Posts Tagged ‘initiative’

A $23 Cap on Parking Tickets? Could San Francisco Survive Something Like the “Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative”

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Read the news and turn the pages, from the LA TImes:

“The Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative wants to cap fines at $23 for violations that don’t affect public safety.”

Mmmm…

[CALL:] Hey, could an initiative like this pass in San Francisco County?

[RESPONSE:] Hell to the yes.

Could the SFMTA handle the loss of revenue?

I suppose. But it would turn a solid money-maker – paying well-compensated PCO’s to run around all over the city – into a decided money-loser.

Mmmmm…

San Francisco’s Best Billionaire, Marc Benioff, Donates Half a Million for the 2012 Holidays – Marc and Lynne Benioff Foundation

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Marc Benioff > Larry Ellison.

Marc Benioff > Republican Ron Conway.

Am I right, people?

So who’s left?

Anyway, this is becoming an annual tradition for Lynne and Marc Benioff – deets below.

Standing in front of the half-billion UCSF Mission Bay children’s hospital with their name on the front:

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All the deets, released this AM:

“Marc and Lynne Benioff are making the following donations:

· $250,000 to Catholic Charities CYO’s Star Community Home to provide temporary housing and assistance to families in need. This will be executed as a challenge grant, whereby contributions by the public to support Star Community Home will be matched dollar for dollar by the Benioffs, up to the amount of their gift.

· $230,000 to Hamilton Family Center’s First Avenues program to provide temporary rental subsidies to help at-risk families from becoming homeless.

· $70,000 to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Season of Sharing Fund to provide one-time temporary assistance to families experiencing unexpected crisis.

“Marc and I want to further our partnership with the City to break the cycle of homelessness for children and families in San Francisco,” said Lynne Benioff. “We hope that others will join us this holiday season to ensure the health and safety of every child in the City.”

For more information about the Catholic Charities CYO’s Star Community Home, go to: www.cccyo.org.

For more information about the Hamilton Family Services’ First Avenues program, go to:www.hamiltonfamilycenter.org.

Keep on keeping on, Marc and Lynne Benioff

“Pressuring Someone for Nude Pics. Cool or Not Cool?” – Press Release of the Week from the That’s Not Cool Initiative

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

“Cool or not cool?”

Uh, cool!

Oh wait, on second thought, no not cool, not at all.

But this nude photo is kind of cool:

Naked Burt Reynolds + a bear = ???

Well I’m flummoxed, but see if you can figure this one out.

(I’m afraid to look at the video myself, cause I’m very easily influenced. Like, this bit is why I smoke Winstons to this day…)

“Pressuring Someone for Nude Pics. Cool or Not Cool? Teens Can Now Create Talking Avatar Videos to Answer the Question. Only Two Weeks for Teens to Enter That’s Not Cool Summer T-Shirt Giveaway

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17, 2011  – How would you feel about getting asked for a nude picture of yourself and how would you feel if you were pressured to do so?

These questions and more are posed in a new online application by the That’s Not Cool initiative to educate teens about digital dating abuse. There are only two weeks left for teens to enter and have a chance to get a That’s Not Cool T-shirt if they create and post a talking avatar that addresses how they feel about pressuring or being pressured for nude pics.

That’s Not Cool launched the new speaking avatar tool that allows teens to “Have Your Say” when it comes to relationship abuse. After watching an animated video addressing digital dating abuse, users create a personalized character and voice to respond to the question posed in the video: “Pressuring Someone for Nude Pics, Cool or Not Cool?” That’s Not Cool uses text-to-speech technology that enables the teen-created character to speak the answer to the question in a voice style each teen selects. Each unique video entry can be posted and shared on www.thatsnotcool.com.

“This new tool is a personal and fun way for teens to engage in this important issue and talk about what is and isn’t cool in their relationships,” said Futures Without Violence Director of Public Communications Brian O’Connor. “It’s a way to get a dialogue going about an issue that many young people will confront.”

“While teens often recognize the signs of physical abuse, digital abuse has many gray areas and its dangers are often minimized. This new application will further engage teens and give them a fun and comfortable way to draw the connection between the digital infractions they are experiencing and abuse,” said Ad Council President and CEO Peggy Conlon.

Each teen who participates has a chance to receive a free That’s Not Cool T-shirt. Until August 31st, the campaign will give away 10 T-shirts per week to the first 10 users who make “Have Your Say” Avatar videos. Visit www.thatsnotcool.com for promotion details and to create your own avatar!

