He was seen by a lot of people yesterday, while dancing around, that’s for sure:
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Find out more about Japan’s third largest city over at the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association.
Actually, the Mayor of Osaka wanted to visit town last year, but San Francisco leaders like Rose Pak and Ed Lee didn’t cotton to that idea. It’s like, yeah, we can’t stop you from coming, but we’ll ignore you, we’ll pretend you don’t exist.*
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Anywho, San Francisco’s Japantown is officially Little Osaka, believe it or not.
Leave us hope for happier times down the road…
*Let’s see here, who has never-say-that-name, Voldemort status in official SF these days? Former District Five Supervisor Christina Olague certainly. As well Former District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. Oh, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper – Rose Pak hasn’t even heard of that rag. And add to that Mayor Toru Hashimoto, which is fair enough. But Rose Pak and Ed Lee, try to think of people who do and say bad things in, I don’t know, the People’s Republic of China. And try to think of people who do and say bad things in, I don’t know, your very own local political faction, you know, the Willie Brown Gavin Newsom crowd. If you want.
Get all the deets at the new District Five Blog.
“FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM SUPERVISOR MIRKARIMI
This will be my last newsletter as District 5 Supervisor. It’s hard to summon seven years of memories in this brief note, so come celebrate with us at our last holiday City Hall office party on Friday, December 16, 5:00 to 7:30 PM.
I want to take this opportunity to express my immense appreciation to my past and present office staff who blazed the journey with me, remaining focused on the job at hand while performing simultaneous constituent and legislative acts on a daily basis. The greater the challenge, the better they did. A conventional work day was rare. Often, work followed staff home – I’m grateful to the family and friends who supported their efforts while they gave it their all.
Thank you also to the fleet of amazing volunteers and interns who did everything from mundane clerical tasks, to delving into complicated or controversial projects. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing from former interns who parlayed their positive experience with us into a vocation that truly inspires them.
Most importantly, I want to thank the people of San Francisco and District 5. Our District is one of the most diverse, nonlinear demarcated districts in the city. The range of challenges was often nuanced depending on the specific neighborhood, but they all embodied the fusion of big urban demands with village interests. And I loved that because it was the centrifugal force of neighborhood activism that caused us to reconcile important competing considerations, no matter the issue big or small. Thank you to the volunteer-driven dedicated network of neighborhood groups and its leaders for their commitment to bettering one of the most majestic cities in the world.
I will be sworn in as San Francisco’s next Sheriff on January 8th.
Are people hanging red hearts in the Western Addition to say good-bye to RK? Maybe. As seen on Fulton near Baker:
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All right, see you there!
Now, I have my own opinion on this, but I’ll keep it to myself (’cause you Gentle Readers are so gentle I can’t even use the useful term West Bay without throwing some of you into a tizzy.)
Anyway, the Peace Heart Doctor Banksy is now protected by Plexiglas these days, just like the Mona Lisa, or something.
Anyway, we can all agree that photographer and man-about-town Steve Rhodes is Everywhere You Want to Be.
Twick at work:
(Hey, you know how much of Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop was true? How about zero (0) percent – start off with that assumption and work up from there, if you want…)
Couldn’t we require defibrillators to be stationed at various spots along our marathons and half-marathons? Wouldn’t that be cheaper than getting a bunch more ambulances? Wouldn’t that save lives?
For all the talk from selfish, spoilsport NIMBY homeowners about drug ODs, turns out that heart attacks are what kills people at events like the annual Bay to Breakers.
(Still no major sponsor to replace ING for the 2011 BtoB, BTW…)
Here’s California Street looking west from the Financial District / Chinatown area. When the light’s just right, the cable car rails shimmer all silv’ry in the relative darkness created by high-rise buildings.
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Did you know that Paris is gay? That’s what Tony Bennett (and Frank Sinatra) said:
The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay,
The glory that was Rome is just another day,
I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan,
I’m going home to my city by the bay.
I left my heart in San Francisco, high on a hill it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars.
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care.
My love waits there in San Francisco, above the blue and windy sea,
When I come home to you, San Francisco, your golden sun will shine for me.
Climbing from Montgomery to Kearny to Grant to Stockton to Powell and finally up to Mason.