Sunday, February 24, 2008

February/March Calendar

February 25, 2008 - Monday

Legislation requiring sellers and buyers of apartment buildings to tell tenants in those buildings what their rights are.
- Monday, February 25 - Apartment Sales disclosure Hearing, 1 p.m. City Hall, Room 263 . Information:

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

*Russian Hill Neighbors - Happy Hour -
When: February 25, 2008
5:30 to 7:30
Where: Bar Johnny, 2209 Polk Street
What: Happy Hour, Bar Johnny, 2209 Polk Street, S.F.
No Cover
Information: 415-267-0575

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:

*Telegraph Hill Dwellers Take Back Broadway
When: February 25, 2008
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Tommaso's, 1042 Kearny Street , North Beach, S.F.
What: Telegraph Hill Dwellers second "Take Back Broadway" event at Tommaso's, the 70 year old family-owned North Beach landmark. Sample Italian specialties including cheeses, fruits, pizzas, Caesar salad, crostini, lasagna, pasta, dessert and more. Tommaso Syrah and Pino Grigio will be served. Buffet style. Cost: $40. per person (includes food and wine). Space will be limited so this is a exclusive dining event is first come first serve. The first 80 people to rsvp will be confirmed.
Information: 415-273-1004 Source: Telegraph Hill Dwellers Web Site

*David Spade -
When: February 25 , 2008
Doors: Open: 6:45 p.m. Show: 8 p.m.
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club
915 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, Ca.
Information: 415-928-4320

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

Seawall Lot 337 RFQ Development Concepts Public presentations and meetings. Port Commission Meeting Ferry Building, 2nd Floor 3 p.m.

"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:

Fix Masonic Neighborhood Rally - 11 a.m. in front of San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic and Golden Gate. Celebrating last week's unanimous passage of legislation calling for bike, ped, and traffic calming changes on Masonic. 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

Police Commission Meeting - 6 p.m. Community Meeting in the Bayview District at the Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street. Station Captain John Loftus will hear comments from the public concerning protection issues in the Bayview district. Information: 415-553-1667

San Francisco for Democracy - The endorsement committee of SF4Democracy PAC meets to plan the endorsement process for the June, 2008 election. There will also be a meeting of the Political Affairs committee. 7 to 9 p.m. Ritual Coffee Rosters, 1026 Valencia Street between 21st and 22nd Street. 2 hour meeting. Political Affairs Director: Erich Albrecht at

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.

Barack Obama - Stand Up Comedy Fundraiser- The Holy Grail, 1233 Polk Street, S.F. 9:30 p.m. (two hours) Wednesday. Comics Ross Turner, Jason Resler, Nato Green, Yayne Abeba and special guests. $10 to $5. Donation. Every penny of the cover goes to the campaign. Information: 415-928-1233

February 28, 2008 - Thursday

Central District - Captain Dudley - Fisherman's Wharf Town Hall Meeting -
3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton on Fisherman's Wharf, 2500 Mason Street . S F Discussion topics will include presentations from the Community Benefits District and activities planned for the upcoming months. Information: 415-315-2400

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

March 2008

March 1, 2008 - Saturday

Seawall Lot 337 -
Advisory panel will convene all-day SWL 337 public workshop 9:30 a.m. at Jelly's Cafe, 295 Terry Francois Blvd., S.F. across from SWL 337. Four Suitors: 1. San Francisco Giants; The Cordish Company; Farallon Capital Management 2. Build Inc.; Cherokee Investment Partners; UrbanGreen Devco 3. Kenwood Investments; Boston Properties Inc.; Wilson Meany Sullivan 4. Federal Development; Lehman Brothers; Construction Management and Development The workshop will be formatted to enable development teams and community stakeholders to have a direct exchange on the public's response to the development concepts. Information: Source:

Barack Obama - SF+Texas+Obama 4 days - San Francisco descends upon Texas for March 1 through 4th. Information: Linda Leu 301-646-0530

6th Annual Celebrity Crab Festival - Union Square - Fundraiser for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation. Food, beer and wine tastings. Noon to 3 p.m. Members of the San Francisco 49ers team up with local chefs to demonstrate the art of cracking crab. The noon time demonstration will be followed by a timed crab cracking and cleaning contest. For a minimal sampling fee, local restaurants will provides tastes of crab and sample beer and wine. Music from Diego's Umbrella, family entertainment including children's booth, and raffles. Meet 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders and 49ers Mascot Sourdough Sam. Admission is free. Tickets for food, beer and wine tastings $5 each or 6 for $25. Information: 415-781-7880 or www.

