Waving away, awful friendly:
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I tell you, they sure look like LaRouchies, you know, from a distance.
I seen them on Fell, Clement, and now above the 101.
Where will they turn up next?
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I don’t know, is this a thank you for all the fed money we’re getting for the wasteful Central Subway?
Next stop, Willie L. Brown Jr. Boulevard!
Thank you, drive through.
Uh, shouldn’t we wait until people die before honoring their legacy?
I think so.
Otherwise you end up with something like Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti International Airport, with Uday Terminal and Qusay Terminal, right?
(Incidentally, Willie Brown was behind a push to change the name of SFO to Willie Brown International back in the 1990’s. I’m srlsy. Then the airport people came back with a study showing how the IATA code letters SFO constituted one of the world’s best-known “brands.” So that was the end of that proposal. But the impulse is the same, in’nt? The desire to have one’s name all over the place, statues, busts and the like. How sad!)
It looks like it will be up to Congress to stop the horrible, out-of-control Central Subway Project. That’s our last chance.
Click on the 13-minute video below to listen to former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin succinctly make the case for killing this turkey.
And here’s some coverage from the local press:
Joe Eskenazi of SF Weekly: Central Subway Critics: Costly Boondoggle Can Still Be Stopped
Michael Cabanatuan of the San Francisco Chronicle: Reinforcements enlisted in battle against Central Subway
And oh, hey, what about San Francisco’s #1 Mayor Ed Lee Kiss-Ass / Suck-up, you know, San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius, what does he think of the Central Subway?
Oh, but that was all the way back in 2008 and, you know, these days The Nevius doesn’t have the stones, apparently, to comment about this particular boondoggle anymore. Oh well.
(Is Aaron Peskin a good public speaker?
Yes, Aaron Peskin a good public speaker.)
And oh, how can Federal Transit Administration leader Peter Rogoff get away with saying that the Central Subway will reduce trip time from 27 minutes to 7 minutes?
This is a complete fantasy.
Is he seriously misinformed or is he lying? I can’t tell.
Does he mean that the pink bag mafia will spend an average of seven minutes descending 30+ yards down into Mother Earth and waiting for the short line? Is that what he means? But that by itself doesn’t get you anywhere you want to go. It just gets you 30 yards beneath C-Town.
Anyway Congress, please, please, please kill this boondoggery.
[UPDATE: Barbara Taylor has the deets.]
[UPDATE II: And it should be noted that Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture designed the landscape for this project.]
Well here’s the news from last week:
“U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the recipients of the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, totaling nearly $96 million. Twenty-seven communities and organizations will receive Community Challenge grants and 29 regional areas will receive Regional Planning grants. The goal of HUD’s Sustainable Communities grants is to help communities and regions improve their economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation.”
Our San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission scored $5,000,000 worth of these grants, so some feds dropped by to celebrate this afternoon.
San Francisco Mayor with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi greeting people at the brand new Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments for the formerly homeless on Fulton near Gough:
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Oh, here they are up at the Richardson’s awesome-looking rooftop garden:
And here’s Supervisor and MTC Commissioner David Campos. (To him, Nancy Pelosi “will always be Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”)
All the deets, after the jump
[UPDATE IV, Jason Lives: I guess we have closure now, excepting for Monday morning’s FORUM from Michael Krasny on the KQED-FM. Leave us downgrade this Cat 5 contretemps all the way to unnamed tropical depression:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LGBT DISPUTE WITH ANONYMOUS TENTATIVELY SETTLED. COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION CANCELLED.
San Francisco, CA August 28, 2011
Monday’s counter-demonstration against Anonymous by members of the LGBT Community has been cancelled after Anonymous made assurances that they have no malice against LGBT people.
While many people speak for Anonymous we have been told the group was largely against the release of the Linton Johnson photos, and that they are not planning any similar tactics (sexual images) in the future.
Some community leaders, such as La Mesha Irizarry of the Idriss Stelley Foundation are skeptical but had grave safety concerns for demonstrators. “A counter protest pinning commuters against protesters is itself a dangerous, unstable mix” said Irizarry.
The LGBT group had planned to demonstrate alongside the “Commuters Take Back Bart” group, which is still planning to demonstrate.
Lead organizers will be at the Civic Center in the event community members who aren’t aware of the cancellation show up to demonstrate.
[See Comments if you want the email address]
[UPDATE: I’m a little surprised that one irate person can get so much attention from the MSM before he’s actually done anything. Linton Johnson’s repeated, numerous, high-profile misstatements of law have ceased, for whatever reason [cough, when you’re on camera all the time you’re not always going to say the best thing, cough], so I don’t think that he’s the focus of anything anymore. Here’s one recent manifesto from one person – note that it has nothing to do with LGBT whatever. Note that it has 3000 (or, in the parlance of the day, over 9000) views already. How many followers does organizer Chris Andoe have to organize? We’ll see.]
