Posts Tagged ‘dennis’

SamSingerWatch: Did “Three Men” Really “Attack” Tatiana the Tiger at the San Francisco Zoo?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Here’s the latest from “Master of Disaster” PR Man Sam Singer:

“S.F. Zoo gets Martha the tiger to replace Tiger Shot after attacked by 3 Men Christmas 3 years ago”

Uh, en realidad, we don’t actually know that “3 Men” “attacked” that tiger, do we? Hey, what about the minor who died? He was less than 18, right? Oh, and you’re saying he attacked the tiger along with brothers Dhaliwal, you know that for a fact that all three of them did that, huh? You and the zoo have videotape you’ve been sitting on all these years, maybe…

Is this kind of thing what pays your mortgage, Sam?

[Electronic Cockpit Voice]: “Libel, libel… pull up, pull up.”

A post-Tatiana big cat enclosure at the, frankly, poorly-run, San Francisco Zoo:

And the shrine that got set up at the entrance of the zoo, back in the day:

Have Your Shyster Try to Opt You Out of SF’s Gang Injunctions, If You Want

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I mean, it’s your right, after all.

All the fresh new deets, and .pdf forms as well, are right here.

“City Attorney Herrera has obtained civil injunctions against five violent street gangs that have long plagued San Francisco neighborhoods with their criminal and nuisance conduct.  Named in the gang injunctions so far issued by the San Francisco Superior Court are the following:

  • The Bayview/Hunters Point-based Oakdale Mob
  • The Mission-based Norteño gang
  • The Western Addition-based Chopper City gang
  • The Western Addition-based Eddy Rock gang
  • The Western Addition-based Knock Out Posse gang

Herrera is currently pursuing a new injunction against two more gangs:

  • The Visitacion Valley-based Down Below Gangsters
  • The Visitacion Valley-based Towerside Gang”

It Begins: San Francisco’s First Post-Injunction Bike Lane Goes In, As Scheduled

Monday, August 9th, 2010

See? Right on schedule:

Via loveletterstosf, click to expand.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has all the deets and here’s what the Mayor had to say after his “self-congratulatory press conference,”  after the jump


Post-Injunction S.F. Gets Moving: New Bike Lane on Townsend Today at 1:00 PM

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Erin Sherbert has the story of today’s ceremony honoring the recent lifting of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan injunction.

(Leave us remember that the four-year-injunction was 100% not the fault of Judge Busch.)

Anyway, look for something like this to go down on Townsend today at 1:00 PM, somewhere near Fourth Street in the SoMA:


But this event will probably push some over the edge. Like the snarky people at Enough, we say, enough:

OK, we get it, now the city can paint some stripes on the road and call them ‘bike lanes.’ Stop shitting yourself.”

How wude!

Oh well…

San Francisco Bicycle Plan Injunction Finally Lifted by Judge Peter Busch

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Here’s the news from the office of City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera: The Bicycle Plan injunction has beeen lifted.

Judge Busch finds that City has complied with CEQA, grants City’s request to allow remaining safety, usability improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 6, 2010) — San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch issued an order late this afternoon finding San Francisco in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, in seeking to implement its Bicycle Plan citywide. The ruling effectively dissolves an injunction that continued to prohibit City engineers from moving forward on some planned bicycle route improvements intended to enhance the safety and usability of streets for bicyclists. A previous order from Nov. 2009 lifted significant portions of the original 2006 injunction, but left limited restrictions intact while the adequacy of environmental review for certain projects was adjudicated.

“I am very gratified by the ruling from Judge Busch, who carefully considered an enormous amount of evidence in this case, and found that the City met its environmental review requirements,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Today’s decision clears an important hurdle toward making San Francisco safer for bicyclists, and healthier for all of us. I am very thankful to the many dedicated public servants involved in this policy initiative and meeting the stringent legal requirements to fulfill it, including Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors, the Municipal Transportation Agency, and the Planning Department.”

