Wednesday, September 26, 2007

September 25, 2007

Showed up an hour and half early no one at City Hall but the media people. Around 1:30 Ron Dudum had his press conference on City Hall steps.

I was simply amazed that Ed Jew's name had already been erased from his office door!
Mayor Newsom did a very careful presentation of Carmen Chu. I understand the reason for picking Supervisor Chu (pick someone who will support you). Best pick would have been Ron Dudum. (Ron Dudum is not going away).

I heard someone yell outside in the hallway "not fair!". There were as many media people as spectators at the Board meeting. Carmen Chu was very cool and collected.

Chris Daly brought up subject of stopping the Blue Angels, (including showing tape of the Blue Angel crash. ) Vote was 7 to 3 against the motion. I understand the vote (especially after all the news the last couple of days about the film commission.) I am not sure how I would have voted (my opinion is they should stop flying over San Francisco (over water is fine). But to vote against the Blue Angels would have been another example to the public of the "crazy San Francisco Board of Supervisors." In my opinion this issue is a matter of "safety".

Tommy's Joint was honored for 60 year's of being in business.(I love the pickles in the barrel). 1101 Geary Street - did you know you can park at Park Cathedral Hill Hotel across the street from Tommy's Joint for $1.50 for one hour and $4. for 3 hours?

Jim Rivaldo was honored for all the year's of helping, consulting with the political community of San Francisco. I met Jim while working on Carol Ruth Silver's first campaign for Supervisor in District Six. That was so long ago and Jim had never given up. When many of us have moved on because of burn out, death or a new job, Jim has held on helping new generations of elected officials. Jim is the Dean of San Francisco politics. That was evident at the Board meeting. Sheriff Hennessey spoke about Jim helping him back 28 years ago and Jim is still helping the Sheriff.

I know that both Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Supervisor Bevan Dufty both appreciate and admire Jim Rivaldo's commitment and historic knowledge. Dennis Herrera, the City Attorney spoke about how he would not have been elected without Jim Rivaldo. But I think Supervisor Sophie Maxwell said it best after thanking him for helping her get elected and that he was a "Dream Maker".

Jim got up and spoke about how honored he felt by the acknowledgment at the Board of Supervisors and spoke about how proud Harvey Milk was every time he came to City Hall to walk up the beautiful stairs to the Board of Supervisors chambers instead of taking the elevator.

One of the great things about living in San Francisco is seeing history being made. Sometimes we should remember the wonderful things we have done. Jim Rivaldo is very important to San Francisco and it was nice to see all his friends there and see that he was being honored from both sides of the isle.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sunday Walk in San Francisco September 22, 2007

Excelsior Festival - Persia Triangle - As always a very successful festival with food, music, activities and great free handouts. (Just a little cold).
Chris Bowen was their registering Republicans, he gave me a Schwarzenegger tag "Protecting the California Dream" (no, I didn't wear the tag!).
Supervisor Geraldo Sandoval gave out free cotton candy.
Julio J. Ramos, Vice President, Board of Trustees San Francisco community college district was there. (A good friend of Geraldo Sandoval) I believe he is running for District 11 Supervisor next year.
John Avalos and his campaign supporters were there handing out literature for his race for Supervisor in District 11 next year. I understand he is currently staff person to Supervisor Chris Daly. Information:, 415-584-8584
Larry Hooper there in support of Proposition D- Library bond.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and friend Jennifer Siebel were there (stunning couple).
I admit it, I went to Mitchell's Ice Cream for butterscotch fudge.
Walked around San Francisco Giant's stadium. It was "Running the Bases" day. Huge, huge lines after the game of families waiting so their kids could run around the bases. So cute, these little people running around the bases (and the kids were shown up on the big screen!).
Big line to get into San Francisco Giant's souvenir shop (men's sweatshirts all $15.!).
Saw Agar Jaicks there with his family (former Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party).
September 24, 2007 - Tuesday
Ron Dudum candidate for Supervisor in District 4 is holding a rally on City Hall steps at 1:30 p.m. Information:
October 21, 2007 - Sunday
Fiesta On the Hill - Bernal Heights Stree Fair - Cortland Avenue. Sila and the Afrofunk Experience, pony rides, petting zoo, celebrity dunking tank. Benefit for Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Ave., S.F. Ca. 94110 Information:
October 27, 2007 - Saturday
End War Protest - 11 a.m. Civic Center. (web site says "wear some flowers in your hair"). www.Oct

