Posts Tagged ‘non-profit’

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Ask People Who Use the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Playground to See If It’s Really “Failing”

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Per this bit on SocketSite, SFGov thinks it has 50 “failing” playgrounds. Does that means that all of them get an “F” grade, that they’re all basically worthless?

For instance, let’s take a look at the Panhandle Playground. It has 4.5 Yelp stars. Isn’t that a pretty high rating for a “failing” anything?

If you polled people who actually use the place, the grade you’d come up with is “A,” or possibly “A-,” something in that area.

I think what SFGov / RPD / all those people with clipboards from that big non-profit what’s run by the wealthy, white and wizened actually mean is that the Panhandle Playground isn’t brand-new. What they mean is that it hasn’t kept up with the latest trends in playgroundom the past decade or so due to the fact that it hasn’t been replaced the past decade.

In other words, what they’re saying is that the Panhandle Playground isn’t “world-class.”

Oh, what’s that, Parks Alliance, there were more than 2.5 pieces of litter per square meter or whatever on the day that you dropped by with your clipboards? OK, so don’t you mean that the RPD is failing then?

Oh, what’s that, Parks Alliance, you’re concerned about the health effects of “x.” You know, I don’t think you want to go there, Parks Alliance. Cause then you’d have to look at the other stuff RPD is doing lately, like, say, the Beach Chalet soccer fields. Now I’ll tell you, I’m 90%+ sure that all the things people are worried about with the new artificial turf aren’t going to turn out to be a problem, but that’s not an absolutely assurance. You could say the same for whatever it is that makes you say that four dozen playgrounds in SF are “failing.”

You know, I could take my clipboard and go up to somebody’s 2004 Honda Accord with low miles and I could say, “Oh, no sat nav – minus five points. And oh, dirty windshield – minus three points. And oh…” And then I could put the car on my list of “failing” commuter vehicles, even though the person who drives it every day M-F thinks it’s a great ride and even though it passes its smog test every year or two and even though it starts up every time without fail. Who, oh who will appoint me chairman of the “Failing Hondas Task Force?”

(Oh hey, you know what RPD is disappointed about? It’s bummed out that the Maude Flanderses and the Reverend Lovejoy’s Wifes of the 94117 haven’t formed something like the Friends of the Panhandle Playground to raise $800k or so to give to RPD, you know, the way things worked with Presidio Heights and Mountain Lake. Oh well. Sorry RPD.)

In any event, a big bag of money fell from the sky and SFGov is going to spend it the way it wants. IMO, SFGov spends too much time focusing on the aesthetic concerns of millionaires who appoint themselves to the boards of the non-profits they create.

IMO.

So, go for it, send a reporter over to the Panhandle to check things out, to see why SFGov wants to spend months and months tearing out a perfectly good playground, to see why SFGov wants to scrap a Honda Accord with low miles, and a dirty windshield…

Free Kool-Aid, after the jump, drink up, it’s free, well, not really, but you’re going to end up paying for it anyway, so might as well.

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Mid-Market Update: Marinello School of Beauty Declares WORLD’S SMALLEST DRUG-FREE ZONE – Just a Five Foot Radius

Monday, October 20th, 2014

This photo came from longtime SoMA resident Bluoz:

“New sign in the doorway of Marinello’s School of Beauty in Mid Market, San Francisco, where all this takes place

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He continues:

“Help us have four more years of this. Vote for Randy Shaw Jane Kim for District 6 Supervisor in San Francisco.”

The Problem with Ed Lee Releasing Money to Fight Illegal Ellis Act Evictions is That They Never Happen – Suffer the Lee Family

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Here are the first words of a recent press release:

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced San Francisco will triple the amount of funding to prevent illegal Ellis Act evictions…”

Also:

“San Francisco must remain a viable place to live and work for people at all levels of the economic spectrum,” said Mayor Lee. “That’s why I am providing additional resources to stop unlawful evictions and provide tenant counseling for our residents, so that San Francisco remains a City for the 100 percent.”

The problem is that there’s no such thing as an illegal Ellis Act eviction in San Francisco.

Can Ed Lee cite a case? No he cannot.

(Go ahead, take a look.)

Ergo, the appointed Mayor of San Francisco “releasing” a small amount of money to fight something that never happens will have no effect on illegal Ellis Act evictions, except to, presumably, help Ed Lee.

So the question fro Question Time is this:

Is Ed Lee, the former housing rights attorney, in favor of legal Ellis Act evictions?

Apparently he is.

So that’s it for the ironically-named Lee family.

