Saturday, January 31, 2009

American Apparel - Valencia Street - A problem?

Saturday morning I had to send my rent check out by 10 a.m. so I decided to go to the Anti American Apparel Store rally being held by Pirate Cat Radio 87.9 against the proposed store at 988 Valencia Street.

First of all, 10 a.m. on a Saturday is too early - especially for this street - everyone was on their way to Boogaloos for breakfast. There were a few people there. American Apparel is trying to open a store at 988 Valencia Street next door to Artists Television Access. Stop American Apparel wants to keep Valencia locally owned and leave the box stores in Union Square. There motto "Your Mission - Not Theirs".

First of all, this is a very tiny store. It's between the 24th and 16th Street Bart Street stations which might help get people to go down the whole street and look at all the other stores. On the other hand I just looked at the American Apparel website - they are huge!!!

Stop American Apparel website: I understand that Supervisor Bevan Dufty has come out against this project.

There will be Planning Commission meeting this Thursday, February 5th at 1:30 p.m. Room 400, City Hall, San Francisco if you wish to hear more details.

Valencia Street, like other neighborhoods is hurting financially - and some new stores could help - however, there is a balance that is needed in this neighborhood - (like that awful big cell phone store next to Good Vibrations!).

February 2, 2009 - Monday

One Mission District, One Voice: San Francisco City budget Impacts & Solutions
When: February 2, 2009 - Monday
1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Bahai Center, 170 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Planning meeting intends to provide space for the Mission District community to develop a unified strategy and voice in response to the impacts of tough economic times for our city, state and nation. Mission District CBO's and interested stakeholders encouraged to attend.
RSVP and Questions:

Save Public Health and Vital Services
When: February 2, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: SEIU 1021 Union Hall (enter 17th Street and Kansas ) San Francisco.
What: Next Meeting. The Coalition to Save Public Health and Vital Services is a coalition of neighborhood organizations, public health workers, and concerned residents that is fighting against the cuts to public health and human services, and pushing for solutions to the budget crisis that has the least negative effect on our communities.
Vote yes for the de-appropriation/Vote Yes for the Special Election.
Coalition to Save Public Health includes members from: Coalition on Homelessness, Gray Panthers, SEIU 1021, OPEIU Local 3, , St. James Infirmary, St. Anthony's Foundation, La Voz Latina, Central City SRO Collaborative, Conard House 1021 Chapter, Progress Foundation 1021 Chapter, Tenderloin Housing Clinic 1021 Chapter, Hyde Street Community Clinic, SRO Familes United!, ACORN, API Wellness Center, HWWA, Planning for Elders, Community Housing Partnership 1021 Chapter, Stop AIDS Project, Senior Action Network, Harvey Milk Democratic Club, Queer Youth Organizing Project, Positive Direction Equals Change, members of the SF Unified School District.
Information: Alysabeth Alexander

Richard North Patterson
When: February 2, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Author Richard North Patterson will talk about his new book "Eclipse and Exile". The book is around global lust for oil. $18 non-members.

*Telegraph Hill Dwellers - Supervisor David Chiu
When: February 2, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m. No-Host Cocktails
7:30 p.m 3 course dinner
8:15 p.m. Supervisor David Chiu
Where: Bocce Cafe, 478 Green Street, San Francisco
What: Membership meeting with Supervisor David Chiu. $35.

February 3, 2009 - Tuesday

*San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: February 3, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Weekly meeting: Items off agenda:
Considering two items Gavin Newsom vetoed:
  • De-Appropriating $998,145 of General Fund and $761,0121 of Federal Direct Grant Revenue for Community Justice Department
  • Eastern Neighborhoods Zoning Map - Height District for Mission Street theater projects
Hearing - Emergency ordinance modifying procedures and deadlines for June 2, 2009 election.

San Francisco Educators and Parents - Demonstrate!
When: February 3, 2009 - Tuesday
4 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Stop the race to the Bottom! Calling on all educators and parents to take a stand for our schools, which face $10.8 billion in cuts. Sacramento needs to hear from SF that all education cuts are unacceptable. School Petition Drive ongoing.
Source: Rachel Norton - thanks!