The case is: Coalition for Adequate Review et al. v. City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Superior Court No. 505-509, filed July 28, 2005

So there you have it. “Crazy”* Rob Anderson has driven his dead-bang winner of a lawsuit, one that put him on the front page of the Wall Street Journal…

…and made the City and County** look like a bunch of fools, into the ground. He didn’t know when to quit. (The time to quit would have been when the City finally complied with the requirements of CEQA.)

Who knows, maybe he’ll come up with another beautiful lawsuit idea, another slam dunk, but don’t count on it.

Sic Transit Gloria Anderson

*That’s what they called him, out of frustration, back when they had to pay attention to him.

**”Hey remember when we said we were going to start working on those reports earlier and go faster? Forget all that. Actually, we’re going to start later and go slower. We were going to tell you sooner but…”

[UPDATE: The Mayor would like to add a few words. See them after the jump.]


Dennis Herrera Kicks Off Reelection Run at Talk Hosted by Melissa Griffin

Friday, January 30th, 2009

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera ran hard, alone four years back during his reelection campaign and it looks like history is repeating itself in 2009. That’s the conclusion you’d reach after witnessing a short Q and A between Mr. H. and San Francisco Examiner City Hall Examiner Sweet Melissa Griffin a few days back.

Incumbent Dennis is unafraid to debate the issues with other candidates before this November’s election (assuming there will be any other candidates). He’s never ducked a debate except for once – the night his son was born back in 2001.

It’s Dennis Jose Herrera, Melissa Griffin, and her famous Moleskine notebook. Why she hasn’t yet been recruited as a legal commentator by CNN, MSNBC or Fox News remains a mystery:

Here’s a little bit of news: His participation on the No on Proposition 8 Executive Committee last year was limited to raising a million dollars. He was reluctant to “Monday morning quarterback” about what could have been done differently in the No on Prop 8 campaign.

He also touched on a wide range of issues, including what it’s like to manage the City Attorney’s office. But you might not hear too much more about his reelection run until somebody gets brave and tries to challenge him. Otherwise, we’ll have a rerun of 2005.

To be continued…

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Sides With Tenants During Foreclosure Crisis.

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Here’s the Message of the Year for tenants living in San Francisco – if your landlord defaults on his or her mortgage or fails to pay the utilities during these difficult times, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you will have to move out of your residence. City Attorney Dennis Herrera just created a big memo going over all the details, but if you’ve got a problem you shouldn’t worry about that – you should get help, possibly for free.

“Though the legal advice was issued as a published, public interest memorandum, Herrera urged tenants facing possible adverse consequences of property foreclosures to consult with private legal counsel or appropriate community organizations for information relating to their particular circumstances.  Resources that may be available to tenants dealing with these matters include the following:

* The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Lawyer Referral and Information

Phone: (415) 989-1616

* The San Francisco Tenants Union
Phone: (415) 282-6622

* Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 703-8634

* Comite De Vivienda (St. Peter’s Housing Committee)
Phone: (415) 487.9203

* Asian Law Caucus
Phone: (415) 896-1701

* AIDS Housing Alliance
Phone: (415) 552-3242

San Francisco’s happy warrior, keeping busy in 2009:

Here are the full deets.

Herrera Asserts Rights of S.F. Tenants During Foreclosure Crisis

Legal Memorandum Outlines Rights of Tenants to Stay in Rentals, Receive Utility Service When Property Owners Face Foreclosure
SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 16, 2009) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued a public memorandum detailing the rights of tenants in San Francisco under state and local law to remain in their rental units and continue to receive utility service when residential property owning landlords face foreclosure by creditors or delinquency on utility bills.

“It’s vitally important for tenants to know their rights and understand how to protect themselves from losing their homes if a landlord defaults on a mortgage or utility service,” Herrera said.  “Though San Francisco has been lucky so far to avoid the widespread crisis we’ve seen in other cities, foreclosures here are still on the rise.  State and local law affords tough protections for most tenants, and prudence dictates knowing your rights and the availability of legal and community resources in the event they’re needed.”

