Posts Tagged ‘Edwin M. Lee’

Announcing San Francisco’s “Entrepreneurship-in-Residence” (EIR) Program – Only “World-Class” Entrepreneurs Need Apply

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Remember Oskar Schindler and the Third Reich? Would you consider that whole deal a successful “public-private partnership?” I mean, was it “world-class?” Did it address “government pain points?” IDK.

Anyway, here’s the latest – I didn’t see this one coming. (Perhaps Con Ronway did. IDK.)

“SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO INTRODUCE WORLD-CLASS ENTREPRENEURS TO THE $142 BILLION PUBLIC SECTOR MARKET

Mayor Ed Lee invites entrepreneurs to develop technology-enabled products and services for government, the largest consumer of products and services in the nation

SAN FRANCISCO – September 6th, 2013 – Mayor Edwin M. Lee, in collaboration with the White House and other strategic partners, today announced San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship-in-Residence (EIR) program. “We need the top entrepreneurs to work with us on opportunities that are actual pain points and needs of government. San Francisco’s EIR program advances our role and vision as the Innovation Capital of the World,” said Mayor Ed Lee.

The program is inspired by President Obama’s call, “We’ve got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges.” San Francisco’s EIR program will select talented entrepreneurial teams and help them develop technology-enabled products and services that can capitalize on the $142 billion public sector market.

“San Francisco’s program is one of the first EIR programs within government, who is by far, the largest customer of products and services in the nation,” commented Jay Nath, San Francisco’s Chief Innovation Officer. “The entrepreneurial products and services developed through San Francisco’s EIR program should drive significant impact such as increased revenue, enhanced productivity or meaningful cost savings.”

The program plans to attract world-class entrepreneurs and technologists by providing them with direct access to government needs and opportunities, staff and their expertise, in addition to product development, ramp-up support, and insights into a gold mine of government problems and opportunities through the City and County of San Francisco.

“Products and services that successfully solve issues faced by San Francisco can easily expand to addressing similar needs of other cities and states across the nation in addition to the private sector,” said Rahul Mewawalla, a senior executive with leadership experiences across Fortune 500 and high growth companies who is leading the program. “We expect to drive significant innovation and growth in areas of pressing importance such as data, mobile and cloud services, healthcare, education, transportation, energy and infrastructure.”

San Francisco’s EIR program will offer selected teams mentorship from senior public leaders across the Mayor’s office and San Francisco departments and from private sector leaders with experience at companies such as McKinsey & Company, Nokia, NBC Universal, General Electric, Yahoo!, and Goldman Sachs. The program expects to select 3 to 5 teams and announce the selected teams in early October, during San Francisco’s Innovation Month. The program will run 16 weeks from mid-October, 2013 through mid-February, 2014.

Entrepreneurial teams are invited to learn more and apply at http://entrepreneur.sfgov.org http://entrepreneur.sfgov.org

What We’re Looking For

  1. Your product or service should address areas of topical relevance to the public sector (e.g. related to data, healthcare, transportation, education, energy, infrastructure, mobile and civic engagement, public assets, etc.)
  2. Your team should be pursuing an opportunity that has large economic potential ($100M+ market) and significant impact potential (increased revenue, enhanced productivity, meaningful cost savings, etc.).
  3. Your product or service should be technology enabled and have broad applicability across SF and other cities and states and across public and private sector customers.
  4. Preference is given for products or services in advanced stages of development and rollout or existing products that could also address government needs. If you are in a position to build out the product or service within 16 weeks, that is fine as well.
  5. Your product shows promise to be self-sustainable.
  6. Your team demonstrates high likelihood of success based on prior professional and personal experiences.
  7. Preference for teams over sole individuals; if sole individual, please elaborate on how you will build a team and accomplish program objectives within 16 weeks.

Example Government Pain Points

The following are just examples of problems facing government. Applicants do not have to solve these particular problems. It is most important to clearly demonstrate how your product could benefit from this program and that it can solve a real challenge.

