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Jesse Jackson Coming to UC Berkeley for Fred Korematsu Day – Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

InsideBayArea has the deets.

Korematsu vs. United States

Fred Korematsu Day in Berkeley

Come celebrate the first Fred Korematsu Day on January 30, 2011, at UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium. The program includes keynote speaker Reverend Jesse Jackson and spoken word artist Beau Sia, as well as tributes from Karen Korematsu and California Assembly Members Warren Furutani and Marty Block. There will also be a screening of the film, Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story.

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

In 1983, Dr. Peter Irons, a legal historian, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a legal team of mostly Japanese American attorneys re-opened Korematsu’s 40 year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.

Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. Korematsu’s growing legacy continues to inspire activists of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.”

http://korematsuinstitute.org/korematsu-day/celebration/

(For a list of other Fred Korematsu Day events throughout the state, click here)

Join the Korematsu Institute in celebrating the first Fred Korematsu Day!

DATE & TIME
Sunday Jan. 30, 2011x
1:00pm-2:00pm: VIP reception
2:00-3:00pm: Main Program
3:00-4:00pm: General reception
4:00-5:00pm: Screening of the Emmy Award-winning film
Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story (60 min)

LOCATION
Wheeler auditorium
UC Berkeley campus
Berkeley, CA

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Wheeler auditorium is a 15-minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley Bart station. Click here for walking directions.

PARKING
Cal Performances does not offer parking validation for this event, but street parking is free in Berkeley on Sundays. For a list of parking lots near the UC Berkeley campus, click here. For more information about parking on campus, please click here.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Wheeler Auditorium is accessible to people with disabilities. The closest drop off point near Wheeler is the alongside South Hall (see campus map). From there, it’s a short walk up the ramp and into Wheeler.

TICKETS
$100 VIP tickets include: VIP reception + Program (and seating in VIP section) + General Reception + Film Screening
$25 Full Price tickets include: Program + General Reception + Film Screening
$15 Discount tickets for Teachers/Non-profit employees/Senior Citizens (65+) include: Program + General Reception + Film Screening
$5 Student tickets include: Program + General Reception + Film Screening

Tickets on sale now! Tickets available for purchase online, by phone, by mail and fax, and in person from Cal Performances. Tickets can be mailed to buyers or held at Will Call and picked up at Wheeler auditorium (not Zellerbach Hall) on January 30. Please buy your tickets before January 30. Though last-minute tickets will be available on the day of the event, purchases can only be made in cash.

Seating: VIP ticket holders will be able to sit in a VIP section of the auditorium. All other ticket holders are eligible for general seating, so please arrive early to find the best available seats!

Cal Performances
tickets.berkeley.edu
Phone: (510) 642-9988
Fax: (510) 643-2359
The Cal Performances Ticket Office is located at the northeast corner of Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.

Event web site: fredkorematsuday.org
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117833281622710&num_event_invites=0
For questions, email info@korematsuinstitute.org or call (415) 848-7727

PROGRAM

Rev. Jesse Jackson

A keynote speech by the Reverend Jesse Jackson. The founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Rev. Jackson is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. In 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Rev. Jackson has been called the “Conscience of the Nation” and “the Great Unifier,” challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief. In 1999, Fred Korematsu was honored at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s annual awards dinner.

Karen Korematsu
Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. Karen shares her father’s passion for social justice and continues to advance his legacy by helping the Institute with its development and outreach efforts and speaking at events around the country.

Beau Sia

A performance by spoken word artist Beau Sia. Oklahoma-born Sia was one of the original cast members in Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam, which won a Tony Award in 2003. He has also appeared in It’s Showtime at the Apollo, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and the film Slam. He has published a book of poetry, A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge, and released two spoken word CDs, Attack! Attack! Go!and Dope and Wack.

Rep. Keith Ellison

A video message from Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Rep. Ellison is the first Muslim ever elected to U.S. Congress. He has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4, 2007.

Keith’s philosophy is one of “generosity and inclusiveness.” His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and civil and human rights.

