Posts Tagged ‘Work’

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Takes on Poorly-Designed Central Subway and Its Cost Overruns – Watch Now

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Via Jerold Chinn of SF Public Press comes this.

Check out Dennis Herrera‘s thoughts on the much-more-expensive-than-promised and shorter-than-promised Central Subway “spur*,” starting at 1:00:

And don’t miss the other part either.

*”Spur?” I love it. Oh yeah, that’s right. It doesn’t go as far north as it should, or as far south neither. And it’s too deep. Maybe it just doesn’t make sense, as things stand now, except as a political payoff.

Shooting the Duck Down McAllister to Get to Work – The Rise of Skateboarding Commuters – Faster Than MUNI?

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

One of these fellows pictured below is crossing the street, another is riding his bike the way The Man told him to, but the interesting one is the fellow who is crouching on his skateboard while blowing stop signs at 15 per.

Dude passed me near Divisadero and I think it took me until Market to catch up to him.

Maybe you should skateboard to work as well?

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Just asking, bro.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Already On The Job! Heads to Sacramento Tomorrow – More Meetings With Legislative Leaders

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Our Attorney General and Governor-elect Jerry Brown just held a presser at his Campaign Headquarters in Oakland. It seems he’s already On The Job.

He said he’ll head down to San Diego for a funeral for a police officer but then he’ll fly to Sacramento to get going with work tomorrow.

And reporters are already adressing him as “Governor.”

Read below for a few notes.

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Yesterday’s election paves the way for a lot of hard work up ahead.

I’ve already met this morning with leaders in the Senate and Assembly.

I’m going to get to work in Sacramento starting tomorrow.

We’ll have no new taxes unless it’s clear that’s Californians want them.

The “breakdown in Sacramento will pave the way for a breakthrough.”

I’ll be working hard to find waste or low-priority spending in state government.

I told people, “If you want frugality, I’m your man.”

I didn’t create this mess in Sacramento but I’ll do whatever I can to fix it.

I’m going to pare down the budget as much as I can.

I won’t be making specific proposals until I officially take over as Governor.

I have long-lived fore-bearers - my grandmother died at 96 and I have another close relative who’s alive at 98. It would be presumptuous for me to talk about serving as Governor four years from now.

Let’s get off this Chief of Staff stuff, reporters, let’s not talk about it too much. I  want to flatten the Administration. Let’s make government more responsive and more coherent.

I’ll be sure to find a place to live in Sacramento, somewhere.

Jesse Jackson’s National Transit Roadshow Arrives Con Brio, Sans Jesse

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Well, this is what was promised for today’s noontime transit worker rally at the Old Federal Building on Golden Gate and Polk:

Turns out that Jesse didn’t show. (Here’s what you would have seen and heard.) 

But a couple-hundred or so transit workers and allies were on hand at the plaza in front of Big Blue:

And here’s how they got there. How apropropriate!

Here’s who was there. I see District 9 San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, and TWU 250-a Union President Irwin Lum, for starters: 

Are riders and drivers really united? Not that I can see, not in San Francisco. I’m mean, I’m sure that all involved would like Uncle Sucker to rain cash down upon the City, but beyond that, there’s not much uniting these groups. It would be nice to cancel the already-useless Central Subway and use the extra billion (or two or three) that that would free up to pay for transit people are using today, but the system doesn’t work that way, obviously. Oh well.  

Here’s a take from Greg Dewar at the N Judah Chronicles.

On It Goes:

Anyway, here’s the spiel:

“Transit service cuts, fare hikes and layoffs affect millions of Americans every day. You can help save transit and counteract the nation-wide transit crisis by rallying with the Save Our Ride alliance.

Save Our Ride was formed by the Transport Workers Union, Amalgamated Transit Union and Reverend Jesse Jackson to raise awareness of the transit crisis and to rally for the passage of transit bills that will allow flexibility of federal aid for transit. The alliance is an advocate for more affordable and efficient transit systems, better air quality and a greener future for America.

You can download the full press release here.

