Posts Tagged ‘discussion’

OMG, It’s SecDefPalooza at Our Commonwealth Club! See George Shultz, William Perry, and Sam Nunn on February 23rd

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Well here it is, the big one.

Get your tickets now, if you’re you’re at all into this:

“The Commonwealth Club - The nation’s premier public affairs forum

SPEAKERS:

George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan

William Perry, former Secretary of Defense under President Clinton

Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator, Georgia (1972-96), Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Philip Taubman, Consulting Professor, Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation; Former New York Times Washington Bureau Chief; Author, The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb – Moderator

TITLE: The Nuclear Chessboard, 2012: Panel Discussion

DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2012

TIME: 5:15 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program

PLACE: Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, 999 California Street, San Francisco

PRICE: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID). Premium (includes seating in first few rows): $45 standard, $30 members

ALSO: In association with Ploughshares Fund and Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and Freeman Spogli Institute For International Studies.”

BARTtv is Back on the Air: Explaining Why BART Detained Journalists Yesterday – No Linton Johnson, No Comments Allowed

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Well here’s BART’s version of the story of last night’s events at Powell Station.

IMO, the MSM on hand weren’t too satisfied with what they were hearing, but listen for yourself:

The nugget’s at 4:30 or so where some woman starts off with, “Actually…”

Normally, you can comment on YouTube videos, but not this particular one, for some reason.

All right, OpBART V – A New Beginning, is the next protest against BART’s shooting and 1st Amendment policies. It’s coming at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 12th, 2011

Geez, How Many Bay Area TV Reporters Have Recently Sold Out to Work for BART’s Orwellian BARTtv News? Four, At Least

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Yes BART, The Sun Always Shines on TV*, certainly.

But why are you the most TV-obsessed transit agency in the world?

Why have you hired a litany of Kent Brockmans and Cookie Kwans* to make real-looking fake TV bits?

Is there some kind of military-industrial complex where every television “transportation reporter” in the Bay Area ends up doing gigs for BART to fool viewers into thinking that they’re watching the news?

Is this why the televised MSM lets BART get away with all the stuff BART gets away with?

I doubt any of these sell-outs still works at the stations what made them famous (I assume, as my govmint digital converter box died last year so all I can get on my 20-year old Sony is snow), but they were on the air in the Bay Area fairly recently. Here’s the partial tally – this is what I’ve noticed in the BARTtv collection from just the past six months.

The “BART-TV News” news team:

Lisa Bernard San Francisco Bay Area | Broadcast Media - Reporter at KNTV

Mark Jones of Bubb Rubb and L’il Sis fame - KRON4. This report is particularly egregious. Perhaps the BART Police’s informant was fed bad information on purpose in this instance? Remember, that was the allegation at the time. You know, from the Uhuru group. And then, per BART, after all those “groups” did all that planning, the “sneak attack” “fizzled.” Or maybe there was no sneak attack, BART? I don’t buy BART’s narrative, personally, but you are free to swallow whatever the fuck BART spoon feeds you, certainly, hook, line and sinker:

Jeffrey Schaub, KGO Radio, CBS5

And of course, Linton Johnson, who used to be a weekend anchor at KNTV San Jose. Start at about 9:45 to hear him defend his egregious misstatement of law from last month (about BART’s duty to balance the public’s constitutional Right to Safety against the 1st Amendment.) Then he goes, “I am a journalist.” (And I thought he was just a PR hack who costs BART $170+K per year.)

BART, you’re a god-damn embarrassment, that’s what I’m saying.

*Love that opening. Also, still loving Blue Skies after all these years, so imprinted am I.

**Member, AAJA

The First Draft of BART’s Cell Phone Shut Off Policy Looks Like Bullcrap to Me, But You Make The Call

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

[UPDATE: IndyBay has a lengthy report from Friday’s meeting of the toothless Citizen Review Panel. And here’s some more.]

Here it is, AFAIK:

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If this version of BART’s Proposed Call Service Interruption Policy were put into action as-is, it would mean that BART could do whatever it wanted to, whenever it wanted to. 

So, what’s the point in having a policy that says this?

And hey, whatever happened to BARTtv? Seems as if it’s “off the air” these days. How many former Bay Area newsmens has BART hired lately, cause I see three of them on Orwellian “BARTtv news” from this year alone.

Should BART be broadcasting video clips designed to confuse the viewer over what’s news and what’s BART propganda?

Should BART have a former TV newsman making policy?

Should BART have been wasting its time FaceBooking with Commuters Take Back BART?

Should BART have solicited employees to come up with ideas both “constitutional and unconstitutional” to combat BART shooting protesters?

Oh well.

Bevan Dufty Hosts Street Food Panel Discussion at Our Main Public Library

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Had to bail early from this joint last night as I’m stalking a bricks-and-mortar restaurantuer these days.* But talk with LIBAfalafel sometime – she’ll tell you all about it:

“Spoke on panel tonight with former Sup Bevan Dufty and Larry from Let’s Be Frank about streetfood. Loved seeing sparkle in audience’s eyes”

Imagine it went something like the time that then-Supervisor and, more or less, Mayor of Noe Valley Dufty brokered a deal with the Google Bus people and area NIMBY’s. Good times from 2007:

(Bevan performs well this King Solomon kind of role.)

