“Yanukovych is also a “professor” of the International Academy of Sciences, Education, Industry and Arts, registered to a post office box in Mountain View, California.“
This was as close as I could get:
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So just as Herb Caen (1916-1997) got a party for Herb Caen Way in 1996, Willie Brown (1934- 20__) is getting a party for the Willie L. Brown Junior span of the Bay Bridge in 2014.
What are the odds, which type of attack will come first?
Spray Paint: 1 to 1 favorite
Willie Brown is almost universally despised. The naming of this bridge was never put to a vote because Willie Brown would never win it. Ergo, the masses will speak with spray paint, most likely.
Ranged Weapon: 3 to 1
A drive-by shooting with a paintball gun certainly is a possibility. Shooting at a sign with a handgun or rifle, well that’s getting cray-cray.
Close Quarters Combat Weapon: 5 to 1
Shotgun blast, also cray cray.
Chemical attack: 10 to 1
I don’t know how this would work. Perhaps using paint thinner or acid.
Other: 12 to 1
Who knows, medieval mace hurled and embedded, baseball bat, bowling ball, truckasuarus? The mind boggles.
So, do I think it’s appropriate to troll the voting (and non-voting) public into action with this misguided sign deal? Yes.
So, do I think that CalTrans or whomever should have a GoPro or two in the areas of these signs? Yes.
And who will be the happiest when the attacks make the news?
One Willie Brown, srsly. He’ll love the attention
All the deets of what occurred at 991 Wisconsin Street 40 years ago.
And here’s more:
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These days, Mayor Agnos need only worry about attempted character assassinations from the likes of recent Props B & C election loser* Nate Ballard…
*I’m sorry, this is the innernet – should have written it as “looser” Nate Ballard. Poor Nate! Will you ever win?
Here’s what she sent out a few days back. I don’t think she’ll care if this email is posted – read it and you’ll see why.
The League spilled the beans yesterday:
Pissed Off Voters SF @TheLeagueSF: ”Melanie Nutter is the outgoing Director for Dept of Environment. We are sad to see her go.”
“Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this email finds you well and that you’ve had a restful and rejuvenating holiday.
I’m writing to let you know that I’ve decided to move on from my role as the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The timing is perfect for me to leave a department that boasts many accomplishments. I couldn’t be more proud to have been involved with such an incredible team for the past three and a half years. But now I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and to consulting on a few special projects which will give me more flexibility in my schedule. My last day in the office will be January 31st.
My time at SFE has been the most rewarding and challenging time of my professional career and I’m so proud of all that we’ve accomplished. From the policy and program achievements (80% waste diversion, 14.5% below 1990 levels of carbon emissions, the installation of over 180 electric vehicle charging stations, the successful implementation of the extended plastic bag ban to all retailers as well as the Existing Commercial Building Ordinance) to the organizational milestones (the move of our offices to a soon to be named LEED Platinum office space) to the leadership SFE has had a chance to provide through Urban Sustainability Directors Network & C40 on sustainability issues to the launch of new programs like SF Adapt and the Biodiversity initiative, there is much to celebrate.
I continue to be in awe of the stellar day-to-day work done by the staff at this department to help small businesses through the Energy Watch Program and the Green Business Program, to support the community through our outreach program and the Environment Now Green Jobs Program and to assist larger businesses on their sustainability goals through our partnership with the Business Council on Climate Change.
It was a hard decision to leave but I’m excited about the potential opportunities and possibilities that the future holds.
It has been a great honor to serve former Mayor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Ed Lee and the City and County of San Francisco. Thank you for the ongoing support of the Department of the Environment. Hope to see you on the 23rd!
I’m sure Mel will land on her feet.
There’ll soon be a Department of the Environment open house of sorts – ask them about it if you care.
Let’s check in with San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius on the topic of the Central Subway:
“S.F.: City of whine aficionados” - January 9, 2014
“A subway will take traffic off some of the busiest streets in the city – try riding Muni on Stockton Street in the morning – and provide quick north-south access across the city, and it’s mostly paid for with federal funds. Who wouldn’t like something like that?”
