Sunday, May 9, 2010

Senator Barbara Boxer - "We cannot give up now"

On Saturday I attended the Young Professionals Reception for the re-election of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer held at Momo's in San Francisco.

The Host was Bay Area Democrats. Sponsors included San Francisco Young Democrats, District 3 Democrats, Matt Haney, Christine Pelosi and Frieda Edgette.

Senator Barbara Boxer said "we can't turn back now - we cannot give up now". That is why all of us need to talk to our friends and make sure they are registered to vote and will turn out to vote.

How to help:

May 10, 2010

Early Voting Begins - early voting is available at the Department of Elections office on the ground floor of City Hall Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Safety Committee - Sit/Lie
When: May 10, 2010 - Monday
10 a.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Items from agenda:
Prohibition on Sitting or Lying on Public Sidewalks. Ordinance amending San Francisco Police Code by adding Section 168 to prohibit sitting or lying down upon a public sidewalk during specified hours, and with exceptions for the disabled and others. Sponsors: Mayor, Alioto-Pier
Ordinance amending the San Francisco Administrative code by adding Sections 5.70 through 5.75, to create a Neighborhood Community Justice Task Force to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the creation of restorative and community justice programs; provide for the Task Force's membership, organization, and duties; and set a sunset date for the Task Force. Sponsors: Chiu, Maxwell
Members: David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Bevan Dufty

Land Use and Economic Development Committee - Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point Development Project
When: May 10, 2010 - Monday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Item from agenda:
Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point Development Project - Hearing on the Hunters Point Shipyard Phase 2 and Candlestick Point Integrated Development Project, including a discussion of the land use and design, housing, community benefits, employment and contracting, open space, sustainability, financing, infrastructure, and transportation components. Sponsor: Maxwell
Members: Sophie Maxwell, Eric Mar, David Chiu

Steven Moss - Open House
When: May 10, 2010 - Monday
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Christopher's Books, 1400 18th Street @ Missouri, San Francisco
What: Open House with Steven Moss, candidate for supervisor in District 10. Wine, cheese, fruit and sparkling water will be served.

South Beach/Rincon/Mission Bay Neighborhood - Rachel Gordon
When: May 10, 2010 - Monday
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: South Beach Harbor Services Building's Community Room, between Pier 40 and AT& T Park.
What: San Francisco's City Hall reporter Rachel Gordon who will discuss upcoming elections (including District 6 Supervisor race this November.
Information and Source:

Presidio Heights Association of Neighbors (PHAN) - Annual meeting
When: May 10, 2010 - Monday
7 p.m.
Where: Temple Emanu-El, Arguello Blvd. and Lake Street, San Francisco
What: Annual meeting to discuss issues important to the neighborhood.

May 11, 2010 - Tuesday

San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: May 11, 2010 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Item from Agenda:
Request for Redevelopment Audit: Resolution requesting the Redevelopment Agency of the City and County of San Francisco to consent to an audit of selected activities related to the implementation of the expired Western Addition A-2 Redevelopment Plan. Sponsor: Mirkarimi

SFPD Town Hall Meeting regarding the recent violence in the Asian community.
When: May 11, 2010 - Tuesday
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Southeast College Campus, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco
What: Town Hall meeting regarding violence in the Asian Community. SFPD Chief George Gascon, all 10 District Captains, SFPD Community Relations unit.

DCCC Fundraiser in the Mission
When: May 11, 2010 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bollyhood Cafe in Baobab Village, 3372 19th Street (between Mission and Capp Street) San Francisco
What: Elect a progressive slate for the Democratic County Central Committee - Eric Quezada-John Avalos-David Campos-Debra Walker. Host: Marco Senghor. Food, entertainment, beverages and stirring oratory. Scrumcious tapas by Bissap Baobab and Homemade Hustle. Suggested donations: $25., $50., $75., $100. No one turned away for lack of funds.

