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Russian Embassy Comes Out for Julian Davis for District Five Supervisor – Plus, Litter From Olague Workers

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Here it is, up at the top of Alamo Square:

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Tell me, who on Gaia’s Earth would think that dull-witted Christina Olague would be a good person to represent District Five? I mean, why would you pick a Run Ed Run chair to represent the district that so strongly favored John Avalos for Mayor just a short while ago?

Perhaps Christina Olague was picked by Ed Lee and Rose Pak to represent Ed Lee and Rose Pak? And now Willie Brown is on board as well?

Mmmm…

Now take a look here at what’s littering the Western Addition these days. That’s right, it’s Olague lit, routinely dumped by her workers.

This is what happens when a non-profit forces people to do work that they, fundamentally, don’t want to do:

They’ll dump their lit that you give them, that’s what they’ll do.

(Nobody said buying popularity would be easy, huh?)

Cf. the campaign of Julian Davis:

The volunteers for Julian actually seem to care.

Go figure.

Well, It Looks Like We Have Some Actual Campaigning for District Five Supervisor: Julian Davis Has the Mo

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This crowd looks to be the first to gather for any candidate in the D5 race:

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Why don’t you get in on the fun? Here’s the drill:

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Ooh, now let’s check in with weak-willed “Progressive” Christina Olague. Here’s her campaign.

I’ll tell you, if you like Ed Lee’s neo stop-and-frisk policy for the SFPD, then you should vote for Christina Olague, cause, you know, she worked hard to ensure that voters would choose Ed Lee over Supervisor John Avalos in the last mayoral election.

Oh, and here’s her most recent vote of no confidence. Per Samson Wong of AsianWeek:

“EMPRESS HAS NO CLOTHES: Some overconfidence in District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague’s campaign before last week’s August 15 SF Democratic Party county committee endorsement vote. Only days before, Bill Barnes, veteran campaign manager, government staffer and former District 5 candidate himself, came in to corral votes for the supervisor representing Japantown, Haight-Ashbury and Western Addition. One strategic error made – assuming an inflated head count that Olague would snag the important SF Democratic Party endorsement. In reality, no consensus had developed for Olague and her rivals - London Breed of the African American Arts and Culture Complex, Julian Davis of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center or College Board member John Rizzo. The outcome – a public embarrassment for Olague, the Mayor Ed Lee appointee…”

Or London Breed, that’s the other choice for Ed Lee fans in D5, believe it or not. (She has the support of Republican billionaire Ron Conway, so that’s your big fat clue regarding how she rolls.)

Choose or lose, D5.

PWNED! Interim District Five Supervisor Christina Olague Gets NO ENDORSEMENT From Democratic Party

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Wow. A supposed “leader” of the Run Ed Run Draft Ed Lee for Mayor movement, a person who was rewarded with a Supervisor position for selling out her progressive values, just got a big fat vote of NO CONFIDENCE last night, courtesy of the Democratic Party of San Francisco.

Kind of like this: 

Ah, let’s meet some of the candidates for D5 Supe. So we have, from left to right, Thoughtful, Thoughtful, OMG I’M SO PISSED OFF WHAT GIVES THESE, THESE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO QUESTION ME, Thoughtful, and Thoughtful:

Photo by Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal

Let’s check in with the reaction from another candidate, one who is accumulating endorsements the past few weeks instead of, you know, losing them:

I just spoke w/ Julian Davis and he is THRILLED! Level playing field! RT @SFCitizen@mattdorsey No endorsement for District 5? HARSH!”

And here’s the rest of the official Dem Party endorsements from last night’s meeting

“SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2012) — The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee tonight voted on the party’s endorsements for local candidates and propositions that will appear on the Nov. 6, 2012 Consolidated General Election ballot.  The governing board of San Francisco’s Democratic Party voted to endorse the following: 