Hey did you know that the point of last year’s food truck legislation was to “protect” unpopular eateries? Check it.

(Uh, hello, Golden Gate Restaurant Association? It’s me, Margaret. The people behind the trucks aren’t “getting into” the restaurant biz, no no. They’s in it already. Hellooo-oooooo. Oh, and nice job fighting against letter grading, GGRA.)

Anyway, I’m ignorant of the points people were making last night. I’ll update with more info when and if…

*(2/10/11 – it’s the black kitty what’s named Fluffy, will return tomorrow)

Bevan Dufty’s Street Food Panel Discussion Coming to Main Public Library February 10th, 2011!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

From SF FYI Net comes news of the Great San Francisco Street Food Movement Panel Discussion Featuring Bevan Dufty:

Street Food Movement in Francisco
When: February 10, 2011 – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: Panel discussion: Street food movement in San Francisco: Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Larry Bain of Let’s Be Frank, Veronica Salazar and Margarita Rojas of La Cocina

Can The Bevan bring peace to the whacked-out bricks-and-mortar crazies vs. street food purveyors war?

Leader of the crazies, Alison Rowe, parking her car to block a legal competitor:

Via John Birdsall

Alison Rowe, what a liar!

OMG, David Eggers is Coming! David Eggers is Coming This Thursday to Our Main Library – It’s One City One Book 2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Our San Francisco Public Library invites you to a talk by author Dave Eggers, at the Koret Auditorium in the S.F. Main Library. It’s a part of One City One Book 2010:

Dave Eggers will be in conversation with humorist/writer Beth Lisick on Thursday, Oct. 14, starting at 6 p.m. He’ll be talking about his book, Zeitoun, the One City One Book selection for 2010. The event is at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, in the Koret Auditorium. It’s one of the few chances to hear Dave live and for free. There will be no taping of this event, so it’s the only chance to see him.”

Check it out:

The San Francisco Public Library invites San Franciscans to participate in the 6th annual One City One Book: San Francisco Reads program, by announcing the selection of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

“The One City One Book program strives to provide a book that is thought provoking and illuminating for our diverse residents while uniting us in a common literary effort,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “The selection of San Francisco writer Dave Eggers’ book about a family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brings forth important issues about communities in the wake of disaster that is sure to resonate with readers citywide.”

Eggers’ nonfiction book is about Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American father of four, who chose to stay in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck to protect his house and his contracting business. In the days that followed, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could.
 
 Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy—an American who converted to Islam—and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the U.S., in general) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun became possible. Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research—in the U.S., Spain, and Syria.
 
This true story is a page turner that is sure to engage readers this summer and the Library encourages them to participate in informative programs in September and October.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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S.F. Public Library Announces “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers as “One City One Book” Selection for 2010

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Our San Francisco Public Library has just announced its pick for One City One Book 2010. All the deets are below.

(Pretty soon, all of San Francisco will be one giant book discussion group, so don’t get left behind.)

And best of all, you can look forward to a talk by author Dave Eggers, in conversation with Beth Lisick, in the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library on Oct. 14, 2010.

Check it out:

The San Francisco Public Library invites San Franciscans to participate in the 6th annual One City One Book: San Francisco Reads program, by announcing the selection of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

“The One City One Book program strives to provide a book that is thought provoking and illuminating for our diverse residents while uniting us in a common literary effort,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “The selection of San Francisco writer Dave Eggers’ book about a family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brings forth important issues about communities in the wake of disaster that is sure to resonate with readers citywide.”

Eggers’ nonfiction book is about Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American father of four, who chose to stay in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck to protect his house and his contracting business. In the days that followed, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could.
 
 Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy—an American who converted to Islam—and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the U.S., in general) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun became possible. Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research—in the U.S., Spain, and Syria.
 
This true story is a page turner that is sure to engage readers this summer and the Library encourages them to participate in informative programs in September and October.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Local Journalism Panel Discussion Coming to The Booksmith in the Haight on August 9th

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The Booksmith bookstore at 1644 Haight will host a local journalism community panel discussion on August 9th at 7:30 PM. Check it:

“THE EVOLVING LANDSCAPE OF LOCAL JOURNALISM: A Panel Discussion with The Bay Citizen’s LISA FRAZIER, SF Public Press MICHAEL STOLL, Mission Local‘s LYDIA CHAVEZ”

See?

O.K. then.

“This evening we bring some key players in public-interest reporting to The Booksmith to discuss the emerging models which will compete [is compete really an ambitransitive verb?] and compliment the incumbents [nice digital press you have there, Chron baby!] bringing us Bay Area news.”

All right. I don’t know, if you look at the numbers it’s hard to say how “techtonic” a shift we’ve experienced yet, but oh well.  I understand the Chronicle’s business model, I think, IMO, they’re on a sustainable journey (though some might disagree).

Anyway, the price is right for this joint – get there early, as these kinds of BookSmith events fill up early.

See you there!

Steve Westly to Speak at San Francisco Event: “Where is My Green Job?”

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Former California State Controller Steve Westly will participate in aat Union Square’s Marines Memorial Club and Hotel on Wednesday, March 10th at 4:00 PM. 

The joint is going to be called “Where is My Green Job?” Tickets are still available and the price is right – they’re free.

Steve Westly, Managing Partner at the Westly Group :

All the deets after the jump.

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