Archive for October, 2010

It’s On! Game 5 of World Series to be Shown Outdoors at Civic Center on the Big Screen – But, Hide Your Alcohol

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

[UPDATE: SF Mike is on the scene this afternoon – here’s what the set up looks like. Now, you’d think Rec and Park would have a bigger big screen or maybe two little screens side by side to make a rectangular big screen, but, you know, lowest bidder and whatnot:

Via SF Mike

And, oh yes, here’s your fresh new theme song for tonight.]

[UPDATE 2: And here’s what it looked like.]

You might need to get to Civic Center early in the afternoon of Monday, November 1st, 2010, if you want to get a good seat to see the Giants clinch World Series 2010 on a giant television screen.

But this event, like the annual Bay to Breakers civic event, will be “alcohol-free,” at least on paper. See?

“In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.”

Civic Center will have more fans wearing orange than when The Netherlands lost to Spain in the World Cup Final earlier this year:

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The show starts at 4:30 PM with the first pitch coming from the left arm of Cliff Lee at 4:57 PM.

All the deets:

City to Host Public Viewing of Monday’s Potential Clinching World Series Game for Families, Giants Fans

San Francisco, CA–Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that Monday’s Game Five of the World Series will be publicly broadcast live in Civic Center Plaza for families and fans to gather and cheer the Giants onto a potential World Championship.  Similar to the successful public broadcasts of the World Cup earlier this summer, a jumbotron screen will broadcast the potential clinching game of the World Series in front of San Francisco City Hall. The City previously received permission from Fox Sports Broadcasting to show the potential clinching away game.

“The Giants 3 – 1 lead in the World Series has electrified the City and brought us all together to celebrate our hometown team and what’s best about the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Mayor Newsom. “The game that could clinch the Series may be in Texas, but we’re creating an opportunity right in front of City Hall for families to gather and cheer the Giants to a World Championship.”

The Mayor’s Office is collaborating with the Recreation and Park Department, who successfully hosted the World Cup Live soccer events at Civic Center Plaza earlier this summer, to broadcast the game. In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.

“I also want to encourage fans from across the City and Bay Area to watch the game at their neighborhood bars and restaurants,” said Mayor Newsom. “Let’s give a lift to our local economy and small businesses while we’re boosting the Giants to victory in the World Series.”

San Francisco City Hall, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, the Conservatory of Flowers and other City landmarks and buildings will continue to be lit in Giants Orange through the World Series.  Mayor Newsom is also urging Giants fans and local businesses to show their pride in the National League Champion team by wearing the Orange & Black or displaying signs, flags or other shows of support for the team.

Potential Final Game of World Series Broadcast Schedule
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers
Game 5, Arlington, Texas: Monday, November 1st – 4:30pm PDT, first pitch at 4:57pm.

Halloween Critical Mass Yields One Arrest – Check Out the Slideshow From Steve Rhodes

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Here it is.

No deets on this arrest.

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A Crowd of 50 Shows for the First SF Parks Town Hall Meeting – Rec Centers, Income Generation and Community Engagement

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

The Neighborhood Parks Council held a Town Hall this morning at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s what one person thinks about it, anyway:


The current rapid pace direction of the Rec & Park Dept. towards “self sustainability” is leading towards all properties – parks, clubhouses etc. to becoming possible if not increased revenue producers. The looming gloom scenario of next years budget “crisis” will serve as a leverage platform to initiate, promote and policy shape further commercialization, privatization, and development of community resources regardless of the ongoing needs, wishes, history or integrity of our neighborhoods. This short sighted property development approach is becoming increasingly more damaging to both the immediate and longterm quality and nature of San Francisco living and is shameful in it’s political strategic fashion to continue to pit ourselves against each other.”

And here are some more shots, from Nancy McNally – looks like District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi made the scene as well.

A record of this meeting should be up sometime, somewhere, in November and there should be coverage at Mission Local sooner than that…

Les mise-en-scene:

Meredith Thomas hosted:

To be continued

Jerry Brown Kicks Off “Let’s Get California Working Again” Tour in Oakland This Morning – 12 More Stops All Over CA

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Attorney General Jerry Brown was looking good at 7:30 this morning in Oakland – he was on hand with a crowd of a couple hundred to kick off his statewide “Let’s Get California Working Again” Tour. He’ll be on it all the way to election day.

“ We’ve got to work between now and Tuesday.  I’m going to go all over California and just speak the truth.  Tell it like it is – straight talk and optimism.  Because we’re Californians and we can do it.”

