Posts Tagged ‘town hall’

OMG, It’s Phil Ting’s L-Taraval Express Bus! Free Breakfast, WiFi – November 1st Only – RSVP Today

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

If you live anywhere near Taraval, you’re going to want to get in on this.

On November 1, Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco campaign will pilot its own L-Taraval Express Bus from 46th Avenue & Taraval Street to Downtown San Francisco. (This is an idea from our L-Taraval Muni Town Hall after riders heard about the highly regarded NX-Judah Express.) RSVP for the L-Taraval Express! We’ll have breakfast and wi-fi on board too. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis, so please RSVP.”

OMG, right?

Artist’s conception of Phil Ting driving the LX Taraval Express:

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Here are the pick up times:

• 46th and Taraval – 7:30AM (map)
• 40th and Taraval – 7:35AM (map)
• 32nd and Taraval – 7:40AM (map)
• 19th and Taraval – 7:47AM (map)

Here are the drop-off points:

• Civic Center – 8:25AM (map)
• Powell – 8:30AM (map)
• Montgomery – 8:35AM (map)
• Embarcadero – 8:40AM (map)

See you there!

Do You Want To Pay a $5 “Radio Dispatch Fee” to Call for a Taxi Thursday-Saturday 4PM-4AM? Well, the SFMTA Does!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

[UPDATE: And cabbies, you can just forget about your proposed strike right now, as nobody takes that seriously. What would your union-type slogan be, "Every Man For Himself?" I'm telling you, MUNI is constantly hiring bus drivers, so you all should switch rides and, you know, drive a bus. And then you could, with impugnity, call your passengers r-tards or whatever you want. Hurray!]

I’ll tell you, those poor melon farmers out there in the West Bay trying to scratch a living from the infertile sandy soils of the Outer Avenues, well, not only is their MUNI bus and streetcar service bad, taxi service is bad as well.

Now, your hack might not actually want to take you to 42nd and Ortega or whatever, but s/he is required by law to take you there because, technically, the Outer Sunset in within the limits of San Francisco County.* So maybe that’s OK, but what about the times when you want to get picked up at home and you live Way Out There? Well, there’s no onus on any particular driver to come and pick you up, so that’s part of the reason why you have to wait a long, long time sometimes.

Comes now the staffers of the SFMTA with a solution:  A $5 “Peak-Time Radio Dispatch Fee,” but not just for Parksiders of the Great San Wastes and the like, it’s supposed to be for everybody calling for a cab. That means that you will owe the driver over $8 before you even get into the taxi. Hurray!

Learn all about it right here, courtesy of John Han’s Taxi Town SF.

This super-genius idea came from a study from 2007 that concluded that San Francisco ought to:

“Implement a $5 dispatch surcharge during peak periods

Implement a $2 surcharge during non-peak periods.”

This will make the hacks happy as well the hack bureaucracy. It’s a win-win, baby!

But check it, the SFMTA is, once again, working on (or at least pretending to be working on) Peak-Time Permits, which would accomplish the goals that the SFMTA says it wants to accomplish.

Sometimes, when all the buses you see are going to the wrong way, a taxi’s the only way to get to your destination in time, right?

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All the deets of all the proposed new fees:

Radio dispatch fee: $2 flat fee during nonpeak hours; $5 flat fee during peak hours

Gas surcharge fee: $0.10 per one-fifth mile, $0.10 per minute of wait time

Wait time and mileage fare: From $0.45 per one-fifth mile ($2.25/mile) to $0.55 per one-fifth mile ($2.75/mile), and $0.45 per minute ($27/hour) to $0.55 per minute ($33/hour).

And look, the SFMTA is going to have Taxi Town Hall Meetings before the big meeting on May 17th:

May 11, 2011, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meter Increase, Credit Card Fees and Passenger Information Monitors, (PIMs)

May 16, 2011, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Electronic Waybills and Peak Time Permits

2nd Floor Atrium, One South Van Ness Avenue”

See you there!

*True dat. The crime is a misdemeanor called “Failure to Convey.”

