Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Isn’t It Ironic, PG&E’s Captive Union has the Gall to Use Fire Imagery to Fight Public Power? You Know, After San Bruno?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Here’s the latest from the the union for our incompetent local power utility, straight outta Vacaville, wherever the Hell that is:

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Is this an image from the charred remains of all those houses that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers / PG&E burned down in San Mateo County not too long ago? It sure could be, why not?

Take a look.

Oh what’s that, PG&E, it took you a while to own up to being responsible for killing those eight people?

“The cause of the Sept. 9, 2010, accident has not been determined yet.”

What kind of denial is this, months and months after your killings?

You know, these people? ‘

James Franco, 53 and “Janessa, 13, and Jacqueline Greig, 44; Elizabeth Torres, 81; Jessica Morales, 20, as well three member of the Bullis family — Greg, 50, Will, 17, and Lavonne, 87 “

Here’s the thing, PG&E. Everybody has the right to opt out of PublicPowerSF. So that’s why it’s not going to “nearly double electric generation costs.”

Not everybody in Chinatown is an easily cowed, easily herded stencil voter, right? Consumers will make their own choice – you don’t think that they’re all stupid, do you?

And actually, San Francisco is kind of a hippy town, filled with yuppie-types who will not opt out of public power.

But, of course, if people don’t want to pay extra for juice, they won’t.

It’s as simple as that.

BTW, you all should prolly ID the white Republican lawyer you’re quoting in the ‘Xam here. Otherwise it makes things look like the entire Examiner is agin public power.

The flip side of the latest flyer:

In closing, fuck you PG&E.

Go to Hell.

Or flaming San Bruno, little difference.

A Few Questions for Corrupt PG&E and Its Corrupt Union Regarding the Coming Clean Power Alternative, CleanPowerSF

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

I’m getting the feeling that our local utility monopoly doesn’t want any competition at all.

Take a look here at this bit from Chris Roberts of SFWeeklySFBayGuardianSFExaminer and then take a look at this:

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Now let’s check the “Check the Facts” part of this recent flier.

The retort:

1. CleanPowerSF will not cost “almost double” relative to the current PG&E monopoly. So that’s a lie

2. And are you PG&E motherfuckers really talking about some disaster in some part of the world? What about the eight souls you killed right here in the Bay Area in San Bruno not too long ago? How many “brothers” or sisters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were responsible for those deaths?

3. And actually, consumers, you DO get to choose whether you participate in CleanPowerSF, so the “PG&E family” is lying about that as well.

So, fuck you, PG&E

Good day, “brothers.”

Oh My: #LetMeBeClear, Barbary Coast Consulting’s 2011 Holiday Video Card Starring Barack Obama, Sort Of

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Progressives Consider 2012 and Beyond: A “Citywide Gathering” on Thursday, December 15th Called (John) “Avalos for All of Us”

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

From the Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club comes news of meeting that I’m calling Avalos for All of Us.

Check it:

“A Citywide Gathering - Former Avalos Campaign - Thursday, Dec. 15th - 6:30-9pm at 522 Valencia St.

Following the incredible Avalos campaign momentum, what’s next for the progressive movement in 2012 & beyond? What can we learn about the state of our movement from the 2011 Mayors race? What should be common priorities for progressives in 2012? Where can we build unity & be most powerful?

Let us know you are coming. And let us know if you cant come, but want to stay in touch and learn about next steps – at AVALOSFORALLOFUS@GMAIL.COMThis is a broad appeal without any particular formal organizational form, so it is not a ‘decision-making’ meeting but we hope it generates the ideas – both political and organizational — that will continue to build our strength in the city. 522 Valencia is upstairs from the new 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics. Check it out at http://518valencia.org/

OK then.

Ah memories: Avalos for Mayor 2011 HQ on the day that the RUN ED RUN kids came by for a visit: 

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Post-Election Recap at USF from David Latterman and Alex Clemens a Huge Success – See the Data

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

If you want some deets on our recent election, you just might find them right here.

Yesterday’s PowerPoint presentation at USF, featuring Alex Clemens on RCV (and RCV on Alex Clemens):

Get all the deets here and here.

