Posts Tagged ‘mcLaren’

“San Francisco City Family” Union Lawyer Vince Courtney Threatens YouTube and Vimeo Over This Video?

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Well, let’s see, the last time I checked into this incident in Golden Gate Park from 2010 involving union lawyer Vince Courtney was this:

Embarassed San Francisco Lawyer Requests and Gets a YouTube Takedown, To No Avail

But recently, like this month, Vimeo too, has acted, so, once again, you couldn’t see what occurred on your PC or whatever.

But now, look what just popped up on the YouTube:

Encounter with Vince Courtney, Part Two

IMO, back then and now, lawyer Vince Courtney got outfoxed* by a layperson.**

But You Make The Call:

I don’t know, if I were a certain attorney, I’d let sleeping dogs lie.

But that’s just me…

*I can explain to you how “street mediation” works, you know, when conducted by peace officers in this kind of situation. Could this lawyer have been arrested? I don’t know. But he seemed afraid of something. 

**I mean, he just pushed and pushed until he got the most he could possibly get, and he got it all recorded, and then posted it for tout le monde to see. That’s called advocacy.

From Obama to Nobama: Official San Francisco Says No to Obama-Themed Christmas Train This Year

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Observe, that at first there was nothing desirable to be seen, for Mclaren Lodge Lawn was without form, and void; it was confusion, and emptiness.

And then, the Pikachu train came on the scene.

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And it was Good.

But not good enough, for then, He arrived. See?

As seen a few years back:

This made national news. (Hey whatever happened to Zoe Stagg, anyway?)

Then it was all like this:

(Artist’s conception, but the window was painted over for a while.)

And then it was all like this*

And now, just before the Great Lighting Ceremony of 2011, there’s no train at all:

Poor Obama!

(I’ll check and see if the Obama train pops up before Christmas. It’s a mystery to me. Of course, this is in Golden Gate Park on public land, as is the Prayer Book Cross and other things. Sometimes, We, those of us way out West, lose track of that nettlesome Bill of Rights.)

*Fear the beard and all. You know, I don’t think certain people, people like MC Hammer, understand that they threw their weight behind the Republican choice** for Mayor, understand that they (blindly?) supported the first choice of just 7% of San Francisco. We’ll see if they do this again. 

**Ed Lee was the only viable candidate on the San Francisco Republican’s Endorsements webpage. 

SFMR11: ZOMG, Hundreds Show for First San Francisco Mayoral Forum at USF – Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Hell No, Yes, Yes, Yes, Hell No

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

[UPDATE: Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal has a lengthy entry and some crystal-clear photos here - it's probably more than what this "forum" (non-debate, un-debate, love-fest) deserves...]

Make that hundreds and hundreds show at the McLaren Conference Center tonight. See?

Let’s call it 400-something since the joint is supposed to have a capacity of 500 when it’s all opened up:

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Meet your candidates: Senator Leland Yee, Assessor Phil Ting, Joanna Rees, City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Tony Hall (heh), Bevan Dufty, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor John Avalos and Michela Alioto-Pier (heh):

Well, this is what you get when you have public financing of candidates (millions and millions worth) along with Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

Oh well…

How Wude! Barack Obama Painted Over in Golden Gate Park – The “Yes We Can Express” Replaced by Giants Fever

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Barack Obama fever has given way to Giants fever, it would seem.

Check it out tonight at 5:00 PM when the Christmas Tree lighting gets going.

From this, a couple years back:

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To this, last week*

To this, currently:

Poor Obama!

*Artist’s conception, but the window was all painted over last weekend

Embarassed San Francisco Lawyer Requests and Gets a YouTube Takedown, To No Avail

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Get up to speed here.

Turns out that YouTube just took down the video, not sure why.

Anyway, here it is, once again.  

On it goes…

Caught on Tape: Golden Gate Park Gadfly Outfoxes Union Lawyer at Rec and Park HQ

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

(I think I’m satisfied with that headline.) All right there’s this guy, let’s call him Manatease, who functions as our Department of Recreation and Park‘s number one social gadfly - I bump into him from time to time. And there’s this other guy who now runs the RPD - I think I might have been at his law school* the same time he was, a year or two apart maybe. O.K. then.

Apparently, one of them was haranguing the other in or around RPD HQ last week and that somehow led to an incident betwixt Manatease and a lawyer for the gardener’s union. Now, that’s not on tape, but the rest of it, including a humiliating apology, was recorded by some kind of beltcam or something.

Here it is, in a punchy 4.5 minutes. Whoops, here it is.

I’ll tell you, I don’t share Manatease’s world-view, really. I mean I agree with some of his positions (like the advisability of charging foreigners $7 to get into Strybing Arboretum, coming soon) and disagree with others (like the idea of using park property to make a few bucks off of Peter Pan) [UPDATE: Well, I suppose I could have phrased this in a different way - I object neither to the general concept nor to this particular execution of using Sue Bierman Park, aka Ferry Park, aka Fairy Park, to put on Peter Pan].

But it’s Mantease’s right to “disrupt” the plans of RPD, correct?

A skinned knee perhaps but the  quick brown red fox lives to fight another day. This is what the foxes of the San Francisco Botanical Garden looked like back in the day, back before I decided to never again step foot in the joint. As seen in the New World Cloud Forest:

I think the YouTube clip speaks for itself, but stay tuned for all the deets (from Manatease’s point of view, anyway), after the jump.

*Back in the day when it was a dirt-cheap** top-20 law school. (It’s neither of those things now….) 

**For CA residents, that is - the price of tuition was less than ten percent of what USC’s was, back in the day. Those days are over, never to return. Oh well.

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Obama-Themed Tree Lighting Set for Tomorrow in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Everything is all set for tomorrow’s Christmas Tree lighting at the McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park:

Join the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for its 79th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. The 100-foot Monterey cypress at the east end of Golden Gate Park is San Francisco’s official holiday tree. Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments and activities for the entire family, plus, a visit from Santa!

This year’s event will be all the more special in light of Barack Obama’s recent victory. The train underneath the tree features a huge Obama logo along with a few other Obama references.

Obamanos! in front of McLaren Lodge

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All aboard the Obama train. See you there!

Thursday December 4, 2008 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

501 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, California 94117