Posts Tagged ‘Secretary of State’

Uh Oh: Adachi, Alioto-Pier, Avalos, Chiu, Herrera, Rees, and Yee Call for Election Monitors – Improper Votes for Ed Lee

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE: Word on the street this Election Eve 2011 is that Secretary of State Debra Bowen is sending election monitors to town for Our Big Day tomorrow.]

Candidates Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Phil Ting, and Ed Lee took a pass on signing this particular letter, but everybody else is on-board, looks like.

(Sure is odd having the City Attorney calling in the Feds, non?)

Anyway, check it, below.

Open-air voting booth tent, Chinatown, San Francisco, USA – Ed Lee Gets It Done:

Adithya Sambamurthy, The Bay Citizen

Here it is: USDOJ-CASOS-LETTER

“October 23, 2011

The Honorable Thomas E. Perez
Assistant Attorney General
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Attn: Civil Rights Division, Voting Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
Transmitted by fax: (202) 514-0293

The Honorable Debra Bowen
CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE
Attn: Election Fraud Investigation Unit
1500 11th Street, 5th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Transmitted by fax: (916) 653-3214

Re: Request for federal observers and election monitors in San Francisco

Dear Assistant Attorney General Perez and Secretary of State Bowen:

We write to bring to your attention news reports and accompanying videos that may indicate violations of federal and state laws intended to protect voting rights and to assure the integrity of our electoral process.

In light of published accounts in the San Francisco Chronicle* and Bay Citizen** about electioneering activities by the SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011, we request that your respective offices immediately detail federal observers and state election monitors for San Francisco’s mayoral election, which is currently underway.

According to these published accounts, these electioneering activities target Cantonese speaking voters in San Francisco, and may potentially impinge on their federally protected voting rights, and also violate provisions of the California Elections Code and other laws.

These suspect activities include the following:

• Testimony by independent witnesses that SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 staff were completing ballots for voters.

• Testimony and video evidence that SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 staff employed plastic stencils and handled absentee ballots in such a manner as to prevent voters from marking their ballots for other mayoral candidates.

• Testimony that SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 staff, as apparently ineligible third parties, received and collected into plastic bags voted ballots from voters, taking ballots into their possession.

• Testimony and video evidence that SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 staff interfered with the secrecy of voting. If true, these allegations and other conduct may violate the U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965, and California Election Code provisions pertaining to electioneering, corruption of voting, the Voter Bill of Rights, and other laws.

Given their gravity, the importance of protecting voting rights, and assuring voter confidence in our electoral processes, we believe federal observers and election monitors are immediately warranted, and that further investigation by your respective offices would be well advised.

Sincerely,

Jeff Adachi, Public Defender

Michela Alioto-Pier, Small Businesswoman and Mother

John Avalos, Supervisor, District 11

David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors

Dennis Herrera, City Attorney

Joanna Rees, Entrepreneur/Educator

Leland Yee, State Senator

cc: U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón

*“Witnesses: Ed Lee supporters mark others’ ballots” by John Coté, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 21, 2011, http://bit.ly/o3rB9C; and “Ed Lee backers said to fill in ballots for others” by John Coté, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 22, 2011, http://bit.ly/mPvarB

**“More Fraud Accusations for Lee Supporters” by Gerry Shih, Bay Citizen, Oct. 22, 2011, http://www.baycitizen.org/sf-mayoral-race/story/mayor-ed-lees-campaign-supporters-1/”

Monday, October 24th, 2011, is the Last Day to Register to Vote for the November 8 Election in San Francisco

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Get all the deets below.

(Now hey, I’m a little slow here, but tell me, how on Earth is it legal for San Francisco to pay election workers less than minimum wage on Election Day? I gots to know.)

The toughest job you’ll never love:

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“Monday, October 24 Is the Last Day to Register to Vote

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, October 18, 2011 – Monday is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming November 8 Consolidated Municipal Election. To facilitate registration up to the deadline, the Department of Elections will be accepting registration forms until 8 p.m. on Monday.

