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Did Mark Farrell Really Throw the Ceremonial First Pitch at the Giants Home Opener? No – Hello, Examiner?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Let’s see here, is it really true, as this San Francisco Examiner source greaser reports, that:

Last weekend, Supervisor Mark Farrell threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener of our beloved Giants.”

Oh no.

Lord no.

Now let’s take a look at who really threw out the Ceremonial First Pitch at the recent Giants Home Opener on April 5th, 2013:

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, left, and second baseman Marco Scutaro throw the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, April 5, 2013 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)”

That’s right. It was Panda and Scutaro.

But it’s understandable that there was confusion, right? Check it:

“Supervisor Mark Farrell says he’s throwing out first pitch at #SFGiants Opening Day #sfbos

And there was this, from Mark Farrell’s excitable aide, Jess Montejano:

“Getting Ready 2 Hit Da Field! #OpeningDay #SFGiants @ AT&T Park http://instagram.com/p/XvCFQPKQd6/ 

Hey, here’s a clue:

“Turns out Farrell was at the “ceremonial” first pitch that happened at the start of festivities around 12:45 #SFGiants

But hold on, doesn’t the ceremonial first pitch “mark the end of pregame festivities and the start of the game?”

Yes. Yes it does.

So then is this true?

Farrell now joins the ranks of politicians such as President Bill Clinton, who threw out the first pitch at the new AT&T Park in 2000, and then-Vice President Richard Nixon, who threw out the first pitch at Candlestick Park in 1960.

No. Not at all.

Oh well.

Sorry to be so nitpicky, but, after all:

It’s the details folks. Pay attention to the details and make them a priority. Details make or break what you’re trying to do.”

ZOMG, It’s “The Race for Mayor 2011″ – All 16 Candidates Plus Melissa Griffin and Beth Spotswood on Oct. 6th!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

On Thursday, October 6th, 2011, INFORUM and the Commonwealth Club will present

The Race for Mayor 2011  – Don’t miss a rare opportunity to get face to face with all 16 mayoral candidates of San Francisco and hear them address the issues you come face to face with every day: Muni, parks, pensions, open government, the budget and more.”

Get your tickets now, as this one will surely sell out.  

All your favorites will be there: 

Jeff Adachi, Public Defender, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Michela Alioto-Pier, Former Supervisor, San Francisco District 2; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Cesar Ascarrunz, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
John Avalos, Supervisor, San Francisco District 11; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Terry Baum, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
David Chiu, Supervisor, President of the Board, San Francisco District 3; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Paul Currier, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Bevan Dufty, Former Supervisor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Tony Hall, Former Supervisor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Dennis Herrera, City Attorney, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Emil Lawrence, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Ed Lee, Mayor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Wilma Pang, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Joanna Rees, Entrepreneur; Educator; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Phil Ting, Assessor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Leland Yee, State Senator, California District 8; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF

Melissa Griffin, Columnist, San Francisco Examiner; Co-Host, Necessary Conversations - Moderator
Beth Spotswood, Culture Blogger, SFGate.com; Co-host, Necessary Conversations – MC

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 8 p.m. reception
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Tickets and info: http://bit.ly/Mayors

(Now, what are the odds what some of the Lesser Candidates will use this unique opportunity to Do Something Crazy? That’s gotta be close to 100%.)

See you there!

Wow, San Francisco Magazine: Four Pages of Flowcharts From Chris Smith Will Tell You Who’ll Become Our Next Mayor

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Chris Smith’s article with graphics in the current San Francisco Magazine appears to have been created last month, but that’s O.K. – it still works just fine and it should stay relevant over the coming 12 months.

Check out the the half-a-yard-wide, double double-truck flowcharts right here starting at page 50.

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In related news, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu‘s star appears to be rising.

And here’s the latest take from San Francisco’s smartest media person“Sweet Melissa” Griffin.

Or, you can chuck all that and just get a Ouija board in order to consult with a favorite passed-away political consultant – your choice.

Beth Spotswood and Melissa Griffin Do the Rally to Restore Sanity in Civic Center: Necessary Conversation #10

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Melissa and Beth investigate the “weirdos” of last week’s rained-out Rally to Restore Sanity satellite event in Civic Center.