[UPDATE II, Electric Boogaloo: Oh, I see, it’s Linton’s friends and acquaintances behind this. Makes sense now. Fair enough.]
[UPDATE III, Tokyo Drift:
“This is ridiculous, whoever told the GLBT community that Anonymous released photos of Linton is a flat out liar. Linton released them himself, perhaps they should be protesting outside of Linton’s house.”]
Let’s see here, it looks like Anonymous will have have a little competition at the next OpBART, which is OpBART III: Tokyo Drift coming up on August 29th, 2011.
So, get ready for two new factions competing with Anonymous for attention:
Throw in the newly-energized SFPD and the BART Police and this one could end up just like that historic Battle of the Five Armies.
Comes now website-free, non-BART rider Chris Andoe (who?) to say:
“Long before becoming Bay Area Rapid Transit’s chief spokesperson, Linton Johnson worked as a television reporter in St. Louis. In the late 90’s he was regularly seen dancing shirtless, with much fanfare, at the Complex.”
All right, how does this help us? It tells us that self-proclaimed Constitutional scholar Linton Johnson was not boning up the law back then, and maybe you’re reflexively defending your friend from Flyover Country, but that’s about all that we can learn from that.
Oh, and here’s the full quote, where a BART dude apologizes for recent statements:
“Linton is doing a great job,” Franklin said. “When you’re on camera all the time you’re not always going to say the best thing. Linton is doing a great job and it’s a tough job. So the organization is going to stand behind Linton.”
I’ll just say this: It wasn’t a group of hackers what posted those photos, it was one dude (who actually didn’t need to do any hacking) who posted those photos.
“I think the purpose was to humiliate him. the guy is the public face of bart. don’t pull the homophobe card just because he’s happens to be gay and embarrassing pics were leaked.”
All right, let’s see how many people actually show up on Monday at 5:00 PM. (There will be loads of media there regardless…)
UPDATE: KGO-TV is doing a good job with a live feed this afternoon, but it probably won’t be all that interesting after 6:00 PM PDT, August 22, 2011]
All right, let’s start with the Feds. In addition to the ongoing Federal Communication Commission’s probe into BART’s unprecedented actions on August 11th, 2011, we now have beloved* Congresswoman Jackie Speier** getting into the act.
“BART is learning a lesson that requires closer examination,” said Speier, who represents part of San Francisco and San Mateo County. “I believe BART needs to work harder to understand the ever-changing relationship between security and liberty. And to this end, we should replace finger-pointing with constructive dialogue that addresses security measures that go too far.”
Helloooo, BART? This isn’t a pat on the back, you know?
We’re not in Tahrir anymore, are we?
Via Artificial Eyes/exiledsurfer
Indeed, you now have a local Congresswoman, into addition bunches of other people, “bitching and complaining” about BART turning off its cell phone repeaters on August 11th.
“[BART’s $170k per year spokesmodel Linton] Johnson’s exact words, as reported by the Bay Citizen, were: “It is an amenity. We survived for years without cellphone service … Now they’re bitching and complaining that we turned it off for three hours?”
So I guess the B-word is in the BART communications plan now? O.K. fine.
Hey, was that whole inchoate protest thing on August 11th just a test to see who’s an informant for the BART Police?
[Well, I had something here that was pretty much the whole point of this post – it had support for the idea that there was no protest planned. But I no longer have anything to link to. So oh well… :(]
Well, that’s plausible.
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And here’s BART’s CYA letter from this AM, you know, for the record. It sounds quite different from Linton Johnson’s laughable misquotations of the law, exaggerations, spin, tall tales, whatever you want to call what we’ve been getting the past ten days. So that’s refreshing.
(Now when did the term “passengers” become “customers?” Does it sound better to say, “One of our poorly-trained ‘newbie’ officers once again just shot and killed yet another ‘customer’ unnecessarily,” as opposed to, you know, ‘passenger?’ I don’t know.)
Oh, and I should note the screed below has been signed by merely $160-per-hour, BART Lawyer*** for Life / “Interim Manager” Sherwood Glen Wakeman and supercracker / BART Director Bob Franklin (you know, the guy what represents the rich, lily-white Piedmont, Berkeley hills, and Oakland hills areas, among others.
(Of course, the following would be a stronger message if it had signatures of any of the other eight directors on it, but who knows how all those people feel…)
Anyway, die Postkarte vom Das Führerbunker:
BART’s top priority is to ensure the safety of its passengers. Prior to a planned protest on August 11, 2011, BART obtained credible information that led us to conclude that the safety of the BART system would be compromised. Out of an overriding concern for our passengers’ safety, BART made the decision to temporarily interrupt cell phone service on portions of its system. We are aware that the interruption had the effect of temporarily preventing cellular communications for many BART passengers and their families; and we regret any inconvenience caused by the interruption. We want to take this opportunity to share some of the information that led to this decision.
