Posts Tagged ‘news’

Media Smackdown: National Aviation Journalist vs. ABC7KGOTV’s Michael Finney on the “Trapped 8 Days at SFO” Bit

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Uh oh, I smell trouble brewing after this recent bit from the Bay Area’s Michael Finney.

Check it:

“…a loyal reader sent a link to what ABC seven-on-your-side reporter Michael Finney  in San Francisco thinks is news, a 2 minute plus tear-jerker of a story about Terri Weissinger, who made a home for herself in the San Francisco Airport in April.”

The battle is now well and truly joined:

Mr. seven-on-her-side, Finney had the nerve (reporters are very nervy, busted!) to call the airline for a response as if Ms. Weissinger’s inability to pay for the services of an airline to take her and her stuff from A to B was worthy of a response from the airline and got a somewhat gracious,  “We have apologized for her experience but cannot refund her ticket.” Stuck in the airport because of baggage fees, is the characterization of the reporter. She wasn’t stuck in the airport because of baggage fees, she was stuck in the airport because while she certainly looks like an adult, she was as ill-informed and as helpless as a child.”

This is what the lecture on “Aviation Reporting 101″ looks like:

Can’t we all get along?

Occupy Oakland Update: Google Maps Now Shows Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza as “Oscar Grant Plaza”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Editor Jon Brooks of News Fix, “KQED’s bay area news blog,” has this today:

So our morning anchor, Joshua Johnson, was doing a story on the Clorox earnings report, and in the process of finding exactly where their headquarters is located, came upon this:

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Try it yourself – type ”Oscar Grant” into Google Maps:

Oscar Grant Plaza, of course, is the name that the Occupy Wall Street people have given to their tent city location.

KQED has made a call down to Mountain View saying, “Hey Google, what’s the deal?”

We’ll see.

(I’m sure no one intended any dis for Frank H Ogawa.)

Great catch, Joshua Johnson.

Great post, Jon Brooks.

[UPDATE: Get more details right here. "NAParish" took steps to change the name back to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 8:44 AM this morning but that action is still pending. (It's like a Wikipedia editing war. Remember those, back in the aughts? Just like with that tiresome "Violet Blue" woman - I guess you can do the same thing on Google Maps. See below.)

[UPDATE II: Oh no, now, per Google Maps, Frank Ogawa Plaza has two names. See?

I imagine that "Oscar Grant Plaza" won't be on Google Maps at all in the very near future.]

[UPDATE III: And now it's back to normal, back to plain old Frank H Ogawa Plaza. "Google Reviewer Sanjeevi" has, once again, put the big DENIED stamp on the idea of any political name-changing. Google's "Local Names" feature is being abused no longer. Case Closed.]

“Negative note 38 mins 24 secs ago by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
This is not an “official” name, and this edit should have been denied. See commentary on previous edits.”
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“Denied on Oct 31, 2011 7:39pm by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
There are two problems with this edit. One is that Google doesn’t seem to allow this type of political commentary by “renaming” an official feature. The name that some Occupy Oakland protesters are using doesn’t fit into any of the categories Google allows (Local is for the name in the local language, like using La Tour Eiffel as the “local” name for what speakers of English commonly call the Eiffel Tower). See http://goo.gl/gCf78 for the types of names that are allowed. The other problem is that the official name is Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, not just Frank Ogawa Plaza — and the official name should not have been removed a few edits back.”

Oh Boy: “Chinese & African-American Community Leaders to Denounce Leland Yee and Other Candidates’ Sleazy, Negative Attacks…”

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

“…& Call for Positive Campaigns in Last 8 Days Before Election Day.”

Whew! That was the title of yesterday’s Ed Lee Campaign presser in Chinatown yesterday.

So basically, Senator Leland Yee sucks because his campaign released this yesterday.* Oh, and there was something about the City College campus, but I’m not sure exactly what the beef against Leland is about that.

And there was this –  a call for mayoral candidates to “put out facts and not opinion,” but I’ll tell you, that book was chock-a-block full of facts, actually. And it had 107 endnotes to boot.

And let’s see here, oh, suggesting that City Family member Mohammed Nuru has issues, well, thems is fighting words, partner. Even though, well, you know.**

It looked like this:

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Apparently, if you find anything at all wrong with San Francisco since the current administration began in 1996, if you think that there’s anything that could be improved, you’re a “hater.” Quoth mayoral spokesmodel Tony Winnicker:

“This one goes out to all my #sfmayor #haters! Keep ‘em coming, we got ur number. Lee’s opponents go nonstop negative: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/30/BALG1LJNSD.DTL

But argumentum ad hominem coming from Tony hisself doesn’t make Tony a hater, no, not at all. (Somehow this makes sense.)

