last day to register to vote for the November 3, 2009 election!

Public Safety Committee - San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: October 19, 2009 - Monday
10 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: San Francisco's public safety conditions on citywide crime levels. Includes a discussion of citywide crime levels and crime levels by police district station and/or neighborhood.
Members: David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Michela Alioto-Pier

Land Use and Economic Development Committee - San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: October 19, 2009 - Monday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda: Rental subsidy program for low-income families
Members: Sophie Maxwell, Eric Mar, David Chiu

Friends of the Urban Forest Community Happy Hour
When: October 19, 2009 - Monday
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Medjool Rooftop Terrace, 2522 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Medjool Restaurant and Friends of the Urban Forest invite you to a Community Happy Hour. Friends of the Urban Forest has tried tirelessly to plant over 43,000 trees in the past 28 years. Free food and drinks. Every dollar raised will go directly towards planting street trees in San Francisco.

Town Hall Meeting: LGBT Community's needs for health care reform.
When: October 19, 2009 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, S.F.
What: California LGBT Health and Human Services Network will join Our Family Coalition and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center to host a town hall meeting to discuss the LGBT community's need for health care reform.
Speakers include:
Diane Sabin: Executive Director of the Lesbian Health and Research Center at UCSF
Lance Toma: Executive Director of the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Judy Appel: Executive Director of Our Family Coalition
Masen Davis: Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center
Kyriell Noon: Executive Director of the Stop AIDS Project

Board of Education augmented Ad Hoc committee on Student Assignment - San Francisco Unified School District
When: October 19, 2009 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: Irving G. Breyer Board Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street, First Floor, San Francisco
What: Purpose: Public policy discussion between the Board of Education and SFUSD staff on the redesign of student assignment.
Desired outcomes:
1. Agreement on assignment options for deeper exploration and community feedback.
2. Agreement on next steps and a timeline for approving a new student assignment system.
Informational items for discussion:
1. Staff presentation:
Measures to evaluate options
Potential implications of different options
Community engagement strategy
2. Board discussion and guidance on next steps
3. Public Comment
Members - Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment:
Jane Kim, Chair
Hydra B. Mendoza
Jill Wynns
Invited Board Members:
Sandra Lee Fewer
Kim-Shree Maufas
Rachel Norton
Norman Yee

*Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Supervisor David Chiu
When: October 19, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: It's A Grind, 1800 Polk @ Washington, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. District 3 Supervisor David Chiu will speak. MTA will address pedestrian safety and traffic calming issues.

Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association
When: October 19, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: CPMC Davies Medical Center Auditorium - Level B
What: Agenda items:
Meet your neighbors.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty update
Trader Joe's update
Formula retail update and discussion
Building height limits on Upper Market Street update

October 20, 2009 - Tuesday

Sully Sullenberger Book Signing
When: October 20, 2009 - Tuesday
11 a.m.
Where: Hudson Books, International Terminal (near Bart) San Francisco
What: Sully Sullenberger will be signing his new book "Highest Duty My Search for What Really Matters".

Richmond Community/Police Forum
When: October 20, 2009 - Tuesday
1 p.m.
Where: Richmond Village Beacon which is located at Washington High School - best reached through 30th Avenue gate located just south of Anza Street, San Francisco.
What: Community police forum.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors - Policy for Immigrant Youth
When: October 20, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: Board of Supervisor, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Vote on immigrant youth policy by full Board.

SMTA Meeting
When: October 20, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 200, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda: Presentation by MTA's staff on increasing parking meter hours.

Commonwealth Club - Taylor Branch: Inside the Clinton Tapes
When: October 20, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Taylor Branch will talk about his book "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President". $18. non-members

SPUR - Ballots and Brews
When: October 20, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Join the Young Urbanists to learn what's on the November ballot. BYOB: Bring your own ballot. Beer and political insight will be provided. Sponsored by Koret Foundation

Ingleside Police Station Community Relations Meeting
When: October 20 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Ingleside Police Station Community Room, 1 Sgt. Young Drive at San Jose
What: Part of a pilot program at Ingleside Police Station, the Police Effectiveness Research Forum to improve neighborhood safety through stronger community policing and data driven deployment and investigation. Discussion regarding fatal stabbing in Excelsior.
Information/Questions: Captain David Lazar 404-4000

