Posts Tagged ‘Michael’

Disgraced Michael Milliken Has an “Institute” That Wants to Give More Taxpayer Money to Hollywood? Oh My!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Read the news and turn the pages:

Viewpoints: New York is eating California’s lunch with bigger, smarter film incentives, by Priscilla Hamilton and Kristen Keough

As California sits back in the incentives race, will New York’s incentives enable the state to surpass California as the leading entertainment cluster in the United States? Thanks to these incentives, New York produced four critically acclaimed films in 2013: “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.” In all the categories excluding animated, foreign and documentary films, movies made or produced in New York collected 20 Academy Award nominations. Cate Blanchett won best actress for “Blue Jasmine,” which was filmed in San Francisco but which had most of its production in New York.

California even fell behind Louisiana, which collected 14 nominations and six wins including best picture for “12 Years a Slave” and best actor Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club.” California only had four nominations and one win for “Her,” best original screenplay.”

Uh, in fact, California had no nominations for any Academy Award.

In fact, California is ahead of Louisiana because we don’t spend as much money per capita on film production corporate welfare.

In fact, there is no “race” among states except for the race to the bottom.

Why not this, why not have California stop paying Hollywood any “incentives” at all? Then they people who want to make movies here can do so and the people who don’t can move to NYC or Louisiana or Vancouver or wherever.

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Assignment Desk: Just How Fake was the Recent Episode of “Mystery Diners” Taped at Chapeau! on Clement in the Richmond?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

I’m saying very fake, or mostly fake.

Last year, Michael Bauer had the Inside Scoop on the recent Mystery Diners fiasco up at Chapeau! on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond:

“It was halfway into our anniversary dinner when things turned for the worst, as the camera crew from Mystery Diners rushed through the dining room with lights and mikes to catch a naughty bartender/actor in the act of giving away free drinks for a group of fake diners.”

I’ll tell you, I don’t have that cable TV so I can’t actually watch all the fakery, but here’s a quite gullible writer on the topic over at Examiner.Com.

I’m auspicious of this whole deal, I tell you.

Oh, EaterSF has this:

This is scripted. This would never really happen in Philippe’s restaurant. I live down the street and go there.”

So, have at it, MSM. Philippe himself prolly would have contractual reasons to tell you to go to Hell, but there are other ways of getting a scoop…

Oh, and SFWeekly had this to say about this particular TV series a few years back

In short, I call shenanigans.

Calling BS on “Coastal Motor Escorts” – Motorcycle Security Guards with Seven Pointed Star Emblems to Look Like the SFPD?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Boy oh boy, do you think that this funeral escort motorcycle driver in the Western Addition has taken steps to appear to be an active-duty peace officer with the SFPD or CHP? Well, I do.

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I’m calling bullshit on the seven-pointed star up front and the squares designed to look like blue lights on the rear. I’ll tell you, there was this whole big deal about officers people in the San Francisco Patrol Special Police wearing seven-pointed stars when really they should all be wearing six-pointers. And blue lights? That should reserved for the real popo, non?

All right, Coastal Motor Escorts, you might have had your application rubber-stamped by the SFPD

“8. Oliveira, Michael  669 Bridgewater Circle, Danville 94526  Funeral Procession Escort  OK Permit;  dba “Coastal Motor Escorts, LLC.”  Permit #: 139056  District: U ID: 4971″

…but that doesn’t mean you have the right to impersonate police, right?

Now let’s learn a bit about this outfit from the San Jose Mercury News:

“QUESTION: Mr. Roadshow, the other day I had a scary encounter with a gun-toting security guard on a motorcycle while traveling on Interstate 880 in San Leandro. I was traveling with the flow of traffic when a white BMW motorcycle with emergency-type lights with “Coastal Motor Escorts” pulled next to my vehicle and began honking his horn and shaking his fist at me. I looked down and noticed my speedometer showed I was going 67 mph. I continued to drive and the motorcycle security guard pulled behind my vehicle and began flashing his high-beam lights at me. I was not sure if I should pull over or continue. There was no funeral procession or other activity and this guy was traveling alone.”

Read on for more deets of this encounter, be my guest.

And this isn’t just in Frisco – read on about what happens elsewhere.

So, I know all the reasons why motorized security guards would like to be perceived as being currently-employed peace officers, but I don’t agree with what Coastal Motor Escorts is doing in San Francisco.

I cry foul.

Here’s How the “Drop Charge Against Petrelis” Blogspot is Dead Wrong About Attempted Bathroom Penis Photo Taking

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Here’s how the “Drop Charge Against Petrelis” Blogspot looks at things:

“Page 5 of the transcript illustrates how the DA’s office frames the taking of a photograph: “The conduct in this case amount to a gross invasion of privacy.” Let’s get real! While Michael’s action can be seen as an annoyance, the innocuous photograph hardly warrants such an overblown mischaracterization.”

