Posts Tagged ‘Reform’

Senator Leland Yee Stars at Small No On Prop B Rally in the Inner Sunset – Wolfman Shows Up as Well

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Boy, the metaphors are just flying out of the No On B campaign this week. Here’s their website.

Now, just a few days ago, this crowd was describing Proposition B as a “Trojan horse,” but that just got switched to “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Read on.

Ninth and Lincoln this AM - a dreaded sunny day:

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Lots of press and about ten union guys holding signs…

…in front of pharmacy, hence the term “bad medicine.”

And oh, here’s Prop B personified:

NB: There’s NB on the scene:

Two thumbs up from the wolf.

And then they were off down Irving:

Here’s some of the lit:

And here’s the pitch, after the jump

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Nate Ballard Thinks Jeff Adachi is a Wolf – Senator Leland Yee to Appear at Anti-Prop B Rally Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I’ll tell you, the last time I saw Proposition B, it was tumbling end over end smack dab between and ten yards above the electoral uprights, just like in this video at :04

IOW, Prop B is a lock to win, IMO. The only mystery is how B will affect the rest of the ballot, AFAIAC.

But, who knows, a lot can happen before November. Like this Anti-B / Anti-Jeff Adachi rally in the Inner Sunset starring Leland Yee, California’s Fightingest Senator. 

Here’s the best part, as promised by Nate Ballard:

“****Special Appearance By A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing****”

Now, I haven’t seen this kind of public mockery and demonization in the Inner Sunset since, I don’t know, the extremely unfunny anti-Craigslist / Craig “Newpimp” rally a few months back.

Just look at this black-and-white graphic the anti-B folks are sending out:

All the deets:

Prop B: A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Proposition B’s backers call it “pension reform” but Prop B is actually a massive increase in health care costs for working families that doubles the cost of health care for kids. Don’t be fooled by this wolf in sheep’s clothing.
 
Who: Opponents of Proposition B including Senator Leland Yee, Asian Firefighters Association, nurses, teachers, and other community leaders
 
What: Senator Yee and Prop B opponents campaign against Prop B
 
Where: Ninth and Irving, San Francisco
 
When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 AM
 
Why: To campaign against Prop B, distribute No on B signs and literature to neighborhood merchants, and talk to voters about the health care impacts of Prop B

See you there!

Straddle the line in discord and rhyme
Jeff’s on the hunt, Jeff’s after you.
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And Jeff’s hungry like the wolf

Jeff Adachi’s “Save Our City” Smart Reform Campaign is a Well-Oiled Machine

Monday, July 5th, 2010

SF Smart Reform is still gathering signatures to get pension reform on the ballot in November.

Let’s take a look-see and a listen to.

Do they have money enough to pay a plane to fly over San Francisco? Yes they do. This one was towing a banner the other day going, “Save Our City…” and whatnot:

Now we’re off to campaign HQ:

It was like a military operation…

…with wave after wave of signature gatherers getting fed, briefed and sent out into the field:

And here was your headliner – dreamy Matt Gonzalez, seen here speaking with Fog City Journal’s Luke Thomas.

And hats, always with the hats:

These people are all over the City these days. Will having “well over 50,000 signatures” be enough?

San Francisco Rallies Against the Stupak Pitts Amendment to the Health Care Reform Bill

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

A crowd of a hundred-something showed up on the steps of City Hall yesterday to protest against the Stupak Pitts proposal (aka the Stupak–Ellsworth–Pitts–Kaptur–Dahlkemper–Lipinski–Smith Amendment, srsly) regarding health plans covering abortions.

Moms and daughters were there…

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…plus San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Bevan Dufty

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And here’s a shot from the ACLU of Northern California of  UCSF med students for choice:

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Are we heading for a filibuster?

All the deets here.

Noe Valley Whole Foods Showdown – Andrew S. Ross Reveals the Order of Battle

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

[UPDATE: Whoops, apparently the Chronicle has two Andrew Rosses covering similar beats? Oh noes! Well, all the better. Speaking of mistakes, what are the odds that I'll see a lit up snowflake on Market Street tonight? About 100%, based on the past two weeks' observation. Oh well. Good thing those snowflakes don't use petroleum-based electricity, huh?]

You see, normally the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Andrew S. Ross is lumped together with PhilMatier, thusly:

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But sometimes they let him run wild and unchained, all by his lonesome, thusly:

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As here, where Andrew Ross gives his take on the order of battle of this morning’s Whole Foods Showdown: Six Flags Over Noe Valley, Don’t Mess With Texas. See what Andrew did there? He fleshed things out, he gave more detail, he added to the story.

Que bueno!

(Now, you give those limited column inches to somebody like C.W. Nevius to check in with 24th Street and what would you get? Well, maybe vitriol and emotion, and maybe that would be it. Oh well.)

Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with M&R together (a quarter mil. we have to pay for horrible, soon-to-be-cancelled Trauma, where the average worker, we’re talking median and mode here, makes rock-bottom minimum wage?), but they should let Andrew out of the bizness ghetto and allow him to run wild over any and all subjects of the day

And that’s the The Bottom Line.

[UPDATE: Whole Foods has started to construct a defensive wall made of pumpkins, but how strong could it be? We'll find out soon enough.]

