Posts Tagged ‘cuts’

The Scariest Halloween Decorations in Town This Year are Windows 21, 22, and 23 at the Fell Street DMV

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Ah, memories:

I remember when Halloween in the 415 was pretend scary instead of DMV scary.

Ah memories.

Remember the Queen of Hearts and the Queen of Diamonds at Castro Halloween?

The stage at 16th, Market, and Noe. A kid from one of San Francisco’s housing projects got mad and shot nine people a little later on this particular evening. Nobody died though:

The Raiders and Niners fans what showed up were generally better behaved than the actual fans at the stadiums:

An ocean of people at 17th, Market and Castro, a few years back:

Ah, memories

The Happiest Place in the World Isn’t DisneyLand, It’s the Fell Street DMV – Just Look at the Lines

Friday, June 17th, 2011

And this isn’t the half of the line – it stretched out beyond view.

Hey, why don’t we fix it so that the “customers” of the Worst DMV in California wait indoors while the employees work outdoors in the rain – why don’t we try that for a change?

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Just saying, Bro.

KRON’s Invizable Cameraperson – But Don’t Laugh, This Reporter is More Famous and More Salaried Than You

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Are one-person news teams The Future?

KRON-TV seems to think so.


“And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by”

Goes to:

“And all I ask is a tripod and a Pontiac Vibe with a wheel to steer her by

Or something like that.

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Zoom Zoom

Jesse Jackson’s National Transit Roadshow Arrives Con Brio, Sans Jesse

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Well, this is what was promised for today’s noontime transit worker rally at the Old Federal Building on Golden Gate and Polk:

Turns out that Jesse didn’t show. (Here’s what you would have seen and heard.) 

But a couple-hundred or so transit workers and allies were on hand at the plaza in front of Big Blue:

And here’s how they got there. How apropropriate!

Here’s who was there. I see District 9 San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, and TWU 250-a Union President Irwin Lum, for starters: 

Are riders and drivers really united? Not that I can see, not in San Francisco. I’m mean, I’m sure that all involved would like Uncle Sucker to rain cash down upon the City, but beyond that, there’s not much uniting these groups. It would be nice to cancel the already-useless Central Subway and use the extra billion (or two or three) that that would free up to pay for transit people are using today, but the system doesn’t work that way, obviously. Oh well.  

Here’s a take from Greg Dewar at the N Judah Chronicles.

On It Goes:

Anyway, here’s the spiel:

“Transit service cuts, fare hikes and layoffs affect millions of Americans every day. You can help save transit and counteract the nation-wide transit crisis by rallying with the Save Our Ride alliance.

Save Our Ride was formed by the Transport Workers Union, Amalgamated Transit Union and Reverend Jesse Jackson to raise awareness of the transit crisis and to rally for the passage of transit bills that will allow flexibility of federal aid for transit. The alliance is an advocate for more affordable and efficient transit systems, better air quality and a greener future for America.

You can download the full press release here.

Come show your support:

June 29, San Francisco: Noon, Federal Building on Golden Gate Bridge

July 1, Sacramento: Noon, Federal Building, 501 I street

July 7, Houston: 11 am, Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith Street

July 9, Miami: 2 pm, Government Center Building

Download the San Francisco flyer here.

Speakers to include: James C. Little, President International TWU; Harry Lombardo, TWU Executive Vice President; Warren George, President of International ATU; Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Other speakers will include TWU and ATU local leadership, legislators, community and civil rights groups, riders who are suffering from service cuts and increased fares. (speakers subject to change)

Stay tuned to and for speaker announcements and more information as the rallies approach.

The reason your fares have increased and your service has been cut is because the federal government has neglected transit for decades and the country’s on-going economic struggle that has slashed transit revenues has pushed transportation systems into their own crises.

“We can not allow our transit systems to crumble from financial neglect,” said President James C. Little. “We must work together to tell the federal government the neglect must stop.”

Federal subsidies to our country’s largest transportation systems do not allow enough flexibility for operating costs. So transit systems can use federal funds to buy news trains and buses (capital expenses), but not to pay the operators. If your bus doesn’t have an operator, you are not going to get to work on time.

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have proposed bills, H.R.2746and S3189, that would allow transit agencies to flex funding to suit local needs. Also, eight senators from the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee introduced a bill, S. 3412, to authorize emergency funding for transit agencies to help reverse fare increases and service cuts.

This legislation will help to save our transit systems, provide thousands of green transit jobs, and keep transportation affordable. If you take the bus, train, subway or streetcar to work and use public transportation to send your children to school and if you want to work towards a cleaner environment, less congested streets and green jobs, then come share your story and your voice and Save Our Ride!

“USF Steps Up” Program Offers Half-Price Tuition to Visiting Students at Regional Campuses

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Did you know that the University of San Francisco has satellite campuses in Cupertino, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, and Sacramento*? (I didn’t.) Anyway, the Jesuits are riding to the rescue for students “trapped” by the University of California and California State University, or something like that. Read all about it:

USF has stepped up to offer select courses to Californians at its regional campuses and we’ve lowered tuition more than 50% for these courses. The courses are offered through USF Steps Up, a new program to help non-USF students trapped by the devastating budget cuts at California’s public universities and give them the classes they need to graduate.

