Posts Tagged ‘Arnold’

UCSF’s Stem Cell Center is Open – It’s the Craziest Building in Town – A 700-Foot Millipede Coming Down Mt. Sutro

Monday, November 29th, 2010

What’s the Next Big Thing in stem cell research? It’s got to be UCSF‘s shiny, brand-spanking-new, 700-foot-long Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research (CIRMbuilding from New Yawk-based Rafael Vinoly Architects.

Check it:

“The $123 million building is a series of split-level floors with terraced grass roofs and solar orientation. Open labs flow into each other, with office/interaction areas located on the circulation route between the labs, allowing for the entire research community in the building to interact.”

It’s the CIRM Worm! See?

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It was the Modern Steel Construction Magazine cover girl earlier this year, or something, so that’s something to crow about.

As planned:

But this low-rise monster, in real life, somehow looks like:

An RV;

A boat;

A millipede; and

A Jawa Sandcrawler

And all at the same time.

Researchers have already moved in so let’s take a look why not.

Here’s the view coming up Medical Center Drive. This thing looks as if it will spring to life at any moment and start marching towards Parnassus, or Irving, to swallow a an N Judah or two:

This is how you build in Earthquake Country:

This is all the way up the hill where Med Center takes a hairpin. Kind of looks like an RV. Anterior Region in Lateral View:

Looking down the hill:

The clitellum:

And here, it sort of looks like a boat. See how it’s moored to Mount Sutro? (And hey, UCSF. Did you leave all the lights on for the entire four-day Thanksgiving weekend? O.K. fine.)

And here’s the gap betwixt floors:

Look through and you can see the ocean! (Or the bay, or the Golden Gate, or the estuary, whatever…)

Here’s the view from the roof, more or less, with a nice view of The Richmond and our Golden Gate Bridge

And here’s what we were promised, up on the roof:

And here’s what we got, it’s like weeds and International Orange chairs:

Maybe they’re still working on the vegetation.

And speaking of orange chairs, the theme continues inside:

Now, don’t fret about them concomitant radioactive materials up near the top…

…cause they have a nice outdoor shower to wash ’em all away, Silkwood-style:

Leave us now depart the CIRM Worm:

Bon Courage, CIRM people!

They had a big party for the groundbreaking with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger a couple years back, so maybe they’ll have another shindig for the official kickoff?

Read all about it or take a look at the video from back in the day.

2008 saw Arnold’s first visit ever to UCSF, so Chancellor J. Michael Bishop gave him the business about it.

The stars of the show were Arnie and Mr. Eli Broad

Was that a gold fleur-de-lys ring? Something like that.

Anyway, y’all come back.

All the deets:

The building, which will be located on the Parnassus Campus, will house 25 principal investigators and their teams at full capacity. It will be the headquarters of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF, which will continue to include scientists across all UCSF campuses. The relocation of scientists into the building will free up space in existing laboratories/offices that will allow for additional recruitments. UCSF has recruited 16 new faculty members to the Center in the last three years. The building will be located near UCSF Medical Center, which will support the long-term goal of translating basic research findings to clinical trials.

Groundbreaking for the building, which has more than 46,000 assignable square feet and has four split-level floors, occurred in late August 2008, with completion of the project in late-2010.”

Design-Build Team:
General Contractor
DPR Construction, Inc., San Francisco
Fabricator and Erector
Schuff Steel – Pacific Division, Oakland/San Diego, Calif. (AISC Member)
SmithGroup, San Francisco
Structural Engineer
Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc., San Francisco
Preliminary Design Team:
Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York
Structural Engineer
Nabih Youssef Associates, San Francisco

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Reveal His Vote for Our Next Governor on the Tonight Show? – Odds are He’ll Say Jerry Brown

Monday, November 8th, 2010

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is using his iPhone 4 to be a little coy with us this afternoon

“Don’t forget to watch The Tonight Show this evening. Major announcement coming.”

Will he us that he voted for Governor-elect Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman? (Whether he did or not – everybody loves a winner, right?)

But what else might he say?

Maybe he’ll tell us why he wears a clock as a watch, how about that?

Toon in tonight!

RAND Corp. Says Influence of Mexican Drug Trafficking is Exaggerated, So Marijuana Legalization is No Big Deal

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Seems like our RAND Corporation always has something interstesting to say. Like today, for instance, they’re talking about the affects of marijuana legalization in California, if that ever happens.

It’s a little nuanced, so prepare yourself now.

Arnold on the ganga, in Africa, back in the day. How will he celebrate the passage of Prop 19?


