Posts Tagged ‘legally’

After an Unlawful BART Police Shooting, Protesters are Required to Wait Seven Days in Order to be Legal

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Now, ideally, people protesting the next unlawful BART Police shooting would get seven-day notice so they could apply to legally protest the shooting on BART property.

But life doesn’t work that way IRL. So when a BART Police officer shoots somebody unlawfully or by mistake or whatever and people want to have a demo at BART that same day, well, that’s going to be an automatic violation of BART rules even if the protest takes place in the designated free speech area.

Check it:

BART requires those who wish to exercise their right to free speech to have a permit while on BART property. If you wish to obtain a permit, please do the following:

Download the Permit Rules and read them thoroughly. [And the permit application goes directly to BART's P.R. Dept., srsly.]
Download the Permit Application complete it and return it to BART.

BART must receive the permit no less than seven days prior to the date of your activity. Permits received after the seven day deadline will be denied – there are NO exceptions.

See how that works? Irate protesters have the choice of cooling their heels seven day to protest in a legal fashion in a legal area or protest the same day as the shooting illegally.

Maybe that’s part of the reason why you have so many “illegal” protests, BART?

And oh, has any legal protest at BART ever gotten any attention? Not to my knowledge.

And oh, has any Designated Free Speech Area looked good anytime, anywhere in history? Usually, these places are far from the action, sometimes encircled with cyclone fencing all around, you know, like Thunderdome.

Here’s the only Designated Free Speech Area that I’ve seen lately. It’s from somewhere in the vicinity of Strybing Arboretum, that place that got renamed and paywalled (that’s why there’s a boycott going on…) Anyway:

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That’s what the people who run things in the Bay Area think protests should look like.

(Now, this designated area might have been a joke, but my point is that you can’t tell the difference – the real thing looks pretty unreal as well.)

To repeat, maybe this is part of the reason why you have so many “illegal” protests, BART?

Just asking, BART-bro.

All the deets after the jump.

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Souter Replacement? Legally Blonde Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw from S.F.,CA

Monday, May 4th, 2009

She’s not getting too much attention from the San Francisco Bay Area MSM yet, but Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw‘s name is being queried all over the Internets this A.M. Why? ‘Cause she’s a strong candidate to replace outgoing United States Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

Judge Wardlaw ladles out bowls of rich, creamy justice in Pasadena mostly, but she probably comes to San Francisco to visit the H.Q. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And guess what? She was born here! A short bio:

“Judge Wardlaw was born on July 2, 1954, in San Francisco, California. She grew up in the Bay Area, raised by her Mexican-American mother, who worked as a bookkeeper, and her Scotch-Irish father, who worked as a door-to-door furniture salesman.”

The judge et vir:

[Horrible red-eye effect reduced in post, somewhat, so don't rely on this for eye color.]

Now, about that Legally Blonde stuff. Check it:  

“During my second set of confirmation proceedings, I was told that some people thought I wasn’t smart enough because I looked like a California girl (which I proudly am). I actually empathize a bit with Reese Witherspoon’s character in “Legally Blonde”– during my first semester at UCLA, no one invited me to be in their study group!”

So there, you have it. Oh, and how about her answer here:

Q. On a related note, do you consider yourself to be a judicial diva?

A. Yes.

O.K. then. See what the New Republic and what the SCOTUS blog thought about KMW back in the day, and look at this relatively recent take as well, if you want.  

Could Favorite Daughter Kim McLane Wardlaw rise from little old San Francisco all the way up to the SCOTUS? Only Time Will Tell.