Posts Tagged ‘meg whitman’

OccupySF: Is Capitalist and Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees Part of the 99% or the 1%?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Here’s the news from Dan Schreiber:

Occupy SF gains support from Joanna Rees

And here’s how close the 99% will ever be able to get to her abode (assuming they don’ t want to risk getting tased with extreme prejudice).

Don’t tase me, bro: 

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[And once you make it past the security guards, you'll still have to deal with the legacy of this street's famous restrictive covenants.]

Actually, some of the 99% get paid what I assume to be something close to minimum wage to carry signs and otherwise sing the praises of Joanna Rees. And you know who pays for that? The taxpayers of the City and County of San Francisco, for some reason:

Somehow this all makes sense…

Joanna Rees Can’t Afford Her Mayoral Run But She CAN Afford a Security Guard To Keep People Off Her Street?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Apparently.

Ms. Rees’s problem is money. She has it. (She and her husband, her partner in a venture capital firm that is now being dismantled, live in Presidio Terrace, a gated enclave with uniformed guards.) But she has, as yet, refused to spend it. Though she stands to collect as much as $900,000 in public financing by agreeing to campaign-spending caps, Ms. Rees herself has not yet contributed a single dollar. And under the campaign-spending caps, none of her well-heeled contributors can give more than $500.”

You Shall Not Pass

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Ah yes, Presidio “restrictive covenants” Terrace.

Now, shouldn’t every “community” be gated?

Sure, why not?

Why are the Taxpayers of San Francisco Subsidizing the Mayoral (and Related ) Ambitions of Joanna Rees?

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Click here to see Heather Knight’s report on what it’s like to be on the trail with mayoral candidate Joanna Rees.

I don’t know, this campaign stands out as the biggest ego trip out of all the dozen or so “serious” candidates.

I say that for two reasons.

1. We’re paying for it. Hundreds and thousands of dollars worth of our money goes to her campaign, which then goes into people carrying her name all over town. I think Joanna likes having her name all over town whether or not she has a chance of winning this race. Of course other candidates are getting a piece of the millions being given out this cycle as well, but Joanna is the standout. Did she have to fill out a form or something to claim that she needs the money? (Isn’t that what campaign financing should be all about? I mean, if you commit a crime, the govt. will provide you with a public defender for free, if necessary, but you at least have to claim that you need the help. What the govt. doesn’t do is say, “Oh, you’re a millionaire, but no matter, go out there and hire any lawyer in the world to defend you and then we’ll pick up the bill.”) Based upon what I’ve seen, without public financing she wouldn’t be running. But prove me wrong, Joanna, by giving back our money.

2. Our money isn’t being spent effectively - now that’s the other thing. Those Rees’es Pieces, those kids who are all over the place. What do they make, minimum wage? Sure seems that way. Let’s take a look, below.

“All right, strike a pose to ensure you’re ignored for the entire AM drive, log into FaceBook (or I guess these days it’s Google Plus) and ACTION.”

“OK, that’s a rap, go see payroll.”

“Now, I want you to distribute these fliers in the Western A. But don’t just leave one leaflet as a piece of garbage on the ground – no no, leave five at a time, that way you’ll quintuple your productivity. Hurray!”

And be sure to show up to the mayoral forum two hours early, you know, to get the word out:

Now, let’s hear from JR herself:

“‘I’m not a Meg Whitman - in no way,’ Rees said flatly…”

That’s right: Meg had a more effective campaign because she was spending her own money.

Plus, Meg had a chance of winning.

So let’s look forward to hearing from more college kids getting paid (all, most, some – how much per hour, I don’t know) to hold up signs (and not just one, get an extra long stick and then staple an extra four JOANNA! signs down the shaft) to stand outside of forums and think of ways to amuse themselves.

Sometimes, you run for office not to win but just to “get your name out there.” Well, Mission Accomplished, perhaps over budget (mostly our budget) but ahead of schedule. I got it – high functioning, go-getter alpha female with very good genes, but what else do you have? You gotta give the people something. What, you’re “not an insider?” Well, you’re going to need to do more than that, is all I’m saying.