Jane Ganahl - "Naked on the Page" - Celebrate the paperback release with a reading by Jane Ganahl. (book recently opted for a TV series on TBS). Book signing follows event. Glen Park Library , 2825 Diamond Street (near Bosworth). Library Sponsored Public Program 2 to 3 p.m. Information: 415-557-4400

*Hootenanny Hoedown - Exploratorium
When: March 1, 2008 - Saturday
(also March 8th and 15th)
2 p.m
Where: Exploratorium - McBean Theater
What: Variety show with Melinda Stone and Sam Sharey. Homegrown hootenanny sing-along. Experience San Francisco's largest kazoo-a-long.

March 2, 2008 - Sunday

*12 Galaxies
When: March 2, 2008
Noon to 5 p.m.
Where: 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission Street, S.F.
What: Design fair featuring ware from local designers and artists.
Free pancake and waffle brunch sponsored by Batter Blaster.
Also, featuring live music, snacks for sale and full bar.
Admission: Free
Information: 415-970-9777
Source: Chronicle

Memorial Tribute to Alexander "Sandy" Taylor -
Publisher of Curbstone Press - 1 to 3 p.m. San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, S.F. As Founder and Co-Director of the non-profit literary arts organization, Curbstone Press, Alexander "Sandy" Taylor routinely placed an emphasis on contemporary writing from Latino, Latin American and Vietnamese cultures in his publications. Taylor will be remembered by Alejandro Murguia, Boadiba, George Evans, Maketa Groves, Jack Hirschman, Elaine Katzenberger, Maxine Hong Kingston, Devorah Major, Rosemary Manno, Sarah Menefee, Barbara Paschke, Luis Rodriguez, Arlene Scully, James Scully, Alastair Taylork, Paul Yamazaki and Daisy Zamora. Event is free and open to the public. Information: 415-557-4400

March 3, 2008 -Monday

Lobbyist's Training -
12 noon to 1 p.m. City Hall, Room 421. This training is for lobbyists, their representatives, the Board of Supervisors, member of the media, department heads, and other interested persons and is designed to explain filing and reporting obligations required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance. Information: Kristian Ongoco 415-252-3100. Please RSVP by 2-28-08.

March 4, 200 8- Tuesday

Primaries: Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont.


When: March 4th - Tuesday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, S.F.
What: Update on Muni's Transit Effectiveness Project with update from Julie Kirschbaum of the SFMTa and Sally Allen of the Controller's Office. $5. for non-members
Information: 415-781-8726

*We Are Obama - a fundraiser for Barack Obama
When: March 4th, Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Varnish Art Gallery, 77 Natoma Street, S.F.
What: Premier of Obama short film by San Francisco's finest filmmakers, speakers, music. Watch the live results of the Ohio and Texas primaries. Hosted by the "We Are Obama" supporters committee: George Rush, Nick Short, John O'Riordan, Josh Arce, Dan Pontes, Matt Gliebe, Dana Wagner, Kevin Chan, Lisa Weissman-Ward, Stacy Tolchin, Jaime Rush, Vanessa Lane, Charles Hubert, Bryan Saalfield, Michael Jacobs, Dan Portillo, Lisa Wang, Randy Gertsbacher, Trevor Stordahl, Thanh Cao, John Rizzo and Xandra Castleton
$50 dollar suggested donation. Hors d'ouveres + cash Bar
Information: John O'Riordan 415-264-8663

Potrero Hill Democratic Club State Senate Debate-
Candidates Joe Alioto Veronese, Mark Leno, Carol Migden, Joe Nation. Moderator Philip DeAndrade. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro at Southern Heights, San Francisco. 7 p.m. Information: 415-648-6740 - Joni Eisen, President

March 6, 2008 - Thursday

Dee Dee Myers - "Why Women Should Run the World"
Myers was appointed the White House press secretary for Clinton. She holds the distinction of being the first women and second-youngest person to occupy the position. Commonwealth Club 11:30 a.m. $15 non-members 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor S.F. Information:

Panel: Housing in the New AIDS Generation - Commonwealth Club 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, S.F. - 5:30 p.m. $15 non-members. Housing in the New AIDS Generation: Where we are now, and where are we going? Brian Basinger, Director, AIDS Housing Alliance/SF; Cecilia Chung, Deputy Director, Transgender Law Center and Human Rights Commissioner; Dan Bernal, District Director for Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Amy Tharpe, Deputy Director, Mayor's Office of Housing; Margot Antonetty, Director of Programs, San Francisco Department of Public Health - Housing and Urban Health. Information:

