Posts Tagged ‘Recorder’

OMG, It’s Phil Ting’s L-Taraval Express Bus! Free Breakfast, WiFi – November 1st Only – RSVP Today

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

If you live anywhere near Taraval, you’re going to want to get in on this.

On November 1, Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco campaign will pilot its own L-Taraval Express Bus from 46th Avenue & Taraval Street to Downtown San Francisco. (This is an idea from our L-Taraval Muni Town Hall after riders heard about the highly regarded NX-Judah Express.) RSVP for the L-Taraval Express! We’ll have breakfast and wi-fi on board too. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis, so please RSVP.”

OMG, right?

Artist’s conception of Phil Ting driving the LX Taraval Express:

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Here are the pick up times:

• 46th and Taraval – 7:30AM (map)
• 40th and Taraval – 7:35AM (map)
• 32nd and Taraval – 7:40AM (map)
• 19th and Taraval – 7:47AM (map)

Here are the drop-off points:

• Civic Center – 8:25AM (map)
• Powell – 8:30AM (map)
• Montgomery – 8:35AM (map)
• Embarcadero – 8:40AM (map)

See you there!

Phil Ting and Leland Yee Throw Down Against the BART Police Cell Phone Shutdown Policy

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

[UPDATE: The latest video communique from Anonymous, or somebody.]

I’ll just say for the record that, fundamentally, what BART did with their cell phone repeaters on Thursday wasn’t unconstitutional. (Of course, I think their actions this past week were stupid - the representatives of BART are behaving in a ham-fisted fashion, oh well.)

However, this bit here from Friday’s hastily-released release is overbroad:

“No person shall conduct or participate in assemblies or demonstrations or engage in other expressive activities in the paid areas of BART stations, including BART cars and trains and BART station platforms.”

Rest assured, passengers can legally engage in at least some expressive activities (like wearing a red shirt to represent the blood of dead passenger or saying, “Gee waiting for BART can be a pain,” for example) in the paid areas of the stations regardless of what BART’s PR hacks say. (Don’t you have lawyers on staff, BART? So why don’t you let them formulate your legal policies instead of having a formerly ink-stained wretch writing copy? Just asking, Bro.)

Comes now Zusha Elinson of the The Bay Citizen:

“Ironically, it was BART’s chief communications officer Linton Johnson who has taken credit for the idea to shut off service. Johnson told The Bay Citizen that he suggested it to BART police after a protest on July 11 snarled the evening commute. Demonstrators delayed trains and even tried to climb on top of one as part of a protest against the BART police shooting of Charles Hill on July 3. Johnson said that the police didn’t have to take the idea, but they did, and he bristled at criticsms leveled from passengers and civil libertarians. “It is an amenity. We survived for years without cellphone service,” Johnson said. “Now they’re bitching and complaining that we turned it off for three hours?”

Ooh, the B-Word (or gerund or whatever.) Is this the definition – acting like an overbearing woman? (Sometimes PR people get in trouble for not doing enough and sometimes they get into trouble for doing too much. I think we’re at the point when the PR person is doing too much.)

Now, here’s what your Senator Leland Yee has to say about the matter:

“Yee Blasts BART for Cell Phone Decision - Senator urges FCC to investigate, calls on BART Board to take action

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) blasted BART officials for shutting off cell phone service earlier this week within downtown stations to prevent protests. Yee called on the BART Board of Directors to take immediate action to prevent a repeat incident in the future. Yee also plans to contact the Federal Communications Commission to request an investigation on the constitutionality of the decision.

“I am shocked that BART thinks they can use authoritarian control tactics,” said Yee. “BART’s decision was not only a gross violation of free speech rights; it was irresponsible and compromised public safety. Riders need cell phone coverage to call on police and medical personnel during an emergency. How many more lives need to be put at risk because of inappropriate actions by BART officials?”

On Thursday, BART switched off the transit system’s underground cell phone network throughout downtown San Francisco after they learned individuals were planning to coordinate a protest using mobile devices. The people were protesting a July 3 fatal shooting by BART police.

“The BART board should take immediate action to prevent a repeat of such a blatant disregard for the needs and rights of riders,” said Yee. “I plan to also contact the Federal Communications Commission to investigate this appalling incident.”

