Posts Tagged ‘Chapter’

The Mistakes of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee – Chapter One: Calling the Hetch Hetchy Valley Restoration Concept “Insane”

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Here it is, in the national media, in the Washington Post’s blog site, for tout le monde to see:

San Francisco’s Spectacular Hypocrisy

That bit from Amy Crawford has this nice quote about Proposition F (2012) from error-prone San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee:

“As insane as this is, it is, in fact, insane,” sputtered the usually mild-mannered Mayor Ed Lee when the initiative was announced.

Now, was it a mistake for San Francisco’s so-called Consensus Mayor to label Prop F (and, indirectly, the supporters of Prop F) as insane?

Yes. It’s not what he meant to say, it’s not what he actually thinks.

Now it certainly would be inconvenient for San Francisco to lose control of Hetch Hetchy, no argument there.

But IRL, it’s not “insane” to think that maybe, just maybe, it’d be a good idea to restore Hetchy Hetchy at some far off point in the future.

The Valley, the “counterpoint” to Yosemite, before San Francisco improperly grabbed it:

And I can see those waterfalls

And I can see those waterfalls

Click to become as “insane” as the half of San Francisco voters what are going to say “Yes” to Prop F (2012) come November.

Senator Leland Yee Unveils Green Plan: Fix Muni Management, Full Environmental Cleanup at Hunters Point

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Mayoral candidate Senator Leland Yee unveiled his environmental policy commitments yesterday at Rincon Park.

See?

Here’s the whole megillah:

“Yee Announces Plan to Make San Francisco Cleaner and Greener – Yee unveils environmental policy commitments he plans to undertake as Mayor

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Mayoral candidate and Senator Leland Yee unveiled his environmental policy plan, entitled “San Francisco 2020: Leland Yee’s vision for a cleaner, greener city.” Yee released his plan at Rincon Park along side members of the Sierra Club and San Francisco Tomorrow.

Yee’s plan contains 24 specific commitments that he will embark on as Mayor to ensure the city continues to lead on urban environmental policy, that parks are protected from privatization, that we meet our 100% clean energy and zero waste goals, and that we protect our treasured shoreline in preparation for the America’s Cup.

“I am looking forward to making our city the greenest urban center in the nation,” said Yee. “As Mayor, I will fight to protect our air, land and water for future generations. This plan will ensure San Francisco continues to lead on environmental policy and park stewardship, and that we meet our clean energy and zero waste goals.”

Yee is the endorsed candidate by San Francisco’s leading environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and San Francisco Tomorrow, as their first choice for the environment.

“Leland Yee has the strongest and most established environmental record of the candidates running for Mayor, and we proudly endorse his campaign,” said Arthur Feinstein, Chair of the Sierra Club – San Francisco Bay Chapter. “His vision will help San Francisco lead the nation in environmental stewardship.”

Yee has consistently scored top marks from environmentalists. In 2010, he was one of only two state senators to be 100% rated by every major environmental organization, including the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, and Clean Water Action.

For these efforts, Yee has received several environmental honors including the Resource Conservation Award by the California Resource Recovery Association; Coastal Steward Award by Vote the Coast; Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Neighborhoods by the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods; and Environmental Champion by Environment California

Among Yee’s many environmental accomplishments, he co-authored AB 32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act, and was one the most outspoken legislators opposing the bad “water deal” package in Sacramento. He passed legislation to stop offshore oil drilling, was a leader in the effort to protect the Farallon Islands, and passed reform legislation in response to the 2007 San Francisco Bay Cosco Busan oil spill.

The highlights of Yee’s plan include:

IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SAVE SAN FRANCISCO’S PARKS
1. Oppose park privatization
2. Champion a parcel tax measure for dedicated parks funding
3. Support a park renewal bond in 2012
4. Respect Golden Gate Park

2020 Goal: 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
5. Create a clean energy program that can compete with PG&E
6. Fully fund GoSolarSF and increase local clean energy production
7. Plan for the effect of climate change
8. Continue the push for energy efficiency
9. Encourage innovation to green the local grid
10. Oppose gas-fired peaker plants
11. Renewable energy means green jobs

2020 Goal: ZERO WASTE
12. Improve public education and access to waste diversion options
13. Improve proper waste diversion through incentives and improved technologies
14. Promote efforts to increase producer responsibility and sustainable products

2020 GOAL: 100,000 MORE MUNI RIDERS & 50,000 FEWER CAR TRIPS
15. Fix Muni management
16. Re-engineer the system to connect and serve the entire city
17. Bring Muni out of the Dark Ages: the long-overdue Technology Revolution
18. Lead the charge for true regional transportation planning
19. Bicycle safely and walk freely

PRIORITIZE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
20. An environmental vision for the America’s Cup
21. Full environmental cleanup at Hunters Point
22. Put housing, jobs, and transit together
23. Maximize reuse of captured rain water
24. Promote healthy neighborhoods”

Vigilante Update: I Don’t Know, I’d Like to See the San Francisco Guardian Angels Try to Take Alcohol Away From Me

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Do you know how the San Francisco Chapter of the Guardian Angels rolls?

