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Resolution HC Incarceration draft _edits_2.28.2019 (1).pdf
WHEREAS, community-based treatment should be the first option to address an individual’s severe behavioral health and/or substance use issues; andWHEREASSFDPH operates programs aimed at improving the social determinants of health in all stages of life;THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED, that the Health Commission recognizes incarceration to be a public health issue impacting the health and wellbeing of individuals incarcerated and the families and communities of those incarcerated, with impacton low-incomecommunities and people of color, specifically African American men; and be itFURTHER RESOLVED, the Health Commission requests thatthe SFDPH research and submit a report to the Commission that outlines a roadmap, incorporating harm reduction and best practices,to maximize efforts within its control to prevent individuals from being incarcerated; to increase collaboration, efficiencyand effectivenessof medical and behavioral health services across the continuum of care;to enhance and expandpost-release discharge planning, linkage to relevant services in the community, and other reentry services; and to work on mitigating the knowncontributing factors and the impactof incarceration on families and communities.
SF  police  contacts  public  heath  risk  law 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
California Is Desperately Trying to Hide Homeless People, Critics Say - VICE
The result of a protracted legal fight, "right to shelter" forces America's largest city to provide temporary shelter to everyone who wants it, every night of the year. This includes traditional shelter beds, of course. But if those are filled, the city is legally obligated to rent out alternatives in hotels and motels to make up the difference. In 2018, according to Politico, that cost the city "$32 million per month for commercial hotels, $2 million for private apartments, also called clusters, and $96 million for traditional shelters."

Compare that to San Francisco's shelter situation, where the current waitlist for a bed is more than 1,000 people deep. It’s part of the reason why, when NYC conducted its "point in time" count—a contested one, it should be noted—of homeless folks last January, there were relatively few—3,588 people—officially sleeping on the streets.

The stark difference in the volume of human beings without a permanent roof over their head is why California lawmakers have been looking to New York as a model for getting the state's homelessness crisis under control.
homelessness  SF  solutions 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
SF police raid journalist’s home in probe over leaked Adachi report - SFChronicle.com
San Francisco police on Friday raided the home of a freelance journalist who provided three Bay Area television stations with a copy of a police report into the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi, the journalist and police officials said.

Bryan Carmody, a freelance videographer known in the industry as a stringer, told The Chronicle that San Francisco police executed a search warrant at his Outer Richmond District home and Western Addition office and seized his computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.
journalism  arrest  SF  Jeff_Adachi  Bryan_Carmody  leak 
may 2019 by Quercki
Privately-Owned Public Open Space and Public Art | SF Planning
Privately-Owned Public Open Space and Public Art

Privately-owned public open spaces (POPOS) are publicly accessible spaces in forms of plazas, terraces, atriums, small parks, and even snippets which are provided and maintained by private developers.
SF  public  open_space  art  parks  map  todo 
march 2019 by Quercki
The East Cut Open Space Inventory Is Now Available! - The East Cut : The East Cut
The East Cut Open Space Inventory Is Now Available!

Spring is here and we can now enjoy spending more time outside! For those living and/or working in dense urban areas, public open spaces are ideal for enjoying a cup coffee, grabbing lunch with coworkers, having informal meetings, and much more!

If you wonder where else you can go beyond the plaza by your office building or the alleyway behind your home, and if you do not really know what spaces are open to the public and what spaces are off-limit, The East Cut Community Benefit District has just the right thing for you.

The East Cut district possesses the richest network of urban public open spaces in San Francisco and each space offers workers, neighbors, and visitors occasions to appreciate the neighborhood in different ways.

To help you master open spaces in the district and experience your neighborhood like never before, The East Cut Community Benefit District has put together The East Cut Open Space Inventory, featured on San Francisco Chronicle!
SF  parks  open_space  public  todo 
march 2019 by Quercki
A Guide to San Francisco Murals and the Artists Who Make Them | KQED Pop | KQED Arts
San Francisco isn't just one of the most colorful cities in the country, it has some of the greatest public art and murals in the world. There are a wealth of local artists who regularly pay homage to the city and its disparate neighborhoods, but certain aesthetic threads run throughout, thanks to the most prolific local artists. What follows is a guide to who's making what, and treasure maps to locate each individual's current public works.
murals  SF  artists  map 
february 2019 by Quercki
Composite – Internet — information — criticism — poetry — connection — feminism — open source — open spaces — translation — digression — recursion — boats — wheelchairs — disability rights — ranting — the future — by Liz
Composite

Internet — information — criticism — poetry — connection — feminism — open source — open spaces — translation — digression — recursion — boats — wheelchairs — disability rights — ranting — the future — by Liz Henry
blog  Liz_Henry  SF 
january 2019 by Quercki
San Francisco statue that some call racist is removed
A 19th-century statue near San Francisco's City Hall that some said is racist and demeaning to indigenous people was removed early Friday.

