Friday, June 19, 2009

Gavin Newsom -" A Story of Success"

Wednesday night attended Noe Valley Democratic Club monthly meeting  held at St. Phillips Church to hear Eric Jaye, the campaign manager for Mayor Gavin Newsom for Governor. 

Eric Jaye spoke about how the campaign is run, including using social networking including twitter (600,000 followers).  Eric Jaye and Gavin Newsom have a long term working relationship.  Gavin Newsom is focusing on the younger generation. Newsom's strengths include marriage equality, health insurance in San Francisco, environmental issues and fiscal responsibility. "Gavin Newsom is a story of success, Gavin Newsom is an authentic liberal not afraid to be bold or controversial". Union voters are the main voters in a primary.   If there was a race between Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today, Jaye said that Jerry Brown would come in third in  that  generational issues would come into play. 

The audience was not afraid to state their questions  - basically San Francisco could do better.  
Eric Jaye agreed that there are things that still need to be done and that "everything is on the table" for review.  
My  only comment: he said that Mayor Gavin Newsom believes in "government being organized from the bottom up". I really haven't seen evidence of that.  He talked about Gavin Newsom bringing in a balanced budget without  tax increases and keeping vital services  (but he did not talk about the cuts). 

Gavin Newsom for Governor -

June 19, 2009 - Friday

Quarterly Ross  Mirkarimi Art Party - Juneteenth Celebration
When: June 19, 2009 - Friday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 282, San Francisco
What: The exhibit, organized by AfroSolo, will present the work of eight exceptional artists.  Event will also include live drumming, musical performances and other surprises.  This exhibit coincides with the commemoration of the official end of slavery.  Juneteenth celebrates the day that slaves in Texas learned of their freedom.  

June 20, 2009 - Saturday

Save our State Parks Weekend
When: June 20  and  21st , 2009 - Saturday and Sunday
What:  Celebrate Summer Solstice and Fathers Day in your favorite state park!  Demonstrate your support for our State Parks.  Show your support by taking a picture or video while you are there of you and your friends wearing a green ribbon, wearing green or holding a sign.  Upload your photos and videos to

5th Annual Japantown Asian/Pacific Islander Craft Fair and Island Jam
When: June 20, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Japanese Cultural and Community Center, 1840 Sutter, San Francisco
What: Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) celebrates 39 years of service to Bay Area children, youth and families.  Crafts, gifts, clothing.  Free.

Harvey Milk Center for Recretional Arts Grand Reopening Celebration
When: June 20, 2009 - Saturday
10:30 a.m.
Where: 50 Scott Street (at Duboce), San Francisco
What: Join District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty and other city officials in celebrating the grand reopening of the newly renovated Harvey Milk Center for Recreational Arts.

San Francisco Juneteenth Festival 2009
When: June 20, 2009 - June 21, 2009  Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Civic Center plaza, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
What: Celebration of African American Heritage.  A day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride filled day, it is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience.

*NAACP Youth & College Division - Rev. Amos Brown
When: June 20, 2009 - Saturday
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Club Eight, 1151 Folsom Street, San Francisco
What: A Celebration honoring Advocates Rev. Amos Brown & the NAACP Youth and College Division for their continuing efforts to achieve equality for all in regards to Marriage Equality and other LGBTQ issues.  $30.  

Inner Sunset Summer Solstice Celebration
When: June 20, 2009 - Saturday
8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: The "Yes We Can" house, Irving Street, San Francisco
What: Inner Sunset is invited to Summer Solstice Celebration party.  Free dancing, dinner and potluck dessert.  SF folk rock band Milestone  will be providing music.  
June 21, 2009 - Sunday

Happy Father's Day

Celebrate the Life and Work of Archie Green
When: June 21, 2009 - Sunday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco
What: A musical tribute with Hazel Dickens, Mike Seeger, Elaine Purkey.  Hosted by the Labor Archives and Research Center
RSVP: Derek Green at

Stern Grove - Roberta Flack - 2 p.m.

Meet Debra Walker at Flytrap
When: June 21, 2009 - Sunday
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Flytrap Restaurant, 606 Folsom Street, San Francisco
What: Special evening in support of Debra Walker - she is running for re-election to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee in June of 2010. Good food, good company  Donation levels: $100. up.

June 22, 2009 - Monday

Ultimate Women's Power Lunch 
When: June 22, 2009 - Monday
11:30 a.m.
Where: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street,  San Francisco
What: Luncheon with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sibelius,  President Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services will speak.  $500.
Information:  Lisa Presta 415-681-1049

*Picket Line
When: June 22, 2009 - Monday
11 a.m.
Where: Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
What: Single Payer Now - picket line against Kathleen  Sibelius  - Health & Human Services Secretary  who seems to think that there will not be single pay health insurance.  

