Posts Tagged ‘municipal’

San Jose and the Bay Area’s Second-Largest City Create the First Large-Scale Municipal “Hotspot 2.0″ WiFi Service

Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is the first I’ve heard of this.

I’ll have to check it out sometime, see how it works…

“San Francisco and San Jose Create the First Large-Scale Municipal Hotspot 2.0 Service with Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach

Landmark Effort Gives Millions of Bay Area Residents and Visitors Secure, Automatic Connections and Seamless Connectivity with San Francisco and San Jose Free Wi-Fi Services

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ruckus Wireless, Inc., (NYSE: RKUS) today announced a major initiative with the City and County of San Francisco, the City of San Jose, CA and Global Reach Technology to create the first large-scale municipal Hotspot 2.0 service that allows millions of visitors and residents to automatically and securely connect to and seamlessly roam using San Jose and San Francisco free Wi-Fi services. The new Hotspot 2.0 service is now live and operational.

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An innovative approach to providing public Wi-Fi access, Hotspot 2.0 is a new technology specification developed by members of the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) that radically simplifies and automates how users securely connect to and roam between Wi-Fi networks without requiring users to manually select a network or sign-on.

Leveraging new Hotspot 2.0 technology, users in San Francisco and San Jose now can enjoy seamless and secure Wi-Fi data connectivity that mirrors today’s cellular experience, with the added benefit of working on Wi-Fi-only devices such as tablets and laptops. The initial Bay Area Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 deployment supports Hotspot 2.0 enabled iOS 7 devices (iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, and iPod Touch 5th Gen) as well as Apple laptops running OS X Mavericks.

“With the adoption of Hotspot 2.0, we are literally transforming the user Wi-Fi experience,” said Vijay Sammeta, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Jose. “Hotspot 2.0 makes our infrastructure smarter by eliminating tedious and cumbersome device configuration. Now people can securely connect to and roam using our networks in a transparent fashion. Things don’t get much easier.”

“People want their devices to automatically connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks whenever they are in range, and to use strong encryption as well,” said Marc Touitou, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Francisco.  ”This is precisely what we have achieved.”

They go an on, after the jump

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Wheeeeeeee! What It’s Like to Skateboard Down Masonic Avenue

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

It’s like this, on the steepest block coming down from Mervyn’s Heights.

I Believe I Can Fly:

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Is this illegal? I don’t know.

Maybe not.

Supervisor John Avalos To Hold Hearing October 24th on Local Banking Options and Alternatives to National Banks

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Bright and early Monday morning at City Hall:

“Supervisor John Avalos To Hold Hearing on Local Banking Options and Alternatives to Corporate Banks

San Francisco, CA –  Supervisor John Avalos, Chair of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee will hold a hearing on local alternatives to corporate banking institutions.

WHAT: Hearing on Local Banking Options
WHEN: Monday, October 24, 10am
WHERE: City Hall, Board Chamber
WHO:  Committee Members, Treasurer Jose Cisneros, Budget and Legislative Analyst Office, Community groups

“Wall Street speculators and large banks crashed our economy and have done little to nothing to help since we bailed them out,” said Avalos.  ”As a city, we need to make sure that we are leveraging all our resources and wealth to support our revitalize our economy by supporting our homeowners, small businesses, and students.”

The hearing will include a presentation from the City’s Office of Budget and Legislative Analyst, who has prepared at report on community supportive banking alternatives at the behest of Supervisor Avalos whose District faces one of the highest rates of foreclosure in the City.

The alternatives outlined in the report range from investing in community development banks to creating a Municipal Bank to serve the City of San Francisco in much the same way the Bank of North Dakota has spurred local development in that state.”

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Monday, October 24th, 2011, is the Last Day to Register to Vote for the November 8 Election in San Francisco

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Get all the deets below.

(Now hey, I’m a little slow here, but tell me, how on Earth is it legal for San Francisco to pay election workers less than minimum wage on Election Day? I gots to know.)

The toughest job you’ll never love:

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“Monday, October 24 Is the Last Day to Register to Vote

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, October 18, 2011 – Monday is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming November 8 Consolidated Municipal Election. To facilitate registration up to the deadline, the Department of Elections will be accepting registration forms until 8 p.m. on Monday.