All the deets:

Legalizing Marijuana in California Will Not Dramatically Reduce Mexican Drug Trafficking Revenues

Legalizing marijuana in California will not dramatically reduce the drug revenues collected by Mexican drug trafficking organizations from sales to the United States, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The only scenario where legalization in California could substantially reduce the revenue of the drug trafficking organizations is if high-potency, California-produced marijuana is smuggled to other U.S. states at prices that are lower than those of current Mexican supplies, according to the study from the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. RAND is a nonprofit research organization.

The study calculates that Mexican drug trafficking organizations generate only $1 billion to $2 billion annually from exporting marijuana to the United States and selling it to wholesalers, far below existing estimates by the government and other groups.

The RAND study also finds that the often-cited claim that marijuana accounts for 60 percent of gross drug export revenues of Mexican drug trafficking organizations is not credible. RAND’s exploratory analysis on this point suggests that 15 percent to 26 percent is a more credible range. Given that California accounts for about 14 percent of the nation’s marijuana use, this suggests that if marijuana legalization in California only influences the California market, it would have a small effect on drug trafficking organizations — cutting total drug export revenues by perhaps 2 to 4 percent.

However, the impact of legalization on Mexican drug trafficking organizations’ bottom line could be magnified if marijuana cultivated in California is smuggled into other states, according to the study. After legalization, if low-cost, high-quality marijuana produced in California dominates the U.S. marijuana market, then the Mexican drug trafficking organizations’ revenue from exporting marijuana could decline by more than 65 percent and probably closer to 85 percent. In this scenario, results from the RAND study suggest the drug trafficking organizations would lose roughly 20 percent of their total drug export revenues.

Ever more deets, after the jump


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Announces the California Disaster Corps

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Looks like Arnold is doing something besides those photo-ops these days.  

Not that he’s not good at photo-ops, like this one from a few years back. Anyway, here’s what he’s up to today:

Governor Schwarzenegger Launches First-in-the-Nation Disaster Corps

LOS ANGELES, June 25 — Governor Schwarzenegger today launched the first-in-the-nation Disaster Corps to professionalize, standardize and coordinate highly trained disaster volunteers statewide. Disaster Corps volunteers will be registered by their local government organization under the Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program and will meet Disaster Corps training, typing, certification and security screening guidelines.

“California is always leading the way and now we are the first state in the nation to integrate volunteers into our state emergency plan,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Volunteers are an incredible resource, and no state has more giving, more passionate or more dedicated volunteers than California. Together, we will take volunteerism to a whole new level and make California better prepared and better equipped than ever before, for any emergency.”

In the aftermath of the 2007 Southern California Wildfires and Cosco Busan Oil Spill, thousands of disaster volunteers poured into affected areas to assist with evacuations, sheltering, clean-up and a host of other activities supporting response operations. Governor Schwarzenegger recognized the need to more effectively integrate and coordinate disaster volunteer efforts in all phases of emergency management, from disaster preparedness to disaster response and recovery. In February 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Karen Baker to serve as the state’s and also the nation’s first secretary of Service and Volunteering and charged her office with the development of the Disaster Corps.

All the deets, after the jump


Transit First: The 20-Vehicle Motorcade of Russian President Medvedev

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The only way to travel on Third Street is by motorcade, IMO.

Check it:

Via lutherlowe – click to expand

This was the scene yesterday, after the arrival at SFO.

And here’s the scene with Arnold:

via Schwarzenegger, srsly.

California Officiates a Second Shotgun Wedding for Toyota – First with GM, Now with Tesla

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Sometimes, even shotgun weddings have to end. Like the GM NUMMI deal that got hammered out during the era of “Voluntary” Export Restraints back in the 1980’s. Well, that money-losing fiasco ended last year (along with GM) so we’re on to a new marrriage. This time, Toyota is hooking up with Tesla Motors.

Why? Well, one reason must have something to do with having the California congressional delegation on Toyota’s side the next time people start acting up. Plus, Toyota is good at building cars and Telsa is good at not building cars, so Tesla needs all the help it can get.  

Tesla and Toyota just got married in California. But how long will the honeymoon last?

via Mr. Wright

(Is there nothing PhotoShop can’t do? Oh, wait a minute, yes there’s something!)

Obviously Tesla, which has broken many promises over the years, didn’t have a prayer of keeping all its new promises without a whole bunch of help. This will be interesting…

Vaya con Gaia, Toyota.

Don’t You Wish You Had Your Own State-Approved Smoking Tent, Like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s?