District 5 Town Hall Meeting This Thursday, Thursday, Thursday at Ham Rec with Ross Mirkarimi and Mayor Lee

Monday, April 25th, 2011

All the deets are right here in this mostly unaltered flier:

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See you there!

Oh, here we go, much better. Let’s see how this team handles the Angry Birds of the 415:

Food Truck Town Hall Today. Plus, Haterz vs. Shills, It’s YelpWar! And, Cigarettes and Chips vs. JapaCurry Truck

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Item 1: Don’t miss the big, official Mobile Food Town Hall today. The BOMA, she has the deets:

“The Mobile Food Town Hall will be held on February 25, 2011 at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Atrium Conference Room, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Click here or see our previous blog post, below, for more information.”

Will “concerns” be “addressed?” Oh hells yes! You can count on that…

Item 2:  Yelp can’t seem to be able to put down the current YelpWar taking place right here, right now. Check it:

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Now, what are the odds that three different people decided to join the Yelp all at the same time to post one-star reviews of the same old place? Pretty low, actually. Those are the haterz, they got riled up over the whole Second Street Food fight issue, one that just got picked up by the WSJ.

But what about the shills? Is it possible that someone with an ownership interest in already-poorly-rated Harvest & Rowe is posting multiple five-star reviews? (Would this be like writing an annual performance review of yourself for your boss to peruse? “I work well with others, all our great new ideas came from me…”)

Anyway, check it, a re-review from “Erin A” or somebody:

But surprisingly, the Yelp (or somebody) has already taken down the five-star re-review from earlier this month. (That’s pretty smart Yelp, if you can figure things out like that, srsly.)

Now, speaking of which, what’s up with Jose R? He just happens to loooooove the Harvest & Rowe but he’s just not into the highly-rated Mixt Greens, the hated competition of Harvest & Rowe. Isn’t that funny? These days, you just can’t tell who is behind what, huh?

Anyway, draw your own conclusions….

And Item 3: That recent bit in the Wall Street Journal quoted people from three bricks-and-mortar food purveyors on or around Second and Mission. Let’s meet them why not?

Here’s Muffins, Muffins:

The food trucks are a threat to us,” said Diane Tran, owner of Muffins, Muffins, a pastry and sandwich shop on Second Street and one of the restaurants that signed the police complaint against JapaCurry. “They park in front of us, take our customers and leave the truck running so we get the smell of gas and smoke in our shop. We wish they weren’t around here, because we don’t do well when they are.”

It’s easy to complain, huh? Point in fact, the JapaCurry truck has never parked in front of her business, seen here:

So, how can the owner of Muffins to the Second Power detect the smell of gas and smoke from one particular vehicle parked at least tens of yards away? Or maybe all that smoke is from her customers? Did she or somebody else before or does she or somebody else now want to sell cigarettes or something? Can’t quite tell:

(Hey, do you think the “E” in “E. Mar” stands for Eric? Well, it does! Hurray!)

She also sells the potato chips.

Here’s Sammy’s on Second. Do you think the owner would be able to tell if a food truck happened to be parked around the block on any particular day – do you think his sales of bags of potato chips go down due to all the potato chips that JapaCurry sells? (But JapaCurry doesn’t sell potato chips, see?)

And Tart to Tart, well that’s a chain, right? That’s a chain what sells potato chips ‘n stuff for lunch. (Is that your A-game, T to T?)

But what about all the popular places in the area? Are they whinging to the SFPD as well? Don’t know. But you’d think the more successful places might be too busy to hate ‘n stuff. I’d be curious to see a list of the aggrieved sometime.

All right, that’s it for now. Place nice and fly straight, people!

District 5 Town Hall for Public Safety Tonight at 7:00 PM – Korean Center in the Western Addition

Monday, February 7th, 2011

From SF FYI Net comes news of the big District 5 Town Hall for Public Safety tonight at the Korean Center in the Western Addition.

Deets below.