A group of Native Americans chanted, beat drums and burned sage as the workers used a crane to take down the “Early Days” statue depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary. It was part of group of bronze statues near City Hall that depict the founding of California.

Native American activists had tried to have the statue removed for decades. They renewed efforts last year after clashes broke out across the U.S. over Confederate monuments.

The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted unanimously Wednesday for the removal of the statue, which was part of the Pioneer Monument first erected in 1894.
history  racism  Native_American  SF  statue  solution 
september 2018 by Quercki
Worldbuilders of Science Fiction and Fantasy
photos of important people in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Authors, editors, artists, etc.
Richard_Man  photography  sciencefiction  SF  people 
august 2018 by Quercki
Transformations:Cosplay
photos of costumes, and the costumer in "real life."
Richard_Man  photography  costume  cosplay  SF 
august 2018 by Quercki
SFCentric History: Meet the Real SF Natives: 5 Ohlone Tribelets of SF and the Peninsula - Broke-Ass Stuart's Goddamn Website
the true OG natives are the Ohlone, the first permanent residents of the city, arriving in the area around 500 CE. It’s time to learn more about them.


Photo: “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas,” Rebecca Solnit. Ben Pease cartography/Tech Insider

Within the Ohlone, that numbered about 10,000 to 17,000 (1,500 were on the Peninsula, and 160-300 in San Francisco), there were about 50 tribelets (and within those sometimes different villages), or groups of villages, that spoke their own dialect of Ohlone, and were made up of about 50 to 500 people. Let’s take a look at five from San Francisco, and the immediate areas south of the city, on the SF Peninsula:

Yelamu


The Yelamu inhabited the most northern part of the San Francisco Peninsula, which includes what is now San Francisco. They lived in five villages–Amuctac (in Visitacion Valley), Chutchui (along Mission Creek, near Mission Dolores), Petlenuc (in the Presidio), Sitlintac (along Mission Creek), and Tubsinte (in Vistitaction Valley). The Yelamu, along with the other tribelets mentioned in this story, spoke Ramaytush, a dialect of the Ohlone language.
SF  Indian  Indigenous  Native_American  history 
november 2017 by Quercki
SF police won’t be charged in killing of Amilcar Perez-Lopez - SFGate
The city medical examiner found that all six of the bullets that struck 21-year-old Amilcar Perez-Lopez came from the back or side. But Gascón wrote in his 25-page report that testimony from several witnesses and other evidence did not show “beyond a reasonable doubt that no legal justifications existed for the (officers’) actions” on Feb. 26, 2015.
The bullet wounds in Perez-Lopez’s back, Gascón concluded, may have been the result of Perez-Lopez quickly turning after the first officer decided to shoot. And even if that wasn’t the case, the officers are justified under the law to use deadly force not just in self-defense, but in defense of others, Gascón said — if he had been running away from the officers, he still would have been running in the direction of a man he had previously been chasing.
“We’re not disputing that he was shot in the back,” Gascón said at a news conference. “What we’re saying is given the totality of the circumstances, that does not make it an unlawful shooting.”
Advocates of Perez-Lopez called this reasoning a stretch and yet another effort “to give the officers the benefit of every doubt.” Arnoldo Casillas, who is representing Perez-Lopez’s family in a federal civil lawsuit against the city, has said the shots to the back are proof that Perez-Lopez was running away from men who failed to identify themselves as plainclothes officers, in particular to someone who could only speak Spanish. Not realizing they were cops, he tried to scare them and keep them back with the knife before trying to flee, Casillas said.
SF  police  murder  Amilcar_Perez-Lopez  lawful  "totality  of  the  situation" 
april 2017 by Quercki
DOJ Report: San Francisco PD Targets People of Color | Colorlines
DOJ Report: San Francisco PD Targets People of Color
The Justice Department’s COPS Office just made 272 recommendations aimed at revamping the department.

Kenrya Rankin  OCT 13, 2016 1:37PM EDT
San Francisco police cars sit parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014, in San Francisco, California. A federal grand jury has indicted five San Francisco police officers and one former officer in two cases involving drug and computer thefts from suspects and the theft of money and gift cards from suspects.
Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Following activists’ calls for an overhaul of a San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) that has been implicated in a racist, sexist and homophobic text message scandal and multiple incidences of use of force, city leadership asked the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to assess the department. Yesterday (October 12), the agency released its 414-page report. The verdict: The department disproportionately targets people of color.
SF  police  racism 
october 2016 by Quercki
Breaking: Evil accreditor that tried to shut down City College faces its own demise | 48 hills
The much-despised accreditor that tried, and failed, to put City College out of business is about go out of business itself.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which has become the bane of much of the state’s education community, has apparently gone so far that even the conservative leaders of the state’s community colleges have voted to get rid of it.


ACCJC President Barbara Beno, who showed stunning arrogance in her dealings with other public officials, may see her entire operation dissolved
And it’s likely that the state board overseeing the local school will do the same thing Monday.