And here’s a bit from Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting:

Censorship Is Not a Public Safety Strategy - BART Shuts Off Cell Phone Service to Prevent Protest

By: Phil Ting

The news from BART keeps getting worse and worse. We learned this morning that not only did BART turn off cell signals in its Civic Center, Powell Street and 16th Street Stations on Thursday evening to try and prevent a protest – the decision was made at the very highest staff level of the agency.

Censorship is not, and should never be, a public safety strategy. We take BART leadership at their word about motives; they say they were worried about a crush of passengers and protesters on a dangerously crowded platform.

But the proper response to such a concern was to send BART police, and SFPD if necessary, to safeguard passengers and protesters. The decision to cut off cell service in order to prevent the protests violates fundamental principles of our democracy.

Violating Fundamental Principles of Democracy

At Reset San Francisco, our view is that the more voices heard, the more vigorous our democracy. Peaceful protest is a way people who are not being heard can be heard – and that feedback, as uncomfortable as it can make the politicians, is absolutely necessary to improve government.

Of course we must promote peaceful protest, not dangerous actions like rushing a crowded train platform. But we don’t enforce laws by violating our most fundamental principles of free speech. Censorship is not, and must not become, a public safety tool.

Across the world, pro-democracy protestors are using social media to spark peaceful protests. And across the world, governments that fear their own citizens are trying to block the Twitter feeds, Facebook pages and SMS texts that give everyday people a new power to be heard.

It is sad that in our own city, and from one of our own government agencies, censorship was used to block protest.

Make Your Voice Heard – Right Now

We need to make sure this never happens again. Please be heard on this important issue. Below are the names of all the BART Board of Directors and an email address to contact them. Indicate whether you are contacting the full Board or an individual Board Director. I know many of them are as appalled by this as we are. But please email them now – and give them the support and strength they need to stop the policy of censorship immediately.
BART Board of Directors

Gail Murray – District 1
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Joel Keller – District 2
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Bob Franklin – District 3
bobfranklinbart@aol.com

Robert Raburn – District 4
robertraburn@covad.net

John McPartland – District 5
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Thomas Blalock – District 6
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Lynette Sweet – District 7
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

James Fang – District 8
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

Tom Radulovich – District 9
boardofdirectors@bart.gov

On It Goes.

Finally: A Car Being Driven at Night Without Headlights That’s Not a Toyota Prius!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

[Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and area muckraker Phil Matier both drive Priuseseses around town but they don't seem to drive like Prius drivers, AFAICS. It's uncanny. Consider them exceptions to the rule.]

Most of the time, when you see people driving at night without their headlights on, the car involved is a Toyota Prius. There are various reasons for that, but mostly it has to do with the lack of situation awareness possessed by the typical Prius driver.

So it was refreshing to see a non-Prius driver doing the same thing just yesterday. Thusly:

Now, if you want to get in on the fun, order a black Prius from Toyota. Then, when you go about at night without lights on, you’ll turn invisible. Thusly.

And oh yes, feel free to blame Toyota after you crash.

Hurray!

SFMR11: Hundreds Gather to Help Assessor Phil Ting Kick Off “RESET San Francisco” in Golden Gate Park

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A crowd of 200-something was on hand to help San Francisco Assessor and mayoral candidate Phil Ting kick off RESET San Francisco at the Hall of Flowers on Saturday morning.

See?

Control Alt Delete:

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Let’s see, what are the names that I remember, the Castro’s Rafael Mandelman, the Police Commission’s David Onek (formerly, really? Didn’t know that), and Storefront’s Eric Jaye were all there, along with a few others I recognized.

All the deets:

“For Immediate Release

February 26, 2011

***PRESS RELEASE***

More than 250 Gather to Help Reset San Francisco
Group Launched by Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting Is Dedicated to Creating a More Effective City Government

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The community of San Franciscans dedicated to better government gathered this morning at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park to help identify solutions to some of the city’s most pressing problems.

Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, who helped launch the group, praised the incredible dedication of so many San Franciscans who were willing to spend time addressing tough issues like better transportation, improving our schools, creating jobs and reforming city government.

“It’s time for San Francisco city government to be as creative and innovative as the rest of San Francisco. And it is going to take all of us to make that a reality,” Ting told the crowd of 250 gathered for the event billed as “Food for Thought.”

Phil Ting, who is a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco, summarized the mission ofReset San Francisco: “If politicians could solve our problems alone, we wouldn’t have so many pressing problems,” Ting said.

