Posts Tagged ‘policy’

“CRUSADER?” This CalTrain Depot Fence is Hardly PC

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Let me tell you first about Los Angeles, about how they don’t want cars with “master” and “slave” brake cylinders, about how they don’t want PCs with master and slave hard drives:

Based on the cultural diversity and sensitivity of Los Angeles County, this is not an acceptable identification label,” Joe Sandoval, division manager of purchasing and contract services, said in a memo sent to County vendors

That’s your baseline.

Comes now CalTrain with a logo for the CRUSADER FENCE company, complete with a red cross:

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(Check for yourself on the Google Maps: 341 Townsend Street, SF, CA ought to do it.)

So, the fence is so good, it can keep out even the Crusaders?

Does that make sense?

I don’t get it.

Here’s What You Should Do When Your Landlord Sends You This Mandatory Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Letter This Month

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Absolutely nothing.

Say it again, y’all: Absolutely nothing.

Background: District One (aka The Richmond, more or less) Supervisor Eric Mar is a bird of another feather – he wasn’t satisfied with issuing edicts from Academia oh no. He descended from the ivory tower to put dreams into action. And his father passed away from lung cancer (AFAIK, pretty sure), so it would make sense that he wanted to do something for San Francisco renters who have to deal with secondhand smoke coming in from other units.

Get all the deets on San Francisco’s 2013 Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy as of last year via this excellent article from Christian Watjen right here.

So that’s the background. What’s going on now is that tenants all over the City are getting alarming/confusing letters from landlords. To wit:

Nervous Gay Couple Living With AIDS Get Letter from the Landlord

Now here’s what you’ll get* if your landlord toes the party line of the San Francisco Apartment Association – an excerpt of the pledge they want you to make:

“For purposes of the Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy and SF Health Code 19M, I would like to designate my apartment as non-smoking. I verify that neither I nor my guests will ever smoke tobacco within the rental apartment listed below.”

Uh, so why should tenants make this pledge? It’s not explained in this official SFAA letter now is it? And what if Barack Obama or Bill Clinton drops by your pad a few years from now? They puff puff every now and then, right? So what about your signed pledge, what about that?

And here’s what the lawyer(s) of  the SFAA have for you at the bottom of the letter:

“If you do voluntarily decide to designate your apartment as non-smoking, which you are not required to do, the designation is permanent and becomes a consensual change in the terms of your tenancy.”

Oh.

If you’re living in rent-controlled San Francisco, I think you should get some kind of benefit when you change the terms of your tenancy, you know, as a general rule .

And later on, is your landlord going to complain about how you’re violating the terms of your tenancy when you allowed your future bud / date / friend smoke one cigarette to help her get through one of her stressed out moments?

Or your Euro fiance can’t move in with you in 2015 because your “designation is permanent?”

And should we assume second-hand smoke from clove cigarettes and/or the Mary Jane is good for you, since it’s not covered?

Now, IRL, is this issue going to affect you? Prolly not. But I’m just saying.

So, sign your pledge or just ignore it – choose or lose, maybe.

*Assuming that you’re living in a building with fewer than 50 units and you aren’t restricted from smoking now. This is the notification you’ll get otherwise, possibly, and it’s fair enough. And here’s the full rundown from the SFAA. Again, no objections.

All the deets, after the jump

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“Cloud-First Policy” Comes to SFGov: San Francisco’s Department of Technology Implements New IT Strategy

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

So, basically, SFGov will soon be doing more stuff through a network instead of doing stuff on-site, for better or worse.

Check it:

We implemented a cloud-first IT strategy as part of our effort to address a multimillion-dollar, city-wide budget deficit, avoid staff reductions and implement business-enabling IT solutions. Our cloud-first strategy has allowed us to roll out a wide-ranging series of transformative virtualization and cloud initiatives with CommVault Simpana software as the foundation of our data management strategy,” said Gina Tomlinson, Chief Technology Officer for the City and County of San Francisco. “These successful initiatives have helped us expand our footprint in the cloud and anticipate future demands to ensure our cloud services fulfill and grow with the needs of our agencies and community.”

Here‘s the PowerPoint.