So we have one Lee family in town what calls horrible Chinatown power broker Rose Pak “Auntie Rose.”

And we have another what’s getting evicted right now, wondering who decided that Rose Pak was the most deserving person to get Rose Pak’s government-subsidized condo.

Mayor Lee Announces Additional Resources For Eviction Prevention In San Francisco
Posted Date: 9/30/2013

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced San Francisco will triple the amount of funding to prevent illegal Ellis Act evictions and that the City will release $700,000 in funding for other eviction prevention services from the Housing Trust Fund.

“San Francisco must remain a viable place to live and work for people at all levels of the economic spectrum,” said Mayor Lee. “That’s why I am providing additional resources to stop unlawful evictions and provide tenant counseling for our residents, so that San Francisco remains a City for the 100 percent.”

The Human Services Agency (HSA) currently provides nearly $8 million in homeless prevention and eviction defense services, an increase of $1.3 million from last year’s budget. In this year’s budget, the City was providing nearly $125,000 to fund free legal advice and represent 55 San Francisco families who have been affected by illegal Ellis Act eviction threats. Today, Mayor Lee tripled the amount of funding with an additional $250,000, which will immediately be available to eligible organizations that provide Ellis Act prevention legal work and will help more families and people at all levels of the economic spectrum remain in San Francisco.

“Providing resources to stop unlawful evictions has proven to be one of the most effective strategies to prevent displacement and homelessness in our City,” said Trent Rhorer, Director of the San Francisco Human Services Agency. “This additional $250,000 will help keep San Francisco families in their homes.”

The Mayor’s Office of Housing will also provide $700,000, from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, to fund tenant counseling services. This is a 63 percent increase in funding and brings the total amount to more than $2.3 million in eviction prevention services from the Mayor’s Office of Housing. These additional resources will be distributed to community based organizations specifically expanding legal representation for individuals facing eviction; rental assistance to individuals and families who are currently homeless or are struggling to keep their current rental housing; and to provide outreach to San Franciscans to better inform them about their legal rights.

The Mayor’s Office of Housing has prioritized eviction prevention services and funds activities including legal services, tenant counseling, rental assistance, move-in assistance, know your rights trainings, and other types of tenant support. Services are offered through a diverse group of community based organizations that reach San Francisco’s many communities including seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants, the homeless and families.

The HSA will issue an ‘Invitation to Bid’ this week so eligible organizations can apply and use the HSA funding to expand their legal services in order for them to be available to vulnerable tenants within 30 days. It is anticipated that the additional HSA funds will help at least 150 households receive legal advice and representation.

The Fantasies of Randy Shaw – Why Does His Non-Profit Have a $90 Million Budget? Is the Twitterloin Now Affordable?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Here’s the promise, from Randy Shaw‘s “Uptown Tenderloin” initiative:

The neighborhood is now being transformed into an exciting and desirable area where restaurants, theaters and other small businesses prosper, and low-income people of diverse ethnicities can still afford to live.”

And here’s the reality:

Mind you, these are studios in the high-crime Tenderloin area.

Does anyone think that “low-income people” of any ethnicity can “still afford to live” in the Tenderloin?

Uh, Is Newly-Installed Supervisor London Breed Starting Race War 2013? Blacks vs. Asians – Competing for Govt. Housing

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Yeah, uh, here’s the highlight of District Five Supervisor London Breed’s stream-of consciousness interview with Andrew Dudley of Haighteration.

“What everyone talks about, as a gimmick, is “affordable housing.” I served on the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commission. We build tons of units of affordable housing, only to watch as people who live across the street from these units, who deserve to have access to these units, because of the lottery system and an organization — I’m not going to call any names, but they’re very organized, and they monopolize a lot of the affordable housing developments. So what happens to the person suffering through six roommates who wants to go to the next level? What happens to the people who want to come out of public housing and go to the next level? What happens to the people who suffered through, listening to the hammers and the construction and the lack of parking and everything else, why do they not have the ability to access this affordable housing? It’s because there’s one small group of people who control it, and they could care less who actually gets it.

That’s number one. Number two, you have some people being pushed out of affordable housing, and then you have others that are moving into that housing. And sometimes, the people who are in these different public housing developments — and I’m not discriminating against anyone, but sometimes they’re not even U.S. citizens — we are not doing enough to look at the people who are here now, and how we can help protect the folks who are here now and give them access to affordable housing. We’re so concerned about people coming from another state, or people coming from another country, making San Francisco attractive for everybody — except people who live here!

