Posts Tagged ‘assemblyman’

Wow, Another Blow for Interim D5 Supervisor Christina Olague: Assemblymember Tom Ammiano Endorses John Rizzo

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Gee, what’s wrong with appointed Supervisor Christina Olague, you know, if she can’t even get endorsed by her own Assemblymember?

Anyway, here’s the news of the day:

“Assemblymember Tom Ammiano Endorses John Rizzo for District 5 Supervisor

SAN FRANCISCO — Longtime San Francisco activist and California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has endorsed John Rizzo for District 5 Supervisor.

Ammiano has served San Francisco for three decades as a teacher, civil rights leader, SF School Board President, Supervisor, and Assembymember. He cited Rizzo’s leadership experience, both with City College and as a Sierra Club leader, as well as his commitment to finding creative and effective solutions to today’s biggest problems.

“In the years I’ve known John Rizzo, he has proven his dedication to public education, a greener San Francisco, and civil rights,” said Ammiano. “He’ll bring the kind of progressive policy solutions we need to City Hall, and has the experience to get them passed.”

“I am honored by Assemblymember Ammiano’s endorsement,” said Rizzo. “We have always shared values on issues such as education and the environment and I’m proud that he supports my bid for Supervisor.”

The endorsement comes at a great time for Rizzo’s campaign, which has been building momentum through an intensive field program that has seen campaigners on the ground in the District every day.

John Rizzo is also endorsed by Senator Leland Yee, Supervisor Eric Mar, the Sierra Club, and other elected officials and community and business leaders.

John Rizzo was twice elected to the Community College Board and is the former chair of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. He has a proven track record as an effective leader in government and education, in protecting the environment, parks and Muni, and in bringing jobs to San Francisco. Some of his accomplishments include spearheading adoption of the GoSolarSF program which quadrupled the city’s solar capacity and created hundreds of jobs, and creating a “local hire” initiative at City College, which ensures that San Franciscans are put to work on taxpayer-funded construction projects.

As a 27-year resident of District 5, John raised his daughter through San Francisco public schools and is a dedicated MUNI rider. He is committed to fighting for our neighborhoods, our schools, and our city.

So, add that to this list of Endorsements: 

The Sierra Club

Leland Yee, State Senator

Eric Mar, Supervisor

Jake McGoldrick, Former Supervisor

Milton Marks, Trustee, College Board

Natalie Berg, Trustee, College Board

Chris Jackson, Trustee, College Board

Steve Ngo, Trustee, College Board

Mark Sanchez, Former President of the Board of Education

Mary Hernandez, Former President of the Board of Education

Robert Varni, Former Trustee, College Board*

Julio Ramos, Former Trustee, College Board

Dr. Carlota T. Del Portillo, Former Dean, City College Mission Campus

Bob Cheasty, Former Albany Mayor, and Citizens for East Shore Parks.

Andy Katz, East Bay MUD Board of Directors

Larry Fahn, Sierra Club National Board of Directors and Former President

Sanjay Ranshod, Sierra Club National Board of Directors

Michele Perrault, Former President National Sierra Club Board of Directors

Trent Orr, Earth Justice

Former Planning Commissioner Espanola Jackson

Senator Leland Yee Throws Down: Goes to Chinatown, Supports a Nuanced Approach to Shark Fin Soup

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Senator Leland Yee made it clear today that he doesn’t support illegal finning of sharks. But he opposes the idea of an absolute ban on shark fin soup in CA. It’s a “cultural showdown,” don’t you know.

Your State Senator in Chinatown. (Is this hostile territory for him now? It sure wasn’t a few years back, that’s for sure. No matter, they love him in the West Side of town, you ought to see it sometime. He has loads of boosters out there, irregardless of what the politicos of Chinatown say or do. Those voters might come in handy during our next Mayoral election, non?)

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It looks like soup was on the menu at this particular presser, huh?

Don’t know a whole bunch about this issue, excepting for this back in aught-nine and the occasional sidewalk shark sighting you tend to have about town.

All the deets below, plus the minority report from Mssrs. Fong and Huffman, after the jump

“Senator Yee, San Francisco Chinese Restaurants Call for Greater Conservation Efforts, Not Ban on Cultural Cuisine. Yee Says Ban on Shark Fin Soup is the Wrong Answer to a Legitimate Problem

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joined dozens of San Francisco Chinese restaurants to oppose a bill to ban the sale of shark fin soup and make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, trade, or distribute a shark fin.
 
