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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.”

Writer CW Nevius is Seriously Out Of Touch – The “It’s Over 9000″ Meme Taken Seriously in Column About BART Protest

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, skip to the bottom to get to the 9000 part if you don't already know who The Nevius is...]

Nevius, don’t you have anybody to look over your words before you hit the send button? Were you hired through President Ford’s Operation Bootstrap? I mean, do you think you’re smarter than anybody else at the Chronicle? Well, you’re not.

So, really, you should work extra hard instead of sitting on your ass waiting for Mayor Ed Lee or Police Chief Greg Suhr or D.A. George Gascon or Willie Brown or Rose Pak (just guessing on this one) or Randy Shaw or Supervisor Sean Elsbernd or Supervisor Mark Farrell or Travel San Francisco or Plan C or the Chamber of Commerce or the SFFD Union or the SFPD Union or the Union Square BID to call you up to tell you what to write in your next insipid column.

You are the Homer Simpson of Bay Area journalism. 

Now, speaking of transit protests, here’s your old column from last month:

Despite cries of “Where’s the gun?” after the shooting, a .45-caliber pistol has appeared.”

What’s this? Spin? Wishful thinking? A mistake? Do you believe everything the SFPD tells you right when they tell you? Even when you wrote this, the story of the .45 was highly questionable. And now, of course, it’s been proven wrong. Any correction there? Any misgivings? No? All right, moving on…

“So far the only group that has gotten satisfaction out of this is the small group of nihilists from Tuesday’s protest. News blogs said they were 150 strong, but I counted only about 80 of them gathered in front of the TV news trucks at Dolores Park.”

“News blogs?” Plural? Which ones? Were they, by chance quoting Chronicle reporter Marisa Lagos? Let’s see what she had to say:

About 150 people gathered in Dolores Park at 5 p.m. to protest Harding’s shooting and Bay Area police conduct in general.”

So what’s your point, Nevius? That news blogs suck? That Marisa Lagos, somebody who is much smarter than you and somebody who works harder than you, is wrong? That you don’t want to insult Marisa Lagos so you’ll put blame on SFist or some other entity that you don’t like anyway? That you’re merely a part-time columnist who just blew into town so you’re entitled to do a half-assed job?

It’s got to be something like that.

Oh, BTW, Nev, do you consider yourself, “The Voice of Reason?” Really?

Moving on…

Yesterday’s effort from you, The Nevius, well it’s not any better.

Now actually, the Tweets and whathaveyou that you’re relying on, Nev, consistently stated that “over 9000″ protesters were expected at the Monday evening Anonymous happenings. The reason why that’s important is because you’re dealing with an Internet meme.

So, when you say this kind of stuff…

Despite threats of 9,000 protesters, Monday’s attendance was generously estimated at 200 at its peak.”

“I asked BART board President Bob Franklin if he really expected 9,000 protesters. ‘I thought that was overly optimistic,’ he said.”

“And, when predictions of thousands of demonstrators fizzles,”

…you look like an out-of-touch Bozo, because these estimates weren’t meant to be taken seriously.

Here’s the first hit on Google – it ably explains the meme.

And here’s where the crowd estimate that you and various other crackers from the East Bay and, for all I know, Police Chief Greg Suhr, came from:

Remember Oprah? She’s MSM too, or at least she was before she retired or whatever. Anyway, she’s not up-to-speed neither:

This group has over 9000 penises, and they’re all raping children.”

How are you helping anything, Nevius?

Weren’t you happier in the East Bay?

Via Exiled Surfer

SFPD Kenneth Harding Shooting Update: Gun Shot Residue Found on Suspect’s Right Hand

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

An update:

Update on Officer Involved Shooting: GSR found on suspect’s hand
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Posted Date: 7/19/2011

As stated by Chief Suhr during Monday’s press conference, information pertaining to the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, July 16, 2011 would be released as it becomes available.

Results from the analysis of evidence collected from the hands of Kenneth Harding revealed that GSR (gunshot residue) was present on Harding’s right hand. The presence of gunshot residue on Harding’s right hand supports statements from witnesses that Harding held the gun in his right hand as he fired at the police officers.

The presence of GSR on an individual’s hands indicates that either: the individual fired a gun, the individual was in close proximity to a gun as it was discharged or that the individual touched a gun or other object with GSR on its surface and particles were transferred to his/her hands.

No GSR was detected on Harding’s left hand.”

SFPD Press Conference Regarding the July 16th, 2011 Shooting of Kenneth Harding

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Here it is, the July 18th SFPD news conference regarding the July 16th, 2011 shooting of Kenneth Harding, a  “parolee at-large carrying a firearm.”

(I’m ignorant of any video that shows anybody “clearly” picking up any gun myself.)

Anyway. there’s more here from the KQED News Fix.

District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen Announces Community Meeting for SFPD shooting of Kenneth Harding: July 20th at 6:00 PM

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Here it is:

Community Meeting this Wednesday, 7/20 at 6:00pm at the Bayview Opera House (3rd Street at Oakdale Ave.). Please join us to discuss the recent shooting. Questions? Call (415) 554-7670.”

And here’s the SFPD invite for the same event:

“San Francisco Police Department Community Meeting July 20th
Posted Date:7/18/2011

Police Chief Greg Suhr will conduct a community meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at The Bayview Opera House, 4075 Third Street, at 6:00pm. The meeting will focus on the recent officer involved shooting at Third Street and Palou Avenue.

For further information please contact the San Francisco Police Department Community Relations Unit by calling 415-734-3280, or emailing the unit at

sfpdcommunityrelations@sfgov.org.”

Oh, and here’s the latest protest, skedded for July 19th, 2011 at Dolores Park:

Title: RAGE IN THE STREETS: Cops Kill Again!
START DATE: Tuesday July 19
TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location Details:
Dolores Park, 19th and Dolores, San Francisco
Event Type: Protest

Pick Your Litmus Test: The Next SFPD Police Chief Will Be Non-Male? Non-White? Gaysexual? And What About Tasers?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m thinking, gee there aren’t a whole bunch of women at the reins of power in San Francisco these days, right? Let’s see here, the prospects of having a female Mayor, Board of Supervisors President, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Assessor-Recorder, or Treasurer anytime soon would appear remote.

So, yes, we have a woman fire chief, but even so, there’ll be a lot of pressure to find candidates of the female persuasion for SFPD Chief, wouldn’t you think?

So let’s say that candidate is you. The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out is what you’re going to do about the TASER issue. If, as is the case with former* Chief George Gascon, you’re a firm believer in the TASER then you should get that info to the deciders ASAP. Say something like, “Forget about me if you won’t let me start up a well-run TASER program ASAP, with or without community input.”

That would be a bold move, huh? But otherwise, you’re not going to get any kind of TASER program during your term.

Stay tuned below, for a TASER program ranking.

Yes this is a TASER in SF, but it’s on the holster of a CHP officer:

So, a ranking of Taser programs, from worst to first:

3. A half-assed program, the kind run by BART

2. No program at all.

1. A well-run program, the kind that the SFPD would most likely have.

Has the lack of an SFPD TASER program resulted in a few deaths the past year? It would so appear.

*So far, assuming his appointment to District Attorney holds….