Posts Tagged ‘Federation’

Strategist Nate Ballard Takes a Victory Lap in the New York Times over Jeff Adachi’s Proposition B Going Down in Flames

Friday, November 5th, 2010

San Francisco’s Nate Ballard is being celebrated today in the New York Times. Check it:

“’Like it or not, unions are still the most potent political force in California,’” said Nathan Ballard, a Democratic strategist and former Gavin Newsom aide who once worked for the California Labor Federation. Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor, ‘persistently demonized the unions,’ Mr. Ballard said. ‘It was a miscalculation on her part. She greatly underestimated their influence.’”

So it would seem. A few months back, I certainly thought that Prop B would do a lot better than it did.

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Proposition B‘s lopsided defeat will make people think twice before creating other initiatives that affect organized labor in the 415, it would seem.

Japantown Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance 2010 a Huge Success

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Yeasterday’s Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown was well-attended. Here’s some video and  here’s the dragon, courtesy of the SFNoobs.

Now, I didn’t stick around for nightfall, but here’s what things looked like early on, under the pouring sun.

The parade coming…

…and going:

People were encouraged to wave their hands in the air like they just didn’t care. (Note Retail for Lease sign in background.)

And here comes the queen and court for the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program 2010 

Amd here’s what people were carrying:

And here’s the only pol that I saw, Emily Murase. She’s running for the San Francisco Board of Education in November:

All this was taken in by a (mostly) enthusiastic crowd:

Takko, the garlic capital of  Japan, sounds like my kind of town:

People were dusting off their summery yukata to join in:

See you next year!

Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown Sunday Night: 150th Anniversary

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Per Hokubei.com:

“Inspired by the 1936 Chochin Gyoretsu (Lantern Parade) commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Kanrin Maru’s arrival, the Japanese Benevolent Society of California, the Japantown Merchants Association, the Japanese American Religious Federation, and other Japantown community organizations have organized a lantern parade celebrating the 150th. “Yosakoi,” a traditional folk dance of the Kochi region, which will host the 2011 Grassroots Summit, will be performed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to participate. The Bon Odori/Lantern Parade will follow from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.”

See you there.

Russian Navy Invades San Francisco, Cleans Out Liquor Stores. Tour Varyag Thursday

Monday, June 21st, 2010

It was all pomp and circumstance today down at Piers 30-32 when Russian Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag (Viking, mas o menos) made a courtesy call. See for yourself at Japan Security Watch

Here she is after coming through the Golden Gate yesterday:

Russian Federation Navy Missile Cruiser Varyag transits through San Francisco Bay while Coast Guard boat crews provide a security zone around the vessel, Sunday, June 20, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns – 100620-G-7265M-047″

All sorts of government officials went aboard today - people like Mayor Gavin Newsom and elements of every alphabet soup federal agency extant.

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There are some of your 16 huge launch tubes right there:

Then it was all over to Pier 7 or someplace for a ceremony with George P. Shultz and the Russian Ambassador:

They were all addressed by this avuncular Russian cowboy:

(This Rear Admiral has a few medals, huh?)

And then it was time to hit the town and do a little alcohol shopping. Thusly:

Employees at John Walker & Co. store (man, that’s a little too close to Johnnie Walker, don’t you think?) were pleased, to say the least.

Now, if you want to get on this aging cruiser to see how the recent refurbishment went, well, get there early at the foot of Bryant Street on Thursday. It should be a very popular tour (from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or whatever they decide to do.)

Orchids Everywhere at the Asian Art Musuem – Tribute to Doris Duke Runs Through Sunday

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

In between downpours yesterday, made it over to the Asian Art Museum where they were getting ready for Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke, starting today and running through Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Turns out that Doris Duke was heavy into orchids, she was “collector, cultivator, and preservationist” all in one. Plus, some of her pieces will be on display in the Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma, the new exhibit starting this Friday, October 23rd. So why not turn the AAM into a mini Conservatory of Flowers for a little while, huh?  

Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke
Tuesday, October 20 through Sunday, October 25
Main Lobby, North and South courts
FREE with museum admission

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“Orchids (Orchidaceae) are flowering plants commonly found in Southeast Asia and other tropical parts of the world. This is a botanic description of orchids, but for most of us orchids are the most exotic of plants with an enormous diversity of shape, size, color. Doris Duke, who collected many of the artworks presented in Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, was an avid orchid collector, cultivator, and preservationist. As an homage to Doris Duke and her passion for collecting, for the first time and for five days only, the museum will present a striking display of orchids. The display features arrangements by members of Ikebana International and Ikebana Teachers Federation, San Francisco Orchid Society, San Francisco Garden Club, Asian Art Museum Flower Committee, de Young Flower Committee; floral designers, orchid aficionados, and others.”

See you there!