And AC is not done yet. From the City Democratic Club:

“Friends:

The election results are in! Are you not quite sure what happened? Plain confused? Or just can’t get enough? Join the City Democratic Club tomorrow, November 17 @ 6pm for our November meeting, where we will get an election recap and analysis from political veteran and founder of SF Usual Suspects Alex Clemens.

What: City Democratic Club November Meeting and Election Recap w/Alex Clemens

When: Thursday, November 17 @ 6:00pm

Where: Marines’ Memorial Club, Regimental Room, 10th Floor (609 Sutter Street @ Mason Street). Please join us for cocktails before and after the meeting at the Flying Leatherneck Lounge, located on the 12th floor. Join us for some great food and drinks with spectacular views of the City!

The Marines’ Memorial Club is served by the 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 30-Stockton, 38 Geary, and 45 Union-Stockton. Discount parking ($5/hour with validation) is also available at the Olympic Club (665 Sutter Street).

We look forward to seeing you next week! If you have any questions, please contactcitydemclub@aol.com.

Regards,

City Democratic Club

About Alex Clemens
Alex Clemens is a well-seasoned communications advisor, political operative, and advocate. He has served five tours of duty working for politicians in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., worked as a community organizer in San Francisco’s SOMA district, developed philanthropic plans for an innovative high-tech company, taught pre-kindergarten in a San Francisco public school, and been licensed as a private investigator in the state of California. He has experience working in private industry, government service, the non-profit sector, political campaigns, and as a communications and strategy consultant.
Alex founded Barbary Coast Consulting in 2003, and has spent a great deal of his time since then attempting to recruit smarter, harder-working and more creative colleagues to Barbary Coast. In addition to his work at Barbary Coast, he serves as an adjunct professor at the Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco, instructing students in the Master in Public Affairs program – and he serves as a board member at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.

Alex is regularly quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and local television stations on matters regarding San Francisco politics. In 1995, he created the Usual Suspects website, a daily roundup of San Francisco political news. He is a regular speaker on politics and current events at SPUR, Leadership San Francisco, the Chamber of Commerce, Coro, the USF lunch series, and other local civic and political organizations.

OMG, San Francisco Post-Election Recap at USF Today! See David Latterman and Alex Clemens at 12:30 PM

Monday, November 14th, 2011

That’s right, the David Latterman / Alex Clemens electoral dog-and–pony show is heading up Ignatius Heights today to tell you what just happened.

And then you’ll be able to figure out What Happens Next.

San Francisco Post-Election Recap

Monday, November 14, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Fromm Center, Berman Hall
USF Main Campus (map)

Interested in what happened in the San Francisco elections? Come hear the McCarthy Center’s David Latterman and Barbary Coast Consulting’s Alex Clemens discuss What Just Happened in San Francisco’s always-exciting and often-bizarre election cycle. Latterman and Clemens use data, maps, and humor to discuss who won, who lost, what it all means, and what’s on tap for next year.

Latterman, in addition to running the McCarthy Center’s MoPA Graduate Program, is a political consultant and well-known pundit, and was actively involved in the 2011 election cycle. Clemens, an Adjunct Faculty member with the McCarthy Center, runs the beloved political website “The Usual Suspects” and knows just about everything there is to know about San Francisco politics. This talk is FREE to faculty, students, and the general public.

Ci vediamo all’Universita!

Soft Landing: Famous Former SF Weekly Writer Matt Smith Alights at The Bay Citizen

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Read the news and turn the pages:

“…@thebaycitizen, sunrise-limned, breath-taking savior of local news (etc etc) is bringing on Matt Smith for the election”

Hurray!

Matt Smith, pilot of this custom-made quadricycle, OTJ in GGP back in aught-nine:

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All in the Family, the “City Family” – Even Recology Showed Up at Today’s Run Ed Run Rally at City Hall

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Let me tell you, if you ever get a chance to visit Recology at 50 California, well, their offices are fantastic.

And everybody’s so friendly – you’ll have gaggle of attractivas in the their 20′s and 30′s coming up to you to just say hi, just like you’re a rock star or a Nordstrom’s customer or something.

