Posts Tagged ‘(SAN)’

Arresting: “Mike Jackson” Via Photographer Dallis Willard

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Once again, it’s Scissor Fight:

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OMG, “SanFranciscoMayor.Com” is Available and For Sale – Hurray! Oh, Wait a Minute…

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Feel free to pay too much money for SanFranciscoMayor.Com. See?

“Purchasing sanfranciscomayor.com can help you become the market leader. If you are interested please visit: http://www.bigcountrydomains.com/sales/06H6Mv2hj47R

But, I don’t know, if I owned this domain name, I’d feel obligated to not make people think that I was the real mayor, Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco, 2011- 2020.

You know?

Just saying…

Developing a Theory of Bike Protection – How U-Locks Won the Battle But Lost the War – Know Your Tweeker

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The inderspensable Uptown Almanac seems to have a theme of bike thievery, lately. See?

Via The UA

Now, back in the day, back in the 1970′s and 1980′s, bike thieves would strive to take your whole bike, and usually, they would succeed. But then came the U- Lock. The Bike Theft Community responded by carrying around Volvo car jacks, and freeze gas, and whatnot. But that wasn’t too practical, it turned out. And U Locks got better – physically smaller and harder to pick. So, the Bike Theft Community responded by being satisfied to simply strip parts from your bike for easy resale. And that’s the situation we have now.

I’ll tell you, back in the day, the 415 didn’t have such a robust market for stolen bike parts running 24-7 the way we do now. That’s why, especially when compared with most other parts of the USA, your focus should be on protecting accessories on the frame as opposed to the frame itself. Sure, U locks still get broken, but not at all at the rate of two decades ago, that’s for sure.

Now, because the average low-life bike theft tweeker has seemingly lost the technology of breaking U locks, you can safely go cheap, like a $15 OnGuard / WalMart.com special. That’ll free up some of your cash to protect the things that matter:

Wheels

Saddle/seatpost

Headset

How do you do that? I don’t know, cables and chains and leashes and locking skewers and ball bearings superglued into your headset, thusly. Anything to make your low-life tweeker bike thief carry a bunch of different kinds of tools around, anything to make your low-life tweeker bike thief reconsider a few life choices.

Bon courage!

Encountering a 21st century horse thief outside of your favorite local bar. Oh well:

Via, once again, TUA

A Large Amnesty International Rally at City Hall for Dissident Aung San Suu Kyi Kicked Off Conference at UC Hastings

Monday, November 8th, 2010

What with all the other things going on in the bay area the past week, the long-planned Amnesty International USA 2010 West Regional Conference at UC Hastings Law School didn’t get much attention. But you couldn’t miss this large march and rally in support of dissident Aung San Suu Kyi that started off at Hastings and ended up at City Hall on Friday.

This is what it looked like. All the deets are below.

SAN FRANCISCO – November 2 – Approximately 200 Amnesty International activists march and rally in solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Myanmar this Friday, November 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. Held on the eve of the historic November 7 elections in Myanmar, activists holding illuminated posters of Aung San Suu Kyi will call on the Myanmar authorities to release her and the 2,000-plus prisoners imprisoned for peaceful activism.   The march will begin at the corner of McAllister and Hyde Streets at 5:30 p.m. and will end with a rally at the steps of San Francisco City Hall, with projected images of Aung San Suu Kyi as the backdrop.

The demonstration kicks off Amnesty International USA’s (AIUSA’s) annual regional human rights conference, which will continue on November 6 and 7 at UC Hastings College of Law.  Speakers include several prominent Burmese human rights defenders , including: Toe Lwin, a youth leader for the National League for Democracy and a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Security Team; Nyunt Than  of the Burmese American Democratic Alliance; Yasmin Vanya of the Burmese American Women’s Alliance; and Maung Maung Latt, an exiled Minister of Parliament.   AIUSA Field Organizer Kalaya’an Mendoza will emcee.  A Burmese drum troupe will perform traditional music at the event.

The military rulers of Myanmar have jailed thousands of people in their continuing efforts to crush all dissenting views. Most prominent of those detained is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been the beacon of hope and change for nearly two decades in Myanmar. November 7, 2010, marks the first time the Myanmar government has held elections since 1990.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.8 million supporters, activists and volunteers who campaign for universal human rights from more than 150 countries. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

What:  Solidarity March and Rally for Aung San Suu Kyi and the People of Myanmar
Who:
Amnesty International USA and Burmese human rights defenders
Where: U.C. Hastings (at the corner of Hyde and McAllister); march ends at the steps of San Francisco City Hall (1 Doctor Carlton B. Goodlett Place)
When: Friday, November 5, 2010, 5:30 p.m.  Rally and program begin at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.”

