Posts Tagged ‘signatures’

Haight Ashbury Street Festival Cavalcade of Photos

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Well it’s the morning of the second Sunday of June, so that means it’s almost time for the Haight Ashbury Street Festival.

Lets take a look at some photos from recent years.

Look up…

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…and down…

…and all around:

From Bluoz: Upper Haight is for Lovers:

Let your freak flag fly, baby. From the Eastern Stage:

From famous David Yu:

From Brian Brooks

And here’s one from Chris Witte:

There’s a feeling I get/

when I look to the West…

…and the East…

…on Haight Street on the Second Sunday in June.

At least the Yelpers like Frank:

This ganga guy in purple will sue you for $1000 if you take his photo, or something:

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And Obama in a Giants cap, just the way they had it at the recent Union Street Festival:

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You know who loves the Haight Street Fair? Parole agents

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A mass of humanity:

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Hookahs! Get your hookahs!  It’s Hookahs.com

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A dancing baby grooving on Haight Street:

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Can you see the superfluity of nuns in white approaching the Fair? Also note the F430 Ferrari supercar (sans license plates), one of many exoticars that made the journey to the Upper Haight today. Also note the sign: “No Open Containers of Alcohol.” Too bad.

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Of course, all you need to get around the alcohol ban is a gallon jug of overproofed white rum and a giveaway “water” bottle. As seen on Ashbury.

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Former District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi on the scene

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Poorbot looking for handouts:

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“SHOW US YOUR BOOBS… please.” “FABULOUS PRIZES.” “DON’T WORRY (WE’RE GAY)” These inebriates residing above the Ben & Jerry’s at the corner of Ashbury were true to their word, tossing down trinkets to all flashers male and female.

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You kmow why this San Francisco Native baby is better than you? Cause he had the foresight to be born in San Francisco, that’s why. He won the lottery/ when he was born.

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Bong Hits 4 Jesus

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And There You Have It.

What’s This? The “Fix Muni First Initiative” Will Let Us Vote to Kill the Central Subway in 2013? Oh, Happy Day

Friday, October 12th, 2012

So it’s only going to take 9,702 signatures to qualify the proposed Fix MUNI First Initiative for the 2013 November ballot?

Those John Hancocks should be pretty easy to get, I think.

Yes, let’s let The People decide if it’s worth $40,000,000 a year to operate a pretty-much-useless subway shortline.

So maybe Chinatown power broker Rose Pak is smoking her celebratory cigar on the veranda of her taxpayer-funded luxury condo in District Six a touch too soon?

Yes.

Let’s see how easy it will be for her to corral stencil voters outside of Chinatown…

All the deets of the Central Subway fiasco, after the jump.

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Email Inbox Fun: Counting “In Lieu” Signatures for the Candidates in the Mayoral Race – What’s a Signature?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Now, I know what signatures are not.

Signatures are not what the Run Ed Run campaigners are getting or trying to get at a Recology breakroom* or at Avalos for Mayor HQ or at Golden Gate Park.

Nomination petition signatures need to be bona fide, right?

Would you risk breaking campaigning laws to gather this garbage? I wouldn’t:

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All right, here it is, some unknown person’s attempt at the numbers as of yesterday’s deadline. This is a test, right? A measure of strength? I mean, if you don’t have money and you don’t have people, well, then you don’t have much. Of course, some of the campaigns want to use their resources in a different way, which is perfectly fine, of course…

(Until we found out the real numbers officially from City Hall, this will have to do. )

“For the past 8 weeks, candidates for Mayor of San Francisco and their volunteers have been asking voters for their signatures. That’s because mayoral candidates must either collect 10,096 signatures or cough up the $5,048 filing fee for their name to appear on November’s ballot.

Most of the serious contenders for Room 200 launched signature gathering campaigns in June and have been submitting their completed forms since. Thursday evening was the deadline for the signatures, and most candidates were collecting up until the last minute. Campaigns sent out a flurry of press releases in the afternoon, each claiming that their campaigns gathered over 10,000 signatures.

