Posts Tagged ‘photo op’

Newz Foto: Mayor Jean Quan Laments Occupy Movement’s Attack on Oakland City Hall and Lenin’s Traveling Tomb

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Here’s a scene from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s recent heavily-staged photo-op at City Hall.

“Oh Volodya! What have those Occupiers done to you? Of course as a white male hetero, you were probably totally misogynistic and racist ‘n stuff, but still, damaging your refrigerated traveling case, well, that wasn’t called for. No matter, we’ll get your legs straightened out and we’ll replace the Freon in your tomb pronto.”

As seen yesterday.“OK Madam Mayor, try to look super sad as I handhold this Canon 580EX II/ off-shoe camera cord combo and rack out my 16-35mm lens on this Canon 1D Mark III. No, sadder, you need to look sadder. Your people, or I should say the people who work for you and haven’t quit or gotten fired by you yet, they told me exactly how to pose you for this staged photo-op. You’re giving me a 3, how about an 8? That’s it! Sadder, sadder, strike a pose, remember, you’re the victim here, hold it, hold it!” Click. 

More seriously, what happened to all of Mayor Quan’s quotes from KCBS in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle? I can’t figure it out, but, anyway, and for the record, from the (sometimes) Paper of Record, here’s what’s been saved from the Memory Hole:

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said today that she is going to call national leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement and implore them to disown Oakland’s protest movement.

“I plan to call some of the national leadership of Occupy this week to say that the Oakland group is not nonviolent and has not agreed to be nonviolent,” Quan said in an interview on KCBS. “The national Occupy movement has said they are nonviolent.” 
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Rachel Lederman, a civil rights lawyer based in San Francisco who is working with the Occupy movement, said police have overreacted and have used excessive force, creating “an increasing level of confrontation with Occupy Oakland over the past several months” and that officers on Saturday had boxed in peaceful protesters.

She said some protesters had carried shields with them because “these young people have felt the need to protect themselves when they’re likely to be shot with so-called less-than-lethal projectiles.” 
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“What they are doing against the city economically is not nonviolent either,” she (Quan) continued on KCBS. “Every Saturday they are doing demonstrations and in my city that is my night of highest police need. They are taking away resources from my city and creating a situation that is making it more difficult for me to keep the city safer.” 
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“Well you guys used tear gas and batons too,” Quan said, referring to San Francisco. “I think it is a different time, I think it is how the media plays it. There is also probably a little misogyny and a little racism, when I looked at what happened in terms of how the national media portrayed it, and how Occupy’s internal media portrayed it.”

And there’s this too:

  1. They have their version of what happened. It is not a true version.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  2. I’m pretty disturbed that I had to stop my Facebook for a while and spend a lot of time putting in new filters and cleaning it up and that Occupy doesn’t listen to anybody but its own media
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  3. I think it is a different time, I think it is how the media plays it. There is also probably a little misogyny and a little racism, when I looked at what happened in terms of how the national media portrayed it, and how Occupy’s internal media portrayed it.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  4. Well you guys used tear gas and batons too
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  5. You don’t see that kind of anger in San Francisco, where Mayor (Ed) Lee handled it in a different way
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  6. It is because of their tactics that this group is getting smaller and smaller, they are trying to get national publicity on this.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  7. One of the problems is that the Occupy demonstrators have decided that Oakland is their one and only playground and target
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  8. Every Saturday they are doing demonstrations and in my city that is my night of highest police need. They are taking away resources from my city and creating a situation that is making it more difficult for me to keep the city safer.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  9. What they are doing against the city economically is not nonviolent either
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO

The Green Bicycle Box on Scott Near Oak Appears to be Working as Designed – It’s Getting Used, Anyway

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Our Scott Street Bike Box appears to be working as desgined.

So much so, that there’s not enough room for all the cyclists, at times.

The thing remains invisible to drivers at night, but that doesn’t appear to have caused any issues, AFAIK.

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The SFPD apparently had a short-term enforcement action against cyclists cheating on the left turn most of them make a block later at Fell, but I haven’t heard about anything like that lately.

San Francisco’s Scott Street Goes Green – Is This California’s First Green Bike Box?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Here’s the scene on freshly-paved Scott Street this afternoon. The greening of the “bike box” red light waiting area on Scott Street near Oak at the terminus of the famous Wiggle Bike Route has begun. At long last, it has begun.

For now, anyway. The partial lifting of the Bicycle Plan injunction isn’t a 100% thing, but the City is moving ahead anyway.

Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Ross Mirkarimi, MTA chief Nat Ford, and Mayor Gavin Newsom all got in on the fun. Click to expand:

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As Our Mayor’s extended paint roller got closer to the throng of reporters Supervisor Dufty was all, ”Watch out media, Gavin’s coming your way!” And here’s the reaction – a that’s-right-laugh-it-up-funnyboy smirk and then a quick departure:

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Gavin’s ill humor wasn’t helped later on when Emmy Award-winning CBS5 political editor Hank Plante started asking about Geo Fanelli wanting his recent $500 donation back. Akit‘s suggestion about suing in small claims court is interesting, non? I mean, you can’t give everybody their money back, right? (After your campaign buys a copy of PhotoShop, you don’t get much change back from a $500 banknote.) However, Geo has a pretty sympathetic case to make. Mmmm.

Anyway, in all the excitement, Bevan started painted bike helmets green, making mementos to allow us to remember this Special Day. (Bro was on today with all his Ammiano-like bons mots.)

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition leader Leah Shahum and Nat Ford were all smiles today:

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Supervisor Mirkarimi looked dashing on his Trek Ride+ electric-assist bike. It’s just like Board President David Chiu’s. Said one wag, “Ross, you have the right equipment.” The loud reply, from someone famous: “That’s what she said!”

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All in all, it was quite a celebration.

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But this isn’t all for today. San Francisco’s first protected bike lane is now on Market Street, as of this AM.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Celebrates New Bike Lanes – A Panhandle Victory Lap

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Well, we’re still waiting for the green paint to go down, but we got plenty of white paint on San Francisco city streets yesterday. It all has to do with the partial lifting of the Bicycle Plan injunction.

Anyway, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (ask them about Winterfest on December 6th) had an after-party near Duboce Park last night, and when they finished up, some of them decided to test out the new bike lanes in a racous after-hours ride.

As here, on Scott Street. See the new Wiggle Bike Route icon? That’s fresh paint. Click to expand:

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Here’s Leah Shahum and Andy Thornley in the vanguard:

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And here’s the caboose – a seven-person bike piloted by Director Dan Nguyen-Tan

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On Scott crossing Oak:

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And onto the dark Panhandle Bike Path for a Victory Lap around the park:

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Mayor Gavin “Photo Op” Newsom Postpones the Greening of Scott Street

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Read here to see the way it was supposed to be this AM at the Scott Street part of The Wiggle bike path. See? We were all set for green paint on our streets. (And it’s about time, after all that beige.)

But Our Mayor couldn’t make it, so the Greening of Scott Street will get pushed back a bit, a few days, anyway. But you’ll know when the greening occurs – you’ll see a photo somewhere of Gavin physically painting the “bike box” green or mixing blue and yellow paint together, something like that.

The scene this morning in the East of Panhandle Area (EaPA). All dressed up, but nowhere to green. Click to expand:

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Oh well.

And the members of the MSM who showed up to see one of the first manifestations of the partial lifting of the bicycle plan injunction? Well they wasted their time, as at least a few of them appeared to be unaware of the details of the postponement.

The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association and Bike NOPA were there, anyway.

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Oh well.