Sunday, January 4, 2009

Swearing in Community College, Supes, Bd of Ed

A few months ago I took the above picture at a San Francisco Labor Council organizing meeting regarding the November election for Supervisor. Ted Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council introduced their candidates for Supervisor: Ross Mirkarimi, David Chiu, Eric Mar and John Avalos. Surprise! They all won!

With the help of the the progressive community, San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee and the tenant community they were all able to win.

Along with David Campos in District Nine these candidates won because they worked hard and were organized.

My theory about running for supervisor:

  • Know your self (your integrity shows through)
  • Be known in your district for something the District cares about.
  • Start two years ahead.
  • Meet as many people as possible in your district.
  • Make connection with other people in coalition.
  • Be a community organizer - organize!

Congratulations to everyone being sworn in this week.
January 5, 2009 - Monday

State Legislature reconvenes.

SPUR - Transportation Committee: Taxis
When: January 5, 2009 - Monday
12:30 p.m.
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco
What: Discussion on Taxis. Jordanna Thigpen, Executive Director of the Taxicab Commission; Paul Gillespie, President of the Taxicab Commission; John Lazar, President of Luxor Cabs, and Ruach Graffis of the United Taxicab Workers will speak. Discussion will include the status of the merger of the Taxicab Commission into the SFMTA. $5. non-members

San Francisco Community College Swearing In
When: January 5, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City College Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue (Balboa Bart Station) San Francisco in the Performance Center, 3rd Floor in the Wellness Center, San Francisco
What: Swearing in.

*Steve Ngo - Swearing-in after party
When: January 5, 2009 - Monday
7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Swank, 488 Presidio Avenue, San Francisco
What: Party to celebrate the commencement of Steve's term on the San Francisco Community College Board. Appetizers will be served. No host bar. Donation not required but encouraged.

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

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

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.

*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

*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.

January 7, 2009 - Wednesday

Rachael Norton - Swearing into 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. 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.

*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.

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.

*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.

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.

*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

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, 2008 - Thursday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Supervisor Mar's Office at City Hall
What: Toast to the new future! Light refreshments.

* 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

*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

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
$5-3 sliding scale

January 10, 2009 - Saturday

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 -
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

* 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

*Merla Zellerbach - "Secrets In Time"
When: January 12, 2009 - Monday
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

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

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

*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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

January 19, 2009 - Monday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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.

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)


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