Posts Tagged ‘City Attorney Dennis Herrera’

Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos Endorses City Attorney Dennis Herrera in Mayoral Race

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Is this news? Well, it’s news to me.

Of course, it’s always nice to have a former Mayor’s endorsement, right?

Brent Begin has the deets. (Let me tell you, in this context, and, really every context having anything to do with who becomes an elected official, the term “staffer” is highly pejorative. Highly, highly pejorative. Pretty much it’s calling Ed Lee a mayoral usurper. Oh, and “competent” is thrown in there as well. S’pose that’s better than incompetent, but Jesus Christ. Just saying.)

Here it is:

“I’ve been Mayor of San Francisco and I know that it’s no easy task. I saw our great City through its recovery after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, working hard to create affordable housing, and undertaking major improvements to our City’s infrastructure. 

I know what it takes to do this job. It takes the ability to stand up and fight for what you believe in, independent of special interests. That’s why I believe that Dennis Herrera is the Mayor that San Francisco needs.

As our City Attorney, Dennis has exposed fraud, waste, abuse and corruption in City government, and recovered millions of dollars for San Franciscans.  He will be an independent voice in City Hall and bring integrity and honesty to the Mayor’s office. 

That’s why I’m proud to endorse Dennis Herrera for Mayor and I hope you will join me in supporting his campaign.

Now more than ever, our City needs leadership experience and an honest government. It’s time that we return to a City governed by independence and not by power brokers or special interests.

Dennis has shown that he knows every facet of City government and how it should serve all our neighborhoods. That’s why I’m supporting him for Mayor.

Will you join me in supporting Dennis’ candidacy? 

I look forward to seeing you at his campaign headquarters and on street corners as we work to elect him as our next Mayor. A campaign is only as strong as its supporters and your efforts will be essential to our success.

Thanks for all that you do,

Art Agnos
Former Mayor of San Francisco”

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Acts to Sue CPUC and Feds Over Failure to Enforce Gas Pipeline Safety Standards

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is all over last year’s gas transmission explosion in San Bruno.

All the deets.

The first of a series of photos of the San Bruno aftermath from photographer David Yu

Just released:

Herrera moves to sue CPUC, feds for failing to enforce gas pipeline safety standards

Revelations from San Bruno tragedy lead San Francisco to seek federal court order compelling regulators to strictly enforce U.S. safety standards

SAN FRANCISCO (July 14, 2011) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken the first step toward suing the California Public Utilities Commission and federal regulators for their failure to reasonably enforce federal gas pipeline safety standards as required by the Pipeline Safety Act. The notice of intent to sue Herrera delivered late today is a legally-required precursor to civil litigation by San Francisco, which will seek a federal court order to compel the CPUC and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to enforce federal pipeline safety standards in an effective manner.

Herrera’s move comes in the wake of increasingly troubling revelations in news accounts and last month’s sharply critical report by an independent review panel investigating the deadly explosion of a PG&E gas transmission line in San Bruno, Calif. on Sept. 9, 2010, which resulted in the loss of eight lives and the destruction of 38 homes. That investigation report concluded that CPUC’s “culture serves as an impediment to effective regulation,” and went on to fault regulators who “did not have the resources to monitor PG&E’s performance in pipeline integrity management adequately or the organizational focus that would have elevated concerns about PG&E’s performance in a meaningful way.” The City Attorney’s Office will file its comments on that investigation report with the CPUC tomorrow.

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Dennis Herrera Throws Down: San Francisco City Attorney Goes After Chinatown’s Dick Lee Pastry for Wage and Hour Violations

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Two-star(!) rated Dick Lee Pastry at 716 Jackson in Chinatown is getting spanked by City Attorney Dennis Herrera over wage theft issues today.

But first a word from our health department, which, you know, has employees who would like the City to require letter grades to be posted outside of every joint in town. You know, the way that San Diego, that Progressive bastion, does it. But our Golden Gate Restaurant Association said no so that’s that, no Department of Health letter grades posted at restaurants in the 415.

Check it:

Violation descriptions:

  • 009 Rodents – Immediate Risk Each food facility shall be kept free of vermin: rodents, (rats, mice), cockroaches, flies.(114040)
  • 014 No Water – An adequate, protected, pressurized, potable supply of hot water (120F) and cold water shall be provided at all times. (114095)
  • 019 Shell Eggs – Maintain raw shall eggs at or below 45F (113995, 113997)
  • 024 Ready-To-Eat-Food – Exposed to Possible Contamination from Raw Meats/Poultry/Fish/Eggs All food shall be manufactured, produced, prepared, packed, served so as to be pure, free from contamination, adulteration and spoilage. All food must be stored in an approved facility. Food shall be covered and stored as to be protected and kept free from contamination. Food shall be stored in approved containers and labeled as to contents. Food shall be stored at least 6” off the floor on approved shelving. (113980, 114010, 114020, 114080)
  • 031 Improperly Cleaned/Not Maintained Clean -All utensils and equipment shall be clean, fully operative and in good repair. (114050, 114090)
  • 033 Backflow/Back Siphonage -The potable water supply shall be protected with a backflow or back-siphonage protection device, as required by applicable plumbing codes. (114095)
  • 045 Shellfish Tags/Records – Facility shall maintain tags/records from shellfish for a at least 90 days. (114003, Title 17, CCR)

I’ll tell you, small business owners who ignore one set of rules, tend to ignore other sets of rules, that’s been my experience.

