Posts Tagged ‘Christine Falvey’

Mayor Ed Lee Should Be Forced to Drive Around Solely in This Orange Vehicle Until the Giants Start Winning Again

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Hey, didn’t appointed Mayor Ed Lee inherit a World Champion baseball team?

Yes.

And didn’t he feel bummed out when nobody cared about him in DC when the San Francisco Giants met Obama a couple years back?

Yes.

And wasn’t that the reason he gave for purportedly changing his mind about running for Mayor and thereby, you know,  betray David Chiu and the unaware members of the BOS ‘n stuff?

Yes.

So why shouldn’t Ed Lee suffer when “his” team loses?

Just asking.

Actually, this ride is operated by a True Fan looking for parking on Masonic:

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And for the benefit of Vanity Googler Christine Falvey, I’d like to say this:

Christine Falvey!

(Oh and check out Time Magazine online about stop and frisk this week. You might learn a thing or two, CV. Or not. Hey how’s that America’s Cup going for you?)

What’s This, All of a Sudden SFGov Thinks That There Just Might Be Something Wrong with the America’s Cup? Plus ONESF WTF?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The news of the day:

Obviously all of us have disappointments about what we thought the America’s Cup might be and what it’s turning out to be,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a reason for us to throw up our hands, and say we agreed that we would pursue this but now we’re not going to to pursue this because we’re mad at the America’s Cup.”

OK, so when did it become “obvious” that “all of us” have “disappointment?” Was there a press release or something?

Oh, BTW, sainted Larry Ellison thinks you all are a bunch of jackasses and he says that you all will need to offer an even sweeter package for him to consider having his boat race here in 2016 (assuming he’ll have the chance.)

Oh look, a bus ad:

Dear Friends:

AM I YOUR FRIEND, REALLY? HEY “FRIEND!” HEY, DIDN’T YOU COMMIT PERJURY THREE TIMES LAST YEAR? WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISCUSS THE TWO CASES I’M TALKING ABOUT? ANYTIME! BUT I DON’T THINK EVERYBODY IN SF IS YOUR “FRIEND.”

All of San Francisco is united behind making the America’s Cup races a huge success.

THAT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL. AT THIS POINT, ABOUT HALF OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAD TROUBLE VOTING FOR A BOGUS AERIAL ADVERTISING BAN NEAR THE SO-CALLED “RACE COURSE.”

We are all part of ONESF: Celebrate the Cup and we are looking forward to our summer of sailing.

THAT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL. DO YOU BELIEVE _ANYTHING_ YOU SAY?

With the majestic San Francisco Bay serving as a natural amphitheater, for the first time in the history of the Cup, spectators will be able to view the race from the shoreline.

MEH. NOBODY CARES IRL

San Francisco is the proud host of The Cup.

NOT REALLY

After regaining the Cup in Valencia, Spain, Team USA (Oracle Racing) brought the Cup back to the US for the first time in more than 15 years, and the series of races will deliver significant economic development and jobs to the Bay Area, including a major investment in the San Francisco waterfront that will benefit the City for decades to come.

DID ORACLE RACING WIN BEFORE 2010? I DON’T THINK SO. LARRY ELLISON’S RECORD IN THE WORLD CUP IS 1-2 (.333). HIS VICTORY WAS _EXTREMELY_ BORING. IT WAS WON IN COURTROOMS. AND HOW ARE YOU SO SURE ABOUT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? MAYBE IT WON’T END UP BEING “SIGNIFICANT?” AND WEREN’T WE PAYING FOR THE CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL ANYWAY?

These races are heart pounding extreme action sports that appeal to both sailing and non-sailing fans alike.

THIS IS EXACTLY WRONG.

Building on its long legacy of technical innovation, the Cup has introduced new racing formats, faster boats and cutting-edge television graphics that are transforming the sport into an easy to understand, live spectator event for the first time in the Cup’s storied history.

THIS IS MOSTLY WRONG.

For three full months this summer, a series of high-intensity races and activities will take place along the San Francisco waterfront.

