Thursday, February 26, 2009

Town Hall on Immigrant Rights

Attended a jammed pack auditorium (300-350 people) at Horace Mann Middle School in the Mission Wednesday night for a Town Hall meeting on Immigrant Rights.

The town hall was organized by San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee. City officials attending included Supervisor Eric Mar, Supervisor David Campos, Supervisor David Chiu, Supervisor John Avalos, School Board Member Sandra Fewer, School Board Member Jaynry Mak, Adrienne Pon - Executive Director of Immigrant Rights Commission, Mike Farah - Director of Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, Phil Ting - Assessor-Recorder and a spokesperson from the San Francisco Police Department.

There was community testimony regarding three immigrant rights issues:
  • Sanctuary Ordinance (City of Refuge) - supporting immigrant victims of crime and addressing racial profiling and checkpoints
  • Undocumented Youth in the Juvenile System and the impact on schools, families and the community.
  • ICE Raids in San Francisco - impact of ICE Raids in San Francisco and the SFPD Collaboration.
The testimony was emotional and well thought out. Remarks from elected officials afterwards showed support for their remarks - especially from the four new supervisors - all four coming from immigrant families.

Some people suggested that Joseph Russoniello should be removed as U.S. Attorney and that Kevin Ryan, the Mayor's Criminal Justice Director should be dismissed.

The Coalition that was put together last night was well organized and with the support of elected officials who were there, there should be some changes in the future on how immigrant issues are being handled in in San Francisco - let's hope so.

San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee - Information: Diana Oliva at

February 26, 2009 - Thursday

*Community Building Town Hall Meeting - A forum on the No on 8 Campaign
When: February 26, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 90 Grove Street, San Francisco
What: Agenda:
  • Opening remarks from State Senator Mark Leno.
  • Introduction of No on 8 Campaign Leaders and Executive Committee members.
  • Open Mic - direct questions, comments from audience to No on 8 Campaign managers and executive Committee.
  • David Binder - Executive Summary of Post Election Results
  • Next steps - Let California Ring & Building Community and Movement with Coalition Allies.
  • Andrea Shorter - wrap up - acknowledgements

Mayor Gavin Newsom Town Hall Meeting
When: February 26, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m.
Where: Truckee High School, Cafeteria, 11725 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, Ca.
What: Town hall meeting with Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Mayor's Open Space Task Force
When: February 26, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Calvary Presbyterian Church Educational Center, 2515 Fillmore St., San Francisco
What: Outreach to seek ideas and the priorities of the neighbors and neighborhoods.

*Voices of a People's History with Howard Zinn
When: February 26, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Mission High School, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco
What: Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove will lead a performance of Voices with a cast including Robin Wright Penn, Kerry Washington. The Stairwell Sisters, and Clarence Thomas of the International Longshore Workers Union.
General Admission: $20.

Richmond District Democratic Club - Disaster Preparedness
When: February 26, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Richmond Police Station Community Room, 6th Avenue between Geary and Anza, SF
What: Monthly meeting.
  • "Disaster Preparedness" Speaker: Alan Wong, American Red Cross. Be prepared.
  • Rob Arnow (Common Cause) and Jonie Eisen (Potrero Hill Democratic Club) will speak about current status of the Fair Elections Now Act (Federal) and CA Fair Elections Act (State) for public financing for elections.
Information: Richard Hansen 752-9412

Mostly British Film Series Opening Night
When: February 26, 2009 - Thursday
8 to 11 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
What: First Bay Area screening of Colin Firth's new movie "Genova". Benefit for the Neighborhood Theater Foundation. Opening night screening and reception $25.

February 27, 2009 - Friday

Implementation Process for Proposition 11
When: February 27, 2009 - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Office of the Courts, Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco
What: Redistricting The State Auditor's Office will be holding public meetings across the state to solicit input on how to make the recruitment and selection process for the citizens' redistricting commission as open and broad as possible.
Source: League of Women Voters of San Francisco

Labor Archives and Research Center - SFSU "The San Francisco Labor Landmarks Guide Book"
When: February 26, 2009 - Friday
6 p.m.
Where: ILWU, Local 34, 4 Berry Street, San Francisco
What: 23rd Anniversary evening program to celebrate the new publication"The San Francisco Labor Landmarks Guide Book".
Guest speakers:
  • Robert Cherny
  • Tim Kelley
  • Art Pulaski
Light refreshments served at 6 p.m. program begins at 6:30 p.m. Labor folk songs by Faith Petric. Free and open to public.

BrasilCuba-SF Carnaval Contingent Benefit Dance Party
When: February 27, 2009 - Friday
6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Bollyhood Cafe, 3372 19th Street, between Mission and Capp Street, San Francisco
What: Rhythm and Motion/ODC in cooperation with Mission Boys and Girls Club invite you to a Benefit Dancy Party for BrasilCuba-SF Carnaval Contingent. Presenting "Las Amazonas- The Breath of the World" - Tania Santiago - Artistic Director in collaboration with Yismari Ramos Tellez and Consulting Choreographer Ramon Ramos Alavo. Dance to "Futuro Picante" - the hot and amazing Latin youth band from the heart of the Mission. FP-Timbale Player. Contribute to Culture and Community in your neighborhood. Live music, dancing, food and conversation - family friendly. This is a recession-fighting, stimulus-building party. No one turned away at the door. Sliding scale.