Herrera’s 11-page memo, which was issued to Acting Director of the Department of Building Inspection Vivian Day, PUC General Manager Ed Harrington and Director of Public Health Dr. Mitch Katz, holds that the San Francisco Rent Control Ordinance protects tenants in rent controlled units from evictions as a result of foreclosure on the deed of trust or mortgage of the building.

The memo confirms that existing policies of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission shield all City tenants from termination of water and wastewater services when property owners become delinquent on payments, and identifies provisions of state and local law to compel such privately-owned utilities as PG&E to continue gas and electric service when a public health or building officer certifies its necessity to protect life, health or safety.  State and local law additionally provide for penalties for violations by private utilities of up to $1,000 per day, and recovery of attorneys’ fees for prevailing litigants.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera Acts to Modify Bicycle Plan Injunction

Monday, December 1st, 2008

The latest chapter in the long story of San Francisco’s Bicycle Plan began today with this filing from the office of San Francsico City Attorney Dennis Herrera. (Earlier chapters of this tale dealt with local social gadlfly and self-confessed JFK conspiracy theory crank Robert “Crazy Rob” Anderson and his successful efforts to get the city to do an environmental impact study.)

It seems that certain areas just can’t wait for the bureaucratic gears to grind, so a judge is being asked to give the city and county permission to get started sooner rather than later.  

Dennis J. Herrera, San Francisco’s happy warrior:

What areas are those? Well, how about Market and Octavia for starters. But there are other problem areas as well. Try these on for size:

Polk Street between Beach and Market Streets, where 73 motor vehicle-bicycle collisions have been reported since 2003.

The length of Valencia Street, where the 65 motor vehicle-bicycle collisions reported since 2003 include a large proportion of “dooring” incidents.

The Third Street Corridor, where the 32 collisions involving cyclists and motorists reported since 2003 include one fatality of a bicyclist struck by a truck at Third and Marin Streets.

Folsom Street between 13th Street and the Embarcadero, where 52 bicycle-related injury accidents have been reported in the last five years.

Lower Market Street, from 8th Street to the Embarcadero.  Some 179 bicycle injury collisions have occurred along the entire length of Market Street, from Castro Street to the Embarcadero (including the Market and Octavia intersection) over the past five years.

What will Judge Peter J. Busch make of this? We’ll have an inkling by the end of the month.

Today’s filing certainly seems like a well-tailored request…

Reserve Your San Francisco City Hall Wedding Ceremony Soon!

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Here’s the deal, all those same sex marriages at San Francisco’s City Hall are scheduled to get started on a Monday evening ten days from now – June 16th. Normally, the largest old-school dome in the Western Hemisphere wouldn’t be open that late, but these are extraordinary times.

So, opposite sex couples have only a limited window of opportunity to get a license and get married at City Hall before June 16. Before, couples were avoiding ceremonies on June 13th (as it’s on a Friday), but no longer. Everybody will be accomodated eventually, of course, but you need to plan ahead for best results. Things will get a little hectic starting June 16, 2008.

First, go here to get a reservation to get a wedding license. Then go here to check out what times for ceremonies they have for you. Keep checking as cancellations come up. Things are in flux, so stay informed.


When things get back to normal after the big summer rush, you’ll be offered a space for your ceremony in the small chapel downstairs or up here, at the top of the steps under the rotunda. But expect to see ceremonies all over the building very soon.


Marriage Equity Ruling a Huge Victory for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Friday, May 16th, 2008

By now, you’ve seen headlines: Marriage Ruling a Victory for Newsom. Which is fair enough.

But you might have missed this recent piece about City Attorney Dennis Herrera in glossy, fluffy San Francisco Magazine:

The mayor may get all the credit, or blame, for pushing the marriage-equality issue before the Supreme Court, but the person who deserves it—San Francisco’s real Marrying Man—is Herrera.

Well, O.K. then.


The author of the article, freelance legal affairs journalist Susan Kostal then went on to consult her crystal ball and opine:

My own bet was a 4–3 vote in favor of marriage equality

Bingo. She got it right. Three cheers for writer Susan Kostal as well as up-and-coming Dennis Herrera.