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Director Melanie Nutter is Leaving of the San Francisco Department of the Environment

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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.”

Here’s most of the email:

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!

Warmly,
Melanie”

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.

 

OMG, BJORN AGAIN! Disgraced San Francisco PR Flack Peter Ragone Lands a Job with Mayor Bill de Blasio in NYC

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Well, here’s the news, look who just got appointed to the Bill de Blasio regime in New Yawk:

“Peter Ragone, a consultant who worked with de Blasio at HUD before going on to handle communications for Al Gores 2000 presidential run and for Gov. Cuomo’s 2002 primary bid, as a senior advisor.”

Now let’s travel all the way back to 2007:

“[Newsom's] admission[*] came as his aggressive and seasoned spokesman, Peter Ragone, was fighting his own battles: A local investigative television team had reported that Ragone was posting hostile comments about Newsom’s critics on a local blog under names other than his own. When confronted with the fact that the postings had been traced to his home computer, Ragone insisted that the author, “John Nelson,” was his best friend who often stayed at his home. Ragone later admitted that he had posted the comments, but he said he did so to reflect Nelson’s views. Ragone also posted under the name “Bjorn.”

Indeed. The “local blog” mentioned by the LAT is SFist.

All the deets:

Gavin’s Sock Puppet

RagoneWatch (A Day Late)

Peter Ragone By The Numbers

After all this, Peter Ragone had to go – he got voted off the island.

So I’m afraid that I’m going to have to disagree with the quite lengthy Wikipedia entry on Peter Ragone III, you know, the one written by … Peter Ragone! Or “John Nelson!” Or “Bjorn!” You see, Ragone writes that he “sparked a minor controversy after admitting he posted…” So maybe you could spin it that way, but the real controversy was actually about all the lies he told after he got busted. That’s why he had to go.

Now let’s see how well he does on that island off the east coast of America.

(Look out, Gothamist.)

*This was around the time that man-child Gavin Newsom decided it would be a good time start hanging out** with a teenaged Republican restaurant hostess. I’ll tell you, the people behind the mayor Willie Brown / Gavin Newsom / Ed Lee administration are deeeeeeeeeeeeelighted not to have to deal with Gavin Newsom drama anymore.

**Dating? Alcohol? You make the call

Here’s the “Solution” for the Deadly Pedestrian Problem at Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic – Is It Enough? Maybe

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

You see this sign? It’s the one you see as you exit TJ’s #100 on Masonic near Geary, assuming you’re not driving or riding.

It was put in as a response to all those shoppers who jaywalk to their cars on the other side of Masonic.

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People still jaywalk of course, owing to the ease of parking on the northbound side of Masonic and the difficulty encountered trying to park in the TJ’s lot.  (There’s a lot of history here on this example of bad planning.)

Did I call for this sign? Yes I did. So it’s good that it’s there now. It wasn’t there a couple of years ago, so good on you, SFGov.

But can SFGov and TJ’s do more? Sure. Hey, why don’t the Powers That Be take the opportunity revisit this whole situation before others kill themselves?

Right? I mean I’m not talking politically, ’cause the politics part of getting a new gro sto here is already done. But, you know, morally.

Just asking.

Moving on…

Now here’s an example of people actually taking the several minutes required to get back to their cars by walking down to Geary and waiting for the four-way signal.

This gal here broke from her shopping group to jaywalk while her friends did things the legal way.

(Until this, I’ve never noticed a person not  jaywalking,)

So here she is, sitting pretty whilst waiting for her friends, exulting in her ability to not get hit by a car on this occasion:

I don’t notice this kind of scene as much these days so that’s good.

That’s the update.

Ogle! If the “TechCrunch Disrupt” TITSTARE App Ever Becomes a Real Thing, This Will Be the Submission from Gavin Newsom

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Oh, it was a joke?

OK fine.

This shot sat around on the Web for months ’til it was discovered and distributed, back in the day.

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I think it humanizes him, the big jerk. The tall, low-IQ, ambitious, born-into-politics, overconfident jerk.

“Take Your Gentrifier To Work Day” – Son of Foreman Dons Helmet to Learn All About Real Estate Inflation in Mid-Market

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

He looked to be all of ten years old:

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A lil’ history lesson for the lil’ tyke:

https://www.baycitizen.org/news/business/twitters-prospective-landlord-gave-gifts/

 

How San Francisco Works, in a Nutshell – City Commissioners Listed by “Race,” Such as “Caucasian (Gay)”

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Now this is from a decade back, but it shows how SFGov thinks these days as well.

It shows the racial identity of some San Francisco Commissioners:

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Look at Alternate Commish Frederick Hobson – his “Race” is “Caucasian (Gay)”

On It Goes….

 

Web Designer and “Girl in Tech” Kari Suleman Offers $30 for a “TaskRabbit” to Wait in Line for Her at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Per Mid-Market resident Bluoz:

“It was inevitable. make 30 bucks waiting in line at Dotties at 6th and Stevenson – https://www.taskrabbit.com/tenderloin-san-francisco/t/wait-in-line-at-dotties-for-us

And here’s Kari‘s ad at the Task Rabbit website:

“Please wait in line for us at Dottie’s starting at 10am. Text us when you are about 20 minutes from the front (5 or so people deep). “

(“Aren’t you a good task bunny! Here, have a little* cabbage.”)

Is this the so-called Mid-Market Renaissance?

Of course, this is how the “Renaissance” got started:

“Alvin Dworman, the owner of a Market Street building proposed as the new headquarters for Twitter, gave sharply discounted office space in the same building to former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for lieutenant governor — a political contribution valued at more than $11,000, campaign finance records show.

Weeks after the gift last fall, Newsom officials aided negotiations between Twitter and Dworman by offering the Internet company a payroll tax freeze as an incentive to move into Dworman’s building, a 1 million-square-foot art deco structure at 1355 Market St. once known as the San Francisco Mart.

*Actually, $30 seems generous to me…

SFMTA Dragnet

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Here’s How Willie Brown Lies About Having the Bay Bridge and Third Street and SFO Named After Him

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Via the SFBayObserver comes the words of Willie Brown, actually coming through the new San Francisco Chronicle paywall

“Pardon me while I set the record straight: I had nothing to do, directly or indirectly, with the idea in the Legislature of naming the western span of the Bay Bridge after me. I don’t like the idea of my name being on things. I caught holy hell when Gavin Newsom said he wanted to name Third Street after me, and it never happened. They named a school after me, and it promptly closed.”

Well Willie, if you don’t like your name on things, then you shouldn’t pose for photos with signs graced with your name, right?

Here’s Willie. What’s he saying? Is it, “No no, I hate this?”

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And here’s another shot:

So Willie, maybe you didn’t call people up and beg them to start the process of renaming the bridge span, but you certainly, at the very least, are indirectly responsible for pols trying to name things for you. They know how desperately you wanted to rename SFO as the Willie L. Brown Junior International Airport back in the 1990′s

And they know how much you love attention.

Oh Willie, will you ever win?

Street Chess in the Mid-Market: It’s Back, Baby! After a Few Lean Years, Market Street is Back Up to Ten Tables Sometimes

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Frisco street chess hasn’t been this vibrant in years.

Things hadn’t been so hot since the Great Street Chess War of 2010, when the traditional location at Fifth and Market got eliminated. Get the deets here from Chris Roberts of the SF Weekly.

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…