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Oh No, Marin County is Going Dry! Flavored Malt Beverages in Danger – Novato Supports “AlcoPop-Free Zone”

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

When I was young we had the Bartles and Jaymes, but these days kids are into Flavored Malt Beverages, which starts with FMB, which rhymes with T, which stands for Trouble.

At least in Marin County it does – see below.

Now I’ll tell you, if I were trying to get people to use the absurd phrase “Alcopop Free Zone,” I wouldn’t slap a (TM) after it in press releases.

Just saying.

Marin’s youth, Footloose and now Four Loko-free:

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On It Goes:

“Alcopops Voted Down In Novato - City Council Unanimously Supports Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Campaign - City’s Alcohol Retailers Encouraged to Voluntarily Stop Sales of Flavored Malt Beverages

NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Novato City Council Members took a decisive step towards protecting youth from alcopops Tuesday night when they unanimously passed a Resolution of Support for creating an Alcopop-Free Zone(TM).  The resolution encourages the city’s alcohol retailers to voluntarily stop selling dangerous, youth-attractive flavored malt beverages, also known as “alcopops.”

“The number of teens that drink in our community is really high,” said Lexi Simon, Novato High School senior and member of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth. “I have seen how easy it is for Novato teens to access alcohol. Stepping up has turned me into a role model and it feels good to be part of a solution, rather than not caring. If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letter for us to make this work.”

Dangerous, youth-attractive alcopops, or flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are:

–  Pre-mixed, sweetened alcoholic drinks that taste like juice and soda
–  Packaged in brightly-colored cans, similar to energy drinks
–  Priced low enough to effectively target underage drinkers, especially
young women
–  Shelved wherever beer is available – including convenience stores, gas
stations, and mini-marts
–  Often supersized at up to 24 oz. single-serving containers with 12
percent alcohol – the equivalent of 4-5 beers which cannot be consumed
responsibly by any age drinker
–  Encouraging underage consumption which leads to serious alcohol-related
harm
–  Four Loko (Phusion Projects), Tilt (Anheuser-Busch InBev), Blast
(Pabst), Smirnoff Ice (Diageo), Bartles & Jaymes (E&J Gallo), Sparks
(The Steele Brewing Co), and Mike’ s Hard Lemonade

“The courageous action by the Novato City Council will help keep alcohol out of the hands of Novato youth,” stated Teri Rockas, former co-chair of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth.  ”This is exciting! With this resolution, the Coalition will be well positioned to partner with retailers to remove these dangerous products – and keep Novato kids and families safe.”

This past spring, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed the country’s first Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Resolution of Support. In early September, the San Rafael City Council approved an Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Resolution of Support.

Various retailers in San Rafael, Stinson Beach and Bolinas have already pulled most alcopops from their store shelves. Just last week the Tiburon Town Council unanimously approved a Resolution of Support urging Tiburon Peninsula alcohol retailers to stop selling alcopops.

“Alcopops are an insidious device that with the cool labeling and high sugar content really entice teenagers to drink, especially teenage girls,” stated Judy Arnold, Marin County Supervisor. “I really want to congratulate you for addressing teenage drinking.”

Cheryl Paddack, Executive Director of the Novato Youth Center also spoke in support: “We recognize that drinking and binge drinking here is higher than the state and the national average. As a parent and community leader I would ask the city council to approve this resolution”

“Alcopops are just a predatory marketing ploy targeted at young people across the country and the enticement they produce leads not just to drinking, but binge drinking which can lead to some very severe situations,” stated Heart Fogel, a 13-year-old freshman at San Francisco University High School and a member of the Marin County Youth Commission. “We need to attack this problem at the source, by gettingAlcopops off our shelves and out of our youth’s lives.”

