Tuesday, January 6, 2009

San Francisco City College Swearing In

I attended the Swearing in for the the San Francisco City College trustees last night at the Community Health and Wellness Center Ocean Campus - a brand new facility - beautiful - with basketball court and swimming pool.

Dr. Don Griffin, the new Chancellor made introductory remarks.

Natalie Berg and Steve Ngo were sworn in by State Senator Mark Leno.
Chris Jackson was sworn in by Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson.
Milton Marks was sworn in by Supervisor David Campos.

The campaign for these positions was long and hard. There was a large crowd of friends and relatives - these four people are caring, committed to the City College and beloved by their supporters.

Natalie Berg was elegant and serious, Milton Marks with his adorable children spoke straight forward (as he always does) about the difficult job ahead, Chris Jackson totally behind the youth today who need help and Steve Ngo so personable talking about the politics of hope.

We are lucky to have these four individuals in office. We need to support them - City College is a very important institution in this town.

I went out in the cold, cold night and took Bart to the meeting. I immediately was lost and went into a room with statues (a little eery). I had seen these statues before at Union Square, but I bet a student put a t-shirt on one of the statues that said "keep the doors open". That says it all.


January 6, 2009 - Tuesday

Rules Committee - Board of Supervisor
When: January 6, 2009 - Tuesday
10 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 263, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
Appointment: Historical Preservation - Sue Lee.
Appointment: Historical Preservation - Tammy Chan
Appointment: Historical Preservation - Charles Chase
Appointment: Historical Preservation: Jonathan Pearlman
Appointment: Historical Preservation: Courtney Damkroger
Historic Preservation Commission: Prop. J. Seven-member Historic Preservation Commission transferred from Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board. Appointments by the mayor with confirmation from the Board of Supervisors.
Members of Committee: Chris Daly, Bevan Dufty, Aaron Peskin
Information: www.sfgov.org/site/bdsupvrs

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Meeting
When: January 6, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
What: Board of Supervisors has been in recess since December 17, 2008. This will be President of the Board - Aaron Peskin and Jake McGoldrick's last day as Supervisor after eight years
Information: www.sfgov.org/bos_meetings

Health Commission "Beilenson Hearing"
When: January 6, 2009 - Tuesday
4 p.m.
Where: Room 300, 101 Grove Street at Polk (next to City Hall
What: State law requires a Beilenson Hearing before county Supervisors when health cuts to indigents are proposed, San Francisco is holding their meeting in front of the Health Commission instead. Come protest cuts.
Information: graypantherssf.igc.org/calendar.htm

Entertainment Commission
When: January 6, 2009 - Tuesday
5 p.m.
Where: City Hall, TBD, San Francisco
What: Regular Meeting. Items off agenda:
  • New Year's Eve activities
  • Status of legislation SFARTS.ORG, the online calendar funded by Grants for the Arts to include a "nightlife" category curated by the Entertainment Commission staff.
Members: Audrey Joseph, Jim Meko, Jordan Shlain, Terrance Alan, Joseph Pred, John Newlin and Justin Roja.

San Francisco Organizing Project (SFOP) - General Meeting
When: January 6, 2009 - Tuesday
6:45 to 8 p.m.
Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 3201 Ulloa Street, at 33rd Ave., San Francisco
What: General Meeting
Information: Dan Ryan danielr1@aol.com

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Fight for Equality
When: January 6, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street, San Francisco
What: General meeting. Items include:
  • Speaker from No on 8 will discuss how we can get involved in the fight for equality.
  • Ad hoc committee on peaceful neighborhoods.
  • Search for Supervisor for 2010.
Information: www.phdemocratic.org

January 7, 2009 - Wednesday

* Swearing the Board of Education
When: January 7, 2009- Wednesday
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street (at Van Ness Ave), San Francisco
What: Swearing into the Board of Education (Sandra Lee Fewer, Rachel Norton, Jill Wynns and Norman Yee). Mayor Gavin Newsom will do the swearing in. Superintendent Carlos Garcia and outgoing Board of Education President Mark Sanchez will be master(s) of ceremonies.
Information: rachel@rachelnorton.com

Police Commission
When: January 7, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m. (no time on notice)
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Regular Meeting. Chief's report- update on significant policing efforts by Department members. Crime trends update.
Commissioners: Theresa Sparks, Dr. Joe Marshall, Petra DeJesus, Yvonne Lee, Thomas Mazzucco, David Onek.
Information: www.sfgov.org/site/police