Imminent Threat of Unlawful and Dangerous Activities on BART Platforms
July 11 Protest
On July 11, a group gathered at the BART Civic Center Station in San Francisco to protest the fact that, on July 3, a BART Police Officer shot and killed Charles Hill at that station.
During that protest, one person climbed on top of a train and many other individuals blocked train doorways and held train doors open. During the course of the event, which occurred during the peak of rush hour, individuals used BART trains to move between stations, and caused the shutdown or partial shutdown of other stations.
These actions violated the law by creating a serious threat to the safe operation of the BART system, disrupting the service of 96 BART trains (approximately two-thirds of the trains operating during the rush hour), causing the closing of stations, and putting at risk the safety of thousands of passengers and BART employees.
When trains are not able to move or pick up passengers, the platforms can quickly become overcrowded. This is very dangerous due to the increased possibility that people will fall from the platforms onto the trackway. The trackway is five feet below the platform edge and contains the electrified 3rd rail.
Also, when one train stops, all trains behind it must stop. In some cases, trains must stop in tunnels, which delays the arrival of emergency medical help for passengers in need of assistance. Additionally, self-evacuation by passengers in underground tunnels is another potential dangerous outcome of interference with BART service.
Planned August 11 Protest
Early in the week of August 8, the BART Police Department received credible information that individuals were planning a surprise demonstration against BART police shootings at specific BART station platforms on August 11. On August 10, BART Police obtained further information regarding the individuals’ plans for color-coded teams to conduct lawless activity on the platforms. The additional information disclosed detailed organizational coordination among multiple “affinity groups” in addition to the organization that had sponsored the July 11 disruption.
The August 10 intelligence revealed that the individuals would be giving and receiving instructions to coordinate their activities via cell phone after their arrival on the train platforms at more than one station. Individuals were instructed to text the location of police officers so that the organizers would be aware of officer locations and response times. The overall information about the planned protest led BART to conclude that the planned action constituted a serious and imminent threat to the safety of BART passengers and personnel and the safe operation of the BART system, at a level that could far exceed the protest of July 11.
Based on that assessment, BART decided to interrupt cell phone service at targeted portions of its system for up to 4 hours, beginning at 4:00 p.m., the time that the individuals were scheduled to assemble. BART notified the affected cellular service providers shortly before it implemented the temporary interruption. Service was turned back on at 7 p.m., earlier than planned, when safety concerns abated.
At the affected portions of the BART system, there was no cellular service on the platform level, and service on the concourse level was also affected in some areas. Cellular service was fully available at the street level and at all above-ground BART stations and trackways.
BART took prudent measures to protect passengers during the time that cell phone service was unavailable. More than 120 extra BART uniformed Police Officers and Operations personnel carrying radios and wearing reflective vests were assigned to be in the four downtown San Francisco stations and on trains traveling between those stations. Additionally, passenger courtesy phones on the platform were available to provide direct communication with Station Agents. BART also has intercoms at each end of each train car, allowing passengers to contact the operator for assistance. No passenger emergencies were reported to BART during the period of the cellular service interruption.
First Amendment Issues
For more than 25 years, BART has had a policy regarding the exercise of First Amendment free speech rights in areas of its stations where it can be done safely and without interference with BART’s primary mission of providing safe, efficient and reliable public transportation services. To implement this policy, BART has designated the areas of its stations that are accessible to the general public without the purchase of tickets as unpaid areas that are open for expressive activity upon issuance of a permit subject to BART’s rules. To protect public safety and provide safe and efficient public transportation, BART has restricted access to the “Paid” and “Platform” areas of its stations to BART station employees and ticketed passengers who are boarding, exiting or waiting for BART trains.
BART’s temporary interruption of cell phone service was not intended to and did not affect any First Amendment rights of any person to protest in a lawful manner in areas at BART stations that are open for expressive activity. The interruption did prevent the planned coordination of illegal activity on the BART platforms, and the resulting threat to public safety.
BART’s Future Plans
At a special Board meeting on Wednesday, the Board will discuss the temporary interruption of cell service on portions of the BART system that occurred on August 11, and we invite the public to participate in this discussion.
Thank for your patience and we value your continued support.
Bob Franklin, BART Board of Directors President
Sherwood Wakeman, Interim General Manager”
All right, see you on Monday!
*She had a bet with her husband that she would get less than 80% of the vote (he was confident that she would get 80-something(!) percent) what ascended her to Congress for the rest of her life. She only got 79% of that vote, IIRC, so she won twice in one day.