Here’s Carla Marinucci’s report.

JB looks towards The Future, or the huge building across the street that he had built in Jack London Square – your pick:

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As Jerry’s lean staff worked the press…

…Jerry greeted Congresswoman Maxine Waters:

His short talk covered lots of topics, including “elegant density,” the vitality of urbanity, basically:

Le mise-en-scene this AM:

Then Jerry left in a Pontiac – he was off to the Central Valley and points south, complete sked below.

“Team – I wanted to give you a quick update from the road.  Jerry just kicked off the “Let’s Get California Working Again” tour in Oakland this morning.  Great crowd, great event.

As Jerry said, “We’ve got to work between now and Tuesday.  I’m going to go all over California and just speak the truth.  Tell it like it is – straight talk and optimism.  Because we’re Californians and we can do it.”

We are going to make 12 more stops.  Please join us along the way and help us get out the vote.

We are in the final stretch.  What you do these next 3 days really matters.  We need you to help us get out the vote – knock on doors, call your friends – we will win this campaign but it’s up to you.

Keep up the great work and hope to see you on the tour.



P.S. For a full list of events please see below.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


11:30 AM
Get Out the Vote Rally
Central County Democratic HQ
644 W. Main St, Merced

Click Here to RSVP


1:15 PM
Remarks at Fresno County Women’s Democratic Club Luncheon
Pardini’s Restaurant
2257 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno

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3:15 PM
Meeting with Voters
Ellis Island Pizza
3611 Stockdale Hwy Bakersfield

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Sunday, October 31, 2010


Meeting with Voters
Samoa Cookhouse
908 Vance Avenue, Eureka

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11:00 AM
Meeting with Voters
Broadway Heights Restaurant (upstairs)
300 Broadway St., Chico

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12:45 PM
Get Out the Vote Rally
Winn Park
2732 P St., Sacramento

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4:00 PM
Meeting with Voters
Anchos Southwest Grill
10773 Hole Ave., Riverside

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Monday, November 1, 2010

San Diego

8:30 AM
Meeting with Voters
Cafe Coyote
2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego

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Los Angeles

11:30 am
Get Out the Vote Rally
Los Angeles Public Library – Central Library
630 W. 5th St. (Flower Street Side), Los Angeles

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2:45 pm
Get Out the Vote Rally
National Steinbeck Center
1 Main Street, Salinas

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4:30 PM
Get Out the Vote Rally
Jack London Square
501 Water St, Oakland

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Rally to Restore Sanity Rained Out in San Francisco – Several Hundreds Watching the Big Screen in Civic Center

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I don’t know, there doesn’t look to be a big turnout yet at San Francisco’s version of the Rally to Restore Sanity in Civic Center this AM. It’s not really raining but the ground is wet, so that counts as bad weather in the 415.

Rally to Restore Sanity – San Francisco

When: October 30, 2010 – Saturday

9:00 a.m. to Noon

Where: Civic Center, San Francisco

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D2 Update: Janet Throws Down – Files FPPC Complaint, Mark Gets Endorsed by SFChron, and Kat Endorses Mark and Abe

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I don’t know, I’m not competent to weigh in on the pros and cons of Janet Reilly’s FPPC complaint against Common Sense Voters, SF 2010. But here it is, just released this afternoon:

Reilly Press Release – 10-29-2010

FPPC Complaint Against Common Sense Voters

Part of this fuss is over this NotJanetReilly website, which appears to have something to do with “Salsa Labs” and yet, amazingly,  doesn’t crash when you look at it.

So that’s that, moving on.

Mark Farrell‘s Facebook page is something I hadn’t seen before – it’s filled up with well-wishes from the high and mighty. See?

District 2: Farrell is voice of restraint

And Kat Anderson is out with some releases today as well. I’d have to call this graf below evidence of a co-endorsement. Only candidate Barbara Berwick has co-endorsed in D2 so far AFAIK, so this is news:

“VOTE TO ELECT A MODERATE REPRESENTATIVE. Please fill out your absentee ballots and mail them now.  Or, you can walk them to your polls on November 2nd.  You can also go to the Department of Elections at City Hall and vote early.  And, of course, you can engage in a great right and ritual on November 2nd, and go vote at your polling place.  Be sure to encourage all of your friends to GET OUT THE VOTE and to support the true moderates:  KAT ANDERSON, MARK FARRELL AND ABRAHAM SIMMONS.”

