Posts Tagged ‘Associate’

O RLY? Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on Her Handling of Occupy: “Mistakes Were Made” – A Big WSJ Article on Recall Efforts

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The Great Wall Street Journal Pay Wall isn’t fully operational right now, so that means that you can follow the lead of SF Bay Area Observer’s Ron Russell by checking out today’s bit from Bobby White in the Wall Street Journal:

Occupy Flap Prompts Oakland Recall Drive

Or at least I think you can get to it for free.

I could, anyway. See?

Now check it:

In an interview, Ms. Quan acknowledged that “Occupy has damaged downtown businesses and mistakes were made.” Still, she said, she believes most voters back her and “I do not believe that most of the businesses in the city agree with this recall campaign.” The 62-year-old Ms. Quan, who was elected in late 2010, added that Oakland’s ethnically based chamber of commerce organizations support her, as do major businesses in the city such as Pandora Media Inc. and Kaiser Permanente.

Is that an apology? (Your Bromide of the Day: As goes Pandora Media, so goes Alameda County.)

And there’s this:

Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco, said until Oakland’s recall effort becomes more structured, he is uncertain if it will succeed. Still, he said, “To go from being an unpopular leader to one worthy of recall requires a very public failure, and it seems [Ms. Quan] has accomplished that.”

Ouch.

We’ll know more by the end of next week.

On It Goes…

“Me Dancing” by Principal Dancer Maria Kochetkova – Plus, International Auditions for Ballet School Summer Session 2012

Monday, November 14th, 2011

World-famous ballerina Maria Kochetkova is down in Mexico City these days, but she’ll be back to our world-class San Francisco Ballet for the 2012 Season soon enough.

This one is simply entitled, “Me Dancing.”

Via balletrusse

Hey, speaking of ballet, here’s a recent announcement about why you always see gaggles of ballet students congregating around Civic Center every summer:

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SCHOOL ANNOUNCES - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AUDITION TOURS

SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, has announced the schedule for its first-ever International Audition Tour. The School has also announced the dates for its 2012 National Audition Tour. Over the course of three months, hundreds of teenage girls and boys from across Europe and the U.S. will audition for an invitation to attend one of two Summer Sessions offered by San Francisco Ballet School. These include Program 1, a three-week program for intermediate students, and Program 2, a four-week program designed for advanced and pre-professional students. Program 1 will be held this summer from June 11–29; Program 2 will be held July 9–August 3.

The 2012 International Audition Tour is scheduled to visit 4 European cities: London; Madrid; Marseille, France and Florence, Italy. These auditions will be held for advanced and pre-professional students, only.

The 2012 National Audition Tour is scheduled to visit 11 U.S. cities: Boca Raton, FL; Boston; Chicago; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Irvine, CA; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica, CA; Seattle; Washington, D.C. and Winston-Salem, NC.

“There are many talented young dancers throughout Europe who are well-suited to participate in our training programs,” said Lola de Avila, associate director of the San Francisco Ballet School. “For the first time ever, San Francisco Ballet School is thrilled to hold international auditions, offering prospective students the chance to receive the highest-caliber training.”

Nearly 1,500 intermediate and advanced-level students are expected to audition on the tour, vying for approximately 125 positions for each of the School’s Summer Session programs. The Summer Sessions will include intensive classes in classical ballet technique, pointe work, batterie, dance history, repertoire, character, and Pilates. Students must attend a Summer Session in order to be considered for admittance to the School’s regular school year program.

About San Francisco Ballet School
San Francisco Ballet School, the country’s oldest classical academy, is directed by San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Associate Director Lola de Avila. Now, over 75 years after its founding, the School boasts a distinguished international staff, a Trainee Program for advanced-level students, a dedicated student residence, and an extensive scholarship program. San Francisco Ballet School attracts students from around the world, training approximately 350 annually. In addition to filling the ranks of San Francisco Ballet, graduates have gone on to join distinguished ballet companies throughout the world.

For more information on San Francisco Ballet School’s Summer Sessions, visit: www.sfballet.org/school/summer_session.

San Francisco’s State Building Is Going to Get a Republican’s Name on It: Presenting the Ronald M. George State Office Complex

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

You wouldn’t believe how long people have been working on getting a new sign up on the State Building at 350 McAllister in Civic Center. I mean, this is a months-long project. They come out, they put up a sample, they look at it, and then they go back inside.

Anyway, in addition to the State Seal and the golden letters spelling out “STATE OF CALIFORNIA,” the old courthouse will soon be getting a big plaque what says, “RONALD M. GEORGE STATE OFFICE COMPLEX.”

See?

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San Franciscans probably won’t ever really notice this addition to the front door of our California Supreme Court, but let’s meet our 27th Chief Justice:

“As a Superior Court judge, George presided over the trial of Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono in 1981–1983. George was lauded for his extremely unusual decision to deny the motion by Los Angeles County District Attorney‘s office to dismiss all 10 counts of murder against Buono. However, his unusual decision was speculated to be a result of his earlier decision to separate crucial counts of rape and sodomy, which in themselves would serve as evidence against the defendant, from the murder charges. The prosecutors felt the evidence against Buono was so weak that it did not justify even an attempt to win at trial. Judges rarely second-guess the prosecutors’ judgment on such a matter (and George stated that he was “loath” to do so). However, George’s review of the evidence in the case caused him to feel so strongly that the prosecutors were in error that he did exactly that.” 

See that? Dude wouldn’t let the prosecutor drop murder charges.

Now, what Arnold Schwarzenegger really wanted last year was to name the joint  the “Ronald M. George Justice Center,” but that didn’t fly with the SEIU union, so the name we’re getting is a kind of compromise. (Arnold also wanted to sell this building to his buddies but that didn’t work out neither, of course.)

