Posts Tagged ‘Lee’

Our PG&E Energy Monopoly Attempted Suicide Last Night – KABOOM at Beale and Mission HQ – Call Before You Dig, PG&E!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Ah let’s review.

– Remember when a mid-level PG&E employee* threatened me at an event sponsored by the Presidio Trust, told me that I should take one of my PG&E-related posts down because, I was done told, “It would be your interest to take that post down?” And I was like, well what does that mean? Oh that’s right, Gentle Reader, you don’t remember, but I do. Strike One. 

– And remember when PG&E killed eight people near SFO last year? Strike Two.

– And remember when Mayor Ed Lee* recently started going on about how “City Family” member PG&E is a great local company who gets it?” Strike Three.

Oh well.

Now, here’s the scene last night at 7:00 PM as I was swinging by the FiDi to pick up my special lady friend at an area law firm. Workers were just setting up the cones. And then a paramedic was telling me, “This one isn’t PG&E’s fault – somebody was digging.” Well yeah, but that somebody was PG&E itself:

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Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?

Oh, and this was all right in front of Pacific Gas & Electric Building, one of San Francisco’s tallest, you know, at 77 Beale:

“The Pacific Gas & Electric Building is a 150 m (490 ft) skyscraper located at 77 Beale and Mission streets in the financial district of San FranciscoCalifornia. Completed in 1971, the 34 story building is headquarters for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the main utility provider for Northern California, and has been host to a nesting pair of Peregrine Falcons since 1987. List of tallest buildings in San Francisco

Isn’t it ironic again, dont’cha think?

Hey, PG&E, why don’t you eat your own dog food and CALL BEFORE YOUR DIG?

Via Daedrius

The easy-to-remember phone number is 811, you remember?

In short, I just can’t believe how much you suck, PG&E.

Straighten up and fly right PG&E.

*A member of San Francisco’s dominant political faction (aka Downtown) along with fellow members Willie Brown, Chamber of Commerce, Gavin Newsom, real estate interests, PG&E, and you know, all those non-profits, among others.

Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ: More Money Laundering Found in Ed Lee Campaign – Meet CitiApartments’ “Eviction Goon”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

[UPDATE: Senator Leland Yee is on the case this AM – he’s doing a presser involving this latest allegation. (I guess it’s too late to call this an October Surprise, and frankly, it’s not all that surprising neither. Let’s call it a November Expectation. Brace yourself for more.) Oh, and Leland is onto some Chinatown voting sting operation as well.

And there’s this: “Statement from Chiu Campaign on Money Laundering Allegations – SAN FRANCISCO (November 2, 2011): Addisu Demissie, spokesman for the David Chiu for Mayor campaign, released the following statement about a San Francisco Chronicle report of potential money laundering by supporters of Mayor Ed Lee:

“This is now the fourth allegation of illegal conduct by Mayor Lee’s supporters, and it should be investigated fully by the District Attorney and appropriate authorities,” Demissie said. “With six days to go before Election Day, it will be up to the voters to decide whether this kind of bullying, pay-to-play politics is what they want to see at City Hall for the next 4 years. David is going to spend the last 6 days of this race talking about why he represents a new generation of leadership for San Francisco that will stand tough against the special interests and shake things up at City Hall.

Paid for by David Chiu for Mayor 2011, P.O. Box 641541, San Francisco, CA 94164, FPPC##1337108]

Well, it looks like early-rising City Attorney Dennis Jose Herrera is the first one out of the gates to follow up on today’s piece from San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writers John Coté and Heather Knight.

Testify, DJH:

“Too many of Ed Lee’s supporters act as though they’re above the law — on money laundering, on ballot tampering, and more — and Ed Lee isn’t strong enough to stop it.

Amen.

Earlier this year, Ed Lee was picked unanimously to be an Interim Mayor. He wasn’t picked to be a Reformer. He’ll never be a Reformer.

In Ed Lee’s world, the notorious Willie Brown Administration deserves an A+, Rose Pak is not a cancer on Chinatown, and corner-cutting PG&E (“KABOOM!“) is simply “a great local corporation” and a “great company that gets it.”

Oh well.

Is Ed Lee Breaking Bad? Has the City Family corrupted him? Or has he corrupted the City Family? A little of both?

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All the deets:

“Herrera calls on FPPC to join D.A. in investigating new Ed Lee campaign money laundering charge – CitiApartments’ former eviction goon led reimbursement-for-donation scheme, suggesting political payback for City Attorney’s 2006 tenant-protection lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 2, 2011) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera this morning called on the state Fair Political Practices Commission to join District Attorney George Gascón in reviewing new allegations reported in today’s San Francisco Chronicle that Ed Lee’s mayoral campaign received donations that appear to have been illegally laundered to skirt San Francisco $500 per donor contribution maximum.[1] Andrew Hawkins, a property services manager whose harrowing tenant intimidation tactics were central to Herrera’s lawsuit five years ago against the Lembi Group landlords’ once high-rolling CitiApartments empire, promised reimbursements to at least sixteen employees in exchange for maximum contributions to Ed Lee’s mayoral campaign at an Oct. 18, 2011 fundraiser, according to the Chronicle.

It is the second major allegation of campaign money laundering to benefit Ed Lee’s campaign. The first, involving GO Lorrie’s airport shuttle, is the subject of separate investigations by Gascón’s office and the FPPC, the state commission responsible to investigate and impose penalties for violations of the California Political Reform Act. Such schemes have been prosecuted as felonies in California for conspiring to evade campaign contribution limits, and for making campaign contributions under false names.

