Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jim Meko - Guardian to the neighborhood

Tuesday attended the Campaign Kickoff for Jim Meko for District 6 Supervisor which was held in Jim Meko's business at 366 Tenth Street.

Jim's loyal and well-respected supporters and friends spoke:

Gayle Rubin said he was the "guardian to the neighborhood". His issues of land use, zoning, his depth of knowledge, how he manages conflicts, how well informed he is".

Gerry Crowley talked about Jim being a friend, activist who will represent you.

Toby Levy talked about his leadership in SoMa Leadership Council. "He has an even voice, equal voice, rational voice".

Gayle Rubin talked about how he will be there for you, he is respected.

Jim Meko talked abut the issues of homelessness and smart growth. "People do good will".
His website says: "We're undergoing some of the most significant land use reform in the last 50 years. Quality of life issues, affronts to common decency and the abuse of social justice are all around us. The economic downturn has hurt everyone. We need someone who will represent this entire district and I believe that I am that person."

Meko is chair of the SoMa Leadership Council, he is on the San Francisco Entertainment Commission.
364 Tenth Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94103
Voice: 624-4309

District Six encompasses parts North of Market, South of Market, Union Square, Lower Polk, Lower Nob Hill, Civic Center, parts of Financial District, Inner Mission, South Beach, Mission Bay, Yerba Buena Island, Treasure Island and Western Addition.

San Francisco Usual Suspects shows the following candidates who have declared in Distrct 6 - Matthew Drake, Jeff Gustavson, Elihu Hernanez, John Markham, Jim Meko, Mark Schwartz, David Villa-Lobos and Debra Walker.

Jim Meko
Gerry Crowley
Toby Levy
Gayle Rubin

June 24, 2009 - Wednesday

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. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street (at Taylor) San Francisco
What: Community wide gathering to join the nation in solidarity for the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling.
Sponsors: San Francisco Democratic Party, Asian Pacific Democratic Club, Westside Chinese Democratic Club, Chinese American Democratic Club, The Academy of Art University Alumni Association, K orean Student Association, Kappa Signa Fraternity, Epidemic - students and faculty, Asian American Journalists Association, Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Journalism & Women Symposium, Filipina Women's Network, Asian Law Caucus, Philippine American Press Club, SF Chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Association (NAFFA), Friends of JROTC, SF Special Police Officers Association, Cathay Post 384 American Legion, United Humanitarian Mission AsianWeek and others.

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:

*San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency - Board of Directors - Special Meeting
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
9 a.m.
Where: City, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Special Meeting. Includes approving San Francisco Bike Plan. Agenda is 21 pages long!
Board of Directors: Tom Nolan, Rev. Dr. James McCray, Jr., Cameron Beach, Shirley Breyer Black, Malcolm Heinicke, Jerry Lee, Bruce Oka

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.

*San Francisco Trans March
When: June 26, 2009 - Friday
3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Dolores Park, San Francisco
What: Celebrating Trans Culture. Largest trans event in the world! March at 7 p.m to El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco

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?)

June 27, 2009 - Saturday

Brothers for Change/Black Men on High Conference
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Conference on gang injunctions. Learn about new criminal justice laws hitting the Mission, Hunter's Point and Fillmore that target young African American and Latino men.
What are Gang injunctions? Everyone welcome. Continental Breakfast.

San Francisco Zoo turns 80!
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday and June 28, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m.
Where: SF Zoo, 1 Zoo Rd., San Francisco
What: Celebrate 80th birthday. The Birthday Celebration and Fisher-Price Little People Musical Show are free with paid Zoo admission. 1920's nostalgic entertainment. Show at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Maud's Reunion!
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday
Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Finnegan's Wake (the old Maud's), 937 Cole Street & Carl Street, San Francisco
What: 20th Anniversary of Maud's closing in 1989. To honor and remember Rikki Streicher and Maud's 23 year history and impact on the lesbian culture and politics of LGBT San Francisco.
Maud's Reunion Committee: Mandy Carter, Susan Fahey, Jewelle Gomez, Diane Sabin, Mary Sager, Joann Shirley, Jean Sompayrac and Mary Starvus.

LGBT Pride Celebration
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday
Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
What: LGBT Pride Celebration

Healthcare Organizing Kickoff for San Francisco
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Glide Church, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco
What: Health Care Organizing kickoff. Mitch Katz, MD, Director of the Public Health Dept. for the County and City of San Francisco will be a speaker. John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO of Small Business Majority and participant at President Obama's Healthcare Summitin Washington will speak.

Reunion of Stonewall/GLF 40.
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday
3 to 5 p.m.
Where: GLBT Historical Society, 657 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Reunion of Stonewall/GLF 40. A gathering of Stonewall and gay liberation veterans and their friends.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 4 p.m.
Where: St. Anne's Hall, Funston Avenue between Irving and Judah, San Francisco
What: Open Forum with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. " A United Ireland - How do we get there?". A town hall style open forum. He will be joined by a panel of internationally prominent Irish and Irish Americans from various labor, arts and political organizations. Event is sponsored by Sinn Fein.

*17th Annual SF Dyke March
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday
3 p.m Rally and stage beings at 3 p.m.
7 p.m. March takes off.
Where: Dolores Park, San Francisco
What: Dykes gather at the Dyke March to celebrate their love and passion for women and all dykes.