Current Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Marin supporters now include:

–  Albert Park Neighborhood Alliance
–  Alcohol Justice
–  Being Adept
–  Families for Safer Schools
–  Healthy Marin Partnership
–  Healthy Novato
–  Marin County Board of Supervisors
–  Marin County Advisory Board on Alcohol & Other Drug Problems
–  Marin County Dept. of Health & Human Services Prevention Hub
–  Marin County Pharmacists Association
–  Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth
–  Novato City Council
–  Novato Friday Night Live
–  Novato Police Department
–  Novato Youth Council
–  Paradise Markets
–  Perry’s Deli
–  Pharmacist Planning Service, Inc.
–  San Rafael City Council
–  Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association
–  San Rafael Community Coalition
–  Sober Living in Mill Valley
–  Tiburon Town Council
–  Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth
–  United Markets
–  YMCA – Marin County Youth Court
–  Youth Leadership Institute
–  Youth for Justice

“Coalition efforts, campaign rallies and demands will continue at 7-Eleven and Safeway stores, and at all other alcopop retailers in Marin until the county truly is an Alcopop-Free Zone,” stated Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director for Alcohol Justice.

The Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Marin coalition is open to any agency or group to join their efforts to removealcopops from the county. Please visit www.AlcopopFreeZone.us for more information.

“Marin County is proving that any community, youth or parent group can organize to create a safer and healthier environment, free of youth-attractive alcopops,” stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director/CEO of Alcohol Justice.”Our vision is to see this happen everywhere in the country, and we will support all community efforts to make it happen.”

Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop B

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”

See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)

It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:

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The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:

And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”

Why?

Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco

And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.

That’s why.

Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)

PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.

*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”

Oh well.

Displays similar to the Jumbotron include:

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Usurpation Update: Bluebird Cleaners on Clement in the Richmond District Improperly Threatens to Tow Cars From Green Zone

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Well, this one should be simple:

Green zones and green meters are for public use and are not reserved for particular establishments.”

And yet:

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Also, if you want a wedding dress cleaned the charge is $140, but if you go someplace else and say it’s a Black and White Ball dress, then the charge is just $15. And, of course at Bluebird Cleaners, girls pay more, as always. It’s all on the Yelp.

Why do people out in the West Bay think they own the streets adjacent to their private property?

Oh well.

“Green zones are for short-term parking, generally less than 10 minutes. In non-metered areas, green zones are indicated by a green curb marking with a ten-minute time limit. Standard effective hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In metered areas, short-term parking can be designated by a green meter with either a 15- or 30-minute time limit, in lieu of a painted curb. The effective hours for green meters are the same hours of operation as adjacent meters. Green zones and green meters are for public use and are not reserved for particular establishments. Please also note that vehicles bearing disabled placards or plates are exempt from the time limits for green zones or green meters.

Green zones or limited time meters are not intended for private parking. Such zones are intended for establishments where transactions are predominantly short-term – 10 minutes – in nature.  Typical establishments that may qualify for a green zone are dry cleaners, florists, small neighborhood grocery/deli convenience stores, audio-visual repair shops, shoe repair shops, postal shipping centers, and hardware stores.  Other establishments are reviewed on a case-by case basis. Among other reasons, green zone requests may be denied if private off-street parking is available, there are adjacent limited time zones nearby, or the establishment’s transactions are not predominantly short-term in nature.

A processing fee is required for either a green zone or a green meter. If approved at the public hearing, painted green zones are required to be renewed every two years thereafter; see the white/green zone fee schedule.  When applying for a painted green zone, please do not combine processing with painting/installation fees. Please send only the processing fee with your application. Green meter zones are not required to be renewed and there is no paint/installation fee.”

San Francisco Giants Big Screen Broadcast a Huge Success – Thousands Crowd into Civic Center – But Beer Ban Enforced

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Well Giants fans have flocked to Civic Center this evening to watch Game 5 on the big screen.

San Francisco Police, Deputy Sheriffs, Park Rangers and the CHP were all on hand to make sure things didn’t get out of hand. They did this by making people pour out their beers.

