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Our City Family: Labor Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Warren Hellman Unite to Fight Jeff Adachi’s Prop D

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Well here’s the news of the day – it’s the launch of YesOnCNoOnD.com

And look who’s the headliner of this Fellowship, it’s “Civic Leader” Warren Hellman, who used to play for the other team, so to speak.

Anyway, all the deets, below.

That Warren sure loves his banjo:

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“PAULSON, FALK TO CO-CHAIR YES ON PROPOSITION C PENSION REFORM CAMPAIGN - Top Labor Leader, Top Business Leader Tapped To Lead Consensus Coalition

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2011 – San Franciscans United For Pension And Health Reform today selected Tim Paulson and Steve Falk to serve as co-chairs of the campaign supporting Proposition C and opposing Proposition D on the November ballot.

Paulson is executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council, comprised of 150 local unions and representing 100,000 workers, and Falk is president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, a 1,500-member organization representing the business community.

“We are pleased that San Francisco’s top labor leader and top business leader are working together to lead this coalition’s campaign for pension and health reform,” said Thomas P. O’Connor, president of Fire Fighters Local 798. “Unions and the business community don’t agree on everything, but on Proposition C, San Francisco is united.”

Falk praised Proposition C, which was developed with input from the community, introduced by Mayor Ed Lee, and passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.

“Proposition C saves taxpayers at least $1.3 billion over the next decade,” said Falk. “This measure is fiscally responsible and it will help keep us solvent.”

Paulson emphasized the measure’s fairness.

“Proposition C provides a safety net for hardworking city employees who earn lower wages,” said Paulson. “It keeps pension contributions stable for those making less than $50,000 a year. Those who make more pay more.”

O’Connor drew a contrast between Proposition C and Proposition D, a rival pension measure.

“Proposition C has widespread support because it was conceived in the light of day, with a public process that encouraged input and ideas from everyone,” said O’Connor. “On the other hand, the backers of Proposition D bought their way onto the ballot with signature gatherers who were paid five dollars a signature and repeatedly got caught on tape lying about what the measure would do.”

Today, San Franciscans United For Pension And Health Reform also announced the other members of its campaign committee. In addition to Paulson, Falk, and O’Connor, the committee includes other business and labor leaders, along with the measure’s sponsor at the Board of Supervisors:

Warren Hellman, Civic Leader
Gary Delagnes, President of the San Francisco Police Officers Association
Sean Elsbernd, Member of the Board of Supervisors
Steve Fields, Co-Chair of the Human Services Network
Larry Mazzola, Business Manager and Financial Secretary Treasurer of UA Local 38
Rebecca Rhine, Executive Director of the Municipal Executives Association
Bob Muscat, Executive Director of IFTPE Local 21
Sean Connolly, President of the Municipal Attorneys Association

Please visit www.yesoncnoond.com for more information.”

Resolved: The Organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010 Could Have Done a Better Job with Bicycle Parking

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Writer Matt Baume has a great follow-up today on What Went Wrong This Year Again with bicycle parking at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010.

I don’t know, when I was there, tons of cars (or, more literally, tens of tons of cars) with Friends and Family passes were getting waived-through the NO BIKE ZONE on JFK, although, admittedly, this was early on. (I’m sure most of the Friends and Family people ended up parking closer to the Banjo Stage, where their tents were located.) 

And since We’re All About Safety and whatnot, what’s up with the gasoline-powered ClubCar drivers, how fast are they allowed to go on the dusty sidewalks of JFK? 20 MPH? 25 MPH? I don’t know.

All’s I know is that I couldn’t keep up with them when I was pedalling downhill on the slopey part of JFK. But I was able to enjoy the dust clouds they kicked up, the ones that spread all over JFK:  

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And, HSB people, if you’ve cured the BICYCLE HAZARD by not letting bikes go through on JFK, then there is no more BICYCLE HAZARD, right? So what are the signs supposed to be telling people?

Now, I’m not one to criticize people or nothing, but if I were, I might say something about putting them ClubCars into speed-limited “golf-cart mode” next year.

