Posts Tagged ‘nonprofit’

White San Francisco Progressives Oppose Free Sunday Parking But Berkeley “Progressive” Randy Shaw Does Not – Why?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I’ll tell you why.

It’s because east-bay government contractor Randy Shaw is in the tank for Mayor Ed Lee.

So whenever Mayor Ed Lee changes his position on some issue, Randy Shaw just might very well put on his cheerleader uniform (it still fits!) and start waving his pom-poms.

Thusly.

“All San Franciscans should cheer Mayor Ed Lee’s plans to return to Sunday free meter parking.”

Is Randy Shaw a “journalist?”

“San Francisco’s Tenderloin is the city’s last remaining working-class neighborhood. And it is the only residential neighborhood in the city without any residential parking program.”

Is that true? NOPE!

“Tenderloin residents cannot park in front of their apartments or SRO’s…”

Suffer the poor SRO residents who can’t park for free all day long right in front of their buildings like a rock star! East Bay resident Randy Shaw weeps for them.

“Free Sunday parking should be sacrosanct.”

All right Randy, you know what we should do?  We should poll all the mansion dwellers of Berkeley, CA and then use the results to determine parking policy for San Francisco, why not?

And Randy? Why not work on spending our money better?

Oh Sweet Jesus! SFMTA Chairman Tom Nolan Used To Take Over $300k Per Year from Project Open Hand?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

All right, babe, you tell me if I’m doing this wrong (.pdf*)

How is this** possible?

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For this kind of money, POH could probably lure Thomas J. Nolan, the real deal, up from Los Angeles as a kind semi-retirement deal.

And then the Executive Director of Project Open Hand would have some backbone.

END OF LINE.

*Bad things happen after I try to read pdf’s these days, so this news sounds appealing to me: Oracle Joins Adobe, Microsoft in Giant January Patch Tuesday.

**Mike Petrelis, the reason why people think you were trying to “peak” at the “weiner” of an elected official mostly has to do with what you yourself wrote on your blog.  You’re just digging your hole deeper every time you  harp on this issue, however obliquely.

The “World’s Most Rodent-Packed Island” is in San Francisco – When Will We Let the Feds Kill the Mice on South Farallon?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Here we go, from the USA Today from a few months back:

“Those suffering from musophobia would be wise to steer clear of the South Farallon Islands. The archipelago, which sits just 27 miles off San Francisco, is the most rodent-dense island in the world, with an average of 500 Eurasian house mice occupying each of its 120 acres (that’s 60,000 total).”

Now I’ll tell you, I have had it with these motherfucking mice on this motherfucking island.

So why don’t we finally get rid of them, like this:

South Farallon Islands Invasive House Mouse Eradication Project: Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement

(That’s posted on a either pro-mouse or anti-mouse website – I just can’t tell and don’t really care.)

A few years back, up in Alaska, the Feds killed off all the rats on Rat Island in the Rat Island Group:

THE RAT ISLAND RAT ERADICATION PROJECT: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF NONTARGET MORTALITY - Final report issued December 2010

See? That was a huge success. Now the chopper pilots were nervous up there ’cause a big storm was coming so they wanted to bug out of there with a quickness so they didn’t follow their marching orders very well so more bald eagles died than was necessary. But they killed all the rats on Rat Island, hurray!

All we need to do is nothing. Then the feds can get off their asses and start killing all the mice.

“More study” is NOT needed.

That’s your update.

A relatively fog-free day in the Sunset District.

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Through the tinted glass of the ginourmous windows of Yelp-rated Sava Pool

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From a higher sperspective in the Twin Peaks area, on an exceptionally clear morning.

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Can you see the lighthouse on the top of South East Farallon Island?

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Noisy Canon 10D at 840mm, from Christmas Tree Point Road, a skosh more than 30 miles away…

Randy Shaw’s Phoney-Baloney “Uptown” Tenderloin Protest Gets Covered by His Phoney-Baloney “Beyond Chron”

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Here’s a little background on Randy Shaw, who pays himself a six-figure salary with your money, who lives in a house bigger than yours, who lives in a neighborhood better than yours, who lives farther away from the Tenderloin than you, you know, in the next county over:

“Randy Shaw’s Power Plays – Sixteen years ago, Randy Shaw started a housing clinic with $50 and a good idea: educating tenants. Now he’s got more than $900,000 a year to spend — and clout to match.”

