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San Francisco has a New Ballet Master: Christopher Stowell Just Appointed to San Francisco Ballet

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Bienvenue chez toi, Christopher Stowell!

All the deets from our San Francisco Ballet:

“SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF CHRISTOPHER STOWELL TO THE POSITION OF BALLET MASTER & ASSISTANT TO THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Monday, July 28, 2014—San Francisco Ballet has announced the appointment of Christopher Stowell to the title of ballet master and assistant to the artistic director, effective August 25, 2014. Stowell will oversee a number of artistic duties in addition to those held by former Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director Bruce Sansom. Prior to the appointment, Stowell served as Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Stowell will report to SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. In this position, he will serve as Tomasson’s designate and liaison to Executive Director Glenn McCoy and SF Ballet’s administrative team on matters of planning, budgeting, and program expense management. He will also assist with scheduling, and artist and season management. As Ballet Master, Stowell will teach Company class and rehearse ballets for the repertory season.

“Many may remember Christopher from his long and successful career in the Company,” said Tomasson. “Christopher joined San Francisco Ballet in 1985 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1990. I look forward to working closely with both him and our current Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director, Ricardo Bustamante, in these complementary roles,” added Tomasson.

Christopher Stowell was born in New York City and received his training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In 1985 he joined SF Ballet where he danced for sixteen years, appearing in theaters throughout the world including the Paris Opera House, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. As a principal dancer, Stowell performed leading roles in the full-length classics Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Othello, and had roles created for him by Tomasson, Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and James Kudelka. An established interpreter of the George Balanchine repertoire, Stowell appeared in almost every Balanchine ballet performed by SF Ballet. Upon his retirement in 2001, he was accorded a gala farewell at the War Memorial Opera House.

Stowell has taught and coached in San Francisco, New York, Japan, China, and Europe. He has created new works for SF Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute. He has also staged the works of George Balanchine and Mark Morris.

In 2003, Christopher Stowell became Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second artistic director. He made significant additions to the OBT repertoire, bringing to Portland works from some of the world’s most celebrated choreographers, including Ashton, Balanchine, Robbins, Taylor, Tomasson, Wheeldon, and Lubovitch. During Stowell’s tenure with OBT, the company performed in Korea and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C—as well as venues in New York, Chicago, Colorado, Washington, and Wyoming. In addition to creating eight world premieres for OBT, including Swan Lake (2006), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007), The Rite of Spring (2009), Carmen (2011), and Ekho (2012), Stowell also commissioned works by internationally prominent artists James Kudelka, Kent Stowell, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, Julia Adam, and Nicolo Fonte. Stowell served as OBT’s artistic director from 2003-12.

About San Francisco Ballet
As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. Recent highlights include the United States premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, which was broadcast internationally, as well as nationally on PBS’s Great Performances “Dance in America” in 2011. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included London and Washington, D.C., plus first-time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.” 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.”

Oak Street Blues: What Happens to Your Bike When You Lock It Up in Appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

So yeah, the chain and the padlock worked, but you’re going to need some way of keeping the wheels attached, when the freaks come out, at night.

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In mitigation, this ride wasn’t all that expensive to begin with…

Lesson: You Gotta Lock That Down

OMG, BJORN AGAIN! Disgraced San Francisco PR Flack Peter Ragone Lands a Job with Mayor Bill de Blasio in NYC

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Well, here’s the news, look who just got appointed to the Bill de Blasio regime in New Yawk:

“Peter Ragone, a consultant who worked with de Blasio at HUD before going on to handle communications for Al Gores 2000 presidential run and for Gov. Cuomo’s 2002 primary bid, as a senior advisor.”

Now let’s travel all the way back to 2007:

“[Newsom's] admission[*] came as his aggressive and seasoned spokesman, Peter Ragone, was fighting his own battles: A local investigative television team had reported that Ragone was posting hostile comments about Newsom’s critics on a local blog under names other than his own. When confronted with the fact that the postings had been traced to his home computer, Ragone insisted that the author, “John Nelson,” was his best friend who often stayed at his home. Ragone later admitted that he had posted the comments, but he said he did so to reflect Nelson’s views. Ragone also posted under the name “Bjorn.”

Indeed. The “local blog” mentioned by the LAT is SFist.