Friendship Seven shootings, 2007:

District 5 Town Hall for Public Safety

When: February 7, 2011 – Monday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Korean Center, 745 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
What: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hosts a District 5 Public Safety Town Hall Meeting. Community forum to create a safe neighborhood. The focus is on neighborhood safety and the relationships between community and City Departments:
Mayor’s Office
San Francisco District Attorney
San Francisco Police Department
Adult and Juvenile Probation
San Francisco Housing Authority
Department of Children Youth and Families
Child Protective Services
CA State Assembly-member Tom Ammiano’s Office

Information:  Ross.Mirkarimi@sfgov.org

A Crowd of 50 Shows for the First SF Parks Town Hall Meeting – Rec Centers, Income Generation and Community Engagement

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

The Neighborhood Parks Council held a Town Hall this morning at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s what one person thinks about it, anyway:

Truthisoutofstyle

The current rapid pace direction of the Rec & Park Dept. towards “self sustainability” is leading towards all properties – parks, clubhouses etc. to becoming possible if not increased revenue producers. The looming gloom scenario of next years budget “crisis” will serve as a leverage platform to initiate, promote and policy shape further commercialization, privatization, and development of community resources regardless of the ongoing needs, wishes, history or integrity of our neighborhoods. This short sighted property development approach is becoming increasingly more damaging to both the immediate and longterm quality and nature of San Francisco living and is shameful in it’s political strategic fashion to continue to pit ourselves against each other.”

And here are some more shots, from Nancy McNally – looks like District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi made the scene as well.

A record of this meeting should be up sometime, somewhere, in November and there should be coverage at Mission Local sooner than that…

Les mise-en-scene:

Meredith Thomas hosted:

To be continued

Come for the Free Arizmendi Bakery, Stay for the First SF Parks Town Hall Meeting – Saturday, Oct 30 in Golden Gate Park

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I’ve seen a lot of rules laid out for meetings at the Hall of Flowers lately, and you know, sometimes they stick and sometimes they don’t. Keep that in mind when you’re noshing on some Arizmendi at the first Neighborhood Parks Council Park Town Hall Meeting tomorrow, Saturday, October 30th from 10:00 AM to Noon near 9th and Lincoln at the Hall of Flowers.

Check it:

MEETING GROUND RULES
We treat each other with respect, even when we disagree.
We stay on topic.
We intend to develop personal relationships to enhance trust and open communication.
We value constructive feedback. We will avoid being defensive and give feedback in a constructive manner.
We emphasize open and honest communication – there are no hidden agendas.
We de-personalize discussion of issues – no attacks on people.
One person talks at a time; there are no side discussions.
We turn off cell phones.
We arrive on time.
We end on time.

That’s what’s in store for you.

Or, you can rebel, as this fellow and a couple hundred others did not too long ago at a meeting to charge auslanders admission to Strybing Arboretum. (Good times.)

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Remember, the Neighborhood Parks Counsel isn’t the Department of Rec and Park, they’re just a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rec and Park or they just act like they’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rec and Park. We’ll find out tomorrow, I s’pose.

When they go, “I’m just a facilitator,” that’s when you’ll know.

Anyway, here’s your sked for tomorrow AM:

10:00 am Welcoming Remarks from Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director
How will this meeting work and how can you make sure your thoughts are captured?
10:05 am Recreation Centers
Clubhouses, Hours of Operation, The New Staff Model, etc.
What concerns, ideas or feedback to you have about recreation centers / clubhouses?
10:30 am Income and Revenue Generation
Subleases, Vendors, Permits, Events
Do you have good ideas about events or revenue generation? Concerns or feedback?
10:55 am Outreach and Community Engagement
Notification, Interaction, Tapping Into Park Group Networks
What are the best ways for RPD to communicate with you? How can you help with
outreach for your park? What kind of outreach is needed for major park issues, such as
a renovation, or for smaller issues like a minor repair?
11:20 am Open Discussion: All Recreation & Parks Topics Open for Discussion
What else is on your mind? Do you have a suggestion for a topic to spend more time
on at the next town hall meeting?
11:50 am Closing Remarks from Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director
Noon Adjourn

See you there!

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Jesse Jackson Returns to San Francisco – To Star at “Heart of SoMA” Benefit at Terra Gallery on October 26th

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

If you pony up enough of your hard-earned for the Ham Fam Center, you’ll soon be above it all chilling with celebs up on the 53rd floor of One Rincon, gazing at Sutro Tower almost eye-to-eye.