And that was written seventeen years ago.

And what good has the Tenderloin Housing Clinic Beyond Chron Randy Shaw empire done with the hundreds of millions given to it by SFGov the past third of century or so, anything at all?

Well you should take a tour of the place when you get the chance.

Speaking of which, Randy Shaw wants our Chief of Police to take a tour of the Twitterloin so the rent-seekers of the Twitterloin should walk on down to the Hall of Justice with a demand to take a tour of the Twitterloin?

And who’s paying for this foofaraw?

I’ll give you just one guess, San Francisco Taxpayer.

Anyway, here’s part of it, from the house organ of the Randy Shaw empire:

“Tenderloin Residents Challenge Chief Suhr to Tour Neighborhood, Increase Police 
by Karin Drucker‚ May. 31‚ 2013

“A delegation of 30 Tenderloin residents and workers went to the Hall of Justice on May 30 to deliver petitions including over 1500 signatures to SFPD Chief Greg Suhr.”

AND WHO’S PAYING FOR THIS? SFGOV? PERHAPS THE SFMTA COULD PAY ITSELF TO MARCH OVER TO THE SFPUC TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ILLEGAL PARKING BY SFPUC EMPLOYEES?

“As BeyondChron reported yesterday, people were lining up for nearly two weeks to sign the petitions, which invited Suhr to visit the Tenderloin to get a first-hand view of the need for more police and to then announce whether he was satisfied with neighborhood safety.”

OOH, I KNOW,  WHY DON’T WE DEFUND THE TENDERLOIN HOUSING CLINIC TO FREE UP MONEY TO PAY FOR MORE POLICE DEDICATED FOR THE TENDERLOIN? I’LL BET _THAT_ PROPOSAL WOULD MEET WITH GREG SUHR’S APPROVAL!

“In fact, the petition is perhaps most notable because it refutes the common-place narrative that residents of the Tenderloin do not care about the state of public safety. It’s just not true.”

THIS IS COLLEGE GIRL KARIN DRUCKER, FROM OBERLIN WITH LOVE, JUST A YEAR OR TWO AGO, ACTUALLY, ATTEMPTING TO SLAY HER SELF-CREATED STRAW DOG. UH, DO YOU DO _EVERYTHING_ RANDY SHAW TELLS YOU TO DO? ISN’T THAT, IN ITSELF, “DEMEANING” TO YOURSELF? BTW, WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA,  WAN OBIE.

ON IT GOES…

Now ironically, we’re in the era of stepped-up patrols in the greater Tenderloin area.

Like this was the scene on Market just yesterday, just as Randy Shaw was dispatching his flying monkeys to the HOJ:

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I’m counting four fresh-faced recruits near Fifth heading towards Sixth. Of course this might not be the exact block (of Skid Row or the Tenderloin or the Twitterloin or whatever you want to call the area that the Tenderloin Housing Clinic has created over the years) that Randy Shaw wants patrolled but it’s something new, right?

On It Goes…

Here It Is, Twitter’s Half-Assed “Community Benefit Agreement” – A Series of Promises Made in Lieu of Paying Taxes

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Find below Twitter’s “Community Benefit Agreement” with the City of San Francisco. It’s what Twitter’s going to do in lieu of paying the Gavin Newsom Tax of 2004, which, you know, was signed into law by former Mayor Gavin Newsom back in aught-four.

Let’s see:

1. Uh, wasn’t Twitter supposed to have provided free WiFi for the ‘hood by now? I think so, but there’s no word on when we’re going to get that.

2. Isn’t this CBA just a series of vague promises, fundamentally?

3. And Twitter doesn’t even have to do all that it promises? Check it: “Completion of at least 80% of items in the CBA will be deemed as successful, provided that a good faith effort was made to achieve all items.”

Now if Twitter wanted to be a good corporate citizen, it would simply pay its fucking taxes as if it didn’t have a  Community Benefit Agreement with SFGov, as if Republican Ron Conway hadn’t spent a million bucks on Mayor Ed Lee and allies.

Oh well.

