Posts Tagged ‘Lee’

Kenneth Harding Shooting Aftermath: Man Oh Man, If Mayor Ed Lee Shows Up at Tomorrow’s Library Groundbreaking in the Bayview…

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

[UPDATE: He's on for tomorrow, it's confirmed.]

[UPDATE: Well, he went out there, inside of a bubble all no mas preguntas, so we’ll have put an asterix next to this one.]

Boy, that’s going to be a hot L.Z. when Temporary Interim Caretaker Mayor Ed Lee alights on Lower Third to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Bayview Branch Library at Revere Street.

Currently, he’s skedded to be on hand tomorrow morning, along with Senator Mark Leno.

We’ll just have to wait to see what happens.

All I have to say is hot L. Z., HOTEL LIMA ZULU, RTB, RTB.

“The construction of the Bayview Branch Library is part of the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), which is funded by a $106 million bond measure to upgrade or replace the city’s branch libraries. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library will provide new furniture and equipment for the new library. The new Bayview library is being rebuilt as a world-class library with separate children, adult, & teen areas; a large program room; an interior courtyard; public art; study rooms and space to provide expanded library services to the community. Designed by THA Architecture and constructed by KCK Builders, this 9,000-square-foot building will provide a seismically safe, universally accessible and environmentally sustainable library facility.”

Harsh: San Francisco Chronicle Tells Mayor Ed Lee NOT TO RUN in This Fall’s Election

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Ouch.

This one is going to hurt:

Mayor Ed Lee should not run for a full term in November.”

Here are all the deets, for those willing to pony up  a little $$$:

“To read this and other exclusive print stories today, subscribe to The Chronicle’s iPad app by visiting http://sfg.ly/kOoVKS. Or purchase an electronic version of the newspaper here http://sfg.ly/9hZRui. Chronicle Print subscribers can go to http://sfg.ly/a0EgVK to sign up for free e-editions.”

(Wonder what Fake Rose Pak would have had to say about this…)

Oh, and there’s this (written by somebody I don’t who, I can’t figure it out):

Willie Brown today dings Ed Lee saying he was playing golf when Adachi tried to reach across the divide to find common ground on the two pension reform measures. Brown says even he couldn’t reach Ed while golfing. We haven’t seen comments like that before from Da Mayor. So betting is Ed isn’t saying Yes.”

Anyway, ouch.

Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No – And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis?” No

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I don’t know, is the Bayview / Hunter’s Point area really a “food desert” the way the Feds and everybody else are saying?

(Get up to speed on the recent hoopla* at the Walgreen’s at 5300 Third Street here over at the Bay Citizen.)

So before, Walgreens had some fresh food on sale but now they have slightly more fresh food on sale. O.K. fine.

But that don’t make you a “food oasis,” Walgreens.

Now, check out what’s just across the street the next block over at 5201 3rd. It’s Aguila de Oro Produce. See? It’s smack dab in the middle of the Lower Third’s purported “food desert” and yet it’s more of a “food oasis,” as defined by the Feds, than any Walgreens in the world:

Via Burrito Eater, “San Francisco’s top resource for taquerias and mustaches.”

This store serves all comers. In a way, it has an unlimited supply.

And, what it doesn’t have is the Great Wall o’ Chips near the checkout stand the way the “oasis store” Walgreens  at 5300 3rd Street has:

And this is just part of the wall.

So, Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No.

And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis” Now? No.

Just saying.

*Five views so far…

Mayoral Communications Director Christine Falvey Denies Edwin Lee Attended a “Re-Elect Ed Happy Hour” Last Week

Monday, July 11th, 2011

In response to this post from earlier today, Director of Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s Communications Office Christine Falvey comments:

“The caption must have been a joke. He has not attended any such events. The photo was taken at the Giants game last week.”

So that explains that, I suppose.

Anyway, that was the answer, here was the question:

“Is this photo (or its caption) newsworthy? I don’t know.

But certainly, the fact that Mayor Edwin Lee was present at a “re-elect Ed happy hour” before last week’s 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres is news to me.

Los tres caballeros (Spanish for “bros”) y nuestro alcalde “provisional” Ed Lee:

Click to expand to see the caption. (I’d link to webpage from whence the photo came but it’s gone, long gone, down the memory hole.)  

If you think, at this late date, that the prospects for Ed Lee’s re-election weren’t front and center in the conversation The Powers That Be had last January, then you are horribly, horribly naive.

The fact that things were all mapped out for Ed Lee seven months ago makes the happy talk from The Nevius and King Randy Shaw I of the Tenderloin a little grating.

Anyway, if I were in Ed’s shoes, I’d shut down all the recent Run Ed Run talk by saying, “No, I won’t run for re-election – that would be dishonest.”

Just saying, caballero.”

If Mayor Ed Lee Isn’t Running for Mayor, Then What Was He Doing at a “Re-Elect Ed Happy Hour” Before Wednesday’s Giants Game?”

