Posts Tagged ‘Assessor’

OMG, It’s Phil Ting’s L-Taraval Express Bus! Free Breakfast, WiFi – November 1st Only – RSVP Today

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

If you live anywhere near Taraval, you’re going to want to get in on this.

On November 1, Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco campaign will pilot its own L-Taraval Express Bus from 46th Avenue & Taraval Street to Downtown San Francisco. (This is an idea from our L-Taraval Muni Town Hall after riders heard about the highly regarded NX-Judah Express.) RSVP for the L-Taraval Express! We’ll have breakfast and wi-fi on board too. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis, so please RSVP.”

OMG, right?

Artist’s conception of Phil Ting driving the LX Taraval Express:

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Here are the pick up times:

• 46th and Taraval – 7:30AM (map)
• 40th and Taraval – 7:35AM (map)
• 32nd and Taraval – 7:40AM (map)
• 19th and Taraval – 7:47AM (map)

Here are the drop-off points:

• Civic Center – 8:25AM (map)
• Powell – 8:30AM (map)
• Montgomery – 8:35AM (map)
• Embarcadero – 8:40AM (map)

See you there!

Llama Llama Red Pajama: Which Books Are Your Mayoral Candidates Reading Right Now?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The Reader’s Review has the answers, excepting for Ed Lee and Michela Alioto Pier, who couldn’t be bothered.

Assessor Phil Ting‘s choice:

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John Avalos, Dennis Herrera, Phil Ting, and Leland Yee All Oppose Ed Lee Healthy SF Loophole Veto Threat

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

See? Here they are to oppose politician Ed Lee’s veto threat.

As you might have expected, famous Steve Rhodes was on the scene this AM

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Here’s what John Avalos has to say about health care:

“As Mayor, I will create a task force of experts to help me keep Healthy San Francisco strong and viable to serve individuals who are left out of health reform, especially our immigrant residents. We must stand up to profit-driven corporations and their lobbyists to finally close the loopholes in Healthy SF. I will also make sure sure the employer spending requirement of the Health Care Security Ordinance is not adversely affected by the Federal Health Reform.”

Here’s Mayor Ed Lee’s downtown-oriented proposal:

“MAYOR LEE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE ACCESS & PROTECT JOBS

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors to close a loophole in San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HSCO). The legislation preserves the City’s groundbreaking universal health care access and protects jobs.

“This legislation begins to close a loophole and lays out a framework that honors our commitment to health care access for all while protecting jobs in our City’s small businesses,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Supervisor David Campos for identifying this loophole and President David Chiu for working on a solution. I know we can all work together to achieve the same bottom-line objective; providing universal health care access and protecting jobs in our City. I look forward to working in partnership with Supervisor Campos, Supervisor Chiu, and all members of the Board in crafting a viable solution.”

Mayor Lee’s legislation provides more health care access while protecting jobs in the City’s small businesses. The legislation will address the loophole in employer deposits into workers’ Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA). Workers with an HRA are able to draw down the funds in those accounts for a range of health care expenses from reimbursement for health services to payment for health insurance premiums to buying into our Healthy San Francisco program.

Mayor Lee’s plan focuses on increasing the accessibility of HRA funds to reimburse privately purchased insurance or to pay for participation in Healthy San Francisco. Mayor Lee has secured commitments from the business community to communicate with their members about the importance of making these types of expenses eligible under individual businesses’ HRA plans. Additionally, Mayor Lee’s plan includes a robust data-gathering effort through the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement to determine how widespread the problem is, and therefore to best tailor a policy solution. By increasing access to health coverage options we ensure that San Francisco workers can more fully exercise the benefit provided them under the HSCO.

Mayor Lee considered the impact to City small businesses and its likelihood of costing employees their jobs while ensuring that businesses comply with the HCSO. Unlike other approaches which the Controller reports could eliminate nearly 500 jobs, this legislation strikes a balance that closes the loophole, provides health care to everyone, protects jobs, and grows the City’s economy.

Mayor Lee will continue to work with all parties – from workers, organized labor, small business owners, Department of Public Health, and the City’s elected leaders – to find the appropriate solution on this important public policy challenge to close the loophole.”

Looks like we have a standoff.

Phil Ting and Leland Yee Throw Down Against the BART Police Cell Phone Shutdown Policy

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

[UPDATE: The latest video communique from Anonymous, or somebody.]

I’ll just say for the record that, fundamentally, what BART did with their cell phone repeaters on Thursday wasn’t unconstitutional. (Of course, I think their actions this past week were stupid - the representatives of BART are behaving in a ham-fisted fashion, oh well.)

However, this bit here from Friday’s hastily-released release is overbroad:

“No person shall conduct or participate in assemblies or demonstrations or engage in other expressive activities in the paid areas of BART stations, including BART cars and trains and BART station platforms.”

