Monday, February 4, 2008

Milk Movie Shooting/Election Night

Milk film Shooting - Castro Street. Surreal and cold.

Milk production showed the Academy Award film "The Times of Harvey Milk" at the Castro Theatre before beginning the shoot . Tom Ammiano, Anne Kronenberg and Tory Hartman who were in the film were all introduced.

Cleve Jones made the introductions including filmmaker Rob Epstein and director Gus Van Sant.

I don't know why, even though I saw this film once before, I just sat there and cried my eyes out (even more so than the night of the shootings). Maybe because I saw so many people I knew in the film that have passed away.Jim Rivaldo, Dick Pabich, Bill Kraus, Jim Elliot, Scott Smith, Dick Hongisto, Gordon Lau, Randy Shilts - all gone - so sad.

Assemblyman Mark Leno talked about making May 22nd (Harvey's birthday) Harvey Milk Day in California.

The restaurants in the neighborhood pitched in with great food before we went out in the cold.

The Gay & Lesbian Chorus and Gay & Lesbian March Band came in and sang and played "If You Could See Me Now".

They closed down Castro Street and 17th Street and we were part of the crowd while Sean Penn spoke as Harvey. So strange to do this!

I borrowed someone's jean jacket and I went through 35 years of campaign buttons but could not find a original Harvey Milk button and there were no George Moscone buttons made, but I did find a Rick Stoke's button (ran against Harvey Milk), Carol Ruth Silver button who ran for Supervisor at the same time as Harvey plus a Shirley Chishom for President button and Ted Kennedy for President/1980 button . I also found the hotel room key from the PSA Hotel (across from City Hall) where George Moscone had his victory party on election night. A whole bunch of us got together and rented a room so we could have a private party.

They warned us that the filming would take time, and it did, and we redid the filming more than once in different ways. There were camera people on the rooftops and old time cars and every one did their best to dress from the seventies. ( except people had there cell phones and digital cameras - and I smelt marajuana and it was okay to smoke cigarettes!)

Friday night they will be filming the march from the night of the killings. People will need to bring their own candles.

Election Day

February 5, 2008 - Tuesday


Hillary Clinton -
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Phone Banking, San Francisco Headquarters, 1122 Howard Street, S.F. Ca. Bring your cell phone.

Board of Supervisors -
2 p.m. City Hall, San Francisco -Interesting Items:
Charter Amendment: Even-Numbered Years - Change election cycle for the offices of Mayor, Sheriff, District Attorney, City Attorney and Treasurer so that these offices will be elected in even-numbered years; and to amend the definition of general municipal election so that such elections occur only in even-numbered years.
Charter Amendment: To provide for the election of members of the Municipal Transportation Agency's Board of Directors, setting their compensation, and fixing their status as members of the Parking Authority Commission.
Charter Amendment: Require confirmation by the Board of Supervisors of the Mayor's appointments to the PUC Commission and to set qualifications for members of the PUC.
Resolution: Urging Mayor Gavin Newsom to return to the Municipal Transportation Agency positions and funds that are not directly relatead to the operations of the agency.
(doesn't look like the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor are getting along...) source: Board of Supervisors Agenda

Anthony Lewis
- Commonwealth Club - The First Amendment: Defending thought We Hate Former columnist, The New York Times. Two Time Pulitzer Prize winner. 5:30 p.m. 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, S. $18 Non-Members Information: 415-597-6700

Democracy In Action - Super Tuesday Party - 6 to 11 p.m. at Jillian's at the Metreon, 101 Fourth Street (Fourth and Howard). Socialize and enjoy fellow Dems' and Progressives' company while watching Feb 5th's "Tsunami Tuesday" 22 States voting, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Utah. No host Bar/no host menu. Information:

Year of the Rat New Year's Eve Party - Sponsored by the Far East Cafe and ABCT (A Better Chinatown Tomorrow). 6 p.m. at Far East Cafe, 631 Grant Ave. (California/Sacramento Street). Dumpling Making Session 6 to 7 p.m. With invited celebrities including City Officials, representatives from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China. 7 p.m. Dinner Party: Menu includes dumpling, Jai, tang uan. Cost Workshop and dinner are compliments of Far East Cafe. Suggested donation of $20. is gladly accepted for the future Broadway/Grant Ave. Gateway project. Information: Wilma Pang 415-296-8701 by Feb 2nd.
Information: ABCT, 718 Grant Avenue, S.F. Ca. 94108.

Willie Brown - promoting book "Basic Brown". 7 p.m. to 7:45 Ferry Building at Book Passage.

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Super Tuesday Potluck Watch Party - 7 p.m. Bring a snack or drink to share. Watch the returns with neighbors. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street at Southern Heights Information: 648-6740 or visit

San Francisco Bay Guardian - Election Night Happy Hour - watch tv coverage and political trivia at Kilowatt, 3160 16th Street @ Albion St. S.F. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. "Don't Dodge the Drafts" beer party. Arrive with your voter sticker or ballot receipt and enjoy beer specials. "bathe in comprehensive and biased cable news election coverage from multiple tv screens. Engage in your own cutthroat competition with a political-themed trivia game hosted by the cacophony society".

Barack Obama - Victory Party? - Fairmont Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 950 Mason Street, S.F. - 8 p.m.

Hillary Clinton - Victory Party-, 1122 Howard Street, S.F.

Yes on Prop A - Park Bond - Boudin Bakery on Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf.

Ron Paul - Thai Stick Restaurant, 925 O'Farrell Street at Polk.

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