This is how they roll.

They’s out of control, IMO.

On patrol with an area journalist.

They steal alcohol from people.

But not from me.

So far.

Go ahead, Make My Day, SFGA.

Did Hearst Editor-At-Large Phil Bronstein Really Go On Patrol with the Guardian Angels in the Mission Last Friday?

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Dragon-fighting alligator wrestler Phil Bronstein claims to have gone on patrol with the out-of-control San Francisco Chapter of the Guardian Angels last Friday en la Mision, but, but there have been zero (0) reports of concomitant mayhem since then.

I smell a rat.

Mission Mission had something something about it, but where are accounts, where are the reports of something like a couple dozen Norteños checking into the SF General?

I mean, is this a real photo?

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Only Time Will Tell…

Resolved: Our Local Chapter of the Guardian Angels is OUT OF CONTROL – Pouring Out Your Beer in Dolores Park?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Let me tell you about back in the day when the Guardian Angels patrolled the Streets of San Francisco, back before your days at Wellesley.

Everything was fine for SFGA until The Incident in the 1990′s - after that, the Angels Had To Go Away. Carolyn Jones has the deets:

“One day the Angels chased down an apparent drug offender, slammed him so hard to the sidewalk his head was cut open, and proceeded to handcuff him. They let up just long enough for the alleged perpetrator to show his police badge. Shortly thereafter, the Angels all but disbanded in San Francisco.”

But now the San Francisco Chapter is back, baby, and back bigtime.

See?

Via SFGA

Now, let’s hear from them, through CHAPTER LEADER/JERRY LONGORIA/J.D.: 

Dolores Park Patrol 9/24/10

Friday September 24th 2010, we the San Francisco Guardian Angels will be doing a night patrol at Dolores Park tonight. The reason for this patrol in this area is the parties. At our headquarters we were getting in calls and reports about the drugs, the drinking, and the fighting, that has been going on in this area.”
 
Now, can I go and patrol D.P. if I want to as well? Really?
 
“Next we march on, we march around the park, we march through the park, it was not as bad as we thought it would be. Or maybe the word had got out that the angels where coming into this area, who knows. The highlight of the night was pouring out beers for drinking in public, but that’s OK because these bad guys respected us for doing it, they knew this was breaking the law. Well J.D. is calling it a night, there is not much else that can be done in this area.”
 
Our Guardian Angels enforce open container laws? Really? I’d like to see them try to pour my beer out. Srsly.
 
“We do get to our stop at 16th street BART STATION, we get on bus #14, we get to our stop at 6th street. But as we where a block away from our stop a gang banger jump on the bus for free, we look at this guy real good, and as soon as we got to our stop we asked the guy to get off the bus with us and he did. We then hand cuff this guy, we then search this guy, but this guy was our second in command (Scorpion). He really tried to pull one on us, but we showed him because we were ready for anything.”
 
Our Guardians Angels can go around searching and handcuffing people? Really? What’s next – are they going to start scanning Clipper Cards and asking for proof of payment on MUNI?
 
Now, back in colledge, they learned us about the criminal law – but not California’s per se, just generic, 50-state law. Anyway, off the top of my head, let’s see here, our GA’s need to worry about possible civil and criminal liability for:
 
Assault
 
Battery
 
False arrest
 
Kidnapping
 
(And speaking of kidnapping, remember when Iconic GA Founder Curtis Sliwa himself got kidnapped by transit police in NYC? Well, turns out that story was all made up, oh well.)
 
The point is that it’s tricky to navigate citizens’ arrest laws, not that this should be big news to anybody.
 
Anywho, based on the above report, I surmise the San Francisco Chapter of the Guardian Angels is out of control.

Supervisorial Candidates Forum Hosted by The Recording Academy a Huge Success at Yoshi’s on Fillmore

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

All you need to know about last night’s all-district candidates forum at Yoshi’s San Francisco is right here, courtesy of Ian S. Port.

Rebecca Prozan responding to a query from Jane Kim:

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1. This was a “fun” event, in that the candidates’ names were pulled out of a snare drum and then they got time signals from a dinging triangle. A bit twee if you ask me, but it seemed apropropriate given the crowd and the nature of the event.