And I don’t mind people coming and moving here. I love diversity. I love meeting new people with new experiences. I love the different cultures — I think it’s great and makes San Francisco what it is — but we’re also continuing down a really dangerous path of wealthy and poor, and no in between. No place to go for the middle class. No place to go for the people who have stepped right out of poverty. No place. And the fact that I’m holding on for dear life, and I’m now the Supervisor — it’s really scary to me. We’ve got to look at all this affordable housing that we build, and how do we really give people opportunities. We get money from the federal government for housing, and they require a lottery system. But is it really diversity if one ethnic group monopolizes the lottery and gets all of the affordable units?”

Yowzer.

(So when Asians and Asian-Americans complain of being bullied by African Americans in San Francisco public housing, this is the nativist attitude* that they are referencing)

Does one ethnic group in get _all_ the affordable units in San Francisco? Really?

And I’ll have to say that somebody sure still sounds pissed over stuff like this: 

On it goes.

*The last time I’ve heard this issue discussed in the media was when former Mayor Willie Brown (apparently improperly) intervened in an individual case to get the only Asian / Asian-American family out of one particular PJ and into another PJ that already had Asian / Asian-Americans. They might have been the relatives of the woman who did his nails, something like that. This was in the 1990′s.

OMG, It’s the FREE FARM at Eddy and Gough – Urban Gardening – Tons of Produce – Why Not Volunteer?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Get all the deets of the FREE FARM right here.

“The Free Farm is an urban farm founded in January 2010, by a constellation of non-profit organizations in San Francisco. We are located on a 1/3 acre lot on the corner of Gough and Eddy Streets on a parcel loaned to us by St. Paulus Lutheran Church. In our first year we have built a farm, grown and given away over 2,500 pounds of fresh organic produce, convened gardening and urban homesteading workshops, and hosted community, school, and religious groups. Come by on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm or the first Sunday of the month from 10am – noon, to visit the farm or lend a hand.”

Why don’t you check things out the next time you’re in the Western Addition?

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All the deets:

“Since its creation in January 2010, the Free Farm, as become many things to many different people. 

These are some of our intentions:

-to cultivate the earth by growing fresh organic vegetables 
-to cultivate ourselves by tending to the well-being of body and mind, soul, and spirit
-to cultivate society by creating a microcosm of mutuality, simplicity, generosity, and love

How we live out our intentions:

-grow and give away food, seedlings, and garden supplies to those who are in need

-offer garden, environmental, wellness education
-facilitate diverse spiritual practices
-advocate for environmental, climate, and food justice
-practice hospitality and host community events”

See you there!

Our 102-Year-Old Roxie Theatre Explains Why It Applied for Permission to Start Serving Smooth, Refreshing Beer

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I don’t know, do you think the Roxie should be able to serve beer?

(I don’t care. Sure, why not?)

Things didn’t work out a half-decade back, back in aught-six:

Soon to be offering BEER!  You heard it here first. Always interesting programming of flicks not found in the ubiquitous multiplex.  Even if I’ve never visited without wishing I could power wash the interior, who wouldn’t love a good movie and a BEER?”

The NIMBYs put the kibosh on that effort.

Here’s an update this AM, straight from the Roxie Theatre itself:

Cold Beer At The Roxie Theater!

At a spry 102-years young, the Roxie Theatre has applied for a permanent beer license. Over the past year, the Roxie has used its non-profit status to obtain day use permits for on-site alcohol, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that we’re trying to make it permanent. Our application is in!

The Roxie hopes to add beer sales as part of its mission statement to make the theater a place of gathering and celebration, as well as a business model for the survival of neighborhood theatres. In 2008, the Roxie became a non-profit. With the litany of struggles independent theaters have faced recently (illustrated by the closing of the Red Vic), beer sales will help increase our revenue by offering a more complete night out, as well as drawing new folks into our one-of-a-kind mixture of programs unparalleled in the Bay Area.

Have no fear- The Roxie is dedicated to its mission of reaching the widest and most diverse audiences and our programming will continue to reflect this cause. You will still find a smattering of family friendly events throughout our calendar, and all of our programs will clearly indicate when it’s for only those 21 and over. It has not yet been decided if beer will be offered every day, just weekends or just special events. We care the most about building a community, so we invite you to join us at this exciting new chapter so that we can develop this model together.”

craigslist and craigconnects Founder Craig Newmark Announce Campaign to Support Veterans and Military Families

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Do you know about craigconnects from craigslist Founder Craig Newmark? It’s his:

“…personal, Web-based initiative aimed at helping people work together for the common good using the Internet. In addition to veterans’ organizations, the initiative spotlights many other organizations and agencies working in the areas of community building, connectivity, journalism integrity, open government, service and volunteering, and technology for social good.”

