Posts Tagged ‘administration’

New SFPUC Building at 525 Golden Gate Has Lots and Lots and Lots of Louvers

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

That’s what I’m calling them, louvers.

This is the south-facing wall of our new EcoPalace:

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This building is a bit different, anyway.

Your Alarmist Food News of the Day: Lead-Contaminated Honey from China Makes Up One-Third of U.S. Supply?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Writer Andrew Schneider has been all over his adulterated honey story for a while.

Via Kyle Mizokami, here it is:

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves – FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.”

Do you buy all that?

So, you see, the mom-and-pop ops in the PRC use lead solder in their unlined honey collection vessels and then the honey gets transshipped to India and then it comes here because it’s banned in the EU, or something like that.

Seems plausible…

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Acts to Sue CPUC and Feds Over Failure to Enforce Gas Pipeline Safety Standards

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is all over last year’s gas transmission explosion in San Bruno.

All the deets.

The first of a series of photos of the San Bruno aftermath from photographer David Yu

Just released:

Herrera moves to sue CPUC, feds for failing to enforce gas pipeline safety standards

Revelations from San Bruno tragedy lead San Francisco to seek federal court order compelling regulators to strictly enforce U.S. safety standards

SAN FRANCISCO (July 14, 2011) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken the first step toward suing the California Public Utilities Commission and federal regulators for their failure to reasonably enforce federal gas pipeline safety standards as required by the Pipeline Safety Act. The notice of intent to sue Herrera delivered late today is a legally-required precursor to civil litigation by San Francisco, which will seek a federal court order to compel the CPUC and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to enforce federal pipeline safety standards in an effective manner.

Herrera’s move comes in the wake of increasingly troubling revelations in news accounts and last month’s sharply critical report by an independent review panel investigating the deadly explosion of a PG&E gas transmission line in San Bruno, Calif. on Sept. 9, 2010, which resulted in the loss of eight lives and the destruction of 38 homes. That investigation report concluded that CPUC’s “culture serves as an impediment to effective regulation,” and went on to fault regulators who “did not have the resources to monitor PG&E’s performance in pipeline integrity management adequately or the organizational focus that would have elevated concerns about PG&E’s performance in a meaningful way.” The City Attorney’s Office will file its comments on that investigation report with the CPUC tomorrow.

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That New SFPUC Building Going Up on Golden Gate Avenue Isn’t Making Much of an Impression So Far

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

See?

Camera left: Fox Plaza, 100 Van Ness, Sutro Tower

Camera middle: 100 McAllister (UC Hastings – the oldest and largest law school west of the Mississippi, until somebody tells me different), City Hall (the highest old-school dome in the Western hemisphere, yes higher than the U.S. Capitol Building)

Camera right: State Building (a bit stubby but you state workers are going to ride out the next Big One with elan), future SFPUC site (see the busy, busy tower crane?), old Federal Building (Big Blue)

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Now, the SFPUC Building at 525 GG was supposed to have windmills on the top and whatnot but that’s not going to happen now.

Oh well.

How will you make a mark SFPUC? How will you show the world how great you are? (LEED-certification? Is that it? Well, O.K., just be sure to tell tout le monde about over and over and over again…)

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,

New Rec and Park Department Director Phil Ginsburg Goes on Dawn Patrol in GGP

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

New Recreation and Park Department Director Phil Ginsburg probably beat you out of bed yesterday morning, based upon this account written up in his new SF Rec and Park Blog. (Phil went to UC Hastings College of Law, so he’s just another blogging lawyer that you don’t know is a lawyer, like Richmond District Police Captain Corriea and his Richmond District Police Community Relations Forum, for one.)

Read “Day 21: A Visit Through GGP at Dawn” to learn about Golden Gate Park‘s overnight camping rules and how the Park Rangers enforce them.

You know people are camping in GGP when you see all those empty propane bottles strewn about:  

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And check it:

“I’m told there are actually underground websites that inform people on how and where to camp illegally in Golden Gate Park.”

Did not know that.

Anyway, check out the blog if you want to see Phil’s impressions of this and that.

Jerry Brown Throws Down, Sues the Feds over Endangered Species Act

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Oh, he certainly gave plenty of warning, but yesterday Attorney General Jerry Brown went and made it official by filing a lawsuit against a whole bunch of Bush Administration agencies for their roles in undermining the Endangered Species Act.

It’s on!

These endangered Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) from Monterey must surely welcome Jerry Brown’s lawsuit. Click to expand:

Feel free to read this cheat sheet to get up to speed on these issues.

More deets after the jump.

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