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Free Advice for Mark Benioff, Who’s All Kinds of PR-Sensitive These Days – The “Ron Burgandy of Tech”

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Well, here it is:

The Benioff Doctrine – Marc Benioff has a message for his rich tech friends: Give back or get out. A candid conversation with the Salesforce CEO and philanthropic alpha dog.

Um, but I think Bill Gates is the philanthropic alpha dog, right? And others in the Bay Area have given more as well, and they did it, um, more quietly.

This is part of a coordinated push from Benioff’s PR people. One supposes the San Francisco Chronicle is too hostile a journalistic environment for this type of message, so San Fran Mag and the San Francisco Bidness Times will have to suffice

All right, here we go.

1. Don’t just look at the title, read all or part of this bit here:

Marc Benioff Is the Ron Burgundy of Tech

This is how others perceive you, MB. Is this perspective totally wrong? Is it from Crazy Town?

2. Now here’s MB in his own words:

They are using the Ellis Act during this unbelievable boom time, to toss everyday residents out of their homes. I think is unfair and I think it has to change. I think that our government, our industry leaders and everyday citizens — all three stakeholders — need to come together in a conversation and change that. I think these buses — which if you hang out in the Mission, [they come] every five minutes — they’ve got to be massively regulated, we have to get them off our streets”

All right, Mark. Well, why not just throw a couple hundred grand at every Ellis Act evictee in SF County? You could afford that, easily. I “call upon” you to do it, how’s that? And there’s a reason why we have the Ellis Act – it helps to make rent control constitutional. Do you know that, MB? And since when do you care about the Ellis Act, MB? You’re a follower and not a leader, huh MB? And since when are the streets of San Francisco your streets?

3. Here’s his 1-1-1 plan. Hey Mark, I call upon you to upgrade this to the 5-5-5 plan. C’mon! I’ll hector you the way you hector Zuck. Let’s dream into action. I’m the best person in philanthropy because I say I’m the best person in philanthropy! It’s as simple as that.

4. Sean Parker. Whoo boy, aren’t you supposed to temper the Billionaire Boys Club, Mark? Isn’t that your role? No, you’d rather add fuel to the fire, you’d rather encourage them?

“Amazing post by Sean Parker. One of the great visionary leaders of our time. I could not agree more with his view. http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/27/weddings-used-to-be-sacred-and-other-lessons-about-internet-journalism/

Here’s what you could have told Sean Parker, you could have told him that having a wedding like that in that location is HARD. It takes a lot of work, which is why most people don’t attempt something like that. But why do a half-assed job on it, why didn’t Sean Parker know enough to do things the right way? He’s not stupid, right? He just lacked perspective. Kind of like you, MB.

5. Mission Bay fiasco. Oh, that’s right, you’ve moved on, after all that bluster, you’ve moved on. Fair enough, enough said.

6. America’s Cup fiasco. Why not call upon your great pal Larry Ellison to pay our general fund about $11,000,000?

7 Twitter Enterprise Zone. Why not call upon Twitter to pay its taxes under the old rules? Shouldn’t Twitter “give back” as well?

Well, those are a few recent things ever since you became almost famous by giving big bucks to UCSF the first time. People applauded you for it, as did I. But you, Mark Benioff, aren’t the King of Philanthropy. Not yet, anyway.

So it’s sort of funny to hear you spout off like this.

That’s all.

(But oh, if you want to start doing something, why not start with Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic, which has recently been fee’d out of existence by the very government you so admire. Or why not do things like that in addition? You know, instead of criticizing those who don’t line up behind you like ducklings just because you ask them to?)

 

Neighbors at Odds in the Western Addition – One Window Sign Leads to Another – A Civil War, Upstairs Downstairs

Friday, April 4th, 2014

And actually one of the candidates in the most recent election lives in this building

Not sure if these exact signs are still up, prolly not, prolly new issues are promoted.