Ways to register to vote for this election:

· Download, complete, and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/
· Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, many City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

· Come to the Department of Elections on the ground floor of City Hall. After 5 p.m. on October 24, voters can register at the front entrance of City Hall, on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Monday, October 24 for new registrants to become eligible to vote in the November election.

Voters can learn more about registering to vote and other election information by visiting the Department’s website at www.sfelections.org

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
www.sfelections.org”

OMG, Hillary Clinton, Cherie Blair and Marissa Mayer to Star at “APEC Women And The Economy Summit,” Sept 13-16th

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Wow, some heavy hitters are about to hit town, FYI,

Check it:

“Creating empowering environments

Financial inclusion for women-owned business

Women and green jobs

Public/private partnerships that empower women

Fostering women entrepreneurs and small-businesses

Closing the gap in the world of information and technology

The new wave: fostering innovation

Girls to women: developing young leaders”

Join the Dialogue: Women & the Economy Summit – Live Simulcast of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Keynote Address
Friday, September 16 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
RSVP Required

Cherie Blair:  A Special Event
Friday, September 16 | 7 – 9 PM
The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA

Unofficial Closing Reception with Mayor Jean Quan
Friday, September 16 | 6 – 8 PM
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
RSVP to MayorRSVP@oaklandnet.com 

And here are your confirmed speakers / luminaries:

Rona Ambrose - Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Canada
Dorothy Attwood – Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company
Michelle Bachelet – UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women
Cherie Blair – Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, UK
Rebecca M. Blank – Acting Secretary of Commerce and Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce
Beatriz Boza - Founder and Executive Director, Ciudadanos al Dia, Peru
Beth Brooke – Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Ernst & Young
Tina Brown – Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast and Newsweek
Elim Chew - Founder & President, 77th Street Pte Ltd, Singapore 
Eileen Claussen – President, PEW Center on Global Climate Change 
Hillary Rodham Clinton – Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
Weili Dai – Co-Founder, Marvell 
Amanda Ellis – Deputy Secretary, International Development Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
Anne Finucane – Global Strategy and Marketing Officer, Bank of America
Sue Fleishman – Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, Warner Bros.
Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores – Partner, Hendler Law, PC, and President, National Women’s Political Caucus 
Lorraine Hariton – Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Kathy Hill – Senior Vice President of Ethernet and Wireless Systems Technology Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Robert D. Hormats – Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agriculture Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Chris Jansing – Anchor and Host of ‘Jansing & Co.,’ MSNBC
Valerie Jarrett – Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Pacita Juan – Chief Executive Officer, Figaro, and President, Women’s Business Council, Philippines 
Shinta Kamdani – Managing Director, Sintesa Group, Indonesia
Jeni Klugman - Director, Gender and Development, The World Bank 
Karen Kornbluh – U.S. Ambassador of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Anne Ladky – Executive Director and Founding Member, Women Employed
Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund 
Yang Lan – Co-Founder, Sun Media Group and Television Host for “Yang Lan One On One,” China
Ilene Lang – President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst
Carol Massar – Anchor, Bloomberg TV
Marissa Mayer – Vice President of Location and Local Services, Google 
Sheri McCoy – Vice Chairman and Executive Committee Member, Johnson & Johnson
Melody Meyer - President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company
Karen Mills – Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Dong Mingzhu – Vice Chairman of the Board and President, Gree Electric Appliances Inc., China
Marty Natalegawa - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
Barbara Orser – Founding Chair of the Canadian Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth, Canada 
Mari Pangestu – Minister of Trade, Indonesia

