Posts Tagged ‘council’

OMG, Haight Ashbury Recycling Center Needs Padlocks to Chain Up Protesters! Plus CW Nevius vs. GC Newsom

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Work with me here. According to simple-minded former sportswriter C.W. Nevius, our Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center has been

“…a noisy, industrial bone of contention for decades.”

O.K.? And, according to simple-minded former sportswriter C.W. Nevius, the reason why San Francisco Shadow Mayor for Life Gavin Newsom hates the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center is because, because:

“…because the industrial recycling center doesn’t belong in Golden Gate Park.”

All right. But, hold on a second. Does this add up?

Now, maybe I’m just a simple country lawyer,* but didn’t Supervisor Gavin Newsom vote in favor of the HANC Recycling Center a decade back? Check it:

Let’s see here, isn’t the HANC RC just as noisy a “bone of contention” in Golden Gate Park now as a decade ago? Yup.

Did it move or something? Nope.

So why then would Gavin Newsom vote in favor of the hated, terrible, hated recycling center back in 2001?

Was he for it before he was against it? Mmmm.

That’s something to ponder as you read the latest missive from the HANC. Sure looks like they have something cooked up for Judgment Day, aka March 4th, 2011:

“HANC RECYCLING & NATIVE PLANT NURSERY TO ACCEPT OLD CHAIN - FINAL DAYS APPROACHING?

HANC Recycling, under attack for years may go out in a blaze of glory if neighborhood NIMBYs ably led by CW Nevius finally get their way. HANC is seeking to acquire thousands of feet of old chain, padlocks with or without keys, so long as they are open to accommodate the more than 1000 people expected to link up in civil disobedience on the final day.

Executive Director of HANC Recycling, Ed Dunn says, “1000 people have already pledged to chain themselves together on our last day, so we’ll need a lot. But in any case, if things work out scrap prices for steel are through the roof, so this is a good time to recycle.”

All right then, the battle is well and truly joined.

Wake me up on judgment day.

All the deets, after the jump.

* I was born on the bayou, more or less - Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa County, just below Alabammy.

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Civil Sidewalks (aka Sit Lie Law) Update: Kick Off Rally in Haight Ashbury This Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Say what you will about the Civil Sidewalks people, but, no matter, you can’t say that they are afraid to enter the Fortress of Reaction, the Belly of the Beast. ‘Cause they’re going to Bring It to the Upper Haight this Saturday morning.

You know, everybody will be there, starting with Mayor Gavin Newsom and SFPD Chief George Gascon, starting at 10:00 AM

Get all the deets from the BOMA, below.

Haight Street on any given Saturday:

 

Ashbury Street on free Ben & Jerry’s day:

The deets:

UPDATE: Civil Sidewalks | Campaign Kick-Off Rally on October 9, 2010

UPDATE – As of October 4, 2010

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Join Mayor Gavin Newsom and Chief of Police George Gascon at a Civil Sidewalks campaign kick-off rally on Haight Street this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The Mayor will be there to meet you and thank you for your support and commitment to restoring civility to our sidewalks. Please join us and be sure to bring your family and friends!

Civil Sidewalks Campaign Kick-Off Rally with
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascón
October 9th @ 10:00 am
FTC, 1632 Haight Street

This is a family-friendly event – there will be fun activities planned for all attending children!

This rally will send a strong message that San Franciscans are serious about creating safe, civil sidewalks for residents and businesses across the City.

Please take a moment to watch the video above ( click here to view the video on YouTube if you can’t see it) of community leaders in support of the Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M effort. 
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The time has come to rally around the most important issue facing San Francisco’s neighborhoods and commercial corridors; Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M, the “poison pill.” ‘

Who wants Civil Sidewalks?
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascon
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
Supervisor Carmen Chu

900 + small businesses
1,000 + SF residents
& over 25 merchant and neighborhood associations
Proposition L will ensure public sidewalks are accessible for everyone, and that all San Franciscans can enjoy the public right-of-way without fear of harassment. This is a commonsense law that is being used with success in 60 other U.S. cities including Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Seattle.
Proposition M is a political ploy by the Board of Supervisors intended to kill Measure L with a “poison pill.” Prop M neither changes deployment of foot patrols nor resources; this Measure puts politics ahead of your public safety.
If Yes on Prop L/No on Prop M is not successful in November, it is highly unlikely that we will have the opportunity to address this problem for decades. This is why we need YOUR help. Do you have two hours to give between now and Election Day?
PLEASE, take a moment and imagine how tremendously our city would benefit from passage of this law, and if two hours of your time is worth seeing that change through.

Pro Sit-Lie Law (aka Civil Sidewalks) Video Hits YouTube – George Gascon Says, “Yes on L, No on M”

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Well, here’s a punchy three minutes from the “Yes on L, No on M people (aka the “sit-lie” people and the “Civil Sidewalks” people.)

Note the chickens mentioned at 0:24 - you can’t miss it, and oh, Jay Barman has the transcript. (Also note the confirmed NIMBYs, a far greater danger than poultry, throughout.)

Anyway, enjoy.

Hundreds Show for Ukranian Day in Golden Gate Park – 19th Anniversary of Independence

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Ukranian Independence Day drew quite a crowd to the Golden Gate Park Bandshell yesterday.

The Ukrainian Day Concert will take place at the Music Concourse Bandshell in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, August 29, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In celebration of the 19th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, Golden Gate Park will fill with local Ukrainian performers displaying traditional costumes and sharing folk dances with the public. Ukrainian songs and music will create a jubilant setting for locals looking to explore one of the many cultures residing in San Francisco. Usually, people bring along a picnic to enjoy during the festivities.”

