Posts Tagged ‘Phil Ting’

OMG, It’s Phil Ting’s L-Taraval Express Bus! Free Breakfast, WiFi – November 1st Only – RSVP Today

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

If you live anywhere near Taraval, you’re going to want to get in on this.

On November 1, Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco campaign will pilot its own L-Taraval Express Bus from 46th Avenue & Taraval Street to Downtown San Francisco. (This is an idea from our L-Taraval Muni Town Hall after riders heard about the highly regarded NX-Judah Express.) RSVP for the L-Taraval Express! We’ll have breakfast and wi-fi on board too. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis, so please RSVP.”

OMG, right?

Artist’s conception of Phil Ting driving the LX Taraval Express:

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Here are the pick up times:

• 46th and Taraval – 7:30AM (map)
• 40th and Taraval – 7:35AM (map)
• 32nd and Taraval – 7:40AM (map)
• 19th and Taraval – 7:47AM (map)

Here are the drop-off points:

• Civic Center – 8:25AM (map)
• Powell – 8:30AM (map)
• Montgomery – 8:35AM (map)
• Embarcadero – 8:40AM (map)

See you there!

“ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE INDIVIDUAL EXPENDITURE CEILING HAS BEEN RAISED FOR MAYORAL CANDIDATES”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

After-hours news:

“SF ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE INDIVIDUAL EXPENDITURE CEILING HAS BEEN RAISED FOR MAYORAL CANDIDATES”

So, look forward to even more of your money to be spent like this:

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All the deets:

The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that it raised the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of nine publicly financed mayoral candidates, Michela Alioto-Pier, John Avalos, David Chiu, Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, Phil Ting and Leland Yee, to $1,575,000. The Individual Expenditure Ceiling for these nine candidates was raised because the Total Supportive Funds of another candidate totaled $1,577,875.

Based on filings received by the Ethics Commission yesterday, Total Supportive Funds of Ed Lee, a candidate for Mayor, totaled $1,577,875. Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of all publicly financed mayoral candidates.

A table reflecting the Individual Expenditure Ceilings of all publicly financed candidates is updated as ceilings are adjusted and is posted on the Ethics Commission website at http://www.sfethics.org/ethics/2011/03/campaign-finance-expenditure-ceilings-november-8-2011-election.html

A candidate running for Mayor who seeks public funding must abide by his or her Individual Expenditure Ceiling, which begins at $1,475,000, and may be raised in increments of $100,000 based on the sum of opposition spending against the participating candidate and the total supportive funds of the candidate’s opponents. A candidate is required to file Form SFEC-152(b)-2 within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $1,000,000 and for every $50,000 thereafter. Any person making independent expenditures, electioneering communications, or member communications that clearly identify a candidate for Mayor is required to file Form SFEC-152(b)-3 within 24 hours of each time the person spends $5,000 or more per candidate.

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The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public, City employees and officials and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws. Its duties include: filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and regulation, administration of the public financing program, conflict of interests reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.

Contact: John St. Croix”

Publicly Financed Candidate’s Name IEC
Alioto-Pier, Michela $1,575,000
Avalos, John $1,575,000
Chiu, David $1,575,000
Dufty, Bevan $1,575,000
Hall, Tony $1,575,000
Herrera, Dennis $1,575,000
Rees, Joanna $1,575,000
Ting, Phil $1,575,000
Yee, Leland $1,575,000

Llama Llama Red Pajama: Which Books Are Your Mayoral Candidates Reading Right Now?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The Reader’s Review has the answers, excepting for Ed Lee and Michela Alioto Pier, who couldn’t be bothered.

Assessor Phil Ting‘s choice:

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Wow: Complete Poll Results for the Mayor’s Race from The Bay Citizen and USF – A Ranked Choice Voting Simulator

Monday, October 17th, 2011

[UPDATE: Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal offers a listing of reactions from many mayoral campaigns.]

