Posts Tagged ‘First Lady’

What’s That PG&E? You’re Sponsoring a “Green App” Contest for $25k? Well, That Makes Up for San Bruno and EVERYTHING!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

I don’t know, PG&E. Sometimes I get the idea that you don’t know that you are the suckiest major utility in the United States…

Hey, I know, why not develop an app what tells you how to do your job without blowing people up?

(And then apply to the CPUC to get reimbursed for all your related expenses. Hooray.)

Via David Yu - click to expand

“PG&E Sponsors U.S. Department of Energy Green Button Apps Contest

Utility Offers $25,000 Toward National Prize for Top Energy Apps

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2012 — After seeing the potential for customers to save energy and money by downloading personal energy data through its Green Button service, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is supporting further industry innovation by sponsoring a nationwide search for the best Green Button energy apps.

The Apps for Energy contest is a partnership with the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. technology firms. The developer finalists who create the winning apps for phones and computers will take home part of a $100,000 cash prize from sponsors PG&E, Itron and the DOE, as well as national bragging rights.

“Green Button will arm millions of Americans with information they can use to lower their energy bills,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Innovative tools like these are good for our economy, good for the health of our communities, and an essential part of our approach toward a secure and clean energy future that works for Americans.”

PG&E launched the Green Button in December 2011, responding to a challenge from the White House to design a standard format for customers with SmartMeters(TM) to download their energy use data online. The Green Button aims to promote personal energy awareness and development of phone and computer apps to aid customers in making informed decisions about their energy use and help them save money on their monthly energy statement. To date, there have been about 220,000 Green Button downloads.

“There is incredible power and potential in providing our customers with new visibility into their energy use, with information that’s clear accurate, timely, and easy to use,” said Tony Earley, PG&E Corporation’s Chairman, CEO and President. “Today’s announcement shows PG&E’s commitment to stimulating growth and innovation in the developer community. When it comes to energy management, we are driven to help transform the way our customers manage energy in their home.”

The DOE has long supported energy innovation, driving a nationwide push for more renewable energy sources and encouraging every American to become more engaged with how they use energy.

“Providing consumers with easy access to data on their energy consumption can help give them the tools they need to make informed decisions about their energy use,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has said. “Developing applications and services to help consumers understand and control their energy use is a field ripe for American innovation.”

App developers will be able to participate by registering at challenge.gov and submitting a description, video, photos, and a link to their app. The website energy.gov/developer will be the main resource page for developers. Both sites will go live April 5. Until then, the public can submit ideas for energy apps at energy.gov. The winner is planned to be announced in May.

PG&E customers with an electric SmartMeter(TM) and a My Energy account can log on at pge.com/myenergy, click on the Green Button icon, and download up to 13 months of their hourly electric usage data. About half of the utility’s electric customers – or 2.3 million – are registered with My Energy.

Green Button is one of many energy- and cost-saving benefits available to PG&E customers with a SmartMeter(TM). Other benefits include:

– Hourly electric and daily gas usage data charts via a secure PG&E
website
— Energy Alerts to notify customers when they’re approaching a
higher-priced electric tier and to encourage a change in their energy
use
— Outage detection to help PG&E quickly restore service
— Remote service connection as a convenience for customers
— Special time-varying rate programs like SmartRate(TM)
— Enabling in-home energy management devices that display the energy usage
of appliances

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Big Boner for PG&E: “A Great Local Corporation” – Herrera, Avalos Pounce

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

[UPDATE: And here's Dan Schreiber's take. And here's Ron Russell. And oh, check out below for PG&E Currents' take - appears as if a great deal of our "City Family" was on hand at this fiasco.]

[UPDATE II: And here comes Joe Eskenazi to rip the cover off of the ball:

"Lee presided over a heartwarming, press-friendly event featuring kiddies, baseball, and the company that blew up the adjacent town."