OK then.

Here’s the latest, he’s promoting these groups:

In craig’s words:Appears as if Eddie Money and NASCAR CEO Brian France will be involved as well. All the deets:

“craigslist and craigconnects Founder Craig Newmark Announce Campaign to Support Veterans and Military Families

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2011 — craigslist and craigconnects founder Craig Newmark today launched a month-long campaign to support non-profit and government organizations that successfully work with veterans and military families. The campaign is part of his craigconnects initiative launched in March, and includes a $100,000 grant challenge for four highly respected non-profit veterans’ organizations, as well as extensive social media outreach by Newmark and the organizations involved.

“A lot of people do a lot of good work to help military families and vets, and I’d like to bring attention to them and to provide some direct support,” said Newmark.

The non-profit organizations selected for the campaign are Blue Star Families, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Intrepid Foundation, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The four will participate in a grant challenge to raise funds from their existing and new supporters.

“These guys really get the job done, effectively providing services and advocacy where they’re needed,” said Newmark.

Newmark said he will donate a total of $100,000 to the four organizations based on the number of donations they receive during the challenge, rather than the amount of money they raise. “What I want to do with craigconnects is help build involvement, not just raise money. All non-profits need money, but what they really need are supporters who will be there long-term. I hope everybody will come to our site, check out these groups, and decide which they want to support.”

He added that he is also using social and traditional media to support government agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs and local VA medical centers. “They’re starting to use social media to provide better customer service and outreach to our veterans,” he said. “I want people to know about the good stuff they’re getting done.”

Additionally, the non-profit organizations will participate in craigconnects’ extensive social media effort through Twitter, Facebook, and the craigconnects website. Guest authors on the site will include several individuals prominent in the field of veterans support, including NASCAR CEO Brian France and entertainer Eddie Money. Newmark said guest authors will write about the organizations and issues they support.

craigconnects is Newmark’s personal, Web-based initiative aimed at helping people work together for the common good using the Internet. In addition to veterans’ organizations, the initiative spotlights many other organizations and agencies working in the areas of community building, connectivity, journalism integrity, open government, service and volunteering, and technology for social good.

To find out more or participate, visit http://www.craigconnects.org.”

Bon courage, craigconnects!

Chinatown’s Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation Gets a 40-Year Lease for the Great Garage of Kearny Street

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Our 3.5-star-rated Portsmouth Square Plaza Garage has a new 40-year lease. Hurray?

Is this arrangement a “Transit First” kind of deal?

Sure, why not.

Will this arrangement please Mayor of Chinatown Rose Pak?

Only Time Will Tell.

Anyway, all the deets, below.

“Board of Supervisors Approves New Lease with Community non-profit Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation for the Portsmouth Square Garage - Chinatown based non-profit will operate the Portsmouth Square garage for the next 40 years.

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 40-year lease with the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation, Chinatown based non-profit for the operation of the Portsmouth Square Garage.

The lease, which was sponsored by Board of Supervisors President and Supervisor for Chinatown, David Chiu, will ensure that the garage will continue to be overseen by Chinatown community leaders. Under the terms of the lease, the Recreation and Park Department will receive all operating profit from the garage while the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation operates the garage without receiving a management fee or share of the profits.

“In 1962, the Chinatown community banded together to build the Portsmouth Square Garage,” said Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “Today’s approval means that this neighborhood asset will remain in the hands of the residents and businesses that it serves for generations to come.”

The Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation was founded by Chinatown business and community leaders in 1960 in response to the growing need for a parking garage in the neighborhood. Since that time the non-profit Board of Directors has constructed, financed and operated the garage for nearly five decades, all without ever receiving any compensation.

“For 50 years the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation has served the Chinatown community both in operating this garage and in providing small grants to other community based non-profits,” said President Chiu. “For the next forty years, this community non-profit will provide high quality local jobs, help develop the Chinatown and San Francisco economies and support the numerous non-profits that provide services to Chinatown.”

Built in 1962, the Portsmouth Square Garage has 504 parking spaces and generates approximately $1.3 million annually to support the Recreation and Park Department. The Garage is one of five City owned garages operated by non-profit Boards including the City’s two largest Garages, the Fifth and Mission and Sutter-Stockton Garages.

“Our Board and the entire Chinese Community are pleased that the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the new 40 year lease,” said Jerry Lee Chinatown based Attorney and Treasurer of the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation. “Now comes the challenge of updating the garage to increase parking, energy efficiency and revenues to benefit both the City and community.”