Thursday, January 29, 2009

Citizen Hope - A new organization

Attended "Citizen Hope" Mixer last night at Mercury Lounge on Folsom Street .

Citizen Hope seeks to empower people to bring about change through community action and social networking. This group was recently formed to keep the Barack Obama community together. They have done an amazing job. There was a huge, huge crowd - mostly the younger generation - lots of energy and a great new resource to the Bay Area political community.

No speeches - just meeting people.

The star of the evening was District Attorney Kamala Harris. Supervisor David Chiu, Supervisor David Campos, Supervisor Eric Mar, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Assessor Phil Ting and Community College Trustee John Risso attended along with" ready to run" for Supervisor candidates Debra Walker in District Six, Rafael Mandelman in District Eight and Rebecca Prozan in District 8.

Steve Ngo, newly elected Community College Trustee is on the local steering committee and one of the main organizers of this event. For more information go to They are also on Facebook - search: Citizen Hope.

You might not recognize the new venue Mercury Lounge, great place to have a party. They even had special menus made up welcoming Citizen Hope and putting "Citizen Hope Cosmos" on the menu. Better yet they had CNN up on the tv screen.

Some of you might have been to the location on 1582 Folsom Street as the old site for "Hamburger Mary's" - famous for their hamburgers, great breakfast and slow service .

Mercury Lounge -

January 29, 2009 - Thursday

Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association - President David Chiu
When: January 29, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: Aboard Hornblower's Santa Rosa Ferryboat at Pier 3, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Special guest: President David Chiu. He will be making a brief statement and then answer questions from BCNA residents

India Basin Community Annual Meeting
When: January 29, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Pump It Up of San Francisco, the Inflatable Party Zone, 201 Mendell @ Newhall (one block north of Evans, San Francisco
What: Annual general meeting. Get information on IBNA's vision, past accomplishments, future community projects, events and participation in redevelopment and City Government planning for the area.

2009-10 Budget Workshops - San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
When: January 29, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Joseph Lee Recreation Center, 1395 Mendell Street at Oakdale) 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 International Hotel: Mobilizing the Filipino American Community in the Anti-Eviction Movement
When: January 29, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia, San Francisco
What: Dr. Estella Habal will discuss her book "San Francisco International Hotel".

January 30, 2009 - Friday

Senator Leland Yee - Chinese New Year Celebration
When: January 30, 2009 - Friday
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco State Building Lobby, 455 Golden Gate Avenue (between Polk & Larkin)
San Francisco.
What: Celebrate Chinese New Year. Dancing, calligraphy, music, Shaolin martial arts, folk dancing, singing and art.

California State Judge Herbert Donaldson
When: January 30, 2009 - Friday
6 p.m.
Where: Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Memorial service for Judge Herbert Donaldson.

January 31, 2009 - Saturday

Writers Remembered 2009 - A Bay Area Literary Tribute
When: January 31, 2009 - Saturday
1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Koret Auditorium, Main Library, San Francisco
What: Join us as the local literary community gathers to honor the creative minds that passed away in 2008. Many Bay Area personalities will be honoring such writers as :
  • William F. Buckley
  • George Carlin
  • Hayden Carruth
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • James Crumley
  • Studs Terkel
  • Donald Westlake.
Hosted by writer Gerry Nicosia.