San Francisco For Democracy - Health! I Need Some Answers!
When: January 7, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's German Restaurant, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Discussion of paths for reforming the way health care is insured and administered in America. Don Bechler of Single Payer Now and Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy for the California Nurses Association will speak. A representative from Assemblyman Leland Yee's office will discuss fiscal health and the current conditions of California state government's fiscal crisis. Bob Gordon from California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership will speak about this organization's efforts to get anti-tobacco industry legislation passed in San Francisco.
Information: sf4dem.com

Tony Curtis
When: January 7, 2009 - Wednesday
8 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
What: Tony Curtis discusses his book "American Prince". $18. Public.
Information: tickets.jccsf.org

January 8, 2009 - Thursday

San Francisco Gray Panthers San Francisco - Single Payer Healthcare
January 8, 2009 - Thursday
10 a.m.
Where: Senior Action Network, Lower Level, St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street at Geary, S.F.
What: General meeting with special emphasis on Single Payer Healthcare.
Information: graypantherssf.igc.org

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Inaugural Meeting
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
Where: Legislative Chamber, City Hall, Second Floor

The Honorable James McBride , Presiding Judge, San Francisco Superior Court will administer the oath of office to the following Supervisors where were elected or re-elected:

  • John Avalos, District 11
  • David Campos, District 9
  • David Chiu, District 3
  • Carmen Chu, District 4
  • Sean Elsbernd, District 7
  • Eric Mar, District 1
  • Ross Mirkarimi, District 5
  • Oath of Office
  • Election of the President of the Board
  • Remarks from Mayor
  • Remarks from Board Members
  • Remarks by the President of the Board

The Inaugural Meeting will be cablecast on SF Cable 26 and video streamed on www.sfgov.org.

Seating in the Chamber is limited and will be first come, first served. Overflow seating will be available in the North Light Court on the first floor of City Hall.

Supervisor David Chiu
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, David's new office, Room 264, San Francisco
What: Post-Inaugural Reception

Supervisor Eric Mar
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Supervisor Mar's Office at City Hall
What: Toast to the new future! Light refreshments.

*HANC General Meeting
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco
What: How the Haight Voted and the Looming Budget Crisis: Impacts on Health and Human Services in San Francisco. Debbi Lerman, of the San Francisco Human Services Network will discuss the shape and impact of proposed budget cuts and what we might do to lessen their impacts.

Inauguration Night Party with First-Year Supervisors
When: January 8, 2008 - Thursday
8 to 10 p.m.
Where: Temple Club, 540 Howard Street between lst and 2nd Street, San Francisco
What: Join the newly elected Supervisors (Mar, Avalos, Chiu and Campos) , other elected officials, volunteers from all the campaigns and other community members to celebrate all the hard work!. There will be a short program where community leaders will roast the new Supervisors (loving poke some fun). Cash Bar.

Planning Commission -Hearing on Bike Plan Environmental Impact Report
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
1:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Public hearing on the draft environmental impact report on the San Francisco Bike Plan.
Commissioners: Christina R. Olague, Ron Miguel, Michael J. Antonini, Gwyneth Borden, William L. Lee, Kathrin Moore, Hisashi Sugaya
Information: www.sfgov.org/planning

Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition Meeting
When: January 8, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Taraval Police Station Community Room, 2345 24th Avenue, at Taraval, San Francisco
What: General meeting with newly elected District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu. A DPW representative will be at meeting to address community concerns regarding street sweeping changes.
Information: Susan ssuval@sbcglobal.net

January 9, 2009 - Friday

Unite and Fight!
When: January 9, 2009 - Friday
7:30 p.m.
Where: 522 Valencia Street, San Francisco - Auditorium
What: War, Economic collapse, ICE Raids and Climate Change. A Panel Discussion:
  • Jeff Mackler - National Secretary, Socialist Action
  • Alan Benjamin - Member, Coordinating Board, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan War and Occupation, Exec. Bd. - San Francisco Labour Council
  • Christine Frank - Director, Twin Cities Climate Crisis Coalition
  • Gabriel Cabrera - Organizer, Movement for Unconditional Amnesty
Sponsored by Socialist Action Co-sponsors: Movement for Unconditional Amnesty, Workers International League
Information: www.socialistaction.org
$5-3 sliding scale

January 10, 2009 - Saturday

*National Marches to Stop the U.S.Israeli War Against the Palestinian People
When: January 10, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m.
Where: S.F. Civic Center, San Francisco
Information: www.answercoalition.org

Assembly District 13 - (Ammiano District)
Location: LGBT Center Ceremonial Room, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco
Time: Registration 9 a.m.
Meeting 11 a.m.

January 11, 2009 - Sunday

Assembly District 12 (Fiona Ma District)
Location: Westlake Park Dolger Center, 101 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City
Time: Registration: 12 Noon
Meeting 2 p.m.


