Posts Tagged ‘corporations’

Baby Got Back: Know Your Hybrid Battery-Electric and Pure Electric Vehicles of the Green Showcase in Civic Center

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

How it looks outside of City Hall sometimes:

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Leave us begin, starting with the white one on the left:

Honda Civic Hybrid;

Third-Generation Toyota Prius Hybrid, possibly with plug-in feature;

Nissan Leaf* pure electric vehicle;

Honda Insight hybrid

About the only thing that’s missing from this array is the 2012 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.

Oh, here it is, with garish utility monopoly graphics removed.

Better one…

…or better two?

Now you know better your electric and hybrid electric vehicles…

*The funny thing about the Leaf is that some crappy competing company what says oh, we’ll have an electric car ourselves this year (employees have been saying that about the same basic vehicle every year since 2008) criticized the Leaf last year because “housewives” wouldn’t “feel comfortable” behind the wheel of such a futuristic-looking vehicle. Ridiculoso.

SFPD Arrests Hannah Yau and Maria Dionisio for Epic $2.6 Million Dollar Embezzlement Scams

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This one, involving former employees of U.K and San Francisco-based Autonomy Corporation, speaks for itself.

Let’s hear from the SFPD:

“The San Francisco Police Department in conjunction with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announced today the arrest and charging of Maria Lourdes B. Dionisio and Hannah Yau for their alleged involvement in a $2.6 million dollar embezzlement scam.”

And now let’s hear from the office of District Attorney Kamala D. Harris, below.

 
Popo shut us down. Wow:
 
SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney Kamala D. Harris announced today the arrest and charging of Maria Lourdes B. Dionisio and Hannah Yau for their alleged involvement in a $2.6 million dollar embezzlement scam.

“The conduct alleged in this case is a classic example of the fox guarding the hen house,” said District Attorney Kamala D. Harris. “To pull off a fraud of this magnitude over a number of years is about more than just being a rogue employee. There is a level of planning and sophistication involved here that makes this crime especially egregious.”

Maria Lourdes B. Dionisio, age 46, of Pacifica, is charged with violating Penal Code sections 487(a), grand theft, 508, embezzlement, and 502(c)(1)(A) and 502(c)(1)(B), computer use crimes, all felonies. Hannah Yau, age 56, of Fremont, is charged with violating Penal Code sections 487(a), grand theft, and 508, embezzlement.

According to court documents, defendant Dionisio, a payroll clerk, and defendant Yau, a financial analyst, were formerly employed by Autonomy, Inc., a San Francisco software programming firm based in England. The two defendants allegedly caused or permitted many checks to be wrongfully issued to themselves over a four year period, resulting in a loss of approximately $2,600,000.

The alleged conduct came to the attention of corporate officers when defendant Dionisio was fired in May 2010, for reasons unrelated to theft.   When she filed for unemployment insurance, defendant Dionisio listed an annual salary of $449,740,far in excess of her base salary of $63,000. An investigation revealed that bonus checks far in excess of those authorized had been paid to defendant Dionisio, who caused the checks to be drafted, and to defendant Yau, who also received checks herself, but did not alert her employer of the theft.

“This case involves an employee who allegedly embezzled from her company and then brazenly claimed her ill-gotten gains as legal compensation in order to inflate her unemployment benefits,” said District Attorney Harris. “The company impacted by the alleged conduct did the right thing in coming forward to report this case to authorities.”

The defendants were arrested on July 28, 2010 in San Francisco. Bail was set in the arrest warrant at $1,000,000 for each defendant.   The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 9:00 am.”

MoveOnaPalooza Coming May 4th – Rabbi Michael Lerner and Matt Gonzalez to Star

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Look out, lobbyists. It’s on:

“On Tuesday, May 4th, local residents of San Francisco will hold a community forum hosted by MoveOn.org at the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium, 6:00 PM. Speakers like politician Matt Gonzalez, author/editor Rabbi Michael Lerner, and  activist and lawyer Peter Gabel will help bring together local citizens and activists concerned about the influence of big corporations and lobbyists in Washington.”

Sticking it to the Man, as they did it on May 4, 1919:

All the deets:

Local Forum to Tackle Problem of Corporations and Lobbyists. San Francisco residents gather to discuss how to make Washington work for regular San Franciscans, not the top two percent of corporate lobbyists and CEOs

On Tuesday, May 4th, local residents of San Francisco will hold a community forum hosted by MoveOn.org at the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium, 6:00pm. Speakers like politician Matt Gonzalez, author/editor Rabbi Michael Lerner, and  activist and lawyer Peter Gabel will help bring together local citizens and activists concerned about the influence of big corporations and lobbyists in Washington. Attendees will then discuss what can be done to rein in the growing influence of big corporations and lobbyists in our democracy.

“Our economy is in crisis, and people here in San Francisco are struggling. Meanwhile big corporations and CEOs continue to spend hundreds of millions lobbying to advance their own interests at the expense of the public,” said Christophe Schuhmann, a local MoveOn member. “We’re here today to talk about how we can make our democracy work for the 98 percent of us who don’t have high-paid lobbyists representing us in Washington.” 

WHAT:  Community Forum on Fighting Corporate Control
WHO:     MoveOn Members
WHERE:  100 Larkin St. (@ Grove)
WHEN:   6:00pm, May 4th, 2010 

MoveOn.org Political Action is a political action committee powered by 5 million progressive Americans. We believe in the power of small donors and grassroots action to elect progressive leaders to office and to advance a progressive agenda. We do not accept any donations over $5,000, and the average donation to MoveOn.org Political Action is under $100.