Posts Tagged ‘global’

Brace Yourselves: “GLOBAL FREE PUSSY RIOT DAY” is Coming Friday – Protest at Russian Consulate

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

It’s come to this.

The specific whites of Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow aren’t going to like tomorrow’s international protest one bit.

Not one bit!

“GLOBAL FREE PUSSY RIOT DAY - FRIDAY AUGUST 17th – FreePussyRiot.org

The ‘Free Pussy Riot’ protest is a worldwide response to Russian authorities detaining three young women for performing an anti-Putin song in a cathedral in Moscow in February. Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevich are the three women and members of Pussy Riot, a feminist collective punk band known for impromptu performances with a political agenda to promote basic rights, gender equality and the lack of justice involving the powers that be.

The global pussy riot campaign is going to be held in major cities around the world this Friday to urge Putin and Russian authorities for a fair hearing for the girls’ sentencing. With support from celebrities such as Madonna and Pete Townshend, and of Amnesty International the pussy riot has become a movement to show support for these three women and more importantly to show Russian authorities their decision will not go unnoticed.

In San Francisco their are two events being held:

At 3:00 PM on Friday supporters will be meeting at the Russian Consulate 2790 Green Street.
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At 6:30 PM they will be meeting at Justin Herman Plaza.
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“As a musician who has spoken out against political figures, I am deeply troubled that the Russian government is punishing its citizens for voicing their opinions through music. Music is an essential tool for voicing opinions about everything from gender to oppression. To outlaw the free expression of these ideas is to embrace tyranny. Letting artists speak is the hallmark of a free society.”
-Peaches (Canadian electro-pop/punk rocker) link to her new song/video “FREE PUSSY RIOT” http://vimeo.com/47483917

Barcelonahttps://www.facebook.com/events/428870363832253/

Belgrade : http://www.facebook.com/events/353321734744751/

Berlinhttp://www.facebook.com/events/341464445932389/

Brightonhttp://www.facebook.com/events/476321332380904/

Brisbanehttp://www.facebook.com/events/393769817342711/

Bruxelles :  http://www.amnestyinternational.be/doc/s-informer/actualites-2/article/russie-manifestation-pour-la

Buenos Aireshttp://www.facebook.com/events/271199299647295/

Chicago : http://www.facebook.com/events/408042082576296/

Chisinau/Moldovahttp://www.facebook.com/events/493393557354880/

Copenhagenhttp://www.facebook.com/events/424471940927930/https://www.facebook.com/events/374520859284447/

Derry, Irelandhttp://www.facebook.com/events/102245836592357/

Dublinhttp://www.facebook.com/events/274613749309206/

Florence (Firenze) : http://www.facebook.com/events/459331887430924/

Genévehttp://www.facebook.com/events/110110862469275/

Göteborghttp://www.facebook.com/events/274179756015202/

Hamburghttp://www.facebook.com/events/427926530583502/

Helsinkihttps://www.facebook.com/events/424531920915641/

Kaliningradhttp://vk.com/event41762298

Köln/Colognehttp://www.facebook.com/events/349557895119950/

Kievhttp://www.facebook.com/events/227350677388464/

Leedshttp://www.facebook.com/events/155657094558291/

Londonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/337559159661689/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/aug/13/royal-court-pussy-riot-readi…

Madridhttp://www.facebook.com/events/350516441690013/

Marseillehttp://www.facebook.com/events/347401892005724/

Melbournehttps://www.facebook.com/events/357491980994134/

Mendoza, Argentinahttps://www.facebook.com/events/488788877798731/

Milanhttps://www.facebook.com/events/134453260030214/

Minneapolis : http://www.facebook.com/events/453640387991012/

Montréal http://www.facebook.com/events/388534647880948/

Moscowhttp://www.facebook.com/events/401297053252028/ http://www.facebook.com/events/337847742969653/