See?

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The joint was put on by the Ukrainian-American Coordinating Council of Northern California

All the deets:

See you next year!

Haight Ashbury Hearts Texas-Based Whole Foods – New Store Coming to Stanyan

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Didn’t make it to the entire meeting of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council yesterday but everything seemed pretty copacetic from what I could see.  A representative from Whole Foods made a presentation about their proposed store at 690 Stanyan. Then came the Q and A:

Will they have organic food? Yes. Will they have stuff on sale sometimes? Yes. That’s how it went.

Attention developers – this is the kind of get-together you need to hold before you can begin developing in San Francisco. Paying thousands of dollars a year to nearby community groups, as Sutro Tower, Inc. does, might also help but outreach meetings like these are mandatory. Just saying.

The next stop is a rubber stamp from the Planning Commission on January 28th. Then you can look forward to having a place to shop for Thanksgiving in Autumn. 

Hooray!

A New Whole Foods at 690 Stanyan – The Spate in the Haight, Thursday, Thursday, Thursday!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

It’s all going down this Thursday, January 14th, 2010, at the Park Branch Library on Page Street in the Upper Haight – representatives from Whole Foods will be on hand to discuss their proposed new store at Stanyan and Haight.

Get some history on this projecto here, courtesy of Curbed SF. And read “the whole story” from purported “fossil”Calvin Welch right here

The proposed residences upstairs are no longer in the works but there’s still lots to argue about. Grab your pink popcorn and show up at the library at 7:00 PM for the next Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Community Meeting:

See you there!*

*At the meeting, not at Whole Foods, which is too rich for my blood.

The “Secret Sherry Society” Once Again Pays a Visit to San Francisco

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

To the annoyance of famous local writer Beth Spotswood (“Spam?” Oh no!), the Secret Sherry Society is back in town again. I infiltrated their previous visit last summer, but didn’t say nothing about it due to a possible conflict with “work.” (But you know, I was probably worried over nothing, probably.)

Anywho, the takeaway I took from the Sherry Council of America is that the word Sherry comes from the name of Jerez, Spain. (Did not know that, no sir.) So that means that, in a way, Sherry is just like Champagne, with all the nitty gritty that entails. (We use semi-genericized names in America – it’s the law, ’nuff said. But that doesn’t stop producers from telling the world why their stuff is better, fair ’nuff.)

I’ll definitely say that the final round they served with dessert at the Slanted Door restaurant was Too Sweet For Me, but the other types they had were not. Do you want to get into the different styles and what goes well with what and let’s have a Sherry-themed dinner party? Well, the SSS would be delighted.

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Not so secret, with the glass walls and all:

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So, if you ever get invited to a Secret Sherry Society event, don’t consider it spam, consider it $95/pound Jamón ibérico. And then go and ask them what would pair well with Jamón ibérico. I’m sure they’d have an answer, they’re lovely people.

Of course you’re too young to remember, but I know about how the image of Tequila has come a looooong way the past couple of decades – perhaps this effort from the Sherry folks will serve to change the image of Sherry over the coming months and years.

Only Time Will Tell.

It’s SF vs. NYC at the California Academy of Sciences LEED Award Ceremony

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

There was a jubilant mood this morning at the California Academy of SciencesLeadership in Energy and Design (LEED) award ceremony this morn. Why’s that? Platinum, baby - that’s LEED’s highest possible rating. We knew about this last year - it’s never too late to celebrate, of course. But “Can Green Design be Good Design?” Hell yes, says the New Republic:

“Renzo Piano’s sublime California Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of last year’s most widely praised buildings and the winner of a platinum rating from the Leadership in Energy and Design standard system—the highest rating from the world’s leading eco-rating program. Piano is also, by the way, among the starriest of the starchitects.”

O.K. then. This morning’s mise-en-scene, the four-story rainforest dome to the left and the tower of the de Young Museum far off across the Music Concourse. Click to expand.

Jared Blumenfeld (not “Blumenthal“), Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and interim General Manger of Recreation and Parks, explained the difficulty of attaining LEED Platinum status for those building large museums:

Mayor Gavin Newsom, don’t miss his bit today in the HuffPo: “Greening Buildings to Save Jobs“, pointing up to the famous Living Roof:

After Mayor Newsom briefly spoke of his grandfather, Arthur L. Menzies, former Supervisor of Plant Accessions at nearby Strybing Arboretum (aka San Francisco Botanical Garden), things got a little feisty. He emphatically stated that the CAS is the “envy of New York City.” O.K. then.  

Comes now, Dr. Greg Farrington, Director of the Cal Academy:

He discussed a recent visit to Central Park, or as he called it, “Golden Gate Park East” and made reference to the American Museum of Natural History, which he envies for its subway access. (Dr. Farrington is actually “lusting after” the concept of a subway going to the CAS. Maybe someday…)

Dr. F went on to extol the Thursday evening nightLife program, which is targetted for those aged 21-35. He stated that Nightlife has won over fans on Facebook – for example, someone whose initial reaction was “how geeky can you get?” is now a huge fan.

He warned the audience members to be careful what they toss into the garbage at CAS. He jokingly suggested that former employees “now work at the de Young” after having gotten the boot for trash transgressions.

But he’s a big picture kind of guy, pointing out that CAS is attempting to answer two questions:

1. How did we get here?

2. How do we find a way to stay?

Fair enough.

We went from this, Renzo Piano’s original vision seven years ago

…to this, the LEED platinum award (sadly comprised mostly of silicon and oxygen), one of just 119 in the world:

Look for it on display the next time you visit the CA Academy of Sciences.

See you there!

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