Mercy! Take the next three days off, Joe. You deserve it. Oh, and readers, don't miss this part:

"Mayor Lee's comments praised PG&E's support of a literacy program -- period," said Lee spokesman Tony Winnicker.

Uh no, maybe that's he meant to do, Icky Renown Nit (do the math, kids that's "Tony Winnicker" rearranged - it means, well, forget about what it means - "wonky" is in there too but I couldn't get the rest of the letters to cooperate), but, in fact, what he did was call PG&E "a great local corporation" and "a great company that get's it." Spinning too much, as you oftentimes do, Tony, well, that's called "lying."

But, prove me wrong. Tell me, when, exactly, did Ed Lee ever "hold PG&E accountable" for its lies about the issues at hand, you know, the ones that have just recently come to light? Ever? Recently?]

ZOMG. In the words of Hannibal Lecter, what could be more inappropriate?

Per “Interim Mayor” Ed Lee and via writer Amy Crawford:

“Isn’t that a wonderful contribution from a great local corporation?” Lee said. “They’re a great company that gets it.”

WTF?

Now, truth be told, this “gets it” language comes straight from the Gavin Newsom administration – this was one of Gavin’s pet phrases for the City’s public-private Corporation of the Day. So it’s understandable how it could sneak into Ed Lee’s brain.

But, again, WTF?

Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job:

Via David Yu - click to expand

Anyway, here’s the pouncing. so far.

From City Attorney Dennis Herrera:

“Herrera criticizes Ed Lee’s lavish praise for PG&E on eve of one-year anniversary of San Bruno blast

Against the backdrop of devastating findings by NTSB earlier this week—a day after another gas line blast in Cupertino—Lee calls PG&E ‘a great company that gets it’

San Francisco – City Attorney Dennis Herrera today criticized interim Mayor Ed Lee for poor judgment and insensitivity to the families of San Bruno blast victims for participating in a PG&E public relations event yesterday, and praising the state’s largest utility for being “a great corporation” and a “great company that gets it.” Lee’s quote was reported in this morning’s edition of the San Francisco Examiner, which also questioned the timing of Lee’s participation with PG&E-sponsored corporate publicity just days after the National Transportation Safety Board issued devastating findings that blamed the utility for the deadly explosion of a gas transmission line in San Bruno, Calif. last, which resulted in the loss of eight lives and the total destruction of 38 homes.

The one-year anniversary of that tragedy is coming up next week, on Sept. 9.

“Ed Lee’s lavish praise for PG&E as ‘a great corporation’ on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno tragedy, just days after federal regulators blamed the utility for a ‘litany of failures’ that claimed eight lives, is unconscionable,” said Herrera. “It shows insensitivity to victims’ families, and poor judgment for allowing his office to be used as a corporate PR tool. No less troubling, it ignores the serious work my office and others have done to protect San Franciscans from PG&E’s negligence, to prevent further explosions like those in San Bruno last year and in Cupertino on Wednesday. The interim Mayor should reassess his laudatory view of PG&E, and apologize to San Bruno victims’ families.”

PG&E, which according to its most recent annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission generated $13.8 billion in revenue in 2010, donated $250,000 to a local youth program at a corporate PR event yesterday.

PG&E runs three major gas transmission lines whose integrity and safety has come into question under nine high-population-density neighborhoods in San Francisco, where hundreds of thousands of people live and work. One of those includes the very same line that failed catastrophically in San Bruno last year, and another that dates back to the 1930s. Major facilities threatened by the failure of these inadequately inspected transmission lines include numerous schools and recreation centers, San Francisco City College, and San Francisco General Hospital, which typically contains more than 5,000 acute care patients and visitors, medical professionals and staff. Significant stretches of Highway 101 and Highway 280 additionally run over the antiquated lines.

On July 14, 2011, Herrera took the first step toward suing state and federal regulators for not reasonably enforcing gas pipeline safety standards against PG&E as required by the federal Pipeline Safety Act. Herrera’s notice of intent to sue is a legally required precursor to civil litigation by San Francisco, which will seek a federal court order to compel the CPUC and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to enforce federal pipeline safety standards in an effective manner against the utility giant.”