State Senator Carole Migden - Fundraiser
at Roe, 651 Howard Street (at Hawthorne) free valet parking 5:30 to 7 p.m. Individual tickets $100. up . Join Warren Hellman, Hon. Dennis Herrera, Reverend Cecil Williams, Feysan Lodde, Dede Wilsey, Marcia Smolens, Elmy Bermejo, the California League of Conservation Voters, the National Women's Political Caucus, the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, Michael Casey/Unite HERE Local 2, and Larry Mazzola/Plumber and Pipefitters Local 38. RSVP Annie Eagan 415-269-5105 or .

*NOPA Networking -
When: March 6, 2008
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Madrone Lounge (Divisadero at Fell).
What: Networking and fun. Joint friends and neighbors at Madrone Lounge. No cover charge. Look for for Kandace Kaylor and an area reserved for NOPNA.

*The Past is Present: Six Decades of PCC Streetcar Service in San Francisco
When: March 6, 2008
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street (at Grove). S.F.
What: Special presentation that captures the robust transit service provided by streamlined streetcars from the 1950's through the 1980's. Angelo Figone will present rarely seen images of streetcars from public and private collections. Cosponsored by the San Francisco History Center
Information: 415-557-4400

March 8, 2008 - Saturday

Wyoming Caucus

Sally Brunn Library Branch - Noe Valley Re-Opening
When: March 8, 2008 - Saturday
1 p.m.
Where: Noe Valley Branch Library
451 Jersey Street (at Castro)
What: Re-Opening of Library with Supervisor Bevan Dufty and City Librarian Luis Herrera

Crossroads Irish American Festival -
The 2008 Crossroads Festival kicks off with a panel discussion on discovering heritage. Author Daniel Tobin and others will discuss the hidden and untold histories of the overlooked lives of activists, literary figures and other in Irish history as well as the importance of connecting with person and family histories. Main Library Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove). Saturday - 2 to 4 p.m. Information: Source: San Francisco Library

"Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman:- Author Carl Flinn will discuss his book. Release of this book coincides with the centennial of Merman's birth. Co-sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Center. Main Library, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove). 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 8th. 4 to 5 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Information: 415-557-4400

March 9, 2008 - Sunday

*Milk Movie
When: March 9, 2008
from 8a.m. - time uncertain on Sunday Morning
What: Help re-create Gay Freedom Day 1978
Information: to sign-up

*The Capitol Steps
When: March 9, 2008
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, S.F.
What: Satirical comedy troupe. $48 Public Non-Members:
Information: 415-292-1233

*Fiona Ma - Birthday Celebration!
When: March 9, 2008
6:3o p.m.
Where: Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore (at Eddy Street), S.F.
What: Join California Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma for a Birthday Celebration! Groove and dance to live music by Washington D.C. band Calisus (casual, festive attire). General Tickets: Friend $250.; Patron $500.
Host Committee: Jack Baylis, Jay Bharwad, Julie Brandt, Hon. John Burton, Mike Casey, Stefano Cassolato, Jeffrey J. Chang, Wen Ling Chen, Clem Clarke, Todd Clayter, Michael Colbruno, Linda Crayton, Tom Despain, Andrea Dew Steele, Coleen Dowling, Hon. Bevan Dufty, Mike Fang, Ted Fang, Chris Gruwell, Jim Hammer, Mike Hardeman, Dan Hellevig, James C. Hormel, Andrea Jackson, Michael Johnson, Henry Karnilowicz, Hon. Mark Leno, Meagan Levitan, Bruce MacRae, Lawrence Martin, Bob Morales, Gus Murad, Chong Park, Hon. Nicole Parra, John Pollard, Dick Robinson, Ahsha Safai, Hon. Gerarado Sandoval, Gary Saunders, Julie Soo, Michael Sweet, Sia Tabazhof, Hon. Phil Ting, Hon. Adrienne Tissier, Brook Turner, Alexis Wong, Johnson You, Nayor and Chu, CA Professional Firefighters, Genentech, Appllied Materials
Re-Elect Fiona Ma c/o Annie Eagan, 1364 San Mateo Avenue, South San Francisco, Ca. 94080
Information: 415-269-5105