  • How can we better leverage the growth in open data and enable easier data mining and analysis to enable better decisions?
  • How can we better utilize our public assets to generate additional revenue?
  • How can we make available better healthcare choices and services given the upcoming implementation of the affordable healthcare act?
  • How can we improve our recruiting and hiring applications for more efficient and productive hiring?
  • How can we improve transportation efficiencies to improve transit times and reduce costs?
  • How can we track and optimize our energy purchases and usage?
  • How can we improve our asset tracking system across real estate, fleet, equipment, etc to increase usage, lower costs and enhance utilization?
  • How can we use a digital public notification system for urban interventions and streetscape improvements to help local businesses and their growth?

What You Can Expect

The selection process will be through an open and competitive application process. Applications will be used to assess the qualifications, fit and likelihood of success of the applicants.

Selection will be made by SF EIR selection group composed of public and private sector leaders with innovation, Fortune 500, startup and venture capital experience.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. It is in the applicant’s best interest to apply early. We will announce selected teams in early October, with the program beginning in mid-October and wrapping up in mid-February.

MENTORS

Entrepreneurs can expect to have access to a range of experts and advisors in the private and public sectors. These industry and government leaders will help your team define and achieve success in the civic innovation space with San Francisco agencies and departments as your key focus group and customers over the four month program. Below are just a handful of currently committed mentors.

What’s This, All of a Sudden SFGov Thinks That There Just Might Be Something Wrong with the America’s Cup? Plus ONESF WTF?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The news of the day:

Obviously all of us have disappointments about what we thought the America’s Cup might be and what it’s turning out to be,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a reason for us to throw up our hands, and say we agreed that we would pursue this but now we’re not going to to pursue this because we’re mad at the America’s Cup.”

OK, so when did it become “obvious” that “all of us” have “disappointment?” Was there a press release or something?

Oh, BTW, sainted Larry Ellison thinks you all are a bunch of jackasses and he says that you all will need to offer an even sweeter package for him to consider having his boat race here in 2016 (assuming he’ll have the chance.)

Oh look, a bus ad:

Dear Friends:

AM I YOUR FRIEND, REALLY? HEY “FRIEND!” HEY, DIDN’T YOU COMMIT PERJURY THREE TIMES LAST YEAR? WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISCUSS THE TWO CASES I’M TALKING ABOUT? ANYTIME! BUT I DON’T THINK EVERYBODY IN SF IS YOUR “FRIEND.”

All of San Francisco is united behind making the America’s Cup races a huge success.

THAT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL. AT THIS POINT, ABOUT HALF OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAD TROUBLE VOTING FOR A BOGUS AERIAL ADVERTISING BAN NEAR THE SO-CALLED “RACE COURSE.”

We are all part of ONESF: Celebrate the Cup and we are looking forward to our summer of sailing.

THAT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL. DO YOU BELIEVE _ANYTHING_ YOU SAY?

With the majestic San Francisco Bay serving as a natural amphitheater, for the first time in the history of the Cup, spectators will be able to view the race from the shoreline.

MEH. NOBODY CARES IRL

San Francisco is the proud host of The Cup.

NOT REALLY

After regaining the Cup in Valencia, Spain, Team USA (Oracle Racing) brought the Cup back to the US for the first time in more than 15 years, and the series of races will deliver significant economic development and jobs to the Bay Area, including a major investment in the San Francisco waterfront that will benefit the City for decades to come.

DID ORACLE RACING WIN BEFORE 2010? I DON’T THINK SO. LARRY ELLISON’S RECORD IN THE WORLD CUP IS 1-2 (.333). HIS VICTORY WAS _EXTREMELY_ BORING. IT WAS WON IN COURTROOMS. AND HOW ARE YOU SO SURE ABOUT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? MAYBE IT WON’T END UP BEING “SIGNIFICANT?” AND WEREN’T WE PAYING FOR THE CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL ANYWAY?

These races are heart pounding extreme action sports that appeal to both sailing and non-sailing fans alike.

THIS IS EXACTLY WRONG.

Building on its long legacy of technical innovation, the Cup has introduced new racing formats, faster boats and cutting-edge television graphics that are transforming the sport into an easy to understand, live spectator event for the first time in the Cup’s storied history.

THIS IS MOSTLY WRONG.

For three full months this summer, a series of high-intensity races and activities will take place along the San Francisco waterfront.

THIS IS MOSTLY WRONG.

