Posts Tagged ‘LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’

News Release: “Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Statement on the University of California’s Threat to Increase Tuition Fees”

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

It’s on. Here’s Gav’s reply to this recent effort from President Janet Napolitano

***News Release*** - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom statement on the University of California’s threat to increase tuition fees

Contact: Andrea Koskey, Communications Director

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement on the University of California’s threat to increase tuition unless the state appropriates additional funds, thereby breaking its two-year old tuition-freeze agreement negotiated in 2013 in exchange for increased state funding:

The University of California cannot bestow pay raises on its top earners with one hand, while continually taking more from students and their families with the other and deflecting criticism by laying its solution at the door of taxpayers. New funding must be tied to earnest and innovative attempts to reduce the university’s cost structure and promote affordability and accessibility, not threats that reward the status quo.”

Background

The proposed increase to students comes just two months after the same board approved up to 20 percent increases to four chancellors and increased a base salary for a new chancellor by 23 percent of his predecessor. These decisions are not tied to performance or outcomes.

Lieutenant Governor Newsom believes that high-level solutions could be factored in to meet the growing costs.  For instance, UC facilities system-wide could save $500,000 per contract if in-house employment was used over outside contractors; another $160 million could be saved if UC offered an Associate Degree to Transfer Program from California Community Colleges, similar to existing program between community colleges and California State Universities; and millions could be saved if the failed IT implementation of UC Path was addressed. That program’s repayment costs have ballooned to $200 million over the next 20 years.

The University of California system has received numerous increases to financial resources including full funding of State’s Cal grant program; expansion of the middle-income fee grants covering one-half of tuition and fee increases for middle-income students from families earning up to $120,000; 20 percent increase in state funding as part of a multi-year stable funding plan; a 5 percent increase from the 2014-15 state budget contingent a tuition freeze through 2016-17; and $50 million to promote innovative models of higher education at the campus level that result in more bachelor’s degrees, improved four‑year completion rates, and more effective transfers between the community colleges and the universities.

Web Designer and “Girl in Tech” Kari Suleman Offers $30 for a “TaskRabbit” to Wait in Line for Her at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Per Mid-Market resident Bluoz:

“It was inevitable. make 30 bucks waiting in line at Dotties at 6th and Stevenson – https://www.taskrabbit.com/tenderloin-san-francisco/t/wait-in-line-at-dotties-for-us

And here’s Kari‘s ad at the Task Rabbit website:

“Please wait in line for us at Dottie’s starting at 10am. Text us when you are about 20 minutes from the front (5 or so people deep). “

(“Aren’t you a good task bunny! Here, have a little* cabbage.”)

Is this the so-called Mid-Market Renaissance?

Of course, this is how the “Renaissance” got started:

“Alvin Dworman, the owner of a Market Street building proposed as the new headquarters for Twitter, gave sharply discounted office space in the same building to former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for lieutenant governor — a political contribution valued at more than $11,000, campaign finance records show.

Weeks after the gift last fall, Newsom officials aided negotiations between Twitter and Dworman by offering the Internet company a payroll tax freeze as an incentive to move into Dworman’s building, a 1 million-square-foot art deco structure at 1355 Market St. once known as the San Francisco Mart.

*Actually, $30 seems generous to me…

So This _Isn’t_ What Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s Mini-Motorcade Looks Like – But, Why the Lights, CHP?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

[UPDATE: According to somebody who ought to know, this is not what a Lt. Gov. motorcade looks like these days. So, my bad.]

I don’t know, why are the lights on on these CHP prowlers?

To make the people inside feel good?

Looks that way.

I mean, this is the entire motorcade, so it’s not like cross-traffic is being stopped or anything.

I mean, don’t you want to be kind of low profile? Oh, I see, you feel that not enough people pay attention to
you, so everybody stare at me while I ride to the Starbucks?

OK fine:

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IMO, our California Highway Patrol shouldn’t always do what the Lt. Gov VIPs want.

IMO.

But here’s why it’s generally in the interest of the CHP to patronize electeds.

Oh well.

(Oh, and next time you roll through town, CHP, in addition to the flashing lights, you should honk your horns and activate your sirens, like every minute. Hurray!)

Should San Francisco Be Making Trade Deals With China, In Light of Its Bullying of Vietnam, the Philippines, and Others?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

So today’s the day of the big ceremony with elements of the single-party state known as the People’s Republic of China announcing some kind of trade deal with the City and County of San Francisco.

So let’s check the international news. Seems as if the Chinese Navy recently went down to the Philippines to establish a new “city” called Sansha. I think it was yesterday.