Yee released the following statement:
 
“I am very concerned with the plight of many shark species and the illegal shark fining trade.  That is why I support the federal law that bans the practice of killing sharks only for their fins and I would support state legislation to strengthen it.  I would also support legislation to create greater penalties for and enforcement of illegally killing sharks or selling any product from an endangered species. 
 
However, the proposed state law to ban all shark fins from consumption – regardless of species or how they were fished or harvested – is the wrong approach and an unfair attack on Asian culture and cuisine.   Some sharks are well-populated and many can and should be sustainably fished.
 
Unfortunately, this proposal is just the latest assault on Asian cultural cuisine.  Last week, we had to fight a proposal at the California Fish and Game Commission that would have banned frog and turtle consumption.  I had to pass legislation last year just to allow for the production of Asian rice noodles, and similar bills were needed to allow for Korean rice cakes.  There have also been previous efforts to end live food markets, roasted duck, and several other cultural staples.
 
Rather than launch just another attack on Asian American culture, the proponents of the ban on shark fin soup should work with us to strengthen conservation efforts.”
 
Demonstrating Yee’s steadfast commitment to environmental protection, this past week he earned a 100 percent voting record with the California League of Conservation Voters.  Yee was one of only two senators to receive perfect scores on every environmental scorecard in 2010, including the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action. 

PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY
Senator Yee, San Francisco Chinese Restaurants Oppose Ban on Shark Fin Soup
Yee calls for greater conservation efforts, not ban on cultural cuisine

WHAT:Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) will joined dozens of San Francisco restaurants to oppose a bill to ban the sale of shark fin soup and make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, trade, or distribute a shark fin. Yee is calling for greater conservation efforts including greater penalties for and enforcement of illegally killing sharks, but believes the proposed state law to ban all shark fins from consumption – regardless of species or how they were fished or harvested – is the wrong approach and an unfair attack on Asian culture and cuisine. Some sharks are well-populated and many can be sustainably fished.

WHO:Senator Leland Yee

Bill Lee, Far East Cafe

Willy Ng, Koi Palace
Timothy Lee, Imperial Palace
Hon So, New Asia Restaurant
Elaine Chiu, Grand Place Restaurant
Kon Hung Chan, South Sea Seafood Village
Michael Ou, The Kitchen
Henry Cheung, Charlie Seafood Inc.
Michael Kwong, Hop Woo Co., Ltd.
Best Trade Company
Paul Lee, City Super

WHERE:Far East Café
631 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, California

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Flowery, Old-School “Tom Ammiano for Mayor” Button From the 1990′s Goes Back Into the Vault. For Now.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Think I came across this abandoned “Tom Ammiano Mayor” button (avec union bug and required “FPPC  #1244894″ imprint) last decade either at the State Building (where it didn’t really belong) or at Clint Reilly’s building at 465 Cal. (Think it was in a bag with a mess of anti-meth* DUMP TINA buttons from the pre I-Lost-Me-To-Meth era.)

Anyway, this political icon is going back into the paper-clip/Post-It Notes drawer for a while.

Maybe it will come back into vogue in about four months?

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…or four years?

…or eight?

*Wed. night, Dec. 8, 12:30am/11:30 Season One, Episode One

**I don’t see it as a sunflower, I just see jet engine fanblades surrounding a spinner…

Leno, Ammiano, Dufty to Star at Tomorrow’s Save the Castro Country Club Rally

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

This one speaks for itself. There’ll be a rally in the Castro for the benefit of the highly-rated Castro Country Club tomorrow Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM:

“Longtime Home of a Recovery Meeting Place in the Castro to be Sold. Leno, Ammiano, Dufty to Make Appeal for Funds to Save the Club, Keep the Steps in the Castro

WHO:  San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, State Senator Mark Leno as well as Jonathan Vernick, Executive Director, Baker Places

WHAT: Press Conference & Fundraising Rally to Save the Castro Country Club

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Front Steps at 4058 18th Street in San Francisco

WHY: After almost 30 years, the Castro Country Club, a recovery meeting and gathering place, is at risk of closing due to the sale of the building where it is located.  Local leaders and members of the recovery community are rallying to raise the funds necessary to save the club from closing.”

More deets:

About the Castro Country Club
Founded in recovery. The volunteer-based Club operates an espresso café on site and is open from early morning until late at night, 365 days a year. It currently hosts over thirty 12-step meetings each week. The Castro Country Club is a program of Baker Places, a nonprofit corporation providing an array of community-based services to residents of San Francisco with mental health, substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS-related issues. For more information, please visit
www.castrocountryclub.org.

