Posts Tagged ‘high school’

How to Talk Yourself into Jail While Sitting on the Tarmac at SFO – Deshon Marman and U.S. Air Flight 488

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Starting at :45, this is an example of how to get yourself tossed off a flight at SFO or anywhere.

“Deshon Marman, 20, a defensive player for the University of New Mexico and graduate of Lincoln High in San Francisco, was arrested and removed from US Airways flight 488 Wednesday after police said he ignored an airline employee’s request to pull up sweatpants that exposed his underwear below the buttocks.”

Nice video, San Francisco Chronicle:

It doesn’t matter why the captain has come back to have a chat with you, all that matters is this:

The captain isn’t going to fly you anywhere if you avoid listening to him or her by incessantly interrupting him or her.

(Right? Pilots hate it when you don’t listen to them.)

Also, fighting with the SFPD is a surefire way of making sure that the San Mateo County District Attorney can’t just laugh things off.

This is true regardless of what clothes you wear or how you wear your clothes…

OMG, Glee’s Famous Principal Figgins, Iqbal Theba, to Grace Lowell High School This Friday!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Hollywood glamor comes to our little burg:

“On nearly the final day of the school year, America’s favorite principal – Iqbal Theba who plays “Principal Figgins” on the hit TV show, Glee – will join students and educational leaders in San Jose & San Francisco as he launches new technology to provide affordable college and career planning and a national challenge to help students reach their dreams.”

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Welcome to the 415, Iqbal Theba!

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2011 — On nearly the final day of the school year, America’s favorite principal – Iqbal Theba who plays “Principal Figgins” on the hit TV show, Glee – will join students and educational leaders in San Jose & San Francisco as he launches new technology to provide affordable college and career planning and a national challenge to help students reach their dreams.

“Kids at Glee’s McKinley High have dreams, but I want to help all teens across America, in the real-world,” said Theba, who also serves as Honorary Principal of

The jobless rate among youth stands at over 20% and the average student is now taking about 6 years to complete college due to poor planning (CollegeBoard). Some 70% of parents say their #1 concern is their child’s successful transition to the ‘real world’ (SuperFutures).

Theba will join nationally known financial education expert/innovator Jennifer Openshaw (Oprah, author, Women’s Financial Network founder); Dan Rosensweig, CEO of, the #1 online textbook rental company; and school officials in unveiling the nation’s first online guidance counseling community designed with Harvard experts to help young people build skills to succeed at a fraction of the cost of independent college advisors.

Theba, who thought, “Oh, no, I’m stuck with construction,” will also share his own struggle of finding his passion and launch a new national challenge encouraging real teens to begin to create their dreams over the summer break by leveraging their creative talents.

San Jose
Kipp San Jose Collegiate
1790 Educational Park Drive, San Jose

San Francisco
Lowell High –In the Carol Channing Auditorium
(approx. 1,000 students)
1101 Eucalyptus Dr, San Francisco
Between Eucalyptus & Middlefield

OMG, Nine Bay Area High School Seniors Picked as Finalists for Beach Blanket Babylon Scholaraship! Big Show on June 6

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Well there’ll be a cavalcade of stars (including hat lady Jan Wahl and area billionaire Gordon Getty) judging the live performances of nine high school seniors at Club Fugazi at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in North Beach on June 6th, 2011.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:



SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2011) – Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the selection of nine Bay Area finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform live on Monday, June 6th are:

JESSICA CHANLIAU – Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Novato
TAYLOR EDELHART – Lowell High School, San Francisco
ANYA RICHKIND – Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco

MADELINE BAGBY – Castilleja School, Palo Alto
DARIUS DROOH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
ALEX LYASHEVYCH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco

JILLIAN BUTLER – Liberty High School, Brentwood
ZACHARY PISER – Piedmont High School, Piedmont
CARA WODKA – Fremont Christian High School, Fremont

“Every year I’m impressed by the talent and caliber of the entries we receive, and this year was no exception,” said Schuman Silver. “Narrowing the field down to just nine finalists was not an easy task.”

Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Star 101.3’s Don Bleu. The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Character Dancer & Choreographer Val Caniparoli, singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, KGO Radio’s Jerry Friedman, Composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley, KMEL’s Chuy Gomez, California Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff, ABC7’s Don Sanchez and KRON4/KCBS Radio’s Jan Wahl.”

(I don’t know about ticket availability or anything at this point – they’ll be tough or impossible to get, one might imagine.)

Bon courage, contestants!

Senator Leland Yee Addresses Richmond High Rape Case With a Must Report Law

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Last year’s rape case at Richmond High School in the City of Richmond, CA is getting some attention from the solons of Sacramento.

Item 1: Senator Leland Yee doesn’t cotton to the idea of people just standing around when 16-year-olds get raped, so he authored Senate Bill 840. It requires:

“individuals who reasonably believe that they have witnessed a murder, rape or lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 18 years to notify law enforcement officials.”  

Basically, SB840 would update the David Cash Jr. Law, aka the Sherrie Iverson Child Victim Protection Act that was authored by former Senator, current Assemblyman, and future Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Tom’s law already covers victims aged up to 14 years – Leland’s proposed law would add in victims aged 15 through 18. 

The California Senate’s Assistant President pro Tempore at the helm in Sacramento:

Here’s a brief rundown on non-Samaritan poster-boy David Cash, from Wiki’s entry on murderer Jerry Strohmeyer:

“Sherrice Iverson’s mother demanded that David Cash, Jr., be charged as an accessory, but authorities stated there was not enough evidence connecting him to the actual crime, and Cash was never prosecuted for any offense related to the murder. In the weeks following Strohmeyer’s arrest, Cash told the Los Angeles Timesthat he did not dwell on the murder of Sherrice Iverson. “I’m not going to get upset over somebody else’s life. I just worry about myself first. I’m not going to lose sleep over somebody else’s problems.” He also told the newspaper that the publicity surrounding the case had made it easier for him to “score with women.” Cash also told the Long Beach Press-Telegram: “I’m no idiot … I’ll get my money out of this.”

So that’s Item 1.

Item 2: Assemblyman Pedro Nava has authored AB 984, which would cover victims of any age.

So, those are California’s proposed witness crime reporting bills of 2010, so far.

Here’s Senator Yee’s release from this morning, after the jump


Hundreds Attend Rained-Out Kristi Yamaguchi Children’s Day Festival in Japantown

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

San Francisco’s annual Kristi Yamaguchi’s Children’s Day Festival took place indoors today, but that didn’t spoil the fun.

Here’s what it looked outdoors last year, without the rain.

The gymnasium at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California on Sutter was a lively scene today:

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Japantown Peace Plaza
Street: Post and Buchanan Streets
City/Town: San Francisco, CA 


In recognition of Japan’s national holiday celebrating children, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California is presenting its annual Children’s Day Festival. There will be entertainment, food, games, and hands-on arts & crafts activities for youngsters. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the fun! Admission is free.

Next year’s should be drier…

Yale Baker’s Dozen Case Claims Another Victim

Friday, January 30th, 2009

ABC7 KGO TV”s I-Team, featuring chief investigative reporter Dan Noyes, brings news of a settlement in San Francisco’s Baker’s Dozen / News Year’s Bash / Gleegate incident from a couple years back. The question at the time was “what’s up with Ken Garcia“?

That was a reference to this column from January 2007: Ken Garcia: Politics bubble beneath Yale Baker’s Dozen case, which provided justification for what happened to the Baker’s Dozen. The trouble with this is today’s news of the statements from San Francisco locals Richard Aicardi and Brian Dwyer, who both go:

“There is no justification for what happened to the Baker’s Dozen.

Yale’s Baker’s Dozen, during happier times:

So that’s the danger when you set up a straw man argument, one involving “singing saints” and “Catholic school thugs” – you might not be able to knock it down.

Lesson learned.

Day of Action in San Francisco for School Funding

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Yesterday’s Day of Action was well-attended.

Paul Chambers from KTVU, Channel 2 strikes a pose and gets down in order to warm up the kids before his live stand up. They were fired up