And the party swag, don’t get me started on the party swag.

Anyway, guess who showed up at today’s Run Ed Run rally at City Hall. It’s the melon-farming Recology garbage truck! See?

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Ouch:

“In the summer of 1999, Lee, who had been tapped by Brown to head the Department of Public Works in 1996, came under public criticism after proposing a 44 percent rate hike for residential garbage collection. Although the rate was lower than the 52 percent hike proposed by Norcal (as Recology was then known), it was substantially higher than the 20 percent increase recommended by his staff, said Quentin Kopp, a former supervisor and state senator and a retired judge who advocated against the rate hike at the time.”

Doesn’t Recology know enough to not to have their trucks roll down Polk Street during an Ed Lee rally, you know, at this particular juncture?

Apparently not.

So-Called Spontaneous and Unscripted “Run Ed Run Campaign” is Anything But – Today’s Big Rally at City Hall

Monday, August 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, and look who else was on the scene - it's famous Steve Rhodes:

"Run Ed Run rally to push @MayorEdLee to break his promise #SFmayor and it looks like he will (though probably not til next week)

baycitizen.org/politics/story/ed-lee-campaign-announcemen...

They have over 50,000 signatures (and spent over $60,000 to get them).

They didn't deliver them in a garbage truck for some reason

www.baycitizen.org/politics/story/ed_lee_sfmayor_recology/

They say his promise to the people to serve them over a promise to politicians to not run (though they are happy to mention politician Sen Feinstein wants him to run sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/27/BAM31KFE... ).

I wonder what they would be saying if Sheriff Hennessey had been appointed interim mayor & then decided to run."

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Well, here they come, straight outta C-Town, coming across Polk Street just after being bused in, it’s the main body of today’s noontime Run Ed Run rally at the steps of City Hall:

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Are you up to speed on this one?

Bruce Begin: Legal questions overshadow an Ed Lee mayoral run

Gerry Shih: The Machine Behind ‘Run Ed Run’ - San Francisco’s garbage company, a long-time Willie Brown ally, tied to efforts to keep Ed Lee in office

Heather Knight: What happens if Lee breaks his promise?

John Cote: SF Mayor Ed Lee’s rivals seek probe of his backers

How’s that, for starters?

Oh, and here’s the latest:

Gerry Shih, from the campaign trail today: “I’m not anticipating anything at this point,” Lee said with a smile…” And here’s a bon mot from Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

Chiu continued to allege “unethical” and “possibly illegal” activity by Progress For All. ‘San Franciscans want answers and deserve a full investigation of what happened,’ Chiu said.”

Yowzer.

All right, back to today’s political theatre. Is this the “grass roots?” These people are, quite literally for a few of them, the same people who were bused in for the Save Ed Jew rallies from back in the day:

They were all directed off the sidewalk and up the cattle chute to City Hall by the man in the yellow hat, well, that’s what I call him, anyway, seen here, at camera center, without a hat:

Oh, this van was not actually driven (see comments) by the ringleader, you know, the fellow who told the easily-cowed grandmothers and the misled youth what to do.

After that, it was time to rehearse the scripts…

…and collect “spontaneous” supporters for the rally. There were 100+ on hand, all told:

Oh well.

We’ll know more about the people behind Run Ed Run and the like soon enough, perhaps as early as tonight.

Stay tuned…

Wow, That RunEdRun.org Campaign Website for Mayor Ed Lee Sure Has a Lot of Money to Spend – Check the Google Ads

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Look what pops up these days when you do a Google Search for “leading” candidates for Mayor of San Francisco like John Avalos, Leland Yee* or David Chiu.

You’ll see an ad that says that each of these candidates ”needs competition.” See?

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I don’t know, is this an effective way to spend campaign money?

Maybe not but when you have tons of money to throw around, then you can make ad buys like this I s’pose.

How much longer will this phony-baloney Run Ed Run effort last?

*The Tony Hall campaign has a Google Ad for the search phrase “Leland Yee” as well. Something about transparency at City Hall.