Posts Tagged ‘New America Foundation’

Last Night’s One-Year Anniversary Party for The Bay Citizen a Huge Success, As Far As I Know

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

[Oh, here we go, it's the Citizen of Tomorrow Awards, just posted.]

Now, the problem I had last night was being too ambitious, thinking I could drop by the First Birthday Celebration of The Bay Citizen and then hustle it uphill to the Specfic Whites neighborhood by nine-ish, thinking that this year’s party would be like last year’s, you know, the one they had in the Twitterloin. That one was off the hook.

Anyway, here it is at the stated 8:00 PM starting time. (A dozen people to park your car, but only one to check you into the place.)

(Why, yes, Terra _is_ 200 feet away from a bridge and two miles away from a tunnel – why do you ask?)

And here are your food trucks. (Everything seems to taste better when it’s from a truck, non?)

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I guess things got going later in the evening. But I’ll tell you, if you skipped the first hour of last year’s soiree, which was off the hook, you would have missed a lot.

The good thing is that The Bay Citizen produced, as designed, a lot of good stuff the past year.

Anyway, Bon Anniversaire, The Bay Citizen.

Bay Citizen Launch Party at the Great American Music Hall a Huge Success

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[Whoops, spoke too soon - turns out that the SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle's Katie Baker was en la casa. The conspiracy of silence broken.]

Despite all the obituaries written earlier this year, The Bay Citizen celebrated its launch yesterday at the Great American Music Hall. Some TBC editors on the scene were fretting about getting a new batch of “stately idiom” finished up for the following morning, but a good time was had by all.

They literally rolled out the red carpet in the Tenderloin last night:

Who was there? Everybody. (Everybody excepting some of the hAtERz in local media who feel any new investment should go to existing concerns, you know, the ones that employ the hAtERz themselves. The hAtERz that showed somehow even managed to generate, with noticeable effort, Mona Lisa smile/smirks for the camera.) The place was packed from the get-go, baby. Check out the Party Pix from E.B.Boyd showing who all was there.

Standing room only:

Bay Citizen CEO Lisa Frazier (pronounced fraze-yah) started things off by inviting Founder Warren Hellman to play a  song.

Lois Beckett snapped the chorus and here are the full lyrics to the sing-a-long tune Hardly Strictly News.  Note the A-A-B-B rhyming scheme. Also note:

“We met with Lisa Frazier who pronounced ‘for now it will be free’/
A multi-layered news hub is the only way to be.”

What, “for now?” Uh oh:

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Anyway, F. Warren appeared to be somewhat irked by the constant chatter of the assembled throng. Oh well.

Here’s the mise-en-scene from up on the catwalk:

A big thank you to all the founding investors, founding members, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Notably, Dede Wilsey’s name isn’t on this list, so perhaps she just recently kicked in her seven figure donation? (Or let’s call it a $500,000 donation with Uncle Sucker kicking another half mil., mas o menos. That’s the thing with non-profit journalism – the federal govmint lowers your taxes by about 50 cents for every dollar you donate, assuming you pay a lot of taxes in the first place. This is the Unfair Advantage that the Chronicle people complain about. Speaking of which, nothing yet about TBC from the SFC – check for yourself.)  

Everybody’s a star:

$5 tote bags just like Trader Joe’s and the KQED, plus loads of free bumper stickers:

The lives of the party: 

Anyway, had to bail early to get down to Massive Attack at the Warfield while Arcadio was playing the TBC party. The booze was flowing and the place was still packed when I left, anyway.

Bon Courage, Bay Citizen!

All the deets, after the jump

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Steve Westly to Speak at San Francisco Event: “Where is My Green Job?”

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Former California State Controller Steve Westly will participate in aat Union Square’s Marines Memorial Club and Hotel on Wednesday, March 10th at 4:00 PM. 

The joint is going to be called “Where is My Green Job?” Tickets are still available and the price is right – they’re free.

Steve Westly, Managing Partner at the Westly Group :

All the deets after the jump.

