Posts Tagged ‘travel’

UC Hastings Throws Down: Defeats Christian Legal Society in U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Remember that whole thing with U.C. Hastings (the largest and oldest law school in the West) getting into it with the Christian Legal Society? Well, it’s over, with Hastings winning in a 5-4 decision.

(That means that there will be one less thing for incoming Dean Frank H. Wu to worry about when he takes over on July 1.)

Get all the deets, here and below, and see what the CLS has to say, after the jump, and oh, here’s a nice take already from fast-working Bob Egelko.

The flag of Victory, or something, flying above The Tower at 100 McAllister:

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms UC Hastings’ Policy in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, et al. Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, et al., signifying an important win in the country’s highest court for the College’s policy on recognition of student organizations and for higher education generally.

In the ruling authored by Justice Ginsburg, the decision stated: “Compliance with Hastings’ all-comers policy, we conclude, is a reasonable, viewpoint-neutral condition on access to the student-organization forum.”

“We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision.  The College’s intent has always been to ensure the leadership, educational and social opportunities afforded by officially recognized student organizations are available to all students attending public institutions.  The Court’s ruling validates our policy, which is rooted in equity and fairness,” said Leo Martinez, Acting Chancellor and Dean, Hastings College of the Law.  

Justice Ginsburg delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justices Stevens, Kennedy, Breyer and Sotomayor joined.  Justices Stevens and Kennedy joined the majority opinion in full and filed concurring opinions.  Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion in which Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia and Thomas joined.  

COURT’S DECISION:        Available at http://www.supremecourt.gov/

BRIEFS:        Available at http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/briefs/april2010.shtml

As promised, the Christians Speak, after the jump.

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San Francisco’s Official 2010 Chinese Junket “Gift of Travel” Disclosure in PDF

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

As promised, here it is:

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That should answer any question that you might have about what to give the millionaire who already has everything. Give him/her the “Gift of Travel.”

You should do that particularly if you’re trying to profit off of the two-decade delay in fixing damage to the Bay Bridge from the Loma Prieta earthquake.

Oh well.

Northern California is Now Bereft of Revolving Restaurants – Let’s Get the Equinox Spinning Again!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

What’s up with the former Equinox Restaurant way up high down at the foot of Market Street? It don’t revolve no mo. What’s the deal? Does it need a new motor? Cause my stepbrother is parting out a Subaru -  he has a flat four boxer with a recent rebuild that could totally be used to spin that place like a record, baby.

I believe that this City should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a diner on the revolving restaurant known as Equinox, spinning him as he dines, and returning him safely to the Earth.

Now don’t talk to me about how it’s never gonna revolve ’cause the Hyatt Regency people are dead-set on continuing with their “sorry hemispheres” concept. What do the rich people do up there anyway in the Regency Club Lounge? They sure as heck don’t revolve – seems a waste, doesn’t it? What the richers do up there is watch cable TV without being disturbed by the hoi polloi, such as yourself.

See the idiot box flickering away up in there? That’s what they’re doing with the Big E these days:

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This boxy turntable was perched atop Embarcadero Five for one reason, and only one reason: to separate tourists from their money by serving them bad food with a nice view. And it was available to all comers - as long as you had $30 for rubbery chicken, you were welcome to take a ride.

Those were the days.

We should fix up the motor, lube the spindle, and get her turning again - we could re-open the Equinox in time for NewYear’s Eve, December 31st, 2009.

Then we’d party like it’s 1999. (Will Smith rapped a Rock the Casbah cover? Wow.)

We choose to go to the Equinox. We choose to go to the Equinox in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

Evict the Richers, Free the ‘Nox!

NorCal’s Only Revolving Restaurant Doesn’t Revolve Anymore?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Well here it is, atop the “brutal“ concrete Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel at 5 Embarcadero - the former Equinox revolving restaurant. But it closed down a few years back, never to revolve again. Oh well.

Back in the day, it was the thang. Check out a major Warner release from 1979 on the YouTube: Time After Time. It’s a time travel epic involving a hungry (try not to yell out “check please!” at 3:45) Mary Steenburgen and saucy Jack the Ripper. See how the place rotated?

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These days, this rooftop locale has become the non revolving Regency Club Lounge or Regency Club, or Regency Club Floor and Lounge, something like that. The whole shebang is divided into four hemispheres, so now there are areas dedicated to “dining, business, entertainment and relaxation.”    

But this “hotel within a hotel” is reserved only for the upper crust of hotel guests.

Check it out, if you can.