*SPUR - Nightlife in San Francisco: The death of fun or urban peace?
When: May 11, 2010 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: How do we keep San Francisco fun while maintaining livability for everyone? With Steven T. Jones, Bay Guardian City Editor, Inspector Dave Falzon of the San Francisco Police Department Vice Crimes Division, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Jocelyn Kane, Deputy Directors of the City's Entertainment Commission, and SPUR's Deputy Director, Sarah Karlinsky, as moderator. Sponsored by the Koret Foundation $20. non-members

May 12, 2010 - Wednesday

CompStat Meeting
When: May 12, 2010 - Wednesday
10 a.m.
Where: Scottish Rite Memorial, 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco
What: A program to track crime trends in neighborhoods and respond quickly, as well as hold district captains accountable. Golden Gate Division

Board of Supervisors Budget Finance Hearing on MTA budget
When: May 12, 2010 - Wednesday
1:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Items from agenda:
  • Municipal Transportation Agency's budget for FY2010-2011 and FY2011-2012. Hearing to consider the Municipal Transportation Agency's proposed two-year budget. Sponsor: Avalos.
  • Hearing on the results of the Budget and Legislative Analyst's audit of the SFMTA Sponsor:Campos
  • Rejecting the Municipal Transportation Agency Budge for FY2010-2012. Sponsors: Chiu, Mirkarimi
Members: Avalos, Mirkarimi, Elsbernd, Maxwell, Campos

HomeownershipSF - Supervisors Forum
When: May 12, 2010 - Wednesday
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Saint Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco
What: Hear supervisor candidates from District 6, 8 and 10 - Debra Walker, Matthew Drake, Theresa Sparks, Scott Wiener, Rafael Mandelman, Rebecca Prozan, Lynette Sweet and Ed Donaldson along with housing policy experts explore affordable homeownership opportunities in San Francisco.
RSVP: Menraj Sachdev

*Bevan for Mayor - Fundraiser - Steve Hildebrand
When: May 12, 2010 - Wednesday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 1035 Market Street (between 6th and 7th Street) San Francisco
What: First fundraiser that will qualify Bevan Dufty for public financing in the Mayor's office. Steve Hildebrand, Bevan's campaign strategist and former Deputy National Campaign Manager for President Obama will speak at the future headquarters for Bevan Dufty's future campaign headquarters.
1,228 contributors have already contributed. Drinks, great bites and a DJ. Kid-friendly. Self-imposed limit is $200. to help qualify for matching funds.
Information and rsvp:

San Francisco Young Democrats - Peter Schurman, Public Defender Jeff Adachi
When: May 12, 2010 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Mr. Smith's - 34 7th Street @ Market, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting:
  • Gubernatorial candidate and founder Peter Schurman
  • Presentation from Clean Power SF - Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program
  • Public Defender Jeff Adachi - discuss pension reform.
  • Invited representatives from endorsed campaigns to attend to coordinate a field program for poll voters in advance of the June 8th election.
Food, drink specials.

SFMTA -St. Francis Circle rail replacement community meeting
When: May 12, 2010 - Wednesday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: West Portal Elementary School Auditorium, 5 Lenox Way, San Francisco
What: Meeting to share about the upcoming construction upgrades at St. Francisc Circle (West Portal area).

May 13, 2010 - Thursday

San Francisco Pride at Work - Annual Fundraiser
When: May 13, 2010 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: 938 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser and reception in support of Pride at Work's efforts. SF Pride at Work is an organization of diverse activists organizing and mobilizing around social and economic justice issues while strengthening their coalitions between the labor movement and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual , and Transgender community in San Francisco. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment provided. $35. No one turned away for lack of funds.

HANC - Haight Market Expansion, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
When: May 13, 2010 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Urban School, 1563 Page Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting:
  • Bobby Vardakastanis of the Haight Street Market and HANC merchant Liaison to present his plans for expansion of his family's market.
  • Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will give an up date on what he has been doing and a chance for the community to ask questions and make comments.

May 14, 2010 - Friday

SPUR - Walking tour with Supervisor Eric Mar
When: May 14, 2010 - Friday
3:00 p.m.
Where: Contact SPUR to register
What: Walking tour with Supervisor Eric Mar in the Inner Richmond.
$10. SPUR members only.