In a stunning show of no-confidence, the presidents and chancellors of all of California’s community colleges voted by more than 90 percent this week to seek an alternative to the ACCJC. The so-called “CEOs group” of college leaders is hardly a radical group and is typically quite slow to endorse this sort of change.

It’s particularly noteworthy since the ACCJC still has the authority to seek to shut down any of those schools.
community  college  accreditation  SF 
march 2016 by Quercki
ACCJC prez admits City College got unfair treatment | 48 hills
Flynn then asked her about the politics that some say are behind this entire trial – the move by some state officials, backed by Beno, to change the mission of community colleges in California.

The so-called Student Success Task Force, and a bill that sought to implement its recommendations, were aimed to limiting community colleges to a curriculum aimed at students who sought to gain two-year degrees or transfer to four-year schools.

The more open policy at City College – which offers continuing adult education, English as a second language classes, and a wide range of programs aimed at a diverse community – was at odds with the vision that Beno openly and actively supported.

At the same time that City College was under accreditation review, college students, administrators, and faculty were engaged in a strong battle to defeat the measure that Beno wanted to see enacted.
community  college  SF  accreditation 
march 2016 by Quercki
Fernwood — Official Site
GREEN CEMETERY

Fernwood is one of the country’s first environmentally conscious green cemeteries where land stewardship and restoration is integrated with cemetery and burial ritual.  Green, or natural, burial here means no embalming or chemicals of any kind, no grave-liners or vaults and only biodegradable burial containers such as a plain pine box, wicker casket or a fabric shroud.

As part of our land stewardship we do not allow traditional cut and polished headstones or bronze markers but a small natural boulder can be engraved and used as a marker.  Some families choose simply to blend into the hillside allowing each tree, flower, songbird and butterfly to become a memorial to a loved one and a hope for the future.  Fernwood is a consecrated place where the living and the dead are connected through cycles of nature, memory and conservation.

In a synergistic blend, we use both a simple nature based approach as well as the latest technology.  Each grave is mapped using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and every burial is marked with an identification device to ensure their loved ones can find their location.  Our commitment is to save natural resources and preserve native plants and animals.  As a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat our landscape provides food, water, cover and places for our native animals to raise their young.
cemetery  death  burial  SF  bayarea 
february 2016 by Quercki
San Francisco bans street chess, says it's a 'disguise' for 'other things' - UPI.com
A common sight in most large U.S. cities, street chess, has been banned in San Francisco after thriving for more than 30 years near Fifth and Market Streets.

San Francisco Police earlier this month confiscated boards, tables and chairs from the area where dozens of people, mostly homeless, play the game every day.

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"It's turned into a big public nuisance," said Capt. Michael Redmond, adding that local complaints and narcotics arrests have increased over the past six months. "I think maybe it's a disguise for some other things that are going on."

Police admitted regular chess players weren't a problem, but said the area had come to attract illegal gambling and drug use.

"They're being mean for no reason," Hector Torres Jr., 42, said about the police. "To me, it's a scapegoat." Torres Jr. says chess saved him from gambling addiction, and that the open-air games are a discrimination-free zone welcoming everyone to the board, whether they're homeless or millionaires, San Francisco Giants players or ex-convicts.
chess  banned  SF  sanfrancisco  Black 
november 2015 by Quercki
Man beaten by Alameda County deputies in S.F. may lose use of arm - SFGate - Linkis.com
A man who was beaten with batons by two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in a video-recorded arrest in San Francisco’s Mission District last week may permanently lose the use of at least one arm, said the city public defender’s office.
Stanislav Petrov, 29, had surgery Thursday to place metal rods and plates into his arms, which were crushed by the deputies’ batons in a beating that ignited public outcry and a criminal investigation.
Surveillance-camera footage showed the deputies, who have not been identified, tackling Petrov to the ground at the corner of Clinton Park and Stevenson Street around 2 a.m. Nov. 12. They punched him and then repeatedly clubbed him with their batons, even after he appeared to surrender with his hands on his head.
The video was released by the San Francisco public defender’s office after a concerned witness brought it to the office. Tamara Aparton, an office spokeswoman, said Thursday that Petrov, who is still at San Francisco General Hospital, may not regain the use of most of his fingers, as his joints and wrists were shattered in the beating.
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Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, said the internal investigation that his agency launched after learning of the video is ongoing, with the deputies on paid administrative leave.
police  violence  Alameda  county  SF  20151119 
november 2015 by Quercki
the light and dark mirror of a life: Remembering My First Idle No More Jan. 27, 2013
While, I missed the Idle No More event in Huchin (Oakland) at Oscar Grant Plaza, I was able to join the January 27th, 2013 Yelamu Ohlone Idle No More flash mob at the fancy mall in the center of San Fransisco. This action included a round dance headed by our local Ohlone relatives. My then-partner and I arrived just as the Ohlone songs were being sung. Being terminally late, we were towards the rear of the gathering. I held a cloth art piece about consent- 1) because I didn't have time to make a sign, 2) in honor of all the missing and murdered indigenous womyn that Idle No More was trying to raise awareness, and 3) indigenous sovereignty is demanding the rights of consent over the people and lands so it seemed fitting. It was an honor to join so many natives in holding space as our indigenous right to gather and sing and dance and pray.