Anyway, All Hail Republicans!

More deets of Executive Order S-17-10 after the jump.

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OMG, OMG, HuffPo SF is Here! HuffPost San Francisco Has Gone Live – Finally, a Huffington Post Just For Us

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The long-anticipated Huffington Post San Francisco has just gone live.

See?

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You’ve already met the crew – what do you think of the website?

Here are some noteworthy bits:

Consensus Pension Reform Plan* by Mayor Edwin M. Lee

A Progressive Decade in the Balance by former Supervisor Chris Daly

Bringing the Entrepreneurial Spirit Back to City Government by second-tier “Progressive** Independent” Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees

No Time for Retreat on Homelessness by second-tier Mayoral Candidate Michela Alioto Pier

And here are a few bits from the RSS feed:

Why We Should Care Where Our Food Comes From* by District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen

Episode 38 of Necessary Conversation: SF Pride

And there you have it.

*Wow, this is _so_ not written by the purported author.

**Cough

Counting Down: The New Huffington Post San Francisco Website is Almost Upon Us – Meet the Crew

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

[Oh, here it is - they've just gone live.]

Boy, the amount of anti-Huffington Post chatter in Bay Area media circles seems to have increased lately, you noticed that?

Mmmm, perhaps it’s due to the imminent launch of the well-financed Huffington Post San Francisco website?

Could be.

Let’s meet the crew at ground control down in the FiDi/Union Square area.

Blog Editor Clare Richardson:

Via Huffington Post San Francisco 

Associate Editor Robin Wilkey and Assistant Editor Aaron Sankin:

Via Huffington Post San Francisco 

And here’s Editor Carly Schwartz with a thumbs up. Looks like they are go for launch.

Via Huffington Post San Francisco 

10, 9, 8…

OMG, OMG, “Huffington Post San Francisco” is Almost Here! That’s Right, HuffPo SF Launches July 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: Appears as if it will launch July 13th, 2011.]

You know, the debut of Huffington Post San Francisco could have happened all the way back in aught-eight, but it didn’t.

No matter, it’s coming soon, as you can see on the Twitter:

Let’s plan for it to go live on July 10th or so.

If you want to get a sneak peek of what it will look like, substitute San Francisco for Chicago here and then you won’t be too far off.

(Will the Bay Area Media Worker’s Guild approve? Likely not. Oh well.)

This is going to be a big deal - the HPSF website is going to get monster traffic.

This launch is going to be an 8.0 on the Bay Area Website Richter scale.

You’ve been warned…

Anyway, Bon courage, HuffPo SF!

Know Your Adorable Orphaned Baby Sea Otters – Kit of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The aging sea otters of Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Golden Girls -  Maggie, Toola, Rosa and Joy, will soon have three-month old Kit to play with.

Here’s Kit. She lost her mom a couple months back down in Morro Bay but now she’s hanging out with her new BFF Mae in Monterery.

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Here’s video of Kit’s first day on display.

All the deets, after the jump.

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Something New Under the Sun: California Watch Joins the New Media Pantheon

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Look out Alta California, ’cause there’s another online media presence in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On the heels of the relatively new Bay Area Blog from the New York Times and the San Francisco Edition of the Wall Street Journal comes California Watch. It’s a joint from Center for Investigative Reporting and it’s a fully operational mothership as of January 2, 2010.
They’re promising “bold new journalism.” La declaracion de la mision:

“California Watch, a nonprofit and independent investigative reporting team, exposes injustice, waste, mismanagement, wrongdoing, questionable practices, and corruption so that those responsible can be held to account and so the public can be armed with the information needed to debate solutions and spark change.”

O.K. then.

Question: Will students play a role in the reporting? Oh yes. What will a bunch of college kids from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Sacramento State University (aka CSU Sacramento) come up with?

Expect good things.

Bon courage, California Watch!

PS: Here the people behind CW:

Advisory Board

Judith Bell's picture

Judith Bell

President, PolicyLink
Belva Davis's picture

Belva Davis

Television Host, KQED
Bill Deverell's picture

Bill Deverell

History Professor, University of Southern California
Mark DiCamillo's picture

Mark DiCamillo

Director, California Field Poll
Anh Do's picture

Anh Do

Vice President, Nguoi Viet Daily News
Andrew Donohue's picture

Andrew Donohue

Editor, voiceofsandiego.org
Gloria Duffy's picture

Gloria Duffy

President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club
Jon Funabiki's picture

Jon Funabiki

Journalism Professor, San Francisco State University
Richard Koci Hernandez's picture

Richard Koci Hernandez

Multimedia Producer/Ford Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Parks's picture

Michael Parks

Journalism Professor, University of Southern California
Arnold Perkins's picture

Arnold Perkins

Public Safety and Community Health Consultant
John Raess's picture

John Raess

Northern California Bureau Chief, Associated Press
Rick Rodriguez's picture

Rick Rodriguez

Journalism Professor, Arizona State University
Pedro Rojas's picture

Pedro Rojas

Executive Editor, La Opinión
Dan Rosenheim's picture

Dan Rosenheim

Vice President of News, KPIX-TV
Melanie Sill's picture

Melanie Sill

Executive Editor, Sacramento Bee
Alan Snitow's picture

Alan Snitow

Independent Filmmaker/President, Snitow-Kaufman Productions
Jo Anne Wallace's picture

Jo Anne Wallace

Vice President and General Manager, KQED
Steve Weiner's picture

Steve Weiner

Co-Chair, Common Sense California
Leo Wolinsky's picture

Leo Wolinsky

Editor, Daily Variety