Posts Tagged ‘commonwealth club’

Hot Ticket: Gavin Newsom Returns to SF and the Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM Has Him, September 8th, 2011

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

If you think you might be into it, get you tickets now, ’cause this joint is going to sell out with a quickness:

“On  Thursday, September 8th, we will be hosting the program Gavin Newsom: The Man, the Issues and the State of California, to discuss California and Gavin Newsom’s new role as Lieutenant Governor. This should be a great opportunity to hear from San Francisco’s recently departed mayor, and California’s newly elected Lieutenant Governor, on his new role and the state of affairs in Sacramento.

The online event page can be found at http://bit.ly/leugovn. On Facebook, http://on.fb.me/r5H132 .”

Hot Ticket: INFORUM Hosts Phil Bronstein and Jose Antonio Vargas at the Commonwalth Club On July 11th

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This one will sell out for sure, perhaps by the end of the day.

Via Campus Progress

All the deets:

“Jose Antonio Vargas Shares His Story for the First Time with INFORUM

Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner to Talk about his Struggle as an Illegal Immigrant

San Francisco – June 29, 2011 – Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM, today announced that Jose Antonio Vargas, successful journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner best known for chronicling his life as an illegal immigrant in the Unites States, will share his story in one of his first public interviews Monday, July 11, at the Commonwealth Club’s SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco.

Vargas has been living illegally in the United States since the age of 12. In conversation with Phil Bronstein, The San Francisco Chronicle’s editor-at-large, Vargas will share his impressive story of struggle to belong and find success in the United States. Raised in Mountain View, Calif., Vargas started his triumphant career working at the San Francisco Chronicle while attending San Francisco State University. In the summer of 2001, Vargas got his first internship at the Philadelphia Daily News and continued on to intern at publications such as the Seattle Times and the Washington Post. Vargas wrote a series on Washington’s H.I.V./AIDS epidemic, covered the role of technology and social media in the 2008 presidential race and even visited the White House. In April 2008, he was part of the Post team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. Vargas also founded Define American, an organization seeking to change immigration reform.

Vargas accomplished all this while dealing with immigration problems. You can read more on Vargas in his piece “My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant” on the New York Times’ site: http://nyti.ms/m5rbZU.

The special program takes place at the SF Club Office on 595 Market St., 2nd floor in San Francisco on Monday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. PT.  For more information and to buy tickets, call (415)-597-6705 or register online at www.commonwealthclub.org.”

 

OMG, It’s San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee at the Commonwealth Club, Which Always Has Famous People Speaking

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Have you been to the Commonwealth Club? Well, why not?

Le mise-en-scene yesterday at 595 Market:

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And you know who else was there last night? Famous Republican George Shultz and Famous Reporter Gerry Shih!

Now, is it true that when Ed Lee runs for Mayor this year, George Shultz will personally call each and every Republican in San Francisco County, all 50,000, to encourage them to vote for EL?

Only Time Will Tell.

Condoleezza Rice to Speak at the Commonwealth Club on October 18th – New Book: “Extraordinary, Ordinary People”

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condy Rice is coming to town on October 18th, 2010, so mark your calendars.

You already know what she looks like, but have you seen her oil tanker? From back in the day. before Chevron changed the name to Altair Voyager:

All the deets:

The Commonwealth Club -the nation’s premier public affairs forum
 
SPEAKER:    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
 
TITLE:           Rice Family Memoir:  The Childhood That Shaped a Political Career
 
DATE:            Monday, October 18, 2010
 
TIME:            11 a.m. Check-in, Noon Program, 1 p.m. Book Signing
 
PLACE:         Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., San Francisco
 
PRICE:          $15 Members, $30 Non-members, $7 Students
Premium including copy of Rice’s book and seating in first few rows is
$60 Members, $80 Non-members
 
ALSO KNOW:  Attendees may be subject to search.  Underwritten by the Koret Foundation.
__________________________________________________________________
 
 
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman to hold this title, will provide a rare glimpse at the life experiences that have shaped her world outlook and will give her views on current issues.  It is Rice’s first public appearance since the publication of her latest book, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.
 
The Stanford University political science professor and Hoover Institution senior fellow will recount her childhood memories growing up in the 1950s in segregated Alabama surrounded by racism, and in the 1960s when she saw friends lose their lives to the violence and bloodshed of the era.
 
