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President Barack Obama Picks Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran as New Board Members of the Presidio Trust

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Here’s the news of the day from our Presidio Trust, or perhaps it was last week’s  - I’m kind of slow on the the uptake sometimes:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA TAPS BUSINESS, CIVIC LEADERS FOR PRESIDIO TRUST BOARD – NANCY BECHTLE RE-APPOINTED BOARD’S CHAIR

Presidio of San Francisco (August 14, 2012) — President Barack Obama has named two prominent Bay Area leaders — Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran — to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. The White House also re-appointed Nancy Bechtle as board chair. Ms. Collins and Mr. Mehran are replacing outgoing board members J. Michael Shepherd and Bill Wilson.

Paula R. Collins is the chief executive officer of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and president of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting.

Part of the original project development team for the Moscone Convention Center, Ms. Collins is a founder and director of Presidio Bank in San Francisco, a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America and has served as an appointee to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. In addition, she is co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a member of the board of the Special Olympics for Northern California and has served on the Board of Directors of the BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Collins has been awarded the prestigious Silver Spur Award by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research organization, in honor of her dedication to improving the quality of life and economic health of San Francisco; and has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the San Francisco Business Times. She graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her master’s degree in city planning from MIT. Ms. Collins replaces Mr. Shepherd on the board.

A Bay Area native, Alex Mehran is the president and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, a San Ramon based real estate development, investment, construction and management company founded by his father almost 60 years ago.

Mr. Mehran is chair of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, a trustee of the San Francisco Ballet and a member of the University of California, San Francisco Chancellor’s Associates. In addition, he is a past chairman and current executive committee member of the Bay Area Council and is a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mr. Mehran received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where he graduated with honors. He earned a law degree, also with honors, from England’s Cambridge University. Mr. Mehran replaces Mr. Wilson.

“Alex and Paula are joining the board at a very exciting time – the Presidio Trust is now financially self-sufficient and we are seeing the benefits of a decade worth of investments in the park,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “Alex and Paula will be instrumental in helping us expand the public benefit of the Presidio to the local community and the nation.”

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Nancy Bechtle grew up across the street from the Presidio, and, as a child would scale the base’s walls to play in Julius Kahn Park. Once, she was even kicked out for riding her horse on the base. Appointed to the Trust’s board by President George W. Bush in 2008, Ms. Bechtle was first elected chair in 2009. She is chairman of the board of the Sugar Bowl Corporation, serves on the board of directors for the Charles Schwab Corporation and is a former chief financial officer and director of J.R. Bechtle and Company. A past president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Symphony, Ms. Bechtle has served on the symphony’s board of governors since 1984 and has also served on the board of the San Francisco Opera Association. In addition she has served on the board of the National Park Foundation, holding the board’s citizen chair from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Bechtle recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and has received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the California Arts Council and the Investment in Leadership award from the Coro Foundation, among her many other honors.

“I am pleased to welcome these very talented and accomplished people to the board,” said Nancy Bechtle. “The experience that Paula and Alex bring will be great assets as the Trust expands its public-serving programs while continuing to keep an eye on ensuring the park’s self-sufficiency.”

The Presidio Trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his designee. An executive director reports to the board and oversees a staff with expertise including environmental science, historic preservation, operations and maintenance, landscape design, planning, resource management, real estate development, public affairs and programs, law, and finance.

Biographies of all Trust board members are available at www.presidio.gov

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.”

The Anti-Circumcision Activists of San Francisco are NOT Giving Up: Check Out “Jews for the Rights of the Child”

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Those “Jews for the Rights of the Child,” you know, part of the crowd behind the unconstitutional* effort to ban circumcision in the 415, are not giving up, despite, you know, their recent setback.

I say that because this oddly-worded poster in the Western Addition has just been replaced with two much better looking posters that transmit pretty much the same message.

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Anyway, this effort has not ended – you’ve been warned.

