Mar/31/2011 Mo’ MAGIC Meeting (CANCELLED)

Posted by Richard • March 31st, 2011

Mar/31/2011 Persian New Year Celebration at City Hall

Posted by Richard • March 31st, 2011

Come celebrate Nowruz deed-o-baazdeed at City Hall! There will be live entertainment, displayed art work, and traditional persian desserts.

Nowruz deed-o-baazdeed
San Francisco City Hall
March 31st, 2011
5:30-8:00 pm

The program begins with Nowruz greetings from city officials and musical entertainment, then Nowruz and the arrival of spring chronicle music will be guiding guests from the Rotunda to the North Light Court for viewing the haft seen and sweetening your taste with traditional Persian sweets, drinking fragrant Persian tea and fruits, and doing Iranians’ favorite thing, deed-o-baazdeed, which means “seeing and seeing again.”

This is a community event and free to the public, but your contributions are greatly appreciated. Please click here if you would like to donate to this event.

For more information or to RSVP, please visit

Mar/31/2011 The Fillmore/Lower Fillmore Neighborhood Association Meeting

Posted by Richard • March 31st, 2011

It’s time.

The Fillmore/Lower Fillmore Neighborhood Association is having a meeting!

When: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Where: Northern Police Station, 1125 Fillmore Street
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

6:00 – 6:05 pm Meet & Greet
6:05 – 6:15 pm Neighborhood Association Overview
6:15 – 6:25 pm Q&A and/or comments
6:25 – 6:35 pm Sub-Committee Creation

  • Public Safety
  • Business Development
  • State of D-5 Summit

6:35 – 6:50 pm Q&A and/or comments
6:50 – 7:00 pm Membership
(Optional Sub-Committee Working Meeting 7:15 – 8:00 pm)

Mar/31/2011 Street Violence Reduction Initiative: San Francisco Plan Presentation

Posted by Richard • March 31st, 2011

DCYF’s Violence Prevention and Intervention Unit will present the final version of the Street Violence Reduction Initiative: San Francisco Plan.

After several months of collaborative work with Community Based Organizations, Community Leaders and City Departments, DCYF is ready to present the final version of the plan. Come to DCYF on:

Thursday March 31, 2011
from 10 am to 12 pm
SF Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families
1390 Market Street, Suite 900 – The Mint Room

We look forward to your participation and your support. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Veronica Martinez at or 415-554-8958.

To RSVP for this event please follow this link We encourage you to RSVP so we can ensure appropriate accommodation.

Mar/30/2011 SF Examiner: $7M in federal funding cuts to hit jobs, housing, child programs in San Francisco [CDBG Funds]

Posted by Richard • March 30th, 2011

SF Examiner: $7M in federal funding cuts to hit jobs, housing, child programs in San Francisco [CDBG Funds]
Article dated: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:00:04 +0000

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

San Francisco officials are bracing for about $7 million in cuts to federal funding for anti-poverty and community-development programs.

While the exact cuts have yet to be determined, officials estimate that Community Development Block Grants will decrease from $22.2 million to about $15 million for San Francisco alone.

That means less money for services such as job training, small-business assistance, and housing for homeless and foster children. It comes as The City faces its own estimated deficit of $380 million.

The U.S. House of Representatives has proposed a 62.5 percent cut while President Barack Obama has only proposed 7.5 percent, according to Doug Shoemaker of the Mayor’s Office of Housing. The worst-case scenario would affect more than 13,000 low-income and needy families, seniors and youth, and more than 620 small businesses, he said.

Mayor Ed Lee and supervisors Carmen Chu and John Avalos introduced a resolution last week that calls on Obama to minimize the cuts. While Obama has pledged to maintain the funding amid concerns from other big-city mayors, congressional Republicans are working to reduce the national deficit.

Community Development Block Grants represent about $4 billion in federal dollars given to local governments to use on a variety of programs that fight poverty and homelessness. In San Francisco, much of that money is given to nonprofit organizations while about $10 million goes to the Mayor’s Office of Housing for affordable housing, loans and other programs.

The public will have a chance to weigh in when the Citizen’s Committee on Community Development meets at 1 South Van Ness Ave. on April 5. Committee member Joshua Arce said the cuts will affect all organizations that rely on the funding.

“There’s a consensus that we must prioritize safety-net services for our most vulnerable residents,” Arce said. “I think every organization that we fund is going to see less money than they saw last year.”

Going backward

Estimated impact of federal budget cuts:

$22.2 million
CDBG funds The City received in 2010
$15.5 million Estimated 2011 funds
13,000 Estimated city residents to be affected by projected cuts
620 Estimated businesses to be affected


Mar/30/2011 Eco Game at T2 Airport Terminal SFO Open House Seeks Young Adult Volunteers

Posted by Richard • March 30th, 2011

Organizers of an Eco Game at the unveiling of Terminal 2 in SFO are looking for young adult volunteers to “man” the game. An honorarium of $50 will be given to each volunteer. Over 15,000 people are expected. This terminal opening is a high-profile event, as it is the first airport terminal to showcase sustainable practices, achieving a LEEDS Gold Standard certification.


Where: T2, at SFO Airport (the old international terminal next to United Airlines terminal)-suggest carpooling as there is very limited parking for workers that day (parking will be validated for the car used)
When: Sat, April 9, 9 am – 5 pm (volunteers check in at 8:30 am)
Attire: White shirt, black slacks, non-sneaker, comfortable black shoes (hat and apron will be provided for the day)
What will volunteers do? Help the families answer the question at their station and hand stamp their game card.