Rice will also discuss the people and experiences that have guided her on her path to occupying one of the nation’s highest offices.  When she became the 66th Secretary of State in 2004, Rice pioneered a policy called “Transformational Diplomacy” which sought to build democracy, particularly in the Middle East.
 
In 2001, George W. Bush appointed Rice the first female National Security Adviser.  In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.  In 1989, she became director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council and special assistant to George Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
 
In 1993, she was the first African American woman to become a Stanford provost, a post she held to 1999.  Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver, a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame; and Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: He’s Already Accepted Ten Debate / Town Hall Invites

Monday, June 28th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide billionaires like Meg Whitman trying to buy elections, or something like that, so he’s on a tear, once again, this afternoon. Remember when Jerry Brown issued a challenge to his Republican opponent  in the 2010 gubernatorial race?

Well, it looks like he’s not waiting for her. 

via Thomas Hawk

All the deets:

Brown Accepts 10 Debate Invitations, Calls on Whitman to Meet Face-to-Face

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2010

Oakland – Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown today announced that he has accepted invitations to 10 debates or town halls around California, all sponsored by independent organizations interested in an open and honest campaign for Governor.

“We are only a few days into the general election campaign, and already our airwaves have been overrun with millions in misleading and deceptive attack ads,” Brown said. “The people of California deserve better. They deserve to see their choices for Governor stand side-by-side and honestly discuss the challenges facing our state.”

The morning after his victory in the Democratic primary, Brown proposed that he and Republican nominee Meg Whitman hold 10 joint town hall appearances around the state to discuss job creation, schools and the state’s budget mess and to answer questions from voters. Whitman refused Brown’s invitation to those jointly-planned events, but public interest groups and news organizations from around the state have stepped forward to offer the people a chance to see their candidates in person.

“Partisan bickering and attack-dog politics have created an awful mess in Sacramento, and I think Meg and I now have an opportunity to change the tenor of politics in California by conducting a responsible campaign that shows the politicians that there is a better way to do
business,” Brown said.

“Every one of these debates is hosted by a credible organization, guaranteeing a fair and open forum,” Brown continued. “There is no reason not to participate, no reason not to say what we really mean, and show the voters who we are.”

“I am calling on Meg Whitman to treat voters with the respect they deserve. It’s time to step out from behind consultant-scripted commercials full of falsehoods and distortions and debate.”

The two campaigns have received many formal requests for debates at locations around the state. Brown has agreed to ten, several others remain under active consideration. Brown accepted invitations for joint appearances from the following outlets, assuming reasonable terms that provide for open and fair discussion can be negotiated with the Republican nominee:

Faith Forum
July 31
 
CPR/KCRA/Univision/Sacramento Bee/UC Davis
September
 
CBS
TBA
 
KTVU/Chronicle/KQED
September 7
 
CalBuzz/Flash Report/Calitics/SJSU/Commonwealth Club
September 11
 
PPIC/CBA
October 5
 
Dominican University/NBC
October
 
La Opinion/KPCC
October
 
The Women’s Conference
October 26
 
ABC/League of Women Voters
TBA

The Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM Asks Who of the Following Do You Think is a Journalist?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Get up to speed here and then see what Lois Beckett and Leanne Maxwell  have to say about last night’s event.  

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Your Choice for Wednesday: Meet Your Mar or Meet the New Face of San Francisco Media

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

What are you plans for the night of Wednesday, March 24th, 2010?

Option One is Meet Your Mar featuring District One San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar:

“The League of Young Voters presents…MEET YOUR MAR from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM at Park Life (220 Clement @ 3rd) on Wednesday March 24th. FREE! There will be art, snacks, drinks, tunes, a bunch of fresh kids chillin…plus Eric Mar, chattin and getting schooled about his constituents (ie, you). Come play human bingo (to win Park Life gear!), ask Mar questions, and tell him what he should really be working on in your hood. It’s his job to listen.”

A recent Critical Mar bike rally on Clement the Richmond District:

That’s Option One.

Option Two will occur at about the same time. It’s an Inforum event at the Commonwealth Club: If Not the Chronicle, Then What?” / “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?

First up at 6:30 PM is a panel called ”If Not the Chronicle*, Then What?”