“Twitter designates Jenna Sampson as the community liaison.” So that’s one down and eleven to go – T is already 8.25% done, leaving a mere 71.75% of its promises to keep. Here she is: 

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All right, the gritty nitty:

“COMMUNITY BENEFIT AGREEMENT 2013
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
(CCSF Business & Tax Regulations Code §906.3(c)(5))
between
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO CITY ADMINISTRATOR, and TWITTER, INC.
THIS COMMUNITY BENEFIT AGREEMENT 2013 MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING is made as of January 1, 2013 in the City and County of San Francisco, State of California, by and between TWITTER, INC. (“Twitter”) and the CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, a municipal corporation (“City”) acting by and through the City Administrator,
WITNESSETH:
WHEREAS, San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code Article 12-A (“Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance”) establishes a Payroll Expense Tax within the City and County of San Francisco; and,
WHEREAS, Section 906.3 “Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion” (“Section 906.3″) of the Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance provides an exclusion from the Payroll Expense Tax for defined persons and businesses within the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area, for certain periods of time; and,
WHEREAS, pursuant to Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance §902, a “person” or business is defined for this purpose by San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code Article 6, §6.2-15; and,
WHEREAS, in order for a person or business to qualify for the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion, Section 906.3 requires filing
of a timely application with the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (“OEWD”) on a form that has been approved by OEWD and the City’s Treasurer-Tax Collector; and,
WHEREAS, Section 906.3(c)(5) further provides that, as part of the application, a person or business with an annual payroll expense that exceeds one million dollars as defined, “shall enter into a binding Community Benefit Agreement with the City Administrator in order to be eligible for the payroll expense tax exclusion under this Section;” and
WHEREAS, Twitter submitted an initial application for Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion to OEWD utilizing an application form approved by OEWD and must enter into a binding Community Benefit Agreement in 2013 with the City Administratorto be granted its payroll tax exclusion; and,
WHEREAS, on behalf of the City, the City Administrator wishes to enter into the Community Benefit Agreement with Twitter for this purpose; and,
WHEREAS, Twitter and the City Administrator have mutually agreed to the terms of Twitter Community Benefit Agreement 2013 that is attached and incorporated herein by reference as Appendix A; and,

WHEREAS, as set forth in this Community Benefit Agreement 2013, Twitter will seek to:
1. Create meaningful engagement in the community;
2. Support nonprofit capacity building in social media;
3. Support workforce development, equal benefits and labor standards
4. Establish a local nonprofit grants program
5. Improve educational outcomes for youth
6. Provide pro bono legal assistance
7. Support local arts and cultural groups
8. Support physical neighborhood improvements
9. Embrace digital inclusion to reverse the digital divide
10. Preserve affordable housing and tackle homelessness
11. Commit to local purchasing
12. Appoint a community liaison

WHEREAS, Twitter will expend commerciallyreasonableefforts to fulfill its responsibilities under this Community Benefit Agreement 2013; and,
WHEREAS, the Parties each acknowledge and understand that this Community Benefit Agreement is entered into and binding upon Twitter for calendar year 2013 pursuant to San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code §906.3, provided that OEWD (as verified by the Treasurer-Tax Collector) finally determines that Twitter is
eligible for the exclusion; and,
WHEREAS, the Parties each acknowledge and understand that, pursuant to Section 906.3(c)(5), Twitter may request that the City Administrator enter into other Community Benefit Agreements with Twitter in future years and that the City Administrator may require different or additional provisions in such future Agreements; and,
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to memorialize their agreement to the Twitter Community Benefit Agreement 2013 that is attached and incorporated herein by reference as Appendix A, by a Memorandum of Understanding:
NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties voluntarily enter into this Community Benefit Agreement 2013 Memorandum of Understanding and hereby adopt the Twitter Community Benefit Agreement 2013 that is attached and incorporated herein by reference as Appendix A, as Twitter’s calendar year 2013 binding Community Benefit Agreement with the City Administrator under San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code §906.3(c)(5).
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Twitter Community Benefit Agreement 2013 Memorandum of Understanding to be duly executed as of the date first specified herein.
– Appendix A –
TWITTER COMMUNITY BENEFIT AGREEMENT 2013
Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”) will focus its efforts in establishing, as set forth in this community benefit agreement, those issues deemed the highest priority by the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Citizens Advisory Committee (“CAC,” San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code §906.3-1), and the residents, small businesses, and the various community organizations advocating for the Central Market Street neighborhood and the Tenderloin. As defined in City Business Tax & Regulations Code section 906.3(b)(1): “The “Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area” means the area located in downtown San Francisco, generally including: parcels fronting the south side of Market Street from Eleventh Street to Sixth Street; a portion of parcels fronting the south side of Market Street from Sixth Street to Fifth Street (odd numbered addresses from 999 to 933 Market Street); parcels fronting the north side of Market Street from Van Ness Avenue to Eighth Street; 875 Stevenson Street; and parcels in the area bordered by: Ellis Street from Polk Street to Mason Street (south side only); Mason Street, from Ellis Street to Market Street (west side only); Market Street, from Mason Street to Charles J. Brenham Place (north side only); Charles J. Brenham Place, from Market Street to McAllister Street (east side only); McAllister Street, from Charles J. Brenham Place to Larkin Street (north side only); Larkin Street, from McAllister Street to Eddy Street (east side only); Eddy Street, from Larkin Street to Polk Street (north side only); and Polk Street from Eddy Street to Ellis Street (east side only).” Collectively called “mid-Market.”

