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RFK Jr. at USF! Big University of San Francisco Law School 100th Anniversary Celebration This Wednesday

Monday, September 17th, 2012

All the deets below.

“USF School of Law Celebrates 100 Years in San Francisco - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Speak at Convocation

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17, 2012  – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will kick off a year-long celebration at the University of San Francisco School of Law, which is commemorating its 100(th) birthday and a century of providing a premiere legal education at the city’s first university.

Kennedy will deliver a keynote address during the public convocation on Wed., Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. inside St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus. Kennedy is a professor of environmental law at Pace University and co-director of that school’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. He was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping restore New York’s Hudson River.

“Our centennial celebration is about far more than longevity,” said Jeffrey Brand, dean of the USF School of Law. “It’s about one hundred years of offering an education with a conscience, and graduating top attorneys who empower the powerless and help change a world plagued by injustice. As we begin our second century in this magnificent city, we rededicate ourselves to our vital mission of educating for justice.”

Social justice is a cornerstone of the school’s identity. In 2011-12 alone, USF law students provided 22,000 hours of pro-bono legal work to underserved communities, and the school-sponsored seven free law clinics, including the Investor Justice Clinic where students represent investors in actions involving allegations of wrongdoing by securities firms or their employees, and the Child Advocacy Law Clinic in which students receive training and, under the supervision of the clinic director, represent abused, neglected, or abandoned children in child welfare proceedings.

The USF School of Law began on Sept. 18, 1912 on the corner of Market and 7(th) Streets in downtown San Francisco with three faculty and 39 students. Today, it has 40 influential legal scholars who teach 700 students on the USF Law School campus near Golden Gate Park. The school is proud to be one of the nation’s most diverse with nearly half of its law students identifying themselves as ethnic minorities, and 53% are women.

The USF School of Law is sponsoring a number of notable events during its year-long centennial celebration, including:

    —  Sept. 27: Presentation by Clarence B. Jones, former speechwriter,
        attorney, and advisor to the late Martin Luther King Jr.: “Pivotal Legal
        and Leadership Policy Decisions Faced by Martin Luther King.”    

–  Nov. 9: Public Interest Law Foundation Annual Auction and Award Ceremony
        honoring David Boies, chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller &
        Flexner. This is a fundraiser to provide grants to law students working
        in unpaid public interest law jobs during summer break. 

–  Feb. 7: Centennial Gala Dinner, San Francisco City Hall.

For a detailed calendar of all centennial events, please visit www.usfca.edu/law/about/centennial/events/

About the University of San Francisco School of Law

The University of San Francisco School of Law is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities. The law school pursues excellence in a humane, diverse, and intellectually vibrant learning community of outstanding teachers and scholars dedicated to training ethical professionals. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and innovative programming that educates students to be skilled and effective lawyers ready to practice law. Now celebrating its centennial year, the USF School of Law is ranked as one of the “Top 170 Law Schools” by Princeton Review and the 10(th) most ethnically diverse law school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, please visit www.usfca.edu/law.

Journalists interested in covering the Sept. 19 convocation, or any other centennial event, must register in advance by contacting Anne-Marie Devine at (415) 422-2697 or abdevine@usfca.edu.

SOURCE  University of San Francisco, School of Law”

Know Your Inchoate Labor Protests: Tomorrow’s Planned Commercial Office Waste Protest at City Hall Canceled

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

For some reason.

I’ll tell you, those canceled protests are oftentimes more interesting than the ones that go forward…

Check it:

“Commercial Office Buildings Missing the Mark in San Francisco’s Efforts to Achieve Zero Waste

Labor, Environmental Leaders to Release Report Outlining How Commercial Office Buildings Can Achieve True Zero Waste by 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – POSTPONED members the BlueGreen Alliance and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 87 will join with local labor, environmental and civic leaders to release and show support for the report

Making Zero Mean Zero: Waste Diversion in San Francisco’s Commercial Office Buildings.

Findings in the report reveal actions at some of the city’s commercial buildings are hampering the city’s efforts to achieve zero waste and the report outlines recommendations to achieving true zero waste by 2020 — a goal of the city.

The report was prepared by the BlueGreen Alliance — a national partnership of unions and environmental organizations representing 14 million members and supporters.

