Posts Tagged ‘rotc’

Horrible North Beach NIMBY Richard Silver Makes Galileo High School Girls Drill Team Cry at Joe DiMaggio Playground

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

North Beach News has the deets on this police call in North Beach from the other day.

We had multiple reports yesterday of an incident at DiMaggio that led to some of the ROTC kids crying on the playground. Checking with Captain Tacchini at Central Station, he tells us “The incident involved a neighbor who was complaining about the apparent noise being caused by a group of young girls participating in ROTC practice in the park. The neighbor was aggressive and intimidating and causing fear and disruption to the girls’ practice session. Officers responded to calm the situation and make sure nobody was in harm’s way.”

OK then.

You’ve heard of NIMBYs? Well this is what one of them looks like, just as you’d expect, with a beret and everything:

How loud is too loud? Take a listen to get an idea of what the drill team does.

More deets:

“Today, our regular threatening neighbor (the man with the glasses) charged at one of the teams and demanded our personal information and even tried to take a picture. After a series of arguments and trying to get through to the man, the police got involved. A local…I guess…volunteer? who uses the grounds saw the commotion and called 9-1-1. The police came, and guess who was wrong? The man…he was charged for harassing a group of youth. (It really makes an impression when all of GDT are in tears)”

Dude. What are you doing?


The 2009 Greek Cultural Parade on San Francisco’s Market Street

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

San Francisco’s HELLENIC CULTURAL PARADE must rank as our smallest annual march down Market Street, but today’s effort had spirited participants and lovely weather. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Vanguard of the Greek Cultural Parade. Click to expand:

This junior cowboy (κάουμποϋ) was quite handy with his lasso:

An entirely different junior cowboy:

JROTC haters would have had a lot to hate today what with the many schools represented. (Lowell High appeared to be the most serious.)

“Macedonia is Greece.” O.K., thanks for that tidbit. I think I know what the meaning of this statement is – seems to be a contentious issue:

Anywho, happy 178th Greek Independence Day!

Martin Luther King Breakfast at San Francisco Hilton a Huge Success

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

There’s been a lot of news today, but yesterday saw the the 24th Annual  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor and Community Breakfast at the San Francisco Hilton. This year’s effort didn’t have as many big names as in years past because of the Great Migration from the Bay Area to Washington D.C. to see the Barack Obama Inaugural. And it appears that the scheduled headliner, rock star and State Controller John Chiang, couldn’t make it either. But on with the show.

M.C. Millard Larkin II, President of the MLK Civic Committee and CEO of Alanique Consultants, introduced newly-installed Senator Mark Leno, who talked about the latest budget crisis negotiations. He reported that the Republicans in Sacramento, for the first time, agree that the State of California has a “revenue problem,” meaning that they now understand that new sources of money will have to be found. The Repubs want to get a hold of “$7 billion in Proposition 63 funds and billions more in Proposition 10 funds” to use this money for other purposes. Senator Leno pointed out that “you don’t grab other peoples’ money [OPM], if you don’t have a revenue problem.”

Does that mean that the Republicans will, whether or not they admit it in so many words right now, vote for new taxes? We’ll see. Click to expand:

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano spoke and, well you know Examiner City Hall Examiner and legal commentator Sweet Melissa Griffin was there as well and her valuable Moleskine notebook has the same quotes as mine, so let’s let her take over for a bit: 

“‘Assemblyman Ammiano spoke and started right in, basically saying, ‘A lot of people have been asking me where I’m gonna live in Sacramento. Well the Governor helped me find a place with a nice Mormon family.”‘Then, discussing the potential statewide cuts to social services this year said ‘There are two ‘girlie men’ up there [in Sacramento] now– the Senator [openly gay Mark Leno] and Assemblymember [gayer than gay Ammiano] and we are not going to let this happen!'”

What’s this? It’s the San Francisco Junior ROTC Color Guard – they’re Everywhere You Want To Be, at least for now.

And former SupervisorAssemblymemberSenator Carole Migden was on hand to give a short stemwinder about international development in Africa, which earned more than a few amens from the crowd.

So there you have it, as much of this event as the Sandman would allow.

See you next year.

JROTC Alternative Explored at San Francisco Board of Education

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

A new program, Student Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV), is being put forth as an alternative to Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) in San Francisco Schools.

Per Jane Kim, via Fog City Journal:

“Commissioners [Norman] Yee and I proposed this program so students can create emergency disaster plans for their families. They will learn CPR, first aid, and HAMM radio skills.”

Per popular District One Supervisorial candidate Eric Mar:

“This is a great example of real leadership opportunities we can provide to high school students to replace the military-run JROTC program as it is phased out.”

Eric Mar and Jane Kim speaking out yesterday.

JROTC remains popular with many parents – maybe they’ll see SERV as a viable alternative?

The Save JROTC Movement is Gaining Steam in San Francisco

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Those Friends of the JROTC have certainly been active lately. Watch San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom stand up for the program here, via KTVU’s Paul Chambers. And FOX News has a few thoughts on the matter as well.


Steve Rhodes via Flickr (Like MasterCard, Mr Rhodes is everywhere you want to be.)

Are all those 13,600 signatures to Save JROTC going to pass muster?

The Republican Party of San Francisco Recruiting in Cow Hollow

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Everybody was all smiles at Union Street Festival‘s Republican Party ironing-board recruiting station the other day, believe it or not. (Some people call this area The Marina. Same deal.)


Ain’t that America?