Posts Tagged ‘library’
News: “Increased Internet Access at the Library!” – Plus, Our SFPL is Waiving Lost Card Fee – Plus Free WiFiFriday, September 5th, 2014
Here’s a fresh press release from Our San Francisco Public Library:
“Increased Internet Access at the Library!
Effective Sept. 5, library computer users will have greater access to Internet-enabled computers throughout the library system. Computer users will be able to reserve up to two one-hour sessions per day, as opposed to the current limit of one hour per day. The second hour is contingent upon availability. The increased time is in response to patron need and popular demand, and provides better service and utilization of library resources.
“The Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We believe that these additional hours will better serve our library patrons.”
In addition, most of the Main Library’s Internet Express computers, will have increased time limits, from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Free Wi-Fi is available for both card holders and non-card holders at the Main Library and all branches for those who wish to bring their own devices. In addition, library patrons may be able to borrow a laptop computer for in-library use at branches when desktop computers are not available.
All library users are encouraged to apply for a free library card. Use of library computers is free to card holders, and, as part of the initiative to provide more access to our library users, Library staff will waive the lost card fee and issue a free replacement card through June 2015.”
8 Washington and the Infinite Sadness – These People Against the “Wall on the Waterfront” Were on the Cusp of Victory in 2012Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
But they sure didn’t look it back in 2012.
They looked so, so sad.
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I hadn’t realized the intensity of their movement until this night at the San Francisco Public Library on Page Street in the Upper Haight area.
And then, in 2013, they won, big-time.
So what’s next for 8 Washington – what’ll happen with the parcel?
I know not.
Oh, so here’s what the national media doesn’t know about the sainted San Francisco Planning Commission:
It’s a political organization run by the Mayor of San Francisco.
So, is it really”thoughtful,” “considered,” and “professional?”
Here’s an example for you, national MSM.
The SFMTA is similar to Planning Commission except the SFMTA takes care of transit in SF.
The SFMTA recently had a big push to turn on parking meters on Sundays instead of having them flash “FREE PARKING” from Saturday night to Monday morning every week. (They had studies and everything.) So then people had to pay for parking meters on Sundays. Fine.
But then the Mayor of San Francisco said he didn’t like having meters charge for parking on Sundays. And then the SFMTA voted, unanimously, to make Sunday parking free again less than a year after deciding to charge for Sunday parking.
So similar things happen with the Planning Commish? Yes – it;s the same dynamic.
So, IRL, the SFMTA and the Planning Commission are captives of the Mayor of San Francisco. So that’s why builders donate money to and say nice things about the Mayor of San Francisco.
If you aren’t aware of this, national MSM, then you don’t understand what happened with the 8 Washington proposal, just saying.
What, Somebody’s _Starting_ a Newspaper in San Francisco? Presenting Issue One of “HATCH Beat” from Liz Fedak of IllinoisSaturday, May 17th, 2014
Well, here it is, an actual real 8-page newspaper “serving Cole Valley, Alamo Square, Hayes Valley and the Haights” – it’s the brand-new HAtCHBeat, Issue One*
Now meet Liz Fedak, Publisher.
Somebody who tried something like this a little while back was Eve Batey. Her online-only effort didn’t work out.
And speaking of online-only, Hoodline (mostly covering “Divisadero, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Upper Haight,” mostly) comes to mind as there’s a lot of overlap there. Liz has carved out an area that we can call District 5 Less The Inner Sunset.
Who’s taken notice already? How about D5 Supervisor London Breed** with her City Hall column and SFPD Park Station Captain Gregory Corrales with his Police Beat?
And add to that an alphabet soup of SFGov departments, including advertisers with big ads such as the Department of Elections and the SF Public Library.
Check it out if you can. You’ll see a bit about Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic (1988-2013) that takes a decidedly anti-RPD position.
That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:
“Do you have interest in writing, photography or videography? Whether you have experience or not, send an email to email@example.com to get involved.”