[UPDATE II: Feisty TBC Editor-in-Chief Steve Fainaru promises there’s more to come:

“We are analyzing and pumping out this information as fast as we can. The package you see today — including San Francisco’s most sophisticated ranked-choice voting simulator, masterminded by news applications developer Shane Shifflett and lead software engineer Aurelio Tinio — was completed around 2 a.m. Monday; it was up on our website at 4 a.m. Next we will bring you information about the controversial pension reform initiatives and the races for district attorney and sheriff. Finally, we will put up the full data set, so people can take their own look and draw their own conclusions.”]

Well, here they are, the results of the big The Bay Citizen / University of San Francisco poll on who will be Mayor of San Francisco for the next four years.

See?

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The Bay Citizen political writer Gerry Shih* has the deets.

Writing history as it happens:

“When the Board of Supervisors named Lee interim mayor in January, after former Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor, Lee promised not to run for a full term. But after two of his biggest political supporters — Rose Pak, the powerful Chinatown lobbyist, and former Mayor Willie Brown — led an effort to draft him into the race, Lee changed his mind.”

[I should note that infamous Rose Pak, for some reason, operates as an unregistered lobbyist, apparently, AFAIK.]

Are you surprised by any of these results? I’m not.

But what’s nice about this independent exercise is that it shows you how RCV “works.”

Oh, and don’t miss the breakdown for gay and Chinese-American voters.

Anyway:

“Exclusive Bay Citizen/USF Poll: Ed Lee Dominating San Francisco Mayor’s Race

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2011  – An exclusive poll conducted by The Bay Citizen and the University of San Francisco (USF) Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good shows interim mayor Ed Lee poised to win the November 8 mayor’s race handily. The poll shows Lee with broad support across the city, particularly among Chinese voters.

Lee won 31.2 percent of first-place votes, surpassing his closest challenger, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who won 8.1 percent. Supervisor John Avalos finished third, with 7.4 percent of first-place votes.

At baycitizen.org, the poll results power a computer simulation that shows how the election may unfold under “ranked-choice voting.” This is the first competitive San Francisco mayor’s race to use the system that asks voters to select their top three candidates in order of preference.

The Bay Citizen simulation allows readers to view how votes are redistributed after candidates are eliminated. It projects Lee the winner if the election were held today.

On Tuesday, October 18 The Bay Citizen and the University of San Francisco will release poll results on the San Francisco District Attorney’s race, the Sheriff’s race, and Propositions C and D, the two pension reform measures on the ballot.

For more information and deeper analysis of the Bay Citizen/USF poll please visit: www.baycitizen.org/data/polls/sf-2011-elections/

The poll results are based on telephone interviews of a random sample of 551 likely San Francisco voters between Oct. 7 and Oct. 13, 2011. The survey was conducted by MAXimum Research, an independent research firm, in English and Cantonese; Spanish was not used because only 1 percent of San Francisco voters request ballot materials in Spanish. Of the respondents, 115 were contacted by cell phone and 436 by landline. After the interviews, the data were weighted to match the demographics of the known likely voting population. The sampling error for findings based on the overall pool of likely voters is +/- 4.2 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. The margin of error for population subgroups is larger.

About The Bay Citizen

The Bay Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member-supported news organization that provides in-depth original reporting on Bay Area issues including public policy, education, the arts and cultural affairs, health and science, the environment, and more. The Bay Citizen’s news can be found online at www.baycitizen.org as well as in print in The New York Times Bay Area report on Fridays and Sundays. For more information, please visit www.baycitizen.org.

About the University of San Francisco (USF)

The University of San Francisco is in the heart of one of the most innovative and diverse cities and features a vibrant community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields while building a more humane and just world. University of San Francisco students, faculty, and alumni are involved in the entrepreneurial city of San Francisco and work in all industries, from technology to nonprofits. With dedicated professors and exceptional academic programs to choose from, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to develop into ethical leaders who are sought after in their professions. USF’s diverse student body benefits from direct access to faculty, small class sizes, and a broad array of programs and co-curricular opportunities. Informed by the university’s 156-year-old Jesuit Catholic mission, the USF community ignites students’ passion for social justice and the pursuit of the common good. For more information about the University of San Francisco, please visit www.usfca.edu.