Monday, November 30th, 2009

I bet you’d love to have your very own smoking tent. One that’s large enough to be seen from outer space, right?

Well then you should envy California Governor Arnold Schwazenegger ’cause this beige smoking tent is all his.

As seen from the second floor of Sacramento’s Capitol Building. Click to expand:


Best of all, it’s been excluded from California’s new anti-smoking laws because, well, just because.

And if there’s the occasional  flooding in our historic capitol due to all the fake plastic grass that’s been put down, well, that’s all right as well.

Here’s the bird’s eye view


Happy smoking, Arnie!

Yes, whether it be cigars…

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via aindavid

…or marijuana, like back in the day…


 Smoking some sweet aparteid weed in South Africa – Pumping Iron, 1977

happy smoking, Arnold!

Enjoy your tent.

Recording Artist Moby Joins Senator Leland Yee Tomorrow to Support Womens’ Shelter Funding

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Tomorrow Thursday at 4:00 PM on the steps of San Francisco City Hall will be your chance to see recording artist Moby promoting the funding of domestic violence shelters in California. Read all the deets of this event with Senator Leland Yee below.


Moby, Yee Join Forces to Combat Domestic Violence
Musician and Senator call on Governor to immediately sign bill to restore shelter funding
Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D.
Moby, recording artist
Tara Shabazz, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Emily Murase, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
Beverly Upton, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium
Several domestic violence prevention providers
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM
City Hall steps
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California
Rain location: Lobby of Hiram Johnson State Office Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue
(may enter on McAllister Street)
Award-winning recording artist Moby will join Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) to discuss recent efforts to restore funding to California’s domestic violence shelters.  Today, the California Senate approved Yee’s legislation to restore funding that had earlier been eliminated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles). 
On Thursday evening, Moby will perform at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre.  Moby plans to donate all the proceeds of his California concerts to the state’s domestic violence shelters.  Moby, along with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, recently established a permanent fund to benefit California shelters.
Senator Yee will present Moby a Senate Resolution for his efforts in establishing the SOS (Support Our Shelters) Fund.  Several domestic violence prevention groups will also call on the Governor to immediately sign Yee’s bill to restore $16 million dollars to fund 94 domestic violence shelters and programs throughout the state.

The Bravest Cyclist in San Francisco Rides His Bike on Whichever Sidewalk He Wants

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Well this was the scene a few nights back at the Fairmont Hotel, which at the time contained former presidential horndog Bill Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, you know, people like that. (Who knows, maybe Barack Obama will be there soon.)

You had the TASER-equipped California Highway Patrol, the Secret Service, all kinds of security blocking pedestrain access to this part of California Street so the V.I.P.s could get to their waiting motorcades.

But what’s this? Biker dude just wanted to go home so he’s not caring about which sidewalk is verbotten. He powered up the block, dodging through all the scaffolding, the CHP, the startled security agents, nothing slowed him down. You might think he’d instead just use the roomy, traffic-free slow lane in the foreground…

Check it:

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I used to think that this guy, Andy, was the bravest cyclist in San Francisco. But now the crown must pass to the new fellow. (In San Francisco, most sidewalks are off-limits to most cyclists, so it would have been a piece of cake to cite and release the biker.)

He probably also drives his ride as slow as he can in front of harried moms in the East Bay – just for kicks, you know?

(Also noteworthy is the name Tonga on the sign advertising our famous $13/drink tiki lounge, the troubled Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. With a name like that, it deserves to be shut down, or some people might think. What’s next, Kung Fu Tacos on wheels appearing regularlyat Sansome and Jackson?)

Oh well.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Graces UCSF at Ceremony for Stem Cell Institute

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Well, yesterday was a great day for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and UCSF when the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundationgave away a big fat $25,000,000 check for stem cell research up at the Parnassus Campus.

Read all about it or take a look at the video.

This was Arnold’s first visit ever to UCSF, so Chancellor J. Michael Bishop gave him the business about it. Click to expand:

The stars of the show – Arnie and Mr. Eli Broad

Is that a gold fleur-de-lys ring? Something like that.

Jeff Sheehy, Director for Communications athe UCSF AIDS Research Institute, along with fellow CIRM Independent Citizens Oversight Committee Board Member David Serrano Sewell

Here’s the very steep site today …

and here’s what it will look like come 2010:

And they even had edible chocolate-dipped model stem cells. At the reception a Dr. Peter van Nostrum helpfully explained that the pink sprinkles represent the amino acid lysine:

Good luck, UCSF!

Details after the jump.