Posts Tagged ‘ed lee’

It Takes a Village … of SFGov Trucks plus One Police Car to Clean Out the Homeless Tents from the Best Buy Sidewalk

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

People saw it coming:

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These trucks, plus a full-on garbage truck, plus another pickup, plus a police car.

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I guess they paint regular trucks white and special CLEAN PATROL trucks green?

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It’s kind of amazing how SFGov markets itself sometimes.

Anyway, this was Yet Another Judgment Day Under The Freeway, on Division, September 1, 2016…

Uh, the Homeless Tents are Back – On Division, Under the I-80 – This is Exactly What November 2015 Looked Like

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

First one tent, then another, and then, around Thanksgiving 2015, there was a whole line of tents on both sides of Division, 13th Street, or whatever this French Connection-style road is called.

August 20, 2016:

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At that time last year, I was thinking that the SFPD was going easy on the homeless having to do with the end-of-the-year holidays, or the (anticipated) El Niño rainstorms, and I also wondered if preparations for the unexpectedly expensive and unpopular corporate party for the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl were a factor.

These days, I know that tents with cheap but functional fiberglas poles can be had for like $25, which seems a lot cheaper than what I can recall that the old North Face Outlet sold aluminum-poled tents for, even at a super duper discount.

Those are the four factors I can think of for why 2015 became the Year of Sidewalk Tents in Frisco.

Anyway, these tents are back, as of August 2016.

Secretary of the Navy Visits Treasure Island Today to Name New Ship “USNS Harvey Milk” – Live on Facebook

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Via San Francisco FYI net:

“USNS Harvey Milk Naming Ceremony by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
When:  August 16, 2016 – Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Treasure Island Great Lawn, San Francisco
What:  Join the Secretary of the Navy, the Harvey Milk Foundation, Federal Elected Officials and Harvey’s family and friends for an historic ship naming ceremony.
Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Ed Lee,
San Francisco Gay Mens Chorus
Reception to follow with remarks from CA Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins,
San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer, SUNY Albany  President Robert Jones.”

Don’t know what the influential Harvey Milk Club thinks of this, but anyway, this is our Navy’s thing these days:


All the deets.

In July 2016, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus advised Congress that he intended to name the Military Sealift Command‘s John Lewis-class oilers after prominent civil rights activists and leaders:

What It’s Like to Flee Unpopular “Interim” Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco with Broken Auto Glass

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

It looks like this:

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Jump in S.F. car break-ins prompts frustration, finger-pointing

The Difference Between Willie Brown and Ed Lee: Purposefully Spraying Homeless with Water Trucks v. Purposefully Not

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Former Frisco Mayor Willie Brown:

When I was mayor, I had the Department of Public Works send the street sweepers down Market Street at 3 a.m. If you were sleeping on the streets, you knew that water truck was coming. I never got in any trouble for it, because at the same time I was spraying the homeless…”

Market looks like this after a few runs from an early morning water truck or two:

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But look at this – just the other day the driver of a water truck deliberately drove around this steam grate on Market inbound near 4th so as to not spray this guy:

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Maybe not a big difference, but it’s a difference.


Thursday, July 14th, 2016

El Gran Oso de la Misión:


What Is Going On With Mayor Ed Lee?

Ed Lee drops stop-frisk plan amid uproar

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee serves notice about supporting Aaron Peskin

One Block of Golden Gate Avenue in Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco: Smashy Smashy

Friday, July 1st, 2016

(Young Bart Simpson had good reason to break a window here, but then he went too far – “smashy smashy.”)

I’ll tell you, I see more broken auto glass on the Streets of San Francisco by 9:00 AM than most people see all day. And yesterday, I saw the most broken auto glass in one day in Frisco than I ever have before.

Hence this photo. What do you see here, Gentle Reader? What if somebody ordered you to, “Fix this” ‘n stuff? Where would you start? Like, what do you see here?

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How many people do you see here, just after sunrise? (There are at least four.)

Oh well…

If Eric Mar’s “Tech Tax” is a “Job-Killing Measure,” Then Why Did Former Mayor Gavin Newsom Sign a Very Similar Tax into Law in 2004?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Here you go, the News of the Day:

3 SF supervisors move to put tech tax on November ballot By Emily Green

And here’s the reaction:

I am appalled at the political vindictiveness of this proposed measure,” said Alex Tourk, a spokesman for San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation, a coalition of tech companies.

Supervisor Mark Farrell called it “the worst idea I’ve heard in months.”

Deirdre Hussey, spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee, called it a “job-killing measure.” She added that the measure “upends the grand bargain” made between business and labor that ultimately led voters to eliminate the payroll tax in 2012.

And let’s note that:

[District One Supervisor Eric] Mar’s proposal would deem stock option compensation when a company goes public as taxable payroll.

All right, all I’ve done so far is simply read the news to you. But now let’s travel back to a time when former Mayor Gavin Newsom, another Right-Of-Center Willie Brown Appointee Who Somehow Ended Up Mayor, signed into law the very same 1.5% stock options tax. So put on your white shoes and dance the blues – it’s Pillsbury, bitches:


On February 19, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom approved recent changes to San Francisco’s Business Tax ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on February 19, 2004. These changes become effective March 20, 2004, 30 days after signing by the Mayor.

…the amendments also contain significant changes such as … including stock options in the definition of payroll expense.

So, was Gavin Newsom’s stock options tax a “job-killing measure” back in 2004 the way the same tax is being portrayed here in 2016?

That’s my question – I don’t know how ppl would answer.

But I’m thinking that if this 2016 proposal gets enacted and you’re a “tech* company,” whatever that is, going IPO in Frisco will cost you millions, just as Gavin Newsom wanted back in aught-four.

So that means that Gav was a job killer, right?

*What’s a tech company? IDK. What’s a pit bull?

Chronicle Writer CWNevius IN FAVOR OF But Also AGAINST “Endangering Our Judiciary”

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

So here’s CWNevius in June 2016, worried that the Stanford rape case might “endanger our judiciary” due to the loud complaints about the judge’s sentencing. Fine.

But here’s the very same CW Nevius, also in June 2016, telling people to “complain loudly” about the decisions of local judges. See?

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So what’s the deal? Is he trying to curry favor with our unpopular Mayor again while at the same time fulfilling an assignment to write something, anything, about a local story what’s gone national?

IDK, but it don’t add up.

Life in Appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s Frisco, the Broken Car Glass Capital of the World

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

As seen in NoPA, at the Top Of The Hill:

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Don’t simply look at police statistics, just talk to people in the auto glass industry and ask how busy they are these days. Busy busy busy!

But Ed Lee went to the law school, so he has a solution. He wants people to go to preliminary hearings and then boo judges who don’t rule the way property insurance companies would like. I”m srsly.