OK fine.

*There was a big fuss about the distribution of the Untold, Untold Story book on Sunday, but it had pretty much died down by the time this news conference was beginning.

**All right, play us off, Fog City Journal:

“Nuru, who was first hired by Lee during the administration of former Mayor Willie Brown, was the subject of a series of ethical scandals involving the misappropriation of public funds for personal uses, retaliatory threats against whisteblowers as well as directing city contractors to engage in illegal political activities while they were being paid with public funds, Herrera states:

“Herrera’s office conducted an investigation in 2004 into the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, or “SLUG,” the city-funded nonprofit Nuru headed from 1994 to 2000, in the midst of a series of San Francisco Chronicle news reports about potentially illegal electioneering activities. Nuru maintained close working ties to SLUG after going to work for Lee in 2001, according to witnesses, and also oversaw SLUG’s $1 million-per-year street-cleaning contract with DPW. The City Attorney investigation found that while at DPW, Nuru directed SLUG employees who were paid with city funds to conduct campaign activities in the 2003 municipal and runoff elections for Mayor and District Attorney—in clear violation of local law prohibiting city-funded nonprofits from using those funds to campaign for candidates or ballot measures. Witnesses also testified that Nuru had instructed city-funded SLUG workers to engage in similar campaign activities while he served as SLUG’s executive director, for a 1997 ballot measure backed by then-Mayor Willie Brown, and for his 1999 re-election campaign.

Following the 2004 City Attorney investigation, an audit by then-San Francisco City Controller Ed Harrington found a raft of financial improprieties involving SLUG and DPW. The Controller’s review revealed that SLUG mismanaged city grants and contracts, and was overpaid by city departments, including DPW, an amount totaling nearly $72,000. The audit additionally found that SLUG failed to pay more than $643,003 in payroll taxes, and that DPW improperly used SLUG’s contract with Public Works to purchase a $62,508 portable building for DPW’s use. Though Lee reportedly instructed Nuru to conduct no further business with SLUG, neither the 2004 City Attorney’s investigation report nor the similarly damning City Controller audit appears to have resulted in disciplinary action against Nuru at DPW. SLUG was formally debarred from city contracts for two years for violating Section 12G.1 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, which prohibits city funded organizations from using any of those funds to participate in, support, or attempt to influence a political campaign. The organization is now defunct.

Conspicuously absent from last week’s announcement that Mohammed Nuru would take over as DPW’s acting director effective Aug. 15 was interim Mayor Ed Lee. Though the appointment was announced in a written statement from the acting City Administrator, such appointments require “the concurrence of the Mayor,” according to San Francisco City Charter, § 3.104. A report noted that while Nuru’s salary was not finalized, his predecessor’s annual salary was $204,750. Nuru’s most recent previous annual salary as DPW’s Deputy Director of Operations was $193,000.”

KQED News was On The Scene for This Morning’s “Occupy Oakland” Police Eviction – Follow Along, Tick Tock

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

It’s all right here.

Newsflash: Those Stupid Green Empty Pedmount News Boxes are NOT Required by the First Amendment

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

No, they‘re required by contract, a bad 20-year contract engineered by somewhat corrupt former Mayor Willie Brown.

Blogger Michael Petrelis is looking into these things, particularly some in the Castro –  be sure to follow along his adventure this month as he considers attending one the semi-secret meetings that DPW hosts with Clear Channel and others.

These things, which are/were a burden to small local newspapers in particular, seem to require a lot of maintenance and upkeep. Multiple crews were working simultaneously on Market Street a few weeks back:  

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Just as the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk was a case study against district elections, ridiculous 20-year contracts what tie the City’s hands are case studies against San Francisco’s Strong Mayor system.

IMO.

Prison Realignment Starts Tomorrow, October 1, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Rina Palta of KALW News has a  bit on prison realignment this morning. (That’s just the kind of thing you can find at THE INFORMANT: Cops, Courts, and Communities in the Bay Area.)

And here’s some related information about parolees from candidate for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, below.

Welcome back:

“October 1: State transfers parolees to San Francisco’s probation programs and jails - The City braces for influx of ex-offenders starting Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, October 1, the first group of state prison parolees scheduled for transfer to San Francisco will begin arriving in the City under Realignment — legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4, 2011.

