Posts Tagged ‘senate’

AIRBNB UPDATE: When There’s Something Strange/ In Your Neighborhood/ Who You Gonna Call?/ HOSTBUSTERS!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

OIOW:

If there’s something weird and it don’t look good
Who you gonna call? Hostbusters!

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Meet the team: San Francisco County Supervisors David Campos, Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin:

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Answer The Call

WTF: Senate Bill 1465 – Spending Our Money to Pay for the 2024 Olympics in LA? Instead, Why Not Tax LA’s “Unexpected” Losses?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Read it and weep, Frisco:

SB 1465, as amended, De León. Public contracts: 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Existing law provides specified requirements in awarding certain public contracts. This bill would authorize the Governor to sign agreements with the International Olympic and Paralympic Committee, as part of the site selection process for the City of Los Angeles to become the host for the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This bill would make legislative findings and declarations that, among other things, the endorsing municipality, as defined, has developed a self-sufficient bid for financing the games. This bill would authorize the Governor to enter into an agreement for the state to be jointly liable, not to exceed a specified amount, with the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG), as specified, for obligations of the OCOG, and for any financial deficit relating to the games, as provided.

So basically, this means that the State of California will pay for part of the inevitable overages of a possible 2024 Los Angeles Olympics up to a total of a quarter billion dollars.

But if LA’s  bid is “self-sufficient,” then why does LA or the corrupt International Olympic committee need any of our money at all, one wonders.

Hey, instead of paying for failure, why not tax it instead? So, of course Los Angeles “expects” to make billions, somehow, from LA2024, but in case it doesn’t, in case it starts to spend Precious Taxpayer Money garnered from The People of Los Angeles, then the govt of LA should pay a tax to the CA General Fund at, say, a 40% rate. So, fine, LA, spend an extra billion on your IOC party, but then, come 2025, you’ll owe CA a cool $400,000,000.

Wouldn’t that incentivize Los Angeles to be more honest about what it expects to make from LA 2024?

And man, we just went through this deal here in SF last year. I’ll tell you, SF came in third in the race to be the U.S nominee for the games of the 2024 Olympiad. (We beat DC, but DC never had a chance.) It looked like this:

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Boston of course, said no way, Jose, we not going to enter into “joinder” with the IOC. And here comes LA, which is now considering putting itself on the hook for, potentially, billions.

I mean, if you’re worried about your teen getting drunk, again, and crashing the family car, again, why would you declare your teenager sober and then say, “Well, if you crash the car, I’ll give you a nice reward.” Would that make sense?

All our pols should oppose this Los Angeles bail out bill.

Reader Notes:

Oh hey, IRL, Paris will host the 2024 Olympics (in part because Paris doesn’t have no FBI, I’m srsly) so this bill doesn’t matter anyway.

And also, bay area officialdom doesn’t support the Olympics coming to SoCal in 2024, because that would kill ANY chance of SF / Bay Area hosting the now-coveted 2028 Olympics, I’m srsly. (But would SFGov et al actually come out to oppose this ridiculous spending bill? IDK. Perhaps they’ll oppose this bill, but in a sneaky way, who knows…)

A Tale of Two Recent Photos: Distracted Driving – Supervisor (and “Urbanist!”) Scott Wiener(?) + SFMTA PCO + Uber Driver with Handicapped Placard

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Let’s start with Future Senator and Current Urbanist Supervisor Scott Wiener, you know, if this from KevMo is accurate.

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I know why someone Living In America would own a car, but it’s surprising to see a sanctimonious Urbanist operating one. Is this aging Nissan his car? Wow. Does Jane Kim do this? IDTS.

Moving on, to this. Some deets on the PCO here and now onto the Uber driver. Uh, what’s he doing? Is he holding a phone up high so his eyes can easily switch back and forth from his device and The Road Ahead? IDK. And hey, what would be a nicer gift for an Uber Lyft driver than a handicapped placard? I’ve never seen this. Gee, I bet that really cuts down on the parking hassles one might have Ubering about Frisco.

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Anyway, this is How We Live Now in 2016

Who’s Looking Out for San Francisco Taxpayers? The Republican Caucus of the State Senate – America’s Cup Fiasco

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Well, Larry Ellison has decided to take his little boat race to Bermuda for 2017. Now here’s the coda to his scandal-plagued 2013 effort in the 415. It was written last year but it’s still pretty much up to date:

Briefing Report: America’s Cup – The Economic Boon That Wasn’t

What a burn.

From the conclusion of the analyst’s full report:

Because both the America’s Cup Organizing Committee’s fundraising and tax revenues generated by the America’s Cup events fell short of the original projections, the City’s General Fund incurred net costs of nearly $6.0 million and the Port incurred net costs of nearly $5.5 million, totaling nearly $11.5 million.

