Thursday, June 4, 2009

Debra Walker for Supervisor in District Six fundraiser

Wednesday night I  went to my first event in regards to the November 2, 2010 election cycle by attending "Karaoke with Debra Walker" - candidate for Supervisor in District 6 which was held at the Cat Club on Folsom Street. 

Attendees included Supervisor David Campos, Board of Trustees of City College Steve Ngo, my longtime friend Jeff Jones, the beloved Jane Morrison, Sue Hestor  and Debra's good friend Michael Goldstein.  The hit of the night was Debra singing with  Fog City Journal contributor Hope Johnson singing the song "Anticipation" written by Carly Simon. 

Debra Walker is running to help change District Six.    She wants to help with planning and development issues, affordable housing - she wants to "do it right".  

Debra Walker is on the San Francisco Democratic Central Committee and  is a commissioner on the Building Inspection Commission.   Debra is an accomplished artist, you can see some her work on her website

Her campaign website is

June 4, 2009 - Thursday

*Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee's Campaign Kick-Off
When: June 4, 2009 -  Thursday (note change of date)
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Gaylord Indian Restaurant, 1 Embarcadero (Battery & Sacramento) San Francisco
What: Campaign kick-off for Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee.
Hosts: Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma, SF Assessor-Record Phil Ting, SF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, SF Supervisor Carmen Chu, SF Community College Board Member Steve Ngo.  Josh Fryday,  Jerry Hallisey, Clay Harrell, Keith Kamisugi, Tina Lee, Nancy McFadden, Dan Nguye-Tan, Andrea Olson, Sam Rodriguez, Alix Rosenthal and Jason Wong.  
Light Dinner. Individual ticket: $100.  Young Professional; $35.
Information and RSVP

78th Annual California Book Awards
When:  June 4, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. - ceremony
7:30 p.m. Book signing and reception.  
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Honors literary excellence among authors in the Golden State. List of  go to  $20. non-members

*Upper Noe Neighbors - San Francisco Shuttle Study
When: June 4, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Upper Noe Recreation Center, 295 Day Street, San Francisco
What: Update from the SF County Transportation Authority .  Panel of employers of shuttles will address questions from neighbors and  provide information about their shuttle services.

June 5, 2009 - Friday

Commonwealth Club - Madeleine K Albright
When: June 5, 2009 - Friday
11:15 check in
Where: Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, San Francisco
What: Madeleine K. Albright's Memo to the President.  Shares what she's learned about government and how to improve our country for people everywhere.
$25. non-members

SPUR - The Chinese Exclusion Act
When: June 5, 2009 - Friday
12:30 p.m.
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco (new location)
What: This is important.  Connie Young Yu, historian and vice president of the Chinese Historical Society of America, discusses how Chinese survived in San Francisco in the era of exclusion with the help of Americana friends and business partners.  $5. non-members.

 10th Annual San Francisco District 11 Democratic Dinner - John Burton!!
When: June 5, 2009 - Friday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Patio Espanol Restaurant, 2850 Alemeny Street, San Francisco
What: District 11 Democratic Dinner with John Burton, Chair of the California Democratic Party
Great event,  food, venue.  No-host Bar and Silent Auction (great stuff).  $50. individual, $60 at door, $45 senior/fixed income
Information: 415-748-1416

June  6,  2009 - Saturday

Dennis Herrera Campaign Kick-off
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club, 450 Guerrero Street, San Francisco (@ 17th Street)
What: Come support re-election of Dennis Herrera - San Francisco's City Attorney. Also kick off for signature campaign for the summer  - need 10,000 signatures.  
This event is an opportunity for everyone to give back to the Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club.  Please bring $5. to $20 valued items to be used by Boys and Girls Club kids.  Needed items: sporting equipment, art supplies, camp  supplies  and education materials.

Democratic Women in Action
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: California State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: General membership meeting to discuss 2009/2010 priorities and critical budget issues. The new budget is expected to arrive with proposed serious cuts that are likely to impact women, children and families.  We are deeply concerned and we "need to talk" and plan:
  • We are concerned that proposed budget cuts may eliminate the Department on the Status of Women.
  • We  are concerned that proposed reductions (30%) for city departments may result in poorly funded programs that impact women, children and family health.
  • We are concerned- even outraged - that last year's budget provided generous allocations for the Marina Yacht Club when women's shelters were struggling to stay afloat.
  • We are concerned that in a period of increased domestic violence that services and resources for victims of violence are likely to experience cuts.  
We need to take  action - please come to learn, talk, and plan.
Information: DWIA Board President Renee Golanty-Koel

Union Street Festival - 10 a.m  to 6 p.m.

Bullitt Bike Tour
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m.
Where: Meet at Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero, San Francisco
What: Join other bicyclists on a ride through many of the scenes from the 1968 SF thriller Bullitt!
$5. for non-members

*McCoppin Square Renovation Project
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Community open house. Discussion of  Conceptual Plan that has been developed with feedback and support from the community.  Want to hear residents thoughts and ideas on the proposed project design.  

Panel discussion on early gay liberation movement
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 4 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin at Grove, San Francisco
What: A panel discussion on the early gay liberation movement.  Panelists will included Blackberri, Martha Shelley, Steven Dansky and others.  Co-sponsored by the Queer Arts Festival and GLBT Historical Society.

June 7, 2009 - Sunday

*Inner Sunset Farmers Market - Opening day
When: June 7, 2009 - Sunday
9 a.m.
Where: Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue, south of Irving Street, San Francisco 
What: Opening of Inner Sunset Farmers Market from June 7th to November 22nd.