After two or three songs were sung, we were approached by a seeming white man who asked, "Wanna get real and do something?" Of course both of us being Evergreen State College alums of a school who's motto is "Omnia extares" (let it all hang out), the answer was automatic. "Sure!! What are we doing?"

"Banner drop for a solidarity photo to send to Canada. Follow me." was his terse reply.

So we did without hesitation. In retrospect, I wish my usually acumen intuition would have spoken, but I got nothing... No warning flag, no twinge, no danger alert. This act felt like a good way to stand in solidarity with this movement and this newly adopted community as well as to say thank you to the Ohlone nation upon whose land we now occupied. The banner was large, professionally printed, and quite heavy. I was on a cane and still struggling with the effects of a disabling chronic back injury.
Oakland  SF  Idle_No_More  Ohlone  demonstration  allies 
october 2015 by Quercki
Update: SFPD Officer Shoots, Kills One In Mid-Market: SFist
Update: SFPD Officer Shoots, Kills One In Mid-Market
BY CALEB PERSHAN IN NEWS ON OCT 15, 2015 1:22 PM



A Mid-Market officer-involved shooting was a fatal one, NBC Bay Area and Bay City News report.
From the scene, the SFPD has confirmed to the Chronicle that an "officer fired on someone."
News outlets are awaiting SFPD Chief Greg Suhr for more information.


Muni and traffic are closed off around the intersection of Eighth and Market Streets near UN Plaza while, according to the news channels' eyes in the sky, a body lies under a tarp. The Examiner confirms that staff from the Coroner's Office was on the scene.
Market Street between 7th and 9th streets, 8th Street between Market and Mission streets, and Hyde Street between Fulton and Grove streets are also closed.


Update 1:40 p.m.: Twitter engineer McLaren Stanley writes that he "was on the corner of Market and 8th" when he heard "two shots," tweeting the below image:

McLaren Stanley via Twitter
As Stanley was about 10 yards away, he claims to have seen the following:

That rings with the Chronicle's coverage: They write that "there was some type of scuffle then 2-4 shots."
Update 1:55 p.m.: The SFPD is readying to brief the media, while revealing that two officers were injured but none was shot.

Update 2:10 p.m.: SFPD has briefed the media that during a scuffle making an arrest, one officer lost their gun, and their partner fired on the suspect.

Update 2:30 p.m.: Market Street has reopened.
Update 2:35 p.m.: The Chronicle writes that the victim was a latino man his 20s. He was not identified. Neither were the officers save the detail that they were "senior" and that both were treated at a local hospital, one for facial injuries, one for a knee injury.
It reportedly started like this: A construction worker flagged officers in a police vehicle and reported that the man was throwing bottles into the street.
SF  police  shooting  killing 
october 2015 by Quercki
The 21 Secret Parks of San Francisco — SF POPOS — Medium
The 21 Secret Parks of San Francisco
POPOS are private parks for the public — but designed to hide in plain sight.
Scattered throughout Downtown San Francisco are public plazas, atriums, and roof gardens. Privately Owned Public Open Spaces (POPOS) hide behind secret elevators, security guards, and stairs. Their elusive trait raises the question: if they are public, then why are they hidden?

In a city where land is scarce, POPOS allocate open space to prevent overdevelopment. The 1985 Downtown Plan mandates developers build and maintain 1 sq ft of public space for each 50 sq ft of commercial space. Yet, developers hide them from the public to keep cost of maintenance low.

SFPOPOS has organized a list of POPOS locals and architecture buffs will enjoy. You’ll find POPOS in a short walk within South of Market, Financial District and the Embarcadero. And, make sure you get lunch to-go.

Here are the 21 public parks you didn’t know existed in San Francisco:
SF  parks  downtown  secret 
may 2015 by Quercki
(31) Davey D Cook - Over zealous fans celebrating team victories and...
Over zealous fans celebrating team victories and losses in San Francisco and Kentucky, while distraught students at Penn State protest the firing of a coach who many believe protected a child rapist.. Riots in Baltimore...More than a million dollars of damage took place in SF with more than 25 fires set and massive destruction of Muni buses. Police cars burned in Kentucky and vans flipped in Penn Satete
Hyped up reporters are claiming the entire city of Baltimore is in chaos and the city is up in flames.. (yes, a CVS store burning and liquor store and check cashing place hoo-rided is the entire city..) This is reality TV in full blast.. Be wary and watch the script unfold as the Governor of Maryland dispatches the national guard and declares a state of emergency.. . Those who were victims of police terrorism in Baltimore where more unarmed Black folks have been killed then any other city in the US are now the enemy.. Black rage is the rage..
riot  vandalism  White  SF 
april 2015 by Quercki
S.F. police chief: 8 officers deserve firing over text messages - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said Friday he is moving to fire a captain, a sergeant and six other officers implicated in sending and receiving “reprehensible” racist and homophobic text messages that came to light during a federal corruption probe.


