Posts Tagged ‘Mirkarimi’

Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi Reopens Hamilton Recreation Center With a Splash

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

This was the scene at Geary and Steiner in the Western Addition / Japantown area today as hundreds gathered to see the debut of the new Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool. This place has it all – basketball, tennis courts, giant murals, the works.

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After hearing a performance from students at the Willie L. Brown, Jr. College Preparatory Academy

…and some brief heckling from Giants Cap, who wants laid-off RPD employees rehired…

…out comes Ross Mirkarimi, your District 5 Supervisor, to give his stemwinder, as seen on this CNN iReport (entitled “‘Bay Area Girls'” Teanage Girls perform [Pat Benatar’s ‘I love Rock and Roll’] at the Inaugural of the Hamilton Recreation Center”) and then cut the ribbon:

The mise-en-scene inside it’s like a mini water park. Throw in an orca or two and then there’d be no reason to travel to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (aka Marine World) in Vallejo:

But who’s that atop the ladder for the yellow slide wearing his street clothes? It’s Ross!

Here he comes down the slide…

…and here’s the aftermath, looked like fun. Bill Wilson should have some good shots of the wettened supe. [Like this.]

OTOH, the orange slide is terrifying, apparently:

(I think you’re supposed to cross your arms like you’re an ejecting pilot – that’s what some people were doing in the orange tube/slide contraption.)

Not sure how much it costs to employ six(!) lifeguards (that would seem a lot more than required at slide-free Sava Pool in the Parkside) but oh well.

Bon courage, Ham Rec!

A Fired-Up Ross Mirkarimi Calls for Local Hiring on the Doyle Drive Replacement Project

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi gave a stem-winder to a crowd of 100 or in the Civic Center on the steps of City Hall yesterday. Why? Because he wants local hiring for the Doyle Drive replacement project (you know, the one with all that President Barack Obama / Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi federal stimulus money) up in the Presidio.

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Here are some deets:

Resolution Urges Local Hiring for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project

On Tuesday, September 15th, the Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution authored by Supervisor Mirkarimi that urges Caltrans and its contractors and subcontractors working on the retrofit of Doyle Drive to hire from local workers, and in particular, workers from our economically disadvantaged communities. Federal stimulus funds will be used to replace the Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Supervisor Mirkarimi has worked hard to strengthen local hiring requirements for City contractors. However, the Doyle Drive replacement project is managed by Caltrans, who is not bound by city policies regarding Workforce development. The non-binding resolution requests that Caltrans and its contractors and subcontractors actively participate in San Francisco’s Workforce Development Programs when pursuing projects within San Francisco.

A rally and press conference will be held at noon, Tuesday, September 15th to raise awareness on the issue and highlight the successes of the City’s workforce development programs.

J-Pop Festival a Huge Success in Japantown – the Debut of the “New People” Building

Monday, August 17th, 2009

You knew that something big was going in Japantown when you saw this big sign go up last week – lots of people worked late into the night to make sure Saturday’s opening of the glassy “NEW PEOPLE” centre went off without a hitch.

Putting the finishing touches on the second-floor carousel at 9:00 PM. Click to expand:

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And here’s the result Saturday morning, via the ubiquitous Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be:

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And, bonus, J-Town hosted a J-POP Summit to celebrate the building’s opening. Hello Kitty, Harajuku Girls, etc. in the house:

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Post Street, as witnessed by Elanine A.

Read all about Saturday’s festivities here, via Robert Selna and here, where you can see tofu connoisseur and Supervisor Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi helping to kick things off.

Excelsior! Good Luck NEW PEOPLE BUILDING!

Haight Ashbury Street Fair 2009 a Huge Success

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Not sure what the Yelpers have a problem with, but the Haight Ashbury Street Fair went off today without a hitch, just like last year.

Look at the swirling mass of humanity on just one block of Haight Street:

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Can you see the superfluity of nuns in white approaching the Fair? Also note the F430 Ferrari supercar (sans license plates), one of many exoticars that made the journey to the Upper Haight today. Also note the sign: “No Open Containers of Alcohol.” Too bad. 

