Thursday, December 3, 2009

Harvey Milk PAC Meeting - Four Freshmen

Tuesday night the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club held their last PAC meeting of 2009 at the LGBT Center on Market Street. The Club invited the four freshmen (David Campos, David Chiu, John Avalos and Eric Mar) of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to speak about their successes, their challenges and what to expect in the coming year.

All four spoke about the difficulties dealing with the budget and the realities of working with a Mayor who is not always conciliatory. (In fact there is discussion going on to put a charter amendment on the ballot requiring the mayor to spend money if eight supervisors vote to spend money).

All agreed that it was important to defend the progressive agenda which includes progressive supervisors in 2010 and a progressive mayor in 2011. Questions from the audience included their impression of the police chief, social justice, budget cuts, homelessness and family housing.


December 3, 2009 - Thursday

*North Beach Seniors Protest Holiday Ellis Act Evictions
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 152-162 Jasper Place, San Francisco
What: Eight long-term elderly Chinese tenants of San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood will be protesting their Ellis Act eviction. The seniors range in age from 69 to 89 years old and most have lived there for 30-40 years. (One of these tenants committed suicide due to the mounting stress of the situation). Assemblyman Tom Ammiano andPresident of the Board of Supervisor David Chiu are scheduled to appear at the demonstration. Assemblyman Ammiano is sponsoring AB 1171 in the Legislature to reform the Ellis Act and to prevent its use to further this type of speculation.

Geneva Car Barn Update - Final community meeting
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Balboa High School, 1000 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco
What: Final community meeting regarding historical landmark.
Information: Chinaka Hodge

Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
What: Cocktail reception honoring Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Sponsors: Jeremiah F. Hallisey, Steve Westly, George Marcus, Jim Kellogg and Robert L. Balgenorth
Information: Jeremiah F. Hallisey

Clean Slate Programs 10th Anniversary - Dinner Reception
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Westbay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Clean Slate Program was started in 199 by Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Clean Slate provides ongoing legal representation to help individuals clear up their criminal records so that they can restore and improve theirlives.
Auda Okutania, Program Manager for Arriba Juntos
Toye Moses, Executive Director for Southeast Community Center
Reginaldo Woods, Executive Director for Up From Darkness
Sharen Hewitt, Executive Director for C.L.A.E.R. New Village Community Center

*This is What a Budget Looks Like
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Sate University HSS 155 (don't know where this is - )
What: Come to teach-in discussion regarding budget justice movement. Find out what strategies and tactics community organizers are using to stand up and fight back against budget cuts to healthcare, welfare, social services, union jobs and homeless shelters. Find out how students can build bridges to the budget justice movement in the communities and the public sector. Get plugged in to upcoming direct actions.
Featured speakers from:
SFSU Experimental Studies
SF Direction Action to Stop the Cuts
SEIU 1021 Coalition to Save Public Health
SF Coalition on Homelessness
"An injury to one is an injury to all".

Inner Sunset holiday party
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: SF County Fair Building, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
What: Inner Sunset Merchant Association and Inner Sunset Park Neighbors (ISPN) invite you to join neighbors and friends to celebrate a great year in the Inner Sunset.
Great food from Inner Sunset restaurants, door prizes and entertainment. Open to all Inner Sunset residents and kids!

Josh Becker for Assembly District 21 SF Kickoff
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: 2 Mint Plaza, Suite 501, San Francisco
What: You are invited to the San Francisco Kick off in support of Josh Becker - Democratic Candidate for State Assembly District 21.
Founder and General Partners, New Cycle Capital
Founder and Chair, Full Circle Fund
Founder, Freedom Prize Foundation
Board of Trustees, UC Merced
Co-Founder and Board of Directors, Clean Economy Network
Host Committee: Ian Thompson, Ian Johnstone, Steven Lurie, Melanie Nutter, Gary Kremen, Hala Hijazi, Rahul Prakash, Anna Binder, Mike Anders

Excelsior Community Forum Series - Jobs
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Ocean Avenue Presbyterian Church, 32 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
What: Forum on Jobs.