In announcing the proposed purge, the chief is seeking to show he has a firm grip on conduct in his force after critics questioned whether the text messages exposed a deeper vein of police bias. The scandal could jeopardize court cases that relied on testimony from the officers linked to the ugly texts.

“There were eight standing officers who engaged in such repulsive conversations via text messages,” Suhr said. “I have suspended them and they have been referred to the Police Commission with a recommendation of only termination — as it should be. Their conduct is incompatible with that of a police officer.”

Three of the eight officers — identified by sources as Michael Robison, Noel Schwab and Michael Celis — have already either resigned or told police they will resign, officials said. “I imagine more of them, if not all of them, are considering the same thing,” Suhr said.

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Officer Sean Doherty, an 11-year veteran, Sgt. Michael Wibunsin, a 12-year veteran, and night supervising Capt. Jason Fox, 42, a 20-year veteran, are among those facing termination, sources said. Suhr said the fact that such a high-ranking member of the department was involved in exchanging offensive texts was “particularly disheartening.”

Six additional officers were implicated to lesser degrees, Suhr said.
police  racism  SF 
april 2015 by Quercki
Police union strong-arms Board of Supervisors over controversial resolution on police brutality protests | Crime & Courts | San Francisco | San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Examiner obtained emails between the police union and supervisors that reveal the strident, behind-the-scenes tactics used by the POA, which represents 2,750 officers.

BULLYING TACTICS

The emails were mostly sent by Gary Delagnes, a former union president who is now a consultant for the POA. They threatened to withdraw future support for Supervisor Malia Cohen, who backed the original resolution, and a handful of other supervisors if any of them backed the resolution.

"I am sure all of you understand that working together in the future with anyone who signs on to this legislation would be impossible," Delagnes wrote in a Dec. 9 email to supervisors Mark Farrell, Katy Tang, Scott Wiener, London Breed and Cohen. Breed and Cohen are black.

The emails, which even contained apologies from the union's high- profile lobbyist, show the kind of political muscle the POA can throw around over a simple and toothless resolution. And the episode, several supervisors say, could foreshadow tactics the union might employ in fights this year over such things as police staffing and redrawing of district station lines.

Such insinuations are denied by the union, which argues that the emails were merely concerning this one issue and the timing of the resolution drove passions to a boiling point.

The emails were obtained in a public-records request. The one sent to Cohen and her colleagues went on say: "It is very rare that we ask for anything from our elected officials but I cannot emphasize enough the devastating effect this would have on the men and women of the SFPD."

Whether the warning had any effect on the supervisors' votes — those contacted by The Examiner said the POA had no influence on their decisions — in the end, all of the supervisors who received the email opted to oppose Avalos' resolution. That includes Cohen, who originally co-sponsored it.
SF  police  politics 
february 2015 by Quercki
The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back. | Mother Jones
largest contemporary Ohlone group in the state. They're leading the push for cultural recognition in the city of San Francisco. Specifically, they're asking the city for land to build a cultural center as part of a proposed shoreline redevelopment project in the Hunters Point Shipyard area. The area was once the location of a historic Ohlone village and burial site—one of over 425 in the San Francisco Bay region.

Ohlone leaders say a cultural center would highlight the oft-overlooked history of California's native people while serving as a permanent place for today's tribes to continue their song, dance, language, and art traditions. And they're also hoping to rebuild their cultural presence through community events like the annual Big Time Gathering, which took place in October in San Francisco's Presidio National Park. This year's gathering was the biggest yet, drawing more than 100 Native Californians from seven different tribes. Their goal is to honor their roots, says Neil Maclean, one of the event's organizers: "Through hearing them sing, seeing them dance, and joining with them in ceremony, the Ohlone will tell their side about what it is like to survive."
bayarea  SF  Native_American  Ohlone  reparations 
november 2014 by Quercki
Allegory of California - FoundSF
the City Club mural covers a wall between the tenth and eleventh floors and the ceiling above it. Having recently painted frescoes in the chapel at Chapingo, where Rivera portrayed his second wife Lupe as fertile Earth Goddess, he here binds that theme of agriculture to industry, reflecting Ralph Stackpole's two outdoor icon sculptures of those subjects (sources of wealth in California in the 1930s), on Pine Street in front of the Stock Exchange. Here Rivera employs the feminine goddess theme to represent the riches of California, both of the earth and of human endeavor. Famous tennis champion Helen Wills Moody, wearing a gold-leafed wheat motif necklace, with blue eyes looking serenely straight ahead, holds wheat and fruit in her left hand, while her great right hand scoops up earth to reveal the workers toiling in the mines to extract the minerals of industry. In the upper background the artist shows industries of the San Francisco Bay Area--the oil refineries of Richmond, the shipping companies (Matson and Dollar lines) of the Pacific Ocean, and dredging equipment then used in river dredging in search of gold. Two symbols that recur in each of the three major San Francisco frescoes first appear here: one is the portrayal of humanoid air exhaust vents, mechanically fascinating to Rivera, on the top of a building; the second, a gauge with an alarming red warning hand, perhaps representing Rivera's notion that capitalism will ultimately self-destruct.