About USF Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is dedicated to inspiring and equipping students at USF to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service and service to others. The Center provides a non-partisan forum for education, service and research in public programs and policy-making. The McCarthy Center values civic engagement and seeks to promote public interest research that encourages civil discourse and constructive interaction among the great diversity of residents and officials in the Bay Area. The Center strives to accomplish its goals by being transparent, nonpartisan and rigorous in designing its work and products. For more information please visit www.usfca.edu/centers/mccarthy

Contacts: The Bay Citizen, Keith Meyer, VP Marketing, media@baycitizen.org

SOURCE The Bay Citizen

CONTACT: Keith Meyer, VP Marketing of The Bay Citizen, +1-415-852-5100, media@baycitizen.org

Web Site: http://www.baycitizen.org”

*The uncredited instigator of this recent bit here in the San Francisco Chronicle

OMG, Watch the Candidates for Mayor at UC Hastings Today at Noon – Online for Free – But Ed Lee is Too Busy

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Apparently, Mayor Ed Lee is too busy running for election to attend today’s mayoral debate at UC Hastings. He’s unveiling a sign to honor himself, or something.

But you can attend, down at 198 McAllister, or you can watch online.

San Francisco Mayoral Debate at UC Hastings

Start:  10/14/2011 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location:  198 McAllister, Louis B Mayer Lounge

A Policy Forum for the Legal Community

UC Hastings College of the Law is pleased to present the San Francisco Mayoral Debate, a mayoral candidates’ forum for the legal community. The UC Hastings Mayoral Debate will focus on policy disputes that separate the candidates. Questioning will be based on mayoral candidates’ responses to a San Francisco issues questionnaire developed by SF Public Press with professors from UC Hastings and the UC Davis’ Political Science department. This event is free and open to the public.

The following candidates have agreed to attend:

  1. Jeff Adachi
  2. Michela Alioto-Pier
  3. John Avalos
  4. David Chiu
  5. Bevan Dufty
  6. Tony Hall
  7. Dennis Herrera
  8. Joanna Rees
  9. Phil Ting
  10. Leland Yee

An invitation has also been extended to Mayor Ed Lee.  

Sponsored by:

UC Hastings is committed to making its facilities and events accessible in compliance with the ADA.”

Watch live streaming video from uchastings at livestream.com

John Avalos, Dennis Herrera, Phil Ting, and Leland Yee All Oppose Ed Lee Healthy SF Loophole Veto Threat

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

See? Here they are to oppose politician Ed Lee’s veto threat.

As you might have expected, famous Steve Rhodes was on the scene this AM

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Here’s what John Avalos has to say about health care:

“As Mayor, I will create a task force of experts to help me keep Healthy San Francisco strong and viable to serve individuals who are left out of health reform, especially our immigrant residents. We must stand up to profit-driven corporations and their lobbyists to finally close the loopholes in Healthy SF. I will also make sure sure the employer spending requirement of the Health Care Security Ordinance is not adversely affected by the Federal Health Reform.”

Here’s Mayor Ed Lee’s downtown-oriented proposal:

“MAYOR LEE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE ACCESS & PROTECT JOBS

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors to close a loophole in San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HSCO). The legislation preserves the City’s groundbreaking universal health care access and protects jobs.

“This legislation begins to close a loophole and lays out a framework that honors our commitment to health care access for all while protecting jobs in our City’s small businesses,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Supervisor David Campos for identifying this loophole and President David Chiu for working on a solution. I know we can all work together to achieve the same bottom-line objective; providing universal health care access and protecting jobs in our City. I look forward to working in partnership with Supervisor Campos, Supervisor Chiu, and all members of the Board in crafting a viable solution.”

Mayor Lee’s legislation provides more health care access while protecting jobs in the City’s small businesses. The legislation will address the loophole in employer deposits into workers’ Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA). Workers with an HRA are able to draw down the funds in those accounts for a range of health care expenses from reimbursement for health services to payment for health insurance premiums to buying into our Healthy San Francisco program.