Moreover, according to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, it would appear that San Francisco also failed to meet expectations of job creation and small business involvement:

The impact of America’s Cup tourism on hotel occupancy was minimal with increases in hotel occupancy rates during the events generally less than one percentage point versus prior non-event years.

The Event Authority did not notify or work with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to recruit San Francisco residents for Event Authority Contracts in 2012.

The America’s Cup provided jobs for 517 city residents out of a total of 2,800 jobs (note original projections stood at 8,840 new jobs).

Neither the Event Authority nor OEWD sufficiently tracked small business participation in Event Authority contracts.

What an embarrassment.

California Senator Diane Feinstein Defines this Simple Police-Issue Handgun as an “Assault Weapon” – She’s Wrong

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

She’s wrong ’cause the SFPD’s handguns from SIG-Sauer (and others similar) are simple handguns and are not assault weapons.

Here’s the proof. Let’s say this SFPD officer drew his Grateful Dead-stickered gun before arresting somebody. People would say that the cop drew his gun or pointed his handgun at the suspect, something like that.

Right?

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People would not say that the cop drew an “assault weapon,” would they?

Bingo.

Ergo, the simple police-issue handguns carried by the SFPD are not assault weapons even though they’d be covered under DiFi’s assault weapons ban legislation.

Oh what’s that, Gentle Reader, you object? Well, sustained. I’ll concede your point, whatever it is.

But my point is that the simple police-issue handguns carried by the SFPD are not assault weapons even though they’d be covered under DiFi’s assault weapons ban legislation.

Perhaps she should call it the Assault Weapons and Simple Handguns Bill instead?

Perhaps.

I now shall exit your Orwellian sausage factory, you know, to head on back to the real world.

But first, here’s what an actual SFPD-issued assault weapon looks like:

Just saying.

Bro-ham.

All the deets:

“In January, Senator Feinstein will introduce a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devises.

Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

  • Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
  • 120 specifically-named firearms
  • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
  • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
  • Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
  • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
  • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
  • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
  • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
  • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
  • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
  • Background check of owner and any transferee;
  • Type and serial number of the firearm;
  • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
  • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
  • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

A pdf of the bill summary is available here.

Google Maps Changes the Name of Van Ness Avenue to El Camino Real – But You Can’t Object, It’s Perfectly Legal

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Oh, c’mon, man, is this why tourists ask me where El Camino Real is?

Are you seriously, Google?  

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They are seriously and it’s all legal. Check it:

California Streets and Highways Code Section 635(b): State highway routes embracing portions of Routes 280, 82, 238, 101, 5, 72, 12, 37, 121, 87, 162, 185, 92, and 123 and connecting city streets and county roads thereto, and extending in a continuous route from Sonoma southerly to the international border and near the route historically known as El Camino Real shall be known and designated as “El Camino Real.”

So basically, everything that could possibly considered ECR is ECR – that’s what the solons of Sacramento have determined.

News to me.

You’ve won this one, Google.

Google the Devil but I Feel Lucky.

Does CA Really Need a “Social Media Privacy Act?” No Matter, SB 1349, the Job Interview Facebook Password Law, is Here

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Uhhhhhhhhhhh, I’m not going to articulate myself on this one.

But you, you go right ahead, feel free to tell your buds what you think. (But first, please email me your FB account names / passwords, and your intimate photos and whatnot.)

All right, off you go:

“California Senate Approves Social Media Privacy Act – Yee’s SB 1349 will prohibit employers, colleges from seeking Facebook, Twitter passwords

SACRAMENTO – On a bipartisan 28-5 vote, the California Senate today approved legislation authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) to stop employers from formally requesting or demanding employees or job applicants provide their social media usernames and passwords.

Yee’s bill also prohibits public and private colleges and universities from requiring such information of students.

The bill comes after a growing number of businesses, public agencies, and colleges around the country are asking job seekers, workers, and students for their Facebook and Twitter account information.

“I am pleased by today’s overwhelming vote to end this unacceptable invasion of personal privacy,” said Yee. “The practice of employers or colleges demanding social media passwords is entirely unnecessary and completely unrelated to someone’s performance or abilities.”

In addition to the privacy of students and workers, accessing social media accounts may also invade the privacy of family members and friends who thought they only were sharing information with their own social media network.

“These social media outlets are often for the purpose of individuals to share private information – including age, marital status, religion, sexual orientation and personal photos – with their closest friends and family,” said Yee. “This information is illegal for employers and colleges to use in making employment and admission decisions and has absolutely no bearing on a person’s ability to do their job or be successful in the classroom.”

“SB 1349 is a significant step towards securing Californians’ constitutional right to privacy, both online and offline, in the workplace and in school,” said Jon Fox, Consumer Advocate for CALPIRG.

“If employers are permitted to access the private information of job applicants, unscrupulous hiring managers will be given greater leeway to circumvent anti-discrimination laws,” said Joe Ridout of Consumer Action.