Leaving you with the categories to be covered:
Business + Money — HATCH Beat
Parenting — HATCH Beat
Profiles — HATCH Beat
Community — HATCH Beat
Calendar — HATCH Beat
Pets — HATCH Beat
Food + Drink — HATCH Beat
Police Blotter — HATCH Beat
Entertainment — HATCH Beat
Bon courage, HAtCHBeat!
The “We Are CCSF” Alliance Tackles Deferred Maintenance Today: Weed Pulling, Recycling, Composting, Window WashingSaturday, November 2nd, 2013
Of course making the effort is better than not making the effort:
SF City College Volunteers Tackle $1 Billion Project
San Francisco City College Chancellor, Students, Classified Employees And Faculty Take On The Problems Identified By The Community College Accreditation Commission
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)— Over 100 community members, classified employees, students, faculty and administrators are coming together to take concrete action to address identified problems at the college. Together, they are looking at the community college accreditation commission’s list of over 300 items that need to be fixed to maintain accreditation. On the list is one billion dollars’ worth of deferred maintenance. The alliance, known as “We Are CCSF”, will take on some hard labor of pulling weeds, recycling, composting, window washing and other activities on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 AM.
“We need to do everything in our collective power to ensure that City College stays open and accredited for current and future generations of students”, says Jill Kersey a classified employee at SF City College and a member of SEIU Local 1021. “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment in the history of our college and our city. Together, we can do what must be done to help repair, rebuild, and restore our college.”
When: SATURDAY, Nov. 2, 2013, 10 AM
Where: City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus [outside of Rosenberg Library]
Who: SF City College Chancellor Dr. Arthur Q. Tyler, “We Are CCSF” alliance, Classified Employees, Students, Faculty, SEIU Local 1021, Coleman Advocates and other community organizations
“We Are CCSF” alliance includes community members, classified employees, students, administrators and faculty, including Students Making a Change, SEIU 1021 and Coleman Advocates. The mission for “We Are CCSF” is to “Repair what is broken at CCSF, Rebuild the college to become a high functioning institution once again, and Restore public faith in the college’s capacity to effectively serve the people of San Francisco”.
Julian Davis Wins and Interim Supervisor Christina Olague Loses First Big District Five Debate Tonight – Meet the CandidatesWednesday, August 8th, 2012
Oh, here they are. London, John and Daniel, anyway:
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(Does D5 really have the “best neighborhoods” of San Francisco? Mmmm…)
Oh look, lots of people were there with these signs, regarding the corrupt 8 Washington project.
But I think we’ll get a chance to vote on this issue next year so this isn’t really on the top of the agenda these days.
Here are the introductions:
Andrew Resignato - A “people-powered campaign.” Sort of looks like Ross Mirkarimi.
Daniel Everett – Of Folk Law Radio
John Rizzo - He fixes problems, he has an engineering background.
London Breed – She was born in District Five. She was born in District Five. She was born in District Five. One imagines she’s still turbo-pissed at Mayor Ed Lie for not appointing her earlier this year. She’s raised the most money and has the support of Kamala Harris and Willie Brown.
Christina Olague – Pronounced “oh law gee” with a hard “g?” News to me. (Does she have a cold or is that her voice? Wow.)
“Hello. My name is, uh, Christina Olague. I’m Supervisor of this District. I was appointed in January. And I’m very thrilled and excited to be, uh, serving the community as the district Supervisor.”
And then later, more talk about how this inarticulate person is Supervisor.
And oh, here’s the big pitch for supporters, which I’ll tell you I didn’t see any:
“We need your presence!!! Please come out to hold up signs, wear your Tee Shirts and pass out literature. All the Candidates will be there. We want them to see strong support for Christina Olague. Got Questions? Call 415-724-0136 – Shelley B. Bell”
So, the Olague campaign wants the other candidates to see Olague has lots of support? OK fine, if that’s the way you want to do it.
Anyway, she’s a big fat SELLOUT and that’s why she got appointed over a moderate like London Breed.
And oh, she’s lying about that whole perjury issue with the Mayor and Ross Mirkarimi. Oh well.
Thea Selby - “I am super happy to be here…” Apparently, running for Supe is “hecka more fun” than you can imagine. And, apparently, everybody should consider running.
