We’ve got several hot political events coming up in the Bay Area, starting tonight:
Cal’s Institute of Governmental Studies and the UC Berkeley Extension tonight, Thursday, April 10, are sponsoring their “Annual Review of the Presidency: Looking Back at the Bush Administration,” at 7:30 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle Hall on the Cal campus. Assessing the president’s leadership and legacy will be Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign but now among the president’s critics; David M. Kennedy, Stanford University’s Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945;” Lynn Sweet, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Washington bureau chief; and Byron York, the National Review’s White House correspondent and author of “The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of the Democrats’ Desperate Fight to Reclaim Power.” This event is free and open to the public.
Tomorrow night, Friday, April 11, independent vice-presidential candidate and former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez — Ralph Nader‘s running mate — will speak at 7 p.m. in Berkeley City College‘s auditorium, 2050 Center St. He’s keynoting the opening night of “Changing Climates, Class, Culture, and Politics in an Era of Global Warming,” a three-day conference highlighting the challenges, conflicts, and politics of climate change in California, with journalists, scholars, and activists on hand to discuss green-collar jobs, the media’s coverage of climate issues, the environmental impacts of California ports, and the effects of water policy on Native American tribes in Northern California. Hosted by the California Studies Association, the conference is free and open to the public, although there’s a suggested donation of $35 for the three days ($10 for students and low-income attendees).
Looking further ahead, the Commonwealth Club of California announced yesterday that it’s serving up a whopping political double-header on Monday, May 19. First, Arianna Huffington — co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post — will be touting her new book, “Right is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution and Made Us All Less Safe” at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. in San Francisco. The program is at noon, book-signing at 1 p.m.; it’s $15 for clulb members, $30 for nonmembers, with tickets available online. Then, the same day, San Jose’s own Mary Tillman — mother of pro football star turned slain Army Ranger Pat Tillman — will “chronicle her family’s harrowing journey through the maze of bureaucracy, red tape and cover-ups to learn the true circumstances of Pat’s death. She will also recount memories of him as a loving son, brother, husband, friend and teammate.” There’s a 5:30 p.m. wine-and-cheese reception before the 6 p.m. program, both at the club’s offices on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco; it’s free for club members, $18 for nonmembers, with tickets available online.