Posts Tagged ‘district 3’

Hey SFMTA! Why Not “Complete” Polk Street All the Way to Grove and Eliminate These Parking Spaces in Front of City Hall?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

OMG, would you look at this?

I mean check out all these deadly, beastly automobiles parked on Polk, the very same street that the SFMTA is trying to “complete” don’t you know:

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I know, why don’t you take out all these spaces and replace them with a separated bike lane or something, SFMTA?

After all, Transit First, right?

Oh, what’s that? These are the spaces that the Board of Supervisors and their aides park in for free every day so that’s where you just happened to end your campaign of completion?

But don’t you care about safety, SFMTA?

Mmmmm….

“This project seeks to implement aesthetic and safety improvements for all users of Polk Street between McAllister and Union Streets. In accordance with the City’s Transit First policy, improvements will primarily be focused on people who walk, use transit and ride a bicycle along Polk Street. The project is funded by Proposition B General Obligation Bonds and is part of an overall citywide effort to curb pedestrian and bicycle collisions and to provide a safe north-south connection for people on bicycles. Pedestrian and bicyclist collision and injury data on Polk Street point to a corridor in need of safety improvements for all those who share the road. In fact, the southern portion from Sacramento to McAllister Streets is part of the 5% of San Francisco streets that have more than half of the City’s most severe pedestrian collisions.”

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Talks the Talk and Walks the Walk

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Meaning that I’ve never seen the dude in a car except during a parade.

No no, he’s always getting around on his feet, or on MUNI, or on a bike.

Like this. This week in front of City Hall, on a very green Public Bike:

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Incredible Teatro ZinZanni (and Pathetic Bauer’s Limousine) Find New Homes After America’s Cup Eviction

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Our Teatro ZinZanni has a new home, but Sarah Duxbury says that some heavy lifting still needs to be done.

No matter, TZ’s cabaret performers were on hand all smiles yesterday at the news conference* in the “50 Broadway” parking lot near the Embarcadero. This location will be ZinZanni’s new home, if everything works out.

(I’ll tell you, I can’t tell the difference betwixt Gavin Newsom running the Newsom Administration and Ed Lee running the Newsom Adminstration, fundamentally. I mean, Ed Lee is not an impetuous asshole, so that means he behaves better, he tends to show up at these kinds of functions with a smaller entourage and less drama. That’s good, I s’pose…)

Oh, there he is, to the right of the gorgeous Martian(?) lady: 

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See how this will work? The famous European tent they use will go behind the new building:

All the deets after the jump.

And get over to highly-rated ZinZanni (if you can still get tickets, perhaps on a Wednesday or Thursday) before they shut down on the night of December 31, 2011. It really is quite an experience.

* I didn’t stick around for the Bauer’s “Intelligent” Transportation part of the presser. You know, you really need to work hard at sucking to get a Yelp rating this low.** But Bauer’s is well-connected to SFGov, so there you go, there’s your bidness model.

**Even with the work of shill reviewers avec their bogus five-star ratings…

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John Avalos Tweets: “I Have Kids and Read Harry Potter – David Chiu is Peter Pettigrew and Willie Brown is Voldemort”

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Of course the best deleted Tweets in the world were posted at the (now-defunct) @FakeRosePak and (still-active@sdwiener accounts, but let’s see if we can’t add to the canon.

Here’s what was posted at @AvalosSF this AM for just two shakes of a lamb’s tale:

“I have kids and read Harry potter. Chiu is Peter Pettigrew and W B voldemort.”

Oh snap!

I interpret that to read, “David Chiu is Peter Pettigrew and Willie Brown is Lord Voldemort.”*

Correct me if I’m wrong on that.

Artist’s conception of Board President David Chiu as devious and unloyal Peter Pettigrew and He Who Shant Be Named as Lord Voldemort:

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Anyway, that evanescent Tweet is gone now, down the Memory Hole.

So leave us forget all about it.

*But who is Harry Potter in this metaphor?

David Chiu Separates Himself From the Pack: Going Positive at the End of the Campaign, Not Responding to Ed Lee “Attack”

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Here’s a fresh one. (Actually, it’s two statements, two statements in one.)

The first issue is the “Big Six” presser coming up on the steps of City Hall this AM (starring Mayoral candidates Jeff Adachi, Michela Alioto-Pier, John Avalos, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, and Leland Yee) and the second is explained in the link below.

Enjoy:

“Statement from David Chiu

SAN FRANCISCO (November 3, 2011): David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and candidate for Mayor, made the following statement this morning about today’s attack by the Lee campaign in the San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/03/BA2J1LPOIF.DTL) and the scheduled joint press conference this morning at 10am:

“I’m not running for Mayor just to stop another candidate – I’m running because I believe I am the right person to keep this City moving forward.  With so little time remaining in this campaign, voters deserve to hear what we’re for, not who we’re against.”