San Francisco Black Panther Party
When: February 3, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Public Library is hosting an exhibit of photos, newspaper and memorabilia exploring the personal and historical context of the San Francisco Black Panther Party from its's existence in 1968 in the Fillmore district. In the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room on the lower level will be a short film and talk "The History of the Black Panther Party", with party member Bill Jennings. Exhibit runs from January 18-March 12th at the Main Library.

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
When: February 3, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street, San Francisco
What: Special guest: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. Also, election of Club officers.

"Howl On Trial"
When: February 3, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus, San Francisco
What: Discussion of book "Howl on Trial - The Battle for Free Expression" edited by Bill Morgan and Nancy J. Peters.

February 4, 2009 -Wednesday

Rally for Condo Conversion Reform
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
8:15 a.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What: Join Plan C (and other groups) for a rally to support condominium conversion reform. The City will hold its annual condo conversion lottery. The rally is to highlight the dissatisfaction with outdated process that unfairly penalizes first time homeowners. There will be petitions to handout to reform the lottery process. Will then walk to Room 400 where the lottery is being held.
Information: Plan C:

*City and County of San Francisco Budget and Finance Committee
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda:
Budget updates: Hearing to consider budget updates from the Mayor's Budget Office, the Controller's Office and various City Departments
Members: John Avalos, Ross Mirkarimi and Carmen Chu

*Northeast Waterfront Advisory Group
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Port of San Francisco offices located at Pier 1, Embarcadero at Washington Street, Bayside 1 Conference Room, San Francisco
What: Meeting Items off agenda:
  • Presentation of Exploratorium Project at Piers 15/17
  • Overview and discussion of proposed development for Seawall Log 351: 8 Washington Mixed-Used Project.

*Celebrate the 36th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: The Latino/Hispanic Community Room A, The San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street at Grove, San Francisco
What: NARAL Pro-Choice California is pleased to present "A Choice Conversation with Rose Aguilar". She will discuss her new book "Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland".
NARAL Pro-Choice California State Director Amy Everitt will provide an update on the threats to reproductive rights throughout the country and what we can do to ensure that all women have access to the freedom and privacy promised under Roe. Light refreshments will be provided. Event is free of charge.
RSVP: Lindsay Criswell

Chinese for Affirmative Action Membership Meeting
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay Street, San Francisco
What: Discussion with newly elected San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Carmen Chu and Supervisor Eric Mar. $20. donation suggested for non-CAA members.
RSVP by contacting Eric Li at

2009-10 Budget Workshops - San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Sunset Recreation Center, 2201 Lawton Street at 28th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Help set priorities and develop strategies to generate more funds for San Francisco parks and recreation programs. You will learn about the Department's budget and the fiscal challenges we face and engage in a conversation about how to address them.

San Francisco for Democracy - Water Access Wars & Bush's War Crimes
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's German Restaurant, 240 Front Street (near California Street), S.F.
What: Meeting is devoted to discussing two challenges:
  • Access to clean water. Nancy Price of Alliance for Democracy will talk about the burgeoning water privatization crisis and some of the people fighting back.
  • Discussion on what action can be taken regarding the Bush Administration's torture legacy.
  • Panel "Will Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield Ever Be Tried for War Crimes"?
  • Participants: Ann Fagan Ginger of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
  • Anne Weills of Siegel & Yee
  • Dr. Uwe Jacobs of Survivors International
*San Francisco Police Commission
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m. (note different time)
Where: City Call, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Regular meeting. Items off agenda:
  • Chief's Report - update on significant policing efforts by Department members.
  • Status reports on Chief of Police executive search. Rules and procedures for Patrol Specials. Subcommittee on Violent Crime.

*Zen Center Quarterly open meeting
When: February 4, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: City Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco
What: Discussion to talk about the Zen Center's vision to Widen the Circle of our Dharma Activities and offerings. They will describe the plans, programs and initiatives they have been developing over the past several years.