All the deets:

Gavin’s Sock Puppet

RagoneWatch (A Day Late)

Peter Ragone By The Numbers

After all this, Peter Ragone had to go – he got voted off the island.

So I’m afraid that I’m going to have to disagree with the quite lengthy Wikipedia entry on Peter Ragone III, you know, the one written by … Peter Ragone! Or “John Nelson!” Or “Bjorn!” You see, Ragone writes that he “sparked a minor controversy after admitting he posted…” So maybe you could spin it that way, but the real controversy was actually about all the lies he told after he got busted. That’s why he had to go.

Now let’s see how well he does on that island off the east coast of America.

(Look out, Gothamist.)

*This was around the time that man-child Gavin Newsom decided it would be a good time start hanging out** with a teenaged Republican restaurant hostess. I’ll tell you, the people behind the mayor Willie Brown / Gavin Newsom / Ed Lee administration are deeeeeeeeeeeeelighted not to have to deal with Gavin Newsom drama anymore.

**Dating? Alcohol? You make the call

Sorry, Carpet-Bagging Challenger Ivan Seredni, But Katy Tang Will Beat You – Her Six-Second Vine Shows Why

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

This one.

(I guess you got to click it to make it go, or go here.)

‘Cause if you think “Born and Raised” carries a lot of weight in San Francisco, it’s even more that way way out in the west bay.

Katy Tang is unlikely to make a big mistake before election day because she’s a do-girl who does what she’s told. She learned how to be that way from another District 4 do-girl, who consistently did what she was told.

Hey, are there any other do-girls on the Board of Supervisors? I don’t think so.

But let’s check:

(Recent D5 Supervisor Christina Olague was a do-girl at first, but then she reneged. Now she’s the Former Supervisor Who Shant Be Named. Like Voldemort.)

Of course, ten years is a long time, long enough to grow a backbone I suppose.

Anything’s possible…

Here’s Why London Breed Will Be Appointed District Five Supervisor Within a Week

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

This is just my WAG.*

Oh, Meet London Breed, courtesy of the Western Edition.

And Meet London Breed, through her own words, courtesy of the Twitter.

Now, let’s let Lee Hubbard of the Oakland Post Online take over:

“Among those reportedly interested in the District 5 seat are Julian Davis, president of the board of Booker T. Washington Community Service Center; Gabriel Haaland, political director of SEIU Local 1021; Phil Ginsburg, Recreation and Park Department Director; and Michael O’Connor, the co-owner of the Independent Music Hall. Breed, who directs the African American Cultural Center on Fulton Street, has expressed interest in the position.  She has a large segment of the Black activist community behind her, pushing Mayor Lee to appoint her as supervisor. “London is a woman who is definitely qualified to sit in that seat,” said Bridgette LeBlanc, with Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA).  ‘She is a native San Franciscan who was raised and works in the community. She is a leader who is electable, and she can build bridges.’”

OMG, it’s LB with the POTUS!

Here are the reasons:

1. She is the choice of Willie Brown.

2. She is the choice of Willie Brown. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but why should Chinatown power broker Rose Pak have any say in D5, which, historically, anyway, is/was, along with D10, an “African-American district?”

3. She is the choice of Willie Brown and she has waaaaaaaaay less baggage than recent mayoral appointee Mohammed Nuru. I mean, how could she have as many closet skeletons as he? So, he makes the cut and she doesn’t – would that make sense?

4. She is the choice of Willie Brown and as a matter of fact, about four years ago, Willie the Sorting Hat actually tried to place London into the Assembly(!), or into the Tri-Wizard Tournament or somewhere. That seemed a stretch at the time, but appointing LB as Supe doesn’t seem a stretch at all right here and right now. 

5. She is a 2008 “graduate” of Emerge California, which encourages women to run for elective office. And when I say “encourages,” I mean pressures. (Signing up for Emerge** is kind of like saying that you plan on running for office (or higher office) sooner rather than later.) Anyway, the questions Mayor Ed Lee’s people would have for London concern her commitment for becoming and maintaining her position as Supervisor, right? So, London, if not now, when? 

6. She is the Worst Case Scenario for San Francisco’s progressives, IMO. She would be a train wreck for them, actually. So as far as Ed Lee’s political faction is concerned, picking anybody else would be an unnecessary risk.