Specific figures like James Marshall, discoverer of gold at Sutter's Creek in 1848; Luther Burbank, famous horticulturist; Peter Stackpole, the sculptor's son, here holding a model airplane as a vision of future transportation; and Victor Arnautoff, fellow muralist, highlight the development of California after the discovery of gold altered its economy. The Earth Goddess of Chapingo also becomes a Sky Goddess as Moody dives across the ceiling. The birds of the chapel have become airplanes, and there are two amazing examples of polyangularism: an androgynous model, which when folded appears feminine and when extended seems masculine; and a giant sun face, whose beneficent gaze appears to follow the viewer as he walks below it.
California  mural  SF  Diego_Rivera 
march 2014 by Quercki
The Allegory of California by Diego Rivera in San Francisco
Rivera in His Own Words on ‘The Allegory of California’

The Allegory of California was actually the first of Rivera’s frescos to be painted in San Francisco. The City Club of San Francisco was originally part of the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange building (now an Equinox gym!). In his autobiography, Rivera called the building Pflueger’s Stock Exchange. Timothy Pfleuger was a well known architect in the Bay area during the first half of the 20th century, who designed the building and was partly responsible for bringing Rivera to the US.

“The wall I was to cover flanked an interior staircase connecting the two stories of the Exchange’s Luncheon Club. It was thirty feet high. In the central portion of the mural, I painted a colossal figure of a woman representing California. The almost classically beautiful tennis champion Helen Willis Moody served as my model. In portraying her, I made no attempt to formalize her features, but left them recognizably hers. Soon a cry was heard: California was an abstraction and should not be an identifiable likeness of anybody. To this I replied that California was known abroad mainly because of Helen Willis Moody; that she seemed to represent California better than anyone I knew — she was intelligent, young, energetic, and beautiful; and that, finally, if I thought her the best model, I had the right to use her. While the protest spent itself, I painted around her figure the rich and varied resources of the state; on her left, the lush agriculture, it workers, and heroes; on her right, industry, its buildings and machines, and representative working men and women. As a symbol of the future I showed a young California boy facing the sky with a model airplane in his hands.” (107) – Diego Rivera from My Art, My Life: An Autobiography
mural  California  SF  Diego_Rivera 
march 2014 by Quercki
Two detained City College student protesters released amidst troubling allegations | SF Politics
The clash came after a peaceful protest began at City College’s main campus, in an open space designated by college officials as a “free speech zone.” Nearby was an administrative office building, Conlan Hall, where students also register for classes. When the students tried to enter this public building they were met by resistance from campus police and SFPD.  

Pippenger, who was at the front of the protest, was dragged to the ground by multiple officers and allegedly punched in the head by SFPD, which can be seen on multiple videos from the incident and recalled in eyewitness accounts.
police  SF  violence  Occupy_Wall_Street  education 
march 2014 by Quercki
Student pepper sprayed and two arrested at City College protest UPDATED | SF Politics
One student protester was pepper sprayed, and others hit with batons, tackled, and arrested today at the City College of San Francisco’s main campus. Over 200 students were demanding the resignation of Special Trustee Robert Agrella, tasked by the state authorities with saving the college, usurping the authority of its locally elected Board of Trustees.

[Update 8:20pm: The Sheriff's Department confirmed two students are in custody, but could not confirm if SFPD or City College police made the arrest. Witnesses confirmed that the first student, Otto Pippenger, was pulled down to the pavement by multiple officers. While he was on his stomach an officer punched him in the back of head, slamming his forehead into the concrete, according to the account of Alex Emslie, a reporter on the scene. The second student, Dimitrios Philliou, was driven away in an ambulance.]

“Some students were pepper sprayed, some were clubbed,” City College Student Trustee Shanell Williams told the Guardian. “This is unacceptable, and really fucked up.” 
SF  Police  Bill_of_Rights  violence  Occupy_Wall_Street 
march 2014 by Quercki
Privately Owned Public Open Spaces Map - Google Maps
Privately Owned Public Open Spaces Map
San Francisco Planning and Urban Research's map of the privately owned, public open spaces in the SOMA / Financial Districts of San Francisco.
parks  SF  visit 
january 2014 by Quercki
A Eulogy for #Occupy | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
[Editor's Note: In the fall of 2011, Wired hired writer Quinn Norton to embed with the activists in the Occupy Wall Street movement and report back on what she witnessed. Throughout the past year, Norton filed a number of stories about the people behind the movement, the cops sent out to police them, and the clashes that ensued as a result. Now, Norton looks back on the year of Occupy.]
Occupy_Oakland  Occupy_Wall_Street  SF 
december 2012 by Quercki
AAAS - Winners Named in Science Journalism Awards -ALL
TELEVISION
Spot News/Feature Reporting (20 minutes or less)
Sheraz Sadiq
KQED QUEST (San Francisco)
“Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes”
9 November 2011