Rest assured, passengers can legally engage in at least some expressive activities (like wearing a red shirt to represent the blood of dead passenger or saying, “Gee waiting for BART can be a pain,” for example) in the paid areas of the stations regardless of what BART’s PR hacks say. (Don’t you have lawyers on staff, BART? So why don’t you let them formulate your legal policies instead of having a formerly ink-stained wretch writing copy? Just asking, Bro.)

Comes now Zusha Elinson of the The Bay Citizen:

“Ironically, it was BART’s chief communications officer Linton Johnson who has taken credit for the idea to shut off service. Johnson told The Bay Citizen that he suggested it to BART police after a protest on July 11 snarled the evening commute. Demonstrators delayed trains and even tried to climb on top of one as part of a protest against the BART police shooting of Charles Hill on July 3. Johnson said that the police didn’t have to take the idea, but they did, and he bristled at criticsms leveled from passengers and civil libertarians. “It is an amenity. We survived for years without cellphone service,” Johnson said. “Now they’re bitching and complaining that we turned it off for three hours?”

Ooh, the B-Word (or gerund or whatever.) Is this the definition – acting like an overbearing woman? (Sometimes PR people get in trouble for not doing enough and sometimes they get into trouble for doing too much. I think we’re at the point when the PR person is doing too much.)

Now, here’s what your Senator Leland Yee has to say about the matter:

“Yee Blasts BART for Cell Phone Decision - Senator urges FCC to investigate, calls on BART Board to take action

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) blasted BART officials for shutting off cell phone service earlier this week within downtown stations to prevent protests. Yee called on the BART Board of Directors to take immediate action to prevent a repeat incident in the future. Yee also plans to contact the Federal Communications Commission to request an investigation on the constitutionality of the decision.

“I am shocked that BART thinks they can use authoritarian control tactics,” said Yee. “BART’s decision was not only a gross violation of free speech rights; it was irresponsible and compromised public safety. Riders need cell phone coverage to call on police and medical personnel during an emergency. How many more lives need to be put at risk because of inappropriate actions by BART officials?”

On Thursday, BART switched off the transit system’s underground cell phone network throughout downtown San Francisco after they learned individuals were planning to coordinate a protest using mobile devices. The people were protesting a July 3 fatal shooting by BART police.

“The BART board should take immediate action to prevent a repeat of such a blatant disregard for the needs and rights of riders,” said Yee. “I plan to also contact the Federal Communications Commission to investigate this appalling incident.”

And here’s a bit from Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting:

Censorship Is Not a Public Safety Strategy - BART Shuts Off Cell Phone Service to Prevent Protest

By: Phil Ting

The news from BART keeps getting worse and worse. We learned this morning that not only did BART turn off cell signals in its Civic Center, Powell Street and 16th Street Stations on Thursday evening to try and prevent a protest – the decision was made at the very highest staff level of the agency.

Censorship is not, and should never be, a public safety strategy. We take BART leadership at their word about motives; they say they were worried about a crush of passengers and protesters on a dangerously crowded platform.

But the proper response to such a concern was to send BART police, and SFPD if necessary, to safeguard passengers and protesters. The decision to cut off cell service in order to prevent the protests violates fundamental principles of our democracy.

Violating Fundamental Principles of Democracy

At Reset San Francisco, our view is that the more voices heard, the more vigorous our democracy. Peaceful protest is a way people who are not being heard can be heard – and that feedback, as uncomfortable as it can make the politicians, is absolutely necessary to improve government.

Of course we must promote peaceful protest, not dangerous actions like rushing a crowded train platform. But we don’t enforce laws by violating our most fundamental principles of free speech. Censorship is not, and must not become, a public safety tool.

Across the world, pro-democracy protestors are using social media to spark peaceful protests. And across the world, governments that fear their own citizens are trying to block the Twitter feeds, Facebook pages and SMS texts that give everyday people a new power to be heard.

It is sad that in our own city, and from one of our own government agencies, censorship was used to block protest.

Make Your Voice Heard – Right Now

We need to make sure this never happens again. Please be heard on this important issue. Below are the names of all the BART Board of Directors and an email address to contact them. Indicate whether you are contacting the full Board or an individual Board Director. I know many of them are as appalled by this as we are. But please email them now – and give them the support and strength they need to stop the policy of censorship immediately.
BART Board of Directors

Gail Murray – District 1
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Joel Keller – District 2
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Bob Franklin – District 3
bobfranklinbart@aol.com

Robert Raburn – District 4
robertraburn@covad.net

John McPartland – District 5
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Thomas Blalock – District 6
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Lynette Sweet – District 7
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

James Fang – District 8
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Tom Radulovich – District 9
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

On It Goes.