  • Board of Supervisors, District 1: Eric Mar
  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: David Chiu
  • Board of Supervisors, District 5: No Endorsement
  • Board of Supervisors, District 7: F.X. Crowley (#1), and Norman Yee (#2)
  • Board of Supervisors, District 9: David Campos
  • Board of Supervisors, District 11: John Avalos
  • Board of Education (four seats): Sandra Fewer, Matt Haney, Rachel Norton and Jill Wynns
  • Community College Board (four seats): Natalie Berg, Chris Jackson, Rafael Mandelman, Steve Ngo
  • BART Director, District 7: Lynette Sweet
  • BART Director, District 9: Tom Radulovich
  • Yes on Proposition A (City College Parcel Tax, District Measure)
  • Yes on Proposition B (Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, Bond Measure)
  • Yes on Proposition C (Housing Trust Fund, Charter Amendment)
  • Yes on Proposition D (Consolidating Odd-Year Municipal Elections, Charter Amendment)
  • Yes on Proposition E (Gross Receipts Tax, Ordinance)
  • No on Proposition F (Water and Environment Plan, Ordinance)
  • Yes on Proposition G (Policy Opposing Corporate Personhood, Declaration of Policy)

Though comprehensive official minutes of the DCCC’s special meeting at California State Office Building’s Milton Marks Auditorium will be forthcoming, member and committee reports included several updates on: the upcoming fall campaign; the hiring of a new executive director; current party finances and fundraising plans, including an event centered on President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech; voter registration; the redesigned party website and expanded communications efforts; and amending practices to meet many standards codified in the Brown Act and S.F. Sunshine Ordinance.  The DCCC also voted on a vendor for its fall slate card program.  

Public comments included numerous speakers advocating individually and on their organizations’ behalf for local candidates and measures; a monthly update on Organizing for America; concerns that the California Democratic Party endorsed Proposition 35 without consideration to official opponents and concerns from the sex worker community.  Two speakers called on DCCC members to address themselves to community concerns that policies governing the Castro’s Rainbow Flag do not comport with Presidential proclamations and other exigencies that merit lowering the flag to half-mast when appropriate.  

The lone new business item was a resolution passed by a majority of DCCC members that condemned inflammatory and offensive anti-Muslim advertising on Muni vehicles, and called on city officials and MTA authorities to change policies to prohibit such hate speech in the future.

Members John Rizzo and Hene Kelly closed the meeting by memorializing the late Milton Marks III, a highly regarded Community College Board member and former DCCC colleague, who passed away Aug. 9 at the age of 52.  The meeting was adjourned in Marks’s honor.  

About the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee, or DCCC, is the governing body of the local Democratic Party as defined in California’s Government Code and Elections Code.  The DCCC is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees who serve as Ex-Officio Officers.  Current members elected from the 17th Assembly District are: John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Petra DeJesus, Matt Dorsey, Bevan Dufty, Zoe Dunning, Leslie Katz, Rafael Mandelman, Carole Migden, Leah Pimentel, Alix Rosenthal, and Scott Wiener.  Members elected from the 19th Assembly District are: Kat Anderson, Kelly Dwyer, Bill Fazio, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Hene Kelly, Meagan Levitan, Eric Mar, Trevor McNeil and Arlo Hale Smith.  Ex Officio members are: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senators Mark Leno and Leland Yee, and Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Fiona Ma. 

Additional information is available online at: http://www.sfdemocrats.org/

Hey District Five! If You Voted for John Avalos for Mayor, then You Shouldn’t Vote for Christina Olague – Here’s Why

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

This here is the Google Maps StreetView view of where District 5 Supervisor Candidate Julian Davis was living* last year.

Do you see the signs for John AVALOS for Mayor? They’re all over the place:

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Hey, didn’t D5 go for Avalos over Ed Lie** two to one? I think so.

Hey, didn’t Christina Olague actively support Ed Lie OVER John Avalos, the second-place finisher?

So how can she say she’s a “progressive?” She’s a Progressive Sellout, sure, but not a progressive, not anymore, not if you start off as a Green Party member and then go Democrat and then cross the aisle and work for the San Francisco Repulican Party’s choice for Mayor for the sole reason of getting appointed as District Five Supervisor after Ross Mirkarimi won the Sheriff’s race?

Hey Christina, is Ed Lee a progressive too? Oh really? Then what do you call John Avalos?