Sheraz Sadiq
Much of the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system for the San Francisco Bay Area was built in the 1920s and 1930s with riveted steel pipes that don’t perform well during earthquakes. At a cost of $4.6 billion, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has been installing new pipes and employing state-of-the-art engineering elements. In a solid mix of historical footage and on-the-scene reporting, with an appreciation for the challenges involved, KQED’s Sheraz Sadiq explained the engineering steps being undertaken to protect the Bay Area’s water supply. Guy Gugliotta, a freelance science writer who helped judge the contest, called the KQED broadcast “a comprehensive look at the vulnerability of the water supply in the San Francisco Bay Area — something that should concern every resident.” He praised the “fascinating use of historical footage, outstanding engineering footage, and graphics” to tell the tale. “My editors and I knew from the outset that this would be a difficult story to tell,” Sadiq said. “It would need to cover the controversial history of Hetch Hetchy, explain how the current water system works and the complex, innovative work underway to keep the water flowing in the event of a major earthquake in the Bay Area.”
science  water  genetics  microbes  bacteria  SF 
november 2012 by Quercki
22 Instagram Photos Of The San Francisco World Series Riot
22 Instagram Photos Of The San Francisco World Series Riot
Because when your team wins the World Series people are obviously going to flip cars, break windows, and burn things.
images  SF  sports  riot  Occupy_Oakland 
october 2012 by Quercki
Giants' World Series Win Sparks Riots In San Francisco: REPORTS (PHOTOS)
KTVU reported that police were being deployed to "hot spots" around the city. Many on Twitter were listening in to the police movements via ScanSF.com and tweeting about events using the hashtag #SFRiots.

News personality Eric Richards also tweeted a photo of a vehicle that was supposedly tipped over near AT&T Park.

"We're going to help the partiers party," police Sgt. Tad Yamaguchi told the San Francisco Chronicle while describing precautions taken based on events in 2010. "As long as they're lawful and having fun, we're all for it."

Based on these pictures, it looks like many Giants fans were having fun. Unfortunately, not all of the revelry looks entirely lawful.
SF  sports  image  riot  Occupy_Oakland 
october 2012 by Quercki
Twitter / iamthetrend: Giants win the World Series ...
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Giants win the World Series and now the riots start! pic.twitter.com/NNLvK3YZ
image  riot  SF  Occupy_Oakland  sports 
october 2012 by Quercki
San Francisco Museum and Historical Society - Walking Tours
All SFMHS Walking Tours are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. There is no need to RSVP for a walking tour unless otherwise noted.

Tours last an average of two hours and may involve some hills. Please be considerate of your fellow guests and leave pets and younger children at home.

Barbary Coast Trail® Tours

Barbary Coast Trail® tours are now offered most weekends. The schedule can be found on the Barbary Coast Trail® page.
walking  tours  SF 
august 2012 by Quercki
Here's How You Deal With Sexual Harassment at a Sci-fi Convention
"With luck, we'll get to a time in which it is not necessary to defend a target of harassment, because harassment doesn't happen at cons, or because, when it does, that shit is shut down like it should be," Valentine wrote. "Until that day, I can only hope that those who come forward find the same support that I have. Thank you."

Props to the committee for (semi-swiftly) doing the right thing and cleaning up the board's mess. Hopefully, many more women who stayed away from conventions like Readercon because they felt unsafe will feel comfortable joining Valentine next year, too.
sexual_harassment  solution  ReaderCon  SF 
august 2012 by Quercki
vschanoes: Open letter to the Readercon board
I don't feel I need to recap the details of the Rene Walling Readercon harassment fiasco at this point. Here is Genevieve's post about the harassment, her post about Readercon's response, and Readercon's pathetic, enraging offical statement. Here also are links to Nick Mamatas's post on Readercon's response, his post on their statement, Matthew Cheney's resignation from the programming committee, and Rose Fox's statement of unhappiness.
An Open Letter to the Board of Readercon:
Apparently Readercon has changed their attitude toward harassment. Where previously I had been told that the head of con security would not allow a predator to ruin her con for any woman, it now seems that Readercon is reluctant to allow some woman—or, hell, a couple of women who have been harassed to ruin their con for a predator. After my experience, I feel betrayed and I feel that the positive things I've said to so many people about Readercon and their handling of Agassi's harassment of me are worthless, that I have misled people about Readercon.
I do not feel able to return to the con if they continue to stand by this appalling decision. Further, I had previously recommended a list of women academics who would make excellent panelists (there was a strange dearth of female academics this year). Those women would still make excellent panelists. But I feel that I need to contact them and tell them of what has happened before letting women I know, respect, and like walk into a con that holds the feelings and interests of a harasser above those of women, that cannot be relied upon to follow its own policies, and that cares so little for women that its board cannot be bothered even to mention Genevieve's feelings in its official statement regarding its decision—indeed, the board did not see fit to mention Genevieve at all in its statement. I suppose that compared to Rene Walling's no-doubt heartfelt and sincere apology (I would be sorry too if I were facing a lifelong ban), she just doesn't matter much.
If the board should see the error of their ways, ban Rene Walling for life, issue a formal, no-weaselling-out-of-it apology to Genevieve and to all the other women whose interests they betrayed, and if those members responsible for this travesty resign, I could reconsider
sexual_harassment  SF  convention 
july 2012 by Quercki
glvalentine: Updates on The Readercon Response.
First of all, let me say that I am overwhelmed by the positive response from the community, and am unspeakably grateful not even on my own behalf (though I am), but for all those who are trying to make cons a safer space and want evidence that the community is ready for change. I hope that any future targets of con harassment will find the same support if they choose to go public, even if the response from those in authority is as appalling as the Readercon Board's has been.