Where JR’s path will lead to down the road in 2012 and beyond, I know not.

Oh well.

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Reveal His Vote for Our Next Governor on the Tonight Show? – Odds are He’ll Say Jerry Brown

Monday, November 8th, 2010

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is using his iPhone 4 to be a little coy with us this afternoon

“Don’t forget to watch The Tonight Show this evening. Major announcement coming.” http://twitpic.com/3564cd

Will he us that he voted for Governor-elect Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman? (Whether he did or not – everybody loves a winner, right?)

But what else might he say?

Maybe he’ll tell us why he wears a clock as a watch, how about that?

Toon in tonight!

Meg Whitman Folds Under Pressure at Women’s Conference in Long Beach – Refuses Matt Lauer’s Offer to Stop Negativity

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

It’s not surprising as to why Jerry Brown would want to limit television advertising in the Governor’s race and why Meg Whitman would not. But see here how she responds to Matt Lauer’s questions about “ending the negativity.”

(Yes, you had a tough crowd but it’s not necessarily your answer that was the problem, Meg. It was the way you answered.)

She’s surprisingly tongue-tied considering how late we are in this campaign, IMO.

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Oh well, at least television stations and all those consultants made money off of her campaign, so it’s not a total waste…

Jerry Brown Electrifies Youthful Voters in SoMA – San Francisco Young Democrats Host – Orson Packed to the Rafters

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Get up-to-speed with last night’s blockbuster right here.

And here’s a full run-down from the Chronicle’s Beth Spotswood.

Here’s Attorney General Jerry Brown chilling with his posse on 4th in SoMA in front of the famous Hotel Utah last night. Also in there is Jane “The Kingmaker / Queenmaker” Morrison, the doyenne of Bay Area politics:

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But let’s start at the beginning, during the Long Wait for Jerry to Show Up. Oh here, at their regular seats at the huge bar at Orson Restaurant Bar + Lounge, are Beth Spotswood of CBS 5 and Brock Keeling of SFist – they’re the reigning King and Queen of San Francisco, Bay Area, Northern California blogging:

And various…

Jerry…

Brown…

boosters…

and fans:

Oh here he is, receiving rock star treatment, it’s JB, finally:

So, after a brief slideshow, and an acoustic Semi-Charmed Kind of Life from Stephan Jenkins, of Third Eye Blind, and introductions from S.J. and Equality California Executive Director and Stanfoo Law grad Geoff Kors

…the overflowing crowd listened to Jerry’s words:

Orson was packed to the rafters:

See?

And this was the mood outside:

Time for a brief shot with the San Francisco Young Democrats*:

And a few parting words…

…with Stephan….

…and then Jerry was off in the night.

His campaign for Governor started off with him destroying Gavin Newsom’s expensive venture By Simply Doing Nothing. Jerry Brown’s campaign for Governor continued with him Saving His Pennies For October.

This approach seems to be working well, huh? We’ll find out soon enough.

*Here’s the SFYD and their local endorsements, if you’d care to take a look. And you’re young, right? Well, then you could join and get in on the fun…

Executive Board

 

Maxwell Szabo – President

Emily Salgado – External VP

Renee Darner – Internal VP

Dean Ignacio – Secretary

Allie Fisher – Treasurer

Jen Longley – Immediate Past President & CA Young Dem’s VP of Membership

Mike Kim – Endorsements Chair

Outreach and Organizing Committee – Chair: Emily Salgado

 

Members: Kai FederKevin BardAimee EllisHolli BertMatt HaneyJen LongleyJack SongMary Watts

Finance Committee – Chair: Allie Fisher

Members: Aaron GoldsmithBrenda MartinJohn Bozeman.

Communications Committee - Chair: Leah Rowell

Members: Matthew VilleneuveMike KimNick GilbertMatt Haney.

Membership Committee – Chair: Renee Darner

Members: Sarah SingerMary WattsDean Ignacio.

Issues and Action Committee – Chair: Alex Volberding

Members: Emily SalgadoKai Feder, Aaron GoldsmithMatthew VilleneuveRenee DarnerLeah RowellMatt HaneyChris Gembinski*, JR Eppler*.

