Posts Tagged ‘Cesar Chavez’

Today’s Protest: “Evict the Cops! Defend our Homes! -THE POLICE ARE HERE TO PROTECT THE YUPPIES, NOT US!”

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

It’s on!

A string of cops on motorcycles are ready to go for this event down in the Mission:

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All the deets:

Title: Evict the Cops! Defend our Homes!
START DATE: Wednesday January 01
TIME: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location Details: 3pm: 24th and Mission Bart Station
Event Type: Protest
On January 1st Mission residents and agitators want to ring in the New Year with a big “fuck you!” to the San Francisco Police Department. The elevated pig presence in the neighborhood is unavoidable and many have already felt its effects. In November, four Valencia Gardens residents were attacked and then arrested by SFPD officers. And the expansion of police surveillance at the 16th street BART plaza has lead to increased harassment of young people of color, homeless folks, and sex workers.

These efforts only aid in the gentrification of the Mission District as policing and surveillance are integral to the process of sterilizing a neighborhood for new, well-to-do, bougie assholes. Time and again the police have proven their loyalties to new developers and shitty landlords.

It’s the cops who are there to make sure we leave on the day of our evictions, who throw us out of our squats when we have no place to go, and who continually harass us because we’re not white yuppies. We’re fucking sick of it and so our resolution for 2014 is to make the SFPD’s life hell at any opportunity that presents itself.

Come out and march on January 1st at 3pm starting at 24th street BART Plaza and ending at 16th street BART.

Oscar and Johnny of San Jose Need to Contact the SFPD About This Rape Allegation

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Just saying. The dragnet is closing in, it would appear…

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San Francisco Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman at approximately 3:30am on August 7, 2010.

The 25 year old victim was standing at Van Ness and California at 3:30am on August 7, 2010, when she was approached by three men driving in a black VW Golf, hatchback-style vehicle. The victim agreed to a ride with the suspects, back to her hotel in the South of Market area. As the victim attempted to get out of the vehicle, one of the men pulled her back in the car as the driver sped off. The victim was dragged for a short distance, driven to a remote area near Cesar Chavez and the 101 Freeway and sexually assaulted. The victim suffered injuries to her feet, legs and neck. She was treated for her injuries and released. 

The three suspects told the victim that they were from San Jose and were celebrating one of the men’s 18th birthday.

The victim was able to assist in creating a sketch for two of the suspects. They are described as:

1. “Oscar“, Hispanic male, 18-25 yrs., 5’6″, 145 lbs., wearing dark baseball hat, black “Ed Hardy” shirt with lettering across neck.

2. “Johnny“, HM, 5’7″, 150 lbs., dark fade-like haircut, wearing olive green buttoned shirt

3. Unknown, HM, 21-22, heavy set, with dark wavy hair (driver of vehicle)

Vehicle description:

2002-2005, BLACK, VW Golf, 4-dr., hatchback.

Police are seeking assistance from the public, who may be able to identify these suspects or who may have information regarding this incident. Police encourage anyone who believes that they have been the victim of a sexual assault to report it to the police or respond to the San Francisco Rape Treatment Center located at San Francisco General Hospital as soon as possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sexual Assault Unit, Inspector Sidney Laws or Lt. Dan Leydon at 553-1361.

San Francisco’s WorkerExpress.Com Wants to “Disrupt” the Day Laborer Market – $18.98 Per Hour

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

[UPDATE: Joe Mellin, Chief Operating Officer of WE, writes in to kindly point out that they do indeed specify how much money goes to the workers. So a general laborer could earn $10 per hour*, with $4 going as a fee and $5 going for insurance and taxes, for example. Thanks, Joe.]

Your days of hiring day laborers in front of the paint store and then paying them daily with hard cash are over. Why? ‘Cause you’re going to check out WorkerExpress.com, where you just punch in your zip and then start hiring. It’s all nice and legal.

Now, the problem with doing it the legal way is that you have to pay more money and the workers get less money. Hey, how much do the workers get paid for each hour, anyway? Well, that’s a mystery to me but it looks like workers compensation is taken care of, so that’s nice. Check it:

WorkerExpress is a startup looking to disrupt the $7bn temporary construction labor market. We believe bringing the power of the internet to this brick and mortar industry will enable workers to earn more money and enable contractors to create more jobs when they are needed most. We believe that we will be able to change the way temporary manual labor is hired.”

Here’s your interface:

And, oh yes, the take from KNTV-San Joser, and Fast Company, plus the Facebook and the Twitter.  

*That’s just north of San Francisco’s minimu wage of $9.79 per hour.

Anyway, here’s the news of the day:

“WorkerExpress Launches Web Service to Reduce Unemployment by Connecting Temporary Workers With Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3  — WorkerExpress has launched a new online employment platform to help temporary workers land jobs in one of the toughest economic times in recent memory.