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Jack Kerouac Celebration - Haight Ashbury

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac. Held at All Saints Church, 1350 Waller, San Francisco (where the Diggers gave out free food in the 60's). John Leland, Michael McClure, Barry Gifford and Suzanne Kleid spoke. Book published on September 5, 1957. Interesting response when the question was asked about Six Gallery Poetry reading where Allen Ginsberg first read "Howl" on October 7, 1955 (Fillmore near Union Street). Allen Ginsberg, Phillip Lamanitia, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder and Philip Whelen all read poetry. One of the speakers thought that Gary Snyder's poem "Berry Fest" was better than "Howl". This reading was the first time Kerouac read his poetry in public. Kerouac kept running down to the store and buying jugs of wine and selling the wine by the glass. Other interesting point at one point the movie "On the Road" was almost made with Brad Pitt!.

Calender Items:
September 25, 2007 - Tuesday
Allice Walker discusses "Why War Is Never a Good Idea". A portion of the proceeds benefits San Francisco School Volunteers, 7 p.m. Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, Ca. Information: 415-776-1111
September 16, 2007 - Wednesday
Community Meeting Homeless Youth Drop-In Center and Needle Exchange at Waller and Belvedere. Hamilton United Methodist Church, 1525 Waller Street. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Flyer from the neighborhood is as follows: " The Homeless Youth Alliance is hoping to move their program from the corner of Haight and Cole to our quiet residential neighborhood. We believe this program will disturb the neighborhood and create problems, based on over a decade of experience with this organization and its predecessors at the Haight and Cole location. We, the residents of the neighborhood who will be most affected by this activity, have an opportunity to voice our concerns at this meeting. Please join with your neighbors to hear about the program and make your assessment of the effect it will have on our family neighborhood. You may email your questions to include your email or phone number and you will be contacted."
September 27, 2007 - Thursday
Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board Meeting 6 to 8 p.m. Southeast Community Facility, Alex L. Pitcher, Jr. Community Room, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco, Ca. 94124. Purpose of the meeting is to present the community with an overview of the environmental progress that has been made at Hunters Point Shipyard. Information: Keith Forman, BRAC Environmental Coordinator. 415-308-1458
The State of Journalism. Leslie Griffith, Robert Rosenthal, Keven Keeshan, Steve Wright and William Drumond discuss the impact of economic hardship on news coverage 6 p.m. $18. Commonwealth Club 595 Market Street Information: 415-597-6705
September 28, 29, 30 2007 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Artcar Fest - Information:
October 4, 2007 - Thursday
Boz Scaggs, Slim's. 333 11th Street, San Francisco. Information: 415-522-0333
October 9, 2007 - Sunday
Lawrence Feringhetti, Beat Poet, Owner and Creator of City Lights Bookstore, at Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, Ca. Information: 415-863-8688
Loni Hancock is running against Wilma Chen for State Senator Don Perelta Senate Seat in 2008. Peralta is being termed out.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Calendar - San Francisco Politics


September 20th - Thursday

City Democratic Club - Endorsement Meeting - Ballot Measures, SPUR, 312 Sutter at Grant 5th Floor 7:30 p.m.Voting Eligibility: If you are a new member, you must have paid your dues by August 30th to be eligible to vote. Members who have let their memberships lapse but were dues-paid in the previous two years may pay their 2007 dues and vote. Information: 415-923-5252

September 22 - Saturday

Citizens for Halloween- 1 p.m. Eureka Valley Recreation Club in Castro. Lead by Alix Rosenthal. Should the Castro be closed on Halloween?

Jack Kerouac Celebration - 7 p.m. Discussion and book signing with John Leland, Joyce Johnson, Michael McClure, Barry Gifford All Saints Church, 1350 Waller Street, San Francisco, Ca. 415-863-8688

Plan Potrero Hill - Noon . Series of hands-on, in-depth workshops made by and for the residents of Potrero Hill . Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro at Southern Heights. Organized by the Thick House with the Potrero Boosters, Potrero Hill Association of Merchants and Businesses, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Coalition to Save Potrero Hill and the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.

