Sunday, March 7, 2010

Save Muni Summit - Let's Roll!

On Saturday morning at 9 a.m. sharp there was a full house at the Women's Building attending the Save Muni Summit on 18th Street. Meeting was opened up by Judy Berkowitz with opening remarks by Jerry Cauthen "Ways of Bringing Muni up to Standard".


Joel Ramos (TransForm)
Sarah "Fred" Sherburn-Zimmer (Transit Not Traffic - TNT)
Howard Wong (, Telegraph Hill Dwellers, San Francisco Tomorrow)
Tom Radulovich (BART Director, Executive Director, Livable City)

There was a sponsor list of 56 organizations supporting this Summit.

Questions and comments from the floor (two minute limit)

Broken up into discussion topics:
  • Stronger, better, faster light rail service - Derek Highsmith
  • Stronger, better, faster bus service - Alice Mosley/Bob Allen
  • Speeding up Muni on crowded streets - Howard Wong/David Schonbrunn
  • Making it easier and more convenient to ride Muni - Zach Stewart/Sue Vaughan
  • Improving Muni Vehicles and Maintenance - Jerry Cauthen
  • Identifying the needed funds - John Holtzclaw/Tom Radulovich
  • Getting the Job Done - Joel Ramos, Samantha Test Cauthen
  • Next Steps - Dave Snyder/Judy Berkowitz
  • Outreach - Jennifer Clary
Dave Snyder of the Transit Riders Union gave "A Call for Action".

Mission Statement:
Because of the economic downturn and a series of missteps over the past 20 years, the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) has fallen on hard times. On December 5, 2009, 6 Muni lines were discontinued, 16 were foreshortened and another 22 lines now operate for fewer hours during the day. At the same time time fares were raised. More cuts and more fare increased are planned.

With these dismal projections in mind, neighborhood, environmental, transit advocacy, and grassroots community groups realize the need to take a fresh look at Muni. The purpose of the Save Muni Summit is therefore to identify improvements for bringing San Francisco's vital public transit system up to standard. It is hoped that the discussion that begins March 6th will lead to the citywide movement required to appropriately address and resolve this critical San Francisco problem.

Information from this meeting will be posted on

March 8, 2010 - Monday

International Women's Day Breakfast
When: March 8, 2010 - Monday
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Civic Center, 50 8th Street, San Francisco
What: International Women's Day Global Arts and Education Inc. will honor six outstanding six outstanding Bay Area women and organizations:
Extraordinary Public Service Award: Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
Annie M. Powell Community Service Award: Lynette Sweet, BART Director
Organization of the Year: Filipina Women's Network, Marily Modejar
Community Advocate of the Year - Zula Jones, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
Unsung Herioine Award: Farah Makras and Michelle Lacourciere, Sirona Cares Foundation

Cocktails with Alice!
When: March 8, 2010 Monday
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pisco Lounge, 1817 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Inauguration of a new Social Gathering - the Alice Pre-Membership Meeting Happy Hour at Pisco Lounge, across the street from LGBT Center. This month's guest will be Theresa Sparks, who is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Candidate for District 6 Board of Supervisors and Supervisor Carmen Chu from District 4. Alice meeting will follow immediately at the LGBT Center.

*South Beach /Rincon/Mission Bay Neigborhood Association Meeting
When March 8, 2010 - Monday
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: South Beach Harbor Services Building, Community Room (between Pier 40 & the Ballpark), San Francisco
What: Agenda:
  • Charles Higueras, DPW Project Manager, Assistant Fire Chief Jim Barden and Police Captain John Goldberg to talk about the Earthquake Safety Bond measure which will be on the June ballot.
  • Jay Primus, Director of the new SF Park Program will walk people through the development of innovative synthesis of new thinking and new technology related to parking management, and how the program will be implemented in the neighborhood.
Source: Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club General Membership meeting
When: March 8, 2010 - Monday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street @ Octavia, San Francisco
What: Vote on suspending the bylaws so that the Alice membership may consider three recommendations for early endorsement. On Saturday, February 20, 2010, the Alice Political Action Committee (PAC)
voted to recommend that the membership suspend the bylaws to allow an early endorsement for the following three races:
District Attorney Kamala Harris for Attorney General
Supervisor Carmen Chu for Supervisor in District 4.
Theresa Sparks, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and former Co-Chair for District 6 Supervisor
The March 8th vote is to determine whether the bylaws should be suspended so that the membership, at the April 5th general meting, may consider these three early endorsements.

March 9, 2010 - Tuesday

SPUR - Vacant lots - ideas for temporary use
When: March 9, 2010 - Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Discussion with Jon Bela of Rebar, Douglas Burnham of envelopeA+D, Sarah Kuehl of Peter Walker + Partners and Michael Yarne of the Mayor's Office of Workforce and Economic Development. Moderated by John King.
$5. for non-members

Alliance for a Better District 6 (ABD6)
When: March 9, 2010 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: 230 Eddy Street, Multi-Purpose Room, San Francisco
What: Districtwide meeting. Agenda items include 222 2nd Street Building Complex, 1760 Polk Street Conditional Use and neighborhood concerns, legislative and safety updates.

