Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

“SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT PTA LEADERSHIP AGAIN URGES STATE PTA TO MAKE A DUAL ENDORSEMENT ON PROPS 30 AND 38″

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The headline says it all, but here’s the entire release:

“SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT PTA LEADERSHIP AGAIN URGES STATE PTA TO MAKE A DUAL ENDORSEMENT ON PROPS 30 AND 38

San Francisco — The Second District (San Francisco) PTA leadership recommended in July a dual endorsement of state ballot measures, Propositions 30 and 38, to the California State PTA after hearing from PTA members across the City that funding education was a high priority. At that time, the State PTA held its “Yes” on Prop 38 and voted to approve a “Neutral” position on Prop 30.

In light of recent public polling and campaign dynamics with both initiatives, and again with the encouragement of its members, the District PTA leadership is re-recommending the State PTA take a “Yes” position on Prop 30 to add to its current “Yes” on Prop 38 at the State PTA Board of Managers Meeting October 27.

It is critical that education be funded at a higher level, or at the minimum, maintain current funding in order for all of California’s children to be prepared to be successful in college, career and life. Either Prop 30 or Prop 38 must pass for this to happen. The District PTA also strongly encourages both campaigns to refrain from negative messaging about the other to increase the possibility that at least one measure will receive the required 50% + 1 votes.

Prop 30 would prevent further cuts to K-12 public schools and higher education funding through an increase of around $6 billion per year for 7 years to the state’s general fund budget. Prop 38 would increase funding to K-12 schools, early education and school bond debt payments by $10-11 billion per year for 12 years. Prop 38’s increase in funding would greatly mitigate the result of state education budget cuts of over $20 billion statewide and the laying off of over 40,000 educators over the last three years alone.

For more information: http://www.prop38forlocalschools.org/ and http://www.yesonprop30.com/

For a comparison of both propositions go to http://www.edsource.org/infographic-initiatives.html

I don’t know, if San Francisco’s Nate Ballard and Planet Neptune’s Molly Munger want to drive over the cliff* holding hands ala Thelma and Louise, that’s their business:

Image Photoshopped slightly, courtesy of the Gavin Newsom for Governor Lt. Governor campaign

But I’ll tell you, the People of the State of California are not going to follow them.

Hey Molly, if you’re so great, why don’t you just give all your inherited money to the California Teachers Association no strings attached?

You know, instead of driving over the cliff with Prop 30 stashed in the trunk?

*In a Porsche paid for by Daddy, of course.

 

Olympic Gold Winner Jennifer Azzi Graces Annual GIRLVENTURES Fundraiser – “Leadership in a Safe, Risk-Taking Environment”

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

San Francisco-based GirlVentures is all about “Empowering adolescent girls to Develop and Express their Strengths.” Now, they have all kinds of programs that would have your tween/teen outdoors in teams on Mt. Tam and other places, but the point is not to teach girls outdoor survival skills. Rather, the point is to teach leadership skills in a safe, risk-taking environment.

So, check out this morning’s “Empower! Breakfast Fundraiser” down at the Palace Hotel (that Grand Old San Francisco Hotel that always seems a cut above the other GOSFH’s).

We’re done with the the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

“Join us at our 2010 Empower Breakfast Fundraiser as we honor our community and hear about the life-changing experiences of girls who have participated in our outdoor education programs. Hear also from our keynote speaker, Jennifer Azzi, an Olympic gold medalist and Women’s basketball Hall of Famer, while enjoying a scrumptious breakfast and networking with your friends.”

OMG, it’s USF Basketball Head Coach Jennifer Azzi giving the keynote. (Note orange and black rock-climbing helmet – how apropos.)

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And here are a few of the Venturing Girls themselves: Shania Reynolds, Kaijika Kendall, Emma Winer, and Yesenia Herrera listening for the next raffle winner to chirp up after each of them spoke to the crowd about what their experiences at GirlVentures programs meant to them:

There were hundreds on hand this AM on the first floor of the Palace:

So, maybe this is the charity you’ve been looking for. Check out their website.