“The University of San Francisco is committed to California’s students and is swinging open its doors in Cupertino, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, and Sacramento to help students fulfill their General Education (GE) coursework. Classes start January 25th and federal student aid may be available for eligible students attending other area universities.

USF’s main campus as it appears when Sausalito has Fourth of July fireworks: 


“For over 150 years the University of San Francisco has excelled at educating California’s students. In these tough times, we hope to serve your educational needs as well. Come learn with our excellent faculty at one of our regional campuses.

What: Transferable General Education courses for spring semester 2010
When: January 25 – May 13, 2010
Where: Cupertino, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, and Sacramento
How: Attend USF as a visiting student
How much: Tuition is $560 a unit for classes in the USF Steps Up program

‘USF Steps Up’ to Offer Half Price Courses

Response to California’s Budget and Education Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 — The University of San Francisco, a private Jesuit university, will offer a limited number of general education courses for half price at its regional campuses starting in January 2010. The courses are offered through USF Steps Up, a new program to help non-USF students trapped by the devastating budget cuts at California’s public universities and give them the classes they need to graduate.

Budget cuts at the University of California and California State University systems have resulted in layoffs, course reductions, and higher fees and left students scrambling for classes, many of which have been cancelled. “I’ve heard heartbreaking stories from my colleagues at state schools,” says Jennifer Turpin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco.  “Students are begging to get into classes, but they can’t graduate because they can’t get the classes they need. We realized we could help these students and California by offering these classes at our regional campuses, where USF already has a presence.”

More deets after the jump

* Sacramento, where you at Sacramento?


A Silver Tsunami of 600 Seniors Sweeps Over City Hall

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Supervisors Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, David Campos and others all attended this well-attended rally of seniors against budget cuts at San Francisco City Hall today.

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The promise of free food probably helped turnout, but this was an impressive display regardless.

Silver Tsunami
When: May 12, 2009 – Tuesday
10:30 a.m. to 12:30
Where: Civic Center Plaza at corner of Polk and McAllister
What: Save Senior and Disability Programs.  Senior citizens and people with disabilities will “flood” San Francisco’s City Hall steps and the Civic Center as a dramatic “Silver Tsunami”.  Join the Coalition of Agencies serving the Elderly (CASE) along with Senior Action Network (SAN), and Planning for Elders in the Central City (PECC) for a rally to protest the recent budget cuts from Senior and Disability Programs and well as the Department of Public Health.

Senator Leland Yee Responds to New State Budget, Hopes for Federal Stimulus Package

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Here’s the latest from Sacramento, from San Francisco’s own Leland Yee, Ph.D:

Senator Yee Responds to Passage of State Budget. Yee objects to open primary, draconian cuts to education and social services, weakening of environmental and labor standards.

SACRAMENTO – On Thursday morning, the California Legislature approved an 18-month budget plan that includes expenditure reductions, revenue increases, economic stimulus and spending and government reforms.
Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) praised his colleagues for finding a resolution to this ongoing crisis but remains concerned over the long-term impacts of California’s financial situation as well as policy changes to the State’s environmental and labor regulations.
“Yesterday, the State Legislature was able to avert a potential catastrophe by adopting a budget that addresses the State’s $42 billion deficit,” said Yee. “While I am relieved that we have avoided a potential disaster, I am deeply concerned that many vital services and programs will be negatively impacted.”
The compromise budget package agreement, which was the culmination of over 100 days of negotiations, includes $15 billion spending reductions comprised of numerous and permanent cuts to a broad range of services, $12.8 billion in temporary tax increases, $11.4 billion in borrowing, and establishes a $1 billion reserve. 
If California receives its anticipated funding as part of the federal economic stimulus package approved by Congress, the State may be able to borrow half as much as needed currently, taxes will be reduced and some of the cuts will be restored.
“There remain many challenges ahead for California,” said Yee. “In addition to addressing issues such as healthcare reform and our deepening drought we must work diligently and expeditiously to restore services for working families, for protecting our environment and for providing for the basic quality of life for those in need.”
“While this budget solves an immediate and critical problem, the long-term impacts of the budget cuts enacted will have many unfortunate consequences,” said Yee.

More deets after the jump.


San Francisco’s DMV on Fell Street – The Unhappiest Place in the World

Monday, December 15th, 2008

This Fell Street DMV patron next to the security guard/grief counselor in the photo below attracted a little bit of attention when he repeatedly slapped his palm on the countertop. Just another day at the CA Department of Motor Vehicles, right? Of course the Yelpers can go either way when they deign to think about this place, but the big problem is the recent budget cut the DMV has suffered.  

If you don’t have an appointment, then you can always just show up right before they close for the day, right? Well, maybe not (not sure if that sign is still up or if the no-walk-ins-after-3:00-PM rule is still in effect). What IS in effect is a policy where they ask people to come back the next day if their transactions are “too complicated.” Oh well.

Sometimes you can get in without an appointment right before closing and get out bingo bango, but not before witnessing many interpersonal conflicts in the Unhappiest Place on Earth: 

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Experience it while you can.