And from Supervisor John Avalos:

Statement from Supervisor John Avalos on Ed Lee Calling PG&E is “A Great Corporation”

I was frankly astonished to read Mayor Lee praising PG&E in the newspaper this morning, mere days after the National Transportation Safety Board found that the 2010 blast in San Bruno that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes was the result of PG&Es “multiple, recurring deficiencies” which were “evidence of a systemic problem.”

Ed Lee called PG&E a “great corporation” yesterday–a great corporation who spent $50 million last year trying to pass a ballot measure that would ensure their monopoly in places like San Francisco instead of repairing and inspecting pipes like the one that caused this terrible destruction. Now this “great” corporation want its customers to foot the bills for its negligence and bad practices? Ed Lee says that this corporation “gets it.” PG&E seem to “get” that a symbolic donation to a charity at the height of their unpopularity might help their rate-payers forget the catastrophic results of their negligence and bad practices.

The residents of that neighborhood in San Bruno will not forget. The families of those who lost their lives that day will not forget. And anyone who fought to defeat Proposition 16, in an effort to maintain a city’s right to produce their own power won’t forget the blatant cynicism of this corporation.

I’m deeply disappointed, and I would like Mayor Lee to tell San Franciscans what makes this corporation “great” and what it is besides insider politics and business as usual that PG&E “gets.”

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ABOUT JOHN AVALOS:
John Avalos represents San Francisco’s District 11, including the neighborhoods of the Outer Mission, Excelsior, and OMI. He is a third generation Mexican-American, the son of an ILWU longshoreman and an office manager. He is one of seven children. John earned a master’s degree in social work from San Francisco State University. He and his wife, Karen Zapata, a fourth-grade teacher at San Francisco Community School, own a home in the Excelsior. Their young children Rene and Emiliano attend San Francisco Community School, a District 11 public school.”

Here’s the old title of this bit:

Dear Mayor Ed Lee: Just Because PG&E Supports Your Political Faction Doesn’t Make It a “Great Local Corporation”

But then I got these releases so I changed it.

Anyway, how much of a bubble is Ed Lee in? How long did that take, less than eight months? Doesn’t he know how the real world perceives Rose Pak? Doesn’t he know that PG&E just got busted by the Feds for it’s behavior before, during and after the San Bruno pipeline explosion?

Holding court at the party for the opening of the new airport terminal, Rose was seated at the table with interim Mayor Ed Lee and his wife, Anita, and a host of other local officials.

“I want every one of you to call his office and tell him he should run for mayor,” Rose told the table. “And do it right away so that there’s no misunderstanding.”

Then she turned to the architect David Gensler.

“Didn’t you do this terminal?” she asked.

“Yes,” he said.

“Didn’t you remodel this terminal before?”

“Yes,” he said.

“Then your firm should raise a million dollars for his election campaign.”

Poor Gensler, he didn’t know what hit him.”

 And here’s PG&E’s view of the affair:

San Francisco: With Support from PG&E, RBI Program Goes to Bat for Literacy at Bessie Carmichael School
An innovative program that helps improve the reading skills of students at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in San Francisco got a boost from PG&E on Thursday, Sept. 1.

San Francisco RBI, in a partnership with Major League Baseball, was created in 2010 to help ensure that local at-risk youth in underserved areas of the city can learn essential life skills and the fundamentals of baseball and softball. San Francisco RBI provides year-round programs to the students at Bessie Carmichael School, with a focus on literacy, the arts, health, nutrition, and baseball and softball skills.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee reads to students at Bessie Carmichael School on Thursday.