THIS IS MOSTLY WRONG.

The racing will take place in front of tens of thousands of spectators on San Francisco Bay with millions of live television and online viewers watching around the world.

WE’LL SEE. WHAT’S THE PAID ATTENDANCE SO FAR? OH, THAT LITTLE?

We are proud to have NBC as the Event’s broadcast partner in the United States. NBC and NBC Sports will broadcast all the important events live, and together with the international broadcast network (more than 190 countries and territories), these events will attract a cumulative global audience of millions.

WHAT KIND OF EVENT REQUIRES THE BROADCASTER TO GET PAID? I’LL TELL YOU, A SAD-SACK EVENT. AND WHY ISN’T LARRY ELLISON PAYING THE GENERAL FUND AN EVENT FEE?

We are excited for the international attention and economic development potential that The Cup has already brought to San Francisco, and those yet to be realized. Please join us as we truly stand tall as ONESF and together, Celebrate The Cup.

THIS THING IS A COMPLETE STINKBURGER, ONE THAT YOU YOURSELF DECIDED TO SKIP DURING THE OPENING CEREMONIES, RIGHT?

Sincerely,
Edwin M. Lee
Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco

PERHAPS YOU AND THE COMPLETE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WERE OUTNEGOTIATED HERE? PERHAPS GAVIN NEWSOM DIDN’T REALLY CARE HOW MUCH THE COMMONWEAL PAID BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BECOME THE “AMBASSADOR” OF THE AMERICA’S CUP? PERHAPS ED LEE MANAGES HIS PERSONAL FINANCIAL AFFAIRS BETTER THAN THE PUBLIC’S? WHY IS THAT?

HOW DID WE GET SO INVOLVED WITH LITTLE LARRY’S LITTLE BOAT RACE? WHAT CAN WE DO TO AVOID FUTURE FIASCOS LIKE THIS?

WE SHOULD HAVE A TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION WHEN THIS IS ALL DONE.

JUST SAYING.

The 2013 America’s Cup 2013 is a Lie – This Empty “Village” Shows Why Mayor Ed Lee is So Furious

Monday, July 8th, 2013

I understand that Mayor Ed Lee has a cheerleading function as a part of his job. Fine.

But what’s this? What the Hell?

“We expect to have some 500,000 people on a daily basis…” 

Take a look on the YouTube, at around 9:30 and, mind you, this is AFTER everything blew up and people started realizing that the 2013 America’s Cup won’t be anywhere near as popular as advertised:

So, does Ed Lee actually believe that there’s a chance that the America’s Cup will attract anything close to a half million people “on a daily basis?”

No he does not.

So why did he say it?

Mmmm…

Anyway, here’s the so-called village on a day when it was supposed to full of so-called America’s Cup fans:

Word around City Hall is that befuddled Mayor Ed Lee, our very own Mr. Magoo, is a little peeved with Larry Ellison and the AC crew.

(Not that Ed Lee or his longtime minion and spokesmodel Christine Falvey would ever admit to there being the slightest problem with anything Ed Lee has ever done or been told to do by Willie Brown or Gavin Newsom or Rose Pak. To wit, Ed Lee’s failed “stop and frisk” proposals from last year. That one was just another feather in Ed Lee’s cap, per CF)

Oh well.

Now, what the heck is  America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay?Is it the “Independent Study” what everybody cites as proof of how great the AC is going to be?

I think it is!

Let’s take a look at the first line:

“The America’s Cup is the world’s third-largest sporting competition, after the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup.”

Here it is in the flesh:

So, let’s think about this here. I guess the bullshit Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) organization is allowing that the Summer Olympics and the World Cup just might possibly be bigger than an America’s Cup. But what about the Winter Olympics? Oh, and what about the Super Bowl?

Who actually believes that the America’s Cup, that thing that NBC needs to be paid in order to broadcast, is actually going to be bigger than a Super Bowl?

Nobody.

Not even the cheerleaders.