“While I’m disappointed that Mayor Lee’s campaign decided to launch a convoluted attack against me and a well-respected Congresswoman today, I’m not going to take the bait.  While I agree that investigations and election monitors are warranted given the conduct of the Mayor’s supporters, I declined the invitation to participate in the press conference this morning.  I think San Franciscans deserve better – a campaign where we talk about the issues that matter instead of tearing each other down – and that’s what I’m going to offer them for the next five days.”

“I am confident that when I put my record of results, my vision for the future, and my commitment to ethical, independent leadership up against Ed Lee – or any other candidate – that I can win this race on the merits alone.”

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Paid for by David Chiu for Mayor 2011, P.O. Box 641541, San Francisco, CA 94164, FPPC##1337108″

“First Resort” is the Bay Area’s Fake Abortion Provider per the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR)

Friday, September 30th, 2011

All right, let’s say that this is your search:

Get an Abortion San Francisco

Which link would you click on?

This one?

“Abortion Info – Women’s Pregnancy Clinic | FirstResort.Org

Counseling and prenatal care 450 Sutter St, Suite 1740, San Francisco (415) 627-9175″

Get up to speed on this issue here and read a fresh release from BACORR below.

Via BACORR:

“FIRST RESORT MISLEADS IN ITS ADVERTISING, BACORR FINDS.

First Resort is well-known as Anti-Abortion in the Pro-Life Community; Misrepresents Itself & Advertises Under Abortion Services to the Non-Activist General Public.

First Resort, currently being investigated by the City Attorney’s office, misrepresents services it offers via Google advertising, in a recent Chronicle Op-Ed, and over the telephone. Over a 6 month investigation, the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR) has researched First Resort’s mission, ties in the Pro-Life community, and misrepresentation of itself to the general public.

This is first and foremost a consumer protection issue, not a political or religious debate.

First Resort is a Christian organization whose mission is to make an “abortion free world, “ as stated in paperwork filed with the state. However, under Google searches, “Abortion San Francisco,” “Abortion Services San Francisco,” and “,” First Resort is the second paid listing on the results page. Google is the most popular internet search engine.

After Golden Gate Planned Parenthood in San Francisco lost its charter, First Resort CEO Shari Plunkett states, “Our call volume has never been higher.” (Email to supporters, dated 4/14/2011) Though First Resort usually tells callers they do not offer abortions, recently they said yes, they do offer abortions.”

More deets after the jump

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Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Teams Up With Supervisor Malia Cohen to Battle Bogus “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

[UPDATE: Heather Knight has some useful details, particularly about a woman who named her child after a book from the Old Testament / Torah. OK fine.]

San Francisco City Attorney and mayoral candidate Dennis Jose Herrera held a presser this AM along with District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, District 3 Supervisor and mayoral candidate David Chiu, and District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener regarding Malia’s new legislation about “crisis pregnancy centers.”

All the deets are below.

But you make the call:

What the Hell is this?

And check this photo from famous Steve Rhodes.

And guess who was there at City Hall this morning? Some Catholic League types, or Catholic reporters, something like that.

(It will be interesting to see how a few particular Supes vote on this one…)

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Cohen, Herrera take on S.F. ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ for deceptive marketing tactics

Proposed ordinance, City Attorney demand letter target misleading advertising by centers that push hidden agenda for ‘abortion free world’

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 2, 2011) — Supervisor Malia Cohen and City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced joint legal and legislative steps to halt deceptive marketing by so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” in San Francisco, which purport to offer non-judgmental abortion services and counseling to women with unwanted pregnancies, but that instead push an anti-abortion agenda on those seeking constitutionally protected medical services. Cohen and Herrera announced their initiatives at a City Hall press conference this morning.

Cohen’s legislation, which she will introduce at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, is entitled the “Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance.” If enacted, Cohen’s measure would explicitly prohibit limited services pregnancy centers in San Francisco from making false or misleading statements to the public about pregnancy-related services that the centers offer. While some crisis pregnancy centers openly acknowledge their pro-life advocacy, many misleadingly target women in search of abortion services though false advertising — and then employ manipulative and fear mongering tactics on their visitors to dissuade them from obtaining abortions. Crisis pregnancy centers commonly offer few services other than anti-abortion rhetoric, but the proliferation of Internet search engines has given anti-abortion centers an effective way to misrepresent themselves as bona fide clinics, offering prominent paid links in response to search queries for “abortion” and related terms within their region.

“One of the most serious threats to reproductive rights today comes from so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers,’ which misrepresent themselves as non-political medical providers, but that push anti-abortion propaganda and mistruths on unsuspecting women,” said Cohen. “The legislation that will be introduced today would prohibit these limited services pregnancy centers in San Francisco from misleading the public about the services they perform. It’s a measured, thoughtful approach that balances the free speech rights of anti-abortion activists with constitutionally protected reproductive rights for women. I appreciate City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office working with me to craft a policy to protect women in San Francisco, while minimizing possible legal risks.”

