Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Hunger Games, Frisco-Style, Dog Division – President Snow’s Granddaughter and Pooch Delight the Swells of the Capitol

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Oh, I meant Willie Brown’s granddaughter, seen at  the recent “Haute Dog“ contest.

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Meanwhile, the canines of District 12 have nothing to eat…

If only Katniss Barbie could put an end to the Dog Hunger Games.

Actually IRL, part of the reason why we’re going to get the Central Subway to Nowhere in Chinatown and why we’re not going to get public power anytime soon is so that Willie L. Brown Jr. can pass along ever more riches to his progeny by the time he kicks off. It’s so that WB’s granddaughter (and not yours!) can be seen giving the money from AECOM and PG&E and all the others to a “worthy” charity.

You might think that that’s the hallmark of a healthy democracy

And you might favor naming a span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after him.

Or you might not.

The Happy Morning Joggers of the Tenderloin – Could This Be the New UC Hastings Running Club, the “Legal Eagles?”

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Usually when people run in the corrupt Twitterloin / Civic Center / Tenderloin area, it’s because they’re either victims or perpetrators, right?

So just jogging around for fun, well, that’s something new I think.

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All the deets from the oldest and largest law school in the West:

Purpose: To encourage healthy living and life balance through regular athletic activity; to promote a positive image of UC Hastings to the larger Bay Area community through involvement in charity runs; and to foster a sense of community at UC Hastings”

My Dinner With Barack – Yet Another Trip to the Bay Area – June 6th – Only $64,800 Per Couple!

Friday, May 17th, 2013

[UPDATE: Carla Marinucci has some more deets.]

Just announced:

“Senator Michael Bennet

Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

&

Senator Harry Reid

Majority Leader, U.S. Senate

Cordially invite you to a reception & dinner benefiting the

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

with

President Barack Obama

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Reception | 5:00 PM

Home of Marci & Mike McCue

Palo Alto, California

*Address provided upon RSVP

Dinner and Discussion | 6:30 PM

Home of Neeru & Vinod Khosla

Portola Valley, California

*Address provided upon RSVP

*Due to timing restrictions all guests may only attend one event.

Paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, www.dscc.org

and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Thursday, June 6, 2013 | Palo Alto, CA

Dinner Guest: $32,400 per person ($64,800 per couple)
Ticket to dinner at the Khosla home & discussion and photo opportunity

Reception Chair: $12,000 per person ($15,000 per couple)
Ticket to VIP Chairs’ reception at the McCue home and photo opportunity

Reception Sponsor: $5,000 per person ($7,500 per couple)
Ticket to reception at the McCue home and photo opportunity

Reception Guest: $2,500 per person
Ticket to reception at the McCue home

I cannot attend the reception or dinner, but I would like to make a contribution of $__________.
*Due to timing restrictions all guests may only attend one event.

The maximum amount each individual may contribute to the DSCC in a calendar year is $32,400 ($64,800 per couple).

The DSCC will not accept contributions from currently registered federal lobbyists, registered foreign agents, political action committees, or minors under the age of 16 for this event. Contributions from corporations, labor unions, and foreign nationals are prohibited under federal law.

Please make checks payable to “DSCC” and mail with completed form to:
DSCC c/o Emily Sullivan
120 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, D.C. 20002
For PERSONAL credit card contributions please fax this completed form to: (202) 314-3231.
Federal regulations require that all contributions drawn on joint accounts be personally signed by each contributor.

*A contribution of $32,400 enrolls an individual as a DSCC “Majority Trust” member and, along with other benefits, allows for attendance at the DSCC’s signature retreats.

Contributions or gifts to the DSCC are not tax deductible.

The Truth About Elizabeth Stampe and Walk to Work Day: A Front for Real Estate Development – “Paramount Group, Inc?”