SFYD’s endorsed candidates are as follows:

    District 2 Supervisor: Janet Reilly
    District 4 Supervisor: Carmen Chu
    District 6 Supervisor: No Recommendation
    District 8 Supervisor: Rebecca Prozan
    District 10 Supervisor: Chris Jackson
    Assessor/Recorder: Phil Ting
    Public Defender: Jeff Adachi
    City College Board of Trustees: No Recommendation
    Board of Education: Kim-Shree Maufas & Hydra Mendoza
    BART Board of Directors: Bert Hill

Party With Jerry Brown and Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind at Orson Wednesday Night – Just $25!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

 The San Francisco Young Democrats would like to invite you to a party at Elizabeth Falkner’s Orson Wednesday, October 6th, 2010:

“Please join SFYD in supporting Jerry Brown for Governor on Wednesday, October 6th.  This is the ONLY young professionals event for Jerry in San Francisco from now through November 2nd. Attendees will enjoy drink specials, a hosted VIP lounge, light h’ors d’oevres, and the always entertaining company of Attorney General Jerry Brown. Special musical performance by Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind.  Delicious wine provided by Navarro Vineyards.  
Where: Orson, 508 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 
When:  Wednesday, October 6th, doors open at 6:30

Tickets: ONLY $25″ 

See you there!

Bart: You guys gather food for the big feast tonight! And maybe a little wine for the older kids.
Nelson: Delicious wine?
Bart: Exactly.”
“Das Bus”

Gloria Allred’s Second Press Conference About Meg Whitman’s Former Housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Here’s the response to this morning’s presser from Meg Whitman about former housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan.

Gloria says that there will be no statement from Nicky today because it was emotionally-challenging for her to speak out yesterday.

And off we go:

Statement from Gloria:

An April 22, 2003 letter from the Social Security Administrationshows that the SSN provided by Nicky was problematic. The letter tells recipients to ask the employee for the employee’s SSN, but Meg didn’t do that. Meg’s husband partially filled out the SSA form and then handed it to Nicky with a note saying, “Nicky, please check this.” The Whitmans wanted an undocumented worker because undocumented workers are easier to manage.

Meg Whitman lied to the press and the public when she said that, “We never received that letter and  notification.”

Meg is exposed as a liar an a hypocrite. She should apologize to Nicky the press and the public. 

Nicky is a hero. She is the Rosa Parks of the movement to gain respect for Latinos and all those who work so hard in households today.

Exhibits:

Blowups showing the letter and quotes from Meg including handwriting from Meg’s husband: “Nicky, please check this. Thanks”

Q and A:

1. Let’s see if Meg will continue to deny knowledge of the letter.

2. Nicky says she only got the mail when the Whitmans were on vacation.

3. Nicky asserts that the handwriting is from Dr. Harsh. If the Whitmans would like to deny that, I’d like to know. Let’s see what they say. Nicky says she knows his handwriting.

4. I think this evidence speaks for itself. If Meg wants to take a lie detector test, that’s fine. I won’t tell Meg what to do.

5. My client doesn’t need to take a lie detector test. That’s irrelevant.

6. Many people hold onto documents for a long time. I’m glad Nicky did so.

7. Nicky knew she wanted to do something about what she suffered. Nicky was terminated in June 2009 because Nicky was gathering legal documents.

8. Nicky contacted a lawyer and that lawyer contacted me. That’s how I came to represent Nicky.

9. People who aren’t rich and powerful deserve to have representation.

10. I have had no contact with anybody in the Jerry Brown campaign.

11. I don’t know how Jerry Brown’s people knew two weeks ago about this issue. Maybe they knew something, I don’t know.

12. I don’t know why Meg would wait months after declaring her run for Governor to fire Nicky.

13. I think Meg saying “we” didn’t know is significant. Meg chose that word. I’m a former English teacher, I think words matter.

14. Let’s just see if Dr. Harsh will deny that this is his handwriting. If he denies it then we might offer more proof. I have no comment on any other evdience we  have.