October 21, 2009 - Wednesday

San Francisco Police Commission - Weekly Meeting
When: October 21, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Off the agenda:
Public comment: (first on the agenda!)
Chief's Report - Update on significant policing efforts by Department members
Presentation of 3rd quarter 2009 FDRB findings and Recommendations
Presentation of the Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Summary
OCC Director's Report
Presentation of the quarterly reports by the Dept. and the Office of Citizens Complaints regarding policy proposals (Sparks resolution)
Commission: Dr. Joe Marshall, Thomas P. Mazzucco, Petra DeJesus, Yvonne Y. Lee, David Onek, Vincent Pan, Theresa Sparks
Information: 415-553-1667

Alice Fall Awards Banquet
When: October 21, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis Street, Union Square, San Francisco
What: Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Fall Award Banquet:
Leadership Award: Julius Turman
Ally Award: Reverend Amos Brown
Visionary Award: Treasurer Jose Cisneros
Legal Services Award: TBD
Community Service Organization: And Marriage for All (Andrea Shorter Accepting)
Volunteer of the Year: Announced night of event
Robert Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim Illig
Legislator of the Year Award: Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
$80 non-members, $85. admission and Alice B. Toklas membership

Arc Ecology and the Sierra Club
When: October 21, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Arc Ecology's offices, 4634 Third Street, San Francisco
What: Series of meetings designed to engage the environmental and social justice communities in developing a collective strategy to respond to Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Hunters point Shipyard/Candlestick Point Project (expected release November 8th). This meeting is to explore our common interests. Dinner will be served. In preparation for the meeting please identify your top three issues or concerns and email to
RSVP Rachel Russell rachelrussell@arcecology. - by October 19, 2009 -

SoMa Leadership Council
When: October 21, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: The Arc of San Francisco, 180 11th Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Proponents and opponents of Prop D have been invited to SoMa Leadership Council to debate the measure.
SoMa Leadership Council: "to ensure that South of Market remains a compassionate, diverse, vibrant and complete neighborhood".

District 11 Community Meeting with Supevisor Avalos and Captain Lazar
When: October 21, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, 459 Vienna Street (between Persia and Brazil), San Francisco
What: In the wake of a recent fatal stabbing, Supervisor Join Avalos and Captain David Lazar invites you to meeting to come together as a community, remember the victims, and discuss ideas and solutions to increase safety in the neighborhood.
Information: Supervisor John Avalos 415-554-6975

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
When: October 21, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Where: Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue, Cloud Hall, Room 246, San Francisco
What: Documentary filmmakers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith will screen and discuss their film. Free
Information: slyons@ccsfedu

October 22, 2009 - Thursday

San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center Groundbreaking
When: October 22, 2009 - Thursday
1 p.m.
Where: Main Lawn, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco
What: Meet on main lawn to celebrate.

Early Halloween with Debra Walker
When: October 22, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mercury Lounge, 1582 Folsom Street (at 12th Street) San Francisco
What: Celebrate Halloween early with Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Supervisor David Campos in support of Debra Walker for Democratic County Central Committee
$50. up purchase on line
Information and RSVP:

SF Public Press Relaunch Party
When: October 22, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: a.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama Street, San Francisco
What: Come celebrate and support SF Public Press:
Redesigned web site and new URL:
Bay Bridge investigative project in collaboration with McSweeney's and
Success of the City Budget Watchdog project and ongoing reporting on the ramifications of the cutbacks in city government
New membership program that gives you a voice in how the Public Press covers San Francisco.
Entertainment, food and drinks. No minimum donation. Annual memberships start at $35. We'll give commemorative printing of the City Budget Watchdog series to the first 30 people who become founding members on Oct. 22nd.

Save Sharp Park Fundraiser
When: October 22, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Sharp Park Golf Course, Highway 1 and Sharp Park Road, Pacifica
What: Benefit the non-profit San Francisco Public Alliance. Co-Host 1964 U.S Open Champion Ken Venturi and Supervisor Sean R. Elsbernd. Proceeds go to their mission of preserving affordable, eco-friendly golf, starting with saving the endangered Alister MacKenzie-designed links at Sharp Park.
Senior/Junior: $25; Par $100; Birdie $250; Eagle $500; Ace $1,000 or more
Information and RSVP

Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association General Meeting
When: October 22, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: First Baptist Church Basement, 7 Octavia (at Waller) San Francisco
What: Item on agenda: Prado/Whole Foods and 55 Laguna development updates and Halloween planning.

October 23, 2009 - Friday

Public Memorial for Donald Fisher
When: October 23, 2009 - Friday
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Piers 30 and 32 on the Embarcadero, San Francisco

Commonwealth Club - Leon Panetta, Director CIA
When: October 23, 2009 - Friday
11 a.m. check in. Noon program
Where: Mark Hopkins, 999 California Street, San Francisco
What: Leon Panetta reveals the big challenges facing the security of America today. $30. non-members.

