They used to hang out on Market near 7th, but now they’ve been pushed north, closer to the Tenderloin Crime Containment Zone:
This is what happens when you give food to a food bank.
The 13th United Nations Association Film Festival is coming to town Wednesday night – tickets are just $10, if you can get them.
All the deets:
13TH UNAFF CELEBRATES 60 FILMS FROM 60 COUNTRIES
Palo Alto, CA—After a very successful opening night, the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) continues its 13th year program with an inspired array of documentaries from around the globe with more timely stories than ever in line with this year’s theme, POPULATION – MIGRATION – GLOBALIZATION. Highly anticipated by its loyal and passionate audiences, championed by civic and community leaders and voted by MovieMaker Magazine as “one of the 25 Film Festivals worth the entry fee,” UNAFF is one of the most important events on the Bay Area’s cultural calendar and an important stop on the festival circuit. In addition, it is one of the oldest purely documentary film festivals in the US.
VARIETY SCREENING ROOM
Sponsored by Rotary Club San Francisco and by La Mediterranee
4:00 PM STRANGE BIRDS IN PARADISE – A WEST PAPUAN STORY
(Australia/West Papua, Indonesia)
5:25 PM KITES (Afghanistan/Poland)
6:45 PM Panel “Images that Provoke”
co-presented with Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and Afghan Coalition
Full sched, after the jump
San Francisco Supervisor for District One Eric Mar just got the boot from the offices of Littler Mendelson (can guess their nickname*) at 650 California this morning. Why? Something to do with one of the firm’s lawyers attending the International Labor Organization’s 99th Annual Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
See it for yourself here at the IndyBay:
It looked like this:
“Shame on Kloosterman! Shame on Kloosterman!”
All the deets:
Police Remove Domestic Workers and Elected Officials from San Francisco Law Firm
Employer Representative Refuses to meet with Supervisors and Workers
*”Hitler Mendelson,” natch.
It would have been hard to miss a giant twirlypopper like this twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift Boeing-Vertol CH-47 Chinook (I’ll say it’s a CH-47D, just because) over Civic Center’s United Nations Plaza yesterday. Mmmm. And, it’s not alone up there – there are other military birds above us as well these days.
What does the military need to lift in San Francisco? Are there any bases around here anymore?
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Or maybe it’s just another military joyride above the 415?
Hard to say.
The people from UNICEF’s Tap Project were getting the word out yesterday at the hideous Vaillancourt Fountain (aka Québec libre!) yesterday in Justin Herman Plaza. (Tap water is just fine in San Francisco, you know – bottled water isn’t necessary or anything.)
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Sadly, no quarters could be seen on this day:
Oops, time to go. She’ll be back soon though.
See a list of participating restaurants after the jump.
The United Nations Association of San Francisco celebrated the sixty-third anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations and the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last night at the aptly-named Green Room of the historic War Memorial Veterans Building in the Civic Center. (Or Civic Centre if you’d prefer [Crazy U.N.-English mode: ON].)
The reception honoured Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor and National Advocate of the United Nations Foundation, speaking on Human Rights—the Possible Dream.
Kimberly Weichel, President of the United Nations Associations of San Francisco and Marin, looked on last night as Mark Chandler, Director of the Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce (MOITC) addressed the crowd. Click to expand.
It was a lovely affair.
Learn more about the UNA-SF here and United Nations Association of the United States of America here.
Co-Sponsors and Donors:
The United Nations Foundation
United Nations Association, Marin County Chapter
United Nations Association, Northern California Division
United Nations Association of San Francisco
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Draper III
Participant Media, producer of “The Visitor”
The Skoll Foundation
San Francisco City College
Protocol Professionals, Inc.
M. Christine Torrington, Photography
Institute of International Education, West Coast
Rotary Club of San Francisco
San Francisco Linens
World Affairs Council of Northern California
Gavin Newsom, America’s “most stylin'” mayor, has deservedly gotten lots of national attention for leading the charge against the bottled water industry. Take a look here at a scene from last month in San Francisco – he was somewhere inside this scrum of media and tap water fans. He’s got a tiger by the tail with this popular issue, much to the chagrin of industry giants Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle.
But what started this campaign? It was a conversation a while back the mayor had about his possession of some bottles of Fiji Water. Somebody pointed out a few things about the pros and cons (mostly the cons) of shipping drinking water from the South Pacific to San Francisco. The result is that he is an international leader on this issue.
Fair enough. But now it appears that Fiji Water is leading the campaign FOR bottle water. They’re attacking the anti-bottled water movement at an RSS 2.0-enabled website called FijiGreen. (They’ve just boosted the ad budget so you might be hearing more from them soon.)
First of all: FijiGreen!?! WTF? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
Having dispensed with that, check out this blog entry written by “Fiji Green Gal” where she attempts to debunk the “food miles” myth. As you can see, she’s got her hands full when she doggedly replies to commenters.
You’re on your own after that. It’s up to you to make your own decision about how some people in the Republic of the Fiji Islands might benefit from Fiji Water bottling, about how some chefs just seem to love the stuff, about how they have an SVP working on these issues, etc. You might end up with a nuanced view or you might get so interested you’ll take the TreeHugger Survey.
Add it all up and see how all this compares with turning on the faucet when you’re thirsty or bottling your own tap water for those times when you’re on the go.
This recent detention of a couple people who obviously had some kind of altercation in San Francisco’s U.N. Plaza attracted attention from hundreds of onlookers. Both detainees had blood visible on them. One of them took an argumentative approach (“yes, I have paraphanalia, but I don’t have any drugs on me”) while the other kept quiet.
What happened? Who was at fault for attempted robbery or whatever? Impossible to tell.
On it goes…
Part of this crowd, a large crowd actually, at the San Francisco Ferry Building yesterday was there to get their very own free stainless steel vacuum flask to carry around tap water as an alternative to buying water in plastic bottles.
These were handed out for free:
Doesn’t everyone heart S.F.? How about the tap water you get in S.F. and some sourrounding areas? It comes from the Yosemite area, takes a rest around here, and then comes into your kitchen. It’s the best tap water in the world. So what’s wrong with drinking it instead of Dasani or Aquafina or whatever?
In 2008, attention turns to restaurants routinely offering bottled water to patrons. It didn’t used to be this way, but nowadays it’s the first choice you have to make at some joints and some diners might feel that they’re being a bit cheap if they don’t spring for the spring water. What the Mayor is doing is using a little moral suasion to affect public behavior for the greater good. It’s not really “greenwashing,” actually. What it is is a perfectly appropriate use of the bully pulpit, as it doesn’t force anybody to do anything and it doesn’t cost the taxpayers any substantial amount of money.
Of course the bottled water industry thinks yesterday’s effort smacks of totalitarianism.
Stainless steel bottles are available while supplies last at SFPUC Customer Service at 1155 Market Street near Civic Center. Take a pledge to stop buying plastic bottles of water and you can get a nice metal bottle as well. Just drop on by. Who knows, you might get lucky.