See Kat’s plans for Halloween after the jump.

And oh geez, here’s more about the recent, big-money independent expenditure – hear from Frank Jordan (is he alleging a crime when he puts “independent” in quote marks?) and Louise Renne too.

That’s it, that’s your final D2 Update for the day.


Gogh Giants! – Our de Young Museum Beseeches Us to “Fear the Beards” – Brian Wilson Plus Van Gogh = ???

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Our de Young Museum has caught World Series fever. See?

Epic Bearded Men – both have been in town lately:

Check out Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay in November and December after the Boys of October have taken care of business…

Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Might Not be Absurd, But Devotion Vodka Is – Experience Both Tomorrow in SF

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Beth Spotswood is all over this Mike Sorrentino situation, as you might expect since he’s coming to The Jug Shop at 1590 Pacific on Saturday, October 30th at 5:30 PM or 6:00 PM to sign Vodka bottles or something.

Now, you probably already know all that you need to know about him, but here’s a little something about his favorite line of vodka, the one that’s paying him $400K.


Do you feel that your favorite vodka has enough protein? Well, fret no longer, Devotion Vodka is here. Let’s read the press release together, shall we?

“Devotion Vodka: Get Devoted. THE WORLD’S FIRST PROTEIN INFUSED ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA HITS THE SHELVES IN SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY. De-vo-tion Pronunciation [di-voh-shuhn] -noun: Commitment Dedication and Determination.”

Oh, so that’s how you pronounce de-vo-tion. Thanks!

It’s new, it’s you?


“SAN FRANCISCO, — Created in San Francisco, the birthplace of the original martini,

Uh no, you’re thinking of Martinez, CA, way out there in Contra Costa County, and even then you’re still wrong.

“Devotion Spirits is set to unleash the groundbreaking power of the first-ever 80-proof, four column distilled vodka with the benefits of protein that is made in the United States.


“Whether enjoyed on the rocks, mixed, stirred or shaken, Devotion Vodka provides for the smooth, delicious ultra-premium vodka taste discerning mixologists (professional or novice) are seeking. The patent pending proprietary solution found only in Devotion Vodka will transform the cocktail. While bar shelves are cluttered with vodkas from around the globe in every imaginable flavor,


“Devotion is the first and only vodka which literally provides a drink with a real protein boost.

Protein? WTF?

“This revolutionary spirit will create a new beverage category, while also defining a new generation of vodka aficionados who devote themselves fully to everything they do in life. Created and developed by company President Drew Adelman, a nightlife, dining aficionado and fitness buff, Devotion Vodka was inspired by his search to combine his two favorite passions: fitness and nightlife.

Fitness and nightlife? Dude, you are a true renaissance man!

“My own personal mantra has always been… if you are going to be bad, you might as well be good,” notes Adelman. “With Devotion Vodka I can stay devoted to my regimen, while stepping out for a good time. I used to actually take my own protein out with me when I went for a night on the town.

Well, of course, you can’t step out without your protein. Natch.

“Then I realized there were millions of people like me who wanted to take care of their bodies and also have a good time. From that passion, Devotion Vodka was born.”

Boozing = taking care of your body. Check.

“In California, Devotion Vodka will be distributed by Young’s Market Company. International Spirits & Wines will be representing Devotion Vodka in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Devotion Vodka will be introduced in a 750 milliliter bottle at a suggested retail price of $29.99. The custom designed bottle made in France is not only distinctive, it is transformational;

Or maybe your bottle isn’t “transformational.” Just saying.

“the frosted glass bottle with the iconic logo and distinguishing red cap will further distinguish the brand and lifestyle that is unique to Devotion Vodka. “I have been in the nightlife industry for many years and I have seen some of the best ideas come through our clubs and restaurants,” notes Bob Jones, co-founder/vice president. “From Red Bull and Rockstar to Voss Water

Perrier from Scandinavia – now that’s pure genius.

“and Alize… all of those brands have a common thread – unique selling points that made them hugely successful. Devotion Vodka is a top-tier vodka product spirit enthusiasts will embrace. I believe Devotion Vodka has an unrivaled brand proposition everyone can understand and appreciate: protein.

I don’t understand/appreciate. Do not copy. Please resend.

“I have no doubt this will be the next big thing in the beverage industry.” “I’m exactly the type of person that Devotion Vodka was made for,” explains actor, athlete and fitness model Sebastian Seigel.