OK, then. We’ll soon have Cloud Computing First to go with our existing Transit First policy. What other Firsts will we soon have?

Anyway, all your local government data, your parking ticket payment history records and the like, are heading up to the sky. Let’s hope they stay safe up there.

It’ll look something like this:

The company that got the contract to do this has a lot of blah blah blah about it.

See it after the jump

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Scraaaaaaaape: DPW Truck vs. MUNI Bus on Market Street – But No Harm No Foul – The City Family Abides

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Is it easy to drive a big ol’ Ford F-450 Super Duty pick-em-up truck around Market Street what with all the MUNI buses and streetcars, and with all the peds walking around like a chicken with its head cut off?

Probably not.

As here, on Market the other day, when the driver of this white DPW truck, which has stickers on it saying “Tax Dollars At Work,” cut a corner too close and loudly scraped up the left rear corner of a MUNI bus.

The aftermath  - a little bit stuck:

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Now when you think about it, there’s really no point in reporting this one, because the bus still works and the truck still works and is the City Family going to write a check to the City Family to compensate for the losses of the City Family? I think not.

So all you can do is pick up the stuff what fell off the back of the big pickup and offer it up to the embarrassed DPW worker.

Dude, here’s your shovel back:

So, no harm no foul, except for a scraped-up bus, which probably had its fair share of scrapes already.

And it’s all, well yeah, I screwed that one up but no biggee.

Too bad others in SFGov can’t similarly admit mistakes…

San Francisco’s 11th Commandment: Christians Shalt Not Obey Parking Rules on Sundays

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Thusly: 

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You know, back in the day, SFGov freely violated the 14th Amendment until it got slapped down.

These days, SFGov violates the 1st Amendment with its Christians Park Free rule. When will SFGov get slapped down on this issue?

I know not. It’ll take a new Yick Wo to file a lawsuit. (Right? ‘Cause just nagging the SFGov isn’t going to cut it. SFGov will just ignore you.)

In the meantime, enjoy San Francisco’s Transit First (Except for Church-Goers) policy.

BARTtv is Back on the Air: Explaining Why BART Detained Journalists Yesterday – No Linton Johnson, No Comments Allowed

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Well here’s BART’s version of the story of last night’s events at Powell Station.

IMO, the MSM on hand weren’t too satisfied with what they were hearing, but listen for yourself:

The nugget’s at 4:30 or so where some woman starts off with, “Actually…”

Normally, you can comment on YouTube videos, but not this particular one, for some reason.

All right, OpBART V – A New Beginning, is the next protest against BART’s shooting and 1st Amendment policies. It’s coming at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 12th, 2011

Geez, How Many Bay Area TV Reporters Have Recently Sold Out to Work for BART’s Orwellian BARTtv News? Four, At Least

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Yes BART, The Sun Always Shines on TV*, certainly.

But why are you the most TV-obsessed transit agency in the world?

Why have you hired a litany of Kent Brockmans and Cookie Kwans* to make real-looking fake TV bits?

Is there some kind of military-industrial complex where every television “transportation reporter” in the Bay Area ends up doing gigs for BART to fool viewers into thinking that they’re watching the news?

Is this why the televised MSM lets BART get away with all the stuff BART gets away with?

I doubt any of these sell-outs still works at the stations what made them famous (I assume, as my govmint digital converter box died last year so all I can get on my 20-year old Sony is snow), but they were on the air in the Bay Area fairly recently. Here’s the partial tally – this is what I’ve noticed in the BARTtv collection from just the past six months.

The “BART-TV News” news team:

Lisa Bernard San Francisco Bay Area | Broadcast Media - Reporter at KNTV

Mark Jones of Bubb Rubb and L’il Sis fame - KRON4. This report is particularly egregious. Perhaps the BART Police’s informant was fed bad information on purpose in this instance? Remember, that was the allegation at the time. You know, from the Uhuru group. And then, per BART, after all those “groups” did all that planning, the “sneak attack” “fizzled.” Or maybe there was no sneak attack, BART? I don’t buy BART’s narrative, personally, but you are free to swallow whatever the fuck BART spoon feeds you, certainly, hook, line and sinker:

Jeffrey Schaub, KGO Radio, CBS5

And of course, Linton Johnson, who used to be a weekend anchor at KNTV San Jose. Start at about 9:45 to hear him defend his egregious misstatement of law from last month (about BART’s duty to balance the public’s constitutional Right to Safety against the 1st Amendment.) Then he goes, “I am a journalist.” (And I thought he was just a PR hack who costs BART $170+K per year.)

