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Just Announced: The Commonwealth Club’s Free “Syria Town Hall” – Tuesday September 10th, 2013 at 6:00PM

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Here it is, just announced by the Commonwealth Club:

Syria Town Hall

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Tue, Sep 10 2013 – 6:00pm

Zubair Jandali, Member, Northern California Chapter, Syrian American Council; Head of Mobile App Developer Sales, Google; Graduate, UC Berkeley, B.S., Business Administration
Fred Lawson, Ph.D., Chair, Government Department, Mills College
Tareq Al Samman, Graphic Artist/Web Designer; Syrian activist
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former Policy Expert, the Pentagon, U.S. State Department and National Security Council; Former Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies, West Point
Keith David Watenpaugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace, and Director, Human Rights Initiative, UC Davis
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting

The crisis in Syria has created global tension since the recent poison gas attack that killed some 1,400 people. How should the United States and other world leaders respond? Should the U.S. Congress grant President Obama “limited” authority to launch a military strike on Syria? Would a limited military intervention be effective or would it cause more problems than it solves? What would military intervention look like? Cruise missiles? Drones? What are the targets and what is the goal if not regime change? Would it deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from more attacks on civilians – or provoke him to launch more attacks? Would it trigger regional havoc in the Middle East possibly involving Iran, Israel, Lebanon and others? What are the repercussions if the U.S. does not strike? How might diplomacy and negotiation work to bring peace to the region?

Our panel of experts will address these questions in a FREE Town Hall Meeting.

Location: SF Club Office,595 Market Street, SF, CA
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program
Price: FREE
Also know: Photo by AslanMedia/Flickr. Program is In association with Middle East Member-Led Forum. Special thanks to Celia Menczel.

Website Name Confusion? “The East Bay Citizen” vs. BANP’s Nascent “The Bay Citizen”

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Back in the day, back around 1855-1865, the bay area had an actual physical newspaper called the “Daily Citizen” or “San Francisco Daily Citizen” or something. Didn’t last too long.

But these days, the fairly common name Citizen  (it made this list, anyway) is back in bidness in the bay area. Check it – here’s the East Bay Citizen.

See? There’s your straight-up prototypical Citizen Journalism right there, with extensive coverage of sujets civiques in San Leandro and Hayward from highly regarded Steven Tavares. Dude’s even got a manifesto ‘n stuff:

The purpose of The Citizen is to serve the areas of the East Bay that are severely under reported by the local media. The reasons your daily newspaper is sparse devoid of insight or context is either because of financial constraints leading to cutbacks in the newsroom or general dereliction of civic duty (that is the polite way of saying it).”

All right, fair enough.

Comes now the Bay Area  News Project (BANP). See?  It’s backed by more millionaires and billionaires than you can shake a stick at.  Well, next month, they’re going to start up with The Bay Citizen. Here’s their logo:

Question Time. Do you think that there might be confusion between these two outfits, owing to the similarity of the names? I do. Can you imagine how future developments could create even more confusion? Mmmm…

Do you think the person(s) who came up with the name Bay Citizen for the BANP are aware of the online existence of the East Bay Citizen? Yes, of course, how could they not be?

Now, do you think the person(s) who came up with the name Bay Citizen for the BANP bounced the idea off of Steven Tavares beforehand? No, that’s a negatory, good buddy.

And do you think hardworking Steven Tavares is pleased with BANP’s actions? No. (Not saying he’s all pissed off or anything, as he’s manifestly Too Busy To Hate, just saying he’s not pleased.)

All right, Question Time is over. Now, it’s Party Time. Check it:

The Bay Citizen Just got the green light – our launch party will be held at the historic Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on May 26th. It’s a wonderful venue for what we promise will be an amazing party!”

So, for $50 you can score two tickets and then be able to tell all your friends that you’re a “Founder” of the BANP’s Bay Citizen online venture

Party on, I s’pose.

Bay Area News Project to Go Live May 26th, 2010 – Become a Founder for Just $50

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

That Bay Area News Project / The Bay Citizen, it looks like they’re opening for bidness with a quickness. And they want your money too – actually, you might find donating a few bucks of seed money rewarding. Take a look.

Here’s the pitch I got today:

“Dear LADIESMAN217,
 
“I know that you’re passionate about local journalism, because you’ve signed up for our newsletter.  Now, you have the chance to do something positive for Bay Area news.  Help us create a vital institution for the Bay Area – become a Founder of The Bay Citizen.
 
“The state of news in the Bay Area is at an all-time low.  Half of the professional journalists covering the Bay Area are gone.  Original reporting about education, public policy, government, science and health, art, and other important civic topics has been hit the hardest.  What important stories are we missing?”

Now hold on, is the state of news in the Bay Area really at an “all-time low?” Really?

I’ll tell you, one of the specific examples cited by BANP Founder (the real Founder, not a run-of-the-mill-$50-donation founder) F. Warren Hellman to show the need for non-profit journalism in the bay area was the category of ballet reviews. Now, I just finished coding the HTML for a brace of reviews for the latest ballet performance in town – check it out here. Do you think this incomplete list is too short? Do you think the quality of writing from all those writers just isn’t there? Mmmmm.

