Sunday, November 18. 2007
Thursday, November 8. 2007
No government agency has put out calls for volunteers, but that information will eventually be posted online at www.owcn.org. People interested in volunteering with the cleanup should not call any of the numbers, as the high level of calls has made it difficult to disseminate information, officials said today.
Enviornmental group Baykeeper is collecting a list of interested volunteers via their Web site, www.baykeeper.org.
Residents can help authorities track the movement of the spill by calling the private cleanup company, O'Brien's Group of Southern California at (985) 781-0804.
Report oiled wildlife at (877) 823-6926.
Owners of damaged property can submit a claim by calling (888) 850-8486.
Wednesday, November 7. 2007
the tall guy on the right lived here two years ago. he supposedly was banned from THC two years ago for selling crack, and since then he's been on the same corner of 6th and Stevenson, just outside the building, for the last two years, selling crack. (the guy on the right is still a current resident)
but when certain THC staff are on duty.......
the crack dealers run free...inside the building
in the past, residents have said they have seen this certain staff take money from the crack dealers so they can come in and sell more crack to the residents. This is almost identical to some of the claims about the Mission Hotel. Management has claimed in the past that the crack dealers are sneaking in and said staff called the police.
the police were never called this time, because I checked.
In fact, this time, he spent all night long in this guys room
and yep, he's still here too
and people still wonder why there's so many homeless? Has Randy Shaw traveled to Colombia?
on a side note, somewhere there is a stack of internal complaint forms higher than a stack of telephone books filed by residents about problems just like this. You think THC will ever admit or show those complaints without a subpeona?
I myself have filed over 1000
Tuesday, November 6. 2007
vote for H Brown, city voices here
At least he'd like to throw some of the unelected, self appointed,
Note, above photos are NOT San Francisco. They are downtown Bucharest, Romania, December 21, 1989, from one of the BEST political documentaries you will ever see
Videogram of a Revolution
P.S. netflix has it
Saturday, November 3. 2007
from the wiki page
Performance audit refers to an examination of a program, function, operation or the management systems and procedures of a governmental or non-profit entity to assess whether the entity is achieving economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the employment of available resources. The examination is objective and systematic, generally using structured and professionally adopted methodologies.
sometimes called a managerial audit that examines much more closely how and why the money is spent. More likely to answer questions like why did so many people get fired recently and why are managers quitting in protest of THC's policies?
The budget analyst presented the Board of Supervisors a managerial audit of the DPW in January PDF here
this is a good example of how detailed these things can get. A normal audit probably isn't good enough to find out why THC continues to have so many problems, why problems like The Mission Hotel festered for 3 years before anybody noticed. How much money out of the THC budget is being used to settle lawsuits. Even their own managers have sued THC but it's usually settled and not public info. A managerial audit might be able to answer that
if the supes can get a report like the one on the DPW going with THC, there's a better chance of solving a lot of issues
If a reporter can find out the names of five different crack dealers at one hotel in under a day, then why can't the managers do it? Is it ignorance, incompetence, or a matter of unofficial policy to ignore it?
maybe a civil grand jury would be better
Friday, November 2. 2007
note that she specifically mentions what happened at the Mission Hotel
From today's Beyondchron (Randy Shaw - what, me worried?)
Me thinks he's referring to this
full 990 PDF here
I've always wondered about the people so heavily involved in local politics but aren't elected
the basic question revolves around this "Understanding what constitutes lobbying under
the 1976 law is not difficult. In general, you are
lobbying when you state your position on specific
legislation to legislators or other government
employees who participate in the formulation of
legislation, or urge your members to do so (direct
lobbying). In addition, you are lobbying when you
state your position to the general public and ask the
general public to contact legislators or other
government employees who participate in the
formulation of legislation (grassroots lobbying).
does THC do that?..through beyondchron?
just an example> We also worked with Assembly member Mark Leno to get state legislation passed in 2003 to exempt SRO's from the state Ellis Act.
or this> (+) Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic
- Supports legislation
from the Planning Commision 2002
for the Mission Hotel component, one thing THC didn't do was cooperate with anybody when the press got interested. Maybe now they'll have to cooperate when it comes to the Board of Supes who authorized the master leasing hotel arrangement in the first place. Questions like:
how many people were recently fired an why?..It wasn't just Carlos Hernandez either, but nobody can get anybody from THC to talk. This secrecy in a publicly funded institution is what is making people suspicious
if there are audits of THC then why doesn't THC make them public?
In fact, according to the 990, THC is supposed to have filed a IRS form 5768 with the IRS, but Guidestar doesn't have that
It's supposed to be publicly available and Beyondchron should be posting it if they have nothing to hide
the form 5768 reads, in part
Section references are to the Internal
Section 501(c)(3) states that an
organization exempt under that section
will lose its tax-exempt status and its
qualification to receive deductible
charitable contributions if a substantial
part of its activities are carried on to
influence legislation. Section 501(h),
however, permits certain eligible
501(c)(3) organizations to elect to make
limited expenditures to influence
legislation. An organization making the
election will, however, be subject to an
excise tax under section 4911 if it
spends more than the amounts
permitted by that section. Also, the
organization may lose its exempt status
if its lobbying expenditures exceed the
permitted amounts by more than 50%
over a 4-year period. For any tax year in
which an election under section 501(h) is
in effect, an electing organization must
report the actual and permitted amounts
of its lobbying expenditures and grass
roots expenditures (as defined in section
4911(c)) on its annual return required
under section 6033. See Schedule A
(Form 990 or Form 990-EZ). Each
electing member of an affiliated group
must report these amounts for both itself
and the affiliated group as a whole
Bonus! ambient sounds added
Thursday, November 1. 2007
because it's the 1st of the month, and you know what that means. There's things to do! money to collect! people to see! faces to rearrange! Note the stuff being tossed out the window of this building while this is happening.