But before these candidates’ signatures are counted, the Department of Elections puts them through a strict validity check to assure that the signer is in fact registered to vote in San Francisco at the address they claim.

So far, only Sen. Leland Yee’s campaign has turned in enough valid signatures to get on the ballot – and did so a week early. The other campaigns will have to wait for their signatures to go through the stringent validity checks at the Dept. of Elections. Those big numbers sent out in press releases today may not translate to real signatures – and the candidates will have to pay cash to make up the difference.

For example, Supervisor John Avalos needs nearly every signature submitted on Thursday to be counted as valid in order to meet the 10,096 valid signature requirement. Today, he touted that the campaign had garnered over 10,000 signatures. But if just 7 of the randomly sampled signatures are found to be invalid, then the campaign will fall short of the needed number of signatures.

David Chiu sent an email today with the subject line “13,903!” to celebrate the large number of signatures he had collected – but his campaign had only 5,189 valid signatures at the Department today before his final submission this evening. Chiu needs 4,907 signatures of the 6,000 submitted today to be valid – but only 66% of the signatures he’s ever submitted passed the test. Unless he did something differently this time, he’s likely to fall short.

As for Dennis Herrera, his campaign only turned in a total of 8,905 signatures – and not all of them were valid. If he did collect over 10,000, as his press release claims, the signatures never made it to City Hall…”

All right then.

*SFGate now posts H. Brown YouTube videos? News to me. I’m getting a little bit of a Dennis Hopper vibe from that there. Go ahead – open two windows and play both vids simultaneously. See?    

Team Herrera Marches on Van Ness Down to City Hall – City Attorney Dennis Herrera at Work While Crew Turns in Signatures

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

[UPDATE: Ah yes, the David Chiu Crew, sans Chiubacca*, is making a beeline over to City Hall right now as well.]

[UPDATE: And oh, here comes Supervisor John Avalos, right on schedule. Who’ll be next to join the 10k Club?]

Well there I was piloting Mom’s Taxi down an area “traffic sewer” or “incomplete street” and what do I see but Team Herrera marching on City Hall.

Thusly:

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I’ll tell you, AFAICS, this campaign and Senator Leland Yee‘s are the big ones, so far anyway:

An enthusiastic vanguard: 

All’s left to do is the counting.

Oh, here they are, at the terminus:

Here are the deets from Dennis Jose:

“Flavia-

I’m just walking out of the Department of Elections with a team of my supporters and I wanted you to be among the first to hear my big news. WE DID IT!

After almost two months of knocking on doors, canvassing street corners and going from neighborhood to neighborhood telling San Franciscans my plan to make this a city that works, my team of outstanding volunteers and I gathered over 10,881 signatures.

As we kickoff the next phase of the campaign, we want you to join our team.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN TEAM HERRERA

Thanks to all of your incredible hard work we not only achieved, but exceeded our goal. This was a grassroots effort from hundreds of supporters like you – hard working dedicated members of Team Herrera who know how important this election is.

On Team Herrera we know that local government can positively impact people’s lives each and every day. With your continued support and help, we will win in November, but it won’t be easy and I need your continued support, will you commit to join me?

Sign up to get involved with our campaign.

Thanks for all that you do,

Dennis Herrera”

Oh, and there’s this too:

Signatures demonstrate campaign’s strength, citywide support

San Francisco – City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s campaign for mayor collected over 10,000 signatures to place his name on the ballot as a candidate for mayor. This grassroots effort, spearheaded by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, demonstrates his deep volunteer base and citywide support. This afternoon at the Department of Elections, Herrera will be joined by a team of supporters and staff who helped him reach this goal as they turn in their signatures together.

“I am immensely proud of the hard work my team of volunteers and supporters put in to make this day a reality,” Herrera said. “It’s just another example of the strength of our campaign, and this is only the beginning. From now until November 8th we will be at every doorstep and in every neighborhood talking to voters about how we’ll make San Francisco a city that works. I’m confident that we’ll be successful on Election Day.”