Like this, looking westward from Floor 53, 1RC:

Or, you can skip the VIP reception and just go to the Heart of SoMA 2010 benefit for less than 100 bones, your choice.

Heart of SoMA is:

Celebrating community in San Francisco’s SoMa District with a gala evening of music, dance, art and culinary discovery. Join us for a sensational evening of music, dance and art, complimented by creative culinary offerings from SoMa’s finest restaurants. Emcee Mary Murphy of “So You Think You Can Dance” will oversee the festivities, special guest Rev. Jesse Jackson will salute the community and introduce the efforts of Hamilton Family Center, the beneficiary of the event. Acclaimed musicians and champion dancers will entertain all night long. VIP dignitaries and patrons will have an opportunity to eat, drink and mingle with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mary Murphy and other guests at a special reception on the 53rd floor of One Rincon Hill, San Francisco’s landmark residential tower from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Renowned jazz pianist Ricardo Scaleswill perform. Art Installation courtesy of ArtHaus. Heart of SoMa 2010 promises to be a memorable occasion capturing the spirit — and the heart — of San Francisco’s vibrant South of Market (SoMa) District.

 

See you there!

Heart of SoMa 2010:  fall’s premiere community event. Variety gala to feature Emcee Mary Murphy, entertainers and restaurants, as well as an appearance by Rev. Jesse Jackson — all to benefit Hamilton Family Center

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 12, 2010) – The big event happening this fall, Heart of SoMa 2010 promises to be a memorable occasion capturing the spirit – and the heart — of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhood. A sensational evening of music, dance and art, complimented by creative culinary offerings from the City’s finest restaurants, Heart of SoMa 2010 takes place Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 from 7-10 p.m., at Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St., in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) District. 

Emcee Mary Murphy of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” fame will oversee the festivities; special guest Rev. Jesse Jackson will salute the community and introduce the efforts of Hamilton Family Center, the beneficiary of the event; and, acclaimed musicians and champion dancers will entertain all night long.  Hospitality sponsors include many of San Francisco’s most acclaimed new restaurants and nightspots including: Boulevard, Prospect, Epic Roasthouse, Waterbar, Town Hall, Fifth Floor, Chez Papa Resto, Thermidor and Bar Agricole, as well as exclusive wine sponsor Vezer Family Vineyards.

“The SoMa community has really come together to put on a one-of-a-kind variety spectacular,” said Charmane Crain, concierge at One Rincon Hill and spokesperson for the San Francisco Residential Concierge Association (SFRCA), which has rallied to help organize this event. “Terra donated the space, restaurants jumped aboard and other community leaders, residents and merchants have given generously to make this happen and support a good cause.”

Heart of SoMa 2010 will raise money to benefit the Hamilton Family Center (www.HamiltonFamilyCenter.org), which has been working for 25 years to end homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the largest provider of shelter, eviction prevention assistance, rapid re-housing, youth programming, and support services for homeless families in San Francisco. 

All the deets, after the jump

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: He’s Already Accepted Ten Debate / Town Hall Invites

Monday, June 28th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide billionaires like Meg Whitman trying to buy elections, or something like that, so he’s on a tear, once again, this afternoon. Remember when Jerry Brown issued a challenge to his Republican opponent  in the 2010 gubernatorial race?

Well, it looks like he’s not waiting for her. 

via Thomas Hawk

All the deets:

Brown Accepts 10 Debate Invitations, Calls on Whitman to Meet Face-to-Face

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2010

Oakland – Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown today announced that he has accepted invitations to 10 debates or town halls around California, all sponsored by independent organizations interested in an open and honest campaign for Governor.

“We are only a few days into the general election campaign, and already our airwaves have been overrun with millions in misleading and deceptive attack ads,” Brown said. “The people of California deserve better. They deserve to see their choices for Governor stand side-by-side and honestly discuss the challenges facing our state.”

