The poor brocephuses – they aren’t going to win on the whole 8 Washington thing next month:
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I myself am not a NIMBY, I’m a goo goo.
Ergo, I will unite with my NIMBY brothers and sisters on 8 Washington.
Yours, in struggle..
Well here’s the news of the day – it’s the launch of YesOnCNoOnD.com
And look who’s the headliner of this Fellowship, it’s “Civic Leader” Warren Hellman, who used to play for the other team, so to speak.
Anyway, all the deets, below.
That Warren sure loves his banjo:
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“PAULSON, FALK TO CO-CHAIR YES ON PROPOSITION C PENSION REFORM CAMPAIGN - Top Labor Leader, Top Business Leader Tapped To Lead Consensus Coalition
SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2011 – San Franciscans United For Pension And Health Reform today selected Tim Paulson and Steve Falk to serve as co-chairs of the campaign supporting Proposition C and opposing Proposition D on the November ballot.
Paulson is executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council, comprised of 150 local unions and representing 100,000 workers, and Falk is president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, a 1,500-member organization representing the business community.
“We are pleased that San Francisco’s top labor leader and top business leader are working together to lead this coalition’s campaign for pension and health reform,” said Thomas P. O’Connor, president of Fire Fighters Local 798. “Unions and the business community don’t agree on everything, but on Proposition C, San Francisco is united.”
Falk praised Proposition C, which was developed with input from the community, introduced by Mayor Ed Lee, and passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.
“Proposition C saves taxpayers at least $1.3 billion over the next decade,” said Falk. “This measure is fiscally responsible and it will help keep us solvent.”
Paulson emphasized the measure’s fairness.
“Proposition C provides a safety net for hardworking city employees who earn lower wages,” said Paulson. “It keeps pension contributions stable for those making less than $50,000 a year. Those who make more pay more.”
O’Connor drew a contrast between Proposition C and Proposition D, a rival pension measure.
“Proposition C has widespread support because it was conceived in the light of day, with a public process that encouraged input and ideas from everyone,” said O’Connor. “On the other hand, the backers of Proposition D bought their way onto the ballot with signature gatherers who were paid five dollars a signature and repeatedly got caught on tape lying about what the measure would do.”
Today, San Franciscans United For Pension And Health Reform also announced the other members of its campaign committee. In addition to Paulson, Falk, and O’Connor, the committee includes other business and labor leaders, along with the measure’s sponsor at the Board of Supervisors:
Warren Hellman, Civic Leader
Gary Delagnes, President of the San Francisco Police Officers Association
Sean Elsbernd, Member of the Board of Supervisors
Steve Fields, Co-Chair of the Human Services Network
Larry Mazzola, Business Manager and Financial Secretary Treasurer of UA Local 38
Rebecca Rhine, Executive Director of the Municipal Executives Association
Bob Muscat, Executive Director of IFTPE Local 21
Sean Connolly, President of the Municipal Attorneys Association
Please visit www.yesoncnoond.com for more information.”
It’s going to be on tomorrow at Sanford University, what with 15 Zumba instructors on hand. Deets below.
Zumba Danceathon To Stop Liver Cancer
More than 600 to join the fight against liver cancer at Stanford fundraiser;
Event featuring the hottest new dance fitness craze is open to the public
WHAT: The fight against liver cancer continues at the LIVERight Zumbathon at Stanford University’s Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation. Fusing hypnotic Latin and international rhythms with easy-to-follow and fun dance moves, Zumba Fitness® is the hottest new global dance fitness craze. More than 600 participants are expected to join in two hours of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring Zumba movements with 15 Zumba Fitness® Instructors leading songs.
In partnership with the Asian Liver Center, Stanford Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness, BeWell @ Stanford, and Answer to Cancer, this family-friendly event is open to the public. Enthusiastic Zumba® Fitness Instructors from across Northern California, prizes and games, and two hours of Latin rhythms will keep participants sweating, dancing and having fun, all in support of an important cause. All donations benefit the Jade Ribbon Campaign, a global hepatitis B and liver cancer awareness and education campaign, and the fight against liver cancer. Donations are suggested and will go to the Asian Liver Cancer at Stanford University.
The LIVERight Zumbathon at Stanford is the only Zumba Fitness® and Zumbathon® event that focuses on liver cancer, a cancer caused primarily by the hepatitis B virus and one that is easily preventable with education and awareness. Over the past five years, LIVERight has served as a model event for education and awareness of liver cancer. Be one of more than 600 anticipated participants to support the end of liver cancer worldwide.
For more information, please visit the Asian Liver Center’s website at liveright.stanford.edu.
WHEN: Saturday, November 13 from 1-3pm. Registration at 11:00am
WHERE: Stanford University’s Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation
341 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305 – free parking!
About Zumba Fitness®: Zumba Fitness® is a Latin-inspired dance fitness party of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life.
About the Jade Ribbon Campaign: The Jade Ribbon Campaign aims to unite all people against hepatitis B and liver cancer through awareness, education, outreach, and research. The greatest health disparity between Asian Americans and white Americans is the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection and the high incidence of liver cancer, 80% of which is caused by chronic hepatitis B infection. One in 10 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans have chronic hepatitis B infection compared with 1 in 1,000 of Caucasian Americans.
AFAIK, the only work “Add A Garage“ (aka Fred Pavlow Co., Inc) does is to add a garage to your propertah in the 415. That means it’s the best-named company we have, no mystery as to what they do.
Their Yelp entry isn’t too helpful – nine reviews (including three that have been filtered for your protection) add up at 3.5 stars with a smattering of Yelp Fraud (with at least one review written by a co-owner posing as somebody who is/was not a co-owner) and your one-star kind of score-settling reviews. Oh well.