Citizen Effect San Francisco Launch Event
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Ambassador, 673 Geary Street, San Francisco
What: New, innovative micro philanthropy nonprofit. The idea that anyone can make a real and significant impact in the world. Mission is to provide everyday citizens the tools and networks they need to work directly with communities in need around the world.
Information and to order tickets:

District Three Democratic Club - Holiday Party
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 p.m.
Where: The Vin Club, 515 Broadway (between Columbus & Kearny), San Francisco
What: District Three's Holiday Party. Great food and wine. District Three Democratic Club will behonoring:
  • John Barnes, D3DC Recording Secretary for the past five years.
  • Norman Rolfe, D3DC Municipal Transportation expert and long time active D3DC member.

Mission Local Photo Show & Auction
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: L's Cafe, 2871 24th Street (between Bryant and Florida) San Francisco
What:, an on-line news site covering the San Francisco Mission District invites you to a photo exhibit and auction. This is your chance to buy original art, support community journalism and meet the Mission Loc@l team.
Mission Loc@l has started posing stories on SF Gate's local page, also an insert in El Tecolote Newspaper.

Malia Cohen - New Year, New Leadership
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Lingba Lounge, 1469 18th Street, San Francisco
What: 2010 is an opportunity for new voices to be heard, new priorities to take precedent and new opportunities for District 10. Come toast and celebrate with Malia Cohen, candidate forSupervisor in District 10. In lieu of gifts, suggestion of $32. contribution for each guest.

Books Inc. - Gerald Nachman
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Books Inc. in the Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
What: Gerald Nachman discusses "Right Here on Our Stage Tonight" - history of the Ed Sullivan Show. (Gerald Nachman books are wonderful!).

Book launch for "Wherever There's A Fight"
When: December 3, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Account of the struggle to develop and protect right in California. Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi will discuss their book "Wherever There'a A Fight".

December 4, 2009 - Friday

*Hayes Valley Merchants Holiday Block Party
When: December 4, 2009 - Friday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Hayes Street from Franklin to Laguna, San Francisco
What: Eat, drink, shop and be entertained
Information: Richard Johnson at

*Slammin' and Jammin' - Hayes Valley
When: December 4, 2009 - Friday
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Patricia's Green, San Francisco
What: A Hayes Valley Holiday Show. Presented by Joseph Jody, Producer, "Manage This!",
Horus Jack Tolson, Musical Director
Information: Richard Johnson

*Community Partners United & Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association
When: December 4, 2009 - Friday
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Patricia's Green, San Francisco
What: Holiday snacks, hot chocolate and hot cider.
Information: Richard Johnson

San Francisco Women's Holiday Party 2009
When: December 4, 2009 - Friday
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Lot 46 Nightclub and Lounge, 46 Geary Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Women's Political Committee Holiday Party in collaboration with GoodOl' Girls, Emerge California, Filipina Women's Network andNARAL Pro-Choice Californiainvite you to holiday party. Celebrate the Year of the Woman!
Sponsored by:
Platinum Advisors, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senator Leland Yee, Hope Road Consulting, BergDavis Public Affairs, The California Group, Laura Spanjian, Rebecca Prozan, Debra Walker, Mary Silver and Bonnie Jean von Krogh

A Good Idea - 24 Hours of Service volunteer event
When: December 4, 2009 - Friday 7 p.m. until December 5, 2009 - 9 p.m. Saturday
What: On December 4th-5th A Good Idea will be hosting a historic, first-of-its-kind volunteer event called "24 Hours of Service". Comprised of 24 different volunteer activities for members of the community to participate during a 24 hour time-frame.
List of events:

*Lower Haight Art Walk
When: December 4, 2009 - Friday
7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Where: Lower Haight
What: Come kick off the holidays with the merchants and neighbors of the Lower Haight. Art shows, live painting, live music, bands outside on the sidewalks, drinks, snacks, merriment and tons of specials. Merchants are competing for Best Window Display and Best Decoratedsidewalk tree. 400 block to the 700 block. Free

December 5, 2009 - Saturday

Muni Changes - better look at changes:

2nd Annual Cider with Santa
When: December 5, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Where: West Sunset Playground, 39th Avenue and Ortega, San Francisco
What: Hosted by Friends of West Sunset Playground (FOWSP). Community meeting and social event. Free cookies and cider. Complimentary photo op with Santa. Music and carolers.

*Die-In for Health Care and Women's Lives
When: December 5, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Ferry Building, San Francisco. Gather on the median strip opposite the SF Ferry Building.
What: Die-In at the Ferry Building to protest the Stupac Amendment and demand quality single payer health care for all. Wear black. Organized by activists with Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights, Direct Action for Single Payer, Code Pink, Single Payer Now and Progressive Democrats of America.

Re-opening of Sunnside Conservatory
When: December 5, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Sunnyside Conservatory, 235 Monterey Blvd., San Francisco
What: Come join the Friends of Sunnyside Conservatory, San Francisco Recreation andParks Department in celebrating the grand re-opening of the Sunnyside Conservtory. Bagpipes, celtic harp, strollin troubador music. Light refreshments in the rotunda and children's activities.

*GLBT Historical Society - Panel Discussion - Bay Area Black Lesbian Organizations and Publications
When: December 5, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: GLBT Historical Society, 657 Mission Street, Suite 300, San Francisco
What: Conversation with Bay Area black lesbians about their organizations and history. Participants include:
Lenn Keller: photographer, filmmaker and archivist
Mary Midgett: author, founder of NIA and Bay Area Black Lesbian and Gays
Terry King: of African American Lesbians over 40
Peggy Moore: founder of Sistahs Steppin' in Price.
Moderated by Lisbet Tellefsen, archivist and founder of Ache: A Journal for Lesbians of African Descent.

December 6, 2009 - Sunday

*Excelsior District Improvement Association (EDIA) Holiday Party
When: December 6, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: "Pissed Off Pete's" Bar and Restaurant, 4528 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: EDIA's Holiday Party - It's a potluck! Bring a tasty dish to share. Donate a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Children welcomed.

Friends of Dolores Park - Holiday Treats
When: December 6, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m. until Noon
Where: Dolores Park Playground, San Francisco
What: Come see the puppetry of Nick Barone - presenting "Holiday Treats". Refreshments provided. Free.

Democratic Women's Forum of San Francisco - Traditional Holiday Party
When: December 6, 2009 - Sunday
2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Home of Angela Alioto, 2606 Pacific, San Francisco
What: Traditional Holiday Party honoring Emily Murase, Lateefah Simon, Betty T. Yee(Community Organizers dedicated to Knowledge, Awareness and Caring).
Benefactors: Angela Alioto, Ruth Gordon Schnapp, Paula Kitses, Joan Simmons
Patrons: Marie Angell, Raymond Berard, Patricia Montague
Sponsors: Rose Banias, Bernice Biggs, John Casserly, Renee Golanty-Koel, Aileen Hernandez, Katie Hickox, Eileen Kivlehan, Rafael Mandelman, Jane Morrison, Emily Murase, Lynne Newouse-Segal, Mary O'Riordan, Julile Soo, Dan Sullivan, Dawn Walker, Cheryl Willis, Evelyn Wilson
Holiday Event Committee: Dawn Walker & Cheryl Willis - Co-Chairs; Paula Kitses, Patricia Montague, Joan Simmons
Attendees are encouraged to contribute a toy for children needing our Acknowledgement, Awareness, and Caring.
2009-2010 Board:
Joan Simmons - President
Julie Soo - VP - Political Action
Paula Kitses - VP - Public Relations
Cheryl Willis - Recording Secretary
Mary O'Riordan - Corresponding Secretary
Cynthia Travis - Treasurer
Evelyn Wilson - Parliamentarian
Michelle Aldrich, Marie Angell, Marti Dinan, Katie Hickox, Lorrie Kalos, Nancy Larson, Patricia Montague, Dawn Walker
$25. Guest, $20 Member
Information: RSVP 415-673-5023

