Posts Tagged ‘B.’

Raucous NO ON B Rally at Laguna Honda Hospital – 200 Noisy Protesters – Bad Medicine Website Launches

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

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.

See?

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Avuncular Leland Yee went on the attack against Prop B proponent Jeff Adachi:

“Jeff Adachi you have slighted this city.”

And:

“How dare you take this from the backs of our workers?”

O.K. then.

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.”

Now, let’s take a look at where the money for Prop B is coming from. The Bay Citizen‘s Elizabeth Lesly Stevens has a bunch of new names.

That’s your Prop B update for the day…

Prop B Roundup: Warren Hellman Donates $50k to Support, Bevan Dufty Campaigns to Oppose in the Castro Today

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

First up – the Bay Citizen‘s Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Weber has the deets on Warren Hellman’s recent $50k donation to Propostion B.

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

Senator Leland Yee Stars at Small No On Prop B Rally in the Inner Sunset – Wolfman Shows Up as Well

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Boy, the metaphors are just flying out of the No On B campaign this week. Here’s their website.

Now, just a few days ago, this crowd was describing Proposition B as a “Trojan horse,” but that just got switched to “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Read on.

Ninth and Lincoln this AM - a dreaded sunny day:

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Lots of press and about ten union guys holding signs…

…in front of pharmacy, hence the term “bad medicine.”

And oh, here’s Prop B personified:

NB: There’s NB on the scene:

Two thumbs up from the wolf.

And then they were off down Irving:

Here’s some of the lit:

And here’s the pitch, after the jump

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Nate Ballard Thinks Jeff Adachi is a Wolf – Senator Leland Yee to Appear at Anti-Prop B Rally Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I’ll tell you, the last time I saw Proposition B, it was tumbling end over end smack dab between and ten yards above the electoral uprights, just like in this video at :04

IOW, Prop B is a lock to win, IMO. The only mystery is how B will affect the rest of the ballot, AFAIAC.

But, who knows, a lot can happen before November. Like this Anti-B / Anti-Jeff Adachi rally in the Inner Sunset starring Leland Yee, California’s Fightingest Senator. 

Here’s the best part, as promised by Nate Ballard:

“****Special Appearance By A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing****”

Now, I haven’t seen this kind of public mockery and demonization in the Inner Sunset since, I don’t know, the extremely unfunny anti-Craigslist / Craig “Newpimp” rally a few months back.

Just look at this black-and-white graphic the anti-B folks are sending out:

All the deets:

Prop B: A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Proposition B’s backers call it “pension reform” but Prop B is actually a massive increase in health care costs for working families that doubles the cost of health care for kids. Don’t be fooled by this wolf in sheep’s clothing.
 
Who: Opponents of Proposition B including Senator Leland Yee, Asian Firefighters Association, nurses, teachers, and other community leaders
 
What: Senator Yee and Prop B opponents campaign against Prop B
 
Where: Ninth and Irving, San Francisco
 
When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 AM
 
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

See you there!

Straddle the line in discord and rhyme
Jeff’s on the hunt, Jeff’s after you.
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And Jeff’s hungry like the wolf

OMG, New Witches for Wicked! Marcie Dodd and Alli Mauzey to start June 29th.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

San Francisco’s hugely successful production of Wicked at our Orpheum Theatre  is going out with a bang. See it again for the very first time by September 5th, 2010.

Get all the deets on this major casting change below. 

Alli Mauzey makes a lovely Wiccan recruitment poster girl, huh?

WICKED VETERANS MARCIE DODD AND ALLI MAUZEY JOIN THE SAN FRANCISCO COMPANY AS ELPHABA AND GLINDA ON JUNE 29

SAN FRANCISCO… WICKED veterans Marcie Dodd and Alli Mauzey are San Francisco’s new witches in the smash hit musical beginning June 29, 2010. This is a reunion for Marcie and Alli in their roles as Elphaba and Glinda respectively, and will mark the first time the two actresses are back on stage opposite each other since they played the roles on Broadway from November 2008 – February 2009. The actresses will take a final bow with WICKED when it closes on September 5, 2010.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Hepatitis B Awareness: “Which One Deserves to Die?” (It’s Always the Third From the Left)

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

MUNI has this Hepatitis B ad campaign all over the place these days. It’s a little edgy, they’re saying. So much so, some people refused to participate in the group shots of health professionals and athletes and whatnot.