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“Let’s Keep Not Paying Taxes – YAY!” Taiwan’s NMA-TV Takes on the Amazon v. State of CA Sales Tax Fight

Monday, July 18th, 2011

NMA-TV out of Taiwan, Free Republic of China, well, they’ve got us pegged. They know all about what goes on in California and they show that with pithy animated videos.

As here, with the whole Governor Jerry Brown vs. Jeff Bezos / Amazon.com sales tax / “use tax”* issue. NMA already has a proposed slogan for the statewide initiative that’s coming our way from Amazon.

See?

And here’s Jeff Bezos (fresh from swimming in a pool of his money) explaining things to California Governor Jerry Brown and our Official State Animal, who looks hungry for a little tax money.

It’s going to be a tough row to hoe getting people to vote for the Amazon tax next year, IMO.

Anyway, good job NMA-TV.

*The tax is on your “use” in CA of whatever you buy. It’s pretty much like a sales tax except it’s based on the tax rate of where you live (as opposed to sales tax, which is based upon where you buy something). 

Truth and Reconciliation Comes to Crappy Octavia Boulevard – SFCTA Hosts Public Workshops Tonight

Monday, September 27th, 2010

OMG, it looks as if somebody is trying to Fix Octavia. Get the deets about today’s workshops and open house, below.

IOW, hated Octavia Boulevard will be getting a little attention in the near future.

(Personally, I’d start by getting rid of all the parking spaces and all the medians – I’d de-boulevard the boulevard.)

Notice the color of the traffic lights?

Anyway, here’s the info. It’s as close as you’ll get to an admission from the Powers That Are that maybe, just maybe, Octavia isn’t just the most perfect thing ever.

See you there!

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, Sept. 27:
SFCTA Hearing Room, 100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor
OPEN HOUSE: 12:00–2:00pm
PUBLIC WORKSHOP: 5:30–7:30pm

Persons requiring translation services should contact the Transportation Authority at 415-522-4800

Background

The Market-Octavia neighborhood has seen several transformative efforts recently, most notably the opening of the Octavia Boulevard/Central Freeway project in 2005 and the adoption in 2008 of the Market and Octavia Better Neighborhood Plan. Octavia Boulevard is the first facility of its kind in the United States in 80 years, redefining traffic engineering practice through context-sensitive solutions. The Octavia Boulevard project has delivered a transportation facility that provides neighborhood access to a regional freeway while providing an attractive public space. A timeline of key Octavia Boulevard events is shown below.

This Circulation Study will quantify and evaluate the performance of the transportation system in the Market-Octavia area and recommend changes for improving travel options and traffic distribution in the area. The study will focus on multimodal and system-level perspectives. These multimodal transportation issues include:

  • Transit routing and reliability, and connectivity to regional transit
  • Automobile traffic circulation
  • Pedestrian crossings and facilities
  • Bicycle access
  • General wayfinding
  • Travel demand management strategies

The study will help support and advance key priorities of the 2008 Market and Octavia Better Neighborhood Plan including improved pedestrian circulation and transit facilities, as well as conversion of streets from one-way to two-way operation.

 

As the study area is both an active local neighborhood and a critical element of the transportation system for regional traffic coming to, from or through the area, the proposed solutions will need to address local, citywide and regional needs. This map of the general local area is consistent with the Market-Octavia Neighborhood Plan. Click here to see the study area map.

Study Objectives

The objectives of the Study are to:

  • Document existing conditions of the transportation system
  • Identify a multimodal package of transportation improvements through technical review and public input
  • Develop cost estimates for these top-priority projects
  • Establish a funding and implementation strategy that considers appropriate levels of contributions from public and private sources.

The Central Freeway and Octavia Boulevard Circulation Study will serve as a vehicle for discussion and coordination among local and regional stakeholders, while providing policy guidance for ensuring integration with the larger regional and long-term needs.

Potential Project List

As area needs are studied and possible solutions prioritized, information on potential projects will be posted here.

Study Products and Schedule

Preliminary Draft Existing Conditions Report. Includes Origin-Destination Survey from October 2009. Completed. 

Public and Stakeholder Outreach. Engagement with key stakeholders and community groups. Ongoing.  Key events planned for September 2010 and November 2010.

Technical Analysis and Project Development. Based on existing conditions and needs assessment, and stakeholder input, an evaluation framework will be developed for potential solutions, resulting in project screening and the selection of up to three potential projects. Conceptual designs will be developed for these three potential projects. September/October 2010.

Funding and Implementation Plan. Funding plan, including fair-share contributions, and implementation roles, steps, and issues. December 2010.

Final Report. Culmination of all recommendations and designs. January 2011.

For More Information

Send an email to Margaret Cortes or call 415.522.4826.