Monday, July 11th, 2011

[UPDATE: Director of Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s Communications Office Christine Falvey comments: “The caption must have been a joke. He has not attended any such events. The photo was taken at the Giants game last week.”]

Is this photo (or its caption) newsworthy? I don’t know.

But certainly, the fact that Mayor Edwin Lee was present at a “re-elect Ed happy hour” before last week’s 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres is news to me.

Los tres caballeros (Spanish for “bros”) y nuestro alcalde “provisional” Ed Lee:

Click to expand to see the caption. (I’d link to webpage from whence the photo came but it’s gone, long gone, down the memory hole.)  

If you think, at this late date, that the prospects for Ed Lee’s re-election weren’t front and center in the conversation The Powers That Be had last January, then you are horribly, horribly naive.

The fact that things were all mapped out for Ed Lee seven months ago makes the happy talk from The Nevius and King Randy Shaw I of the Tenderloin a little grating.

Anyway, if I were in Ed’s shoes, I’d shut down all the recent Run Ed Run talk by saying, “No, I won’t run for re-election – that would be dishonest.”

Just saying, caballero.

SF “City Family” Venn Diagram (Works for Jeff Adachi Only) + A New Pension Op-Ed from Our Public Defender

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

First up, the Venn Diagram, as promised:

As stated, this diagram only works for our Public Defender.

Next up, oh, Jeff Adachi, what are the three telltale signs of true pension reform?

First, will the board increase the annual cost savings?

Second, will the board reject the practice of “pension spiking”?

Third, will the Board of Supervisors make the plan fair?

Thanks, Jeff Adachi!

District 5 Town Hall Meeting This Thursday, Thursday, Thursday at Ham Rec with Ross Mirkarimi and Mayor Lee

Monday, April 25th, 2011

All the deets are right here in this mostly unaltered flier:

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See you there!

Oh, here we go, much better. Let’s see how this team handles the Angry Birds of the 415:

Flags are at Half-Staff in San Francisco These Days Due to the Tuscon Shootings of January 9th, 2011

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Details at The Bay Citizen: Local Ties to Tuscon Tragedy

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Resolved: The Organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010 Could Have Done a Better Job with Bicycle Parking

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Writer Matt Baume has a great follow-up today on What Went Wrong This Year Again with bicycle parking at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010.

I don’t know, when I was there, tons of cars (or, more literally, tens of tons of cars) with Friends and Family passes were getting waived-through the NO BIKE ZONE on JFK, although, admittedly, this was early on. (I’m sure most of the Friends and Family people ended up parking closer to the Banjo Stage, where their tents were located.) 

And since We’re All About Safety and whatnot, what’s up with the gasoline-powered ClubCar drivers, how fast are they allowed to go on the dusty sidewalks of JFK? 20 MPH? 25 MPH? I don’t know.

All’s I know is that I couldn’t keep up with them when I was pedalling downhill on the slopey part of JFK. But I was able to enjoy the dust clouds they kicked up, the ones that spread all over JFK:  

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And, HSB people, if you’ve cured the BICYCLE HAZARD by not letting bikes go through on JFK, then there is no more BICYCLE HAZARD, right? So what are the signs supposed to be telling people?

Now, I’m not one to criticize people or nothing, but if I were, I might say something about putting them ClubCars into speed-limited “golf-cart mode” next year.

And, HSB people, you have so much money, right? You’re swimming in resources. So why not put out some more bike racks next year? Just have them stretching to the horizon, you dig? T’wouldn’t cost that much at all…

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010: 420 Friendly But No Bicycle Parking and No “Major Gift” Announcement

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

[UPDATE: Mike Billings has the deets on the “major gift” worth 75,000 from Warren Hellman to automate the irrigation system of part of the park.] 

The 2010 edition of our Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival proceeds in Golden Gate Park. The whole shebang ends on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 so there’s still time for you to go…

It’s a pretty crunchy scene, in places, with ganga smoke all over:

“Special” brownies are $4:

But some rules you can’t break. This Marijuana Provider truck parked as close as possible to the main entrance got the least expensive parking ticket possible – $23. Actually, that’s a good deal: 

Speaking of parking, there was none left for bicycles in the afternoon:

So, up into the air they went. Once more unto the trees, dear friends, once more:

Appears as if the Plant People won out over the Bike People this go around – that would explain all the signage.  But I didn’t see as much tree parking as there was in 2009. IMO, trees are pretty tolerant of bikes hanging about, but that’s JMO.  

There was supposed to be an announcement of a “major gift” from F. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s favorite billionaire, to Golden Gate Park at the Banjo Stage this afternoon, seeing as how it’s the HSBF Decennial this year. There might have been a gift, but there was no announcement. Seen here with Emmylou Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:

Mr. Hellman’s jacket sported at least two Stars of David, for the record. Not sure the meaning of the script:

(Perhaps thats a better getup than his Fred Flintstone outfit.)

Anyway, that’s how it’s going so far…