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Here’s the bus ad:

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And here’s the punchline:

Paramount Group is going on the offensive on the waterfront, trying to build early community support for a planned 350-foot-tall condominium tower at 75 Howard St. in San Francisco.”

Wow, a war metaphor plus the word “offensive” in the same sentence as the “350-foot-tall condominium” that’s to be on the waterfront. Let’s call that a two-fer.

Oh, and who’s the spokesmodel for 75 Howard? Well, if Hitler came back from the dead and wanted to make money erecting tall buildings right near The Embarcadero, he’d dump Goebbels and hire … former Willie Brown spokesmodel PJ Johnston:

“On Jan. 10, Paramount held a community meeting to gather comments from neighbors. ‘This is a voluntary step on our part,”’ said project spokesman P.J. Johnston. ‘It’s not required, but it seems like the right thing to do.”*

So it all comes together.

Enjoy your new building, SoMA!

And people, if you have the luxury of walking to work every day, then sure, why not do it?

Specialties: Policy advocacy, strategic communications, campaign planning, nonprofit management, communications coaching and spokesperson training, media outreach, writing, editing, research, and yoga teaching too”

* On Jan. 10, 1939, the Third Reich held a community meeting to gather comments from non-German speaking neighbors of the Sudetenland. ’This is a voluntary step on our part,’ said project spokesman Joseph “PJ” Goebbels. ’It’s not required by the Munich Agreement, but it seemed like the right thing to do.’

San Francisco’s Best Billionaire, Marc Benioff, Donates Half a Million for the 2012 Holidays – Marc and Lynne Benioff Foundation

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Marc Benioff > Larry Ellison.

Marc Benioff > Republican Ron Conway.

Am I right, people?

So who’s left?

Anyway, this is becoming an annual tradition for Lynne and Marc Benioff – deets below.

Standing in front of the half-billion UCSF Mission Bay children’s hospital with their name on the front:

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All the deets, released this AM:

“Marc and Lynne Benioff are making the following donations:

· $250,000 to Catholic Charities CYO’s Star Community Home to provide temporary housing and assistance to families in need. This will be executed as a challenge grant, whereby contributions by the public to support Star Community Home will be matched dollar for dollar by the Benioffs, up to the amount of their gift.

· $230,000 to Hamilton Family Center’s First Avenues program to provide temporary rental subsidies to help at-risk families from becoming homeless.

· $70,000 to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Season of Sharing Fund to provide one-time temporary assistance to families experiencing unexpected crisis.

“Marc and I want to further our partnership with the City to break the cycle of homelessness for children and families in San Francisco,” said Lynne Benioff. “We hope that others will join us this holiday season to ensure the health and safety of every child in the City.”

For more information about the Catholic Charities CYO’s Star Community Home, go to: www.cccyo.org.

For more information about the Hamilton Family Services’ First Avenues program, go to:www.hamiltonfamilycenter.org.

Keep on keeping on, Marc and Lynne Benioff

So If You Want Water or Air for Your Car on Fell Street, You Need to Donate to Christians? “Feed My Starving Children”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Well it sure looks that way:

Feed My Starving Children - Feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit.”

OK fine.

As seen on Fell at Masonic:

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However:

“California law requires that station operators provide free air and water to customers who purchase gasoline or diesel fuel.”

So, no tithing is required to get your ride back on the road.

FYI, Department of Food and Ag, Division of Measurement Standards wants to know if you ever run into any hassles.

All right, now back to the Christians:

Our Statement of Beliefs
As a Christian Organization:

  • We believe that there is one God, in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. He has directed us to help others in need.
  • We believe Jesus Christ is the reason that FMSC exists and we strive to listen for and follow His will every day in all that we do.

That ZenDesk Company Can’t Afford Gavin Newsom’s 2004 “Twitter Tax,” But It CAN Afford $1 Million to Charity?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

[UPDATE: So is Zendesk the only San Francisco company that hasn't threatened to move out of San Francisco lately? Apparently, see the Comments. BTW, did you know that:

"[a]ny tweets that mention Zendesk are immediately turned into what we like to call a “twicket,” that is, a tweet that is converted into a support ticket.