On Thursday, PG&E contributed $250,000 to the program at an event at the school and the adjacent Victoria Manalo Draves Park baseball diamond in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

Local leaders, including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg and Board of Education President Hydra Mendoza, read to the students. San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia and sports media personalities Vern Glenn (KRON-TV) and Kevin Radich (KGO radio) also took part in the event.

“These are challenging economic times and it is important for us to unite as a community to support the children of San Francisco as they learn and grow in our schools and on the field to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. He thanked San Francisco RBI and PG&E for partnering with the city “to offer a unique investment in our youth as they prepare to compete in the 21st century workforce.”

After throwing out a first pitch to Jim Messemer, executive director of San Francisco RBI, Mayor Lee told about 200 kindergarten and first-grade students to follow the group’s credo: Reach. Believe. Inspire.

He also praised PG&E for its involvement in the project and the community.

“PG&E is a great local company who gets it,” Lee said. “A great corporation has given a grant to RBI to help local kids.”

The partnership with San Francisco RBI is a good example of PG&E’s efforts to support the communities where it provides power and where its 20,000 employees work and live.

“As a longtime member of the San Francisco community, we are proud to team up with San Francisco RBI and Bessie Carmichael School to give these students the resources they need to succeed,” said Chris Johns, PG&E’s president and a board member of the PG&E Corporation Foundation. “Expanding the reach of this exciting literacy program is critical to ensuring that we are developing the young minds that will help shape our future.”

School principal Jeff Burgos spoke to the students in three languages – English, Spanish and Tagalog – while Police Chief Suhr told them, “The better you read, the safer you can be.”

Run, Ed, Run: Wow, Take a Look at the Media Scrum at Today’s Mayor Ed Lee Campaign Announcement

Monday, August 8th, 2011

There he is, San Francisco Interim Mayor Ed Lee announcing his election campaign.

At this moment, he was dodging questions from The Bay Citizen’s Gerry Shih

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The deets:

I ask Ed Lee if he’ll keep giving exclu. intvus/news/polls to chron. Nevius comes up after, sez “maybe when you work for a bigger place’ Heh”

And somebody got arrested because Mayor Lee is an “oath breaker?” Didn’t see that.  (Hope it wasn’t David Chiu!) Here are some peace officers outside of City Hall dealing with the aftermath of that little scuffle:

Here’s the audio of heckler Charles Kalish, addressing the Mayor: “Sir, are you going to step down?” Well, Chuck got carried away by six Sheriff’s deputies, I heard.

Anyway, it was over in a flash, with Ed journeying up to Room 200:

And, oh look, here’s a fresh statement from Senator Leland Yee:

“I have always said that whoever wants to run should run. I look forward to discussing the important issues facing our city with the interim mayor and finally seeing him at the candidate debates. While Ed Lee entering the race today is newsworthy, I am more focused on our campaign’s message to voters and continuing the dialogue we have had over the past 8 months. What I hear from the people of San Francisco is that we need to clean up City Hall and have a mayor who is independent of the power brokers. That is why I have released a 21-point ethics plan to restore the public trust and return city government to the people of our great city. Fighting for them is a promise I will keep as mayor.”

One of those “power brokers” referenced must certainly be Chinatown ward healer Rose Pak, but she wasn’t on the scene today in the basement of City Hall.

And here’s Board of Supervisors President David Chiu on the KQED News Fix Blog:

“Today there are many San Franciscans who are disappointed that Ed broke his promise,” he said.  “For many months Ed Lee told San Franciscans one thing but it’s clear now he’s going to do just the opposite.”

Ouch.

On It Goes…

Via Socketsite: Gavin Newsom’s City Residence is Officially For Sale – A $2.75 Million Asking Price for 1581 Masonic

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Of course Socketsite (“San Francisco real estate tips, trends, and the local scoop”) is all over this new listing for 1581 Masonic Avenue, you know, the place up in Ashbury Heights that was purchased just two years ago by former Mayor Gavin Newsom and former First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

The purchase price back then was $2,738,000, so that means that they’ll yield a “profit” of $12,000 if some lunkhead actually pays the asking price that was posted last night: $2,750,000.