So why do they say these kinds of things?

All right here’s one more thing from the messed-up study what’s going to cost the taxpayers of San Francisco tens of millions of dollars. It discusses, and I’m srlsy, the “fleet of super yachts” what are going to be attracted to the bay area due to the America’s Cup, and then it talks about how much money we’re going to make by gassing them up and Windexing the shiny parts and stuff like that.

I’m srsly.

These cheerleaders are members of a modern day Cargo Cult and we’re all along for the ride.

Why are we funding Larry Ellison’s ego trip of a boat race?

To review, IRL:

The world’s most popular sport may be soccer, but in cold, hard dollars, nobody throws a party like the National Football League.

• 1. Super Bowl

• 2. Summer Olympics

• 3. FIFA World Cup

• 4. Daytona 500

• 5. Rose Bowl

• 6. NCAA Men’s Final Four

• 7. Winter Olympics Games

• 8. Kentucky Derby

• 9. World Series

• 10. NBA Finals”

The America’s Cup, you will note, is not on this list.

Oh well.

So, Mayor Ed Lee Wants Restaurant Health Scores on Yelp But Not Posted On-Site the Way LA and NYC Do It?

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Does area Republican and Mayor Ed Lee backer Ron Conway own a piece of Yelp? ‘Cause that’s all that I can think of after seeing this doozie of a press release, below.

So let’s stop the party for a second here, Yelpers:

First, tell me this, tell me why San Francisco doesn’t require restaurants to post their latest Health Department scores “prominently” for tout le monde to see.  You know, the way the do it in New York City and Los Angeles:

Instead, you want people to log on to Yelp and read the Yelp ads?

Is that “leadership?”

No it’s not, Interim Mayor Ed Lee.

Hey, wasn’t it your political faction what put the kibosh on the effort to require the posting of grades where they belong?

Yes it was.

Wasn’t that kind of an ”Open Data movement” kind of a thing back then?

Yes it was.

Hey, Ed Lee! Why not require San Francisco restaurants to post their scores where people can see them?

That’s what most diners want, right?

Check it, right from the Frisco Zagat:

“An overwhelming 83% of San Francisco surveyors say they agree that restaurants should be required to conspicuously post a letter grade reflecting the results of their health department inspection (as recently passed in NYC, taking a cue from LA).”

All right, here it is, the press release from Fantasyland.

(NB: “Haters” aren’t born, they’re made.)

“WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2013 — Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Chairman of the US Conference of Mayors Technology and Innovation Task Force, and Yelp CEO and Co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman announced the initial integration of city-provided restaurant health score information on the site that connects people with great local businesses. San Francisco will lead the charge on this innovative effort to make valuable government data more easily accessible to the public; New York City restaurant grades will also be added as business attributes in the weeks ahead.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20050511/SFW134LOGO)

Working with the technology departments of San Francisco and New York, Yelp’s engineering team designed the Local Inspector Value-entry Specification (LIVES) which enables local municipalities to accurately upload restaurant health inspection scores to Yelp’s database. Consumers in SF and NYC will be the first to benefit from this partnership upon the full rollout in the weeks ahead. Philadelphia is also expected to participate along with other municipalities that adopt the new specification.

“This new partnership with Yelp to offer restaurant health inspection scores on its site is another significant step in the Open Data movement,” said Mayor Lee. “By making often hard-to-find government information more widely available to innovative companies like Yelp, we can make government more transparent and improve public health outcomes for our residents through the power of technology.”

“Increasing the transparency and accessibility of important public information is another example of how San Francisco, New York and other municipalities are leading the charge in bettering citizens lives by fostering innovation,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO and Co-founder of Yelp. “It’s exciting to be a part of an important initiative to disseminate valuable health department information to the 84 million unique visitors that turn to Yelp each month on average.”

