If there’s something weird and it don’t look good
Who you gonna call? Hostbusters!
Answer The Call
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:
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.
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…)
Let’s start with Future Senator and Current Urbanist Supervisor Scott Wiener, you know, if this from KevMo is accurate.
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.
Anyway, this is How We Live Now in 2016
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:
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.
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.
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People would not say that the cop drew an “assault weapon,” would they?
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?
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:
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:
A pdf of the bill summary is available here.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
It would have been like another Sausalito:
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…