Mayor Lee’s plan focuses on increasing the accessibility of HRA funds to reimburse privately purchased insurance or to pay for participation in Healthy San Francisco. Mayor Lee has secured commitments from the business community to communicate with their members about the importance of making these types of expenses eligible under individual businesses’ HRA plans. Additionally, Mayor Lee’s plan includes a robust data-gathering effort through the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement to determine how widespread the problem is, and therefore to best tailor a policy solution. By increasing access to health coverage options we ensure that San Francisco workers can more fully exercise the benefit provided them under the HSCO.

Mayor Lee considered the impact to City small businesses and its likelihood of costing employees their jobs while ensuring that businesses comply with the HCSO. Unlike other approaches which the Controller reports could eliminate nearly 500 jobs, this legislation strikes a balance that closes the loophole, provides health care to everyone, protects jobs, and grows the City’s economy.

Mayor Lee will continue to work with all parties – from workers, organized labor, small business owners, Department of Public Health, and the City’s elected leaders – to find the appropriate solution on this important public policy challenge to close the loophole.”

Looks like we have a standoff.

Phil Ting’s MUNI Town Hall Meetings Continue: L Taraval, 30 Stockton, K Ingleside, 5 Fulton, M Ocean, 1 California

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

This is what today’s N Judah meeting, brought to you by Phil Ting and Reset San Francisco, looked like.

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Get all the deets on these Town Halls right here.

These are the upcoming events:

L Taraval
Tuesday, October 4, 5:30pm
Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Ave.

30 Stockton
Saturday, October 8, 2:30pm
Bin 38, 3232 Scott St.

K Ingleside
Thursday, October 13, 6:30pm
Ingleside Police Station, 1 Sgt. John V Young Ln.

5 Fulton
Saturday, October 15, 10:30am
Richmond Police Station, 461 6th Ave.

M Ocean View
Thursday, October 20, 7pm
West Portal Playground, 131 Lenox Way

1 California
Saturday, October 22, 2:30pm
San Francisco Public Library (Richmond), 351 9th Ave.

Mayoral Candidate and Reset San Francisco Founder Phil Ting To Hold Muni Town Halls Starting Today

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

From today to October 22, 2011, City Assessor Phil Ting will hold eight Muni town halls.

All the deets, below:

Via Beck Justin

All the deets:

“Mayoral candidate, and Reset San Francisco Founder, Phil Ting will hold eight Muni town halls in four weeks to engage residents around the vital issue of making public transportation faster and more reliable.

“If the politicians and the policy makers could do it alone, Muni would already work. The people need to be engaged at every level to help find the best ideas and to hold the city accountable for change,” Ting said.

Ting’s first Muni Town Hall will be Thursday, September 29 at 6:30pm focused on improving the 38 Geary.

Ting will review the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) and discuss how to implement it faster.

“The Transit Effectiveness Project is a good start to reducing our travel times and making Muni work better. But all San Franciscans need to be part of this conversation,” Phil Ting said. “The City doesn’t have the resources or budget for extensive community outreach, so Reset San Francisco is taking the first steps to engage residents to get involved and to participate in the discussion.”

“We want to work with the City to engage San Franciscans on this important issue,” Ting said. “The TEP will take 5 more years to implement, and at Reset San Francisco, we think we can tap into the community to maybe help speed up this process.”

“If we speed up our buses and streetcars by just 1 minute, the SFMTA would save over $20 million a year. And those funds could be spent on ways to ensure that our world-class city has world-class public transportation.”

Last August, Phil Ting hosted a Muni town hall with the Reset San Francisco community and transportation experts Tim Papandreou, Joel Ramos and Greg Dewar. Nearly 300 San Franciscans came to share their ideas and their priorities for Muni with the panelists and each other.

Learn more about these Muni Town Halls at: http://bit.ly/resetsf-muni-events

Below is the list of scheduled Muni Town Halls this fall:

38 Geary
Thursday, September 29, 6:30pm
San Francisco Public Library (Richmond), 351 9th Ave.

N Judah
Saturday, October 1, 1:00pm
Villa Romana, 731 Irving St.