7. She is the choice of the Internet, más o menos.

Those are the reasons – the strongest are #1 and #6.

So, if I know my Ed Lee, London Breed will be the appointee.

Bank on it.

As that Omar Khalif guy recently said:

Ed Lee is going to pull a G. Newsom n D5 appointment. Keep yo eye on my sister.”

*Which means I’ve figured this out on my own, unlike say, a year and a half ago when I got a phone call telling me the game plan about how Mark Farrell was going to win in District 2, which he did. 

**And pay your money, but, srsly, it’s a pretty sweet deal, if you’re a woman planning on running for office soon, and if you’re not a Repub or a Green, and if you’re fortunate enough to get picked.

Replacing Ross Mirkarimi as Supervisor of District Five is Easy: Simply Email Joaquin Torres for Fame, Fortune

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Per the brand-new District Five Blog, the contact person for those seeking to be appointed Supervisor of District Five is Joaquin Torres.

Speaking of which, there’s a new Sheriff in town. Here he is in the basement of City Hall just after declaring victory last month:

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The Dubious Charms of This Leftover Website: http://mayorlee.com – “Edwin M Lee, Official Mayor of San Francisco

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Surprised that MayorLee.com is still up and running.

This one-page website gives me a headache, so I don’t have the patience to watch it to see if it loops its catchphrases in order or if it makes them appear randomly.

Anyway, take a look for yourself, below – you’ll get the idea of the attitude of the person(s) what put it up.

Here are some of the standouts:

Ed Lee is unrelated to Ex-Supervisor Ed Jew (now in federal prison)

Ed Lee is best buds with Willie Brown and Rose Pak

Ed Lee never hesitates to embarrass his daughters in public: Tania and Brianna, Daddy loves you XOXO

O.K. fine.

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All the text, it goes on and on. It’s like living February 2011 all over again. Enjoy:

Ed Lee was progressive before progressive was cool
Ed Lee once administered all of San Francisco for 5 years
Ed Lee led the first ever rent strike against the SF Housing Authority
Ed Lee helps little old ladies cross the street
Ed Lee loves serving San Francisco so much he’s willing to be mayor
Ed Lee is a liberal Democrat
Ed Lee puts the American in Asian-American
Ed Lee won’t go Donkey Kong on San Francisco
Ed Lee is liked by everyone at City Hall
Ed Lee puts his kids through college
Ed Lee is not a drama queen
Ed Lee can cook
Ed Lee rocks a hella clean, next level mustache
Ed Lee totally ran the Olympic Torch
Ed Lee is Totally Progressive
Ed Lee wants to be your friend
Ed Lee is an old school activist
Ed Lee is a patron of the art of Chinese cuisine
Ed Lee was born with a full mustache
Ed Lee likes the Banh Mi around Tenderloin the best
Ed Lee thinks that the squiggly part of Lombard street is kind of strange
Ed Lee once wrestled a Cable Car with his mustache
Ed Lee only drinks milk tea with boba
Ed Lee voted Obama
Ed Lee is a good guy
Ed Lee doesn’t throw mud on other people’s faces
Ed Lee is a regular on the front of Chinese newspapers
Ed Lee say city works for you
Ed Lee knows how to pack a lot of work into a short interim term
Ed Lee owns the Free Parking spot in Monopoly
Ed Lee shook the earth when he became mayor
Ed Lee got 90.9% of the votes when he became mayor
When the city’s in trouble, they put on the Ed-Signal
Ed Lee: first asian mayor of SF with a truly awesome mustache
Ed Lee: Asian Mayor
Ed Lee has the sweetest ‘stache
Ed Lee brings double happiness to grateful San Francisco
Ed Lee makes San Franciscans pay attention to local politics
Whispering “Ed Lee” brings good luck
Ed Lee bridges East and West
Ed Lee, international globetrotter
Ed Lee knows how to get hyphy
Ed Lee ties his tie using his mustache
Ed Lee uses the phone book
Ed Lee is not a demagogue
Ed Lee is huge in Japan
When the Board of Supervisors gets in a fight, Ed Lee plays the grown up
When Ed Lee was sworn in as mayor, tears of joy fell from the sky
Ed Lee rolls his sleeves up when he walks into City Hall
Ed Lee is a karaoke god
Ed Lee’s mustache will answer questions at Question Time
Ed Lee is loved in San Jose
Ed Lee can shoot lasers from his mustache
Cats prefer Ed Lee’s mustache over catnip
Ed Lee cannot resist glazed donuts
Ed Lee is secretly Jack Bauer
Chinese Fathers Are Superior only when speaking of Ed Lee
Ed Lee was progressive before progressive was cool
Ed Lee’s so green, he can’t ride in hybrid SUVs
The M is Edwin M. Lee stands for Mayor
Ed Lee is not a 70′s pornstar
Ed Lee’s mustache is so huge, the city got rid of its fleet of street sweepers
Ed Lee is unrelated to Ex-Supervisor Ed Jew (now in federal prison)
Ed Lee invented a shoe that removes gum from sidewalks
Ed Lee: Short name, huge impact
Ed Lee is obviously a NINJA. No one saw him coming!
Ed Lee thinks the rent is too damn high
Ed Lee is best buds with Willie Brown and Rose Pak
2011 – The Year of Ed Lee
Ed Lee rides a bike to work
Ed Lee is a man of mystery
Ed Lee mustache is manlier than Chuck Norris
Ed Lee has a cat named spot
Ed Lee is a four time Academy Award winner
Ed Lee is a longtime collaborator with Dr. Dre, Ice T, and Eminem on Grammy winners
Ed Lee rocks it old school
Ed Lee suggests that we be excellent to one another and party on, dudes
Ed Lee was preceded by his mustache
Ed Lee makes decisions
Ed Lee loves his used hybrid Ford Fusion/p>
Ed Lee loves Mission Chinese Food (who doesn’t!?)
Ed Lee helped himself to seconds at the White House State Dinner
Ed Lee is related to Spike Lee
Ed Lee is taking Rose Pak to the Prom
Ed Lee can never tell a lie
Ed Lee can do more push-ups than Willie Brown
Ed Lee’s favorite watering hole is Buck’s Tavern
Ed Lee is bringing sexy back to room 200
Ed Lee’s favorite movie is “Eat, Pray, Love”
Ed Lee is My Valentine
Ed Lee loves Lady Gaga
Ed Lee and Jean Quan are best buddies
Ed Lee thinks the 49ers should have drafted Aaron Rodgers
Ed Lee is Mayor of San Francisco on foursquare
Ed Lee is a lame duck
Ed Lee only drinks straight Everclear
Mayorly Lee
Ed Lee is Mayor of San Francisco, Edinburgh, and Leeds
Ed Lee cares about black people
Ed Lee rode motorcycles with Ponch and John
Ed Lee = Totally Hot
Ed Lee is a Gleek
Ed Lee gets shit done!
Ed Lee has a HELLA SICK STACHE
Ed Lee backwards is Eel De
Ed Lee is the Asian Chuck Norris
Ed Lee turns into Bruce Lee if you make him angry
Ed Lee is History
Ed Lee Rhymes With Me
Ed Lee’s so SF, his underwear is colored International Orange
Ed Lee won a beauty contest against Jane Kim
Ed Lee moonlights as a backup artist for Tainted Love
Ed Lee won’t drop it if it’s hot. But he will drop it like it’s hot
Ed Lee will teach you how to Dougie
Ed Lee’s name is so short, SF will save millions in stationery costs
Ed Lee is a Champion Cha Cha Dancer
Ed Leeeeeeeeeee Tulibu Dibu Douchoo
Ed Lee is the home room teacher you wish you had
Ed Lee packs a mean left hook…in his mustache
Ed Lee is Bringin’ Feng Shui Back
Ed Lee wears a red tie because he’s comfortable with who he is
Ed Lee for President
Ed Lee = 李孟贤
Ed Lee + Jean Quan = Asian Bay Bridge
Ed Lee = community attorney and activist = Barack Obama
Ed Lee comes from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
In the event of a water landing, Ed Lee’s mustache can be used as a flotation device
Ed Lee’s mustache is structurally sound
Ed Lee’s satellite-dish equipped car is officially known as the Stachemobile
Ed Lee taught Sara Lee how to bake
Ed Lee’s mustache keeps SF safe from tidal waves
If Ed Lee sues you, you’ve already lost
Ed Lee secretly likes Chop Suey
Ed Lee invented Web 2.0
Ed Lee will not hesitate to service you, publicly
Ed Lee receives official mayoral telecommunications through his mustache
Ed Lee can do 218 clap pushups with his mustache
Ed Lee waits an hour to read the Sing Tao Daily for free at the public library
Ed Lee always picks the fortune cookie with winning lotto numbers
Ed Lee does not need your vote
Ed Lee: The San Francisco Treat
Ed Lee loves Twitter so much he won’t let them out of the city
Ed Lee is the founder of AAAM: Asian-Americans Attempting Mustaches
Ed Lee’s Favorite Vegetable: Parse-Lee
Ed Lee’s Favorite Fruit: Lee-Chee
For Mayor Lee, it really is as easy as riding a bike
Ed Lee’s mustache soaked up the bay oil spill
Ed Lee is De-LEE-cious!
Ed Lee never hesitates to embarrass his daughters in public: Tania and Brianna, Daddy loves you XOXO
Run Ed Run!”