The racing will take place in front of tens of thousands of spectators on San Francisco Bay with millions of live television and online viewers watching around the world.

WE’LL SEE. WHAT’S THE PAID ATTENDANCE SO FAR? OH, THAT LITTLE?

We are proud to have NBC as the Event’s broadcast partner in the United States. NBC and NBC Sports will broadcast all the important events live, and together with the international broadcast network (more than 190 countries and territories), these events will attract a cumulative global audience of millions.

WHAT KIND OF EVENT REQUIRES THE BROADCASTER TO GET PAID? I’LL TELL YOU, A SAD-SACK EVENT. AND WHY ISN’T LARRY ELLISON PAYING THE GENERAL FUND AN EVENT FEE?

We are excited for the international attention and economic development potential that The Cup has already brought to San Francisco, and those yet to be realized. Please join us as we truly stand tall as ONESF and together, Celebrate The Cup.

THIS THING IS A COMPLETE STINKBURGER, ONE THAT YOU YOURSELF DECIDED TO SKIP DURING THE OPENING CEREMONIES, RIGHT?

Sincerely,
Edwin M. Lee
Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco

PERHAPS YOU AND THE COMPLETE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WERE OUTNEGOTIATED HERE? PERHAPS GAVIN NEWSOM DIDN’T REALLY CARE HOW MUCH THE COMMONWEAL PAID BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BECOME THE “AMBASSADOR” OF THE AMERICA’S CUP? PERHAPS ED LEE MANAGES HIS PERSONAL FINANCIAL AFFAIRS BETTER THAN THE PUBLIC’S? WHY IS THAT?

HOW DID WE GET SO INVOLVED WITH LITTLE LARRY’S LITTLE BOAT RACE? WHAT CAN WE DO TO AVOID FUTURE FIASCOS LIKE THIS?

WE SHOULD HAVE A TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION WHEN THIS IS ALL DONE.

JUST SAYING.

Mayor Ed Lee is All In Favor of Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Except When He’s Not – San Francisco’s New $10.24 Minimum Wage

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Well, here’s the news:

“Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced today that the City’s minimum wage will be adjusted to $10.24 per hour from $9.92 per hour, reflecting a change of 3.2 percent, effective January 1, 2012.

“This wage increase will help the City’s lowest paid workers to keep pace with inflation and also protect consumer spending of San Francisco’s working families, which will be a boost to our local economic recovery efforts,” said Mayor Lee.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed by the voters in November 2003, calls for annual rate adjustments based on the previous year’s Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metropolitan area.”

So, San Francisco having the highest minimum wage in the land is a good thing? Really, it’s unalloyed good? It’s great that our minimum wage is going up into double digits (and making national headlines) during this Great Recession? So why not make it $15 or $20 an hour if high minimum wages are so good?

Since Mayor Ed Lee does what his mentors tell him by crowing about jobs jobs jobs all the time, why then is he in favor of this law, which is, obviously, a “job-killer?” Are there other considerations on his mind?

Anyway, this is the first time I’ve seen the Mayor lose his monomaniacal focus on jobs.

Just saying.

Tree, Stairwell, Mayor, by Artist Unkown

And he’s having a press conference for this why? I don’t know. It’s not his idea. But maybe he wants to be associated with something pro-labor for a change? I don’t know

Wage Boost for San Francisco’s Lowest Paid Workers to $10.24, Starting January 1st 

12/6/11—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced today that the City’s minimum wage will be adjusted to $10.24 per hour from $9.92 per hour, reflecting a change of 3.2 percent, effective January 1, 2012. 

“This wage increase will help the City’s lowest paid workers to keep pace with inflation and also protect consumer spending of San Francisco’s working families, which will be a boost to our local economic recovery efforts,” said Mayor Lee. 

The Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed by the voters in November 2003, calls for annual rate adjustments based on the previous year’s Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metropolitan area 

Comparatively, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and the California minimum wage is $8.00 per hour. Employers must pay San Francisco’s higher minimum wage for all covered work performed within the City. 

“Across the country, take-home pay, adjusted for inflation, has fallen in the last year. Workers in San Francisco are fortunate that our minimum wage rate is indexed to keep pace with inflation,” said Office of Labor Standards Enforcement Manager Donna Levitt. 

