Posts Tagged ‘chu’

OMG, the Official Frank Chu Reddit AMA is Set for Friday, Feb 7th at 2:30 PM – Ask Him Anything

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

See?

All the deets.

Fake Frank Chu meets real Frank Chu, Halloween in the Castro, 2006:

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Why is McDonalds Charging Sales Tax on Donations? Anyway, the New San Francisco Happy Meal is Exactly the Same as the Old

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Well here it is, the before and after of the San Francisco Happy Meal from McDonalds.

Today’s the day that the San Francisco’s Healthy Meal Incentives Ordinance kicks in. The upshot is that now you have to donate 10 cents to Ronald McDonald House in order to get the toy.

See?

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(Note the apple slices in the upper right. They’ve been around for a while.)

But uh oh, is Micky Dee’s charging sales tax on the donation? Yes it is. I cry foul.* (Uh, San Francisco McDonaldses, can you do that? Do you need to rejigger your registers?)

This sign was just put up. It’s all “10 cents adds a toy.”

Now I’ll tell you, I can recall buying a Hamburger Happy Meal in Palo Alto last year for exactly two-fitty ($2.50). It had more fries plus the free toy (but it didn’t have apple slices or a slice of cheese for the burger.) Anyway, prices be going up, it seems.

Oh well.

*So, the only reason to charge sales tax is if the 10-cent purported “donation” is actually for the “retail sale of tangible personal property,” right? So which is it, a donation or a sale? I mean if I donated money to Ronald McDonald House on Scott Street, they sure as Hell wouldn’t tack on sales tax, would they? Mmmm… I paid ten cents extra to get a toy, right? Thinking out loud here, could it be that, as far as San Francisco is concerned, the 10 cents shows that the toy isn’t included “for free” and therefore the sale need not comply with the HMIO, but as far as the state of California is concerned, McD’s is just selling the toy for 10 cents, so therefore, obviously, a penny needs to be collected and forwarded to Sacramento for each sale? (But of course, if you walk up and offer your 10-cent donation for just the toy, they’ll say, “No dice.” They used to charge $2 for toy only purchases). Have the legal advisers for area McDonalds restaurants thought this through? I don’t know. Anyway, the approach they’re taking appears to be a giant F.U. to the City and County of San Francisco. I’ll tell you, the path they’re on is full of rusty nails and garbage pails. Just saying. But hey, what about McDonalds Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois? Did they sign off on this? I wonder. (Did they indemnify the local owners? By contract, or, you know, some other way. I’m just curious about who came up with this ten cent idea.) Anyway, this is me thinking aloud, just raising issues. I can’t wrap my head around “ten cents adds a toy” and how that relates to state tax law. Like when I got my Android phone plus two-year contract for $50, I had to pay another $50 or so in sales tax because the phone is worth far more than $50. For example…

Oh No, Off-Message! “Run, Ed, Run” Campaign Ephemera at First Ed Lee for Mayor Rally – “I’m an Ed Head!”

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, Rebecca Bowe was there as well. Apparently, organizers actually were embarrassed to have the support of these Run-Ed-Run Ed Heads.]

Here’s today’s big rally for the Ed Lee for Mayor campaign at the Ella Hill Hutch this afternoon, with Supervisor Carmen Chu as the draw:

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I guess they wanted photos and video for the campaign.

But what’s this – Run, Ed, Run? Ed Heads? I’m an Ed Head? Isn’t this off-message?

It sure the Hell is!

I wandered over to Fulton Street to check out the maniacal Joanna Rees supporters (geez, how much are they getting paid per hour?) getting ready for tonight’s big debate and during that time the animated Ed Heads were dispatched with extreme prejudice, never again to be seen.

And the yellow XL T-shirt, one that helped put poor, poor Enrique Pearce almost $20k into debt, was removed to be stuffed into a pocket:

And who’s this guy with the blue chalk stripes?

Is he like the T-Rex from Jurassic Park? Or a Giant Madagascar Chameleon? Or something:

“They can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously, this lets their eyes move independently from each other. It in effect gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their body.”

[UPDATE: Mystery solved:

This is a shoebox full of hacks desperately trying to look important. Especially the bald whiteys. Lookin at you, Winnicker! #SFMayor]

O.K. then.

Typical Happy Meal Banned in San Francisco – Eric Mar’s Legislation Passes With Veto-Proof Supermajority

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The typical Happy Meal (or Kids’ Meal or what have you) with an included toy has just been banned in the City and County of San Francisco. Check it:

“This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.  To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.”