Well, that’s news to me.

Oh, and here’s your chance to get in on the land rush:

“Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion is now publicly available and can be found on the Office of Economic and Workforce Development website, www.oewd.org, as well as on the new Central Market Partnership website, www.centralmarketpartnership.org. Applications are being accepted now, and the deadline to apply for the 2011 tax year is November 1, 2011. Please contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development at 415-554-6969 with any questions regarding the application for the Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion.”]

I don’t really get this one here. Zendesk needed corporate welfare to move into the Mid-Market and it wasn’t going to do so anyway, do I have that right?

Leave us review. Former Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a payroll tax into law back in 2004. But a half-decade later, Twitter decided that it didn’t like Gavin Newsom’s tax, so an exemption was made for Twitter, and others so bold as to set up shop in an area that was mapped out by real estate interests and others, only Gaia knows.

Now we hear that ZenDesk agreed to expand in Mid Market thanks to the recent Twitter Tax waiver?

Is that the narrative?

A tourist takes it easy after an eventful day in the Mid Market a couple months back. I forget how many people got shot all told:

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So here’s the latest:

“We <3 SF. To prove our commitment to this rad city we’ve pledged $1M to @UCSF @Benioff Children’s Hospital: http://prn.to/pzzYwt

Now, is it possible that ZenDesk didn’t need that subsidy to move into the Twitterloin? Sure seems that way. Mmmm…

And let me assure you that nothing has substantively changed betwixt Dot Com Era I of the late 90′s  and our current Dot Com Era II as far as stock options are concerned. Obviously, a San Francisco company going public might not want to deal with the 2004 tax signed into law by Gavin Newsom. Obviously. So what’s changed the past seven years?

Here’s “interim” Mayor Ed Lee from this year:

We’re not about punishing any companies that need to grow and grow fast,” said Mayor Lee.

So why did Gavin Newsom sign his tax into law back in aught-four? Did he do it to “punish companies?” Did he do it to “kill jobs?” Was Gavin Newsom a “job killer?”

Apparently.

Hey, how about this? Why not treat all companies the same? Why not get rid subsidies for biotech? Why not address concerns about Mid Market without corporate welfare?  

“SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2011 — Zendesk, the leading provider of proven, cloud-based help desk software, today announced a $1 million pledge to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

“Zendesk was founded in Denmark and moved to San Francisco in 2009,” said Mikkel Svane, Zendesk’s CEO. “We have been humbled by the wonderful way we have been welcomed to this city and its vital high-tech community. As Zendesk continues its rapid growth, we want to share our good fortune with the city and people that helped make it possible. As a father and client of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, this charity is especially meaningful to me.”

Zendesk is kicking off this year-long effort with a sponsorship of the Salesforce Foundation’s Concert to Benefit the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to be held on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Zendesk will host its customers, partners and employees to attend this charity event. Throughout the next year, Zendesk will donate a portion of its sales, as well as hold other fund-raising events, to deliver on its $1 million pledge. In addition, its employees will participate in volunteer programs for the hospital.

“The Salesforce Foundation has been an inspiration to us on how to integrate philanthropy into a company’s culture,” Svane added. “Today’s announcement is just the first of many demonstrating Zendesk’s gratitude to the city of San Francisco. Having just moved into new headquarters in the Central Market, we also look forward to making our new neighborhood a better place to work.”

“It’s great to see Zendesk, one of San Francisco’s rapidly growing tech companies, already giving back to the citizens of San Francisco,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “We are grateful to them for their generous pledge to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.”