BART, you’re a god-damn embarrassment, that’s what I’m saying.

*Love that opening. Also, still loving Blue Skies after all these years, so imprinted am I.

**Member, AAJA

The First Draft of BART’s Cell Phone Shut Off Policy Looks Like Bullcrap to Me, But You Make The Call

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

[UPDATE: IndyBay has a lengthy report from Friday’s meeting of the toothless Citizen Review Panel. And here’s some more.]

Here it is, AFAIK:

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If this version of BART’s Proposed Call Service Interruption Policy were put into action as-is, it would mean that BART could do whatever it wanted to, whenever it wanted to. 

So, what’s the point in having a policy that says this?

And hey, whatever happened to BARTtv? Seems as if it’s “off the air” these days. How many former Bay Area newsmens has BART hired lately, cause I see three of them on Orwellian “BARTtv news” from this year alone.

Should BART be broadcasting video clips designed to confuse the viewer over what’s news and what’s BART propganda?

Should BART have a former TV newsman making policy?

Should BART have been wasting its time FaceBooking with Commuters Take Back BART?

Should BART have solicited employees to come up with ideas both “constitutional and unconstitutional” to combat BART shooting protesters?

Oh well.

PBS to Air “Presumed Guilty” July 27th – Two UC Berkeley Students Explore Mexican Justice System

Monday, July 26th, 2010

This is what’s coming up on KQED-TV tomorrow at 10:30 PM: a documentary from UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy doctoral candidates Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete.

Tune into Channel 9.  All the deets, below

Congratulations to Roberto and Layda.

BERKELEY — On Tuesday, July 27, the PBS POV documentary series will air “Presumed Guilty”, a riveting examination of the Mexican judicial system created by UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy doctoral candidates Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete. In the Bay Area, the film will air at 10:30 p.m. on KQED.

Hernández and Negrete, both attorneys, document their struggle to free a wrongfully imprisoned man and to expose a Mexican criminal justice system that imprisons thousands of other innocent people like him.

PBS says this about the documentary: “Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about and then finding yourself sentenced to 20 years in jail. In December 2005 this happened to Tono Zuniga in Mexico Cityand, like thousands of other innocent people, he was wrongfully imprisoned. ‘Presumed Guilty’ is the story of two young lawyers and their struggle to free Zuniga. With no background in film, Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete set about recording the injustices they were witnessing, enlisting acclaimed director Geoffrey Smith (“The English Surgeon”) to tell this dramatic story.”

Where Would Jesus Park (WWJP) – Would He Block Your Driveway Every Sunday?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Oh the Yelpers were in a lather this AM over San Francisco’s questionable Sunday church parking policies. Comes now Alexandra to lament:

“What’s the deal with this? Why is it totally okay for church-goers to double park in front of people’s garages and driveways? My friend at work was just telling me how she was stuck at home all day Sunday because of the double-parked cars– she couldn’t leave the garage. Separation of church and state, anyone?”

Indeed. There are different issues here. Sometimes entire streets get blocked, sometimes parallel-parked cars get blocked, and sometimes driveways get blocked.

I’m not sure if San Francisco’s policies are written down anywhere, but what you’re supposed to do is to tiptoe up to the nearest church and whisper about your situation. Then bingo-bango, your car will be freed by a volunteer valet.

The start of another Sunday in “Transit First” San Francisco:

Now of course, we know that the SFPD and SFMTA will tolerate double parking anywhere near a church on Sunday, but what about other similar civic gatherings? If you push the Powers That Be, they’ll say that a church service is just another civic gathering entitled to some longstanding tradition of No Rules Sundays. All right. I don’t really buy that, but all right.

The City used to own a giant Latin cross atop Mount Davidson – alls it took was one lawsuit to fix that.

The City used to discriminate with a law that was neutral on its face - alls it took was one lawsuit to fix that.

Just saying…