L Taraval
Tuesday, October 4, 5:30pm
Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Ave.

30 Stockton
Saturday, October 8, 2:30pm
Bin 38, 3232 Scott St.

K Ingleside
Thursday, October 13, 6:30pm
Ingleside Police Station, 1 Sgt. John V Young Ln.

5 Fulton
Saturday, October 15, 10:30am
Richmond Police Station, 461 6th Ave.

M Ocean View
Thursday, October 20, 7pm
West Portal Playground, 131 Lenox Way

1 California
Saturday, October 22, 2:30pm
San Francisco Public Library (Richmond), 351 9th Ave.

ABOUT RESET SAN FRANCISCO: Reset San Francisco is an offline and online community founded by San Francisco Assessor-Recorder and candidate for mayor Phil Ting. The community has already united more than 10,000 San Franciscans and given them the tools to learn about policy, debate ideas and make their voices heard at City Hall. The ResetSanFrancisco.org community uses web-based Government 2.0 tools to help its members connect with government, and it also organizes in-person forums to connect San Franciscans to each other and to help the community unite around solutions.”

ZOMG, It’s “The Race for Mayor 2011″ – All 16 Candidates Plus Melissa Griffin and Beth Spotswood on Oct. 6th!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

On Thursday, October 6th, 2011, INFORUM and the Commonwealth Club will present

The Race for Mayor 2011  – Don’t miss a rare opportunity to get face to face with all 16 mayoral candidates of San Francisco and hear them address the issues you come face to face with every day: Muni, parks, pensions, open government, the budget and more.”

Get your tickets now, as this one will surely sell out.  

All your favorites will be there: 

Jeff Adachi, Public Defender, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Michela Alioto-Pier, Former Supervisor, San Francisco District 2; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Cesar Ascarrunz, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
John Avalos, Supervisor, San Francisco District 11; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Terry Baum, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
David Chiu, Supervisor, President of the Board, San Francisco District 3; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Paul Currier, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Bevan Dufty, Former Supervisor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Tony Hall, Former Supervisor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Dennis Herrera, City Attorney, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Emil Lawrence, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Ed Lee, Mayor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Wilma Pang, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Joanna Rees, Entrepreneur; Educator; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Phil Ting, Assessor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Leland Yee, State Senator, California District 8; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF

Melissa Griffin, Columnist, San Francisco Examiner; Co-Host, Necessary Conversations - Moderator
Beth Spotswood, Culture Blogger, SFGate.com; Co-host, Necessary Conversations – MC

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 8 p.m. reception
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Tickets and info: http://bit.ly/Mayors

(Now, what are the odds what some of the Lesser Candidates will use this unique opportunity to Do Something Crazy? That’s gotta be close to 100%.)

See you there!

Phil Ting and Leland Yee Throw Down Against the BART Police Cell Phone Shutdown Policy

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

[UPDATE: The latest video communique from Anonymous, or somebody.]

I’ll just say for the record that, fundamentally, what BART did with their cell phone repeaters on Thursday wasn’t unconstitutional. (Of course, I think their actions this past week were stupid - the representatives of BART are behaving in a ham-fisted fashion, oh well.)

However, this bit here from Friday’s hastily-released release is overbroad:

“No person shall conduct or participate in assemblies or demonstrations or engage in other expressive activities in the paid areas of BART stations, including BART cars and trains and BART station platforms.”

Rest assured, passengers can legally engage in at least some expressive activities (like wearing a red shirt to represent the blood of dead passenger or saying, “Gee waiting for BART can be a pain,” for example) in the paid areas of the stations regardless of what BART’s PR hacks say. (Don’t you have lawyers on staff, BART? So why don’t you let them formulate your legal policies instead of having a formerly ink-stained wretch writing copy? Just asking, Bro.)