They say it’s lovely on the inside:

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Do you think 3000 square feet is enough room for a four-person nuclear family in San Francisco? You make the call:

Contact Barbara J. Callan or Robert R. Callan, Jr. to get your offer in.

Lovely First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom kicks off FORUM for CHOICE – Tickets Still Available

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom is emcee-ing  NARAL Pro-Choice California’s non-partisan FORUM for CHOICE 2010 today, Saturday, April 10th, 2010 up at the Nob Hill Masonic Center at 1111 California Street near Taylor.

See? She’s looking for people to write down questions for all the state-wide candidates who will soon address the crowd this AM. It’s $50 to get in but they have discounts. Anyway, all the deets are here.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Jerry Brown to Star at NARAL Forum for Choice this Saturday

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom will emcee NARAL Pro-Choice California‘s non-partisan FORUM for CHOICE 2010 this Saturday, April 10th, 2010 up at the Nob Hill Masonic Center on California Street near Taylor.

Pony up a  little dough and then you’ll be able to hear from Californians running for governor, attorney general and insurance commissioner. Looks like only Democrat candidates are going to show, but you never know.

Here are some deets from SF FYI Net:

April 10, 2010 – Saturday

NARAL – Forum for Choice
When: April 10, 2010 – Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California Street, San Francisco
What: Your decisions in the 2010 election will impact the future of reproductive health in California. Hear directly from the candidates about their views on women’s access to abortion and unintended pregnancy.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be emceeing the Forum
Featuring candidates:
Jerry Brown, Hector De La Torre, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Chris Kelly, Ted Lieu, Pedro Nava, Alberto Torrico
$50., $15 for students.
ForumForChoice.com – Tickets are required.

Alanis Morissette Entertains All at Power to the Peaceful – Isn’t it Ironic?

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

No, it’s not ironic at all, but that’s O.K. Everybody loved her anyway.

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via Steve Rhodes - he’s Everywhere You Want To Be.

And hey, here’s Michael Franti, the man who started Power to the Peaceful, back in the day:

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Oops, that was Rasputin. Similar stare though. Here’s Mike Franti. Sort of reminds me of that other charismatic, yoga-loving, 9/11 Truther About Town

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…Mark Morford:

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Would Rasputin be a Truther if he were around today? Hells yes.

And wasn’t Rasputin into yoga as well? Sure, he could have been.

Isn’t it ironic? Don’cha think?

(And what’s this, the controlled demolition crowd isn’t welcome in the Truth Movement anymore? I’m confused, srsly. Is is possible to have a Pearl Harbor without FDR-Let-Pearl-Harbor-Happen theories springing up? Apparently not. IIIDYT?)

Alanis Morissette and San Francisco First Lady to Star at “Power to the Peaceful” Events

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Let’s see what our little town has up this weekend – hey, how about the popular Power to the Peaceful Concert and Festival on Saturday in Golden Gate Park and then the Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration on Sunday at the Herbst Theatre

Singer Alanis Morrissette is the draw on Saturday and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the draw for Sunday. The whole joint is being put on Michael Franti, as per usual. But what’s that? Isn’t Franti a 9/11 Truther, since, among other things, he “signed” the same petition as Van Jones back in 2004? Well actually, you just don’t know, not enough information. See below.

Power to the Peaceful (fka911 Power to the Peaceful“) in Golden Gate Park, as it happened last year. It featured Ziggy Marley, but without the Melody Makers. Click to expand:

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So why did Franti call this event “911 Power to the Peaceful” until 2008? Well, you see, it’s not “9/11″ -  it’s “911″, as in “911 is a Joke

Here’s an explantion from 2002:

“The first two 911 Festivals (1999 and 2000) were held on September 11 to draw attention to the emergency state of the court case of Mumia Abu Jamal. Last year’s events involving the World Trade Center and the world abroad brought new significance to the subsequent festivals. Michael Franti states that the 4th annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival ‘will create a compassionate space of healing for ALL those people killed or displaced by terrorism and by the war on terrorism.’”