March 10, 2010 - Wednesday

*Mission Bay Parks Coordination Meeting
When: March 10, 2010 - Wednesday
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Mission Bay Park Pavilion, 301 Channel Street, San Francisco
What: Mission Bay Parks Coordination meeting. Items from agenda:
Park Projects - Carolyn Weir, Park Management
Park Parcels Status Updates - Catherine Reilly, SFRA
Pump station project
UCSF - kayak programming for 2010
Mission Bay Families - update on "tot lot" and meetings Sarah Davis
Source: Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association

*Police Commission Meeting - "Sit and Lie" Ordinance
When: March 10, 2010 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Items from agenda:
Chief's Report - update on significant policing efforts by Department members.
Discussion on proposed "Sit and Lie" Ordinance amending the San Francisco Police Code.
Information: 415-553-1667

Our Education, Our People - Nuestra Educacion, Nuestra Gente
When: March 10, 2010 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Balboa High School, 1000 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco
What: Second education town hall meeting cosponsored by HOMEY, Coleman Advocates, POWER, Balboa Law Academy, FCC and PODER. Aim is to develop a critical understanding and analysis of the state's budget system, how decisions are being made about funding for public education, who those decisions impact, and how we can fight back against the cuts to our schools.

Muni Town Hall Meeting
When: March 10, 2010 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: One South Van Ness Avenue @ Market Street, 2nd Floor Atrium, Sana Francisco
What: Let your voice be heard in support of Transit First.

Friends of Lynette Sweet, Candidate for San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: March 10, 2010 - Wednesday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 1300 Filmore, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser cocktail reception honoring Lynette Sweet, candidate for San Francisco Board of Supervisor in District 10.

*West Sunset Playground Renovation - Public Community Meeting
When: March 10, 2010 - Wednesday
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: AP Giannini Middle School Library, 3151 Ortega Street, San Francisco
What: Public community meeting

Labor's Campaign for Medicare for All
When: March 10, 2010 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: ILWU Local 6 Union Hall, 255 Ninth Street, San Francisco
What: Michael Lighty will be reporting on Labor's National Single Payer Conference held in Washington D.C.

State Budget Crisis: What does it mean for San Francisco's Public Schools?
When: March 10, 2010 - Wednesday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Thurgood Marshall High School, 45 Conkling Street, San Francisco
What: Learn about the largest cuts to education funding in California history and discuss ways the district can address these cuts.

March 11, 2010 - Thursday

*Alvarado Elementary School Candidates Forum - District 8
When: March 11, 2010 - Thursday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Alvarado Elementary School,625 Douglass Street, San Francisco 22nd Street and Douglass Street, San Francisco
What: Please join the Alvarado and Rooftop PTA in welcoming five District 8 Supervisor candidates for a discussion/debate. Hydra Mendoza, the mayor's education advisor and member of the SF Board of Education will be the moderator.
Information: Todd David

*HANC - "MUNI - As The Crisis Turns
When: March 11, 2010 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: New location: The Urban School, 1563 Page Street (between Ashbury & Masonic) San Francisco
What: Discussion on Muni:
Bruce Oka - Municipal Transportation Board
Irwin Lum - Transit Workers Union
Fred Hernandez - Transit Riders Union
Bob Planthold - Persons with Disabilities Advocates (Senior Action Network)

Irish American Crossroads - "When Irish ran the town"
When: March 11, 2010 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Hear stories of San Francisco's rich past "when the Irish ran the town"
Barney Crotty - former head of the San Francisco Retired Employees' Association
Kevin Mullen - former Deputy Policy Chief of San Francisco and author of "The Egg Man's Son: A San Francisco Irish Life".
Clare M. Murphy - recently retired Executive Director of the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System (SFERS)
Bob Twomey - District Director for Assemblymember Fiona Ma, representing San Francisco 12th Assembly District.
Moderated by Tony Bucher of the Irish Herald.
Introduction by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria
When: March 11, 2010 - Thursday
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Emmy Award-winning "Screaming Queens" tells the story of the first known act of collective violent resistance to the social oppression of gay people in the United States - a 1966 gay riot in San Francisco Tenderloin neighborhood. Free.

Team Mandelman Mixer
When: March 11, 2010 - Thursday
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Noe's Bar, 1199 Church Street, San Francisco
What: Join Rafael Mandelman - candidate for supervisor in District 8 and his supporters for their monthly campaign mixer.

March 12, 2010 - Friday

Irish Flag Rising at City Hall
When: March 12, 2010 - Friday
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Join United Irish Societies, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Irish Community of San Francisco as the tri-colour flag of Ireland is hung from the City Hall Rotunda.