**You know, the elected official that former KNTV weekend news anchor Linton Johnson didn’t give money to when he was working for that NBC affiliate. Was that against station policy? You Make The Call.
*** Currently inactive, BTW.
OMG, it’s “Loin Stimulus,” finally.
These days, there are signs of life at the old Bakewell & Brown Federal Building at 50 Fulton. (Or “50 United Nations Plaza.” Why put the name of that failure all over the place? Yish. The address is 50 Fulton, IRL, right?)
See the workers up there?
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It’s what the Feds call “Recovery in Progress – Working for you. Working for San Francisco.” Gee, thanks, Feds!*
Groove on the architecture.
Looks nice from the inside:
“Halprin was the creative force behind the interactive, ‘playable’ civic fountains most common in the 1970s, an amenity which continues to greatly contribute to the pedestrian social experience in Portland Oregon, where “Ira’s Fountain” is loved and well-used, and which has been a chronic failure at the transient-ridden United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.”
And UN Plaza made the Hall of Shame. Oh well.
All the deets about 50 Fulton:
1927: Congress approves $2.5 million for new San Francisco Federal Building
1930: City of San Francisco donates site for building
1934-1936: Building constructed
1975: United Nations Plaza construction commences
1987: San Francisco Civic Center designated a National Historic Landmark
2007: Building vacated
Location: 50 United Nations Plaza
Architect: Arthur Brown, Jr.
Construction Dates: 1934-1936
Architectural Style: Second Renaissance Revival
Landmark Status: Designated a National Historic Landmark as a Contributing Building to the San Francisco Civic Center
Primary Material: Granite
Classical Facade with Upper-story Colonnade
Ornate Entrance Vestibule, Lobby, and Elevator Lobby
Naval Commandant’s Office
*Thanks for finally doing something with your aging hulk of a brokedown palace after all these years.
Well, here’s your chance:
Citizens Redistricting Commission Public Input Hearing
Monday, June 27, 2011
Fort Mason Center, Cowell Theater
Entrance at Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
And don’t worry, no matter how it goes, everybody in San Francisco will be represented by a state Senator at all times…
The 14 members of your Citizens Redistricting Commission. Seated, left to right: Connie Galambos Malloy and Michael Ward. Standing, left to right: Jodie Filkins-Webber, Gabino Aguirre, Vincent Barabba, Michelle DiGuilo, Maria Blanco, Peter Yao, Cynthia Dai, Lilbert “Gil” Ontai, Jeanne Raya, Angelo Ancheta, Stanley Forbes and M. Andre Parvenu:
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“The 14 member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a public input
meeting in San Francisco on June 27, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Mason Center. The
Commission was created by California voters to draw state Congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board
of Equalization Districts.
“Public participation in drawing these districts is critical to ensuring that communities have the strongest
voice possible to express their preferences. When voters with similar interests are drawn into a district
together, their voices multiply giving them a greater opportunity to express their views, elect candidates
of their choice and hold their leaders accountable.”
Ever more deets, after the jump
Here are all the deets since the UFL‘s California Redwoods started playing professional at AT&T Park in 2009.
Our “local” team has upped and moved to Sacramento – they’re called the Mountain Lions now. Oh well. At least the uniforms have a dignified, old-school look, so that should please area writer Joe Eskenazi.
You’d think the enormous squad of cheerleaders would be called the Kittens, or the Pumettes, or maybe even the Cougars, but no, they’re called the Lady Lions. See?
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Anywho, elements of the UFL, as you might imagine, are having trouble paying the bills. Uh oh. (Hey you know what happens to a McDonalds what doesn’t pay its employees as agreed? Bad tings, that’s what happens. But if the UFL doesn’t doesn’t make sure that its employees get paid, well that’s A-OK, huh?)
But maybe the 2011 NFL lockout will result in an increase in talent tout de suite?
Sacramento, Sacramento, where you at, after the jump
Somewhere down there in Silicon Valley / San Jose is California’s 15th Congressional District, represented by Congressman Mike Honda, O.K. fine.
Now, this is, or used to be, or still sort of is his official photo, possibly taken in Washington D.C., possibly a digital image that got scanned in, O.K. fine.
Now, was he wearing a white shirt that day? Honda in Bleu:
Oh, here were go. This alteration assumes he was wearing a white shirt and that his white hairs are, in fact, white, or colorless or whatever you want to call it. A few clicks yields:
Probably a bit on the purple side but oh well.
But this is what a professional illustrator did, taking things a bit further, white balance-wise and clicks-wise:
Point being, you can’t just scan in a photo and call it day, you gots to make sure that white is still white.
That is all.