Posts Tagged ‘Public Safety’

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Successfully Defends Temporary Permit Suspension for Suite 181 in the Uptown Tenderloin

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The City Attorney’s Office of San Francisco just spent a couple hours in court this afternoon to make sure that tw0-star-Yelp-rated 181 Eddy doesn’t open up as a club tonight for New Years Eve 2011.

That means that the planed MEGA NEW YEARS EVE 2011 won’t be all that mega:

But, the joint will still be open as a bar, so that’s some consolation.

All the deets, below.

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior isn’t too happy with the operators of 181 Eddy these days:

“Herrera upholds permit suspensions for violent Tenderloin nightclub over New Year’s Eve. Entertainment Commission suspended permits for ‘Suite 181′ for 48-hours because of escalating violence, public safety problems

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 31, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today successfully defended the 48-hour suspension of entertainment and extended hours permits for a controversial Tenderloin nightclub over New Year’s Eve due to serious concerns about the escalating pattern of violence and public safety problems there. Lawyers for “Suite 181″ at 181 Eddy Street appeared at an emergency hearing in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon to seek a Temporary Restraining Order against the City’s public safety suspension, which the Entertainment Commission issued yesterday. After a hearing that lasted almost two hours, Judge Richard A. Kramer issued a written ruling rejecting the club’s argument that the First Amendment prevented the City from protecting safety on New Year’s Eve. Judge Kramer held that the “rights claimed by plaintiffs are not absolute and are subject to reasonable restraints regulation in order to serve a public interest.”

“This case is about defending city officials’ duty to protect public safety when there is clear evidence for doing so,” said Herrera. “Suite 181 has required 190 police service calls in the preceding year alone, and the lawlessness and violence there have been escalating recently. The Entertainment Commission’s emergency permit suspension isn’t simply about protecting safety. It’s also about assuring fairness to the large majority of responsible entertainment venues that invest the resources necessary to keep their customers and neighborhoods safe. I applaud Judge Kramer for recognizing the serious responsibility San Francisco officials have to protect our residents and visitors.”

Herrera’s defense of the Entertainment Commission’s action, which was recommended by the San Francisco Police Department, relied on the significantly heightened risk of violent crime on New Year’s Eve, citing police estimates that San Francisco can expect at least 500,000 out-of-town visitors for the holiday. Additional evidence presented to the court established that the errant establishment had been responsible for 190 calls for service to police in the preceding year alone, including for incidents involving shootings, assaults, sexual battery and unlawful weapons possession. Lawyers for Herrera’s office argued that the Entertainment Commission was fulfilling its duty to protect public safety by suspending the club’s permits, citing Acting Executive Director Jocelyn Kane’s conclusion that “there is a substantial risk of a violent incident or other serious public safety problem occurring at Suite 181 on New Year’s Eve.” The operative period for the suspension upheld today is Dec. 31, 2010 at 3 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2011 at 3 p.m. Lawyers for the club have advised the City that the venue will be open until 2 a.m. as a bar only.

Related documents are available at http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.

D2 Update: Mark Farrell Declares Victory Over Janet Reilly – Will Meet With Michela Soon – Preparing for Office

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

[UPDATE: And Janet Reilly just conceded. Read her entire statement after the jump.]

Interesting candidate Mark Farrell has pulled off his upset in District 2. That means that he’ll become a San Francisco Supervisor come January 2011.

Read all about it, below.

Big Mark Farrell (in Giants Orange) y familia at Room 48 in City Hall all the way back in August 2009:

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“As of this evening, all the votes have been counted in District 2 by the San Francisco Department of Elections and we have won the District 2 Supervisor election. With tonight’s victory, we now turn our immediate attention to preparing for office in January.  Our transition team is in place, and I will be meeting with District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier tomorrow to kick-start the transition process.  I will also finalize the hiring of my City Hall staff within the next week.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all of my opponents – Kat Anderson, Abraham Simmons, Barbara Berwick, Janet Reilly, and Vilma Guinto Peoro – for a very exciting and challenging campaign.  They are dedicated and valued public servants who are each committed to the people and neighborhoods of District 2, and I look forward to working with all of them in the future.

While the past few weeks have been challenging as the vote count continued after Election Day, I fully recognize the need for a transparent and democratic electoral process – as such, I want to thank the leadership and staff of San Francisco’s Department of Elections for their dedication and diligence in completing this difficult task.