And, HSB people, you have so much money, right? You’re swimming in resources. So why not put out some more bike racks next year? Just have them stretching to the horizon, you dig? T’wouldn’t cost that much at all…

OMG! Prop B Backer F. Warren Hellman Pulls a 180 – Now Opposes Prop B – Will He Get a $50 K Refund?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

[UPDATE: Writer Joe Eskenazi has the deets on the prospects for F. Warren for getting a $50K refund from the Prop B people. The chances don’t look good at this point. And further explication comes from Heather Knight. That will have to do for now…]

The Question of the Day is this:

How do you get a strong-willed (and is there any other kind?) billionaire to change his or her mind?

No matter, San Francisco’s #1 banjo playerwants out of the pro-Proposition B campaign. Get all the deets, plus reaction from San Francisco Labor Council President Tim Paulson, below.

(This is seismic, baby.)

(This is unprecedented, baby.)

Click to expand. His head’s not really blue – it’s just the way the lighting was.

(Hello, MSM, are you there? It’s me, Margaret. Can we get a little follow-up, please? Show us what you can do with this one. Starting…now!)

Statement from F. Warren Hellman:

“I’m leaving the Yes on Proposition B campaign for the same reason I got involved in the campaign in the first place – we need a meaningful dialogue in San Francisco between business and labor to solve long-term problems threatening the city’s future without name-calling and fingerpointing.
 
“We must address the issue of spiraling public pension and health benefits costs. They’re like an iceberg floating beneath the surface that threatens to sink cities like ours. At the same time, I’m not willing scapegoat police officers, firefighters and other public workers to do it.
 
“We got into this situation together and we must work together to solve it in the interest of a city we all love.
 
“I was reminded of this spirit at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this past weekend.  We pulled off a massive free concert in Golden Gate Park without one major injury, disruption or arrest, which is a testament to the professionalism of San Francisco’s public workers and our City’s spirit of cooperation.
 
“I believe that organized labor appreciates that it is in San Francisco’s interest – and the interest of its members — to head off a looming pension and benefits crisis before it cripples public services and leaves police officers, firefighters and other public workers without retirement security.
 
“And I also believe that San Francisco business must understand its responsibility to pay its fair share to fund quality public services. And that begins with workers who are properly trained, fairly paid and able to retire with dignity.
 
“We have a history of working together in this city and settling issues without expensive and divisive political fights at the ballot box. I’m going to focus my attention and resources on restarting those discussions.”

Statement from Tim Paulson, San Francisco Labor Council

“On behalf of the Labor community, we are very pleased that Warren Hellman has withdrawn his support from the Yes on B campaign. Many of us in organized labor have worked closely with Mr. Hellman in recent years to rebuild San Francisco’s schools and fund public education and we were disappointed to be at odds on this measure.
 
“We share Mr. Hellman’s legitimate concerns about rising pension and health care costs and commit to work with him and other likeminded leaders in the business community to address them. We want to find sustainable and affordable ways to attract and retain the best public employees, compensate them fairly and allow them to retire with dignity. In short, we acknowledge and respect Mr. Hellman’s goals, even if Prop B is not the vehicle to achieve them.”

Ever more deets, from the Anti-Prop B people, after the jump

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010: 420 Friendly But No Bicycle Parking and No “Major Gift” Announcement

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

[UPDATE: Mike Billings has the deets on the “major gift” worth 75,000 from Warren Hellman to automate the irrigation system of part of the park.] 

The 2010 edition of our Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival proceeds in Golden Gate Park. The whole shebang ends on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 so there’s still time for you to go…

It’s a pretty crunchy scene, in places, with ganga smoke all over:

“Special” brownies are $4:

But some rules you can’t break. This Marijuana Provider truck parked as close as possible to the main entrance got the least expensive parking ticket possible – $23. Actually, that’s a good deal: 

Speaking of parking, there was none left for bicycles in the afternoon:

So, up into the air they went. Once more unto the trees, dear friends, once more:

Appears as if the Plant People won out over the Bike People this go around – that would explain all the signage.  But I didn’t see as much tree parking as there was in 2009. IMO, trees are pretty tolerant of bikes hanging about, but that’s JMO.  