Cheer up newsie, you’ll be repurposed and back in action in a couple months:

Anyway, look forward to the BANP owning the field of arts review soon. I don’t know, maybe ballet reviews in newspapers were somehow better back in the day?

Of course that’s a pretty specific nitpick, I’ll agree. But what about a century ago when Bill Hearst got people all fired up about something based on a bunch of lies ‘n stuff? Wasn’t that par for the course back then? I’m thinking things are not at an all time low, myself. Oh well.

You can read the rest of that pitch letter after the jump. Be sure to take note of all the perks of Founderdom:

“As a Founder, you will receive:
Free admission to our launch party for you and a guest.  We’re planning to have the event in San Francisco, and we promise an entertaining evening.
Permanent recognition as a Founder on a special page of our Web site which we will unveil when our site goes live.
An invitiation to help shape The Bay Citizen by participating in our surveys and focus groups.
And of course, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make history by supporting the future of Bay Area journalism.
Founders who donate over $1,000 will also receive an invitation to a small-group lunch with myself and Jonathan Weber, our Editor in Chief.
 

(Tell you what, you give this Citizen $50 and I’ll take you out to Chow, no problem. Now, you might not be able to deduct that from your taxes…)

As promised, the rest of the pitch, after the jump. Maybe you’ll think this offer a good deal.

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BANP Update: San Francisco’s Newest Big Media Outlet is Called The Bay Citizen

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

San Francisco’s Bay Area News Project has a new name – it’s now called The Bay Citizen.*

But they’ve still not started yet. Where will BANP rank on the list of world’s longest gestation periods? Somewhere betwixt llama and African elelphant, I’ll bet. Stay tuned.

Oh, here’s some news:

“Renowned Investigative Journalist Steve Fainaru Joins The Bay Citizen

Bon Courage, Steve Fainaru.

*That’s kind of close to San Francisco Citizen**, eh? I Better Call Saul.*** Let’s hope they steer of this blog’s core coverage area of cheerleaders, beauty queens and nude Bay to Breakers participants.

**This name was the only alliterative (starting with an “S” as in Sentinel or a soft “C”) old-school 19th-century San Francisco newspaper name available, so that’s why it got picked.

***One of this blog’s half-dozen readers has already weighed in with this bon mot:

“Just saw the Bay Area News Project renamed themselves to Bay Area Citizen. Boooooooooo!”

Bay Area News Project Meets the Students from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Elements of our Bay Area News Project, that grand alliance of old money and young blood, recently headed across the Bay Bridge to meet up with the kids from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

This meet-and-greet happened a couple of weeks back but the BANP is crowing about it today, so head over and check it out, why don’t you?

Look, it’s brand-new BANP EIC Jonathan Weber and CEO Lisa Frazier at North Gate Hall sharing a few brewskis with the J students:

TwitPic via jrue, aka Jeremy Rue, multimedia training instructor for the Knight Digital Media Center and a lecturer for the Carnegie-Knight program News21

Do you fret over* these students becoming “slaves” or something? You may be richer and older than they, but they’re smarter than you - try to keep that in mind when pondering such matters. These 20-somethings will do fine - they’ll manage to get by, with or without the BANP.

Bon courage, BANP et etudiants.

*Absence of pay-wall duly noted. Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?

The Bay Area News Project Finally Makes Its Deal with the New York Times

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The Bay Area News Project, that grand alliance of old money and young blood, will soon make its debut.

Savor two bits of news released just now:

1.The Bay Area News Project appoints Lisa Frazier as C.E.O and Jonathan Weber as Editor-In-Chief (but maybe you already knew about that, of course), und;

2.The Bay Area News Project to supply news content for Bay Area sections of The New York Times

O.K. then. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

[UPDATE: The SFWeekly's young Joe Eskenazi just grilled the principals of the BANP  just now - his report.]

So the new CEO will be Lisa Frazier, the very same woman who was in charge of the hunt for a CEO? Yes, Lisa. Is the water warm enough? We’ll soon find out.

That’s today’s news. Expect good things…

The Bay Area News Project to Supply News Content for Bay Area Sections of the New York Times

The Bay Area News Project, a new non-profit media organization, and The New York Times announced today that the two organizations are moving forward with a content collaboration. Under the agreement, Bay Area News Project journalists will provide branded news to The New York Times for its San Francisco Bay Area editions on Friday and Sunday.

The New York Times’s Bay Area section was launched in October 2009 and currently features editorial coverage written by The Times’s San Francisco news bureau and other contributors.

“This agreement with the Bay Area News Project is another big step for The Times toward two goals: helping meet the demand for the highest quality local reporting in places around the country where it is getting harder to come by, and finding ways to collaborate with trusted providers to get that job done,” said Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times.

“Our aim is to roll out expanded local reports in several key markets around the country, working with local journalists and news organizations in a collaborative way,” said Scott Heekin-Canedy, president and general manager of The New York Times. The Times has a similar arrangement in Chicago with the nonprofit Chicago News Cooperative. “This approach is designed to enhance the print experience for readers and strengthen our subscriber retention,” Mr. Heekin-Canedy said.

