That’s what they say:
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That’s what they say:
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Here it is, no dialogue:
I guess there are more than mountain lions roaming the hills of Nittany.
And here’s an earlier effort along the same vein, with JoePa as Pope. It has a nice stinger at the end.
All right, let’s say that this is your search:
Which link would you click on?
“Abortion Info – Women’s Pregnancy Clinic | FirstResort.Org
Counseling and prenatal care 450 Sutter St, Suite 1740, San Francisco (415) 627-9175″
Get up to speed on this issue here and read a fresh release from BACORR below.
“FIRST RESORT MISLEADS IN ITS ADVERTISING, BACORR FINDS.
First Resort is well-known as Anti-Abortion in the Pro-Life Community; Misrepresents Itself & Advertises Under Abortion Services to the Non-Activist General Public.
First Resort, currently being investigated by the City Attorney’s office, misrepresents services it offers via Google advertising, in a recent Chronicle Op-Ed, and over the telephone. Over a 6 month investigation, the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR) has researched First Resort’s mission, ties in the Pro-Life community, and misrepresentation of itself to the general public.
This is first and foremost a consumer protection issue, not a political or religious debate.
First Resort is a Christian organization whose mission is to make an “abortion free world, “ as stated in paperwork filed with the state. However, under Google searches, “Abortion San Francisco,” “Abortion Services San Francisco,” and “,” First Resort is the second paid listing on the results page. Google is the most popular internet search engine.
After Golden Gate Planned Parenthood in San Francisco lost its charter, First Resort CEO Shari Plunkett states, “Our call volume has never been higher.” (Email to supporters, dated 4/14/2011) Though First Resort usually tells callers they do not offer abortions, recently they said yes, they do offer abortions.”
More deets after the jump
Well, after 20 years of living with the old logo, the University of San Francisco has a new logo:
And here’s the rationale:
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19, 2011 — The University of San Francisco (USF) today unveiled its new logo, and its new tagline, Change the World From Here. The University’s updated logo replaces the former introduced nearly 20-years ago.
The three elements that compose the new logo are the full university name, updated tagline, and refreshed symbol.
– The University of San Francisco is now spelled out (rather than
abbreviated as USF) to limit confusion with other universities and bring
attention to the university’s intimate interconnection with this
stunningly beautiful, world-class city.
– Change the World From Here is a call to action that is contemporary,
urgent, and personal. It underscores the University of San Francisco’s
mission to equip and empower the university community to give back for
the greater good. The Here in the tagline not only signifies the
University of San Francisco campus, but also San Francisco itself, and
at its most personal, the Here within our minds and hearts.
– The cross formed in the center of the refreshed symbol represents
University’s Jesuit Catholic identity. The arrows point both outward and
inward reflecting the ongoing dialogue and engagement between the
university and society.
“This new logo is sharper, crisper, and more accurately represents the University of San Francisco today,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “The cross is our Jesuit Catholic tradition, and the arrows pointing both in and out signal the exchange of ideas and collaborative dialogue we have with the City and contemporary culture. We want the University of San Francisco to be the heart and soul of the City – to serve as a voice of reason tempered by compassion and driven by values.”
Eighteen-months in the making, the new design was jointly created by Studio Hinrichs, a leading San Francisco design firm, and USF’s Creative Director, Dale Johnston. Faculty, staff, alumni, current and prospective students were all included in the process, which was coordinated by a campus-wide branding work group formed to provide feedback and guidance in the redesign.
“Our charge was to capture the engagement and exchange with society that is the essence of Jesuit education in San Francisco and around the world,” said David Macmillan, vice president for communications and marketing at the University of San Francisco, and chair of the branding work group. “As a result of this interaction, both the culture and the university are enriched – learning from one another to affect positive change in our world. The three elements of the refreshed logo work together to tell that story.”
About the University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco is in the heart of one of the most innovative and diverse cities and features a vibrant community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields while building a more humane and just world. University of San Francisco students, faculty, and alumni are involved in the entrepreneurial city of San Francisco and work in all industries, from technology to nonprofits. With dedicated professors and exceptional academic programs to choose from, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to develop into ethical leaders who are sought after in their professions. USF’s diverse student body benefits from direct access to faculty, small class sizes, and a broad array of programs and co-curricular opportunities. Informed by the university’s 156-year-old Jesuit Catholic mission, the USF community ignites students’ passion for social justice and the pursuit of the common good. For more information about the University of San Francisco, please visit www.usfca.edu.
SOURCE University of San Francisco
[UPDATE: Heather Knight has some useful details, particularly about a woman who named her child after a book from the Old Testament / Torah. OK fine.]
San Francisco City Attorney and mayoral candidate Dennis Jose Herrera held a presser this AM along with District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, District 3 Supervisor and mayoral candidate David Chiu, and District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener regarding Malia’s new legislation about “crisis pregnancy centers.”
All the deets are below.
But you make the call:
And guess who was there at City Hall this morning? Some Catholic League types, or Catholic reporters, something like that.
(It will be interesting to see how a few particular Supes vote on this one…)
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Proposed ordinance, City Attorney demand letter target misleading advertising by centers that push hidden agenda for ‘abortion free world’
SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 2, 2011) — Supervisor Malia Cohen and City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced joint legal and legislative steps to halt deceptive marketing by so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” in San Francisco, which purport to offer non-judgmental abortion services and counseling to women with unwanted pregnancies, but that instead push an anti-abortion agenda on those seeking constitutionally protected medical services. Cohen and Herrera announced their initiatives at a City Hall press conference this morning.
Cohen’s legislation, which she will introduce at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, is entitled the “Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance.” If enacted, Cohen’s measure would explicitly prohibit limited services pregnancy centers in San Francisco from making false or misleading statements to the public about pregnancy-related services that the centers offer. While some crisis pregnancy centers openly acknowledge their pro-life advocacy, many misleadingly target women in search of abortion services though false advertising — and then employ manipulative and fear mongering tactics on their visitors to dissuade them from obtaining abortions. Crisis pregnancy centers commonly offer few services other than anti-abortion rhetoric, but the proliferation of Internet search engines has given anti-abortion centers an effective way to misrepresent themselves as bona fide clinics, offering prominent paid links in response to search queries for “abortion” and related terms within their region.
“One of the most serious threats to reproductive rights today comes from so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers,’ which misrepresent themselves as non-political medical providers, but that push anti-abortion propaganda and mistruths on unsuspecting women,” said Cohen. “The legislation that will be introduced today would prohibit these limited services pregnancy centers in San Francisco from misleading the public about the services they perform. It’s a measured, thoughtful approach that balances the free speech rights of anti-abortion activists with constitutionally protected reproductive rights for women. I appreciate City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office working with me to craft a policy to protect women in San Francisco, while minimizing possible legal risks.”
In tandem with Cohen’s legislation, Herrera took a first step today toward a possible legal action under California law against San Francisco’s most egregiously misleading crisis pregnancy center, First Resort, Inc. Herrera’s demand letter to the anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center in the medical building at 450 Sutter Street expressed serious concerns about the veracity of the center’s print advertising and Internet marketing, which imply to prospective clients that First Resort offers abortion services or referrals to abortion providers — when it in fact does neither.
Herrera’s letter notes that First Resort has purchased paid Google advertisements to secure top placement in search results for abortion providers in San Francisco. Moreover, the letter details several of First Resort’s public representations to prospective clients that are false and misleading, and which contrast starkly with the organization’s stated purpose — as revealed in its state licensing documents — to achieve “an abortion-free world.”
“First Resort is certainly entitled to advocate for ‘an abortion-free world’ to anyone who wants to hear it, but the center is breaking the law by misrepresenting itself as an abortion provider for the purpose of luring women with unwanted pregnancies to its office,” Herrera said. “This is an insidious practice that victimizes women who are, in some instances, already victims. It’s especially problematic because the delays these centers can cause interfere with women’s time-sensitive, constitutionally protected right to reproductive choice. I’ve taken this step to demand that First Resort clarify its purpose in accordance with state law. Moreover, I applaud Supervisor Malia Cohen for her leadership to further tighten restrictions on this unethical practice here in San Francisco.”
And see what NARAL Pro Choice California has to say about all this after the jump
San Francisco’s Big Four Cemeteries, Odd Fellows’ (aka Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.)), Masonic, Laurel Hill, and Calvary, used to surround our Mel’s Diner on 3355 Geary. Philip Ferrato has the deets and some photos of what these places used to look like.
All the people buried got dug up and sent to Colma by the 1940′s, but the ghosts remain, I’m sure.
Keep that in mind when your noshing on three-star Yelp-rated fare at the Mel’s…
The bulk of the University of San Francisco used to be Masonic Cemetery. See?
St. Ignatius Church, aerial view. Masonic Cemetery remains in background. The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley
Keep a look out.
Check out some of the history from the Academy of Art’s Paul Correa, below
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“A good example is the school’s building at 2151 Van Ness, the former St. Bridget’s church. It was dilapidated, leaking and slated for demolition when the Academy acquired it in 2005. The former owners couldn’t afford the very expensive seismic retrofit it needed, and other buyers weren’t interested for the same reason. In 2005 and ’06, our contractor cleaned up the water damage and did asbestos abatement. That was phase one. In phase two we filed our permit application for seismic upgrading; this was July of 2006. In February 2009, the historic commission granted a certificate of appropriateness for the retrofitting work and ADA improvements … actually all the improvements at that site. We’re planning on starting the seismic work at the end of spring semester. So the work has been going on for 2-1/2 or 3 years. Because it’s a historical building, the process of applying and reviewing the plans to get permits and begin work is challenging and time-consuming. But otherwise it’s typical of the effort that goes into making sure our buildings are safe and meet code. And it will be worth the effort to save a beautiful historic building that was endangered.”
Prominent San Francisco landmark St. Ignatius Church at the University of San Francisco on Fulton Street has been around almost a hundred years, which is a long time for our town. But the view of these Catholic missile silos from the Leave-It-To Beaver section of McAllister Street is now ruined by this loud Crayola house.
Sic transit gloria San Francisco:
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But if that doesn’t boil your blood, how about this sign from a couple houses over for tout le Monde to see?
There’s your sacrilege, one or the other.