Ooh, Harsh: City Attorney Dennis Herrera Throws Down – Goes After Ed Lee’s Failed Record on Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Turns out that our “world-class City” is ranked below Boston, New York, Oakland, San Jose, and Seattle, believe it or not. See below.

Now, just how purple do you want to see your fighting City Attorney.

Better A, as seen here?

Or B, after a little Replace Color and Shadows/Highlights?

You Make The Call.

Now, a little background and then the News of the Day. Let’s list the endnotes first for a change – they are that good:

[1] Government Barometer: August 2011, City and County of San Francisco, Office of the Controller, City Services Auditor, October 18, 2011, http://www.sfcontroller.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2581
[2] City and County of San Francisco City Survey 2011, Final Report, prepared by the ETC Institute, October 6, 2011, http://www.sfcontroller.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2573
[3] Voter Information Pamphlet, Nov. 8, 2011, Proposition B: Road Repaving and Street Safety Bonds, page 46, http://www.sfgov2.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/elections/NOV2011_VIP_EN.pdf
[4] Management Audit of the Department of Public Works, by the San Francisco Budget Analyst, January 9, 2007, http://www.sfdpw.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/sfdpw/director/DPWAuditReport.pdf

The latest from the Dennis Herrera for Mayor campaign:

“New Controller’s report confirms streets survey, audit on Ed Lee’s failed record on infrastructure

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Appointed Mayor’s decade-long mismanagement as DPW chief, City Administrator now require quarter-billion dollar streets bond to ‘finally accomplish what Ed Lee didn’t’

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 18, 2011) — City streets and public works continue to deteriorate under interim Mayor Ed Lee, according to a new report published today by the Controller’s Office, extending Lee’s decade-long record of mismanagement and neglect as the appointed bureaucrat in charge of San Francisco’s infrastructure. Today’s bimonthly Government Barometer[1] mirrors a highly critical survey released just two weeks ago that found San Francisco’s satisfaction rate with the current quality of its infrastructure to be the lowest among five benchmark cities to which it was compared. Lee’s history of lax oversight of streets, sidewalks and public works projects was also the subject of a devastating independent management audit of the Department of Public Works that the Board of Supervisors first commissioned in May 2005, while Lee was DPW director. That audit was released in 2007.

Today’s new Government Barometer identified negative trends in the City’s maintenance of streets and public works in terms of the percentage of street cleaning requests responded to within 48 hours, which have worsened both since the previous reporting period and as compared to the same period last year. A negative trend was also observed from the previous reporting period for the percentage of graffiti requests on public property responded to within 48 hours.

“For the last decade, Ed Lee did an abysmal job as the person in charge of San Francisco’s infrastructure,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “The Budget Analyst’s audit proved it in 2007; the streets survey proved it again two weeks ago, and the new Government Barometer proves it once again. Ed Lee’s record of failure is why most city streets are dirtier than ever, and in desperate need of major repairs. Now, San Franciscans need to pass a quarter-billion dollars for a streets bond, to finally accomplish what Ed Lee didn’t.”

Lee was DPW director from 2000 to 2005, and until January of this year served as City Administrator, a role whose major duties under the City Charter include coordinating capital improvement and construction projects, and appointing and removing DPW directors. As such, Lee is more responsible for the current state of San Francisco’s infrastructure than any other city official. Lee’s decade-long record contrasts starkly with his new campaign promise to be an “infrastructure mayor” who will fix San Francisco’s “roads, schools and parks.”

