Monday, February 11, 2008

Alice/Sup. Elsbernd/February Calendar

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club meeting with Supervisor Sean Elsbernd - Meeting held last night at the Lesbian Gay Community Center. Supervisor Elsbernd spoke initially about the possibility of a November charter amendment regarding revising San Francisco's Health Program in regards to city employee's. The Supervisor has worked over three months with everyone in involved (including labor unions) to come up with the legislation. It was obvious that the supervisor knows that you have to campaign and get the message out about this legislation in order to get the ballot measure passed on the November 2008 ballot.
The first question asked was "tell us about the good times on the board". The Supervisor's response was "I am still waiting". He took a moment to talk about in the current Board dynamic that is was going to be a difficult year to get through because of passing the budget with such a large deficit and the relationship between Mayor Gavin and certain members of the Board.

The Supervisor is a very serious, straightforward person who has worked very hard on issues that are very difficult - i.e. General Hospital, Laguna Honda - he actually wants to be on Budget Committee. The Supervisor didn't think there were be a revenue measure in the future until at least 2010. The Supervisor is No on 98 - supporting rent control. He supports District Elections.
Alice B. Toklas supported the Supervisor in his first term in office - that is why Alice was one of the first places he went to discuss the Health Legislation.

Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval dropped by briefly and said hello in his campaign for Superior Court Judge.

The Alice meeting was very serious, they are very organized and they have a great team co-chaired by Susan Christian and Julius Turman. (Julius Turman was just appointed by the Mayor to the Human Rights Commission.)

Alice will be tabling to register voters and get signature-in-lieu forms for Mark Leno for State Senate this Saturday and Sunday - Feb. 16th and 17th.

If you go on line at you will find a 12 page newsletter for February.
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, 1800 Market Street PMB#18, San Francisco, Ca. 94102
Phone: 415-707-2010 Membership Due $35. regular.

February 12, 2008 Tuesday

DC, Maryland and Virginia Primaries

*Rally Against the Bush Administration's Illegal Cross-Border Trucking Program
with Teamsters Vice President Chuck Mack, Bruce Hamilton, Deputy Director of the Sierra Club . 8 a.m., 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Building, 95 Seventh Street, S.F. (near Civic Center Bart information: www.teamsters local

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - 2008 Annual CityBeat luncheon
- Hilton San Francisco, 333 O'Farrell St. Theme: Build a sustainable San Francisco:. Topics include capitalizing on emerging opportunities for growth and economic sustainability in high-speed rail, the Transbay Terminal, the build-out of Candlestick Point and Hunters Point shipyard, and "green" development. Guest speakers included Mayor Gavin Newsom, Quentin Kopp, chairman of the State High-Speed Rail Authority; Christine Robisch, Chief Executive of Kaiser Permanente's S.F. Medical Center; and Kofi Bonner, President of Lennar Corp.'s urban land division in San Francisco. 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m $150. Information: 415-352-8858

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. , Haight 6 to 8p.m SFCAPC, 1757 Wallter Street S.F. Information: 415-554-8990

2008 We Connect Event - Join Maria Shriver at the 2008 Connect Event. 3 to 7 p.m. Louis B. Mayer Lounge at UC Hastings, 198 McAllister Street, S.F. Ca. Information: 1-888-369-7338

Women Who Could Be President Gala Reception - League of Women Voters of San Francisco. 5:30 to 8 p.m., City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street. $150. for non-members (includes one year San Francisco League membership). Chandra Friese and mc'ed by Cheryl Jennings celebrating Five Women: Elmy Bermejo, immediate past chair of the California State Commission on the Status of Women; Kimberly Brandon, past president, San Francisco Port Commission and senior VP with Morgan Stanley; Clothilde Hewlett, partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis; Adrienne Pon, CEO of Zeum; Dr. Elisa Stephens, President, Academy of Art University . Information: 415-989-VOTE

Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, S.F.