According to a study in the Journal of Environmental Health(1) (March 2005), Los Angeles County’s decision to require restaurants to display hygiene grade cards on their entrances led to a 13 percent decrease in hospitalizations due to food borne illness. The study also demonstrated that the mandatory public display of these health grades improved the overall average score of restaurants in Los Angeles by incentivizing improved best practices across the local industry. As a leading website and app for dining decisions, Yelp’s open data initiative LIVES stands to empower consumers and improve the quality of life within the cities that participate in the program.

Details about and screenshots of the LIVES implementation can be found at yelp.com/healthscores.

About Yelp

Yelp (NYSE: YELP) connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Singapore and Poland. Yelp had a monthly average of 84 million unique visitors in Q3 2012(2). By the end of Q3 2012, Yelpers had written more than 33 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Yelp’s mobile application was used on 8.2 million unique mobile devices on a monthly average basis during Q3 2012.

(1) Source: Journal of Environmental Health,http://kuafu.umd.edu/~ginger/research/JEH-final.pdf

(2) Source: Google Analytics

Examples of LIVES implementation:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cocobang-san-francisco
http://www.yelp.com/biz/delessio-market-and-bakery-san-francisco-2
http://www.yelp.com/biz/eats-san-francisco

Media contacts:

Christine Falvey
Mayor’s Office of Communications
christine.falvey@sfgov.org
415-554-6131

Stephanie Ichinose
Yelp, Inc
stephanie@yelp.com
415-908-3679

SOURCE  Yelp

Photo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20050511/SFW134LOGO
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Yelp

Mayoral Communications Director Christine Falvey Denies Edwin Lee Attended a “Re-Elect Ed Happy Hour” Last Week

Monday, July 11th, 2011

In response to this post from earlier today, Director of Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s Communications Office Christine Falvey comments:

“The caption must have been a joke. He has not attended any such events. The photo was taken at the Giants game last week.”

So that explains that, I suppose.

Anyway, that was the answer, here was the question:

“Is this photo (or its caption) newsworthy? I don’t know.

But certainly, the fact that Mayor Edwin Lee was present at a “re-elect Ed happy hour” before last week’s 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres is news to me.

Los tres caballeros (Spanish for “bros”) y nuestro alcalde “provisional” Ed Lee:

Click to expand to see the caption. (I’d link to webpage from whence the photo came but it’s gone, long gone, down the memory hole.)  

If you think, at this late date, that the prospects for Ed Lee’s re-election weren’t front and center in the conversation The Powers That Be had last January, then you are horribly, horribly naive.

The fact that things were all mapped out for Ed Lee seven months ago makes the happy talk from The Nevius and King Randy Shaw I of the Tenderloin a little grating.

Anyway, if I were in Ed’s shoes, I’d shut down all the recent Run Ed Run talk by saying, “No, I won’t run for re-election – that would be dishonest.”

Just saying, caballero.”

If Mayor Ed Lee Isn’t Running for Mayor, Then What Was He Doing at a “Re-Elect Ed Happy Hour” Before Wednesday’s Giants Game?”

Monday, July 11th, 2011

[UPDATE: Director of Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s Communications Office Christine Falvey comments: “The caption must have been a joke. He has not attended any such events. The photo was taken at the Giants game last week.”]

Is this photo (or its caption) newsworthy? I don’t know.

But certainly, the fact that Mayor Edwin Lee was present at a “re-elect Ed happy hour” before last week’s 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres is news to me.

Los tres caballeros (Spanish for “bros”) y nuestro alcalde “provisional” Ed Lee:

Click to expand to see the caption. (I’d link to webpage from whence the photo came but it’s gone, long gone, down the memory hole.)  

If you think, at this late date, that the prospects for Ed Lee’s re-election weren’t front and center in the conversation The Powers That Be had last January, then you are horribly, horribly naive.

The fact that things were all mapped out for Ed Lee seven months ago makes the happy talk from The Nevius and King Randy Shaw I of the Tenderloin a little grating.

Anyway, if I were in Ed’s shoes, I’d shut down all the recent Run Ed Run talk by saying, “No, I won’t run for re-election – that would be dishonest.”

Just saying, caballero.