Posts Tagged ‘75’

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010: 420 Friendly But No Bicycle Parking and No “Major Gift” Announcement

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

[UPDATE: Mike Billings has the deets on the “major gift” worth 75,000 from Warren Hellman to automate the irrigation system of part of the park.] 

The 2010 edition of our Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival proceeds in Golden Gate Park. The whole shebang ends on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 so there’s still time for you to go…

It’s a pretty crunchy scene, in places, with ganga smoke all over:

“Special” brownies are $4:

But some rules you can’t break. This Marijuana Provider truck parked as close as possible to the main entrance got the least expensive parking ticket possible – $23. Actually, that’s a good deal: 

Speaking of parking, there was none left for bicycles in the afternoon:

So, up into the air they went. Once more unto the trees, dear friends, once more:

Appears as if the Plant People won out over the Bike People this go around – that would explain all the signage.  But I didn’t see as much tree parking as there was in 2009. IMO, trees are pretty tolerant of bikes hanging about, but that’s JMO.  

There was supposed to be an announcement of a “major gift” from F. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s favorite billionaire, to Golden Gate Park at the Banjo Stage this afternoon, seeing as how it’s the HSBF Decennial this year. There might have been a gift, but there was no announcement. Seen here with Emmylou Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:

Mr. Hellman’s jacket sported at least two Stars of David, for the record. Not sure the meaning of the script:

(Perhaps thats a better getup than his Fred Flintstone outfit.)

Anyway, that’s how it’s going so far…

Is This Chevy Caprice Classic Convertible Truly an Icon of 1975?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I say sure, why not?

Now let the Chevrolet slide:

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Can you picture these guys creeping down a back street on deez and/or picking up women, literally?

I can.

222 inches never looked so good

Sarah Palin’s Fee for Upcoming CSU Stanislaus Revealed: $75,000, Plus Benefits

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Senator Leland Yee today draws attention to this bit from the Modesto Bee, which paid a visit to this anti-Palin site based in Europe.

The press release lays it out, the links have more detail.

(NB: “ca.” means “circa” – That’s how they roll in Euro-land.)

S.P. is broke no longer:

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All the deets:

“Palin Fee to CSU Reported at Over $75,000 – More Than Double What She Charged Local GOP

As university violates state law, information continues to trickle out 

SACRAMENTO – The Modesto Bee is reporting that a Sarah Palin watchdog website has uncovered Palin’s fee to speak at California State University Stanislaus.  The Palingates blog reports that Palin will be paid up to $93,000 for her upcoming visit.  The amount would be more than double what Palin charged a local Republican Party in Lane County, Oregon, when she appeared at an event for $35,000, according to documents accessed on the Oregon Secretary of State website.

“If these figures are accurate, clearly CSU got a bad deal and Sarah Palin gouged California students,” said Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco).  “Celebrities should not be trying to line their own pockets at the expense of students, especially at a time when our public higher education system is in such dire straits.” 

According to sources, the university transferred two payments of $37,500 each to the Washington Speakers Bureau – the entity in which the university contracted for the Palin event.  In addition to the $75,000 speaking fee, the university is paying $18,000 for Palin to receive a hotel suite, first class airfare or a private Lear jet, and “bendable straws,” among other expenses.

“If Ms. Palin truly cared about our students, she should have waved her speaker’s fee or at least not overcharged,” said Yee.  “Every dollar that goes to Palin is another dollar not going to the students at Stanislaus, who have already seen their scholarships lost this year.  This is just the latest in a long series of bad decisions by CSU foundations and auxiliaries which demonstrate why we need greater transparency and accountability.”

via chdwckvnstrsslhm

“Last week, CSU Stanislaus released hundreds of documents that further show that university officials violated the California Public Records Act by not disclosing documents requested March 31 from Californians Aware and Senator Yee.

Among the documents uncovered is an email correspondence between CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and Bernie Swain, chairman of the Washington Speakers Bureau, that reveal documents were withheld simply to avoid “another round of newspaper stories.” 

The documents disclosed also show hundreds of correspondence between university officials and a partisan public relations firm on how to handle the public scrutiny.

The scandal has spurred Attorney General Jerry Brown to launch a formal investigation and Californians Aware to file a lawsuit in Superior Court.

On April 9, CSU student Ashli Briggs was informed that suspicious activity (specifically, document purging) was taking place within the administration building.  After seeing several administrators’ cars in the parking lot on the university’s scheduled furlough day, Alicia Lewis and other students found several public documents in a campus dumpster. 

Many of the public documents were shredded, presumably by university personnel.  Among the intact documents were financial statements, university spreadsheets, and staff assignments, as well as pages 4 through 9 of the Palin contract.

San Francisco Man Swears He’ll Never Drive More Than 60 MPH – The Pledge 60 Movement

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This man, recently seen on Franklin Street, has sworn he will never drive his Mazda 626 LX-V6 more than 60 MPH. Why? Cause he’s a part of the Pledge 60 Movement. Check out the sign that he printed at home (or at work, let’s hope, considering the cost of replacement printer ink, “starter cartridge” don’t get me started):

“I pledge 60 MPH max to save U.S. gas $

Fair enough. Not sure how this would work on the nascent Trans-Texas Corridor where they’ll have an 85mph limit, or for that matter Montana where teen-aged girls on narrow highways will pass you in their tiny three-cylinder cars going 90+, but oh well.

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The Sierra Club has/had a similar campaign – “I Can Drive 55 (or whatever the limit is).”

Pledgers should keep to the right (avoiding those carpool lane-stickered Toyota Priuseses going 80+ on the I-80) and they’ll be fine.

Pledge on.

(These kinds of pledges probably will have a higher success rate than those chastity pledges that don’t seem to work.)