About Zendesk

Zendesk is the leading provider of proven, cloud-based help desk software. For growing organizations, Zendesk is the fastest way to enable great customer service. More than 10,000 Zendesk customers, including Adobe, MSNBC, Sony, OpenTable and Groupon, trust Zendesk with their most valuable assets, their customers, partners, and employees. Founded in 2007, Zendesk is funded by Charles River Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Matrix Partners. Learn more at www.zendesk.com.”

OMG, Alanis Morissette, Jay Leno, will.i.am, & MC Hammer – It’s the Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital on 9-1-11!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Well, you can’t do better than this concert coming up on September 1, 2011 sponsored by the SalesForce.com Foundation at Davies Symphony Hall

It’s the Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital!

See?

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(I won’t bother telling about how Marc Benioff is the Best Billionaire in the Bay Area and how he saved San Francisco’s bacon with that whole Mission Bay thing, which, you know, was supposed to be for biotech. And I won’t ask why San Francisco is subsidizing the biotechnology industry and/or Twitter. Don’t get me started.)

Anyway, all the deets:

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Sponsorship Levels

Hall of Fame $250,000

Billboard $150,000
Platinum $100,000
Grammy Winner $50,000
Rock Star $30,000
Box Set $20,000
I’m With the Band $10,000
Agent $5,000

Individual Tickets

Orchestra/Loge Ticket (Fan $1,000)
One (1) ticket to The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
(including cocktail reception & concert)
Orchestra or loge level seating for concert
Limited number available

Balcony Ticket ($500)
One (1) ticket to The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
(including cocktail reception & concert)
Balcony seating for concert
Limited number available

Rear Balcony Ticket ($250)
One (1) ticket to The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
(including cocktail reception & concert)
Rear balcony seating for concert
Limited number available

Wheelchair or ADA Ticket ($250)
One (1) wheelchair or ADA ticket to The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
(including cocktail reception & concert)
Rear balcony seating for concert
Limited number available

Donation Amount
Tickets will be mailed to the purchaser’s credit card mailing address until August 19, 2011.
Tickets purchased after that date will be available for pickup at will call
at Davies Symphony Hall the night of the event.

Sponsorships, ticket purchases, and donations are non-refundable.

For any questions, or if you prefer to purchase by phone, please call (415) 476-6400 or email specialevents@ucsfmedctr.org.

See you there!

Why is Our California Highway Patrol Going to Escort Ferraris Across the Golden Gate Bridge on Sept 23?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

[UPDATE: I seriously doubt I'll be going to lunch, you know, despite the invitation, with anybody anytime soon to discuss this government-subsidized boondoggle. It's possible I know all about how it and similar events work and yet, still, I don't approve. Educating me about the details isn't going to change my mind. Similarly, I don't approve of the CHP 11-99 Foundation and the negative aspects of that organization. See? It's not just you. But that's OK, right? Enjoy the helicopter photography of yourselves in your grand caravan on the Golden Gate Bridge. "Look at me and my Ferrari! And I'm such a Good Person too!" I won't stop you. Let's hope you all give away more than 3.6%. ]

[UPDATE: Comment time! Check it, "Harry" cries foul:

"What do you have against raising money for underprivileged children?

Tax deductibility, primarily. Plus, I hate kids, all of them. Except David after Dentist kid - he's pretty cool. And he, unlike the members of your crew, has never cracked up a Ferrari. And he doesn't drive drunk. You know, I'd love to see the DMV printouts of all your drivers. Those docs would most likely prove interesting to some. Do you take all comers or do you have any standards? I don't know.

Did you even investigate it before you slammed it?

Well, are you saying people aren't taking deductions on this look-at-me joyride? That would be worthy of investigation, certainly.

What kind of hit and run journalism is this?

My kind, but I wouldn't call it journalism necessarily.

Tell us what’s bad about this charity.

Tax deductibility, primarily.

I’m sure that some of us would like to know, especially the parents of the children who participate.

I'm sure that the parents involved can tolerate a WordPress blog post. Better than you, anyway...

Most of the kids are African-American.