Today’s vote at the Board of Supervisors was 8-3, which means that any veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom would get overridden with a quickness, one would presume. Robble robble, indeed.

Legislation author and District One Supervisor Eric Mar is aiming to “challenge the restaurant industry.” Well, mission accomplished.

Get all the deets from this uploaded doc: Healthymlsdig3

So, either McDonalds will alter its menu accordingly or you won’t be able to get the likes of these Barbie dolls, these “Youth-Focused Incentive Items” in the 415 come December 1, 2011:

The upshot is that McDonald’s es infeliz. Muy infeliz. See?

Just after the vote, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said, ‘We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for.’”

So there you go.

All the deets:

“Supervisor Eric Mar’s Healthy Meal Legislation passes with a supermajority

The Healthy Meal Legislation sets nutritional standards for restaurant food that is accompanied by toys or other youth focused incentive items. Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation is co-sponsored by Supervisors Campos, Chiu and Avalos and was supported by a broad coalition of grassroots community organizations, parents and health professionals.  Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Daly, Dufty, Mar, Maxwell, and Mirkarimi voted in support of the legislation.

This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.  To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.

“This is a tremendous victory for our children’s health. Our children are sick. Rates of obesity in San Francisco are disturbingly high, especially among children of color,” said Supervisor Eric Mar. “This is a challenge to the restaurant industry to think about children’s health first and join the wide range of local restaurants that have already made this commitment.”

The effective date of the legislation is December 1, 2011.

OK then.

What the suits had to say about this plus Your Amended Legislative Digest, after the jump.

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Frosty Frank Chu Wishes You a Phixgrostrenikal Christmas from Google San Francisco

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

See?

Frosty the Chu Man at the SoMA office of Google in San Francisco, where the toilets all have 14 things to push, instead of just one.  

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Senator Leland Yee Pancake Breakfast and Town Hall Meeting a Huge Success

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

There was a good turnout at yesterday’s free pancake breakfast put on by Senator Leland Yee on Brotherhood Way yesterday. (I had spent the early morning “recycling” copper from some empty apartments in ParkMerced, so it was nice to have a little break.) Senator Yee talked about upcoming developments in Sacramento, including the May 30, 2009 deadline for getting proposed laws out of the Senate.

There were elected representatives like San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu and people from state agencies like CalTrans on hand as well. It was Democracy in Action. Read all about it.

Hungry constituents:

Catch up with your Senator here.

See you next year!

Senator Leland Yee Acts to Prevent Evictions of Domestic Violence Victims

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Senator Leland Yee has just proposed Senate Bill 782, which would prevent landlords from evicting domestic violence victims for causing a “nuisance.” Here’s what today’s press conference at City Hall looked like:

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Senator Leland Yee, Emily Murase, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu. Also on hand was Jessica Dayton of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence:

 

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Senator Yee’s bill is modeled after a new San Francisco ordinance promoted by Supervisor Chu and Kamala Harris last year and unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors in February. The presence today of Kelenia Olsen from the office of Assemblymember Fiona Ma and Noriko Shinzato from the office of Assemblymember Tom Ammiano indicates this bill should get a lot of support from the bay area delegation in Sacramento.

But the question of the day is whether statewide homeowners groups will oppose this law due to what they might perceive as a diminuation of property rights. 

We’ll see…

Senator Yee Introduces Bill to Prevent Unfair Evictions of Domestic Violence Victims. San Francisco Ordinance Spurs Statewide Legislation to Protect Victims
 
Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today announced legislation to prevent landlords from unfairly evicting domestic violence victims.  Senate Bill 782 is modeled after a San Francisco ordinance authored by Supervisor Carmen Chu and sponsored by District Attorney Kamala Harris, which passed in February.
 
“It is unconscionable to force a domestic violence victim from their home,” said Yee.  “Evicting a survivor of domestic violence not only results in being re-victimized, but unfairly strains a family attempting to recover.  The possibility of eviction discourages women from coming forward to report incidents of domestic violence.  If a victim wants to stay in his or her home, they should be allowed that opportunity and should not face added pressures of moving or possible homelessness.”

More deets after the jump.

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Senator Carole Migden is Fighting that Apple Moth Spraying Tooth and Nail.

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Here was Senator Carole Migden over the weekend, braving the cold along with about 150 folks who are dead set against the planned spraying against the Light Brown Apple Moth and the people of the bay area.
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Read all about it.