This month, the City will be mailing updated multilingual posters announcing the new rate to 45,000 registered businesses with employees. Employers are required to post the notice in their workplace. 

More information about San Francisco’s Minimum Wage Ordinance can be found at www.sfgov.org/olse/mwo or by calling the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement at (415) 554-6292.

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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The Dubious Charms of This Leftover Website: http://mayorlee.com – “Edwin M Lee, Official Mayor of San Francisco

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Surprised that MayorLee.com is still up and running.

This one-page website gives me a headache, so I don’t have the patience to watch it to see if it loops its catchphrases in order or if it makes them appear randomly.

Anyway, take a look for yourself, below – you’ll get the idea of the attitude of the person(s) what put it up.

Here are some of the standouts:

Ed Lee is unrelated to Ex-Supervisor Ed Jew (now in federal prison)

Ed Lee is best buds with Willie Brown and Rose Pak

Ed Lee never hesitates to embarrass his daughters in public: Tania and Brianna, Daddy loves you XOXO

O.K. fine.

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All the text, it goes on and on. It’s like living February 2011 all over again. Enjoy:

Ed Lee was progressive before progressive was cool
Ed Lee once administered all of San Francisco for 5 years
Ed Lee led the first ever rent strike against the SF Housing Authority
Ed Lee helps little old ladies cross the street
Ed Lee loves serving San Francisco so much he’s willing to be mayor
Ed Lee is a liberal Democrat
Ed Lee puts the American in Asian-American
Ed Lee won’t go Donkey Kong on San Francisco
Ed Lee is liked by everyone at City Hall
Ed Lee puts his kids through college
Ed Lee is not a drama queen
Ed Lee can cook
Ed Lee rocks a hella clean, next level mustache
Ed Lee totally ran the Olympic Torch
Ed Lee is Totally Progressive
Ed Lee wants to be your friend
Ed Lee is an old school activist
Ed Lee is a patron of the art of Chinese cuisine
Ed Lee was born with a full mustache
Ed Lee likes the Banh Mi around Tenderloin the best
Ed Lee thinks that the squiggly part of Lombard street is kind of strange
Ed Lee once wrestled a Cable Car with his mustache
Ed Lee only drinks milk tea with boba
Ed Lee voted Obama
Ed Lee is a good guy
Ed Lee doesn’t throw mud on other people’s faces
Ed Lee is a regular on the front of Chinese newspapers
Ed Lee say city works for you
Ed Lee knows how to pack a lot of work into a short interim term
Ed Lee owns the Free Parking spot in Monopoly
Ed Lee shook the earth when he became mayor
Ed Lee got 90.9% of the votes when he became mayor
When the city’s in trouble, they put on the Ed-Signal
Ed Lee: first asian mayor of SF with a truly awesome mustache
Ed Lee: Asian Mayor
Ed Lee has the sweetest ‘stache
Ed Lee brings double happiness to grateful San Francisco
Ed Lee makes San Franciscans pay attention to local politics
Whispering “Ed Lee” brings good luck
Ed Lee bridges East and West
Ed Lee, international globetrotter
Ed Lee knows how to get hyphy
Ed Lee ties his tie using his mustache
Ed Lee uses the phone book
Ed Lee is not a demagogue
Ed Lee is huge in Japan
When the Board of Supervisors gets in a fight, Ed Lee plays the grown up
When Ed Lee was sworn in as mayor, tears of joy fell from the sky
Ed Lee rolls his sleeves up when he walks into City Hall
Ed Lee is a karaoke god
Ed Lee’s mustache will answer questions at Question Time
Ed Lee is loved in San Jose
Ed Lee can shoot lasers from his mustache
Cats prefer Ed Lee’s mustache over catnip
Ed Lee cannot resist glazed donuts
Ed Lee is secretly Jack Bauer
Chinese Fathers Are Superior only when speaking of Ed Lee
Ed Lee was progressive before progressive was cool
Ed Lee’s so green, he can’t ride in hybrid SUVs