ACLU of Northern California - 2009 Bill of Rights Day Celebration
When: December 6, 2009 - Sunday
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: ILWU Local 34, 801 2nd Street (at King Street, next to AT&T Park) San Francisco
What: ACLU of Northern California's 2009 Bill of Rights Day celebration honoring the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. ACLU of Northern California's new Executive Director, Abdi Soltani will speak. Reception at Paragon Restaurant, 701 Second Street at 3:30 p.m.
$10. to $25. sliding scale.
Purchase tickets:
Information: 415-621-2493 x 388.

Toys for Tots - San Francisco
When: December 6, 2009 - Sunday
5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Harry Denton's Starlight Room on top of the Sir Francis Drake Horel, 450 Powell Street, San Francisco. Festive holiday attire required.
What: Admission to the event is one or more unwrapped new toys to be donated to organization that provide services to local disadvantage children.

14th Annual San Francisco Bicycle Winterfest Party
When: December 6, 2009 - Sunday
6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
What: 14th Annual SFBC's Winterfest Party. Good cheer, entertainment, local art , local goodies. Admission include one New Belgium Beer ticket. $40. for non-members which includes membership for one year; members $15.

December 7, 2009 - Monday

*Rally/Hearing for Just Cause Eviction Protections
When: December 7, 2009 - Monday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What: Rally in support of Supervisor John Avalos' "Just Cause" eviction protections for building built after 1979. Land Use Committee will be voting on legislation at 1 p.m. Call or email Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and Supervisor Bevan Dufty with your support.

Alliance for a Better District 6 Party
When: December 7, 2009 - Monday
5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Where: The Swig Bar, 561 Geary Street (between Taylor and Jones Street) San Francisco
What: Alliance for a Better District 6, Central City Democrats and North of Market BusinessAssociation are co-sponsoring social networking event. Food, door prizes and more.
Information: 415-820-1560

*Annual tree lighting
When: December 7, 2009 - Monday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: McLaren Lodge, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
What: Join San Francisco Parks Trust and Rec & Park for the annual tree lighting at McLaren Lodge. Enjoy holiday festivities, caroling, and children activities.

Reception for Assemblymember Dave Jones - Democratic Candidate for Insurance Commissioner
When: December 7, 2009 - Monday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Forest City Offices, 835 Market Street, Suite 850, San Francisco
What: Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Ross Mirkirami, Community College Boardmember Natalie Berg, Julie Brandt, Forest City, Doron Levitanand Aaron Zeff invite you to a reception forAssemblymember Dave Jones - Democratic Candidate for Insurance Commissioner. $250.
RSVP 916-552-688

Book Passage - Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life
When: December 7, 2009 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
What: Carol Sklenicka talks about "Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life".

Bay Bridge Toll Hike Public Forums
When: December 7, 2009 - Monday
6:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Room 609, San Francisco
What: Bridge Toll Hike prosed for Earthquake safety - public hearings. Short open house and a staff presentation at 7 p.m.

*Beach Chalet Athletic Fields
When: December 7, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Park Senior Center, 6101 Fulton Street, San Francisco
What: Meeting about proposed renovation for the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields. SF Recreation and Parks Department and the City Fields Foundation are proposing to renovate the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields with synthetic turf and lights, restore the restroom and create a family-friendly spectator plaza.