Asm. Warren Furutani

California Assemblymember Warren Furutani, co-sponsor of the Fred Korematsu Day bill. Asm. Furutani was re-elected to the 55th District in 2010 for his second two-year term. Warren has over 40 years of experience and involvement in education and public service. He is also the chair of the Asian Pacific Islander American Legislative Caucus, which has ten members. In 2008, he authored Assembly Bill 37, which granted honorary college degrees to Japanese Americans whose education was disrupted due to their wrongful incarceration during World War II.

Asm. Marty Block

California Assemblymember Marty Block, co-sponsor of the Fred Korematsu Day bill. Asm. Block was elected in November 2008 to represent the 78th District, one of the most diverse districts in the county of San Diego. He is a former dean and retired professor at San Diego State University (SDSU). His passion on education issues, both at the K-12 levels and collegiate levels shows a strong regard for those who have little or no voice in the political process.

Sydnie Kohara

Emcee Sydnie Kohara is an award-winning journalist and co-anchor of the CBS 5 Eyewitness News Early Edition. She has served as an international correspondent and anchor for CNBC in London and Singapore. Kohara is no stranger to public service and community outreach. She was a political appointee under California Governor George Deukmejian, serving as Chief of Communications for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. Kohara also helped found Camp CEO, a Girl Scout-sponsored retreat for at-risk teenage girls.

Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March Coming Saturday, Nov. 27th, 2010 – Starts at Castro and Market, 6:00 PM

Friday, November 26th, 2010

It might be a little rainy this Saturday, but the forecast for 6:00 PM is actually pretty positive so get on out there why not.

Sean Penn making that Milk movie, back in aught-eight:

Click to epand

“The Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March will take place this Saturday, November 27, 2010. The vigil will take place on the anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, starting at 6pm. The vigil will last approximatly 1 hour and the march will begin at the Castro Muni station (Castro & Market Streets) at 6:45 PM.

The March commemorates the assassination of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone and is an opportunity for the community to mourn the loss of two of our city’s most progressive elected officials, reflect on their visions for San Francisco, and learn more about their lives through testimony from family and friends of Harvey. The event has been a community tradition annually since the assassinations. The speakers will be:

Cleve Jones, Founder, Names Project, and friend of Harvey

Harry Britt, former Supervisor, and friend of Harvey

David Campos, SF Supervisor

Carol Migden, former State Senator

Tom Ammiano, State Assembly member

The Milk Memorial Education Committee was founded in 2004 to plan for and install the bust of Harvey in San Francisco City Hall. The bust was installed in May 2008. The Committee is now engaged in educational programs at the SF Unifed School district and City College of San Francisco, on behalf of LGBTQ students. For more information see MilkMemorial.org or Rick Hauptman at 415-678-8919.

MILK MEMORIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE 4104 24th Street #388 – San Francisco, CA 94114

Supervisor Eric Mar Gets Booted from Littler Mendelson Law Firm – “Shame on Kloosterman!”

Friday, May 28th, 2010

San Francisco Supervisor for District One Eric Mar just  got the boot from the offices of Littler Mendelson (can guess their nickname*) at 650 California this morning. Why? Something to do with one of the firm’s lawyers attending the International Labor Organization’s 99th Annual Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

See it for yourself here at the IndyBay:

A Visit to America’s most notorious Anti-Labor Law Firm

It looked like this:

 

Shame on Kloosterman! Shame on Kloosterman!”

All the deets:

Police Remove Domestic Workers and Elected Officials from San Francisco Law Firm
Employer Representative Refuses to meet with Supervisors and Workers

