It’s been censored in China already but that’s no reason not to take a look:
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Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff
He's Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Willy nilly silly old bear
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I don’t know, is this a thank you for all the fed money we’re getting for the wasteful Central Subway?
Next stop, Willie L. Brown Jr. Boulevard!
Thank you, drive through.
Uh, shouldn’t we wait until people die before honoring their legacy?
I think so.
Otherwise you end up with something like Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti International Airport, with Uday Terminal and Qusay Terminal, right?
(Incidentally, Willie Brown was behind a push to change the name of SFO to Willie Brown International back in the 1990’s. I’m srlsy. Then the airport people came back with a study showing how the IATA code letters SFO constituted one of the world’s best-known “brands.” So that was the end of that proposal. But the impulse is the same, in’nt? The desire to have one’s name all over the place, statues, busts and the like. How sad!)
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.)
Wednesday evening, 455 Golden Gate Avenue:
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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/.
Here he is at 595 Market, along with Commonwealth Club Past President J. Dennis Bonney:
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All the deets:
“Scotland targets Fortune 500 in US push for business – First Minister writes to top global companies in California ahead of trade mission
EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 17, 2012 — Over 70 leading California-based companies, including all Fortune 500 companies in the state, are being targeted as part of a new campaign to attract inward investment to Scotland.
The country’s leader, First Minister Alex Salmond, has personally written to top executives at leading companies which have been identified by Scottish Development International as potential investors in advance of his visit to the US on a trade mission.
In his letter, which is part of a wider SDI campaign to encourage some of the world’s most successful companies to consider setting up operations in Scotland, the First Minister highlights the benefits of choosing Scotland over any other nation.
The First Minister will be reinforcing the message that Scotland is ready to do business during his four-day visit to California. He stresses in his letter that Scotland – with its highly-skilled workforce and a cost-competitive business location – is a land of opportunity.
The First Minister said: “Scotland is already an economic success story and we make no apologies for going after new business at every opportunity. We perform better economically than everywhere else in the UK bar the southeast of England and that brings major business opportunities.
“Scottish Development International’s campaign is backed by a number of companies already investing in Scotland such as Pfizer and Amazon and the message is absolutely clear.
“Scotland is a land of major opportunity and it is open for business. We have a long and impressive track record in life sciences, sciences, technology and creative industries developing an environment where ingenuity and innovation can create jobs and wealth for Scotland.
“Even without our offshore oil and gas reserves, Scotland has the highest GDP in the UK outside London and southeast England.
“We have five universities in the world’s top 200, we rank first in the world in research productivity per unit of GDP and second in the world in research impact.
“Business operating costs for key functions can be almost a third lower here.
“This campaign will also send the message directly to the heart of US business community with print and online advertising running in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Business Times, New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
Danny Cusick, President, Americas, Scottish Development International, said:
“SDI has seven offices across North America, including a significant presence in California, to provide support and collaboration opportunities for key North American companies.
“This campaign is part of a global drive to attract new investment to Scotland. There has been a significant level of inward investment success over the last 12 months, with Amazon, FMC Technologies and State Street all making significant investments in Scotland. SDI is building on this with a continued focus on securing new, sustainable jobs and opportunities.
“It is clear that Scotland remains a location of choice due to our winning combination of qualities, including our highly skilled and educated workforce and efficient operating costs.
“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight Scotland’s competitive advantages to some of California’s biggest companies.”
And here are some Upcoming Events at the Commonwealth Club:
Well, it’s happening again. Deets below:
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“Supervisor Eric Mar to File for Re-Election
SAN FRANCISCO (March 21, 2012): Tomorrow morning, San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Eric Mar will file his re-election papers for the November 2012 election.
WHO: Supervisor Eric Mar and a small group of family, community leaders, and supporters, including UESF President Dennis Kelly, Richmond Democratic Club leader Hene Kelly, SEIU 1021 representative Michael Tong, Mar Family Association President Michael Mar, senior activist Vera Haile, USF student leader Alia Al-Sharif, and community leaders Gordon Mar, Charles Chow and Lin Shao Chin.
WHAT: Supervisor Eric Mar will file his re-election papers and begin his campaign to continue to represent District 1 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Eric Mar will also hold a large Community Launch Rally on Saturday, April 21st at 12:00 pm at Rossi Playground in the Richmond.
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, Department of Elections, Room 48
WHEN: Thursday, March 22nd, 10:00 am”
But once again, “Downtown” will put money up against him. Here’s the line-up per The Usual Suspects, San Francisco’s Political Home Page Since 1995:
Board of Supervisors – District 1 (Incumbent: Eric Mar)
Declared: Eric Mar
Rumored: David Lee, Rodney Fong
And once again, Downtown will lose. Maybe they’ll have better luck four years from now.
In the meantime, The Richmond will continue to heart Eric Mar:
Well, here it is:
“UC Hastings Law Announces New Plan, Vision for the Future: Charts Way Forward as National Leader in Legal Education
SAN FRANCISCO — University of California Hastings College of the Law, the first law school of the American West, is responding to the changed circumstances of legal education with a bold strategic plan for the future. UC Hastings 2011: At a Crossroads charts this public institution’s way forward as a national leader in preparing law students for a dynamic marketplace that demands professionals capable of addressing the most complex problems of law and policy. It was accepted by the UC Hastings Board of Directors on September 10, 2011.
“We stand at a crossroads,” said Frank H. Wu, UC Hastings Chancellor and Dean. “We are witnessing profound changes within the legal marketplace, higher education, and the economy. Many of these changes are structural, rather than temporary in effect. They reflect a new era of dynamic transformation, powered by technology and global in scope.”
“Whether it is due to outsourcing within the profession, distance learning, or consumer expectations,” continued Wu, “UC Hastings faces a changing legal profession. We will embrace the challenges before us. Legal education, no different than the society it serves and the problems it is meant to address, must change. Legal education requires a new paradigm. This is our vision.”
UC Hastings Mission:
The mission of the University of California Hastings College of the Law is to provide an academic program of the highest quality, based upon scholarship, teaching, and research, to a talented and diverse student body and to assure that its graduates have a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the law and are well trained for the multiplicity of roles they will play in a society and profession that are subject to continually changing demands and needs.”
Former Interim Chancellor Dean Professor Leo Martinez passing the torch, from back in the day:
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(Or Minority Leader, that’s what the press calls the position.)
In any event, this recent Tweet from Nancy’s BlackBerry would appear to suggest that she’s is not on the verge of retirement and that she’s not running for Mayor of San Francisco or whatever:
Anyway, that takes care of that – there’ll be no game of musical chairs for a while