So that was Nevius 2014. Now let’s check in with Nevius 2008 on the same exact topic:
“Nevius: Chinatown subway plan makes me wince” - February 21, 2008
“There’s really only one question to ask about the proposal to bore a light-rail subway deep under the heart of downtown San Francisco. You’re kidding, right?“
“Just the initial math makes your head hurt. Basically it works out to somewhere between $1.22 billion and $1.4 billion for an underground railway that runs for less than two miles and has only three stops. That’s not a transit system, it’s a model railroad.“
“Throw in a few of the inevitable cost overruns and this could work out to a billion dollars a mile.”
“No matter. This is the kind of big, splashy project that city officials love to put their name on.”
“Basically, the argument seems to boil down to this - we’ve got the money (as if federal tax dollars grow on trees), the Chinatown community is behind it, why not build it? Oh, let me count some of the reasons.”
“But, critics say, a stop on Market beneath which BART and other Muni lines already run might have made this whole thing an easier sell. That would have created an opportunity for a single station where riders could make connections between regional and local trains, almost like Grand Central Terminal in New York. Instead, riders will have to walk all the way up to Union Square.”
“Oh, and did I mention that in order to get under the BART tube, the subway station at Union Square will have to be at least 95 feet below the surface. That’s nine stories.”
“What is it about that image of deep, underground dirt-munching machines in earthquake country that makes me wince?”
Has CW Nevius offered any explanation for this 180 degree turnaround?
‘Cause I’ll tell you, this subway-to-nowhere project has gotten worse since 2008.
CIVIL GRAND JURY, CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO – “CENTRAL SUBWAY, TOO MUCH MONEY FOR TOO LITTLE BENEFIT“
Wall Street Journal: Off the San Francisco Rails – $1.6 billion for 1.7 miles of subway.
San Francisco Bay Guardian: Central Subway gravy train shows how City Hall work
SF Weekly: Portmistress Pelosi
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera: It’s time to rethink the Central Subway
San Francisco Examiner: Dennis Herrera comes out against San Francisco Central Subway project
CalWatchdog: S.F. Subway Derails Into Boondoggle
Former Richmond District Supervisor and San Francisco Transportation Agency Chair Jake* McGoldrick: S.F. must stop Central Subway from being built
Get the point? Good, let’s dance!
Nevius 1988, artist’s conception – perhaps this particular Nevius had yet another strongly held position on this corrupt SFGov boondoggle:
Post sponsored by Nevius Nation 1414 – “We are a part of the Nevius Nation“
All the deets:
“The Presidio Trust invites the public to consider the future of the former Commissary at Crissy Field, which is currently occupied by Sports Basement. The Trust’s longstanding objective has been to create a cultural institution of distinction at this magnificent waterfront location. Now that the area is being transformed by the new approach to the Golden Gate Bridge (a project known as the Presidio Parkway), the time is right to plan for the future of this area.
In November 2012 the Presidio Trust issued a Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP). Sixteen responses were submitted. After considering public comment and engaging with a number of the teams directly, the Trust invited three teams to continue in the process via a Request for Proposals (RFP) that was issued in May 2013. Final proposals are due September 16, 2013. The teams are:
Join us at Informational Open Houses July 29 – 31
Drop in, meet the project teams, and engage in one-on-one discussion about this remarkable opportunity. The Open Houses will be held at the Observation Post (211 Lincoln Boulevard, near the Post Office on the Main Post). Three sessions will be offered on each day: 8:30am to 10am; 11:30am to 1pm; and 6:30pm to 8pm.
The schedule is as follows:
If you have any questions, please email the Presidio Trust at email@example.com.
This street billboard / newsstand is unused and obsolete these days so why don’t we name it after shadow-Mayor Willie Brown?
You know, instead of SFO or the Golden Bridge or Market Street or whatever else he can cook up.
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And I think it was WB who engineered this poorly-negotiated ad deal in the first place….
Frisco street chess hasn’t been this vibrant in years.
And even last year, you wouldn’t necessarily see that much activity.
But we’re in a more active era now, with a noticeable increase just the past few months.
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Appears that this out-of-the-way location is hitting critical mass…