WorkerExpress uses a revolutionary concept that enables workers to post information, show their certifications and accrue experience on a public online profile. Contractors, property managers and other temporary hirers can look at workers’ profiles online and request specific employees that best fit their needs.

Here at WorkerExpress, we understand the burden of today’s economy on temporary workers; the challenges of connecting workers with contractors; and the advantages of using the web, instead of hiring halls, to bridge the gap between companies and temporary employees.

“It was too good to be true,” said Brent Williams, a painter who was placed through WorkerExpress only a few days after signing up.

“He showed up right on time… if you find a worker like him, hire him,” said Majid Akhavan, a Berkeley property manager, who found Williams through WorkerExpress.com.

WorkerExpress is headquartered in San Francisco and currently serves the temporary staffing needs of companies and individuals in the Bay Area.

Here’s What the Horrible 5-Yard Wide Median on Cesar Chavez Will Look Like

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

If trees are so great and if a five-yard-wide median is such an improvement, why stop there? Why not have more trees in the middle of Cesar Chavez? Why not have a 30-foot-wide median instead? 

But no worry. The so-called “improvements” coming our way will “compliment” something or other. See?   

“These streetscape improvements and more will make Cesar Chavez a great and complete street— one that compliments the community.”

A thousand years since Alhazen worked out perspective, but our art students still haven’t gotten the word. Oh well, two vanishing points for the price of one:

Somebody will end up using this space for something, is all I know.

Cesar Chavez Streetscape Improvement Project
Project Information
The Cesar Chavez Streetscape Improvement Project is a multi- agency effort  initiative to re-envision Cesar Chavez Street from Hampshire to Guerrero Streets in the Mission District. Through the coordinated efforts of multiple city organizations and with input from community meetings, Cesar Chavez will be made into an enjoyable, safe, and visually attractive corridor for pedestrians, bikes, and transit options that unify our great city.
The inclusion of a widened and landscaped center median, and tree plantings along sidewalks will provide pleasing greenery to the area neighborhood. These efforts are known to calm traffic along busy corridors.  Street corner bulb-outs, shorter crossing distances at intersections, and the installation of  bike lanes will also make this a safer street environment for everyone. These streetscape improvements and more will make Cesar Chavez a great and complete street— one that compliments the community.

For more information, visit the community planning process web page.

Location
Cesar Chavez Street between Guerrero and Hampshire Streets

Schedule
Construction is scheduled to start in Winter 2011.

Cost/Funding
The project is funded through a combination of Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) federal grants with local matching funds totaling $4.3m.million

Project Team
DPW– Paving & Great Streets
Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)- Sewer Upgrade
Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA)

Contact
Kris Opbroek
Great Streets Program Manager
(415) 558-4045

Contractor
To Be Determined

The Scene of a Possible Pedestrian Fatality on 101 North Approaching Cesar Chavez

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Read about this accident at the high volume ActionNewsSf  Twitter page:

“TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Accident involving a pedestrian on the North 101 off ramp. CHP lists the incident as a ‘possible fatality.’”

Lots of CHP cruisers were on the scene just before 9:00 PM tonight. You can see officers focusing a flashlight on one area while taking measurements near the dark-colored Honda Civic sedan.

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Not sure what happened but obviously there’s not much room on the shoulder for walking down to Bayshore if your car breaks down.

Will update.

Per unconfirmed reports to 911, an African American man on crutches walked up the offramp. Appears that he may have died.

[UPDATE: Joe Eskenazi has the sad story of Willie Speights.

Sit Lie Law Sequel: Sidewalks are for People Celebration Returns Saturday, April 24th

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Brace yourselves, San Franciscans. Here’s the latest communique from StandAgainst SitLie.org:

“On Saturday, April 24, San Franciscans opposing Mayor Newsom’s and Police Chief Gascón’s Sit-Lie ordinance will stage a follow up event to last month’s hugely successful “Sidewalks are for People” citywide celebration of public space and culture. Last month’s event shifted the momentum against the ordinance, creating a media frenzy that reached all the way to London and the BBC World Service.”

All the deets below.

A shrine for the sit/lie ordinance seen recently on Haight Street:

“Since the March event, the SF Planning Commission and the San Francisco Democratic Party have rejected the ordinance recognizing that a number of laws already exist to address problem behaviors on sidewalks and that sidewalks should be open to public gatherings.  This month’s event promises many more colorful and exciting sidewalk celebrations.

SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEOPLE PART II
All-Day / Citywide Event on Saturday, April 24 in San Francisco

VISUALS: A fabulous drag queen show, musicians, colorful/creative signs, tea parties, and sidewalk sit-ins.
WHEN: Saturday, April 24, throughout the day (See highlighted events for times.)
WHERE: Events planned throughout the city. Here are some highlights. Contact Andy for more info and updates: 415-533-4694.