Uhhhhhhhh....

I have to think that 50 Ferrari owners could easily write checks to this charity, but the attention that 50 Ferraris draw will raise double that.

Really? Random people say, "Oh you have a Ferrari so let me donate money to your charity and then let the Treasury match my donation come tax time!" Do people really say that? Do they really do that? Hey, I know - why not sell all 50 Ferraris and then take the millions raised and give it to the beneficiaries of the charity, and here's the key part, and then don't take any tax deductions? If all you mofos got together and did that, well, that would impress the hell out of me. And I'm sure your beneficiaries would greatly prefer that.

If Ferraris don’t have front plates, then they can be ticketed.

I agree that they can be ticketed, but it doesn't really happen IRL, right? I mean, not enough anyway. Most Ferraris in California don't have FLPs and most non-Ferraris do have FLPs. Why is that?

And where are your statistics on Lamborghini registrations?

I don't know, experience? I'm talking about Lambos in San Francisco. Most that you'll see don't have California plates with current decals. Just take a look. And compare that with Ferraris - most of them do have CA plates. See? That's a good thing, that's a compliment for your marque 'n stuff. You all could be worse - I'm acknowledging that.

This comment confirms that you have no idea what you are talking about and just make stuff up."

All right, here's a Lambo what was around town for a while - notice any possible issues? And here's another without any plate at all, but the license plate holder makes reference to the CHP 11-99 Foundation. Speaking of which:

"Can drivers buy CHP leniency? License plate frames for donors to the 11-99 Foundation are seen by some as speeding-ticket insurance. The group will stop issuing them."

Isn't that funny? The CHP 11-99 Foundation has stopped issuing these licence plate holders but they're still all over the place.

And, since I'm making things up, why don't I make up a story about this guy, whose F355 Spyder lifestyle gets him in all sorts of trouble, dealing with multiple LEAs in multiple counties, and judges and lawyers. And he just happens to be the dude who got into trouble for hanging out in a bar and messing with police radios down in the Peninsula - it made the papers and everything:

That's your image, that's the kind of baggage that you carry, whether you realize that or not.

That's something to think about as you leave the GGB at 9:30 AM attempting to make the five hour trip to Morro Bay in time for lunch, you know, taking the PCH.]

I don’t know, is this upcoming Ferrari Owners Group (FOG) Road Rally from San Francisco to Los Angeles a good thing?

Oh, it’s associated with non-profits? And it’s for charity? OK, so it’s just like the Silver State Classic Nevada has, right? Is that good?

I don’t know man, on September 23rd, 2011, we’re going to have scores of piloti del Ferrari trying to “make time” to get to Morro Bay for lunch and Santa Barbara by 5:00 PM come Hell or high water, you know, after they leave the CHiPpies in San Fran* at 9:30 AM near the GGB toll plaza.

So, if you’re driving a Winnebago RV or something south through Big Sur around lunchtime, you can look forward to being passed over and over and over and over on narrow Highway One.

Check it:  

Meet the crew.

Oh here’s one, it’s Alfonso the actor. Hurray! Yay, Alfonso!

And let’s all look forward to the CHP rigorously enforcing CVC 5200 on all the Ferrari owners, you know, while the party’s going on:

“Display of License Plates

5200.  (a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.”

All right, Vaya con Gaia, but try not to kill yourselves, Ferraristi.

And oh, don’t look for the upcoming party at “Ferrari of San Francisco” in, you know, San Francisco, ’cause it’s not here. En realidad, it’s up in the Great White North, up in Mill Valley, the drunk driving capital of the Bay Area.** Shouldn’t they call it Ferrari of Mill Valley instead? Seems they should…

All the deets, after the jump.

*Oh, I’m sorry. How about “Frisco” instead?

**Look out. The local yokels know all about your little soiree and they’ve got nothing better to do than to lie in wait for you to weave your way past the In & Out on your boozy ride home…

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