December 8, 2009 - Tuesday

The San Francisco Children's Toy Festival
When: December 8, 2009 - Tuesday
9 a.m. until Noon
Where: San Francisco City Hall (enter on Van Ness Avenue)
What: Mayor Gavin Newsom and The San Francisco Department of Child Support Services in partnership with San Francisco Fire Fighters' Union Local 798invite children 12-years-old and under, accompanied by an adult or organization, to The San Francisco Children's Toy Festival. Get a toy and meet Santa! Refreshments and other community resources will be available.

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Supervsor Ross Mirkarimi
When: December 8, 2009 - Tuesday
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco
What: Meet Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi from District Five
Register to attend: Patricia Aleman

Commonwealth Club - Madeleine Kunin
When: December 8, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Hear Madeline Kunin: "Pearls, Politics and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead".
Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland; former Governor of Vermont. $18. non-members

*Team Mandelman Happy Hour
When: December 8, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Elixir Lounge, 3200 16th Street, San Francisco
What: Host: Rafael Mandelman for SF Supervisor District 8. Join Team Mandelman for their monthly tour of District 8's watering holes. No agenda, just casual campaign socializing.

NOPA - Nopa Holiday Celebration
When: December 8, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Poleng Lounge, 1751 Fulton Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the holidays! Make this the best neighborhood party yet!

Bevan for Mayor at Barber Lounge
When: December 8, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Barber Lounge, 854 Folsom Street, San Francisco
What: Festive holiday bash at the ultra-swanky and retro-funky Barber Lounge. Spread of wines, food and dessert. DJ Derek Martin. Only accepting $100. prior to April, 2010. Only accept donations from individuals who live or work in San Francisco.

Michela Alioto-Pier - 2009 Winter Bash
When: December 8, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Taverna Avenue, 582 Washington Street, San Francisco
What: Please join Michela Alioto-Pier. Candidate for California Insurance Commissioner.
Host Committee: Alexander Alioto, Angelina Alioto Grace and Daniel Grace, Lisa and Rob Black, Jennifer Browne Snyder and Sean Snyder, Andrea and Robert Callan, Jr., Bridget Cannata, Chelsea Cannata and Mike Cherin, Maya Draisin and Mike Farrah, Jr., Anne Farrah, Soraya Farrah, Erica Galos Alioto and Joseph Alioto, Jr., Dominque Glynn, Gus Murad, Lori Pucnelli-Stern and Peter Stern, Shefali Razdan Duggal, Soleil Teubner, Gian-Paolo Veronese, Julie Veronese and Joe Alioto Veronese
$75. gues
RSVP Sarah Zeiger 415-931-1156

December 9, 2009 - Wednesday

*San Francisco Tomorrow - Fun! Food! Friends! of the Environment
When: December 9, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Forest Hill Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Avenue, San Francisco
What: Party with San Francisco Tomorrow.
Patrons: State Senator Mark Leno, State Senator Leland Yee, Bruce Balshone, Bonacker Associates, Jennifer Clary, Denise D'Anne, Bernie Choden & Lois Scott, Robert Dockendorff, Mary Anne Miller, Esther Marks, Carl Natvig, Amy Quirk, Janet Reilly, Peter Strauss
Sponsors: Sue Cauthen, Arthur Chang, Civilian Congress-Jacques Fitch, Arthur Feinstein, Ruth Gravanis, Julian Davis, Ina Dearman, Andreas W. Katz, Paul Kohler, James Lew, Jane Morrison, Alice Mosley, Norman Rolfe, Adam Scow, Edward Van Egri, Steve Williams, Howard Wong
RSVP: Jane Morrison 564-1482

*How to Build a Political Infrastructure"
When: December 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Hilton Chinatown, Jackson Room, San Francisco
What: Join with the Asian Pacific American Leadership Project in a panel discussion with:
Betty Yee - Chairwoman, State Board of Equalization
David Chiu - President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Phil Ting - San Francisco Assessor-Recorder
Moderated by APALP Board Chair - Tim Dayonot
Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event compliments of the APALP

*Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)
When: December 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Ozone Thai, 598 2nd Street, San Francisco
What: Join BWOPA-SF/ Peninsula for their holiday party! All are invited. Hosted appetizers and wine courtesy of Ozone Thai, newly relocated from Lower Polk to SOMA. Complimentary for BWOPA members and new members $20.