September 22-23 - Saturday and Sunday

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival . Treasure Island

Autumn Moon Festival 11 a .m. to 6 p.m. San Francisco Chinatown presented by Chinatown Merchants Association Information 415-982-6306

September 23 - Sunday

5th Annual Excelsior Festival - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Persia Triangle (great food and music)

Phil Lesh & Friends - 3 p.m. Greek Theatre Information: 510-625-TIXS.

September 25 - Tuesday

Harvey Milk Democratic Club - Endorsement Meeting Women's Building 3543 18th Street. Information: 415-385-9229

San Francisco School Board Meeting -6 p.m. Motion by Eric Mar and Kim-Shree Maufus to oppose Lennar Corp's Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Development Information: http:/

Garrison Keillor - Marine Veterans Memorial Auditorium 609 Sutter Street - "Prairie Home Companions " Information: 415-392-4400

September 26 - Wednesday

Garry Wills 8 p.m. Zellerbach Hall $10/15/20 Information: Information: 510-642-9988

UCSF Mission Bay Community Task Force - 7 to 9 p.m. - Community Workshop. UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Hall, Room 114, 600 16th Street at 4th Street. Examine the impact of UCSF on neighborhoods UCSF Mission Bay. Information:

Are our National Parks Prepared for the Next Century ?-5:15 p.m. Commonwealth Club 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor. Non Members $15. Information: http://www.commonwealth/ Club 415-597-6700

San Francisco Democratic Party - 7 p.m. Monthly Meeting 455 Golden Gate Avenue. Milton Marks Auditorium Information: 415-626-1161

Neighborhood Parks Council - 6 to 9 p.m. Fundraiser . Alamo Square (Hayes at Pierce). Information:

September 27 through the 30th - Friday through Sunday

43rd Annual Big Book Sale - Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. 415-437-4857

September 28, 2007- Friday

Opera at the Ballpark - 8 p.m. Live simulcast at AT&T Park, Samson and Delilah . Sit on field, behind home plate or in stands. Gates open at 7 p.m. Information:

September 29 & 30 - Saturday and Sunday

San Francisco Blues Festival - 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Gates open at 10 p.m. Great Meadow Fort Mason Information: 415-979-5588

September 29 - Saturday

13th Annual Sunset Community Festival - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunset Recreation Center, 29th Avenue & Lawton Street. Raise funds for the redesign and rebuilding of Sunset Playground. Information: or Carol 415-759-3690.

September 30 - Sunday

Folsom Street Fair - 11 to 6 p.m. 7 to 12th Folsom Street Information:

History - Summer of Love Treasure Hunt. Retrace the steps of the Grateful Dead, visit Hippy Hill, and celebrate other Haight-Ashbury adventures as part of a treasure hunt to benefit San Francisco City Guides. Register your team by calling 557-4266 or at

Comedy Day at the Park - 12 to 5 p.m. Sharon Meadows. Will Durst, Brian Copland, Mark Pitts, Will Franklin, Tom Ammiano and maybe you know who...


Judy Collins In Concert- 7 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street Tickets $68. Information: 415-292-1233

October 2nd - Tuesday

Joe Alioto Veronese State Senate 2008- 6 to 8 a.m., Enrico's, 504 Broadway. Fundraiser. RSVP ben@joefor

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - District Attorney Kamala Harris. 7 p.m. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street, San Francisco. Information: Club President Joni Eisen at 648-6740 to

October 3rd- Wednesday

Tom Ammiano for Assembly - District 13 - 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Asia SF 201 9th Street at Howard Street. Harvey Milk Club. $25 to $500. RSV 415-255-2742

October 4th - Thursday

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth - 30th Anniversary - 5 to 8 p.m. Fort Mason Conference Center - Speaker: Dolores Huerta $75. Information: 415-239-0161 x 24 www.coleman

October 5,6,7 Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - Golden Gate Park. Information: http://www.hardlystrictly/ Bluegrass

October 6th through 13th - Saturday through Saturday

Litquake - San Francisco Literary Festival -22 events Information:

October 7th - Sunday

Italian Heritage Parade. Grand Marshal Frankie Valli. Sponsored by North Beach Chamber of Commerce

October 7th - Sunday

Castro Street Fair - 11 to 6 p.m. Information:415-841-1824.

October 8th - Monday

International Studies Academy Fundraiser - Goat Hill Pizza in Potrero Hill (300 Connecticut at 18th Street)will donate 20% of all food and drinks to ISA.

