Posts Tagged ‘courts’

The Mysterious Boulders That Have Just Popped in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Friday, December 14th, 2012

I think these boulders are telling us that The Solstice is coming soon, or something.

Or maybe the Panhandle Park Stewards have something to do with these new arrivals.

Foreground and background – are these rocks and others nearby going to stay here?

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Oh, by the way, Stewards. People are still kind of pissed about how local real estate interests chased away the harmless Panhandle Bandshell a half-decade back. And, you know, Stewards, you all seem kind of cozy with area realtors (lower-case “r” as always) and homeowners associations. So what I’m saying is that most residents would prefer a muddier Panhandle with the Bandshell than a less muddy Panhandle with whatever it is that you’re spearheading.

Just saying, Bro-ham.

The Site of OccupySF Has Reopened – San Francisco Has Plenty of Money for Bocce Ball Courts, But Not for Playgrounds

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Oh well.

Here are your Before Pictures and here’s how the place looks now after the returfing:

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Has the Former Location of OccupySF Now Become a Place for Rich City Workers to Park Their Jaguars?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Why yes, yes it has.

See?

This is the area betwixt the bocce ball courts and Don Chee Way, right where OccupySF used to be until Mayor Ed Lee cleared the place out:

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Isn’t it sad that all those hippies camping out for all those months left City workers no place to park their luxury English motorcahs, you know, for free?

Always remember, Transit First!

OccupySF is Big (or Bigger Than It Used to Be, Anyway) – How It Looks Near the Ferry Building in Mid-November, 2011

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Here are the former bocce ball courts near the Ferry Building as of November 13th, one day before OccupyOAK got cleaned out by cops for the second time.

Camp Lee, 2011:

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And here’s the Federal Reserve Building on Market near Main:

Are there are other smaller tent places as well.

And oh, here’s the part of the cookhouse pantry for Base Camp:

I didn’t realize how big an operation this has become.

I don’t think a little rain will get all these people to leave, personally…

CEOs Profiting from AB 32 Cap and Trade Law Want Governor Jerry Brown to Implement AB 32 As Is, Or Something

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, aka AB 32, is in trouble, or something, per the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy. Seems that California courts might be slowing down/delaying implementation.

Get all the deets of their recent letter to Jerry Brown, below.

How Soon Is Now for AB32?

Here’s the letter:

“May 31, 2011

The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 32/cap and trade rule

Dear Governor Brown:

We, the undersigned California CEOs and business leaders, are dedicated to the successful implementation of the
state’s landmark law, AB 32. Like you, we believe AB 32 is benefiting our economy and environment and is crucial
to attracting additional clean technology investment to the state.

While Californians overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 23 last year and its attempt to indefinitely delay
implementation of AB 32, key provisions of the law are now facing additional challenges that also threaten to delay
implementation even further. While the cap and trade program is one of many AB 32 rules, we believe it is critical
to the success of the overall program.

First, we reject the calls from some environmental organizations for a wholesale revision of the AB 32 cap and
trade system. We take particular issue with these organizations calling for such revisions in the name of jobs and
the economy. As business leaders who are responsible for creating the jobs that have become such a popular
talking point, we can tell you that nothing will do more harm to the emerging California clean economy sector than
continued regulatory uncertainty. By far, the biggest impediment to creating real jobs is delay. The implementation
of AB 32 has proven to be a bright spot during this recession. It has attracted clean technology manufacturers,
investors, businesses and jobs to the state. Undermining this market signal with indefinite delays will jeopardize
this progress.

Second, a recent court decision based on a lawsuit filed by several organizations has effectively halted the cap and
trade rule development. As a result of this lawsuit, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is unable to do any
work related to the rulemaking. If the delay persists, we are increasingly concerned that the state will fail to meet
its deadline for the rule to go into effect in 2012. Further, we believe efforts to derail California’s cap and trade
rule will jeopardize the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) as California’s participation is crucial to the success of the
WCI. A strong regional carbon market anchored by California is important to the business sector and it will increase
the size of the market for California’s clean technology industry.

For businesses, uncertainty in the marketplace hurts investment, innovation and growth. Forcing businesses to
remain in virtual regulatory limbo will only exacerbate the problem. In order to give businesses the confidence that
California will lead the nation with the creation of a robust, economy-wide cap and trade system, it is vital the
state resolves this issue as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you and your Administration on the
implementation of AB 32 and strengthening California’s clean economy.

Sincerely,…”

Signers after the jump.

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Bocce Ball Courts Go Into Justin Herman Plaza Just Under the Wire – New Area Residents Not Organized Enough to Stop It

Monday, November 15th, 2010

All’s I can say about this one is that we’ll have to wait and see how it works out. Deets below.

You know who likes today’s news? It’s Benji Tosi, American Grand Champion:

As seen in San Francisco Magazine, back in the day


MAYOR NEWSOM BREAKS GROUND ON BOCCE BALL COURTS AT JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined community partners including Laborers Local 261, salesforce.com, and Webcor Builders and seven-time U.S. Bocce Ball Champion Benji Tosi to break ground on two regulation size bocce ball courts in the south lawn of Justin Herman Plaza along the City’s waterfront.

