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Artist unknown by me.
[UPDATE: Word on the street this Election Eve 2011 is that Secretary of State Debra Bowen is sending election monitors to town for Our Big Day tomorrow.]
Candidates Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Phil Ting, and Ed Lee took a pass on signing this particular letter, but everybody else is on-board, looks like.
(Sure is odd having the City Attorney calling in the Feds, non?)
Anyway, check it, below.
booth tent, Chinatown, San Francisco, USA – Ed Lee Gets It Done:
Here it is: USDOJ-CASOS-LETTER
“October 23, 2011
The Honorable Thomas E. Perez
Assistant Attorney General
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Attn: Civil Rights Division, Voting Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
Transmitted by fax: (202) 514-0293
The Honorable Debra Bowen
CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE
Attn: Election Fraud Investigation Unit
1500 11th Street, 5th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Transmitted by fax: (916) 653-3214
Re: Request for federal observers and election monitors in San Francisco
Dear Assistant Attorney General Perez and Secretary of State Bowen:
We write to bring to your attention news reports and accompanying videos that may indicate violations of federal and state laws intended to protect voting rights and to assure the integrity of our electoral process.
In light of published accounts in the San Francisco Chronicle* and Bay Citizen** about electioneering activities by the SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011, we request that your respective offices immediately detail federal observers and state election monitors for San Francisco’s mayoral election, which is currently underway.
According to these published accounts, these electioneering activities target Cantonese speaking voters in San Francisco, and may potentially impinge on their federally protected voting rights, and also violate provisions of the California Elections Code and other laws.
These suspect activities include the following:
• Testimony by independent witnesses that SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 staff were completing ballots for voters.
• Testimony and video evidence that SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 staff employed plastic stencils and handled absentee ballots in such a manner as to prevent voters from marking their ballots for other mayoral candidates.
• Testimony that SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 staff, as apparently ineligible third parties, received and collected into plastic bags voted ballots from voters, taking ballots into their possession.
• Testimony and video evidence that SF Neighbor Alliance for Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 staff interfered with the secrecy of voting. If true, these allegations and other conduct may violate the U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965, and California Election Code provisions pertaining to electioneering, corruption of voting, the Voter Bill of Rights, and other laws.
Given their gravity, the importance of protecting voting rights, and assuring voter confidence in our electoral processes, we believe federal observers and election monitors are immediately warranted, and that further investigation by your respective offices would be well advised.
Jeff Adachi, Public Defender
Michela Alioto-Pier, Small Businesswoman and Mother
John Avalos, Supervisor, District 11
David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors
Dennis Herrera, City Attorney
Joanna Rees, Entrepreneur/Educator
Leland Yee, State Senator
cc: U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón
*“Witnesses: Ed Lee supporters mark others’ ballots” by John Coté, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 21, 2011, http://bit.ly/o3rB9C; and “Ed Lee backers said to fill in ballots for others” by John Coté, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 22, 2011, http://bit.ly/mPvarB
**“More Fraud Accusations for Lee Supporters” by Gerry Shih, Bay Citizen, Oct. 22, 2011, http://www.baycitizen.org/sf-mayoral-race/story/mayor-ed-lees-campaign-supporters-1/”
Nine years and something months later, the SFPD makes an arrest:
“SFPD ARREST SUSPECT IN 10 YEAR OLD BRUTAL COLD CASE SEXUAL ASSAULT
11-103 Posted Date: 9/27/2011
The San Francisco Police Department’s Sex Crimes Detail Cold Case Unit made an arrest in a 10 year old sexual assault case. The incident occurred on November 6, 2001 in San Francisco, CA and the suspect was arrested on September 26, 2011 in San Jose, CA. The victim in this incident was offered a ride from the Mission District to her home. The three suspects then drove with the victim to Golden Gate Park and parked their car in an isolated dark area of the park were they sexually assaulted and robbed her. The victim was then ordered out of the suspect vehicle and had to flag down a passing motorist for assistance.
Due to the diligent work of the Sex Crimes Unit and Violence Reduction Team, in addition to the advent in today’s technology, the San Francisco Police Department was able to identify the suspect as Vinh Q. Chung, Vietnamese, Male, 10/26/1981. Chung was taken into custody at his home by members of the San Francisco Police Department’s Violent Reduction Team. He is currently being held at the County Jail in lieu of 5 million dollars bail.”
How about that?
“Update on Officer Involved Shooting: GSR found on suspect’s hand
Posted Date: 7/19/2011
As stated by Chief Suhr during Monday’s press conference, information pertaining to the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, July 16, 2011 would be released as it becomes available.
