Posts Tagged ‘herrera’

Team Herrera Marches on Van Ness Down to City Hall – City Attorney Dennis Herrera at Work While Crew Turns in Signatures

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

[UPDATE: Ah yes, the David Chiu Crew, sans Chiubacca*, is making a beeline over to City Hall right now as well.]

[UPDATE: And oh, here comes Supervisor John Avalos, right on schedule. Who’ll be next to join the 10k Club?]

Well there I was piloting Mom’s Taxi down an area “traffic sewer” or “incomplete street” and what do I see but Team Herrera marching on City Hall.

Thusly:

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I’ll tell you, AFAICS, this campaign and Senator Leland Yee‘s are the big ones, so far anyway:

An enthusiastic vanguard: 

All’s left to do is the counting.

Oh, here they are, at the terminus:

Here are the deets from Dennis Jose:

“Flavia-

I’m just walking out of the Department of Elections with a team of my supporters and I wanted you to be among the first to hear my big news. WE DID IT!

After almost two months of knocking on doors, canvassing street corners and going from neighborhood to neighborhood telling San Franciscans my plan to make this a city that works, my team of outstanding volunteers and I gathered over 10,881 signatures.

As we kickoff the next phase of the campaign, we want you to join our team.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN TEAM HERRERA

Thanks to all of your incredible hard work we not only achieved, but exceeded our goal. This was a grassroots effort from hundreds of supporters like you – hard working dedicated members of Team Herrera who know how important this election is.

On Team Herrera we know that local government can positively impact people’s lives each and every day. With your continued support and help, we will win in November, but it won’t be easy and I need your continued support, will you commit to join me?

Sign up to get involved with our campaign.

Thanks for all that you do,

Dennis Herrera”

Oh, and there’s this too:

Signatures demonstrate campaign’s strength, citywide support

San Francisco – City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s campaign for mayor collected over 10,000 signatures to place his name on the ballot as a candidate for mayor. This grassroots effort, spearheaded by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, demonstrates his deep volunteer base and citywide support. This afternoon at the Department of Elections, Herrera will be joined by a team of supporters and staff who helped him reach this goal as they turn in their signatures together.

“I am immensely proud of the hard work my team of volunteers and supporters put in to make this day a reality,” Herrera said. “It’s just another example of the strength of our campaign, and this is only the beginning. From now until November 8th we will be at every doorstep and in every neighborhood talking to voters about how we’ll make San Francisco a city that works. I’m confident that we’ll be successful on Election Day.”

The signature gathering period began on June 4th and requires that each mayoral candidate gather 10,000 signatures in lieu of paying the $5,048 fee.

In 2001, Herrera became the first Latino ever elected City Attorney of San Francisco, and he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2005 and 2009. As City Attorney, Herrera has used the power of the office to help protect consumers, defend our civil liberties, and protect the environment and air quality. He is running for Mayor to make San Francisco a city that works – getting back to basics and delivering services that we depend on.”

OK then.

Who’ll be next to make this march before the deadline?

*Oops. Chewy was on the scene after all.

SamSingerWatch: Did “Three Men” Really “Attack” Tatiana the Tiger at the San Francisco Zoo?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Here’s the latest from “Master of Disaster” PR Man Sam Singer:

“S.F. Zoo gets Martha the tiger to replace Tiger Shot after attacked by 3 Men Christmas 3 years ago”

Uh, en realidad, we don’t actually know that “3 Men” “attacked” that tiger, do we? Hey, what about the minor who died? He was less than 18, right? Oh, and you’re saying he attacked the tiger along with brothers Dhaliwal, you know that for a fact that all three of them did that, huh? You and the zoo have videotape you’ve been sitting on all these years, maybe…

Is this kind of thing what pays your mortgage, Sam?

[Electronic Cockpit Voice]: “Libel, libel… pull up, pull up.”

A post-Tatiana big cat enclosure at the, frankly, poorly-run, San Francisco Zoo:

And the shrine that got set up at the entrance of the zoo, back in the day:

Potrero Hill’s Potrero Power Plant To Go Offline in Early 2011?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Rebecca Bowe has the story of the coming end of San Francisco’s 362 MW Potrero Power Plant early next year.

Perhaps we should rename the PPP’s iconic red tower “Coit Tower South” and charge tourists admission to take rides to the top?