München/Munichhttp://www.facebook.com/events/142675212539886/

Murmanskhttp://vk.com/pussyriot51

Nanteshttp://www.facebook.com/events/351885048219480/

New York Cityhttps://www.facebook.com/events/262241200554708/http://www.facebook.com/events/336406896449171/

Nicehttps://www.facebook.com/events/433177160059098/

Odessahttp://vk.com/event41737295 https://www.facebook.com/events/176445712490602/?context=create

Oslohttp://www.facebook.com/events/408330272558296/

Ottawahttps://www.facebook.com/events/273166786116903/

Parishttps://www.facebook.com/events/477310605615546/

Permhttp://vk.com/event41594563

Portland : http://www.facebook.com/events/454346897919936/

Prague : http://www.facebook.com/events/173074842817417/

Reykjavikhttps://www.facebook.com/events/458139040873098/

Rigahttps://www.facebook.com/events/458755374145273

Samarahttp://vk.com/freepussyriotsamara

San Franciscohttp://www.facebook.com/events/424888970880304/https://www.facebook.com/events/509970192361811/

Sidneyhttp://www.facebook.com/events/513418808674744/

Stockholmhttps://www.facebook.com/events/345703202177925

St. Petersburghttp://vk.com/freepussyriot170812spb

Tel Avivhttps://www.facebook.com/events/130257380452299/

Toronto https://www.facebook.com/events/306577532773598/

Toulouse http://www.facebook.com/events/431789516864929/

Tournai, Belgium https://www.facebook.com/events/372254449510600/

Tverhttp://vk.com/tverforpr

Västeråshttps://www.facebook.com/events/367931276613819/

Vilinushttp://www.facebook.com/events/450340734998207/

Warszawahttp://www.facebook.com/events/465259630171770/

Washingtonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/418284021540525/?context=create&ref=book…

Wien/Viennahttp://raw.at/raverse/2012/pussy-riot-solitreffen-am-13-08-12

CEOs Profiting from AB 32 Cap and Trade Law Want Governor Jerry Brown to Implement AB 32 As Is, Or Something

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, aka AB 32, is in trouble, or something, per the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy. Seems that California courts might be slowing down/delaying implementation.

Get all the deets of their recent letter to Jerry Brown, below.

How Soon Is Now for AB32?

Here’s the letter:

“May 31, 2011

The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 32/cap and trade rule

Dear Governor Brown:

We, the undersigned California CEOs and business leaders, are dedicated to the successful implementation of the
state’s landmark law, AB 32. Like you, we believe AB 32 is benefiting our economy and environment and is crucial
to attracting additional clean technology investment to the state.

While Californians overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 23 last year and its attempt to indefinitely delay
implementation of AB 32, key provisions of the law are now facing additional challenges that also threaten to delay
implementation even further. While the cap and trade program is one of many AB 32 rules, we believe it is critical
to the success of the overall program.

First, we reject the calls from some environmental organizations for a wholesale revision of the AB 32 cap and
trade system. We take particular issue with these organizations calling for such revisions in the name of jobs and
the economy. As business leaders who are responsible for creating the jobs that have become such a popular
talking point, we can tell you that nothing will do more harm to the emerging California clean economy sector than
continued regulatory uncertainty. By far, the biggest impediment to creating real jobs is delay. The implementation
of AB 32 has proven to be a bright spot during this recession. It has attracted clean technology manufacturers,
investors, businesses and jobs to the state. Undermining this market signal with indefinite delays will jeopardize
this progress.

Second, a recent court decision based on a lawsuit filed by several organizations has effectively halted the cap and
trade rule development. As a result of this lawsuit, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is unable to do any
work related to the rulemaking. If the delay persists, we are increasingly concerned that the state will fail to meet
its deadline for the rule to go into effect in 2012. Further, we believe efforts to derail California’s cap and trade
rule will jeopardize the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) as California’s participation is crucial to the success of the
WCI. A strong regional carbon market anchored by California is important to the business sector and it will increase
the size of the market for California’s clean technology industry.