*Elvis Costello
When: June 22, 2009 - Monday
Where: Amoeba Music, Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Elvis Costello performs from new album "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane".

*Budget hearing - Stop the Budget Cuts
When: June 22, 2009 - Monday
4 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Budget hearings.   

*First Lady Michelle Obama - in San Francisco
When: June 22, 2009 - Monday
5 p.m.
Where: Moscone Center - 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

*Friends of Gavin
When: June 22, 2009 - Monday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco
What: Cocktails benefiting San Francisco Mayor & California Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom.  $50.  

*The Campaign Documentary in progress about Prop. 8
When: June 22, 2009 - Monday
7:30 p.m.
Where: The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Award-winning director and cinematographer Christie Herring presents a sneak preview of her documentary-in-progress, THE CAMPAIGN, and activists from "No on 8" and beyond discuss the state of the movement for marriage equality today.   Free.

June 23, 2009 - Tuesday

New Leaders Council Courage Awards Luncheon
When: June 23, 2009 - Tuesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, Two Embarcadero, 28th Floor, Sacramento Street and Davis Street, San Francisco
What: Join New Leaders Council (NLC) National Chairman, and Air America Founding CEO, Mark Walsh, for a reception fundraiser honoring San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart for their courage in the fight for marriage equality.
Host Committee: Josh Klipp, DeWitt Lacy, Steve Ngo, Rebecca Prozan, Charles Sheehan, Laura Spanjain, Scott Wiener
$50.  Food and beverage will be served.  Purchase tickets online and clicking the link for "San Francisco  Luncheon"
NLC provides the top-tier of emerging progressive leaders with a rigorous 5-month leadership training program that focuses on entrepreneurship, communications and public speaking skills, fundraising, campaign work, new and traditional media, and personal values in order to mold "political entrepreneurs".  

*Rally for "Renter's Relief" & Testify at Board Meeting
When: June 23, 2009 - Tuesday
1 to 4 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Renters Economic Relief Package is at the Board of Supervisors.  
Information: Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

*Board of Supervisors Meeting
When: June 23, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Renter's Relief Items
  • Urging the United States Department of Justice to withdraw its support of the Defense of Marriage Act
  • Expressing support for the people of Iran who act in good faith to secure their democratic rights to transparent self governance

Annual City Hall LGBT Pride Flag Raising
When: June 23, 2009 - Tuesday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What: Kick-off pride week at City Hall.  Join Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration Committee at the annual Pride Flag raising at City Hall. The flag raising will be followed by a a reception at 5:30 on the Mayor's Balcony inside the City Hall Rotunda.  Event is open to the public. Host: Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services

* An Industrial Strength Campaign Kickoff - Jim Meko for District 6 Supervisor 
When: June 23, 2009 - Tuesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: 366 10th Street (between Folsom and Harrison Street) San Francisco
What: The campaign to elect Jim Meko District 6 Supervisor begins.  
 Punch your timecard, pull up a stool and grab a beer (or have a glass of wine) amidst the blue collar splendor that I call home.  We're counting on people to propel this effort all the way to city all. We can't do it without you. 
Information:  415-624-4309 364 10th Street, San Francisco

*New Leaders Council featuring Mark Walsh
When: June 23, 2009 - Tuesday
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Orson's Lounge & Bar, 508 4th Street, San Francisco
What: Join the New Leaders Council, Mark Walsh, NLC Chair and Founding CEO of Air America and San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros as we celebrate annual "40 under 40" awards and recognize emerging progressive leaders in our community making a difference.
Host Committee:  Zach Austin, Jonathan Axelrad, Chris Balme, Adam Borelli, Susan Boreliz, Zach Blume, Scott Bryan, Nara Dahlbacka, Josh Daniels, Chris Fadeff, Summer Graham, Chris Cassidy, Denise Heitzenroder, Albert Hwu, Owen Jackman, Courtney Mayeda, Julie Lein, Seema Kareemi, Robby Kaufman, Luke Klipp, Ryan Miccio, Andrea Olson, Josh Pasek, Chris Roberts, Mara Sohn, Nadir Vissanjy, Michelle Wasserman, Ken Wun, Julie Lind, Tyler Willis, Teal Pennebaker, Reeta Sharma
$25. at door.