On October 6, 2011, the San Francisco Controller’s Office published its final report of the biennial City Survey for 2011[2], which found that:

* San Francisco had the lowest satisfaction rate with the quality of its infrastructure among five benchmark cities to which it was compared: Boston, New York, Oakland, San Jose, and Seattle.

* Overall satisfaction with San Francisco city streets, sidewalks, and infrastructure rated a woeful 31 percent, according to the survey — far below other cities. In fact, San Francisco’s rating for infrastructure was also lower than both statewide and national averages.

* San Franciscans were least satisfied with the condition of pavement citywide, with nearly 44 percent of residents grading city performance “poor/failing,” and another 38 percent describing it as merely “average.” Only 18 percent rated infrastructure “good” or better.

The new Government Barometer and streets survey from two weeks ago come as San Franciscans begin voting on a proposed $248 million bond for road repaving and street safety.[3] The nearly one-quarter-billion-dollars in new bonded indebtedness is required, according to proponents, because half of San Francisco’s 850 miles of streets — together with public structures that include bridges, tunnels, and stairways — need major repairs and upgrades.

Both the Government Barometer and streets survey also mirror a devastating independent audit of DPW that the Board of Supervisors commissioned in May 2005, while Lee was DPW chief. Even before Budget Analyst Harvey Rose’s final 269-page DPW Management Audit[4] was published in January 9, 2007, then-DPW Chief Fred Abadi responded that he “came to DPW after your audit had begun,” and that the report’s 120 recommendations “will prove useful to me as I continue to reengineer parts of the Department.” Abadi agreed and accepted all but three of the Budget Analyst’s 120 recommendations.

Among major findings of the performance audit’s of DPW under Ed Lee:

* DPW’s overall mismanagement, inefficiency and uncollected revenue combined to waste more than $5 million in taxpayer funds.

* DPW-led projects were routinely mismanaged, over-budget, and late — and city street repair projects were late by a shocking 172 days, on average.

* DPW failed to routinely track average project labor costs or productivity to ensure that Street Resurfacing and Pothole Repair Projects were completed efficiently

* DPW could not demonstrate that tax dollars being spent for street repair and maintenance (despite an amount that increased during Lee’s tenure) were spent appropriately.

* DPW allowed more than $1 million in litter fines to go uncollected.

* None of DPW’s eight bureaus fully measured performance to ensure that the bureau achieved the best possible outcomes.

* And DPW inspectors did not conduct routine inspections of streets to identify safety hazards.”

Dear Michela Alioto-Pier: Actually, Dianne Feinstein was Twice Elected Mayor of San Francisco

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Uh oh, there’s a problem with candidate Michela Alioto-Pier saying she’d be “the first woman elected mayor of San Francisco.”

As David Cruise and others of the Twitterverse have pointed out:

Nothing worse than hearing lies coming out of a candidates mouth… Michela needs to stop saying #SF has never elected a woman #SFMayor.”

Indeed.

And as a matter of fact, San Francisco had a stretch of 16 years, from 1971 to 1987, when Dianne Feinstein ran for Mayor four times in a row and ended up winning twice.

MAP at the Board of Supervisors looking foxy in at least four definitions of the term – look it up:

Photo by Luke Thomas 

So, yes, DiFi was appointed, but she was also elected.

Twice.

Leave us never discuss this again.

kthxbye

President Obama Appoints Three to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors

Monday, August 9th, 2010

President Barack Obama has just appointed three familiar names to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. Here they are:

David H. Grubb, William R. Hambrecht, and Charlene Harvey.

Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton has the news, below.

A few changes for the Board:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA NAMES THREE TO PRESIDIO TRUST’S BOARD. APPOINTEES BRING EXPERIENCE, LOVE OF PARK
 
“Presidio of San Francisco (August 9, 2010) – President Barack Obama has appointed two prominent Bay Area business leaders and a longtime parks advocate to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. David H. Grubb, William R. Hambrecht, and Charlene Harvey will replace outgoing board members T. Robert Burke, Nancy Connor and Curtis Feeny, all of whose terms have expired.

All the deets, after the jump.

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