Who can participate:
a. A Democrat residing in and registered to vote in the Assembly District by October 20, 2008 deadline, unless the Democrat turned 18 or was naturalized after deadline.
b. $5. fee to defray costs of the ADEM .
Voters are not required to stay for the entire election meeting. Complete the sign in sheet by closing of registration.
Voting is done by secret ballot.

Information: www.cadem.orga

Information: At the convention in April there will be election of the State Chair of the California Democratic Party currently held by Art Torres for the last 11 years.

The following candidates are running for State Chair:

John Burton -
Website: www.burton2009.com
Endorsements include:
Senator Barbara Boxer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Anna Eshoo, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry McNerney, George Miller, Jackie Speier, Pete Stark, Ellen Tauscher, Mike Thompson, Maxine Waters, Diane Watson, Lynn Woolsey, Bill Lockyer, Jack O'Connell, Betty Lee, Darrell Steinberg, Loni Hancock, Mark Leno, Leland Yee, Sheila Kuehl, Carole Migden, Don Perata, Fiona Ma, Phil Angelides, Tom Ammiano Jerry Hill, Jared Huffman, Tom Torlakson, Jackie Goldberg, John Laird, Gene Mullin, 29 labor organizations (see website) including San Francisco Labor Council. Aaron Peskin, Alicia Wang, August Longo, Christine Pelosi, Jean Harris, John Kessler, Julie Soo, Carl Pope, Gavin Newsom Ron Dellums, Bevin Dufty, Dennis Herrera Art Pulaski, Dolores Huerta, Michael Hardeman, Walter Johnson, Tim Paulson and Sal Rosselli.
Carol Pope, California Labor Federation, Elmy Bermejo, Jean Harris, Paul Hogarth, Walter Johnson,

Burton for Democratic Party Chair, 1818 L Street, Suite 615, Sacramento, Ca. 95811
Phone: 916-447-1960

Other possible candidates

Alex Rooker - could not find a website - currently First Vice Chair of the California State Democratic Party
Francine Busby - candidate for Congress in San Diego

Vice-Chair Candidate:

Eric Bauman, Chair of the Los Angeles Democratic Party www.erichbauman.com

Fundraiser - National Campaign to Hire Artists to work in Schools
When: January 11, 2009 - Sunday
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Bollyhood Cafe, 3372 19th Street, between Mission and Capp, San Francisco
What: Estimulo. A night to link economics and esthetics. A fundraising night of artistic congregation and conversation including dance, music, gallery, food, drink and oratorical flourish. To support the continuing campaign to convince the Obama White House and the 111th Congress to spend some of the multibillion-dollar jobs stimulus to hire artists to work in schools and community centers. Bon Voyage to Marco Senghor and Michael Nolan en route to Inaugural Ceremony in Washington. Donation: Checks only made out to "National Campaign to Hire Artists to Work in Schools".

January 12, 2009 - Monday

SPUR - Sustainable Development Committee: Recreational Open Space Planning
When: January 12, 2009 - Monday
Where: 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, S.F.
What: Workshop with the Neighborhood Parks Council and Astrid Haryati, the Mayor's Director of City Greening, on the Recreational Open Space Element (ROSE) update to the General Plan. $5. non-members
Information: www.spur.org

error - error Merla Zellerbach - "Secrets In Time"
When: Wrong Date - Correct date is Feb. 12, 2009 -
6 p.m.
Where: Books Inc. at Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Listen to Merla Zellerbach regarding her new book. Longtime resident of San Francisco.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency - Geneva and Mission
When: January 12, 2009 - Monday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Crocker Amazon Playground, Clubhouse 785 Moscow Street (at Italy), San Francisco
What: Review SFMTA Improvements for the Intersection of Geneva and Mission.
  • Parking
  • Relocated bus stop
  • New Mission Street Bus Bulbs
  • Left turn pockets on Mission
Discussion: Background, design process, design elements, approval process, implementation schedule and public comments
Information: www.sfmta.com/cms/malerts/GenevaMissionimprovementsmeeting

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club - General Meeting
When: January 12, 2009 Monday
6:30 to 8p.m.
Where: LGBT Community Center, Market at Octavia, San Francisco
What: General Meeting
Information: www.alicebtoklas.org

Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association Public Meeting
When: January 12, 2009- Monday
7:30 p.m.
Where: CPMC Davies Campus, Lower Level B Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting
Information: www.dtna.org

How About Them Giants!
When: January 12, 2009 - Monday
8 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, S.F.
What: Listen to Gary Radnich of KRON and KNBR Radio along with San Francisco Giants President Larry Baer in a freewheeling conversation. $18 public.
Information: tickets.jccsf.org

January 13, 2009 - Tuesday

SPUR - A one-year update from Planning Director, John Rahaim
When: January 13, 2009 - Tuesday
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor San Francisco
What: John Rahaim will talk about the successful adoption of the Market Octavia Better Neighborhoods Plan and will give a preview of the Department's priorities for the coming year.
Information: www.spur.org

*San Franciso Board of Education Meeting
When: January 13, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Everett Middle School, San Francisco
What: Regular meeting. First meeting with new Board.

