Posts Tagged ‘phil’

Young Isabella Steals the Show at Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting’s Birthday Party

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

This was the scene the other day at the Eastside West gastropub, 3154 Fillmore where San Francisco Assessor-Recorder and City Bright Phil Ting celebrated his birthday.

But Phil’s daughter Isabella ended up being the center of attention:

The Three Amigos: San Francisco Community College Board Trustee Steve Ngo, PT, and California State Controller John Chiang

The mise-en-scene:

Happy Birthday, Phil!

Do The Tennis Courts at the Hamilton Rec Center Look More Like Chernobyl or San Francisco?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Mother Nature is slowly reclaiming Hamilton Recreation Center at 1960 Geary Boulevard in the 94115. See?

Welcome to the Land of Wind and Ghosts, San Francisco, CA:

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Some cities near Chernobyl, Ukraine were evacuated after Reaktor 4 had a “power excursion” causing the famous Mini Meltdown of 1986 (the one that threw up 400 times as much fallout as the bomb at Hiroshima.) Those ghost towns probably have similar scenes…

New Rec and Park Department Director Phil Ginsburg Goes on Dawn Patrol in GGP

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

New Recreation and Park Department Director Phil Ginsburg probably beat you out of bed yesterday morning, based upon this account written up in his new SF Rec and Park Blog. (Phil went to UC Hastings College of Law, so he’s just another blogging lawyer that you don’t know is a lawyer, like Richmond District Police Captain Corriea and his Richmond District Police Community Relations Forum, for one.)

Read “Day 21: A Visit Through GGP at Dawn” to learn about Golden Gate Park‘s overnight camping rules and how the Park Rangers enforce them.

You know people are camping in GGP when you see all those empty propane bottles strewn about:  

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And check it:

“I’m told there are actually underground websites that inform people on how and where to camp illegally in Golden Gate Park.”

Did not know that.

Anyway, check out the blog if you want to see Phil’s impressions of this and that.

San Francisco’s Phil Bronstein Plays the Colbert Report – Tonight, Tonight, Tonight!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

You all know San Francisco Chronicle / Hearst Communications editor-at-large Phil Bronstein, right? He is The One responsible for our nation’s recent newspaper upheaval, don’t you know.

Well, just now he’s taping a segment for tonight’s airing of the Colbert Report, so watch it tonight at 8:30 PM (or 11:30 PM, one of those, probably) on Channel 63, the Comedy Central comedy channel.

Will Phil rely on Bullet Time to dodge the slings and arrows from Stephen Colbert? We Can Only Hope:

PB as Neo.

Be sure to tune in tonight!

The Pickens Energy Plan vs. the Anschutz Plan vs. the Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Well the T. Boone Pickens medicine show came to town yesterday, so San Franciscans got the chance to see details of the Pickens Plan at the Commonwealth Club, the Western Hemisphere’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. 

The Plan is another one those ever-popular “public private partnerships,” which in this case has the federal government paying a couple hundred spare billion dollars to build electric transmission lines for proposed windmills in the Midwest.

Making the pitch last month with Al Gore in Washington D.C.:

via the Center for American Progress Action Fund

But what about the Phil Anschutz (yes, the very same Anschutz billionaire dude with a longtime interest in the Bay to Breakers civic event!) Plan? Let’s see:

On July 29, The Anschutz Corp.,through its affiliate Transwest Express LLC, said it had acquired the rights to develop a proposed $3 billion, 900-mile transmission line capable of moving 3,000 megawatts of power from wind farms in southern Wyoming to markets in Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix.”

See? Somebody is trying to get something done without asking for hundreds of billions of your money. And that brings us to the white elephant on the white mountain up in northern Northern California.

Back in the 1950′s, the Everitt Memorial Highway on Mount Shasta was built so that the Mount Shasta Ski Bowl resort could be built. Did that project make sense?

The old Mount Shasta Ski Bowl had been built in 1958 in a huge open cirque much higher up on the southern flank of the volcano, with a lodge at 7,800 ft and lifts topping out above timberline at 9,200 ft. However, the ski area had often been in financial trouble over the next two decades, and a massive avalanche in January 1978 which destroyed the main chairlift was the finishing blow. The Ski Bowl closed permanently after that…”

So just as the risk of this Shasta project was building an expensive road to nowhere, one of the risks of the Pickens Plan is building power lines to nowhere.

How is the Anschutz Corporation’s wind energy project working out? That’s a good thing to keep an eye on when you’re considering building a Bridge to Nowhere, or a Pickens transmission grid, or things like that.

O.K. fine.

Oh, and speaking of the Commonwealth Club, its ridiculous website’s popup ads remind us all of the upcoming Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, coming up on Fiday, April 17, 2009 at the Fairmont Hotel. Enjoy. 

Each year, The Club honors individuals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the Bay Area and California community, and who embody the principles and values of The Commonwealth Club.

The Annual Dinner is also The Club’s most significant fundraising event, raising funds to support its important nonprofit public forum mission throughout the year.

San Francisco Resident/Astronaut Scares the World – Global Cooling, A New Ice Age?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

It seems there’s a little black spot on the sun today. It’s the same old thing as yesterday.

That’s very disconcerting to San Francisco resident Phil Chapman, a geophysicist who was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut. You see, we need more of those little spots on El Sol so things don’t get too frosty. He actually wants you to pray for more sunspots.

That’s right, forget global warming - an ice age is coming and the only question is when it will get here.

Hang in there little doggy, there’s a chance Philip K Chapman is wrong.
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Do you buy all that?

Chris Daly Answers Email from Matier and Ross about SFPD Overtime

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Supervisor Chris Daly is not known for mincing words. See exactly why, after the jump.

Chris Daly with son Jack at the California Democratic Convention in San Jose.

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