Hey Christina, if you’re a progressive, then why don’t any progressives endorse you? You ever think about that? Have you seen this one:

District 5 supervisorial candidate Julian Davis is emerging as the progressive standard-bearer in that competitive race after today receiving the endorsements of a trio of top progressive politicians: Sups. John Avalos and David Campos and attorney Matt Gonzalez, the former board president, mayoral candidate, and D5 supervisor.” 

So, yes Christina, you’re more progressive than London Breed, the other person Mayor Ed Lie considered appointing. But he appointed you for a reason. He appointed you to vote as you please on whatever small, picayune issues that you want, but to vote with him on the votes that he really cares about.

That’s what makes you a sellout. You’re using your sort of hippy-dippy background to try to fool the voters of D5.

Oh well.

*I thought that this address might be his HQ and I wanted to see if the building was residential or commercial. Turns out that his HQ isn’t around yet but it will open up at 10AM this Saturday in the Lower Haight area, possibly at the location of the former Vapor Room, anyway, somewhere around there.

**Everything that man says is a lie. He doesn’t know how not to lie anymore. Check it. “Quite candidly…?” “Quite frankly…?” That’s what he says right before he tells another whopper.  

News Release: “San Francisco Democrats elect Mary Jung chair, as newly elected DCCC members take office”

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Should a one-party town have its elected officials reflect “unity and common purpose?”

That’s the Question of the Day.

(I’ll bet PG&E lobbyist Willie Brown would answer in the affirmative.)

Deets below.

Wednesday evening, 455 Golden Gate Avenue:

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“San Francisco Democrats elect Mary Jung chair, as newly elected DCCC members take office
Committee reflects ‘unity and common purpose’ in 2012 to re-elect Obama, help Pelosi reclaim Speakership, and make a difference on key state ballot measures
SAN FRANCISCO (July 27, 2012) — California Democratic Party Chair John Burton administered the oath of office to the newly elected members of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Wednesday night at the first general meeting of the local Democratic Party’s governing board following the June 5th Primary Election.  

Veteran Democratic activist Mary Jung was unanimously elected to serve as the San Francisco Democratic Party’s chair, and several DCCC members were elected to fill leadership roles that will be critical to the local party’s success heading into the November 2012 General Election.  Top priorities discussed at the public meeting include re-electing President Obama, returning the Speakership to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi by helping reclaim a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and pushing to expand the number of Democratic voters citywide.  

“I’m honored to serve as Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party, and I look forward to working hard with my fellow Democrats in an election year with so much at stake,” said Party Chair Mary Jung.    “San Francisco Democrats elected a terrific team to lead our county central committee, and I think it reflects a spirit of unity and common purpose.  I’m confident in our ability to help return President Obama to the White House, make Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Speaker again, re-elect Senator Feinstein, and pass Gov. Brown’s revenue measure so California can maintain vital public services, restore quality education for all, and support our most vulnerable.”

Other officers elected at the general meeting held at the California State Office Building’s Milton Marks Auditorium on Golden Gate Avenue are: First Vice-Chair (Finance) Zoe Dunning; Second Vice-Chair (Issues) Alix Rosenthal; Third Vice-Chair (Voter Registration) Trevor McNeil; Fourth Vice-Chair (Club Chartering and Development) Leah Pimentel; Recording Secretary Kat Anderson; Treasurer Tom Hsieh; Corresponding Secretary Matt Dorsey; and Parliamentarian Arlo Hale Smith.  Rafael Mandelman will serve on the DCCC’s Slate Card Committee along with the Chair and Treasurer.  A committee tasked with proposing party bylaw changes to incorporate requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act, which assures public access and participation in local government public meetings, will include David Chiu, Arlo Hale Smith, Matt Dorsey and Hene Kelly.  That ad hoc committee will seek to fully harmonize local party bylaws with relevant provisions of state law to address concerns that the election of six members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to the DCCC may occasionally trigger Brown Act requirements. 

The committee also adopted two resolutions: one in support of placing AB 1648, a campaign finance reform measure known as the DISCLOSE Act, on the California ballot; and another expressing the Democratic Party’s support for City College of San Francisco.  