Some of the Truthers are a little hazy on this score, it seems. Oh well. 

And oh, by the way Truthers, do you know that you’ve been banned from writing about your conspiracy theory on the Huffington Post? Let’s hear from Arianna:

“I despise 9/11 “truther” conspiracies. Indeed, one of the guidelines for bloggers on HuffPost is a ban on posts putting forth those kinds of theories.”

Oh snap! Hit me! That’s right, Truthers, they’ve gotten to Arianna! Who will They get next? No se. Moving on…

Let’s just say Thank You to Alanis for coming to town and having the courage to ask “¿Qué tal zanahorias transparentes colgando?”

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All the deets on San Francisco’s biggest event this weekend:

“This coming Saturday, Bay Area native and Billboard-chart topping musician, Michael Franti, will host his annual Power to the Peaceful concert and festival in Golden Gate Park which is expected to draw more than 70,000 attendees with performances by Alanis Morissette and others.  On Saturday, at 1:30 pm at the park, Franti will hold a press conference to kick off the weekend of Power to the Peaceful festivities.  Joined by a variety of musicians and renowned speakers, Franti will speak on topics ranging from cultural diversity and non-violence to environmental sustainability and socio-political causes.
 
The following day, Sunday September 13, Franti will join forces with the global humanitarian organization, CARE, to host the Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration which will bring together experts on issues including climate change, hunger/food aid, and girls’ education with community members to discuss solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing women and girls around the world.
 
Opening with a welcome message by First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and closing with an intimate performance by Michael Franti and friends in the historic Herbst theatre, the Global Action Forum & Celebration is an afternoon and evening event that will include engaging sessions on critical global issues, as well as yoga, music, dance, a reception and more.  
 
Michael Franti and CARE Present
the 11th Annual Power to the Peaceful Concert and Global Action Forum & Celebration:
Empowering People to Create Solutions to Poverty
 
WHAT:  For the past 10 years Michael Franti, singer/activist and ambassador for the global
humanitarian organization CARE, has hosted the free Power to the Peaceful Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  On Saturday, September 12, this one day event will bring more than 70,000 attendees together for a day of music and inspiration to serve people and the planet.  This year, the Power to the Peaceful Concert will be followed on Sunday, September 13 by an afternoon forum that will harness the public’s energy and enthusiasm to tackle global poverty issues, particularly those affecting women. The Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration will feature experts from the global poverty-fighting organization CARE, as well as civic and community leaders who will discuss topics including Global Climate Change, Girls’ Empowerment, and Hunger and Food Security.  Each session will examine challenges and solutions facing women in the developing world, and participants will leave with tangible strategies to affect change at home and abroad. Simultaneously, yoga practitioners can attend the Power to the Peaceful-sponsored yoga session and Brazilian capoeira/dance workshop. The event will culminate with symposium attendees and yogis joining for an evening reception featuring an acoustic concert with Michael Franti and friends and performances by Aguas da Bahia & Tambores Julio Remelexo drum and dance ensemble. 
 
TICKETS:         
The Power to the Peaceful Concert on Saturday, September 12 in Golden Gate Park is donation-based. Tickets to the Global Action Forum & Celebration, which starts at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 13 are on sale now at
www.care.org/forum
 
WHO:              
-          Michael Franti, musician/activist and CARE Ambassador
-          Acclaimed photographer Phil Borges (
www.womenempoweredproject.com), representatives from Back to Earth, Ode Magazine, Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Potentia Foundation, Room to Read, Spark, UC Berkeley, and Vitamin Angels, as well additional participants to be announced.
-          A message from First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
-          Experts from CARE including: Marcos Neto (Climate Change); Sarah Bouchie (Basic & Girls’ Education Unit), and David Kauck (Hunger/Food Aid)
 
WHERE:          
The Global Action Forum & Celebration will take place in the Herbst Theatre and Green Room, in the War Memorial Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister Street in San Francisco.
  