On It Goes…

Harsh! San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone Says No Communion for Unworthy Catholic Politicians

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Apropos of something I don’t know, Archie Cordielone GOES OFF on the topic of whether Catholic politicians* should be allowed to receive Communion if they dissent from Church teachings. Check it:

“Archbishop Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco speaks with LifeSiteNews.com regarding the worthiness of a Catholic (politician) to receive Holy Communion who goes against Church teaching on life and family issues. Recorded in Sacramento California March 26, 2014″

OK then.

*And non-politicians as well, one supposes. Anybody, really.

OMG, Ron Paul is Coming, Ron Paul is Coming to the Commonwealth Club! April 10th, Just Announced

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

This one will sell out soon….

Ron Paul, Former U.S. Congressman; Twitter @RonPaul

The term “liberty” is so commonly used in our country that you might say it has become a mere cliché. But do we know what it means? What it promises? How it factors into our daily lives? And most important, can we recognize tyranny when it is sold to us disguised as a form of liberty? Paul posits that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions. In fact, Paul calls liberty the seed of America.

Time: 9:15 a.m. check in, 10 a.m. program, 11 a.m. book signing
Location: SF Club Office
Cost: $25 non-members, $15 members, $7 students (with valid ID);
Premium (includes priority seating and copy of book): $45 non-members, $35 members

- See more at: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-04-10/ron-paul-liberty-defined#sthash.xFoEv9Uh.dpuf”

Twitter Gets Unwelcomed to the Twitterloin by Kahn & Keville, a Beloved Local Garage

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Via Brian Rinker:

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You know Twitter, it’s not too late to pay your taxes under the rules signed into law by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004. You know, just put it into SFGov’s General Fund where it belonged in the first place. How much are we talking about here, a $100,000,000 or so? I mean, you left a lot more than that on the table during your recent IPO, right? And then you could amend your federal returns and then you wouldn’t get so much static from the locals. And then you could also do your little charity efforts, you know, in addition to paying your fucking taxes* like everybody else.

JMO.

*I’m sorry, unpaid Twaxes.

Expurgating Keith Jackson: “Master of Disaster” Sam Singer’s Singer Associates, Inc _Almost_ Does a Perfect Job

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Take a look, nothing to see here anymore at:

http://www.singersf.com/team/keith.html.

Until the recent troubles, that page looked like this:

Here’s the whole team. Look who’s no longer there:

But this “20-person public-relations agency” now numbers just 19.

So you all might want to fix that.

(And, just saying, sometimes you get arrested and then the Feds never even file charges, just saying.)

Wife of Republican George P. Shultz has Trouble Accounting for Public Funds – Gadfly Petrelis Shoots, Scores

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

SFGov gadfly and convicted City Hall bathroom “peak”-er* Michael Petrelis alleges that this is how Charlotte Mailliard Shultz accounts for sacred money raised through taxes upon The People:

Are you fucking serious, a photocopy of adding machine tape?

I cry foul.

*And the difference betwixt you and the Chronicle photographer is that she had consent so the fact that they happened to be in a bathroom don’t matter.

SFGov Isn’t For Sale But, “GROUP AUCTION: Four Highest Bidders Will Meet With the Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee”

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Read the news and turn the pages:

SunnyKarma ‏@Sunny_Karma  42m

San Francisco #Mayor Ed Lee is highly interested in tech! Win a meeting, present your company and help a good cause! http://bit.ly/meethemayor 

Sunny* Karma?

The soul is for hire/

And they’ve sold the heart

* I think I know this gal – she’s a realtor, #1 on the west side

The Legacy of the America’s Cup: This Mural Next to City Hall, That’s Pretty Much It

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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The Madness of King Newsom: Three Short Clips Show Gavin Before, During, and After “Rehab” – Not Much Difference

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Here’s Gavin Newsom pre-rehab

And here he is during rehab:

And here he is from just last week, post-rehab – the first two minutes are all you need to look at:

See any difference?

I don’t.

Why does he smile when he’s mad? I’m getting a little Jack Nicholson, a little Jesse Pinkman kind of a feel from him sometimes.

Why does he touch his nose, what does that mean?

Oh well.