Information: 415-641-1440

October 11th - Thursday

Barbara Boxer - Fundraiser for 2010 Re-Election - Al Gore, Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell Street. Bonnie Rait and Jackson Browne. Information: Barbara

Eleanor Roosevelt Day

October 13th - Saturday

Potrero Hill Festival 2007 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. "All you Can Eat" Pancake breakfast DeHaro Street. Music, food.Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street. - Information: 415-826-8080

October 17th - Wednesday

Linda Ronstadt, John Rockwell and Alex Ross "Talking Music". Herbst Theatre 8 p.m. Information: 415-392-4400

October 20th - Saturday

"Lights Out San Francisco" - Turning off lights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to conserve energy.


Sheriff Michael Hennessey -(you might not know it but Mike is up for election November 2007) /

Ahimsa for Mayor -Information: Ahimsa4Mayor, 4919 B Third Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94124. Majeid Crawford Campaign Coordinator 415-424-8388.

Lonnie Holmes for Mayor - www.lonnieholmesfor 415-574-1213

Wilma Pang for Mayor - 415-296-8701

No on Prop. D - Library Users Association, P. O. Box 170544, San Francisco, Ca. 94117 Tel/Fax 415-753-2180

Yes on I. -

Yes on K - Against increase in commercial advertising in public spaces., 100 Bush Street, Suite 1580 San Francisco, Ca. 94104 415-421-2608 Fax 415-421-3027

According to Samson Wong at Asian Week rumored candidates for 2008 District 3 (Aaron Peskin's district) are Bill Lee, Claudine Cheng and David Chiu. District 1 (Jake McGoldrick district) are Milton Marks III, Alicia Wang, Sue Lee.

Beach Impeach 9-15-07

I just have to share my pictures of being in the letter P at the Beach Impeach event at Crissy Field. If you go on you can see the pictures from the air. Live film on utube.
So much fun. When the two helicopters came over they yelled "lie down"! Reminded me as a elementary school student when they yelled "drop" and you ducked under your table because of a potential atomic bomb. Then we had to get up and wave and then do the wave and certain people ran around and changed the word.
Nice people, an older crowd, they really care about the war, but at the same time they were enjoying themselves.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

San Francisco Calendar - September 2007

Went to my first San Francisco Photography Meetup at Palace of Fine Arts - Intimating - other people had big, fancy cameras. What a beautiful place, especially since they redesigned the area and took down the wire fence and put in landscaping. Now is the time to go - the tourists are gone!