[UPDATE 2, Electric Boogaloo: War Reporter Andy Wright has extensive coverage from the field of battle]

The Noe Valley Whole Foods Boycott Begins Tomorrow, September 30th at 9:45 AM

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Oh, it’s going to be on tomorrow morning at the Grand Opening of the new Whole Foods at 3950 24th Street in The Valley. San Francisco’s fifth WF will start the sacred Bread Baking Ceremony at the same time protesters arrive to raise a ruckus about health care reform and CEO John Mackey, mkay?

Everyone is welcome to the store and the protest – highly unlike the invite-only events Whole Foods has recently held for the fearsome neighborhood groups. It’s called outreach or something. Whole Foods just ought to put these neighborhood associations on the payroll the way Sutro Tower, Inc. pays money to neighborhood groups around Mount Sutro to shut them up. A little payola (or granola in a huge goodie bag) can go a long way when you’re trying to placate the NIMBYs, of course.

Anywho, be there at 9:45 AM tomorrow to see San Francisco’s upscale version of Harlan County, USA

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And just think, after the boycott, “You’ll feel proud to come in and get food to serve to your family, friends, and neighbors.” Remember how embarrassed you were serving up that slop from the old Bell Market? Those days are over, soon as the boycott ends.

And if you’re not boycotting, sign up for the store tour on Tuesday, October 6th:

Tuesday Tours: A Taste of Whole Foods Market

10-11am Please sign up in advance, but the tour is FREE and limited in size. | Details

Both seasoned shoppers and new customers can benefit from a guided store tour, especially with so many unique choices available! In this tour, we’ll showcase what we mean when we say we offer all-natural, real food, at the best possible price. This is your chance to ask, listen and learn everything you want to know about our market. Please sign up in advance, but the tour is FREE and limited in size.

And here’s the bacchanalia you were excluded from:

“We are eagerly awaiting our opening next week on Wednesday, September 30th ! We have been working hard and are so delighted that we’re almost there! Further, we feel incredibly grateful for the support, well wishes, humor, smiles and hospitality that our new community has shown us! As a very small token of our thanks, we’d like to invite you to join us at our very own “Whole Foods Market Tapas Truck” on Saturday, September 26th from 11a-2p (really it’s a Taco Truck, but we’ll be serving Spanish Tapas—but you can’t miss it in our parking lot.)
Marketing Team Leader
Whole Foods Market, Noe Valley”

This is a special invitation ONLY event for our neighbors in the associations that we have been working with.

Have a look at the attached & either print a copy of this to bring with you or contact me so that I can get you printed copies that I have here at the store.

Any question, please ask—we’ll see you very soon!

Best regards,

Jennifer Dobrowolski”

Choose your side and get on out there!

Dead and wounded on either side/
You know it’s only a matter of time

Seantor Leland Yee Reforms Criminal Background Check Policy for Youth Organizations

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Over in Sacramento, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties’ very own Senator Leland Yee, PhD is still busy, busy, busy with new bills.

Senate Bill SB447 is no-brainer about reforming criminal background check policies for California youth organizations. It’s only a matter of time before this one becomes law. Read on below and after the jump. 

Bill would Reform Criminal Background Check Policy for Youth Organizations
Yee’s legislation would help protect children in youth programs from predators, violent criminals

SACRAMENTO – Last week, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced legislation to help protect children involved in youth organizations from sexual predators and other violent criminals.  Senate Bill 447 would reform the criminal background check policy at the approximately 36,000 youth organizations and human resource agencies across the state that work with children and vulnerable populations. 
 
Such organizations, including the Boy Scouts and youth soccer leagues, are currently required to conduct criminal background checks of their staff and members.  Each group appoints a “Custodian of Records” to review the background checks for their organization and assess if a person’s criminal history poses a potential danger to the population the agency or organization serves.
 
However, there is a dangerous loophole in the law.  The Custodian of Records also reviews his or her own criminal record that is sent to the group by the California Department of Justice (DOJ).  This loophole may result in an individual who has been convicted of a violent crime or crimes against children serving as the Custodian of Records without others in the agency being aware of his/her criminal history.
 
“SB 447 will help protect children from predators and other violent criminals by closing an obvious loophole in the law,” said Yee.  “Those determining who can work with children should not be reviewing their own records and determining if they are fit to serve.  Parents deserve assurance that their kids are safe when they are dropped off at a soccer practice or scouts meeting.”
 
Specifically, SB 447 will close this loophole by creating a program in which the DOJ will review the criminal record information for Custodian of Records applicants and confirm if they are suited for the position. The DOJ will ensure that the people appointed to this position do not have a felony or any offense involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or fraud. The program will be funded by a $30 fee for all Custodian of Records applicants.
 
In 1997, a student at Rio Linda High School was raped and murdered by a temporary janitor with a previous criminal record, including two strikes for voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery.  At the time, another loophole in state law existed that did not require temporary or substitute employees to go through criminal background checks.  The brutal murder of Michelle Montoya prompted the Legislature to change state law – banning the hiring of felons and requiring complete background checks of all school employees, including temporary and substitute workers.
 
“Unfortunately, it took the loss of an innocent life for the law to change regarding temporary school employees,” said Yee.  “It is vital that we are proactive and close the loophole regarding Custodians of Records before we have another unnecessary tragedy.”

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