It’s a landmark now, right?

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Have Your Shyster Try to Opt You Out of SF’s Gang Injunctions, If You Want

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I mean, it’s your right, after all.

All the fresh new deets, and .pdf forms as well, are right here.

“City Attorney Herrera has obtained civil injunctions against five violent street gangs that have long plagued San Francisco neighborhoods with their criminal and nuisance conduct.  Named in the gang injunctions so far issued by the San Francisco Superior Court are the following:

  • The Bayview/Hunters Point-based Oakdale Mob
  • The Mission-based Norteño gang
  • The Western Addition-based Chopper City gang
  • The Western Addition-based Eddy Rock gang
  • The Western Addition-based Knock Out Posse gang

Herrera is currently pursuing a new injunction against two more gangs:

  • The Visitacion Valley-based Down Below Gangsters
  • The Visitacion Valley-based Towerside Gang”

It Begins: San Francisco’s First Post-Injunction Bike Lane Goes In, As Scheduled

Monday, August 9th, 2010

See? Right on schedule:

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The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has all the deets and here’s what the Mayor had to say after his “self-congratulatory press conference,”  after the jump

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Post-Injunction S.F. Gets Moving: New Bike Lane on Townsend Today at 1:00 PM

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Erin Sherbert has the story of today’s ceremony honoring the recent lifting of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan injunction.

(Leave us remember that the four-year-injunction was 100% not the fault of Judge Busch.)

Anyway, look for something like this to go down on Townsend today at 1:00 PM, somewhere near Fourth Street in the SoMA:

 

But this event will probably push some over the edge. Like the snarky people at Enough, we say, enough:

OK, we get it, now the city can paint some stripes on the road and call them ‘bike lanes.’ Stop shitting yourself.”

How wude!

Oh well…

San Francisco Bicycle Plan Injunction Finally Lifted by Judge Peter Busch

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Here’s the news from the office of City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera: The Bicycle Plan injunction has beeen lifted.

Judge Busch finds that City has complied with CEQA, grants City’s request to allow remaining safety, usability improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 6, 2010) — San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch issued an order late this afternoon finding San Francisco in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, in seeking to implement its Bicycle Plan citywide. The ruling effectively dissolves an injunction that continued to prohibit City engineers from moving forward on some planned bicycle route improvements intended to enhance the safety and usability of streets for bicyclists. A previous order from Nov. 2009 lifted significant portions of the original 2006 injunction, but left limited restrictions intact while the adequacy of environmental review for certain projects was adjudicated.

“I am very gratified by the ruling from Judge Busch, who carefully considered an enormous amount of evidence in this case, and found that the City met its environmental review requirements,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Today’s decision clears an important hurdle toward making San Francisco safer for bicyclists, and healthier for all of us. I am very thankful to the many dedicated public servants involved in this policy initiative and meeting the stringent legal requirements to fulfill it, including Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors, the Municipal Transportation Agency, and the Planning Department.”

The case is: Coalition for Adequate Review et al. v. City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Superior Court No. 505-509, filed July 28, 2005

So there you have it. “Crazy”* Rob Anderson has driven his dead-bang winner of a lawsuit, one that put him on the front page of the Wall Street Journal…

…and made the City and County** look like a bunch of fools, into the ground. He didn’t know when to quit. (The time to quit would have been when the City finally complied with the requirements of CEQA.)

Who knows, maybe he’ll come up with another beautiful lawsuit idea, another slam dunk, but don’t count on it.

Sic Transit Gloria Anderson

*That’s what they called him, out of frustration, back when they had to pay attention to him.

**”Hey remember when we said we were going to start working on those reports earlier and go faster? Forget all that. Actually, we’re going to start later and go slower. We were going to tell you sooner but…”

[UPDATE: The Mayor would like to add a few words. See them after the jump.]

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Hundreds Attend Swearing-In Ceremony for City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

At this point, you might consider three-term City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera the solid front-runner in the race to become mayor in 2011. He sure seemed to have a lot of well-wishers today, anyway, in City Hall, where hundreds were on hand to see him get sworn in by California Assemblyman and Speaker-Elect John A. Pérez.

But eight-year-old Declan Herrera stole the show with his reading of New Year’s wishes in English and Mandarin Chinese:

It was standing room only in the North Light Court of City Hall this afternoon:

Congratulations to Dennis Jose Herrera!