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Will the “PayDayPlus SF” Program be a Better Place to get a Loan Against Your Paycheck? Yes!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

From Mission Mission, the website so nice they named it twice, comes word of the new PayDayPlus SF program. The upshot: If you ever need money before your paycheck comes, you can get an emergency loan from a San Francisco credit union instead of a regular payday loan place:

“Sold to consumers as short-term relief during a cash crunch, pay day loans carry interest rates of over 400 percent and catch working people with a steady source of income in a long-term debt trap. On December 17th at 11:30am, San Francisco City leaders, in partnership with local credit unions, will help relieve this burden on hardworking San Franciscans by launching PayDayPlus SF, a low cost emergency loan available to City residents at 13 locations.”

Does the Money Mart at 7th and Market actually charge more than 400% interest when it gives you a payday loan? No se, but I’m betting you’ll get much better terms from PDP SF.

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A lively late-night scene in Mid Market.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 17th, 2009 – that’s the day we’ll get all the deets on PayDayPlus San Francisco.

How will it compare with this outfit from down south or the Check-Cashing King of the Mission? Stay tuned….

Springing the Debt Trap — for San Franciscans and Californians

Launch of PayDayPlus SF Followed by a Panel Discussion

Sold to consumers as short-term relief during a cash crunch, pay day loans carry interest rates of over 400 percent and catch working people with a steady source of income in a long-term debt trap.

On December 17th at 11:30am, San Francisco City leaders, in partnership with local credit unions, will help relieve this burden on hardworking San Franciscans by launching PayDayPlus SF, a low cost emergency loan available to City residents at 13 locations. and Mayor Gavin Newsom, stay to participate in a community conversation about PayDayPlus SF and learn how you can spread the word to San Franciscans about this new low cost loan to help weather tough economic times. You will also learn more about the problems caused by conventional pay day loans and how your organization can help push for proposed financial empowerment solutions that are moving forward in Washington, DC and Sacramento.

A community conversation following a joint press conference with City Treasurer José Cisneros

Participants
José Cisneros
City Treasurer of San Francisco

Paul Leonard
California Office Director, Center for Responsible Lending

Luis Granados
Mission Economic Development Association

Olivia Calderon
Legislative Director, California Asset Building Program, New America Foundation

Steven Stapp
President and CEO, San Francisco Federal Credit Union

Anne Stuhldreher
Fellow, California Asset Building Program, New America Foundation

Assembywoman Fiona Ma and SF Young Dems Host Bipartisan Constitutional Convention Panel Tonight

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Assemblymember Fiona Ma, who represents the interests of San Francisco’s west siiiiide in Sacramento, will be in the bowels of the San Francisco State Building at 455 Golden Gate Ave tonight at 7:oo P.M. to host a special constitutional convention panel being thrown by the San Francisco Young Democrats.

That means that California Forward, the Courage Campaign, Repair California and the New America Foundation will be in the house to discuss l’issue du 2009 a California, our Constitution.

MC FM:

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(Attention Republicans: This L. Z. is hot. Repeat: Lima Zulu is Hotel Oscar Tango. Expect to be booed)

All the deets after the jump. See you there!

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See Craig Newmark. See Craig Speak March 24th. Speak Craig, Speak!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Oh baby, it’s on! It’s craigslist‘s namesake, Craig Newmark, the Daimyo of the Internets, live, in person, at San Francisco’s Fort Mason (right next to Green’s Restaurant, AFAIK) this Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

Here’s the problem, though - this affair is open to the general public and it’s free and there’s beer and wine afterwards, so tickets are going to go like hotcakes. Don’t look for them here at the tickets section of CL, just go to this page to get in on the action.

Is Craig a pimp? Perhaps moderator Douglas McGray, Irvine Fellow, New America Foundation will ask about that:

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It’s ON!

Fort Mason Center
Golden Gate Room at the Conference Center, Building A

craigslist.org may be the only site where you can get anything you need for life cheap, or even for free. The free community classifieds service, launched as an email listserv for San Franciscans in 1995, helps over 50 million monthly users find homes, jobs, cars, stuff, spouses, friends and flings. The site’s simple design and old age (in Internet company years) hasn’t kept it from being at the pulse of online life. craigslist is one of the top internet websites registering over 13 billion page views per month. The daily flurry of activity on the site has created a full-fledged culture of craigslist in communities around the world–even as most on the site simply want to sell or acquire something, many users participate in ongoing conversations. Founder Craig Newmark visits Zócalo to talk about the web and social change, net neutrality and government transparency, education, and political causes like supporting veterans and  building a stable environment for peace on the West Bank.

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute based in Washington, D.C.