Come show your support:

June 29, San Francisco: Noon, Federal Building on Golden Gate Bridge

July 1, Sacramento: Noon, Federal Building, 501 I street

July 7, Houston: 11 am, Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith Street

July 9, Miami: 2 pm, Government Center Building

Download the San Francisco flyer here.

Speakers to include: James C. Little, President International TWU; Harry Lombardo, TWU Executive Vice President; Warren George, President of International ATU; Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Other speakers will include TWU and ATU local leadership, legislators, community and civil rights groups, riders who are suffering from service cuts and increased fares. (speakers subject to change)

Stay tuned to twu.org and ourride.org for speaker announcements and more information as the rallies approach.

The reason your fares have increased and your service has been cut is because the federal government has neglected transit for decades and the country’s on-going economic struggle that has slashed transit revenues has pushed transportation systems into their own crises.

“We can not allow our transit systems to crumble from financial neglect,” said President James C. Little. “We must work together to tell the federal government the neglect must stop.”

Federal subsidies to our country’s largest transportation systems do not allow enough flexibility for operating costs. So transit systems can use federal funds to buy news trains and buses (capital expenses), but not to pay the operators. If your bus doesn’t have an operator, you are not going to get to work on time.

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have proposed bills, H.R.2746and S3189, that would allow transit agencies to flex funding to suit local needs. Also, eight senators from the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee introduced a bill, S. 3412, to authorize emergency funding for transit agencies to help reverse fare increases and service cuts.

This legislation will help to save our transit systems, provide thousands of green transit jobs, and keep transportation affordable. If you take the bus, train, subway or streetcar to work and use public transportation to send your children to school and if you want to work towards a cleaner environment, less congested streets and green jobs, then come share your story and your voice and Save Our Ride!

Calling All Artists: Win $6000 by Illustrating San Francisco’s 3rd Street Corridor

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

From San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Jose Herrera comes news of the Bayview Merchants Association‘s Third Street Corridor Project – how would you like to earn $6000 just for creating 6-10 iconic images illustrating the Lower Third?

Get all the deets below. And after you get paid, be sure to forward ten percent to me, your new agent. (Affirm our agreement by reading this sentence - welcome aboard.) But get cracking, as your first deadline is March 22nd, 2010.

You can’t win if you don’t play!

Introduction to the Project

The 3rd Street Corridor project is searching for local artists to create a series of 6-10 iconic images to represent the Bayview Hunters Point District of San Francisco. These images will be stylized illustrations of local landmarks that capture the spirit of this part of the city and will be used on a series of street banners and other collateral such as T-shirts. An example of a similar campaign is artist Michael Schwab’s series of prints for the Golden Gate National Parks.

Final selections for scenery will be communicated to the artist at the time of the commission. These scenes may include:

  • Bayview Opera House
  • T-Line
  • Quesada Gardens
  • View of Downtown from 3rd
  • Shipyards
  • Candlestick Park
  • Local Art and Murals
  • MLK Municipal Pool
  • Bayview Library
  • Industrial Buildings

Candidate Selection

The ideal candidate for this commission will be a local artist who lives and/or works in the Bayview Hunters Point District of San Francisco and can bring his or her personal style into the project and offer an authentic view of these neighborhoods. The artist must also be able to work within the established color palette of the 3rd Street logo (red, yellow, green and black- see samples for reference). To be considered for this project please submit three (3) JPEG images of your past work that best communicates your style. If you are selected as a finalist you may be commissioned to create one sample illustration before the final contract for the rest of the series.

Compensation

The selected artist will receive a $6,000 stipend for the final series of images. Artwork and reproduction rights will become property of the Third Street Corridor Project. In the event that finalists are asked to create a sample illustration as part of the selection process then they will be compensated $500 for their time.

Application Deadline

To be considered for this project, please email three JPEG samples of your work, a brief description of your background and a written statement of why you think you would be an ideal candidate for this project to bayviewmerchantsassociation@gmail.com no later than

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 12:00pm.

Project Schedule

March 22: Artists application deadline.

March 24: Artist finalists selected.

Mid April: Final selection of artist. Work on final illustrations begins.

May 24: Final illustrations complete.

June 11: Public unveiling of art on 3rd Street.

Questions/Details?