City Attorney’s Swearing-in Ceremony

WHEN:
TODAY, Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:
City Hall’s North Light Court
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco

WHO:
* City Attorney Dennis Herrera and family
* California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer
* California Assemblymember John A. Pérez
* Elected officials and community leaders

Mirant’s Potrero Generating Plant is Always With Us – When Will It Go Away?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

See the tower of the Potrero Generating Plant down Seventh Street on a recent rainy day?

Will it be here a year from now?

Who knows. But, on it goes, day in and day out:

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City Attorney Dennis Herrera Sues for Seismic Safety Upgrades at Mirant

Monday, April 27th, 2009

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today sued Mirant Corporation for potentially life-threatening building code violations at the Potrero Generating Plant. Says Mr. Herrera:

“To the list of corporate lawlessness that includes polluting our air, ground and water, we can now add Mirant’s defiant refusal to address safety risks to its own employees.”

Read all about it, below.

Herrera blasts Mirant’s ‘deplorable corporate citizenship’ with seismic safety lawsuit

Code violations at controversial Potrero plant mark the latest in list of threats to public health, safety and the environment

City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against Mirant (NYSE: MIR) for potentially life-threatening building code violations at its controversial Potrero power plant, blistering the Atlanta-based energy giant’s “deplorable corporate citizenship” for long disregarding human health and safety in San Francisco.  The 17-page complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court charges the company with persistent violations of a City ordinance that requires seismic safety upgrades to unreinforced masonry buildings, whose structural failures in major earthquakes can cause significant loss of life and injuries.  The aging diesel-fueled plant has been a flashpoint for neighborhood and environmental justice advocates for decades because of the facility’s longstanding air, ground and water contamination problems, and their suspected link to atypically high rates of asthma and cancer in neighboring communities.  Today’s lawsuit comes after years of failed negotiations between Mirant and City leaders to address environmental, public health and safety issues — including seismic retrofits — and a series of letters over the past few months from Herrera and other City officials threatening to challenge the extension of Mirant’s water permit for the plant because it continues to pollute San Francisco Bay.

“To the list of corporate lawlessness that includes polluting our air, ground and water, we can now add Mirant’s defiant refusal to address safety risks to its own employees,” said Herrera.  “City leaders have worked for years to shutter this filthy and dangerous facility — which has no business operating in the 21st Century, let alone in a major population center.  But it increasingly appears that our good faith efforts to work with Mirant have been exploited and mocked.  The imperatives of public health and safety in San  Francisco prevent us from continuing to tolerate this deplorable corporate citizenship.  I intend to pursue a court order to force Mirant to live up to responsibilities it has too long ignored.  Mirant is at the end of its rope.”

Unreinforced masonry buildings, or UMBs, are masonry or concrete buildings constructed without the benefit of reinforcements.  UMBs can be gravely hazardous in earthquakes, with a strong likelihood of failure in serious seismic events, including collapsing walls or the “pancaking” of entire buildings.  In 1992, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted the UMB Ordinance to require: (1) all owners of UMBs to be notified of potential hazards; (2) all owners to retain a licensed civil, structural engineer or architect to identify the hazard class of UMB buildings; and (3) all owners to seismically upgrade the buildings within specified requirements and time frames. 

While the ordinance established Feb. 15, 2006 as the deadline for most building owners to complete structural seismic alterations, the City, like other regulatory agencies, extended numerous accommodations to Mirant in the expectation that the closure of its environmentally injurious power plant was imminent.  Today’s civil action details the history of the City’s enforcement efforts at the Potrero facility, and alleges that Mirant is operating a public nuisance in violation of the California Civil Code (Sections 3479 and 3480) and San Francisco Building Code (Sections 102 and 103).  Herrera’s lawsuit additionally charges Mirant with unlawful and unfair business practices, in violation of California Business and Professions Code Section 17200. 

If successful, Herrera’s case on behalf of the City and People of the State of California could result in sweeping injunctive relief, disgorgement of all profits derived from the company’s unlawful conduct, civil penalties, and costs and fees associated with the action. 

The case is: City and County of San Francisco and People of the State of California v. Mirant Potrero, LLC, San Francisco Superior Court, filed April 27, 2009.