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US Military Performing Exercises Just Off of Ocean Beach on MLK Day – US Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Life BoatsWednesday, January 22nd, 2014
The smallest branch of our U.S military, the Coast Guard, was out practicing rescues at Ocean Beach on a national holiday, as they are want to do.
One of the $1.2 million Textron Marine 47 foot Motor Life Boats on the scene:
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Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
People have been tooling around Golden Gate Park in their cars for more than 100 years, but it’s never been tougher than now to get around and find a space on the weekends.
This is what MLK Drive looks like from 9th Avenue on a summer weekend – it’s a parking lot. You’d be better off walking:
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And here’s where you’ll find cyclists and bikers on MLK when things are bad – they just lane-split in the middle of the road. That’s how bad it can get.
Now, if you want to approach the park from the north, from the Richmond District and then head right to that $4 per hour Music Concourse garage, well then be my guest. The problem with that is that the garage gets full sometimes. In that case, you should be able to (eventually) find a space on Fulton (for free on Sundays and some holidays.)
Or you could make a try for Stow Lake, where it’s always free to park. Pretty easy to get to from the south. Just follow the blue arrows past the boat house – if you can find a place near the east end of the lake then you’ll have to walk just a couple minutes to get to wherever you’re going.
Whatever you do, don’t try to circle the Music Concourse or use MLK between 9th Ave. and the southern entrance to Stow Lake. You’ll be traveling at one MPH if you’re lucky and there’s a good chance the southern garage entrance will be blocked off. You’d be better off trying to find a free space on MLK east of 7th Ave. or on Lincoln (where it’s free to park on Sundays.)
You need to register first though. Deets below
“PRESIDIO HEEDS PRESIDENT’S CALL TO SERVICE
Answering President Barack Obama’s national call to service, the Presidio Trust is proudly hosting a volunteer event as part of the National Day of Service. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day by helping care for the Presidio. The family-friendly event features habitat, forest, and garden restoration projects in the Fort Scott district of the Presidio.”
WHAT: National Day of Service at the Presidio
WHEN: Monday, January 18, 2010
9:00 am to Noon
WHERE: Fort Scott, in the Presidio of San Francisco
HOW: Interested volunteers must register in advance.
For more information and to register call (415-561-5333) or email: email@example.com.
To find out about National Day of Service opportunities in other parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, visit www.parksconservancy.org, call (415-561-3077) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What items tempt you the most when you scan parked cars for Objects in Plain View – would it be a laptop computer, an iPod, maybe a backpack? Well, be careful, cause when the SFPD baits cars for sting operations in Golden Gate Park, they sometimes use all three. (It’s almost like entrapment, or something. So tempting these parcels are, next thing you know, it’s smashy smashy!)
From the Richmond District Blog comes a sneak peek of Richmond Station Police Captain Richard Corriea‘s next weekly update for the Richmond District Police Community Police Forum. Read an entire entry below.
Yes, it’s MLK near the Friend Gate of Strybing Arboretum. Perhaps the cars huddle together for safety?
“On July 25, 2009 Richmond [District] officers working in plain clothes staked out a car at Middle Drive and Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park. There were several items of value in the car, including, a backpack, computer and an IPOD. The officers knew from experience that an auto burglar would find the car an appealing target. Indeed, several hours into the stakeout an individual burglarized the car, and he was immediately arrested. A subsequent search of the suspect turned up evidence from a theft committed nearby earlier in the day and narcotics. The suspect, who has been arrested forty-nine times, including thirty-one times for felonies, was booked for burglary, possession of stolen property, theft and a narcotics violation. This individual is likely responsible for several auto burglaries daily.”
How many car windows do you have to break to get a rap sheet this long – hundreds, thousands?
On It Goes…
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom came to the North Light Court of City Hall this afternoon to announce the kickoff of SF Promise, which is:
“… a collaborative partnership between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), and San Francisco State University (SFSU). It’s a new program whose mission is to have all SFUSD students graduate prepared and ready to pursue a post-secondary education. High school graduates will be guaranteed admission to SFSU and will be provided financial assistance if they meet CSU admission criteria and demonstrate financial need.”
Mayor Gavin Newsom works the crowd of sixth graders. Click to expand:
The director of S.F. Promise addresses the audience of hundreds:
SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia and SFSU President Robert Corrigan. Also present were former Bill Clinton appointee Roberta not your garden-variety lesbian Achtenberg, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assemblymembers Fiona Ma and Tom Ammiano.
“Is Horace Mann in da house? YES! Is MLK in da house? YES!”
A certificate for each of the sixth graders:
Regarding the SFUSD Class of 2015, will this program “cause 3500 lives to be changed,” as it was advertised today? No. But is today’s event a proper use of the bully pulpit? Yes. Yes it is, regardless of the details.
Speaking of which, is this program just the same as the one discussed back in ought-seven? No se, mi amiga/o. It certainly seems little a different than the plan introduced by Aaron Peskin, former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
The goals of SF Promise are to:
Increase the number of students participating in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in English and Mathematics;
Increase the CAHSEE passing rate on ELA and Math* Increase the CSU/UC admission eligibility graduation rate;
Increase the number of students attending SFSU; and to* Increase the number of students pursuing a post-secondary education.
The SF Promise Program will support students who are “college willing” to:
Enroll in College Prep curriculum (i.e., classes that fulfill A-G requirements)
Participate with community-based organization to receive support services that improve college-readiness (i.e. mentoring, resume building activities, college knowledge)
Receive admission and financial assistance to attend SFSU
More deets after the jump
There’s been a lot of news today, but yesterday saw the the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor and Community Breakfast at the San Francisco Hilton. This year’s effort didn’t have as many big names as in years past because of the Great Migration from the Bay Area to Washington D.C. to see the Barack Obama Inaugural. And it appears that the scheduled headliner, rock star and State Controller John Chiang, couldn’t make it either. But on with the show.
M.C. Millard Larkin II, President of the MLK Civic Committee and CEO of Alanique Consultants, introduced newly-installed Senator Mark Leno, who talked about the latest budget crisis negotiations. He reported that the Republicans in Sacramento, for the first time, agree that the State of California has a “revenue problem,” meaning that they now understand that new sources of money will have to be found. The Repubs want to get a hold of “$7 billion in Proposition 63 funds and billions more in Proposition 10 funds” to use this money for other purposes. Senator Leno pointed out that “you don’t grab other peoples’ money [OPM], if you don’t have a revenue problem.”
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano spoke and, well you know Examiner City Hall Examiner and legal commentator Sweet Melissa Griffin was there as well and her valuable Moleskine notebook has the same quotes as mine, so let’s let her take over for a bit:
“‘Assemblyman Ammiano spoke and started right in, basically saying, ‘A lot of people have been asking me where I’m gonna live in Sacramento. Well the Governor helped me find a place with a nice Mormon family.”‘Then, discussing the potential statewide cuts to social services this year said ‘There are two ‘girlie men’ up there [in Sacramento] now- the Senator [openly gay Mark Leno] and Assemblymember [gayer than gay Ammiano] and we are not going to let this happen!'”
And former SupervisorAssemblymemberSenator Carole Migden was on hand to give a short stemwinder about international development in Africa, which earned more than a few amens from the crowd.
So there you have it, as much of this event as the Sandman would allow.
See you next year.