SFMR11: ZOMG, Hundreds Show for First San Francisco Mayoral Forum at USF – Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Hell No, Yes, Yes, Yes, Hell No

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

[UPDATE: Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal has a lengthy entry and some crystal-clear photos here – it’s probably more than what this “forum” (non-debate, un-debate, love-fest) deserves…]

Make that hundreds and hundreds show at the McLaren Conference Center tonight. See?

Let’s call it 400-something since the joint is supposed to have a capacity of 500 when it’s all opened up:

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Meet your candidates: Senator Leland Yee, Assessor Phil Ting, Joanna Rees, City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Tony Hall (heh), Bevan Dufty, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor John Avalos and Michela Alioto-Pier (heh):

Well, this is what you get when you have public financing of candidates (millions and millions worth) along with Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

Oh well…

SFMR11: Assessor Phil Ting Turns Out the Crowds in Chinatown – “Solutions Palooza” Coming to the Mission April 16th

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Your elected Assessor Phil Ting‘s Chinatown reception really turned them out yesterday.

Looked like a wedding or something. See?

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Up next on his campaign to become Your Next Mayor is the Reset San Francisco Solutions Palooza at Horace Mann on April 16th.

Bon courage, Phil Ting

SFMR11: Hundreds Gather to Help Assessor Phil Ting Kick Off “RESET San Francisco” in Golden Gate Park

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A crowd of 200-something was on hand to help San Francisco Assessor and mayoral candidate Phil Ting kick off RESET San Francisco at the Hall of Flowers on Saturday morning.

See?

Control Alt Delete:

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Let’s see, what are the names that I remember, the Castro’s Rafael Mandelman, the Police Commission’s David Onek (formerly, really? Didn’t know that), and Storefront’s Eric Jaye were all there, along with a few others I recognized.

All the deets:

“For Immediate Release

February 26, 2011

***PRESS RELEASE***

More than 250 Gather to Help Reset San Francisco
Group Launched by Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting Is Dedicated to Creating a More Effective City Government

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The community of San Franciscans dedicated to better government gathered this morning at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park to help identify solutions to some of the city’s most pressing problems.

Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, who helped launch the group, praised the incredible dedication of so many San Franciscans who were willing to spend time addressing tough issues like better transportation, improving our schools, creating jobs and reforming city government.

“It’s time for San Francisco city government to be as creative and innovative as the rest of San Francisco. And it is going to take all of us to make that a reality,” Ting told the crowd of 250 gathered for the event billed as “Food for Thought.”

Phil Ting, who is a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco, summarized the mission ofReset San Francisco: “If politicians could solve our problems alone, we wouldn’t have so many pressing problems,” Ting said.

The participants split into work groups addressing such issues as transportation, education, tax reform, the environment, job creation and other topics. After nearly an hour of group discussion, the smaller groups reported back to the entire Reset San Francisco community on both key problems and possible solutions.

In the next week, the proceedings will be discussed online atwww.ResetSanFrancisco.org and the entire community will be able to vote online for which potential solutions to prioritize.

ResetSanFrancisco.org is an online organizing platform designed to give San Franciscans the tools and support they need to change city government. The community is scheduled to gather in person every month to help identify community issues and explore and implement solutions.

For additional information, please visit www.ResetSanFrancisco.org.”

Phil Ting, Your Assessor and 2011 Candidate for Mayor, Gets Sworn In, Once Again, at City Hall

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Harvard Man Phil Ting, who wants to Reset San Francisco,who wants to Close the Loophole in Prop 13, got sworn in as your San Francisco Assessor-Recorder yet again in a ceremony at City Hall last night with Mayor Ed Lee and Speaker John Perez.

Couldn’t make it there myself but here’s a shot from swearings-in past, circa 2005, with wife Susan Sun and daughter Madeleine:

And, oh, he wants to be Your Mayor for 2012 and beyond.

Bon Courage Phil Ting.

David Chiu Throws Down: Supervisors to Pick Mayor on January 4th, 2011? Our Looming City Charter Crisis

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Luke Thomas of our Fog City City Journal has the scoop on Board of Supervisors President David Chiu‘s opinion of Mayor Gavin Newsom‘s legally questionable plans to hold over as Mayor.

Check the latest:

Chiu said he would be “surprised” if the current Board of Supervisors does not vote for an interim mayor on January 4 despite Newsom’s threat to delay his swearing in. ‘A lot of people are looking at that legal question,’ Chiu said, referring to whether Newsom can still claim to be Mayor of San Francisco when his term as Lt. Governor begins on January 3rd.”

Quite bold, non? (Of course, there will be no crisis if nobody objects to having a holdover Mayor, but these statements make it seem as if at least one person will object, anyway.