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Of course, all you need to get around the alcohol ban is a gallon jug of overproofed white rum and a giveaway “water” bottle. As seen on Ashbury.

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District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was on the scene, gathering names for his newsletter distribution list.

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Poorbot was looking for handouts:

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“SHOW US YOUR BOOBS… please.” “FABULOUS PRIZES.” “DON’T WORRY (WE’RE GAY)” These inebriates residing above the Ben & Jerry’s at the corner of Ashbury were true to their word, tossing down trinkets to all flashers male and female.

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You kmow why this San Francisco Native baby is better than you? Cause he had the foresight to be born in San Francisco, that’s why. He won the lottery/ when he was born.

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Bong Hits 4 Jesus

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And There You Have It.

Anschutz ING Really, Really Wants You to Register for Bay to Breakers 2009

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

The way you can tell that Anschutz ING really, really, really, really, really wants you to register for Bay to Breakers 2009 is to count how many circulars show up in your mailbox on just one day. You know, those glossy ones that hammer you about the registration deadline extension? Take a look, below.

That’s right, you can get the “early discount” all the way ’til the end of the month, April 30th. Hooray!

You’d think that one flyer for each address they’re targetting would be the maximum, but you’d be wrong. The letter carrier must have been delighted to place five identical ads into my mailbox one recent morn:

More, more, I say! Hang those who talk of less.

(Is this how they do things in tiny burgs of Colorado, like Pine, CO for example? The World Wonders… That’s right – I can see you, Smithers. Say “hi” to Phil!)

And now, let’s get a B2B update from Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi:

Bay to Breakers Update

“On Monday April 6th, the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee held a hearing to review plans for the Bay to Breakers race. We were pleased to hear that the race sponsors have added a number of additional portable toilets in response to pressure from our office.

However, we were disappointed that they have not implemented a number of our other suggestions, including:
– Providing portable toilets on Hayes between Octavia and Steiner
– Providing toilets on Divisadero and increasing the number of toilets on Fell
– Using large capacity, six-man urinal portable toilets.
– Creating an alternate registration system for non-serious racers to generate more revenue to cover additional costs.
– Creating an event at Speedway Meadow to draw the crowds out of the Panhandle and Alamo Square areas into Golden Gate Park. This would lessen the impact on the neighborhood, and create a centralized location for trash pickup and Muni service to get people home after the event.

Community groups are exploring the possibility of creating their own event at Speedway Meadow, and we plan to work with them to see if this is feasible.

Details on the rules for the race can be found on Floats will be allowed if they start at the beginning of the race in a designated area. No kegs or glass bottles will be allowed.”

See you there!

Nichi Bei Times’ Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival a Huge Success

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Here was the scene in Japantown today at the Nichi Bei Times Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival. This well-attended event was a benefit for Nihonmachi Little Friends, a local Japanese bilingual and multicultural childcare agency. 

NBC Bay Area anchor Mike Inouye just after he mentioned San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi‘s habit of “always looking stunning.” Next to them are fellow judges Chef Libby Oda, House Foods Marketing Supervisor Yoko Difrancia, Daniel Alafetich of Hodo Soy Beanery, and Cathy Inamasu, Executive Director of Nihonmatchi Little Friends. Click to expand:

Tofu Goma Cups from 2006 Cherry Blossom Queen Emily Yukiko Leach. Speaking of which, the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade featuring Grand Marshall George Takei is kicking off next month on April 11. Other tofu dessert recipe finalists were Emiko Taki, Helen Lau, Masako Naktani, and Vincent Chang.

The always popular tofu toss:

The mise-en scene, it was Standing Room Only:

Remember, Soy is Joy.

See you next year!

Ross Mirkarimi to Judge Tofu Dessert Competition – Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

It’s on! San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Daimyo of Japantown and El Proctector de la Bay to Breakers civic event, will judge the upcoming Nichi Bei Times Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival this Sunday at 2:00 PM.

They’ll have tofu/soy games, a tofu talk show, a tofu haiku contest, and food samples. So read up on the deets, grab your copy of the special TOFU ISSUE, and get your tickets today! You’ll never look at soybean curd the same way ever again.

