Remind me again why we subsidize Telsa Motors?
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I don’t know what the CoS was thinking when it picked a historic triangular building right across the street from the Transamerica Pyramid for its San Francisco / Bay Area HQ, but, owing to the foot traffic, only a few Anonymous people are necessary to turn the whole place into a circus.
On It Goes
Comes the news from Linda Post of SF FYI Net:
Julian Davis – Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening and Mobilization
When: August 18, 2012 – Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: 609A Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Join Julian Davis, candidate for supervisor in District 5. Grand opening and mobilization. Fresh breakfast, hot coffee. Speakers, plans for marching to victory in November and then hit the streets.
I can count three SFPD radio cars and there were more about the area of 6th and Market this AM, just after another family of Eurotourists got victimized.
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Can you recall last year when Mayor Ed Lie had his campaign HQ in the Mid-Market to prove some point about something?
It looked like this:
Can you match up the photos?
What did Ed Lee Gets It Done actually get done here?
Oh, and our previous mayor also had a political HQ in this area not too long ago.
On it goes in San Francisco’s corrupt Twitterloin.
Anyway, sorry Euros.
Here’s the latest from the Eric Mar campaign:
“Supervisor Eric Mar First Candidate To Qualify for Public Financing
SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2012 – Late on Friday afternoon, Supervisor Eric Mar’s re-election campaign received the official word from the San Francisco Ethics Commission that he is the first candidate in the city, from any district or any race, to qualify to receive public matching funds.
Supervisor Mar’s campaign will receive their first $20,000 in qualifying public funds from the city shortly.
Campaign spokeswoman Nicole Derse said, “This accomplishment highlights Supervisor Mar’s broad community support and the strength of our grassroots campaign. We are proud to be the only candidate in the city to have met this goal.”
To receive public financing, a candidate must collect at least $15,000 in qualifying contributions from San Franciscans for donations up to $100. Although many candidates, including Supervisor Mar, have raised substantially more funds than that, the threshold for public financing measures the quantity of low-dollar donations. Supervisor Mar’s campaign has received donations from over 450 individual donors, the vast majority of them from San Franciscans in amounts from $5-$100.
“I am incredibly honored to be the first candidate in the city to qualify for public financing. I look forward to engaging thousands of Richmond residents in our grassroots campaign over the next four months,” said Supervisor Eric Mar.
Supervisor Mar is running a strong grassroots campaign, and signature gathering and voter contact efforts will further intensify in July.
Supervisor Mar’s re-election campaign will open the doors on their new Richmond office at 5812 Geary Blvd. (at 22nd Avenue) this week and will hold an office opening celebration and signature gathering mobilization next Saturday, July 7th at 12:00 Noon.
Supervisor Mar will be updating information on his campaign regularly at his website www.ReelectMar.com“
Aslan, the Lion of the Richmond, is, once again, on the move, the same as four years ago:
Sorry, CW Nevius. The conservative-faction victory you, for some reason, so desperately seek won’t be found in District One. Not this year.
Here’s what you can see and do at the foot of Columbus right across the street from the Transamerica Pyramid:
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And oh, if you take the “Oxford* Capacity Analysis” test YOU WILL FAIL. Just a guess. (Nothing against you or anything but I think the test is rigged so that it’s like super hard to pass.)
And note that huge Scientology sidewalk medallion. Looks as if they’ll be here for a while….
AngelaS F: “I have no idea how to rate this. I don’t want to be judgmental – b/c I think it’s great for people to believe in something but to be honest the things I’ve heard about Scientology (and, yes, much to my chagrin what I know I read in gossip magazines featuring Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes) have scared the bejesus out of me. The most disturbing thing I read is that women aren’t supposed to scream during child birth! WTF???!!!!
Anyway, back to trying to be non-judgmental…After going to Bocadillos last night, I noticed that the Church of Scientology (right across the street) was having an open house. I was on a date so I convinced him that we should go in (I mean come on we had to!). He initially resisted but let’s face it I’m too cute!
As soon as we walked in we were asked to sign in – name (fake), address (San Francisco, CA), phone number (mix of my cell and land line – yes, those do still exist). The man told us we could walk through at our own pace and then he’d give us a two minute spiel at the end. We walked through reading some of the plaques that were ALL about L. Ron Hubbard, the founder. L. Ron Hubbard’s books were sprinkled everywhere. When we got to the back there was a small area with maybe 60 chairs – it creeped me out. I’m not sure why but it reminded me of a funeral home. I felt very out of place and felt that at any moment they could lock us in. After speeding by a few more plaques and pictures of you guessed it – L. Ron Hubbard we came across this ancient looking device. The man from the front came over and said it was a “stress tester” and I immediately volunteered (at this point my date is wondering how fast he can drop me off). I held these silver canisters in my hands and watched this needle.
Scientologist: How’s work is going?
Scientologist: What is your boss’ name?
[Needle was pretty steady.]
Scientologist: What’s your Mom’s name?
[Needle moves up a bit.]
Scientologist: What’s your Dad’s name?
Scientologist: Ah…there is some tension with your Dad!
A: No, in fact, I am closer to him than my Mom. (I do understand why that’s a safe bet – most of my friends have issues with their Dad.)
[Scientologist ignores this comment and moves on.]
Scientologist: Are you married or dating?
A: This guy right here. (I should write a book on what not to do when you just start dating someone.)
[Needle moves up a bit.]
Scientologist: Well what would you say is causing you the most stress in your life right now? (Reminded me of when Kramer pretended to be the movie phone guy, “Well why don’t you just tell me the name of the movie you want to see?”)