But DYN that the answer always turns out to be The Third One From The Left? It’s uncanny. This method works on all the ads. Check and you’ll see.  

As seen on practically every MUNI bus in all Christendom:

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(Sometimes when you ask a silly question, you’ll get a silly answer, huh? I could think of a few, how do you say, more nuanced approaches than the one used, but nobody asked me so there you go.)

Anyway, more seriously, let’s get a second opinion from Dr. Steven Suydam, who seems impressed with this campaign:

“Screening is only the first step. Those who perform the screening need to take steps to ensure that those who test negative subsequently receive the vaccine, and that those who test positive receive hepatitis titers (levels) and annual liver ultrasound exams.”

But of course, the first step is raising awareness among the general population as well as medical professionals. (And, bonus, now I know what those Superman-style blue and red t-shirts are for. Until today I thought I the giant “B” was  San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s logo - “Super Bevan” or something. Srlsy.)

So, here’s your free screening schedule

This Hep B advertising onslaught appears to be an especially effective way of marking the 15th Anniversary of National Hepatitis Awareness Month. Three cheers.

How to Roll Through North Beach in Your GM B-Body on a Saturday Night

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The first thing you need to do with your General Motors [1908-2009, R.I.P]  B-Platform [1959-1991, R.I.P.] is a lift (some people use stacks of hockey pucks) so you can fit your twenty-something inch wheels beneath. And then you need to tint the windows in violation of the California Vehicle Code. Now, you’re done.

Get your friends inside and you’re ready for a slow roll down Columbus. (Menancing stares through half-closed windows optional.) Thusly:

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Of course, you can just go out and buy a B-Body if you don’t have one.

Choose wisely: 

 

Orpheum Theatre Announces the End of Wicked – Fantastic Run Ends September 5, 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

SHN’s fantastic run of Wicked at our Orpheum Theatre is leaving us on September 5th, 2010 – that’s the news that came out over the weekend. 

Have you seen new witch Eden Espinosa yet? Well this is it. This’ll be your last chance to see the defining musical of the past decade.

A new batch of tickets are on sale now. See you there! (Again, maybe.)

All the deets, below.

This run will continue defying gravity until the end of summer:

by Joan Marcus

WILL PLAY ITS LAST PERFORMANCE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2010. TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR ALL PERFORMANCES THROUGH END OF ENGAGEMENT

SAN FRANCISCO… The San Francisco production of the smash hit musical WICKED will play its final performance on Sunday, September 5, 2010, ending its record-breaking run at the Orpheum Theatre.  Tickets are now on sale for all performances through September 5th. Upon closing, WICKED will have played 660 performances and 12 previews.

WICKED, “the San Francisco-born musical that has conquered the world” (San Francisco Chronicle) , and which was recently called “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times, has already amassed over $1.8 billion globally in ticket sales and has been seen by over 23 million people worldwide.  The show’s enormous popularity was instantly apparent in San Francisco-immediately after it opened, WICKED broke the one-week San Francisco box office record with gross ticket sales of $1,459,610.50 surpassing the record previously held by The Phantom of the Opera.  Over one million patrons have seen WICKED in San Francisco, and to date the production has grossed over $75 million. 

More deets, after the jump.

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Mission District Studio of Famed San Francisco Artist Sirron Norris Vandalized This Morning

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

From Mission Local comes the news of this morning’s attack on the Sirron Norris Studio & Gallery at 1406B Valencia Street in the Mission District. The account:

Two short, skinny-jean white kids just put a brick in my gallery window! What?”

What indeed. This will not stand. This will not stand, this aggression against Sirron Norris Studio & Gallery.

The aftermath:

(Be sure to monitor IndyBay.org for a possibly forthcoming manifesto of explanation.)

