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The San Francisco Elections Commission Wants YOU to Serve on the Great 2011-2012 Redistricting Task Force

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Now I’ll tell you, all I know about electoral redistricting is on the state and Federal level. Like remember when Willie Brown cooked up a plan to have a Senate district go right down the middle of Castro Street back in the day as a kind of F to the U to any potential gay candidates (like Carole Migden) what might have opposed Willie Brown:

At a fundamental level, it’s a symbolic issue, and using Castro Street as a dividing line is really a slap in the face of the community,” said Paul Hogan, chair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.”

Good times.

Or this purple thing Down South, crafted so that San Luis Obispo-type cowboys wouldn’t be in the same district as beach-side hippie types. It’s as narrow as 150 yards wide at high tide, our 23rd Congressional is:

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Now don’t you want to get in on the fun? Well then answer the Call put out this AM by your City and County of San Francisco Elections Commission. Deets below.

Now I’ll tell you, I’d apply for this thing, you know, just to mess with peoples’ heads (by putting the houses of three sitting supes all in the same district, stuff like that) but it turns out that criterion #2 is “represent[ing] San Francisco’s diverse population.” And I’m the least diverse person you could possibly imagine so I’m DNQ’ed from the get-go.

But you, they’d love to have you.

All the deets:


What is redistricting?

Every ten years, the Federal Government conducts a census to determine the number of individuals living in the United States. After the census is completed, the Charter requires the Director of Elections to determine whether the existing supervisorial districts meet the legal requirements established by federal, state and local law. If the existing supervisorial districts no longer comply with these legal requirements, the Charter requires the Board of Supervisors to convene an Elections Task Force to redraw the supervisorial district lines. The process of redrawing the supervisorial district lines is known as redistricting. The Director of Elections has not yet made this determination (as of March 28, 2011), but in the event that he finds that the districts must be redrawn and if the Board of Supervisors convenes a task force, the Elections Commission wants to find outstanding candidates as quickly as possible.

How Does Redistricting Work?

If convened, the Elections Task Force will consist of nine members. The Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and the Elections Commission each appoint three members. These nine individuals work with City staff and outside consultants to determine how the supervisorial district lines should be redrawn so that the districts comply with the legal requirements established in federal, state and local law. As part of this process, the Elections Task Force holds multiple community hearings to receive input from the people of San Francisco. Throughout this process and based on community input, the Elections Task Force will make several changes to the existing supervisorial district lines. The Elections Task Force must present a final plan outlining the new supervisorial district lines to the Board of Supervisors in April 2012.

What are the legal requirements for supervisorial districts?

The members of the Elections Task Force must consider federal, state and local legal requirements when redrawing supervisorial district lines. For more on these legal requirements, please see

What are the criteria for appointment to the task force?

Each of the three appointing authorities – the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and the Elections Commission – probably have different criteria. By unanimous approval at the March 16, 2011, meeting of the Elections Commission, it has selected the following minimum criteria for its three appointments. Applicants must:

(1) Be registered to vote in San Francisco and have voted in San Francisco at least once since January 1, 2006;
(2) Represent San Francisco’s diverse population;
(3) Have not been paid by a political campaign since January 1, 2006;
(4) Not currently a direct-hire employee of an elected official of the City and County of San Francisco;
(5) Have general knowledge of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and geography;
(6) Have flexible schedule for attending meetings; and
(7) Not have a conflict of interest that is prohibited under conflict laws applicable to other City officers.

How can I apply to be appointed by the Elections Commission?

It goes on and on…


Carole Migden Launches $1.2 Million Cleanup Project at Candlesitck Point

Friday, April 24th, 2009

The area around the San Francisco 49ers overflow parking lot has some environmental issues, so more money from Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Grant Program is going to be used for clean up. Longtime pol Carole Migden was on hand at the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area yesterday to make the announcement.

The former state senator, now a member of California’s Integrated Waste Management Board, will be at Candlestick Point on Thursday to announce the next phase of a $1.2 million project to remove rubble from the recreation area. Existing trails will be refurbished, along with linking up two small ones to a continuous trail.”

The mise-en-scene. Historic Candlestick Park, the first modern baseball stadium, off in the distance as you look east:

Another windy day at the ‘Stick, with park rangers and community groups looking on.

Malik Looper, Executive Director at Literacy for Environmental Justice:

And here’s Mark Westlund, Public Information Program Manager at Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Department of the Environment – the 12-foot foot extension cord shows that his Toyota Prius has been converted into a plug-in hybrid.

The U.S. Navy wanted to build another shipyard here, right next to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, but World War II ended before that could happen.

Candlestick Point doesn’t have issues as serious as Hunter’s Point, but there’s lots of work to be done.

The grant comes from the Waste Board’s Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Grant Program, which funds the cleanup of sites when a responsible party cannot be identified or is unable or unwilling to pay cleanup costs. The grants accelerate the timely cleanup of dump sites that pose a risk to public health or the environment.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board is the state’s leading authority on recycling and waste reduction. It promotes reducing waste whenever possible, managing all materials to their highest and best use, and protecting public health and safety and the environment.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board is one of six boards, departments, and offices within the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA).

The Bay Area Catches American Idol Fever – Tryouts Today

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

It’s on! Thousands of Bay Areans are down at the Cow Palace in Daly City trying to qualify for American Idol.

This is what it looks like when American Idol comes to town and they let people sleep in line at the Palace. However, the cold night air of Daly City can’t be good for your singing voice. So this year, it’s all about wristbands.


via mrwilloby’s photostream on Flickr

Smart contestants already have a guaranteed slot, having cleared one hurdle by singing at Skip’s Music in Elk Grove, CA.

There is some controvesy this year concerning the writers for the show. You’d think American Idol wouldn’t require writers, but they do, apparently. Oh well. San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Senator Carole Migden have worked on these issues lately.

Good Luck contestants!

Pink Triangle Commemoration of Holocaust Victims, San Francisco, California

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Each year, Patrick Carney organizes the installation of a huge pink triangle on the slopes of Twin Peaks in San Francisco.

This commemoration of the gay victims of the Holocaust and reminder of the on-going inhumanity to repressed minorities around the world is always well-attended. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi couldn’t attend this year but her district director, Dan Bernal, offered her statement to the crowd.   

A Rosa Winkel for Homosexuells, back in the day. Click to expand:


Senator Carole Migden commented upon the swirling fog and occasional winds that conveyed an “Edgar Allan Poe feeling.”


San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty avec l’enfant, once again.


San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom popped his cork prematurely to the delight of fiancee Jennifer Siebel. But not too much ceremonial bubbly was lost, as recorded here by Official Pride Photographer Bill Wilson.


See you next year.


Castro and 18th, San Francisco, California, June 2008

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The Castro District of San Francisco, with all it’s rainbow flags, is looking très festive these days.  SF Pride (avec Parade) is coming soon.


Speaking of which, the Friends of the Pink Triangle are looking for help again this year with a little setup assistance for the biggest one ever this Saturday, June, 28th. (Will Senator Carole Migden be there with her twirling baton, as per usual?) 

The forecast is for sunny skies….

Light Brown Apple Moth Spraying Cancelled by California Department of Food and Ag

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The California Department of Food and Agriculture called it quits today on the issue of spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth. All of a sudden like.


The family that Stops the Spray together, stays together (or something like that).

This should be gratifying to Senator Carole Migden, who thinks, “Bay Area residents ought not to serve as guinea pigs and have their health jeopardized for an ill-conceived program and an unproven approach.” 

The same with San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who says he’s, “glad CDFA appears to have accepted the inevitable.”

So after all these months, that is that.

Some in San Francisco are Tired of Antiwar Messages

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Carole Migden’s antiwar message is proving irksome to some in San Francisco these days. Can you imagine? Senator Migden, first runner-up in the Bay Area’s recent District 3 election (that means she came in second place, contrary to what you’ve been told, dear reader), still carries on with her antiwar message.

And now Street View shows it seems she has support of Google as well. Oh noes!


Senator Carole Migden is Fighting that Apple Moth Spraying Tooth and Nail.

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Here was Senator Carole Migden over the weekend, braving the cold along with about 150 folks who are dead set against the planned spraying against the Light Brown Apple Moth and the people of the bay area.

Read all about it.

Got Conspiracy? The Cabal That Keeps Milk Prices High in California

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

So, the state of California won’t allow lower milk prices? Sure seems that way. Here’s how it looked at a San Francisco Lucky Supermarket the other day:


The Soviets over at the California Department of Food and Agriculture regulate milk prices? Yes, srsly.

You see, dairy farmers and the state of California like high milk prices. This cabal works together thusly:

California Dairy farmers want state to raise milk prices

Record milk price provides relief for dairies

Read the news and turn the pages:

Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System


15-farm empire bucks industry

Not only does Food and Ag play a role in keeping milk prices high, they seem to relish offering excuses for their behaviour.



So, by the numbers:

4. Q: Why are milk prices regulated?
A: Another way to ask the same question is, “To what extent is governmental intervention still needed to achieve orderly marketing of dairy products?”

No, the way to ask the question is “why are milk prices regulated?” Or, why are milk prices so damn high? Or, why the hell is there a minimum price on milk? Answer: To please Big Dairy.

Next question:

5. Q: How do California’s milk standards differ from other states?
From the nutritionist’s standpoint, California’s fluid milk standard is healthier

No, the proper answer is “in a trivial fashion.” Why would California have such a minor difference in milk standards? To segment the market in order to please Big Dairy, that’s why.

Next question:

11. Q: How much does it cost to produce a gallon of milk?
Input costs, such as processing labor, delivery and raw product costs vary considerably.

Why on earth should the Kalifornia Kommisars even care about this issue?


Dairy Division on patrol, looking for illegal sales of low priced milk. 

The final outrage:

16. Q: Can outsourcing milk to other states reduce the retail price of milk?

Outsourcing“? Don’t they mean importing? Yes they do, but the word importing has a neutral point of view.

Thankfully, we’ve made it to the bottom of the FAQ page.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is required to comply with the wishes of the Legislature and the Governor, of course. The mystery is why Food and Ag feels it necessary to defend the wishes of the Legislature and the Governor with this extremely bogus and self-serving FAQ page. The World Wonders.

(And if you like high milk prices, you’re going to love getting sprayed with crop dusters over your house this summer. BAM!

Exotic Fallow and Axis Deer Still in the Crosshairs Around Point Reyes, CA

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Here’s the latest from the exotic deer wars up in the Pt. Reyes area of Marin County.

A little background about the “hired killers” is here. Of course, California State Senator Carole Migden has been on this issue for a while now. But the Feds have a different point of view about “exotic ungulates”.

The plan is to have all these deer gone withing a decade or two. And that rubs some people the wrong way.

Please don’t shoot me just because I don’t come from here! Some exotic deer inside of the Point Reyes National Seashore:


It seems the way the Federales have handled the culling will give animal lovers lots to argue about over the coming years and decades.

Let’s hope we can get to some kind of solution soon.