Related Links

Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan (led by SF Planning Department)

REPAIR CALIFORNIA’s Constitutional Convention Effort on Hiatus – Angel Investor Needed

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

KQED‘s Man in Sacramento John Myers is saying that California’s constitutional amendment movement is “on the ropes” these days: 

“The political campaign organized to convene a constitutional convention in California is, in the words of a top campaign official, “pausing” its efforts to get the measure on the November ballot.

It seems that these putative conventioneers would be in great shape if somebody just handed over a spare million or four:

“Campaign chief John Grubb tells KQED that they are ‘hoping there are some angels out there’… State campaign finance records show the group has raised less than $500,000 so far; one source said today the campaign probably needs an additional $4 million to get the measures qualified.”

This issue was the flavor of the month just a few short months ago, in’nt it? 

Tune into the KQED FM 88.5 or 89.3 this afternoon at 5:00 or 5:30 PM for the post mortem.

The “Livable Streets” People Refuse to Apologize for Octavia Boulevard

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Via StreetsBlog SF, you can learn that the “Livable Streets Community Meet-Up!” is coming up this Monday – it’s sponsored by the Livable Streets Initiative.

Monday August 24th, 7pm-8pm
The Green Arcade
1680 Market St. at Gough

You see, they’re returning to the scene of the crime: Horrible Octavia Boulevard. What’s up with this stubby Scar Upon The Land? It’s like some giant came along and just plopped down an aircraft carrier on San Francisco for the sole purpose of preventing people (people like pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, car drivers, etc.) from moving around the City.

Here’s a bird-eye view of the failed attempt at social engineering known as Octavia Boulevard, with a scale drawing of the WWII era Japanese aircraft carrier HIJMS* Taiho in overlay. Take a look for yourself. Click to expand:

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Of course the Taiho is a little smaller but its deck (now sitting at the bottom of the Pacific) has the same general shape as Octavia,  and of course the Taiho would block cross traffic equally as well. Why is Octavia so wide? Why does cross-traffic have such a short amount of time to cross the Blvd? Why are there so many accidents on Octavia? Why is Octavia jammed up with idling cars all the time?

Now get this, the Livable Streets people think Octavia is just great. Check it.

And here’s a longer bit from the same point of view. Note how they refer to the Octavia onramp as something other than the Octavia onramp.

Wouldn’t it have been better to keep the earthquake-safe and retrofitted Central Freeway the way it was? Yes! Alternatively, wouldn’t it have also been better to tear down the whole Central Freeway all the way back to the 101 freeway? Yes! Pick one or the other or something else, I don’t care. Anything would be better than the present Octavia Boulevard situation.

Can somebody start a Boulevard Revolt?

Only Time Will Tell.

And, bonus, let’s take a look once again at what real people say about Octavia, you know, the actual result of plans drawn up by ivory tower academics. Enjoy:

What is the Legacy of Octavia Boulevard?

“Octavia has severely impacted traffic on Laguna at all times, not just peak.”

Octavia is a mess for bicyclists and there are tons of vehicle accidents.”

What has Octavia taught us? Stopped cars/slow idling cars seem to pollute more.”

And what do the Yelpers have to say?

“Who’s the dip-shit that designed this Octavia Street nightmare between Market St and Fell St?”

“1) It’s a freeway offramp – slash – playground. Kids and cars!! Who’s the genius??
2) It doesn’t take you across Market Street but rather has you wait at the light — filling the above-mentioned park with your exhaust as you idle along.
3) The “local access” road is a perfect place to die while crossing the street, as some confused driver makes a right hand turn.
4) It got voted in after at least three failed initiatives. During the boom. When the population was more passionate than informed and the Hayes Valley Merchant’s Associationcould sweet talk them with this park bullshit. ”I like parks not freeways! I’ll vote yes!” The old Fell Street offrampwas ugly and the dark sidewalks underneath were full of pee. It’s been replaced by a classic San Francisco compromise that essentially works well for no one but makes some smug mofosfeel like they discouraged driving when all they really did was put more smog on the street. And now the sidewalks are sunny, but they’re still full of pee. I wonder why an offramp didn’t solve homelessness…?”

“The poster child for stupidity in San Francisco. STILL not finished after 25 or so years???

“Unsafe at any speed for:
1.pedestrians
2.bicycles
3.scooters
4.motorcycles
5.marmosets

OHMiGOD are you kidding?? Wow, I looked up this review expecting to see half a star and a lovely littering of ‘fuckity fuck motherFUCKER,’ wowwweee…everyone i talk to in person HATES this addition…

Why we hate the new Octavia Blvd:

1. It is confusing. What is with the extra mini-side lane next to the regular lane? Are you allowed to switch back and forth at liberty? What is the purpose of this mini lane?