The signature gathering period began on June 4th and requires that each mayoral candidate gather 10,000 signatures in lieu of paying the $5,048 fee.

In 2001, Herrera became the first Latino ever elected City Attorney of San Francisco, and he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2005 and 2009. As City Attorney, Herrera has used the power of the office to help protect consumers, defend our civil liberties, and protect the environment and air quality. He is running for Mayor to make San Francisco a city that works – getting back to basics and delivering services that we depend on.”

OK then.

Who’ll be next to make this march before the deadline?

*Oops. Chewy was on the scene after all.

Here’s Why the Run Ed Run People Don’t Actually Have 30,000 Signatures or Whatever They’re Claiming Today

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Since all the mayoral candidates are turning in signatures* at City Hall by the July 28, 2011 deadline, it’s a good time to review the difference between bona fide signatures and the other kind.

Here’s a box of (mostly) bona fide signatures from registered San Francisco voters, as seen on Van Ness last week. Each one has a (purported) San Francisco street address:

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Compare that with this.

This is garbage:

BTW, the people collecting Run Ed Run signatures say stuff like, “Oh, sign for your brothers and sisters too!”

So, yes, RER, you have 30k sigs, but You Aint Bona Fide, that’s the problem.

Or rather, that’s one problem.

*Or paying $$$ in lieu of signatures, whichever.

Your Political Theatre of the Day: Senator Leland Yee, the Current Front-Runner in the Race for Mayor, Marches on City Hall

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Your State Senator Leland Yee marched down Van Ness with an army of supporters this afternoon.

They went all the way to City Hall to turn in the signatures required for his election as Mayor of San Francisco.

Like this:

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And here’s what the fuss was all about – thousands of signatures:

(Oh, and apparently, not necessarily all of the 30,000 signatures Run Ed Run has are real signatures. That would explain a lot as, man, valid signatures are hard to get, or at least they were when I tried getting them back in the day, back in the aughts.)

Rounding Polk to come up the steps of City Hall:

And down into the catacombs to hand off the boxes:

And then a chat with KTVU in front of Dumbledore’s Army.

It went a little like this.

The deadline for candidates is July 28th, so look forward to more activity in the basement of City Hall…

The latest from the Yee campaign:

Pancake Breakfast & Mobilization
When: TOMORROW, July 23rd; 10:00 AM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: Come join Team Yee for some delicious hot cakes before hitting the streets to talk to our fellow voters
RSVP to this Event

Community Nights at Yee HQ
WhenChinese Night – Monday, July 25th; Latino Night – Wednesday, July 27th; Filipino Night – Thursday, July 28th; All Nights start at 5:00 PM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: All are welcome at these Community Outreach nights at Yee HQ
RSVP to these Events

Lit Drop for Leland
When: Saturday, August 13th; 10:00 AM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: Stay tuned for the details as we get closer to the big date
RSVP to this Event

Leland Yee First to 10,000 Valid Signatures
Yee’s grassroots strength evident in nomination petition drive

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Leland Yee, accompanied by California Nurses, Sierra Club members and campaign volunteers, turned in enough signatures today at City Hall to become the first mayoral candidate to reach 10,000 valid signatures – the benchmark set by the Department of Elections for qualifying to be a candidate without paying a $5,000 filing fee.

“Today’s achievement is a clear indicator of the strength of our campaign,” said Yee. “We have collected more signatures in less time than any other campaign through a grassroots effort of hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. I am proud of our volunteers and our campaign team”

“I have always believed that the greatest test of strength for any candidate is their ability to reach out and speak directly to voters,” said Yee. “I want to personally thank all the San Francisco voters who took the time to speak with our volunteers and sign our nominating petitions. I am looking forward to the next stage of our campaign and continuing to talk with voters about improving our public schools, our environment, and our economy.”

