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It’s The Facts About Ed Lee.
Here’s the front of today’s mailer:
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And here’s the flip side:
Montana tagged along to learn about the voting process:
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This voter waited a bit for a chance to meet San Francisco royalty:
Plenty of Giants fans are still showing their colors today:
Appears as if the Newsoms are signed up to be vote-by-mailers, so they had to vote provisionally today, AFAIK. (I should be up-to-speed on this issue but I’m not. But logically, you can’t vote at the precinct and also by mail, so they let you vote and then check to see if your ballot arrives in the post.)
A Kennedy-esque scene at precinct 3808:
And all the while, dude here is just down the street watching the media circus travel back and forth.
(For some reason contractors are all over Upper Terrace these days, building and rebuilding houses everywhere.)
The Newsoms then took off for an 11-hour non-stop day.
They’ll most likely be rewarded with good news after 8:00 PM tonight…
Word comes from John Arntz, Director of the San Francisco Department of Elections:
“Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.”
So, maybe you’re not registered or maybe you’re registered not to your liking…
Either way, act today.
Look how much fun the political process voting can be:
Anyway, choose or lose:
“SAN FRANCISCO, May 24, 2010 – Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.
Ways to register to vote for before today’s deadline:
1. Download, complete and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website.
2. Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, some City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles. Complete and mail the form today.
3. Come to the Department of Electionson the ground floor of City Hall. After 6 p.m., voters must enter City Hall through the front entrance on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).
All mailed registration forms must be postmarked with today’s date, May 24, for applicants to become eligible to vote in the June election.
More information on voter registration is available by visiting the Department’s website at www.sfelections.org or calling (415) 554-4411.
Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
Or alternatively, Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Accurate Census Endangered by Postal Service SRO Policy – that was going to be the title originally. Anyway, the second-largest civilian employer in the United States, your U.S. Postal Service, apparently doesn’t have enough people to deliver the mail to the 19,000 San Franciscans residing in Single Room Occupancy units.
So, what letter carriers do is just dump the mail in a big pile in the lobby, let’s say in a big building with 100 units, and then split. The Post Office treats people living for years in the same place as if they’re hotel guests. Of course a lot of SROs don’t have lockable residential mailboxes, but the reason for that is that the PO just ignores them - it maintains a mail dump policy irregardless.
This could pose a problem for the upcoming 2010 Census, right? Check it:
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That’s what was on display today down at 688 Commercial in the Financh / Chinatown area. It’s hard to figure where U.S. Census forms should go to get to the right people.
There’s a legal process going on right now that’s taking some time to resolve. Get all the deets on San Francisco’s action against the USPS here. (Let’s see, the PO’s motion to dismiss was denied and there’s been a couple of stabs at mediation so far.)
Herrera railed about the “incredibly irresponsible” postal service while Fong looked forward to “a day when everyone will get their mail.”
Oh yes, here’s another from Herrera:
“Someone in an SRO should have the same service as someone living in a condo in the St. Regis.”
(The only person I can think of who lives at the Reeg there on Third Street / Willie Way is former Mayor Willie Brown. Mmmmm.)
This is the building discussed today:
Inside, U.S. Census worker Jade Wu is not pleased that these census forms still haven’t gotten to the intended recipients:
And here’s an attempt at a residential mailbox:
Sure seems odd that one federal agency is getting impeded by another, however independent it is.
And it’s not just the census, it’s everything else you should be getting in the mail
Do Americans have a right to mail delivery?
Counting SRO Tenants in the 2010 Census. Difficulties highlight discriminatory mail delivery policies being challenged by City Attorney’s lawsuit against U.S. Postal Service
SAN FRANCISCO (March 25, 2010)—City Attorney Dennis Herrera will join Chinatown Community Development Center representatives and tenants of single-room occupancy residential hotels, or SROs, to discuss the difficulties of assuring a complete count of every San Franciscan in the 2010 Census. Among the most daunting challenges facing those who do outreach to communities at-risk of being undercounted is a policy by the U.S. Postal Service’s postmaster in San Francisco that treats SROs like tourist hotels—refusing individual mail delivery, and directing local letter carriers to drop unsecured mail bundles near building entryways and at front desks. The discriminatory mail delivery policy is at the core of a federal lawsuit Herrera filed last May. To date, attorneys for the postal service have been unwilling to discuss policy changes that would treat residents of SROs like other residents.
Since the whole point of the U.S. Census is to count people, wouldn’t it make sense to try to send out letters that people can generally read? Like, how about “Cantonese or Mandarin” (hey, aren’t they the same thing?) writing, for instance?
That’s what San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Board of Supervisors President and District 3 Supervisor David Chiu, and Vincent Pan of Chinese for Affirmative Action were asking at City Hall yesterday.
This state of this overflowing garbage can is fairly typical in the more urban areas of Golden Gate Park. But what’s it filled with? Some of it looks exactly like the junk mail I get, and there are other pieces from Amazon.com and UPS. The thing is that we’re talking “household garbage,” the stuff that belongs in your own trash.
So, what’s stopping the City and County of San Francisco from digging through this can like a starving raccoon and issuing citations to the addressees of these items? That’s the way they do it in Washington D.C., anyway. Even throwing away something small, like a used airline ticket, can get you a citation in next week’s mail.
If you want to reduce junk mail in the first place, here’s an article from the Chronicle that gives some pointers (but they don’t list their own number) (but actually calling that number and opting out doesn’t seem to have much effect anyway) (but oh well).
On it goes.