Or “Siegel,” sometimes he spells his name that way. Here’s a tip – whenever you get a funny word from Germany or wherever with the E’s and the I’s, just put the E’s as close together as possible, as in Diesel or Siebel.

“I have known Drew for many years and when he told me of his idea to develop protein-infused vodka, I told him I would be the first person buying a drink at the bar. It is ingenious. For athletes and anyone who takes care of their body and is looking for the best products for their lifestyle, Devotion Vodka has to be the choice.” In order to develop a recipe that would embody his vision, Adelman turned to the distinguished Frank Lin Distillery chemist, Dhir Singh and award-winning spirits chemist, Dr. Win Adler. Devotion Vodka’s proprietary solution

“Solution?” So, the vodka is the solvent and the protein is the solute? Sounds delicious!

“was selected by Singh for the following reasons: Solubility. Clarity. Taste. Feel. Devotion Vodka speaks to the masses.

The way Mussolini did? Neat.

“Its name Devotion shares many of the same attributes of the world’s greatest athletes and success stories: commitment, drive and success. From the stand-out design of the bottle to the unique marketing programs, social media campaigns and targeted outreach to the fitness and body builder communities, Devotion Vodka is both an ultra premium spirit and lifestyle choice. Fans and followers will be inspired by the Get Devoted mantrathat will surround all aspects of the brand. For more information, visit Follow Devotion Vodka on Facebook at and Twitter at Source: Devotion Vodka Web Site:

So, vodka + protein = Devotion.

O.K., but what about fat (or the taste of fat, anyway)? Well, in that case, you’re going to need Bakon, the bacon-flavored vodka.


Choose or lose.

Why Not Dress Up as a Halftone Newspaper Cartoon Again This Halloween? Stop Dithering and Slap on Some Ben-Day Dots!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Apply some Ben-Day dots, find a matching outfit and you’re done with preparations for October 31st.

Then you’ll be just like blogging renaissance woman TashaMarie:


Stop dithering –  Halloween is just two days away!

Come for the Free Arizmendi Bakery, Stay for the First SF Parks Town Hall Meeting – Saturday, Oct 30 in Golden Gate Park

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I’ve seen a lot of rules laid out for meetings at the Hall of Flowers lately, and you know, sometimes they stick and sometimes they don’t. Keep that in mind when you’re noshing on some Arizmendi at the first Neighborhood Parks Council Park Town Hall Meeting tomorrow, Saturday, October 30th from 10:00 AM to Noon near 9th and Lincoln at the Hall of Flowers.

Check it:

We treat each other with respect, even when we disagree.
We stay on topic.
We intend to develop personal relationships to enhance trust and open communication.
We value constructive feedback. We will avoid being defensive and give feedback in a constructive manner.
We emphasize open and honest communication – there are no hidden agendas.
We de-personalize discussion of issues – no attacks on people.
One person talks at a time; there are no side discussions.
We turn off cell phones.
We arrive on time.
We end on time.

That’s what’s in store for you.

Or, you can rebel, as this fellow and a couple hundred others did not too long ago at a meeting to charge auslanders admission to Strybing Arboretum. (Good times.)

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Remember, the Neighborhood Parks Counsel isn’t the Department of Rec and Park, they’re just a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rec and Park or they just act like they’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rec and Park. We’ll find out tomorrow, I s’pose.

When they go, “I’m just a facilitator,” that’s when you’ll know.

Anyway, here’s your sked for tomorrow AM:

10:00 am Welcoming Remarks from Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director
How will this meeting work and how can you make sure your thoughts are captured?
10:05 am Recreation Centers
Clubhouses, Hours of Operation, The New Staff Model, etc.
What concerns, ideas or feedback to you have about recreation centers / clubhouses?
10:30 am Income and Revenue Generation
Subleases, Vendors, Permits, Events
Do you have good ideas about events or revenue generation? Concerns or feedback?
10:55 am Outreach and Community Engagement
Notification, Interaction, Tapping Into Park Group Networks
What are the best ways for RPD to communicate with you? How can you help with
outreach for your park? What kind of outreach is needed for major park issues, such as
a renovation, or for smaller issues like a minor repair?
11:20 am Open Discussion: All Recreation & Parks Topics Open for Discussion
What else is on your mind? Do you have a suggestion for a topic to spend more time
on at the next town hall meeting?
11:50 am Closing Remarks from Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director
Noon Adjourn

See you there!

Ever more deets, after the jump