Enjoy.

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“Whore Mountain” of the Mission and Uptown Tenderloin is the Lowlight of This Week’s Necessary Conversation

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Allan Hough of Mission Mission draws attention to this week’s Necessary Conversation from Famous Sweet Melissa Griffin and famous Beth Spotswood.

ZOMG:

 

What’s the next stage beyond irreverence?

I think it’s snark.

Houston, we have snark.

“Sweet Melissa” Griffin to Star at District 8 Debate – See Hemenger, Mandelman, Prozan, Wiener on Sept 22

Friday, September 17th, 2010

It’s here, it’s finally upon us. The big SFYD District 8 Debate will go down on Wednesday, September 22nd at the LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street.

SMG hosting the big debate in D9, back in the day:

See you there!

All the deets.

September 22nd D8 Debate & Endorsement Meeting

On Wednesday, September 22nd, SFYD will host it’s 3rd candidate debate for the four candidates vying for the hotly contested District 8 Supervisor seat.  We are honored to be co-hosting this event with our good friends from the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and the Harvey Milk Democratic Club, as well as the Eureka Valley/Castro Neighborhood Association. 

The  candidate debate will be moderated by Melissa Griffin, the San Francisco Examiner’s irreverent political reporter, and will be streamed live on VidSF with commentary by Beth Spotwood, of CBS5′s Eye on Blogs and SFGate’s Culture Blog, and San Francisco Bay Times columnist, Pollo Del Mar

Community members will have the opportunity to meet candidates and join a coalition of neighbors and political junkies for an in depth discussion on the city budget, key district issues and the future of our city. 

What:  District 8 Candidate Debate

Featuring:

Where: LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street – San Francisco, CA 94102 – Rainbow Room

When: Wednesday, September 22nd, 5:30 pm
Light appetizer and wine reception to begin at 5:30, debate to begin promptly at 6:15

PLEASE NOTE: We will hear from Board of Education candidates at this meeting, and SFYD members will vote on endorsements for ALL candidates at the conclusion of the debate.
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Ever more deets, after the jump

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OMG, “Necessary Conversation” Debuts – A Weekly News Video Starring Sweet Melissa Griffin and Beth Spotswood

Friday, August 27th, 2010

It begins. Famous Sweet Melissa Griffin and famous Beth Spotswood now have a new weekly joint called Necessary Conversation.

Check it:

Ever since Beth and I met, we’ve talked about doing a joint project. Well, years later, here’s the first episode of our newest endeavor: Necessary Conversation. Anyway, we’ll be putting out one of these a week. Hope you like it! (Oh, and we’ll have a dedicated NC website as soon as I figure out how to transfer the files.)”

Vimeo never looked so good:

Take a look why not?

“Sweet Melissa” Griffin Stars at Tonight’s District 6 Debate Featuring Kim, Meko, Sparks, Walker, and Zamora

Monday, August 16th, 2010

[UPDATE: Word on the street  is that it''s wide open for those who didn't RSVP - there are 130 extra seats so you'd have a shot at getting in tonight if you so desire. REUPDATE: The cold dawn of Tuesday morning reveals that the RSVP requirement was strictly enforced, at least it was on one h. Brown. I don't know, I'm used to more open debates and forums and whatnot. I'd heard from one of the campaigns that there were only 170 RSVPs the afternoon before this event, so that meant that "it doesn't matter if you rsvp'd or not." Oh well.]

From Fog City Journal comes word of the District 6 Candidates Forum starrring “Sweet Melissa” Griffin and hosted by the South Beach / Mission Bay Business Association. All your favorites will be there, including:

Jane Kim, Jim Meko, Theresa Sparks, Debra Walker, and Elaine Zamora

All the deets are here. You might be too late to RSVP at this point, I don’t know.