Jesse Jackson’s National Transit Roadshow Arrives Con Brio, Sans Jesse

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Well, this is what was promised for today’s noontime transit worker rally at the Old Federal Building on Golden Gate and Polk:

Turns out that Jesse didn’t show. (Here’s what you would have seen and heard.) 

But a couple-hundred or so transit workers and allies were on hand at the plaza in front of Big Blue:

And here’s how they got there. How apropropriate!

Here’s who was there. I see District 9 San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, and TWU 250-a Union President Irwin Lum, for starters: 

Are riders and drivers really united? Not that I can see, not in San Francisco. I’m mean, I’m sure that all involved would like Uncle Sucker to rain cash down upon the City, but beyond that, there’s not much uniting these groups. It would be nice to cancel the already-useless Central Subway and use the extra billion (or two or three) that that would free up to pay for transit people are using today, but the system doesn’t work that way, obviously. Oh well.  

Here’s a take from Greg Dewar at the N Judah Chronicles.

On It Goes:

Anyway, here’s the spiel:

“Transit service cuts, fare hikes and layoffs affect millions of Americans every day. You can help save transit and counteract the nation-wide transit crisis by rallying with the Save Our Ride alliance.

Save Our Ride was formed by the Transport Workers Union, Amalgamated Transit Union and Reverend Jesse Jackson to raise awareness of the transit crisis and to rally for the passage of transit bills that will allow flexibility of federal aid for transit. The alliance is an advocate for more affordable and efficient transit systems, better air quality and a greener future for America.

You can download the full press release here.

Come show your support:

June 29, San Francisco: Noon, Federal Building on Golden Gate Bridge

July 1, Sacramento: Noon, Federal Building, 501 I street

July 7, Houston: 11 am, Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith Street

July 9, Miami: 2 pm, Government Center Building

Download the San Francisco flyer here.

Speakers to include: James C. Little, President International TWU; Harry Lombardo, TWU Executive Vice President; Warren George, President of International ATU; Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Other speakers will include TWU and ATU local leadership, legislators, community and civil rights groups, riders who are suffering from service cuts and increased fares. (speakers subject to change)

Stay tuned to twu.org and ourride.org for speaker announcements and more information as the rallies approach.

The reason your fares have increased and your service has been cut is because the federal government has neglected transit for decades and the country’s on-going economic struggle that has slashed transit revenues has pushed transportation systems into their own crises.

“We can not allow our transit systems to crumble from financial neglect,” said President James C. Little. “We must work together to tell the federal government the neglect must stop.”

Federal subsidies to our country’s largest transportation systems do not allow enough flexibility for operating costs. So transit systems can use federal funds to buy news trains and buses (capital expenses), but not to pay the operators. If your bus doesn’t have an operator, you are not going to get to work on time.

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have proposed bills, H.R.2746and S3189, that would allow transit agencies to flex funding to suit local needs. Also, eight senators from the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee introduced a bill, S. 3412, to authorize emergency funding for transit agencies to help reverse fare increases and service cuts.

This legislation will help to save our transit systems, provide thousands of green transit jobs, and keep transportation affordable. If you take the bus, train, subway or streetcar to work and use public transportation to send your children to school and if you want to work towards a cleaner environment, less congested streets and green jobs, then come share your story and your voice and Save Our Ride!

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Criminal Music Companies to Pay for Music Fests Statewide in 2010

Monday, May 17th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide goddamn record companies that fix prices. (Feel free to read that as record companies, straight up.) Anyway, when you bought all those Rico Suave CDs back in the day, you paid too much. 

Can I tell you how this all relates to the big scheme of things? No, I get my record co. antitrust lawsuits mixed up. But this whole deal probably had something to do with bad behavior by execs from Universal Music Group, Sony Music EntertainmentWarner Music Group, and/or EMI Group.

But that doesn’t matter now. What matters that these melon-farmers are going to own up for past misdeeds by paying for statewide music festivals.