February 28, 2009 - Saturday

New Portola Branch Library
When: February 28, 2009 - Saturday
1 p.m.
Where: 380 Bacon Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate new Portola Branch Library. Grand opening with lion dancers and musicians. Goettingen Street will be closed between Bacon and Burrows Streets to through traffic during the event. City Librarian Luis Herrera, State Senator Leland Yee and Supervisor Sophie Maxwell are among the city and state officials attending.

Blues, Beer & BBQ at the Nabe
When: February 28, 2009 - Saturday
4 to 9 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser for Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. Blues, dancing, beer & food, raffle. $20. includes a BBQ dinner, live music featuring Bobby Webb & The Smooth Blues Band.
Information: 415-826-8080
Source: Potrero Hill Democratic Club

Frank Ferrante in an Evening with Groucho
When: February 28, 2009 - Saturday
Where: JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
What: Celebrate the jokes and music of the one and only Groucho Marx. $36.

March 2, 2009 - Monday

Community Budget Town Hall - San Francisco Coalition to Save Public Health
When: March 2, 2009 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Society Church
What: Community meeting about the fiscal crisis and the Mayor's plan. State of the City: Budget Crisis, and Human-Focused Solutions.
Special Guest:
  • John Avalos, Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee
  • Mitch Katz, Director of the Department of Public Health
  • Trent Rohr, Director of Human Services Agency
Friends of the Coalition: Coalition on Homelessness, Gray Panthers, SEIU, 1021, OPEIU Local 3, Coalition on Homelessness, 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 Families United! ACORN, API Wellness Center, Conard House, HWWA, Planning for Elders, Community Housing Partnership 1021 Chapter, Stop AIDS Project, Senior Action Network, Harvey Milk Democratic Club, Queer Youth Organizing Project, Positive Directions Equals Change, members of the SF Unified School District
Information: Alysabeth 414-759-3977

* SF New Police Chief - What do you want?
When: March 2, 2009 - Monday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Lower Level Community Room, 134 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: The North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District, the North of Market Neighborhood Improvement Corporation and the saveSFculture Coalition invite you the opportunity to be heard.
The Police Commission is engaged in a search for candidates for the next Police Chief. The Police Commission wish to hear your suggestions and comments regarding the search. Meeting is being facilitated by the San Francisco Late Night Coalition and the San Francisco Outdoor Events Coalition.
North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District
North of Market Neighborhood Improvement Corporation
saveSFculture Coalition

*Chris Isaak - Live!
When: March 2, 2009 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Only Bay Area appearance. free and for all ages.

Plan C Membership Meeting
When: March 2, 2009 - Monday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Mission Dolores School, 3371 16th Street, San Francisco
What: First 2009 general Plan C membership meeting. District 8 themed program.
  • Supervisor Bevan Dufty will give an update on what is happening at City Hall.
  • Scott Wiener, Plan C member and past chair of the Democratic County Central Committee, President of the Eureka Valley Promotion Association and neighborhood activist will talk about a variety of topics of interest to residents in the neighborhood .
  • Steve Adams, member of Plan C, is Senior Vice President, Western Region of Sterling Bank, a leading TIC lender, and he will provide an update on the TIC lending marketplace. Steve is also President of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro (MUMC) and will also cover recent quality of life efforts of that group (safety, street cleaning).

San Francisco for Democracy, San Francisco Democracy PAC and San Francisco for Democracy Federal Action - Membership meeting
When: March 2, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Mission Police Station Community Center, 630 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Membership meeting. Agenda items:
  • Maxine Doogan will give a report on the International Sex Workers Conference that was held in Brazil.
  • Former Ethics Commissioner Joe Lynn will give a 15 minute report on the state of the SF Ethics Commission with recommendations.
  • Jim Cowan will give a presentation on the current healthcare proposals before the CA State Legislature and propose motions regarding those measures.
*Watch Bill Maher's "Religulous"
When: March 2, 2009 - Monday
8 p.m.
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
What: Watch Bill Maher's film "Religulous" for free at the The Independent. Free with 2 drink minimum.


March 3, 2009 - Tuesday

* Ride MUNI with Supervisor Carmen Chiu
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
7:30 a.m.
Where: Java Beach Cafe II, 2650 Sloat Blvd.
What: Supervisor Chiu will be at the cafe to speak about increased tax benefits which would allow those who commute to work by transit to save up to $1,000 or more a year. At 8:00 a.m. you can join Supervisor on the L Taraval for your commute downtown.

*Bayview Police Station Community Meeting
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Bayview Station, 201 William Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Adam Gubser from the Liveable Streets Program will be present to answer questions about traffic in the district.