*Mo MAGIC Fundraiser/Film Screening
When: December 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Jazz Heritage Center, Lush Life Gallery, 1320 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: View Public Defender Jeff Adachi's film "You Don't Know Jack". Movie tells the story of a pioneering American entertainer Jack Soo, an Oakland native who became the first Asian American to be cast in the lead role in a regular television series.
Cost of Admission: $20.; all proceeds benefit Mo MAGIC's youth programs.
RSVP Required. Seating is limited.

*Books Inc. - Julie Powell
When: December 9, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Books Inc. in the Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
What: Julie Powell reads from her new book "Cleaving", the latest life adventures from the author of Julie & Julia.

December 10, 2009 - Thursday

*John Chiang for State Controller
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
Where: North Beach Restaurant, 1512 Stockton Street, San Francisco
What: Join Jeremiah Hallisey, Hon. William Newsom (Ret.), Clint Reilly, Pius Lee and Mark Erreca for lunch with California State Controller John Chiang.
Individual $1,000.
RSVP: Jeremiah F. Hallisey 415-433-5300.

*Dave Eggers
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
1 p.m.
Where: Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
What: Dave Eggers will sign copies of all his books purchased at Books Inc. 15% of the proceeds of everything purchased for the booksigning will benefit 826 Valencia!

*Shine a Light on health care!
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission and 4th Street, San Francisco
What: In this season of giving all we want for the holidays is Affordable Healthcare! Join hundreds in candlelight procession through the streets of San Francisco.
Sponsors include CLUE-San Francisco, San Francisco Labor Council, Alameda Labor Council AFL-CIO, Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, Bay Area Labor Councils, Health Care for America Now, AARP.
Information: Rev. Carol Been at

*Holiday Happy Hour with Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Temple Bar, 600 Polk Street, San Francisco
What: Join Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee for a holiday get together. Betty will give you an update on her campaign and how you can get involved in the New Year. Bring a new friend to meet Betty! Festive Appetizers. No host bar.

*Phil Ting - Re-Election Kickoff Reception
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Lot 46, 46 Geary Street, San Francisco
What: Join Phil Ting to support his re-election as San Francisco Assessor-Recorder for his 2010 Kick-Off Reception
Host Committee:
Monty Agarwal, Terrance Alan, Bob Amore, Andrew Bley, Ryan Brooks, Eric Casher, Jeffrey Chang, Steven Chang, Cedric Chao, Eric Chung, Gregory Condes, Maryann Costello, Jeanine Cotter, Robert Dockendorff, Laura Efurd, Ted Fang, Brett Gladstone, Jeffrey Heller, Albert Hwu, Caryl Ito, Mary Jung, Leslie Katz, Henry Karnilowicz, Dennis Kelly, Janet Kunze, Dextor Ligot-Gordon, Joel Luebkeman and Mel Durana, Clark Manus, Paul Melbostad, Sandy and Jeff Mori, Larry Nibbi, Bob Nibbi, Dan Nguyen Tan, Steve Ngo and Tina Lee, Tanya and Rich Peterson, Jaime Rossi, Ahsha Safai, Keith Sanford, Mike Sullivan, Rick Swig, Alexis Wong, Betty and John Sun Wong, Jeff Woo, Joe Yee
RSVP Sarah Zeiger 415-931-1156