Welcome to our new organization, Jews for the Rights of the Child.
We have been Jewish Intactivists for many years, passionately working to educate people on the harms of circumcision. For example, we encourage people to replace the harsh Brit Milah with a peaceful naming ceremony such as Brit Shalom.
When the San Francisco MGM Bill was proposed, we both realized that we too would like to see the circumcision of unconsenting minors actually OUTLAWED — yes, even for Jews (and Muslims etc).
We realize this is a radical position.
We will be writing about how and why we each came to this position, and what we are doing about it.
Meanwhile check out Beyond the Bris and other Jewish Intactivist sites.
Check back soon!
Brian Levitt
Tina Kimmel
July 2011″

On It Goes…

*IMO. See Comments.

NOPNA 10th Annual Block Party a Huge Success on Lyon Street in 2010

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

This is what Lyon Street looked like today at NOPNA‘s (yeah, they probably could use a real website and “RESPECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD” does come off a little sanctermonious, but what can you do?) Tenth Annual Block Party today.

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Complete with a fire truck…

…moon bounce….

and an open mike. (OMG, could this be Performance Art in the Panhandle?)

“I’ll be here all week,” he says. Hilarious.

Yes, of course, there were NIMBYs there. And yes, there were elements and/or known sympathisers of that horrible PRO-SF Panhandle Residents Organization Stanyan/Fulton (they’re On The Record as being against Performance Art – can you believe it?) in the house. But what can you do?

A good time was had by all.

See you next year!

The Parkside/Nopna Annual Block Party celebrates its 10th anniversary, Saturday, May 15, with day-long all-ages activities and live music from 11 – 6pm. The Nopa Little Ones section features, clowns, jumping houses, arts & crafts, face painting, kid snacks and demonstrations with Tae Kwon Do, fire trucks and police squad cars. The adult section will feature live and DJ music, tarot card readings, magicians and local crafts offerings. Along w/ Parkside BBQ will be the Kung Fu taco truck.

Senator Leland Yee Donates $1000 to Haitian Earthquake Relief, Recommends Five Non-Profits

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Your Senator, Leland Yee, just pledged $1000 to help the survivors of the big earthquake in Haiti.

Read below to see how you can join the cause. (You don’t want to donate to a nonworthy organization, of course)

Senator Yee, PhD:

Here’s the release from his conference this afternoon at La Casa de las Madres on Valencia Street: 

Local Community Launches Relief Efforts for Haiti
Senator Yee donates to effort, urges local residents to help people of Haiti
 
In response to the earthquake in Haiti, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joined several local organizations and members of the local Haitian community today to highlight relief efforts in the San Francisco Bay area.  In addition to urging local residents to help provide assistance, Yee also donated $1,000 to the relief effort.
 
“The enormity of this disaster is indescribable,” said Yee.  “The people of Haiti, who were already extremely underprivileged, need the world’s help.  I urge everyone in the Bay Area to give what they can, even if that is $5 to help save lives.”
 
The 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti earlier this week has left hundreds of thousands of people dead, missing, or hurt.  The nation’s already weak infrastructure has been crippled.
 
“We have unfortunately seen many disasters around the world, but this may be the most catastrophic we have ever seen,” said Yee.  “Considering the poor condition of Haiti prior to the earthquake, coupled with the complete collapse of what they had, this is truly a dire situation.  As a child psychologist, my heart cries out for the children of Haiti, who have lost mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, and in some cases their entire family.”
 
Even prior to the earthquake, Haiti was one of the world’s poorest and least developed nations, and the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  It had a gross domestic product (GDP) of only $7 billion in 2009 (San Francisco alone as a GDP of nearly $300 billion).  Per capita GDP was $790 (San Francisco has a per capita GDP of $62,300).
 
Haiti’s 9.7 million people have the lowest literacy rate in the region (65.9%).  Only half of Haiti’s children are unvaccinated.  Prior to the earthquake, nearly half the causes of death were attributed to HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, meningitis and other diseases (World Health Organization).   Approximately 30,000 people each year suffer from malaria, and tuberculosis is ten times higher than any other Latin American country.
 
Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained through a successful slave rebellion.
 
Today, Yee recognized several organizations for their relief efforts and urged local residents to make contributions to the following:

California Nurses Association
NNU Haiti Disaster Relief Fund
2000 Franklin, Street
Oakland, CA 94612
www.calnurses.org
 
American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

85 Second Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
www.redcrossbayarea.org
 
Direct Relief International
27 S. La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
www.directrelief.org
 
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
2362 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
 
Partners In Health

P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578
www.pih.org