For businesses, uncertainty in the marketplace hurts investment, innovation and growth. Forcing businesses to
remain in virtual regulatory limbo will only exacerbate the problem. In order to give businesses the confidence that
California will lead the nation with the creation of a robust, economy-wide cap and trade system, it is vital the
state resolves this issue as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you and your Administration on the
implementation of AB 32 and strengthening California’s clean economy.

Sincerely,…”

Signers after the jump.

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Wow, $278 Million! Saleforce.com Buys 14 Acres for New Corporate Campus Global HQ in Mission Bay, San Francisco

Monday, November 1st, 2010

[UPDATE: Welcome Salesforcers! I'm just teasing you all, man. Mission Bay was supposed to be About Biotech and the synergy and whatnot. So it would have been nice to have had a Genentech going  large in Mission Bay, but you all are welcome, of course....]

Wow, Salesforce.com must be bullish on San Francisco, based upon today’s big announcement.

“The purchase price for the eight parcels of land, including parking rights in an existing garage and other entitlements and improvements associated with the land, was approximately $278 million. No date for construction has yet been set on the land, which includes the undeveloped portions of Mission Bay lots 26 and 27 and all of Mission Bay lots 29 – 34.

And, bonus, CEO Marc Benioff will be able to visit the Children’s Hospital that he’s building for UCSF right across the street.

Course it would be nicer to have a Genentech in there, but we’ll take what we can get. All the deets, below.

All the deets:

Salesforce.com Purchases Site for New San Francisco Global Headquarters

14 Acre Corporate Campus Planned Over The Next Decade; Provides for Almost 2 Million Square Feet of Space

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1  – Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced the purchase of approximately 14 acres of undeveloped land in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE). The company plans to build a facility that will become its new headquarters. The land, which is adjacent to the UCSF campus on one side and the San Francisco Bay on the other, is part of the San Francisco Mission Bay redevelopment area. It is located directly on the San Francisco Muni T line at the UCSF station, and is also directly accessible from the Mariposa Street exit off of 280.

“We are excited to start work on building a new San Francisco global headquarters,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. “Our planned, nearly 2 million square-foot campus over 14 acres at Mission Bay will help us continue to attract and retain talented, world-class employees. This new home for salesforce.com will provide an innovative, dynamic environment for our future growth.”

The purchase price for the eight parcels of land, including parking rights in an existing garage and other entitlements and improvements associated with the land, was approximately $278 million. No date for construction has yet been set on the land, which includes the undeveloped portions of Mission Bay lots 26 and 27 and all of Mission Bay lots 29 – 34.

And, bonus, a statement from the Mayor’s office, after the jump.

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Crystal Bowersox Guest Stars at Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful Festival 2010

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Our annual Yelp-rated Power to the Peaceful music festival went off without a hitch (except for the PTTP website, from which it was hard to get useful information, but oh well.)

I got there too early and had to leave but Luke Thomas has a brace of photos here at the Fog City Journal. See? Loads of people.

Here’s what it was like early on:

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Yoga to start the day:

Just hundreds of yoga-ites:

And here’s CB herself.

Then it got sunnier and then it got a lot colder by the end of the day. That’s the west si-iiide for you…

Oh, here’s the lineup, after the fact:

Via Steve Rhodes

See you next year!

There’s an after party tonight and more stuff going on tomorrow Sunday:

The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.
 
On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.

12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival Set for September 10-12, 2010 in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Well, there’s a whole long story involving the annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival in Golden Gate Park and the number 911 – it involves Mumia, the World Trade Center attack and the number you dial for the police. But forget all that cause it appears as if that particular number is off of the official title for this event for good.

So, these days, it’s just PTTP, Power to the Peaceful.

This year, the main day of the  fest will be, wait for it, Saturday, September 11th, 2010.

