Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Who is in charge?

Seven hour Board of Supervisor meeting. What a painful meeting to watch. People were squished in waiting for the meeting to start. There was overflow in the North Court downstairs.

The meeting started with recommendations from the Budget and Finance Committee. Supervisor David Campos making it very clear that he will be paying attention to details, demanding best practices and that "process matters" -" there are rules in place for a reason".

Then there was four hours of testimony, I went home to watch the proceedings on tv - I was shocked by how more painful it was to watch on tv looking at the speakers directly. Such passion for their jobs, for their fellow workers, for the people they help - it just makes you so, so sad.

Mayor Newsom - are you watching? While you are away, is anyone working on what happens when this is finished? What happens to people with no health care, homes with schools closing? How is this going to work. Who is in charge?

I applaud the efforts of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for at least trying to help get a handle on how to implement these cuts.


Kudos to San Francisco Board Member Rachel Norton for posting on her blog notes explaining what happened at the School Board meeting last night. Thank you.

Pete Seeger for Nobel Peace Prize. The aim is to persuade someone to enter Pete Seeger as their nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. This campaign was launched by Eleanor Walden, a cultural activist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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 Candlestick Point. Introduction by Michael Cohen
  • Peter Albert - Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Chris Mitchell - Fehr & Peers (project transportation consultant)
  • Nathan Lozier - RHAA (project landscape architect)
Information: or

*League of Young Voters - Monthly meeting
When: January 28, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Chicken John's Place, 3359 Cesar Chavez between Mission and Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Hear what education, events, outreach and political committees are cooking up for the new year. Also hear from local league members who were in DC last week.

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 respond to economic impacts on the community.
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

*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 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.

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