Monday, January 26, 2009

Public Safety Committee - MOCJ

This Monday morning was cold and beautiful as I went to City Hall to the first Public Safety Committee of 2009 chaired by Supervisor David Campos (previously a commissioner on the San Francisco Police Commission) along with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi as Vice Chair and Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier being a new member of the Committee.

The main item on the agenda was a report from the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) to report on public safety conditions citywide and neighborhood crime levels. Kevin Ryan, who is the Criminal Justice Director and Deputy Chief of Staff made introductory remarks with Captain Lazar giving a power point presentation. Statistics have improved almost across the board, based on restructuring by a " Zone" strategy in different parts of San Francisco.

Gathering correct information is difficult because we are using a 30 year old computer system along with all the different entities involved. One of the jobs of this committee is to come up with correct data in order to have a baseline knowledge of what is really going on.

The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice has a new blog "Mayor's Office Public Safety Blog" ( This blog is to deliver updates from the San Francisco Police Department's 10 district station captains. In this manner, they will keep you directly informed on those public safety matters impacting our city. (This is an excellent idea - I look forward to the data - in the long run this will also let the public know what the San Francisco Police Department is doing).

This will be an excellent Committee - pulling in the expertise of Supervisor David Campos, the institutional memory of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and the new questions from Supervisor Alioto-Pier (a different perspective).

All of this is very complicated, especially since we are now talking about budget cuts and the downturn in the economy.

January 26, 2009 - Monday

Rincon Point/South Beach CAC Meeting
When: January 26, 2009 - Monday
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: South Beach Harbor Services Building, Community Room (between Pier 40 and AT&T Park on the Embarcadero), San Francisco
What: Agenda:
  • Election of CAC Officers
  • Update on the Brannan Street Wharf Project
  • Presentation on the San Francisco Traffic Congestion Pricing Plan.
  • Caltrans Parcel at Bryant/Beale update
  • Ballpark matters

Community Forum - The new St. Luke's Hospital
When: January 26, 2009 - Monday
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Luke's Campus Griffin Room, 3555 Cesar Chavez at Valencia, San Francisco
What: Community forum on the new St. Luke's Hospital - The Future of Health Care in San Francisco. A new acute care hospital focused on community and senior health.
  • Current plans for St. Luke's
  • Services that will be provided
  • The plan for all other CPMC campuses.
Information: Kristina Soriano

Labor-Community Speakout on the Ca Budget Crisis
When: January 26, 2009 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: Plumber's Hall, 1621 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Educational program on the California budget crisis. An San Francisco Labor Council education meeting uniting workers, students and users of public services.
  • Welcome by Tim Paulson and Chris Jackson
  • Overview of the California Fiscal Crisis.
  • Impacts on Public Services and Workers.
  • K-12 Education
  • Community Colleges
  • CSU
  • City and County of S.F.
  • Non-Profits providing public services.
  • State of Ca.
  • Questions and Answers.
  • Where next?
  • Unified Labor-Community approaches to the crisis.
  • The Governor's new 2009-10 Budget proposal
  • Repealing the 2/3 legislative majority requirement
  • Progressive Revenues
  • Statewide conference and Sacramento day of Action
Information: Pablo Rodriguez

Open Space Community Workshop - West of Twin Peaks
When: January 26, 2009 - Monday
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Forest Hill Club House, 381 Magellan Avenue, San Francisco
What: Neighborhood Parks Council will be presenting information about the Open Space Community Workshop at the West of Twin Peaks Council meeting.