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All the deets:

MICHAEL FRANTI TO HOST 12TH ANNUAL POWER TO THE PEACEFUL FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO September 10th, 11th and 12th
 
Franti and Spearhead Set To Release The Sound of Sunshine Album on September 21st

 
Musician and human rights activist, Michael Franti, will host the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. PTTP is one of the nation’s largest free annual music festivals with over 50,000 attendees, featuring a variety of international musicians, visual artists and over 200 exhibitors and green vendors. Launched in 1998, the festival has grown to become one of San Francisco’s cultural traditions, which combines music, the arts, action and yoga in order to educate attendees on issues of social justice, non-violence, cultural co-existence and environmental sustainability.
 
The three day-long event begins Friday night, September 10th, at The Fillmore with the Power to the Peaceful Pre-Party where Michael Franti will give a special acoustic performance of his new CD, The Sound of Sunshine. The album is set for release September 21st. In addition, the international humanitarian organization, CARE, for which Michael is an ambassador, will present the 2010 Global Action Forum featuring a short film on Michael’s recent journey to East Timor, a film clip of the award winning documentary “A Powerful Noise” and a short Q & A about CARE’s work to empower women around the world to overcome poverty and how people here in the US can get involved.
 
On Saturday, September 11th, Speedway Meadow will feature main stage performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rebelution, Rupa & The April Fishes, SambaDaì, plus headlining the DJ Tent is Washington DC’s Fort Knox Five with more acts to be announced. The PTTP festival will also kick off with 1,000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice led by Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga and Seane Corn. The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.
 
On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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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”

Supervisor Eric Mar Has a Green Financing Program for Energy and Water Retrofits

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar has a new plan to reward homeowners for green upgrades.

Read all about it from this afternoon’s press release, below.

Eric just loves the sun. Maybe you will love it just as much, if his program gets voted in by the full board.

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Supervisor Mar Introduces a Green Financing Program

Green Financing Program to help with energy and water retrofits for building owners

Supervisor Mar is working with Mayor Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Controller’s Office of Public Finance and the Department of the Environment to establish a program to allow San Franciscans to finance environmental improvements to the buildings they own. Today, Supervisor Mar introduced the first of a series of legislation to enable the green financing program.

“With almost half of San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions being produced by our homes and local buildings, this new green financing program will drastically curb San Francisco’s carbon footprint and reduce the strain on our regional water supply,” said Supervisor Eric Mar.  “It will also help put San Franciscans to work through our growing green jobs academies and programs.”

This legislation will set up a Mello-Roos Special Tax District that would be available to finance privately–owned energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements.  The repayment obligationis attached to the property, rather than the individual, and is paid back through property taxes over the useful life of the improvements. 

Currently, the largest barrier to building owners increasing their energy and water efficiency is the large up-front cost of improvements.  Even with various government incentives and rebates, many home owners find it impossible to make energy or water efficiency improvements due to cost.

“It is my hope that many homeowners and building owners will opt into this great program and reap the benefits of lower utility and water bills while also helping our city achieve its ambitious climate action plan goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving water,” said Supervisor Eric Mar. “San Francisco will be the nation’s first large city to implement a program of this type,” said Mar. 

This legislation is the first of a series of enabling pieces of legislation and Supervisor Mar will continue to work with community and environmental groups, the Mayor’s Office, Public Utilities Commission and other city departments to develop the green financing program.

More deets – read the FAQ, after the jump.

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San Francisco Resident/Astronaut Scares the World – Global Cooling, A New Ice Age?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

It seems there’s a little black spot on the sun today. It’s the same old thing as yesterday.

That’s very disconcerting to San Francisco resident Phil Chapman, a geophysicist who was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut. You see, we need more of those little spots on El Sol so things don’t get too frosty. He actually wants you to pray for more sunspots.

That’s right, forget global warming - an ice age is coming and the only question is when it will get here.

Hang in there little doggy, there’s a chance Philip K Chapman is wrong.
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Do you buy all that?