Jeff Hunt, Editor, Muni Diaries
Brock Keeling, Editor, SFist.com
Michael Maness, VP of Innovation and Design, Gannett Co. Inc.; Director, The Bold Italic
Robin Sloan, Media Partnerships, Twitter – Moderator

Then, after that, it’s “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?”

“Sites like SFist.com and the Muni Diaries are doing more than just keeping San Franciscans in the know about the latest bar openings or bus brawls. They represent the shift to a new media model based on the interest and participation of the many; gatekeepers no longer decide what the masses want to see or hear, or who gets to give it to them. With heavy-hitting new media companies like Twitter, Yelp, Digg, Wikipedia and Flickr headquartered in the city, it’s no wonder that San Francisco is widely regarded as the home of new media. Get an insider’s perspective from the new leaders of media in SF.
 
“Where do you go for your daily local news jolt? Whose writing is so fresh, witty, hilarious or gutsy that you savor each piece like it’s the last of the cake? After the panel, we are hosting up-and-coming media personalities of San Francisco, invitation provided by you. Tell us who just HAS to be there, then vote for who should be crowned king or queen of SF new media. Come to the party to meet, mingle andgush your fandom in person!
 
What is INFORUM?
The idea of INFORUM began with the basic tenet that young people not only deserve but desire unbiased, trustworthy information from a full range of stances, and that they want their sources qualified. The Commonwealth Club has a 103 year tradition of civic debate, and INFORUM honors and continues this tradition by providing a forum for young people to access the best informed, most involved, and brightest minds – be they politicians, business gurus, policy workers, thought leaders, trendsetters or culture-jammers.

The voting’s all over on this one, but feel free to cheer loudly when they whip out a tiara for the crowning ceremony.

Deets below. See you there, who knows maybe at both places.

*I know what you’re thinking - petitio principii, right? Like, what if the San Francisco Chronicle is the new San Francisco Chronicle?  

Anyway, the royal court of San Francisco new media:

Cecilia Vega (Bio)
KGO-7

Brock Keeling
SFist

Melissa Griffin (Blog)
Blogger/SF Examiner

Jaimal Yogis (Bio)
San Francisco Magazine

Markos Moulitsas Zתniga
DailyKos

Michael Bauer
SF Chronicle

MissionMission

Mark Frauenfedler
Boing Boing

Lea Troeh (Blog)
The Week Intro

Mac McClelland (Bio)
Mother Jones

Andy Wright (Articles)
SF Weekly

Vanessa Carr
Mission Local

Tana Ganeva (Blog)
AlterNet.org

Laughing Squid

Curbed SF

Eater SF

Dyanna Pure and JT Paradox
The SF Style

Alexia Tsotsis
SF Weekly

Joe Eskenazi
SF Weekly

Lois Beckett
SF Weekly

Broke-ass Stuart
brokeassstuart.com

Jeff Hunt
munidiaries.com 

 
Location: SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, The Blue Room
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)

Brace Yourselves: UC Berkeley’s Professor John Yoo is Coming to San Francisco January 27th

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Fresh from flacking his book on the Daily Show, UC Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo is coming to the 415 to flack his book at the Commonwealth Club on Wednesday, January 27th.

See?

Tickets are still available. But be aware that “attendees are subject to search.”

Can’t imagine why

Anyway:

“Crisis and Command:  Presidential Power in the 21st Century” 6 p.m. program
Cost:
$12 members, $18 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: Attendees subject to search. In association with the International Relations MLF.

John Yoo, Law Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Crisis and Command

Allen Weiner, Co-director, International Law Program, Stanford Law School – Moderator

At the Department of Justice, Yoo played a large and controversial role in shaping the Bush administration’s policy in the war on terrorism, arguing that prisoner of war status under the Geneva Conventions does not apply to “enemy combatants.” He further asserted executive authority to undertake “enhanced interrogation techniques” regarded as torture by the current Justice Department. Yoo will trace the history of presidential power.