I would also like to personally thank all of those individuals that supported my campaign, beginning with Sheriff Michael Hennessey and in particular Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd. Thank you as well to the organizations which supported my campaign along the way, including the Small Property Owners of San Francisco, Plan C, UA Local 38, BOMA, the District 2 Democratic Club, IBEW Local 1245, the San Francisco Coalition for Responsible Growth and Rescue MUNI.

Thank you to my incredible staff, including Chris Lee, Margaux Kelly, David Latterman and Mark Randolph, and in particular the hundreds of volunteers who poured their time and energy into this campaign – we would not have succeeded without your enthusiasm, and I will be eternally grateful.

Most importantly, thank you to my amazing family – from my wife Liz and our children, to my parents, in-laws and brothers and sisters – we started this journey last year together as a family, and your unconditional support truly carried this campaign across the goal line.

While it was a long campaign and ultimately a close election, I am both honored and excited to represent the residents of District 2, and look forward to working to return common sense, fiscal discipline and neighborhood leadership back to City Hall.”

And here’s what Janet has to say tonight, after the jump.

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D2 Update: Janet’s DiFi Party – Mark’s SF Chron Endorsement – Kat’s “Kat Chat” – Abe’s Candidate Profile

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Our Great White North is making the news. Let’s check in with those “cash cows,” by the numbers:

1. Janet Reilly‘s recent party with Dianne Feinstein last Thursday was a smash success. It probably looked a bit like this:

 

United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blum, and Janet Reilly (photo by Drew Altizer)

Willie Brown is still all excited about it:

“In fact, Feinstein just had a fundraiser at her house for Reilly. If she actually gets out and walks for Reilly, the seat is Janet’s.”

O.K. then. (Wasn’t it WB who wrote off Jerry Brown’s chances just last month? Of course, his perdictions should always be taken with a grain (or two) of salt.  

2. The big news recently is that Mark Farrell got endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle. See?

District 2: Farrell is voice of restraint.”

(Restraint? Are the other candidates wild-eyed pistol wavers/ who aint afraid to die?)

Anyway, he’s attending an average of more than one house party per dayuntil November 2nd.

3. Kat Anderson has started up “Kat Chat” – not really sure how it works, but I’m sure you can figure it out:

Live Kat Chat Schedule

Thursday – 10/21 @ 8 pm – click here to request invitation
Saturday – 10/23 @ 9 am – click here to request invitation
Thursday – 10/28 @ 8 pm – click here to request invitation
Saturday – 10/30 @ 9 am – click here to request invitation

An invitation will be emailed to you with details for attendance.  Past sessions and future dates will be announced via the website.  

Announcing Kat’s new Campaign HQ

Stop by Kat’s NEW Campaign HQ:

2326 Fillmore Street (between Clay and Washington)
San Francisco, CA 94115

Get Involved and Make your Voices Heard!  Volunteer Opportunities.

Please RVSP to info@votekatanderson.com or call (415) 439-0528, and let us know which events you will attend.  Thank you! 

Campaign for Kat Anderson for District 2 Supervisor 2010

2130 Fillmore Street #200

San Francisco, CA 94115

info@votekatanderson.com 

www.votekatanderson.com

 4. Abraham Simmons has a new candidate profile up at SFGate. (Still no photo the last I checked, so I made a matching one myself:

“An attorney with a BS in Labor Relations, Abraham Simmons is most concerned with the issue of jobs and fiscal discipline in San Francisco. Simmons seeks to set new priorities, ensure the City gets value for every dollar spent and look into ways to jump-start new businesses.” 

O.K. then. Haven’t been in touch with Vilma Guinto Peoro or Barbara Berwick lately but Barbara, for her part, is the only candidate unafraid to give out secondary and ternary endorsements, her co-endorsements as some call them. Her second place endorsement goes to Mr. A. Simmons and her third place endorsement goes to both Ms. Kat Anderson and Ms. Janet Reiley.

And, oh yes in other news, D2 Democratic Club President Suki Kott is recruiting new members in the 94123. See?

And lastly, our Chronicle is out with candidate sketches for some others as well. Check it after the jump.

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Raucous District 2 Forum – Melissa Griffin with Anderson, Farrell, Reilly, Simmons – Dogpile on Janet – Watch Video

Friday, October 8th, 2010

First thing you do is fire up the VidSF video of last week’s San Francisco Supervisorial District Two Forum, the Big One, the one hosted by the City Democratic Club, the San Francisco Young Democrats and the nascent District 2 Democratic Club.

