Posts Tagged ‘district five’

Our Long Parochial Nightmare is Over: The Vandalized Slides at Panhandle Playground 94117 have been Replaced by RPD

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Well the slides at the Panhandle Playground have been replaced after three months of absence.

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1. Perhaps the RPD spokesmodel meant that the entire slide complex was being repaired, as opposed to the $2000 plastic slide itself. I don’t think it would have made sense to repair the slide itself, due to liability issues for starters. This is a brand-new slide, one that’s similar enough to the original.

2. So some wealthy, non-profit people came by with clipboards to say that this particular playground currently earns a “D” grade? Well, OK fine, but if you talk to the people who actually use the place, they, more or less, give it an “A” grade, you know, except for the slide that wasn’t there all summer long. Mmmmm… What’s up with that?

3. Supervisor London Breed’s office was unresponsive to the email contact sent by a group of concerned parents, apparently. So she gets an “F,” or an Incomplete perhaps. (I’ve worked at two similar offices, with about ten or one hundred times as many constituents, and if the elected in charge found out about something like this then there’d be a 20-minute yell-fest and/or a passive aggressive note sent to a (lower-case “s”) supervisor to “fix this.”) So, obvs, a “communication issue” occurred, I just don’t know how common this is with her office.

4. RPD has a policy to not repair anything in a playground if it’s due to be revamped in the next two years? That’s my understanding. Does that mean that this playground won’t get revamped anytime soon? That’s my understanding. Why’s that? Read on, Gentle Reader.

5. What RPD really wants is area parents to get together to raise something on the order of [bites right pinkie finger] one million dollars, you know, the way they do things in rich areas of SF, like Sea Cliff (ala the new Mountain Lake) and Presidio Heights. Only then will RPD put your playground at the top of the fix-it list? OK fine. The funny thing is that most of the money that gets used to refurbish existing playgrounds is paid for by the non-rich, from some bond. But all this doesn’t matter for the playground at hand, because:

6. The slide vandalized in May 2014 has been replaced in September 2014 and the users are now satisfied. No $5,000,000 modernization from the RPD is needed, frankly. [Oh what’s that, RPD – this old-school playground costs you a lot of coin to maintain? Well, then why don’t you fix it up, RPD, you know, using the money we give you?]

And that’s the end of this story.

Racist San Francisco Pizza Delivery Map Evolution – Western Addition, Twitterloin, and Potrero are No Go – Yet It’s Legal

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

[GRUB STREET SF has an explanation from the owner. Plus there’s good news for Dogpatch! Sort of. Before 7:30 PM, anyway.]

Remember back in the day, back  more than a half-decade when a joint like Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria could get away with a delivery map like this?

Check it, the Western A and the Potrero Hill PJs were carved out of the delivery areas and the gritty “Uptown” Tenderloin / Twitterloin / 6th Street / Flank area only enjoyed daytime delivery, thusly:

And then came this map, which is a little less racist:

And oh wait, this is the current map still.

(At least the southern part of Potrero Hill isn’t carved out so blatantly these days.)

One wonders what sassy District Five Supervisor London Breed or District Six Supervisor Jane I mean, I’m just saying Kim or feisty District Ten Supervisor Malia Cohen would think about these maps.

This pizza delivery driver safety issue was the talk of the town over at Eater SF and kissing cousin Curbed SF a half-decade back. Let’s review.

Taxi drivers can’t legally refuse to take you to certain areas of San Francisco due to their concerns over personal safety. Non, non, non. That’s a crime called failure to convey that can land a cabbie in the hoosegow. Why are pizza drivers treated differently?

Because in 1996, Supervisor Willie Kennedy gave us a law, (one that became national news), but then it got watered down such that a “reasonable good faith belief” that a driver would be in danger in a particular nabe is now enough to allow the brazen publication of redlined pizza maps.

And check it, flower and newspaper delivery people are off the hook as well.

Note also that there doesn’t seem to be any designated punishment for a violation anyway. Oh well.

To review, cabbies are on the hook, delivery people not.

NB: Dominoes appears to use a different map, or maybe none at all, as it seems they’ll delivery just about anywhere in our seven square.

The More You Know…

SEC. 3305.1. HOME DELIVERY SERVICES.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person or business entity to refuse to provide home delivery services to any residential address within the City and County of San Francisco falling within that person’s or business entity’s normal service range. A person or business entity may not set its normal service range to exclude a neighborhood or location based upon the race, color, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, weight or height, of the residents of that neighborhood or location. Where a person or business entity regularly advertises home delivery services to the entire City and County, that person or business entity’s “normal service range” shall be defined by the geographic boundaries of the City and County.