Ross taking care of business last year on Post Street, during the Great 1600 Webster Condo / Save Our Festivals Imbroglio that some lawyer started up. ( has the whole story on that one.)

It’s on!

Domo arigato Mr. Roboto, ata au hi made/

Domo arigato Mr. Mirkarimo, o-tofu o tabetai! 

See you there, Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Tofu Dessert Competition & Festival
Japanese Cultural & Community Center
of No. California (JCCCNC)
1840 Sutter Street
Japantown San Francisco, California

Date: March 22, 2009

TIME: 2 p.m.– 4 p.m.

Tofu Dessert Competition and Fesitval at Japantown San FranciscoNichi Bei Times, a leading Japanese American newspaper in Northern California, is hosting the region’s first TofuDessert Competition & Festival on Sunday, March 22, at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California. This unique event is a fundraiser for Nihonmach Little Friends, a bilingual and multicultural childcare agency located in San Francisco’s Japantown.*

Festivities will include tofu/soy games, a tofu talk show, a tofu haiku contest, as well as food samples and other offerings from a variety of vendors.  Dessert Competition finalists will gather at the festival to demonstrate the making of their dessert for the judges — culinary experts and community figures — who will announce the winner and award the $100 prize.

For tickets ($10 in advance; $12 at the door; children three and under, free), or to learn more about the Dessert Competition, the tofu haikucontest and other festival events, contact Ed Goto or Sayaka Nomura at 415.921.6820, or visit the web site shown above.

*Nihonmachi Little Friends, celebrating its 33rd year, is a community-based nonprofit organization seeking a permanent home that will allow it to further its strong ties to San Francisco’s Japanese American Community.


Horrible PRO-SF Organization Cosponsors District 5 Debate

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

This was the scene tonight at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Western NOPA – it was another District 5 debate featuring Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and challengers Rob Anderson and Owen O’Donnell.

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Let’s hear what they have to say. You already know Ross, here is Owen and here is Rob, who runs the District 5 Diary website.

The mise-en-scene, about 40 people made it to the end:

This debate was emceed by Richard Magary and cosponsored by the following:

Buena Vista Neighborhood Association
Cole Valley Improvement Association
Haight-Ashbury Improvement Association
Inner Sunset Park Neighbors

May the best man win.

In other District 5 news, the Panhandle Bandshell is wowing them in Europe. Godspeed, little bandshell. Come back real soon, ya hear?

Anti-Festival Letter from 1600 Webster Creates a Hail of Opposition in Japantown

Monday, August 11th, 2008

First, get up to speed on this issue here. The latest is this – San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is fully engaged on the question of whether the Nihonmachi Street Festival should be allowed to continue next year. And guess what? He’s in favor of festivals. Ross believes there’s room for accomodation and compromise on this issue. Quite a reasonable approach, actually

Ross Mirkarimi in dialogue with the Japantown community on Post Street yesterday.


It appeared the residents of 1600 Webster had full access to their parking spaces during the entire festival. We’ll have to wait and see how dirty Post Street is today.

To be continued….

Yet Another Car Accident on Bloody Masonic Avenue in San Francisco

Monday, July 28th, 2008

[UPDATE: Well it looks like we’re going to get a median with trees planted plus wider sidewalks, which of course will take up more space. The sidewalks on the west side aren’t all that wide, but man, on the east side, they are superwide right now. A dedicated bike lane uphill where the wide sidewalk is now and a bus bike lane downhill could do the trick. We’d lose some trees. In the meantime, would could make biking on the sidewalk legal here – state law allows us to do that. I always cyclists on the sidewalk and I’ve never seen anybody cited. Anyway, from Fulton on up to Turk, the sidewalk is the way to go…]

So far this year, the big news regarding the traffic situation on Masonic Avenue is a reduction in the speed limit to a maximum of 25 MPH.

Mission Accomplished?

One of this morning’s accidents on Masonic:


It seems there’s still room for improvement on this street.

Now back in the day, there were plans for a Panhandle Freeway(!), so it’s not like some traffic czar organized the streets in this area in a coherent fashion. We have what, we have by “accident,” mas o menos.

Is it too late for wholesale changes to the way Masonic is laid out?