Posts Tagged ‘brief’

Eric Mar was the Star of This Morning’s Golden Gate Park Music Councourse Fountain Ceremony

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A couple hundred souls (including a few “jerkwad NIMBYs”) showed up for this morning’s ceremony at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s your Before Picture from this AM, before Supervisor Eric Mar turned on the fountains.

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There he is, our District 1 Supe working the crowd:

RPD Director Phil Ginsburg was the emcee today:

And always-dapper FAMSF Director John Buchanan and California Academy of Sciences Director Dr. Greg Farrington both addressed the throng…

…while a Barn Owl from the Cal Academy (they have an aviary outside – didn’t know that) ate a nice brunch of dead mice:

So, here’s your After Picture of the Rideout Fountain burbling away: 

After six years, the fountains are back. Enjoy.

Rec and Park Celebrates Music Concourse 110th Anniversary and New Fountains this Friday, Sept. 10th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Leadership elements San Francisco’s backwards-named Rec and Park (where they probably call macaroni and cheese cheese and macaroni) have just announced a small celebration for the 110th anniversary of the Music Concourse as well the refurbished concourse water fountains.

RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg has the deets, below.

And Kamala Kelkar has a bit this AM as well.

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A few months ago, we started a renovation project on the four historic fountains at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park with the ultimate goal of turning on the fountains for the first time in six years.

The job is complete, thanks to $1.1 million from the state’s Prop 40 fund and about $400,000 from our Open Space reserves.

The project comes on the heels of a larger renovation of the entire Music Concourse area that eliminated three acres of paving, created a more pedestrian-friendly space and historically restored the concourse. The Spreckels Temple of Music was re-roofed and its decorative stone features were rejuvenated. New site furnishings, including light fixtures, bike racks, drinking fountains, historic touches, interpretive signs and trash receptacles were also added.

In all, the Music Concourse received more than $12 million from the state, Open Space reserves and $75,000 from Partners in Preservation Grant.

With the renovations of thede Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences also complete, the Music Concourse is now what everyone envisioned: a beautiful, welcoming plaza area that is teeming with activity throughout the week.

On September 10, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll be hosting a celebration event marking the completion of the fountains as well as the entire Concourse area. There’ll be a few brief remarks, entertainment and a small fountain ceremony. I invite all of you to come out and see the splendor of the new Concourse. You’ll like what you see.”

Jerry Brown Throws Down: $24 Million Worth of Art Stolen by Nazis Should Go to Owner

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide California museums that don’t give Nazi-stolen art back to the rightful owners. Even if that means that returning 500-year-old Adam and Eve will cost Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum of Art a cool $24 mil.

Deets below.

El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Brown Defends Right to Seek Return of Artworks Stolen by Nazis

LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a Connecticut woman who seeks the return of a pair of 500-year-old paintings looted by the Nazis during World War II, kept for a time in the estate of Nazi leader Hermann Göring and purchased 40 years ago by the Norton Simon Museum of Art.

Brown’s friend of the court brief backs Marei Von Saher, who is suing the Pasadena museum over “Adam and Eve.” The two panels painted by the 16th century German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder are evocative of original sin, according to the museum’s website.

The works were confiscated by Nazi soldiers from an Amsterdam gallery owned by a relative of Von Saher’s during the war. From there, the panels were moved to Göring’s country estate near Berlin until May 1945, when they were discovered by American troops. The following year, they were returned to Amsterdam. From there, the artwork’s trail grows murkier, leading through Russia and to a sale in 1971 to the Norton Simon Museum, where the panels are on display on the main floor. The paintings were appraised last year at $24 million. A depiction similar to the “Eve” panel appears each week at the beginning of the TV show “Desperate Housewives.”

Here they are:

All the deets, after the jump.

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Senator Leland Yee is Taking His Case to the United States Supreme Court

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The United States Supreme Court is still mulling over the friend of the court brief  filed by Senator (and child psychologist) Leland Yee, the California Psychiatric Association, and the California Psychological Association - it’s all about minors and the regulation of violent video games.

The team behind the brief: A psychiatrist, psychologist/Senator and a lobbyist, that’s what it takes. As they appeared at a recent news conference at the State Building in San Francisco:

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The video game industry is not amused, needless to say.

Read the friend of the court brief, after the jump.

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