With the submission of today’s batch of 4,200 signatures, the Yee campaign has turned in nearly 14,000 signatures. It is expected that the total valid amount will easily surpass 10,000. As of Friday morning, no other mayoral campaign had even reached the 5,000 signature level.

“This drive is far different than collecting on-line petitions or even standing in front of a supermarket collecting signatures from passersby,” said Yee campaign manager Jim Stearns. “The rules set by the Department of Elections constitute a tough test for declared candidates, and I’m proud that our team has passed that test with flying colors.”

The stringent validity rules set by the Department of Elections require each signature to be from a registered San Francisco voter, and for each circulator of a petition to also be a registered voter. In addition, no signer can also have signed for another mayoral candidate.

In addition to the key endorsements of the California Nurses Association and the Sierra Club, Yee has also gained the support the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, Laborers International Union, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, among others.

Yee immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 3. His father, a veteran, served in the US Army and the Merchant Marine, and his mother was a local seamstress. Yee graduated from the University of California – Berkeley, then earned a Ph.D. in Child Psychology, and later served in various mental health and school settings. He and his wife, Maxine, have raised four children who all attended San Francisco public schools. Yee has served in the State Legislature, Board of Supervisors and Board of Education.

Asians + Gays + Women = Electoral Victory for Ed Lee in the 415? Check Out the Latest Demographic Push From “Run Ed Run”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I don’t know, what motervates people to spend their weekends wandering Golden Gate Park gathering signatures for the election of somebody who said he’s not running?

I don’t know, it must be something. (I don’t think it’s anything grass-rootsy though.

See the rainbow and the leather cap? That means that Mayor Ed Lee is Good For Gays, apparently. Anyway, these gals seemed to be having a good time:

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Writer Erin Sherbert has the latest deets of the strategy of the non-grass-roots people behind Run Ed Run: Enjoy.

“Let’s Keep Not Paying Taxes – YAY!” Taiwan’s NMA-TV Takes on the Amazon v. State of CA Sales Tax Fight

Monday, July 18th, 2011

NMA-TV out of Taiwan, Free Republic of China, well, they’ve got us pegged. They know all about what goes on in California and they show that with pithy animated videos.

As here, with the whole Governor Jerry Brown vs. Jeff Bezos / Amazon.com sales tax / “use tax”* issue. NMA already has a proposed slogan for the statewide initiative that’s coming our way from Amazon.

See?

And here’s Jeff Bezos (fresh from swimming in a pool of his money) explaining things to California Governor Jerry Brown and our Official State Animal, who looks hungry for a little tax money.

It’s going to be a tough row to hoe getting people to vote for the Amazon tax next year, IMO.

Anyway, good job NMA-TV.

*The tax is on your “use” in CA of whatever you buy. It’s pretty much like a sales tax except it’s based on the tax rate of where you live (as opposed to sales tax, which is based upon where you buy something). 

Jeff Adachi Throws Down: Public Defender Jeff Adachi Presents Petition Signatures – Coverage From Civic Center Mike

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Your Civic Center Blog has all the deets on San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi‘s Pension Crusade and concomitant Petition Processional.

See?

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2011 Haight Ashbury Street Fair a Huge Success – Great Photos from David Yu, Brian Brooks, Chris Witte, and Bluoz

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

[UPDATE: And here’s a late entry, from Bluoz: Upper Haight is for Lovers:

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Things really didn’t get hopping until the fog went away in the afternoon, but the 2011 Haight Ashbury Street Fair went off without a hitch, with nary a peep from the notorious NIMBYs of the Western Addition.

(And oh, honorable mention goes to photographers Bob Horowitz (nice) and Dropatan (also nice).)

Let your freak flag fly, baby. From the Eastern Stage:

And here are some great shots.

First, from famous David Yu:

And here are a couple from Brian Brooks:

And here’s one from Chris Witte:

And more from past HASFs, after the jump

See you next year!

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