Call Ben Kaufman, Outreach Coordinator of the Bayview Merchants’ Association, at 415-647-3728 x407 if you have any further questions.

FlavorPill.com Needs an American Editor in Australia – A $400 per Week Working Holiday

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Let’s review here - Tourism Queenland’s recent Best Job in the World promotion had some bloke getting paid $100k to be a caretaker on an Australian island. The whole thing was quite popular worldwide and some people figure that it got the Australian tourism industry eight figures worth of free advertising all told. (Or course, if you wanted to be considered seriously, it really helped to be young and cute, just like in the real world.)

All right. Today, comes now FlavorPill.com to offer you another job down under. They want you to apply by February 15th, 2010 to be their new part-time online editor in Melbourne (it’s near Cindy, I think) starting September 1, 2010. They’ll pick up your airfare and they’ll put you up for 12 days but it’ll be up to you to live on $400 a week for a year or whatever.

And, oh yes, you’ll need to qualify for a Working Holidays in Australia visa and that means you’ll need to be between 18 and 30 years old. So you have to be kind of young, but nobody will care what you look like. Bonus.

Just think, this could be you with a cute attentive beach kangaroo:

And this is how you’ll look surfing down under with your cute, attentive boyfriend:

This is something betwixt the best and worst jobs in the world. Keep that in mind as before you become one of the world’s highest-paid part-time bloggers (as you struggle to afford a daily cup of coffee.)

Its you:

Come Out and Live, Play and Work in Australia as the New Flavorpill Melbourne Editor! Flavorpill Announces Job Opportunity for a Young American; Visa Program and Travel Deals Available for Others Wanting to Work and Play in Australia

Los Angeles, CA – (February 9, 2010)  Thanks to a visa program and some great travel deals available on Australia.com/workandplay, Flavorpill, an online source for culture, events and current news in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and London, is getting ready to launch Flavorpill Melbourne! There’s just one thing missing: an editor.

Americans ages 18-30 can apply for the Managing Editor position at http://flavorpill.com/australia/submit.html. Just tell why you deserve the position and what experience you have with writing, editing and social media. The deadline for entries is February 15, 2010.

“The ability to go to Australia for up to 12 months, get a job and experience our unique and diverse adventures through the Work and Holiday Visa program makes the opportunity with Flavorpill’s new Melbourne newsletter a dream job. This is a great way to add to one’s resume by joining the locals and getting off the beaten path,” said Tourism Australia Vice President Americas Daryl Hudson.

More deets, after the jump.

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First Annual Golden Gate Park Volunteer Fair is Coming February 10, 2010

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Here’s what you should do – turn off the Ricki Lake and volunteer at Golden Gate Park.

Representatives from the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Parks Trust will all be on hand to recruit you this coming Feb. 10:  

Become a Volunteer at the Golden Gate Park Volunteer Fair!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 – 10 AM to 2 PM

Location: Conservatory of Flower’s Orchid Gallery, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, SF, CA 94118

Representatives of the California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco Parks Trust and affiliated community groups will be on hand at the Conservatory of Flowers to provide information about volunteer opportunities in Golden Gate Park. The fair is a one stop shop for an exciting and meaningful way to meet new people, pursue lifelong passions, educate the public and lend a helping hand in one of the Bay Area’s most beautiful parks! For more information, please contact, Erika Frank at 415-637-4326 or efrank@sfcof.org.

Volunteering at the Conservatory of Flowers is a great way to learn more about tropical plants, meet people with similar interests and share your knowledge and enthusiasm for plants with visitors. We invite you to become a greeter, docent, horticultural volunteer or a children’s Jungle Guide.

Volunteer opportunities

Greeters welcome visitors, check tickets and answer general questions.*
Gift Shop volunteers sell souvenirs to visitors in our Gift Shop in the Special Exhibits Gallery.
Docents provide visitors with information about the plant collections, the Conservatory, and provide guided tours.
Horticultural volunteers work directly with our plant collections and Nursery Specialists.*
Children’s Jungle Guides lead 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes on scheduled tours through the Conservatory.
Young Ambassadors are volunteers from high schools and colleges who staff the “Young Explorers Adventure Carts” for children.
Volunteer requirements

The Conservatory is looking for volunteers who can commit to working at least twice a month, or approximately 6 hours a month.