*Search for Police Chief Town Hall Meeting Meeting
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Visitacion Valley Community Center, 450 Raymond Avenue, San Francisco
What: Community meeting to hear the communities concerns regarding new police chief

"I Knew Gavin when..." Fundraiser
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street at Laguna, San Francisco
What: Newsom for California Fundraiser. Join Mayor Gavin Newsom as he explores a run for governor and how best to solve the crisis California is facing. Tickets start at $100.
RSVP: actblue.compage/newsomsf

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Community Choices
When: March 3, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. What do Community Choice Aggregation and rebuilding Potrero Terrace & Annex have in common? They both are in the planning stages, and both are seeking community input to make the ideas become reality.
A speaker from Sierra Club will describe what it will take to get SF officials to move us closer to a cleaner, cheaper energy future envisioned in the state law passed back in 2002. Under CCA, the City and County of San Francisco would become an electricity purchaser for residents and businesses currently served by PG&E (PG&E would still provide electricity transmission, meter reading, billing etc.). Customers who wish not to participate in the City's CCA program will have an opportunity to opt-out and remain a full customer of PG&E.
A speaker from the Rebuild Potrero Project will discuss plans which have been proceeding with input from community focus groups.

March 4, 2009- Wednesday

SPUR - Supervisor David Chiu
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
5:45 p.m.
Where: 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco
What: Wine and Cheese reception with President of the Board David Chiu. $5. non-members.

*Eve of Justice - No on 8
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
5 p.m.
Where: Gather at Market and Castro between 5 and 6 p.m.
What: On the evening before the California Supreme Court holds oral argument on the validity of Proposition 8 and whether the initiative process can be used to take away fundamental freedoms from minorities, join in a candlelight vigil for justice and equality. Pre-rally between 5 and 6 p.m., step off at 6 p.m., arrive at CA Supreme Court (Civic Center) at 6:30 p.m for vigil program, recommittment ceremony and moment of silence.

*San Francisco Housing Element: Community Platform Discussion
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco
What: Community meeting to share ideas and provide a recommendation to the planning department on what is needed in the 2009 Housing Element. A panel comprised of representative from the San Francisco Planning Department, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Western Regional Advocacy Project and District 9 Supervisor David Campos will be part of the discussion.
Information: 415-206-2140 ext 155

Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m. Reception
8 p.m. Dinner
Where: SOMA Grand, 1160 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Fiona Ma's birthday celebration and fundraiser.
Host Committee: Tom Ammiano, Josh Becker, Jay Bhaward, Adam Borelli, London Breed, Frank Chan, Jeffrey Chang, Wen Ling Chen, Carmen Chu, Naylor and Chu, Todd Clayter, Mike Covarrubias, Linda Crayton, Coleen Dowling, Bevan Dufty, Sean Elsbernd, Oz Erickson, Mike Fang, Ted Fang, Frank Fung, Johnnie Giles, Chris Gruwell, Mike Guingona, Hala Hijazi, Jerry Hill, Francisco Hsieh, Michael Johnson, George Ju, Henry Karnilowitz, Susan Leal, Pius Lee, Mark Leno, Richard X. Liu, Mike Ma, James and Belle Taylor McGhee, Gus and Bahya Murad, Sam Patel, Tanya and Rich Peterson, John Pollard, Amy Qu, Ahsha Safai, Julie Soo, Laura Spanjian, Andrea Dew Steele, Michael Sweet, Eric Tao, Adrienne Tissier, Bob Twomey, Alexis Wong, Mike Yang, James K. Yu, Johnson Yu
$250., $500., $1,000. ,$2,500 VIP Dinner and General Reception
Information: Clem Clarke

*San Francisco Democracy - New Windows for Changing Health Access & The Environment
When: March 4, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeders German Restaurant, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Sara Rogers will answer questions about State Senator Leno's reintroduction of SB840 which would establish a single payer health care in California.
"Energy & the Environment in the Age of Obama". Panel discussion by:
  • Kate Gordon, co-director of the Apollo Alliance
  • Josh Becker, Clean Tech for Obama and co-Founder of New Cycle Capital.
  • Representative from Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection
  • Representative of the SF office of the EPA

March 5, 2009 - Thursday

California Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Prop 8 legal challenge. -
Watch the arguments live at

*Search for Police Chief Town Hall Meeting Meeting
When: March 5, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: John O'Connell High School Gymnasium, 2355 Folsom Street, San Francisco.
What: Community meeting to hear the communities concerns regarding new police chief

March 7, 2009 - Saturday

Supervisor John Avalos - First Town Hall Meeting
When: March 7, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Excelsior Youth Center, 163 London Street (@Excelsior St. and Mission Street), SF
What: Hear Supervisor John Avalos give updates and discussions on the following:
  • City Budget
  • Police Department: Homicide Cases and other violent crimes
  • Municipal Transit Authority: Pedestrian Safety
  • Community Speakers on Violence Prevention Strategies
Representatives from Local Service Providers.

March 11, 2009 - Wednesday

*Commonwealth Club - Mayor Gavin Newsom
When: March 11, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Gavin Newsom in conversation with Scott Shafer, host "California Report, KQED Radio.
$18 non-members

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