Ways to register to vote for this election:

· Download, complete, and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/
· Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, many City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

· Come to the Department of Elections on the ground floor of City Hall. After 5 p.m. on October 24, voters can register at the front entrance of City Hall, on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Monday, October 24 for new registrants to become eligible to vote in the November election.

Voters can learn more about registering to vote and other election information by visiting the Department’s website at www.sfelections.org

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
www.sfelections.org”

San Francisco’s State Building Is Going to Get a Republican’s Name on It: Presenting the Ronald M. George State Office Complex

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

You wouldn’t believe how long people have been working on getting a new sign up on the State Building at 350 McAllister in Civic Center. I mean, this is a months-long project. They come out, they put up a sample, they look at it, and then they go back inside.

Anyway, in addition to the State Seal and the golden letters spelling out “STATE OF CALIFORNIA,” the old courthouse will soon be getting a big plaque what says, “RONALD M. GEORGE STATE OFFICE COMPLEX.”

See?

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San Franciscans probably won’t ever really notice this addition to the front door of our California Supreme Court, but let’s meet our 27th Chief Justice:

“As a Superior Court judge, George presided over the trial of Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono in 1981–1983. George was lauded for his extremely unusual decision to deny the motion by Los Angeles County District Attorney‘s office to dismiss all 10 counts of murder against Buono. However, his unusual decision was speculated to be a result of his earlier decision to separate crucial counts of rape and sodomy, which in themselves would serve as evidence against the defendant, from the murder charges. The prosecutors felt the evidence against Buono was so weak that it did not justify even an attempt to win at trial. Judges rarely second-guess the prosecutors’ judgment on such a matter (and George stated that he was “loath” to do so). However, George’s review of the evidence in the case caused him to feel so strongly that the prosecutors were in error that he did exactly that.” 

See that? Dude wouldn’t let the prosecutor drop murder charges.

Now, what Arnold Schwarzenegger really wanted last year was to name the joint  the “Ronald M. George Justice Center,” but that didn’t fly with the SEIU union, so the name we’re getting is a kind of compromise. (Arnold also wanted to sell this building to his buddies but that didn’t work out neither, of course.)

Anyway, All Hail Republicans!

More deets of Executive Order S-17-10 after the jump.

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Calling All Artists: Win $6000 by Illustrating San Francisco’s 3rd Street Corridor

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

From San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Jose Herrera comes news of the Bayview Merchants Association‘s Third Street Corridor Project – how would you like to earn $6000 just for creating 6-10 iconic images illustrating the Lower Third?

Get all the deets below. And after you get paid, be sure to forward ten percent to me, your new agent. (Affirm our agreement by reading this sentence - welcome aboard.) But get cracking, as your first deadline is March 22nd, 2010.

You can’t win if you don’t play!

Introduction to the Project

The 3rd Street Corridor project is searching for local artists to create a series of 6-10 iconic images to represent the Bayview Hunters Point District of San Francisco. These images will be stylized illustrations of local landmarks that capture the spirit of this part of the city and will be used on a series of street banners and other collateral such as T-shirts. An example of a similar campaign is artist Michael Schwab’s series of prints for the Golden Gate National Parks.

Final selections for scenery will be communicated to the artist at the time of the commission. These scenes may include:

  • Bayview Opera House
  • T-Line
  • Quesada Gardens
  • View of Downtown from 3rd
  • Shipyards
  • Candlestick Park
  • Local Art and Murals
  • MLK Municipal Pool
  • Bayview Library
  • Industrial Buildings

Candidate Selection

The ideal candidate for this commission will be a local artist who lives and/or works in the Bayview Hunters Point District of San Francisco and can bring his or her personal style into the project and offer an authentic view of these neighborhoods. The artist must also be able to work within the established color palette of the 3rd Street logo (red, yellow, green and black- see samples for reference). To be considered for this project please submit three (3) JPEG images of your past work that best communicates your style. If you are selected as a finalist you may be commissioned to create one sample illustration before the final contract for the rest of the series.

Compensation

The selected artist will receive a $6,000 stipend for the final series of images. Artwork and reproduction rights will become property of the Third Street Corridor Project. In the event that finalists are asked to create a sample illustration as part of the selection process then they will be compensated $500 for their time.

