Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sunset Meeting/San FranciscoCalendar-February

Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition Meeting on Valentine's Day last night - excellent turnout considering it was Valentine's Day. Meeting was held at Taraval Police Station.
Supervisor Carmen Chu spoke about the coming budget in San Francisco. She said the budget was going to be "dicey".
There was strong rapport in the group with Supervisor Chu. The Supervisor started out by saying that she was the "personal slave" to the organization. Everyone laughed.
Mayor Newsom is contemplating 8% budget cuts across the board. Supervisor Chu wants to organize the district to set budget priorities (in other words don't organize for budget items that are set asides and cannot be touched). This is an excellent idea but it takes organization, and time to do this correctly- this will be a good organizational tool to be used both by the Supervisor and the Sunset District neighbors.
There also was a discussion about street safety. Supervisor Chu and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma have been working on funding for street safety, especially along 19th Avenue. (State Senator Leland Yee too).
An individual spoke about the improvement in the neighborhood including the help of Taraval Station Captain Paul Chignell.
An individual in the audience who was a teacher in the district said more schools cuts would mean larger class sizes.
Susan Suval chaired the meeting, she is volunteer coordinator for the Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition. (I never met her before - but it is obvious she is an icon in the neighborhood).
Carol Mo from the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center spoke .
Yes, Ron Dudum was in attendance.
This is another of many, many groups in San Francisco who work together to focus on getting things done in their community (and have fun while doing its - great Valentine candy!).

Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition
1647 Taraval Street
San Francisco, Ca. 94116
Phone: 415-665-5579
Susan Suval, Executive Director

Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
3925 Noreiga Street
San Francisco, Ca. 94122
Carol Mo, Sunset Community Convener

Supervisor Carmen Chu
1 Drive Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244,
City Hall
San Francisco, Ca 94122

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.

No on 98/Yes on 99 - Save Rent Control - Voter Registration- San Francisco Tenants Union, 558 Capp Street (between Mission and 21st Street). We'll meet and then set up tables at key intersections or door to door to register voters and sign renter voters up for absentee voting. Information: source: San Francisco Tenants Union

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

Save Rent Control Fundraiser - Progressive Reading Series featuring Vendela Vida aut hor of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, Steve Almond author of Not That You Asked, Colm Toibin author of Mothers and Sons, Michelle Orange author of The Sicily Papers, Charles D'Ambrosio author of The Dead Fish Museum and The Six Word Memoir Slam with Larry Smith at the Makeout Room, 3225 22nd Street (between Valencia and Mission). 7 p.m. For advance tickets please paypal $20 per person to "tribe AT". Or you can pay at the door, $10 to $20 sliding scale. It is recommended getting tickets in advance because they often sell out. People with advance tickets get in first. Everyone attending February 16th gets a t-shirt! Source: San Francisco Tenants Union

February 17, 2008 - Sunday

Bike About at the San Francisco Zoo -
8:30 to 10 a.m. Zoo Road. Bring your bicycle to the Zoo for this informative one and one half hour cycling tour. Be ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. You will be led in small groups by a trained docent guide. Cost: $20. for Zoological Society or San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, $25. non-members (cost includes admission to the zoo for the rest of the day and parking). Children in bike-seats or pull behind trailers are free. All participants must be on a bike. Information: 415-753-7073 or education@sfzoo.or to reserve your spot, pre-registration is required. Visit Source: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

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

*Dorothea Lange - A Visual Life- 6 to 7:30 p.m. Film presents a look at the life and work of Dorothea Lange through interviews with Lange's sons and her photographic assistants. There will be discussion with filmmaker Meg Patridge, Lange's biographer Elizabeth Partridge and Lange's photo assistant Ron Patridge will follow the film. San Francisco Main Library - Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove), San Francisco, Ca. Information: 415-557-4400

*Taraval Police Station Meeting - s7 to 8:30 p.m. Guest speaker from the Laguna Honda Hospital to explain their programs. 2345 24th Ave. at Taraval. Come meet your police officers, listen to an update about safety in the community. Information: 759-3120.

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 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

*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

February 22, 2008 to February 24 - Friday through Sunday

California Republican Party Convention - Hyatt Regency San Francisco

February 23, 2008

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

*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

"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 - San Francisco Day School 350 Masonic @ Golden Gate. 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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