October 2006



Jennifer and Loki

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Loki and I attended the annual Illegal Soapbox Derby Races on Bernal Hill. Check out the Telstar Logistics photo set for more criminal fun.


Harajuku or Bust

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What’s wrong with killing? Everybody has their reasons. — Mitsuko

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GRANICK SLATE CARD
GENERAL ELECTION: NOVEMBER 7, hospital 2006

Friends, viagra sale Romans, Countrymen:

This mid-term general election could be one of the most important Ever for the Democratic Party. Bush’s poll ratings are extremely low. Voters are frustrated with the progress of the war in Iraq and the Administration’s refusal to admit that anything is wrong. The GOP is racked with the Foley teen page scandal. If the Democrats can’t make major gains in both the House and the Senate now, the party is truly, truly incompetent.

Of course, there’s nothing we can do to help, since we live in the liberal stronghold of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our predicable votes won’t be the ones that swing control of Congress to the Dems.

Instead, we can amuse ourselves with the deluge of Propositions and some interesting Board of Supervisor races over who can be the most liberal candidate imaginable.

To make it seem more fun, check out the California Voter Foundation’s “Proposition Song”. The ballot is way too long, indeed. So buckle your seat belts and hang on, because we’re in for a long and bumpy ride.

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STATEWIDE OFFICES

Governor: Phil Angelides
Lieutenant Governor: John Garamendi
Secretary of State: Debra Bowen
Controller: John Chiang
Treasurer: Bill Lockyer
Attorney General: Jerry Brown
Insurance Commissioner: Steve Poizner

US OFFICES

Senator: Dianne Feinstein
Congress, District 6: Lynn Woolsey
Congress, District 9: Barbara Lee
United States Representative; District 8: Nancy Pelosi

STATE GOV OFFICES

Member of the State Assembly; District 13: Mark Leno
Member of the State Assembly; District 12: No endorsement
State Board of Equalization; District 1: Betty Yee

JUDICIAL RETENTION: Ok, but we are watching you!

SF OFFICES

Assessor-Recorder; County of San Francisco, Phil Ting
Public Defender; County of San Francisco, Jeff Adachi
BART Board of Directors, District 8: Emily Drennan
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
District 8: Bevan Dufty
District 2: Michela Alioto-Pier
District 4: Doug Chan
District 6: Rob Black
District 10: Sophie Maxwell

STATE PROPOSITIONS

1A Transportation funding: No
1B Highways and ports: Yes
1C Low Income Housing: Yes
1D Public education: Yes
1E Disaster preparedness: Yes
83 Sex offender monitoring: No
84 Water and parks: Yes
85 Teen pregnancy notification: NO!!!
86 Tax on cigarettes: Yes
87 Alternative energy research: YES
88 K-12 education funding: Yes
89 Campaign financing limits: No
90 Private property protection/Eminent Domain: NO

SAN FRANCISCO PROPS

Proposition A: SCHOOL BONDS: No
Proposition B: TELECONFERENCE MEETINGS BECAUSE OF PREGNANCY: Yes
Proposition C: CITY OFFICIAL SALARIES: Yes
Proposition D: DISCLOSURE OF PRIVATE INFORMATION: No
Proposition E: PARKING TAX: No
Proposition F: PAID SICK LEAVE: No
Proposition G: LIMITATIONS ON BIG BOX STORES: No
Proposition H: RELOCATION ASSISTANCE FOR TENANTS: No
Proposition I: MAYORAL APPEARANCE AT SUPERVISORS’ MEETINGS: No
Proposition J: IMPEACHMENT OF BUSH AND CHENEY: No
Proposition K: HOUSING NEEDS OF SENIORS AND DISABLED ADULTS: No

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Dear Jennifer, sildenafil

I was very interested in your article featured on Wired this morning on how web 2.0 could be used to enforce democracy.

Some of the ideas you presented reminded me of some services available here in the UK that take publicy available information and put it to use as tools for keeping a check on our politicians.