All the deets:

Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Azzi Delivers Keynote at Annual GirlVentures’ Empower! Breakfast GirlVentures’ graduates share personal stories of growth and leadership through outdoor experiential education

San Francisco, October 25, 2010 – Jennifer Azzi, Women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco and one of the world’s top athletes, will be the keynote speaker at GirlVentures’ Empower! Breakfast, 8-9 AM, Thursday, October 28 at the Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Azzi is described as one of the best basketball players of all time—male or female. Before winning the Olympic gold medal in women’s basketball in 1996, she won an NCAA Basketball Championship at Stanford University, and was honored with both the Naismith and Wade Trophies. Azzi is also a sought-after motivational speaker on topics ranging from handling failure to dreaming big, as well as a master at building leadership skills, a key goal of all GirlVentures’ programs.

Another inspiring highlight of the breakfast will be several GirlVentures’ graduates sharing their own poignant stories of friendship, determination and courage.

About GirlVentures:

GirlVentures is dedicated to empowering pre-adolescent girls from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds to develop and express their strengths. Girls explore themselves and their world through a Leadership Progression Model of challenging outdoor experiences such as camping, sea kayaking, and rock climbing. GirlVentures offers after-school and summer programs for girls entering middle school and high school, and encourages risk-taking in a safe and supportive environment. GirlVentures is committed to helping girls sustain the self-confidence that they risk losing during their teenage years. Innovative programs, which have served 3,000 Bay Area girls in the past 14 years, are designed to help each participant discover and sustain her true self. Girls develop and express their strengths by coming together with other girls and women mentors to work and play, try new things, solve challenges and resolve conflicts. The GirlVentures’ Leadership Progression Model is aimed at building on the leadership skills girls learn in each program as they enter a new grade.

It’s SF vs. NYC at the California Academy of Sciences LEED Award Ceremony

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

There was a jubilant mood this morning at the California Academy of SciencesLeadership in Energy and Design (LEED) award ceremony this morn. Why’s that? Platinum, baby - that’s LEED’s highest possible rating. We knew about this last year - it’s never too late to celebrate, of course. But “Can Green Design be Good Design?” Hell yes, says the New Republic:

“Renzo Piano’s sublime California Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of last year’s most widely praised buildings and the winner of a platinum rating from the Leadership in Energy and Design standard system—the highest rating from the world’s leading eco-rating program. Piano is also, by the way, among the starriest of the starchitects.”

O.K. then. This morning’s mise-en-scene, the four-story rainforest dome to the left and the tower of the de Young Museum far off across the Music Concourse. Click to expand.

Jared Blumenfeld (not “Blumenthal“), Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and interim General Manger of Recreation and Parks, explained the difficulty of attaining LEED Platinum status for those building large museums:

Mayor Gavin Newsom, don’t miss his bit today in the HuffPo: “Greening Buildings to Save Jobs“, pointing up to the famous Living Roof:

After Mayor Newsom briefly spoke of his grandfather, Arthur L. Menzies, former Supervisor of Plant Accessions at nearby Strybing Arboretum (aka San Francisco Botanical Garden), things got a little feisty. He emphatically stated that the CAS is the “envy of New York City.” O.K. then.  

Comes now, Dr. Greg Farrington, Director of the Cal Academy:

He discussed a recent visit to Central Park, or as he called it, “Golden Gate Park East” and made reference to the American Museum of Natural History, which he envies for its subway access. (Dr. Farrington is actually “lusting after” the concept of a subway going to the CAS. Maybe someday…)

Dr. F went on to extol the Thursday evening nightLife program, which is targetted for those aged 21-35. He stated that Nightlife has won over fans on Facebook – for example, someone whose initial reaction was “how geeky can you get?” is now a huge fan.

He warned the audience members to be careful what they toss into the garbage at CAS. He jokingly suggested that former employees “now work at the de Young” after having gotten the boot for trash transgressions.

But he’s a big picture kind of guy, pointing out that CAS is attempting to answer two questions:

1. How did we get here?

2. How do we find a way to stay?

Fair enough.

We went from this, Renzo Piano’s original vision seven years ago

…to this, the LEED platinum award (sadly comprised mostly of silicon and oxygen), one of just 119 in the world:

Look for it on display the next time you visit the CA Academy of Sciences.

See you there!

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