As Twitter enters its first Community Benefits Agreement, it believes that the highest priorities for the community are workforce development and job stability, creating equity and bridging the digital divide, and fostering an intimate and organic relationship with the numerous community organizations working to improve the Tenderloin and the mid-Market area.
Last year alone, Twitter began partnering with nonprofit organizations in the Central Market and Tenderloin community. Organizations assisted by Twitter to date include Intersection for the Arts, the YMCA, Tenderloin Tech Lab, Central City Hospitality House, Project Homeless Connect, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, St. Anthony’s Dining Room, Hamilton Family Center, DeMarillac Academy, Glide Memorial, Tenderloin Community School, HOMEY, Larkin Street Youth Services, La Casa de las Madres, Project Open Hand, and KIPP Charter Schools. These groups and others may benefit this year through the CBA that Twitter has developed.
In creating this Community Benefits Agreement with the City and County of San
Francisco, an agreement included in the application process for the payroll expense tax exclusion in Central Market Street and Tenderloin area, Twitter would like to emphasize that its intention is to grow the Community Benefit Agreement each consecutive year that it takes advantage of the payroll tax exclusion. Therefore we have created a Community Benefit Agreement that is scalable, and as it grows, will not exhaust Twitter’s resources so that it can continue to deliver an increasingly robust CBA.
Twitter believes it can fulfill its commitment to the community and honor the required Community Benefit Agreement in the following ways:

KEY FEATURE #1: Create meaningful engagement with the community As a new neighbor in the Central Market and Tenderloin, Twitter is committed to meaningful engagement with the community. While financial support is part of this engagement, it is more important for employees to have direct and sustained engagement with the community. Twitter will encourage all employees to volunteer in the Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods. The company will sponsor two “Days for Good” in 2013 where employees will be encouraged and enabled by senior managementto participate in volunteerism. Employees will be compensated for these community volunteer days as if they were usual work days. Twitter’s community liaison and employees will select community-based organizations for volunteer days, consistent with the Citizens Advisory Committee framework, and will notify the City Administrator’s Office of its selections. Areas of interest expressed by Twitter in year one include helping youth and seniors, bridging the digital divide, assisting with IT improvements at various nonprofits, supporting arts and cultural groups, and maintaining and improving neighborhood parks. Twitter will establish a localized website based on its successful www.hope140.org that chronicles its efforts in the Central Market and Tenderloin. This website will informcommunity members about Twitter’s progress on its CBA as well as other community efforts it supports. Twitter will encourage employees to join Boards of Directors of local community nonprofits, to lend their fiscal and personal expertise to governance of local community based organizations.

KEY FEATURE #2: Support nonprofit capacity building in social media Given the thousands of new employees coming to Central Market and the Tenderloin, nonprofits in the area are well positioned to gain financial support and volunteers through increased use of social media. However, producing an effective social media program may require capacity building and technical assistance. Twitter will assist local nonprofits in enhancing their social media program.
Twitter employees will provide technical assistance and capacity building, as described below, to at least 15 nonprofit organizations in the Central Market and Tenderloin. These technical assistance and capacity building efforts will include training on how to best use social media, a review of existing social media utilization, if any, and recommendations on how to make social media more integral to the group’s success. Twitter will offer$60,000 worth of credit for Promoted Tweetsto nonprofits in the Central Market and Tenderloin.