On Thursday, over 35 housekeepers, nannies, caregivers and their allies,
including San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, and representatives from the
offices of Supervisor David Campos and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, were
threatened with arrest if they did not leave the offices of Littler
Mendelson, a notoriously anti-union law firm, in downtown San Francisco.
Domestic workers sought to bring attention to their plight in the run up to
the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) annual conference, which will
be held in Geneva from June 2 – 18.  The Supervisors sought to deliver a
copy of a resolution that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
unanimously passed on Tuesday, calling for an end to domestic worker
exploitation and urging John Kloosterman, an attorney at the firm who will
represent U.S. employers of domestic workers at the International Labour
Conference, to support a strong ILO Convention on domestic work.  Mr.
Kloosterman refused to appear, and instead the law firm called the police.
A video of the encounter with Mr. Kloosterman is available here:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/05/28/18649080.php
Hillary Ronen, aide to Supervisor David Campos, said “This is a disgrace.
Kloosterman is calling the police on elected city officials when all we are
asking is for 5 minutes of his time. This man is supposedly representing US
employers of domestic workers at the ILO, and yet he is refusing to even
face a room full of domestic workers who have come to his office.”
Domestic workers called on Kloosterman to work with workers to pass a
strong convention to end the abuse in their industry.  For the first time
ever the ILO will discuss decent work for domestic workers as part of the
conference. Juana Flores, a former domestic worker who is now Director of a
Bay Area immigrant women’s center Mujeres Unidas y Activas and the Caring
Hands Worker Association, will represent U.S. based workers in Geneva.  “We
have been working tirelessly with sister organizations from around the
world, the AFL-CIO, and the U.S. Department of Labor to pass a strong
convention which will help end the abuses these workers face, and I’m
saddened that Mr. Kloosterman seems uninterested in discussing these issues
with us” she said.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to
end the exploitation and harassment of domestic workers on Tuesday, and the
Board sent letters to Mr. Kloosterman asking him to support the
recommendations of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  Supervisor Eric
Mar, who authored the resolution and who requested to deliver the
resolution to Mr. Kloosterman personally, said, “Domestic workers help to
ensure the health and prosperity of families by freeing others to
participate in the workforce.  But domestic workers usually work alone,
behind closed doors and out of the public eye, leaving them isolated and
vulnerable to exploitation. I had really hoped to convey this message
personally to the representative of domestic worker employers at this
historic ILO Conference.”
“Equality is at the heart of our American values but we are long overdue in
treating domestic workers as equals.  They are the mothers and daughters
that provide vital assistance to our families, to our seniors and who take
care of our children, yet they lack the basic protections under the law
that many of us take for granted,” said California Assembly member Tom
Ammiano, who is coauthoring a resolution in the state legislature on their
behalf.
The delegation of domestic workers leaving for Geneva tomorrow are
undaunted by the hostility of the law firm and the encounter with the
police. They hope to win the basic recognition that domestic work is work
just like any other, and should be protected as such.  They will demand the
same labor protections that other workers already enjoy under international
labor law or are able to gain through collective bargaining, a process that
is not always feasible for domestic workers.  These include basic rights
such as the right to rest breaks, sick time, health and safety protections
and wage and hour regulations.

*”Hitler Mendelson,” natch.

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!

OneBayArea Meets in Oakland Today – Four Bay Area Regional Agencies + 350 Pols

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Did you know that “The Future Begins Today?” Well it does, according to the four Bay Area regional agencies meeting right now in Oaktown.

That’s right, it’s Alphabet Soupalooza 2010 and it’s going off at the Marriott City Center in the 510. All your faves are there:

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)

Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Put them all together and you get ABAGMTCBAAQMDBCDC! (Or OneBayArea.org, take your pick.)

All the deets:

Region Celebrates Earth Day With Launch of ‘One Bay Area’ Collaborative Effort at ABAG General Assembly and Summit

Regional Agencies and Local Governments Join Together to Chart Course to Meet Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

OAKLAND, Calif., April 22 — Four Bay Area regional agencies today are launching a major outreach initiative, One Bay Area, at a regional assembly bringing together 350 Bay Area city and county elected officials, regional leaders and community stakeholders at the Oakland Marriott City Center. The regional agency partners — the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) — are coming together in a joint General Assembly and summit to mark the beginning of development of the SB 375 Sustainable Communities Strategy for the Bay Area. SB 375 refers to landmark legislation (authored by Daryl Steinberg and passed by the California Legislature in 2008) requiring regions in California to develop strategies for combating climate change and promoting sustainable communities.

“One Bay Area” harnesses the resources of regional agencies, local governments, county congestion management agencies, local planning and public works directors, city and county managers, public transit agencies, community members and stakeholder groups. These agencies must work together to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by cars and light trucks in the region over the next 10-25 years. These efforts will be showcased on a new website launched today, located at www.OneBayArea.org.