January 27, 2009 - Tuesday

Richmond Community Coalition Quarterly Breakfast - Eric Mar
When: January 27, 2009 - Tuesday
8:15 a.m to 10 a.m.
Where: Beth Sholom, 301 14th Avenue@ Clement Street, San Francisco
What: Guest Speaker: Supervisor Eric Mar. Hosted by Richmond Community Coalition. $20. suggested donation to the Richmond District Neighborhood Center.
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San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Congestion Pricing
When: January 27, 2009 - Tuesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: 235 Montgomery, 12th Floor, San Francisco
What: Have lunch with the Transportation Authority to get an update on the feasibility study of congestion pricing in San Francisco. RSVP

SPUR - A Constitution convention in California
When: January 27, 2009 - Tuesday
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
What: The Bay Area Council has called for the State of California to begin a process to consider changes to our system. Hear Bay Area Council President Jim Wunderman and Vice President for Communications John Grubb as they explain the idea of the Constitutional Convention and what they are doing to make it happen. $5. non-members

Board of Supervisors Meeting
When: January 27, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 260, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Hearing - Ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Annual Appropriation Ordinance - amending the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 annual appropriation Ordinance
  • Hearing - emergency ordinance modifying procedures and deadlines for a June 2, 2009 election.
  • Proposed Contemporary Art Museum - Resolution supporting the location of the proposed Contemporary Art Museum in the City and County of San Francisco.

Board of Education Meeting
When: January 27, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Irving G. Breyer Board Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street, First Floor, San Francisco
What: Regular Meeting
Mission Statement of the SFUSD: The mission of the San Francisco Unified School District is to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed by promoting intellectual growth, creativity, self-discipline, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, democratic responsibility, economic competence, and physical and mental health so that each student can achieve his or her maximum potential
Board of Education members:
  • Kim-Shree Maufas - President
  • Jane Kim - Vice President
  • Sandra Lee Fewer
  • Hydra B. Mendoza
  • Rachel Norton
  • Jill Wynns
  • Norman Yee
  • Student Delegates: Nestor Reyes and Maxwell Wallace

Rodel Rodis
When: January 27, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 10 p.m.
Where: The Green Room, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
What: Lawrence Wong and Dr. Natalie Berg of the San Francisco Community College District cordially invite you to attend a buffet dinner and evening honoring Rodel Rodis for 18 years of public service as a College Trustee. $50. per person. Made checks payable to Dr. Natalie Berg, c/o Forest City Development Attn: Andrew Bryant, 835 Market Street, Suite 850, S.F. Ca. 94103. Unused proceeds from the event will go towards a CCSF scholarship fund in the name of Trustee Rodel Rodis.

*Metropolitan Transportation Commission
When: January 27, 2009 - Tuesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: San Francisco State Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Room 609, San Francisco
What: Draft of Transportation 2035 Plan: Change in Motion will be presented at public hearing/workshop.

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club - Elections
When: January 27, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Women's Building, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Election of new officers for the 2009 year. Nominees are as follows:
  • President: Shona Gochenaur, Rafael Mandelman
  • Vice President Internal: Donna Linden
  • Vice President External: Hale Thompson
  • Vice President Political: Bobbie Lopez
  • Eboard Internal: Michael Lee
  • Eboard Political: Kimberly Alvarenga
  • Eboard Events and Fundraising: Catherine Cusic
  • Eboard Organizing: Kip Williams
  • Eboard Outreach (2 positions: Kurt Piamonte, Margot Reed, Patricia West
  • Recorder: Stephany Ashley, Maxine Doogan
  • Correspondent: Paul Hogarth
  • Treasurer: David Waggoner

January 28, 2009 - Wednesday

San Francisco Labor Council - Public Employee Breakfast
When: January 28, 2009 - Wednesday
8 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness (at Pine) San Francisco
What: Hear Supervisor David Campos speak. Tickets are $25. RSVP Emily Nelson

Board of Supervisors - Budget and Finance Committee
When: January 28, 2009 - Wednesday
1 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Committee meeting
Members: John Avalos, Ross Mirkarimi, Carmen Chiu

