Posts Tagged ‘voting’

San Francisco’s Appointed Mayor Ed Lee Talks About Raising the Minimum Wage, But Election Day Poll Workers Make Less Than That – Why?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

All right, c’mon, “Apply to be a Poll Worker!

Attend one training class that will clearly explain Poll Worker duties.”

“All Poll Workers must arrive at the polling place no later than 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. Although the polls officially close at 8:00 p.m., Election Day does not end until all materials have been picked up (usually around 9:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.). There will be meal breaks during the day. 

So let’s do the math:

Training in Civic Center before the election: 3 hours or so.

Game Day: 15.5 hours, less breaks = 8 hours straight time and let’s say 6.5 hours of OT at time-and-a-half

So what’s that, 3+8+6.5+3.25 = 20.75 effective hours of work?

Multiplying by the official City and County minimum wage of $10.74 yields $222.86 total pay.

And using the vaunted $15 per hour minimum promised by quasi-governmental spokesperson and noted Berkeleyite Randy Shaw, we arrive at $311.25.

And what is appointed Mayor Ed Lee offering these poor souls? Well apparently no pay at all for the mandatory training, and then:

“Depending on your assignment, Poll Workers are paid between $142 and $195  for working on Election Day.”

Is this a joke, you ask?

No, Gentle Reader, it’s not. They’re srsly.

I cry foul.

In any event, if you’re an inspector you can make  a bit more, but then you gotta deal with high school seniors with their Katy Perry and cell phones and whathaveyou. They’re intelligent, you know, but lazy. And if their work doesn’t add up the way it should shortly after 8 PM, well that’s tough cookies – you’ll hear the beep beeps from the waiting cars and then the kids are gone and you, the vaunted elections inspector, will be left to fix things up.

Anyway, you get something like this for your troubles …

…but you won’t get minimum wage.

Now why is that?

San Francisco Requires Employers to Pay Minimum Wage and Overtime But It It Itself Doesn’t Pay Election Workers Minimum Wage

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Yeah, I’m thinking that what our Department of Elections pays workers on election day is enough for about 11.5 hours, considering San Francisco’s $10.55 minimum wage and CA’s overtime laws. And yet workers need to labor something like 15 hours on Election Day.

I cry foul.

Check it:

“Poll Workers Are Needed for the November 5 Municipal Election

Posted Date:9/25/2013 8:30 AM
Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

SAN FRANCISCO, September 25, 2013 – The Department of Elections is currently seeking poll workers for the upcoming November 5 Municipal Election.

It takes more than 2,500 poll workers to conduct an election. Poll workers operate polling places on Election Day and assist voters in many parts of the voting process. Some poll workers have volunteered during every election for decades. Poll workers include high school students learning on-the-job civics lessons, retirees, and hundreds of people who take a day off from their regular lives to be of service to San Francisco voters.

Poll workers attend a training class prior to the election, in which all duties are explained in detail. Lead poll workers must also pick up materials before Election Day and transport them to their assigned polling place on the morning of the election.

Applicants must be United States citizens, age 18 or older, and registered to vote in California. All positions are one-day assignments and pay between $132- $190.

Individuals interested in serving as poll workers must apply in person at the Poll Worker Hiring Office, which is open every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting on September 27 and is located at the Department of Elections at City Hall.

For further information, visit sfelections.org/pollworker or call the Department of Elections’ Poll Worker Division at (415) 554-4395.”

Or maybe I’m missing something?

How Can I Oppose Republican Billionaire Ron Conway’s Choice for D5 Supervisor If His Money is Supporting So Many Candidates?

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Tell me, is there a viable candidate for District Five Supervisor who isn’t being supported by Republican billionaire Ron Conway?

Now isn’t this one of RC’s bullshit Republican PAC’s?

I certainly think so.

So what’s up with this?

And this?

Now, here’s the latest on RC, from writer Gerry Shih.

(And actually, that bit should serve as a guide for kiss-ass “access writer” David Talbot.)

So I guess I’m left with John Rizzo?

I mean throw me a bone here, people. How many defective, DNQ’ed leading candidates can one supervisory race support?

I’m going to have to ponder this one…

We’ve Had Height Limits Near the Waterfront for 50 Years So That Rose Pak Could Come Along to Benefit from 8 Washington?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Apparently.

Notice that the tall buildings have been kept away from the waterfront going way back before the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

Part of a photo as seen at a local McDonalds:

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So just as the long-gone Embarcadero Freeway (see it?) is connected with the Bridge-to-Nowhere, Big Dig Central Subway, the “wired8 Washington project is connected with the Chinatown voting stencils effort recently exerted to elect Accidental Mayor Ed Lee.

On it goes.

Uh Oh: Adachi, Alioto-Pier, Avalos, Chiu, Herrera, Rees, and Yee Call for Election Monitors – Improper Votes for Ed Lee

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

[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.

Open-air voting booth tent, Chinatown, San Francisco, USA – Ed Lee Gets It Done:

Adithya Sambamurthy, The Bay Citizen

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.

Sincerely,

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/”

Monday, October 24th, 2011, is the Last Day to Register to Vote for the November 8 Election in San Francisco

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Get all the deets below.

(Now hey, I’m a little slow here, but tell me, how on Earth is it legal for San Francisco to pay election workers less than minimum wage on Election Day? I gots to know.)

The toughest job you’ll never love:

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“Monday, October 24 Is the Last Day to Register to Vote

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, October 18, 2011 – Monday is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming November 8 Consolidated Municipal Election. To facilitate registration up to the deadline, the Department of Elections will be accepting registration forms until 8 p.m. on Monday.

Ways to register to vote for this election:

· Download, complete, and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/
· Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, many City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

· Come to the Department of Elections on the ground floor of City Hall. After 5 p.m. on October 24, voters can register at the front entrance of City Hall, on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Monday, October 24 for new registrants to become eligible to vote in the November election.

Voters can learn more about registering to vote and other election information by visiting the Department’s website at www.sfelections.org

###

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
www.sfelections.org”

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…

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…