May 15, 2010 - Saturday

Bernal Heights Community Congress
When: May 15, 2010 - Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Ave., San Francisco
What: Discuss issues in our community with Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Supervisor John Avalos, Supervisor David Campos and State Senator Mark Leno
Discussion items:
  • Health: St. Luke's and California Pacific Medical Center/Sutter Health accountable
  • Health: 511 Crescent. Discussion with Anderson Street neighbors.
  • Affordable Housing: Discuss current legislative efforts to protect and create affordable housing in this changed economy.
  • Immigrant Rights: Discuss how San Francisco can be a stronger Sanctuary City and lead the way for immigration reform.
  • City Budget: Discuss the state of the City's budget and opportunities to support progressive revenue measures that are making their way to the November ballot.
Action sessions will be facilitated by:
  • Nato Green - California Nurses Association
  • Marlayne Morgan - Cathedral Hill Neighbors Association
  • Deb MacDonald, Anderson Street Safe Alliance
  • William Ho - BHNC
  • Malcolm Yeung - Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Sheila Chung Hagen - Office of Supervisor David Campos
  • Eric Quezada - BHNC Board of Directors and Dolores Street Community Services
  • Chelsea Boilard - Coleman Advoctes for Children and Youth
  • Noriko Shinzato - Office of Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
Members of BHNC will have an opportunity to change the by-laws to create seats for Youth, Board Members will be running for seats.
Information: Rachel Ebora -

Inner Sunset Street Fair
When: May 15, 2010 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Irving Street between 9th and 10th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Inner Sunset Street Fair. Performances, activities, booths.

6th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration
When: May 15, 2010 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Civic Center/Little Saigon, Larkin Street between Grove and Ellis Streets, San Francisco
What: Two stages of non-stop live performances. Arts and crafts, shopping,artists, martial arts, food.

NOPNA Block Party
When: May 15, 2010 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Lyon Street between Grove and Hayes, San Francisco.
What: 2010 Annual Neighborhood Block Party. Have fun with your neighbors and celebrate what NOPNA does for the neighborhood.

May 16, 2010 - Sunday

Bay to Breakers 2010
When: May 16, 2010 - Sunday
8 am. to Noon
Where: Starting at Howard/Steuart Street, San Francisco

A Tardeada to introduce Robert Retana
When: May 16, 2010 - Sunday
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 8 Colonial Way, #7, San Francisco
What: Brigitte Davila, Anamaria Loya and Mario Salgado invite you to a festive tardeada (afternoon party) to meet our friend, Robert Retana, candidate for Superior Court Judge in San Francisco.
There will be sangria, beer, antojitos and other delicious hors d'oeuvres.

May 17, 2010 - Monday

Commonwealth Club: Theodore Sorenson
When: May 17, 2010 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Theodore Sorensen: JFK's most trusted advisor looks back and forward. Conversation with an insider of the Kennedy Camelot era. Author of: "Counselor: Life at the Edge of History". In conversation with David Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University.
$20. non-members.

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Melissa Griffin
When: May 17, 2010 - Monday
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: It's A Grind, 1800 Polk Street @ Washington, San Francisco
What: Melissa Griffin of the San Francisco Examiner will explain the Ballot Initiatives facing the voters in June.
SFPD will be providing an expert update on what's up crime and safety-wise.


State Senator Leland Yee has endorsed Rebecca Prozan for Supervisor in District 8.

San Francisco Police Officer's Association has endorsed Judge Richard Ulmer for Superior Court Seat 15.

Community College Board Trustee Chris Jackson announced he is running for supervisor in District 10.

Westside Democratic Club - Endorsements:
Prop A - No Endorsement
Prop B - Yes
Prop C - No
Prop D - No endorsement
Prop E - No
Prop F - No
Prop G - Yes
Superior Court, Seat 6 - No endorsement (top vote-getter was Harry Dorfman)
Superior Court, Seat 15 - No endorsement (top vote-getter was Daniel Dean)
Democratic County Central Committee, AD 12:
Ron Dudum, Dan Dunnigan, Bill Fazio, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Angelique Mahan, Jane Morrison, John Shanley, Mike Sullivan and Matthew Tuchow.

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