2. Speaking of which, there was a good turnout, with the lower level of Yoshi’s biggest room almost filled to capacity.

3. I understand how there needs to be a viability cutoff – I mean Big Entertainment would like all the candidates to swear fealty of course, but you can’t have 50 people on stage, right? (In a couple of years, we’ll have six races and who-knows-how-many candidates, right?) However, it’s not clear to me what the cutoff standards were. There were no candidates on stage from District Two, for instance. Presumably, leading viers Janet Reilly and Mark Farrell blew off the questionnaire, leaving that to Kat Anderson and Abraham Simmons. Now, both of them applied to The Recording Academy but neither wound up gracing the stage last night. Additionally, bona fide D6 candidate Anna Conda was left wondering what the deal is, man.

4. I left just after the intra-district candidate-on-candidate queries began. (Not sure what the point is of having a D6 candidate question one from D8 at last night’s love-fest, but whatever.) But as far as the intros (complete with musical accompaniment) were concerned, Malia Cohen was the standout. (She finished up way before the triangle had a chance to ding. Bonus.) Rafael Mandelman (Mandelman! Mandelman!) also did well, speaking naturally and name-checking The Death of Fun,* but, OTOH, Debra Walker seemed to be reading notes, as if at a high school debate. JMO.

Energy, energy, energy from Malia Cohen:

This is a new kind of deal for me, to see Big Entertainment take this approach. I’m thinking that this event will, as designed, affect how our Board of Supes deals with nightclubs and similar whatnots  in 2011 and 2012.

*Copyright SFBG? Don’t know who coined this term. It’s a good one…

Is It Illegal to Burn a Quran in San Francisco? Tenderloin Incident Reported to SFPD, FBI

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Apparently the legality of burning a Quran is an open question these days.

Read below the details of a recent incident at the Islamic Society of San Francisco (ISSF) in the Tenderloin.

20 Jones Street near Market, just across the way from the Brokedown Palace of McAllister Street:

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All the deets:

CAIR: Burned Quran Found at San Francisco Mosque. Muslim civil rights group urges community members to report suspicious activity

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 — The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today reported that a burned copy of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, was found earlier this week at the Islamic Society of San Francisco (ISSF).

CAIR-SFBA is reminding community members to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area of local mosques. 

ISSF officials reported to CAIR-SFBA that they found the burned copy of the Quran in a trash container placed outside for collection. The incident was reported to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and to the San Francisco office of the FBI.

“Regrettably, the recent wave of hate incidents targeting American Muslims has made its way to the Bay Area,” said CAIR-SFBA Programs and Outreach Director Zahra Billoo. “It is unfortunate that a minority community is being targeted by hate in this way, and we are appreciative of the support that has been expressed by local elected officials and interfaith leaders.”

She noted that Muslim communities nationwide have been similarly targeted in recent weeks.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Supporting Local Music: The Recording Academy Invites Supervisorial to Candidates Forum September 27

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

[UPDATE: District 6 candidate Anna Conda takes issue with the viability test applied by The Recording Academy (our local Grammy people, basically, it seems) for the Candidate Forum. See Comments.]

Entertainment = $$$ for San Francisco. That’s the message the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy is putting out today, that’s their thing.

So, if you’re running for Supervisor this year, you all ought to show up at the Candidate Forum at Yoshii’s West on Fillmore and swear allegiance to the local entertainment industry.

Check it:  

“The Recording Academy®, San Francisco Chapter announced today the launch of a sustained advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the value that the music and entertainment industry have on the economic and cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign’s goal is to grow this important sector by building a coalition of industry stakeholders, developing public policy strategies with elected officials, and commissioning an economic impact study.”

O.K. then.

Teal Wicks and Kendra Kassebaum are sure to included in San Francisco State University’s “Entertainment Impact Study”

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All the deets:

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER LAUNCHES ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL MUSIC

San Francisco State University Entertainment Impact Study Commissioned

San Francisco Supervisor Candidates Forum, Monday, September 27, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 9, 2010) —The Recording Academy®, San Francisco Chapter announced today the launch of a sustained advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the value that the music and entertainment industry have on the economic and cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign’s goal is to grow this important sector by building a coalition of industry stakeholders, developing public policy strategies with elected officials, and commissioning an economic impact study.