“These two new bocce ball courts are a great example of activating unused public space,” said Mayor Newsom. “This innovative public-private partnership shows creativity in finding solutions to positively impact our City as a whole and help foster a community of new bocce ball lovers.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi Reopens Hamilton Recreation Center With a Splash

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

This was the scene at Geary and Steiner in the Western Addition / Japantown area today as hundreds gathered to see the debut of the new Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool. This place has it all – basketball, tennis courts, giant murals, the works.

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After hearing a performance from students at the Willie L. Brown, Jr. College Preparatory Academy

…and some brief heckling from Giants Cap, who wants laid-off RPD employees rehired…

…out comes Ross Mirkarimi, your District 5 Supervisor, to give his stemwinder, as seen on this CNN iReport (entitled “‘Bay Area Girls’” Teanage Girls perform [Pat Benatar's 'I love Rock and Roll'] at the Inaugural of the Hamilton Recreation Center”) and then cut the ribbon:

The mise-en-scene inside - it’s like a mini water park. Throw in an orca or two and then there’d be no reason to travel to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (aka Marine World) in Vallejo:

But who’s that atop the ladder for the yellow slide wearing his street clothes? It’s Ross!

Here he comes down the slide…

…and here’s the aftermath, looked like fun. Bill Wilson should have some good shots of the wettened supe. [Like this.]

OTOH, the orange slide is terrifying, apparently:

(I think you’re supposed to cross your arms like you’re an ejecting pilot – that’s what some people were doing in the orange tube/slide contraption.)

Not sure how much it costs to employ six(!) lifeguards (that would seem a lot more than required at slide-free Sava Pool in the Parkside) but oh well.

Bon courage, Ham Rec!

Know Your Giant Murals – Blues Evolution from the R&B Music Foundation

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

As seen at Post and Steiner on the side of Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center in the Western Addition.

It’s the brand new Blues Evolution Mural (or the left side of it, anyway) from the Blues and R&B Music Foundation.

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And here’s the legend of the legends:

Now you better know the giant murals of San Francisco.

Do People Just Give Money to San Francisco for New Tennis Courts? Meet the Court Angels

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The formerly-abysmal tennis courts at Hamilton Recreation Center at on Geary Boulevard in the 94115 now look a million percent better thanks to a recently-completed resurfacing project. Now I thought the City was paying for all this but, in fact, “court angels” paid for it. Per Tom Carter of Inside Tennis

“In the middle of the city’s red ink bath — when Rec and Park and virtually all departments were absorbing staggering cuts — up pops San Francisco’s court angel again. This time, the anonymous family that donates resurfacing citywide said through a spokesman that the Larsen Park tennis court had been done in May, and the park’s basketball court, too.”

This is news to me. Anyway, they are anonymous no more, see? Court Angel ID’d as Edwards Family:

“The work has been done by Vintage Contractors on Ocean Avenue, the company founded by NorCal court standards pioneer, the late Gene Edwards. Jeff Edwards, a former tennis star at the University of Illinois, is his son. Another son, Tony Edwards, is vice president of Vintage Contractors and authorized the disclosure. The gratis work to restore crumbling courts in tennis-active neighborhoods has been a godsend, as the ever cash-strapped city continues to skimp and cut back maintenance and recreational services.”

I don’t know how this all works out tax-deductionwise, maybe the Edwardseses just do the work without any money changing hands. No matter, the courts at the Western Addition’s Ham Rec just went from Worst… 

…to First:

People should be playing on this colorful new surface any day, week, month now, or whenever RPD gets around to reopening the place.

This gift is just one among many around town.

Hurray!

San Francisco’s Judge Vaughn Walker Drags Our Federal Courts into the 21st Century

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Once again, our little town is getting some attention from the Roberts Court – an order just came down from the U.S. Supremes about their temporary ban on broadcasts of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, San Francisco’s Proposition 8 / gay rights case.

It’s interesting to note that vaunted Vaughn R. Walker, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, was working on this very issue of cameras in the courtroom just few months back.

San Francisco City Hall Examiner Sweet Melissa Griffin makes a point as Judge Walker looks on, as seen last year:

The Future is Coming, of course, so we’ll have federal trials on YouTube sooner or later…

Filling up the void of information comes attorney Ted Olson. Get his punta de vista from this morning below.

UPDATE: And get the text of his opening statement after the jump.

Ted Olson to Make Opening Statement in Prop. 8 Trial/Avail Info

Trial on Unconstitutionality of Prop. 8 Begins in U.S. District Court; Plaintiffs To Testify First For latest information, visit equalrightsfoundation.org

The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 will begin Monday, January 11 with an opening statement by attorney Theodore Olson, who with David Boies is leading the legal team assembled by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to litigate the case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Opening statements will be followed by testimony from Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, who comprise two couples who wish to be married but who were denied marriage licenses because of Proposition 8.