But here’s the reality, from the webpage entitled “peaking-at-wieners-wiener-in-city-hall”

“Of all the luck an activist could ask for in terms of an impromptu run-in with an ambitious homosexual politician of the Democratic persuasion. My new camera was ready for use in the second floor men’s room at City Hall on Friday afternoon when I walked in. Scott Wiener was standing at the urinal and had just started to tinkle as I entered and the camera took 4-6 seconds to focus, enough time for him to put away his wiener and zipper up.”

If Michael Petrelis is unapologetic then he’s forcing the DA’s office into a prosecution.

Any money “wasted” on this action is on M. Petrelis and not on SFGov.

Simply, M Petrelis is not being oppressed by SFGov.

So this kind of thing is absurd:

“Needless to say, as an independent blogger who frequently displeases the powerful and politicians with access to law enforcement agencies that create legal hassles for me, I stand in strong solidarity…”

Just saying.

A Few Questions for Blogger Michael Petrelis of the Petrelis Files re: the Scott Wiener Bathroom Incident

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

So, let’s see here.

1. The idea of taking a photo of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s weiner in a bathroom was good  because…

Because why? I don’t get it.

2. Making a federal case (potentially, eventually), a cause celebre, out of this incident is helpful because…

Because why? I don’t get it.

And you say you “allegedly” attempted to violate Section 647(j)(1) of the California Penal Code because, like, you don’t know what you actually did and why you did it?’

Isn’t that the kind of thing criminals say?

I think so.

Here’s what you should do, you apologize.

You say:

1. I’m sorry for what I did. I got carried away over the whole nudity ban thing (or whatever it was) and I did something I shouldn’t have. I won’t do anything like that ever again; and

2. You say it like you mean it, whether you mean it or not.

And if you had done that already, then we wouldn’t be here with you wasting your time and the time and money of other people, like taxpayers ‘n stuff.

Just saying…

“News Rack Advisory Committee” – I Know What You Did _This_ Summer – Is DPW is Afraid of Michael Petrelis?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Blogger Michael Petrelis has recently been nosing around the issue of those horrible green pedmount news rack monsters that the corrupt WillieBrownGavinNewsomEdLee administration loves so.

Check it.

Anyway, I’ve never met the man myself but this is an artist’s impression of what M. Petrelis looks like when he’s on the case against corruption from our City Family.  

I’d tell you the name of the movie this is from, but that would be racist,* somehow.

Anyway, Petrelis was nosing around, as he’s wont to do, and then one of DPW’s webpages evolved a bit.

So, first it was all like this:

“The NAC meets regularly to discuss policies and procedures and to make recommendations to the Director of Public Works to amend the Guidelines Regarding News Racks and other progam needs.”

 

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That’s what it looked like yesterday.

But now it’s all like this:

“Advisory committee members are newspaper distributors and concerned citizens appointed by the Director of Public Works.The NAC meets regularly to discuss policies and procedures and to make recommendations to the Director of Public Works to amend the Guidelines Regarding News Racks and other progam needs.  Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.”

Who’s doing what now? Were the relevant policies wrong before? Are they right now?

I know not.

Let’s hope Michael can get to the bottom of this soon.

*And then maybe, you know, to punish me, a signals intelligence officer working at the Chinese consulate near Japantown could packet sniff my cell again.**

**Now I’m not even sure about the first time. But I remember picking up some election stuff and a handcart at City Hall*** on a Friday evening, you know, using Mom’s Taxi,**** and it was the anniversary of something horrible that the backward, unelected, one-party-state that is the People’s Republic of China had done, so I figured I’d drop by Laguna on my home on Turk, check out the scene, see how many Feds are hanging about. It was boring so I sat in Mom’s taxi checking the gMail before heading out. Twelve hours later I get an email from Google telling me how I’d been hacked from somewhere in the PRC, ostensibly, on the East Coast – I checked the location on a map. That kind of thing hasn’t happened before and it hasn’t happened since. (And if somebody read my emails, I don’t really care anyway, as I haven’t ever really been in contact with the Tibetans or whomever might scheme to attack or whatever.) But, when there’s a protest going on around that consulate, you might want to consider taking the battery pack out of your mobile, just saying. Now I’m sure that the United States spies on China the same way that our Chinese Consulate on Geary conducts espionage on San Franciscans so I guess it all evens out in the great scheme of things. And maybe the hack was a coinkidink, don’t know. (China has more than a few freelance hackers, of course.)

***Now how on Gaia’s Green Earth does the Department of Elections get away with paying pollworkers less than minimum wage for a 15 hour day on Election Day plus three hours of unpaid training? It’s not considered work? There’s some exception? I gots to know. They called me again yesterday, following up on the numerous letters they’ve already sent out. 1. No, I don’t want to work this election. 2. No, I don’t want to work future elections. (Short phone call.) You know, maybe if the City paid election workers at least minimum wage, you know, the way they require everybody else in town to pay minimum wage, then the City wouldn’t have such a hard time finding workers who don’t go psycho and steal ballots and cell phones and whatnot? Maybe? Anyway, IMO the only reason to sign up for a pollworker gig is to get out of working for a campaign, which, back in the day, I was more or less required to do, you know, take vacation days off to work on campaigns else my supe, a so-called Constitutional Officer of the State of California would frown a perfect upside-down smile at me. And you don’t want that. And oh yes, remember to not tell the Fiona people you’re also working on Leland’s campaign and to not tell the Leland people you’re also working on Fiona’s campaign, cause, you know. Ah mem’ries.