September 6th - Thursday
Eastern Neighborhood Community Plans - City Hall, Room 400. 6 p.m. Information:
September 7th - Friday
Senator Barrack Obama - Women for Obama Kickoff Celebration 12:30 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 90 Grove Street, San Francisco. Lunch $250.; General Admission $50. Information:
September 8th - Saturday
Neighborhood Empowerment Summit (NEN) - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 90 Grove Street, S.F from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register:
September 10th - Monday
A Tribute to Kerouac's On the Road - Jewish Community Center, 8 p.m. with David Meltzer, Wavy Gravy, Lenore Kandel, Joanna McClure. 50th anniversary of publication of On The Road. Information: 415-292-1233
September 12 - Wednesday
Endorsement Night - Democratic Women's Forum, African American Democratic Club, the Irish American Democratic Club and the Golden Gate Democratic League. 5:30 p.m. State Building, Conference Center Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco.
City's Better Streets Plan - 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bayview Branch Library, 5075 Third Street.
September 9 - Sunday - Second Annual Leland Avenue Street Fair. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Leland Ave in Visitacion Valley.
September 13 - Thursday
Ron Paul - Breakfast with Ron Paul The Palace Hotel, Presidential Suite 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Ca. $500; Lunch with Ron Paul Palio D'Asti Restaurant 12 to 2 p.m. 640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, Ca. (check Ron Paul website to verify above events are still on and not changed)
September 15 - Sunday
23rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day - 9 a.m. to Noon Information: 800 COAST-4U
Beach Impeach - 1 to 2:30 p.m. Crissy Field, in the Presidio, 603 Mason Street.
September 17 - Monday
New Politics Institute (NPI) - Meeting 7 to 9 p.m. Schroeder's Restaurant, 240 Front Street. Peter Leyden, Director of the New Politics Institute (NPI) will speak ( Information Alex Bash
UCSF Hospital Replacement CAG Action Team - Meeting 6 to 8 p.m. UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Hall, Room N-114, 600 16th Street. Community involvement process for new clinical facilities to be on Mission Bay site south of UCSF research campus. (Helipad an issue with neighbors). Information: Barbara Bagot-Lopez or 415-476-8318
September 18 - Tuesday
Beacon Economics and the Bay Area Economic (BAEF) San Francisco Regional Outlook Conference will give presentation on the state of the national, state and regional economies. Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 7:30 to 10:30. Information:
Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Propositions Endorsement Meeting 7 p.m at Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street, San Francisco, Ca. Speakers for and against. Only regular members can vote. Information:
Robert Reich - Discussion Commonwealth Club 6:30 p.m. Location: Hotel Nikko Former secretary of labor under President Clinton. Information 415-597-6705
September 19 - Wednesday
Barneys New York - Opening Day! -77 O'Farrell Street
Mitch Albom - Author of Tuesday with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven - 6:30 p.m. at Jewish Community Center - Information: 415-292-1233 or email
September 22-23 - Saturday and Sunday
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Boat Festival - Treasure Island
September 23 - Sunday
5th Annual Escelsior Festival - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Persia Triangle (great food and music).
September 26 - Wednesday
Neighborhood Parks Council 2007 Gala - Theme: Only in San Francisco. Location: Alamo Square Park 6 to 9 p.m. Information:
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee - Monthly Meeting 7 p.m. 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Milton Marks Auditorium. Information: 415-626-1161
September 29-30 Saturday and Sunday
San Francisco Blues Festival Great Meadow Fort Mason 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Information: 415-979-5588
September 29 - Saturday
13th Annual Sunset Community Festival Sunset Recreation Center 29th Avenue and Lawton Street 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friends of Sunset Playground sponsoring event to raise funds for redesign and rebuilding of Sunset Playground
Information: or call Carol at 415-759-3690
September 30 - Sunday - Hillary Clinton Event Details to Follow - $20 ticket price. Information:
Ballot Measures - November 7th 2007
Prop A - Transit Reform, Parking Resolution and Emissions Reductions Information: 415-544-5184
Prop B - Limiting Hold-Over Service on Charter-created Boards and Commissions: Information: 415-554-7410
Prop C - Requiring Public Hearings on Proposed Measures Information: 415-554-5184
Prop D - Renewing Library Preservation Fund - Information: 415-554-5184
Prop E - Requiring Mayor to appear monthly at Board of Supervisors Meeting. Information: 415-554-7970
Prop F - Authorizing Board of Supervisors to Amend contract for Retirement Benefits for Police Department Employees Who were airport police officers. Information: 415-554-7410
Ordinance G - Establishing Golden Gate Park Stables Matching Fund - Information: 415-554-7412
Ordinance H - Regulating Parking Spaces - Information: 415-441-0848
Ordinance I - Establishing Office of Small Business as City Department and creating Small Business Assistance Center Information: 415-554-6640
District Attorney - Kamala D. Harris - P. O. Box 78393, San Francisco, Ca. 94107
Phone: 643-8507
Mayor - Gavin Newsom 1320 Sutter Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94109 351-0359 (ten other candidates - see Department of Elections
Sheriff - Michael Hennessey, Information: 550-1635

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Potrero Hill Democratic Clubb - SB840

Potrero Hill Neighborhood House is a beautiful spot to have a meeting. Andrew McGuire spoke regarding SB840 Universal Health Insurance (State Senator Sheila Kuehl's Senate Bill). Health security for every resident with full coverage for life. Sounds too good to be true - but would be wonderful. Need two more votes in the State Senate and six in the Assembly. Bay Area members are on board.
There is concern that the Governor might ask for a special session to bring up the health issue and tie it in with reapporumateand water for Southern California . Health coverage bill might be weakened. Information: Potrero Hill Democratic Club. Web Site: Phone 415648-6740
One CareNOW Campaign, 2130 Fillmore Street #343, San Francisco, Ca. 94115-2224 Fax: 415-821-8202

Monday, September 3, 2007

Summer of Love 40th Anniversary

Beautiful day. Tons of people. Happy people. Great people watching. Two women naked with beautiful body paint and glitter were the hit.
I heard music that I had only read about in history books and in commercials. Best part - Jefferson Starship with Grace Slick. Heaven.