Sunday, February 17, 2008

San Francisco Calendar - February/March

February 20, 2008 - Wednesday

*Supervisor Carmen Chu - Supes for Lunch - San Francisco Chamber of Commerce -
11:30 a.m. 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor. RSVP Patricia Aleman at

Wade Crowfoot Director of Climate Protection Initiatives 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. Confirmed candidates: District One - Alicia Wang, District 3- Joe Alioto, Claudine Cheng, Lynn Jefferson, D9 - Eric Storey District 11 - Ahsha Safai Information: 415-990-8014 Source: Plan C

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

*Lunar Eclipse - 7 p.m. at Randall Museum. 199 Museum Way, Corona Heights, S F. Total eclipse of the moon begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 7:51 p.m. Lecture on Moonology will follow at 8 p.m. at the Randall Museum Theatre. Weather may cancel viewing but the lecture will go on at 8 p.m. Information:

ShapingSF -Lecture "Art & Politics: Eric Drooker" at CounterPulse in SOMA. Eric Drooker's art has provided iconic imagery for countless political initiatives and well as showing up on covers of the New York. Free. 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street (@9th Street.) S.F. Information:

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

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

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

*The Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915 - Lecture with Nancy DeStefanis who discusses the history, what remains of the Exposition, and the birds who continue to visit. The Hawaii Pavilion at the 1915 Exposition introduced the ukulele. Ka'ala Carmack will perform songs with many of his students. Randall Science Museum, 199 Museum Way, Corona Heights, S.F. Free Information:

February 22, 2008 to February 24 - Friday through Sunday

California Republican Party Convention - Hyatt Regency San Francisco

February 23, 2008 - Saturday

X-Files - Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny with X-Files creator Chris Carter and co-writer and producer Frank Spotnitz
- WonderCon -Moscone Center . Information: Source: Super Natural 66

*Save Rent Control - Voter Registration No on 98. 10 a.m. at the San Francisco Tenants Union, 558 Capp Street (at 21st Street - look for Victorian House). Muni lines 14 or 49, Bart 16th or 24th stops. Information: 282-5525

San Francisco League of Women Voters - League Membership Breakfast - How the League Really Does It 10 a.m. to Noon. Home of board member Suzanne Stassevitch, 1050 Filbert Street, San Francisco Learn about the League's positions at the local and national levels, and how they use these positions to influence policy. Refreshments. RSVP: 989-8683 or email s

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. to 8 p.m. Market and Second Streets - Celebrating the Year of the Rat, Lunar Year 4706. Parade route 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.

Willie Brown -Grace Cathedral lecture and interview with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Will discuss his book "Basic Brown". 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street (@Taylor Street), S.F. Information:

Academy Awards

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

*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:

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 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

*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

March 2, 2008 - Sunday

*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

*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 .

*New Items


*Save Rent Control - June 3, 2008 - No on 98 -
June is a low turn out month. Sign up to vote by mail. any voter can become a permanent absentee voter. Call SF Tenants Union 415-282-5525. Email: or

*Voter Registration: New voter registration ID requirements. In order to register or re-register you must have a California Driver's License or California I.D. card or the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have the above a unique identifying number will be assigned to you for registration purposes only.

The Department of Elections must verify the registrants identification number provided at the time of registration before he or she is placed on the roster of registered voters.

Register by Mail: call 415-554-4411 or email and they will forward you a vote registration card.

Register on-line: You may download a registration card online at the California Secretary of State's Web site.

Register in Person: You may pick up a voter registration car at the Department of Elections, local public library, Dept of Voter Vehicles and U.S. Postal Service Stations.

*"Basic Brown" - Memoir by former Mayor Willie Brown. Well worth reading. History time line while Speaker in Sacramento which also explains the complicated history of the relationships between McCarthy, Unruh, Agnos, Burton, Berman, Waters. Mayor Brown admits he didn't know what he was doing when he first ran for Mayor (that might explain why at the first first meeting we heard Willie speak at (Matthew Rothschild's home) he talked about having Easter Egg Hunt's in Golden Gate Park - I remember hearing that and thinking we were in for trouble!- but he learns fast!).

*Mark Sanchez -San Francisco Ethics commission certified Mark Sanchez candidate for the Board of Supervisors, District 9 as eligible to receive public funds from the San Francisco Election Campaign Fund. The qualifying contributions are totaling $5,000 from at least 75 residents of the city. Ethics Commission: John St. Croix 415-252-3100

*Effective Meetings - Robert's Rule of Order - join Study group. Once a month Thursday evenings - Community Room, Taraval Police Station. Auspices: CA State Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Parliamentarians. Information: Telephone 415-661-8137, e-mail

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