In tandem with Cohen’s legislation, Herrera took a first step today toward a possible legal action under California law against San Francisco’s most egregiously misleading crisis pregnancy center, First Resort, Inc. Herrera’s demand letter to the anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center in the medical building at 450 Sutter Street expressed serious concerns about the veracity of the center’s print advertising and Internet marketing, which imply to prospective clients that First Resort offers abortion services or referrals to abortion providers — when it in fact does neither.

Herrera’s letter notes that First Resort has purchased paid Google advertisements to secure top placement in search results for abortion providers in San Francisco. Moreover, the letter details several of First Resort’s public representations to prospective clients that are false and misleading, and which contrast starkly with the organization’s stated purpose — as revealed in its state licensing documents — to achieve “an abortion-free world.”

“First Resort is certainly entitled to advocate for ‘an abortion-free world’ to anyone who wants to hear it, but the center is breaking the law by misrepresenting itself as an abortion provider for the purpose of luring women with unwanted pregnancies to its office,” Herrera said. “This is an insidious practice that victimizes women who are, in some instances, already victims. It’s especially problematic because the delays these centers can cause interfere with women’s time-sensitive, constitutionally protected right to reproductive choice. I’ve taken this step to demand that First Resort clarify its purpose in accordance with state law. Moreover, I applaud Supervisor Malia Cohen for her leadership to further tighten restrictions on this unethical practice here in San Francisco.”

And see what NARAL Pro Choice California has to say about all this after the jump

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OMG, OMG, Watch the Giants at the White House Today at 1:00 PM Live Via UStream-TV – Here’s Your Link for Baseball History

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Barack Obama + San Francisco Giants = ???

Now, I’ve checked with the IT people from your workplace and they say that normally they don’t like it when employees use up bandwidth, but that today is a special day, so it’s all good.

Hurray!

Try this at 1:00 PM PDT. I think it’s KRON-TV Channel 4. [UPDATE: It started at 1:08 PM.]

And if that doesn’t work for you, there’s always

http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2011/07/25/watch-live-1-p-m-giants-meet-obama-at-the-white-house/ or

http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?topic_id=6261176

And look who’s there – it’s Willie Mays!

SF Giants 

Can You Spot San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Among These Cyclists on Market Street?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here you go. He was heading from City Hall to District 3 yesterday AM.

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He certainly doesn’t need that Trek electric bike as he typically moves along at a good clip without assistance.

Supervisor David Chiu, your working class dog betwixt an old-time streetcar and the Ferry Building:

OMG, Skin Cancer Screening in Chinatown – See a UCSF Doctor for Free – Saturday, May 7th – Ends at 4PM

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

[This event turned out to be a huge success, with a bigger turnout than a recent effort in the Mission District. This one's all over but I'll post about the next one when it happens.*]

Our UCSF Department of Dermatology is bringing it today in C-Town. Check out all the deets below.

Drs. Ortiz and Wei and UCSF professionals and volunteers are waiting to see you right now – no appointment necessary:

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In Chinese first:

(本報訊)

五月是全國皮膚癌關注月,加州大學三藩市分校皮膚病學系於明日(星期六)上午8時30分至下午4時在華埠舉辦一項免費皮膚癌檢查活動。皮膚癌是一種最常見的癌症,每年有超過百萬人被診斷患上這病。任何人仕,無論膚色或健康狀況,都可能罹患上皮膚癌。

*皮膚癌和黑色素瘤約佔所有診斷出癌病的50%

*皮膚癌是一種比較可以預防的癌病

*超過90%的皮膚癌是由於過度暴露在陽光下所造成

*五分之一的美國人患上皮膚癌

*每小時有1人死於皮膚癌

*亞裔比白人有較大機會被診斷出患有晚期黑色素瘤。

及早檢測對診斷潛伏的黑色素瘤非常重要。這次檢測毋須預約,整個過程約30分鐘。華埠公共衛生局地址: Mason 街1490號 (夾 Broadway 街)。

欲知詳情,請致電加州大學三藩市分校,電話:415-467-3206。

And now back to English:

UCSF to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings in Chinatown

WHAT: The UCSF Department of Dermatology, in partnership with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Chinatown Public Health Clinic, will offer free skin cancer screenings in Chinatown to mark National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

UCSF faculty and residents will perform the screenings. Translation services will be provided.

Early detection is key to diagnosing potential cases of melanoma. No appointment is necessary and screenings will take approximately 30 minutes.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 7, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:
Chinatown Public Health Center
1490 Mason Street @ Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

WHY: Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with over one million people diagnosed each year. Anyone can develop skin cancer, regardless of their skin color or general health.

  • Skin cancer and melanoma account for about 50 percent of all types of cancers diagnosed;
  • Skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer;
  • More than 90 percent of skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to the sun;
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime;
  • Each hour, one person dies from skin cancer;
  • Asian American melanoma patients have a greater tendency than Caucasians to have advanced disease at diagnosis.

See you there!

*Assuming I survive the Great San Francisco Blog War of 2011.