All volunteers are required to have an interview with the Director of Volunteer Services- Erika Frank, complete an application, and go through our Training Program (depending on the position). We provide our volunteers with the training they need for their position, along with ongoing educational and social programs that promote a positive volunteer experience.

We appreciate our volunteers and invite you to join our dedicated and fun group.

Interested volunteers should contact Erika Frank, Director of Volunteer Services, at (415) 637-4326 or efrank@sfcof.org.

* Full training program not required for this position

A Hard Worker with a Truck and an iPhone on the Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

When you need a big job done around the house, you probably want a HARD WORKER to help you out.

Just ring “Eight Four Six Twenty Seventy Seven.”

As seen on Oak Street:

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San Francisco Bike to Work Day 2009 – War Declared on NIMBYs

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Look out NIMBY‘s - the San Francisco Bicycle Plan is coming to YOUR neighborhood, whether you like it or not. That’s the conclusion you’d come to had you made it this morning’s Bike to Work Day rally on the steps of City Hall. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition put on quite a show for a couple hundred-something in the crowd, most of whom parked their colorful bikes thusly:

The mise-en-scene:

SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum MC’ed the rally, speaking of NIMBYs and the Bicycle Plan. The battle is joined, or it will be starting next month, probably. Get up to speed with the 2008 San Francisco State of Cycling Report put out by the SFMTA.

Lots of Supes were there:

District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar briefly addressed the crowd, talking about improving cyclist safety, mentioning the lower Haight Wiggle he uses to get back and forth from the Richmond District.

District 3 Supervisor and Board President Davis Chiu doesn’t think changes should stop with the proposed Bike Plan. He wants to Go Further. Lots of cheers for that.

District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu showed off her fashionable fuzzy white helmet to the delight of the crowd.

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi always makes these events - he hasn’t really gotten much sleep since the recent birth of Theo Aureliano Mirkarimi.

District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty cited recent changes to the streetscape, including Pavement to Parks.  

District 9 Supervisor David Campos was pleased to see the outreach to people living in the Mission.

District 11 Supervisor John Avalos gave a shout out to District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly. He also said, “Bikes Rule.”

The “Big 56” will go somewhere in here. Click to expand to see a much larger version: 

 One Less Car, One More Bike. A young scion amused the pols.

What’s that on City Attorney Dennis J Herrera’s shirt?

“One Less Lawyer in a Car.”

O.K. fine.

2009 is shaping up to be the Year of the Bike Plan.

To Be Continued…

This Thursday is Bike to Work Day – Presidio Offers Free Lunch, Bicycle Drawing

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Bike to Work Day is coming up on May 14, 2009, of course, but you already knew that. Here’s the news: Those cyclists who find their way to the Presidio might get an extra reward or two.

How about winning a bike in the free drawing? Or a free BBQ lunch at the Acre Cafe? Or a quick bike tune-up from the Sports Basement? In short, it’s going to be ON. Just get over to near the Fire Station at the corner of Halleck and Lincoln between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM.

The giant endangered parking lot of the Presidio Main Post. You’ll need to bring your bike to get the goodies. If you drive, then No Soup For You. Click to expand

All the deets below, and after the jump.

See you there!

 
Bike to Work Day – May 14

On Thursday, May 14, thousands of people will put their car keys aside and hop on their bicycles to commute to work. As always, the Presidio Trust will sponsor an Energizer Station near the Fire Station at the corner of Halleck and Lincoln between 6:30 and 9:30 am. Ride in to get FREE refreshments and goodies, and to sign up for a raffle to win one of two bikes, courtesy of Sports Basement and Honest Tea. Sports Basement mechanics will also be at the Station to offer quick bike tune ups. Riders who register at the station will enjoy a free BBQ lunch at Acre Café that day. Questions? Contact Chris Weeks at the Presidio Trust at (415) 561-5474. Visit the web to find out what is happening for Bike to Work Day throughout the Bay Area.

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