Location: SF Club Office, 595 Market Street
Time: 5:15 p.m. check-in,

Historic Commonwealth Club Embarrasses Itself with the 911 Truth Crowd

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

San Francisco’s own Commonwealth Club, America’s “oldest and largest public affairs forum,” will thoroughly embarrass itself by hosting “Richard Gage: 9/11 Blueprint for Truth, Reexamining the WTC Collapses“ this Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

So, it’s been 106 years of public affairs, but now this:

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Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth“ - why just those people? (Hey, weren’t architects the ones responsible for San Francisco’s failed Octavia Boulevard? Sadly, yes.) While we’re at it, why not invite representatives from the whole pantheon of 911 Truth craziness? You know, Veterans for 9/11 Truth or Pilots for 9/11 Truth or Scholars for 9/11 Truth or Scholars for 9/11 Truth (the other one) or Firefighters for 9/11 Truth or Liars for 9/11 Truth?

The 9/11 conspiracy virus swept the world back in 2007 – more than a few scarecrows got bayonetted back then. But hasn’t that whole movement started to die off? And how about this:

These people (in the 9/11 truth movement) use the ‘reverse scientific method‘… they determine what happened, throw out all the data that doesn’t fit their conclusion, and then hail their findings as the only possible conclusion.”

Oh well.

“Richard Gage, AIA, Founder, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

Five years after the 9/11 Commission published its report, some people question the official findings on what brought down the World Trade Center. In a multimedia program, Gage contends that forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony reveal explosive-controlled demolition of the WTC skyscrapers on 9/11. Fact or fiction? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Gage’s bold and controversial address, and have the chance to put your tough questions to the speaker.”

What’s next after the Truthers, Commonwealth Club? The Birthers? Why not equal time for the Birthers?

Or the Thomson Reuters Water Car people? Let’s have them next.

And speaking of scams, let’s have the Platinum Gas Saver dude come to S.F. to say a few words as well. And here’s how the CC would address the concomitant blowback from booking a guest direct from FantasyLand:

“‘Fact or fiction? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear [Platinum Gas Saver dude' s] bold and controversial address, and have the chance to put your tough questions to the speaker.”

Ah yes, palliative cliches. Does a spoonful of sugar make ridiculous bookings go down the throat any easier?

No, no it doesn’t.

In closing, HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH!

The Pickens Energy Plan vs. the Anschutz Plan vs. the Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Well the T. Boone Pickens medicine show came to town yesterday, so San Franciscans got the chance to see details of the Pickens Plan at the Commonwealth Club, the Western Hemisphere’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. 

The Plan is another one those ever-popular ”public private partnerships,” which in this case has the federal government paying a couple hundred spare billion dollars to build electric transmission lines for proposed windmills in the Midwest.

Making the pitch last month with Al Gore in Washington D.C.:

via the Center for American Progress Action Fund

But what about the Phil Anschutz (yes, the very same Anschutz billionaire dude with a longtime interest in the Bay to Breakers civic event!) Plan? Let’s see:

On July 29, The Anschutz Corp.,through its affiliate Transwest Express LLC, said it had acquired the rights to develop a proposed $3 billion, 900-mile transmission line capable of moving 3,000 megawatts of power from wind farms in southern Wyoming to markets in Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix.”

See? Somebody is trying to get something done without asking for hundreds of billions of your money. And that brings us to the white elephant on the white mountain up in northern Northern California.

Back in the 1950′s, the Everitt Memorial Highway on Mount Shasta was built so that the Mount Shasta Ski Bowl resort could be built. Did that project make sense?

The old Mount Shasta Ski Bowl had been built in 1958 in a huge open cirque much higher up on the southern flank of the volcano, with a lodge at 7,800 ft and lifts topping out above timberline at 9,200 ft. However, the ski area had often been in financial trouble over the next two decades, and a massive avalanche in January 1978 which destroyed the main chairlift was the finishing blow. The Ski Bowl closed permanently after that…”

So just as the risk of this Shasta project was building an expensive road to nowhere, one of the risks of the Pickens Plan is building power lines to nowhere.

How is the Anschutz Corporation’s wind energy project working out? That’s a good thing to keep an eye on when you’re considering building a Bridge to Nowhere, or a Pickens transmission grid, or things like that.

O.K. fine.

Oh, and speaking of the Commonwealth Club, its ridiculous website’s popup ads remind us all of the upcoming Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, coming up on Fiday, April 17, 2009 at the Fairmont Hotel. Enjoy. 

Each year, The Club honors individuals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the Bay Area and California community, and who embody the principles and values of The Commonwealth Club.

The Annual Dinner is also The Club’s most significant fundraising event, raising funds to support its important nonprofit public forum mission throughout the year.