“Tuck Fexas” and “Texas Sucks Cocks”  were typical sentiments, it appeared

Here was how things looked early on:

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And a little later, when they turned on the orange lights of City Hall:

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And here’s the scene later on when the Giants led 3-1:

Via Che

It’s On! Game 5 of World Series to be Shown Outdoors at Civic Center on the Big Screen – But, Hide Your Alcohol

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

[UPDATE: SF Mike is on the scene this afternoon - here's what the set up looks like. Now, you'd think Rec and Park would have a bigger big screen or maybe two little screens side by side to make a rectangular big screen, but, you know, lowest bidder and whatnot:

Via SF Mike

And, oh yes, here's your fresh new theme song for tonight.]

[UPDATE 2: And here's what it looked like.]

You might need to get to Civic Center early in the afternoon of Monday, November 1st, 2010, if you want to get a good seat to see the Giants clinch World Series 2010 on a giant television screen.

But this event, like the annual Bay to Breakers civic event, will be “alcohol-free,” at least on paper. See?

“In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.”

Civic Center will have more fans wearing orange than when The Netherlands lost to Spain in the World Cup Final earlier this year:

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The show starts at 4:30 PM with the first pitch coming from the left arm of Cliff Lee at 4:57 PM.

All the deets:

MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES BROADCAST AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA OF GAME FIVE OF THE WORLD SERIES
City to Host Public Viewing of Monday’s Potential Clinching World Series Game for Families, Giants Fans

San Francisco, CA–Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that Monday’s Game Five of the World Series will be publicly broadcast live in Civic Center Plaza for families and fans to gather and cheer the Giants onto a potential World Championship.  Similar to the successful public broadcasts of the World Cup earlier this summer, a jumbotron screen will broadcast the potential clinching game of the World Series in front of San Francisco City Hall. The City previously received permission from Fox Sports Broadcasting to show the potential clinching away game.

“The Giants 3 – 1 lead in the World Series has electrified the City and brought us all together to celebrate our hometown team and what’s best about the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Mayor Newsom. “The game that could clinch the Series may be in Texas, but we’re creating an opportunity right in front of City Hall for families to gather and cheer the Giants to a World Championship.”

The Mayor’s Office is collaborating with the Recreation and Park Department, who successfully hosted the World Cup Live soccer events at Civic Center Plaza earlier this summer, to broadcast the game. In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.

“I also want to encourage fans from across the City and Bay Area to watch the game at their neighborhood bars and restaurants,” said Mayor Newsom. “Let’s give a lift to our local economy and small businesses while we’re boosting the Giants to victory in the World Series.”

San Francisco City Hall, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, the Conservatory of Flowers and other City landmarks and buildings will continue to be lit in Giants Orange through the World Series.  Mayor Newsom is also urging Giants fans and local businesses to show their pride in the National League Champion team by wearing the Orange & Black or displaying signs, flags or other shows of support for the team.

Potential Final Game of World Series Broadcast Schedule
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers
Game 5, Arlington, Texas: Monday, November 1st – 4:30pm PDT, first pitch at 4:57pm.

Blue Bird Cleaners in The Richmond Thinks It Owns the Streets of San Francisco – An Usurpation on Clement

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Uh, just because The City, in its Wisdom, was kind enough to grant you a couple 15 minute green zones in front of your bidness doesn’t mean that you can start towing aways cars of the people who don’t put cash in your pockets.

V. C. Section 22658 covers “Removal From Private Property,” right?

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Never before have I seen such an usurpation of authoritah by a private bidness.

This is not/
America

I cry foul.

Oh, and since we be into citing that California Code, what of the Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995, aka California Civil Code Section 51.6. That’s the one that says you charge the same price for cleaning a shirt whether it’s worn by a boy or a girl.

Now, why are the Yelpers so upset at the Blue Bird Cleaners? Is Alona B alone?

I feel terrible writing a scathing review for anything, but I feel like people should be deterred from this place.  Particularly, women who get their button-up shirts laundered!