Art in Storefronts Launch Event
When: October 23, 2009 - Friday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 989 Market Street (at Sixth Street), San Francisco
What: San Francisco's Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods join for the launch of the Art in Storefronts pilot program. Free community celebration featuring live music with an unveiling ceremony followed by a reception where the public can pick up a map to the newly-transformed storefronts. Performances by students from Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program.

October 24, 2009 - Saturday

City College of San Francisco Garage Sale and Flea Market
When: October 24, 2009 - Saturday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Reservoir parking lot across from the Ocean Campus (Phelan Ave.) between the CCSF bookstore annex and Riordan High School, San Francisco
What: Support the first Citywide Save CCSF Classes Garage Sale and Market.

Healthcare Reform - State Senator Leland Yee
When: October 24, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Health Screenings
11 a.m. until noon - Guest speaker State Senator Leland Yee
Where: UCSF Parnassus Campus, HSW-300
What: Free hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes screenings will be provided by Pharmacists and UCSF Student Pharmacists. Guest speaker State Senator Leland Yee
Events sponsored: Diablo Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Golden Gate Society of Health-System Pharmacists, California of Society of Health-System Pharmacists- UCSF Student Chapter

Community Meeting - "Planning the Future of Sunnydale & Visitacion Valley"
When: October 24, 2009 - Saturday
10:30 am. to 1 p.m.
Where: Visitacion Valley Elementary School, 55 Schwerin Street, San Francisco
What: Meeting about the development of the Sunnydale-Velasco public housing . City's HOPE SF initiative - new housing for various income levels, parks and open spaces, community service and potentially neighborhood retail and businesses.
A master plan advisory committee of Visitacion Valley residents and neighbors have been working to develop a master plan. Sponsored by MercyRelated HOPE SF Team
RSVP 415-452-9744

Third Annual Dogtoberfest at Upper Douglass Park
When: October 24, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Upper Douglass Park, 27th and Douglass, San Francisco
What: Community party for all dogs, their owners, friends and family. Contests will be held for best costumes, agility, obedience and tricks.

Eureka Valley, Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library Grand Re-Opening
When: October 24, 2009 - Saturday
1 p.m.
Where: 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th Street near Market) San Francisco
What: Opening celebration of the newly renovated library. Join Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and City Librarian Luis Herrera. Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Eureka Valley Library Campaign Committee. Refreshments and entertainment.

A Clean Well-Lighted Bookstore - Judy Shepard
When: October 24, 2009 - Saturday
3 p.m.
Where: A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro Street, San Francisco
What: Judy Shepard will discuss her book "The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie and a World Transformed"

San Francisco's International Day of Climate Action - Rally
When: October 24, 2009 - Saturday
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Calling for climate justice at the Copenhagen climate talks for the International Day of Climate Action. Host: Greenpeace Northern California

10th Annual Potrero Hill History Night
When: October 24, 2009 - Saturday
5:30 - BBQ
7 to 9 p.m. - Program
Where: International Studies Academy, 655 DeHaro, San Francisco
What: Potrero Hill Archives Project hosts Potrero Hill History Night. Features Goat Hill Phil in conversation with long-time residents. Program is free. Live music from a gospel choir. Prior to program - BBQ by Parkside, Bottom of the Hill and Chat's Coffee - live jazz music. $6. for the BBQ (burger, or veggie burger or pulled pork - plus a salad).

October 25, 2009 - Sunday

West Fest
When: October 25, 2009 - Sunday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, Corner 25th Avenue and Fulton Street, S.F.
What: Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Woodstock. 42 bands, 3 stages and 26 poster artists. Free.

October 26, 2009 - Monday

Town Hall Meeting - Supervisor Eric Mar
When: October 26, 2009 - Monday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue, between Clement and California Street, San Francisco
What: Join Supervisor Eric Mar, Department of Public Works and the Richmond District Police Department in a discussion on graffiti abatement, street cleaning and dumping.

Community Planning
When: October 26, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Donaldina Cameron House, Culbertson Hall, 920 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
What: Tell the City and County of San Francisco how to spend $200 million in federal funds over the next five years for community development and housing priorities. They want your input!
Information: 701-5500

The San Francisco Women's Networking Cocktail Party
When: October 26, 2009 - Monday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Bank of America Building, Carnelian Room, 555 California Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Women's Political Committee (SFWPC) is hosting a get-together after the 3rd Annual San Francisco Women's Policy Summit to meet your local elected officials, commissioners, women leaders in the political and nonprofit arenas. Enjoy beverages and appetizers.
SFWPC members will get credit towards voting eligibility in future SFWPC endorsement proceedings.


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