Posts Tagged ‘vote’

Presenting the “Don’t Vote 4 Ed Lee” Buick – RCV and the Mayor’s Race

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

What needs to happen for the 16-year Willie Brown administration to end is to have three name-brand challengers get together and say:

“Vote for us three and not for Ed Lee” 

Thusly:

As seen in front of SFMTA “Customer Service” – via DavidCruiseSF- click to expand

Otherwise, you’re not even trying…

“CTIA -The Wireless Association” Explains Why Its Suing Us Over Gavin Newsom’s “Cell Phone Right-to-Know” Ordinance

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Well, after saying it was going to do so, the cell phone industry is actually suing us.

All the deets are below.

The friendly face of the Cellular Telephone Industries Association, aka CITA, The Wireless Association. This fellow has a big beef with our little town.

CITA Vice President of Public Affairs John Walls

“CTIA-The Wireless Association® Files Challenge to San Francisco’s “Cell Phone Right-to-Know” Ordinance

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2011 – Today, CTIA-The Wireless Association® asked a federal court to block the enforcement of San Francisco’s “Cell Phone Right-to-Know” ordinance. CTIA’s challenge argues that the Ordinance is barred under the First Amendment and conflicts with federal law governing the safety of wireless devices.

As CTIA explains in its motion, the Ordinance requires retailers to distribute misleading statements and graphics that send the false message that cell phones approved by the FCC are not safe. In fact, the FCC limits radiofrequency emissions from cell phones to ensure that phones sold in the U.S. emit RF energy far below levels shown in scientific testing to have any adverse health effects. The FCC’s standard includes a wide margin of safety for all users. Last year the FDA categorically concluded that there is “No Evidence Linking Cell Phone Use to Risk of Brain Tumors,” and earlier this year the Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, said that he was “confident that [the FCC's] standards are protecting the health of people.”

CTIA-The Wireless Association Vice President of Public Affairs John Walls released the following statement:

“The materials the City would require be posted and handed out at retail stores are both alarmist and false. The FCC and FDA have repeatedly found that cell phone use does not pose a danger to human health. The Ordinance recommends such things as turning the phone off when not in use, a suggestion that would render critical emergency communications unavailable to San Francisco residents.”

More deets after the jump

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FratDudeLG Hearts Joanna Rees: Securing the “Bro” Vote in the Election for San Francisco Mayor

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Let’s check in with “FratDudeLG

“Hella!, vote Reese! “@JoannaRees: At the Castro Street Fair #SFMayor #joinjoanna http://yfrog.com/nujfmtj

Via JoannaRees

Winning over the voters, one bro at a time…

Senator Leland Yee Throws Down: Beseeches Jerry Brown to Sign SB 397 Online Voter Registration Bill

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Here was the scene down at the State Building this morning.

See, it’s Senator Leland Yee, PhD, telling one and all the virtues of online voter reg.

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Like, 11 other states allow voters to register online, so why can’t California?

All the deets:

“Governor Urged to Sign Online Voter Registration Bill - Senator Yee, San Mateo Elections Chief, Common Cause, Students push bill to bring California voter registration system into the 21st Century

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was joined by San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church as well several organizations to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would allow citizens to register to vote via the internet.

Several other states already offer online registration, yet California has lagged behind awaiting implementation of the statewide online database system known as VoteCal, which has been delayed until at least 2015 and probably later.

“In the 21st century, especially here in California, it is long overdue to have online voter registration,” said Yee. “SB 397 will not only help protect the integrity of the vote, but will allow many more individuals the opportunity to register and participate in our democracy.”

Yee was joined at a press conference in San Francisco by Common Cause, SEIU, League of Women Voters, Californians for Electoral Reform, and the University of California Students Association, to highlight the major provisions of the bill including provisions that place greater safeguards to fraud than the current paper registration process.

Under SB 397, citizens would input their voter information online and the county elections office would use the voter’s signature from the Department of Motor Vehicles to verify authenticity. That signature could be matched against the voter’s signature at the polling place. Currently, signatures at the polling place are only compared to the paper registration signature, which potentially allows for greater occurrences of fraud.

SB 397 would also minimize the practice of individuals being paid to collect voter registration cards and instead sending in fake names in order to fulfill a quota or to make more money.

County elections officers are also hailing the bill as a potential cost-savings and a way of eliminating administrative errors from incorrect data entry of the paper registration. By using online registration, the voter would enter their own information helping to eliminate spelling errors or an election office being unable to read the paper registration. The new system will also save time and money on data entry by election clerks.

“This law will increase voter registration, increase the accuracy of the registration information, and reduce election costs,” said Church. “Everyone wins.”

In Arizona, implementation of online voter registration saw a decrease of up to 83 cents per a registration for some counties. Mariposa County – the largest election jurisdiction in Arizona – has saved over $1 million since implementing online registration 5 years ago.

“With the passage of Senator Yee’s online voter registration bill, we can finally move California’s voter registration system into the 21st century,” said Kathay Feng, Executive Director for California Common Cause.

The Governor has until October 9 to sign or veto the measure.”