Results from the analysis of evidence collected from the hands of Kenneth Harding revealed that GSR (gunshot residue) was present on Harding’s right hand. The presence of gunshot residue on Harding’s right hand supports statements from witnesses that Harding held the gun in his right hand as he fired at the police officers.
The presence of GSR on an individual’s hands indicates that either: the individual fired a gun, the individual was in close proximity to a gun as it was discharged or that the individual touched a gun or other object with GSR on its surface and particles were transferred to his/her hands.
No GSR was detected on Harding’s left hand.”
Here it is:
“Community Meeting this Wednesday, 7/20 at 6:00pm at the Bayview Opera House (3rd Street at Oakdale Ave.). Please join us to discuss the recent shooting. Questions? Call (415) 554-7670.”
And here’s the SFPD invite for the same event:
Police Chief Greg Suhr will conduct a community meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at The Bayview Opera House, 4075 Third Street, at 6:00pm. The meeting will focus on the recent officer involved shooting at Third Street and Palou Avenue.
For further information please contact the San Francisco Police Department Community Relations Unit by calling 415-734-3280, or emailing the unit at
Oh, and here’s the latest protest, skedded for July 19th, 2011 at Dolores Park:
|Title:||RAGE IN THE STREETS: Cops Kill Again!|
|START DATE:||Tuesday July 19|
|TIME:||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM|
|Dolores Park, 19th and Dolores, San Francisco|
I know where you’ll be this coming Wednesday after work – you’ll be at the San Francisco Neighborhood Summit near Sixth and Folsom, natch.
And you know who else will be there? Numerous members of the San Francisco Entertainment Commish, plus that dude what’s from the SFPD Alcohol Liaison Unit, plus a Sound Technician, plus NAYYYYYYbor “Advocates.”
So let’s see here, we’re going to have The City, the SFPD, a sound guy, and officially-designated NIMBYs all meeting South of Market just a few weeks after the Slim’s Nightclub / Jeanmarie Guenot / Other NIMBYs* L’affaire Du 2011. Gee, I’m thinking that the topic of the ABC’s recent action against Slim’s just might come up.
All the deets, below.
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When: April 6, 2011 – Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Gene Friend Community Center Auditorium, 270 Sixth Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Entertainment Commission in partnership with the San Francisco Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services invite you to the San Francisco Neighborhood Summit. Organized to nurture relationships between the SF Entertainment Commission, City Departments, community leaders and neighbor advocates. Meet, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration to foster healthy, safe and vibrant neighborhoods in San Francisco
Speaker’s Panel Inspector Dave Falzon - Alcohol Liaison Unit, San Francisco Police Department Vajra Granelli – Sound Technician, SF Entertainment Commission Audrey Joseph – Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission Jocelyn Kane (moderator) Executive Director, Entertainment Commission Kirsten Macaulay, Neighborhood Liaison, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Service Cmdr. Greg McEachern, Entertainment Liaison, SF Police Department Jim Meko, Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission Edgar Oropeza, SF Planning Department Al Perez, Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission
Price: Free – open to the public
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org “
See you there!
*Leave us not forget the other NIMBYs of SoMA, of course.
“NIMBY People are easily startled but they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers…”
Unit 1502 at the Ritz-Carlton Residences on Market Street could be yours if you win the live Internet auction coming up on December 10th, 2010. That’ll be just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day!
But check it:
“Given that this is a bank-owned condominium, the commitment to sell is evident.”
Seems like the seller couldn’t be any more motervated, huh?
Just think, this could be yours for a million bucks or so:
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All the deets:
Bank-Owned Ritz-Carlton® Condominium in San Francisco, California to Be Sold at Auction By Concierge Auctions
Live auction of luxurious downtown condo to take place on December 10
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2010 — A bank-owned condominium, located within the luxurious Ritz-Carlton® Residences on historic Market Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco, will be sold during a live auction on December 10, Concierge Auctions has announced. Originally listed for $1,274,490, there is no minimum bid required to participate. The sale is being conducted in cooperation with listing broker Jeffry Peargin of Pacific Union International, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates.
“I’m excited to be working alongside Concierge Auctions,” stated Peargin. “Given that this is a bank-owned condominium, the commitment to sell is evident. With the highest-caliber amenities of the Ritz-Carlton® and immediate access to world-class museums, upscale shopping, and gourmet restaurants, we’re confident we will find the ideal owner for this gorgeous residence.”