The M is Edwin M. Lee stands for Mayor
Ed Lee is not a 70′s pornstar
Ed Lee’s mustache is so huge, the city got rid of its fleet of street sweepers
Ed Lee is unrelated to Ex-Supervisor Ed Jew (now in federal prison)
Ed Lee invented a shoe that removes gum from sidewalks
Ed Lee: Short name, huge impact
Ed Lee is obviously a NINJA. No one saw him coming!
Ed Lee thinks the rent is too damn high
Ed Lee is best buds with Willie Brown and Rose Pak
2011 – The Year of Ed Lee
Ed Lee rides a bike to work
Ed Lee is a man of mystery
Ed Lee mustache is manlier than Chuck Norris
Ed Lee has a cat named spot
Ed Lee is a four time Academy Award winner
Ed Lee is a longtime collaborator with Dr. Dre, Ice T, and Eminem on Grammy winners
Ed Lee rocks it old school
Ed Lee suggests that we be excellent to one another and party on, dudes
Ed Lee was preceded by his mustache
Ed Lee makes decisions
Ed Lee loves his used hybrid Ford Fusion/p>
Ed Lee loves Mission Chinese Food (who doesn’t!?)
Ed Lee helped himself to seconds at the White House State Dinner
Ed Lee is related to Spike Lee
Ed Lee is taking Rose Pak to the Prom
Ed Lee can never tell a lie
Ed Lee can do more push-ups than Willie Brown
Ed Lee’s favorite watering hole is Buck’s Tavern
Ed Lee is bringing sexy back to room 200
Ed Lee’s favorite movie is “Eat, Pray, Love”
Ed Lee is My Valentine
Ed Lee loves Lady Gaga
Ed Lee and Jean Quan are best buddies
Ed Lee thinks the 49ers should have drafted Aaron Rodgers
Ed Lee is Mayor of San Francisco on foursquare
Ed Lee is a lame duck
Ed Lee only drinks straight Everclear
Mayorly Lee
Ed Lee is Mayor of San Francisco, Edinburgh, and Leeds
Ed Lee cares about black people
Ed Lee rode motorcycles with Ponch and John
Ed Lee = Totally Hot
Ed Lee is a Gleek
Ed Lee gets shit done!
Ed Lee has a HELLA SICK STACHE
Ed Lee backwards is Eel De
Ed Lee is the Asian Chuck Norris
Ed Lee turns into Bruce Lee if you make him angry
Ed Lee is History
Ed Lee Rhymes With Me
Ed Lee’s so SF, his underwear is colored International Orange
Ed Lee won a beauty contest against Jane Kim
Ed Lee moonlights as a backup artist for Tainted Love
Ed Lee won’t drop it if it’s hot. But he will drop it like it’s hot
Ed Lee will teach you how to Dougie
Ed Lee’s name is so short, SF will save millions in stationery costs
Ed Lee is a Champion Cha Cha Dancer
Ed Leeeeeeeeeee Tulibu Dibu Douchoo
Ed Lee is the home room teacher you wish you had
Ed Lee packs a mean left hook…in his mustache
Ed Lee is Bringin’ Feng Shui Back
Ed Lee wears a red tie because he’s comfortable with who he is
Ed Lee for President
Ed Lee = 李孟贤
Ed Lee + Jean Quan = Asian Bay Bridge
Ed Lee = community attorney and activist = Barack Obama
Ed Lee comes from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
In the event of a water landing, Ed Lee’s mustache can be used as a flotation device
Ed Lee’s mustache is structurally sound
Ed Lee’s satellite-dish equipped car is officially known as the Stachemobile
Ed Lee taught Sara Lee how to bake
Ed Lee’s mustache keeps SF safe from tidal waves
If Ed Lee sues you, you’ve already lost
Ed Lee secretly likes Chop Suey
Ed Lee invented Web 2.0
Ed Lee will not hesitate to service you, publicly
Ed Lee receives official mayoral telecommunications through his mustache
Ed Lee can do 218 clap pushups with his mustache
Ed Lee waits an hour to read the Sing Tao Daily for free at the public library
Ed Lee always picks the fortune cookie with winning lotto numbers
Ed Lee does not need your vote
Ed Lee: The San Francisco Treat
Ed Lee loves Twitter so much he won’t let them out of the city
Ed Lee is the founder of AAAM: Asian-Americans Attempting Mustaches
Ed Lee’s Favorite Vegetable: Parse-Lee
Ed Lee’s Favorite Fruit: Lee-Chee
For Mayor Lee, it really is as easy as riding a bike
Ed Lee’s mustache soaked up the bay oil spill
Ed Lee is De-LEE-cious!
Ed Lee never hesitates to embarrass his daughters in public: Tania and Brianna, Daddy loves you XOXO
Run Ed Run!”