El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Check it:

Alameda Los Angeles San Bernardino Solano
Butte Marin San Diego Sonoma
Calaveras Mendocino San Francisco Stanislaus
Contra Costa Mono San Joaquin Tehama
Del Norte Monterey San Luis Obispo Ventura
El Dorado Napa Santa Barbara Yolo
Fresno Nevada Santa Clara Yuba
Humboldt Orange Santa Cruz  
Inyo Plumas Shasta
Kern Riverside Sierra
Lassen Sacramento Siskiyou

 

January April July October
February May August November
March June September December

Enjoy.

Brown and Arts Council Host Statewide Music Festivals Funded by a Price-Fixing Settlement
SACRAMENTO -Yodeling, operas, musicals, Japanese drumming and symphonies are among the summer events around the state sponsored by more than a half million dollars from a Department of Justice settlement with music companies in a case of fixing advertised prices.

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the California Arts Council today announced dozens of musical presentations during this summer’s festival season and throughout 2010. Visit the California Arts Council’s website for a full listing of concerts and events benefiting from the grants:
http://www.cac.ca.gov/programs/doj/.

“The Attorney General’s office is proud to be part of providing these cultural events that bring people together to experience all types of music. It’s affordable because of our ability to provide discounted tickets,” Brown said, “and these performances are a testament to the incredible richness and diversity of the state’s music.”

The grants support performances and events in 43 of the state’s 58 counties, reaching an estimated audience of 200,000.

All the deets, after the jump

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Soul Slam IV: Prince vs. Michael Jackson – The Final Battle in San Francisco Tomorrow

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Soul Slams I, II, and III ended without a clear winner, but tomorrow, well, things should be different. I mean if Michael Jackson can’t win Soul Slam IV this year, of all years, well, then he never will. Now, the King of Pop has the height but Prince, he has the reach so keep that in mind tomorrow night when you’re wagering at the musical squared circle that is the Mezzanine at Triple Four Jessie in the SoMA, doors at 9:00 PM.

And remember, early-ass arrival is “highly suggested.” It’s Going to be on, per Tamara Palmer

As seen on Fulton. Click to expand:

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Too fat, fat you must cut lean.
You gotta take the elevator to the Mezzanine,
Chump, change, and it’s on, super bon bon
Super bon bon, Super bon bon.

PRINCE & MICHAEL JACKSON
 
featuring
DJ SPINNA
along with
PROOF | HAKOBO | KING MOST
 
Mezzanine 444 jessie street, sf 
21+ | Doors 9pm-4am

There will be 200 tickets at the door 9pm.
 
LIMITED PRESALES AVAILABLE AT:
http://going.com/soulslam
 
 
fresco, Massive Selector & Keistar are proud to bring you the 4th installment of a not-to-be-missed event to heat up our Indian Summer in the beautiful Bay Area:
SOUL SLAM: PRINCE AND MICHAEL JACKSON
At MEZZANINE (444 Jessie Street, San Francisco) this Saturday, September 19.
Don’t miss the ultimate celebration of musical marvels! On the cut, we’ve got DJ SPINNA rockin’ the best of the King of Pop and his Royal Clan (Jackson 5, Jermaine, Janet, Rebbie, MJ covers & More) and Prince and all his Disciples (Sheila E, The Time, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Alexander O’ Neal, Vanity 6, Apolonia, Morris Day & More).
Plus the Bay Area’s prodigal sons Hakobo, Proof & King Most warmin’ up the dance.

Don’t miss an unforgettable evening of non-stop soul music celebrating 2 of music’s biggest icons.
 
This is one of the biggest events of the year! Early-ass arrival highly suggested. Capacity will be reached. Pick up your presale tickets now!
SOUL SLAM IV is dedicated to the life, memory, and music of the KING OF POP,  MICHAEL JACKSON. rest in power…

A Silver Tsunami of 600 Seniors Sweeps Over City Hall

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Supervisors Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, David Campos and others all attended this well-attended rally of seniors against budget cuts at San Francisco City Hall today.

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The promise of free food probably helped turnout, but this was an impressive display regardless.

Silver Tsunami
When: May 12, 2009 – Tuesday
10:30 a.m. to 12:30
Where: Civic Center Plaza at corner of Polk and McAllister
What: Save Senior and Disability Programs.  Senior citizens and people with disabilities will “flood” San Francisco’s City Hall steps and the Civic Center as a dramatic “Silver Tsunami”.  Join the Coalition of Agencies serving the Elderly (CASE) along with Senior Action Network (SAN), and Planning for Elders in the Central City (PECC) for a rally to protest the recent budget cuts from Senior and Disability Programs and well as the Department of Public Health.