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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

The Thing About Nate Ballard, Former Director of Communications for Gavin Newsom

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Here’s the thing about Nathan Ballard – he was almost always in this damn-the-facts-Gavin-Newsom-is-always-right mode. That’s just the way the bulk of his profession does it these days.* Oh well, he won’t be in that mode much longer, see the news release below.

But what if the roles had been reversed? What if the smarter one were Mayor and the more charismatic one were Director of Communications?

Wouldn’t that arrangement have worked out better? For them, and for us? Just asking…

NB on the job, an impossible job, really, when you get down to it. Here he is documenting the goings-on around on Polk Street:

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Check Nate’s Earned Media website: “Good Press. It isn’t free…” True that.

Anyway, here’s the news of the day:

Nathan Ballard to Leave Newsom Administration

Today Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that Nathan Ballard, his director of communications, will be leaving the Newsom administration.

Newsom praised Ballard’s skills.

“Nathan Ballard is unflappable, smart and a fierce advocate,” said Newsom. “He is a talented communicator and a consummate professional, and we will miss him.”

Ballard praised Newsom for his leadership.

“Mayor Newsom is a gifted leader who fearlessly tackles significant issues such as health care, the environment, education, and equal rights,” said Ballard. “It has been a privilege to serve this administration.”

Ballard took the helm of Newsom’s communications operation in February, 2007. He will be leaving the administration in February, 2010. He said he plans to spend more time with his family and to relaunch the business he founded in 2004, Earned Media, LLC.

Ballard, 40, has served as a spokesman for two presidential candidates, Senator John Kerry and General Wesley Clark. He has also been a communications director for the Democratic National Committee, the California Democratic Party, and California’s largest labor organization, the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

Good luck Mr. Ballard. Bon courage.

*Speaking of charismatic leaders, even Mussolini would occasionally admit he lost a battle or made a mistake. Those by-gone days of frankness are long-gone, it would seem.

Volkswagen Comes to San Francisco to Show Off Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Monday, June 16th, 2008

It seems Volkswagen is making progress with fuel cell technology. VW dropped by a few places in the bay area this past week to show off their latest effort in the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. VW just happens to be introducing their “Tiguan” (tiger plus iguana, in German) crossover vehicle soon, so why not put this experimental propulsion technology in the latest platform?

CNET was there at the W Hotel and they took some photos. Wired also took some shots, plus they have a nice rundown on the whole affair.

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This Tiguan uses hydrogen fuel cell technology, which differs from what BMW has done with hydrogen so far. BMW’s approach is to just modify a typical internal combustion engine so that it will accept either gasoline or hydrogen. Comedian Jay Leno explains. But this method comes with its downsides.

VW was also pleased to show off the new fifty-state-legal Jetta TDI diesel. You can’t hardly tell it’s a diesel. Look to see lots of these TDI cars on the streets of San Francisco soon. It seems everyone who owns a TDI just raves about this high-MPG technology.

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Invizabul driver in the SOMA. This new 50-state-legal Jetta has plenty of power and very high MPG - perhaps you’d prefer this VW over the slightly larger and more expensive Toyota Prius hybrid?   

And let’s not forget about the Jetta TDI Cup Race, which shows the young’uns that diesel engines have come a long way since the bad old days. It’s the first clean diesel racing series evah.

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A  speedy TDI at the yummy XYZ restaurant in San Francisco.

VW says that their hydrogen fuel cell technology is seven to ten years away from being available. The sooner the better.