FixMasonic 2009 - Bike Plan
When: January 13, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Day School, Golden Gate Avenue (entrance on Golden Gate) S.F.
What: Meeting on final draft EIR on SF Bike Plan. Discussion on the plan and how its two alternative designs for the street mesh with what FixMasonic asked for in the petition signed by over 600 neighbors.
Information: http:www.sfmta.com/cms/bproj/bikeplan.htm

January 14, 2009- Wednesday

Brown Bag Lunch: Transforming SF into World-Class Bike-Riding City
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Department of the Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco
What: Envision a city-wide bicycle network that welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds on the most sustainable, health, and cost- efficient form of transportation. Speaker: Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Information: www.sfnpc.org

SPUR - California's Living New Deal Project
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: California Living New Deal Project is the first attempt to inventory, map and interpret how New Deal public works radically transformed one state and improved the lives of generations. Dr. Gray Brechin, the founder and Project Scholar of the California Living New Deal Project will speak. $5. non-members
Information: www.spur.org

Commonwealth Club - Ron Suskind
When: January 14, 2009 Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: "A New Era, The New President, and the World". Pulitzer winner Ron Suskind reveals what kind of world President-Elect Obama is inheriting and how he can re-direct the country toward success. $18 non-members
Information: commonwealthclub.org

SPUR - Supervisor David Campos
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
5:45 to 7 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, San Francisco
What: Meet the new supervisor from District Nine. $5 non-members
Information: spur.org/calendar

Ocean Beach Vision Council
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park
What: Public meeting hosted by the Ocean Beach Vision Council. Discussion of open space in the new Ocean Beach master plan.

Noe Valley Democratic Club - David Binder!
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Philips Church, Diamond at Elizabeth, San Francisco
What: Pollster David Binder will speak about his experiences with the Obama campaign. David did focus groups, in-person interviews, hands-on research with voters throughout the campaign.
Information: Molly Fleischman - Vice-President molly@ffrsf.com

Hearing the City - Evolution of Radio
When: January 14, 2009 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where:Counterpulse, 1310 Mission at 9th Street, San Francisco
What: From AM radio before World War II through podcasting, radio will be traced. Free.
Information: counterpulse.org

January 15, 2009 - Thursday

GLBT Historical Society - Polk Street In Transition
When: January 15, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 657 Mission Street, Suite #300, San Francisco
What: New exhibit "Polk Street in Transition" Opening reception which will include a talk by Susan Stryker. Exhibit focuses on the history of the Polk, from the 1980's to the present.
Information: www.glbthistory.org

January 17, 2009 - Saturday

*Clean and Fair Elections SF Meeting
When: January 17, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 11:30
Where: 592 Pennsylvania, S.F.
What: Full public financing of campaigns is the way to wrest control of government from big-money donors and restore it to the people. BarackObama is a co-sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act in the Senate
Information: www.cleanandfairsf.org

January 19, 2009 - Monday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

*23rd Anniversary Annual Federal Holiday Celebration
When: January 19, 2009 - Monday
10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, S.F.
What: Celebrate the Realization of Hope.
Information: mlk2jkg@yahoo.com

January 20, 2009 - Tuesday

Inauguration West 2009
When: January 20, 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Green Room in War Memorial Opera House, 401 Van Ness Ave., Room 110, S.F.
What: Celebrate the inauguration with the San Francisco Democratic Party and Emerge at Inauguration West 2009. Join friends, neighbors and fellow campaign volunteers and activists for cocktails and hors oeuvres. $75 before January 9th. $100 after that date. Hosted bar and appetizers.
Information: elowe@sfdemocrats.org

Presidential Inauguration Simulcast
When: January 20, 2009 - Tuesday
Entry starts at 6 a.m.
Where: SF Civic Center Plaza, across from City Hall, San Francisco
What: NextArts is funding a huge screen and broadcast of the inauguration ceremony. NextArts asks that you bring new socks or underwear as a charitable donation (items must be new (tag still attached)
Information: mail@nextarts.org


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