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Have you ever seen a Board of Supervisor announcement in the Chronicle? [Dec. 16th, 2004|01:36 am]
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androgy8
[mood |curious]

According to the city charter, items that require testimony are supposed to appear in the "citywide newspaper", which supervisors have declared to be the SF Chronicle.

However, I think I'm looking in the wrong location in the paper, because I've never seen an announcement about a public board of supervisors meeting.

Does anyone know where these announcements are? Are they only in the Sunday paper, perhaps?

Thanks,
--H.
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Process for choosing a new board president? [Dec. 16th, 2004|01:34 am]
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androgy8
I wasn't paying attention when the last Board of Supervisor president was elected. How does the process work? Is there an intermic president until a new one is elected, or do they hold elections during Matt's last day on the job?
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FYI: Matt's last Supervisor meeting is January 4 [Dec. 16th, 2004|01:33 am]
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androgy8
I sure will miss him. The Supervisor meetings won't be the same without him. The city of San Francisco won't quite be the same without his presence in city government.

I wonder if the Board of Supes would object to people coming up during general comment time and commending Matt?
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Elephant Moratorium (for a few years, at least) [Dec. 9th, 2004|05:15 am]
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androgy8

From the SF Examiner:
[comments from androgy]

No elephants will be allowed at the San Francisco Zoo until it provides a 15-acre enclosure for the pachyderms and completely refurbishes habitats for its bears, rhinos, hippos, grey seals and sea lions, following a 10-1 vote by the Board of Supervisors. [vote was on december 7, 2004]

The Tuesday move follows several months of hearings and debate [supervisor dufty seemed less than happy to sit through all these meetings] after the death of two of the zoo's four elephants earlier this year, which animal activists blamed on tight quarters and poor living conditions. One of the remaining elephants has been relocated to a sanctuary in San Andreas, and the other is to join it there soon.

The new conditions on the zoo were a slight retreat from an outright ban favored by Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, who agreed to the amendments and dropped a proposal to put the Animal Care and Control Department in charge of monitoring conditions at the zoo. The board instead approved a compromise that puts the agency's director on a zoo oversight panel. [so the zoo oversight panel is now seven members instead of six]

The compromise, over the protests of the zoo's board and Director Manuel Mollinedo, was called a "virtual ban" by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who opposed the measure. [Elsbernd was upset because he thought that the 15-acre requirement was too strict.] Animal rights advocates, though, heralded the vote as precedent-setting.

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Tenderloin self-help center (Hosptitality House) in danger of closing [Dec. 9th, 2004|02:42 am]
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androgy8

During the Finance & Audits Committee today, Sups Daly (chair) and Ammiano and Peskin listened to a shitload of testimony (two hours worth, and with a two minute cap per speaker!) from tenderloin residents upset about the possible closing. The hearing was for about appropriating money from General Reserve to the center.

The public testimony was pretty compelling. Anytime you see so many people from different walks of life supporting one place staying open speaks volume. And I didn't even see all of it; I went out for a long walk and came back and there was still public comments going on until two hours after it started.

On a related note -- Newson's implementation of cleaning up the homelessness seems to focus on the area of Van Ness in front of City Hall. I haven't seen any of his posse in my neighorhood down in my area of the Mission for instance. Lots of homeless people, but no Newsom posse with the accompanying TV camera.

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Not to beat a dead horse; I think the horse has been properly revived [Dec. 8th, 2004|01:24 pm]
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androgy8
[mood |glad that progress is being made]

From December 7, 2004 Freepress article
Ohio election fraud uproar blasting to new level

The bitter battle over the stolen November 2 election in Ohio has turned into a rapidly escalating all-out multi-front war with the outcome of the real presidential vote count increasingly in doubt. 

...Security questions were raised after a machine in Gahanna Ward 1B at the New Life Church recorded 4258 votes for Bush where only 638 voters cast ballots...

...Anthony also confirmed that the Board only delivered 2741 of its 2866 machines at the opening of polls on Election Day.  He said Board of Elections workers later placed an additional 44. This would put the total number in use at the “close of polls” at 2785, leaving 81 machines sitting unused. Anthony further said Election Day problems were the result of utilizing essentially 4800 volunteers with minimal training, paid a small stipend. Some poll workers have testified they repeatedly called the Board of Elections for additional machines as lines stacked up at their inner city precincts but got no response...

...In addition, new evidence has continued to surface of widespread voter fraud throughout the state.  Among other things, a letter from Shelby County election officials dated December 2 confirmed that the county discarded "tabulator test deck reports" from the November 2 vote count "to reduce paperwork and confusion with official results."  As this county's response is the first of 88 to come from Freedom of Information Act filings, it seems likely other controversial practices could surface.

Moreover, new computer tabulation errors – first reported locally after Election Day – have resurfaced, and are of a magnitude suggesting Bush’s margin over Kerry---now 118,775 votes or 2 percent of the total votes cast in the state, according to Blackwell---could easily have been manipulated...  

...One precinct in Youngstown, Ohio, recorded a negative 25 million votes (that's not a typo) on an ES&S Votronic voting machine, which was discarded from official results...

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Ammiano's Role Call Comment [Dec. 7th, 2004|05:27 pm]
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androgy8
He said he didn't understand why it was okay to show shows like Desperate Housewives with housewives "dropping their towels" (he was implying a questionable morality here)and yet the United Church of Christ commercial which showed acceptance of all peoples was banned by the networks.

Yeah. G-d forbid a kid sees a pastor welcoming all people to his church during a commercial. And yet - flagrant adultery and drug use are fine to see during primetime programming.
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Who do you think will be the next president of the Board of Supes? [Dec. 7th, 2004|05:15 pm]
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androgy8
I was surprised that Matt didn't run again (for a Supervisor spot). I guess he has other plans, which he will reveal in his own unique way.

In some ways Supervisor Ammiano seems a good bet (to be the next president), because he has done it before, but on the other hand, that could be held against him.

I've watched most of the Supervisors lead Committee meetings. As a leader, I like Maxwell, Peskin, McGoldrick, and Daly. Dufty seems too novice; otherwise I would add him to the list too. I'd love to see Chris Daly as the chair, given his politics, but that's probably not gonna happen, given his rather explosive personality (although it's been subdued since the censure hearing)
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