The morning after his victory in the Democratic primary, Brown proposed that he and Republican nominee Meg Whitman hold 10 joint town hall appearances around the state to discuss job creation, schools and the state’s budget mess and to answer questions from voters. Whitman refused Brown’s invitation to those jointly-planned events, but public interest groups and news organizations from around the state have stepped forward to offer the people a chance to see their candidates in person.

“Partisan bickering and attack-dog politics have created an awful mess in Sacramento, and I think Meg and I now have an opportunity to change the tenor of politics in California by conducting a responsible campaign that shows the politicians that there is a better way to do
business,” Brown said.

“Every one of these debates is hosted by a credible organization, guaranteeing a fair and open forum,” Brown continued. “There is no reason not to participate, no reason not to say what we really mean, and show the voters who we are.”

“I am calling on Meg Whitman to treat voters with the respect they deserve. It’s time to step out from behind consultant-scripted commercials full of falsehoods and distortions and debate.”

The two campaigns have received many formal requests for debates at locations around the state. Brown has agreed to ten, several others remain under active consideration. Brown accepted invitations for joint appearances from the following outlets, assuming reasonable terms that provide for open and fair discussion can be negotiated with the Republican nominee:

Faith Forum
July 31
 
CPR/KCRA/Univision/Sacramento Bee/UC Davis
September
 
CBS
TBA
 
KTVU/Chronicle/KQED
September 7
 
CalBuzz/Flash Report/Calitics/SJSU/Commonwealth Club
September 11
 
PPIC/CBA
October 5
 
Dominican University/NBC
October
 
La Opinion/KPCC
October
 
The Women’s Conference
October 26
 
ABC/League of Women Voters
TBA

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Proposes At Least Ten Town Hall Meetings with Meg Whitman

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide billionaires who try to buy elections, or something like that.

Anyway, he’s just issued a challenge* to his Republican opponent  in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

via Thomas Hawk

Here it is:

LOS ANGELES – Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown proposed today that he and Republican nominee Meg Whitman hold 10 joint town hall appearances around the state to discuss job creation, schools and the state’s budget mess and to answer questions from voters.
     “Partisan bickering and attack-dog politics have created an awful mess in Sacramento, and I think Meg and I now have an opportunity to change the tenor of politics in California by conducting a responsible campaign that shows the politicians that there is a better way to do business,” Brown told a news conference.
     “I’m inviting Meg Whitman to join with me to run a campaign that will put the focus on town halls where each of us in an unscripted manner will discuss our positions and answer questions,” Brown said.
     “Let’s tell people how we’ll manage their tax dollars, how we’ll hold down taxes, how we’ll make government work better and more efficiently, how we’ll fix our schools and how we’ll create jobs,” he added.
     Brown suggested that he and Whitman have at least 10 joint town halls and said the first should begin within several weeks.
     “We should hold them throughout the state, perhaps starting in San Diego or San Jose, and then hold sessions in Fresno, Anaheim, Oakland, Sacramento, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Francisco,” he said.  “I think we should have a variety of formats.  Some of the town halls could have a panel of reporters asking questions.  Others might have local teachers.  Some could have regular voters asking Meg and me whatever questions are on their minds.”
     Brown said the series of town halls will give the voters a “full picture” of the two candidates for governor and make TV advertising less important.
     “If I never see another political ad in my life, I’ll be happy,” he added. “And I’ll bet that most people feel the same way. The town halls will show the voters that we can act as adults and actually treat each other with respect. Meg and I may not agree on many issues, but we can at least tell the truth and explain how we would approach the job of governor.”
Brown said that the town hall meetings will allow voters to “see and hear” how the candidates intend to deal with California’s budget deficit and unemployment problem.
“We need to change the way of thinking in Sacramento and get the politicians to stop their constant partisan attacks. The politicians in Sacramento need to find some common ground, and that will be much easier if candidates conduct responsible, issue-oriented campaigns.”

*JB is unafraid to issue challenges to further his chances of becoming Your Governor Once Again. For example, just after a big-city mayor wisely declined to enter a stair-climbing contest(!) with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom last year, Jerry Brown preceded to challenge Gavin to a one-on-one IQ test. I’m seriously. Needless to say, there was no reply to that gambit, no reply at all.