February 5, 2009 -

*Planning Commission Meeting
When: February 5, 2009 - Thursday
1:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Regular meeting. Item off agenda:
  • 988 Valencia Street, American Apparel
Commissioners: Ron Miguel, Christina R. Olague, Michael J. Antonini, Gwyneth Borden, Willilam L. Lee, Kathrin Moore and Hisashi Sugaya

*SPUR - Supervisor John Avalos
When: February 5, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
What: Meet new Supervisor John Avalos from District 11. $5. for non-members

Appointments Training Workshop for Women
When: February 5, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: UCSF Health Sciences West 302, San Francisco
What: California Women Lead, the UCSF Center for Gender Equity and UCSF Community and Governmental Relations invite you to a workshop to learn how to apply for and get appointed to boards and commissions. This free workshop will guide you through the appointments process:
  • Making you aware of the board and commission openings in your area.
  • Helping you assess your strengths through a Personal Inventory worksheet
  • Guiding you through the application process.
  • Helping you learn about the State appointments process.

  • Fiona Ma, Assemblymember from the 12th District
  • John Cruz, Appointments Secretary, Office of the Governor
  • Sophie Maxwell, San Francisco Supervisor
  • Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO California Women Lead & Gubernatorial Appointee

Co-hosted by the California Commission on the Status of Women.
RSVP by Monday, February 2, 2009
Sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, Eli Lilly, California Association of Health Underwriters and State Farm Insurance, San Francisco Women's Political Committee, EMERGE, National Women's Political Caucus in San Francisco and the San Francisco Department of the Status of Women.

February 6, 2009 - Friday

*Black History Month Kickoff
When: February 6, 2009 - Friday
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services and the San Francisco African American Historical Cultural Society invite you to join them at the 2009 Black History Month Kickoff Celebration.

February 7, 2009 - Saturday

*Bell Market Employee Farewell
When: February 7, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m.
Where: Park adjacent to Noe Valley Farmer's Market, San Francisco
What: Ceremony to honor Bell Market employees. Join the Board of the Noe Valley Farmer's Market and other long-time shoppers and neighbors in honoring the service provided by the workers of Bell Market which will permanently close on February 15, 2009. (will be replaced by Whole Foods).

Chinese New Year Festival and Parade

*Wine and Wishes 2009 benefitting the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation
When: February 7, 2009
Where: Treasure Island, San Francisco
What: An exceptional epicurean experience highlighting the extraordinary chefs and winemakers of the Bay Area. Samplings from over 60 restaurants and wineries. Executive chefs: Daniel Patterson, Coi Restaurant, Elizabeth Falkner, Citizen Cake & Orson, Roland Passot, La Folie, Emily Luchetti, Farallon, Nick's Cove and Waterbar. Gourmet Tasting $150 per person; Winemaker Dinner $350 per person.
Contact Information:

February 8, 2009 - Sunday

*Winemakers of the Richmond District and Upper Panhandle and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library - Wine Tasting
When: February 8, 2009 - Sunday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Presidio Golf Course, 300 Finlley Road @ Arguello Gate, San Francisco
What: Wine Tasting Event. Enjoy appetizers and tasting from twenty wineries.
Participating Wineries, AP Vin, August West, Barham Mendelsohn, Calera, Carica, Foggy Bridge, Freeman, Harrington, Husic, Ici/La-Bas, Karen Culler, Mojon's Bench, Peay, Pellegrini Family Vineyards, Qupe, Roar, The Industrial, Uvaggio, Verdad, Wolfe Family Vineyards
Tickets $50 each. All proceeds benefit the Richmond District Libraries Campaign that is raising funds to furnish and equip the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks and Anza Branches.
Information: Marian Chatfield-Taylor

February 10, 2009 - Tuesday

SPUR - The future of San Francisco's Waterfront Open Space
When: February 10, 2009 - Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
What: From Crissy Field on the north to being-planned Seawall Lot 337 south of the ballpark to Bayfront Park at Mission Bay to a proposed park at Hunter's Point designed for ArcEcology and the California Coastal Commission, Hargreaves Associates landscape architects are helping determine how San Francisco meets its edge. Join Senior principal Mary Margaret Jones as she discusses how each are different, who they serve, and what they are intended to make in totality. $5. non - members

San Jose Town Hall with Gavin Newsom
When: February 10, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Roosevelt Community Center, 901 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, Ca.

*New or changed items.


New website: - this looks interesting

Updated website: Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council HANC -

New website update: Mayor's Office Public Safety Blog - has links to all the San Francisco Police Stations - that is great - - "Stay Safe and informed in San Francisco". This is a blog that would be smart to bookmark for future reference.

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