Posts Tagged ‘Quentin Kopp’

Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop B

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”

See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)

It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:

Via RubyxCube - click to expand

The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:

And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”

Why?

Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco

And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.

That’s why.

Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)

PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.

*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”

Oh well.

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Central Subway Update: Aaron Peskin and Quentin Kopp Object to World’s Shortest and Most Expensive Subway Line

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

It looks like it will be up to Congress to stop the horrible, out-of-control Central Subway Project. That’s our last chance.

Click on the 13-minute video below to listen to former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin succinctly make the case for killing this turkey.

And here’s some coverage from the local press:

Joe Eskenazi of SF Weekly: Central Subway Critics: Costly Boondoggle Can Still Be Stopped

Michael Cabanatuan of the San Francisco Chronicle: Reinforcements enlisted in battle against Central Subway

KQED: SF Central Subway Opponents Worry About ‘Blank Check

And oh, hey, what about San Francisco’s #1 Mayor Ed Lee Kiss-Ass / Suck-up, you know, San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius, what does he think of the Central Subway?

Nevius: Chinatown subway plan makes me wince

Oh, but that was all the way back in 2008 and, you know, these days The Nevius doesn’t have the stones, apparently, to comment about this particular boondoggle anymore. Oh well.

Enjoy:

(Is Aaron Peskin a good public speaker?

Yes, Aaron Peskin a good public speaker.)

And oh, how can Federal Transit Administration leader Peter Rogoff get away with saying that the Central Subway will reduce trip time from 27 minutes to 7 minutes?

This is a complete fantasy.

Is he seriously misinformed or is he lying? I can’t tell.

Does he mean that the pink bag mafia will spend an average of seven minutes descending 30+ yards down into Mother Earth and waiting for the short line? Is that what he means? But that by itself doesn’t get you anywhere you want to go. It just gets you 30 yards beneath C-Town.

Anyway Congress, please, please, please kill this boondoggery.

Captain Paul Miyamoto Kicks Off His Campaign for San Francisco Sheriff on the steps of City Hall

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal has thoroughly covered Captain Paul Miyamoto’s campaign kickoff on the steps of City Hall yesterday.

So check out his report on the now-hot race to become your sheriff for the next decade or two.

Seems like a big turnout to me:

Via Luke Thomas ©

All the deets:

“Miyamoto Brings Unmatched Experience to Sheriff’s Race

Paul Miyamoto Announces Candidacy for Sheriff; Cites Key Endorsements and 15 Years in the Department

San Francisco, CA – Captain Paul Miyamoto announced his candidacy for San Francisco Sheriff today before supporters on the steps of City Hall. Miyamoto is the only candidate for Sheriff with experience at every level and in every division of the Sheriff’s Department.

“I’m running for Sheriff because the people of San Francisco deserve a Sheriff’s Department that is free from politics and political game playing,” said Miyamoto. “Law enforcement responsibilities should not be used as a political stepping stones or political maneuvers. I offer 15 years of law enforcement service to the people of this great city and I humbly ask for your vote because this Department needs serious leadership. We need experience not politics.”

Captain Miyamoto also has extensive management experience at the SF Sheriff’s Department, spending the past two years leading and directly implementing inmate rehabilitation programs. He was directly responsible for creating the Sheriff’s Department’s Field Training Manual, passing on crucial knowledge from his vast experiences in the field to his fellow deputies.

As Sheriff, Captain Miyamoto plans to dedicate his service to public safety by continuing to follow through and improve upon the innovative rehabilitation programs brought upon by Sheriff Michael Hennessey. He plans to ensure the effective re-integration of former inmates to make a positive and safe impact within the San Francisco community.

He stated: “In the coming months, I hope to talk with voters about keeping our neighborhoods safe in the face of dwindling resources. It will take all of us working together to promote an efficient and independent Sheriff’s Department, free from politics, with an eye towards improved professional operations.”

“I’m a Chinese and Japanese-American, but at home I eat Filipino food,” joked Miyamoto, whose wife is of Filipino descent. For Captain Miyamoto, serving the diverse population of San Francisco is steadfastly at the core of the family business. He met his wife LeeAnn in 1996 while both were serving as SF Sheriff’s deputies. His father, Phillip, served as a judge for 30 years in the State Court of Appeals. Mother Ella has been a longtime volunteer at the Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth in San Francisco. Together with his wife, Captain Miyamoto takes great pride and heart in raising their brood of 5 young children, ages 9, 7 and triplets 3 in the city of San Francisco.

Captain Miyamoto grew up in San Francisco, leaving the city only to earn his Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California at Davis. For over a decade, he has been a regular member of the SFPD’s Lion Dance team performing at the annual SF Chinese New Year Parade. Paul was joined today by the White Crane Lion Dancers, one of the most prestigious Chinese New Year dancing companies.

Miyamoto has been endorsed by Former State Senator Quentin Kopp, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, Former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Former Director of the Department of Emergency Management Vicki Hennessy, Former Chief of Police Dr. Anthony Ribera, and the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association”

Quentin Kopp’s Beale Street Alternative for High Speed Rail Attacked by SoMA Residents

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Via Jamie Whitaker’s Rincon Hill blog comes news of a fight against consideration of the so-called “Beale Street Alternative“ for the San Francsico terminus of California’s nascent High Speed Rail line.