“One Bay Area underscores the simple and fragile fact that there is only one Bay Area to pass on to our children and grandchildren,” said Scott Haggerty, chair of MTC and Alameda County supervisor, who will be one of the speakers at the Summit.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Traffic Cameras Finally Coming to Dangerous Octavia Boulevard? Let’s Hope So

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

In the beginning (circa 2005), there was nothing preventing drivers from making an illegal right turn from inbound Market onto the Octavia freeway on-ramp.

See? Inbound Market at Octavia in early 2007, no cones, no Safe Hit posts, no nothing:

Consequently, drivers would gain access to freeways taking them to the east bay and the south bay by making illegal right turns. See how this harried yuppie pilots his SAAB into an innocent cyclist? T’pau! The cyclist wasn’t hurt all that bad, but others were.

A traffic study showed that reverse-commuters were making an average of one dangerous, illegal turn every two signal cycles. Here’s the report, from early 2007

But then, Someone said, “Let there be light-weight cones ‘n stuff placed on the painted line dividing the bike and car lanes.”

And it was good. Or good enough for a quick fix anyway.

These posts and cones, along with other efforts such as stepped-up traffic enforcement from the CHP and SFPD, had an immediate effect. Here’s the follow-up traffic report showing a 90% reduction in the number of illegal turns.

But what about the remaining 10% of drivers who would run over the posts like this?

Well, what about a traffic island, as seen in this Photoshopped proposal from 2007?

 

Well guess what? After an investment of $50k and a lot of time, we got our island IRL.

So, these days, the intersection looks like this:

But there are no Photo Enforced signs. Why’s that?

Fiona Ma, along with a few of her pol pals, made an effort a couple years back but it wasn’t enough.

Well, comes now the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to say:

We Need Your Stories About Market and Octavia

Have you been the victim of an illegal right hand turn by a motorist at Market and Octavia Boulevard? If so, please email your story to the SF Bicycle Coalition

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is sponsoring a bill (AB 2729) which will allow San Francisco to use camera enforcement to ticket drivers who make the illegal right turn. The SF Bicycle Coalition thinks that camera enforcement is a smart solution for this notoriously dangerous intersection. Currently, there is almost no enforcement happening. We need public testimony from people who have been hit by a motorist or have had other bad experiences at that intersection to build support for this new bill.

The bill will be heard by its first committee next week, so if you are one of the unlucky folks who has a story to tell, please take a moment now to write down the details of your encounter and email them to Marc!

So, Tom, who knows all about Octavia, is now giving traffic cameras a go.

(R.I.P. Octavia Lounge)

Good luck Tom.

But what of today? Are drivers still making that illegal turn a couple of years after the island installation? Sounds like it’s time for a new traffic study.

Well, here it is.

Exactly zero drivers made an illegal turn from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM this morning. That’s the same time period measured back in 2007.

However, one driver tried to make a turn, but couldn’t do it easily because he (it’s always a he, am I right ladies?) was blocked by cyclists that he noticed at the last second. So he gave up and went south of Market to get onto the freeway. Amazingly, he wasn’t driving a BMW, Audi or a SAAB. There he is, in the grey Mazda 3 you can see here:

So, can we use some cameras here? Sure, why not?

Now, let’s not get into how we got saddled with Octavia and all its problems. That ivory tower academic from across the estuary already took our money and collected her awards so it’s unlikely she’d want to revisit her creation. Actually, she’s off to laboring on Masonic, where there’s simply no way her notions can hurt people and mess up traffic more than horrible Octavia does now. So that’s a good thing. Anyway, she feels any troubles associated with Octavia are San Francisco’s fault, so you can’t even count her as a defender of this massive planning failure.

(Speaking of which, should we now have traffic engineers work as urban planners, considering that urban planners and architects have gotten into traffic engineering lately? It would only be fair. Oh well.)

You know, down in Mexico City, a ward heeler faced with something like our right turn situation on Octavia would get a crew going and have a concrete traffic island curing in the pouring sun by the next day. It took us about a thousand times longer than that, but we got our island and there are people walking around today because of it.