WHAT: Labor, environmental, and civic leaders call for commercial office buildings owners in San Francisco to reduce waste and increase recycling. The event will feature Spanish speakers.
WHO: BlueGreen Alliance California Director Lisa Hoyos, SEIU Local 87 President Olga Miranda, SEIU Local 87 Members, Supervisor John Avalos (District 11), Interim Supervisor Christina Olague (District 5)
WHEN: POSTPONED
WHERE: In front of San Francisco City Hall”

So, do I think we’re going to have a million electric cars on the road by 2015, as was pledged? Nope!

And do I think that 10% of all trips in San Francisco will be made by bicycle by 2010? Oh, wait, we missed that one already – that got pushed back to 2020, when 20% of all trips made in San Francisco will be made by bicycle, for sure, like totally man, like guaranteed. (And then when that doesn’t happen, the new goal will be 30% of all trips made in San Francisco being made by bicycle by the year 2030.) Anyway, nope!

And now, do I think that all the commercial office buildings of San Francisco will produce “true zero waste” by 2020? Nope!

Anyway, don’t go to City Hall at 11:30 AM tomorrow cause nothing’ll be going on…

Does the Word “God” Belong on California License Plates? I Don’t Know, Maybe – Check Out “I Heart You God 1″

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Obviously, California will let you put the word “GOD” on your license plate, ’cause, well just look.

One supposes “I Heart You God” was already taken:

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Maybe courts are looking at things differently lately?

I know not.

Oh, here’s something:

“The number ’69′ is reserved for 1969 year model vehicles.”

But they don’t talk about other taboo topics.

Oh well.

Merry part.

Self-Loathing San Franciscan Hates SUVs But Nevertheless Owns and Operates a GMC Jimmy SUV

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

See?

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Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?

Senator Leland Yee Unveils Green Plan: Fix Muni Management, Full Environmental Cleanup at Hunters Point

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Mayoral candidate Senator Leland Yee unveiled his environmental policy commitments yesterday at Rincon Park.

See?

Here’s the whole megillah:

“Yee Announces Plan to Make San Francisco Cleaner and Greener – Yee unveils environmental policy commitments he plans to undertake as Mayor

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Mayoral candidate and Senator Leland Yee unveiled his environmental policy plan, entitled “San Francisco 2020: Leland Yee’s vision for a cleaner, greener city.” Yee released his plan at Rincon Park along side members of the Sierra Club and San Francisco Tomorrow.

Yee’s plan contains 24 specific commitments that he will embark on as Mayor to ensure the city continues to lead on urban environmental policy, that parks are protected from privatization, that we meet our 100% clean energy and zero waste goals, and that we protect our treasured shoreline in preparation for the America’s Cup.

“I am looking forward to making our city the greenest urban center in the nation,” said Yee. “As Mayor, I will fight to protect our air, land and water for future generations. This plan will ensure San Francisco continues to lead on environmental policy and park stewardship, and that we meet our clean energy and zero waste goals.”

Yee is the endorsed candidate by San Francisco’s leading environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and San Francisco Tomorrow, as their first choice for the environment.

“Leland Yee has the strongest and most established environmental record of the candidates running for Mayor, and we proudly endorse his campaign,” said Arthur Feinstein, Chair of the Sierra Club – San Francisco Bay Chapter. “His vision will help San Francisco lead the nation in environmental stewardship.”

Yee has consistently scored top marks from environmentalists. In 2010, he was one of only two state senators to be 100% rated by every major environmental organization, including the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, and Clean Water Action.

For these efforts, Yee has received several environmental honors including the Resource Conservation Award by the California Resource Recovery Association; Coastal Steward Award by Vote the Coast; Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Neighborhoods by the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods; and Environmental Champion by Environment California

Among Yee’s many environmental accomplishments, he co-authored AB 32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act, and was one the most outspoken legislators opposing the bad “water deal” package in Sacramento. He passed legislation to stop offshore oil drilling, was a leader in the effort to protect the Farallon Islands, and passed reform legislation in response to the 2007 San Francisco Bay Cosco Busan oil spill.