The City has created a comprehensive program to shift ex-offenders to local control, including increasing electronic monitoring, social and rehabilitation programs, and preparing for an increased jail population.

Some details on the parolees and program:
· Expected number of new parolees in 2011-2012: 700
· Average age of transferred parolee: 39
· Average number of prior convictions: 7
· Time in which parolees have to report to the City after release: 48 hours
· Crimes: Non-serious, nonviolent and non-sexual offenses
· Transportation for parolees: City will transport most; some travel by bus

Questions remain:
· Recidivism: How will the City’s new parolee population impact jails?
· Funding: State funding is short of City needs and only budgeted for nine months. How will programs be sustained?
· Impact on City agencies: How will law enforcement, social and health services be affected by the increased ex-offender population?

Supervisor Mirkarimi, Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, convened hearings on Realignment and sponsored several ordinances to address the ex-offender transfer.”

“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…

Starting Monday, Jon Kelley and Marla Tellez will Have the Noon News Early: It’s “NBC Bay Area News at 11AM!”

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Would you like your lunchtime news an hour early and from San Jose?

Well then, you’re in luck.

Marla Tellez on the Central Coast:

Via her FB.

The deets:

“SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011 — NBC Bay Area today announced the launch of a new weekday newscast, “NBC Bay Area News at 11AM,” debuting Monday, September 19. Broadcast veteran Jon Kelley, host of Today in the Bay, will anchor the new newscast with NBC Bay Area’s Marla Tellez. The program will air following NBC’s Today Show.

Jon Kelley has spent more than 15 years in television journalism, covering news, sports and entertainment in a variety of roles. He’s won multiple awards for sports reporting, and played football for the University of Nebraska before beginning his broadcast journalism career.

Marla Tellez is a native San Franciscan who has covered news in Northern California for several years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communications, and has won multiple Emmys for producing and reporting.

“This expansion of NBC Bay Area news allows us to serve our Bay Area viewers with more of the high-quality international, national and local coverage they’ve come to expect from us,” said Jonathan Mitchell, NBC Bay Area’s Vice President of News. “We’re excited that viewers will be able to join Jon and Marla in mid-day for an update on the day’s most important stories.” About NBC Owned Television Stations NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company. The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.”

Now, who’ll do the weather for this show?

This is like the front page of the Daily Prophet, huh? It’s mesmerizing. It just keeps going and going…

Good On You, Southwest Airlines: Changes Internet Game’s “Let’s Roll” Language to “Play Now”

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Remember back a few days ago when SWA was using the “Let’s Roll” as a part of it’s frequent flier promotion?

Ah, memories:

Got bad timing? Southwest Airlines is launching a new contest as part of its frequent flier program. Hey, free or discounted travel is all good, but is “Let’s Roll!” really the best slogan they could come up with as the country nears the tenth anniversary of 9/11?”

But SWA just fixed things.

So this:

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Has been changed to this:

Good for you, SWA.

(Speaking of which, SWA apparently kicked a white musician dude off of a flight yesterday due to his saggy pants, news to me. But that’s sort of funny due to some incident we had at SFO not too long ago when MR. B.M.O.C. football player totally ignored a request from a black female airline employee for said football star to pull up his saggy pants. He ended up just walking away from her. He couldn’t be bothered  because, unsurprisingly, he had luggage in his hands, or something. Said airline employee had the option to forget about it, but instead, she kicked things up a notch and the rest is history. Now, around the same time, a “faggy white boy” on a different airline in a different part of the country was allowed to fly while wearing nothing but women’s underwear, or something like that. Somehow, that “proved” something about something. Somehow, and people “know” this for sure, the black female airline employee singled out MR. B.M.O.C. due to racism. Or something like that. Oh well.)

SFPD Kenneth Harding Shooting Update: Gun Shot Residue Found on Suspect’s Right Hand

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

An update:

Update on Officer Involved Shooting: GSR found on suspect’s hand
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Posted Date: 7/19/2011

As stated by Chief Suhr during Monday’s press conference, information pertaining to the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, July 16, 2011 would be released as it becomes available.

Results from the analysis of evidence collected from the hands of Kenneth Harding revealed that GSR (gunshot residue) was present on Harding’s right hand. The presence of gunshot residue on Harding’s right hand supports statements from witnesses that Harding held the gun in his right hand as he fired at the police officers.

The presence of GSR on an individual’s hands indicates that either: the individual fired a gun, the individual was in close proximity to a gun as it was discharged or that the individual touched a gun or other object with GSR on its surface and particles were transferred to his/her hands.

No GSR was detected on Harding’s left hand.”