While that’s cache-ing up, head on over to Matthew S. Bajko‘s bit in yesterday’s Bay Area Reporter. He nailed it.

And here’s the shorter version, from Mssrs. Matier und Ross:

“Then came Janet Reilly, who was in the cross-hairs all night, in part because of her endorsement by ex-Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who just might be maneuvering for the city’s top job. Reilly would say only that whomever she voted for as a board member would be “a very thoughtful choice” – earning her a long round of boos.”

Truth be told, I think it’d be fair to say that only half the audience boo’ed Janet.

Now, advance your video to 25:00 to see the action.

Kat, Mark, Janet, and Abe along with Melissa Griffin at the Golden Gate Yacht Club looking north across the bay to Marin County. Can you spot the four sharks* in this shot?

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So, here’s what I learned:

1. Aaron Peskin doesn’t seem to be popular at all up in the Marina.

2. Apparently, the bulk of the audience thinks some deal has been struck that would somehow have Janet Reilly voting in Aaron Peskin as Mayor.

3. Janet Reilly considers herself the front-runner – so much so that she’s acting like an incumbent.

But watch the whole video, it’s not all that long, and then You Make The Call.

Now, just after this forum ended, de jure Janet Reilly Campaign Manager Patrick Collum sent out a message about how Janet was the “clear winner” of this forum.

I don’t know. The Reilly supporters I’ve chatted with the past week called this forum “a disaster” and a “debacle.” Stuff like, “Why couldn’t Janet just have said she’d vote for Rosenfield or whoever as caretaker Mayor?”

To be fair, Janet stated up front how she most likely will never get the chance to vote in anybody as Mayor.

And, it’s not immediately obvious how much the evening hurt her chances, or if she would have been better off blowingoff the whole thing.

Now, let’s let people weigh in on matters. Here’s former Mayor Willie Brown

“Lots of eyes are watchingthis one. Someone spotted me having breakfast with Farrell the other day at the Hotel Vitale, and within half an hour, Clint Reilly – or Satan,as he is affectionately known by insiders – had left me a message to give him a call. I did, and got an earful for an hour about all that he and Janet had done for Alioto-Pier, including how they hosted her wedding party at their house.”

Ouch.

Let’s hear what Mark Farrell has to say – here are some of my notes of what he said after the big forum:

This debate highlighted a real problem for Janet because the person she intends to appoint as interim Mayor is one that District Two does not want. Appointing Aaron Peskin is not in line with the desires of the people in the district.The question of who gets appointed Mayor is becoming more and more a part of the dialog in all the Supervisor races. That’s what I’ve been hearing from the voters at the house parties I’ve been attending in the area. Supervisor Sean Elsbernd would be the best choice by far for interim Mayor, so he’d have my vote.

I’m in a dead heat with Janet now and this will be a true race to the finish line. I’m very excited with the way things are going. What I’m hearing from voters is that they’re looking for a candidate who’s from the neighborhood, one who has a relevant financial and business background.

I have 28 house parties scheduled before the election – I’m fortunate that people are willing to open their homes for a true grass roots campaign. That’s what will carry me over the finish line.

O.K then.

Now, let’s hear from Kat Anderson, who is look forward to meeting more voters at the Pacific Heights Residents Association on October 19th. [And C.W. Nevius will be there and everything.]

How can a candidate who refused to answer a simple question in a race where opinions abound, and who was “booed” by the audience, declare herself the winner?  The forum was informative, as was the intent.  Not a matter of winners or losers.  Period.

For her part, park-friendly Kat is unafraid to make a stand. Check out her position on all the issues right here. And check out her new and improved website.

And I think she’s doing something for the Blue Angels in the Marina Maze tomorrow Saturday. Contact her office to find out a good location to hang out and get to know her campaign.

That’s all I have for now.

(Brace yourselves for Janet’s Next Big Endorsement coming up soon.)

*The four lawyers you see pictured are all very sharp, above average. Probably, they could each qualify for Mensa by merely forwarding their LSAT scores, no additional testing required. However, and this is tough for some of the candidates to realize, winning political office is nothing but a popularity contest, right? I mean, literally, that’s what it is. You don’t need to be a genius to Supervise D2, manifestly. Anyway, it’d probably be tough for anybody to swim in this shark tank…

“Sweet Melissa” Griffin to Star at District 2 Debate on Thursday, September 30th

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
 Who knows who will show at the last big debate in San Francisco this season. No matter, “Sweet Melissa” Griffin, the smartest lawyer in town, will be on hand to lively up the usually-somnolent Marina District on Thursday, September 30th at 6:30 PM.
 