If you’re not already aware of these sites I’d recommend you take a look:
www.TheyWorkForYou.com – a record of each British MP and their voting record as well as a log of their every word (spoken or written) in Parliament
www.WriteToThem.com – a great facility for e-mailing one’s MP
www.HearFromYourMP.com – a service which allows constituents so sign up to updates from their MP. Once a certain number have signed up the MP is requested to send a message to all those who have signed up.
www.DowningStreetSays.com – this site gives people a briefing of number 10’s daily press briefing for digestion and discussion.
www.PublicWhip.org.uk – this service also shows the voting record of MPs and has contributed much of the source code to the aforementioned services.
ukparse.kforge.net/parlparse – the Parliament Parser project which enables many of the above services to display the information in the way they do.

I hope these will give you some inspiration – they certainly helped me in a campaign which leveraged the power of these services to engage everyday people in politics and keeping a check on their MPs.

Best regards,

Phil Peter

Perhaps the Dallas schoolteacher in this New York Times story is friends with Lorie from my sexual harassment hypothetical? Loving nudie art is not appropriate for work!

Dan Gillmor‘s Center for Citizen Media and Student Fellows at our Center for Internet and Society are writing anElection Day Bloggers’ Legal Guide. Bloggers covering the upcoming election can submit their legal questions and Stanford Law School students under Lauren Gelman’s my auspices will answer them.

Today’s Wired News column is web 72001-0.html?tw=wn_politics_1″>Saving Democracy With Web 2.0. Though I’ve tried to assiduously avoid the Web 2.0 hype, I’ve finally succumbed, drank the Koolaid and emerged more optimistic on the other end.

In the column, I try to convince Web 2.0 innovators that they can improve our political system. I write about Bruce Cahan’s (of Urban Logic) ideas for tagging datasets with spatial and other metadata to make them interoperate with other information. Bruce’s work involves using the market to encourage cities to do this with their data, creating a metric called “sustainable resiliancy”, so that in crisis decision makers have critical infrastructure, public health data, pollution flow, and all sorts of other critical information in a cool-looking, comprehensive map.

I want Web 2.0 technlogy applied to, for example, campaign finance data,government contracts and grants information, and EPA partical emissions permits so we can see how big campaign contributers get paid back, and which neighborhoods suffer. People can lay facts and figures from various sources on top of each other and learn all sorts of things about how the government works. More honest information in the hands of voters could transform politics-as-usual into government for the people.

There are two essential stories that readers interested in politics must be reading right now. The first is the comic Ex Machina by . The second is New York Times reporter Andrew Jacob’s serial about Newark, syringe New Jersey’s new mayor, Cory Booker.

The Granick Slate Card is coming out early next week, illness
with analysis and recommendations for the upcoming November 7th General Election. If you want to make sure you receive the Slate Card, sign up for the (extremely low traffic) mailing list by visiting here. The Granick Slate Card issues before every California election and is distributed under a Creative Commons license.

I’m taking my two hour required web class on workplace harassment for Supervisors. Here’s one of the quiz questions:

Case Study: Art Lovers
Lorie likes to decorate her workspace with picture postcards. Some of the pictures include nude people, recipe but Lorie claims she bought all of the postcards in art museums.
Freddy likes to surf the Internet during his breaks. Sometimes, Freddy visits “adult” websites and looks at Playboy-type pictures. He always keeps his door shut so no one can see what he’s doing.

Are Lorie and Freddy behaving appropriately for work?

A.C. Thompson at the SF Weekly reports that we have our own phone surveillance scandal in the San Francisco Police Department. link. Thompson reports that, rx in an effort to whitewash the infamous Fajitagate incident, key players within the police department gathered phone records between cops and journalists covering the Hall of Justice, in order to determine who leaked an internal memo describing Officer Alex Fagan Jr., the Fajitagate perpetrator and son of the number two man in the department, as having anger management problems.

Has there been any follow up to this story?

For more on leaking secrets, here’s one of my Wired News columns on the topic.

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