Posts Tagged ‘pledge’

Bizarre “Zero Graffiti Pledge” from DPW Binds Prospective Jurors to Serve on Only Certain Cases?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Hey DPW! Are there some things in the world that are even worse than graffiti?

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(And I’ll add that I don’t think jurors are supposed to select the cases they serve on…)

“I hereby pledge to help make San Francisco a graffiti-free city by committing to do one or more of the following: 

-Report graffiti vandalism by calling 311 or visiting sf311.org
-Call 911 when I see graffiti vandalism in progress. 
-Remove graffiti vandalism from my property within 48 hours. 
-Teach the children in my life that it is wrong to write or make marks on other people’s property. 
-Join the Graffiti Watch or Adopt-A-Street and help to remove graffiti vandalism in my neighborhood. 
-Support anti-graffiti vandalism legislation by writing or making phone calls to elected officials. 
-If called, serve on a jury that decides a graffiti vandalism case.”

Meg Whitman Folds Under Pressure at Women’s Conference in Long Beach – Refuses Matt Lauer’s Offer to Stop Negativity

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

It’s not surprising as to why Jerry Brown would want to limit television advertising in the Governor’s race and why Meg Whitman would not. But see here how she responds to Matt Lauer’s questions about “ending the negativity.”

(Yes, you had a tough crowd but it’s not necessarily your answer that was the problem, Meg. It was the way you answered.)

She’s surprisingly tongue-tied considering how late we are in this campaign, IMO.

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Oh well, at least television stations and all those consultants made money off of her campaign, so it’s not a total waste…

San Francisco Man Swears He’ll Never Drive More Than 60 MPH – The Pledge 60 Movement

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This man, recently seen on Franklin Street, has sworn he will never drive his Mazda 626 LX-V6 more than 60 MPH. Why? Cause he’s a part of the Pledge 60 Movement. Check out the sign that he printed at home (or at work, let’s hope, considering the cost of replacement printer ink, “starter cartridge” don’t get me started):

“I pledge 60 MPH max to save U.S. gas $

Fair enough. Not sure how this would work on the nascent Trans-Texas Corridor where they’ll have an 85mph limit, or for that matter Montana where teen-aged girls on narrow highways will pass you in their tiny three-cylinder cars going 90+, but oh well.

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The Sierra Club has/had a similar campaign – “I Can Drive 55 (or whatever the limit is).”

Pledgers should keep to the right (avoiding those carpool lane-stickered Toyota Priuseses going 80+ on the I-80) and they’ll be fine.

Pledge on.

(These kinds of pledges probably will have a higher success rate than those chastity pledges that don’t seem to work.)

Panda Pledge Not Enough – Panda Express Booted From UC Berkeley

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

All you have to do is scan the excellent live blog transcript from Katie Baker here to see how and why the Panda Express proposal over at UC Berkeley got kicked to the curb. For a shorter take, this detailed PANDA conspiracy chart explains everything. It all fits together, man!

Baffled Panda Express Panda, getting kicked to the curb:

The kids at UCSF don’t seem to mind the P.E. they have up atop foggy Parnassus:

Raise your left paw and recite The Pledge:

We never, ever add MSG

We cook only in 100% soybean oil

We chop our veggies fresh every day

We prepare our unique sauces in-house 

When, Oh When, Will the East Bay Area Get Its Giant Pandas?

Greenwashing the Bottled Water War – Fiji Water vs. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Gavin Newsom, America’s “most stylin’” mayor, has deservedly gotten lots of national attention for leading the charge against the bottled water industry. Take a look here at a scene from last month in San Francisco - he was somewhere inside this scrum of media and tap water fans. He’s got a tiger by the tail with this popular issue, much to the chagrin of industry giants Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle.

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But what started this campaign? It was a conversation a while back the mayor had about his possession of some bottles of Fiji Water. Somebody pointed out a few things about the pros and cons (mostly the cons) of shipping drinking water from the South Pacific to San Francisco. The result is that he is an international leader on this issue.

Fair enough. But now it appears that Fiji Water is leading the campaign FOR bottle water. They’re attacking the anti-bottled water movement at an RSS 2.0-enabled website called FijiGreen. (They’ve just boosted the ad budget so you might be hearing more from them soon.)

First of all: FijiGreen!?! WTF? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Having dispensed with that, check out this blog entry written by ”Fiji Green Gal” where she attempts to debunk the “food miles” myth. As you can see, she’s got her hands full when she doggedly replies to commenters.

You’re on your own after that. It’s up to you to make your own decision about how some people in the Republic of the Fiji Islands might benefit from Fiji Water bottling, about how some chefs just seem to love the stuff, about how they have an SVP working on these issues, etc. You might end up with a nuanced view or you might get so interested you’ll take the TreeHugger Survey.

Add it all up and see how all this compares with turning on the faucet when you’re thirsty or bottling your own tap water for those times when you’re on the go.  

The Mayor of San Francisco Takes On the Bottled Water Industry

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Part of this crowd, a large crowd actually, at the San Francisco Ferry Building yesterday was there to get their very own free stainless steel vacuum flask to carry around tap water as an alternative to buying water in plastic bottles.
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These were handed out for free:

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Doesn’t everyone heart S.F.? How about the tap water you get in S.F. and some sourrounding areas? It comes from the Yosemite area, takes a rest around here, and then comes into your kitchen. It’s the best tap water in the world. So what’s wrong with drinking it instead of Dasani or Aquafina or whatever?

In 2007, Mayor Newsom famously worked on getting municipal workers off of the plastic water bottle. That move generated a little blowback but it also attracted some national interest.

In 2008, attention turns to restaurants routinely offering bottled water to patrons. It didn’t used to be this way, but nowadays it’s the first choice  you have to make at some joints and some diners might feel that they’re being a bit cheap if they don’t spring for the spring water. What the Mayor is doing is using a little moral suasion to affect public behavior for the greater good. It’s not really “greenwashing,” actually. What it is is a perfectly appropriate use of the bully pulpit, as it doesn’t force anybody to do anything and it doesn’t cost the taxpayers any substantial amount of money.

Of course the bottled water industry thinks yesterday’s effort smacks of  totalitarianism.

Stainless steel bottles are available while supplies last at SFPUC Customer Service at 1155 Market Street near Civic Center. Take a pledge to stop buying plastic bottles of water and you can get a nice metal bottle as well. Just drop on by. Who knows, you might get lucky.