15. I won’t say the name of the attorney who referred Nicky to me.

16. Nicky is not working at this time.

17. Nicky’s taking an enormous risk. She’s demonstrating more courage than anyone I’ve met during the decades I’ve been practising law. We shouldn’t underestimate how bright many housekeepers are.

18. We haven’t offered Nicky any money.

19. Nicky’s worked more than 15 hours per week and was told by the Whitmans that she wouldn’t get paid for anything more. Her back wages are probably not a significant sum.

20. I’m here to support Nicky and provide the truth about what happened to her.

Gloria might come back with another press conference soon if the Whitmans want to deny today’s allegations.

Now we’re off to the Spanish language part of the program.

To Be Continued…

Meg Whitman Doesn’t Do All That Well at Her Press Conference About Housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Here’s Meg Whitman’s presser about her housekeeper problem – it was just broadcast live at TMZ.com. [UPDATE: Here's coverage from CBS San Francisco, just posted.] 

(Frankly, I don’t see how Meg can win her race after seeing this. Say hello to Governor Jerry Brown, the Once and Future King. Et iterum venturus est cum gloria. You know, Meg would have been better off saying that she would donate $150,000,000 to the state treasury early nect year rather than just spending all that dough on consultants and ad buys. IMO)

Anyway, Meg showed up about 15 minutes late and began by saying how former housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan was an “extended member of our family.” Then she asked about Jerry Brown:

 “What does he think I should have done instead?”

Then it was off to questions and answers, below.

1. Nicky came to work for us for 15 hours per week. Sometimes she worked ten, sometimes eight. Nicky never asked for mileage reimbursement for running errands around Menlo Park.

2. We didn’t receive a letter from the Social Securtiy Administration. We never saw any such letter.

3. We didn’t want to turn Nicky in to law enforcement due to our ten-year relationship with her.

4. I comported with the law. The law doesn’t require employers to turn employees in. I fired her as soon as I found out she was illegal. Every employer needs to make his or her own decision about how to handle such a situation.

5. It’s very possible that Nicky intercepted any possible letter that came from the Social Securtiy Administration. The Nicky I knew was not the Nicky I saw at Gloria Allred’s presser.

6. These days we have one housekeeper, plus a landscaping and pool service.

7. We play by the rules. We were explicit with the people at the employment. We told the agency that we wanted legal employees only.

8. I never asked Nicky directly about her immigration status. We got a copy of the I-9 from and Social Security card from the agency.

9. Nicky signed her I-9 form under penalty of perjury. Nicky lied.

10. I have not contaced the SSA to ask for any letter that they might have sent out.

11. Nicky was my employee directly. We left a check for her on the counter every Friday.

12. I haven’t talked with Nicky since she left the house on the Saturday afternoon when she confessed to us.

13. I was heartbroken. I had to tell Nicky that we couldn’t continue to employ her.

14. This is classic smear politics. This is how career politicians like Jerry Brown operate. This is Brown-motivated.

15. Until we can be assured that we can get our arms around securing our borders, I don’t think we should alter our immigration laws. A first step would be a temporary guest worker program.

16. I didn’t want to discuss Nicky in the press. I didn’t want to make an example of her. I feel badly for Nicky for her involvement with Gloria Allred.

17. If I was going to let Nicky go for political expediency, I would have done it in February 2009 when I announced my run for Governor, not in June 2009.

18. It’s absolutely false when people say I knew about Nicky’s illegal status before he confession. I didn’t.

19. Town and Country Resources of Menlo Park was the employment agency involved.

20. We don’t owe Nicky any money. We paid her less when she worked less than 15 hours a week. We even paid her during Christmas vacation.

21. My lawyer said that there was nothing that we could do for her after we found out about her status.

22. I didn’t talk about Nicky because I didn’t want to make an example of here. I don’t know who is paying Gloria Allred.

23. This issue has nothing to do with my character.  

24. I want this state to get back on track. There are 2.3 million Californians without jobs. This is a distraction from what Californians ought to be talking about.