But it certainly would be nice to have a camera or two to complete the job…

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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Assembywoman Fiona Ma and SF Young Dems Host Bipartisan Constitutional Convention Panel Tonight

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Assemblymember Fiona Ma, who represents the interests of San Francisco’s west siiiiide in Sacramento, will be in the bowels of the San Francisco State Building at 455 Golden Gate Ave tonight at 7:oo P.M. to host a special constitutional convention panel being thrown by the San Francisco Young Democrats.

That means that California Forward, the Courage Campaign, Repair California and the New America Foundation will be in the house to discuss l’issue du 2009 a California, our Constitution.

MC FM:

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(Attention Republicans: This L. Z. is hot. Repeat: Lima Zulu is Hotel Oscar Tango. Expect to be booed)

All the deets after the jump. See you there!

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Finance Committee of U.C. Board of Regents Approves Employee Furloughs

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

There was a buzz of activity today in San Francisco regarding the upcoming furloughs for some employees at the University of California. Senator Leland Yee spoke to a group of U.C. employees and students this morning at 7:00-something A.M. Get his point of view here.

A little later, the same protesters went over to nearby FibroGen, so that prevented Mayor Gavin Newsom from an making appointment he had there today.

The mise-en-scene inside at Mission Bay this morning. Click to expand:

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And this was the scene outside, what with a couple hundred U.C. workers milling about.

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“I’m UC President Yudof. I get $1 million/yr. I’m not here to save UC.”

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Let’s leave the Angel of Death and head back inside to meet University of California President Mark G. Yudof, on the left:

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And here’s California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, who’s running for Congress these days. He had a few points to make about getting more money for U.C.

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First of all, Garamendi called for the end of the two-thirds supermajority requirement to raise taxes in California. Then John called for support of an oil severance tax, namely AB656 from Assemblymember Torrico.

Now let’s hear from Sandra Faber, chair of the astronomy and astrophysics department at UC Santa Cruz. She talked about just paying out $150k in retention bonuses for three valued U.C. employees.

As a department chair, I cannot retain these people as well as hire people.  We do not have that long because our professors, particularly the assistant professors, are gong to bolt, and we are going to enter an irrecoverable slide.”

We should find out tomorrow how this all pans out.

To Be Continued…

5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration a Huge Success

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

First of all, anybody who thinks 100,000 souls attended the 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in the Civic Center last weekend needs to put down the crack pipe and come back to Earth. Can you hear me Major Tom? Can you hear me Major Tom?  I’m not even sure the Rule of Three could get you to a reasonable estimate. But if you want to chalk that six-figure number up to puffery or mindless boosterism, feel free.

Having said that, it appears that the AHSC has found a good home on Larkin Street betwixt Little Saigon and the Asian Art Museum. Last year’s venue in Japantown was not without controversy, but the clucking NIMBYs of notorious 1600 Webster (seriously, who would want to live with those people – they’re a laughingstock) have uttered nary a peep regarding this go-around in 2009, so they appear to be fine with the AHSC as long as it’s held a mile away from their condos. That’s what makes them NIMBY’s. Fair enough.

Here we go. Everybody seemed to being a good time, under the pouring sun:

There was some kind of parade going on – it was hard to tell. Larkin Street isn’t used to this kind of pageantry.

Hamburgerpanda made the scene. Natch.

And now it’s time for the Import Car Show. Check out this Beast from the East – Brampton, Ontario in Canada to be precise. But look how Brampton Comes Alive! with the scissor doors. Here it is, some kind of Chrysler, the El Diablo SRT-8:

The gritty nitty. Yes, it’s a Hemi:

What happens when the insanely wide rear tires on your Lexus are dialed in with insanely negative camber? What happens is every spring shower results in a vernal pool, ready for the rubber duckies:

Now, speaking of “schlocky souvenirs and mediocre food stands,” you had that in spades last Saturday – but what do you expect? It’s a San Francisco street fair, right? If you don’t want to buy a purse, don’t buy a purse.

Or magnets. Always with the magnets. I asked about snake oil – they were all out but they said they could order some for me.

And who else but The Supreme Master to round out the show?

I missed all the anime stuff, and the Thai kick-boxing and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma‘s talk and a bunch of other things as well probably. Oh well. Events like this are part of what makes San Francisco San Francisco. It’s good that the AHSC could find a home this year.