Hekia Parata – Minister of Women’s Affairs and Acting Energy Minister, New Zealand 
Sharon Thomas Parrot – Senior Vice President External Relations and Chief Regulatory Compliance Officer, DeVry Inc.
Kathleen Rogers – President, Earth Day Network
Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Carolina Schmidt – Minister of Women’s Affairs, Chile
Senator Shahrizat Abdul Jalil – Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia
William M. Sheedy – Group President, Americas, Visa Inc.
Megan Smith – Vice President of New Business Development, Google
Gene Sperling – Director, National Economic Council, White House
Haslina Taib – Chief Executive Officer, BAG Network, Public Private Partnership between Accenture and Brunei Government IT consulting, ABAC Advisor, Brunei
Tina Tchen – Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to the First Lady of the United States
Su-Mei Thompson - Executive Director, The Women’s Foundation, Hong Kong 
Claire Tomlin – Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California Berkeley
Melanne Verveer – Ambassador-at-Large of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Cher Wang – Chairman, HTC, Chinese Taipei
Telle Whitney – President and Chief Executive Officer, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Sheryl WuDunn – Co-Author, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Meng Xiaosi, Vice President, All-China Women’s Federation
Perry Yeatman – Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal, Kraft Foods Inc and President, Kraft Foundation

Condoleezza Rice to Speak at the Commonwealth Club on October 18th – New Book: “Extraordinary, Ordinary People”

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condy Rice is coming to town on October 18th, 2010, so mark your calendars.

You already know what she looks like, but have you seen her oil tanker? From back in the day. before Chevron changed the name to Altair Voyager:

All the deets:

The Commonwealth Club -the nation’s premier public affairs forum
 
SPEAKER:    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
 
TITLE:           Rice Family Memoir:  The Childhood That Shaped a Political Career
 
DATE:            Monday, October 18, 2010
 
TIME:            11 a.m. Check-in, Noon Program, 1 p.m. Book Signing
 
PLACE:         Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., San Francisco
 
PRICE:          $15 Members, $30 Non-members, $7 Students
Premium including copy of Rice’s book and seating in first few rows is
$60 Members, $80 Non-members
 
ALSO KNOW:  Attendees may be subject to search.  Underwritten by the Koret Foundation.
__________________________________________________________________
 
 
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman to hold this title, will provide a rare glimpse at the life experiences that have shaped her world outlook and will give her views on current issues.  It is Rice’s first public appearance since the publication of her latest book, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.
 
The Stanford University political science professor and Hoover Institution senior fellow will recount her childhood memories growing up in the 1950s in segregated Alabama surrounded by racism, and in the 1960s when she saw friends lose their lives to the violence and bloodshed of the era.
 
Rice will also discuss the people and experiences that have guided her on her path to occupying one of the nation’s highest offices.  When she became the 66th Secretary of State in 2004, Rice pioneered a policy called “Transformational Diplomacy” which sought to build democracy, particularly in the Middle East.
 
In 2001, George W. Bush appointed Rice the first female National Security Adviser.  In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.  In 1989, she became director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council and special assistant to George Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
 
In 1993, she was the first African American woman to become a Stanford provost, a post she held to 1999.  Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver, a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame; and Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

Cruise with Gorby and Condi: Sail the Black Sea with Gorbachev and Condoleezza Rice, $24K

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

How would you like to spend a couple of weeks on and around the Black Sea with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev?

Well, you’re in luck, ’cause San Francisco-based World Leaders Travel on 500 Third Street is asking just $23,990 per person (double occupancy) to attend Global Challenges in a Post-Perestroika World: A World Leaders Symposium in Russia and the Black Sea this summer, August 30  through September 15th 2010.

No, Silly Billy, you won’t sail on the Chevron Condoleezza Rice - they renamed that vessel years ago.

You’ll be on the Silver Wind, whatever that is.

(America, what a country. In your country you have movie I Know What You Did Last Summer. In Soviet Union, KGB knows what you did last summer! In America, you sail boat. In Soviet Union, boat sail you!)

They’re calling it “educational travel” so maybe it’s deductible or something…

Bon voyage!

All the deets, after the jump

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