You can’t elect a supe until Melissa Griffin hosts a debate of the issues. Here she was a couple years back in District 9:

SBMB Business Association Board

Chair/President – Katherine Webster
Vice President – Leslie Hennessey
Secretary – Dr. Robert Privatsky
Treasurer – Sherry Cookson
Director -Eric Rubin
Director -Eric Steckel
Director -Teresa Birch

SBMB Members 

Aim Mail Center
 Andrea Schwartz Gallery
 Bacar
 Bars & Tone
 Brannan St. Chiropractic
 Cole Hardware
 Hennesey’s Wines and Specialty Foods
 Jack Falstaff
 Jeffrey Lee Insurance
 Linda Graham (Prudential Reality)
 MM Galleries
 Momo’s
 Nova Bar
 O’Neills Irish Pub
 Pacific Corporate Suites
 Primo Patio Cafe
 Rubenstein Law Group P.C.
 S.F. Maz
 Storytelling Media
 Sweet Buds Floral
 The Butler and The Chef Bistro
 Thistle and Company
 Tres Agaves
 Walgreens #1297 – 670 4th St.
 Walgreens #3185 – 825 Market St.
 Walgreens #4275 – 456 Mission St.
 Walgreens #6291 – 116 New Montogmery
 Walgreens #7044 – 88 Spear St.
 Zsa Zsa

“Sweet Melissa” Griffin Stars at Tonight’s District 10 Debate – Watch Live at 6:15PM

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Famous “Sweet Melissa” Griffin will host tonight’s big debate in San Francisco Supervisorial District 10. Watch it live and then submit questions via Twitter and email. 

Check it:

Beth Spotswood and Pollo del Mar will be providing color commentary and it should be an all-around fun time! The event is sponsored by the SF Young Democrats, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and the Harvey Matthews Bayview Hunters Point Democratic Club.”

You can’t elect a supe until Melissa Griffin hosts a debate of the issues. Here she was a couple years back in District 9:

Look for the Big Board – it sets out positions on the issues of the day in black and white. You Can’t Hide From The Big Board:

SFYD Page of Details here.

Participating Candidates:

Isaac Bowers 

Malia Cohen

Kristine Enea

Chris Jackson

Tony Kelly

DeWitt Lacy

Eric Smith

Lynette Sweet

Steve Moss

Where and What Time:

Southeast Community Facility located at 1800 Oakdale Avenue When: Tuesday, August 10th, 5:30 reception – debate to begin promptly at 6:15

San Francisco’s Judge Vaughn Walker Drags Our Federal Courts into the 21st Century

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Once again, our little town is getting some attention from the Roberts Court – an order just came down from the U.S. Supremes about their temporary ban on broadcasts of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, San Francisco’s Proposition 8 / gay rights case.

It’s interesting to note that vaunted Vaughn R. Walker, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, was working on this very issue of cameras in the courtroom just few months back.

San Francisco City Hall Examiner Sweet Melissa Griffin makes a point as Judge Walker looks on, as seen last year:

The Future is Coming, of course, so we’ll have federal trials on YouTube sooner or later…

Filling up the void of information comes attorney Ted Olson. Get his punta de vista from this morning below.

UPDATE: And get the text of his opening statement after the jump.

Ted Olson to Make Opening Statement in Prop. 8 Trial/Avail Info

Trial on Unconstitutionality of Prop. 8 Begins in U.S. District Court; Plaintiffs To Testify First For latest information, visit equalrightsfoundation.org

The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 will begin Monday, January 11 with an opening statement by attorney Theodore Olson, who with David Boies is leading the legal team assembled by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to litigate the case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Opening statements will be followed by testimony from Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, who comprise two couples who wish to be married but who were denied marriage licenses because of Proposition 8.

 –  For courthouse access information, visit:
     https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cand/09cv2292/
 –  For information about remote viewing locations, visit:
     http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/news/watch-prop-8-trial-live/
 –  Visit http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/ for updates regarding
     potential broadcast of trial, photos, any available footage, court
     filings, live tweets from the courthouse and more.
 –  Plaintiff’s case is outlined at
     http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/legal-filings/plaintiffs-trial-brief/

 
Olson and Boies notably represented George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore respectively in the 2000 Supreme Court case that decided the presidency.

At trial, Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, will weigh witness testimony, a multitude of documents and other evidence, and arguments presented by some of the nation’s most distinguished attorneys.

“This unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them the basic liberties and equal protection under the law that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” the plaintiffs’ suit states.