There was supposed to be an announcement of a “major gift” from F. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s favorite billionaire, to Golden Gate Park at the Banjo Stage this afternoon, seeing as how it’s the HSBF Decennial this year. There might have been a gift, but there was no announcement. Seen here with Emmylou Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:

Mr. Hellman’s jacket sported at least two Stars of David, for the record. Not sure the meaning of the script:

(Perhaps thats a better getup than his Fred Flintstone outfit.)

Anyway, that’s how it’s going so far…

AT&T Goes All Out to Make Sure Your iPhone Works at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – Hidden COLT Vehicle Saves the Day?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The last thing AT&T wants is all you Apple iPhoners unable to check stock quotes and download porn during Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park.

So, they’ve got a plan, a plan to blanket Speedway Meadow with enough non-ionizing radiation to cook a hot dog at 200 yards. That way, your phone will work for sure for a change.

(I don’t know, I have a Palm Treo smartphone that Costco gave me about four years ago cause I signed up for a two-year contract, unlimited data for $15. Works fine. They say I can’t get that kind of deal on a new contract these days – the workers at the cell phone companies tell me to just keep my existing contract. Anyway, Sprint never has dropped a call on me, for what it’s worth.)

AT&T in the hiz-ouse on JFK Drive today. The truck itself, the Cellular On Light Truck truck is near the top of a hill at a secure undisclosed location.

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Here’s what the trucks look like – they can get pretty big.

Anyway, I think that’s what Ma Bell is doing, maybe they have a cooperation deal with other providers, I don’t know.

Tell me if your iPhone don’t work at HSBF10. Or more likely you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how smoothly your Apple mobile works.

Who knows…

MC Hammer Delights Thousands Today in Golden Gate Park – He’d Quit Doing This Annual Show, But He’s Too Legit

Friday, October 1st, 2010

MC Hammer put on a delightful show today in Golden Gate Park to start up the  Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Hundreds of schoolkids we on hand, with thousands in the audience.

Verily, per mrawfulhimself:

“MC fucking hammer at the golden gate park”

See? Lots of yellow buses to bring in th children. Parachute pants sightings = 0:

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And here’s the scene before the kids bum rushed the stage.

Check out the schedule for this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park – it’s paid for entirely by nascent media baron Fonzerelli Warren Kramer Hellman.

Unstated “Bicycle Hazard” at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Bans Bikes from JFK, the Biggest Road in Golden Gate Park

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Cyclists are banned from using part of JFK Drive this weekend, owing to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Either there is some hazard to bicycles or the bicycles are the hazard.

See? The signs are all over, like the Burma Shave used to have:

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This year, you’re much better off just driving in if you can get a Friends and Family pass for your car. Not sure how you’d get one but lots and lots of people seem to have them.

Another Lexus makes it past Checkpoint Charlie and into a free parking space. The yellow pass is key:

Oh well.

MC Hammer Plays Golden Gate Park This Morning at Speedway Meadow to Kick Off Hardly Strictly Blues Festival 2010

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Check out the schedule for this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park – it’s paid for entirely by nascent media baron Fonzerelli Warren Kramer Hellman.

MC Hammer will put on a show this morning at 11:30 AM at Speedway Meadow. Just take an early lunch, why not. It’s all good, non? He’s the super dope homeboy from the Oaktown, right?

Hammer (that’s what it says on his driver license, simply “Hammer” – he showed it to me one time on the JetBlue) as he appeared in aught-eight.

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Via CultrVultr

See you there!

Website Name Confusion? “The East Bay Citizen” vs. BANP’s Nascent “The Bay Citizen”

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Back in the day, back around 1855-1865, the bay area had an actual physical newspaper called the “Daily Citizen” or “San Francisco Daily Citizen” or something. Didn’t last too long.

But these days, the fairly common name Citizen  (it made this list, anyway) is back in bidness in the bay area. Check it – here’s the East Bay Citizen.

See? There’s your straight-up prototypical Citizen Journalism right there, with extensive coverage of sujets civiques in San Leandro and Hayward from highly regarded Steven Tavares. Dude’s even got a manifesto ‘n stuff:

The purpose of The Citizen is to serve the areas of the East Bay that are severely under reported by the local media. The reasons your daily newspaper is sparse devoid of insight or context is either because of financial constraints leading to cutbacks in the newsroom or general dereliction of civic duty (that is the polite way of saying it).”