It’s Time Again for Virgin America Day at AT&T Park – Lots of Giants Promotions Plus a Red City Hall

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Well it’s the talk of the townAugust 6, 2011 is Virgin America Day at AT&T Park, so all attendees will get a Virgin America 2 for 1 flight voucher. So if you’re into the Phillies…

But dynamic pricing appears to be at work, so don’t be looking for any of those $1 seats (that come with $10 in fees) that the Giants offer sometimes.

And, oh yes, August 8th, 2011 is Virgin America Day in the 415, so that’s why City Hall will turn red at night for a few days. (Just a guess, but I don’t know how else you’ll be able to tell it’s VA Day 11.)

And Virgin A will is a having a $49 a ticket sale on some flights. All the deets, and there are plenty, are below and after the jump.

Call sign REDWOOD transports the Trophy in first class without a seatbelt.

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Virgin America Day – Saturday, August 6
All fans receive 2 for 1 flight voucher

Valid for travel Main Cabin between 8/16/11-10/27/11.
Blackout dates are 9/2/11 and 9/5/11.
Must book by 8/31/11, with two passengers travelling on one itinerary.

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All in the Family, the “City Family” – Even Recology Showed Up at Today’s Run Ed Run Rally at City Hall

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Let me tell you, if you ever get a chance to visit Recology at 50 California, well, their offices are fantastic.

And everybody’s so friendly – you’ll have gaggle of attractivas in the their 20′s and 30′s coming up to you to just say hi, just like you’re a rock star or a Nordstrom’s customer or something.

And the party swag, don’t get me started on the party swag.

Anyway, guess who showed up at today’s Run Ed Run rally at City Hall. It’s the melon-farming Recology garbage truck! See?

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Ouch:

“In the summer of 1999, Lee, who had been tapped by Brown to head the Department of Public Works in 1996, came under public criticism after proposing a 44 percent rate hike for residential garbage collection. Although the rate was lower than the 52 percent hike proposed by Norcal (as Recology was then known), it was substantially higher than the 20 percent increase recommended by his staff, said Quentin Kopp, a former supervisor and state senator and a retired judge who advocated against the rate hike at the time.”

Doesn’t Recology know enough to not to have their trucks roll down Polk Street during an Ed Lee rally, you know, at this particular juncture?

Apparently not.

So-Called Spontaneous and Unscripted “Run Ed Run Campaign” is Anything But – Today’s Big Rally at City Hall

Monday, August 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, and look who else was on the scene - it's famous Steve Rhodes:

"Run Ed Run rally to push @MayorEdLee to break his promise #SFmayor and it looks like he will (though probably not til next week)

baycitizen.org/politics/story/ed-lee-campaign-announcemen...

They have over 50,000 signatures (and spent over $60,000 to get them).

They didn't deliver them in a garbage truck for some reason

www.baycitizen.org/politics/story/ed_lee_sfmayor_recology/

They say his promise to the people to serve them over a promise to politicians to not run (though they are happy to mention politician Sen Feinstein wants him to run sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/27/BAM31KFE... ).

I wonder what they would be saying if Sheriff Hennessey had been appointed interim mayor & then decided to run."

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Well, here they come, straight outta C-Town, coming across Polk Street just after being bused in, it’s the main body of today’s noontime Run Ed Run rally at the steps of City Hall:

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Are you up to speed on this one?

Bruce Begin: Legal questions overshadow an Ed Lee mayoral run

Gerry Shih: The Machine Behind ‘Run Ed Run’ - San Francisco’s garbage company, a long-time Willie Brown ally, tied to efforts to keep Ed Lee in office

Heather Knight: What happens if Lee breaks his promise?

John Cote: SF Mayor Ed Lee’s rivals seek probe of his backers

How’s that, for starters?