District 6 Community Safety Forum - 6 p.m., 201 Turk Street Community Room. To provide residents and merchants of District 6 a look at the various forms of the criminal system: judicial, prosecutorial, police and probation. This event is being sponsored by a coalition of community groups and merchants. Community Safety Forum Sponsors: Alliance for a Better District 6, Central Market CBD, Chinatown Community Development Center, Grand Liquors, La Voz Latina de La Ciudad Central, Market Street Association, North of Market Planning Coalition, Safety Network, St Anthony's Foundation, Tenant Associations Coalition, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Information: 820-1560

Lower Polk Neighbors - 6:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1300 block of Polk Street between Bush and Pine. Discussion regarding noise from local fire station and the proposed demolition of the Cathedral Hill Hotel to make way for a new California Pacific Medical site. Information: Information: 415-351-3900

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club PAC Meeting - LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street (at Octavia) 7 p.m. This will be a qualifying meeting to vote at the PAC endorsement vote, members must have attended two of the following three meetings: the January PAC meeting (1/8), January General Membership meeting (1/22), and February PAC meeting (2/12). Information: Catherine Cusic- Vice President PAC

February 13, 2008 - Wednesday

Tenderloin Futures Collaborative -
Monthly meeting - 10 a.m. Land use in the Tenderloin featuring Salvation Army Kroc Center and housing complex, the TNDC and AF Evans redevelopment of 220 Golden Gate (YMCA) and the TL Community Mapping Project. Tenderloin Police Community Room, 301 Eddy Street Information: 415-358-3967

SPUR - Transportation at the county line - The neighborhoods around the Bayshore Caltrain station will soon be home to thousands of new residents and work for thousands of new employees as the bayfill and adjacent lands are developed. Chester Fung, Senior Transportation Planner for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, will present the preliminary proposals for serving the transportation needs of this bi-county area, including a new six-lane highway and freeway interchange, an extension of Geneva Avenue, an additional segment of the T-Third, and a new bicycle path. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 312 Sutter St. S.F. Fifth Floor. Bring your lunch. $5. for non-members. 415-781-8726

State Senator Carole Migden Fundraiser - Spread the Love - Octavia Lounge, 1772 Market Street. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $100. Donation . Sponsors included, Dan Bartley, Linda Blackmore, Stafford Buckley, Michael Colbruno, Charlotte Coleman, Erica Craven, Gary Gielow, Jack Gribbon, Roma Guy, Ada Harrigan, Paul Herman, Whitney Hoyt , Penney Magrane, Rafael Mandelman, Robert Oakes, Mary Ann O'Connor, Mary Sager, Jeff Sheehy, Andrea Shorter, Cheryl Traverse, Paul Weaver and Jeffry Weisman. RSVP Annie Eagan at 650-873-2678 or

Leah Garchik - Chronicle columnist talks about and signs copies of "Real Life Romance" 6 to 8 p.m. Chronicle Books Store, 1846 Union Street, S.F. Information 415-345-8435

National Park Council Monthly Coalition Meeting -Topics: Stopping the Proposed Closure of Candlestick State Park/GGNRA big year. 6 to 8 p.m. Location: The Center, 1800 Market @ Octavia Room Q-11. Information: RSVP 621-3260 or

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 6 to 8 p.m. Mission Women's Building 3543 18th Street S.F. Information: 415-554-8990

*Political and Community Spaces -Community based public art spaces are stuck between business-like survival and serving their communities. Hear veterans of San Francisco's Space Wars discuss how they've navigated the dynamics of real estate, money an power to hold open spaces for diverse communities to meet, talk, makae are and shape life. Jonathan Youtt (Cellspace), Robin Balliger(Komotion, Michael Med-o (Whitson (848 and Counter PULSE), Carolina Ponce de Leon (Galeriaa de la Raza)7:30 p.m 1310 Mission Street. Information: Chris carlsson carlsson.chris@gmail Source: Shaping SF

February 14, 2008 - Thursday

District Attorney Kamala Harris - Carmel Area Democratic Women's Luncehon
Talk by Kamala Harris. She has launched inmate re-entry initiatives in San Francisco to prevent recidivism. La Playa Hotel, Camino Real at 8th Ave., Carmel, Ca. A social hour beings at 11:30 a.m with lunch starting at noon. Reservations needed $28. Information: 626-1610

SPUR - Climate Change and Land Use Planning: A UK perspective -
Join Claire Bonham-Carter, EDAW's Director of Sustainable Development for a UK perspective on planning and climate change. 12:30 to 1:30 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor $5. for non-members Information: 415-781-8726

Full Service Post office at Hyde Street and Golden Gate Avenue- Discussion1 p.m. City Hall Room 263. What would the process be for converting this station into a full service station? What would the impacts of a full service post office on the neighborhood in terms of enhanced safety, small business development and overall neighborhood feel? Action requested: Sign a letter asking the U.S. Postal Service to restore basic service to this location, in addition, add full staffing to the location to help ensure the safety of all postal patrons and neighbors.