Oh well.

Senator Leland Yee Wants a Clean Needle Program to Prevent Spread of HIV, Hep C

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Our Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D. is today calling for support for his Clean Needle Bill, SB 1029. It would permit all California pharmacists to sell up to 30 sterile syringes to drug users aged 18 and over. Why? To prevent the spread of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases that live in used syringes.

All the deets of today’s presser with Mark Cloutier, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Barry Zevin, MD, a San Francisco primary care and HIV clinician, below.

Senator Yee, PhD:

Yee Introduces Clean Needle Bill. Legislation would allow pharmacies to sell sterile syringes to prevent spread of HIV & Hepatitis C
 
Today, State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) was joined by doctors, pharmacists, and AIDS prevention advocates to introduce legislation that would allow pharmacies throughout California the discretion to sell up to 30 sterile syringes to an adult without a prescription
 
California is one of only three states that still prohibit pharmacists from selling a syringe without a prescription.  Most states amended their laws in light of evidence that criminalized access to sterile syringes led drug users to share used ones, and that sharing syringes spread HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases that can live in a used syringe.
 
This is an effective public health measure which is proven to reduce health care costs to taxpayers,” said Yee.  “It’s a moral, as well as fiscal imperative.”
 
“Access to sterile syringes is a vital component of a comprehensive strategy to combat HIV and hepatitis,” said Yee.  “This approach has been evaluated extensively throughout the world and has been found to significantly reduce rates of HIV and hepatitis without contributing to any increase in drug use, drug injection, crime or unsafe discard of syringes.”
 
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) signed legislation in 2004 to create a five-year pilot to evaluate the safety and efficacy of allowing adults to purchase and possess a limited number of syringes for personal use.  Under the pilot program pharmacies in Los Angeles County, the Bay Area and some other parts of the state have been allowed to sell syringes.
 
Yee’s SB 1029 would remove the sunset and allow all pharmacists throughout the state with the discretion to sell sterile syringes without a prescription.
 
Sharing of used syringes is the most common cause of new hepatitis C infections in California and the second most common cause of HIV infections.  The state Department of Public Health estimates that approximately 3,000 California residents contract hepatitis C through syringe sharing every year and another 750 cases of HIV are caused by syringe sharing.
 
These diseases are costly and potentially deadly. Hospitalizations for hepatitis B and hepatitis C cost the state $2 billion in 2007, according to a report by the California Research Bureau.  The lifetime cost of treating hepatitis C is approximately $100,000, unless a liver transplant is required, and then the cost exceeds $300,000 per surgery.  The lifetime cost of treating HIV/AIDS is now estimated to exceed $600,000 per patient.
 
By comparison, a syringe costs about ten to fifteen cents retail.  The bill requires no appropriation of state funds, because it allows adults to buy syringes at their own expense.
 
Among health policy researchers speaking in favor of SB 1029, Alex Kral, an epidemiologist who has supervised several studies of HIV prevention said, “In light of over 200 studies worldwide that establish improved syringe access means less disease with no downside, to continue a policy of making syringe sales illegal would amount to health policy malpractice.”
 
The 200 studies Kral referred to were reviewed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008.  WHO concluded that the overwhelming scientific consensus showed improved syringe access reduced rates of HIV and hepatitis without contributing to drug use, crime or unsafe discard of syringes. 
 
“There is not one credible study from anywhere in the world that refutes these findings,” Kral said.
 
Among the numerous studies cited was one published in the American Journal of Public Health from 2001 that compared US cities that allowed pharmacists to sell syringes to adults without a prescription and those that did not.  The study found that the rate of HIV among drug injectors was twice as high in cities that forbid sale without a prescription than those cities that allowed pharmacists greater flexibility to provide syringes.
 
“This approach has been overwhelmingly supported by the health professions,” said Yee. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature, the Governor and the California Department of Public Health to craft the most efficient and cost-effective means of saving lives and public dollars by preventing HIV and hepatitis C.”
 
SB 1029 will be considered in committee in March.