I think San Franciscans have now seen enough,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Too many of Ed Lee’s supporters act as though they’re above the law — on money laundering, on ballot tampering, and more — and Ed Lee isn’t strong enough to stop it. If this is how they behave before an election, just imagine how they’ll behave after the election, if Ed Lee wins. This scheme is clearly a bid for political payback by CitiApartments henchmen for my litigation to protect tenants five years ago. It is patently illegal, and I call on the FPPC to join the District Attorney in investigating.”

Hawkins is listed in Ed Lee’s campaign disclosures as the owner of Archway Property Services. As the one-time head of CitiApartments’ “tenant relocation program,” the gun-carrying Hawkins is reported to have coerced more than 2,500 tenants out of their rent-controlled units, and once boasted in civil court testimony, “I run people out of their apartments for a living. It’s what I do.

Several recipients of Hawkins’ email invitation to an Oct. 18 event on Russian Hill made contributions to Ed Lee’s campaign on the same date. All contributed the maximum $500.

Herrera sued the CitiApartments residential rental property behemoth in Aug. 2006 for an array of unlawful business and tenant harassment practices, which sought to dispossess long-term residents of their rent-controlled apartments. The coerced vacancies freed the company to make often-unpermitted renovations to units, and then re-rent them to new tenants at dramatically increased market rates. The illegal business model enabled CitiApartments, Skyline Realty and other entities under the sway of real estate family patriarch Frank Lembi to aggressively outbid competitors for residential properties throughout San Francisco for several years — before lawsuits and a sharp economic downturn forced the aspiring empire into bankruptcies, foreclosures and receiverships.

A 2009 San Francisco Magazine feature story on the Lembi real estate empire[2] described Andrew Hawkins as “a burly former nightclub bouncer who headed up CitiApartments’ relocation program.” Hawkins reportedly led teams as large as 14 full-time employees, according to the report, and the company estimated that “Hawkins relocated more than 2,500 tenants.” An earlier exposé in 2006 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian[3] cited civil court testimony in which Hawkins boasted to one tenant’s family member, “I run people out of their apartments for a living. It’s what I do.”

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SOURCES:
[1] Source: “Ed Lee donors face money-laundering allegations” by John Coté and Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 2, 2011, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/02/MNKJ1LOMB7.DTL
[2] Source: “War of values” by Danelle Morton, San Francisco Magazine, Nov. 19, 2009, http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/war-of-values
[3] Source: “The Scumlords: Part One of a Three-Part Series” by G.W. Schulz, San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 8, 2006, http://www.sfbg.com/40/23/news_skyline.html

PG&E: Being a Member of the “City Family” Means Not Getting Parking Tickets from DPW?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Sure seems that way.

Blinking EXPIRED, EXPIRED, EXPIRED in SoMA.* 

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Or, in the words of our somewhat-corrupt-but-doesn’t-even-know-it Mayor Ed Lee on the topic of Pigs, Giraffes and Elephants:

“They’re a great company that gets it.” 

That blunder came out the day everybody in town was talking about how PG&E had just gotten harshed by the Feds in DC for killing people in San Bruno and then,  through the past twelve months, also lying about (misstating about? misleading about?) killing those people.

Compare that with a series of incidents that didn’t kill anybody and that PG&E didn’t lie about during the Newsom administration:

“Angry Newsom Wants Answers From PG&E”

Oh well. (Realize that PG&E was just as integral to Gavin Newsom’s mayoralty as it is now for Ed Lee’s…)

Ed Lee lives his life 24/7 in the “City Family” bubble, where Rose Pak is benevolent, all-seeing, all-knowing “Aunty Rose” and Recology is the best company in the world and the Central Subway is the Road to Paradise.

Oh well.

*If I were a Parking Control Officer, I’d never ticket PG&E no matter what, just saying. BTW, that’s a PGE-stickered Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, GM’s “electric car.”**

**Some people still think the Volt is an electric car. This has to do with GM lying about this subject a couple years back. 

Newsflash: That New “Fresh & Easy” Gro Sto Wasn’t Put in a “Food Desert” – Most Bayview Residents Not in “Food Desert”

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Well, let’s check the official Food Desert Locator, you know, from the Feds, to see that the location of that new self-serve Fresh & Easy grocery store at 5800 Third isn’t in a “food desert” after all.

See?

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The pink areas are the purported food deserts. The blob on the right is mostly mostly-shut-down Hunters Point, where I think I’d get shot if I snuck in to look for a gro sto anyway. And the lower pink blob contains Candlestick Point, which is loaded with parking lots and a dismal state park for parking your RV and a big old stadium, so there you go.

But, even before the new F&E, the vast majority of the residents of Bayview Hunters Point weren’t living in a “food desert,” FTR.

I know it’s fun to use new catchphrases, but you shouldn’t do that when they don’t apply.

So, am I saying [insert ridiculous conclusion-jump here]?

No, I’m just saying:

That New “Fresh & Easy” Gro Sto Wasn’t Put in a “Food Desert” – Most Bayview Residents Not in “Food Desert”

That’s all.

Writers, please try harder. Pols, I know that doing things the right way doesn’t gain you any votes, but don’t you have some pride?

Just asking…

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!