March 12, 2008 - Wednesday

*SPUR - Annual Meeting
When: March 12, 2008
5:45 p.m.
Where: SPUR office
312 Sutter St., Suite 500
What: SPUR annual meeting. Adoption of next year's budget and election of new members to the SPUR Board of Directors. Meeting is open to the public.
New Members: Michaela Cassidy, Kelly Dearman, Gillian Gillete, John Madden, Mary McCue, Ezra Mersey, Chris Poland, Bill Rosetti, Michael Teltz, Michael Theriault and James Tracy
Returning Members: James Andrew, Andy Barnes, Gwyneth Borden, Pamela Brewster, Laurence Burnett, Emilio Cruz, Charmaine Curtis, Gia Daniller, Luisa Ezuerro, Frank Fudem, David Hartley, Jacinta McCann, Peter Mezey, Terry Micheaul, Dick Morten, Teresa Rea, Byron Rhett, Criss Romero, Jim Salinas, Sr., Victor Seeto, Chi-Hsin Shao
Information: 415-781-8726

*Russian Hill Neighbors St Patrick's Day Celebration
When: March 12, 2008 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: O'Reilly's Holy Grail, 1233 Polk Street, S.F.
What: Join friends and neighbors as we celebrate St. Paddy's Day at Polk Street's Irish Pub and Restaurant. Dinner includes appetizer, choice of entree, dessert and a glass of wine. $40. (inclusive tax and tip). Send check made out to "Russian Hill Neighbors " by March 4th to Helen Doyle, 964 Greenwich St., S.F 94133
Information: 415-922-0442

March 13, 2008 - Thursday

*E. J. Dionne: Souled Out
When: March 13, 2008 - Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor
S.F. Ca.
What: E. J. Dionne, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; syndicated columnist, The Washington Post; Professor, Georgetown University; author, "Souled Out". Wine and cheese reception, book signing. $18. non-members
Information: 415-597-6700

*Northern District Police/Community Meeting
When: March 13, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Northern Police Station Fillmore at Turk.
What: Work with police, city attorney and district attorney to find permanent solutions to ongoing safety issues. Captain Casciato
Information: 614-3400 or

*Mission Economic Development Agency - 35th Anniversary Celebration
When: March 13, 2008 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Information: Details to follow. 415-282-3334 ext 18

Pre-Democratic Convention Endorsement Meeting
When: March 15th, 2008
Starts at 10 a.m.
Where: Air Transport Employees Lodge 1781 Rollins Road, Burlingame, Ca. 94010
Assembly 12 - Fiona MA
Assembly 13 - Tom Ammiano
Assembly 19 - Jerry Hill
Assembly 19 - Gina Papan
State Senator:
Senator 3:
Carole Migden
Joe Alioto Veronese
Philip Kranenburg
Mark Leno
Joe Nation
8:Nancy Pelosi
12: Maad Abu-Ghazalah
12: Jackie Speier
SD 03 will be up first.

Contact: August Longo
1 St. Francis Place #5309, S.F. Ca. 94107-1339
h -415-777.1314
conference secretary Judith Christensen

Rules on voting are complex. Go to for latest information. Meeting open to public. Information could change:
Candidates need 70% of the votes cast to secure a place on the State Convention Consent Calendar. This is a public vote. A single roll call vote via signed written ballot, in the same form as the absentee ballot, shall be taken. If you cannot attend the conference in person, the VBM ballot in voter packet must be mailed or delivered only to the Regional Convener responsible for the district. VBM ballots which are late or are delivered to the wrong Regional Convener are not valid. Once received by the designated Regional Convener, a ballot, absentee or otherwise, may not be retracted, rescinded, or otherwise changed and shall be counted in the totals. Proxy voting is not allowed.
The names of the voters for each district will be read aloud and the conference secretary will read the vote cast in accordance with the signed vote-by-mail ballot that was received by the Regional Convener.
At the end of the roll call, the votes for each candidate and for "no endorsement" will be tallied.
Should a candidate receive the 70% of the vote, s/he will be recommended candidate for endorsement. Such recommendations will go on the Consent Calendar to be ratified at the State Convention on Sunday, March 30, 2008, at the San Jose Convention Center.
If no candidate receives the required 70%, the conference shall have taken the position of "no recommendation" for endorsement.
If one candidate received over 50% for a district, the race will go to the caucuses held during the March convention.

March 28 - 30, 2008 Friday through Sunday

California Democratic Party Convention - San Jose Convention Center - Information:

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