All right, fair enough.

Comes now the Bay Area  News Project (BANP). See?  It’s backed by more millionaires and billionaires than you can shake a stick at.  Well, next month, they’re going to start up with The Bay Citizen. Here’s their logo:

Question Time. Do you think that there might be confusion between these two outfits, owing to the similarity of the names? I do. Can you imagine how future developments could create even more confusion? Mmmm…

Do you think the person(s) who came up with the name Bay Citizen for the BANP are aware of the online existence of the East Bay Citizen? Yes, of course, how could they not be?

Now, do you think the person(s) who came up with the name Bay Citizen for the BANP bounced the idea off of Steven Tavares beforehand? No, that’s a negatory, good buddy.

And do you think hardworking Steven Tavares is pleased with BANP’s actions? No. (Not saying he’s all pissed off or anything, as he’s manifestly Too Busy To Hate, just saying he’s not pleased.)

All right, Question Time is over. Now, it’s Party Time. Check it:

The Bay Citizen Just got the green light – our launch party will be held at the historic Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on May 26th. It’s a wonderful venue for what we promise will be an amazing party!”

So, for $50 you can score two tickets and then be able to tell all your friends that you’re a “Founder” of the BANP’s Bay Citizen online venture

Party on, I s’pose.

Bay Area News Project to Go Live May 26th, 2010 – Become a Founder for Just $50

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

That Bay Area News Project / The Bay Citizen, it looks like they’re opening for bidness with a quickness. And they want your money too – actually, you might find donating a few bucks of seed money rewarding. Take a look.

Here’s the pitch I got today:

“Dear LADIESMAN217,
 
“I know that you’re passionate about local journalism, because you’ve signed up for our newsletter.  Now, you have the chance to do something positive for Bay Area news.  Help us create a vital institution for the Bay Area – become a Founder of The Bay Citizen.
 
“The state of news in the Bay Area is at an all-time low.  Half of the professional journalists covering the Bay Area are gone.  Original reporting about education, public policy, government, science and health, art, and other important civic topics has been hit the hardest.  What important stories are we missing?”

Now hold on, is the state of news in the Bay Area really at an “all-time low?” Really?

I’ll tell you, one of the specific examples cited by BANP Founder (the real Founder, not a run-of-the-mill-$50-donation founder) F. Warren Hellman to show the need for non-profit journalism in the bay area was the category of ballet reviews. Now, I just finished coding the HTML for a brace of reviews for the latest ballet performance in town – check it out here. Do you think this incomplete list is too short? Do you think the quality of writing from all those writers just isn’t there? Mmmmm.

Cheer up newsie, you’ll be repurposed and back in action in a couple months:

Anyway, look forward to the BANP owning the field of arts review soon. I don’t know, maybe ballet reviews in newspapers were somehow better back in the day?

Of course that’s a pretty specific nitpick, I’ll agree. But what about a century ago when Bill Hearst got people all fired up about something based on a bunch of lies ‘n stuff? Wasn’t that par for the course back then? I’m thinking things are not at an all time low, myself. Oh well.

You can read the rest of that pitch letter after the jump. Be sure to take note of all the perks of Founderdom:

“As a Founder, you will receive:
Free admission to our launch party for you and a guest.  We’re planning to have the event in San Francisco, and we promise an entertaining evening.
Permanent recognition as a Founder on a special page of our Web site which we will unveil when our site goes live.
An invitiation to help shape The Bay Citizen by participating in our surveys and focus groups.
And of course, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make history by supporting the future of Bay Area journalism.
Founders who donate over $1,000 will also receive an invitation to a small-group lunch with myself and Jonathan Weber, our Editor in Chief.
 

(Tell you what, you give this Citizen $50 and I’ll take you out to Chow, no problem. Now, you might not be able to deduct that from your taxes…)

As promised, the rest of the pitch, after the jump. Maybe you’ll think this offer a good deal.

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