I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but you, well take a gander if you’d like:

Save High Speed Rail in San Francisco

Targeting: Supervisor Chris Daly (District 6, City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisor), Medhi Morshed (Executive Director, CA High Speed Rail Authority) and Curt Pringle (Chair of the Board, CA High Speed Rail Authority)

Started by: April Veneracion

Demand the California High Speed Rail Authority stop its consideration of the infeasible Beale Street Alternative that is…

· Risking over $400 million in federal funding to the Transbay Transit Center

· Harming property values in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco

· Wasting millions of Prop 1A dollars on study of infeasible alternatives that should be spent on construction”

So that’s the issue. All the deets, below.

Quentin Kopp with youthful HSR supporters at San Francisco City Hall during happier times last year:

The whole magilla:

“As a strong supporter of building High Speed Rail throughout the state and into San Francisco’s downtown Transbay Transit Center, I am appalled at your consideration of the Beale Street Alternative. This study is not only wasteful, it risks over $400 million in federal funding for the Transbay Transit Center and is harming property values in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

Your study of the Beale Street Alternative was proposed to you by a lobbying and law firm on behalf of an unidentified special interest. This location has already been rejected as a technically and economically infeasible terminus for High Speed Rail in San Francisco. San Franciscans overwhelmingly voted for Proposition 1A to bring high speed rail to our Transit Center. Your study of the Beale Street Alternative, widely thought to be pushed by Board Member Quentin Kopp, is a wasteful expenditure of limited Proposition 1A money that should be applied to construction of the project.

With the passage of Proposition 1A, we believe that your study of the Beale Street Alternative is illegal. The voter approved mandate codifies in State law that the northern terminus for high speed rail will be the Transbay Transit Center.

The Transbay Transit Center is a federally approved project currently in construction in downtown San Francisco that has received the support of the San Francisco electorate on multiple occasions. Over $2 billion in funds have already been secured, independent of Proposition 1A. This Center is designed to accommodate high speed rail to downtown San Francisco.

The existence of this project is reason enough to drop your study of the Beale Street Alternative. Additionally, the Beale Street Alternative would likely result in the taking of more than 1,800 current and future residential units in the South of Market area. Your study alone has made many of our homes unmarketable by the required disclosure of your irresponsible study into any potential home sale. In contrast, the approved downtown extension to Transbay will take only 2 dozen residences. Given San Francisco’s housing crisis, this is a far more reasonable approach.

Meanwhile, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has applied for $400 million in ARRA funds to build the rail box in the Transit Center. While this application has the support of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, we understand that the Federal Rail Authority has expressed concern about your Beale Street Alternative. We are worried that the Beale Street Alternative is not about adequately addressing environmental issues, it’s about political brinkmanship.

It’s time to put high speed rail to San Francisco back on track.

As a supporter of high speed rail and Proposition 1A, I demand you halt your irresponsible study of the infeasible Beale Street Alternatives. I also ask that you hold a formal meeting of the California High Speed Rail Authority in San Francisco, to hold yourselves accountable to the people whose properties and projects you are jeopardizing.”

To Be Continued…

Mayor Gavin Newsom Demands a Downtown Terminal for CA High Speed Rail

Monday, January 26th, 2009

You know what San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wants? He wants the new California High Speed Rail System to make tracks all the way up to the new Transbay Terminal near Mission Street instead of having the rails end around the CalTrain Station on King Street. Says our Mayor, who is right now this moment learning all about high speed rail on the scene in Paris, France:

 We’re not going to build a $2 billion bus station under my watch.”

Well, that says it all.

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François Lacôte, SVP at French conglomerate (and BART train maker!) Alstom Transport, and our globetrotting First Couple, Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, today trainspotting in France. Via the Mayor’s Office of Communications.

And you know who would agree with Gavin? Dave Snyder, Transportation Policy Director at San Francisco Planning + Urban Research (SPUR). He thinks the voter-approved high-speed rail should “reach right into the heart of San Francisco, even if it costs more than… [nibbles right pinky ] one billion dollars.”

However, High Speed Rail Authority Chair Quentin Kopp might look at things a different way.

What will it appear like? Here’s an idea on the YouTube: San Francisco Transbay Transit Center Animation. Complete with intra- and inter-city rail, it’s just like a small version of Toyko Station. They want you to think of it as the Grand Central Station of the West(TM).

Will we get the necessary $300,000,000 ”train box” underneath the TT earlier rather than later? Will CalTrain finally have a chance to get up there to Mission as well? Stay tuned.

More deets after the jump

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Students Spend Spring Break Promoting High Speed Rail in California

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

California High Speed Rail Authority Chairman Quentin Kopp joined Senator Carole Migden and San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin on the steps of City Hall yesterday to welcome some college kids to town. They are giving up their spring break holidays to go on a statewide bike tour to promote high speed rail.

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