ABOUT:           
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.
www.care.org.

Join thousands of people at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park and be part of the international community coming together to build, inspire and pledge service toward those in need and help the planet. The 2009 event takes place at 11am on September 12th and will feature a full lineup of bands, speakers and information booths. In addition to morning yoga, main stage performers include Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie and a slew of renowned DJs.

2009 Event Details:The weekend-long festival begins on Saturday, September 12, 2009 with confirmed main stage performances by music luminaries: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alanis Morissette , Sly & Robbie, Cherine Anderson , Vieux Farka Toure’ , Sellassie and Truth Universal; a variety of renowned DJ’s include: Miguel Miggs, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, DJ Heyman and DJ Adnan, In addition to the main stage of musical artists the PTTP Festival will kick off the festival with 1000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice sponsored by Yoga Tree SF with teacher Seane Corn. From Tibit, keynote speaker, Namkha Rinpoche, will address global, personal peace and his service of teaching Buddhism in the western world “by making unhappy people happy. The main practice of Buddhism is compassion and patience.”

Saturday’s festival is a family-friendly event with a kid’s zone with conscious carnival games, flag making, face painting, marionettes, stilt walkers, and a chill tent for napping and feeding. The Kids Zone Stage will feature performances by: PopLyfe, Jaden, Peace Outs, Gabby La La, Bird School PTTP Band and the Bay Area Girls.

Cost: FREE”

Levi’s “Give Jeans” – Donate Old Jeans to GoodWill and Get Hefty Discount on a New Pair

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Well Levi’s rolled out the red carpet blue carpet today at 525 Castro this afternoon in honor of San Francisco First Lady  Jennifer Siebel Newsom (a “de facto fashion diplomat“) and Supervisor Bevan Dufty. They were on the scene to promote Levi’s “Five Oh One Day” (also known as May Day in some parts of the world).

The deal is that you can bring in a pair of your old jeans to donate to GoodWill and then get a 25% discount off the price of a new pair of Levi’s. Your deadline to get this done is May 10, 2009. Details below.

JSN alights from a brand new, Tesla Roadster electirc car on her way to the denim blue carpet. Click to expand:

It was all smiles as a scrum of paparazzi followed Supervisor Bevan Dufty (who pulled out his pink wallet to make a donation of his own) and Co. into the store.

The Levi’s® Brand and Goodwill Ask Consumers to “Give Jeans”

Jeans Exchange Program to Kick Off Levi Strauss & Co.’s “501 Day”   

 When shoppers “give jeans” of any brand at select Levi’s® stores nationwide between May 1 and May 10, they will receive a 25 percent discount off a new pair of Levi’s® jeans. The denim collected during Levi’s® “Give Jeans” campaign will be donated to Goodwill Industries® to be sold in local Goodwill® stores. Jeans are the top-selling apparel product in Goodwill stores, and revenues from the sales will help fund Goodwill job training programs that benefit hundreds of thousands of people each year. The “Give Jeans” program is part of Levi Strauss & Co.’s long-standing commitment to community involvement and is intended to encourage customer participation in Levi’s® annual “501® Day.”

“Supporting local community organizations and helping people in need are important parts of Levi Strauss & Co.’s corporate citizenship agenda and date all the way back to our founder, Levi Strauss, who was both a smart businessman and major contributor to local organizations that served people in need,” says Joelle Maher, Senior Vice President, Levi’s® Retail Operations. “Partnering with Goodwill Industries is exciting because it gives consumers the opportunity to join in this tradition by donating their gently used jeans to support Goodwill’s job training and career advancement programs.”

“When you donate your jeans to Levi’s®, you are ensuring that job seekers in your local community are finding a job that meets their interests and abilities,” says Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “The partnership with Levi’s® generates revenues to provide job training while allowing consumers to benefit from great savings on new Levi’s® jeans at the same time.”

