Posts Tagged ‘order’

Scenario: The City of Boston Makes Even More Mistakes and Then the USOC Decides to Bid a California City for the 2024 Olympics

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Well, here’s the news:

Boston’s 2024 Olympics Bid Thrown Into Doubt – Mayor Says He Wouldn’t Oppose a Referendum, Which Could Complicate or Endanger City’s Bid

And here’s your nut graf:

“Kamp and Futterman say, ‘The USOC would likely view even the prospect of a referendum as a major obstacle to the U.S. hosting the Summer Games for the first time since 1996 and could decide to nominate another city.’ The pair add, “USOC officials fear even a nonbinding referendum could signal a lack of public support to the international community.'”

Figure that the USOC has about six months to ponder matters.

So, what about the three Loser Cities?

DC: AHAHAHHAHAHAHA! Get crucial, Dude. That’s never going to happen. The USOC was just being nice to throw DC into the Final Four. DC could bribe 30% of the IOC and still lose the vote for any future Olympic Games.

SF:  Nope. The USOC knows that the opposition here in the bay area is even higher than in Boston. So it wouldn’t make sense to kick Boston to the curb over the unpopularity issue only to get it back three times worse in Frisco.

LA: Ding ding ding!

And I shouldn’t say LA, I should say DTLA, baby! The IOC thinks that LA is old hat, you know, now, but we’ve never had an Olympics in newfangled DTLA, the “urbanist’s” dream, as seen in that Her movie.

Anyway, that’s the scenario.

So, we Californians aren’t out of the woods yet…

 

 

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Did Mayor Ed Lee Sign a “Joinder Undertaking Agreement” to Prevent SFGov Employees from Criticizing 2024 Olympics?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

There’s a reason why I ask:

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“If you’re a Boston city employee, there’s now an official decree: don’t badmouth the Olympics. Documents obtained by the Globe through a public records request to City Hall show Mayor Martin J. Walsh has signed a formal agreement with the United States Olympic Committee that bans city employees from criticizing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games.”

And didn’t we agree to a similar contract eleven years before the 2012 Olympics? I think so.

So it would make sense that we signed, or would have signed, the same agreement with the USOC had we not lost the vote earlier this month in Denver, right?

So, SF2024 was cool with that? So like tens of thousands of City and County workers would have been gagged by Mayor Ed Lee?

You see, this is why the corrupt IOC prefers dealing with backward governments like those in China and the former Soviet Union.

Anyway, there’s a way to find out, right?

Have at it.

(BTW, some of the 2024 Olympics people around town have already turned into the 2028 Olympics people. That means they are rooting for Boston to lose at the IOC vote, the better to have an American city chosen in 2028. How good-spirited they are, these Olympic Dreamers!)

UPDATE: Oh, here you go, looks like it’s referred to as a Joinder Agreement, and most likely it was signed by somebody with authority last month, one presumes the Mayor, if he’s going to be gagging all SFGov workers. This was a requirment to advance to this month’s vote, it looks like:

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OMG, OMG, OMG: Via ScoutMob, Free Sandwiches From Ike’s Place in the Castro District!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

OMG, this is it. [Cue O Fortuna]

It’s the fourth anniversary of obscenely-highly-regarded Ike’s Place, so ScoutMob has a free sandwich deal for you.

You can’t beat that.

(I guess Ike won that NIMBY war after all. Good for him.)

Anyway, enjoy.

Count of Monte Chase-O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
always waxing
or waning;
hateful NIMBYs
first oppress
and then soothe
as fancy takes it;
poverty
and power
but Hot Momma Huda
melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
stand malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague Ike Shehadeh too;
now through trickery,
I bring my bare back
to your NIMBY villainy.

Fate, in health
and in virtue,
is against me,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating string;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me
Mayoose’s CA-BLT

Dramatic Grebe! It’s Time, Once Again, For Adorable Pied-Bill Grebe Season at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Of course, everybody’s favorite artificial lake in Golden Gate Park is Stow. (Stow Lake is famous for cute animals and pointless lawsuits involving the Boathouse – my mind’s eye can see the judge’s clerk rooting around the courthouse for biggest DENIED (or NOPE!) stamp available,* oh well.)

Anywho, those cute diving ducks, those pied-bill grebes should be getting more active soon – see how dramatic they can be? As dramatic as any chipmunk or prairie dog, anyway.

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And here’s a mom from a few years back:

Happy Spring 2011!

*{Whoops: UPDATE – The judge’s clerk couldn’t find any nope stamps so now there’s a hearing skedded for April 13th, 2011. On It Goes…

What, You Haven’t Ordered Your Official Giants 2010 World Series Parade Shirt Yet? – It’s Just $25

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

It’s a little Ed Hardy-ish for my tastes but that’s just me.

Hurry, the big parade is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010!

Here it is, From Honduras With Love:

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More Changes Coming for Areas around Fell and Masonic, Octavia Boulevard

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Oh boy, it’s going to be ON this Friday when 10-day-old DPT Order #3579 gets its first public hearing. Click to expand:

 

Check it:

“The Director of Parking and Traffic will hold a public hearing on Friday, January 30, 2009, at10:00 AM, in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, SanFrancisco, CA  94102, to consider the following proposals:

LEFT LANE MUST TURN LEFT –  ESTABLISH
Haight Street, eastbound, between Buchanan and Laguna Streets (adds additional eastbound left turn lane to Haight Street to reduce delay to Muni bus service).

TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING ANYTIME – ESTABLISH
Fell Street, south side, from 150 feet to 200 feet east of Masonic Avenue (an additional 50 feet) to lengthen the left turn lane.”

So let’s see here…

Item the First. This will change the intersection of Haight and Laguna so that there’s a left-only lane on downhill Haight at Laguna. Will this help bus lines, such as the 2.5 star rated #71Haight-Noriega electric get onto Laguna faster? That’s the idea, anyway.

What’s the source of the problem – could this congestion be one of the muy malo radiating effects” of the Octavia Boulevard / Offramp that Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi speaks of?   

Signs point to yes.

Looking west at the intersection in question.

Item the Second. Can you see the red curb indicating the tow-away area of the left side of Fell just before Masonic? That’s going to get two or three car lengths longer. Can you handle that, NIMBY? Sure you can.

Looking west at the intersection in question.

So there you have it. Read the notice itself for more stuff in there about:

New Areas for the Residential Permit Parking program (which is, of course a fascist insect that prays upon the lives of the people, I’ll explain that sometime);

A longer-lasting parking/waiting/doing-your-nails-while-you-sit-idling-for-20-minutes-in-the-Honda-or Toyota zone for the Trader Joe’s on (everybody’s favorite whipping boy) Masonic Avenue;

etc.

Whatever happens this Friday, it will be a test of writer Matt Smith‘s Hope Change Parking postulate  of neighborhood conflict fading away in the Obama era.

See you there!  

When they remove your parking spot 
how you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
or on the trigger of your gun?