Sunday Streets - Mission Street!
When: June 7, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street, Valencia Street and 19th Street, San Francisco - go to for map
What: Come join your community on car free Mission District Streets to walk, bike or skate with family, friends, free games, local food and fun, while supporting  neighborhood  and local businesses.   (this will be so much fun! - bring your camera)

Union Street  Festival -  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Information:

Israel in the Gardens Festival
When: June 7, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street & 3rd Street, San Francisco
What: Celebration of Israel and the Jewish community in the Bay Area.  Music, food, film and more. 

June 8, 2009 - Monday

SPUR - Bay Discovery Cruise
When: June 8, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Pier 3 - San Francisco Belle, San Francisco -
What: 11th Anniversary Bay Discovery Cruise.
San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC, University of California San Francisco, MM Management Group, PG&E, Shorenstein, Webcor Builders, Arup, BCCI Construction, Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP, David Baker +Partners Architects, Degenkolb Engineers, Emerald Fund, Inc., Lennar Communities, MPA Design, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors, Port of San Francisco, ROMA Design Group, ADCO, Carpenters Union Local 22, Cassidy, Shimko, Dawson & Kawakami, CMG Landscape Architecture, Economic and Planning Systems, Environmental Science Associates, Linda Jo Fitz, FME Architecture + Design , Jacobs, Jean Fraser and Geoff Gordon-Creed, Kenwood Investments, LLC, MBH, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Prado Group, Seifel Consulting Inc. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Andy and Sara Barnes, Jim Chappell, Claudine Cheng, Christian Johnson Architects, Farella Braun & Martel LLP, Anne Halsted, David and Jane Hartley, Vince and Amanda Hoenigman, N. Teresa Rea, Bill & Dewey Rosetti, San Francisco Business Times, BPS Reprographics, EDAW/AECOM, Hornblower Cruises and Events
5:30 p.m.   Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
7 p.m. - Dinner cruise, dancing and dessert.
9 p.m.   All ashore
$200. Reserve: 

*Alice B. Toklas LGBT General Meeting 
When: June 8, 2009 - Monday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: LGBT Center, Room 300, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Agenda:
  • Discussion of the Prop 8 Decision.
  • Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting will discuss Prop 13.
  • Panel discussion on LGBT youth and schools.
  • Discussion regarding recommendation of the Alice Board proceed with early endorsement for  Treasurer  Jose Cisneros and City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

June 9, 2009 - Tuesday

*Women in City Leadership Luncheon honoring Police Chief Heather Fong
When: June 9, 2009 - Tuesday
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Delancey Street Foundation, 600 Embarcadero Street, San Francisco
What: Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women invite you to attend a luncheon honoring Police Chief Heather Fong. A portion of the event proceeds will go towards a community-based program benefiting women and their children.    $65. 
 Information: call 415-252-2570.  Seating is limited.  

*"Beyond the Fields" - Randy Shaw
When: June 9, 2009 - Tuesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center, 600 Harrison Street @ 2nd Street, Suite 120, San Francisco.
What: Hear Randy Shaw discuss his book "Beyond the Fields" in regards to the lessons and legacy of Cesar Chavez and the UFW.  

June 10, 2009 - Wednesday

*SPUR - The San Francisco Grid
When:  June 10, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: UC Berkeley Professor Peter Bosselmann explores how the city's original grid continues to shape contemporary urban planning and design. $5. non-members.

*Commonwealth Club - Carl Pope
When: June 10, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Hotel Nikko,  222 Mason, San Francisco
What: Discussion about renewable fuels with Dave O'Reilly, the CEO of Chevron, in their first public debate, sponsored by Climate One.  Discussion will include balancing energy and the environment in the 21st century. General seating on members $30.  

* Real Deal or No Deal - March to City Hall 
When: June 10, 2009 - Wednesday
3 to 6 p.m.
Where:  Hallidie  Plaza,  Powell Street, San Francisco
What:   March to City Hall. It takes a village to raise our children, to support our seniors, to house our neighbors, to prevent domestic violence, to give dignity to our veterans, to fight for our communities.  Invest in us.
Sponsored by San Francisco Coalition to Save Public Health and Budget Justice Coalition. 

*Comparing International Healthcare Systems to U.S. Proposals for Healthcare
When: June 10, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Centro del Pueblo, 1656 15th Street, San Francisco
What:   What can be learned form other countries? Here Claudia Chaufan MD, Phd, Vice President of the California Physicians Alliance and Assistant Professor of Health Policy at UCSF.
Sponsored by Single Payer Now.

June 11, 2009 - Thursday

*Northern District Police/Community Relations Forum
When: June 11, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Northern Police Station, 1125 Fillmore, San Francisco
What: Work with police, city attorney & district attorney's offices to find permanent solutions  to ongoing safety issues.


Usual Suspects - probably the most interesting political  website : under Elections - "upcoming races" - rumored and declared candidates for office, this includes Supervisors races in 2010 and 2011 mayor's race. (I didn't know that Janet Riley had declared for Supervisor  in District 2).
Includes Supervisors races in 2010 and 2011 Mayor's Race. Check it out:

National Do not Call List - starting next month all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will star to receive sales call.  You will be charged for these calls.  Even if the message is saved on your phone, you will be charged for the minutes to listen to it.  To  prevent  this, call the following number from your cell phone: FTC Do Not Call: 888-382-1222.  This number blocks your number for five years.
 Thanks for the information Assemblymember Fiona Ma!

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