Oh, and here’s the latest:

Gerry Shih, from the campaign trail today: “I’m not anticipating anything at this point,” Lee said with a smile…” And here’s a bon mot from Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

Chiu continued to allege “unethical” and “possibly illegal” activity by Progress For All. ‘San Franciscans want answers and deserve a full investigation of what happened,’ Chiu said.”

Yowzer.

All right, back to today’s political theatre. Is this the “grass roots?” These people are, quite literally for a few of them, the same people who were bused in for the Save Ed Jew rallies from back in the day:

They were all directed off the sidewalk and up the cattle chute to City Hall by the man in the yellow hat, well, that’s what I call him, anyway, seen here, at camera center, without a hat:

Oh, this van was not actually driven (see comments) by the ringleader, you know, the fellow who told the easily-cowed grandmothers and the misled youth what to do.

After that, it was time to rehearse the scripts…

…and collect “spontaneous” supporters for the rally. There were 100+ on hand, all told:

Oh well.

We’ll know more about the people behind Run Ed Run and the like soon enough, perhaps as early as tonight.

Stay tuned…

Tomorrow’s News Today: Chrysler is Giving 14 Monster Trucks to San Francisco – That Thing Got a Hemi?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

As a matter of fact, yes, the 14 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) what Chrysler Group LLC is going to give to the City and County of San Francisco tomorrow all have Hemi engines, monstrous V8, 5.7-litre Hemis, to be precise.

But, these big rigs also have an extra battery and electric motor for hybrid functionality PLUS members of the “City Family” will be able to plug in to the power grid to charge up the battery as well.

It’s going to look a little something like this, garish graphics and all:

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Now, if City workers are really careful, they’ll probably be able to go 15 miles about town solely on electric power, assuming that the battery is all charged up at the beginning of the day.

But what San Francisco probably really wants is an electric truck without a gas engine at all. Oh well. (It’s the same way with Mayor Ed Lee’s official staff car – why have them put the gas engine in at all if you don’t want it and you aren’t going to use it?)

BTW, Chrysler was a-gonna to build plug-in hybrid pick-em-ups like these in mass production for people living in Flyover Country, but then Big C realized that a project like this would lose money. Big Money. The More You Build, The More You Lose, kind of thing. Well, that idea got the kibosh.

But then the Feds said, well, here’s a few tens of millions of dollars we’ve got sitting around, so why don’t you take that money to build just 140 units instead, and then give these trucks away to America’s mayors?

And, since San Francisco is special, so very special, we’re getting 10% of the national supply.

Hurray?

“Who:
Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Mayor
Abdullah Bazzi, Senior Manager – Chrysler Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Project, Chrysler Group LLC
Joe Roos, Assistant Vehicle Chief Engineer – Chrysler PHEV, Chrysler Group LLC
Steve Sokolsky, Calstart

Where:
Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco

Details:
Following the press conference, Ram 1500 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles will be available for photo opportunities and a ride-and-drive around a city driving course. Media parking available in parking structure just off the Civic Center plaza.”

UPDATE: Well, it turns out that Sacramento is going to get 14 big rigs as well, so maybe we’re not all that special. In mitigation, Los Angeles and Fun Diego and the rest of SoCal, they’re getting nothing! Zero free trucks from Chrysler and Uncle Sucker. Eat it, L.A!

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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OMG, OMG, HuffPo SF is Here! HuffPost San Francisco Has Gone Live – Finally, a Huffington Post Just For Us

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The long-anticipated Huffington Post San Francisco has just gone live.

See?

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You’ve already met the crew – what do you think of the website?

Here are some noteworthy bits:

Consensus Pension Reform Plan* by Mayor Edwin M. Lee

A Progressive Decade in the Balance by former Supervisor Chris Daly

Bringing the Entrepreneurial Spirit Back to City Government by second-tier “Progressive** Independent” Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees

No Time for Retreat on Homelessness by second-tier Mayoral Candidate Michela Alioto Pier

And here are a few bits from the RSS feed:

Why We Should Care Where Our Food Comes From* by District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen

Episode 38 of Necessary Conversation: SF Pride

And there you have it.

*Wow, this is _so_ not written by the purported author.

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