See you there!

Senator Leland Yee Addresses Richmond High Rape Case With a Must Report Law

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Last year’s rape case at Richmond High School in the City of Richmond, CA is getting some attention from the solons of Sacramento.

Item 1: Senator Leland Yee doesn’t cotton to the idea of people just standing around when 16-year-olds get raped, so he authored Senate Bill 840. It requires:

“individuals who reasonably believe that they have witnessed a murder, rape or lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 18 years to notify law enforcement officials.”  

Basically, SB840 would update the David Cash Jr. Law, aka the Sherrie Iverson Child Victim Protection Act that was authored by former Senator, current Assemblyman, and future Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Tom’s law already covers victims aged up to 14 years - Leland’s proposed law would add in victims aged 15 through 18. 

The California Senate’s Assistant President pro Tempore at the helm in Sacramento:

Here’s a brief rundown on non-Samaritan poster-boy David Cash, from Wiki’s entry on murderer Jerry Strohmeyer:

“Sherrice Iverson’s mother demanded that David Cash, Jr., be charged as an accessory, but authorities stated there was not enough evidence connecting him to the actual crime, and Cash was never prosecuted for any offense related to the murder. In the weeks following Strohmeyer’s arrest, Cash told the Los Angeles Timesthat he did not dwell on the murder of Sherrice Iverson. “I’m not going to get upset over somebody else’s life. I just worry about myself first. I’m not going to lose sleep over somebody else’s problems.” He also told the newspaper that the publicity surrounding the case had made it easier for him to “score with women.” Cash also told the Long Beach Press-Telegram: “I’m no idiot … I’ll get my money out of this.”

So that’s Item 1.

Item 2: Assemblyman Pedro Nava has authored AB 984, which would cover victims of any age.

So, those are California’s proposed witness crime reporting bills of 2010, so far.

Here’s Senator Yee’s release from this morning, after the jump

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San Francisco Democrats Boo Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at Gala – How Wude!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Pity poor Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – tonight he crashed the annual San Francisco Democratic Party Fundraising Gala and Auction at the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill and he was rewarded with a loud round of booing.

Poor guy. Did Assemblymember Tom Ammiano spontaneously yell, “You lie” at Arnold, ala Congressman Joe Wilson? Haha!

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The evening captured via Francis Tsang’s BlackBerry

Per SF FYI Net:

San Francisco Democratic Party – Onward to Victory Gala 2009
When: October 7, 2009 – Wednesday
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Where: The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Democratic Party’s Annual Gala Fund Raiser. Many voices – one vision. Funds raised at the gala will directly support voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities to ensure that we elect a Democratic governor in 2010. $150.

AB 312 – A First Step for Civilian Oversight of the BART Police

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The full text isn’t available online yet, but it looks like the San Francisco Bay Guardian will be pleased with the latest Assembly Bill to sprout up in Sacramento. AB 312, first proposed last month, will bring changes to the BART police force. Read all about it:

“Following the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) introduced much anticipated legislation today (AB 312) that would create a civilian oversight body for the BART police force.”

Senator Leland Yee and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano working together once again:

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“The shooting of Oscar Grant is a sad and unfortunate reminder that the BART Police needs additional oversight as exists for other law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a young person has been shot and killed by an on-duty officer with BART.  There have been other deaths and untold numbers of cases of brutality”, said Ammiano. “The BART Board’s proposed internal subcommittee to review BART police practices, while appreciated, is simply not enough. A young man was killed and the community is justifiably outraged, it’s long overdue for civilian oversight.”

“BART currently lacks adequate public oversight and accountability of its police department,” said Yee. “Complaints and grievances against BART police officers have been investigated and adjudicated internally without any independent review. This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house.  Our legislation will finally end this untenable situation.”

Several major police departments in the state, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose, have civilian oversight bodies, but BART police do not despite the fact that BART covers four Bay Area counties.

Senator Carole Migden Leading Latest Online Poll

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Forget about that other District 3 poll, the one that had to be pulled due to cheating by Internet-savvy individuals. Here’s the latest from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Their survey currently shows Carole Migden leading with 54%, Mark Leno at 43% and Joe Nation trailing with 3%.

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Get in on the fun right now and cast your vote. You can’t win if you don’t play!