(b) For purposes of this Section, “home delivery services” shall mean the delivery of merchandise to residential addresses, when such services are regularly advertised or provided by any person or business entity.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, it shall not be unlawful for a person or business entity to refuse to provide home delivery services to a residential address if (i) the occupants at that address have previously refused to pay in full for services provided to them by that person or business entity; or (ii) such refusal is necessary for the employer to comply with any applicable State or federal occupational safety and health requirements or existing union contract; or (iii) the person or business entity has a reasonable good faith belief that providing delivery services to that address would expose delivery personnel to an unreasonable risk of harm.

(Added by Ord. 217-96, App. 5/30/96; amended by Ord. 295-96, App. 7/17/96; Ord. 222-02, File No. 021462, App. 11/15/2002)

Would Christina Olague Have “Saved Rent Control?”

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

No, not at all.

So why did people hold a rally about former Interim Supervisor Christina Olague saving rent control?

On the steps of City Hall:

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I know not.

Now, if you wanted to say that renters as a group, overall, would have been better off with a Christina Olague, or a John Rizzo, or a Julian Davis as Supervisor of District Five, well then you might have something…

I s’pose it doesn’t matter now.

 

District Five Meltdown: The Conservative “Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth” Goes After John Rizzo? Not Rizzo!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The flipside of this hangar is all about how great Prop A is, go figure.

Too bad San Francisco’s conservative political faction can’t tell us who to vote FOR.

And I thought that JR was everybody’s #2 choice…

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce | Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA – San Francisco) | San Francisco Committee on Jobs | Golden Gate Restaurant Association | San Francisco Small Business Network | Hospital Council of Northern & Central California | NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Developers

 

District Five Meltdown: Going Over Ivory Madison’s Sanctimonious YouTube Demo Reel Against Christina Olague, Line By Line

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Here’s a one-minute hit piece against Christina Olague from Ross Mirkarimi neighbor Ivory Madison:

Yes, she’s coming back for more.

You have the script so here my notes:

1. Your name is Ivory Madison for real? Oh. Really? How theatrical.

2. I think you mean former friend, right?

3. [Sanctimonious line reading but otherwise within the bounds of reality.]

4. I think I’m going to call bullshit on this one. That’s just your opinion, IM.

5. So you “contacted the police on her behalf” but without her permission? And in a maladroit fashion to boot, one might add. Like using your personal iPhone to do so, “anonymously.” You’re not that sharp, are you, IM?

6. [Sanctimonious line reading but otherwise within the bounds of reality.]

7. All right, I’ll bite. How does suspending Ross Mirkarimi protect victims of DV? 

8. Uh Madison, I don’t think you can declare victory before a process ends, right?  And it turns out that Christina Olague’s vote didn’t matter nohow. You understand that, right? 

9. You didn’t want to get involved? Are you fucking serious – who’s going to believe that, Huntress? 

10. Voters need to know what Olague did? Don’t they know already? Mmmm…

11. Is Ross Mirkarimi a “convicted batterer” like in real life? What does the word “batterer” mean? What does the word “batter” mean? Oh, what’s that, you didn’t actually have a chance to learn that in colledge because you thought a high school diploma would suffice when applying to Stanford Law?  That might have worked for Daredevil Matt Murdock in the comix but I don’t think that kind of thing works IRL.

12. Um, I think Ross Mirkarimi is your Sheriff because your neighbors voted for him, like overwhelmingly, right? Didn’t you host a fundraiser for him?

13. Does Christina Olague really think “it’s OK to abuse your wife?”  Any support at all for this, you know, outside of this particular vendetta? Wow. 

Hey Ivory. You talk about law school so much, why not just sign up for the state bar exam and study for it? You could pass if you applied yourself.

Just asking…

District Five Meltdown: Supervisorial Candidates Hope Johnson and Andrew Resignato Decry Mailers, Door Hangars

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

As well they should.

Check it out, below.

“You’ve probably noticed an incredible volume of political paper mailers and door hangers in your mailbox and doorway, and littering the street.  These environmentally unfriendly campaign practices have become the norm for political campaigns in San Francisco.  It’s yet another example of our political leaders disregarding calls from voters to develop better, greener, and less obtrusive ways of reaching out to voters. 

Our campaigns listened to the residents of District 5 and have not distributed any paper mailers or door hangers, instead reaching voters by e-mail, phone, and in person while walking around the neighborhood.  District 5 Supervisor candidate Andrew Resignato has created reusable campaign material and challenged the other candidates in the race to abandon door hangers for more sustainable, less obnoxious ways to reach voters. 

By saying no to tired, paper-based campaign tactics like door hangers both our campaigns are walking the walk of sustainability and changing the political status quo.  This is the change we intend to bring to City Hall.  We need leaders with vision, not the same tired political playbooks. 

Please use ranked choice voting and cast your votes for The People’s Ticket, Hope Johnsonand Andrew Resignato, for Supervisor if you want your elected representative to listen to the people, not political consultants and power brokers.  We are asking you to use two of your three votes and vote Johnson / Resignato or Resignato / Johnson as your first and second votes.  By voting for us you will send a message to the political establishment that we need real change at City Hall. 

