Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

Compare and Contrast: Marin County’s Bicycle Movement vs. San Francisco’s – Point / Counterpoint with Marinite Dick Spostwood

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Check it out:

Dick Spotswood: Marin bike lobby’s political clout is slipping – Marin Independent Journal

1. Hey, SF County has a “powerful bicycle lobby” as well – so let’s take a look, paragraph by paragraph. I should say though, that if I were running things bike-wise in Marin, I prolly wouldn’t listen to Dick Spotswood at all.

2. I’ll bet you the Marin County real estate industry, for instance, has lobbyists more effective than the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s, to keep things in perspective.

3. So DS is promoting a “silent majority” argument against a minority of a minority? OK fine, but it sounds like he’s mad at just a small number of bikers. And what’s this – “self-righteous on-the-road arrogance?” We have a bit of that on our side of The Bridge also.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Well, I didn’t know all that stuff. San Francisco County Supervisors don’t really have to worry about people coming after them for excessive bike advocacy, so this makes Marin seem a lot different than SF. I’ll tell you, riding through a smelly old train tunnel sounds like something worth trying, once or twice anyway. (I could go either way on whether opening these tunnels makes sense, cost benefit-wise – I don’t know much about them.)

9, 10. Charging people for walking or riding across the GGB is a real non-starter, like something that’s never going to happen ever again. (Actually, I wouldn’t mind if the state of CA rolled governance of the GGB into the BATA and then cast Golden Gate Transit out, leaving Marin County to pay for Marin County’s transit system. JMO.)

11. “Biker-anarchist Critical Mass” isn’t all that much these days and it doesn’t operate “most Fridays,” just some Fridays, just once a month, actually.

12. My understanding is that “bicycles are generally restricted from narrow, single-track trails” on Mt Tam, but perhaps some trails have been opened up recently? IDK.

13. What’s this, the  Marin bike movement was “hijacked by big-time developers and their regional alphabet agencies’ allies.” Wow, yes, the same thing happened in SF over the past quarter-century – this is the era of the “urbanst,” indeed.

14. We have a similar dynamic in SF, but it’d be hard to imagine bike advocacy ever being a “ballot box negative” down here.

15. Oh, at long last, the TO BE SURE graf! Finally, all the way at the bottom. Hurrah!

16, 17. Oh, and now come the bromides for the bike movement of Marin. IDK, if I had a lot of time and not much money, I’d get my buds to pack into political meetings as well.

All right, that’s it.

(Oh, I’ll add that the membership at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition appears to have dropped something close to 20% from the high of a few years back. The SFBC has been captured by SFGov, so  these days it pays more heed to whichever Mayor is in currently in office than its remaining membership. JMO.)

Richmond District Supervisor Eric Mar Schools Volunteers at the Starbucks Coffee Ocean Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Does Starbucks Coffee have a portable indoor-outdoor lectern ready for public events like today‘s at our non-closed-down* Ocean Beach?

No doubt. See?

Click to expand – via GregCrump

(Now, speaking of Supervisor Eric Mar, was he really “made to look like a fool on national television,” recently? Nope. E. M. knows exactly what he’s doing. And hey, K.G., don’t you wish you were a Supervisor on national television talking about your pet issue? Oh, that’s right, E. M. is electable and you, at least so far, are not. O.K. fine. But keep reaching for those rainbows, Ken Garcia.)

Bon courage, Starbucks volunteers!

*Well, as far as the Feds are concerned (is Boner really that orange, IRL? Replace Color; click anywhere on the face; saturation slider to the left, a way to the left; Save) it’s open, anyway.

Unwelcome Machine Gun: California Won’t Let Retired San Diego Cop Keep His Assault Weapon

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I don’t know, sometimes when a police dog gets old, they’ll let a retiring police officer do an adoption deal, but that kind of thing’s not going to happen with assault weapons and retired cops in California anytime soon.

Why? Because of this recent bit here from the AG’s office.

See?

I don’t know, I wouldn’t mind living in a neighborhood full of retired cops with unnecessary firepower. It’d be just like Switzerland where every house has some sort of gun, practically. And nobody messes with Switzerland.

And wouldn’t this scene with Clint Eastwood be more effective if he had some sort of World-War I-era machine gun in his hand?

No doubt.

UC Hastings Throws Down: Defeats Christian Legal Society in U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Remember that whole thing with U.C. Hastings (the largest and oldest law school in the West) getting into it with the Christian Legal Society? Well, it’s over, with Hastings winning in a 5-4 decision.

(That means that there will be one less thing for incoming Dean Frank H. Wu to worry about when he takes over on July 1.)

Get all the deets, here and below, and see what the CLS has to say, after the jump, and oh, here’s a nice take already from fast-working Bob Egelko.

The flag of Victory, or something, flying above The Tower at 100 McAllister:

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms UC Hastings’ Policy in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, et al. Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, et al., signifying an important win in the country’s highest court for the College’s policy on recognition of student organizations and for higher education generally.

In the ruling authored by Justice Ginsburg, the decision stated: “Compliance with Hastings’ all-comers policy, we conclude, is a reasonable, viewpoint-neutral condition on access to the student-organization forum.”

“We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision.  The College’s intent has always been to ensure the leadership, educational and social opportunities afforded by officially recognized student organizations are available to all students attending public institutions.  The Court’s ruling validates our policy, which is rooted in equity and fairness,” said Leo Martinez, Acting Chancellor and Dean, Hastings College of the Law.  

Justice Ginsburg delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justices Stevens, Kennedy, Breyer and Sotomayor joined.  Justices Stevens and Kennedy joined the majority opinion in full and filed concurring opinions.  Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion in which Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia and Thomas joined.  

COURT’S DECISION:        Available at http://www.supremecourt.gov/

BRIEFS:        Available at http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/briefs/april2010.shtml

As promised, the Christians Speak, after the jump.

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