What President Obama needs to know about healthcare reform.
When: January 31, 2009 - Saturday
3 p.m.
Where: Centro del Pueblo at 16th Street, San Francisco
What: Why HR 676, the US National Health Insurance Act can solve our healthcare crisis. We will answer 35 questions in 35 minutes on the contents of HR 676. Speakers:
  • Jamie Becker: California School Employees Association Health Policy Intern
  • Barbara Commins: RN at SF State, member of CSUEU Chapter 305
  • Lou Gold: Single Payer Now, SEIU 2579/Ch.305 ( retired); SF Gen Hosp-Workers' Clinic
  • Carolyn Long: retired social worker at UCSF
  • Don Bechler: chair Single Payer Now.
Sponsored by Single Payer Now and the California Universal Health Care Education Project.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! - Chinese Newcomers Service Center
When: January 31, 2009
4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 44 Woodland Avenue, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser for Chinese Newcomers Service Center. Good Luck Chinese Dinner celebrating the New Year - the Year of the Ox. Start the New Year right with the best 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. up
Talented chefs: Leland Yee, Tom Ammiano, Carmen Chu, Ross Mirkarimi, Chris Daly, Eric Mar, Betty Yee, Irene Yee Riley, Renee Golanty-Koel, Stephanie Jee, Esther Marks, Jeannie Maher, Richard Ow, Ted Fang, Jessica Sykes, Lily Chan, Pam Brennan, Ann Kirk, Amy Cheng, Julia Ling, Jackie Kious, ElizaChan, Steve Lewey, Julie Soo, Agar Jaicks, Ed Sykes, Joan Simmons, Paul Page, Gimmy Park Li and Xing Chu Wang, Mark Leno, David Chiu, Sean Elsbernd, David Campos, John Avalos, Phil Ting, Jose Cisneros, Aaron Peskin, Peter and Mei Lam, Carlos Serrano-Quan, Ryszard Koprowski, Camilla Schneider, Eileen Kivlehan, Mabel Soo, Jerry Locsin, Francisco Hsieh, Arthur Chang, Steve Lewey, Josie Karydas, Dan Billings
RSVP: Jane Morrison 564-1482
Chinese Newcomers Service Center:
  • President: Karen Woo
  • Vice President: Irene Yee Riley
  • Secretary: Jerry Locsin
  • Treasurer: Thomas Yuen
  • Board: Candy Chan, Eric Cheung, Hubert Gee, Doris Grover, Hanna Leung, Bill Lock, Dennis Peng, Carlos Serrano-Quan, Virginia Sung, Maggie Wong, May Ann Wong
  • Executive Director: Anthony Ng

KPFA -The War Comes Home Again
When: January 31, 2009 - Saturday
8 to 11 p.m.
Where: First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, Ca.
What: Aaron Glantz will discuss his book "The War Comes Home" - the first book to systematically document the U.S. government's neglect of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Other speakers include U.S. Army vet Walter Williams, other Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar.
Fundraiser for KPFA 94.1 FM $12. in advance - $15. at Door
Co-Sponsors: Courage to Resist, Craig Newmark, Global Exchange, Institute for the Study of Natural and Cultural Resources, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak out, Miliatry Law Task Force, National Lawyers' Guild, Pace e Bene, Swords to Plowshares, Veterans for Peace, Veterans for Common Sense

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.

February 3, 2009 - Tuesday

*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:

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

February 5, 2009 - Tuesday

SPUR - Supervisor John Avalos
When: February 5, 2009 - Tuesday
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 - Tuesday
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 7, 2009 - Saturday

*Chinese New Year Festival and Parade

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.


Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club - 2009 Officers:
  • Rafael Mandelman, President
  • Donna Linden, Vice President for Internal Affairs
  • Hale Thompson, Vice President for External Affairs
  • Bobbie Lopez, Vice President for Political Affairs
  • Michael Lee, Eboard Internal
  • Kimberly Alvarenga, Eboard Political
  • Catherine Cusic, Eboard Events and Fundraising
  • Kirby Ramstad, Eboard Organizing
  • Margot Reed, Eboard Outreach
  • Patricia West, Eboard Outreach
  • Stephany Ashley, Recoder
  • Paul Hogarth, Correspondence
  • Bruce Wolfe, Treasurer

Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association
Important issues for Potrero Hill Boosters in 2009:
  • Cleaning up after the Eastern Neighborhoods re-zoning
  • Rebuilding Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex
  • The San Francisco Port
  • Open space around the Hill
  • SF General Hospital buildings and helipad
  • Closing the Potrero Power Plant
  • Parking and Traffic.
  • Quality of life
  • Government liaison and support
President - Tony Kelly-

Good News! - New cafe opened up at 2168 Market Street (near Church Street).
Cafe Dunord - they serve Ritual Coffee (the best coffee!).

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