In related news, The Bay Area News Project also announced its new C.E.O. Lisa Frazier and Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Weber. The News Project’s publicly-supported and stand-alone newsroom will consist of at least 15 journalists during the new media outlet’s first year.  In addition to providing content to The New York Times, the News Project is developing a Web site and other platforms that will provide original reporting on a wide range of Bay Area civic and community issues.

“We believe that Jonathan Weber, a talented journalist with a world of rich experience, will build a team that can provide a superior local report for readers of The Times in the Bay Area,” Mr. Keller said. “And our agreement with the Bay Area News Project assures that his newsroom will be strictly independent, apolitical and uninfluenced by the generous donors who are making this effort possible.”

Mr. Weber, former co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Industry Standard and former reporter and editor for the LA Times, said: “We’re looking forward to working with one of the world’s leading editorial brands to deliver hard-hitting news and in-depth editorial coverage focused on the San Francisco Bay Area – one of the most intellectually curious, innovative and industrious areas of the country.”

“We are excited to start producing content about the Bay Area for the Bay Area, published in The New York Times,” said Bay Area News Project C.E.O. Lisa Frazier.  “Our print collaboration with The Times assists our sustainability model, and extends the reach of our content in the Bay Area. I am appreciative of Tom Carley, Bill Keller and the rest of their teams for all of their support over the last few months as we got the News Project up and running. We are looking forward to a successful collaboration.”

The Hellman Family Foundation has provided initial seed funding for the Bay Area News Project; other support has come from the Knight Foundation and community members interested in funding quality journalism for the Bay Area.  Investment banking firm Greenhill & Co., law firm Jones Day, and philanthropic advisory firm Hirsch & Associates, LLC have advised Warren Hellman and his working group on the formation of the entity.

About the Bay Area News Project

The Bay Area News Project is a publicly supported news organization focused on providing high-quality, original coverage of Bay Area civic and community news. The locally produced, professional news organization plans to leverage broad collaborations and new digital technologies to provide Bay Area news that reflects the region’s dynamic social and cultural diversity. Coverage will include government and public policy, education, the arts and cultural affairs, the environment, and neighborhood news.  The News Project is currently a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) organization that enables individuals and groups, working together, to create and invest in projects that benefit the public.

 For more information, please visit www.bayareanewsproject.org.

The other shoe drop after the jump.

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Know Your Bay Area Media Overlords – Meet Lisa Frazier, CEO of the Bay Area News Project

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The Bay Area News Project, that grand alliance of old money and young blood, is showing signs of life in 2010. Today’s news from Neil Henry, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley:

The Bay Area News Project is alive and well and ready to start business. The first board meeting will be conducted next week. We have secured an outstanding CEO and an extraordinary editor in chief whose names will be announced later this month.”

[Huggy Bear Mode: On] Word on the street is that the CEO with the half-million-dollar(!)-per-year pay package will be Lisa Frazier, [formerly?] a partner at McKinsey & Company, you know, that consulting firm famous for giving bad advice to the consequently dead SwissAir.

[Huggy Bear Mode: Off] So let’s see here, the BANP’s initial endowment from belov’d billionaire F. Warren Hellman is just $5 million, right? So they’re going to spend 10% of that on one person’s salary for one year? Is this, in the parlance of the day, a sustainable journey?

Oh, what’s that, BANP? You all are going to get more millions from more billionaires soon?  

“And once it gets up and running, the backers plan to appeal to other philanthropists to get it past phase two.” 

O.K. fine.

(Let me tell you about phase two. Back in ’44, Hitler ordered his Sixth Panzer Army to fight from Germany to Antwerp, despite the fact that it only had enough fuel to make it a third of the way. Once phase one was up and running,  phase two was to simply capture heavily-guarded Allied fuel depots(!) along the way in order gas up to move on to phase three. The Battle of the Bulge didn’t exactly work out that way, needless to say.) 

There’s no question Lisa the chemical engineer / MBA is a smart cookie, but the question is exactly what is she going to do for all that dough? Make deals and raise a ton money? All right, BANP, it certainly looks like you’re striving to be a big player. You all are swinging for the bleachers, huh?

In other news, Jonathan Weber will become Editor-in-Chief and KQED will not become a “founding partner” in this enterprise.

Bon Courage, BANP.

Is Rec & Parks Spraying Herbicides on Twin Peaks this Month? You Bet

Monday, November 16th, 2009

This is what a Notice of Pesticide* Application looks like – it’s from our oddly-named San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. They’re spraying herbicides, like Roundup ProDry from Monsanto and Garlon 4 Ultra from Dow, on 15 hilly acres up there, right above the Midtown Terrace. That’s what Rec and Park is doing this month.

Why? Well, why not?

Targeted for extermination are Cotoneaster, Pittosporum, and Arctotheca calendula. See?

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Maybe it’s that stimulus money they’re spending.

Now, while the impoverished R&P is doing that, they’re also sprucing up, wait for it, the HQ building for the R&P.

See?

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Maybe it’s that stimulus money they’re spending.

Oh well.

*Or “herbicide” –  sometimes people call herbicides “herbicides” instead of pesticides. Sometimes.