About the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee, or DCCC, is the governing body of the local Democratic Party as defined in California’s Government Code and Elections Code.  The DCCC is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees who serve as Ex-Officio Officers.  Current members elected from the 17th Assembly District are: John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Petra DeJesus, Matt Dorsey, Bevan Dufty, Zoe Dunning, Leslie Katz, Rafael Mandelman, Carole Migden, Leah Pimentel, Alix Rosenthal, and Scott Wiener.  Members elected from the 19th Assembly District are: Kat Anderson, Kelly Dwyer, Bill Fazio, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Hene Kelly, Meagan Levitan, Eric Mar, Trevor McNeil and Arlo Hale Smith.  Ex Officio members are: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senators Leland Yee and Mark Leno, and Assemblymembers Fiona Ma and Tom Ammiano. 

Additional information is available online at: http://www.sfdemocrats.org/

Interim Supervisor (and So-Called Progressive) Christina Olague, Ed Lee, and Stop and Frisk – How Does This Make Sense?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

All right, work with me here, people.

1. So-called Progressive Christina Olague worked hard on the RUN ED RUN campaign so that “Interim” Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Republican Party’s choice, would beat actual Progressive John Avalos in the mayoral race last year. So that Ed Lee could try to … promote his stop and frisk approach to law enforcement. So how can Olague be a Progressive if she worked to elect the standing leader of the conservative faction of San Francisco politics?

2. And uh, doesn’t San Francisco already have a stop and frisk policy? I think so! Let’s go to the videotape HTML:

United States v. Hernandez, No. CR 08-0730 WHA (N.D. Calif. 1-6-2011)

San Francisco police officers observed three men whom they believed to be members of the MS-13 gang standing in front of a restaurant. A no-loitering sign was posted in the restaurant window. The officers watched the men for a few minutes, but observed no threatening or gang-related behavior. The officers approached the men to advise them about the no-loitering policy, and despite the lack of any threatening behavior, conducted a pat-down search of each one.”

Uh, doesn’t that sound like a recent instance of stop and frisk? It does to me! But this particular instance was ruled to be unconstitutional. 

So, we have a stop and frisk policy RIGHT NOW in San Francisco, but apparently the SFPD isn’t going far enough with it, in the eyes of Accidental Mayor Ed Lee, anyway, and yet the SFPD ALREADY goes too far with it, like right now.  So how does that make any sense?

All right, here’s your San Francisco stop and frisk answer key:

1. Christina Olague leans to the left in San Francisco politics but she partnered with the dominant political faction, the conservative one, in order to get appointed as Supervisor for District Five for nine years. Of course, that meant that she had to strongly favor the Republican choice over somebody like John Avalos, somebody who would never forward vague unconstitutional-sounding ambiguities as Mayor Ed Lee has recently done with the stop and the frisk. But if she hadn’t done that then there’d be no way she’d ever get elected Supe on her own, so that’s the decision she made.

2. I’m still at a loss on this one.  San Francisco already has a stop and frisk program that already pushes past the limits (at times, anyway, certainly) of what courts are going to allow and yet Ed Lee wants a stop and frisk program. I’m guessing that the murder rate ‘n stuff is way up recently so Ed Lee wants to be able to point to something that he attempted to do about it. IRL, this whole concept was an obvious non-starter from the get-go.  

Thus concludes Interim Supervisor (and So-Called Progressive) Christina Olague, Ed Lee, and Stop and Frisk – How Does This Make Sense?

Know Your Inchoate Labor Protests: Tomorrow’s Planned Commercial Office Waste Protest at City Hall Canceled

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

For some reason.

I’ll tell you, those canceled protests are oftentimes more interesting than the ones that go forward…

Check it:

“Commercial Office Buildings Missing the Mark in San Francisco’s Efforts to Achieve Zero Waste

Labor, Environmental Leaders to Release Report Outlining How Commercial Office Buildings Can Achieve True Zero Waste by 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – POSTPONED members the BlueGreen Alliance and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 87 will join with local labor, environmental and civic leaders to release and show support for the report

Making Zero Mean Zero: Waste Diversion in San Francisco’s Commercial Office Buildings.

Findings in the report reveal actions at some of the city’s commercial buildings are hampering the city’s efforts to achieve zero waste and the report outlines recommendations to achieving true zero waste by 2020 — a goal of the city.