****Which is actually an aging 8-passenger Toyota (which is actually shorter than some two-door Camry Solaras), but don’t worry – it has an old-school throttle cable going through the firewall and an electronic throttle position sensor doohicky too, belts-and-suspenders style, so I’ll have no one to blame when I get caught speeding on the superslab or crashing into things…

Crystal Bowersox Guest Stars at Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful Festival 2010

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Our annual Yelp-rated Power to the Peaceful music festival went off without a hitch (except for the PTTP website, from which it was hard to get useful information, but oh well.)

I got there too early and had to leave but Luke Thomas has a brace of photos here at the Fog City Journal. See? Loads of people.

Here’s what it was like early on:

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Yoga to start the day:

Just hundreds of yoga-ites:

And here’s CB herself.

Then it got sunnier and then it got a lot colder by the end of the day. That’s the west si-iiide for you…

Oh, here’s the lineup, after the fact:

Via Steve Rhodes

See you next year!

There’s an after party tonight and more stuff going on tomorrow Sunday:

The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.
 
On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.

12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival Set for September 10-12, 2010 in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Well, there’s a whole long story involving the annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival in Golden Gate Park and the number 911 – it involves Mumia, the World Trade Center attack and the number you dial for the police. But forget all that cause it appears as if that particular number is off of the official title for this event for good.

So, these days, it’s just PTTP, Power to the Peaceful.

This year, the main day of the  fest will be, wait for it, Saturday, September 11th, 2010.

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All the deets:

MICHAEL FRANTI TO HOST 12TH ANNUAL POWER TO THE PEACEFUL FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO September 10th, 11th and 12th
 
Franti and Spearhead Set To Release The Sound of Sunshine Album on September 21st

 
Musician and human rights activist, Michael Franti, will host the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. PTTP is one of the nation’s largest free annual music festivals with over 50,000 attendees, featuring a variety of international musicians, visual artists and over 200 exhibitors and green vendors. Launched in 1998, the festival has grown to become one of San Francisco’s cultural traditions, which combines music, the arts, action and yoga in order to educate attendees on issues of social justice, non-violence, cultural co-existence and environmental sustainability.
 
The three day-long event begins Friday night, September 10th, at The Fillmore with the Power to the Peaceful Pre-Party where Michael Franti will give a special acoustic performance of his new CD, The Sound of Sunshine. The album is set for release September 21st. In addition, the international humanitarian organization, CARE, for which Michael is an ambassador, will present the 2010 Global Action Forum featuring a short film on Michael’s recent journey to East Timor, a film clip of the award winning documentary “A Powerful Noise” and a short Q & A about CARE’s work to empower women around the world to overcome poverty and how people here in the US can get involved.
 
On Saturday, September 11th, Speedway Meadow will feature main stage performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rebelution, Rupa & The April Fishes, SambaDaì, plus headlining the DJ Tent is Washington DC’s Fort Knox Five with more acts to be announced. The PTTP festival will also kick off with 1,000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice led by Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga and Seane Corn. The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.
 
On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Both AC Transit Bus Fighters Speak Out – Planned Boxing Rematch Cancelled

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Here’s some fresh video from YouTubes’s doghousefm. It seems that the famous incident started when Epic Beard Guy Thomas Alexander Bruso boarded an AC Transit bus so he could go “to Frisco to get some weed.” His original plan for his mother’s funeral:

“I’m going to wear a powder blue fucking suit, and a white shirt and a red tie and a fucking breast cancer pin…”

Comes now the fight loser “Michael” (who appears to be on a first-name-only basis with DJ “JV“):

“First of all, I’d like to aPOlogize to AC Transit…”

It goes on and on, Black History Month, 5150, bygones, veterans, arthritis, murder, parole, apologies, brothers, stolen money, leaking, ass kicking, Strike Force(?) Showtime TV, 10,000 kids, cocaine - it goes on and on.

Can’t remember which morning-zoo / dawg-pound joint this screengrab came from. Oh yes, it was from WILD 94.9 FM:

And here’s more information about the now-cancelled plans for a rematch.

We’re approaching endgame on this one…

KQED SFBG-SFW Throwdown: Two Alt-Weeklies Enter, One Alt-Weekly Leaves

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

This is it – years of competition betwixt the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly will culminate at a free-for-all tomorrow morning in the Thunderdome that is the recording studio of KQED-FM.

KQED Forum host Michael Krasney will play the role of Aunty Entity (seeing as how Tina Turner is unavailable). Expect the bout to begin at 9:00 AM, Friday, January 8th, 2010 on 88.5 FM and online.

It’s on - Friday, Friday, Friday! 

Two Alt-Weeklies Enter, One Alt-Weekly Leaves

UPDATE: On It Goes