Drag Show and Lemonade in the Tenderloin: Fabulous and colorful drag queen performances on the sidewalk.  Noon – 2:00.  631 O’Farrell Street. Contact: Joe Kowalke 415-305-7756

Day Laborer Sit-in on Cesar Chavez St.: Day Laborers and allies demonstrating. Silk screening, sidewalk chalk drawings, signs and more. Contact: Joel 415-553-3424

Music in the Castro: Local musicians playing at Harvey Milk Plaza with the audience sitting and lying around. Castro and Market Streets. Noon – 2:00. Contact Tommi Avicolli Mecca 415-522-6031

Poetry Workshop in the Mission: A poetry workshop while sitting and lying on the sidewalk.  2-3:30pm.  Florida Street between 23rd and 24th.  Contact: Tiny 510-435-7500

WHAT: SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEOPLE is a decentralized, citywide celebration of San Francisco’s public space, vibrant culture, and tradition of compassion.  People across the city, will be doing what they love on sidewalks (without obstructing them!): barbecues, chalk drawing, chess, yoga, reading, knitting, jump rope, playing music, painting, tea/coffee parties, sunbathing, meditating, DJing, hanging out, tai chi, dancing, anything they like!

WHY: San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, and Police Chief George Gascón are pushing the Board of Supervisors to pass a law that would make it illegal to sit or lie on the sidewalk anywhere in San Francisco.  We think it’s a violation of basic civil liberties and counter to San Francisco values to criminalize the act of sitting in public space. We think public spaces are safer when people are encouraged to use them to meet with neighbors, friends, family and others.

We believe our sidewalks reflect the diverse, vibrant culture of our city. We believe in freedom of expression, the right to peaceably assemble, and the pursuit of happiness on our sidewalks!

We acknowledge and empathize with legitimate fears or frustrations that people encounter in this city as they share public space with others, but we believe there are better solutions than criminalizing innocent behavior. For starters check out, “A Very Different Approach to the Sit-Lie Law” by Gabriel Haaland.  http://tinyurl.com/alternative2SitLie
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PHOTOS, VIDEOS, A COMPLETE LIST OF MEDIA COVERAGE, AND MORE AT:
www.StandAgainstSitLie.org

Divisadero Streetscape Improvements Kick Off – Cafe Mojo Parklet Officially Christened

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Here’s the scene this morning at the official ceremony kicking off all the Divisadero Streetscape Improvements and the Cafe Mojo Parklet at 639 Divisidero betwixt Hayes and Grove.

BIKE NOPA has all the deets for the new parklet in front of popular Mojo Bicycle Cafe, where you are beseeched to “ride in – hang out – get your fix – ride on.”

Of course District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimiwas there* – he was working the crowd and expressing his appreciation for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety on the Divisadero Corridor. He also pointed out the success of the nearby Divisadero Farmer’s Market, which is no longer seasonal. It’s open every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM year-round these days.

Mayor Gavin Newsom addressing a large crowd on the tiny parklet:

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And all the while, the honking yellow Hummer of Main Contractor Synergy Project Management was discretely parked across the street, as discretely as possible given that it’s a honking yellow Hummer:

I’m on the record as not being a big fan of all the changes, but oh well.

SocketSite has more info about Divis and Curbed SF has all the history, as you’d expect.

Brand new median trees and old-school streetlamps for as far as the eye can see:

These days, it’s Mojo a gogo. A fixie bike mounted outdoors as art:

 

Welcome to the New Divisidero.

*Wearing the same drip-dry suit he was wearing at the recent opening of the Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool.

All the deets, after the jump

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2009 Cesar Chavez Parade & Festival 2009 in San Francisco’s Mission District

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Well this was the scene today at San Francisco’s annual Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival on Mission Street. Read Linda Post’s account here at SF FYI.net and see a slideshow here.

Supervisor David Campos and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano were in the vanguard. Click to expand:

Newly-elected David Campos:

Hey look, it’s David Miles, Jr. and his rollerskating friends.  

It’s the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU):

And now, time for some lowriders. Impala:

The Spirit of 76:

415 XOR:

Trunk art:

Buick with external air conditioning unit:

Royal Cruisers NOR CAL:

WIKID 63:

And the Chevy Impala again:

See you next year!

San Francisco

Cesar E. Chavez
Holiday Parade & Festival 2009
Commemorate & Celebrate
the Life and Work of
Labor & Civil Rights Leader
Cesar E. Chavez
March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993

Saturday, April 4, 2009

11 a.m. – Assemble for Parade
Dolores Park – 19th St. / Dolores
12 noon – Parade

Grand Marshal Jose Montoya
and the Royal Chicano Air Force
 
 
 

 

Danza Azteca Xitlalli
 
 
 
 

 

24th Street Fair
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

24th Street / Harrison-Bryant

Kids Arts & Crafts, Music, Entertainment
Community Service, Information,
Arts & Craft Booths
Classic Car Show
Featuring The Dukes – SF Finest
 
 
 

 

Music by Louie Romero Y Su Grupo
Mazacote

“Manzo” & Members of Malo

Native Elements