She’ll be at improbably-named 1 Yacht Road along with these candidates, or some of them, anyway: 

Kat Anderson

Mark Farrell

Janet Reilly

Abraham Simmons

[UPDATE: The following two candidates won’t be appearing:

Barbara Berwick

Vilma Guinto Peoro]

Oh, here they all are, the way they were at the big NIMBY group forum just a few weeks back.

 
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Actually the whole deal is just another meeting of the City Democratic Club
 
“Our September 30th meeting will begin with a District 2 candidates debate at 6:30pm at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Rd San Francisco, CA 94123.
 
After the debate, paid members will vote on our Club’s November 2010 endorsements.  Remember to bring cash or your checkbook, since according to our treasurer, nearly everybody needs to renew their membership!
 
The debate will be co-sponsored by the newly formed D2 Democratic club and the SF Young Democrats, will be moderated by Melissa Griffin of the SF Examiner, and will be streamed online.
 
Note that some of us car free folks (basically only me) feel the meeting location falls short of full transit accessibility, requiring about a half mile walk after the end of MUNI, but despite a few off message comments, no one has written in stating they need a ride, so please speak now or forever hold your peace!”
 
See you there!

See the RAND Corporation’s PowerPoint about Post-Prop 19 Marijuana Pricing and Usage in CA

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Here’s a short report for you to read from the RAND Corporation

It’s exactly what’s being  presented at the California State Assembly Public Safety Committee and California State Senate Public Safety Committee right now this A.M.

“Insights on the Effects of Marijuana Legalization on Prices and Consumption
BEAU KILMER CT-351″

What’s it going to be like when you can get some quality bud for $38 an ounce? Will ganga use double, getting back to the rates we saw last in the 1970′s? Will we start exporting mary jane to other states? Will growers get pissed off about a $50 an ounce tax?

Get some predictions from the report.  

And here’s an MSM version of the info in the recent RAND study

Courage.

District 2 Candidates’ Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – Beth Spotwood Nails It

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

All you need to know about Monday’s big candidates forum for District Two is right here in Beth Spotswood’s detailed report. She’s spot on.

Your candidates:

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If that written report is not enough, you can see and hear for yourself. Meet candidates Kat Anderson, Barbara BerwickMark FarrellVilma Guinto Peoro, Janet Reilly, and Abraham Simmons:

Kat Anderson

Barbara Berwick

Mark Farrell

Vilma Guinto Peoro

Janet Reilly

Abraham Simmons

(Based on YouTube views, people are more interested in Mark Farrell and Janet Reilly at this point. UPDATE: Whoops, there’s been a change – see the Comments. Click on the links if you want to keep score…)

And here are a few of The Issues:

The Presidio 

Public Safety

 
Parking Meters / SFMTA
 
Budgetary problems
 
Yacht Harbors
 
O.K. then.

Betwixt Alcatraz and Inspiration Point lies the Palace of Fine Arts:

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Le mise-en-scene, with 300-something in the audience, all told:

Here’s the current Supervisor, Michela Alioto Pier…

…and the moderator:

Median age in the audience was 60-something. Is that old? I don’t know.

 A full-fledged debate should be coming soon…

A Little Blowback for Tom Ammiano’s Bill to Legalize Marijuana Sales/Use in California

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Have you heard of opposition to the push for marijuana legalization in California sponsored by San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano? I hadn’t, until now.

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Read all about it:

“California religious and community leaders, who have witnessed first hand the ravages of drugs on impressionable youth as well as the homeless, sick and mentally ill, gathered today at a press conference to speak out against legalizing marijuana sales and use in California.

More than 150 members of a faith-based coalition, representing numerous faiths and religious denominations, were joined by community activists and former drug addicts and dealers to dispel the myths perpetuated by a San Francisco legislator who they contend is bent on sending society down the wrong path with a misguided piece of legislation.

Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has introduced AB 390 to legalize marijuana sales and use in California as a cure to resolving the state budget woes and reducing the overcrowded prison population.  Those from the religious community say the measure is full of mistruths and ill-gotten facts.

“I know from personal experience the devastation that occurs in one’s life and community as a result of drug abuse that began with marijuana,” said Bishop Ron Allen, founder and president of the International Faith Based Coalition (IFBC), one of two organizers of the press conference.

More deets, after the jump

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