The participants split into work groups addressing such issues as transportation, education, tax reform, the environment, job creation and other topics. After nearly an hour of group discussion, the smaller groups reported back to the entire Reset San Francisco community on both key problems and possible solutions.

In the next week, the proceedings will be discussed online atwww.ResetSanFrancisco.org and the entire community will be able to vote online for which potential solutions to prioritize.

ResetSanFrancisco.org is an online organizing platform designed to give San Franciscans the tools and support they need to change city government. The community is scheduled to gather in person every month to help identify community issues and explore and implement solutions.

For additional information, please visit www.ResetSanFrancisco.org.”

Phil Ting, Your Assessor and 2011 Candidate for Mayor, Gets Sworn In, Once Again, at City Hall

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Harvard Man Phil Ting, who wants to Reset San Francisco,who wants to Close the Loophole in Prop 13, got sworn in as your San Francisco Assessor-Recorder yet again in a ceremony at City Hall last night with Mayor Ed Lee and Speaker John Perez.

Couldn’t make it there myself but here’s a shot from swearings-in past, circa 2005, with wife Susan Sun and daughter Madeleine:

And, oh, he wants to be Your Mayor for 2012 and beyond.

Bon Courage Phil Ting.

Assessor Phil Ting Invites You to “Ask An Expert” About Transit – Webcast Starts at 4:00 PM Today – Reset San Francisco

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting is all excited about transit today. See?

“Tune in to the Ask an Expert live webcast today @ 4pm!

http://bit.ly/9xOtMU 

Send us your transportation questions using hashtag: #resetsf

Give it a try, why not? I’ll cover for you.

Via Beck Justin

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting Kicks Off “Reset San Francisco”

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting kicked off Reset San Francisco over the weekend.

I couldn’t make it myself but you can read all about Phil‘s “high-minded, civil discussion about the issuesright here.

Will COMPSTAT Encourage the SFPD to Make Bad Arrests, the Way It Did for the NYPD?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This week’s This American Life radio show is called “Right to Remain Silent” – it’s about two sort of wacky guys from New Yawk. The first half of the show concerns what happened after an iPhone owner used FaceBook to jokingly threaten people at the 5th Avenue Apple Store but the second story is the more interesting part. It’s about: 

“a police officer who begins recording his supervisors to prove they’re manipulating crime statistics in potentially dangerous ways.”

Adrian Schoolcraft, the NYPD cop featured in the second half of the show, blames “crime control model” COMPSTAT (“short for computer statistics”) for pressuring his supervisors into pressuring him to make arrests and hand out tickets simply for the sake of making arrests and handing out tickets. You know, to get the stats looking good.

Oh, and since he he carried audio recorders around all the time, you get to hear a bunch of NYPD cops talking, and yelling. And here’s a written version of the story, a long one from the Village Voice.

Adrian Schoolcraft, after his split with the NYPD: 

Now, here’s the SFPD’s take on COMPSTAT.

Anyway, you can download an mp3 of the show for free over the next couple of days, if you want.  

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San Francisco Assessor/Recorder Phil Ting Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign in the Sunset

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

San Francisco Assessor / Recorder Phil Ting managed to kick off his re-election campaign on Saturday while on his way to SFO to join San Francisco’s official junket to China.

“Please join me on June 12 at 9:30 a.m. for our Leadership Mobilization – you’ll meet my campaign team and volunteers, receive action packets and learn more about my campaign for re-election as San Francisco’s Assessor-Recorder.

Please RSVP for our Leadership Mobilization below or contact Eddie Ahn at eddie@philting.com or (415) 690-3293 for more information.

Here are the details:

Where: Dianne Feinstein Elementary School
(Multi-purpose Room)
2550 25th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116-2901″

Up next is his summer soiree on June 28th, 2010.

Volunteers will have a busy summer, looks like:

Young Isabella Steals the Show at Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting’s Birthday Party

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

This was the scene the other day at the Eastside West gastropub, 3154 Fillmore where San Francisco Assessor-Recorder and City Bright Phil Ting celebrated his birthday.

But Phil’s daughter Isabella ended up being the center of attention:

The Three Amigos: San Francisco Community College Board Trustee Steve Ngo, PT, and California State Controller John Chiang

The mise-en-scene:

Happy Birthday, Phil!