KEY FEATURE #3: Support workforce development
As good-paying jobs are created in the Central Market and Tenderloin, it is crucial that all people have access to economic growth. Since some San Franciscans face barriers to employment or lack required skills, the United States Department of Labor has funded TechSF, an initiative to train and place workers in these companies. Mayor Lee announced a commitment to creating 2,500 tech jobs for these individuals in the next five years. This Community Benefit Agreement helps support these goals as follows:
Training and hiring San Franciscans Twitter will partner with the City and County of San Francisco to train and hire eligible and qualified San Franciscans through the First Source Hiring program, which works in conjunction with community-based organizations specializing in providing training and placement for jobs or internships. Twitter will participate in the TechSF initiative by attending at least one TechSF event in 2013, and maintaining regular contact with the Mayor’s Office of Innovation on its progress.
Assisting economically disadvantaged populations Twitter will work with organizations that attempt to place hard to reach populations into employment, including youth, people with disabilities, women and girls, people of color, survivors of domestic violence, people receiving public assistance and returning veterans to deliver meaningful employment opportunities in 2013. Twitter employees will participate in at least two events per year targeted at economically disadvantaged individuals to share tips on how to gain employment with the company and similar firms.

KEY FEATURE #4: Establish a local nonprofit grant program
Twitter is interested in providing direct financial support to organizations whose work benefits the Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhood. These grants will be reviewedby a committee of Twitter employees, who will provide input on and
assess applications from deserving organizations. It is assumed this program will grow each year of the Community Benefits Agreement. Twitter will establish a local nonprofit grant program to support nonprofits in the Central Market and Tenderloin, with a first year budget of at least $60,000. Twitter will convene an internal review group, to examineproposals and make recommendations to senior management on grant awards. Decisions on which groups to fund shall be determined solely by Twitter and are not subject to protest or appeal. Financial grant awards between Twitter and nonprofit organizations will include benchmarks or metrics to assess progress toward achieving the objectives for which grants are awarded.

KEY FEATURE #5: Improve educational outcomes for youth
Twitter is committed to improving educational outcomes for youth, and ending disparities that impact young women and people of color. Twitter has already worked with groups focused on science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) for young women, partnering with groups such as Girls who Code, Black Girls Code and KIPP schools. Twitter will encourage employees to volunteer as tutors at local schools, including the Tenderloin Community School, Bessie Carmichael Elementary School and other independent schools in the Central Market and Tenderloin area. Twitter will donate computers and IT equipment to local schools and nonprofits serving youth, in an amount valued at no less than $50,000. Twitter will partner with at least twoorganizations serving transitional age youth (aged 18-24) to provide opportunities for internships, mentoring, or matching grants for youth led programs.

KEY FEATURE #6: Provide pro bono legal assistance
Twitter has an experienced legal team that handles legal and regulatory issues for the company. These talented attorneys are interested in assisting through nonprofit pro bono legal counseling efforts to assist residents of Central Market and Tenderloin in resolving legal concerns. Twitter employees will partner with the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (VLSP) and volunteer with its Housing Negotiation Project and the Housing Advocacy Project.
Twitter employees will also participate and assist in a Project Homeless Connect event that occurs annually in the local community.

KEY FEATURE #7: Support local arts and cultural groups
Twitter is committed to support local arts and cultural institutions in the area. Over the course of the first year of the Twitter CBA, Twitter’s community liaison and interested employees will visit arts organizations to determine the best partnerships moving forward. In addition to providing grants through the local grant program, Twitter intends to partner with arts groups in the following ways: Twitter will purchase tickets for groups of employees to attend local performances at least four times in 2013. Twitter will encourage employees to attend local arts and cultural programming by making information on these opportunities available to employees.

KEY FEATURE #8: Support physical neighborhood improvements
Like every community, the Central Market and Tenderloin need neighborhood improvements to continually provide safe, clean spaces for people to work and play, and to move people and goods throughout the area. In year one of the CBA, Twitter will work with community members to improve the urban forest, make meaningful investments in open space, and support transportation improvements that benefit the entire community in the following ways: Twitter employees will participate in at least one street tree planting day in 2013, through a combination of employee volunteerism or direct contribution. This planting day may be combined with either of the two volunteer days. Twitter will make employees aware of the Department of Public Works’ Community Clean Team event in District Six next year so they may participate. Twitter will participate in the public process to determine improvements to local transportation, including the process to renovate BART station entrances. If there is a “Sunday Streets” event in Central Market/Tenderloin, Twitter will make employees aware of it. Twitter will consultwith the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on ideas for improvements in the Central Market and Tenderloin that would benefit those who bicycle