*Laura Spanjian for Supervisor - Fun fundraiser
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - VIP Reception
8 p.m. to 11 p.m. - "It's Organic!" Party
Where: Orson Restaurant, 508 4th Street, San Francisco
What: Fabulous event supporting Laura Spanjian - candidate for Supervisor in District 8. JoinCo-Chairs: Frances Stevens and Jen Rainin, CURVE Magazine and Sweet
Shannon Wentworth, Sweet
Cheryl Mazak & Nova Brown,
Alison Terry-Evans, Hilgirlz
Julie Davis, Face Value
Roberta Achtenberg and Susan Shain, Marcy Adelman, Kate Alfieri, Julie Ansell and Orla O'Keeffe, Alex and Jessie Austin, Selisse Berry and Cynthia Martin, Laurie Bertolacci, Sue Bethanis, Susan Bluer and Jennifer Mannix, Angela Berry and Cynthia Strickland, Nova Brown, Angel Brunner, Ellen Callaway and Kathryn Stebner, Stacey Camillo, Chris Carnes, Debra Chasnoff, Judith Cohen, Jody and Katherine Cole, Pam David and Cheryl Lazar, Flo Enriquez, Elizabeth Falkner and Sabrina Riddle, Ivy Fine and Rebecca Westerfield, Louise Fischer, Gina Gatta, Teresa and Rishna Gracie, Elizabeth Grivas, Rachel Herbert and Dana Oppenheim, Denise Jeong, Tanya Johnson, Leslie Katz and Jenny Wald, Sharon Kerr, Deb Kinney, Ellen LaPoint and Kleigh Hathaway, Sue LaVaccare, Susan Leal and Susan Hirsch, Susan Lowenberg and Joyce Newstat, Phyllis Lyon, Anne Marks and Yara Herman, Zoon Nguyen and Cathy Halligan, Heidi Oberndorf, Michelle Ortiz and Erika Boyd, Elena Ozark, Diana Parker, Julian Potter and Mirian Saez, Laurie Shedler, Lubov Smith, Maire Walsh, Monier Ziaian
$150 Spanjian Supporter
$100 Individual Ticket
Followed by the "It's Organic!" Party - meet and Greet Reception 8 to 11 p.m.
Plus special Ladies Night activities, including the "Sweet-ies" voter registration booth. All are welcome
VIP Reception RSVP -

*Excelsior Community Forum - Afterschool Opportunties
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Ocean Avenue Presbyterian Church, 32 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
What: Refreshments and childcare provided.
Information: 415-585-0110

*San Francisco Young Democrats Annual Holiday Gala
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington Street, San Francisco ("Taverna" into a winter wonderland complete with Christmas Trees and places to lounge. They are closing down the alley next door for this celebration.)
What: Annual holiday party. Benefiting the San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs' annual toy drive. Suggested donation for current members is $5 which includes a raffle ticket. Alternatively, you're encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. Those wishing to renew their membership can do so for the reduced price of $25 ($5. of which will benefit SFBGC).

*Such a Bittersweet Day" book launch party!
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Trigger Lounge, 2338 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the release of "Such A Bittersweet Day - The Marriage Equality Movement in the Wake of Prop 8". Photography and oral histories about the marriage equality movement byGeoffrey King, Sunny Angulo and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
100% net proceeds from the regular edition of this book will go to organizations that are fighting for LGBT civil rights, equality and health, beginning with two front-line organizations - The Transgender Law Center and AIDS Legal Service.
Co-Sponsors: Citizen Hope, Cal Alumni Pride, Transgender Law Center and AIDS Legal Services.

*San Francisco Human Rights Commission - Meeting Notice
When: December 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mission Recreation Center, 2450 Harrison Street or 745 Treat Street (building can be accessed at both entrances) between 20th and 21st Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Human Rights Commission is meeting in the Mission District. All in the community are invited to meet the current commissioners and learn about the programs and services that the Human Rights Commission provides. This is your opportunity to give your input and address the commission on any items or concerns you may have regarding their services.
Commissioners: Cecilia Chung - Chair, Michael Sweet - Vice Chair, Douglas Chan, Jamal Dajani, Faye Woo Lee, August Longo, Nazly Mohajer, Linda Richardson, Victoria Ruiz, Julius Turman. Executive Director: Theresa Sparks

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