June 24, 2009 - Wednesday

*San Francisco Labor Council Breakfast - Supervisor Sophie Maxwell
When: June 24, 2009 - Wednesday
8 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
What: Come hear Supervisor Sophie Maxwell at SFLC's monthly breakfast meeting. $25.
RSVP: Emily Nelson 415-440-4809

*Majority Whip Fiona Ma
When: June 24, 2009
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What:  Cocktail party. A conversation with Assemblywoman Majority Whip Fiona Ma.  Hosted by Visa and Friends of Fiona. $200.
RSVP are required due to limited spaced: RSVP 415-572-0890

*International Human Rights Coalition - Free Laura Ling and Euna Lee
When: June 24, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street (at Taylor) San Francisco
What: The students, alumni and faculty of the Academy of Art University along with the Korean Student Association, AsianWeek and other San Francisco Bay Area community organizations are uniting to support the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling.  Euna Lee is a alumna of the Academy of Art University and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2001 from the Academy's School of Motion Pictures and Television department.   Open to everyone.

*Neighborhood "Town Hall"- State budget discussion with Leland Yee
When: June 24, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Taraval Police Station Community Room, 2345 24th Avenue, San Francisco
What:  Come tell your state legislators what you want to cut from the budget, and what to prioritize.  State 
Senator Leland Yee will listen and discuss the state budget crisis.  Assembly Member Fiona Ma has also been invited.

June 25, 2009 - Thursday

*Eastern Neighborhoods Friends -   San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
When: June 25, 2009 - Thursday
Where: The Ramp Restaurant, 855 Terry Francois Street at Mariposa and Illinois, San Francisco
What:  Informal  fundraiser for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.  Join District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, David Gavrich - San Francisco Bay Railroad; Dan Boardman - Bode Concrete; Tony Kelly - Thick Description; and Eastern Neighborhoods Friends.
Suggested Contribution: $24-$500.

*SPUR - The Progressive origins of Good Government
When: June 25, 2009 - Thursday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Charter reform, civil service, and settlement houses are all part of the intriguing tale of how progressive reformers responded to big-city "bossism".  Buck Delventhal, deputy city attorney for San Francisco and Phil Ginsburg, former director of the San Francisco Department of Human Resources, explore the origins and legacy of these turn-of-the-century reform efforts. $5. non-members

*India Basin/Hunters Point Shoreline -  Community Planning Workshop
When: June 26, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street, San Francisco
What: Release India Basin Shoreline draft plan materials: a sub-area plan, design guidelines, a zoning proposal and an outline of the redevelopment plan amendment.  

*Five Years of All Over Coffee
When: June 25, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: Exhibit which runs through August 23rd, features Paul Madonna's original pen ink drawings as well as displays of how the artistic process evolves from sketches.

*N Judah Chronicles 4th Anniversary Party!
When: June 25, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Blackthorn Tavern, 834 Irving Street, San Francisco
What: 4th anniversary party!.  

*   Book Reception "Smash the Church, Smash the State!"
When: June 25, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: 625 Larkin Street, Suite 202, San Francisco
What: Radical Women will host a book reception for "Smash the Church, Smash the State" featuring Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Paola Bacchetta and other contributors.  
Information: Merle

June 26, 2009 - Friday

*Bike to work with Supervisor Eric Mar
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.
Where: Velo Rouge Cafe, 798 Arguello Blvd., San Francisco
What: Supervisor Mar's monthly bike ride to work. Meet at Velo Rouge Cafe at 8 a.m. and head on down to City Hall.

*Decision Day: Double the Number of Bike Lanes
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: City Hall,   San Francisco 
What: MTA Board's final vote on the SF Bike Plan.  SFBC  members are needed to testify publicly on why the want to see SF expand and complete the Citywide Bike Network.  
Information and to RSVP:

*State Senator Leland Yee
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
10 a.m.
Where: Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue, San Francisco
What: State Senator Leland Yee will be hosting a consumer educational event concerning commonly perpetrated scams and frauds.
Information: 415-557-7857

*Ortega Library Groundbreaking Celebration
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega Street, San Francisco
What:    Join Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Carmen Cu in Ortega Library groundbreaking celebration.

*Recognition Event - SFRPD Commission, SFRPD, Local 261, Parks Trust
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: McLaren Lodge, GM's Office and Commission Meeting Roon, 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco
What: After many months of planning, coordination and effort the Recreation and Parks Department, the RPD Commission, the Laborers' International union, Local 261, and the San Francisco Parks Trust are having a reception and refreshments to recognize Park Department personnel and recipients of the William Hammond Hall Award during this first annual recognition reception.  

*Town Hall and Potluck with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California Street, San Francisco
What:  A community-wide call to action! Potluck dinner and open forum with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.  Ross will discuss the impact of budget cuts on Fillmore neighborhood services with an emphasis on ways we can address community issues and assist those in need by working with neighboring faith-based organizations.  Question and answer session to follow.  All are welcome.

*SF Pride Fundraiser - Gavin Newsom
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Lime Restaurant, 2247 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Cocktail party benefiting San Francisco Mayor and California Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom. (couldn't find ticket price?)


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