Unit 1502 within the Ritz-Carlton® Residences is a 1,195-square-foot, classic luxury condominium boasting two opposing master suites with unparalleled views of downtown San Francisco. The property contains two and a half bathrooms with modern luxury finishes throughout, including wall-to-wall carpet in the bedrooms, polished hardwood flooring in the living areas, Italian-marble flooring and hand-hewn tiles in the kitchen and baths, and double-paned windows for sound minimization. An open gourmet chef’s kitchen includes top-of-the-line amenities – Kohler fixtures, granite countertops, a Viking refrigerator and Miele dishwasher. Each bathroom also has Kohler fixtures, and the convenient laundry closet is outfitted with a GE washer and dryer.
Constructed more than a century ago by Chicago architects Daniel Burnham and John Root as the original Chronicle Building, the West Coast’s first skyscraper, this historic structure eventually transformed into The Ritz-Carlton® Club and Residences, San Francisco. Owners of the 101 individual residences enjoy access to unrivaled services and amenities, including private lounge access, wine storage, valet parking, a fitness center and full service doorman. The Ritz-Carlton® Residences are perfectly situated in the heart of San Francisco among some of the most prestigious addresses in the world, steps from significant locations including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Jewish Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Giants ballpark. The Ritz-Carlton® Club is mere blocks from the Powell Street cable car turn-around and is only 20 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport; 30 minutes from the Oakland International Airport; 25 minutes from Sausalito and Berkeley; and one hour from Napa and Sonoma.
“At Concierge Auctions we are specific about the properties we represent,” stated George Graham, CEO of Concierge Auctions. “Our success is predicated upon partnering with the most premier luxury product, and it doesn’t get any more exclusive than the Ritz-Carlton® Residences. The new owner will name their price amongst other bidders during a live auction in an open, transparent forum, and in less than thirty days will be enjoying the utmost in luxury and amenities on one of our nation’s most sought-after cities.”
The live auction of Unit 1502 within the Ritz-Carlton® Residences, San Francisco will be held on December 10. No minimum bid is required to participate. A 2.5-percent commission is offered to the buyer’s broker. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. The property is open for preview daily by appointment from 1 to 4pm. To schedule a preview, call 877-214-3785. For more information, visit www.SanFranRitzAuction.com.
About Concierge Auctions: Concierge Auctions is the preeminent luxury real estate auction firm serving high-end sellers nationwide through an accelerated marketing process that obtains fair market value for high-end properties in a 60-day timeframe. As a preferred auction partner to Sotheby’s International Realty® and other luxury brokerage firms nationwide, the company has executed auctions from New York to Hawaii and hosts a database that includes more than 100,000 luxury real estate buyers and agents from all 50 states and 38 countries and territories. The principals of Concierge Auctions have been involved in the transfer of more than $2 billion in luxury real estate sales over the past 10 years. For more information, call 888-966-4759 or visit www.ConciergeAuctions.com.
See this Tactical Ice Cream Unit (TICU) Truck? It was parked out in front of last year’s Anarchist Book Fair in Golden Gate Park. Now, some people like Bay Area local Aaron Gach and his crazy vehicle but others do not, notably Lee Kaplan, an “undercover investigative journalist” and contributor to FrontPage Magazine. (Lee is all worried that the Hallmark greeting card fortune is paying for these shenanigans.)
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SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park
9th Avenue & Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA
The event is free – presented by Bound Together Anarchist Collective Bookstore
Art Show: Make a change? Spare some change? Spare change we can believe in! (If you would like information about the art show or want to be part of it contact email@example.com or call 415 240-5591 )
Bicycle valet parking at the fair provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Partial List of Speakers for 2009 Fair: Judith Levine, Bruce Anderson, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Barry Patemen, Matilda Berstein, Cheb i Sabba, Andrej Grubajic, Victoria Law, Diane DiPrima, Stevphen Shukaitis, Richard Kempton, Jen Angel, James Tracy, Diana Block, Crudo, Cris Carlson, Summer Brenner, Robert Ovetz, Osha Neumann, Clif Ross, and many others, including panel discussions, Native American Perspectives on the State and Sex Workers, Surviving the Economic Meltdown, plus film screenings & more.
Bios and descriptions are posted on the Schedule page.
In the main hall about 60 vendors (booksellers, distributors, independent presses and political groups, from the local area, the west coast and North America) will be displaying books, pamphlets, zines, t-shirts and other merchandise and information. Speakers and panels will be featured in the auditorium, including showings of short films, with a workshop in the cafe area. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair has become one of the largest annual gatherings of anarchists and radical booksellers in the world. As always, everyone is welcome, from long-time anarchists to the merely curious!