You Have a Spare $500, Right? Spend It Tonight on Mayor Ed Lee – It’s a Mid-Market Penthouse Party!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Remember that Mid-Market area what was purportedly destroyed by the “Twitter Tax,” you know, that “job killer” that was signed into law by former Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004?

Well here’s your chance to check it out without getting shot:*

Hurray!

Be careful of what’s on the sidewalks as you carry your checks through the Mid Market, you know, for “access.” Because you might have to step over a little corruption:

Prospective Twitter Landlord Gave Newsom Rent Deal - City is now offering social media giant a tax freeze to move into historic SF Mart building

Oh well.

*Look for the SFPD to be all over the place tonight, just saying.

It’s So Beautiful: Take a Look at Our New “City Target” Target Store Going in at Geary and Masonic – Rubber Stamp Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

[Oh, SocketSite is, once again, all over this sitch.]

It’s happening, man. It’s finally happening!

Down at the Planning Department, they’re inking up the rubber “APPROVED” stamp for our new Target Store up at Geary and Masonic.

Here’s item 12 for tomorrow’s meeting:

Planning Commission Hearing

Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 12:00pm @ City Hall, Commission Chambers

2675 GEARY BOULEVARD - southeast corner at Masonic Avenue (aka the City Center); Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 1094  -  Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow a “formula retail use” (d.b.a. Target) and a use size up to 120,000 square feet pursuant to Sections 121.2, 121.6, 303(c), 303(i), 703.4 and 712.21 of the Planning Code, in the NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and the 40-X/80-D Height and Bulk Districts.“12. 2010.0623C  (M. WOODS)

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions”

Click the link – it’s an 11MB pdf of all the latest plans, loaded with illustrations and whatnot.

Like this:

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Isn’t it beautiful?

You’ve come a long way, baby!

Bon Courage, Tar-GHEY de Ville!

“PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The project sponsor proposes to convert vacant retail space (formerly “The Good Guys” and “Mervyns”)
in the City Center shopping mall to a general merchandise retail store (d.b.a. “Target”) offering clothing,
personal accessories, household goods, including home furnishings, electronics and groceries, which is a
“formula retail use” as defined in Planning Code Section 703.3. The proposed project, occupying the
former Mervyns and Good Guys stores, will consist of approximately 106,000 square feet of retail space,
with a potential to add an additional 14,000 square feet if vacant space becomes available within the
shopping center, for a project total of approximately 120,000 square feet. The proposal involves interior
remodeling work as well as exterior improvements including signage, which would require the creation
of a Special Sign District. (The Planning Code text amendment for the “City Center Special Sign District”
under Case No. 2011.0656T will be heard concurrently with the Conditional Use request.) The existing
City Center shopping center has approximately 601 off-street parking spaces and five loading spaces; no
additional parking or loading spaces are required or proposed. Pedestrian entrances to the project are
accessible from Geary Boulevard, Masonic Avenue and O’Farrell Street while vehicular accesses are
provided on Masonic Avenue and O’Farrell Street.”

Hanging Out on the Roof of Our Shut-Down Mervyn’s, That Brokedown Palace – When Oh When Will Our Target Store Come?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

As they said back when FaceBook was popular, back when FB was the New Thang:

Yes! San Francisco Needs a Target!

Until we get a store open in there, feel free to hang out on the roof and groove on the gigantic blue mervyn’s sign whilst taking in the views:

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See you there!

Via SocketSite: Request for Authorization for a Target Store at Geary and Masonic to Hit Planning Department Next Week

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Finally, news  of some movement on the resuscitation of Mervyns Heights, from the SocketSite.

That’s right, next week Target will officially request authorization to build a urbanified store at the corner of Geary and Masonic at the site of our defunct Mervyns, that brokedown palace.

Hurray!

Charlize Theron, if she ever gave consideration to the Godforsaken windswept hills of the Western Addition, would approve, I’m sure: 

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Will this empty hulk be filled with stuff from Tar-ghey by Spring, 2012?

Look at all these Target boosters. There were some NIMBYs on hand at this community meeting last year, you know, to speak out, but they kept their big traps shut in the face of overwhelming support for the Target store:

One of the audience members at that time was “…surprised to see the crowd’s support of the project given that ‘all you hear in the media’ is that San Francisco is ‘anti-chain.‘”

X, sort of, marks the spot. To the northwest is the relatively new Masonic Trader Joes. See it?

Don’t count on the windmills though. (They’re what you call chimerical.)

Now, would Megan Fox chop up a NoPA NIMBY and stuff him in a desk if it would help speed this project along?

Hell yes!

Does San Francisco support its two new Target stores?

Via Laughing Squid

Hurray!

It’s happening, man. It’s finally happening…

“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). 

Impressions, Strybing: There’s a Riot of Color Going On in Golden Gate Park These Days, For Those Who Break the Boycott

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

This is what you can see inside Strybing Arboretum this time of year:

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And outside, what you’ll see are a bunch of tourists debating the merits of paying $28 or whatever to enter the gates. Usually, they walk off dejectedly.

Oh well.