Anyway, here’s the news, it goes on and on:

Wage theft lawsuit seeks to recover $440K in back pay, interest for cheated workers

Dick Lee Pastry paid well below minimum wage, demanded long hours with no overtime, falsified payroll records, retaliated against workers

SAN FRANCISCO (July 12, 2011) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today sued Dick Lee Pastry, Inc. and its owners and operators for violating state and local laws intended to ensure minimum wages, overtime compensation, and lawful competition by failing to pay more than $440,000 in wages plus interest to seven of their employees. The litigation comes as the result of an investigation by San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement under the direction of Division Manager Donna Levitt. Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are Peter Yu and Ada M. Chiu, who own the restaurant at 716 Jackson Street.

Herrera’s lawsuit, which was filed in San Francisco Superior Court today, seeks to recover compensation for the cheated workers that would include all unlawfully withheld wages, plus ten-percent interest, plus penalties of $50 per day for the duration of their employer’s wage violations. Herrera is additionally seeking penalties of $50 per day per employee as compensation to OLSE under San Francisco’s Minimum Wage Ordinance; potentially severe civil penalties under California’s Unfair Competition Law; and attorneys’ fees and costs associated with the action.

“Robbing employees of wages to which they’re entitled doesn’t just hurt working families — it also hurts honest businesses and their employees by corrupting a competitive marketplace,” said Dennis Herrera. “Dick Lee Pastry stands out even among the most egregious perpetrators of wage theft in San Francisco. They paid wages well below the legal minimum, demanded long hours with no overtime, instructed workers to lie to labor investigators, and retaliated against those who sought to protect their rights. I hope today’s lawsuit sends a strong message to other would-be wage cheats about the seriousness of our resolve to protect working men and women in San Francisco. I applaud the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement for their investigation of this case, and I’m grateful to the Chinese Progressive Association for their community outreach efforts.”

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SFMR11: ZOMG, Hundreds Show for First San Francisco Mayoral Forum at USF – Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Hell No, Yes, Yes, Yes, Hell No

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

[UPDATE: Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal has a lengthy entry and some crystal-clear photos here - it's probably more than what this "forum" (non-debate, un-debate, love-fest) deserves...]

Make that hundreds and hundreds show at the McLaren Conference Center tonight. See?

Let’s call it 400-something since the joint is supposed to have a capacity of 500 when it’s all opened up:

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Meet your candidates: Senator Leland Yee, Assessor Phil Ting, Joanna Rees, City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Tony Hall (heh), Bevan Dufty, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor John Avalos and Michela Alioto-Pier (heh):

Well, this is what you get when you have public financing of candidates (millions and millions worth) along with Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

Oh well…

Brace Yourselves: “Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance” is Coming to Our Asian Art Museum – Runs Feb. 25 to Sept 2011

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance is the Big Show of the Year at our Asian Art Museum. It will run from February 25th to September 11th, 2011.

And here’s the Matcha schedule for 2011:

THURSDAYS - 2011: February 24, April 21, May 12, June 30, August 18 5-9 pm | $10 Admission

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“Bali has long held a special place in the Western imagination, not only for its reputation as a tropical paradise, but for its artistic culture. Here, art, performance, and ritual are a part of the everyday.

While Bali is widely appreciated as a vibrant center of visual and performing arts, there has never been an in-depth exploration of its artistic traditions in the United States until now. Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance brings the art and artists of this special Indonesian island to San Francisco so that you can experience firsthand its culture, beliefs, and practices. See not only artworks but explore the context in which they were made and used, as the museum comes alive with the kinds of music and performance that fill Balinese ritual life.

The 131 artworks on view—many borrowed from international collections and never before seen in the U.S.—range from simple, yet deftly woven images of the rice goddess to elaborately carved and gilded chairs. There will be puppetry, gamelan performances, masked dances, and more to provide a museum experience as unique and mesmerizing as Bali itself. The Asian Art Museum is the exclusive venue for this exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition.

See you there!

And you can read some stuff about debt, if you want, after the jump

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San Francisco Rallies Against the Stupak Pitts Amendment to the Health Care Reform Bill

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

A crowd of a hundred-something showed up on the steps of City Hall yesterday to protest against the Stupak Pitts proposal (aka the Stupak–Ellsworth–Pitts–Kaptur–Dahlkemper–Lipinski–Smith Amendment, srsly) regarding health plans covering abortions.

Moms and daughters were there…

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…plus San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Bevan Dufty

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And here’s a shot from the ACLU of Northern California of  UCSF med students for choice:

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Are we heading for a filibuster?

All the deets here.