What is the future of this flat skateboard park what used to be Waller Street?
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I know not.
Is this kind of thing illegal?
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I don’t know.
Probably, if bikes and Segway scooters are illegal on most sidewalks in the 415, as they are.
And what’s a scooter these days?
I don’t know.
I think of something like this:
Gee, could this scene be any more Italiano?
Or this, of course:
As seen in Twin Peaks.
Anyway, the fold-up scooter fad (you know, the one that lasted a year or two in the 1990’s) is back, baby.
What are you plans for the night of Wednesday, March 24th, 2010?
“The League of Young Voters presents…MEET YOUR MAR from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM at Park Life (220 Clement @ 3rd) on Wednesday March 24th. FREE! There will be art, snacks, drinks, tunes, a bunch of fresh kids chillin…plus Eric Mar, chattin and getting schooled about his constituents (ie, you). Come play human bingo (to win Park Life gear!), ask Mar questions, and tell him what he should really be working on in your hood. It’s his job to listen.”
A recent Critical Mar bike rally on Clement the Richmond District:
That’s Option One.
Option Two will occur at about the same time. It’s an Inforum event at the Commonwealth Club: “If Not the Chronicle, Then What?” / “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?“
First up at 6:30 PM is a panel called “If Not the Chronicle*, Then What?”
Jeff Hunt, Editor, Muni Diaries
Brock Keeling, Editor, SFist.com
Michael Maness, VP of Innovation and Design, Gannett Co. Inc.; Director, The Bold Italic
Robin Sloan, Media Partnerships, Twitter – Moderator
Then, after that, it’s “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?”
The voting’s all over on this one, but feel free to cheer loudly when they whip out a tiara for the crowning ceremony.
Deets below. See you there, who knows maybe at both places.
*I know what you’re thinking – petitio principii, right? Like, what if the San Francisco Chronicle is the new San Francisco Chronicle?
Anyway, the royal court of San Francisco new media:
Melissa Griffin (Blog)
Jaimal Yogis (Bio)
San Francisco Magazine
Markos Moulitsas Zתniga
Lea Troeh (Blog)
The Week Intro
Mac McClelland (Bio)
Andy Wright (Articles)
Dyanna Pure and JT Paradox
The SF Style
Location: SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, The Blue Room
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)
The 1st Annual San Francisco Youth Unity Eco-Fest occurred in San Francisco’s Civic Center yesterday. Didn’t seem to have all that good a turnout, but I was there early on.
“A day-long Environmental Summit & Green Block Party, celebrating youth voice and power, raising awareness around environmental justice and connecting communities across the city, with music, DJs, workshops, interactive booths, Eco carnival games, a showcase of student projects awards ceremony, give-aways, solar power, pedal power, Earth Pledge, networking, resource fair and more…”
Powering the amplifiers with pedal power:
Looks to be an array of motorcycle batteries storing power.
How’s the system voltage? 23.7? Check, check, check…
How do you turn the sound down on this MySpace page? No se. Used the Volume Mixer, that’ll do it.
And There You Have It.
Over in Sacramento, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties’ very own Senator Leland Yee, PhD is still busy, busy, busy with new bills.
Senate Bill SB447 is no-brainer about reforming criminal background check policies for California youth organizations. It’s only a matter of time before this one becomes law. Read on below and after the jump.
Bill would Reform Criminal Background Check Policy for Youth Organizations
Yee’s legislation would help protect children in youth programs from predators, violent criminals
SACRAMENTO – Last week, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced legislation to help protect children involved in youth organizations from sexual predators and other violent criminals. Senate Bill 447 would reform the criminal background check policy at the approximately 36,000 youth organizations and human resource agencies across the state that work with children and vulnerable populations.
Such organizations, including the Boy Scouts and youth soccer leagues, are currently required to conduct criminal background checks of their staff and members. Each group appoints a “Custodian of Records” to review the background checks for their organization and assess if a person’s criminal history poses a potential danger to the population the agency or organization serves.
However, there is a dangerous loophole in the law. The Custodian of Records also reviews his or her own criminal record that is sent to the group by the California Department of Justice (DOJ). This loophole may result in an individual who has been convicted of a violent crime or crimes against children serving as the Custodian of Records without others in the agency being aware of his/her criminal history.
“SB 447 will help protect children from predators and other violent criminals by closing an obvious loophole in the law,” said Yee. “Those determining who can work with children should not be reviewing their own records and determining if they are fit to serve. Parents deserve assurance that their kids are safe when they are dropped off at a soccer practice or scouts meeting.”
Specifically, SB 447 will close this loophole by creating a program in which the DOJ will review the criminal record information for Custodian of Records applicants and confirm if they are suited for the position. The DOJ will ensure that the people appointed to this position do not have a felony or any offense involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or fraud. The program will be funded by a $30 fee for all Custodian of Records applicants.
In 1997, a student at Rio Linda High School was raped and murdered by a temporary janitor with a previous criminal record, including two strikes for voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery. At the time, another loophole in state law existed that did not require temporary or substitute employees to go through criminal background checks. The brutal murder of Michelle Montoya prompted the Legislature to change state law – banning the hiring of felons and requiring complete background checks of all school employees, including temporary and substitute workers.
“Unfortunately, it took the loss of an innocent life for the law to change regarding temporary school employees,” said Yee. “It is vital that we are proactive and close the loophole regarding Custodians of Records before we have another unnecessary tragedy.”
It’s so nice to encounter kids today re-embracing the true mohawk style of hair design.
You see, that David Beckham with his fauxhawk copout has led some people astray. Imagine attempting to get a mohawk look without the necessary backcombing and head shaving! Mr. Beckham really has some nerve coopting legitimate punk style.
Three cheers for the real deal, seen at the recent 2008 Haight Street Fair: