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Gold Mountain Mural in North Beach is Gone, Long Gone, Owing to Graffiti Vandals – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The news of this mural going away had escaped my attention the past couple of months.

Here’s what it looked like before….

…and here’s what it looks like now:

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Here are your reading notes:

Gen Fujioka of the Chinatown Community Development Center is involved with promoting the horrible Central Subway to Nowhere.

Artist Ann Sherry is fortunate to get a five-figure commission for anything, so I’m not sure why she’s so perpetually cranky. 

It’s not smart to put up images of authority figures (you know, people in military of police uniforms) in a sort of wild part of town

I don’t know, maybe this was a bad idea from the start?

I don’t know, maybe San Francisco government has lots of bad ideas, you know, from the start?

What can we learn from this episode?

Prison Realignment Starts Tomorrow, October 1, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Rina Palta of KALW News has a  bit on prison realignment this morning. (That’s just the kind of thing you can find at THE INFORMANT: Cops, Courts, and Communities in the Bay Area.)

And here’s some related information about parolees from candidate for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, below.

Welcome back:

“October 1: State transfers parolees to San Francisco’s probation programs and jails - The City braces for influx of ex-offenders starting Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, October 1, the first group of state prison parolees scheduled for transfer to San Francisco will begin arriving in the City under Realignment — legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4, 2011.

The City has created a comprehensive program to shift ex-offenders to local control, including increasing electronic monitoring, social and rehabilitation programs, and preparing for an increased jail population.

Some details on the parolees and program:
· Expected number of new parolees in 2011-2012: 700
· Average age of transferred parolee: 39
· Average number of prior convictions: 7
· Time in which parolees have to report to the City after release: 48 hours
· Crimes: Non-serious, nonviolent and non-sexual offenses
· Transportation for parolees: City will transport most; some travel by bus

Questions remain:
· Recidivism: How will the City’s new parolee population impact jails?
· Funding: State funding is short of City needs and only budgeted for nine months. How will programs be sustained?
· Impact on City agencies: How will law enforcement, social and health services be affected by the increased ex-offender population?

Supervisor Mirkarimi, Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, convened hearings on Realignment and sponsored several ordinances to address the ex-offender transfer.”

How to Deal With Hollywood Jackholes What STILL Haven’t Paid “Contagion” Film Extras Since February

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Now it was a little funny earlier this year when a high level person at Rich King* Casting started quoting sub-minimum wages for extras in that new Contagion movie starring, I don’t know, everybody, you know, these people right here (and let’s throw in Famous Movie Director Steven Soderbergh too – he’s a luminary as well):

But then somebody, no not somebody from the local Film Commish and not any MSM reporters (who don’t seem to be aware of what the minimum wage is in the place where they live and work), but somebody up here in the 415 got word down to Los Angeles County about The Law ‘n stuff.

So fine, the RKC people changed their minds and decided to pay extras “$80″ for up to eight hours (and then they finally did the math and decided that $79.36 would be the wage, cause, you know, después de todos, dinero es dinero.)

But now word comes that RKC thinks it’s OK to pay people up to six weeks** later?

And the extras still haven’t all been paid?

And RKC is ignoring contact attempts from said extras?

Could all this be true?

Well let’s hear from a Real Life Contagion Extra:

“I got in the film as well, but its now mid April, and I have not seen the payment in the 6 weeks that the casting company stated. Got my work receipt right here – would be nice if someone from this casting agency would follow up with my contact attempts.

“It was still a really cool day either way. I got to see an amazing set up of the set @ Candlestick and didn’t mind standing/sitting around all day. That is what background extras do. All of these girls were being very rude that day saying “when are we going to meet the stars”, and “I can’t believe they are making us stand around”, and “come on! I wan’t to be in the movie already!! Shortly after one of the assistants heard those remarks, our group was dismissed for the afternoon. It is like they never listened to what they told us at the casting meeting at Fort Mason, or the information the casting directors told us over the phone when they offered us the part. I did not get an email confirmation after that day, but a personal phone call.

Would be nice to see my check, but I will give them a bit more time to respond since I bet the other 5,000 are hounding them as well. I mean come on – I am on unemployment – it would be nice to have the $79 bucks right now, but I can wait a bit”

Now, isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think, that a company what has a cavalier attitude about at least one kind of wage and hour rule would drag its feet about making payments? (Well, maybe not, in my experience.)

Anyway, all you non-union extras ought to form a union or something so you can start playing hardball with the Hollywood vanga vanga.

So why don’t you pay all your extras ASAP, Rich King Casting? Like posthaste or something.

Thank you.

Now, speaking of Hollywood, wouldn’t you like to see a list of all the movies that Steven Soderbergh has seen the past twelve months? Sure you would. See it after the jump.

*Forget about Obama’s birth certificate – I want to see the one with “Rich King” printed on it, and oh, Sandy Beach too, I want to see one of those as well – I think Hollywood still has a few guys around with that name.

**I should make a horror film – it’ll be about the horrors of Regular People dealing with Hollywood People. It’ll be called 42 Days Later.

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Good News for You Extras Working Matt Damon’s “Contagion” Movie: You’re Getting a Pay Rise – Now, $80 Per Day

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Turns out that you extras working on the local Contagion shoots are going to get $80 per working day instead of the $64 that Rich King Productions was talking about the other day.

Simply, the people at JKP were unaware that S.F. has its own minimum wage of $9.92 per hour.

Anyway they’re back down in Los Angeles now, but they’ve just sent a message to me how they going to pay $80 for starters and then more after the first eight hours, if necessary.

Break a leg!

Attention Extras in that Matt Damon “Contagion” Movie: SF Minimum Wage is $9.92 Per Hour

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: It's all good, hard-working extras. Just got the call from Down South about how you all are going to get at least $80 per working day. They were all apologetic, saying stuff like, "Thanks, you really saved our bacon on this one." Turns out that San Francisco County is the only place in the entire state what has a higher-than-CA min. wage.]  

That means that $64 ($8 times 8 hours) isn’t going to cut it, right?

Remember those “unfortunate,” “innocent” 18-year-old faux prostitutes in Chinatown from the time that horrible Trauma series came to the 415 all lies and jest? Those people got paid way more than $64 a day – it was close to $80. So why should you Contagion extras get paid any less?

Is it possible that Rich King* Casting doesn’t know the minimum wage in the area where it’s casting?

Yup!

Those playing hos back in ought-nine got paid minimum wage, so why not you?

Feel the excitement:

(And the beauty part is that there are “no fees to apply” Really? No fees to stand around for hours trying to get a gig that doesn’t pay minimum wage? Sweet, Thanks Rich King Casting.)

So, extras, practice this line: “I knows I gots to get paid!”

Start chanting all together and then your $64 paychecks will increase to $79.36 paychecks tout de suite.

Of course, if they take you to the East Bay or if they shoot on Federal land(?) in the 415, well then maybe you won’t get your full $9.92 per hour. But they’re talking about filming at Candlestick Park and Chinatown,** where San Francisco laws are in full effect.

In closing, these pretzels are making me thirsty!***

Extras Needed for New Matt Damon Film “Contagion”
Filming in SF February 9-19, 2011
Casting Call
- 1/29/11 Fort Mason,
- 1/30/11 Embarcadero YMCA

Filming starts on February 9th and goes through the 19th. Before shooting though, we will be coming to San Francisco to do an open casting call for those who may be interested in working on this film on Jan 29th and 30th. We are looking for Men and Women all shapes, sizes, types and ethnicities to be background performers for this feature.

We look forward to offering the opportunity for fun,exciting PAID work to San Francisco and Bay Area area residents. We will be casting lots of locals in the production.

The date and times for the open call castings are:

January 29, 2011 (2pm-6pm)
FORT MASON CENTER
Landmark Building C
Room C260

and

January 30, 2011 (10am-4pm)
Embarcadero YMCA

All applicants need only a pen, a small photo of themselves and a great attitude. It’s as easy as that!

>> For more information about the casting call: 415-373-4202

*C’mon, “Rich King?” I suppose that’s better than Sandy Beach or something. (Never trust anyone from the movie biz.)

**Contagion in Chinatown? Hey, remember SARS? Restaurant owners would come out on Grant and to try to, physically, pull diners inside.  Bad times.

***That’s from the comments section on SFGate. (Kramer was going to be more than an extra on that Woody Allen film, but anyway…)

The Longest-Lived Mural Graffiti in San Francisco – Epoxy Plus Paint Equals Forever

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Here’s what the little monsters know – they know that if they tag a big old transformer box or what have you, then it’ll simply get painted over by the City or a property owner, sometimes with a quickness. But painting over a mural, such as the one called Gold Mountain at Romolo Place in North Beach near the intersection of Columbus and Broadway, well that throws all the stakeholders into paralysis and so scribblings will remain for tout le monde to see.