Supervisor Carmen Chu - Meet Supervisor Carmen Chu, House of Coffee, 1618 Noriega Street (at 23rd Avenue). 4:30 to 6 p.m. Stop by to share any suggestions to improve our neighborhood or just to say hello to the Supervisor. Information:

3rd Annual Pillow Fight in San Francisco on Valentine's Day. Justin Herman Plaza at precisely 6 p.m.

Northern District Police/Community Relations Forum - 6 to 7 p.m. Work with police, city attorney and district attorney's office to find permanent solutions to ongoing safety issues. Northern Police station, 125 Fillmore (at Turk). Parking is available. Contact: Captain Al Casiato 614-3400 or

Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition Monthly Meeting - Assemblywoman Fiona Ma - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Taraval Police Station Community Room, 2345 24th Avenue at Taraval. Join Assembly Woman Fiona Ma as she addresses the matters of "state". Also updates from Supervisor Chu's office. Information: 415-665-5579

Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Meeting - Recycling, CALA and Masonic Avenue, 7 to 9 p.m., Park Branch Library, Community Room, 1833 Page. Information:

Noah Griffin - Nat Tonight Dear!- A Valentine's Special with Noah Griffin, a tribute to Nat King Cole, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, Ca. 7:30 p.m. General Admission. $30. General Admission $40 Advance Admission. Information: 415-383-9600

February 15, 2008 - Friday

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. Bayview: 4 to 7 p.m . Joseph Lee Rec Center, 1395 Mendell Street. Information: 415-554-8990

Valentine's Day Dinner Dance and Auction - Ingleside Library Campaign
- 5:30 p.m. buffet dinner and dancing 6 to 8 p.m. St Francis Episcopal Church, 399 San Fernando Way (at Ocean Avenue), S.F. $35. per person. Proceeds benefit the Ingleside Library Campaign. Information: 415-626-7512 ext 101 or Christine Leishman at friendssfplorg

February 15th through February 17th - Friday through Sunday -

2008 San Francisco Writers Conference,
Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California Street, S.F.
100 agents, authors and editors. Agenda is eight pages long - Information: 415-866-862-7392

February 16, 2008 Saturday

Pacifica Democrat - Jackie Speier.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Rear meeting room of the Sharp Park Golf Course Restaurant (Sharp Park and Francisco Blvds) in Pacifica. Jackie Speier has announced her candidacy for the 12th Congressional seat. A full breakfast is offered for $12; continental breakfast - $6; coffee only - $3. No purchase is necessary to attend. Reservations are recommended. RSVP Barbara Arietta V/P Publicity and Membership at 415-246-0775 or Frank Winston V/P Programs at 738-9400.

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 10 a.m. to noon Sunset AP Giannini Middle School, 3151 Ortega Street, S.F Information: 415-554-8990

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 1:00 to 3 p.m. Treasure Island,
Shipshape Building, 11th Avenue # Ave M. Information: 415-554-8990

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Good Luck Chinese Dinner - 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fundraiser benefiting Chinese Newcomers Service Center. Home of Jane Morrison, 44 Woodland Ave. (one block west of Stanyan, off Parnassus. ) Start the New Year right with the best in Won Ton Soup, Chinese Chicken Salad, Lemon Shrimp, Cashew Chicken, Cha Sil, Toishan Brownies, Don Tot, and munch, munch more...too munch to list! Donor's Choice: $15, $20, $25, $35, $50, $88. $100.
Information: Jane Morrison 564-1482

February 17, 2008 - Sunday

*Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat - San Francisco Zoo -
10 a.m. Traditional Asian family entertainment with crafts, games, food and education wildlife. Sloat Blvd (at 47th Ave, S.F.) fee $2.50/$11. Information: 415-753-7080 Source: S.F. Chronicle

*Neighbors Project - The San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board is having an open house meeting to the board and people generally interested in Neighbors Project in the area. Neighbors Project is a growing movement of people living in cities who want to connect with their diverse neighbors to improve the neighborhood for everyone. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Location: private home in central San Francisco near lots of transit stops. Will send you the street address when you rsvp to volunteer AT by Thursday 2-14-08 . Source:

February 18, 2008 - Monday

President's Day

Laughing Liberally with Will Durst, Kurt Weitzmann, Heather Gold, Supervisor Tom Ammiano and host Nato Green.
Make Out Room, 3225 22n Street (between Valencia and Mission) 8 p.m. $8. Information:

February 19, 2008 - Tuesday

Hawaii Caucus and Wisconsin Primary

SPUR - Made in San Francisco: Supporting the City's "back streets" businesses-
Often forgotten in discussions of economic growth and change are the businesses that inhabit our City's "back streets". These businesses include print shops, laundries, bakeries, warehouses. Some call them PDR. Join Jon Lau from Supervisor Sophie Maxwell's Office, community planner Peter Cohen and SF State Professor Michael Potopan as they share the results of a recent study of the City's backstreet businesses commissioned by Supervisor Maxwell. In addition to their recommendations, they will trace the supply chain of a single meal at a local restaurant and demonstrate the economic ecosystem that supports our leading industries. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 312 Sutter Street, fifth Floor $5. non-members. Information: 415-781-8726

Helping Me Help Myself - From the Bay Area Beth Lisick will read and sign her new book "Helping Me Help Myself". 7 p.m. Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, S.F. Information: 415-863-8688

February 20, 2008 - Tuesday

Wade Crowfoot Director of Climate Protection Initiaties in the Mayor's office. Wade will discuss green buildings, the carbon tax and many more initiatives. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor S.F. $5. for non-members. Information: 415-781-8726

Plan C - "Meet the Moderates" event.
Opportunity to meet and hear from moderate, pro-quality of life candidates who will be running in the open Supervisor races this year. Virtually all of the high profile candidates who have announced thus far will be there - and this is the first time that most of them will be addressing a citywide gathering. 6 to 8 p.m. St. Mary's
Cathedral on Gough/Geary- Room C. Information: 415-990-8014

Noe Valley Democratic Club - David Binder- Discusses the prospects for a Democratic presidency at the Noe Valley Democratic Club 7:30 p.m. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond, s.F. Information: 641-5838

February 21, 2008 - Thursday

SPUR - How will local communities address global warming?
Join Joe DiStefano, a Principal with Calthorpe Associates, Alexander Quinn who leads EDAW's sustainable economics practice and Stuart Cohen, executive director of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC). They will discuss pending state legislation that could impact local planning and transportation policy, how regional planning efforts can address climate change and methods for internalizing a project's carbon costs so as to create incentives for more sustainable development. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor Information: 415-781-8726

*The Future of Democracy in Southeast Asia - Asia Society Northern California, The Asia Foundation, U.C. Berkeley Center for Southeast Asian Studies, USF Center for he Pacific Rim, and the World Affairs Council, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Asiaa Foundation, 465 California Street, 15th Floor, Julia Morgan Ballroom, $15. non-members Information: 415-421-8707 Source: Asia Society Events

Broadway Community Meeting with SFPD's Captain Dudley - Broadway Community Meeting 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street. Topics: Officer deployment, peak hours, arrest statistics, changing businesses, traffic control measures, barricade deployment, no stopping policy, extended hours permits.

City Lights - Poet in New York - A celebration for Poet in New York by Frederico Garcia Lorca. 7 p.m. 261 Columbus Ave., S.F. Information: Phone 415-362-8193

City Democratic Club - Gerardo Sandoval (candidate for Superior Court Judge) 7:30 p.m., SPUR office, 312 Sutter St. (at Grant) , 5th Floor. Information: 415-923-5252

February 22, 2008 - Friday

February 22, 2008 to February 24 - Friday through Sunday

California Republican Party Convention - Hyatt Regency San Francisco

SPUR - Win-Win Transportation Solutions - Speaker Todd Litman is the Executive Director of the Victoria transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization in Canada. He has been a part of numerous groundbreaking studies on the true cost of driving, transportation demand management, parking and much more. Special Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor. Information: 415-781-8726

February 23, 2008

Chinese New Year Community Street Fair -
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Grant Avenue from California to Pacific.

*Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - 5:30 p.m. Market and Second Streets - Celebrating the Year of the Rat, Lunar Year 4706. Parade roude begins on Market and Second and ends on Kearny. Source: S. F. Chronicle

February 24, 2008

Chinese New Year Community Street Fair -
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grant Avenue from California to Pacific.

February 25, 2008 - Monday

Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee - 27th Annual Public Managerial Excellence Awards
- Awards Ceremony and Reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Rotunda at City Hall, S.F. MFAC was founded 30 years ago under Mayor George Moscone as a select group of business representatives and community leaders committed to the idea of a fiscally responsible government in San Francisco. Tickets $50. 415-781-8726 ext 120

San Francisco Organizing Project -25th Anniversary Soul of the City Event -Cocktail Reception 5:30 until 8 p.m. Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italian, 3560 18th Street (between Guerrero & Valencia) S.F. 2008 Community Builder Award Honorees: Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Zellerback Family Foundation (Lina Avidan, Program Executive, Blue Shield of California Foundation (Crystal Hayling, President & CEO), SFOP Clergy. $75. Individual Ticket. Information: Pat Bregant 415-821-5000 xt 7 or

World Affairs Council - Philip Shenon discusses his book "The Commission" regarding 9/11 Commission. 6 to 7 p.m. World Affairs Council Auditorium, 312 Sutter Street, Second Floor, S.F. $15. non member Information:

Sunset Community Democratic Club - Meet Congressional Candidate Jackie Speier - Co-Sponsor event 7 p.m. at Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Avenue and Taraval. Information: Frank Noto

February 26, 2008 - Tuesday

SPUR - Long-range transportation planning in your National Park -
12:30 to 1:30 312 Sutter St. S.F. Join Nancy Hornor, the GGNRA's Chief of Planning; Gay Page, a senior transportation planner for the National Park Service ; and project manager Linda MacIntyre to learn about their efforts to develop a "holistic and long-term view of transportation in the GGNRA system including new shuttles and the Marin-Headlands Fort Baker Transportation infrastructure and management plan. Information: 415-781-8726

"Wallace Stegner and the American West" -
Booksigning by author Philip Fradkin. Philip Fradkin shared the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and was western editor of Audubon magazine. 7 p.m. Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, S.F. Information: 863-8688

February 27, 2008 - Wednesday

Project Homeless Connect 21 -
8:30 a.m. Bill Graham Civic auditorium - come volunteer. 99 Grove Street S.F. Information:

SPUR - Upper Market Planning Process - 12: 30 1:30 312 Sutter St., S.F. $5. non-member. Come hear Sarah Dennis from Market & Octavia Better Neighborhoods Plan and representatives of Moore lacofano Goltsman (MIG) as they walk us through the Upper Market planning process. Information: 415-781-8726

*Luke Klipp -A Campaign Kick-Off and fundraiser for Luke Klipp. - featuring vocals by Luke Klipp and Piano accompaniment by Matt Bamm, 6 to 8 p.m. Octavia Lounge, 1772 Market Street, S.F. Refreshments will be served: no-host bar. Suggested donation at the door $30. Information: Source: Handout

San Francisco Democratic Central Committee - 7 p.m. State Building, Milton Marks auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave., S.F. Information: 415-626-1161

Green in the City - Join SPUR Young Urbanists in a discussion about what it means to be green in San Francisco. Come hear Anne Vollen of Green Zebra; Peter Liu - initial founder and Vice Chair of New Resource Bank and Nikki Martinez of EcoTuesday. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, $20. for non members SPUR Young Urbanist Membership: $55. Information :415-781-8726 ex 120 . Young Urbanists is a new SPUR initiative that seeks to attract people 40 and under who appreciate San Francisco and are interested in deepening their involvement in civic affairs.

February 28, 2008 - Thursday

Golden Gate Toll Bridge Meeting -
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Form Mason Conference Center, Landmark Building A, San Francisco. Meeting regarding increasing tolls by $1. Information:

February 29, 2008 - Friday

**California State Senate Candidates Forum -
Novato Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the San Rafael and Petaluma Chambers are hosting a California State Senate Candidates Forum in Novato. Co-sponsored by Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and North Bay Leadership Council. The forum will be moderated by columnist Dick Spotswood. 8:30 to 10 a.m. $25. at Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato (Hamilton area). Information to register 887-1164 or register online at

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