Rather than formally requesting passwords and usernames, some employers have demanded applicants and employees to sit down with managers to review their social media content or fully print out their social media pages. SB 1349 will also prohibit this practice.

Shannon Minter, Legal Director for National Center for Lesbian Rights, said that the practice of requesting social media passwords is the equivalent to reading a personal diary, and also LGBT employees, job applicants, and students already face significant obstacles when applying for schools and jobs.

Minter said that SB 1349 helps ensures individuals are “judged by their qualifications and performance, rather than elements of their private life.”

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law professor Lori Andrews, who specializes in Internet privacy, told the Associated Press that these practices even when given voluntarily should not be allowed.

“Volunteering is coercion if you need a job,” Andrews told the AP.

Johnny Veloz, an unemployed photographer, told KCRA Sacramento that he was asked for his Facebook password during a recent job interview. Veloz was denied the job after refusing to provide the information.

“For me, that’s rude and it’s not respectful,” Veloz told KCRA. “Someone has privacy and you expect them to respect that.”

Yee’s bill would also prohibit employers and colleges from demanding personal email addresses and login information of employees, applicants, and students.

SB 1349 will now be considered by the State Assembly before heading to the Governor.”

And oh, if I ever crafted a “social media privacy act,” I can just about guarantee you that Facebook WOULD NOT LIKE IT. Not one bit.

Just saying.

Better Know Your California Special “Red Letter” License Plates – What Does “S3” Mean? What Does “R” Mean?

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I’ll tell you, if you drive around long enough with a red letter license plate, CHP officers will end up asking you what your license plate means.

The red “S” stands for Senate, as in California State. (Red is their color, it’s their thing. The lower house, the Assembly, prefers to use royal blue.)

The “3” stands for 3rd District, like the one we have on the right side of San Francisco (and on up to Marin and parts of Sonoma County).

And the little “R,” well that means “retired.”

Note that the registration is current. Note that this retired state senator actually paid for his meter space. Hurray:

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Now, you Better Know Your California Special “Red Letter” License Plates.

Tonight at 6:00 PM at Fort Mason: Your Chance to Speak at the Citizens Redistricting Commission Public Input Hearing

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Well, here’s your chance:

Citizens Redistricting Commission Public Input Hearing
Monday, June 27, 2011
Fort Mason Center, Cowell Theater
Entrance at Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

View the Live Broadcast – 6PM to 9PM

And don’t worry, no matter how it goes, everybody in San Francisco will be represented by a state Senator at all times…

The 14 members of your Citizens Redistricting Commission. Seated, left to right: Connie Galambos Malloy and Michael Ward. Standing, left to right: Jodie Filkins-Webber, Gabino Aguirre, Vincent Barabba, Michelle DiGuilo, Maria Blanco, Peter Yao, Cynthia Dai, Lilbert “Gil” Ontai, Jeanne Raya, Angelo Ancheta, Stanley Forbes and M. Andre Parvenu:

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“The 14 member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a public input
meeting in San Francisco on June 27, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Mason Center. The
Commission was created by California voters to draw state Congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board
of Equalization Districts.

“Public participation in drawing these districts is critical to ensuring that communities have the strongest
voice possible to express their preferences. When voters with similar interests are drawn into a district
together, their voices multiply giving them a greater opportunity to express their views, elect candidates
of their choice and hold their leaders accountable.”

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Hey Marin County: You All Can Just Suck Eggs – Here’s Why You Will Never Have Political Power, Redistricting or No

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Former Mill Valley Mayor Dick Spotswood* heps us to the California Redistricting Commission’s sneak peak of redistricting of political boundaries Up North.

The fundamental problem for Marinites is that there aren’t that many of them. Because AFATAC, the best thing in the world is high property values and the worst is multitudes of black and brown people.

So no, you can’t have your own state senator the way you think you so richly deserve, Marin, sorry. But, everybody else in the bay area will continue to subsidize your public transit, so at least you’ve have that to hold onto while you fret about about completely safe SmartMeters and completely harmless Target Stores and pretty much safe, more or less, student vaccinations.

In short, Oh Marin, You So Crazy and that’s why you don’t have pull in Sac-town and D.C.

And you never will.

Here’s what you needed:

Marincello is the City That Never Was.

“Marincello was a failed development project in Marin County, California that would have put a metropolis full of homes, apartments, and hotels in a planned community atop the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Golden Gate. Its upheaval set the precedent for Marin County’s rigid anti-development stance and push for open space.”

See lots of large posters like this at SPUR’s new Urban Center at 654 Mission in the SoMA.

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It would have been like another Sausalito:

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Ancestry

According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, there were sixteen ancestries in Marin County that made up over 1.0% of its population. The sixteen ancestries are listed below.

So, increase your population 300% (you know, stop using water to keep out the undesireables) and then you’ll have your very own state Senator. Until then…

*Two words for you, Dick: Chrome Browser. The always-on spell-checker is totally sweet – it spots a lot of my transposed letter tpyos…