The report was prepared by the BlueGreen Alliance — a national partnership of unions and environmental organizations representing 14 million members and supporters.

WHAT: Labor, environmental, and civic leaders call for commercial office buildings owners in San Francisco to reduce waste and increase recycling. The event will feature Spanish speakers.
WHO: BlueGreen Alliance California Director Lisa Hoyos, SEIU Local 87 President Olga Miranda, SEIU Local 87 Members, Supervisor John Avalos (District 11), Interim Supervisor Christina Olague (District 5)
WHEN: POSTPONED
WHERE: In front of San Francisco City Hall”

So, do I think we’re going to have a million electric cars on the road by 2015, as was pledged? Nope!

And do I think that 10% of all trips in San Francisco will be made by bicycle by 2010? Oh, wait, we missed that one already – that got pushed back to 2020, when 20% of all trips made in San Francisco will be made by bicycle, for sure, like totally man, like guaranteed. (And then when that doesn’t happen, the new goal will be 30% of all trips made in San Francisco being made by bicycle by the year 2030.) Anyway, nope!

And now, do I think that all the commercial office buildings of San Francisco will produce “true zero waste” by 2020? Nope!

Anyway, don’t go to City Hall at 11:30 AM tomorrow cause nothing’ll be going on…

What’s That PG&E? You’re Sponsoring a “Green App” Contest for $25k? Well, That Makes Up for San Bruno and EVERYTHING!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

I don’t know, PG&E. Sometimes I get the idea that you don’t know that you are the suckiest major utility in the United States…

Hey, I know, why not develop an app what tells you how to do your job without blowing people up?

(And then apply to the CPUC to get reimbursed for all your related expenses. Hooray.)

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“PG&E Sponsors U.S. Department of Energy Green Button Apps Contest

Utility Offers $25,000 Toward National Prize for Top Energy Apps

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2012 — After seeing the potential for customers to save energy and money by downloading personal energy data through its Green Button service, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is supporting further industry innovation by sponsoring a nationwide search for the best Green Button energy apps.

The Apps for Energy contest is a partnership with the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. technology firms. The developer finalists who create the winning apps for phones and computers will take home part of a $100,000 cash prize from sponsors PG&E, Itron and the DOE, as well as national bragging rights.

“Green Button will arm millions of Americans with information they can use to lower their energy bills,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Innovative tools like these are good for our economy, good for the health of our communities, and an essential part of our approach toward a secure and clean energy future that works for Americans.”

PG&E launched the Green Button in December 2011, responding to a challenge from the White House to design a standard format for customers with SmartMeters(TM) to download their energy use data online. The Green Button aims to promote personal energy awareness and development of phone and computer apps to aid customers in making informed decisions about their energy use and help them save money on their monthly energy statement. To date, there have been about 220,000 Green Button downloads.

“There is incredible power and potential in providing our customers with new visibility into their energy use, with information that’s clear accurate, timely, and easy to use,” said Tony Earley, PG&E Corporation’s Chairman, CEO and President. “Today’s announcement shows PG&E’s commitment to stimulating growth and innovation in the developer community. When it comes to energy management, we are driven to help transform the way our customers manage energy in their home.”

The DOE has long supported energy innovation, driving a nationwide push for more renewable energy sources and encouraging every American to become more engaged with how they use energy.

“Providing consumers with easy access to data on their energy consumption can help give them the tools they need to make informed decisions about their energy use,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has said. “Developing applications and services to help consumers understand and control their energy use is a field ripe for American innovation.”

App developers will be able to participate by registering at challenge.gov and submitting a description, video, photos, and a link to their app. The website energy.gov/developer will be the main resource page for developers. Both sites will go live April 5. Until then, the public can submit ideas for energy apps at energy.gov. The winner is planned to be announced in May.

PG&E customers with an electric SmartMeter(TM) and a My Energy account can log on at pge.com/myenergy, click on the Green Button icon, and download up to 13 months of their hourly electric usage data. About half of the utility’s electric customers – or 2.3 million – are registered with My Energy.