Irregardless, you can’t beat Add A Garage as a dba. It’s a five-star handle, non?
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So maybe somebody will give you a novelty pill bottle today – this is the reason why.
And, from the pro-B people, here’s something they put together that didn’t cost a dime:
(Actually, I didn’t know that these free text-to-computer voice characters could be made to dance.)
(Or maybe the Prop B people spent $20k on it – I can’t really tell.)
O.K., back to today’s event.
This is a big deal covering many supervisorial districts. See?
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Thank Gaia the Hawaiian Surfers Union was there as well:
And here are your Prop B props:
All the deets:
“Hundreds Of Anti-Prop B Volunteers To Mobilize Saturday After Panhandle Gathering, “Pill Bottle” Giveaway In S.F. Neighborhoods
Massive mobilization of hundreds of volunteers against Proposition B, which will double the cost of children’s health care. Throughout the day, volunteers will be tabling in neighborhoods with “pill bottle” giveaways to symbolize that Prop B is “bad medicine.” Other volunteers will spread out around the city and knock on doors to educate voters about the bad effects of Prop B.”
[UPDATE: Writer Joe Eskenazi has the deets on the prospects for F. Warren for getting a $50K refund from the Prop B people. The chances don't look good at this point. And further explication comes from Heather Knight. That will have to do for now...]
The Question of the Day is this:
How do you get a strong-willed (and is there any other kind?) billionaire to change his or her mind?
No matter, San Francisco’s #1 banjo playerwants out of the pro-Proposition B campaign. Get all the deets, plus reaction from San Francisco Labor Council President Tim Paulson, below.
(This is seismic, baby.)
(This is unprecedented, baby.)
Click to expand. His head’s not really blue – it’s just the way the lighting was.
(Hello, MSM, are you there? It’s me, Margaret. Can we get a little follow-up, please? Show us what you can do with this one. Starting…now!)
Statement from F. Warren Hellman:
“I’m leaving the Yes on Proposition B campaign for the same reason I got involved in the campaign in the first place – we need a meaningful dialogue in San Francisco between business and labor to solve long-term problems threatening the city’s future without name-calling and fingerpointing.
“We must address the issue of spiraling public pension and health benefits costs. They’re like an iceberg floating beneath the surface that threatens to sink cities like ours. At the same time, I’m not willing scapegoat police officers, firefighters and other public workers to do it.
“We got into this situation together and we must work together to solve it in the interest of a city we all love.
“I was reminded of this spirit at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this past weekend. We pulled off a massive free concert in Golden Gate Park without one major injury, disruption or arrest, which is a testament to the professionalism of San Francisco’s public workers and our City’s spirit of cooperation.
“I believe that organized labor appreciates that it is in San Francisco’s interest – and the interest of its members — to head off a looming pension and benefits crisis before it cripples public services and leaves police officers, firefighters and other public workers without retirement security.
“And I also believe that San Francisco business must understand its responsibility to pay its fair share to fund quality public services. And that begins with workers who are properly trained, fairly paid and able to retire with dignity.
“We have a history of working together in this city and settling issues without expensive and divisive political fights at the ballot box. I’m going to focus my attention and resources on restarting those discussions.”
Statement from Tim Paulson, San Francisco Labor Council
“On behalf of the Labor community, we are very pleased that Warren Hellman has withdrawn his support from the Yes on B campaign. Many of us in organized labor have worked closely with Mr. Hellman in recent years to rebuild San Francisco’s schools and fund public education and we were disappointed to be at odds on this measure.
“We share Mr. Hellman’s legitimate concerns about rising pension and health care costs and commit to work with him and other likeminded leaders in the business community to address them. We want to find sustainable and affordable ways to attract and retain the best public employees, compensate them fairly and allow them to retire with dignity. In short, we acknowledge and respect Mr. Hellman’s goals, even if Prop B is not the vehicle to achieve them.”
Ever more deets, from the Anti-Prop B people, after the jump
This was a fairly large event, this NO ON B rally. State Senators Leland Yee and Mark Leno, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Board President David Chiu, and Supervisors Bevan Dufty, Carmen Chu, Eric Mar plus a couple hundred city workers were all on hand this afternoon in front of The Pavilion at the renewed Laguna Honda Hospital.
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Avuncular Leland Yee went on the attack against Prop B proponent Jeff Adachi:
“Jeff Adachi you have slighted this city.”
“How dare you take this from the backs of our workers?”
Today’s rally coincides with the website lauch:
“The No on Proposition B campaign today launched its website, www.nobadmedicine.com, a resource to learn the facts about Proposition B, a November 2 ballot measure that will double the cost of health care for over 20,000 people. The new site features a fact check of the “Yes” campaign’s claims and the stories of real people who would be directly impacted by the passage of Prop B.”
That’s your Prop B update for the day…
And second up – District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty will campaign against B this afternoon in the Castro.
A wolf showed up at the last No on B event, but there’s no word on the chances of another appearance:
All the deets:
SUPERVISOR BEVAN DUFTY, PROP B OPPONENTS TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST PROP B
Prop B: Bad Medicine
“San Francisco has been a leader in providing universal health care for all of its citizens, but Proposition B will take health care away from many hardworking families. Prop B will also cost the city millions of dollars in federal funding for health care. Prop B is a step backwards and is wrong for San Francisco.”
—Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Who: Opponents of Proposition B including Supervisor Bevan Dufty, San Francisco firefighters, nurses, teachers, and LGBT community leaders
What: Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Prop B opponents campaign against Prop B
Where: CASTRO AND MARKET, San Francisco
When: Wednesday, September 29, 1:00 PM
Why: To campaign against Prop B, distribute No on B signs and literature to neighborhood merchants, and talk to voters about the health care impacts of Prop B