For questions or to volunteer, please contact Gail Baugh

For T2 Open House event information, please visit

Mar/30/2011 Sunday Streets 2011 Season Now in Session

Posted by Richard • March 30th, 2011

Sunday Streets season kicked off last weekend and runs through October 23. These events, which are sponsored by the City of San Francisco, create a large, temporary, public space by closing off a portion of a neighborhood’s streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities for several hours on a Sunday.

Sunday Streets 2011 Season Schedule (subject to change):

  • March 20: kick off event along the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Bay;
  • April 10: Great Highway and Golden Gate Park;
  • May 8: Mission route, including the popular route along 24th and Valencia Streets;
  • June 12: Bayview route, 3rd Street from Mission Bay, Dogpatch to the Bayview Opera House;
  • July 10: Great Highway route #2;
  • August 14: Civic Center/Tenderloin route;
  • September 11: Western Addition route, including North of Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore and Japantown neighborhoods;
  • October 23: Mission route #2

What’s New in 2011:

Event Hours: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This change is in response to the chorus of requests for the event to go later each day.  The later schedule allows participants to attend their regular Sunday morning activities or linger over breakfast and still have time to enjoy a full day of Sunday Streets.

Emphasis on local programming and spontaneous activities: We are looking to community leaders, merchant associations and neighborhood groups to play a larger role in creating activities along each route. Sunday Streets will still offer free bike rentals (one hour, credit card and ID required) and repairs, bike education, outdoor roller rink, kids and pet programs and have areas set aside for specific activities and community outreach. The rest of Sunday Streets programs will be community-driven and produced events and activities.  Go to to find a downloadable version of Sunday Streets 2011 Program Guidelines.

Zero waste: Large banners with maps and program areas will replace printed schedules, and we are asking our program partners to minimize hand outs and engage participants through interactive activities instead.

Improvements to established routes: We are working to improve routes, focusing on using merchant corridors and routes that connect to new neighborhoods.

  • Bayview: Connect via Lower Portrero Hill and Mission.
  • Mission:  24th Valencia Streets (dropping Harrison and adding another commercial street).
  • Western Addition: Includes North of Panhandle, Alamo Square, Fillmore neighborhoods.
  • Civic Center/Tenderloin: New route in Tenderloin/Civic Center area that creates a connected route through the area.

For more information, please visit

Mar/30/2011 New Groups Forming for African American Pregnant Women & New Mothers Prenatal and Postpartum Sessions

Posted by Richard • March 30th, 2011

San Francisco Black Infant Health Program presents

10 – Prenatal Sessions
Tuesday, April 19 – Tuesday, June 21
Noon – 2:30 PM

10 – Postpartum Sessions
Thursday, April 21–Thursday, June 16
Noon – 2:30 PM

Graduation for both groups is on Tuesday, June 21. Great Support and Resources Health for Your Mind, Body and Soul!

Sign-up Bonus!  — $25 Gift Card!

San Francisco Black Infant Health Program
1290 Fillmore Street@Eddy, Suite 103
San Francisco, California  94115

To sign-up, call 415.776.4457. Call Now! Space is Limited!

Great Incentives  •  Transportation  •  Refreshments  Empowerment  •  Knowledge  •  Health

Mar/30/2011 American Red Cross Summer Internship Application Deadline on April 1

Posted by Richard • March 30th, 2011

Join the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter as a summer intern! Our interns are valued team members who help promote the mission and services of the American Red Cross. Build your career skills in areas such as marketing, communications international affairs, public health, event planning, political science, finance and the nonprofit sector.

Program Dates: June 20 – August 12, 2011

  • All internships are unpaid, 15 hours per week for eight weeks
  • Internships can be applied toward academic credit
  • Open to all high school and college students
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2011

Applicant Requirements:

  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Be able to work with diverse populations
  • Have solid organizational skills
  • Be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

For more information, questions or to apply to be a summer intern, please contact Adam Hurley, youth services, at or 510-595.4475.

Mar/30/2011 RAMP-SF Orientation Dates for April

Posted by Richard • March 30th, 2011

Are You Interested in FREE Job Readiness, Work Experience, Educational Services, and Support Services, while earning a weekly educational grant?

The RAMP-SF Academy is actively accepting applications for their upcoming sessions. To apply, you must attend a RAMP-SF Academy orientation.


April 7th at 1449 Webster Street, Western Addition 1 Stop
April 14th at 1500 Mission Street, Goodwill 1 Stop
April 21st at 3120 Mission Street, Mission 1 Stop
April 28th at 73 Leland Avenue, Visitacion Valley 1 Stop



The RAMP SF Academy is a FREE 7-Week Job Readiness Program…

  • Reduce Your Barriers to Employment
  • Get Connected to a Career Path
  • Earn a Weekly Educational Grant

RAMP-SF Aims to Prepare You with the Knowledge, Skills, and Opportunities that will Put You on the Pathway to a Successful and Rewarding Career!

To Join the RAMP-SF Program You Must….

  • Attend a RAMP-SF Orientation
  • Be a Resident of San Francisco
  • Be 18-24 Years Old
  • Have the Ability to Obtain and Present Right-to-Work Documents
  • Have the Ability to Communicate in English
  • Be Willing to Take a Drug Test (WILL NOT AFFECT Eligibility)

Questions? Contact Amber at 415-928-7417 Extension 307 or