Regarding which: Though they told me they would not be speaking publicly about the decision, after my post went up, they did post an official statement. It is here. It is, I will be honest, infuriating.
sexual_harassment  SF  convention 
july 2012 by Quercki
Jim C. Hines » The Readercon Mess
Readercon’s official statement announced that Walling had been banned from Readercon “for at least two years.” Honestly, my first reaction was relief that they had done anything at all, given how often this sort of behavior gets ignored or excused. But then I read further, and discovered that Readercon has a zero-tolerance policy about sexual harassment:

“Harassment of any kind — including physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome physical attentions — will not be tolerated at Readercon and will result in permanent suspension of membership.”

There was no question that Walling’s behavior fell under this definition. The board at Readercon simply chose to ignore their own policy. I’m sure they believe they had good reason. I’m equally sure it doesn’t matter. Whatever you might think of zero-tolerance policies, Readercon made a promise to its members that sexual harassment would not be tolerated, and would be dealt with in a certain way.

They broke that promise.

I’m not going to write a long rant here, both because I’m still recovering from the last rant, and because so many others have made the points I would have made (usually better than I would have done). Here are a few links I wanted to highlight:

Genevieve Valentine’s original post, response to the verdict, and her follow-up.
Rose Lemberg: Enough with the Aspie Bit Already.  What she said, dammit! If you hear about someone sexually harassing another person, and your instinct is to assume a) Oh, they must be one of those Aspie types and/or b) that this somehow makes it okay, then please just go the hell away. My son is ASD, and I don’t have the spoons to deal with you right now.
Elizabeth Bear: It’s not about the man. From Bear’s post, “We are not calling for Walling’s punishment. We are calling for the right of Valentine and other women to exist in an environment without predators.”
Rose Fox: This is the opposite of what I wanted. Rose has decided to remain on the concom for Readercon. I appreciate and respect her for making this choice, and for working from within to try to make Readercon a safer place.
Concom member Matthew Cheney has resigned as a result of this decision. “I want to live in a world that’s more about rehabilitation than punishment. But rehabilitation is not the responsibility of an event or its committees. If you hold an event, your job is to make sure the people who attend are as safe as you can reasonably ensure.”
Veronica Schanoes’ petition to the Readercon Board.
sexual_harassment  SF  convention 
july 2012 by Quercki
Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be – Whatever
When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”
geek  SF  misogyny 
july 2012 by Quercki
Mary Anne Mohanraj Gets You Up to Speed, Part I « Whatever
Part I: For Everyone

1. We’re all racist.
2. If you’re white, you have white privilege.
3. Your other oppressions don’t erase your white privilege.
4. Racism does damage to the genre.

Part II: For Writers

1. You get to write whatever you want, including CoC (characters of color).
2. If published, you may then be criticized for your handling of race.
3. PoC don’t have an obligation to teach you how to write CoC well and avoid criticism.
4. Nonetheless, here are some suggestions on how to write CoC well.
5. You will get it wrong. This is what you should do.
privilege  racism  writing  SF 
march 2009 by Quercki
Streetsblog » Unlocking San Francisco’s Privately Owned Public Open Spaces
the urban geography of privately owned public open spaces (POPOS) makes them hard to find and even harder to enjoy. San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) last week released a report that details all of downtown’s POPOS, complete with a printable map (PDF), and makes recommendations on how to improve access and amenities.

San Francisco’s first privately owned, publicly accessible park was constructed at the base of the Transamerica building in the late 1960s. At that time, building codes neither required nor encouraged development of public space at street level, and accordingly most office towers were built right to the edge of the property. The few exceptions were in buildings where developers sought density and height bonuses and created public space as a condition for approval.
parks  sanfrancisco  sf  lunch 
january 2009 by Quercki
Frisco Vista
a few pages about Oakland
Oakland  eastbay  SF 
march 2007 by Quercki

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