25. I feel badly about the situation. But the law is the law. I don’t know what ICE will do.

26. It’s absolutely false the statement Nicky made about me saying to her, “I don’t know you and you don’t know me.”

27. I would absolutely take a polygraph test about whether I knew about her immigration status. I was stunned when Nicky told us.

28. If it comes to that I will absolutely take a polygraph test.

29. We were misled. Our country needs an E-Verify system in place.

30. We were given copies of a CA-issued driver license, an SSN card and an I-9. We relied on all these documents.

31. My campaign is doing very well with Latinos. I will work very hard to earn the vote of Latinos.

32. This is totally predictable. Nicky is being used. This incident could backfire on the Jerry Brown campaign.

33. I had a very cordial relationship with Nicky.

34. It’s not right what Nicky did.  

35. It’s very hard to know if Nicky should be deported. Nicky can’t see what is about to happen here. She is being manipulated.

36. She did normal kind of housekeeping duties. She drove one of the boys to school sometimes. She was not responsible for the children.

37. I don’t know if Nicky had a legitimate driver license. I’ve heard that it was a real driver license.

38. We comported with the law. I’m new to politics. I’m just getting used to smear politics.

39. Nicky would get the mail from the mailbox and then put it on the kitchen island.

40. I didn’t know that Nicky was illegal until June 2009.

41. I think I behaved correctly under the circumstances. I wouldn’t behave differently if I had to do it all over again.

42. We only have one employee now. We hired her through the same agency. She is legal. My mailbox is locked know. I get my own mail now.

43. It’s important to get back to the issues Californians care about. The budget is 100 days overdue. We are about to go to IOUs to pay vendors to the state of California. I need to turn my attention back to my campaign.

 44. I believe that this is linked to the Brown campaign, 100%

45. I can’t criticise the agency. They had the proper documents.

46. We had a very good relationship with Nicky. Her boys played soccer in our backyard and played with our mini-schnauzer.

47. I don’t think we abused or took advantage of Nicky. We paid her $23 an hour. If she had a parent-teacher conference or some kind of appointment, we let her go early.

I have to run. Thank you for coming. Let’s move on to solve the problems facing California.

And that’s it. This presser ended at 11:32 AM.

Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown, and Gavin Newsom All Set to Appear Together All Over CA – October 15-17

Friday, September 17th, 2010

OMG, Bill Clinton is coming back to town! That’s my conclusion after reading a fresh release from the Jerry Brown people. Check it out, below.

Let’s hope Bill can show up on time this go-around. Remember the last time BC came to SF for a big public appearance? Our local pols were shocked by Bill’s tardiness back in aught-six.

Gavin Newsom points to his watch and sticks out his tongue at a rally in Civic Center to show Phil Ting and Jake McGoldrick just how goddamn late Bill Clinton is: 

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Oh, and since I’ve already spun up the archive platters, here’s a “leggy blonde” (a”friend” of one of the pols) who was also a little disappointed that night. She left the scene before getting the chance to meet with one of the Desperate Housewives and/or Bill Clinton. Wouldn’t have noticed her but for all her yelling and carrying on:

Anyway, all the deets, as much as we’re allowed to know so far:

President Bill Clinton to Join Attorney General Jerry Brown and Mayor Gavin Newsom in Series of Events in Northern and Southern California

SAN FRANCISCO – The Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom campaigns announced today that President Bill Clinton will join them in a series of events, in Northern and Southern California, on October 15 and 17, in support of their candidacies.
 
“I am very pleased to have the endorsement of President Clinton, and I look forward to campaigning with him and with Gavin Newsom,” said Jerry Brown. “President Clinton accomplished a lot for California, and we have a ticket that will accomplish a lot for California’s future.”
 
“Over the years, I’ve enjoyed a close working relationship with President Clinton and I’m honored to have his continued support in my campaign for Lieutenant Governor,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “I’m looking forward to campaigning alongside the President next month along with Attorney General Brown. Californians will never forget his record of accomplishments and his commitment to effectively confront our most pressing issues.”
 
Details for the events are still in development and will be released accordingly.