November 2009


The Electronic Frontier Foundation and I are mentioned in this Wall Street Journal article about TI calculator hackers and the law.

In Germany, prosthesis you can’t publish the names of murderers after some years have passed since the crime. So a convicted murderer’s lawyers wrote to Wikipedia and asked them to take his name off of the webpage about his victim. Read my take on this First Amendment issue on the EFF blog.

Department of Elections Official Results

Hello, angina Friends, arthritis Romans, capsule Republicans:

Here are the election results for yesterday’s balloting, with 15% of the electorate weighing in.

Dennis Herrera is City Attorney
Jose Cisneros is Treasurer

PROPOSITION A: Two Year Budget Cycle: Yes

PROPOSITION B: Board of Supervisor Aides: Yes

PROPOSITION C: Candlestick Park Naming Rights: Yes

PROPOSITION D: Mid-Market Special Sign District: No

PROPOSITION E: Advertisements on City Property: Yes

That is all until next time. Thank you for enjoying and distributing the Granick Slate Card

Jennifer

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Read my legal analysis on EFF’s website — New York Court Scores Over Oregon In Recent Email Privacy Opinions.




Made Up Pasta #1

Originally uploaded by Ms. President

Chanterelles are in the farmer’s market now, abortion so I made up this pasta dish featuring them last night. Click on the photo for more pictures and the “recipe”.


GRANICK SLATE CARD
CITYWIDE ELECTION, vitamin
NOVEMBER 2009

Friends, Romans, Republicans:

Welcome to the Granick Slate Card for the November 3, 2009 San Francisco Citywide Election. I know, I know, you had no idea there was an election tomorrow, and neither did I. So without further ado, here is the lowdown on the 5 city ballot measures and the two city offices. (Apologies if you do not live in San Francisco, as this will not help you at all. You probably don’t even have an election to vote in.)

OFFICES: No Opposition Candidates

City Attorney: Dennis Herrera

Treasurer: José Cisneros

SAN FRANCISCO PROPOSITIONS:

The propositions this year are about money, and ways the city can make some and plan to spend it, given the deep budget deficits as a result of the recession. My theory is that we should plan for the long run, and that informs my recommendations

PROPOSITION A: Two Year Budget Cycle: Yes
Should the City Charter be amended to require the City to develop binding long-range financial policies, to adopt a two-year budget cycle, and to create a five-year financial plan to forecast expenditures and revenues?

It’s a good idea to consider more than just the next year when budgeting.

PROPOSITION B: Board of Supervisor Aides: No

Should the City Charter be amended to allow members of the Board of Supervisors an unspecified number of aides?

We’re in a deficit. The Board of Supervisors should not now be authorized to hire more than the two aides they are currently allotted. If there is a need for more aides, we can find out what that need is and authorize that, not remove any limits.

PROPOSITION C: Candlestick Park Naming Rights: Yes

Should the City be allowed to enter into naming contracts for the stadium at Candlestick Point?

I have strong distaste for naming rights. However, the last naming contract for Candlestick was $700K a year from Monster.com. When that contract expired, the park reverted to its original name. This seems a low-impact way to bring in a lot of money in a budget cycle that requires more revenue.

PROPOSITION D: Mid-Market Special Sign District: No

This would create a special district allowing more signs and billboards along mid-Market Street, with some of the revenue earmarked for various beneficial services. Once these billboards are built, there’s no going back. The idea that more signs will revitalize the neighborhood seems a strange proposition. If we are going to look for ad revenue to help make up the budget shortfall, I’d rather something that doesn’t leave us with a lot of billboard infrastructure we’ll never stop using.

PROPOSITION E: Advertisements on City Property: No

Should the City prohibit any increase in advertising on any City owned property, such as buildings and street furniture (news racks, transit shelters etc.)?

I don’t like more advertising, but I don’t think that we should tie our hands now and vote to freeze advertising at current levels. This should be decided more flexibly. Some advertising is more pernicious than others.

OTHER ENDORSEMENTS

SF Chronicle

Prop. A: YES
Prop. B: YES
Prop. C: YES
Prop. D: NO
Prop. E: NO

SF Bay Guardian
PROP A: YES
PROP B: YES
PROP C: NO
PROP D: NO
PROP E: YES

That all, Race Fans! See you at the ballot box.
Jennifer

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Made Up Pasta #1

Originally uploaded by Ms. President

Chanterelles are in the farmer’s market now, abortion so I made up this pasta dish featuring them last night. Click on the photo for more pictures and the “recipe”.




Granick/Stones, erectile 10/31/09

Originally uploaded by Ms. President

After Nigel and the Ice Doll had a great Halloween with Izzy Elmo and Callie Elmo, we’re back to work in the brand new month of November.