San Francisco Police Commission
When: January 28, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Weekly Meeting - Items off agenda:
  • Chief's Report: Update on significant policing efforts by Department members
  • Department's Budget Update
  • OCC Director's Report
  • Status Report: Chief of Police executive search
  • Status Report: Rules and procedures for Patrol Specials.
  • Special Police Commission Commendation:
  • Rescue Captain Kevin Boone, SFFD
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Megan Franzen, SFFD
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Rita Kearns, SFFD
  • Firefighter Donnie Hornbuckle, SFFD
  • Captain Edward Roland, SFFD

Citizen Hope Mixer with Local Elected officials
When: January 28, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Mercury Lounge, 1582 Folson Street, San Francisco
What: As President Barack Obama assumes office, we hope to build on the renewed spirit of cooperation and community building from the ground up. Citizen Hope is hosting a mixer with local elected officials in San Francisco. Our elected leaders will need to hear from you so that we can create the change we need in San Francisco. Confirmed guests include:
  • District Attorney Kamala Harris
  • State Senator Leland Yee
  • San Francisco Assessor Phil Ting
  • Board of Supervisor President David Chiu
  • Supervisor Chris Daly
  • Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
  • Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
  • Supervisor John Avalos
  • Supervisor Eric Mar
  • Board of Education President Kim-Shree Maufas
  • Board of Education Vice President Jane Kim
  • Board of Education Commissioner Norman Yee
  • Board of Education Commissioner Hydra Mendoza
  • City College Trustee Natalie Berg
  • City College Trustee Anita Grier
  • City College Trustee John Rizzo
  • City College Trustee Chris Jackson
  • City College Trustee Steve Ngo

Mayor's Hunters Point Shipyard Advisory Committee and Bayview Hunters Point Project Area Committee Meeting
When: January 28, 2009
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: South East Community Facility (Alex Pitcher Community Room), 1800 Oakdale Ave., San Francisco
What: Joint Meeting.
Action Item: Endorsing the Draft Urban Design Plan for Hunters Point Shipyard Phase 2 and Candlestick Point. Introduction by Michael Cohen. Panelists:
  • Peter Albert - Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Tom Evans - Redevelopment Agency
  • Dean Macris - Planning Department
  • David Thom - IBI Group (project architect)
Information Item: Informational Presentation on the Draft Transportation Plan for Hunters Point Shipyard Phase 2 and Candestick Point. Introduction by Michael Cohen
  • Peter Albert - Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Chris Mitchell - Fehr & Peers (project transportation consultant)
  • Nathan Lozier - RHAA (project landscape architect)
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City Lights Bookstore - "The War Comes Home"
When: January 28, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco
What: Aaron Glantz talks about 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. Supervisor Eric Mar will give opening remarks.

*Lake Merced Natural Area - a Nature in the City Co-Production
When: January 28, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: Counterpulse, 1310 Mission at 9th Street, San Francisco
What: The largest coastal lagoon between Point Reyes and Pescadero, Lake Merced is an incomparable natural resource for San Francisco. A controversial preserve has been proposed for East Lake and some intact habitats, to protect wildlife and threatened species. There will be a panel discussion. Free.

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

****Delayed - Second Community Peace Meeting
When:Delayed - January 29, 2009 - Thursday
Meeting delayed. (Mission District service providers are being stretched for time and resources as they respoind to economic impacts on the coomunity).
Where: Everett Middle School, 450 Church, San Francisco
What: Delayed Follow-up meeting to the meeting held on September 9, 2008 in response to increased violence in the Mission District.
  • Collaborative Partners - Community Peace Collaborative:
  • Mission Community Response Network
  • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
  • Instituto Familiar de la Raza
  • Jamestown Community Center
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco - Columbia Park and Mission Clubhouse
  • Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
  • Mission Neighborhood Centers - Mission Girls; Precita Center; Mission Beacon
  • Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY)
  • MOCI - Mission Community Builder
  • Department of Children Youth and Families - Community Convener Initiative
  • San Francisco Park and Recreation Department - Mission Area Manager
Information: Mission Community Council

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 Filpino 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

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.

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.
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February 3, 2009 - Tuesday

*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

*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

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