KEY FEATURE #9: Embrace digital inclusion to reverse the digital divide
It is essential that all neighborhood residents have access to technology. While many have devices that allow them the ability to access the Internet, there is a need for greater wireless access at community facilities, hardware for low-income residents, and training for all. Twitter is committed to embracing digital inclusion to reverse the digital divide in the following ways: Twitter,in concert with other CBA companies, will assist the Mayor’s Office of Innovation in the City’s effort to conduct an assessment of opportunities to expand digital inclusion at nonprofit locations and in public rights of way in the local area, a process that will result in recommendations by the end of 2013. Twitter, in concert with other CBA companies, will engage with the Mayor’s Office of Innovation and the City Administrator’s office, to explore ways for implementing any of the recommendations contained in the City’s assessment described above.

KEY FEATURE #10: Preserveaffordable housing &tacklehomelessness
A major issue in the Central Market and Tenderloin communities is preserving affordable housing stock, expanding opportunities for low and moderate income people to secure affordable housing, and ending homelessness. Twitter, in concert with other CBA companies, will work in partnership with the Office of the City Administrator as the City develops an online affordable housing database for Central Market and the Tenderloin that would provide information on vacancies, wait-list status updates, income qualifications and contact information for housing and shelter in the area. Twitter will inform employees about Project Homeless Connect’s service days, which provide needed services to homeless individuals. These service days may be included in the two service days Twitter will provide to employees. In addition to the promoted Tweets credits, Twitter will choose and provide social media training to at least two community based housing organizations in the community so their residents and employees may better access social media.

KEY FEATURE #11: Commit to local purchasing
Keeping dollars in the local community is an important part of community benefits agreements. In making purchasing decisions, it is critical that Twitter source from local caterers, suppliers and restaurants where feasible. Twitter will commit to purchasing at least $200,000 worth of goods and services fromsmall businesses, local caterers, suppliers, and restaurants in the local community in 2013.

KEY FEATURE #12: Appointa community liaison
It is imperative that community members have a single point of contact to submit requests, concerns or compliments to Twitter. This liaison will ensure that community voices are heard and that employees know which internal person to contact when they are interested in getting involved in the community. Twitter designates Jenna Sampson as the community liaison Jenna can be reached at sf@twitter.com

Evaluation& Reporting The legislation authorizing the Central Market and Tenderloin Payroll Tax Exclusion requires the City Administrator to report on an annual basis on the program’s success. In addition, the Citizens’ Advisory Committee is required to report to the Board of Supervisors on a regular basis. To meet these reporting requirements, it is necessary for Twitter to report on its progress in meeting the Community Benefits Agreement’s goals and objectives. Twitter will report on its progress meeting goals and objectives in this CBA by reporting to the City Administrator once each quarter on which items have been completed, which have begun and are in progress, and which have not yet begun. A form will be provided for this report. Completion of at least 80% of items in the CBA will be deemed as successful, provided that a good faith effort was made to achieve all items

OMG, the New Mitsubishi i Cars are Here – All-Electric Fleet Vehicles Come to City CarShare

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Well, here it is:

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All the deets:

“Mitsubishi Motors Makes First Fleet Delivery of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) to Bay Area’s City CarShare

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2011  – Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with San Rafael Mitsubishi, conducted the very first fleet delivery of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i to the California Bay Area’s City CarShare in a special ceremony held at the Green Vehicle Showcase located in front of San Francisco City Hall Plaza on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.

City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the help of several other local nonprofits and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Their mission is to promote innovative mobility options to improve the environment and the quality of life in the Bay Area. By providing short-term access to cars City CarShare is reducing traffic congestion, parking problems and dependence on oil while promoting cleaner air and quieter streets.

“We are very pleased to introduce the all electric Mitsubishi i into our fleet. This vehicle brings us one step closer toward our goal of having 50% of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions in the Bay Area,” said Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare.

Numerous fleet orders have already been placed for the innovative, environmentally-friendly and fun-to-drive Mitsubishi i by a wide variety of organizations – multinational corporations, municipalities large and small, major utilities and nonprofit organizations – from New York to Hawaii.