Thank you. 

Hope Johnson for District 5 Supervisor
http://hopejohnson.nationbuilder.com/

District 5 Update: London Breed Campaign Crashes Christina Olague Rally at City Hall – “This is Sooo High School!”

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Thursday’s rally for former sellout-Progressive Christina Olague got a boost from some of her foes.

Here comes the London Bus!

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Orange = Olague, Blue = Breed

Late money is stupid money – it doesn’t get spent very efficiently, particularly in this district in this year.

What makes Ron Conway so smart? I mean, he got lucky once, being in the right place at the right time, right? What else are you going to do in your life, Con Ronway, to show that you just didn’t get lucky once? ‘Cause your efforts in D5 are a big fat joke, just saying.

And former Olague frenemy Debra Walker was on hand as well, at this event, as a supporter, as a bystander? Are we going to hear a new / different perjury story after the election? Mmmm…

On It Goes…

Julian Davis Wins “Best Act of Chutzpah in San Francisco Politics” for 2012 – Misleadingly Quotes SFBG and ‘Xam

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Here’s the latest door hangar from the ill-starred Julian Davis for District Five Supervisor campaign.

Found on an Ashbury Street sidewalk, a little soggy:

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You see the quote up top?

“…by far the best and strongest progressive in the race in District 5… SFBG 10/16/12″

Now here’s the real quote:

“…he was* by far the best and strongest progressive in the race in District 5…”

You know, as in USED TO BE BUT NOT ANYMORE.

Read the whole thing, right here from Tim Redmond:

Davis needs to drop out

Here’s the first graf:

“EDITORIAL Kay Vasilyeva, a member of the San Francisco Women’s Political Caucus, has come forward with the allegation that District Five candidate Julian Davis grabbed her and put his hand down her pants at a political bar crawl in 2006. That was six years ago, but it’s still important — and more than the incident itself, the response we’ve seen from Davis is highly disturbing. He’s utterly denying that it ever happened, and retained a lawyer to send Vasilyeva a letter threatening her with legal action if she continues to talk.”

And here’s the last graf:

“We have said it many times before: People on the left need to be able to put their own ambitions aside sometimes and do what’s right for the cause. Davis can’t win. He’s embarrassing his former allies. He needs to focus on coming to terms with his past and rebuilding his life. And for the good of the progressive movement, he needs to announce that he’s ending his campaign, withdrawing from the race, and urging his supporters to vote for another candidate.”

Now, see the next quote on the Julian Davis door hangar? You know, from the San Francisco Examiner?

“Davis had impressed us with his knowledge of city issues and solutions that moved beyond the typical tax-and-cut, cookie-cutter budget moves usually proposed at City Hall. SF Examiner 10/16/12″  

You see where we’re going here?

“Davis had* impressed us with his knowledge of city issues and solutions that moved beyond the typical tax-and-cut, cookie-cutter budget moves usually proposed at City Hall. But being a leader in this city involves more than just advocating good policies.

Following revelations about the cease-and-desist letter, progressive supervisors John Avalos and David Campos have withdrawn their endorsements of Davis’ candidacy. And due to the combined effects of this new allegation and the candidate’s handling of the matter, The San Francisco Examiner is forced to do the same.

We reaffirm our pre-existing endorsement of two other candidates running in this race, and urge residents of District 5 to vote for both John Rizzo and Thea Selby when they cast their ranked-choice ballots.”

Now, are the taxpayers of SF paying for this door hangar, effectively?

Mmmm…

*Italics not in the original but this is what was meant. Truth.

Pedal-Powered Concert for Julian Davis for District Five Supervisor a Huge Success – Backstage at Golden Gate Park

Monday, October 1st, 2012

These stationary pedalers were powering the amps for the band on Saturday.

See?

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Mr. Davis, your campaign seems to have the momentum of a runaway freight train. Why are you so popular?

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Russian Embassy Comes Out for Julian Davis for District Five Supervisor – Plus, Litter From Olague Workers

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Here it is, up at the top of Alamo Square:

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Tell me, who on Gaia’s Earth would think that dull-witted Christina Olague would be a good person to represent District Five? I mean, why would you pick a Run Ed Run chair to represent the district that so strongly favored John Avalos for Mayor just a short while ago?

Perhaps Christina Olague was picked by Ed Lee and Rose Pak to represent Ed Lee and Rose Pak? And now Willie Brown is on board as well?

Mmmm…

Now take a look here at what’s littering the Western Addition these days. That’s right, it’s Olague lit, routinely dumped by her workers.

This is what happens when a non-profit forces people to do work that they, fundamentally, don’t want to do:

They’ll dump their lit that you give them, that’s what they’ll do.

(Nobody said buying popularity would be easy, huh?)

Cf. the campaign of Julian Davis:

The volunteers for Julian actually seem to care.

Go figure.