The findings of the study will be presented at a San Francisco Supervisor Candidates Forum on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, 6 – 9 p.m., at Yoshi’s San Francisco (1330 Fillmore Street). The San Francisco Chapter has invited candidates running for the five seats being contested in this year’s election to discuss their positions on the issues facing the entertainment community followed by a Q&A with community members. The event, produced in conjunction with the California Music and Culture Association (CMAC), will feature remarks from state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Ledisi, and will be moderated by Priya David Clemens, journalist: CBS Network News, KTVU.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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This Work Van on Geary Proves that Muzak Still Exists

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Is this the FBI undercover? Probably not, so this must be a genuine Muzak vehicle. Can you believe that they’re still operating after all these years?

There was that BK business (in industry parlance “BK” means bankruptcy, for some odd reason) earlier in the year, but obviously that hasn’t kept the rolling stock from rolling.

They’ve got ladders and everything. As seen recently on San Francisco’s Geary Boulevard:

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Now this is what rocker Ted Nugent had to say about Muzak a while back:

It’s an evil force in today’s society, causing people to lapse into uncontrollable fits of blandness. It’s been responsible for ruining some of the best minds of our generation.”

In fact, the Motor City Madman actually offered to buy the company for the sole purpose of shutting it down. Harsh.

But let’s hear from the Muzakians themselves:

Music is art, but Muzak is science. And when you employ the science of Muzak: in an office, workers tend to get more done, more efficiently, and feel happier. In an industrial plant, people feel better and, with less fatigue and tension, their jobs seem less monotonous. In a store, people seem to shop in a more relaxed and leisurely manner. In a bank, customers are generally more calm, tellers and other personnel are more efficient. In general, people feel better about where they are; whether it’s during work or leisure time. Muzak is all this and more. That’s why we say Muzak is much more than music.”

O.K. fine. This incomprehensible MUZAK STIMULUS PROGRESSION CHART proves something, just not sure what that is:

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Don’t stop believing, Muzak. Never stop believing.

All the Muzak channels, after the jump.

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Supervisor Eric Mar Calls on Senator Feinstein to Support Employee Free Choice Act

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

This was the smaller, quieter labor rally at Civic Center today – basically, it was aimed at just one person, Senator Diane Feinstein. A host of elected officials called on her to support the federal Employee Free Choice Act on the steps of City Hall.

Read all about it, below.

Supervisor Eric Mar, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Assessor Phil Ting and John Rizzo were all up there behind the podium this afternoon:

 

Local Asian and Environmental leaders Come Together to Support Workers’ Rights

Coalition Says Employee Free Choice Act Provides Critical Protections for Vulnerable Workers; Calls on Senator Feinstein to Support Critical Legislation

 

San Francisco, CA (May 28th, 2009) — Local Asian and environmental leaders today called on Senator Diane Feinstein to support critical workers’ rights legislation pending in the United States Senate. The Employee Free Choice Act, which will allow workers the choice to form a union and toughen penalties against corporations that violate workers’ rights, is critical to leveling the playing field for working people and creating good jobs with health care and secure retirement.

 

“San Francisco’s Asian and immigrant community is particularly affected by unfair and unsafe workplace practices like exposure to toxic chemicals and workplace discrimination,” said San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar. “The Employee Free Choice Act provides important protections for all workers, including the most vulnerable, and that’s why it’s so important that Senator Feinstein support this legislation.”

 

The Employee Free Choice Act will allow workers the choice to form a union through majority sign-up, helps workers secure a contract with employers in a reasonable amount of time and toughen penalties against corporations that harass or intimidate workers who are trying to form a union.

 

As union members and environmentalists come together to urge the creation of millions of new jobs in the clean energy economy, it is important that these green jobs be good jobs. Union workers earn roughly 30 percent more than their non-union counterparts, and are more likely to be covered by health insurance and have a pension. In addition, efforts to improve workers’ rights are closely linked to protecting the environment.

 

“Working people are the front line of defense against hazardous pollution and dangerous chemicals in the workplace. Providing a fair way for workers to form a union is an important way to make sure our economy is safe, productive, and fair for everybody,” said John Rizzo, an activist with the local Sierra Club Chapter. “The Employee Free Choice Act would give workers the ability to protect themselves and their workplaces, to work for decent pay, be treated with dignity and take care of their families.”

 

Sierra Club President Allison Chin recently noted, “Sierra Club members overwhelmingly support Employee Free Choice Act because they understand that the right to organize would not only help safeguard the health and safety of workers, but also increase access to good jobs in the growing green economy, particularly for traditionally under-represented communities, such as women and Asian Pacific American minorities, who have suffered from workplace discrimination.”

Also in attendance at today’s event were Board of Supervisors President David Chiu; Assessor Phil Ting; Leon Chow, SEIU-UHW; Chinese Progressive Association; Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance San Francisco Chapter; Chinese For Affirmative Action; National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.