 According to the suit, Prop. 8:
 –  Violates the Due Process Clause by impinging on fundamental liberties.
 –  Violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
 –  Singles out gays and lesbians for a disfavored legal status, thereby
     creating a category of “second-class citizens.”
 –  Discriminates on the basis of gender.
 –  Discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

 
Olson and Boies will also point out the “crazy quilt” of separate, unequal and unconstitutional classifications of people that Prop. 8 has compelled the California government to create:

 –  Opposite-sex couples who have full marriage rights
 –  Same-sex couples who have no marriage rights
 –  Same-sex couples married between May and Nov. 2008 whose current
     marriages are recognized, but who will be unable to remarry if widowed
     or divorced
 –  Same-sex couples married in other states who may petition California
     for recognition.

The defendants have the burden of demonstrating that Prop. 8 is narrowly drawn to serve a compelling government interest. Olson and Boies will demonstrate at trial, however, that the initiative fails to advance even a single legitimate interest. Tellingly, when asked by Chief Judge Walker at an Oct. 14 hearing to identify any harm to opposite-sex marriage that would result from marriage equality, the defendants’ attorney answered “I don’t know.”

The case against Prop. 8 has proceeded with uncommon speed toward trial. In an order issued after the first hearing in the case, Chief Judge Walker stated: “Given that serious questions are raised in these proceedings … the court is inclined to proceed directly and expeditiously to the merits of plaintiffs’ claims. … The just, speedy and inexpensive determination of these issues would appear to call for proceeding promptly to trial.”

“More than 30 years ago, the United States Supreme Court recognized that marriage is one of the basic rights of man,” the suit states, referring to the Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia.

Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, noted that near the time when the Supreme Court struck down interracial marriage bans with its 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, a Gallup poll found that 73 percent of Americans did not approve of interracial marriage.

While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown were named defendants in their official capacities, along with other state and county officials, Prop. 8 is being defended in court by a prominent conservative organization, the Alliance Defense Fund. Gov. Schwarzenegger earlier filed a brief that did not dispute the unconstitutionality of Prop. 8, and called for swift action by the courts. Attorney General Brown, the state’s chief law enforcement officer, filed a brief agreeing with the plaintiffs’ position that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional.

The ACLU, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) are participating in the case as amici (friends of the court) in support of the plaintiffs. The City and County of San Francisco, led by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart, are supporting the plaintiffs’ team as co-counsel, with a specific focus on the negative impact Prop. 8 has on government services and budgets. Herrera and Stewart led the legal battle toward the California Supreme Court decision that struck down California’s previous same-sex marriage ban.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights Advisory Board, which was announced January 9th, includes Julian Bond, Lt. Dan Choi, Margaret Hoover, Dolores Huerta, Cleve Jones, Stuart Milk, David Mixner, Hillary Rosen and Judy Shepard. For more information, see http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/press-releases/american-foundation-for-eq ual-rights-names-advisory-board/.

Olson is a former U.S. Solicitor General and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional lawyers, and has argued 55 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Boies ranks as one of the leading trial lawyers of his generation, having secured landmark victories for clients in numerous areas of the law. This is the first time they have served alongside each other as co-counsel.

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier have been together for nine years and are the parents of four boys. Perry is Executive Director of First 5 California, a state agency that promotes education and health for children under five. She holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MSW from San Francisco State University. Stier is Information Technology Director for the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency. She is originally from Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Perry and Stier first tried to marry in 2004, after the City of San Francisco began issuing licenses. They live in Berkeley, CA.

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo have been together for eight years. Katami is a fitness expert and business owner who graduated from Santa Clara University before receiving his graduate degree from UCLA. Zarrillo is the General Manager of a theater exhibition company. A native of New Jersey, Zarrillo graduated from Montclair State University. Having wanted to marry each other for more than two years, they considered options including traveling to other states for a “civil union,” but felt any alternative fell short of marriage. They live in Burbank, CA.

They have issued the following joint statement: “We and our relationships should be treated equally under the law. Our goal is to advance the cause of equality for all Americans, which is the promise that makes this nation so great.”

Source: American Foundation for Equal Rights

Web Site:  http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/

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