Application Deadline

To be considered for this project, please email three JPEG samples of your work, a brief description of your background and a written statement of why you think you would be an ideal candidate for this project to bayviewmerchantsassociation@gmail.com no later than

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 12:00pm.

Project Schedule

March 22: Artists application deadline.

March 24: Artist finalists selected.

Mid April: Final selection of artist. Work on final illustrations begins.

May 24: Final illustrations complete.

June 11: Public unveiling of art on 3rd Street.

Questions/Details?

Call Ben Kaufman, Outreach Coordinator of the Bayview Merchants’ Association, at 415-647-3728 x407 if you have any further questions.

Just Try to Read This Official Car Towaway Notice From the City of San Francisco

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Come on, you can do it. Take a gander at the dollar amount of the fine for abandoning your car on the streets of San Francisco. Let’s agree that dollar amount has two digits, but it is $75? $85? $88? $98? $80? $90?

This is no mere triviality - if you don’t get the proper notice then you might not have to pay the fine. As to whether San Francisco can legally tow away your ride with the way the local laws are written these days, well, that’s up in the air.

Can I explain why the owner was given only three days to move in light of the last year’s policy change allowing seven days? No, no I cannot. Click to expand.

Are San Francisco drivers gonna get a massive refund the way it just went down South San Francisco Way with the red light cameras? [KRON's Eve Taft- why isn't she in every romcom Hollywood can produce?] No se.

I’m the first one to rain on the parade of plaintiff’s attorneys with ridiculous notions of what constitutes a decent lawsuit, but this one, this one looks good.

The mise-en-scene atop Buena Vista Heights at the end of Masonic, where it’s so hilly you might need an exemption to drive your SUV around.

This aging, now-woodless Willys Jeep Wagon ur-SUV needs no exemption for excessive weight as it’s not close to the weight limit. (I ought to call it in to Pimp My Ride or something.) Wonder where it is now, wonder if it got towed. [Dude, where's my car? What happened to my woody?]

Anyway, we’ll just have to bide our time to see what occurs with this not-yet-certified class action lawsuit. Writer Joe Eskenazi will keep us posted, I’m sure.

To Be Continued…

The Four Stages of Grief Regularly Experienced by San Francisco MUNI Passengers

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Adapting the classical Kübler-Ross model to San Francisco yields Four Stages of MUNI Passenger Grief:

1. Denial — “I feel fine.”; “This can’t be happening, not to me.” Passengers in this stage look expectantly in the direction of the next  MUNI vehicle.

2. Anger“Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; “Who is to blame?” Passengers in this stage fight each other, or, like Akit, go Full Martin Luther, calling for Nat Ford’s head, as soon as they get home.
 
3. Depression“I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “I miss my loved one, why go on?Passengers in this stage enter shoe-gazer mode, hanging their heads in despair.

4. Acceptance — “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.” Passengers in this stage sit down in the middle of the street, instinctively conserving energy for the long wait ahead. Thusly:

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Yes, that’s the right train but it’s headed the wrong direction. It’s going to be a loooooong night, once again.

Oh well.

The Golden State’s Silvery Street – Where Cable Cars Go Halfway to the Stars

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Here’s California Street looking west from the Financial District / Chinatown area. When the light’s just right, the cable car rails shimmer all silv’ry in the relative darkness created by high-rise buildings.

Thusly:

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Did you know that Paris is gay? That’s what Tony Bennett (and Frank Sinatra) said:

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay,
The glory that was Rome is just another day,
I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan,
I’m going home to my city by the bay.

I left my heart in San Francisco, high on a hill it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars.
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care.
My love waits there in San Francisco, above the blue and windy sea,
When I come home to you, San Francisco, your golden sun will shine for me.

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Climbing from Montgomery to Kearny to Grant to Stockton to Powell and finally up to Mason.

Whew.

Putting the Historic F-Streetcar Line Back Together, One Overhead Wire at a Time

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Hours after yesterday’s collision and brouhaha in the Castro involving two historic F-Line streetcars (making up the bread part of an SUV sandwich), MUNI workers were still on the job about a half-mile away near the Duboce Yard in the back of the Church Street Safeway.

In technical terms, them wires up there done fell down. So the crew of an awesome yellow truck (with a scissors lift in the middle) came along and started winching things back together high above Market Street, with a quickness. Hurray!

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To the MUNI recovery crew:

For all you do/
This Bud’s for you