Check it:

Beijing’s planned deployment of a military garrison to Sansha brought a swift response from President Aquino. He said, “If someone entered your yard and told you he owned it, would you agree? Would it be right to give away that which is rightfully ours?” Protesters hold banners while chanting slogans during an anti-China protest along a street in Hanoi, July 22, 2012. ​​Vietnam has also criticized the establishment of Sansha, calling it “serious violation” of Hanoi’s sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly chains, which it claims as part of Danang city and Khanh Hoa province respectively.”

Here’s a map of territorial claims in the oceanic area betwixt Vietnam and the Philippines. Do you see which county is farthest away? That’s right, it’s China. And do you see which country has the biggest claim? That’s right, it’s also China. Why is that?

Historically, other countries have had imperial ambitions in this part of the world, of course. But these days it’s all China all the time.

Is that a good thing?

Now let’s hear from Chinese Consulate advisor / Mayor Ed Lee advisor Rose Pak – perhaps she could shed some light:

When asked what message she would like to convey to the Chinese government, Pak said, “On what moral ground do we have as United States citizens lecturing what China should do when our own President would drum up falsehoods and bomb Iraq back to the stone-age, killing several hundred thousand innocent Iraqis.”

“Look at all the problems in the world, (they) are all created by Western countries with their phony-baloney moral standards,” Pak added.”

OK fine.

Hot Ticket: Gavin Newsom Returns to SF and the Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM Has Him, September 8th, 2011

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

If you think you might be into it, get you tickets now, ’cause this joint is going to sell out with a quickness:

“On  Thursday, September 8th, we will be hosting the program Gavin Newsom: The Man, the Issues and the State of California, to discuss California and Gavin Newsom’s new role as Lieutenant Governor. This should be a great opportunity to hear from San Francisco’s recently departed mayor, and California’s newly elected Lieutenant Governor, on his new role and the state of affairs in Sacramento.

The online event page can be found at http://bit.ly/leugovn. On Facebook, http://on.fb.me/r5H132 .”

CW Nevius Recalls the Past 365 Days Living in the 415 – Rediscovers “Ocean – and a Bay”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Our CW Nevius is at it again, celebrating a year of life in the Big City.

Leave us begin:

1. “The Board of Supervisors: …definitely a greater tone of civility and cooperation.”

Well, that’s what happened when we lost your petulant, petulant buddy Gavin Newsom, right?

2. “Twitter moves to Mid-Market: The symbolism cannot be overestimated.”

Uh, Twitter moving from Third and Mission to Tenth and Market, that’s your exciting thing, Nevius? Here’s a little backgrounder for you from Gerry Shih, you know, since the story starts before you moved to town:

“Alvin Dworman, the owner of a Market Street building proposed as the new headquarters for Twitter, gave sharply discounted office space in the same building to former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for lieutenant governor — a political contribution valued at more than $11,000, campaign finance records show.

“Weeks after the gift last fall, Newsom officials aided negotiations between Twitter and Dworman by offering the Internet company a payroll tax freeze as an incentive to move into Dworman’s building, a 1 million-square-foot art deco structure at 1355 Market St. once known as the San Francisco Mart.

You’re celebrating this, huh Nevius?

Oh, and is windblown Tenth and Market any more blighted than ugly Third and Folsom? (Not to my knowledge…)

“3. North Beach Library”

This is number three? Boy, your fuel pump is sucking air already, Nev.

“4. Parkmerced development: … there was talk…”

Don’t worry too much about what people say about your buddy David Chiu – he’ll do fine. (BTW, anything that replaces the current Parkmerced, even a toxic waste dump, would be an improvement. You rent controllers, well, things will prolly work out for you. Nothing is Forever, of course…)

“5. Interim Mayor Ed Lee: Admit it, you’ve been surprised.”

Uh, no I won’t admit it. You see, Nev, you’re at the bottom of the intellectual pyramid and Edwin Lee is at the top. Don’t you acknowledge this? And don’t you come off as a little patronizing when you use your words this way? Yes you do.

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And this is the point of your entire bit? Basically, this is what you’re saying:

Vote for Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco.

How many times, in so many words, have you said this before? How many times will you say this again?

Face it Nevius, you’re a fraud. You’re extremely lucky to have your job.

Just saying, Bro.

Anyway, welcome to San Francisco….

GAVIN NEWSOM for LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR in the Twitterloin Corporate Welfare Zone – As Seen A Couple Days Ago

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Now it’s been a half a year since Gavin Newsom needed these signs around, so why are they still around?

As seen on Market Street USA, in April, 2011:

Maybe Twitter’s going to move in with some of their 6000(?!) employees and call it Twitter North?

Could be…