*Paramedic-Firefighter Mike Estrada Fundraiser
When: June 27, 2009 - Saturday
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Jelly's Dance Cafe @ Pier 50, 295 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco
What: Paramedic/Firefighter Mike Estrada received extensive injuries fighting a fire. He He faces a long, painful road to recovery. Let's hope that paying the bills is the last thing on his mind! Come out for a nice of friendship, dancing and benevolence in the name of our brother Estrada.

June 28, 2009 - Sunday

Alice Pride Breakfast
When: June 28, 2009 - Sunday
Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Program: 8:15 a.m.
Where: Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
What: Annual pride breakfast featuring prominent political leaders, grassroots activists and members of Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. $65. members, $90 for non-members $100 for Alice membership and breakfast ticket.

LGBT Pride Parade
When: June 28, 2009 - Sunday
10:30 a.m.
Where: Starts at Market and 8th Street, San Francisco.
What: Parade (expecting 300,000 people).
Grand Marshals:
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Lt. Dan Choi
  • Milk Team: Bruce Cohen, Dan Nicoletta and Howard Rosenman
  • William Beasley
  • Joe Hawkins
  • Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski
  • Shannon Minter
  • Andrea Shorter
  • Helen Zia

Broadcast Blues San Francisco Screening
When: June 28, 2009 - Sunday
4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street, San Francisco
What: How can we, the people, take back our public airwaves? Hosted by California Common film "Broadcast Blues" illustrates how the increasing concentration of media ownership and the decline of locally owned TV & radio are jeopardizing our news and information. Following the film there will be question and answers with Emmy Award winning filmmaker Sue Wilson. $12. at door.

Litquake - Lewis Black!
When: June 28, 2009 - Sunday
8 p.m.
Where: Herbst Theater, Van Ness & McAllister, San Francisco
What: Litquake presents comedian Lewis Black. Freewheeling onstage conversation with Marc Maron. They will gleefully dissect politics, religion and other American foolishness. Audience Q&A and book signing to follow. $25. general admission, $75 VIP reception.

June 29, 2009 - Monday

*Budget Vigil
When: June 29, 2009 - Monday
5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: City Hall Steps, San Francisco
What: Because we need a balanced solution to the budget. Last opportunity to support the efforts of Supervisors to introduce balance in the cuts proposed in the Mayor's Budget so that all agencies shoulder their fair share enabling some restoration of funding for health and human service programs and others serving the City's most needy residents.

*African American Democratic Club
When: June 29, 2009 - Monday
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rasselas Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1534 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Highlight of the meeting are updates on voter registration drive to churches in the African American community, eligible high school seniors and young adults and newly naturalized immigrants.
U.S. Census 2010 and what we need to know to get communities counted.

*Commonwealth Club - Newspapers are Dead. Now what?
When: June 29, 2009 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Phil Bronstein, Lowell Bergman an Eric Boehlert . Come listen to this panel of industry experts discuss what to expect next in the changing world of journalism. $18. non-members

*A Special Event with Decorated Heroes Dan Choi and Anthony Woods
When: June 29, 2009 - Monday
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Pisco Lounge, 1817 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Join special guest Dan Choi to Support Anthony Woods for Congress. $50., $35. Young Professional

June 30, 2009 - Tuesday

40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

*June 30th Newsom Circle Breakfast
When: June 30, 2009 - Tuesday
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser to support Gavin Newsom. Co-hosted by Mayor Newsom's closest supporters, people who have been with him since the beginning of his campaign. $250.
Information: Tickets

*Stop Environmental Racism in Bayview Hunters Point!
When: June 30, 2009 - Tuesday
1 p.m.
Where: Meet at the front gate of the Shipyard Innes & Donahue Streets, San Francisco
What: Stop Lennar Corporation's work at the toxic contaminated Hunters Point Shipyard until the community is protected. No more toxic pollution of our community! Stop gentrification!
Sponsored: Stop Lennar Action Movement, Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice, Huntersview Mothers Committee for Health and Environmental Justice, PODER, POWER, Chinese Progressive Association , Our City, San Francisco Green Party, West County Toxics Coalition

*Majority Whip Fiona Ma - Fundraiser
When: June 30, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Foley's, 243 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
What: Fun evening of Dueling Pianos for a Fundraiser with Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma.
75., $100. or $200 per person. RSVP required

*San Francisco History Association- Bernal Heights
When: June 30, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond, San Francisco
What: Guest speakers discuss Bernal Heights at the monthly meeting of the San Francisco History Association


National Equity March October 10 -11, 2009 -- Washington D.C.
"Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states"

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club - excellent summary including pictures of the history of Alice B. Toklas written by Nathan Purkiss for the period 1971-2005

Alliance for a Better District 6 - "San Francisco's downtown voice". Michael Nulty, Executive Director.

Digital Advantage Insiders - new Social Networking company set up by Tony Fazio. Company is set up to help Democratic candidates and incumbents, unions, community groups and associations, Democratic Consultants understand and use the many different Social Networking tools available today.
Information: 650-875-4000

Whitehurst Wines - John Whitehurst, partner in BMWL and Partners and Whitehurst Mosher Campaign Strategy and Media has his own wine website - check it out:

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