 –  For courthouse access information, visit:
     https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cand/09cv2292/
 –  For information about remote viewing locations, visit:
     http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/news/watch-prop-8-trial-live/
 –  Visit http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/ for updates regarding
     potential broadcast of trial, photos, any available footage, court
     filings, live tweets from the courthouse and more.
 –  Plaintiff’s case is outlined at
     http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/legal-filings/plaintiffs-trial-brief/

 
Olson and Boies notably represented George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore respectively in the 2000 Supreme Court case that decided the presidency.

At trial, Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, will weigh witness testimony, a multitude of documents and other evidence, and arguments presented by some of the nation’s most distinguished attorneys.

“This unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them the basic liberties and equal protection under the law that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” the plaintiffs’ suit states.

 According to the suit, Prop. 8:
 –  Violates the Due Process Clause by impinging on fundamental liberties.
 –  Violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
 –  Singles out gays and lesbians for a disfavored legal status, thereby
     creating a category of “second-class citizens.”
 –  Discriminates on the basis of gender.
 –  Discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

 
Olson and Boies will also point out the “crazy quilt” of separate, unequal and unconstitutional classifications of people that Prop. 8 has compelled the California government to create:

 –  Opposite-sex couples who have full marriage rights
 –  Same-sex couples who have no marriage rights
 –  Same-sex couples married between May and Nov. 2008 whose current
     marriages are recognized, but who will be unable to remarry if widowed
     or divorced
 –  Same-sex couples married in other states who may petition California
     for recognition.

The defendants have the burden of demonstrating that Prop. 8 is narrowly drawn to serve a compelling government interest. Olson and Boies will demonstrate at trial, however, that the initiative fails to advance even a single legitimate interest. Tellingly, when asked by Chief Judge Walker at an Oct. 14 hearing to identify any harm to opposite-sex marriage that would result from marriage equality, the defendants’ attorney answered “I don’t know.”

The case against Prop. 8 has proceeded with uncommon speed toward trial. In an order issued after the first hearing in the case, Chief Judge Walker stated: “Given that serious questions are raised in these proceedings … the court is inclined to proceed directly and expeditiously to the merits of plaintiffs’ claims. … The just, speedy and inexpensive determination of these issues would appear to call for proceeding promptly to trial.”

“More than 30 years ago, the United States Supreme Court recognized that marriage is one of the basic rights of man,” the suit states, referring to the Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia.

Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, noted that near the time when the Supreme Court struck down interracial marriage bans with its 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, a Gallup poll found that 73 percent of Americans did not approve of interracial marriage.

While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown were named defendants in their official capacities, along with other state and county officials, Prop. 8 is being defended in court by a prominent conservative organization, the Alliance Defense Fund. Gov. Schwarzenegger earlier filed a brief that did not dispute the unconstitutionality of Prop. 8, and called for swift action by the courts. Attorney General Brown, the state’s chief law enforcement officer, filed a brief agreeing with the plaintiffs’ position that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional.

The ACLU, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) are participating in the case as amici (friends of the court) in support of the plaintiffs. The City and County of San Francisco, led by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart, are supporting the plaintiffs’ team as co-counsel, with a specific focus on the negative impact Prop. 8 has on government services and budgets. Herrera and Stewart led the legal battle toward the California Supreme Court decision that struck down California’s previous same-sex marriage ban.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights Advisory Board, which was announced January 9th, includes Julian Bond, Lt. Dan Choi, Margaret Hoover, Dolores Huerta, Cleve Jones, Stuart Milk, David Mixner, Hillary Rosen and Judy Shepard. For more information, see http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/press-releases/american-foundation-for-eq ual-rights-names-advisory-board/.

Olson is a former U.S. Solicitor General and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional lawyers, and has argued 55 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Boies ranks as one of the leading trial lawyers of his generation, having secured landmark victories for clients in numerous areas of the law. This is the first time they have served alongside each other as co-counsel.

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier have been together for nine years and are the parents of four boys. Perry is Executive Director of First 5 California, a state agency that promotes education and health for children under five. She holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MSW from San Francisco State University. Stier is Information Technology Director for the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency. She is originally from Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Perry and Stier first tried to marry in 2004, after the City of San Francisco began issuing licenses. They live in Berkeley, CA.

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo have been together for eight years. Katami is a fitness expert and business owner who graduated from Santa Clara University before receiving his graduate degree from UCLA. Zarrillo is the General Manager of a theater exhibition company. A native of New Jersey, Zarrillo graduated from Montclair State University. Having wanted to marry each other for more than two years, they considered options including traveling to other states for a “civil union,” but felt any alternative fell short of marriage. They live in Burbank, CA.

They have issued the following joint statement: “We and our relationships should be treated equally under the law. Our goal is to advance the cause of equality for all Americans, which is the promise that makes this nation so great.”

Source: American Foundation for Equal Rights

Web Site:  http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/

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