“We thank the Bay Area’s City CarShare for being the first fleet recipient of our innovative 100% electric-powered vehicle,” said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). “City CarShare’s stated goals are to help promote modes of personal transportation that help improve the environment while reducing noise pollution as well as fossil fuel dependence, so the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the perfect vehicle to help achieve this nonprofit’s ambitious mission.”

The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information about the 2012 Mitsubishi i, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and i.mitsubishicars.com; for fleet sales information on Mitsubishi’s electric vehicle please log on to mitsubishicars.com/iMiEVfleet.

More information on the Bay Area’s City CarShare can be found at citycarshare.org.

SOURCE  Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.”

The Feds Don’t Know Jack About Solyndra or the Central Subway, But They DO Know How to Kill Mice on the Farallones

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Obviously, non-targeted species will be affected when the Feds airbomb the Farallon Islands with rodenticide to kill all those mice.

Like this one. See it? Here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.

But so what. What’s the deal?

This is one of the things that the feds do right.

Like, they were so effective up north not too long ago that Rat Island will need a new name after 229 years.

So, hurry up Feds, we’re waiting on you…

Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark Releases Infographic Detailing the Use of Social Media by Nonprofits

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Now, I myself can’t see Craig’s infographic cause I’m not on the Facebook, but you, well go ahead and “like” him and then you’ll be rewarded by getting to see what Craig wants to show you.

A photo from his FB:

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All the deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2011 — Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects, today released an infographic detailing the use of social media by leading nonprofit organizations. The infographic is available for viewing on Newmark’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/r7pm9H

“How the Top 50 Nonprofits Do Social Media” is a fact-filled, comprehensive look at which leading nonprofit organizations are most proactively and effectively using social media channels of communication like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and RSS feeds.

Do the highest earning nonprofits use social media the most effectively? Are they the most engaging? How are people responding and interacting? The infographic is intended to help answer those questions.

Findings revealed by the infographic include:

– 92 percent of the top 50 nonprofits have at least one social media
presence on their website homepage.
— PBS is the nonprofit organization with the most followers on Twitter -
840,653.
— The nonprofit following the most people on Twitter is the American
Cancer Society – 200,522.
— The American Red Cross was the first organization on the list to create
a Twitter account.
— Food for the Poor is the most talkative nonprofit on the list on
Facebook, and has posted 220 posts over the course of two months.
— The organization with the highest net income, the YMCA, only posted 19
times to Facebook in two months, but has over 24,000 fans.

Newmark, who often speaks at conferences on the value of social media outreach for nonprofits, said it appears that income does not increase a nonprofit’s visibility and interactions in the social media world. As shown on the infographic, some of the most social media savvy organizations are in the bottom quarter bracket in terms of income, yet they are clearly active on social media.

“The deal is, it’s not about money, it’s about getting people to talk with each other to make people’s lives better,” said Newmark.

Visit Newmark’s Facebook page for the infographic, which includes an explanation of the methodology and sources used in its development.

craigconnects is Newmark’s personal, Web-based initiative aimed at helping people work together for the common good using the Internet. The initiative spotlights organizations and agencies working in the areas of veterans and military families, public diplomacy, open government, back-to-basics journalism, consumer protection, and the use of technology for the common good. For more information, visit http://www.craigconnects.org

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“CitiReport” from Larry Bush is San Francisco’s BLOG OF THE YEAR for 2011: Mayor Ed Lee and “Run Ed Run”

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

That’s it, it’s over. Newish, bloggish CitiReport from Larry Bush is so far ahead that it wins BLOG OF THE YEAR already, just halfway through 2011.

Here’s the latest:

Run Ed Co-Chair’s Nonprofit Got $1 Million from Lee’s Office
by LARRY BUSH on 06/29/2011

“Gordon Chin, one of four co-chairs of the Run Ed Run campaign to draft Interim Mayor Ed Lee into this fall’s mayoral contest, heads a nonprofit awarded $1,136,000 directly from Mayor Lee’s office this year, an increase of more than $200,000 over the previous year.

“In total, Chin’s Chinatown Community Development Center received an additional million dollars from other city agencies and is in line for a multimillion contract as part of the Chinatown subway project. Between 2008/09 and the current year, the nonprofit has received $8,017,767 in city contracts, according to the Controller’s records.

“During this period, Chin and at least one of his board members have made political contributions to members of the Board of Supervisors and to candidates for the Board, despite a 2006 law that bans contributions from officers and directors of nonprofits that are negotiating or receive city contracts…”

And here’s the rest.