A: Um…well things are pretty good. I guess my friend, Ashley, who is really depressed.
[Needle jerks and hits the max]
Scientologist: Ohhhh, don’t tell me she is taking medication. [Shakes head disapprovingly.]
A: Um is that bad? [Flash back to Tom Cruise screaming at Matt Lauer about how terrible anti-depressants are.] (I glance at my date who has a look of sheer terror on his face.)
Scientologist: Anti-depressants only mask the problem. It doesn’t solve anything. Come over here.
[We reluctantly walk over to the L. Ron Hubbard library where he pulls out two books.]
Scientologist: I recommend that you give this book to Ashley and this one you should read.
A: Ok well thanks for your time and allowing us to look around. I’ll think about those books.
Scientologist: Sure come back anytime.
[Date shook hands with Scientologist and asked his name again. Date used his real name. D’OH!]”
Ah let’s review.
- Remember when a mid-level PG&E employee* threatened me at an event sponsored by the Presidio Trust, told me that I should take one of my PG&E-related posts down because, I was done told, “It would be your interest to take that post down?” And I was like, well what does that mean? Oh that’s right, Gentle Reader, you don’t remember, but I do. Strike One.
- And remember when PG&E killed eight people near SFO last year? Strike Two.
- And remember when Mayor Ed Lee* recently started going on about how “City Family” member “PG&E is a great local company who gets it?” Strike Three.
Now, here’s the scene last night at 7:00 PM as I was swinging by the FiDi to pick up my special lady friend at an area law firm. Workers were just setting up the cones. And then a paramedic was telling me, “This one isn’t PG&E’s fault – somebody was digging.” Well yeah, but that somebody was PG&E itself:
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Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?
“The Pacific Gas & Electric Building is a 150 m (490 ft) skyscraper located at 77 Beale and Mission streets in the financial district of San Francisco, California. Completed in 1971, the 34 story building is headquarters for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the main utility provider for Northern California, and has been host to a nesting pair of Peregrine Falcons since 1987. List of tallest buildings in San Francisco“
Isn’t it ironic again, dont’cha think?
Hey, PG&E, why don’t you eat your own dog food and CALL BEFORE YOUR DIG?
The easy-to-remember phone number is 811, you remember?
In short, I just can’t believe how much you suck, PG&E.
Straighten up and fly right PG&E.
*A member of San Francisco’s dominant political faction (aka Downtown) along with fellow members Willie Brown, Chamber of Commerce, Gavin Newsom, real estate interests, PG&E, and you know, all those non-profits, among others.
Well, here it is a pithy two-minute video showing area Church of Scientology President Jeff Quiros leaving his historic building at the foot of Columbus.
(The reference to “SF Weekly” has to do with Lauren Smiley’s recent five-part “Scientology Apostate” series.)
I didn’t realize that Anonymous was still on the case like this.
Here’s what it looked like back in aught-eight when Church leaders walked over to the Chinatown Hilton to celebrate L. Ron Hubbard’s birth anniversary:
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But it’s not too late to get in on the fun – if you want to try to make money from religion, why don’t you apply?
On It Goes…
Now, I know what signatures are not.
Signatures are not what the Run Ed Run campaigners are getting or trying to get at a Recology breakroom* or at Avalos for Mayor HQ or at Golden Gate Park.
Nomination petition signatures need to be bona fide, right?
Would you risk breaking campaigning laws to gather this garbage? I wouldn’t:
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All right, here it is, some unknown person’s attempt at the numbers as of yesterday’s deadline. This is a test, right? A measure of strength? I mean, if you don’t have money and you don’t have people, well, then you don’t have much. Of course, some of the campaigns want to use their resources in a different way, which is perfectly fine, of course…
(Until we found out the real numbers officially from City Hall, this will have to do. )
“For the past 8 weeks, candidates for Mayor of San Francisco and their volunteers have been asking voters for their signatures. That’s because mayoral candidates must either collect 10,096 signatures or cough up the $5,048 filing fee for their name to appear on November’s ballot.
Most of the serious contenders for Room 200 launched signature gathering campaigns in June and have been submitting their completed forms since. Thursday evening was the deadline for the signatures, and most candidates were collecting up until the last minute. Campaigns sent out a flurry of press releases in the afternoon, each claiming that their campaigns gathered over 10,000 signatures.
But before these candidates’ signatures are counted, the Department of Elections puts them through a strict validity check to assure that the signer is in fact registered to vote in San Francisco at the address they claim.
So far, only Sen. Leland Yee’s campaign has turned in enough valid signatures to get on the ballot – and did so a week early. The other campaigns will have to wait for their signatures to go through the stringent validity checks at the Dept. of Elections. Those big numbers sent out in press releases today may not translate to real signatures – and the candidates will have to pay cash to make up the difference.
For example, Supervisor John Avalos needs nearly every signature submitted on Thursday to be counted as valid in order to meet the 10,096 valid signature requirement. Today, he touted that the campaign had garnered over 10,000 signatures. But if just 7 of the randomly sampled signatures are found to be invalid, then the campaign will fall short of the needed number of signatures.
David Chiu sent an email today with the subject line “13,903!” to celebrate the large number of signatures he had collected – but his campaign had only 5,189 valid signatures at the Department today before his final submission this evening. Chiu needs 4,907 signatures of the 6,000 submitted today to be valid – but only 66% of the signatures he’s ever submitted passed the test. Unless he did something differently this time, he’s likely to fall short.
As for Dennis Herrera, his campaign only turned in a total of 8,905 signatures – and not all of them were valid. If he did collect over 10,000, as his press release claims, the signatures never made it to City Hall…”
All right then.