For the second year in a row, the Levi® Brand’s partnership with Goodwill Industries is part of Levi’s® annual “501® Day” activities, encouraging employees and consumers across the country to do what they can to support people and community organizations in need.

Held each year on May 1 (5/01), the name “501® Day” is adopted from the classic 501® jean, which was invented by Levi Strauss & Co. in 1873. On May 1, hundreds of employees from Levi Strauss & Co. headquarters and offices around the world will volunteer with nonprofit organizations in their local communities. Cash grants donated on 501® Day (aka “Community Day”) since its inception nine years ago now total more than $1.64 million.

At the Levi’s® flagship store on Union Square in San Francisco, Goodwill assistant store managers will “shadow” Levi’s® retail employees to learn about everything from store operations and greeting customers to stocking the displays. The Goodwill managers, who also train program participants for jobs in the retail industry, will apply their lessons learned in job training programs.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest branded apparel companies and the global leader in jeanswear, marketing its products in more than 110 countries worldwide. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers® San Francisco and Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ brands. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Community Involvement at Levi Strauss & Co.

Employee community involvement is an important part of Levi Strauss & Co.’s culture and history. Levi Strauss was a businessman and philanthropist who was deeply involved in his community. His work and commitment have been carried forward by Levi Strauss & Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation for more than 156 years. Through matching-gift programs, company-supported group and individual volunteering programs, paid time off to volunteer and other initiatives, the company and the Levi Strauss foundation offer employees and retirees a variety of ways to make a difference in their local communities. Employees in 43 countries will take a day away from work in the month of May to assist local community organizations and the company’s foundation will recognize the efforts with cash grants. In 2008 LS&CO. employees around the world volunteered on 167 projects and the foundation made nearly $300,000 in grants to recognize employee’ donations of time and talent.

About Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 184 community-based, independent member organizations in the United States, Canada, and 14 other countries. Each organization serves people with disabilities, people who lack education or job experience, low-wage workers and other job seekers by providing education and career services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support. To pay for its programs, Goodwill sells donated clothes and other household items in more than 2,200 retail stores, and online at www.shopgoodwill.com, the first Internet nonprofit auction site. Through its services, the network helps people who are having a hard time finding employment become independent, tax-paying members of their communities. Goodwill Industries International channels 84 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. For more information about Goodwill Industries visit www.goodwill.org. To find your local Goodwill, use the online locator or call (800) 664-6577

Levi's stores participating in "Give Jeans" program:
Chicago area:
600 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, (312) 642-9613
808 Church Street, Evanston, (847) 733-2914
1552 North Milwaukee Ave, Bucktown, (773) 486-3900
5 Woodfield Shopping Center, Schaumberg, (847) 619-0655
Los Angeles area:
1409 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, (310) 393-4899
Westfield Topanga Mall, Canoga Park, (818) 274-0283
186 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, (805) 373-3800
New York City:
750 Lexington Avenue, (212) 826-5957
536 Broadway, SOHO, (646) 613-1847
25 W. 14th Street, (212) 242-2128
1501 Broadway, Times Square, (212) 944-8555
San Francisco:
Union Square Flagship Store, (415) 501-0100
525 Castro Street, (415) 255-6726

An Inaugural Photo, with Pilot Sully, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Gavin Newsom

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Well this was the scene at the recent inauguration of Barack Obama in D.C. a few days back. O is in the lower right corner, but who else is in there? Feel free to click on the image once or twice and peek around. It’s 3000 pixels wide so you’ll be sure to get a good look.

via Jurvetson’s photostream

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From left to right: San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel (with hat), Magic Johnson, Mayor Gavin Newsom (avec camera), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (looking bad-ass, like he just killed a guy), US Airways pilot Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, US Airways pilot Jeff Skiles, and a cast of thousands – just one big cozy family.