So, who’ll claim to be Mayor of San Francisco at the upcoming January 5th news conference / celebration for the America’s Cup boat race?

Who knows?

Two men say they’re Jesus/ one of them must be wrong

Via Supertramp’s Crisis, What Crisis?

(So if somebody tells you, “Here comes da Mayor,” well, you won’t know whether to look on the street for a giant straight-outta-Hollywood SUV (complete with a gasoline engine bigger than what you used to find inside a giant CultureBus and a huge, hey-look-at-me, Frisbee-shaped TV antenna on top), or in the bike lane for a black Trek quasi-electric bicycle, or in the bus lane for a MUNICan you imagine?)

And if David makes good on his talk of running for Mayor for the 2012-2016 term at the end of 2011, he’d be joining Phil Ting and Leland Yee in an unprecedented Asian-American, one-two-three, Ranked Choice Voting juggernaut that very well could electrify a good portion (the largest portion?) of the electorate come November.

So there are your political bookends for year 2011.

Happy New Year…

“Northern California’s Top Asian Pacific Islander Leaders Back Jerry Brown for Governor”

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Read all about it, below.

But first, here’s the very latest, from this afternoon – it appears as if the Message of the Day is that Meg = Arnold.

“As Meg Whitman continues her Schwarzenegger-like bus tour of California’s fast food restaurants, Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford released the following statement:
 
“Meg Whitman likes to tell Californians that she doesn’t owe anyone anything, but she owes Governor Schwarzenegger more than she wants to admit.
 
Outsider who will blow up the boxes? We’ve heard that before. Running the state more like a business? Check. Bus tour? A familiar tune. Why does so much of the Whitman campaign feel like a rerun? Because it is.
 
Arnold Schwarzenegger entered California politics with a cadre of the most expensive Republican consultants he could find, and they fed him a divisive agenda that Californians rejected.  He had the good sense to send them packing.  They have now de-camped to Whitman’s headquarters where they are recycling their empty slogans and shrill accusations.  Incredibly, Meg Whitman has already spent more than $14 million on Schwarzenegger’s old crew.
 
Schwarzenegger’s top strategist Mike Murphy? On the Whitman bus for $90,000 a month. The Governor’s former political director, Jeff Randle, is on Whitman’s payroll for more than half a million dollars. Schwarzenegger veterans Rob Stutzman, Mitch Zak, John McLaughlin, Stuart Polk, and more than 30 other consultants jumped from Schwarzenegger to Meg Whitman. She even uses the same public speaking coach.
 
Governor Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman both say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. On that, we all agree.”

O.K. then. Now, here’s this morning’s presser:

After introductions from Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and Senator Leland Yee, up came Congressman “Big Mike” Honda as Board of Supervisors President David Chiu looked on: 

Jerry was on. (And actually, Jerry on a rare off day > Meg on her best day.) JB always has situational awareness, he’s always knows what’s going on.

This morning’s mise-en-scene in Japantown / Upper Fillmore, with, among others, youthful Mayor of Campbell, CA Evan Low, Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, and San Francisco Assessor Phil Ting:

And of course CBS5′s Joe Vazquez was on the scene to pepper Jerry with a question or two:

And look, it’s Joe “Shaky Hands” Garofoli on the scene with a Flip-cam to catch any possible Mayhill Fowler-style gaffes.  

There weren’t any today, so it looks like smooth sailing ’til November 2.

This will all be over soon…

“Given Brown’s record and commitment, Asian Pacific Islander leaders across California have endorsed his candidacy.  This includes Congressional members Mike Honda, Doris Matsui and Judy Chu, State Controller John Chiang, State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, Former Acting Lt. Governor Mona Pasquil, California Democratic Legislative Caucus members:  Senators Carol Liu and Leland Yee, Assembly Members: Mike Eng, Paul Fong, Warren Furutani, Mary Hayashi, Ted Lieu, Fiona Ma, Alberto Torrico and Mariko Yamada.
 
Jerry Brown is also supported by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Campbell Mayor Evan Low, Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga, Monterey Park Mayor Anthony Wong, Cupertino Vice Mayor Gilbert Wong, Union City Council Member Manny Fernandez, Colma City Council Member Joanne Del Rosario, Alhambra Unified School District Member Bob Gin, Philippine News President Francis Espiritu, CEO of Megatoys Charlie Woo, Former Deputy State Superintendent of Instruction Henry Der, Former Appointment Secretary Michael Yamaki, Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Bill Watanabe, Former Milpitas Mayor Henry Manayan, Former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto,  longtime API community leader Maeley Tom, Civil Rights attorney Dale Minami, Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center, Paul Osaki, Former US Civil Rights Attorney Yvonne Lee, and many other leaders.”

All the deets, after the jump.

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