*Robert Retana for Superior Court Judge 2010
When: March 12, 2010 - Friday
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Where: San Francisco InterContinental Hotel (Union Square Ballroom), 888 Howard Street @ 5th Street, San Francisco
What: Cocktail reception for Robert Retana, candidate for Superior Court Judge 2010.
Co-Chairs: State Senator Leland Yee, Judge Gerardo Sandoval, Judge Suzanne Bolanos, Administrative Law Judge Carmen Flores, Supervisor David Campos, Victor M. Marquez, Virginia Villegas.
Host Committee: Petra de Jesus, Arturo Sandoval, Chris Arriola, Anamaria Loya, Paul Melbostad, Carmen Plaza de Jennings, Oliver Gutierrez, Nelly Reyes

Kristine Enea - The future of the City is D10
When: March 12, 2010 - Friday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Velma's, 2246 Jerrold Avenue, San Francisco
What: Come meet Kristine Enea candidate for Supervisor in District 10.

Janet Reilly for Supervisor - Cocktail Reception
When: March 12, 2010 - Friday
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2369 Union Street, San Francisco
What: Cocktail reception introducing Janet Reilly, candidate for Supervisor in District 2.

March 13, 2010 - Saturday

*San Francisco Count Census 2010 Soccer Tournament
When: March 13, 2010 - Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park, 25th and Harrison Street, San Francisco
What: The Mission District Count Committee, The Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs of San Francisco and the Census Bureau invite all San Franciscans to the SF Counts-Census 2010 Soccer Tournament. Soccer, food, Census information, music, face painting, raffles.
Press conference at 11:30 with Supervisor David Campos. Event is co-sponsored by The Department of Recreation and Parks of San Francisco.

San Francisco St Patrick's Day Festival
When: March 13, 2010 - Saturday and March 14, 2010 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
What: Two-day festival. Irish culture through live performance and entertainment, arts, food and beverage concessions.

*San Francisco's 159th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
When: March 13, 2010 - Saturday
11:30 a.m.
Where: Corner of Second Street and Market Street.

*Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club - Final Qualifying PAC Meeting
When: March 13, 2010 - Saturday
Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Final qualifying PAC meeting. PAC endorsement meeting: Ballot Initiatives, State Officials/Congress
Linnette Peralta Haynes is Vice President of Political Affairs (PAC)

March 14, 2010 - Sunday

Daylight Savings Time

Sunday Streets
When: March 14, 2010 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Embarcadero, starting at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, south to China Basin and Terry Francois Blvd, San Francisco
What: Sunday Streets. Streets open to the public.

*Java Beach - St. Patrick's Day Block Party - "Rally for California's Future"
When: March 14, 2010 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Java Beach at the Zoo, 45th Avenue between Wawona Street and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco
What: Join students, parents, educators, and other school workers join with social service providers, retirees, unionists and friends and allies protest cuts to funding for schools and social services.

Jane Morrison - Pre-Birthday Party for DCCC candidate Jane Morrison
When: March 14, 2010 - Sunday
4 to 6 p.m.
Where: 46 Woodland Avenue, San Francisco
What: Ann Kirk and Ed Sykes invite you and your friends to a Pre-Birthday Party for for Jane Morrison, candidate for re-election to the Democratic County Central Committee.
No need to wrack your brain to figure out what to give Jane for her birthday. Donor's choice: $20 - $100 or more. Jane Morrison for DCCC. You may mail your check to Jane Morrison, 44 Woodland Avenue, San Francisco, Ca. 94117.

March 15, 2010 - Monday

*Middle Polk Neighborhood Association
When: March 15, 2010 - Monday
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: It's a Grind, 1800 Polk Street at Washington, San Francisco
What: Agenda:
Hear from CleanPower SF on the Public Power initiative
San Francisco SAFE on safety in the City and Jill Cannon, Deputy City Attorney on how the City Attorney's can help the neighborhood.

March 16, 2010 - Tuesday

*San Francisco Gray Gray Panthers - Civil Liberties in the Time of Obama
When: March 16, 2010 - Tuesday
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Fireside room, Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
What: Angela Chan, a lawyer from San Francisco's Asian Law Caucus will describe the impact of some of Obama's civil liberties issues, especially for San Francisco's Sanctuary City policy.

*Irish American Democratic Club - St. Patrick's Day Celebration
When: March 16, 2010 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 1494 7th Avenue @ Kirkham, San Francisco
What: Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Good food and cheer. $15-$20. No-host bar.
Information: Patty Moran 415-861-2378

*San Francisco Young Democrats - Meet & Greet - Democratic County Central Committee
When: March 16, 2010 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Mr. Smith's, 34 7th Street @ Market, San Francisco
What: Meet and greet with invited Democratic County Central Committee candidates. The Club will also be considering endorsements for Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Assemblymember Fiona Ma and State Senator Leland Yee. Democratic County Central Committe candidates have been asked to complete a questionnaire.

*Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club - Special General Membership Meeting: Ballot Initiatives, State Officials/Congress.
When: March 16, 2010 - Tuesday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
What: General Membership meeting - ballot initiatives, state officials/Congress.

*Balboa Theater - "Remembering Playland"
When: March 16, 2010 - Tuesday
7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Where: Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
What: New documentary "Remembering Playland" will premiere at the Balboa Theater. Full-length documentary By Tom Wyrsch about San Francisco's famous 10 acres seaside amusement park, Playland at the Beach. Tickets $6.50 to $9.
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