Julian Davis – “There are pro-development interests that are controlling the agenda of City Hall.”
This was the first attack against the Interim Supe during this forum.
“How do they get away with it? I’ll tell you – they get away with it by choosing your leaders for you. Over the past two years in San Francisco we have seen an appointed Mayor, an appointed District Attorney, an appointed Sheriff, and an appointed District Five Supervisor. Ask yourself is that’s participatory democracy the way we envisioned it? The answer is that it is not.”
Hope Johnson –
“…if those people are really representing you or if they are merely selling out to the highest bidder. And as Supervisor, I would hope to continue to ensure that government acts in our best interests and try to curb the abuse of authority some of which you’ve heard Mr. Davis talk about just a few minutes ago.”
And there you have it.
[UPDATE: Well, surprise surprise, Christina Olague got an endorsement last night. See Comments.]
Here’s Why Tonight’s District Five Debate Doesn’t Matter – Oh, and Let’s Mention Run Ed Run, 8 Washington, Etc.Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
The reason why tonight’s D5 Democratic Club (warning: links to FB) debate doesn’t matter:
Christina Olague is going to win the election, that’s why.
The reason for that is because she’s already been appointed to the job.
The reason for that is because she sold out her “progressive” values in order to get appointed. Remember RUN ED RUN? That was Christina Olague.
And hey, remember that whole perjury thing involving, speak of the Devil, Mayor Ed Lie and Commissioner Debra Walker? Remember how one protagonist spoke clearly and freely at City Hall and the other panicked and ran away to hide like a stupid cow? That runner and hider was Christina Olague, who said she might have to recuse herself from the Ross Mirkarimi vote due to, due to what? Due to somebody saying something? I don’t get that.
Anywho, there are institutional reasons why it benefits all parties concerned to host/attend this shindig, so here it comes.
All the deets:
AUGUST 8 Meeting Reminder
Dear District 5 Democrat,
Don’t miss out. On Wednesday, August 8, we’ll be hosting the first debate for the District 5 candidates for Supervisor from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Park Branch Library in the Haight.
The D5 Dem Club will also be making our endorsement for Supervisor. All registered club members and Democrats who have attended at least one prior meeting in the past year will have an opportunity to vote for their top-3 preferred candidates at this important discussion.
The debate and endorsement meeting will be held at the Park Branch Library in the Haight, 1833 Page St. The debate will begin promptly at 6:30pm, but members will be able to cast their endorsement vote at any time during the meeting. Voting will end promptly at 8:30pm and votes will be tallied at that time.
All registered candidates have been invited to participate, and once again we want to thank all the members who have join our club and made introductions to our members.
The following candidates have already confirmed:
We hope to see you on Aug. 8 at the Park Branch Library!
If you have any questions about our Wednesday meeting, do not hesitate to email your club president Alex Doniach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you next week!
Oh, and to spoil the surprise, Christina Olague will get endorsed. Kell surprise.
OMG, Haight Ashbury Wireless Coverage Meeting Tonight! – Improving Cell Phone Service – AT&T in the 94117Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Don’t be a hater, don’t be like this guy:
Instead, you ought to do something about poor cell phone coverage in San Francisco.
Like what about you Upper Haight, Cole Valley, Panhandle, NoPA people? Why don’t you come on over to tonight’s big meeting regarding cell phone service.
“October 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Haight Ashbury Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street”
All right, see you there!
We want to have a conversation with you about improving wireless coverage in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
AT&T is working hard to improve wireless coverage in San Francisco. We would like to invite you to attend a community workshop to discuss our plans to upgrade service in the Haight-Ashbury. These upgrades will provide improved coverage and better wireless service.
To learn more: attend a community workshop at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Park Branch Library, at 1833 Page Street.
This community workshop is an opportunity for you and your neighbors to discuss wireless infrastructure with us in an informal setting. We will be ready to talk about our broad plans for the city and specific plans for your neighborhood.
We appreciate your time and the opportunity for us to have a dialogue about San Francisco’s wireless infrastructure needs. For questions or additional information please contact 415-646-0972 or visitwww.att.com/