The highlights of Yee’s plan include:

IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SAVE SAN FRANCISCO’S PARKS
1. Oppose park privatization
2. Champion a parcel tax measure for dedicated parks funding
3. Support a park renewal bond in 2012
4. Respect Golden Gate Park

2020 Goal: 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
5. Create a clean energy program that can compete with PG&E
6. Fully fund GoSolarSF and increase local clean energy production
7. Plan for the effect of climate change
8. Continue the push for energy efficiency
9. Encourage innovation to green the local grid
10. Oppose gas-fired peaker plants
11. Renewable energy means green jobs

2020 Goal: ZERO WASTE
12. Improve public education and access to waste diversion options
13. Improve proper waste diversion through incentives and improved technologies
14. Promote efforts to increase producer responsibility and sustainable products

2020 GOAL: 100,000 MORE MUNI RIDERS & 50,000 FEWER CAR TRIPS
15. Fix Muni management
16. Re-engineer the system to connect and serve the entire city
17. Bring Muni out of the Dark Ages: the long-overdue Technology Revolution
18. Lead the charge for true regional transportation planning
19. Bicycle safely and walk freely

PRIORITIZE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
20. An environmental vision for the America’s Cup
21. Full environmental cleanup at Hunters Point
22. Put housing, jobs, and transit together
23. Maximize reuse of captured rain water
24. Promote healthy neighborhoods”

Last Night’s One-Year Anniversary Party for The Bay Citizen a Huge Success, As Far As I Know

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

[Oh, here we go, it's the Citizen of Tomorrow Awards, just posted.]

Now, the problem I had last night was being too ambitious, thinking I could drop by the First Birthday Celebration of The Bay Citizen and then hustle it uphill to the Specfic Whites neighborhood by nine-ish, thinking that this year’s party would be like last year’s, you know, the one they had in the Twitterloin. That one was off the hook.

Anyway, here it is at the stated 8:00 PM starting time. (A dozen people to park your car, but only one to check you into the place.)

(Why, yes, Terra _is_ 200 feet away from a bridge and two miles away from a tunnel – why do you ask?)

And here are your food trucks. (Everything seems to taste better when it’s from a truck, non?)

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I guess things got going later in the evening. But I’ll tell you, if you skipped the first hour of last year’s soiree, which was off the hook, you would have missed a lot.

The good thing is that The Bay Citizen produced, as designed, a lot of good stuff the past year.

Anyway, Bon Anniversaire, The Bay Citizen.

Remembering the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Three Years Later – Turns Out That Everybody was to Blame

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Has it been only three years since the Cosco Busan, the leakiest 2001 Hyundai ever, spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel* into the bay? Seems longer.

Anyway, turns out that a dude who supposed to be up front looking out for stuff in the pea soup fog was downstairs in the galley eating breakfast. I did not know that, no sir. Of course, the idea to depart on sked despite the fog came from the bar pilot, so that’s the person who’s primarily responsible. But there still plenty of blame to go around. Deets below.

Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech!

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All right, it’s Blame Time:

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the following probable causes of the accident:

- the pilot’s degraded cognitive performance from his use of prescription medications, despite his completely clean post accident drug test,
- the absence of a comprehensive pre-departure master/pilot exchange and a lack of effective communication between Pilot John Cota and Master Mao Cai Sun during the accident voyage, and
- (COSCO Busan Master) Sun’s ineffective oversight of Cota’s piloting performance and the vessel’s progress.

Other contributing factors included:

- the failure of Fleet Management Ltd. to train the COSCO Busan crewmembers (which led to such acts of gross negligence as the bow lookout eating breakfast in the galley instead of being on watch) and Fleet Management’s failure to ensure that the crew understood and complied with the company’s safety management system;
- the failure of Caltrans to maintain foghorns on the bridge which were silent despite the heavy fog;
- the failure of Vessel Traffic Safety (VTS) to alert Cota and Sun that they were headed for the tower. VTS is legally required to alert a vessel if an accident appears imminent, yet they remained silent;
- the malfunctioning radar on the COSCO Busan, which led Captains Cota and Sun to use an electronic chart for the rest of the voyage. Although Coast Guard investigators found the radar to be in working order, they did not examine it until days after the accident (allowing time for faulty equipment to be fixed, which is not uncommon after a marine accident)
- Captain Sun’s incorrect identification of symbols on the electronic chart;
- the U.S. Coast Guard’s failure to provide adequate medical oversight of Cota, in view of the medical and medication information he had reported to the Coast Guard

Happy Anniversary, Cosco Busan, or should I say MSC Venezia? Don’t ever come back.

The patched-up ship finally hits the road, back in aught-seven – this was the last time we’ll ever see the Cosco Busan in the Bay Area, most likely:

*Yeah, Wiki is still wrong on that gallonage figure, partly due to the U.S. Coast Guard sitting on information for months and months ’cause they didn’t want to earn themselves any more bad press.