I dropped off a few mens and womens shirts to be laundered (not dry-cleaned). $2.50 each, ok fine.  Thewomen’s shirts are the same cotton fabric as the mens shirts, except they are 3/4 length sleeve and have a little fold on the breast pockets (mini cargo pockets).  

Anyway, when I pick them up I am told that they are BLOUSES and therefore $5.50! Despite the fact that they are the same as a man’s shirt, just smaller.  This is a pinstripe, cotton, collared, button-up shirt.Nothing blousey about it.

I got pretty upset and tried to debate it, “um, no this is a shirt, no different from the men’s right here. there is no way this is a blouse!” and I didn’t even get the “Ok, well sorry for this time, but next time that’s our price.”

The service was a stubborn assertion that my button up is a blouse. $5.50 to have one of my work shirts cleaned.

Never again, forever.”

I, once again, cry foul.

What you need to do, BBC, is follow the law, not lecture The World Outside about the law.

(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the
Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995.
   (b) No business establishment of any kind whatsoever may
discriminate, with respect to the price charged for services of
similar or like kind, against a person because of the person’s
gender.
   (c) Nothing in subdivision (b) prohibits price differences based
specifically upon the amount of time, difficulty, or cost of
providing the services.
   (d) Except as provided in subdivision (f), the remedies for a
violation of this section are the remedies provided in subdivision
(a) of Section 52. However, an action under this section is
independent of any other remedy or procedure that may be available to
an aggrieved party.
   (e) This act does not alter or affect the provisions of the Health
and Safety Code, the Insurance Code, or other laws that govern
health care service plan or insurer underwriting or rating practices.
   (f) (1) The following business establishments shall clearly and
conspicuously disclose to the customer in writing the pricing for
each standard service provided:
   (A) Tailors or businesses providing aftermarket clothing
alterations.
   (B) Barbers or hair salons.
   (C) Dry cleaners and laundries providing services to individuals.
   (2) The price list shall be posted in an area conspicuous to
customers. Posted price lists shall be in no less than 14-point
boldface type and clearly and completely display pricing for every
standard service offered by the business under paragraph (1).
   (3) The business establishment shall provide the customer with a
complete written price list upon request.
   (4) The business establishment shall display in a conspicuous
place at least one clearly visible sign, printed in no less than
24-point boldface type, which reads: “CALIFORNIA LAW PROHIBITS ANY
BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT FROM DISCRIMINATING, WITH RESPECT TO THE PRICE
CHARGED FOR SERVICES OF SIMILAR OR LIKE KIND, AGAINST A PERSON
BECAUSE OF THE PERSON’S GENDER. A COMPLETE PRICE LIST IS AVAILABLE
UPON REQUEST.”
   (5) A business establishment that fails to correct a violation of
this subdivision within 30 days of receiving written notice of the
violation is liable for a civil penalty of one thousand dollars
($1,000).
   (6) For the purposes of this subdivision, “standard service” means
the 15 most frequently requested services provided by the business.

Is Rec & Parks Spraying Herbicides on Twin Peaks this Month? You Bet

Monday, November 16th, 2009

This is what a Notice of Pesticide* Application looks like – it’s from our oddly-named San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. They’re spraying herbicides, like Roundup ProDry from Monsanto and Garlon 4 Ultra from Dow, on 15 hilly acres up there, right above the Midtown Terrace. That’s what Rec and Park is doing this month.

Why? Well, why not?

Targeted for extermination are Cotoneaster, Pittosporum, and Arctotheca calendula. See?

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Maybe it’s that stimulus money they’re spending.

Now, while the impoverished R&P is doing that, they’re also sprucing up, wait for it, the HQ building for the R&P.

See?

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Maybe it’s that stimulus money they’re spending.

Oh well.

*Or “herbicide” –  sometimes people call herbicides “herbicides” instead of pesticides. Sometimes.