Green Button is one of many energy- and cost-saving benefits available to PG&E customers with a SmartMeter(TM). Other benefits include:

– Hourly electric and daily gas usage data charts via a secure PG&E
website
— Energy Alerts to notify customers when they’re approaching a
higher-priced electric tier and to encourage a change in their energy
use
— Outage detection to help PG&E quickly restore service
— Remote service connection as a convenience for customers
— Special time-varying rate programs like SmartRate(TM)
— Enabling in-home energy management devices that display the energy usage
of appliances

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company”

Progressives Consider 2012 and Beyond: A “Citywide Gathering” on Thursday, December 15th Called (John) “Avalos for All of Us”

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

From the Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club comes news of meeting that I’m calling Avalos for All of Us.

Check it:

“A Citywide Gathering - Former Avalos Campaign - Thursday, Dec. 15th - 6:30-9pm at 522 Valencia St.

Following the incredible Avalos campaign momentum, what’s next for the progressive movement in 2012 & beyond? What can we learn about the state of our movement from the 2011 Mayors race? What should be common priorities for progressives in 2012? Where can we build unity & be most powerful?

Let us know you are coming. And let us know if you cant come, but want to stay in touch and learn about next steps – at AVALOSFORALLOFUS@GMAIL.COMThis is a broad appeal without any particular formal organizational form, so it is not a ‘decision-making’ meeting but we hope it generates the ideas – both political and organizational — that will continue to build our strength in the city. 522 Valencia is upstairs from the new 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics. Check it out at http://518valencia.org/

OK then.

Ah memories: Avalos for Mayor 2011 HQ on the day that the RUN ED RUN kids came by for a visit: 

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Why is McDonalds Charging Sales Tax on Donations? Anyway, the New San Francisco Happy Meal is Exactly the Same as the Old

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Well here it is, the before and after of the San Francisco Happy Meal from McDonalds.

Today’s the day that the San Francisco’s Healthy Meal Incentives Ordinance kicks in. The upshot is that now you have to donate 10 cents to Ronald McDonald House in order to get the toy.

See?

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(Note the apple slices in the upper right. They’ve been around for a while.)

But uh oh, is Micky Dee’s charging sales tax on the donation? Yes it is. I cry foul.* (Uh, San Francisco McDonaldses, can you do that? Do you need to rejigger your registers?)

This sign was just put up. It’s all “10 cents adds a toy.”

Now I’ll tell you, I can recall buying a Hamburger Happy Meal in Palo Alto last year for exactly two-fitty ($2.50). It had more fries plus the free toy (but it didn’t have apple slices or a slice of cheese for the burger.) Anyway, prices be going up, it seems.

Oh well.

*So, the only reason to charge sales tax is if the 10-cent purported “donation” is actually for the “retail sale of tangible personal property,” right? So which is it, a donation or a sale? I mean if I donated money to Ronald McDonald House on Scott Street, they sure as Hell wouldn’t tack on sales tax, would they? Mmmm… I paid ten cents extra to get a toy, right? Thinking out loud here, could it be that, as far as San Francisco is concerned, the 10 cents shows that the toy isn’t included “for free” and therefore the sale need not comply with the HMIO, but as far as the state of California is concerned, McD’s is just selling the toy for 10 cents, so therefore, obviously, a penny needs to be collected and forwarded to Sacramento for each sale? (But of course, if you walk up and offer your 10-cent donation for just the toy, they’ll say, “No dice.” They used to charge $2 for toy only purchases). Have the legal advisers for area McDonalds restaurants thought this through? I don’t know. Anyway, the approach they’re taking appears to be a giant F.U. to the City and County of San Francisco. I’ll tell you, the path they’re on is full of rusty nails and garbage pails. Just saying. But hey, what about McDonalds Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois? Did they sign off on this? I wonder. (Did they indemnify the local owners? By contract, or, you know, some other way. I’m just curious about who came up with this ten cent idea.) Anyway, this is me thinking aloud, just raising issues. I can’t wrap my head around “ten cents adds a toy” and how that relates to state tax law. Like when I got my Android phone plus two-year contract for $50, I had to pay another $50 or so in sales tax because the phone is worth far more than $50. For example…