2. Why are there traffic lights AND stop signs in front of the mini-lane? When there’s a traffic light and a stop sign, which one wins?

3. The traffic on Octavia Blvd, coming from the freeway, is always atrocious. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. Something about it’s ingenious design allows it to remain backed up 24 hours a day.

4. If you don’t play your cards right, you WILL get forced onto the freeway. You just think you’re along for an innocent ride, and then , BAM, Octa-Nazi Blvdhas you marching along in its gigantic oppressive middle lane and it wil NOT let you out, no matter how much you beg.

I don’t get it, I don’t get it! What’s going on with this street monster?”

“This is NOT the haven for cyclists and pedestrians the city touts it as being. Whose idea was it to build the off ramp at street level? It should be RAISED and go over Market or they should build some kind of blockade so that people coming east on Market absolutely can’t try to make a right onto the highway and clip pedestrians and cyclists. That single spot is a death trap.

It’s pretty and it’s great that it’s not a shithole anymore but this is seriously some urban planning gone awry. The shared bike/car lanes on the outside would be great if the cars that drove in them weren’t complete idiots. Sharrows mean it’s my lane too, buddy, so don’t honk at me and tell me to get on the sidewalk, don’t rev your engine behind me, and don’t speed up to 20 to squeeze by me. The middle lane is for fast driving of cars, not the outer lanes. Unfortunately people are unable to grasp this concept and choose to terrorize pedestrians and cyclists who are trying to enjoy the sections of the project supposedly designed to make things better for us.

And the light/stop sign combo… what the hell? It’s maddening. If this is supposed to benefit cyclists, why make it so difficult to make a left onto Market? One must cross Octavia and go onto the sidewalk then cross Market and make the left there, or cross Market then cross the on/off ramp via Market. That second option wouldn’t be so bad except for the fucktards coming down Market who don’t understand what NO RIGHT TURN means and repeatedly take out cyclists at the same spot as they try to turn onto the highway.”

And on it goes.

*His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Ship

Area Billionaire William R. Hearst III Funds Screenwriting Grant

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Hey, are you a “mid-career screenwriter“? (That’s an artful term, huh?) Anyway, you simply must apply for the Hearst Screenwriting Grant, a new joint from the San Francisco Film Society and William R. Hearst III, San Francisco’s favorite billionaire.

(You’re thinking maybe you could take a stab at a remake of Citizen Kane, tell it from Charles Foster’s point of view or something. It’d be a lock, but sadly, adaptations aren’t allowed.)

WRH III as seen talking about how much he loves advertising from a few years back. Remember Revver? I don’t:

WRHIII

Oh, and hey, when is the Film Society ever going to get their small, historic, three-screen theatre open in the Presidio?

The moribund lobby as it looks today. Sad, in’nt?

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Oh what’s that? Owners of other theaters give money to oppose the reopening of the Presidio Theatre because they don’t want the competition? Bad form, Other Theatre Owners of San Francisco. Oh well.  

Start writing!

Here are the deets:

$15,000 Grant Will Be Given to Foster a Screenwriting Career San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco Film Society announced today an exciting new partnership with William R. Hearst III that will launch the second SFFS screenwriting initiative, the newest element of the Film Society’s rapidly expanding Filmmaker Services program. The Hearst Screenwriting Grant of $15,000 will be given to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay.

The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. Priority will be given to writers whose previous short or feature screenplays have been produced as an independent film. This grant is supported by a gift from William R. Hearst III. The letter of inquiry period for the Hearst Screenwriting Grant opens July 22 and closes August 26. For more information: sffs.org/filmmaker-services/grants-and-prizes.

The Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship, a one month residency for an emerging or established screenwriter at the Djerassi Residents Artist Program, was announced earlier this month.

Other SFFS screenwriting initiatives in the early planning stages include a screenwriters’ colony at SFFS FilmHouse, script readings with local actors and theater companies, script editing consultations and networking events to connect writers with producers. San Francisco Film Society is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to celebrating film and the moving image in all its glorious forms. SFFS year-round programs and events are concentrated in four core areas: Celebrating Internationalism, Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Digital Media.

The Film Society shows the best of world cinema year-round on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; presents the longest-running film festival in the Americas, the SF International (April 22 – May 6, 2010); publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, featuring broad-ranging news and features on Bay Area film and media; annually reaches more than 8,000 students ages 6 – 18 with its acclaimed media literacy programs; and provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through SFFS Filmmaker Services including FilmHouse Residencies, Fiscal Sponsorship, the Herbert Family Filmmaking Grants, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.

More deets after the jump.

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