Comes now Zusha Elinson of the The Bay Citizen:

“Ironically, it was BART’s chief communications officer Linton Johnson who has taken credit for the idea to shut off service. Johnson told The Bay Citizen that he suggested it to BART police after a protest on July 11 snarled the evening commute. Demonstrators delayed trains and even tried to climb on top of one as part of a protest against the BART police shooting of Charles Hill on July 3. Johnson said that the police didn’t have to take the idea, but they did, and he bristled at criticsms leveled from passengers and civil libertarians. “It is an amenity. We survived for years without cellphone service,” Johnson said. “Now they’re bitching and complaining that we turned it off for three hours?”

Ooh, the B-Word (or gerund or whatever.) Is this the definition – acting like an overbearing woman? (Sometimes PR people get in trouble for not doing enough and sometimes they get into trouble for doing too much. I think we’re at the point when the PR person is doing too much.)

Now, here’s what your Senator Leland Yee has to say about the matter:

“Yee Blasts BART for Cell Phone Decision - Senator urges FCC to investigate, calls on BART Board to take action

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) blasted BART officials for shutting off cell phone service earlier this week within downtown stations to prevent protests. Yee called on the BART Board of Directors to take immediate action to prevent a repeat incident in the future. Yee also plans to contact the Federal Communications Commission to request an investigation on the constitutionality of the decision.

“I am shocked that BART thinks they can use authoritarian control tactics,” said Yee. “BART’s decision was not only a gross violation of free speech rights; it was irresponsible and compromised public safety. Riders need cell phone coverage to call on police and medical personnel during an emergency. How many more lives need to be put at risk because of inappropriate actions by BART officials?”

On Thursday, BART switched off the transit system’s underground cell phone network throughout downtown San Francisco after they learned individuals were planning to coordinate a protest using mobile devices. The people were protesting a July 3 fatal shooting by BART police.

“The BART board should take immediate action to prevent a repeat of such a blatant disregard for the needs and rights of riders,” said Yee. “I plan to also contact the Federal Communications Commission to investigate this appalling incident.”

And here’s a bit from Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting:

Censorship Is Not a Public Safety Strategy - BART Shuts Off Cell Phone Service to Prevent Protest

By: Phil Ting

The news from BART keeps getting worse and worse. We learned this morning that not only did BART turn off cell signals in its Civic Center, Powell Street and 16th Street Stations on Thursday evening to try and prevent a protest – the decision was made at the very highest staff level of the agency.

Censorship is not, and should never be, a public safety strategy. We take BART leadership at their word about motives; they say they were worried about a crush of passengers and protesters on a dangerously crowded platform.

But the proper response to such a concern was to send BART police, and SFPD if necessary, to safeguard passengers and protesters. The decision to cut off cell service in order to prevent the protests violates fundamental principles of our democracy.

Violating Fundamental Principles of Democracy

At Reset San Francisco, our view is that the more voices heard, the more vigorous our democracy. Peaceful protest is a way people who are not being heard can be heard – and that feedback, as uncomfortable as it can make the politicians, is absolutely necessary to improve government.

Of course we must promote peaceful protest, not dangerous actions like rushing a crowded train platform. But we don’t enforce laws by violating our most fundamental principles of free speech. Censorship is not, and must not become, a public safety tool.

Across the world, pro-democracy protestors are using social media to spark peaceful protests. And across the world, governments that fear their own citizens are trying to block the Twitter feeds, Facebook pages and SMS texts that give everyday people a new power to be heard.

It is sad that in our own city, and from one of our own government agencies, censorship was used to block protest.

Make Your Voice Heard – Right Now

We need to make sure this never happens again. Please be heard on this important issue. Below are the names of all the BART Board of Directors and an email address to contact them. Indicate whether you are contacting the full Board or an individual Board Director. I know many of them are as appalled by this as we are. But please email them now – and give them the support and strength they need to stop the policy of censorship immediately.
BART Board of Directors

Gail Murray – District 1
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Joel Keller – District 2
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Bob Franklin – District 3
bobfranklinbart@aol.com

Robert Raburn – District 4
robertraburn@covad.net

John McPartland – District 5
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Thomas Blalock – District 6
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Lynette Sweet – District 7
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

James Fang – District 8
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Tom Radulovich – District 9
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

On It Goes.