Ideally, you’d have the original muralist come over and do a touchup for free. Ideally. But the long-lived tagging on Gold Mountain has epoxy in it, so it’s really hard to take off of the wall without erasing everything. And then after you do a fix-up another tagger will come along, despite your use of anti-graffiti coatings and whatnot.

Here, take a look at the mural on Romolo from six-plus years ago – nice and clean.

But WholeWheatToast‘s photo from 2008 looks just like every other recent photo that you can find online:

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Here’s the current shot from Google Maps. (Note that Google’s face-blurring privacy program doesn’t distinguish betwixt real people and paintings of people.)

And the pic on MapJack looks the same as well. Oh well.

Now honestly, I’m not sure how much good putting up video cameras would do unless you had somebody to watch a live feed 24-7. I mean the value of showing the SFPD grainy night-time footage of some skinny, 5′ 8″, hoodie-wearing hood isn’t much, right?

For all I know these tags are still there today, with more added on, possibly. I’ll check it out the next time I’m in the area.

(San FranciscoThe City That Knows How®… to sit around and dawdle. Oh well.)

Leaving you with what the Chinatown Community Development Center has to say about all this:

“Gold Mountain Mural Restoration

The Gold Mountain Mural is located at Romolo Alley, near Broadway and Columbus, on the side of the Swiss American building owned and managed by Chinatown CDC. It is the joint effort of Ms. Ann Sherry, the muralist, and Chinatown CDC depicting the lives of Chinese Americans in San Francisco. It was created in 1994, and once restored in 2004 due to heavy tagging. At that time, to honor her, we added the image of our local heroine, Ms. Betty Ann Ong. Ms. Ong is the American Airline stewardess who was the first one to contact ground crew informing them of the plane being hijacked on that fatal flight into the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Recently, this historic mural caught the eyes of the President of the National Museum of Murals and Mosaics in Philadelphia, and will be featured in their online museum website.

Once again, due to tagging, we will start restoring the mural in the near future. We have so far secured some funding to install surveillance cameras to safeguard the mural. Once restoration is complete, we will daily monitor the mural and assist the SFPD to apprehend taggers. (Volunteers interested to help can contact Cathie Lam at 415-984-1461.)

Swine Flu: SFO Would Like to Draw Your Attention to this Traveler’s Alert Health Notice

Monday, April 27th, 2009

San Francisco International Airport would like to hep you to what’s new about Swine Flu – specifically this notice from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


TRAVELER’S HEALTH ALERT NOTICE

Risk of Swine Flu Associated with Travel to Affected Areas

Public health officials within the United States and throughout the world are investigating outbreaks of
swine influenza (swine flu).

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes
outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, human
infections with swine flu do occur. Public health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus
spreads from human to human and can cause illness.

The outbreak is ongoing and additional cases are expected. For more information concerning swine flu
infection, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. For specific information on travel precautions and an update on the
affected areas, please visit: www.cdc.gov/travel.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may
include:
• Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
• Sore throat
• Cough
• Stuffy nose
• Chills
• Headache and body aches
• Fatigue

Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Severe illness (pneumonia
and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal
flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

People entering the United States who are experiencing symptoms consistent with swine flu and have
traveled to an affected area (see http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm for affected areas), or
have been exposed to someone possibly infected with swine flu, during the last 7 days should report their
illnesses to their health care provider immediately and inform them of their recent travel.

People traveling from the United States to affected areas should be aware of the risk of illness with swine
flu and take precautions.
To prevent the spread of swine flu:
• Avoid contact with ill persons.
• When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (if you do
not have a tissue). Throw used tissues in a trash can.
• After you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based
hand gel.
• If you think you are ill with flu, avoid close contact with others as much as possible. Stay at
home or in your hotel room. Seek medical care if you are severely ill (such as having
trouble breathing). There are antiviral medications for prevention and treatment of swine
flu that a doctor can prescribe. Do not go to work, school, or travel while ill.

Swine Flu Travel Health Alert Notice
04-09
Safer • Healthier • People ™
For more information:
• Contact your local or state health department
• Visit http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
• Contact CDC 24 Hours/Every Day
o 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
o TTY: (888) 232-6348
o cdcinfo@cdc.gov

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET)
State # of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 28 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 40 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.

CDC Prisoner Garb on the Streets of San Francisco

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

This was the scene on Ashbury near Haight in San Francisco. Maybe this guy was a firefighter for the California Department of Corrections or maybe he got his orange clothes from craigslist.com.

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The ad from craigslist said that there’s nothing preventing people from wearing this kind of prison clothing out on the streets.